Find Rotary on Facebook Murray Hanson 2020-06-03 05:00:00Z 0

Last Week's Meeting 5/27/2020

Posted by Laura Bock
PolioPlus
 
      On Wednesday May 27, 2020 Faribault Rotary was treated to a virtual presentation through Zoom by our very own Dr. Richard Huston. In November of 2019 Dr. Huston visited Pakistan to see first-hand the work being done to eradicate polio. Spending his time in the capital city of Karachi, he attended multiple Rotary Club meetings, and was quickly identified as being the featured speaker at most of them! He spent 8 days in Pakistan traveling to 5 different sites to vaccinate children for polio. Dr. Huston touched on the other initiatives PolioPlus is working on and those include disease prevention, clean water, improving health care and creating jobs.
      Dr. Huston has been and will continue to travel around to area organizations to present this program on his time in Pakistan, and Rotary. This week he will be making presentations to Owatonna Rotary and The Rotary Club of St. Charles with our good friend President Dan Hedge.
 
Last Week's Meeting 5/27/2020 Laura Bock 2020-06-02 05:00:00Z 0

Oceans

What are some interesting facts about gold? - Quora
It is estimated that the world's oceans contain 10 billion tons of gold.
Oceans Murray H Hanson 2020-06-01 05:00:00Z 0

Elephants

Elephants are the only mammals that can't jump.
Elephants Murray H Hanson 2020-06-01 05:00:00Z 0

Popcorn

Who Invented Popcorn? - Who Invented It
Popcorn was invented by the American Indians.
Popcorn Murray H Hanson 2020-06-01 05:00:00Z 0

RI Presidential Message June 2020

Presidential message

2019-20 RI President Mark Daniel Maloney

Mark Daniel Maloney

President 2019-20

June 2020

My Rotary journey began 40 years ago when I joined the Rotary Club of Decatur, Alabama, at the age of 25, and it has brought my family and me many unforgettable moments. But nothing could have prepared me for connecting with the world as president of Rotary International. My individual Rotary journey has become a shared Rotary journey with each of you.

All of the incredible people Gay and I met this year — Rotarians, Rotaractors, and the extended family of Rotary — will be an inspiration for the rest of our lives. We visited clubs and projects from Uruguay to Ukraine, from Nigeria to New Zealand, and beyond. We were privileged to crisscross the globe, circumnavigating it twice and moving back and forth between the Northern and Southern hemispheres. Each country and each stop held its own Rotary magic. While in Zimbabwe in March, we participated in a medical vocational training team mission with Rotarians from India, providing health, hope, and life itself to the thousands who came for treatment. We also felt the energy of more than 300 young people at a Rotary Youth Symposium in Harare. What a thrill it was to be with these young people!

This year Rotary launched our new Action Plan, and I trust each club is putting that plan to use. And I have been energized by the efforts to embrace the priorities I set for this Rotary year: engaging families, providing leadership opportunities for all ages, celebrating our history with the United Nations in its 75th year, and, most significantly, growing Rotary.

As COVID-19 reached around the globe, we found ourselves in a world transformed. We have been forced to connect in ways we could never have imagined, testing our ability to adapt. We have made tough decisions, including canceling club meetings, district conferences, presidential conferences, and, much to our regret, the 2020 Rotary International Convention in Honolulu. Together everyone is placing the public good and welfare first, despite the loss of meetings, events, and experiences that had been planned for years.

As we looked forward to the Rotary Convention in Honolulu, we learned about the aloha spirit. Our Rotary friends in Hawaii showed us that "aloha" means mutual regard and affection. It extends warmth and caring with no expectation of anything in return. The spirit of aloha applies wherever in the world we may live. As Rotarians, Rotaractors, and members of the family of Rotary, we are connected, and as aloha has been defined to me: Our connection to one another is based upon mutual respect for our differences as well as our appreciation for what we have in common. Community is the sum of individuals — individuals who have concern for one another, who care, share, and take responsibility.

As I have witnessed the members of the Rotary community act to care for humanity amid the coronavirus pandemic, I have seen the aloha of Rotary. We are indeed people of action. Every day, but particularly during this pandemic, the Rotary community has demonstrated its aloha spirit. It is a gift to be shared, and we are each a steward of this gift of Rotary. Gay and I have been amazed, inspired, and humbled by all of you within the family of Rotary.

Indeed, I would say that the last part of our shared Rotary year was transformational. We found new ways to make the lives of others better, new ways to move forward together. And, together, we will continue to grow Rotary so that we may increase our gift of Rotary to our local and global communities.

Gay and I will always remember and treasure our year with you, our shared journey, as Rotary Connects the World!

RI Presidential Message June 2020 Mark Maloney 2020-06-01 05:00:00Z 0

Last Week's Meeting 5/20/20

Posted by David Connelly

Thank you, Heidi!

Heidi Nelson gave us a look into her life and many skill sets gained through her journey so far. Mrs. Nelson was born and raised in Faribault, her parents were very involved in the community. Heidi expressed this helped shape her compassion for community. After graduating Heidi and family moved to South Dakota, where she met her husband and started her family. Heidi’s three boys are now in the early thirties. Heidi moved back to her home town of Faribault were she has thrived helping her community in many fields from real estate, banking, hotelier and now the executive director of the Paradise Center for the Arts. Heidi feels although her current role sees many challenges, she was made for this role. With Heidi’s compassion for community fueled by here moto “Together we thrive!” the Paradise and our Faribault community are blessed by her abilities to bring people together with a smile.
Last Week's Meeting 5/20/20 David Connelly 2020-05-27 05:00:00Z 0

Online Fellowship 6/3/2020

Posted by Murray H Hanson

Fellowship

Since the social distancing guideline prevents our normal fellowship, today will be our second "online" fellowship.  So, if you would like to respond to this bulletin or next week's email with any news or acts of service you want to share, I will publish them in the bulletin each week. Please let me know by 10 am each Wednesday. 
It is done! the last 30 pages of the 100 page instruction assembly book  for the backyard play set have been conquered and my granddaughters are quite happy. This weekend starts with 18 holes at the Legacy on Friday and I will be smoking an 11 lb brisket on Saturday.  So, if you happen to be driving by at 4 am when I am setting up, please say hi!  I hope everything is going well for each of you and your families despite all that is happening in the world.  Please remember to join our Zoom meetings at noon each Wednesday. 
 
From Laura Bock: 
We need to fill two spots for Meals on Wheels.
Wednesday June 17th and Friday June 19th. Please let me know if you can help.
 
From Keith Kramer:
One of our family goals the past few months has been to get our kids outside and enjoy God’s creation. We bought some inflatable kayaks and pictured is my son and his cousin having fun on the Straight river this past weekend (see picture above.)​
 
From Dick Huston:
So I am really enjoying summer but also always looking ahead.  I just purchase new snow skis and can't wait to use them.
 
Online Fellowship 6/3/2020 Murray H Hanson 2020-05-26 05:00:00Z 0

Online Fellowship 5/27/2020

Posted by Murray H Hanson

Fellowship

Backyard Discovery Thunder Ridge Cedar Swing Set/Play Set
Since the social distancing guideline prevents our normal fellowship, today will be our second "online" fellowship.  So, if you would like to respond to this bulletin or next week's email with any news or acts of service you want to share, I will publish them in the bulletin each week. Please let me know by 10 am each Wednesday. 
 
For this his week's project my son Jackson and I are 70 pages into an 100 page instruction assembly book for the play set (see picture) we are building in his backyard for my granddaughters. We should finish this weekend.  It is also time to clean off the deck  get out the deck  furniture.  Last Thursday, I was able to attend a Zoom meeting with the Rotary Club of St. Charles with Dan Hedge as President. I did learn a few things from that visit. First, they are "thrilled" that we gave them such a devoted Packer fan and second, it seems that every club has a "George." I hope all is going well for all of you.  Please remember to join our Zoom meetings at noon each Wednesday. 
 
From Anne Marie:
There have been so many acts of kindness for our child care workers. Masks and sanitizer have been donated and I've been treating staff to Caribou and donuts. We can't do enough for this team!
 
From Donn Johnson:
Rotary music scholars
 I believe it is appropriate to continue the music scholarships, theater scholarships, and art scholarships for our high school graduates and returning musicians.  Here are the names of the music scholarship winners:.
 
Band-- Caleb Dewberry and Sebastian Malkavage
Choir-- Delia Denis and Erik Hagre
Orchestra-- Sarah Engbrecht and Sarah McColley
All-around--  Kylie Petricka
 
The Senior Arts recipients have received their notifications but I can't recall their names.  Will let you know when my mind kicks in.  Thanks.  I am also waiting for Paul Johnson to get back to me for theater.  He is looking for good camps that don't cost an arm and a leg.  Appreciate it.
 
 
From Eric Craig:
 
Online Fellowship 5/27/2020 Murray H Hanson 2020-05-26 05:00:00Z 0

ClubRunner App for Your Smart Phone

Posted by Murray Hanson

How it works

To download the app from the Apple App Store or from Google Play, simply type in 'ClubRunner' in the search bar. Our 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.  Click on this link!    Download the ClubRunner App today!

The ClubRunner Mobile App is your key to connect to our club and district on the go!

Completely, free to download and use, this app will let you access the key info you need while you're on the go. Password protected just like your website, the ClubRunner Mobile app allows you to to view our member directory, contact any Faribault Rotary Club member, 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!

image02 Member Directory

Immediately view the most up to date member directory, upon login. You can browse your member profiles which give you the necessary contact information you need to connect with just one click. Make a call or text, email them directly from your device, or even add them to your contacts list.

image05 Club & District Executives and Directors

View and contact your club/district executives and directors from current, past and future years. You can browse their profiles and connect with one tap.

image02 View Posts on Your Website

View the latest feed of home page stories that are on your own website and your district's site, directly on your phone, so you never miss any information!

 
image05 Explore upcoming events and speakers

Access all of your upcoming events and calendar items, and view event details, including associated links, download files and venue map. View who the latest speakers are and learn more about their presentation topic - both for your club and district.

image05 Club Details

View your meeting day, time and venue, complete with a Google map for directions through the new Club Info page right from your phone. Even get quick access to contact your club President, Area Governor and District Governor.

image02 Keep track of your attendance

Keep track of your attendance stats and banked makeups. Easily view which meetings you attended, missed and made up and get a quick glance at your attendance percentage for the year. Switch to the Makeups tab and view a list of your banked makeups.

 

I encourage you to add this app to your smart phone or tablet. You only have to login once and you will be able to call, text or email any club member from your device.  if you have any questions, please let me know.

 

Murray

ClubRunner App for Your Smart Phone Murray Hanson 2020-05-26 05:00:00Z 0

New dates for Cash Raffle 2020

The Faribault Rotary Club Board has decided to move forward with the annual Cash Raffle for 2020.  The tentative starting date is June 10th with a drawing scheduled for Wednesday July 15th at our noon meeting.  More details to come!
New dates for Cash Raffle 2020 Murray H Hanson 2020-05-26 05:00:00Z 0
Our Eyes Murray Hanson 2020-05-26 05:00:00Z 0

Dragonfly

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Dragonfly Murray Hanson 2020-05-26 05:00:00Z 0
Wrinkles Murray H Hanson 2020-05-26 05:00:00Z 0

Zoom Meetings 

Due to the Covid-19 crisis and social distancing guidelines set forth by the CDC, Governor Walz and President Trump our weekly meetings  at the Inn at Shattuck for June 3,10, and 17 are cancelled. However, we will have a Zoom meeting at noon on Wednesday June 3, 2020. Please use this link:  
 

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/97242116614

Meeting ID: 972 4211 6614

Find your local number: https://us04web.zoom.us/u/flsxoP7wv
Zoom Meetings Amy Amundson 2020-05-20 05:00:00Z 0

Online Fellowship 5/20/2020

Posted by Murray H Hanson

Fellowship

Since the social distancing guideline prevents our normal fellowship, today will be our second "online" fellowship.  So, if you would like to respond to this bulletin or next week's email with any news or acts of service you want to share, I will publish them in the bulletin each week. Please let me know by 10 am each Wednesday. 
Kristi and I are still busy with home projects.  We power washed and sanded  500 sq feet of pavers, painted our pergola, deck posts and two entry doors last week. This weekend we will tackle a backslash. Kamryn is starting summer school  for her Master's degree this week online at Mankato.  I hope we will be able to meet at The Inn at Shattuck soon. In the meantime please join our weekly Zoom meeting at noon each Wednesday. 
 
From Andy Bohlen:
During the time of social distancing FPD has answered the call on numerous occasions to deliver a parade of lights past birthday parties, anniversaries, and special events! (See photo above)
 
From Kurt Halvorson:
The Stay at Home order has provided a welcome slow down to life; I have enjoyed spending quality time with my daughter, my girlfriend Natalie and her son Keaton.  In addition, I have had more time devoted to getting my model railroad up and running, and I am excited to share that just last night I was able to run a locomotive model on it for the first time in 2 years! 
 
From Eric Craig:
I am still extremely busy with tax season as the past four to six weeks have been mostly spent assisting clients with all new Covid related tax legislation, loans, unemployment, stimulus review, etc. which has drastically slowed our tax preparation.  Fortunately, the tax deadline was extended through July 15th which is bitter sweet. I’ve been working from home mostly for the last two months but hoping to get back to some semblance of normal sooner than later.  We purchased a new arcade game and an outdoor basketball hoop so we’ve been having fun with those.  We are hoping to get in some camping this summer and are thankful to be busy, healthy, and safe during these uncertain times.
Last week I was able to deliver some flowers to three littles in the BBBS program including our little, Anthony.  I dropped off some lunch for him and some treats for his family.  We are hoping to get back to spending time with him soon.  I’m looking forward to catching up with everyone on the Zoom meeting tomorrow. 
 
Online Fellowship 5/20/2020 Murray H Hanson 2020-05-19 05:00:00Z 0

Last Week's Meeting 5/13/2020

Posted by David Connelly

Dissertation

Community Education - Faribault Public Schools ISD #656
Anne Marie Leland spoke about her dissertation of a full-service learning program. Anne Marie expressed her work in the Faribault community and through rotary shaped her positionality in the world when it comes to “equity and social justice” which is a big reason why she chose to enroll in the educational doctoral program.
 
Anne Marie’s dissertation on which was a case study of Somali parents who engagement with any rule Midwestern school district and I had to choose a couple of theoretical frameworks. The full-service model looked at providing parent education on school systems, dental/health wellness (through HealthFinders), and administrative support throughout the process.  
 
Anne Marie stated “Our district Faribault Public Schools we do a lot around the social-emotional learning piece as well and partnering with the virtues project, for example, partnering with our community-based partners that we understand the way in which to affect the most holistically is through that family system of support so well educators are known for just focusing on academics we are at the district at that focuses on the whole family and so my research really fit in nicely within my job as director of Community Education.
 
Participants were 8 female parents, 4 male parents. They ranged in ages of 24 to 68, they were all refugees representing 55 children. They all self-reported that they had no higher education from non-US or US colleges. They all expressed in the post-interview: The training was appreciated and the Hands-On help was very useful to their child’s education understanding. 
 
This case study worked well in our small community, It is a bright look at the future of education in a holistic frame. Further study and understanding of other communities big and small are needed to her advancement of like work. 
 
If you are interested in learning more please reach out to Anne Marie Leland, she will be delighted to share her experiences. 
Last Week's Meeting 5/13/2020 David Connelly 2020-05-18 05:00:00Z 0

Dogs

Quiz: If You're A Dog Lover You're Going To Rock This Quiz ...
A dog's average body temperature is 101 degrees Fahrenheit.
Dogs Murray H Hanson 2020-05-18 05:00:00Z 0

Recycled paper

Save Trees | Green America
Recycling 1 ton of paper saves 17 mature trees, 7,000 gallons of water, 3 cubic yards of landfill space, and 2 barrels of oil. Every ton of paper recycled can save the energy equivalent of 165 gallons of gasoline. 17 trees can absorb a total of 250 pounds of carbon dioxide from the air each year.
Recycled paper Murray H Hanson 2020-05-18 05:00:00Z 0

Grizzly Bears

How do these big, boxy creatures with flat feet run so fast ...
Grizzly bears can run as fast as the average horse.
 
Grizzly Bears Murray H Hanson 2020-05-18 05:00:00Z 0

RI Presidential Message May 2020

Presidential message

2019-20 RI President Mark Daniel Maloney

Mark Daniel Maloney

President 2019-20

May 2020

Increasing our ability to adapt: That is one goal of our new Rotary Action Plan. And wow, have we seen that ability put to the test this year.

In March, Gay and I were to visit Zimbabwe, Turkey, and eight other countries over the course of 30 days. After participating in a medical mission in Zimbabwe and Commonwealth Week activities in London, on the 11th day, we were packing our suitcases for Switzerland and Liechtenstein.

While attending a dinner at the High Commission for Pakistan in London, we received word that it would be impossible to travel everywhere on our itinerary. So, instead of flying to Zurich, we returned to Evanston and One Rotary Center.

Throughout early March, the news about COVID-19 became increasingly serious throughout the world. Following the advice of local officials, we canceled UN presidential conferences in Paris and Rome. Soon, the World Health Organization declared the virus a global pandemic, and we consulted with authorities on more critical decisions. We asked all Rotary districts and clubs to curb face-to-face meetings until further notice and to hold virtual meetings instead. To the districts and clubs that have adapted so quickly, thank you.

The Rotary Board of Directors held its first-ever virtual meeting to make the most difficult decision of all, to cancel the 2020 Rotary International Convention. Like the more than 20,000 registrants who planned to attend, I am disappointed. We acted to protect the health and safety of convention attendees and their families, friends, and colleagues, as well as those who call Honolulu home, and I am confident we made the right decision.

I want to thank the 2020 Honolulu Convention Committee, the Host Organization Committee, the 2020 Honolulu Convention Promotion Committee, and Rotary staff for planning what would have been one of the best Rotary conventions yet. I appreciate their hard work.

This issue of The Rotarian was going to press as the decision about canceling the convention was made, and many other decisions across the Rotary world were still up in the air. Future issues of The Rotarian and of Rotary's regional magazines, along with Rotary's social media channels, will keep you informed.

We began this Rotary year promoting the importance of the new Action Plan for all Rotarians and Rotaractors. Today, we are putting that plan into action out of necessity. That includes the possibility of a convention-like experience with you through a virtual event. We will have more to say about this in the near future.

The world is changing rapidly, and so must Rotary. Our adaptability and strength will help us navigate this experience. The world needs our leadership today more than ever. Truly, Rotary Connects the World.

RI Presidential Message May 2020 Mark Maloney 2020-05-17 05:00:00Z 0

Online Fellowship 5/13/2020

Posted by Murray H Hanson

Fellowship

Since the social distancing guideline prevents our normal fellowship, today will be our second "online" fellowship.  So, if you would like to respond to this bulletin or next week's email with any news or acts of service you want to share, I will publish them in the bulletin each week. Please let me know by 10 am each Wednesday. 
I have been busy with home projects these past two months. The clinic is now open and we will add routine eye care starting next Monday. It will be interesting wearing scrubs every day. I will need George and Chuck to step it up with their necktie collection now that Dick has a chance to win. I did notice a huge smoke cloud in the western sky last Wednesday morning. (Should have known Dick was up to something.)
 
From Dick Huston:
Today I have a message of "SERVICE ABOVE SELF".  Last Wednesday a few of my friends   and I had a prairie burn of about 40 acres.  Nine guys ages 11 to 81 (and me 83) volunteered their time and took the risk to control the fire.  Unless you have been there you can't imagine the heat generated.  It can be dangerous.  Some of these men have been helping me for several years all for a pizza and something to drink.  They are devoted to making our earth a better place and are just really good people.
 
From Keith Kramer:
Hello Rotary friends. We are at the end of our second week of puppy ownership and are having a lot of fun and learning a lot of patience at the same time. We also now have a trampoline and the kids jumped so much that they had to take a few days off because their backs hurt!
I miss seeing all of you in person and hope you are doing well!

 
From Nort Johnson:
Some news bits from your Chamber;
COVID Resource page at faribaultmn.org is continually updated.
Chamber two awards from EXPLORE MN; 1) community branding & integrated campaign for Faribault- Making America Stories project 2) Best Special Project for our multi-community Minne-Roadrip station wagon
We’re distributing our second batch of hand sanitizer to women’s shelters, group homes, first responders and senior living homes.  Thanks 10,000 Drops and ACE Hardware for the contributions to this project.  We’re considering another batch to distribute to re-opening retail/restaurant businesses and are accepting donations through our Chamber Trust to accomplish that.
Many businesses that are working to reopen are having trouble getting staff to come back from unemployment because of the federal $600 per week bonus on their unemployment they make more not working.  
Online Fellowship 5/13/2020 Murray H Hanson 2020-05-12 05:00:00Z 0
Siberian Tigers Murray H Hanson 2020-05-11 05:00:00Z 0

Chocolate

Chocolate - Wikipedia
Vanilla is used to make chocolate. Chocolate makers often include vanilla as a method to smooth or reduce bitterness arising from low quality bulk beans. Starting nearly a century ago, chocolate companies found that the low quality beans they were using were often bitter for consumers, even after adding a lot of sugar, so they added vanilla.
Chocolate Murray H Hanson 2020-05-11 05:00:00Z 0
New York City Murray H Hanson 2020-05-11 05:00:00Z 0

Last Week's Meeting 5/6/2020

Posted by David Connelly

Fast for Hope

20200303 Meeting Photos Rick Heidick | Stillwater Sunrise Rotary Club
Rick Heidick from the Stillwater Rotary Club gave an overview of The Fast for Hope campaign. The Fast for Hope Initiative is based on the belief that while project-based funding is critical to address immediate needs in developing parts of the world, a new model needs to be created in order to more effectively address the problem of systemic poverty in the world. This new model is based on a belief that the local community knows best what they need and that the community must take ownership of any solution in order for it to be successful. Instead of doing a project in multiple communities, this is intended to be a multifaceted effort simultaneously addressing the myriad of needs that are interconnected and which cause the residents of one or two particular communities to live in extreme poverty.
 
The goal is to create a replicable and sustainable model to address extreme poverty in the developing world. Based in part on the book” The End of Poverty,” which maintains we are the first generation with the ability to end extreme poverty in the world. The premise is that this cannot be achieved by doing projects. Rather we need to work on a community-wide basis addressing the myriad of issues that cause a community to be in extreme poverty and that once the community achieves a basic level of economic success than they can continue to grow without further assistance. The issues will vary community to community but may include lack of access to education, lack of access to transportation and markets, limited experience organizing as a community, culture of dependence on charity.
 
You can find more information about their progress at https://www.stillwatersunriserotary.org/. To listen back to this speech follow, click the following link. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1lG6clsSFiDBTqbub6mERbkcTruUmw-Md/view?usp=sharing 
 
 
Last Week's Meeting 5/6/2020 David Connelly 2020-05-11 05:00:00Z 0

Distinguished Alumni- Michael Gramse

Congratulations Mike!

Michael Gramse

(Reprinted with permission from the Daily News Michael Gramse is the last of the six 2020 Faribault High School distinguished Alumni Award winners to be featured in the Daily News.)

A visitor’s first impression of Michael Gramse’s company, MRG Tool and Die, is formed by words printed in bold letters on a wall facing a vast factory floor: “INTEGRITY – Show it. Live it. Feel it. COLLABORATION – Together we are successful. INNOVATION – We create solutions.” These are his company’s core values, and they describe all one needs to know about Michael Gramse.

According to Mary Utpadel, Office Manager/Customer Service employee for 32 years, Gramse lives his values. When asked by a Minnesota Business Magazine interviewer to cite his strongest characteristic, Gramse answered, “I think being honest, being straightforward, not trying to whitewash things.” Utpadel agrees: “He definitely believes in honesty and forthrightness in his relationships with employees and customers. His integrity is a major reason employees and customers are devoted to the company.”

Gramse realized his talent for working with machines when he enrolled in a machine shop class as a junior at Faribault Senior High. During his senior year, he enrolled in a three-hour vocational machine course taught by Forest Knoss. After graduation, he attended the Faribault Area Vocational and Technical Institute where he completed the Tool and Die program in 1968 under the tutelage of Page Lawson.

He returned to Faribault after a stint in the Navy, newly married to Eva Froman, and began working for companies where he learned to build progressive dies and special machines. He left Master Tool, an Eagan company, several years later and formed Duo Tool and Die in 1979 with a partner he met at the company. After a friendly separation, Gramse kept the shop, its two employees, and renamed the company MRG Tool and Die. Over the years, MRG has grown to include 73 employees, a 66,000 square foot facility and a diverse customer base, including nearly all Faribault’s industries.

MRG Tool and Die enjoys a reputation among domestic and international corporations for its outstanding, high-quality workmanship, on-time delivery and customer service.

Gramse says he’s reminded of his company’s reputation when “a customer of ours retires – usually it’s an engineer we have been working with for a long time – then tells us we have been their best supplier. Several times over the years, we have had the honor of being told we are the best shop they work with, and that makes me feel we have been successful.”

Gramse takes pride in hiring local people, many of whom have been with his company for decades. Employees are loyal to the company because, as Utpadel says, “We are treated like family.”

Employees also feel appreciated. Machinist, Thad Sunsdahl, explains, “We work in teams. We’re encouraged to be collaborative and to learn from one another. Our projects are interesting, challenging, and require us to be problem-solvers and innovators.”

Gramse is a tenacious advocate for vocational education — especially manufacturing — having served as chairman of South Central College Foundation Board, as well as being a significant scholarship donor. He is a recipient of the SCC Outstanding Alumni Award (2015), Manufacturing Life Time Achievement Award (2015), and Small Manufacturer of the Year (2012). His civic activities include Peace Lutheran Church president, Faribault Rotary president, supporter of Basic Blessings Backpack Program, and a member of the Faribault Chamber of Commerce and Faribault Industrial Corporation. He is particularly devoted to philanthropy supporting children and families.

Michael Gramse’s legacy continues through his children. His oldest son, Rod, has been promoted to company president. He expresses a desire to continue the family’s value-centered approach to running a thriving business and caring for people begun by his father.

Distinguished Alumni- Michael Gramse Murray H Hanson 2020-05-05 05:00:00Z 0

Recycled paper

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Recycled paper is made using 40% less energy than normal paper.
Recycled paper Murray Hanson 2020-05-05 05:00:00Z 0

Vermont

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Online Fellowship 5/6/2020

Posted by Murray H Hanson

We celebrated 100 years!

Since the social distancing guideline prevents our normal fellowship, today will be our second "online" fellowship.  So, if you would like to respond to this bulletin or next week's email with any news or acts of service you want to share, I will publish them in the bulletin each week. Please let me know by 10 am each Wednesday. 
 
