Rotary Club of Faribault

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Leland, Anne
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Schrader, Marv
Hanson, Murray
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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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         Rotarian Brent Peroutka recently gave his updated classification talk. 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 Brent who has been a member since Jan.2, 2004. 
1.       Family members, occupations (including you) or school level:  I am a Financial Advisor/Investment Advisor Representative and CFP® with Comprehensive Wealth Solutions.  Our Broker-Dealer is a part of the Advisor Group, which is one of the largest independent financial advisor firms in the nation. My wife, Brianne, is a Pharmacy Manager with Allina Health.  She manages the pharmacies at both of the Faribault and Owatonna Hospitals.  Children:  Logan – 5th Grade, Emma – 2nd Grade, Reese – 1st Grade. (see photo below) All at Jefferson Elementary

2.      Hometown/School/College:  I graduated from Faribault High School.  I have a Business Administration/Finance Degree from Augsburg College in Minneapolis.  I have my MBA from the University of St. Thomas.

3.       Previous occupations:  After college I worked for Wells Fargo Financial, then transitioned to a Business Banker with Wells Fargo Bank in Faribault.  I was licensed in 2007 and started working for Wells Fargo Advisors in 2009.  After 10 years with the company, I left Wells Fargo in 2011 to pursue a business opportunity with Jake Cook and we partnered together at Comprehensive Wealth Solutions.

4.       Hobbies:  I think they went away when we had kids!!!  I do enjoy coaching or just being a fan at their activities and events.  We enjoy spending time at Bri’s family cabin on Cedar Lake in the summer months.  I also try to get out hunting a few times each fall with family and friends (not as much as I would like, but I enjoy spending time in the outdoors). I enjoy reading books on leadership, team-work, as well as other topics that can make me a better financial advisor, husband, father, and person.

5.       Rotary sponsor:  Jason Polzin

6.       Interesting fact about you or your life:  Both my dad and I have been inducted into the Faribault Sports Hall of Fame (there are only a few with multiple family members in the hall of fame).

7.       Anything else of interest you can think of:  I have enjoyed my time in the Faribault Rotary Club.  We have a great club, and I have met some outstanding individuals.  We can continue to do great work in Faribault and throughout the world.



John F. Germ




In the summer of 1917, only a few months after the United States entered the first world war, Rotary held its eighth annual convention in Atlanta. Although many Rotarians at the time thought the convention should be canceled, the Board of Directors ultimately agreed with Paul Harris that it should continue as planned. In the midst of such uncertainty and fear, Harris penned, as part of his convention greeting, some of the most-quoted words in Rotary:

Individual effort when well directed can accomplish much, but the greatest good must necessarily come from the combined efforts of many men. Individual effort may be turned to individual needs but combined effort should be dedicated to the service of mankind. The power of combined effort knows no limitation.

Fittingly, it was at this convention that then-President Arch C. Klumph proposed a Rotary endowment fund “for the purpose of doing good in the world.” The power of combined effort was joined by a new power: that of combined resources. It was a combination that has proved unstoppable and has been behind so much of Rotary’s work for the last 100 years. Today, it is difficult to imagine Rotary without its Foundation. It was the Foundation that turned Rotary from an organization of local clubs into an international force for good with the power to change the world.

In this Rotary year, we are marking the centennial of our Rotary Foundation in the city where it all began: Atlanta. Our 108th Rotary International Convention promises to be one of the most exciting yet, with inspiring speakers, great entertainment, and a wide array of breakout sessions to help you move your Rotary service forward. And of course, we’ll be celebrating the Foundation’s centennial in style.

Whether you’re a regular convention goer, haven’t been to one in a few years, or haven’t yet attended your first, the 2017 convention will be the one you won’t want to miss. Atlanta is a great destination in its own right, with great food, friendly people, and many local attractions to enjoy. But the real reason to come to the convention is always the convention itself, and the people, ideas, inspiration, and friendship you’ll find there. To learn more, and save money on registration, visit See you in Atlanta!


