President's Message
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August Schedule
We will not meet on August 20, but will instead be having the District Governor visit and joint 3-club meeting on August 22 at the Mayo Civic Center at noon. There is also a social scheduled for that day (see below). We will be back at the Hilton Garden Inn on August 27 with a regular program and a vocational talk from Beth Sherden! 
I am enjoying a great Rotary month of August!
Mark Your Calendar - DG Visit on August 22 (next week)
We are looking forward to the District Governor visit next Thursday, August 22, 2019. This will be a great chance for District Governor Paul Perez to learn more about the Rotary Clubs of Rochester and see the work we are doing in the community. It will also be an opportunity for you to meet Paul and hear more about his focus this year. I encourage all of you to participate in the events scheduled for August 22.
View a special message from District Governor Paul Perez by clicking here.
Board Meeting
The board will be meeting at 7:00 a.m. on August 22 at People's Food Co-op. As always, anyone is welcome to attend. 
3-Club Meeting
The 3-club meeting info is below:
Time/Date: Aug 22, 2019 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Place: Mayo Civic Center, Suite 101, 30 Civic Center Dr SE, Rochester, MN 55904
Buffet & Social Time:  11:30 am - 12 pm ($17 lunch buffet, $11 salad [12 available on a first come first served basis])
Meeting: 12 - 12:30 pm
Program: 12:30 - 1 pm, "Rotary Day in Rochester with a visit from the District Governor Paul Perez"
If you can only attend one event, please choose the 3-club meeting.
Social/Meet and Greet
Herring Gardens, 5500 Highway 63 S, Rochester, MN 55904.
See the flyer here for more info:
Please let me know if you plan to attend so we can plan accordingly and make sure we order enough pizza! I have only heard from two people!
Greeter List Updated for the Year
The Greeter list has been assigned for the entire year. You can view it here. Keep in mind that some of these dates may change due to holidays and rotation days that are not yet scheduled. Greeters are assigned to each meeting day by the Programs Team and done in a way to spread out the responsibility. If you are unable to serve as Greeter on the day you are assigned, please find a replacement or switch with somebody. Please let me know if you switch so it can be reflected in the newsletter.
As a reminder, Greeters are responsible for welcoming guests and Rotarians to the meeting, collecting payment for meals, introducing guests, leading us in the Pledge of Allegiance and Four-way Test, and sharing a reflection. You are welcome to bring a reflection from home, choose one from the book, or share a personal reflection on service, the community, or Rotary. Thank you for the great job everyone has been doing with greeting!
Rotary Blitz at the State Fair
 by Paul Perez
By now you must have August 30 circled on your Rotary Calendar, right?! If not, why not? As mentioned in the Rotary year kick-off video (, the Rotary Blitz is coming to the Minnesota State Fair! Now is the time to make plans to join with Rotarians from Districts 5960, 5950, and 5580.
We need you and yours (families encouraged) to build a blitz with hundreds of our upper Midwest Rotary Family. And what better way to throw a party than at the "Great Minnesota Get-Together!" We are not the only ones that recognize how spectacular this annual must-go event is. Newsweek recently honored it as the sole North American entry [“Americana at it’s best”], in late summer worldwide festivals. Read more here.
If you have service hours, please send to Kim Keilhotz at 
There will be a sign up sheet on August 27 for volunteering at Celebrating Abilities Septemberfest being held on September 7 from 4-8 p.m.
Youth Exchange Update
It has been a busy and exciting few months for Rotary Youth Exchange. Our inbound student from 2018-2019, Duda, returned to Brazil in July. She had a great experience, and we loved having her!
This month, our 2019-2020 inbound student, KJ, arrives from Japan. Thank you to our host families, starting with Nina and Nick Sargent, and our counselors, Alan Hansen, Gerry Elsbern, and Mark Dripps for making this possible!
Our 2018-2019 outbound student, Bennet, returned from Spain in July. We will hear from Bennet at one of our programs in October. 
Our 2019-2020 outbound students, Hannah (Mexico), Lillian (Germany), and Freddie (Mexico) have already left or will be departing later this month. 
We also had two outbound YE students in the STEP program. STEP stands for Short-Term Exchange Program. Lilly was in France and Katelyn was in Taiwan. 
Rotary Connects the World!
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Risers at Channel One
The Rochester Rotary Risers have been helping to fill shifts at Channel One with The Rotary Club of Rochester. Rotary Risers Mike Neumann, Don Supalla, and Amy Donahoe-Anshus volunteered at Channel One on August 6. Way to go! #peopleofaction #serviceaboveself 
Club Information
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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Meeting Responsibilities
Greeter 1 - no meeting
Greeter 2 - no meeting
Program Coordinator
Cantlon, Matt
Aug 22, 2019 11:30 AM
District Governor 3 Club Visit
Aug 27, 2019
Family Involvement Strategies
Sep 03, 2019
Board Meeting
Sep 10, 2019
Midwest Melanoma Partnership
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Upcoming Events
District Governor Social
Aug 22, 2019
Board Meeting - District Governor
Aug 22, 2019
7:00 AM – 8:00 AM
Rotary Golf Outing 2019
Sep 05, 2019
11:30 AM – 3:00 PM
Celebrating Abilities
Sep 07, 2019
4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
World Community Service Meeting
Sep 11, 2019
World Community Service Meeting
Oct 09, 2019
World Community Service Meeting
Nov 13, 2019
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Jason Wagner
August 7
Kimberly Keilholtz
August 14
Bill Pudwell
August 18
Join Date
Timothy Schmitt
August 13, 2013
6 years
Daren Preszler
August 14, 2018
1 year
Brianna Berg
August 18, 2015
4 years
Theresa Rummans
August 18, 2015
4 years
Deb Christianson
August 21, 2007
12 years
Arne Landsverk
August 28, 2018
1 year
John Abress
August 30, 2016
3 years
Executives & Directors
President Elect
Service Projects Committee Chair
Membership Committee Chair
Rotary Foundation Committee Chair
Public Image Committee Chair
Program Chair
Literacy Chair
Youth Services Chair
Social Committee Chair
Basketball Committee Liason
Fundraising Committee Chair
Human Trafficing Officer
President Elect Nominee
Russell Hampton
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