Fellowship News 8/3/2022

Posted by David Connelly on Aug 09, 2022

On August 3rd, Rotarians joined at the Inn at Shattuck-St. Mary's roughly at noon. Southwest chicken, beans, rice, and chocolate pudding were for lunch. The meeting started with the virtue reading from George Wickstrom of excellence and a prayer by Pastor Mark Kenney. 

In announcements, Jake Kohl presented a check of $2000 to our outbound exchange students. To be used to offset expenses abroad.  

Cindy Yerington needs club service help for September. Please reach out here if you are able.

Chad Koepke Started fellowship with the search for volunteers for the FRYS pull tab booth during the City Ball Tournament in town over Labor Day weekend. Shifts will be about three hours in length. More details to come.

Sue Garwood shared her gratitude for the volunteers over the week of the Rice County fair. She saw over 120 people putting in over 900 hours in the week. This coming weekend is Fleck's Extravaganza on Saturday, August 20th.  

Rotarian of the YearLaura Bock shared her incredible experience helping out with Bingo down at Boxers for the FRYS charitable gambling operation.

Cindy Yerington shared that her mother celebrated her 90th birthday and 73rd wedding anniversary. 

Rod Mahler shared that when he joined 64 years ago, women were not allowed in Rotary. Rod, with glee, was happy 64 years later to be sitting at a table surrounded by a lovely, wise woman.

Fellowship News 8/3/2022 David Connelly 2022-08-09 05:00:00Z 0

Boston, Oregon?

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Polar Bears

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Armadillos

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Armadillos have four babies at a time and they are always the same sex.
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Covid Meeting Protocols- 8/10/2022

Posted by Murray H Hanson
The CDC has designated Rice County as Low risk again for Covid at this time. Therefore masks are still optional indoors but strongly recommended.  We will continue with 6 seats per table.
 
If you are unable to attend the meeting in person please use the Zoom link provided.
Covid Meeting Protocols- 8/10/2022 Murray H Hanson 2022-08-09 05:00:00Z 0

Last Week's Meeting 8/3/2022

Outbound Exchange Students

This week's presentation was from our outbound exchange students Briauna and Brandelyn. Briauna and Brandelyn are twins moving into their senior year at Waterville Elysian Morristown. They are part of a family of 6. They love spending time out on the lake and doing outdoor activities.  This family has been involved in Exchange throughout their lives, starting with their mom and brother, who have also been on Exchange. They have also hosted a student from Spain. 

Brandelyn is heading to Chile (like her mother did), While Briauna is going to Thailand. Both are looking forward to making life-long bonds all across the world. They will leave for their Exchange on August 11th for the school year. 

Last Week's Meeting 8/3/2022 Murray H Hanson 2022-08-04 05:00:00Z 0

Exchange Students Club Donation

Posted by Dick Huston on Aug 04, 2022
 
The Faribault Rotary Club is sponsoring twin sisters Briauna Jo and Brandelyn Anne Tlusty to spend their senior year in high school as international exchange students.  Later this month Brandelyn will travel to Chile and Briauna to Thailand where they will live with a host family.  Pictured are Natalie Ginter team lead of Faribault Rotary's Charitable Giving Committee (left), Brianuna, Brandelyn and Chair of Youth Services Chad Koeple.
Exchange Students Club Donation Dick Huston 2022-08-04 05:00:00Z 0

This Week's Meeting 8/10/2022

For our meeting meeting this week we will hear from our own Rotarian, Katy Anderegg, about the River Bend Nature Center and the upcoming River Bend Ramble.

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This Week's Meeting 8/10/2022 Murray H Hanson 2022-08-03 05:00:00Z 0

Fellowship News 7/27/2022

Posted on Aug 02, 2022
Rotarians met at the Inn at Shattuck St Mary’s on a bright sunny afternoon in a smaller group then usual (likely due to the bright summer day!)
 
Announcements
  • Membership Update from Keith Kramer
    • 15 new members who are not currently on a team or committee
  • Bingo List
    • Laura is helping Saturday, Ron will help on Thursday
Fellowship narrated by David Connelly
  • Guests
    • Jason Johanson, President of the Faribault Soccer Club was the guest of Keith Kramer
    • Gary Voegele, former member and new member of the Lakeville rotary club selling tickets to festival in Lakeville August 17 5-9p
  • Happy Dollars
    • Carri Ann talked about the blast she had parking cars at the Fair with Laura David and myself. She also talked about the Run baby run walk/run
    • Faribault/BA co-op was approved for 2022! Great for local youth sports
    • Brenda is celebrating her 39th wedding anniversary
    • Erika-had a pain in her neck fixed
  • Program
George delivered a re-classification speech.  Unfortunately, I had to run out of the meeting as there was an incident at the local Walmart that needed my attention!
Fellowship News 7/27/2022 Brandon Gliem 2022-08-02 05:00:00Z 0
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Mosquitoes

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The only mosquitoes that bite are female.
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Twins?

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Twins have a very high occurrence of left- handedness.
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Last Week's Meeting 7/27/2022

Posted by Brandon Gliem

George Wickstrom

  • George delivered a re-classification speech.  Unfortunately, I had to run out of the meeting as there was an incident at the local Walmart that needed my attention! 
Last Week's Meeting 7/27/2022 Brandon Gliem 2022-08-01 05:00:00Z 0

President Halvorson 

Onn the road with Kurt and Natalie!

Natalie and I are back from my work conference in Salt Lake City.  While we were there, we had the chance to do some sight-seeing and even visit a local Rotary park! 
President Halvorson Murray H Hanson 2022-08-01 05:00:00Z 0

Charitable Gambling Report 7/27/2022

Posted by Chad Koepke on Jul 27, 2022
 
  • Charitable gambling profits for the month were a robust $13.2K, driven by the annual Rotary Raffle that yielded a gross profit of $13.4K (raffle ticket sales = $18.4K)
    • The inclusion of the Rotary Raffle in June’s financial performance was overlooked in prior notices when a negative net income was anticipated for July
  • Turning to the primary function of the charitable gambling operation of pull-tab sales, total pull-tab revenue turned in a surprising $166K in June compared to $145K in May for an increase of 14% month-over-month
    • This growth in sales halts a three-month trend of declining sales activity going back to March
  • While sales surprised on the upside, luck was not on FRYS’ side as the gross profit margin on e-tabs hit a record low of 9.7% for the month compared to the historical average margin of 15.1%
    • To put that into dollars, e-tab gross profit for the month was $9K
    • If performance was average for the month, gross profit would have been around $14K on e-tabs, so a couple percentage points of gross margin loss make a sizeable difference
    • Unfortunately, paper tabs also ran well-below historical trend with a gross profit margin of 15.7% compared to the historical average of 17.9%
  • The following expenses were approved for the month:
  • CG Made Easy Administrative Fee = $250
    • Fixed fee every month
  • Inventory = $8,000
    • Opportunity to purchase more inventory on hand for MN Town Ball State Tournament 
  • Rotary Gambling Team Compensation = $2,600
  • Bingo Team Compensation = $2,000
    • Bingo is being hosted every Thursday night
  • Revenue Share with MPeters = $9,500
    • Profit share is 31% of e-tab gaming à Surprise in pull-tab sales in June might be a harbinger of potential increased economic activity 
  • City of Faribault = $1,200
    • Rise in sales in June could mean more profit share with the city
  • Revenue Share with Boxers = $7,000
    • Profit-share w/ e-tabs = 15% & paper tabs = 20% à Revenue up in June means potential for higher sharing with Boxers
  • Misc. Cost = $2,000
    • FRYS is hiring Reece, Winter payroll processing is ~$1k a month with another $1k for pursue bingo and/or other misc. costs that arrive
  • Total Expenses = $32,550
    • On a first by Rod Muller & a second Dr. Richard Huston, FRYS’ membership approved August’s expenses
 
  • In other FRYS news, a general contractor for the Rotary Camp has been located and will be able to complete some of the camp repairs prior to FRYS’ fiscal year-end of August 31
    • The first set of repairs, focusing on external projects, is the smaller of the two in terms of costs but more pressing from a safety standpoint (~$2k)
      • Some might ask why the fiscal year-end of August 31 is important à Due to tax law, FRYS is subject to unearned business income tax (UBIT) on profits that exceed $1,000 and are not donated back to the community
      • Per Mr. Dave Beranek’s understanding, FRYS is going to be hit with some level of UBIT this year due to this being the first year of charitable gambling as startup funds to get the operation up and running are subject to the tax
  • The last update pertains to FRYS’ partnership with Faribault Baseball Association to sell pull-tabs at the MN Town Ball State Tournament: FRYS is scheduled to sell pull-tabs over the long Labor Day weekend, come watch some great baseball and play some pull-tabs!
Charitable Gambling Report 7/27/2022 Chad Koepke 2022-07-27 05:00:00Z 0

United Way Donation 2022

Posted by Natalie Ginter
 
A $2500 donation that Faribault Rotary Youth Services was made towards Rice County United Way’s Dolly Parton Imagination Library program which provides free books to youth in Faribault. Pictured from left to right: Rice County United Way Executive Director Elizabeth Child and Faribault Rotarians Natalie Ginter, Mindy Reeder, and Kurt Halverson.
United Way Donation 2022 Natalie Ginter 2022-07-26 05:00:00Z 0

Maine (and again)

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Maine (again)

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Maine

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Fellowship News 7/20/2022

Posted by David Connelly on Jul 25, 2022

Dick Huston?

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On July 20th, Rotarians joined at the Inn at Shattuck-St. Mary's roughly at noon. Lunch was BBQ chicken wings, pasta salad, green beans, and cupcakes. The meeting started with the virtue reading from George Wickstrom of acceptance and a prayer by Greg Ciesluk. 
 
In announcements, Chad Koepke updated the FRYS gambling and charitable revenue and expenses.  
Dr. Dick Huston shared his experience ski-diving this past week. Dick enjoys two actives best. Both start at 13,000 feet and involve gravity: skiing and sky-diving. 
David Connelly addressed the community service opportunity to volunteer at the gates for the Blue-Collar festival on August 6th. Look for an email to sign-up as well. 
Zak Branham (as his first order of interim community service co-chair) brought a community service opportunity to help with Special Olympics on August 7th at Shattuck. Contact Zak for more information. 
Gail Kaderlik is looking to get new members signed up for their classification speeches and always looking for other great programs to bring to the club. Contact Gail if you have any great program ideas!
During the fellowship, Dr. Murray Hanson shared a history quiz of our life and a profile of our prestigious guest, District Governor Dayle Quigley. 
 
Greg Ciesluk introduced Gary Liker, who will be a new pastor in Nerstrand. 
Keith Kramer shared thanks for the services at Richie Eye Clinic, for one of his employees needed emergency eye help, and they were great with his care. 
Carrie Ann shared that the Human Trafficking committee is partnering with Pregnancy Options for their event Run Baby Run. If you would like to support this event, please get in touch with Carrie Ann. 
Cindy Yerington provided a recap on her daughter's wedding this past weekend. 
Kay Hoaglin shared that she is turning 70 next week and going on her first vacation as a new retiree. 
Mark Kenney said he would be traveling next week to celebrate his and his wife's 25th anniversary. 
 
 
Fellowship News 7/20/2022 David Connelly 2022-07-25 05:00:00Z 0

Last Week's Meeting 7/20/2022

Posted by David Connelly on Jul 25, 2022

District Governor Dr. Dayle Quigley

The presentation was from our new District Governor, Dr. Dayle Quigley. She shared her backstory of how she got into Rotary and her vision for the coming year as District Governor. 
 
Dayle was first truly inspired to join Rotary after her daughter's foreign exchange experience. She was highly motivated to do more after attending the national immunization day in India, where in four days, they immunized 1.4 million children under the age of 5. Dr. Quigley stressed that Rotary doesn't happen within the walls of our meetings but in the world in how we engage it. Asking our programs, "what next?" Being part of an international community makes an impact near us or all across the world. Providing to the global fund helps us share the fruits of our service above self. District Governor Dr. Dayle Quigley encourages all members to visit other clubs, share ideas, and connect. She has implemented a passport system, in which you get a stamp when you see another club check-out the district website: https://www.rotary5960.org/ for more information. 
 
Last Week's Meeting 7/20/2022 David Connelly 2022-07-25 05:00:00Z 0

Charitable Gambling Minutes 7/20/2022

Posted by Chad Koepke
Good Day FRYS Membership,
 
Today’s membership blast brings welcome news compared to the guidance that was offered in last month’s communications. Let’s get right to it!
 
Charitable gambling profits for the month were a robust $13.2K, driven by the annual Rotary Raffle that yielded a gross profit of $13.4K (raffle ticket sales = $18.4K). The inclusion of the Rotary Raffle in June’s financial performance was overlooked in prior notices, so this was a welcomed surprise compared to last month’s unwelcomed surprise of a hefty tax that brought profits into the negative.
Turning to the primary function of the charitable gambling operation of pull-tab sales, total pull-tab revenue turned in a surprising $166K in June compared to $145K in May for an increase of 14% month-over-month. This growth in sales halts a three-month trend of declining sales activity going back to March, which was certainly not expected given recent history and Dawn’s statements of declining activity in the summer months, of which June certainly qualifies.
 
While sales surprised on the upside, luck was not on FRYS’ side as the gross profit margin on e-tabs hit a record low of 9.7% for the month compared to the historical average margin of 15.1%. To put that into dollars, e-tab gross profit for the month was $9K. If performance was average for the month, gross profit would have been around $14K on e-tabs, so a couple percentage points of gross margin loss make a sizeable difference. Unfortunately, paper tabs also ran well-below historical trend with a gross profit margin of 15.7% compared to the historical average of 17.9%. Anecdotally, the deviations in gross profit margin month-over-month are significantly larger than what I expected heading into the gambling experience, which makes forecasting monthly performance with any degree of precision a wild gambit.
 
Looking forward, the growth in sales was a welcomed change in June as that helped eat away at the aggregate gross profit tax that FRYS is subject to (gross profits aggregate to build a tax that progressively accumulates regardless of performance in any single month); however, if the Rotary Raffle would not have occurred, profits for the month would have been right around $0. Expecting July’s performance to continue with positive sales momentum is unlikely as July had Independence Day which brings many folks to cabins, lakes and away from Boxers. As such, a return to tighter profits in July is expected.
 
In other FRYS news, a general contractor for the Rotary Camp has been located and will be able to complete some of the camp repairs prior to FRYS’ fiscal year-end of August 31. The first set of repairs, focusing on external projects, is the smaller of the two in terms of costs but more pressing from a safety standpoint.
 
Some might ask why the fiscal year-end of August 31 is important. Due to tax law, FRYS is subject to unearned business income tax (UBIT) on profits that exceed $1,000 and are not donated back to the community. Per Mr. Dave Beranek’s understanding, FRYS is going to be hit with some level of UBIT this year due to this being the first year of charitable gambling as startup funds to get the operation up and running are subject to the tax. Since this is not an email on tax law, readers shall be saved the juicy details of how UBIT applies to FRYS in full (if wanting to know more, please ask myself or even better, FRYS’ resident tax expert, Mr. Beranek).
 
The last update of the day pertains to FRYS’ partnership with Faribault Baseball Association to sell pull-tabs at the MN Town Ball State Tournament. FRYS is scheduled to sell pull-tabs over the long Labor Day weekend. Chad Wolff of Faribault Baseball, Brenda DeMars and I are meeting this afternoon today to discuss details and establish the operating plan to bring FRYS new cash flows that can be invested in community youth.
 
The charitable gambling team thanks you for your support in this process. Even with our many successes, this is still year 1 of the operation and the rules of the road are still being fully synthesized, such as navigating UBIT. An experienced team approaches  year two with positive perspectives!
 
Much appreciated,
 
Chad
 
Charitable Gambling Minutes 7/20/2022 Chad Koepke 2022-07-20 05:00:00Z 0

Tea

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Chimps

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District Governor visits This Week

District 5960 Governor Dayle Quigley

All club members are encouraged to attend this week's meeting (July 20th) to meet our new District Governor . 
 
Dayle Quigley
DG 2022-2023
Saint Paul Rotary Club #10
 
Dayle Quigley grew up in Baltimore, Maryland the daughter of a nuclear physicist and reading specialist. Although neither were in Rotary, she watched them give of themselves to the local community just as their parents had done. They instilled in her a sense of gratitude and a desire to do good in the world. It has defined her life. It should also be noted that they also instilled a love of travel and the belief that the world was just a step beyond her own back door.
 
Dayle traveled to Pennsylvania, California, Okinawa Japan, and Vermont prior to moving and settling down in the beautiful Midwest nestled in Hayward Wisconsin. She lived in Hayward for 23 years raising her children and just recently moved to St Paul. While in Hayward, Dayle co-founded NorthWoods Strings, a program providing string instrument instruction to children in the Hayward and LCO School districts.  She was their executive director for 10 years. In 2009 she became the volunteer Medical Director for American Birkebeiner Ski race and in 2017 became the Medical Director for their year-round events. One of her biggest projects was forging a relationship between the LCO College and the Hayward Area Rotary club through NY City’s Public Theater National Mobile Unit with the performance of Sweat in October of 2018 and a community art show in April of 2019.
 
Professionally, Dayle is an Emergency Physician. She trained as a Family Physician through the USAF and spent her active duty time in California and Okinawa Japan. With three small children, she switched to the ED in 1998 and has never looked back. She loves her job not only because of being able to care for her neighbors but also because of the opportunities it has afforded her. She has taught medical providers in Cap Haitian, Haiti; medical and military members in La Paz and Uyuni, Bolivia; and most recently members of the International Organization for Migration in Bangkok, Thailand.
 
Dayle joined Rotary after sending her daughter to Lativa as a Rotary Exchange student. She was so impressed she jumped right in. She has been president three times serving in 2010-11, 2015-16, and 2016-17. She has been on the District Grants Subcommittee since 20--, and an Assistant Governor for Area 14 since 2018. She has chaired her club’s Rotary Foundation committee, worked as the Youth Exchange Officer, and facilitated Visioning Programs around the district. She traveled to Delhi India in 2011 for a National Immunization Day, to Brazil for the International Convention in 2015, and to Israel with her husband on a Cultural Exchange in 2018.
 
Dayle is married to Scott Arndt, a caterer in Fort Atkinson Wisconsin. She has three children Corrine Malcolm (Stephen Ettinger), Ian Malcolm (Abby Huck), and Thomas Malcolm. In her spare time, she likes to eat her husband’s cooking, work out, play her musical instruments, and get lost in a good book.
District Governor visits This Week Murray H Hanson 2022-07-19 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Seeks Exchange Students

 
Arriving Home.JPGThe Tlusty-Woelfle family welcomes their eldest, Bennet Ruhland, home from Madrid. From left, Brandelyn Tlusty, Julie Woelfle, Bennet Ruhland, Justin Woelfle, Briauna Tlustly and Brayden Tlusty (bottom). (Photo courtesy of Julie Woelfle)

Exchange students have long played a role in the exchange of ideas from other cultures. The Faribault Rotary Club is looking for two more host families for this year’s youth exchange program.  Rotary exchange students are 15 to 19 years old who travel from one of the 33 countries involved with the program to experience American life, culture and education system.  The 17-year-old exchange student from Thailand is coming and needs two families in Faribault to stay with during his trip. The host families would be hosting the student for the second and third legs of his journey in America.  The second leg of the trip is from December to March and the third leg will begin in April and continue to July.

 
North Minnesota Trip.JPEGLinda and Darrel Schultz take their grandchildren and the two exchange students on a trip through northern Minnesota. From right, Darrel Schultz, Linda Schultz, Briauna Tlusty, Špela Soršak, Pablo Negro, Brandelyn Tlusty and Brayden Tlusty. (Photo courtesy of Julie Woelfle)

What’s it like?

Julie Woelfle is a former exchange student and host of exchange students and has a few of her own kids going overseas to live and learn in Thailand and Chile this year. “From my personal experience in being an exchanging student, being the mom of an exchange student and hosting a student from another country, I know how life-changing this program is,” she said. “It is not easy, no matter which side of the experience you are in, but one thing is for certain: It is life-altering in a very positive way.”

She said the first time she sent one of her kids overseas was tough. The day he got on the airplane leaving Minneapolis was honestly one of the hardest days of my adult life,” she said. “I cried nonstop. From experience, I knew he was fine. But from the perspective of a mom, I was so nervous ... Then I got a message with a picture from his host family that he arrived safely in Madrid, Spain.

“I was happy and selfishly sad. I knew I wouldn’t see him for 10 months. At the same time, I knew his experience would be life-changing. And it was; he learned a lot about himself and has a greater appreciation for culture, diversity and acceptance of different viewpoints.”

 
NMT2.JPEGFrom left, Briauna Tlusty, Pablo Negro, Brandelyn Tlusty, Špela Soršak and Brayden Tlusty smile in the snow on a trip through northern Minnesota. (Photo courtesy of Julie Woelfle)

Still, Woelfle said sending her kids overseas isn’t any easier the second time. I would love to say I am more prepared now than I was with Bennet, but this time there will be two spots empty at the dinner table and two kids not there at Christmas,” she said.  But Woelfle said she knows the experience will make her children better global citizens.  “Not only will they learn so much about them as individuals but they will also gain a perspective of the world that only a foreign exchange experience through Rotary can offer,” she said.

According to North Star Youth Exchange’s website, becoming a host family can be a mutually beneficial experience.  “Each side can act as teachers, leaders and ambassadors of their cultural background by answering questions, teaching each other and opening minds to new thoughts and experiences,” the website says. “No matter our age, we are all students of culture and life, which is why becoming a host family is so rewarding.”

Becoming a Host Family

NMT3.JPEGFrom left, Špela Soršak, Briauna Tlusty, Pablo Negro, Brandelyn Tlusty and Brayden Tlusty pose for a photo at the head of the Mississippi River. (Photo courtesy of Julie Woelfle)

Becoming a Host Family

There are some requirements to becoming a host family, including having a bedroom for the student and being vaccinated for COVID-19.  They are asked to treat their exchange student “like one of their own children” and to “be patient with and help with the exchange student’s understanding English and American culture.”

While the Rotary provides the exchange students with $80 each month of their stay, they must cover any additional expenses. It is customary for host families to pay for the exchange student during family outings, like going to a restaurant or movie theater.  Woelfle explained the important life lessons that she’s picked up during her time with the program.

“The world seems huge but, at the end of the day, we are all way more similar than dissimilar,” she said. “More interactions with exchange students will help all of us being able to look at things with a lens that is different than our own.”

 

Reprinted with permission from the Daily News

Rotary Seeks Exchange Students Colton Kemp 2022-07-18 05:00:00Z 0

Last Week's Meeting 7/13/2022

Posted by Mindy Reeder

Virtues

Kymn Anderson gave a presentation on the virtues program. She reviewed how our Four-Way Test truly represents core virtues. Each table reviewed and discussed a specific virtue and what it might look like if more people exhibited these virtues. Time was allowed for tables to discuss and share.
Last Week's Meeting 7/13/2022 Mindy Reeder 2022-07-18 05:00:00Z 0

Fellowship News 7/13/2022

Dan Hedge presented Dick Huston with a well needed new tie.

The Rotary meeting began on July 13, 2022 with our President, Kurt Halvorson opening the meeting at 12:15 pm. We opened with the Pledge of Allegiance, Four-Way Test, and the invocation blessing shared by Amy Amundson. Kurt brought laughter with another “Dad” joke after fellowship.
 
Announcements
Special announcements included:
  • Donn Johnson: Thank you note shared for the student scholarship. Looking for one more person to help coordinate October music event and other concert/Rotary events.
  • We were invited to check out Shrek at the Paradise this weekend!
  • Riverbend Nature Center invited us to their Ramble event.
  • Christ Lutheran is having a special event tonight (Wed., July 13) with song and food, benefiting Big Brother’s Big Sisters with wood smoked pizza (5-8 p.m.)
  • Faribault Foundation reorganized and shared small grants with the community. We are invited to contribute and learn more about the Foundation by Kymn Anderson.
  • Rotary Exchange Program noted one student was reassigned to another Rotary club. We do have one student remaining and looking for hosts. Please note the host family all needs to have their vaccinations.
  • Thanks for the blood drive donations and support.
 
Murray Hanson coordinated fellowship at each table. 
Northfield Club looking for help at their Rice County Fair booth. Guest introductions included two guests visiting and former members. Happy Dollars stories and highlights shared by many. The continued tie escapades between Murray H and Dick H offered laughs for all with guest Dan Hedge presenting Dick with a well needed new tie. Members,
 
Lisa and Rod, celebrated July birthdays this week with guest Dan (former member) birthday as well. George W has congratulated for being a member of the Faribault Rotary for 48 years. Marv celebrating 63 years of marriage this month.
Fellowship News 7/13/2022 Mindy Reeder 2022-07-18 05:00:00Z 0

District Governor visits next Week

District 5960 Governor Dayle Quigley

All club members are encouraged to attend next week's meeting (July 20th) to meet our new District Governor . 
District Governor visits next Week Murray H Hanson 2022-07-12 05:00:00Z 0

Last Week's Meeting 7/6/2022

Posted by Mindy Reeder on Jul 11, 2022

City Council

Royal Ross & Peter van Sluis – City Council Presentation
They shared highlights of what it is like to serve on City Council. The City Council meets for work sessions and business sessions each month. They all report to the City Administrator and the Mayor is a part of the City Council. Every Friday a packet is sent out with key information for the upcoming week. Much of what is on the agenda is from City Staff. Areas for improvement in the city, projects, and ideas are presented along with budget constraints. These items are discussed and voted on.
 
In addition, constituents, and city council members present ideas to support the city. In addition, a part of their purpose is to represent the community at various events – new business openings and special events. City Council members receive $700 a month; Mayor receives $900 a month.
 
Misconceptions: Kwik Trip – closed one location in Faribault, nothing to do with the city. Why don’t we have a Chipotle, Home Depot, etc. – these businesses do not want to come here at this time due to demographics or land costs. Expect more growth for industry.
 
New Areas: New industry has come into Faribault. One new company takes in Air, cools it, and separates it into four gases (selling the various gases.) Stein Air makes dashboards for older airplanes. They feel that the city developers are doing well in attracting new organizations, businesses and buildings, apartments and houses.
 
Questions:
Affordable housing need was raised with discussion. What would increase interest in serving on City Council? City staff is helping to create opportunities for citizens to serve, but low interest to serve in our area. We do have one new member who is interested. We are looking to replace the Community Center – this will need a lot of research and is a long-term project. In addition, we are looking to create a park north of viaduct and yet not in the budget. A new park opened north of the Legion (canoe launch, etc.). Funding for the city comes from 40-45% tax income; local government 30% and the rest from fees (water/sewer.) Is there communication available in other languages from the city, and yes, it is in three languages. Fun fact – did you know Kymn Anderson was first female on the Faribault City Council?!
 
Last Week's Meeting 7/6/2022 Mindy Reeder 2022-07-11 05:00:00Z 0

Cows

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Cows Murray H Hanson 2022-07-11 05:00:00Z 0

Children

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Children grow faster in the springtime.
Children Murray H Hanson 2022-07-11 05:00:00Z 0

Peanut Butter

Fear of Peanut Butter: Why Arachibutyrophobia is a Real Phobia
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Peanut Butter Murray H Hanson 2022-07-11 05:00:00Z 0

Fellowship News 7/6/2022

Posted by Mindy Reeder on Jul 11, 2022
The Rotary meeting began on a beautiful day on July 6, 2022 with our new President, Kurt Halvorson opening the meeting at 12:04 p.m. We began with the Pledge of Allegiance, Four-Way Test, and the Virtue of “Faith” by Troy Dunn followed by the interactive invocation with David Connelly. Kurt shared his first “Dad Joke” as President.
 
