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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.

Humanitarian Grant Applications

Dear Community Friends: The application for Humanitarian Grants is now available! We will accept applications until Monday, August 31, 2015 at 4:00 pm.

The Humanitarian Committee awards funds to deserving entitles who demonstrate a specific need. These funds are not for general operations, but rather designed to accomplish a specific goal or project that serves your intended audience. Funds are limited and we ask that your request not exceed $3,000.

We appreciate your interest in Dubuque Rotary and look forward to hearing from you.

Sincere regards, John B. Donovan - Humanitarian Grant Chair

Click here for Humanitarian Grant Guidelines and Application


Member Photos Directory

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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 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 – August 25, 2015 Created and Submitted by Steve Davis, Club Secretary, and Steve Geisz, Club President

Guests and Visiting and Rotarians:

  • John Donovan hosted Gretchen Brown, the new CEO at Stonehill. Gretchen comes from Wausau, Wisconsin and is a Rotarian so we hope she will join our club.
  • Bob Woodward introduced Viva McDougal. Viva works for Farm Bureau and is a prospective member.
  • Keith Cook's wife, Sharon, joined in the fun today.
  • Randi Taylor introduced one of our inbound exchange students, Kanade Wantabe. Kanade is 16 years old and is from Japan. We'll get to know her well throughout the year.
  • And Eric Hilbun hosted John Dalton. John is a life scout who is pursuing his Eagle Scout. He happens to be job shadowing Eric today. What a day to hang out with a financial advisor!

Special Presentations:

Tim Moothart welcomed Sue Freeman who is the associate executive director at Area Residential Care. On behalf of the club, Tim presented a check to Sue in the amount of $1600 to recognize our collaboration on the ARC Corporate & Community Games. The event is mutually beneficial to our organizations and we appreciate the partnership. Thanks, Sue for joining us today.

Club Announcements:

  • Ride N Roll – Teri Fairchild updated the club on the status of the Ride N Roll event coming up in about a month on September 26, 2015. We're in full raffle ticket sales mode with the most help needed at the various grocery stores selling tickets along with a volunteer from the Veteran's Freedom Center. Please contact Teri to help out and let's do our part by selling 10 or 20 tickets to our friends. With the prizes available, they are an easy sell. Just ask Jerry Trimble!
  • Treasurer Kurt reminded us that our 2015/16 dues are past due. A second invoice has gone out to those who have not yet paid. Please respond to Kathy ASAP so the club can get its district and RI dues paid by the upcoming deadline.
  • Rotary Nights Out: This is a pilot program happening during weeks that have a 5th Tuesday of the month. The first "Nights" will be Thursday, September 24th from 5-7 pm. Rotary Nights Out is a casual social for members and prospective members alike to come together outside of the regular Tuesday noon meetings. Location for the September meeting is to be determined so watch the Rambler for more info.
  • Food for the Soul: Glenn Lichti has the opportunity for a few volunteers to help out this Saturday at Food for the Soul from about 4:30pm to 7pm. This is a great opportunity for our club to help the needy in our community.

Happy Dollars:

  • Charlie Green gave up five happy dollars to announce that his wife and fellow Rotarian, Joyce White, was recently installed as the Chairperson of the Board for the Dubuque Area Chamber of Commerce. Of note, Joyce is only the third woman in over 100 years to lead the Chamber organization. Congratulations, Joyce!


Fellow Rotarian, Joey Taylor, provided the group with a very informational update on our local United Way organization. It's a period of change for the United Way as they work through their strategic planning process to understand how to best serve the community. The United Way currently serves 10 counties in the tri-state region with nearly $1.9 million raised during the last campaign. They serve the community needs centered on the four building blocks of education, income, health and basic needs.

There is an ongoing shift to a community impact model so the organization can become more outcome driven and the impact of their funding becomes specifically measured. As Joey mentioned, "it's about more than just dollars being given, that's a very important piece, but it's also the people, the service and the volunteer opportunities as well".

One great example of recent community impact is the implementation of the Dolly Parton Imagination Library program that was piloted in Dubuque County. This program offers a free book each month to kids from birth to age five when they begin school. This program will help accomplish literacy, a specific focus of Rotary International, in kids as they approach third grade – a critical stage in a child's life. Across the country, United Way organizations expect about 20% of the eligible population to participate in this program after the first year. In Dubuque, our United Way has accomplished an approximate 40% participation rate in just the first six months of the program - a resounding achievement!

Joey invites all Rotarians to join the United Way the morning of September 3rd from 7:30-9:00 for the Community Kickoff which marks the official start to their annual campaign.

Thank you to Joey, Wendy Scardino and Chris Chapin-Tilton for your presentation to the club.

Next Week's Program:
Kathie Rotz – The NICC Leadership Academy

Yours in Rotary,
Steve Geisz

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 club's 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, September 1, 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