The Rotary Club of Dubuque would like to celebrate the 4 and a half years Paul Hemmer served as Executive Director at the Grand Opera House. Paul's integrity, talent, and vision made the Grand the premiere venue for highly entertaining theater productions in Dubuque.
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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 05-20-14)
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||$3,000|
|Stonehill Benevolent Foundation||$2,100|
|WI Badger Camp||$1,000|
|Mary's Inn Maternity House||$2,000|
|YMCA New Beginnings||$2,000|
Hempstead Interact conducted a fundraising project at the beginning of the school year to assist needy students with an essential need. "We noticed that there were several students who were carrying around large stacks of books in their arms because they either couldn't afford a backpack or had one that was inadequate for their needs," said Mason Nebel, Interact club president. "It was clear that we had an opportunity to help," he said.
Interact club members rallied and solicited donations of backpacks – new or slightly used – and monetary support for the purchase of new packs. Through the assistance of Rotary advisor Pat Udzielak and generously deep discounts by Shopko, the club received and purchased more than 20 high-quality packs to be distributed on an as-needed basis. Students in need may contact their counselor in confidence if they feel that they can benefit from these donations.
Thanks to the many Rotarians who donated money and/or backpacks in support of these efforts. Your participation has made an immediate impact on several Hempstead students.
Recent Meeting News
The Rotary Rambler – November 18, 2014
Created and Submitted by Eric Hilbun, Rotary Club of Dubuque President (2014/2015) and Steve Davis, Rotary Club of Dubuque Secretary
Guests and Visiting and Rotarians: Our District Governor, Kathy Fahy was joined by her Aunt Sister Ginny Heldorfer, OSF who lives in Dubuque. Andy Blankenbaker brought Josh Jasper as a prospective member. Wilma Sanders, wife of Don Sanders, joined him and us for lunch in honor of their 64th anniversary. More on that later…
Membership Welfare: In regards to Ken Snodgrass, Mary Ann Gassman reported that they are NOT looking for visitors at this point according to his wife, Carole. Cards and letters are welcome. Craig Beytien said he did visit Ken and reported that he was in great spirits. Vicki Bechen also visited Ken and said he looks tired and lost weight but is in good spirits. Finally, retired doctor, Reza Ehtessabian suggested visitors to stroke or brain injury patients should provide encouragement by congratulating progress over the past few days and weeks since the incident rather than comparing their current state to their "normal” or pre-incident state of being. Great advice from Dr. Reza and obviously we wish Ken a continued speedy recovery and we can’t wait to see him back in our midst.
Humanitarian Grant Recipient: Matt Strelo presented Sister Charla Bulko a check for $2000 for the DUBUQUE COMMUNITY YMCA/YWCA - Victim Services Shelter. Sister Charla reported the funds will take care of the food and transportation needs for the 18 people at the shelter through 2014. She also reported that Thanksgiving dinner for people at the shelter is being donated by people who formerly stayed at the shelter – a resounding sense of achievement confirming the shelter truly helps people move forward with their lives.
Fall Golf Outing Recipient: Carrie Haas accepted a check in the amount of $5151 on behalf of Area Residential Care. Carrie reported this check will help empower the people that ARC serves and to help them achieve their dreams.
- Santa Cash – Terri reported 103 tickets have been sold with another 100 in the hands of Rotarians. Asks that each Rotarian sell two tickets to meet the lofty goal. Terri thanks all who have contributed to the success of this fundraiser.
- Food for the Soul – Glenn Lichti reported this event was a success again this past weekend. Thank you to all of the volunteers who helped make this the most fun event to date.
- Holiday Party – Carrie Miller announced the party will be held on December 19th at the Grand River Center in the River Room from 5:30-7:30. Appetizer menu is set and a cash bar will be available. Cost is $10 per person and guests are welcome. RSVP to Carrie or Barbara Barker.
- Salvation Army – Reza Ehtessabian announced the volunteer list is nearly half-full which means more are still needed. The date is December 24th and there are three locations this year (including indoor venues!). Reza would also like a couple of people to help with organizing this great cause/event. Contact Reza if you’re willing to give him a hand
- New Member Orientation – Craig Beytien on behalf of Bob Woodward, who was NOT at the meeting, announced the next New Member Orientation is scheduled for nextTuesday, November 25 at 11am. The orientation will be held at the Dubuque Golf & Country Club prior to the regular club meeting. Craig reported all new members should attend to learn more about Rotary & International causes. You’ll hear from a variety of board members who will provide a broad view of Rotary. All club members are welcome to attend.
- Rotary International Foundation Report – Larry Loeppke passionately reported that our club’s goal is to celebrate 100 Paul Harris Fellows in the 100th year of the Rotary Club of Dubuque. Of 173 active club members, 124 have donated to the Foundation, 82 have achieved Paul Harris Fellow status, and 20 of those members are multiple Paul Harris Fellows. Globally, there have been more than 1.4 million Paul Harris Fellows since recognition began in 1957. Rotarians who donate from now until December 31, 2014 will receive a 100% match from the club. One parting thought from Larry: Rotary can succeed in its causes because we believe we can succeed.
- Article 5, Section 2 of By Laws Change – I announced at that at Monday’s Board meeting a motion was made to amend Article 5, Section 2 of Rotary Club of Dubuque bylaws. The amendment will read that all Rotary-sponsored activities including committee meetings and events will apply as a makeup session for the regular weekly club meeting. The motion was seconded and all were in favor. As per our bylaws I am required to propose any change to the bylaws to the general membership for approval. Please consider this motion and be prepared to vote on it at next week’s meeting.
- Although it was not an event or business promotion, we felt obliged to mention that Don and Wilma Sanders are giving the club $64 Happy Dollars in honor of their anniversary. Thank you so much to Don and Wilma and we wish you many more years to come.
Program: District Governor Kathryn Fahy provided the membership with some great information from District including:
- Don’t be afraid to ask someone to come to Rotary. You might be surprised at how many people in the community may have an interest in coming, but have never been asked.
· Light up Rotary – The International theme this year based on the Chinese proverb: It’s better to light a single candle than to curse the darkness.
- To make this club all it can be:
- Share your Rotary story. Why are you a Rotarian and what it means to you?
- Bring what you are passionate about to Rotary.
- Plan then partner. Plan events as a club then partner with the community to make them successful.
- Shake it up (meeting times). Satellite club for those who cannot attend the noon meeting.
We appreciate her leadership and passion for Rotary and look forward to the progress we will all make this year.
Next Week’s Program: Madison Davis who is on an extended leave from West Point.
The 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,
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 www.dubuquerotary.org.