A special message from Kyle Haugen & Paul Perez

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We need your help!
 
For the past four years, we have not been able to fully fund District Grant requests from our clubs because we haven’t had enough District Designated Funds to do so.  As you probably know, the amount of District Designated Funds (DDF) we get each year is based on our giving to The Rotary Foundation’s Annual Fund.  We can then use the DDF to match grant requests from our clubs.
A special message from Kyle Haugen & Paul Perez Jill Krentz 2020-06-01 05:00:00Z 0

Carpenter Nature Center: a good place to escape

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Jennifer Vieth from Carpenter Nature Center visited with us online and talked about some of the enhancements to the Wisconsin Campus of the center.

Even with the recent restrictions on work and travel outside of the home, Carpenter Nature Center fulfills its community obligation to keep the trails open during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Carpenter Nature Center: a good place to escape Jill Krentz 2020-05-25 05:00:00Z 0

5/19/20 Meeting - Vacations of Past, Present, and Future

River Falls Rotarians gathered virtually for our weekly meeting on Tuesday 5/19/20 at 7:00 am to share our favorite vacation spots.  Scenic Zoom backgrounds, vacation wear, and vacation gear was shown off as each Rotarian took a couple of minutes to share their favorite vacations.  We certainly have some world travelers in the club as well as vivid recollections of family vacations involving adventure, incredible site seeing, and the making of memories.  It was a much needed "virtual escape" from the pandemic.
 
Rick Wilson and Rick Heuertz (The two Ricks) also updated the club on a new "boots on the ground" service opportunity for the club.  We will be helping the Optimist club place flags curbside in the city on specific National Holidays throughout the year. We will be earning money for the Our Neighbor's Place Backpack program.  The two Ricks will pilot the project this upcoming Memorial Day and then report back to the club at our noon meeting on 5/26/20.
5/19/20 Meeting - Vacations of Past, Present, and Future JW Matheson 2020-05-25 05:00:00Z 0
Dr. Chris Kamrath: Classification Talk Jill Krentz 2020-05-19 05:00:00Z 0

Cali Holman: Peace Corps volunteer

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Our virtual presenter was Peace Corps Volunteer Calista (Cali) Holman from Shell Lake, WI. In July 2019, she began what was going to be a 27-month post-graduate appointment as a Peace Corps Secondary School Science Education Volunteer in Tanzania, Africa. Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic Cali was required to return to Wisconsin earlier this month.
 
Cali Holman: Peace Corps volunteer Jill Krentz 2020-05-05 05:00:00Z 0

Creating a better world for all

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Rotary members got together via Zoom to show their support for many causes throughout the world. This is just a brief snapshot of how Rotary makes a worldwide difference from right here at home!
Creating a better world for all Jill Krentz 2020-05-03 05:00:00Z 0
Ambulance chasers successful Jill Krentz 2020-04-14 05:00:00Z 0
River Falls Virus Response Team will deliver food, medicine JW Matheson 2020-03-24 05:00:00Z 0

Spring Announcements

  • You're invited! Come help Louise Bak and Katie Milbrandt celebrate their graduations from River Falls High School. Sunday, June 7, from 12-4 p.m. You can stop in for ice cream or just drive by, wave and say hello! 827 Settlement Drive, Hudson, Wisconsin.
     
  • Volunteer opportunity: You can be a part of the River Falls Rotary flag crew! You should have received an email about the opportunity. Sign up here.
     
  • A thank you to the club from Tony Jilek: "I want to thank you for your interest in and contribution to the ambulance project for Ocotal, Nicaragua. Without the contributions of seven Rotary clubs in Western Wisconsin and District 5960, there would be no ambulance. I wanted to send this sooner to show my appreciation but I also wanted to wait until the ambulance was in Ocotal. Currently, I have possession of the two ambulances here in River Falls. We have requested authorization for the shipment; however, the COVID-19 pandemic has halted the progress.
     
  • Sporting World is again in business! Sign up to work, it's fun and easy! Curbside drop-off is available between 10-6 on Mondays through Saturdays. Get in that garage and attic and do your spring cleaning!!
     
  • June 20-26 - Mark your calendar! Save the Date for Rotary International's free virtual event, "Now More than Ever, Rotary Connects the World: The 2020 Rotary Virtual Convention." Check back during May for more details.
     
  • What should I do with all my happy bucks! Please help us share some “happy”! Get your happy bucks jar ready to show off at our next ZOOM meeting! Each week, the River Falls Rotary Club spends a portion of our meeting time sharing personal aspects of one’s life during what we call “Happy Bucks.” During this time of uncertainty and social distancing, we encourage you to create a "Happy Bucks Container" and put your bucks in each week. Once the quarantine is over, bring it to our next "in person” meeting.
     
  • Feel free to continue to post on our Facebook page with your reason you are happy! During this time if we can't do anything else we can help improve our community's morale! Here's how:
    1) Post a photo/“selfie” of yourself holding a sign of what you are “happy” about.
    2) Share and encourage others to participate!  Include hash tags:
    #HappyBucks #PeopleofAction #RFRotary @Rotary5960
  • Even if we can't meet in person, we are looking for opportunities for our club to provide support during this time of need. Keep an eye on your email for updates from President Chris Balsius. If you or others within our surrounding communities that you become aware of that could use a helping hand, please reach out.  We are in this together as Rotarians and are ready to provide support as needed!
     
  • Have an announcement or photo you want to appear in Tidings and our website? See a typo that needs correcting? Email us!
     
  • Now taking suggestions! Please suggest a speaker for a future Rotary meeting.
 
Spring Announcements Jill Krentz 2020-03-17 05:00:00Z 0
UWRF Laboratory Farms offer hands on learning and more JW Matheson 2020-03-02 06:00:00Z 0
The Phipps: Accessible artistic experiences for everyone Jill Krentz 2020-02-23 06:00:00Z 0
Kinni Corridor plan spawns as a solid stable organization Jill Krentz 2020-02-11 06:00:00Z 0
Restorative Services: Helping to right wrongs Jill Krentz 2020-02-04 06:00:00Z 0
Camp Enterprise: learn about entrepreneurship and business Jill Krentz 2020-01-20 06:00:00Z 0

Changes Coming for River Falls Emergency Medical Services

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We had many visitors January 14, including Assistant City Administrator for the City of River Falls, Jason Stroud, (center in photo.) Jason provided an overview about the current state of the City's emergency medical services (EMS) department and discussed challenges and considerations about its long-term sustainability of the continued municipal operation.
 
He shared what the City has evaluated and is considering, in order to ensure that we have viable plans for the provision of EMS/ambulance services for the community.
 
