All Zoom Meetings

We are back to ZOOM only meetings. Due to the rising Covid-19 numbers, we want everyone to stay safe and well for the holidays and minimize contact with others.
 
Lunches will be available for pick-up at designated locations. Please look for an email from Jeni Arnold for the location of the week.
 
Stay well.
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Rotary heads to the State Fair

Show your Rotary Pride and meet new Friends at the Minnesota State Fair Friday August 30th.

We need you and yours (families encouraged) to build a blitz with hundreds of our upper Midwest Rotary Family. And what better way to throw a party than at the "Great Minnesota Get-Together!" We are not the only ones that recognize how spectacular this annual must-go event is. Newsweek recently honored it as the sole North American entry [“Americana at it’s best”], in late summer worldwide festivals.

 

If it’s been a while since your last fair visit, now’s the time to get reacquainted with this Minnesota staple, and no better way than with a couple hundred Rotarian friends and family!

 

Our Public Image team is working on ways to get us noticed through the day. Maybe the Governor will declare this Rotary Day at the Fair?!

We encourage you to bring your family members to share in the FUN! Kids 10 and over are welcome to work alongside their parents/ grandparents in “act of service” in Equimania” in the Horse barn. Forty volunteers will receive FREE Fair admission tickets!

We are also looking for groups to blitz broadcast booths (television and radio stations) through the day.

 

But most important, wear your (NEW/Present logo) shirt, plan to meet and greet your Rotary family and friends, and post and share your photos in social media. This is a unique 3-District event, designed to show off Rotary’s good works across the region,

 

As you know, D5960 is geographic host and originator of this idea, so we want to show up in big numbers!

Looking forward to seeing you there and “Dancin’ on the Ceiling” at the end of a fabulous Rotary Day! (Lionel Richie will be performing in the Grandstand at 7:30 p.m. that night - tickets must be purchased in advance).

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Message from Sonja Laitamäki

Posted by Terri Sim

Dear Fellow Rotarians, 

 

I am beyond excited to announce that I will be revisiting Winona this summer from June 3rd - July 31st. I have marked some events in my calendar in advance, but besides that, I would love to see all of you and to participate in any kinds of activities/events organized in the summer. It could be anything from volunteering at an event to grabbing a cup of coffee. 

 

Time has passed so fast, and I can't believe it has almost been a year since I ended my exchange year. During this past year I have completed my first finals at school, worked three jobs and visited places like South Africa, Spain and Sweden. It has definitely been another crazy year and I can't wait to share things I've learned along the way. 

 

As you may know by now, I love to stay busy, so please do not feel afraid to be in touch. 

 

Sincerely,

Sonja Laitamäki, Finland

 

email: sonjas.wilma@gmail.com

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International Owl Center visits Rotary

 
Karla Bloem from the International Owl Center visited the Winona Rotary Club and brought with her a special guest - JR
 
 
 
 
JR
​JR was hatched in captivity in May 2018. His parents are non-releasable education ambassadors with eye injuries at another facility. The parents were believed to both be females until they laid eggs that actually hatched. The parents promptly ate their babies, which sometimes happens, so the facility got a breeding permit so future eggs could be removed, incubated, and hatched safely. JR was the first owl placed as an ambassador owl. He has been highly socialized with humans and siblings so he will be comfortable in his job. He weighs a bit more than a quarter-pound hamburger.
 
The 17th annual Festival of Owls will be held March 1-3 2019 in Houston, Mn. where you can see JR live and in person.
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Miss Winona visits Rotary

Miss Winona Sage Hovet spent some time with our club sharing her platform "The Rainbow Connection:  Ending LBGTQ Youth Homelessness."
Sage Hovet was crowned the 73rd Miss Winona this past October. Sage is a sophomore at Viterbo University in La Crosse studying Musical Theater and is from Bemidji MN. Sage is seen here singing to club member Jim Vrchota.
 
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Winona Rotary Donates to the Warming Center

The Winona Rotary Club has donated $300.00 to the Winona Community Warming Center.
Lynette Johnson stated how the need for a warming center in Winona has grown and they regularly have up to 10 guests a night.
There are currently no other options for those in our community with no place to sleep at night.
 
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Club Donates to Volunteer Services

The Winona Rotary Club member Cherie Burke presented a check in the amount of $2,500.00 to Volunteer Services Director Sandra Burke.
 
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Membership Type  Update

 

 

The Winona Rotary Club Membership Types  

Individual Membership

The member will pay Regular Club Dues in the amount of $100.00 plus RI & District fees to apply. 

Group Membership

The Group Memberships are a specific membership type for the Winona Club. It is important to note that the lead member for the Group entity will be the only individual who maintains membership in Rotary International. Additional participants from the member organization will be members of the local club. Group initiation fee of $100.00 and Regular club dues and RI & District fees to apply. Annual Club Dues 100.00 per person (max of 4) 

No Meal Option Individual Membership (available after July 01, 2018)

The member will pay Annual Club Dues in the amount of $300.00 plus RI & District fees to apply.

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Rotary January Social

January has another 5th Wednesday so we will be having a club social in place of the regular meeting on January 31st.
Please join us from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
at BUBS lower level located at 65 E 4th st.
There will be a cash bar and heavy appetizers

 
If you could RSVP so we can get a head count that would help.
Cherie
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Feed My Starving Children

Posted by Autumn Herber on Oct 10, 2017
This year’s Feed My Starving Children MobilePack Event was a great success.  We had a total of 574 people volunteering this year and we packed a record number of meals.  It was a total of 124,416 meals, which is enough to feed 315 starving children for an entire year.  We will find out in the next couple weeks where our meals will be sent to. 
 
