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Arnold James from South Central College and Cassie Onsted of Faribault Public Education spoke to our club about the Pathway to Prosperity Program at South Central College and how Faribault Public Education is working in lockstep into this new program. 
 
Pathway to Prosperity is a State funded program that aims to bridge the gap in educational opportunities for people who have had challenges getting education. Ultimately setting the participants up with a learned skill from an accredited higher educational institution.
 
 Faribault Public Education also works with many of the same people, developing basic reading, writing and job skills. It allows their work with participants to funnel into the Pathway to Prosperity program. Leading to a better success rate for participants. Pathway to Prosperity currently has funding to serve 32 students and hopes through their success to add more funding ability, to serve more people in our community for years to come.
 

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.

The Faribault Rotary Club celebrated its 100-year anniversary on May 1, 2020.  Each week the bulletin is published during this Rotary year 2020-21, I will include a brief historical highlight from our history of fellowship and Service above Self.
1926-27-28-29
1926
Noon meetings were to be held at the Elks Club with the cost not to exceed 60 cents.
(Is Peter willing to match that price?)
 
The club sponsored a float in the 4th of July parade.
 
The club fielded a baseball team with Leo Shandorf as captain.
 
Our 6th club president was Dr. Edmund K. Clements.
 
1927
The meeting day and time was changed to Wednesday at noon (and has stayed unchanged for 93 years.)
There was an attendance contest with the Owatonna Rotary Club.
Our 7th club president was Harold H. (Dick) Kirk.
 
1928
The high school band under the direction of Clarence Purdie, gave a noontime concert.
 
There was a program on “The Mind of Youth.”
 
The Christmas Party was held at the Guild House.
 
Our 8th club president for 1927-28 was Eugene H. Gipson.
 
1929
 
Rice County Farmers were special guests at one meeting.
First meeting was held at the Harvey Hotel.
The decision was made to erect Rotary signs on the roads leading into Faribault.
Our 9th club president in 1928-29 was C. Willard Cross, Former Superintendent of Schools- Faribault, (Todd Sesker’s predecessor.)
He was a member from 1926-62. Rod also knew him!

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.
The Faribault Rotary Club celebrated its 100-year anniversary on May 1, 2020.  Each week the bulletin is published during this Rotary year 2020-21, I will include a brief historical highlight from our history of fellowship and Service above Self.
 
1923
The decision was made to publish the weekly Faribotarian bulletin for a six-month trial period.
(The weekly bulletin has been published for 97 years.)
The first Farmer’s picnic was held.
The club voted approval of purchase of fairgrounds space for a playground.
Our 4th president in 1923-24 was Nuba M. Pletcher who remained a member until 1965.
 
Rod can you tell us anything about him?
 
1924
A boy’s picnic was held at Roberds Lake with 290 boys in attendance.
A committee was appointed to study the possibility of having Scott’s mill site set aside as a park.
The club puts up the community Christmas tree.
Our 5th president in 1924-25 was C. Dana McGrew.
 
1925
Rotary book shelf was installed in the public library.
We sponsored the Northfield Rotary Club.
There was a program that dealt with school problems.
There was a joint picnic with the clubs of Northfield, Owatonna and Faribault.
Our 5th president in 1925-26 was Dr. Edmund K. Clements.
 
The Faribault Rotary Club celebrated its 100-year anniversary on May 1, 2020.  Each week the bulletin is published during this Rotary year 2020-21, I will include a brief historical highlight from our history of fellowship and Service above Self-starting with 1920-21.
 
 
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.
 
1921
The first annual picnic was held at Cedar Lake.  Twenty-one new members were added during the second year.  A turkey raffle was held with the number 13 as the lucky number. Our 2nd club president was Fred U. Davis.
1922
The first annual banquet was held in February. 
Meetings were held bi-weekly during the summer months. 
A committee was formed to help the Chamber of Commerce prepare City Planning and Zoning ordinances. 
We sponsored the Owatonna Rotary Club.
Our third Club President in 1922-23 was Anthony M. Bion.
 
