Rotary Club of Faribault

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Brenda DeMars

One of our long time Rotarians, Brenda DeMars gave her updated classification talk recently. She joined our club September 10, 2010.  I asked her seven follow up questions to help summarize her presentation for those of us who were present and for our club members who missed the meeting.
  1. Your Family members, occupations (including you) or school level?” 
          Myself- Employer: Reliance Bank
          Spouse: Drew- Employer:BioWood Products
          Children: Megan (26) Employer:Post (Malt-o-Meal)
          Tyler (22) Employer: BioWood Products
  1. Your Hometown/School/College
Born: Austin, MN
     Graduated – Grand Rapids, Minnesota
     Post Graduate: Hibbing Technical College- Banking and Financial Occupations
  1. Your Previous occupations?
Patton, Hoversten and Berg- Legal Assistant- 2 years
Americana Community Bank, Medford – Loan officer & Branch Manager- 15 years
State Bank of Faribault – teller – 6 years
Credit Bureau of Faribault – collection agent – 3 years
  1. Any Interests or Hobbies?
          Gardening, camping
  1. Rotary sponsor?
          Amy Amundson
  1. Interesting fact about you or your life?  I try hard to give my very best every day!!
  2. Anything else you can think of?  My motto-  To be the kind of woman that when your feet hit the floor in the morning, the devils, says, “oh crap, she’s up”

New Members!

The Faribault Rotary Club has inducted two new members.  Gene Buhr President of 1st United Bank and Rick Miller Director of Operations & Finance for Alina Health - District One Hospital recited the oath at the February 8th meeting.  Pictured are Gene Buhr, Rick Miller and Rotary President Jake Cook.

Presidential message

John F. Germ

John F. Germ

President 2016-17

February 2017

On 23 February, we will mark 112 years since the founding of Rotary. It is incredible to think about how much has changed, in our world and in our organization, since the first Rotary club met in Chicago with Paul Harris as a founding member.

Some things are easy to compare between now and 1905. There have been changes in technology, medicine, and society. When we look at a map of the world in 1905 and a map of the world today, we can see what’s different. What we can’t do is compare what is with what might have been. There is no way to compare our world as it exists now with the world as it would have been without Rotary.

Rotary has risen to so many challenges in its 112 years. We’ve answered conflict with peace, and poverty with education. We’ve responded to a lack of basic health care with projects large and small, from equipping clinics in tiny villages to eradicating polio across the globe.

We will never know how different the world would have been if Rotary had never been founded; if any one Rotary club had never been chartered; or if any single Rotarian had declined the invitation to join a Rotary club.

But I will say, with absolute faith and complete confidence, that the world is a far, far better place now than it would have been without Rotary and that Rotary itself is stronger because of every one of you.

The world needs Rotary more than ever. It needs our courage, our optimism, and our idealism. It needs the voice of tolerance, cooperation, and hope that we can offer. It needs the example of an organization that has proven that the citizens of all countries can work together successfully, gladly, and in friendship.

None of us ever knows the full impact of our actions. None of us knows the effects that will ripple out from the things we do and say, the decisions we make, the opportunities we seize, and those we let pass. But I think we all know that when we choose to do good, good will follow; and that when we choose Service Above Self as our life’s path, the direction it will take us will be a good one.

No one can see the future. No one knows what changes lie ahead. But I have faith in Rotary, and in Rotarians, that with every passing year, you will make our world a better place through Rotary Serving Humanity.

Please take note of the "Gold Key Winner"  Rod Mahler on page 2!

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Steve Pribyl

One of our long time Rotarians, Steve Pribyl gave his updated classification talk last month. He joined our club March 9, 2011.  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.
  1. Your Family members, occupations?  Married to Annie for 42+ years.  First date was 49 years ago; she asked me out.  Two daughters, both married and with kids.  One daughter is a pharmacist with Allina Health and the other is a middle school counselor with Providence Academy in Minneapolis.  Between them we have five, beautiful and talented grandchildren.
  2. Your Hometown/School/College  Born and raised in Owatonna, graduated from Marian High School, then University of St. Thomas and later received a Master’s degree from the University of Northern Colorado
  3. Your Previous occupations? I have been an healthcare administrator for 36 years, 19 with the United States Air Force, eight with Mayo, three with Ministry Health Care in WI and now six at District One.  My first job in the Air Force was missile launch officer.  Notable claim to fame: drove cement truck in Faribault the summer/fall, 1975 before entering the Air Force.
  4. Any Hobbies? Keeping up with grandchildren, travelling, running in nice weather only
  5. Rotary sponsor? Kymn Anderson
  6. Interesting fact about you or your life? When my wife and I moved to a new house in late 2015, it was our 20th home in 41 years of marriage
  7. Anything else you can think of?  I very much enjoy our Rotary group:great comradery and great focus on service in our community


