April 26, 2022 - It was a pleasure to have Brenna Burgart, the Recovery Support Services Coordinator at Substance Abuse Services Center (SASC) step in to deliver an informative program on problem gambling. State Representative Shannon Lundgren was our scheduled speaker but she was called back to Des Moines for some unfinished business in the House.
Brenna Burgart from SASC
Burgart told us that problem gambling is usually associated with middle and older age, but new gaming options have increased the exposure to younger people. Dubuque has a lot of gaming exposure with 2 casinos, a dog racetrack (closing this year), 50 lottery outlets, and new sports betting. For employers, she outlined several steps to help minimize your exposure to gambling problems.
  • Establish a gambling policy for your business - contact Burgart at SASC for assistance.
  • Conduct regular awareness training, especially if your business is financial or your employees handle money - SASC can assist.
  • Encourage healthy lifestyles and stress reduction strategies
Burgart also told us about the Your Life Iowa initiative from the Iowa Dept. of Public Health. This is an online resource to connect people with resources, including for problem gambling.
Thanks to program chair, Scott Goins (State Farm Insurance) for lining up this great presentation.
Brenna Burgart (L) and Scott Goins (R)
We had some great news from Rotarians, including from Jennifer Klass (founder, Accessorize Me) who was celebrating her 20th wedding anniversary recently. Bob Woodward (TH/Woodward Communications) told us his hockey playing son was graduating magna cum laude from Augsburg University following their appearance in the NCAA D-III Frozen Four
Jennifer Klaas

New Opportunity to Serve at the Grand Opera House!

The Dubuque Chorale is celebrating their 50th Anniversary with two concerts at the Grand coming up soon. They need our help to serve beer and wine at these two fun shows.

  • Saturday, May 14, 7:00pm show 
  • Sunday, May 15, 2:00pm show

If you would like to help out AND see this great show, click here to sign up to volunteer!

You can also sign up to volunteer for other upcoming shows this summer including the Sound of Music (June 17-26) and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (July 22-31)...

Spring Highway Cleanup, May 7, 9:00am

Dubuque Rotary Club is having a volunteer service opportunity on Saturday, May 7 starting at 9:00am until around 10:30am. 

Sign up online to help keep our highways clean! We have 12 of our goal of 20 volunteers but we need YOU! Sign up sheet will also be available at club meetings.

Dubuque Rotary is contracted to clean up a 3-mile stretch of Hwy 52 near the Jackson County line, between Key West and St. Donatus.

Click HERE to sign up!