Club Information


Detroit Lakes Noon

Service Above Self

We meet In Person
Thursdays at 12:00 PM
Holiday Inn (and hybrid on-line by zoom)
1155 Highway 10 E
Detroit Lakes, MN 56501
United States of America
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Just as the mercury drops far below zero...
President Travis has agreed to do a personalized polar plunge if we can raise funds through member and other donations, with funds to go to the Boys & Girls Club.  Jump is Feb 13, so we need to move quickly.  
You have the opportunity to help determine what his jump will be!
(see further details)
We are excited to announce that we are moving forward with “Rotary Food Truck Fridays”. Each Friday in the City Park we will have food trucks from 11:00 – 2:00 p.m. This originally was going to be part of the Wednesday Trucks & Tunes concert series, but with COVID-19 and the restrictions on large public gatherings, we have cancelled Trucks & Tunes, but….we’ve figured out a way to still offer Food Truck Fridays. While we hope this will eventually become a fundraiser for our club, offering this to our community this summer will help our small food truck businesses and hopefully uplift our community during this very different summer. 
 Rotary BINGO Challenge.
At the May 7 club zoom e-meeting, Jessica Burhans unveiled this Community Service oriented game for Rotarians to play
The goal is to keep Rotarians engaged, having fun and doing good in our communities, during this difficult time.
                                                                                                        click to see the details, and a copy of the BINGO card!
Join with your fellow Rotarians and guests to stay connected!
Club Meetings are being held in person, but you can also join in on-line by zoom!
Members are being sent emails with sign-in instructions for the zoom meetings.  If you need any further assistance, or for guests wishing to join - please contact club President Travis or Secretary Crystal for assistance.
Conference at Madden's is Cancelled .
Information on Virtual Conference presentations to be available soon.     
Greeters for the next few weeks:
1.23  Larry Morrison & Laurie Lew           
1.30  Lisa Lipari & Lisa Weber
2.6    Mark Berg & Mark Hagen
2.13  Wayne Benson & Marty Waller
2.20  Mike Guetter & Melissa Swenson
2.27  Mitch Wimmer & Pam Mortenson
In-Person Meetings will be suspended for a while... Watch for virtual Greeter list to come out soon  :)
3rd Grade Students Enjoy Gift of Dictionaries, Rotarians Enjoy Presenting!
The two Rotary clubs of Detroit Lakes presented Dictionaries to over four hundred 3rd Grade Students in DL, Audubon-Lake Park, Waubun-Ogema-White Earth, & Frazee-Vergas in early November.  This program has been one of the local Rotary service projects for the past 8 years. 
The Dictionaries Project goal is to assist all students in becoming good writers, active readers, creative thinkers, and resourceful learners.  The Project helps the kids develop a passion for learning with a book of their very own. Dictionaries provided to the 3rd grade area students are so much more than a place to look up words or learn how to spell a word. They contain information on all of the US Presidents, the Fifty States, Planets and Solar System, sign language and so much more. 
The local efforts are being spearheaded by... 
Travis Stone, Action Fabricating, and sponsors Terry Kemmer & Jessica Burhans
Karin Peterson, Holiday Inn with sponsor Dawn Olson & club President Nancy Soberg
We currently have a Rotary Board position opening for the President Elect position.  We need someone who is willing to step up and fill this position. 
If you want to work with some great leaders and make a difference in our local community and throughout the world, contact either Nancy Soberg or Paul Weber.
The Detroit Lakes Noon Rotary is made up of active business and community leaders, who have fun participating in community and international humanitarian projects, providing scholarships, mentoring, and facilitating other youth activities.
Julie Dickie, along with her husband, Jeff, presented to the club 11/7/19 about her mission and activities with Northwoods Wildlife Rescue.
She is the only certified Wildlife Rehabilitator in the Northern part of MN and sees (and saves) quite a variety of animals in need of help.
You can find out more about this by contacting her at:  
We had another incredible Wine Pairing event at Spanky's on October 2, 2019!  
This is our second year in partnership with the Detroit Lakes Morning Rotary Club and our joint efforts went far beyond our expectations!    The night included chef Josh sharing a menu he created which included four wines from various regions paired with AMAZING food created in Spanky's kitchen just for us!  Our efforts raised over $5,000 split between our two clubs.  These efforts allow us to continue to financially support our various community projects...including Dollars for Scholars to help our graduating seniors with their first year in college! 
see photos above, and click to
Here we are end of September, already completed three months of our new Rotary year.  I am proud to serve as your President for the 19-20 Rotary Year.  We have a great club and I look forward to working with our great Board and members in making this the best year yet of “Service Above Self.” 
Highway cleanup, chaired by Adrienne Buboltz and Bill Henke, was a huge success once again.  A big THANK YOU to the many Rotarians that stepped up to make our section of Highway 10 shine.  It was then on to the Bloodscreening, chaired by Adrienne Buboltz.  Although our numbers were down some, we need to remember the great community service this project provides.  We continue to hear stories of individuals that as a result of this service found health issues sooner rather than later.  Thank you to the many members and spouses who helped during the week of the screening. 
Welcome to new members, Skye Fingalson, Natalie Bly and Crystal Piekarski.  We look forward to their contribution to our club. Our membership is currently at 98 members, meeting our goal for the year, but we need to continue to invite potential new members to our club. 
The next few months will be full of many more projects, Wine Pairing, Halloween Safety Tape for the kids, Literacy Project Dictionaries, 4 Way Essay Contest, World Polio Day, Foundation Month and Salvation Army Bell Ringing to name a few.  Thank you to those members who have stepped up to chair these events. 
The Board has been busy making plans on new fundraising ideas as well as some new social events.  Stay tuned to learn more!  If you have some ideas, please share them with me or with any board member. 
Again, I am honored to serve as President of this great club, but it is the board and membership that make it a great club.  Between all the Rotary programs, projects, and events we can continue to make a difference in our community and the world as a whole. 
Let’s all be Rotary People of Action and Believe There is Good in the World.
Crystal Piekarski is excited to be inducted as our newest club member  !
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By:  Annmarie Lacher
Thank you to the Noon Rotarians who volunteered to help at the United Way Community Celebration on September 19 at the Pavilion. The success of the Community Celebration relies upon youth and adult volunteers from several area services organizations including both Rotary Clubs and Interact.