Rotary was proud to be able to partner with the many wonderful businesses, organizations, school groups, and churches that made this humanitarian effort possible.  Thank you to everyone who helped with this event and for truly making a difference in the lives of starving children. 
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Feed My Starving Children Volunteers Needed

Posted by Autumn Herber on Sep 25, 2017
Winona Rotary is hosting Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) MobilePack Event on Saturday, October 7th at RiverStar, 1705 Wilke Dr.  This is an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of starving children around the world.
 
We need your help to volunteer for this important event.  There are many different opportunities available.  Family and friends are welcome to help as well. 
 
  • Set-up – Friday, Oct 6th from 3:00 – 5:00pm
 
  • Registration – Saturday, Oct 7th any of the following times: 7:30am – 8:15am, 10:00am – 10:45am, 12:30pm – 1:15pm, 3:00pm – 3:45pm
 
  • Shift Captain – Saturday, Oct 7th any of the following times: 10:30am – 12:30pm, 1:00pm – 3:00pm, 3:30pm – 5:30pm
 
  • Photography – Saturday, Oct 7th at any point between 8am – 5pm
 
  • Packing Meals – Saturday, Oct 7th during any of the shifts (8:00am – 10:00am, 10:30am – 12:30pm, 1:00pm – 3:00pm, 3:30pm – 5:30pm). We are not having a separate Rotary team this year, just filling in where needed.
 
  • Clean-up – Saturday, Oct 7th from 5:00 – 7:00pm
 
If you are able to help, please sign up at Wednesday’s meeting or contact Autumn at 450-1320 or aherber@charter.net.  Thank you to everyone who has already signed up to help.
 
This is a great event and a perfect example of how Rotary is doing good in the world. We hope all of you will take part in this great event. Come help us to feed the starving children of the world.
Feed My Starving Children Volunteers Needed Autumn Herber 2017-09-25 05:00:00Z 0

Goodview Days Parade This Sunday

Posted by Autumn Herber on Aug 14, 2017

Please consider joining us in the Goodview Days Parade this Sunday, August 20th.  The parade starts at 1pm and we are unit #48.  Be at our unit at least by 12:45pm.  We will be lined up on 4th St between 37th and 38th St and in Goodview.  If you have a Rotary shirt or a Ride the Ridges shirt, please wear that.  We will be passing out candy and info cards promoting Ride the Ridges.

Thank you to everyone who signed up already to be a part of the parade.  We still need a few more people to represent our club.  You can walk or ride your bike.  Families and friends are encouraged to join in the fun.  Our new Exchange Student will be in the parade as well.  If you are able to join us please sign up at the Rotary meeting or contact Autumn at aherber@charter.net or 450-1320.

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 Rotary Social on July 19th

MARK YOUR CALENDARS!!!!
WE ARE HAVING A ROTARY SOCIAL
 
WHAT:  SOCIAL
WHEN:  WEDNESDAY EVENING JULY 19TH
WHERE:  THE BRIGGS PIZZA FARM
TIME:  5:00-7:30
DETAILS:    We will still have our regular 12:00 meeting that day!  Guests are welcome!!
BRING ANY SPECIAL INGREDIANTS YOU WISH TO ADD TO YOUR PIZZA AND A BEVERAGE
 
PLEASE RSVP TO CHERIE at cherieb@hbci.com with the number in your party - there will be a charge for each guest and you will be billed if you RSVP.
 
Directions to the Farm
The farm is located at 27171 County Highway 9. Click here for complete directions and a map.Please note that if you are using GPS or Google Maps to find us, be sure that you are going to the address north of I-90. You may want to use Cedar Valley Lutheran Church as a proxy; we're right next door.

 

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Rotary Rose Sale Update

Posted by Autumn Herber on May 22, 2017
Thank you to everyone who participated in this year's Rose Sale.  There are a couple people who still need to turn in their rose packet, so please bring that to Rotary on Wednesday or get it to one of the Rose Sale committee members ASAP.  We had a few people who did an outstanding job and sold lots of lots of roses, however our overall numbers were way down this year.  So if you know anyone else who might still want to buy some more roses please let me know this week.  And remember the distribution dates are June 6-7 at Hy-Vee.
 
The Rose Sale helps us to be able to do many of our youth and community projects such as the Dictionary Project, Rotary Readers, Books for Babies, Student of the Month, college scholarships, Camp RYLA and Camp Enterprise, and many more.  Thank you, and to everyone you sold to, for helping to support these great projects!
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RIDE THE RIDGES SAVE THE DATE

Join us on Sept. 16 for the region's most scenic ride!
Mark your calendar! Ride the Ridges 2017 is Sept. 16
 
 
 
 
 
 
Registration opens June 1   
 
 
Our region's fastest-growing and most scenic ride, now in its 5th year, promises to be an outstanding event for riders of all levels. Join us!
 
 
NEW THIS YEAR!

The start/finish area will be at the Winona Middle School.
 
The location will give us much more space for check-in and we can provide on-site shower facilities.
 
Routes will begin on Hwy 43.
 
