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Welcome Megan!

TThe Faribault Rotary Club has inducted Megan Dalland (center) as a new member.  Meagan is Director of Operations for Our Savior's Lutheran Church.  Her sponsor Dick Huston (right).  Also pictured with her is membership chair Keith Kramer (left.)

Welcome Paul!

The Faribault Rotary Club has inducted Paul LaRoche (center) as a new member.  Paul is an Administrative Sergeant with the Rice County Sheriff's department.  His sponsor Brandon Gliem (right) is a Sergeant with the Faribault Police Department.  Pictured with the two officers is membership lead Keith Kramer.

Dr. Michael Richie

Dr. Michael G. RichieRichie Eye Clinic | Ophthalmology & Optometry | Faribault and Northfield, MN
  • Dr. Michael Richie gave the group an overview of the new Lasik Center located at Richie Eye Clinic in Faribault
    • Dr. Richie spoke about the minimal risks associated with Lasik as well as the benefits
  • Dr. Richie discussed the differences with PRK and Lasik
    • One involves making a flap over the cornea
      • The flap acts a band aid for the eye
  • PRK is basically Lasik w/o the flap
    • Healing time is longer with PRK
  • Best part of the presentation was the fact Lasik can be performed right here in Faribault, w/o driving to the Twin Cities
Laura Bock - Administrative Assistant - Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC  | LinkedInParade of Lights 2.JPG
Rotarians met at the Inn at Shattuck St Mary’s in a smaller room than usual as the large room was divided into two rooms today.
  • Brandon L. Gliem finished school graduating from Northwestern Universities School for Police Staff and Command class #532
  • Nicholas was awarded his United States of America Citizenship yesterday!
  • Brenda needs some help with Bingo this week, starting tomorrow
  • Dr. Huston spoke about the publication about Faribault Rotary that was distributed to 14,000 homes through the Daily News and the Shopper
  • Our President Kurt found his birth mother who lives in Rochester!
  • Laura Bock was named the grand marshal of the Winterfest parade!
Fellowship narrated by Dr. Murray Hanson  
  • Guests
    • Our exchange student Jean joined us for lunch
      • He has taken up basketball and other activities at FHS
  • Happy Dollars
    • Lots of comments from everyone about Nicholas and Laura and congratulations   
  • Electronic pull tabs had a solid month with sales of $111K, delivering a gross profit of $22K on a gross profit margin of 20.20%, which is a new record for the FRYS operation (previous best = 19.94%)
    • As an illustration of the significant variability, the month of August had a gross profit margin of 8.79% for less than half of the strength of October
  • Paper tabs had a slightly weaker month with total sales of $60K for gross profits of $10K on a margin of 16.79%
    • To keep the comparisons running, paper tabs had a gross profit margin of 16.31% in August, illustrating a much tighter range of performance month over month
      • In fact, the lowest gross profit margin on paper tabs is 12.18%, representing 58% of the strongest gross profit margin recorded (21.08% in July 22) whereas electronic tabs accounts for only 43%
  • Bingo continues to draw customers to Boxers with sales of $11K in October for gross profits of $2K.
  • Overall, the month of October produced just over $10K in net income
    • In October 2021, which was FRYS’ first month of charitable gambling operations, net income was $7K à While not a perfect example, the 30% increase in net income performance year-over-year does provide a solid illustration for growth in the size and scope of the charitable gambling operation at Boxers
      • On the revenue front, October 2022's total revenue of $182K represents a 57% increase from October 2021's $116K
Following Expenses were Approved:
  • CG Made Easy Administrative Fee = $250
    • Fixed fee every month
  • Inventory = $6,000
    • Inventory levels are adequate given the recent track record on paper sales 
  • Rotary Gambling Team Compensation = $2,600
  • Bingo Team Compensation = $2,500
    • Bingo is being hosted every Thursday night à
  • Revenue Share with MPeters = $10,000
    • Profit share is 31% of e-tab gaming à fall months traditionally have greater volume
  • City of Faribault = $1,200
  • Revenue Share with Boxers = $8,000
    • Profit-share w/ e-tabs = 15% & paper tabs = 20% à fall brings football back for stronger volume levels at Boxers
  • Misc. Cost = $2,000
    • Gambling manager Brenda might have a couple holiday events at Boxers & payroll services via Reese, Winter
  • Total Expenses = $32,550
    • On a first by Rod Muller & a second Dick Huston, FRYS’ membership approved November’s expenses
FRYS Membership approved the following donation:
  • Donation information: $800
  • Benefitting organization: Faribault High School
  • Program: “The Nest”
  • Mailing Address: 330 9th Avenue SW, Faribault, MN 55021
  • Description: Funds will be used to purchase winter clothing and personal hygiene items, benefitting
  • up to 150 local youth in need
    • On a first by Kurt Halverson and second by Kay Hoaglin, FRYS membership approved the donation

Our newest American Citizen

Nicholas Sonpon (left) was recently became an official citizen of the United States during a recent ceremony. He is pictured here with his documents and Pastor Ciesluk.

9th Annual Christmas Concert- 1947 

Reprinted from the Daily News


The presentation on November 16th was from a Rotary-supported educational group called Waano. 
Waano is an after-school program that looks to enrich children of ethnic diversity in support of their education. Teaching kids and parents about educational skills to succeed. 
Waano is not an acronym. It is the Somalia word for learning and growth. 
Their mission is to help people thrive.
In the US, we empower new immigrant communities to be successful.
Our vision is that every person has the resources and opportunities they need to succeed in education
and well-being.
The core operations of this after-school learning program are: Ethics, Trust, Transparency, Respect, Innovation, Collaboration, and Human service. 
The goals of Waano are: 
1)Communities have opportunities and resources that create an educated population.
2) Communities have sustainable systems for health, clean water, and food.
3) Communities' opportunities and resources are available to people of all genders, ethnicity, religions,
and tribal affiliations.
4) Communities have thriving businesses that provide employment that sustains community families.
Abroad, we promote education while assisting individuals who are suffering from starvation, diseases,
mental illness, disability, illiteracy, and lack of clean water.

