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State of the City

On Wednesday September 16th our club was treated to an update on the City of Faribault by Tim Murray, City Administrator. Tim jokingly said the theme this year is apartments! But he wasn’t kidding, Faribault recently added Hillside Apartments, a 44-unit market rate building, across the street for the community center. The upper floors of the new Redemption restaurant and the Masonic lodge renovation will provide 14 downtown units. The site of the old Evergreen Knoll will be home to 76 new affordable apartments. Construction has just begun there.
Straight River apartments will begin construction with the hopes of leasing next fall and that will be another 111 units at the old city shop site, next to the river near the American Legion building. Rick Cashin a private builder is constructing a 21-unit complex out on Cardinal Ave. There are also single-family homes and twin homes going up as well.
He touched on some efforts to keep TryStar portable power in town, and they are staying. He noted that Absolute Air and Cry Baby Craig’s will be up and running in the manufacturing sector. The city is wrapping up work on the master plan, adding a water treatment plant to improve our water.  Park improvements have happened over the summer, with the addition of outdoor pickle ball courts at two parks. Construction will get underway for a new park in the North Downtown area, that will include a playground, restrooms and parking to access the bike trail where it winds along the river.
The impact of Covid-19 was felt at City Hall. Staff followed all the guidelines set forth to keep us safe. The city was given a grant of $1.8 million from the CARES act and decided to award that money out to businesses to help during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Lastly Tim encouraged us to complete the census if we haven’t, he is hearing Faribault is at about a 70% response rate.  It was great to hear from Tim about what is happening around Faribault.  It is always so exciting! Please join us anytime!


Rotary International and the Faribault Rotary Club has presented four Paul Harris awards.  Paul Harris founded Rotary in1905 and established an endowment to provide help in multiple ways around the world.  Members are recognized as Paul Harris Fellows each time they give $1000 either at one time or over a period of time. 
  Members may use accumulated points to honor citizens who exhibit the Rotary motto of SERVICE ABOVE SELF.  George Wickstrom nominated Cindy Diessner for her ongoing service to our community.  Pictured are Cindy, Brenda DeMars, Brent Peroutka (+2) and Dr. Murray Hanson (+5).

Welcome Chad!

The Faribault Rotary Club has inducted Chad Koepke.  After earning an MBA and two years in the banking business in Minneapolis he comes to Faribault as Assistant Financial Officer at the State Bank of Faribault.  With his education and business experience he clearly understands the value of service to others and to the community.  Chad's sponsor is Dr. Dick Huston
There was an intercity meeting with 100 Rotarians attending from New Prague, Northfield, Owatonna and Faribault.
The club donated 175 books to the Faribault Public Library.
The club’s book project was recognized in the Rotarian Magazine.
Our club’s 26th president in 1945-46 was A. B. Morris.
There a was a program on the history of the Rice County Historical Society and plans for the restoration of the Faribault House, recently purchased by the society with a gift from Guerdon Allen.
There were programs featuring demonstrations by students of the Braille School and Deaf School.
Howard M. Quigley District Governor 1944-45 from Olathe Kansas, moves to Faribault and joins the club and was a member until 1966. (So, Rod knew him!)
Our club’s 27th president in 1946-47 was John C. Lysen who was also District Governor in 1954-55.
He was a member from 1934-65 so Rod knew him as well.
Club members were guests of the Minnesota Braille and Sight Saving School for a meeting.
There was a club picnic at the Deaf School.
There was a debate on the Taft- Hartley Labor law.
A program was presented on the work of the Salvation Army.
A program was dedicated to the “Early days of Faribault.”
Our 28th club president in 1947-48 was Stuart V. Willson.
There was a picnic at Schroeder cottage on Cannon Lake with 70 Rotarians, spouses and children attending.
“Socialized medicine in Great Britain” was the subject of one meeting.
Our club’s 29th president in 1948-49 was Edgar C. “Dick” Lehman.
Dick was Roger Koopmans father-in-law.
The honorable Eric Craig proposes Juanita Picazo, Rise Coordinator for Faribault Public Schools, for membership in the Faribault Rotary Club.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact membership chair Keith Kramer.
The honorable Dr. Dick Huston proposes Hanan Mohamud, Rise Coordinator for Faribault Public Schools, for membership in the Faribault Rotary Club.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact membership chair Keith Kramer.
The September Strive session was focused on stress management for teens.  We heard from Alisha Kolb with Allina Clinics.  She discussed the Change 2 Chill resource that was created for teens in collaboration between Allina Health and teenagers.  I was the sole Rotarian present; so far we have had 11 students either attend the live session or view the recorded video, which can be seen here: https://youtu.be/YyWKfcMLSmc
Thank you!
Kurt Halverson
The honorable Sam Ouk proposes Brian Coleman, Career and Equity Coordinator at Faribault Public Schools, for membership in the Faribault Rotary Club.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact membership chair Keith Kramer.
The annual picnic Wednesday at Alexander Park has been cancelled due the weather. 
We will meet at the Inn at Shattuck for lunch for our regular noon meeting.
There were no records available.
Our 22nd club president in 1941-42 was Dr. Donald Chathum.
He was a member from 1921-1963 so Rod knew him.
There was a program that covered reports on war experiences of Walter Rumpf, Dick Peavey, John Boosalis, and A.M. Hanson.
The club heard a report on the Canning Center at Central School.
Our 23rd club President in 1942-43 was Dr. Carl A. Hansen who was still a member in 1970 so Rod knew him also.
The club had a joint meeting with Northfield and Owatonna.
Dec. 23, 1944
Our club had a necktie contest.  A prize was offered for the best necktie at Harry’s store for the Rotarian wearing the loudest necktie that he received for a Christmas gift.  Father Foley was to be the judge.
Dec. 30, 1944
The necktie contest was won by future president and District Governor, John Lysen despite all the heckling and Father Foley came through as always with a wonderful message.
(In an unrelated story, 7-year-old Dick Huston received his first necktie for Christmas.)
The Faribault High School basketball team and coach provided an entertaining program.
Leonard Elstad, Superintendent at the Deaf School, served as District Governor.
Sons and daughters of Rotarians were guests at the Christmas meeting.
Our 25th club president in 1944-45 was Frank H. Klemer.

