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Faribault, MN 55021
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Peggy Strom

Program was Guest speaker Peggy Strom talking to us about the Rotary Foundation
  • Peggy has a background as a CPA working for Medtronic for over 30 years!
  • Peggy provided general information about the Rotary foundation
    • A ton of credit was given to our club as our Foundation donations are awesome
    • Remember we could always do better!
    • Peggy went over the Share the Love Campaign
      • Rotarians are given points for donations (easier to receive a Paul Harris Fellowship)

Keith Kramer skiing highlight?

10 Ski Fails You Have To See - Mix 105.1
Faribault Rotarians got together at the Shattuck Inn for a lunch meeting on a winter day. Attend was fair with about 25-30 people all together. Most were cheerful despite the near record setting snowy winter thus far.  The virtue this week was Self Control and everyone listened to an Apache blessing before starting off the meeting.
  • Strive banquet is scheduled for March 5th here at The Inn at Shattuck at 5 pm
    • At a recent meeting former Rotarian Franz Bolter was the guest speaker
  • Faribault Alumni Basketball
    • Rotarian Paul LaRoche has agreed to play, Brent Peroutka has not (says he’s too old)
  • Ruth’s House Fundraiser is February 11 from 530-830p
  • Carri Ann led the meetings fellowship
    • Rebecca’s book was published!
    • Katy A was able to join us for lunch. She is loving her new home in Wisconsin
    • Keith Kramer survived his ski trip to Breckenridge with his son-Black Diamonds?
    • Dr. Dick Huston spoke about how to purchase a critical habitat license plate ($30 donation)
      • Dr. Huston also spoke about visiting other clubs
      • Several of our ideas came from other clubs such as: Flag banners, red badges and our community garden
    • The wise George Wickstrom spoke about perseverance and attitude as he continues to battle a back/hip ailment
  • E-tab sales summed to $123K in December, totaling the second highest level of sales in FRYS’ charitable gambling history (record = $138K August 2022)
    • Gross profits (sales – prizes) produced a solid $15.5K but this was due to volume as the margin, said differently “luck”, was not on FRYS with a gross profit margin of 12.63% (average = 15.85%)
    • Putting it all together, even though e-tab sales were second most on record, gross profits registered only the 5th highest total due to below trend margins/gambling probability
  • December recorded paper tab sales of $42K, which was an increase from the prior month’s $37K but roughly half the sales that were being reported from February 2022 – July 2022
    • Compounding the weakness was the second lowest gross profit margin reported at an unfortunate 14.9% (average = 16.6%) for gross funds of $6K
    • Gambling Manager Brenda DeMars’ reports from the field indicate another month of weakness in paper tab sales is underway as well.
  • Net income returned to the black this month with profits of $6K compared to the red ink’s net loss of $8K last month
  • While FRYS’ charitable gambling operation has been around for more than a year (embarked in October 2021), the conclusion of the 2022 calendar year represented the completion of the inaugural calendar year of operations (FRYS fiscal year-end is August) à how about a quick recap of the 2022 campaign:
  • Total Sales = $2.07 million
  • Prizes = $1.74 million
  • Gross Profits = $337K
    • Aggregate gross profit margin = 16.1%
  • Accounting Net Income* = $74,854
    • * fiscal year-end in August 2022 resulted in starting cash being added to September’s net income, which is technically not an accurate income statement/profitability assessment of 2022’s aggregate performance
The following expenses were approved:
  • CG Made Easy Administrative Fee = $250
    • Fixed fee every month
  • Inventory = $4,000
    • Soft paper tab sales result in less inventory purchases
  • Rotary Gambling Team Compensation = $2,600
    • Fixed
  • Bingo Team Compensation = $2,500
    • Largely fixed
  • Revenue Share with MPeters = $10,000
    • Favorable e-tab performance keeps this higher even though inventory sales are down
  • City of Faribault = $1,200
  • Revenue Share with Boxers = $8,000
  • Misc. Cost = $2,500
    • Slightly higher misc. costs this month as Dawn intends to do a purse/Yeti cooler Bingo night
  • Total Expenses = $31,050
    • On a first by George Wickstrom & second by Eric Craig, FRYS membership approved expenses for February 2023
The following charitable gifts were approved:
  • Project Close: $1K to Faribault Middle School & $1K to Bethlehem Academy
    • Funds will be used to cover travel expenses for students to visit Washington DC
      • On a motion by Dick Huston with a second by Laura Bock, FRYS members approved the $2K in the charitable gifts for Project Close
  • South Central College Foundation: $3,000
    • Funds to be used for scholarships to attend South Central Community College
      • On a motion by Carri Pollard & second by Becca Ciesluk, FRYS membership approved the charitable gifts for South Central scholarships
  • Total Gifts: $5,000


