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I hope that each of you enjoyed a safe and relaxing Thanksgiving holiday, maybe even a four-day weekend.  The rise in COVID cases, coupled with the Governor's recently imposed social distancing guidelines, found many of us forgoing the annual family gatherings for more intimate immediate family dinners.  As evidenced by the number of holiday lights in the neighborhood, folks found the travel restrictions, stay-at-home warnings and beautiful weather conducive to holiday decorating.  Having complained during the last few years about how the start of the holiday season seemed to come earlier with each passing year, this year seemed like Thanksgiving was a good time to embrace the bell ringing, trim the tree, enjoy some carols and maybe even decorate the yard with a few extra strands of lights.
Board Meeting - December 1
The Risers Board members and Club Support team leaders hold their monthly meeting on Tuesday.  There is no regular club Zoom meeting.  Board members should look for an agenda and meeting invitation sometime this weekend.
Members can look forward to a very interesting program on December 8 when David Ulrich, Communications Consultant, will share an update on the mission and goals of Twin Metals Minnesota.  Twin Metals is focused on designing, constructing and operating an underground copper, nickel, cobalt and platinum group metals mine, located about nine miles southeast of Ely and 11 miles northeast of Babbitt.   The project will bring more than 750 direct full-time jobs and 1,500 new spinoff jobs to the residents of northeast Minnesota – an unprecedented economic impact that has the potential to revitalize an entire region. 
District Governor Thank You
Thanksgiving Eve I received the following note from our District Governor...
Dear President Don and Rochester Risers Rotarians:
On behalf of our family, we want to express our deep gratitude for your generosity honoring our daughter, Amanda, with your gift to the Wallin Educational Partners.  You demonstrate the notion that Rotary is a family with your concern and compassion.  Thank you so much for doing more good in the world!
For the last three months, we have been sorting through Mandy's personal belongings and financial affairs, readying her house for the market, and trying to come to grips with losing our beautiful daughter.  Every expression of love, sympathy and support we've received has helped us through this process.  Thank you!
Ed and Sue Marek
A New Paul Harris Fellows 4X4 Group!
Jason Wagner, Rotary Foundation Team Lead, shared the following email...
I am excited to announce that we have filled all the slots for the newest 4x4 club...Jolene, Jordan, Joel, and Janette!  I am unofficially dubbing you the "J-Crew."
Thanks so much to all four of you for making this commitment, which will help an impact locally and globally on Rotary's areas of focus:
  • Peace and conflict prevention/resolution.
  • Disease prevention and treatment.
  • Water and sanitation.
  • Maternal and child health.
  • Basic education and literacy.
  • Economic and community development
And, of course, the newest area of focus: the environment. 
I will be sending an update to all 4x4 teams soon with instructions for how to make your annual contribution and plans for our 2020-2021 4x4 celebration.
Jason Wagner
Thanks to Jason and the Foundation Team, members of our existing 4X4 teams and certainly to our next group, The J-Crew!
Thanks to Joanne Rosener who shared a great international project update at last week's meeting.  Here's Joanne's written version of the late Paul Harvey radio show...
It occurred to me that Risers might be interested in the impact of the work that's been accomplished. To that end, you may wish to include this in an upcoming newsletter. I'll include a picture or two if you'd like to have that as well.
The Rest of the Guatemala Story
If your interest last Tuesday was piqued by the work that our grant has accomplished in Guatemala, you may also be interested to learn what has been the impact of the nutrition intervention to date.  Bottom line, the Guatemalan children and their families have increased diet diversity and the data are showing improved growth trajectory among the children in the study which over time will result in less stunting. 
Time is running out to sell your calendar raffle tickets.  The Fundraising Team had earmarked December 1 as the end of our calendar raffle sales.  However, if you still have a ticket or two left to sell (or buy), I bet you could have an extra couple days.  The drawing is scheduled for the middle of December, so now is the time to SELL, SELL, SELL!  Remember, this is the Risers only public fundraiser of the year.  Our goal as a club is to sell 1,000 tickets!  
Community Service Opportunities
Whenever you complete Rotary-related service projects, please send your hours worked to Kim at kimdtm@msn.comThank you!
Thank you to those Risers who have already contributed to our annual Adopt a Family program, coordinated by Lutheran Social Services.  This year we agreed to provide a brighter holiday season for 10 individuals (7 senior citizens) whose holidays might not be as merry as ours.  I saw several donation notations in last week's Zoom meeting chat box which I believe will allow us to meet our commitment.  Many thanks to Kim Keilholtz, Community Service Team Lead, who has coordinated our campaign and has volunteered to purchase the requested gift cards.  Your generosity is more evidence that we really are "Risers Rising to the Occasion."  Thank you! 
Risers will be greeting customers and staffing the red kettle throughout the day on Saturday, December 5 at HyVee Crossroads.  
I just checked the Risers bell ringing sign-up and we still have four slots on Saturday, December 5, that need filling.  If you enjoyed ringing bells in the past, you'll have an opportunity to do it again this holiday season.  The Salvation Army is recommending no more than two persons per hour time slot.  Volunteers are still needed from 3-4 p.m. and 4-5 p.m.  Donation data makes it clear that staffed kettles generate significantly more donations.  If you've never staffed the kettle before, it's easy, enjoyable and very rewarding.  Now would be a good time to check this off your bucket (kettle) list.  
Janet Swanson, Risers Treasurer and Salvation Army Board member, is coordinating this annual community service event and has provided a sign-up link below...
United Way's Power of the Purse
With Jerome Ferson, United Way of Olmsted County President, a member of our club and advocate for literacy, it's only appropriate that I share the following message from his United Way colleague Jennifer Teske...
Make a difference in the life a child – POWER OF THE PURSE 2020!
Join fellow Risers in attending this year’s 15th Annual Power of the Purse event on December 1 from 11 am -12 pm.  REGISTER NOW:
Power of the Purse is a community fundraising event presented by United Way of Olmsted County’s Women United group. Proceeds benefit United Way’s Education Fund which is invested in programs that provide children and youth in our community with meaningful connections, positive learning environments and positive role models, which all contribute toward good mental health and help set the stage for life. One of those programs is C2C of which the Rotary Clubs of Rochester helped to support the development. 
This event will be streamed live on ABC 6 News as well as United Way’s Facebook page.  You won’t want to miss the touching stories and first-hand experiences of those closest to the children and youth in our community who are benefiting from the investments made through United Way’s Education Fund. 
There will also be the traditional, and always exceptional, purse and experience silent auction which you will be able to bid on through a new mobile biding platform.  Be sure to purchase the PLUS ticket ($16) to enjoy early bidding access and first dibs on buy-now items. PLUS ticket holders will also be entered for a chance to win a Lasker Jewelers gift valued at $2500!
Thank you for making a difference in the life of a child!  Thank you for your consideration!
Arden Hills/Shoreview Rotary Club Virtual Cooking Class
Rotarians from around the District are invited to join us for an exciting virtual cooking demonstration with renowned Chef Ken Galloway, former Executive Chef and General Manager of the Wayzata, Edina and Dellwood Country Clubs and the White Bear Yacht Club. Funds raised by the purchase of each ticket go to support the Rotary Scholarship Fund and other community projects including the Suburban Ramsey COVID Response Fund.  Registration is just $25...
Getting to Know Rotary International
December 1 is Rotary Foundation Day!  A day earmarked each year for Rotarians around the world to make a contribution to the Foundation.  Did you know...

