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Wahpeton-Breckenridge

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We meet Tuesdays at 12:00 PM
Hughes Shelter
50 8th St N
RJ Hughes Drive, Chahinkapa Park
Wahpeton, ND  58075
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The Wahpeton Breckenridge Rotary club is aiming to improve the health of Twin Towns residents by offering low cost blood screenings. This year's Fall Drive is being held:

 

Monday, Oct 23rd through Friday, Oct 27th,

Appointments are available 6 am to 9:30 am, each day.

Call 218-643-0123 to schedule your appointment

 

Cost for the event $45

 

REMINDER:  tomorrow - August 24th - the Rotary Club of Wahpeton Breckenridge will be collecting food at Walmart in Wahpeton.  We accept food donations as well as cash.
On May 2nd, 2017, the Rotary Club of Wahpeton hosted the winners of the 4-way essay test.  All high school students in Richland County were invited to participate in this program.  Our three winners all come from Richland 44 High School:  Abby Martel, Mikayla Lacher, and Caleb Boehm.
Members celebrated the exceptional Students of the Month from Richland County High schools at a noon hour luncheon at Prante's on October 18th.  These are Junior year students selected by the faculty using Wahpeton Rotary guidelines.  As it is a larger school Wahpeton High School selects three students.  In some of the smaller schools if the Junior class is particularly small they do not nominate a student each month. 
 
 
Left to Right: Katelyn Lowen (Hankinson), Shayli Kratcha (Hankinson), Carlie Bell (Wahpeton),  Joncy Mastel (Wahpeton - September makeup), Brianna Bell (Wahpeton), Emily Baldwin (Lidgerwood), Alexis Bell (Wahpeton), Caleb Foertsch (Wyndmere), and Joel Lysne - Master of Ceremonies.
 
 
 
     Members celebrated the exceptional Students of the Month from Richland County High schools at a noon hour luncheon at Prante's on May 17th.  These are Junior year students selected by the faculty using Wahpeton Rotary guidelines.  As it is a larger school Wahpeton High School selects three students.  In some of the smaller schools if the Junior class is particularly small they do not nominate a student each month. 
 
 
Left to Right: Gabriel Lothspeich (Wyndmere); Wyatt Harles (Lidgerwood); Cassie Boelke and Jordan Mahrer (Wahpeton); Mikayla Lacher (Richland 44) and Joel Lysne, Rotarian Master of Ceremonies. Absent: Shayli Kratcha (Hankinson) and Joncy Mastel (Wahpeton).
This past Tuesday, the Presidential gavel was passed from outgoing President Jordan Ottoson to Incoming President Carolyn Hasse.  Carolyn spoke to the club, emphasizing that this upcoming year was "Your year, not my year."  She asked members to send her any ideas they have for this coming year, asking them to let her know what they as a group would like to do.  She reiterated RI President John Germ's message for all Rotary clubs: What can we do to make a difference in others lives?
 
President Carolyn also asked club members to consider attending the International Rotary Convention next spring, which is being held in Atlanta, Georgia.  Having it in our home country makes it much more affordable and accessible for people to attend, and she encouraged members to think about doing so.
 
Welcome President Carolyn!!
     A farmer from southeast North Dakota and an English Literature major from Texas walk into Africa - it sounds like the start of a bad joke but is the real life story of Sarah and Joshua Hardie.  It is a modern story of information, technology and commitment that members of the Rotary Club of Wahpeton heard at their regular noon hour meeting on Tuesday, June 21, 2016.  The story of their internet romance and subsequent marriage is the prologue to this story and perhaps for another time.  The second prologue is the story of Joshua’s registered nurse sister whose story took her to Mozambique where when the family visited her father and brother saw vast unused land.  Joshua appends that it is key that the family enjoys and encourages travel.  He also notes that the land mass of Mozambique is huge with its length overlaying the distance from San Diego to Seattle.
                    Joshua and Sarah Hardie
     In Mozambique a family farms two and a half acres and gets eighteen bushels of corn per acre to try to sustain themselves.  Typically in SE North Dakota a grower will get one hundred and sixty bushels per acre.  He saw opportunity when he met a cashew importer-exporter from the Netherlands who had purchased land in the northern part of Mozambique thinking that farming was easy when he knew little about it.  He and the Hardies formed a partnership and they began to farm the land.  In the local culture farming is not considered a “good” occupation but gradually they are changing that bringing in local people and training them to modern farm techniques.  They have also benefited by the disaster in Zimbabwe both by the people in Mozambique not wanting to repeat that experience particularly as they are just now recovering from a terrible civil war in the seventies and eighties after Portugal gave up their colonial control.  There have also been many experienced farm people escape the Zimbabwe situation by migrating to Mozambique.
 
