Event Types


Domestic and Sexual Violence

Turningpoint's mission is to provide support and resources to achieve freedom from domestic and sexual violence.  

Feb 06, 2018

Islamic Resource Group

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.”


Feb 13, 2018
Feb 15, 2018

Unarmed Civilian Peacekeeping

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.

Feb 20, 2018
Feb 23, 2018
6:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Proposed Service Oriented Partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters

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.

Feb 27, 2018 7:00 AM

Guatemala Chapina Bonita Stoves

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.

Mar 13, 2018
Mar 15, 2018

River Falls Municipal Utilities - Water and Sanitation

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.

Mar 20, 2018

River Falls School District Referendum

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.

Mar 27, 2018

TurnKey Corrections & Three Square Market

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.

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

Re-Introductory Talk

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.

Apr 10, 2018 7:00 AM

St. Croix Sailing Club

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!

Apr 17, 2018
Apr 19, 2018

Nicaragua Eye Care Mission

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.

Apr 24, 2018

Montessori Model United Nations

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.

May 01, 2018

River Falls Gymnastics Club

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.

May 08, 2018

Impactful Projects with Club Funding Support

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.

May 15, 2018
May 17, 2018

Mental Health First Aid

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.


May 22, 2018

African Soul American Heart

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.

May 29, 2018

Around the World in 140+ Days

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.

Jun 05, 2018

Camp RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards)

Camp RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) is a five-day camp which strengthens leadership skills and capabilities of high school students through physical, mental, emotional, and intellectual challenges.  There is an emphasis on problem solving, teamwork, and interaction with other outstanding students and volunteer counselors and presenters. River Falls Rotary Club sponsored participants will share their leadership and learning experiences.

Jun 12, 2018

GenerationRX - Proper Handling and Disposal of Prescription Drugs

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.

Jun 19, 2018
Jun 21, 2018

Please join us Thursday, June 28, for a casual evening with fellow members. Bring your family and friends, as well as a dish to pass and beverage to enjoy. 5:30 - 7:00p at Glen Park Shelter.

Jun 26, 2018
Jun 28, 2018
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM

Rotary International Convention

Toronto Canada serves as host to this year's Convention where thousands of Rotarians from every corner of the globe will harness the power of their ingenuity to shape our world into something greater. Rick will share his experience as he explores new cultures and fresh perspectives.

Jul 03, 2018

Short-Term Exchange Program (STEP) - Germany and Program Overview

Stephan Klechefske’s exchange brother is Jannis Daehne from Norderney, Lower Saxon, Germany.

Jul 10, 2018
Jul 13, 2018 - Jul 15, 2018

Gender-Inclusive Schools

Dave Edwards has served as special education teacher in Chicago Public Schools, a teacher and administrator in several MN public school districts, and is currently the lead instructor in the residency-based Emotional Behavioral Disorders licensure program at the University of MN Twin Cities. He is also a 3rd year PhD student, funded by an Office of Special Education Programs Leadership Training grant.

As a parent advocate, Dave has been quoted in national publications such as the New York Times, Rolling Stone, NBC News, and Into, and locally in the Pioneer Press.

As a Welcoming Schools facilitator, the nation's premier professional development program dedicated to creating inclusive school climates, Dave provides professional development and consultation to school staff and administrators. He is a board member of the Minnesota Transgender Health Coalition and part of the leadership team with Transforming Families MN.

Jul 17, 2018
Jul 19, 2018

Short-Term Exchange Program (STEP)

Rotary Short Term Exchange presents opportunities for students to advance their knowledge and world understanding by allowing them to briefly live in a different country.  The Rotary STEP (short term exchange program) is a family to family summer exchange program. After a match is established with an international family, the two students will spend one month at each other's home in the coming summer, with the exact dates determined by the two families.

Olivia Miller’s exchange sister is Anna-Lena Hofman from Deispeck, Bavaria, Germany

Julia Paschke’s exchange sister is Adele Pereira from LeHavre, France

Jul 24, 2018

Short-Term Exchange Program (STEP)

Rotary Short Term Exchange presents opportunities for students to advance their knowledge and world understanding by allowing them to briefly live in a different country.  The Rotary STEP (short term exchange program) is a family to family summer exchange program. After a match is established with an international family, the two students will spend one month at each other's home in the coming summer, with the exact dates determined by the two families.

Peter Noreen’s exchange brother is Gustav Henriksen from Viborg, Denmark

Aidden Howie’s exchange sister is Lucia Arias Pascual from Madrid, Spain

Jul 31, 2018
Aug 01, 2018
7:30 PM – 10:00 PM