The Rotary Club of Faribault has inducted the Executive Director of the Riverbend Nature Center Brad Bourn as a member.  Pictured with Brad (center) is Keith Kramer membership team lead (left) and Dick Huston his sponsor and mentor.


Dr. Murray Hanson received his Paul Harris +6 Award last week for his continued support of the Rotary Foundation.  He is pictured here with the distinguished club President Kurt Halvorson (left.)


Club History 1973
Newly elected Mayor, Bob Larson, addressed the club with goals and aspirations for Faribault.
Congressman Al Quie updated the club on what is happening in Washington DC.
The club sponsored two delegates, Faribault Juniors, Therese Sorenson and David Mahler, to the St. Paul Youth Conference.
Layton Hoysler was nominated to serve as District Governor for 1974-75.
Arlen Erdahl, Minnesota Secretary of State, presented a program on voter registration.
Total membership stayed at 68 Rotarians for 1973.
A music scholarship was awarded to Rebecca Wickstrom daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Wickstrom.
Our club’s 53rd president in 1972-73 was Rod Mahler who will be celebrating 65 years of membership on March 5th. He was the sponsor of our 100th president, Amy Amundson.
The following was noted in the Faribotarian from the June 27, 1973 meeting.
It was like New Year’s Eve. President Rod gave a summary of the Rotary year that just ended and turned the gavel over to President-Elect Dr. Roy Anderson. It was the biggest smile that Rod had all year. Our Thanks to Rod for a most successful year.  Roy started out in shirt sleeves and laid out his goals for the club.  Maybe this was a preview of things to come. 
I have been asked to start a committee to explore getting the Cop House project off the ground in Faribault.  We will be an exploratory committee at this point.  We will need people to do research and report back to me about their findings so I can report them to the Rotary Board and eventually to the entire club.
I would like to fill the following positions on the committee.  We can add or subtract positions as we see fit after we meet.  If you have interest in any of these areas please let me know so we can set up our first meeting! There is room for anyone who wants to help.
Here is the link to the video explaining the concept and its successes in St. Cloud for those that haven’t seen it.
Chair- Brandon Gliem
Realtor (Valuation and Location)-
Youth Services-
Outside Organizations/Partners-
If you are interested in one of these volunteer positions, just respond to this bulletin email.
Faribault Police Department

