April 2023 Calendar Raffle Winners 2023-03-31 05:00:00Z 0
Register Now for our 35th Club Charter Anniversary Celebration! 2023-03-10 06:00:00Z 0
Rochester Public Schools Recognize Rotary Holiday Classic 2023-03-09 06:00:00Z 0

Four Risers Earn Polio Plus Society

Eradicating polio has been Rotary's top priority since 1988. We are down to 2 countries that still have live polio virus.  In October, we focus on raising awareness of polio and World Polio Day. Four members of the Rochester Risers Rotary Club were recently named to the Polio Plus Society.
Four Risers Earn Polio Plus Society Paul Baessler 2023-02-11 06:00:00Z 0
Rotary International 2022 Annual Report Paul Baessler 2023-01-16 06:00:00Z 0
RI president-elect announces 2023-24 presidential theme 2023-01-16 06:00:00Z 0
Human Trafficking: The Public Health Response in Med City Paul Baessler 2023-01-06 06:00:00Z 0

January 2023 Calendar Raffle Winners

We kick off a new month of our annual calendar raffle! First winner is $500!
Congratulations to the January 2023 raffle winners and thank you to all for supporting the Rochester Risers Rotary Club and our efforts in serving our community.
January 2023 Calendar Raffle Winners 2023-01-01 06:00:00Z 0
Jeremiah Program Adopt A Family Holiday Gift Wrapping Paul Baessler 2022-12-16 06:00:00Z 0
Rochester Rotarians Mark Rotary Foundation Month at D5960 Event 2022-11-15 06:00:00Z 0

November 2022 Raffle Winners

Congratulations to the November 2022 raffle winners and thank you for supporting Rotary and our efforts in childhood literacy!
November 2022 Raffle Winners Jason Wagner 2022-11-01 05:00:00Z 0
2022 Rotary All-Member Survey Paul Baessler 2022-10-26 05:00:00Z 0
D5960 Strike Out Polio Paul Baessler 2022-10-13 05:00:00Z 0
What is the Global Polio Eradication Initiative? Paul Baessler 2022-10-11 05:00:00Z 0
Social Team Survey Jeffrey Leland 2022-10-07 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary and Polio Paul Baessler 2022-10-07 05:00:00Z 0
Forager Brewery  & Cafe  Paul Baessler 2022-09-29 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary Youth Exchange Paul Baessler 2022-09-29 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary President Jennifer Jones announces US$150 million pledge toward polio eradication 2022-09-29 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary Action Groups Paul Baessler 2022-09-23 05:00:00Z 0
Fall Family Get Together Jason Wagner 2022-09-18 05:00:00Z 0
Cradle2Career Education Summit - Volunteers Needed McKinsey Goodenberger 2022-09-11 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary International Action Plan - Priority #4 Paul Baessler 2022-09-11 05:00:00Z 0
Club Leaders Needed Paul Baessler 2022-09-03 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary International Action Plan - Priority #3 Paul Baessler 2022-09-02 05:00:00Z 0
A Tale of Two Trails & Two Couples Paul Baessler 2022-08-26 05:00:00Z 0
Mapping Prejudice Project - September 30th Paul Baessler 2022-08-26 05:00:00Z 0
Golf Outing - September 15th Paul Baessler 2022-08-26 05:00:00Z 0
This Weeks Program - Club Assembly Paul Baessler 2022-08-26 05:00:00Z 0
Welcome to our 2022-23 Rotary Youth Exchange Student Paul Baessler 2022-08-22 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary International Action Plan - Priority #2 Paul Baessler 2022-08-19 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary International Action Plan - Priority #1 Paul Baessler 2022-08-19 05:00:00Z 0
Bridge the Valley Bike Rally Paul Baessler 2022-08-19 05:00:00Z 0
This Weeks' Program - Rotary International Initiative Updates Paul Baessler 2022-08-19 05:00:00Z 0
This Weeks Program - Rochester Downtown Alliance Paul Baessler 2022-08-13 05:00:00Z 0
Congratulations to Heidi Mason Paul Baessler 2022-08-13 05:00:00Z 0
Guiding Principles of Rotary Paul Baessler 2022-08-13 05:00:00Z 0
This Weeks Program - The Reading Center Paul Baessler 2022-08-06 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary District 5960 Passport Program  Paul Baessler 2022-08-06 05:00:00Z 0
Summer Sunday @ Squash Blossom Farm Paul Baessler 2022-08-01 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary International Presidential Initiatives Paul Baessler 2022-07-29 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary started with the vision of one man — Paul P. Harris Paul Baessler 2022-07-22 05:00:00Z 0
This Weeks Program - Life Story of a refugee to R.N. Paul Baessler 2022-07-22 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary's Areas of Focus Paul Baessler 2022-07-14 05:00:00Z 0
This Weeks Program - College Inside Track Paul Baessler 2022-07-12 05:00:00Z 0
2022-23 District Governor 2022-07-12 05:00:00Z 0

