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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 – April 21st, 2015 Created and Submitted by Steve Davis, Club Secretary, and Eric Hilbun, Club President


Guests and Visiting and Rotarians

Keith Cook hosted Matt Klutzaritz who is with the NE Council of Boy Scouts.  Wendell Ryder hosted his son, Jordan, who resides in Eugene, Oregon.  Vinod Sheth hosted his wife, Sandra.  Doug Stillings brought Karen Olsen who just moved to Dubuque from the Twin Cities for an opportunity with Dubuque Bank & Trust.  Charlie Green hosted Lieutenant Colonel Greg Ank who is taking part in an exchange fellowship program with the City of Dubuque.  Lieutenant Colonel Ank is currently stationed at Fort Sam Huston but will soon be taking garrison command of Carlisle Barracks, PA.  Mark McDermott visited again this week as a guest of Mary AnnGassman.  Finally, Steve Geisz welcomed our two outbound students from Western Dubuque High, Hanna Huisman and Rae Schlueter, along with our current inbound student from France, Solene Pradat-Paz.  Welcome to all of our guests.  Hopefully you had an enjoyable experience.

Member Welfare:

Jim Schilling notified the club about Reza Ehtessabian.  A non-malignant brain tumor was discovered on his brain behind the eye.  Reza is currently in San Diego at a facility that specializes in this type of condition to determine if treatment is possible.  Please keep Reza and his family in your thoughts and prayers.

Happy $5: 
  • John Donovan gave $5 to express his pure enjoyment of the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra’s performance this past weekend. He says it was the best DSO performance in his eight years in Dubuque.
  • Maria Benham tossed in $5 to encourage members to attend the Dubuque Chorale’s Children’s Choir Concern in partnership with the Dubuque Humane Society.  The performance will take place on May 2nd and 3rd at the Grand Opera House.
  • Pat Udzielak contributed a very happy $5 in relief of the Duck Race being over.
  • Steve Domeyer and Kathy Kurt each gave $5 to welcome the end of tax season.  As a side note, they mentioned that fraudulent returns were a significant issue this season and encouraged members to discuss your annual filing with your advisor early next year.  
  •  Steve Davis contributed $20 to the pool to talk a bit about his experience at the district conference over the weekend.  The club is a standout in the district and we were well represented at the conference in many ways including the presence of our exchange students.  Bonus: Steve won a Paul Harris Fellow in a random drawing at the conference.


Club Announcements:

  • Duck Race: Pat presented a check to Miki Robinson from the Bell Tower in the amount of $2000.  All ten winners were announced including the first prize winner – Jennifer Klaas who is the parent of a participant in the summer program at the Bell Tower.  Congratulations, Jennifer!  To show her appreciation for the event, Jennifer donated a portion of her winnings back to the club and to the Bell Tower.  The last place duck (and the trophy) went to none other than our very own Ed Babka.  Congratulations to all of the winners and many thanks to Pat for her time and dedication to the event.
  • Grant Opera House: Andrea Beacham reminded us to take a look at the volunteer opportunities at the Grand.  Volunteers are needed for performances through the end of the year.  Most events only require one person but you may share the experience with a friend or significant other.
  •  Youth Exchange: Danita Grant is the club’s Youth Exchange Officer (YEO).  Danita informed the membership that we will have two inbounds next year (one from Japan and the other from Italy).  The club needs host families for each student.  The student may be hosted in your home for the year or for a six-month period.  Non-Rotarian host families are welcome as well.
  • Super Shot Saturday (not a golf outing!): Steve Geisz announced the event date of May 16th.  There are a handful of volunteers still needed from 8-10am and from 10am-1pm on that day to help vaccinate children whose families cannot provide the proper vaccinations for them.  The inoculations will happen at the VNA on Iowa Street this year.  Contact Steve or Mike Loveless if you can help.
  •  Rotary Literacy Project: As part of the literacy project, Chuck Weber is in need of a volunteer to accompany an Interact student from Wahlert to read to elementary students.  This will be from 4-5pm on Tuesday, April 28 at Lincoln School.  If you can help, please contact Chuck for the details.



Bob Demaree and Jeremy Mims led the Dubuque Chorale in an amazing performance for the club.  For their last piece, they pulled in fellow members Charlie Green and John Donovan.  The performance for our club was on the heels of their “Best of Opera” performances over the past weekend which included pieces from Boris Godunov, Tannhauser and Carmen among others.  Bob also was proud to report the Children’s Chorale program (which was first announced to our club about three years ago) is now off the ground!  The Children’s Chorale will have a performance for animal lovers on May 2nd & 3rd at the Grand Opera House.

For their performance at the meeting and the value they add to the community, the club donated $200 to the Chorale.  Thank you, Bob, Jeremy and chorale performers!

Next Week’s Program

Centennial Celebration Discussion – Co-chairs Craig Beytien and Emily McCready will ask you to take a stroll down “Memory Lane”.  The nostalgic information that you can provide will be very valuable to the committee as they promote our centennial year through various media publications.  Please come prepared to share your stories and experiences as they relate to the Rotary Foundation, Youth Exchange, Interact, Humanitarian Grants, Club Service, Special Events and Where are they now (identifying former Rotarians or their families who we can reach out to).  This will be a very valuable piece of the Centennial Celebration so your input and participation is very much appreciated.

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,

Steve Davis

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 28, 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.
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Rotary Club of Dubuque • PO Box 813 • Dubuque IA 52004-0813