Rotary Club of Faribault

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Cook, Richard
Sanchez, Daisey
Sergeant At Arms
Fossum, John
Buhr, Gene

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We meet Wednesdays at 12:15 PM
Inn at Shattuck- St. Mary's
1000 Shumway Ave.
Faribault, MN  55021
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In just 29 weeks, the Faribault Rotary Club will celebrate its 100-year anniversary on May 1, 2020.  This week’s historical highlight is from 1989.
The club had 82 members.
 Deb Asp, an instructor at the Wilson Center, gave a presentation on the building and sailing of the Viking ship, Hjemkomst. Deb, her three brothers and eight others sailed from Duluth to Norway.
The club toured the Faribault Regional Center. (Deb was a friend and classmate of mine at Concordia-Moorhead)
Finally, after nine years the Faribault Rotary Club took home the 1st place trophy in the Service Club Olympics.
Representative Pete Rodosovich presented a program about his trip to the Soviet Union and Minnesota property taxes.
The 25th Annual Youth Benefit Concert was held at the Senior High. (This year will be the 55th annual concert.)
Nick Coleman, columnist for the St. Paul Pioneer Press gave a talk on his career as a newspaper columnist.
The Faribault Senior High Choir presented the 50th annual Christmas concert.
Our club’s 69th president in 1988-89 was Bob Trench.

Vote Nov. 5th!

     On Wednesday October 9th we had a presentation from Rotarian and Superintendent of ISD 656, Todd Sesker, and two supporters of the Vote Yes initiative, Kari Tuma and Matt Steichen both ISD 656 employees who also happen to have a strong passion for “Vote Yes!”
On November 5th our community will have the opportunity to vote for two questions that will impact the youth of our community. Question one is: “Should we move our high school to a 7-period day?” Saying yes to this will allow for our high school students to earn 8 more elective credits before graduation, it will cut down on the need for summer school for some students.  Faribault is the last school in our conference to make this change to the class day.
     Question 2 is “Should the radius the transportation system (bus) picks up students be altered from 2 miles from the high school to only 1 mile.” Saying yes to this means that students in the second mile out from the High School will now have the ability to ride the bus. There are students walking from the East side of the Via Duct to get to the Highschool for classes. A yes vote means it just got a lot easier to get to school for these kids.
     The cost for saying "yes" to these two questions is for a average property value of $150,000, this will cost you roughly $8 a month or $99 a year. Todd, Kari, and Matt clearly have a passion for this campaign. Thank you for taking the time to give us the facts.
    Make sure you get out and vote on November 5th!


     Paul Perez is a member of the Rotary Club of Prior Lake. He joined in April of 2003 and was Club President in the 2013‐2014 Rotary year. Paul ascended into leadership roles through Prior Lake Rotary’s Lakefront Music Fest, the Club’s largest fundraiser for their 501c3 foundation. After successfully heading up the Transportation committee, Paul went on to be one of the event co-chairs. The event went through numerous changes and had great success including a net profit of just shy of a quarter million dollars in 2013. Paul continued to be involved in the event as a member of the steering committee and the talent committee.
     As President, the Club had unparalleled success under Paul’s watch. The Club achieved top honors within its District in per capita giving to the The Rotary Foundation and giving to PolioPlus and Fast for Hope. Further, the Club added 16 members that year, and ended up at a net 11‐member gain. Through Paul’s urging, the Club added the Youth Service committee and reintroduced the idea of starting an Interact Club at the high school, which was accomplished the following year.
     Paul’s additional involvement at the Club level has included Community Service co‐director, Youth Exchange counselor, and Public Image co‐director. On a District level, Paul served on the Board of Directors as the large club representative for three years. He helped on the District Public Image committee in 2014‐2015 and presented at the Public Image breakout sessions at the District Conference. Paul has been a member of the District PolioPlus committee, and created the District PolioPlus Facebook page to increase the awareness of the eradication efforts.
     He was part of the planning committee for the 2016 joint District Conference, and the 2017 District Conference planning committee as one of the chairs. Paul attended the Rotary International conferences in Lisbon, Portugal in 2013, and Atlanta, Georgia in 2017, and attended the Zone 28 and 29 Emerging Leaders training in Cleveland in 2016. Not the only person passionate about Rotary in his household, Paul’s wife Susan joined the Club in 2013. Her involvement has grown to include Prior Lake High School Interact Club mentor, and Youth Exchange Country Officer in‐training. She has also been heavily involved in the Youth Service and Foundation committees.
     Paul and Susan have two children, Anthony and Anna. Both have been around Rotary all their lives, including being charter members of the Prior Lake High School Interact Club. Anthony was an outbound exchange student to Germany during his gap year. The rest of the family took the opportunity to host their first Exchange Student that year, an experience that was more than they had ever hoped for.
     Paul has worked for the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community for the last 23 years, where he is currently the Property Services Director with a staff of over 100 employees. His responsibilities include maintaining the grounds, parking garages, and parking lots at both Mystic Lake Casino Hotel and Little Six Casino, and overseeing both fleet maintenance for the entire property and the 7‐day onsite laundry and dry-cleaning operations.
     Paul grew up in St. Paul and graduated from Mankato State University in 1990 with a Bachelor of Science in Management and Marketing. He also wrestled for the Mavericks during his 5 years at MSU. Paul’s other volunteer experience includes over 10 years on the Prior Lake Wrestling Club Board, and an appointment as a Planning Commissioner for the City of Prior Lake for 10 years. Paul enjoys trips to the family’s cabin in Northern Minnesota, pheasant hunting trips to South Dakota, fishing anytime, watching amateur wrestling, and listening to music.
In celebration of Rotary International's chartering of the first Rotary club that is organized by and for service veterans and their families