Club Vision Statement

The Rochester Risers Rotary Club is a dynamic and inclusive club of engaged members dedicated to making a lasting impact in our community and the world. 

Club Vision Statement Paul Baessler 2022-07-10 05:00:00Z 0
2022-23 Club Membership Dues 2022-07-03 05:00:00Z 0
Club Meeting Venue Paul Baessler 2022-07-03 05:00:00Z 0
Seeking Host Families for 2022-23 Rotary Youth Exchange Paul Baessler 2022-07-03 05:00:00Z 0
Paul Harris Fellow - Club Awards Paul Baessler 2022-07-03 05:00:00Z 0
Independence Day 2022 2022-07-03 05:00:00Z 0
July 2022 Raffle Winners 2022-07-02 05:00:00Z 0
Rochester Rotary Risers Recognized by District Awards 2022-07-02 05:00:00Z 0
2022-23 RI President 2022-06-30 05:00:00Z 0
Imagine Rotary - 2022-23 Presidential Theme 2022-06-30 05:00:00Z 0
February 2022 Calendar Raffle Winners 2022-02-01 06:00:00Z 0

November Calendar Raffle Winners

November Calendar Raffle Winners
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November Calendar Raffle Winners 2021-11-01 05:00:00Z 0

Rochester Risers named Mid-Sized club of the year for District 5960!

At the District 5690 recognition and award ceremony on June 30, 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. We were was responsible for submitting examples of our 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.
We are so honored and proud to announce that the Risers were recognized as the districts mid-size club of the year!  But wait it doesn't end there, we were recognized with  additional awards.  Here is the full list:
District Governor's Citation (One of 15 Clubs in the District)
Mid-size Plus Club of the Year
Vocational Service - First Place
Club Service - First Place
Youth Service - First Place
Community Service - Second Place (Tie with GRR)
International Service - Second Place (Tie with GRR)
How awesome is that!  If you weren't able to join the live ceremony or would like to watch again, you can  view on the District’s YouTube page!  CLICK HERE to view.   We also received a wonderful message from our District Governor Elect Patricia McCleese,  You can read it HERE
Congratulations Risers!!!!
Rochester Risers named Mid-Sized club of the year for District 5960! 2021-07-02 05:00:00Z 0
June 2021 Calendar Raffle Winners 2021-06-01 05:00:00Z 0

April 2021 Calendar Raffle Winners!

Our April calendar raffle winners are posted below. Congratulations to all winners and thank you for support Rotary and youth literacy projects in Rochester!
April 2021 Calendar Raffle Winners! Jason Wagner 2021-04-06 05:00:00Z 0

How does Vocational Service fit with the three pillars of TRF, PI and Membership to advance Rotary’s Strategic Priorities??

The Rochester Rotary Risers have been putting more focus on Vocational Service in the past couple years through vocational roundtables, vocational talks, and vocational rotation days. This year, we are also implementing vocational panels in which 2-3 Rotarians have an opportunity to discuss a vocational question or prompt with each other and share with the club. The summary and priorities below give an overview of how Vocational Service fits into the three pillars of The Rotary Foundation, Public Image, and Membership to advance the priorities of Rotary.
How does Vocational Service fit with the three pillars of TRF, PI and Membership to advance Rotary’s Strategic Priorities?? Joanne Rosener 2020-12-13 06:00:00Z 0


