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Profile: Diane Harris (AFSCME Local 3019)

BACKGROUND:

Diane has worked for Iowa Workforce Development since 2002; she helps unemployed Iowans find new jobs. She previously worked for Iowa Prison Industries at the Iowa State Penitentiary and has been a state employee since 1991.

COMMUNITY ACTIVITY: BURLINGTON STEAMBOAT DAYS

Diane has been a volunteer for Burlington Steamboat Days since 1998. She started volunteering to help with tickets sales, gate work, and selling souvenirs. She was nominated and elected to the board of Burlington Steamboat Days in 2005. She currently puts in about one hundred volunteer hours a year to help make Burlington Steamboat Days happen. Burlington Steamboat Days’ centerpiece is the American Music Festival, which brings major recording artists to Burlington to perform. During the event week, the board also puts on additional events which include a Special Guest Day for the area special needs people, Senior Day, Kids Day, and ending the week with a Parade.

COMMUNITY ACTIVITY: GREATER BURLINGTON PARTNERSHIP

Diane also volunteers her time as a member of the Greater Burlington Partnership’s Business Retention and Expansion Committee. She has been involved with putting on the Small Business Breakfast and the Manufacturer’s Luncheon that recognizes the Manufacturer of the Year.

WHY SHE VOLUNTEERS—IN HER OWN WORDS:

“Volunteering in my community is something that I find personally rewarding. It is amazing to see the hard work of the volunteers come together into something as amazing and fun as Burlington Steamboat Days. Steamboat Days is the biggest community event all year in Burlington.

“Burlington Steamboat Days provides a major boost to our community’s economy. Visitors come from all over to see the shows: we have even had visitors from Alaska! Burlington Steamboat Days, which is in its 53rd year, is a great way to showcase Burlington, the hard work of the region’s residents, and our beautiful riverfront.

“I know my work with Steamboat Days has helped make Burlington a better community.”

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