The Rotary Foundation transforms your gifts into service projects that change lives both close to home and around the world.

Since it was founded more than 100 years ago, the Foundation has spent more than $4 billion on life-changing, sustainable projects.

With your help, we can make lives better in your community and around the world.

The mission of The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty.

What impact can one donation have?

  • For as little as 60 cents, a child can be protected from polio.
  • $50 can provide clean water to help fight waterborne illness.
  • $500 can launch an antibullying campaign and create a safe environment for children.


Rotary Foundation Giving Tuesday - December 1
Give the gift of Rotary
Each November and December, The Rotary Foundation appeals to current and prospective donors to give the gift of Rotary. This campaign focuses on demonstrating the impact that a donation to the Foundation of any size can have. For more details, check out this digital flyer, encouraging members to give generously. 

Thank you for your support!
The Rotary Foundation
African Region Declared Polio Free

It our pleasure to announce to you that the African region has just been certified wild poliovirus-free.

Rotary members have played an invaluable role in the effort to rid the African region of wild polio. We should be proud of all the hard work that we’ve done to eliminate the wild poliovirus throughout Africa and in nearly every country in the world. 

This progress is the result of a decades-long effort across the 47 countries of the African region. It has involved millions of health workers traveling by foot, boat, bike and bus, innovative strategies to vaccinate children amid conflict and insecurity, and a huge disease surveillance network to test cases of paralysis and check sewage for the virus. 

