Rotary Club of Faribault

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129 Central Ave N
Faribault, MN  55021-5210
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Dear Rotarians,
We really need more support in finding host families to make this program continue. Please share this information with anyone you think would be interested.
Host Families Are Needed for Exchange Students!
          How many international connections do you have? The Faribault Rotary Club can help you grow your international connections with our Youth Exchange Program.  The Faribault Rotary Club is currently looking for host families for a 17 year female from Italy and a 17 year old female from South Korea. Each student typically stays with three host families during the school year.  The students will arrive in mid-to-late August.
          The first host family will host a student from when they arrive in August through Thanksgiving. The second family is needed to host the student from after Thanksgiving through spring break in mid March.  Another family is needed from after spring break until the student leaves the beginning of July.  The students will be attending Faribault High School.  
          The Rotary club helps cover the cost of most school related activities, school lunches and also provides the student a small monthly allowance.  If you would like more information, contact Lisa Humfeld-Wilson at 507-330-0108 or

Thank You!. 

      The Faribault Rotary Club has inducted two new members.  Ahmed Abdilahi is a personal banker with Faribault's Wells Fargo bank. Shawn Jackson is the Business Consultant with the local Verizon store.  They join some 1.2 million members in 220 countries world wide who pledge Service Above Self. 
Pictured are Dr. Dick Huston - membership chair,  Ahmed Abdilahi, Shawn Jackson and President Jake Cook. 

Presidential message

John F. Germ

John F. Germ

President 2016-17

May 2017

As you read these lines, final preparations are well underway for our 108th Rotary International Convention, 10-14 June in Atlanta. We're looking forward to one of the biggest and best Rotary conventions yet, as we celebrate not only a wonderful year of Rotary Serving Humanity, but a full century of Doing Good in the World through The Rotary Foundation.

If you haven't already made plans to attend, it's not too late to register at There is simply no better way to round off another great year in Rotary than by coming together with 40,000 or so of your fellow Rotarians to share ideas, find inspiration, and have a great time together.

We're excited to have Bill Gates, a friend and partner in our work to eradicate polio, speaking at our convention this year. And it's worth arriving early to attend a special Presidential Peace Conference, scheduled for 9-10 June and featuring Bernice A. King, daughter of Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King.

I'm proud to host a convention that is practically in my own backyard: Atlanta is a vibrant, modern state capital just a two-hour drive from my home city of Chattanooga, Tenn., and it's a great place to experience the famous hospitality of the American South. Our Host Organization Committee has a great week planned, starting with the "Blue Jeans and Bluegrass" kickoff event on Saturday night.

Come on over to Centennial Olympic Park, right across from the House of Friendship, and get in a dancing mood with Grammy Award winner Ricky Skaggs and his Kentucky Thunder band. Meet up with friends old and new at the Centennial Celebration Block Party or on the Peace Tour of Atlanta. Roll up your sleeves for the Habitat Home Build, or tie up your laces to take part in the 3K Walk/Run to End Polio Now. And before you say goodbye, come back to the House of Friendship for one more party: our Foundation's 100th birthday party, with (of course!) cake and ice cream.

It's going to be an incredible experience, and Judy and I are looking forward to celebrating with you – or, as we say in the South, with y'all! See you in Atlanta!

John Fossum who transferred  from the Northfield Rotary Club last year, 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?” 
John, Rice County Attorney
Tracy, Text Book Manager, Carleton College Bookstore. Liv, 7th Grade
  1. Your Hometown/School/College
Northfield, Macalester College, William Mitchell College of Law
  1. Your Previous occupations?
Attorney in Private Practice, Radio
  1. Any Hobbies?
Sailing, Biking, Hiking,
  1. Rotary sponsor? Dick Cook.
  1. Interesting fact about you or your life?
Have visited 30 different countries.Studied at Oxford, and Uppsala University in Sweden, Lived in Switzerland and worked in Afghanistan.
  1. Anything else you can think of?        
Paul Harris Fellow, 20 years in the Northfield Rotary Club, former club secretary. Past President, Northfield Historical Society, Northfield Enterprise Center.


