Social Outreach Grant? Bingo!

 
Bingo! Virtual, that is. ElderNetwork and 125 Live are teaming up to bring Virtual Bingo to their respective programming. Currently, they offer Virtual Bingo to participants but are limited to online play. The grant enables them to expand Virtual Bingo by making reusable bingo cards available for pick up to participants AND to allow them to project and broadcast the game on the 125 Live building allowing participants to gather with the ability to maintain social distancing. The Risers' grant for the Covid-19 grant was approved by the district who awarded $747.07 towards the total $2,000 requested. With the $500 the Risers contributed, ElderNetwork will need to fund the remaining $1,252,93.  Rotary's efforts reduced the cost of the Virtual Bingo initiative in half!  Elder Network will have more to share with us next week in terms of plans to move forward. 
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April Raffle Winners

Congratulations to April calendar raffle winners! Thank you for supporting childhood literacy efforts and Rotary!
 
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Risers 32nd Anniversary

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The Rochester Rotary Risers were chartered 32 years ago yesterday (March 19). Happy anniversary to the Risers!
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Think Bank Awards Grant for My Book Day

The Rochester Rotary Risers have received a grant from Think Bank for $250 to assist with My Book Day! This grant will help us get books into the homes of local first graders, which helps support childhood literacy. Thank you, Think Bank, for supporting childhood literacy in Rochester. Thanks also to Rotarian Joel McNeil for helping coordinate this grant!
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Kristi LaPlante Joins Rotary

The Rochester Rotary Risers have a new member! Kristi LaPlante was inducted as a member to Rotary on February 25. Kristi was sponsored by Elaine Case. 
 
 
Welcome to Rotary, Kristi!
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December Raffle Winners

Our December calendar raffle winners are posted below.
 
1-Dec 753
2-Dec 341
3-Dec 767
4-Dec 782
5-Dec 385
6-Dec 325
7-Dec 647
8-Dec 792
9-Dec 526
10-Dec 92
11-Dec 869
12-Dec 919
13-Dec 497
14-Dec 148
15-Dec 137
16-Dec 156
17-Dec 285
18-Dec 799
19-Dec 999
20-Dec 94
21-Dec 8
22-Dec 910
23-Dec 905
24-Dec 852
25-Dec 211
26-Dec 951
27-Dec 167
28-Dec 644
29-Dec 864
30-Dec 13
31-Dec 167
 
Thank you for supporting Rotary and youth literacy in Rochester!
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New Member: Joel McNeil

Today we welcome Joel McNeil into membership. Joel is new to Rotary that works at Think Bank. Joel was drawn to Rotary because of our motto, Service Above Self. Welcome, Joel!
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Risers Adopt a Family

The Rochester Rotary Risers participated in Lutheran Social Service's Adopt a Family program again this holiday season. Risers were excited to purchase and wrap presents for a family in need. 
 
 
 
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November Raffle Winners

Posted on Nov 23, 2019
Congratulations to the November calendar raffle ticket winners! Thank you for supporting Rotary and youth literacy in Rochester!
 
1-Nov 625
2-Nov 879
3-Nov 683
4-Nov 50
5-Nov 497
6-Nov 639
7-Nov 652
8-Nov 4
9-Nov 111
10-Nov 601
11-Nov 719
12-Nov 642
13-Nov 730
14-Nov 408
15-Nov 387
16-Nov 386
17-Nov 237
18-Nov 180
19-Nov 27
20-Nov 863
21-Nov 789
22-Nov 709
23-Nov 387
24-Nov 63
25-Nov 800
26-Nov 220
27-Nov 603
28-Nov 722
29-Nov 91
30-Nov 
291
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New Member: Peggy Elliott

Peggy Elliott joined the Risers today! Peggy is a familiar face to Rochester Rotarians. Welcome, Peggy!
 
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September and October Raffle Winners!

Posted on Nov 02, 2019
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Below are the winning numbers for the September and October calendar raffle. Winners were sent checks on the week that they won. Congratulations to all winners and thank you for supporting childhood literacy! 
 
September:
 
October:
 
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Rotarians Make a Difference Raking Leaves (Again)

Several Rochester Rotarians were at it again this week raking leaves. Thanks for all your hard work and dedication to serving the community!
 
