JOHN F. GERM
Looking back at the momentous 1917 Rotary Convention in Atlanta, it is difficult to see what could have been contentious about the words of then-President Arch C. Klumph: “It seems eminently proper that we should accept endowments for the purpose of doing good in the world.” Yet, at the time, support for the idea was far from unanimous. Some thought an endowment fund would create more trouble than it was worth. But Klumph’s idea received the support it most needed in the form of an initial donation of $26.50 from the Rotary Club of Kansas City, Mo.
Nearly 100 years later, we recognize Klumph’s idea as not only visionary, but revolutionary: It set in place the mechanism that allowed Rotary to become the vast force for “doing good in the world” that it is today.
In many ways, our Rotary Foundation is the foundation of Rotary as we know it. It has created a mechanism for cooperation and partnership among clubs and between Rotary and other organizations; it has enabled us to be ever more ambitious in our work and to reach for goals of historic proportions, such as the eradication of polio. It is impossible to quantify the good that has been done over the last century as a result of The Rotary Foundation. All we can know for sure is that Arch Klumph, if he could see it, would be proud.
I am looking forward to seeing many of you at our international convention in Atlanta: the city where our Foundation was born. I hope a record number of Rotarians will be there to celebrate the centennial of our Foundation. In the meantime, there are plenty of other ways to celebrate! I encourage you to read more about the Foundation centennial at centennial.rotary.org. There, you’ll learn about the history of our Foundation and find ideas for events and projects in your clubs and your community.
One of the most important ways we are celebrating the Foundation centennial is with a fundraising goal of $300 million. Your gift to your Foundation is the best way of ensuring a strong second century for Rotarians Doing Good in the World and for Rotary Serving Humanity.
Many things have happened since my last letter. I just had the opportunity to go to the very beautiful Phuket! In Phuket, the home where we were staying was right on the beach. So it was easy to spend most of the time there. But we also went and explored the historic part of the islands that the Portuguese had settled. I also did something way out of my comfort zone and tried zip lining (I highly recommend it, it’s amazing!).
While I was in Phuket we received news that disaster had struck, Thailand’s beloved king of 70 years had passed away. People in Thailand love their king and he is seen as part of their family. So, it has been kind of a mess here with the government system. The new king gets a year for mourning before he gets sworn in, so at the moment no one really knows what to do.
The food here, like I mentioned in my last report is very different! For example, just last week I was at a restaurant with my host family and had no idea what they had ordered until the food came to the table. They had ordered bees, which were still in the comb so they were sweet. Then they ordered ant egg soup, which was probably the strangest thing I've ever eaten! And finally they also ordered fried queen ants. Since they were fried they were almost like a chip, which wasn't too bad, but not the most favorite thing that I've tried.
I have also had the opportunity to go and visit many different temples, one being the very beautiful White temple. It’s a very famous temple for its detail. We went to another temple called the Doi Suthep to show our support of another exchange student becoming a monk.
The next couple of months will be very tough for me because they have all of my favorite holidays, and usually with those holidays you spend them with family. But here in Thailand, my host families can sense that. So to celebrate Halloween we tried finding a pumpkin to carve, but all we could find was a squash. For Thanksgiving we found a restaurant called The Dukes that does a very authentic Turkey dinner on Thanksgiving. And for Christmas all of the exchange students in Chiang Mai are going to be holding a potluck where we all make foods from our country and we meet at someone’s home. These holidays will be the first one spending them without my American family. But I'm so Thankful for all of my extended family.
2. Hometown/School/College: My hometown is Faribault where I attended Bethlehem Academy, graduated from the University of Minnesota with a B.A. in criminal justice studies.
5. Rotary sponsor: Chuck Kuntze of the former Faribault Book Store.
6. Interesting fact about you or your life: I turned a corn field into a forest.
2. Hometown/School/College: I grew up on a farm in southwestern Minnesota. Wanda would have been considered my hometown. I attended Wabasso Public High School and graduated from St. John’s University with a degree in accounting.
6. Interesting fact about you or your life: I loved playing baseball and men’s fast pitch softball for various town teams in the 1970’s and 80’s.