 
Changes Coming for River Falls Emergency Medical Services Jill Krentz 2020-01-14 06:00:00Z 0
Theater ties old and new together to thrive Jill Krentz 2020-01-12 06:00:00Z 0

Winter Announcements

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  • Two volunteer positions open: We need a leader for our Happy Bucks section of each meeting. This easy job gives you a chance to meet every Rotarian one-on-one each week! Our second position is that of Rotary Foundation Board Chair. See John Kremer to find out more about this rewarding way of serving our Club.
  • Now taking suggestions! Please suggest a speaker for a future Rotary meeting.
  • Learn about these upcoming events at our Rotary District 5960 website:
    March 10-15: World Rotaract Week
    March 12-14: 2020 NCPETS - Rochester, MN
    April 30-May 1: District Conference of Clubs
    June 6-10 Rotary International Convention, Honolulu, HI
  • Have an announcement or photo you want to appear in Tidings and our website? See a typo that needs correction? Email us!
Winter Announcements Jill Krentz 2019-12-17 06:00:00Z 0

Partners in collaboration: School improvements

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Dan Heffron, Jo Wrich and Julie Dodge from the Rotary Club of New Richmond told the story of their club's first (but not last) international mission. Eight members of the New Richmond club constructed bathrooms for an elementary school in Panama. It was the club’s first international service project, and more are planned.
 
Partners in collaboration: School improvements JW Matheson 2019-12-17 06:00:00Z 0

Family, Farm, Career and Community Service + guest speaker!

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Jim Harsdorf fulfilled his classification talk with a bonus - he brought his own guest presenter in the form of his grandson, Christian. Plus, he brought his son along to complete the three-generation presence! As a former lawmaker and a long-time dairy farmer, Jim had a wealth of local experience to share about living, working, and serving and helping others in rural Wisconsin. 
 
 
 
 
Family, Farm, Career and Community Service + guest speaker! JW Matheson 2019-12-10 06:00:00Z 0
New healthcare model engenders trust in patients, reduces cost JW Matheson 2019-12-03 06:00:00Z 0

Sharing Families: a way to share joy

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The Sharing Families Project has a mission to help caring River Falls residents to anonymously connect with families who need help at Christmas time.
Please note! Thank you to all who are donating. Our sign-up list is full! If you wish to donate, additional gas cards are always appreciated. You can also donate extra shirts/pants in the sizes listed.
 
Read on to find out drop-off details, how to label your gift, and see our club's list of donations.
Sharing Families: a way to share joy Jill Krentz 2019-12-01 06:00:00Z 0

The American Dream, my dream - Louisa Holm Bak

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Louisa Holm Bak, our Rotary Youth Exchange student from Denmark, informed and entertained club members with an overview of her life and land in her “My life and Denmark” presentation.
After hearing her talk, we can all agree that there are no cows on the ice.
The American Dream, my dream - Louisa Holm Bak JW Matheson 2019-11-26 06:00:00Z 0

Daring to be different! Netherlands university emphasizes Applied Sciences for the world of tomorrow

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River Falls Rotary members recently welcomed Dr. Wil Bekkering, Vice Chancellor of Aeres University in the Netherlands.  Dr. Bekkering was visiting as part of the UWRF International Summit on Education and Engagement.
 
Her presentation, "Dare to be Different: Aeres University of Applied Sciences as an Example of Innovative Higher Eduction in the Netherlands," covered higher education in the Netherlands, and its faculty/student visit and exchange experiences in River Falls. 
 
 
Daring to be different! Netherlands university emphasizes Applied Sciences for the world of tomorrow JW Matheson 2019-11-19 06:00:00Z 0

Something doesn't look right?

If you spot something wrong in Tidings, please email and let us know so we can correct it ASAP! You can also request an announcement via that email link.  Thanks for your help!
 
Something doesn't look right? Jill Krentz 2019-11-19 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary Foundation - high ranking, professionally managed  to make a difference worldwide

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Rotary District 5960 Governor Elect, Ed Marek and 2013 District Governor Gary Campbell presented to the River Falls Rotary Club about the power of Rotary and the impact it has on the world.  Gary is a long time member of the Anoka, MN Rotary club, former 2013 District 5960 Governor, and current 2016-2019 District Foundation Team Leader. Gary talked about the Rotary Foundation, the Paul Harris Society requirements and use of Club Paul Harris points.
Rotary Foundation - high ranking, professionally managed to make a difference worldwide JW Matheson 2019-11-11 06:00:00Z 0

River Falls Business Improvement District improves, helps our community

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Joleen Larson, chair of the River Falls Main Street Business Improvement District (BID), provided our club with an overview. Established in 1989, the objective of the BID is to encourage business improvement and development by offering façade and sign grants to businesses and property owners in the River Falls downtown BID District.
River Falls Business Improvement District improves, helps our community JW Matheson 2019-11-04 06:00:00Z 0

How to grow our club membership

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Special guest and distinguished Rotarian Jim Hunt, (center in photo with John Kremer and J.W. Matheson) member of the White Bear Lake Rotary Club since 1992 and former District 5960 District Governor, continues to be very active both locally and internationally with Rotary.  He spoke on fostering, growing, and expanding our club's membership. 
How to grow our club membership JW Matheson 2019-10-28 05:00:00Z 0
Public Health efforts to eradicate polio JW Matheson 2019-10-21 05:00:00Z 0

Speed dating helps members get acquainted

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Rotary members engaged in a networking “Speed Dating” activity. This gave everyone a chance to formerly introduce themselves, their background, and get to know fellow club members on a more personal level. Our great camaraderie is one of the many reasons why you should join our outstanding club!
Speed dating helps members get acquainted Jill Krentz 2019-10-08 05:00:00Z 0
Jump Start to Literacy: providing books at home Jill Krentz 2019-09-24 05:00:00Z 0
Kinnic River Watershed: Preserve, People, and Possibilities JW Matheson 2019-09-16 05:00:00Z 0
Dr. Abul Sharah: Changing cultures, changing lives Jill Krentz 2019-09-10 05:00:00Z 0

Angela has landed

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Sneak peek! Angela Miller, RF Rotary's youth exchange student to Spain, has arrived. Host families welcomed her with signs and smiles. Stay tuned for more!
Angela has landed Jill Krentz 2019-09-10 05:00:00Z 0

Empowering people to gain peace of mind

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River Falls Rotarian and Sergeant at Arms, Gerd Jon Bents, presented his classification talk to the club, where he touched on his current and past work experience, his family, and some of the things he has learned on his journey. 
Empowering people to gain peace of mind Jill Krentz 2019-09-03 05:00:00Z 0

District Governor Paul Perez Visit

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District Governor (DG) Paul Perez joined us at our noon meeting and talked about his  "2020 Vision."  District Governor Perez described his personal vision for this current Rotary year and also highlighted the updated strategic plan of Rotary International.  For a brief video message from Governor Perez, please click on this link
 
 
 
 
District Governor Paul Perez Visit Jill Krentz 2019-09-01 05:00:00Z 0
Ever flexible Rotary club fills time with stories, smiles Jill Krentz 2019-08-26 05:00:00Z 0

Students STEP into other cultures

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STEP students Casey Schlatter (right) from River Falls High School visited the club with her exchange sister Karolina Winkler from Uehlfeld, Germany.  Karolina (center) presented club president, Chris Blasius, with a Rotary flag.
 
