Rotary Club of Cokato-Dassel

Stories

story-thumbnail
Thursday we will hear from Dan and Becky Bravinder from Dan and Becky's Market in Cokato.
 
Hope to see you all there!
 
Jake Linder
President's Weekly Message 2017-10-11 05:00:00Z 0
Thursday we will have Pastor Carolyn from Gethsemane Lutheran in Dassel come and share with us about filling backpacks with food for kids to take home over the weekend.  Hope you can join us!
 
Saturday, October 14th we have a work day planned to repair and paint the benches on the walking path and the bleachers at the ball park in Cokato.  We will meet at the ballpark at about 8:30 and divide up from there.  We will finish up with a cookout at the Plowman residence at around noon.  I will pass around a signup sheet at tomorrow's meeting to try to get an idea of how many people will be able to attend.  Thank you Jill and Gary for all your work on this already!!
 
Rose sale is in full swing as well!  Sell, Sell, Sell!!
 
Jake Linder
President's Weekly Message 2017-10-05 05:00:00Z 0
We have a service activity scheduled on October 14th and would like to invite everyone to participate!  We will be doing some maintenance, painting and repairs to the benches on the walking path and the bleachers at the ball park in Cokato.  Wear your work clothes!  There will be something for everyone to do!
 
Thursday we will hear from Sergeant Scott Halonen of the Wright County Sheriff's department.  Let's come together to hear from and encourage our local police officers.
 
Jake Linder
President's Weekly Message 2017-09-27 05:00:00Z 0
This week we will hear from Colleen Compton of the DC Arts Association.  Hope all of you are having a great week and can make it to Thursday's meeting!
 
Jake Linder
President's Weekly Message 2017-09-21 05:00:00Z 0
I'd like to thank Mary for an inspirational and heartfelt meeting last week!  Mary invited Peter Kormanik, owner of the McDonald's restaurants in Litch, Hutch and Annandale, to speak on the Ronald McDonald House Organization.  It is near-and-dear to Mary's heart from first hand experience and it is an amazing help to families with sick children.  Hopefully our group can support this organization in some way in the near future.  Thanks again, Mary, for sharing!!
 
Thursday Hutch Erickson, Cokato Fire Chief, will come and share with us.  See you there!
 
Jake Linder
President's Weekly Message 2017-09-14 05:00:00Z 0
Greetings from Kennebunkport, Maine!  I will not be able to make it back for Thursday's meeting and will miss you all.  I'm sure it will be one for the record books!  A couple reminders:  
 
-Bring school supplies for the Dassel Ambassadors' collection they will complete this weekend.
 
-Sign up for a time slot to help on Monday to help set up, serve, or clean up.  It is always a fun time!
 
President-from-afar,
 
Jake Linder
President's Weekly Message 2017-08-30 05:00:00Z 0
story-thumbnail
This week's meeting will be at our normal location at city hall.  We will be hearing from Johanna, who just completed her master's thesis.  
 
Next week we will host the new Dassel-Cokato School Teachers.  See you all Thursday!
 
Jake Linder
President's Weekly Message 2017-08-17 05:00:00Z 0
story-thumbnail
We will be meeting at the Dassel History Center this week at our regular time.   If you haven't already, please RSVP to Mary so she can have a proper count for lunch at elbowsallowed@gmail.com.
 
Bring your school supplies for the Dassel Ambassadors.
 
Jake Linder
President's Weekly Message 2017-08-01 05:00:00Z 0
story-thumbnail
The Dassel Ambassadors and candidates will be joining us this Thursday to tell us about their past year as ambassadors and learn about the candidates running this year.  Come with a thought-provoking question to put them on the spot!  See you tomorrow.  Bring a friend!
 
Jake Linder
President's Weekly Message 2017-07-26 05:00:00Z 0
story-thumbnail
Join us again Thursday as we meet for a wonderful meal and fellowship for Rotary.  We will hear from Caroline Holje about what's happening at the Dassel History Center.  Guest presenter/performer will be Shari Forsman playing a little ditty on the tuba.  
 
Invite a guest!  See you Thursday!
 
Jake Linder
President's Weekly Message 2017-07-19 05:00:00Z 0
story-thumbnail
Happy Post-4th of July Week!
 
We are back in action tomorrow to gather together.  We will hear from one of our seasoned club members, Michael Boyle, about his new Health Care Bill and how he plans to reshape the Health Care System in America, or maybe just Meeker County, or maybe not at all ... I have no idea what he is going to talk about, but I know it will be fabulous!  See you all tomorrow.
 
Jake Linder
 
P.S.  Kelly:  smileyyesblushsurpriseindecisionwink
President's Weekly Message 2017-07-12 05:00:00Z 0
story-thumbnail
(looking at crowd with chest out and head held high.  triumphant and bold expression) As my first official act as President, I'd like to ... (shoulders slump and look at ground. Weak and timid voice) apologize."  This is your reminder that this weeks meeting at City Hall on Thursday at Noon on July 6th will be cancelled for two reasons.  One, because of the holiday week.  And two, because we had a super exciting Rotary Party last thursday evening at the Plowman's home.  Hopefully everyone remembered that there was no meeting today.
 
Thank you, Gary and Jill, for hosting!!  DJ Gary was keeping the dance floor full, Bartender Kim was keeping the glasses full,  Chef Jill was keeping our bellies full, and Sage Chris was keeping our ears and minds full of fun musical facts.
We will resume our normal weekly meetings next week.  I will send you an email reminder if I remember. frown  (Kelly, that emoji was for you!)
 
