Rotary Club of Faribault

More photos about Sinterklaas from Peter's presentation!

 
 
 
Sinterklaas Murray Hanson 2018-12-10 06:00:00Z 0
This Daily News photo was published on Dec. 22, 1966 showing the Faribault High School Choir singing to Rotarians during the 27th annual Christmas Concert in the Lobby of the Hotel Faribault under the direction Loyld Hansen with Dr. Heinz Bruhl, club president, presiding at the luncheon and concert.
Annual Rotary Christmas Concert 1966 Murray Hanson 2018-12-10 06:00:00Z 0

Welcome Tim!

Tim 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?”
- Tim Murray, City Administrator for City of Faribault, graduated from University of Minnesota in 1990 with a degree in Civil Engineering
- Sue Ceplecha-Novak (Fiancé), Program Technician at Farm Service Agency in Faribault
- Nick Murray (age 26), attended University of St. Thomas for Electrical Engineering, married in October 2018 to Jennifer Wettschreck, US Air Force (Active Duty), stationed in Omaha, NE
- Kyle Novak (age 23), St. Johns graduate with a degree in Environmental Sciences in May 2018, works at Faribault Foods
- Jake Murray (age 22), UM-Duluth graduate with a degree in Civil Engineering in December 2018, Air Force ROTC, will be commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant and enter active duty, stationed at Misawa Air Base, Japan in January 2019
- Kelsey Novak (age 20), currently a sophomore at Creighton University in Omaha, pre-med track
 
  1. Your Hometown/School/College
- Hometown is Black River Falls, Wisconsin, graduated from B.R. Falls High School in 1980
- Graduated from University of Minnesota – Twin Cities in 1990 (the 10-year plan—break in the middle for 5 years in the Army)
 
  1. Your Previous occupations?
- City Engineer for Faribault
- Consulting Engineer for Bonestroo (now Stantec) and Bolton & Menk
- US Army (active duty), Intelligence Analyst, stationed for a year in Monterey, CA and three years in southern Germany (just about as nice of assignments as you can get in the military)
 
  1. Any Hobbies?
- Fishing- Golfing- Reading- Traveling
- Yard work- Watching the Green Bay Packers, the Minnesota Wild, and old Western Movies
  1. Rotary sponsor?
- Andy Bohlen
 
  1. Interesting fact about you or your life?
- Working for Bonestroo (now Stantec), my first full time engineering job out of college, I worked on swimming pool, ice arena, and parks design
 
  1. Anything else you can think of?        
- I’m guessing this is the question for some words of wisdom—best I can offer is work hard, play harder, and don’t take yourself too seriously.
 
 
New member Profile- Tim Murray Murray Hanson 2018-12-10 06:00:00Z 0
In less than 17 months, the Faribault Rotary Club will celebrate its 100-year anniversary on May 1, 2020.  This week’s historical highlight is from 1949.
 
There was a picnic at Schroeder cottage on Cannon Lake with 70 Rotarians, spouses and children attending.
 
“Socialized medicine in Great Britain” was the subject of one meeting.
 
Our club’s 29th president in 1948-49 was Edgar C. “Dick” Lehman.
Dick was Roger Koopmans father-in-law.
Club History- 1949 Murray Hanson 2018-12-10 06:00:00Z 0
 
All Rotarians, their families, and guests are invited to the 79th annual Faribault Rotary Christmas Concert to be held on Wednesday December 19th (11:45 am- 1:15 pm) at Our Savior's Lutheran Church. The joyful sounds of the holiday season will be brought to us by the Faribault High School Choir. Our host for over 30 years, Donn Johnson asks that you use the online sign up via email or call him at 334-1733 if you will be coming and bringing one or more guests.  The cost of the meal is $11 unless you are on the meal plan.
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Sinterklaas

Our own city councilman-elect, Peter van Sluis presented last week's program about the history of St. Nicholas. The following is a summary of his presentation combined with some additional research.
Sinterklaas arrives every November to the Netherlands by steamboat from Madrid, Spain.

Sinterklaas or Sint-Nicolaas is a legendary figure based on Saint Nicholas, patron saint of children. 

The feast of Sinterklaas celebrates the birthday of St. Nicholas on December 6th every year. The feast is celebrated annually with the giving of gifts on St. Nicholas' Eve ( December 5th) in the Netherlands. The tradition is also celebrated in territories of the former Dutch Empire.

Sinterklaas is the primary source of the popular our Christmas - Santa Claus.

Sinterklaas is based on the historical figure of Saint Nicholas (270–343), a Greek bishop of Myra in present-day Turkey. He is depicted as an elderly, stately and serious man with white hair and a long, full beard. He wears a long red cape over a traditional white bishop's alb and sometimes red stola, dons a red cape and ruby ring, and holds a gold-colored long ceremonial shepherd's staff with a fancy curled top. He traditionally rides a white horse. In the Netherlands, the horse is called Amerigo.  Sinterklaas carries a big, red book in which is written whether each child has been good or naughty in the past year.

 

Zwarte Piet

Two Dutch women in costume as Zwarte Piet.
 

Sinterklaas is assisted by many Zwart Piete; helpers with black faces in colorful Moorish dress. Zwarte Piet first appeared in print as the nameless servant of Saint Nicholas in published in 1850 by Amsterdam schoolteacher Jan Schenkman; however, the tradition appears to date back at least as far as the early 19th Century.

Zwarte Piet's colorful dress is based on 16th-century noble attire, with a lace collar and a feathered cap. He is typically depicted carrying a bag which contains candy for the children, which they toss around, a tradition supposedly originating in the story of Saint Nicholas saving three young girls from slavery by tossing golden coins through their window at night to pay their dowries.

Traditionally, he would also carry a birch rod, a chimney sweep's broom made of willow branches, used to spank children who had been naughty. Some of the older Sinterklaas songs make mention of naughty children being put in Zwarte Piet's bag and being taken back to Spain. This part of the legend refers to the times that the Moors raided the European coast, and as far as Iceland, to abduct the local people into slavery. In modern versions of the Sinterklaas feast, however, Zwarte Piet no longer carries the rod and children are no longer told that they will be taken back to Spain in Zwarte Piet's bag if they have been naughty.

Over the years many stories have been added, and Zwarte Piet has developed from a rather unintelligent helper into a valuable assistant to the absent-minded saint. In modern adaptations for television, Sinterklaas has developed a Zwarte Piet for every function, such as a head Piet , a navigation Piet to navigate the steamboat from Spain to the Netherlands, a gift-wrapping Piet to wrap all the gifts, and an acrobatic Piet to climb roofs and chimneys.

Traditionally Zwarte Piet's face is said to be black because he is a Moor from Spain. Today, some prefer to say that his face is blackened with soot because he has to climb through chimneys to deliver gifts for Sinterklaas.

Both Zwarte Piet and the holiday remain popular in the Netherlands.

Last Week's Meeting 12/5/18 Murray Hanson 2018-12-08 06:00:00Z 0
Twas a few weeks before Christmas, when all through downtown,
Not a Rotarian was stirring, no one to be found;
 
The invites were made by Donn Johnson with care,
In hopes that everyone would soon be there;
 
The Rotarians were nestled all snug in their beds;
While visions of Christmas concerts danced in their heads;
 
They knew in a moment the time had drawn near,
To sign-up with Donn and tell him no fear;
 
For we will be coming, even bringing a guest;
Looking forward to lunch and the choir's singing best;
 
More rapid than eagles the Faribault Rotarians came,
And Donn whistled and shouted and called them by name:
 
Now, Twitchell! Now, Rojas! Now, Leland and Sanchez!
On, Secraw! On, Jackson! On, Hjellming and Wilson!
 
To the seat of your cars! To the end of the street!
Now dash away! Dash away! And soon we will meet!
 
Then we heard Donn exclaim, as he walked out of sight;
"Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!"
 
All Rotarians, their families, and guests are invited to the 79th annual Faribault Rotary Christmas Concert to be held on Wednesday December 19th (11:45 am- 1:15 pm) at Our Savior's Lutheran Church. The joyful sounds of the holiday season will be brought to us by the Faribault High School Choir. Our host for over 30 years, Donn Johnson asks that you use the online sign up via email if you will be coming and bringing one or more guests.  The cost of the meal is $11 unless you are on the meal plan.
     
79th Annual Faribault Rotary Christmas Concert Murray Hanson 2018-12-04 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Laura Bock

Classification Talk

     On Wednesday November 28th we heard a classification from new Rotary member Daisey Sanchez. Daisey is the Director of Operations for Health Finders. Health Finders is a nonprofit community health center offering services that include medical, dental and eye care for non-insured or under insured patients in the Faribault and Northfield area. There are 22 staff currently that include hygienists, dentist, nurses, nurse practitioner, physicians, support staff and 2 community health workers.
      The community health workers are Latino and Somali and they assist in their language and culture. This is a huge benefit to the patients who are able us have their assistance. Health Finders is a count-based program and is also supported by Allina and Mayo locally and Daisey described the local medical community support as AMAZING! Daisy says there will be an open house soon to show the community a recently completed lab. She also told us Health Finders is outgrowing its space and is currently searching for property in Faribault that will offer them more space. More to come on that in 2019! 
 
     Daisey shared with us that she moved to Minnesota in the mid 1990's from Texas. She enjoyed her life very much as she moved back and forth from Minnesota to Texas to be with her family as they worked in groves, orchards, and fields. She describes herself as a proud Texan with a Christian heart. Her siblings include 5 sisters and one brother, the seventh child to come along! Lucky boy!!
 
     For 23 years now, she has called Faribault her home and has been married for 18 years this week (December 4th) to her husband. She says it has been a lot of work but worth it, they were married very young. Because of her hard work ethic, she has had many opportunities offered to her, but has only ever had four jobs. Director of Operations for Heath Finders allows her to be involved in the school district which she loves, and involved with law enforcement and to reach community members in need.
 
     Daisey told us she did not prefer to do public speaking and she doesn't like her picture taken. Daisey you are a great speaker, your passion for Health Finders and helping other is crystal clear. You did a great job, and you are beautiful inside and out, so I am certain you photograph well too!
 
     We are so glad you have joined us, you will do great as a Rotarian, as it seems this is a natural fit for you!
 
Last Week's Meeting 11/28/2018 Laura Bock 2018-12-04 06:00:00Z 0
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The Faribault Rotary Club has placed a second "Little Free Library" at Our Savior's Lutheran Church to provide greater variety and meet a growing usage.  The "Little Free Library" program was begun by Rotarian Todd Bol of Hudson, WI in 2009.  He made the first one out of an old door in the shape of a school house to honor his mother who had been a school teacher. He put it in his front yard with his mother's books.  Since then 75,000 Little Libraries have been placed in all 50 states and 88 countries.  Improving basic education and literacy is one of Rotary International's area of focus.  Todd Bol died on October 18th from cancer at the age of 62.
Little Libraries- Update Murray Hanson 2018-12-03 06:00:00Z 0
In less than 17 months, the Faribault Rotary Club will celebrate its 100-year anniversary on May 1, 2020.  This week’s historical highlight is from 1948.
 
Club members were guests of the Minnesota Braille and Sight Saving School for a meeting.
 
There was a club picnic at the Deaf School.
 
There was a debate on the Taft- Hartley Labor law.
 
A program was presented on the work of the Salvation Army.
 
A program was dedicated to the “Early days of Faribault.”
 
Our 28th club president in 1947-48 was Stuart V. Willson.
 
Club History-1948 Murray Hanson 2018-12-03 06:00:00Z 0

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This year's Rotary Red Cross Blood Drive was a great success. Thank you to our volunteers- 
Chuck, Troy, Dick, Kymn, Sarah, Erica, Peter, Brian, President Keith, Brenda, and Laura.
Rotary Red Cross Blood Drive-Success Murray Hanson 2018-11-28 06:00:00Z 0

Congratulations!

Faribault Rotary Club President Keith Kramer, left, welcomed new members Mary Reese and Dr. Narren Brown. They are pictured here with sponsor Dick Huston, right. Reese is an account executive for KOWZ radio in the Faribault and Owatonna area, and Brown is associate vice president of research and institutional effectiveness at South Central College. 
New Member Induction- Brown and Reese Murray Hanson 2018-11-28 06:00:00Z 0
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The goal of effective communication should be for the listener to say, "Me, too!" versus "So what?"
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Posted by Misty Schwab on Nov 23, 2018

Faribault Daily News (reprinted with permission)

George Wickstrom

George Wickstrom attended the Faribault Rotary Club’s monthly meeting Nov. 14, not knowing he’d walk away with Rotarian of the Year honors.

“I didn’t realize it was going to happen,” said Wickstrom. “I didn’t think it would ever happen.”

Fellow Rotarians nominated Wickstrom for the award, then the past five Rotarians of the Year and Faribault Rotary President Keith Kramer selected Wickstrom as the winner among other nominees.

 

In his acceptance speech, Wickstrom read two poems he can recite by memory — “The Man in the Glass” by Peter Dale Wimbrow Sr. and “The Touch of the Master’s Hand” by Myra Brooks Welch.

Five of Wickstrom’s adult children, one daughter-in-law, and several friends surprised Wickstrom with their presence at the meeting.

Wickstrom became a Faribault Rotarian July 19, 1974. At the time, he didn’t know much about the club. But in his 44 years of membership, Wickstrom has come to consider Rotary “an outstanding organization.”

Through Rotary, Wickstrom reads to fourth-graders at Jefferson Elementary through the Rotary Readers program. He also helps with Meals on Wheels and helps tidy Cedar Lake for the Rotary Camp held there. When Rotary exchange students come to town, he enjoys taking them to different places. During Rotary meetings, he collects hospitality and often delivers speeches on topics of interest. Wickstrom is particularly passionate about improving the economy and protecting the environment.

In addition to being an active Rotarian, Wickstrom serves on the HOPE Center Board, exercises daily, reads, and volunteers at the Salvation Army.

“I like to be busy, said Wickstrom, 88. “I don’t like to waste time.”

Wickstrom also devotes much of his time to The Virtues Project-Faribault. When he worked in a financial practice with Cindy Diessner, who he calls the nucleus of the project, Wickstrom latched on to the program that recognizes the best in others. He carries with him a pack of Virtues Reflection Cards and retrieves two in particular that relate to his life code — unity and detachment.

“Without unity, nothing gets done,” said Wickstrom.

According to a description on the Virtues Reflection card, through unity “we see our commonality without evaluating our differences.” Detachment, he reads, is “experiencing our feelings without allowing them to control us.”

 

“In this society, we’ve got to find ways to get along with people,” said Wickstrom.

If there’s one thing Wickstrom has learned, it’s that asking questions creates more unity than making statements. Where statements present opportunities to disagree, he said, “you can’t argue with a question.”

Faribault Rotarian Dick Houston, who’s known Wickstrom for at least three decades, describes his friend as extremely bright and quick-witted.

“He’s got a memory for history that’s incredible,” said Houston. “He knows it all by heart.”

Whether it’s American history or his own family history, when Wickstrom remembers stories if the message sticks with him. In particular, he recalls the profound impact a teacher made on his aunt, who in turn inspired her students when she became a teacher herself.

“You never know what’s going to happen as a result of being kind to someone,” said Wickstrom.

 

Reporter Misty Schwab can be reached at 507-744-2551. Follow her on Twitter @APGmisty.

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Presidential message

President 2018-19 Barry Rassin

Barry Rassin

President 2018-19

November 2018

One early June, more than 30 years ago, I had a business trip scheduled to Las Vegas. I had been a Rotarian for about six years, and I thought of myself as an active member: I attended every meeting, I’d served as club secretary, I knew everyone in my club. But for me, Rotary was very much a community organization. It connected me to Nassau and perhaps even to the Bahamas — but no farther. 

I had never given much thought to Rotary beyond the Bahamas, and it had never crossed my mind to travel to a Rotary convention. But that spring, I realized that my trip to Las Vegas would coincide with the Rotary International Convention and thought, why not? I sent in my registration and paid my fees, never suspecting that the experience would change my life.

When I walked through the doors of that convention, I was stunned. It was one thing to know that I was part of a global organization with over a million members around the world. It was something else altogether to stand there in the middle of it. I went to every general session, looked in at every booth at the House of Friendship, and learned about projects that I hadn’t even known you could do in Rotary. That convention didn’t just open my eyes. It opened my mind. It inspired me to completely change the way I saw Rotary, what Rotary could do for me, and what I could do through Rotary. That inspiration has stayed with me ever since — and is renewed every year, at every Rotary convention.

In June 2019, Rotarians from all over the world will converge in Hamburg to Capture the Moment at the 110th Rotary International Convention. Many, like me, will have been coming to conventions for years; many others will be coming for the first time. Whether they’re looking to connect with old friends, to find inspiration for a new Rotary year, or simply to see what Rotary is all about, each of them will find their own moment in Hamburg.

Hamburg is a port city that connects Germany to the world and that has been an economic and cultural hub for centuries. It’s a wonderful place to visit — to stroll the shores of the city’s lake, take a boat trip on the Elbe River, dine out, hear great music, and explore fascinating museums. It’s also the ideal place to kick off a European vacation.

If you’re a regular convention goer, you absolutely won’t want to miss out on the friendship and inspiration you’ll find in Hamburg. And if you’ve never been to a convention, please consider this my personal invitation. Register at riconvention.org by 15 December for the best rate — and let this convention Be the Inspiration for your Rotary journey.

RI Presidential Message Nov.2018 Barry Rassin 2018-11-21 06:00:00Z 0
In less than 18 months, the Faribault Rotary Club will celebrate its 100-year anniversary on May 1, 2020.  This week’s historical highlight is from 1947.
 
 
There a was a program on the history of the Rice County Historical Society and plans for the restoration of the Faribault House, recently purchased by the society with a gift from Guerdon Allen.
 
There were programs featuring demonstrations by students of the Braille School and Deaf School.
 
Howard M. Quigley District Governor 1944-45 from Olathe Kansas, moves to Faribault and joins the club and was a member until 1966. (So, Rod knew him!)
 
Our club’s 27th president in 1946-47 was John C. Lysen who was also District Governor in 1954-55.
He was a member from 1934-65 so Rod knew him as well.
Club History- 1947 Murray Hanson 2018-11-21 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Murray Hanson

You are invited

to "Rejoice as Rotarians" Thursday Dec. 6th at 5:30 pm for dinner at The Inn at Shattuck followed by an inspiring and unique Christmas Concert at 7:30 pm in Newhall Auditorium.  We will be treated to the sounds of Christmas by the Simple Gifts Christmastide Tour with Billy McLaughlin. There will be an additional $20 charge per person. A separate invitation was sent for you to sign up.

The following is a review from a previous appearance at Shattuck- St. Mary's

What they are saying…

“The performance by SimpleGifts with Billy McLaughlin at Shattuck-St. Mary’s School was simply sublime! The angelic vocals and wonderful musical accompaniment are a breathtaking combination. Experiencing this concert makes one pause and reflect on what the season is all about. This is the real music of Christmas.”
Richard Kettering, Acoustic Roots Music Series
Shattuck-St. Mary’s School, Faribault, MN

You won't want to miss this night!

A Night to Rejoice as Rotarians with Billy Mclaughlin's Simple Gifts Tour Murray Hanson 2018-11-20 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Laura Bock

Volunteers are still needed!

There are still a couple of spots to fill for the annual Rotary Red Cross Blood Drive at 4th Avenue United Methodist Church. Volunteers are needed on Monday November 26th - 2 spots at 4:45 pm and one spot from 5:45 -7 pm? Contact Laura Bock 507-384-2280 if you can help.
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Police K-9 

     On Wednesday November 14th we were treated to a visit from The Faribault Police department and Sergeant Adam Marvin and police K-9 officer Cannon.
Cannon is a 2-year-old Belgian Malinois. Sgt. Marvin and Cannon have recently completed their training and certifications from St. Paul PD. Sgt. Marvin explained to us that Cannon does everything for the reward of his chew toy. Which we could tell he really loves! Sgt. Marvin and Cannon have ongoing training with another officer and k-9 from the city of Faribault alongside the Rice County Sherriff's department and their K-9. Cannon has to be certified in his narcotics training ever year to be able to work the road with Sgt. Marvin. He rides along, and with the push of a button (remote) can be released from his squad. He watches the action from inside the squad until he needed. When the door flies open - watch out, he is working and you don't want to be the person he is after!
 
Cannon is considered a tool used by the officers for their own safety. He is a dual-purpose dog which means he is trained in narcotics and tracking. He can track drugs or people. Dogs are extremely effective in crowd control as well. Cannon gets to go to the police station and knows the officers, they are like family.
 
     Cannon goes home with Sgt. Marvin and has a kennel and gets to stay in the garage. Sometimes he gets to come in their home. Cannon is trained to be social not aggressive, currently Cannon does better with adults, he can be around kids, but adults are Sgt. Marvin's preference. Sgt. Marvin has a vest for Cannon, and he wears a harness and a tracking collar, as well as a shock collar for his own protection.
Cannon is high energy, and it was a pleasure to hear Sgt. Marvin speak about him and their work together.
 
     Thank you for joining us! we look forward to another visit from you and Cannon to hear more stories of your working together!
 
Last Week's Meeting 11/14/2018 Laura Bock 2018-11-20 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paige Kline

Youth Exchange

These past few weeks/ last month have been very busy as I have been trying to get more involved with things and become a part of the German community as well as spend a significant amount of time doing things with my host family, friends, school, sports, and the list goes on. 
 
Things have been really exciting in these parts!
 
I have been here in Paderborn for almost 3 months now, and things have been pretty much nonstop. Language learning has taken a lot of my time and I recently began a language course at a local language school which I hope will help me speed up the complicated learning process. Attending the local high school has also brought about a whole new set of adventures. Making friends is still an evolving process, but I like to remember that all good things take time. I have also made numerous friends through Rotary and it's really incredible to get to meet so many new people with such different life experiences and stories. 
 
 Rotary took the exchange students on an amazing tour of Germany, stopping in cities such as Hamburg, Dresden, Munich, Berlin, and numerous others. This was a great opportunity to not only see Germany but also to get closer with the other exchange students. We visited the Berlin Wall, the Hamburg Fish Market, the Sempar Opera in Dresden, and even went to Oktoberfest in Munich. I have attached some photos  (click on the link below) of this trip including a photo of the sunrise over the port in Hamburg as we walked back from the fish market at 6am, a castle in Potsdam, and a photo of the view off the balcony at Schloss Neuschwanstein. 
 
Overall things are very good. At the end of November, I will travel to Iserlohn to another Rotary weekend with the inbounds/exchange students. We will go ice skating, visit the Weinachtsmarkt (Christmas Market), and do other local "wintery" activities.
 
 
Until then!
 
Paige
My Year in Germany- Nov. 2018 Paige Kline 2018-11-19 06:00:00Z 0
The honorable Jake Cook proposes Clayton Nicholson, Health Fitness Coach from Revolution Fitness LLC, for membership in the Faribault Rotary Club.  If you have any questions, concerns or are just out of shape and need help, please contact Dick Huston or President Keith Kramer.
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Congratulations!

George joined the Faribault Rotary Club on Friday July 19, 1974.  His sponsor was Francis Lockwood who was a “senior active” in the classification of “insurance, life” which meant he was allowed to bring into the club a junior member with the same classification. He was inducted by the distinguished membership chair, past president Rod Mahler at the annual Rotary Picnic.
His first meeting make-up was in Milwaukee a few months later.  Since then he has tried to maintain near perfect attendance for most of his 44 years as a member and is almost 100 percent the last 2 years.
His first program for our club was his classification talk, Jan. 8, 1975 in which he discussed the importance of life insurance and how he approaches the subject with prospective clients. Since that time, he has provided us with programs on a multitude of topics ranging from the economy and American history to ostrich farming.  He recently gave a program on the Revolutionary War and the founding of our country. He is a walking encyclopedia of American history, politics and economics.
George has been willing to provide service above self at Rotary camp work days, planting trees with local school children and also being involved at the district level attending conferences and most recently accepting a Polio Plus award on behalf of our club last weekend.
  • George is a devoted supporter of the Rotary Foundation as he has contributed at the Paul Harris plus 8 level
  • Has served on multiple committees over the years and still signs up for fellowship duties every June 
Thank you George for your lifetime of Service Above Self!
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Posted by Laura Bock

Thank you, Tim!

     On Wednesday November 7th we heard a classification speech from new Rotarian Tim Murray. Tim is the City Administrator for the City of Faribault. Tim was born and raised in Wisconsin. His hometown is Black River Falls. He warned us he is a Packers fan. Tim is engaged to Sue Seplecha- Novak and between Tim and Sue they have 4 great kids! Tim's boys are Nick and Jake, both graduates of Bethlehem Academy. Nick was recently married to a lovely girl named Jen, and he is serving in the United States Air Force. Jake serves with the ROTC and is about to graduate from U of M Duluth with a degree in Civil Engineering. Sue's children Kyle and Kelsey both also graduated from BA. Kyle recently landed a job at Faribault Foods, and Kelsey is attending Creighton in Omaha Nebraska and she is pre-med.
 
     Tim's parents, both brothers and a sister all still live in Wisconsin, all within about 10 minutes of each other. Tim also included his pets Oakley, Brandy and Tyson in his slide show, super cute!!
Tim graduated high school in 1980. From 1983 to 1987 her served in the United States Army, with the majority of his tour served in West Germany. In 1990 he graduated from the U of M with a Bachelors of Civil Engineering. From 1990 to 1994 he worked for a company called Bonestroo (now Stantec), before becoming the City of Faribault's Assistant City Engineer in 1994. In 2003 Tim made the move to Boton & Menk, but found himself back in Faribault by 2008 as the City Engineer.
 
     Tim became our city Administrator about a year ago. He has worked on many of our city’s great projects, The Ice Arena, the Aquatic Center, the Public Works and Park Building, and the Waste Water Treatment Plant project. Tim has been involved in the emergency plans for the city as we have faced floods and more recently tornados. Tim says what he enjoys most about his job is the various jobs that he has going on around the city at any time, and if he could change one thing about his job it would be the number of emails he receives in a day! He said it’s nothing to have over 100! In his free time, he enjoys fishing, a little golf, he is a hockey fan, and he loves old western movies and travel.
 
     Tim we are so excited to have you as one of our newest Rotarians! We look forward to all the great things you will do in Rotary, and I am sure Keith and Murray will be glad to have someone else to talk football with - or poke fun at! At any rate, Welcome!!
 
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Congratulations

to our good friend and former member, Dan Hedge and his new wife, Darlyne who were married last Saturday!
Wedding Bells! Murray Hanson 2018-11-12 06:00:00Z 0
In less than 18 months, the Faribault Rotary Club will celebrate its 100-year anniversary on May 1, 2020.  This week’s historical highlight is from 1946.
 
