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On August 3rd, Rotarians joined at the Inn at Shattuck-St. Mary's roughly at noon. Southwest chicken, beans, rice, and chocolate pudding were for lunch. The meeting started with the virtue reading from George Wickstrom of excellence and a prayer by Pastor Mark Kenney. 

In announcements, Jake Kohl presented a check of $2000 to our outbound exchange students. To be used to offset expenses abroad.  

Cindy Yerington needs club service help for September. Please reach out here if you are able.

Chad Koepke Started fellowship with the search for volunteers for the FRYS pull tab booth during the City Ball Tournament in town over Labor Day weekend. Shifts will be about three hours in length. More details to come.

Sue Garwood shared her gratitude for the volunteers over the week of the Rice County fair. She saw over 120 people putting in over 900 hours in the week. This coming weekend is Fleck's Extravaganza on Saturday, August 20th.  

Rotarian of the YearLaura Bock shared her incredible experience helping out with Bingo down at Boxers for the FRYS charitable gambling operation.

Cindy Yerington shared that her mother celebrated her 90th birthday and 73rd wedding anniversary. 

Rod Mahler shared that when he joined 64 years ago, women were not allowed in Rotary. Rod, with glee, was happy 64 years later to be sitting at a table surrounded by a lovely, wise woman.

Outbound Exchange Students

This week's presentation was from our outbound exchange students Briauna and Brandelyn. Briauna and Brandelyn are twins moving into their senior year at Waterville Elysian Morristown. They are part of a family of 6. They love spending time out on the lake and doing outdoor activities.  This family has been involved in Exchange throughout their lives, starting with their mom and brother, who have also been on Exchange. They have also hosted a student from Spain. 

Brandelyn is heading to Chile (like her mother did), While Briauna is going to Thailand. Both are looking forward to making life-long bonds all across the world. They will leave for their Exchange on August 11th for the school year. 

 
The Faribault Rotary Club is sponsoring twin sisters Briauna Jo and Brandelyn Anne Tlusty to spend their senior year in high school as international exchange students.  Later this month Brandelyn will travel to Chile and Briauna to Thailand where they will live with a host family.  Pictured are Natalie Ginter team lead of Faribault Rotary's Charitable Giving Committee (left), Brianuna, Brandelyn and Chair of Youth Services Chad Koeple.
 
Arriving Home.JPGThe Tlusty-Woelfle family welcomes their eldest, Bennet Ruhland, home from Madrid. From left, Brandelyn Tlusty, Julie Woelfle, Bennet Ruhland, Justin Woelfle, Briauna Tlustly and Brayden Tlusty (bottom). (Photo courtesy of Julie Woelfle)

Exchange students have long played a role in the exchange of ideas from other cultures. The Faribault Rotary Club is looking for two more host families for this year’s youth exchange program.  Rotary exchange students are 15 to 19 years old who travel from one of the 33 countries involved with the program to experience American life, culture and education system.  The 17-year-old exchange student from Thailand is coming and needs two families in Faribault to stay with during his trip. The host families would be hosting the student for the second and third legs of his journey in America.  The second leg of the trip is from December to March and the third leg will begin in April and continue to July.

 
North Minnesota Trip.JPEGLinda and Darrel Schultz take their grandchildren and the two exchange students on a trip through northern Minnesota. From right, Darrel Schultz, Linda Schultz, Briauna Tlusty, Špela Soršak, Pablo Negro, Brandelyn Tlusty and Brayden Tlusty. (Photo courtesy of Julie Woelfle)

What’s it like?

Julie Woelfle is a former exchange student and host of exchange students and has a few of her own kids going overseas to live and learn in Thailand and Chile this year. “From my personal experience in being an exchanging student, being the mom of an exchange student and hosting a student from another country, I know how life-changing this program is,” she said. “It is not easy, no matter which side of the experience you are in, but one thing is for certain: It is life-altering in a very positive way.”

She said the first time she sent one of her kids overseas was tough. The day he got on the airplane leaving Minneapolis was honestly one of the hardest days of my adult life,” she said. “I cried nonstop. From experience, I knew he was fine. But from the perspective of a mom, I was so nervous ... Then I got a message with a picture from his host family that he arrived safely in Madrid, Spain.

“I was happy and selfishly sad. I knew I wouldn’t see him for 10 months. At the same time, I knew his experience would be life-changing. And it was; he learned a lot about himself and has a greater appreciation for culture, diversity and acceptance of different viewpoints.”

 
NMT2.JPEGFrom left, Briauna Tlusty, Pablo Negro, Brandelyn Tlusty, Špela Soršak and Brayden Tlusty smile in the snow on a trip through northern Minnesota. (Photo courtesy of Julie Woelfle)

Still, Woelfle said sending her kids overseas isn’t any easier the second time. I would love to say I am more prepared now than I was with Bennet, but this time there will be two spots empty at the dinner table and two kids not there at Christmas,” she said.  But Woelfle said she knows the experience will make her children better global citizens.  “Not only will they learn so much about them as individuals but they will also gain a perspective of the world that only a foreign exchange experience through Rotary can offer,” she said.

According to North Star Youth Exchange’s website, becoming a host family can be a mutually beneficial experience.  “Each side can act as teachers, leaders and ambassadors of their cultural background by answering questions, teaching each other and opening minds to new thoughts and experiences,” the website says. “No matter our age, we are all students of culture and life, which is why becoming a host family is so rewarding.”

Becoming a Host Family

NMT3.JPEGFrom left, Špela Soršak, Briauna Tlusty, Pablo Negro, Brandelyn Tlusty and Brayden Tlusty pose for a photo at the head of the Mississippi River. (Photo courtesy of Julie Woelfle)

Becoming a Host Family

There are some requirements to becoming a host family, including having a bedroom for the student and being vaccinated for COVID-19.  They are asked to treat their exchange student “like one of their own children” and to “be patient with and help with the exchange student’s understanding English and American culture.”