Jake Linder
President's Weekly Message 2017-07-06 05:00:00Z 0
story-thumbnail
Greetings all, well this has been quite a year.  We have had some fun, some laughs, did a bunch of service together and had a couple of parties!  All in all another great year of Rotary.  This Thursday will be the last meeting I preside over as your president.  Starting the next week Jake Linder will reign supreme.
 
Thursday we will have the passing of the Rotary flag and an amazing presentation provided by Terry Bose.  
 
Hope to see you there.
 
Tim Wheatley
President's Weekly Message 2017-06-21 05:00:00Z 0
story-thumbnail
Greetings all.  This Thursday we will be treated to a presentation by Enrico our exchange student.  What has he learned?  What has he enjoyed most?  What is he doing next?  All of these can be your questions as you join us for Rotary Thursday.  Please join us and support this wonderful young man as we send him off in good Rotary style.  
 
Tim Wheatley
President's Weekly Message 2017-06-07 05:00:00Z 0
So this last week I finished reading a book with a Student in Mrs. Athmann's class and in the acknowledgements there was a thanks to rotary for a project they were supporting in Southern Sudan.  It was a moment of pride for me to say, "Hey I am a Rotarian" and this is one of the things that we do.  It is amazing to think of all the good work that you are part of.  In order to continue to do this good work we donate to something we call Foundation we will learn more about it Thursday.  Please come, bring your checkbooks hear about the good that Rotary does in the world.  (If we need filler I may even read parts from the book--how long has it been since someone has read to you!)  See you Thursday.
 
Tim Wheatley
President's Weekly Message 2017-05-24 05:00:00Z 0
Greetings Rotarians.  On Thursday we will be treated to the council on aging talking to us about how our communities can become more supportive to those struggling with dementia and then also how we can be certified as a Dementia supportive community.  One of the things that has always impressed me about these communities has been how supportive they are of taking care of people.  I look forward to hearing about this next step in that process. 
 
Hope to see you there...unless you forget and that is what we will be talking about.  
 
President Tim
President's Weekly Message 2017-05-17 05:00:00Z 0
Thursday we convene to once again revel and function in our capacity as created co-creators in shaping the destiny of Rotary in the great tradition of Paul Harris and his fellows.  Do you ever talk to someone and feel like you are not really sure what they just said?  It happens to all of us and although I am sure it was their fault, it could also have something to do with the ambiguity of language.  Today we invite you to Rotary where we will be discussing and discovering this barrier and talking about how we as humans say what we know and feel more clearly.  See you there!
 
Tim Wheatley
President's Weekly Message 2017-05-11 05:00:00Z 0
Greetings I am sure many of you have applied for, or had kids apply for scholarships.  Each year there is an estimated 46 billion dollars of scholarships given in the US.  The process is both integral to paying for college in the modern world and is also fraught with much competition and anxiety for our youth.  This week we get to hear about one such scholarship program as Sara Keskey Roufer comes to speak about the A-Z scholarship.  
 
Speaking of free gifts,  the school is doing their free lunch program again this year.  Do we want to get in on helping with this?  Bring your ideas tomorrow.
 
 
Tim Wheatley
Scholarship recipient 1997 (not of the A-Z scholarship but a different one).
President's Weekly Message 2017-04-26 05:00:00Z 0
Good Day!
 
Thursday is our final meeting with the youth of strive.  We have done our best to impress good qualities of citizenship and adulthood on them. We have tried to give them our collective wisdom.  So we will show them how fun we are. Let's have a great meeting with a lot of energy!  (See how I connected it to last week, that is I know why you read these).  
 
Hopefully we will see you there!
 
Tim Wheatley
President's Weekly Message 2017-04-20 05:00:00Z 0
So we at rotary like to do things the right way.  So last week we had Sundee from the new store Sol, and now this week we have Hal Kimball with Blue Horizon Energy, a company that focuses on Solar energy!  You may know Hal and the wisdom he brings us.  I hope you are enlightened by the wisdom he brings.  I expect that light bulbs go off as he shares his views.  I cannot promise that he will be dressed like Elf, but we can all hope!  
 
I will not be there tomorrow, something about the Holiest Week of the Church year, but I wish you all a blessed Mandy Thursday and Tridium.  
 
 
Tim Wheatley
President's Weekly Message 2017-04-12 05:00:00Z 0
Vital Statistics on Sol:
diameter: 1,390,000 km
mass1.989e30 kg 
temperature: 5800 K (surface) 15,600,000 K (core)
 
Or you could say that Sol is the new store in Dassel.  If you are interested in either Sol please join us when Sundee from Sol Wellness in Dassel joins us this Thursday.  Please bring your best Sol questions and listen about this unique store that is joining our community.  Thanks.
 
Tim Wheatley
President's Weekly Message 2017-04-05 05:00:00Z 0
Some weeks I have a lot to say.  Other weeks I don't.  Come to Rotary tomorrow at Noon.
 
Tim Wheatley
President's Weekly Message 2017-03-29 05:00:00Z 0
Today we will be welcoming our very own Jill Plowman as our guest.  She has a special place in her heart for Child Literacy and will be telling us about it.  She also has an exciting project that we can be part of so since you were once a child and you are reading this we know Childhood Literacy is of concern to you.  Please join us this Noon for some service and sustenance. 
 
Tim Wheatley
President's Weekly Message 2017-03-23 05:00:00Z 0
This week the Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted FFA Ag issues team will be visiting to present on their chosen issue.  
 
Hope to see you there!
 