The Community Celebration is, as the name suggests, open to everyone in our community and a great way to see what the United Way, and all of its partner programs, provide to the citizens of Becker County. It’s also a way to celebrate who we are as a community! 


The annual free event includes information booths from United Way partner programs, live music, a picnic supper, inflatable and several other games for children, and lots of prize giveaways.



Basic Education and Literacy
The September monthly theme of Rotary International - “Basic Education and Literacy” is a core part of the DL Noon Rotary club mission.   
When we look back at what we have accomplished in the past year, or couple years, it is easy to see that enhancing students’ chances of success through activities promoting education and literacy, is very important to the club members.  It is also a major focus for where are fundraising dollars are spent. 
Here are a few of the exciting things we have done this past year and some important things planned for the coming year:

Noon Rotarians rocked the second (bi-annual?) Rotary JeoPARODY game at the August 15 club meeting.

It’s always a great time and good “test” of our knowledge about our club, district, projects, and Rotary International!  Did you miss out on the meeting? See if you can “answer” the FINAL JeoPARODY “questions” below (remember, with Jeopardy, you get the answer and have to come up with the question).


The Answers:

#1 - 5,089 lbs.

#2 - The Rotary International Conference will be held at this tropical location in 2020. 


#3 - This character fearlessly represented Noon Rotary by jumping out of an airplane.


after you come up with the corresponding "Questions" click on ReadMore button to see if you are correct...

The Rotary Board passed a program for our club called the Rising Star Program.  This is a program that many Rotary Clubs are using to attract younger members.  As many of us remember from our younger days, it is not always easy to afford a membership in Rotary.  With the Rising Star program we offer a reduced dues structure for new members 40 years of age or younger. We reduce their annual dues from $225 a year to $100 a year for those younger members whose dues are not paid by their employer.'s up to us to get out and recruit younger members.  The success of our club depends on getting younger members with new ideas and fresh energy.  So, if you know someone who will make a good Rotarian, invite them to a meeting.
But, that's not the only new membership opportunity.  We have also passed the Corporate Membership Program.  This gives employers with 50 or more employees a chance to get more involved in Rotary.  These employers have trouble finding people who can meet Rotary's attendance requirements.  With a corporate membership, the corporation can have 2 to 4 employees join under one membership.  Each week a different one of the employees can attend.  They are charged the dues for one membership and one meal charge each week.  This is a great way to get more people involved.  If you know any of these employers where this would be a good option, let them know about the opportunity.
These new memberships are only effective if we as a club promote them!
This year's Food & Wine Pairing event is October 2nd.  This event has now been sold out for the 2nd year in a row.  Thank you to the Breakfast Rotary for including us in this fun event.  We're looking forward to a great evening of Rotary fellowship. 
"The Road to Success is Always Under Construction
  -  Arnold Palmer -

First: The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service.
Second: High ethical standards in business and professions; the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations; and the dignifying of each 
Rotarian's occupation as an opportunity to serve society.
Third:  The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian's personal, business and community life.
Fourth:  The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service. 
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