Providing a safer and a more accessible ride for all riders.
 
Save the date - Sept. 16, 2017
A fun ride for great causes!
 
Our resident bicycling enthusiasts and safety-minded organizers are creating a ride that responds to the many comments we have received from past riders.
 
Join us to contribute to the many important causes that Winona Rotary supports.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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RIDE THE RIDGES

RIDE THE RIDGES COMMITTEE MEETING

The committee will meet tomorrow - Thursday  February the 2nd at 5:00 pm at Blooming Grounds Coffeehouse backroom (Downtown location)

Everyone is welcome to join us and we would strongly encourage your participation !!

Our Bike Tour will be held this year on September 16th and we really do NEED everyone's help to make this a successful event!

Please contact Cherie Burke 507-450-7867 or Mike Bernatz 507-457-9808 with any questions!

WE NEED YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

 

 

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FMSC Packing Event a Success

Posted by Autumn Herber on Oct 03, 2016
Thank you to everyone who helped with this year's FMSC packing event.  It was a great day.  We had a total of 517 volunteers participate and we packed a total of 117,072 meals.  Thanks to our efforts on Saturday, 320 starving children will have food for an entire year.  That is a making a real difference in the world and is truly service above self. 
 
A special thank you to Mark Patterson for chairing this event for the 6th straight year.
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Foundation Celebration

Please join us for an exciting week-end of celebrating the 100 years of amazing accomplishments of The Rotary Foundation. We have planned a day of activities to recognize the impact The Rotary Foundation has made in our lives and the lives of others including Global Grants, District Grants, Scholars, Group Study Exchange (GSE), Vocational Training Teams (VTT) and of course are signature accomplishment, the eradication of Polio.

 

When: November 12, 2016

 

Where:   Double Tree Hilton Hotel in downtown St. Paul

 

Science Museum for youth and Youth Exchange students

 

Displays form multiple clubs and projects throughout the District

 

Dinner featuring Jamie Revord, an Ambassadorial scholar and a member of the Annual Giving and Alumni Relations Team

 

Please see the attached brochure for details on registration.  PLEASE REGISTER EARLY!!! (CLICK HERE for registration – Login required (future/yourhands)

 

We hope to see all of you at this once in a life time event.

 

Yours in Rotary Service,

 

Gary Campbell

District 5960 District Rotary Foundation Chair 2016-19

 

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Feed My Starving Children Volunteers Needed

Posted by Autumn Herber on Sep 14, 2016
Winona Rotary is hosting Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) MobilePack Event on Saturday, October 1st at RiverStar, 1705 Wilke Dr.  This is an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of starving children around the world.
 
We need your help to volunteer for this important event.  There are many different opportunities available.  Family and friends are welcome to help as well. 
 
  • Set-up – Friday, Sept 30th from 3:00 – 5:00pm
  • Rotary team for packing event – Saturday, Oct 1st from 3:30 – 5:30pm
  • Clean-up – Saturday, Oct 1st from 5:00 – 7:00pm
  • Food/beverage donation for Rotary volunteers and FMSC staff
  • Other volunteers for Saturday (registration, greeter, fill in for other teams)
 
If you are able to help, please sign up at Wednesday’s meeting or contact Autumn at 450-1320 or aherber@charter.net
 
This is a great event and a perfect example of how Rotary is doing good in the world. We hope all of you will take part in this great event. Come help us pack meals to feed the starving children of the world.
 
Feed My Starving Children Volunteers Needed Autumn Herber 2016-09-15 00:00:00Z 0

Scenic Ride for a Good Cause

This was featured on the front page of the Winona Daily News today

 

The Winona Rotary Club will be hosting a cultural and scenic fundraising tour of southeast Minnesota Saturday, available from the view of a bicycle seat.

The organization will host its fourth annual Ride the Ridges event, where bicycle riders from across the region start in Winona and ride through one of four routes in a non-competitive ride, stopping at local towns and rest stops along the way for cultural delicacies and entertainment.

Co-chair for the event and Rotarian Mike Bernatz said the club will donate all funds from sponsors and registration fees to local organizations the club supports, such as Feed My Starving Children and the kids’ summer lunch program in Winona.

 

The club also uses the funds to provide dictionaries for all third-grade students in Winona County and to provide books for every mom and child leaving Winona Health after birth.

Through the ride and groups it supports, Bernatz said the club views the event as serving a dual purpose: promoting community health and supporting charities.

“It’s fun, it’s non-competitive, so that anybody can ride that is able to do the distance,” Bernatz said. “The purpose of it is a fundraiser for Rotary, and that doesn’t put money in our pockets our club pockets. But we turn around, and we donate it to projects.”

The ride consists of an 18-mile route, a 40-mile route, a 63-mile route and a 106-mile route.

Riders often comment on the challenge the routes present, Bernatz said, due to the approximately 4,700 feet of overall climbing through the bluffs, depending on the route taken.

 
 
 
 
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“People say they come because of the hills, the challenge, the distance. They can go out and ride for a whole day, and it’s completely supported,” Bernatz said.

Along the routes, Bernatz said, there will be marker signs, and volunteers from Winona County Sheriff’s Department to encourage safe driving, road sharing and lead the riders to their destinations.

 

“We’re all sharing the road,” Bernatz said. “So we really appreciate people slowing down, moving over. Just taking it easy.”