American Automobile Association

Amber Backhaus, Vice President of Public Affairs, MN Automobile Dealers Association spoke to us this week about clean car regulations currently being proposed in the State of Minnesota.  Amber currently leads the advocacy efforts for the Minnesota Automobile Dealers Association (MADA), a trade group representing Minnesota’s 370 franchised new car and truck dealers. 

In 2019 Governor Waltz proposed the idea of a clean car initiative, instead of a discussion of the regulations going to the legislative branch, the rules for are being put together by the Pollution Control Agency. Mrs. Backhaus explained there are two types of car air quality models. A standard placed by the federal government and the California standard. Governor Waltz proposal would shift Minnesota from the federal guidelines to the stricter California guidelines. 

The California air quality guidelines are great at looking to solve California’s bad air quality. Mrs. Backhaus argues Minnesotans have different needs and wants than those of California drivers. First, we like to drive larger vehicles. 80% of all sales in Minnesota are trucks and SUVs. Higher regulations could limit the number of larger vehicles that are delivered and sold in MN. A Minnesota winter is hard on electric vehicles. Along with a poor supply chain of charging stations, electric vehicles make up only 1% of car sales annually in Minnesota.  

Amber Backhaus believes there are many threats that this shift in regulation could cause trouble for many of our local auto dealers. If you would like to know more about what effects it could have locally, I suggest you walk into Harry Browns and ask our good friend Keith Kramer his thoughts on Amber Backhaus’s presentation.

Holger Knaack - Rotary International President-elect 2019-20

Holger Knaack

President 2020-21

September 2020

Rotary youth exchange — one of the many programs for youths and young adults that we celebrate this month — was my path into true engagement in Rotary. My wife, Susanne, and I began hosting exchange students soon after I joined, and the experience helped me go from simply being a member of my Rotary club to being a true Rotarian. Now Rotary Youth Exchange is a family tradition, and a strong one: Over the past 24 years, we have hosted 43 students!

From the start, we loved it so much that, in addition to hosting students in our home, we became involved with the program by helping to organize student summer camps. During one such camp, I met Christine Lichtin, who was a German high school student at the time and whose father is a past president of my Rotary club. To try something new during this year of embracing change, I am turning this space, normally reserved for the president of Rotary, over to Christine so she can share her story.

My first contact with Rotaract was about 13 years ago, when I was with Susanne and Holger at a barbecue for the summer youth camp. Holger turned to me and said: "Why don't you visit a Rotaract club? You'll meet a lot of great young people who come together to have fun and to make a difference."

A few years later, when I was at Trier University, his words came back to me and I decided to give it a try. That was more than eight years ago, and I'm still at it. Once you are in Rotaract, you just don't want to get out. Rotaract has accompanied me everywhere, starting with the Trier club and then on to a club in Bologna, Italy, during the year I studied there. When I was in Kiel for my master's degree, I got involved with Rotaract there before landing at the Rotaract Club of Hamburg-Alstertal as I began my career. Each of those clubs has its own identity and focus, but all have the same intrinsic motivation.

I am now taking on a senior advisory role in my Rotaract club, which I really enjoy. I carry Rotaract in my heart, and it shapes my values, even as my interests evolve. One day, as if she had sensed this evolution, Susanne knocked on my door, wanting to introduce me to a young, modern Rotary club located between Hamburg and Mölln, my hometown. The E-Club of Hamburg-Connect, which Susanne helped charter, holds e-meetings, all of them very relaxed and personal. With members of different ages, everything just seemed to fit, so I thought, why not try it out? After all, time is precious and should be filled with fun whenever possible; the rest happens by itself.

Now I am in both worlds — a proud member of Rotaract and a Rotarian. And my small personal goal is to build a bridge between these two parallel worlds. All of us have very similar reasons for being part of the Rotary family.

It took some persistence to persuade Christine to become a member of Rotary, but it was well worth the effort. It is our duty to put in this kind of effort with youth program participants and Rotaractors so we can keep them in the family of Rotary. I hope you were inspired by her story. It's up to each of us to ensure that more young people like Christine can experience the many ways Rotary Opens Opportunities for us and for the people we serve.

Please consider joining the next meeting! 

Our next Strive session will be on Wednesday, September 9th at 9:00 a.m. over Zoom.  Here is a link to that meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82793173564  We will be joined by Alisha Kolb of Allina Clinics on their Change to Chill program, which is a stress management program created for teens by teens and medical professionals. 
Scholarships Archive - Honors Carolina | Come Here. Go Anywhere.
Kurt Halverson
The honorable Dick Huston has proposed Chad Koepke, Assistant Financial Officer at the State Bank of Faribault, for membership in the Faribault Rotary Club.  If you have any questions or concerns please contact membership chair, Keith Kramer.