you are cordially invited to attend
Where:  Edina Country Club - 5100 Wooddale Avenue, Edina, Minnesota 55424.

When:  Thursday, October 10th; 5:00 p.m. Cocktails/Cash Bar; 6:00 p.m. Dinner.

Entertainment: The Rotary Rooters.

Keynote Speaker:  Brigadier General Dennis W. Schulstad, USAF (Retired).

Price:  $40.00 per person (plus EventBrite registration fee).

Dress:  Business casual.

Dinner Menu:  Edina Country Club's "North Woods Buffet," which includes - 
  • Freshly baked breads with freshly whipped rosemary infused butter,
  • Peppercorn salad,
  • Chef's choice vegetable,
  • White and Wild Rice Pilaf,
  • Ritz Cracker Crumb Walleye with tartar sauce and lemon, and 
  • Tender Braised Beef Tip Stroganoff with egg noodles and a creamy mushroom sauce.

If you are interested in registering for the event, this link will lead you to the registration site on EventBrite:
Please contact Tom Gump with any questions:
Thomas A. Gump
Rotary International District 5950
Honolulu Zone 29 Promotion Coordinator
2020 Honolulu Rotary International Convention

Faribault Education Center-Cassie Ohnstad

     On Wednesday October 2 Faribault Rotary had a field trip for our weekly meeting. We visited the Faribault Education Center. We were treated to a tour, lunch, and a presentation by Cassie Ohnstad, Director of FEC. The Faribault Education Center offers free programs for area adults to get an education, and is tailored to the level the adult needs to move to the next level in their education journey. Learners include adults seeking their GED's, college and career readiness to move to South Central to start in Nursing or a Trade programs, or just needing to start at the beginning, FEC offers ESL, and Math, Science, Social Studies, and English. Cassie outlined for us the class schedules and let us know about the need for volunteers are needed to assist teachers at FEC in their classrooms.
     If you are interested in learning more about volunteering please contact Cassie at FEC 507-333-6473
In just 30 weeks, the Faribault Rotary Club will celebrate its 100-year anniversary on May 1, 2020.  This week’s historical highlight is from 1988.
Club dues were set at $90 for the year.
On Feb. 10, 1988 Janine Sahagian (Sa hay gee an) was the first women inducted into membership in our club.
The club and spouses enjoyed a leisurely summer evening with a dinner cruise on the Jonathan Paddleford on the Mississippi River.
A program was presented on the future of Ethanol.
The club toured the Faribault Woolen Mills and its new retail store.
The Annual Student Honors Banquet was held at BA.
The club toured MRG Tool & Die.
The club toured Faribault Foods.
There was a program on the progress of the new Viratech construction project.
Dave Beranek gave the annual financial report of Faribault Youth Services Inc.
Our club’s 68th president in 1987-88 was Dave Peterson.
A note from the Feb. 24, 1988 Faribaultarian:
“Roger Koopmans, accompanied by Donn Johnson, led the singing last week. Donn played well, but Roger’s tie would never be found in Gentleman’s Quarterly. Roger says it was a gift from Steve Springmeyer!  Wherever it came from….. I am sure there are no others in captivity.”

Time to s(m)ell the roses!