Dori

 
President's Weekly Message 2017-03-16 05:00:00Z 0
This week we have been having near constant high temperatures.  I went to work today without a coat, because it was warm enough.  On a week like this you want to ditch work and go watch the clouds and run your toes in the grass (well mud anyway).  However people look down at you if you just take Thursday afternoon off to go on a random wilderness excursion.  So we offer you the chance to get away to Rotary and people will not only not look down on you for that behavior, they will applaud what you are doing in the world!  So take some time to kick back and join rotary tomorrow afternoon.  We will have the sun shining down on us, and for these week only we will make shoes optional.  While you are there we will have Amy Kortisses speak to us about Wright County Community Action.  
 
So grab some rays with us and forget about the massive storm predicted for Friday!  Hope to see you there. 
 
Tim Wheatley
President's Weekly Message 2017-02-23 06:00:00Z 0
This week we will the small business class from Dassel Cokato, perhaps you will be there to mentor some impressionable minds giving them hope and inspiration for their future.  Or perhaps you will learn something about how to run your small business.  Either way you won't want to miss this coming Thursday as we have the DC Small business class with us!
 
The Prez
President's Weekly Message 2017-02-15 06:00:00Z 0
How long has it been since you had to worry about midterms?  Do you remember walking into the dreaded test wondering how you would remember all the information that you had acquired since day one?  Well we are going to be talking about Midterms, but don't worry it is not graded, specifically Kelly and Kim are going to be telling you about the Midterm Assembly.  
 
We hope you join us for inspiring and funny? tales about your greater rotary family.   
 
The Prez
President's Weekly Message 2017-02-08 06:00:00Z 0
I know that when Wednesday passes and you do not receive an e-mail from your president you start to worry, did I miss a special date and we will not be receiving a wonderfully made lunch along with a side dish of good company and learning?  You start to fret that your Thursday will not be complete!  But never fear the spirit of Rotary is indeed among us today and we will be joining in the bonds of Rotarianship this very day at 12:05.  We will gather around and hear our Camp Enterprise attendee, Michael Howell.  
 
So I end by saying, Yes Virginia, there is Rotary!
 
Tim Wheatley
 
President's Weekly Message 2017-01-19 06:00:00Z 0
Greetings Rotarians!  The speaker for Thursdays meeting will be Brandon Grochow from Dassel. Brandon returned from living in Alaska for over 10 years to open a seafood business in downtown Dassel that sells wild, natural, sustainable seafood. His business, My Alaska Seafood Connection supports local fishermen, and he shares their stories. Brandon will share about his experiences in Alaska and his knowledge of the commercial fishing industry.
 
Brandon has worked with Mary to provide some Alaskan seafood for the meal.  So this is a meeting not to miss!  You get to listen to the speaker and sink your teeth into his message.  We are hoping for a full group on Thursday so we hope to see you there!  
 
President Tim Wheatley
President's Weekly Message 2017-01-09 06:00:00Z 0
This time of year with new beginnings, new calendars, and a new cold snap, we often talk about what we would like to do differently.  (While it is an arbitrary time to do it why would you change things when it is cold and snowy out--me I prefer lent, but once again I lose to popular culture so i will stop my digression here and pretend I am on board with making new year resolutions right now when the cold, ice, and lack of sunlight pretty much stop us from having the energy and motivation to change our socks much less greater life habits--ok I will stop the digression here for real).  So I have to ask you what is your resolution.  Are you going to make more meetings?  Eat more desserts?  Ask better questions?  Stop editing your digressions out of your presidential e-mails (yes they are in about every third one but they get deleted for your reading pleasure).  Are you going to tell more people about rotary?  
 
Or maybe you could resolve to be with us this Thursday to hear Katie Scepaniak speak and teach us.  We hope you see you there  because I resolve to appreciate you more in the upcoming year, so you are appreciated!
 
Tim Wheatley
President's Weekly Message 2017-01-04 06:00:00Z 0
To celebrate this joyous season, please join us at our meeting Thursday for some Christmas cheer and festive food with some holiday hooligans! 
 
If if you are bringing a guest, please let Mary know ASAP so she can plan numbers. 
 
Thanks all!
 
Dori for president Tim, who is currently sledding. 

 
President's Weekly Message 2016-12-21 06:00:00Z 0
Maybe you are wondering about your mental acuity in this cold snap.  Have your synapses cooled or are you as swift at processing as you ever were (faster for some of us than others)?  You could of course take a course at a community college OR you could join us Thursday as Johanna from the Cokato Museum comes to challenge us with some puzzles.  It could be that your president, Johanna and some others have been working on the “Escape room 2:  Back to the Seventies.”  Johanna will be there to tell you all about it and test your mental acuity with some puzzles.   Please join us for this exciting time and get your puzzlers ready. 
 
Riddle me out!  
Tim Wheatley
President's Weekly Message 2016-12-14 06:00:00Z 0
Last week were inspired towards the greater rotary world with our District Governor Mark.  This week we shall hear about one of these projects, Camp Enterprise.  We have had a youth go this last year and they get to hear about Mr. Howell experience.  Please join us for a great time talking about how we educate our youth with enriching experiences.
 
Tim Wheatley
President's Weekly Messsage 2016-12-07 06:00:00Z 0
I have about 15 minutes before confirmation starts so let me quickly remind you that you should join us Thursday for Rotary.  Why?  Two good reasons, one you missed us last week so there will be twice as much fun and frivolity as normal and secondly because the District Governor is coming and I want him to think I run a tight ship.  (No need to tell him the truth mind you!)  Just show up with your best Rotary bling on.   
 
Tim Wheatley
President's Weekly Message 2016-12-01 06:00:00Z 0
If you remember your Harry Potter (or if you don't just nod your head), food magically appears on the plates of the Students in the first book and everyone is just convinced it is magic.  Later in the series you learn there are little elves making the food and then it is just magically transported to their plates.  
 
