Rotary Club of Faribault

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My first two months in Italy

Justine Lorenzen

        This year I have decided to be a foreign exchange student in Italy. I have been here now for two months! Yes there are some major differences between the U.S.A and Italy, but other than the obvious differences like the language, food and the architecture, there are differences in the home life, school, and the gestures.
        Currently I am living in a small village about fifteen minutes from the nearest city, Cremona.  I live with my host parents, sister, and grandparents. Family is a big part of the Italian lifestyle, and usually most families live in the same village or close by. So that being said, I frequently see my aunts, uncles, cousins etc..daily.
        I take the bus everyday to school in Cremona which starts at 8am and ends at 1pm, Monday-Saturday. Stereo-types do not exist in Italian schools! Everyone is friends with everyone and no one is left out.
        Gestures here in Italy are confusing. They use gestures that I've never seen before, so it is easy to misunderstand what is trying to be said. As you all may have heard, Italians are expressive. That is true. They are very expressive when they communicate and that actually makes it easier to understand the situations if I am not  understanding the gestures.



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 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.




Ellen Kaderlik

So far my exchange in Chiang Mai, Thailand has been amazing! I've tried so many new things and met so many new people. It’s crazy to think that I've already almost been here for three months and that I'm only here for another seven. The Rotex (people who have successfully returned from an exchange trip) tell me that it goes really fast.  I'm starting to see that that is true!
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.IMG_2285.JPGIMG_2262.JPGIMG_2137.JPGIMG_2435.jpgIMG_2366.JPGIMG_2199.JPG


Colleen Godfrey, Admissions and Marketing Director  St. Lucas Care Center/Deaconess Tower was inducted to membership in the Faribault Rotary Club on Wednesday November 2, 2016.  All Rotarians are charged to welcome her and help her get fully engaged in the good work of our club.

Rotarian Dick Cook gave his updated classification talk a several weeks ago. I asked him seven follow up questions to help summarize his presentation for those of us who were present and for our club members who missed the meeting. This is a great opportunity for our newer members to get to know Dickwho has been a member since May 21, 1997. 
1.       Family members, occupations (including you) or school level: My wife, Lynn, and I have three sons, four grand daughters and one grandson due in October.  I am retired after a 34 1/2 law enforcement career with Rice County, the last 12 as sheriff. Lynn is a retired nurse and current business entrepreneur.  Brian, our oldest, is a heavy equipment construction foreman; Jake, the "middle child", is your president and a local, independent financial advisor; our youngest Dr. Ben is a psychologist in the Chicago school system. My mom is 95 years old and still going strong.  

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.  ​​​​​​​
3.       Previous occupations: I don't have any previous "occupations" but worked a variety of jobs throughout high school and college starting out as a paperboy, dishwasher, short order cook, gas station attendant, factory worker, canning company, turkey plant worker, taxi driver, security officer and truck driver. I feel this diverse resume had a major influence on my ability to relate to diverse cross sections of the population​​​​​​​.
4.       Hobbies: I enjoy bicycling, swimming, an occasional game of golf and tending my tree farm. 

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. ​​​​​​​
7.       Anything else of interest you can think of:   I've enjoyed my nearly 20 years as a Rotarian, feel satisfaction in the work we do and am especially proud that Jake joined Faribault Rotary and is now president.     ​​​​​​​

          Rotarian Dave Beranek gave his updated classification talk a several weeks ago. I asked him seven follow up questions to help summarize his presentation for those of us who were present and for our club members who missed the meeting. This is a great opportunity for our newer members to get to know Dave who has been a member since Jan.6, 1982. 
1.       Family members, occupations (including you) or school level: I am a CPA with Reese, Winter & Associates here in Faribault. I moved to Faribault when I started working for Reese, Winter & Associates in 1977. My wife, Carol,           is a risk annalist at Federated Insurance in Owatonna. My son, Alan, graduated from law school in May of this year, took the bar exam in July, and got married in August. My son, Christopher has a degree in Biochemistry and                   works in a lab for a medical company.

