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Detroit Lakes Noon

Service Above Self

We meet Thursdays at 12:00 PM
Holiday Inn
1155 Highway 10 E
Detroit Lakes, MN  56501
United States of America
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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.
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:
We are planning to again join with the Breakfast Rotary Club for another exceptional Food and Wine Pairing Event at Spanky's. 
Contact Wendy Spry for tickets or more details 
Last year was a great evening of food, wine and fellowship.   It sold out quickly last year, and we expect the same for this October's event. 

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. 
Taken from "The Laker" , October 30, 1979
"According to RI Director Donald Kwait, good public relations begins with you and you and you.  The enthusiasm and sincerity that you project will multiply with each Rotarian with whom you come in contact."
"The Road to Success is Always Under Construction
  -  Arnold Palmer -

And the 2018 Rotarian of the Year goes to.......Dawn Olson!!!!  Congratulations  to Dawn for an honor that is well deserved.  Dawn has put in countless hours as Club Secretary and keeps things running smoothly to make us one of the premier Rotary clubs in District 5580.
Thank you to Dawn for your passion in making the world a better place.
A hearty congratulations to our own Club President Dave Long as he accepts the District 5580 Rotarian of the Year Award at the District Conference in Thunder Bay.  There are close to 3000 Rotarians in our District and to be chosen as Rotarian of the Year is quite an honor.
As well as being our club's president this year, Dave has been active in the District and chairs the District Grants Committee.
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. 

I've been getting quite a few questions regarding the on-line make-ups.  Here's a step by step to get you going on electronic make-ups:

  • From our club's website homepage ( go to Rotary Links on the left hand side of the page
  • Click "Cyber Make-up"
  • Go to the top of the page and click "Make Up Program"
  • Go to two or three different stories.  As you read, keep in mind they are going to ask you these questions:

         1.  Are there any ideas about this story that you could share?    

         2. What changes on the site do you recommend?

         3.  What did you like most about your visit to this site?

         4.  What topics would you like to see in the future?

  • After you have read your articles, click on "Request Make-up Form"
  • Click on either "Don't Want to Contribute" or "Contribute"
  • Click on "Request Make-up Form"
  • Bring your make-up form to Secretary Dawn for credit 

Over the years it's gotten easier to make up a missed Rotary meeting.  You have 14 days before or after a missed meeting to do a make-up.  Here are some easy ways to make-up.

  • Tuesday morning Breakfast Rotary
  • On-line make-up (click on the cyber make-up link on our homepage)
  • Attend a Board meeting (2nd & 4th Tuesdays at the Holiday Inn)
  • Attend a committee meeting
  • Work at a Rotary function
  • Make-up at a nearby club (Perham, Park Rapids, or Pelican Rapids)

Just let me know that you've done a make-up and I'll make sure you get credit. 

Secretary Dawn

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