Polio Plus

Program: Tim Mulcrone - Polio Plus 
Tim Mulcrone is a three-time Club President and 32-year Rotarian from Chanhassen. He has been our District Polio Chair since 2012. Tasked with keeping Rotary’s flagship project front and center in our minds. The Polio disease started in the 1940’s and the epidemic continued into the 1950’s.  Polio affects the central nervous system and infected 1 out of every 200 people.
Tim shared with us the story, mission, and ways to make an impact in the fight to eradicate polio.  Rotary has been working to eradicate polio for more than 35 years. Our goal of ridding the world of this disease is closer than ever.
As a founding partner of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, we've reduced polio cases by 99.9 percent since our first project to vaccinate children in the Philippines in 1979.
Rotary members have contributed more than $2.1 billion and countless volunteer hours to protect nearly 3 billion children in 122 countries from this paralyzing disease. Rotary’s advocacy efforts have played a role in decisions by governments to contribute more than $10 billion to the effort.
India has been Polio free since 2011 following a massive vaccination effort.  Today, polio remains endemic only in Afghanistan and Pakistan. But it’s crucial to continue working to keep other countries polio-free. If all eradication efforts stopped today, within 10 years, polio could paralyze as many as 200,000 children each year.
Our meeting started with the virtue of the week, “Awe,” presented by Ken Weaverling, and a prayer by Kay Hoaglin
Club Announcements:
Cindy Yerington did a recap on club requirements for getting the blue badge. Members must work as greeters, join a committee, and give their classification speech. There are a lot of open spots for meeting roles currently, so don't hesitate to get in touch with Cindy to get signed up. 
Greg Ciesluk requested evaluators for STRIVE essays to be turned in. Please contact Greg if you are interested. 
Guests today:
Toni Gliem joined Brandon for the meeting this afternoon
Ibrahim Rashid an advocate for Faribault area youth joined the meeting
George Wickstrom shared the moving focus and history of the “four-way test” and how impactful it can be in every moment and interaction we have with others as Rotarians. 
Mark Kenny is just happy to be here today after the icy roads this morning.
Brent Peroutka is choosing to focus on the beauty this winter has been other than the cold and endless amounts of snow
Keith Kramer is excited for Strive
Dick and George attended the midterm for District 5960.
Dick mentioned Kelly Nygaard is doing well in Stillwater and plans to join Rotary
Dick also spoke about speaking with new members and looking towards sending someone to Camp Ryla for leadership training
Dr. Huston shared thoughts from the Rotary District Mid-term meetings. Dr. Huston shared one idea: totaling the number of people impacted by our various service projects and works in our community.
Dr. Huston also shared tales from his recent skiing trip, seeing it as the first time he had not fallen over a two-day trip in quite some time. 
Greg had a great birthday celebrating it at home with his new wife and friends
George spoke about the 4-way test and how we are all responsible for ourselves
Kurt spoke about celebrating birthdays and the funeral service for Jim Crowl at 1st English
The Faribault Rotary Club presented a check for $10,000 to the Community Action Center. The funds will go to the Basic Blessings backpack program, which program provides food support for Faribault youth. Pictured, from left: CAC staff Ikran Khalif, Michael Pursell and Becky Ford, and Rotarian Natalie Ginter.

Well done!

Nathan Budin, left, and Paul LaRoche are new captains in the Rice County Sheriff’s Office. (Photo courtesy of Rice County) The club extends congratulations to Rotarian Paul LaRoche on his recent promotion.
The honorable tie challenged Dick Huston proposes Brad Bourn, Executive Director of River Bend Nature Center, for membership in the Faribault Rotary Club.  If you have any questions or concerns pleas contact membership chair Keith Kramer.

Dr. Martha Brown

Classification speech of Dr. Martha Brown:
Who am I anyway? Am I my resume? - This question comes from a show-tune chorus line. Martha believes there is a show-tune solution for every life situation. Martha is 56 years of age and from Millcreek, Pennsylvania. Martha has four siblings born very close in age from 1953-1957, who had a different experience than Martha, who was born in 1966. Father was a funeral director, and their family lived above the funeral building. Martha recalls high school friends playing hide and seek and having sleepovers in the casket room at times. 
Musical talent was identified in Martha by her mother, who also found comfort in singing and playing the piano. Martha's childhood piano music, her safe space, and the one consistent in her life. 
After getting her Doctorate roughly six years ago, Martha taught a course in Restorative Justice in Canada. She heard the story of the hummingbird (you tube video story) and the forest fire. The story tells of the hummingbird racing from the fire to a pond and back to drop a single drop of water onto the fire and back again… and again. When asked why the Hummingbird was putting herself at risk with each flight? The Hummingbird answered, "I am doing what I can."
This story has since resonated with Martha as she has always tried to advocate for the marginalized throughout her career and personal work. She was born with a strong sense of moral justice while standing up for herself. 
The Hummingbird has been so impactful Martha has made it her logo for her consulting business. The Hummingbird describes her values and drive. Yet there is another animal that also describes and provides peril for Martha. The Octopus speaks to how she lives life: It is intelligent and enjoys decorating its den. It is a fierce predator but tender when its trust is earned. It has eight legs that allow it to glide peacefully but change course quickly when needed. 
Martha has felt like a headless Octopus, with eight legs representing each of her interests, without a center collective body connecting these interests. For many years Martha would try to embody one of her legs (good) and quickly would move away, knowing it wasn't completing all of herself, all of her legs of interest. It was in 2018, and most recently, while placing this speech together, Martha emphasized her value to society and all her "legs" of value as a collective. Martha feels like she is one in her interest and can dance between all pulls together as she navigates the world. 
In closing, bringing the two metaphors together. Martha simply "Do what she can." she has given up on perfectionism, given up the false since she could change the world, and now "I do what I can in my spirit of influence." 
Each of these animals (Hummingbird and Octopus) are fiercely territorial and do not show up in groups, as Martha doesn't feel comfortable in groups until trust is earned. This summer Martha and a friend rode on a bucket-list bicycle ride. She did the race to raise $700 for the Community Action Center. Shortly after, she was approached by Dick Huston to join the Rotary. Martha was ready to decline this offer, sighting the history of a club based on white men, although they wanted to change the organization's work to change this image. Once Dr. Houston shared the impact the Faribault Club was making, Martha began to see a group of hummingbirds, a group she could belong to that she could have raised more during the bike ride with the support of this collective. As a group of people with the same Hummingbird mentality, we could make more of a difference together than separately. 