Announcements
Special announcements included reminders:
  • Assistant District Governor Dick Huston: District News – life and new ideas to share by the new District President of Rotary including: Passport for Rotary; special tie; international Rotary has first female president, Jennifer Jones.
  • David Connelly: Service opportunities (Blue Collar Festival; Rice County Fair)
  • International Festival: This weekend, invited to help.
 
Edel Fernandez coordinated questions during fellowship at each table. 
Guest introductions included two guests visiting today along with two honorary members. Happy Dollars: Stories and highlights shared by many. Club service sign up will be coming out next week – be sure to sign up to help! We wished Mary Ellen a happy birthday as well!
 
Goals: Kurt Halvorson
  1. Club - Improve meeting management and experience.
  2. Community – Signature club project of Warm our Community members
  3. Members – Grow membership, for everyone guest, name goes into a drawing
  4. Rotary – Support Rotary International goals and initiatives
Fellowship News 7/6/2022 Mindy Reeder 2022-07-11 05:00:00Z 0

Fellowship News 6/29/2022

Posted by Brandon Gliem

Cash Raffle Winner's Announced!

Rainy day funds and how much cash to have on hand – The Prepared
Rotary Meeting Notes June 29, 2022
Induction
  • Zach Branham and Jill DeBoef inducted into the club as new members
Club Announcements
Rotary Raffle
  • Club sold over 900 tickets; Grant Wilson sold 172 himself! Great job Grant. 
Mindy
  • Reminded everyone of a check presentation today for the Somalia resettlement services
Kurt
  • Introduced his mother and his daughter as special guests
Fellowship
                Members of the club honored President Sesker and his long career as a school official, retiring as our superintendent for the past 11 years.  Several told stories about meting Todd and he was specifically mentioned as inclusive, enthusiastic leader who accomplished some extraordinary things for our district and our community. 
Raffle Winners
1500-Aaron Babcock, 1000-Mark Kenney, 500-George Wilson, 500-Rod Mahler, 500-Aubrey Nicholson, 100-Heidi Schmidtke-Boyd, Sue Trnka, Matt Sewich (donated back to club), Deb Aldrich, Amy Dillon, Kris Cashin, Tyran Fernandez, Karen Krenske, Jan Roberts, Kamryn Hanson (Last year’s $1500 winner)
 
Fellowship News 6/29/2022 Brandon Gliem 2022-07-05 05:00:00Z 0

Youngest President?

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The youngest U.S. president to be in office was Theodore Roosevelt at age 42.
Youngest President? Murray Hanson 2022-07-05 05:00:00Z 0

Graffiti

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In Texas it is illegal to graffiti someone's  cow. (Any thoughts on this Dr. Huston)
Graffiti Murray Hanson 2022-07-05 05:00:00Z 0

Pelicans

A pelican can hold more food in its beak than its belly.
Pelicans Murray Hanson 2022-07-05 05:00:00Z 0

RI Presidential Message July 2022

Posted by Jennifer Jones

New Rotary International President

Jennifer Jones

Jennifer Jones

President 2022-23

July 2022

Every month since I joined Rotary, I’ve looked forward to reading this magazine, especially the opening essay from our Rotary president. I’ll admit that as much as I appreciate a digital copy, I still revel in the tactile sensation of sitting down and leafing through the glossy pages. They are a treasure trove of photos and memorable stories about our great organization — the one we all know and love. I have learned so much over the years about service projects and lives that each of you have transformed.

As a communications professional, I have longed for the day that our stories were a regular part of mainstream media and that our flagship magazine might populate doctor’s offices, coffee shops, or anywhere else people sit, wait, and browse. It’s great that Rotary members are better informed about all we do, and wouldn’t it be that much better if more people knew our stories.

All this was top of mind as I thought about our plans for promoting Rotary worldwide in the upcoming year. Over the next 12 months, we are going to shine a light on projects that put Rotary service on display to the world, and we are going to do it strategically. Nick and I will focus on some of the highest impact, sustainable, and scalable Rotary projects from our areas of focus in what we call the Imagine Impact Tour.

We are inviting top-tier journalists, thought leaders, and influencers to use their channels to help us raise awareness by reaching people who want to serve but have not yet realized they can do it through Rotary. But there was another important issue to consider — our carbon footprint. I take seriously Rotary’s emerging leadership position on environmental issues. The example set by our members during the pandemic is fundamental to how we carve out our future.

That means we will harness digital technology to tell these stories — we will be tweeting, posting, and “going live” to anyone who will listen. We must consider our environment, and part of that means not always traveling but continuing to connect in meaningful ways as we have for the past two years. Of course, we are social people, and we still need to be together. We simply need to be more mindful of our decisions and think about how we get together just a little bit differently. For example, if we travel to visit a project, we will plan successive visits in neighboring areas.

So, what are your stories and who can help tell them? I hope you might consider your own Imagine Impact efforts — your story might be something you can promote just as easily on social media or during a Zoom call. Think about ways to showcase notable projects in your clubs and districts. 

We all feel the impact that Rotary service and values have on us. Now it’s our opportunity to share that feeling with others.

RI Presidential Message July 2022 Jennifer Jones 2022-07-01 05:00:00Z 0

New Member- Zak Branham

Posted by Murray H Hanson

Welcome Zak!

The Faribault Rotary Club has inducted Zak Branham, center, as a member.  Zak is manager of Affinity Plus Credit Union.  he is pictured here with his sponsor, Dr. Dick Huston, left, and membership chair, Keith Kramer.
New Member- Zak Branham Murray H Hanson 2022-06-29 05:00:00Z 0

New Member- Jill DeBoef

Posted by Murray H Hanson

Welcome Jill!

The Faribault Rotary Club has inducted Jill DeBoef, center as a member.  She is the Operations Manager for the Mayo Clinic in Southern Minnesota. She is pictured here with her sponsor, Nort Johnson and membership chair, Keith Kramer.
New Member- Jill DeBoef Murray H Hanson 2022-06-29 05:00:00Z 0

President Halvorson 2022-23

Congratulations Kurt Halvorson our 103rd Club President!

Kurt Halverson is the new president of the Faribault Rotary Club for 2022-23. He received the gavel from outgoing president Todd Sesker.
 
President Sesker’s recount of year
Completed the Cambodia water project, increased membership with 19 new members, restarted the Rotary exchange program, continued traditions of Rose sale, cash raffle, warm our community and other items. Finally upgraded technology to include document sharing. President thanked several people for their assistance.
Installation of new President Kurt Halverson
Kurt Halverson became President Halverson after he was handed the gavel from outgoing president Todd Sesker.  President Halverson gave the oath to the board and spoke about his vision for the club next year by providing a visual representing a house.  President Halverson spoke about a man name Paster Homer Dobson from Tracy, MN and said he will dedicate the next year to him.  Congrats Kurt!

New President's 1st Presentation

Well done, President Sesker!

President Halvorson 2022-23 Murray H Hanson 2022-06-29 05:00:00Z 0

Cash Raffle 2022 Update

Posted by Murray H Hanson

All tickets must be turned in by 10:30 am tomorrow at Eric's office so that can be included in the drawing!  

Free Netspend Money: 3 Steps To Make $20 When You Sign-Up
 
Cash Raffle 2022 Update Murray H Hanson 2022-06-28 05:00:00Z 0

Host Families Needed

Posted by Lisa Humfeld-Wilson
 
The Faribault Rotary Club is currently looking for 6 host families that are interested in hosting a student in their home for 3-4 months during the upcoming school year 2022-2023. The student arrives in mid to late August. The first host family hosts the student in their home once they arrive through Thanksgiving. After Thanksgiving, the student moves to their second host family. The student stays with the second host family through spring break. The third host family will host the student until about the student returns to their home country in mid-June. A host family can consist of any of the following: a 2-parent household with kids at home, a 1-parent household with kids, a retired couple, or even a widow(er).
 
The host family is asked to provide a bed and a desk for the student. The student can share a bedroom with another child if necessary. The Rotary club pays for their school lunches and school activities. We are looking for host families for a 16-year-old female from Germany and a 17-year-old male from Thailand. Our German female has studied English for 6 years and likes all sports, including tennis and skiing. Our male from Thailand has studied English for 9 years and likes basketball. If you are interested in hosting a student in your home, please contact Lisa Humfeld-Wilson at info@humfeldchiropractic.com or 507-330-0108 to learn more.
 
You can also visit https://northstaryouthexchange.com/host-families/ to learn and to apply to become a host family. A host family needs to apply, and a background check is completed on adults 18 years of age or older in the household. An in-home interview is conducted by the Rotary club. We look forward to hearing from you soon!
Host Families Needed Lisa Humfeld-Wilson 2022-06-28 05:00:00Z 0

Chickens

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Some dinosaurs were as small as chickens.
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Just One Year Ago 2021

 
Just one year ago Brenda handed the gavel to Todd as our 102nd president.  This week we will install Kurt Halvorson as our 103rd Faribault Rotary Club President. We hope all members will be able to attend in person or on ZOOM.
Just One Year Ago 2021 Murray H Hanson 2022-06-27 05:00:00Z 0

Fellowship News- 6/22/2022

Posted by Brandon Gliem
Rotary Meeting Notes
June 22, 2022
Induction
  • Dr. Huston sponsors Emily Nesvold for membership in the Faribault Rotary club.  She is a retired public-school teacher
Announcements
  • Grant Wilson
    • Raffle tickets update. If you have not sold your tickets talk to people who have bought tickets, they may want to buy more.
  • Dr. Huston
    • Our District is installing a new Governor this weekend at the Commodore Hotel in St. Paul
    • We have a new stockpile of flags, if you travel you should bring one with for a potential exchange
  • Rebecca Ciesluk
    • District Meeting is today at 430p
  • George Wickstrom
    • Recently utilized Somalia volunteer services to weed his garden. Believe this organization is called “Wadow”
Fellowship
  • Cate Grinney has joined the newly formed Ameriprise Financial Team!
  • Wedding photos from Greg and Rebecca’s wedding were shown (Keith Kramer looks a bit too similar to James Bond)
  • Brenda’s granddaughter turned 2 today!
  • Dick Cook has a new batch of grandkids to help with, they keep him busy and maybe away from some of the rotary meetings
  • Dr. Huston-check presentation at Faribault Soccer Association was presented
  • Peter van Sluis-amateur radio field day will be this weekend in Faribault at City View Park
Pull/E Tabs Update
  • Lost 5k in tabs this month due mainly to decrease in sales
  • State tax cuts into our profits and also the decline in sales, which was expected effects things
Charity
  • 3k in funds to give out this month
  • Youth exchange, Morristown gun club, international festival was all approved
Fellowship News- 6/22/2022 Brandon Gliem 2022-06-27 05:00:00Z 0

Last Week's Meeting 6/22/2022

Posted by Brandon Gliem

Sue Hvistendahl

Presenter-Sue Hvistendahl
  • Presented on the historic Archer House which burned down in November of 2020
  • Author of a book about the Archer House
  • The Archer House cost 13k to build and was touted as showing “How far Northfield had come”
  • A room cost $3.75 in the 1980’s at the Historic Inn 
  • Booker Washington and Betty White stayed at the Archer House
  • The hotel went through several major overalls over the years and was eventually purchased by Brent Reese
  • Reese and his partners plan to rebuild the Archer House with construction anticipated to take 12 months

Old style Power Point Presentation with Murray

Last Week's Meeting 6/22/2022 Brandon Gliem 2022-06-27 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary BMW

Posted by Murray H Hanson

Membership recruiting!

With the Rotary Kubota resting in the shed, Dick Huston has been out looking for new members in the Rotary BMW.
Rotary BMW Murray H Hanson 2022-06-27 05:00:00Z 0

New Member- Emily Nesvold

Posted by Dick Huston

Welcome Emily!

The Faribault Rotary Club inducted Emily Nesvold, center, as its newest member. She is pictured with Greg Ciesluk of the membership team (left) and her sponsor Dick Huston. Nesvold is a retired public school teacher and is a member of the GROWS Garden Club and the Faribault Environment Commission. 
New Member- Emily Nesvold Dick Huston 2022-06-27 05:00:00Z 0

Charitable Gambling Minutes 6/22/2022

Posted by Chad Koepke

Monthly (May 2022) Report

  • Performance took both an expected and unexpected negative turn in May with a net loss of $(5k)
    • Starting at the top, total sales for the month were $153k with $82k in e-tab sales, $63k in paper tab sales and $8k in bingo
      • As communicated in prior communications, Dawn had been projecting a slowdown in gambling activity as the summer months arrive and that is proving true
      • Outside of January 2022’s weak sales due to the covid surge, June represented the softest demand for e-tabs, which had been around $100k a month since February, for a decline of roughly 20% in May; paper tab sales declined to $63k
      • Gross profit margins were a mixed bag with e-tabs at 16.91% ($14k in gross profit) while paper tabs were poor at 15.39% ($10k in gross profit)
        • To put the paper tabs’ gross profit margin of 15.4% into perspective, paper tabs had been running around 18.3% since October 2021
  • Overall, the decline in sales volume was anticipated; however, what was overlooked was the sizeable progressive tax on gross profits that builds throughout the fiscal year, which had not been as impactful on monthly net income figures due to greater gross profits from robust sales
    • So how much was this tax in May? About $11.5K in total, which means net income would have been roughly $6k from operations (gross profits $26K – operating expenses $20k)
    • Next month’s progressive gross margin tax is estimated at $9k, meaning that June is also likely to see negative net income once again due to softer sales as people spend leisure time elsewhere
      • April’s gross margin tax was $10K but total sales were almost 10% higher, so the margin tax was more easily absorbed in the monthly income statement
  • The following expenses were approved for July 2022:
  • CG Made Easy Administrative Fee = $250
    • Fixed fee every month
  • Inventory = $4,000
    • Paper tab sales slowed slightly, so less inventory purchases needed given the amount on hand
  • Rotary Gambling Team Compensation = $2,600
  • Bingo Team Compensation = $2,000
    • Bingo is being hosted every Thursday night
  • Revenue Share with MPeters = $8,500
    • Profit share is 31% of e-tab gaming à As noted above, e-tab sales plummeted in May and is expected to remain down for the rest of summer, resulting in a lower share
  • City of Faribault = $1,000
    • Weaker sales lower the amount to be shared with the city
  • Revenue Share with Boxers = $6,000
    • Profit-share w/ e-tabs = 15% & paper tabs = 20% à Likewise, softer sales will result in less revenue share
  • Misc. Cost = $2,000
    • FRYS is hiring Reece, Winter payroll processing is ~$1k a month with another $1k for pursue bingo and/or other misc. costs that arrive
  • Total Expenses = $23,350
    • On a motion by Kymn Anderson with a second by Rebecca Freed, the FRYS membership approved the expenses for July
 
  • Even though earnings were poor, FRYS was still able to provide charitable gifts to the following organizations at the June membership meeting:
    • Faribault Rotary Youth Exchange “Outbound Students” - $1,000 each to the two outbound exchange students; $2,000 approved ($1k each)
    • Faribault Diversity Coalition “international festival” – sponsorship of entertainment for youth. $500 approved
    • Morristown Gun Club “Summer youth league” –$500 approved
      • Total Gifts: $3,000
        • On a motion by Dick Huston with a second by George Wickstrom, the FRYS membership approved the charitable contributions
  • In other FRYS news, Keith Kramer has been able to locate a contractor to get repairs done at the Rotary Camp, a long-time objective of FRYS but finding labor to get the job done has been a challenge
    • The FRYS board has earmarked profits for the Rotary Camp and the contractor has been located at the opportune time given that UBIT hits as of August 31 (FRYS tax year-end); estimates on the repair costs are still to come.
  • The final piece of membership news is that Brenda DeMars has accepted the FRYS board’s invite to become an official board member of FRYS!
    • Brenda is the critically important Gambling Manager for FRYS’ charitable gambling operation and the essential connection for the FRYS / Boxers partnership
Charitable Gambling Minutes 6/22/2022 Chad Koepke 2022-06-27 05:00:00Z 0

Soccer Club Donation 2022

 
The Faribault Rotary Club donated $4,000 to the Faribault Soccer Club youth soccer program. The funds will be used to provide American Sign Language interpreters to help ensure the youth soccer program is more inclusive for hearing impaired athletes and families.
Soccer Club Donation 2022 Murray H Hanson 2022-06-21 05:00:00Z 0

Earthquakes

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Powerful earthquakes can make the Earth spin faster. The closer the mass shift during an earthquake is to the equator, the more it will speed up the spinning Earth.
Earthquakes Murray Hanson 2022-06-21 05:00:00Z 0

Roadrunner

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Roadrunner Murray Hanson 2022-06-21 05:00:00Z 0

Bananas

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The most widely eaten fruit in America is the banana.
Bananas Murray Hanson 2022-06-21 05:00:00Z 0

Honoring Andy Bohlen and Troy Dunn

Posted by Murray H Hanson
We had a little fun with the return of retired Police Chief Andy Bohlen and retired Sheriff Troy Dunn. They were both honored with the dedication of the banners sponsored by the Faribault Rotary Club on display downtown in front of the Police Station. They both both might just help us solve the "Case of the missing blanket."

Thank you for your service!

Honoring Andy Bohlen and Troy Dunn Murray H Hanson 2022-06-20 05:00:00Z 0

ASL Interpreters Donation

Posted by Natalie Ginter

Faribault Rotary Youth Services Inc.

 
The Faribault Rotary Club has donated $4000 to the youth soccer program to provide ASL interpreters to help ensure the program is more inclusive for hearing impaired athletes and families. 
ASL Interpreters Donation Natalie Ginter 2022-06-20 05:00:00Z 0

Last Week's Meeting 6.15.2022

Posted by David Connelly

Jacob Froyum- Minnesota DNR

The presentation was by Jacob Froyum of the DNR forest division. DNR Forestry keeps Minnesota's forests and trees growing strong. Minnesota's 59 state forests, school trust acres, and other forested lands make up the 4.2 million acres they manage. Our forests need care and management to provide clean water and natural resources for future generations.
 
With this in mind, we weave sustainability into our forest work—from what trees to plant, to what areas to harvest, to what places to preserve. DNR foresters answer questions about private woods and help you find the right programs to meet your woodland goals. Jacob can help you get a Woodland Stewardship Plan and provide technical help to implement a project in your woods.
 
The Forestry division can assist with timber sales or connect you with consulting foresters or other professionals for help. To contact Jacob Froyum for his assistance and expertise, stop by the office at 1810 NW 30th St Faribault or by phone 507-497-1350.
Last Week's Meeting 6.15.2022 David Connelly 2022-06-20 05:00:00Z 0

Fellowship News 6/15/2022

Mayor of Sister City- Wurzburg, Germany

On June 15th, Rotarians joined at the Inn at Shattuck-St. Mary's roughly at noon. The meeting started with the virtue reading from Kymn Anderson of Thankfulness and a prayer by Keith Kramer.  
In announcements, Dave Beranek updated the process of the FRYS gambling and charitable giving programs. 
  • All funds must support Faribault youth.
  • Priority funding goes towards existing programs provided by FRYS. 
  • Sometimes funds will not cover all charitable requests at all times. 
Keith Kramer had a membership minute. How to sponsor a new member? To do so, there are links on the club website. There are links to the forms. If you need more help finding the forms, please contact Keith so Keith can direct you to Dr. Murray Hanson. 
Many special guests were in attendance and honored during the fellowship. 
 
Nort Johnson had a group of delegates from Wurzburg, Germany, one of Faribault's sister cities. At the end of the meeting the mayor presented a uniquely shaped bottle of wine from his city to our club. Rod Mahler shared a story regarding the outstanding hospitality and receiving a similar bottle from a previous Mayor of Wurzburg 65years ago when he was in the army and stationed in Germany. When that mayor visited Faribault 10 years later Rod shared that bottle with him much to his surprise. 
 
Former Rotarians Andy Bohlen and Troy Dunn were in attendance. They were honored for their service to our community by presenting their "Hometown Heroes" banners in front of the police station. Andy updated us on his new life with his cabin in Canada, and Tory shared his busy golf schedule in Arizona. 
 
Dr. Dick Huston shared that his beloved wife Nancy received her driver's license today after ten months of medical restriction. Good news for Nancy's progress to wellness and Dick's newspaper reading habits. 

Has anyone seen this bottle since our president accepted it?  Anyone? Anyone?

Fellowship News 6/15/2022 David Connelly 2022-06-20 05:00:00Z 0

New Member Profile- Brandon Gliem

Posted by Murray H Hanson

Welcome Brandon!

 
Brandon gave his classification talk recently.  I asked him seven follow up questions to help summarize his presentation for those of us who were present and for our club members who missed the meeting. If you have not had a chance to welcome him to our club, please do so.
 
 
  1. Your Family members, occupations (including you) or school level?” 
 
My wife Toniette is a Sergeant at the MN Correctional Facility in Faribault.
Our daughter Anika is in 8th grade at the Faribault Middle School.
Our Son Brayden is in 2nd grade at Roosevelt elementary.
 
  1. Your Hometown/School/College
I grew up in Rochester, MN and attended Mayo High School, although Faribault is now my hometown.  We have lived her for 21 years!
I have an AAS degree in Law Enforcement from Alexandria Technical College and a BS degree from St. Mary’s University.
  1. Your Previous occupations?
I have always worked in law enforcement in some sort for over 21 years!
 
  1. Any Hobbies?
My hobbies are spending time with my father in our up north home near Siren, WI. I also enjoy sports, my favorite being baseball.I coach my children whenever I can and was an avid athlete until about 38 years old.
 
  1. Rotary sponsor?
Keith Kramer
 
  1. Interesting fact about you or your life?
I own and operate BLG woodworking in Faribault.I enjoy making things out of local trees, referred to as urban logging.
 
  1. Anything else you can think of?         Faribault is our hometown, I am happy to be a part of one of the finest organizations/clubs we have-Rotary!
 
New Member Profile- Brandon Gliem Murray H Hanson 2022-06-20 05:00:00Z 0

Heritage Days Parade 2022

Beautiful day for a parade!!

For the second year in a row, the club had a float in the Heritage Days Parade. It was great fun and plenty of candy was handed out.

Parade Selfie

Heritage Days Parade 2022 Murray H Hanson 2022-06-18 05:00:00Z 0

Congratulations to Greg and Rebekah Ciesluk

Posted by Murray H Hanson

A Beautiful Ceremony!

It was a joyous ceremony which included the bride and groom singing a duet.  More than a dozen Rotarians were in attendance. 
Congratulations to Greg and Rebekah Ciesluk Murray H Hanson 2022-06-14 05:00:00Z 0

Fire Hydrant

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The patent for the fire hydrant was destroyed in a fire.
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Fellowship News 6/8/2022

Posted by Mindy Reeder
The Rotary meeting began on a beautiful day on June 8, with President Todd Sesker calling the meeting to order at 12:13 p.m. We opened with the Pledge of Allegiance, Four-Way Test, and the Virtue of “Detachment” by George, followed by the invocation with Mindy Reeder.
 
Announcements
Special announcements included reminders:
  • David Connelly – Heritage Days Parade – June 18
  • Eric Craig – Raffle – keep selling, turn in, need 100 tickets to be assigned.
  • Pastor Greg Ciesluk & Rebekah Freed – Wedding this Saturday, all invited followed by a reception – June 11 – 2 p.m.
  • Dr. Lisa Humfeld-Wilson - Youth Exchange, we have two host families; 3-4 more host families needed (Do not need to have children in order to host)
  • Brenda DeMars - Talking to Rotary outbound exchange; holding garage sales to raise money. (We raised $318 during fellowship with the Happy Money!)Looking for space to use. Let her know if you know of a space. Rotarians donated on the spot to support this family.
  • Introduction of guests. (Several guests/families came today!)
  • Faribault – Hometown Heroes Banners for retired Sheriff Troy Dunn and retired Police Chief Andy Bohlen sponsored by the Faribault Rotary Club. Both will be here to be honored next week.
 
Murray Hanson coordinated questions during fellowship at each table.  Special updates included: Shout out to Grant Wilson – for selling 120 raffle tickets. Amy – Honor at the Bank, one of the best places to work in MN.
George Wickstrom – shared short invitation to think about the truth!
Superintendent Todd Sesker - Faribault – sending students to State for track! Ready to celebrate his retirement and time with grandchildren.
 
Fellowship News 6/8/2022 Mindy Reeder 2022-06-13 05:00:00Z 0

Fellowship This Week 6/15/2022

Posted by Murray H Hanson

Our special guests this week will be retired Faribault Police Chief, Andy Bohlen and retired Rice County Sheriff, Troy Dunn. They will honored for their service with the dedication of their banners sponsored by our club on display downtown in front of the Faribault Police station.

 
 
Fellowship This Week 6/15/2022 Murray H Hanson 2022-06-13 05:00:00Z 0

Last Week's Meeting 6/1/2022

Posted by Mindy Reeder

Thank You, Brandon!

Brandon Gliem – Faribault PD – Classification Speech
 
Brandon Gliem shared his classification speech. He shared that he is happy to be an officer in Faribault for now for 21 years. “It is a joy!” He met his wife on the force, they were both brought on in Faribault about the same time! Bike patrol is one of his prides, training in new officers each year for the patrol. He has worked as a criminal investigator for the Faribault. He also has done autopsy training and will assist as a medical examiner coordinator, as needed. In addition, he helped to start the police explorers’ program in 2003. This program continues to grow here in Faribault. Now, a patrol Sergeant, he helps to lead a team of officers in serving the needs of the Faribault community.
 
He and his wife have two children and dog. They love being a part of the Faribault community and reside in town. He enjoys helping his children in their activities, even coaching. They also love baseball, taking vacations, going to his dad’s cabin, and spending time with their dads is more precious as they both lost their mothers at a younger age. He enjoys woodworking and building, harvesting local trees. Also, he created his own “haunted house” that locals came through this year during Halloween.
 