Last Friday, May 1, 2020 we celebrated our club's 100-year anniversary with a Zoom meeting at noon.  We had 60 people in attendance including four past exchange students from their home countries of  Germany, Italy, Brazil and Ecuador. I have included the link for the program in a separate story so you may listen to the program if you choose.
 
From Natalie Ginter:
I attended the District Grants Management Seminar on Saturday, April 25th which makes our Club eligible to apply for a District Grant.
District Grant applications are due June 1st and applying Clubs must have a Grant Team established to apply.
There is a $3,000 per Club max match grant available dependent upon the Club’s per capita giving history with up to $12,000 match per grant.  Multiple Clubs could partner on an application.  If each contributed $3,000 x 4 Clubs = $12,000 then District Rotary could potentially match up to $12,000 for a total $24,000 project budget.
I had initially suggested to the Board that we consider applying for a project to conduct Human Trafficking education for businesses along the Faribault/I-35 corridor such as truck stops and hotels.  If you have an interest in joining a Grant Team to work on an application or if you have another Project idea, please contact me.
 
From Rod Mahler:
Congratulations to all of you that put on our 100th celebration  last Friday.  You did a fantastic job and how great it was to see all the Rotarians from the past plus our current members.  I sure miss being with you.  Thank you,  Thank you.  
 
From Dick Huston:
I continue to monitor the Little Libraries at SSC and Our Saviors about every 4-5 days.  Children's books continue to get used on a pretty consistent basis.  I shop for groceries each time before i go to put in one of the libraries at Our Saviors and kinda learned what folks like and don't like.  It has been a fun and pretty interesting exercise.
I will miss the meeting this week because of a really special event that day!!!!!!! 
 
From past president and former member, Darlene Meillier:
Great job on your Rotary 100th presentation. 
 
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Faribault Rotary Club's 100-Year Anniversary (Zoom)

Posted by Murray H Hanson

A Century of Service

Faribault Rotary Club Founders 1920
 
Introduction
 
Thank you everyone for being here today for the Faribault Rotary Club’s 100-year anniversary. We had only decided 9 days ago during our weekly meeting through Zoom to move this week’s meeting from Wednesday to today to coincide with the 100-Year anniversary of our club.
 
For me the countdown to 100 years started with the retirement of Darlene Meillier around 5 years ago.  She told me that she had a number of boxes stored in the basement at the State Bank that covered our club’s history dating back to 1920. There were actually eight boxes and she had them delivered to my office.  The first order of business was to get new boxes.
 
Since then, I have been reading through all that information along with collecting our club’s history from around town. Lisa had records in a file cabinet in her office and someone actually dropped off the original signed Constitution and Bylaws of our club from May 1, 1920.  When the Mason’s sold there building, I received a huge file that highlighted everything that happened in the club in 1967, the year that Francis Lockwood was president.
 
This detailed file was just one of 100 examples over the last 100 years of the impact the Faribault Rotary Club has had in each of those years in our community and around the world.  For today’s presentation I would like to thank Kymn Anderson and Lisa Humfeld- Wilson for all their work in making this possible through Zoom.
 
May 1, 1920- May 1, 2020
 
 
The Faribault Rotary Club was officially charted 100 years ago today at noon 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 on Thursday April 29, 1920 to draw up the charter documents.  The first President of the Faribault Rotary Club was Frank W. McKellip.
 
Meetings were held at noon on the first and third Monday of each month and on the evening of the fourth Monday. By 1927 the weekly meeting time was moved to noon on Wednesdays and remains there to this day. Over the years the club has held its meetings at Episcopal Guild House, the Elks Club, Harvey Hotel, Bluebird Inn, Hotel Faribault, Evergreen Knoll, Faribault Country Club, the Lavender Inn, Bernie’s Vintage Ballroom and now and currently at the Inn at Shattuck.
 
On this 100th anniversary, our club has had approximately 5000 weekly meetings with our longest serving 62-year member, Rod Mahler, attending over 2800 of those meetings.  Rod was our 53rd president in 1972-73 and has connections back to the first year of our club when the original 35 first year members were added during 1920-21. Nuba Pletcher, our 4th president and Dr. Donald Chathum our 22nd president joined that first year and were still members after Rod joined in 1958.
 
Faribault Rotary has sponsored four other clubs: Owatonna in 1922, Northfield in 1925, Cannon Falls in 1954 and the new Rotaract club at South Central College in 2019.
 
Youth service whether local or international has been one of our objectives over the last 100 years. Some examples include:
  • A picnic for 290 boys at Roberds Lake in 1924.
  • The Youth Camp on Cedar Lake was dedicated in 1963 and has stayed an important part of our club legacy providing service and enjoyment for youth organizations, families and other groups to this day.
  • The club sponsored a shelter for the street children of Santarem, Brazil which provided a place for them to meet in groups and participate in life improvement activities in 1994.
 
  • We sponsored the Rotary youth soccer fields at Bahl Fields at the Faribault Soccer Complex in 2010 and continue to provide shirts every year through the “Little Feat” program.
 
  • The Faribault Club has hosted many exchange students here and sent local students abroad to increase unity and understanding.
 
  • Rotary’s focus on youth has also resulted in programs like STRIVE, STAY, Rotary Readers, the school buddy benches, youth Respect Retreats and many more programs benefiting local youth.
  • Over $350,000 have been given to local students by Rotary through music, arts and academic scholarships.
The Faribault Rotary Club has been part of international programs to improve farming processes in Sierra Leone, sending books to schools in Africa, and inoculating children against polio around the world, most recently in Pakistan.
In 2016 we were instrumental in the renovation of an historic clock downtown long in disrepair, and the placement of a mural honoring that clock in downtown Faribault.
We honor the motto of “Service Above Self” by sponsoring blood drives, ringing Salvation Army Bells, delivering meals on wheels, participating in clothing drives, community beautification projects and selling roses to fund youth programing.
We have established a number of traditions that are still an important part of the Faribault Rotary Club.  In 1939 the Faribault High School Choir started an annual Christmas Concert.  This December will be the 81st Rotary Concert.
 
In 1965, the Faribault Senior High Band, Choir and Orchestra performed with all proceeds used to benefit Faribault Youth Services Inc. and the Rotary Camp which continues to this day.
 
During Rotary luncheon programs we have had Governor’s, Senators, congressman, state and local politicians express their views. Programs over the years included topics such as:
 
- Does Faribault need an airport? (1941)
- A program on Direct Dialing telephones and the new Highway 35 progress. (1961)
 
- Over the last 10 years we have had historically informational and international adventure programs from our own Rotarians George Wickstrom and Dick Huston.
 
Six district governors have come from the Faribault Rotary Club. The last one, Layton Hoysler, served in 1974.
Rotary was a men’s organization until 1987 when Rotary International authorized the induction of women as Rotarians. 
Janine Sahagian was the first women to join the Faribault club and served as the first female president in 1999-2000.
 
With the current Covid-19 pandemic crisis and the government stay at home order along with the cancellation of all group meetings and events, we were unable to hold our 100-year celebration banquet on May 2, 2020. Ironically our club’s founders started this club 100 years ago during the Spanish flu pandemic. Hopefully this will not be the case on our 200-year anniversary.
 
As we look to the future, we will continue to live and promote the ideals of the “Four Way Test” adopted by Rotary International in 1943:
  1. Is it the Truth?
  2. Is it fair to all concerned?
  3. Will it build goodwill and better friendships?
  4. Will it be beneficial to all concerned?
 
So, today after 100-years, the men and women of the Faribault Rotary Club will continue to honor the legacy of “Service Above Self” to our community and the world for the next 100 years and beyond.
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Online Fellowship 4/29/2020

Tree Planting

 
Since the social distancing guideline prevents our normal fellowship, today will be our second "online" fellowship.  So, if you would like to respond to this bulletin or next week's email with any news or acts of service you want to share, I will publish them in the bulletin each week. Please let me know by 10 am each Wednesday. 
 
Rotarian Keith Kramer and his family replanted 🌳 at Jefferson school to replace some which didn’t make it from the 3rd grade project two years ago.  Pictured above with Keith are his wife Amy, their children Carsten, Maddie and Allie and their new dog Cash.
I was on call for the clinic last week seeing about seven patients a day. We have all our protocols in place to expand  our urgent/emergent services next week with each doctor in clinic two days with limited staff. We have also made the decision to move to wearing scrubs that will be laundered every day.......which means no more neckties. So in the spirit of John Elway who left the game after winning Super Bowls in his final two years at the height of his career, I leave the " tie game" now knowing that Dick Huston will actually have a shot at winning each week.
 
From Laura Bock:
 
Faribault Rotary will be hosting a Red Cross Blood Drive on Thursday July 2, 2020 from noon to 6 pm at Fourth Ave United Methodists Church. Volunteers will be needed to staff the drive as usual. Extra precautions are now in place and we will be updated on the blood drive protocol as it approaches. 
 
From Dick Huston:
 
I just finished being the program (via Zoom)for the South Metro Minneapolis Evening Rotary Club.  I did my Pakistan power point and it went pretty darn good.  They called at lunch time and asked if I would do it.  Kyle had given them my name.  Murray you have created a monster.
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Club History-2018

A good year!

In just 2 days, the Faribault Rotary Club will celebrate its 100-year anniversary on May 1, 2020.  This week’s historical highlight is from 2018.
The club moved its meetings to the Inn at Shattuck when Bernie’s Vintage Ballroom closed.
The club participates in the “Who are We” segments each week that highlights each member’s personal history.
The “Little Libraries” sponsored by Faribault Rotary received publicity in the Daily News.
The Faribault Rotary Club was a sponsor of the Faribault Elks Lodge Youth Ice Fishing Contest on Roberds Lake.
The STRIVE Program awarded over $20,000 in scholarships to local students.
Rod Mahler was recognized for 60 years of membership in Rotary with a special presentation and recognition by District Governor, Scott Haugen. (See photo above)
The club held a cash raffle to support Youth Services.
Rotarian Dr.  Richard Huston shared with us his experiences of his veterinarian mission trip to Samburu Kenya Africa in 2017.
 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.
The Club donated 2 wheelchairs to the Faribault Aquatic Center.
George Wickstrom gave the club a history lesson on the Revolutionary War.
Rotary Readers starts its 13th year. 
 
 
Rotarian of the Year 2018 was awarded to George Wickstrom.
The sponsors the Warm our Community clothing Drive.
The club celebrates the holidays with a gathering for “A night to Rejoice as Rotarians” with dinner and a concert at Shattuck.
The club sponsors the new Faribault Rotaract Club at South Central College.
The club sponsors the annual Red Cross Blood Drive.
The club participates in the annual Salvation Army Bell Ringing.
The club enjoys the 79th annual Christmas Concert.
 
Our club’s 98th president in 2017-18 was Sheriff Troy Dunn.
 
Troy had the following memories of his year as president:
Donating the handicap wheelchair to the Faribault Aquatic Center, planting trees with the students at Jefferson School and a great Rotary Picnic out at the Rotary camp with horses, jump tents and great fellowship with friends.
 
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Club History- 2019

99 Years!

In just 2 days, the Faribault Rotary Club will celebrate its 100-year anniversary on May 1, 2020.  This week’s historical highlight is from 2018.
 
Several weekly meetings were cancelled due to winter storms.
The club was encouraged to add the ClubRunner Smartphone app to their phones.
We partnered with the Elks Club for the annual youth fishing contest on French Lake. 
The club toured the newly expanded Buckham West Senior Center.
 
Over $20,000 in scholarships were awarded to STRIVE students.
61-year member, Rod Mahler, donated a new US flag and stand to replace the one he originally donated in 1971.
 
A small group of us volunteered at Habitat for Humanity and spent the day painting.
We had a 99th anniversary get together at the inn which was attended by past presidents, district representatives and many Rotarians & families.
The club held its third annual cash raffle to raise funds for Youth Services and scholarships.
The city gives a Lifetime Achievement Award to George Wickstrom.
 
Dick Huston is recognized as a Paul Harris Society member.
 
Todd Rost and Rotarian/Chamber President Nort Johnson in two separate programs told the story of Todd’s grandfather’s service in the 163rd infantry in WWI and his role in the liberation of Podensac France in 1918. The citizens of Podensac honored a group from Faribault on the 100th anniversary of that liberation.
 
Repairs at the Rotary Camp included replacing the roof, replacing the culvert under the road leading into the camp and fixing the deck after tornadoes swept through Rice County in the fall of 2018. As a result, the club was able to have the annual picnic.
The Rotarian of the Year 2019 was awarded to Jake Cook.
Jake Langslag from Goat Dispatch told the club about how goats are an alternative solution to eliminating buckthorn, raspberries, and other pesky vegetation.
 
The club held the second annual warm our community event providing outerwear for many local youths. (See photo of volunteers above)
 
Our club’s 99th president in 2018-19 was Keith Kramer.
 
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Zoom Meeting at noon today 4/22/20! Murray H Hanson 2020-04-22 05:00:00Z 0

Online Fellowship 4/22/20

Well done Troy!

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Since the social distancing guideline prevents our normal fellowship, today will be our second "online" fellowship.  So, if you would like to respond to this bulletin or next week's email with any news or acts of service you want to share, I will publish them in the bulletin each week. Please let me know by 10 am each Wednesday. 
The picture above was taken from the Daily News and shows Troy Dunn cooking a meal with his "Little," Grayson, from BBBS as he finds another way to adapt to this lockdown.
 
As the Richie Eye clinic takes steps to ensure our patients safety during the crisis we remain open for urgent/emergent care. This is my week for for being on call 24/7.  Seeing patients without anyone else in the clinic reminds me how much I appreciate our great staff.  It also reminds of the days when I first started in this profession and when it was just me and only one other staff. On the home front, we have the files organized, passwords updated, recipes organized, started  the yard work, doing a little binge watching and we are working on a 1000 piece Minnesota puzzle.  I am looking forward to seeing everyone on Zoom at noon today!
 
From Dick Huston:
A lesson from nature.  Over the  past year I watched the muskrats cut down the cat tails in my wetland to build their houses.  This has cleared the wetland to produce a more favorable habitat for the ducks.  Now the geese are building nests on the muskrat houses.  They all get along, they all help each other and they all win.  What an awesome example for humans. Emoji
 
From Troy Dunn:
BBBS with our Little – We cooked shrimp for lunch and then played a game of Farkle over Zoom.  It was a great time. 
 
From Heidi Nelson:
Thank you, Murray.  I hope that you are doing well.
I would only like to report that the PCA could really use extra financial support at this time and if anyone would like to become a member or donate they can do that on our website at paradisecenterforthearts.org 
 
 
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Club History- 2016

2016

In exactly 9 days, the Faribault Rotary Club will celebrate its 100-year anniversary on May 1, 2020.  This week’s historical highlight is from 2016.
 
 
Rotarians Police Chief Andy Bohlen and Rice County Sheriff Troy Dunn gave a great presentation about our local K9 police dogs. 
 
The weekly Faribaultarian newsletter began publishing new member profiles.
The club awarded over $20,000 in STRIVE scholarships.
 
Former Rotarian and past president (1973-74) Dr. Roy Anderson returned in full costume and historical knowledge as our city’s founder, Alexander Faribault.
 
The club held a Beer, BBQ and Bacon spring fundraiser at the F-Town Brewery for the new Rotary mural.
The club held its first cash raffle to raise funds for youth services.
The club sponsored the Courage Retreat for Faribault 7th graders.
The tradition of inviting retired past presidents to installation ceremonies for the new president was started.
 
A dedication ceremony for Faribault's newest mural was spear headed by Dick Huston, who made a short presentation to Rotarians and guests in the lot next to the Chavis building.
2016 Rotarian of the year was Kymn Anderson.
 
The Club partnered with the United Way and Unity Students to build the first of six Little Libraries in Faribault.
There was a great presentation from Shoreview Rotarian, John Suzukida, who spoke of his parent’s internment in Japanese- American relocation camps during WWII.  
The club enjoyed the 77th annual Christmas Concert.
 
Our club’s 96th president in 2015-16 was Dr. Richard Huston.
 
 
 
Dr. Huston had the following memories:
 
-Hosting exchange student Maggie in the spring and enjoying all the events and friends she had.
 
-Planning for, procuring financing and seeing the mural project completed to let the people of Faribault know the value of Rotary
 
-Presidents Event at F-Town planned by our very own Dan Hedge
-Working with Dan Hedge to develop promotional brochure, Exchange brochure and "Ways to Serve".
-Displaying the flags on banners.
-Doing orientation with a meal to really get to know the incoming members and letting them know Rotary is Service above Self
 
-Murray had the best ties that year and frankly every year since.
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Club History- 2017

2017
 
In exactly 9 days, the Faribault Rotary Club will celebrate its 100-year anniversary on May 1, 2020.  This week’s historical highlight is from 2017.
 
The club awarded over $20,000 in STRIVE, Ethics Essays and Music scholarships.
Rotarian Dr. Lisa Humfeld gave a talk on the “Toxic Effects of Sugar.” No one ate desert that day.
The club had a raffle to raise money for Youth Services.
The President’s Fundraising Event set a goal to raise $10,000 held at the F-Town Brewery for the Buddy Bench Project. The area elementary schools and Nerstrand received benches.
The Rotary Foundation honored Marv Schrader as a Major Donor with his Paul Harris +10 award.
The club assists the Northfield Rotary Club with their annual Jesse James Bike Tour.
Pony rides for the kids were the highlight at the annual picnic at the Rotary Camp.
The District held “One Rotary Summit” at Buckham Library.
The club held the 52nd Annual Rotary Band/Choir/Orchestra concert.  The event had great attendance and everyone enjoyed the performance!
Dr. Richard Huston received the Rotarian of the Year 2017.
The club dedicated the Rotary Mural in downtown Faribault on October 8.
Rotarian Kurt Halvorson gave an energetic presentation on “Model Railroads.”
The Annual Faribault Rotary Red Cross blood drive was a success.
The club enjoyed the 78th annual Christmas Concert.
 
Our club’s 97th president in 2016-17 was Jake Cook.
 
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Zoom Meeting at noon today!

We will meet as a club today online through Zoom. Please check your email or President Amy's message for instructions on how to join.
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Online Fellowship- 4/15/2020

 

Safety with class!

Since the social distancing guideline prevents our normal fellowship, today will be our second "online" fellowship.  So, if you would like to respond to this bulletin or next week's email with any news or acts of service you want to share, I will publish them in the bulletin each week. Please let me know by 10 am each Wednesday. 
 
The picture above comes from Dick Huston with the following:
 
Sorry Murray!  I don’t know what tie you have on but clearly you lose.  ☹️ Thanks to the daughter of fellow Rotarian Rick Miller.  🤠
(I am impressed. You finally have a winner!)
 
From Daisey Sanchez:
 
I hope you and your loved ones are well in this terrible time. If you could help folks get to our website for the latest COVD19 info for patients. This resource comes in three languages and is very easy to access. The site also talks about our clinic availability and other resources. Our social media page also has constant updates that are going out according to our community needs.
 
Thank you and take care! 
 
From Keith Kramer ( This was part of a Daily News article and reprinted with permission)
Parent perspectives
Amy Kramer, mother of three students in the Faribault school district, said distance learning was stressful at first but eventually became the “new normal” for her family. She and her husband, Keith still work outside the home as essential employees, so adding their children’s schooling to the equation was a challenge.  “Obviously it’s not the ideal situation at all, but I feel everyone is making the best out of it,” said Amy.  The Kramer’s’ three children — seventh-grader Carsen, fifth-grader Madelyn and third-grader Allison — each have different material to learn. Amy said Carsen, a student at Faribault Middle School, and Madelyn, who attends Jefferson Elementary, both complete their work on their own while Allison, also a Jaguar, sometimes needs extra assistance.
 
Amy appreciates that the district stresses that distance learning can be completed any time — even in the evenings or on weekends — if that works best for a family’s schedule. The Kramers found they like to start their tasks early, around 7 or 8 a.m., and finish their work by noon. The distance learning time duration varies depending on the day and the grade level, said Amy. Homework has taken Carsen as long as three to four hours while Allison completed all her assignments in 30 minutes one day.
 
To stay connected with their school, even from home, Jefferson Elementary invited students like. Madelyn and Allison to dress up for Spirit Week and share pictures. Teachers also host personal Face Time with their students and Google Meets for the whole classroom. Carsen even had a virtual orchestra lesson with his teacher.  “The teachers are making the best out of this and still providing opportunities and giving students support when needed,” said Amy. “I can’t say enough good things about how the teachers and staff have been working through all of this.”
 
From Jake Cook:
 
We hope everyone is continuing to follow the "Stay In" rules as best they can to prevent the spread in our community, but as we all have come to realize, it's not easy!  With everything going on right now and hoping it doesn't get too bad here locally we have continued to hunker down either in our offices or at home.  Until this Saturday when we will be hosting a drive-thru hog roast to support the "Front Line Essential Workers" and their families.  CWS has partnered with Fareway Foods (Announced today they'd donate the buns) & Ryan Lippert to provide a to go bag of pulled pork & buns for those employees to bring home sandwiches to their families on Saturday evening.  (see the attached flier).  We hope everyone is staying healthy and look forward to catching up soon!

Also, please keep Dana and her family in your prayers as she lost her Grandpa on her Fathers side of the family 5 weeks ago while we were on Spring Break and yesterday her Grandmother on her Mother's side was brought home and placed in Hospice Care as she is day by day.  During these times of Quarantine it makes it much harder on the families that have sick, dying or deceased loved ones as it is supposed to be a time to cope, grieve, visit, share stories & say your goodbye's with that sick family member as well as do the same with our other family and friends, but as we all know unfortunately this is not the case as we stand now.  Damn Covid-19!!

Thanks,
Jake

Thank You!

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Club History- 2015

In exactly 16 days, the Faribault Rotary Club will celebrate its 100-year anniversary on May 1, 2020.  This week’s historical highlight is from 2015.

There was an annual Strive Awards banquet at the Elks Club.  The Club honored students from Faribault High School and Bethlehem Academy with college scholarships totaling $21,000.
To honor the late Al Burkhartzmeyer’s dedication as a Rotarian with 55 years of perfect attendance, who served in many capacities in his years as a Rotarian and always honored the message of integrity and service espoused by Rotary, the club raised $27,000 to restore the Security Bank Clock on Central Ave.
The club held a spring social fundraising event for the clock project.
The club hosted exchange students from India and Taiwan.
Outbound Exchange Student, Theresa Wilder, sent monthly reports to the club from Poland.
The annual picnic was held at the Rotary Camp.
The 2015 Rotarian of the Year was Dr. Murray Hanson.
The club welcomed a GSE group from Brazil.
The club enjoyed the 76th annual FHS Christmas Concert at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church.
 
Our club’s 95th president in 2014-15 was Tony Langerud. He has been a member since November 2006.
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Club History-2014

In exactly 16 days, the Faribault Rotary Club will celebrate its 100-year anniversary on May 1, 2020.  This week’s historical highlight is from 2014.

The global grant application for funding for GG14-11947 "UDDAO Cassava Processing Plant," submitted by host sponsor Rotary Club of Faribault (part of District 5960) and international sponsor Rotary Club Makeni (part of District 9101), was approved by The Rotary Foundation. The award is $54,000.

Janel Klein, NBC News Correspondent/Kare 11 and an FHS graduate and spoke to the club about her career in the TV industry.

Tami Schluter talked to the club about a project with Rick's Restoration (Cable TV show) and the Tilt-A-Whirl restoration for display on Central Ave.

There was a Rotary Honors banquet at the KC Hall. 

The 2014 Rotarian of the Year was Brent Peroutka.

There was a President’s Event that included wine tasting and Rotary social in the ballroom above the new Alexander's Supper Club. 

The club conducted its second car raffle to raise funds for Youth Services.

2013-14 Rotary District Governor Gary Campbell awarded the Faribault Rotary Club with three awards.

2013-14 Rotary Club Central Award- for setting strategic goals to Engage Rotary and Change Lives.

2013-14 Presidential Citation- for actively working to Engage Rotary and Change Lives.

2013-2014 Zone Literacy and Education Award- for promoting literacy and education that strengthens individual dignity and self-worth of people, thereby strengthening the foundation of international goodwill, understanding and peace.

Our club’s 94th president in 2013-14 was Brent Peroutka. He has been a member since January 2004.

Brent has the following memories from his year:

  1.  Since I value history, I had Murray Hanson provide a brief “history minute” during each Rotary meeting.
  2. We recognized members each week that performed service above self with a “Service Above Self” trophy.  This was a great way to recognize members in our club for their work in Rotary as well as in the community.
  3. We continued the fundraising efforts for the Rotary Clock Project that originally started with the Al Burkhartzmeyer memorial.  We raised over $7,000 towards the project and started working on the proper legal documents with the city and building owner.  The project finished the following year with a beautiful memorial and clock downtown Faribault.
  4. We held several meetings at the Rotary Camp as I wanted to highlight this great asset, and we made several improvements to the camp during the year.
  5. We held a “President’s Event” in order to raise funds for other projects, build relationships outside of Rotary, as well as recruit new members.  This year we hosed a wine tasting and social.  Rotarian George Wickstrom had donated some of the wine.
  6. Our club completed its first international project in several years, a cassava processing plant in Sierra Leone Africa.  This process started prior to my term as Rotary president, and I was so grateful for everyone hard work putting this together and raising the necessary funds to make this project a success.  We had a contingent of Rotarians travel to Sierra Leone Africa to work on the project first hand.  Jake Cook, Richard Cook, Richard Ormsby, Dr. Richard Huston, Pat Gustafson (and I believe her granddaughter) all traveled to Africa to help with the project.  This helped to build a sustainable cassava processing plat where local residents could produce, store and sell this local produce.
  7. Our club received the Presidential Citation Award as well as a Literacy Award from the district with awards at the District 5960 Conference.
  8. As club president, I had 100% attendance and led every meeting during the year!
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Club History- 2013

In exactly 23 days, the Faribault Rotary Club will celebrate its 100-year anniversary on May 1, 2020.  This week’s historical highlight is from 2013.

 

Outbound Exchange student, Sydney Beumaster, kept the club informed with her weekly blog covering her adventures in Indonesia.

Exchange student from Norway, Line Berg Almestrand, kept the club informed with her weekly blog covering her experiences in Faribault and her US travels.

Dr. Dick Huston became a Paul Harris Society member.

Robert Jirik, a member for 51 years (1961-2013) passed away.

STRIVE students were awarded $22,000 in scholarships.

The club participates in “Bowl for Kid’s Sake” to support Big Brothers Big Sisters.

President- Elect Rev. Steve Delzer is named Bishop of the Southeast Minnesota Synod of the ELCA in June which elevated Brent Peroutka to President-Elect a year ahead of schedule and 3 weeks before becoming president.

Annual dues were set at $352.

The Club sets goal is to raise $15,000 and our team's goal is to collect $5,000 from other local Rotary Club's (totaling $20,000 from local sources).  Our District 5960 will match $12,000 and Rotary International will match $22,000 for a total of $54,000 for the International project for the Uddao Cassava Processing plant in Sierra Leone-Africa

Rotarian of the year was Pastor Rick Ormsby.