Other rider amenities available include free food vouchers for the Kinstone food truck, showers at the Winona Middle School, volunteers from the Winona Amateur Radio Club for communication purposes, activities and food at every rest stop along the way, and vehicles that drive around with volunteers available to help with bike repairs and picking up any stragglers who have run into mechanical issues.

Bernatz added that bikers are strongly encouraged to leave Southeast Technical College and head up County Road 17 on their routes by 7 to 9 a.m. Rest stops will be available in Rushford, Houston, La Crescent, South Ridge church, Witoka and near New Hartford.

With options like lefse in Rushford or apples in La Crescent, the ride also includes a tour of the local flavor in towns around the route, Bernatz said.

“You get a lot of people that maybe are keeping track of their miles and times, but when they get to the rest stops it’s just fun,” Bernatz said. “We like to think of it as a social event than a highly competitive athletic event.”

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Goodview Days Parade

Posted by Autumn Herber

Please consider joining us in the Goodview Days Parade this Sunday, August 21st.  The parade starts at 1pm and we are unit #50.  Be at our unit at least by 12:45pm.  We will be lined up on the corner of 38th St and 4th St in Goodview.  If you have a Rotary shirt or a Ride the Ridges shirt, please wear that.  We will be passing out candy and info cards promoting Ride the Ridges.

Thank you to everyone who signed up already to be a part of the parade.  We still could use a few more people to represent our club.  You can walk or ride your bike.  Families and friends are encouraged to join in the fun.  Both of our new Exchange Students will be in the parade as well. If you are able to join us or willing to help in some capacity please sign up at the Rotary meeting or contact Autumn at aherber@charter.net or 450-1320.

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From District Gov. Jum Hunt

Dear Rotarian, for 2016-17, Rotary International President John Germ has given us the grand theme of Rotary Serving Humanity. It is a powerful theme, that encompasses all we do as Rotarians.  “I believe everyone recognizes the opportunity to serve Rotary for what it truly is: not a small opportunity, but a great one; an opportunity of a lifetime to change the world for the better, forever through Rotary’s service to humanity,” John Germ.
 
Jim Hunt
D5960 District Governor 2016-17
jim.hunt.d5960@gmail.com
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Outbound Exchange - Norway Coco Bartz 2016-01-27 00:00:00Z 0

ROTARY FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM OFFERS

St. Paul, Southeastern Minnesota and Western Wisconsin – Applicants are now being sought for scholarships to earn a two-year, masters-level degree in international studies, and peace and conflict resolution.  Rotary International will award 100 such scholarships to six universities worldwide later this year.  Nominees will be forwarded from District #5960 to Rotary International through a selection process set to begin immediately.  Awards will be for the 2017-19 term.

 

The Rotary Centers for International Studies in peace and conflict resolution is a major educational priority of The Rotary Foundation.  The Foundation has established partnerships with universities in Japan, Sweden, England, Australia, Thailand and North Carolina in the United States.  Rotary’s goal is to provide educational opportunities to a group of World Peace Fellows in order to advance knowledge and world understanding among future world leaders. The centers will also advance research, teaching publication and knowledge of issues of peace, goodwill and causes of conflict.

 

Applicants must have earned an undergraduate degree with strong academics and must have 5 years of full-time related work or volunteer experience.  Proficiency in a second language strongly recommended.  For more information and application, see the Rotary International website at www.rotary.org/en/get-involved/exchange-ideas/peace-fellowships or contact Kathy Hughitt at kathy.hughitt@rotary5960.org.

                                                       

Applications are due to local Rotary Clubs by April 1, 2016 (please contact Kathy Hughitt at kathy.hughitt@rotary5960.org if you do not know your local club).  Endorsements by local clubs will then be sent to the district level by April 22, 2016.  In-person interviews for district finalists will be invited on May 9th-10th to be conducted on May 14, 2016 in the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area (candidates must be present to interview in-person) with the nominee’s name forwarded to the international office by May 31, 2016.  Awards will be announced by Rotary International in Fall, 2016.

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RIDE THE RIDGES COMMITTEE WANTS YOU!

Please consider joining the fun and fabulous Ride the Ridges committee. We meet the 1st Thursday of each month at 5:15 at the law office of fellow rotarian Mike Bernatz. Please see Mike or Cherie Burke for fun facts and more details.
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Grant Seminars

GRANT MANAGEMENT SEMINARS
REQUIRED FOR 2016-2017 ROTARY FOUNDATION GRANTS
 
Attendance by at least one member of a club is required at one of the following Grant Management Seminars (GMS) in order for a District 5960 Rotary Club to receive a Rotary Foundation District Grant or a Global Grant in Rotary Year 2016-2017. (Attendance at a GMS last year does not qualify a club for grants in 2016-2017. Annual attendance at a GMS is required.)
 
Grant Management Seminars in preparation for the Rotary Year 2016-2017 will be presented on the following dates. There is no charge to attend. Our District Training Fee covers the cost. Registration is required to attend. Registration is limited to 30 persons per seminar.  Each person must register separately.
 