     Currently they are farming about one thousand acres using modern yet simple techniques that do not include unsustainable high tech to grow corn and soybean.  They have also found a market for their product with a chicken farmer.  Their growing season is the opposite of the one here:  December through March.  In the area there is a problem with the lack of crop storage to prevent famine if there is a bad year something that can easily happen during the rainy season.
 
     Despite being a partner not having farm experience Sarah sought a place to help.  Working with the local population she discovered that their two major problems were accessible safe water and education.  The two are related as if girls spend their whole day carrying water on their head long distances they have no time for education.  Once again she found the local population and government very supportive and was able to drill the first “Garden Well”.  Sarah is very aware of all of the world’s problems with bore holes and aquafers as well as lack of buy in by the locals and corruption of government officials when well meaning charities have attempted to help.  By being present locally and having local buy in she had been able to mitigate those problems.
 
     Their compelling story that began on the internet is now giving them and their two young children a wonderful adventure all the while farming on two continents with the intent of helping the local Mozambique population to learn modern education and continue the improving economy that they have already started.  They are in process of developing a 501c3 entity to help support the work in Mozambique which up to now they have done with their own funds.
      Alicia Helion grew up in Binford, N.D. (2010 census -183) dreaming of Africa.  After completing a M.Sc. (Brown) and a PhD (U. Wisconsin) in Psychology and becoming a tenured Professor Dr. Helion headed for Africa working for one year with a Health Education Center for people with HIV and disabilities in Kenya.  That gave her the opportunity to look around and make the contacts needed to become a student again; this time at Gondar University in Ethiopia where she is on the M.Sc. Public Health program.  This she accomplished through a District 5580 Global Grant Scholarship sponsored by the Williston Rotary Club.  During their regular noon hour meeting at Prante’s on June 14th the members of The Rotary Club of Wahpeton heard some of her story.
                                    Alicia Helion
      There were sixty-five students who started the program at Gondar many experienced public health field officers from Ethiopia.  Other than that they work with a modular program the curriculum is very similar to what one might expect in the United States but focused on Ethiopia.  Being a PhD and a tenured Professor Dr. Helion was surprised at the academic rigor at Gondar and how hard she had to study.  Her focus is in neo-natal and maternal mortality.  A problem are the distances that woman need to travel from their village to the hospital in Gondar.  If something has gone wrong with the pregnancy or delivery there is usually insufficient time to get to the hospital.  She also commented on the practice of the women of giving the available food to their children and/or husband and having insufficient nutrition for them particularly when they are pregnant.
     Gondar is in the northern mountains of Ethiopia at four thousand plus feet elevation with a population of approximately three hundred and fifty thousand.  Despite its size she finds a certain “village charm” to the city though it can be cold at night.  The families living on her route from her apartment to the hospital are all very friendly, inviting her in for tea.  She has learned to eat and even cook the local cuisine which is very spicy for a girl of Norwegian ancestry from North Dakota where she claims butter is regarded as a spice.
     Her thesis project has been bolstered by a project being done by England’s “HALE” (Health Action Leicester Ethiopia) group which is about prenatal care for two thousand women in the rural area called Demibra which she is collaborating on.  She also is working with a Mother’s Support Group of HIV infected mothers who are aiding themselves producing jewelry and baskets.
     As noted she is on a District 5580 Global Grant Scholarship with the Rotary Club of Gondar Fasiledes as the host club in District 9212 (Ethiopia and Kenya).
     Rollie Lipp and Juli Mauch are a fun couple on the air for your morning drive from 6 A.M. to 10 A.M.  on KBMW-AM 1450 and KBMWAM.com .  During their regular noon hour meeting at Prante’s Fine Dining on June 7th members saw that aspect but also a more serious side as the two described the recent and soon-to-be changes at KBMW Radio.  While a separate entity of Wahpeton-Breckenridge Radio they are a part of Jim Ingstad’s Radio FM Media based in Fargo.  Recently the Wahpeton-Breckenridge entity purchased Eagle 106.9 in Fargo.