  One of our newest Rotarians, Gene Buhr 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 at the attendance table the during May.
1. Your Family members, occupations (including you) or school level?”
Wife- Barb, retired from Mayo as a coder.
Daughter- Heidi, teacher in Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Son – Dan, insurance risk manager at Mosaic in the Twin Cities.
Son – Nick, lawyer for the Department of Labor for the state of Georgia
Daughter – Katie, Counselor for Lakeville Behavioral Health
2. Your Hometown/School/College
Hometown – Sumner, Iowa
College – Iowa State University
Graduate School of Banking – University of Wisconsin, Madison
3. Your Previous occupations?
Key City Bank, Dubuque, Iowa (this was over 36 years ago)
4. Any Hobbies?
Swimming, woodworking (back when I had time), golf, shooting baskets
5. Rotary sponsor?
Dick Huston
6. Interesting fact about you or your life?
I have read all of the Dan Brown and Vince Flynn books.
7. Anything else you can think of?
I try to swim 10,000 yards a week, which is a little under 300 miles a year.

Rick Miller

        One of our newest Rotarians, Rick Miller gave his classification talk recently.  I asked him six follow up questions to help summarize his presentation for those of us who were present and for our club members who missed the meeting. If you have not had a chance to welcome him to our club, please do so at the attendance table the next two weeks.
  1. Your Family members, occupations (including you) or school level?” 
    • Me:  Rick – Director of Operations & Finance – District One Hospital/Allina Health. 
    • Wife:  Roxanne (Stay at Home Mom)
    • Children:  Nicholas (Sophomore - High School), Jack (7th Grade), Madelynn (5th Grade)
  1. Your Hometown/School/College
    • Grew up near New Underwood, SD
    • Currently live in Elko New Market.
    • Graduated from Northern State University (Aberdeen, SD) - BA, Finance in 1999
    • Graduated from Concordia University (St Paul) – MA, Organizational Management in 2002
  1. Your Previous occupations?
  • 1999 – 2006: COO/CFO - Alternative Billing Solutions – Bloomington, MN
  • 2006 – 2011: CFO Business Services – CareCentric – Bloomington, MN
  • 2011 – 2014: CFO - District One Hospital – Faribault, MN
  • 2015 – Present:  Director of Ops/Finance – District One Hospital/Allina Health – Faribault, MN
  1. Any Hobbies?
  • Being the parent to three active kids.
  1. Rotary sponsor?
  • Dick Huston
  1. Interesting fact about you or your life?
I have had the opportunity to explore the back side of Mt. Rushmore and stand on the heads of the four presidents

       Congratulations to Dick Huston (left center) for his Paul Harris +5 award and to George Wickstrom (right center)for his Paul Harris +7 award. Both Rotarians have demonstrated "Service above Self " with their devotion and commitment to the work of the Rotary Foundation. They are pictured here with Keith Kramer, (Bears/Blackhawks fan,) Foundation committee member, and President Jake Cook (far right.)


Congratulations to Amy Amundson who has accepted the call to become our the Faribault Rotary Club's 100th President in 2019-20.  She has demonstrated true service above self in both her personal and professional life.


The Faribault Rotary Club has inducted two new members.  Pictured are Dr. Mitzi Kennedy (left)who serves as Chief Diversity Officer of South Central College and Michelle Jasinski Realtor (right) with Weichert Realtors in Faribault. Welcoming them to membership is Rotary President Jake Cook.  

