Rotary honors local students of the month for October 2019 Carter Pedersen 2019-10-15 05:00:00Z 0
Pam Erlandson Named Rotarian of the Year Carter Pedersen 2019-10-11 05:00:00Z 0
Wahpeton Breckenridge Rotary inducts new member Carter Pedersen 2019-09-17 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary honors local students of the month for September 2019 Carter Pedersen 2019-09-17 05:00:00Z 0
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ROTARY ANNOUNCES 2019 FALL COMMUNITY BLOOD SCREENING DATES
October 28th - Nov 1st

 
6:00 AM - 9:30 AM       Monday - Friday  October 28th - Nov 1st, 2018
Screening will be held at CHI St. Francis Breckenridge, MN
 
Watch for further details for appointments!
 
 
2019 Fall Rotary Blood Screening TJB 2019-08-27 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary Honors local Students of the Month for Mar 2019 TJB 2019-03-19 05:00:00Z 0
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SPRING COMMUNITY BLOOD SCREENING
April 8th - April 12th

Appointments are now being taken   CALL 218-643-0123
6:00 AM - 9:30 AM       Monday - Friday  April 8th - April  12th, 2019
Screening will be held at CHI St. Francis Breckenridge, MN
2019 Spring Rotary Blood Screening TJB 2019-03-04 06:00:00Z 0
Rotary Honors local Students of the Month for Feb 2019 TJB 2019-02-19 06:00:00Z 0
Rotary Honors local Students of the Month for Jan 2019 TJB 2019-01-15 06:00:00Z 0
Rotary Honors local Students of the Month for Dec 2018 TJB 2018-12-18 06:00:00Z 0
Rotary Honors local Students of the Month for Nov 2018 TJB 2018-11-30 06:00:00Z 0
Area 3rd Graders Receive Dictionaries from Rotary TJB 2018-10-22 05:00:00Z 0
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FALL COMMUNITY BLOOD SCREENING
October 29th - Nov 2nd

Appointments are now being taken   CALL 218-643-0123
6:00 AM - 9:30 AM       Monday - Friday  October 29th - Nov 2nd, 2018
Screening will be held at CHI St. Francis Breckenridge, MN
2018 Fall Rotary Blood Screening TJB 2018-10-22 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tiana Bohn on May 16, 2018
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On May 8th, 2018, the Rotary Club of Wahpeton Breckenridge hosted the winners of the 4-way essay test.  All high school students in Richland County were invited to participate in this program. Our two winners come from Richland 44 High School:  Kari Ann Sahl and Blake Loomis. The winners are shown with their English teacher, Christy Stenseth.
Rotary Club Honors our Fall 2017 4-Way Essay Test Winners Tiana Bohn 2018-05-16 05:00:00Z 0
Wahpeton-Breckenridge Rotary Honors May Students of the Month TJBOHN 2018-05-15 05:00:00Z 0
Wahpeton-Breckenridge Rotary Honors April Students of the Month TJBOHN 2018-04-17 05:00:00Z 0
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SPRING COMMUNITY BLOOD SCREENING
April 16th - 20th

Appointments are now being taken   CALL 218-643-0123
6:00 AM - 9:30 AM       Monday - Friday  April 16-20, 2018
Screening will be held at CHI St. Francis Breckenridge, MN
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Wahpeton-Breckeridge Rotary Honors December Students of the Month TBOHN 2018-01-03 06:00:00Z 0
Wahpeton Breckenridge Rotary Honors November Students of the Month TJB 2017-12-12 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Alex Hay on Nov 20, 2017
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During a special meeting of the Rotary Club of Wahpeton-Breckenridge, two local Rotarians were recognized as Paul Harris Fellows.  Carrie Neppl and Mark Manning earned this recognition as a result of their generous donations to the Rotary Foundation.
Carrie Neppl and Mark Manning Recognized as Paul Harris Fellows Alex Hay 2017-11-20 06:00:00Z 0
Tiana Bohn named Rotarian of the Year for 2017 - 2018 Alex Hay 2017-11-20 06:00:00Z 0
Wahpeton Breckenridge Fall Blood Screening Tiana Bohn 2017-11-14 06:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Wahpeton-Breckenridge Celebrates Oct 2017 Students of the Month T Bohn 2017-10-17 05:00:00Z 0
Wyndmere 3rd Graders receive dictionaries from Rotary T Bohn 2017-09-20 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 23, 2017
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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.
Fill The Bus @ Walmart 8/24/2017 Alex Hay 2017-08-23 05:00:00Z 0
2017 Econofoods Fill The Bus 2017-08-17 05:00:00Z 0
Fill the Bus Corporate Challenge Bohn 2017-08-17 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary Celebrates 2016-2017 Officers Tiana Bohn 2017-07-24 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Wahpeton Celebrates May Students of the Month Alex Hay 2017-05-16 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Alex Hay on May 02, 2017
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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.
Rotary Club of Wahpeton Honors our 2017 4-Way Essay Test Winners Alex Hay 2017-05-02 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Wahpeton Celebrates April Students of the Month Alex Hay 2017-04-18 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Wahpeton welcomes Nathan Asplund as its newest member Alex Hay 2017-04-04 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Wahpeton Celebrates March Students of the Month Alex Hay 2017-03-14 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Wahpeton Celebrates February Students of the Month Alex Hay 2017-02-21 06:00:00Z 0
Rotary Students of the Month - January tjbohn 2017-01-17 06:00:00Z 0
Wahpeton Rotary Club Hosts Jaff Bass from Richland-Wilkin Kinship Alex Hay 2016-10-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Alex Hay on Oct 17, 2016
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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.
 
 
 
Rotary Club of Wahpeton Celebrates October 2016 Students of the Month Alex Hay 2016-10-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Alex Hay on Sep 19, 2016
     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).
Rotary Club of Wahpeton Celebrates September Students of the Month Alex Hay 2016-09-20 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Wahpeton names recipients of Rotarian of the Year Award 2016-09-06 00:00:00Z 0
2016 -  2017 District Governor Herb Schmidt visits Rotary Club of Wahpeton 2016-09-06 00:00:00Z 0
A Summer Surprise from Breckenridge Rotary 2016-07-13 00:00:00Z 0
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!!
Welcome President Carolyn! Greta G 2016-07-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert T. Chambers on Jun 20, 2016
     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.
An unlikely North Dakota (and Texas) - Mozambique story Robert T. Chambers 2016-06-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert T. Chambers on Jun 13, 2016
      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).
Central North Dakota to Africa Robert T. Chambers 2016-06-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert T. Chambers on Jun 06, 2016
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     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.
Rollie and Juli answer the question: What is KBMW up to? Robert T. Chambers 2016-06-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert T. Chambers on May 30, 2016
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      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.
A crazed psychotic killer Robert T. Chambers 2016-05-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert T. Chambers on May 17, 2016
     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. 
 
From left to right: Hannan Sestak-Miller (Wahpeton); Nick Mauch (Hankinson); Jadyn Callenius (Richland 44); Kyle Bjugstad (Wahpeton); Macy Wright (Wyndmere); Carl Bjugstad (Wahpeton) and Rotarian Joel Lysne the Program MC .   To see these students full bios and individual pictures please clink on the download link to the left.  Please join us in celebrating these amazing students.
Students of the Month - May 2016 Robert T. Chambers 2016-05-18 00:00:00Z 0
 
At this past Tuesday's meeting, Rotarians were pleased to host as their guest Dr. Barrie March, who spoke about his work with the North Dakota Professional Help Program [NDPHP].
 
The NDPHP began taking clients in March 2015, and is a non-profit corporation governed by a 9 member Board of Directors.  It is independent from the Board of Medicine, although the BOM provided the impetus for the NDPHP to get started.  Guidelines, policies, & support for the NDPHP comes from the Federation of State PHPs.
 
The purpose of the NDPHP is to provide support to healthcare professionals who may be affected by substance use or mental health disorders that are impacting their health and well-being. It is a confidential resource and assists with the identification, intervention, referral, monitoring, and recovery of its clients.  Its aim is to treat its clients and return them to practice, whilst protecting the public.
 
Clients are anyone licensed by the ND Board of Medicine, so physicians, physician assistants, medical residents, and although they are not yet licensed, medical students.  Potential clients may approach the NDPHP themselves to seek treatment, or may be referred through a confidential process.  
 
There is a high risk of burnout in the medical profession-- about a rate of 50%-- as well as a high suicide rate & an addiction rate of 10-15%.  The NDPHP serves as an important resource and support structure for those in the medical profession!
 
For more information about the NDPHP, you can visit http://www.ndphp.org/
North Dakota Professional Help Program Greta G 2016-05-12 00:00:00Z 0
     Members were privileged to hear from a trio of impressive well-spoken senior students and officers of the Wahpeton High School FFA Chapter at their regular noon meeting at Prante’s on Tuesday April 26, 2016.  They were subbing for their Agriculture Education teacher Darin Spelhaug who was unable to attend.  As an aside it is always nice when a teacher trusts their students to fill in for them.  The trio was: Tracer Power, President; Aaron Lee, Student Advisor; and Jacob Enochson, Treasurer.
     Jacob Enochson                    Aaron Lee                      Tracer Bower
Their focus was the Wahpeton High School chapter of the National FFA organization.  They had several important announcements the main one being that the Wahpeton School District will have agriculture education in the middle school this coming year.  This will allow them to grow the chapter currently at about one hundred members.  It is one of the biggest chapters in North Dakota.  They envision forming a sub-chapter at the Middle School complete with its own officers as a training paradigm.
                They also spoke of their accomplishments and this year’s events including the State FFA Convention at North Dakota State University the first week of June.  Sixteen members will be going including six freshmen who will be in two or more events.  They saw that participation as positive.  As far as the business side they are sufficiently large a chapter to have four delegates.  Their Student Advisor, Aaron Lee will be running for State office.  Several members have already accomplished a lot including President Tracer Bower who achieved second place at State in Job Interview skills and will be going to National.   Some other members will be competing at Nationals.
                Five of their six constitutional officer team are seniors as are their Parliamentarian and their Student Advisor.  That they will be losing so much leadership could be a problem but they have just interviewed the next year’s slate of officers and have put together a panel of officer nominees of a variety of ages so there will be better transition in the future.  Their belief is that the incoming team is strong.
                Jacob Enochson spoke of how the Future Farmers of America (a term no longer used) changed in the 1980’s to the National FFA Organization with a wider goal of career training and citizenship.  To be a member it is still required that a person take an agriculture course but now there is a wider membership including chapters in Manhattan, New York City.  Agriculture has become sufficiently complex that an Ag course could be rooftop gardening or global agriculture marketing.  The focus is no longer just rural and the members are not necessarily going into pure agriculture.  All three will be going to North Dakota State University next year two in engineering and only one in an Ag related program looking at being an Ag teacher.
An impressive trio of leaders Robert T. Chambers 2016-04-26 00:00:00Z 0
     Members celebrated the exceptional Students of the Month from Richland County High schools at a noon hour luncheon at Prante's on April 19th.  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. 
 
From left to right: Carlene Brown (Wyndmere); Bret Lysne and Bailey Carlson (Wahpeton); Ryan Biewer (Hankinson); Bailey Reiland (Feb 2016 - Richland 44); Hanna Lentz (Richland 44) and Rotarian Joel Lysne the Program MC .   Absent from the luncheon Janessa Pole (Wahpeton) and Gabriel Chavez (March 2016 - Wyndmere.   To see these students full bios and individual pictures please clink on the download link to the left.  Please join us in celebrating these amazing students.
Students of the Month - April 2016 Robert T. Chambers 2016-04-19 00:00:00Z 0
     On Tuesday April 5th at the regular noon mooting at Prante's Past President Norma Nosek inducted one of our most recent new members, Jen Tyler.  Jen was sponsored by Jule Ballinger.
Jule Ballinger                      Jen Tyler                  Norma Nosek
 
    Following this Jen and recently inducted Peter Gifford gave their classification talks.
    Peter Gifford is new to the community as an Associate joining the Lies and Bullis Law firm.  He grew up in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area the second of four boys.  His wife Sarah came to the community first joining the Breckenridge school system as the Grades 5 through 12 band teacher.
  Unlike his experiences in the Twin Cities or law school he likes the community for its general friendliness all the activities and people taking care of one another.  He and his wife have been involved in the arts programs in the area and he joined the Cantata.  He spoke of how his first boss, a restaurant owner in Coon Rapids was a mentor and how he learned of Rotary as the Coon Rapids Rotary Club met at the restaurant.  He liked listening in on their meetings discovering that they were good role models: involved; caring; had projects and understood that they were role models.
  Jen Tyler has been in the community for two years as the Pastor at Evergreen United Methodist Church.  She grew up in southeast South Dakota and has traveled extensively spending two separate years in South Africa as a missionary ad one semester of her education was in Australia.
She is an aficionado of coffee, like biking having done a cross country tour from LA to Delaware on her bike. She is anxious to serve at home or anywhere in the world through Rotary.
Jen Tyler inducted Robert T. Chambers 2016-04-05 00:00:00Z 0
The Wahpeton Rotary Club hosts an essay contest every year for area high school juniors and seniors to participate in.  The 4-Way Test Essay Contest asks students to examine the topic of their choice using Rotary's 4-Way Test.
 
This year's winners were:
First place [$200]: Abby Myers, Richland 44 "The Barbie Stereotype: Glitter Coated"
Second place [$150]: Samantha Klocke, Wahpeton "It's Everyone's Planet"
Third place [$100]: Grace Holzhey, Richland 44 "Importance of Team Sports"
 
The first place winner's essay will be submitted to the District Essay contest for a chance at a top prize of $1,100!
 
Congratulations to our essay winners, and thank you to all the students who participated!
4-Way Essay contest winners: Grace Holzhey [3rd place] and Abby Myers [1st place]
4-Way Test Essay Contest Winners Greta Guck 2016-04-04 00:00:00Z 0
Members celebrated the exceptional Students of the Month from Richland County High schools at a noon hour luncheon at Prante's on March 22nd.  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.  That happened this month with Fairmont and Lidgerwood.  The student nominated at Wyndmere  was not able to attend this month so will be presented next month.
 
From left to right: Sicily Malme, Beau Gilles and Danica Loll all from Wahpeton; Paige Benson (Hankinson); Celsey Knudsen (Richland 44)and Rotarian Joel Lysne the Program MC .  To see these students full bios and individual pictures please clink on the download link to the left.  Please join us in celebrating these amazing students.
Students of the Month - March 2016 Robert T. Chambers 2016-03-22 00:00:00Z 0
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Posted by Robert T. Chambers on Mar 14, 2016
     Robots are imaginary things in movies and engineering is what people do to mess with other people’s lives – right? Wrong – not only are they real but increasingly they are the future.  The challenge for educators in the primary and secondary grades is to prepare students for the complexities of the twenty-first century.  The traditional image of education (since the Middle Ages) has been a teacher standing in front of a class imparting their knowledge for the students to regurgitate.  Not only does that model no longer work it has not worked for many decades.  At their regular noon meeting at Prante’s on Tuesday March 16th member heard from the Wahpeton High School Principal Ned Clooten on the new district wide initiatives; specifically “Project Lead the Way” (PLTW).  This is a new science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) curriculum to allow students to innovate and critically think taught in a different, more laboratory, environment.   That this new curriculum is seen as important is the degree to which corporations nationally and locally have funded it as they a workforce prepared this way.  By 2018 the number of STEM based jobs will increase by seventeen percent and 1.2 million of these jobs will go unfilled as the workforce is insufficiently educated.  In North Dakota there are 8.6 STEM jobs for every one unemployed person and only 1.5 non-STEM jobs for each unemployed. For local corporations the opportunities are to invest in home grown talent; building high brand recognition; loyalty and giving them access to young and competent prospects as well as serving as an industrial role model for teachers and students.  Mr. Clooten pointed to the North Dakota State College of Science (NDSCS) Tech Center as an example of “brands” cooperating in educating the workforce.
     PLTW is a nationally based program involving Kindergarten through Grade 12.  The “Launch” program involves K through Fifth Grade while the Sixth through Eight grades have the "Gateway" program with high school having three possible tracks: Engineering; Biomedical Science or Computer Sciences.  The first three goals of each of these programs are: critical thinking; problem solving and design process.  But what happened to reading, ‘riting and ‘rithmetic?  They are there but have always been processes to allow the critical thinking and problem solving something that has been missed with the exception of students in the past who were lucky enough to have exceptional teachers who understood the need for developing critical thinking and problem solving skills; problems where the answers were not in the back of the book.  The challenge for education leaders such as Clooten is to find teachers who can be trained to the new methods and bridge the gap.  Just because someone has taught science for twenty years does not mean they can naturally adapt to the new methodology and even tolerate a certain amount of chaos in the classroom.  Why the latter? Because students are moving about in a more “work environment” than sitting passively in their seats asleep – whoops I meant hanging on every word the teacher imparts.  What is interesting is that students across the breadth of processing abilities adapt well and excel at PLTW programs.  It also introduces students to programs such as engineering and bioscience about which historically the average high school student had only the faintest idea.  In PLTW high school students are passed robotics; that is taught in middle school.
     This is all funded by government – really – no it is not.  Non-traditional funding methods need to be found.  There is simply too much bureaucracy entrenched in old systems for government to give our students and industry a chance by bringing in the new methods.  Change will be slow and take several generations by which time it may be too late as other countries better adapt and provide educated workforce. The labs and teacher training are very expensive something that this community is accustomed to hearing from the highly technical NDSCS.   Thus corporations and individuals have stepped in.  Locally Cargill has donated $30,000 thus the STEM workshop at the high school is named after them. ComDell has donated at the Gold Level (15,000); Minn-Dak -- the Silver Level (10,000); Giants Seeds -- the Bronze Level (5,000) and Pioneer Seeds at the Bronze Level (5,000).  The State of North Dakota has been involved with funding but only as "matching grants' and thus has contributed $ 30,000. Individuals including parents of students who have graduated these programs and gone on to successful college and university studies have donated.  Other corporations, organizations and individuals are encouraged to come aboard.  Unfortunately many are waiting for government.  Really - reading, ‘riting and ‘rithmetic needs a teacher, a notebook and a pencil.
     Ultimately the goal is to have graduating students who can critically think and problem solve thus have a (proven) greater success opportunity in higher education or (proven) be more useful in the workforce.  What government is missing is that better educated people provide a better workforce thus retain industries that pay tax and lower unemployment rates thus costs.
     One of the more interesting interchanges during the question period was between Clooten and NDSCS Dean of Arts and Science Ken Kompelien where greater cooperation between the high school and the college was envisioned; a cooperation that Clooten admitted has been historically less than ideal.  That members were interested and intrigued was shown by the nature of the questions asked and that the question period ran well after the scheduled adjournment time.
Wahpeton High Engineering programs Robert T. Chambers 2016-03-15 00:00:00Z 0
New members are important to an organization.  On Tuesday March 8, 2016 President Jordan Ottoson inducted two new members Peter Gifford and Charles (Chuck) Bigwood.
Carmen Plummer   Norma Nosek    President Jordan Ottoson   Peter Gifford       Chuck Bigwood
 
Peter is a lawyer with the Lies and Bullis firm in Wahpeton while Chuck is the owner of the Big Woods Electric Motor Company.  The new members were sponsored by Norma Nosek and Carmen Plummer.  This brings the number of current members of the Rotary Club of Wahpeton to thirty-eight.
Inducting our new members Robert T. Chambers 2016-03-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert T. Chambers on Mar 02, 2016
     Traditionally Dr. John Richman the President of the North Dakota State College of Science (NDSCS) gives members an update.  On March 1st at the regular noon meeting at Prante’s he addressed five items: 1) the boiler; 2) enrollment; 3) work force improvement; 4) physical plant; 5) allotment.
      As it has been in the news he first addressed the issues with the power plant boiler that blew up.  No one was hurt and there is still heat.  The college uses three fuels: coal, natural gas and fuel oil.  The coal burning boiler was not in use but under EPA regulations needed to be tested something that requires start up and a couple of days.  The analysis is still under way but at this time no one is sure why the boiler blew up.  Fortunately no one was in the line of the blow when the doors blew off and the basic structure remained intact.  It is not clear if it is repairable or even if the college wants to repair it or go with the non-coal energy sources; likely that will take a couple of years.  In the meantime there is still a lot of heat from their other fuel options.
       The spring enrollment is at a thirty-three year high.  While there are still three hundred seats available on the Wahpeton campus the focus is on retention of students to degree completion.  In the recent past that retention rate was 63 %; now is 73% and they seek to improve that.  Some of that is based on delivery methods with the options of campus (Wahpeton campus and/or Fargo campus) or on-line or a hybrid model where the student does some combination.  The driving factor is convenience for the student.  Currently there is a slight decrease in Wahpeton enrollment, an increase in Fargo and hybrid enrollments and a decrease in on-line enrollments.  The latter is being experienced nationally at about a 3 % rate; for NDSCS it is only a 2 % decrease.   The goal is 100 % possible enrollment on the Wahpeton campus and an expansion of the Fargo (now maxed out) campus.  The numbers of students in the pipeline in Cass County elementary-middle and high schools is stunning.
         NDSCS’s focus remains on workforce improvement.  Currently there are 16,000 jobs available in North Dakota the most of them in Cass County.  Equipping people to be productive going into those jobs is fundamental to the NDSCS mission.  The Workforce Environment Association and the Valley Prosperity Partnership studies have both concluded that there are major workforce challenges in the Red River  that need to be addressed through technical education. 
        Now in his ninth year as President Dr. Richman has overseen over $ 50 million put into the Wahpeton campus infrastructure with maintenance, upgrades and new facilities.   During the course of this work Hektner Hall, named after educator Vernon Hektner was demolished.  After consultation with the Hektner family on May 5th NDSCS will rename the student center as the Hektner Student Center.  The NDSCS presence in Fargo is driving the Wahpeton facility with students coming from Fargo for courses not offered there.  Despite that South Dakota offers free technical education students come from there for the “campus experience”.
        After receiving a budget allotment for a two year cycle the State of North Dakota, due to falling oil revenues has realigned its budget forecast and asked for 4 % back from everyone except the K-12 program.  This included NDSCS that was in an advantageous spot in that they are in a sound fiscal position.  Six open positions in programs with little to no enrollment were turned back as a part of that 2 million they were expected to return.  The deferred maintenance list was shortened; the projects will get done just not immediately.  Even before the requested budget return an effort was being made to be more efficient and plans were underway to combine the student affairs program and the student success program.  That saves about two hundred thousand and removes one current Associate Vice-President.
         Dr. Richman entertained members question resulting in a wide variety of discussions including plans for the empty dormitory buildings no longer needed and that elements of the canceled nanoscience program have been incorporated into other science areas.  Clearly Dr. Richman is bemused at the national trend of parents pushing their children into baccalaureate programs when they would succeed better and prosper better with technical associate degrees.
NDSCS Update from President Dr. John Richman Robert T. Chambers 2016-03-03 00:00:00Z 0
  Members celebrated the exceptional Students of the Month from Richland County High schools at a noon hour luncheon at Prante's on February 9th.  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.
From left to right: Luke Olsby (Wahpeton); Abby Bladow (Hankinson); Tanner Kuzel (Lidgerwood); Braxton Hofman and Joseph Langenwalter (both Wahpeton) and Abby Metzeger (Wyndmere) a January Student of the Month and Rotarian Joel Lysne the Program MC .  To see these students full bios and individual pictures please clink on the download link to the left.  Please join us in celebrating these amazing students.
Students of the Month - February 2016 Robert T. Chambers 2016-02-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert T. Chambers on Feb 13, 2016
     It is always exciting when a Rotarian(s) is successful with some endeavor.  In this case it is vocational success:  Past President and current Assistant Governor Kim Nelson was named the Executive Director of the North Dakota State College of Science (NDSCS) Alumni Foundation by the Board of NDSCS.  She has been serving as the interim director.  Congratulations Kim.   But that was not why she was speaking to the club at their regular noon hour meeting at Prante's on Tuesday, February 10th.  The Twenty-first Edition of the Annual Dreams Auction is coming Friday evening April 8th.
     Started as a reasonably small endeavor at the Bois de Sioux Golf Club by the then Alumni Director Woody Casper the event moved to the Eagles club after outgrowing Prante's on the Green at the Golf Club.  It subsequently outgrew the eagles and is now held on campus in the Clair T. Blikre Activities Center.  Currently between seven hundred and eight hundred people attend; the record was nine hundred and eighteen.  The gifts (personal and corporate) that are auctioned off started at twenty thousand dollars and the initial even raised twenty thousand dollars.  Currently over eighty thousand dollars of gifts are contributed and the even now raises between three hundred and five hundred thousand dollars for the alumni association. The vast majority of this goes to student scholarships.
     Over the years the dress has become a bit more casual (currently anything from black tie [are] to jeans [rare]).  To deal with time issues the live auction has been cut from sixty items to thirty-five to forty.  New this year is "Text-A-Bid" where you can bid on the silent auction items from your table or even (as long as you have purchased a ticket) from your home in Wyoming or Abu Dahibi.  Dinner will be the strolling buffet prepared and served by the NDSCS culinary arts students.  There will be valet parking this year run by the diesel program.  Kim's message: purchase a ticket or a table for eight and come have some fun as well as contribute to the college.
Dreams Auction Dinner-Dance coming Friday evening April 8, 2016 Robert T. Chambers 2016-02-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert T. Chambers on Feb 01, 2016
       Members had the pleasure of hearing from the District's Rotary international Chair David Long at their regular noon meeting at Prante's on Tuesday, February second.  David is the Foundation Director and Vice President of the Detroit Lakes Noon club.  Though a relatively new Rotarian he has already experienced one international convention, Sao Paulo May 2015.
                      David Long
       David spoke of the amazing experience of being a part of an international body and attending the great plenary sessions.  One of the secrets are the world class entertainers who present before and after plenary sessions.  In the U.S. tickets for these performances alone would be over one hundred dollars.  He spoke of the Seminars and the pre-convention meetings such as the Peace Symposium and the Water and Sanitation Symposium where one learns of the magnitude of some of these world problems.  David took the opportunity of traveling to South America to go to places other than Brazil.  He was able to visit the water dams built in Bolivia by Mano a Mano with help from D 5580 and see how these dams have improved the water and agriculture of many people in the area.  He spoke of the House of Friendship all of the Rotary vendors and the multiplicity of Rotary Fellowship organizations connecting like minded Rotarians about everything from stamp collecting, bird watching, motorcycles to yatching.
 
RI Convention Seoul, Korea May 28 to June 1, 2016 Robert T. Chambers 2016-02-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert T. Chambers on Jan 25, 2016
                 So you want to be Katniss or Peeta in The Hunger Games or you know nothing of archery;  in either case that is where Gaylord Hibl comes in.  Gaylord is the Director and Head Coach of the Wahpeton Youth Archery program.  Members of the Wahpeton Rotary had the opportunity to hear about the program from Mr. Hibl at their regular noon meeting at Prante’s on Tuesday January 26th.
                                  Gaylord Hibl
                The program is a National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) created in 2001 with the purpose of educating students in micro and macro motion, concentration and listening as well as teaching about the National Wildlife Program, character and self-reliance.  It began in Kentucky with the assistance of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife and Mathews, Inc. a leading compound bow manufacturer.  Their goal was to involve twenty-four thousand students in three years.  It took one year and since then the program has grown to a national and beyond program.  The program has been in North Dakota for eight years and in Wahpeton for seven.  In North Dakota there are one hundred and fifty schools with archery in the curriculum.  Cooperating with the Wahpeton School District and the Wahpeton Department of Parks and Recreation, 4H as well as local wildlife organizations the program involves children from age eight to graduation from high school.  The program had been capped at sixty but recently they had to add time and coaches as there are eighty four students in the program.
National Archery in the Schools Program Robert T. Chambers 2016-01-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert T. Chambers on Jan 05, 2016
 
     It is sad when a person is lost but on the morning of January 6, 2016 twenty six members of the Rotary Club of Wahpeton said good bye and celebrated the life of  Bun Munson our longest standing member who died January 1, 2016.  As a Rotarian Bun (really Bernard but that name never fit) loved and contributed greatly to the fellowship.  No member could recall not seeing him smile.  He was an enthusiastic participant in projects but his greatest contribution came in 1988 when he defied his gender and invited Past President Renelle Bertsch-Merbach  and Joan Carlson to become members, the first female members of the Rotary Club of Wahpeton.  He took a lot of grief for that and several men quit.  Those who opposed him and remained later apologized. He believed that it was was one of the "best things I had ever done." He was a Rotarian for 63 years having joined in 1962.
     Bun was born near Detroit Lakes on April 30, 1923.  His father died when he was 3.  He graduated from Detroit Lakes High School in 1941 and  from the School of Mortuary Science of the University of Minnesota in 1943.  He joined the US Navy where he served aboard the USS Buckingham (APA 141) a Haskell class attack transport. In 1951 he began working for the Vertin Furniture Store and Funeral Home.  In 1976 he married Jeanette (Martin) Twohig.   In 1994 the funeral home in Wahpeton's name was changed to Vertin-Munson Funeral Home from which he retired at age 89.  He served in leadership roles at the Evergreen United Methodist Church; Leach Home Board, Fairview Cemetery Board and was a member of the Wahpeton Masonic Lodge, the American Legion Post 20, the Wahpeton AmVets Club and the Buffalo Club.
In loving memory of Bun Bunson Robert T. Chambers 2016-01-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert T. Chambers on Jan 04, 2016
    The Rotary Club of Wahpeton has seen many new members during 2015 and on January 5th during their regular noon hour meeting at Prante's members heard the "classification talks" of the most recent three .  Almost immediately following the meeting my membership team captain contacted us urging more members!!
     Tara Klostreich was named the Advertising Manager of the Wahpeton-Breckenridge DAILY NEWS six months ago.  She is married and has two children.  Her husband is employed at the Red River Valley and Western Railroad.  Prior to the DAILY NEWS she was employed by Citi Financial and prior to that in the medical records department of what was then called The Dakota Clinic (Essentia Health).
                          Tara Klostreich
     She has a degree in Health Information Management from the North Dakota State College of Science.  In her free time she likes being involved with dirt track races and vacationing in a variety of locations including in Arizona and Florida.
 
