Rotary Club of Faribault

Meeting Responsibilities
Club Services
Ciesluk, Gregory
van Sluis, Peter
Sergeant At Arms
Cook, Richard
Kennedy, Mitzi
Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Secretary/ Past President
Rotary Foundation
Youth Services Chair
Community Service
Strive Program
Public Relations Chair
Literacy Chair
Past President/Club Services
Program Co-Chair
Program Co-Chair
Youth Exchange Officer Co-Chair
Youth Exchange Officer Co-Chair
Youth Protection Officer

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The Faribault Rotary club honored three members as Paul Harris Fellows.  This recognition is given when a member has donated $1000 to the Paul Harris Foundation.  The monies are used in multiple ways around the world to improve peoples lives.   The International Rotary organization took on the challenge of eliminating polio world wide by vaccinating all children under five.  In 1988 there were 350,000 cases of polio in over 200 countries.  Last year there were 22 cases in two countries.  Pictured left to right are president Keith Kramer, Paul Harris recipients Todd Sesker, Troy Dunn and Dick Huston, Foundation co-chair Brent Peroutka and Rotary District Governor Mike Becker.

District Governor- Mike Becker

     Mike was born in Rochester, Minnesota and attended from John Marshall High School and Rochester Community College.
Mike joined Greater Rochester Rotary in 2002. He has served the club on every board position with the exception of Secretary/Treasurer and was club president 2010-2011. Currently he is the District Governor elect, past Tech Team Chairperson for District 5960, STRIVE Co-Chair for the Rochester clubs, Board member of NCPETS, Vocational co-chair of Greater Rochester, member of the District 5960 Visioning Training Team, Technical Chair for NCPETS.
Mike and Nancy have been foster parents for over twenty years and have been “foster parents” to 82 children. In 2005 they were awarded the honor of Foster Parents of the Year by Olmsted County. Mike and Nancy have served on the Parents board for the Foster Care Association and have been invited speakers to the International Shaken Baby Conference. Mike has served on his church’s Board of Directors for seven years and is a past Chairperson of that committee. 
Currently he is with First American Staff Appraisals as a Senior Appraiser and trainer, was the past owner of Becker Appraisals, a real estate appraisal firm since 2005. Has owned another appraisal firm and has been in the same business since 1991. He is an affiliated member of the Appraisal Institute and is a classroom instructor in the field. He currently serves as a board member of the Southeast Minnesota Association of Realtors MLS board and is Treasurer of the First Homes board of the Rochester Area Foundation.  Mike is an ongoing student of the profession and has logged over 1,000 hours of education time and credits.
Mike has been married to his lovely wife Nancy for 42 years and has always resided in Rochester. They have five children, Beth, Robin, Marc, Brian and Nykkole. They have ten grandchildren all under the age of nine. 


     On Wednesday September 12th we heard from Savil Lord, Spambassador for the Spam Museum in Austin, Minnesota.

     27 years ago, when Hormel Foods was celebrating their 100-year anniversary, they were looking for a way to celebrate their history. A museum was opened in a in Austin Minnesota, where you could tour and learn all about Hormel foods. The museum was a hit! Visitors could pull off the freeway, visit the museum and get right back on their way. After two years, it was decided to move the museum to a downtown location to draw the visitors into the community of Austin to help support local restaurants and shops. Currently the museum is approaching 300,000 guests who have come to discover Hormel and one of its iconic products SPAM!
Savil gave us the history of SPAM - In 1937 at a New Year's Eve party SPAM was named. A combination of the words Spiced and Ham SPAM is made up of 6 simple ingredients. Ham or pork shoulder, water, sugar, salt, potato starch, and sodium nitrate. SPAM is cooked in the can it comes in and is shelf stable for 3 years.