For our meeting this week our speaker is Carol Arney who will talk to us about climate change.  The presentation to our club 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!
 
 

Success

 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

Welcome!

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.
Due to the Covid-19 crisis and social distancing guidelines set forth by the CDC our in person meetings have been cancelled for the last 14 weeks. 
 
We are planning to meet again in person to start the new Rotary year on Wednesday July 1st at The Inn at Shattuck.  David Connelly will oversee the details taking into account social distancing guidelines and proper safety measures. Our program will be the Installation of Brenda DeMars as our club's 101st President and swearing in of the incoming Board members.  President Amy will talk about this past year and Brenda will outline her plans for the 2020-21 Rotary year.
See you Wednesday!
 

Welcome!

 
 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
 
Introduction
 
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
School
Award Level
Diane
Camarillo Zazquez
FHS
$3,000.00
Lauren
Rindahl
FHS
$2,500.00
Grace
Ashley
BA
$2,500.00
Chau
Truong
FHS
$2,000.00
Chloe
Kucera
FHS
$2,000.00
Piper
Gare
FHS
$2,000.00
Emily
Barton
FHS
$1,000.00
Bisharo
Shukri
FHS
$1,000.00

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.”

Success!

Image result for red cross blood drive
(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
 
Caroline Olstad │ Account Manager
American Red Cross
100 S. Robert Street, St. Paul, MN 55107
612-214-6794

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.
Christmas
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

 

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.

 

Aquatic Center

Tuesday was an important day for the Faribault Family Aquatic Center.
Members of the Faribault Rotary Club gathered to initiate the center’s next move in helping those in wheelchairs access the pool. The Faribault Rotary Club donated a special type of wheelchair so that disabled children can also enjoy the pool and summer fun.
     “I am excited that the wheelchair will allow more people to experience the fun of the Aquatic Center who were not previously able to participate,” Faribault Rotary President Keith Kramer said in an email.
Rotarian Barton Jackson, also in an email, said that he proposed this idea at a board meeting last fall. The board approved of the idea, and a month later the funding was also approved.
As of now, there doesn’t seem to be any plans to update the pool to accommodate wheelchairs, though it doesn’t seem to be necessary. The pool has a zero-depth entry in which the water gets gradually deeper as a person walks in. Pools without this type of entry have a ramp that allows handicapped swimmers to enter in a similar way.
 
     This new change will come as a blessing to people who live with various disabilities.
Jackson, whose son is disabled, noted the difficulty for families like his in going to places that aren’t handicap accessible, which can make it impossible for disabled youngsters to get the same experience as others. This new pool wheelchair will allow disabled children to have the same or similar experience as those who are able-bodied in enjoying a common childhood pastime.
Additionally, Jackson said that there are limited options for children with disabilities to have fun like other kids, and that having this opportunity makes life a bit easier for children and parents.
 
     Kramer noted that the organization’s motto is Service Above Self, and that Rotary focuses on many community projects such as Red Cross Blood Drive and other charities.
“I hope people will be encouraged by our service above self-way of life and know there are people who care and want to see Faribault and surrounding communities thrive,” Kramer said.
“Rotary does a lot of service projects in the community and this is another one of those that we saw need for handicapped children to enjoy some of the amenities that other children can enjoy, so the club voted to buy a handicapped (pool) wheelchair so that those children who can’t get into the water have an opportunity to do so,” Rotarian Richard Huston said.
Rotary International began in 1905 with Paul Harris and has continued to grow in members and charity work. Much of their charity has focused on polio, which since the Rotary’s start in 1985, polio has declined by 99%.
 
