Rotary Club of Faribault

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School Bond Referendum

     On Wednesday October 11, we heard from Rotarian and School Superintendent Todd Sesker and his "crew". The topic was the 2017 Public School Bond. Todd and company took turns stressing the importance of various topics including safety at each location, crowding in some of the facilities, and over all use of a new field house or community events center for the community. If our community decides to approve the bond and move to the next phase, planning will move forward on an almost 4 year project to upgrade current buildings and start from scratch on a few others. 
      Get out and vote on the 7th of November so your voice is heard, and if you have follow up questions or would like Todd and his crew to speak to another group you know of please don't hesitate to contact Todd. Thanks so much for all the information, and thanks to the team that joined us last week! 


      The Faribault Rotary Club has recognized four members as Paul Harris Fellows.  Rotary members achieve this distinction each time they have given $1000.  Rotary International uses these funds to assist people all over the world with peace and conflict resolution, disease prevention and treatment, water and sanitation, maternal and child health, basic education and literacy, economic and community development & the eradication of polio.  Bart Jackson has a plus one and Dr. Huston plus six.  Dr. Huston is a member of the Paul Harris Society as he has pledged $1000 each year.  Pictured are Keith Kramer, Foundation chair, members Cate Grinney, Carmen Dorr, Dr. Dick Huston, Bart Jackson and president Troy Dunn. 

Dee Bjork

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The Faribault Foundation
On October 4th we heard from Dee Bjork, Executive Director of the Faribault Foundation.  The Faribault Foundation was started in 1999 as a result of the Faribault Futures class that year. They identified a need in the community to help small volunteer organizations manage their funds for their programs.
Rotary’s Buddy Bench program is one of the many programs the Faribault Foundation helped support.
Visit for more information on the programs, grants, and community involvement the foundation handles.
Dee Bjork herself is a long time Faribault Resident whose family has a history of running business in the downtown area. Dee is a superb example of what it means to have community pride and to do service above self. Thank you Dee for your presentation, and for doing all you do to make Faribault a great place!

Shawn gave his classification talk recently.  I asked him six 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.

Shawn Jackson

1. Your Family members, occupations (including you) or school level?”

Shawn Jackson Occupation Wireless World Business Consultant. BA from Iowa State University

Wife, Jennifer Jackson Market Research Client Manager. BA from Iowa State University

Son, DeRon Jackson Works in a Veterans home.

Son, Mario Boyd

Son, Christopher Johnson Salesman for Lids.

Son, Andrew Jackson High School Senior.

Daughter, Charity Jackson High School Sophomore.

2. Your Hometown/School/College

 Kansas City, Kansas & Iowa State University

3. Your Previous occupations?

Owner of KCK Repairs, Teacher K8 Open Door Christian School, Owner of Kingdom Coins, Driver for UPS

4. Any Hobbies?

Coin collecting, Christian Apologetics, Politics, Installing Linux operating systems.

5. Rotary sponsor? Richard Huston

6. Interesting fact about you or your life?

Member of Iowa State University's Big 8 Championship team 4 times.

Pastor Greg Ciesluk

      On November 27th we heard from Pastor Greg Ciesluk during his classification speech. Pastor Greg or PG as some of his congregation call him, was born in Massachusetts. When you are saying his last name just think of chess, like the game, and luck, like you would need luck to win at it.  He is one of 4 children to parents Walt and Gail Ciesluk. It was very clear from his presentation he grew up in a home with a lot of love and support. Very early on he states his major influences where Family, School, and Faith. He knew by about 2nd grade he wanted to be a teacher, and just a few short years later a math teacher.
      When it came time to attend Duke University, he followed in his father’s footsteps and studied Electrical Engineering. Greg realized that was not quite his calling, and studied to become a pastor. While pursing that dream he met his lovely wife Diane, also a pastor.
Greg and Diane have three children, and have been pastors in many communities. Within the past year they relocated to Faribault so Pastor Greg could serve here. They have purchased their first home and hope to stay here for the completion of Greg’s service. Which is approximately another 14 years or so.
      As a Pastor, Greg’s favorite thing to do is celebrations of all kinds, Weddings, Baptisms, even funerals. He enjoys getting to know his parishioners and their families on a deeper level. His future life goals include building a great relationship with his wife and bonding with his kids for the “long haul”. He also strives to mentor and encourage people in faith, and hopes to leave a legacy of faith, family, and church. Pastor Greg has already been living the Rotary moto, so joining Rotary is a great fit for him.
Pastor Greg – Welcome to Rotary! We are excited to have you.



Marta tames a wild pony?


Kramers, Carons and Halversons oh my!


Fun and fellowship!


Our caterers from Uncle B's!

Great Fun at the Rotary Camp!


The kids loved the pony rides!