Last Week's Meeting 6/1/2022 Mindy Reeder 2022-06-08 05:00:00Z 0

New Member Proposal- Zak Branham

The honorable Dr. Dick Huston proposes Zak Branham, the Manager of Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union in Faribault for membership in the Faribault Rotary Club.  If you have any questions, please contact membership chair, Keith Kramer.
New Member Proposal- Zak Branham Murray H Hanson 2022-06-07 05:00:00Z 0

Golden Gate Bridge

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Cleopatra

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Queen Cleopatra of Egypt was not actually Egyptian, but a Macedonian Greek.
Cleopatra Murray Hanson 2022-06-07 05:00:00Z 0

Gecko

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The only lizard that has a voice is the gecko (which is why he can sell you car insurance!)
Gecko Murray Hanson 2022-06-07 05:00:00Z 0

Last Week's Meeting 6/1/2022

Posted by Brandon Gliem
 
Presentation from FPS health coordinator Janet Lewis Muth and ESL coordinator, Katie Schulz
  • They received a grant for 27k
  • The grant focuses on kids being seen as assets and not problems
  • How do we improve something?
  • What are we doing well?
  • Specific focus on multi lingual students in our schools being an asset
Last Week's Meeting 6/1/2022 Brandon Gliem 2022-06-06 05:00:00Z 0

New Member Proposal- Jill DeBoef

The honorable Nort Johnson proposes Jill DeBoef, Operations Manager | Medical Specialty & Surgical Services | Owatonna & Faribault | Mayo Health System, for membership in the Faribault Rotary Club.  If you have any questions, please contact membership chair, Keith Kramer.
New Member Proposal- Jill DeBoef Murray H Hanson 2022-06-06 05:00:00Z 0

Fellowship News 6/1/2022

Posted by Brandon Gliem

Wedding Shower Game

Announcements
 
  • George-mentioned the shooting Texas and how messed up the world is
  • Wedding- Greg and Rebecca will be married Saturday June 11th at 4th Avenue United Methodist Church. Everyone is invited. There will be a reception with cake in the church fellowship hall afterwards
  • David Connelly-Thanks everyone who participated in the Memorial Day parade. 
  • Mark Kenney’s son graduated from high school.  Mark sounded a bit surprised but proud!
  • Only 3 people registered for open city council positions for the 3 open positions
  • Dick Huston thanked everyone who made the parade
  • Todd Sesker- announced in partnership with the City of Faribault our school district will be redesigning the parking lot at Jefferson elementary school  
The Greg Ciesluk- Rebecca Freed Fellowship-Wedding Game
  • Murray and Laura asked many entertaining questions about How well the couple knows each other…….
    • From picky eating, driving and speeding to date nights- everything was on the table
  • Both of the newlyweds were in agreement on most things with notable exceptions on who owns the most shoes and who starts most of the arguments
 
Update from Nort Johnson at the Chamber of Commerce
  • Large grant for 980k was awarded for the downtown investment project
  • Another 200k grant was awarded to continue and grow the relationship with FPS and South-Central College
  • A new position at the chamber will be added with some of that grant money
 
Fellowship News 6/1/2022 Brandon Gliem 2022-06-06 05:00:00Z 0

New Member Proposal- Emily Nesvold

The honorable Dr. Dick Huston proposes Emily Nesvold, a retired public school teacher and current Conservationist, for membership in the Faribault Rotary Club.  If you have any questions, please contact membership chair, Keith Kramer.
New Member Proposal- Emily Nesvold Murray H Hanson 2022-06-06 05:00:00Z 0

New Member- Profile- Ron Dweik

Posted by Murray H Hanson

Welcome Ron!

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

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

 B. Dweik: Professor of Linguistics (retired)

 H. Dweik: Diabetes Education Coordinator 

 R. Dweik: Enrollment Advisor and Military Admissions 

2. Your Hometown/School/College

 State University New York at Buffalo 

3. Your Previous occupations?

 Admissions 

4. Any Hobbies?

 Travel, Food and Outdoors related activities

5. Rotary sponsor?

    Dr. Huston 

6. Interesting fact about you or your life?

        I was born in Jerusalem 

7. Anything else you can think of?         

 I arrived to Minnesota in November 2021.

 
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Cat fact?

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Cat fact? Murray Hanson 2022-05-31 05:00:00Z 0

The Sky

Earth's Skies Are Violet, We Just See Them As Blue
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The Sky Murray H Hanson 2022-05-31 05:00:00Z 0

Fellowship News 5/25/2022

On a cloudy 25th day of May, Rotarians joined together at the Inn at Shattuck at roughly noon by the calling of order by the bell of Todd Sesker (President). The meeting opened with the Pledge of Alliance, Four-Way Test, and the week's Virtue "Detachment" by Mark Kenney, followed by a prayer also provided by Mark Kenney
 
In club announcements, 
 
Dr. Murray Hanson (Historian) shared the "Hometown Heroes" banners of former Rotarians Troy Dunn and Andy Bohlen. Both Dunn and Bohlen expressed their gratitude for being honored in our community. 
David Connelly (Community Service) reminded the club that the upcoming parades are available to attend and volunteer. 
Dick Huston (Public Image) shared that the club participated in Shark Tank and provided $2,750 to other projects from other clubs in the district. River Falls is doing a solar project in Jamaica for a school for girls. Our club gave $1500.00 towards their project. Mankato received $500 for local pollinator gardens. Waseca received $750 toward a fresh produce addition to their local food shelf, stocked with fruits, vegetables, milk, and eggs for public access. 
 
George Wickstrom directed Fellowship
  • Rod Mahler introduced former Rotary President James Wolf, who was visiting Indiana. A pleasure to see you again, Mr. Wolf
  • Dick Huston thanked all the young kids of Rotarians who came out to help with the Highway clean-up while sharing the action of Rotary at a young age. 
  • Katy Anderegg shared that River Bend Nature Center is selling Raffle tickets right now. They are $10 and support the natural gem of our community.
Fellowship News 5/25/2022 David Connelly 2022-05-31 05:00:00Z 0

Last Week's Meeting 5/26/2022

Carri Ann Pollard

Program: Classification of Mrs. Carri Ann Pollard. Carri Ann's life has always mirrored the values of Rotary and was why she proudly joined this organization to promote equity & diversity, international engagement, and impact. Carri Ann was born in New Hampshire and moved to Faribault at 7. Carri Ann enjoyed theatre throughout her schooling years. Sarah Dickson was a great mentor to Carri Ann and got her involved in her first volunteer program, "SPOT&STOP." In high school, her family got the opportunity to host two exchange students from Brazil and Japan. 
 
September 11th was a pivotal day for Carri Ann. It was a day of national tragedy, and the day Carri Ann first seek-out faith, and what has shaped her from that day on. That following year, Carri Ann went on her first Christian mission trip. The mission trip was so very impactful. Carri Ann took a year off work to join AmeriCorps, where she met her husband, Brett. Living in New York Mills, MN, Carri Ann started teaching youth dance for the Cultural Center and was the technical choreographer for the local high school. 
 
After the birth of their 3rd child of 5, Brett and Carri Ann decided to become a one-income household and provide homeschooling for their young kids. For the next ten years, Carrie Ann executed her full-time duties as a mother and foremost educator. Carri Ann and her husband created three family devotional books during this process, with three more coming out soon. 
 
In 2015 the Pollards moved back to Faribault, found River Valley Church, and were excited to join with their focus on Missionary visions. Although moving back to the area, other changes felt right to make a change. Brett and Carri swapped places, with Brett taking the homeschool position and Carri Ann moving into Reality. 
 
Building a worldly view and enriching their children with a global perspective is essential for Carri Ann and her husband. They look to continue to provide this enrichment through local community engagement, future international projects, and faith.
Carri Ann serves on the Diversity and Human Trafficking committee for the Faribault Rotary Club. 
 
Last Week's Meeting 5/26/2022 David Connelly 2022-05-26 05:00:00Z 0

The egg

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An egg that is fresh will sink in water, but a stale one won't.
The egg Murray Hanson 2022-05-24 05:00:00Z 0

Pineapple

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Pineapple Murray Hanson 2022-05-24 05:00:00Z 0
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Ciesluk- Freed Wedding Fellowship Fun June 1st

Posted by Murray H Hanson
All Rotarians are invited to be a part of the Fellowship Fun at the June 1st meeting as we honor Greg and Rebecca on their upcoming wedding. They will not be asked to sing or rap but co-host Laura Bock and I are planning an activity for the soon to be newly weds.  You won't want to miss the fun!
 
Murray
Ciesluk- Freed Wedding Fellowship Fun June 1st Murray H Hanson 2022-05-23 05:00:00Z 0

Ciesluk-Freed Wedding June 11th

Posted by Murray H Hanson on May 23, 2022

All Rotarians plus their guests are invited!

Saturday June 11, 2022 at 2pm at 4th Avenue United Methodist Church.  Reception will follow immediately afterwards in the church fellowship hall.
Ciesluk-Freed Wedding June 11th Murray H Hanson 2022-05-23 05:00:00Z 0

Last Week's Meeting 5/18/2022

Posted by David Connelly on May 23, 2022

Thank You, Nicholas!

Classification of Mr. Nicholas Sonpon. Nicholas was born and raised in Liberia and was greatly dedicated to his mother and father regarding his upbringing. Nicholas came to the states in 2013; he and his wife are happy parents of 5 kids.

Nicholas's biggest passion is the Rural Evangelism Mission which aims to fund and action in communities. Rural Evangelism Mission is dedicated to bringing the ability for young Liberia girls the option of education over the purchase into marriage at a young age.

For $60 a year, you can fund a young child's education through Nicholas's mission project. 

Last Week's Meeting 5/18/2022 David Connelly 2022-05-23 05:00:00Z 0

Charitable Gambling Minutes 5/18/2022

Posted by Chad Koepke

Charitable Gambling Report

  • Charitable gambling revenue took a step back with total sales of $168K in April compared to $212K in March for a reduction of 20.7%
    • The slowdown was largely driven by weaker demand for paper tabs, totaling $64K in April against $100K one month prior
    • E-tab sales were also down but to a lesser degree at $96K versus $104K, respectively.
    • On the positive side, the gross margin on E-tabs was strong at 19.9% in April compared to 13.9% one month earlier
    • On paper tabs, the gross margin slipped to 18.0% against March’s 20.4%
  • In addition to softer demand in April, the profit-sharing arrangements that are paid in arrears (March’s success paid out in April) resulted in a significant decline in net income for the month, totaling $4K compared to $13K in March.
    • Softer net income in April should be a supportive base for stronger net income in May all else being equal
  • FRYS obtained clearance from the MN Gambling Control Board to sell pull-tabs at the MN Town Ball State Tournament at Bell Field this summer. FRYS will be selling the long Labor Day Weekend of Friday, September 2 through Monday, September 5.
The following expenses were approved:
  • CG Made Easy Administrative Fee = $250
    • Fixed fee every month
  • Inventory = $4,000
    • Paper tab sales slowed in April and Dawn projects weaker demand going forward, so a slight reduction in inventory purchases is anticipated
  • Rotary Gambling Team Compensation = $2,600
  • Bingo Team Compensation = $2,000
    • Bingo is being hosted every Thursday night now, requiring greater compensation
  • Revenue Share with MPeters = $10,000
    • Profit share is 31% of e-tab gaming à Growth in e-tabs have slowed as gamblers turn to paper tabs
  • City of Faribault = $1,500
    • Revenue share with the city is up with stronger sales
  • Revenue Share with Boxers = $6,500
    • Profit-share w/ e-tabs = 15% & paper tabs = 20% à Paper tabs sales were soft in April for what could be a harbinger of slower months to come
  • Misc. Cost = $3,000
    • FRYS is hiring Reece, Winter payroll processing is ~$1k a month
  • Total Expenses = $29,850
    • On a motion by Rod Muller with a second by Kurt Halverson, the FRYS membership approved the expenses for June
 
The charitable giving committee has recommended the following gits for membership to vote on at today’s meeting:
1: United Way of Rice County “Dolly Parton Imagination Library” $2,500 – Program provides free books each month to children birth to age 5. A total of 375 children in Faribault benefit and they are seeking funds to increase to 425. Funds are to be allocated to Faribault youth only.
2: Somali Community Resettlement Services “Summer Soccer League for Somali Youth in Faribault” $5,080 – Program provides opportunity for Somali youth to be engaged in a youth soccer program specific for Somali youth and to compete in a league against similar teams.
3:  Faribault Soccer Club “ASL Interpreters” $4,000 – Request is to fund ASL interpreting services for two teams. There are 2 youth/families who require ASL interpreters. Having interpreters available will allow the Club to be more inclusive of the deaf/hard of hearing community.
Total Approvals = $11,580
  • On a motion by Dick Huston with a second by Rebecca Freed, the FRYS membership approved the charitable gifts.
Charitable Gambling Minutes 5/18/2022 Chad Koepke 2022-05-18 05:00:00Z 0

Fellowship News 5/18/2022

Posted by David Connelly on May 18, 2022
On a sunny 18th day of May, Rotarians joined together at the Inn at Shattuck at roughly noon. The meeting opened the week's Virtue Hope and read by Kent Weaverling followed by a prayer by Pastor Greg Ciesluk.
 Club announcements, 
Eric Craig (Treasurer) has your cash raffle ticket if you haven't received them yet. 
David Connelly (Community Service) reminded the club that the upcoming parades are available to attend and volunteer.
Dick Huston shared that the club will be participating in Shark Tank and look to provide $4,000 to other projects from other clubs in the district.
Chad Koepke provided the gambling revenue for the month of April.
Natalie Ginter updated the club on charitable giving supplied to the community from gambling revenue. For more charitable giving Click here.
 
George Wickstrom directed Fellowship
  • Jamie Bente shared that at the Faribault scholarship event, they will be giving away $200,000 in scholarships to Faribault students. 
  • Kurt Halverson thanked South Central College for his award as an honored Alumni this past week. 
  • Peter van Sluis shared that he has filed for re-election to the city council.
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Fellowship News 5/11/2022

Posted by Suzanne Rook
Following the Pledge of Allegiance and Rotary’s Four-Way Test, George Wickström read a selected virtue. Mark Kenney gave the invocation.
 
Announcements
Donn Johnson reported on the Faribault High School scholarship program. Rotary increased its donation this year, allowing for twice as many students to receive scholarships than in the past. Johnson is retiring from his position and asked for a volunteer to lead the program, which includes organizing concerts twice annually. He even offered to help his successor as they get acclimated. “We need to support these kids,” he said. “These kids in the arts need what we can do for them.”
 
George Wickstrom had lunch with a TCPT employee in the past week, and discovered he, too, is a Rotarian. The conversation got Wickstrom to consider how often we as a club promotes The Four-Way Test.
 
Laura Bock reminded Rotarians that the Rotary Camp clean-up was planned for the following day.
 
Keith Kramer received an email saying that Faribault youth soccer is looking for coaches for children K-5. No experience necessary.
 
Lisa Humfeld-Wilson announced that one of two incoming exchange students has been identified. He is a 17-year-old male from Thailand who enjoys basketball.
 
Natalie Ginter read a note from Zach Pruitt thanking the club for the $10,000 donation to the Little Falcons program.
 
• Tickets for the cash raffle are still available and can be obtained from Eric Craig at JOD Limited (2209 Bard Ave. NW).

 
Fellowship News 5/11/2022 Suzanne Rook 2022-05-17 05:00:00Z 0

Last Week's Meeting 5/11/2022

Posted by Suzanne Rook

Your Digital Well Being

Program
Todd Sesker introduced Maree Hampton, director of health promotion and strategy at LiveMore ScreenLess, a non-profit dedicated to digital wellness. The organization was born after the Minnesota Legislature passed the first in the nation law supporting digital wellness.
 
LiveMore’s Amy Webster has worked with FHS English instructor Isaac Heins to launch a student group at the school that understands and practices digital wellness. Six of the ten students Heins recruited spoke about the negative and positive impacts of screens and social media on teens, and why people of all ages need to be involved in the group’s mission.
 
Some use of technology is avoidable, the students reported, saying that a great deal of classwork includes screen time and that teachers use technology to post lessons and assignments.
 
Students, who have met twice weekly for the last three months, are becoming leaders at FHS, said Heins, who added that they’re “moving out of the phase of learning and getting into action.”
 
The group, he said, will design a project for FHS “to make our school a better place to be and a better place to learn.”
 
Learn more about the organization at livemorescreenless.org.
Last Week's Meeting 5/11/2022 Suzanne Rook 2022-05-17 05:00:00Z 0
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The gridiron

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This Week's Meeting 5/11/2022

For our meeting program this week, KK Myers and Maree Hampton, founders of LiveMore ScreenLess, who will join us to discuss how to use technology so that it doesn't detract from our well-being.

Please join us in person or on ZOOM.  
 
Join our Meeting on May 11th at the new and improved link
 

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This Week's Meeting 5/11/2022 Murray H Hanson 2022-05-10 05:00:00Z 0

Eagles?

There are approximately 7,000 feathers on an eagle.
Eagles? Murray Hanson 2022-05-10 05:00:00Z 0

Polar Bears

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Polar Bears Murray Hanson 2022-05-10 05:00:00Z 0

Spiders?

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A spider's silk is stronger than steel.
Spiders? Murray Hanson 2022-05-10 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Camp Clean up Thursday May 12th

It is time for the annual spring clean up at the Rotary Camp. This Thursday we need a crew of Rotarians to help clean in and around the building and help put in the dock. The sign up sheet will be passed around again at the meeting tomorrow or you may email Dave Beranek directly at   davidberanek@charter.net 
 
 
 
Rotary Camp Clean up Thursday May 12th Murray H Hanson 2022-05-09 05:00:00Z 0

RI Presidential Message May 2022

Each One, Bring One initiative

Shekhar Mehta

Shekhar Mehta

President 2021-22

May 2022

Due to your positive response to the Each One, Bring One initiative, I am so happy to see that the membership trends in Rotary are looking up. Let us not lose this momentum — keep inviting new members, and also work hard to retain every member we attract. I look forward to seeing you next month in Houston at the 2022 Rotary International Convention, which I assure you will be a great event.

Also in Houston this June, we will be hosting my final presidential conference. We have devoted this year to conferences built around Rotary’s areas of focus. They have been a tremendous success, both in terms of attendance and in the ideas that were generated.

Last fall, our conference in the Philippines, which focused on protecting the environment and growing local economies, attracted 2,200 people online. In Brazil, our meeting centered around water, sanitation, and hygiene and how it relates to disease prevention and treatment; more than 600 people attended. That was followed by an event about the environment, economy, and peace in Maputo, Mozambique, which attracted around 400 in-person attendees and another 700 virtually. Our conference about keeping the economy and environment in harmony, held in Venice, Italy, had more than 600 in attendance.

Through these conferences and my world travels, numerous leaders have met with me and agreed to collaborate with Rotary. They include the prime minister of Mauritius, the president of Seychelles, the deputy prime minister of Bahrain, and the presidents of Albania and Kosovo. Clearly, Rotary is making an impact, and the world is eager for our leadership.

In Houston, the final presidential conference, Serve to Bring Peace, will focus on an area in which Rotary has long provided leadership. Everything we do in Rotary helps create the conditions that foster peace in communities, nations, and ourselves.

In March, I was able to see firsthand the tremendous difference Rotary is making in Ukraine, as refugees continue to pour into Poland. Donors have contributed millions of dollars to this effort; our projects are making a tremendous difference, and there is enormous gratitude for your continued generosity and support.

It is heartbreaking to see up close all the lives that have been uprooted, and the Ukrainian people are not alone. A devastating civil war in Yemen continues. The humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan is deepening. Armed conflicts affect nations across Africa, including Libya, South Sudan, the Central African Republic, northern Mozambique, Ethiopia, and Cameroon. And major refugee crises continue in Syria and Venezuela.

Rotary will always be on the side of the peaceful resolution of conflict and providing aid and comfort to people in need. Rotary was there at the end of World War II, promoting the creation of the United Nations and standing up for the cause of peacebuilding worldwide. It is time to renew our mission and perform our role as one of the world’s great promoters of peace.

There is no better way to Serve to Change Lives than to serve the cause of peace.

RI Presidential Message May 2022 Shekhar Mehta 2022-05-09 05:00:00Z 0

Cash Raffle 2022 Update

The start of the Cash Raffle 2022 was last Wednesday (May 4th) with the distribution of tickets to club members. Please sell your book of 10 tickets and consider asking Eric for another 10 or more to sell.
 
The proceeds from this fundraiser help to financially support the STRIVE and music scholarships and other youth programs sponsored by our club.  Last year we sold all 900 tickets and with a solid concentrated effort.  This year with our increased membership the goal will be to sell 1000 tickets at $20 each.  There will be $5000  awarded in the prize drawings at our club meeting on June 29th. 
 
Thank you to all club members for continuing the Faribault Rotary Club's mission to serve, promote and encourage the youth in our community.
Cash Raffle 2022 Update Murray H Hanson 2022-05-09 05:00:00Z 0

Last Week's Meeting 5/4/2022

Posted by Brandon Gliem

Thank you, Laura!

Led by Laura Bock,  all Rotarians were provided updates about the committees and club service opportunities
  • Service Opportunities
    • Rotary Board meets once a month
  • Youth Investment-Chad
    • Spoke about Faribault Rotary Youth Investment
    • Looking for additional members
  • Membership-Keith
    • New members have to take attendance, complete classification speech and join a committee to receive their permanent badge
    • Warm our Community update
      • Run short every year on items
      • Hope to have a larger supply of clothes and footwear
      • Possible to include non-school age children if funding in them
  • Public Relations-Dr. Huston 
    • Wear your rotary pin, display your flag (flag is cool)
    • Suzanne Rook is doing a large article in FDN
  • Cindy
    • Helps organize the different assignments of members for weekly meetings
    • Greeter/Attendance, Fellowship, Sergeant at Arms
  • Rotary foundation-Brent
    • Looking for assistance, donations are down from expectations
  • Community Projects
    • Asked about selling food to an event at Central Park-group said no as we need more notice
  • Youth Exchange-Lisa
    • Has worked in this role for about 10 years
    • Looks for host families for in bound and assists outbound students
  • Strive-Greg
    • Works with students in FPS for college applications/scholarships and assists students with job placements
  • Webmaster-Dr. Hanson
    • Updates website, adds notes from meetings (like these)
    • Make sure to use the ClubRunner App on your smart phone, a great tool for members
  • Programs-Cindy
    • Sets up classification speeches and programs for weekly meetings
  • Diversity Committee-Dr. Huston 
    • Setting up community garden
    • Cambodia project
    • EID
  • Youth Protection-David
    • Completes background checks for youth related activities
    • Human Trafficking-Erika Human Trafficking presentation was last week
Last Week's Meeting 5/4/2022 Brandon Gliem 2022-05-04 05:00:00Z 0

Fellowship News 5/4/2022

Posted by Brandon Gliem
Dr. Hanson led everyone in President Sesker’s absence
Patriotic Song & Pledge of Allegiance!
Cash Raffle Tickets were handed out. We plan to sell all 1000 tickets with the drawing on June 29th
  • Reminder that if you don’t sell your tickets, they need to be returned!
Fellowship
  • Jessica is happy because she is just wrapping up her college finals!
  • Brent talked about FHS fast pitch winning their first game!
  • Lisa provided info about an online get together that sells items to prevent sex trafficking
  • Greg sold his house, Cindy helped him
  • Brenda’s grandson had a procedure at Children’s, giving her our best wishes
Rotary Camp Cleanup is next week on May 12 from 6p-8p
 
Fellowship News 5/4/2022 Brandon Gliem 2022-05-04 05:00:00Z 0
Strawberry seeds Murray Hanson 2022-05-03 05:00:00Z 0

Last Week's Meeting 4/27/2022

Posted by Brandon Gliem

Human Trafficking

Speakers -Erika Staab, Carri Ann Pollard and Suzanne Fox
 
Human Trafficking Presentation
 
Four main types of trafficking
  • Pimp controlled, Gang Controlled, Familial Trafficking (most common in Rice County), Buyer perpetuated
Risk Factors
  • 80% of kids were kicked out of their homes because of sexual identity issues
  • Immigration status, sexual abuse, domestic abuse, substance abuse are also all factors
Audience watched 3-minute video from survivors
Local story about a girl named “Ella”
  • Homeless and received housing assistance at Ruth’s house
  • Was in relationship with older guy
  • Male was super controlling and started to pimp her out to his friends
Incarceration and Criminal Statutes for Traffickers
  • Brandon Gliem discussed the criminal statutes for traffickers and the need for State law enforcement resources to address the problem
Never Look away from People's pain.
 

Types of Trafficking

Ethiopia

Last Week's Meeting 4/27/2022 Brandon Gliem 2022-05-03 05:00:00Z 0

Fellowship News 4/27/2022

Virtue Reading
  • Cheerfulness
Invocation
  • Self-reflection time
Special Guests
  • Gordy Kosfeld from KDHL radio
    • Honored by Dr. Huston for service to the Faribault community
  • Greg Spit (spelling?)
Cash Raffle
  • Delay in printing for cash raffle tickets, should be available next week
Youth Exchange
  • Looking for a host family for 3-4 months for German exchange student
Fellowship
  • Jessica’s offer for a house was accepted!
  • Kurt spoke about haunted houses………
Community Events
  • Veterans memorial dedication Saturday May 7th at the court house memorial
  • The 17th annual international festival will be held in Central Park in July
    • Get there early so you don’t miss anything
  • CLUE will be at the Paradise theater this weekend….
  • Community Garden has been plowed by Dr. Huston and is being prepared in its new location just north of the waterpark at Alexander Park
Fellowship News 4/27/2022 Brandon Gliem 2022-05-03 05:00:00Z 0

The human jaw

How Strong Are Teeth, Really?
 The human jaw can generate a force up to 200 pounds on the molars.
The human jaw Murray Hanson 2022-05-03 05:00:00Z 0

Peach

Which was the first fruit eaten on the moon? | Useless Daily: Facts,  Trivia, News, Oddities, Jokes and more!
The peach was the first fruit to be eaten on the moon.
Peach Murray Hanson 2022-05-03 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Celebrates Eid

Posted by Dick Huston
 
 
Rotarians Juanita Picazo, Carri Pollard and Dick Huston were joined by 3 members of the Rise Room to distribute treats to the children at Eid this morning.  We handed out 350 candy bars, 75 cotton candy and 60 bowls of popcorn.  It was great fun and so very, very much appreciated by the Muslim community.
 
Rotary Celebrates Eid Dick Huston 2022-05-02 05:00:00Z 0

New Member- Jayne Bongers

Posted by Dick Huston

Welcome Jayne!

Jayne Bongers owner of Advantage Care Hearing Center has joined the Faribault Rotary Club.  Pictured with Jayne is Keith Kramer chair of the membership team (left) and her sponsor Dr. Dick Huston.  Gail Kaderlik is her mentor.
New Member- Jayne Bongers Dick Huston 2022-04-27 05:00:00Z 0

Paul Harris Award- Gordy Kosfeld

Posted by Murray H Hanson

Congratulations Gordy!

Rotarian Dr. Dick Huston (left) used his $1000 Paul Harris donation to the International Rotary Foundation to honor Gordy Kosfeld for his contributions to the community.
Paul Harris Award- Gordy Kosfeld Murray H Hanson 2022-04-27 05:00:00Z 0

Cash Raffle 2022

Posted by Murray H Hanson
The start of the Cash Raffle 2022 was postponed last week and will start this week (May 4th)with the distribution of tickets to club members. The proceeds from this fundraiser help to financially support the STRIVE and music scholarships and other youth programs sponsored by our club.  Last year we sold all 900 tickets and with a solid concentrated effort.  This year with our increased membership the goal will be to sell 1000 tickets at $20 each.  There will be $5000  awarded in the prize drawings at our club meeting on June 29th. 
 
Thank you to all club members for continuing the Faribault Rotary Club's mission to serve, promote and encourage the youth in our community.
Cash Raffle 2022 Murray H Hanson 2022-04-26 05:00:00Z 0

Last Week's Program 4/20/2022

Posted by Suzanne Rook

Thanks Ron!

Ron Dweik, an enrollment advisor at South Central College, gave his classification speech.
 
Ron began his address by discussing his unique heritage. He was born in Jerusalem, but grew up in upstate New York, near Syracuse. Though his mother is Jewish, he has many family members on his father’s side who live in a refugee camp in Palestine.
 
He has traveled extensively and spent a year in Amman, Jordan, learning Arabic. “it opened my eyes to see the world is so much bigger,” he said of traveling outside the U.S.  He graduated from the State University of New York at Buffalo and spent time in Belize working on service project.
 
He has spent much of his life volunteering in the communities in which he lived. While living in Virginia, he volunteered with the local Big Brothers Big Sisters and since moving to southern Minnesota, he has been involved with the Community Action Center Faribault.
 