In our lives many of those things that are for us just conveniences require others to work hard for it to be convenient for us.  Which brings us to Thursday meals.  We all know we join rotary for 4 main reasons:
 
1) The food
2) Service
3) The fun
4) The president is Awesome!
 
So tomorrow we peer behind the curtain to see how that food comes to our tables.  I am betting it is elves, but I will have to learn along with you tomorrow.
 
President Tim Wheatley
President's Weekly Message 2016-11-16 06:00:00Z 0
This week you probably have been glued to your television screen with this most intense of rivalries, these two teams both under "curses" have gotten to the world series and both of them are fighting hard to prove that the curse is finally broken.  So we decided at this most momentous occasion to discuss baseball.  But not the world series, everyone is talking about that.  We decided to talk to Rob Swendra about what he does when he is not there with us.  He is going to tell us about his baseball experience and if we are lucky, he will be signing autographs. 
 
I hope you join us tomorrow for two great American past times, eating and baseball.  
 
Tim Wheatley
Weekly President's Message 2016-10-26 05:00:00Z 0
Do you remember back in school when the phrase MEA break used to fill us with joy and longing at a 5 day weekend?  My brother and I would always plan on spending all night long playing a video game because there was no School the next day and we effectively had nothing to do, it was a mini-summer vacation planted in the middle of Fall.  As I watch these kids running around today without a care in the world I wonder when our MEA break will be...

The only thing that makes it bearable is the knowledge that tomorrow is Rotary!  So join with me in my "non-MEA-getting lament" by eating good food and learning about Hospice with Ellie Nelson.  Wife and better half of Daniel Nelson, she works for a Christian Hospice called Guardian Angels.  I hope not to need hospice anytime soon, but if I did I would probably call the Guardian Angels!  
 
Join us for Rotary tomorrow as we hear about the great work that is done, and maybe lament we don't have the day off.   See you there, 
 
Tim Wheatley
President's Weekly Message 2016-10-19 05:00:00Z 0
Though we have all heard of and driven by many American Legion posts, you may not realize that it was incorporated by Congress in 1919 after the Great War as a way to help veterans through "mutual helpfulness."  They do many services here in town, I know they sponsor the local cub scout pack, and as a Den leader I am very thankful for that.  
 
So it is with great pleasure that I welcome Mike Ackerman to Rotary this Thursday to tell us more about what the Legion does in Dassel and Cokato.  
 
Did I mention they sponsored the cub scouts?  
 
President Tim Wheatley
 
President's Weekly Message 2016-10-05 05:00:00Z 0
One of the things told to me when I moved to Cokato years ago was this was a caring community.  Different examples were given, Rotary, Lions, Community chest and others.  Then they told me about all of the services for people we have such as the villiage ranch and the AME houses.  It made an impression on me and I decided to live here (and even join rotary).  It just so happens that one of the founders of these services is joining us tomorrow.  Marty McGraw is joining us so I hope you do to.  

Here is a brief bio so you can be a little informed before tomorrow.  AME Community Services, Inc. is an agency started in Cokato in 1992 which provides support to children and adults with developmental disabilities. AME currently employs 175 individuals providing support to 86 people in Wright, Hennepin and Ramsey County in one of their 20 homes or in the child's family home. AME Community Services, Inc. is a national and state leader in providing support to people with Prader-Willi Syndrome, a rare complex genetic syndrome which among other issues involves an insatiable appetite and developmental delays. The founder Marty McGraw has provided support to people with disabilities in Cokato since 1974.
 
Tim Wheatley
 
President's Weekly Message 2016-09-29 05:00:00Z 0
Thursday for rotary we are excited to have Hutch Erickson coming to talk about the fire department and the proposal for a new fire house.  
 
I would write more but I am already 21 hours behind on this message, so nothing superfluous today, just the facts.  Come learn about the fire department and share good food with us.  
 
Tim Wheatley
President's Weekly Message 2016-09-22 05:00:00Z 0
I have just gotten off the phone with our host for tomorrow, (you know the person lining up the program) and I have to tell you I do not know who our guest is.  I an not trustworthy enough for that information because apparently if I know I send it to a list of 28 of my closest friends.  So I am listing tomorrow's program as "Suspenseful surprise"  
 
While you may think of this as a cheap gimmick, according to Dr. Amanda Ellison of The Telegraph, suspense is a way to keep our mind working, we have to process external information to make and evaluate guesses about upcoming information.  The process stimulates and strengthens your mind. This can be extremely healthy for a brain, so if you have been feeling bored today you can take on the mystery of "Who has Dr. Paul invited to Rotary tomorrow?"  
 
The prize for correctly guessing will be an extra dessert.  (Which shall be guilt free because you burned so many calories with those extra neurons firing.)  
 
Submissions will only be accepted until 11:00 tomorrow, because I will need to tabulate results for the meeting at noon.  
 
Until then use deduction to solve this new puzzle in your life. 
 
 
Tim Wheatley
President's Weekly Message 2016-09-14 05:00:00Z 0
In 1969 there was a mechanical failure on the USS Enterprise (and aircraft carrier) and caused a fire that resulted in multiple deaths and over 100 million dollars of damage.  Tomorrow, Thursday September 8th, we will have David Huikko, a resident of Dassel, who will present a little history about the tragic fire on the USS Enterprise on January 14, 1969.   
 
Hope to see you there at noon as we learn about this tragic day in our nation's history. 
 