Enbridge Energy

Canada's Enbridge Would Acquire Spectra Energy in US$28B All-Stock Deal -  Natural Gas Intelligence
Last Wednesday August 26, we had the pleasure of a zoom presentation by Jon Eisele of Enbridge Energy. In the early 1960's Enbridge ran a short pipeline from Canada to Wisconsin to carry oil to put on barges and ships and send them via the Great Lakes to the West. Pipelines were eventually added to send crude oil to the East Coast. Natural Gas lines have been added over the years as well.
Enbridge is now working with some renewable resources including hydro and wind energy. About 25% of the crude oil, 20% of the natural gas used and 1.8 GW of power used in the United States are generated from Enbridge's energy resources.
Enbridge is a company that gives back to the communities surrounding the pipeline. 315 Jobs in Minnesota and 5.2 million in investments and grants across the Country.
Jon covered the safety measures in place for the pipelines. In 2019 Enbridge safely transported 3.9 billion barrels of oil. That is their highest rate in 70 years, and the incident rate has been declining every year because of their safety measures.
To learn more visit www.enbridge.com.
Thank you, Jon, for joining us!
A report was made from Congressman August Andresen in which he stressed the need to curb government spending.
A decision was made to mail copies of the FARIBAULTARIAN to other clubs in the district.
Sons of Rotarians presented a program.
Our 18th club president in 1937-38 was Dr. Robert M. Reed.
A special program was presented on Faribault High School’s new addition.
Origination of the “Brown Jug” golf trophy between Northfield, Owatonna, and Faribault Rotary Clubs.
The 1st annual Christmas concert was presented by the Faribault High School chorus. (This Christmas will be the 79th year)
Our club’s 19th president in 1938-39 was Ralph W. Farrar.
The club started the “Student of the Month” program from local high schools.
There was a “Farmer Recognition Day.”
Rotary Observance week with radio hook-up between Faribault, Owatonna, and Rochester Clubs.
Our 20th club president in 1939-40 was Charles N. Sayles who was a member from 1931-62 which means that Rod knew him!
There was a program and discussion on “Faribault’s Recreation System.”
The decision was made to publish each member’s attendance record for a period of six months.
There was a program on the topic “Should Faribault have an airport?”
Our 21st club president in 1940-41 was J. Arthur Peterson.

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
Current Selection Committee
2015- Murray Hanson- chair
2016- Kymn Anderson
2017- Dick Huston
2018- George Wickstrom
2019- Jake Cook
Please give your nomination to Murray Hanson in person or send it via email (mhanson@richieeyeclinic.com), no later than September 25, 2020.
The Faribault High School Band presents an annual concert in January.     One meeting featured a debate on organized labor.
Our 10th president in 1929-30 was Victor O. Skyberg.
(side note- future Rotarian 46-year member and historian George Wickstrom was born Feb. 2, 1930)
The decision was made to invite a Daily News reporter to all meetings to write the news of the meeting first hand for the paper.
Our 11th club president in 1930-31 was Dr. James M. Murdoch.
(Future Rotarian, 50-year member, landscaper and orchestra leader Roger Koopmans was born Jan. 5, 1931)
One program was devoted to “Government in Business.”                                There was a “Special Guest Day” in August with 30 guests present.                  The Faribault and Owatonna clubs were guests of the Northfield Rotary club for an evening meeting.                                                                                There was a program devoted to the subject of taxes.
Our 12th club president for 1931-32 was Edward Johnson
A decision was made that the cost of the noon meal must be reduced to 50 cents or the club would move from the Harvey Hotel.
Special “Ladies Night” program with tickets to be $1.00 with 25 cents to be used to furnish entertainment.
All the boys of the city were invited to attend the Minneapolis- Toledo baseball game as guests of Rotary.
The topic of discussion for one meeting was “Inflation.”
Our club’ s 13th president for 1932-33 was Mendus R. Vevle.
(Future Rotarian, 62-year member, and our 53rd President Rod Mahler was born July 15, 1933.)

Jennifer E. Jones, of the Rotary Club of Windsor-Roseland, Ontario, Canada, is the selection of the Nominating Committee for President of Rotary International for 2022-23.

Jennifer E. Jones, a member of the Rotary Club of Windsor-Roseland, Ontario, Canada, has been nominated to become Rotary International’s president for 2022-23, a groundbreaking selection that will make her the first woman to hold that office in the organization’s 115-year history.

Jones will officially become president-nominee on 1 October if no other candidates challenge her.

Jones says she sees Rotary’s Action Plan as a catalyst for increasing Rotary’s impact.

“As we reflect upon our new strategic priorities, we could have never envisioned that our ability to adapt would become our North Star during what is inarguably the most profound time in recent history,” Jones said in her vision statement. “Silver linings rise out of the most challenging circumstances. Using metric-driven goals, I will harness this historic landscape to innovate, educate, and communicate opportunities that reflect today’s reality.”

As the first woman to be nominated to be president, Jones understands how important it is to follow through on Rotary’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Statement. “I believe that diversity, equity, and inclusion … begins at the top and for us to realize growth in female membership and members under the age of forty — these demographics need to see their own reflection in leadership,” Jones said. “I will champion double-digit growth in both categories while never losing sight of our entire family.”

Jones is founder and president of Media Street Productions Inc., an award-winning media company in Windsor. She was chair of the board of governors of the University of Windsor and chair of the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce. She has been recognized for her service with the YMCA Peace Medallion, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, and Wayne State University’s Peacemaker of the Year Award, a first for a Canadian. Jones holds a Doctor of Laws (LL.D.).

A current Rotary Foundation trustee, Jones has been a Rotary member since 1997 and has served Rotary as RI vice president, director, training leader, committee chair, moderator, and district governor. She played a lead role in Rotary’s rebranding effort by serving as chair of the Strengthening Rotary’s Advisory Group. She is the co-chair of the End Polio Now Countdown to History Campaign Committee, which aims to raise $150 million for polio eradication efforts.

Jones recently led the successful #RotaryResponds telethon, which raised critical funds for COVID-19 relief and was viewed by more than 65,000. Jones has also received Rotary International’s Service Above Self Award and The Rotary Foundation Citation for Meritorious Service. She and her husband, Nick Krayacich, are members of The Rotary Foundation’s Arch Klumph Society, Paul Harris Society, and the Bequest Society.