      Hormel itself has 5 locations around the world, Austin MN and Dubuque, IA, China, South Korea and Denmark. The plants produce 395 cans of SPAM a minute!!
Savil is the wife of Faribault Rotarian Kenneth Johnson and she was an absolute treat to listen to! Her energy and passion for all things Hormel and community are present in her presentation.
     Thank you for joining us, please come back anytime!!
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Paderborn Germany

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My First Month in Paderborn:
I arrived at the tiniest local airport to two amazing host parents, Holger and Doris, who were waiting with a big sign and eagerly welcomed me to the place that I would call home for the next year. 
My host mom Doris had taken off of work for the first week I was here so that she could show me around and help me get accustomed to the surroundings. We visited numerous surrounding villages including her childhood hometown of Lüdge, which is known for its renovated historical looking homes and well-maintained old city wall. We also took a trip to the inner city of Paderborn on the bus line that I would be riding every day for school. It takes almost an hour to get there by bus! Overall the first week was a blur of new experiences and some intense culture shock.
School began just one week after I arrived. I have to wake up at 5:30 every morning to make it to school on time... so different than what I'm used to. On the first day one of my host sisters’ friends (my host sister is now in Finland on exchange) came to pick me up so she could make sure I got to school okay. We rode the bus together, and I can honestly say that I've never seen a bus so full of students in my entire life. 
It's the fourth week of school now and every day brings new challenges. I have to focus every single second to understand even partially what is going on, and it uses a lot of brain power to constantly think about everything that is being said. Hopefully school will get easier as I start understanding more German. I think I will start a German course soon as it is very difficult to not be able to participate in school and communicate thoroughly with my peers. 
I am so excited to see what the rest of this year will bring and I can’t wait to share it with everyone!
Until next week,
       Sage Kline  
In less than 20 months, the Faribault Rotary Club will celebrate its 100-year anniversary on May 1, 2020.  This week’s historical highlight is from 1937.
A report from Congressman August Andresen in which he stressed the need to curb government spending.
A decision was made to mail copies of the FARIBAULTARIAN to other clubs in the district.
Sons of Rotarians presented a program.
Our 18th club president in 1937-38 was Dr. Robert M. Reed.

Starts this Week!

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Roses are red, 
Violets are plenty,
I'll give you a dozen,
If you give me a twenty!
This  week is the start of the annual Rotary Rose Sale to raise money for our youth programs and scholarships. This year the sale will run from September 19th to October 10th.  Each Rotarian is asked to sell a baker's dozen which will increase our fundraising goal to help offset the reduction in the annual contribution from the Bahl Foundation to our Youth Services. Rotary Roses, red or grower's choice will be $20 again this year.  Sales packets will be distributed at our meeting this week.  If you have any questions, please contact Amy or Brenda.

Presidential message

President 2018-19 Barry Rassin

Barry Rassin

President 2018-19

September 2018

Imagine if we could take a snapshot capturing all of the work Rotary does on a given day. No one – except Rotarians – would believe that a single organization was capable of accomplishing so much. In that snapshot you would see dedicated volunteers working to eradicate polio, setting up microloans, providing clean water, mentoring youth, and countless other actions.

We can do all this thanks both to our geographic reach and to the fact that our clubs are made up of people who are engaged in their communities. As a part of the community that you serve, you know the needs, you have the connections, and you're able to take immediate action. That's why every Rotary club's membership should reflect the diversity of its community.

We've made great strides in this. In Egypt, Indonesia, and Kenya, Rotary is approaching 50 percent female membership. We're also expanding the age diversity of our clubs. In each of our communities, young professionals are eager to contribute their talents, give back, and learn from mentors. Let's share with them what Rotary is all about. The Engaging Younger Professionals Toolkit at has an action plan to help you reach young leaders and Rotary alumni in your area.

Another resource that can help us better reflect our communities – one that is global like us, is a quarter-million members strong, and already shares our values of service and leadership – is Rotaract. Rotaractors are our partners: Team up with them on projects, ask them to speak at your events, and invite them to join your club. Dedicated Rotaractors worldwide are becoming members of Rotary and even starting new Rotary clubs while still serving as members of Rotaract.

The world needs Rotary, and Rotary needs strong clubs and engaged members in order to do more good. It is our responsibility – yours and mine – to make sure everyone who shows an interest in joining Rotary gets an invitation. Make use of the Membership Leads tool at, which helps people who are interested in joining Rotary connect with a club that's right for them. And let's ensure that every member has a reason to stay. By building strong clubs that engage in meaningful projects and have fun along the way, we provide value to our club members that they cannot find anywhere else.