For more information, please contact their Executive Director, Faadil Sheikhmohamed, at faadil@waano.org
The honorable tie challenged Dick Huston proposes Megan Dalland, Director of Operations for Our Savior's Luther for membership in the Faribault Rotary Club.  If you have any questions or concerns pleas contact membership chair Keith Kramer.
The honorable Brandon Gliem proposes Paul Laroche, Administrative Sergeant for the Rice County Sheriff's Office, for membership in the Faribault Rotary Club.  If you have any questions or concerns pleas contact membership chair Keith Kramer.
November 9th, 2022, our meeting started with a Virtue by George Wickstrom of Unity, followed by a blessing by Zak Branham around Unity. In club announcements:
Warm of Community made their drop-offs to the local schools to drop off the packaged coats, hats, boots, etc., for all students. In all 185 students were outfitted for winter this year. Thank you to all the volunteers in our club and community.
Brenda is still looking for help with Bingo on Thursdays and Saturdays. Please contact Brenda or see the sign-up sheet at the next meeting. 
Fellowship started with introducing our Rotary “students of the month.” Dr. Huston introduced Trent Tia and Grace Yesin. Grace is a senior and is involved in Orchestra, Student Council, and National Honor Society. Trent, a senior, is involved in Orchestra, Student Council, and DECA. Along with Cross Country and Track. 
82nd Faribault Rotary Christmas Concert
Twas just weeks before Christmas, when all through downtown,
Not a Rotarian was stirring, no one to be found;
The invites were made by Martha Brown with care,
In hopes that everyone would soon be there;
The Rotarians were nestled all snug in their beds;
While visions of Christmas concerts danced in their heads;
They knew in a moment the time had drawn near,
To sign-up with Martha and tell her no fear;
For we will be coming, even bringing a guest;
Looking forward to lunch and the choir's singing best;
More rapid than eagles the Faribault Rotarians came,
And Martha whistled and shouted and called them by name:
Now, Pollard! Now, Ciesluk! Now, Ginter and Kohl!
On, Haars! On, Rojas! On, Wickwire and Gliem!
To the seat of your cars! To the end of the street!
Now dash away! Dash away! And soon we will meet!
Then we heard Martha exclaim, as she walked out of sight;
"Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!"
All Rotarians their families, and guests are invited to the 82th Faribault Rotary Christmas Concert to be held on Wednesday December 14th (11:45 am- 1:15 pm) at Our Savior's Lutheran Church. The joyful sounds of the holiday season will be brought to us by the Faribault High School Concert Choir. Our host for over 35 years, Donn Johnson has retired and there is a new hostess in town, Dr. Martha Brown, who is a new Rotarian and the accompanist for the choir. She asks that you respond to the online email whether or not you will be coming and bringing one or more guests.  The cost of the meal is $15 unless you are on the meal plan.
 photo L-R:
Stephen Uphus (DMCS counselor), Anna Wagner (DMCS teacher), Kurt Halverson (Faribault Rotary Club President), Gina Ashley (DMCS Principal), Natalie Ginter (Rotarian), and Amanda Rauenhorst (DMCS teacher). Second row- Jesus
Faribault Rotary Youth Services recently presented Divine Mercy Catholic School with a $10,000 donation in support of new social and emotional curriculum and mental health programming for District students and staff. Funds donated are raised through the charitable gambling program held in partnership with Boxer’s Bar and Grill in downtown Faribault.

Jamie Bente

Our speaker was our very own Jamie Bente, providing his classification speech. Jamie is from Ohio and grew up in a split family. His Mother’s family were farmers, while his dad’s family were small business owners running a salvage yard and automotive store. Jamie growing up, worked with both his families and his career path vision was to take over one of the family professions.
His mother told him he would attend college, and Jamie did at Mount Union College in Ohio. Once in college, both his grandparents passed away, and the vision of working in one of the family professions was gone. Jamie graduated with an education degree focused on history.
Once out of college, Jamie followed his fiancée to Minnesota and started his teaching career as a German Teacher. Jamie recalls stories of this year and how he didn’t know German, yet he had to figure it out day by day. This theme was the pulse of Jamie’s teaching path as he continued to take on new roles and learn new skills in the field of education.
Jamie had applied to Faribault in the past and had not made the job cut. To Jamie, the rejection of the position in Faribault meant more than all the other job passes he had received. “There is something I found special here, and it hurt.” Thankfully, Faribault called him back a couple of years later and offered him the assistant principal position at the High school. Since then, Jamie has moved up the ladder and is enjoying the new challenges as District Superintendent.
Jamie and his wife have been together for 27 years and have three boys. Rogan is a freshman at SDSU, Tate is a sophomore at Lakeville south, and Brigs is in 5th grade. 


Pictured (L to R)  Kurt Halverson, president, Grace, Trent and Joel Olson Faribault Senior High School Principal.
Good afternoon.  Our Rotary Club has started a Rotary Student of the Month. Grace Yetzer and Trent Ta have been honored as Faribault Rotary Students of the Month.  Grace is involved in Honor Society, orchestra, student council and Link Crew. Trent is involved in Decca, cross country, orchestra, student council and Link Crew.