Having fun outside!


Even the big kids had fun.! Right Lisa?


Enjoying fellowship and a great meal!

Laura Bock gave her classification talk recently.  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. 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?” 
Husband, Steve Bock, Owner /Manager Glenn’s Towing
Collin Paquette (14), Freshman, Faribault High School
Sadie Paquette (11), 6th Grade, Faribault Middle School
Grace Bock (1), can be found at daycare, or home with Mom and Dad
  1. Your Hometown/School/College
Hometown is Faribault, Graduated from FHS in 1998.
Oliver Thein Beauty School – Burnsville, MN
  1. Your Previous occupations?
Nail Technician, Mayo Clinic Customer Service, Cheese Maker, Retail Manager.
  1. Any Hobbies?
Spending time with my family, cooking, baking, outdoor activities, yard work, movies, reading.
  1. Rotary sponsor?
Jake Cook
  1. Interesting fact about you or your life?
I am not that interesting, I enjoy learning other people’s history and interesting facts about their lives.
  1. Anything else you can think of?   
I am very excited to be part of Rotary. Thank you for having me.


        Pastor Jared Matthew has joined the Faribault Rotary club.  Pastor Matthew has led the First Baptist Church of Faribault the past seven years.  He and his wife Emily are currently foster parents to three young children.  Emily teaches piano from her home.  Pastor Matthew is a marathon runner in his spare time.  He is joining some 65 other Faribault Rotarians who pledge to put service above self. Pictured here on the left is Rotary president Troy Dunn, center new member Pastor Matthew and right his sponsor Keith Kramer.

Tery Hurst

Tery Hurst from the Rotary Club Jimboomba, Queensland, Australia was here visiting our Faribault Rotary club last Wednesday.  His club is currently hosting our exchange student, Annika and was previously named "The best small club in Rotary (worldwide) in 2012 . We had a little fun with him. He is pictured here with President Troy Dunn (Sheriff) and Police Chief Andy Bohlen.
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Students reflect on cultures, insights from studying abroad

     Three students who went abroad during high school for different lengths of time, at different times in the year and for different reasons.       Some studied for an entire school year, others visited for just a month, but through their adventures, they agreed that they missed some parts of home, but also made unforgettable memories and friendships.
Run through Northstar Youth Exchange, students 15 to 19 can participate in an exchange. The Faribault Rotary Club is accepting applications for interested students through Oct. 7. If interested, contact Lisa Humfeld-Wilson at 507-330-0108 to learn more. Applications can be submitted through
From the salty Mediterranean Sea to Southeast Asia, these three Faribault students shared their experiences of living and learning a long way from Faribault.
Teresa Wilder – Poland
Wilder is currently a sophomore at University of St. Thomas. She studied abroad in 2015/2016, her senior year in High School, on the Baltic Coast of Poland in a city called Sopot.
What did you study?
I mostly studied Polish. I attended a Polish school. When I arrived, I didn’t know much, so I couldn’t keep up with the subjects, so I went to Polish lessons. While everyone else was studying geography, I was studying Polish. The first word I learned was “squared” which I picked up from math class.
What was the highlight of your trip?
I loved my host family. I stayed with the same family for nine months, which is unusual. They were a couple in their early 60s and they were the sweetest couple ever. They had a daughter on exchange that year, so they understood what I was going through. They taught me a lot of Polish as well because the dad did not speak any English.
What will you miss most about Poland?
I miss the language a lot. I fell in love with it because it’s very, very complicated, but it always follows the rules. If you know the rules, you know the language, unlike English where if you know the rules you don’t know anything.
What did you miss most about home while you were gone?
My siblings. I’m very close with them, so I had some issues with home sickness early on. It was rough for me the first month, but I made a really close friend and she loved speaking English with me.
What was your biggest takeaway from the experience?
I definitely learned that you should try everything … within reason of course. Even things that scare you. Worst comes to worst, you won’t like it, but you might learn something new or have a blast.

Привет, Россия

On my first day my family took me, almost immediately, to the center of St. Petersburg. The architecture of St. Petersburg is hard to describe, half of it is old buildings from the Reign of Peter the Great and long forgotten Tsars, while the rest of the city is spotted with Cold War era apartments.

 As my family and I looked across Neva River at Palaces and old barracks, it dawned on me that I was in Russia and I felt a rush of emotion. I know this sounds flowery, but honestly that’s the best way I can describe it. At that moment I had realized the last six months of planning and packing had finally come to fruition.

 While I had this moment on the Neva my suitcase was still somewhere in the Netherlands. Upon arrival in St. Petersburg I recall the flight attendant regretfully informing our flight that “some” of our bags had not made it on to the airplane with us. Three hours later as I neared the front of the line for customs the rest of my flight and I would learn that it was more than “some” and close to most of our luggage was left in Amsterdam.