Tim Wheatley
President's Weekly Message 2016-09-07 05:00:00Z 0
This is the last rotary meeting before the school year starts.  That of course means we are looking for people to help with Red Rooster days, but more than that it means that we have that moment of panic wondering if we did everything we wanted to on summer vacation.  I know few of us receive summer vacation, however leftover from my childhood I feel like summers should be a time when I get in squirt gun fights, blow bubbles, run through the grass barefoot, and walk through the woods writing poetry.  But did I this summer?  No*--so the question that confronts me is why didn't I?  
 
Well we are lucky enough to have Bergen Nelson a recent Philosophy and English Major who graduated from St. Olaf College and is currently working at the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Cokato!  (How did he get talked into doing this?...I know his boss).  He will speak to us about why poetry moves the soul and why we so seldom craft our own.  Be prepared to be creative and have your soul moved.  
 
See you tomorrow at Noon!  
 
Tim Wheatley
 
 
*well actually I did all of them but the poetry.
President's Weekly Message 2016-08-31 05:00:00Z 0
Last week we saw some of the marvelous youth who our school system has helped to bring up and train.  I was impressed with their pose and friendship.  I in no small way credit it to all of those teachers who put in lots of time, effort, and love into the youth of this community.  I can never thank them often enough for the work that they do.  Sometimes it can be thankless (how many times do kids complain about school and teachers), however year after year they strive to serve the world by bringing up wonderful children.  Which is why this week I am so excited to announce that we will be having the new teachers for DC schools come and join us.  What a better way to spend the noon hour than to hear what is happening over at our schools.  
 
So I hope that you will be there and remember to sit up straight and pay attention just like Mrs Tolzman taught you in 3rd grade!  There may be a pop quiz, that's the thing with pop quizzes, you never know when they are going to happen.  
 
You may be wondering about the answer to last week's question... if you are it was "Golden fish bowl."  
 
 
 
Tim Wheatley
President's Weekly Message 2016-08-24 05:00:00Z 0
Dress up we are having ambassadors at Rotary.
 
Ok, so you do not need to actually dress up, but I did want to let you know that we have the Dassel Ambassadors and candidates coming on this Thursday.  Last year they allowed us to ask questions of them to get them ready for their competition.  So start thinking of good ones now.  
 
How about, "If two trains were traveling towards each other, one was traveling at 50 miles per hour from Duluth and the other traveling 35 miles per hour from Chishom and both were using a corn based ethanol with a 87 percent combustion rate (factoring, of course, the .07 percent decrease in combustion per mph based on speeds over 35 mph)  and if each of the above said trains was carrying freight equal to but not exceeding the weight of 45 bulls who have been grass fed, whereas the conductor of the first was a left-handed pitcher in college and the conductor of the second was playing second flugelhorn in the community orchestra, how many roads must a man walk down before you can call him a man?"
 
Or you of course could be more creative (or at least more coherent).  
 
Well the answer to that and many other questions will be given Thursday at Rotary!  Join us!
 
 
Tim Wheatley
President's Weekly Message 2016-08-17 05:00:00Z 0
 
You have heard rumors I am sure about certain candidates meeting with potential running mates this upcoming week.  While I am not at liberty to say anything official about that, of course, I can tell you that this job as the President of Rotary has gotten me a lot of buzz and I need to go spend a week out on the west coast for some "vacation" if you catch my drift.  
 
This means that I will have to leave my predecessor in charge for low these next two weeks, but never fear I shall return to you on July 21st to start my reign of terror period of service.  
 
So that you know this week you will be treated to the wonderful and talented Cokato Royalty candidates.  There are 11 this year, I saw them in the float up in Annandale on July 4 and they were representing well.  Please show up and let them know our appreciation of them and their hard work and waving.  
 
Well I am off to locations undisclosed!  
 
Tim the Overlord President.
President's Weekly Message 2016-07-06 05:00:00Z 0
Our noon meeting is this evening.
Our lunch is a rib dinner.
Our milk and coffee is cocktails. 
Our upstairs at city hall is everywhere at Daniels house.
Our old president is a new and improved president.
Our camaraderie and friendship is our camaraderie and friendship.
See you tonight! 
 
Kelly Babekuhl
President's Weekly Message 2016-06-30 05:00:00Z 0
Tomorrow we will be filling the swag bags, making posters etc for the 5K.
 
Let's get more participants for the run!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We need more people!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Make some contacts!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Thanks in advance!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! My pinky is exhausted from all the exclamation marks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 
Reminder that Daniel and Ellie will be hosting the presidents party the evening of June 30. Significant others are invited. Which means Kim can be there! YAY!
 
 
Kelly Babekuhl
 
 
 
 
President's Weekly Message 2016-06-23 05:00:00Z 0
Who knew hiring a statistician for the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service in Washington DC would be so cheap-let alone that he'd be funny!  Join me tomorrow for Tony Dahlman's presentation!!! Tony is the son of Kevin and Nancy Dahlman and grandson of Hazel.
 
Neah is safely back in Finland-much to the excitement of her mom!
 
Let's keep getting people to register for the 5K!
 
 
Kelly Babekuhl
President's Weekly Message 2016-06-15 05:00:00Z 0
Good Morning Sunshine!!!!
 
Just finished my first cup of coffee! Daily goal....check!
 
So very happy that Neea will be our speaker this week! She has been such an outstanding addition to our community, our school district, our club and to all of us personally! 
 
Thank you Peter for resurrecting the Exchange program. Your time and efforts are greatly appreciated. 
 
Kelly Babekuhl
President's Weekly Message 2016-06-09 05:00:00Z 0
Have you ever wondered what is really happening in Northeast Minnesota with all the mining and want a better understanding of what the Iron Range is and the issues it faces?  Our own Mike Boyle, former Chisholm Bluestreak,  will be giving all the answers  Thursday at Rotary so you don't want to miss it!
 