Students STEP into other cultures Jill Krentz 2019-08-13 05:00:00Z 0

Helping people recharge their bodies and health

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Dr. Christian Neldeberg shared some of his life story and lots of interesting information in his classification talk on August 6.  The photo shows him explaining either the importance of corn detasseling or later, how a 13 student high school class can support an 8-man football team. The most important topic, however, was that Christian has opened a new chiropractic practice in River Falls - Recharge Chiropractic -  and he is already an active volunteer in the River Falls Community. 
Helping people recharge their bodies and health Jill Krentz 2019-08-06 05:00:00Z 0

Autumn announcements

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  • Thank you to all who donated to Sharing Families: Bring donations to the Dec. 10 meeting or drop off by Dec. 13 at the Sharing Families location (see story for details). Our list is full! Additional gas/grocery cards or extra shirts and pants are always appreciated!  See more information.
  • Volunteers needed for the 2020 Rotary gala. Tentative date is May 1, 2020. Keep watching for updates!
  • Have you thought about who will be your guest at a Rotary meeting? Members are encouraged to bring friends and coworkers to show them what Rotary is all about.
  • Want to be a mentor to new Rotary members? Here's your chance to introduce someone to the club and help them get starting finding out everything Rotary can do for them! See Linda Yde if you wish to mentor someone.
  • Have you LIKED our Facebook page? Check out River Falls Rotary's Facebook page.  Hit the "like" button and you'll start seeing our posts in your Facebook feed. Then share those posts and help spread the good word about Rotary's work in our community!
  • Have an announcement or photo you want to appear in Tidings and our website? See a typo that needs correction? Email us!
Autumn announcements Jill Krentz 2019-08-04 05:00:00Z 0

STEPs toward lifelong friendship

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Anna Pond, exchange sister of Olivia Miller and her family through Rotary's Short Term Exchange (STEP) program, shared her summer experience and a little about her homeland.  Dr. Greg and Molly Miller had Anna join the family during a tour of the the entire east coast, from Florida to Massachusetts. Anna met up with the Millers on their East Coast trip, and traveled with them to Atlanta, Savannah, Charlotte,  Louisville and Chattanooga. She noted as memorable a hike in the Smoky Mountains and the DC and New York City areas, as well as seeing the Liberty Bell in Pennsylvania.
 
STEPs toward lifelong friendship Jill Krentz 2019-07-30 05:00:00Z 0

Tuesday July 30th , 2019 Meeting

Posted by JW Matheson on Jul 29, 2019
At tomorrow's 7:00 am meeting we will hear from two current Rotary STEP exchange students.  Olivia Miller and her exchange sister, Anna Pond, will be sharing their summer experiences.  When last I talked to Rotarian Dr. Greg Miller in early July, the Millers where going to have Anna join them on their tour of the the entire east coast from Florida to Massachusetts.  We will have to hear how this exciting trip went! 
 
Also - an urgent plea for Rotary volunteers.  We are still short workers for this Friday's (8/2/2019) FISH game.  We need two people for the concession stand and two for the 50-50 game.  Please contact Linda Yde or me if you can help with this important Rotary event. 
 
A Happy Buck for the first Rotarian to tell me what historical event happened in Independence, Missouri on 7/30/1965.  See you tomorrow morning.
Tuesday July 30th , 2019 Meeting JW Matheson 2019-07-29 05:00:00Z 0

Club assembly yields ideas

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On July 23, our working club assembly was  moderated by President Chris Blasius.  The goal of the meeting was to work on getting more of the membership involved in Rotary Club Committees. 
 
Members saw an overview of the Club's committee structure along with job duties and expectations.  A call for new committee members was made, and members divided into groups to brainstorm ideas and changes for the coming year.

 
 
Club assembly yields ideas Jill Krentz 2019-07-23 05:00:00Z 0
STEP exchange students visit from and to Finland Jill Krentz 2019-07-16 05:00:00Z 0

An update from Nicaragua

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River Falls Rotarian, Dr. Tony Jilek, gave an update on the Ambulance project and several other projects in Nicaragua.
In 1981, Tony joined the Wisconsin Nicaragua Partners, a nonprofit volunteer organization.
An update from Nicaragua Jill Krentz 2019-07-16 05:00:00Z 0

Check out the River Falls library

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River Falls Public Library Director Tanya Misselt, addressed the club after she completed her first year in River Falls. Saying her last name is pronounced "like mistletoe without the o," Tanya proceeded to provide a brief history of how she ended up at the River Falls library after first starting a career in criminal justice. She also briefly outlined some of the services the library offers. Tanya is shown here at left with Rotary President Chris Blasius.
Check out the River Falls library 2019-07-13 05:00:00Z 0

Tuesday July 9th, 2019 Rotary Meeting

Posted by JW Matheson
Our guest for this week's morning meeting is River Falls Public Library Director Tanya Misselt, MLIS. Director Misselt has just completed her first year in River Falls and tomorrow's presentation will give her an opportunity to introduce herself and meet many River Falls Rotarians for the first time, and let us know some of the great events and activities going on at the Library this year. Many of which may be found on the library website.  
 
I highly suggest you "check it out" and "book it" on your schedule as we have been "overdue" for a presentation from the library.  Thanks for reading this message.
 
An extra Happy Buck to the Rotarian that can tell me what Sporting Event happened on July 9th, 1877.  See you tomorrow morning!
Tuesday July 9th, 2019 Rotary Meeting JW Matheson 2019-07-08 05:00:00Z 0

The importance of balance

River Falls Rotary President Elect, J.W. Matheson addressed the group on the importance of Fall Prevention.   Falls are the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries for people aged 65+.  Falls can result in hip fractures, broken bones, and head injuries. And even falls without a major injury can cause an older adult to become fearful or depressed, making it difficult for them to stay active.  Yet, the good news is that many falls can be prevented with some planning and exercise.
 
The importance of balance Jill Krentz 2019-07-02 05:00:00Z 0
Passing the gavel of Rotary Leadership Jill Krentz 2019-06-25 05:00:00Z 0

J.W. receives Rotarian of the Year Award

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President Rick Wilson, left with J.W. Matheson, right, of of Catalyst Sports Medicine, who was voted 2019 Rotarian of the Year.
Rotarian of the Year is presented to those members of the River Falls Rotary Club who have been recognized by their peers for their unselfish dedication, leadership and continuous support of the ideas and principles of Rotary.
 