Over the last two decades, countless Rotary members in countries across the African region and around the world have worked together to raise funds, immunize children, advocate with local and national leaders, and raise awareness about the importance of vaccination, enabling the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) to effectively respond to and stop polio outbreaks. 

This milestone is an incredible public health achievement for Rotary members, the African region, and our GPEI partners, and a huge step forward on the road to global polio eradication. But we still have important work to do in order to eradicate wild polio in the last two endemic countries.

We have faced many challenges in our journey to eradicate polio. But we’ve made remarkable progress, and the polio infrastructure that Rotarians helped build will serve as a lasting legacy that will continue to help protect vulnerable children against other diseases for decades to come.

We are calling on you today to recommit yourselves to ending polio. We need each and every one of you to help finish this fight and continue raising $50 million each year for PolioPlus. The eradication of wild polio in the African region shows us that polio eradication is achievable, and shows how our hard work, partnerships and financial commitment continue to propel us forward, even during a global pandemic.

Thank you for your continued efforts, for achieving a wild polio-free African region, and for remaining committed to fulfilling our promise of a polio-free world.

Holger Knaack, President                                                     K.R. Ravindran, Chair
Rotary International                                                           The Rotary Foundation

Rotary International President Holger Knaack and Nigeria National PolioPlus Chair Dr. Tunji Funsho congratulate Rotarians on eradicating wild polio in the African Region. Watch here.

Rochester Rotary Risers Recognized at District Event
On Tuesday, June 23, 2020, Rotarians from District 5960, which covers south east and east metro Minnesota and western Wisconsin, met virtually for the 2019-20 District Awards Happy Hour.  Clubs were recognized for their efforts in various categories and based on the size of the club – Large, Medium Plus, Medium, or Small – as part of the District’s Awards Program.
The Rochester Rotary Risers Club was responsible for submitting examples of their efforts against a checklist for up to six categories – Club Service, Community Service, International Service, Public Image, Vocational Service, and Youth Service. The submissions were then judged by Rotarians from Clubs in a different size category to keep the voting objective. The Rotary Club of Rochester Rotary Risers was in the Medium Plus size club category.   
After the tabulating, the club received several awards for its efforts, including the District Governor's Citation, 3rd place in Club Service, 1st place in Vocational Service, and 3rd place in Community Service! The Club has been focusing on Vocational Service through vocational talks, Rotation Days, vocational programs, a vocational workshop, and recognition of a community member with a Paul Harris Award for being a Rotarian at heart. The Club has also been involved with and sponsored community programs like the Jeremiah Program, that helps families move from poverty to prosperity two generations at a time, and Cradle to Career, that focuses community resources on programs that make a difference in the lives of children and young adults in reaching education goals and eventually employment.
About Rotary and District 5960
Rotary’s vision is “Together we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change, in our community, across the globe, and in ourselves.” We do this through a global network of volunteer leaders dedicated to tackling the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges. Our mission is to advance world peace and understanding, good will and peace through improved health, the support of education and alleviation of poverty. Rotary connects 1.2 million members of more than 35,000 Rotary clubs in over 200 countries and geographical areas. Within District 5960, which includes much of south east and east metro Minnesota in addition to 6 counties in western Wisconsin, there are 63 clubs focused on humanitarian service. Locally, the Rotary Club of Rochester Rotary Risers members provides both hands on skills and financial support for sustainable projects to improve our community. Our work improves lives at both the local and international levels including our continuing work toward a polio-free world. For more information, visit ( or
The Awards Happy Hour reception was recorded and can be viewed here:
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Rochester Risers
Service Above Self
We meet Tuesdays at 7:00 AM
Hilton Garden Inn
225 S. Broadway
Rochester, MN  55904
United States
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Jeffrey Warfield
November 1, 1992
28 years
Joanne Rosener
November 1, 1994
26 years
Beth Sherden
November 7, 2017
3 years
Peggy Elliott
November 19, 2019
1 year
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Community Service Team Lead
Vocational Service Team Lead
Club Service Team Lead
International Service Team Lead
Rotary Foundation Team Lead
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Fundraising Team Lead
Human Trafficking Officer
Rotary Classic Event Liaison
Youth Service Team Lead
Literacy Team Lead
Social Team Lead
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Membership Team Lead
Public Image Team Lead
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Russell Hampton
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