Ron has two unique hobbies: he’s working on getting his pilot’s license and while studying abroad became interested in falconry.
Last Week's Program 4/20/2022 Suzanne Rook 2022-04-26 05:00:00Z 0

Fellowship News 4/20/2022

Posted by Suzanne Rook
Wednesday, April 18, 2022
Secretary: Suzy Rook
 
Following the Pledge of Allegiance and Rotary’s Four-Way Test, Briana Maland read a selected virtue. Greg Ciesluk gave the invocation.
 
Announcements
George Wickstrom made an addendum to his presentation from the prior week, listing a number of facts to support his belief that ethanol is “not a clean fuel.” It’s more costly to make ethanol, he said, uses a three gallons of water to produce one gallon of ethanol and provides fewer miles per gallon than regular gasoline.
 
Ethanol, he said, “is very bad for the economy.”
 
Laura Bock reminded Rotarians about several opportunities to support club projects, including Meals on Wheels from May 31-June 3 and Adopt-a-Highway May 21. She also polled members and determined there is enough support for a float in the Memorial and Heritage Day parades. More information to come. She also reminded the membership that if no one takes over the Rotary Readers program for next year that she and David Connelly will take it on.
 
Todd Sesker issued a reminder that six families are needed to host two international students for portions of the 2022-23 school year.
 
Brent Peroutka announced Paul Harris fellow: Roger Koopmans, who previously received the award, and Brenda DeMars, Amy Amundson and Rebekah Freed.
 
Chad Koepke announced a 12% increase in pull tabs sales in March. Since Rotary took on pull tabs in November 2021, it has had $873,000 in sales with a profit of $70,000 (an 8% profit margin).
 
Koepke also listed the proposed contributions the club would like to make:
• $10,000 for the Little Falcons program which provides scholarships so youth can participate in sports and extracurriculars.
• $7,000 for the Rotary Youth Scholarship program
• $800 for American Legion Safety Camp scholarships
• $500 for Faribault Parks & Recreation
• $300 to sponsor an Eid celebration
The motion was unanimously approved.
Fellowship News 4/20/2022 Suzanne Rook 2022-04-26 05:00:00Z 0

Tigers

Do tigers have stripes on their skin? – PoC
Tigers have striped skin, not just striped fur.
Tigers Murray Hanson 2022-04-26 05:00:00Z 0

Philtrum

What's the name of the part between the center of the mouth and the nose? -  Quora
The indentation between the nose and the upper lip is called the philtrum.
Philtrum Murray Hanson 2022-04-26 05:00:00Z 0

Dolphins

Dolphins sleep with one eye open.
Dolphins Murray Hanson 2022-04-26 05:00:00Z 0

Cate Grinney Named to Forbes' Top Financial Advisors Ranking
 

Congratulations on another Award!

Edward Jones financial advisor Cate Grinney of Faribault was named among the 2022 Best-in-State Wealth Advisors in Minnesota by Forbes and SHOOK Research.

This Best-in-State Wealth Advisors recognition is in addition to Grinney's ranking on the recent Best-in-State Women Wealth Advisors, also from Forbes and announced in February 2022.

Grinney is one of 117 Edward Jones financial advisors to be named to the 2022 Forbes SHOOK Best-in-State Wealth Advisors ranking, which was announced in April 2022 and published in the 2022 April/May issue. To see the full list of Edward Jones financial advisors who ranked among the top in their state, visit edwardjones.com and enter "Best in State Wealth Advisors" into the search box.


 
Cate Grinney Named to Forbes' Top Financial Advisors Ranking  2022-04-25 05:00:00Z 0

Paul Harris Awards 4/20/2022

Congratulations!

In 1917 Rotary International created the Paul Harris foundation for assist clubs in doing projects around the world.  Rotarians who give $1000 accumulatively or at one time receive a Paul Harris award.  Each time a member gives another $1000 they are recognized by a (+).  Faribault Rotarians Amy Amundson +2, Benda DeMars +1 and Rebekah Freed +1 have been so honored.  Pictured are Rotary president Todd Sesker,  Amy Amundson,  Brenda DeMars and Rebekah Freed.
Paul Harris Awards 4/20/2022 Dick Huston 2022-04-25 05:00:00Z 0

Charitable Gambling Minutes 4/27/22

Posted by Chad Koepke

Another record setting month in sales!

  • A new record performance in monthly revenue with $212k in sales for an increase of 12% from the previous record month’s sales of $190k
    •  Sales of paper tabs drove the record revenue as paper tab sales were $100k while e-tabs were $103K.
      • The paper tab / e-tab sales ratio of 97% is the highest on record; to put the 97% into perspective, in December 2021, the paper tab / e-tabs sales ratio was 38%.
    • Gross profit on paper tab sales also established a new high at $20k driven by a solid gross profit margin of 20.4% in March 2022.
    • Net income for the month was a healthy $13k
  • Through 6 months (October 21 – March 22) total sales, which have been increasing consistently month-over-month are $873k with net profit of $68k for a net profit margin of 7.78%.
    • Monthly gross profit on e-tabs has averaged ~$13k with a gross profit margin (sales – prizes) of 14%.
    • For paper tabs, which have been more volatile, average gross profit is $10k with a margin of 18.4%.
  • In other gambling news, Dawn has inquired if FRYS would be willing to sponsor/purchase a new video horse racing game to be played at Boxers, costing ~$1,500 for the system
    • Assuming all the tickets are sold, gross profit per game is guaranteed at $92 per game ($308 purse); however, costs to purchase the paper cards and profit-sharing with Boxers are taken out of the $92 gross profit for a net income per game likely around the $50 mark, requiring ~30 games be played to break-even on the investment
    • The “shelf-life” of the computer system is many years, so FRYS will turn profits for years to come once the break-even point is reached
      • On a motion by Jake Cook with a second by Dr. Huston, FRYS membership approved the purchase of horse racing system
  • With regards to monthly expense approval, the following sought membership approval:
    • CG Made Easy Administrative Fee = $250
      • Fixed fee every month
    • Inventory = $6,000
      • Paper tab sales set a record high in March 2022, meaning inventory might need to be higher going forward with the positive momentum at Boxers
    • Rotary Gambling Team Compensation = $2,600
    • Bingo Team Compensation = $2,000
      • Bingo is being hosted every Thursday night now, requiring greater compensation
    • Revenue Share with MPeters = $10,000
      • Profit share is 31% of e-tab gaming à Growth in e-tabs have slowed as gamblers turn to paper tabs
    • City of Faribault = $1,500
      • Revenue share with the city is up with stronger sales
    • Revenue Share with Boxers = $8,500
      • Profit-share w/ e-tabs = 15% & paper tabs = 20% à Paper tabs set record highs in March and that means higher revenue share with Boxers given the 20% share
    • Misc. Cost = $5,000
      • FRYS is hiring Reece, Winter payroll processing is ~$1k a month
      • A specialty “purse” bingo is coming in May with purse prizes of $1,100
    • Total Expenses = $32,250
      • On a motion by George Wickstrom with a second by Natalie Ginter, FRYS membership approved the May expenses
  • Turning to the most exciting news of the monthly membership meeting, today’s membership meeting marked the first membership vote on approval of charitable donations from FRYS’ gambling profits
    1. $10,000:  Healthy Community Initiative “Little Falcons” – Program’s purpose is to increase participation of elementary aged youth in Faribault in extracurricular activities and athletics
    2. $800: Faribault American Legion “Legionville Safety Camp” – Two scholarships for Faribault students to attend
    3. $500: Faribault Parks and Recreation “Safety Camp” – Sponsorship of the camp which benefits Faribault youth ages 8-10 years old
    4. $7,000: Annual Rotary music, theater and arts scholarships program to be held in mid-May
    5. $300: Candy for kids at the Eid celebration
      1. Note, the Eid approval was not noted on the monthly membership memo as the request came last minute
 
  • Total Donations = $18,600
    • On a motion by Rod Muller with a second by Rebecca Freed, FRYS membership approved the first charitable contributions
Charitable Gambling Minutes 4/27/22 Chad Koepke 2022-04-25 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 2022-04-19 05:00:00Z 0
Penguins Murray Hanson 2022-04-19 05:00:00Z 0
Mr. Potato Head Murray Hanson 2022-04-19 05:00:00Z 0
World's Tallest Mountain- Hawaii Murray H Hanson 2022-04-19 05:00:00Z 0

Polar Bears

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Polar bears can smell a seal from 20 miles away.
Polar Bears Murray Hanson 2022-04-18 05:00:00Z 0

Fellowship News 4/13/2022

Posted by David Connelly
On a yet again cold Wednesday in April, Rotarians joined together at the Inn at Shattuck at roughly noon. In club announcements,
Dr. Murray Hanson announced the Annual Cash Raffle would be starting in two weeks on April 27th, and each Rotarian would be given a minimum of ten tickets to sell. As a club, we aimed to sell 1000 tickets.  

George Wickstrom read the Virtue of Faithfulness, and Pastor Ciesluk gave our Passover week prayer.

Fellowship was conducted by Jessica Amundson with the theme of "best spring break memories" to share.
 
Dr. Huston shared that the city council approved a new community garden location.
Sara Rojas updated the club on her going back to Help Me Grow.
Katy Anderegg updated the club on the wind damage at River Bend in this week's wind storms. Many trees are down and causing hazardous conditions for the trails. Volunteers are very welcome, and don't hesitate to contact Riverbend to help out.  
 
Fellowship News 4/13/2022 David Connelly 2022-04-18 05:00:00Z 0

Last Week's Meeting 4/13/2022

Posted by David Connelly

Ryan Guenther

Ryan Guenther provided our week's program about the Faribault Summer Strength and Conditioning program. Faribault Public Schools built the strength training program in 2014 to increase diversity and athletic participation in Faribault public schools while increasing each athlete's skills in all sports.
 
The program looks to foster good mechanics and a healthy, safe environment for 6th to 12th-grade students. The program has grown from roughly 50 students in 2014 to 100 students in 2019 to 240 students in 2021. Some of the program's success of growth is due to access to the program free of enrollment fees as they were free in 2021 & upcoming in 2022 from government funding through the STEAM grants.
 
 Ryan stressed the return of strength training in all sports across the board regarding winning and success "It makes our athletes stronger, faster, more confident earlier." Ryan expressed. The program prides itself on looking like the community and embraces diversity through a positive atmosphere. Challenging students to better themselves through teamwork. If you are a student in need of a good summer program this year, please get in touch with Ryan.  
Last Week's Meeting 4/13/2022 David Connelly 2022-04-18 05:00:00Z 0

Hawaii

The Hawaiian alphabet only has 12 letters.
Hawaii Murray Hanson 2022-04-12 05:00:00Z 0
Lighthouses Murray Hanson 2022-04-12 05:00:00Z 0

Twins

Twins | Rotary Club of Faribault
Twins have a very high occurrence of left handedness.
Twins Murray Hanson 2022-04-12 05:00:00Z 0

Fellowship News 4/6/2022

Posted by Brandon Gliem
Announcements
  • Members Laura and Steve Bock, Aubrey Nicholson, David Connelly and President Sesker attended Owatonna’s 100th anniversary on Saturday April 2nd.
  • Meals on Wheels 05/31-06/03
  • Adopt a Highway Day 05/21
  • Thursday, 4/14 is a scholarship event called National Signing Day. Its for graduating Seniors seeking a tech related career. $2500 yearly scholarships for numerous technology and heath care related careers. Details can be found at https://southcentral.edu/Admissions/signing-day.html. Please refer any questions or interested parties to Ron Dweik directly.  On April 13 the College is hosting Big Brothers Big Sisters for a career exploration night exclusive for their mentees ranging from 12- 17 years old) and their corresponding mentors.
  • Community Good Friday service led by area pastors will be held on Friday, April 15 at 12 noon at Fourth Avenue United Methodist Church, 219 4th Avenue NW.   The service will include congregational and choir music, the reading of the Passion from John’s Gospel by lay ministry leaders, community servants, and business leaders, including current and former Rotarians Keith Kramer, Tony Langerud, and Brian Daniels, and a message preached by Father Henry Doyle.  The offering will support Jesus Food and its vision to pack and deliver 1,000,000 meals for the Ukrainian people displaced by the current war with Russia.      
 
Induction
  • Ron Dweik is officially inducted into our Rotary Club!
 
Fellowship w/ Jessica
  • Friends who visited today, David, Todd Markman, Jim Purfeerst, Sam Dailey and K9 Taffy
 
Get Well Soon
  • Dr Huston’s wife broke her wrist and is recovering from surgery
Fellowship News 4/6/2022 Brandon Gliem 2022-04-11 05:00:00Z 0

RI President's Message

Posted by Shekhar Mehta
 
Shekhar Mehta

Shekhar Mehta

President 2021-22

April 2022

Friends, one of my mantras in Rotary has been do more, grow more. I am sure you are adopting this mantra. Do more, as in bigger and impactful service projects, and grow more, as in increasing our membership.

There is so much excitement across the Rotary world about our Each One, Bring One effort. Everywhere I travel, club presidents, district governors, and Rotary members — both veteran and new — express appreciation that their membership efforts are inspiring the Rotary world.

We are growing more, and I cannot wait to celebrate all of this success with you at the Rotary International Convention in Houston in June. There is still time to register and make your plans to join us. We are looking forward to a once-in-a-lifetime experience that will unite our members after far too much time apart.

As we grow more, we will have so much more opportunity to do more. April is Maternal and Child Health Month, a great opportunity for your clubs to consider what you are doing to support the health of mothers and young children. Improving access to care and the quality of care for women and children worldwide is an important focus for us and it also ties in very well with our Empowering Girls initiative. I appreciate the work being done by various clubs in this area of focus, and I would encourage you to think of ways to do more.

It has been so exciting to see Rotary members come together at the presidential conferences to share ideas about using our areas of focus to bring about big, lasting change in the world. The past and upcoming presidential conferences are looking at our new area of focus — the environment — and how our work to protect our planet must support our efforts to grow local economies, especially in places with the greatest poverty. I also had the honor to speak at the 26th United Nations climate change conference in Glasgow, Scotland, known as COP26. This important meeting brought together nearly 100 heads of state and government over a two-week period to set new targets for fossil fuel emission. My call to action was to restore mangroves, a crucial ecosystem that can mitigate the effects of climate change in coastal areas. Already, countries across the world are showing great enthusiasm for this plan.

Our survival is at stake — the damage of environmental catastrophe is already upon us — and so, too, is our ability to lift the world’s most needy out of poverty and offer them hope. We must find ways to protect our planet while sustaining the economic growth necessary to achieve our highest humanitarian goals.

This is a very exciting time in Rotary, a time when the world needs us most. As we Serve to Change Lives, remember that we are also changing ourselves. We are becoming the world’s great change-makers and peacebuilders.

The world is ready for us. It’s time to rise to that call.

RI President's Message Shekhar Mehta 2022-04-11 05:00:00Z 0

Last Week's Meeting 4/6/2022

Posted by Brandon Gliem

Economics

Presentation Economic Thoughts by George Wickstrom and Chad Koepke
  • GDP
    • USA is 4% of world population but made 85-90% of products for world in 1946
    • Current debt is 125-170% of GDP
  • Social Security
    • Has not adjusted to life expectancy which has increased drastically
  • Values
    • Athletes and performers now make more than professionals
  • COVID 19 response paid for by Quantitative Easing (Fed buys govt. debt)
  • Actual Inflation is much larger than the stated inflation (believed to be almost twice as much)
  • Paul Volcker rose interest rates 20%+to break demand in 1980’s
    • It is widely anticipated the Federal Reserve will continue to raise interest rates in 2022 to battle inflation
 
Last Week's Meeting 4/6/2022 Brandon Gliem 2022-04-11 05:00:00Z 0

New Member- Ron Dweik

Posted by Dick Huston

Welcome Ron!

 Faribault Rotary Club has inducted Ron Dweik as its newest member. Ron is an enrollment advisor at Faribault's South Central College Campus.  He is willing to put Service Above Self working with area youth.  Pictured is his sponsor Greg Ciesluk (left) Ron and Membership team leader Keith Kramer.
New Member- Ron Dweik Dick Huston 2022-04-06 05:00:00Z 0
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No-Yes! Huh?

Where nodding your head means "no"... | Trivia Answers | QuizzClub
In Albania, nodding your head means no and shaking your head means yes.
No-Yes! Huh? Murray Hanson 2022-04-05 05:00:00Z 0

Last Week's Meeting 3/30/2022

Posted by David Sauer

Cambodia Project

Following fellowship, Dr. Huston, Ms. Nygaard, and Ms. Bolt Simons discussed their trip to the Battambang region of Cambodia to inaugurate the Faribault Club sponsored Water purification project.  This project is located in a rural village at the village’s school.  Former Faribault Rotary member Sam Ouk who was instrumental in getting the project approved and funded also traveled to Cambodia.  Mr. Ouk and his relatives in Cambodia helped to host the Faribault delegation.  
 
While presenting pictures of their journey, Dr. Huston stressed how the water purification project was in good hands with our partner club in Cambodia.  Huston explained our partner club was very experienced in managing global grants.  He also highlighted the water purification project had garden and entrepreneurial aspects.  Not only will the children receive clean water, but also the garden associated with the water purification project will allow the children and villagers to grow and consume nutritious food.  The water also will be sold to the villagers and the funds will help make the project more sustainable.
 
Dr. Huston said the group arrived at the project school on National Women’s Day, a national holiday in Cambodia.  Despite the school being closed for the holiday, some 100 students came to the ceremony to show appreciation for the water project.  One of the students, a young girl, collapsed during the ceremony.  Huston helped tend to her and seeing her, dehydrated and malnourished, it really reinforced to him the value of the water purification and garden project for the Cambodians living in this village.  
 
Ms. Nygaard discussed some of the tourist sites the delegation saw in Phnom Penh to include the National Museum of Cambodia, the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum (aka S-21, the Khmer Rouge torture center), and Buddhist temples.  The group also traveled to Siem Reap and visited the magnificent temple complex of Angkor Wat.  
 
Ms. Bolt Simons spoke of trying to see more of real Cambodia by trying to get away from normal tourist activities.  Traveling with Sam Ouk’s relatives helped in this regard.  She stressed that as a former educator seeing the school, the water project and the students really hit home for her about the importance of the project in providing clean water and food to this impoverished community.
 
Dr. Huston concluded the briefing by reiterating that our partner club was very strong and capable.  He stressed Faribault Rotarians should be very proud of raising the funds for this global grant project which will make a difference in these children’s lives.  He added that perhaps more global programs can be initiated building on the success of this important project.
 
Last Week's Meeting 3/30/2022 David Sauer 2022-04-04 05:00:00Z 0

Service Above Self Essay- KA

Posted by K. Albers
 
"Service above Self" Essay
 
Over the years I have done a variety of volunteer work in my community. It has taught me to give back to the community that I live in. I have been doing community service more and more as I get older and it really makes me realize how much of an impact I can make on my community and how much others appreciate it. There are so many reasons why volunteering is so important. I have learned that volunteering can be just as rewarding for me as for those I am helping. Volunteering has made me a better person. It has broadened my views on how others have struggles that I don't see in my daily life and how I can make a difference for others.
 
Between March of 2020 and January of 2021 was a busy time of volunteering for me. Despite the times of Covid and volunteers being limited, there was still so much that could be done. With these times being so uncertain I really felt the need to give back to my community. I am involved in 4-H which has a ton of volunteer opportunities. My 4-H ambassador group organizes an annual county wide Easter egg hunt and because of Covid in April of 2020 we were unable to have one. Instead of having an Easter egg hunt, I stuffed eggs and put them in bags and donated them to grocery stores for parents to come and pick up so they could have an Easter egg hunt at home. Also due to Covid, residents in nursing homes were very lonely due to restrictions of visitors. Because of that I knew I needed to do something to try and make them feel like they were not forgotten.
 
A few of the things I did include visiting residents through their windows, making ornaments and homemade thanksgiving and Christmas cards. Specifically at the Faribault Senior living my 4-H club bought pajamas and lotion for the residents in the memory care unit. I was informed that many of them did not have pajamas or good lotion, so I felt it was necessary to provide them with items they needed. I believe that it is our responsibility as a community to protect the environment. Therefore, my 4-H club has adopted a highway that we clean up every fall and spring. During the Christmas season there are always families that are in extra need for things. Because of that I volunteered to bell ring for the Salvation Army to help raise money for those families in need. Finally, I like to volunteer at the food shelf. The food shelf is always in need of help making sure the community has a place to go when they can't afford food for their families.
 
With these volunteer opportunities I have worked with a variety of cultures which has made me a more well-rounded person and the fact that I feel good knowing that I am helping my community. I have found that if I were to put myself in some of these situations, I would appreciate the work volunteers do to try and help. Volunteers are so imp01iant and without them a lot of resources would not be available for people to use because some organizations are run solely on volunteers.
Service Above Self Essay- KA K. Albers 2022-04-04 05:00:00Z 0

New Member Proposal- Jayne Bongers

The honorable Dr. Dick Huston proposes Jayne Bongers, Owner of Advantage Care Hearing Center, for membership in the Faribault Rotary Club.  If you have any questions, pleas contact membership chair, Keith Kramer.
New Member Proposal- Jayne Bongers Murray H Hanson 2022-04-04 05:00:00Z 0

Fellowship News 3/30/2022

Posted by David Sauer
On March 30, the Faribault Rotary Club convened its regular meeting at the Inn at Shattuck.  The inductions of Nicholas Sonpon and Carri Ann Pollard into the Club highlighted the meeting. 
 
 Rotarian Dr. Richard Huston, Faribault Chamber of Commerce Tourism Director Kelly Nygaard, and Author Lisa Bolt Simons provided the Club with a briefing on their trip to the Battambang region of Cambodia to visit the water purification project that the Faribault Rotary Club had initiated.  Salient details of the meeting follow.
 
Former Club President Brenda DeMars filled in for President Todd Sesker who was not able to join the meeting.  She and David Connelly presided over the induction of both Mr. Sonpon and Ms. Pollard.  The assembled Rotarians warmly welcomed the new members.
 
Natalie Ginter, in support of incoming President Kurt Halverson, passed out a survey asking Rotarians to fill out the form listing activities/programs that the Club should continue to do, ideas for new programs, and raising programs/activities that should be considered for elimination.  Natalie also subsequently emailed the Club with this request.  Please provide this requested information to better inform Mr. Halverson as he prepares to assume his new Rotarian duties.
 
Fellowship News 3/30/2022 David Sauer 2022-04-04 05:00:00Z 0

New Member Carri Pollard

Posted by Dick Huston on Mar 30, 2022

Welcome Carri!

The Faribault Rotary Club has inducted Cari Ann Pollard as it newest member. She is pictured with her sponsor, Rev. Mark Kenny. Pollard is a Realtor with Pollard Tribe Realty by eXp. She is serving on the diversity and trafficking committees.
New Member Carri Pollard Dick Huston 2022-03-30 05:00:00Z 0

New Member- Nicholas Sonpon

Posted by Dick Huston on Mar 30, 2022

Welcome Nicholas!

The Faribault Rotary Club inducted Nicholas Sonpon, center, as a new member. He is pictured with sponsor Dick Huston (left) and membership team member Greg Ciesluk. Sonpon is employed at Daikin as a technician. He is a native of Liberia and returns there to volunteer promoting education.
New Member- Nicholas Sonpon Dick Huston 2022-03-30 05:00:00Z 0

4- Way Test Essay KG

Posted by Keaton Ginter
"Four Way Test" Essay
 
  • Is it the TRUTH?
  • Is it FAIR to all concerned?
  • Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
  • Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?
 
 
I play hockey and I am on the varsity team for Faribault and I'm a senior. I have been playing hockey since I was four years old and I love the game. I love going to watch hockey games from the Minnesota Wild to the Gophers to kids playing association hockey. Even though I love hockey and it is a important part of my life, I have been struggling lately and not having much fun. I don't get to play as much in games like I thought I would for my senior year and I'm on the last line for, our team. This has affected my confidence and how much I enjoy the games and my teammates.
I recently talked to my coach about this and he told me things would get better and he would be changing my line. We have played two times since then and nothing has really changed for me but more for other players around me. After reading the Four way test I have been trying to think about my feelings and this situation on my team using these questions. I think it is helping me look at things differently and not have such a negative mindset.
 
Is it the truth?
 
Sometimes it is hard to figure out what is the truth. I have been telling myself that I should be starting because I am a senior and because I am just as good as anyone else. have more experience and hockey knowledge that isn't being used. I have been feeling bad about myself for not starting and find myself having some negative thoughts that aren't the truth. I started to think that I wasn't good enough. That isn't the truth because I know I am good enough and I can play on any line and that doesn't change my value to the team. Our third line needs someone who can be a leader and score and pass and I am that player. I could do that on any line but maybe the younger players wouldn't be able to handle that kind of pressure of lifting up other players like I can.
 
Is it Fair to all concerned?
 
For me to feel like I have more value than anyone else is not fair to the others and all that they bring to the team. Hockey is not an individual sport and we all have a role to play. No one is more valuable than the other and if we win it is not because of me and if we lose it is also not because of me or anyone else.
 
Will it build Goodwill and better friendships?
 
When we are working hard together and bring out the best in each other then we build friendships and have fun and make memories. I try to build friendships with the guys by inviting them to do stuff outside of practice and that helps the team when we can be friends off the ice too.
 
Will it be beneficial to all concerned?
 
Not having fun or being down about playing time or what line I'm on isn't beneficial to anyone especially me. When someone is down, we all feel it and I don't want to be the one dragging others down. I want to do my best to help lift up others and you can only do that if you stay positive and work hard and be a leader for all concerned not just yourself.
4- Way Test Essay KG Keaton Ginter 2022-03-29 05:00:00Z 0

Last Week's Meeting 3/23/2022

Posted by Suzanne Rook

The Virtues Project

Kymn Anderson and George Wickstrom shared information about a project they are both involved in, The Virtues Project-Faribault. The project began as an idea of Faribault’s Cindy Diessner during her participation in the Chamber’s Faribault’s Future class.
 
The project is part of The Virtues Project, a global initiative that began 30 years ago. It is meant to inspire the inclusion of the virtues in everyday life. People in 135 countries have been involved in The Virtues Project, which are available online, in physical cards and an app. The virtues are found in every culture, religion and ideology. The project employs Five Strategies, resources that create a culture of caring, Anderson said, noting that every person is born with the virtues, but that they need to be developed.  They favor no agenda, ideology or religion. Cards designed for adults use quotes, some from religious texts. Those intended for children do not include religious quotes/verbiage.
 
Wickstrom shared personal experiences, one about his Aunt Marion, a teacher who was a mentor and guide during his childhood. Marion, he said, displayed the virtues in her everyday life, and was able to make an impact on a great number of her students by maintaining a correspondence with them.  He also shared a favorite story about founding father Benjamin Franklin, and the 13 Virtues list he created. The virtues, if mastered, Franklin believed, would help him become a better person and correct behavior he found undesirable in himself.
 
Anderson explained that The Virtues Project – Faribault has been part of several initiatives since its inception. They include the Virtues Trail, Virtue of the Week in the Faribault Daily News and a two-day class in 2016 that trained 68 area residents to be facilitators.  “It has become a real passion for some of us in the community,” said Anderson. “We believe we can change the world.”
 
Wickstrom gifted each club member a code so they could download the Virtues Project app free.
 
 
Last Week's Meeting 3/23/2022 Suzanne Rook 2022-03-29 05:00:00Z 0

Fellowship News 3/23/2022

Posted by Suzanne Rook
Following the Pledge of Allegiance and Rotary’s Four-Way Test, Jess Amundson read a selected virtue, Faith. Mindy Reeder gave the invocation.
 