J.W. receives Rotarian of the Year Award Jill Krentz 2019-06-25 05:00:00Z 0

Autumn Meeting Commitments

Meeting commitments
Set-up / Take-down
Dec. 3 - Rick H., Carole M. / Rick H., Carole M.
Dec. 10 - Jill K., Rick W. / Jill K., Rick W.
Dec. 17 - John K. / John K., Bill M.
Dec. 24 - No meeting
Dec. 31 - Rick W. / Rick W.
January 7, 2020 - VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
 
Devotions
Dec. 3 - Jill K.
Dec. 10 - Brian L.
Dec. 17 - Steve L.
Dec. 24 - No meeting
Dec. 31 - Cheryl M.
January 7, 2020 - Ted. M.
 
 
 
Autumn Meeting Commitments Jill Krentz 2019-06-18 05:00:00Z 0

Get involved and be a friend to area parks

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Rita Thofern, left, shown here with River Falls Rotary president, Rick Wilson, is the Vice President of The Friends of Willow River and Kinnickinnic State Parks, Inc. addressed our club to give an overview of the organization, which has been active since the 1990s.
Get involved and be a friend to area parks Jill Krentz 2019-06-18 05:00:00Z 0

July announcements

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  • Welcome Dr. Christian Neideberg of Recharge Chiropractic as our newest member of River Falls Rotary Club. Shown with Terry McKay (left) and Kendra Morgan (right.)
  • August 2 - Night at the Ballpark 2 - We still need helpers to sell 50/50 tickets as well as assist in the concession stand! This is a "Fun for the whole Family" night! Sign up today!
  • Have you LIKED our Facebook page? Check out River Falls Rotary's Facebook page.  Hit the "like" button and you'll start seeing our posts in your Facebook feed. Then share those posts and help spread the good word about Rotary's work in our community!
  • September 13 and 14 is Prairie Burn! Come one, come many to sign up to help! Many hands make light work! Sign up here.
  • Walk to end Alzheimer's - September 21 is the day. Our own Kendra Morgan is walking and you can sponsor her with a donation, or sign up to walk yourself! See Kendra to donate or walk. Or donate to her team here.
  • Congratulations to Gorden Hedahl and Scot Simpson as John Kremer (left) presents them with Paul Harris honors.
  • A friend in need: Please consider a donation to a benefit for Ron and Chantel Mitchell. Ron was diagnosed with a rare condition, Hemophagocytic Lymphohistiocytosis (HLH), which is a severe systemic inflammatory syndrome, that even with treatment, can be fatal. Donations will help with costs associated with Ron's treatment and time off work.
  • You can mail or donate in person to: First National Bank of River Falls, 104 E. Locust St., River Falls, Wisconsin 54022. Make checks payable to: Benefit of the Ron Mitchell Family.
  • September 6 - consider volunteering for the 4th annual River Town Live in Hastings. You can enjoy camaraderie with folks from the Hastings, MN Rotary Club and get in free to the festival as a volunteer. Contact Brian Schommer through the Hastings Rotary Club website.
 
Have an announcement or photo you want to appear in Tidings and our website? Email us!
July announcements Jill Krentz 2019-06-04 05:00:00Z 0

RF Rotary's vision report: on track for long term goals

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Incoming River Falls Rotary Club President, Chris Blasius, presented an update to the membership on the club's goals for the 2019-2020 year and reviewed some of the long-term goals from the 2018 Rotary Visioning session.  The Board is looking forward to your input on these goals.
RF Rotary's vision report: on track for long term goals Jill Krentz 2019-06-04 05:00:00Z 0
Gary Porter reflects on Midwestern Boyhood Jill Krentz 2019-05-28 05:00:00Z 0
Extending a welcome in a strange land James Matheson 2019-05-26 05:00:00Z 0
Burgos, Spain will host Angela Miller 2019-05-19 05:00:00Z 0
Dean Van Galen receives Paul Harris Fellow recognition Jill Krentz 2019-05-14 05:00:00Z 0
Community Policing has wide array of contact James Matheson 2019-05-06 05:00:00Z 0

May Meeting Commitments

Meeting commitments
Set-up / Take-down
June 4 Julie W., Rick W. / Jill, Rick W.
June 11 Jill K.
 
 
Devotions
June 4 - Wayne Wulf
June 11 - Linda Yde
June 18  - Gordon Young
May Meeting Commitments Jill Krentz 2019-04-30 05:00:00Z 0

May Announcements

  • June 9 - Graduation Party! Club members are invited to celebrate with Arantza and Raphael at their graduation party! Festivities are Sunday, June 9, 4-7 p.m. at the Howie Residence, 295 Smith Circle, River Falls.
  • July 12-14 is River Falls Days! Calling all River Falls Rotarians!  The signup sheet is on ClubRunner (www.rfrotary.org) for our food booth staffing.  We need to have as many club members as possible work at least one shift during the event! Sign up often and sign up early to get the best spots! (PS: They're all good!)
  • September 6 - consider volunteering for the 4th annual River Town Live in Hastings. You can enjoy camaraderie with folks from the Hastings, MN Rotary Club and get in free to the festival as a volunteer. Contact Brian Schommer through the Hastings Rotary Club website.
Have an announcement you want to appear in Tidings and our website? Email Jill.
May Announcements Jill Krentz 2019-04-30 05:00:00Z 0

Our Neighbors' Place: Building bridges to hope

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Shelly Smith, director, center, along with board members Janet Wilson and Thomas Pederson. Shellly and Janet visited the River Falls Rotary Club to provide an update on Our Neighbors' Place.
 
Since 2009, Our Neighbors' Place has been a leading social service provider in St. Croix and Pierce Counties, helping clients with shelter, food security, housing, and a variety of other services. Its services are making a difference in the lives of local families and individuals, strengthening our community and building bridges to hope.
Our Neighbors' Place: Building bridges to hope Jill Krentz 2019-04-30 05:00:00Z 0

Greetings from Turkey

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Dear All friends,

We Rotarians are dedicated to serve for humanity without any discrimination of religion, language, country, gender or ethical origin 😍

Greetings from Turkey Jill Krentz 2019-04-29 05:00:00Z 0

20th anniversary Gala!

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"Town crier" J.W. Matheson read the mayor's proclamation of April 26 as office Rotary Day in River Falls at the 20th anniversary gala, Friday, April 26. Read on to check out the photos.
20th anniversary Gala! Jill Krentz 2019-04-28 05:00:00Z 0

River Falls: City is healthy and growing

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City Administrator and River Falls Rotarian Scot Simpson provided a "State of the City" presentation. 
 