Let's not keep Rotary's story – the story captured in those snapshots of service – to ourselves. I challenge you to invite leaders of all ages, men and women, who are looking for a way to give back. By doing so, you will Be the Inspiration in your community and help Rotary continue to do good in the world.


     The Faribault Rotary club inducted two new members.  Daisy Sanchez is the director of operations of Healthfinders Collaborative and Tim Murray is the administer for the city of Faribault.
Pictured are president Keith Kramer, Andy Bohlen (sponsor of) Tim Murray, Daisy Sanchez and her sponsor Dr. Dick Huston.

Human Trafficking

     On Wednesday August 29th we had the pleasure of hearing for fellow Rotarian Emma Nazainia. Emma is currently a member in Rochester area. She is a nurse and spoke with Faribault Rotary on the issue of Human Trafficking.Unfortunately, the statistics shared on this topic are staggering. This crime is the 2nd largest lack market crime behind drugs. There are an estimated 25 -42 million humans enslaved worldwide. Our home state of Minnesota is ranked the 13th largest state for youth being prostituted. The suggested reasons for this include the port in Duluth, our Bordering states and Country, Interstates 35, 94, and 90, the Mall of America and major sporting events. We were all informed about the Super Bowl that took place in Minnesota in February 2018.
    So, what is being done, and what can we do to help? Rotary has declared that the next epidemic we will tackle is human trafficking. If we can eradicate Polio then why not this. Our focus will be awareness, education and prevention. Each club will be asked to identify a "Club Champion" who will work with other club champions to drive initiatives that create the focuses discussed. They will provide information to our clubs at a local level.
Emma can be reached for comments, or questions via email at

Photos from past annual picnics!


Pony rides for the kids in 2017.


Kids enjoying the play dough in 2016


In 2015, everyone was encouraged to wear a jersey from their favorite sports team even if it was the Packers.


This was from 2004 and pictured here from left to right is our foreign exchange student, Poncho, Angela Storch, Keith Schafer, and Darlene Meillier.


In less than 20 months, the Faribault Rotary Club will celebrate its 100-year anniversary on May 1, 2020.  This week’s historical highlight is from 1937.
A fine of 10 cents to be assessed to all club members who are absent without makeup.
Owatonna hosted inter-city meeting with participation from Austin, Rochester, Albert Lea, Northfield, and Faribault.
Rotary Octette makes first public appearance.
Our 17th club president in 1936-37 was Leonard M. Elstad.
Future Rotarian Dick Huston was born Feb. 27, 1937.
Future Rotarian Marv Schrader was born Dec. 28, 1937.


     On Wednesday August 22nd we had the pleasure of hearing from Sam Temple. One half of the dynamic duo that produces "1855 - A Faribault History Series". Sam's partner is Logan Ledman, and Logan was unfortunately unable to be with us at Rotary.
Sam and Logan began producing a series called 1855 - A Faribault History Series as Freshmen in high school. Researching the history of our city and the people who shaped it, then writing an episode of 1855 to be filmed and aired on our local FCTV. After success with the filmed version of the show. Sam and Logan went on to pitch an idea of a small theater production to the Paradise Center for the Arts and without any hesitation the PCA board took them up on their proposal! They have found themselves, writing, and directing A Celebration of Faribault the 1855 Live Show. What started out as a small production has turned into a full-scale theater show, with plenty of actors, professional lighting, and a full-on youth orchestra - playing original music for the show! Talk about big time!!
   The following is from 1855 - A Faribault History Series Facebook page and describes the upcoming live show -
      Thomas S. Buckham is a young lawyer in the frontier town of Faribault, Minnesota when an unspeakably brutal war sets the young state ablaze. Tom volunteers to fight, bringing him face-to-face with Alexander Faribault–the city’s idealistic founder and a man torn between serene memories and a changing world. When the past crumbles around Alex and the compassionate Bishop Whipple, Tom will struggle to build a future for himself and his distant sweetheart, Anna Mallery, a woman with an unyielding spirit and a deep capacity for love. “A Celebration of Faribault: The 1855 Live Show” is a charming, immersive, emotionally affecting historical saga, and a heartfelt debut for directors Samuel Temple and Logan Ledman, creators of the acclaimed FCTV history series, 1855. It features a live youth orchestra performing an original score from the series’ composer Sam Dwyer.
     As Sam and Logan enter their senior year in high school, they don't know what the future holds for them. Given what they have accomplished to date, no doubt they will go very far in their future endeavors. How lucky are we as the Faribault community to have them, and the stories they have produced to remind us of our history and to evoke a sense of pride in our community! Thank you, Sam, for joining us, and we look forward to the show!!
Show detail:
September 21 & 28 at 7:30pm
September 23 & 30 at 2:00pm

