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Riverbend Rotarian Michelle Wittman

Michelle Wittman - Riverbend Rotary Member Spotlight

March 18, 20242 min read
Michelle Wittman

Riverbend Rotary Member Spotlight: Michelle Wittman

This month’s Rotarian Spotlight is Michelle Wittman, an experienced Human Resource professional and current Generalist at ABB OPTICAL GROUP, where she manages all day-to-day HR operations, Risk Management and Strategic Development of the St. Louis and Pennsylvania Optical Labs.

Before working at ABB Optical, she was employed for three transportation companies: Alter Barge Line, American River Transportation, and SCF Lewis and Clark, LLC Fleeting over 16 years, and was an Assistant Vessel Manager at ARTCO.  Michelle was also employed in the Financial Industry before transportation at Mercantile Bank, Firstar Bank, and lastly for US Bancorp as an Operations Officer for 15 years before the Transportation industry. Her background also includes experience at a CPA firm, Law Firm and Child Psychiatrist in the past.

A graduate of Southwestern High School and Stevens Institute of Business & Arts in St. Louis, Michelle and her husband, Damone, live in Godfrey and are proud parents of Hannah who will graduate in May 2024 with an MS in Speech-Language Pathology. Their hobbies include anything with gardening and the live music scene as well as traveling. They have been married and making music for 31 years.

As an active member and current secretary of Riverbend Rotary, Michelle says she “enjoys networking and volunteering, as well as the overall companionship with our Rotary group.

“Making a positive impact in the community in which we all serve as a team is a primary goal of our Club.”

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If you're interested in making a real difference in our community, join the Riverbend Rotary Club and become part of a dedicated team of volunteers committed to positive change. If you have a cause close to your heart, we also provide a platform for you to share and promote it. Engage with us, share your passion, and together, let's amplify the impact!

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Diane is a retired health care marketing and public relations professional and longtime community volunteer. With a penchant for family, friends, travel and new experiences, Diane and Mike, her husband of 40+ years, spend time exploring the Riverbend region and beyond!

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What is Rotary?

You've certainly heard about it, but do you really know what is ROTARY? There are several chapters around your neighborhood.

Riverbend Rotary

Our commitment to making a difference extends beyond our local community to create lasting change on a global scale.

We are proud to be part of international efforts, such as END POLIO NOW, which showcases the power of collaboration and dedication in achieving shared goals.

However, our most significant impact

is felt right here in the Riverbend area, where our passion for service and community development is truly transformative.

Our club members work tirelessly to champion local causes, support community projects, and drive sustainable initiatives that enrich the lives of our neighbors.

From mentoring youth and promoting education to fostering environmental stewardship and addressing social challenges, Riverbend Rotary is a catalyst for positive change.

We invite you to join us in our mission to create a brighter future for our community and the world, one project at a time.


About Rotary District 6460

The Rotary motto: Service Above Self. Rotary, the world’s first service club organization, is a worldwide organization of more than 1.2 million business, professional, and community leaders.

Members of Rotary clubs, known as Rotarians, provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world.

Rotary District 6460 contains Rotary clubs that serve west central Illinois in the United States of America.


Riverbend Rotary Packs Nutritious Meals for Hungry Children in Nicaragua

Shred Day

Safeguarding Identities and Supporting Our Community through Secure Document Disposal

Caring for
Our Community

Riverbend Rotary Members Beautify Local Homes by Tidying Yards and Landscapes

Ringing in the
Spirit of Giving

Riverbend Rotary Members Support the Salvation Army's Mission to Transform Lives

Started from the vision of one person.


Today, polio remains endemic only in Afghanistan and Pakistan.


recognition acknowledges individuals who contribute, or who have contributions made in their name, of $1,000.


1.4 million friends, neighbors, leaders, and problem-solvers who see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change – across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.

Just A Little Help Can Make Big Difference

1.2 million

There are over 36,000 Rotary clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas worldwide, with approximately 1.2 million members.

$4 Billion

The Rotary Foundation, which supports Rotary's humanitarian and educational programs worldwide, has invested over $4 billion in life-changing, sustainable projects since it was founded in 1917.

$2.1 Billion

Rotary in the USA has played a key role in the global effort to eradicate polio, with Rotary members contributing over $2.1 billion and countless volunteer hours to the cause.

Rotary International's Unwavering Mission: Eradicating Polio and Empowering a Polio-Free World.

Rotary International has been at the forefront of the global fight against polio for over three decades, working tirelessly to eradicate this devastating disease.

Through strategic partnerships with the World Health Organization, UNICEF, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Rotary has made remarkable strides in immunization efforts, reaching millions of children in even the most remote corners of the world.

Since launching the PolioPlus program in 1985, Rotary International and its partners have helped to reduce polio cases by 99.9%, saving countless lives and preventing lifelong disabilities.

The continued dedication and support of Rotary members worldwide are crucial in achieving a polio-free world, ensuring that future generations can live without the fear of this debilitating disease.

Join us in our unwavering commitment to end polio once and for all, and be part of a global movement that is truly transforming lives and making history.