     Tim Morris has been employed at Smith Motors (GMC dealership) for 32 years "because I like cars and people".  He has been married for 31 years.  He lists  his enjoyment of people as his reason for joining Rotary.  He enjoys vacationing in the Caribbean and Florida.
                                 Tim Morris
 
     Matthew Tooman recently came to Wahpeton from Lincoln Nebraska to serve as the Pastor at Emmanuel Lutheran Church.  He grew up in Des Moines, Iowa and his family is still there.   His father was a Rotarian.    He was the Assistant Pastor at Trinity Lutheran in Lincoln and in addition to his other duties had responsibilities in the K through 12 Trinity Lutheran School in Lincoln.  After University and before Seminary he was a history teacher in Magellan, Texas.
                          Matthew Tooman
He enjoys nature photography and music.  He both sings and plays the guitar.  He visited eastern Hungry in an exchange program in 1991.
He joined Rotary in order to connect with and to serve in the community and for the fellowship.
 
More classification talks !!! That's good!!! Robert T. Chambers 2016-01-05 00:00:00Z 0
The Red Door Art Gallery in Wahpeton has ahd a classroom for some time as even while it was being finished it was in use.  It is now finished giving Rotarians Alex HAy and Renelle Bertsch, both on the Red Door Board, an opportunity to show it off.
Across the hall from the Gallery itself the classroom is used by the Red Door Art Gallery for a variety of classes.  It is also available for small groups  to lease.  Clearly proud of the room Hay and Bertsch used the opportunity of the Rotary Club regular noon hour meeting October 27th held in the classroom to discuss the Gallery, its construction and the recent one hundred year anniversary of the building.  One of the guests had been a teller in the bank that originally occupied the building.  The public is encouraged to check out the Red Door's web page www.reddoorgallerywahpeton.com to see about classes or lease opportunities.
The Red Door Art Gallery has a classroom! Robert T. Chambers 2015-10-27 00:00:00Z 0
The Wahpeton Rotary Club was honored to host October's Students of the Month at our Tuesday, October 20th meeting.  These students are selected by their respective schools as exemplary models of student achievement, dedication, school involvement, and service.  
Pictured from Left to Right:  [Back] Megan Strege, Wyndmere; David Fehr, Wahpeton; Jaden Pikarski, Wahpeton; Maddie Krause, Wahpeton;
 [Front] Morgan Adams, Richland 44; Abby Myers, Richland 44; Harmony Burns, Fairmount; Mya Steinwehr, Hankinson; Calista Heley, Lidgerwood
 
Congratulations to all of these outstanding students!
October Students of the Month 2015-10-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert T. Chambers on Oct 05, 2015
One of the pleasures of having new members is to hear their classification talks.  Members heard three at their regular noon luncheon meeting at Prante's today:
     Erica Buller
     Erica grew up in Detroit Lakes her mother a music teacher and her father a social worker.  She has an older sister and a younger brother.  She studied Youth and Family ministry at Augsburg College in Minneapolis and worked in that capacity for a while before changing gears and working for Barnes and Noble initially in a store and then in their Minneapolis corporate office.  She was married and then divorced all in her 20's before going to the Lutheran Seminary in Minneapolis. There she married Michael now the pastor at Galchutt, ND.  She became the Associate Pastor at Bethel Lutheran in Wahpeton and they live in Abercrombie.  They are expecting a child in March.  Erica likes hiking, camping and canoeing as well as wool socks and a good book.
   Julie' Ballinger
     Julie grew up in Verona, North Dakota describing herself as a North Dakota farm girl.  She has an older sister, a younger brother and a younger sister.  She graduated with a degree in Elementary Education from Concordia College in Moorhead and then Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkley.  During the latter studies she did her Clinical Pastoral Education in Nome, Alaska.  She married a hometown boy but that did not work out.  Four years ago she married David.  Julie' is the Senior Pastor at Bethel Lutheran in Wahpeton.  She has two children.  She enjoys skydiving, camping and hiking.
   Dustin Krump
Dustin grew up in Colfax, North Dakota and has one brother and a sister.  His Dad works at MinDak while his mother works at the Richland 44 Elementary school in Abercrombie.  Graduating from Richland 44 HS in 2005 he went to NDSCS for marketing.  He concurrently worked at Radio Shack.  He then went to Wal-Mart initially in Wahpeton but was promoted to an Assistant manager in Jamestown.  One year ago he returned to Wahpeton where he purchased the Sears Dealer Store.  He was married In November 2014; his wife is a Registered Nursing student.  He enjoys quiet family times around campfires, his nieces and nephews and, when he has the opportunity hunting and fishing.
Fun meeting - classification talks Robert T. Chambers 2015-10-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert T. Chambers on Oct 01, 2015
On Friday afternoon October 2nd Breckenridge Rotary's President Blake Johnson awarded the "Fill the Bus" Traveling Plaque to Nathan Graves the owner of Jubilee Foods.  The Overall program manager, Rick Jacobson,  from the  Wahpeton Rotary was also present.
Blake Johnson          Nathan Graves               Rick Jacobson
The plaque "travels" each year to the food vendor at whose store the most units (pounds of food and dollars) was collected by the Wahpeton or Breckenridge clubs for the Richland-Wilkin Food Pantry.  The drive is a combined effort of the two clubs and occurs three times each fall.  This year at the Jubilee venue 375.5 pounds of food and $ 1,056.00 (or a combined total of 1431.5 units) were collected.  This was 46 % of the total amount collected in the entire drive this year.  During this 2015 drive the Econo Foods venue achieved 1139.1 units and Wal-Mart 785.0 units.
"Fill the Bus" travelling plaque awarded to Jubilee Foods Robert T. Chambers 2015-10-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert T. Chambers on Sep 28, 2015
They are also important technologies of the present/future.  On September 29, 2015 members had the opportunity to tour the ComDel Manufacturing factory where the mainframe for Altavian's Nova F 6500, a fixed wing plane, and Nova R8400, a rotocopter, are manufactured.
    Nova F 6500      
                                                                                           Nova R 8400
To help your perspective the wingspan of the F 6500 is 9 feet.  Each can carry a variety of payloads each of which can do a variety of things.  The predominate use of these drones in our area is in agriculture (crop health; drought, insects and crop disease as well as in livestock with animal location, identifying sick animals and herding sheep); search and rescue; Department of Natural Resources and the Army Corps of Engineers.  We were not allowed to photograph in the plant itself.
However we were able to photograph in the meeting room where the Com Del personnel taught us about drones, their manufacturing, their use and the rules related to their flight.
          Keith Mitterling                Carter Hansen                      Bruce Weeda
Aside from the typical uses in this area the drones are also used for surveying, fire departments, oil pipelines, infrastructure assessment including bridges and the motion picture industry.  Even as the manufacturing process becomes increasingly robotic there will be thousands of jobs coming available in these fields. As Rotarian Tiana J. Bohn, ComDel's training officer pointed out just the field crews alone for the various uses of these drones will be a huge number.  For those of you who are worried about hobby drones these are not those: each one costs over $100,000 (US) and the FAA requires a pilot license to fly them.  Currently their altitude is restricted by the FAA to 400 feet.  These particular drones are very stable in flight even in winds over 30 mph.
Drones are cool! Robert T. Chambers 2015-09-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert T. Chambers on Sep 21, 2015
       The "Wahpeton Rotarian of the Year" award is given each year based on secret ballot by club members and not announced until the District Governor does so during their visit.  At the District Governor meeting at the Hughes Shelter at noon on September 22, 2015 DG Craig Loughery announced this years honoree to be Norma Nosek.
       Norma was one of the first women to become a member of the Wahpeton Club and served as its first woman President in 1995-96.  She has been very active in the club in many roles and two years ago when the then President-Elect had a lot more work put on him by his employer and had to withdraw from being club President Norma stepped up and is our immediate Past President.  Her year was very successful.  President Jordan Ottoson recognized that she paved the way for his year.  Outside of Rotary Norma is known as a former Principal of the Wahpeton Middle School and curriculum specialist for the School District.  She is also extremely well known for her work at the Bagg Farm.  She is active is several other community organizations.
Norma Nosek "Wahpeton Rotarian of the Year" Robert T. Chambers 2015-09-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert T. Chambers on Sep 21, 2015
       Members had the opportunity to meet District Governor Craig Loughery and his wife Diane during his luncheon visit to the club at the Hughes Shelter September 22, 2015.  Craig is a member of the Ely, Minnesota club who has served our District 5580 for a number of years in a variety of capacities and then three years ago was nominated to be the District Governor for 2015-16.  He is one of 535 District Governors for Rotary International encompassing most of the world; over two hundred countries and territories.  District 5580 is geographically one of the largest districts in the world incorporating all of North Dakota, northern Minnesota, northwestern Wisconsin and part of northern Ontario with sixty-six clubs and over thirty three hundred members.
       DG Loughery addresses club with wife Diane and President Jordan Ottoson looking on.
During the morning DG Loughery sat down with the Board of Directors of the Wahpeton Rotary club to review operations.  In part that is for him to look for ways the District can assist the club and in part it is for him to learn things that the local club is doing that might assist other clubs.  When he addressed the members over the lunch hour he said that he was very pleased with local operations.
At the luncheon he presented the “Wahpeton Rotarian of the Year” award to Past President Norma Nosek (see additional story).
During his address to the club he focused on four areas.  The first was membership.  Her he emphasized how it is important to keep seeking new members and the ways in which Rotary has changed the rules to make membership more flexible and easier to achieve.  His second area of emphasis was The Rotary Foundation and the need to contribute to the Annual Fund of the Foundation so that the financial engine of Rotary has resources for the mission.  He emphasized that fifty percent of the contributions from the district are returned to the district for local projects.  He has set a district goal of having one hundred new first time Paul Harris awards in the district; to date this fiscal year there are thirty.  His third emphasis was the District Conference scheduled for May 12 to 14 in Bismarck, ND.   Explaining the process of choice of venue he emphasized the lower cost of the Bismarck option over other venues.  The Bismarck Visitor bureau is contributing five thousand dollars to have the convention there.  The forth area of emphasis was this year’s theme of “Be a Gift to the World” as enunciated by the 2015-16 Rotary International President R. K. Ravindran.
District Governor Craig Loughery visit September 22, 2015 Robert T. Chambers 2015-09-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert T. Chambers on Sep 14, 2015
     This past summer Larissa Blazek was one of two local high school students who attended the Rotary Youth Leadership Award camp in Crookston, MN.
     At the Students of the Month luncheon on Tuesday September 15th she spoke to members and to the Students of the Month, their parents and their faculty advisors about her experience at the RYLA camp.  Describing the week as life changing she spoke of the activities and exercises that they did as well as a lot of th fun.  She even laughed at her inability to sort out all the forks at the formal dining experience.  Students interested in attending RYLA need to speak to Wahpeton Rotarian Norma Nosek.
RYLA student speaks to members and students Robert T. Chambers 2015-09-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert T. Chambers on Sep 14, 2015
School is back in session and that means one of Wahpeton Rotarians' favorite programs Students of the Month.  At noon on Tuesday September 15th the club honored students from Richland County high schools.  Each month the students are selected by the school faculty based on Rotary criteria.  Due to small class size not all schools participate each month and due to their large size Wahpeton High School selects three students.
from left to right are: Allison Greteman (Wahpeton); Lakin Mauch (Hankinson); Alexandra Mauch (Wyndmere); Hattie Mauch and Tylee Irwin (both Wahpeton); Allison Grefsrub (Fairmont) and Rotarian Joel Lysnee the program MC.  Our congratulations to this exceptional group of students.
At a luncheon on April 28th. The Rotary Club of Wahpeton with their parents and faculty celebrated the April  "Students of the Month" all Juniors from the Richland County high schools. 

From left to right: Ethan Mahrer (Hankinson); Brandon Lacher (Richland 44); Vincent Chicaderis  (Wyndmere); Morgan Muehler, Laken Breuer and Elise Pietron (all Wahpeton) as well as Rotarian Joel Lysne (Program MC).   Due to the larger size Wahpeton selects three students each month.Please see the link at "Downloads" under the calendar on the left side tabs for the students full bios.  Our congratulations to an amazing group of students.

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At a luncheon on April 28th. The Rotary Club of Wahpeton with their parents and faculty celebrated the April  "Students of the Month" all Juniors from the Richland County high schools. 

From left to right: Ethan Mahrer (Hankinson); Brandon Lacher (Richland 44); Vincent Chicaderis  (Wyndmere); Morgan Muehler, Laken Breuer and Elise Pietron (all Wahpeton) as well as Rotarian Joel Lysne (Program MC).   Due to the larger size Wahpeton selects three students each month.Please see the link at "Downloads" under the calendar on the left side tabs for the students full bios.  Our congratulations to an amazing group of students.

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Students of the Month - September 2015 Robert T. Chambers 2015-09-15 00:00:00Z 0
The Wahpeton Rotary Club was honored by a visit from Colleen Barton and Becky Stasko of The Backpack Program, which serves Richland and Wilkin County.
 
The duo spoke about the mission of the Backpack Program, which is to help children in the two counties who may be food insecure.  Whereas these children are provided meals during the week, on the weekend they may not have enough to eat.  The Backpack Program began as a way to address this issue.  Each week, backpacks are prepared with 2 breakfast items, 3 lunch or dinner items, and 2 snacks.  Through the help of local volunteers, these backpacks are assembled and distributed to area schools to be sent home with participating students on Friday afternoon.
 
Now in its fourth year, the number of children the Backpack Program serves has been steadily increasing, from 80 students in the 1st year, to now 314 in the 4th year.  There are no income guidelines for those who wish to participate in the program: it is open to any children/families who express interest and sign up with their school.
 
Funding for the program initially came from a grant given to the United Way from the West Central Initiative.  As the program continues to grow, the program relies upon volunteers, monetary donations, and donations of food that can be included in the backpacks.  It truly is a great program, and a great service to our area children!
 
How you can help:
- Donate money to the United Way
-Buy food to donate-- Peanut Butter is always needed!
-Hold a Food drive or Fundraiser
-Volunteer to help pack the backpacks
-HELP TELL THE STORY!  Many in our community do not realize that there are children in the area who are food insecure!
Colleen Barton and Becky Stasko of The Backpack Program
Local Backpack Program provides Food to Area Children 2015-09-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert T. Chambers on Aug 24, 2015
Losing a young child is an unimaginably hard thing to have happen that, fortunately, most of us have not experienced.  However that is what happened to Melissa and Stuart Schumacher six months ago when their slightly over four year old first child unexpectedly died of a respiratory illness.  It would have been easy to turn inward and grieve for their son but, in the words of our Program Manager Alex Hay they took “the opportunity to make something positive out of the worst of tragedies”.  On Tuesday August 25th at their regular noon meeting at Prante’s members heard from Melissa and Stuart Schumacher.  Clearly the presentation was not easy for them.
They discovered two things: that the facilities in hospitals for family members to be at the child’s bedside are impractical and uncomfortable and that it is extremely difficult to write an obituary for a four year old.
Losing a family member is always hard - Evan's Support Robert T. Chambers 2015-08-25 00:00:00Z 0
Paul Richard, President of Sandford Medical Center Fargo
 
The Wahpeton Rotary club was honored to host Paul Richard, President of Sandford Medical Center Fargo, as their featured speaker on July 21st.  Richard spoke about his journey from a small-town North Dakota boy to leading one of the largest non-industrial construction projects in the Dakotas.
 
Richard gave a detailed overview of the new Medical Center, and spoke passionately about the need for Sanford to build a facility that is compatible with 21st century medical needs and practices.  He also outlined the construction process and the new facility's use of pre-fabricated building components. Anticipated opening date for the facility is 2017.  
 
For complete details, visit: http://www.sanfordhealth.org/Construction/FargoMedicalCenter
Paul Richard, President of Sanford Medical Center Fargo outlines future of Fargo facilities 2015-07-28 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert T. Chambers on Jul 26, 2015
This morning Wahpeton Rotary's "Fill the Bus" Program manager Rick Jacoboson announced the winner to the new Corporate Challenge.  
The Pioneer Seeds team was led by Alicia LeNoue to whom Rick presented the winners plaque.  Also at the presentation was plant manager Bernie Greteman (far right) and several of the employees who participated.  LeNoue formed four teams who competed internally resulting in their collecting 11.57 pounds of food per employee for the Richland-Wilkin Food Pantry (where $1.00 cash= one pound of food).  A total of 1937.02 pounds of food and dollars was collected for the food pantry through the Corporate Challenge.  Jacobson is hopefully that more companies will join the challenge next year. The public's first opportunity to donate to the food pantry through the "Fill the Bus" program is Thursday, July 30th at Econo Foods from 11 AM to 6 PM.   Other opportunities will be at Wal-Mart on August 27th and Jubilee Foods on Monday September 14th.
The winner is - PIONEER SEEDS!!! Robert T. Chambers 2015-07-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert T. Chambers on Jul 22, 2015
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               Rotary’s “Fill The Bus” campaign has been in the community helping the Richland-Wilkin Food Pantry every fall since 2011.  This year Program Chair Rick Jacobson has added a new wrinkle: a corporate challenge.  Three local corporations chose to be involved this year:  WCCO Belting; Pioneer Seed and Sanford health.  As Alicia LeNoue, the Pioneer Seed Lead explained one of their core values is respect for people thus the “Fill The Bus” program is ideal for them.  The WCCO Belting team was led by Karly Shorma and surprised us with Bison Junior Offensive Tackle Number 70 Jack Plankers helping load the bus as was CEO Tom Shorma.  Doreen Bladow was Sanford’s lead.
WCCO Belting CEO Tom Shorma loading the bus.  The big guy is Bison Jack Plankers.
  
Pioneer Seed lead Alicia LeNoue pushing a cart of  food donated by their employees to the bus.
 
 
 
Sanford Wahpeton's lead Doreen Bladow loading the bus with Clinic Director Jordan Ottoson.
                            
               This first challenge brought in a total of nineteen hundred and eight pounds of food or money for the Food Pantry.  One dollar of currency is considered equal to one pound of food.  Who won the challenge will be announced in a week or so by Program Chair Rick as the numbers for each participant have to be validated and divided by the number of full time equivalent employees.  This puts everyone on an equal playing field and a small concern can compete with the large ones.
                As successful as the challenge was this year Wahpeton Rotary would like to see many more corporations participate next summer.
First ever “Fill The Bus” corporate challenge a success. Robert T. Chambers 2015-07-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert T. Chambers on Jul 15, 2015
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               Periodically members hear from the Director of the Wahpeton Economic Development Commission Jane Priebe on the state of the city’s economy.  The regular noon hour meeting at Prante’s recently was one such occasion. The basis of Ms. Priebe’s presentation was that the city lacked appropriate housing at a variety of levels.  The major issue, work force housing, the club had heard about before from others.  One only has to drive north on Highway 75 between six and seven in the morning to see the migration of workforce into Wahpeton from that direction.   As there is a dearth of appropriate housing only fifty-two percent of the work force in Wahpeton industries within the city and an additional twenty-six percent within twenty-five miles.  That leaves  twenty-two  percent of the work-force being forced (allowing that a few might be elective) to live away from the area and endure an over 50 mile per day commute due to the city’s past lack of land use/housing policy. When one drills down on these statistics it is discovered that there has been a 4 percent DECLINE in the percentage of people living within the city.  Managers of major plants with twenty-four/seven operations have worried about this for years as a bad storm will interfere with shift changes.   The need involves many genres of housing: regular apartments; upscale apartments; town houses; mid-level housing and upscale housing as well as an idea new to North Dakota: housing cooperatives (common in Minnesota and elsewhere).   So what is the city doing to remedy this?
      Jane Priebe, Director, Wahpeton Economic Development Commission
 
                The simple answer is a number of things all based on good studies.  Each of these projects is a different type of residence in an attempt to fulfill the variety of needs.
                The initial and in some ways most difficult project is on thirty six plus acres immediately north of Wal-Mart.  There was a prior attempt to develop this land however Wal-Mart’s agreement included a variety of “burdened land restrictions” on this land including some height restrictions and it was zoned as commercial.  The city has been able to negotiate the restrictions with Wal-Mart and re-zone the area as residential allowing Property Resources Group (Fargo) PACES Lodging Corporation to both build apartments (78 units) and provide infra-structure for 10 lots in Phase I and an additional 59 lots in Phase II.  The intent is that local contractors will purchase these lots to build homes on them.
Appropriate housing is a major economic issue in Wahpeton Robert T. Chambers 2015-07-16 00:00:00Z 0
Outgoing President Norma Nosek with Incoming President Jordan Ottoson
Outgoing President Norma Nosek with Incoming President Jordan Ottoson
 
Jordan Ottoson, Rotary President for 2015-2016, spoke to the club last Tuesday, July 7th.  
 
Ottoson began by thanking Outgoing President Norma Nosek for her year of hardwork and dedication to the club.  Ottoson then outlined his goals and vision for the club as he begins his Presidential year.  He touched on some of the ideas he would like to explore, including different models of membership, such as a shared spouse membership and a corporate type membership.
Ottoson expressed his excitement about the current Rotary leadership team, and credited the energy, ideas, and breadth of representation he sees from the leadership team.  Rather than a few people in the club taking on big responsibilities, he is proud to see that there are many people throughout the Club who have stepped up and taken on various leadership roles.
Ottoson spoke about his wish to maintain the tradition of Rotary, whilst still being open to new ideas, projects, and events.  His hope is to continue to hold Quarterly Fireside chats where new members and old can share their Rotary story and gain valuable insights on all the benefits that come with being an active Rotarian.
Ottoson ended his wonderful speech by reiterating his commitment to "Service above Self."  He said that this was the driving factor that led him to take on the role of President of the Club; although his work schedule may not always allow him to be present at meetings, he wants the Club to know they have his full dedication to the role.
Thank you Jordan!  We know that this year will bring good things!
             
Incoming President Jordan Ottoson and his wife Candace
Jordan Ottoson, new Rotary President for 2015-2016 2015-07-15 00:00:00Z 0
This past Tuesday, Renelle Bertsch was the featured speaker for the Wahpeton Rotary Club's noontime meeting. An active member of the Arts community in Wahpeton and Breckenridge, Bertsch spoke about all of the wonderful art and cultural happenings in our community.
 
A board member of the Red Door Art Gallery, Bertsch spoke about the Gallery, but she did not stop her talk there.  She asked Rotarians to tell her what art we have in the community, and the list that was assembled was long!  From the Shawn McCann murals to the Sculpture Garden, the Three Rivers Art Council to Music in the Park, our community has plenty of options for those who want to experience the joy and pleasure that art adds to our lives.
 
Bertsch spoke about the importance of the Arts not only to a community's vibrancy and quality of life, but as an economic impacter as well.  A thriving arts community brings people to our community and attracts new businesses.
 
Thank you Renelle for such a wonderful presentation!
 
Arts Abound in Wahpeton and Breckenridge Greta Guck 2015-07-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert T. Chambers on Jun 29, 2015
As one of her last acts on her final day in office President Norma Nosek inducted the eighth new member to join the Rotary Club of Wahpeton in 2014-15.
                     Erica Buller                                President Norma
Erica is the Associate Pastor at Bethel Lutheran Church on Sixth Street North.  Welcome to Wahpeton and welcome to Rotary Erica!
Induction of Erica Buller Robert T. Chambers 2015-06-30 00:00:00Z 0
The newest member of the Wahpeton Rotary club was inducted June 16th by President Norma Nosek.  Julé Ballinger is the Senior Pastor at Bethel Lutheran Church.  Welcome, Julé!  We are so happy to have you join us!
Club welcomes newest member, Julé Ballinger Greta Guck 2015-06-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert T. Chambers on Jun 01, 2015
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One of the fun things that new members get to do (and other members get to listen to) is the “Classification Talk”.  It is the last time a member gets to talk about themselves, their family and their vocation without paying.  It is also where we learn about a new member.  The “Classification” term comes from the stipulation that a club cannot be comprised of all of a certain vocation; e.g. all lawyers.  So it is where we decide how to “classify” the new member.
                On June 2nd at their regular noon meeting at Prates’ the Wahpeton Rotary heard from a relatively new member who had not yet done her classification talk, Tiana Bohn’s.  Tiana is a Quality Assurance Associate for CDI (Com Del Innovation) Services.  She began with the observation that growing up on a farm taught her how to provide good customer services; after learning to talk to cows and have them do what you want customer service is a breeze!  Her experience growing up and working as a waitress in a Clearwater, MN travel stop restaurant also taught her how to always put her good foot forward.  She credits experiences servers with teaching her that.
                She came to North Dakota State College of Science where she earned an Associate Applied Science Degree in Business.  Starting on the Wahpeton campus when it was owned by Imation she became involved with the molding process and the expansion of that into molding for outside customers.  When Imation left Wahpeton she became a part of the group that morphed into Com Dem Innovation.  Along the way she earned a Bachelor degree from Dickinson State University, with a double major in Business Administration and Human Resource Management.  As a part of Com Del Services she takes great pride in being responsible for the quality of their products.  Along the way she has had to learn a lot about mechatronics and robotics.  As one listens to her it is obvious that she enjoys her work very much and is proud that Com Del Innovation has continued to grow and now includes drones as a part of their product line.
                Her interest in Rotary international is about giving back to the community and she has stepped forward with her typical enthusiasm to undertake a major role with the club recently being elected as our Secretary-Elect a three year commitment that she will begin July 1st.
Tiana Bohn Robert T. Chambers 2015-06-01 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert T. Chambers on May 25, 2015
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In 1907, two years after the founding of Rotary, Lord Robert Baden-Powell founded the Scouting Movement.    The movement spread worldwide including to the United States and Wilkin and Richland Counties.  The Boy Scouts of America in from those two counties make up a part of the Oxcart Trail District of the Northern Lights Council.  At their regular noon meeting on Tuesday May 26th at Prante’s   members had the opportunity to learn of the status of Scouting in the two counties from Oxcart Trail District Executive Sam Ross.  Growing up in Hawley, MN Sam became an Eagle Scout before graduating high school and joining the National Guard.  He served six years as an Intelligence Analyst with the Minnesota National Guard including a sixteen month deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom 2006-07.  He holds a Bachelor Degree in Marketing from the University of Minnesota and is a member of the Fergus Falls Rotary Club (Noon).
The spread of the movement worldwide occurred quickly as some 95 years ago the Wahpeton Troop and the Breckenridge Troop of Boy Scouts were chartered; in each case the first troop charted in their state.  Currently there are 60 Cub Scouts, 20 Boy Scouts, and 10 Venture Scouts in Wahpeton and Breckenridge has 20 Cub Scouts and 10 Boy Scouts.  The Oxcart District also brings programs to the Valley Lake Boys Home and the Circle of Nations School.
                For reasons that are unclear the Scouting program presented a softer easier program to Scouts a few years ago.  Neither the Scouts nor their parents liked this approach so the program is back to reasonably strenuous hiking and camping where they learn a variety of skills and has adapted to the tech age with many new merit badges.
Boy Scouts of America in Richland and Wilkin Counties Robert T. Chambers 2015-05-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert T. Chambers on May 18, 2015
At a luncheon on May 19th The Rotary Club of Wahpeton with their parents and faculty celebrated the May "Students of the Month" all Juniors from the Richland County high schools. This is the last Students-of-the-Month luncheon for the 2014-15 academic year.