Paradise Center for the Arts Member: $14 | Non-Member: $16 | Student: $10
Special Armed Forces/Veterans and Current/Retired Educators discounted shows: September 21 & 23: $10 each
In less than 21 months, the Faribault Rotary Club will celebrate its 100-year anniversary on May 1, 2020.  This week’s historical highlight is from 1936.
A breakfast meeting was held in conjunction with the Faribault Chamber of Commerce.
A decision was made to contribute $100 to the Rotary Foundation.
An inter-city meeting was held here for the clubs from Mankato, Owatonna, Northfield, and Faribault.
Our 16th club president in 1935-36 was the Reverend Jesse F. Perrin.

Presidential message

President 2018-19 Barry Rassin

Barry Rassin

President 2018-19

August 2018

A well-known saying goes, "If you want to change the world, go home and love your family." That doesn't mean people should ignore the needs outside their own homes; instead, they should pay attention to the needs within.

It can be tempting, when our priority is service, to focus only on the things that look like service: the projects, the planning, the work that yields a visible benefit to those who need it. But to do that work effectively, we need to keep our own house in order. In Rotary, that means conducting ourselves in accordance with the principles of Rotary, treating others with respect, and following The Four-Way Test. It means maximizing our impact by planning carefully and stewarding our resources wisely. And it means looking after the long-term health of our organization by ensuring that our membership is strong, engaged, and healthy.

Our membership has hovered around the same 1.2 million mark for 20 years. We aren't growing, and our membership is getting older. We have too many clubs that don't have the knowledge or motivation to have an impact: clubs that don't know what we're doing on a global level, clubs that don't know about our programs or our Foundation, that don't even know how to get involved. And with a membership that is still mostly male, we clearly aren't doing enough to become the organization of choice for women who are seeking to serve.

We are a membership organization first. If we want to achieve the goals we've set for ourselves, we need to put membership first. All of us have a responsibility to take membership seriously, not only by inviting prospective members, but also by making sure new members are welcomed into clubs that offer them something of value. If you see someone walk into a meeting and hesitate, be sure that person has a place to sit and is part of the conversation. If you're enthusiastic about a Rotary program, make sure your club knows about it and knows how to get involved. If you see a need in your community, talk about it at this week's meeting. If we want to be part of an organization that's strong, that's active, that's having an impact – start at home, and Be the Inspirationin Rotary.

Our honorable 99th President, Keith Kramer has set the following goals for our club this year:

Add 10 new members

50 members participating in service (any one of our service options)

At least 5 members participating in leadership development. (Rotary summit, district conference etc)

Rotary Foundation $5,000

Polio Plus $2,000

Add 2 new service projects (Warm our Community is added for sure and Habitat for Humanity is on hold because of the weather)

1 inbound & 1 outbound exchange student

2 RYLA attendees

4 Social activities

Social media & paper updated on a regular basis

 Thank you Keith for your service to our club this year!

Rotary Readers

     On Wednesday August 15th we heard from Brenda DeMars, Fundraising extraordinaire, Rotarian, President Elect 2020-21, and most important at this moment - organizer of the Rotary Readers program for Faribault Rotary.
With School starting in just a couple of weeks there is going to be a need for more Rotary Readers. Last year Brenda had 8 Rotarians volunteer and could have used about 8 more. She had teachers asking and waiting for a volunteer.
     The program is designed to give one on one or very small group attention to students while they read, comprehend and then test on the books they are completing. Your part is to show up on a regular basis, and listen to the children read. The time commitment is an hour a week, and teachers are so excited to have a Rotary Reader they are extremely flexible with scheduling you in to come to their class room. Not to mention the joy and accomplishment on the kids' faces when they are reading to you every week, and improving every time!
     If this is something you are interested in volunteering for, please see Brenda, or get the process started by going to the Rotary web site and completing the background study if you don't currently have one on file with Andy Bohlen, our youth protection officer. After that Brenda will pair you with a teacher and you can be assured you are getting their 2018-19 school year off on the right foot!
     Thank you to the Rotarians who currently are volunteering for this project. The stories you shared on Wednesday were very touching, special thanks to Brenda for all the dedication you show for this project. You all make it a success.