 
March 19, 2016– 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM – – Family Means, 1875 Northwestern Avenue South, Stillwater, MN
Map/Directions to Family Means Center, Stillwater
 

April 9, 2016–10:00 AM -2:00 PM -- New Brighton, Community Center's "Rotary Room", 400 10th St NW, New Brighton, MN
 Map/Directions to the New Brighton Community Center
 
April 16,2016– 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM – Rochester Area Foundation, 12 Elton Hills Dr NW, Rochester, MN 55901
Map/Directions to Rochester Area Foundation, Rochester
 
Rotarians and Rotaractors attending will:
 
·       Obtain a general overview of the Rotary International and District 5960 grant process.
·       Acquire the tools to successfully manage Rotary Foundation Grants.
·       Be able to complete both the district and global grants forms.
·       Understand how to identify, develop and implement a project.
·       Know how to manage and report the progress of a grant.
·       Meet one of the requirements for qualification for a grant. 
 
If you have any questions, please contact
Craig Leiser, DRFCC 2013-2016 ,at, Craig@RotaryCraig5960.com  or call him at
 651-303-6545(Cell) 651-439-4008 (B) or
Scott Mercer,District 5960 Foundation Trainer, at scott_mercer@ml.com
or call him at 651-275-8070
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Rotary Shelterbox supports Syrian Refugees

In Syria, where a civil war has been raging since 2011, more than 6,000 people flee the country every day. As of September, more than 4.1 million people have become refugees, and 7.6 million more have been internally displaced.

“The plight of Syria’s refugees is a litmus test for the world's compassion,” says Rotary International General Secretary John Hewko. “Rotary members worldwide are profoundly disheartened by the refugee crisis now unfolding in Syria and other parts of the world,” which the United Nations has described as the worst in decades.

“Rotary is following the situation closely,” Hewko says. “We know our members have an inherent desire to act, to relieve the suffering and uncertainty that displaced individuals and families are facing. We call on you to respond as Rotarians have for more than 100 years: to use your professional skills and acumen, leverage your connections to other leaders, and mobilize your local communities to provide the necessary resources and funding to address the humanitarian crisis.”

Rotary members can donate to the disaster relief efforts of our project partner . The organization has supported the Syrian relief effort for close to four years and is working with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to distribute relief materials. ShelterBox is also working with communities in Greece and parts of Turkey to provide transitional housing and supplies to displaced people passing through these regions in an effort to reach other countries in Europe.

Rachel Harvey, a member of a ShelterBox response team that recently returned from Greece, says Syrian refugees are making dangerous crossings to the shores of Greece.

As many as 2,000 people arrive daily on Lesbos’ northern beaches, says Harvey, referring to a Greek island in the Aegean Sea off the Turkish coast. The trip from Turkey to Greece usually takes about an hour and a half. “The flimsy rubber dinghies are invariably overcrowded, and the majority of passengers can’t swim,” she says.

Harvey adds: "The experience is terrifying. Another trauma added to the layers that many of the displaced have accumulated through war in Syria or South Sudan, insecurity in Afghanistan or Pakistan. One man told me: 'It was a nightmare. I don’t know how we got through that trip,' ” she says.

Says Hewko: “We appreciate our clubs and members for their support, helping the millions of displaced people find shelter and rebuild their lives and communities. Every refugee is in our hearts and minds.”

Rotary News 

5-Oct-2015
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Only a couple more days left of the Rose Sale

Posted by Autumn Herber on Sep 27, 2015
Has everyone sold their roses?  Our annual Rose Sale is coming to a close.  Make sure you give one last big push to sell roses.  If you need additional tickets please contact Terri Sim at 454-7384 or tjsim@hbci.com.
 
Turn in day is this Wednesday, Sept 30th.  Please bring with you to Rotary your ticket stubs, money, and any unsold tickets.  If you are not going to be at Rotary this week, make sure to make arrangements to turn everything into Terri by Friday.
 
Happy selling!!!
Only a couple more days left of the Rose Sale Autumn Herber 2015-09-28 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary Meeting Sept 2 2015

Our new foreign students were introduced to the club.  Juliiete Billy from France and Joaquin Morales from Chile.
Dave White gave an update on the Ride the Ridges project and appealed for more volunteers.   See the website for the remaining openings.
An update on the Rose Sale was given and members have received their tickets to sell.
Don Salyards gave an excellent presentation on the Rotary International meeting in Brazil.  He also gave an update on the Polio program.  Nigeria has gone 12 months without a report of polio.  Only Pakistan and Afganistan are still reporting new cases but Rotary volunteers are working hard to get all children immunized.
We will not meet at noon on next Wednesday Sept. 9.  Instead there is a pizza party at the Briggs Farm from 5 to 7:30.  See the web page for details.
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Rose Pick up

Posted by Autumn Herber on Oct 19, 2014

Just a reminder that rose pick up is at Hy-Vee on Tuesday, October 21st from 12:00 Noon until 7:00 p.m. and Wednesday, October 22nd from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.  Please make reminder calls or emails to those you sold to.  We don't want anyone to forget to pick up their lovely roses.

Thank you to everyone who sold roses or donated to the fundraiser.  Also a big thank you to those who signed up to help with the distribution of the roses.

All of Winona will be smelling like roses soon!

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Rotary Board Meeting this Wednesday evening

Posted by Autumn Herber on Aug 24, 2014

Just a reminder, we have a board meeting this Wednesday at 4:45pm. One change though, we will meet at Altra Federal Credit Union this month. If you have any items that you would like on the agenda please let Lance know.

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Rotary Golf - Social Event Tuesday Evening

Posted by Randy Domeyer on Aug 24, 2014

Our annual golf and social event will be held on Tuesday, August 26 at Westfield.