Membership Chair Keith Kramer inducted two new members, Dr. Robert Speckhals and Faribault Police sergeant Brandon Gliem. Both were warmly welcomed into the club.
 
Announcements
Mark Kenny introduced his guest, his son Sam.
 
Cate Grinney was named to Forbes' National List of America's Top Women Wealth Advisors for 2022. (See the separate article below.)  Congratulations Cate!
 
Fellowship News 3/23/2022 Suzanne Rook 2022-03-29 05:00:00Z 0
Strawberries Museum Murray Hanson 2022-03-29 05:00:00Z 0

Poison ivy

Poison Ivy is not Ivy and Poison Oak is not an Oak. They are both part of the Cashew family.
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New Member- Robert Speckhals

Posted by Dick Huston

Welcome Bob!

Dr. Bob Speckhals was inducted as an Honorary Member in the Faribault Rotary Club.  Bob is pictured here with sponsor, Rod Mahler (left) and membership chair, Keith Kramer (right.)
New Member- Robert Speckhals Dick Huston 2022-03-28 05:00:00Z 0

Grinney Named to Forbes' National List of America's
Top Women Wealth Advisors for 2022
 

Congratulations Cate!

Edward Jones Financial Advisor Cate Grinney of Faribault was named to the annual list of America's Top Women Wealth Advisors for 2022 by Forbes and SHOOK Research. This is her first time being named to this prestigious list. Rankings were announced in February 2022.
 
Grinney ranked No. 12 among Top Women Wealth Advisors Best-in-State in Minnesota. She has served area investors for the nearly 23 years.  "My branch team and I are dedicated to living our purpose, which is embedded in the culture of our firm. We choose to partner for positive impact to improve the wellbeing of our clients and colleagues, and together better our communities and society," Grinney said. "This recognition from Forbes and SHOOK is an honor and a testament to the quality of our partnerships and the mutual trust we are able to develop."
 
To compile the 2022 list of 1,377 women, SHOOK Research analysts conducted more than 16,000 interviews with nominees. Criteria included client service, compliance records, community involvement, the investment process, assets under care and tenure in the industry. Based on the full nationwide list, best-in-state rankings were determined.  Grinney is one of 36 Edward Jones financial advisors to be named to the 2022 Forbes list of America's Top Women Wealth Advisors and subsequently the Top Women Wealth Advisors Best-in-State, which is published in the Feb/March issue of Forbes. 
Grinney Named to Forbes' National List of America's Top Women Wealth Advisors for 2022  2022-03-28 05:00:00Z 0

New Member- Brandon Gliem

Posted by Dick Huston

Welcome Brandon!

Brandon Gliem (left) recently was inducted as a new Faribault Rotary club member. Gliem was sponsored by Keith Kramer (right). Gliem is a Faribault police sergeant and will serve on the Rotary’s diversity committee.

New Member- Brandon Gliem Dick Huston 2022-03-28 05:00:00Z 0

Cambodia Project Daily News

Posted by Spencer Biessel

Locals bring access to clean water to children in Cambodia

Students in Battambang, Cambodia are gaining access to clean water for the first time in their lives thanks to the Faribault Rotary Club and other Rotary members. (Photo courtesy of Dick Huston)
Reprinted with permission from the Daily News
 
The Faribault Rotary Club is dedicated to making an impact — oftentimes locally and other times far from home. The Faribault Rotary Club raised $30,000 locally. Rotary International also contributed funds to the project in Battambang, a city in northwestern Cambodia.
“The project was about $75,000 — money well spent that will provide clean water and nutrition for this community for years and years,” Huston said.  He explained the beginning of the process on the Rotary’s end.  “Rotary does these kinds of events all over the world. We saw the need, and we went about it over a long period and got a grant written, raising the money, and getting the project started.”
The Faribault Rotary could not have accomplished the project without the assistance of the Battambang Rotary Club or Rotary International.
“In order for the Rotary to do an international project like this, we need to be sponsored by a local rotary,” Huston said.
 
Purifier building
This building will soon hold the water purification machine for the school. The building is now complete, but it will be several months before the purifier is up and running. (Photo courtesy of Dick Huston)
 
Huston and the rest of the Faribault locals who went on the trip were impressed by how much help the Battambang Rotary members provided.
“One thing important to Rotary International is sustainability,” Huston said. The members from the Battambang Rotary Club are great. The children are first and foremost in our goals.”
Huston and the other Rotarians set out on this trip to help the people of Battambang after Rotarian Sam Ouk pointed out the need. Ouk was born in Cambodia but came to America when he was young. Because he has family that still lives in Cambodia, he had contacts there to help arrange the trip and project.
 
Holding Pond
The project involved creating a holding pond. This allows the school to store enough water to safely get through the dry periods each year. (Photo courtesy of Dick Huston)
 
When Faribault’s Rotarians made it to Cambodia, they got to see firsthand why this project was so important.   “These kids are going to a school with no electricity, meaning no AC, no fans,” Huston said. “Every day we were there was at least in the 90s. We established a garden so that they could have better school lunches. The goal is to have extra from the garden and purifier to be able to sell some of each.”
When they arrived in Cambodia, the Rotarians were given some additional funding from donors. They decided to use this funding to bring some joy to the kids there. This is when the group got a real understanding of the urgency of their project.
“We used that money to buy pencils, books, candy, and gave these things to the school children,” Huston said. “One of the little girls collapsed in line to get her book. It came to our attention that that girl was dehydrated and malnourished. She’s going to be OK now. They need not only water, but also nutrition. The importance of the project was brought forth in that one incident.”
Lo Chay and Dick
Dick Huston (right) stands with Battambang Rotary’s president Lo Chay (left). (Photo courtesy of Dick Huston)
 
Reach reporter Spencer Beissel at 507-333-3129. © Copyright 2022 APG Media of Southern Minnesota. All rights reserved.
 
Cambodia Project Daily News Spencer Biessel 2022-03-26 05:00:00Z 0

New Member Proposal- Ron Dweik

The honorable Pastor Greg Ciesluk proposes Ron Dweik, Enrollment Advisor for South Central College, for membership in the Faribault Rotary Club.  If you have any questions please contact membership chair, Keith Kramer.
New Member Proposal- Ron Dweik Murray H Hanson 2022-03-22 05:00:00Z 0
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Spiny Lobsters

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Spiny Lobsters migrate in groups of 50 or more forming a conga line on the ocean floor.
Spiny Lobsters Murray Hanson 2022-03-22 05:00:00Z 0

Outer space

Space fact – If two pieces of the same type of metal touch in space, they  will permanently bond. | Dr. Joseph's Class
If two pieces of the same type of material touch in outer space, they will bond together permanently.
Outer space Murray Hanson 2022-03-22 05:00:00Z 0

New Member Proposal- Nicholas Sonpon

The honorable Dr. Dick Huston proposes Nicholas Sonpon, technician at Daiken Applied, for membership in the Faribault Rotary Club.  If you have any questions, pleas contact membership chair, Keith Kramer.
New Member Proposal- Nicholas Sonpon Murray H Hanson 2022-03-21 05:00:00Z 0

New Member Proposal- Carrie Ann Pollard

The honorable Michigan Wolverine, Pastor Mark Kenney, proposes Carry Ann Pollard, a Realtor at Pollard Tribe Realty, for membership in the Faribault Rotary Club.  If you have any questions, please contact membership chair, Keith Kramer.
New Member Proposal- Carrie Ann Pollard Murray H Hanson 2022-03-21 05:00:00Z 0

Service Above Self Essay- KG

Posted by Keaton Ginter
 
          "Service Above Self"
 
I volunteer at the Paradise Center doing some ushering and greeting during plays. I like doing this because my dad is in some plays at the theater and I like being involved and going to watch his performances and it's something that not many other kids my age do. I have gotten to know some of the other actors so it is fun to be there with them behind stage and see what is going on behind the scenes that other people don't get to see.
 
I like seeing all the people who come to the theater and supporting the cast and community. It is more fun to be part of the play then just watching it even if I'm just there to help pass out information or greet people, I feel like part of the cast and crew. Watching and helping with so many plays at the Paradise has made me think about doing stand-up comedy or maybe helping with production like lighting and sound so I am taking Intro to Theater Arts in high school this year. I think this experience helps me be more involved with the community, build more friendships and do new things.
 
I also helped my girlfriend's family with their business in Faribault this past year. They own Trump's apple orchard and it gets very busy and they need help in the store sometimes because they work every day for 12 to 15 hours. They do a lot to support me so I liked going there to help whenever I was not working at the golf course because it feels good to be helpful and do a good job at something, especially when you are helping people you know and care about. I started learning more about their business the more I went there to help and they had me doing different things like sorting apples, making caramel apples, stocking shelves and cleaning. I learned that I like being busy and working hard and helping customers more than doing something just to get a paycheck.
 
Afterwards we would have supper together and it was fun to work hard together and then relax together. It felt good to be involved in the orchard because it is a important part of the community and it makes me feel proud to be part of that.  Scott delivers apples to all of the HyVee grocery stores in the area and cities every day and a lot of people go to the store to get apples, pumpkins, cider, apple crisp and other products which helps our economy and they provide several jobs. Chrissy runs the store herself so they both work very hard and are good role models for me and their kids. They also get a lot of visitors who come to Faribault to shop so it is important they have enough help to stay open and keep their store running and strong tourism for Faribault. I have learned a lot about what it takes to run a family business and work hard which is an act of service above self because you have to do what is best for the business and your employees before yourself.
 
Other things I have done include when Covid first started, I helped volunteer downtown and we packed about 200 big food boxes and that was hard work but it felt really good when we got all the boxes done. It was like a race to fill the boxes and I liked it being challenging and rewarding. The boxes were given away at school to families in need. It made me appreciate having food at home when I'm hungry and my family able to go grocery shopping and out to eat.
I also helped deliver 100 bikes and helmets to Jefferson last summer. The bikes were for children who don't have a bike. It was fun to help because they needed my help and they thanked me a lot for coming. Participating helped me appreciate that I had a bike when I was younger and able to go riding around my neighborhood and trails. Lots of other kids don't get to do that and giving them a bike helps them have more freedom to explore the community and be healthy. Sometimes when I see a child riding a bike, I think that is a bike I helped with.
 
I do also like to help coach younger players in hockey and I've been volunteering to do that this season. I think it's good for the younger kids to get to know us High School varsity players and have good role models and I like being someone the kids can look up to.
Service Above Self Essay- KG Keaton Ginter 2022-03-21 05:00:00Z 0

Fellowship News 3/16/2022

Posted by David Sauer

Certificate of Appreciation

On March 16, 2022, the Faribault Rotary Club met at the Inn at Shattuck on a beautiful spring like day.  The highlight of the meeting was Susan Garwood’s classification speech, which was preceded by several announcements and warm fellowship.  Salient details of the meeting follow.  
 
President Todd Sesker warmed up the assembled Rotarians by proudly, albeit briefly, showing video highlights of the University of Iowa’s Men’s basketball team’s Big Ten Championship.  This must have jinxed the Hawkeyes as they were promptly eliminated in the NCAA basketball tournament in the first round.  All University of Minnesota fans wish Iowa better luck next year. (Not really  😊)
 
In club announcements, Rotarian of the Year, Laura Bock thanked all the Rotarians who volunteered for the Red Cross blood drive.  She stated the Red Cross was pleased with the results of the blood donations obtaining about 20 percent more than anticipated.  She also advised that Rotarians will be delivering “Meals on Wheels” at the end of the month and promised to remind the volunteers of their duties.  Laura also called on the club to restart the Rotary Readers program, saying a chairperson was needed to get the program reinitiated.   The Owatonna Rotary Club is hosting a celebration to commemorate their 100th anniversary, Laura and her husband Steve are planning to attend and welcome anyone who cared to join them.
 
STRIVE Chairman Greg Ciesluk read a thank you note from Keaton Ginter who earned a STRIVE scholarship.
 
Natalie Ginter highlighted that Rotarians can help Ukraine by supporting the Rotary disaster relief grant.
 
President Sesker said the Club had received thanks from both the Faribault Middle and High School for donations to the NEST programs.
 
 Dr. Richard Huston briefed on the results of the Cambodia trip.  Dr. Huston praised our partner club in Battambang, Cambodia as being very experienced and an excellent partner for the clean water project.  He also praised Natalie Ginter and former club member Sam Ouk for their stellar work in making the project happen.  Dr. Huston also showed a plaque our Cambodian partners gave us to recognize the Faribault Club’s contributions.
 
Brenda DeMars gave a report on charitable gambling - please see Chad Koepke’s separate email for the great results.
 
Fellowship News 3/16/2022 David Sauer 2022-03-16 05:00:00Z 0

Charitable Gambling Minutes 3/16/2022

Posted by Chad Koepke

Monthly Meeting

  • Brenda DeMars led the membership meeting as Chad Koepke was out of the state on the day of the meeting
  • Total revenue surged to an FRYS record of $190K
    • Paper tab sales set a new record at $86K
      • Prior to February’s $86K in paper tab sales, the prior record was $46K in November 2021
      • The gross margin on paper tabs was the strongest on record as well at 21.6% for a gross profit of $19K
  • Electronic tabs rebounded as well with sales of $96K with gross profit of $11K for a gross margin of 11.8%
  • Also contributing to February’s record high revenue was the new addition of non-linked Bingo (“regular” Bingo) to the FRYS CG operation with sales of $7K in February and gross profit of $2K
  • Turning to other developments, the charitable gambling operation had a surprise audit in the first week of March from Isaac Mixon, Field Audit Specialist for the MN Gambling Control Board. The audit revealed one area of attention, which was that paper tab sellers should be wearing nametags or posted somewhere visible
  • FRYS received formal approval to repay the $10K startup loan that the main FRYS bank account funded to the gambling account to purchase inventory, processing systems, etc…
  • Natalie Ginter has been putting in the structure and rules in place to assist with the charitable donations from the gambling profits
    • Of note, FRYS received confirmation that charitable gambling profits can be donated back to the main FRYS bank account and avoid any unrelated business income taxes as FRYS is a 501 C3 organization. Charitable giving still needs to comply with FRYS’ non-profit objectives to help improve the lives of the youth in Faribault
  • The following expenses were approved:
    • CG Made Easy Administrative Fee = $250
      • Fixed fee every month
    • Inventory = $4,500
      • Paper tab sales set a record high in February 2022, which means inventory might need to be higher going forward with the positive momentum and warmer weather on the horizon
    • Rotary Gambling Team Compensation = $2,600
    • Bingo Team Compensation = $1,000
      • Bingo
    • Revenue Share with MPeters = $10,000
      • Profit share is 31% of e-tab gaming  à Activity rebounded to more normal levels in  February and could be in line for stronger numbers as the warmer climate approaches
    • City of Faribault = $1,500
      • Revenue share with the city is going to be higher going forward with greater activities
    • Revenue Share with Boxers = $8,500
      • Profit-share w/ e-tabs = 15% & paper tabs = 20% à Paper tabs set record highs in February and that means higher revenue share with Boxers given the 20% share
    • Misc. Cost = $5,000
      • FRYS is hiring Reece, Winter for payroll processing à first invoice is still on the way
      • Dawn is potentially interested in FRYS buying a horse racing game for Boxers à costs on such a game are not known, so over allocate if purchase takes place in April
      • FRYS’ paper tab weighing scale broke, so a new one is needed for purchase at $535
    • Total Expenses Approved: $33,350
      • On a motion by Todd Sesker with a second by Jake Kohl, the expenses for the month of April were approved
Charitable Gambling Minutes 3/16/2022 Chad Koepke 2022-03-16 05:00:00Z 0

Last Week's Meeting 3/16/2022

Posted by David Sauer

Thanks Sue!

Susan Garwood, Executive Director Rice County Historical Society, highlighted the meeting with her classification speech.  She stressed the importance of family, showing several photographs of her immediate family, her son, and even her as a very young child.  She pointed out a picture of her on a tricycle with bare feet to stress she had an idyllic childhood.  She credits her parents for instilling in her a love of history, saying although her father worked in advertising, he was a historian at heart.  In fact, she showed several photos of her extended family and showed an illustration of her family tree.  
 
Sue attended Saint Cloud State University earning a degree in American Studies as well as later earning a Degree in Library and Information Science.  She started working at the Northfield Historical Society in 1988 and through a confluence of events became the Director of the office when she was 23 years old.  She later worked at Carleton College until 2003 when she was invited to apply for the Executive Director position for the Rice County Historical Society. Sue was hired and has been at the Rice County Historical Society ever since.  After being engaged in the study of Rice County history for 35 years, Sue said she knows that she does not know everything about Rice County, but she does know who to ask to get more information.
 
Sue said her hobbies and interests include a passion for early photography, all things related to New Zealand, Rugby, Sled dog racing, quilting, gingerbread houses, agates, and gardening in small doses.   Highlighting her passion for early photography, she has her own website - sgarwood.com - devoted to early photography.  The Club enjoyed her presentation and gave her a warm round of applause.
 
 
Last Week's Meeting 3/16/2022 David Sauer 2022-03-16 05:00:00Z 0

Microbial cells

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There are ten times more microbial cells than human cells in our bodies.
Microbial cells Murray Hanson 2022-03-15 05:00:00Z 0

One?

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One is the only number with letters in reverse alphabetical order.
One? Murray Hanson 2022-03-15 05:00:00Z 0

Faribault History 1929

Posted by Murray Hanson on Mar 15, 2022
On a visit to Faribault Senior Living, I came upon this 1929 parade picture of downtown Faribault. Please note the "working" Security Bank clock to the left.
Faribault History 1929 Murray Hanson 2022-03-15 05:00:00Z 0

Queen Isabella I of Spain

Queen Isabella - The Voyage of Christopher Columbus
Queen Isabella I of Spain, who funded Columbus' voyage across the ocean, claimed to have only bathed twice in her life.
Queen Isabella I of Spain Murray Hanson 2022-03-15 05:00:00Z 0

Red Cross Blood Drive Recap 3/14/2022

Posted by Laura Bock
Exciting results from the Red Cross Blood drive that was held Monday March 14th 2022! Faribault Rotary exceeded our unit goal of 47 by collecting 56 units! The Red Cross reached out to congratulate us on such a large overage! As you know the national blood supply is critically low and every drive makes a difference. Thank you to all the Rotarians who took time from their day to volunteer to staff the drive: David Sauer, Keith Kramer, Cindy Yerington, Mary Ellen Bondhus, Kymn Anderson Kay Hoaglin, Greg Ciesluk, Aubrey Nicholson and her daughter Scout. Many Rotarians participated in the blood drive by donating too! You helped us blow past our goal – Thank you!!
 
A special Thank you to 4th Avenue United Methodist Church for allowing us to host in their fellowship hall – we appreciate your support very much!  Our Next Red Cross Blood Drive will be hosted on Friday July 8th from 10 am to 4 pm at 4th Avenue United Methodist Church, and volunteer opportunities are available.
Red Cross Blood Drive Recap 3/14/2022 Laura Bock 2022-03-14 05:00:00Z 0

Cambodia Project March 2022

The Cambodia travelers have returned safely. There will be more stories to tell in the next few weeks.  Here are some of the photos from Dr. Huston. The first 3 photos are of the students in the classroom, outside the school and receiving books candy and pencils from Rotarians. The fourth photo is the host Rotary President with Dr. Huston at the Garden entrance. The 5th photo is the water purification structure. The sixth is the completed water holding pond.
 

Here we see students at a remote school and the proposed site for a new school in this village.

 
 
 
 
Cambodia Project March 2022 Murray H Hanson 2022-03-14 05:00:00Z 0

Four Way Test Essay- MG

Posted by Madeline Gersemehl
 
"Four Way Test Essay" "Is it fair to all concerned?"
 
 
For years, women of all ethnic backgrounds have been treated unfair and as though their career interests and their achievements are not as important or as significant as those of their male counterparts. Little girls from all corners of the world grow up being told that they aren't as special as boys. This perpetuated stereotype must end; as a society, we can elevate girls, teaching them that they can, in fact, be just as successful as their male peers. Gender should never be a barrier between a little girl and her future and should be something that brings people together.
 
Little girls should be able to love who they are and be happy with their gender rather than wishing they were born a boy so that they would have more opportunities. These stereotypes need to be taken out of work force as well. Gender should not prevent a woman from becoming a successful physician. In the same vein, a man should be able to earn a nursing degree without feeling unsuccessful or "less than." As an advocate of gender equality, it is important to me that eve1y woman and girl across the globe has a voice and can use it in every circumstance. It is my goal that never again should a woman be pushed into a corner and silenced for speaking up about her beliefs and concerns as that is simply unfair. Along with this, I hope to help each woman see that she matters and has a purpose in this world.
In the world in which we live, it is not uncommon to see women being treated as less than their male counterparts. To be an advocate for gender equality,
 
I must first believe in the value of my dreams and listen to my own strong voice. In the future, I hope to inspire women and advocate for all those who have been treated as less important. I hope to encourage young girls to follow their dreams no matter what society tells them. Truthfully, anyone who claims not to see gender inequality has just as much of an anti-female mindset as those who can see it and refuse to act. Gender equality shouldn't be relegated to the sidelines; it needs to take its rightful place at the center of conversations. Malala Yousafzai, global activist for female education and Nobel Peace Prize laureate, once said, "I raise up my voice-not so that I can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard .  We cannot all succeed when half of us is held back.."   Those words inspire me to raise my voice, bringing it out of the dark comer and into the wide world.
Four Way Test Essay- MG Madeline Gersemehl 2022-03-14 05:00:00Z 0

New member Proposal- Brandon Gliem

Our honorable membership chair proposes Brandon Gliem, a Sergeant in the Faribault Police Department, for membership in the Faribault Rotary Club. If you have any questions please contact Keith.
New member Proposal- Brandon Gliem Murray H Hanson 2022-03-14 05:00:00Z 0

New Member Proposal- Dr. Robert Speckhals

The honorable Rod Mahler proposes the retired Dr. Robert Speckals for honorary membership in the Faribault Rotary Club. Bob was a member of our club in the 1990's and was originally sponsored by Rod.  If you have any questions please contact membership chair Keith Kramer.
New Member Proposal- Dr. Robert Speckhals Murray H Hanson 2022-03-14 05:00:00Z 0

Last Week's Meeting 3/9/2022

Amber Cues and Becky Ford

Becky Ford and Amber Cues gave our program on AmeriCorps in Rice County. For decades, service to others has been an indispensable part of the American experience. Through our nation’s most trying times, AmeriCorps has come together to help those in need. There are 49 active volunteers in Rice County helping in many different programs ranging from early education to recovery efforts.
 
Most of the work is with students in three programs: Early Learning Corps - working with pre-K in the form of song and play. Math Corps - working one on one with students on math skills. Reading Corps - working daily with students on reading skills. 
 
Volunteers come from all walks of life and ages. Requirements to join are to be a US citizen, 18 years of age and have a high school diploma. Volunteers are rewarded in several ways by their service. It looks great on resumes, can open career paths and gain new skills, and they pay you to volunteer with a stipend. If you would like to step up and be a volunteer with AmeriCorps or know someone that would like to, please contact Becky Ford at americorps@healthycommunityinitiative.org
 
 
Last Week's Meeting 3/9/2022 David Connelly 2022-03-14 05:00:00Z 0

Fellowship News 3/9/2022

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On a sunny, yet cold Wednesday on March 9th, Rotarians joined together at the Inn at Shattuck at roughly noon. In club announcements, Rotarian of the Year, Laura Bock shared there were still opportunities to help with our spring highway clean-up.
Cindy Yerington has a couple of openings in club services for this year. Sign up at our next meeting.
 
STRIVE chair Greg Ciesluk shared that recruitment has begun for next year's Strive classes. If you know any Juniors that could benefit from Strive, send them over to Greg or Angie Ramirez.
Lois Nelson from Owatonna Rotary Club joined us and invited all Faribault Rotarians to join them at their 100-year celebration on April 2nd at Torey's Restaurant. Please RSVP.
Natalie made an update about the Cambodia trip. There are many pictures on our Facebook page to check out.  
 
In Fellowship, David Sauer shared his daughter's 19th birthday last week and expressed solidarity with Ukraine.
Kurt Halverson's insight of National Woman’s day thanked all the great women within our club.
Pastor Mark shared his recent virtual mission trip, which is in Cambodia.
 
Nort Johnson shared an announcement between several partners, including the Faribault Industrial Holdings and the Faribault Chamber, they have made a purchase agreement for 13 downtown buildings. Twenty-nine apartments will be renovated within this project.
Sue Garwood updated us that the Historical Society is going back to in-person programing.
Brenda DeMars shared the state did a surprise audit, and we passed.
Becky Ford shared that her daughter Emilia (age 18) is having a fantastic time on the Rice County Historical board. Please let Becky know if other boards are looking for a young perspective.      
 
Fellowship News 3/9/2022 David Connelly 2022-03-14 05:00:00Z 0

New Member- Brianna Maland

Posted by Murray H Hanson

Welcome Brianna!

Brianna gave her classification talk recently.  I asked her six follow up questions to help summarize her presentation for those of us who were present and for our club members who missed the meeting. If you have not had a chance to welcome her to our club, please do so.
  1. Your Family members, occupations (including you) or school level?” 
Dad – Todd, owner of Bulldog Coatings
Mom – Michele, accountant/office manager Rice County Highway Department
Brother – Alex, part owner of Bulldog Coatings
Brother – Dylan, junior at FHS
 
  1. Your Hometown/School/College
Faribault, FHS, South Central
 
  1. Your Previous occupations?
Kwik Trip, Bartender, Sales/Installation at Garage Force
 
  1. Any Hobbies?
I love to spend time with my dog, family & friends, enjoy time on the lake, and concert
 
  1. Rotary sponsor?
David Connelly
 
  1. Interesting fact about you or your life?
I am the youngest member of the KOWZ Sales team at 24 years old,
 
New Member- Brianna Maland Murray H Hanson 2022-03-09 06:00:00Z 0

The first US coin?

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Sea Otters

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Sea Otters hold each others paws while sleeping so they don't drift apart.
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Service Above Self Essay- MG

Posted by Madeline Gersemehl
 
"Service Above Self” Essay
 
 
Throughout my childhood, service has been an extremely important virtue to me. Service not only helps other people, but it also satisfies me knowing I positively impacted someone else's life. Seeing other people who are less fortunate than I can be heart-wrenching but knowing I can help them, comforts me. To me, one of the most important aspects of living is helping those who are in need also live their life to the fullest. Everyone deserves to be living comfortably and that is why I believe it is our job, as people who are blessed with more than enough, to help those who are less fortunate.  One of my favorite acts of service is helping those in need by creating shoes out of jeans.
 
As a service project, I volunteered to take old jeans, and, with the help of others, create shoes for those who have none. The moment I knew that there were thousands of children whose health was declining because of the infections they were getting in their feet I knew I had to help.  There are so many children around the world who unfortunately have no shoes to wear, however, this project allowed us to create these shoes so their feet could be protected. Although it may not seem like a lot, these shoes protect children from getting infections and other injuries on their feet. For many, these donated shoes mean so much more than we can truly understand. When we see the happiness and amount of gratitude, they have it truly makes the service project worth every minute given.  As president of the National Honors Society, I have had the amazing opportunity to come up with many different service opportunities.
 