My first month and a half here in Chiang Mai, Thailand has been quite challenging. I've had so many obstacles to overcome. But it has also been one of the most rewarding months of my life! I had never been on a plane so, I had never gone through security and was doing it all by myself! When I landed in Thailand the thought of meeting my host families started to make me nervous. Looking back on it now I don't see why, because my host family accepted me with open arms and we now have a great relationship!
School has been overwhelming at times, not just the classwork but all of the people wanting to talk to me. I am the only exchange student so I'm the new “exciting” American to them. Gradually things have settled down with everyone has being so nice and willing to teach me.
On October 10th, I will be travelling with my host sister to the beautiful island of Phuket, Thailand.  We will be staying at the family guest house right on the beach. Since the school I’m attending has off all of October, I plan to travel throughout Thailand.
The culture here is so different! For example, my first meal here was fish. My host family called it a dory fish. I was super excited to eat the dory fish because I might actually know what I'm eating. As I walked down stairs to dinner, I saw the dory staring at me. It was a whole fish that they had fried, but it still had its head and eyes.
The food here is very spicy compared to ours, so it took some adjustment. Just this past week I tried making cornbread for my host family but it was hard to make because they didn’t have a regular oven, just a pizza oven. I put the cornbread in the pizza oven to bake and I turned it to the temperature that it said on the package. The cornbread had been in the
pizza oven for about 5 minutes and then I started to smell something burning. I did not switch the temperature setting from Fahrenheit to Celsius! The top of the cornbread was burned beyond repair but the inside was okay.
The best experience that I've had so far was going to an elephant sanctuary because elephants are my favorite animals. I was able to feed them and was also kissed on the cheek by one!
My exchange has been going great so far and I just wanted to thank Rotary for giving me this great opportunity to represent our country in Chiang Mai, Thailand!
Ellen Kaderlik


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.

     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.


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.


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 recognized on public television's 'American Graduate Day'
Rotary was recognized on 17 September on public television's fifth annual American Graduate Day program for its work with San Diego-based Monarch School, a K-12 school for homeless youth. The Rotary Club of San Diego, California, USA, was applauded for its work mentoring Monarch's students, keeping them on track to graduate, and helping the school to continue thriving during tough economic times. Monarch School CEO Erin Spiewak appeared as one of the show's guests, along with Monarch Alumnus Cynthia Valenzuela, who attested to the positive, life-changing experience Monarch School gave her and...
Practicing peace
Nations around the world will observe the International Day of Peace on 21 September, a date designated by the United Nations in 2001 as "a day of global ceasefire and nonviolence." Rotary's commitment to building peace and resolving conflict is rooted in the Rotary Peace Centers program, formed in 2002. Each year, the program prepares up to 100 fellows to work for peace through a two-year master's degree program or a three-month professional certificate program at university partners worldwide. Today, nearly 1,000 peace centers alumni are applying their skills — negotiating peace in conflict...
Charity Navigator upgrades Rotary Foundation’s rating
The Rotary Foundation has received the highest possible score from Charity Navigator, an independent evaluator of charities in the U.S. In the most recent ratings, released on 1 September, The Rotary Foundation earned the maximum 100 points for both financial health and accountability and transparency. The ratings reflect how efficiently Charity Navigator believes the Foundation will use donations, how well it has sustained programs and services, and its level of commitment to good governance and openness. In the previous rating, the Foundation had received 97 points.
eBay Live Auctions that benefit Rotary
Each month, eBay, the world’s largest auction website, selects a set of upcoming Live Auction events and donates a portion of all sales proceeds to Rotary. Only U.S. auction sales are eligible. See the schedule of September auctions.
September 2016
Upcoming Events
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 07, 2016
Wendy Swanson
Ruth's House - Bountiful Blessings Program
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
Jan 11, 2017
Past Dist. Gov. Gary Campbell
The Rotary Foundation
Feb 15, 2017
Ed Marek
Fast For Hope