 After three painful hours in Pulkovo Airport, I lugged my carry-ons through security and was met by my host mom and host sister Liza. We then dragged “some” of my bags to the car and dodged traffic. My host dad picked us up and drove us to the city center where we ate at a restaurant that was called Room. The restaurant was split between outdoor and indoor dining, which created a unique atmosphere that reminded me of being in someone’s home. To add to the ambiance each table was provided with blankets and up close entertainment of children playing tag on the adjoining playground.

 They day concluded with a tour of my family’s apartment. After politely refusing food several times, I fell asleep soundly until the next afternoon. The following days included going to a science museum in a high-rise apartment, walking around St. Petersburg’s many historical sites, and going to a small zoo in a shopping mall.

I am pleased that my host sister is the same age as me - it has smoothed my transition. It will be melancholy when she leaves for her exchange in America next week.

 Last night I went to yoga with my host mom and may have found a new passion even though I am very sore today. Exchange is about trying new things right?  Well I tried yoga for the first time in Russia. I even got a compliment from the teacher.

 Tonight I am going to a rooftop concert with my host sister and then tomorrow I meet the other exchange student going to my school from Brazil!

From Kajsa with Love!    

From Russia with Love  (click on this link below for pictures taken this week!)

Our new Rotary Exchange Students for 2017-18 are from South Korea (Sujin- far left 2nd picture) and Italy (Marta- 2nd from far right in 2nd picture.)  

Thank you, Rod!

Rod Mahler presents our Faribault Rotary Club president, Troy Dunn with a new U.S. flag to replace the one that was present for 45 years and first saw use during Rod's year as club president in 1972-73.



        Pastor Greg Cesluk has been inducted into Faribault Rotary Club  As a member he will join some 64 other Faribault Rotarians who endeavor to put service above self in making Faribault a better community for all.  Pastor Greg is the new pastor at the 4th Avenue United Methodist Church.  Pictured with Greg (center) are Rotary president Troy Dunn (left) and Rod Mahler who was his sponsor.  

$2500 winner!

        The Faribault Rotary Club recently completed a successful money raffle to raise funds for youth programs in the Faribault area.  The people of Faribault have provided more than $10,000 to support programs like Little Feat soccer, Rotary Readers, Strive and others in the coming year.  Winners of the raffle were Todd Markman pictured with president Troy Dunn and past president Jake Cook.  Mr. Markman received a check for $2500. 
$1000 winner!
Farryl Kluis received $1,000 and Kathy Reside (not present) $500. as 2nd and 3rd place winners.



Seven past Presidents accepted our invitation to attend the installation ceremony this year. They from left to right, Wade Karli, Roy Anderson, Gorden Orde, James Nielson, Donn Olson, Darlene Mellier, and Janine Sahagian (behind Darlene.) They were thanked for their contributions to our club and helping to bring us to where we are today.
     Pastor Orde also presented our club with a hand made 4-Way test that was part of our club history.

Making club history

     Past (Dick Cook, present(Jake Cook) and future(Olive Cook) Faribault Rotary Club Presidents!
President Cook (97) with President-Elect Kramer (99)
President Dunn giving his installation speech and introducing the Rotary theme for 2017-18 of "Rotary Making a Difference."
President Cook installs the 2017-18 Faribault Rotary Club Board.

Passing the gavel

The Faribault Rotary Club has installed a new slate of officers for the 2017-18 term.  Troy Dunn has become the 98th president of the Faribault club and Keith Kramer president elect.  Pictured in past president Jake Cook handing the gavel to incoming president Troy Dunn.

A Fun Day with our Exchange Students!

       Pictured here are Rotary exchange students from 2002-2003; 2016-2017 and 2017-2018.  Left to right: Ellen Kaderlik (2016-2017 outbound to Thailand; Annika Dornbusch (2017-2018 outbound to Australia);
Philipp Laubinger (2016-2017 inbound from Germany; Justine Lorenzen (2016-2017 outbound to Italy); Andre's Diaz Ruggiero (2016-2017 inbound from Columbia); Poncho aka Francisco Galecio (2002-2003 inbound from Ecuador); Kasja Johnson (2017-2018 outbound to Russia).
Andre's, President Jake, and Phillip want to " pump you up" for Rotary Exchange!
Phillip and Andre's had a great year in Faribault!
Our club extends it's sincere gratitude to Jake, Lisa, and Keith for all their hard work this year for our Rotary student exchange program.