Going to Germany

Sage Kline pictured here with President Keith Kramer, will be our Rotary exchange student this year. She will be going to Paderborn, Germany. She plans to keep a blog to chronicle her experiences so we hope to share those with the club throughout the coming school year.

Welcome Sarah!

Sarah gave her classification talk recently.  I asked her six follow up questions to help summarize her presentation for those of us who were present and for our club members who missed the meeting. If you have not had a chance to welcome her to our club, please do so.
  1. Your Family members, occupations (including you) or school level?” 
  • Sarah, Community Outreach Manager for Milestone Senior Living
  • Jose, Owner of Rojas All Pros Companies
  • Donovan, 6th grade
  • Maddy, 5th grade
  • D'Angelo, 4th Grade
  • Ben, 3rd grade
  • Alexa, 1st grade
  • Sam, 1st grade
  1. Your Hometown/School/College (no real "hometown" b/c we moved a lot)
Graduated high school from North High, Sioux City
Normandale Community College and University of MN Twin Cities
  1. Your Previous occupations?
HUD Housing Manager and Service Coordinator at at Three Links
Daycare Operator
Retail experience
  1. Any Hobbies?
Cooking, baking, reading, spending time with family
  1. Rotary sponsor? Lisa Humfeld Wilson
  1. Interesting fact about you or your life?
I have 6 kids and I'm still alive!

Our future!

Sage Kline going to Paderborn, Germany. Teagan Burgess from Morristown, MN. Celina Lackermann from Wesel, Germany. 
Kasja Johnson returning from St. Petersburg, Russia. 


Kenneth gave his classification talk recently.  I asked him seven follow up questions to help summarize his presentation for those of us who were present and for our club members who missed the meeting. If you have not had a chance to welcome him to our club, please do so.
  1. Your Family members, occupations (including you) or school level?” 
Myself: Workforce Development Representative for the Minnesota Department of Employment & Economic Development (DEED) and Adjunct Assistant Professor at St. Mary’s University of Minnesota.
Wife Savile: Manager, SPAM® Museum and Community Relations, Hormel Foods
  1. Your Hometown/School/College
Grew up on a farm near Rollag, Minnesota and went to Barnesville schools. North Dakota State University for Bachelor’s and Masters of Business Administration.
  1. Your Previous occupations?
          10 years as a Business Instructor with the University of Minnesota Crookston. Higher education teaching at Aakers Business College, University of Mary, and Qingdao and Minjiang universities in China. Co-founded an educational             consulting company in Seoul, South Korea. Various management positions.
  1. Any Hobbies?
Just took up woodworking and am setting up a wood shop in the garage. Learning to use a router. Love to raise and train Border Collies but currently live in town so that will have to wait.
  1. Rotary sponsor?
Dr. Huston? I don’t know if he officially is but he’s been a great mentor thus far.
  1. Interesting fact about you or your life?
My father and I are both in Mensa and we were both teachers but he loved physics and chemistry and I loved business. I taught in higher education and he taught high school.
  1. Anything else you can think of?     
Still consider myself a newlywed. Married the love of my life January 14, 2017. I think my family had given up hope I’d ever settle down but now they are glad I waited.

Youth Exchange

The Faribault Rotary Club recently hosted three exchange students.  From left to right are Miriam Rubio who is from Spain and was here as a student for the 2015-16 school year,  Teagan Burgess who is going to Germany this summer for an exchange experience, Celina Lackermann from Germany who is staying with the Burgess family this summer and Teagan's mother Carmen.  Celina brought a Rotary flag from her home club in Germany to exchange with Keith Kramer president of the Faribault club.