The Distribution

Rotary outfitted 185 pre-k through grade 5 local youth with winter boots, snow pants, coats, hats and gloves! We partnered with Jefferson Elementary, Lincoln Elementary, Roosevelt Elementary and Stem school. The past 4 years we held a one day event where the community would come in and select from gently used and new outerwear. This worked out really well and the demand was always more than supply but the individuals at the front of the line were able to be fully outfitted while those coming in later only received a few items.
This year parents were able to fill out a digital form selecting needed items and many children were outfitted from head to toe! Our hope is to continue to grow this program and expand into early childhood as well as local private schools. Rotary is very fortunate to have wonderful community partners that have allowed us to grow our program each year. It truly takes a community team to pull off a large scale outerwear drive and Reliance Bank allowed us to deliver, sort and pack all items in their basement.
Kristen Thiele from Treadway Graphics ordered many of our items, Casie Steeves from the Chamber of commerce designed our flyer linking to our order form and generous financial sponsors like Rotary Charitable Gambling, Allina Health, Hometown CU, Rice County Sheriff’s Association and River Valley Church all gave over $500 to make this event possible. Rotary’s motto is ‘service above self’ and it is awesome to be able to serve our community knowing that each one of us has been given so much.
George Wickstrom mug.jpg

(Reprinted with permission from the Daily News and George)

When my aunt Marian was in fourth grade in 1905, her teacher assigned the students topics to report monthly to the class. Marian was the oldest of three children. Her mother, a single parent, scrubbed floors in downtown offices at night and took in washing and ironing in the daytime.  Marian, in poverty, was dressed in flour sack clothes. When she reported to the class, the students surreptitiously made fun of her. After two or so times, she said she wasn’t ready to give another report.

Her teacher saw what was happening and took her aside and said: “Why don’t you see me after school. You don’t have to go before the class again.”  Marian was so thankful for her kindness and compassion that she was inspired to become a teacher.  When Marian was a senior in high school, her mother was diagnosed with cancer and couldn’t work. Marian found two part-time jobs so Aunt Ruth and my dad wouldn’t be placed in orphanages and mother in the poor house.

Her mother died when Marian was in her second year of normal school.  After graduation Marian taught in the Chicago public school system.  In 1932 my dad lost his job and moved in with Marian and her husband. During that time students would come over after school and sometimes stay for supper. Almost always on Saturday’s students could come and stay for lunch.  During summer it was common for them to come and visit her. One time she took a group on a picnic.

Marian retired at age 65 in 1960 and moved to Lake Hubert, about 15 miles north of Brainerd. For 23 years she served the area in many ways, including teaching residents of the Brainerd State Hospital two or three days a week to read and write.  At age 88 she was diagnosed with macular degeneration and could no longer driver or live alone. 

When she left Brainerd, the Brainerd Dispatch headline read “Incredible 88-year-old.” Most, if not all, of the front page was about Marian.  I took her to Wisconsin to live with my mother and she died at age 98 in 1993.  I was her administrator and she wanted her memorial service in the Lake Hubert area. She was gone 10 years. I thought, who will attend? The church was full.

I read a letter from one of her students who went into the ministry. He wrote of the impact she had on his life. I had a very difficult time getting though it and there were many handkerchiefs drawn in the audience. s I went through her belongings I found she was corresponding, with help from my mother, with 65 of her former students.

Who was the ‘power of one’ ? I say she was Marian’s fourth-grade teacher.  Acts of kindness, compassion, respect, etc. can inspire us to do wonderful things.  When I moved Marian, she told me one of her greatest regrets was that she never thanked her teacher for her kindness and the impact she had on her.

Each and every one of us has the potential to be the ‘power of one’ in someone’s life. Acts of kindness, compassion and respect can be inspiring and perhaps be a ‘power of one.’


Welcome Theresa

The Faribault Rotary Club has inducted Theresa Vold, far right, founder and director of Rescue 55021. She is pictured with Keith Kramer, club membership team leader, and her daughter and sponsor, Carri Pollard. 
In Club happenings: Our club welcomed a new member Theresa Vold Executive Director of Rescue 55021. Welcome to our club. Dr. Huston and Mr. Wickstrom asked members to contact them if they are coming to the international Rotary dinner on September 12th.
Rotarian of the Year Brenda DeMars is requesting if you have not to turn your rose money in, please do so.
David Connelly sent around a sign-up for the Salvation bell ringing event on November 19th. This year we are having a friendly competition with the local Lions club on who can raise the most money that day. 
In fellowship:
Brenda is looking for help with bingo and has confidence we, as a club, can fill the spots. 
Emily confided in the club that she thought David’s name was actually Dennis.
Martha Brown thanked those Rotarians who were at her book event at the library.
Katy Anderegg shared she is moving to Wisconsin and shared her love and appreciation to the friendships she created with club members.
Rod Mahler asked to welcome members to join the soup luncheon at 4th Ave Methodist church 11am-to 1 pm.
Natalie Ginter shared her thanks for all members doing good stuff in the community. From work on the School Levy to Warm our Community and other community projects. “It’s like every community project has some sort of connection to Rotary”. 

Dayna Norvold- Executive Director Rice County Habitat for Humanity

Meet Our Staff | Rice County Habitat for Humanity
Our speaker was Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity Dayna Norvold. Habitat for Humanity partners with people in your community and worldwide to help them build or improve a place they can call home. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. With your support, Habitat homeowners achieve the strength, stability, and independence they need to build a better life for themselves and for their families. Check out these current Rice county housing situations and how Habitat for Humanity is changing the narrative. H4H Rice County info. 



(reprinted with permission from the Daily News)

Twelve years of dedication paid off for Faribault Rotary Club’s gambling manager, Brenda DeMars. The 2020-21 club president received the club’s Rotarian of the Year award this past week. DeMars has been representative of the club’s Four-Way Test since her joining in September 2010. Throughout the years, DeMars has worn many hats in the club.  During the pandemic, she served as the club’s president, often holding events over video calls. Under her presidency, a total of 17 new members committed to join the Faribault Rotary Club.

“It was humbling. There’s many that are deserving of it and do a lot for the club,” DeMars said. “Rotary has changed me and become a big part of me. I love seeing what more we’re able to do now.”  The Faribault Rotary Club honors what is referred to as the Four-Way Test of what rotarians think, say, or do in representation of the club: First, is it the truth? Second, is it fair to all concerned? Third, will it build goodwill and better friendships? Fourth, will it be beneficial to all concerned?

