Rotary Club of Faribault

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Bakken, Tanya
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Cook, Richard
Anderson, Kymn
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Rotary Foundation
Youth Services Chair
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Strive Program
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Youth Exchange Officer
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We meet Wednesdays at 12:15 PM
Vintage Ballroom
129 Central Ave N
Faribault, MN  55021-5210
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2016-17 Faribault Rotary Club President Jake Cook
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          The Youth Exchange committee is in need of host families to host our 2 inbounds.  As a club we will be hosting a 16 year old male soccer player from Germany and an 18 male from Columbia who likes to exercise.  Typically, we like to have three host families for each student.  
The first host family hosts from when they arrive in mid-to-late August through about Thanksgiving.  
The second host family hosts from after Thanksgiving through about spring break.
 The third host family hosts from after spring break until the student leaves mid-June or early July.  
          The club pays for their school lunches, helps with some school activities and also give the student a monthly allowance.  Please let Lisa Humfeld-Wilson know if you are able to host a student in your home and keep this youth exchange program going strong in Faribault.  It is a great way to promote world peace by learning about a different culture through Youth Exchange.

Kristen Twitchell, the new Director of the Paradise Theater has been proposed for membership by Kymn Anderson.  Her classification would be Theater Director.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact membership chair, Dick Huston.

Sam Ouk, the EL Director from Faribault High School has been proposed for membership by Dick Huston.  His classification would be Education Coordinator. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact membership chair, Dick Huston.

The Faribault City Council has approved the content and location of the Faribault Rotary Club mural.  Thank you to President Huston for his patience and persistence with the several draft revisions and time involved in making this happen.

Anne Marie Leland from Faribault High School has been proposed for membership by Todd Sesker.  Her classification would be Education Administration. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact membership chair, Dick Huston.

Sara Caron from Pleasant Manor has been proposed for membership by  Brent Peroutka.   Her classification would be HR/Payroll Manager.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact membership chair, Dick Huston.



John F. Germ



JULY 2016

Today, we look ahead toward a Rotary year that may one day be known as the greatest in our history: the year that sees the world's last case of polio. Wild poliovirus caused only 74 cases of polio in 2015, all of them in Afghanistan and Pakistan. As we continue to work tirelessly toward our goal of eradication, we must also look beyond it: preparing to leverage our success into even greater successes to come.

It is tremendously important to Rotary's future that our role in the eradication of polio be recognized. The more we are known for what we've achieved, the more we'll be able to attract the partners, the funding, and, most important, the members to achieve even more. We're working hard at RI headquarters to be sure that Rotary gets that recognition. But it can't all happen in Evanston. We need you to get the word out through your clubs and in your communities about what Rotary is and what we do. We need to be sure that our clubs are ready for the moment when polio is finally eradicated – so that when people who want to do good see that Rotary is a place where they can change the world, every Rotary club is ready to give them that opportunity.

We know that if we want to see Rotary Serving Humanity even better in the years ahead, we'll need more willing hands, more caring hearts, and more bright minds to move our work forward. We'll need clubs that are flexible, so that Rotary service will be attractive to younger members, recent retirees, and working people. We'll need to seek out new partnerships, opening ourselves more to collaborative relationships with other organizations.

Looking ahead, we also see a clear need to prioritize continuity in our leadership. We in Rotary are all playing on the same team, working toward the same goals. If we want to reach those goals together, we all have to move in the same direction – together.

Every day that you serve in Rotary, you have the opportunity to change lives. Everything you do matters; every good work makes the world better for us all. In this new Rotary year, we all have a new chance to change the world for the better, through Rotary Serving Humanity.


We are pleased to welcome our newest member, Darla Kosanda, from 1st United Bank.  Pictured here are President Huston, Membership chair, Tony Langerud, Darla, and her sponsor, Dr. Lisa Humfeld-Wilson. 

Dr. Dick Huston passes the gavel to incoming President Jake Cook after completing an outstanding year as our president.                                                                                 He will now move to his new role as membership chair.


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.


