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Flannel River is a relatively new non-profit whose mission is "nurturing, supporting and improving accessibility to our great outdoors, all whilst giving back and paying respect to our land and community in consciously minded ways".  Their vision is that "everyone should be able to access and enjoy our rivers regardless of their background or abilities."
Their website says that, while the organization was chartered in 2022, the idea was years in the making.
 
Ryan offered the following: Like other non-profits, Flannel River's mission is to make a positive impact in our world.  At Flannel River, we aim to do that through providing outdoor opportunities for all people, regardless of ability or means. What does that really mean, how are we accomplishing our goals, and why are we using the outdoors, rivers in particular, as our avenue to change lives?  Our presentation will be centered around those three questions.
 
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Pastor Steve Dow, who recently was called to our "host" Ezekiel Lutheran, grew up in Land O’Lakes, Wisconsin, which is in the extreme northern part of the state bordering on Michigan.  Despite the name, Land O’Lakes WI is not related to the MN company.  He grew up on a 4500 acre preserve surrounded by a 9 foot high security fence.  The property was owned by the owners of the St. Louis Zoo.  The property has bison among other animals, and there are five private and 1 public lakes on the property, which made for a youth with lots of fishing and outdoor focus.
 
Steve worked as a fishing guide on the property when in high school.  The property owners arranged for guests to visit and fish on the property.  In addition to the bison, there are bears, deer, and other animals.  One elk was spotted on the property.  Steve graduated from Northern Pines High School, which was part of the Lumberjack Conference for sports (and a mere 28 miles from his home).  He participated in both sports and music at Northern Pines.  Steve attended Augsburg College with a goal of seeing new places since he never had the chance to travel because of the year-round nature of his parents’ work. 
Loren Swanson and Dr. Joy Ngobi, both from the Roseville Rotary Club, talked about two quite different but both worthwhile projects in Uganda.  The water project Loren described is the third and most ambitious water project in the part of Uganda where his club has worked with local leaders on improved access to potable water.  As he described it, the project involves 3 Rotary districts, 3 lead clubs, and it seeks to leverage both District and Global grant funds to attain the more than $100,000 required.  To emphasize the power of having capable and trustworthy local management of the project, Loren shared a video of "The Man from Mbale".   Loren's Powerpoint presentation can be accessed by clicking the Download Files link at the bottom of this Tidings.
 
Dr. Ngobi's literacy project is much smaller  but equally important.  She is working to raise funds for a library in a rural village.  Book are needed so that children can gain basic reading and writing skills and ultimately a love of learning.  Joy also showed a video that discussed the barriers and challenges that rural Ugandans face due to the chronic lack of resources.  She talked about local publishing company that can produce culturally relevant and low-cost books in Uganda, and she described the ways that used books from the US can make it to Uganda to extend their lives and usefulness. Here is the video about the crucial value of books and literacy:  https://vimeo.com/864607217/791ea10cb0?share=copy
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Steve Leitch led us through a review and discussion of the two proposals.  Those in attendance voted for their preferred project.  As decided at the January board meeting, members unable to make it to the Club Assembly were given the opportunity to vote by the end of Thursday.  Results have been compiled, and the winner will be announced and notified soon.
For January's 5th Tuesday in-meeting service, we made sandwiches to take to the Our Neighbors' Place Day Center along with pre-packaged snacks.  The staff at the ONP Day Center provided them to clients who dropped in to receive services.  Food insecurity is one of the main issues affecting ONP's clients.
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Tuesdays at 7:00 a.m. 1st, 3rd, and 5th weeks of the month
2nd and 4th Tuesdays at noon
 
Ezekiel Lutheran Church
202 S. 2nd St.
River Falls, WI 54022
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PO Box 311, River Falls, WI 54022
 
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State of the City at Tattersall
Mar 05, 2024
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Sandy Taufener & Mark Klapatch-Mathias
Mar 12, 2024
EarthFest 2024
Ted Marsh
Mar 19, 2024 7:00 AM
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