DeMars’ impact on the Faribault Rotary Club extends well beyond her official position. Under DeMars’ guidance, the club accomplished numerous projects and changes. DeMars tackled the club’s dues structure, allowing newer members to afford the club’s membership.  eMars was part of the club’s first international project since 2014, which raised in excess of $75,000 for a water purification, garden and entrepreneurial project for children in Cambodia.

DeMars currently dedicates her time to a club effort she dug into: pull-tabs. She spent hours, both day and night, taking tests and fulfilling state requirements to receive approval from the city gambling committee in order to operate pull-tab gambling at Boxer’s Bar and Grill.  “Should Brenda choose to not be gambling manager I can think of no one who would do what she is doing,” said Rotarian Richard Huston. “Because of her willingness to place service above self we have been able to give the youth of our community tens of thousand of dollars and a giving committee has been created to evaluate the many requests we receive.”

In addition to being the club’s gambling manager, DeMars is also co-chair for the Rose Sale, a fundraiser which donates proceeds to youth programs and STRIVE scholarships. She is one of the top sellers of roses.  “If anyone’s looking to join a great group, Rotary is it,” DeMars said. “It’s really rewarding for yourself and very giving to the community.”

Reach  Daily News reporter Josh McGovern at 507-333-3128.

Dick Huston invited any Rotarians to join him and George at the Rotary Foundation Celebration on Saturday, November 12th. There is a carpool going. Please let Dr. Huston know if you are interested in going.  
Greg Ciesluk reported on the wonderful Strive session Wednesday. Our very own George Wickstrom stepped up at the last moment to fill in for the speaker who could not make it last minute. George spoke on good money practice and saving.
Laura Bock shared a possible service project opportunity partnering with local police and maybe other organizations in the area to start a kid house for local teens. A think tank discussion is scheduled for November 15th at 6:30pm with a location to be determined. 
Dr. Hanson led a fellowship with a back history of the difference between Fleecing dollars and Happy dollars, and the differences each holds. Fleecing is when someone else mentions you or your business highlighting accomplishments that they are happy for you. Happy Dollars are when you speak about something you are proud of, sharing a little bit about yourself and people or items that are important to you.  
Greg Ciesluk shared the upcoming soup luncheons at Fourth Avenue United Methodist Church every Friday in November from 11 am to 1 pm. Emily Nesvold thanked the club for buying Christmas cards created by her daughter. She also praised the newest members, Nathaniel and Summer Cunningham, for their coffee roastery Mighty Fine Coffee. 
Rod Mahler shared that his son is soon taking him to a Minnesota Gophers vs. Notre Dame hockey game. Rod, a fan of both squads, can’t lose no matter which team wins.
Marv Schrader shared he will be going into surgery to replace a heart valve this coming Wednesday. Keep your thoughts with Marv this week for a full recovery. 

A lot of praise came to Harry Brown’s for the first annual Scary at Harry’s. Zak Branham shared his thanks to all the support and community vendors, which made the event a smash hit, with over 800 kids coming through for all the community fun. Look for more community-based events coming at Harry Brown’s.




 The Faribault Rotary Club has inducted two new members.  Sommer and Nathaniel Cunningham own Mighty Fine Coffee.  Pictured are Sommer (above left) and her sponsor Carri Pollard.  Pictured with Nate (above left) is his sponsor Mark Kenny.

Chad Koepke

Good day FRYS Membership,
Today’s membership memo is the first in FRYS’ fresh fiscal tax year, meaning charitable gambling performance resets with a new income statement. To recall, total sales of charitable gambling exceeded $1.9MM last year in just 10 months of activity, which means the 2022 – 2023 campaign should be on a pace to smash the $1.9MM mark – let’s begin.
September 2022 kicked off with a strong month of activity across the gaming spectrum. E-tab sales summed to $113K with a gross profit of $22K on a blistering 19.8% gross profit margin, which represents the second highest FRYS has achieved since commencing operations (19.94% in November 21). Turning to the tangible, paper tabs posted sales of $84K with a gross profit of $14K and margin at 17.2%. Bingo continues to draw customer activity as illustrated by sales of $13K, second most on record, with gross profits of $3K.
Net income for the month was a record $27K; however, this is misleading as the total includes starting cash of $14K for paper tab boxes that are needed to execute payouts / liquidity. Removing the starting cash yields a net profit of $13.2K - a solid showing.
Faribault Rotary Youth Services
Charitable Gambling Operation
Gross Profit
Gross Margin %
Monthly Net Profit
Misc. Notes
Strong net profit driven by starting cash of $13.6K ---> "True" net income = $13,284
Paper Tabs
Non-Linked Bingo
Linked Bingo
Now with a decent amount of data / history established, one question that has pondered the mind is what of the major gaming (pull tabs / paper tabs / non-linked Bingo) reliably produces the most income per dollar of revenue for FRYS, meaning what game has the most reliable gross profit margin. Said differently, what game has the least amount of variability in terms of gross profit margin, which is the greatest factor in profitability. Understanding this dynamic will help forecasting and allow for better coordination with the Charitable Giving Committee as statistical models can be used to provide range estimates on cash flows available for donation. Enough chatter – let’s get to the numbers.  
Mean Gross Profit Margin
Standard Deviation
1 Standard Deviation Range
E – Tabs
10.33% - 18.63%
Paper Tabs
15.25% - 20.41%
Non-Linked Bingo
19.73% - 33.63%
Synthesizing the data above, unsurprisingly, paper tabs are the most consistent game month-over-month with a standard deviation of 2.58%. In plain English, with a 66% level of certainty, FRYS can presume that the gross profit margin on paper tabs will be between 10.33% and 18.63%, which is computed by taking the historical mean/average and then +/- the standard deviation. Testing that assumption, only three months out of 13 observations recorded a gross profit margin that was outside of the predicted 1 standard deviation range (21.57%, 21.08% and 12.18%) or 23% of the time.
Turning to other FRYS news, September featured the partnership between Faribault Youth Baseball Association & FRYS at the Town Ball State Tournament held at Bell Field. Per Brenda, activity was acceptable but nothing substantial, which is illustrated in the net profit of just over $1,500 for the Labor Day Weekend FRYS sold tabs. Per the agreement, FRYS split profits at a 50/50 share with Youth Baseball. After accounting for the boxes and labor, FRYS cut a check for $389 to Faribault Youth Baseball Association.
Lastly, prior communications had discussed the intent of the FRYS board to execute exterior renovations at the Rotary Camp; however, the contractor found himself too busy and was unable to complete the renovations this fall, which are now scheduled for this coming April / May.
The Charitable Gambling Team thanks you for your support as we build on the successes of year one and march into year two full speed ahead!
Now that the Roses have been delivered, it is time to turn in the money. Please bring your collections to our Wednesday meeting or turn them in to Amy or Brenda at Reliance Bank as soon as you have collected all your Rose sale money.
Thank you!