The golf tee times will start at 2:30 until 3:37. The pairings and times were emailed out.

The social is for all members to come and have some fun. This will start at 5:15. You do not need to golf! Menu will be burgers or fish sandwich. Anyone who wants to join us is certainly welcome! No RSVP is required. The club is paying for the meal for members and guests need to pay. We will also have some general door prizes so you may win something.

Let's have fun!

Randy Domeyer

 

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2015 Rotary International Convention

Posted by Autumn Herber on Aug 24, 2014

The 2015 Rotary International Convention will be held June 6-9 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.  Plan now to enjoy the Rotary Carnival at Anhembi Parque following the opening plenary on Saturday.
São Paulo offers all the excitement and activities of a world-class city, along with diverse neighborhoods filled with ethnic restaurants, art galleries, and trendy bars – the perfect backdrop for connecting with Rotary members from around the world. For those wanting to learn more about the Brazilian culture, music, and cuisine, the Host Committee has planned exciting events including the Rotary Carnival, concerts featuring renowned Brazilian performers, and bookings for fine restaurants every night of the convention.  Additional information is available on the District website www.rotary5960.org.

2015 Rotary International Convention Autumn Herber 2014-08-25 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club Speaker August 20 2014

Posted by William Davis on Aug 20, 2014

Director Crystal Hegge of the Frozen River Film Festival spoke about their goals and program.  The Festival finds documentary films from various parts of the country and the world and presents them in a 4 day winter program at WSU.  In addition the Festival has recruited 30 second videos from local persons and businesses and will have a “mini” festival on August 23rd.  They are also sponsoring a documentary workshop to teach how to make documentary films.  They are doing this with the help of Home and Community Options using video clips from their musical performances.

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Goodview Days Parade

Posted by Autumn Herber on Aug 17, 2014
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Thank you to everyone who participated in the Goodview Days Parade.  We had a great turn out and a fun day!

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Rotary Club Speaker August 13 2014

Posted by William Davis on Aug 17, 2014

Rocky Sandcork, Principal of Hope Lutheran High School in Winona, reported on the history and program of the school.  The school opened in 2003 with 7 students and the 2014 school year will have 40 students.  The school is operated by 5 association churches and has the support of an additional 4 congregations.  The focus is on Christian evangelism.  They stress training for life stressing prayer, worship, teaching and morality.  They provide service opportunities for students and have programs in music and athletics.  Tuition is $5000 per year which is subsidized by grants and scholarships.  Any student, who wants to attend, can.

Rotary Club Speaker August 13 2014 William Davis 2014-08-18 00:00:00Z 0

Ride the Ridges Volunteers Needed

Posted by Autumn Herber on Aug 17, 2014

The 2nd annual Ride the Ridges is quickly approaching and we need your help.  It is being held on Saturday, September 20th. Lots of volunteers will be needed to make this event successful.  People will be needed to help with various tasks before the event and many throughout the day of the ride.  Check your calendars to determine when you can help and then email Mike Bernatz or sign up at Rotary this week.

Below are the times when volunteers are still needed:

Saturday – September 20, 2014:

          Route Set-up - 6:00 to 9:00am

          Registration / End of Ride Greeters (for early riders) - 6:30 to 9:30am

Rest Stops (listed are the shifts needed to be covered):

  1. Witoka: 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. (All rides) (Philipps Bus Service)
  2. Rushford: 8:00 to 11:00 (Only Century) (Intersection of County Road 26 and Root River Bike Trail)
  3. Houston: 8:30 to 11:30 (Only Century) (Trailhead for Root River Bike Trail)
  4. Cemetery: 9:00 to 11:30 and 11:30 to 1:30 (Only Century) (Intersection of County Roads 11 and 8)
  5. La Crescent: 12:00 to 3:00 (62 and Century) (Wayside Park / Mississippi Overlook north of La Crescent)
  6. New Hartford / Nodine: 8:00 to 11:00, 11:00 to 2:00, and 2:00 to 4:00 (40, 62 and Century) (Joyce Witt Farm)                             

Sag Support:  7:00 to 12:00 and 12:00 to 5:00

Route Clean-up: 12:00 to 4:00

 

Please consider volunteering for as much as you are able.  If you know of other people or groups who may be interested in volunteering please let the committee know. With all of your help, this will be another successful Rotary event.

Ride the Ridges Volunteers Needed Autumn Herber 2014-08-18 00:00:00Z 0

Goodview Days Parade This Sunday

Posted by Autumn Herber on Aug 10, 2014

Please consider joining us in the Goodview Days Parade on Sunday, August 17th.  The parade starts at 1pm and we are unit #56.  Be at our unit at least by 12:45pm.  We will be lined up on the corner of 38th St and 4th St in Goodview.  If you have a Rotary shirt or a Ride the Ridges shirt please wear that.  We will be passing out candy and info cards promoting Ride the Ridges.

Thank you to everyone who signed up already to be a part of the parade.  We still could use a few more people to represent our club.  You can walk or ride your bike.  Families and friends are encouraged to join in the fun. If you are able to be in the parade or willing to help in some capacity please sign up at the Rotary meeting or contact Autumn at aherber@charter.net.