There was an intercity meeting with 100 Rotarians attending from New Prague, Northfield, Owatonna and Faribault.
 
The club donated 175 books to the Faribault Public Library.
 
The club’s book project was recognized in the Rotarian Magazine.
 
Our club’s 26th president in 1945-46 was A.B.Morris.
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There are 18 different shapes of animal shapes in the animal crackers cookie zoo.
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Recycled paper is made using 40% less energy than normal paper.
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The most honorable and distinguished membership chair, Dr. Dick Huston proposes Dr. Narren Brown, Vice President of South Central College, and Mary Reese, Marketing Director ay KOWZ Radio for membership in the Faribault Rotary Club.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Dick Huston or President Keith Kramer.
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Posted by Misty Schwab

Service above Self

Reprinted with permission from the Faribault Daily News
 
A Rotaract club sponsored and advised by the Faribault Rotary is taking shape. Pictured from left: SCC Assistant Coordinator Nicole Hamilton, Rotaract Treasurer David Mesta, Rotaract President Piper Nelson, Rotaract Cabinet member Cammi Nordmeyer and Faribault Rotarian Kenneth Johnson. (Misty Schwab/Faribault Daily News)
 

Positive experiences with Rotary clubs have inspired three South Central College students to start their own campus subgroup — a Rotaract.

The program invites individuals between 18 and 30 to develop ways to solve pressing local and global issues. In so doing, members cultivate leadership skills and foster relationships both within and outside the club.

Faribault Rotarian Kenneth Johnson looked for a liaison to start a Rotaract at South Central College when SCC student Piper Nelson stepped up. Johnson visited with Nicole Hamilton, SCC assistant coordinator, and the club fell into place from there.

Nelson studied abroad in Germany through Rotary Youth Exchange— another rotary subgroup. Her ears perked when she heard the word “rotaract,” associating it with the program that made a strong impression on her.

“Before, I had no idea what Rotary was,” said Nelson. “But I talked to someone who had gone [to Germany] the year before and learned more about [Rotary Exchange]. It’s helped me grow as a person.”

Nelson spread the word about Rotaract to SCC students David Mesta and Cammi Nordmeyer, who both expressed interest in joining the club. Mesta serves as treasurer of the group while Nordmeyer is a cabinet member.

Mesta is already a member of STRIVE (Students Taking Renewed Interest in the Value of Education), another Rotary subgroup, and listened to speakers from the Faribault Rotary as part of that program.

When Nordmeyer was in high school, Rotary sponsored a concert and gave scholarships to students. She also attended a camp through Rotary. Recognizing the club’s strong community involvement, Nordmeyer said she likes the idea of Rotaract having “youth cater to youth.”

The Faribault Rotary sponsors and advises the local Rotaract, an otherwise independent group. Rotaract clubs dictate their own projects, manage their own funds, and find their own ways to tackle pressing issues in their communities and the greater world. Compared to Rotary clubs, Johnson said Rotaracts “plan less and implement more” and “work on what they want to without the red tape.”

“They have their finger on the pulse of things we’re oblivious to,” said Johnson of the young adult age group. “We [Rotarians] always have a renewed commitment after meeting with students.”

Hamilton said Rotaract already fulfills the SCC’s requirement for all student organizations to conduct community service projects at least once per year. Once the Rotaract officially starts meeting, Hamilton’s duties include making sure students do everything necessary for funding and handle activities fees properly.

As the next steps in the process, Rotaract members will develop a constitution, recruit more members and reach out to the community to gather ideas for potential service projects.

Nelson said a handful of students already plan to join Rotaract, and she plans to get the word out further by word of mouth and on social media.

SCC student organizations typically hold meetings twice a month, and Rotaract is likely to follow the same trend. Young professionals in the community are welcome to attend these meetings on the SCC campus, but only SCC students can vote and make decisions. If young professionals in the community outside SCC want to form their own Rotaract club, Johnson advises those interested to call Dick Huston at 507-384-2482.

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Posted by Laura Bock

Annual Meeting for Youth Services

On Wednesday October 31, 2018 We all attended the Faribault Rotary Youth Services Annual Meeting. David Barenek and Jake Cook covered year end financial information. We talked about camp usage, maintenance issues including some projects that were on the horizon before the storm hit this fall, and now projects that must be completed due to the damage from the storm. David Barenek and Carmen Dorr where unanimously voted back to the board for another 3 year term.  Any questions regarding Rotary Youth Services or "Camp" can be directed to David, Jake or other Rotary Youth Services board members.
 
Last Week's Meeting 10/31/2018 Laura Bock 2018-11-05 06:00:00Z 0

Volunteers!

The Warm Our Community event was well received. At the beginning everyone came in to a waiting area from the cold forming lines to wait for personal shoppers to help in the orderly distribution of the outerwear.  Thank you to all the Rotarians and other volunteers who made this a successful event!
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Posted by Murray Hanson
A ceremony will be held on Veterans Day to remember the 100th anniversary of the Armistice at 11 am at the Rice County Veterans Memorial in front of the Courthouse.  This year, the Rice County Vets are saluting members of the Sept. 30, 2018 honor flight to Washington D.C. as honored veterans. this includes Rotarian Roger Koopmans (Army) S2 (intelligence) and former Rotarian and past president Dr. Roy Anderson (Army) chief ambulance driver in the 3rd Medical Battalion of the 3rd Infantry Division. 
We are thank you both for your service to our country and to Rotary.
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In less than 18 months, the Faribault Rotary Club will celebrate its 100-year anniversary on May 1, 2020.  This week’s historical highlight is from 1945.
 
The Faribault High School basketball team and coach provided an entertaining program.
 
Leonard Elstad, Superintendent at the Deaf School, served as District Governor.
 
Sons and daughters of Rotarians were guests at the Christmas meeting.
 
Our 25th club president in 1944-45 was Frank H. Klemer.
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During WWII, the US military designed a grenade to be the size of a baseball, since "any young American man should be able to properly throw it."
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Back from down under!

The Faribault Rotary Club's program last week was presented by Rotary Exchange student, Annika Dornbusch.  She spent the last school year in Queensland Australia with The Rotary Club of Jimbooma.  She is pictured here presenting her host club's flag to Faribault Rotary Club president, Keith Kramer.
     Annika shared a couple of You Tube video blogs about her time in Australia. She attended Hills International College to start her Junior year, and continued on to start her Senior year of high school there. In her senior year she was elected to House Captain of Jade House, and after only about 6 months attending school there she was honored with an award of diligence.
 
     During her exchange she traveled around Australia on a three-week tour with 50 exchange students on a bus. They were able to see may sites in Australia, there were some long days on the bus sometimes, but worth it. She was able to scuba dive in the great barrier reef.
Her future plans are to graduate from Northfield high school and attend Montana State University where there is a program that allows students to study abroad. Now that she has been able to experience another culture she is hooked. Annika tells us she knows she will never stop learning about different cultures.     
     She thanked us for enabling her to participate in her first exchange. Thank you, Annika, for returning to tell us about your trip.
 
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     The Faribault Rotary club will be sponsoring a new Rotaract club at South Central College. Rotaract brings together adults ages 18-30 to take action in their communities, develop their leadership and professional skills, and have fun. Our club will work closely with this new club and the members of both clubs will work side by side to take action through service but the difference being that The Faribault Rotary Club will be the sponsor and the new Rotaract members will manage and fund their club independently.
 
Thank you to Kenneth Johnson for your leadership in making this possible at South Central College!
 
Pictured here from left to right are the new Rotaract charter members- Luis Ramus, Cammi Nordmeyer, Vicky Coronado, David Mefta, and Piper Nelson.
 
 
 
 
 
 
New Faribault Rotaract Club Murray Hanson 2018-10-29 05:00:00Z 0
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Add up opposing sides of a dice cue and you will always get seven.
Dice Murray Hanson 2018-10-29 05:00:00Z 0

Congratulations!

The Faribault Rotary Club has welcomed Chad Hjellming as a member.  Chad is the Publisher of the Faribault Daily News.  Pictured is Rotary President Keith Kramer (left), Chad and his sponsor Dr. Dick Huston.​​​​​​​
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Posted by Murray Hanson

Faribault Rotary Club

We are now in our 7th year with The Faribault Rotary Club using ClubRunner services for our website, organization and communication.  One of the benefits includes a Club Runner  Mobile app for your smart phone or tablet. 
 
This app is available free for download through your Apple App Store and Google Play by typing in "ClubRunner" in the search bar. Password protected just like our website, the ClubRunner Mobile app allows you to view our member directory, contact your members, read the latest articles posted to our website, learn more about our upcoming events and speakers, view our meeting details and track your attendance statistics, right from your smartphone or tablet! With this Mobile App you will be able to call, text, or send another member an email within the app with a tap of your finger. You will be required to login with your ClubRunner username and password only to set up.  After that the app is open for use whenever you need it.
 
The mobile app is compatible with all versions of the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch sets that have iOS 8.0 or later and with versions of Anrdoids that are 4.0.3 or better.
 
If you have any questions or forgot your username and/or password, please let me know!
 
Murray
Club Runner Mobile App Murray Hanson 2018-10-23 05:00:00Z 0

Presidential message

President 2018-19 Barry Rassin

Barry Rassin

President 2018-19

October 2018

Every Thursday morning, I receive an email from the World Health Organization with an update on the status of polio eradication. It contains a wealth of information, country by country: where and how immunization campaigns are being conducted, how many millions of children are being vaccinated, and where environmental surveillance has found evidence of circulating virus. But every week, when that email appears in my inbox, my heart seems to stop for just a moment until I read the first few lines – and learn whether a child was paralyzed by wild poliovirus that week.

That, my friends, is where we are today in the work of polio eradication. The question on my mind as I open that message isn't how many thousands of cases we might see in a year, as we did not too long ago, or even how many hundreds. Instead, when that WHO email arrives every Thursday, the single, binary question it answers is: Was there a new case this week, or wasn't there?

Thirty years ago, 1,000 children were paralyzed by polio every single day. Since then, we've marked our progress, year by year, week by week. We've celebrated as country after country, region after region has been declared polio-free. As we've come closer and closer to our goal, and the number of cases has dropped further and further, the children those numbers reflect have become less and less of an abstraction. When I open that Thursday email, I don't wonder what number I'll see. I wonder, was a child paralyzed this week or not?

We are so close to eradication – but there is so much work left to do.

This month, I ask every Rotary club to help End Polio Now by marking World Polio Day on 24 October. Last year, thousands of Rotary clubs around the world held events to raise awareness and funds for polio eradication. This year, we want to see more World Polio Day events registered than ever. If you have an event planned, be sure to register and promote it at endpolio.org so that more people can take part. If you haven't planned one yet, it's not too late – visit endpolio.org to find ideas, information on this year's livestream, and resources to help your club organize a successful event.

World Polio Day is a tremendous opportunity for clubs to highlight Rotary, and our historic work to eradicate polio, in their own communities. It is also a great way to take advantage of the challenge from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation: For every dollar that Rotary raises for polio eradication, the Gates Foundation will give two more. Join me, and Rotarians everywhere, on 24 October for World Polio Day – and Be the Inspiration for a polio-free world.

RI President's Message October 2018 Barry Rassin 2018-10-23 05:00:00Z 0
In less than 19 months, the Faribault Rotary Club will celebrate its 100-year anniversary on May 1, 2020.  This week’s historical highlight is from 1944.
 
The club had a joint meeting with Northfield and Owatonna.
Dec. 23, 1944
Our club had a necktie contest.  A prize was offered for the best necktie at Harry’s store for the Rotarian wearing the loudest necktie that he received for a Christmas gift.  Father Foley was to be the judge.
 
Dec. 30, 1944
The necktie contest was won by future president and District Governor, John Lysen despite all the heckling and Father Foley came through as always with a wonderful message.
(In an unrelated story, 7-year-old Dick Huston received his first necktie for Christmas.)
 
Our 24th club president in 1943-44 was Edward A. Guss. He was still a member in 1970 so Rod knew him.
 
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A reminder to all Rotarians to turn in your Rose Sale money to Amy or Brenda this Wednesday at our noon meeting.  Please only turn in your money once you have collected for your entire order.
 
Thank you for all your efforts!
Rose Sale collections! Murray Hanson 2018-10-22 05:00:00Z 0

Habitat for Humanity

     On Wednesday October 17th we heard from Rice County Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Dayna Norvold. Dayna gave us some back ground on Habitat with some worldwide stats, and filled us in on what is happening locally in Rice County.
Founded in 1976 by Millard and Linda Fuller, on the idea that families that were given a hand up could make a better life for themselves. Habitat for Humanity is in 70 countries worldwide, and contrary to popular belief, they don't give away homes. (again, offering a hand up, not a hand out). 100% of Habitat for Humanity home owners are employed. The program is funded by some State and Federal assistance, but primarily by donations.
 
     There are about 30 affiliates in the state of Minnesota, with Rice County being one, the Twin Cities affiliate being the largest in our state. Affiliates build 1-7 homes a year, and the Twin Cities affiliate builds between 40 and 50.
Since 1976 13.2 million people have been helped. Annually 2.1 million volunteers participate in helping to build a habitat home. It takes 2500 volunteer hours to build one house.
 
     Rice County's affiliate with Habitat started in 1991, and our first home was completed in 1993. Since then 46 new construction homes have been built. Of those 46, 3 have been foreclosed on, and 1 has been sold because the person moved on to better circumstances. Rice County Habitat for Humanity serves Northfield, Faribault, Dundas, and many other communities in the county. Looking forward Habitat has been fortunate to find land for a good price on the North side of the city of Faribault and will start construction on a number of new homes in the near future.
 
     Dayna is a fellow Rotarian and a member of the Northfield Rotary. Thank you for joining us Dayna! We hope to see you again soon - hopefully on a build site!
 
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The speed limit in New York City was 8 mph in 1895.
Speed Limits Murray Hanson 2018-10-21 05:00:00Z 0
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Volunteers needed!

Rotarians are invited to volunteer Saturday morning Nov. 3rd at 8:30 am to help with the distribution of winter clothing. An online sign up has been sent through email to each Rotarian. If you have any questions, please contact our distinguished president, Keith.
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Just a reminder to all Rotarians to pick up your roses at Bloom Floral next Monday Oct. 22nd between 10 am and 2 pm.  If this time does not work for you, please contact Amy or Brenda.
Rose Delivery Day 2018 Murray Hanson 2018-10-16 05:00:00Z 0

Investing in our youth!

On Wednesday October 10th we heard from our good friend Becky Ford, director or Faribault Youth Investment (FYI). We hear from Becky about a year ago, and a lot has changed for FYI. The 40 assets campaign for youth was just launching. Members of our community have been recognized as Asset Champions Faribault Rotarian Kurt Halvorson is one of them. Training continues in the community to help adults support kids.
 
A board of Champions has been established to work on strategic planning. They will help with oversight and accountability, direction focus, and sustainability for the future of FYI. Becky filled us in on the goals coming up for the organization: Peruse systems changes, Increase Community Capacity, focusing on out of school support, Youth development best practices, youth services and support, transportation, graduation rates, food security and youth leadership. FYI is an umbrella organization, so this allows them to be a part of all of these different initiatives supporting the youth of our community.
 
How can we act to support this cause? Becky recommends nominating an asset champion, consider joining the board (it's not too late), donate, and the idea she is most excited about, help FYI and Rotary form some sort of club partnership.
 
Thank you for joining us Becky, we love to see your smiling face and hear about everything you and FYI are doing to support the youth of Faribault. We are blessed to have you and the organization.
 
 
Last Week's Meeting 10-10-2018 Laura Bock 2018-10-16 05:00:00Z 0
In less than 20 months, the Faribault Rotary Club will celebrate its 100-year anniversary on May 1, 2020.  This week’s historical highlight is from 1942-1943.
1942
There were no records available.
Our 22nd club president in 1941-42 was Dr. Donald Chathum.
He was a member from 1921-1963 so Rod knew him.
1943
There was a program that covered reports on war experiences of Walter Rumpf, Dick Peavey, John Boosalis, and A.M. Hanson.
The club heard a report on the Canning Center at Central School.
Our 23rd club President in 1942-43 was Dr. Carl A. Hansen who was still a member in 1970 so Rod knew him also.
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Congratulations Erica!

Erica Staab-Absher has joined the Faribault Rotary Club.  Erica is Executive Director of the HOPE Center which advocates against domestic violence.  Pictured with Erica is Rotary president Keith Kramer (left) and Dr. Dick Huston her sponsor.
New Member- Erica Staab- Absher Murray Hanson 2018-10-11 05:00:00Z 0

 
The following news story from reporter Misty Schwab appeared in the Faribault Daily News today and is reprinted here with permission.
 
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Faribault High School performing arts students started their academic year preparing for the 53th annual Rotary Scholarship Concert — an event that supports their music endeavors while entertaining an audience.
This year’s Rotary Scholarship Concert is 7 p.m. Saturday in Nomeland Gym.
 
The funds received for ticket sales go into the Rotary Youth Services Program, which is a large pool of money the Faribault Rotary Club donates to youth service clubs they sponsor. The funds benefit children in elementary school as well as students entering college, whether the activity is related to music, athletics, art or general scholarships.
 
The Faribault Rotary Club began awarding scholarships to performing art students at FHS over 50 years ago. Last spring, the Faribault Rotary Club gave six $200 scholarships and one $400 scholarship to selected students.
“The directors at the high school decide who the recipients are,” said Jonah Heinen, FHS choir director. “They pay for private lessons, attend summer camps, and also pay for new and personal instruments. The main objective is to contribute to their art-making. We’ve given [scholarships] to students in our programs who might need a little financial assistance to get started on lessons, and we’ve also given them to younger students like sophomores and juniors as they grow.”
 
Music directors must approve of the way their students intend to use their scholarship money before a Rotarian writes the check.
Choir students Samuel Temple and Naya Anter received the scholarship in last spring, as did band students Hunter Williamette and Abby Stroup. Madison Klecker and Crystal Martinez, violinists in the FHS Philharmonic Orchestra, also received scholarships. Ishmael Macias, the one Faribault High School representative at the All-State Choir Camp this year, earned the only $400 scholarship for his involvement in more than one music elective.
“I already used [my scholarship],” said Williamette, holding up a new trumpet.
 
Williamette, a junior, said band has connected him with other people. Whether he’s playing in the high school band or the community band, he values the social aspect of music.
Stroup, who plays the clarinet in the FHS wind ensemble as well as the community band, used her scholarship to pay for private lessons.
“Band is my favorite class, and Timmer is my favorite teacher,” said Stroup, a senior. “I want to teach in general and hopefully continue with music after high school.”
 
Joe Timmer, FHS band director, began preparing the wind ensemble in September for the concert. All three pieces are dances of European origin –“Consuelo Ciscar,” “Albanian Dance,” and “Courtly Airs and Dances.”
Michael Sloane, who began directing the FHS Philharmonic Orchestra this fall, also follows the dance theme with a Mozart opera called “Lucio Silla” and a Halloween selection titled “Waltz of the Wicked.”
While none of the scholarship students perform as individuals during the Rotary Scholarship Concert, whatever skills they’ve acquired with their award money is expected to benefit their performance in a group.
“Anytime you can improve one way or another how you perform and then bring that back to the group you are a part of, it has to be a positive,” said Faribault Rotarian Donn Johnson. “That’s what we’re trying to provide with these scholarships.”
 
Reporter Misty Schwab can be reached at 507-744-2551. Follow her on Twitter @APGmisty.
©Copyright 2018 APG Media of Southern Minnesota. All rights reserved.
 
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Civil Rights- 1970's

     On Wednesday October 3, 2018 we heard from Dr. Barry Schaffer, specifically, about his time with the Alabama Desegregation Center.
 
     Dr. Schaffer is the husband of Faribault Rotarian Anne Marie Leland. His hobbies include coaching and playing softball, visiting the Boundary Waters, Bass Fishing Archery Hunting and Pickle ball. Dr. Schaffer is a Vietnam Vet (thank you for your service) and holds many degrees, a BS in Environmental Science, and MA in Science, an Education Doctorate in Educational Administration. We had a brief civil rights history lesson, then we learned more about desegregation. 
 
Dr. Shaffer’s first professional job was with the Alabama Desegregation Assistance Center in 1972 to 1975.  He was employed by the University South Alabama. When he began his career, there were 8 staff.
The process worked something like this: After black parents in a school district won a civil suit, Judges would order for school board members in the district to resign, or face a $1000.00 a day fine. Dr. Schaffer and company would be sent to the district to basically take over an extended stay motel and go to work, starting first with the reappointment of a new school board, and superintendent. 
 
     The teams focus as on transportation, curriculum, professional development, community relations, school finances, academics and student activities. Barry's roll was in athletics, student government, social events, year books, graduations, etc... Barry conducted a lot of sensitivity and leadership training. He had the opportunity to interview the students an appoint emerging leaders to student government and other leadership rolls. 
 
     Thank you for presenting and explaining to us in detail how this all worked. We look forward to seeing your smiling face again soon! 
 
Last Week's meeting 10/3/2018 Laura Bock 2018-10-09 05:00:00Z 0

Volunteers needed!


After the recent storms swept through the area, our Rotary Camp on Cedar Lake had several large trees and branches fall over the entry road, on the building and the path leading to the lake. This Saturday, we need volunteers to help with the clean-up.  A sign-up sheet will be passed around at our meeting tomorrow.  We need chainsaws, handsaws, branch snips, rakes, and possibly a small tractor. Please contact Dave Beranek with any questions. 
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Thank you!

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It is time to make your last push to sell Roses for our annual fundraiser.  Please bring your totals to the meeting tomorrow to turn in to Amy and Brenda. You may turn in your money once you have collected for all your orders.
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Before Thomas Jefferson took office, people bowed to the president, rather than shaking his hand.
Thomas Jefferson Murray Hanson 2018-10-09 05:00:00Z 0
The honorable  world traveler, Dr. Dick Huston proposes Chad Hjellming, Faribault Daily News Publisher,  for membership in the Faribault Rotary Club.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact membership chair Dick Huston or President Keith Kramer.
New Member Proposal- Hjellming Murray Hanson 2018-10-08 05:00:00Z 0
In less than 20 months, the Faribault Rotary Club will celebrate its 100-year anniversary on May 1, 2020.  This week’s historical highlight is from 1939.
 
There was a program and discussion on “Faribault’s Recreation System.”
 
The decision was made to publish each member’s attendance record for a period of six months.
 
There was a program on the topic “Should Faribault have an airport?”
 
Our 21st club president in 1940-41 was J. Arthur Peterson.
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Thomas Jefferson invented the coat hangar.
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Selling Roses!

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We would like to reach out to everyone regarding the Rose Sale and the procedures to follow for our big fundraiser.  We know that many know how the Rose Sale works as we have done it the same every year, but have realized that we many new Rotarians that very likely are confused by the packet they received if they were not at the meeting when we handed them out.  Roses are again to be sold for $20 a dozen.
In your packet was:
  • a flyer to hang up at your place of employment to entice people to buy roses.
  • a list to track your orders and what they choose, red or grower’s choice.  Growers choice is dozens of roses in different colors that the grower chooses to send for us to give out.
  • thank you receipts to cut a part as some people will ask for one if they pay in cash.
  • Slip to turn in- with your name, how many dozen roses and broken down into how many of Red and how many grower’s choice - you can fill in the amount paid or owes at that time. PLEASE DO NOT HAND IN THE MONEY UNTIL YOU HAVE ALL OF IT COLLECTED.
We are asking this year if every Rotarian will please work hard to sell their 12 dozen roses.  We have 60 Rotarians and if everyone does their part to sell the roses that would be 720 dozen roses – WOW- that would knock it out of the park with our profit for the club being approximately $9,000   - that is huge and we definitely need this fundraiser more than ever.  Many sell many more than expected so please try to do your fair share as a club member.
 
If you struggle with selling roses or just don’t have the time, we are asking each Rotarian to then make a good will donation of $ 150.00 to the club.  We are just asking everyone to participate this year. 
 
Key dates:
Kick off of the Rose sale was September 19th and orders are due on October 10th.  Please give it your best!
Delivery date is set for OCTOBER 22ND and ROSES can be picked up at BLOOM FLORAL AT 408 CENTRAL AVENUE, FARIBAULT MN, BEGINNING AT 10:00 AM.
 
Thank you everyone for your hard work and commitment to this fundraiser for the Faribault Rotary
Any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Brenda at 507-409-1344 or Amy at 507-409-1329.
Annual Rose Sale 2018 Murray Hanson 2018-10-02 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Laura Bock

Shen Yun

     On Wednesday September 26th we had the pleasure of hearing from Pingping Yu, volunteer spokeswomen for the show Shen Yun. Shen Yun 5000 years of civilization reborn is in its 12th year of performances and is selling out nationwide! Shen Yun is a production that features the Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra and tells the stories depicted by classical Chinese dance of Chinese history that connect heaven and earth. Shun Yun has a mission - they are working to revive the true Chinese Culture.
 
     Shen Yun has toured over 150 cities around the world and has been attended by over 1 million people. The show will be in St. Paul Minnesota at the Ordway from February 14-17th with only 5 show times available. For more details you can contact shenyun@mnfalundafa.org or for tickets you can visit ShenYun.com/MN or Ordway.org/event/shen-yun
Last Week's Meeting 9/26/2018 Laura Bock 2018-10-02 05:00:00Z 0
In less than 19 months, the Faribault Rotary Club will celebrate its 100-year anniversary on May 1, 2020.  This week’s historical highlight is from 1940.
 
The club started the “Student of the Month” program from local high schools.
 
Farmer Recognition Day
 
Rotary Observance week with radio hook-up between Faribault, Owatonna, and Rochester Clubs.
 
Our 20th club president in 1939-40 was Charles N. Sayles who was a member from 1931-62 which means that Rod knew him!
 
Club History- 1940 Murray Hanson 2018-10-01 05:00:00Z 0
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In only 7.6 billion years, the sun will reach its maximum size and will shine 3,000 times brighter.
The sun? Murray Hanson 2018-09-25 05:00:00Z 0
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There are 21 "secret: highways that are part of the Intestate Highway System.  They are not identified as such by road signs.
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District Governor

     On Wednesday September 19th we had the pleasure of hearing from Rotary District Governor, Mike Becker - "Mr. Rotary" as he jokingly called himself. Mike has been a member of Rotary since 2002. Over the years he has served in many positions with Rotary and has been part of NorthStar youth exchange. He has been married to his wife Nancy for 43 years and his day job is at 1st American Staff Appraisals.
 
