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John Emery completed intensive study of the Arabic language in the US Army.  He served as a translator and interrogator for nine years, including service in the United States, North Africa, the Persian Gulf, and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.  John worked for ArmyIntelligence, Naval Intelligence, NSA, FBI, DIA, and other agencies. After his honorable discharge from the US Army,John completed his B.A. in Global Studies at the University of Minnesota. John is currently a speaker for the Islamic Resource Group, a Minnesota nonprofit dedicated to building bridges of understanding between Minnesota Muslims and the broader Minnesota community.  As an American convert to Islam, John is actively engaged in promoting peace and understanding across faith communities.”

 

John Emery
Feb 13, 2018
 
Meet at the West Wind in River Falls on the third Thursday of each month for socializing! Spouses/guests welcome.
Feb 15, 2018
 

Peace. On the surface it seems like such a simple concept. But if you ask Ann Frisch, you’ll quickly learn that there is a lot more to peace than meets the eye. A peace activist since the age of 16, the White Bear Lake resident was honored as a Rotary "Champion of Peace” at Rotary Day at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. Frisch is just one of six people in the world who is being honored in Geneva for actively working to build peace in our world. Frisch is specifically being honored for her efforts in unarmed civilian peacekeeping worldwide. She is the lone recipient of the award from the United States. Frisch, a United Nations delegate to Geneva, co-wrote the First manual on unarmed civilian protection, which was endorsed by the UN. Her training in a civilian-based peace process is administered by the United Nations Institute for Training and Research, the department that trains all UN personnel.

Ann Frisch
Feb 20, 2018
 
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Feb 23, 2018
6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
 
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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwestern Wisconsin – St. Croix Valley Region are seeking conversation regarding a potential service-oriented partnership in operating a used second hand sporting goods store in River Falls. Aligning with River Falls Rotary Club Mission of enhancing opportunities for youth, this store would provide a cost effective alternative to families who are unable to afford new equipment.

Carole Mottaz
Feb 27, 2018 7:00 AM
 

What if you could empower women, protect the environment and improve the lives of families throughout a whole country? Learn how local Rotarians have found an amazing way to accomplish this by installing smoke free stoves in Gautemala. Carlos will share his first-hand experiences and how this project has impacted his country.

Carlos Galvez, Guatamala East Rotarian
Mar 13, 2018
 
Meet at the West Wind in River Falls on the third Thursday of each month for socializing! Spouses/guests welcome.
Mar 15, 2018
 
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River Falls Municipal Utilities is dedicated to meeting customer needs while helping to make the community a better place to live, work, and play. It is one of the country's 2,200 public power systems; a utility owned by the people and the community it serves. Public power systems like RFMU are nonprofit and have one main purpose -- to provide customers with safe and reliable services at the best overall value.

Kevin Westhuis and Ron Groth
Mar 20, 2018
 
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Next April 3, 2018 the School District of River Falls will leverage the timing of debt retirement (similar to “burning a mortgage”), to seek community referendum support as they strategically follow a facility master plan. The timing is right and our facility needs are growing. Due to our debt retirement, the tax impact of a $45.8M referendum would be minimized to $41 per $100,000 home value.

Jamie Benson
Mar 27, 2018
 
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Recently relocated to River Falls, TurnKey provides state of the art commissary, video visitation, inmate e-mail and inmate messaging kiosks along with superior money and supply management services all in one system. Coupled with their subsidiary, TurnKey Correctional Supply, TurnKey provides a one-stop solution for jails, prisons and detention centers.

Todd Westby
Apr 03, 2018 7:00 AM
 
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Apr 06, 2018
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
 

As a recently re-joined member, Judie Foster Babcock, will provide a brief overview and introduction to herself so members of the club will get to know her better.

Judie Foster Babcock
Apr 10, 2018 7:00 AM
 
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The St. Croix Sailing Club was formed to encourage and promote sailing activities for all family members. Events include racing, cruising, education and special social events. We are located on the St. Croix River, just east of the Twin Cities, with member boats at marinas and on moorings from Bayport to south of Afton.

St. Croix Sailing Club is a proud member of US Sailing!