We would like to reach out to everyone regarding the Rose Sale and the procedures to follow for our big fundraiser.  We know that many know how the Rose Sale works as we have done it the same every year, but have realized that we many new Rotarians that very likely are confused by the packet they received if they were not at the meeting when we handed them out.  Roses are again to be sold for $20 a dozen.
In your packet was:
  • a flyer to hang up at your place of employment to entice people to buy roses.
  • a list to track your orders and what they choose, red or grower’s choice.  Growers choice is dozens of roses in different colors that the grower chooses to send for us to give out.
  • thank you receipts to cut a part as some people will ask for one if they pay in cash.
  • Slip to turn in- with your name, how many dozen roses and broken down into how many of Red and how many grower’s choice - you can fill in the amount paid or owes at that time. PLEASE DO NOT HAND IN THE MONEY UNTIL YOU HAVE ALL OF IT COLLECTED.
We are asking this year if every Rotarian will please work hard to sell their 12 dozen roses.  We have 55 Rotarians and if everyone does their part to sell the roses that would be 660 dozen roses – WOW- that would knock it out of the park with our profit for the club being approximately $9,000   - that is huge and we definitely need this fundraiser more than ever.  Many sell many more than expected so please try to do your fair share as a club member.
If you struggle with selling roses or just don’t have the time, we are asking each Rotarian to then make a good will donation of $ 150.00 to the club.  We are just asking everyone to participate this year. 
Key dates:
Kick off of the Rose sale was September 25th and orders are due on October 16th.  Please give it your best!
Delivery date is set for OCTOBER 28th and ROSES can be picked up at BLOOM FLORAL AT 408 CENTRAL AVENUE, FARIBAULT MN, BEGINNING AT 10:00 AM.
Thank you everyone for your hard work and commitment to this fundraiser for the Faribault Rotary
Any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Brenda at 507-409-1344 or Amy at 507-409-1329.

Presidential message

2019-20 RI President Mark Daniel Maloney

Mark Daniel Maloney

President 2019-20

October 2019

Rotary's long-term, sustained battle against polio has defined our organization for decades. We have a right to be proud of all that we have accomplished through the years.

Our progress is real and noteworthy. In 1988, polio was endemic in 125 countries, with more than 350,000 new cases a year worldwide. Since then, Rotary and our Global Polio Eradication Initiative partners have reduced the incidence of polio by more than 99.9 percent, vaccinated more than 2.5 billion children against the virus, and prevented 18 million cases of paralysis. Over the years, Rotary has helped country after country move into the polio-free column. This includes India, which some considered impossible not long ago. Of the three types of polio virus, type 2 has been eradicated and type 3 could soon be certified as eradicated. Nigeria has not reported a case of wild polio virus in nearly three years. If this trend holds, we will be down to just one type of wild polio virus in only one section of the world, Afghanistan and Pakistan.

There are major challenges in that region. But it is crucial that we remain optimistic. Look at all that we have accomplished so far. This is no time to get discouraged or to think that the task is impossible. We will end polio forever, but only if we remain steadfast and vigilant. World Polio Day is a time for Rotarians from all over the globe to come together, recognize the progress we have made in our fight against polio, and plan the action we must take to end polio forever. The key word is action, because we still have important work to do.

This year, we want to see as many Rotary clubs as possible holding World Polio Day events around the world. Need some ideas? How about organizing a viewing party for friends and club members to watch Rotary's Online Global Update? You could also dedicate a club meeting to World Polio Day or create a fundraising event. Remember, every dollar raised is matched 2-to-1 by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Once you have created an event, register it at Then promote it using the World Polio Day toolkit, available at

Mark your calendar to tune in to Rotary's World Polio Day Online Global Update on 24 October. This year we will stream our program on Facebook in multiple time zones around the world. Visit the Rotary International Facebook page to RSVP to your region's program. And do not forget to follow the event on social media and share it with your network.

When we reach our goal, polio will become only the second human disease eradicated on the planet, and Rotary will receive international acclaim. But what matters most is the children who will never again have to face this terrible, disabling virus. Rotary must continue to connect the world in the effort toward polio eradication. It is up to us. Let us finish the job.

In just 31 weeks, the Faribault Rotary Club will celebrate its 100-year anniversary on May 1, 2020.  This week’s historical highlight is from 1986.
Larry Neumann, assistant trainer for the Minnesota Vikings presented a program on the prevention & Care of Athletic injuries. He showed slides of the new training facilities at Winter Park in Eden Prairie and was optimistic about the Vikings Super Bowl chances.
Once again Captain Donn Johnson led a noble band of 22 Rotarians in the 8th annual Service Club Olympics.
The 66th annual picnic was held at the Rotary Youth Camp at Cedar Lake. The first club picnic was in 1921.
Donn Johnson spoke to the club about the background of “Life Unlimited,” an interdenominational singing group boys and girls ages 16-22 led by him.  They performed at 21 different events including the State Fair.
The club held several “fireside” meetings for new members.
Mike Gramse, founder, owner, and president of MRG Tool and Dye tells the story of his business during his classification talk.
The club’s Polio Plus Foundation fund drive surpassed $20,000 in pledges.
Our club’s 67th president in 1986-87 was Stu Thibodeau.