The members of the Nominating Committee for the 2022-23 President of Rotary International are: Robert L. Hall, Dunwoody, Metro Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Bradford R. Howard Oakland Uptown, California, USA; Per Høyen, Aarup, Gelsted, Denmark; Peter Iblher, Nürnberg-Reichswald, Zirndorf, Germany; Ashok Mahajan, Mulund, Mah., India; Sam Okudzeto, Accra, Accra, Ghana; Eduardo San Martín Carreño, Majadahonda, Madrid, Spain; Takeshi Matsumiya, Chigasaki-Shonan, Chigasaki Kanagawa, Japan; Michael K. McGovern (secretary), Cape Elizabeth, Maine, USA; José Alfredo Pretoni, São Paulo-Sul, São Paulo, Brazil; Saowalak Rattanavich, Bang Rak, Bangkok, Thailand; Hendreen Dean Rohrs, Langley Central, Surrey, British Columbia, Canada; Kenneth M. Schuppert, Jr (chair)., Decatur, Alabama, USA; Ravindra P. Sehgal, Belur, West Bengal, India; Noel Trevaskis, Merimbula, Tura Beach, Australia; Giuseppe Viale, Genova, Genova, Italy; and Chang-Gon Yim, Daegu-West, Daegu, Korea.

Published with permission from the Daily News

Dr. Dick Huston and the Faribault Rotary Club recently honored two local individuals, Dick Carlander and Suzanne Rook as Paul Harris Fellows.

Kimberly Carlander-Koepke

Kimberly Carlander-Koepke, right, accepts the Paul Harris Fellow award for her father, Dick Carlander. (Photo courtesy of Faribault Rotary Club)

For many decades Carlander has given his time and money to the community and the world. Rook is the Regional Editor of the Faribault Daily News. Under her leadership the Daily News consistently promotes our community with uplifting photos and human interest stories that let us know our friends and neighbors and the efforts they are making to better our area. Both of these individuals have filled their role to help achieve the seven goals of the Rotary Foundation. They are true examples of Rotary’s motto of “Service above Self.”

Suzanne Rook

Suzanne Rook receives the Paul Harris Fellow award from Dr. Dick Huston. (Photo courtesy of Faribault Rotary Club)

Paul Harris started the Rotary in 1905 with a small group of business men in Chicago to serve their community. Since then the organization has grown to a membership of 1.2 million women and men in some 220 countries. Early on a foundation was established to promote peace, fight disease, provide clean water, save mothers and children, support education, enhance local economies and improve the environment.

In 1957 they established a level of giving at $1,000 to honor those individuals as Paul Harris Fellows. Each time a Rotarian gives $1,000 they can honor a non-Rotarian as a Paul Harris Fellow. 

A job well done!

Faribault Rotary Club recently presented a plaque to Amy Amundson
With social distancing and sterilization protocols in place during this Covid-19 pandemic, our masked past president (100th) Amy Amundson (left) received her plastic wrapped presidential plaque for her service to our club this past year from current masked  president (101st), Brenda DeMars (right.) Amy led our club through some unusual and difficult times and she did it exceptionally well. She set a really good example of the Rotary motto “Service above Self”. Thank you Amy for your leadership during our 100-year anniversary year!
Hello Faribault Rotary Club Members!
We will once again be hosting our monthly Strive meeting via Zoom, and this is going to be another awesome one!  
Have you ever had a friend who you admired for being such an amazing person? The positive qualities we see in others and ourselves are called virtues.  Things like love, kindness, honesty, and justice are just a few examples of virtues.  This month we will hear from fellow Faribault Rotarian Kymn Anderson of the Faribault Virtues Project; she will be sharing with us about being mindful of our virtues and the positive impact it can have on the world around us.
Please join us Wednesday, August 12th at 9:00 a.m. via this Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84810803868
See you then!
Kurt Halverson
Faribault Rotary Strive Committee Chair

Welcome back Sam!

Faribault Rotary Club
Sam Ouk became the newest member of the the Faribault Rotary Club last week.  Sam is the Equity and Multilingual Program Coordinator for the Faribault School District. The Board of Directors has recently added a Diversity Committee and Sam will chair that endeavor.  Pictured with Sam is membership chair Keith Kramer, left, and his sponsor George Wickstrom.
For our meeting this week our we have the opportunity to listen to motivational speaker,  John Crudele.  John brings energy to his presentation that is immediately contagious.  This program at The Inn at Shattuck will be in person but you may attend through Zoom. We will link him to the meeting and if you would like to attend but can't be there in person please use the following link at 12:15 pm on Wednesday.
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 933 7806 6938
Password: 18phELps71
Our distinguished STRIVE chair, Kurt Halverson, has released the meeting schedule for the coming 2020-21 school year.  The dates are as follows: 
August 12th
September 9th
October 14th
November 11th
December 9th
January 13th
Banquet: TBD
As of right now, all sessions are being held via Zoom at 9:00 a.m.  We will adjust when students start attending school in person again.  The Zoom meeting link will be sent before each meeting.  Please consider attending if your schedule allows. 
Thank you!


 The Annual Cash Raffle 2020 was a huge success with all 900 tickets being sold.  The proceeds will be used for Faribault Rotary Club youth programs and scholarships. The prize drawing was held last Wednesday, July 15th and the winners are listed as follows:
$1500 Sam Daly
$1000 Drew DeMars
$500 Dick Huston
$500 Ann Fort
$100 winners
Leann Sticha
Scott Amundson
John Carlander
Lynn Kindseth
Aaron Titzke
Shelly Bakeberg
Clayton St. George
Dick Cook
Crickit Kvam
Sam Daly


The Faribault Rotary Club this week inducted new member David Green, the president of 1st United Bank of Faribault. Pictured with Green (left) is membership chair Keith Kramer and sponsor Eric Craig. Dave was a past member of our club who looks forward to being apart of our club again.
The following article was published in the District 5960 newsletter in April 2020 and now in the Pakistan National Polio Plus newsletter.  I will send a separate email with this article for you to read if this print is too small.

An Historic Year!

It was just one year ago when Amy became Faribault Rotary Club's 100th President. This will certainly be a memorable year in our club's history. With the rise of a global Covid-19 pandemic, we were unable to meet in person for 3 1/2 months from the middle of March until the end of June.  Through the technology of Zoom, we were able to celebrate our 100th anniversary as a club and have weekly meetings. We look forward to seeing everyone back tomorrow for the installation of Brenda DeMars as our 101st President.