From left to right: Payton Foertsch (Wyndmere); Kennedy Falk (Hankinson); Katie Meyer; Janie Wieser and Ted Mandt (all Wahpeton; Travor Flaa (Richland 44) as well as Rotarian Joel Lysne (Program MC).   Due to the larger size Wahpeton selects three students each month.Please see the link at "Downloads" under the calendar on the left side tabs for the students full bios.  Our congratulations to an amazing group of students. And apologies to PFC Ted Mandt for not realizing that the curtain was open behind him.

 
May 2015 Students of the Month Robert T. Chambers 2015-05-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert T. Chambers on May 11, 2015
During their regular noon meeting at Prante's on Tuesday May 12th. members heard from their Winnipeg Rotary Model United Nations team returned from their model General Assembly experience as the People's Republic of China April 30 to May 3.  Initially we heard from their Rotarian Counselor/Coach Dr. Jace Picken.
         Dr. Jace Picken   Coach/Counselor
He spoke of the selection process and how well the team had performed.  Typically only the top two teams were named and this year they were Brazil and Russia; however, Dr. Picken was advised that the Wahpeton China team was right up there with Russia; effectively third.  He then introduced the two team members: Gavin 
            Whitney Welder                                  Gavin Muscha
Muscha a ​senior from Richland 44 and a second time MUNA team member (going to U. Minnesota for Pre-law and Accounting) and newcomer Junior from Wahpeton Whitney Welder.  They spoke of their overall experience and the debates on the resolutions.  They described their alliance with Russia to prevent an attempt by other countries to require Russia to exit from the Crimea.  Whitney wants to make the team again next year (she gave up prom this year for this experience) and is now looking at law as a possible career.  Many Wahpeton MUNA alumni are in interesting places one an Assistant Professor of Political Science at New York State University, Binghamton, several lawyers and one currently in Guatemala expediting a trip there by several people with the potential to help Guatemala.
 
 
Model United Nations team returns triumphant Robert T. Chambers 2015-05-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert T. Chambers on Apr 27, 2015
At a luncheon on April 28th. The Rotary Club of Wahpeton with their parents and faculty celebrated the April  "Students of the Month" all Juniors from the Richland County high schools. 

From left to right: Ethan Mahrer (Hankinson); Brandon Lacher (Richland 44); Vincent Chicaderis  (Wyndmere); Morgan Muehler, Laken Breuer and Elise Pietron (all Wahpeton) as well as Rotarian Joel Lysne (Program MC).   Due to the larger size Wahpeton selects three students each month.Please see the link at "Downloads" under the calendar on the left side tabs for the students full bios.  Our congratulations to an amazing group of students.

Students of the Month - April 2015 Robert T. Chambers 2015-04-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Greta Guck on Apr 22, 2015

 

 
     Peals of laughter could be heard coming from the upstairs room at Prantes this past Tuesday, as the Wahpeton Rotary Club was delightfully entertained by Ventriloquist and Comedian James Wedgewood.   Wedgewood’s act featured Uncle Ernie, a colorful character with a unique view of life and the aging process, as well as a superbly executed bit of audience participation which featured Rotarians Shawn Longhenry and Marilyn Chambers.
     Following his performance, Wedgewood did a Q & A session where Rotarians learned more about his background in ventriloquism and comedy and his current performing schedule.  Wedgewood stated that he does a variety of events and performances, including Corporate events, Children’s events, Fundraisers, and Banquets.  He has also performed at Rotarian Banquets on many occasions.  He has a wide range of characters and acts, so he is able to tailor his performances to the audience. 
     Tuesday’s Rotary meeting was a prime example of one of Rotary’s sometimes overlooked missions: to have fun!  As Rotarians, we participate in a variety of service projects, contribute financially to the Rotary Foundation and other worthy causes, but we also are able to enjoy our time with the rest of the Club members.  It is definitely one thing that makes being a Rotarian such a special privilege!
 
Ventriloquist James Wedgwood entertains at Rotary meeting Greta Guck 2015-04-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert T Chambers on Apr 20, 2015
At a recent regular club meeting President Norma Nosek awarded Michael Truchin a Paul Harris pin with a sapphire designating his second Paul Harris Fellowship award.  
                      Michael Truchin                             President Norma Nosek
Michael is the manager of the Gate City Bank in Wahpeton and a transfer from the Fargo-Moorhead AM club.  
Michael Truchin awarded TRF sapphire Robert T Chambers 2015-04-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert T. Chambes on Apr 13, 2015
      The Mycogen sign on Highway 75 at the By-Pass will be changing, eventually, to Dow AgroSciences as the latter now owns the plant and the Mycogen name will persist only as a Dow AgroSciences brand name.  The question is what happens within that building.  On Tuesday April 14th the Wahpeton Rotary members convened their regular noon hour meeting at Dow AgroSciences rather than Prante’s.  There Operations Leader Paul Quick and Station Leader Dean Nordick hosted the members along with Confection (Sunflower) Breeder Steve Erickson and Corn Breeder Collin Lamkey.  The titles are a clue!
Dean Nordick      Collin Lamkey    Paul Quick   Steve Erickson
 
       On sixty-five acres the plant was built originally in 1982-83 for Sigco seed.  It later became Mycogen Seed and in 2002 Dow AgroSciences became the majority shareholder.  Currently 5 full time equivalent employees work on Sunflower seed research and 6 on corn research with 1 full time equivalent employee responsible for product development described as a link between the breeders and the sales force.  Dow AgroSciences is the number three nationally for corn seed.
       The breeders are trying to achieve what the growers want:  high yield, rapid dry down, good test weight (average is 56 pounds per bushel); a plant that stands well in the field, is disease resistant and has good insect tolerance.  Much of the research occurs in the field (offsite there are 25,000 test plots); some in the labs and a lot in the nurseries in Fergus Falls (25,000 nursery test rows).    Some are “regulated sites” where the crop is isolated and tested to United States government Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) standards.  Typically with the plots the grower rents to land to Dow AgroSciences and preps the site after which the Dow AgroScience people seed, manage the crop and harvest it.
 
     The Dow AgroScience people answered many questions revealing how complex the global agriculture market is and how complex the work is to optimize crop production.  Members also toured part of the facility including the greenhouses that folks driving on Highway 75 see lit up around the clock all winter.
 
Dow AgroSciences – WHO?? – Oh – Mycogen Seeds Robert T. Chambes 2015-04-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert T. Chambers on Apr 06, 2015
     The Rotary Four Way Test is a simple and practical test for ourselves of what we say and do:  Is it the Truth;  Is it Fair to All Concerned; Will it Build better Friendship and Goodwill;  Will It be Beneficial to All Concerned.  The Rotary Club of Wahpeton, ND has for several years challenged high school students to write an essay on any subject incorporating the Four Way Test.  At their regular noon hour meeting at Prante’s on Tuesday April 7th. The members heard this year’s three local winning essays.  The top essay locally goes on to compete on a regional basis and if a winner there then at a District level.  The program Chair Vice-President Carolyn Hasse introduced the winners.
 
     The first prize of $ 200.00 went to Reed Rufer of Richland 44 H.S. for his essay on vaccines where he used the Four Way Test to prove that vaccination is possible and good.  It is true that vaccines work.  The fair issue was a question as to if it was fair for the rest of the community to carry the burden of people becoming ill because they do not get vaccinated.  The corollary was that it builds friendship and goodwill by getting vaccinated to look out for the community.  The benefit is to schools and employers and the community not to have everyone sick.
     The second prize of $ 150.00 went to Hanna Dahm from Richland 44 H.S.  for her essay: “Smoking: A Right or a Nuisance”.   Pointing out that the dangers of smoking had been proven many times over and as it is a danger to society as a whole cannot be construed as a right.  She questions how a person paying $ 1,850 each year, in most cases approximately 25 % of their income to sustain this habit was fair to the individual.  She also pointed out that second hand smoke definitely does not create the opportunity for better friendship and goodwill.  Time will reveal the pathology caused so smoking is not beneficial.  Her conclusion was that not only was smoking a nuisance but that far from being a right it should be made illegal.
     The third prize of $ 100.00 went to Madeline Wiger from Wahpeton H.S. for her essay on youth peer mentoring.  She began by quoting the test and noting that it requires honesty in every action and statement.  And that these actions and statements must be fair to all concerned including self.   Continuing she described mentoring as about connecting and helping students, typically freshmen, get their voice.  The value is that all can grow and be better both for self and the community.   Her message was that the Four Way Test works well in peer mentoring and is everywhere in our beliefs and ourselves.
 
     Following each presentation the students were questioned about their essay.   There were 27 entries to the contest many from Richland 44 H.S. as English teacher Christie Stenseth uses the contest as an essay assignment for her students.    It is nice to be paid for doing one’s homework!  
Four Way Test Essay Winners Robert T. Chambers 2015-04-07 00:00:00Z 0
     In Rotary the classification talk is the one opportunity a member has to talk about themselves without paying “Happy Dollars”. At the regular meeting, Club Assembly on May 31st new member Patty Kline gave her classification talk.  It is where we find out more about the life of a new member.
     Patty is from Casselton, ND and achieved her Bachelor of Social Work at the University of North Dakota.  For sixteen years she worked for the Richland County Social Services and then became a manager for several Essentia family practices.  Subsequently she came to the North Dakota State College of Science (NDSCS) working with their College Outreach and becoming Dean of that Department.
     College outreach is about Train ND, an agency started by the ND legislature in 1999 that seeks to provide training sites in the state to create an effective workforce.  They do this by filling industry’s needs upgrading or training their existing employees.  NDSCS is one of several colleges in the state that participate with Train ND.  Training can include basic to high end information technology, welding, OSHA training (particularly in the western part of the state), business practice and many other skills.  It is a department that they run more like a business than an academic institution and can tailor training to a specific industry or employer’s needs.  While their focus is North Dakota they also market their services to Minnesota and South Dakota.  They have two full time instructors but many part-time that they co-opt for specific needs of specific employers.
     While her work takes her all over the state and outside the state Patty has felt the need to better connect with her local community.  Rotary’s relatively new (a few Council on Legislations ago) attendance rules allow that so she was open to being recruited.  She lives in Wahpeton with her two children.
Patty Kline's classification talk Robert T. Chambers 2015-03-31 00:00:00Z 0
During the regular meeting at noon at Prante's on March 31st President Norma Nosek recognized two repeat Paul Harris Fellows.
On the left Rotarian and Paul Harris Fellow Donna Keogh was awarded her first sapphire pin and Rotarian and Paul Harris Fellow Pam Erlandson was awarded her second sapphire.  President Norma used the opportunity to have them speak of why they support The Rotary Foundation.
Repeat Paul Harris Fellows recognized Robert T. Chambers 2015-03-31 00:00:00Z 0
Our Club President Norma Nosek has been a strong supporter of The Rotary Foundation (TRF).  On May 31st our Club Rotary Foundation Director Linda Twidwell-Hopkins recognized President Norma Nosek (left) as a TRF Major Donor and presented her crystal dove and diamond pin to her.  Norma spoke of how important TRF is as the financial engine that drives Rotary worldwide and the good projects it funds causing her to support the Foundation.  A Major Donor at TRF has given ten thousand dollars or more to the Foundation.
   President Norma Nosek                         Club Foundation Director Linda Twidwell-Hopkins
Norma Nosek recognized as a TRF Major Donor Robert T Chambers 2015-03-31 00:00:00Z 0
At a luncheon on March 24th. The Rotary Club of Wahpeton with their parents and faculty celebrated the March  "Students of the Month" all Juniors from the Richland County high schools. 

From left to right: Rotarian Joel Lysne (Program MC); Kendrick Lenzen (Hankinson); Paul Moffet (Wyndmere); Rachelle Lewis (Wahpeton); Sherwin J. Strege (Lidgerwood); Meaghan Wolfgram (Wahpeton); Tannis Anderson (Richland 44) and Heather Glines (Wahpeton).   Due to the larger size Wahpeton selects three students each month.Please see the link at "Downloads" under the calendar on the left side tabs for the students full bios.  Our congratulations to an amazing group of students.

 
March 2015 Students of the Month Robert T. Chambers 2015-03-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert T. Chambers on Mar 16, 2015
With a diversity of member's professions The Wahpeton Rotary has the opportunity to hear many different ideas, methods and concepts.  That was very true during the regular noon meeting at Prante's March 21st when Greta Guck, a member and the Director of the Leach Library in Wahpeton spoke of a book that she learned about during the recent American Library Association meeting in Chicago.
 The Book "Not Impossible - The Art and Joy of Doing What Couldn't be Done" by Mick Ebeling. Ebeling started as a film producer founding The Ebeling Group that focused on animation and visual effects before moving to major films such as :The Kite Runner". Musing on the technical side of what he did and working "outside the box" he began to envision the use of technology to solve the world's problems.  Patents block the ability to do this so he has become a major advocate for open source coding and programing as a way of "crowd sourcing" a problem.  Thus a program under development  is put out and anyone may modify it so that gradually it gets better.  So can technology solve problems for individuals?
   In 2009 Ebeling heard of the graffiti artist Tempt One who had developed amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) in 2003 and was no longer able to paint. He needed a "Stephen Hawking" like machine. The problem is that these machines are very expensive.   He and his programmers developed an "Eye Writer" for less than two hundred dollars that enabled Tempt One to draw using lasers.  Where the machine sees his eyes go (using a cheap camera lens reversed) is where the lasers draw.  What had appeared an impossible outcome was achieved by ignoring the impossible and committing to the project then using open sourcing to develop a solution.  One lesson was not to help populations but to focus on one person at a time.
   He applied the same logic to Daniel a boy in the Sudan who needed prosthetic arms.  The solution was to "print" the prosthesis using a 3-D printer.  The villagers were taught to use the technology and the equipment was left in the village so they now are making inexpensive prosthesis for people in the area.  The message was to ignore the impossible and collaborate for a solution.
NOT IMPOSSIBLE!!! - Mick Ebeling Robert T. Chambers 2015-03-17 00:00:00Z 0
Sixteen jobs per graduate and a starting salary of twenty-one dollars an hour - a fantasy correct ---- NOT!!!  For their regular noon meeting on Tuesday March 10th members toured the Mechatronics Program at the North Dakota State College of Science.  What is that you ask? Robotics, fluid power, microprocessing based controls, servos and much more - the tools of the modern assembly line.  The program is under the direction of the Dean of Technologies for NDSCS Barbara Bang.
                                    A part of the robotics lab
On Tuesday instructors Shane Suko and Lonnie Wurst toured members around the various laboratories that the program uses to in two years turn high school graduates into modern assembly line technologists.  Currently there are sixteen jobs per graduate and that number is growing.  The starting salary is twenty-ne dollars an hour and Mr.Suko referred to a recent graduate who in his first year out made over seventy thousand dollars.  One of the unique finds in this field is that these technology graduates have more opportunities, not less when the economy crashes as companies are trying to survive by becoming leaner which means automated robotic assembly lines.  The students have sponsor ships and internships available.  Only a few block away ComDel Innovation a major manufacturing facility now starting to manufacture unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) has a need for these technologists and a spokesperson said that they look first at NDSCS. 
          Lonnie Wurst and Shane Suko demonstrate the M-11A Fanuc robots
Instructor Shane Suko explains a part of the SIM lab to Rotarian Brian Quamme
A working model assembly line.  Some Rotarians brought their children so they could see the present.
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During the regular meeting at Prante's on March 3rd at noon President Norma Nosek inducted Tiana Bohn as a new member.  Tiana is a Quality Control specialist at Com Del.  She is the sixth new member inducted during the 2014-15 fiscal year,
 
Com Del Innovation just completed a huge new contract to manufacture unmanned aerial systems.
     The remainder of the meeting was to discuss the Rotary International opportunity to be one of the pilot clubs for their Constitution Beta project. The details of the project were presented by past Assistant District Governor Marilyn Chambers. The meeting voted to proceed electronically to acquire the super majority needed to participate.
Tiana Bohn; ComDel Quality Control 2015-03-02 06:00:00Z 0
At a luncheon on February 24th. The Rotary Club of Wahpeton with their parents and faculty celebrated February's  "Students of the Month" all Juniors from the Richland County high schools. 

From left to right: Students Andrew Leinen (Wahpeton); Marty Krump (Hankinson); Brooklyn Sirek (Wahpeton); Colson Barton (Wyndmere); Emily Willprecht (Lidgerwood); Devin Flaa (Richland 440; Karley Nelk (Fairmount); Reed Albrecht (Wahpeton) and  Rotarian Joel Lysne (Program MC) .  Due to the larger size Wahpeton selects three students each month.Please see the link at "Downloads" under the calendar on the left side tabs for the students full bios.  Our congratulations to an amazing group of students.

 
February 2015 Students of the Month Robert T Chambers 2015-02-25 00:00:00Z 0
On February 17th members, during their regular noon hour meeting at Prante’s,  had the privilege of hearing from the people who led the celebration of one hundred years of jurisprudence at the Richland County Court house (built 1912; dedicated 1914) this past summer.  The celebration, entitled “Celebrate, Educate and Energize” also celebrated one hundred and forty one years of Richland County (established by the 1872-73 Territorial Legislature and the county administration were organized in 1873.  The county was named after a person who settled on the site of the current City of Wahpeton in 1869, one Morgan T. Rich).
       Kaye Braaten                             Janet Gagelin                         Matt Syvertson                    Renelle Bertsch                      Hon. Bradley Allen Cruff
 
            The effort was led by Kaye Braaten a former nurse educator and county commissioner who is now the County Service Representative at the National Association of Counties.  Claiming to have done little she had several of the committee members speak.
            Initially Janet Gagelin spoke of the pie and ice cream social.  The food was managed by local churches and her advice was to “just stay out of their way.”  The event included musical performances and an old fire engine but the most dramatic part was the flag retirement ceremony done by the Veterans of Foreign Wars.  In 1975 and 76 a history of Richland County was written and the opportunity of this celebration was taken to build on that with a “coffee table” book self-published and hopefully will be available this summer for $ 9.99 at several local sites and at www.amazon.com.  Basically a pictorial the project was accomplished with the assistance of the English Department of North Dakota State College of Science.   The project was financed through the Historical Society and the Richland County Museum.
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This is a legislative year so Dr. John Richman’s, the North Dakota State College of Science’s President, annual visit to the Rotary Club of Wahpeton, ND for his President’s Report at Prante’s at noon  Tuesday February 10th  took on added significance.  While he made the point that NDSCS  is a State assisted school not a State funded school the forty-six percent of the budgeted income that is provided by the State is integral to their being able to carry out their mission of educating a work force for North Dakota.  Unfortunately due to the problems at North Dakota State University with the building of the President’s home and at Dickenson State with a questionable degree granting mill the legislators are in an anti-higher education mood.  Without discussing the problems at the other institutions Richman pointed out that eight-eight percent of the NDSCS students graduate from programs that are in high demand in North Dakota with a ninety-eight percent placement rate for graduates.   His message to legislators: “Don’t throw out the baby with the bathwater”.    The other reason that legislators use for not funding programs that NDSCS needs for its mission is the declining oil prices.  The problem is that they are currently working on the 2016-17 budget where the money is already in the bank prior to the oil prices dropping.  The reasoning could be used two years from now for the 2018-19 budget assuming oil prices remain low
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            Dr. Richman would like that Governor Dalrymple’s higher education funding model proposed (SB2200) for 2013-15 be fully equalized and fully funded. He hopes that the legislature will freeze and fund two year college tuition and consider free tuition to N.D. two year colleges.  NDSCS is simplifying the cost model for students by merging tuition with course and program fees.  The question of out of state students raises eyebrows but forty-two percent of them remain in the state and help develop our badly needed work force.  He hopes that the legislative assembly will consider decreasing out of state tuition.  He also supports Governor Dalrymple’s plan for employee compensation.  NDSCS has been gradually working toward compensation parity with regional institutions a requirement to attract and keep good faculty and staff.
            The building issues can also raise many questions but when the water and sewer system is fifty to sixty years old rectifying that becomes a deferred maintenance and safety project.  The campus is short six fire hydrants to be up to code.  The current deferred maintenance issues on campus would cost fifty-six million dollars with the water and sewer needs being thirteen point three million of that.
            Another controversial issue has been expanding the Fargo campus.  That project has nothing to do with relocating or removing students from the Wahpeton campus.  Cass County has specific workforce needs with potential students unable or unlikely to travel to the Wahpeton campus for training. These are not the traditional immediately after high school students but adult working students frequently with families that need facilities nearby and schedules that are flexible.  Programs in Information Technology, Manufacturing related technologies and health related technologies are sorely needed for that Cass County demographic.  Sixty-five million dollars have been requested for that project.
            The evidence for outcomes from NDSCS supports these requests.  Ranked third in the nation as the Best Community College and Sixth in the nation for graduation rates with a ninety-eight percent placement rate in 2014 and a seventy-one percent retention rate most would agree that the evidence is supportive.  The John Deere Tech program is the only one to achieve a gold ranking in 2014 and the one hundred percent 2013-14 national exam pass rate for practical and registered nursing students add to the impressive achievements of NDSCS.
            Dr. Richman also spoke of the partnership programs.  No instructional program will be considered on the technology side unless there is a business partner.  Currently NDSCS has fifteen formal partners including John Deere, Case International Harvester, Komatsu; Butler Caterpillar and F-M Ambulance.  There is also a memorandum of understanding between NDSCS and North Dakota State University to share services and programs when appropriate.
            Legislative years and budgeting processes are important but one would hope that the legislators can focus on the workforce needs for North Dakota and the three thousand (Wahpeton Campus) plus students at NDSCS and budget for advancement of NDSCS’s mission.
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            Though there is a national shortage of nurses some seventy-eight thousand potential students are turned away annually as there is an extreme shortage of nursing faculty to instruct them.  There are between two hundred and twenty and two hundred and eighty masters prepared nurses eligible to retire in the 2012-18 period further exacerbating the faculty shortage.  All of this is against a backdrop of five hundred thousand plus new jobs for Registered Nurses (RN).  Currently in North Dakota there are one hundred and sixty-two job openings for RN’s and one hundred and twenty three for Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN).   These were the grim statistics presented to members at their regular meeting at noon at Prante’s on Tuesday, February 3rd by North Dakota State College of Science’s (NDSCS) Department of Nursing Chair Barb Diederick.
                                                     Nursing Chair Barb Diederick
 
           While commonly one thinks of a ward nurse Ms. Diederick explained that there are two hundred and fifty-two different types of jobs for nursing graduates.  At NDSCS there are five nursing programs.  The RN program is a two year LPN program followed by an additional year prior to national board examinations and licensing.  The Practical Nurse program is two years.  There are four different cohorts of students in the program at all times including students at outreach facilities in Fargo, Ellendale, Oaks and Enderlin.  There is also an option to begin at NDSCS and then transfer to a four year institution for a Bachelor degree.  Typically the baccalaureate nurses have more management courses and are interested in nurse management positions rather than direct ward patient care.
            She emphasized the qualities needed for a Nurse including: caring; intelligent; hard working; with a strong science background; with a strong mathematics background and professional.  The standards are high and the expectation is that the student will achieve them or they will not make it through the program.  Ms. Diederick makes no apologies for that; no one wants to be looked after by a nurse who failed or was marginal in their courses.  Typically LPN’s earn from $ 13 to $ 18 per hour and RN’s $ 18 to $ 24 an hour.  A travelling nurse (willing to be assigned anywhere) can earn % 50 per hour.
            Currently there are one hundred and thirty-nine students in Nursing at NDSCS ninety-eight percent of whom are female and eight-seven percent Caucasian.  Forty-nine percent are age twenty-four or younger; twenty-six percent between twenty-five and thirty; eighteen percent thirty-one to forty and five percent forty-one to fifty.
            She talked about the education process from general education and basic science courses through labs.  There they learn hands on to do the skills and then to the simulator that ties these skills to critical reasoning together.  The intent is that the student will learn in a nonthreatening area before going to the clinical part of their program.  The clinicals are where the student, under the supervision of an instructor, further develop their skills on real patients.
            At NDSCS the success has been amazing.   In the spring of 2014 one hundred percent of the RN’s and of the LPN’s passed their national boards ranking them at the top of the nine hundred and seventy-seven RN programs (and one thousand one hundred and thirty-nine LPN programs) tested.
            On February 12 NDSCS Nurses will be asking for donations and matching funds that will allow them to assist their faculty obtain Master degrees thus assisting in the department keeping its accreditation. 
There is a national shortage of nurses; NDSCS is a local resource. Robert T. Chambers 2015-02-03 00:00:00Z 0
From left to right: Elizabeth Sellars (Fairmount); ; Lisa Buckhaus (Hankinson): Jake Bellmore and Isaac Erickson (Wahpeton); Jessica Thiel (Richland 44); Ciara Honl (Lidgerwood); Jessica Devillers (Wahpeton); Catherine Manstrom (Wyndmere) and  Rotarian Joel Lysne (Program MC) .  Due to the larger size Wahpeton selects three students each month. Please see the link at "Downloads" under the calendar on the left side tabs for the students full bios.  Our congratulations to an amazing group of students.
Students of the Month - January 2015 Robert T. Chambers 2015-01-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 19, 2015

Membership Director Shawn Longhenry speaks on Rotary and Mentoring

      As this is Rotary Awareness month Membership Director Shawn Longhenry chose to speak on Rotary and mentoring of new members.   His first point was that each member needs to develop a concise two to three sentances to explain Rotary and what it means to them to use when encountering someone in a hall or elevator.  Sufficent information to give them a good idea of Rotary but not so much that they are running away.
      Mentoring is important as RI has shown that without mentoring 1:4 new members will leave the club.  That statistic is "spot on" for our club when new members are not mentored.  Another thing that can chase away new members is asking them to do too much too quickly.  That is almost as bad as not asking them to do anything.  He then spoke of the club's mentoring program with dual handouts: one to the mentors and the other to the new members. 
     The mentoring sheet had expectations of mentoring actions and ideas as to how to engage the new member.  The new members sheet had a list of tasks to do to become integrated into the club with an expectation that a new member should do ten of these in their first six months.  The tasks were as varied as checking the District and the Club's websites to goin to a District Conference or even an International Conference.
     The Rotary Fellowships raised many questions as no one is aware of any club member that has become involved with one of the many diverse fellowshiops in Rotary from birdwatching and stamp collecting to biking.
     All of the new members present had completed the club's training program.
January is Rotary Awareness Month Robert T. Chambers 2015-01-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert Chambers on Jan 12, 2015
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On Tuesday January 13th. during their regular noon meeting at Prante's members heard from Kristin Brevik from the North Dakota State College of Science (NDSCS) STEM Outreach group.  The group seeks to aid secondary schools assess twenty-first century skills and implement a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) program at their school.  The STEM programs seek to prepare students for twenty-first century jobs and let them know the nature of the new jobs out there.  Ms. Brevik explained the stakeholders in the program: community; job force; administration, teachers, and students.  The fundamentals are collaboration, team management, communication and critical thinking. The program is directed at the Middle School level and all students are involved.  Within this frame work the students (not teachers) meet for the day and set out a plan to solve an everyday problem naming a project manager, engineers, media people and other jobs needed.  There are only three times during the day that they are allowed questions (this is to prevent the "where is my pencil" type questions)  Once they have their work done they present it to the "company board" made up not of teachers but of community business people who question and assess the work (teachers are excluded to remove the bias of a teacher who knows a student does "C" work thus the student does "C" work).   If it is a small community without a lot of business people and engineers then Ms. Brevik has access to NASA people; something that blows the kids away when they show up. She has also set up a "board meeting" with business and engineering people via Skype. Students work on three problems (October; December/January ad March) through the year ranging from oil spills; texting while driving (reaction times); school nutrition; contamination; energy efficiency and knee joints. NDSCS has been doing the project for four years and are now in several area high schools.  Each September there is a project launch and Pre-Survey with wrap up and Post-Survey in April.  They are starting to develop data that shows how the STEM days are helping students in these schools and some teachers have adopted the STEM methods to their regular classes.

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                                                             Kristin Brevik

Implementing STEM days in your school with NDSCS Robert Chambers 2015-01-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert Chambers on Jan 05, 2015
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Mixed in with a lot of other club business the highlight of the Wahpeton Rotary regular meeting at noon at Prante's Tuesday January 6th. was Alex Hay's classification talk. 

