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Although I was able to get last week's program started, I had to bow out to attend a different meeting.  Thankfully, that meeting ended a bit early and I was able to log back in and catch about 15-minutes of the World Without Orphans program.  Based on what I saw and feedback from several of you that attended, it was a moving and informative presentation with possible future collaboration opportunities with Rotary International.  If you missed the program or would like to know more about WWO, go to or check out this short video:
Thanks to Joanne Rosener who offered to serve as Risers liaison in hopes of establishing other lines of communication between WWO and other Rotary powers that be.  My thanks to Risers President-elect Sherden for leading the meeting. 
Michael Munoz
Rochester Public Schools Superintendent
November 24 Program - District 535 Update
The Risers have another blockbuster program on tap this week as Rochester Public Schools Superintendent Munoz will be our featured presenter.  You've likely only read about it or heard in the news how COVID-19 has impacted Rochester's K-12 education system.  Tuesday's your opportunity to hear from our School District's leader who's experienced COVID's impact firsthand, captained the District through uncharted waters and whose decision-making has been both praised and criticized.   Join us via Zoom and learn more about how the District's dealing with COVID-19, new facilities under construction, new school naming opportunity, changing faces on the School Board and more.
Interested in Joining a New Paul Harris Fellows 4X4 Group?
A couple of Risers have indicated an interest in starting up a new 4X4 group within our club.  To make a 4X4 group a reality, we need a couple more Risers.  If you're interested in working towards earning a Paul Harris Fellow (PHF), this might be a financially easier way than making a one-time contribution.  Four club members each agree to contribute $250/annually for 4 years and one name is drawn each year to receive a PHF.  Already a PHF...this would be a good way to become a multiple PHF.  Think about it!  If you have questions or are interested in participating, connect with Jason Wagner.
Risers Grant and Joanne Rosener Featured in The Rotarian
Before you recycle your November issue of the Rotarian, check out (and maybe save) the article that references the good work of the Rochester Risers. The Our World article features one of our Risers grants and member Joanne Rosener.
Rosener says the Rotary clubs involved are committed to supporting the Maya Health Alliance for the long haul, and she is pleased that the gardens have produced positive results.  "We know the kids aren't slipping," she says.  "We know they're making progress.  But reversing the effects of malnutrition doesn't happen overnight."
It's not often that a Rotary club gets international press.  Now, that's some PR!!
SELL, SELL, SELL!  Time is running out to sell your calendar raffle tickets.  Remember, this is the Risers only public fundraiser of the year.  Have your family, neighbors, friends and colleagues heard from you yet?  Have you promoted our fundraiser on your Facebook or Instagram page?  Now is the time to reach out to them with calendar raffle tickets.  Our goal as a club is to sell 1,000 tickets and we still have unsold tickets remaining.  Please use the script shared earlier (or modify it to your liking) to remind prospective buyers that the purchase of this raffle enables the Risers to support some very worthy projects.  Our funds support local projects like My Book Day and international projects like a pulmonary and nutrition project in Guatemala and a clean water project in Nigeria and Honduras.  Contact Jolene Hansen or Dean Stenehjem if you need additional 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.  As of today, Risers are about half-way to our goal of garnering the funds needed to provide much-appreciated gift cards to our adoptees.  Kim has to have everything submitted to LSS by December 5. is the time to make a donation and help a neighbor.
You should have received the following email message from Community Service Team Lead Kim Keilholtz...
I'm still waiting to receive information from Lutheran Social Services regarding this year's Adopt a Family program, but I think we need to start now.  Not meeting in person adds a challenge to this year's collection of money for the purchase of gift cards (due to COVID-19, this year, instead of purchasing presents, recipients will receive gift cards).
Rather than wait for more information, I’d like you to send me money for gift cards and I’ll buy them.  Lutheran Social Services has suggested gift cards totaling $65-75 per recipient would be much appreciated.  Our club committed to making the holidays brighter for up to 10 individuals.
A contribution to cover all or a portion of any one recipient would be wonderful...however, any amount will be much appreciated!  Please do not send cash in the mail.  Rather, contributions should be made in the form of a check to Kim Keilholtz and sent to:
Kim Keilholtz
2739 Spyglass Court NW
Rochester, MN  55901