Faribault Robotics

9-25-19 Recap
We were joined by Faribault Robotics head coach, Jason Engbrecht and two students Hunter and Abby. They were able to give the group an understanding of what the Falcons Robotic team works towards each season. Of course, we had a little information from Brent in that robotics can make an impact for a student. It helps give them leadership skills, improved confidence, and creates community involvement and teamwork skills.
This is the 6th year that the Falcon’s Robotic team has been in part of the Faribault High school. Their season starts in November and they will initially meet 3 times a week. The build for the robot does not however start until January. Before the build starts, they must find out what type of robot is needed for this year’s competitions. Each year there are different specifications that the students build their robot to for competing. Once the build starts the students meet every day of the week to work on the robot. Students are part of every step of building including design, wiring, metal bending, and soldering.
At competitions, students work with other teams to form alliances for each round. In the qualification rounds, it is a random draw and then the farther you go the more you need to form alliances with teams that can create strength within the team. There is a select group of students that are considered the scout team, who watch every match to see what robots and teams would be a good fit.
The Faribault Robotics has been to state twice and was able to go to nationals two years ago. Nationals is a 7-day trip and there were 400 of the best of the best teams involved. On a space a little smaller than a basketball court, the robots performed tasks to certain specifics. There is both a joystick driven segment where the students run the robot and an autonomous segment, where the students program the robot to complete the tasks.
Each year the robot is taking apart at the end of the year so that parts can be reused when possible. Many of the parts are expensive and easily reused. Controllers for example can cost up to $5,000.
The students are one of the most important parts of the team. Hunter is one of the lead designers and uses computer software to help create and design the different parts of the robot. He enjoys that he gets to use technology that can be used in real life and has designs to be an engineer.
Abby is part of the build team. She helps bend it, drill it, and put it all together. She stated that the fairy work is her favorite part of being part of the team. Going in voluntarily after hours to work on the robot with a select group has been a great way to bond and grow with her teammates.
The robotics team has generally been around 25 to 30 students with all sorts of different backgrounds. It is not always the academic students that are part of the team and the Faribault team has a diverse group of kids that are great at working together for the build. Nothing happens without the whole team and they embody why the Falcon Robotics Team is a team and not a club.

Honorina Honorati

     Our speaker last Wednesday was Honorina Honorati and Kerrie Holschbach. They are with Food for His Children Farm from Tanzania. They are helping create a Farm and Innovation Center for the families of Tanzania. Their group is working towards a sustainability for the families with the Christ centered community that starts with a goat. In the country of Tanzania goats can provide many different things including soap, milk, cheese, and fertilizer.
     Thru the work of Food for his children, there are over 370 families that they are working with to help train in agriculture and animal husbandry. A goat is more than an animal for the families that they are working with including income that can help pay for medical attention, schooling, and housing.
     The Farm and Innovation center is being built to help create a self-sustaining community for the families that are in the area. The goals for the center include Tourism programs, Training in agriculture and animal husbandry, funding and providing space for youth programs and leader skill building that includes practical training, and real-life demonstrations. The farm will have buildings for the volunteers and employees. Right now, there is a simple goat shelter, fencing, and shed on the farm location. Simple farming is a continuing source of food and income as they work to increase the center.
Your help is needed. To find out more and to donate today visit
In just 31 weeks, the Faribault Rotary Club will celebrate its 100-year anniversary on May 1, 2020.  This week’s historical highlight is from 1986.
State Senator Clarence Purfeerst spoke to the club about pending legislation.
Ken Gorg, Faribault Country Club Pro, addressed the club about the beginning of golf in Faribault and hopefully helped improve a few golf scores.
Led by team captain Donn Johnson, the club finished fourth (out of seven) in the 7th annual Service Club Olympics.
The 22nd annual High School Honors banquet honoring 43 seniors from BA and FHS was held at Bethlehem Academy.
The club had 78 members plus one honorary member. Of this group Ardolf, Beranek, Gerbig, Johnson, Koopmans, Mahler, and Wickstrom are still members today.
Football coaches from Faribault High School and Bethlehem Academy spoke about the upcoming season.
Our clubs 66th president in 1985-86 was Dr. Steve Springmeyer.
Did you know that on June 8, 1960, the Faribault Rotary Club voted unanimously to create a separate corporation to provide an overnight camping area on the shore of Cedar Lake. The name FARIBAULT ROTARY YOUTH CAMP was chosen for the project. All members of the Faribault Rotary Club are members of the Faribault Youth Services, Inc. The Faribault Girl Scouts had been planing to build a Girl Scout Camp.  When they learned that the Rotary club was also interested, they offered to join the project with a contribution of $9,000. This covered the cost of the 18 acre site.
Rotarians have spent many hours working on the grounds and many dollars over the years to provide a well, the shelter, dock facilities, the septic system and insurance.