Happy New Year!

Welcome back to Rotary this year, 2023. The meeting started with sharing the dedication of Dr. Huston, who was Zooming in from the slopes on a ski trip. The meeting began with a blessing from Martha Brown and the Virtue of Loyalty read by "Loyal Laura" Bock as President Halverson expressed thanks. 
Club Announcements: 
Dr. Hanson now posted a new sign at Boxers, sighting that the pull tabs support Faribault Youth. 
In Fellowship with Carrie Ann Pollard: 
  • Greg and Rebekah thanked everyone who shared in their open house on New Year's Eve. 
  • Mark shared his great time back home in Michigan with family, other than the Wolverine's bowl loss. 
  • Rod reminded us (and was happy) the Gophers won their bowl game. 
  • During the latest snowstorm, Sue Garwood shared thanks for the Faribault plows on their road work. 
  • Dr. Hanson shared that he moved many historical records to the Rice County Historical Society over the winter break. 
  • Natalie shared her thanks to Greg & Rebekah's hospitality and her honor for the pasting of Jim (Earl) Crowl. Natalie honored Jim as a community provider, loyal community supporter, dear friend, and exceptional neighbor.  

Happy Birthday!

Our exchange student, Jean from Thailand recently celebrated his 18th birthday at Godfather's Pizza with his host family and several Rotarians.

A big thank you goes out to the Faribault High School Concert Choir and Dr. Martha Brown for a wonderful program!

Congratulations Brandon!

Faribault Police Sgt. Brandom Gliem, second from right, celebrates his graduation with, from left, Eagan Police Chief Roger New (host agency of the school), Faribault Police Chief John Sherwin, and Shelly Camden, director of the Northwestern Center for Public Safety.


Faribault Police Department Sgt. Brandon Gliem has graduated from the School of Police Staff and Command at Northwestern University.

Gliem completed the 10-week program, which provides instruction in 27 topics such as leadership, budgeting and human resources.

The Center for Public Safety was established at Northwestern University in 1936 with the specific goal of expanding university-based education and training for the Law Enforcement Community.

Welcome Megan!

TThe Faribault Rotary Club has inducted Megan Dalland (center) as a new member.  Meagan is Director of Operations for Our Savior's Lutheran Church.  Her sponsor Dick Huston (right).  Also pictured with her is membership chair Keith Kramer (left.)

Welcome Paul!

The Faribault Rotary Club has inducted Paul LaRoche (center) as a new member.  Paul is an Administrative Sergeant with the Rice County Sheriff's department.  His sponsor Brandon Gliem (right) is a Sergeant with the Faribault Police Department.  Pictured with the two officers is membership lead Keith Kramer.

Our newest American Citizen

Nicholas Sonpon (left) was recently became an official citizen of the United States during a recent ceremony. He is pictured here with his documents and Pastor Ciesluk.

9th Annual Christmas Concert- 1947 

Reprinted from the Daily News
 photo L-R:
Stephen Uphus (DMCS counselor), Anna Wagner (DMCS teacher), Kurt Halverson (Faribault Rotary Club President), Gina Ashley (DMCS Principal), Natalie Ginter (Rotarian), and Amanda Rauenhorst (DMCS teacher). Second row- Jesus
Faribault Rotary Youth Services recently presented Divine Mercy Catholic School with a $10,000 donation in support of new social and emotional curriculum and mental health programming for District students and staff. Funds donated are raised through the charitable gambling program held in partnership with Boxer’s Bar and Grill in downtown Faribault.