On Dec. 21st our Rotary Club hosted the Faribault Senior High Choir at Our Savior's Church.  In return,  the choir presented the Rotarians and guests with a Christmas concert.  Under the direction of Jonah Heinen, the choir sang both traditional and recently composed music.  This is the 77th year the choir and Rotary have joined to celebrate the Christmas season. 

Dr. Lisa Humfeld-Wilson

One of our long time Rotarians, Dr. Lisa Humfeld- Wilson gave her updated classification talk last month.  I asked her 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. 
1.Your Family members, occupations?  
Spouse - Grant Wilson. Sons - Grayden (5) & Gavin (3)
2.Your Hometown/School/College
        Westby, WI
        Westby School District (K-12)
         Viterbo University (Pre-Chiropractic)
          Palmer College of Chiropractic
3.Your Previous occupations?
   Farmer's daughter, Carburetor Assembler at S&S Cycle, Teaching Assistant at Palmer College of Chiropractic, Hot Dog Server at Coney Island Restaurant.
4.Any Hobbies?
 Spending time with my spouse and kids, arts and crafts, baking & fishing
5.Rotary sponsor? Keith Shaffer
6.Interesting fact about you or your life?
  I moved to Faribault and didn't know anybody. I'm still here almost 15 years later.

Anne Marie Leland

One of our newest Rotarians is Anne Marie Leland who gave her classification talk recently. I asked her 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. This will help us get to know her better.  Please be sure to say "hi" and introduce yourself to her if you have not had the opportunity.
  1. Your Family members, occupations? 
My husband, Barry Shaffer, was the State Director of Adult Basic Education for the Minnesota Department of Education for two decades and is now an independent education consultant.I have two sisters and three brothers who are either in the real estate or education profession.My father and mother have owned a real estate business in Albert Lea for over 50 years.
  1. Your Hometown/School/College
My hometown is Albert Lea, Minnesota.Graduated from UCLA with a BA in history and a concentration in Middle Eastern history.Graduate work in secondary education and community education administration was completed at the University of St Thomas and MSU Moorhead.
  1. Your Previous occupations?
Prior to my employment as the Community Education Director with Faribault Public Schools, I worked as a State Program Administrator for the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) facilitating the design and implementation of statewide career pathway programs for low-skilled, low-wage adults.Prior to DEED, my previous jobs consisted of teaching high school level social studies overseas and in Minnesota, working for a statewide non-profit promoting literacy and adult basic education and the MN Department of Education as the accountability and workforce education specialist.
  1. Any Hobbies?
Fishing, hiking, spending as much time outside as possible but not in the winter, hunting and traveling.
  1. Rotary sponsor?
Todd Sesker, Faribault Public Schools Superintendent
  1. Interesting fact about you or your life?
Walked across “zero point” or the Wagah border from Lahore, Pakistan to Amritsar, India in 1995.
  1. Anything else you can think of?        
            Faribault Rotary Club rocks!

Sara Caron

One of our newest Rotarians is Sara Caron who gave his classification talk recently. She is the payroll manager for Pleasant Manor.  I asked her 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. This will help us get to know her better.  Please be sure to say "hi" and introduce yourself to her if you have not had the opportunity.
  1. Your Family members, occupations? 
       Cory Caron – Plant Manager at Mercury, MN
       Isaac Caron – 8th Grader at Bethlehem Academy
       Andrew Caron – 5th Graders at DMCS
       Luke Caron – 3rd Grader at DMCS
  1. Your Hometown/School/College
Pine Island High School
Minneapolis Business College
  1. Your Previous occupations?
Worked for EPIC Enterprises, Inc in Dundas for 8 years
Wieber Physical Therapy, Inc4 years
  1. Any Hobbies?
Hiking, Biking, fishing, volleyball, softball & traveling
  1. Rotary sponsor?
Brent Peroutka
  1. Interesting fact about you or your life?
I come from a very large close family.It definitely changes who I am and how I respond to someone in need.