Rotarian Robert Bjorgum passed away at the age of 94. He was the longest standing member of our club at the time with 59 years and 8 months of membership since joining in 1954.

Our club’s 93rd president in 2012-13 was Kymn Anderson. She has been a member since 1999 and currently chairs our 100-year celebration.

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Club history-2012

In exactly 23 days, the Faribault Rotary Club will celebrate its 100-year anniversary on May 1, 2020.  This week’s historical highlight is from 2012.

Dr Richard Huston gave a program about his mission trip to India. 

The first car raffle was conducted to raise money for Youth Services and STRIVE scholarships.

Dr. Murray Hanson and Dr. Michael Richie presented a program on the advances in digital lenses and cataract lens implants.

There was another successful year with the STRIVE program and banquet!  Over $20,000 in scholarships were awarded to students.

The Ethics Essay committee led by Kymn Anderson conducted a successful Ethics Essay contest with $1000 in prizes being awarded to the top 5 students who submitted excellent essays. 

Our most senior member of 57 years, Bob Bjorgum. and his son, Bruce spoke to the club about Bob's distinguished military service in WWII in Norway and his recent award and the recognition he received from the King of Norway.

The Club made a $2500 donation to the Faribault Booster Club for the Fielitz Fitness Center at Faribault High School.

The club hosted a Group Exchange Team from Taiwan.

Dr. Lisa Humfeld-Wilson was named 2012 Rotarian of the Year.

The District decided that Rotarians who provide transportation for youth, or come in contact with youth outside a Rotary meeting needed to complete the training and have a current background check on file.

Our club’s 92nd president in 2011-12 was Dr. Murray Hanson who joined Rotary in 1993.

 

This was taken from the weekly bulletin.

The Faribault Rotary Club lost Al Burkhartzmeyer (11/1/1920- 02-29-2012) recently.  He was our President 1971-72 and was a member for 54 years. Several years ago, he was recognized for 50 years of perfect attendance in Rotary. He was a WWII veteran who was the sole survivor of plane crash in which 11 of his crew members were killed. He spent a year in the hospital recovering from burns and injuries and always felt that God gave him a second chance at life.  His life of service to his family, his community and to Rotary was an inspiration to everyone who knew him.  We just had our first meeting in 54 years without him as a member but we all felt his presence. He will be missed.

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Online Fellowship 4/8/2020

Posted by Murray H Hanson

Little Libraries Food Shelf

Since the social distancing guideline prevents our normal fellowship, today will be our second "online" fellowship.  So, if you would like to respond to this bulletin or next week's email with any news or acts of service you want to share, I will publish them in the bulletin each week. Please let me know by 10 am each Wednesday.
 
The picture above was sent by Dick Huston. Our Savior’s  has converted one little library to a food source to help those in need.
 
I have had another "Groundhog Day" week. Each day seems like a repeat of the one before. We have been taking walks, doing home projects, reading books and enjoying great meals.
 
I hope you are all doing well my friends and I look forward to our time together again.
 
Murray
 
From Dick Huston:
        The Minneapolis Sunday Star Tribune had a big article on the polio epidemic in Minnesota in 1946.  As now theaters, pools and even the Minnesota State fair was shut down.
There were 226 deaths - mostly children.  We need to keep up the effort to eradicate this disease.
 
From Chuck Thiele:
Thanks for doing this Murray!
At the Chamber, all of us but Nort are working from home.  We are working hard to ensure our members are as well informed as they can be through this difficult time.  We are updating our CoVid-19 resource page on a daily basis.https://www.faribaultmn.org/covid-19-resources/  I miss you guys and Can’t wait to see you all in person soon!  One more thing for Dr. Huston and Dr. Hanson, guaranteed I won the hooded sweatshirt contest every day the last couple weeks!  smiley
This is an article from Patrick Mader.  He was supposed to speak to our club today. 
 
Good morning, Chuck.  Thought it best to contact you to determine whether the Faribault Rotary Club is planning to attempt to meet through a group video call and still interested in the program about Minnesota athletes who competed in the Olympics or World Championships.  I am not technically gifted, but I have had some meetings through Zoom.  A person in Faribault alerted me that an article appeared in the Daily News, so interest may be whetted a bit.  https://www.southernminn.com/northfield_news/sports/article_bbe4f753-da1e-5cd7-bb88-71c2506f1ee9.html
(Note: we do not have any plans at the moment for a Zoom meeting but there has been some discussion.)
 
From Brian Daniels:
First I have to say, I sure miss the group at Rotary! 
I’ve seen some amazing things being done here in the Faribault area.  Liz and I have personally received offers from our neighbors to bring us groceries or medicine so we wouldn't have to leave our house. I talked to a local business that has seen their revenue go down because of the virus, and then another business offer to give them $10,000 in advance for services.I talked to a local restaurant that has seen huge orders for pick up. One order was $200 so the customer could buy everyone lunch.Even know this covid thing is horrible I see great things! 
Thanks again for your email. 
God bless and stay healthy, wealthy and wise. 
 
 
Online Fellowship 4/8/2020 Murray H Hanson 2020-04-06 05:00:00Z 0

Online Fellowship 4/1/2020

Posted by Murray Hanson
Online Fellowship
Since the social distancing guideline prevents our normal fellowship, today will be the start an "online" fellowship.  So, if you would like to respond to this email with any news or acts of service you want to share, I will publish them in the bulletin each week. Please let me know by 10 am each Wednesday.
 
In this crisis we all can reflect on what is important in our lives:
Our Faith
Our Families
Our Friends
Our Country
and who would have thought...toilet paper.
 
The picture above is in from my front window. The hearts are in reference to Amy's message above and were made by my wife, Kristi, and daughter, Kamryn.  As many of you may already know, the Richie Eye Clinic is seeing only emergency patients for the next month.  We are rotating doctors with minimal staff every few days to minimize exposure to us and our patients. 
 
Since we have been together, my new granddaughter, Adelaide Frances Marie Hanson, came into the world on March 12th and was baptized last Friday before the lock down went into affect. We have been going for walks every day and continuing to work a few home projects which included detailing our vehicles (So clean and nowhere to go!) We have been doing a little binge watching of the TV series "Suits" with Megan Markle on Amazon Prime. All three of us have birthdays in the next week and unfortunately all those plans were cancelled. Kamryn is able to continue her Graduate Assistant position with online advising and the use of Zoom for meetings. School continues online for her.
 
I hope you are all doing well my friends and I look forward to our time together again.
 
Murray
 
From Anne Marie Leland:
I miss you and the whole Rotary crew! We have been busy creating a childcare program for emergency workers from the ground up with not much planning time. We have about 20 students attending at this point from a variety of schools throughout our community. The families are all emergency workers that are being depended on even more intensely throughout this crisis!
 
The FPS staff that are providing childcare are going above and beyond and are making positive connections with kids through a difficult time! I went on a Caribou run for them yesterday and got them all their favorite coffee drinks. It brightened an already sparkly mood that both the staff and students were in.
 
We aren't charging any families for childcare and would like to encourage Rotary members to consider donating some funding to provide snacks and bottled water for the kids and maybe something extra special for the staff.
 
Thank you and hope you are binging on something good on Netflix!
 
Best,
~AML

From Dick Huston:

Thank you to Amy for her steady, thoughtful leadership and to you, Murray for keeping on keeping on your very important work in providing service above self. 

 From Eric Craig:

I hope you and your family are doing well and staying safe and healthy!
I look forward to getting back to service above self hopefully sooner than later although I’m not sure that will be the case.
Take care!
 
Eric 
 
From Natalie Ginter:
 
Allina Health is hard at work caring for the health and safety of our workforce and communities while preparing for an increase in the spread of COVID-19.
We began a #Caring4Caregivers campaign two weeks ago which includes a community donation drive for masks and other forms of personal protective equipment (PPE).  Since March 22nd we have collected over 100,000 pieces of PPE across Allina Health.
Locally, we are shifting our priority for donations of masks to protective eye wear including safety goggles, glasses and face shields which are essential in protecting health care workers from respiratory droplets.  
 
Anyone with an interest in donating PPE or making a financial contribution, can contact Natalie Ginter for follow-up – natalie.ginter@allina.com. Thank you!
 
 
 
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Breathing

Good to Know: Most People Only Breathe out of One Nostril at a ...85% of people only breathe out of one nostril at a time.
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Oregon

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Club History- 2011

In exactly 31 days, the Faribault Rotary Club will celebrate its 100-year anniversary on May 1, 2020.  This week’s historical highlight is from 2011.

ClubRunner was used to establish our new website and we used its programming to help reorganize the club and use the internet for better communication between members.

The Weekly Bulletin was published through ClubRunner.

The date of the annual picnic at the Rotary camp was set on the Wednesday after Labor Day reduce summer conflicts and enhance attendance.

Rotarian of the Year 2011 was Angela Storch.

Local students were encouraged to participate in an Ethics Essay contest, which involved writing an essay regarding an understanding ethical behavior and the 4-Way Test.  The four best essays received prizes totaling $1000.  

Thanks to generous contributions and an inspiring story from Richard Maus a polio survivor and the author of The Lucky One, the club raised $2200 for Polio Plus and exceeded its goal of $1500 on the first day of the 2011-12 campaign.

Tim Penney addressed the club regarding the Southern Minnesota initiative.

The club participated in Salvation Army Bell Ringing at Christmas.

The club enjoyed the 72nd annual Christmas Concert at St. Luke’s Church.

 

Our club’s 91st president in 2010-11 was Shelli Frana.

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Club History- 2010

In exactly 31days, the Faribault Rotary Club will celebrate its 100-year anniversary on May 1, 2020.  This week’s historical highlight is from 2010.

Our club raised $50,000 for naming rights on one of the fields by sponsoring a couple of circus fundraisers

The second of two $25,000 checks were presented to Troy Temple of the Soccer Association by the soccer committee which included Dick Cook, Shelli Frana, Lisa Humfeld and Angela Storch. 

The annual picnic was held at the Rotary Camp.

Rotarian of the Year was Richard Cook.

Our club’s 90th president in 2009-10 was Dr. Lisa Humfeld. Lisa has been a member since April 2002. She married Grant Wilson in February, four months before becoming club president.

Lisa had the following memories of her year as president:

In April 2009, we hosted the GSE Team from India. This team consisted of 1 Rotarian Krisha Sagar, and 4 non-Rotarians. I have stayed in touch with 3 out of the 5. Krisha returned to MN with wife and son in 2017. 

The email newsletter was done by Kymn Anderson and sent through Constant Contact. 

In August of 2009, Tim Penny from SMIF (Southern MN Initiative Foundation) joined me at an open house at Jefferson Elementary. Earlier that year, we had applied for some grant money for another book donation. Over $1700 worth of books were donated to kids in 1st-3rd grade at Jefferson Elementary as part of their Kickstart Program. 

On November 3rd, 2009, Rachel’s Challenge was held at the Faribault High School. Rachel Joy Scott was the first person who died in the Columbine High School shooting in April 1999. After her death, many students that Rachel reached out to share stories with her parents about the profound impact her simple acts of kindness had on their lives; even preventing one young man for taking his own life. Her parents realized the transformational effect of Rachel’s story and started Rachel’s Challenge. This program was brought here to help prevent bullying and violence and replace it with acts of kindness. 

In December 2009, we held our first ever Rotary Reindeer 5K Run. This was held at Boston’s and started on the bike path. 

I ended my year with a trip to Montreal to the International Rotary Convention with my husband Grant and Matt and Shelli Frana. Shelli Frana was the new incoming President.

 

 

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Cranberries

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Cranberries are sorted for ripeness by bouncing them.
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Raindrops

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The average raindrop falls at seven miles per hour.
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Bees

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A bee has five eyelids.
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Club History- 2009

 
Rotarians Lisa Humfeld and Grant Wilson were married on Feb. 9th.
The Annual Honor’s Banquet was held for seniors from BA and Faribault High School.
The Annual Strive Banquet was held with scholarships awarded at the Elks Club.
In April 2009, we hosted the GSE Team from India.
The Club held the annual picnic at the Rotary Camp.
The club sponsored a second circus at the Rice County Fairgrounds as a fundraiser for the soccer fields.
 Over $1700 worth of books were donated to kids in 1st-3rd grade at Jefferson Elementary as part of their Kickstart Program. 
Rotarian of the Year was awarded to Dave Beranek.
The annual Rotary Rose Sale was held in October.
On November 3rd, 2009, Rachel’s Challenge was held at the Faribault High School. Rachel Joy Scott was the first person who died in the Columbine High School shooting in April 1999.
In December 2009, we held our first ever Rotary Reindeer 5K Run. This was held at Boston’s and started on the bike path.
The club enjoyed the 70th annual Christmas Concert.
Our club’s 89th president in 2008-09 was Pastor Rick Ormsby. 
 
I received the following from Pastor Ormsby who now lives in Pine Island.
 
Murray, as per our phone conversation, nothing sticks out in my fading mind about my year as Rotary President.   I know we had good programs, supported ongoing and special causes, etc.  We had just completed our international project--a cassava processing plant for 8 villages near Makeni, Sierra Leone, West Africa.  That was begun during Angela Storch's presidency.
 
Since then our Faribault Rotary Club was introduced to Rev. Judith Banya, who has spoken formally and informally about her dreams as a United Methodist Pastor in Sierra Leone.  Since returning to her home country in 2013 (after spending 18 years in the US), she has founded 3 congregations in Baiwalla, center for the chiefdom, and in nearby villages (Dodo and Bomaru)--totaling 200 worshipers, 1/2 children. 
 
She has also led a ministry which has fed 500 children a noon meal in three schools every school day.  A major donor of food has been Minnesota's own Feed My Starving Children.  She has organized community work projects (like road repairs), adult literacy classes, and conflict mediation. 
 
The mission pick-up truck provided by the Pine Island United Methodist Church ($17,000) not only provides its intended purpose of moving children, adults, and bags of basic foods from a distant city, but also had the unintended use as an area ambulance.  To date an estimated 12 people are alive because the truck shrinks the time needed to get to the nearest hospital from several days to four hours.  The area is 95% Muslim, who have good relations with the few Christians. One of the Iman's is thankful that our ambulance "rushed" his wife to the hospital for an appendectomy.
 
Since 2017 the major project is construction of a secondary school (grades 7-11).  I took Minnesota work teams in 2017 and 2018 and was made honorary Paramount Chief for Baiwalla.  I was given a robe and cap by the Paramount Chief, along with the gift of a live goat, which I donated to the food program. 
 
Since April, 2013, I have worked with churches and individuals in Minnesota, North Carolina, Massachusetts, and Oklahoma to see that Rev. Banya received $2000 monthly to support her work.  In 2017 we raised the monthly stipend to $2500.  One church in North Carolina has contributed $20,000 in support in the last 4 years.  Another large North Carolina church donated 1/2 their Christmas offering--a gift of $10,000.  Fourth Avenue UMC in Faribault provided $6000 from 2013-2015.  While the money (over $200,000) for building the school was donated by a retired General Mills executive in Minneapolis, the Bishop in Sierra Leone called to tell me they were naming the school for me—
Richard Ormsby Methodist High School. 
The school has opened with just four classes, 120 student, and 6 teachers and staff.  With 11 classrooms, 2 labs, an auditorium and library, 4 offices and sets of bathrooms, the school will eventually have 500 students.
 
As I mentioned in our phone conversation, I believe this project is related to our Rotary project in Sierra Leone in 2006-2008. Recently I received a generous contribution for the school from Dick Cook, who along with Dick Huston worked with me on our Rotary project.
 
Look forward to seeing you soon.      Rick Ormsby
 
Club History- 2009 Murray H Hanson 2020-03-25 05:00:00Z 0

Last week's Meeting 3/11/2020

Nigeria Wash Project

Mike Spellman spoke about the Nigeria WASH Global Grant project his Rotary club is working towards completing. There are 2.3 billion people who do not have access to clean water and sanitation. 40% of schools in the world do not have septic systems and a clear answer for water. In Nigeria, there is a gender difference of opportunity with schooling. Many young daughters are tasked with getting water for their families to drink, unable to go to school. 
 
The Nigeria WASH Global Grant is looking to help construct, maintain five school’s water systems. The goal is to make them sustainable for the future. One aspect of the program is to train locals on how to work on the system through training. Allowing them to keep the water system running and stainable. The grant was given through PIND (Partnerships in Nigeria Delta) to bring sustainable water throughout the area in community progress. This is a Rotary project between Arden Hills and White Bear Lake clubs.
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Apollo 11

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The Apollo 11 guidance computer was no more powerful than today's pocket calculator.
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Club History- 2008

 
The Annual Honor’s Banquet was held for seniors from BA and Faribault High School.
The club participated in a Long-Range Rotary Planning Facilitation.
The Annual Strive Banquet was held with scholarships awarded at the Elks Club.
The Rotary Reader program was continued at Jefferson Elementary.
A video was produced for the Rotary Camp.
Honorary membership was granted to Stu Thibodeau, Layton Hoysler and Al Burkhartzmeyer.
The Club held the annual picnic at the Rotary Camp.
The club sponsored a circus at the Rice County Fairgrounds as a fundraiser for the soccer fields.
Rotarian of the Year was awarded to Gary Peterson.
The annual Rotary Rose Sale was held in October.
The club enjoyed the 69th annual Christmas Concert.
 
Our club’s 85th president in 2007-08 was Grant Wilson.  Grant has been a member for 20 years joining the club on Jan. 6, 2000.
 
Grant had the following memories:
The thing I remember most was being asked. Sheriff Cook and Gary Peterson showed up and asked me to do it. A lawyer and a guy with a gun, how could I say no!  
We carried on the Rotary Readers and it grew. I participated for the next 8 years.  We had a great time with a chili cook off.  We had the Rotary planning session, which would be interesting to review if we still had the notes.  I remember the circus and what a circus that was!  
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RI Presidential Message- COVID-19 Mark Maloney 2020-03-16 05:00:00Z 0

STRIVE Postponed

The STRIVE program scheduled for Wednesday March 18th at South Central College has been postponed. More details to follow as to when this session will be rescheduled.  Please contact me with any questions.
 
Thank you,
 
Kurt Halverson
Strive Committee Chair
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Venus

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A day on Venus lasts longer than a year on Venus.
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Mt. Everest

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Mt. Everest has grown one foot over the last 100 years.
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Last Week's Meeting 3/4/2020

Everyone counts!
 
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      On Wednesday March 4th Faribault Rotary Club heard from our very own Dr. Narren Brown on Census 2020. Narren covered the time line of events for the Census 2020.  Starting in this week, you should receive an invitation in the mail to respond. At the end of this month you will receive a reminder letter and April 1st is considered the official Census day. April 8th you will receive reminder number 3 and the 20th of April you will be your final notice. Starting in late April Census workers will be knocking on doors to visit with you if you have not reported.
      Reporting is extremely important for our community and our State. Seats in the legislature are determined after the census, and funding for our community comes from the results of the census. Some residents choose to not complete the Census because they are worried about their privacy, or their legal status here in the United States. Only Census workers can see that information for the next 70 years. If community members don’t respond we may not get the funding our community needs.  
Census 2020 is also still hiring for roughly 200 jobs this summer. If you are interested check out the Census site. www.census.gov
 
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Club History- 2007

 
The Annual Honor’s Banquet was held for seniors from BA and Faribault High School.
The Annual Strive Banquet was held with scholarships awarded at the Elks Club.
The Rotary Reader program was started at Jefferson Elementary.
The Club held the annual picnic at the Rotary Camp but discontinued the silent auction.
Led by Rev. Rick Ormsby, the club committed $12,000 to Books for Africa.
Al Burkhartzmeyer was honored for 50 years of perfect attendance.
The annual Rotary Rose Sale was held in October.
The club enjoyed the 68th annual Christmas Concert.
Our club’s 85th president in 2006-07 was Angela Storch.  She was the Director of United Way in Faribault.
 
Angela had the following memories:
 
I joined the Faribault Rotary Club in August of 1996, just a week after my wedding, and was a new college graduate.  Doing so, I became the third female member of our club, joining ranks with Janine Sahagian and Jill Finstuen. My, oh my how the times do change!  My sponsors Dave Balcom and Harry Algyer, encouraged me to become active. The Pastor Gordon Orde echoed that wisdom with his speech "let there be no RHINOS - Rotarians In Name Only."  Following their advice, I became a long-time editor of the club's bulletin, helped to organize Jingle Bell runs, Car Raffles, Parade Floats, Clean Up projects, and brought a circus to town - twice.  
 
Fast forward to 2006 -2007, my Presidency of the Faribault Rotary.  Personally, it was a year of enormous change:   I had relocated my young family to rural Waterville, and became the Alumni Director at South Central College. Our beloved Keith Shaffer's unexpected passing moved the role of Presidency up a year earlier than anticipated for both Gary Peterson and myself.  In that whirlwind, I vividly remember being supported by our membership. Our leadership worked tirelessly to engage all our members in club activities. The Faribault Rotary Club had 90 students participate in STRIVE.  Via Hy-Vee, we purchased and presented 15 backpacks to local school principals. We received and sent Rotary Exchange Students, delivered meals on wheels, supported the Little Feet Soccer Program, held RESPECT retreats, and awarded four Paul Harris Fellowships. We made repairs and updates to our Rotary Camp and increased efforts to market its availability to the public. 
 
Through Rotary's call to Service Above Self, I fondly recall all the good we accomplished together, and will forever cherish the fellowship had and friendships made, both here in Faribault and around the world. 
 
Cheers,
Angela
Club History- 2007 Murray Hanson 2020-03-09 05:00:00Z 0

Welcome to the Faribault Rotary Club

Posted by Murray Hanson on Mar 04, 2020

Welcome to the Faribault Rotary Club!


 

       Rotary International is the world's first service club organization, with more than 1.2 million members in 33,000 clubs worldwide. Rotary club members are volunteers who work locally, regionally, and internationally to combat hunger, improve health and sanitation, provide education and job training, promote peace, and eradicate polio under the motto Service Above Self.
       The Faribault Rotary Club was established 100 years ago on May 1,1920 as Rotary's 596th club with 22 charter members and by the end of the first year membership had reached a total of 35. The next year 21 more members were added.  The first President of the Faribault Rotary Club was Frank W. McKellip. On June 26, 2019, the Faribault Rotary Club installed its 100th President, Amy Amundson for the 2019-20 Rotary Year. Plans for a celebration were postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The party honoring the 100 years of service to Rotary and to Faribault will be rescheduled at a later date.

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Leap of Kindness 2020

The Nest

Leap of Kindness movement

As part of its ‘Leap of Kindness’ movement, the Rotary Club of Faribault donated $635 dollars and two containers of clothing and supplies to ‘The Nest’ at Faribault High School Friday. ‘The Nest’ provides clothing and supplies to FHS students free of charge. Pictured, from left, Rotary Club President Amy Amundson, Rotarian Laura Bock, Junior Falcon Project member Arlette Lazaro, Assistant Principal Joe Sage and  Rotarian and Superintendent Todd Sesker. (Photo courtesy of Matt Steichen)

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New Member- Heidi Nelson

Welcome!

The Faribault Rotary Club welcomes Heidi Nelson, the interim Director of the Paradise Theater, as a new member. Pictured here are past president and membership chair, Keith Kramer, Heidi, her sponsor, George Wickstrom and President Amy Amundson.
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RI Presidential Message March 2020

Presidential message

2019-20 RI President Mark Daniel Maloney

Mark Daniel Maloney

President 2019-20

March 2020

March is the month we celebrate Rotaract — and this has been quite a year for our young partners in service.

Last spring, the Council on Legislation elevated Rotaract in our constitution: Rotary International is now the association of both Rotary clubs and Rotaract clubs. Then in October, the Rotary Board of Directors eliminated the artificial Rotaract age limit and took other steps to break down barriers that were preventing Rotaract from growing in some parts of the world.

These steps were long overdue, because Rotaract is a vision of what Rotary must become. Not only do we need to open our doors to our young colleagues, but we also have to open our ears and minds to the Rotary experience they find most engaging. That is one of the best ways we will meaningfully grow Rotary.

When I say grow Rotary, I mean it in many ways. We need to grow our service and to grow the impact of our projects. Most importantly, however, we need to grow our membership, so that we can achieve more. Rotaractors provide this opportunity, not only because they can transition to Rotary at the time that is right for them, but also because they understand what it will take to attract others like them.

Business as usual will not work for us anymore. Bringing in more members to replace the ones we lose is not the answer. It is like pouring more water into a bucket full of holes. We need to address the root causes of member loss in many parts of the world: member engagement that is not what it should be, and our member demographic that skews steadily older.

It is time to make some fundamental changes. We already know what the barriers are to an engaged and diverse membership. It is time to act on what we know: creating new membership models, opening new paths to Rotary membership, and building new Rotary and Rotaract clubs where the existing clubs do not meet a current need.

New club models represent an opportunity to connect with a more diverse group of individuals — particularly those who are unable or unwilling to join our traditional clubs. While new club models have been emerging for some time, it is up to district governors to make them a reality. In January at the International Assembly, our incoming district governors took part in an exercise called Build Your Own Club Model. It was a wonderful experience that put them in the right frame of mind for the work ahead.

Ultimately, however, it will be up to Rotaractors and young Rotarians to create new club models that are most meaningful to the next generation. We may think we know what young people want from Rotary clubs in the future, but I am confident that what young people say will surprise us. It will be our job to support their innovation, for it will help us grow Rotary as Rotary Connects the World.

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STRIVE Banquet & Awards 2020

Posted by Kurt Halverson

Congratulations Scholarship Award Winners!

The 2020 Faribault Rotary Strive Banquet was held in conjunction with the weekly club meeting on Wednesday, February 26th at 6:00pm at the Inn at Shattuck St. Mary’s.  The meeting was called to order by Club President Amy Amundson.  After reciting the Four Way Test and signing a patriotic song, a virtue was read by club member Kymn Anderson.  President Amundson then provided our guests with an overview of Rotary on a global and local lever.  Following this, Strive Chair Kurt Halverson provided an overview of the Strive program.  Strive Scholars (students who attended 6 out of 8 sessions) and scholarship winners were recognized. (All photos were taken by Natalie Ginter.)
Scholarship Recipients were as follows:
 
First Name
Last Name
School
Award Level
Diane
Camarillo Zazquez
FHS
$3,000.00
Lauren
Rindahl
FHS
$2,500.00
Grace
Ashley
BA
$2,500.00
Chau
Truong
FHS
$2,000.00
Chloe
Kucera
FHS
$2,000.00
Piper
Gare
FHS
$2,000.00
Emily
Barton
FHS
$1,000.00
Bisharo
Shukri
FHS
$1,000.00
STRIVE Banquet & Awards 2020 Kurt Halverson 2020-03-02 06:00:00Z 0

More STRIVE 2020

STRIVE Students

Pictured here are STRIVE students with STRIVE Chair, Kurt Halvorson (Waldo!)
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House fly

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The average speed of a house fly is 4.5 miles per hour.
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Skull

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Your skull is made up of 29 different bones.
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Peanuts

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3.7 million bags of peanuts are eaten every year at ballparks.
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STRIVE 2020 Scholarship Sponsors

Thank you to our scholarship sponsors!