Pictured (L to R)  Kurt Halverson, president, Grace, Trent and Joel Olson Faribault Senior High School Principal.
Good afternoon.  Our Rotary Club has started a Rotary Student of the Month. Grace Yetzer and Trent Ta have been honored as Faribault Rotary Students of the Month.  Grace is involved in Honor Society, orchestra, student council and Link Crew. Trent is involved in Decca, cross country, orchestra, student council and Link Crew.

The Distribution

Rotary outfitted 185 pre-k through grade 5 local youth with winter boots, snow pants, coats, hats and gloves! We partnered with Jefferson Elementary, Lincoln Elementary, Roosevelt Elementary and Stem school. The past 4 years we held a one day event where the community would come in and select from gently used and new outerwear. This worked out really well and the demand was always more than supply but the individuals at the front of the line were able to be fully outfitted while those coming in later only received a few items.
This year parents were able to fill out a digital form selecting needed items and many children were outfitted from head to toe! Our hope is to continue to grow this program and expand into early childhood as well as local private schools. Rotary is very fortunate to have wonderful community partners that have allowed us to grow our program each year. It truly takes a community team to pull off a large scale outerwear drive and Reliance Bank allowed us to deliver, sort and pack all items in their basement.
Kristen Thiele from Treadway Graphics ordered many of our items, Casie Steeves from the Chamber of commerce designed our flyer linking to our order form and generous financial sponsors like Rotary Charitable Gambling, Allina Health, Hometown CU, Rice County Sheriff’s Association and River Valley Church all gave over $500 to make this event possible. Rotary’s motto is ‘service above self’ and it is awesome to be able to serve our community knowing that each one of us has been given so much.
George Wickstrom mug.jpg

(Reprinted with permission from the Daily News and George)

When my aunt Marian was in fourth grade in 1905, her teacher assigned the students topics to report monthly to the class. Marian was the oldest of three children. Her mother, a single parent, scrubbed floors in downtown offices at night and took in washing and ironing in the daytime.  Marian, in poverty, was dressed in flour sack clothes. When she reported to the class, the students surreptitiously made fun of her. After two or so times, she said she wasn’t ready to give another report.

Her teacher saw what was happening and took her aside and said: “Why don’t you see me after school. You don’t have to go before the class again.”  Marian was so thankful for her kindness and compassion that she was inspired to become a teacher.  When Marian was a senior in high school, her mother was diagnosed with cancer and couldn’t work. Marian found two part-time jobs so Aunt Ruth and my dad wouldn’t be placed in orphanages and mother in the poor house.

Her mother died when Marian was in her second year of normal school.  After graduation Marian taught in the Chicago public school system.  In 1932 my dad lost his job and moved in with Marian and her husband. During that time students would come over after school and sometimes stay for supper. Almost always on Saturday’s students could come and stay for lunch.  During summer it was common for them to come and visit her. One time she took a group on a picnic.

Marian retired at age 65 in 1960 and moved to Lake Hubert, about 15 miles north of Brainerd. For 23 years she served the area in many ways, including teaching residents of the Brainerd State Hospital two or three days a week to read and write.  At age 88 she was diagnosed with macular degeneration and could no longer driver or live alone. 

When she left Brainerd, the Brainerd Dispatch headline read “Incredible 88-year-old.” Most, if not all, of the front page was about Marian.  I took her to Wisconsin to live with my mother and she died at age 98 in 1993.  I was her administrator and she wanted her memorial service in the Lake Hubert area. She was gone 10 years. I thought, who will attend? The church was full.

I read a letter from one of her students who went into the ministry. He wrote of the impact she had on his life. I had a very difficult time getting though it and there were many handkerchiefs drawn in the audience. s I went through her belongings I found she was corresponding, with help from my mother, with 65 of her former students.

Who was the ‘power of one’ ? I say she was Marian’s fourth-grade teacher.  Acts of kindness, compassion, respect, etc. can inspire us to do wonderful things.  When I moved Marian, she told me one of her greatest regrets was that she never thanked her teacher for her kindness and the impact she had on her.