     Mike visited us to give us an update on Rotary and check in our club. He sat in on our Faribault Rotary Board meeting and said we are doing a great job. During his address to the entire club he noted at the district level they are getting away from words like committee and chair, a team approach is being put in place "because let’s face it who wants to be part of a team? EVERYBODY!"
 
     He stressed the importance of getting members involved and doing so right off the bat. This action helps tremendously with retention. Members feel welcomed and they stay. He touched on a few things that are happening at the district level, they include a new harassment policy that is in place, the Better Angels seminar - politics in a civilized manner, and a Human Trafficking work shop that will be presented this winter.
He wants us to remember the District is here to serve us, not the other way around. He asks us to be loud and be proud!
 
     Thank you, Mike, for joining us. It was a pleasure having you. Your energy is contagious! We hope to see you again soon.
 
Last Week's Meeting 9/19/2018 Laura Bock 2018-09-20 05:00:00Z 0
In less than 20 months, the Faribault Rotary Club will celebrate its 100-year anniversary on May 1, 2020.  This week’s historical highlight is from 1939.
A special program was presented on Faribault High School’s new addition.
Origination of the “Brown Jug” golf trophy between Northfield, Owatonna, and Faribault Rotary Clubs.
The 1st annual Christmas concert was presented by the Faribault High School chorus. (This Christmas will be the 79th year)
Our club’s 19th president in 1938-39 was Ralph W. Farrar.
Club History- 1939 Murray Hanson 2018-09-20 05:00:00Z 0

Congratulations!

 
The Faribault Rotary club honored three members as Paul Harris Fellows.  This recognition is given when a member has donated $1000 to the Paul Harris Foundation.  The monies are used in multiple ways around the world to improve peoples lives.   The International Rotary organization took on the challenge of eliminating polio world wide by vaccinating all children under five.  In 1988 there were 350,000 cases of polio in over 200 countries.  Last year there were 22 cases in two countries.  Pictured left to right are president Keith Kramer, Paul Harris recipients Todd Sesker, Troy Dunn and Dick Huston, Foundation co-chair Brent Peroutka and Rotary District Governor Mike Becker.
Paul Harris Awards 9-19-18 Murray Hanson 2018-09-20 05:00:00Z 0

Sell those roses!

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Violets are plenty,
I'll give you a dozen,
If you give me a twenty!
The annual Rotary Rose Sale to raise money for our youth programs and scholarships is underway. This year the sale will run from September 19th to October 10th.  Each Rotarian is asked to sell a baker's dozen which will increase our fundraising goal to help offset the reduction in the annual contribution from the Bahl Foundation to our Youth Services. If you chose not to sell Roses, we ask for a $150  tax deductible donation to Rotary Youth Services Inc.  Rotary Roses, red or grower's choice will be $20 again this year.  Sales packets are being distributed.  If you have any questions, please contact Amy or Brenda.
Annual Rose Sale 2018 Murray Hanson 2018-09-18 05:00:00Z 0
 

District Governor- Mike Becker

     Mike was born in Rochester, Minnesota and attended from John Marshall High School and Rochester Community College.
Mike joined Greater Rochester Rotary in 2002. He has served the club on every board position with the exception of Secretary/Treasurer and was club president 2010-2011. Currently he is the District Governor elect, past Tech Team Chairperson for District 5960, STRIVE Co-Chair for the Rochester clubs, Board member of NCPETS, Vocational co-chair of Greater Rochester, member of the District 5960 Visioning Training Team, Technical Chair for NCPETS.
Mike and Nancy have been foster parents for over twenty years and have been “foster parents” to 82 children. In 2005 they were awarded the honor of Foster Parents of the Year by Olmsted County. Mike and Nancy have served on the Parents board for the Foster Care Association and have been invited speakers to the International Shaken Baby Conference. Mike has served on his church’s Board of Directors for seven years and is a past Chairperson of that committee. 
 
Currently he is with First American Staff Appraisals as a Senior Appraiser and trainer, was the past owner of Becker Appraisals, a real estate appraisal firm since 2005. Has owned another appraisal firm and has been in the same business since 1991. He is an affiliated member of the Appraisal Institute and is a classroom instructor in the field. He currently serves as a board member of the Southeast Minnesota Association of Realtors MLS board and is Treasurer of the First Homes board of the Rochester Area Foundation.  Mike is an ongoing student of the profession and has logged over 1,000 hours of education time and credits.
Mike has been married to his lovely wife Nancy for 42 years and has always resided in Rochester. They have five children, Beth, Robin, Marc, Brian and Nykkole. They have ten grandchildren all under the age of nine. 
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SPAM

     On Wednesday September 12th we heard from Savil Lord, Spambassador for the Spam Museum in Austin, Minnesota.

     27 years ago, when Hormel Foods was celebrating their 100-year anniversary, they were looking for a way to celebrate their history. A museum was opened in a in Austin Minnesota, where you could tour and learn all about Hormel foods. The museum was a hit! Visitors could pull off the freeway, visit the museum and get right back on their way. After two years, it was decided to move the museum to a downtown location to draw the visitors into the community of Austin to help support local restaurants and shops. Currently the museum is approaching 300,000 guests who have come to discover Hormel and one of its iconic products SPAM!
Savil gave us the history of SPAM - In 1937 at a New Year's Eve party SPAM was named. A combination of the words Spiced and Ham SPAM is made up of 6 simple ingredients. Ham or pork shoulder, water, sugar, salt, potato starch, and sodium nitrate. SPAM is cooked in the can it comes in and is shelf stable for 3 years.

      Hormel itself has 5 locations around the world, Austin MN and Dubuque, IA, China, South Korea and Denmark. The plants produce 395 cans of SPAM a minute!!
Savil is the wife of Faribault Rotarian Kenneth Johnson and she was an absolute treat to listen to! Her energy and passion for all things Hormel and community are present in her presentation.
 
     Thank you for joining us, please come back anytime!!
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Posted by Sage Kline on Sep 18, 2018

Paderborn Germany

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My First Month in Paderborn:
 
I arrived at the tiniest local airport to two amazing host parents, Holger and Doris, who were waiting with a big sign and eagerly welcomed me to the place that I would call home for the next year. 
 
My host mom Doris had taken off of work for the first week I was here so that she could show me around and help me get accustomed to the surroundings. We visited numerous surrounding villages including her childhood hometown of Lüdge, which is known for its renovated historical looking homes and well-maintained old city wall. We also took a trip to the inner city of Paderborn on the bus line that I would be riding every day for school. It takes almost an hour to get there by bus! Overall the first week was a blur of new experiences and some intense culture shock.
 
School began just one week after I arrived. I have to wake up at 5:30 every morning to make it to school on time... so different than what I'm used to. On the first day one of my host sisters’ friends (my host sister is now in Finland on exchange) came to pick me up so she could make sure I got to school okay. We rode the bus together, and I can honestly say that I've never seen a bus so full of students in my entire life. 
 
It's the fourth week of school now and every day brings new challenges. I have to focus every single second to understand even partially what is going on, and it uses a lot of brain power to constantly think about everything that is being said. Hopefully school will get easier as I start understanding more German. I think I will start a German course soon as it is very difficult to not be able to participate in school and communicate thoroughly with my peers. 
 
I am so excited to see what the rest of this year will bring and I can’t wait to share it with everyone!
 
Until next week,
       Sage Kline  
 
My year in Germany 9-18-18 Sage Kline 2018-09-18 05:00:00Z 0
In less than 20 months, the Faribault Rotary Club will celebrate its 100-year anniversary on May 1, 2020.  This week’s historical highlight is from 1937.
 
A report from Congressman August Andresen in which he stressed the need to curb government spending.
 
A decision was made to mail copies of the FARIBAULTARIAN to other clubs in the district.
 
Sons of Rotarians presented a program.
 
Our 18th club president in 1937-38 was Dr. Robert M. Reed.
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An Albatross can sleep while it flies.
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The honorable tie enthusiast  Dr. Dick Huston proposes Erica Staab-Absher, Executive Director of the Hope Center,  for membership in the Faribault Rotary Club.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact membership chair Dick Huston or President Keith Kramer.
New Member Proposal- Staab- Absher Murray Hanson 2018-09-11 05:00:00Z 0

Presidential message

President 2018-19 Barry Rassin

Barry Rassin

President 2018-19

September 2018

Imagine if we could take a snapshot capturing all of the work Rotary does on a given day. No one – except Rotarians – would believe that a single organization was capable of accomplishing so much. In that snapshot you would see dedicated volunteers working to eradicate polio, setting up microloans, providing clean water, mentoring youth, and countless other actions.

We can do all this thanks both to our geographic reach and to the fact that our clubs are made up of people who are engaged in their communities. As a part of the community that you serve, you know the needs, you have the connections, and you're able to take immediate action. That's why every Rotary club's membership should reflect the diversity of its community.

We've made great strides in this. In Egypt, Indonesia, and Kenya, Rotary is approaching 50 percent female membership. We're also expanding the age diversity of our clubs. In each of our communities, young professionals are eager to contribute their talents, give back, and learn from mentors. Let's share with them what Rotary is all about. The Engaging Younger Professionals Toolkit at Rotary.org has an action plan to help you reach young leaders and Rotary alumni in your area.

Another resource that can help us better reflect our communities – one that is global like us, is a quarter-million members strong, and already shares our values of service and leadership – is Rotaract. Rotaractors are our partners: Team up with them on projects, ask them to speak at your events, and invite them to join your club. Dedicated Rotaractors worldwide are becoming members of Rotary and even starting new Rotary clubs while still serving as members of Rotaract.

The world needs Rotary, and Rotary needs strong clubs and engaged members in order to do more good. It is our responsibility – yours and mine – to make sure everyone who shows an interest in joining Rotary gets an invitation. Make use of the Membership Leads tool at Rotary.org, which helps people who are interested in joining Rotary connect with a club that's right for them. And let's ensure that every member has a reason to stay. By building strong clubs that engage in meaningful projects and have fun along the way, we provide value to our club members that they cannot find anywhere else.

Let's not keep Rotary's story – the story captured in those snapshots of service – to ourselves. I challenge you to invite leaders of all ages, men and women, who are looking for a way to give back. By doing so, you will Be the Inspiration in your community and help Rotary continue to do good in the world.

RI Presidential Message September 2018 Barry Rassin 2018-09-10 05:00:00Z 0
Pictures from Annual Picnic 2018 Murray Hanson 2018-09-10 05:00:00Z 0
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"Challenger Deep" is the deepest point on Earth and can hold 25 Empire State Buildings end to end.
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Thunder is actually the sound caused by lightening.
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Congratulations!

     The Faribault Rotary club inducted two new members.  Daisy Sanchez is the director of operations of Healthfinders Collaborative and Tim Murray is the administer for the city of Faribault.
 
Pictured are president Keith Kramer, Andy Bohlen (sponsor of) Tim Murray, Daisy Sanchez and her sponsor Dr. Dick Huston.
 
 
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Human Trafficking

     On Wednesday August 29th we had the pleasure of hearing for fellow Rotarian Emma Nazainia. Emma is currently a member in Rochester area. She is a nurse and spoke with Faribault Rotary on the issue of Human Trafficking.Unfortunately, the statistics shared on this topic are staggering. This crime is the 2nd largest lack market crime behind drugs. There are an estimated 25 -42 million humans enslaved worldwide. Our home state of Minnesota is ranked the 13th largest state for youth being prostituted. The suggested reasons for this include the port in Duluth, our Bordering states and Country, Interstates 35, 94, and 90, the Mall of America and major sporting events. We were all informed about the Super Bowl that took place in Minnesota in February 2018.
 
    So, what is being done, and what can we do to help? Rotary has declared that the next epidemic we will tackle is human trafficking. If we can eradicate Polio then why not this. Our focus will be awareness, education and prevention. Each club will be asked to identify a "Club Champion" who will work with other club champions to drive initiatives that create the focuses discussed. They will provide information to our clubs at a local level.
Emma can be reached for comments, or questions via email at ebecker102@gmail.com.
 
Last Week's Meeting 8/29/2018 Laura Bock 2018-09-04 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Murray Hanson
In less than 20 months, the Faribault Rotary Club will celebrate its 100-year anniversary on May 1, 2020.  This week’s historical highlight is from 1937.
 
A fine of 10 cents to be assessed to all club members who are absent without makeup.
 
Owatonna hosted inter-city meeting with participation from Austin, Rochester, Albert Lea, Northfield, and Faribault.
 
Rotary Octette makes first public appearance.
 
Our 17th club president in 1936-37 was Leonard M. Elstad.
 
Future Rotarian Dick Huston was born Feb. 27, 1937.
 
Future Rotarian Marv Schrader was born Dec. 28, 1937.
 
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Two trees can create enough oxygen for a family of four.
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Posted by Murray Hanson

Photos from past annual picnics!

 

Pony rides for the kids in 2017.

 

Kids enjoying the play dough in 2016

 

In 2015, everyone was encouraged to wear a jersey from their favorite sports team even if it was the Packers.

 

This was from 2004 and pictured here from left to right is our foreign exchange student, Poncho, Angela Storch, Keith Schafer, and Darlene Meillier.

 

 
 
 
 
Annual Picnic History Murray Hanson 2018-08-29 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Laura Bock

1855

     On Wednesday August 22nd we had the pleasure of hearing from Sam Temple. One half of the dynamic duo that produces "1855 - A Faribault History Series". Sam's partner is Logan Ledman, and Logan was unfortunately unable to be with us at Rotary.
Sam and Logan began producing a series called 1855 - A Faribault History Series as Freshmen in high school. Researching the history of our city and the people who shaped it, then writing an episode of 1855 to be filmed and aired on our local FCTV. After success with the filmed version of the show. Sam and Logan went on to pitch an idea of a small theater production to the Paradise Center for the Arts and without any hesitation the PCA board took them up on their proposal! They have found themselves, writing, and directing A Celebration of Faribault the 1855 Live Show. What started out as a small production has turned into a full-scale theater show, with plenty of actors, professional lighting, and a full-on youth orchestra - playing original music for the show! Talk about big time!!
 
   The following is from 1855 - A Faribault History Series Facebook page and describes the upcoming live show -
 
      Thomas S. Buckham is a young lawyer in the frontier town of Faribault, Minnesota when an unspeakably brutal war sets the young state ablaze. Tom volunteers to fight, bringing him face-to-face with Alexander Faribault–the city’s idealistic founder and a man torn between serene memories and a changing world. When the past crumbles around Alex and the compassionate Bishop Whipple, Tom will struggle to build a future for himself and his distant sweetheart, Anna Mallery, a woman with an unyielding spirit and a deep capacity for love. “A Celebration of Faribault: The 1855 Live Show” is a charming, immersive, emotionally affecting historical saga, and a heartfelt debut for directors Samuel Temple and Logan Ledman, creators of the acclaimed FCTV history series, 1855. It features a live youth orchestra performing an original score from the series’ composer Sam Dwyer.
 
     As Sam and Logan enter their senior year in high school, they don't know what the future holds for them. Given what they have accomplished to date, no doubt they will go very far in their future endeavors. How lucky are we as the Faribault community to have them, and the stories they have produced to remind us of our history and to evoke a sense of pride in our community! Thank you, Sam, for joining us, and we look forward to the show!!
 
Show detail:
September 21 & 28 at 7:30pm
September 23 & 30 at 2:00pm

Paradise Center for the Arts Member: $14 | Non-Member: $16 | Student: $10
Special Armed Forces/Veterans and Current/Retired Educators discounted shows: September 21 & 23: $10 each
 
Last Week's Meeting 8-22-2018 Laura Bock 2018-08-28 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lisa Humfeld-Wilson
     It is the time of year that we need to select our 2018 Rotarian of the Year.  The nomination form has been sent to all Rotarians in a separate email and is available on our website and at our weekly meetings. Nominations are due back to me in person or at (info@humfeldchiropractic.com) by September 28, 2018.
The Rotarian of the Year Award provides the Faribault Rotary Club with an opportunity to publicly recognize one of its members who exemplifies the ideals of the Rotary Four-Way Test, exhibits a true spirit of volunteerism, demonstrates community leadership through participation in Rotary committees, programs, and activities.

The Rotarian of the Year Award will be based on one or all of the following criteria:

> The nominee has provided outstanding contributions to one or more Rotary activities.
> The nominee has demonstrated leadership to the club in general, or within one or more Rotary programs.
> The nominee displays the ideals of Rotary in service to the greater community.
> Holding an office or serving on the Board of Directors neither prohibits nor promotes a member for nomination.
 
The selection committee consists of:
Lisa Humfeld-Wilson, chair
Brent Peroutka,
Murray Hanson,
Kymn Anderson,
Dick Huston
Keith Kramer, president.
 
PAST FARIBAULT ROTARIAN OF THE YEAR AWARDS YEAR

2008 Gary Peterson
2009 David Beranek
2010 Richard Cook
2011 Angela Storch
2012 Lisa Humfeld-Wilson
2013 Richard Ormsby
2014 Brent Peroutka
2015 Murray Hanson
2016 Kymn Anderson
2017 Dick Huston

Thank you for your participation.
 
Lisa Humfeld-Wilson
Rotarian of the Year Committee Chair
507-330-0108
 

 

Nominations for Rotarian of the Year- 2018 Lisa Humfeld-Wilson 2018-08-27 05:00:00Z 0

Presidential message

President 2018-19 Barry Rassin

Barry Rassin

President 2018-19

August 2018

A well-known saying goes, "If you want to change the world, go home and love your family." That doesn't mean people should ignore the needs outside their own homes; instead, they should pay attention to the needs within.

It can be tempting, when our priority is service, to focus only on the things that look like service: the projects, the planning, the work that yields a visible benefit to those who need it. But to do that work effectively, we need to keep our own house in order. In Rotary, that means conducting ourselves in accordance with the principles of Rotary, treating others with respect, and following The Four-Way Test. It means maximizing our impact by planning carefully and stewarding our resources wisely. And it means looking after the long-term health of our organization by ensuring that our membership is strong, engaged, and healthy.

Our membership has hovered around the same 1.2 million mark for 20 years. We aren't growing, and our membership is getting older. We have too many clubs that don't have the knowledge or motivation to have an impact: clubs that don't know what we're doing on a global level, clubs that don't know about our programs or our Foundation, that don't even know how to get involved. And with a membership that is still mostly male, we clearly aren't doing enough to become the organization of choice for women who are seeking to serve.

We are a membership organization first. If we want to achieve the goals we've set for ourselves, we need to put membership first. All of us have a responsibility to take membership seriously, not only by inviting prospective members, but also by making sure new members are welcomed into clubs that offer them something of value. If you see someone walk into a meeting and hesitate, be sure that person has a place to sit and is part of the conversation. If you're enthusiastic about a Rotary program, make sure your club knows about it and knows how to get involved. If you see a need in your community, talk about it at this week's meeting. If we want to be part of an organization that's strong, that's active, that's having an impact – start at home, and Be the Inspirationin Rotary.

RI Presidents Message August 2018 Barry Rassin 2018-08-27 05:00:00Z 0
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In less than 21 months, the Faribault Rotary Club will celebrate its 100-year anniversary on May 1, 2020.  This week’s historical highlight is from 1936.
 
A breakfast meeting was held in conjunction with the Faribault Chamber of Commerce.
A decision was made to contribute $100 to the Rotary Foundation.
An inter-city meeting was held here for the clubs from Mankato, Owatonna, Northfield, and Faribault.
Our 16th club president in 1935-36 was the Reverend Jesse F. Perrin.
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Our honorable 99th President, Keith Kramer has set the following goals for our club this year:

Add 10 new members

50 members participating in service (any one of our service options)

At least 5 members participating in leadership development. (Rotary summit, district conference etc)

Rotary Foundation $5,000

Polio Plus $2,000

Add 2 new service projects (Warm our Community is added for sure and Habitat for Humanity is on hold because of the weather)

1 inbound & 1 outbound exchange student

2 RYLA attendees

4 Social activities

Social media & paper updated on a regular basis

 Thank you Keith for your service to our club this year!

Club Goals 2018-19 Murray Hanson 2018-08-21 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Laura Bock

Rotary Readers

     On Wednesday August 15th we heard from Brenda DeMars, Fundraising extraordinaire, Rotarian, President Elect 2020-21, and most important at this moment - organizer of the Rotary Readers program for Faribault Rotary.
With School starting in just a couple of weeks there is going to be a need for more Rotary Readers. Last year Brenda had 8 Rotarians volunteer and could have used about 8 more. She had teachers asking and waiting for a volunteer.
     The program is designed to give one on one or very small group attention to students while they read, comprehend and then test on the books they are completing. Your part is to show up on a regular basis, and listen to the children read. The time commitment is an hour a week, and teachers are so excited to have a Rotary Reader they are extremely flexible with scheduling you in to come to their class room. Not to mention the joy and accomplishment on the kids' faces when they are reading to you every week, and improving every time!
     If this is something you are interested in volunteering for, please see Brenda, or get the process started by going to the Rotary web site www.rotary5960.org and completing the background study if you don't currently have one on file with Andy Bohlen, our youth protection officer. After that Brenda will pair you with a teacher and you can be assured you are getting their 2018-19 school year off on the right foot!
     Thank you to the Rotarians who currently are volunteering for this project. The stories you shared on Wednesday were very touching, special thanks to Brenda for all the dedication you show for this project. You all make it a success.
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In less than 21 months, the Faribault Rotary Club will celebrate its 100-year anniversary on May 1, 2020.  This week’s historical highlight is from 1935.
 
The club endorsed the Nerstrand Woods project.
 
The Lido Theater was toured by the club after one meeting.
 
The decision was made to publish the Faribaultarian every month.
 
Our 15th club president  in 1934-35 was Willard B. Hubbell.
Club History- 1935 Murray Hanson 2018-08-16 05:00:00Z 0
The honorable Faribault Police Chief, Andy Bohlen proposes Tim Murray, Faribault City Administrator, for membership in the Faribault Rotary Club.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact membership chair Dick Huston or President Keith Kramer.
New Member Proposal- Tim Murray Murray Hanson 2018-08-16 05:00:00Z 0

Mike Eaves

 
     Mike Eaves is a Canadian American former NHL player and is the current head coach of the St. Olaf College men's hockey team. He is the former head coach of the Wisconsin Badgers men's ice hockey team who was fired after 14 seasons of leading the Badgers, with whom he won an NCAA title.  Eaves is starting over with a Division III St. Olaf College where one of his sons is an assistant. He looks forward to the completion of the new 880 seat hockey arena at St. Olaf at the end of this year and how it will help rebuilding the program.
 
     Mike was very energetic and emphasized the importance of the many relationships (including great neighbors, right Anne Marie?) he has developed and the support and love of his wife who he will be celebrating 40 years with next year.  Much of his presentation is reflected in the following article with pictures from the New York Times.
Please follow the link below:
 
Last Week's Meeting 8/8/2018 Murray Hanson 2018-08-09 05:00:00Z 0
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The first VCR was made in 1956 and was the size of a piano.
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In less than 21 months, the Faribault Rotary Club will celebrate its 100-year anniversary on May 1, 2020.  This week’s historical highlight is from 1934.
 
The decision was made to move to the Blue Bird Inn for the regular noon meeting.
The club toured the new courthouse.
The subject for one meeting was
“Decline of Morals- Youth and Adults.”
 
Our 14th Faribault Rotary Club President was Joseph W. Astley.
 
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New York City's public school students represent about 188 different countries.
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Welcome Sarah!

Sarah gave her classification talk recently.  I asked her six follow up questions to help summarize her presentation for those of us who were present and for our club members who missed the meeting. If you have not had a chance to welcome her to our club, please do so.
 
 
  1. Your Family members, occupations (including you) or school level?” 
  • Sarah, Community Outreach Manager for Milestone Senior Living
  • Jose, Owner of Rojas All Pros Companies
  • Donovan, 6th grade
  • Maddy, 5th grade
  • D'Angelo, 4th Grade
  • Ben, 3rd grade
  • Alexa, 1st grade
  • Sam, 1st grade
 
  1. Your Hometown/School/College (no real "hometown" b/c we moved a lot)
Graduated high school from North High, Sioux City
Normandale Community College and University of MN Twin Cities
 
  1. Your Previous occupations?
HUD Housing Manager and Service Coordinator at at Three Links
Daycare Operator
Retail experience
 
  1. Any Hobbies?
Cooking, baking, reading, spending time with family
 
  1. Rotary sponsor? Lisa Humfeld Wilson
 
  1. Interesting fact about you or your life?
I have 6 kids and I'm still alive!
New Member Profile- Sarah Rojas Murray Hanson 2018-08-06 05:00:00Z 0

Going to Germany

Sage Kline pictured here with President Keith Kramer, will be our Rotary exchange student this year. She will be going to Paderborn, Germany. She plans to keep a blog to chronicle her experiences so we hope to share those with the club throughout the coming school year.
Sage Kline- Rotary Exchange Murray Hanson 2018-08-06 05:00:00Z 0

Our future!

Sage Kline going to Paderborn, Germany. Teagan Burgess from Morristown, MN. Celina Lackermann from Wesel, Germany. 
Kasja Johnson returning from St. Petersburg, Russia. 
 
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In less than 21 months, the Faribault Rotary Club will celebrate its 100-year anniversary on May 1, 2020.  This week’s historical highlight is from 1933.
A decision was made that the cost of the noon meal must be reduced to 50 cents or the club would move from the Harvey Hotel.
Special “Ladies Night” program with tickets to be $1.00 with 25 cents to be used to furnish entertainment.
All the boys of the city were invited to attend the Minneapolis- Toledo baseball game as guests of Rotary.
The topic of discussion for one meeting was “Inflation.”
Our club’ s 13th president for 1932-33 was Mendus R. Vevle.
 
Future Rotarian, 60 year member, and our 53rd President Rod Mahler was born July 15, 1933.
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Kajsa presenting the host club flag to President Kramer

     Last week, we welcomed back Kajsa Johnson our Rotary Youth Exchange student who spent the last year in St. Petersburg, Russia.  The presentation started with her greeting us in Russian and beautiful pictures of St. Petersburg, a historic church, her host families, and fellow Rotary Exchange students.
 
     Kajsa became very proficient at speaking Russian.  She was able to take classes last summer before leaving but, it was the total immersion into the culture, the private school she attended, her host families, and the friends that she made that helped her with the language.
 
     Her many memorable experiences included the following;
-Learning to skateboard which she greatly enjoyed
-Attending Cinderella and Swan Lake (in Russian) at the theatre
-Learning the history of the Czars and Peter the Great
-Enjoyed the food- Borscht, thin pancakes, and dumplings
-Made Thanksgiving dinner and explained our tradition to her host family
-Explained that New Year’s Eve celebrations were bigger than Christmas
-Visited Moscow
-Went on a Baltic Sea cruise
-Made many friends
     In conclusion, we were informed that one of her host sisters will be a Rotary exchange student in Edina this year.
 