The City Administrator is trained in the business of managing government and its resources, maintains political neutrality, puts the overall welfare of the community first and brings a community-wide perspective to policies and programs. Scot is celebrating 10 years in the position in 2019.
River Falls: City is healthy and growing 2019-04-28 05:00:00Z 0

Help girls pursue SCIENCE careers

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Dr. Rellen Hardtke from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, gave an overview of the program she is involved in – SCIENCE – which encourages youth, especially girls, to get involved in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math careers.
 
Dr. Hardtke brings a rich background to the challenge, fromgrowing up on a Wisconsin dairy farm to a bachelor’s in science in math, with minors in gender, society and technology. She started in actuarial science.
Help girls pursue SCIENCE careers Jill Krentz 2019-04-16 05:00:00Z 0

Keep the train on track for Hudson-River Falls

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Bill Draves, president, Learning Resources Network (LERN), addressed the club about plans for extending rail service via passenger train from River Falls and Hudson, on an Eau Claire to St. Paul route.
 
“The Hudson-River Falls train is based on a whole new business model involving little or no taxpayer money, just private investment,” Bill said. “The train operator will be a private, not publicly supported, train company, running on privately owned Union Pacific tracks.”
Keep the train on track for Hudson-River Falls Jill Krentz 2019-04-09 05:00:00Z 0

Promoting River Falls as a great place to work

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The River Falls Economic Development Corporation is intent on bringing jobs to River Falls.
 
"More than 50 percent of our deployable workforce leaves town to go to work and we would like to keep them in town," said Dale Jorgenson, recently "retired" president of the River Falls Economic Development Corporation (RFEDC), who updated our Rotary club on the  organization's future in the region.  
Promoting River Falls as a great place to work 2019-04-02 05:00:00Z 0
Dean Van Galen: UWRF update 2019-03-29 05:00:00Z 0
Providing food with respect and dignity in times of need Jill Krentz 2019-03-19 05:00:00Z 0
Looking for blue bridges: an introduction Jill Krentz 2019-03-12 05:00:00Z 0

Team teaching with Mother Nature

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Members enjoyed a presentation by former River Falls Rotarian and retired River Falls School Superintendent, Tom Westerhaus.
 
Tom's topic was, "Team Teaching with Mother Nature" and he shared the work he does for a nonprofit foundation called the Jeffers Foundation.
Team teaching with Mother Nature Jill Krentz 2019-03-05 06:00:00Z 0

Honoring his father's heroic journey

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Roy Plana gave a powerful presentation on his completion of the Bataan Death March 102 km Ultra Road Race in January 2019.
 
Plana completed this challenging race in honor of his father, Richard Plana, a Bataan Death March survivor and three-year prisoner of war in the Philippines during World War II. Richard Plana served 33.5 years in the United States Army earning a chestful of medals, ribbons and commendations, including the Purple Heart, a Presidential Unit Citation with two oak leaf clusters, the Philippine Liberation Ribbon, a joint services commendation, the Army Commendation, Meritorious Service Medal, and Combat Infantry Badge. 
Honoring his father's heroic journey Jill Krentz 2019-02-26 06:00:00Z 0

April Announcements

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Thanks to Kinni Cleanuppers!

Thank you to all who helped feed the hungry masses at the Kinni Cleanup!
 

Calling for photos from the Gala!

If you took any photos at the Gala, please share them. Tag @rfrotary if you're on Facebook, or send to Jill.

Win a tent at Sporting World!

Stop in, sign up and win a tent! While you're there, sign up to work a shift. It's easy and fun!
 

ISO: host family for visiting youth

If anyone would like to host a 17 year old girl from Denmark through Rotary’s youth exchange, please see Elaine.
April Announcements Jill Krentz 2019-02-19 06:00:00Z 0

Grow to Share feeds our community in more than one way

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John Ramstad, fellow rotarian (Hudson Daybreak) provided what he termed a "somewhat accurate overview" of the River Falls Grow To Share program, which believes that everyone should have access to fresh, locally grown food.
Grow to Share is a 501c3 non-profit garden located just north of Hoffman Park in River Falls. It offers three programs:
  1. Grow to share, plots tended by volunteers, and food grown is donated to food pantries, shelters, and low-income housing throughout the area.
  2. Grow your own, which consists of 40 garden plots people can rent to grow food for personal use.
  3. University of Wisconsin Extension’s master gardener demonstration garden.
Grow to Share feeds our community in more than one way Jill Krentz 2019-02-19 06:00:00Z 0

Announcements!

  • Help out with our youth exchange students by contributing to their USA Journey now through March 1.
  • Bowls for Hope is March 5!
  • 20th Anniverary party is April 26
  • Volunteers for countertop installation
  • Noon meetings in 2019 on 4th Tuesdays (Feb. 26)
  • Visit Sporting World to banish the winter blahs!
Announcements! Jill Krentz 2019-02-12 06:00:00Z 0

Meeting Commitments

Meeting commitments
Set-up / Take-down
Feb. 19 Benson, Jilek / Laule, Jilek
Feb. 26 (NOON) Leitch
 
Devotions
Feb. 19 Nguyen
Feb. 26 (NOON) Nylander
Meeting Commitments Jill Krentz 2019-02-12 06:00:00Z 0

Kendra Morgan: una introducción

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She's a financial advisor, gymnastics coach and Rotary volunteer. Becoming fluent in Spanish is one thing that Kendra Morgan hasn't accomplished -- yet. In her introductory talk, she gave us a sense of who she is and how she got here. From athlete, to international student, to financial advisor, Kendra has a variety of experiences and talents she brings to our club. Welcome, Kendra!
Kendra Morgan: una introducción 2019-02-10 06:00:00Z 0

Announcements

  • Send a singing valentine from the Croix Chordsmen!
  • Help out with our youth exchange students by contributing to their USA Journey through March 1.
  • Bowls for Hope is March 5!
  • Mark your calendar now for our April 26 anniversary party! Invite your friends and sign up to help!
  • Volunteers for countertop installation at TurningPoint needed. See John to sign up.
  • We meet at noon on the fourth Tuesday of each month. Let us know how you like the additional time for meeting!
  • Banish the winter blues! Check out Sporting World for everything spring: baseball, golfing, tennis and more!
Announcements Jill Krentz 2019-02-05 06:00:00Z 0

Meeting Commitments

Meeting commitments
Set-up / Take-down
Feb. 12 VanGalen /
Feb. 19 Benson, Jilek / Laule, Jilek
Feb. 26 (NOON) Leitch
 
Devotions
Feb. 12 Neuhaus
Feb. 19 Nguyen
Feb. 26 (NOON) Nylander
Meeting Commitments Jill Krentz 2019-02-05 06:00:00Z 0

Food, culture and fun in Zacatecos

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Arantza Jaloma Cuellar (accent on the e) is one of two youth exchange students for 2019. She gave the group an overview of her home country, shared photos and also told us a little about her family and personal life.
 