For one project, we found a family in need in Faribault and gifted them with presents that they could not afford for Christmas. After raising money, we were able to gift this family over six hundred dollars’ worth of presents. The best part about this service project was seeing the children's faces light up when we put their presents under the tree. They had never received this many presents before which is why it was even more meaningful to us volunteers. It was so heart warning to see the family's thankfulness but also to see my fellow NHS members involved and excited to provide this sweet family with wonderful gifts.
 
One of my favorite things to do is protect the earth. From buying natural products and recycled materials to cleaning our environment; I love it all. That is why another one of my top favorite service projects has been cleaning our earth.  It is eye-opening to see the amount of garbage and waste that people will throw on the side of the road.  After multiple hours cleaning the one side of the road it was clean. It is sad to know that in a couple of months it will be dirty once again from people mistreating it. But we will go out there again and clean it up because that is what our earth deserves: to be clean. Another way I love to take care of our community is by taking care of our school gardens. I volunteer my time by planting flowers, pulling weeds, and just taking care of the garden. I love that people of our community can share the joy that these beautiful gardens bring me each season.
 
As a result of my community service, I have grown as a person, scholar, and peer. I have learned the most beneficial ways to help those in need by tending to their individual needs first. Although it may be challenging to find a lot of extra time in one's schedule, service will always be there for when you are able to find that time. These service projects have made me eve1more grateful and appreciative for everything I have in my life. I look forward to being of even more service to my community in the future.
Service Above Self Essay- MG Madeline Gersemehl 2022-03-07 06:00:00Z 0

Last Week's Meeting 3/2/2022

Posted by David Sauer

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Brianna Maland gave her classification speech.  She highlighted she is an account executive for KOWZ radio, but also enjoys working part-time as a bartender.  In her spare time, Brianna helps her father and brother in their Bull Dog Coating business.  She explained that she never thought she would get involved in a sales career having thought she wanted to be a lawyer or an accountant while growing up. Explaining her background, Brianna said she moved to Faribault from Mankato when she was three.  She graduated from Faribault Senior High in 2016.
 
Brianna presented 10 important facts to know about her.  She went on to say she is a crazy dog lover, later sharing photographs of her dog.  At 24 years of age, she is the youngest member of the KOWZ sales team.  Brianna expressed confidence in her problem-solving skills.   When she has time off, she loves spending time at a cabin and traveling to Mexico.  Wineries are places she also enjoys visiting.  Thus far, Brianna has only had two speeding tickets.  No artificial Christmas tree for her, as she firmly stated she believes in purchasing real Christmas trees and likes the challenge of finding the perfect tree.  Her favorite meal is the Rudy’s Signature Steak at the Ranchero Supper Club in Webster.  Finally, she loves to cook and strives to be the perfect hostess when entertaining friends.
 
Club members enjoyed her speech, asking several follow up questions.  Brianna also explained KOWZ’s non-profit spotlight program.  
 
Last Week's Meeting 3/2/2022 David Sauer 2022-03-03 06:00:00Z 0

Fellowship News 3/2/2022

Posted by David Sauer

Congratulations!

On March 2, 2022, the Faribault Rotary Club convened its regular meeting at the Inn at Shattuck.  Key highlights included acknowledging Rod Mahler’s 64th anniversary of being a Faribault Rotary Club member and Brianna Maland’s classification speech.  Salient details of the meeting follow.
 
Announcements:
 
Laura Bock reminded everyone that there were volunteer opportunities for the March 14 Red Cross blood drive and a need for a driver for Meals on Wheels.  If you want to donate blood, Laura said she is available to help people sign up.
 
Kurt Halverson discussed the recent donation of scholarship money for the STRIVE program by Dr. and Mrs. Roy Anderson who have given funding to support potential students in the medical field.  Kurt also noted Pastor Greg Ciesluk would replace him as head of the STRIVE program.
 
Jake Cook highlighted the Elks Club youth ice fishing tournament saying 165 kids showed up for the event.  A 9.25-inch perch was the winning fish for the tournament.
 
Brent Peroutka announced two Paul Harris Awards.  President Todd Sesker and Jake Cook were recognized with their awards.  Brent added that five more Paul Harris awards will be named in coming meetings.
 
During fellowship, the club sang the birthday song to Gail Kaderlik.  Her birthday is on March 4. Happy Birthday Gail!  Rod Mahler was recognized for being a member of the Faribault Rotary Club for 64 years.  Rod shared that when he joined meetings were held in the Hotel Faribault. 
 
Natalie Ginter commented the payment for the Cambodian Water project grant had been initiated.  She also pointed out that the Faribault Rotary team visiting Cambodia which is being led by led by Dr. Richard Huston had left that day.  They will inaugurate the water project during their time in Cambodia.
Fellowship News 3/2/2022 David Sauer 2022-03-03 06:00:00Z 0

Respect aimed to build character, community

Reprinted with permission from the Daily News

Conga line

Students form a conga line in Bethlehem Academy’s gymnasium Tuesday. (Photo courtesy of Cassie Kratt)

Respect is a seven-lettered word with a whole lot of meaning behind it.  Bethlehem Academy’s ninth graders participated in a day-long Youth Frontiers Respect Retreat Tuesday sponsored by the Rotary Club of Faribault.  BA Mission Integration Coordinator Cassie Kratt said students spent the day engaged with their peers. Youth Frontiers’ mission is to provide schools with experiences that inspire character, civility and community, Kratt said.  The Rotary Club of Faribault sponsored the retreat. Youth Frontiers leaders 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, according to Kratt.

 Youth Frontiers leaders were aided by BA student leaders: seniors Aiden Tobin, Katie Seidel, Henry Schoolmeesters and Madelyn Bauer, along with juniors Karlie DeGrood and Charlie King.  Leaders led students in ice-breaker games, contests, singing and dancing. The games were designed to get students comfortable enough with each other to step out of what might be their comfort zone.

Burping contest

Bethlehem Academy ninth grade student Will Parrish competes in a burping contest. The games were designed to get students comfortable enough with each other and to step out of their comfort zone. (Photo courtesy of Cassie Kratt)

Life talks were also incorporated in the retreat. They used personal stories, Kratt said, 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,” Kratt said.  The retreat wrapped up with a Respect Card activity. Students were challenged to commit to choosing one of three respect choices for the remainder of the year: Respect yourself, Respect others, Stand up (for others).

Holding retreats at BA is something that’s become a tradition, as Kratt said every grade goes on at some point in the year.  “One of the pillars of our school is community, this retreat focuses on that pillar,” Kratt said. “Or that topic, it’s just an opportunity for the class to bond and learn and form a community for after their retreat.”  Of the benefits that come along with students participating in these types of retreats, Kratt said one main benefit is how students learn about building character and community.  “They take what they learned in the retreat, and apply it to school and life beyond once the retreat wraps up,” Kratt said.

Group photo of four ninth graders

Bethlehem Academy ninth graders, pictured from left, Anna Cohen, Genevieve Donahue, Anna Tobin and Anna DeMars, participated in the Respect Retreat with their fellow classmates. (Michelle Vlasak/southernminn.com)

A refresher on respect

While learning about respect wasn’t a new concept for the ninth-grade class, students Anna DeMars, Genevieve Donahue, Anna Tobin and Anna Cohen agreed it was a nice refresher, and leaders did a good job explaining different ways to show respect.

” It gave us a deeper look into what respect is,” DeMars said. “And the three ways you can show it by respecting yourself, others, and standing up for respect. [Youth Frontiers’ leaders] did a good job not only relating it to our lives, but also making it fun.”  Tobin said the retreat was beneficial in many ways, especially because it helped the ninth-grade class bond.  ” We grew up with these people, and now once we get to high school it will get harder as we go,” Tobin said. “It’s good to have others by your side, and get to know your classmates better. It doesn’t matter if you’re best friends or not.”

It was imperative students come to the retreat in the morning with an open mind, because Tobin said if students went in with a negative mindset, they likely wouldn’t enjoy it. She saw it as an opportunity to spend the day with her classmates, where they learned how to be better people.  Cohen added the leaders intertwined fun activities with lessons, so students were able to stay engaged throughout the whole day.

Student leaders

Youth Frontiers leaders were aided by BA student leaders: seniors Aiden Tobin, Katie Seidel, Henry Schoolmeesters and Madelyn Bauer, along with juniors Karlie DeGrood and Charlie King. Pictured, DeGrood waves her hand up in the air. (Photo courtesy of Bethlehem Academy)

Of the day’s activities, lessons and games, DeMars said one activity towards the end of the retreat was her favorite. She said they had time to sit in a circle and write one goal, and a place to improve, on a note card. Some students also stood up and shared their goals with others.  ”It was nice to hear what others had to say,” DeMars said. “You were able to make connections with others, which brings us closer together as a class.”

Donahue liked the portion of the day where they sang together, and Tobin enjoyed the one-on-one time with small groups the most. Cohen said her favorite part was when they performed skits with small groups, where some students sang, and others rapped. Of the skits, Tobin said it brought out other people’s talents they normally wouldn’t see.

Thumb war

Bethlehem Academy ninth graders played a game of thumb war during the Youth Frontiers Respect Retreat sponsored by the Faribault Rotary Club. (Photo courtesy of Bethlehem Academy)

Reach reporter Michelle Vlasak at 507-333-3128. ©Copyright 2022 APG Media of Southern Minnesota. All rights reserved.

 

Respect aimed to build character, community Michelle Vlasak 2022-03-02 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary STRIVE Program Gives Youth Scholarships

Posted by Michelle Vlasik

Congratulations!

Recipients of scholarships from the 24th annual Strive banquet included seven students. Pictured from left, Pastor Greg Ciesluk, Halimo Ahmed, Kendra Albers, Madelyn Gersemehl, Justin Delesha, Keaton Ginter and Angie Ramirez. (Photo courtesy of Kurt Halverson)
 
Reprinted with permission from the Daily News
 

 

The Faribault Rotary Club was established just over 100 years ago as Rotary’s 596th club. With 22 charter members, that soon grew to 35 by the end of the first year, members act under the motto “Service Above Self.”

Volunteers work locally, regionally and internationally to “combat hunger, improve health and sanitation, provide education and job training and promote peace.” Of the many hats Rotarians wear, is more of a mentorship role through the Strive program.

Strive Chair Kurt Halverson said he works with the program through the Faribault Rotary Club.

“Strive connects area high school students with community members to learn about life skills such as time management, The Virtues Program, the value of higher education, making healthy choices, and personal finance best practices,” Halverson said.

Standing for, “Students Taking Renewed Interest in the Value of Education,” the program was created in District 5960 by Rotarian Don Mooney for the White Bear Rotary Club. According to its site, Rotary District 5960 includes: White Bear Lake Rotary Club, The Rochester Rotary Clubs, Lakeville Rotary Club, Chain of Lakes Rotary Club, Faribault Rotary Club and Stillwater Sunrise Rotary Club.

Halverson said there are eight sessions that start when the participants are juniors and it ends when the students are seniors. If the students attend at least six of the eight sessions, Halverson said they qualify to apply for a scholarship.

Scholarships were awarded at the annual Strive banquet, which was held Feb. 20 at the Inn at Shattuck.

Several students and their families were joined by members of the Rotary Club, local high school administrators and community supporters. Halverson said a grand total of $16,000 was awarded in scholarships this year and the following seven students from the Strive program were recipients: Justin Delesha, Madelyn Gersemehl, Abigail Kugler, Sophy Smith, Keaton Ginter, Kendra Albers, and Halimo Ahmed.

Halverson commended the Strive Team of Angie Ramirez, Edel Fernandez, Pastor Greg Ciesluk and Rebekah Freed for their work.

Freed put her event-planning talents to good use by coordinating the banquet and emceeing the event. Each banquet typically has a theme, and this year’s theme was called, “The Next Chapter.” To highlight this theme, Freed decorated each table based on a classic book, like “The Wizard of Oz” and “Harry Potter.”

 
Rotary STRIVE Program Gives Youth Scholarships Michelle Vlasik 2022-03-02 06:00:00Z 0

Fellowship News 2/23/2022

Posted by Suzanne Rook
Following the Pledge of Allegiance and Rotary’s Four-Way Test, George Wickstrom read a selected virtue, honesty.
 
Announcements
Kurt Halverson recapped the STRIVE banquet, and thanked Bekah Freed and Greg Ciesluk for making the annual event such a big success. Bekah was responsible for party planning, and using the theme: The Next Chapter,” decorated each table with a different classic book. Each guest took home one of the books as well as other gifts, including a swag bag.
 
Kurt Halverson said, gave an excellent overview of STRIVE during the event. Halverson also recognized Kay Hoaglin and Angie Ramirez Saucedo, and read a lovely thank you note from one of the STRIVE scholarship recipients, Maddie Gersemehl. In all, $16,000 in scholarships were given to the students.
 
Natalie Ginter, whose son received a Strive scholarship, reminded club members of the importance of this type of award to so many families, including hers.
 
Greg issued an invitation to an REM Liberia presentation Sunday, Feb. 27 at Fourth Avenue United Methodist. Nicholas Sonpon, who has been a guest of Greg’s at Rotary many times was set to speak about a recent trip to his native Liberia in west Africa.
 
Dick Huston noted that he leaves on the Rotary mission trip to Cambodia March 2.
 
Murray Hanson, who was in charge of fellowship, had all members play a continuous game of Rock, Paper, Scissors. The winner was Erica Staab-Absher.
 
Fellowship News 2/23/2022 Suzanne Rook 2022-03-01 06:00:00Z 0

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Last Week's Meeting 2/23/2022

Posted by Suzanne Rook

Thank you, Edel!

Edel Fernandez, who recently returned from several weeks in Mexico (during that time his father died due to complications from COVID), gave his classification speech, filling in for another member who was unable to attend due to illness. He read a short essay/poem describing himself before telling a story about his experience following what doctors believe may have been a seizure.
 
Edel was born in central Mexico in April 1974, and met his wife, who was a foreign exchange student going to school in Mexico nearly 22 years ago.  He immigrated to Minnesota on Sept. 6, 2000.  On July 4, 2020, during a trip to a local lake with his family, he was playing in the water with his children when he suddenly went underwater. At first, his daughter thought he was playing a joke, but quickly realized he was in danger.  
Edel says he remembers nothing of what happened, but was relaying the story based on what he has been told. Edel was pulled from the water and airlifted to a trauma center where he spent 19 days in the ICU, unconscious. After waking up, he spent another week in the hospital before being released.
 
In the days after he awoke, Edel says he dreamed of thieves trying to steal from him. He finally fought back against the thieves, yelling at them to stop. Doing that, he said, put an end to his bad dreams.  Surviving a near death experience got Edel to realize he needed to give back to the community. He chose the Faribault Rotary Club as his vehicle to give back.
Last Week's Meeting 2/23/2022 Suzanne Rook 2022-02-28 06:00:00Z 0

Last Week's Meeting 2/23/2022

Posted by Suzanne Rook

Thank you, Edel!

Edel Fernandez, who recently returned from several weeks in Mexico (during that time his father died due to complications from COVID), gave his classification speech, filling in for another member who was unable to attend due to illness. He read a short essay/poem describing himself before telling a story about his experience following what doctors believe may have been a seizure.
 
Edel was born in central Mexico in April 1974, and met his wife, who was a foreign exchange student going to school in Mexico nearly 22 years ago.  He immigrated to Minnesota on Sept. 6, 2000. On July 4, 2020, during a trip to a local lake with his family, he was playing in the water with his children when he suddenly went underwater. At first, his daughter thought he was playing a joke, but quickly realized he was in danger.  Edel says he remembers nothing of what happened, but was relaying the story based on what he has been told.
 
Edel was pulled from the water and airlifted to a trauma center where he spent 19 days in the ICU, unconscious. After waking up, he spent another week in the hospital before being released.  In the days after he awoke, Edel says he dreamed of thieves trying to steal from him. He finally fought back against the thieves, yelling at them to stop. Doing that, he said, put an end to his bad dreams.
 
Surviving a near death experience got Edel to realize he needed to give back to the community. He chose the Faribault Rotary Club as his vehicle to give back.
Last Week's Meeting 2/23/2022 Suzanne Rook 2022-02-28 06:00:00Z 0

STRIVE Banquet 2022

Posted by Kurt Halverson
 
 
 
The 2022 Strive banquet was an outstanding success!  Rebekah Freed shared her event-planning talents by coordinating the banquet and emceeing the event.  This year’s banquet was themed “The Next Chapter”, and Rebekah highlighted this by decorating each table based on a classic book like The Wizard of Oz and Harry Potter.  Pastor Greg Ciesluk hosted the Virtue Reading and Invocation.  In addition, Pastor Greg gave an overview and history of the Faribault Rotary Club and it’s Strive program.
 
Several students and their families were joined by members of the Rotary Club, local high school administrators, and community supporters for the banquet.  $16,000 was awarded in scholarships this year and 7 students from the Strive program were recipients:  Justin Delesha, Madelyn Gersemehl, Abigail Kugler, Sophy Smith, Keaton Ginter, Kendra Albers, and Halimo Ahmed.  Many thanks to the Strive Team of Angie Ramirez, Edel Fernandez, Pastor Greg Ciesluk, and Rebekah Freed.
STRIVE Banquet 2022 Kurt Halverson 2022-02-28 06:00:00Z 0

New Member- Kay Hoaglin

Welcome Kay!

Kay gave her classification talk recently.  I asked her seven follow up questions to help summarize her presentation for those of us who were present and for our club members who missed the meeting. If you have not had a chance to welcome her to our club, please do so.
 
  1. Your Family members, occupations (including you) or school level?” 
Myself—Daikin Applied in Faribault (work in Maintenance); Rebekah Freed Daikin Applied (Sr Manager Environmental Health & Safety) Timothy Freed—Epic Electric in Lawson, MO (Master Electrician); Keturah Freed—Salvation Army in Red Wing, MN. Two Daughters & a son.
 
  1. Your Hometown/School/College
Graduated from AlWood High School in Woodhull, IL attended Carl Sandburg Jr College in Galesburg, IL; Classes at SMSU in Springfield, MO, Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, MO & various electives in KC, MO
  1. Your Previous occupations?
Cosmetologist in IL & HI, signed for the Deaf in Milwaukee, Firefighter in Bolivar, MO; Periodical Supervisor & over 35 work study students in Bolivar, MO; Public Library in Bolivar, MO covering 4 counties; 33 years at Mid-Continent Public Library in Independence, MO. Trainer for 33 branches over 3 counties, IT Dept, Acquisitions, Cataloging, Accounting & Maintenance. Retired June 30, 2021. Night Check out supervisor for Kmart, taught weight lifting at YMCA, Worked at Do It Best Hardware 12 ½ yrs part time doing parts, orders, deposits, cash drawers, etc. Moved to MN, started working for Daikin.
 
  1. Any Hobbies?
Always remodeled our homes & helped Rebekah with hers. Crocheting is relaxing to me. Used to make all my own clothes including wedding dress & husband & brother’s suits. Love rides at amusement parks. Favorite was the 180’ drop on a cord head first & flying over everyone.
 
  1. Rotary sponsor?
Rebekah Freed
 
  1. Interesting fact about you or your life?
Grew up on farm, canned everything, grandparents had no indoor plumbing on dairy farm until they moved to town & I was in JR High, loved being a firefighter.  Canned green beans in Fourth Grade by standing on a chair in front of the stove & had to remove all the boiling hot jars myself.  We all used to take baths in the same water in one metal tub.Grandma would start with a little water & keep adding more hot water until everyone was cleaned.  Do not miss the outhouse.So cold in the winter & snake, bees & hot in the summer.
 
  1. Anything else you can think of?        
I have 3 children, 7 grandchildren & 10 great grandchildren. I have done so many things in my lifetime. Gods blessed me beyond measure!
 
 
 
 
New Member- Kay Hoaglin Murray H Hanson 2022-02-28 06:00:00Z 0

Fellowship News 2/16/2022

Posted by David Connelly
Brenda DeMars called the meeting to order at 12:15 pm on February 16th at the Inn at Shattuck St. Mary's. Pastor Greg Ciesluk presented the club with prayer and the virtue of Idealism. As a club, we were delighted and honored to join Jamie Bente into our club, Welcome Mr. Bente!
 
During Announcements Community Project Lead Co-Chair and current Rotarian of the Year, Laura Bock spoke of many volunteer opportunities to sign up for, including Meals on Wheels, Elks Ice Fishing, Blood Drive, and Highway clean-up. Get engaged by contacting Laura Bock or Co-Chair David Connelly for more information.
 
Dr. Huston informed the club that each member gets a free T-shirt. You can pick up your T-shirt at the next couple of meetings or by contacting Dick. Please wear your T-shirts when out doing community projects please.
 
Lastly, Lisa Humfeld-Wilson updated the club on the Exchange families needed. There will be only one student coming this coming August, and we will only need to collect two more host families in our community. If you know of any families looking to host an exchange student, don't hesitate to contact Lisa. 
 
During Fellowship, Greg Ciesluk introduced Ron Dweik as his guest and confirmed Ron would be joining the club as a member.
 
Kurt Halvorson welcomed Edel back to meetings after a long-understood absence.
 
Rebekah Freed informed us the Strive Banquet would not be "your mom's Banquet" this Sunday. Following Fellowship, The FRYS gambling board meeting was held at 1:30 pm. Please see the complete FRYS gambling report in your email. 
 
Fellowship News 2/16/2022 David Connelly 2022-02-22 06:00:00Z 0

Mixed nuts

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Mixed nuts Murray Hanson 2022-02-22 06:00:00Z 0

Dolphins

Dolphins are unable to smell.
Dolphins Murray Hanson 2022-02-22 06:00:00Z 0

Last Week's Meeting 2/16/2022

Posted by David Connelly

Kay Hoaglin

Kay Hoaglin presented her classification speech. Kay was born on July 27th, 1952, in Hinsfield, Illinois, and the middle of 3 children. Her Dad was a dairy farmer and loved baseball, wanted to be a professional ballplayer, yet joined the army and was a sharpshooter during the war.
 
 Kay grew up on the farm and understood the life of grit covered in joy. She met her husband shortly after graduating from High School. They never once went on a date alone, always double-dated. Kay went off to college and her husband to the Navy; They traveled around the United States. They had three children (Rebekah being the most notable), and Kay has tried many different skills and experiences throughout her first 69 years.  
 
Last Week's Meeting 2/16/2022 David Connelly 2022-02-21 06:00:00Z 0

RI Presidential Message Feb 2022

Posted on Feb 21, 2022

Shekhar Mehta

Shekhar Mehta

President 2021-22

February 2022

At the start of the Rotary year, I challenged every club to plan and host at least one practical and action-oriented Rotary Day of Service. The event should address a challenge your community is facing that fits into one or more of Rotary’s areas of focus and should bring together volunteers from within and outside of Rotary.  Rotary Days of Service can motivate Rotary, Rotaract, and Interact clubs to plan innovative and impactful projects. They can showcase your work as people of action and introduce prospective members to your club.

I’ve been inspired by your response so far, and I want to share with you just one project that has captured my imagination. India is home to an estimated 74 million people with diabetes, a disease that is a leading cause of death. Furthermore, about 50 percent of those people remain undiagnosed.  Rotary, together with the Research Society for the Study of Diabetes in India, saw the urgent need to diagnose, track, and treat people who have diabetes. Working together and with other organizations, we hosted a nationwide blood glucose testing camp on 29 September, which is World Heart Day.

The camp was spread across more than 10,000 sites in India, with more than 2,000 Rotary and Rotaract clubs participating in the effort. More than 1 million blood-sugar tests were conducted in a day, an accomplishment recognized by the Asia Book of Records. But more important than breaking a record is the fact that tens of thousands of people learned that they may be living with diabetes. They can now be treated for the condition, and they also have been made aware that they should take extra measures to shield themselves from COVID-19 and scores of other diseases that are caused or worsened by diabetes. 

This month, on 23 February, the anniversary of Rotary, let us celebrate with more service days, showcasing Rotary’s work in our areas of focus. I look forward to hearing about your Rotary Days of Service. Please share your projects on Rotary Showcase, or browse that webpage to find inspiration and project partners. In particular, I encourage you to execute projects that focus on empowering girls, as they have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic. The Empowering Girls initiative is resonating very well with members of Rotary as well as with non-Rotarians. The governments and NGOs in various countries are appreciating this meaningful effort. Let us keep focusing on it.

I am also happy that the Each One, Bring One ethos is bringing fruitful results. Let us ensure that all club members introduce at least one person to Rotary, and that we then all work to engage new members and keep them in our clubs.  In whatever we do, remember that we must push ourselves to grow more, do more as we Serve to Change Lives.

RI Presidential Message Feb 2022 Shekhar Mehta 2022-02-21 06:00:00Z 0

Charitable Gambling Minutes 2/19/2022

Posted by Chad Koepke
Brenda DeMars led the FRYS membership meeting on February 16, 2022 as Chad Koepke was unable to attend the session due to work commitments
 
 
  • After months of impressive revenue and net income, January's financial performance in January 2022 was heavily impacted by the high amounts of covid
    • Anecdotally, Dawn reported foot traffic was down considerably over the month, which is laid out in the financial data
  • Total revenue declined to $59K in January 22 from $157K in December 21 with net income falling to $2,571 from $12,370, respectively
  • Turning to other news in the FRYS landscape:
    • To pay for upfront costs, the charitable gambling operation borrowed $10k from the FRYS operating account. Documents have been submitted to the State of MN Gambling Control Board for approval to repay the loan after months of good earnings. No word on when such approval might come.
    • The newest operations coming under the FRYS umbrella are a meat raffle, Purse Bingo and electronic horse racing at Boxers. Timing and terms are still under development
    • The City of Faribault has officially approved FRYS' permit to sell pull-tabs at the townball state baseball tournament this summer. FRYS shall be selling tickets the final session of the tourney over the long Labor Day weekend of Sep 2 - Sep 5. Profits from the session are going to be split 50/50 between FRYS and Faribault Youth Baseball.
  • The formation of the charitable giving committee took place over January 2022. Natalie Ginter is leading the committee and has worked tirelessly to provide the structure and processes needed to ensure the committee's policies align with the mission of FRYS, which is to improve the lives of the youth in the Faribault community
 
Monthly expenses approved for March of 2022 include:
 
  • CG Made Easy Administrative Fee = $250
    • Fixed fee every month
  • Inventory = $2,500
    • With a reduction in traffic over January, smaller inventory purchases are acceptable for the time-being
  • Rotary Gambling Team Compensation = $2,600
  • Bingo Team Compensation = $1,000
    • Bingo
  • Revenue Share with MPeters = $6,000
    • Profit share is 31% of e-tab gaming  à Activity was down significantly in January due to virus concerns with activity levels still estimated to be a little lower
  • City of Faribault = $500
    • Revenue share with the city
  • Revenue Share with Boxers = $3,500
    • Profit-share w/ e-tabs = 15% & paper tabs = 20% à Activity was down significantly in January due to virus concerns with activity levels still hampered
  • Misc. Cost = $5,000
    • Dawn is looking to start purse bingo, tip board and meat raffles
    • FRYS is hiring Reece, Winter for payroll processing à first bill could hit in March
    • Dawn is potentially interested in FRYS buying a horse racing game for Boxers à costs on such a game are not known, so over allocate if purchase takes place in March
  • Total Expenses Approved: $21,550
    • On a motion by George Wickstrom with a second by Laura Bock, the membership approved expenses for March 2022
 
Charitable Gambling Minutes 2/19/2022 Chad Koepke 2022-02-21 06:00:00Z 0

New member- Jamie Bente

Posted by Dick Huston

Welcome Jamie!