Each and every one of us has the potential to be the ‘power of one’ in someone’s life. Acts of kindness, compassion and respect can be inspiring and perhaps be a ‘power of one.’




(reprinted with permission from the Daily News)

Twelve years of dedication paid off for Faribault Rotary Club’s gambling manager, Brenda DeMars. The 2020-21 club president received the club’s Rotarian of the Year award this past week. DeMars has been representative of the club’s Four-Way Test since her joining in September 2010. Throughout the years, DeMars has worn many hats in the club.  During the pandemic, she served as the club’s president, often holding events over video calls. Under her presidency, a total of 17 new members committed to join the Faribault Rotary Club.

“It was humbling. There’s many that are deserving of it and do a lot for the club,” DeMars said. “Rotary has changed me and become a big part of me. I love seeing what more we’re able to do now.”  The Faribault Rotary Club honors what is referred to as the Four-Way Test of what rotarians think, say, or do in representation of the club: First, is it the truth? Second, is it fair to all concerned? Third, will it build goodwill and better friendships? Fourth, will it be beneficial to all concerned?

DeMars’ impact on the Faribault Rotary Club extends well beyond her official position. Under DeMars’ guidance, the club accomplished numerous projects and changes. DeMars tackled the club’s dues structure, allowing newer members to afford the club’s membership.  eMars was part of the club’s first international project since 2014, which raised in excess of $75,000 for a water purification, garden and entrepreneurial project for children in Cambodia.

DeMars currently dedicates her time to a club effort she dug into: pull-tabs. She spent hours, both day and night, taking tests and fulfilling state requirements to receive approval from the city gambling committee in order to operate pull-tab gambling at Boxer’s Bar and Grill.  “Should Brenda choose to not be gambling manager I can think of no one who would do what she is doing,” said Rotarian Richard Huston. “Because of her willingness to place service above self we have been able to give the youth of our community tens of thousand of dollars and a giving committee has been created to evaluate the many requests we receive.”

In addition to being the club’s gambling manager, DeMars is also co-chair for the Rose Sale, a fundraiser which donates proceeds to youth programs and STRIVE scholarships. She is one of the top sellers of roses.  “If anyone’s looking to join a great group, Rotary is it,” DeMars said. “It’s really rewarding for yourself and very giving to the community.”

Reach  Daily News reporter Josh McGovern at 507-333-3128.

Faribault Rotary Camp History

In the early 1960's, Dorothy Fredrickson, wife of Rotarian Felix Fredrickson presented the Faribault Area Girls Camp Committee a gift of $12,000 that was to be used to establish a camp which was to be dedicated to camping opportunities for girls in the Faribault community.  Mrs. Fredrickson was an ardent advocate of opportunities for girls and women.

The Girls Camp Committee included Nancy Jirik, Shirlee Madow, Marcia Onkka and Irene Hoysler.  Their first order of business was to locate lakeshore property that was close to the Faribault area. Their searches lead them to Basil Heselton who owned property that suited their needs on the north shore of Cedar Lake in Shieldsville Township. Convincing Basil to sell the land was easy since his wife had been active in scouting activities prior to her death.

Once the land had been found, the committee felt they would need some assistance to help in their efforts to purchase the land so they could proceed with their project and fulfill Mrs. Fredrickson's request.  Many of the committee member's husbands were Rotarians so they approached the Faribault Rotary Club to see if they would be willing to participate in this venture. The agreements were drawn up and the group established the organization which would be known as the Faribault Youth Service.  

Once this new Board was established, they decided to expand the mission and purpose of the camp which would now include not only camping opportunities for girls but for all youth and the Faribault community in general. Contributions, both monetary and labor were solicited.  The first order of business was to establish access to the property.  A large culvert and driveway would need to be constructed across a drainage creek and ditch which isolated the land. 

The Rotary Camp is located on the shores of Cedar Lake which is 8 miles west of Faribault.  The camp consists of about 18 acres of natural state which includes woods, wetlands, and one open grassy area, along with 2000 feet of lakeshore

The project has been the pride of many Rotarians over the past 60 years.  Rotarians have been responsible for the tree planting, brush removal, lakeshore improvement and the construction of the lodge facility.  The three season (rustic) building contains a kitchen, appliances such as an electric stove, microwave, refrigerator and a sink.  It also has picnic tables, a fireplace two indoor restrooms.  It can handle up to 100 people.  In addition, it has a large walk around exterior deck almost as large as the building itself.  Other features include a dock and a campfire site.  There is plenty of outdoor space available for outdoor activities.  The use of tents is greatly encouraged.