Justin Farner
Apr 17, 2018
 
Meet at the West Wind in River Falls on the third Thursday of each month for socializing! Spouses/guests welcome.
Apr 19, 2018
 

In Nicaragua, many of residents have never been seen by an eye doctor during their lifetime, and a pair of prescription eyeglasses could cost 6 months wages. Learn about how this River Falls family’s experience of providing free eyeglasses has provided a great impact to  Nicaraguan community members.

Jilek Family
Apr 24, 2018
 
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The River Falls Public Montessori will provide an overview of their experience at the Montessori Model United Nations program. This year-long after school program culminates with a two day global education simulation experience in Chicago that enables students in grades 5 and 6 to learn about the operations of the United Nations and its role as the world's largest international peacekeeping and humanitarian organization.

RF Public Montessori Elementary
May 01, 2018
 
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River Falls Gymnastics Club is organized for the purpose of promoting gymnastics classes for the surrounding area and to find or build a facility to stabilize the program.  It is further the purpose to aid youth who participate in this sport in the improvement and development of skills, to teach and promote physical, mental and moral development, to teach a sense of fair and honest competition, resulting in good sportsmanship.

Curt Bruns
May 08, 2018
 

River Falls Sunshine Fund is a compassionate student led organization that has a goal of generating funds to give back to a family of a student in need of support. Their mission is to unite our school and community as one.

Cristo Rey RC is a pre-k to grade 8 public school (enrollment approximately 180) in Cayo District, Western Belize. The school is located in Cristo Rey village (population approximately 1,000). The school prepares children for the high school in San Ignoacio town, about 8 miles away. The school and the students have many needs including classroom supplies, printers, chairs and tables.

With the support of River Falls Rotary Club members donating $1,296 from designated "Happy Bucks" collected during weekly meetings, Ed delivered many of these items when visiting the school in January 2018. Ed wishes to provide an overview of this trip while thanking the Club for their support.

Making A Difference
May 15, 2018
 
Meet at the West Wind in River Falls on the third Thursday of each month for socializing! Spouses/guests welcome.
May 17, 2018
 

Mental health and substance use issues have wide-reaching effects on people's education, employment, physical health, and relationships, which ripple into the communities we live in. Mental Health First Aid is a course that gives people the skills to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. The evidence behind the program demonstrates that it does build mental health literacy, helping the public identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illness. Dr. Amy offers training for others so they can identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness and substance use disorders before problems become crises by offering support and linking professional resources.

 

Dr. Amy Schreiner, Horizon Family Chiropractic
May 22, 2018
 

ASAH’s mission is to Protect, Educate, and Empower orphaned girls from the Republic of South Sudan through primary school, secondary school, and beyond. ASAH Protects our students from forced and early marriage, from disease through vaccinations and medical care, and now, from the civil war. ASAH Educates our students in school subjects and practical life skills to prepare them to support themselves and their families in the future. ASAH Empowers our students to be leaders and to give back to their communities that they may help their troubled nation establish and maintain peace for all.

Deb Dawson
May 29, 2018
 

Gorden and his wife Jean recently returned from a voyage Around the World in 140+ days while upon a cruise ship that holds just over 900 passengers. Gorden will share stories of their 5-month tour that added 29 new countries to the places he’s visited, including Algeria, London, Egypt, China, Singapore, Cuba, Jamaica, and Thailand. As a retired Academic Dean and Theatre Professor, Gorden enjoys directing, traveling, attending arts events, and being with friends and family.

Gorden Hedahl
Jun 05, 2018
 
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The mission of Generation Rx is to educate people of all ages about the potential dangers of misusing prescription medications. In doing so, they strive to enhance medication safety among our youth, college students, other adults in our communities, and seniors. Prescription medications can help us live longer and healthier lives, but any medication has the potential to do harm – especially when misused.

Heath Ehrnreiter, Cardinal Health
Jun 19, 2018
 
Meet at the West Wind in River Falls on the third Thursday of each month for socializing! Spouses/guests welcome.
Jun 21, 2018
 
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Jul 13, 2018 – Jul 15, 2018
 
Meet at the West Wind in River Falls on the third Thursday of each month for socializing! Spouses/guests welcome.
Jul 19, 2018
 
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