     What’s next for Kajsa?  On August 21st, she will be starting college in Washington DC at George Washington University majoring in International Affairs and Russian language studies. 
     Thank you Kajsa for sharing your experiences with us!
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Thank you- Kenneth and Sarah!

On Wednesday Rotarians were treated to classification speeches from two of our newest members. Kenneth Johnson and Sarah Rojas.
 
     Kenneth Johnson shared with us details of his life, he is married to Savile, he enjoys wood working, the Three Stooges, a little PS4, WWE, and MMA. His passion - it is clear - is teaching. His teaching accomplishments are on a grand scale, to name a few, He received the Distinguished Teaching Award from the University of Minnesota, recognized by Faculty and Students, and worked as the Director of International Education Consulting Group in Seoul, Korea.
 
     His time on various boards and volunteer organizations is impressive as well. He currently serves on the Owatonna Board of Education Development and has been a Rotarian in other communities. He is a Paul Harris recipient, and has organized Rotaract. He currently works for Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, assisting people with employment and education to become employed.
Listening to Kenneth talk, you can see his life has revolved around teaching and helping others. We look forward to your membership Kenneth!
 
     Sarah Rojas is the Community Outreach Manager for Milestone Senior Living. She tells us essentially, she has a position in sales and Marketing, but she likes to get to know and educate people. Sarah was born in Iowa and has her Bachelor’s Degree in Family Social Science.
She joined Rotary to create connections in the community and to help give back to the Faribault community.
 
     She and her husband Jose have 6 children between them ages 6 to 11, she jokes they often get compared to the "Brady Bunch" - she follows up with "but we don't have an Alice!" Sarah and Jose will be closing on a new home soon and are excited to make it their own.
Sarah's "free" time is family time, doing what the kids like to do, and keep them busy. We welcome you Sarah and are excited to have you!
 
 
Last Week's Meeting 7/24/2018 Laura Bock 2018-07-31 05:00:00Z 0

Welcome!

Kenneth 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?” 
Myself: Workforce Development Representative for the Minnesota Department of Employment & Economic Development (DEED) and Adjunct Assistant Professor at St. Mary’s University of Minnesota.
Wife Savile: Manager, SPAM® Museum and Community Relations, Hormel Foods
  1. Your Hometown/School/College
Grew up on a farm near Rollag, Minnesota and went to Barnesville schools. North Dakota State University for Bachelor’s and Masters of Business Administration.
  1. Your Previous occupations?
          10 years as a Business Instructor with the University of Minnesota Crookston. Higher education teaching at Aakers Business College, University of Mary, and Qingdao and Minjiang universities in China. Co-founded an educational             consulting company in Seoul, South Korea. Various management positions.
  1. Any Hobbies?
Just took up woodworking and am setting up a wood shop in the garage. Learning to use a router. Love to raise and train Border Collies but currently live in town so that will have to wait.
  1. Rotary sponsor?
Dr. Huston? I don’t know if he officially is but he’s been a great mentor thus far.
  1. Interesting fact about you or your life?
My father and I are both in Mensa and we were both teachers but he loved physics and chemistry and I loved business. I taught in higher education and he taught high school.
 
  1. Anything else you can think of?     
Still consider myself a newlywed. Married the love of my life January 14, 2017. I think my family had given up hope I’d ever settle down but now they are glad I waited.
 
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Apple pie was adopted as Vermont's official state pie in 1999.
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A rainbow can only be seen in the morning or late afternoon.
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Presidential message

President 2018-19 Barry Rassin

Barry Rassin

President 2018-19

 

July 2018

One year ago, your Rotary International Board of Directors adopted a new vision statement, reflecting our aspirations for our organization and its future. It reads, “Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change – across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.”

That simple sentence distills so much of what is essential about Rotary. We unite, because we know that we are far stronger together than we could ever be alone. We take action, because we are not dreamers, but doers. We work to create lasting change that will endure long after our involvement has ended – across the globeand in our communities. And perhaps most important of all, we work to create change in ourselves – not just building a better world around us, but becoming better people ourselves.

A quotation attributed to French writer Antoine de Saint-Exupéry goes: “If you want to build a boat, don’t begin by collecting wood, cutting boards, or assigning tasks. Begin by awakening in the souls of your workers a longing for the vast and boundless sea.” Each of us came to Rotary because we had a longing – to have an impact, to make a difference, to be part of something larger than ourselves. That desire, that vision for a better world and our role in building it, is what drives us in Rotary. It’s what made us become members, it’s what motivates us to serve, and it’s what led me to choose our theme for this Rotary year: Be the Inspiration.

I want to see Rotary Be the Inspiration for our communities by doing work with a transformational impact. It’s time to start moving forward, by removing the barriers that are holding us back. Let’s make it easier to make adjustments in our clubs or start new clubs that suit different needs. Let’s work to strengthen Rotaract and smooth the transition from Rotaract clubs into Rotary. Let’s give all Rotarians the flexibility to serve in the ways that work best for them, so that every Rotarian finds enduring value in Rotary membership.

Truly sustainable service, the kind of service we strive for in Rotary, means looking at everything we do as part of a larger global ecology. This year, I ask all of you to Be the Inspiration for sustainable service by addressing the impact of environmental issues on our work. The environment plays a key role in all six of our areas of focus, and that role is only becoming greater as the impact of climate change unfolds. It’s time to move past seeing the environment as somehow separate from those six areas. Clean air, water, and land are essential for healthy communities – and essential for the better, healthier future we strive for.

Be the Inspiration – and together we can, and we will, inspire the world.

RI Presidents Message July 2018 Barry Rassin 2018-07-30 05:00:00Z 0
 
In less than 21 months, the Faribault Rotary Club will celebrate its 100-year anniversary on May 1, 2020.  This week’s historical highlight is from 1932.
 
One program was devoted to “Government in Business.”
 
There was a “Special Guest Day” in August with 30 guests present.
 
The Faribault and Owatonna clubs were guests of the Northfield Rotary club for an evening meeting.
 
There was a program devoted to the subject of taxes.
 
Our 12th club president for 1931-32 was Edward Johnson.
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Youth Exchange

 
The Faribault Rotary Club recently hosted three exchange students.  From left to right are Miriam Rubio who is from Spain and was here as a student for the 2015-16 school year,  Teagan Burgess who is going to Germany this summer for an exchange experience, Celina Lackermann from Germany who is staying with the Burgess family this summer and Teagan's mother Carmen.  Celina brought a Rotary flag from her home club in Germany to exchange with Keith Kramer president of the Faribault club.
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In less than 22 months, the Faribault Rotary Club will celebrate its 100-year anniversary on May 1, 2020.  This week’s historical highlight is from 1931.
 
The decision was made to invite a Daily News reporter to all meetings to write the news of the meeting first hand for the paper.
 
Our 11th club president in 1930-31 was Dr. James M. Murdoch.
 
Future Rotarian, landscaper and orchestra leader Roger Koopmans was born Jan. 5, 1931.
Club History- 1931 Murray Hanson 2018-07-24 05:00:00Z 0

Congratulations

 to the winners of the Faribault Rotary Club's 2018 Cash Raffle! 
 
The $2500 prize went to Adam Daniels with the ticket sold to him by his proud father, Brian Daniels.
The $1000 prize went to Abudullahi Abdille with the ticket sold to him by Sharif Hared. 
The $ 500 prize went to the Cook family College Fund with the ticket sold by Dick Cook.
 
Pictured is Rotary president Keith Kramer presenting a check Abudullahi Abdille the winner of second place prize of $1000.  Already the recipient of an academic scholarship this will help Abdullahi achieve his goal of a degree in Bio Chemistry at the University of Minnesota.
Thank you to everyone who helped with the fundraising effort to support our club's youth programs and scholarships!
 
 
Annual Cash Raffle Winners- 2018! Murray Hanson 2018-07-24 05:00:00Z 0

Your Title here

     On Wednesday July 18 Faribault Rotary had the pleasure of hearing from Ed Marek District 5960 Governor Elect for the 2020-21 Rotary year. Ed joined us to talk more about Fast for Hope - a program that is unique to our district. Members skip their Rotary meal and donate $10.00 to the district to go toward a long running project in El Corozo, Nicaragua, a community facing extreme poverty. The program doesn't use Foundation dollars, (it is eligible to apply for Foundation grants) Fast for Hope depends solely on Rotarian contributions.
 
     This program allows the citizens of El Corozo to be creative, try new ideas and take risks. Mistakes may be made, but the program will be here as long as it is needed. The citizens work together to determine what the community needs, a board of 9 Rotary members and teams of volunteers assists them to help meet the needs they identify. "The community is in the driver’s seat", according to Ed, "we don't just show up and say 'here is what you need', we are trying to empower them."
 
     There are a number of different projects they are looking at next, to date they have constructed a community gathering place, taken a community census, developed an evaluation process, training for 37 Nicaraguans in community development and have a community plan in place with 4 committees with a focus on Literacy, Health, the Road, and Water. A few other accomplishments to note, a small school, new outhouses, a women's project, and there is a Doctor who visits for a half of a day, once a week.
 
     Our district is supporting this project with funds and 26 delegates, 60 Rotarians who have been able to visit Nicaragua, and 10 Nicaraguan delegates have visited Minnesota and Wisconsin. Currently there is not a return visit to Nicaragua scheduled, however we can keep an eye on Fast for Hope District 5960 on line for announcements and regular updates on this project.
 
     Thank you, Ed, for joining us! We look forward to learning even more.
 
Last Week's Meeting 7/18/2018 Laura Bock 2018-07-23 05:00:00Z 0

Congratulations!

Recently the Faribault Rotary Club completed a cash raffle to raise money for high school students scholarships.  Pictured is Rotary president Keith Kramer presenting a check Abudullahi Abdille the winner of second place prize of $1000.  Already the recipient of an academic scholarship this will help Abdullahi achieve his goal of a degree in Bio Chemistry at the University of Minnesota.
Cash Raffle 2018 Winners Murray Hanson 2018-07-23 05:00:00Z 0
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An average of three billion cups of tea are consumed daily worldwide.
Cup of Tea? Murray Hanson 2018-07-23 05:00:00Z 0
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Strawberries are actually members of the rose family.
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The honorable tie challenged Dr. Dick Huston proposes Daisy Sanchez, Director of Operations for Health Finders, for membership in the Faribault Rotary Club.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact membership chair Dick Huston or President Keith Kramer.
New member Proposal- Daisy Sanchez Murray Hanson 2018-07-23 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Clare Bender- Faribault Daily News

Aquatic Center

Tuesday was an important day for the Faribault Family Aquatic Center.
Members of the Faribault Rotary Club gathered to initiate the center’s next move in helping those in wheelchairs access the pool. The Faribault Rotary Club donated a special type of wheelchair so that disabled children can also enjoy the pool and summer fun.
     “I am excited that the wheelchair will allow more people to experience the fun of the Aquatic Center who were not previously able to participate,” Faribault Rotary President Keith Kramer said in an email.
Rotarian Barton Jackson, also in an email, said that he proposed this idea at a board meeting last fall. The board approved of the idea, and a month later the funding was also approved.
As of now, there doesn’t seem to be any plans to update the pool to accommodate wheelchairs, though it doesn’t seem to be necessary. The pool has a zero-depth entry in which the water gets gradually deeper as a person walks in. Pools without this type of entry have a ramp that allows handicapped swimmers to enter in a similar way.
 
     This new change will come as a blessing to people who live with various disabilities.
Jackson, whose son is disabled, noted the difficulty for families like his in going to places that aren’t handicap accessible, which can make it impossible for disabled youngsters to get the same experience as others. This new pool wheelchair will allow disabled children to have the same or similar experience as those who are able-bodied in enjoying a common childhood pastime.
Additionally, Jackson said that there are limited options for children with disabilities to have fun like other kids, and that having this opportunity makes life a bit easier for children and parents.
 
     Kramer noted that the organization’s motto is Service Above Self, and that Rotary focuses on many community projects such as Red Cross Blood Drive and other charities.
“I hope people will be encouraged by our service above self-way of life and know there are people who care and want to see Faribault and surrounding communities thrive,” Kramer said.
“Rotary does a lot of service projects in the community and this is another one of those that we saw need for handicapped children to enjoy some of the amenities that other children can enjoy, so the club voted to buy a handicapped (pool) wheelchair so that those children who can’t get into the water have an opportunity to do so,” Rotarian Richard Huston said.
Rotary International began in 1905 with Paul Harris and has continued to grow in members and charity work. Much of their charity has focused on polio, which since the Rotary’s start in 1985, polio has declined by 99%.
 
     The Rotary Club is meant for many ages. People who are 18+ are encouraged to join. If someone would like to find more about the Rotarian program, members meet every Wednesday at 12:15 at The Inn at Shattuck-St. Mary’s for a lunch. Kramer encourages people to join.
“Someone should join because we have great people, a great purpose, and we also have fun along the way!” Kramer said.
This year, the Rotary Club’s theme is “Be the Inspiration,” chosen by International President Barry Rassin. The “Be the Inspiration” theme combined with Kramer’s words of encouragement that people join if they want to make a difference in a meaningful way, all in all, sounds like the perfect head start in bringing more recognition and access to everyone.
Reprinted with permission from the Daily News.
Reach Reporter Clare Bender at 507-333-3128 or follow her on Twitter @FDNclare.
© Copyright 2018 APG of Southern Minnesota. All rights reserved.
 
Everybody in the pool: Rotary Club donation makes that possible Clare Bender- Faribault Daily News 2018-07-18 05:00:00Z 0
 
In less than 22 months, the Faribault Rotary Club will celebrate its 100-year anniversary on May 1, 2020.  This week’s historical highlight is from 1930.
 
The Faribault High School Band presents an annual concert in January.
One meeting featured a debate on organized labor.
Our 10th president in 1929-30 was Victor O. Skyberg.
 
(side note- future Rotarian and historian George Wickstrom was born Feb. 2, 1930)
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A quarter costs the US government 2.5 cents to produce a quarter.
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Ethiopia follows a calendar that is seven years behind the rest of the world.
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Eric and his wife visited the Rotary Club of Dublin Ireland two weeks ago. They celebrated their 100 year anniversary seven years ago in 2011 and were the first Rotary Club founded outside of North America. Today there are clubs in some 220 countries.  Each club has their own banner.  Eric (left) is pictured here presenting their club flag to Club President Keith Kramer. 
Mr. Craig goes to Dublin! Murray Hanson 2018-07-11 05:00:00Z 0
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Our History!

     As our guests for the installation of Keith, we welcomed the following former Rotary Past Presidents who were introduced by our 60 year member and past president Rod Mahler. 
Pictured from left to right are:
Dr. Roy Anderson our 54th president 1973-74.
          Classification- Optometry
Darlene Meillier our 83rd president 2002-03.
          Classification- Mortgage Lending
Jim Nielson our 70th president 1989-90.
          Classification- Director of Court Services
Rod Mahler our 53rd president 1972-73
          Classification- Hardware- Retail and later- Realtor
Pastor Gordon Orde our 79th president 1998-99.
           Classification- Religion- United Methodist
Wade Karli our 78th president 1997-98
          Classification- Academy for the Blind
Reverend Rick Ormsby our 89th president 2008-09.
          Classification-  Religion- Pastor
Past Presidents/ Former Rotarians Murray Hanson 2018-07-09 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Laura Bock

Congratulations!

New Rotary presThe Faribault Rotary Club has installed Keith Kramer as it's 99th president for the 2018-19 year.  Keith is the Chief Operating Officer are Harry Brown's auto dealership.  Pictured here are Keith and his wife Amy and three children Carsen 11, Madelyn 9, and Allison 7.
 
Also in attendance were Keith's mother in law Cindy and his employer Mike Brown of Harry Brown's Family Automotive.
 
In the upcoming year, Keith highlighted some of his goals for our club. He is looking at some service projects that get our families involved, maybe doing some service at the Community Cathedral Café, or cleaning up a trail, and being more involved with the Elks ice fishing contest. His goal is 10 new members this year. Our meetings are going to include a short 2-3-minute video about other Rotary projects that are happening around the world, and on days when we don't have a video we will play the fun game "two truths and a lie" it will help us to continue to get to know each other better!
 
The Rotary theme for the year is “Be the Inspiration”, thank you Keith for leading us this year and being an inspiration - and showing us how we can make a difference through Rotary.
 
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Gerald Ford was the only president and vice president never to be elected to either office.
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James Madison had a pet parrot who outlived both him and his wife.
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A Galapagos turtle can take up to 3 weeks to digest a meal.
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The State of Healthcare- Dr. Brian Bunkers- Mayo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This program generated many questions from Rotarians and should be updated every few years with the constant evolution and ongoing change in healthcare in our country.

Thank you, Dr. Bunkers for the informative presentation. 

Last Week's meeting 6/20/2018 Murray Hanson 2018-06-20 05:00:00Z 0
In a little more than 22 months, the Faribault Rotary Club will celebrate its 100-year anniversary on May 1, 2020.  This week’s historical highlight is from 1928.
 
The high school band under the direction of Clarence Purdie, gave a noontime concert.
There was a program on “The Mind of Youth.”
The Christmas Party was held at the Guild House.
 
Our 8th club president 90 years ago for 1928-29 was Eugene H. Gipson.
Club History- 1928 Murray Hanson 2018-06-19 05:00:00Z 0

Our 98th President, Troy Dunn

was installed as president on June 28th, 2017 by outgoing President, Jake Cook. Thank Troy for an outstanding year!
Just 1 year ago.....June 28, 2017 Murray Hanson 2018-06-19 05:00:00Z 0

Drawing is tomorrow!

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         The annual cash raffle fundraiser drawing will be tomorrow, June 27th just before Keith Kramer is installed as our 99th president. Thank you to everyone who helped the club achieve our fundraising goal.
 
      The money raised will help support our Youth Programs and college and music scholarships awarded each year.    Our goal for total funds raised will be $18,000 with prizes as follows:  $2500/ $1,000/ $500.  Expenses will be no more than $400 with the club netting approximately $13,600 to help support our Rotary club's youth programs and scholarships.  This will help us to meet our IRS obligations related to the generous donations from the Bahl Foundation.
 
Cash Raffle 2018 Murray Hanson 2018-06-19 05:00:00Z 0

Goodbye Sujin!

This was Sujin's last meeting with us.  She will be returning to South Korea this summer. Thank you to Bart, Lisa and all the host families for making this a memorable year.
Sujin's last meeting! Murray Hanson 2018-06-19 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Laura Bock on Jun 19, 2018

Thank you, Sharif!

     On Wednesday June 13, 2018 we heard a classification speech from Sharif Hared. Sharif was born in Mogadishu. He shared some beautiful pictures of the city before the war started in 1991. At that time, as a 16-year-old young man he followed his mother and 15 other women with almost 40 children to Kenya. This was a 450-mile journey to a refugee camp there.
Sharif told us when they were fleeing the war and fighting was not what scarred him. It was the wild animals on the journey. Lions, elephants, and other large game. He told us someone would have to stay away all night to keep watch over the group of travelers.
 
     When they arrived to the refugee camp in Ifo Kenya, they found a city of tents for refuge. Today some 60 thousand still live in the refugee camp.
Sharif was able to complete the process to immigrate to Canada and the United States. This process can take 3 or 4 years to complete. He first immigrated to Manitoba, Canada. Then to Rochester, Minnesota before finally settling in Faribault. We shared a good laugh when he was explaining snow. He said he sent pictures home to family and they couldn't believe what they were seeing.
 
     Sharif has three children, ages 16, 12, and 8 months. He has been a member of Rotary for about a year and was excited to finally give his classification talk.
It was a fascinating story, and he is a great speaker! Thank you, Sharif, for sharing with us!
 
Last Week's meeting 6/13/2018 Laura Bock 2018-06-19 05:00:00Z 0
 
In less than 2 years the Faribault Rotary Club will celebrate its 100-year anniversary on May 1, 2020.  This week’s historical highlight is from 1926.
 
The meeting day and time was changed to Wednesday at noon (and has stayed unchanged for 91 years.)
 
There was an attendance contest with the Owatonna Rotary Club.
 
Our 7th club president was Harold H. (Dick) Kirk.
Club History-1927 Murray Hanson 2018-06-18 05:00:00Z 0

Presidential message

Ian H.S. Riseley - Rotary International President-elect 2016-17

Ian H.S. Riseley

President 2017-18

June 2018

For 60 years, choosing a theme has been the privilege, and sometimes the challenge, of each incoming president. Looking back on those past themes opens a small window into the thinking and the vision of each leader – how they saw Rotary, the place they saw for Rotary in the world, and what they hoped Rotary would achieve.

When my turn came to choose a theme, I did not hesitate. I knew immediately that our theme in 2017-18 would be Rotary: Making a Difference. For me, that small phrase describes not only what we do now, but what we aspire to do. We want to make a difference. We strive to help, to have an impact, to make the world a bit better.

Over the past two years, I have seen so many ways that Rotary is doing just that. In California, after the devastating wildfires last year, I saw Rotarians Making a Difference to those who had lost everything. In Guatemala, I saw the difference that simple wood stoves are making in the lives of women who had been cooking on open fires: They no longer breathe smoke when they cook, they spend less time gathering firewood, and they are using their stoves to start small businesses. In Israel, I visited a Rotary-supported hyperbaric center that is helping brain injury and stroke patients return to healthy, productive lives. In communities around the world, Rotarians are Making a Difference by resettling refugees, immunizing children, ensuring a safe blood supply, and helping young people learn and thrive.

All over the world, I have been a part of Rotarians’ commitment to planting trees. As this issue of The Rotarian goes to press, we are still awaiting the final count of trees planted, but I am delighted to announce that we have already far surpassed our original goal of 1.2 million trees, one new tree per Rotarian. And, all over the world, Rotary is continuing its advocacy, fundraising, and support for polio eradication. Last year, wild polio virus caused only 22 cases of paralysis in only two countries. I am confident that soon that number will be zero, and we will begin a new phase in the timeline of eradication: counting down at least three years from the last sign of wild virus to the certification of a polio-free world.

As Juliet and I return home to Australia, we will bring warm memories of the places we have visited, the friends we have made, and the service we have seen. Thank you, all of you, for the tremendous work you are doing, through Rotary: Making a Difference.

RI Presidential message June 2018 Ian H.S. Riseley 2018-06-18 05:00:00Z 0
Strawberries vs Oranges Murray Hanson 2018-06-18 05:00:00Z 0
You are bananas? Murray Hanson 2018-06-18 05:00:00Z 0

Natalie gave her classification talk recently.  I asked her six follow up questions to help summarize her presentation for those of us who were present and for our club members who missed the meeting. If you have not had a chance to welcome her to our club, please do so.

  1. Your Family members, occupations (including you) or school level?” 
Natalie Ginter-Secraw is the director of Community Engagement and Development for Allina Health’s south region. Ben Secraw (Natalie’s husband) works in construction and is currently a builder with Erick Warner Construction in Faribault. Natalie’s son, Keaton Ginter, is 14 years old and currently attends Cannon River STEM School in Faribault. He will attend Faribault High School next fall.
 
  1. Your Hometown/School/College
Both Natalie and Ben’s hometown is Colfax, Wisconsin.  Natalie graduated from Colfax H.S. then attended the United States Military Academy Prep School at West Point for one year.  Natalie went on to receive her B.S. degree from North Dakota State University in Dietetics/Food and Nutrition and later pursued and received her M.S. degree from Minnesota State University, Mankato in Community Health/Health Science. Natalie has plans of pursuing an advanced degree in Healthcare Administration.
 
  1. Your previous occupations?
Prior to her position with Allina Health, Natalie worked with Rice County Public Health as a health educator (8 years).Natalie has vast experience in a variety of roles within the healthcare sector including registration and scheduling, medical records, dietary/nutrition, environmental services and administration.
 
  1. Any Hobbies?
Natalie and her family enjoy traveling to new states and destinations. She’ll be taking her son, niece and nephew to experience New York City for a week this summer. Natalie owns a vintage “canned ham” camper which Ben and her renovated and they also enjoy gardening and canning. They are members of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church and can also be found attending several local youth sporting events to cheer on Keaton in golf, hockey, football and soccer.
 
  1. Rotary sponsor?
Kurt Halvorson
 
  1. Interesting fact about you or your life?
  • Natalie and her mother, Lydia, are members of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). They are confirmed descendants of a soldier who fought in the American Revolutionary War (1775-1783).
 
Member Profile- Natalie Secraw Murray Hanson 2018-06-12 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Laura Bock on Jun 11, 2018

Vitals- Aware Services

On Wednesday June 6th we heard from Stan Alleyne on VITALS awareness services. VITALS is a brilliant idea that is taking off to help law enforcement identify children and adults who may have a disability that isn't easily identified if some sort of situation occurs.
 
An individual's caregiver can obtain a token for free and set up a profile for their loved one that is loaded to the cloud. Law enforcement all over the state and country are getting signed up. For $5.00 per month per officer, VITALS provide the officer with a message when they get within 80 feet of anyone who has a VITALS token on them. The profile they receive will give important information about the individual so there is no misunderstanding the individuals reaction to a possibly stressful situation.
 
VITALS is currently being used by individuals with Autism, Asperger's, Alzheimer's, Dementia, Epilepsy and other conditions.
Like all new startup companies VITALS is looking for financial support too. An initial investment of $10,000.00 minimum will get you in.
 
For information on the products and services you can text VITALS to 797979 or wwwthevitalsapp.com.
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The most used letters? Murray Hanson 2018-06-11 05:00:00Z 0
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Posted by Murray Hanson on Jun 11, 2018
 
In less than 2 years the Faribault Rotary Club will celebrate its 100-year anniversary on May 1, 2020.  This week’s historical highlight is from 1926.
 
Noon meetings were to be held at the Elks Club with the cost not to exceed 60 cents.
(Is Peter willing to match that price?)
 
The club sponsored a float in the 4th of July parade.
 
The club fielded a baseball team with Leo Shandorf as captain.
 
Our 6th club president was Dr. Edmund K. Clements.
Club History- 1926 Murray Hanson 2018-06-11 05:00:00Z 0
 
In less than 2 years the Faribault Rotary Club will celebrate its 100-year anniversary on May 1, 2020.  This week’s historical highlight is from 1924.
 
Rotary book shelf was installed in the public library.
We sponsored the Northfield Rotary Club.
There was a program that dealt with school problems.
There was a joint picnic with the clubs of Northfield, Owatonna and Faribault.
Our 5th president in 1925-26 was Dr. Edmund K. Clements.
Club History 1925 Murray Hanson 2018-06-05 05:00:00Z 0

Thank you Natalie and Carter!