The Rotary Youth Camp has been the site for many day camps for Brownies and Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, the Faribault Day Activity Center and church youth groups.  It has also provided overnight camping opportunities for Boy Scouts and 4H groups. The camp has also played host to Boy Scout troops from states south of Minnesota as they travel to the Boundary Waters Canoe area.  For several years the Faribault Rotary Club hosted a camp for all the in-bound Rotary Exchange Students in the district.  It is also a unique location for reunions and company picnics.

The Rotary Camp has been and will continue to be a great asset for the years to come!

Faribault Rotary Youth Services presented Faribault Public Schools with a $10,000 charitable donation to support the Little Falcons after school program. The free  program provides opportunities for elementary students to try a variety of sports. This photo was taken at Lincoln Elementary Little Falcons girls basketball. Pictured are program participants along with Faribault Rotary Club president, Kurt Halverson, Little Falcons coordinator, Ryan Lueken, Lincoln physical ed teacher, JT Butler, and girls basketball volunteer coach, Natalie Ginter. 
Dick Huston made the trip to Prior Lake Rotary last Wednesday morning to present former Faribault Rotary member Sam Ouk with a Paul Harris Award that he earned with our Cambodia project.

Congratulations Brenda DeMars

Brenda DeMars has been a Faribault Rotarian for 12 years, joining the club September 15, 2010. She served as the club’s president in 2020-2021. (During the pandemic - sometimes holding meetings on zoom from the Inn to an empty room) She is Co-chair for the Rose Sale and she is our clubs Gambling Manager. I had the pleasure of reading all 10 yes-10! nominations for Brenda and statements like "dedicated leader, full of class, grace and kindness, quiet and steadfast, selfless, and - tireless in the pursuit of “Service Above Self" are just a snapshot of what she does.

Brenda serves as the Club's gambling manager and has been a champion of this endeavor since day one. Brenda gives her time DAILY to be at Boxers counting cash and analyzing operations of charitable gambling before and sometimes after her full-time job at Reliance bank as the VP of Mortgage and Consumer lending. She is the key to the successful relationship between Faribault Rotary Youth Services and Boxers. Besides the daily accountings she oversees Bingo on Thursdays and Saturdays.

She is always a top seller of roses and raffle tickets, and can be found at blood drives, salvation army bell ringing, rotary readers, meals on wheels, Adopt a Highway and representing Rotary in parades with her grandchildren in tow. She and her husband Drew work at cleaning up at Rotary Camp and assisted at every single one of the dates the club worked at Crockers Creek. She also supports organizing and distributing coats at Warm our Community. There is rarely a Rotary event that Brenda is not a part of in one way or another.

Brenda - our club cannot thank you enough for the work you do to exemplify the 4-way test - you do all day, every single day. It has not gone unnoticed and we are incredibly blessed to have you in all of our lives. We congratulate our 2022 Rotarian of the year!!
The 56th Annual Rotary Concert was a success this year, thanks to our club members and the amazing talents of the performers!  There was great attendance to hear the Faribault High School Choir, Philharmonic Orchestra, and Wind Ensemble.   President Halverson emceed the event and highlighted the work the Faribault Rotary Club does to support youth.  2022 Youth Arts Scholarship Recipients were recognized, and President Halverson even included a few “dad jokes” throughout the evening.   Thank you to Rotarians Jamie Bente, Rod Mahler, Kay Hoaglin, and Dave Beranek for coordinating and working at the concert.  Thank you to all the Rotarians who came to watch the concert, too!