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He was born and raised within the city limits of Cincinnati, Ohio and from an early age learned the rewards of hard work.  As a young boy he preferred to go to work with his father over staying home with a babysitter and recalls sweeping the floor of a job site when he was no more than 8 years old and commanding a $1 per hour salary. His father owned a contracting business which allowed him to learn skills that would later help him pay his way through college. He added the side bar that when he was young it was likely all illegal; however, installed a work ethic that has served him well..  His mother is a registered nurse and has worked with the same company for over 35 years.  He describes her as an amazing caregiver, raised my three brothers and him to be mindful of others and to always appreciate the communities with which they are involved. He attended the University of Cincinnati and earned a Bachelor's of Science in Business Administration with a focus on Operations Management.  Just about a week before his last final exam he received a job offer at a manufacturing facility near Wichita, Kansas; the position was exactly he wanted and he started with AGCO Corporation twelve days after that final exam.  Eventually another opportunity with AGCO presented itself which required relocating once more; he was excited to accept and has been in Wahpeton since December 2011.  He now works at Wil-Rich performing marketing functions as well as after-sales support. He is interested in the international aspect of Rotary work.

Alex Nathan Hay does his Classification Talk. Robert Chambers 2015-01-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert Chambers on Dec 29, 2014
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During their regular noon hour meeting at Prante's on Tuesday December 30th. members heard from Rotarian Keith Brokke of the FM AM Club on the status of various international projects Wahpeton Rotary has done with them.  He spoke of the Wahpeton Club as one of the first to partner with FM AM with their projects from 2003 on.

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Initially he spoke of the 2010 to 2013 involvement with "STAND PROUD" an NGO in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) that fits polio victims with braces.  Most recipients are between 5 and 25 years of age and most of the time their problems were caused by polio.  The organization works to have recipients of braces become builders of braces to pay it forward.  They have provided 198 sets of braces; 46 crutches; 207 shoe upgrades and 645 repairs.  The host Rotary club working on these projects is located in the DRC capital Kinshasa,

International Programs with Fargo-Moorehead AM club Robert Chambers 2014-12-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert Chambers on Dec 15, 2014
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At a luncheon on December 16th. The Rotary Club of Wahpeton with their parents and faculty celebrated December's  "Students of the Month" all Juniors from the Richland County high schools. 

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From left to right: Students Bailey German (Hankinson); Madison Kaehler (Fairmont); Jamie Keller (Wahpeton); Tori Arnold (Wyndmere); Whitney Welder and Hanna Bossert (both Wahpeton); Annika Thompson (Richland 44); Christopher Arndt (Lidgerwood) and  Rotarian Joel Lysne (Program MC) .  Due to the larger size Wahpeton selects three students each month.

Please see the link at "Downloads" under the calendar on the left side tabs for the students full bios.  Our congratulations to an amazing group of students.

Students of the Month - December 2014 Robert Chambers 2014-12-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert Chambers on Dec 07, 2014
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The 2014 Wahpeton Rotary Christmas Party was held the evening of December 8th. at the Red Door Gallery.  Surrounded by beautiful art (Gallery folks want you to know it is all for sale); with a meal catered by Prante's an topped off by President Norma's fabulous pies members enjoyed an evening of fellowship and singing by the Wildcat Singers from the North Dakota State College of Science (a video is available on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/wahpetonrotary)   The pictures speak for them selves.

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Club's Christmas Party at the Red Door Art Gallery Robert Chambers 2014-12-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert Chambers on Dec 01, 2014
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The majority of us flip a switch and do not think beyond the fact that the lights came on as we expect.  At their regular noon hour meeting at Prante's on December 2nd. Rotarians and guests heard from a trio of speakers: Loren Laugtug the Legislative Affairs Manager for Otter Tail Power; Annette P. Henkel the CEO of Energy Minnesota a consortium of six gas and oil energy company investors and Geri Coyne the Operations Manager for Otter Tail Power in Wahpeton.

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                                          Loren Laugtug

​There are 2.1 million households and these six companies supply energy to 1.5 million of them plus 670,000 businesses.  They are the largest property tax payers in Minnesota as Minnesota Revenue deems all their poles, wires, gas lines, plants and buildings as property.  In addition to tax issues they deal with municipalization of the utilities, fairness in paying for the electric grid, renewable energy mandates, preparing for electric cars and ensuring reliability.  Otter Tail Power alone has 130,000 customers in Minnesota (60,700), North Dakota (57,900) and South Dakota (11,600).  Their central stores operation is here in Wahpeton.  CapX2020 has embarked on 2.2 billion dollars of transmission initiatives to upgrade the grid.  Some of that many of us have seen along I-94 between Fargo and Mankato.  The Big Stone Energy plant has spent $ 390 million dollars to upgrade and comply with the new EPA regulations relating to haze pollution.

Energy Minnesota Robert Chambers 2014-12-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert Chambers on Nov 30, 2014
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At their store on Commerce Street on the morning of December 1st. Wahpeton Rotary "Fill The Bus" campaign chair Rick Jacobson presented the plaque for the top vendor during the 2014 "Fill The Bus" campaign  to store manager Mark Imsande while some of the Associates looked on.  This fall the campaign collected 1, 466 pounds of food and $ 2,740.00 at their venue.

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This year the campaign raised a total of 3,877 pounds of food and $ 5,565 for the Wilkin-Richland Food Pantry.  "Fill The Bus" has been a project of the Wahpeton and the Breckenridge Rotary Clubs since 2011 and has raised a total of 23,114 pounds of food and $ 10,582.00 for the food pantry
 

Wal-Mart accepts top vendor plaque for the 2014 "Fill The Bus" campaign Robert Chambers 2014-12-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert Chambers on Nov 24, 2014
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During the month of November Rotary traditionally looks at the engine that drives us: The Rotary Foundation (TRF).  {For the uninitiated no that is not Thief River Falls}

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During the regular noon hour meeting at Prante's November 25th Club Director for The Rotary Foundation Linda Twidwell-Hopkins gave a TRF 101 talk to the club.  She began by describing the history of the Foundation and how it had grown by various steps to where it is today.  She then presented the variety of ways that Rotarians can donate to TRF encouraging every member to at least be a sustaining member ($ 100.00 donation annually) but offering The Paul Harris Society ($ 1,000.00 annually) for those who could afford it.  She also looked at how the money is used talking first about the Annual Fund and describing how the money is invested for three years to pay the administrative costs but after that one hundred percent of each donation is used on projects.She talked about how fifty percent of the money comes back to the District for District Grants and the rest goes to Global Grants and the Permanent Fund.  Talking about the Permanent Fund as Rotary's endowment fund she said that members could also contribute to that through their will thus becoming a Benefactor.  She then entertained a question and answer period during which how the community had benefited from TRF (in particular after the 1997 floods) and how the club had used matching grants for international work (specifically the Guatemala project to put books in the schools that we, assisting Fargo-Moorhead AM, had built).

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At the club's regular meeting at noon on Tuesday November 25th at Prante's President Norma Nosek on behalf of Rotary International presented Membership Director Shawn Longhenry with a Bronze backing plate for his member sponsor pin.  Shawn leads by example as this signifies that recently he has brought two new members into Rotary.

Membership Director Shawn Longhenry recieves Bronze Robert Chambers 2014-11-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert Chambers on Nov 17, 2014
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At a luncheon on November 18th. The Rotary Club of Wahpeton with their parents and faculty celebrated November's  "Students of the Month" all Juniors from the Richland County high schools. 

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From left to right: Rotarian Joel Lysne (Program MC) and students Ana Braaten (Wyndmere); Madeline Wiger and Madison Nelson-Gira (both Wahpeton); Alexis Pankow (Hankinson); Heidi Ciesynski (Lidgerwood); Preston Teske (Fairmont); Lendra Klosterman (Wahpeton) and Brady Heyen (Richland 44).  Due to the larger size Wahpeton selects three students each month.

Please see the link at "Downloads" under the calendar on the left side tabs for the students full bios.  Our congratulations to an amazing group of students.

Students of the Month - November 2014 Robert Chambers 2014-11-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert Chambers on Nov 10, 2014
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Members heard from a twenty-three year old Wahpeton native Sergeant Chris Samuels of the United States Marine Corps on Veteran's Day, November 11, 2014.

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Sgt. Samuels spoke of his Marine experience from boot camp to completing active duty.  He wanted infantry but after infantry school was sent to security training and then posted to the Marine Barracks in Washington. D.C.  The Marines there are responsible for a variety of security issues including securing the Marine Corps Commandant.  Following that period he was sent to be security at Camp David a period which included one of the G8 conferences at that site. While interesting neither of these postings were what he had wanted when he joined; however, he got his desire for infantry combat when sent to Afghanistan.  This he described as some of the most exciting periods of his active duty and some of the scariest.  He particularly recalled when his unit encountered an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) and while waiting for specialists to come and disable it the Taliban fired mortars at them.  He answered several questions about his service and the Marine Corps.  Currently he is on Reserve Status and will be attending North Dakota State College of Science.

Honoring Veterans on November 11, 2014 Robert Chambers 2014-11-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert Chambers on Nov 10, 2014
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Jim Standfast the President-elect of the Rotary Club of Pulaski County, Missouri visited with us November 11th and exchanged banners with president Norma Nosek.

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Jim has family in Sissiton and is an account representative/sale rep. for A-1 Hauling Solutions in Rolla, Mo.

Pulaski County, Missouri Rotarian visits Robert Chambers 2014-11-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert Chambers on Nov 03, 2014
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Under Shawn Longhenry, Membership Directors's leadership several new members have recently been added.  On Tuesday November 4th. three of them did their classification talks.

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Mike Turchin is really a transfer from the Fargo-Moorhead AM club.  He is a graduate of NDSU who started with the Gate City Bank in Fargo and in December 2004 joined the F-M AM club.  He had been elected President-elect but his professional life intervened when he had an opportunity to move to Wahpeton a be the Manager of the Gate City Bank here.  he is single and enjoys golf, hunting and fishing.

Brenda Richardson is from Grand Rapids, Michigan although she grew up as an international kid having spent four years in Japan.  She came to WCCO Belting in Wahpeton to do their international marketing/customer service.  Primarily an agriculture based company she is seeking to increase their manufacturing customers internationally.

Greta Guck is the new Director of the Leach Library in Wahpeton.  From Perham, MN she is a graduate of the University of Minnesota with an English Major.  She spent four to five years as a teacher in the Minneapolis Public School system before going to University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee (UWM) to do a Masters degree in Library Science.  She is single.

 

Three new members do classification talks Robert Chambers 2014-11-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert Chambers on Oct 27, 2014
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At a luncheon on October 28th. The Rotary Club of Wahpeton with their parents and faculty celebrated October's  "Students of the Month" all Juniors from the Richland County high schools. 

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From left to right: Rotarian Joel Lysne (Program MC) and students Kamron Luick (Fairmont); Walker Bonn (Lidgerwood); Monica Puetz (Wyndmere); Elizabeth  Asp (Hankinson); Anna Koch (Wahpeton); Nathan Myers (Richland 44); and Trace Dallman with Samantha Klocke (both Wahpeton).

Please see the link at "Downloads" under the calendar on the left side tabs for the students full bios.  Our congratulations to an amazing group of students.

Students of the Month - October 2014 Robert Chambers 2014-10-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert Chambers on Oct 20, 2014
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Bruce Poppel has been the Environmental Officer for Wilkin County, MN for 22 years.  As such his responsibilities include the recycling program.  At the regular club meeting at Prante’s on October 21st he talked about the program, how it has changed and difference with other jurisdictions.

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Given all that recycling does for the economy (9,000 jobs in MN directly in recycling); reducing pollution, saving electricity, water, trees and land it is perplexing that the practice of recycling is so variable.  In Minnesota cities such as Breckenridge have their own program but counties have mandated and supported programs.  In North Dakota recycling is available only in some cities.  In Minnesota recycling employs five times the number of people employed in waste disposal and keeps much of the ton of garbage that each citizen creates each year out of landfills.  It reduces greenhouse gas emission, reduces other air and water pollution and saves enough electricity to power 30 % of the state’s households.  It takes 20 times more the electricity to make an aluminum soda can from mined bauxite than from recycled cans.  By recycling paper in Minnesota 1 million trees and 7 billion gallons of water are saved.  Aside from those statistics the environment looks better when there is a culture of recycling.  Nature needs ten thousand years to degrade plastic in the environment so plastic bottles and bags remain in/on the ground for a long time.

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Posted by Robert Chambers on Oct 20, 2014
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President Norma Nosek inducted Alex Hay as a new member at the regular October 21st meeting.  Alex is a marketing-sale support specialist with Will Rich - Amity an agriculture manufacturing firm.

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Posted by Robert Chambers on Oct 13, 2014
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Increasingly parents are realizing that they need to get more involved with their child’s education than just Parent-Teacher Associations and teacher conferences.  Taking their cue from the Dad’s “Watch Dogs” program, a national program to get fathers more involved in their child’s education, a local group of mothers has started the “Magical Mondays” program.  Lead by their Instructional Coach Tracy Peterson, herself a former teacher the mom’s intention is to start each Monday with a fun school activity.  The idea is to improve the mom’s and the child’s skills and to allow moms to know their child’s friends and set up play dates and other activities.  Wahpeton Rotary members heard about the program from Ms. Peterson during their regular meeting at noon at Prante’s on October 14th.

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Magical Moms at Zimmerman Robert Chambers 2014-10-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert Chambers on Oct 06, 2014
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       During their regular meeting at Prante’s on October 7th members had the pleasure of hearing from Grand Master Eric Greenquist.  Titles are frequently inappropriately used in the modern era but in this case the “Grand Master” prefix has been earned by Tae Kwan Do and other martial arts training since the 1980’s under South Korea’s Great Grand Master Moo Yong Yun.

       The Grand Master started by explaining the some of the many names involved with martial arts. The striking attacks: Tae Kwan Do – kicking (“kick boxing”);  Wing Chun – punching (“boxing”).  The more complex attacks: Judo – throwing; Jiu-Jitsu – joint locks and submission holds Hap Ki Do – joint lock, throwing and the striking attacks and Kendo – use of a sword.

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       Aside from the obvious physical activity benefits the martial arts teach respect and discipline.  Both children and adult students are taught to watch people’s eyes when they are spoken to and to treat each other well.  They are also taught to never apply more than sufficient force and to do it in a very disciplined and controlled fashion.  The latter two lessons are applied with one of the best uses of martial arts: self-defense.

Self defense and martial arts Robert Chambers 2014-10-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert Chambers on Sep 22, 2014
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On Tuesday September 23rd the club began another in over twenty-five years of celebrating the top high school students in the Richland County High Schools with their "Students of the Month" program.  At this month's luncheon we hosted a student of the month from the past who is now the mother of a student of the month.

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Rear row all Wahpeton High School left to right: Tracer Bower, Joey Dahlgren, Alec Heesh

Front row: Rotarian Joel Lysne (Program MC) and students Kelsey Darwin (Wahpeton); Bethany Oster (Lidgerwood); Mady Jean (Hankinson); Abreena Knudsen (Fairmont) and Jordyn Hetland (Wyndmere)

Please see the link at "Downloads" under the calendar on the left side tabs for the students full bios.  Our congratulations to an amazing group of students.

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Members heard from our 2014 RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Award)  students during their regular meeting this noon at Prante’s.  Leah Trosper (Wahpeton) and Samantha Goerger (Wyndmere) explained the program they were in at the District 5580 RYLA camp this summer at the U. Minnesota- Crookston.  It started with selecting their “family” as group of eight to ten high school students from North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Ontario plus two leaders.  The family went through several team building exercises including a timed building project and a rope course.  They were all exposed to the “Seven habits of Highly Effective People”.  Samantha said that she learned to “first understand and then be understood” while Leah’s top lesson was to “sharpen oneself (look after you)”.  They told members about several other programs and speakers that they experienced including a cultural diversity program.

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            Samantha Goerger                                                             Leah Trosper

                Each was amazed at how they bonded to the members of their family describing the experience as “one big bonding opportunity”.  Leah said that she felt very safe (psychologically) in the environment and the programs “got (her) out of (her) shell.  Like Samantha she speaks well and members found it difficult to imagine that she had ever been in “a shell”.

                They suggested that all of the students of the month for the year be returned for a luncheon in the spring where they would be willing to explain RYLA and speak of their experiences to their peer group.

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                     President Norma Nosek presents the Awards to Samantha Goerger and Leah Trosper

          President Norma was a founding member of the D5580 RYLA committee.

                Anyone wishing further information on the District 5580 RYLA program should ask a Rotarian or go to http://www.district5580ryla.org/ .

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Posted by Robert Chambers on Sep 15, 2014
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Periodically the Wahpeton Rotary club members like to hear an update on the Valley-Lake Boy’s Home.  During their regular meeting at Prante’s on Tuesday noon September 16th thirty-six year Executive Director of the facility, Mark Engebretson brought the club up to date. 

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                The home is located south of Breckenridge and serves forty to forty-five boys any one year; fourteen at any one time.  The boys come from a one hundred mile radius and there is no common or predominate problem that brings them there.   In August the home will be celebrating its fortieth year.  Licensed by the Minnesota Department of Corrections all boys go through the court system to get there referred by parents, social workers from family services or probation officers.  The boys have twenty-four hour supervision by the staff of fourteen for three hundred and sixty-four days a year.  Every effort is made to get the boys home for Christmas.

Update on Valley-Lake Boy’s Home, Inc. Robert Chambers 2014-09-16 00:00:00Z 0
Two Wahpeton Rotary members receive "New Member Sponsor" pins from R.I. Robert Chambers 2014-09-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert Chambers on Sep 15, 2014

The Wahpeton Rotary was hosted by its President Norma Nosek to a great dinner for members, spouses and children at the Bagg Farm in Mooreton, North Dakota

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It was one of several fellowship events that President Norma has promised.  Members and guests (including a potential member) enjoyed a great evening of food and fellowship.  The Bagg farm is America's only restored Bonanza farm.  Locate just west of Wahpeton it was founded in the mid 1880's as a 9,000 acre farming enterprise.

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Posted by Robert Chambers on Sep 01, 2014
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                Two issues were on North Dakota State College of Science (NDSCS) President John Richman’s mind when he addressed the Wahpeton Rotary club during their regular meeting at Prante’s on Tuesday September 2, 2014.  First was that the public needed education on the upcoming Constitutional Measure 3 on the upcoming North Dakota ballot and second was the Fargo campus of NDSCS.

                Presenting both the pros and cons of Measure 3 Dr. Richman urged all to become well educated on all of the upcoming ballot measures.  Measure 3 is a bit unusual as it was initiated by the legislative assembly and not a “citizen’s initiative”.    If passed it would eliminate the current Higher Board of Education that provides oversight to the eleven public institutions of higher education in the State.  Replacing the volunteer Board would be a Commission of three full time paid employees.  Who the Commissioners are would be selected in much the same way as the current members of the Higher Education Board are picked.  The measure would also remove all of the names and missions of the current institutions from the Constitution and replace them with the names of the cities only ensuring that each of these cities would have a “higher education site” without defining what that might be.  This would allow the three commissioners to change the mission of any or all of the current institutions.

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NDSCS President John Richman addresses the club Robert Chambers 2014-09-02 00:00:00Z 0
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President Noma Nosek inducted two new members at the regular club meeting Tuesday September 2, 2014.  Greta Guck is the new Library Director at Wahpeton's Leech Library and Brenda Richardson is a customer representative at WCCO dealing with their worldwide customers.

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        Greta Guck                            Brenda Richardson                          President Norma Nosek

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Shawn Longhenry accepts the Wahpeton Rotary's "Rotarian of the Year" award from District Governor Tim Kaminski

During the club meeting held at the Hughes Shelter August 19th District Governor Tim Kaminski announced the name of and presented the "Rotarian of the Year" award to Shawn Longhenry.   The "Rotarian of the Year" is determined by a process of nominations from club members and then voted on by all members.  Shawn currently is the Programs Manager as well as being the Membership Director.  It is a well disserved award.

Rotarian of the Year Shawn Longhenry Robert Chambers 2014-08-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert Chambers on Aug 18, 2014
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This morning prior to the club meeting District Governor Tim Kaminski met with the Board of Directors of the Rotary Club of Wahpeton, N.D.

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DG Kaminski seated to the left of Club Treasurer pro tem Linda Twidwell-Hopkins; ADG David Peters to DG Kaminski's left

A variety of issues that concerned DG Kaminski or the club were discussed.  Following the Board meeting the DG met and addressed the club and then was at the DAILY News for a photo op and interview following which he appeared on KBMW radio.

District Governor Tim Kaminski meets with the Wahpeton Rotary Board Robert Chambers 2014-08-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert Chambers on Aug 06, 2014

Thursday, August 7th saw the kick off of the Fourth Annual "Fill The Bus" campaign to help the Richland-Wilkin Food Pantry.  Phase One was at the Econo Foods and was to quote program manager Rotarian Rick Jacobson "a bit disappointing".  Only 666 pounds of food was collected and $ 200.00 in cash.

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                       Rotarians Pam Erlandson (in blue) and Carolyn Hasse help a lady with her donations

It was hoped that last years low donation totals were an anomalie but the Econo campaign is running just a bit ahead of last year in pounds of food (592) and behind last year's dollars raised ($ 915).  This years numbers look a bit better when the pre-campaign donation of $ 500.00 in memory of Gerry Beck is included.    In fact when one examines the numbers the lower donations numbers are only slight.ly behind the 2012 numbers.

4th Annual "Fill The Bus" campaign - Phase One at Econo Foods Robert Chambers 2014-08-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert Chambers on Aug 04, 2014

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The "Fill the Bus" campaign to replenish the Richland-Wilkin Food Pantry shelves gets under way Thursday, August 7th at Econo Foods between 11 A.M. and 6 P.M.  As there are no food drives during the summer the Rotary Clubs of Wahpeton and Breckenridge began doing this three years ago.  Other venues are Wal-Mart on August 28th and Jubilee on September 15th in each case between 11 A.M. and 6 P.M.  This year's campaign is kicked off by a Five Hundred Dollar ($ 500.00) donation to the food pantry by Cindy Schreiber-Beck the widow of Gerry Beck a friend of Rotary and driving force in the community (brought us the double deck bus) as well as noted World War II fighter plane reconstructionist.

"Fill the Bus" donation in memory of Gerry Beck Robert Chambers 2014-08-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert Chambers on Jul 28, 2014
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The Wahpeton Police Department's Chief, Scott Thorsteinson spoke to the club on July 29th about the Thirty-first National Night Out a program of the National Association of Town Watches, police and community organizations and occurring August 5th.  The intent is to being the police closer to the community and to increase the eyes and ears of the police is any neighborhood.  The WPD and other area police departments, fire departments and first responders use to host picnics which were well attended but never became the intended spring board for block parties and then neighborhood watches.

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Chief Thorsteinson believes that this was because unlike urban areas most small town block residents know their neighbors and are inclined by the culture to question things that do not look right or to help neighbors who need help.  A few Neighborhood Watch areas were established and now Chief Thorsteinson is encouraging neighborhood areas to look at their "block" and see if people all still know each other or is the demographic changing with unfamiliar faces and this perhaps a need for block parties to renew the cohesion and possibly Neighborhood Watch programs.  If some "neighborhood" is interested then someone should contact WPD for help in setting up a program.

National Night Out Tuesday August 5th Robert Chambers 2014-07-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert Chambers on Jul 28, 2014

Former Fargo-Moorhead AM (affectionately known as FM Mayhem) Rotarian Mike Turchin was inducted July 29, 2014 into the Wahpeton Club by President Norma Nosek.

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           Mike Turchin                    President Norma Nosek

       During his move from Fargo to become the Gate City Bank Manager in Wahpeton Mike allowed his membership to lapse for seven months thus needed to be formally inducted not just accepted in transfer.  Given the club he came from he will likely not need the rookie training.

He's BACCCCCKKKK!!!!!! (Mike Turchin) Robert Chambers 2014-07-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert Chambers on Jul 23, 2014

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Wahpeton Rotary has lost a great friend.  The husband of Rotarian Margaret Wall and Counselor to our 2008 Model United Nations team  John was a devoted husband, father and grandfather .  As witnessed by his many students at the vigil and at the funeral a loved and excellent teacher who impacted many students' lives. He was also a legislator who understood how to make a difference and accomplish things for his district by working across party lines and a community worker whose vision has lead to the restoration of the historic Bag Bonanza Farm.

John Wall December 14, 1943 - July 18, 2014 Robert Chambers 2014-07-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert Chambers on Jul 07, 2014

It is claimed that most people in the United States know little geography and history beyond their own county.  The question is how much do we know about our own county?  As a part of the quasquicentennial (125th anniversary) celebrations Richland County developed the CEE (Celebrate! Educate! Energize!) that developed two (one north one south as the county is so large) bus tours to enable people to learn more about Richland County.  Lois Berndt, the Richland County Historical Museum Director was one of the tour planners and was surprised at how much new information she learned about the county despite her position.

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Renelle Bertsch               Lois Berndt              Ken Hardy

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     If you were looking for us noon Tuesday June 24th we were at our usual meeting place, Prante’s only for a very short while.  Program manager Shawn Longhenry arranged an innovative program of touring the huge Minn-Dak sugar refinery site.  Our transportation was the double-decker bus and our guide was Minn-Dak’s business development manager Allen Larson.  The refinery is owned by the Minn-Dak Farmers’ Cooperative and is tucked away in the north end of the city.  Driving past it on Highway 75 one only gets a suggestion of how large it is and even near it on Red River Road one does not fully appreciate the size.

     The purpose of the tour was to show off the new $ 70 million Molasses De-Sugarization (MDS) unit currently under construction.  Costing each shareholder $ 125,000.00 the unit will extract more sugar from the beet residue leaving very little molasses.  It will also move the “processing time” to 320 days a year.  With much of the structural steel up the unit’s footprint is not large when compared to the whole refinery.  There are 125 contractor employees (10 to 15 contractors) involved with the construction of the unit.

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Minn-Dak Sugar Tour Robert Chambers 2014-06-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert Chambers on Jun 09, 2014
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It sits there on the Bypass at 4th. Street; a large building with lawns, a high fence around it and a structure west of the main building with military vehicles.  Rarely does the community get inside.  It is called The Armed Forces Reserve Center.  Most of the community has a vague idea that it is home to a National Guard Unit but few know that the United States Marines are there.  Deliberately delayed as they would not enter a new facility that they were to share with legendary I Company of Guadalcanal fame in World War II now known as Bravo Company of the 188th Engineer Battalion, North Dakota Army National Guard while the combat engineers were deployed overseas the deck (smaller than a company; bigger than a platoon) arrived in Wahpeton in 2007.  They are a component of the Fourth Marine Division and a Military Police detachment with their Company headquarters in Minneapolis, MN.  Members of the Rotary Club of Wahpeton were privileged to hear of the unit from Gunnery Sargent Tarek Aissaoui during their regular noon meeting at Prante’s on Tuesday, June 10th.

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                                                           Gunnery Sargent Tarek Aissaoui

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Membership Director Shawn Longhenry comes from the engineering/business world so it was no surprise that members received a dissertation on the Four Disciplines of Execution at the beginning of his Membership Assembly on Membership June 3, 2014 during their regular meeting at Prante’s.

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                                                            Shawn Longhenry

He outlined the disciplines of:

  1. Focus on one wildly important goal and have a finish line.
  2. Act on the lead x ------> y (measures) by (?) when.

                       Leverage focus (a lever is not static; one can move it and it is predictive.

  1. Keep a compelling scoreboard (simple; visible; lead measures and results seen; and a glance should tell if you are winning or losing)
  2. Create a cadence of accountability (need a coach or partner to be accountable to; meet weekly at the same time to 1) report on the past weeks commitments to move the lead measure; 2) update the scoreboard and 3) develop next week’s objective commitments.
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President Darcie Huwe of The Rotary Club of Wahpeton, N.D. inducted a new member at the regular meeting Tuesday, June 3rd.

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                                             Elise Longhenry                                                     Darcie Huwe

Elise is the manager of the AmericInn on the 201 Bypass and has participated in Rotary projects as the spouse of Rotarian Shawn Longhenry.  She recently decided to apply for Rotary membership in her own right.  Present at the ceremony were their two young children Wyatt and Morgan who have also participated in club projects.  Apparently the color theme for the day was green.

Elise Longhenry Inducted as a Member of The Rotary Club of Wahpeton, N.D. Robert Chambers 2014-06-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert Chambers on May 26, 2014
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           Predicting the future can be a tricky business as there are so many variables; however, not having an action plan for the future based upon the best current information is a recipe for failure.  Bill Marcil, Sr. understands this and worried about the future of the Valley.  Fretting is only useful if it leads to something so he put up one hundred thousand dollars of his own money and began a series of breakfast meetings with Red River economic and education leaders.  To insure commitment a place at the table cost twenty thousand dollars. The focus was not to be Fargo, or Grand Forks or any other single entity; the focus was to be the entirety of the United States component of the Red River Valley.  From these meetings came a Valley Prosperity Partnership (VPP) Steering Committee the members of which represented sixteen thousand employees and an annual payroll of seven hundred and eighty million dollars.  After eighteen months they have released their action plan for 2014-2019.  Early on Wahpeton’s Tom Shorma, President and CEO of WCCO Belting sought a place at the table and later President John Richman of North Dakota State College of Science was added.  At their regular noon meeting at Prante’s on Tuesday, May 27, 2014 Tom Shorma outlined the agenda to members.