While the Rotary provides the exchange students with $80 each month of their stay, they must cover any additional expenses. It is customary for host families to pay for the exchange student during family outings, like going to a restaurant or movie theater.  Woelfle explained the important life lessons that she’s picked up during her time with the program.

“The world seems huge but, at the end of the day, we are all way more similar than dissimilar,” she said. “More interactions with exchange students will help all of us being able to look at things with a lens that is different than our own.”

 

Reprinted with permission from the Daily News

Rotarians met at the Inn at Shattuck St Mary’s on a bright sunny afternoon in a smaller group then usual (likely due to the bright summer day!)
 
Announcements
  • Membership Update from Keith Kramer
    • 15 new members who are not currently on a team or committee
  • Bingo List
    • Laura is helping Saturday, Ron will help on Thursday
Fellowship narrated by David Connelly
  • Guests
    • Jason Johanson, President of the Faribault Soccer Club was the guest of Keith Kramer
    • Gary Voegele, former member and new member of the Lakeville rotary club selling tickets to festival in Lakeville August 17 5-9p
  • Happy Dollars
    • Carri Ann talked about the blast she had parking cars at the Fair with Laura David and myself. She also talked about the Run baby run walk/run
    • Faribault/BA co-op was approved for 2022! Great for local youth sports
    • Brenda is celebrating her 39th wedding anniversary
    • Erika-had a pain in her neck fixed
  • Program
George delivered a re-classification speech.  Unfortunately, I had to run out of the meeting as there was an incident at the local Walmart that needed my attention!
 
  • Charitable gambling profits for the month were a robust $13.2K, driven by the annual Rotary Raffle that yielded a gross profit of $13.4K (raffle ticket sales = $18.4K)
    • The inclusion of the Rotary Raffle in June’s financial performance was overlooked in prior notices when a negative net income was anticipated for July
  • Turning to the primary function of the charitable gambling operation of pull-tab sales, total pull-tab revenue turned in a surprising $166K in June compared to $145K in May for an increase of 14% month-over-month
    • This growth in sales halts a three-month trend of declining sales activity going back to March
  • While sales surprised on the upside, luck was not on FRYS’ side as the gross profit margin on e-tabs hit a record low of 9.7% for the month compared to the historical average margin of 15.1%
    • To put that into dollars, e-tab gross profit for the month was $9K
    • If performance was average for the month, gross profit would have been around $14K on e-tabs, so a couple percentage points of gross margin loss make a sizeable difference
    • Unfortunately, paper tabs also ran well-below historical trend with a gross profit margin of 15.7% compared to the historical average of 17.9%
  • The following expenses were approved for the month:
  • CG Made Easy Administrative Fee = $250
    • Fixed fee every month
  • Inventory = $8,000
    • Opportunity to purchase more inventory on hand for MN Town Ball State Tournament 
  • Rotary Gambling Team Compensation = $2,600
  • Bingo Team Compensation = $2,000
    • Bingo is being hosted every Thursday night
  • Revenue Share with MPeters = $9,500
    • Profit share is 31% of e-tab gaming à Surprise in pull-tab sales in June might be a harbinger of potential increased economic activity 
  • City of Faribault = $1,200
    • Rise in sales in June could mean more profit share with the city
  • Revenue Share with Boxers = $7,000
    • Profit-share w/ e-tabs = 15% & paper tabs = 20% à Revenue up in June means potential for higher sharing with Boxers
  • Misc. Cost = $2,000
    • FRYS is hiring Reece, Winter payroll processing is ~$1k a month with another $1k for pursue bingo and/or other misc. costs that arrive
  • Total Expenses = $32,550
    • On a first by Rod Muller & a second Dr. Richard Huston, FRYS’ membership approved August’s expenses
 
  • In other FRYS news, a general contractor for the Rotary Camp has been located and will be able to complete some of the camp repairs prior to FRYS’ fiscal year-end of August 31
    • The first set of repairs, focusing on external projects, is the smaller of the two in terms of costs but more pressing from a safety standpoint (~$2k)
      • Some might ask why the fiscal year-end of August 31 is important à Due to tax law, FRYS is subject to unearned business income tax (UBIT) on profits that exceed $1,000 and are not donated back to the community
      • Per Mr. Dave Beranek’s understanding, FRYS is going to be hit with some level of UBIT this year due to this being the first year of charitable gambling as startup funds to get the operation up and running are subject to the tax
  • The last update pertains to FRYS’ partnership with Faribault Baseball Association to sell pull-tabs at the MN Town Ball State Tournament: FRYS is scheduled to sell pull-tabs over the long Labor Day weekend, come watch some great baseball and play some pull-tabs!

Onn the road with Kurt and Natalie!

Natalie and I are back from my work conference in Salt Lake City.  While we were there, we had the chance to do some sight-seeing and even visit a local Rotary park! 

George Wickstrom

  • George delivered a re-classification speech.  Unfortunately, I had to run out of the meeting as there was an incident at the local Walmart that needed my attention! 
 
A $2500 donation that Faribault Rotary Youth Services was made towards Rice County United Way’s Dolly Parton Imagination Library program which provides free books to youth in Faribault. Pictured from left to right: Rice County United Way Executive Director Elizabeth Child and Faribault Rotarians Natalie Ginter, Mindy Reeder, and Kurt Halverson.
Good Day FRYS Membership,
 
Today’s membership blast brings welcome news compared to the guidance that was offered in last month’s communications. Let’s get right to it!
 
Charitable gambling profits for the month were a robust $13.2K, driven by the annual Rotary Raffle that yielded a gross profit of $13.4K (raffle ticket sales = $18.4K). The inclusion of the Rotary Raffle in June’s financial performance was overlooked in prior notices, so this was a welcomed surprise compared to last month’s unwelcomed surprise of a hefty tax that brought profits into the negative.
Turning to the primary function of the charitable gambling operation of pull-tab sales, total pull-tab revenue turned in a surprising $166K in June compared to $145K in May for an increase of 14% month-over-month. This growth in sales halts a three-month trend of declining sales activity going back to March, which was certainly not expected given recent history and Dawn’s statements of declining activity in the summer months, of which June certainly qualifies.
 