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In just 32 weeks, the Faribault Rotary Club will celebrate its 100-year anniversary on May 1, 2020.  This week’s historical highlight is from 1985.
The club completes four successful weeks in January with meals on wheels.
Local resident, Bill Korf, was elected President of the State Fair Board. He gave a program highlighting the history of the Minnesota State Fair from 1859 to present.
A group study exchange team from Brazil visited the club.
The club participated in the 6th annual Service Club Olympics.
The Annual Honors Banquet was held at the Senior High.
The annual picnic was held at the Rotary Camp.
There was a program on Haley’s comet which was visible in late 1985.
The club was given a tour of the new Junior High School Building.
Our club’s 65th president in 1984-85 was Donelly Martinson.

Fun and Fellowship


Beautiful night!


No arrests!


The kids had a great time!


Great food!

Gary Amaroso

     Our speaker and visitor last week were Gary Amoroso who is the Executive Director for Minnesota School Superintendents. He was invited to come speak by our very own Todd Sesker. Gary is in his 43rd year of being a part of the education system. He started as a social studies teacher in Wisconsin and followed the path to administration after being tapped on the shoulder as a candidate to the positions. Gary was the school superintendent for Lakeville Schools for 10 years before starting as the Executive Director in 2011. He truly believes that all jobs and positions are not possible without the education from all our teachers, in school and at home.
      Minnesota School Superintendents are focused on giving resources and support to their members throughout Minnesota. The superintendent position can be a lonely spot because their peers are spread out through the state. This group provides the tools to the superintendents that they need to be successful and a support team that is behind them all the way. There are 600 plus active members and they are working with the most important part of our society, the children.
     Another big part of the Minnesota School Superintendents is the work that they do with the state legislature to help represent our school systems and help get important bills passed including the snow days bill. Gary stated that they do not want something to go into congress and yet have nothing get done, so there is a good part of their focus that works with the legislature on the school bills.
     Gary will be retiring in 2020 and is looking forward to the change but is still passionate on how education can change the country.
    All Rotarians and their guests are invited to the club's annual picnic on Wednesday Sept. 4th at 5:30 pm at the Rotary Camp on Cedar Lake.  Directions are available on the website.  Students, children and Rotary exchange students and host families are free and all other guests and members are $15.  There will be activities for the kids and fun for everyone.
There will be no noon meeting this week!

Nominations requested

The Rotarian of the Year Award provides the Faribault Rotary Club with an opportunity to publicly recognize one of its members who exemplifies the ideals of the Rotary Four-Way Test, exhibits a true spirit of volunteerism, demonstrates community leadership through participation in Rotary committees, programs, and activities.
The Rotarian of the Year Award will be based on one or all of the following criteria:

> The nominee has provided outstanding contributions to one or more Rotary activities.
> The nominee has demonstrated leadership to the club in general, or within one or more Rotary programs.
> The nominee displays the ideals of Rotary in service to the greater community.
> Holding an office or serving on the Board of Directors neither prohibits nor promotes a member for nomination.
Past award winners are as follows:
2008- Gary Peterson
2009- Dave Beranek
2010- Richard Cook
2011- Angela Storch
2012-Lisa Humfeld- Wilson
2013- Rick Ormsby
2014- Brent Peroutka
2015- Murray Hanson
2016- Kymn Anderson
2017- Dick Huston
2018- George Wickstrom
Please give your nomination to Brent Peroutka in person or send it via email (, no later than September 27, 2019.

Welcome Keith!

Keith Kniefel (second from left) an accountant from Reese, Winter & Associates has joined the Faribault Rotary Club. He was sponsored by Dave Beranek (far left.) They are pictured here with membership chair and past president, Keith Kramer and current president Amy Amundson. 

Camp Improvements!

This article was in the Daily News Aug. 28, 1980.


Past President Keith Kramer was all smiles when he accepted his plaque for recognition of his excellent year of service as the Faribault Rotary Club's 99th president. He is pictured here with current president, Amy Amundson.