Recently the Faribault Rotary Club completed a cash raffle to raise money for high school students scholarships.  Pictured is Rotary president Keith Kramer presenting a check Abudullahi Abdille the winner of second place prize of $1000.  Already the recipient of an academic scholarship this will help Abdullahi achieve his goal of a degree in Bio Chemistry at the University of Minnesota.

Aquatic Center

Tuesday was an important day for the Faribault Family Aquatic Center.
Members of the Faribault Rotary Club gathered to initiate the center’s next move in helping those in wheelchairs access the pool. The Faribault Rotary Club donated a special type of wheelchair so that disabled children can also enjoy the pool and summer fun.
     “I am excited that the wheelchair will allow more people to experience the fun of the Aquatic Center who were not previously able to participate,” Faribault Rotary President Keith Kramer said in an email.
Rotarian Barton Jackson, also in an email, said that he proposed this idea at a board meeting last fall. The board approved of the idea, and a month later the funding was also approved.
As of now, there doesn’t seem to be any plans to update the pool to accommodate wheelchairs, though it doesn’t seem to be necessary. The pool has a zero-depth entry in which the water gets gradually deeper as a person walks in. Pools without this type of entry have a ramp that allows handicapped swimmers to enter in a similar way.
     This new change will come as a blessing to people who live with various disabilities.
Jackson, whose son is disabled, noted the difficulty for families like his in going to places that aren’t handicap accessible, which can make it impossible for disabled youngsters to get the same experience as others. This new pool wheelchair will allow disabled children to have the same or similar experience as those who are able-bodied in enjoying a common childhood pastime.
Additionally, Jackson said that there are limited options for children with disabilities to have fun like other kids, and that having this opportunity makes life a bit easier for children and parents.
     Kramer noted that the organization’s motto is Service Above Self, and that Rotary focuses on many community projects such as Red Cross Blood Drive and other charities.
“I hope people will be encouraged by our service above self-way of life and know there are people who care and want to see Faribault and surrounding communities thrive,” Kramer said.
“Rotary does a lot of service projects in the community and this is another one of those that we saw need for handicapped children to enjoy some of the amenities that other children can enjoy, so the club voted to buy a handicapped (pool) wheelchair so that those children who can’t get into the water have an opportunity to do so,” Rotarian Richard Huston said.
Rotary International began in 1905 with Paul Harris and has continued to grow in members and charity work. Much of their charity has focused on polio, which since the Rotary’s start in 1985, polio has declined by 99%.
     The Rotary Club is meant for many ages. People who are 18+ are encouraged to join. If someone would like to find more about the Rotarian program, members meet every Wednesday at 12:15 at The Inn at Shattuck-St. Mary’s for a lunch. Kramer encourages people to join.
“Someone should join because we have great people, a great purpose, and we also have fun along the way!” Kramer said.
This year, the Rotary Club’s theme is “Be the Inspiration,” chosen by International President Barry Rassin. The “Be the Inspiration” theme combined with Kramer’s words of encouragement that people join if they want to make a difference in a meaningful way, all in all, sounds like the perfect head start in bringing more recognition and access to everyone.
Reprinted with permission from the Daily News.
Reach Reporter Clare Bender at 507-333-3128 or follow her on Twitter @FDNclare.
© Copyright 2018 APG of Southern Minnesota. All rights reserved.


Eric and his wife visited the Rotary Club of Dublin Ireland two weeks ago. They celebrated their 100 year anniversary seven years ago in 2011 and were the first Rotary Club founded outside of North America. Today there are clubs in some 220 countries.  Each club has their own banner.  Eric (left) is pictured here presenting their club flag to Club President Keith Kramer. 

Our History!

