Event Types

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

Club Assembly - Club Vision and Budget Overview

Learn more about the club's conversation to be strategically positioned to achieve continuity, consistency and consensus over the next five years.

Aug 07, 2018

Introductory Talk

A new member expectation is to give an introductory talk to the club. Consider joining us to get to know Dale better.

Aug 14, 2018
Aug 16, 2018

Rotary Club District 5960

Mike was born in Rochester, Minnesota and joined Greater Rochester Rotary in 2002. He has served the club on every board position with the exception of Secretary/Treasurer and was club president 2010-2011. Currently he is the District Governor elect, past Tech Team Chairperson for District 5960, STRIVE Co-Chair for the Rochester clubs, Board member of NCPETS, Vocational co-chair of Greater Rochester, member of the District 5960 Visioning Training Team, Technical Chair for NCPETS.

Mike and Nancy have been foster parents for over twenty years and have been “foster parents” to 82 children. In 2005 they were awarded the honor of Foster Parents of the Year by Olmsted County. Mike and Nancy have served on the Parents board for the Foster Care Association and have been invited speakers to the International Shaken Baby Conference. Mike has served on his church’s Board of Directors for seven years and is a past Chairperson of that committee. 

Currently he is with First American Staff Appraisals as a Senior Appraiser and trainer, was the past owner of Becker Appraisals, a real estate appraisal firm since 2005. Has owned another appraisal firm and has been in the same business since 1991. He is an affiliated member of the Appraisal Institute and is a classroom instructor in the field. He currently serves as a board member of the Southeast Minnesota Association of Realtors MLS board and is Treasurer of the First Homes board of the Rochester Area Foundation.  Mike is an ongoing student of the profession and has logged over 1,000 hours of education time and credits.

Mike has been married to his lovely wife Nancy for 42 years and has always resided in Rochester. They have five children, Beth, Robin, Marc, Brian and Nykkole. They have ten grandchildren all under the age of nine. 

Aug 21, 2018

The Foster Care Crisis-How Can You Help

In St. Croix County, as well other counties in Wisconsin and throughout the nation, there is a shortage of foster care resources for children who are placed in out-of-home care. The numbers of children entering foster care continues to increase significantly. Much of this increase can be attributed to parental substance abuse, especially of methamphetamine and opioids. Foster care providers are an invaluable resource for children and youth who are unable to live in their in their own homes. Recruiting foster parents has become more and more challenging over the years as it has become much more than taking a child into the home and providing love, support and encouragement. The demands and challenges of fostering are great and in today’s world, foster parents must be prepared to meet the needs of foster children who have complex trauma histories. Although foster parenting can be incredibly challenging, and perhaps one of the most difficult “jobs” an individual may have in their lifetime, it can also be one of the most fulfilling and rewarding experiences of an individual’s life as well. Please consider if there is something you or your community can do to help alleviate this crisis.

Aug 28, 2018
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