Faribault Rotary Club has induction Jamie Bente as its newest member.  Jamie is currently the principal at the Faribault Senior High and will become Superintendent of Schools beginning July 1st.  Jamie is well positioned to put into practice the Rotary motto of Service Above Self.  Pictured are his sponsor Dr. Dick Huston, Jamie Bente and Greg Ciesluk who is part of the membership team.
New member- Jamie Bente Dick Huston 2022-02-21 06:00:00Z 0

Covid Meeting Protocols

After discussion with the staff at The Inn at Shattuck it was decided that with the recent increase in Covid cases, we will make the following meeting adjustments through the end of February.
 
  1. No more than 4 Rotarians/guests at a table
  2. Masking is required excepted when eating
If you are unable to attend the meeting in person please use the Zoom link provided.
Covid Meeting Protocols Murray H Hanson 2022-02-15 06:00:00Z 0

Fellowship News 2/9/2022

Posted by David Sauer
On February 9, 2022, the Faribault Rotary club welcomed Minneapolis Federal Reserve Vice President Terry Fitzgerald who provided the club with a briefing on the mission and structure of the U.S. Federal Reserve Bank.  Although Mr. Fitzgerald joined the meeting virtually, his presentation generated a lot of interest and led to a number of visitors to attend the meeting to include Rice County Commissioner Jim Purfeerst, Faribault Mayor Kevin Voracek, and Reliance Bank President Todd Markman.
 
Prior to Mr. Fitzgerald’s presentation, regular announcements and fellowship were held.  Pertinent announcements follow:
 
Kurt Halverson praised Pastor Greg Ciesluk for stepping up to organize a group to judge STRIVE scholarship student essays.  He also praised Rebekah Freed and other volunteers in coordinating and organizing the STRIVE Banquet, scheduled for February 20, at the Inn at Shattuck.
 
Suzzanne Fox, Executive Director of Ruth’s House, highlighted the ongoing Helping Hearts online auction to benefit Ruth’s House.  Please check out ruthshousemn.org/helpinghearts or call 507-334-5043.
 
Laura Bock stated the Elks Club youth fishing contest will be held February 26.  The Elks Club is looking for volunteers to work at the event.  Please contact Laura if you are interested in helping.
 
Natalie Ginter said the Charitable Gambling Committee met on February 7. The committee is well represented and closely aligning with Faribault Rotary Youth Services.
 
Fellowship:  Pastor Mark Kenney introduced his guest, Cheryl Wendt, Community Action Center of Faribault.
 
Murray Hanson introduced former Faribault Rotarian and now past Bishop Steven Delzer of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).
 
Richard Huston highlighted the South-Central College online benefit auction, noting that the auction will not only benefit South Central, but also local vendors who have donated goods to the auction.
Fellowship News 2/9/2022 David Sauer 2022-02-15 06:00:00Z 0

Last Week's Meeting 2/9/2022

Posted by David Sauer

Terry Fitzgerald Federal Reserve- Minneapolis

Mr. Fitzgerald stressed the Congressionally mandated assignment of the Federal Reserve Bank to maximize employment and create price stability.  He began the briefing by noting the Federal Reserve was created by act of Congress in 1913.  The Federal Reserve has the responsibility to regulate banks, provide financial services such as clear financial payments and be the lender of last resort.  
 
Mr. Fitzgerald described the structure of the Federal Reserve system, explaining the Board of Governors and the 12 District Banks.  He went on to explain the structure of the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC).  
 
Highlighting the challenges, the U.S. economy has faced because of the pandemic, Mr. Fitzgerald noted there is still a tight labor market with 2.9 million fewer employed than prior to the pandemic.  Many people are still out of the work force perhaps because of fear of the virus or child care issues, etc.  He believed the labor supply might increase during the course of the year as COVID recedes.
 
Inflation is usually targeted at 2 percent but is now around 5.8 percent.  Talk of interest rate hikes to combat inflation is ongoing and may be impacted by persistent supply chain problems.  The Federal Reserve is trying to assess if inflation is persistent or more transitory which will impact how aggressively it will act to try to combat inflation.  
 
In answer to club members questions, Mr. Fitzgerald commented that Congress and the U.S. Government executive branch have the responsibility to deal with ballooning federal debt.  He concluded the session by thanking the club for the opportunity to speak, but more importantly the club’s dedication in serving the Faribault Community.
 
Last Week's Meeting 2/9/2022 David Sauer 2022-02-15 06:00:00Z 0

Geese

Steve Keating Twitterren: "A group of geese on the ground is a gaggle, a  group in the air is a skein. https://t.co/VHtRYnai6L" / Twitter
A group of geese on the ground is a gaggle, a group of geese in the air is a skein.
Geese Murray Hanson 2022-02-15 06:00:00Z 0
The moon Murray Hanson 2022-02-15 06:00:00Z 0

Geysers

How to Visit Old Faithful Geyser in Yellowstone: Info, Tips & Fun Facts
Over half of the world's geysers are found in Yellowstone National Park.
Geysers Murray Hanson 2022-02-15 06:00:00Z 0

New Member Proposal- Jamie Bente

The Honorable Dick Huston propose Faribault High School Principal and soon to be Superintendent Jamie Bente for membership in the Faribault Rotary Club. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact membership chair, Keith Kramer.
New Member Proposal- Jamie Bente Murray H Hanson 2022-02-14 06:00:00Z 0

Last Week's Meeting 2/2/2022

Posted by Suzanne Rook

Grow Your Own

Scheduled speaker Edel Fernandez remained out of town, taking care of a family emergency.
 
 
Dr. Anne Marie Leland and Club President Todd Sesker filled in, discussing a program Faribault Public Schools is involved in known as Grow Your Own. The program, which is funded with grant money, is a collaboration with seven other area school districts, and is designed to help reduce the teacher shortage by encouraging high school students to become teachers and hopefully return to work for their alma mater.
 
In particular, the program seeks to encourage students of color to go into the education field. Just 3% of Minnesota’s teachers are people of color, said Leland. That’s especially important for Faribault Public Schools where nearly 60% of its students are people of color.
 
“We want to make sure our students are comfortable and have teachers who look like them,” she said. The program is also beneficial in that it encourages students to take more rigorous courses. Nearly 100 students have benefitted from the program.
 
Sesker noted that beginning in 2022-23, the district will offer a construction pathway program for students interested in construction-related careers.
Last Week's Meeting 2/2/2022 Suzanne Rook 2022-02-08 06:00:00Z 0

Fellowship News 2/2/2022

Posted by Suzanne Rook

Fun with Fellowship

Announcements:
President Todd Sesker announced the day’s happy dollars would be split between Ruth’s House and HOPE Center.
 
Natalie Ginter has reached out to other local clubs to gauge their interest in financially supporting Faribault Youth Services.
 
Lisa Humfeld-Wilson shared a poster announcing that the club is looking for six families to hose a foreign exchange student during the upcoming school year.
 
Brenda DeMars said that the club had taken over the pull tab machines River Bend Nature Center had been operating at Boxers. In exchange, RBNC asked that Rotary support some of its future youth programs.
 
Greg Ciesluk introduced two guests: West African native Nicholas, who has been his guest previously and is employed at Daikin Applied, and Rob, a Buffalo native who works at South Central College.
 
Club members wished Mark Kenney and George Wickstrom a happy birthday. Wickstrom shared that he is now 92 years young.
 
Dick Huston announced that Pakistan recorded no polio cases in 2021. According to the World Health Organization, the disease annually paralyzed approximately 20,000 children in the early 1990s.
 
Rod Mahler’s grandson, Michael, was named a Benilde-St. Margaret’s distinguished alumni.
 
Murray Hanson introduced a new game he called “Fleece-opoly.” According the “rules,” Hanson was able to use his knowledge of certain club members to encourage donations.
 
Fellowship News 2/2/2022 Suzanne Rook 2022-02-08 06:00:00Z 0

Penguins

Sea Creatures Keep The 'Love' Alive with Romantic Gestures - Oceana
Gentoo penguins propose to their life mates with a pebble.
Penguins Murray Hanson 2022-02-08 06:00:00Z 0

Fingerprints?

Can people be identified by a Tongue print? - Quora
Like fingerprints, everyone's tongue print is different.
Fingerprints? Murray Hanson 2022-02-08 06:00:00Z 0

Big Toe?

Being human: Big toe clung on longest to primate origins - BBC News
Your big toe only has 2 bones and the rest have 3.
Big Toe? Murray Hanson 2022-02-08 06:00:00Z 0

District 5960 Awards

Posted by Todd Sesker

First Place!

Third Place!

Third Place!

Congratulations Faribault Rotarians!
District 5960 Awards Todd Sesker 2022-02-07 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary International Convention 2022

Limited time only: Save on the 2022 Rotary International Convention
In response to questions and concerns raised by members worldwide, we are pleased to announce that the Rotary International Board of Directors has confirmed that the 2022 Rotary International Convention will be an in-person event 4-8 June in Houston, Texas, USA. We are excited to offer a special registration rate of US$495 through 28 February. 
 
In addition, the Board has determined that all participants, including Rotary International preconvention participants, must either be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (as defined by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) OR provide a negative result from a COVID-19 test taken no more than 72 hours before their arrival at the convention. Check convention.rotary.org for updates as we continue to determine what safety protocols are necessary, based on the current CDC recommendations for safe gatherings.   
Don’t delay, because this special registration offer expires 28 February. You’ll have the opportunity to cancel for a full refund, minus a $50 per person administration fee, until 30 April.
 
Rotary International Convention 2022 Murray H Hanson 2022-02-07 06:00:00Z 0
STRIVE Banquet 2022 Kurt Halverson 2022-02-01 06:00:00Z 0

Fellowship News 1/26/2022

On a sunny Wednesday in late January, Rotarians joined together at the Inn at Shattuck at roughly noon. In club announcements,
 
 Rotarian of the Year and Community Project Chair Laura Bock shared the news that Jefferson school had reached out and asked to help with a need for winter gear. We can provide leftovers from the "Warm Our Community" event last October.
STRIVE Chair Kurt Halvorson shared that Angie Ramirez had accepted the Communication and Attendance coordinator role in the STRIVE program.

In Fellowship, Rotarians acknowledged the birthday of Bekah Freed along with Roger Koopman's 71 years of marriage.
Many Rotarians congratulated Greg and Bekah on their recent wedding engagement.
 
Dr. Murray Hanson shared a joke he told former member Dan Hedge over the weekend after the Packers lost this past week. The joke was, "A Vikings quarterback, a Bears quarterback, and a Packers go into a bar... to watch the playoffs."
 
Dr. Huston shared new scientific discoveries in cows. The enzymes located in the cow's second stomach have been found to break down plastic. All Rotarians are encouraged to take their plastic recyclables to Dr. Huston's cow for processing.
 
The Plastic Cow Project – Karuna Society for Animals and Nature
Fellowship News 1/26/2022 David Connelly 2022-01-31 06:00:00Z 0

Club Donation 1/2022

Posted by Dick Huston

The Nest

The Faribault Rotary Club has donated $1000 to the NEST.   The NEST is room in both the junior and senior high schools which provides clothing, food and toiletries to students.  The items are free with no questions asked to meet the need of students.  An example would be a student going to a party and does not own the proper attire.   They may find it at the NEST.  The rooms are stocked entirely by donations and managed by volunteers.  Pictured are Rotarian Brenda DeMars (left) presenting the check to student volunteer Saida Adan and faculty supervisor Terra Boyd who is also the school nurse.  
Club Donation 1/2022 Dick Huston 2022-01-31 06:00:00Z 0

Manatees?

TIL that a manatee's eyes close in a circular fashion, like the aperture of  a camera : r/todayilearned
Manatees eyes close in a circular motion, much like the aperture of a camera.
Manatees? Murray Hanson 2022-01-31 06:00:00Z 0

Rhinocereros

Did you know The horn of a rhinoceros is made from compacted hair rather  than bone or another substance. | Nature animals, Animals, Baby rhino
A rhinonoceros horn is made of compacted hair.
Rhinocereros Murray Hanson 2022-01-31 06:00:00Z 0

A prickle?

Prickle of Porcupines Photos | Kariega Game Reserve
A group of porcupines is called a prickle.
A prickle? Murray Hanson 2022-01-31 06:00:00Z 0

Last Week's Meeting 1/19/2022

Suzzanne Fox

Our speaker was our very own Suzzanne Fox giving her classification speech. Suzanne has been defying expectations since she was born. She grew up on a farm in Crossville, TN. Her family was very close to her and spent a lot of her childhood with grandparents and family. Faith was also essential in their family fabric. Suzzanne recalled going with her grandpa to a Wednesday bible study. Suzzanne was the oldest of 3 children, and her dad was an artist by trade. Suzzanne's family went to the race track and enjoyed Chevy trucks on the weekends. Suzzanne can identify any Chevy Truck from the 50s and 60s by look.

Suzzanne enjoyed school a lot and majored in psychology. She met her husband Tim in high school, and they have two kids, Mollie Grace and Pilot. Tim's job brought their family to Minnesota. Suzzanne sold vintage items on eBay for many years and volunteered at women's shelters in her spare time. She first started as a volunteer at Ruth's house before accepting the Executive Director position. Suzzanne's faith and passion for bringing safety to those in need drive her work and involvement in our community. 
Last Week's Meeting 1/19/2022 David Connelly 2022-01-31 06:00:00Z 0

Alabama

THE ROOSTER BRIDGE Historical Marker at the US Hwy 80/Tombigbee River Bridge  - RuralSWAlabama
The state of Alabama once financed the construction of a bridge by holding a rooster auction.
Alabama Murray Hanson 2022-01-25 06:00:00Z 0

Rooster Auction

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The state of Alabama once financed the construction of a bridge by holding a rooster auction.
Rooster Auction Murray Hanson 2022-01-25 06:00:00Z 0

Change for a dollar?

American Numismatic Association
There are 293 ways to make change for a dollar (all of which are acceptable during fellowship!)
Change for a dollar? Murray Hanson 2022-01-25 06:00:00Z 0

Fellowship News 1/19/2022

Posted by David Sauer

New Bulletin Feature!

 On a frigid January 19, the Faribault Rotary Club met in person and virtually at the Inn at Shattuck.  During the meeting, the club inducted two new members, learned of the likely arrival of two foreign exchange students in the fall and heard the classification speech of Ms. Suzy Rook. Salient details of the meeting follow.
 
Induction:  Rotarian David Connelly inducted new Rotarians Ken Waverly and Sue Garwood.  Dr. Richard Huston sponsored both new Rotarians and he participated in the induction ceremony.
 
Announcements:  Two foreign exchange students are anticipated to arrive in Faribault in fall 2022.  Eight host families will be needed to take care of the students while they are here.  Please consider volunteering for this needed service.  The club also will need to have counselors available for the students in order to assist with the transition of the students to school in the United States.
-Rod Mahler introduced Pastor Greg Ciesluk.  Greg announced that he and fellow Rotarian Rebekah Freed are engaged and planning a June 11 wedding at the 4th Ave United Methodist Church.  All club members are invited.  Congratulations Greg and Rebekah!  
- Dr. Huston has Rotary shirts for sale and he plans to have them available the next few weeks.
 
- Natalie Ginter confirmed the Rotary Global Grant for the Cambodia clean water project had been approved.  As the Faribault Club had considerable success in raising funds, some of the money will be used by the club locally.  Local Rotarians who donated will receive Paul Harris fellowship credit.  Project kick off will be done on Tuesday evening via a Zoom meeting with our Cambodian partners.
 
- Kurt Halverson announced that the club had received a thank you note from the Blue Collar festival.  He also noted the recent STRIVE meeting in which Kymn Anderson presented the “Virtues Project” and reminded everyone that the STRIVE banquet is scheduled for February 20.  
 
- Club President Todd Sesker reminded the attendees of the upcoming cash raffle.
 
Fellowship:  The Happy Birthday song was sang twice to recognize January Birthdays.
 
- David Connelly recognized the ladies of the club for their contributions and highlighted the ratio of women to men in the Faribault club is the highest in the District.
 
- Gail Kaderlik highlighted South Central College’s online fund raising auction, which will run February 3-15.  
 
- Sue Garwood  thanked club members for the warm welcome and announced the Alexander Faribault House had been awarded an $85k grant.  Congratulations to the Rice County Historical Society.
 
- Suzy Rook announced her daughter is engaged and planning for an August wedding.
Fellowship News 1/19/2022 David Sauer 2022-01-24 06:00:00Z 0

Last Week's Meeting 1/19/2022

Posted by David Sauer

Suzanne Rook

 
Suzanne Rook emphasized the importance of family in her life.  She began her speech by talking of her birth, how both her father and mother claimed credit for naming her, as well as her five brothers and a sister.  As a child she grew up in the suburbs of New York City, which she characterized as pretty routine.  Her mother was from Adams, New York, which also is the birthplace of Bishop Whipple.  Suzy commented that one of her earliest claims to fame is a poem she wrote about snow when she was five years old.  
 
Snow is fun
Snow is white
You can play in snow tonight.
 
Suzy moved to Greensboro, NC after high school and spoke about the culture shock she initially felt from moving to the southern United States.  She met her husband in Greensboro and earned a degree in graphic arts.  Her husband went back to school after being laid off and earned a degree in computer engineering.  As the same time, she and her husband were welcoming a growing family, Suzy held a variety of jobs including managing a Chinese restaurant and working for an optometrist.  She did not enjoy working for the optometrist and prayed for a new opportunity.  Prayers were answered and she eventually applied for a newspaper reporter job and, over the years, steadily increased her responsibilities.
 
Suzy stated that life often throws you curveballs and in the mid-2000s her family faced tragedies from her husband breaking a leg in a bad car accident, losing her father to cancer, and her son being in a catastrophic car accident resulting in him being a quadriplegic. 
 
 Suzy and her family moved to Minnesota after her husband took a job in the State.  She said she really liked Minnesota as it reminded her of the area surrounding her father’s hometown of Syracuse, New York and the upstate New York area.  After moving, she applied to be reporter for the Northfield News and later also worked for the newspapers in Waseca and Saint Peter.  She then came to Faribault to serve as the editor of the Faribault Daily News.  Highlighting the ongoing challenges in the newspaper industry, Suzy said she decided to leave the Daily News and recently took a position at Rice County working on public affairs.  
 
Club members appreciated the classification speech and warmly welcomed Suzy.
Last Week's Meeting 1/19/2022 David Sauer 2022-01-24 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary International Recognizes the Children of Our Savior's

Posted by Jennifer Sweet

The Act of Giving

Reprinted with permission from the Daily News- Reporter Jennifer Sweet

Rotary International has recognized the children of Our Saviors Lutheran Church of Faribault for their selfless act of giving to help the children of Karachi, Pakistan.

In 1985 Rotary International began an effort to rid the world of polio. At that time there were 350,000 new cases of polio in 120 countries each year. The goal was to vaccinate every child under five in the world. Since that time some 3 billion children have been vaccinated and 400 million continue to be vaccinated each year.

Some 1.2 million Rotarians have donated 2.2 billion dollars to support this project. In 2019 Dr. Dick Huston went to Pakistan to vaccinate children. Upon his return the children of Our Saviors showed their love by donating nearly $1000 to provide vaccinations to the children in Karachi.

Using matching funds from the Gates Foundation this was enough money to keep 1000 children from experiencing the crippling disease and possible death. In 2021 there were only two cases of polio in the world. Only in Pakistan and Afghanistan does the disease still exist. Pictured is Dr. Huston (left) presenting the certificate of appreciation to Pastor Jeff Sangren.

Rotary International Recognizes the Children of Our Savior's Jennifer Sweet 2022-01-24 06:00:00Z 0

New Members- Sue Garwood and Ken Weaverling

Welcome Sue and Ken!

Two new members were inducted into the Faribault Rotary Club last week by membership committee member, David Connelly (center-left.). Sue Garwood, Executive Director of the Rice County Historical Society (center-right) and Ken Weaverling, Commercial/ Residential Loan Officer for 1st United Bank (right,) are pictured here with sponsor, Dr. Richard Huston (left.)  If you haven't had a chance to visit with them, please do so.
New Members- Sue Garwood and Ken Weaverling Murray H Hanson 2022-01-20 06:00:00Z 0

Charitable Gambling Minutes 1/19/2022

Faribault Rotary Youth Services, Inc.
Membership Meeting Minutes
January 19, 2022
  • As illustrated above, December 2021 was a record in revenue for FRYS’ charitable gambling operation with total revenue of $157K
  • However, December illustrated the probabilities of gambling as FRYS’ gross margin weakened to an aggregate of 16% from November’s 19%
    • The tightening was due to a large reduction in paper tabs, falling to 12% from 19%, respectively.
  • Net income was $12,370, which was down from $18,643 one month prior. Net income partially operates in arrears, meaning the profit sharing with Boxers and MPeters (pull tab supplier) is paid in the following month, so net income was lower due to the profit-sharing being paid in December for the strong performance in November.
  • Next came expense approvals for the coming month of February 2022
    • CG Made Easy Administrative Fee = $250
      • Fixed fee every month
    • Inventory = $4,000
      • While current inventory is favorable, FRYS is expanding operations at Boxers once again in February with the addition of new boxes
    • Gambling Team Compensation = $2,600
      • Faribault Rotary Board approved a compensation increase for FRYS’ charitable gambling team
    • Revenue Share with MPeters = $10,000
      • Profit share is 31% of e-tab gaming  à revenue share with MPeters almost hit the approved amount of $7K, so a larger cushion is needed to support the expanded operation
    • City of Faribault = $1,000
      •  Similar to above à expanded operation and greater revenue means large tax obligations to the city
    • Revenue Share with Boxers = $8,000
      • As with MPeters, the larger operation needs a greater cushion to ensure approved expenses do not exceed the actual amount  
    • Bing Compensation = $1,000
      • Part of FRYS’ expanded operation now includes Bingo twice a month that FRYS pays to staff
    • Total Expenses Approved = $26,850
      • On a motion by Dr. Murray Hanson followed by Kurt Halverson, FRYS Membership approved February 2022’s expenses
  • Amy Amundson, treasurer of the charitable gambling, provided notice that FRYS’ bank account was approaching $48K in funds and had adequate levels of liquidity to repay the $10,000 startup loan that the main Rotary organization provided to FRYS to fund start-up costs.
    • On a motion by George Wickstrom and seconded by Natalie Ginter, membership approved repaying the $10,000 loan
    • FRYS now needs to obtain approval from the State of MN Gambling Control Board to repay the funds
  • In other news, FRYS continues to work to obtain approval to have a pull tab operation at the MN Town Ball tournament this summer
  • Rotary President, Todd Sesker, is working on establishing a committee to screen, review and process charitable gambling funds
Charitable Gambling Minutes 1/19/2022 Chad Koepke 2022-01-20 06:00:00Z 0

New Member Profile- Mindy Reeder

Welcome Mindy!

Mindy gave her classification talk recently.  I asked her six follow up questions to help summarize her presentation for those of us who were present and for our club members who missed the meeting. If you have not had a chance to welcome her to our club, please do so.
 
 
  1. Your Family members, occupations (including you) or school level?” 
    1. Jim Reeder – Music Retail Store Owner (former band owner) – Assoc. Degree from St. Cloud.
    2. Jake Reeder – Key Grip and owner of Misfit Grip in LA (BA from Moorhead State)
    3. Katrina Reeder – Bilingual Speech Pathologist (Masters) at Mercy Medical in Coon Rapids
    4. Kaylee Reeder – Sylist for Cel.Sell in LA. (BA from Mt Mary Univ)
    5. Mindy Reeder – Administrator, licensed teacher and K-12 administrator; BA from U of M; Masters from St. Kate; Education Specialist Degree from St. Thomas U.
 
  1. Your Hometown/School/College – Born in Rochester, MN, grew up in Detroit Lakes, Mn, graduated from Anoka, MN. See colleges above.
 
  1. Your Previous occupations? Prior to education, I was a marketing and public relations professional first in the business sector, then later in nonprofit settings. I have now been in education for 17 years.
 
 
  1. Any Hobbies? I love nature walks; playing piano; singing in church choir; crafts
 
 
  1. Rotary sponsor? Dick Huston
 
  1. Interesting fact about you or your life? I was Miss Anoka – 1988; I’ve traveled to many countries!
 
 
New Member Profile- Mindy Reeder Murray H Hanson 2022-01-18 06:00:00Z 0

The Ocean

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The Pacific Ocean is 8 inches higher than the Atlantic Ocean at the Panama Canal.
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Central Ave- Faribault 1886

Posted by Murray Hanson
This picture was taken of Central Avenue Faribault from Second Street in 1886 following a snow storm in 1886.  This photo is on display at Faribault Senior Living.
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Praying Mantis

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Aliens?

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Aliens? Murray Hanson 2022-01-18 06:00:00Z 0

STRIVE Meeting Review 1/12/2022

Posted by Kurt Halverson
Hello Everyone,
 
This week the Faribault Rotary STRIVE program was blessed to have our own Kymn Anderson present on the Virtues Project!  Kymn did a wonderful job sharing with the students on how they can use their virtues to help make the world a better place!  
January STRIVE Session: https://youtu.be/pvsIJLwfMCM
In addition, there were a couple of brief videos that Kymn wanted to share with us, but unfortunately, we ran into some technical difficulties.  Here are links to her videos:
Here is the music video
 
Here is the video clip on the science of Virtues
As a special treat, we gifted each of the STRIVE students with a virtual student deck of Virtue cards. 
 
Please let me know if you have any questions or if you are interested in getting involved with the STRIVE program!
 
Take care,
 
Kurt Halverson
STRIVE Team Lead
STRIVE Meeting Review 1/12/2022 Kurt Halverson 2022-01-17 06:00:00Z 0

STRIVE Update 1/11/2022

Hello Everyone,
 
Our January Strive session is tomorrow, January 12th at 7:15 a.m. over Zoom.  This month we will be hearing from Kymn Anderson on the Virtues Project!  If you are not able to join us live, I will be sending out a link to a recorded version of the meeting later in the day on Wednesday.
 
You are invited to a Zoom webinar.
When: Jan 12, 2022 07:15 AM Central Time (US and Canada)
Topic: January Strive Session
Please click the link below to join the webinar:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86486271112
 
Please let me know if you have any questions of if you would like to get involved with the Strive program!
Thank you,
 
Kurt Halverson
STRIVE Team Lead
STRIVE Update 1/11/2022 Kurt Halverson 2022-01-11 06:00:00Z 0

Cambodia Update 1/11/2022

Posted by Sam Ouk
The Cambodia Project Itinerary is set from March 2-10. See the attached details. There will also be a separate email with the details sent to everyone. The flight cost would be $2200.  Hotel $502 and food about $200.
 
 
 
Cambodia Update 1/11/2022 Sam Ouk 2022-01-11 06:00:00Z 0

The Penny

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The Penny Murray Hanson 2022-01-11 06:00:00Z 0

Penny

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The first penny had the motto "Mind your business."
Penny Murray Hanson 2022-01-11 06:00:00Z 0

Last Week's Meeting 1/5/2022

Thank you, Mindy!

This past week we heard a classification speech from Melinda (Mindy) Reeder, Principal of Bethlehem Academy. Mindy describes herself as a mother of three, devoted to family and career, striving to impact the next generation. She lives on a homestead in Montgomery, Minnesota, with her husband of 31 years, Jim "Music Man" Reeder.

Born in Anoka, Minnesota Mindy moved around throughout Minnesota during her life. Mindy first started in Marketing with a passion for non-profit work. Faith has always been important to Mindy in her life, and at times, it shaped who she is today, and the experiences, including struggles life presents us.