 
Kelly Babekuhl
President's Weekly Message 2016-05-25 05:00:00Z 0
Hello Fellow Rotarians.  As your local Rotary Foundation Chairperson (and one who is not ashamed to beg, bug, and pester) I am sending this email to remind all of you that our fiscal year is coming to a close soon and thus the end of our annual Rotary Foundation Drive.  For those of you who were at last weeks meeting, this will be a friendly reminder, and for those of you who were not in attendance, this will be a friendly introduction that this Thursday we are conducting a ONE-DAY FOUNDATION DRIVE.  Bring a check made out to "TRF"  (The Rotary Foundation) and place it in the bucket.  Let's see how much we can raise in one day!!  
 
Our club goals are "Every Rotarian, Every Year" and this year's financial goal is $4300.  LET'S SEE IF WE CAN GET IT DONE IN ONE DAY!!  Thank you all in advance for your generosity and support!
 
Jake Linder
 
 
Rotary Foundation Message 2016-05-10 05:00:00Z 0
Hello All!  Tomorrow will bring a great lunch and a great presentation! No pressure Jake! 
 
The Rotary Foundation is a unique and vital component to our Rotary organization.  Our Foundation Chair, Jake Linder, will speak to us regarding its function and our commitment. Thank you to Jake for his willingness to serve as our club chair and for your willingness to help his endeavors!
 
See you all tomorrow.  I brought something back from New Orleans...I think its yellow fever.
 
Kelly :)
President's Weekly Message 2016-04-20 05:00:00Z 0
Hello Rotarians!  I am looking forward to seeing you all Thursday!!! I have a great tan and a bad attitude!
 
Our meeting will feature the DC Parliamentary Team-one of my favorite programs! The team of students are always entertaining and amazing!
 
Please add to your calendars the Strive Banquet. It will be held May 2 at the Baptist Church at 6:00. Our guest speaker will be Karla Heeter from the Bounce Back Project. We would like to individually serve our guests their finely Elbows Allowed catered dinner so will need a full Rotarian wait staff. 
 
Also let's get people to register for the 5K!!!! So far we have zero registered. No where to go but up! Alina has donated $500 for the event. Let's make them happy they did. Let's make a commitment that each of us bring at least FIVE participants.   See you tomorrow!
 
Kelly Babekuhl
President's Weekly Message 2016-04-06 05:00:00Z 0
 
Hello Fellow Rotarians!!!!!! (exclamation points are a sad substitute for emojies)
 
Dori, being her usual awesome self, has entered tomorrows speaker on Club Runner! (Yes, Chris, you should be teary eyed)
So, if you want to know who it is, you can explore Club Runner! 
 
See you tomorrow for a great lunch and informative speaker :)
 
 
Kelly Babekuhl
President's Weekly Message 2016-02-17 06:00:00Z 0
Our speaker for Thursday is Jennifer Carl, a Youth Employment Specialist with Central MN Jobs and Training Services, a MN Workforce Center Partner.  Jennifer has a Bachelor's of Science from Southwest MN State in Education and 10 years of retail business experience.  She has been serving the Meeker and Wright County areas with CMJTS for over 8 years, helping disadvantaged youth to get work skills and training to improve their earning potential as adults.  Jennifer will also be presenting to our STRIVE students in March! The past three summers Rotarians have participated in a program sponsored by Jennifer and CMJTS targeting at risk youth. The program focuses on the students gaining skills to be prepared for the job market.
 
Kelly Babekuhl
President's Weekly Message 2016-02-10 06:00:00Z 0
Hey it's a heat wave!!!  I was told by numerous sources that Ella's presentation was wonderful! Kinda makes you want to host an exchange student doesn't it???? YES!!!
 
Tomorrow is everyone's favorite meeting...CLUB ASSEMBLY....said no one ever...but when you remember we get a sumptuous homemade lunch with a special dessert, of course you want to be there!
 
I'm disappointed that Club Runner doesn't have emoji's.....
 
Kelly Babekuhl
President's Weekly Message 2016-01-13 06:00:00Z 0
Happy New Year!!! Happy new email venue-hope I do it right!  We are starting the year off right with Elle Woullet as our speaker!! Elle was our exchange student to Finland. 
 
Thank you to Peter for restoring our club exchange program! Peace is built one person at a time. Rotary's creates the program for youth to learn that in spite of differences, people's hopes, aspirations and fears are the same all over the globe. YOU facilitate and nourish the program! YOU are creating that peace one person at a time. Thank YOU!
 
Kelly Babekuhl
President's Weekly Message 2016-01-07 06:00:00Z 0
No meeting this week.  Have wonderful wonderful holidays!!! Thank you for everything and I mean everything you do!!!!
 
Kelly Babekuhl
President's Weekly Message 2015-12-22 06:00:00Z 0
Looking forward to Thursday's Christmas meeting! As always Mary prepares a wonderful lunch and as an added bonus Pastor Tim will be hosting.
 
Kelly Babekuhl
President's Weekly Message 2015-12-16 06:00:00Z 0
How did we ever survive?  This and many other questions of the universe will be answered tomorrow by our own personal favorite historian, Mike Worcester!!! Okay he may only address the survival question.
 
Reminder to don those festive Christmas sweaters for Friday's gala at the Hansen home!!!! Please bring an hor d'eauvr to share. I will attach a list of my favorites...
 
See you all tomorrow!
 
Kelly Babekuhl
President's Weekly Message 2015-12-09 06:00:00Z 0
Still in the spirit of Thanksgiving (and still disliking Verizon's Thanksgetting campaign), a heartfelt thank you and gratitude to all of you for your commitment to Rotary and most importantly your friendships.
 