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.
3.       Previous occupations:  I worked on the family farm all summers until I graduated from college. I worked one year for a CPA in downtown Minneapolis before moving to Faribault in 1977.
4.       Hobbies:  I like fishing, hunting, gardening, and golfing when I have time available.
5.       Rotary sponsor:  Wes Bahl

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.
7.       Anything else of interest you can think of:   I believe in giving back to your community both in time and financially when possible. I have chosen Rotary and my church as vehicles for doing this.

The dedication ceremony for Faribault's newest mural was held last Saturday.  The project was spear headed by past president, Dick Huston, who made a short presentation to Rotarians and guests in the lot next to the Chavis building.   Jeremy Chavis was also present and spoke briefly to crowd stating he was honored to display the mural on his building. Pictured below are the Rotarians who attended the dedication.

Pictured here are President Jake Cook and our new Rotary exchange student, Phillip Laubinger who is presenting the flag from his sponsoring club, The Rotary club of  Detmold-Blomberg  from Germany.

         The Faribault Rotary has inducted Terri Jensen into their club.  Terri has recently joined Upper Midwest Management as Vice President Real Estate/Appraisal where she will be involved in selling, managing and appraising agriculture properties.  Of the 18,000 realtors in Minnesota, Terri is one of only 12 that has earned the ALC (Accredited Land Consultant) designation.  Her sponsor is Farryl Kluis.
Pictured are Jake Cook, Faribault Rotary Club President. Terri Jensen and Farryl Kluis  


Donn Johnson

Rotarian Donn Johnson gave his updated classification talk a few months ago. I asked him seven follow up questions to help summarize his presentation for those of us who were present and for our club members who missed the meeting. This is a great opportunity for our newer members to get to know Donn who has been a member since Jan.12, 1983. 
1.       Family members, occupations (including you) or school level: I am a financial advisor and my wife, Ardy is a retired educator in the FACS program mostly at the middle school. We have been married for 42 years.

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.
5.       Rotary sponsor:  Dick Skewes
6.       Interesting fact about you or your life:     I was named the Class A Assistant Wrestling Coach of the year in Iowa in 1978.
7.       Anything else of interest you can think of:   I had the distinct honor of directing my father’s choir in JS Bach’s church in Germany.

IT'S A GO!!!!!!!!!!!!! 
After some nine months of many folks pulling together,  we will dedicate our Rotary mural this Saturday, October 8 at 1 pm.  The dedication will be in conjunction with the Faribault Main Street and F-Town Brewing Fall Festival & Oktoberfest.  You are invited to be part of this very visible recognition of our Rotary Club as part of the history of Faribault.  Please come wearing you blue Rotary shirts and join in the celebration.  

Pictured here are President Jake Cook and our new Rotary exchange student, Andres Ruggiero presenting his sponsoring club's flag from Rotario Duitama in Columbia.


Stocking It Up

(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.”


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.


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.


Security Bank Clock

On Tuesday September 22 at 6:15 pm Faribault Rotary Club and the City Council of the City of Faribault had a dedication ceremony for the renovated Security Bank clock at 302 Central Ave.  Mayor John Jasinski began the ceremony thanking all those involved including the Faribault Rotary Club, city staff, and Mike Elwood/ Jim Pilcher, who repaired the clock.  President Huston talked about our Rotary Club's  96 years of contributions to our community and how Rotary International's Polio eradification efforts around the world have isolated the virus to just Pakistan and Afghanistan. He also read the dedication plaque on display near the base of the clock.  Also, special thanks to Rotarian and Chamber President Kymn Anderson for her leadership and hard work in making Al Burkhartmeyer's wish to have this clock working again. 
Video link to the ceremony-



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       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.


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December 2016
Upcoming Events
Wendy Swanson
Dec 07, 2016
Ruth's House - Bountiful Blessings Program
Colleen Godfrey
Dec 14, 2016
Christmas Concert: FHS Choir
Dec 21, 2016
Christmas Concert: FHS Choir
No Meeting - Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
Dec 28, 2016
No Meeting - Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
Alan Anderson
Jan 04, 2017
Rotary's Legacy and the challenges of climate change
Past Dist. Gov. Gary Campbell
Jan 11, 2017
The Rotary Foundation
Richard Maus and Charlie Cogan
Jan 25, 2017
Polio Plus
Ed Marek
Feb 15, 2017
Fast For Hope
John Crudele
Feb 22, 2017
Leadership Principles Made Personal