Dick Huston

Dick Huston returned from a Rotary Exchange trip to Germany last month. He was able to exchange flags with 7 other Rotary clubs. He was able to sew the flags onto one of our banners and they are now on display at each meeting.  If you get a chance to visit with him about the trip, please do so. Thank you Dick for representing our club!

Passing the gavel: Faribault Rotary inducts its 100th president

Reprinted with permission from the Faribault Daily News

Hand to hand, a gavel passed through 31 past presidents of the Faribault Rotary Club until it reached Amy Amundson — the 100th president.

The passing of the gavel signifies the effort and dedication of each president, those in attendance and those unable to attend, to bring the club through its first 100 years, practicing the Rotary tradition of “Service above Self” and showing full support for Amundson and her year of service focused projects.

Amundson was sworn in as president Wednesday by her predecessor, Keith Kramer.

Each year, Rotary Presidents help oversee and administer service-oriented projects to benefit the community as well as expand the reach of the club.

In Kramer’s year, the Faribault Rotary Club ran the Warm Our Community event for the first year and added a Habitat for Humanity workday where volunteers helped paint a house on the north side of town.

Warm Our Community is a clothing drive in November to collective gently used outerwear — gloves, coats, boots — so area kids can keep warm during the notoriously frigid Minnesota winters. After the drive, people in the community are invited to stop by and pick out as many items as they need.

Kramer also continued the sponsorship of the Faribault Rotaract Club — a service minded organization in which South Central College students organize themselves and complete projects in the community.

One of the Rotaract Club projects this year was volunteering at Believet Canine Service Partners, which trains dogs and provides them to veterans free of charge.

“Veterans who suffer from PTSD or a visible disability who can’t get around as easily anymore without interruptions tend to confine themselves to their homes,” Rotaract President Piper Nelson said. “It’s debilitating, but with the help of these service dogs, veterans can get back to enjoying life and completing basic everyday activities.”

Though the students were not qualified to help with the training, they did care for the dogs and took them on walks. They also had the opportunity to learn from watching a veteran work with a service dog.

“For us, this is a huge deal,” Nelson said. “It’s not just picking up garbage in a park, which also makes an impact, but this is something that directly impacts not only each of us Rotaractors, but also the dogs and the vets. It’s more than doing something to gain something in return; it’s doing something hoping to help another in the best way possible.”

“This year has been a big success,” Kramer said. “We do things once and learn what we can do better next time… It’s an opportunity to get involved in one or more areas you’re passionate about. It’s awesome people, doing awesome things.”

Volunteering since 1920, Rotary members are continuing to better the community into their 100th year as well.

Rotary clubs can be found throughout the world. Just last week, Rotary member Richard Huston added 10 flags from three different continents — Australia, Germany and the United States — to the 80 flags representing locations where Faribault Rotarians have visited other Rotary Clubs.

This year’s universal mission of Rotary Clubs is to connect the world.

“We want to bring about world peace by connecting people around the world,” Amundson said. “When you have friends in a different place, you care more about that place.”

The mission of connecting people also impacts people on a local level.

“The vast majority of the club is youth focused,” Amundson said. “Youth are important because they are our future in the community.”

Amundson said club members are involved, volunteering to read one-on-one with students as Rotary Readers; inspire kids and teach them about virtues at Respect and Courage Retreats; and help them increase their GPA as part of Faribault Schools’ STRIVE program. And that’s only a partial list, she said.

Faribault’s 59 Rotary members are always ready to lend a hand. For the 100th year, Amundson asked the members to keep track of every bit of service they provide in the hopes of achieving 5,900 acts of service i— 100 hours per person — n the community by next year.

“It’s surprising how many are doing this already,” Amundson said. “We’re always looking for more members to expand our impact. The more members we have the more good we can do in our community.”

Reporter Renata Erickson can be reached at 507-333-3129. Follow her on Twitter @FDNrenata.

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Past Presidents


Past Faribault Rotary Presidents attending Wednesday's gavel passing were pictured from left to right:

1972-73: Rod Mahler 53rd

1973-74: Dr. Roy Anderson 54th

1989-90: Jim Nielson 70th

1991-92 Donn Johnson 72nd

1996-97: Don Olson, 77th

1997-98: Wade Karli, 78th

1998-99: Pastor Gordon Orde, 79th

2002-03: Darlene Meillier, 83rd

2004-05: Richard Cook, 85th

2007-08: Grant Wilson, 88th

2009-10: Dr. Lisa Humfeld-Wilson, 90th

2011-12: Dr. Murray Hanson, 92nd

2012-13: Kymn Anderson, 93rd

2013-14: Brent Peroutka, 94th

2014-15: Tony Langerud, 95th

2015-16: Dr. Richard Huston, 96th

2016-17: Jake Cook, 97th

2017-18: Troy Dunn, 98th

2018-19: Keith Kramer, 99th

2019-20 Next president, Amy Amundson, 100th

Just one year ago...