Arantza lives in the 11th most populous state of Mexico, Zacatecas, in north-central Mexico.
Food, culture and fun in Zacatecos 2019-02-04 06:00:00Z 0

Announcements

  • Send a singing valentine from the Croix Chordsmen!
  • Help out with our youth exchange students by contributing to their USA Journey now through March 1.
  • Mark your calendar now for our April 26 anniversary party! Invite your friends and sign up to help!
  • See Thomas for how to help out Our Neighbors Place and win a fabulous prize!
  • Volunteers for countertop installation at TurningPoint needed. See John to sign up.
  • We meet at noon on the fourth Tuesday of each month. Let us know how you like the additional time for meeting!
  • Banish the winter blues! Check out Sporting World for all your winter fun. Sleds, skates and skis! And weights!
Announcements Jill Krentz 2019-01-29 06:00:00Z 0

Meeting Commitments

Set-up / Take-down
an. 29 McKay, Frederickson / Leitch, Pedriana
Feb. 5 Mottaz, Moe / Hedahl, Moe
Feb. 12 VanGalen /
Feb. 19 Benson, Jilek / Laule, Jilek
Feb. 26 (NOON) Leitch
 
Devotions
Jan. 29  Mottaz
Feb. 5  Nelson
Feb. 12 Neuhaus
Feb. 19 Nguyen
Feb. 26 (NOON) Nylander
Meeting Commitments Krentz 2019-01-29 06:00:00Z 0

Meeting Commitments

Set-up / Take-down
Feb. 5 Mottaz, Moe / Hedahl, Moe
Feb. 12 VanGalen /
Feb. 19 Benson, Jilek / Laule, Jilek
Feb. 26 (NOON) Leitch
 
Devotions
Feb. 5  Nelson
Feb. 12 Neuhaus
Feb. 19 Nguyen
Feb. 26 (NOON) Nylander
Meeting Commitments Krentz 2019-01-22 06:00:00Z 0
Swinging Bridge Brewery: A community-driven business Jill Krentz 2019-01-22 06:00:00Z 0

Announcements

  • Help out with our youth exchange students by contributing to their USA Journey now through March 1.
  • Mark your calendar now for our April 26 anniversary party! Invite your friends and sign up to help!
  • Volunteers for countertop installation at TurningPoint needed. See John to sign up.
  • We will meet at noon on the fourth Tuesday of each month. Let us know how you like the additional time for meeting!
  • Check out Sporting World for all your winter fun. Sleds, skates and skis! And weights!
Announcements Jill Krentz 2019-01-22 06:00:00Z 0

New member, UW-RF Athletics presentation

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We welcomed new member, Tom Anderson, to the club. Welcome, Tom!
 
Our January 15 meeting presentation was from the UWRF Athletics Department.  Athletics Director Crystal Lanning and Assistant Athletics Director Kellen Wells-Mangold shared some fun facts about the history and current status of UWRF Athletics as well as some information on their recent  NCAA and Minority Opportunities Athletic Association’s 2019 Award for Diversity and Inclusion.  The Athletics department will accept the award later this month at the annual NCAA meeting in Orlando, Florida.
New member, UW-RF Athletics presentation James Matheson 2019-01-15 06:00:00Z 0

Meeting commitments

Meeting commitments
Set-up / Take-down
Jan. 22 (NOON Meeting!) Matheson, Wilson
Jan. 29 McKay, Frederickson / Leitch, Pedriana
Feb. 5 Mottaz, Moe / Hedahl, Moe
 
Devotions
Jan. 22 (NOON Meeting!)  Morrissette
Jan. 29  Mottaz
Feb. 5  Nelson
 
Meeting commitments Jill Krentz 2019-01-15 06:00:00Z 0

YMCA: a community partner for Hudson and beyond

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Chris Kost, Hudson YMCA Director and Hudson Daybreak Rotarian, provided our club with an update on the Hudson YMCA. Under Chris's leadership, the Hudson Y has become more than just a "Gym and Swim," and is an active supporter of many organizations around the St Croix Valley. Chris updated us on what the Y does outside its own four walls and covered some new initiatives the Hudson Y is working on in 2019. 
 
YMCA: a community partner for Hudson and beyond Jill Krentz 2019-01-08 06:00:00Z 0

Meeting commitments

Meeting commitments
Set-up / Take-down
Jan. 15 Bakken Young, Morrissette
Jan. 22 (NOON Meeting!) Matheson, Wilson
Jan. 29 McKay, Frederickson | Leitch, Pedriana
Feb. 5 Mottaz, Moe | Hedahl, Moe
 
Devotions
Jan. 15 Morgan
Jan. 22 (NOON Meeting!)  Morrissette
Jan. 29  Motaz
Feb. 5  Nelson
 
 
 
Meeting commitments Jill Krentz 2019-01-08 06:00:00Z 0

2019 Announcements

  • We will meet at noon on the fourth Tuesday of each month. Let us know how you like the additional time for meeting!
  • January 13, join Raphael, one of our Rotary Youth Exchange students, for some Brazilian treats and dancin' feets, as he raises money for an east coast trip.
  • Welcome to our newest member, Tom Anderson.
  • Check out Sporting World for all your winter fun. Sleds, skates and skis! And weights!
2019 Announcements Jill Krentz 2019-01-06 06:00:00Z 0
Brazilian treats and dancin' feets! Jill Krentz 2018-12-22 06:00:00Z 0
Exchange students share news from home Jill Krentz 2018-12-18 06:00:00Z 0

Students share Camp Enterprise experience

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Emily and Ahsan are two River Fall High School students who attended Rotary Camp Enterprise in November and shared their experiences with our club.
Shown here, L to R, Kelly McCarthy (host mom), Sean Bird (host brother), Ahsan Bhatti, Emily Anderson (Camp Enterprise participants) and Sheri MacBeth, River Falls Senior High School guidance counselor.
Students share Camp Enterprise experience Jill Krentz 2018-12-11 06:00:00Z 0

Next Meeting Tuesday December 11th, 2018

Our presenters this week are Emily and Ahsan, who are the two River Fall High School students that attended Rotary Camp Enterprise last month.  Camp Enterprise is an incredible opportunity that is sponsored by the Rotary Clubs of District 5950 and 5960, it is an extensive three-day camp offering students the opportunity to participate in leadership activities focusing on the Free Enterprise System.  Ahsan's host mother, Kelly, and his host sister will also be in attendance.  A big thank you to River Falls High School Counselor Sheri MacBeth who helped organize the student's trip as well as helping them present at Rotary.  Sheri will also be joining us tomorrow for breakfast.  Please check out the link above to the Camp Enterprise website and come prepared with several questions for Emily and Ahsan about their exciting experience.
Next Meeting Tuesday December 11th, 2018 jwm 2018-12-10 06:00:00Z 0