On Wednesday May 30 we had the pleasure of hearing from two of our newer Rotarians. Natalie Ginter - Secraw, and Carter Klinger.
 
Natalie Ginter - Secraw was born in Lubbock Texas, and shortly after moved to Colfax Wisconsin where she grew up. She loved sports, especially basketball. Her love of the game influenced much of her life. She discovered basketball in 4th grade, there was no girls’ basketball team at the time in Colfax Wisconsin so she asked some other girls from school if they would like to play at the YMCA on the weekend, and they said sure. After that a team formed, a pretty great team, playing mostly boys teams in the area, and winning.
 
In 2013 the Minnesota Lynx presented her with a Woman of the year award!   Super exciting!!
 
Natalie is the Director of Community Health and Engagement for Allina in Northfield, Faribault and Owatonna. Besides her "day job" she volunteers her time with multiple organizations and is the biggest fan of her son Keaton. She is there cheering him on during whatever sport he is playing. Natalie is married to Ben Secraw, and they live in Faribault.
 
Carter Klinger works for KOWZ/KRUE radio as an Account Executive in marketing and advertising. He is currently our youngest Faribault Rotarian at age 21. Carter lives in Waseca and comes from a competitive sports family. He was a wrestler, but his talent and passion were for baseball.
As an adult he loves golf and gets out on the course regularly, 3-4 times a week, even when he says he is at home working on projects, he is probably on the course!! He owns a boat, so you may find him on the water during the weekends.
 
After graduating high school (6 months early) he thought it made sense to purchase his own home as he had already been living on his own since he was a Junior in High school. He purchased his first home at age 19. He has two dogs that he loves more than anything.
 
This past year he was fortunate enough to travel. He visited California, New York, and the Dominican Republic. His trip to the Dominican was a trip he earned through work. You must be doing well Carter! We are excited to have you!!

Last week's meeting 3/30/2018 Laura Bock 2018-06-04 05:00:00Z 0
The following video of the Rotary Club tree planting at Jefferson and the Dick Huston farm was featured in the June 2018 Conservation News from the Rice Soil and Water Conservation District E-newsletter. Please click on the link below to see the You Tube video.
 
Tree planting at Jefferson Murray Hanson 2018-06-04 05:00:00Z 0
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The strike note of the Liberty Bell is E flat.
Liberty Bell Murray Hanson 2018-06-04 05:00:00Z 0
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An earthquake in 1812 caused the Mississippi River to flow backwards.
Mississippi River Murray Hanson 2018-06-04 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Laura Bock on May 29, 2018

Thank you, Sujin!

On Wednesday May 23, 2018 we heard from our Rotary Exchange student Sujin, on her Rotary Exchange year in review. She arrived in the US on August 12, 2017 from Korea, and promptly celebrated her 17th birthday on August 22nd. She noted that after middle school in Korea they don't celebrate birthdays the way we do, so that was fun for her. She has had the opportunity to stay with two host families while she is here. That was Beardsley's and Bothun's. Sujin shared pictures of her activities with her families that included Deer hunting, goose hunting, ice fishing, a 5K, water skiing - or trying to water ski, canoeing, and prom.
 
 She celebrated Halloween, Christmas and Easter with her families too. She was able to take in a performance of the Grinch who stole Christmas and enjoyed that very much. She loved the Christmas lights, and hopes to do a little more decorating once she is home for the holiday.
She enjoyed the food here, and some of her favorites included Shrimp Taco's from the Depot and Enchiladas from El Tequila.
 
She was able to take a spring break trip to Florida to see her twin sister who is also on exchange. While there they visited Disney, where she had a fun time, but waited a lot for food that looked pretty, but didn't taste super good.
 
Sujin made the most of her time here, she participated in the orchestra and had may performances. She was not encouraged by her instructors in Korea to participate in an exchange program but is very glad she did. When she returns home, she will tell them what an amazing time she had in the United States. Sujin hopes to come back and visit and has chosen September as the ideal month. August was just too hot, and she said she will be out of here by the time the snow comes!
Sujin, you have been a delight to get to know over the past year. Faribault Rotary was very fortunate to have you with us, we wish you all the best in your future plans both professionally and personally. Please keep in touch!!
 
Congratulations on a very eventful and successful exchange year!
 
Last Week's Meeting 5/23/2018 Laura Bock 2018-05-29 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Murray Hanson on May 29, 2018
In less than 2 years the Faribault Rotary Club will celebrate its 100-year anniversary on May 1, 2020.  This week’s historical highlight is from 1924.
 
A boy’s picnic was held at Roberds Lake with 290 boys in attendance.
 
A committee was appointed to study the possibility of having Scott’s mill site set aside as a park.
 
The club puts up the community Christmas tree.
 
Our 5th president in 1924-25 was C. Dana McGrew.
 
Club History 1924 Murray Hanson 2018-05-29 05:00:00Z 0

Ian H.S. Riseley

President 2017-18

Ian H.S. Riseley - Rotary International President-elect 2016-17

May 2018

Rotary is a massive, and massively complex, organization. As this issue of The Rotarian goes to press, we have 1.2 million members in 35,633 clubs in nearly every country of the world. Hundreds of thousands of participants are involved in Rotary programs such as Rotaract, Interact, Youth Exchange, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, Rotary Community Corps, Rotary Peace Centers, and a host of local and Foundation-supported projects and programs at the national, district, and local levels. The name of Rotary is attached to countless projects every year, from blood banks to food banks, school sanitation to polio eradication. One hundred thirteen years after the first Rotary club was founded, Rotary service reaches literally around the globe.

What that service looks like on a daily and weekly basis can vary enormously by region, country, and club. Each club has its own history, priorities, and identity. It follows that the identity of Rotarians, and the purpose each Rotarian sees in his or her service, similarly has a great deal of variation. There's nothing wrong with that, as Rotary is by design a decentralized organization, intended to enable each Rotarian and each Rotary club to serve in the ways that suit them best.

Yet the diversity that makes us so strong can also pose challenges to our identity as an organization. It is no surprise that many people who have heard of Rotary still have little idea of what Rotary does, how we are organized, or why we exist at all. Even within Rotary, many members have an incomplete understanding of our larger organization, our goals, or the scope and breadth of our programs. These challenges have significant implications, not only for our ability to serve most effectively, but also for the public image that is so essential to our ability to build our membership, partnerships, and service.

Several years ago, Rotary launched a serious effort across the organization to address these issues, developing tools to strengthen our visual and brand identity. Today, we are using those tools to develop our People of Action public image campaign, which showcases the ability that Rotary grants each of us to make a difference in our communities and beyond. Last June, your Rotary International Board of Directors voted to adopt a new vision statement, reflecting our identity and the single purpose that unites the diversity of our work.

Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change – across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.

Wherever we live, whatever language we speak, whatever work our clubs are involved in, our vision is the same. We all see a world that could be better and that we can help to make better. We are here because Rotary gives us the opportunity to build the world we want to see – to unite and take action through Rotary: Making a Difference.

RI Presidents Message May 2018 Ian HS Riseley 2018-05-29 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Rohn
If someone is going down the wrong road, he doesn't need motivation to speed him up.  What he needs is education to turn him around.
The Treasury of Quotes Jim Rohn 2018-05-22 05:00:00Z 0
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Miami installed the first ATM for inline skater's.
Miami Murray Hanson 2018-05-22 05:00:00Z 0
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The Inca built the largest and wealthiest empire in South America, but had no concept of money.
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Posted by Murray Hanson

Thank you Dr. Huston!

Last Tuesday students from Jefferson planted trees at Dick Huston's farm. This school field trip was a great learning experience for the kids and a nice follow up to the tree planting at Jefferson Elementary the week before. This is helping achieve the Rotary Club’s goal of supporting the International Rotary challenge of planting 1.2 million trees this year, one for every Rotary member worldwide.
 
There were 93 third graders, Principal Yessica Louis, four teachers, custodian Tim and Todd Sesker who were involved.   Rice County Soil and Water donated the trees and tubex.  Stan Boe at Faribault Garden donated the fertilizer and Mike Ford at Farm and Home gave us a deal on the stakes.  In addition Teresa DeMars from Soil and Water provided a lot of help.  Dick's neighbor Mike Cashin helped to pre-dig the holes for the 60 trees planted at his farm.
 
Rotary continues to "Make a Difference!"
Tree Planting at the Huston Farm Murray Hanson 2018-05-22 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Laura Bock on May 21, 2018

Dr. Mark Weisbrod

On Wednesday May 16th we heard from Dr. Mark Weisbrod who started off our day with a joke - What did the right eye say to the left eye? Between you and me something smells. {chuckles from the crowd}
 
Dr. Weisbrod hails from Rochester, Minnesota he graduated from Mayo High School and went on to attend Concordia- Moorhead, then U of M Medical School. He completed his residency in Texas and fellowship in Miami.
 
Dr. Weisbrod lead us through a slide show, explaining parts of the eye, he talked us through cataract removal and a Lasik procedure. He explained what diabetes and macular degeneration do to your eye sight and how they can be treated. Everyone was strongly encouraged to get a yearly eye exam.
 
Thank you for joining us Dr. Weisbrod, it was a pleasure having you, we hope to see you soon!
 
 
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Posted by Murray Hanson on May 21, 2018
In less than 2 years the Faribault Rotary Club will celebrate its 100-year anniversary on May 1, 2020.  This week’s historical highlight is from 1923.
 
 
The decision was made to publish the weekly Faribotarian bulletin for a six-month trial period.
 
The first Farmer’s picnic was held.
 
The club voted approval of purchase of fairgrounds space for a playground.
 
Our 4th president in 1923-24 was Nuba M. Pletcher who remained a member until 1965. 
Club History 1923 Murray Hanson 2018-05-21 05:00:00Z 0
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Golf is the only sport to be played on the moon.
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Foreword:
 The following article was written by our 72nd President Julius Wadekamper who led the project.  He was fluent in Portuguese and had taught school in Brazil previously. This article is being reprinted from our 75th anniversary program in 1995.
 
Murray Hanson
 
THE STREET CHILDREN OF SANTAREM, BRAZIL
By: Julius Wadekamper
 
            There is so much poverty, suffering, hunger, and child abuse in the world that we cannot begin to comprehend it. Anything that a person or an organization does to help is like a drop of water in the ocean. Nevertheless, for those who are helped even so little makes a world of difference to them. One of the greatest effects in their lives is to know someone cares and the effect in our lies is knowing that we, who are able to help, do so.
 
            It is not uncommon for the street children of Brazil to be shot. Well over 600 in Rio de Janeiro alone have been shot. How does this come about?
 
In Santarem, people migrate to the city from the interior in pursuit of jobs. The children must fend for themselves. They take to the streets to find a little work or to steal. Those from whom they are stealing hire off-duty policemen to eliminate the problem. This has been well documented.
 
On person who has made a big difference is Ronald Hein of Santarem. Seeing the plight of children of the streets he opened a shelter where they can come in groups once a week. They are attracted by sports, soccer, volleyball, basketball, music, guitar playing and singing, crafts such as woodworking, sewing, and a warm meal at noon. They are given a t-shirt depicting their association with the center and if in need, some food to take back to their families. Needless to say, they love the program, However Ronald has set some rules they must follow.
 
  1. They must have a job, which he helps them find. Hauling groceries from the market, shining shoes, selling popsicles, stocking shelves, etc. While on the job they wear their t-shirt and are proud to do so.
  2. They must be enrolled in school. (Schools only run for half days in order to accommodate all the students). Here again, since there is not enough space for all children to attend school, Ronald and his staff are able to secure room in the schools.
  3. They must sleep at home or with a relative, not under a bridge or in the streets. Home visits are made regularly to help the poor parents and the relatives.
 
Now many of the children are turning 16 and need to prepare for more permanent
work. Here is where the Faribault Rotary Club comes in. In addition to the $5,000.00 we have already sent, we have raised an additional $14,000.00 with the help of the Hudson, Wisconsin, and White Bear Lake Rotary Clubs, and with the assistance of the District and Rotary International. This money will be used to purchase technical equipment. For carpentry, sewing, printing, computer work, etc., for training so the children can enter in a profitable profession.
 
            Santarem is a town of 150,000 people 500 miles up the Amazon river. Our “drop in the ocean” is extremely meaningful to the 400 children we help and save. Faribault can well be proud of its Rotary Citizens and the good they do.
 
            There are 10 groups of 40 children each, boys and girls, in the Street Children Project. Each group meets once a week at the center. 400 children take part in the program.
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Posted by Murray Hanson on May 15, 2018
 
Rotary International is recommending that club members strive for 60% attendance. Attendance "Make Up" include any Rotary business meeting or gathering. 
This includes committee meetings, board meetings and club parties!

Please remember to turn in a "Make Up" request to me - to make sure your attendance is at 60% or higher!
You can e-mail me at mhanson@richieeyeclinic.com  or give me a note at a meeting.

You can check your own attendance record on CLUBRUNNER on our website.  I also encourage you to download the ClubRunner app for your smart phone. This will give you a direct link to all club member contact information.

See you at Rotary!



 
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Mt. Rushmore cost less than $1 million dollars to complete.
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There is an uninhabited island in the Bahamas known as Pig Beach, which is populated entirely by swimming pigs.
Pig Beach Murray Hanson 2018-05-14 05:00:00Z 0
In 2 years the Faribault Rotary Club will celebrate its 100-year anniversary on May 1, 2020.  This week’s historical highlight is from 1921.
 
In 1922, the first annual banquet was held in February. 
Meetings were held bi-weekly during the summer months. 
A committee was formed to help the Chamber of Commerce prepare City Planning and Zoning ordinances. 
We sponsored the Owatonna Rotary Club.
Our third Club President in 1922-23 was Anthony M. Bion.
Club History 1922 Murray Hanson 2018-05-14 05:00:00Z 0

Canadian General Consul Paul Conners

     On Wednesday May 9th Faribault Rotary has the pleasure of hearing from Paul Connors Canadian Counsel General from the Canadian Embassy. Paul spoke about two main topics and then answered a few questions from Rotarians. He spoke first about Security and defense, and second about Economic relationships, specifically the NAFTA free trade agreement.
     Paul had very positive things to say on all fronts, especially when it came to trade. He commended on the fact that Canada and the United States have the largest two-way trade relationship in the world. We have a very balanced trade according to him. He is confident the NAFTA negotiations are going well, the negotiators working on this meet very regularly and have the "easy stuff" figured out.
     They are re-writing the agreement as they go and some of the chapters are completely finished already. It was a delight to have Paul and Mike Flaherty international business developer join us!
 
Last Week's Meeting 5/9/2018 Laura Bock 2018-05-14 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gunnar Olson on May 08, 2018

Dick and Troy planting a tree with Jefferson student, Omar Hajii-Mohamed.

Boy plants tree

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Watching them grow

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

©Copyright 2018 APG Media of Southern Minnesota. All rights reserved.

 
Elementary students dig in, help Faribault Rotary reach tree-planting goal Gunnar Olson 2018-05-08 05:00:00Z 0
In 2 years the Faribault Rotary Club will celebrate its 100-year anniversary on May 1, 2020.  This week's historical highlight is from 1921.
 
The first annual picnic was held at Cedar Lake.  Twenty-one new members were added during the second year.  A turkey raffle was held with the number 13 as the lucky number. Our 2nd president was Fred U. Davis.
Club History 1921 Murray Hanson 2018-05-08 05:00:00Z 0

We're gonna win Twins... We're gonna score......

     On Wednesday May 2, 2018, our speaker was Author Bob Showers. Bob is an avid Minnesota sports fan, his newest book The Twins at the Dome chronicles the years the Minnesota Twins baseball team played at the Metro Dome.
He previously has written The Twins at the Met, and Minnesota North Stars: history and memories with Lou Nanne.
 
Bob retold some of the stories from his new book. He explained his style of interviewing for the book was designed to bring up memories, and just let the players, coaches, and everyone he interviewed go back in time and simply tell their stories.
While all the stories are tied together by the love of baseball, they are stories of friendship, respect, and a little competition.
 
Bob is the owner of his own publishing company, Bob Showers Books LLC and resides in Bloomington Minnesota. A portion of all the proceeds from his book are donated to The Twins Community Fund - a charity supporting youth and families.
Thank you Bob for sharing such amazing stories about our Minnesota Twins!
Last Week's Meeting 5-2-2018 Laura Bock 2018-05-08 05:00:00Z 0

Congratulations!

      The Faribault Rotary Club has inducted two new members.  Sarah Rojas is the Community Outreach Manager at Milestone Senior Living and was sponsored by Dr. Lisa Humfiled-Wilson.  Ken Johnson is a Workforce Development Representative for the MN Department of Employment and Economic Development and was sponsored by Dr. Dick Huston. 
 
      Both new Rotarians pledged to live by the four way test and put service before self.  Pictured left to right are Dr. Dick Huston, Ken Johnson,  Dr. Lisa Humfeld-Wilson, Sarah Rojas and club president Troy Dunn.
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A chameleon shoots out its tongue to catch prey at speeds faster than a fighter jet.
Chameleon Murray Hanson 2018-05-07 05:00:00Z 0
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The Statue of Liberty wears a size 879 sandal.
Big feet! Murray Hanson 2018-05-01 05:00:00Z 0
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 LearningRx, a Colorado-based one-on-one brain training center, opened in May 2017 in downtown Owatonna. Pictured from left to right: Darci Stanford, Owatonna LearningRx owner, and Sonja Harris, Owatonna LearningRx director. 

LearningRx
     On Wednesday April 25th we heard from Darci Stanford. Darci is from Learning RX of Owatonna. Learning RX specializes in cognitive skills. Basically, a work out for your brain. Like your body and muscles, the more active the better. The brain is the same way.
 
     Darci touched on different areas of brain development. Firing, attention, processing speed, long term and short-term memory, visual processing and audio processing. She had us pair up for a couple of simple brain testers and finished up with a couple of simple at home games to test yourself. Sort cards, with a group or by yourself. Sort simply by color, then again by color and number, and again by color number and suit, etc. and try to increase you speed as you go. another fun game is to open the fridge for 20 to 30 seconds trying to take a mental inventory, then write it down, check your memory. To make it harder take your 20 -30 second peek, after 30 min, write down what you saw and then check it with the contents of the fridge.
 
     Thank you so much for speaking to us Darci, and making our brains work too!!
 
Last week's Meeting 4-25-2018 Laura Bock 2018-04-30 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Murray Hanson on Apr 30, 2018
In 2 years the Faribault Rotary Club will celebrate its 100 year anniversary on May 1, 2020.  Each week the bulletin is published until that day, I will include a brief historical highlight from a year in our history of fellowship and Service above Self starting in 1920.
 
     The Faribault Rotary Club was established 98 years ago today on May 1, 1920 as Rotary's 596th club with 22 charter members and by the end of the first year membership had reached a total of 35.   
 
E.B. Johnson, representing the district governor of the International Rotary Clubs, and three other members of the Minneapolis Rotary Club met with our charter members.  The first President of the Faribault Rotary Club was Frank W. McKellip.
 
Meetings were held on the first and third Monday of each month and on the evening of the fourth Monday.
 
 
 
 
Countdown to 100 years- 1920-2020 Murray Hanson 2018-04-30 05:00:00Z 0
The most honorable Dr. Lisa Humfeld-Wilson has proposed Sarah Rojas, community outreach manager for Oxford Management at Milestone Senior Living, for membership in the Faribault Rotary Club.  If you have any questions, please contact Dick Huston or Troy Dunn.
New Member Proposal- Sarah Rojas Murray Hanson 2018-04-23 05:00:00Z 0
Ian H.S. Riseley - Rotary International President-elect 2016-17

Ian H.S. Riseley

President 2017-18

April 2018

At the 1990 Rotary International Convention in Portland, Oregon, then President-elect Paulo Costa told the gathered Rotarians, "The hour has come for Rotary to raise its voice, to claim its leadership, and to rouse all Rotarians to an honorable crusade to protect our natural resources." He declared a Rotary initiative to "Preserve Planet Earth," asking Rotarians to make environmental issues part of their service agenda: to plant trees, to work to keep our air and water clean, and to protect the planet for future generations.

President Costa asked that one tree be planted for each of the 1.1 million members that Rotary had at the time. We Rotarians, as is our wont, did better, planting nearly 35 million trees by the end of the Rotary year. Many of those trees are likely still flourishing today, absorbing carbon from the environment, releasing oxygen, cooling the air, improving soil quality, providing habitat and food for birds, animals, and insects, and yielding a host of other benefits. Unfortunately, while those trees have kept on doing good for the environment, Rotary as a whole has not carried its environmental commitment forward.

That is why, at the start of this year, I followed Paulo Costa's example and asked Rotary to plant at least one tree for every Rotary member. My goal was to achieve a good beyond the considerable benefits that those 1.2 million (or more!) trees would themselves bring. It is my hope that by planting trees, Rotarians will renew their interest in, and attention to, an issue that we must put back on the Rotary agenda: the state of our planet.

Environmental issues are deeply entwined in every one of our areas of focus and cannot be dismissed as not Rotary's concern. Pollution is affecting health across the globe: More than 80 percent of people in urban areas breathe unsafe air, a number that rises to 98 percent in low- and middle-income countries. If current trends continue, by 2050 the oceans are expected to contain more plastics by weight than fish. And rising temperatures are well-documented: Global annual average temperatures increased by about 2 degrees F (1.1 degrees C) from 1880 through 2015. That this change was caused by humans is not a subject of scientific debate, nor is the likelihood of vast economic and human disruption if the trend continues unchecked. The need for action is greater than ever – and so is our ability to have a real impact.

As past UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon put it, "There can be no Plan B, because there is no Planet B." Our planet belongs to all of us, and to our children, and to their children. It is for all of us to protect, and for all of us in Rotary to make a difference.

RI President's Message April 2018 Ian HS Riseley 2018-04-23 05:00:00Z 0
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On average a man spends about 5 months of his life shaving.
Shaving Murray Hanson 2018-04-23 05:00:00Z 0
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Turning off the faucet while brushing your teeth can save up to 5 gallons of water.
Saving water Murray Hanson 2018-04-23 05:00:00Z 0

Nice tie, Dr. Huston!

     On Wednesday April 18th we had the pleasure of hearing from our very own Dr. Dick Huston. Dr. Huston shared with us his experiences of his veterinarian mission trip to Samburu Kenya Africa in 2017. Goats, Sheep & Camels were his patients and the people of the region were the recipients of his good will.
 
     Dr. Huston along with about 15 people from Kenya, that included 3 other veterinarians and some helpers were working through Christian Veterinary mission collaboration with Veterinaries with a mission grogram. In one weeks’ time the group treated 9646 animals for internal and external parasites. Owners would hear their animals 12 to 14 miles to get them to the mission group. Mostly women, along with their smaller children would be the one bringing in the animals. The mission group set up corrals made of extremely sharp barbed bush branches, they would cut the bush and make corals out of the branches to hold the animals in while there were one by one being injected. The conditions were dry and dusty.
 
     By the end of the week our good Dr. was known as the camel expert. Dr. Houston told us you have to be very quick and nibble on your feet because once you inject a camel, they are swing around their head and coming for you to let you know of their displeasure about their injection.
Dr. Houston had a chance to speak to the children about education and cleaning up their surroundings. Before his trip ended the village, he had been in was picking up garbage and trash to make it a cleaner environment for all. The villagers planted 6 Mango trees in his honor.
 
      Thank you, Dick, for your service to animals and humans alike, we are honored to have you in our club. You set a great example of the 4-way test!
Last Week's Meeting 4-18-2018 Laura Bock 2018-04-18 05:00:00Z 0

The economy is good!

     On Wednesday April 11, 2018 we heard from John Schonberg of Stonebridge Capital Advisors. John presented on Second Quarter Economic and Market Persecutes. John talked about Corporate Tax rates being down 15%, and noted that we are starting to see little signs of inflation and that is trending to be at 3 to 3.5% by next year.
 
     According to John, the economy is good, and we should see another 10 to 12 months before there is a turn. His key point from this presentation is make sure when the turn happens you are prepared for that, make sure you are keeping your principal safe. See your financial advisor if this is something you want to make sure is done.
 
     John then took some questions from Rotarians and we had a brief discussion on large company pensions and the fall out that is coming, possible very soon for some.
 
Last Week's Meeting 4/11/2018 Laura Bock 2018-04-17 05:00:00Z 0
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-40 degrees Fahrenheit is the same temperature as -40 degrees Celsius.
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Teaching Leadership

     On Wednesday April 4th we heard from Erik Therwanger. Erik visited with us on leadership. He gave us some insight into leadership and specifically leading millennials. In 2017 Erik gave a Ted talk on this subject. Millennials are not your leadership challenge. His Military background, he became a Maurine in 1987 laid the foundation for his idea the Leadership Connection. He is helping companies and organizations find the link between leading and succeeding, managing the work, and leading the people who do the work.
 
     Erik's presentation was only a scratch on the surface of the information he typically covers. To find out more about his training, books or to see his Ted talk, or listen to his pod casts visit his site www.thinkgreat90.com 
Last week's Meeting 4/3/2018 Laura Bock 2018-04-10 05:00:00Z 0

Congratulations Carter!

The Faribault Rotary Club has inducted Carter Klinger to join others in putting Service above Self.  Carter in an Account Executive for KRUE/KOWZ  radio.  Pictured are his sponsor Bart Jackson, Carter and Rotary president Troy Dunn.
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Less than 2% of the water on Earth is fresh.
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The Inca built the largest and wealthiest empire in South America but had no concept of money (or fleecing?)
No money? Murray Hanson 2018-04-10 05:00:00Z 0

Welcome David!

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David 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.
 
Your Family members, occupations (including you) or school level?”
 
David Andrew (34yrs old) Director of Events at Shattuck-Mary’s - AAS graduate from SWSU
Willow James (2yrs old) unemployed
Your Hometown/School/College
 
Born in Austin MN, grew-up and graduated from OHS in Owatonna, AAS - Business from SWSU (finished online)
 
Your Previous occupations?
Paperboy, Schwan’s route driver, bartender, f&b manager, ad developer/writer, restaurateur.
 
Any Hobbies?
Cooking, fermentable foods, golf, chess, walking/hiking, Curling
 
Rotary sponsor? Dick Huston
 
Interesting fact about you or your life?
 
I've been hit by 3 cars while walking (never injured). All at stop signs while in crosswalk. Since I have been ticketed for jaywalking, walking outside of a crosswalk with no traffic around. To say the less, I watch were I walk and what’s around me.
 
Anything else you can think of?       
 
I journal daily, I hope to put together a book of the people I've encountered and their experiences expressed to me of some sort, someday. An expression of human life and the ventures it talks on so to speak.
 