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Several Rochester Rotarians (and some special guests) made a difference earlier this week by raking leaves for a local senior citizen. Family Service Rochester organized the cleanup and worked with the senior to find volunteers. 
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New Member: Erin O'Brien

Erin O'Brien joined the Rochester Rotary Risers on October 8, 2019! Erin works with DMC in communications. Welcome to Rotary, Erin!
 
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Ride the Ridges

Dean and Stenehjem, of the Rochester Rotary Risers, and his wife, Julie, participated in the Ride the Ridges bike ride on September 19. 
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Energy Efficient Stoves Grant Approved

Posted on Sep 16, 2019
The Rotary Clubs of Rochester, through the World Community Service Team, has had its grant application to provide efficient vented stoves and community health training in Guatemala approved!
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Rotary Co-Sponsors Cradle2Career Event

The Rotary Clubs of Rochester, along with other business and civic organizations, are co-sponsoring a Cradle2Career event on October 15 featuring Art Rolnick, former Vice President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis.
 
Cradle to Career
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Joanne Rosener in Guatemala

Posted by Jason Wagner on Aug 23, 2019
Our own Joanne Rosener is in Guatemala visiting our project there. She reports, "The project is going well. I am very impressed with all of the staff who are involved in this project from the nutritionist who is providing the home visit in nutrition education, taking the 24 hour recall for the child and then taking height and weight measurements,  as well as the agronomist who is building the gardens and provided education on how to care for and maintain them." 

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August Raffle Winners!

Here are the August raffle winners:
 
1-Aug
 
913
2-Aug
 
955
3-Aug
 
581
4-Aug
 
81
5-Aug
 
438
6-Aug
 
42
7-Aug
 
31
8-Aug
 
493
9-Aug
 
517
10-Aug
 
296
11-Aug
 
565
12-Aug
 
467
13-Aug
 
249
14-Aug
 
296
15-Aug
 
775
16-Aug
 
830
17-Aug
 
267
18-Aug
 
901
19-Aug
 
278
20-Aug
 
901
21-Aug
 
409
22-Aug
 
423
23-Aug
 
236
24-Aug
 
37
25-Aug
 
182
26-Aug
 
967
27-Aug
 
917
28-Aug
 
267
29-Aug
 
2
30-Aug
 
47
31-Aug
 
641
 
Thanks for supporting childhood literacy!
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Youth Exchange Student Arrives to Rochester

Posted by Jason Wagner
Taiga  has arrived!
 
Taiga is a 16 year old from Osaka, Japan. He will attend Century.  His first host family is Nina and Nick Sargent, and the other host families are also in the Century district, making this possible.   Co-counselors are  Alan Hansen,  Gerry Elsbernd, and Mark Dripps.
 
Youth Exchange Student Arrives to Rochester Jason Wagner 2019-08-23 05:00:00Z 0

Youth Exchange Update

Posted on Aug 13, 2019
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 
 
 
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Youth Services Program

Posted by JOANNE ROSENER on Jul 15, 2019

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.

 

 

 

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Growing Guatemala Global Grant

Posted by JOANNE ROSENER on Mar 21, 2019
 
Rotary Clubs of Rochester Grant Updates
Volume 3 (spring, 2019)
Volume 2 (winter, 2019)
Volume 1 (fall, 2018)
 
The Rotary Clubs of Rochester are the sponsors for Growing Guatemala, a comprehensive nutrition intervention project involving education and family garden for families in Tecpan, Guatemala. The Project aim is to enroll 10 families a month (up to 140) to provide adequate attention to training and follow up with each family to help ensure sustainability of their garden and nutrition habits once the project is concluded. 
 
Project Leads Andrea and Stephen provided this recent update:  "We have a total of 27 enrolled in the comparison community and 8 enrolled in the gardens community (35 total) although 2 of the 8 dropped out of the gardening program because of concerns about time. Last month in February, we had our first agriculture class. This month, we constructed 3 home gardens with families in Chutiestancia. Next month, we have another 3 to build. We spent a lot of time this month doing door-to-door monitoring and working together with the health posts and the madres guías (guide mothers, as they're called) to identify potentially eligible children. We believe that we have reached every child in Chutiestancia who would be elegible to participate in the program (more children will become eligible in a few months when they turn 6 months old). Our next steps are to continue with our planned nutrition and agriculture activities and to expand the program to nearby communities within San Andres Semetabaj".
 
Click here to see the recent Maya Health Alliance newsletter.
 