General Announcements

Announcements:
  • Welcome, new and prospective members!
  • Interested in club leadership? See Chris B. for more information. The leadership path is a three-year commitment with lots of training and help from past officers!
  • Thursday, Dec. 20 501 club will NOT be an official club meeting, given the holiday schedule crunch. If you want to show up, show up!
  • Service Opportunity - River Falls Gymnastics is moving to their new location (we helped fund with Happy Bucks) from 12/26 to 12/29 this month.  Sign up here: https://signup.com/client/invitation2/secure/2601370/false#/invitation
General Announcements Jill Krentz 2018-12-04 06:00:00Z 0

Glen Park: a destination of natural beauty

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“Our job is to preserve and promote local history and interpret and share it with the public,” said Heidi Heinze, River Falls Historic Preservation Commission, as she presented to our club. Some of the ways that the organization accomplishes that are the survey of historical buildings for the National Register, installing plaques on downtown buildings, walking tours, consulting with city groups, the park board and placing historic photos on the outside of buildings.
Glen Park: a destination of natural beauty Jill Krentz 2018-12-04 06:00:00Z 0
Sharing Families information Jill Krentz 2018-12-02 06:00:00Z 0
Following a vocation for service and community Jill Krentz 2018-11-27 06:00:00Z 0

Education that takes us back to nature

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The Carpenter St. Croix Valley Nature Center (CNC) began as a dream of Tom and Edna Carpenter, who set aside 325 acres for future generation enjoyment of the natural world. This soon grew to 425 acres, including 50 miles of trails. The Minnesota location is open 8-4:30 daily, and admission is free.
Education that takes us back to nature Jill Krentz 2018-11-20 06:00:00Z 0
Rotary supports Our Neighbors Place backpack program Jill Krentz 2018-11-13 06:00:00Z 0

Announcements

Important announcements this week:

Rotary Foundation Giving: See John K. to see your donation status. He has the list!
 
Backpacks for Our Neighbors House: Thank you! Our goal was 75 backpacks and we're at 103! That means $1540 for the program! Scott will still accept orders through next Tuesday's meeting.
 
Hudson Free Clinic fundraiser: You can procure tickets from Heather. Note to Hudson residents: your gifts will be doubled through the end of this year. Find out more by contacting Heather.
 
Better Angels event is Wed., Nov. 14. Attendees will discuss how to have civil discourse in challenging times at a lunchtime event.  Contact Heather for more information.
 
The Croix Chordsmen will perform  Saturday, Dec. 11 at 2 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, Stillwater. Tickets are $10. Children 12 and under are FREE. To order ticktes go to www.eventbrite.com or call Ted 651-308-5775.
 
Taco Fund raiser lunch will benefit a family from Guatemala. See Tony J. for more info.
 
Thank you to Brian McQuade, for agreeing to head up the efforts for the 2019 Relay for Life event.
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River Falls School Safety

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Dr. Nate Schurman, (right) Greenwood Elementary Principal and District Safety Director, spoke to the club about how the district is responding to the changing concept of school safety.
River Falls School Safety Jill Krentz 2018-11-06 06:00:00Z 0

Announcements

Posted on Oct 30, 2018
  • Backpack program: Our Neighbors Place provides backpacks filled with food to school children each weekend. Rotary supplies these backpacks during Christmas week! Bring your checkbook and sign up. A clipboard will be circulated at the meeting.
     
  • Calling all Santas! Jump Start to Literacy needs a Santa on Dec. 17. Start growing that beard and see Tony J. for details.
     
  • Foundation donation listing: Are you a Paul Harris fellow? See John K. and find out how close you are.
Announcements Jill Krentz 2018-10-30 05:00:00Z 0

Announcements

Check out announcements:
  • AAUW Book sale October 19 and 26
  • World Polio Day is October 24
  • The 2019 Gala is April 26! Here's what you need to know!
Announcements Jill Krentz 2018-10-19 05:00:00Z 0

Bike group works in partnership with the community

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Phoenix and Lionheart, two representatives from the Great Rivers chapter of Bikers Against Child Abuse (BACA), provided a quick overview of how BACA works with law enforcement and the community to provide safety and security to kids who’ve experienced the horrors of abuse.
With more than 289 chapters internationally, (seven in Wisconsin), BACA’s intent is to create a safer environment for abused children.
“We exist as a body of Bikers to empower children to not feel afraid of the world in which they live,” said Phoenix. “We stand ready to lend support to our wounded friends by involving them with an established, united organization.”
BACA works in conjunction with local and state officials who are already in place to protect children. It  desires to send a clear message to all involved with the abused child that this child is part of our organization, and that we are prepared to lend our physical and emotional support to them by affiliation, and our physical presence.
Bike group works in partnership with the community Jill Krentz 2018-10-19 05:00:00Z 0

Kinni Hemp Co. and industrial hemp

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Abbie Testaberg from the Kinni Hemp company, outlined for our group how she went from coffee shop owner to becoming someone who can speak both eloquently and scientifically about health and phyto chemicals.
Abby and her husband, Jody, make their home in River Falls and are owners of the Kinni Hemp Co.  
Kinni Hemp Co. and industrial hemp 2018-10-02 05:00:00Z 0
Communication, plans and visioning tool Jill Krentz 2018-10-02 05:00:00Z 0

Sporting World benefits Big Brothers and Big Sisters

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Carole Mottaz, Board Chair of the St. Croix Valley chapter of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwestern Wisconsin and River Falls Rotarian, is shown with the Events Manager, Paula Skoviera and Program Manager, Nate Schorr.  St. Croix Valley has recently changed their business model, closing the office in Hudson so that Paula and Nate can work remotely.  Carole opened a used sporting goods store called Sporting World in August to raise funds for St. Croix Valley BBBS on N. Main Street, River Falls. 
Sporting World benefits Big Brothers and Big Sisters Jill Krentz 2018-09-18 05:00:00Z 0

Challenges of Camp RYLA help students strengthen leadership skills

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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. Because all participants were leaders at their own schools, it was initially challenging, as they had to learn to sometimes lead and sometimes follow.
Challenges of Camp RYLA help students strengthen leadership skills Heather Logelin 2018-06-12 05:00:00Z 0
Around the World in 140+ Days Heather Logelin 2018-06-05 05:00:00Z 0

African Soul, American Heart

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It started with creating a documentary on the lost boys of Sudan, and evolved into providing education for hundreds. Deb Dawson, of African Soul, American Heart shared her story of children torn by war and healed through education.
 