Pictured here from left to right are, Christine Shaffer-Brown, Marion Bahl and Carol Springmeyer.
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Club History- 2006

In exactly 59 days, the Faribault Rotary Club will celebrate its 100-year anniversary on May 1, 2020.  This week’s historical highlight is from 2006.
 
Our club’s 85th president in 2005-06 was Gary Peterson.
 
Gary’s memories from the year he was president started on a sad note with the unexpected and sudden death of incoming President Keith Shaffer in March 2005.  He was one of the most respected and productive members of our club. He was missed greatly by everyone.  As President-elect to follow Keith, I then became president a year earlier than anticipated.
 
Through the Rotary year we celebrated the Strive and Honors banquets recognizing the achievements of local students, the annual picnic at the Rotary Youth Camp, the 67th annual Christmas concert at St. Luke’s Church with the Faribault Senior High Choir, and all of the club’s ongoing activities.
 
The Club started the Rotary Readers program with the assistance of the first, second and third grade teachers at Jefferson Elementary School. Rotarians volunteered on a weekly basis to meet and read with students selected by the teachers in a one on one setting. Teachers reported positive results in student confidence and reading skills. Participating Rotarians contributed many hours of their time in this volunteer activity.  
 
In addition, Rotarian Pastor Mark Noreen organized, and Capstone Press in Mankato provided, a gift of over 1,000 new library books organized and distributed by our Faribault Rotary members to the Faribault public elementary school libraries.
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Last Week's Meeting 2/19/2020

Rice County Soil and Conservation

      On Wednesday February 19th Faribault Rotary heard again from Rice County Soil and Water Conservation. This week we heard about soil health from Steve Pahs. Steve has been with RCSWC for 17 years. He spoke to us about soil health and the inter-seeding programs RCSWS offers. He covered the five principals of soil health and how to measure soil health. He demonstrated a Slake test showing us plugs of soil from two different fields, one that is tilled regularly, and one that is not. The soil plug from the regularly tilled field could not take on and hold water. He demonstrated how run off happens. The plug from the ground that is left alone, took on water and remained intact. The water is absorbed into the plug, and does not start to fall apart.
      He spoke about ways to improve soil health, when he highlighted the RCSWC program for inter-seeding that is offered to area farmers. The RCSWC rents a tractor for a month in the spring and uses the optimal time of the year (just a couple weeks) to get as many cover crops inter-seeded into fields as possible. The cost is reasonable for farmers. Statewide only 2% of farmers are doing this, but in Rice County the percentage is about 5% according to Steve. There are incentives for doing inter-seeding and cover crops and anyone interested should get ahold of RCSWC as they are already booking acres for this spring. They are looking to do about 2000 acres in Rice county and currently have about 1200 booked.
 
Thank you for joining us Steve, we understand you are considering Rotary, and we would love to have you!
 
Last Week's Meeting 2/19/2020 Laura Bock 2020-02-25 06:00:00Z 0

Club History 2005

In exactly 72 days, the Faribault Rotary Club will celebrate its 100-year anniversary on May 1, 2020.  This week’s historical highlight is from 2005.
 
The club moved its meetings from the Elks to Bernie’s Vintage Ballroom.
With the Rotary International Theme, “Celebrate Rotary” the club celebrated the 100-year anniversary of Rotary with a special program.
The Annual Honor’s Banquet was held for BA and FHS seniors.
The Annual Strive Banquet was held with scholarships awarded at the Elks Club.
The club’s 3-year pledge drive for Polio Plus ended with collections exceeding the $7500 goal.
The Club held the annual picnic and silent auction at the Rotary Camp.
The club enjoyed the 66th annual Christmas Concert.
 
Our club’s 85th president in 2004-05 was Richard Cook. He joined our club in 1997 and has been a member for 23 years.
 
This was probably Dick’s fondest yet bittersweet memory:
"That has Rotary written all over it", a comment made observing kids playing soccer on our way to a 2004 training session at the Hasting High School.  With me that day were Keith Shaffer, president-elect and Angela Storch. Keith wouldn't be president dying prematurely of a heart attack in 2005.  Keith was one of those guys to get things done.  That comment, that day inspired me. So, we signed a resolution on October 4, 2004 to take a leadership role in creating soccer fields in Faribault by assembling a group of key stakeholders to explore and lead this initiative.  
 
The money piece, as past president Darlene Meillier noted 2 weeks ago, actually took place after her presidency.  It was a big deal at the time and she is right the camp did come into play as a revenue source. It was subsequently dropped when Rotarian Wes Bahl talked to his son, Tracy.  Wes had cancer at that time and an unknown future. When the Bahl Foundation committed a million dollars other stakeholders, like Faribault Rotary stepped up.  Our club raised $50,000 for naming rights on one of the fields by sponsoring a couple of circus fundraisers. The fields and our commitment came to fruition in 2010 with the dedication of Faribault Soccer Complex and Bahl Field. Neither Keith Shaffer or Wes Bahl, both friends and Rotarians, never lived to see this come to pass yet were key inspirations.   
 
Side note:
The 100-year Rotary convention was in Chicago the birth place during my year and I was planning to go.  I booked a room way in advance at the upscale Loews House of Blues downtown Chicago.  This all changed when one of our sons picked that weekend to get married. The brighter side is that son, Jake, joined Faribault Rotary shortly thereafter.  
 
Club History 2005 Murray Hanson 2020-02-24 06:00:00Z 0

Brain Freeze

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"Sphenopalatine ganglionneuralgia" is the technical name for brain freeze.
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Brain Waves

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Brain waves can be used to run an electric train.
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Your Weight

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You would weigh less on the top of a mountain than at sea level.
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Walking

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Stepping out for a walk every day can actually help you sleep better.
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Trees

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Two trees can create enough oxygen for a family of four.
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Club History- 2004

In exactly 72 days, the Faribault Rotary Club will celebrate its 100-year anniversary on May 1, 2020.  This week’s historical highlight is from 2004.
 
The Annual Honor’s Banquet was held for seniors from BA and Faribault High School.
The Annual Strive Banquet was held with scholarships awarded at the Elks Club.
The club was in the second year of the 3-year $7500 pledge drive for Polio Plus. $5626 had been collected to date.
The Club held the annual picnic and silent auction at the Rotary Camp.
The club enjoyed the 65th annual Christmas Concert.
 
Our club’s 84th president in 2003-04 was James Wolf. He was the CEO of District One Hospital.
 
James had the following memories from his year as president:
- I recall the hallmark of my year as President was the participation in the Beautification project. I believe the Chamber had engaged the U of MN extension service and efforts to undertake beautification projects was an outcome of that survey. 
Specifically, I remember doing plantings near El Tequila and near the west side Kwik Trip. We tried to make the triangle park just east of Buckham into a manicured landscape. We painted a building on Central Avenue that the owner was allowing to be a real eyesore. And the final project I remember was working on the area in front of the Chamber, which I believe is called Crocker’s Creek (??).
One other action of my term was we printed attendance on a quarterly basis.
I had some excellent pictures of the Rotary crew working on these projects but the process of decluttering for the move probably claimed them
Club History- 2004 Murray Hanson 2020-02-17 06:00:00Z 0

Last Week's Meeting 2/12/2020

Posted by David Connelly
Nerstrand Elementary School
 
On February 12th Maggie Kiley, Principal of Nerstrand Public Charter Elementary School gave insight to their program features and understanding of what makes it a unique learning environment within our area.
 
Nerstrand is budgeted currently for 151 students’ grades K-5 with class sizes of 25 students. Starting in 2nd grade, Nerstrand Elementary uses a mixed-age class platform. Grouping 2nd/3rd and 4th/5th graders in one classroom for all courses other than Math.  This concept promotes student mentorship and longer/stronger relationships with teachers. Nerstrand Elementary uses a mixed homeroom of 1st-5th graders which meet 3 times a week. 
 
With the concept that children learn best from each other and help promote social connection and community, Nerstrand Elementary has several activities that continue this format of community fellowship. Including Service learning, student active committees, and student spotlights of every student every year. Students get to look back through their years at Nerstrand Elementary with a video collection of their spotlights after Elementary graduation. 
 
Nerstrand Elementary supports teachers with the support of teaching as with their strengths, what they love and champions taking risks to boost creativity and student engagement. 
 
To listen back to the whole program, click on the link below. 
 
Last Week's Meeting 2/12/2020 David Connelly 2020-02-17 06:00:00Z 0

Last Week's Meeting 2/5/2020

Conservation

      On Wednesday February 5, 2020, Faribault Rotary hear from  Teresa De Mars from Rice Soil and Water Conservation District. The history of this organization dates back to August of 1942 when Rice SWCD was formed, organized conservation efforts date back to the 1930’s and the “Dust Bowl” days.  Teresa is on of 6 staffers at Rice SWCD and works with the board of supervisors, a group of 6 area farmers and conservationists to promote and educate landowners on conservation methods.
Teresa had Rotarians up and moving around the room playing her version of Conservation Jeopardy. Answers included topics around drainage, cover crops, tree varieties, and monarch butterflies. The ideas and processes in place for conservation in our county are to vast to cover in a 20 minute presentation. Wet lands, rain gardens, previously mentioned tile drainage, cover crops, invasive species, native plants. There is just so much to talk about when it comes to the environment we love.
 
For a list of services and programs please visit www.riceswcd.org
Upcoming programs and events are listed there and now is the time to order trees or native plants for planting in the spring.
Last Week's Meeting 2/5/2020 Murray Hanson 2020-02-10 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary Respect Retreat

Posted by Michelle Vlasak

Bethlehem Academy ninth graders

BA Retreat

 spent Wednesday engaged with their peers in a day-long Youth Frontiers Respect Retreat, sponsored by the Faribault Rotary Club.

      Youth Frontiers’ mission is to provide schools with experiences that inspire character, civility, and community. The Faribault Rotary Club-sponsored ninth-grade retreat focused on respect, with Youth Frontiers leaders Genevieve Kalland and Preston Gunderson leading students in activities and serious discussions designed to empower students to respect themselves and others more and engage bystanders to stand up for respect.

      Aided by Bethlehem Academy student leaders, including seniors Grace Ashley, Ben Cohen and Jack Jandro along with juniors Ella Haaland, Kade Robb, Ashley Rost, and Jason Shuda, Kalland and Gunderson led students in ice breaker games, fun contests, singing and dancing. The games, designed to get students comfortable enough with each other enough to step out of what might be their comfort zone, included screaming and burping competitions, a scavenger hunt, and a giant human chair.

      Kalland and Gunderson incorporated life talks into the retreat, using personal stories to help students learn to respect themselves and others as they develop their own identities. The goal was to challenge students to take a look at how they view themselves and others and how to show more respect and love to both.

      Students wrapped up the day by turning to more serious discussion. Through a Respect Card activity, they were challenged to commit to choosing one of three choices for the remainder of the year: Respect yourself, Respect others, Stand up (for others). Students were encouraged to share their choices; several did, including:

• “Others. I sometimes forget to forgive and not think of others,” Bethlehem Academy student.

“I choose to stand up. Seeing others doing things you know aren’t right and staying silent is just as bad as doing it yourself,” Bethlehem Academy junior student leader.

• “Self. I sometimes need courage. Thank you for helping me with that,” freshmen girl.

Reprinted with permission from The Faribault Daily News.

 
 
Rotary Respect Retreat Michelle Vlasak 2020-02-10 06:00:00Z 0

Club History-2003

In exactly 86 days, the Faribault Rotary Club will celebrate its 100-year anniversary on May 1, 2020.  This week’s historical highlight is from 2003.
 
Minnesota House Representative Lynda Boudreau gave a presentation on “The Minnesota Personal Protection Act of 2003.”
The Annual Honor’s Banquet was held for seniors from BA and Faribault High School.
The Annual Strive Banquet was held with scholarships awarded at the Lavender Inn.
The Lavender Inn closed and the club moved its meetings to the Trucker’s Inn for a short time and then eventually to the Elks Club.
There was serious discussion about the future of the Rotary Camp at Cedar Lake. The club considered selling the land to fund the new soccer fields. The Bahl Foundation stepped in so the club discussion ended.
The club started a 3-year $7500 pledge drive for Polio Plus. This amount ensured that 90,000 children will receive the vaccination.
The Club held the annual picnic and silent auction at the Rotary Camp.
The club enjoyed the 64th annual Christmas Concert.
 
Our club’s 83rd president in 2002-03 was Darlene Meillier. 
Darlene had the following memory from his year as president:
She greatly enjoyed attending the Rotary International Meeting in Barcelona Spain.
Club History-2003 Murray Hanson 2020-02-10 06:00:00Z 0
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Antarctica

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Time

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New Member Proposal- Mary Ellen Bondhus

The honorable Brenda DeMars has proposed Mary Ellen Bonhus, A Realtor from Edina Realty, for membership in the Faribault Rotary Club.  If you have any questions or concerns please contact President Amy Amundson or Membership Chair/ Past President Keith Kramer.
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Last Week's (evening) Meeting 1/29/2020

Posted by David Connelly

CaringBridge

On January 28th we heard from Pat McMorrow from Caring Bridge and Kevin Amundson about How We Heal. 
Caring Bridge has grown: Since 1997, more than 740,000 CaringBridge websites have been created. One in thirteen people in the U.S. have used CaringBridge to rally support for a loved one during a health journey, and our reach extends to 235 countries and territories around the world.
Pat Outlined the impact Kevin’s story has made in the world. With millions of views to his story and more importantly, 59,000 comments on his story. Check out this video shown during the presentation. https://www.caringbridge.org/resources/kevin-amundson-attempting-suicide-think-care/
 
 

Kevin's Story

Kevin told his story, with a couple of points to echo. 
  1. an alarming statistic which was also true in Kevin’s case. For males 16-25 the make the choice to take their own life is within one hour within doing so. 
  2. Make those you care about know you want them here. That you care for their presence. 
  3. Switch up the phrase “I Love You” with statements of meaning. “I glad you are with me”, “I enjoy having you here with me”. These phases shake-up the norm and make us think about our value to others.
It was a deep night of conversations in questions, a community discussion of sorts. All Rotarians in attendance walked away with a better sense of how to communicate the care they have for others and those they love.
Last Week's (evening) Meeting 1/29/2020 David Connelly 2020-02-04 06:00:00Z 0

New Member Proposal- Heidi Nelson

The honorable almost 90 George Wickstrom has proposed Heidi Nelson, the Interim Director of the Paradise Theater for membership in the Faribault Rotary Club.  If you have any questions or concerns please contact President Amy Amundson or Membership Chair/ Past President Keith Kramer.
New Member Proposal- Heidi Nelson Murray Hanson 2020-02-04 06:00:00Z 0

RI Presidential Message- Feb. 2020

Presidential message

2019-20 RI President Mark Daniel Maloney

Mark Daniel Maloney

President 2019-20

February 2020

Happy 115th birthday, fellow Rotarians and members of the family of Rotary!

Much has changed in the world since 1905. Then, the global population was roughly 1.7 billion. Today, it is 7.7 billion. There were 5 telephones per 100 people in the United States 115 years ago. In 2020, it is estimated that 96 percent of the U.S. population has a cellphone — and both China and India have more than a billion cellphones in use.

In the 115 years since Rotary was founded, seemingly everything has changed except Rotary values. We began, and remain, committed to fellowship, integrity, diversity, service, and leadership. While our Service Above Self motto dates to 1911, the ethos behind those words had already been ingrained by Rotary's founders.

As the pace of change worldwide continues to accelerate, the need for Rotary service is greater than ever. It's one thing to read about service projects, quite another to see them in action and to see the grateful faces of people who have benefited from them. Rotary projects change lives and connect the world. And over the past year, I have seen some amazing Rotary projects in action.

Gay and I visited Japan's Fukushima prefecture last year. Few places in the world have had to deal with the kind of devastation that visited Fukushima in March 2011, when a tsunami touched off by an earthquake led to disaster at a nuclear power plant. But the story of Fukushima today is not one of destruction; it is one of hope and renewal. Rotary grants have helped improve access to medical and mental health care for victims of the disaster and reduced the isolation of these communities by sharing the experiences of people from other parts of the world who have also recovered from disasters. Our grants have also helped to foster self-motivation and encourage sustainable long-term community recovery across the region.

In Shanghai, I learned about the Careers in Care program. This helps migrant workers fill the need for skilled professionals in elder care facilities. After taking a course, trainees receive certification to boost their employment prospects, while the care industry benefits from an expanded talent pool. Rotary projects like this are successful because they address a local need, and they have the potential to attract local government funding to sustain their impact.

And in Guatemala, Gay and I went to Sumpango. Global grants there provide mechanical cows to produce soy milk; an improved water distribution system; water filters; clean compost latrines; family gardens; support for income generation; and training in WASH and literacy programs. The food items sold there not only provide nutrition to women and children, but also create a source of income for local women.

In every area of focus, and in every part of the world, Rotary projects are improving lives and helping communities adapt in a time of rapid change. As we celebrate another great year for Rotary, let us rededicate ourselves to strengthening the connections that make our service so impactful. We will make lives better as Rotary Connects the World.

RI Presidential Message- Feb. 2020 Mark Maloney 2020-02-04 06:00:00Z 0

Leap of Kindness!

Leap of Kindness for Leap Year!
Faribault Rotary is joining the Leap of Kindness movement with a show of support for The Nest at Faribault High School.
 
The biggest need is cash.  Donated clothes need to be laundered.  This is a big expense for the free store. Next is toiletries of all kinds for boys and girls, and Falcon gear: shirts, sweatshirts, water bottles etc.
 
Our Goal:  $600.00 Cash   
PLUS, a basket overflowing with toothpaste, shampoo, deodorant, and other necessities AND some NEW Falcon Gear or gently used (and freshly laundered) from your closet or your kid’s closets!
 
Collection Day at Rotary:  February 12
Final donations turned in by February 26 for deliver to the school.
 
The Nest
The Nest is a student store that offers free clothing, supplies and other essential items for Faribault students. The Nest is run by The Falcon Project, a student club that participates in and hosts monthly service projects.

The Falcon Project Mission:  Together we work, by providing helping hands, to make a positive impact in our school and community. 

Why “The Nest?”
We want to be able to provide the basic necessities for students that are in need. We want to contribute to our already strong community by giving back.
We want to make an impact on our students and community by providing basic necessities, increasing school spirit by providing more Falcon gear to our students, making students feel safe and welcome, and increasing student achievement.
 
Assistant principal Joe Sage at 507-333-6176 
Leap of Kindness! Kymn Anderson 2020-02-03 06:00:00Z 0

New Member-2002

Just 18 years ago...

On March, 27, 2002 Shelly Bauer (Frana) was inducted into our club.  She is pictured her with George Wickstrom to the left and Club President Mike Gramse and her sponsor Angela Storch to the right. 
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The Average Cat

The average cat can jump 5 times as high as it's tail is long.
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Four Corners AZ

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Four Corners AZ is the only place where a person can stand in 4 states at the same time.
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Club History- 2002

In exactly 86 days, the Faribault Rotary Club will celebrate its 100-year anniversary on May 1, 2020.  This week’s historical highlight is from 2001.
 
Chamber President, Kymn Anderson addressed the club regarding the Blandin Foundation and other Chamber initiatives.
Medical Specialist Kristin Auge gave a program about her tour with Minnesota National Guard.
Our club sponsored and attended a special program for all middle school and high school students. Mr. Henry Oertelt, a Jewish holocaust survivor, detailed his life in Germany and surviving both the Theresienstadt and Auschwitz concentration camps.
The Annual Honor’s Banquet was held for 58 seniors from BA and Faribault High School.
The Annual Strive Banquet was held with scholarships awarded at the Lavender Inn with 110 in attendance.
The Club held the annual picnic and silent auction at the Rotary Camp.
The club enjoyed the 63 annual Christmas Concert.
 
Our club’s 82nd president in 2001-02 was Mike Gramse.  He joined our club in 1985 and has been a member for 35 years.
 
Mike had the following memory from his year as president:
 “One thing that I did that year was I would ask a member of the club to get up at the beginning of the meeting a give a 60 second story about themselves and then as they rambled on, I would cut them off at 60 seconds. I thought it was pretty interesting to hear them talk about themselves and then fun to cut them off. We learned a lot about each other that year. We had a very prestigious membership, very interesting people.”
Club History- 2002 Murray Hanson 2020-02-03 06:00:00Z 0

Dr. Steve Elwood

Congratulations!

 
All members are invited to the Open House 1:00-3:00 pm this Saturday at the Heartland Animal Hospital honoring the retirement of Dr. Steve Elwood. Congratulations, Steve!
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George Wickstrom

90th Birthday!
 
The Faribault Rotary Club's distinguished member of 45 years, George Wickstrom, has invited all of us and our spouses to his 90th birthday party on Feb. 8, 2020 4-8pm at The Inn at Shattuck. Dinner will be provided along with one drink ticket per person.  A cash bar will also be available. 
 
George has spent half of his life as a Rotarian but all of his life in service to others. Please RSVP your decision to attend by contacting Amy.
 
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Last week's meeting 1/22/2020

Mercury Minnesota

      On Wednesday January 22nd, our club had a presentation from Cory Caron, General Manager of Mercury Minnesota. Cory is a Faribault native, and has worked his way up the ranks at Mercury Minnesota from an entry level job as a grinder, a welder, a designer with CAD, various management roles and now to his current position as General Manager. Cory and his lovely wife Sarah have three boys.  He is involved with Boy Scouts, and is a marriage preparation counselor at his church for couples getting ready to wed. He enjoys skiing, hunting, fishing and playing a good game of cards, especially the game of 500.
      Mercury Minnesota has a long, strong history.  Mercury Air Craft was started in New York. In 1957 Mercury Minnesota was started in Faribault on 11 acres of land that was to be an industrial park, with one old building that was demolished. In 1999 a new facility was opened in Mexico and the three plants are all still open and running today. Mercury Minnesota is a contract sheet metal fabrication company that does all contract work for other companies to build what they need for their products. Lots of automation today, where 60 years ago everything was done by hand. Currently there is 53 employees in the facility in Faribault, and they run on one shift. Monday - Thursday 5 am to 2:30 and Friday's 5 am to 9 am.
      Thank you for coming to share with us Cory, your dedication to Mercury Minnesota is evident in your speaking about the company. We welcome you anytime you can join us!
Last week's meeting 1/22/2020 Laura Bock 2020-01-28 06:00:00Z 0

Club History- 2001

In exactly 93 days, the Faribault Rotary Club will celebrate its 100-year anniversary on May 1, 2020.  This week’s historical highlight is from 2001.
 
The Annual Honor’s Banquet was held for seniors from BA and Faribault High School.
The Annual Strive Banquet was held with scholarships awarded. The program was doing well in its third year with Marv Schrader as chair.
The Club held the annual picnic and silent auction at the Rotary Camp.
The club enjoyed the 62 annual Christmas Concert.
 
 
Our club’s 81st president in 2000-01 was David Balcom.  He was the managing editor of The Faribault Daily News.
 
Rod Mahler noted the following:
“I remember Dave was a big Michigan fan (graduate there) and we always got on each other when the football, hockey, and basketball games were played.  I sold his house when he moved out west.”
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Baseball

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Philadelphia zookeeper Jim Murray sent baseball scores to telegraph offices by carrier pigeon every half inning in 1883.
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The Eye

The eye makes movements 50 times every second.
(Remember- This is the year of the eye exam- 2020. Please get one this year!)
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Jump Rope

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Double Dutch Jump Rope is considered a cross-training sport.
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Paul Harris Awards 2020

Congratulations!

Both distinguished Rotarians Keith Kramer (left) and Eric Craig (center) received their Paul Harris +1 awards last week. They are pictured here with Club Foundation chair, Brent Peroutka. Thank you for your continued support of the Rotary Foundation.
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Last Week's Meeting 1/15/2020

Chronic Wasting Disease

Dr. Peter Larsen of the U of M educated us on the facts and misconceptions about Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in the American deer population. What it is, how it is transmitted and what is being done to control this disease. 
 
CWD is a prion mutation much like Mad Cow and Scrapie causing the animal to waste away, losing weight, cognitive function, and awareness. Caused by a genetic malfunction, it is easily spread through bodily fluids such as semen, saliva, and feces. It can take up to two years for a deer with CWD to perish from the disease while still spreading it. The Prions have been known to be contracted from the soil where deceased deer or feces have laid. 
 
CWD is currently spread to 26 states and at least 4 countries. The U of M has set-up an outreach group MNPRO to help educate, treat and research a solution to this disease. More information can be found at vetmed.umn.edu
Last Week's Meeting 1/15/2020 David Connelly 2020-01-20 06:00:00Z 0

Club History- 2000

In just 15 weeks, the Faribault Rotary Club will celebrate its 100-year anniversary on May 1, 2020.  This week’s historical highlight is from 2000.
 
The end of the millennium/century/decade/year was acknowledged by reflections from Rod Mahler, Tom Gagnon (Gawn-yun) and Harley Pettipiece during the first program of the year.
State Senator Tom Neuville outlined the big issues facing the 2000 legislative season.
Major General Eugene Andreotti of the Minnesota Air and Army National Guard addressed the club before leaving for Kosovo that week.
Faribault Futures leadership Program for 2000 told the club about their organization.
The annual STRIVE Banquet was held at the Lavender Inn.
The annual club picnic and silent auction were held at the Rotary Camp.
The annual Youth benefit concert was held at Faribault High School.
The club enjoyed the 61st annual Christmas concert.
 
Our club’s 80th president in 1999-2000 was Janine Sahagian. She was the first woman to join our club and the first woman president.
 
Club History- 2000 Murray Hanson 2020-01-20 06:00:00Z 0

Albatross

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An Albatross can sleep while it flies.
Albatross Murray Hanson 2020-01-20 06:00:00Z 0

Boston Tea Party

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During the Boston Tea Party, 342 chests of tea were thrown into the harbor.
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Jellyfish

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There is a species of jellyfish that is immortal.
Jellyfish Murray Hanson 2020-01-20 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary Theme for 2020-21

Greetings District 5960 Rotarians!
 
Here is breaking news.........RI President-Elect Holgar Knaack has just announced the theme for 2020-21!
 
It is "Rotary Opens Opportunities"
 
 
I am very excited about this coming year's theme and look forward to sharing more when I get back from International Assembly!
 
See you soon!
 