Our newest Rotarian

The Faribault Rotary Club inducted Kristen Twitchell on Wednesday November 30.  Kristen is the director of the Paradise Center of the Arts.  She brings a wealth of background in the arts, non profits and international experience to lead the Paradise.  Pictured are Rotary President Jake Cook, Kristen Twitchell and her sponsor Kymn Anderson.

Tanya Bakken

One of our newest Rotarians is Tanya Bakken who gave his classification talk recently. I asked her 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. This will help us get to know her better.  Please be sure to say "hi" and introduce yourself to her if you have not had the opportunity.
  1. Your Family members, occupations? 
My husband, Chris, is an entrepreneur of a couple different businesses. A used car dealership, Skyberg Sales; a construction business, Christopher Bakken Properties; and a vehicle transport business, Extreme Unlimited.
  1. Your Hometown/School/College
Hometown – Northfield – Northfield Senior High School
College – South Central College (Faribault) for 2 AS Degrees and a few certifications, Cardinal Stritch University (Eden Prairie campus) for my BS Degree and Riverland (Owatonna) for my Human Resources Certificate.
  1. Your Previous occupations?
Most recently as a Controller at Noble RV – 2007-2015
Prior to that I worked with my husband in his businesses as well as owned Ginny’s Drive In – summer diner type place in West Concord – 2004-2009
Re/Max North Central – accounting/membership for all Re/Max franchises
Lehigh Cement Company – Executive Assistant to President / Accounting
  1. Any Hobbies?
           Exercise – CrossFit, Running, Lifting; enjoy going to wineries and breweries, anything that is adventurous – rock climbing, kayaking, high ropes, rafting, etc. Being with friends and family!
  1. Rotary sponsor?
Lisa Humfeld-Wilson
  1. Interesting fact about you or your life?
            I have a sister that is 5 years younger than me that I met in 2003 – she had been adopted OUT of my family when she was born.
  1. Anything else you can think of?        
             I just completed my Conceal & Carry course this last weekend – add it to the list of things I like to do – shoot pistols or clay pigeons!
My first two months in Italy

Justine Lorenzen

        This year I have decided to be a foreign exchange student in Italy. I have been here now for two months! Yes there are some major differences between the U.S.A and Italy, but other than the obvious differences like the language, food and the architecture, there are differences in the home life, school, and the gestures.
        Currently I am living in a small village about fifteen minutes from the nearest city, Cremona.  I live with my host parents, sister, and grandparents. Family is a big part of the Italian lifestyle, and usually most families live in the same village or close by. So that being said, I frequently see my aunts, uncles, cousins etc..daily.
        I take the bus everyday to school in Cremona which starts at 8am and ends at 1pm, Monday-Saturday. Stereo-types do not exist in Italian schools! Everyone is friends with everyone and no one is left out.
        Gestures here in Italy are confusing. They use gestures that I've never seen before, so it is easy to misunderstand what is trying to be said. As you all may have heard, Italians are expressive. That is true. They are very expressive when they communicate and that actually makes it easier to understand the situations if I am not  understanding the gestures.

Ellen Kaderlik

So far my exchange in Chiang Mai, Thailand has been amazing! I've tried so many new things and met so many new people. It’s crazy to think that I've already almost been here for three months and that I'm only here for another seven. The Rotex (people who have successfully returned from an exchange trip) tell me that it goes really fast.  I'm starting to see that that is true!
Many things have happened since my last letter. I just had the opportunity to go to the very beautiful Phuket! In Phuket, the home where we were staying was right on the beach.  So it was easy to spend most of the time there. But we also went and explored the historic part of the islands that the Portuguese had settled. I also did something way out of my comfort zone and tried zip lining (I highly recommend it, it’s amazing!).
While I was in Phuket we received news that disaster had struck, Thailand’s beloved king of 70 years had passed away. People in Thailand love their king and he is seen as part of their family. So, it has been kind of a mess here with the government system. The new king gets a year for mourning before he gets sworn in, so at the moment no one really knows what to do.
        The food here, like I mentioned in my last report is very different!  For example, just last week I was at a restaurant with my host family and had no idea what they had ordered until the food came to the table. They had ordered bees, which were still in the comb so they were sweet. Then they ordered ant egg soup, which was probably the strangest thing I've ever eaten! And finally they also ordered fried queen ants. Since they were fried they were almost like a chip, which wasn't too bad, but not the most favorite thing that I've tried.
         I have also had the opportunity to go and visit many different temples, one being the very beautiful White temple. It’s a very famous temple for its detail. We went to another temple called the Doi Suthep to show our support of another exchange student becoming a monk.
        The next couple of months will be very tough for me because they have all of my favorite holidays, and usually with those holidays you spend them with family. But here in Thailand, my host families can sense that. So to celebrate Halloween we tried finding a pumpkin to carve, but all we could find was a squash. For Thanksgiving we found a restaurant called The Dukes that does a very authentic Turkey dinner on Thanksgiving. And for Christmas all of the exchange students in Chiang Mai are going to be holding a potluck where we all make foods from our country and we meet at someone’s home. These holidays will be the first one spending them without my American family. But I'm so Thankful for all of my extended family.IMG_2285.JPGIMG_2262.JPGIMG_2137.JPGIMG_2435.jpgIMG_2366.JPGIMG_2199.JPG