Faribault Rotary Camp History

In the early 1960's, Dorothy Fredrickson, wife of Rotarian Felix Fredrickson presented the Faribault Area Girls Camp Committee a gift of $12,000 that was to be used to establish a camp which was to be dedicated to camping opportunities for girls in the Faribault community.  Mrs. Fredrickson was an ardent advocate of opportunities for girls and women.

The Girls Camp Committee included Nancy Jirik, Shirlee Madow, Marcia Onkka and Irene Hoysler.  Their first order of business was to locate lakeshore property that was close to the Faribault area. Their searches lead them to Basil Heselton who owned property that suited their needs on the north shore of Cedar Lake in Shieldsville Township. Convincing Basil to sell the land was easy since his wife had been active in scouting activities prior to her death.

Once the land had been found, the committee felt they would need some assistance to help in their efforts to purchase the land so they could proceed with their project and fulfill Mrs. Fredrickson's request.  Many of the committee member's husbands were Rotarians so they approached the Faribault Rotary Club to see if they would be willing to participate in this venture. The agreements were drawn up and the group established the organization which would be known as the Faribault Youth Service.  

Once this new Board was established, they decided to expand the mission and purpose of the camp which would now include not only camping opportunities for girls but for all youth and the Faribault community in general. Contributions, both monetary and labor were solicited.  The first order of business was to establish access to the property.  A large culvert and driveway would need to be constructed across a drainage creek and ditch which isolated the land. 

The Rotary Camp is located on the shores of Cedar Lake which is 8 miles west of Faribault.  The camp consists of about 18 acres of natural state which includes woods, wetlands, and one open grassy area, along with 2000 feet of lakeshore

The project has been the pride of many Rotarians over the past 60 years.  Rotarians have been responsible for the tree planting, brush removal, lakeshore improvement and the construction of the lodge facility.  The three season (rustic) building contains a kitchen, appliances such as an electric stove, microwave, refrigerator and a sink.  It also has picnic tables, a fireplace two indoor restrooms.  It can handle up to 100 people.  In addition, it has a large walk around exterior deck almost as large as the building itself.  Other features include a dock and a campfire site.  There is plenty of outdoor space available for outdoor activities.  The use of tents is greatly encouraged.

The Rotary Youth Camp has been the site for many day camps for Brownies and Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, the Faribault Day Activity Center and church youth groups.  It has also provided overnight camping opportunities for Boy Scouts and 4H groups. The camp has also played host to Boy Scout troops from states south of Minnesota as they travel to the Boundary Waters Canoe area.  For several years the Faribault Rotary Club hosted a camp for all the in-bound Rotary Exchange Students in the district.  It is also a unique location for reunions and company picnics.

The Rotary Camp has been and will continue to be a great asset for the years to come!

October 19th, the meeting started with the unveiling of the Rotarian of the Year, Brenda DeMars! Her family and co-workers joined Brenda to celebrate her accomplishment. More about Brenda later.
Laura Bock shared the week’s virtue in honor of Rotarian of the Year Brenda, Endurance.
Keith Kramer provided our weekly invocation. In club announcements, Keith Kramer gave a Warm our Community update. Forms were sent to all elementary schools (translated into Spanish, English, and Somali). Over 200 forms have been submitted, and each form submission fulfills all hats, gloves, boots, and jackets for each child. The next step is to order the items and then sort and pack them for each area school to distribute. Help will be needed soon for the sorting and packing of orders.
Cindy Yerington gave an update request from The Inn to help clear plates into bus bins provided at the end of the meetings.
David Connelly requested the club continue looking for host families for our current exchange student Jean. New host families are needed for 2023.
Please contact Lisa Humfield-Wilson if you know of a family willing to help.
Brenda Demars needs help with Bingo on Thursdays and Saturdays. Reach out to Brenda if you can help, please. 
Fellowship was focused around the praise of Mrs. Brenda Demars and all her attributes like selflessness, hardworking, caring, compassion, loyal, energetic, and committed to naming a few. Laura Bock presented a genuine overview of all of Brenda’s accomplishments and achievements which Brenda has served as a Rotarian in the Faribault community. 
Faribault Rotary Youth Services presented Faribault Public Schools with a $10,000 charitable donation to support the Little Falcons after school program. The free  program provides opportunities for elementary students to try a variety of sports. This photo was taken at Lincoln Elementary Little Falcons girls basketball. Pictured are program participants along with Faribault Rotary Club president, Kurt Halverson, Little Falcons coordinator, Ryan Lueken, Lincoln physical ed teacher, JT Butler, and girls basketball volunteer coach, Natalie Ginter. 
Dick Huston made the trip to Prior Lake Rotary last Wednesday morning to present former Faribault Rotary member Sam Ouk with a Paul Harris Award that he earned with our Cambodia project.