This week's program will be presented by Betsy Plowman. Betsy recently attended Camp Enterprise. Hopefully her mom will attend with her and she will remember that we are the coolest people she knows.
 
Kelly Babekuhl
President's Weekly Message 2015-12-02 06:00:00Z 0
President's Weekly Message 2015-11-25 06:00:00Z 0
Hello all!!!  Sorry to have missed last week- okay- that is such a lie. We had a wonderful vacation- thank you for asking.
 
Tomorrow we will be hosting our Strive High School students. This is a tremendous group of young men and women! I hope you can attend. Meeting the students is always a highlight and a great opportunity to know them. They are willing and wanting to improve their school academics and prospects for the future. Thank you Andy for all your time, talents and efforts in creating a stellar program. Thank you club members for your assistance at the monthly meetings, attending the banquet and or contributing financially for scholarships and pizza lunches! The outcome is immeasurable!
 
See you tomorrow ( I will be the one with the glowing tan - don't confuse me with Bruce).
 
Kelly Bebekuehl
President's Weekly Message 2015-11-18 06:00:00Z 0
Rotarians,
 
This message is posted on behalf of my “significant other” and your “president” who just telephoned me from poolside in Palm Springs.  The air temperature is 73 degrees, and her margarita temperature is 34 degrees.  Needless to say, Kelly will not be present for tomorrow’s meeting, and she is threatening to resign her presidency and remain there permanently.  As a result, Presdient-Elect Pastor Tim will preside - tomorrow and possibly for the next year-and-a-half. 
 
Thursday’s speaker is Don Dufner, the Meeker County Veterans Service Officer.   He will share his perspective on various veteran/military service matters, one day after Veterans Day.  See you all then.
 
Kim Keithahn
President's Weekly Message 2015-11-11 06:00:00Z 0
Hello All.  Well once again the Halloween party was amazing! Alice had attend the Mad Hatters Tea Party telling our futures and cutting off our heads. Sherlock was searching for Watson-or someone to talk nuclear physics with-wink wink Suzanne-but settled for conversation with Dr. Bunson and Beaker.  Cecil was pursued relentlessly by Dr. Palmer of which the stick people were of no help. The Pirates were drunk. Buddy was in sugar coma...When the jester sang for the King And Queen with a coat he borrowed from Accountants from Mad Men (artistic liberties taken).....that's when the party went crazy...and the Winkies had to be called out....
 
Anyway, I digress.  We are having a mini tribute Thursday for Pastor Mike. He is in charge of setting up. Show up at least 10 minutes late with a look of "this is your first time at Rotary". Bring your favorite Pastor Mike story!
 
See you all and thank you for selling, selling, selling Rotary Roses!
 
Kelly Babekuhl
President's Weekly Message 2015-11-04 06:00:00Z 0
Hello!  Tomorrow we will be again blessed with yet another Wheatley sibling! This time however, please refrain from making any hairline or hair color comparisons. Especially as this sibling is his sister.
 
Elisabeth Peterson M.D., currently with Princeton MN hospital, will be speaking about advanced health care directives. We look forward to hearing from Elisabeth and of course gaining more insight into the Wheatley clan!!!! Thank you for arranging this Pastor Tim!!!!

Enjoy the sleet and I will see you all tomorrow!!!!
 
Kelly Babekuehl
President's Weekly Message 2015-10-28 05:00:00Z 0
Rotarians:
 
We are half-way through our Rose/Fall Bouquet sale.  Hope everyone is selling their 10 tickets and more.  If you need more tickets, or if you are one of a few who has not yet received your tickets, please contact either me or Paul right away.
 
You have until Sunday, 11/01/15, to sell everything you can.  We need your final numbers by Monday morning, 11/02/15.
 
Just as a reminder on what we are doing - we are selling a dozen roses (red or multi-colored) for $15.00, or a fall bouquet for $20.00, take payment when you sell, the buyer will pick up the roses/bouquet at the Grounds/Golf Course on either Friday 11 to 5 or Saturday 9 to 11, and we make a lot of money to finance our projects.  Thank you.    
 
Kim Keithahn
Rose Sale Update Max Power Keithahn 2015-10-22 05:00:00Z 0
Hello!  A sort of pretend, not real committed, keep in the recesses of my mind, longstanding "goal" I have is to just do something that makes me hesitant, afraid or squeamish. So yesterday I ventured onto the deck because I was no longer going to held hostage to the Asian beetles that have made a perimeter defense of my house. Let's just say I was victorious!
 
A HUGE thank you to Cathy-yeah, Lyle-yeah, Dan-yeah, and Scott- quadruple yeah for bringing young men from the Village Ranch to plant 240 pots of shrubs, grasses, flowers etc at the Cokato Museum! It was great fun!!!
 
Thursday our program will feature Junia Kimizuka-Conniff CNP for Allina Health in Cokato. Junia's hometown is Pirapora, Brazil. Plus she was an inbound Rotary Exchange student! I am very excited to hear her speak. This would be a great opportunity to invite those you feel would enjoy hosting our inbound student for the 2016-2017 school year.
 
Kelly Babekuhl
President's Weekly Message 2015-10-21 05:00:00Z 0
This Thursday, Mona Volden from the Bounce Back Project will be speaking. This is a community incentive program to build "health through happiness". Which after the Asian Beetle assault I could certainly use!
 
Also, take a moment to visit  www.bouncebackproject.org (note .org).  I think you will find it very informative and a great idea. I have seen yard signs in Buffalo and Facebook posts regarding the program.
 