Risers will be greeting customers and staffing the red kettle throughout the day on Saturday, December 5 at HyVee Crossroads.  
If you enjoyed ringing bells in the past, you'll have an opportunity to do it again this holiday season.  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.  A quick check of the sign up sheet indicates we have just six slots, between 2 - 5 p.m., left to fill.  Thanks to those who have already committed to a shift or two.
Janet Swanson is coordinating this annual community service event and has provided a sign-up link below.  Due to COVID, the Salvation Army is recommending no more than two people per time slot so if you have someone joining you, please register both time slots.
Friday the 13th Risers Talent Show!
McKinsey Goodenberger and her Social Team organized a great Risers Hidden/Unusual Talent Show last Friday night.  For those who attended, it was fun, entertaining, informative and a great opportunity to socialize safely.  To all those who participated, I present you with the first-ever Risers Virtual Cup Award!
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 colleague Jennifer Teske...
I’m hoping you will consider sending out a message to your respective Rotary members to promote signing up for Power of the Purse on December 1 from 11am – 12pm.  Since Rotary is closely tied with C2C and Power of the Purse proceeds support our work in Education – which C2C receives significant support from United Way from our Education Fund… I thought it would be appropriate. 
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!
Getting to Know Rotary International
November is Rotary Foundation Month!
A message from the Rotary International President & Trustee Chair...

My dear friends and fellow Rotarians,

As we enter Foundation Month, we would like to personally thank each and every one of you who did so much to make World Polio Day such an enormous success.

We broadcast our Global Update on 24 October in multiple time zones around the world, reaching more people, and raising more awareness than ever before. Rotary members in 146 countries registered more than 6,500 World Polio Day events and activities, from Brazil to Japan, Nigeria to India.  More than $900,000 was contributed online to the PolioPlus Fund which moves us closer to this year’s $50 million fundraising goal to take full advantage of the Bill & Melinda Gates match.

Inspired by this show of support across the globe, our work to eradicate polio continues. On 25 August, Nigeria marked four years without a case of wild poliovirus, and the World Health Organization African region is now officially certified wild poliovirus-free. Rotary has contributed nearly US$890 million—and countless volunteer hours—to eliminate polio in the African region. In the face of an ongoing global pandemic, this is one of the few good news stories for public health, and we should recognize this great achievement. It took tremendous effort and partnership over many years. Special mention should be made for the dedicated health workers—mainly women—who traveled by every form of transportation imaginable to reach children with the polio vaccine. We are particularly grateful for the Rotary members throughout Africa and around the world who have dedicated themselves to making polio a disease of the past. In fact, Rotary member Dr. Tunji Funsho was named as one of TIME's Most Influential People in the world for his role in leading Rotary towards this historic achievement. 

The type of partnership we have formed to make such progress against polio provides a blueprint for future Rotary projects. In fact, such partnerships have already been formed. Next month, the Trustees hope to  select the first ever Programs of Scale grant award. This is a grant of up to $ 2 million for a three to five-year project that aligns with one of our causes. It really invites Rotary members to think big about high-impact service projects, and find partners to who are willing to invest money and resources to implement measurable and sustainable solutions.

To support all this transformative work, you can end Foundation Month on a charitable note by participating in Giving Tuesday on 3 December. Rotary will be joining thousands of other organizations worldwide for a global day of giving, and it is a prime opportunity to advance our mission by making a contribution to the Annual Fund. It is now easier than ever to give to the Foundation online.

Remember to use your District Designated Funds for a cause you are passionate about, whether that is PolioPlus, the Disaster Response Fund, the Rotary Peace Centers, or something in your community that could benefit from the support of a district or global grant.

So as we enter the second half of the Rotary year, please keep up your efforts to eradicate polio, tell our story, and increase our impact. With your actions, Rotary Opens Opportunities.

Yours in Rotary,

Holger Knaack
President, Rotary International 2020-21

KR Ravindran
Trustee Chair, The Rotary Foundation 2020-21

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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Greeter 1
Majerus, Michelle
Greeter 2
Kolas, Ari
Program Coordinator
Supalla, Don
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Join Date
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
Executives & Directors
President Elect
Community Service Team Lead
Vocational Service Team Lead
Club Service Team Lead
International Service Team Lead
Rotary Foundation Team Lead
Past President
Fundraising Team Lead
Human Trafficking Officer
Rotary Classic Event Liaison
Youth Service Team Lead
Literacy Team Lead
Social Team Lead
President Elect Nominee
Membership Team Lead
Public Image Team Lead
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Russell Hampton
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