Congratulations Brenda DeMars

Brenda DeMars has been a Faribault Rotarian for 12 years, joining the club September 15, 2010. She served as the club’s president in 2020-2021. (During the pandemic - sometimes holding meetings on zoom from the Inn to an empty room) She is Co-chair for the Rose Sale and she is our clubs Gambling Manager. I had the pleasure of reading all 10 yes-10! nominations for Brenda and statements like "dedicated leader, full of class, grace and kindness, quiet and steadfast, selfless, and - tireless in the pursuit of “Service Above Self" are just a snapshot of what she does.

Brenda serves as the Club's gambling manager and has been a champion of this endeavor since day one. Brenda gives her time DAILY to be at Boxers counting cash and analyzing operations of charitable gambling before and sometimes after her full-time job at Reliance bank as the VP of Mortgage and Consumer lending. She is the key to the successful relationship between Faribault Rotary Youth Services and Boxers. Besides the daily accountings she oversees Bingo on Thursdays and Saturdays.

She is always a top seller of roses and raffle tickets, and can be found at blood drives, salvation army bell ringing, rotary readers, meals on wheels, Adopt a Highway and representing Rotary in parades with her grandchildren in tow. She and her husband Drew work at cleaning up at Rotary Camp and assisted at every single one of the dates the club worked at Crockers Creek. She also supports organizing and distributing coats at Warm our Community. There is rarely a Rotary event that Brenda is not a part of in one way or another.

Brenda - our club cannot thank you enough for the work you do to exemplify the 4-way test - you do all day, every single day. It has not gone unnoticed and we are incredibly blessed to have you in all of our lives. We congratulate our 2022 Rotarian of the year!!
The 56th Annual Rotary Concert was a success this year, thanks to our club members and the amazing talents of the performers!  There was great attendance to hear the Faribault High School Choir, Philharmonic Orchestra, and Wind Ensemble.   President Halverson emceed the event and highlighted the work the Faribault Rotary Club does to support youth.  2022 Youth Arts Scholarship Recipients were recognized, and President Halverson even included a few “dad jokes” throughout the evening.   Thank you to Rotarians Jamie Bente, Rod Mahler, Kay Hoaglin, and Dave Beranek for coordinating and working at the concert.  Thank you to all the Rotarians who came to watch the concert, too!
Jennifer Jones

Jennifer Jones

President 2022-23

October 2022

In August, I was proud to visit Pakistan and highlight Rotary’s top goal, eradicating polio. It was also a tremendous opportunity to spotlight female health workers who are playing a critical role in protecting children from this vaccine-preventable disease.

This month, as we celebrate World Polio Day, we are shining a spotlight on our more than 30-year effort to lead the first global polio eradication campaign and our success in forming partnerships capable of completing this massive goal. We all know that this is one of the most ambitious global health initiatives in history and that we’ve reduced polio cases by more than 99.9 percent worldwide.

Pakistan is one of only two countries in the world where wild poliovirus remains endemic. (The other is neighboring Afghanistan.) I was able to witness and take part in vaccination campaigns in Pakistan, and soon after I left, a monumental nationwide immunization campaign took place, focused on 43 million children under the age of 5. I saw the incredible work of Rotary members on the ground. More than 60 percent of vaccinators in Pakistan are women, and they are doing a remarkable job building trust and convincing mothers to vaccinate their children.

Seeing it all firsthand, I know that the will exists across the Rotary world to end polio, and I’m confident that we have the strategy. The Pakistani media has been very supportive of our efforts as well, and this is making a difference. This month, a new global pledging moment at the World Health Summit in Berlin promises to pull together more resources to fund these time-sensitive eradication efforts. Now it is up to us to do our part and raise $50 million this year to earn the full 2-to-1 match from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. 

There’s great cause for optimism on the polio front — but also some staggering new events that have further raised the stakes. Over the past few months, new polio outbreaks have occurred in Israel, the United Kingdom and, most recently, in the New York City area. These stories are frightening, but in every case, the response is clear — vaccines work, and if polio is spreading, we need to make sure the most at-risk people have kept their vaccinations up to date.

Most importantly, we need to eradicate this virus now. If polio exists anywhere, it can spread everywhere. What I saw in Pakistan convinced me that we can and must finish the job, but it will only happen if we remain committed to a strategy that’s working and back it with all necessary resources. 

Through our commitment, generosity, and sheer determination, we will #EndPolio.

