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.