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Gabriela Bruzadin, from Três Lagoas, Brazil . . our most recent exchange student through the 2019-20 school year. Due to COVID-19 there will be no exchange students during the 2020-21 school year.
 
Listing of past exchange students given below . .
 
Our Club has supported many international projects through the years: last year at a level of about $9000. The Rotary Polio Plus program, as well as  dental, medical, water, and child support projects in Africa, India and Central America have been the recipients from our annual Nickle Dickle duck races, Gourmet Wine Dinner, and flower fundraisers. Specific projects from 2013 to the present are listed below under "read more."
Our Club has been able to support our community and its organizations at a level of about $14,000 each year over the past 3 years, along with our annual road cleanup on Highway 5 just east of Waconia. Organizations such as Treehouse Youth Outreaach, the Carver Co. Historical Society, District 110 schools, WeCab Transportation, Auburn Homes, and the Waconia Food Shelf have been some of the recipients from our annual Nickle Dickle duck races, Gourmet Wine Dinner, and flower fundraisers. More detail is provided below.
the Waconia-West Carver Rotary Club announces two “Service Above Self” and seven STRIVE Program scholarships
 
Service Above Self:
Grace Gesinger, shown at left below, was 1 of 2 “Service Above Self “scholarship winners of $1000. The other winner was Allison Saunders (no picture).  Winners nominated for volunteer work and community service.
 
  
 
STRIVE (Students Taking a Renewed Interest in the Value of Education):
Jack Nicholson, shown at right above, was one of the STRIVE $1000 scholarship winners. There were 2 additional $500 scholarship winners (Sarah Thom and Ahnna Chabot . no picture).  Parker Maass was also awarded $250 “Best Attitude” scholarship.
 
This year we added Mayer Lutheran to the STRIVE program after 7 years off. There were three awards: Isaiah Favorite received a scholarship for $1000, Jackson Fisher for $500, and Lydia Trocke for $250 “Best Attitude.”
 
Jeri Bowers: Recipient of “Service Above Self” Award
 
Jeri Bowers is a woman passionate about making the lives of others better, of creating feelings of dignity and self-worth in youth who haven’t always been given that opportunity. She makes a difference in their lives. That is the reason she has been selected as this year’s recipient of the Waconia-West Carver Rotary Service Above Self award.
 
The award was presented at the 19th annual Rotary Gourmet Wine Dinner held at Vandy’s in Waconia on Jan. 18, 2020. The evening consisted of a five-course gourmet meal prepared by some of the area’s stellar chefs, silent and live auction item as well as the awarding of the Service Above Self award.
Nickle Dickle Day--Waconia's annual town festival--will be here Saturday, September 14th . . . one of the main events is the Waconia West Carver Rotary Duck Races!
 
It's a major fundraiser for our club--funds earned from business sponsorships go right back into our community, so please consider sponsoring this fun-filled event by requesting a duck:
 
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The Four-Way Test

In 1932, Rotarian Herbert J. Taylor created The Four-Way Test, a code of ethics adopted by Rotary 11 years later. The test, which has been translated into more than 100 languages, asks the following questions:

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?