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Tom Shorma  President and CEO of WCCO Belting, Wahpeton

            Two things stand out immediately.  First, the agenda is comprehensive and far too complex to cover in a twenty minute talk.  Second, folks in the Valley are going to be hearing about this for the next several years.  For those interested the overview of the agenda can be found at www.valleyprosperitypartnership.com.

            Aside from the business leaders from financial systems, health, agriculture related, engineering and many more the major players are the Economic Development Corporations of both Fargo and Grand Forks, the two research universities, University of North Dakota and North Dakota State University as well as the technology colleges, North Dakota State College of Science and Northland Community and Technical College.

The Valley Prosperity Partnership Action Agenda 2014-2019 Robert Chambers 2014-05-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert Chambers on May 19, 2014
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Wahpeton Rotary celebrated the Richland County High Schools (6) May Students of the Month at a luncheon at Prante's on May 20th.  Using Rotary guidelines the schools name the students and their achievement is celebrated at a luncheon with their parents, their faculty and members.  This month student honorees were from Hankinson, Wahpeton, Richland 44, and Wyndmere.  Due to relative size some of the smaller schools do not name a student each month and due to being relatively large Wahpeton High names three each month.

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Listed from left to right are students : Courtney Kussatz, Leah Trosper and Brittany Hofmann all from Wahpeton High; Brennen Boll (Hankinson);  Shantyla Foley (Richland 44) and Jaden Lesner (Wyndmere) with, at the far right, the program chair Rotarian Joel Lysne .  By protocol all of the students are juniors.   For the individual pictures and bios of each honoree please go the link in the far left side of the homes page under "Downloads" just below the calendar.

Wahpeton Rotary Celebrates May Students of the Month Robert Chambers 2014-05-20 00:00:00Z 0
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The club members who were with the club in 2002-03 were delighted to welcome back Monique Karrer when she visited the club at the regular noon meeting Tuesday May 20th.  Monique came to us from Switzerland where she was a nationally ranked hockey goalie.  She wanted to play hockey in the United States and the Lady Blades needed a goalie.  With her kicking out over 40 shots a game Monique and the Lady Blades got to State where Fargo South defeated them.

Monique returned to Switzerland to complete her high school and go on to university.  Currently she is completing her research and thesis at a Masters level in neuropsychology working on sleep problems.  On this trip she brought her friend Dr. Pascal Jaun (dentistry) with her from Switzerland.

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                                 Dr. Pascal Jaun                                                         Monique Karrer

Accompanying her was former Wahpeton Rotarian (now Fargo-Moorhead AM) Kim Nelson who was one of her host Moms in 2002-03 and former Wahpeton Rotarian Ron Page one of her host Dads.

Monique Karrer (RYE 2002-03) returns for a visit! Robert Chambers 2014-05-20 00:00:00Z 0
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               At their regular meeting at noon at Prante’s on Tuesday, May 13, 2014 the members of the Wahpeton Rotary club were privileged to hear the District 5580 Rotarian of the Year Award recipient (announced at the District Conference gala banquet Saturday evening, May 10th) District Literacy Chair Heather Ranck.

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                To understand Heather one must understand where she comes from; not just that she moved to Fargo a few years ago from Philadelphia, PA.  She was born of American parents in Brazil and returned there as an exchange student in her teen years.  It was during that trip that she became aware of the poverty that many lived in; it was life changing as she resolved to help solve poverty.

                Her undergraduate degree was in international studies and by living in the countries she has learned Portuguese, Spanish, French and Lingala (a Bantu African language).  {Her side bar here was that being thrown into the fire and learning a language on the ground is the only way to go as opposed to five years of language classroom instruction after which a person speaks ten words.}  She also holds a Master’s degree in international studies and professionally is an international trade specialist.  She has lived in Brazil, Mozambique (where she ran an extension like program teaching farmers to move beyond subsistence growing too commercial growing) and the Congo.  These experiences have led her to passionately believe that the key to eliminating poverty is education.  This brought her to Fargo and in 2009 to The Rotary Club of Fargo where she has become District 5580’s Literacy Chair.  She likes the Rotary programs due to the emphasis on results, accountability and transparency.

District support of Literacy Programs Robert Chambers 2014-05-13 00:00:00Z 0
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At the regular meeting at Prante's Tuesday noon May 6th members heard the club winners read their Four Way Test essays.  They were introduced by club program chair Carmen Plummer.

The first place winner of the $ 200.00 US prize was Samantha Goerger of Wyndmere High with "Mashed Potatoes, Gravy and Social Pressrues" where

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she documented her path to reopening the Wyndmere Teen Center to be "beneficial and fair to all".  Closed in 2002 due to the lack of available adult supervision the loss has created in the town of 419 a situation of kids being in the "in crowd' or having nothing according to Ms. Goerger,.  As a person who likes to keep her foods separate she equate this to where "on a small plate gravy has no where to go but to contaminate the corn".  Close to being reopened she sees the revived teen Center as a place where all can participate with a diminution of the social pressures.

Four Way Test essay winners Robert Chambers 2014-05-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert Chambers on Apr 28, 2014
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            Recently members had the opportunity to hear from Wahpeton High School’s new principal who focuses on the innovations being introduced at WHS to adequately prepare the students for the twenty-first century.  He opened by admitting that historically the high school has done a poor job of exposing students to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (the collective STEM fields).  Bright motivated students have found their own way but in many instances due to a lack of exposure students have no idea what STEM fields are and that they might like one of these fields as a career.  This is not unique to WHS; Clooten pointed out that there is now a gap in available candidates for technology jobs and that gap is predicted to get worse.   His other major point is that it is not inexpensive to give students this exposure correctly.  A side benefit is that it saves parent’s college money as the child has a better idea of their interests before they arrive in college.  The program is also vital as STEM jobs are going to grow by 17 % by 2018.  The non-STEM curriculum prepares students for jobs that went away ten to twenty years ago.  At the moment there are six to eight jobs for every unemployed person in North Dakota in STEM fields with most of the population not having the skill set to do these jobs.  There are 1.5 jobs for every unemployed person in North Dakota in the non-STEM fields.

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            Thus came the start of the adaption of the “Project Lead the Way” (PLTW) program at Wahpeton middle and high school.  Currently this program is at various stages of adaption in high schools in Fargo, West Fargo, Grand Forks, Detroit Lakes and now Wahpeton.  At the middle school level these programs are called “Gateway To Technology” and “Pathway To Engineering” at the high school level.  At the high school level there are foundation courses; engineering courses and bio-medical courses and computer science.  The complete program runs K-12 and Clooten hopes to ultimately adopt the whole program.

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President Darcie Huwe of The Rotary Club of Wahpeton, N.D. inducted a new member at the regular meeting Tuesday, April 29th.

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Raychel is a banker with Wells Fargo and has jumped right into Rotary duties.  The past few days it has been her voice that has answered the blood screening program telephone.

Raychel Frankl inducted! Robert Chambers 2014-04-29 00:00:00Z 0
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       It was cool (about 45 deg. F; 7 deg. C) and blustery Saturday morning April 26th when members of the Rotary Club of Wahpeton gathered to clear trash along the beautiful walkway/park extending from the South Bridge (Dakota Ave.; Minnesota Ave.) to the Chahinkapa Zoo fence near the Hughes Shelter.  Near the bridge this is known as Volunteer Park while at the north end it is called Chahinkapa Park-Hughes Shelter.   To quote our President, “in redneck terms we filled one pickup truck box”; a total of 17 bags of trash and several large loose items.  Involved were Darcie Huwe and her son Jefferson, Tully and Marilyn Chambers, Shawn Longhenry with Wyatt and Madison as well as Jace Picken with Weston and McKade.  The whole project took about three hours.  Unfortunately much of what was picked up was plastic which degrades over centuries not months or even years.  The project was fun, easy and the park area looked much better by afternoon.  A few large or inaccessible items were reported to Park District Director Wayne Beyer as well as the finding of beaver doing significant damage in the 4th and 5th Avenue areas.

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      At the April 22, 2014 meeting members heard Dean Allmendinger of Dean’s Landscaping outline a number of things to watch for as spring work starts on your property.  He also answered many of the member’s questions.

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      He started with the issue of snow mold, the spider web like mold that can occur on lawns under the winter snow.  Dealing with it is very easy: just lightly rake it with a leaf rake to break up the fibers.

       Another topic that is current is the Emerald Ash Borer an insect that kills ash trees and is spread by moving firewood between areas.  It has been found in St. Paul but not yet in this area possibly due to the cold winters as 20 below Fahrenheit will kill the larvae.  It is difficult to diagnose as in reality the ash tree just starts looking old before it should and then dies young.  Typically an ash tree lives 80 to 100 years.   If one looks carefully at the bark the little round bore holes (1/8 inch; 3 mm) might be seen.  Once it is detected there is a product that can be spread about the base of the tree that is a systemic treatment.

       That took him to trees in general and the more recent thinking that when planting trees one needs to leave the crown root visible or, at the most, an inch below the soil.  The old thinking was that it needed to be buried much deeper.  Oak and Cottonwood trees live about 120 years while popular lives only about 40 years.  Most of the elm is now gone from the area so there is a lot of interest in linden (basswood; tilia) trees.  They can live for centuries.  Another tree that is popular in the area now is the maple; particularly the red maples for their decorative effect.  The problem is that they like more acidic soil whereas the soil in this area is alkaline and a heavy loam that the maple does not do well in.  We are also about one temperate zone too far north for the maples though they do well in New England and Québec.

         Fruit trees were discussed and when to prune them.  They should NOT be pruned in the spring.  A good rule of thumb is to prune fruit trees during months that end in an “R”.

        He also got into some gardening techniques.  It is better to leave the foliage on perennials in the fall and “clean them up” in the spring.  Once the chance of going below zero Fahrenheit is passed they may be uncovered.  Roses should be uncovered mid-April and any dead (black) bits cut away.

         Ornamental grasses have also become popular of late.  They can grow tall and should be cut back in the fall.  Many gardeners leave about a four inch stalk to help support new growth.

Dean Allmendinger on spring gardening Robert Chambers 2014-04-22 00:00:00Z 0
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Wahpeton Rotary celebrated the Richland County High Schools (6) April Students of the Month at a luncheon at Prante's on April 15th.  Using Rotary guidelines the schools name the students and their achievement is celebrated at a luncheon with their parents, their faculty and members.  This month student honorees were from Fairmount, Hankinson, Wahpeton, Richland 44, Lidgerwood and Wyndmere.

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Listed from left to right are the program chair Rotarian Joel Lysne and students : Jared Hoglin (Hankinson); Jefferson Huwe and  Jessica Faul (Wahpeton); David Novotny (Lidgerwood); Twyla Cooper (Wahpeton); Devin Lanza (Fairmount); Jodee Kummer (Richland 44) and Terrance Wiest (Wyndmere).  Due to their size some schools do not have an honoree each month; Wahpeton Senior High School names three students each month due to their large size.   For the individual pictures and bios of each honoree please go the link in the far left side of the homes page under "Downloads" just below the calendar.

Celebrating April's Students of the Month Robert Chambers 2014-04-15 00:00:00Z 0
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Wahpeton Rotary celebrated the Richland County High Schools (6) February Students of the Month at a luncheon at Prante's on March 25th.  Using Rotary guidelines the schools name the students and their achievement is celebrated at a luncheon with their parents, their faculty and members.  This month student honorees were from Hankinson, Wahpeton, Richland 44, Lidgerwood and Wyndmere.

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Listed from left to right are the program chair Rotarian Joel Lysne and students : Gavin Muscha (Richland 44); Austin Rhody (Wyndmere); Seth Harles (Lidgerwood); Madeleine Belling (February - Richland 44): Tim Breuer, Bailey Long and Austin Ralph (all from Wahpeton); and Audrey Hovel (Hankinson).  Due to their size some schools do not have an honoree each month; Wahpeton Senior High School names three students each month due to their large size.   For the individual pictures and bios of each honoree please go the link in the far left side of the homes page under "Downloads" just below the calendar.

Students of the Month - March 2104 Robert Chambers 2014-03-25 00:00:00Z 0
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Members were privileged during their March 18th meeting to hear the Wahpeton Concert Choir just back from winning the Grand Prize Saturday evening in South Dakota competition.  A video of a part of their performance is posted on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/wahpetonrotary. Image
Wahpeton High's award winning concert choir Robert Chambers 2014-03-18 00:00:00Z 0
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Wahpeton Rotary celebrated the Richland County High Schools (6) February Students of the Month at a luncheon at Prante's on February 25th.  Using Rotary guidelines the schools name the students and their achievement is celebrated at a luncheon with their parents, their faculty and members.  This month student honorees were from Hankinson, Wahpeton and Wyndmere.

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Listed from left to right are the program chair Rotarian Joel Lysne and students : Nick Foertsch (Wyndmere); Thomas Nelson, Jacob Berg and Jacob Fehr (all from Wahpeton); and Carter Mauch (Hankinson).  Due to their size some schools do not have an honoree each month; Wahpeton Senior High School names three students each month due to their large size.   For the individual pictures and bios of each honoree please go the link in the far left side of the homes page under "Downloads" just below the calendar.

Wahpeton Rotary celebrates February Students of the Month Robert Chambers 2014-02-25 00:00:00Z 0
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Wahpeton Rotary celebrated the Richland County High Schools (6) January Students of the Month at a luncheon at Prante's on January 28th.  Using Rotary guidelines the schools name the students and their achievement is celebrated at a luncheon with their parents, their faculty and members.

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Listed from left to right the students are: Teri Loll (Hankinson); Carley Knudsen (Richland 44 - December); John Thompson (Richland 44 - January); Sarah Chase (Wahpeton); Kylar Jawaski (Wahpeton); Anna Schillinger (Wahpeton); Linda Suarez (Wyndmere) and Annie Abel (Fairmount).  Due to their size Fairmount High School does not have an honoree each month; Wahpeton Senior High School names three students each month due to the large size differential between it and the other high schools.  For the individual pictures and bios of each honoree please go the link in the far left side of the homes page under "Downloads" just below the calendar.

Wahpeton Rotary celerates January 2014 Students of the Month Robert Chambers 2014-01-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert Chambers on Jan 20, 2014
The meeting January 21st will start at Prante's with a quick bite to eat and then we will be touring WCCO Belting on North Ninth Street (1998 N. 9th).
Meeting Tuesday January 21st Robert Chambers 2014-01-21 00:00:00Z 0
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At the final meeting of 2013 members met the city of Wahpeton’s new Public Works Director, Dennis Miranowski.  A civil engineer graduating from North Dakota State University he grew up across the river in Wilkin County.  After extensive experience in a number of government and private jobs across the nation the City of Wahpeton was able to “steal” (Pres. Darcie Huwe) him from Apple Valley, MN to replace the retiring Randy Nelson.

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                He was at the meeting to discuss snow plow operations.  Contrary to most of the public’s simplistic view of the work there is both a science and an art to clearing a municipality’s snow.   In Wahpeton there are ten routes carefully designed so that the snowplow truck is always turning right and so that all work starts and stops at the same time.  Thus in Wahpeton if the major arteries are plowed the residential side streets are plowed.  Planning starts early by monitoring the NOAA hourly forecasts of start time and predicted snow fall.  Based on these forecasts the drivers are summoned to start plowing with the expectation that their route will be plowed in eight hours.  Operating a snow plow is complex and tiring so much beyond eight hours is not safe.  All crews are called out at the same time and the same driver operates the same equipment over the same route each time.   The route is also designed for the most efficient operation that will minimize tax dollar cost.  Older trucks had a system of seven levers to operate the plow; new technology allows drivers to more safely operate the plow with a joy stick.  Mr. Miranowski spoke of how a good driver can “feel” the curb with a wing plow keeping the streets wide and allowing for efficient run off of water in the spring.

                There were multiple questions some focusing on the “door” that can be used to prevent snow from coming into driveways.  This equipment is available at considerable cost but markedly slows operations.  Thus there would need to be more crews and equipment or residential streets  would be plowed three days after the storm granted with minimal snow at the end of the driveway.

                There are still people who park in restricted areas overnight despite the city ordinance.   This illegal parking slows operations, risks damage to your vehicle, plows in your vehicle and results in a ticket.  As yet the city has not started a program of routinely towing all vehicles in places where snowplows need to be as occurs in some cities.  Mr. Miranowski allowed that there are fewer and fewer offenders as winter moves on.

Meet Dennis Miranowski Robert Chambers 2013-12-31 00:00:00Z 0
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 Wahpeton Rotary celebrated the Richland County High Schools (6) December Students of the Month at a luncheon at Prante's on December 17th.  Using Rotary guidelines the schools name the students and their achievement is celebrated at a luncheon with their parents, their faculty and members.

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Listed from left to right the students are: Alyssa Theede (Hankinson); Baxten Hoistad (Wahpeton); Malique Burns (Fairmount); Meaghan Cronin(Wahpeton); Makyl Ziegler (Wahpeton); Mikayla Mellem (Wyndmere).  The Rotary dude on the far left is program chair Joel Lysne.  Carley Knudsen the honoree from Richland 44 was unable to attend and will be presented at the Student of the Month luncheon in January.  Due to their size Fairmount High School does not have an honoree each month; Wahpeton Senior High School names three students each month due to the large size differential between it and the other high schools.  For the individual pictures and bios of each honoree please go the link in the far left side of the homes page under "Downloads" just below the calendar.

Wahpeton Rotary celebrates the December 2013 Students of the Month. Robert Chambers 2013-12-17 00:00:00Z 0
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During the regular meeting at noon at Prante's Tuesday December 10th the members had the privilege of hearing our Rotary Youth Exchange (RYE) inbound student's presentation.  Javiera spoke of her native Chile starting with the flag and telling of the symbolism of the flag's colors.  She presented the Chilean crest explaining the symbolism of the animals depicted; in particular the condor is important to Chile as is the eagle is to the United States.  She explained the geography of the country and its division into 15 regions and that she came from the Santiago area. Her pictures of the wildlife seen in Chile included some Imagewe see in North Dakota, fox and puma.  The fauna is beautiful but most interesting was her depiction of typical Chilean food only some of which she can cook.  Her grandmother has been teaching her.  She showed her family's home and pictures of her family; her father a civil engineer; her mother a nurse; an older sister, younger brother and sister.  She laughed about an exchange student from Illinois who kept staring out at the mountains behind their home; a sight not possible in either Illinois or North Dakota.  Following the presentation she answered many members' questions.  Very impressive is how her English language skills have improve in the past four months.
Javiera Abd-El-Kader makes her presentation to the club Robert Chambers 2013-12-10 00:00:00Z 0
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And sticking to the sports world our Rotary Youth Exchange inbound student from Chile is a Lady Huskie.  Watch our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/wahpetonrotary) for home game dates and times so you can go cheer on Javiera and the Lady Huskies.  We also have a link on the left to the cool Wahpeton Girl's basketball website where schedules are.  Javiera is with the "C" squad and will be playing Breckenridge at the Blikre Center on Saturday December 14th; time TBA.  Their first game is an away gave versus Davis in Fargo December 10th. with a 4:15 P.M. start.

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Javiera Adb-El-Kader is a Lady Huskie. Robert Chambers 2013-12-04 00:00:00Z 0
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Clearly proud of her 2013-14 team NDSCS Ladies Basketball Coach Paulette Stein with co-captains Point guard Emily Kay and Guard Cheyenne Ironheart told members of their accomplishments during the regular noon hour meeting at Prante's on Tuesday December 3rd.  They have a lot to be proud of.  The technical stuff: they have scored an average of 76 points per game, shoot 46 % from the foul line, 35 % with 3 point shots and have an assist average of 17.3 points per game holding their opponents to an average of 45 points per game.  In fairness they have not been playing Conference games; these are warmups but include knocking off nationally 3rd ranked Division III Northeast Community College in Nebraska.  Someone forgot to tell them that Junior College teams are not supposed to do that.  More important is their depth.  With fifteen players Stein has three waves of five to throw at opponents.  That is a lot of bench. Six are sophomores and 9 are freshmen; four from North Dakota, one from Breckenridge with a total of nine from Minnesota and two (the Co-Captains) from South Dakota.  Ms. Stein also spoke of how being a member of the team is 24/7/365 on and off the court.  Co-Captains Emily Kay  and Cheyenne Ironheart spoke of their favorite practice drills that included both offensive and defensive drills.  We wish the Lady Cats a lot of success as they begin Conference Play.  Their next appearance at the Blikre Center is on Saturday (6 P.M.) and Sunday (4 P.M.) this weekend at the Circle of Nations NDSCS Classic. Go CATS! and let us all get out to support them.

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Coach Stein with Co-Captains Point Guard Emily Kay and Guard Cheyenne Ironheart.

So how good are the Lady Cats? Robert Chambers 2013-12-03 00:00:00Z 0
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             The Rotary Club of Wahpeton hosted the District Governor (DG), David Smette and his wife Claudette, this past Tuesday November 26th.  The venue was The Hughes Shelter in Chahinkapa Park not the normal venue of Prante’s.

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District Governor Smette  (upper right corner) and his wife Claudette (lower right corner) with the Wahpeton Rotary Board.

                 In the 1000 hours to noon period the District Governor and Claudette met with the officers and directors of the club to review the year and look for ways for the District to aid the club.  That meeting went well as the DG reviewed the community work of the club and commented in particular on the many youth programs this club promotes.

                The noon hour luncheon was for all the members, their spouses and visitors including our inbound Rotary Youth Exchange (RYE) student from Chile Javiera Abd-El-Kader and her current host family Dawn and Richard Pehl as well as Winona Kingbird the mother of our RYE outbound student to Ecuador, Lilia Kingbird

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DG Smette and Claudette with inbound RYE student Javiera Abd-El Kader

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Head table: DG Smette and Claudette; President Darcie Huwe and her husband Keith.

District Governor Dave Smette Visited Wahpeton Rotary. Robert Chambers 2013-11-26 00:00:00Z 0
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Rick Jacobson, Rotarian and Wahpeton School Superintendent, was today presented the Rotarian of the Year award by District Governor David Smette (left). The award was given "in sincere appreciation and recognition of distinguished service exemplifying 'Service Above Self'." Rick heads our Dictionary project and the "Fill The Bus" project. He is currently the club's President Elect. The honoree is chosen by a nomination and secret ballot voting process.

Rick Jacobson Rotarian of the Year Robert Chambers 2013-11-26 00:00:00Z 0
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As District Governor David Smette is visiting us.  As in years past that lunch will be at the Hughes Shelter in Chahinkapa Park starting at 1200 hrs (noon).  Come help us welcome the DG and his wife Claudette.  He will be meeting with the Baord at 1000 hrs (10 A.M.) at the Hughes Shelter.

We are NOT at Prante's Tuesday November 26th Robert Chambers 2013-11-25 00:00:00Z 0
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 Wahpeton Rotary celebrated the Richland County High Schools (6) November Students of the Month at a luncheon at Prante's on November 19th.  Using Rotary guidelines the schools name the students and their achievement is celebrated at a luncheon with their parents, their faculty and members.

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Listed from left to right the students are: Ali Schoneman (Wahpeton); Abby Zenker (Richland 44); Samantha Goeger (Wyndmere) Corry Sellars (Fairmont); Blaze Irwin (Wahpeton); Peyton Krump (Hankinson); Brady Onchuck (Wahpeton) and Chase Heley (Lidgerwood) .  The Rotary dude on the far left is program chair Joel Lysne.  Wahpeton Senior High School names three students each month due to the size differential between it and the other high schools.  For the individual pictures and bios of each honoree please go the link in the far left side of the homes page under "Downloads" just below the calendar.

November 2013 Students of the Month Robert Chambers 2013-11-19 00:00:00Z 0
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As November is Foundation Month ADG Marilyn Chambers filled in for the ill Foundation Chair presenting a program about The Rotary Foundation (TRF) during the club’s regular meeting at noon at Prante’s on Tuesday, November 12th.

            She had all the members empty the change from their pockets and then went to each table describing how much (e.g. two drops of polio vaccine for a child) could be done with such a small amount of money.  Focusing on the Annual Campaign she spoke of what has been accomplished and what yet need be done with the polio campaign; the new partnerships and opportunities for projects with the new Foundation operations instituted last July after a three year pilot project called “Future Vision”.

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            She talked about some of the new requirements such as having a club member trained and certified in the grant process before any applications were possible.  She also discussed the new division of funds between the district funds and the world funds.

            An excellent feature was when she turned the program into an interactive one with many questions and much discussion.  One concern was the current value of the permanent find.  As of June 30, 2012 it was valued at Seven Hundred and Fifty Million Dollars.

So let’s review The Rotary Foundation (TRF) Robert Chambers 2013-11-12 00:00:00Z 0
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Members had the privilege of hearing our two 2013 RYLArians Seth Harles from Lidgerwood and Ramiro Perales from Wyndmere during the club's regular meeting at Prante’s on noon Tuesday November 5, 2013.  RYLA is the Rotary Youth Leadership Award camp held this past mid-July at the University of Minnesota, Crookston. High school sophomores and juniors are eligible for the free camp.  Wahpeton Rotary typically sends two students.  The objective is to enhance the student’s leadership skills over a broad base of skills.

            Seth Harles confirmed that the camp helped him overcome shyness but he emphasized that it also helped him listen to and embrace other’s ideas and to strategize based on that conversation.  As the Lidgerwood football quarterback this past fall he believes that the lessons learned at RYLA aided him be a team leader and the quarterback.

            Both students agreed that they had wondered why they were going to the camp while travelling to Crookston.  However the experience proved much more than they expected.  Both confirmed that they are still in contact with their “families” and both families are considering a reunion.

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Seth Harles (Lidgerwood) and Ramiro Peralse (Wyndmere)

           

What is RYLA? Answer: Rotary Youth Leadership Award Robert Chambers 2013-11-05 00:00:00Z 0
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Wahpeton Rotary celebrated the Richland County High Schools (6) Students of the Month on October 29th.  Using Rotary guidelines the schools name the students and their achievement is celebrated at a  luncheon with their parents, their faculty and members.  If you click on the download link on the left "Students of the Month - October 2013" you will be able to see individual pictures and their bios.

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 L to R: Rotarian Joel Lysne; Eizabeth Weisz; Kellen Jorgenson; Matty Wynn; Abigail Gebro; Grady Mauch; Brian Schmit; Treyton Hoogland; Chase Zenker

Students of the Month - October 2013 Robert Chambers 2013-10-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert Chambers on Oct 21, 2013
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Increasingly the adult school environment particularly at the elementary and middle schools has been adult female.  As increasing numbers of males do teaching degrees that has recently been changing; however bringing male teaches online is a slow process.  The presence of males in the schools has been shown in several studies to be important to the growth of the children.    Watch DOGS (Dads of Great Students) is a simple model being done on a national basis that quickly solves the problem.  At their regular noon meeting  at Prante’s on Tuesday, October 22nd Wahpeton Elementary School Counselor Julie Anne Carlson explained the program that she brought to Wahpeton; the second school district in North Dakota with the program.  It is now in over two thousand schools in the nation.

The goal is to get Dads and other male role models involved with the students.  Males do it differently.  The concept started simply enough when a Dad and his buddy decided that they needed to be more involved in their children’s education.  The school their children were in agreed.  From that simple start it has evolved to a K-12 program and into a good format with specific things that the dads do at school.  It is most effective at the middle school level.

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Julie Anne Carlson

Watch DOGS – Not the four legged kind!! Robert Chambers 2013-10-22 00:00:00Z 0
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   In Rotary the month of October is designated for Vocational Service.  Ethics falls under Vocational Service in Rotary; likely because the Four Way Test was initially about successfully rescuing a company in difficulty; it was several years later that Rotary adopted the test.  So it was that Associate Professor of Philosophy Harvey Henderson of the North Dakota State College of Science spoke to members on “Ethics” during their regular meeting at noon at Prante’s on Tuesday October 8th.  His focus was on the first two tests: Is it the Truth and is it Fair to all concerned.

   According to Professor Henderson ethics were “objective” one hundred years ago; there to see, read and follow.  There were rules and standards that over time society had developed. During the past one hundred years there has been a shift in ethical thought to “subjective” ethics.  Each group or individual takes the authority to make the rules for themselves or their group.  Individuals have become free to choose their own standards.  In a “subjective world” here is no room for discussion developing social change; in effect there can be no disagreement. To a degree he believes that the declining influence of the church, particularly in Europe where less than ten percent of the “Christian” population goes to church plays a role in this decline.  He adds that the United States is about ten years behind this trend.

