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Shout Out

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)

Fun & Frolic Guidelines

Fundraising Beneficiary Selection Guidelines

Invocation Guidelines

Member Minute Guidelines

Promotion of Events 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.

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, November 4, 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.
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Recent Meeting News

The Rotary Rambler – October 28, 2014 Submitted by Eric Hilbun, Rotary Club of Dubuque President (2014/2015) with the help of Club Secretary, Steve Davis

Guests and Visiting and Rotarians:  Chris Chopin-Tilton hosted Taylor Van Ness, who is originally from upstate NY, but now works with the Sisters of Charity, BVM and Richelle Genlie from US Bank.  We welcome all our guests and hope you had a great time! 

Membership Welfare:  Everyone is doing great!

Club Secretary With a heavy heart I announced that Sue Olsen resigned as the Club Secretary after MANY years of amazing service.  We are very thankful for her dedication and attention to the many important behind the scene duties that keep our club moving forward.  She was instrumental in greatly improving our member information database and insuring that we continue to be on the leading edge of club technology.  She will be truly missed.  However, Sue handpicked her replacement in Steve Davis.  Steve graciously agreed and the board unanimously approved him to finish Sue’s remaining term.  We are extremely excited and thankful to have Steve as the Club Secretary.

Humanitarian Grant Recipient:  Matt reported the Wisconsin Badger Camp is the recipient of a $1000 humanitarian grant and introduced Kayla Leibfried from the camp who accepted the check and explained that the grant will go to help 7 campers from Iowa, who are from fixed or low income families, attend camp.

Club Announcements
Rotarian (magazine, not member) Recycle - Glenn Lichti offered suggestions on uses for your Rotarian magazine including: read it, give a copy to a friend or colleague, put it in a waiting room or bring it to a Rotary meeting so it can be distributed to speakers and guests/potential members.  Additional thoughts or suggestions maybe directed to Glenn at or Pat Udzielak at

Member Information Verification – Sue Olsen sent everyone a request to verify their information in the database.  The request was sent along with their user name and password which is automatically generated. I want to encourage every member to verify their information and report any incorrect information to myself or Steve Davis. These will be sent annually at minimum.  Sue also wanted you all to know that there are some members who are very good at keeping their information updated and she and Steve appreciate it very much.

Food for the Soul – Glenn Lichti thanked the volunteers from the club who helped at the event this past Saturday night, October 25.

Family B&L Wine tasting – Dave Weber thanked the volunteers who helped on Thursday, October 17th.  He presented a $637 check to the club representing the proceeds from the event graciously given to us by Tim Althaus, owner of Family Beer and Liquor.  Thank you Dave for being the liaison and Tim for choosing Rotary Club of Dubuque as the beneficiary this year.

Santa Cash – Wendy Scardino reported the Santa Cash tickets have arrived and are now available.  The committee needs volunteers to help sell tickets prior to the weekly club meetings and she sent around a signup sheet.  Neil Rolwes updated the club on the early-bird prizes starting next week, November 4th.  Those prizes include items from DBQ 365, Mississippi Moon Bar, Mindframe Theater, tickets to a Saints game donated by DB&T, and a $200 gift basket from River Museum.  Jessica Pape provided information (handout) about the recipient of the Santa Cash fundraiser, St. Mark Youth Enrichment Center.

Happy $5s
Tim Moothart let us know about a trip he and his wife are organizing to the Working Boys Center Family of Families in Quito, Ecuador.  This will be their fifth annual trip and it is focused mainly on learning about the culture of Ecuador and what poor families are doing to pull themselves out of the grips of generational poverty.  Accommodations are safe and comfortable, and costs are low.  The group will leave on January 17th and return on January 26, 2015.  We will also attend a meeting of one of the local Quito Rotary clubs.  If you are interested in joining the Mootharts on this great trip, please contact Tim at 563-581-7690 to learn more.  You can also checkout the website

Member Minute Maria Benham – She is the CEO of Humane Society in Dubuque.  Family, faith, and community are the most important things in her life.  She was the youngest of 6 children growing up in small town Iowa.  She lived in Denver, CO for a number of years where she really grew up.  She is married with two kids, two dogs and 10 mice as pets.

Program Jessica Pape introduced Larry Loeppke, Scott Schneider, Glenn Lichti, and Charles Weber.  Larry provided an overview of the work done by Rotary International including committing to polio eradication in 1985 and the progress so far.  He then turned it over to Glenn Lichti who discussed the financial health and transparency of the foundation.  Our club can get $4:$1 funding for Global grants through the Rotary International Grants and $2:$1 funding for District Grants through our District Grant pool.  Scott Schneider discussed the social return on investment.  Tanzania Salvadorian Sisters water project ($16,500 locally, match from district and $25000 from global grant).  Uganda Quench & Connect Water Project – proposed contribution of $2500 by DBQ club – matches up that to a total of $41,000 to install water wells in Ugandan communities.  Charles Weber provided an overview of the project to purchase an ambulance for a Nigerian medical center.  From a District grant perspective, they are looking into applying for a District Grant to help with the First Books Literacy Program ($5000 club commitment, $4000 match).  In closing Larry, discussed the Power of the Pin (Paul Harris pin). $92M of the $115M in the annual fund in 2013 came from PH contributions. 
Our club as of 7/1/14: 172 members, 124 donors to the fund, 82 Paul Harris Fellows (those who have given $1,000 to the Rotary Foundation), 2 major donors. 
Larry’s goal for our club by 6/30/15 is as follows:  100@100 which is 100 Paul Harris Fellows in the 100th year of the Rotary Club of Dubuque’s existence.  We can all help Larry with that goal as there is a special year end incentive that is now taking place.  Through a past donor points system, 100% of a members contribution will be matched dollar for dollar.  For example, if a member contributes $500, the donor points system will match another $500 and that member will be awarded Paul Harris Fellow recognition.  The incentive will last through the end of 2014.  As the year winds down and you start to think about where you can give that will have an amazing impact, please keep our club and specifically the RI foundation in your thoughts.  This incentive allows you to give to an amazing organization and due to the incentive, you will be able to leverage and maximize that gift.  The demise of Polio and the increasing ability for people of the world to have clean drinking water only happens if we all come together with our time, our talent, and our treasure.    

Next Week’s Program Bryce Parks representing Toys for Tots. 

The Last Word(s):  When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left and could say “I used everything you gave me.”   – Erma Bombeck
Yours in Rotary,
Eric Hilbun

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


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