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Rotary Twins Game August 22nd

Posted by Autumn Herber on Aug 03, 2014

RALLY with the TWINS at Target Field!
Friday, August 22 at 7:10pm
Minnesota Twins vs Detroit Tigers

Come join Rotarians from around the state as we rally with the Twins for Polio Plus. This is more than just attending a fun baseball game with an entertaining fireworks display following the game.  This is an important public image and PolioPlus event for Rotary so we need to be large in numbers for the public to recognize how important the eradication of polio is to the Rotary community. Invite your friends and family. Order your tickets at www.rotary5960.org.  Deadline is August 5th.

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RI New Generations

Posted by Autumn Herber on Aug 03, 2014

Rotary Scholar Kelsi Lopatecki Cox is a prime example of what can happen when you nurture young people. During her speech at the Rotary International Convention in Sydney in June, she championed innovative technology and education as a way to address poverty and under-development in rural communities. She is program coordinator for the , a project that brings technology to schools in the South Pacific.

"The challenges faced by our world are great, and they won't go away overnight," said Cox. "By supporting education, by embracing technology, by daring to think outside of the box, we can address poverty and inequality. But we can't do it alone; when we join together, we are stronger. Together, we can create a world of opportunity."

Visit www.digitallearningroom.org to learn more about this project.

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August Anniversaries

Posted by William Davis on Jul 25, 2014

Dale Arendt            1 Year
Jeni Arnold             1 Year
Nicholas Lemmer   1 Year
Patrick Marek         27 years
Cherie Burke          9 years

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August Birthdays

Posted by William Davis on Jul 25, 2014

Derek Madsen              Aug 01
Kris Blanchard              Aug 02
Bill Davis                      Aug 05
Mark Patterson            Aug 05
Shawn Hutmacher      Aug 06
Fred Prudoehl             Aug 06
Rod Nelson                Aug 18
David Wickstrom        Aug 23
Felix Adekola             Aug 24
Curt Rohrer                Aug 29
 

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Rotary Club Meeting July 23 2014

Posted by William Davis on Jul 25, 2014

Tracy Cook described the Winona YMCA Summer camping program.  Tracy is director of Youth Development for the camp.   The focus the program is leadership development, education, and making right choices.  They have combinations of traditional camping as well as specialty camps for grades 3 through 8.  They have rope courses available to groups or businesses who want to do team development.  Camp Wenonah focuses on four values: caring, honesty, respect and responsibility.  Check out their web site for more details.

http://www.winonaymca.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&id=41&Itemid=43

Rotary Club Meeting July 23 2014 William Davis 2014-07-26 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary Board Meeting this Wednesday evening

Posted by Autumn Herber on Jul 20, 2014

The Rotary Board meeting will be held this Wednesday at 4:45pm at Express Employment Professionals, 1600 Gilmore Ave.  Board members, let Lance know if you have any questions or are unable to attend.

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You Won’t Want To Miss Wednesday’s 7/16/14 Presentation!

Posted by Diane Amundson on Jul 13, 2014

Richard Maus, a Rotarian and polio survivor will present his story of survival. After moving back and forth between a supportive home and a renowned children’s hospital, Richard did not feel like he belonged anywhere. He contracted polio at 4 months of age and was hospitalized for 965 days over 15 years. After 16 operations, contemplating suicide as a young student and he flunking out of two colleges he finally graduated from a third college with majors in mathematics and physics. He eventually received his master’s degree and became a licensed pilot. He authored a book called, Lucky One, which is the timeless story of a child’s struggle to make it through pain, depression and despair to a rewarding life and career

Richard’s passion is to see the eradication of polio worldwide and wants to make sure we stay diligent in our efforts. He is a member of the Northfield Rotary Club and resides in Northfield with his wife, Donna.

You Won’t Want To Miss Wednesday’s 7/16/14 Presentation! Diane Amundson 2014-07-14 00:00:00Z 0

Club Meeting July 9 2014

Posted by William Davis on Jul 12, 2014

Winona Connection to the Northwest Passage

The main program was a presentation of Hywel Taff Roberts (Winona painter) who is a member of a team of five shipmates who plan to sail the Northwest Passage from the Atlantic to the Pacific oceans starting in mid-August and arriving in Alaska five to six weeks later in September.  For ten thousand years ice covered the Polar Regions of Canada.  In about 1845 enough melting occurred to allow ships to navigate the northern route.  Mr. Roberts and his team will be filming their trip and plan to have a movie available in time for the Frozen River Festival in Winona next year.  Eric Heukeshoven and students from St. Mary’s University will prepare the musical score for the movie.

Club Meeting July 9 2014 William Davis 2014-07-13 00:00:00Z 0

Ever wonder why the Rotary year begins 1 July?

Posted by Autumn Herber on Jul 06, 2014

The international convention initially played a key role in determining the start date of our fiscal and administrative year.  Rotary's first fiscal year began the day after the first convention ended, on August 18, 1910. The 1911-12 fiscal year also related to the convention, beginning with the first day of the 1911 convention on August 21. At its August 1912 meeting, the Board of Directors ordered an audit of the International Association of Rotary Clubs' finances. The auditors recommended that the organization end its fiscal year on June 30 to give the secretary and treasurer time to prepare a financial statement for the convention and board, and determine the proper number of club delegates to the convention. The executive committee concurred, and at its April 1913 meeting, designated June 30 as the end of the fiscal year. This also allowed for changes to the schedule for reporting club membership and payments. Even The Rotarian changed its volume numbering system to correspond to the fiscal year (beginning with vol. 5, July 1914). Rotary continued to hold its annual conventions in July or August until 1917. Delegates to the 1916 event in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA, approved a resolution to hold future conventions in June, mainly because of the heat in cities where most of them occurred. The next one was held June 17-21 in Atlanta, Georgia.