Picking Apples

Jean is doing well. The pep band and being involved in a band with some friends from the high school has kept him busy. He experienced his first high school homecoming and his first time at an apple orchard.
Briauna recently got to participate in a Thai cooking class which she enjoyed. She continues to take Thai language classes and is doing well. She let us know that having little lizards in your house is not a cause for concern- they eat bugs. She tries to “save” them by catching them and putting them outside. 
Brandelyn recently celebrated Chile’s Independence Day on 9/18. She and her mom went on vacation for the week after that. They enjoyed horseback rides on the beach and sightseeing. She recently told us a story that she was sitting by her bed doing homework and out of the corner of her eye saw a movement. It turned out to be a juvenile tarantula on her bed. It had gotten through the window on which there are no screens. Her dad collected it and put it outside. 

Thank you, Jean!

Rotarian David Connelly (left) and Club President Kurt Halvorson exchange flags with exchange student Jean Piyapanee from Thailand.

A Beautiful Day

Last Saturday morning Rotarians and their families cleaned up a section of County Road 38 near the Rotary Camp on Cedar Lake.  Thank you volunteers!
Briauna arrived to Chiang Mai, Thailand on August 14th. She has been adjusting very well to the Thailand culture and is loving her experience so far. The food is very different as is the school. She did say school lunches are way better in Thailand. She is taking Thai classes and is getting a better grasp of the language. Her mom and her sister speak some English so that has helped her adjustment. Below are a few pictures of her time so far. Her most recent Facebook post said she's not sure if she will want to come home in 10 months. 
Her welcome party at the airport!
Rotary orientation with other Rotary students in the area: 
Her host family birthday party: 
The view from her home: 

Off to a great start!

Brandelyn at her first Rotary meeting in Chile sharing the Faribault Rotary flag.
Brandelyn arrived in Rengo, Chile on August 26th where she was greeted by her host parents and her aunt. Since arriving, she has been adjusting well to the culture and the language. She has spent a lot of time with her family and feels very loved by everyone. She started school a week ago and is finding it challenging to understand what is going on in her classes. She has a couple of English-speaking friends who have been helping her through the adjustment. Below are a couple of pictures from her travels thus far. 
Arriving in Rengo, Chile.
Family time!
Chilean hotdogs: 
Views on the hike near her house: 
Jean arrived from Bangkok, Thailand in Faribault on August 23rd. He began school at Faribault High School on Tuesday August 30th. He is taking multiple classes and elected to not have a study hall. His favorite class is his percussion class. He is in a band back home. We got him a guitar to practice on since this is also one of his passions.
He has taught us a lot about his culture, life in Thailand, and we have even gotten to try some snacks and food from Thailand. Since arriving, he has met many family members, been cat fishing, camping, to a car show and fishing from our dock. He is settling in well but finds he is often bored between 4-6pm when no one is around. The percussion band will likely help with this boredom as football season kicks in. He will be playing during the football games. He gets cold easy which has us nervous for him for winter... we'll make sure he's warm. Here's a few pictures of our adventures so far: 
Rotary orientation at Mall of America: 
Rotary orientation
Stopped for a photo op on our road trip to get a puppy in Cadot, WI: 
Jean's first catfish: 
Assistant Governor Dick Huston visited Waseca Rotary.  Pictured with Dick is president Ann Fitch.  The have a club of 30+ and are really fun.  Former member Jon Stagman said to greet the Faribault bunch.
Assistant District Governor Dick Houston updates on district 5960 activities and resources:
  • Visit other clubs, get your Rotary passport stamped (see passport photo above), and then enter a drawing to win a print painted by the brother of our international president. 
  • District Governor Dayle Quigley plans to give each club leader a Rotary tie or scarf.
  • The District Awards program includes different club awards presented each spring. We should enter our club.
  • We should continue having two years’ worth of presidents-elect on our board for stronger continuity of leadership.
  • Please read the weekly newsletter from Dr. Quigley: President and District Governors may find information in it that’s especially useful to members of your club.
  • All Rotarians are encouraged to contribute to the Rotary Foundation. Foundation grants support basic education, economic growth, disease prevention, maternal and child health, conservation, and water.

Your Title Here

Assistant District Governor Dick Huston exchanged our club flag with Northfield Rotary President Todd Thompson last week.  The Faribault Rotary club sponsored the Northfield Club in 1925.

Thank you volunteers!

Blue Collar admission

Members of the Faribault Rotary Club collect the $10 admission fee and hand out wristbands at the entrance to Teepee Tonka Park Saturday afternoon. (Kristine Goodrich/southernminn.com)

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.

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! 
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