Erica Stab-Absher

In awareness of Domestic Abuse Awareness Month, our very own Erica Saab provided insight into what the Hope Center is and how it supports our community. 
The mission of HOPE Center is to create zero tolerance for sexual and domestic violence through healing, outreach, prevention, and education. Through innovative programming, we offer direct support to victims of violence in Rice County, collaborative support to other organizations that serve victims, and educational support to the entire community. The staff of the HOPE center serves about 1400 clients per year. Their serves are compounded through many different objectives and needs. 
Healing: General victim support includes crisis intervention, 24-hour Safeline 800-607-2330, information and referral, emergency safe housing, support groups, rape counseling, and accompaniment to medical exams. Legal services to victims include assistance with the criminal justice system, information about legal remedies and processes, help with orders for protection and harassment restraining orders, and accompaniment to court proceedings.
Outreach: Specialized training is provided to employers, professionals, educators, and criminal justice professionals. Two times each year, 40 hours of training are provided for people interested in becoming HOPE Center volunteers. General presentations about our services and/or the prevalence of sexual and domestic violence are made to church groups, service organizations, and any other interesting forums. The general public is also educated through HOPE Center displays at community fairs and other events, submission of newspaper articles, appearances on local radio and television stations, and our website.
Prevention: To go beyond individual assistance toward community-wide solutions, HOPE Center regularly networks with such systems as social services, criminal justice, and the medical community and provides them with screening and assessment tools. A volunteer Court watch program monitors the judicial system, and staff follows up with judges, law enforcement and prosecuting attorneys when necessary.
Education: We believe in raising awareness about the impact sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse has on victims/survivors, community providers and other networks.
Club Announcements 
  •  New President-Elect: The president nomination committee met.  Many members were nominated, which speaks to the work the members have done.  David Connelly has accepted the nomination for President-Elect for 2024-25, following Laura Bock (current Rotarian of the Year) in 2023-24. Pastor Mark Kenney has accepted the nomination for 2025-26 as the 106th club president. 
  • Dr. Houston mentioned members were still welcome to come to his prairie to harvest seeds to be distributed into Crockers Creek.  
  • Dr. Houston was thanked for his personalized touch in his encounters around the community. He also has urged Rotarians to put their Rotary magazines into lobbies to increase awareness of Rotary. 
  • Elizabeth Child with the United Way and Northfield Rotarian thanked our club for the $2500 donation to the Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. The subscribership is growing rapidly. They are set to have 1300 members and give away 15,000 books this year. 
  • Riverbend sent us two thank you cards for our contributions to their youth programming. 
In Fellowship, we were joined by long-time member Mike Grinney who updated us on his many years of retirement living in Florida. 
  • Zak Branham shared the first Scary at Harry’s Trick or Treat event on October 25th, 6 pm-8 pm at Harry Browns. Vendors are welcome to hand out candy. Contact Zak if your business is interested. 
  • Laura Bock shared her gratitude for the friendships that our kids can enjoy through our connections through Rotary. Grace had a great time with his daughter Harper at Kurt Halverson’s home this past weekend. 
  • Greg Ciesluk gave an update on the Strive program earlier on October 12th; there were 35 students in participation. 
  • 4th United Methodist Church is back their soup luncheons in November 11am-1pm on Fridays. 
  • Kymn Anderson, who is not a fan of the “tie banter,” gave her compliments on Dr. Huston’s pheasant tie. The clear Tie contest winner on October 12th was Dr. Huston. (Were there any others?)
  • Gail Kaderlik shared she became a grandmother this past weekend, and the baby and family are doing well. 
  • Katy Anderegg thanked Harry Brown’s for helping out with a programming event at the last moment with a golf cart on the fly. 
  • Mindy Reeder shared that BA looks good in their section in Volleyball again this year. 

Welcome Emily!

Emily 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?” 
Father, PhD
Mother, BA
Husband, DVM
Me, BS, BA
  1. Your Hometown/School/College
    Athens Georgia until 7th
    Brookings, SD
    SDSU, 2 years
    U of MN, Bachelor’s degree
    U of MN Mankato, Broad Science Teaching
  2. Your Previous occupations?
    Microbiology Teaching Lab, U of MN
    Research, U of MN Veterinary Bacteriology
    Teaching Secondary Sciences
  3. Any Hobbies?
  4. Rotary sponsor?
                Richard Huston
  1. Interesting fact about you or your life?
Love animals, especially dogs and horses
The honorable Carri Pollard proposes Theresa Vold, Executive Director and founder of Rescue 55021, as a member in the Faribault Rotary Club.  If you have any questions, please contact membership chair Keith Kramer.

Emily Nesvold

Our program was the classification speech of Emily Nesvold. Emily is honored to be a Rotarian; the four-way test is important to her and is something about joining the important club. Emily was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan, in 1943. Her father, a microbiologist working on antibiotics, their family moved quickly as her father went into teaching microbiology, and Emily grew up in Athens, Georgia. Emily and her family moved to Brookings, South Dakota, in seventh grade. Worried about a southern speech, Emily taught herself out of her southern accent. 
Emily was kind of a rebel during to her school years, as she was sent to the office enough to be regular with the principal. She married her husband Bob Nesvold old in 1963 and is coming up on their 60th anniversary. Emily and Bob finished school at the U of M with no debt due to proper government funding. Bob is a veterinarian, and Emily with a degree in biology. After graduation, they moved to Faribault. Bob started to work with Dick Huston, Emily taught biology, and they lived with their two children on the outskirts of Faribault. They enjoy nature, horses, and engaging in their community. 
The honorable Pastor Mark Kenney proposes Nathaniel Cunningham, co-owner of Mighty Fine Coffee Roasters, as a member in the Faribault Rotary Club.  If you have any questions, please contact membership chair Keith Kramer.
On October 5th, 2022, Rotarians joined at Noon for this week's weekly meeting.
Aubrey Nicholson shared this week’s virtue of “Strength” after the pledge of Alliance and the Four Way Test were recited. 
In club announcements, Amy Amundson asked to have Roses orders in ASAP. You will be getting emails until you have placed your orders. Bravo to Grant Wilson and Eric Craig for leading the way with over 100 dozen roses sold.
Dr. Huston welcomed volunteers to his prairie to harvest seeds Wednesday, October 12th, at 5 pm. Please contact Dick if you can join. The seeds will be distributed to Crocker Creek this winter over the snow to seed in the spring. Our next Red Cross blood drive is on November 7th at 4th Ave United Methodist Church from 1-6 pm. 
In Fellowship, it was a pleasure to have former Sheriff Troy Dunn on Zoom. President Halverson shared a story of lightning bolts being shaved into the head of the former Sheriff in a throwback to the good old Vanilla Ice days of the 90s.
Many comments were made about the grand nature of the Lakelander’s barbershop choir concert to support the Ruth House and the Hope Center. Greg Ciesluk, a member of the Lakelander’s, shared they raised more funds than ever at this year’s concert.
 Erica Stab-Absher appreciated that the Faribault Foundation’s “100 women who care event” elected the Hope Center as the Winner of the $5,000 donation this past weekend. 
The honorable Carri Pollard proposes Sommer Cunningham, co-owner of Mighty Fine Coffee Roasters, as a member in the Faribault Rotary Club.  If you have any questions, please contact membership chair Keith Kramer.