Member Profile- David Connelly Murray Hanson 2018-04-09 05:00:00Z 0
The honorable Dr. Richard Huston has proposed Ken Johnson from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development for membership in the Faribault Rotary Club. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Dick Huston or Troy Dunn.
New Member Proposal- Ken Johnson Murray Hanson 2018-04-09 05:00:00Z 0
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George Washington had false teeth made of gold, ivory, and lead- but never wood.
False Teeth? Murray Hanson 2018-04-03 05:00:00Z 0
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Pearls can be dissolved by vinegar.
Pearls Murray Hanson 2018-04-03 05:00:00Z 0

Heartwarming story!

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      On Wednesday March 28th we heard from Dennis and Karen Vinar, they are a Northfield couple who recently published a book about the amazing journey to finding each other after 50 plus years, and then reaching out to a daughter they had given up for adoption as teenagers. How did you find me...? after all these years? A family memoir.
 
      Their story tells of a party and a simple question if you only had a short amount of time to live who you would want to spend it with. Party goer’s answers where actors and Politian's, but Dennis's answer was Karen. A few days later he started a search for her and found her easily enough on LinkedIn. After some time and a rekindled relationship between the two of them. The married couple decided to look for the daughter they had given up. Jean Voxland and her husband Andrew tell their side of the story as the grown daughter now meeting her biological parents for the first time.
Get ready to laugh, cry and search your own heart according to the back of the book!
 
     The Vinar's have had some fun success with the launch of this book. With guest spots on Kare 11 on Christmas Eve, and the Steve Harvey show just this past February. They were on the cover of a favorite local southern Minnesota magazine Girlfriends, and there is even talk of a movie!
Thank you, Dennis and Karen, for visiting with us to tell your story in person!
 
Last Week's Meeting 3/28/2018 Laura Bock 2018-03-28 05:00:00Z 0
The following article is the completes the reprint from our 75th Anniversary booklet. 
 
Murray Hanson
 
 
FARIBOTARIAN
By: Lyle Schreiber
 
Rotarians meet for more than food. Name almost any subject and Rotary has a program or speaker covering it. To name a few:
 
1925 School Problems
1928 The Mind of Youth
1930 Organized Labor
1933 Inflation
1930 The Decline of Morals -- Youth and Adults
1938 Congressman August Andreson stressed the need to curb government spending
1941 Should Faribault have an Airport?
1948 The Taft-Hartley Labor Law
1949 Socialized Medicine in Great Britain
1953 South African Race Problem
1956 Prospects of Atomic Electric Plants in Minnesota
 
Local government officials are frequent speakers to keep Rotarians advised of the problems of local government and their solutions. Owners of new and old Faribault industries are asked to tell of their products. In the last few years, club members visited Sellner Manufacturing Co., Faribault Foods, Mercury Minnesota, the remodeled library, and the Faribault correctional facility.
 
Soon after joining, Rotarians are asked to give a Classification Talk in which they give a short biographical sketch and a description of their occupation. These talks are some of the most interesting programs.
 
Beginning in 1940, selected students from local high schools were invited to be guests of the club at regular weekly meetings. This program has continued to the present. Two students from Faribault Senior High School, Bethlehem Academy or Shattuck-St. Mary's attend for two weeks. At the second meeting the students give a resume of their school activities. 
 
Rotary has a program for sending selected local high school students to a foreign country for a year and, in exchange, serves as a host to students from other countries. The Faribault club has had guests from Australia, Brazil, South Africa, and Ethiopia, and sent students to Greenland, Norway, Spain, Japan and Germany.
 
From its beginning, the Faribault Rotary Club has been interested in youth programs. The club assisted in organizing Boy Scout troops and sponsored a summer picnic for boys for several years. Rotarians furnished transportation to roll students who wanted to take part in athletics. The Rotary camp was built for use by Scouts and other Youth groups.
 
Believing that there should be recognition of those students who are academically superior, the club, in 1962, invited those members of the senior class from the High School and Bethlehem Academy who had a grade point average of 3.5 or better to an Honors Banquet. This recognition has continued and the students parents' are invited to attend.
 
To provide funds for the maintenance of the youth camp and for music scholarships, the Rotary club sponsors the first combined high school orchestra, band and choir concert of the year. At Christmas time, the high school choir performs part of their Christmas concert at a regular dinner meeting. For several years the dinner has been held at Shattuck-St. Mary's refractory and Shumway auditorium. A new fundraiser has been the October Rose sale. In 1994, more than 700 dozen roses were sold.
 
When Rotary was organized February 23, 1905 it was a men's organization. It remained so until 1987 when, by action of the Rotary international, the membership of women was authorized. Janine Sahagian was the first woman to be a member of the Faribault Club. Today there are 1,197,308 Rotarians in 27,173 clubs in 151 countries.
 
With 75 years of service to the community, the Faribault Rotary Club looks forward to growth and service.
Club History- The Early Years Part II Lyle Schreiber 2018-03-27 05:00:00Z 0
The following article is a reprinted from the 75th anniversary booklet of the Faribault Rotary Club in 1995 and covers the early years of our club starting in 1920. Part II will be in next weeks bulletin.
 
Murray Hanson
 
 
FARIBOTARIAN
By: Lyle Schreiber
 
      Woodrow Wilson was president; the 18th Amendment was upheld by the Supreme Court; three Negroes were lynched in Duluth; the Faribault National Guard was sent to Duluth to control the rioting; Fourth Street west of Second Avenue was paved; lots in Southern Heights were selling for a dollar down and a dollar a week; the high school graduating class numbered 93. This was 1920.
 
On Thursday April 29, 1920 E.B. Johnson of Minneapolis, representing the district governor, met with 22 charter members of the Faribault Rotary Club. The charter was dated May 1, 1920. By the end of the first year, the membership had reached 35 and 21 members were added in the second year.
 
The first meetings were held at the episcopal Guild House. Mrs. Anna Kahn was the cook-hostess. Her lunches established a tradition of good food for the club. In 1926, the club moved its meeting place to the ELKS Club with the provision that the price of the lunch would not be more than sixty cents. In 1929, with the completion of the Harvey Hotel (Hotel Faribault) the club moves there for its meetings. Evidently the sixty cent limit still prevailed as, in 1933, the hotel was informed the cost must be reduced to fifty cents or the club would leave. The answer must have been negative, as in 1934 the meeting place was moved to the Blue Bird Inn located on Highway 3, about the present location of Larson Electric, Inc. 
     Mrs. C. N. Crossett and the Inn were famous for fine food. Some Rotarians made a point of arriving at the meetings early for chicken giblets and other appetizers. The club moved back to the hotel and continued to meet there until 1969 when it moved to the Evergreen Knoll. The food was good, but the space was too small, so the Country Club was tried. Again, the space arrangement was not satisfactory and it was decided to move to the lavender inn.
Club History- The early years Part I Lyle Schreiber 2018-03-26 05:00:00Z 0
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A Galapagos tortoise can take up to 3 weeks to digest a meal.
Tortoise Murray Hanson 2018-03-26 05:00:00Z 0
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On average you'll spend a year of your life looking for misplaced objects.
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The distinguished southern gentlemen from American Family In$urance, Bart Jackson, has proposed Carter Klinger from KOWZ radio for membership in the Faribault Rotary Club. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Dick Huston or Troy Dunn.
New Member Proposal- Carter Klinger Murray Hanson 2018-03-22 05:00:00Z 0

Donahue's Greenhouse

     On Wednesday March 21, 2018 we heard from Kathy Donahue Nass of Donahue's Greenhouse. In 1972 the Donahue family purchased Lehman's Gardens and never looked back. In 1993 the family green house had grown and was land locked inside the city of Faribault so 40 acres just outside of Faribault in Morristown were purchased for mores space. The Retail store remains in Faribault and 147,000 square feet of green house space is in Morristown. The Donahue's grow about 130 varieties of plants to be sold all over the United States and Canada. Donahue's are well known for their clematis and currently have two varieties to the family name, Killian Donahue and Rosalie Donahros, both beautiful variegated varieties of clematis.
 
     Having Kathy visit on the first full day of spring in 2018 makes any gardener's heart happy. Kathy announced the retail store would be open for their summer business starting April 12, with their Anniversary Celebration and annual "potting days" taking place on Friday the 20th - Sunday the 22nd. This year they are celebrating their 46th anniversary!
 
     Donahue's employs 16 people full time year-round, they 25 seasonal employees. The third generation of the Donahue family are starting to enter the work force and will hopefully carry on the tradition of one of Faribault's best attractions - Donahue's Green house. 
Last Week's Program 3/27/2018 Laura Bock 2018-03-21 05:00:00Z 0

Presidential message

Ian H.S. Riseley - Rotary International President-elect 2016-17

Ian H.S. Riseley

President 2017-18

March 2018

This month marks 50 years since the first Rotaract club was chartered, in 1968. In this special Rotaract issue, you'll meet some impressive Rotaractors from around the world and see some of the incredible ways they are Making a Difference.

In the half-century since Rotaract began, the world has seen profound changes, and young people have felt the greatest impact of those changes: the rise of technology and the information economy, the spread of education, and the tremendous influence of the internet. When Rotaract was founded, it would have been almost unthinkable for a teen or 20-something to have been an entrepreneur or a CEO. Today, young people have an unprecedented capacity to achieve – and Rotary needs their ideas and enthusiasm as never before.

For many years, Rotary has done Rotaract a disservice by looking at our youth and young adult programs as mere precursors to Rotary membership, and not as valuable and productive programs in their own right. But Rotaractors are truly partners in Rotary service.

Today, an estimated quarter of a million Rotaractors serve in over 10,000 clubs, in nearly every country where Rotary clubs exist. The impact of their service is particularly impressive when contrasted with their resources. Rotaractors achieve an amazing amount with far less money at their disposal than the average Rotary club. Their energy and vision bring something wonderful to our Rotary family and to our communities, and we value it very much.

Yet only 27 percent of Rotary clubs sponsor a Rotaract club, a figure that has remained fairly stable over time. And far too few Rotaractors ultimately do move on to Rotary membership. As we celebrate this anniversary with Rotaract, I encourage all Rotary clubs to consider sponsoring a Rotaract club or to strengthen their ties with the clubs they already sponsor. Schedule regular joint meetings, run joint service projects, and reach out to Rotaractors – not only to ask if you can help, but to find out how you can work together. Know your Rotaract clubs and their members – and make sure that every Rotaractor knows that a Rotary club is waiting to welcome them.

For half a century, Rotaract has given young people a way to find the same connections with their communities, and the same value in service, that Rotarians find in Rotary. Rotaractors are connecting us to the Rotary of our future, while helping us build the Rotary of today.

RI Presidential Message March 2018 Ian H.S. Riseley 2018-03-20 05:00:00Z 0
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Until its demolition in 2012, 1% of Greenland's total population lived in a single apartment building called Blok P.
Greenland Murray Hanson 2018-03-20 05:00:00Z 0

David Connelly

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     On Wednesday March 14 we hear a classification speech from new member David Connelly. David is the Inn Keeper at The Inn at Shattuck. David grew up in Owatonna, Minnesota and was a self-described dorky kid who started a chess club and always wore a sweater vest. In high school he was quite the baseball player and was a talented left-handed pitcher. In a small accident on the way to SW State in Marshall, Minnesota where he was going to college and playing baseball, he lost his ability to pitch a good pitch.
 
     David had finished High school early and had volunteered his time in the elementary schools help kids with reading and math. He has decided he wanted to be a teacher.
Pondering life one day on his front porch, he notices a squirrel trying to get a nut off the busy street out in front of his house. It dawned on him this squirrel was just trying to survive and provide for his family. David adopted the moto "be like the squirrel" bringing his life into focus. He even has the saying tattooed on his hand so he can be reminded.
 
     David has previously worked at the Holiday Inn in Owatonna, doing a variety of jobs before he made a success of the restaurant there. He moved to Torie's in Owatonna, a restaurant with a high-end feel. As he was working for Torie's and was helping develop a food and beverage program for the under-construction Inn at Shattuck, he knew he wanted to be a part of the project in a big way. David became the Innkeeper for the Inn and now over sees the day to day operations of the facility. People first, heart first, commonsense first, is the way he runs things.
 
     David is a father to 2-year-old Willow. It is obvious from his classification speech that she is the light of his life. David says their living in Faribault has impacted Willow already at a young age. He gave one example of deciding to teach her American Sign Language (ASL) so she can communicate with members of the community who attend MSAD.
David is an avid promoter of Faribault, having grown up in Owatonna, (our next-door neighbor) he admits he didn't come to Faribault for much. Now that he is here he loves Faribault and its rich history and cultural diversity.
David we are so excited to have you as a Rotarian, we look forward to all the great things you will do!
 
Last Week's Meeting 3-13-2018 Laura Bock 2018-03-19 05:00:00Z 0
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Strawberries contain more vitamin C than oranges.
Vitamin C Murray Hanson 2018-03-19 05:00:00Z 0
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Swimming Murray Hanson 2018-03-12 05:00:00Z 0
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In ancient Greece, the strawberry was a symbol for Venus, the Goddess of Love.
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Posted by Laura Bock

Community Education

     On Wednesday March 7th we heard from our local School District 656 on the Community School Program. We heard from Charles Cooper Community School Coordinator. This program currently takes place at Jefferson Elementary and Faribault Middle School but is intended for all families in the community. The premise for these after school activities are Academic focus, Health initiatives, youth initiatives, and community engagement. The chief goal is higher attendance during the day, and physical, emotional and social benefits for the kids.
 
     According to Charles this type of programming can benefit all families in Faribault, and he is working to get more kids and families to participate. If you have an idea for any programming please contact him at 507-333-6384.
The Community School program is providing a meal for anyone under 18 FREE of charge Monday through Thursdays at Jefferson and FMS from 4:30 to 5:30. If you would like to join in the cost for a meal is minimal if you are over 18.
 
     This program is currently funded by a grant. If you have more questions see fellow Rotarians Anne Marie Leland, or Todd Sesker.
Last Week's Program 3-7-18 Laura Bock 2018-03-07 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Murray Hanson on Mar 07, 2018
 
 Club President,Troy Dunn and the honorable Rod Mahler with his award and District Governor, Kyle Haugen
      
The Faribault Rotary Club was established 98 years ago on May 1, 1920 as Rotary's 596th club with 22 charter members and by the end of the first-year membership had reached a total of 35. Those early founders of our club established a tradition of record keeping that has now been passed on to me in the form of 6 boxes of records dating back to the first days of our club. My research into Rod’s time in our club revealed the following:
On March 5th, Rod Mahler has been a member for 60 of the 98 years our club has existed. He joined our club on March 5, 1958 at the age of 24. 
 
On that day Al Burkhartzmeyer did his classification talk.
Rod’s classification talk was on June 7th and his review in the bulletin the next week was as follows:
‘Rod Mahler need not take the back seat when it comes to public speaking. I wonder did the box have a ‘Green Door’ on it?  You did a fine job, and we all enjoyed your classification talk very much”
 
Rod missed 2 weeks in August of that first year with the mumps and then had 10 years of perfect attendance. I estimate that he has attended over 2700 meetings with over 90% attendance and over 3000 total Rotary events of which he would be happy to discuss any one of them with you.
 
Notable program speakers his first year were
  • U of M Hockey coach, John Mariucci
  • Congressman and future Governor Al Quie
  • Captain EM Morgan US Navy Pacific Fleet Naval Defenses
  • Mayor P. Kenneth Peterson- about the new Freeway coming
Rod’s 60 years so far give him the longest membership in our club history.
Other notable long-time members
- Palmer Dragsten 1948- 2006 / 58 years
- Al Burkhartzmeyer 1957-2012 / 55 years
- Tom Gerbig 1969- present / 49 years
- George Wickstrom 1974- present / 44 years
- Nuba Pletcher 1921-1965 /44 years (2nd picture)
-Dr. Donald Chathum 1921-1963 /42 years
 
Rod has those connections back to the first year of our club when the original 35 first year members were added during 1920-21. Nuba Pletcher and Dr. Donald Chathum who joined that first year were still members for 5-7 years after Rod joined in 1958.
 
When I joined 25 years ago, Rod was one of the first Rotarians to welcome me to the club fleecing me during fellowship just to be sure that I felt welcome.  He has always been welcoming and encouraging to new members over the years and is a true example of a Rotarian who puts service above self.
 
 He has served this club and Faribault continuously during his 60-year membership even most recently with the donation of our new American flag and sponsoring the membership of our new chamber President, Nort Johnson.
 
Thank you, Rod for your continued inspiration and  service to our club!
 
Rod Mahler- 60 years of Rotary Service Murray Hanson 2018-03-07 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Murray Hanson

Congratulations Rod! (1970 picture)

Please join us for this week's meeting as the Faribault Rotary Club honors Rod Mahler for his 60 years of membership and service above self.  Rod joined our club March 5, 1958.
Rod Mahler- 60 years in Rotary Murray Hanson 2018-03-06 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Laura Bock

Antartica adventures

     On Wednesday February 28th we heard the great tales of the travels of Cate Grinney. Cate set off on her adventure to visit her 7th continent, Antarctica! Cate traveled with her father to check this off their bucket list. Cate shared with us many images and videos from her trip.
 
     She educated us on Antarctica and some of the surrounding land masses. Antarctica is not the Artic. Antarctica is extremely mountainous and there are no land mammals there. It is the 5th largest continent and it is 98%-99% ice. The continent is protected by the Antarctic Treaty which promotes peach and science. There is no residence of Antarctica only the scientist that come and go and study while they are there.
 
     Cate is a lover of photography and animals. Her photos and videos she shared included penguins, seals, birds in flight and whales. She also included some amazing shots of icebergs and shorelines.
     
     Thank you for sharing your amazing journey with us. I think most Rotarians were considering the trip of a lifetime after you shared with us! Thank you, Cate!
 
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Last week's meeting 2/28/18 Laura Bock 2018-03-05 06:00:00Z 0
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Corn always has an even number of rows on each ear.
Corn Murray Hanson 2018-03-05 06:00:00Z 0
Mona Lisa Murray Hanson 2018-03-05 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Keith Kluzak
 
List of Scholarship Winners Illustrating Rotarian Values and Writing About it in an Essay
First NameLast NameSchoolScholarship Award Level 
Taylore LenwayFHS$2000 Marv Schrader Scholarship Winner 
RachelHansonFHS$2000 Marv Schrader Scholarship Winner 
AlexanderChouFHS$2000 Marv Schrader Scholarship Winner 
       
Strive Essay Scholarship Winners 2018 Keith Kluzak 2018-02-27 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Keith Kluzak
 
List of Scholarship Winners for Most Improved GPA    
First NameLast NameSchoolAward Level     
JasonDonkersFHS$3000 GPA Winner - Wesley Bahl Memorial Scholarship     
KatraAbdulahiFHS$2500 GPA Winner - Wesley Bahl Memorial Scholarship     
HannahPlunkettFHS$2500 GPA Winner - Wesley Bahl Memorial Scholarship     
MelaniePaquetteFHS$1000 GPA Winner - Steven Springmeyer Memorial Scholarship     
TufahAbdulahiFHS$1000 GPA Winner - Keith Shaffer Memorial Scholarship     
Strive Scholarship Winners 2018 Keith Kluzak 2018-02-27 06:00:00Z 0
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The Earth rotates at a speed of 1040 mph.
The Earth Murray Hanson 2018-02-26 06:00:00Z 0
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Lobsters can live up to 50 years. (Not at Red Lobster)
Lobsters Murray Hanson 2018-02-26 06:00:00Z 0

City Update

     On Wednesday February 21, we heard from Janna Viscomi, and John Rowan, both members of city council. Janna gave a quick update on her building, Bernie's Grill and The Vintage Suites, Rotary's former meeting spot, the ball room is undergoing a remodel that will turn the ball room space into 4 more suites. 3 of which are spoken for by Shattuck families for the fall.
 
     Janna and John took turns answering questions and weighing in on comments from Faribault Rotary group on Faribault issues. We covered topics that included parks and trails, straight river waterfront development, an expansion project at our airport, and the new city administrator. John Rowan talked about being diverse in technology, and both council members discussed the future of the city and the excitement around the 2040 comprehensive plan.
 
     We discussed the housing shortage, and John touched on a potential connection of the city of Medford MN to Faribault's sewage treatment facility. Lots of exciting things for them to cover with us. Thank you to Janna and John for spending some time with us, join us again soon.
Last Week's meeting 2/21/2018 Laura Bock 2018-02-21 06:00:00Z 0

Welcome Natalie!

The Faribault Rotary Club inducted Natalie Secraw as a new member.  Natalie is the Director of Community Engagement and Development for Allina Health.  As a Rotarian Natalie has pledged to put service above self as she joins nearly seventy other members who do just that in our community.  Pictured are President Troy Dunn, Natalie and her sponsor Kurt Halverson.
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Kajsa Johnson

Kajsa (second from left) celebrates Christmas at school with Mexican exchange student.
Skiing near Finland in December 
Rotary Exchange in Moscow.  There are only 7 Rotary exchange students in Russia.
 
Student exchange in Russia Murray Hanson 2018-02-20 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Laura Bock

John Emery- Islamic Resource Group

    On Wednesday February 14 our Rotary club had a presentation by John Emery of the Islamic Resource Group.
John joked his bio is to give him some "street cred" with law enforcement organizations as that is one of his main focuses during community outreach is to work with law enforcement agencies. John Emery completed intensive study of the Arabic language in the US Army. He served as a translator and interrogator for nine years, including service in the United States, North Africa, the Persian Gulf and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. After nine years in the US Army, John completed his B.A. in Global Studies and the University of Minnesota.
 
     As an American convert, John is concerned with common misconceptions about Muslims and Islam in the United States. John is passionate about dispelling misunderstandings and shedding light on the values shared by believers of all faith traditions. John lives and works in Chaska, MN. When he is not busy with family, John is a beekeeper and bicyclist.
 
      John shared with us the mission of IRG is to build bridges of understanding across our state. Islamic Resource Group is made up of American Muslims who travel the state to speak on Islamic and Muslim culture to groups large and small. John explained to use the minimum group size is 1. The typical presentation in about an hour in length, with plenty of time for questions and open dialog, so attendees can better understand the Muslim and Islamic culture. Please visit www.irgmn.org to find out more, or request a speaker for an event.
 
     Thank you, John for answering our many questions, during your presentation. Please join us again!
 
Last Week's Program 2-14-2018 Laura Bock 2018-02-19 06:00:00Z 0

Presidential message

Ian H.S. Riseley - Rotary International President-elect 2016-17

Ian H.S. Riseley

President 2017-18

February 2018

One hundred thirteen years ago this month, the four members of Rotary's first club held their first meeting. Although no minutes were kept, it's unlikely anyone talked about service; the club did not begin focusing on the needs of the community for another few years.

The meeting was held not in a hotel or a restaurant, but in a member's office; there were, so far as we know, no agendas or announcements, no committee reports, speakers, or nametags. The meeting would have failed today's usual standards for a productive Rotary meeting most resoundingly. It was, of course, the most productive Rotary meeting ever held.

Today, as in 1905, many of us come to Rotary seeking what Paul Harris sought: friendship, connections, a place to feel at home. But today, Rotary gives us so much more than it could ever have given its earliest members in those earliest days. The Rotary of today, more than 1.2 million members strong, lets us feel at home not only in a small group of our peers, but also in our diverse clubs, across our communities, and indeed throughout the world. Today, Rotary connects us all in a way that Paul Harris could never have dreamed on that February evening so long ago. Not only can we go anywhere in the world there is a Rotary club and feel at home, but we can reach out to anywhere in the world there is a Rotary club and make a difference.

In the 113 years since that first meeting, Rotary has become far larger, and more diverse, than those founding members could have conceived. We have gone from an organization that was all white and all male to one that welcomes women and men of every possible background. We have become an organization whose stated purpose is service, reflected in our motto, Service Above Self. And we have become not only an organization that is capable of changing the world, but one that has already done so, through our work to eradicate polio.

None of us can know what lies ahead for Rotary. It remains for all of us to continue to build on the solid foundations that were laid for us by Paul Harris and his friends: to forge and strengthen the bonds of service and friendship through Rotary: Making a Difference.

RI President's Message February 2018 Ian H.S.Riseley 2018-02-19 06:00:00Z 0
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A duck has three eyelids.
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Posted by Alex Kirkman on Feb 12, 2018

Finally, weather cooperates for Elks Lodge Youth Ice Fishing Contest

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(Reprint with permission from the Daily News)

After three long years, Mother Nature was feeling cooperative. And the fish wouldn’t stop biting.

The sun shone brightly, but not too brightly, over French Lake Saturday as local anglers brought their roads and reels to the Faribault Elks Lodge Youth Ice Fishing Contest. Warm conditions wiped out the 2016 and 2017 versions of the contest, and a blizzard shortened the 2015 event, but the 140 people in attendance had no such problems this weekend. 

“That last two years were cancelled due to the weather. It was a real bummer, but safety comes first,” Exalted Ruler of the Faribault Elks Lodge, Peter Van Sluis, said. “Yesterday wasn’t that bad if you could stick in the sun, and there was no wind. Warm is not the right word, but if you had the right clothing on it wasn’t bad at all.”

The first-ever Youth Ice Fishing Contest drew in 90 people, and the contest saw as many as 300 kids participating back in 2015. Attendance was a little down this year, at 140, though Van Sluis speculated that might have been due to the last two events being cancelled.

The Elks Lodge, Faribault Rotary and Faribault Moose Lodge teamed up to host the free event. Van Sluis said grants from Minnesota Elks Association helped pay for the event as well as donations from volunteers from all three organizations and sponsors from around Faribault.

Each kid who participated received a prize, but special prizes were awarded to the top three anglers. Brooklyn White took first place, Sam Bauer was second and Tanner Milewski finished third.

“Our motto is really long, but basically (the Elks Lodge purpose) is to do things in the community for youth and veterans,” Van Sluis said. “The Elks started this but now we work together with other organizations.”

 

Reach Sports Reporter Alex Kerkman at akerkman@faribault.com or on Twitter @FDNalexkerkman. 

©Copyright 2018 APG Media of Southern Minnesota. All rights reserved.

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Turning off the faucet while brushing your teeth can save up to 5 gallons of water.
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The first spam message was transmitted over telegraph in 1864.
Spam Murray Hanson 2018-02-12 06:00:00Z 0

Welcome Pastor Jared!