We were honored this past week by the return of 8 former Faribault Rotary past presidents to witness the installation of our 97th club president, Jake Cook. They are all pictured here. Dr. Roy Anderson (above) was our 54th president 1973-74.  Gus Hoffman (below) was our 56th president 1975-76.
 Donn Olson (above)was our 77th president 1996-97.  Wade Karli (below)was our 78th president 1997-98.
Congratulations to our newest Paul Harris Fellow, Amy Amundson. Thank you for your contributions to the Rotary Foundation. Pictured here are Bart Jackson, Foundation Chair, President Huston, and Amy.

The winners were drawn at our noon meeting.  Our Rotary exchange student, Amanda, on her last day here had the honor of drawing the prize winners. Thank you to all who participated!
S2,500 winner                      Pat Donkers
$1,000 winner                      Mike Gramse
$500 winner                          Megan Horton
Verified by
David A. Beranek, CPA
Reese, Winter & Associates, Ltd.
407 NW 1st Ave
Faribault, MN  55021

We are pleased to announce our newest Rotarian is Tanya Bakken from Trivent Financial.  Pictured here at her induction ceremony are President Dick Huston, Membership chair, Tony Langerud, Tanya, and her sponsor, Dr. Lisa Humfeld- Wilson. Please be sure to introduce yourself and welcome her to our club.

Rotary Foundation Chair, Bart Jackson (left), had the honor of presenting multiple Paul Harris Fellows to 5 Rotarians pictured here.  Starting from Bart's left President Dick Huston (PH+3,) George Wickstrom (PH+6,) Dan Hedge, Deb White, and Steve Pribyl (PH+1.) Thank you to everyone who supports the work of the Rotary Foundation.

This picture is on display at Keystone Communities.  For more on Fleck's Brewery history, see the front page article in today's Faribault Daily News. ( Yes Sam, this is a fleece!)

Dear Rotarians,
I wanted to extend a heartfelt thank you to the Faribault Rotary Club for funding the Seventh Grade Courage Retreat. It was an amazing day. You could see the students literally transform during the event. By teaching students to embrace respect as a core value, the Courage Retreat is essential to building a caring and safe climate at Faribault Middle School and in the Faribault community. Attached are some pictures from the event. Students shared some powerful stories and it was an impactful day for all. How would you like me to proceed with the acquiring the funding for this year's retreat? I have attached the budget from this year as well. Thank you so much for your ongoing support in empowering students to build strong values of respect and integrity.
Eric Sandberg
Eric Sandberg | Youth Development Coordinator
Faribault Public Schools, ISD 656
330 9th Ave SW, Faribault, MN 55021
Direct: 507-333-6213 Cell: 763-257-5272 |

Bethany Danner, an attorney for Patton, Hoversten, and Berg is the newest member of the Faribault Rotary Club.  She is  pictured her with club President, Dr. Richard Huston (left) and her sponsor membership chair, Tony Langerud (State Farm In$urance.)  She specializes in bankruptcy, family law and criminal law. Please be sure to introduce yourself to her and welcome her to our club.

These are all of the recipients that were at the Strive Banquet that were awarded scholarships. Front row, from l to r, Alexis Gernandt, Kathryn Ashley, Hannah Bokkelmann, Mikaele Isaacson, Sophie Kohl, Shae McDonough & Samantha Pierce. Back row from l to r, Joseph Beckmann, Kevin Dong, Chad White, Alex Dunn, Ryan Donkers, Ramsey Shaffer & Tyler Karow.


Ramsey Shaffer, $2,500 scholarship recipient presented by his mother, Christine Shaffer.

This is Mikaele Isaacson, $2,500 scholarship recipient with Carol Springmeyer.       


This is our $5,000 scholarship recipient, Samantha Pierce from FHS, along with Penny Bailey and Marion Bahl from the Bahl Foundation.