Ed Marek
District 5960 Governor 2020-21
Rotary Club of St. Paul Sunrise
612.210.4342

Rotary - A Sweet Place To Be
 
Rotary Theme for 2020-21 Ed Marek 2020-01-20 06:00:00Z 0

Last Week's Meeting 1/7/2020

Advanced Care Planning

       On Wednesday January 8th we hear from Pat Heydon of Honoring Choices MN. This is a grant funded program operating out of Allina Health Faribault and Owatonna. Honoring Choices is a program designed to get people talking about their health care directive, and help all clients complete a new and accurate health care directive at no cost. Pat will meet with you individually, or in a group, over a meal, or at your home, anywhere you like, and with as many people you want to get together, to start the conversation and assist you with completed your own Honoring Choices document.
       For more information on Honoring Choices please contact Pat at honoringchoices@allina.com or by calling 507-977-2330. She is urging everyone to have this conversation with loved ones, and to complete the process themselves.
       Thank you, Pat, for making a very heavy topic light and a little funny. We look forward to seeing you around town!
 
 
Last Week's Meeting 1/7/2020 Laura Bock 2020-01-14 06:00:00Z 0

Club History-1999

In just 16 weeks, the Faribault Rotary Club will celebrate its 100-year anniversary on May 1, 2020.  This week’s historical highlight is from 1999.
 
An anonymous Rotarian donated $500 and asked for matching donations for the Special Olympics.
The club delivered 406 meals during its two weeks turn with Meals on Wheels in January.
Local Golf Pro, Ken Gorg, spoke to the club about the developments of golf in general and how golf came to Faribault in 1910.
The club did an exceptional performance of Row, Row, Row your Boat during fellowship.
A group of Rotarians from Mongolia presented a program about their country.
The club presented the annual Honors Banquet and he second annual STRIVE Banquet two weeks apart in May.
The annual picnic and auction were held at the Rotary Camp.
Former Governor Al Quie spoke to the club.
Don Lucia, the new head coach of the Minnesota Gophers Hockey team and Rod Mahler’s nephew, spoke to the club about his goals and plans for the team.
Jeanine Sahagian sold 200 dozen roses during the annual sale.
The 60th Annual Christmas Concert was held at Shattuck-St. Mary’s.
 
Our club’s 79th president in 1998-99 was Pastor Gordon Orde.
Club History-1999 Murray H Hanson 2020-01-14 06:00:00Z 0
1998-1999 Club Officers Murray H Hanson 2020-01-14 06:00:00Z 0

Twins

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Twins have a very high occurrence of left-handedness.
Twins Murray H Hanson 2020-01-14 06:00:00Z 0
Peanut Butter Murray H Hanson 2020-01-14 06:00:00Z 0

Smell

The average smell weighs 760 nanograms.
Smell Murray H Hanson 2020-01-14 06:00:00Z 0

Club History- 1998

In just 17 weeks, the Faribault Rotary Club will celebrate its 100-year anniversary on May 1, 2020.  This week’s historical highlight is from 1998.
 
Donn Johnson led a program entitled “A Look into the Crystal Ball at Faribault’s Future.”
In the first year of the STRIVE Program, the club awarded $3000 In scholarships to students.
Dr. Michael Richie presented a program on the advances in Refractive surgery.
The Annual Honors Banquet was held at South Central College and Brent Peroutka was one of the seniors being honored.
Club dues were set at $150 for the year.
There were programs discussing the economic importance of the Faribault Airport and the festivities involving the Hot Air Balloon Rally and the Tree Frog Music Festival.
Sheriff’s Deputy Dan Silkey presented a talk on Rice County Gang Suppression.
Rotarian Harley Pettipiece gave a program on his family’s past and how his family farm is now the site of Perkins Restaurant.
The 59th Annual Rotary Christmas Concert was held at Shattuck-St. Mary’s.
 
Our club’s 78th president in 1997-98 was Wade Karli.
 
Did you know that the Rotary Club of Reno, NV is farther west than the Rotary Club of Los Angeles, CA?
Club History- 1998 Murray H Hanson 2020-01-07 06:00:00Z 0

New York State

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New York was the first state to require cars to have a license plate.
New York State Murray Hanson 2020-01-06 06:00:00Z 0

Shrimp

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A shrimp's heart is in it's head.
Shrimp Murray H Hanson 2020-01-06 06:00:00Z 0

Friends

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One alternative title that had been considered for NBC's hit Friends was Insomnia Cafe.
Friends Murray H Hanson 2020-01-06 06:00:00Z 0

RI Presidential Message January 2020

Presidential message

2019-20 RI President Mark Daniel Maloney

Mark Daniel Maloney

President 2019-20

January 2020

People from all over the world have multiple reasons for joining Rotary. Many new Rotarians each year join for the same reason I did — because Rotary is a great way to benefit your career. When I was a new attorney starting out in Alabama, Gay and I became partners in her father's firm. He instilled in us the value of joining Rotary as a way to build relationships and demonstrate to potential clients that we were serious professionals who held firm to values even more robust than what our profession required.

Rotary's commitment to vocational service is built on the highest ethical standards in business and professions, the recognition of the worthiness of all useful work, and the dignifying of each Rotarian's occupation as an opportunity to serve society. That last point is so important. No matter our profession, we all contribute mightily to the world when we conduct our work with integrity and always adhere to The Four-Way Test.

I have made balancing the demands of Rotary with professional and family commitments one of my priorities as president. No Rotarian should feel pressured to put in more time than a volunteer position should ever demand. This is true for several reasons, one of them being that the work we do in our day jobs is just as important to Rotary as the work we do in the organization. We carry our Rotary values everywhere, and our professional success helps build a case for Rotary every day we go into the office.

This is particularly important in our efforts to reach younger new members. We want to see a Rotary where no one is ever asked to choose between being a good Rotarian and being a good parent, business owner, manager, or employee. When we ask busy young people to join us, we should not be asking them to give up their time and freedom. We should be rewarding them with an experience that makes everything they already do even more inspiring.

Providing greater balance within Rotary will have another benefit as well: It will create opportunities for other Rotarians, including Rotaractors, to step up and take a leadership role on projects and committees. This will ensure that they remain engaged in our clubs and inspired to be Rotarians for life.

Throughout the world, Rotary is admired for its vocational service and for the time-honored values we instill in all business relationships. As we continue our work to grow Rotary, let us remember that vocational service remains a crucial selling point to potential members.

Rotary Connects the World, and by making Rotary's vocational service work known to people in more professions and at different stages of their careers, we will help grow our organization and make it stronger and more diverse.

RI Presidential Message January 2020 Mark Mahoney 2020-01-06 06:00:00Z 0

Speed Limit

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The speed limit in New York City was 8 mph in 1895.
Speed Limit Murray H Hanson 2019-12-16 06:00:00Z 0

Walking

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Each year, the average person walks the distance from New York to Miami.
Walking Murray H Hanson 2019-12-16 06:00:00Z 0
Kissing Murray H Hanson 2019-12-16 06:00:00Z 0

Club History- 1997

In just 20 weeks, the Faribault Rotary Club will celebrate its 100-year anniversary on May 1, 2020.  This week’s historical highlight is from 1997.
 
Rotarian Dr. Roy Anderson gave a presentation on his book called “The not so Straight River.”
Jerry Bell, President of the Minnesota Twins, gave a presentation to the club about what makes a successful sports franchise and the proposal for the new Twins stadium.
Palmer Dragsten was honored for 50 years of service and Al Burkhartzmeyer was honored for 40 years of service in Rotary.
The annual Honors Banquet was cancelled due to school construction.
Rotarian Marv Schrader presented the goals for Vocational Services which included the plans for the STRIVE program.
Nate Gagnon, son of Rotarian Tom and Linda Gagnon returned from being a Rotary Exchange and presented a very interesting program to the club.
Rotarian past president Kevin Mahoney spoke to the club about his trip to Israel organized by the American-Israel Chamber of Commerce.
The 58th Annual Christmas Concert was held at Trinity Lutheran Church.
 
Our club’s 77th president in 1996-97 was Don Olson.
Club History- 1997 Murray H Hanson 2019-12-16 06:00:00Z 0

Last Week's Meeting 12/11/2019

McKinley Early Childhood Learning

Olivia Sage the Early Learning coordinator at McKinley Early Childhood Center updated the club on what's new for our public preschool program. McKinley Early Childhood Center serves children and families from birth to age 5 through a variety of programs for families with young children. Their mission is to partner with families to provide support, encouragement, and education. 
 
McKinley provides Preschool for ages 3 and 4 in a wide range of day options, from 1 or 2 days up to 4 or 5 days. In ½ day and whole day options. Their Early Child Family Education programs are designed to insight learning and family connection through play activity and education. ECFE has a wide range of age-specific classes along with mixed-age classes during both day and evening. 
 
Children are required to be screened on learning development before Kindergarten, it is recommended at age 3. McKinley offers several special education programs to keep kids on track before they fall behind in Kindergarten and into grade school. Programs such as Help Me Grow, a personal intake national program designed to help each child’s unique educational needs. 
 
Past Governor Mark Dayton our state legislature created avenues for Pre-K funding to increase. Improving the range of services that McKinley Early Learning Center can provide and to more families. All programs are either free or are available on an inclusive sliding income scale. You can check out more information at the Faribault Public Schools website or in the Community Education quarterly catalog. 
 
Last Week's Meeting 12/11/2019 David Connelly 2019-12-16 06:00:00Z 0

Last Week's Meeting 12/4/2019

Therapy Horses

              Our speaker on December 4th was Laurie Baer.  Laurie is from HIS Haven Ranch a faith-based non-profit that provides one on one mentoring through the aid of horses. With horses, words are optional for healing whatever someone is going through.  HIS stands for Healing in the Savior. Laurie spoke to us about the ranch and how their seven horses can help those dealing with some of life’s challenges thru taking care of the horses and learning how to work with the horses. 73% of the riders they work with are under the age of twenty-five and many are dealing with family changes and unhealthy family environments. The second highest rate of suicides is nine to fifteen-year old ages and the highest is in veterans. His Haven Ranch is working to create change in lives to empower and transform each person.
                A majority of the ranch has seen improvements through service projects by eagle scouts. In 2006 they had 6 riders, and now in 2019 they had over 230 registered riders. Along with working with youth, they are also developing programs for veterans. Next year will feature a program spearheaded by veterans that have previously participated in summer sessions. The 2020 and beyond goals are to continue to meet operational costs, build an indoor arena so that riders are in the saddle year-round, to build an eight-stall horse barn closer to the arena site, and to increase community outreach to veterans.
               Their services are made possible by caring and dedicated volunteers and financial support. To donate online visit www.hishavenranch.org or mail donations to 3245 Lake Ave New Prague, MN 56071.
Last Week's Meeting 12/4/2019 Mary Reese 2019-12-09 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary Scholarship

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Congratulations David Mesta on your Rotary Scholarship Award at South Central College!  David is pictured here with Faribault Rotary Club President Amy Amundson.
Rotary Scholarship Murray H Hanson 2019-12-09 06:00:00Z 0
The first TV remote Murray Hanson 2019-12-08 06:00:00Z 0

RI Presidential Message Dec. 2019

Presidential message

2019-20 RI President Mark Daniel Maloney

Mark Daniel Maloney

President 2019-20

December 2019

There is no experience quite like attending the Rotary International Convention. Discover the true spirit of aloha and Rotary with your family, friends, and fellow Rotarians from 6 to 10 June in Honolulu. It is the perfect setting for the entire family of Rotary to celebrate, collaborate, and connect.

There are two types of people who enjoy visits to Hawaii — those who have never been to the islands and are about to have unique and wonderful experiences, and those who have had those Hawaiian moments etched into their memories already and cannot wait to create some new ones.

The convention is the best place to find and share your aloha, which you will soon discover is much more than a greeting. Just as Rotary is a way of life for Rotarians, aloha is a way of life for Hawaiians — one that focuses on living in harmony, being patient, treating everyone with respect, and sharing joy with your family, or 'ohana.

Our host committee has arranged some fabulous events for you and your family. This includes a Hawaiian Culture and Lunch Boat Cruise, a two-hour tour that will feature spectacular views of Diamond Head, Waikiki, and the Kahala Gold Coast. On board, you can learn to play the ukulele, take part in hula dancing, and create your own Hawaiian flower lei.

You will also have the opportunity to enjoy a full range of island hospitality events, from small backyard picnics to multicourse family meals. There will be fantastic service projects to see, including two ancient Hawaiian fishponds. And a sunrise Walk for Peace will take place at the beautiful Ala Moana Beach Park, a 3-mile stroll in the shadow of the iconic Diamond Head crater.

Inside and outside the convention halls, we are going to hold the most family-friendly convention in Rotary history, including a family-centered opening ceremony and family-focused events in the House of Friendship. The opening session will, of course, include our traditional flag ceremony.

Our 2020 convention will also be a time to celebrate Rotary's historical ties to the United Nations. As I mentioned in my November message, June 2020 will mark the 75th anniversary of the signing of the United Nations charter. On the day before the start of the convention, Rotary and the UN will host our fifth joint event of 2019-20, one focused on environmental sustainability.

In addition, we are planning the greenest convention in Rotary history — and I will share more details about this in the months ahead. But now, go to riconvention.org and click the REGISTER button right below the Honolulu Hawaii 2020 logo. Early registration discount pricing ends 15 December, so do not delay.

Rotary Connects the World in no better way than at the Rotary Convention. Bring your family to meet our family. See you in Honolulu!

RI Presidential Message Dec. 2019 Mark Maloney 2019-12-08 06:00:00Z 0

Cows

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The first TV toy commercial Murray Hanson 2019-12-08 06:00:00Z 0

Rotarian returns from Pakistan eager to spread polio vaccine awareness

(reprinted with permission from the Faribault Daily News)

Faribault Rotarian Richard “Dick” Huston has traveled around the globe, but he called his most recent trip to Pakistan the most challenging of his life — both physically and emotionally.

After spending the week of Nov. 11-17 in Karachi, Pakistan, which has a population twice the size of New York City, Huston returned to Faribault eager to share his experience. In fact, Pakistani campaigners declared spreading awareness one of Huston’s primary roles for their cause.

“I hadn’t been there, and I just think we need to help people,” said Huston on his reasons for taking the trip. “I want to tell their story and encourage others to help them, also.”

As part of Rotary PolioPlus services, Huston expected representatives of other Rotary clubs to join his effort to learn about the endemic in Pakistan. He previously took a trip to Sierra Leone with a group of six Rotarians, but much to his surprise, Huston was the lone American to join the Karachi, Pakistan, polio campaign.

Huston admitted being the only American “felt a little weird” at first, but after a while he joked that being the only guest “felt pretty darn good.”

“Everywhere we went, people were so nice and gracious,” said Huston.

          Eradicating polio

PolioPlus is a four-pronged worldwide effort to eliminate polio with vaccinations. Huston explained the four purposes of the cause include preventing the disease, providing clean water, creating jobs and improving healthcare.

Polio once impacted 125 countries, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, but the vaccination of millions of children since the 1980s has reduced the number of impacted countries down to three: Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria. In the 1988, there were 350,000 cases of polio reported worldwide.

Houston said eradicating polio in Pakistan and Afghanistan is more difficult because people travel back and forth across the bordering countries often. According to UNICEF, polio cases in Pakistan have decreased from 20,000 per year in the early 1990s to just eight in 2018 since Pakistan’s Polio Eradication Programme launched in 1994.

Primarily a disease of children, Huston explained the symptoms of leg and/or arm paralysis indicate the first symptoms of polio. If the lungs experience paralysis, the disease can be fatal.

While overseas, Huston visited five sites where nurses vaccinated children for polio. The process, he said, was a matter of putting two drops of liquid vaccine on the tongue. But in the city of Karachi, which has approximately 15.4 million people, identifying all children under 5 who need vaccinations is a tremendous undertaking for nurses and aid workers.

Huston explained that a lot of negative propaganda makes mothers wary about exposing their children to vaccines. But nurses trained in psychology assure mothers their babies and children will be healthier with the vaccine. Huston witnessed mothers looking “like a deer in the headlights” at first, but he saw their eyes soften as they listened to the nurses.

“There’s no bullying at all,” he said.

Nurses also go to railway stations and go through the trains at their stops to identify children under 5 who need to be vaccinated. At a bus stop located along Karachi’s main highway, near the southern border of Pakistan, Huston said nurses vaccinate around 3,000 children per day. He shadowed a couple nurses on the job and marveled at their effort.

While visiting Pakistan, Huston saw nurses being trained to give vaccine injections for a new project. In certain past cases, Huston explained the virus sampling, used in vaccines to create an immunity to polio, backfired by mutating into a disease. Viruses used in the injection, however, are first killed so they can’t mutate into disease-causing organisms. Children between 5 and 13 may receive the injection, said Huston.

Other efforts have been made to prevent polio from spreading. Since polio is spread by water and food, Huston said 17 water filtration camps were installed in the area he visited. Open two hours a day, residents can come fill their jugs with clean water.

       Making connections

More was expected of Huston on his trip, being the only guest, but after his return he said he experienced “a good feeling of being worn out.”

While his trip was taxing in the sense that he was constantly busy, Huston was pleased with the hospitality of his host family and impressed with the Pakistani Rotarians’ generosity. Although residents of Karachi had all levels of income in an area with some of the worst slums Huston has seen, he said people with money share it.

“It was really an eye-opening trip,” said Huston. “The effort the ‘haves’ are making to help the ‘have-nots’ is truly remarkable in my mind.”

The appreciation was mutual. In the November issue of the Pakistan National PolioPlus Newsletter, Chief Editor Alina A. Visram wrote about Huston’s participation in the Karachi polio campaign.

“This was his first visit to Karachi, Pakistan, and he was a keen visitor,” wrote Visram. “… It was certainly a privilege and honour to have Dr. Richard Huston with us in Karachi and we thank him for making this trip.”

Rotarian returns from Pakistan eager to spread polio vaccine awareness Misty Schwab 2019-12-02 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary Red Cross Blood Drive 11/25/19

Sucess!

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(Laura received the following email regarding the Blood Drive last Monday 11/25/19)
 
Thank you very much Laura and the Faribault Rotary for hosting the blood drive yesterday!  Here are some of the numbers from the day:
 
34 people made appointments
13 walk-ins
8 no-shows
39 people registered at the blood drive
4 deferrals
1 quantity not sufficient
6 power red donors (that’s great!)
40 units of blood collected
 
That is amazing! 40 units is by far the most we’ve collected at a Faribault Rotary blood drive. That was 15 units over our goal. The blood you collected yesterday has the potential to save up to 120 lives. A lot of families are going to be thankful for that this Thanksgiving.
 
Thanks again for all your help!
 
Caroline
 
Caroline Olstad │ Account Manager
American Red Cross
100 S. Robert Street, St. Paul, MN 55107
612-214-6794

Thank you to the following Rotarians for volunteering your time to make this a success!  
Nort Johnson ,Jake Cook, Brian Daniels, Mary Reese, Greg Cielsuk, David Connelly, Todd Sesker, Franz Boelter, Brenda Demars, Rod Mahler, Kurt Halverson and Laura Bock.
Rotary Red Cross Blood Drive 11/25/19 Murray H Hanson 2019-11-27 06:00:00Z 0

Koala Bear

When a Koala is born, it is about the size of a jelly bean.
Koala Bear Murray H Hanson 2019-11-26 06:00:00Z 0

Twins

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Forty percent of twins invent their own language.
Twins Murray H Hanson 2019-11-26 06:00:00Z 0

Air Molecules

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At room temperature, the average air molecule travels at the speed of a rifle bullet.
Air Molecules Murray H Hanson 2019-11-26 06:00:00Z 0

80th Annual Faribault Rotary Christmas Concert

Christmas
Twas a week 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, Ciesluk! Now, Kenney! Now, Sanchez and Kramer!
On, Daniels! On, Wheeler! On, Elwood and Ginter!
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, Rotaract members, their families, and guests are invited to the 80th annual Faribault Rotary Christmas Concert to be held on Wednesday December 18th (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.
 
80th Annual Faribault Rotary Christmas Concert Murray H Hanson 2019-11-25 06:00:00Z 0

Club History- 1995

In just 22 weeks, the Faribault Rotary Club will celebrate its 100-year anniversary on May 1, 2020.  This week’s historical highlight is from 1995.
 
Local veterinarian and agricultural consulting expert, Dr. Richard Huston presented a program about his trip to Mongolia.
The club participated in Meals on Wheels.
Faribault Area Chamber of Commerce President Kymn Anderson spoke to the club about her organization’s plans for Faribault in 1995.
The annual Honor’s Banquet was held at Riverland Technical College.
Our state representative, Lynda Boudreau, gave us a legislative update.
Faribault High School Superintendent Keith Dixon talked to the club about the upcoming levy referendum.
The club toured Viratec.
The 56th Annual Rotary Christmas Concert was well attended.
 
Our club’s 75th president in 1994-95 was Bob Bue.
 
Club History- 1995 Murray H Hanson 2019-11-25 06:00:00Z 0

Dick Huston visits Pakistan

Service Above Self

 

Dr. Huston received a warm welcome from the Rotary Club of  Karachi Nexus.

 

Giving a well appreciated polio vaccine.

 

These are gifts of appreciation giving to Dr. Huston by his friends in Pakistan.

 

This is the honorary plague given by the Rotary Club of Karachi Nexus.

Dick Huston visits Pakistan Murray H Hanson 2019-11-21 06:00:00Z 0

Last week's Meeting 11/13/2019

Posted by Laura Bock

Goat Dispatch!

     On Wednesday November 13 we were treated to a presentation by Jake Langslag, Faribault native and owner of two businesses, Aqua Eden, an installation company specializing in ponds, waterfalls and streams, and Goat Dispatch LLC, a unique business of deploying goats to munch on troublesome vegetation. The goats are an alternative solution to eliminating buckthorn, raspberries, and other pesky vegetation. Jake is becoming an expert in this field.  There are not many goat herders around but they do get together on occasion and problem solve and share what's working and what isn't. Goat Dispatch estimates how many goats it will take to tackle the number of acres that need to be cleaned up. It can take the goats 1-3 weeks or longer to munch, and typically the goats will need to visit the site 2 to 3 times to really clear out the invasive species and allow new grasses and plants to grow.
 
     Goat Dispatch has around 800 goats and an app to track them all. Jake is about to start his biggest project yet by dispatching goats on about 200 acres near Cannon Falls MN. If you are looking for a fun and exciting side job, Jake needs goat wranglers, you can enjoy nature and the goats and some public events were families get to " meet the goats".
     U of M students study Jake's herd and the plants they eat, and a local vet keeps an eye on the herd by doing regular walk throughs. To learn more about Goat Dispatch check them out at www.goatdispatch.com
 
 
Last week's Meeting 11/13/2019 Laura Bock 2019-11-18 06:00:00Z 0

RI Presidential Message November 2019

2019-20 RI President Mark Daniel Maloney

Mark Daniel Maloney

President 2019-20

November 2019

Rotary Day at the United Nations, which we celebrate each November, is an important reminder of the historic relationship between our organizations. But this year’s event is even more important than usual, because we are building up to the 75th anniversary of the signing of the UN Charter in June 2020.

You might ask, why celebrate this anniversary? For Rotary, it is entirely appropriate, because we played such a critical leadership role in the San Francisco Conference that formed the United Nations in 1945. Throughout World War II, Rotary published materials about the importance of forming such an organization to preserve world peace.

Not only did Rotary help influence the formation of the UN, but this magazine also played a leading part in communicating its ideals. Rotary educated members about plans to create the UN through numerous articles in The Rotarian and through a booklet titled From Here On! When the time came to write the UN charter, Rotary was one of 42 organizations the United States invited to serve as consultants to its delegation at the San Francisco Conference.

Each organization had seats for three representatives, so Rotary International’s 11 representatives served in rotation. The people officially representing Rotary included the general secretary, the current and several past presidents, and the editor of The Rotarian. In addition, Rotarians from Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, and North and South America served as members of or consultants to their own nations’ delegations.

We have a deep and lasting relationship with the UN that deserves to be celebrated and appreciated. To recognize this relationship, Rotary will host five special events between now and June: Rotary Day at the UN in New York on the 9th of this month; three presidential conferences next year in Santiago, Chile, in Paris, and in Rome; and a final celebration just before the Rotary International Convention in Honolulu.

The focus on the UN in the year ahead is not only about the past; it also lights a path to our future. There are so many parallels between the work we do through our areas of focus and the work of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. While those goals are indeed incredibly ambitious, they provide inspiration and direction — and are similar to many Rotary goals, which have proven to create lasting, positive change in our world. The goals can be achieved, but only if undertaken with the same long-term commitment and tenacity that Rotary understands so well. Alone, we cannot provide clean water for all, we cannot eliminate hunger, we cannot eradicate polio. But together with partners like the United Nations, of course we can.

Please consider attending one of our five UN celebrations. I look forward to sharing news of these special events with you throughout the year.

RI Presidential Message November 2019 Mark Maloney 2019-11-18 06:00:00Z 0

Friendsgiving 11/14/19

We had nice turnout with students, Rotaractors, and Rotarians creating a good mix of people. The food was delicious!  At present we  are planning to host another event, but most likely in the spring. Thank you to everyone who was able to make it and we can't wait to see you all again!
 
Piper Nelson
SCC Faribault Rotaract President
Friendsgiving 11/14/19 Murray H Hanson 2019-11-18 06:00:00Z 0

Our two longest serving members!

Rod Mahler- Bob Bjorgum

With the recent sale of the Mason's Building there was a discovery of folder with some letters, pictures and Daily News clippings.  The folder had the name Francis Lockwood- Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company. Mr. Lockwood was a longtime member and our 47th president in 1967-68.  His most notable club legacy was sponsoring membership for a young upstart life insurance salesman by the name of George Wickstrom who has now been a member for 45 years. (Yes, George this is a fleeceable event!)
 
Pictured here are our two longest serving Rotarians, (at left)Rod Mahler 61+ years and the late Bob Bjorgum 59 years!  Rod will have to tell us who got the pie in the face!
 
 
Our two longest serving members! Murray H Hanson 2019-11-18 06:00:00Z 0

National Park Service

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The National Park Service manages over 350 parks on 80 million acres of public land.
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Sunflowers

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The spiral shapes of sunflowers follow the Fibonacci sequence.
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Hawaii

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Hawaii is the only state never to report a temperature of zero. (The current official coldest temperature recorded in Hawaii is 12 degrees, which makes Hawaii the only state that has not seen subzero temperatures. This was recorded at the Mauna Kea Observatory (elevation of 13,796 feet) on May 17, 1979.)
Hawaii Murray H Hanson 2019-11-18 06:00:00Z 0

Club History- 1994

In just 24 weeks, the Faribault Rotary Club will celebrate its 100-year anniversary on May 1, 2020.  This week’s historical highlight is from 1994.
 