 Heidi 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 when we all meet again at The Inn at Shattuck..
  1. Your Family members, occupations (including you) or school level?” 
I have two grown sons.  My oldest is 31 and works in construction in the twin cities, My youngest will be 30 at the end of June, lives in Minneapolis and he is in the insurance industry.
  1. Your Hometown/School/College
I was born in St. Paul and moved to Faribault when I was 4 yrs. old.  I moved away in 1984 at the age of 17, and back again when I was 37,  but consider Faribault to be my hometown.
  1. Your Previous occupations?
My previous occupations have been many! I have:  owned a decorating business, had my real estate license, worked in banking, had my insurance license, sold cars in a dealership, owned and operated a loft hotel (I still do), worked as a life coach, and led women's trips, (I can't wait to go again!).  My current position as the ED of the Paradise has been easier because of all of these things.
  1. Any Hobbies?
In my free time I like to read or listen to audible books while doing some kind of project.  I absolutely LOVE to travel.
  1. Rotary sponsor? George Wickstrom
  1. Interesting fact about you or your life?
    An interesting fact about me is:  Last year from mid-July until the end of August I traveled with my best friend from Atlanta.  She is a Delta flight attendant and I had her companion pass so I traveled with her and stayed with her on her lay-overs.  I saw 7 different European cities, made 10 transatlantic flights, and 2 inter European flights.  I traveled alone in London and Rome when I couldn't get on a flight home, I had the privilege of  flying in a first class pod 6 of the 10 transatlantic flights.  I met some amazing people in airports who I still stay in touch with, and I consider it to be the very best 5 weeks of my life!  It was exhausting, exhilarating, liberating, and confidence building... and more than anything it showed me how similar we all are no matter where we live.  It makes my heart happy just to think about it.

A Century of Service

Faribault Rotary Club Founders 1920
Thank you everyone for being here today for the Faribault Rotary Club’s 100-year anniversary. We had only decided 9 days ago during our weekly meeting through Zoom to move this week’s meeting from Wednesday to today to coincide with the 100-Year anniversary of our club.
For me the countdown to 100 years started with the retirement of Darlene Meillier around 5 years ago.  She told me that she had a number of boxes stored in the basement at the State Bank that covered our club’s history dating back to 1920. There were actually eight boxes and she had them delivered to my office.  The first order of business was to get new boxes.
Since then, I have been reading through all that information along with collecting our club’s history from around town. Lisa had records in a file cabinet in her office and someone actually dropped off the original signed Constitution and Bylaws of our club from May 1, 1920.  When the Mason’s sold there building, I received a huge file that highlighted everything that happened in the club in 1967, the year that Francis Lockwood was president.
This detailed file was just one of 100 examples over the last 100 years of the impact the Faribault Rotary Club has had in each of those years in our community and around the world.  For today’s presentation I would like to thank Kymn Anderson and Lisa Humfeld- Wilson for all their work in making this possible through Zoom.
May 1, 1920- May 1, 2020
The Faribault Rotary Club was officially charted 100 years ago today at noon 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 on Thursday April 29, 1920 to draw up the charter documents.  The first President of the Faribault Rotary Club was Frank W. McKellip.
Meetings were held at noon 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 remains there to this day. Over the years the club has held its meetings at Episcopal Guild House, the Elks Club, Harvey Hotel, Bluebird Inn, Hotel Faribault, Evergreen Knoll, Faribault Country Club, the Lavender Inn, Bernie’s Vintage Ballroom and now and currently at the Inn at Shattuck.
On this 100th anniversary, our club has had approximately 5000 weekly meetings with our longest serving 62-year member, Rod Mahler, attending over 2800 of those meetings.  Rod was our 53rd president in 1972-73 and has connections back to the first year of our club when the original 35 first year members were added during 1920-21. Nuba Pletcher, our 4th president and Dr. Donald Chathum our 22nd president joined that first year and were still members after Rod joined in 1958.
Faribault Rotary has sponsored four other clubs: Owatonna in 1922, Northfield in 1925, Cannon Falls in 1954 and the new Rotaract club at South Central College in 2019.
Youth service whether local or international has been one of our objectives over the last 100 years. Some examples include:
  • A picnic for 290 boys at Roberds Lake in 1924.
  • The Youth Camp on Cedar Lake was dedicated in 1963 and has stayed an important part of our club legacy providing service and enjoyment for youth organizations, families and other groups to this day.
  • The 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 1994.
  • We sponsored the Rotary youth soccer fields at Bahl Fields at the Faribault Soccer Complex in 2010 and continue to provide shirts every year through the “Little Feat” program.
  • The Faribault Club has hosted many exchange students here and sent local students abroad to increase unity and understanding.
  • Rotary’s focus on youth has also resulted in programs like STRIVE, STAY, Rotary Readers, the school buddy benches, youth Respect Retreats and many more programs benefiting local youth.
  • Over $350,000 have been given to local students by Rotary through music, arts and academic scholarships.
The Faribault Rotary Club has been part of international programs to improve farming processes in Sierra Leone, sending books to schools in Africa, and inoculating children against polio around the world, most recently in Pakistan.
In 2016 we were instrumental in the renovation of an historic clock downtown long in disrepair, and the placement of a mural honoring that clock in downtown Faribault.
We honor the motto of “Service Above Self” by sponsoring blood drives, ringing Salvation Army Bells, delivering meals on wheels, participating in clothing drives, community beautification projects and selling roses to fund youth programing.
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 an annual Christmas Concert.  This December will be the 81st Rotary Concert.
In 1965, the Faribault Senior High Band, Choir and Orchestra performed with all proceeds used to benefit Faribault Youth Services Inc. and the Rotary Camp which continues to this day.
During Rotary luncheon programs we have had Governor’s, Senators, congressman, state and local politicians express their views. Programs over the years included topics such as:
- Does Faribault need an airport? (1941)
- A program on Direct Dialing telephones and the new Highway 35 progress. (1961)
- Over the last 10 years we have had historically informational and international adventure programs from our own Rotarians George Wickstrom and Dick Huston.
Six district governors have come from the Faribault Rotary Club. The last one, Layton Hoysler, served in 1974.
Rotary was a men’s organization until 1987 when Rotary International authorized the induction of women as Rotarians. 
Janine Sahagian was the first women to join the Faribault club and served as the first female president in 1999-2000.
With the current Covid-19 pandemic crisis and the government stay at home order along with the cancellation of all group meetings and events, we were unable to hold our 100-year celebration banquet on May 2, 2020. Ironically our club’s founders started this club 100 years ago during the Spanish flu pandemic. Hopefully this will not be the case on our 200-year anniversary.
As we look to the future, we will continue to live and promote the ideals of the “Four Way Test” adopted by Rotary International in 1943:
  1. Is it the Truth?
  2. Is it fair to all concerned?
  3. Will it build goodwill and better friendships?
  4. Will it be beneficial to all concerned?
So, today after 100-years, the men and women of the Faribault Rotary Club will continue to honor the legacy of “Service Above Self” to our community and the world for the next 100 years and beyond.