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Have ethics really changed? Robert Chambers 2013-10-08 00:00:00Z 0
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When health care is a concern it is typically about taking care of an illness or preventative care for an individual.  Can a community look at its health care needs as a whole?  In fact it can and routinely does through an annual community health care assessment done by members of the health care community under the auspice of Saint Francis Healthcare Campus.  David Nelson, a member of the Rotary Club of Wahpeton, N.D. and the CEO of the Saint Francis Healthcare Campus explained the findings of the 2013 survey and the proposed subsequent action to the club’s members at their regular noon hour meeting at Prante’s on October 1st.  The ultimate goal is to improve health care in the community.

Emphasizing that the results of the survey is about public expectations he explained the methodology; a web based survey.  While similar surveys have been done annually now the process is driven by the Affordable Health Care Act that mandates an assessment every three years with the “Triple Aim”: to improve patient experience; to improve the health of the population and to reduce the per capita cost.

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David Nelson
What are the Health Needs of Richland and Wilkin Counties? Robert Chambers 2013-10-01 00:00:00Z 0
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 Wahpeton Rotary celebrated the Richland County High Schools (6) Students of the Month on September 24th.  Using Rotary guidelines the schools name the students and their achievement is celebrated at a  luncheon with their parents, their faculty and members.

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Listed from left to right the students are: Cassie Podliska (Lidgerwood); Leslie Hibl (Wahpeton); Lacy Dickerman (Hankinson) ; Abby Miller (Wahpeton);  Emily Lothspeich (Wyndmere); Elizabeth Brown (Wahpeton); Carl Leinen (Fairmont) and Jake Todd (Richland 44).  The Rotary dude on the far left is program chair Joel Lysne.  Wahpeton Senior High School names three students each month due to the size differential between it and the other high schools.  For the individual pictures and bios of each honoree please go the the link in the far left side of the homes page under "Downloads" just below the calendar.

Students of the Month - Spetember, 2013 Robert Chambers 2013-09-24 00:00:00Z 0
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Is in Bemidji this weekend meeting with all the other Rotary Youth Exchange Students inbound to District 5580 from around the world.  Javiera is from a city near Santiago, Chile.

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This is Javiera part way there in Fargo where she met up with Jonathan from Germany and Purva from India.  Purva Tambat was an inbound to a Duluth Club four years ago and now she is back studying at North Dakota State University.

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Javiera with her first host Mom Dawn Pehl Friday morning September 20th just before leaving for Bemidji.

Javiera Abd El Kader, our inbound Rotary Youth Exchange student from Chile Robert Chambers 2013-09-20 00:00:00Z 0
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           A child needs one person in their life who supports them and who they know will not give up on them.  That was Rebekah Christensen’s core message as she explained the Kinship program to members during their regular noon hour meeting at Prante’s on Tuesday, September 17th.  Even the oldest of us recall that growing up was hard to do; having a mentor can be vital to success.  Most of us can remember an individual or individuals who mentored us at various stages of our development.

            The children in the program come from good families; families who have realized that given their situation they need help.  The absence of mentoring within the family can be due to a variety of reasons: a spouse is dead, absent or infrequently present due to work commitments and other scenarios.  Often it is a combination of one of those reasons and the absence of support from an extended family as none are in the area.

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Rebekah Christensen

Mentoring is what Kinship is all about. Robert Chambers 2013-09-17 00:00:00Z 0
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“Bowls for Babies” is a March of Dimes program where business people, local artists, students, service organization members, and others will design and paint soup bowls that will be glazed and fired and available at the “Bowls for Babies” event Thursday October 24, 2013 from 11 A.M. to 1:30 P.M. at the Eagles Club.  People will be able to pay an admission fee, view the bowls, select their favorite and then have another bowl (keep yours clean) filled with a delicious soup from an area participating restaurant for their lunch.  Participants will be able to keep the painted and glazed bowl as a souvenir.

On Tuesday September 13th, during their regular noon meeting at Prante’s, members heard about “Bowls for Babies” and the March of Dimes from Giant Snacks Alternative Channels Manager Kristen Mumm.  Giant Snacks, Gate City Bank and Essentia Health are all local sponsors of the event.  This is the first year for the Bowls for Babies even in the Wahpeton-Breckenridge area.  It has happen in Fargo for the past several years and last year raised $ 50,000 for the March of Dimes whose slogan is “working together for stronger healthier babies”.

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Kristen Mumm demonstrating a bowl waiting to be painted.

Want soup? Robert Chambers 2013-09-10 00:00:00Z 0
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Health Insurance Exchanges are a creation of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act.  While not themselves insurance companies or creations of insurance companies they are where uninsured Americans can go to find health insurance; basically clearing houses.  The act mandates that the population of each State must have access to an Exchange.  If a State does not create an exchange entity then it must use the federal governments.   Locally Minnesota has developed its own called MN Sure while both of the Dakotas have elected to use the federal governments.  The fundamental is that every State will not be the same so rules that may apply in one State will not apply in others.  Members heard Rotarian and Saint Francis Health Care Campus CEO David Nelson explain the basics of health insurance exchanges during their regular noon hour meeting at Prante’s on Tuesday, September 3, 2013.

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So really – what is a health insurance exchange? Robert Chambers 2013-09-03 00:00:00Z 0
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Late last evening we heard from Shakopee that our Outbound exchange student Lilia Kingbird had, for the second year in a row, placed first in her dance category based on accumulated points during the dance competitions over the time of the  Pow Wow.  It cones with a $ 500.00 prize.  If you want to see a video of a part of one of her competitive dances check out our Facebook page on www.facebook.com/wahpetonrotary
Lilia wins First Place for second year in a row Robert Chambers 2013-08-18 00:00:00Z 0
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Aside from the Pow Wow Lilia's parents Jason and Winnona Kingbird had a great send off for our outbound Exchange Student Saturday evening August 17th at the Mystic Lake Casino/Hotel as a part of the Shakopee Mdewakanton annual Pow Wow.

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A video of Lilia dancing has been posted to our Facebook page www.facebook.com/wahpetonrotary .

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Lilia with her aunt.

Great sendoff for Lilia Robert Chambers 2013-08-17 00:00:00Z 0
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With recent changes in property tax legislation in North Dakota the Wahpeton School District has an opportunity to deal with a variety of facility problems: aging buildings; safety and security issues and educational adequacy.  None of the problems are new but the issues have become more imperative.  While Central is 86 years old other buildings in the District are also aging: Zimmerman is 56 years old; Wahpeton High School 49 ans Wahpeton Middle School is 25 years old.   The school district has been working with the DLR Group a group with an international reputation as to process and T R Stroh, Fargo architects to assess the problems and potential solutions.

                Who amongst us recalls the time when Calvin Coolidge was President and Charles Lindberg flew the Atlantic.   Hint: it was well before World War Two and the Great Depression.  If the Central Elementary School building had a memory it could as that was when it was built.  Yet eighty-six years later the school district is expected to safely educate Wahpeton children for the twenty-first century in a healthy environment in this dilapidated facility.  This is the most glaring of the problems.

                At their regular noon hour meeting at Prante’s on Tuesday August 13th members heard from School District Superintendent and Rotarian Rick Jacobson as well as District Business Manager Laura Dokken and Elementary Principal Steve Hockert on both the extent of facility problems and the opportunity to correct them without increasing the school mill levy.

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Central Elementary principal Steve Hockert

What do you do with a school built the year Lindberg flew the Atlantic? Robert Chambers 2013-08-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert Chambers on Aug 06, 2013
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Wahpeton Rotary Club members collected 592 pounds of food and $ 915.00 for the Richland-Wilkin Food Pantry during the first phase of their "Fill the Bus" campaign at Econo Foods on Wednesday August 7th.  While the pounds of food collected was only 56 % of their objective the money collected was a way over what had been hoped for.  It turns out that the money is even more effective in helping the food Pantry; thus the day was a huge success for the people of Richland and Wilkin counties.  Thanks to our partners Econo Foods, KBMW-AM radio and the Daily News and congratulations to project managers Rick Jacobson and Pam Erlandson.  The next opportunity to contribute is at Wal-Mart on the 210 Bypass August 22nd from 10 AM to 6 PM and then there will be September 6th, same hours at Jubilee in Breckenridge.

Phase One (Econo Foods) of the "Fill The Bus" campaign a success! Robert Chambers 2013-08-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert Chambers on Aug 05, 2013
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 The speaker at the club meeting Tuesday August 6th was one of our own - our Rotary Youth Exchange student Lilia Kingbird who will be doing her junior high school year in Ecuador.  Lilia is leaving for Ecuador later this month so the club celebrated with members of her family.  She took the opportunity to practice the presentation to her host club about her heritage, family, high school, friends and home.  We also all enjoyed the cake!!

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Lilia's Going Away Party!! Robert Chambers 2013-08-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert Chambers on Aug 04, 2013
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  On Wednesday August 7th at Econo Foods the Rotary Clubs of Wahpeton and of Breckenridge will launch their annual "Fill The Bus" drive to provision the Richland-Wilkin Food Pantry.  This year the Bremer Bank will be matching cash donations from the public to a total of $ 250.00 and the Gate City Bank has donated $ 100.00.  The drive will run from 11:00 AM until 6:00 PM.

ImageSubsequent drives will be at Wal-Mart on Thursday August 22nd and at Jubilee on Tuesday September 10th. also running from 11:00 AM and 6:00 PM.  Several companies have organized drives within their office to support Rotary's drive.  Partnering with Rotary on the drive are the three grocery stores as well as KBMW-AM radio and the Daily News.

"Fill The Bus" starts this week Robert Chambers 2013-08-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert Chambers on Jul 29, 2013
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              The Rotary Club of Wahpeton does many things both locally and internationally to make the world a better safer place for us all.  On Tuesday, July 30th at their regular meeting members heard a report from Keith Brokke and Blake Crosby from the Fargo-Moorhead Club with respect to projects that the Wahpeton Club has supported them on in Bolivia.  Working with Peace Corps volunteers and Mike Cochran of the Rotary Club of Duluth Harbortown and also working with Mano a Mano they have built clinics and schools, water reservoirs and airports in the highlands of Bolivia.

                They have been working in the central highlands at an elevation of 11,000 feet between two ranges of the Andes.  It is a poor rural area typically growing corn.  A “large” farm field is the size to the land on which the Prante’s restaurant is, the soil is very poor and it is all farmed by hand.  Without irrigation the crop is small and poor.  In 2008 the first irrigation project was a dam 120 feet high, 330 feet deep in Choquechampi.  A 12” pipe with a valve controls the flow from the dam to the fields irrigating 1,600 acres and benefiting 4,800 local inhabitants.  The transport infrastructure is very poor so moving food produce in or out is near impossible; all of this is consumed locally.  The dam was built on public land and has a rock and clay bottom to contain the water.  They are planning a new dam which will benefit 500 families.

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Supporting Fargo-Moorhead AM in Bolivia and Guatemala Robert Chambers 2013-07-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert Chambers on Jul 22, 2013
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For most people in North America their response to a comment on polio is “what?”  With the development of the vaccines against this terrible virus in the mid 1950’s the issue of death from paralytic polio, paralyzed limbs, crippled bodies and not being allowed to go to the County Fair for fear of contracting the virus went away.  That was not true in the remainder of the world until 1978 when an Italian Rotary Club started a project with clubs in the Philippines  that led in 1980 to a half million polio doses being shipped to the Philippines .  That model inspired the world wide campaign of Rotary International starting in 1985.  On July 23rd District 5580’s Polio Plus Chair Gary Nolte and his wife Cindy talked to  the members at their regular noon hour meeting about their experiences with National Immunization Days in African countries and the status of the program worldwide which is that this year there have been very few cases and those have been isolated to northern Nigeria and the tribal areas of Pakistan and Afghanistan in addition to an outbreak in previously Polio Free Sudan caused by the virus being transmitted from Nigeria.  Once the virus is eliminated from the earth Rotary’s legacy will not only be that people will not contract polio but left in place will be a worldwide microbial surveillance system and local public health microbiology laboratories so that outbreaks of any infectious microbe will be detected and traced early.  Rotary International’s partners in this has been the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta, GA and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) as well as, more recently, the World Health Organization (WHO),   the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and many national governments.   As the polio virus mutates frequently (one of the problems of eliminating it) the risk of not fully eliminating it is that it could return with vengeance as a mutated form.  That and the fact that so many children in the United States are not immunized at all will create a public health nightmare.

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Polio - what's that? Robert Chambers 2013-07-23 00:00:00Z 0
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Project Managers President Elect Rick Jacobson and Treasurer Pam Erlandson have announced the 2013 dates for the "Fill the Bus" project.  The Bus will be at EconoFoods Wednesday August 7th; at Wal-Mart Thursday August 22nd and at Jubilee in Breckenridge on September 10th.  Working with the food vendors they have decided that 11 in the morning until 6 in the evening is a better time frame than past.  The other new wrinkle is that the Bremer Bank will match cash donations to the food pantry up to $ 250.  "Let's fill every seat so people can eat."Image
"Fill The Bus" for the Richland-Wilkin Food Pantry Robert Chambers 2013-07-10 00:00:00Z 0
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Unfortunately many people in the city and Richland County do not understand the economic impact of the Wahpeton Airport.  That it is far more than a strip of pavement for a few aviation hobbyists was explained to the members of the Wahpeton Rotary at their regular noon meeting at Prante’s on Tuesday, July 9, 2013 by the Board Chair of the Wahpeton Airport Authority Jim Aldrich.  In fact the runway is not even asphalt, it is fourteen inches thick of concrete, seventy-five feet wide; and five thousand one hundred feet long thus able to accommodate airplanes up to twenty thousand pounds in weight.  That runway quality and length is fundamental to the economic impact of the airport as modern corporate jets require those specifications.  Typical would be the twenty-four seat Pioneer Seed corporate jet that visits regularly.  That those visits are possible has been a part of the recent increase in size of the Wahpeton facility to the largest soybean operation in the nation.  Cargill and even the CEO of Wick Communications, owners of the Daily News, use the airport to fly in and efficiently use his time when he needs to be here.  As it rarely directly affects them most people are unaware of this traffic.

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Chairman Jim Aldrich

It should be farm land. Robert Chambers 2013-07-09 00:00:00Z 0
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Darcie Huwe, the Director of Finance for the City of Wahpeton was inaugurated at the noon hour club meeting at Prante's on July 2nd as the 92nd President of the Rotary Club of Wahpeton.  The notes for her inaugural address follow:

 Wahpeton Rotary Club – July 2, 2013 Inauguration of Officers

 

Inauguration from Oxford Dictionaries

noun

·         the formal admission of someone to office:

·         the beginning or introduction of a system, policy, or period:

·        a ceremony to mark the beginning of something:

 

 

The Beginning of Something…….

 

THE BEGINNING. In 1905 in Chicago, Illinois, founder and attorney Paul Harris likely had a much smaller vision for his Rotary than what has come to be known throughout the world for its dedication to service and international goodwill. Raised in a rural village in Vermont, Harris envisioned a new kind of club for professionals that would kindle the fellowship and friendly spirit he had known in his youth.  On 23 February 1905, Harris and three friends - Silvester Schiele, a coal dealer, Hiram Shorey, a merchant tailor, and Gustavus Loehr, a mining engineer - met at an office in downtown Chicago.  They discussed Harris' idea that business leaders should meet periodically to enjoy camaraderie and decided to enlarge their circle of business and professional acquaintances. Meeting weekly, this new club limited its membership to one representative from each business and profession.  Though the men didn't use the term Rotary that night, that gathering is commonly regarded as the first Rotary club meeting. Soon, after enlisting a fifth member, printer Harry Ruggles, the group formally organized as the Rotary Club of Chicago.

So we have reviewed the past and are thinking about the future – Mission – Vision – Goals

The mission of Rotary International is to provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through its fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders.

Service Above Self is Rotary’s principal motto. All Rotarians are responsible for carrying out service projects that improve the quality of life in their community and communities around the world.  The Avenues of Service are Club Service, Vocational Service, Community Service,  International Service, and New Generations Service.

How does our Rotary Club carry out the mission of Service Above Self?

Our Club conducts 2 annual blood screening events, 3 Fill the Bus food drives, 9 Student of the Month events, and recently initiated a Happy Dollars weekly campaign giving Rotarians the opportunity to contribute weekly (52 times per year) to local causes – the current one being a partnership with the United Way Backpack Program.  Additionally, Rotarians are donating time to the Salvation Army Annual Bell Ringing Campaign, the Bagg Bonanza Farm, RYLA, MUNA, and other community events.  That is not less than 66 opportunities to put service above self even in a small way……

Vision for the upcoming year?

Think about the avenues of service – and how they make being part of a service club rewarding and something people want to be a part of. 

Club Service – membership – how do we keep it, grow it and train it

Vocational Service – October is Vocational Service month – how do we use our professional talents in public service?  Let’s hear what our club members do professionally and how it contributes to our club and our community.

Community Service – What does our club do for our community?  What are we known for and what do we want to be known for?

International Service – We have a year of great opportunity with an inbound student from Chile, South America and an outbound student to Ecuador in South America.  Make an effort to engage our inbound student – take her fishing, take her to a play at NDSCS, share a meal with her…or several at Rotary!

New Generations Service recognizes the positive change implemented by youth and young adults through leadership development activities as RYLA Rotaract  and Interact , service projects, and creating international understanding with Rotary Youth Exchange .

 

Goals….

Of the things we think, say or do

1.     Is it the TRUTH?

2.     Is it FAIR to all concerned?

3.     Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?

4.     Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

 

Welcome to the new officers for the 2013 – 2014 Rotary year: 

President Elect: Rick Jacobson

Vice President: Jordan Ottoson

Secretary:  Donna Schumacher

Treasurer:  Pam Erlandson

Assistant District Governor:  Marilyn Chambers

Service Director:  Brian Quamme

PR Director:  Tully Chambers

Club Rotary Foundation Director & Past President :  Pam Marquardt

 

“One's nativity is not of his own choosing, but whatever it may be, it is entitled to respect; and all nations have honorable place in the world's family.”  Paul Harris Founder of Rotary International

Darcie Huwe.

Darcie Huwe inaugurated as the 92nd President of the Rotary Club of Wahpeton, N.D. Robert Chambers 2013-07-02 00:00:00Z 0
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The 2012-13 Rotary Club of Wahpeton, N.D. President Pam Marquart spoke briefly at the club's meeting today before handing the gavel over to incoming President Darcie Huwe.  Starting with a personal story that for the second time during her Presidency led club members to say that she had a future in stand up comedy if the advertising manager thing did not work out she then thanked club members for their support and reviewed the club's accomplishments somewhat wistfully adding that she would have liked to accomplish more.  She hoped that all club members would get support President Darcie's initiatives over the next year.  She then asked Darcie Huwe to com to the podium and turned the gavel over.

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President Pam Marquart (2012-13) turns over gavel to President Darcie Robert Chambers 2013-07-02 00:00:00Z 0
Darcie Huwe Inaugural Meeting Today July 2, 2013 Robert Chambers 2013-07-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert Chambers on Jun 03, 2013

                A developing feature of the Twin Towns is the every Thursday 4 P.M. to 7 P.M.  Gardeners’ Market.  On Tuesday June 4 during their regular noon hour meeting at Prante’s members heard from interim Market Manager Edd Goerger and Newsletter Editor Penny Seifert.  Their main message was that the Market is alive and well although they have moved once again this year and will be on the east parking lot at the Family Dollar store starting July 11th.  As all produce is locally grown the late spring has delayed the opening date.  New vendors are welcome.  The “Bread Lady” will not be participating this year so the market is looking for an individual to take over that area.  Any grown produce or local crafts (not resale and high quality).  Processed goods (jams and jellies) must be made in compliance with North Dakota Health Department guidelines.  Vendors for dairy, cheeses and meats must have portable refrigeration capacity.  Only canned fruits or vegetables using an acid or salt medium are acceptable as a safety precaution against botulism and other toxins.

                Edd spoke of the varying perceptions of the phrase “Sustainable Agriculture” discussing two different theories: agriculture using organic or low synthesis input techniques or sustainable in the sense of profitable thus resulting in more Ag business.  For Rotarians the word means techniques introduced to developing countries that the local population will be able to maintain with healthy fields after the “experts” leave.

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Gardener’s Market will be at Family Dollar Robert Chambers 2013-06-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert Chambers on May 27, 2013
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Chahinkapa Zoo’s Talukan, an orangutan, has a hobby, painting.  He is believed to be the only orangutan in the USA who has had his own gallery showing.  He is certainly the only one whose art sells in New York.  Local media stories were picked up by a New York magazine including a picture of one of his paintings prompting a reader in New York to call the zoo to purchase that original.  That was one of several stories the Chahinkapa Zoo’s Executive Director Kathy Diekman shared with Rotary members at their regular noon hour meeting on the upper level of Prante’s Tuesday May 28th.  There to promote Blue Goose Days June 1-2, 2013 she did get into the Zoo itself which many people in the community do not realize is much more than a place to look at animals in captivity.  Primarily it is accredited by the American Zoological Society which means it maintains a very high standard including that every animal keeper has at the least a bachelor degree in zoology, wildlife biology or a related field.  As an accredited zoo it is involved, with considerable success, in wildlife animal research.  It is also involved with breeding of endangered species and has just been licensed to handle international species in the breeding program.  Under that license a female snow leopard has come from the Granby Zoo in Quebec, Canada to be bred with a male snow leopard here.  Once again their breeding program has had considerable success such that the San Diego Zoo invited them to come teach them how to breed the Madagascar Fossa.  One starts to understand the education component of the Zoo when one checks out where all the yellow buses in the parking lot are from.  However few people know that the zoo internship at Chahinkapa is one of the toughest in the world to get with applicants from all around the world.

Which brings us back to Blue Goose Days for a component of that celebration will be the presentation of a Habitat Hero Award to Dr. Will Bieier from North Dakota State University for his ambassadorship of Chahinkapa Zoo and long term partnership in the NDSU Zoology/Chahinkapa Zoo internship program.  He was one of the critical elements in starting the program.  Also receiving a Habitat Hero Award will be NDSCS’s Shannon King who uses the zoo for field experience for her Zoology students and has developed a poster and video program with her students and the zoo.

So Blue Goose Days is all serious right??? --- NOT!  A destination celebration for the community and area it will kick off with a parade Saturday June 1st and have many activities including the Dick Bell Catfish Tournament (this is another one residents often don’t know about – people come from all over the world to fish catfish here); a wildlife walk, discovering wildlife in your own back yard, the Junior Duck Stamp display, free Carousel Rides, a crafters festival, Boy Scouts with a hatchet throwing demonstration and much, much more.  See you in Wahpeton at the Chahinkapa Zoo Saturday June 1st and Sunday June 2nd.

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An orangutan who sells original art in New York – Who Knew?? Robert Chambers 2013-05-28 00:00:00Z 0
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The Students of the Month chosen by the faculty of the various Richland County high schools using Wahpeton Rotary guidelines were honored at a lunch at Prante's on Tuesday May 21st.  Click on the "Students of the Month - May 2013" link under "Download Files" half way down the left hand side of this home page to see their individual bios.
Students of the Month - May 2013 - The final one for this academic year Robert Chambers 2013-05-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jace Picken on May 13, 2013

We welcome home the delegates from the 55th annual Model United Nations Assembly held in Winnipeg, Manitoba.  David Evers (senior at Wahpeton High School) and Gavin Muscha (sophomore at Richland 44) were judged to be co-champions at the event held May 9th- 12th, 2013 at the Canadian Mennonite University.  The activity was a mock United Nations assembly with two delegates from each of 38 registered teams from the U.S. and Canada representing an assigned country.  Resolutions debated were inspired by those currently being considered at the UN including topics involving the conflict in Syria, global climate change, challenges for developing nations as well as tensions with Iran and the Persian Gulf. 

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The Wahpeton team is on the left: Counselor Jace Picken (Wahpeton Rotary);  Gavin Muscha (Richland 44) and David Evers (Wahpeton) from left to right

The other co-winner team was the Argentinian team from Prince Albert High in Winnipeg, MN

Preparation for MUNA started in January with an interview process.  Students were selected and research efforts began as a group.  Two alternates, Lamesha Schmidt and Jessica Mastel (both Juniors at Wahpeton High School), were also selected and participated in the preparation work.  The Wahpeton Rotary Club delegation, having been assigned to represent Bangladesh, was tasked with debating and amending the resolutions on the schedule from the perspective of that country.  The students were also able to introduce other resolutions they had composed on the second day.  To be successful inside and outside the assembly, delegations needed to form political alliances through negotiation and understanding of regional and world politics.  As co-champions, Gavin and David were able to demonstrate superior skills in debate and speechmaking in a parliamentary format.  The pair considered themselves well suited for the competition from their participation in similar activities.  They will both compete at the National Forensic League National Tournament held in Birmingham, Alabama in June.  The Wahpeton Rotary Club congratulates these fine competitors and wishes them the best for this upcoming event and their future endeavors.

Wahpeton Rotary MUNA Team Excels (Again). Jace Picken 2013-05-14 00:00:00Z 0
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The Four Way Test Essay winners for the Rotary Club of Wahpeton read their essays and received their checks from President Pam during the regular noon hour meeting at Prante's on Tuesday May 7th.  The winning essay "Health and Exercise" was written by Brooke Haverland.

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Brooke Haverland.

Writing about a subject dear to the hearts of Rotarians Ashlyn Draovitch's essay "Why Should Adults and Children Get Vaccinated?" won second place.

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The third place winner was Ellie Krupich writing "Beauty Pageants Exposed".

 

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 Apparently Richland 44 excels in writing as all three winners were from that high school and all taught by English teacher Christy Stenseth.

Four Way Test Essay Contest Winners Robert Chambers 2013-05-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert Chambers on Apr 29, 2013
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Members had a treat at their regular meeting April 30th at noon at Prante’s when Mayor Jim Sturdevant and Bois de Sioux Golf Board President Doug Hocker did a combined presentation.  The Mayor began with a review of the history of the Bois de Sioux Golf Course.  It began as a private club, unfortunately something that many believe still to be true, with planning beginning in 1922.  The original nine holes and clubhouse were on the Minnesota side.  Play began in 1927.  That clubhouse subsequently burnt down.  In the 1940’s Wahpeton entrepreneur and philanthropist R. J. Hughes started consideration of building an eighteen hole course.  After World War II in 1946 work was started and twenty-five thousand dollars was used to build a clubhouse.  Hughes added twenty-two thousand to this to provide lockers for members.  The nine holes on the North Dakota side opened in 1952 and the other nine on the Minnesota side opened in 1956. It ceased being a private club and became a public course with the Friendship Bridge between the two States opening in 1984.  To this day people come from far away for the unique ability to play nine holes in one state and the other nine in a different state.   The City of Wahpeton ultimately owned the entire course including that in the Minnesota side.

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Mayor Jim Sturdevant

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Boix de Sioux Golf Board President Doug Hocker

The Bois de Sioux Golf Course is a Public Course Robert Chambers 2013-04-30 00:00:00Z 0
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John Lang, an Ag/commercial loan Officer with First Community Credit Union was inducted by President Pam Marquart during the club's regular meeting at Prante's noon hour Tuesday, April 23, 2013.

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John was a member of the Rotary Club of Hutchinson, MN a few years ago but moved to a community that had no Rotary club. He was a Business Administration/Finance major and holds a Bachelor degree from St. Cloud State.  From 1995 to 2005 he farmed in Holloway, MN on a family farm that was originally started by his uncle.  He is a pilot having flown Metroliners for TransWorld Express. Hobbies include motorcycling and horses.

John Lang inducted as a new member Robert Chambers 2013-04-23 00:00:00Z 0
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The Students of the Month chosen by the faculty of the various Richland County high schools using Wahpeton Rotary guidelines were honored at a lunch at Prante's on Tuesday March 26th.  Click on the "Students of the Month - April 2013" link under "Download Files" half way down the left hand side of this home page to see their individual bios.
Students of the Month - April 2013 Robert Chambers 2013-04-16 00:00:00Z 0
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In what he described as a “broad brush” presentation Wahpeton’s Parks and Recreation Director Wayne Beyer spoke to the Rotary Club of Wahpeton members at their regular meeting at noon at Prante’s on Tuesday, April 9th.  Speaking of a smorgasbord of programs the overall emphasis was getting kids outdoors and teaching them sports skills that they could use all of their life (hunting and fishing vs. football).  While Parks and rec give administrative support to the programs he emphasized that volunteers carry out the programs.