While sales surprised on the upside, luck was not on FRYS’ side as the gross profit margin on e-tabs hit a record low of 9.7% for the month compared to the historical average margin of 15.1%. To put that into dollars, e-tab gross profit for the month was $9K. If performance was average for the month, gross profit would have been around $14K on e-tabs, so a couple percentage points of gross margin loss make a sizeable difference. Unfortunately, paper tabs also ran well-below historical trend with a gross profit margin of 15.7% compared to the historical average of 17.9%. Anecdotally, the deviations in gross profit margin month-over-month are significantly larger than what I expected heading into the gambling experience, which makes forecasting monthly performance with any degree of precision a wild gambit.
 
Looking forward, the growth in sales was a welcomed change in June as that helped eat away at the aggregate gross profit tax that FRYS is subject to (gross profits aggregate to build a tax that progressively accumulates regardless of performance in any single month); however, if the Rotary Raffle would not have occurred, profits for the month would have been right around $0. Expecting July’s performance to continue with positive sales momentum is unlikely as July had Independence Day which brings many folks to cabins, lakes and away from Boxers. As such, a return to tighter profits in July is expected.
 
In other FRYS news, a general contractor for the Rotary Camp has been located and will be able to complete some of the camp repairs prior to FRYS’ fiscal year-end of August 31. The first set of repairs, focusing on external projects, is the smaller of the two in terms of costs but more pressing from a safety standpoint.
 
Some might ask why the fiscal year-end of August 31 is important. Due to tax law, FRYS is subject to unearned business income tax (UBIT) on profits that exceed $1,000 and are not donated back to the community. Per Mr. Dave Beranek’s understanding, FRYS is going to be hit with some level of UBIT this year due to this being the first year of charitable gambling as startup funds to get the operation up and running are subject to the tax. Since this is not an email on tax law, readers shall be saved the juicy details of how UBIT applies to FRYS in full (if wanting to know more, please ask myself or even better, FRYS’ resident tax expert, Mr. Beranek).
 
The last update of the day pertains to FRYS’ partnership with Faribault Baseball Association to sell pull-tabs at the MN Town Ball State Tournament. FRYS is scheduled to sell pull-tabs over the long Labor Day weekend. Chad Wolff of Faribault Baseball, Brenda DeMars and I are meeting this afternoon today to discuss details and establish the operating plan to bring FRYS new cash flows that can be invested in community youth.
 
The charitable gambling team thanks you for your support in this process. Even with our many successes, this is still year 1 of the operation and the rules of the road are still being fully synthesized, such as navigating UBIT. An experienced team approaches  year two with positive perspectives!
 
Much appreciated,
 
Chad
 

District Governor Dr. Dayle Quigley

The presentation was from our new District Governor, Dr. Dayle Quigley. She shared her backstory of how she got into Rotary and her vision for the coming year as District Governor. 
 
Dayle was first truly inspired to join Rotary after her daughter's foreign exchange experience. She was highly motivated to do more after attending the national immunization day in India, where in four days, they immunized 1.4 million children under the age of 5. Dr. Quigley stressed that Rotary doesn't happen within the walls of our meetings but in the world in how we engage it. Asking our programs, "what next?" Being part of an international community makes an impact near us or all across the world. Providing to the global fund helps us share the fruits of our service above self. District Governor Dr. Dayle Quigley encourages all members to visit other clubs, share ideas, and connect. She has implemented a passport system, in which you get a stamp when you see another club check-out the district website: https://www.rotary5960.org/ for more information. 
 

Dick Huston?

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On July 20th, Rotarians joined at the Inn at Shattuck-St. Mary's roughly at noon. Lunch was BBQ chicken wings, pasta salad, green beans, and cupcakes. The meeting started with the virtue reading from George Wickstrom of acceptance and a prayer by Greg Ciesluk. 
 
In announcements, Chad Koepke updated the FRYS gambling and charitable revenue and expenses.  
Dr. Dick Huston shared his experience ski-diving this past week. Dick enjoys two actives best. Both start at 13,000 feet and involve gravity: skiing and sky-diving. 
David Connelly addressed the community service opportunity to volunteer at the gates for the Blue-Collar festival on August 6th. Look for an email to sign-up as well. 
Zak Branham (as his first order of interim community service co-chair) brought a community service opportunity to help with Special Olympics on August 7th at Shattuck. Contact Zak for more information. 
Gail Kaderlik is looking to get new members signed up for their classification speeches and always looking for other great programs to bring to the club. Contact Gail if you have any great program ideas!
During the fellowship, Dr. Murray Hanson shared a history quiz of our life and a profile of our prestigious guest, District Governor Dayle Quigley. 
 
Greg Ciesluk introduced Gary Liker, who will be a new pastor in Nerstrand. 
Keith Kramer shared thanks for the services at Richie Eye Clinic, for one of his employees needed emergency eye help, and they were great with his care. 
Carrie Ann shared that the Human Trafficking committee is partnering with Pregnancy Options for their event Run Baby Run. If you would like to support this event, please get in touch with Carrie Ann. 
Cindy Yerington provided a recap on her daughter's wedding this past weekend. 
Kay Hoaglin shared that she is turning 70 next week and going on her first vacation as a new retiree. 
Mark Kenney said he would be traveling next week to celebrate his and his wife's 25th anniversary. 
 
 
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Virtues

Kymn Anderson gave a presentation on the virtues program. She reviewed how our Four-Way Test truly represents core virtues. Each table reviewed and discussed a specific virtue and what it might look like if more people exhibited these virtues. Time was allowed for tables to discuss and share.

Dan Hedge presented Dick Huston with a well needed new tie.