     The Rotary Club is meant for many ages. People who are 18+ are encouraged to join. If someone would like to find more about the Rotarian program, members meet every Wednesday at 12:15 at The Inn at Shattuck-St. Mary’s for a lunch. Kramer encourages people to join.
“Someone should join because we have great people, a great purpose, and we also have fun along the way!” Kramer said.
This year, the Rotary Club’s theme is “Be the Inspiration,” chosen by International President Barry Rassin. The “Be the Inspiration” theme combined with Kramer’s words of encouragement that people join if they want to make a difference in a meaningful way, all in all, sounds like the perfect head start in bringing more recognition and access to everyone.
Reprinted with permission from the Daily News.
Reach Reporter Clare Bender at 507-333-3128 or follow her on Twitter @FDNclare.
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Dick and Troy planting a tree with Jefferson student, Omar Hajii-Mohamed.

Boy plants tree

When Rotary International‘s incoming president challenged each of its members worldwide to plant a tree this year, Faribault’s Rotaryfound some eager helpers to achieve the goal.

On Monday, longtime Faribault Rotary Club member Dick Huston rallied Jefferson Elementary School’s third-graders, getting them to help him plant 93 trees, one for every third-grader in the school.

Environmental degradation and global climate change are serious threats to everyone, said Rotary International President Ian H.S. Riseley. “They are having a disproportionate impact on those who are most vulnerable, those to whom Rotary has the greatest responsibility. Yet environmental issues rarely register on the Rotary agenda,” he said.

“It is my hope that the result of that effort will be far greater than the environmental benefit that those 1.2 million new trees will bring,” Riseley said. “I believe the greater result will be a Rotary that recognizes our responsibility not only to the people on our planet, but to the planet itself.”

Besides helping achieve the Rotary Club’s goal, Huston saw the tree planting as an educational opportunity for the students to learn more about the environment. Huston said his three pillars are “education, conservation and collaboration,” all of which were accounted for in the tree-planting exercise.

Families of some third-graders agreed to take trees home and plant them there, others opted to have their trees planted at the school. The rest of the trees will be taken to Huston’s farm, where they will be planted during a special field trip for third-graders later this school year.

“I’m really excited,” said Huston before presenting to the students Monday morning. “The kids are so enthusiastic and ready to go.”

Huston and Rice County Sheriff and Rotary Club President Troy Dunn represented the Rotary Monday, but Faribault teachers led the educational portion. In a slideshow presentation, teachers asked students “What are trees good for anyway?” showing them information from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources website.

The students also learned about northern red oak, quaking aspen, red maple and honey locust trees, the four types that will be planted by the students this year.

“It’s so great to have the school district and the Rotary come together,” said Huston of the event. “In a nutshell, it’s just fun.”

Watching them grow

Dunn, a Jefferson Elementary alumnus, proudly talked to the kids about his own tree-planting experience.

“When I was in fourth grade, I planted six trees at my house and now they’re taller than the school,” he said, describing to the kids how their efforts Monday will pay off years down the road.

“Hopefully, next year, you can plant even more and you can watch the trees grow every year,” Dunn added.

With trees donated by the Rice County Soil and Water Conservation District, fertilizer from the Faribault Garden Club and tree stakes donated by Faribo Farm and Home, the effort is truly a local one that the students will benefit from for years.

What Huston hopes is that those students will see their efforts come to fruition when they graduate.

After each tree is planted, the students will tag their tree to take ownership of it, said Huston.

“Hopefully, they can take some graduation pictures with them when they are done,” Huston said.

 

Reach Reporter Gunnar Olson at 507-333-3128 or follow him on Twitter @fdnGunnar.

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 Club President,Troy Dunn and the honorable Rod Mahler with his award and District Governor, Kyle Haugen
      
The Faribault Rotary Club was established 98 years ago on May 1, 1920 as Rotary's 596th club with 22 charter members and by the end of the first-year membership had reached a total of 35. Those early founders of our club established a tradition of record keeping that has now been passed on to me in the form of 6 boxes of records dating back to the first days of our club. My research into Rod’s time in our club revealed the following:
On March 5th, Rod Mahler has been a member for 60 of the 98 years our club has existed. He joined our club on March 5, 1958 at the age of 24. 
 