            Initially he spoke of the Red River Area Sportsman’s Club and the associated Junior Wildlife Club involving, since the early nineteen eighties 2,200 kids in archery, bird watching, pheasant and water fowl hunting and camping.  As a personal note he spoke of duck hunting early in the morning with his daughter which not only gave her sports skills she could practice all her life but strong memories.  There also are parents who do not hunt so these programs give their children the opportunity to try the sports.  They sponsor do a “Hunt of a Lifetime” hunting or fishing trip for terminally ill young people.

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Parks and Rec's spring of 2013 report Robert Chambers 2013-04-09 00:00:00Z 0
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In reality that is not the question as should a flood occur it can be devastating to those flooded even if the forecast risk was only twenty percent.  Thus, explained City of Wahpeton Public Works Director Randy Nelson to the members at their regular noon hour meeting at Prante’s on Tuesday, April 2, 2013, the focus needs to be on flood preparation.  While “the current river flood forecast bears careful watching it is not necessarily alarming” for a variety of reasons.  This winter the area has had a snow pack in the range of the 2009 snow; however, this past fall the ground was dry and the creeks and retention areas were at very low levels leaving a lot of capacity for storage this spring.  The weather is the one thing difficult to accurately forecast on a long range basis so a long dry melt is a much better situation than a lot of rain and sudden high temperatures with a rapid melt; no one can be sure of that variable.  However for the City of Wahpeton the major difference this year compared to past years is the degree of permanent flood protection in place.  Almost every part of the flood protection plan has been completed with all the levees needed for protection to twenty feet in place.  The one part that still needs doing is minor modifications to the 1998 levee near the golf course and park.  Over the past fifteen years the cost of the levee/diversion system has been twenty-two million dollars on the Wahpeton side and approximately thirty million dollars on the Breckenridge side.  Mr. Nelson stressed that both communities needed to work together on this and have done so.  A diversion on the Otter Tail River on the Minnesota side and there is a natural breakout of the Bois de Sioux  River southwest of Wahpeton across Highway 127 that effectively accomplishes the same thing.              

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To Flood or Not To Flood; that is the Question. Robert Chambers 2013-04-02 00:00:00Z 0
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Lilia Kingbird (left) Wahpeton Rotary 2013-14 Outbound student (Ecuador) meets with Amanda Mandt (Bachelor Global Studies Concordia) Wahpeton 2005-06 outbound to Norway.

2013-14 Outbound meets with 2005-06 outbound Robert Chambers 2013-04-01 00:00:00Z 0
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The Students of the Month chosen by the faculty of the various Richland County high schools using Wahpeton Rotary guidelines were honored at a lunch at Prante's on Tuesday March 26th.  Click on the "Students of the Month March 2013" link under "Download Files" half way down the left hand side of this home page to see their individual bios.
Students of the Month - March 2013 Robert Chambers 2013-03-26 00:00:00Z 0
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Many people believe Red River Human Services Foundation (RRHSF) to be a government program.  It is not.  RRHSF Marketing Director Wendy Kahler explained to Wahpeton Rotary members during their regular noon meeting at Prante’s on Tuesday March 19th that it is a private not for profit Non-Governmental Organization that contracts with the State of North Dakota.  For thirty five years they have provided services to people with disabilities.  Clients are adults and children who, primarily, have cognitive disabilities.  Within that context the Foundation provides training programs, help in finding jobs and social programs.  They may live in group homes or in an apartment or their own home. Eighty percent of their funding comes from the State of North Dakota with the remainder being through donations and the thrift store, Thrifty Horizons.  Ms. Kahler acknowledged the citizens who have donated to the store and noted both that the new location has created more customer flow and donations and that they have a new manager at the store.  The organization of the store, display, changeover of merchandise is all much improved.  Items that do not sell are re-donated to people in developing nations.  The Foundation also has a store in Fargo.

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So Red River Human Services is a private operation? Robert Chambers 2013-03-19 00:00:00Z 0
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about our outbound students was published on the Front page of today's edition.  One may also read it using the link to it that is posted on our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/wahpetonrotary or just click on the link to our Facebook page using the "Club Link" tab for the page on the left side tabs of this home page.
Matt Leidke's story in the DAILY NEWS Robert Chambers 2013-03-15 00:00:00Z 0
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After an unforeseeable delay from the scheduled March 11th interview the Wahpeton Rotary outbound students, Lenzi Stowers and Lilia Kingbird, were interviewed on Thursday, March 14th by Matthew Leidke a reporter for the Wahpeton-Breckenridge DAILY NEWS.  Lenzi, a junior at Wahpeton High's alternate program will be doing her senior year in Indonesia and Lilia, a sophomore at Wahpeton High, will be doing her junior year in Ecuador.Image
Outbound students interviewed by the DAILY NEWS Robert Chambers 2013-03-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert Chambers on Mar 11, 2013
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We all know the front story – when Leona Helmsley, the so called “Queen of Mean” died in August,  2007 she left the bulk of her estate to the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust.    Her own dog in was also provided for in her will but the trust, valued at around eight billion was to be used the benefit dogs.  Her grandchildren saw it differently and petitioned the court to change the focus of the trust.  As the request to use it to benefit dogs was done separate from the trust the courts allowed that functioning as a Foundation it could have alternate focuses.  The Foundation now supports health, medical research, education, social services and conservation.  That, explained Michelle Eberhart the Director of Acute Care Nursing at the Saint Francis Health Care Campus, is where Wahpeton come in.  She explained to the members of the Rotary Club of Wahpeton during their regular lunch meeting at Prante’s on Tuesday, March 12th that the one of the focuses is rural health care and that Saint Francis applied for and has received a three hundred forty-two thousand dollar ($ 342,000.00) three year rural health care grant from the Foundation.  She commented that during the process the Foundation staff has been very accessible and easy to work with.

Three major items have been acquired by Saint Francis as a result.  One is a portable life pack.  They had life packs prior but this addition is very portable and can be moved anywhere to where a person may have a problem, for example the lobby not usually equipped with a life pack.  The second piece of equipment is a glide scope, a lighted endoscope to make difficult intubations easier.  It worked so well that they asked the Foundation for, and received a variance to allow them to purchase a pediatric one.

The largest change is the addition of direct audio/visual connection for three rooms in the Emergency Department with the Avera medical people in Sioux Falls that can be used in a variety of ways.  Fundamentally it adds personnel in crisis situations.  This may include consultation by the local physicians with specialists at Avera all accredited to Saint Francis, personnel to handle all the communications and paperwork needed in a transfer allowing the local physicians and nurses to focus on the patient.  They also have call lists so they can call in local physicians when needed by the emergency department physicians, again freeing the onsite physician to look after the patient.  They have also used the system for medical education and in particular practicing procedures by simulation that any one staff member may not do that frequently such as handling a cardiac arrest.  Currently, during the three year period of the grant, none of these Avera services are charged to the patient.

Without question the new equipment has brought improved care to Saint Francis patients.  However, the audio/visual link to Avera may ultimately prove to do the most good.  During the three year grant period there will be innovation as to other ways the system may be used while things such as insurance and Medicare billing procedures are worked out.Image

The "Queen of Mean"; her dog and Wahpeton Robert Chambers 2013-03-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert Chambers on Mar 08, 2013
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     Use storytelling to share your favorite Rotary experiences with prospective members. The ability to inspire
other people through our work is one of Rotary’s greatest assets. When we share a story about our
experiences, we help to break down barriers, build friendships, and ultimately, attract new members.
RI President Sakuji Tanaka understands the power of storytelling, and encourages all Rotarians to share
their Rotary experiences. Every Rotarian has a specific moment in their lives that stands out and holds a special moment. It is very important to share this moment with others. Facts and figures can only go so far. A personal experience can open doors and make friends.

      Each of us has experienced the joy of a Rotary moment.  It’s taking it to the next step and understanding that when we share these stories, we can change people’s lives.

 Share your Rotary story!

Larry Riggs, District 5580 Membership Chair 

What’s Your Rotary Story? Robert Chambers 2013-03-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert Chambers on Mar 04, 2013
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     Founded in 1919 with a single program, a home for unwed mothers,  Lutheran Social Services (LSS) of North Dakota has grown to include nineteen different programs that service one in nine North Dakota residents according to Kim Nelson.  Kim is a former member of the Rotary Club of Wahpeton, N.D.  who transferred to the Fargo-Moorhead AM club on her move to Fargo when she became employed by LSS.  She returned to her former club’s regular noon hour meeting at Prante’s on Tuesday, March 5th as the guest speaker to explain LSS to our members.

     While all programs are indirectly accessible to all N.D. residents (not just Lutherans) by travelling to one of the major centers there are ten programs readily available in Richland County.  These include: Adoption Option; Attendant Care; Gamblers Choice; Great Plains Food Bank; Housing; Lutheran Disaster Response; Luther Hall; Restorative Justice; Senior Companions and the Tracking program.  Many of these programs are self-explanatory.  Attendant care allows supervision of juveniles awaiting court intervention or parental pick-up (alternative to jail).  Gamblers choice is an education and counseling program.  The housing program creates affordable rental housing for rural communities.  Luther Hall is a residential psychiatric treatment facility in Fargo for youth between ages ten and eighteen.   The restorative Justice program allows perpetrators and victims to meet in a safe controlled environment to resolve differences and reduce recidivism.   The senior companions program provides volunteers age fifty-five and up to assist seniors allowing them to continue to live independently.   The tracking program pair adult mentors with troubled youth.  Currently there is a legislative initiative in North Dakota to allow the Healthy Families program to collaborate with other North Dakota programs.

      Luther Social Services motto is “Abound in Hope”.  The nonprofit nongovernmental social services agency is owned by four hundred and eighty North Dakota churches.  The name was officially changed to Lutheran Social Services in 1969.  The main administrative center is in Fargo with other offices in Bismarck, Grand Forks, Minot and Williston.

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Lutheran Social Services Robert Chambers 2013-03-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert Chambers on Feb 18, 2013
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Our cool Wahpeton Rotary Youth Exchange outbounds were on KBMW  AM this morning with Sean Rumble. In the studio photograph Sean is not seen as he is just north of the camera; on the left is Lenzi Stowerswho is going to do her senior year in Indonesia and on the right (and behind mike booms) is Lilia Kingbridge who will be in Ecuador for her junior year. KBMW is broadcast of course but also streams live all over the world on the internet (www.KBMWAM.com).  The ladies did a great job.  Both are well spoken and knowledgeable about their host countries.  They will make great ambassadors for the United States, North Dakota and Wahpeton.Image

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Wahpeton Outbound Youth Exchange students on KBMW this morning. Robert Chambers 2013-02-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert Chambers on Feb 11, 2013
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During the regular meeting , upper level Prante’s on Tuesday February 12th members heard from the son of a member, Ed Uhlich’s son Will who is now a Financial Associate for Thrivent Financial for Lutherans.  He brought with him, from Fargo, Jake Carstensen, Thrivent’s local Community Engagement Leader.  They presented the origins of Thrivent in Wisconsin at the turn of the 20th Century formed originally as two small companies:  German Lutherans in Appleton, WI and Norwegian Lutherans in Minneapolis, MN to insure local Lutherans after a disaster had revealed their financial vulnerability.  It was dedicated to neighbor helping neighbor wither it be due to the death of a bread winner, bringing in the crop when a farmer could not or raising a barn.  Today with the same values Thrivent Financial for Lutherans is a faith-based, not-for-profit, membership organization with nearly 2.5 million members.  In May 2012 they were ranked 332 on the Fortune 500 list of financial services organizations.  Unique amongst financial houses is that as a fraternal benefit society, thus no external shareholders to be beholden to; it has local chapters, a way for members to help.  With a variety of products for members they have $ 170 billion in insurance in force, and 75.8 billion in assets under management as well as strong reserves.  They also have educational capability with local workshops to teach members basic money management, ways of keeping the farm in the family despite taxes, and ways of being sure the kids will get a college education.  They also have a method to divide “profits” between the local faith community and individual member’s causes.  Both Will and Jake were quick to point out that while historically they began with Lutherans, thus the name, one no longer need to be a Lutheran, or even of the Christian faith to be a member. Image Will Uhlich

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Thrivent Financial for Lutherans (Plus) Robert Chambers 2013-02-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert Chambers on Feb 04, 2013
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Doug Krick the Strategic Business Unit Manager, Hydraulics, for Bobcat (translation: he runs the Wahpeton Bobcat plant) told members at their regular meeting at Prante's at noon on Tuesday, February 2, 2013 what the function of the Wahpeton Bobcat plant is.  Simply: they manufacture the hydraulic components for various Bobcat pieces of equipment.  In the late 1970's they could not find vendors with the quantity and quality of hydraulic component units they needed so they began manufacturing their own.  Eighty percent of their product goes to the main assembly plant in Gwinner the remainder going to the Bobcat plant in the Czech Republic or the different original equipment manufactures they contract with in thirteen different countries.  The big advantage that Wahpeton has for Bobcat is the North Dakota State College of Science and their grinding machinery and other manufacturing programs. Krick commented that not only does NDSCS produce an educated workforce for them they are easy to work with to assure that the students have the necessary skills as technology changes.Image
Ever have to wait for a semi loaded with Bobcats to pass - just enjoy it Robert Chambers 2013-02-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert Chambers on Jan 28, 2013
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   The first day that anyone can file their 2012 tax return is Thursday, January 31st.  Paula A. Norby-Krueger the owner of Norby-Krueger Tax and Bookkeeping Services explained to members at Prante's during their regular meeting January 29th. how the fiscal cliff problems late in 2012 has resulted in the Internal Revenue Service to not be ready to receive tax returns.  She anticipated that IRS servers might even crash when people are first allowed to file and warned that if one filed their tax return electronically prior to Jan 31st it was "out in the cloud" somewhere and they might wish to check ("Where is My Refund") after February 1st that the return was in fact received by the IRS.Image
The government does not want you to file your tax returns! ....YET! Robert Chambers 2013-01-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert Chambers on Jan 27, 2013
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Our 2013-14 outbound Youth exchange students have passed all levels of vetting, been assigned countries and have completed their first training session held this past weekend at the Deep Portage reserve.  The District trainers repeatedly commented on the high caliber of the Wahpeton outbounds.  In the thumb print image to your left they are waiting to take their turn doing a forty foot climb on a rock wall. In alphabetical order our amazing Outbounds:

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Lilia Kingbird is a sophomore on campus of the Wahpeton High School.  She lives in Wahpeton with her parents Winona and Jason and her siblings. Her heritage is Ojibway-Dakota-Comanche. During the first training session she won a third place ribbon for shooting. She has been assigned to Ecuador where she will complete her junior year in high school commencing this August.

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 Lenzi Stowers is a junior in Wahpeton High School's alternate program.  She is in this program in part in order to study Latin.  She lives in Wahpeton with her mother Lori Fisher-Stowers , her father Jarad Stowers and a younger sister.  She described her heritage a very mixed - "American Mutt".  Her trainers at Deep Portage noted that she had singled out and helped an inbound student who has been struggling.  Lenzi will be doing her senior high school year in Indonesia.

Meet our 2013-14 Outbound Youth Exchange Students Robert Chambers 2013-01-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert Chambers on Jan 14, 2013
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While being able to see the board in class is important members at their regular meeting on January 15th at Prante's learned that is far more complex.  Dr. Jace Picken, O.D. an optometrist at Prairie Vision, Wahpeton and a club member talked about new information on visual-motor patterns.  He reviewed the developmental goals related to seeing and integrating the visual patterns specific for each age from six months to forty-eight months.  These skills are dependent both on visual clarity and focus as well as the integration of the eye-brain pathways.  It is these latter that have been ignored.  The child may "see" correctly but not be able to integrate what they see.Image
It is just about glasses correct? Robert Chambers 2013-01-15 00:00:00Z 0
The 2013-2014 Theme is announced at International Assembly. Robert Chambers 2013-01-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert Chambers on Jan 08, 2013
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After a difficult interview process conducted by Rotarians Rick Jacobson, Tully Chambers and Jace Picken as well as former MUNA delegate Samantha Munter the 2013 Model United Nations Assembly (MUNA) teams members have been chosen. They are: David Evers, a senior from Wahpeton High and Gavin Muscha a sophomore from Richland 44.  The First Alternate is Jessica Mastel, a junior from Wahpeton High and the Second Alternate is Lamesha Schmidt, also a junior from Wahpeton High.

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            David  Evers                                                Gavin Muscha         

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               Jessica Mastel                                           Lamesha Schmidt   

Jace Picken, Wahpeton Rotary MUNA Chair names 2013 team Robert Chambers 2013-01-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert Chambers on Jan 07, 2013
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   For their first meeting of 2013 at Prante's at noon on January 8th members listened to Kara Trom a Registered Nurse from Sanford Clinic Wahpeton explain the concept of the RN Health Coach.  It is a community based primary care concept that coordinates a patient's care by a RN Health Care Coach that has recently been adopted by Sanford through a grant from the State of Minnesota.  Initially Sanford has only one RN Health Coach, Ms. Trom, and is focusing on diabetes and hypertension as well as issues related to medication and transportation.  Ms. Darlene Holtz, RN Sanford Wahpeton's Director of Clinical Care and Ms. Trom's supervisor explained that eventually Sanford hopes to expand the program. Currently there is no cost to the patient.

   The basis of the concept is to get away from single incident medical care and focus on the whole patient.  In the old model a diabetic might have a sore throat, see his physician and receive treatment for that sore throat.  Current reimbursement practices does not allow the physician to do more.  With the RN Health Coach concept intervention begins even before the patient arrives when the record is checked; laboratory tests needed or due to manage, for example diabetes, are ordered and a review is conducted to see if specialists appointments are needed (for example if it has been over a year since the diabetic saw an optometrist for review of diabetic changes in the retina).  Family and friends are also a part of the team so support measures away from the clinic are reviewed.  During the time the patient is at the clinic about their sore throat the RN Health Coach goes over these other issues and makes sure that the continuing care for the whole patient is current.  Goal setting with the patient is also done; for example, the diabetic patient is not adequately testing their blood sugars so the patient is assisted in setting a goal of doing that.  Post visit the RN Health Coach follows up with the patient with respect to coordination of care with other care entities, soliciting patient concerns, goal monitoring and relationship building so that the patient, an the patients family and/or friends know they can always contact the RN Health Care Coach with concerns.Image

Medical Home and the role of the RN Health Coach Robert Chambers 2013-01-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert Chambers on Jan 06, 2013
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Jace Picken, the Chair of the Model United Nations Assembly for the Wahpeton Rotary has announced that the interviews of the team candidates from the Richland County high schools will be tomorrow evening January 8th at the Wahpeton Airport Authority building.  Five interviewers, including a former MUNA delegate, will question the candidates on current international affairs following which they will select the team.

The Model United Nations Assembly is purported to be a learning simulation of the United Nations General Assembly in its structure and proceedings. Therefore, debates in MUNA, the committee structure, rules of procedure, and the general decorum of delegates, are designed to approximate the UN General Assembly, conditioned, of course, by local limitations.

With the assistance of the then Winnipeg Branch of the Canadian Institute of International Affairs and Winnipeg Branch of the United Nations Association, the Rotary Club of Winnipeg held the first MUNA on April 26 and 27, 1957.
Model United Nations Assembly interviews for Richland County team Robert Chambers 2013-01-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert Chambers on Dec 17, 2012
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The Rotary Club of Wahpeton today celebrated the Students of the Month nominated by High school faculty county wide.  Please see the tab on the left under "Downloads" for the pictures and bio's of each of these exceptional students.Image
Students of the Month - December 2012 Robert Chambers 2012-12-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert Chambers on Dec 10, 2012
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District Governor Don Cavalier and his wife Mary visited with the Rotary Club of Wahpeton, ND at a special meeting held at the Hughes Shelter in Chahinkapa Park at noon on Tuesday, December 11th.  The visit is part of his sixty-six club tour to assess the health of District 5580 (North Dakota, northern half Minnesota, NW Wisconsin and a slice of northern Ontario) and to motivate club members to continue “Service Above Self” in their community and internationally.  Earlier in the day he met with the Officers and Board of Directors.  His talk to the club started with congratulations to President Pam Marquart and the club for its excellence.  Using the four elements of the “Object of Rotary” statement he focused on where each club member can contribute.  During the visit he also presented Marilyn Chambers with the club’s Rotarian of the Year award; met with the Youth Exchange Outbound candidates and took photographs of many members showing a small gap between their fingers symbolizing how close Rotary is to eradicating polio from the world.Image

Photo:  District Governor Don Cavalier (center) with Wahpeton Rotary’s two Youth Exchange Outbound Candidates Lilia Kingbird and Lenzi Stowers.  Others in the picture on the left:  Jason and Winona Kingbird and on the right Jared Stowers and Mary Cavalier.

District Governor Don Cavalier visits Wahpeton Rotary Robert Chambers 2012-12-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert Chambers on Dec 10, 2012
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During his visit to the Rotary Club of Wahpeton, ND on Tuesday December 11, 2012 District Governor Don Cavalier at a noon luncheon unsealed the envelope and announced that Marilyn Chambers had been voted Rotarian of the Year.  A secret ballot vote from all members is conducted by a club committee.  When asked to speak Marilyn admitted to being speechless but did say that she would cherish the honor for the rest of her life.

                Marilyn is a Past President of the club and the club’s current trainer.  One of her many accomplishments this past year has been through her work on the by-laws committee resulting in the enactment of a complete revision to the club’s bylaws.  The club is also advantaged by her being the area’s Assistant District Governor for District 5580.  She recently stepped down as the Chair for the District’s Club Visioning Program and a few years ago was the inbound coordinator for the District’s youth Exchange program.   She is married to Past District Governor Tully Chambers.  Marilyn is employed as the staff accountant for Brushvale Seed.

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Marilyn Chambers voted Rotarian of the Year Robert Chambers 2012-12-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert Chambers on Dec 10, 2012
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District Governor Don Cavalier and his wife Mary will be visiting the club on Tuesday, December 11th.  He will be meeting with the Board of Directors at the Hughes Shelter in Chahinkapa Park at 1000 hrs and the club at noon in the same venue.  VISITORS PLEASE NOTE - WE WILL NOT BE MEETING AT OUR USUAL LOCATION.
DISTRICT GOVERNOR VISIT DECEMBER 11th Robert Chambers 2012-12-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert Chambers on Nov 26, 2012
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  Members discovered the import and the process of doing just that during their regular meeting November 27th.  Tracey Klobuchar, a social worker with PATH, a non-profit foster care agency founded in Minneapolis by foster parents, spoke of the PATH organization and its various programs.  PATH in North Dakota (the Minnesota organization is called "Family Connect") contracts with counties primarily to provide Treatment Foster Care (TFC).  The treatment part is what distinguishes it from county based foster care; the client children need to have a mental health diagnosis.  Considering what the children have been through "depression" or "Post traumatic stress disorder" would not be unlikely.

   Ms. Kolbuchar started with clearing up who could be a foster parent.  Things such as married or single; apartment or home (apartments must have two bedrooms); children of your own or not are of no consequence.  A number of options are available for foster parents; full time, family support or respite and there is the possibility of moving between options.  Training is about twice as long as training for county based foster parents due to the treatment issues; for full time it is 30 hours at PATH (12 at county); 20 hours for family support and 12 for respite.Image

Tracy Klobuchar

 