The Rotary meeting began on July 13, 2022 with our President, Kurt Halvorson opening the meeting at 12:15 pm. We opened with the Pledge of Allegiance, Four-Way Test, and the invocation blessing shared by Amy Amundson. Kurt brought laughter with another “Dad” joke after fellowship.
 
Announcements
Special announcements included:
  • Donn Johnson: Thank you note shared for the student scholarship. Looking for one more person to help coordinate October music event and other concert/Rotary events.
  • We were invited to check out Shrek at the Paradise this weekend!
  • Riverbend Nature Center invited us to their Ramble event.
  • Christ Lutheran is having a special event tonight (Wed., July 13) with song and food, benefiting Big Brother’s Big Sisters with wood smoked pizza (5-8 p.m.)
  • Faribault Foundation reorganized and shared small grants with the community. We are invited to contribute and learn more about the Foundation by Kymn Anderson.
  • Rotary Exchange Program noted one student was reassigned to another Rotary club. We do have one student remaining and looking for hosts. Please note the host family all needs to have their vaccinations.
  • Thanks for the blood drive donations and support.
 
Murray Hanson coordinated fellowship at each table. 
Northfield Club looking for help at their Rice County Fair booth. Guest introductions included two guests visiting and former members. Happy Dollars stories and highlights shared by many. The continued tie escapades between Murray H and Dick H offered laughs for all with guest Dan Hedge presenting Dick with a well needed new tie. Members,
 
Lisa and Rod, celebrated July birthdays this week with guest Dan (former member) birthday as well. George W has congratulated for being a member of the Faribault Rotary for 48 years. Marv celebrating 63 years of marriage this month.

District 5960 Governor Dayle Quigley

All club members are encouraged to attend this week's meeting (July 20th) to meet our new District Governor . 
 
Dayle Quigley
DG 2022-2023
Saint Paul Rotary Club #10
 
Dayle Quigley grew up in Baltimore, Maryland the daughter of a nuclear physicist and reading specialist. Although neither were in Rotary, she watched them give of themselves to the local community just as their parents had done. They instilled in her a sense of gratitude and a desire to do good in the world. It has defined her life. It should also be noted that they also instilled a love of travel and the belief that the world was just a step beyond her own back door.
 
Dayle traveled to Pennsylvania, California, Okinawa Japan, and Vermont prior to moving and settling down in the beautiful Midwest nestled in Hayward Wisconsin. She lived in Hayward for 23 years raising her children and just recently moved to St Paul. While in Hayward, Dayle co-founded NorthWoods Strings, a program providing string instrument instruction to children in the Hayward and LCO School districts.  She was their executive director for 10 years. In 2009 she became the volunteer Medical Director for American Birkebeiner Ski race and in 2017 became the Medical Director for their year-round events. One of her biggest projects was forging a relationship between the LCO College and the Hayward Area Rotary club through NY City’s Public Theater National Mobile Unit with the performance of Sweat in October of 2018 and a community art show in April of 2019.
 
Professionally, Dayle is an Emergency Physician. She trained as a Family Physician through the USAF and spent her active duty time in California and Okinawa Japan. With three small children, she switched to the ED in 1998 and has never looked back. She loves her job not only because of being able to care for her neighbors but also because of the opportunities it has afforded her. She has taught medical providers in Cap Haitian, Haiti; medical and military members in La Paz and Uyuni, Bolivia; and most recently members of the International Organization for Migration in Bangkok, Thailand.
 
Dayle joined Rotary after sending her daughter to Lativa as a Rotary Exchange student. She was so impressed she jumped right in. She has been president three times serving in 2010-11, 2015-16, and 2016-17. She has been on the District Grants Subcommittee since 20--, and an Assistant Governor for Area 14 since 2018. She has chaired her club’s Rotary Foundation committee, worked as the Youth Exchange Officer, and facilitated Visioning Programs around the district. She traveled to Delhi India in 2011 for a National Immunization Day, to Brazil for the International Convention in 2015, and to Israel with her husband on a Cultural Exchange in 2018.
 
Dayle is married to Scott Arndt, a caterer in Fort Atkinson Wisconsin. She has three children Corrine Malcolm (Stephen Ettinger), Ian Malcolm (Abby Huck), and Thomas Malcolm. In her spare time, she likes to eat her husband’s cooking, work out, play her musical instruments, and get lost in a good book.

District 5960 Governor Dayle Quigley

All club members are encouraged to attend next week's meeting (July 20th) to meet our new District Governor . 

New Rotary International President

Jennifer Jones

Jennifer Jones

President 2022-23

July 2022

Every month since I joined Rotary, I’ve looked forward to reading this magazine, especially the opening essay from our Rotary president. I’ll admit that as much as I appreciate a digital copy, I still revel in the tactile sensation of sitting down and leafing through the glossy pages. They are a treasure trove of photos and memorable stories about our great organization — the one we all know and love. I have learned so much over the years about service projects and lives that each of you have transformed.

As a communications professional, I have longed for the day that our stories were a regular part of mainstream media and that our flagship magazine might populate doctor’s offices, coffee shops, or anywhere else people sit, wait, and browse. It’s great that Rotary members are better informed about all we do, and wouldn’t it be that much better if more people knew our stories.

All this was top of mind as I thought about our plans for promoting Rotary worldwide in the upcoming year. Over the next 12 months, we are going to shine a light on projects that put Rotary service on display to the world, and we are going to do it strategically. Nick and I will focus on some of the highest impact, sustainable, and scalable Rotary projects from our areas of focus in what we call the Imagine Impact Tour.

We are inviting top-tier journalists, thought leaders, and influencers to use their channels to help us raise awareness by reaching people who want to serve but have not yet realized they can do it through Rotary. But there was another important issue to consider — our carbon footprint. I take seriously Rotary’s emerging leadership position on environmental issues. The example set by our members during the pandemic is fundamental to how we carve out our future.

