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Rotary and Chamber of Commerce
As you may know, the 3 Rotary clubs of Rochester have purchased membership in the Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce in an effort to promote Rotary to the larger community and to have Rotarians network with local business people on behalf of Rotary. The Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce works to build “…an environment where business can develop, grow and prosper.” Rotary’s vision is to create , "...a global network of...neighbors, friends, leaders, and problem-solvers who see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change – across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves."
Based on our Chamber membership, each Rotary club may send one representative to free member events. Rotarians may also register to attend public events at their own expense. Rotarians will attend Chamber events as representatives of the club with the purpose of sharing Rotary information by low-key networking and handing out business cards with information on how to learn more about Rotary.
If you are attending a Chamber of Commerce event as a representative of Rotary, please share that you are there on behalf of our club in your short introduction. We are asked to limit introductions to around 15 seconds or so. 
Click here to view the dates and to sign up as a Rotary representative for upcoming Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce free events:  AM Espresso, Business After Hours and Women's Round Table.
Polio Surge
As a follow up to my note from last week, I did come across an article in the New York Times (Polio Cases Surge in Pakistan and Afghanistan). As of July 10, there were a total of 42 new polio paralysis cases in both countries. Elections last year caused a slip in the vaccination campaign. More worrisome, the spread of anti-vaccination rumors and misinformation is now causing some children to be missed. For Polio to be eradicated, we need to keep supporting this initiative. Your support of PolioPlus through your dues statement is essential in this effort.
Anti-Sex Trafficking Summit Moved to January
The Anti-Sex Trafficking Summit announced in the past two newsletters has been moved to January. More information will be coming later. 
Youth Services Program

Last Tuesday the Risers were treated to a presentation by our returning RYLA students and two of our short term youth exchange program students


Representing RYLA, where Rachel Zhang and Jenny Rosas. Both students are upcoming seniors at Mayo high school. Both of them left with a shared appreciation for Rotary and the tremendous leadership experience they gained described as life changing. Both Dean and Joanne shared transportation responsibilities for getting the students returned from camp and saw first hand how much they both enjoyed and benefited from RYLA. 


We also heard a short presentation from the two students participating in the short term youth exchange program (STEP). While most Risers are familiar with Youth Exchange (YE) that involves hosting an inbound student from another country as well as sending an outbound student for the school year to another country, STEP is a much different youth program. It involves two students (one who is a local student and a student from another country) who spend approximately one month in each other’s home during summer. Katelyn Seigel:  (KJ) from Rochester, who attends John Marshall, was the local student who traveled to Taiwan to stay wtih Selina and her family. These young women became good friends and enjoyed sharing special characteristics from their respective country. Interestingly, KJ had previously been a YE student spending her year in Germany. And, Selina had also been a YE student previously in Brazil. These experiences speak to the value students gain when they have an opportunity to live in another country. KJ wanted the Risers to know how much she appreciates the support she’s received from Rotary having first experienced it while in the STRIVE program.




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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“Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change — across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.”
Meeting Responsibilities
Greeter 1
Sherden, Beth
Greeter 2
Rosener, Joanne
Program Coordinator
Cantlon, Matt
Vocational Talk
Fleming, Tom
Jul 23, 2019
Jul 30, 2019
RPU Dam Project
Aug 06, 2019
Board Meeting
Aug 13, 2019
Rotation Day - Meeting at Sargents Landscape and Nursery
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Upcoming Events
Happy Hour at Cameo
Jul 24, 2019
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Board Meeting
Aug 02, 2019
7:00 AM – 8:00 AM
World Community Service Meeting
Aug 14, 2019
District Governor Social
Aug 22, 2019
Board Meeting - District Governor
Aug 22, 2019
7:00 AM – 8:00 AM
World Community Service Meeting
Sep 11, 2019
World Community Service Meeting
Oct 09, 2019
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Joanne Rosener
July 3
John Abress
July 10
Matt Cantlon
July 11
Mike Neumann
July 14
Join Date
Patricia Wimmer
July 15, 2017
2 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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