2. Hometown/School/College: I grew up in Forest City, Iowa but had a short stint in Owatonna. Ardy grew up in Decorah, Iowa on the family farm. We met at Waldorf College in Forest City then I went to Augsburg College in Minneapolis and Ardy went to UNI in Cedar Falls. We both received our Masters Degrees at Colorado State in Fort Collins, mine in Music with a conducting emphasis and Ardy in Science with an emphasis in clothing design.
3. Previous occupations: I was a teacher in the Faribault High School music department before deciding to change to financial advising in 1982.
4. Hobbies: I love model trains, travel, camping and being with my 7 grand kids. Ardy loves being in the outdoors in the garden, traveling and spending time with the grand kids as well.
(Reprinted with permission from the Faribault Daily News)
There are few things better than books to put in the hands of youth.
Rotary Club of Faribault, United Way and UNITY students from Faribault High School are doing just that. With the installation Wednesday afternoon at Our Savior’s Luterhan Church of the group's first “little library” (though not the first in town).
“We’re hoping to put five or six of them up in the community in areas where there is a lot of diversity,” Rotary member Dick Huston said. “The hope is to increase reading, which translates to a better education.”
Huston built the library himself, and Taiwanese exchange student Maggie Chen, who lives in Huston’s home, painted it. It’s essentially a large mailbox with a small wooden house at the top of a wood post. On one side, there is a door with a glass window, so anyone can see the books inside.
Many of those books are donated by community members to Rotary, and many come from United Way. The latter organization’s executive director, Adam Von Ruden, was on hand for the installation.
“For us, this project really falls in line with what we do in the community and advocate for,” he said.
Faribault United Way currently runs its own book program, the Dolly Parton Imagination Library, which supplies signed up children with a new book, once a month, from birth to 5 years old. The program is currently at capacity with 875 kids.
Von Ruden notes that in the age of iPads in school and smartphones everywhere else, getting a book in a kid’s hand remains an important step.
“It’s just such a benefit to get kids reading,” he said.
Huston expects more little libraries to be built throughout this year. He said they’ll be strategically placed in areas they might be needed.
Children (and adults) are free to take a book inside the library at their own leisure. They’re encouraged to bring it or another book back, but they don’t have to, as Rotary and United Way are standing by to replenish.
Meanwhile, the UNITY students, represented on Wednesday by Rene Villalta (El Salvador), Tufah Abdulahi (Ethiopia) and Sagal Jama (Somalia), will stop by the little libraries weekly to check if they need to be restocked. UNITY is a group at the high school, where students organize events and opportunities for peers from all different cultures to come together and learn more about each other.
Abdulahi noted that the little library project is a good for the students to participate in the club and help youth in the community.
“It’s to help people better understand reading,” she said.
“It’s really good for kids,” added Jama.
Villalta noted the little libraries could be even easier to use than the regular library.
“It’s free. There are no due dates. You can take your time,” he said in Spanish, translated by his step-mom.
This new project is one of many that Rotary leads in the Faribault community and elsewhere. With clubs in countries all over the world, Huston noted, the Christian organization is made up of more than just Christians, and it aims to help more than just Christians, too.
“In Faribault, there is such a diverse population,” he said. “We have a 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? This project checks all those boxes.”
Installation Ceremony 2016
President Huston opens the meeting and the installation ceremony with our traditional patriotic song, Pledge of Allegiance, 4- Way test and invocation.
The meeting and ceremony was well attended.
President Huston gives his year end wrap up.
President Cook beginning his opening remarks and paying tribute to President Huston's leadership this past year.
Security Bank Clock
Welcome to the Faribault Rotary Club!
Rotary International is the world's first service club organization, with more than 1.2 million members in 33,000 clubs worldwide. Rotary club members are volunteers who work locally, regionally, and internationally to combat hunger, improve health and sanitation, provide education and job training, promote peace, and eradicate polio under the motto Service Above Self.
The Faribault Rotary Club was established 96 years ago on May 1,1920 as Rotary's 596th club with 22 charter members and by the end of the first year membership had reached a total of 35. The next year 21 more members were added. The first President of the Faribault Rotary Club was Frank W. McKellip. On June 29, 2016, the Faribault Rotary Club installed its 97h President, Jake Cook, for the 2016-17 Rotary Year.