The dedication ceremony for Faribault's newest mural was held last Saturday.  The project was spear headed by past president, Dick Huston, who made a short presentation to Rotarians and guests in the lot next to the Chavis building.   Jeremy Chavis was also present and spoke briefly to crowd stating he was honored to display the mural on his building. Pictured below are the Rotarians who attended the dedication.

Stocking It Up

(Reprinted with permission from the Faribault Daily News)

There are few things better than books to put in the hands of youth.

Rotary Club of Faribault, United Way and UNITY students from Faribault High School are doing just that. With the installation Wednesday afternoon at Our Savior’s Luterhan Church of the group's first “little library” (though not the first in town).

“We’re hoping to put five or six of them up in the community in areas where there is a lot of diversity,” Rotary member Dick Huston said. “The hope is to increase reading, which translates to a better education.”

Huston built the library himself, and Taiwanese exchange student Maggie Chen, who lives in Huston’s home, painted it. It’s essentially a large mailbox with a small wooden house at the top of a wood post. On one side, there is a door with a glass window, so anyone can see the books inside.

Many of those books are donated by community members to Rotary, and many come from United Way. The latter organization’s executive director, Adam Von Ruden, was on hand for the installation.

“For us, this project really falls in line with what we do in the community and advocate for,” he said.

Faribault United Way currently runs its own book program, the Dolly Parton Imagination Library, which supplies signed up children with a new book, once a month, from birth to 5 years old. The program is currently at capacity with 875 kids.

Von Ruden notes that in the age of iPads in school and smartphones everywhere else, getting a book in a kid’s hand remains an important step.

“It’s just such a benefit to get kids reading,” he said.

Huston expects more little libraries to be built throughout this year. He said they’ll be strategically placed in areas they might be needed.

Children (and adults) are free to take a book inside the library at their own leisure. They’re encouraged to bring it or another book back, but they don’t have to, as Rotary and United Way are standing by to replenish.

Meanwhile, the UNITY students, represented on Wednesday by Rene Villalta (El Salvador), Tufah Abdulahi (Ethiopia) and Sagal Jama (Somalia), will stop by the little libraries weekly to check if they need to be restocked. UNITY is a group at the high school, where students organize events and opportunities for peers from all different cultures to come together and learn more about each other.

Abdulahi noted that the little library project is a good for the students to participate in the club and help youth in the community.

“It’s to help people better understand reading,” she said.

“It’s really good for kids,” added Jama.

Villalta noted the little libraries could be even easier to use than the regular library.

“It’s free. There are no due dates. You can take your time,” he said in Spanish, translated by his step-mom.

This new project is one of many that Rotary leads in the Faribault community and elsewhere. With clubs in countries all over the world, Huston noted, the Christian organization is made up of more than just Christians, and it aims to help more than just Christians, too.

“In Faribault, there is such a diverse population,” he said. “We have a four-way test: Is it the truth? Is it fair to all concerned? Will it build good will and better friendships? Will it be beneficial to all concerned? This project checks all those boxes.”