Strive 2016-17

This years Strive scholars were awarded $20,000 in college scholarships. The banquet Sunday night was well attended by students, family sponsors and Rotarians.  Thank you to the Strive committee for another great year!
Student Name
Scholarship Award
Kyra Flom
 $ 5,000
    TJ Hunt
 $ 2,500
Courtney Albers
 $ 2,500
Ethan Johnsrud
 $ 1,000
Hunter Gare
 $ 1,000
Meredith Weiber
 $ 1,000
Jacob Franck
 $ 1,000
Kamryn Hanson
 $ 1,000
Karina Juarez
 $ 500
Carina Dorr
 $ 500
Kallie Donahue
 $ 500
Kelsey Novak
 $ 500
Gracie Donahue
 $ 500
Mary McCoshen
 $ 500
Ilhamo Mohamud
 $ 500
Sarah Kendall
 $ 500
Emily Kendall
 $ 500
Jacqualyn Rindahl
 $ 500
 $ 20,000

Kyra Flom

Congratulations to our $5,000 scholarship recipient, Kyra Flom from FHS, pictured here with Penny Bailey (left) and Marion Bahl (right) from the Bahl Foundation.

TJ Hunt

Christine Shaffer, presents the $2,500 scholarship award to TJ Hunt.
Congratulations to Courtney Albers who received the $2500 Springmeyer scholarship from Carol Springmeyer. Photo not available.


On Dec. 21st our Rotary Club hosted the Faribault Senior High Choir at Our Savior's Church.  In return,  the choir presented the Rotarians and guests with a Christmas concert.  Under the direction of Jonah Heinen, the choir sang both traditional and recently composed music.  This is the 77th year the choir and Rotary have joined to celebrate the Christmas season. 
The dedication ceremony for Faribault's newest mural was held last Saturday.  The project was spear headed by past president, Dick Huston, who made a short presentation to Rotarians and guests in the lot next to the Chavis building.   Jeremy Chavis was also present and spoke briefly to crowd stating he was honored to display the mural on his building. Pictured below are the Rotarians who attended the dedication.