Jared 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?” 
Emily (Wife)-piano teacher; 3 foster children: 6yr boy in kindergarten and 16-month twin boys
 
  1. Your Hometown/School/College
Manheim, PA; Homeschool; Northland International University—B.S. Missions; Central Baptist Theological Seminary—Master of Divinity
  1. Your Previous occupations?
Youth Pastor; Medical Product Builder; Construction Worker;
 
  1. Any Hobbies?
Running; Biking; Hiking; Fishing
 
  1. Rotary sponsor?
Keith Kramer
 
  1. Interesting fact about you or your life?
I play the guitar and ukulele
 
  1. Anything else you can think of?        
Nope
 
New Member Profile- Jared Matthew Murray Hanson 2018-02-12 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Laura Bock

Allina CEO David Albrecht (can you spot 2 sheriffs in the picture)

On Wednesday February 7, 2018 we heard from the District One Hospital President David Albrecht. As we all know, District One was purchased by Allina Health. Allina Health is a not for profit health system consisting of clinics and hospitals and other health services providing care throughout Minnesota and Western Wisconsin. He touched on many points, a couple of key ideas included what is a community hospital, what has happened recently, and what is coming in 2018 and beyond?
 
What is a Community Hospital? It’s a building, an employer, a place where physicians can provide care, and it is a community asset. Our hospital gives back, and promotes wellness.
Recently the hospital completed our brand-new Emergency Room, and now that District one is part of Allina, we have access to the best clinical experts, administration experts, new technology and insurance products.
 
Looking to 2018 and beyond DOH is working establish a culture of positivity, have growth in the market share, solidarity in Emergency room physician coverage and DOH is about to start the application for Joint Commission Accreditation.
Future capital needs include a first-floor major overhaul, basic infrastructure systems and new medical equipment.
 
How can we help? Choose a physician who chooses District One!
Thank you, Dave, for talking with us! We look forward to seeing you again soon!
 
Last Week's Meeting 2-7-2018 Laura Bock 2018-02-08 06:00:00Z 0
Sam Ouk shared this beautiful poem at the beginning of our meeting last week:
 
May I become at all times, both now and forever,
A protector for those without protection,
A guide for those who have lost their way,
A ship for those with oceans to cross,
A bridge for those with rivers to cross,
A sanctuary for those in danger,
A lamp for those without light,
A place of refuge for those who lack shelter,
And a servant to all in need.
 
by the 14th (and current) Dalai Lama - Tenzin Gyatso
 
Hate is never conquered by hate but only by love.  -Buddha
“Be Giving to Those in Need”  Dalai Lama - Tenzin Gyatso 2018-02-01 06:00:00Z 0

Congratulations!

        Stephen Pribyl was recently honored by the Faribault Rotary Club as a Paul Harris Fellow for contributing $1000 to the Foundation.  The Foundation is a world wide Rotary organization doing work in underdeveloped countries with emphasis on health care, the environment and education.  Pictured with Steve (left) is Foundation chair Rick Miller.
Pribyl Receives PHF +2 Dick Huston 2018-02-01 06:00:00Z 0

Supporting Education

The Faribault Rotary Club presented a check to the South Central Foundation in appreciation for letting the club use their facilities to conduct the STRIVE program.  The Foundation will use the funds for scholarships.  STRIVE is a before school program to help students achieve academically and learn life skills.  Each spring a banquet is held to honor students and present $20,000 in scholarships.  Pictured are Kurt Halverson the incoming chair of STRIVE, Stephen Pribyl retiring chair,  Shelley Rockman the director of the SCC Foundation and Rotary president Troy Dunn.
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The most honorable Kurt Halverson proposes Natalie Secraw, the Director of Community Engagement and Development for Allina- Faribault, for membership in the Faribault Rotary Club.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Dick Huston or Troy Dunn.
Proposed Member- Natalie Secraw Murray Hanson 2018-02-01 06:00:00Z 0

Pastor Jared Matthew

On Wednesday January 24th we heard a classification speech by Pastor Jared Matthew.
Jared grew up in Manheim, PA in what he calls farm country. He is one of 4 children, with two sisters and a brother. He and his wife Emily moved to Minnesota in 2010. They came to Minnesota so that Jared could study at MDiv Central Seminary for his Master of Divinity Degree. He is now the Senior Pastor at First Baptist Church in Faribault.
 
Jared has been married to his wife Emily for 7 years, and they are foster parents to a 6-year-old and twin 16-month-old brothers. February 2018, they will become foster parents to a brand-new baby.
Pastor Jared is on the go, when he isn't prepping for Sunday service, you can find him meeting with folks over coffee or a meal to talk about life and God's plan, being a Dad, or running. He decided to join Rotary because he felt it was a good fit for him and the life he is already trying to lead. Service above self is a moto he tries to live by.
 
We are so excited to have you Pastor Jared, thank you for your energetic and uplifting speech!!
Last Week's Meeting 1-24-18 Laura Bock 2018-01-30 06:00:00Z 0

Welcome Nort!

Nort 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?” 
  • Nort Johnson – Faribault Chamber
  • Shelly Bakeberg – ABC Bus Business Office
  • Elizabeth Johnson – Urologist
  • Andrew Johnson – Searcher of Meaning
  • Peter Johnson – Construction
  • Katie Johnson – Surgical Technician
  1. Your Hometown/School/College
  • Faribault
  • Faribault High School
  • Worthington Junior College
  • Mankato State University
  1. Your Previous occupations?
  • Black Hills & Badlands Association - CEO
  • Lyon County Economic Development – Director
  • Schwan Food Company - Management
  • Printing/Publishing/Marketing Management
  • City Councilman
  1. Any Hobbies?
  • Home renovations
  • Fishing, golf, hunting motorcycles, darts,
  1. Rotary sponsor?
  • Rod Mahler
  1. Interesting fact about you or your life?
  • Most Blessed Man in the History of the Planet
  1. Anything else you can think of?        
  • “Love your neighbors, all of them, not just the ones you like.”
 
New Member Profile- Nort Johnson Murray Hanson 2018-01-25 06:00:00Z 0

Nort Johnson

     On Wednesday January 17th we heard a fantastic classification speech by Nort Johnson.
Nort is the president of the Faribault Area Chamber of Commerce. Nort is a hometown guy, who's years of working in diverse areas has given him the exact tools he needs to be an effective leader in our community. Previous jobs include marketing for Schwan's and tourism for the Black hills. Nort has also been active as a legislative advocate for the Black hills area forests and parks in Washington, he has served on city council boards and volunteered for a vast array of others.
 
     Nort is a father of 5 amazing children, grown ups now, and he is also a Grand Father. It was very clear from his presentation that his children and grand children are his most prized possession. He returned to Faribault just a few years ago to work for the FACC and run the Faribault Main Street program, and purchased a home on historic 4th Ave. in Faribault and is currently doing a full remodel on the property with his love Shelley.
We are excited to welcome  you to Faribault Rotary and glad you returned to your hometown, we look forward to what you have in store for us!!
Last Week's Meeting 1-17-2018 Laura Bock 2018-01-22 06:00:00Z 0
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The human brain takes up 2% of the human body but uses 20% of its energy.
The Human Brain Murray Hanson 2018-01-22 06:00:00Z 0
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The number "1" or the word "One" appears on the dollar bill 16 times.
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Fish can drown.
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Posted by Murray Hanson

Fun on the Ice!

The Faribault Rotary Club is a sponsor of the Faribault Elks Lodge Youth Ice Fishing Contest on Saturday Feb. 10th.  Jake will be passing around a sign up sheet at our meetings over the next few weeks.  You are invited to come join in the fun!
 
For more information, please contact the Faribault Elks at   info@faribaultelks.org  
Youth Ice Fishing Contest Murray Hanson 2018-01-16 06:00:00Z 0

Presidential message

Ian H.S. Riseley - Rotary International President-elect 2016-17

Ian H.S. Riseley

President 2017-18

January 2018

In Rotary, our diversity is our strength. This idea dates back to the earliest years of our organization, when the classification system was first proposed. The idea behind it was simple: that a club with members who had a wide variety of backgrounds and abilities would be capable of better service than one without.

In the years since, the idea of diversity in Rotary has come to be defined more broadly. We have discovered that a club that truly represents its community is far better able to serve that community effectively. Looking ahead, it is clear how essential diversity will remain in Rotary: not only to strong service today, but to a strong organization in the future.

One of the most pressing aspects of diversity to address in our membership is the age of our members. When you look around at almost any Rotary event, it becomes immediately obvious that the age range in the room does not promise a sustainable future for our organization. Our membership is near a record high, and we are bringing in new members all the time – yet only a small minority of those members are young enough to have decades of Rotary service ahead of them. To ensure a strong and capable Rotary leadership tomorrow, we need to bring in young and capable members today.

We also cannot discuss diversity in Rotary without addressing the issue of gender. It is difficult to imagine that just three decades ago, women could not join Rotary. Although we have come a long way since then, the legacy of that misguided policy is still with us. Far too many people continue to think of Rotary as an organization only for men, and that idea has had a detrimental effect on both our public image and our membership growth. Today, women make up just over 21 percent of Rotary's membership. While this is certainly a great improvement, we have a long way to go to meet what should be the goal of every club: a gender balance that matches the balance of our world, with as many women in Rotary as men.

Whatever brought each of us to Rotary, we stay because we find value in Rotary membership and believe that our service has value to the world. By building clubs that reflect that world in all its diversity, we will build even more enduring value in Rotary: Making a Difference.

RI Presidents Message Jan. 2018 Ian H.S. Riseley 2018-01-15 06:00:00Z 0

W.I.N.G.S

    On Wednesday January 10, 2018 we heard from Jackie Dorse of W.I.N.G.S. Women in Northfield Giving Support. This is a non-profit giving financial support to people and organizations who help others. WINGS helps with fundraising for local organizations, and they do so because they love their community. WINGS was established in 2000 and have gifted $850,000.00 since then. They offer grant programs, and have many, many ways to get involved. Jackie says one of the projects they consider a huge success was the Northfield Middle School Activity Center. WINGS funded it to get it started and once it took off, the school district picked up, and took the project over. 
 
      To learn more about WINGS check them out on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/nfldwings
Jackie wants you to remember they are a group of women with a purpose, not a social club. And members are not just women, but men and organizations who have made the choose to give to make a difference.
 
Thank you for visiting us Jackie, and thank you for the awesome work WINGS does. Join us again!
Last Week's Meeting 1-10-2018 Laura Bock 2018-01-15 06:00:00Z 0
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Children have more taste buds than adults. The average person has about 10,000 taste buds and they're replaced every 2 weeks or so. But as a person ages, some of those taste cells don't get replaced. An older person may only have 5,000 working taste buds. That's why certain foods may taste stronger to you than they do to adults.
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Wombat droppings are cube shaped.
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The last letter to be added to our alphabet was the letter "J."
The Letter J Murray Hanson 2018-01-15 06:00:00Z 0
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Astronomers discovered a white dwarf star 2500 miles in diameter in the Constellation Centaurus that is a diamond of ten billion trillion trillion carats, nicknamed Lucy.
A star in the sky Murray Hanson 2018-01-07 06:00:00Z 0
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People don't sneeze when they are asleep because the nerves involved in the sneeze reflex are also resting.
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Posted by Misty Schwab on Jan 05, 2018

The need to read!

Little libraries like the one outside the home of Judy Carver at 28 State Ave., across the street from the Allina Clinic, have attracted readers since July 2016. Richard Huston, who adopted the idea of the Faribault Rotary Club’s international outreach program, said he’s please with the circulation the libraries maintain. Carver is the librarian at Lincoln Elementary. When she saw that Rotary was placing the Little Libraries she wanted to become involved and maintain this one. Pictured putting a book in the library is Judy Carver’s granddaughter, Evie Isaacson. (Daily News file photo)Little Library

They look like birdhouses, or maybe mailboxes, but the blue and yellow structures scattered throughout town are actually little libraries the Faribault Rotary Club installed over a year ago. The 2016 international outreach project has served the local community and promoted literacy ever since.

“Literacy was one of the big efforts of our president (Richard Huston) a couple years ago,” said Dick Cook, chair of Faribault Rotary’s International Services Committee. “We took [the little libraries] on because of the demographic in Faribault and the diversity at the schools.”

I’m really big on education, and I think that if you learn to read you can accomplish anything,” said Huston.

Cook and Huston both built the little libraries, which they distributed throughout the community in 2016. Cook said eight or nine of them are now installed outside schools, churches, businesses and private residences throughout Faribault. However, Cook said not all little libraries in town are part of the Faribault Rotary program; some homeowners set them up before the Rotary Club adopted the project.

Seeing little libraries set up in the Twin Cities inspired Huston’s idea to adopt the program in Faribault as the Rotary International’s outreach program in 2016.

“I went to the Twin Cities and photographed eight to 10 I saw there, and they weren’t all the same, so I created my own ideas and dimensions based on what I saw,” said Houston.

Little libraries painted yellow and blue signify their connection with the Rotary, but Huston said he’s painted flowers and other decorations on the house-like boxes. Maggie Chen, an exchange student from Taiwan who Huston and his wife hosted at the time of the project’s conception, painted the one outside Our Savior’s Lutheran Church.

The installation of the little library outside Our Savior’s Church kicked off the Faribault Rotary’s project in July 2016. Cook said that installation inspired a couple requests from Faribault residents to monitor little libraries on their own properties. The Rotary approved those requests after evaluating the suggested locations.

Any resident with a little library installed on his or her property is responsible for monitoring and maintaining the library, and volunteers monitor little libraries outside churches, schools and businesses. However, Cook said patrons generally follow the concept of taking a book and leaving another without much guidance.

Huston monitors the little library at Our Savior’s Church, where he attends services. He tends to add children’s books to the selection while others give away books for adults. If possible, he tries to collect books pertaining to the season. On the rare occasion when the little library needs more books, he informs the congregation of the need.

“There’s a pretty good turnover,” said Huston. “People are not only taking books, but putting books in there. I see quite a bit of variety.”

Jefferson and Lincoln Elementary Schools have taken on little libraries. Cook and Huston both noted ones located outside Congregational Church, kitty-corner from the former Divine Mercy Church building, and at the State Avenue home of Lincoln Elementary librarian Judy Carver.

“If people want them, I would certainly make sure we got it done,” said Huston. “I would build it or someone else would build it.”

After a couple years in the works, Huston said the little libraries still attract patrons and maintain circulation.

“It’s pretty interesting and gratifying to see people are using them to the extent they are,” said Huston.

 

Reporter Misty Schwab can be reached at 507-744-2551. Follow her on Twitter @APGmisty.

©Copyright 2017 APG Media of Southern Minnesota. All rights reserved.

 
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Posted by Murray Hanson

The Inn at Shattuck- our new home!

      One week ago, our speaker was Dr. John Sauer, an orthopedic surgeon who has been practicing here at the Mayo Clinic for the last three months. His presentation was titled the "Evolution of Joint Arthroplasty, where we started and where we are going.  Some of the changes over the last 20- 30 years included being admitted one day prior to surgery and hospital stays up to two weeks whereas now admittance is the same day with two to three day stays or even outpatient in some situations. the durability of implants has greatly improved allowing younger patients to successfully undergo procedures that last a lifetime.
 
Many procedures have faster recovery times, better pain management along with fewer wound complications to enhance outcomes for the patient.  The topic generated a healthy Q & A discussion at the end of the presentation.
 
Thank you, Karen for setting up this program!
Last week's Meeting 1-3-2018 Murray Hanson 2018-01-05 06:00:00Z 0

Whipple Hall on the Shattuck campus in the late 1800's.

St Mary's in 1892. These pictures are on display at Faribault Senior Living.

 
Shattuck- St. Mary's History Murray Hanson 2017-12-28 06:00:00Z 0
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Pirates once thought wearing gold earrings improved eyesight.
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The deepest place in the ocean is about 7 miles deep. It is called the Mariana Trench.
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James Madison had a pet parrot who outlived both him and his wife.
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Posted by Murray Hanson on Dec 27, 2017

After 14 years...

We had our final Rotary meeting at Bernie's on Dec. 14th.  On Dec. 28th, Kurt, Brent, Troy, Andy and I boxed up our Rotary supplies and moved everything with the cabinet to the Inn at Shattuck ( complete with police escort.) Our first meeting will start early at 11:45 am on Jan. 3rd.  as you enter the Shattuck arches stay to the left and follow the (Inn at Shattuck) signs.
 
 
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78th Annual Rotary Christmas Concert

The Faribault High School choir under the direction of Jonah Heinen treated Rotarians and their guests to an excellent Christmas concert again this year. Thank you to Donn Johnson for another great job as our host!
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Marsha Danielson

     On Wednesday December 13th we heard from Marsha Danielson VP of Economic Development at South Central College. Marsha visited with us on a few different things going on at South Central, but the majority of her presentation was talking about "Credit for Prior Learning" the college's effort to lead the way in a movement allowing students to earn credit for prior learning. Things like military service, work experience, job skills, certificates achieved, volunteer or community service, open course work and self-study, including intense travel to name a few can now all be taken into consideration when a student is working to earn their degree.
 
     A team at SCC spent time looking at the curriculum and comparing it to the experiences some students might bring to the table, they then awarded those experiences with any number of credits towards a degree, if a student can provide proof or knowledge. There are national exams done on-line, challenge exams set up at SCC, sometimes skills demos or a detailed portfolio to cover a hand full of classes at one time, are all examples of things that can be done to achieve credit for prior learning.
 
To learn more about this program visit www.southcentral.edu/cpl, call 507-389-7394, or email to cpl@southcentral.edu
 
Thank you Marsha for visiting with us. Please join us again soon!
Last Weeks Meeting 12-13-2017 Laura Bock 2017-12-18 06:00:00Z 0

Ian H.S. Riseley - Rotary International President-elect 2016-17

Ian H.S. Riseley

President 2017-18

December 2017

Seventy-two years ago, the United Nations was founded "to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war ... [and] to practice tolerance and live together in peace with one another as good neighbors." Despite those worthy aspirations, and generations of investment in achieving them, the "scourge of war" is still with us: Last year, more than 102,000 people died in 49 armed conflicts around the world. Some of those conflicts were in their fifth decade or beyond. Terrorism, intolerance, and extremism; the refugee crisis; and environmental degradation are now global challenges.

Collectively, we seem further than ever from achieving the goals that were set with such ambition and optimism in 1945. Yet hope endures, as long as there are people willing to work for a more peaceful future – not only through their governments, but also beside them and beside each other. Today, Rotary is better placed than ever to have a real and lasting impact for peace: through our peace-focused programs, such as Rotary Peace Fellows, and through every area of our service. Water, sanitation, health, education, and economic development are all interrelated and part of the complex interactions that can lead to conflict – or avert it. To best leverage our service in all these areas, and to maximize their impact for peace, it is essential to understand these interactions and plan our service accordingly.

For these reasons, we have scheduled a series of six presidential peacebuilding conferences between February and June in Canada, Lebanon, the UK, Australia, Italy, and the United States. These conferences will focus not on peace but on peacebuilding: We will share ways that we can work to build peace through the service of our Rotary clubs and districts. Five of the one-day conferences will illuminate the connections between peace and another area of focus. The first conference, in Vancouver, B.C., will explore the link between peace and another sphere of great concern to us in Rotary: environmental sustainability. You can view the full schedule and register at www.rotary.org/presidential-conferences.

The goals are simple: to help Rotarians find new ways to advance peace through their service, to learn from experts, and to strengthen our abilities to build peace. It is my hope and belief that these conferences will help us move closer to a more peaceful world, through Rotary: Making a Difference.

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Posted by Gunnar Olson- Faribault Daily News on Dec 11, 2017
Buddy Bench

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The work continues

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Buddy Benches installed across Faribault Gunnar Olson- Faribault Daily News 2017-12-11 06:00:00Z 0
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Posted by Laura Bock

Gary Kindseth

     On Wednesday December 6 we heard from  Mr. Gary Kindseth of Faribault Foods.  Gary joined us to talk about the history of the company Faribault Foods.
Gary provided the typical history lesson, Faribault Foods was started in 1895 as Faribault Canning and covered various points in history over the past 122 years. Acquisitions and sales and a major expansion project were all covered. 
 
     The majority of the interest in this presentation was about Gary himself, a Faribault resident his entire life, he is a former Mayor of Faribault and served on city counsel. He is known as a savvy business man, and the room genuinely admired him. There were a few questions asked about Faribault Foods, but more about Gary and what will he do in his retirement at the end of the year. Perhaps he will finally have time to join a service group.... we are here for you Gary, and would LOVE to have you.
Last Week's Program 12/6/17 Laura Bock 2017-12-06 06:00:00Z 0
 
Twas two weeks before the Christmas concert, when all through downtown,
Not a Rotarian was stirring, no one to be found;
The invites were made by Donn Johnson with care,
In hopes that everyone would soon be there;
 
The Rotarians were nestled all snug in their beds;
While visions of Christmas concerts danced in their heads;
They knew in a moment the time had drawn near,
To give Donn a call (334-1733) and tell him no fear;
 
For we will be coming, even bringing a guest;
Looking forward to lunch and the choir's singing best;
More rapid than Elks the Faribault Rotarians came,
And Donn whistled and shouted and called them by name:
 
Now, Mahler! Now, Ciesluk! Now, Godfrey and Fossum!
On, Daniels! On, Sesker! On, Wheeler and Bohlen!
To the seat of your cars! To the end of the street!
Now dash away! Dash away! And soon we will meet!
 
Then we heard Donn exclaim, as he walked out of sight;
"Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!"
 
All Rotarians, their families, and guests are invited to the 78th annual Faribault Rotary Christmas Concert to be held on Wednesday December 20th (11:45 am- 1:15 pm) at Our Savior's Lutheran Church.
 
The joyful sounds of the holiday season will be brought to us by the Faribault High School Choir. Our host for over 26 years, Donn Johnson asks that you contact him at 334-1733 if you will be coming and bringing a guest. There will also be a sign up sheet passed around at the next meeting. The cost of the meal is $10.
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      On Wednesday November 29 we had very entertaining and informative presentation by each of our 2017-2018 Inbound Rotary Exchange Students. First up was Marta Grazidi from Italy. Marta is 17, and hails from Brescia Italy, a city in Northern Italy with a population of about 200,000. Her exchange was facilitated with her local Rotary Group Brescial Castello Rotary. When asked what she has liked most about her visit here so far, she responded the people, and the opportunity to be yourself and not be judged.
     Next was Sujin, who is visiting from South Korea. She is an identical twin, (her twin Kim Su- Min is on exchange as well, and is staying in Florida). Sujin took us through a typical day in her life, which includes a lot of study time. after regular school they attend self-study until around 10 pm. she shared pictures of the typical attire from her country, and talked about her love of for her dog, and share pictures of typical Korean dishes. She provided us with some sample of Almonds, a cookie, and sea weed to try at our tables. I think the almonds where a hit! She enjoys playing the violin, piano, and listening to pop music and dancing. Her favorite foods in the United states are chicken and Snow crab legs.
 
       Both ladies gave lovely presentations, if you haven't gotten a chance to spend some time chatting with them, please do so! They both have lots to share with us. Thank you, Marta, and Sujin for your presentation. We are so glad you are here with us this year!
 
 
 
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The Annual Faribault Rotary Red Cross blood drive was a success. 18 new donors were accepted! Thank you to our volunteers, Laura Bock, Troy Dunn, Jake Cook, Eric Craig, Dick Huston, Karen Carlson, and Kurt Halverson.
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        On Wednesday 15, our presenter was Monique Hammond. Monique presented on Hearing Loss - a silent epidemic. Monique experienced a sudden hearing loss in her left ear that ultimately cost her a job. In researching what had happened to herself, and what she could do to make the situation better she has educated herself and now speaks to groups, great and small about hearing loss.
Training and education are key according to Monique. This is a silent and invisible disability, causes can range from aging to excessive noise (ear buds for music), to just one loud noise like a gun shot or explosion.
         Some things to keep in mind when you are talking about hearing loss. It is permanent, it is cumulative and it is preventable! The personal effect hearing loss has on someone is substantial, it has social effects, emotional effects. It can impact you professionally, as it did Monique, and that certainly can lead to financial impacts.
Hearing is no doubt a precious sense, spread the work, educate yourself, and pay it forward, start with yourself and your family. For more information please go to
www.what-did-you-say.com or follow Monique on twitter @whatdidyousay88
Last Week (2) 11-15-2017 Laura Bock 2017-11-20 06:00:00Z 0

Congratulations!

     The Faribault Rotary Club has inducted Brian Daniels and David Connelly as new members.  Brian is our area's elected official in the State House of Representatives.  David is the general manager and director of events of the Inn at Shattuck St. Mary's.  Pictured left to right is Keith Kramer who sponsored Brian and David who was sponsored by Dr. Dick Huston.
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Presidential message

Ian H.S. Riseley - Rotary International President-elect 2016-17

Ian H.S. Riseley

President 2017-18

November 2017

In many ways, The Rotary Foundation is an invisible presence in our clubs. Most of what we do in our clubs and our districts, on a weekly basis, we do without the active involvement of the Foundation. But our Foundation is invisible in our clubs in the same way the foundation of a building is invisible when you're in it: Just because you don't see it doesn't mean it's not holding you up.

The Foundation that enabled Rotary to take on polio is, in many ways, the foundation upon which our Rotary service is built. For 100 years, since it came into existence with a first donation of $26.50, the Foundation has supported and strengthened our service, enabled our ambitions, and allowed us to be the organization that we are. Because of the Foundation, Rotarians know that if we have the ambition and put in the work, very little is truly beyond us.

It is an incredibly effective model that we have here in Rotary, one that no other organization can match. We are completely local and completely global: We have local skills, connections, and knowledge in over 35,000 clubs, in nearly every country of the world. We have a deserved reputation for transparency, effectiveness, and good business practices, and because we are highly skilled professionals as well as volunteers, we achieve a level of efficiency that very few other organizations can approach.

To put it simply, a dollar given to The Rotary Foundation has a great deal more muscle than a dollar given to most charities. If you want to spend a dollar on Doing Good in the World, you can't do better than to spend it with the Foundation. That is not just me speaking out of pride; it is inverifiably true and is reflected in our rankings by independent organizations.

In the Foundation's centennial year, Rotarians surpassed our goal of raising $300 million. If you were part of that achievement, you have been part of something tremendous. Somewhere in the world, someplace you have probably never been, people you may never meet will lead better lives because of you. Ultimately, it is our Foundation that lets us make good on our core beliefs: that we can make a difference, that we have an obligation to do so, and that working together, as well and as efficiently as we can, is the only way to effect real and lasting change.

RI Presidents Message November 2018 Ian Riseley 2017-11-14 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Laura Bock
 

Leadership

Wednesday November 8, we heard from Kelsey Wittmeier owner of Bluebird Cakery. Kelsey owns two locations, her flagship store in Faribault, MN and her second location in Mankato, MN. While we all dream of her delightful cupcakes, and amazing coffee creations, Kelsey joined us to speak about leadership.
 