Share your life with a foster child. Robert Chambers 2012-11-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert Chambers on Oct 01, 2012
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At their regular meeting at Prante's at noon on Tuesday, October 2, 2012 members heard from Richland County Commissioner Perry Miller, a member of the Richland-Wilkin Joint Powers Authority.  Asserting that he has a vested interest in keeping Fargo flood free he then went on to explain that that objective could be met with less disruption and less expensive than the current plan.  Authorities in Fargo see the 2009 flood as the worst in the past century as the water in the Red River at Fargo-Moorhead rose to over forty feet.  The problem with that point of view, according to Commissioner Miller, is that there was more water passed Fargo in the 1997 flood.  Why the difference?  Between 1997 and 2009 Fargo constricted the water channel, recovering develop-able land in the flood plain.  The Commissioner argues that this shows that Fargo's grandiose "flood protection plan" is really an effort to expand the city and provide more land to develop as seen by the building of Davis High School in a flood plain without a public vote.  The other issue is that Fargo has been using it's entire population base in the justification studies when only a small fraction of that population is really at risk of flooding.   In order to "protect" the flood plain in the Fargo area for development the current plan calls for a dam to be built extending from Comstock to Horace and a 36 mile diversion up the west side of the Red River.  This plan will wipe out 25 % of the Kindred school district lands and even whole cities such as Oxbow.  The hydrology studies end at Cristine so we have no idea what might happen with flooding in either the area immediately north of Wahpeton and the area immediately north of Breckenridge. What is known is that 50 thousand acres outside the dam will never be able to be developed and this accomplishes providing Fargo with 40 thousand acres for development.  Image
Richland & Wilkin Counties and the Fargo "flood control" plan. Robert Chambers 2012-10-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert Chambers on Sep 03, 2012
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  As a knee jerk most people would say that "the arts" do play "a" role in the community.  That response leaves huge gaps.  In Wahpeton-Breckenridge we have a working model that two people, a city councilwoman and a Three Rivers Arts Council Board member explained to the members at their regular meeting at Prante's on September 4th.  Councilwoman Renelle Bertsch (Renelle is also a Rotarian) began by explaining the City of Wahpeton Comprehensive plan of August 2011 (final) with the guiding principles of revitalizing downtown as the civic, commercial and cultural heart of the community and of enhancing our community institutions. She noted that in the City of Denver the arts (performing, museums, galleries, etc) bring more money into the community than does sports. The City of Wahpeton guiding principles were already being acted upon by then underway Three Rivers Arts Council's renovation of an abandoned bank building on Dakota Avenue.  The building was structurally sound but otherwise very dilapidated and filthy.  With a lot of volunteer hours and the help of the North Dakota State College of Science students (who learned a lot about renovating a building) the Red Door Art Gallery emerged opening in December 2011 with the official opening in March 2012..
  Karen Engstrom, the Secretary of the Three Rivers Arts Council,  then described the Gallery's operations.  Excepting the recent hiring of a part time (16 hours a week) gallery manager all of the work at the gallery has been done by volunteers.  One of the surprises was the number of artists quietly working independently in the community.  These people have formed a nucleus of an art colony around the gallery.  In February the North Dakota Council of the Arts met at the gallery.  The emphasizes are to support the youth and a wide spectrum of education programs.  There are photography, watercolor and pottery classes.  The carvers group meets at the gallery.  The current dream is to have a facility downtown close to the gallery to serve as a class room (dare we dream arts education center).  As to the economic benefit: recent traffic in the gallery have been people from as close as Fargo, the intermediate distances such as the Twin Cities and as far away as California.  All have been impressed by the gallery and that the community has such as facility.  These people tell ten others who tell ten others and visitors come.  The current (like NOW) need of the gallery is for a grant writer.  There are many grants available from private foundations and government arts councils that the gallery should be applying for.  September 14th at the Eagles from 5:30 P.M. until 10:30 P.M. will be the gallery's fundraiser " Reflections of the Red River Valley" with a wine tasting, a strolling buffet, a silent auction and dancing to the Mary Marshall Quartet.ImageCouncil Secretary Karen Engstrom
Do the arts play a role in community development? Robert Chambers 2012-09-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert Chambers on Aug 27, 2012
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Dr. Richard Ames, PhD (Chemistry) the plant manager at Min-Dak Yeast described plant operations to the club during their regular meeting at Prante's on August 28th.  The plant, which opened in 1990, is owned by Min-Dak Sugar and uses the molasses byproduct to grow the yeast.  There are anywhere from 800 to 1000 separate species of yeast found in nature.  The yeast product most home bakers are aware of is the dried yeast; it has a longer shelf life.  The yeast produced by Min-Dak is a wet baker's yeast that starts from a stored culture in the lab.  One necessity is to keep that culture pure so that the yeast product produced is consistent.  Two weeks after starting the process from a small part of the lab culture (a one centimeter squared sample of yeast contains approximately 10 billion yeast cells)  they have a half million pounds or more of baker's yeast.  They truck the yeast to their customers (commercial bakeries).  Each truckload carries about forty thousand pounds of yeast and ultimately represents 2.5 million loaves of bread.  Temperature and sugar activate yeast.  There are 8 yeast plants in the United States and Min-Dak serves 5.6 % of the bakers yeast market nationally.  Dr. Ames can truthfully claim to be one of the 50 top yeast experts in the country.  They also serve the animal feed market and used to sell to the vodka and other beverage market.  A member asked about the new molasses desugarization initiative at Min-Dak.  Dr. Ames replied that it will limit the supply of molasses to Min-Dak Yeast requiring them to find other carbohydrate sources for their fermentation process.Image
Thinking seriously about yeast Robert Chambers 2012-08-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert Chambers on Aug 27, 2012
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At the club's regular meeting on August 28th optometrist Jace Picken was inducted at a new member by President Pam Marquart.  Following being pinned by his sponsor Carmen Plummer and presented with his "Four Way Test" and "Object of Rotary" plaques by President Pam he gave his classification speech.
Jace grew up in Dickinson, ND where he also went to college before going to Optometry school.  He is married and has two children.  Prior to moving to Wahpeton about nine months ago he was in practice in Washington state.  Concerns with the schools there and budget constraints in the state led he and his wife to decide to return to North Dakota.  He is in practice at the Prairie Vision Center on 11tyh Street in Wahpeton where he has introduced a program to help children focus, literally; not just corrective lenses, Imageon their school work.
Jace Picken inducted as new member Robert Chambers 2012-08-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert Chambers on Aug 20, 2012
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Most successful people have a person or persons in their past who mentored them.  For most of us it is a succession of people from early childhood through university and our early career.  Most children from less advantageous circumstances do not have these opportunities.  At their regular meeting on August 21st members heard from Rebecca Christensen and Jeff Bass, operations personnel for Kinship of Richland-Wilkin; an organization that tries to pair these children up with mentors.  Currently there is an unusually high need for female mentors.  Typically most of the children are boys and boys from single parent families where the mother is the parent are in need of male role models.  Mentoring does work, there are: increased high school graduation rates, lower school drop out rates, better attitude about school; healthier relationships and lifestyle choices; higher college enrollment rate; enhanced self esteem and self-confidence as well as improved behavior both at home and in school.  Rebecca and Jeff emphasized that mentoring was easy typically involving an hour a week.  Once a month there is an activity that is free to the child and the mentor.  This has been bowling, sledding, the Zoo Boo, a trip to Newman Stadium for a Red Hawks game, a swim party and many others.  Prior to being a mentor there is a training session lasting from one and a half to two hours.  Child protection training is included.  In response to a question from a member Rebecca emphasized that  the safety of the children is a top concern thus the mentor require three references and a background check is done on them.  Mentor can be anyone age eighteen or older including singles, grandparents and couples.  Anyone interested in being a mentor or donating to the program can do so at 509-1/2 Dakota Avenue, Suite 104 or call (701) 672-0303 or e-mail rwkinship@702com.netImage.  Who was your hero?
Do you recall some adult who mentored you as a child? Robert Chambers 2012-08-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert Chambers on Aug 20, 2012
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The club's annual "Fill The Bus" project done each fall in partnership with the Rotary Club of Breckenridge, MN and radio station KBMW is underway.Image This year the project will help not only the Richland Wilkin Food Pantry, that runs out of food at the end of each summer due to the lack of food drives over the summer, but also the Backpack Food Program for Kids.  The latter is a program that seeks to send a bag of food home from school to help meet childern's need for food over the weekends.  It is sad that many children's only food each day is their school meal on school days.
The next "Fill The Bus" is at EconoFoods in Wahpeton Thursday August 23, 2012 from 9 AM until 4 PM.
An addition this year is that the bus will be at the Breck-Wahp football game (this year in Wahpeton) on August 31, 2012.  Non perishable food and cash donations will be accepted before the game.
The last drive will be at Jubilee Foods in Breckenridge on Monday September 10, 2012 from 9 AM to 4 PM.
The goal of the two Rotary clubs this year is 10,000 pounds of food and $ 2,000.00 in cash donations.  The Richland-Wilkin Community has always been generous; please step up again this year,.
"Fill The Bus" project underway Robert Chambers 2012-08-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert Chambers on Aug 15, 2012
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Both the Breckenridge Rotary and Wahpeton Rotary clubs will be joining this project of the two Fergus Falls clubs (Noon and Sunrise) that is managed in Mount Selinda, Chipinge, Zimbabwe by two former members of the clubs, Don and Maryjane Westra.  The Westra's gave a presentation at the Breckenridge Rotary on August 16, 2012 that was attended by several Wahpeton members.  This is really a sustainable agriculture project that started out as an effort to equip the farm in Mount Selinda with a tractor.  Through the generosity of area farmers two tractors and several other pieces of agriculture equipment have been donated.  These are being refurbished and will be shipped to Zimbabwe by Titan Machinery at their cost.  During their presentation the Westra's pointed out that while the complex is operated through Global Ministries they do not proselytize; rather Maryjane administers the hospital and Don  manages the agriculture operation. During their presentation they focused on the activities in the farm-school-hospital-church complex and the people served by the complex. Image
As the donations have been generous it has permitted some expansion of the scope of the project.  Rud Wasson, Fergus Falls Sunrise, reported on the current finances of the project.  This showed that there is still  some fund raising to do.  Both the Breckenridge and Wahpeton clubs plan to donate to the project.
The Zimbabwe Tractor project Robert Chambers 2012-08-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert Chambers on Aug 13, 2012
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   The members of the Rotary Club of Wahpeton, N.D. have long had a concern about literacy at all levels.  At their regular meeting on August 14th they heard from early childhood educator Jill Christopherson who is currently the Family Footprints Coordinator at Saint Francis Healthcare Campus.  Wait a minute: early childhood educator- hospital; does not compute!  In fact, as Ms. Christopherson explained it does.  Improved early childhood experience and in particular education has been proven to lead to a healthier life than experienced by those with a poor childhood and education.  No only is the person healthier, they earn more money in their lifetime and the community is better off.  This explained Rotary member and St. Francis CEO David Nelson is what Catholic Health Initiatives, the owners of Saint Francis, had in mind when they instituted this program at several of their campuses.
   As members learned from their "Participant Questions" (Yes there was a test) the developing mind of a young child is like a growing plant, putting down roots and growing a network of synaptic connections (much like limbs on a tree). The most brain development occurs from birth to age 5.  This development does not occur spontaneously; it occurs through good parenting and, in particular, regular reading to the child.  To be prepared for kindergarten a child must have self-control and be able to cooperate with others.  Only fifty percent of the children in Minnesota have all of the needed skills when they enter kindergarten yet no statewide early learning programs are funded to serve all of the kids who qualify for them.  This despite good data showing that increased public investment in quality early learning programs lowers crime and poverty rates; ultimately returns $ 12 for every $ 1 invested and creates a better prepared workforce.Image
Family Footprints Robert Chambers 2012-08-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert Chambers on Jul 30, 2012
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   But, explains Leach Library Director Bonnie MacIver, the end result will be so much better!  The issue was that water was leaking into the library and doing damage.  With a $ 109,925.00 matching grant from the Bremer Foundation the city and library are able to proceed with repairs.  To do that the landscape needed tearing up presenting an opportunity for updating the landscape.  Ms. MacIver explained to the members at their regular meeting at Prante's on July 31 that the work should be completed by the end of September, 2012 giving the west side new lighting and a gazebo.
   She then updated the members on the technology introduced to the Leech Library to make it relevant in the 21st century.  There is a free website that can be accessed at the library or members (a person with a library card) can access from home.  There are many date bases available through the library.  She talked about Library2Go a program that offers e-books (downloadable to Kindle or Nook), eAudiobooks and eMovies all downloadable for free (if you have a library card).  She also spoke of the computer classes available; Baby/Tot storytime designed to get children from birth to age 2 familiar with the library.  They then graduate to the age 3 to 5 "Preschool Story Time" program.  Other programs include the Chess Club for children in grades 3 through 6; The Teen Advisory Group (TAG) and the Cinema Book Club as well as the LEGO club for all ages.  There are summer reading programs for ages 3 through adult and tumble books and Tutor ND to help with homework or test preparation.  They can be found at www.leachlibrarywahpeton.org.Image
The Library's grounds are a mess! Robert Chambers 2012-07-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert Chambers on Jul 23, 2012
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Brett Lambrecht, a certified high school varsity official for both football and basketball gave Wahpeton Rotary members an officiating 101 course at their regular meeting at Prante's Tuesday July 24th.  Officials do not just wander in off the street; they are trained, in shape and certified.  He described how the officiating crew divides responsibilities before a game.  High school varsity football now has five officials on the field and basketball three.  The field or court are divided into areas of responsibility and some are fixed but in some cases, particularly basketball the movement of officials and areas of responsibility change with the play.
   They try to do what he called "preventative officiating" by offering players some leeway.  In basketball any touch is technically a foul; however the official determines it it was an inadvertent touch or did the player gain an advantage by the touch.  In football a player may have grabbed onto the jersey of an opposing player but it happened so far away from the ball that the opposing player could not possibly have become involved in the play.  In that case the official speaks to the player who grabbed and watches to be sure he is not creating an advantage by this or persisting in it.  Safety of the player is a big concern and and officials are very strict about behavior that could cause injury and is against the rules.
   There were many question and expressions of concern about concussions and about parents and their inappropriate behavior at games.  Brett laughed at one point saying that on occasion players had come to him and apologized saying that the person yelling in the stands was their father or mother and they were embarrassing the player.Image

So you think you know more than the Ref? Robert Chambers 2012-07-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert Chambers on Jul 16, 2012
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The members were exposed to one of those topics when the Director of Resident Services of the Twin Town Villa spoke of "Elder Abuse" at the regular meeting at Prante's Tuesday noon July 17th.  One must first understand what elder abuse is.  It is the harm caused to an older adult by someone who limits or controls their rights and freedoms.  Most people think of abuse as physical but it can also be emotional, financial, sexual, neglect as violation of rights and freedoms.  It is always about power; someone who has power over the elder individual controls their choices or limits them by physical abuse.  Frequently the victim is afraid to speak up as they believe they may lose the services of a financial adviser or the "love" of a family member.Image
There are things we simply do not want to talk about Robert Chambers 2012-07-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert Chambers on Jul 09, 2012
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   Frequently we hear stories about immigration to the USA but they are general stories or discuss numbers almost incomprehensible; what about the individual stories?  Each one of them is different and each circumstance is different.  Terje Gunnar Heggem came from Norway as an Agriculture Exchange student.  He comes from an agriculture family in Norway and grabbed the opportunity to learn new techniques.  In Norway his family farms 140 acres and primarily now it is a logging enterprise.  Both his mother and father are deaf.
   The size of US farms was what initially struck him.  In Norway a dairy farm might have 14 cows where as it is common for a Minnesota dairy farm to have 500 cows.  He also found the weather very different with extremes of hot and cold in the Red River Valley.  A cold day in Norway might get to 10 below Fahrenheit (occasionally even -20) but typically  in the winter the coldest is about zero Fahrenheit.  This is because their farm is by the sea which moderates the temperature.  Another big difference are the taxes.  Typically a Norwegian pays 35 % of their income as tax; as he makes more than the average Gunnar pays 45 % of his income in tax.  With this money the government builds roads, provides elementary and secondary education and medical care ($ 400.00 co-pay).  While post secondary education is not fully paid for the government does provide students with a stipend.Image
Foreign Born in the USA Robert Chambers 2012-07-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert Chambers on Jul 09, 2012
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President Pam Marquart presented Past President Pam Erlandson with a plague recognizing her service as the 2011-12 president of the club at the Imageclub's regular meeting July 10th.
Presentation of the President's plaque Robert Chambers 2012-07-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert Chambers on Jul 02, 2012
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During her inaugural address over the noon hour at Prante's on July 3 Wahpeton Rotary's new President Pam M. told the members that the current programs would be maintained.  She singled out Membership as a crucial issue.  Jordan Ottoson will be returning as Membership Director and she promised Jordan to work with him on the issue calling for other members to step up and work with Jordan.  She said that she would not be a "delegate and disappear" President but be involved with the members in the projects.  In planning projects she wants better budget numbers both for time and money and, a new addition, a post project review of each project.
As to the New Generations programs she plans to keep the dictionary program and Student of the Month but wants to get teams back in the schools telling the students of what Rotary has available for the youth.  She wants the Model United Nations program to be a part of that.
Singling out Rotary Foundation Club Director Kim Nelson she spoke of the success of the "Fill the Bus" program for the Richland-Wilkin Food Pantry last summer.  Kim will be managing the program again this year.  We will also be working this fall with the United Way in their "Fill the Bus" program related to school supplies for children otherwise unable to acquire them.Image
She closed by noting that the Rotary Club of Wahpeton, N.D. is a "professional family that works hard to make Rotary better and our community proud of us."
Pamela Kaye Marquart becomes President Robert Chambers 2012-07-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert Chambers on Jun 18, 2012
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So who expects a technician to quote a business author, Latin and explain how to grow a business?  That was precisely what the members heard at their regular Tuesday noon meeting at Prante's on June 19th from Chuck Bigwood the owner of BigWoods Electric Motor.  His Wahpeton based company, started in the mid nineties, repairs electric motors but specialize in servo motors.  The word servo is Latin for "to keep" but variations translate as to "preserve; guard; watch over; protect, observe and save.  The words slave, servant and others derive from this Latin base.  What it all means is that servo motors in some way "keep" something.  Within the technical definition they are operate by computers and while there are many applications one of the best known is as the motors that drive robots doing repetitive tasks on manufacturing assembly lines.  They can range in size from about four inches by two inches by two inches to weighing several hundred pounds.  Repairing them is a skill.  Evidence that it is both a skill in demand and that BigWoods Electric Motor does it very well is that their customers are in forty-two States of the USA and internationally including in Singapore, Canada and Jamaica.  Soon they will be FAA certified as airplanes have many servo motors on them.Image
Entrepreneurship; motors that drive robots and Latin; Oh My! Robert Chambers 2012-06-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert Chambers on Jun 11, 2012
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Members were very interested as fellow member Postmaster Carolyn Haase explained the Post Office's new Every Door Direct Mail program at their regular meeting at Prante's June 12th.  The basic message was that it is simple and very cost effective to get your message into the hands of the public.  The message could be advertising from your company; a personal campaign to find a lost pet or promoting an entity such as the Bagg Farm.  Gone are the old days of needing a postage permit and paying annual fees.  This program is easily available at usps.com/everydoordirectmail with good explanations and easy options.  As an example you can select the specific areas of the map (carrier routes) that you wish covered.  Once you design your piece your printer can do all the rest or you can lower your costs by doing your own bundling.  The program does limit you to up to 5,000 pieces per day but you can cover a large area by doing 5,000 pieces each on several sequential days.  She indicated that Wahpeton can be almost totally covered with once 5,000 piece mailing.  Once delivered bundled to the post office the mailing cost is 14.5 cents apiece; less than a post card.Image
The Post Office has something for you! Robert Chambers 2012-06-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert Chambers on May 28, 2012
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It is called Rotary 101 but some feel it is more of a graduate level course.  On Tuesday May 29th Assistant District Governor (ADG) Marilyn Chambers presented the Rotary 101 course to members at their regular meeting.  The Power Point for the course is available in the "Downloads" link on the left side of this home page.  Who knew that the first Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) camp was in Australia?  Another tricky question was the distinction between Rotary's 100th birthday convention in Chicago in 2005 and the 2009 Centennial Convention in Birmingham, England.  Historical questions such as those were interesting but of far more relevance was that Rotary once had two mottoes, "Service Above Self" which is the current single motto and "He Profits Most Who Serves Best".  Members found the presentation "interesting" and informative.
Education day for Rotarians Robert Chambers 2012-05-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert Chambers on May 21, 2012
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On May 22nd members listened to Darlene Holtz and Brittany Jaehning from Sanford Health speak on issues regarding Advanced Planning.  Most individuals are aware of the need for wills and planning with funeral directors has become more common but many are unaware of other legal pitfalls of dying.  From "Power of Attorney for Health Care Matters" to the more recent Health Care Directive legislative assemblies have slowly improved the legal safeguards for individuals so that people around you, medical professionals, family and others, make the decisions that you wish in the event that you are unable.  Death is commonly a slow event rather than a single tragic episode and frequently along that continuum a person becomes unable to make decisions for themselves.  Modern medical technology has made that more common with the ability to keep a person alive in a vegetative state.  It was just such an instance, the Karen Quinlan case in New Jersey, that ignited the "right to die" debate in the country.Image
Dying is inevitable so let's do it well Robert Chambers 2012-05-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert Chambers on May 14, 2012
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At noon at Prante's on May 15th the club honored the Rotary Students of the Month for May 2012 named from four of the six of the high schools in Richland County. Neither Lidgerwood nor Fairmount nominated students this month.  The students are nominated from the Junior class at each of the schools by the Faculty.  As the school is much larger Wahpeton High School nominates three students each month.  The students invite a faculty member (many faculty regard this invitation as an honor) and their parents to attend with them.  Each student tells the members a bit about themselves and their plans and is then subject to a few questions from the floor.  See the "Students of the Month May, 2012" tab on the left hand side of our home page to open the student's bios and pictures.  This is the last Student of the Month luncheon for the 2011-12 fiscal year.  Thanks to Joel Lysne for being Master of Ceremonies for each luncheon this year.Image
From left to right: Joel Lysne, New Generations Chairman; Sophie Syversten, Richland #44; Alyssa Jane Prochnow, Carissa Jost and Alex Lunneborg all from Wahpeton H.S.; Jared Haberman, Wyndmere and President Pam Erlandson. (Absent: Kelsey Gaukler from Hankinson H.S.)
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Posted by Robert Chambers on May 07, 2012
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    Accompanied by their teacher Christy Stenseth three Richland 44 students read their winning Four Way Test essays at the regular club meeting Tuesday May 8th at Prante's.  All three local winners were from the same high school.
    The winning essay by Alexandria (Lexi) Gomez talked about peace in the home.  Lexi is a seventeen year old senior who will be going to MSUM in the fall in Spanish/Psychology.Image
   

Four Way Test Essay winners present Robert Chambers 2012-05-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert Chambers on Apr 30, 2012
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   On May 1st the members of the Wahpeton Rotary Club heard from Andy Peterson the President and CEO of the North Dakota Chamber of Commerce during their regular noon hour meeting at Prante's.  He explained the Chamber's lobbing of the North Dakota Legislative Assembly on behalf of business describing both defensive and offensive lobbying.  Overall he finds that the North Dakota legislators are open to listening to the Chamber and other interests and have the ability to compromise and do what is best of the people of North Dakota.
   He went on to describe the founding of the US Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C.  As many local Chambers had been founded prior to the US Chamber many North Dakota communities, including Wahpeton, are founding members of the US Chamber and that is represented on a large mural in the lobby of the Chamber's building in Washington.
   He closed by dealing with Measure Two, a measure that will be on the North Dakota ballot in June.  He is mildly amused that the Chamber has had to be counter- intuitive on this issue.  Normally they would not be in favor of keeping a tax but he calls Measure Two a "plan without a plan" and while well meaning has a "myriad of unintended consequences" most of which would not be in the best interests of North Dakota.  In particular that extends to local governments who would have restricted ways to raise revenue and have to have their budgets funded by and thus approved by the state legislature.  That loss of local control would be harmful to the communities and a burden on the legislature.  He pointed out that much of the wording of Measure Two likely has consequences not intended by the proponents or is very confusing as to what exactly is intended.  For these reasons the Chamber opposes Measure Two.Image
Andy Peterson, President and CEO of the North Dakota Chamber of Commerce speaks to Wahpeton Rotary Robert Chambers 2012-05-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert Chambers on Apr 24, 2012
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"Got Grass?  We don't" read the T-shirts of the Minot Rotarians promoting their Rotary Plant Hope project to purchase grass seed for Minot residents to reseed their lawns after the devastation of the Souris River flood a year ago.  On April 25th, just prior to a Club Vision process, Area Four Assistant District Governor Marilyn Chambers presented the Rotary Club of Minot (Noon), N.D. Ron Merritt a check for $ 540.00 from the Rotary Club of Wahpeton to assist in the project.  The check will purchase grass seed for a whole block of homes.  The Wahpeton club continues to raise money for this project through it's "Happy Dollars" campaign.Image
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Got Grass? We don't Robert Chambers 2012-04-25 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary International Director Betsy Demaray (Zone 28-29) at the White House Robert Chambers 2012-04-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert Chambers on Apr 16, 2012
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At noon at Prante's on April 17th the club honored the Rotary Students of the Month for April 2012 named from four of the six of the high schools in Richland County. Neither Lidgerwood nor Fairmount nominated students this month.  The students are nominated from the Junior class at each of the schools by the Faculty.  As the school is much larger Wahpeton High School nominates three students each month.  The students invite a faculty member to attend with them (many faculty regard this invitation as an honor) and their parents.  Each tells the members a bit about themselves and their plans and is then subject to a few questions from the floor.  See the "Students of the Month April, 2012" tab on the left hand side of our home page to open the student's bios and pictures.Image
Pictured above from left to right: Joel Lysne, Wahpeton Rotary's New.Generations Chair; Wyndmere's Bailey Lisa Haugen; Hankinson's Alyssa Kath; Richland 44's Hunter Evanson; and Wahpeton's Chelby Ward, Sydney Chase and Zachary Hruby.  Chelby Ward is pictured in the thumbnail.
April 2012 Students of the Month honored Robert Chambers 2012-04-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert Chambers on Apr 09, 2012
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    Relating some of what Rotary is about to some of what the Chamber is about the Executive Vice President of the Wahpeton-Breckenridge Chamber of Commerce, Ron Rowland, spoke to the Rotary members at their regular noon meeting Tuesday, April, 10th.
    His immediate concern was to make members aware of the North Dakota Measure Two debate this evening at 7 P.M at the Eagles that he will moderate and featuring advocates for both the Pros and the Cons of the measure.  The measure will be on the June ballot in North Dakota.
    He spoke of the "Business After Hours" event scheduled for April 19th at the Eagles.
    The Chamber is also sponsoring an innovative new event the "Recreation Sale in the Park" in Breckenridge's Wells Memorial Park on April 28th from 8 A.M. to 5 P.M.  Here buyers and sellers will be able to buy or sell recreational vehicles, motorcycles, scooters, trailers and any similar recreation equipment.Image
Ron Roland, Exec. VP, Wahpeton-Breckenridge Chambers of Commerce Robert Chambers 2012-04-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert Chambers on Apr 02, 2012
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     On Tuesday, April 3rd members heard about the 1012 Manufacturing Tour from Jane P. Priebe, CEcD the Wahpeton City Director of Economic Development.  After Gwinner, N.D.. Wahpeton has the highest per capita manufacturing profile in North Dakota.  Unlike most of the country manufacturing firms problem here is finding labor as the whole SE corner of North Dakota is very busy.  Thus, for the companies, one of the objectives of the tour is explaining to potential employees the benefits of working for that company.  For many of us the question is: "What goes on behind those walls?"  The tour will be done as the home tour is done.   One obtains a map (www.tourofmanufacturing.org) and then starting at 9 A.M on Saturday, April 21st (until 1 P.M.) one may travel to the various participating businesses for a 20 minute tour of each plant.  More information can be obtained at 1-800-654-5773.  Image

Jane Priebe; City of Wahpeton Director Economic Development; Manufacturing Tour 2012 Robert Chambers 2012-04-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert Chambers on Mar 26, 2012
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The luncheon honoring the Rotary Students of the Month from the various Richland County high schools is always one of the most popular meetings for members.  Today's was no exception as we honored seven studentsImage, this time all male, as being both exceptional and having Rotary values.  Please see the Student of the Month newsletter with photos and bios by clicking on the tab "Students of the Month, March" under "Downloads" just above the calendar in the left tabs on the home page. Joel Lysne (left front) is the club's New Generations Chair.
Students of the Month, March 2012 Robert Chambers 2012-03-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert Chambers on Mar 26, 2012
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As both his residence and office have been relocated Immediate Past President Dick Geiselhart's last day with The Rotary Club of Wahpeton, ND was today, March 27, 2012.  President Pam E. thanked him for his service on behalf of the club and on a personal note recognizing how much help he had been to her.  Dick will be transferring to the Rotary Club of Alexandria, MN. in District 5950.  Their web site is www.AlexRotary.com and, if you happen to be in Alexandria on a Thursday noon they meet at the Broadway Ballroom/Garden Center Lanes, 115 30th Ave. E, Alexandria.Image
IPP Dick Geiselhart transfering to Alexandria, MN. Rotary Club Robert Chambers 2012-03-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert Chambers on Mar 19, 2012
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During their regular meeting at Prante's on Tuesday March 20th members heard from Keith Brokke and Blake Crosby each of the FM-AM club.  This club has led the way in international projects during the past few years and, as Keith pointed out, the Wahpeton club has consistently supported or been with them.  Keith started by speaking of the World Community Service fund in District 5580.  We are the only District in the world that funds construction projects in this innovative way.  With the other three F-M area clubs and using District Funds they have led on the Handicapped Park and the Miracle Ball field in Fargo.  However today they were in Wahpeton to speak of their international projects in Guatemala, India and Tanzania.Image
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Blake Crosby

Fargo-Moorhead AM talks about International Projects Robert Chambers 2012-03-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert Chambers on Mar 14, 2012
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During a dinner to celebrate their scholars at the North Dakota State College of Science on the evening of March 7th  two scholarships from the Rotary Club of Wahpeton, N.D. were awarded.  Each scholarship is worth five hundred dollars ($ 500 US) and each was awarded to a liberal arts student.  Receiving the scholarships were Denim Schneider from Wahpeton, N.D. and Kayla Schrader from Wolcott, N.D.  Intern Secretary (Secretary-Elect) Jeff Christopherson (photo) represented the club at the dinner.
Wahpeton Rotary Scholarships Awarded March 7th. Robert Chambers 2012-03-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert Chambers on Mar 12, 2012
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Most people are aware of the agriculture agent at the county extension office but who knew there were other agents?  Members heard from the Family Consumer Science Agent for the Richland County Extension Service, Colleen M. Svingen  at their regular meeting today at Prante's.  Her specific topic, complete with an exercise for the members, was resiliency.  Resilience is the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats or other sources of significant stress such as family and relationship problems, financial, workplace, and health  problems.  It is the "bouncing back" phenomenon and is a learned behavior that is ordinary, not extraordinary.  She talked about ten ways to build resilience.  The family consumer science services are available to anyone in the county and are an important part of the services programs.  It and the agriculture, now more typically horticulture, programs are linked in some situations; as an example in the youth services such as 4-H education.  Other youth education services include archery training and air rifle training.  Other upcoming education programs include parenting classes based on solid research (let's not repeat the errors of our parents; why do we take golf lessons but not parenting lessons) and large quantity (non-commercial gatherings - weddings, church socials) safe Imagefood preparation.  How the roles of the county extension services have changed over the years with changes in the culture was discussed.  It has been a challenge for the service to adapt but they are trying hard to provide education relevant to individual and society needs in the twenty-first century.
The Road to Resiliency - Colleen M. Svingen; Richland County Extension Agent Robert Chambers 2012-03-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert Chambers on Mar 07, 2012
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The 2012-13 President of Rotary International, Sakuji Tanaka of Japan, has announced that Elizabeth "Betsy” Demaray, from Sault Ste. Marie has been named the Treasurer of Rotary International.  Betsy currently sits on the 19 member Board of Directors of Rotary International for 2011-13, and each year one member of the board is appointed as the Treasurer. She will be the first woman to ever served as an officer of the organization in its 105 year history and will oversee a $100 million budget.  2007.   Demaray joined the Rotary Club of Sault Ste. Marie in 1988, soon after women were allowed to join the organization. She became the club’s first female president in 1994 and served again as its president in 2000, she was elected as the first female District Governor for District 6290.

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Elizabeth "Betsy” Demaray of our own Zones 28 and 29 named RI Treasurer Robert Chambers 2012-03-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert Chambers on Mar 05, 2012
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One of our own, Smith Motors sales consultant Jeff Christopherson, explained the current trends in motor vehicles as the program at the club's regular meeting today, March 6th at Prante's.  He began by explaining the improvements over the past couple of decades in vehicle engineering both for safety and vehicle longevity as well as the improved sales practices in the industry.  He identified fuel injection and front wheel drive as clear engineering improvements and the use by consumers of the internet to check pre-purchase on vehicles as leveling prices and the playing field for dealers.Image
Gasoline prices, hybrids and electric oh my!! Robert Chambers 2012-03-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert Chambers on Mar 04, 2012
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Members of the club have historically read to various classes at Wahpeton Central Elementary and this year is no different.  Here the program manager for the club Suzanne Pehl an owner of TLP Trucking, Inc. Imagegets comfortable in the hall and assists a Grade Two student from Mrs. Close's class read.  Today, Monday March 5th four members assisted the students one-on-one reading and every student had an opportunity.  When teachers encourage students to read it is because of their job; when parents encourage their kids to read that is them being parents but to the child when a business person takes time to come and help them read reading must be important.
It is Literacy Month Robert Chambers 2012-03-05 00:00:00Z 0