The Nest

Leap of Kindness movement

As part of its ‘Leap of Kindness’ movement, the Rotary Club of Faribault donated $635 dollars and two containers of clothing and supplies to ‘The Nest’ at Faribault High School Friday. ‘The Nest’ provides clothing and supplies to FHS students free of charge. Pictured, from left, Rotary Club President Amy Amundson, Rotarian Laura Bock, Junior Falcon Project member Arlette Lazaro, Assistant Principal Joe Sage and  Rotarian and Superintendent Todd Sesker. (Photo courtesy of Matt Steichen)

Congratulations Scholarship Award Winners!

The 2020 Faribault Rotary Strive Banquet was held in conjunction with the weekly club meeting on Wednesday, February 26th at 6:00pm at the Inn at Shattuck St. Mary’s.  The meeting was called to order by Club President Amy Amundson.  After reciting the Four Way Test and signing a patriotic song, a virtue was read by club member Kymn Anderson.  President Amundson then provided our guests with an overview of Rotary on a global and local lever.  Following this, Strive Chair Kurt Halverson provided an overview of the Strive program.  Strive Scholars (students who attended 6 out of 8 sessions) and scholarship winners were recognized. (All photos were taken by Natalie Ginter.)
Scholarship Recipients were as follows:
First Name
Last Name
Award Level
Camarillo Zazquez

STRIVE Students

Pictured here are STRIVE students with STRIVE Chair, Kurt Halvorson (Waldo!)

Thank you to our scholarship sponsors!

Pictured here from left to right are, Christine Shaffer-Brown, Marion Bahl and Carol Springmeyer.

(reprinted with permission from the Faribault Daily News)

Faribault Rotarian Richard “Dick” Huston has traveled around the globe, but he called his most recent trip to Pakistan the most challenging of his life — both physically and emotionally.

After spending the week of Nov. 11-17 in Karachi, Pakistan, which has a population twice the size of New York City, Huston returned to Faribault eager to share his experience. In fact, Pakistani campaigners declared spreading awareness one of Huston’s primary roles for their cause.

“I hadn’t been there, and I just think we need to help people,” said Huston on his reasons for taking the trip. “I want to tell their story and encourage others to help them, also.”

As part of Rotary PolioPlus services, Huston expected representatives of other Rotary clubs to join his effort to learn about the endemic in Pakistan. He previously took a trip to Sierra Leone with a group of six Rotarians, but much to his surprise, Huston was the lone American to join the Karachi, Pakistan, polio campaign.

Huston admitted being the only American “felt a little weird” at first, but after a while he joked that being the only guest “felt pretty darn good.”

“Everywhere we went, people were so nice and gracious,” said Huston.

          Eradicating polio

PolioPlus is a four-pronged worldwide effort to eliminate polio with vaccinations. Huston explained the four purposes of the cause include preventing the disease, providing clean water, creating jobs and improving healthcare.

Polio once impacted 125 countries, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, but the vaccination of millions of children since the 1980s has reduced the number of impacted countries down to three: Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria. In the 1988, there were 350,000 cases of polio reported worldwide.

Houston said eradicating polio in Pakistan and Afghanistan is more difficult because people travel back and forth across the bordering countries often. According to UNICEF, polio cases in Pakistan have decreased from 20,000 per year in the early 1990s to just eight in 2018 since Pakistan’s Polio Eradication Programme launched in 1994.

Primarily a disease of children, Huston explained the symptoms of leg and/or arm paralysis indicate the first symptoms of polio. If the lungs experience paralysis, the disease can be fatal.

While overseas, Huston visited five sites where nurses vaccinated children for polio. The process, he said, was a matter of putting two drops of liquid vaccine on the tongue. But in the city of Karachi, which has approximately 15.4 million people, identifying all children under 5 who need vaccinations is a tremendous undertaking for nurses and aid workers.

Huston explained that a lot of negative propaganda makes mothers wary about exposing their children to vaccines. But nurses trained in psychology assure mothers their babies and children will be healthier with the vaccine. Huston witnessed mothers looking “like a deer in the headlights” at first, but he saw their eyes soften as they listened to the nurses.

“There’s no bullying at all,” he said.

Nurses also go to railway stations and go through the trains at their stops to identify children under 5 who need to be vaccinated. At a bus stop located along Karachi’s main highway, near the southern border of Pakistan, Huston said nurses vaccinate around 3,000 children per day. He shadowed a couple nurses on the job and marveled at their effort.

While visiting Pakistan, Huston saw nurses being trained to give vaccine injections for a new project. In certain past cases, Huston explained the virus sampling, used in vaccines to create an immunity to polio, backfired by mutating into a disease. Viruses used in the injection, however, are first killed so they can’t mutate into disease-causing organisms. Children between 5 and 13 may receive the injection, said Huston.