On that day Al Burkhartzmeyer did his classification talk.
Rod’s classification talk was on June 7th and his review in the bulletin the next week was as follows:
‘Rod Mahler need not take the back seat when it comes to public speaking. I wonder did the box have a ‘Green Door’ on it?  You did a fine job, and we all enjoyed your classification talk very much”
 
Rod missed 2 weeks in August of that first year with the mumps and then had 10 years of perfect attendance. I estimate that he has attended over 2700 meetings with over 90% attendance and over 3000 total Rotary events of which he would be happy to discuss any one of them with you.
 
Notable program speakers his first year were
  • U of M Hockey coach, John Mariucci
  • Congressman and future Governor Al Quie
  • Captain EM Morgan US Navy Pacific Fleet Naval Defenses
  • Mayor P. Kenneth Peterson- about the new Freeway coming
Rod’s 60 years so far give him the longest membership in our club history.
Other notable long-time members
- Palmer Dragsten 1948- 2006 / 58 years
- Al Burkhartzmeyer 1957-2012 / 55 years
- Tom Gerbig 1969- present / 49 years
- George Wickstrom 1974- present / 44 years
- Nuba Pletcher 1921-1965 /44 years (2nd picture)
-Dr. Donald Chathum 1921-1963 /42 years
 
Rod has those connections back to the first year of our club when the original 35 first year members were added during 1920-21. Nuba Pletcher and Dr. Donald Chathum who joined that first year were still members for 5-7 years after Rod joined in 1958.
 
When I joined 25 years ago, Rod was one of the first Rotarians to welcome me to the club fleecing me during fellowship just to be sure that I felt welcome.  He has always been welcoming and encouraging to new members over the years and is a true example of a Rotarian who puts service above self.
 
 He has served this club and Faribault continuously during his 60-year membership even most recently with the donation of our new American flag and sponsoring the membership of our new chamber President, Nort Johnson.
 
Thank you, Rod for your continued inspiration and  service to our club!
 
Buddy Bench

In order to place eight Buddy Benches at Faribault’s seven elementary schools, the Faribault Rotary worked to raise $10,000. But now that the benches are in place, the real work of educating teachers and students has begun.

The eight benches were installed across the Faribault area from Lincoln Elementary to Nerstrand Elementary in October in an effort to encourage inclusiveness among area kids. Two benches were installed at Jefferson Elementary, which has two playgrounds.

The idea of a Buddy Bench is to provide kids a visible place to sit at their playground if they are feeling alone, sad or left out while other students are at play. The goal of the bench is to attract those kids to the bench and to who’s sitting there so they can include that child.

While the aim of the bench seems simple, the Rotary members who embarked on the mission to put Buddy Benches at each school are working to make sure the benches aren’t just benches.

“Number one, it’s not just a bench,” said Jake Cook, the former Rotary president who made Buddy Benches his presidential project. “It’s to help students engage other students that aren’t feeling involved that day or are having a bad day.”

While he has not seen the benches in action yet, Cook said his children, who attend Nerstrand Elementary, have seen it work, and included kids who are sitting on the bench and taken a seat there themselves during a bad day.

“It’s great to see the finished project and hear stories from teachers and staff and my own children who have used them,” Cook said. “From my understanding, the benches are doing what I’d hoped they’d accomplish.”

The work continues

Last year, when the Buddy Bench project was being concocted, Cook teamed up with Kelly Velander, another Rotary member, who he credits with actually bringing the idea to Faribault after seeing a news report about them working in other communities.

Each year, the Rotary Club president devotes their term to a project like a downtown mural or the Security State Bank clock restoration. Last year, Cook took on Buddy Benches, raising the $10,000 and working with each of the elementary schools to implement them.

Up until the benches were unveiled in October, Cook and Velander took their efforts inside each of the seven schools, working with educators and the students themselves to maximize the effect of the benches on playgrounds.