The following article is a reprinted from the 75th anniversary booklet of the Faribault Rotary Club in 1995 and covers the early years of our club starting in 1920. Part II will be in next weeks bulletin.
Murray Hanson
By: Lyle Schreiber
      Woodrow Wilson was president; the 18th Amendment was upheld by the Supreme Court; three Negroes were lynched in Duluth; the Faribault National Guard was sent to Duluth to control the rioting; Fourth Street west of Second Avenue was paved; lots in Southern Heights were selling for a dollar down and a dollar a week; the high school graduating class numbered 93. This was 1920.
On Thursday April 29, 1920 E.B. Johnson of Minneapolis, representing the district governor, met with 22 charter members of the Faribault Rotary Club. The charter was dated May 1, 1920. By the end of the first year, the membership had reached 35 and 21 members were added in the second year.
The first meetings were held at the episcopal Guild House. Mrs. Anna Kahn was the cook-hostess. Her lunches established a tradition of good food for the club. In 1926, the club moved its meeting place to the ELKS Club with the provision that the price of the lunch would not be more than sixty cents. In 1929, with the completion of the Harvey Hotel (Hotel Faribault) the club moves there for its meetings. Evidently the sixty cent limit still prevailed as, in 1933, the hotel was informed the cost must be reduced to fifty cents or the club would leave. The answer must have been negative, as in 1934 the meeting place was moved to the Blue Bird Inn located on Highway 3, about the present location of Larson Electric, Inc. 
     Mrs. C. N. Crossett and the Inn were famous for fine food. Some Rotarians made a point of arriving at the meetings early for chicken giblets and other appetizers. The club moved back to the hotel and continued to meet there until 1969 when it moved to the Evergreen Knoll. The food was good, but the space was too small, so the Country Club was tried. Again, the space arrangement was not satisfactory and it was decided to move to the lavender inn.
The following article is the completes the reprint from our 75th Anniversary booklet. 
Murray Hanson
By: Lyle Schreiber
Rotarians meet for more than food. Name almost any subject and Rotary has a program or speaker covering it. To name a few:
1925 School Problems
1928 The Mind of Youth
1930 Organized Labor
1933 Inflation
1930 The Decline of Morals -- Youth and Adults
1938 Congressman August Andreson stressed the need to curb government spending
1941 Should Faribault have an Airport?
1944 The Negro Question
1948 The Taft-Hartley Labor Law
1949 Socialized Medicine in Great Britain
1953 South African Race Problem
1956 Prospects of Atomic Electric Plants in Minnesota
Local government officials are frequent speakers to keep Rotarians advised of the problems of local government and their solutions. Owners of new and old Faribault industries are asked to tell of their products. In the last few years, club members visited Sellner Manufacturing Co., Faribault Foods, Mercury Minnesota, the remodeled library, and the Faribault correctional facility.
Soon after joining, Rotarians are asked to give a Classification Talk in which they give a short biographical sketch and a description of their occupation. These talks are some of the most interesting programs.
Beginning in 1940, selected students from local high schools were invited to be guests of the club at regular weekly meetings. This program has continued to the present. Two students from Faribault Senior High School, Bethlehem Academy or Shattuck-St. Mary's attend for two weeks. At the second meeting the students give a resume of their school activities. 
Rotary has a program for sending selected local high school students to a foreign country for a year and, in exchange, serves as a host to students from other countries. The Faribault club has had guests from Australia, Brazil, South Africa, and Ethiopia, and sent students to Greenland, Norway, Spain, Japan and Germany.
From its beginning, the Faribault Rotary Club has been interested in youth programs. The club assisted in organizing Boy Scout troops and sponsored a summer picnic for boys for several years. Rotarians furnished transportation to roll students who wanted to take part in athletics. The Rotary camp was built for use by Scouts and other Youth groups.
Believing that there should be recognition of those students who are academically superior, the club, in 1962, invited those members of the senior class from the High School and Bethlehem Academy who had a grade point average of 3.5 or better to an Honors Banquet. This recognition has continued and the students parents' are invited to attend.
To provide funds for the maintenance of the youth camp and for music scholarships, the Rotary club sponsors the first combined high school orchestra, band and choir concert of the year. At Christmas time, the high school choir performs part of their Christmas concert at a regular dinner meeting. For several years the dinner has been held at Shattuck-St. Mary's refractory and Shumway auditorium. A new fundraiser has been the October Rose sale. In 1994, more than 700 dozen roses were sold.
When Rotary was organized February 23, 1905 it was a men's organization. It remained so until 1987 when, by action of the Rotary international, the membership of women was authorized. Janine Sahagian was the first woman to be a member of the Faribault Club. Today there are 1,197,308 Rotarians in 27,173 clubs in 151 countries.
With 75 years of service to the community, the Faribault Rotary Club looks forward to growth and service.