That means we will harness digital technology to tell these stories — we will be tweeting, posting, and “going live” to anyone who will listen. We must consider our environment, and part of that means not always traveling but continuing to connect in meaningful ways as we have for the past two years. Of course, we are social people, and we still need to be together. We simply need to be more mindful of our decisions and think about how we get together just a little bit differently. For example, if we travel to visit a project, we will plan successive visits in neighboring areas.

So, what are your stories and who can help tell them? I hope you might consider your own Imagine Impact efforts — your story might be something you can promote just as easily on social media or during a Zoom call. Think about ways to showcase notable projects in your clubs and districts. 

We all feel the impact that Rotary service and values have on us. Now it’s our opportunity to share that feeling with others.

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City Council

Royal Ross & Peter van Sluis – City Council Presentation
They shared highlights of what it is like to serve on City Council. The City Council meets for work sessions and business sessions each month. They all report to the City Administrator and the Mayor is a part of the City Council. Every Friday a packet is sent out with key information for the upcoming week. Much of what is on the agenda is from City Staff. Areas for improvement in the city, projects, and ideas are presented along with budget constraints. These items are discussed and voted on.
 
In addition, constituents, and city council members present ideas to support the city. In addition, a part of their purpose is to represent the community at various events – new business openings and special events. City Council members receive $700 a month; Mayor receives $900 a month.
 
Misconceptions: Kwik Trip – closed one location in Faribault, nothing to do with the city. Why don’t we have a Chipotle, Home Depot, etc. – these businesses do not want to come here at this time due to demographics or land costs. Expect more growth for industry.
 
New Areas: New industry has come into Faribault. One new company takes in Air, cools it, and separates it into four gases (selling the various gases.) Stein Air makes dashboards for older airplanes. They feel that the city developers are doing well in attracting new organizations, businesses and buildings, apartments and houses.
 
Questions:
Affordable housing need was raised with discussion. What would increase interest in serving on City Council? City staff is helping to create opportunities for citizens to serve, but low interest to serve in our area. We do have one new member who is interested. We are looking to replace the Community Center – this will need a lot of research and is a long-term project. In addition, we are looking to create a park north of viaduct and yet not in the budget. A new park opened north of the Legion (canoe launch, etc.). Funding for the city comes from 40-45% tax income; local government 30% and the rest from fees (water/sewer.) Is there communication available in other languages from the city, and yes, it is in three languages. Fun fact – did you know Kymn Anderson was first female on the Faribault City Council?!
 
 
The Faribault Rotary Club donated $4,000 to the Faribault Soccer Club youth soccer program. The funds will be used to provide American Sign Language interpreters to help ensure the youth soccer program is more inclusive for hearing impaired athletes and families.
The Rotary meeting began on a beautiful day on July 6, 2022 with our new President, Kurt Halvorson opening the meeting at 12:04 p.m. We began with the Pledge of Allegiance, Four-Way Test, and the Virtue of “Faith” by Troy Dunn followed by the interactive invocation with David Connelly. Kurt shared his first “Dad Joke” as President.
 
Announcements
Special announcements included reminders:
  • Assistant District Governor Dick Huston: District News – life and new ideas to share by the new District President of Rotary including: Passport for Rotary; special tie; international Rotary has first female president, Jennifer Jones.
  • David Connelly: Service opportunities (Blue Collar Festival; Rice County Fair)
  • International Festival: This weekend, invited to help.
 
Edel Fernandez coordinated questions during fellowship at each table. 
Guest introductions included two guests visiting today along with two honorary members. Happy Dollars: Stories and highlights shared by many. Club service sign up will be coming out next week – be sure to sign up to help! We wished Mary Ellen a happy birthday as well!
 
Goals: Kurt Halvorson
  1. Club - Improve meeting management and experience.
  2. Community – Signature club project of Warm our Community members
  3. Members – Grow membership, for everyone guest, name goes into a drawing
  4. Rotary – Support Rotary International goals and initiatives

Welcome Zak!

The Faribault Rotary Club has inducted Zak Branham, center, as a member.  Zak is manager of Affinity Plus Credit Union.  he is pictured here with his sponsor, Dr. Dick Huston, left, and membership chair, Keith Kramer.

Welcome Jill!

The Faribault Rotary Club has inducted Jill DeBoef, center as a member.  She is the Operations Manager for the Mayo Clinic in Southern Minnesota. She is pictured here with her sponsor, Nort Johnson and membership chair, Keith Kramer.

Cash Raffle Winner's Announced!

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Rotary Meeting Notes June 29, 2022
Induction
  • Zach Branham and Jill DeBoef inducted into the club as new members
Club Announcements
Rotary Raffle
  • Club sold over 900 tickets; Grant Wilson sold 172 himself! Great job Grant. 
Mindy
  • Reminded everyone of a check presentation today for the Somalia resettlement services
Kurt
  • Introduced his mother and his daughter as special guests
Fellowship
                Members of the club honored President Sesker and his long career as a school official, retiring as our superintendent for the past 11 years.  Several told stories about meting Todd and he was specifically mentioned as inclusive, enthusiastic leader who accomplished some extraordinary things for our district and our community. 
Raffle Winners
1500-Aaron Babcock, 1000-Mark Kenney, 500-George Wilson, 500-Rod Mahler, 500-Aubrey Nicholson, 100-Heidi Schmidtke-Boyd, Sue Trnka, Matt Sewich (donated back to club), Deb Aldrich, Amy Dillon, Kris Cashin, Tyran Fernandez, Karen Krenske, Jan Roberts, Kamryn Hanson (Last year’s $1500 winner)
 

Congratulations Kurt Halvorson our 103rd Club President!

Kurt Halverson is the new president of the Faribault Rotary Club for 2022-23. He received the gavel from outgoing president Todd Sesker.
 