Two of her kids are located in Los Angeles, California, working in Film and fashion with one child living in the twin cities. Mindy received her MBA at St. Thomas in K-12 educational administration. Mindy loves to touch lives and the growth of the students around her. She spoke about how dealing with the struggles one faces and learning the grit to win over the struggles is one of the most significant issues facing students.
Last Week's Meeting 1/5/2022 David Connelly 2022-01-10 06:00:00Z 0

Sunshine?

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In only 7.6 billion years, the sun will reach its maximum size and will shine 3,000 times brighter.
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Pips?

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The dots on a domino are called pips.(and have nothing to do with Gladys Knight.)
Pips? Murray Hanson 2022-01-04 06:00:00Z 0

Hearts?

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Women's hearts beat faster than men's hearts.
Hearts? Murray Hanson 2022-01-04 06:00:00Z 0

81st Faribault Rotary Christmas Concert

Your Title Here

On Dec. 15th, the Faribault Rotary Club held its 81st Christmas Concert as presented by the Faribault High School Choir. The club has enjoyed this tradition since 1939. Longtime member, Rod Mahler,  sang with the choir back in 1948-49.  There were 57 members and guests in attendance for lunch and the concert.
81st Faribault Rotary Christmas Concert Murray H Hanson 2022-01-03 06:00:00Z 0

RI Presidential Message January 2022

Shekhar Mehta

President 2021-22

Shekhar Mehta

January 2022

One of Rotary’s founding principles was to use your vocation — whether as a doctor, lawyer, engineer, or another profession — to do good in the world.  As we attempt to overcome and recover from the pandemic, this principle is vital in retraining people who have lost their jobs. In response, the Rotary E-Club of Tamar Hong Kong organized seminars for young people, with the aim of preparing them for the changing world of work.

This type of training must happen on a large scale. According to the United Nations, global unemployment is expected to exceed 200 million people in 2022. Women and youths are likely to be disproportionately affected.

This is why I’ve placed such a strong emphasis this year on projects that empower girls, and I’ve been delighted to see some of these projects in action. Of course, access to education and the path to employment can be blocked by a lack of water and sanitation infrastructure.

A project in Pune, India, focuses on providing girls and women with an affordable, reusable sanitary pad. The project provides employment for production and distribution of the pads, and it will reduce the pollution caused by the disposal of 12.3 billion sanitary napkins in the country annually, many of which end up in India’s landfills.

Others have used vocational service to advance the empowerment of women. The Rotary Club of Poona, India, conducted workshops to teach martial arts to young women, for self-defense against the threat of abuse or human trafficking.

I’ve also been fortunate to use my vocation to do good through Rotary. The Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004 devastated the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, which are part of my district. Thousands of homes were destroyed, and many areas lost electricity and running water. On my visit to Little Andaman Island, the builder in me immediately wanted to build homes for the homeless islanders there. We decided to construct 500 homes on Little Andaman.

On the last of my seven trips to the island, I could see something glimmering below as my helicopter was about to land. I realized that what I was seeing were the roofs of new homes. I was overjoyed by the sight, and soon a realization dawned upon me. As a builder I had built many beautiful buildings. In comparison, these 500 homes were the most ordinary buildings I had ever built, and they were in a place I likely will never visit again, for people I will never meet again. And yet the satisfaction I had in handing over these houses was greater than from anything I had previously built. Probably because for once I was using my vocation to Serve to Change Lives.

You, too, may have had opportunities to use your vocation to Serve to Change Lives. I welcome your stories of performing vocational service through Rotary. Also, I want to close by congratulating every club that has engaged with the Each One, Bring One initiative, which asks every member to introduce one person to Rotary. Increasing our membership gives people from all walks of life the opportunity to share their knowledge and skills in transformational service.

RI Presidential Message January 2022 Shekhar Mehta 2022-01-03 06:00:00Z 0

Plaque Presentation

Congratulations Brenda!
Current Faribault Rotary Club President, Todd Sesker, presented past president Brenda DeMars with this plaque thanking her for her service as our 101st President 2020-21.
Plaque Presentation Murray H Hanson 2022-01-03 06:00:00Z 0

Dance music?

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It is against the law to use the "The star Spangled Banner" as dance music in Massachusetts.
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Lipstick

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Sunlight

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More energy from the sun hits the Earth every hour, than the planet uses in a year.
Sunlight Murray Hanson 2021-12-14 06:00:00Z 0

Last Week's Meeting 12/8/2021

Classification Talk

On December 8 the Faribault Rotary Club was honored to receive the classification talk by fellow Rotarian Katy Anderegg.  Ms. Anderegg started her talk describing her family; speaking of her husband of three years, Nate; her mother; and her affable grandfather, who had a gift for connecting with people he met.  She spoke of the difficult relationship she had with her father, expressing gratitude that she was able to reconcile with him prior to his passing.
 
Katy revealed that she has a genetically passed disease that runs in her family, Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia Type-1 (MEN-1).  She described the disease and commented she will likely have surgery to manage the disease’s effects on her health in the coming years. Katy has a varied background having worked as a graphic designer, but later becoming a Minnesota Master Naturalist in 2019.  She also has achieved a yellow belt in tae kwon do.  She enjoys working at the River Bend Nature Center, serving as the operations manager.  Katy spoke about she and her husband’s love of travel, showing photographs of recent trips.  She really enjoys visiting a wildlife management area near Shieldsville and showed several pictures she has taken of wildlife.  
 
The Club warmly welcomed her presentation and members look forward to joining with her to serve our community.  
 
Last Week's Meeting 12/8/2021 David Sauer 2021-12-13 06:00:00Z 0

Charitable Gambling Minutes 12/8/2021

Posted by Chad Koepke
 
  • To being the meeting, Chad Koepke discussed how Faribault Rotary Youth Services (FRYS) is likely to be subject to an unrelated business income tax if net profits after charitable donations exceeds $1,000
  • As such, the Rotary Board greenlighted the idea to develop a charitable giving committee to help shepherd funds, accept proposals and screen grants
  • The next topic was a high-level overview of FRYS’ charitable gambling performance for November 2021, which is illustrated in the ensuing chart
 
 
  • Next came expense approvals for the coming month of January 2022
    • CG Made Easy Administrative Fee = $250
      • Fixed fee every month
    • Inventory = $4,000
      • While current inventory is favorable, FRYS is expanding operations at Boxers in January with the addition of two new boxes and filling two vending pull tab machines
    • Gambling Team Compensation = $600
      • This figure is likely to change following Rotary’s review of compensation
    • Revenue Share with MPeters = $7,000
      • Profit share is 31% of e-tab gaming  à unsure of how gaming activity will fair over the holidays (November 2021’s profit share = $6,111)
    • City of Faribault = $500
      •  For November 2021, City of Faribault received $388 à holiday activity unknown, so over allocating
    • Revenue Share with Boxers = $6,000
      • Profit share with Boxers was roughly ~$4,000 in November 2021; over allocating once again for the holidays, which could either be a boon or slowdown for gambling
    • Misc. Cost = $1,650
      • FRYS is likely to be purchasing bingo machines from River Bend Nature Center in January and be the sponsor of Bingo at Boxers, which requires paying individuals to run Bingo; however, no set date is established for the purchase and initial Bingo session
      • FRYS also has provider fees on the horizon as well as a couple extra dollars in case inventory needs more funding with the rollout of more boxes
    • Total Expenses Approved = $20,000
      • On a motion by Dr. Houston followed by George Wickstrom, the FRYS Membership approved January 2021’s expenses
Charitable Gambling Minutes 12/8/2021 Chad Koepke 2021-12-13 06:00:00Z 0

New Member Proposal- Sue Garwood

The honorable Dr. Dick Huston proposes Sue Garwood, Executive Director of The Rice County Historical Society, for membership in the Faribault Rotary Club. If you have any questions, please contact membership chair, Keith Kramer.
New Member Proposal- Sue Garwood Murray H Hanson 2021-12-07 06:00:00Z 0

New Member Proposal- Ken Weaverling

Posted on Dec 07, 2021
The honorable Dr.  Dick Huston proposes Ken Weaverling, Commercial/Residential Loan Officer for 1st United Bank, for membership in the Faribault Rotary Club. If you have any questions, please contact membership chair, Keith Kramer.
New Member Proposal- Ken Weaverling Murray H Hanson 2021-12-07 06:00:00Z 0

Silver

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The world's largest silver nugget (1840 lbs) was found in 1894 near Aspen CO.
Silver Murray Hanson 2021-12-07 06:00:00Z 0

Left handed

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All of the major candidates in the 1992, 1996, and 2008 presidential elections were left handed.
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STRIVE Meeting Dec. 8, 2021

Posted by Kurt Halverson
Hello Everyone! 
 
I am excited to share that Faribault Rotarian George Wickstrom is presenting to us this Wednesday about financial best practices!  In past years, George's session has been one of the STRIVE student's favorites, so you won't want to miss it! George is hoping to see some of the STRIVE students'  and Rotarian's faces on the Zoom meeting, so if you are able to join, please turn your camera on. 
 
Please note that for this Zoom session, you will be prompted for a passcode which is: 560446
As in the past, I will send out a link to the recorded session if you are not able to attend the live session.  
 
Take care,
Kurt
STRIVE Team Lead
 
 
Kurt Halverson is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: December Strive Session
Time: Dec 8, 2021 07:15 AM Central Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89313804633?pwd=NmYzOG1mQ1cwb0lqa1poZUtIV0pvQT09

Meeting ID: 893 1380 4633
Passcode: 560446
STRIVE Meeting Dec. 8, 2021 Kurt Halverson 2021-12-06 06:00:00Z 0

Last Week's Meeting 12/1/2021

Local History

“War”.  I use quotes on the word war because the first part of the conflict was mostly a massacre (with a fair amount of rape and taking captured young women as ”brides”) inflicted upon unsuspecting European settlers (mostly German Immigrants who could not speak English or Dakota so no way to communicate with Dakota warriors) by Dakota fighters. Panic, fueled by lurid press stories, set in among the population of the state with settlers leaving everything behind and fleeing Minnesota.  Early accounts from Faribault speak of the Catholic Church being filled with Refugees and of Alexander Faribault organizing about 40 men to help fight against the Dakota.  Alexander, who knew many of the leading Dakota, was involved in the Battle of Birch Coulée.  Of course, the Dakota War took place in the midst of the U.S. Civil War in which most able-bodied men and arms/ammunition was deployed against the Confederacy.
 
The U.S.-Dakota War was a vicious, ethnic based conflict that the Dakota lost and resulted in them being kicked out of the State.  Anyway, I will get off my editorial high horse and the summary follows below.  Have a great day.
 
On December 1, Honorary Rotarian Dr. Roy Anderson and local artist Jeff Jarvis provided the Faribault Rotary Club with a presentation entitled the Faribault Dakota Project.  Dr. Anderson began the briefing by outlining where the Dakota tribes were located starting in the early 1800s, the different tribal divisions and various Dakota place names for different land marks around Faribault.  For example, the street name “Tatepaha” means “windy hill” in Dakota.  
 
Mr. Jarvis spoke about the Wahpekute Dakota tribe which was initially active around Cannon Lake but later moved to the area around the banks of the Straight River near the present-day location of Buckham Memorial Library and the Alexander Faribault house.  The Wahpekute moved to the Straight River for protection from other tribes as well as due to the urgings of Alexander Faribault perhaps trying to protect his own business interests with the Wahpekute.  
 
Jarvis estimated in 1853 there were around 200-400 Dakota living along the Straight River starting at what is now Central and Division Street down to 14th Street NE.  The Wahpekute lived in an estimated 40 bark huts with a school as well as farming being conducted.  Mr. Jarvis highlighted Peace Park as an area of special interest.  Peace Park was an Indian Burial ground.  Jarvis emphasized the City of Faribault should designate Peace Park as a cemetery or, at the very least, have some sort of historical marker acknowledging the area as a Dakota burial ground.
 
Jarvis gave a brief discussion of the conflict between the Dakota and European settlers flowing into Minnesota. This culminated in the U.S.-Dakota war which led to the expulsion of the Dakota from Minnesota after their surrender to forces under the command of General Henry Sibley.  Mr. Jarvis also noted the public execution of 38 Indians, which is the largest public execution in U.S. history.  
 
Some Indians did not wish to fight and they were important in helping to secure the release of hostages taken by the Dakota during the fighting.  Of these, forty-two members of the families of Taopi and Good Thunder were assisted by Episcopal Bishop Henry Whipple to be released from interment and were given land to live on by Alexander Faribault.  They lived along the Straight River near the vicinity of Teepee Tonka Park.  
 
Jarvis closed the briefing by highlighting prominent Dakota, including the St. Clair family.  George St. Clair was ordained as a Minister by Bishop Whipple and his descendant Rueben St. Clair served the nation during World War II.
 
The club enjoyed the presentation and appreciated the efforts of both Dr. Anderson and Mr. Jarvis to bring forth some of Faribault’s rich history.
 
 
Last Week's Meeting 12/1/2021 David Sauer 2021-12-06 06:00:00Z 0

81st Faribault Rotary Christmas Concert

Posted by Murray H Hanson

Holiday Tradition

Christmas 2021
Twas a few weeks before Christmas, when all through downtown,
Not a Rotarian was stirring, no one to be found;
The invites were made by Donn Johnson with care,
In hopes that everyone would soon be there;
 
The Rotarians were nestled all snug in their beds;
While visions of Christmas concerts danced in their heads;
They knew in a moment the time had drawn near,
To sign-up with Donn and tell him no fear;
 
For we will be coming, even bringing a guest;
Looking forward to lunch and the choir's singing best;
More rapid than eagles the Faribault Rotarians came,
And Donn whistled and shouted and called them by name:
Now, Leland! Now, Hoaglin! Now, Nelson and Sauer!
On, Freed! On, Maland! On, Purdie and Mahler!
 
To the seat of your cars! To the end of the street!
Now dash away! Dash away! And soon we will meet!
Then we heard Donn exclaim, as he walked out of sight;
"Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!"
 
All Rotarians their families, and guests are invited to the 80th annual Faribault Rotary Christmas Concert to be held on Wednesday December 15th (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 respond to the online email whether or not you will be coming and bringing one or more guests.  The cost of the meal is $15 unless you are on the meal plan.
 
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Violins

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Some violins contain 70 separate pieces of wood.
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Rotarian of the Year 2021- Laura Bock

Posted by Tom Nleson

Service Above Self

Laura Bock

Reprinted with permission from the Daily News ( Photo provided by Suzanne Rook)

A lifelong resident of Faribault with a passion for community service, Laura Bock was recently named the Faribault Rotary Club’s Rotarian of the Year for 2021.  The award is presented annually by the club to one of its members who displays the ideals of Rotary in service to the community, has demonstrated leadership to the club and has provided outstanding contributions to one or more Rotary activities.  The award’s announcement was made earlier this month by club President Todd Sesker and it was presented to Bock by Rotary Club Treasurer Eric Craig.

“There is no one more deserving of this award than Laura Bock,” said David Connelly, who serves along with Bock as a co-chair for the Rotary Club’s Community Service Committee. “The motto that Rotarians have is ‘Service Above Self,’ and in our club being the Community Service Chair, who sets up basically all of our community service, Laura has been that person for years.

In presenting the award to Bock, Craig said, “Laura Bock is truly an example of what all Rotarians should be and we are fortunate to have her within our club.”  A member of the Faribault Rotary Club since 2017, Bock has been a leader for the club’s community service activities from the time she was inducted.

Bock’s connection with the club started with her husband Steve Bock, who is also a Rotary Club member and a co-owner of Glen’s Towing. The couple had hosted a Rotary foreign exchange student from Columbia in 2017, and that experience helped convince Bock to become a Rotarian.  “My husband is a Rotarian as well,” Bock said. “We hosted an exchange student that year and I had been attending so many Rotary meetings as a host parent, I was invited to be a member by Jake Cook. I decided to take him up on the offer because I really liked the club.

“When I was inducted (in 2017), I was asked to be the Community Service Committee Chairperson. So, I just started organizing all the different Rotarian community service events that we do throughout the year. I enjoy volunteering and it works out really well for me." Over the past four years, Bock has been responsible for organizing multiple community service activities for the Rotary Club including Red Cross blood drives three times a year, monthly Meals on Wheels delivery, Adopt-A-Highway clean-up east of town near Cedar Lake, Salvation Army bell ringing during the holiday season, Habitat for Humanity work and help with the Warm Our Community Coat Drive.  She more recently helped plan the club’s picnic, helped with a clean-up project at Crockers Creek and volunteered to help pack meals at the food shelf.

“We are just trying to help support the other organizations that help make Faribault a healthier and better community,” Bock said. “We help organizations keep doing what they do best.”  Craig noted in the award presentation, “Not only does Laura the leadership skills by getting these events organized and staffed, she is there as a volunteer placing service above self.”

A native of Faribault, Bock’s community service interest dates back over 10 years to her time when she was involved with the Chamber of Commerce and Faribault’s Main Street Program as the manager of the Cheese Cave in downtown. She helped with a variety of volunteer events in that capacity and carried that passion on to the Rotary Club and her current position with Thrivent Financial, where she has helped organized community service events with her co-workers including putting together care packages for the military.

“She is just a very kind-hearted person who is willing to roll up her sleeves anytime and help out our community,” Connelly said. “She is also super organized and makes sure that everyone is in place and where they need to be for all our community projects."  Bock’s work has definitely made an impact on the community, but she also believes that her community service work has been a positive factor in her life too.  “I make the time now because it feel good to volunteer,” Bock said. “I feel that if you can give of yourself, eventually, if you are in need, those good vibes are going to come back to you.”

To receive the award, a club member is nominated by other club members and then selected by a committee for Rotarian of the Year.  “I was completely surprised to receive the award,” Bock said. “It is very humbling to be nominated and receive the award from my fellow Rotarians.”  Another humbling moment for Bock has been her recent selection as a future president for the club. She is slated to serve as the Faribault Rotary Club’s president in 2023-24.

“I accepted that, and it is very humbling to be asked because it means they think you can run the club for the year,” said Bock.

 

Rotarian of the Year 2021- Laura Bock Tom Nleson 2021-11-27 06:00:00Z 0

Get Involved in STRIVE

Hello Faribault Rotarians!
 
High school students find themselves at a crossroad in their lives, trying to complete the day to day requirements of a student while also deciding what career or education path they will take after graduation. The Faribault Rotary Club helps students in this critical time through the STRIVE Program.  STRIVE, which is now in it's 23rd year, gives area students the opportunity to hear from local people about topics that will help them in their lives such as managing stress, personal finance, and the role that civics plays in our communities.  In addition, students that participate in this program also have the ability to apply for scholarships.  $16,000 in scholarships was awarded in 2020 to area students that participated in STRIVE!
 
The STRIVE team is in the process of wrapping up the 2021-2022 STRIVE program and planning next year's program.  We are meeting at the Faribault Perkins on Wednesday, December 1st from 5:00 to 6:30 pm.  Please come and join us if you would like to hear more about STRIVE and get involved!  If you would like to attend, please RSVP to me so I can make sure that we have a large enough table: khalverson@hometowncu.coop
 
Thank you!
Kurt Halverson
STRIVE Team Lead
 
Get Involved in STRIVE Kurt Halverson 2021-11-24 06:00:00Z 0

Youth Services Board Meeting 11/19/2021

Posted by Chad Koepke
Faribault Rotary Youth Services
Board Meeting
November 19, 2021
Members Present: Jake Cook, Eric Craig, Brenda DeMars, Jake Kohl, Chad Koepke, Dave Beranek, Rebecca Freed, Keith Kramer (also present Katy Anderegg)
 
Moving forward meeting for this board will be quarterly
Board formally accepted Jake Cook’s resignation. Jake will stay on in an advisory role providing financial advice for investment opportunities
Rebecca Freed made a motion to add Jake Kohl to the board, seconded by Eric Craig and motion carried
 
Potential to have pull tabs present at MN state baseball tournament next summer. Eric Craig made a motion to pursue selling pull tabs at this event, seconded by Jake Kohl and the motion passed
Year end bill from Reese Winter was $2,170 for compiling the tax return, annual report, monthly work and other misc. tasks. Chad Koepke made a motion to pay the $2,170, seconded by Rebecca Freed and the motion carried
Cap repairs: Deck railing to be painted & few boards replaced, soffit & fascia on pump house, light coming in at the peak of the fireplace, bathroom remodel, tree limb pruning for safety. General thought is to hire these items out, most likely next spring.
 
Motion to end the $50 youth services payments for each Rotary member. Keith Kramer made the motion and Chad Koepke seconded. Motion carried
Jessica Amundson was added to the gambling team so she can help count down boxes and do other misc. tasks.
Sub-committee to be formed to set compensation for gambling manager and other gambling positions. Much more time is being spent than originally thought.
Rotary is potentially taking over Bingo from River Bend at Boxers, and also multiple pull tab boxes. More to come on this.
 
Chad Koepke made a motion to move all FRYS investments over to Comprehensive Wealth Solutions to be managed by Brent & Jake. Eric seconded and the motion carried.
Jake Cook financial proposal: 60% equities, 40% fixed income portfolio. Brent & Jake are looking to actively manage this account and we would give them fiduciary authority to make trades on behalf of the club without having to come to the club each time. Advisor fee will be .6%
 
Board had a discussion about how much in total should be held in reserve, and also what to do with excess funds going forward. Thought was that our main board will create a sub -committee to direct excess funds.
We must make sure that gambling funds are used or earmarked to avoid unrelated business tax income.
Dave Beranek asked that we give consideration to accurate recordkeeping with him gone a portion of the year and multiple people depositing funds.
Rebecca Freed made a motion to elect Eric Craig as Vice President of Faribault Rotary Youth Services. Chad Koepke seconded and the motion carried.
Meeting was adjourned
Youth Services Board Meeting 11/19/2021 Chad Koepke 2021-11-23 06:00:00Z 0

Last Week's Meeting 11/17/2021

Posted by David Connelly

New Member Aubrey Nicholson

Several years ago, Aubrey Nicholson settled in Faribault. It hasn’t been long but Aubrey reflected, as a kid and young adult she moved around a lot. Her parents were very hard workers and provided well. With all the moving around Aubrey expressed it was hard to gather a sense of community.
 
Friends and current Rotarians Brett Peroutka and Laura Bock were great community members that made her feel welcome and introduced community service to Aubrey. This community service so inspired Aubrey that having Wednesday afternoons open to attend Rotary meetings was a term of acceptance for her new job at Atlantic Union Bank.
 
Aubrey is married to Clayton Nicholson, owner, and trainer of Revolution Fitness. They have an 8-year-old daughter named Scout, who is currently in the third grade and plays hockey.
 
Last Week's Meeting 11/17/2021 David Connelly 2021-11-23 06:00:00Z 0

Charitable Gambling Minutes 11/17/2021

Posted by Chad Koepke

Off to a Great Start?

Faribault Rotary
Charitable Gambling
Membership Meeting
November 17, 2021
 
  • Chad Koepke highlighted the revenues, prizes, allowable expenses and tax payments for October 2021 (image below for highlights)
    • Of note, paper pull tabs were only active for 2.5 weeks whereas e-tabs were active the whole month
  • Chad noted that October had higher expenses due to the one-time costs associated with establishing the gambling operation, such as purchasing the POS system, iPads, etc….
    • Chad noted that a couple expenses, such as profit sharing with the bar, are going to hit the income statement in arrears as the sharing amount is a function of financial performance for the month, which cannot be established till the books close
  • The following expenses were approved for December 2021:
    • Paper pull-tab inventory / games $4,000
      • Motion by Rod Muller & George Wickstrom
    • Revenue sharing with M. Peters $7,000
      • Motion by Todd Sesker & Marv Shroeder
    • Monthly CGMade Easy SAAS / Online administrative interface $250
      • Motion by Jessica Amundson & David Connelly
    • Profit sharing with Boxers $6,000
      • Motion by Pastor Greg & George Wickstrom
    • Payment to Gambling Team $500
    • Specific Payments = $17,750 & Total Approved Payments = $18,500
      • Given the nascent nature of the operation, the gambling team sought larger dollar approvals to ensure payments are under the approved amount à over time, specific approval amounts should tighten once a trend can be determined
      • Additionally, the gambling team requested $750 in unknown overhead expenses as the full cash flow picture – both cash in and out – is still being developed as a full month of operations, with paper and e-tabs, will not be available till the completion of November 17, 2021 as paper tabs were only in place for 2.5 weeks of October
  • No lawful donations / charitable contributions were approved at the November meeting
  • Faribault Rotary Youth Services is meeting Friday, November 19 to discuss processes and procedures for allocating gambling funds along with other items that fall under FRYS’ reach
Charitable Gambling Minutes 11/17/2021 Chad Koepke 2021-11-22 06:00:00Z 0

Salvation Army Bell Ringing 2021

Posted by Laura Bock

Time to Volunteer!

We have been challenged to a Friendly Bell Ringing Competition by the Lion's Club of Faribault. The challenge is to see which club can ring more days this holiday season. I understand that they have two days this week alone!
Faribault Rotary is currently signed up to ring a full day on Saturday December 11th at the Wal Mart Grocery door. 10 am to 6 pm.
 
Go to https://registertoring.com/shifts-select-group.aspx to get your time on the 11th. You will need a username and password for the Salvation Army Website, if you prefer not to create those, please text or call Laura Bock or just and she will book your time for you. 507-384-2280.
 
Feel free to use www.registertoring.com to sign yourself, friends, family, or co-workers up for a time that is convenient for you! Report back to David Connelly or Laura Bock so we can track your hours!
 
During fellowship we will be doing  an interactive sign up so bring your November and December calendars!
Salvation Army Bell Ringing 2021 Laura Bock 2021-11-16 06:00:00Z 0

RI Presidential Message November 2021

Serve to Change Lives

Shekhar Mehta

Shekhar Mehta

President 2021-22

November 2021

I first discovered the value of service when I saw how a few simple acts can immeasurably change lives. It began when I joined others in my club for a project to bring toilets and clean drinking water to rural villages near our city. It moved forward when we promoted sanitation and provided opportunities for education across the country, thanks to generous gifts from supporters who believed in our projects as much as those of us on the ground did.

There is no better time of the year to be reminded of that generosity than November, which is Rotary Foundation Month.

As the charitable arm of Rotary International, The Rotary Foundation is the engine that powers so many Rotary projects throughout the world. The Foundation transforms your gifts into projects that change lives. It is the Foundation that helps us to get closer to our goal of eradicating polio, to show more people how we promote peace through tangible actions, and to demonstrate the impact our projects have in our areas of focus.

Consider some recent projects that were made possible by the Foundation:

  • The Rotary clubs of Guatemala La Reforma, Guatemala, and Calgary, Alberta, received an $80,000 global grant to organize a comprehensive plan to train nurses and rural health care workers to prevent and treat cervical cancer and to implement a sustainable system of referrals in seven regions of Guatemala.
  • More than two dozen hospitals in Honduras received personal protective equipment for their medical staff thanks to a $169,347 global grant sponsored by the Rotary clubs of Villa Real de Tegucigalpa, Honduras, and Waldo Brookside-Kansas City, Missouri.
  • The Rotary clubs of Cotonou Le Nautile, Benin, and Tournai Haut-Escaut, Belgium, received a $39,390 global grant to provide agricultural training at an ecologically responsible permaculture mini-farm connected to a center for children in Sowé, Benin. This will help a new generation of farmers become economically self-sufficient.

I like comparing The Rotary Foundation to the Taj Mahal, a monument of one man’s love for a woman. The Foundation is a dynamic monument