     As our guests for the installation of Keith, we welcomed the following former Rotary Past Presidents who were introduced by our 60 year member and past president Rod Mahler. 
Pictured from left to right are:
Dr. Roy Anderson our 54th president 1973-74.
          Classification- Optometry
Darlene Meillier our 83rd president 2002-03.
          Classification- Mortgage Lending
Jim Nielson our 70th president 1989-90.
          Classification- Director of Court Services
Rod Mahler our 53rd president 1972-73
          Classification- Hardware- Retail and later- Realtor
Pastor Gordon Orde our 79th president 1998-99.
           Classification- Religion- United Methodist
Wade Karli our 78th president 1997-98
          Classification- Academy for the Blind
Reverend Rick Ormsby our 89th president 2008-09.
          Classification-  Religion- Pastor


New Rotary presThe Faribault Rotary Club has installed Keith Kramer as it's 99th president for the 2018-19 year.  Keith is the Chief Operating Officer are Harry Brown's auto dealership.  Pictured here are Keith and his wife Amy and three children Carsen 11, Madelyn 9, and Allison 7.
Also in attendance were Keith's mother in law Cindy and his employer Mike Brown of Harry Brown's Family Automotive.
In the upcoming year, Keith highlighted some of his goals for our club. He is looking at some service projects that get our families involved, maybe doing some service at the Community Cathedral Café, or cleaning up a trail, and being more involved with the Elks ice fishing contest. His goal is 10 new members this year. Our meetings are going to include a short 2-3-minute video about other Rotary projects that are happening around the world, and on days when we don't have a video we will play the fun game "two truths and a lie" it will help us to continue to get to know each other better!
The Rotary theme for the year is “Be the Inspiration”, thank you Keith for leading us this year and being an inspiration - and showing us how we can make a difference through Rotary.

Goodbye Sujin!

This was Sujin's last meeting with us.  She will be returning to South Korea this summer. Thank you to Bart, Lisa and all the host families for making this a memorable year.
The following video of the Rotary Club tree planting at Jefferson and the Dick Huston farm was featured in the June 2018 Conservation News from the Rice Soil and Water Conservation District E-newsletter. Please click on the link below to see the You Tube video.

Thank you Dr. Huston!

Last Tuesday students from Jefferson planted trees at Dick Huston's farm. This school field trip was a great learning experience for the kids and a nice follow up to the tree planting at Jefferson Elementary the week before. This is helping achieve the Rotary Club’s goal of supporting the International Rotary challenge of planting 1.2 million trees this year, one for every Rotary member worldwide.
There were 93 third graders, Principal Yessica Louis, four teachers, custodian Tim and Todd Sesker who were involved.   Rice County Soil and Water donated the trees and tubex.  Stan Boe at Faribault Garden donated the fertilizer and Mike Ford at Farm and Home gave us a deal on the stakes.  In addition Teresa DeMars from Soil and Water provided a lot of help.  Dick's neighbor Mike Cashin helped to pre-dig the holes for the 60 trees planted at his farm.
Rotary continues to "Make a Difference!"
Teaching to save babies

Two Rotarian pediatricians – one in Ethiopia and the other in California – connected to save babies’ lives with the help of a vocational training

Go on journey with polio vaccinator in Uganda

Climb every mountainA Rotaractor ventures deep into her native Uganda with a polio vaccination team as part of Rotary’s newest virtual reality film, Two Drops of

Brazil Rotary member on mission to eliminate hepatitis

Our worldMission to eliminate hepatitisIn 2010, Humberto Silva was getting ready to travel from Brazil to South Africa to watch his country’s soccer team play in

2019-20 Rotary president selected

Mark Daniel Maloney selected to be 2019-20 Rotary

Rotary gives millions in grants to fight polio 2018

Rotary announces US $96.5 million to end polioEVANSTON, Ill. (August 15, 2018) — Rotary today announced nearly $100 million in grants to support the global effort to end polio, a vaccine-preventable disease that once paralyzed hundreds of

September 2018
Upcoming Events
Pingping Yu
Sep 26, 2018
Shen Yun - ancient Chinese culture
Barry Shaffer
Oct 03, 2018
Civil Rights Movement in the Early 70's
Becky Ford
Oct 10, 2018
Faribault Youth Investment
Dayna Norvold
Oct 17, 2018
Habitat for Humanity
Annika Dornbusch
Oct 24, 2018
Trip to Australia
Tim Murray
Nov 07, 2018
No Meeting
Nov 21, 2018
Happy Thanksgiving
Peter van Sluis
Dec 05, 2018
Saint Nicholas