President Sesker’s recount of year
Completed the Cambodia water project, increased membership with 19 new members, restarted the Rotary exchange program, continued traditions of Rose sale, cash raffle, warm our community and other items. Finally upgraded technology to include document sharing. President thanked several people for their assistance.
Installation of new President Kurt Halverson
Kurt Halverson became President Halverson after he was handed the gavel from outgoing president Todd Sesker.  President Halverson gave the oath to the board and spoke about his vision for the club next year by providing a visual representing a house.  President Halverson spoke about a man name Paster Homer Dobson from Tracy, MN and said he will dedicate the next year to him.  Congrats Kurt!

New President's 1st Presentation

Well done, President Sesker!

Rotary Meeting Notes
June 22, 2022
Induction
  • Dr. Huston sponsors Emily Nesvold for membership in the Faribault Rotary club.  She is a retired public-school teacher
Announcements
  • Grant Wilson
    • Raffle tickets update. If you have not sold your tickets talk to people who have bought tickets, they may want to buy more.
  • Dr. Huston
    • Our District is installing a new Governor this weekend at the Commodore Hotel in St. Paul
    • We have a new stockpile of flags, if you travel you should bring one with for a potential exchange
  • Rebecca Ciesluk
    • District Meeting is today at 430p
  • George Wickstrom
    • Recently utilized Somalia volunteer services to weed his garden. Believe this organization is called “Wadow”
Fellowship
  • Cate Grinney has joined the newly formed Ameriprise Financial Team!
  • Wedding photos from Greg and Rebecca’s wedding were shown (Keith Kramer looks a bit too similar to James Bond)
  • Brenda’s granddaughter turned 2 today!
  • Dick Cook has a new batch of grandkids to help with, they keep him busy and maybe away from some of the rotary meetings
  • Dr. Huston-check presentation at Faribault Soccer Association was presented
  • Peter van Sluis-amateur radio field day will be this weekend in Faribault at City View Park
Pull/E Tabs Update
  • Lost 5k in tabs this month due mainly to decrease in sales
  • State tax cuts into our profits and also the decline in sales, which was expected effects things
Charity
  • 3k in funds to give out this month
  • Youth exchange, Morristown gun club, international festival was all approved

Sue Hvistendahl

Presenter-Sue Hvistendahl
  • Presented on the historic Archer House which burned down in November of 2020
  • Author of a book about the Archer House
  • The Archer House cost 13k to build and was touted as showing “How far Northfield had come”
  • A room cost $3.75 in the 1980’s at the Historic Inn 
  • Booker Washington and Betty White stayed at the Archer House
  • The hotel went through several major overalls over the years and was eventually purchased by Brent Reese
  • Reese and his partners plan to rebuild the Archer House with construction anticipated to take 12 months

Old style Power Point Presentation with Murray

Welcome Emily!

The Faribault Rotary Club inducted Emily Nesvold, center, as its newest member. She is pictured with Greg Ciesluk of the membership team (left) and her sponsor Dick Huston. Nesvold is a retired public school teacher and is a member of the GROWS Garden Club and the Faribault Environment Commission. 

Membership recruiting!

With the Rotary Kubota resting in the shed, Dick Huston has been out looking for new members in the Rotary BMW.
 
Just one year ago Brenda handed the gavel to Todd as our 102nd president.  This week we will install Kurt Halvorson as our 103rd Faribault Rotary Club President. We hope all members will be able to attend in person or on ZOOM.

Monthly (May 2022) Report

  • Performance took both an expected and unexpected negative turn in May with a net loss of $(5k)
    • Starting at the top, total sales for the month were $153k with $82k in e-tab sales, $63k in paper tab sales and $8k in bingo
      • As communicated in prior communications, Dawn had been projecting a slowdown in gambling activity as the summer months arrive and that is proving true
      • Outside of January 2022’s weak sales due to the covid surge, June represented the softest demand for e-tabs, which had been around $100k a month since February, for a decline of roughly 20% in May; paper tab sales declined to $63k
      • Gross profit margins were a mixed bag with e-tabs at 16.91% ($14k in gross profit) while paper tabs were poor at 15.39% ($10k in gross profit)
        • To put the paper tabs’ gross profit margin of 15.4% into perspective, paper tabs had been running around 18.3% since October 2021
  • Overall, the decline in sales volume was anticipated; however, what was overlooked was the sizeable progressive tax on gross profits that builds throughout the fiscal year, which had not been as impactful on monthly net income figures due to greater gross profits from robust sales
    • So how much was this tax in May? About $11.5K in total, which means net income would have been roughly $6k from operations (gross profits $26K – operating expenses $20k)
    • Next month’s progressive gross margin tax is estimated at $9k, meaning that June is also likely to see negative net income once again due to softer sales as people spend leisure time elsewhere
      • April’s gross margin tax was $10K but total sales were almost 10% higher, so the margin tax was more easily absorbed in the monthly income statement
  • The following expenses were approved for July 2022:
  • CG Made Easy Administrative Fee = $250
    • Fixed fee every month
  • Inventory = $4,000
    • Paper tab sales slowed slightly, so less inventory purchases needed given the amount on hand
  • Rotary Gambling Team Compensation = $2,600
  • Bingo Team Compensation = $2,000
    • Bingo is being hosted every Thursday night
  • Revenue Share with MPeters = $8,500
    • Profit share is 31% of e-tab gaming à As noted above, e-tab sales plummeted in May and is expected to remain down for the rest of summer, resulting in a lower share
  • City of Faribault = $1,000
    • Weaker sales lower the amount to be shared with the city
  • Revenue Share with Boxers = $6,000
    • Profit-share w/ e-tabs = 15% & paper tabs = 20% à Likewise, softer sales will result in less revenue share
  • Misc. Cost = $2,000
    • FRYS is hiring Reece, Winter payroll processing is ~$1k a month with another $1k for pursue bingo and/or other misc. costs that arrive
  • Total Expenses = $23,350
    • On a motion by Kymn Anderson with a second by Rebecca Freed, the FRYS membership approved the expenses for July
 