“We actually had a meeting with staff members from each of the schools,” Cook said. “We wanted to maintain continuity among staff members, so we provided them with PowerPoints and materials developed by Kelly Velander.”

After those meetings, which took place in the first few weeks of the school year, Cook and Velander then asked the teachers to find time to talk with their students about how the Buddy Bench works.

After the conversations took place, Velander said the education appears “seamless,” among the faculty, staff and students across Faribault.

“Staff are saying that students are out there using it and students are dropping everything to go help students on the bench,” Velander said.

One of the educators who participated in the training was Jim Huberty, a behavior interventionist at Jefferson Elementary School. Huberty has noticed students using the benches at Jefferson and appreciated the training he received, pointing specifically to a video emphasizing the importance of using the bench to build longterm relationships.

Most important to Huberty, however, is the impact the benches could have within the walls of Jefferson Elementary.

“The need to fit in and that need to have social interaction is huge and I’m sure that it does transfer over into the academics,” he said. “If a kid is emotionally ready to be with a group of people, they are more ready to learn.”

In the training, teachers and students are taught that the bench should not be a place to sit and socialize, but rather, to promote socialization on the playground. Also, Cook emphasized that a student seated on the bench should play with the first person that offers, and not pick and choose the friends that ask them to play.

“I am proud that we have this in Faribault and I think we have had great support from the community on getting it going,” she said. “Being accepted by peers is a huge issue for students, so I’m hoping that this creates an empathetic group of people growing up in Faribault.”

Reach Reporter Gunnar Olson at 507-333-3128 or follow him on Twitter @fdnGunnar.

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

Stocking It Up

(Reprinted with permission from the Faribault Daily News)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Security Bank Clock

On Tuesday September 22 at 6:15 pm Faribault Rotary Club and the City Council of the City of Faribault had a dedication ceremony for the renovated Security Bank clock at 302 Central Ave.  Mayor John Jasinski began the ceremony thanking all those involved including the Faribault Rotary Club, city staff, and Mike Elwood/ Jim Pilcher, who repaired the clock.  President Huston talked about our Rotary Club's  96 years of contributions to our community and how Rotary International's Polio eradification efforts around the world have isolated the virus to just Pakistan and Afghanistan. He also read the dedication plaque on display near the base of the clock.  Also, special thanks to Rotarian and Chamber President Kymn Anderson for her leadership and hard work in making Al Burkhartmeyer's wish to have this clock working again. 
Video link to the ceremony-    http://vimeo.com/140147357

Welcome to the Faribault Rotary Club!


 

       Rotary International is the world's first service club organization, with more than 1.2 million members in 33,000 clubs worldwide. Rotary club members are volunteers who work locally, regionally, and internationally to combat hunger, improve health and sanitation, provide education and job training, promote peace, and eradicate polio under the motto Service Above Self.
       The Faribault Rotary Club was established 100 years ago on May 1,1920 as Rotary's 596th club with 22 charter members and by the end of the first year membership had reached a total of 35. The next year 21 more members were added.  The first President of the Faribault Rotary Club was Frank W. McKellip. On June 26, 2019, the Faribault Rotary Club installed its 100th President, Amy Amundson for the 2019-20 Rotary Year. Plans for a celebration were postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The party honoring the 100 years of service to Rotary and to Faribault will be rescheduled at a later date.

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Speakers
Carol Arney
Aug 12, 2020
Climate Change
Vonna Dinse
Aug 19, 2020
Faribault Public Schools Alternative Learning Center program
Jon Eisele
Aug 26, 2020
Enbridge Energy
Scott Lambert
Sep 02, 2020
President of MADA Minnesota Auto Dealers Association and GMADA Greater Mn Auto Dealers Assoc
Tim Murray
Sep 09, 2020
State of the City
TBD
Sep 16, 2020
Classification speech
Dr. Annette Parker
Sep 30, 2020
South Central College updat
Ed Marek
Oct 14, 2020
District Governor
John Jasinski
Oct 21, 2020
Senator