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Dear Dubuque Rotarians,
The 2014-15 school year is off and running and the three Dubuque high school Interact clubs are gearing up for another amazing year of volunteer service and entrepreneurship. We need your help mentoring these up and coming Rotarians.
Interact is the high school version of Rotary. Each club has an elected board of directors and is mentored by school faculty/staff and local Rotarians. We try to form teams of 2-3 Rotarians for each club so that we are able to "tag team” for various functions. According to the RI guidelines, at least one Rotarian must be present at all meetings and club activities. You may provide guidance in running meetings, seeking out community service and fundraising opportunities, and acting as a connection to the local Rotary club.
Hempstead – we have three Rotarians – could use one more
- Board and club each meet twice per month
- Board meetings 7:00 a.m. before school
- Club meetings 2:30 p.m. Wednesdays (typically) after school
Senior – we have two and a half Rotarians (one winters away) – could use 1-2 more
- Board and club alternate weeks
- All meetings 7:00 a.m. before school
Wahlert – we have two Rotarians (and maybe 2 more) – could use one more
- Board meets once per month
- Club meets twice per month
- All meetings on Tuesday or Thursday during open hour (10-11 a.m.)
- All three clubs keep their meetings to approximately 30 minutes.
Please let me know if you have questions or are interested in volunteering a few hours a month to work with our youth.
Interact Committee Chair
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Recent Meeting News
The Rotary Rambler – August 26th, 2014 Submitted by Eric Hilbun – Rotary Club of Dubuque Rotary President – 2014/2015
Visiting Guests and Rotarians: We welcomed Rotary alumni, Mitch Quade. He was hosted by Ken Buesing. Also, Mrs. Zoe Casper attended the meeting hosted by her husband, and one of our Sergeant at Arms, Bob Casper. I hope Mitch and Zoe had a great time. We want all inactive Rotarians to feel welcome to join our ranks again. A special thank you goes out to Zoe for allowing her husband to serve in harm’s way as he attempts every Tuesday to keep peace and order amongst the hooligans within our club.
Membership Welfare: Kent Renier let us know that Vicki “Robovolunteer” Bechen has been able to get rid of her hip and leg brace and is now free to roam. We hope to see her back soon.
- The Fall Golf Outing committee informed us that they are working steadily towards their dual goals of having 6 more foursomes and 30 more people for dinner. There are some incomplete foursomes so they asked us to invite our Rotarian and non Rotarian friends to sign up for a great day of golf, dinner, and a show. There is going to be great fun, fellowship, food, and financial outpouring. The event this year is supporting Area Residential Care, which had to cancel its biggest fundraiser of the year this past April due to weather. There are tons of silent and live auction prizes up for bid and it should be a great day and evening. Please go to www.dubuquerotary.org for more details. We hope to see many Rotarians and guests at this extremely fun event!
- The Rotary International Convention is being held in Sao Paulo, Brazil on June 6-9, 2015.
- Scott Schneider reminded us that as schools get started, so do the Rotary Interact clubs at the high schools. I sent an email on his behalf asking for members to serve as Interact mentors. Interact is a great organization that gets students interested in Service Above Self and making the world a better place. Please help if you can.
- We recognized Dr. Charles Weber for his service to the club as a board member from July 2011 through June 2014. He continues to be a great contributor to our club and does many wonderful things behind the scenes in regards to district grants. Give him a pat on the back the next time you see him.
- Darryl Mozena presented the club with a flag from the Dingwald, Scotland Rotary Club on behalf of Bob Baxter, who visited our club a few months ago.
Paid Announcements ($5 Happy Dollar Shameless Self Promotion):
I was happy to pay $21 which represented each of the Past Presidents who participated in the Past Presidents dinner last week. I specifically want to thank Kevin Lynch and Mike Loveless for organizing the dinner and Steve Geisz for hosting. The following are just a couple of the many good suggestions and ideas that came from the meeting:
Red Badge Coordinator: Craig Beytein volunteered to be the first Red Badge Coordinator for our club. His role in this capacity will be to help new members get acclimated and plugged into a role in the club that fits their skill set and passion, fulfill their RB requirements, and achieve regular membership status.
Rotarian (Magazine) Recycle: Patty U and Glenn L volunteered to begin the Rotarian Recycle. Starting next week, they will have a box at the meeting that Rotarians can donate their Rotarian magazine after they have read it. Pat and Glenn will distribute the magazines to doctor’s offices, nursing homes, and other waiting room areas in an effort to spread Rotary awareness.
Program: Pat Carmack spoke about the Guatemala Literacy Project and the trip her and her daughter took to Guatemala in August 2013. Pat and her daughter, who is blind and has traveled the world, are inspirations for all of us to go out and make the world a better place than we found it. Please check out the audio of her presentation on our website.
Next Week’s Program: Voices from the Warehouse.
Gary Olsen, our fellow Rotarian, 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
One Last Word: The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now. – Chinese Proverb