  • Even though earnings were poor, FRYS was still able to provide charitable gifts to the following organizations at the June membership meeting:
    • Faribault Rotary Youth Exchange “Outbound Students” - $1,000 each to the two outbound exchange students; $2,000 approved ($1k each)
    • Faribault Diversity Coalition “international festival” – sponsorship of entertainment for youth. $500 approved
    • Morristown Gun Club “Summer youth league” –$500 approved
      • Total Gifts: $3,000
        • On a motion by Dick Huston with a second by George Wickstrom, the FRYS membership approved the charitable contributions
  • In other FRYS news, Keith Kramer has been able to locate a contractor to get repairs done at the Rotary Camp, a long-time objective of FRYS but finding labor to get the job done has been a challenge
    • The FRYS board has earmarked profits for the Rotary Camp and the contractor has been located at the opportune time given that UBIT hits as of August 31 (FRYS tax year-end); estimates on the repair costs are still to come.
  • The final piece of membership news is that Brenda DeMars has accepted the FRYS board’s invite to become an official board member of FRYS!
    • Brenda is the critically important Gambling Manager for FRYS’ charitable gambling operation and the essential connection for the FRYS / Boxers partnership

Beautiful day for a parade!!

For the second year in a row, the club had a float in the Heritage Days Parade. It was great fun and plenty of candy was handed out.

Parade Selfie

Faribault Rotary Youth Services Inc.

 
The Faribault Rotary Club has donated $4000 to the youth soccer program to provide ASL interpreters to help ensure the program is more inclusive for hearing impaired athletes and families. 

Jacob Froyum- Minnesota DNR

The presentation was by Jacob Froyum of the DNR forest division. DNR Forestry keeps Minnesota's forests and trees growing strong. Minnesota's 59 state forests, school trust acres, and other forested lands make up the 4.2 million acres they manage. Our forests need care and management to provide clean water and natural resources for future generations.
 
With this in mind, we weave sustainability into our forest work—from what trees to plant, to what areas to harvest, to what places to preserve. DNR foresters answer questions about private woods and help you find the right programs to meet your woodland goals. Jacob can help you get a Woodland Stewardship Plan and provide technical help to implement a project in your woods.
 
The Forestry division can assist with timber sales or connect you with consulting foresters or other professionals for help. To contact Jacob Froyum for his assistance and expertise, stop by the office at 1810 NW 30th St Faribault or by phone 507-497-1350.

Mayor of Sister City- Wurzburg, Germany

On June 15th, Rotarians joined at the Inn at Shattuck-St. Mary's roughly at noon. The meeting started with the virtue reading from Kymn Anderson of Thankfulness and a prayer by Keith Kramer.  
In announcements, Dave Beranek updated the process of the FRYS gambling and charitable giving programs. 
  • All funds must support Faribault youth.
  • Priority funding goes towards existing programs provided by FRYS. 
  • Sometimes funds will not cover all charitable requests at all times. 
Keith Kramer had a membership minute. How to sponsor a new member? To do so, there are links on the club website. There are links to the forms. If you need more help finding the forms, please contact Keith so Keith can direct you to Dr. Murray Hanson. 
Many special guests were in attendance and honored during the fellowship. 
 
Nort Johnson had a group of delegates from Wurzburg, Germany, one of Faribault's sister cities. At the end of the meeting the mayor presented a uniquely shaped bottle of wine from his city to our club. Rod Mahler shared a story regarding the outstanding hospitality and receiving a similar bottle from a previous Mayor of Wurzburg 65years ago when he was in the army and stationed in Germany. When that mayor visited Faribault 10 years later Rod shared that bottle with him much to his surprise. 
 
Former Rotarians Andy Bohlen and Troy Dunn were in attendance. They were honored for their service to our community by presenting their "Hometown Heroes" banners in front of the police station. Andy updated us on his new life with his cabin in Canada, and Tory shared his busy golf schedule in Arizona. 
 
Dr. Dick Huston shared that his beloved wife Nancy received her driver's license today after ten months of medical restriction. Good news for Nancy's progress to wellness and Dick's newspaper reading habits. 

Has anyone seen this bottle since our president accepted it?  Anyone? Anyone?

We had a little fun with the return of retired Police Chief Andy Bohlen and retired Sheriff Troy Dunn. They were both honored with the dedication of the banners sponsored by the Faribault Rotary Club on display downtown in front of the Police Station. They both both might just help us solve the "Case of the missing blanket."

Thank you for your service!

Welcome Brandon!

 
Brandon gave his classification talk recently.  I asked him seven follow up questions to help summarize his presentation for those of us who were present and for our club members who missed the meeting. If you have not had a chance to welcome him to our club, please do so.
 
 
  1. Your Family members, occupations (including you) or school level?” 
 
My wife Toniette is a Sergeant at the MN Correctional Facility in Faribault.
Our daughter Anika is in 8th grade at the Faribault Middle School.
Our Son Brayden is in 2nd grade at Roosevelt elementary.
 
  1. Your Hometown/School/College
I grew up in Rochester, MN and attended Mayo High School, although Faribault is now my hometown.  We have lived her for 21 years!
I have an AAS degree in Law Enforcement from Alexandria Technical College and a BS degree from St. Mary’s University.
  1. Your Previous occupations?
I have always worked in law enforcement in some sort for over 21 years!
 
  1. Any Hobbies?
My hobbies are spending time with my father in our up north home near Siren, WI. I also enjoy sports, my favorite being baseball.I coach my children whenever I can and was an avid athlete until about 38 years old.
 
  1. Rotary sponsor?
Keith Kramer
 
  1. Interesting fact about you or your life?
I own and operate BLG woodworking in Faribault.I enjoy making things out of local trees, referred to as urban logging.
 
  1. Anything else you can think of?         Faribault is our hometown, I am happy to be a part of one of the finest organizations/clubs we have-Rotary!
 

A Beautiful Ceremony!