The following article is a reprinted from the 75th anniversary booklet of the Faribault Rotary Club in 1995 and covers the early years of our club starting in 1920. Part II will be in next weeks bulletin.
Murray Hanson
By: Lyle Schreiber
      Woodrow Wilson was president; the 18th Amendment was upheld by the Supreme Court; three Negroes were lynched in Duluth; the Faribault National Guard was sent to Duluth to control the rioting; Fourth Street west of Second Avenue was paved; lots in Southern Heights were selling for a dollar down and a dollar a week; the high school graduating class numbered 93. This was 1920.
On Thursday April 29, 1920 E.B. Johnson of Minneapolis, representing the district governor, met with 22 charter members of the Faribault Rotary Club. The charter was dated May 1, 1920. By the end of the first year, the membership had reached 35 and 21 members were added in the second year.
The first meetings were held at the episcopal Guild House. Mrs. Anna Kahn was the cook-hostess. Her lunches established a tradition of good food for the club. In 1926, the club moved its meeting place to the ELKS Club with the provision that the price of the lunch would not be more than sixty cents. In 1929, with the completion of the Harvey Hotel (Hotel Faribault) the club moves there for its meetings. Evidently the sixty cent limit still prevailed as, in 1933, the hotel was informed the cost must be reduced to fifty cents or the club would leave. The answer must have been negative, as in 1934 the meeting place was moved to the Blue Bird Inn located on Highway 3, about the present location of Larson Electric, Inc. 
     Mrs. C. N. Crossett and the Inn were famous for fine food. Some Rotarians made a point of arriving at the meetings early for chicken giblets and other appetizers. The club moved back to the hotel and continued to meet there until 1969 when it moved to the Evergreen Knoll. The food was good, but the space was too small, so the Country Club was tried. Again, the space arrangement was not satisfactory and it was decided to move to the lavender inn.

The following article is the completes the reprint from our 75th Anniversary booklet. 
Murray Hanson
By: Lyle Schreiber
Rotarians meet for more than food. Name almost any subject and Rotary has a program or speaker covering it. To name a few:
1925 School Problems
1928 The Mind of Youth
1930 Organized Labor
1933 Inflation
1930 The Decline of Morals -- Youth and Adults
1938 Congressman August Andreson stressed the need to curb government spending
1941 Should Faribault have an Airport?
1944 The Negro Question
1948 The Taft-Hartley Labor Law
1949 Socialized Medicine in Great Britain
1953 South African Race Problem
1956 Prospects of Atomic Electric Plants in Minnesota
Local government officials are frequent speakers to keep Rotarians advised of the problems of local government and their solutions. Owners of new and old Faribault industries are asked to tell of their products. In the last few years, club members visited Sellner Manufacturing Co., Faribault Foods, Mercury Minnesota, the remodeled library, and the Faribault correctional facility.
Soon after joining, Rotarians are asked to give a Classification Talk in which they give a short biographical sketch and a description of their occupation. These talks are some of the most interesting programs.
Beginning in 1940, selected students from local high schools were invited to be guests of the club at regular weekly meetings. This program has continued to the present. Two students from Faribault Senior High School, Bethlehem Academy or Shattuck-St. Mary's attend for two weeks. At the second meeting the students give a resume of their school activities. 
Rotary has a program for sending selected local high school students to a foreign country for a year and, in exchange, serves as a host to students from other countries. The Faribault club has had guests from Australia, Brazil, South Africa, and Ethiopia, and sent students to Greenland, Norway, Spain, Japan and Germany.
From its beginning, the Faribault Rotary Club has been interested in youth programs. The club assisted in organizing Boy Scout troops and sponsored a summer picnic for boys for several years. Rotarians furnished transportation to roll students who wanted to take part in athletics. The Rotary camp was built for use by Scouts and other Youth groups.
Believing that there should be recognition of those students who are academically superior, the club, in 1962, invited those members of the senior class from the High School and Bethlehem Academy who had a grade point average of 3.5 or better to an Honors Banquet. This recognition has continued and the students parents' are invited to attend.
To provide funds for the maintenance of the youth camp and for music scholarships, the Rotary club sponsors the first combined high school orchestra, band and choir concert of the year. At Christmas time, the high school choir performs part of their Christmas concert at a regular dinner meeting. For several years the dinner has been held at Shattuck-St. Mary's refractory and Shumway auditorium. A new fundraiser has been the October Rose sale. In 1994, more than 700 dozen roses were sold.
When Rotary was organized February 23, 1905 it was a men's organization. It remained so until 1987 when, by action of the Rotary international, the membership of women was authorized. Janine Sahagian was the first woman to be a member of the Faribault Club. Today there are 1,197,308 Rotarians in 27,173 clubs in 151 countries.
With 75 years of service to the community, the Faribault Rotary Club looks forward to growth and service.

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