Security Bank Clock

On Tuesday September 22 at 6:15 pm Faribault Rotary Club and the City Council of the City of Faribault had a dedication ceremony for the renovated Security Bank clock at 302 Central Ave.  Mayor John Jasinski began the ceremony thanking all those involved including the Faribault Rotary Club, city staff, and Mike Elwood/ Jim Pilcher, who repaired the clock.  President Huston talked about our Rotary Club's  96 years of contributions to our community and how Rotary International's Polio eradification efforts around the world have isolated the virus to just Pakistan and Afghanistan. He also read the dedication plaque on display near the base of the clock.  Also, special thanks to Rotarian and Chamber President Kymn Anderson for her leadership and hard work in making Al Burkhartmeyer's wish to have this clock working again. 
Video link to the ceremony-


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Welcome to the Faribault Rotary Club!


       Rotary International is the world's first service club organization, with more than 1.2 million members in 33,000 clubs worldwide. Rotary club members are volunteers who work locally, regionally, and internationally to combat hunger, improve health and sanitation, provide education and job training, promote peace, and eradicate polio under the motto Service Above Self.
       The Faribault Rotary Club was established 96 years ago on May 1,1920 as Rotary's 596th club with 22 charter members and by the end of the first year membership had reached a total of 35. The next year 21 more members were added.  The first President of the Faribault Rotary Club was Frank W. McKellip. On June 29, 2016, the Faribault Rotary Club installed its 97h President, Jake Cook, for the 2016-17 Rotary Year.

Convention: Southern hospitality
The Atlanta Host Organization Committee is offering some good old-fashioned Southern hospitality at the Rotary International Convention from 10 to 14 June. It has planned a wide range of activities featuring everything from good food and music to inspiring tours of local landmarks. If it’s your first convention, these events are chances to meet fellow Rotarians from around the world, and if you’re an experienced convention goer, you can catch up with old friends. Hall of Fame baseball player Hank Aaron will host Rotarians for a “Strike Out Polio” night at the new SunTrust Park, where you’ll...
Member spotlight: The power of the press
When Teguest Yilma helped found the Rotary Club of Addis Ababa Entoto in 2002, she thought polio had already been eradicated from most of the world. But while Ethiopia had been free of the disease, Yilma was shocked to learn that new cases had started cropping up in surrounding countries such as Somalia. “I was thinking, it’s not possible, we can’t be free if the countries around us are not free,” she says. Yilma, the managing editor of Capital, Ethiopia’s largest English weekly newspaper, has brought a journalist’s skills to the fight against polio. She became vice chair of the Ethiopia...
Member interview: Writer sheds light on FDR’s right-hand woman
Battling breast cancer in 2000, Kathryn Smith found comfort pursuing her lifelong interest in Franklin D. Roosevelt. The more she read, the more intrigued she became with the 32nd U.S. president’s private secretary, Marguerite Alice “Missy” LeHand. “I thought, what a fascinating life she had because she was by his side through the polio crisis, establishing the polio rehabilitation center in Warm Springs and then after his return to politics,” she says. Smith, a past president of the Rotary Club of Greater Anderson, S.C., and a longtime newspaper journalist, turned that curiosity into a book...
The Rotarian Conversation with Ban Ki-moon
One of United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s earliest memories is of fleeing with his family into the mountains during the Korean War, his village burning behind him. His father and grandfather had to forage for food in the woods; his mother gave birth to his siblings away from anything remotely resembling a health facility. “I have known hunger,” he says. “I have known war, and I have known what it means to be forced to flee conflict.” The soldiers who came to their rescue were flying the blue flag of the United Nations. The UN provided them with food and their schools with books....
February 2017
Upcoming Events
John Crudele
Feb 22, 2017
Leadership Principles Made Personal
Colleen Godfrey
Mar 01, 2017
Todd Sesker, Jason Engbrecht...and students
Mar 08, 2017
FHS Robotics Program
Larry Horstman
Mar 22, 2017
History of Shattuck St-Mary's
Gene Buhr
Apr 05, 2017
Dr. Richard Huston
Apr 12, 2017
The Magic of Africa
Troy Dunn and Team
Apr 19, 2017
Cannon River Drug & Violent Offender Task Force
Exchange Students
May 17, 2017
Year in Review
Steve Pribyl and Team
May 31, 2017
Honoring Choices
Jake Cook and Troy Dunn
Jun 28, 2017
Installation of Troy Dunn - 98th President