Reprinted with permission from the Faribault Daily News

Families who've hosted exchange students urge others to put out the welcome mat


            Allowing a young stranger into one’s home requires some bravery, but for families who have participated in the Faribault Rotary Club Youth Exchange Program, the experience is well worth it.“I never thought of hosting until we were asked, but we will do it again,” said Darla Kosanda, who hosted a Brazilian teenager, Amanda, in 2015. “It was a great experience for our family. They got to experience and enjoy her and we still keep in contact with her through social media.”

           Kosanda is one of many Faribault families that have participated in the Rotary program either hosting an exchange student for three months, or sending their own child for an experience of their own.Recently, the Rotary Club found the six families it needs to host exchange students from Italy and South Korea for next school year, but they have already started the process of searching for hosts for the 2018-19 year.The hosts will house a student in three-month intervals in the fall, winter or spring as the students attend Faribault High School.“It’s just three months,” said Kosanda. “It’s not a long commitment.” In addition, while in Faribault, the Rotary helps cover the cost of school-related activities, school lunches and even provides students with a small allowance.

Lasting impact

        While the visit from the Amanda was brief, Kosanda noted that it left her family with a new perspective.“It was a really rewarding time,” she said. “We made her part of our family. We even had the privilege of getting to know her family, too.”Kosanda said that the girl was appreciative of the experience as well. Growing up living in a skyscraper, Faribault was a “culture shock” for the 16 year old.  “I took her downtown Faribault and showed her our tallest building has four floors,” laughed Kosanda.

During the visit, Kosanda and her family had the chance to teach the teen how to carve a pumpkin. Also, they were able to see her face when she saw snow for the first time. “For them to experience things in our culture that are new to them, I think they really enjoy it,” said Kosanda. “I recommend people try [hosting]. It’s like adding another member of your family for a couple of months.”

        At Dick and Nancie Houston’s house, it had been 28 years since someone went to Faribault High School Prom. So when they hosted a girl from Taiwan last spring, Nancie took their exchange student to get her hair and nails done and get fitted for a dress. “She was a really nice person,” said Dick Houston of the Taiwanese girl, Maggie. “Easy to have around, extremely polite and very fun. She loved to kid around. A fun person.” Houston, a Rotarian himself, worked with Maggie to build a miniature library at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Faribault as well. The time she spent with the Houstons left an lasting impression. More so, Houston saw the greater good that can come from hosting a student.  “I think, if we are going to have peace in this world, it’s this age group talking to each other and getting to know one another, not growing up with the phobias we have,” he said. “I think that kind of thing is huge in having the possibility of peace in this world.”Inspired by his time with the student, Houston said he would recommend hosting an exchange student “wholeheartedly.”

         The Burgess family, who hosted a Spanish girl last year, said in a testimonial that they learned about their exchange student’s culture while she learned theirs.  The Burgesses added that they would be traveling to visit their host daughter in Spain later this year, meet her family and immerse themselves in her culture. The Burgess family noted that their own daughter will participate in an exchange in the coming years as well.

        These success stories do not surprise Lisa Humfeld-Wilson, who runs the local Rotary exchange program. “It’s a great way to broaden a person’s culture,” she said. “It’s a really good experience to have those international connections for people of any age, but especially students. It helps them get along with other people from other countries and it helps create that world peace that people want to see.”

        The Faribault Rotary Club has been active in organizing exchanges through Northstar Youth Exchange. Currently, two Faribault students are outbound in Italy and Thailand. Next year, three students are headed to Russia, Denmark and Australia for the school year. Currently, two students are on exchange in Faribault from Columbia and Germany.

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-

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.

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At its January 2017 meeting, the Rotary International Board of Directors adopted a new zone structure for Rotary clubs. Rotary bylaws require the Board to complete a comprehensive review of the 34 Rotary zones no less often than every eight years to ensure that each zone has an approximately equal number of Rotarians. The Board’s previous review of the zones occurred in 2008. The Board earlier approved the creation of three regional workgroups to develop rezoning proposals for Asia, Europe/Africa, and the Americas. These workgroups comprised one representative (either a current director,...
Centennial celebration honors 20 noteworthy global grant projects
Through The Rotary Foundation, Rotary members have supported thousands of projects that promote peace, fight disease, provide clean water, save mothers and children, support education, and grow local economies. We’ve also led the fight to eradicate polio worldwide. As part of our celebration of the Foundation’s centennial, we’re honoring 20 global grant projects with special recognition. Learn more about the projects using our interactive map.
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...
October 2017
Upcoming Events
Breanna Wheeler
Oct 25, 2017
Kurt Halvorson
Nov 01, 2017
Model Train Month
Kelsy Wittmeier
Nov 08, 2017
Bluebird Cakery/Leadership
No Meeting-Happy Thanksgiving
Nov 22, 2017
No Meeting-Happy Thanksgiving
Happy Holidays - No Meeting
Dec 27, 2017
Happy Holidays - No Meeting