Also a reminder to help with the Cokato Museum landscape project this Saturday at 9:00.  You can sign up by clicking on the website calendar and going to the landscaping project event.
 
See you all Thursday!
 
Kelly Babekuhl
President's Weekly Message 2015-10-13 05:00:00Z 0
Please take a moment to view the link below and forward to your contacts. Our club is looking for applicants for the 2016-17 school year. Hosting an exchange student is such a rewarding experience-for the student, for the host family, for the community and internationally. 
 
http://northstaryouthexchange.com/outbound/
Rotary Youth Exchange 2015-10-07 05:00:00Z 0
Great afternoon!!!!  Thursday we are again fortunate to have Carolyn Holjie from the Dassel Area Historical Society to enlighten and entertain us. Her topic is their Seed Corn Exhibit. Seed corn has a strong history and obviously is still very prominent in our area.
 
Also, please consider helping with the Community Chest Drive Monday October 12 from 6-8 (pm).
 
Kelly Babekuhl
President's Weekly Message 2015-10-07 05:00:00Z 0
Rotarians, please join us for our first STRIVE meeting this year on TUESDAY Oct. 6 at 11 AM, DC High School Community room.  Using the Performing Arts Center doors, the community room is just inside on the left.  A pizza lunch will be provided.  This is a casual, informal and fun meeting with 10-15 high school seniors in need of some additional motivation.
 
We will discuss what to expect for the upcoming year for the students, learn a little bit more about each other by introducing ourselves as Rotarians and having the students say a little about themselves.  If you have not been to a meeting before, ask another Rotarian who has.  They are very casual and fun.  The only qualifications you need are to be a high school graduate and in your life have made some mistakes from which you have learned some lessons... even better if you are willing to share some of those experiences!
 
Our club spends a significant amount of both time and money on this service program.  It is a great way for us to influence the lives of students that often need some more good influences in their lives.  Please consider participating and supporting our efforts.
 
Please RSVP to me or sign up using the STRIVE meeting event in ClubRunner if you can attend, as we need to order pizza for enough people.  Please ask questions at our Thursday meeting or via email if you have them.  Thank you
 
Andy Bohnsack
STRIVE Update 2015-10-01 05:00:00Z 0
Hi All!  Thursday is Club Assembly.  Don't look away just yet!  As part of club assembly our absolutely delightful exchange student, Neea, will be speaking (No this wasn't a trick to get you to the meeting)! There is also some fun news to share about how great our club is!
 
I'll also be sending a link regarding the Rotary Exchange program for you to share with your family, friends and anyone else once I figure out how to get it attached to the email.
 
See you tomorrow!
 
Kelly Babekuhl
President's Weekly Message 2015-09-30 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 23, 2015
Hello Rotarians!  Last week was a great presentation by two FFA students regarding their trip to South Africa!  They discussed farm practice differences and similarities.  I'm still bucking over the perspective difference on Cecil the Lion. They had an enlightening and purposeful adventure!
 
Thursday we are hosting Carolyn Holjie and Sheryl Faust. They will be telling us about Dassel's newest upcoming event....an Art Crawl!!!! They will also discuss art symposiums they have attended.  And as always we will be enjoying the best lunch within a 100 mile radius! I only say 100 miles (since I actually mean millions) but I don't want to offend any of my relatives.
 
Looking forward to seeing you all tomorrow!
 
Kelly Babekuhl
President's Weekly Message 2015-09-23 05:00:00Z 0
Looking forward to tomorrow's meeting!!! Recently the FFA students went to South Africa! A few will be joining us tomorrow to tell us about this amazing trip!!!
 
Thank you Chris for last weeks informative and entertaining Intro to Club Runner 101!
 
Again want to give a heartfelt welcome welcome to Kara and Denise!
 
Kelly Babekuhl
President's Weekly Message 2015-09-16 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 02, 2015
This weeks special guest speaker will be Neil Schlagel. He is a previous owner of The Blue Note in Winsted, has worked in sales and marketing and is currently the Business Education teacher and DECA advisor for our school district. He will talk about his programs and has some great volunteer opportunities to discuss!  We also still need a few more people for the Rotary Hamburger Stand and Beer Garden! Plus We also need more coolers.
 
Kelly Babekuhl
President's Weekly Message 2015-09-02 05:00:00Z 0
Our 2015 Rotary Run online registration can be found by clicking here or entering CokatoDasselRotaryRun.com in your web browser.
 
We look forward to seeing you there!
Rotary Run DK 2015-05-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Chris Kleiman on Jan 26, 2015
DC Rotary will be selling hamburgers and beer at Red Rooster Days in Dassel on Labor Day, September 7th.  We will need everyone to pitch in to make the fundraiser a success!
Mark Your Calendars! Chris Kleiman 2015-01-27 00:00:00Z 0
Quote of the Week - Who Said It? Chris Kleiman 2015-01-27 00:00:00Z 0
Thought for the Week - Who Said It? Chris Kleiman 2015-01-27 00:00:00Z 0
Welcome to our new website! Chris Kleiman 0
Posted by Chris Kleiman
ClubRunner secures all your private information using the latest security technologies. Hosted in a world class data centre with redundant power, Internet backbones and 24/7 security and monitoring, you can rest assured that your club data is safe and protected. Your members' contact information is secured behind unique logins and passwords. Access to information is also restricted, for example, a member can only view the list of members, but can modify his or her own personal information.

Data on the server is protected by TCP/IP filtering, firewall and anti-virus software that protect against any unauthorized intrusion. Backups of data are made daily and stored off-site.

Security and Integrity of Your Data Chris Kleiman 0
Integrated eBulletin for Easier Communication Chris Kleiman 0