Picking Apples

Jean is doing well. The pep band and being involved in a band with some friends from the high school has kept him busy. He experienced his first high school homecoming and his first time at an apple orchard.
Briauna recently got to participate in a Thai cooking class which she enjoyed. She continues to take Thai language classes and is doing well. She let us know that having little lizards in your house is not a cause for concern- they eat bugs. She tries to “save” them by catching them and putting them outside. 
Brandelyn recently celebrated Chile’s Independence Day on 9/18. She and her mom went on vacation for the week after that. They enjoyed horseback rides on the beach and sightseeing. She recently told us a story that she was sitting by her bed doing homework and out of the corner of her eye saw a movement. It turned out to be a juvenile tarantula on her bed. It had gotten through the window on which there are no screens. Her dad collected it and put it outside. 
On September 29th, 2022 the Faribault Rotary Club gathered at the Inn at Shattuck-St. Mary’s at 12:15 to sign the pledge of allegiance, the Four Way Test, a Virtue Reading by Erica Staab-Absher of “Humanity”. Our Prayer was by Natalie Ginter. “Community, we embrace. The community we serve as Rotarians.” 
Club announcements: Greg Ciesluk shared 33 students' attendance this past week to hear a speech from fellow Rotarian Zak, to pride them on doing the right thing. 
Flag exchange: David Connelly and Exchange Student Jean Piyapanee shared the ceremonial opportunity to exchange his native Thailand club flag without a local club flag.
Martha Brown was inducted into our club by Membership Chairman Keith Kramer
In Fellowship:
Chad Koepke shared he was getting married this Saturday. Congrats Chad.
Natalie Ginter shared her experience of her father being inducted into the Wisconsin Basketball Hall of Fame this past Saturday. Natalie also announced she is starting coaching for little Falcons’ basketball this fall. 
In honor of Sue Garwood’s birthday, the club sang to her “Happy Birthday”.
Eric Craig announced that club dues have been sent out, if you have any questions, please reach out to him.
Dr. Murray Hanson was wearing an excellent tie, and explained that it was picture day for the staff at Richie Eye Clinic. Dr. Huston had something to say about it which was not noteworthy, so it did not make the meeting records.

Welcome Martha!

The Faribault Rotary club welcomes Dr. Martha Brown as its newest member. She is the President of Lunar Tunes Music Inc. and RJE Consulting, Intl.

Deputy LaRoche and Sheriff Thomas

Sheriff Jesse Thomas and Sgt. Paul LaRoche spoke about the makeup/structure of the Rice County Sheriff's Office, its divisions, staffing, equipment/vehicles and types of calls it responds to.
They also spoke about the Public Safety Center, currently under construction just off Hwy. 3 on the northern edge of Faribault near 30th Street. About half the 83,000 square-feet center will house a new, 76-bed jail that will meet Minnesota Department of Corrections standards. The current facility has little space for detainee recreation and programming, reasons the DOC notified the county it will downgrade the jail's classification, restricting its ability to hold detainees for longer than 90 days. That, in turn, would cost the county both in man hours and out-of-county housing, and fails to adequately serve people who will someday be back in the community
The PSC will also feature an adjacent 20,000 square-foot storage/training facility. This will allow all RCSO vehicles to be onsite, allowing a quicker response.  The Board of Commissioners approved the project in 2021 and bids were OK'd this past summer. Groundbreaking was held in early August. Completion is anticipated in fall 2024.  While the PSC is an expensive project, Thomas assured Rotarians that there will be room for additional staff in the facility, and said he has included amenities that will reduce costs where possible. That includes on-site training and equipment storage, and K-9 housing when their partner officers are on vacation.

Thank you, Jean!

Rotarian David Connelly (left) and Club President Kurt Halvorson exchange flags with exchange student Jean Piyapanee from Thailand.

A Beautiful Day

Last Saturday morning Rotarians and their families cleaned up a section of County Road 38 near the Rotary Camp on Cedar Lake.  Thank you volunteers!

Welcome Kathy!

The Faribault Rotary Club welcomes Kathy Wickwire, a professional musician,  as it's newest member.  She is pictured here with sponsor Dr. Dick Huston (left) and membership chair, Keith Kramer.
Rotary projects around the globe – December 2022

Learn how Rotary clubs are taking action in the United States, Mexico, Germany, Italy, and India.

A community cure

Backed by Rotary’s Programs of Scale award, Partners for a Malaria-Free Zambia confronts a worldwide malady at the local level

Turning wine bottles back into sand

A club in Washington’s wine country uses a novel approach to keep glass out of the landfill.

Leveraging expertise with Ashoka

Leveraging expertise with AshokaRotary’s partnership with Ashoka brings together the vision of Ashoka’s social entrepreneurs with the local expertise of Rotary members to inspire innovation that can solve problems, create leaders, and

Engagement through experiences

During the COVID-19 pandemic's initial U.S. wave in 2020, Detroit, Michigan, was one of many cities where first responders and medical personnel needed more personal protective equipment. A Rotary club in India learned about the situation and contacted its longtime partner, the Rotary Club of

December 2022
Upcoming Events
Christmas Concert @ Our Saviors
Dec 14, 2022 11:30 AM
Rotary Christmas Concert
no meeting
Dec 21, 2022
no meeting
Dec 28, 2022
Martha Brown
Jan 04, 2023
Classification Speech
Tim Mulcrone
Jan 11, 2023
Eradicating Polio
Chuck Ackman
Jan 18, 2023
Civics and Democracy
Peggy Strom
Jan 25, 2023
Rotary Foundation
Elizabeth Child
Feb 01, 2023
United Way
George Wickstrom
Feb 08, 2023
Dawn Wegscheid, Market Manager
Feb 22, 2023
Cannon Valley Farmers Market
Ryan Lueken
Mar 08, 2023
Little Falcons