Rotary Club of Faribault

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Caron, Sara
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Hanson, Murray
Halverson, Kurt
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Rotary Foundation
Youth Services Chair
Community Service
Strive Program
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Youth Exchange Officer
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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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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.


     Justine Lorenzen, daughter of Bryan and Connie Lorenzen, will be traveling to Pomona, Italy.  During the school year, she will be staying with three different families in the city of 60,000 in northern Italy.  Justine has wanted to be an exchange student ever since her aunt and uncle hosted a girl from Japan. 
     Ellen Kaderlik is the daughter of Jan and Dean Kaderlik.  She will be going to live with three different families in Chiang Mai Thailand- a city of 400,000.  Her family has hosted a Rotary student each of the last two years.  Ellen is interested in an international career and believes this will give her valuable insight.
    The Faribault Rotary club will be hosting boys from Germany and Columbia this year and are still in need of host parents for the second session beginning around Thanksgiving.  Please contact Dr. Lisa Humfeld- Wilson if you are interested in hosting a student.

Nominations for Rotarian of the Year are now being accepted through September 7, 2016. Please use the attached form to submit your nomination.

The selection committee consists of:
Richard Cook, chair
Lisa Humfeld-Wilson,
Brent Peroutka,
Murray Hanson,
Jake Cook, president.
The committee will select the Rotarian of the Year from written nominations only so it is
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
of years.
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.

Jake Cook

President 2016-17

Faribault Rotary Club


          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.


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.”


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.

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 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.

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.


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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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.


Rotary district collecting relief funds for Louisiana flood victims
Rotary clubs of District 6200 are collecting relief funds to help thousands of victims after record flooding devastated communities in southern Louisiana, USA, earlier this month. Torrential rains caused rivers, streams, and bayous to swell, damaging or destroying more than 60,000 homes and killing at least 13 people. The U.S. Coast Guard and emergency responders helped rescue more than 30,000 residents from the rising flood waters. As of 25 August, more than 3,000 residents were still in emergency shelters even after the water receded. Donate to District 6200 disaster relief fund.
Hall of Fame singer Donovan becomes a Rotary polio ambassador
Legendary singer and polio survivor Donovan Leitch, better known simply as Donovan, has joined Rotary in its fight to eradicate the paralyzing disease that afflicted him during much of his childhood. Donovan contracted polio at age three in Glasgow, Scotland. The disease weakened his right leg and left it thinner and shorter than the other. Confined to his bed for much of his childhood, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame singer said his father would read him poetry. In a recent interview with the Daily Express, Donovan said that listening to poetry piqued his interest in creative writing. “If I...
World Polio Day toolkit available — start planning now
Rotary's fourth World Polio Day celebration, on 24 October, will highlight extraordinary progress in the eradication campaign and emphasize the work that remains before we wipe out the virus for good. With the number of new cases worldwide nearly halved from this time last year, we have the opportunity to rally our resources and see the last case of polio this year. Health officials and Rotary's celebrity polio ambassadors will head to Atlanta, Georgia, USA, for the event, the first to be held at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It will be streamed live and then will...
Young member uses leadership positions to promote diversity, inclusion
The way Rotary member Todd Jenkins puts it, he's the first generation in his family "to do everything": first to go to college, first to fly on a plane, first to visit another country, and the first to live across state lines. Jenkins, 28, grew up in a low-income neighborhood in Columbia, South Carolina, USA. His family worked hard just to make ends meet. So travel and college seemed out of reach. The eldest of ten children, Jenkins says his goal was to break out of the family status quo and set a positive example for his siblings. He credits his mother with helping him avoid falling into the...
August 2016
Upcoming Events
Aug 31, 2016
Yesica Louis (and team)
Tri-City Bridges : Career Pathways for Opportunity Youth
Sep 07, 2016
Sep 14, 2016
Woodrow Byun
Inspirational Rotary Experience and Message
Sep 21, 2016
Danny Duchene
Youth Sports Today - FHS Athletics Department Update
Sep 28, 2016
Oct 05, 2016
Inbound Exchange Students
Exchange student background
Oct 12, 2016
Jim Hunt
District Gov. Visit / Rotarian of the Year Presentation
Oct 19, 2016
Nick Bancks
Private Land Conservation: Protecting Minnesota's Wildlife Habitat
Oct 26, 2016
Youth Services Board
Youth Services Annual Meeting
Nov 09, 2016
Tanya Bakken / Sara Caron
Nov 16, 2016
Carolyn Treadway
So How Are the Children - Education and Diversity
Nov 23, 2016
NO MEETING - Happy Thanksgiving
NO MEETING - Happy Thanksgiving
Nov 30, 2016
Anne Marie Leland
Dec 21, 2016
Christmas Concert: FHS Choir
Christmas Concert: FHS Choir
Dec 28, 2016
No Meeting - Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
No Meeting - Merry Christmas and Happy New Year