The club toured the new facilities at District One Hospital after the $5.2 million expansion and remodeling.
Dr. Richard Rush, President of Mankato State talked to the club about the school’s mission and its role in southern Minnesota.
Julius Wadekamper, Gus Hoffman and Janine Sahagian presented three separate programs summarizing their trip to the Amazon rain forest and the city of Santarem to visit Ron Hein who works with the children’s program the club supports.
The club raised $4,200 for the Rotary Foundation at the Annual Picnic and auction.
The club toured the newly remodeled Buckham Library.
The club listened to a program about the new proposed ice arena to be built next to Bruce Smith Field.
George Wickstrom played 78 holes of golf on the Annual Longest Day of Golf to support cancer prevention.
The IRS decided that Rotary dues are deductible on member’s federal returns.
The club sold 759 dozen roses.
The 55th annual Christmas concert was held at Shattuck-St.Mary’s.
 
Our club’s 74th president in 1993-94 was Ken Smith.
Club History- 1994 Murray H Hanson 2019-11-15 06:00:00Z 0

Last Week's Meeting 11/6/2019

Youth Services

     On Wednesday November 6 our presentation was the annual meeting for Rotary Youth Services. Dave Beranek and Jake Cook talked about the history of the camp for new comers to Rotary.  They also reviewed financials, and conducted elections for Rotary Youth Services Board.  Laura Bock and  Marv Schrader were re-elected for three-year terms.  We were brought up to date with the current repairs to the camp including the new culvert, the newly shingled roof for the main building and upcoming projects at the camp which include repaving the road over the culvert. The Rotary Camp has been apart of our club since 1961.
 
Last Week's Meeting 11/6/2019 Murray H Hanson 2019-11-12 06:00:00Z 0

Club History- 1993

In just 25 weeks, the Faribault Rotary Club will celebrate its 100-year anniversary on May 1, 2020.  This week’s historical highlight is from 1993.
 
Minnesota Attorney General Skip Humphrey presented a program on Environmental issues affecting our state.
Rice County Auditor, Lorraine Nelson spoke to the club about the duties and responsibilities of the county auditor’s department.
A group exchange team from India visited the club.
The annual picnic at the Rotary Camp was held on May 12th and included an auction with over $3300 going to the Rotary Foundation.
The annual honors banquet was held at The Riverland Technical College.
The club received a Presidential Citation Award.
A program was presented on the Prairie Island nuclear storage problem.
Dick Hanson, coordinator of the Real Life Cooperative, explained the new housing project underway at the King Mill site in Faribault.
The 64th annual Rotary Christmas Concert was held at Shattuck.
U.S House Representative Tim Penney updated the club on what was happening in Washington DC.
 
Our club’s 73rd president in 1992-93 was Julius Wadekamper.
 
Club History- 1993 Murray H Hanson 2019-11-12 06:00:00Z 0

Friendsgiving- SCC Faribault Rotaract Club

Posted by Piper Nelson
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The Faribault Rotaract Club will be hosting its first event at South Central College Faribault this Thursday November 14th in room A105 from 5:30-6:30 pm. We would like to invite all Faribault Rotary members to our Friendsgiving as a means to show that we are thankful for your support and friendship. We hope you will all be able to join us, but if not, don't worry we will be hosting another get-together!                         
We are asking everyone to bring a dish to share. Please be sure to label ingredients so we can have a safe and inclusive Friendsgiving! Please click on the following link to sign up.
 
pipnel16@gmail.com has shared the following spreadsheet:
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 SCC Faribault Rotaract thanks you and is so excited to be hosting you all!
 
 
Piper Nelson
President 
Faribault Rotaract Club
Friendsgiving- SCC Faribault Rotaract Club Piper Nelson 2019-11-12 06:00:00Z 0
The British Pound Murray H Hanson 2019-11-11 06:00:00Z 0

The Bible

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The Bible Murray H Hanson 2019-11-10 06:00:00Z 0

Dogs

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Youth Camp Roof Repair Murray Hanson 2019-11-06 06:00:00Z 0

Rotarian of the Year- 2019 Jake Cook

Congratulations Jake!

There are many deserving candidates for the Rotarian of the Year every year.  However, the committee and club would like to congratulate, and honor Jake Cook as the 2019 Rotarian of the Year.
 
Jake joined the Faribault Rotary club in March of 2007 and lives the Rotary motto of service above self on a daily basis.  Jake currently serves on the board of directors, as well as serves as the Rotary Youth Services President.  He has held a variety of leadership roles and positions throughout his years in Rotary, and here are a few highlights as mentioned in his nominations:
  • Jake chaired the community services committee and led our efforts with the Rotary Blood Drive, meals-on-wheels, Salvation Army Bell Ringing, Basic Blessings Backpack Program events., and more.  You could also find Jake and his family volunteering during these events.
  • Jake volunteered and served on the International Services committee traveling with the team to Sierra Leone in our club’s effort to establish a sustainable cassava farming and processing project in remote areas of Africa.  He was also involved with the district and international grant process and helped raise the necessary funds for the project.
  • As a believer in service above self, Jake became our Club President in 2016-2017.  He really stepped up to the plate and filled this role a year earlier than planned, as our Badger/Packer friend Dan Hedge moved to his new home in Illinois the year he was supposed to fill this role.
  • During his year as Club President Jake had many accomplishments.  Most notable was the “Buddy Bench” project.  Again, he helped raise the necessary funds and partner with other agencies within the community to make this project a success.   Jake also led the efforts to partner with the Elks Ice Fishing contest and help get kids exposed to the great outdoors!!!
  • As president of the Rotary Youth Services board, Jake has done an outstanding job with all areas of this great nonprofit entity.  His office manages the camp schedule and Jake has spent countless hours helping preserve this great asset.  Most notably this year with helping roof the camp, as well as getting the camp back into working order after the tornado last fall.  Jake has also led or helped on the Picnic committee for several years…an event many look forward to every year.
  • Jake has served on the raffle committee and is usually one of the top salespersons with this raffle, as well as our annual Rotary Rose Sale.  The CWS offices look amazing this week as he typically delivers 75-100 roses each year.
  • Jakes leadership abilities crossover to other community and family activities as well, with involvement in numerous board and other activities.  He has been a chamber ambassador, served on the Ducks Unlimited Board, served on the Football Association Board and is the current president and a coach with the Faribault Fastpitch Association.  You will also find him helping with the March of Dimes and Cancer Stroll fundraising efforts.  I’m sure we have missed a few as well…but we thank Jake for his “Service Above Self” in the Faribault Community.
 
Jake, thank you for everything you have done for our club and will continue to do in the future.   IF you want a project done and completed in a successful manner, Jake Cook will be there to lead or help in any way possible.  The saying goes “the only thing that is equal in life is that we all get 24 hours each day, or 86,400 seconds to make a difference”.  Although this will cost you a dollar, you are able to balance your work and clients at Comprehensive Wealth Solutions/Faribo Insurance, family time and community activities.  Please help me congratulate Jake Cook, 2019 Rotarian of the Year.
Rotarian of the Year- 2019 Jake Cook Murray Hanson 2019-11-06 06:00:00Z 0

Warm Our Community 2019

Local clubs share the warmth with neighbors in need

     Hundreds of local residents received needed winter apparel on Saturday during the Faribault Rotary Club’s annual distribution.
Coats, boots, hats, mittens, gloves and scarves and other winter clothing were available to the hundreds who came to the Washington Rec Center. The event was a partnership between the Elks, Rotary Club and Allina Club.
     “It feels not only good to help people, but it feels good to collaborate with organizations, too, who see the need,” said Keith Kramer, past president of the Faribault Rotary Club. “It’s right when it’s starting to get below freezing.”
      Kramer estimated 70 families attended, most with at least five children. He noted organizers had selection sites and advertised, receiving $3,500 in donations that enabled them to purchase clothing. He estimated they had 30 volunteers Saturday, including people who spoke Spanish and Somali.
     “It’s good to see people of all backgrounds coming to help people in need,” Kramer said.
“Especially in Faribault, there is a big need in our community for kids to have warm clothing, and this is a good time of the year to do it.”
Abdinisr Ahmed volunteered at the event. He said he enjoys helping people and the cold weather motivated him to help those in need.
“It’s so good today to be here and help the community,” he said.
Warm Our Community 2019 Sam Wilmes 2019-11-06 06:00:00Z 0

Rotarian of The Year 2019

This Wednesday the "Rotarian of The Year 2019" will be announced before the annual Youth Services meeting. We look forward to honoring this very deserving Rotarian!
Rotarian of The Year 2019 Murray Hanson 2019-11-05 06:00:00Z 0

Warm Our Community 2019

Serving our community!

 
 
The event was well attended!
Thank you, to all volunteers that helped to make this day a huge success!
Warm Our Community 2019 Murray Hanson 2019-11-04 06:00:00Z 0

Tug of war

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Tug of war Murray Hanson 2019-11-04 06:00:00Z 0

Your Eye

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Your Eye Murray Hanson 2019-11-03 05:00:00Z 0

Home Base

From 1845-1867 Home Base was circular, made of iron, painted or enameled white and 12 inches in diameter.
Home Base Murray Hanson 2019-11-03 05:00:00Z 0

Club History-1992

In just 6 months, the Faribault Rotary Club will celebrate its 100-year anniversary on May 1, 2020.  This week’s historical highlight is from 1992.
 
The club supported the Fast for Hope project.
The club toured Mercury Minnesota.
The club listened to a presentation on the upcoming School construction bond referendum from Rotarian Tom Gagnon.
Rotarian Julius Wadekamper made it known to the club that the people of Santarem, Brazil were in desperate need of $5,000 to maximize efforts at saving children there. (Please read the “The Street Children of Santarembelow in this section of the bulletin)
Navy Commander Raymond Lee Marshal discussed the Navy’s role in our National defense and in Operation Desert Storm.
The club plus spouses took a trip to the Old Log Theatre for the production “ It Runs in the Family”.
The 28th Annual Youth Benefit Concert was held at the High School.
The club sold 488 dozen roses during the annual sale.
State Auditor Mark Dayton spoke to the club about the role of his office in state government.
Hollywood actress Angie Dickinson presented a program on water conservation programs in California and an update on her movie and TV pursuits. Her daughter was a client at the Wilson Center.
Curt Sommers was honored for 50 years of service in Rotary (1942-92).
 
Our club’s 72nd president in 1991-92 was Donn Johnson.
 
 
Club History-1992 Murray Hanson 2019-10-31 05:00:00Z 0

The Street Children of Santarem

Foreword:
 The following article was written by our 73rd 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.
The Street Children of Santarem Julius Wadekamper 2019-10-31 05:00:00Z 0
Last Week's Evening Meeting 10/30/2019 Murray Hanson 2019-10-31 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Camp Roof Repair 2019

From the early morning hours

last Saturday morning and throughout the entire day Eric, Jake, Keith, Dave, Brenda, Laura, Dick Cook and their band of FHS juniors- Jake Bauer, Collin Paquette, Jon Cap, Brady Ohlman and Charlie Douville completed the shingle removal, repair and re-shingling of the Faribault Rotary Camp building. The club extends its heartfelt thanks and appreciation for your efforts and the continuation of the Rotary Camps service to our community since 1962.
Rotary Camp Roof Repair 2019 Murray Hanson 2019-10-29 05:00:00Z 0

Last Week's Meeting 10/23/2019

9th Grade Academy

     Last Wednesday October 23rd, Faribault Rotary listened to a presentation by FHS principal Jamie Bente and FHS Assistant Principal Joe Sage. This leadership team presentation focused on the 9th Grade Academy with some time at the end devoted to the seven-period school day for Faribault High School students. The 9th Grade Academy is a program designed to assist students with the soft skills needed for high school and to help them excel at being good students. Statistics have shown that students without support were flunking at an alarming rate. The 9th Grade Academy program adds the additional Academic Seminar which is a mixed set of classes that include Social Studies, English and Science.            
           
     Students are receiving support towards skill building on areas such as note taking and studying. Students surveyed said this was helpful and felt they had at least one teacher they could talk to and trust.  The "F" grades were reduced by 70% over the course of the first year. This is the 3rd year of the 9th Grade Academy and the staff continues to follow the progress of past students.  While not all of them continue to improve their grades, there was still an improvement in the majority of the letter grades compared to their past grade scores.
 
     Jamie Bente spent the last few minutes discussing the seven-period day. He explained further in depth how this will offer more credits to High School students by showing us the required credits in a year for each grade and using a very common example problem of students who want to participate in music and learn a language in high school. In 10th Grade for example the option for two electives doesn't exist. Students must take summer school in most cases summer after summer after summer to make room in their schedule for things they want to learn. The seven-period day would alleviate much of the need for summer school and then students would have the opportunity to gain eight more credits in their high school career with a seven-period day. This will help get them ready for the path of their choice after high school.
 
Last Week's Meeting 10/23/2019 Laura Bock 2019-10-29 05:00:00Z 0

Club History-1991

In just 27 weeks, the Faribault Rotary Club will celebrate its 100-year anniversary on May 1, 2020.  This week’s historical highlight is from 1991.
 
Dr. Richard Huston, local veterinarian and now in private consulting, showed the club slides of his trip to Bolivia through the Ministry of Christian Veterinarians.
The club recognized Layton Hoysler for 31 years of perfect attendance, Al Burkhartzmeyer for 24 years and Olaus Moe for 18 years.
Cate Grinney was a student guest from Faribault High School.
The Annual Honors Banquet was held at the high school.
A Group Study Exchange from Argentina visited the club.
Club dues were $125.
State Senator, Tom Neville addressed the club to discuss the recent legislative session.
Every member was to sell 5 dozen roses at $12 each. $400 dozen were sold.
The 27th annual Youth Benefit concert was held at the high school.
 
Our club’s 71st president in 1990-91 was Dr. Richard Skewes.
 
The following was taken from the Jan. 23, 1991 weekly bulletin:
“I finally figured out how government works. The Senate gets the bill from the House. The President gets the bill from the Senate….and we get the bill for everything!
Club History-1991 Murray Hanson 2019-10-29 05:00:00Z 0

Sleep

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Sleep Murray Hanson 2019-10-29 05:00:00Z 0

Human cells

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Faribault Rotary Music Scholarships 2019

Posted by Misty Schwab on Oct 23, 2019

Thanks to Rotary Club scholarships,

seven Faribault High School students spent part of their summers growing as vocalists and musicians, whether that meant attending camps or enrolling in vocal lessons.

     The Faribault Rotary Club offers scholarships to students involved in music electives each spring, using the proceeds collected from the Rotary scholarship concert held at FHS the fall prior. This year’s 54th annual concert is 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 28 in the FHS auditorium.

     Kayla Kenow, a junior euphonium player in the FHS band, used her $400 scholarship to help pay for the Minnesota All-State camp over the summer. Kenow was the only student in the FHS band to receive the All-State honor last school year as well as the Rotary Club scholarship.

“I definitely learned how to be a better musician [at All-State camp],” said Kenow. “I made a lot of good friends I still have today.”

     Joe Timmer, band director at FHS, said it always takes a couple weeks to decide who to nominate for the honor because so many students deserve the recognition. In most cases, all three FHS directors select students who already received All-State honors so they can use the scholarship money to attend the All-State camps offered over the summer.

     Two violinists in the FHS Philharmonic Orchestra, Maddie Klecker and Avery Rein, received $200 Rotary Scholarships each.

Klecker began playing the violin 11 years ago and was named a Minnesota All-State alternate for 2018-19.

“When I was younger, I just liked [the violin] for the sound, but now I realize it’s a lot more than that,” said Klecker. “It can be used for a lot of different things — I play at church and at weddings. It’s nice to see what joy an instrument can bring.”

Said Michael Sloane, director of the FHS Philharmonic Orchestra: “Maddie Klecker is very diligent on making sure things are done right, and she’s not afraid to speak up when things aren’t right.”

     While most Rotary scholarship winners had previously earned All-State honors, violinist Avery Rein is the exception. She used her scholarship to attend an orchestra camp in Northfield, which challenged each instrumentalist according to their skill level. At the end of the camp, the orchestra performed in a concert.

When Sloane began teaching orchestra at Faribault Middle School, he said Rein was one of his first students. He’s pleased to see her continue playing violin with the FHS Philharmonic Orchestra and lead her peers in the schools’ orchestra council.

“Avery is a very bright girl who knows what she wants,” said Sloane. “She’s a very artistic person … a very good violinist.”

     Four FHS choir students each received $200 Rotary scholarships as well — senior alto Nya Anter, senior soprano Abby Engbrecht, junior bass Tanner Longshore and junior soprano Lizzie Cooper. Anter, Engbrecht and Longshore, all Minnesota All-State students named in May, used their scholarships to attend the weeklong All-State choir camp at St. Olaf College. Their All-State group reunites in February, 2020 at the Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis for its All-State concert.

“It’s been really good,” said Longshore of his choir experience. “Obviously there are ups and downs, but it’s helping me express myself more.”

Added Anter, who has taken choir for 11 years with elementary school included: “I’ve always loved singing and performing.”

Cooper, an All-State alternate, took voice lessons with her scholarship money. She’s been in choir since fourth grade.

“It’s made me have more of a reason to be in school,” said Cooper. “It’s given me a passion I can enjoy.”

Published with permission from the Faribault Daily News

 

Faribault Rotary Music Scholarships 2019 Misty Schwab 2019-10-23 05:00:00Z 0
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Club History- 1990

In just 28 weeks, the Faribault Rotary Club will celebrate its 100-year anniversary on May 1, 2020.  This week’s historical highlight is from 1990.
 
The club volunteered for Meals on Wheels for 2 weeks in January.
Betty Piper, Director of Community Relations for the Minnesota Twins, presented a promotional video on “Twins Bloopers.”  The community relations program was instituted by Twins players to help them be active and serve as role models in the community.
The Annual High School Honors Banquet was held at Bethlehem Academy.
A program on how to eat Minnesotan and be healthy was presented to the club.
Dick Skewes attended the Rotary International Convention in Portland, Oregon.
The annual picnic was held at Gus Hoffman’s home on Cannon Lake.
Mike Monge, Deputy Director of Public Safety spoke to the club about fire safety.
Elizabeth Strofus, a member of the elite Women Airforce Service Program (WASP) presented a program to the club about her service in WWII.
 
Our club’s 70th president in 1989-90 was Jim Nielson.
 
Club History- 1990 Murray Hanson 2019-10-22 05:00:00Z 0

Baseball Umpires

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Baseball Umpires Murray Hanson 2019-10-21 05:00:00Z 0

Important Words

21 Most Important Words in the English Language
  • The most important word: We.
  • The two most important words: Thank You.
  • The three most important words: All is forgiven.
  • The four most important words: What is your opinion.
  • The Five most important words: You did a good job.
  • The six most important words: I want to understand you better.
  • The least important word: I.
Important Words Murray Hanson 2019-10-21 05:00:00Z 0

The Eye

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The Eye Murray Hanson 2019-10-21 05:00:00Z 0

Club History 1989

Posted by Murray Hanson
In just 29 weeks, the Faribault Rotary Club will celebrate its 100-year anniversary on May 1, 2020.  This week’s historical highlight is from 1989.
 
The club had 82 members.
 Deb Asp, an instructor at the Wilson Center, gave a presentation on the building and sailing of the Viking ship, Hjemkomst. Deb, her three brothers and eight others sailed from Duluth to Norway.
The club toured the Faribault Regional Center. (Deb was a friend and classmate of mine at Concordia-Moorhead)
Finally, after nine years the Faribault Rotary Club took home the 1st place trophy in the Service Club Olympics.
Representative Pete Rodosovich presented a program about his trip to the Soviet Union and Minnesota property taxes.
The 25th Annual Youth Benefit Concert was held at the Senior High. (This year will be the 55th annual concert.)
Nick Coleman, columnist for the St. Paul Pioneer Press gave a talk on his career as a newspaper columnist.
The Faribault Senior High Choir presented the 50th annual Christmas concert.
 
Our club’s 69th president in 1988-89 was Bob Trench.
Club History 1989 Murray Hanson 2019-10-17 05:00:00Z 0

Last week's Meeting 10/16/2019

Posted by Laura Bock

District Governor Paul Perez

     On Wednesday October 16 our club had the honor of hosting District Governor Paul Perez. Paul touched on sustainability in world projects, and our international work, including Exchange programs and Global Grants. 
     High lighting the goals for the year include Goal 1 growing Rotary - through membership, growing the giving that we do, and growing the service projects we tackle. Goal 2 is involving families - in service projects, social events, and by being intentional on family focus. Goal 3 is working on building pathways to Rotary leadership, and Goal 4 is Strengthening Rotary relationship with the United Nations.
     Paul is a member of the Prior Lake Club and is a familiar face in our group. He attends our events as he is able, and offers his guidance and support as we need him. Thank you, Paul, for joining us!
 
 
Last week's Meeting 10/16/2019 Laura Bock 2019-10-17 05:00:00Z 0

Rose Sale 2019

Time to turn in your orders!

Please bring your order sheet with your totals of red roses and growers choice to the meeting tomorrow and give them to Brenda! You may also send her an email at (BrendaDeMars@reliancebankmn.com)
 
Rose Sale 2019 Murray Hanson 2019-10-15 05:00:00Z 0

Last Week's Meeting 10/9/2019

Posted by Laura Bock

Vote Nov. 5th!

     On Wednesday October 9th we had a presentation from Rotarian and Superintendent of ISD 656, Todd Sesker, and two supporters of the Vote Yes initiative, Kari Tuma and Matt Steichen both ISD 656 employees who also happen to have a strong passion for “Vote Yes!”
On November 5th our community will have the opportunity to vote for two questions that will impact the youth of our community. Question one is: “Should we move our high school to a 7-period day?” Saying yes to this will allow for our high school students to earn 8 more elective credits before graduation, it will cut down on the need for summer school for some students.  Faribault is the last school in our conference to make this change to the class day.
     Question 2 is “Should the radius the transportation system (bus) picks up students be altered from 2 miles from the high school to only 1 mile.” Saying yes to this means that students in the second mile out from the High School will now have the ability to ride the bus. There are students walking from the East side of the Via Duct to get to the Highschool for classes. A yes vote means it just got a lot easier to get to school for these kids.
     The cost for saying "yes" to these two questions is for a average property value of $150,000, this will cost you roughly $8 a month or $99 a year. Todd, Kari, and Matt clearly have a passion for this campaign. Thank you for taking the time to give us the facts.
    Make sure you get out and vote on November 5th!
Last Week's Meeting 10/9/2019 Laura Bock 2019-10-14 05:00:00Z 0

District Governor- Paul Perez

Welcome!

     Paul Perez is a member of the Rotary Club of Prior Lake. He joined in April of 2003 and was Club President in the 2013‐2014 Rotary year. Paul ascended into leadership roles through Prior Lake Rotary’s Lakefront Music Fest, the Club’s largest fundraiser for their 501c3 foundation. After successfully heading up the Transportation committee, Paul went on to be one of the event co-chairs. The event went through numerous changes and had great success including a net profit of just shy of a quarter million dollars in 2013. Paul continued to be involved in the event as a member of the steering committee and the talent committee.
     As President, the Club had unparalleled success under Paul’s watch. The Club achieved top honors within its District in per capita giving to the The Rotary Foundation and giving to PolioPlus and Fast for Hope. Further, the Club added 16 members that year, and ended up at a net 11‐member gain. Through Paul’s urging, the Club added the Youth Service committee and reintroduced the idea of starting an Interact Club at the high school, which was accomplished the following year.
     Paul’s additional involvement at the Club level has included Community Service co‐director, Youth Exchange counselor, and Public Image co‐director. On a District level, Paul served on the Board of Directors as the large club representative for three years. He helped on the District Public Image committee in 2014‐2015 and presented at the Public Image breakout sessions at the District Conference. Paul has been a member of the District PolioPlus committee, and created the District PolioPlus Facebook page to increase the awareness of the eradication efforts.
     He was part of the planning committee for the 2016 joint District Conference, and the 2017 District Conference planning committee as one of the chairs. Paul attended the Rotary International conferences in Lisbon, Portugal in 2013, and Atlanta, Georgia in 2017, and attended the Zone 28 and 29 Emerging Leaders training in Cleveland in 2016. Not the only person passionate about Rotary in his household, Paul’s wife Susan joined the Club in 2013. Her involvement has grown to include Prior Lake High School Interact Club mentor, and Youth Exchange Country Officer in‐training. She has also been heavily involved in the Youth Service and Foundation committees.
     Paul and Susan have two children, Anthony and Anna. Both have been around Rotary all their lives, including being charter members of the Prior Lake High School Interact Club. Anthony was an outbound exchange student to Germany during his gap year. The rest of the family took the opportunity to host their first Exchange Student that year, an experience that was more than they had ever hoped for.
     Paul has worked for the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community for the last 23 years, where he is currently the Property Services Director with a staff of over 100 employees. His responsibilities include maintaining the grounds, parking garages, and parking lots at both Mystic Lake Casino Hotel and Little Six Casino, and overseeing both fleet maintenance for the entire property and the 7‐day onsite laundry and dry-cleaning operations.
     Paul grew up in St. Paul and graduated from Mankato State University in 1990 with a Bachelor of Science in Management and Marketing. He also wrestled for the Mavericks during his 5 years at MSU. Paul’s other volunteer experience includes over 10 years on the Prior Lake Wrestling Club Board, and an appointment as a Planning Commissioner for the City of Prior Lake for 10 years. Paul enjoys trips to the family’s cabin in Northern Minnesota, pheasant hunting trips to South Dakota, fishing anytime, watching amateur wrestling, and listening to music.
District Governor- Paul Perez Murray Hanson 2019-10-13 05:00:00Z 0

Longest word

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Longest word Murray Hanson 2019-10-13 05:00:00Z 0

Raindrops

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Raindrops Murray Hanson 2019-10-13 05:00:00Z 0

Chewing

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Chewing Murray Hanson 2019-10-13 05:00:00Z 0

New Rotary Club

In celebration of Rotary International's chartering of the first Rotary club that is organized by and for service veterans and their families

you are cordially invited to attend
 
CHARTER NIGHT
OF THE
ROTARY CLUB OF MINNESOTA VETERANS
 
Where:  Edina Country Club - 5100 Wooddale Avenue, Edina, Minnesota 55424.

When:  Thursday, October 10th; 5:00 p.m. Cocktails/Cash Bar; 6:00 p.m. Dinner.

Entertainment: The Rotary Rooters.

Keynote Speaker:  Brigadier General Dennis W. Schulstad, USAF (Retired).

Price:  $40.00 per person (plus EventBrite registration fee).

Dress:  Business casual.

Dinner Menu:  Edina Country Club's "North Woods Buffet," which includes - 
  • Freshly baked breads with freshly whipped rosemary infused butter,
  • Peppercorn salad,
  • Chef's choice vegetable,
  • White and Wild Rice Pilaf,
  • Ritz Cracker Crumb Walleye with tartar sauce and lemon, and 
  • Tender Braised Beef Tip Stroganoff with egg noodles and a creamy mushroom sauce.

