The Islamic Resource Group ( works to build bridges of understanding between Minnesota Muslims and the broader Minnesota community through education. Members believe a deeper understanding of different religions and cultures contributes to peace and harmony in the world. "As with Christianity, Islamic religion and culture are two different things, and it is important to understand both," said John Emery, left, who started his path to Islam when he served as a translator in the Armed Forces. Also pictured: Bill Montgomery.
Group seeks to build bridges between Muslims and broader community 2018-02-23 06:00:00Z 0
One in three women will be a victim of some form of intimate partner violence in her lifetime. An average of four women are murdered every month in the state of Wisconsin, and about half of those homicides occur in rural areas like ours.
Turningpoint provides help for survivors to rebuild healthy lives free from domestic violence and abuse.
Turningpoint helps survivors of domestic abuse start over Heather Logelin 2018-02-06 06:00:00Z 0
Marsy’s Law is an organization based in California that advocates for rights for crime victims. Each state does things its own way. “Marsy” was Marsalee Ann Nicholas, a UC-Santa Barbara student who was stalked and killed by her ex-boyfriend in 1983. Marsy’s law was eventually started by Marsy’s brother, who was very disturbed when his family encountered Marsy’s murderer in a grocery store just one week after Marsy’s murder; they had no idea he’d been released on bail.
Luke Martz: Marsy's Law Heather Logelin 2018-01-16 06:00:00Z 0
ARC  (Assistance & Resource Center) is an all-volunteer organization and works out of space donated by St. Bridget’s church. With 97-98% of dollars contributed  distributed to clients, they operate on very low expenses. If they can’t help, they refer patients to other resources, like The Salvation Army. In some cases, because they are locally controlled, ARC is able to provide more and/or different types of support to those in need.
ARC coordinates local help to support neighbors in need Heather Logelin 2018-01-09 06:00:00Z 0
International presentation 2018-01-04 06:00:00Z 0
Rick Wilson teed up “an experiment,” sharing a Ted Talk that he came across a few years ago and found inspiring. Rick noted that representatives of the Rochester Rotary clubs use Ted Talks to spark conversation between members, and he hopes this might do the same for our club.
Rick Wilson: New Year’s Inspiration 2018-01-04 06:00:00Z 0
Human trafficking has been selected as Rotary’s next global initiative, following the incredible work we are close to finishing with polio eradication. We acknowledge that we are not the expert in this area, but know that we can play the important role of convener, bringing together and supporting those who are already working on human trafficking.
Emma Becker: Ending human trafficking in Minnesota 2017-12-19 06:00:00Z 0
Greg Dahl, Winfield United, spoke about Land O’Lakes, a Fortune 500 company with 290 facilities across all 50 states and 50+ countries. They have 10,000 employees and are the 3rd largest US member-owned cooperative. WinField United is a crop protection, seed marketing and professional products company in River Falls for 30 years!
Winfield United: Crop protection, seed marketing and more 2017-12-12 06:00:00Z 0
Hossein Najafi, PhD, gave an overview about data science field and the UW-RF program. UW-RF is the only school in the UW system that offers at data science undergraduate degree. Data science is a relatively new – but huge – field of study. It is emerging now for three reasons: data volume, computational power, and advancements in machine learning.
Najafi touched on aspects of data volume, computational power and advancements in machine learning (AKA artificial intelligence or “AI.”)
Data Science: a new but huge field of study 2017-12-05 06:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Foundation has been named the “best charity in the world” by charity watchdogs. Not only do the funds you donate end up directly funding projects, making it efficient, but it’s also effective. This is because of Rotary’s unique ability to leverage the “local experts” on the ground – Rotarians in countries where the work is happening.
Roy and Marlene Gargulak presented to the group as part of the District Foundation Committee, convened with the goal of growing giving to The Rotary Foundation by Rotarians in our District.
The Rotary Foundation: Doing good in the world 2017-11-28 06:00:00Z 0
The public library, according to Nancy Miller, is the best thing we do with local tax dollars. Celebrating 34 years of working at the library (the past 20 in the new building), Nancy said that people often tell her that the library is one of the reasons they chose to locate in River Falls.
Nancy Miller: Your Public Library 2017-11-14 06:00:00Z 0
John Kremer recognized as Multiple Paul Harris Fellow Linda 2017-11-14 06:00:00Z 0
Introductory Talk: Jill Krentz 2017-11-07 06:00:00Z 0
Maesa Kuchera reads with Rick Wilson, a River Falls Rotary Reader.  Maesa was chosen to be the River Falls Rotary Reader Student of the Month for October.  Maesa is in Ms. Lori Rosenow’s third grade class at Westside School.  Maesa enjoys reading with Rick Wilson on a weekly basis, and her favorite book series is Pete the Cat.  In her free time, Maesa loves swimming and dancing.