Other efforts have been made to prevent polio from spreading. Since polio is spread by water and food, Huston said 17 water filtration camps were installed in the area he visited. Open two hours a day, residents can come fill their jugs with clean water.

       Making connections

More was expected of Huston on his trip, being the only guest, but after his return he said he experienced “a good feeling of being worn out.”

While his trip was taxing in the sense that he was constantly busy, Huston was pleased with the hospitality of his host family and impressed with the Pakistani Rotarians’ generosity. Although residents of Karachi had all levels of income in an area with some of the worst slums Huston has seen, he said people with money share it.

“It was really an eye-opening trip,” said Huston. “The effort the ‘haves’ are making to help the ‘have-nots’ is truly remarkable in my mind.”

The appreciation was mutual. In the November issue of the Pakistan National PolioPlus Newsletter, Chief Editor Alina A. Visram wrote about Huston’s participation in the Karachi polio campaign.

“This was his first visit to Karachi, Pakistan, and he was a keen visitor,” wrote Visram. “… It was certainly a privilege and honour to have Dr. Richard Huston with us in Karachi and we thank him for making this trip.”


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(Laura received the following email regarding the Blood Drive last Monday 11/25/19)
Thank you very much Laura and the Faribault Rotary for hosting the blood drive yesterday!  Here are some of the numbers from the day:
34 people made appointments
13 walk-ins
8 no-shows
39 people registered at the blood drive
4 deferrals
1 quantity not sufficient
6 power red donors (that’s great!)
40 units of blood collected
That is amazing! 40 units is by far the most we’ve collected at a Faribault Rotary blood drive. That was 15 units over our goal. The blood you collected yesterday has the potential to save up to 120 lives. A lot of families are going to be thankful for that this Thanksgiving.
Thanks again for all your help!
Caroline Olstad │ Account Manager
American Red Cross
100 S. Robert Street, St. Paul, MN 55107

Thank you to the following Rotarians for volunteering your time to make this a success!  
Nort Johnson ,Jake Cook, Brian Daniels, Mary Reese, Greg Cielsuk, David Connelly, Todd Sesker, Franz Boelter, Brenda Demars, Rod Mahler, Kurt Halverson and Laura Bock.
Twas a week before Christmas, when all through downtown,
Not a Rotarian was stirring, no one to be found;
The invites were made by Donn Johnson 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 Donn and tell him 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 Donn whistled and shouted and called them by name:
Now, Ciesluk! Now, Kenney! Now, Sanchez and Kramer!
On, Daniels! On, Wheeler! On, Elwood and Ginter!
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 Donn exclaim, as he walked out of sight;
"Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!"
All Rotarians, Rotaract members, their families, and guests are invited to the 80th annual Faribault Rotary Christmas Concert to be held on Wednesday December 18th (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 Choir. Our host for over 30 years, Donn Johnson asks that you use the online sign up via email if you will be coming and bringing one or more guests.  The cost of the meal is $11 unless you are on the meal plan.

Rod Mahler- Bob Bjorgum

With the recent sale of the Mason's Building there was a discovery of folder with some letters, pictures and Daily News clippings.  The folder had the name Francis Lockwood- Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company. Mr. Lockwood was a longtime member and our 47th president in 1967-68.  His most notable club legacy was sponsoring membership for a young upstart life insurance salesman by the name of George Wickstrom who has now been a member for 45 years. (Yes, George this is a fleeceable event!)
Pictured here are our two longest serving Rotarians, (at left)Rod Mahler 61+ years and the late Bob Bjorgum 59 years!  Rod will have to tell us who got the pie in the face!

Congratulations Jake!

There are many deserving candidates for the Rotarian of the Year every year.  However, the committee and club would like to congratulate, and honor Jake Cook as the 2019 Rotarian of the Year.
Jake joined the Faribault Rotary club in March of 2007 and lives the Rotary motto of service above self on a daily basis.  Jake currently serves on the board of directors, as well as serves as the Rotary Youth Services President.  He has held a variety of leadership roles and positions throughout his years in Rotary, and here are a few highlights as mentioned in his nominations:
  • Jake chaired the community services committee and led our efforts with the Rotary Blood Drive, meals-on-wheels, Salvation Army Bell Ringing, Basic Blessings Backpack Program events., and more.  You could also find Jake and his family volunteering during these events.
  • Jake volunteered and served on the International Services committee traveling with the team to Sierra Leone in our club’s effort to establish a sustainable cassava farming and processing project in remote areas of Africa.  He was also involved with the district and international grant process and helped raise the necessary funds for the project.
  • As a believer in service above self, Jake became our Club President in 2016-2017.  He really stepped up to the plate and filled this role a year earlier than planned, as our Badger/Packer friend Dan Hedge moved to his new home in Illinois the year he was supposed to fill this role.
  • During his year as Club President Jake had many accomplishments.  Most notable was the “Buddy Bench” project.  Again, he helped raise the necessary funds and partner with other agencies within the community to make this project a success.   Jake also led the efforts to partner with the Elks Ice Fishing contest and help get kids exposed to the great outdoors!!!
  • As president of the Rotary Youth Services board, Jake has done an outstanding job with all areas of this great nonprofit entity.  His office manages the camp schedule and Jake has spent countless hours helping preserve this great asset.  Most notably this year with helping roof the camp, as well as getting the camp back into working order after the tornado last fall.  Jake has also led or helped on the Picnic committee for several years…an event many look forward to every year.
  • Jake has served on the raffle committee and is usually one of the top salespersons with this raffle, as well as our annual Rotary Rose Sale.  The CWS offices look amazing this week as he typically delivers 75-100 roses each year.
  • Jakes leadership abilities crossover to other community and family activities as well, with involvement in numerous board and other activities.  He has been a chamber ambassador, served on the Ducks Unlimited Board, served on the Football Association Board and is the current president and a coach with the Faribault Fastpitch Association.  You will also find him helping with the March of Dimes and Cancer Stroll fundraising efforts.  I’m sure we have missed a few as well…but we thank Jake for his “Service Above Self” in the Faribault Community.
Jake, thank you for everything you have done for our club and will continue to do in the future.   IF you want a project done and completed in a successful manner, Jake Cook will be there to lead or help in any way possible.  The saying goes “the only thing that is equal in life is that we all get 24 hours each day, or 86,400 seconds to make a difference”.  Although this will cost you a dollar, you are able to balance your work and clients at Comprehensive Wealth Solutions/Faribo Insurance, family time and community activities.  Please help me congratulate Jake Cook, 2019 Rotarian of the Year.

