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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)

Beneficiary Selection Guidelines

Fun & Frolic Guidelines

Invocation Guidelines

Member Minute Guidelines

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
Opening Doors$3,000
Stonehill Benevolent Foundation$2,100
WI Badger Camp$1,000
Mary's Inn Maternity House$2,000
YMCA New Beginnings$2,000

Operation Backpack

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.

Craig Beytien's Pass the Gavel Roast

Watch the short movie "Super Shot Saturday," and learn how Rotary Club promotes childhood immunization in our community and partnering with the Visiting Nurses Association and Unity Point Health - Finley Hospital.

Dubuque, Iowa's Annual ARC Games (previously known variously as the "Corporate Games, Business Olympics, etc.") has grown to become an all out festival of silly fun but all for a good cause, Area Residential Care. This hilarious 4 minute video highlights the Rotary Club of Dubuque's involvement in this fund-raising event.

Two musical performers in one meeting: Gareth Johnson, the spectacularly talented concert violinist performing on behalf of the Dubuque Arts Council, and the Dubuque Chorale performing selections from their concert celebrating the legacy of the British Isles and the people from which had a significant hand in settling the Dubuque area.


The Dubuque Rotary's weekly meeting is:

Next Tuesday, October 28, 2014 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.

Recent Meeting News

The Rotary Rambler – October 21, 2014. Submitted by Eric Hilbun – Rotary Club of Dubuque Rotary President – 2014/2015

Guests and Visiting and Rotarians:  Bob Woodward introduced Catherine Bethke who is with McGraw Hill and also a Loras graduate.  Go DuHawks!  Scott Schneider and Steve Geisz hosted Dawn Grierson, wife of fellow Rotarian Bob Grierson, and the following RYLA students:  Trent Grierson (Bob and Dawn’s son), Sierra Thurston, Blake Derby, Lynsi Nauman, Delaney Bounds, Emily Broadbent, Cassidy Shubalt, Megan Lenstra, and Katalina Kutsch.  We welcome all our guests and hope you had a great time! 
Membership Welfare:  Charlie Green announced that three weeks out of surgery, Joyce White is recovering well and should be back with us sometime in November.  Joyce, we miss you and wish you a speedy recovery. 
Club Announcements

  1. Salvation Army Bell Ringing – Reza Ehtessabian reminded us that it will soon be that time of year again when carolers will be singing, hot coco will be flowing, and Rotarian’s will be ringing bells for the Salvation Army.  He said he will pass around signup sheets starting in November. 
  2. Grand Opera Beer and Wine Sales – Andrea Beachem notified me that all the dates for Rotarians selling beer and wine at the performances are full for the remainder of the season.  Thank you all for your support of this fundraiser. 
  3. Santa Cash – Wendy Scardino announced that the early bird ticket purchase drawing will be held in a couple of weeks.  She also stated that Super Hits 106 is giving us over $3,000 of air time.  Please show your support by tuning into Super Hits 106.1.  St. Mark’s Youth Enrichment is this year’s Santa Cash benefactor so please show your support by purchasing or selling at least two tickets. 
  4. Magic for the Museum – Craig Beytien reminded us of the event which will benefit the Dubuque Museum of Art.  Craig is the MC of the event featuring four top magicians from around the country.  Magic for the Museum is presented by TH Media and all proceeds benefit “The Art of Magic,” a new exhibit featuring custom magic apparatus from creator Craig Beytien.  The exhibit is open October 1-31 at the Dubuque Museum of Art.  Magic for the Museum will take place on Saturday, October 25th at 8pm at the Mississippi Moon Bar at the Diamond Jo Casino.  For more info, please contact Craig (
  5. Rotary Club of Dubuque Centennial Celebration Commemorative Flag ContestJohn Donovan ( announced that the Centennial Celebration committee has created a contest to invite local artists to design a large banner flag and small exchange flags to be shown and exchanged during our centennial year (2015-2016).  The dates of the beginning of the contest will be announced in the next couple of months but the board approved a $500 prize for the winner so this should be another great way that we will be able to promote Rotary to the community during our centennial year. 
  6. Food for the Soul – Glenn Lichti ( informed us there will be an opportunity to serve at Food for the Soul at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church on 10/25/14 and that the Rotary Club of Dubuque will be in charge of the Food for the Soul on 11/15/14 so we will need volunteers for that day also.  If you have not helped at a Food for the Soul event, you are truly missing an opportunity to stuff your soul with goodness.  Please consider volunteering.

Program:  Rotary Youth Leadership Awards Attendees - High school students who attended RYLA this summer explained how RYLA week was such an inspiration and life-changing experience for them.  All of them thanked us for providing the scholarships for them to attend.  I’m sure I speak for all the members of the club when I say it was our pleasure to send these wonderful people to RYLA and there is no doubt that they are going to be extremely successful in any endeavor they choose to pursue. 
Next Week’s Program:  Rotary Foundation Report and Update – Larry Loeppke will give an overview of the layers of the Rotary Foundation, how our club contributes to the foundation, and what we can do as individuals through the foundation to make our world a better place. 
The Last Word(s):  The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why. –Mark Twain
Yours in Rotary,
Eric Hilbun
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