 
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Rotary Risers Newsletter

Keeping informed will be even easier once the Risers migrate to using Club Runner for their newsletter platform. And, if you have announcements for the newsletter, send them to Jason (jason.wagner@wardoehler.com). 
Rotary Risers Newsletter JOANNE ROSENER 2019-01-27 06:00:00Z 0

2019-20 RI President Announces his Presidential Theme

Posted by JOANNE ROSENER on Jan 16, 2019

Rotary International President-elect Mark Daniel Maloney explained his vision for building a stronger Rotary, calling on leaders to expand connections to their communities and to embrace innovative membership models.

RI President-elect Mark Daniel Maloney announces the 2019-20 presidential theme, Rotary Connects the World, to incoming district governors in San Diego, California, USA. See video of his speech.

 

Maloney, a member of the Rotary Club of Decatur, Alabama, USA, unveiled the 2019-20 presidential theme, Rotary Connects the World, to incoming district governors at Rotary’s annual training event, the International Assembly, in San Diego, California, USA, on Monday.

“The first emphasis is to grow Rotary — to grow our service, to grow the impact of our projects, but most importantly, to grow our membership so that we can achieve more,” Maloney said.

Maloney believes that connection is at the heart of the Rotary experience.

“(Rotary) allows us to connect with each other, in deep and meaningful ways, across our differences,” Maloney said. “It connects us to people we would never otherwise have met, who are more like us than we ever could have known. It connects us to our communities, to professional opportunities, and to the people who need our help.”

Maloney also called on every Rotary and Rotaract club to identify segments of their community not represented in their club by creating a membership committee with diverse members.  

“Through Rotary, we connect to the incredible diversity of humanity on a truly unique footing, forging deep and lasting ties in pursuit of a common goal,” he added. “In this ever more divided world, Rotary connects us all.”

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Invitation to attend Ross Bernstein program

Please join the Rotary Club of Prior Lake on Wednesday August 9th from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Wilds golf course for a program “The Champion’s Code: Building Relationships Through Life Lessons of Integrity and Accountability from the Sports World to the Business World.”
 
The best-selling author of nearly 50 sports books, Ross Bernstein is an award-winning peak performance hall of fame business speaker who's keynoted conferences on five continents and has been featured on CNN, ESPN, Fox News, and “CBS This Morning,” as well as in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times and USA Today. Ross' program is based on a series of books he wrote in which he was able to interview more than 500 professional athletes and coaches that all had one thing in common — they were all members of championship teams. In his research he concluded that the same metrics and characteristics that were common among champions in sports, were also common in peak performers in business.
 
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Youth Exchange Hosts Needed McKinsey Goodenberger 2017-07-22 05:00:00Z 0

Happy Hour with District Governor

Our newly installed District Governor, Kyle Haugen will be in Rochester on August 17th for a 3-club meeting. We are organizing a 3-club happy hour for later in the day; Kyle is excited to spend more time with the Rochester Rotarians. Happy hour will be from 4:30 - 6:00 at Tap House. Please RSVP to McKinsey (mckinseygoodenberger@gmail.com) if you're able to join us.
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Rotary President-elect Sam F. Owori dies

Sam F. Owori, Rotary International president-elect, died unexpectedly Thursday as a result of post-operative complications from a planned surgery. Sam was a member of the Rotary Club of Kampala, Uganda, for 38 years. "Please remember Sam as the outstanding, hard-working Rotarian he was," said Rotary International President Ian Riseley. "In this difficult time, I ask you to keep his wife, the Owori family, and Sam's millions of friends around the world in your thoughts."
Rotary President-elect Sam F. Owori dies McKinsey Goodenberger 2017-07-22 05:00:00Z 0

Rotaract Mixer at Summit Brewery

Rotary District 5960 and the Twin Cities Rotaract Club are excited to invite you to a “Rotaract Mixer” on Wednesday, July 26th at Summit Brewery in St. Paul. The goal of this mixer is to allow opportunities for Rotaractors and Rotarians to interact and get to know each other better. As a special feature, former RI Director and current Rotary Foundation Trustee Mary Beth Growney Selene will be joining us!
 
There is no cost to attend, and appetizers will be provided. There will be a cash bar with Summit products available for $2! RSVP is requested for planning purposes, Click Here for Registration.
Rotaract Mixer at Summit Brewery McKinsey Goodenberger 2017-07-22 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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
 
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