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Centennial Minute

Considering all the wonderful things Rotary Club does in the community and the world, no wonder people in the community who want to make a difference join Rotary Club. This is a special sneak peak video and the first of several "Centennial Minutes" featuring members of Rotary Club telling how and why they joined Rotary Club. Produced by Sandi Helgerson and Gary Olsen.


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Humanitarian Grant Recipients 2014-2015

The Rotary Club of Dubuque is proud to announce the recipients of the 2014-2015 Humanitarian Grants!

St. Luke's United
Methodist Church   
Opening Doors$3,000
Stonehill Benevolent
WI Badger Camp$1,000
Mary's Inn Maternity House$2,000
YMCA New Beginnings$2,000

Bylaws and Committee Guidelines / Procedures

The Dubuque Rotary is governed by Bylaws which have been approved by our membership. The link to the bylaws is below. In addition, you will find links to procedures/guidelines for some of the committees in our club. Additional guidelines/procedures will be added in the future as they are created.

Dubuque Rotary Bylaws
(adopted by club vote 12-2-14)

Fun & Frolic Guidelines

Fundraising Beneficiary Selection Guidelines

Invocation Guidelines

Member Minute Guidelines

Promotion of Events Guidelines

Recent Meeting News


The Rotary Rambler March 31st, 2015 Created and Submitted by Steve Davis, Club Secretary, and Eric Hilbun, Club President

Guests and Visiting and Rotarians: 

Elizabeth Daly from the Cedar Rapids Daybreak club joined us after a pre meeting Youth Exchange discussion with some of our members.  Barbara Barker hosted her sister in law, Mia Barker visiting from South Lake Tahoe.  Mia is originally from Barcelona, Spain.  She was a member of the Barcelona club and another club in California.  Kathleen Herber brought her friend Mike Vondran from the HAVLife Foundation.  Dawn Cogan was joined by Kaitlyn Kellogg, the Field Placement Student @ St. Mark.  Tamra Binder brought prospective member, Carla Waterman, the branch manager of the US Bank - White Street branch.  Gary Olsen hosted Mary Beth Theis, former Rotarian, who now works at UD.  Mary Ann Gassman hosted Mark McDermott, former member, who is once again a prospective member.  We welcome all of our guests and visiting Rotarians and hope everyone had a great time!


New Member Induction:

Bob Woodward inducted Rob Hess of ReMax Realty, sponsored by Angie Herting; Jordan DeGree of Matter Creative, sponsored by Mike Budde; and Dawn Cogan of St. Mark Youth Enrichment Center, sponsored by Bob Woodward/Jessica Pape.  Welcome aboard to all our new members.  We are delighted to have you as part of our team. 


Member Welfare:

Jim Schilling explained that Hank Suverkup is having orthopedic surgery this week.  Jim passed a card around so members can share their well wishes. Pat Udzielak reminded us that Linsy Adams had a procedure performed related to her ongoing medical concerns and is doing well.


Club Announcements:

  • District Conference:Steve Davis:  Our club will be represented but additional members are encouraged to attend.  It’s coming up in about two weeks on Friday and Saturday, April 17th and 18th.  It will be held in Okoboji this year with plenty of great events planned.  Our current inbound exchange student, Solene, along with our two outbound students for next year, Hannah & Rae, will be attending and representing our club as well.
  • YP Community Days of Caring:Emily McCready:  Emily is recruiting volunteers to participate in a Rotary team.  The dates this year are Friday, April 24th (various shifts throughout the day) and Saturday, April 25th (8am to noon).  Projects will be assigned as teams take shape.  Send an email to Emily a if you’re able to help.
  • RYLA Interviews:Scott Schneider:  24 applicants this year, 13 positions to be filled.  Interviews starting tonight.
  • Duck Race:Pat U:  The event is just two short weeks from today (April 14th)!  The prize money is covered but now we need to fund our beneficiary (Bell Tower Theatre) and our own club.  Easter basket was auctioned off and our guest speaker, Mike Van Milligen, won the auction with a $60 bid.  Thank you Mike, we hope your grandchildren enjoy the basket!

Member Minute:

Rachel Smith  - Stepped up in a pinch and gave a Member "last” Minute.  She is from Charles City and works for Mercy Family Pharmacy.  She graduated from the University of Iowa School of Pharmacy.  She did a marketing internship in NYC and sublet an apartment from Jackson Pollock’s mistress.  It was decked out with many of Pollock’s original artwork:some of which may be familiar to Rotarians.  Thank you for sharing Rachel!



Dubuque City Manager, Mike Van Milligen spoke about the FY2016 city budget.  He mentioned that next week Mayor Buol will give the State of the City address on Wednesday, April 8th at Hotel Julien at 11:30 as part of the YP Monthly Luncheon.  In regards to the city finances, Mike focuses on outcomes and where Dubuque stands compared to the nation.  He highlighted new jobs rate and hourly wage increase.  He also discussed issues impacting the city budget and actions to address the budget issues.  He reviewed property tax change, which include increases and decreases depending on property type.  He focused on Dubuque’s rankings on types of taxes compared to 11 largest cities in Iowa.  Mike pointed out that the statutory debt limit for the city is at 90% ($309M in debt) and top 10 uses of that debt (investing in infrastructure).  He explained that the Bee Branch Project is the largest project in city history at over $200M.  $135M received in State and Federal grants. 


Next Week’s Program:

Mae Hingtgen-DCSD-Green Dot. Mae will give an update of a grant that the DCSD submitted back in 2012 to the Office of Violence Against Women and talk about the Green Dot initiative that is currently going on in the district. 


Rotary Four Way Test:

Is it the TRUTH?  Is it FAIR to all concerned? Will it build GOOD WILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?  Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

Yours in Rotary,

Eric Hilbun

Our fellow Rotarian, Gary Olsen, does a phenomenal job of recording audio and capturing on film all the fun we have at the weekly meetings.  He works closely with Kevin Lynch’s firm, Net Smart, to keep our clubs website as a clear leader across all Rotary websites.  If you missed the meeting or want to reminisce, I encourage you to check out the audio, and sometimes video, of the weekly meetings on





The Dubuque Rotary's weekly meeting is:

Next Tuesday, April 7, 2015 at Noon

Meetings are held at:
Dubuque Golf & Country Club
1800 Randall Place
Dubuque, IA 52003

Click Here for a calendar of upcoming Rotary Meetings.
Click Here for a calendar of upcoming Rotary Events.

Rotary Club of Dubuque • PO Box 813 • Dubuque IA 52004-0813