While the broadcast will still be done from Fargo will be managed from the Wahpeton studios.  They have also purchased 92.7 the Drive which will become a contemporary adult station with production from the Wahpeton studios.  A new studio is being built within the Wahpeton complex to provide for 92.7 and should be ready between July and September of this year.  One change that has already occurred is the addition of 94.3 FM which is a FM simulcast of the KBMW-AM broadcast.  It will serve an area about out to the Interstate and almost up to Wolverton with a clearer signal locally than possible on the AM station.  The AM station will continue to serve Richland, Ransom and Sargent Counties plus a part of Cass County including the city of Fargo in North Dakota; Wilkin and Ottertail plus a part of Clay Counties in Minnesota and Roberts County in South Dakota.  Of course by streaming on line at www.kbmwam.com they can be heard around the world.
      Members had fun listening to actor, musician and radio personality Bill Dablow discuss the regional motion picture industry at their regular noon meeting at Prante’s on Tuesday, May 31st.  Better known to most in the Wahpeton-Breckenridge community as an on-the-air personality for KBMW Bill is primarily a theater actor with forty-eight years of experience.  His start was doing a soliloquy from Shakespeare’s Hamlet at the age of seven.  About ten years ago he was enticed into motion pictures through a Minnesota State University Moorhead (MSUM) student film project.  MSUM has a four year film degree not just a two year focus and with the Fargo Film Festival is the anchor to the industry in the immediate region.  However, there are layers as Bill described the ‘region” as encompassing Fargo-Moorhead as well as Minneapolis-St. Paul and then the nationwide industry based in Los Angeles.
     From being seen on the student’s film he moved to independents and has made over sixty films.  He is a bit cautious that he was, at one point, being type cast as a crazed psychotic killer.  The aim of independent producers and their investors is to be recognized by a major studio-distribution system and appear in cinemas nationwide.  With the advent of Netflix and Amazon.com that has been less of an issue one of the film’s he was in, “Efficiency” appearing in those venues.  More recently he was cast in a film likely going to major distribution through Sony.  The motion picture “Valley of Bones” is set in the Balkan oil patch and Bill plays an oil rig foreman.  It was shot in Bowman, N.D.  Currently he is in an independent motion picture being shot in Minneapolis “Nudist of the Living Dead” in which he assures us he kept his clothes on and which he describes as “Zombie Apocalypse” meets “Fargo”.
     Lamenting that he did not have the opportunity as a child he discussed the quality of film currently being produced by 4-H children, not only as to content but technical quality due to the advent of small high quality cameras.  That change in technology has allowed many to think “I could do that”.  In the past one needed access to big expensive cameras.  This is allowing the industry to blossom at a grass roots level and he foresees many good things coming.
Big names are assisting this.  Stephen King has promoted “film shorts”, a short film based on a short story he has written.  Provided the film is not commercial he will sell the rights for one dollar to the producer and then he uses the final product.  Bill‘s third film was one of these “Everything Eventual” which was also released in Europe resulting in fan mail from Germany and Portugal.
     As a theater actor he discussed how much alike yet different the acting requirements are in film.  Accustomed to projecting his voice and maximizing his expressions and gestures he had directors threaten to tie his hands behind him and ask him to moderate his voice.  In film everything is around the eyes, that is, in close thus no need to project.   He is a proponent of method acting saying that when one understands the emotion the dialogue follows naturally.  This he learned on stage when he played a judge in “The Nuremburg Trials.”
     Following his presentation there was a lively question and answer period including his being asked to “do a small bit”.  He started by explaining “getting into character" all the time gradually taking on the persona of one of the characters he has played.
 
 
Speakers
Tracy Briggs
Oct 24, 2017
WDAY Honor Flights
No speaker
Oct 31, 2017
Three Rivers Crisis Center - Baked Potato Feed
Tour of OSPTI
Nov 07, 2017
TOUR of OSPTI
Allen Wolfsteller and Nick Burton
Nov 14, 2017
Richland County DUI Court
November Student of the Month
Nov 21, 2017
November Student of the Month 2017
December Student of the Month
Dec 19, 2017
December Student of the Month 2017
January Student of the Month
Jan 16, 2018
January Student of the Month 2017
February Student of the Month
Feb 20, 2018
February Student of the Month 2017
March Student of the Month
Mar 27, 2018
March Student of the Month 2017
April Student of the Month
Apr 17, 2018
April Student of the Month 2017
 
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