If you are interested in registering for the event, this link will lead you to the registration site on EventBrite:  https://tinyurl.com/y65jnrrq.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Please contact Tom Gump with any questions:
Thomas A. Gump
Rotary International District 5950
Honolulu Zone 29 Promotion Coordinator
2020 Honolulu Rotary International Convention
tagump@gmail.com
 
 
New Rotary Club Murray Hanson 2019-10-07 05:00:00Z 0

Last Week's Meeting 10/2/2019

Faribault Education Center-Cassie Ohnstad

     On Wednesday October 2 Faribault Rotary had a field trip for our weekly meeting. We visited the Faribault Education Center. We were treated to a tour, lunch, and a presentation by Cassie Ohnstad, Director of FEC. The Faribault Education Center offers free programs for area adults to get an education, and is tailored to the level the adult needs to move to the next level in their education journey. Learners include adults seeking their GED's, college and career readiness to move to South Central to start in Nursing or a Trade programs, or just needing to start at the beginning, FEC offers ESL, and Math, Science, Social Studies, and English. Cassie outlined for us the class schedules and let us know about the need for volunteers are needed to assist teachers at FEC in their classrooms.
 
     If you are interested in learning more about volunteering please contact Cassie at FEC 507-333-6473
Last Week's Meeting 10/2/2019 Laura Bock 2019-10-07 05:00:00Z 0

RI Presidential Message October 2019

Presidential message

2019-20 RI President Mark Daniel Maloney

Mark Daniel Maloney

President 2019-20

October 2019

Rotary's long-term, sustained battle against polio has defined our organization for decades. We have a right to be proud of all that we have accomplished through the years.

Our progress is real and noteworthy. In 1988, polio was endemic in 125 countries, with more than 350,000 new cases a year worldwide. Since then, Rotary and our Global Polio Eradication Initiative partners have reduced the incidence of polio by more than 99.9 percent, vaccinated more than 2.5 billion children against the virus, and prevented 18 million cases of paralysis. Over the years, Rotary has helped country after country move into the polio-free column. This includes India, which some considered impossible not long ago. Of the three types of polio virus, type 2 has been eradicated and type 3 could soon be certified as eradicated. Nigeria has not reported a case of wild polio virus in nearly three years. If this trend holds, we will be down to just one type of wild polio virus in only one section of the world, Afghanistan and Pakistan.

There are major challenges in that region. But it is crucial that we remain optimistic. Look at all that we have accomplished so far. This is no time to get discouraged or to think that the task is impossible. We will end polio forever, but only if we remain steadfast and vigilant. World Polio Day is a time for Rotarians from all over the globe to come together, recognize the progress we have made in our fight against polio, and plan the action we must take to end polio forever. The key word is action, because we still have important work to do.

This year, we want to see as many Rotary clubs as possible holding World Polio Day events around the world. Need some ideas? How about organizing a viewing party for friends and club members to watch Rotary's Online Global Update? You could also dedicate a club meeting to World Polio Day or create a fundraising event. Remember, every dollar raised is matched 2-to-1 by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Once you have created an event, register it at endpolio.org/register-your-event. Then promote it using the World Polio Day toolkit, available at endpolio.org/world-polio-day.

Mark your calendar to tune in to Rotary's World Polio Day Online Global Update on 24 October. This year we will stream our program on Facebook in multiple time zones around the world. Visit the Rotary International Facebook page to RSVP to your region's program. And do not forget to follow the event on social media and share it with your network.

When we reach our goal, polio will become only the second human disease eradicated on the planet, and Rotary will receive international acclaim. But what matters most is the children who will never again have to face this terrible, disabling virus. Rotary must continue to connect the world in the effort toward polio eradication. It is up to us. Let us finish the job.

RI Presidential Message October 2019 Mark Maloney 2019-10-07 05:00:00Z 0
Stars vs Sand Murray Hanson 2019-10-07 05:00:00Z 0

Walking

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Stepping out for a walk every day can actually help you sleep better at night.
Walking Murray Hanson 2019-10-07 05:00:00Z 0

Mosquitoes

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Mosquitoes prefer to bite people with Type O blood.
Mosquitoes Murray Hanson 2019-10-07 05:00:00Z 0

Club History- 1988

In just 30 weeks, the Faribault Rotary Club will celebrate its 100-year anniversary on May 1, 2020.  This week’s historical highlight is from 1988.
 
Club dues were set at $90 for the year.
On Feb. 10, 1988 Janine Sahagian (Sa hay gee an) was the first women inducted into membership in our club.
The club and spouses enjoyed a leisurely summer evening with a dinner cruise on the Jonathan Paddleford on the Mississippi River.
A program was presented on the future of Ethanol.
The club toured the Faribault Woolen Mills and its new retail store.
The Annual Student Honors Banquet was held at BA.
The club toured MRG Tool & Die.
The club toured Faribault Foods.
There was a program on the progress of the new Viratech construction project.
Dave Beranek gave the annual financial report of Faribault Youth Services Inc.
 
Our club’s 68th president in 1987-88 was Dave Peterson.
 
A note from the Feb. 24, 1988 Faribaultarian:
“Roger Koopmans, accompanied by Donn Johnson, led the singing last week. Donn played well, but Roger’s tie would never be found in Gentleman’s Quarterly. Roger says it was a gift from Steve Springmeyer!  Wherever it came from….. I am sure there are no others in captivity.”
 
Club History- 1988 Murray Hanson 2019-10-03 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Foundation Banquet 2019

 
FOUNDATION CELEBRATION
 
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2019 ‖ 5:30-9:00 PM ‖ DELTA HOTEL MINNEAPOLIS
 
 
 
Join your fellow Rotarians as we:
 
CELEBRATE THE DIFFERENCE WE MAKE IN THE LIVES OF OTHERS
RECOGNIZE OUR CLUBS FOR THEIR FOUNDATION GIVING
SHOWCASE THE OPPORTUNITIES WE HAVE TO CHANGE LIVES
 
 
REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!
$65 PER PERSON
(ROTARACT, INTERACT, YOUTH EXCHANGE, FIRST TIME ATTENDEES: $60)
 
 
Kyle Haugen
 
Rotary Club of Prior Lake, MN
District Rotary Foundation Team Lead
District Governor 2017-18, Rotary District 5960
612-382-3168
Rotary Foundation Banquet 2019 Kyle Haugen 2019-10-03 05:00:00Z 0

Rose Sale 2019

Time to s(m)ell the roses!

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 55 Rotarians and if everyone does their part to sell the roses that would be 660 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 25th and orders are due on October 16th.  Please give it your best!
Delivery date is set for OCTOBER 28th 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.
 
Rose Sale 2019 Murray Hanson 2019-10-01 05:00:00Z 0

Club History- 1987

In just 31 weeks, the Faribault Rotary Club will celebrate its 100-year anniversary on May 1, 2020.  This week’s historical highlight is from 1986.
 
Larry Neumann, assistant trainer for the Minnesota Vikings presented a program on the prevention & Care of Athletic injuries. He showed slides of the new training facilities at Winter Park in Eden Prairie and was optimistic about the Vikings Super Bowl chances.
Once again Captain Donn Johnson led a noble band of 22 Rotarians in the 8th annual Service Club Olympics.
The 66th annual picnic was held at the Rotary Youth Camp at Cedar Lake. The first club picnic was in 1921.
Donn Johnson spoke to the club about the background of “Life Unlimited,” an interdenominational singing group boys and girls ages 16-22 led by him.  They performed at 21 different events including the State Fair.
The club held several “fireside” meetings for new members.
Mike Gramse, founder, owner, and president of MRG Tool and Dye tells the story of his business during his classification talk.
The club’s Polio Plus Foundation fund drive surpassed $20,000 in pledges.
 
Our club’s 67th president in 1986-87 was Stu Thibodeau.
 
Club History- 1987 Murray Hanson 2019-09-30 05:00:00Z 0

Last Week's Meeting 9/25/2019

Posted by Mary Reese

Faribault Robotics

9-25-19 Recap
We were joined by Faribault Robotics head coach, Jason Engbrecht and two students Hunter and Abby. They were able to give the group an understanding of what the Falcons Robotic team works towards each season. Of course, we had a little information from Brent in that robotics can make an impact for a student. It helps give them leadership skills, improved confidence, and creates community involvement and teamwork skills.
This is the 6th year that the Falcon’s Robotic team has been in part of the Faribault High school. Their season starts in November and they will initially meet 3 times a week. The build for the robot does not however start until January. Before the build starts, they must find out what type of robot is needed for this year’s competitions. Each year there are different specifications that the students build their robot to for competing. Once the build starts the students meet every day of the week to work on the robot. Students are part of every step of building including design, wiring, metal bending, and soldering.
At competitions, students work with other teams to form alliances for each round. In the qualification rounds, it is a random draw and then the farther you go the more you need to form alliances with teams that can create strength within the team. There is a select group of students that are considered the scout team, who watch every match to see what robots and teams would be a good fit.
The Faribault Robotics has been to state twice and was able to go to nationals two years ago. Nationals is a 7-day trip and there were 400 of the best of the best teams involved. On a space a little smaller than a basketball court, the robots performed tasks to certain specifics. There is both a joystick driven segment where the students run the robot and an autonomous segment, where the students program the robot to complete the tasks.
Each year the robot is taking apart at the end of the year so that parts can be reused when possible. Many of the parts are expensive and easily reused. Controllers for example can cost up to $5,000.
The students are one of the most important parts of the team. Hunter is one of the lead designers and uses computer software to help create and design the different parts of the robot. He enjoys that he gets to use technology that can be used in real life and has designs to be an engineer.
Abby is part of the build team. She helps bend it, drill it, and put it all together. She stated that the fairy work is her favorite part of being part of the team. Going in voluntarily after hours to work on the robot with a select group has been a great way to bond and grow with her teammates.
The robotics team has generally been around 25 to 30 students with all sorts of different backgrounds. It is not always the academic students that are part of the team and the Faribault team has a diverse group of kids that are great at working together for the build. Nothing happens without the whole team and they embody why the Falcon Robotics Team is a team and not a club.
 
 
 
Last Week's Meeting 9/25/2019 Mary Reese 2019-09-30 05:00:00Z 0
The smallest U.S. county. Murray Hanson 2019-09-28 05:00:00Z 0

Star Spangled Banner

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Star Spangled Banner Murray Hanson 2019-09-28 05:00:00Z 0

The Penny

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The Penny Murray Hanson 2019-09-28 05:00:00Z 0
Vikings vs Bears Sunday Murray Hanson 2019-09-24 05:00:00Z 0

Last Week's Meeting 9/18/2019

Honorina Honorati

     Our speaker last Wednesday was Honorina Honorati and Kerrie Holschbach. They are with Food for His Children Farm from Tanzania. They are helping create a Farm and Innovation Center for the families of Tanzania. Their group is working towards a sustainability for the families with the Christ centered community that starts with a goat. In the country of Tanzania goats can provide many different things including soap, milk, cheese, and fertilizer.
     Thru the work of Food for his children, there are over 370 families that they are working with to help train in agriculture and animal husbandry. A goat is more than an animal for the families that they are working with including income that can help pay for medical attention, schooling, and housing.
     The Farm and Innovation center is being built to help create a self-sustaining community for the families that are in the area. The goals for the center include Tourism programs, Training in agriculture and animal husbandry, funding and providing space for youth programs and leader skill building that includes practical training, and real-life demonstrations. The farm will have buildings for the volunteers and employees. Right now, there is a simple goat shelter, fencing, and shed on the farm location. Simple farming is a continuing source of food and income as they work to increase the center.
Your help is needed. To find out more and to donate today visit foodforhischildren.org
 
Last Week's Meeting 9/18/2019 Mary Reese 2019-09-23 05:00:00Z 0
More pie eating! Murray Hanson 2019-09-23 05:00:00Z 0
Rice County Fair Pie Eating Contest Winner Murray Hanson 2019-09-23 05:00:00Z 0

Club history- 1986

In just 31 weeks, the Faribault Rotary Club will celebrate its 100-year anniversary on May 1, 2020.  This week’s historical highlight is from 1986.
 
State Senator Clarence Purfeerst spoke to the club about pending legislation.
Ken Gorg, Faribault Country Club Pro, addressed the club about the beginning of golf in Faribault and hopefully helped improve a few golf scores.
Led by team captain Donn Johnson, the club finished fourth (out of seven) in the 7th annual Service Club Olympics.
The 22nd annual High School Honors banquet honoring 43 seniors from BA and FHS was held at Bethlehem Academy.
The club had 78 members plus one honorary member. Of this group Ardolf, Beranek, Gerbig, Johnson, Koopmans, Mahler, and Wickstrom are still members today.
Football coaches from Faribault High School and Bethlehem Academy spoke about the upcoming season.
 
Our clubs 66th president in 1985-86 was Dr. Steve Springmeyer.
 
Club history- 1986 Murray Hanson 2019-09-23 05:00:00Z 0

Honey Bee

A honey bee can travel at 15 miles per hour.
Honey Bee Murray Hanson 2019-09-22 05:00:00Z 0

Air Molecule

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Air Molecule Murray Hanson 2019-09-22 05:00:00Z 0

Youth Camp

Did you know that on June 8, 1960, the Faribault Rotary Club voted unanimously to create a separate corporation to provide an overnight camping area on the shore of Cedar Lake. The name FARIBAULT ROTARY YOUTH CAMP was chosen for the project. All members of the Faribault Rotary Club are members of the Faribault Youth Services, Inc. The Faribault Girl Scouts had been planing to build a Girl Scout Camp.  When they learned that the Rotary club was also interested, they offered to join the project with a contribution of $9,000. This covered the cost of the 18 acre site.
 
Rotarians have spent many hours working on the grounds and many dollars over the years to provide a well, the shelter, dock facilities, the septic system and insurance.
Youth Camp Murray Hanson 2019-09-19 05:00:00Z 0

New Member Mentor Program

Do you have an interest in mentoring a new member. The obligation is simple, just connect! Check-in, answer questions, and (most importantly) let them know why you are in Rotary. This form will just take simple contact information for pairing mentors.

Mentoring is a 6 month commitment to the new member. If you can greet them at meeting, have lunch with them from time to time great! Your contact information will be submitted to all new members under your mentor-ship. I recommend some contact outside of Rotary meetings, yet it is not required. I will check in with you from time to time to see how it is going.
 
Please click on this link and fill out the short form and I will take care of the rest.  https://forms.gle/jTVHsuMDp2yxaDTc9

Thank you for your service.
Many blessings,
David Andrew Connelly
New Member Mentor Program David Connelly 2019-09-19 05:00:00Z 0

Club History- 1985

In just 32 weeks, the Faribault Rotary Club will celebrate its 100-year anniversary on May 1, 2020.  This week’s historical highlight is from 1985.
 
The club completes four successful weeks in January with meals on wheels.
Local resident, Bill Korf, was elected President of the State Fair Board. He gave a program highlighting the history of the Minnesota State Fair from 1859 to present.
A group study exchange team from Brazil visited the club.
The club participated in the 6th annual Service Club Olympics.
The Annual Honors Banquet was held at the Senior High.
The annual picnic was held at the Rotary Camp.
There was a program on Haley’s comet which was visible in late 1985.
The club was given a tour of the new Junior High School Building.
 
Our club’s 65th president in 1984-85 was Donelly Martinson.
Club History- 1985 Murray Hanson 2019-09-16 05:00:00Z 0

Water

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Water can boil and freeze at the same time.
Water Murray Hanson 2019-09-16 05:00:00Z 0

Hippopotamus

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The hippopotomus has the capability to remain underwater for as long as five minutes.
Hippopotamus Murray Hanson 2019-09-16 05:00:00Z 0

Cows

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It is possible to lead a cow up stairs but not downstairs. (Is this this true at your house, Dick?)
Cows Murray Hanson 2019-09-16 05:00:00Z 0

Last week's Meeting 9/11/2019

Posted by David Connelly

HealthFinders

Our old friend Stephen Pribyl with Charles Mandile came to share the direction and purpose of HealthFinders Collaborative. HealthFinders has been filling the gap in healthcare since 2002, Ensuring health care access for everyone in our community.

Charles expressed health is much more than health care. The appointments and doctor visits we make are only a sliver of what makes up one's health. HealthFinders mission is to provide equal health care to all. Advocate for equality in health care system. 

HealthFinders supports Rice county with locations in Northfield and Faribault. Their services range from medical check-ups, health education to assistance with medical insurance applications with MNsure, etc.  30% of their services are made outside the offices, providing screening on-sight at local elementary schools and other locations. 

Key partners Allina, Mayo, Sterling, Delta Dental to name a few, HealthPartners is looking to advance their reach of service to our community. HealthFinders holds a monthly summit, bringing many of these competitors together to talk about how they can work together, better community health and bring down the cost of health care. 

Two thirds of the services are from the Faribault area. There seems to be a growing need in the community for the services. HealthFinders, with the support of their partners are embarking on the construction of a new health center in Faribault.

HealthFinders looks to continue their community improvement of health in many ways for many years to come. Their benefit to the community in worth, cannot be measured by their complete effect upon the community. Although HealthFinders did run a study which figured for every dollar spent, the return is $16.50 to the health care system’s cost. To contribute to their cause, connect at https://healthfindersmn.org/donate/.

 

Last week's Meeting 9/11/2019 David Connelly 2019-09-16 05:00:00Z 0
Defeat of Jesse James Days 2019 Murray Hanson 2019-09-10 05:00:00Z 0

Annual Picnic 2019

Fun and Fellowship

 

Beautiful night!

 

No arrests!

 

The kids had a great time!

 

Great food!

Annual Picnic 2019 Murray Hanson 2019-09-09 05:00:00Z 0
Club Officers 1984-85 Murray Hanson 2019-09-09 05:00:00Z 0

Club History- 1984

In just 33 weeks, the Faribault Rotary Club will celebrate its 100-year anniversary on May 1, 2020.  This week’s historical highlight is from 1984.
 
The club took the annual Rotary Ann party on the road with a bus to the Old Log Theatre.
Rotary District 596 Mid-Term Evaluation was held in January at Shattuck.
There was a club program on the formation of the new Faribault Area Hospice.
Gayle Mahler (Rod and Jean’s daughter) presented a talk about her recent mission trip to the Philippines.
Northwest Airlines President Steve Rothmeier talked to the club about the Airline industry.
The club was given an update on the U.S. Postal system and to get use to the new extra 4 numbers given to each zip code.
The highly anticipated classification talk from Donn Johnson was well received.
Judy Fruehbrodt, our Rotary exchange student to Sweden gave a lively presentation to the club about life on the farm, learning Swedish, their school system and other social activities. Today, Dr. Judy Fruehbrodt- Glenzinzki is a physician here in Faribault.
Minnesota Governor Al Quie gave a non-political talk to the club about his perceptions of power bases in America.
State Auditor and future Minnesota Governor Arne Carlson spoke to the club.
 
Our club’s 64th president in 1983-84 was Tom Gagnon.
Club History- 1984 Murray Hanson 2019-09-09 05:00:00Z 0

Lightning Bolt

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A single lightning bolt contains enough energy to cook 100,000 pieces of toast.
Lightning Bolt Murray Hanson 2019-09-09 05:00:00Z 0

Typing

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TYPEWRITER and PERPETUITY are the longest words that can be typed on a single line of a QWERTY keyboard.
Typing Murray Hanson 2019-09-09 05:00:00Z 0

Earworm

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A tune that gets stuck in your head is called an earworm.
Earworm Murray Hanson 2019-09-09 05:00:00Z 0

One Summit

Event Open To All Rotarians and Rotaractors
 
From: Kenny Klooster, 2021-22 District Governor and Lisa Cownie, 2021-22 District Trainer, Greater Mankato Rotary Club 
 
“Joining Rotary was one of the best decisions I ever made!”  People around the world express this opinion every day.  Explore the “Stories” of Rotary in a conversation at (one of) this year’s District 5960 One Rotary Summit(s).  Sessions will be held Saturday, Sept 21 at, United Methodist Church, Northfield and Saturday, October, 26 at, FamilyMeans Center, Stillwater.  This session is designed for new and experienced Rotarians and Rotaractors to come together and share in the discussion about, Rotary’s Public Image, Membership, and Foundation opportunities.
 
 
 
COST:                       FREE EVENT
WHAT:                      DISTRICT 5960 ONE ROTARY SUMMIT
                                       Connected by Our Rotary Stories
WHEN:                      September 21, 2019
TIME:                        8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. 
WHERE:                   United Methodist Church, Northfield, MN
                                   Directions/Map
REGISTRATION:     Click Here
 
or
 
WHEN:                      October 26, 2019
TIME:                         8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. 
WHERE:                    FamilyMeans Center, Stillwater, MN
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WHY:
This is your opportunity to learn why and how we are Connected by Our Rotary Stories.
You will learn about how storytelling is so important for all of us as Rotarians and Rotaractors.
You will participate in focused discussions about Membership, Public Image, and The Rotary Foundation and how they work together in Rotary.
 
“Rotary Connects the World”
 
Kenny Klooster
2021-22 District Governor 
KennyKlooster.D5960@gmail.com
 
Lisa Cownie
2021-22 District Trainer
 
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Earth

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Manhattan Island

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WWII- Grenades

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During World War II, the U.S. military designed a grenade to be the size and weight of a baseball, since "any young American man should be able to properly throw it."
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Last Week's Meeting 8/28/2019

Gary Amaroso

     Our speaker and visitor last week were Gary Amoroso who is the Executive Director for Minnesota School Superintendents. He was invited to come speak by our very own Todd Sesker. Gary is in his 43rd year of being a part of the education system. He started as a social studies teacher in Wisconsin and followed the path to administration after being tapped on the shoulder as a candidate to the positions. Gary was the school superintendent for Lakeville Schools for 10 years before starting as the Executive Director in 2011. He truly believes that all jobs and positions are not possible without the education from all our teachers, in school and at home.
 
      Minnesota School Superintendents are focused on giving resources and support to their members throughout Minnesota. The superintendent position can be a lonely spot because their peers are spread out through the state. This group provides the tools to the superintendents that they need to be successful and a support team that is behind them all the way. There are 600 plus active members and they are working with the most important part of our society, the children.
 
     Another big part of the Minnesota School Superintendents is the work that they do with the state legislature to help represent our school systems and help get important bills passed including the snow days bill. Gary stated that they do not want something to go into congress and yet have nothing get done, so there is a good part of their focus that works with the legislature on the school bills.
     Gary will be retiring in 2020 and is looking forward to the change but is still passionate on how education can change the country.
 
Last Week's Meeting 8/28/2019 Mary Reese 2019-08-29 05:00:00Z 0

RI Presidential Message September 2019

Presidential message

2019-20 RI President Mark Daniel Maloney

Mark Daniel Maloney

President 2019-20

September 2019

Here in the United States, another summer is winding down. And for the Maloney family, every summer ends with a return to my hometown of Ridgway, Illinois, for the annual Popcorn Day festival, where I am honored to serve as the “Popcorn King,” the master of ceremonies for the day’s events. 

Regardless of the season, every family has its own traditions. I would like to suggest a new one for yours: Find an opportunity to introduce your family to Rotary. One of my family’s traditions is to take our daughters and grandsons to the Rotary International Convention. The 2020 convention in Honolulu will be a wonderful way to introduce your children and grandchildren to the internationality of Rotary. We are planning many family-oriented events for everyone to enjoy.

Any time is a fabulous time to bring family members on a Rotary service project or to a fundraising event. But perhaps you have not seen many family-friendly events at your club. That is precisely why one of my top priorities this year is to make most Rotary events welcoming to family members.

We must foster a culture where Rotary does not compete with family, but complements it. We should never expect our members to choose between the two. That means being realistic in our expectations, considerate in our scheduling, and welcoming of children at Rotary events on every level.

Often, the young professionals that Rotary needs to attract in order to remain a dynamic 21st-century service organization are the very people who have the greatest family responsibilities. We must not keep these prospective young members away from their families by holding events on evenings and weekends at which their children are not welcome.

For too long, we have closed the doors of many Rotary events to children and sometimes even spouses. What wasted opportunities these are! Every chance we have to pass on the gift of Rotary to young people is one we must take if we are going to grow Rotary and ensure that the next generation is fully engaged in our mission.

So let us open our doors and do it in a fun way, with opportunities that make our children and grandchildren want to learn more about Interact, Rotaract, and Rotary membership. Start small if you must — perhaps by holding some of your meetings at more family-friendly times — but think about how you can continue these kinds of events for years to come.

Bringing children to Rotary events is not just fun; it also exposes them to the world! Make this a memorable year for your family — and an unforgettable year for the ever-expanding family of Rotary as Rotary Connects the World.

RI Presidential Message September 2019 Mark Maloney 2019-08-29 05:00:00Z 0

Club History- 1983

In just 34 weeks, the Faribault Rotary Club will celebrate its 100-year anniversary on May 1, 2020.  This week’s historical highlight is from 1983.
 
There was a program titled “Information Ala Carte” telling the club about new telephone communication possibilities and technologies such as the personal computer.
The club took second to Sertoma as they won the 4th annual Service Club Olympics. Dale Hamilton won the pie eating contest.
Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Richard Berge gave the club an update on Faribault Schools.
The 20th Annual Honors Banquet was held at Faribault Senior High.
Music Scholarships were awarded to four Faribault Senior High Students.
George Wickstrom organizes a bus trip to the Minnesota-Purdue Big Ten Football game at the brand new Metrodome.
The annual club picnic was held at the Rotary Camp.
Janine Sahagian, Clinical Vice President, Constance Bultman Wilson Center spoke to the club on adolescence and the Center programs.
New member, Donn Johnson, was inducted into the club on Dec. 14, 1983.  His sponsor was Dick Skewes.
 
Our club’s 63rd president in 1982-83 was Bill Wise.
Club History- 1983 Murray Hanson 2019-08-29 05:00:00Z 0

Annual Picnic 2019

    All Rotarians and their guests are invited to the club's annual picnic on Wednesday Sept. 4th at 5:30 pm at the Rotary Camp on Cedar Lake.  Directions are available on the website.  Students, children and Rotary exchange students and host families are free and all other guests and members are $15.  There will be activities for the kids and fun for everyone.
 
There will be no noon meeting this week!
Annual Picnic 2019 Murray Hanson 2019-08-26 05:00:00Z 0

Last Week's Meeting 8/21/2019

Sam Ouk

     On Wednesday August 21 we heard from our good friend, former Rotarian Sam Ouk. Sam is spearheading a program in the Faribault Public School District that will strive to give all students the opportunities they personally need to graduate and reach for their dreams. Sam's program is called “Closing the Gap -Equitable Opportunities for All Students.”
     Sam spoke to us about equality vs. equity and what that means to students in our community. Everyone may not need the same tools to reach the same end result.  We all start out in different places.  So, Sam and a group of professionals at the School District are working to identify with students to see what they need to get to the end goal - achieving their dreams. Some students may not even have a dream, or even realize that they can have one!
 