Our motto is Service Above Self. To support our service projects, the Rochester Rotary Risers are in the midst of our 2nd Annual Calendar Raffle.
Here's how it works - your odds of winning are pretty dang good:
- We sell 1,000 tickets only ($20 each).
- 365 Winners are drawn - daily winning is $20.
- Special winnings on New Years Day $500, Tax Day $250, 4th of July $250, Labor Day $250, Christmas Day $500, seven other holidays are $100 winners.
- Every ticket drawn is thrown back in the hat so you can win multiple times.
- If your raffle number isn't drawn, you've supported one 1st grader in Rochester attending My Book Day - getting a tour of the library, their own book, a book bag and a library pass, and our international service projects in Guatemala, Nigeria and Honduras.
More details are available if you have any questions. If interested, send contact a Rochester Rotary Riser!
It's CALENDAR RAFFLE Time! 2020-10-28 05:00:00Z 0

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. 
Social Outreach Grant? Bingo! 2020-05-29 05:00:00Z 0

April Raffle Winners

Congratulations to April calendar raffle winners! Thank you for supporting childhood literacy efforts and Rotary!
April Raffle Winners 2020-04-25 05:00:00Z 0

Risers 32nd Anniversary

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The Rochester Rotary Risers were chartered 32 years ago yesterday (March 19). Happy anniversary to the Risers!
Risers 32nd Anniversary 2020-03-20 05:00:00Z 0

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!
Think Bank Awards Grant for My Book Day 2020-03-20 05:00:00Z 0

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!
Kristi LaPlante Joins Rotary 2020-02-26 06:00:00Z 0

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!
December Raffle Winners 2020-01-03 06:00:00Z 0

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!
New Member: Joel McNeil 2019-12-17 06:00:00Z 0

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. 
Risers Adopt a Family 2019-12-17 06:00:00Z 0

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
November Raffle Winners 2019-11-23 06:00:00Z 0

New Member: Peggy Elliott

Peggy Elliott joined the Risers today! Peggy is a familiar face to Rochester Rotarians. Welcome, Peggy!
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New Member: Peggy Elliott 2019-11-23 06:00:00Z 0

September and October Raffle Winners!

Posted on Nov 02, 2019
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 and October Raffle Winners! 2019-11-02 05:00:00Z 0

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. 
Rotarians Make a Difference Raking Leaves (Again) 2019-10-25 05:00:00Z 0
Rotarians Enjoy Apple Orchard 2019-10-25 05:00:00Z 0

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!
New Member: Erin O'Brien 2019-10-19 05:00:00Z 0

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. 
Ride the Ridges 2019-09-27 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary Initiative to End Human Trafficking Website Launched 2019-09-27 05:00:00Z 0

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!
Energy Efficient Stoves Grant Approved 2019-09-16 05:00:00Z 0

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
Rotary Co-Sponsors Cradle2Career Event 2019-08-30 05:00:00Z 0

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." 

Joanne Rosener in Guatemala Jason Wagner 2019-08-23 05:00:00Z 0
District Governor Visits Rochester 2019-08-23 05:00:00Z 0

August Raffle Winners!

Here are the August raffle winners:
Thanks for supporting childhood literacy!
August Raffle Winners! 2019-08-23 05:00:00Z 0

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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Youth Exchange Update 2019-08-13 05:00:00Z 0

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 
Risers at Channel One Amy Donahoe-Anshus 2019-08-13 05:00:00Z 0

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.




Youth Services Program JOANNE ROSENER 2019-07-15 05:00:00Z 0
Joanne Rosener Wraps Up Presidential Year 2019-06-25 05:00:00Z 0

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.
Growing Guatemala Global Grant JOANNE ROSENER 2019-03-21 05:00:00Z 0

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.”

2019-20 RI President Announces his Presidential Theme JOANNE ROSENER 2019-01-16 06:00:00Z 0
District 5960 Upcoming District Governor JOANNE ROSENER 2019-01-16 06:00:00Z 0
Weekly Newsletter Joanne Rosener 2019-01-11 06:00:00Z 0

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.
Invitation to attend Ross Bernstein program McKinsey Goodenberger 2017-07-22 05:00:00Z 0
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.
Happy Hour with District Governor McKinsey Goodenberger 2017-07-22 05:00:00Z 0

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.
Helping people with disabilities make their own music 2015-05-01 00:00:00Z 0

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.
Saving lives in Ghana 2015-04-30 05:00:00Z 0

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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