Just one year ago Keith Kramer was installed as our clubs 99th president. Tomorrow we install Amy Amundson as our 100th president. 


President Keith exchanges flags with Marina who represents the Rotary Club of Marillia Brazil in Rotary District 4510. Her father has been a Rotary member since 1994.

Congratulations Dick!

Dick Huston and his wife, Nancie Huston, not pictured, were recognized last week as Rotary Foundation major donors by Rotary District Governor Mike Becker and next year's district governor, Paul Perez. Major donor honors are given when an individual(s) gives a total of $10,000 to the Rotary Foundation. Huston, second from right, is also a member of the Paul Harris Society, a recognition given to those who donate $1,000 in a year to the foundation. Only one other member of the Faribault Rotary Club — Marv Schrader — has been given this honor. The Rotary Foundation has six areas of focus: basic education & literacy, maternal & child health, water & sanitation, disease prevention & treatment, peace & conflict resolution, and economic & community development. Also pictured is Faribault Rotary Club President Keith Kramer, left.

Making a difference!

     Thank you to Keith, Laura and Natalie for painting and George & Brenda for providing food. There was some soreness reported by our distinguished president  in the days after. They are hopeful  that we can do another project for Habitat next year as it was a very rewarding experience.

Faribault Rotary Club

Last Wednesday, we celebrated our 99th anniversary to kickoff the countdown to 100 years on May 1, 2020. Over 60 people attended including Rotarians past and present, the next two district governors, family and friends. Thank you to everyone who helped make this a success.  The following speech was given by President Keith:
May 1, 1920- May 1 2019
 The Faribault Rotary Club was established 99 years ago today 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.   
E.B. Johnson, representing the district governor of the International Rotary Clubs, and three other members of the Minneapolis Rotary Club met with our charter members.  The first President of the Faribault Rotary Club was Frank W. McKellip.
Meetings were held on the first and third Monday of each month and on the evening of the fourth Monday. By 1927 the weekly meeting time was moved to noon on Wednesdays and remained there to this day. Over the years the club has held its meetings at the Elks Club, Harvey Hotel, Bluebird Inn, Hotel Faribault, Evergreen Knoll, Faribault Country Club, the Elks Club (again,) Bernie’s Vintage Ballroom and now and possibly for the next 99 years ------The Inn at Shattuck.
By next year at our 100th anniversary, our club will have had approximately 5000 weekly meetings with our 61-year member, Rod Mahler attending over 2800 of those meetings.  
Our club has sponsored four other clubs: 1) Owatonna- 1922 2) Northfield- 1925 3) Cannon Falls- 1954 and 4) The new Rotaract club at South Central College this year.
Youth service whether local or international has been one of our objectives over the last 99 years. Some examples include the following:
  • In 1924 the club held a picnic for 290 boys at Roberds Lake.
  • The Youth Camp on Cedar Lake was dedicated in 1963 and is stayed an important part of our club to this day.
  • In 1994, our club sponsored a shelter for the street children of Santarem, Brazil which provided a place for them to meet in groups and participate in life improvement activities.
  • In 2010, we sponsored the Rotary youth soccer fields area at Bahl fields in the Faribault Soccer Complex and provide shirts every year through the “Little Feat” program.
  • In 2017, we were involved with the Buddy Benches that were installed at local elementary schools.
We have established a number of traditions that are still an important part of the Faribault Rotary Club.  In 1939 the Faribault High School Choir started a Christmas Concert tradition which will celebrate 80 years this December.
In 1965, the Faribault Senior High Band, Choir and Orchestra performed with the proceeds used for the benefit of the Faribault Youth Services Inc. This October will be the 54th year.
Rotary luncheon programs are varied and interesting. We have had Senators, congressman, state and local politicians come to report their views. Programs over the years included topics such as:
-The question in 1941 was “Does Faribault need an airport?
- “A program on Direct Dialing telephones and the new Highway 35 progress were highlights in 1961.
- In the last 10 years we had historically informational and international adventure programs from our own Rotarians George Wickstrom and Dick Huston.
Our program chairmen and members over the years have provided excellent programs
Our club has had six district governors and the last one, Layton Hoysler, was in 1974. We look forward to the next club member who fills that role in the future.
Women were able to join Rotary starting in 1988 with Janine Sahagian as the first to join our club and was president in 1999-00. This year we celebrate the installation of Amy Amundson as our 100th president for the 2019-2020 Rotary year on June 26th.  On May 1, 2020, one year from today, the Faribault Rotary club will celebrate its 100th anniversary with a pledge to continue service above self for the next 100 years and beyond!