Stocking It Up

(Reprinted with permission from the Faribault Daily News)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The following article is a reprinted from the 75th anniversary booklet of the Faribault Rotary Club in 1995 and covers the early years of our club starting in 1920. Part II will be in next weeks bulletin.
Murray Hanson
By: Lyle Schreiber
      Woodrow Wilson was president; the 18th Amendment was upheld by the Supreme Court; three Negroes were lynched in Duluth; the Faribault National Guard was sent to Duluth to control the rioting; Fourth Street west of Second Avenue was paved; lots in Southern Heights were selling for a dollar down and a dollar a week; the high school graduating class numbered 93. This was 1920.
On Thursday April 29, 1920 E.B. Johnson of Minneapolis, representing the district governor, met with 22 charter members of the Faribault Rotary Club. The charter was dated May 1, 1920. By the end of the first year, the membership had reached 35 and 21 members were added in the second year.
The first meetings were held at the episcopal Guild House. Mrs. Anna Kahn was the cook-hostess. Her lunches established a tradition of good food for the club. In 1926, the club moved its meeting place to the ELKS Club with the provision that the price of the lunch would not be more than sixty cents. In 1929, with the completion of the Harvey Hotel (Hotel Faribault) the club moves there for its meetings. Evidently the sixty cent limit still prevailed as, in 1933, the hotel was informed the cost must be reduced to fifty cents or the club would leave. The answer must have been negative, as in 1934 the meeting place was moved to the Blue Bird Inn located on Highway 3, about the present location of Larson Electric, Inc. 
     Mrs. C. N. Crossett and the Inn were famous for fine food. Some Rotarians made a point of arriving at the meetings early for chicken giblets and other appetizers. The club moved back to the hotel and continued to meet there until 1969 when it moved to the Evergreen Knoll. The food was good, but the space was too small, so the Country Club was tried. Again, the space arrangement was not satisfactory and it was decided to move to the lavender inn.
The following article is the completes the reprint from our 75th Anniversary booklet. 
Murray Hanson
By: Lyle Schreiber
Rotarians meet for more than food. Name almost any subject and Rotary has a program or speaker covering it. To name a few:
1925 School Problems
1928 The Mind of Youth
1930 Organized Labor
1933 Inflation
1930 The Decline of Morals -- Youth and Adults
1938 Congressman August Andreson stressed the need to curb government spending
1941 Should Faribault have an Airport?
1944 The Negro Question
1948 The Taft-Hartley Labor Law
1949 Socialized Medicine in Great Britain
1953 South African Race Problem
1956 Prospects of Atomic Electric Plants in Minnesota
Local government officials are frequent speakers to keep Rotarians advised of the problems of local government and their solutions. Owners of new and old Faribault industries are asked to tell of their products. In the last few years, club members visited Sellner Manufacturing Co., Faribault Foods, Mercury Minnesota, the remodeled library, and the Faribault correctional facility.
Soon after joining, Rotarians are asked to give a Classification Talk in which they give a short biographical sketch and a description of their occupation. These talks are some of the most interesting programs.
Beginning in 1940, selected students from local high schools were invited to be guests of the club at regular weekly meetings. This program has continued to the present. Two students from Faribault Senior High School, Bethlehem Academy or Shattuck-St. Mary's attend for two weeks. At the second meeting the students give a resume of their school activities. 
Rotary has a program for sending selected local high school students to a foreign country for a year and, in exchange, serves as a host to students from other countries. The Faribault club has had guests from Australia, Brazil, South Africa, and Ethiopia, and sent students to Greenland, Norway, Spain, Japan and Germany.
From its beginning, the Faribault Rotary Club has been interested in youth programs. The club assisted in organizing Boy Scout troops and sponsored a summer picnic for boys for several years. Rotarians furnished transportation to roll students who wanted to take part in athletics. The Rotary camp was built for use by Scouts and other Youth groups.
Believing that there should be recognition of those students who are academically superior, the club, in 1962, invited those members of the senior class from the High School and Bethlehem Academy who had a grade point average of 3.5 or better to an Honors Banquet. This recognition has continued and the students parents' are invited to attend.
To provide funds for the maintenance of the youth camp and for music scholarships, the Rotary club sponsors the first combined high school orchestra, band and choir concert of the year. At Christmas time, the high school choir performs part of their Christmas concert at a regular dinner meeting. For several years the dinner has been held at Shattuck-St. Mary's refractory and Shumway auditorium. A new fundraiser has been the October Rose sale. In 1994, more than 700 dozen roses were sold.
When Rotary was organized February 23, 1905 it was a men's organization. It remained so until 1987 when, by action of the Rotary international, the membership of women was authorized. Janine Sahagian was the first woman to be a member of the Faribault Club. Today there are 1,197,308 Rotarians in 27,173 clubs in 151 countries.
With 75 years of service to the community, the Faribault Rotary Club looks forward to growth and service.

Security Bank Clock

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


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Welcome to the Faribault Rotary Club!


       Rotary International is the world's first service club organization, with more than 1.2 million members in 33,000 clubs worldwide. Rotary club members are volunteers who work locally, regionally, and internationally to combat hunger, improve health and sanitation, provide education and job training, promote peace, and eradicate polio under the motto Service Above Self.
       The Faribault Rotary Club was established 96 years ago on May 1,1920 as Rotary's 596th club with 22 charter members and by the end of the first year membership had reached a total of 35. The next year 21 more members were added.  The first President of the Faribault Rotary Club was Frank W. McKellip. On June 29, 2016, the Faribault Rotary Club installed its 97h President, Jake Cook, for the 2016-17 Rotary Year.

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May 2017
Upcoming Events
Exchange Students
May 24, 2017
Year in Review
Steve Pribyl
May 31, 2017
Allina Update
Kristen Twitchell
Jun 07, 2017
Outbound Exchange Students
Jun 14, 2017
Outbound Exchange Students
Jake Cook and Troy Dunn
Jun 28, 2017
Installation of Troy Dunn - 98th President