     Part of supporting students and one another is through open minded conversations. Understanding and accepting that we all have different backgrounds; our culture may be quite different from our neighbor. Sam gave the example of Christmas, Hanukkah, Chinese New Year, Las Posadas.... all different celebrations in December, but what are we all doing? No matter what you are celebrating you are joining with family and you are thankful.
 
     He said when his family moved to the United States, wives or adult women were treated very different here than he had known before, they didn't go to higher education, they didn't work outside the home. They were the head of the household. His family learned the culture of the United States, and discovered it was great to have two people working to bring in funds for the household.
 
     Sam is at the early stages of implementing this program into the class rooms in Faribault. Our teachers are professionals, they can handle their class rooms in an equality vs. equity climate. We will surely want to hear more from Sam as this program moves forward. A 20-minute presentation is sometimes just not quite long enough. Bravo!! - Sam, on your initiative and we miss you at Rotary!
 
To reach Sam:
Sam Ouk
340 9th Ave. SE
Faribault MN, 55021
(507) 333-6463
Last Week's Meeting 8/21/2019 Laura Bock 2019-08-26 05:00:00Z 0

Storm Clouds

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Air

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Air Murray Hanson 2019-08-25 05:00:00Z 0

Rotarian of the Year 2019

Nominations requested

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.
 
Past award winners are as follows:
2008- Gary Peterson
2009- Dave Beranek
2010- Richard Cook
2011- Angela Storch
2012-Lisa Humfeld- Wilson
2013- Rick Ormsby
2014- Brent Peroutka
2015- Murray Hanson
2016- Kymn Anderson
2017- Dick Huston
2018- George Wickstrom
 
Please give your nomination to Brent Peroutka in person or send it via email (brent@cwsfbo.com), no later than September 27, 2019.
Rotarian of the Year 2019 Murray Hanson 2019-08-20 05:00:00Z 0

Club History- 1982

In just 35 weeks, the Faribault Rotary Club will celebrate its 100-year anniversary on May 1, 2020.  This week’s historical highlight is from 1982.
 
The club participated in the 3rd annual Service Club Olympics with Sertoma winning for the third year in a row but this year we were second place.
Attendance was at 83.5% this year down from 89.24% in 1981.
Faribault mayor Gary Kindseth spoke to the club about the city’s sound financial position and future plans.
The club held the annual honors banquet for 50 BA and FHS seniors at Bethlehem Academy.
Future Rotarian of the year (2009) Dave Beranek joined the club on June 16, 1982. Wes Bahl was his sponsor. During his classification talk he mentioned that he was single and played fastpitch softball.
New improved songbooks were provided by a number of Rotarians. These are our current songbooks and replaced the ones purchased in 1966.
The club awarded four music scholarships to Faribault High School seniors.
 
Our club’s 62nd president in 1981-82 was Dale Hamilton.
Club History- 1982 Murray Hanson 2019-08-20 05:00:00Z 0

Club History- 1981

In just 36 weeks, the Faribault Rotary Club will celebrate its 100-year anniversary on May 1, 2020.  This week’s historical highlight is from 1981.
 
The Club participated in the second annual Service Club Olympics
Minnesota Governor Al Quie addressed a joint meeting of all the Faribault service clubs.
The annual Honors Banquet was held at Faribault High School.
There was a program on the future of public and cable television.
The club had a presentation by local Naturalist Orwin Rustad and a walking tour of the Nature Center followed by a picnic lunch in the parking lot.
Club dues for the year was $60.
The Club held the 17th Annual Youth Benefit Concert with 582 people attending.
Attendance Chairman George Wickstrom informed the club that each member is responsible for marking the attendance log at lunch or you will be marked absent.
The 42nd annual Christmas Concert was held at Shattuck.
 
Our club’s 61st president in 1980-81 was Oskar Teisberg.
Club History- 1981 Murray Hanson 2019-08-15 05:00:00Z 0

Last Week's Meeting 8/21/2019

Teacher exchange program

     Ryan Krominga Director of Teaching and Learning for Faribault Public Schools shared his experiences setting up the Djibouti teacher exchange program. A partnership to help understand what Somali refugees come with when they arrive in our local school program. Placing teachers in their home settings, to better their understanding of environment and learning concepts from their home. 
 
     Ryan was accompanied in collaboration with Dr Jill Wilson of Northfield Public Schools and Dr. Martha Bigelo of the U of MN. The choice of the region/state of Djibouti was made on many factors including access of major port, diversity of languages and most importantly safety level from civil conflict. 
 
     Djibouti was settled as a French colony, including French 4 other languages are commonly spoken in this region. The school system had many similarities to our own. The school year was divided into semesters or quarters. The school buildings themselves mirror the look of an open California school campuses. There were notable differences as well. The school day was split in two shifts, morning and night. Technology was very limited, although most students had their own cell phone. 
 
     They also visited the refugee camp Ali Adpeh which was miles away from structured roads in the dessert. This camp, home to 17,000 refugees was built from what they could find and use. Although, in hardship education was given to every child in Ali Adpeh. There has been a focus to teach in English to students to allow better access to great opportunities globally. 
 
     There are many misconceptions of the refugees we see in our community that Ryan was able to understand are not true. These kids come from a diverse area, know many languages. They are well exposed to English, they come from a structured system of education.
 
     The Djibouti teacher exchange program will continue with a St. Olaf sending a group in 2021, along with the U of MN sending graduate students soon after. If you would like to learn more about this program, please feel free to reach out to Ryan Krominga at his public-school office.

 
 
 
 
Last Week's Meeting 8/21/2019 David Connelly 2019-08-15 05:00:00Z 0

Life is Good

Our friend....

 Rotary Club of St. Charles President, Dan Hedge is pictured here seated in the GovMobile. District Governor Suzanne Gibson (left) was their special guest at the Aug. 8th meeting. We look forward to seeing (and fleecing) Dan here again this fall. Also, pictured are other club members.
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Raindrop

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Baseball

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During a typical MLB season, approximately 200,000 baseballs are used.
Baseball Murray Hanson 2019-08-15 05:00:00Z 0

Club History- 1980

In just 37 weeks, the Faribault Rotary Club will celebrate its 100-year anniversary on May 1, 2020.  This week’s historical highlight is from 1980.
 
Roger Koopmans was inducted with great ceremony after 10 years in the Rochester Club and the last four years of perfect attendance. On January  1, 2020, he will have 50 years in Rotary.
Bernie Ardolf joined the club on Jan 8,1980. He also will have 50 years in Rotary this January.
The club celebrated Rotary’s 75th anniversary.
Arthur Johannsen’s 29 years of perfect, attendance was acknowledged by Al Burkhartzmeyer was honored.
The club took 4th place in the first annual Faribault Service Club Olympics.  Sertoma won 1st place.  The Olympics included 15 different events including a Liar’s contest, checkers, cribbage, darts, a football throw, golf putting and many more.
The annual club picnic was held at Gus Hoffman’s home on Cannon Lake.
Improvements were made to the Youth Camp which included a new large deck, an upgraded bathroom, a remote shelter, and steps to the waterfront.
The club held the 16th annual Youth benefit concert.
 
Our clubs 60th president in 1979-80 was Robert Nichols.
 
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Youth Camp- 1980

Camp Improvements!

This article was in the Daily News Aug. 28, 1980.
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Greyhounds

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Friends

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The Weather

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The Weather Murray Hanson 2019-08-12 05:00:00Z 0

Last Week's Meeting 8/7/19

Eastern Europe

     Our own Andy Bohlen and his wife, Lisa toured Eastern Europe with a group of Rotarians on FreedomQuest Tours 2019 last May. They visited Finland, Estonia, Luthuania, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria, and Hungary. These Rotarians from the south metro joined in on two trips.  One going south and one going back north ending in time to attend the Rotary International Conference in Germany.
 
     The group was led by Prior Lake Rotarian, Rick Olson, and any extra funds were gifted to a college in Lithuania.  Rick's goal was to educate Americans about Eastern Europe.  Rotarians were expected to walk 5-6 miles a day and bring good shoes for cobblestones.  The food and beverages were outstanding.  The people were friendly and the cities were clean.  The group never felt unsafe.
 
     The people of the Baltic States are particularly proud of how their independence from the Soviet Union was won. These countries were some of the earliest in their resistance to Soviet occupation. Significant events included:
-The Baltic chain of Freedom was a peaceful demonstration on Aug. 23, 1989 in which over 2 million people joined hands forming a 419.7-mile human chain through Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania.
-Between 1986 and 1991, the people of Estonia protested with large peaceful demonstrations which used the weapon of “Song” which rattled the Soviets and became known as the “Singing Revolution.”
     Andy had many more stories and said the experience was phenomenal! 
     Thank you, Andy for sharing your trip with us.  
Last Week's Meeting 8/7/19 Murray Hanson 2019-08-08 05:00:00Z 0

New Member- Kniefel

Welcome Keith!

Keith Kniefel (second from left) an accountant from Reese, Winter & Associates has joined the Faribault Rotary Club. He was sponsored by Dave Beranek (far left.) They are pictured here with membership chair and past president, Keith Kramer and current president Amy Amundson. 
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Last Week's Meeting 7/31/19

Club Assembly

     On July 31st, President Amy Amundson gave Club Assembly. Staying away from looking at budget reports the assembly was a collective talk about what we can do to strengthen our club. Following the districts goal of 3000 members, our club’s main goal is to add membership. President Amundson asked all Rotarians to seek out their colleagues with like passions/interests and invite them to lunch, allowing them to see the great things we do in this community. 
 
      An update of the Rotary camp was discussed with the camp getting back into operating order. With the repairs to the culvert, deck and roof completed, the camp’s budget has seen a large blow. It is estimated that about $35,000 will need to be raised to get back on track at the camp. This highlighted the request by President Amundson for full participation in our annual fundraisers: Rose Sale and Cash raffle to keep our programs strong. 
 
     Within this new year President Amundson outlined some amazing goals to connect ourselves, community and highlight the impact we make around us. With a call for 100 acts of service from all club Rotarians to be shared and listed together. A club journal of the impact we have day in day out. Also, every 5th Wednesday of any month this year, we will meet in the evening at the INN, spouses are welcome to join. This allows those members who have trouble making meetings at noon a chance to connect regularly. 
 
     The message was simple and clear of the club assembly, notice all the little things we do and understand that they can grow into big impacts to others and our Faribault community.
 
Last Week's Meeting 7/31/19 Laura Bock 2019-08-06 05:00:00Z 0

RI Presidents Message August 2019

Presidential message

2019-20 RI President Mark Daniel Maloney

Mark Daniel Maloney

President 2019-20

August 2019

During 2019-2020, I am encouraging Rotarians and Rotaractors to grow Rotary. We must grow our service, we must grow the impact of our projects, but, most importantly, we must grow our membership so that we can achieve more.

Let us try a new approach to membership, one that is more organized and strategic. I am asking every club to form an active membership committee consisting of people of different backgrounds who will look methodically at the leadership of the community.

Your club's membership committee will then apply Rotary's classification system — designed to ensure that the range of professions in your community is well represented — to identify potential leaders with the skill, the talent, and the character that will strengthen your club. If your club's membership committee is unsure how to proceed, look to the club membership committee checklist on Rotary.org for clearly defined steps to organizing its work.

How else will we connect to grow Rotary? We will also form new types of clubs — either independent clubs or satellite clubs — with different meeting experiences and engaging service opportunities, not just where there is no Rotary, but also where Rotary is already thriving. No Rotary club in the world can possibly serve all segments of its community. Therefore, we must organize new clubs to engage the community leaders who cannot connect with our existing clubs.

Growing Rotary is all about taking the connections that make our organization unique in the world and strengthening and multiplying them. Let us commit ourselves to growing Rotary and to welcoming the next diverse generation of women and men as Rotary Connects the World.

RI Presidents Message August 2019 Mark Maloney 2019-08-05 05:00:00Z 0

Club History- 1979

In just 38 weeks, the Faribault Rotary Club will celebrate its 100-year anniversary on May 1, 2020.  This week’s historical highlight is from 1979.
 
Donn Johnson gave an interesting program about the Faribault Senior High Choir trip to Mexico.
The annual rotary Ann Banquet was held at the Faribault Country Club with George Wickstrom as chairman. (Rotary Ann and eventually Rotary Andy were the nicknames of spouses of Rotarians)
The annual Faribault Rotary honors banquet was held for seniors at Faribault high School.
A program by new Rotarian Chip Harris, the plant manager at the Faribault Treasure Cave Blue Cheese operation told the story of how Faribault Rotarian Felix Frederiksen while fighting in France during WWI watched how Roquefort cheese was made and took a fancy to it. Felix then started the operation in Faribault in 1936.
The annual picnic was at the Rotary youth camp.
Rotarian Rod Mahler was on WCCO Tuesday July 17 doing an energy conservation interview and the following Wednesday morning on national TV and then on the CBS evening news with Walter Cronkite.
15th Annual Youth Benefit Concert was held with Dr. Richard Skewes as senior high orchestra director and Donn Johnson as choir director. George Wickstrom sold the most tickets- 47.
 
Our club’s 59th president in 1978-79 was Gilmore Lundquist.
 
 
Club History- 1979 Murray Hanson 2019-08-05 05:00:00Z 0

Steel

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Last Week's Meeting 7/24/19

Posted by Mary Reese

Important Research

     Our speaker on July 24th was Dr Mark Thomas. Dr Thomas who spoke on how when exposed to altering chemicals such as drugs and alcohol, the brains behavioral response alters.
There are circuits in the brain that connect sensory information to appropriate behavior, and figuring out what part of the brain deals with stimulation is part of the research that is being done to curb the demand for opioids. Opioids are the drug of choice for Americans in our society right now.
       
     Some of the Critical Research Topics include addiction brain patterns, discovering the where and how to intervene and disrupt cravings and relapse, finding non-addictive pain relief, and developing addiction targeting vaccines which would disrupt the ability of addictive substances to react the brain.
 
     The brain’s circuits are intricate and the research must be done to find out how brain function and response can be returned after prolonged drug use and addiction. The University of Minnesota has a top team currently in place to be able to continue the research and maybe even find a path that leads to fewer addictions within our society.
 
Last Week's Meeting 7/24/19 Mary Reese 2019-07-30 05:00:00Z 0

Club History- 1978

In just 39 weeks, the Faribault Rotary Club will celebrate its 100-year anniversary on May 1, 2020.  This week’s historical highlight is from 1978.
 
The club overwhelmingly supported the proposed amending of the Rotary constitution which would allow women to become Rotarians.” This change was adopted at the Rotary International Convention.
There was a program informing the club of plans for the state amateur baseball tournament to be played in Faribault in late August.
The club toured the yard and gardens of Roger Koopmans.
The Youth Camp was used by 3562 campers.
The 14th annual Youth service Benefit Concert was held in the Junior High Auditorium. The Senior High Choir was directed by Donn Johnson and the Orchestra by Dr. Richard Skewes.
Congressman Al Quie spoke about the race for Minnesota Governor and was accompanied by U.S. Senate Candidate Dave Durenberger. TV cameras were present at the meeting.
Pastor Lowell Lundstrom spoke to the club about his evangelical ministry.
 
Our club’s 58th president in 1977-78 was Dean Purdie.
 
Club History- 1978 Murray H Hanson 2019-07-30 05:00:00Z 0

New Member Profile- Pastor Mark Kenney

Welcome Mark!

Mark KenneyMark 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.
 
Family…?
            Mark Kenney…Campus Pastor, River Valley Church, Faribault Campus
            Jami Kenney…Executive Assistant to Superintendent, District 191 (Burnsville, Eagan, Savage)
            Benjamin Kenney…Graduated FHS 2018…employed at NAPA Auto…enrolled at Dakota County Technical College fall 2019
            Marissa Kenney…Senior at FHS class of 2020…employed at Reliance Bank and Fareway Grocery Store
            Samuel Kenney…Sophomore at FHS class of 2022…employed at Fareway Grocery Store
Hometown/School/College…?
            …Born and raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan
…attended Kentwood Public Schools and graduated from East Kentwood High School in 1989.
…Attended Grand Rapids Community College (1990-1991)
…Attended North Central University (1994-1998) Graduated with a B.A Degree in Pastoral Studies.
Previous Occupations…?
            …Served as Pastor of Music and Worship at Emmanuel Christian Center, Spring Lake Park, MN (1998-2010)
            …currently serving at Campus Pastor at River Valley Church, Faribault MN
Hobbies…?
            Hunting, fishing, watching sports, listening to music, reading, putzing around in my garage working on one of many unfinished projects
 
Rotary Sponsor…?
            …Invited by Keith Kramer
Interesting facts about your life…?
            …I met my wife at my best friend’s wedding…she is his wife’s identical twin.  I was the best man and she was the maid of honor and now we’ve been married for 22 years. 
            …I have had the privilege at River Valley of leading Missions teams to many countries…Peru, England, Haiti, Cuba, Cambodia, Zanzibar, South Africa and will soon be going to Israel, the Philippines, and back to Peru for the third time.
 
 
New Member Profile- Pastor Mark Kenney Murray H Hanson 2019-07-29 05:00:00Z 0

Dime

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Whale shark

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Past President Plaque 2019

Tradition

Past President Keith Kramer was all smiles when he accepted his plaque for recognition of his excellent year of service as the Faribault Rotary Club's 99th president. He is pictured here with current president, Amy Amundson.
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Last week's Meeting 7/17/19

Pastor Kenney

     On Wednesday July 17th we heard a classification speech from Mark Kenney, pastor of River Valley Church, Faribault campus. Mark was born in Michigan, and calls himself Minnesotan by choice. He moved here in 1994 to attend college and never left. Mark described to us his childhood as the best possible scenario a kid could have with a stable, loving, solid home life with his folks (who have been married 54 years) a sister two years older than him and a brother just 11 months younger.
 
     Mark graduated high school in 1989, in his words the greatest class of the 80’s! He spent his summers camping and visiting grandparents which he loved to do! His first job was selling sea food. He loves sea food, but doesn’t love selling sea food. On a youth group trip the summer before his senior year in high school to Cedar Point to visit the best amusement park for roller coaster rides,  the youth groups plans took a different turn.  After a bus break down and then some very severe weather, the group did not attend the amusement park but spent some time in prayer and reflecting.  In the church where they were staying for the night, Mark describes that experience as the moment he was changed. He offers coffee and a conversation to any who wants to hear more about that. He was beaming when he recalled the story to our group.
 
     Fast forward to 1994, Mark’s best friend Nate was getting married. Mark was the best man, and Nate’s fiancé was a twin and her twin sister Jami was the maid of honor. Mark and Jami ended up falling in love and dating for 3 years. In August of 1997 they were married. They have 3 great kids, Ben, Marissa, and Sam. In his free time Mark enjoys driving, or riding his motorcycle, travel, and has a hunting shack near international Falls, with no amenities by the sounds of it.  He loves it!
 
     In 2010 Mark and Jami moved to Faribault to serve the congregation at River Valley Church. The church serves an average of 400-500 people every weekend, and will add more services as needed! Mark has been fortunate to travel all over with groups from the church, and is looking forward to a couple of upcoming trips that include the Philippines and Israel.
Mark is excited to become a Rotarian as the service he provides to the members of River Valley Church align with that of Rotary. Welcome Mark! We are so glad to have you!!
 
 
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Club History- 1977

In just 40 weeks, the Faribault Rotary Club will celebrate its 100-year anniversary on May 1, 2020.  This week’s historical highlight is from 1977.
 
Rotary exchange student Satsuki Tanaka from Japan gave an informative program on her country and her impressions of America.
The club enjoyed a school lunch with the students in the cafeteria and a tour of Faribault Senior High School led by Principal Boettcher, Mr. James Warren and student Heidi Mahler.
The Annual Honors Banquet recognizing the accomplishments of 43 Seniors from BA and Faribault Senior High was held at the High School.
Repairs were made at the Rotary Camp after vandals had broken seven windows.
Superintendent Joh Messerli updated the club on plans to address overcrowding and the educational needs for the future of the Faribault School System.
State Senator Clarence Purfeerst gave the club a legislative update.
 
This was taken from the Feb. 9, 1977 Faribotarian:
The trouble with being a leader is that you can’t be sure whether people are following you or chasing you.
 
Our club’s 57th president in 1976-77 was Ralph Palan.
 
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Rotary Camp Clean up

Posted by Laura Bock
Now the the culvert has been repaired, the Rotary Camp is in need of a little TLC before it gets rented out this upcoming weekend.
The camp will be open Thursday July 25th from 6:30 to 8:30 for anyone who is able to help.
Weed trimmers, leaf blowers, push mowers welcome.
Rakes and wheel barrow would make for easy yard work.
Kitchen/bathroom cleaning too. Bring a bucket and your favorite cleaner.
Make sure you wear bug spray 😊
The more the merrier – hope to see you there!
 
Questions or comments – TEXT me @ 507-384-2280 to let me know if you are coming!
 
 
Sincerely,
Laura Bock
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Tomorrows speaker 7/23/19

Program

Mark Thomas, PhD - University of Minnesota, Department of Neuroscience

  

Dr. Mark Thomas is a professor of neuroscience and scientific director of the Medical Discovery Team on Addiction, a new research program funded by the Minnesota State Legislature to fuel cross-disciplinary collaborations and discover new treatment options. His research examines how addictive drugs alter the brain and how these changes can lead to compulsive drug use. His lab is now focusing on ways to disrupt addiction relapse. 

His ultimate aim is to curb addiction where it starts - in the brain. He will discuss the unique research being conducted in our own backyard state the University of Minnesota, along with the potential implications of addiction treatments for our society. He will also discuss the reasons why Minnesota is the perfect place for this research to occur, as yet another example that the University of Minnesota brings tremendous value and pride to our community. 

 

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Rotary Exchange- Germany

Dick Huston

Dick Huston returned from a Rotary Exchange trip to Germany last month. He was able to exchange flags with 7 other Rotary clubs. He was able to sew the flags onto one of our banners and they are now on display at each meeting.  If you get a chance to visit with him about the trip, please do so. Thank you Dick for representing our club!
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Rotaract Club- Faribault

Welcome to our South Central College Rotaract Club. All members have been added to our bulletin subscriber list and will receive the Faribault Rotary Club's "Faribotarian" newsletter every week.  They are also encouraged to send pictures and notes about any projects they are undertaking and we will include them in our newsletter. This will serve to enhance communication between the two clubs. Thank you for your service to our community!
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Last Week's Meeting 7/10/2019

Posted by David Connelly

Allina

     Allina Health President of Faribault/Owatonna, David Albrecht,  gave the annual report of local health care Wednesday July 10th. Mr. Albrecht in his first year as president touched on the tough items facing healthcare today. Along with some great new additions to the clinic and hospital. 
 
     Mr. Albrecht express while health care continues to advance with 95% of processors now outpatient (within 24 hours), hospitals are having to adapt their business structure. More specialized competitors are coming into the market along with high competitiveness with larger markets for employees continues to grow as a challenge. 
 
     Through these challenges Mr. Albrecht has seen a good year with business growth (27% net rev) and upgrades to our local hospital. Many of the improvements were in tele-care, which is commonly seen in bigger markets. These call-in care systems allow for less “on-call” staffing needs, which in turn has helped boost staffing retainment and cut down on overtime costs. Distinct One was CAP accredited this past year, which it has not received prior. It is clear that David Albrecht has had a challenging yet successful year her at Allina.
 
      Mr. Albrecht has visions of what our hospital can look like in the near future. Ideas of renovating the out-patient first floor in the old District One building, to maybe changing the name of the hospital away from “District One”. With the political focus on the state of healthcare and considering ideas of universal care for all. The field of health care in our community will be in a state of continuous change. It seems from Mr. Albrecht report our local hospital is up to the challenge, always raising above the curve.
 
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Club History- 1776

Posted by Murray H Hanson
In just 41 weeks, the Faribault Rotary Club will celebrate its 100-year anniversary on May 1, 2020.  This week’s historical highlight is from 1976.
 
The price of lunch increased to $3.00.
A dozen Rotarians attended the District Conference in Arden Hills.
Earl Bonde presented a slide story about his 3-week trip to China visiting communal farms and other agricultural interests.
A slide presentation narrated by WCCO’s Dave Moore titled “Trip through the Valley Fair” was presented to the club promoting the new Valley Fair theme park in Shakopee.
The club hosted six visitors from India as part of a study exchange group coordinated by past District Governor, Layton Hoysler.
The club visited Harley’s Auto Salvage and witnessed the crushing of automobiles.
There was a program on the future of wind power.
Each Rotarian bought $15.00 worth of tickets to the annual Rotary Youth Concert.
Wade Karli returned from a year in England and presented a program about his Rotary Fellowship at Oxford University and Lady Spencer Churchill College.
 
Our club’s 56th president in 1975-76 was Gustav Hoffman.
 
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Texas

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Canada

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Australia

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Australia is wider than the moon.
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New Member Proposal- Keith Kniefel

     The most honorable recently retired past Rotarian of the Year, Dave Beranek has proposed Keith Kniefel who is an accountant with Reese, Winter & Associates for membership in the Faribault Rotary Club. If you have any questions or concerns regarding this proposal please contact Amy Amundson.
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Club History- 1975

Dan Moline

In just 42 weeks, the Faribault Rotary Club will celebrate its 100-year anniversary on May 1, 2020.  This week’s historical highlight is from 1975.
On Jan. 8th, George Wickstrom presented a very interesting classification talk which included how to present life insurance to a prospect.
Rod Mahler presented a program on his “Big Game Hunting” expedition in Alaska complete with slides and movies of trophy bags of brown bear, moose and caribou.
Roger Koopmans made his first visit to the club as a visiting Rotarian from Rochester.
Layton Hoysler reviewed a successful year as District Governor.
The club has a three-year pledge drive to help defray expenses at the Youth camp related to a new bath house and other remodeling.
Wade Karli was the first club member to participate in the Rotary Foundation Program titled “Awards to Teachers.” He will be studying at Oxford in England in the fall.
The club teamed up with the Lion’s, Exchange, and Sertoma for the Faribault Service Club’s Golf Tournament and dinner.
 
Our club’s 55th president in 1974-75 was Dan Moline.
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Red Cross Blood Drive 7/8/19

Thank You!

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Thank you to all the Rotarians who were able to squeeze some volunteering into their day, and to the Rotarians who gave blood!
Our goal was 25 donors, we had 24!    We were able to collect 21 units of blood with four deferrals.
There were eight walk-ins and one no show. The no show was scheduled to give doubles/power reds so too bad that person didn’t make it.
Nurse Linda and the Red Cross Crew commented that is was great day!
 
We are scheduled to do this event again in November! More information will be available at that time.
 
 
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Jump Rope

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