Local clubs share the warmth with neighbors in need

     Hundreds of local residents received needed winter apparel on Saturday during the Faribault Rotary Club’s annual distribution.
Coats, boots, hats, mittens, gloves and scarves and other winter clothing were available to the hundreds who came to the Washington Rec Center. The event was a partnership between the Elks, Rotary Club and Allina Club.
     “It feels not only good to help people, but it feels good to collaborate with organizations, too, who see the need,” said Keith Kramer, past president of the Faribault Rotary Club. “It’s right when it’s starting to get below freezing.”
      Kramer estimated 70 families attended, most with at least five children. He noted organizers had selection sites and advertised, receiving $3,500 in donations that enabled them to purchase clothing. He estimated they had 30 volunteers Saturday, including people who spoke Spanish and Somali.
     “It’s good to see people of all backgrounds coming to help people in need,” Kramer said.
“Especially in Faribault, there is a big need in our community for kids to have warm clothing, and this is a good time of the year to do it.”
Abdinisr Ahmed volunteered at the event. He said he enjoys helping people and the cold weather motivated him to help those in need.
“It’s so good today to be here and help the community,” he said.

Thanks to Rotary Club scholarships,

seven Faribault High School students spent part of their summers growing as vocalists and musicians, whether that meant attending camps or enrolling in vocal lessons.

     The Faribault Rotary Club offers scholarships to students involved in music electives each spring, using the proceeds collected from the Rotary scholarship concert held at FHS the fall prior. This year’s 54th annual concert is 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 28 in the FHS auditorium.

     Kayla Kenow, a junior euphonium player in the FHS band, used her $400 scholarship to help pay for the Minnesota All-State camp over the summer. Kenow was the only student in the FHS band to receive the All-State honor last school year as well as the Rotary Club scholarship.

“I definitely learned how to be a better musician [at All-State camp],” said Kenow. “I made a lot of good friends I still have today.”

     Joe Timmer, band director at FHS, said it always takes a couple weeks to decide who to nominate for the honor because so many students deserve the recognition. In most cases, all three FHS directors select students who already received All-State honors so they can use the scholarship money to attend the All-State camps offered over the summer.

     Two violinists in the FHS Philharmonic Orchestra, Maddie Klecker and Avery Rein, received $200 Rotary Scholarships each.

Klecker began playing the violin 11 years ago and was named a Minnesota All-State alternate for 2018-19.

“When I was younger, I just liked [the violin] for the sound, but now I realize it’s a lot more than that,” said Klecker. “It can be used for a lot of different things — I play at church and at weddings. It’s nice to see what joy an instrument can bring.”

Said Michael Sloane, director of the FHS Philharmonic Orchestra: “Maddie Klecker is very diligent on making sure things are done right, and she’s not afraid to speak up when things aren’t right.”

     While most Rotary scholarship winners had previously earned All-State honors, violinist Avery Rein is the exception. She used her scholarship to attend an orchestra camp in Northfield, which challenged each instrumentalist according to their skill level. At the end of the camp, the orchestra performed in a concert.

When Sloane began teaching orchestra at Faribault Middle School, he said Rein was one of his first students. He’s pleased to see her continue playing violin with the FHS Philharmonic Orchestra and lead her peers in the schools’ orchestra council.

“Avery is a very bright girl who knows what she wants,” said Sloane. “She’s a very artistic person … a very good violinist.”

     Four FHS choir students each received $200 Rotary scholarships as well — senior alto Nya Anter, senior soprano Abby Engbrecht, junior bass Tanner Longshore and junior soprano Lizzie Cooper. Anter, Engbrecht and Longshore, all Minnesota All-State students named in May, used their scholarships to attend the weeklong All-State choir camp at St. Olaf College. Their All-State group reunites in February, 2020 at the Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis for its All-State concert.

“It’s been really good,” said Longshore of his choir experience. “Obviously there are ups and downs, but it’s helping me express myself more.”

Added Anter, who has taken choir for 11 years with elementary school included: “I’ve always loved singing and performing.”

Cooper, an All-State alternate, took voice lessons with her scholarship money. She’s been in choir since fourth grade.

“It’s made me have more of a reason to be in school,” said Cooper. “It’s given me a passion I can enjoy.”

Published with permission from the Faribault Daily News


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.

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!

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!"

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 rotary5960.org/clubInfo/scc-rotaract.

Reprinted with permission from the Faribault Daily News


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September 2020
Upcoming Events
Dr. Annette Parker
Sep 30, 2020
South Central College updat
Gail Kaderlik
Oct 07, 2020
Classification speech
Ed Marek
Oct 14, 2020
District Governor
John Jasinski
Oct 21, 2020
Youth Services
Oct 28, 2020
Club assembly
Nov 04, 2020
Rotation of the year/100 year anniversary
Sam Oak
Nov 11, 2020
Classification speech
Michelle Redman
Nov 18, 2020
Big Brothers/Big Sisters
No rotary meeting
Nov 25, 2020
Chad Koepek
Dec 09, 2020
Classification speech
Classification speech
Dec 16, 2020
Becky Ford, Anika Rychner, Scott Wopata
Jan 06, 2021
New Faribault Food Shelf
Classification speech
Jan 13, 2021
Classification speech
Jan 27, 2021