Kelsey's college degrees are in Human Resources and Management. From her time at Target and Bluebird she has developed her own "style" of management, with the primary focus being empower your employees. She spoke about when different issues arise in the work place, make sure you are problem solving with staff and you are giving them the tools they need to do it on their own in the future. Her message is to be intentional with training, and development, and know how to recognize the difference. Thank you, Kelsey, for joining us, and challenging us to be the best leaders we can be!
Last Week's Meeting 11/8/2017 Laura Bock 2017-11-13 06:00:00Z 0
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The tea bag was created by accident in 1908 by Thomas Sullivan of New York.
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Australia has 10,685 beaches; you could visit a new beach every day for more than 29 years.
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Breanna gave her classification talk recently.  I asked her six follow up questions to help summarize her presentation for those of us who were present and for our club members who missed the meeting. If you have not had a chance to welcome her to our club, please do so.

 
  1. Your Family members, occupations (including you) or school level?” 
 
Breanna – Executive Director at River Bend Nature Center
Owen – 8th grade at Northfield Middle School
Everett – 6th grade at Arcadia Charter School
 
  1. Your Hometown/School/College
 
Grew up in Hope, MN.  Graduated from Owatonna High School.  BS in Environmental Science and Sociology from MN State University, Mankato and Master of Public Affairs from University of Minnesota
  1. Your Previous occupations?
 
Quality of Life Consultant, Dementia Friendly America
Group Exercise Instructor, Keystone Community Services and Northfield Area YMCA
Activity Director, Northfield Hospital Long Term Care Center and St. Lucas Care Center
  1. Any Hobbies?
 
Volunteer naturalist – MN Master Naturalist program
Spending time outside – hiking, running, camping
Having fun with my family
Learning new things, Traveling
 
  1. Rotary sponsor?
 
Dick Huston
 
  1. Interesting fact about you or your life?
I used to be a pretty good pool player.
New Member Profile- Breanna Wheeler Murray Hanson 2017-11-01 05:00:00Z 0

Karen gave her classification talk recently.  I asked her six follow up questions to help summarize her presentation for those of us who were present and for our club members who missed the meeting. If you have not had a chance to welcome her to our club, please do so.

  1. Your Family members, occupations (including you) or school level?” 
My husband’s name is Jerry and I have one daughter, Jennifer who lives with her husband Mark in Chanhassen, MN.  Grandchildren Ellie, 7 and Charlie, 4.
Occupation: Practice Manager of the Mayo Clinic Health System- Faribault clinic and an Operations Manager for Mayo Clinic Health System - Owatonna clinic.
Education: Bachelor of Science in Computer Science with minors in mathematics and electrical engineering technology. In addition, I hold a Masters of Business Administration and I am a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).
  1. Your Hometown/School/College
Home town – Pequot Lakes, MN
College – MN State University, Mankato and Southwest MN State University, Marshall
  1. Your Previous occupations?
Network Administrator – 24/7 manufacturing environments
Project Management – Technical and Operational
 
  1. Any Hobbies? Water color painting and make outstanding pizzas
 
  1. Rotary sponsor? Kymn Anderson
 
  1. Interesting fact about you or your life?
I took four years of adult tap dancing classes.
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All Aboard!

      Our presenter on Wednesday November 1st was none other than local celebrity and resident train expert Kurt Halverson.
November is National Model Railroad Month, and one of Kurt's passions is model trains. His love of railroading and model trains started unexpectedly at a young age, when a homeroom teacher gave him a copy of a magazine for railway building, he was instantly hooked. Kurt's presentation was title "The Art of Model Railroading" and it is just that an art. He covered some of the main ideas behind it including Model Building, Electronics, Photography, painting and Scenery building, and he touched on the historical value of this pass time, as may railroaders do extensive amounts of historical research to make sure their own rail way is consistent with different rail ways throughout history.
 
      Kurt's model set is the Great Northern Railway, 1969, and his setting is fall in Western Washington. The pictures he shared are amazing, and the entire presentation was fantastic. Kurt knows his stuff, he was very informative, but kept it light hearted, and got a few good chuckles out of the crowd. Thank you so much Kurt for the time and energy you put into your presentation, and for bringing some model pieces to show and tell!
 
 
Last Week's Meeting 11/1/2017 Laura Bock 2017-11-01 05:00:00Z 0

Congratulations Dick Huston!

Dr. Dick Huston has been awarded the 2017 Rotarian of the Year.   Dick joined Rotary Club in 2011 and quickly became a very active member of the club.
Here are just a few of the things that he has accomplished:
*             He is a Past President of Faribault Rotary and current Membership Chair
*             Worked on the Little Libraries project including building some and finding homes throughout the community
*             Involvement in International Projects including a trip to Sierra Leone
*             Involved with the Rotary Exchange program as a host as well as assisting with the host family interviews
*             Participated in the Friendship Exchange and hosted a Friendship Exchange with Rotarians from Taiwan.
*             Paul Harris Society member which means he makes contributions annually to the Rotary Foundation
*             Headed the Rotary Mural project and assisted with the Security Clock project
*             When traveling around the states and world, he attends Rotary meetings
*             In the community, he is active with the South Central College foundation and board, as well as BBBS of Southern MN and the Riverbend Nature Center
*             He promotes and practices conservation of our natural resources
*             Tireless recruiter of new members
*             He occasionally wears a top notch tie!
Dick Huston is an exemplary Rotarian who lives every day by the Rotary Motto "Service above
Rotarian of the Year- 2017 Murray Hanson 2017-11-01 05:00:00Z 0
         The distinguished President-elect Keith Kramer has proposed Brian Daniels, our Minnesota House District 24b Representative, for membership in the Faribault Rotary Club.  If you have any questions or concerns (or you didn't vote for him) please contact Troy Dunn or Dick Huston.
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The dots on a domino are called pips (and have nothing to do with Gladys Knight!)
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Classification talk

     We were lucky enough to have two fantastic presenters on the 25th, Karen Carlson, and Breanna Wheeler. Both women gave their classification speeches.
 
     Karen was first, she challenged the group to identify what community she grew up in based on the fact that the water tower was a large bobber, and she pledged $20.00 to the happy dollar can if anyone knew, Pastor Greg was all over that, as he just relocated from the same town of Pequot Lakes!! Karen filled us in on some of the details of her life, noting specifically, her beautiful daughter, 2 grandchildren, and the love of her life, husband Jerry.
     Karen has lived in Waseca, Minnesota for the last 30 years. Her career path is one many of us can relate to, through a string of contacts, jobs and degrees, she has arrived at her current destination at Mayo Clinic - Faribault in Health Care Operations. Karen related the 4 way test to the way she has already been living her life and closed with the statement " We are capable of more than we realize when we connect." Thank you Karen for the reminder!!
 
       Next on our agenda was Breanna Wheeler, Executive Director of River Bend Nature Center. Breanna touched on her family ties, specifically mentioning her gratefulness to have all of her grandparents for a long time, her two boys, Evert and Owen, and her father for instilling in her love of making connections and supporting others, and her love of nature. Breanna's interest include History and Genealogy, Travel - especially around Minnesota with her boys, gardening both vegetables and native flowers and plants, and something we maybe didn't know about her, she enjoys being a group exercise instructor, I am sure she is a fantastic motivator!
       Breanna is high energy, and you can hear the passion in her voice for "River Bend", and her zest for life shines through as she talked about her career and family.
 
Welcome to Rotary Karen and Breanna, you both bring so many qualities to our group, we are excited to have you!
 
Last Week's Meeting 10-25-17 Laura Bock 2017-10-27 05:00:00Z 0

Congratulations!

The Faribault Rotary Club has recently inducted Nort Johnson into its membership.  Mr. Johnson is currently the marketing director of the Faribault Area Chamber of Commerce.  Pictured with Nort is Rotary president Troy Dunn (left) and his sponsor Rod Mahler (right).
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Presidential message

Ian H.S. Riseley - Rotary International President-elect 2016-17

Ian H.S. Riseley

President 2017-18

October 2017

Some years ago in the Melbourne, Australia, museum where my daughter used to work, an iron lung was on display. For most people my age who remembered the terrifying polio epidemics of the 1950s, that iron lung was a testament to how far vaccination had brought us: to the point where that once-critical piece of medical equipment had literally become a museum piece.

For much of the world, the story of polio is a simple one: After years of fear, a vaccine was developed and a disease was conquered. But for some of the world, the story was different. In so many countries, the vaccine wasn’t available, mass vaccination was too expensive, or children simply couldn’t be reached. While the rest of the world relegated polio to its museums, in these countries, the disease continued to rage – until Rotary stepped forward and said that all children, no matter where they lived or what their circumstances, deserved to live free of polio.

In the years since PolioPlus was launched, the combined efforts of Rotary, the governments of the world, and the Global Polio Eradication Initiative have brought the number of cases of polio down from an estimated 350,000 per year to just a few so far in 2017. But we must reach zero cases, and stay there, to achieve eradication. To do that, we need everyone’s help.

On 24 October, we will mark World Polio Day. It is a day to celebrate how far we have come and an opportunity for all of us to raise awareness and funds to complete the work of eradication.  I ask every Rotary club to participate in some way in World Polio Day activities, and I encourage you to visit endpolio.org for ideas and to register your event. Whether you host a silent auction, a virtual reality viewing, a fundraising walk, or a Purple Pinkie Day, your club can make a real difference.

This year, our World Polio Day livestream event will take place at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation headquarters in Seattle; you can watch it on endpolio.org beginning at 2:30 p.m. Pacific time. As many of you know, Rotary has committed to raising $50 million a year for the next three years. This amount will be matched 2-to-1 by the Gates Foundation – effectively tripling the value of all money Rotary raises on World Polio Day and throughout the year. Let’s all make a difference on World Polio Day – and help End Polio Now.

RI Presidential Message- October 2018 Ian H.S. Riseley 2017-10-23 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kathy Hughitt
Please consider joining your fellow Rotarians at the 16th Foundation Celebration Dinner on November 4th at Brackett’s Crossing Country Club.  https://portal.clubrunner.ca/50121/page/2017-foundation-celebration.
 
Be part of Making a Difference as a Rotarian and come celebrate the good we are doing. 
 
You may ask yourself, why do they keep talking about Polio and the need to eradicate it and “finish the job” because we don’t have Polio in my country so its not that big of a deal.  Well I believe it is a good thing that younger people do not know about Polio.  That is due to the vaccine and immunizations continually going on in the US everyday.  My grandson, Cash, just had his Polio vaccination today and you will see him holding the vaccine in his hand( yes, its a new chew toy to him), but it made me proud to be a Paul Harris Society member and knowing my dollars not only are spent to take out the remaining cases in the two countries half way around the world but also to keep Polio out of our backyard. Putting a face on the reason why we ask for your support will help you in your decision.  Look at your family and friends and see why you don’t have anyone devastated by Polio and realize that because of the support given to the Rotary Foundation to support Polio eradication, you don’t have the worry in your life.
 
If you don’t know how to give to the Rotary Foundation, ask your Club President, Assistant Governor, Foundation Chair or any of the District Governors.  We will be happy to show you how easy it is to be a Paul Harris Fellow and be part of the Paul Harris Society. (The Rotary Foundation Link)
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On the road again!

Our traveling Rotarian, Dick Huston, is pictured here exchanging flags with the President of the Rotary Club of Sausalito CA.
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Bamboo can grow 3 feet in 1 day.
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The bumblebee bat is the smallest mammal on Earth. It weighs less than a penny.
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The state of Alabama once financed the construction of a bridge by holding a rooster auction.
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Posted by Laura Bock

Rotary Youth Services Inc.

      On October 18th the club's presentation was the annual meeting on the youth services program. Dave Beranek, Treasurer presented. Dave started with a general overview of two accounts to get all the new members up to speed with more detail on how the accounts differ and what their purposes are. He broke down some of the duties of General Rotary and Rotary Youth Services. Dave explained our dues structure, and touched on fiscal year end dates for each "part" of Rotary.
      The first order of business was to vote on this year’s board. Jake Cook, Eric Craig, and Keith Kramer were unanimously re-elected for another three-year term with a motion from Greg Ciesluk and second by Rod Mahler. Next Dave covered the funding and financial position of both accounts, covering information on the Bahl Foundation and Rotary Camp. He noted this past year expenses were about as low as they would be on the Camp, as maintenance was done, but a good chunk of the cost will fall in the 2018 fiscal year.
      All in all, the financial situation of Faribault Rotary is in good order, a motion to adjourn by Brent Peroutka was made and Todd Sesker seconded.
Thank you, Dave for serving as our Treasurer. You do an outstanding job, and are very much appreciated!
Last week's meeting 10/18/2017 Laura Bock 2017-10-19 05:00:00Z 0
52nd Annual Rotary Band/Choir/Orchestra Concert Murray Hanson 2017-10-17 05:00:00Z 0

School Bond Referendum

     On Wednesday October 11, we heard from Rotarian and School Superintendent Todd Sesker and his "crew". The topic was the 2017 Public School Bond. Todd and company took turns stressing the importance of various topics including safety at each location, crowding in some of the facilities, and over all use of a new field house or community events center for the community. If our community decides to approve the bond and move to the next phase, planning will move forward on an almost 4 year project to upgrade current buildings and start from scratch on a few others. 
      Get out and vote on the 7th of November so your voice is heard, and if you have follow up questions or would like Todd and his crew to speak to another group you know of please don't hesitate to contact Todd. Thanks so much for all the information, and thanks to the team that joined us last week! 
Last Week's Meeting 10/11/2017 Laura Bock 2017-10-17 05:00:00Z 0

Congratulations!

      The Faribault Rotary Club has recognized four members as Paul Harris Fellows.  Rotary members achieve this distinction each time they have given $1000.  Rotary International uses these funds to assist people all over the world with peace and conflict resolution, disease prevention and treatment, water and sanitation, maternal and child health, basic education and literacy, economic and community development & the eradication of polio.  Bart Jackson has a plus one and Dr. Huston plus six.  Dr. Huston is a member of the Paul Harris Society as he has pledged $1000 each year.  Pictured are Keith Kramer, Foundation chair, members Cate Grinney, Carmen Dorr, Dr. Dick Huston, Bart Jackson and president Troy Dunn. 
 
 
 
Multiple Paul Harris Fellows Dick Huston 2017-10-16 05:00:00Z 0
Siberian Tigers Murray Hanson 2017-10-16 05:00:00Z 0
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The only continent without reptiles or snakes is Antarctica.
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Dee Bjork

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The Faribault Foundation
 
On October 4th we heard from Dee Bjork, Executive Director of the Faribault Foundation.  The Faribault Foundation was started in 1999 as a result of the Faribault Futures class that year. They identified a need in the community to help small volunteer organizations manage their funds for their programs.
Rotary’s Buddy Bench program is one of the many programs the Faribault Foundation helped support.
Visit www.faribaultfoundation.org for more information on the programs, grants, and community involvement the foundation handles.
 
Dee Bjork herself is a long time Faribault Resident whose family has a history of running business in the downtown area. Dee is a superb example of what it means to have community pride and to do service above self. Thank you Dee for your presentation, and for doing all you do to make Faribault a great place!
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Leonardo da Vinci discovered that a tree's rings reveal its age.
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Welcome!

Molly Titchenal has become a member of the Faribault Rotary Club.  As a member Molly joins 65 others who have pledged to put Service Above Self.  The Faribault Rotary Club serves the community in many ways but emphasizes providing services for the youth.  Molly is well suited as she is the Foundation Development Director of the Southern Minnesota Big Brother/Big Sister program which at the current time has some 150 children waiting to be matched.  She is pictured here with club president Troy Dunn and her distinguished sponsor, George Wickstrom.
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The first typewriter was called the "literary piano."
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When navigating, the bees are able to use the sun as a fixed reference point. This allows them to fly in a compass direction simply by keeping the angle between their line of flight and the sun constant. Bees that have successfully found food are then able to share the location through their dance language.
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Shawn 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.

Shawn Jackson

1. Your Family members, occupations (including you) or school level?”

Shawn Jackson Occupation Wireless World Business Consultant. BA from Iowa State University

Wife, Jennifer Jackson Market Research Client Manager. BA from Iowa State University

Son, DeRon Jackson Works in a Veterans home.

Son, Mario Boyd

Son, Christopher Johnson Salesman for Lids.

Son, Andrew Jackson High School Senior.

Daughter, Charity Jackson High School Sophomore.

2. Your Hometown/School/College

 Kansas City, Kansas & Iowa State University

3. Your Previous occupations?

Owner of KCK Repairs, Teacher K8 Open Door Christian School, Owner of Kingdom Coins, Driver for UPS

4. Any Hobbies?

Coin collecting, Christian Apologetics, Politics, Installing Linux operating systems.

5. Rotary sponsor? Richard Huston

6. Interesting fact about you or your life?

Member of Iowa State University's Big 8 Championship team 4 times.

New Member Profile- Shawn Jackson Murray Hanson 2017-10-02 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Laura Bock

Pastor Greg Ciesluk

      On November 27th we heard from Pastor Greg Ciesluk during his classification speech. Pastor Greg or PG as some of his congregation call him, was born in Massachusetts. When you are saying his last name just think of chess, like the game, and luck, like you would need luck to win at it.  He is one of 4 children to parents Walt and Gail Ciesluk. It was very clear from his presentation he grew up in a home with a lot of love and support. Very early on he states his major influences where Family, School, and Faith. He knew by about 2nd grade he wanted to be a teacher, and just a few short years later a math teacher.
      When it came time to attend Duke University, he followed in his father’s footsteps and studied Electrical Engineering. Greg realized that was not quite his calling, and studied to become a pastor. While pursing that dream he met his lovely wife Diane, also a pastor.
Greg and Diane have three children, and have been pastors in many communities. Within the past year they relocated to Faribault so Pastor Greg could serve here. They have purchased their first home and hope to stay here for the completion of Greg’s service. Which is approximately another 14 years or so.
      As a Pastor, Greg’s favorite thing to do is celebrations of all kinds, Weddings, Baptisms, even funerals. He enjoys getting to know his parishioners and their families on a deeper level. His future life goals include building a great relationship with his wife and bonding with his kids for the “long haul”. He also strives to mentor and encourage people in faith, and hopes to leave a legacy of faith, family, and church. Pastor Greg has already been living the Rotary moto, so joining Rotary is a great fit for him.
 
Pastor Greg – Welcome to Rotary! We are excited to have you.
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The most honorable and distinguished 59 year Rotarian Rod Mahler has proposed Nort Johnson, marketing director and soon to be president of the Faribault Chamber of Commerce, for membership in the Faribault Rotary Club.  If you have any questions or concerns please contact Dick Huston or Troy Dunn.
New Member Proposal- Nort Johnson Murray Hanson 2017-10-02 05:00:00Z 0
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A dog's sense of hearing is more than ten times more acute than a human's.
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Ketchup was once sold as a medicine.
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Beavers can hold their breath for 45 minutes.
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Presidential message

Ian H.S. Riseley - Rotary International President-elect 2016-17

Ian H.S. Riseley

President 2017-18

September 2017

One of the best parts of any Rotary convention is the sheer diversity of the people you see there. Whether you're heading into a breakout session, exploring the House of Friendship, or sitting down for a bite to eat, you'll meet people from every corner of the world, in all kinds of national attire, speaking just about every language. It's a lot of fun, and it's a big part of what makes Rotary great: that we can be so different and still find ourselves so at home together.

That spirit of warm community that is so central to Rotary also defines Toronto, our host city for the 2018 Rotary International Convention. Toronto is one of my favorite cities. It's a place where half the population is from another country, where over 140 languages are spoken by 2.8 million residents, and where no one ever seems to be too busy to be helpful. In addition to being clean, safe, and friendly, Toronto is a wonderful place to visit, with its attractive Lake Ontario waterfront, great restaurants, one-of-a-kind museums, and interesting neighborhoods to explore.

The 2018 convention already promises to be one of our best ever. Our Convention Committee and Host Organization Committee are hard at work lining up inspiring speakers, great entertainment, fascinating breakout sessions, and a wide variety of activities across the city. There will be something for everyone in Toronto, and Juliet and I encourage you to do what we'll be doing – bring your families along for the fun. If you plan early, your convention experience will be even more affordable: The deadline for discounted early registration (there is an additional discount for registering online) is 15 December.

As much as Toronto offers to Rotarians, the true draw is, of course, the convention itself. It's a once-a-year opportunity to recharge your Rotary batteries, to see what the rest of the Rotary world is up to, and to find inspiration for the year ahead. Find out more at riconvention.org – and find Inspiration Around Every Corner at the 2018 Rotary Convention in Toronto.

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Posted by Laura Bock on Sep 25, 2017

District Governor Kyle Haugen

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     Kyle’s message was a huge Thank you to our club from Rotary International for our past support, both with service projects, and our financial support.
After a brief background on himself, he challenged us to honor President Ian Riseley’s initiative for environmental sustainability and plan a tree for every rotary member in our chapter, 62 to be exact. He commented on the current status of our efforts to eradicate polio, and mentioned that at a district level, there is an initiative underway to create awareness and work to extinguish the issues of human trafficking and sex slavery that most of us go unaware of. If you have any interest in joining the initiative for this let him know.
     Kyle reminded membership should be our number one priority. We are proud to be Rotarians, we should be shouting it from the roof tops and letting everyone know what Faribault Rotary does, and what Rotary International can do for a community. He encouraged us to keep growing and reminded us to make sure to work on retention of current members by getting everyone involved. New ideas from new members help re-engage long time members.  
      To wrap up his presentation he dove a little deeper into the financial side of Rotary and challenged all of us to give a little more. Kyle said there were requests for $118,000.00 in grants last year and we only had $78,000.00 available to fund those grants. He said “the Rotary Foundation is our charity, I encourage you to make it your charity of choice for two reasons: 1. We take good care of our money, and 2. We have a “say” in where it goes.” Consider that when you are giving, and give as you are able.
Last Week's meeting 09/20/2017 Laura Bock 2017-09-25 05:00:00Z 0
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Q.  How much water do cows drink per day?

A.  Water requirements for beef cattle depend on weight, stage of production (such as lactation), and temperature. As you increase weight, the amount of water needed also increases. Same holds true for temperature, as temperatures increase, so does water intake. Also, if the animal is lactating, water requirements also increase.

Following are some thumb rules on water intake that may be helpful.

  1. Daily water intake may vary from 3 to 30 gallons per day depending on age, body size (weight), stage of production, and the environment (mainly air temperature).
  2. As a rule of thumb, consumption will range from 1 gallon per 100 pounds of body weight during cold weather to nearly 2 gallons per 100 pounds of body during the hottest weather.
  3. Lactating cows require nearly twice as much water compared to dry cows.
  4. Clean fresh water free of manure, dirt, and other debris is important.
  5. Cows do not jump over the moon.
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On Valentine's Day there is no charge to get married in the Empire State Building's chapel.
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Thank you for your donations!

Last week, past District Governor, Gary Campbell spoke to us about the Rotary Foundation and how donations make a difference in the world with the many projects we support and the efforts to eradicate polio through Polio plus.
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Marta tames a wild pony?

 

Kramers, Carons and Halversons oh my!

 

Fun and fellowship!

 

Our caterers from Uncle B's!

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Roses are red
or grower's choice
Please fill your orders
with your smile and nice voice!
 
Be sure to see Brenda or Amy for your sales envelope.  Each Rotarian is asked to sell at least 12 dozen roses by Oct. 4th.
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The highest denomination issued by the U.S. was the 100,000 dollar bill.
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Cranberries are sorted for ripeness by bouncing them.
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Nominations for Rotarian of the Year are now being accepted through September 30, 2017. Please use the attached form to submit your nomination.

The selection committee consists of:
Richard Cook, chair
Lisa Humfeld-Wilson,
Brent Peroutka,
Murray Hanson,
Kymn Anderson,
Troy Dunn, president.
 
The committee will select the Rotarian of the Year from written nominations only so it is
important that your written selection be submitted. You don’t have to use the nomination form that the committee has prepared.
We encourage each member to submit a written nomination which can be delivered, faxed or e-mailed to any committee member. Contact information for committee members is available on the Faribault Rotary website.

Candidates for Rotarian of the Year may include those persons who are providing
exemplary service to the Club and community now or who have done so over a number
of years.
 
PAST FARIBAULT ROTARIAN OF THE YEAR AWARDS YEAR

2008 Gary Peterson
2009 David Beranek
2010 Richard Cook
2011 Angela Storch
2012 Lisa Humfeld-Wilson
2013 Richard Ormsby
2014 Brent Peroutka
2015 Murray Hanson
2016 Kymn Anderson

Thank you for your participation.
 

Troy Dunn

President 2017-18

Faribault Rotary Club

Nominations for Rotarian of the Year 2017 Murray Hanson 2017-09-18 05:00:00Z 0
The most distinguished long time Rotarian, George Wickstrom, has proposed Molly Titchenal, Fund Development Coordinator for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Minnesota, for membership in the Faribault Rotary Club. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Troy Dunn or Dick Huston.
New Member Proposal- Molly Titchenal Murray Hanson 2017-09-18 05:00:00Z 0

Great Fun at the Rotary Camp!

 

The kids loved the pony rides!

 

Having fun outside!

 

Even the big kids had fun.! Right Lisa?

 

Enjoying fellowship and a great meal!

Annual Picnic 2017 Murray Hanson 2017-09-12 05:00:00Z 0

Laura Bock gave her classification talk recently.  I asked her seven follow up questions to help summarize her presentation for those of us who were present and for our club members who missed the meeting. If you have not had a chance to welcome her to our club, please do so.

  1. Your Family members, occupations (including you) or school level?” 
Husband, Steve Bock, Owner /Manager Glenn’s Towing
Collin Paquette (14), Freshman, Faribault High School
Sadie Paquette (11), 6th Grade, Faribault Middle School
Grace Bock (1), can be found at daycare, or home with Mom and Dad
 
  1. Your Hometown/School/College
Hometown is Faribault, Graduated from FHS in 1998.
Oliver Thein Beauty School – Burnsville, MN
 
  1. Your Previous occupations?
Nail Technician, Mayo Clinic Customer Service, Cheese Maker, Retail Manager.
  1. Any Hobbies?
Spending time with my family, cooking, baking, outdoor activities, yard work, movies, reading.
 
  1. Rotary sponsor?
Jake Cook
 
  1. Interesting fact about you or your life?
I am not that interesting, I enjoy learning other people’s history and interesting facts about their lives.
 
  1. Anything else you can think of?   
I am very excited to be part of Rotary. Thank you for having me.
 
Member Profile- Laura Bock Murray Hanson 2017-09-11 05:00:00Z 0
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A nautical mile is 800 feet longer than a land mile.