African Soul, American Heart Heather Logelin 2018-05-29 05:00:00Z 0

You can be certified in Mental Health First Aid

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Amy Schreiner is a local chiropractor (and former Rotary Group Study Exchange participant) recently completed a five-day training to offer Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) trainings.
MHFA helps prepare everyday people to respond to mental health issues. The intention is to make MHFA training as familiar and widespread as CPR and First Aid training. MHFA is an evidence-based, peer-reviewed curriculum that follows a very proscriptive path.
You can be certified in Mental Health First Aid Heather Logelin 2018-05-22 05:00:00Z 0

Belize update: An opportunity to help in a direct way

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Ed Robbins provided an update on his work with a school in Belize. When he arrived this year, he learned that what his students needed most was materials to help them prepare for their exams. He purchased a printer and they subsequently printed thousands of pages of materials to help them prepare. While he was there, another opportunity to help presented itself! Find out how you can help.
Belize update: An opportunity to help in a direct way Heather Logelin 2018-05-21 05:00:00Z 0
River Falls Sunshine Fund comes up with support Heather Logelin 2018-05-15 05:00:00Z 0

River Falls Gymastics Club: building strong kids and a strong community

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This summer, the RFGC is breaking ground on a new 15,000 squre foot facility, the “River Falls State Bank Center,” which will be home not only to the RFGC but also to the River Falls Wildcats gymnastics team. The new facility is directly east of the high school, north of the track. The new two-story facility was designed to be a state-of-the-art facility for all participants; a dedicated preschool area will serve participants as young as 18 months.  Find out how you can help!
River Falls Gymastics Club: building strong kids and a strong community Heather Logelin 2018-05-08 05:00:00Z 0

River Falls Montessori – Model United Nations

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Students from the River Falls Public Montessori School shared their experience participating in the Model United Nations Conference in Chicago, IL. The goal of the Model UN program is to bring students together to solve real-world issues such as clean water to all, gender equality, global sustainability, etc. Students at this year’s conference came from all of the United States and Canada, totaling more than 200 students.
River Falls Montessori – Model United Nations Heather Logelin 2018-05-01 05:00:00Z 0

Wisconsin/Nicaragua Partners Of The Americas

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The work of the Wisconsin/Nicaragua Partners of the Americas includes sports equipment, Chica Nica doll dresses, lending libraries, the stove and chimney project, Firefighters United, backpacks, learning centers, eyeglass projects, and more. The Firefighters United projects provides used equipment to municipalities in Nicaragua; to date, Wisconsin has sent 25 ambulances and 35 fire trucks to Nicaragua.
Tony Jilek’s late wife, Ann, made four trips to Nicaragua before her untimely passing; Tony and his family visited our club to talk about their work in Ann’s memory through the eyeglass project of the Wisconsin/Nicaragua Partners of the Amerias.
Wisconsin/Nicaragua Partners Of The Americas Heather Logelin 2018-04-24 05:00:00Z 0

Judie Foster Babcock: a history of helping others

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With long term family connections to scouting, Judie Foster Babcock sees many connections between the scouting mottos/laws and the Rotary 4-Way Test; that’s part of what attracted her to Rotary. Many of her jobs revolved around helping people. She currently works at St. Paul Traveler's Insurance; however, her Rotary badge reads “Philanthropist."
Judie Foster Babcock: a history of helping others Heather Logelin 2018-04-10 05:00:00Z 0

Referendum offers an investment to support learning

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The River Falls School District has two referendum questions on the ballot for next Tuesday, April 3, said Jamie Benson at the March 27 Rotary meeting. The referendum will help River Falls maintain its high performance by investing in facilities that support learning.
A video on the district’s website http://www.rfsd.k12.wi.us/district/referendum-informational-video-q2.cfm#d569010 provides an overview of the referendum, including the proposed projects and the needs they will address.
Referendum offers an investment to support learning Heather Logelin 2018-03-27 05:00:00Z 0

Safe, fresh, cold drinking water: brought to you by RFMU!

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Kevin Westhuis (Utility Director) and Ron Growth (Water/Wastewater Superintendent) are proud of the work that Ron and his team do to take care of our water and wasterwater systems. Water and wastewater operators are required to be certified (and recertified) by the State of Wisconsin; this is important and serious business!
Kevin noted that River Falls Municipal Utility (RFMU) delivers safe, fresh, cold drinking water to our homes for about $2/1000 gallons.
Safe, fresh, cold drinking water: brought to you by RFMU! Heather Logelin 2018-03-20 05:00:00Z 0

New stoves make dreams come true, showcase power of Rotary

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Rotary has the power to make dreams come true, according to Carlos Galvez, who visited and updated the club on the Chapita Bonita Stove Project. "When you support this project, you are helping people who are a world away," he said. "One thousand, twenty eight miles from here, you are making other people’s dreams come true."
New stoves make dreams come true, showcase power of Rotary Heather Logelin 2018-03-13 05:00:00Z 0

Second hand sports store would help fund Big Brothers / Big Sisters program

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When we surveyed members last year, one of the themes was a desire for more service projects, according to Carole Mottaz.

Well, Carole has a proposal! Carole is chair of the board of our local Big Brothers, Big Sisters affiliate. As an affiliate, BBBS is allowed to “do anything” as long as they can fund it. When a funder recently did not renew support for 2017, leaving a $50,000 hole in their budget, they started thinking about ways they could generate more support for the affiliate. They are now looking at a new funding source, a second-hand sporting goods store in River Falls.
Second hand sports store would help fund Big Brothers / Big Sisters program Heather Logelin 2018-03-03 06:00:00Z 0
View from the porch! Thank you to all our donors 2018-02-24 06:00:00Z 0

Group seeks to build bridges between Muslims and broader community

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The Islamic Resource Group (www.irgmn.org) 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.
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Turningpoint helps survivors of domestic abuse start over

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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

Luke Martz: Marsy's Law

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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 coordinates local help to support neighbors in need
 

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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
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Rick Wilson: New Year’s Inspiration

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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

Emma Becker: Ending human trafficking in Minnesota

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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

Winfield United: Crop protection, seed marketing and more

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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

Data Science: a new but huge field of study

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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: Doing good in the world

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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

Nancy Miller: Your Public Library

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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

October Rotary Reader of the Month

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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

World Polio Day!

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The River Falls Rotary Club marked World Polio Day by viewing a brief video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xheITaL96B8 , followed by a rousing game of POLIO JEOPARDY!
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Intercultural volunteering: Belize project

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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, exchange student

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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

Foundation provides one-stop resource for veterans in need

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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

Clean cooking transforms kitchens to family gathering places

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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

Helping people with disabilities make their own music

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

Finding Safe Haven

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

Saving lives in Ghana

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

India celebrates three years without polio

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