October Rotary Reader of the Month Linda Yde 2017-10-30 05:00:00Z 0
The River Falls Rotary Club marked World Polio Day by viewing a brief video , followed by a rousing game of POLIO JEOPARDY!
World Polio Day! 2017-10-24 05:00:00Z 0
As an anthropologist, Ed Robins appreciates the value of intercultural exchanges. He first traveled to Belize in 2002, to assess the likelihood of developing a study tour for UW-River Falls students. They did subsequently develop a two-week study tour. Over 15 years, more than 500 UW-River Falls students had the opportunity to experience what he calls “the conservation of cultural experience and biological diversity.” Now, River Falls Rotary is going into action with even more support for Belize.
Intercultural volunteering: Belize project 2017-10-10 05:00:00Z 0
A fruitful beginning to a lofty goal Heather Logelin 2017-10-09 05:00:00Z 0
Ana Novoa, Rotary's youth exchange student from Spain, provides an early look at her experiences as an exchange student. She talked about daily life and culture in her region of Spain, Galicia.
Ana Novoa, exchange student 2017-10-03 05:00:00Z 0
Victory and Valor for Vets, created by Jessica Schmitt to honor her husband’s memory, provides assistance to veterans, service members and military families.
Jessica and her husband, Derrick, grew up in River Falls and were high school sweethearts, married right out of high school. He joined the National Guard with an understanding that they wanted to stay here in River Falls. He ended up in active duty, eventually the first from Minnesota trained as a member of the Elite Air Force Special Forces Phoenix Raven.
Foundation provides one-stop resource for veterans in need Heather Logelin 2017-10-01 05:00:00Z 0
Steve Englehart: What's up with Steve? 2017-09-26 05:00:00Z 0
What if you could empower women, protect the environment and improve the lives of families throughout a whole country? Hudson Daybreak Rotarians have found an amazing way to accomplish this in Gautemala. Led by Dr. Greg Young, Rotarians Linda Robertson and Margaret Christianson visited with our group to talk about their work. He has traveled to Guatemala many times with his family, doing medical mission work, but recently focused on providing clean cooking stoves to Guatemalans.
Clean cooking transforms kitchens to family gathering places Jill Krentz 2017-09-19 05:00:00Z 0
Music has been an important part of leading an ordinary life for students at the Music School for Children With Disabilities in Honor of Paul Harris in Lublin, Poland. Founded by Rotary members, the school serves 20 students with various disabilities, including Down syndrome, autism, and visual impairments. The Rotary Club of Lublin-Centrum-Maria Curie-Sklodowska has provided funding with help from Rotary Foundation Matching Grants and the Henryk Wieniawski Musical Society, which houses the school.
After their son Mateusz was born with underdeveloped eyes, Mariusz and Joanna Kania looked for ways to help him be active. When he showed an aptitude for music, they looked for a teacher and were thrilled to find the Paul Harris music school.
Helping people with disabilities make their own music 2015-05-01 00:00:00Z 0
For years, Angalia Bianca had slept in abandoned buildings throughout Chicago. She stole. She did drugs. She spent time in and out of jail for forgery, theft, trespassing, and possession of narcotics. But after she landed in prison for the seventh time, something changed -- Bianca knew she wanted a better life. She just didn’t know how to make it happen.
After serving her time, Bianca sought help from a local homeless organization, A Safe Haven, and moved to its shelter in the Rogers Park neighborhood. Bianca followed the program closely -- she attended all the required meetings, passed drug tests, and volunteered at every opportunity.
Finding Safe Haven 2015-05-01 00:00:00Z 0
What is it like taking a large team to Africa?  It has probably been one of the most rewarding experiences in my life. In mid February, I began leading Rotary members from all over the East Coast of the United States through Ghana. I’ve tried to give the team a warm Ghanaian welcome like I’ve received on my earlier trips. A large trip is a real blessing because each person sees Ghana and our work in a different way.

A highlight for the team was greeting the chief of Sagadugu. The team got excited about buying goats and food for children in the villages where I support eight churches. It was good to see the pastors of most of the eight churches, and I had to explain that we were just passing through on our way to Bolgatanga.
Saving lives in Ghana 2015-05-01 00:00:00Z 0
Throughout India and around the world, Rotary clubs are celebrating a major milestone: India has gone three years without a new case of polio. The last reported case was a two-year-old girl in West Bengal on 13 January 2011. To mark this historic triumph, Rotary clubs illuminated landmarks and iconic structures throughout the country with four simple but powerful words, "India is polio free."
The three-year achievement sets the stage for polio-free certification of the entire Southeast Asia region by the World Health Organization. The Indian government also plans to convene a polio summit in February to commemorate this victory in the global effort to eradicate polio.
India celebrates three years without polio 2014-02-26 00:00:00Z 0