It was a joyous ceremony which included the bride and groom singing a duet.  More than a dozen Rotarians were in attendance. 

Our special guests this week will be retired Faribault Police Chief, Andy Bohlen and retired Rice County Sheriff, Troy Dunn. They will honored for their service with the dedication of their banners sponsored by our club on display downtown in front of the Faribault Police station.

 
 

Thank You, Brandon!

Brandon Gliem – Faribault PD – Classification Speech
 
Brandon Gliem shared his classification speech. He shared that he is happy to be an officer in Faribault for now for 21 years. “It is a joy!” He met his wife on the force, they were both brought on in Faribault about the same time! Bike patrol is one of his prides, training in new officers each year for the patrol. He has worked as a criminal investigator for the Faribault. He also has done autopsy training and will assist as a medical examiner coordinator, as needed. In addition, he helped to start the police explorers’ program in 2003. This program continues to grow here in Faribault. Now, a patrol Sergeant, he helps to lead a team of officers in serving the needs of the Faribault community.
 
He and his wife have two children and dog. They love being a part of the Faribault community and reside in town. He enjoys helping his children in their activities, even coaching. They also love baseball, taking vacations, going to his dad’s cabin, and spending time with their dads is more precious as they both lost their mothers at a younger age. He enjoys woodworking and building, harvesting local trees. Also, he created his own “haunted house” that locals came through this year during Halloween.
 
The Rotary meeting began on a beautiful day on June 8, with President Todd Sesker calling the meeting to order at 12:13 p.m. We opened with the Pledge of Allegiance, Four-Way Test, and the Virtue of “Detachment” by George, followed by the invocation with Mindy Reeder.
 
Announcements
Special announcements included reminders:
  • David Connelly – Heritage Days Parade – June 18
  • Eric Craig – Raffle – keep selling, turn in, need 100 tickets to be assigned.
  • Pastor Greg Ciesluk & Rebekah Freed – Wedding this Saturday, all invited followed by a reception – June 11 – 2 p.m.
  • Dr. Lisa Humfeld-Wilson - Youth Exchange, we have two host families; 3-4 more host families needed (Do not need to have children in order to host)
  • Brenda DeMars - Talking to Rotary outbound exchange; holding garage sales to raise money. (We raised $318 during fellowship with the Happy Money!)Looking for space to use. Let her know if you know of a space. Rotarians donated on the spot to support this family.
  • Introduction of guests. (Several guests/families came today!)
  • Faribault – Hometown Heroes Banners for retired Sheriff Troy Dunn and retired Police Chief Andy Bohlen sponsored by the Faribault Rotary Club. Both will be here to be honored next week.
 
Murray Hanson coordinated questions during fellowship at each table.  Special updates included: Shout out to Grant Wilson – for selling 120 raffle tickets. Amy – Honor at the Bank, one of the best places to work in MN.
George Wickstrom – shared short invitation to think about the truth!
Superintendent Todd Sesker - Faribault – sending students to State for track! Ready to celebrate his retirement and time with grandchildren.
 
The honorable Dr. Dick Huston proposes Zak Branham, the Manager of Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union in Faribault for membership in the Faribault Rotary Club.  If you have any questions, please contact membership chair, Keith Kramer.

Wedding Shower Game

Announcements
 
  • George-mentioned the shooting Texas and how messed up the world is
  • Wedding- Greg and Rebecca will be married Saturday June 11th at 4th Avenue United Methodist Church. Everyone is invited. There will be a reception with cake in the church fellowship hall afterwards
  • David Connelly-Thanks everyone who participated in the Memorial Day parade. 
  • Mark Kenney’s son graduated from high school.  Mark sounded a bit surprised but proud!
  • Only 3 people registered for open city council positions for the 3 open positions
  • Dick Huston thanked everyone who made the parade
  • Todd Sesker- announced in partnership with the City of Faribault our school district will be redesigning the parking lot at Jefferson elementary school  
The Greg Ciesluk- Rebecca Freed Fellowship-Wedding Game
  • Murray and Laura asked many entertaining questions about How well the couple knows each other…….
    • From picky eating, driving and speeding to date nights- everything was on the table
  • Both of the newlyweds were in agreement on most things with notable exceptions on who owns the most shoes and who starts most of the arguments
 
Update from Nort Johnson at the Chamber of Commerce
  • Large grant for 980k was awarded for the downtown investment project
  • Another 200k grant was awarded to continue and grow the relationship with FPS and South-Central College
  • A new position at the chamber will be added with some of that grant money
 
 
Presentation from FPS health coordinator Janet Lewis Muth and ESL coordinator, Katie Schulz
  • They received a grant for 27k
  • The grant focuses on kids being seen as assets and not problems
  • How do we improve something?
  • What are we doing well?
  • Specific focus on multi lingual students in our schools being an asset

All tickets must be turned in by 10:30 am tomorrow at Eric's office so that can be included in the drawing!  

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The honorable Nort Johnson proposes Jill DeBoef, Operations Manager | Medical Specialty & Surgical Services | Owatonna & Faribault | Mayo Health System, for membership in the Faribault Rotary Club.  If you have any questions, please contact membership chair, Keith Kramer.
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Upcoming Events
Speakers
Zak Branham
Aug 17, 2022
Classification Speech
Jill DeBoef
Aug 24, 2022
Classification Speech
Ken Weaverling
Aug 31, 2022
Classification Speech
Annual Picnic
Sep 07, 2022
Jamie Bente
Sep 14, 2022
Classification Speech
Lee Ganske
Sep 21, 2022
Minnesota Pollution Agency
Sheriff Jesse Thomas
Sep 28, 2022
New-Rice County Public Safety Center
Dr. Dick Huston
Oct 19, 2022
Rotarian of the Year
Chad Koepke
Oct 26, 2022
Annual Youth Services Meeting
no meeting
Nov 23, 2022
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Dec 21, 2022
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Dec 28, 2022