Rotary Club of Faribault

Posted by Murray Hanson


In less than 16 months, the Faribault Rotary Club will celebrate its 100-year anniversary on May 1, 2020.  This week’s historical highlight is from 1955.
The club celebrated Rotary’s Golden Anniversary with a dinner at the Congregational Parish House and sponsored a concert by the St. Olaf Choir with 1200 in attendance at Faribault High School. The Daily News published a series of articles on the Golden Anniversary and KDHL broadcast “Rotary Golden Theatre” 9:15-9:30 am for 13 weeks.
Seven charter members of the club were still living.
Club members were guests of the Faribault Education Association at Lincoln school for regular school lunch.
Robert Bjorgum joined the club and was a member for 58 years - 1955-2013 when he passed away.
Our club’s 34th president in 1954-55 was Palmer Dragsten owner of KDHL Radio.  Palmer served our club from 1947-2006 when he passed away. His 59 years of membership are second only to the honorable Rod Mahler.