Fun evening!

The table of past presidents.
Pastor Greg led us in singing with "Take me out to the Ballgame" from our 1967 songbooks!
Families enjoying the fire and s'mores!
Congratulations George!
Please join us as we celebrate our community's Hidden Gems as well as 2019 Citizen of the Year Sam Temple and Lifetime Achievement Award winner George Wickstrom. The recognition event begins with social time at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 15 at the Elks Lodge, 131 Lyndale Ave., N., and is sponsored by which is sponsored by the Faribault Daily News, the Faribault Area Chamber of Commerce, HomeTown Credit Union, Mill City Senior Living and The Virtues Project-Faribault. A buffet dinner will be served; program begins at 6 p.m. Tickets are $5 each and help support the the Hidden Gems program, which is sponsored by the Faribault Daily News and The Virtues Project-Faribault. You can access tickets though the first link below:

May 1, 1920

The Faribault Rotary Club was established 99 years ago today 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.  Please come to our celebration of 99 years at 5pm tomorrow and President Kramer will  tell us the "Rest of the Story!"


The Faribault Rotary Club received the District 5960 award as runner up in medium size club category for youth service. Pictured her receiving the award from District Governor, Mike Becker, at the Conference of Clubs last weekend in Rochester was our President-Elect 2019-20, Amy Amundson.


Last Wednesday, we handed out 4 STRIVE (Student Taking Renewed Interest in the Value of Education) scholarships totaling $9000. Lauren Steinberg & Kevin Tovar each received a $2500 scholarship for the most improved GPA. Brook Flicek & Evelyn Nigon each received a $2000 for illustrating Rotarian values. 

New Club at South Central College

     The Faribault Rotaract Club recently received their charter at a Faribault Rotary Club meeting. The club is comprised of 28 students from South Central College and is open to all young adults who wish to provide service to the community. One of the group's service projects is to volunteer at Believet Canine Service Partners, which trains service dogs for veterans.
     The Rotaracts will host dogs in their homes on weekends, as well as feed, groom, walk and perform other care tasks. In addition, the group is working on creating a volunteer program at St. Lucas Care Center. For more information about the club, visit

Reprinted with permission from the Faribault Daily News


To some, he's a dedicated veterinarian. To some, a world traveler. To some, a proud Rotarian.

To all, he's Richard "Dick" Huston. There's no one way to define a man who's traveled to all seven continents, who's helped settle lawsuits dealing with cattle or who's been on the Minnesota Timberwolves' private plane.

Somehow the 1,000-piece puzzle comes together to create a mosaic of a man who won't let life come to him. Click on the "Read More" link below for the rest of the article.


The Faribault Rotary Club has placed a second "Little Free Library" at Our Savior's Lutheran Church to provide greater variety and meet a growing usage.  The "Little Free Library" program was begun by Rotarian Todd Bol of Hudson, WI in 2009.  He made the first one out of an old door in the shape of a school house to honor his mother who had been a school teacher. He put it in his front yard with his mother's books.  Since then 75,000 Little Libraries have been placed in all 50 states and 88 countries.  Improving basic education and literacy is one of Rotary International's area of focus.  Todd Bol died on October 18th from cancer at the age of 62.

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October 2019
Upcoming Events
Jamie Bente and Joe Sage
Oct 23, 2019 12:00 PM
9th grade academy and continuing the success at FHS
Shattuck-St. Marys Students
Oct 30, 2019
Musical Performance
Dave Beranek
Nov 06, 2019
Youth Services Update
Jake Langeslag
Nov 13, 2019
Goat Dispatch
Nick Phelps
Nov 20, 2019
University of MN Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center
No Meeting
Nov 27, 2019
Happy Thanksgiving
Dr. Chris Pennell
Dec 04, 2019
University of Minnesota Masonic Cancer Research Center
Olivia Sage and Anne Marie Leland
Dec 11, 2019 12:00 PM
Early Childhood Education in Faribault
No Meeting
Dec 25, 2019
Merry Christmas
No Meeting
Jan 01, 2020
Happy New Year
Teresa Demars
Feb 05, 2020
History and present day Soil and Water Conservation Districts
Kurt Halverson
Feb 26, 2020