JOHN F. GERM
Forty years ago, a man named George Campbell, the owner of the company I worked for, invited me to join Rotary. Back then, that was a common practice in the United States. Your boss invited you to join Rotary because he thought it would be good for business and good for the community, and you said yes. It’s not surprising that our membership surged during that period.
George warned me not to use Rotary as an excuse to slack off at work. Even so, I always had time to attend lunch meetings and serve on committees. I never had to worry that taking a long lunch once a week would hurt my advancement, or what my boss would think about the occasional Rotary phone call at work.
Today, things are different. Companies are less generous about time, and not every manager looks favorably on community service. It’s hard to enjoy a Rotary meeting when you’ve got emails piling up on your phone. It’s harder than ever to balance work with Rotary – and the model that gave us so much growth a few decades ago is part of what’s holding back our growth now.
That’s why the recent Council on Legislation adopted some innovative measures that allow clubs to vary their meeting times and expand their pool of prospective members. Clubs have more flexibility now to respond to the needs of their members and to clear away as many barriers to membership as they can. But there’s one barrier to membership that only you can remove, one thing that every prospective member needs to become a Rotarian: an invitation to join a Rotary club.
Whenever I tell a group of Rotarians that we need more willing hands, more caring hearts, and more bright minds to move our work forward, everyone applauds. But those hands, hearts, and minds won’t magically appear in our clubs. We have to ask them to join. And an invitation to Rotary is something that only you can give. An invitation is a gift. It’s saying to someone, “I think you have the skills, the talent, and the character to make our community better, and I want you to join me in doing that.”
I’m the president of Rotary International, but the only club I can invite someone to join is the Rotary Club of Chattanooga, Tenn. I can’t make your club or your community stronger. Only you can do that – by inviting the qualified people you know to join you in Rotary Serving Humanity.
The selection committee consists of:
Richard Cook, chair
Jake Cook, president.
important that your written selection be submitted. You don’t have to use the nomination form that the committee has prepared.
We encourage each member to submit a written nomination which can be delivered, faxed or e-mailed to any committee member.Contact information for committee members is available on the Faribault Rotary website.
Candidates for Rotarian of the Year may include those persons who are providing
exemplary service to the Club and community now or who have done so over a number
2008 Gary Peterson
2009 David Beranek
2010 Richard Cook
2011 Angela Storch
2012 Lisa Humfeld-Wilson
2013 Richard Ormsby
2014 Brent Peroutka
2015 Murray Hanson
Thank you for your participation.
Faribault Rotary Club
(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.
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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.