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The Plastic to Benches project has started the second year of collecting plastic from businesses. This plastic is used by the Trex Company to make decking and chairs that look wood but are made from plastic.
We will earn a bench. Last year the club collected 862, and the RCTC Ecology Club took up the collection and earned an additional 500+ pounds.  That is almost 1400 pounds diverted from the landfill.
 
This year RCTC contacted me, and we are reaching out to the Lions Clubs and Kiwanis Club. The goal is to increase the impact of the project.
 
GRR Plastic Picker Uppers: Denise and Tom Kelly, Andy Thilges, Bruce Buller, Don Fell,  Plastics Helpers: Roger Ring, Roger Graf. 
Welcome, New Member Roger Graf! Roger Graf
Raised on a farm in northeast Iowa, Roger attended Coe College, Cedar Rapids, IA, and the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary, Dubuque, IA. Roger served as a pastor for over 37 years to churches in Iowa, Seattle, WA, North Dakota, and Memphis, TN. Following his last pastorate, he came to Rochester, MN, to receive training to be a hospital chaplain and then served as a staff chaplain at Mayo Clinic until his retirement in 2021.
Roger is married to Elaine. They have 5 children, 9 grandchildren, and a BB parrot named Ollie. He enjoys working in the yard, bicycling, reading, traveling, and walking. Roger was previously a member of the Germantown, TN, Rotary Club and strongly believes in service to others.
September 21 was a great day for a picnic. Inside and outside seating was available. It was fun just to relax and enjoy each other's company. For those unable to attend, you were missed. The next social is on December 7, and it is a White Elephant Party.
Not pictured: Jolene, Alan, Bruce, Mike A, Dick, and Patricia If I forgot anyone, my apologies.
 
   
Fun time at Chip Shots. My favorite was Zombie Dodgeball. Pickleball was a group pleaser. We have talent - Dan, Barb, Scott, Roger, and the rising star was DG Dayle.
Not pictured: Gerry and Emily, Pet and Miles, Stephanie, Mason and Brent, Diane and Chris, Patricia and John, Gary and Sandy.
     
   
Last year we saved 862 pounds of plastic from the landfill. We earned a bench made from plastic by Trex. Parks and Rec Department is installing it in Zumbro South Trail by Crossroads HyVee.
    
Our main job was to put items in the backpacks of middle and high school students. Thank you, President Andy and his daughter, plus  Roger , Don, Denise, Tom, and Patricia. What a team! 
So far, GRR members and "going to be member" have purchased 53 backpacks. YEAH!
 
DON'T FORGET - backpacks for purchase are still available.  
                                                                                                
 
What a great idea from the Northfield Rotary Club!!!!!
Want a fun event? Drive to Northfield for The 4 Way Taste! It is a fun, fundraiser for Northfield Rotary The profits will support the projects of their Climate Action Team (among other projects).  It is a chance to meet and sample the goods from all the Northfield area wineries, brew houses, cideries, and distilleries, plus have good food, fun, and fellowship. 
Click the link below to learn more and to buy tickets.   If you think it looks fun, look forward to other Rotarians in your club.
 
 
                                              
Great way to start the new Rotary year. Congratulations to New Paul Harris Fellow, Andrew Thilges, and a big thank you to members who donate monthly online:
Alan Hansen, Andy Thilges, Chris Schoenherr, Roger Ring, Denise Kelly, Dick Hedger, and not present is Don Fell. 
 
 
 
                                                        
President Dwight successfully passed the gavel to President Andy Thilges on June 29th at Alan and Jolene’s lovely home. It was a fun event with delicious food, A new member was inducted, Chris Schoenherr. It was lovely being with friends. 
 
 
About Our Club
Greater Rochester

Service Above Self

We meet In Person
Wednesdays at 12:00 PM
125 LIVE
125 Elton Hills Dr
Rochester, MN 55902
United States of America
We have hybrid meetings. We meet currently at 125 LIVE, 125 Elton Hills Dr, across the street from Dunn Bros North. The Zoom meetings are listed in calendar.
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