The term "Rotary year" has been used to signify Rotary's annual administrative period since at least 1913. An article in The Rotarian that July noted, "The Rotary year that is rapidly drawing to a close has been signalized by several highly successful joint meetings of Clubs that are so situated as to assemble together easily and conveniently." Since the executive committee's decision in 1913, the end of the Rotary year has remained June 30.

Ever wonder why the Rotary year begins 1 July? Autumn Herber 2014-07-07 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary Meeting Notes from July 2

Posted by William Davis on Jul 05, 2014

Jeff Bartholomew, the new Executive Director of the Winona United Way and a new member of the Winona Rotary Club spoke about his past history with Rotary and his previous professional history before moving to Winona.  ”Most of his professional activities involved work with the YMCA in several locations.  Bartholomew was born and raised in Rochester and attended Winona State University, where he pitched for the Warriors and played alongside current baseball coach Kyle Poock and WSU football coach Tom Sawyer.  Since 1983, Jeff has served the YMCA organization in a variety of capacities. He began his YMCA career in Rochester and in 1998 he accepted a position as the CEO of the Door County YMCA in Sturgeon Bay, Wis., where he served for eight years. In 2006, Jeff accepted a position as the CEO of the Alexandria Area YMCA, where he served until accepting the Winona United Way position.” [United Way web page]

JC Pfieffer presented the Rotary Club Budget for the 2014-2015.  There was a brief discussion and a few questions.

Members present gathered for a group photo for our departing Rotary International students.

Rotary Meeting Notes from July 2 William Davis 2014-07-06 00:00:00Z 0

Greeter Schedule

Posted by Kathryn Rollinger on Jul 01, 2014

The greeter schedule can be accessed on the Winona Rotary website (www.winonarotary.org) by clicking on the "Duty Roster" in the center of the home page under "Welcome to our Website!"  It also will appear on the bottom of your weekly e-bulletin if you have signed up to be a greeter.

 

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Don Kough's wife Barbara

Posted by Autumn Herber on Jun 29, 2014

Don Kough, who has been a Rotarian for 37 years, wife Barbara passed away last week.  She had been on hospice for months.  The visitation is this Wednesday from 10 - 11am at Wesley United Methodist Church.  The funeral follows at 11am.  We do encourage as many Rotarians as possible to attend the visitation to show Don our Rotary support.  Barb had attended many of our Rotary meetings over the years.

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Rotary District Year in Review

Posted by Autumn Herber on Jun 29, 2014

Yes, it is hard to believe, but another Rotary Year has come and gone. It seems like it had just begun and it was over. I sincerely hope that all who served in some capacity this year have been rewarded and are proud of your accomplishments. Being District Governor has been made easy by all of the dedicated Rotarians who make this an exceptional District.

Rotary has been focusing on membership for many years. There has been a tremendous effort by Past District Governors, Assistant Governors, Membership Committee Chairs and Club Presidents to turn the corner and see a net gain. This is the year that bore fruit! This is the first year in at least the last 5 years that we have seen growth, a plus 68 at the last count. This is certainly a proud milestone for all of us and a result of Engaging Rotary.

A second challenge for the year was the beginning of our new foundation model, Future Vision. Because of our great leadership as a pilot district over the past three years, we were well prepared to embark on the new path. As a result, we recently approved 17 District Grants for 2014-15 as well as several projects that we were able to Fast Track into the 2013-14 year. As a result of clubs actively participating in the Grant process, we continue to see a high level of need for continuing funds. This makes it extremely important to continue supporting the Annual Fund through an active EREY (Every Rotarian-Every Year) participation.

We are all proud Rotarians. We had a fun event last summer at the Twins game. If you have not purchased your tickets for this year’s event, please do so. This event raised over $2,000 for PolioPlus and just as importantly, our presence was a great public image moment with banners, hats and pins. The easiest and most effective way for all of us to promote Rotary in our communities is to wear our Rotary pins. It will stimulate many questions and great conversation. It should be part of your attire every day.

We live by our motto, “Service Above Self”. Remember that service can include being a club officer, writing your club newsletter or serving on a District committee. I can honestly say that I have always received more in return than what I have given.

Thank you for having the trust in me to allow me to serve this great District and organization. Sandy and I will have lifelong memories of all the wonderful people we have met. We will be forever grateful.

Gary (and Sandy) Campbell      Rotary-Change Lives, 2013-14 District Governor

Rotary District Year in Review Autumn Herber 2014-06-30 00:00:00Z 0

Fireside Chat on Tuesday

Posted by Diane Amundson on Jun 29, 2014

Everyone is welcome to a fireside chat on Tuesday, July 1st from 4:00-5:30 pm at Rotarian Randy Domeyer’s home in Minnesota City. Please help us welcome our newest member Jeff Bartholomew into our Rotary family. You may rsvp to Diane Amundson at damundson@hughes.net. Rotarian Randy Domeyer’s home is located at 8820 Leesher Drive, Minnesota City. To get there go north on Highway 61, take the Minnesota City exit onto Bridge Street and then take the first right onto Wenonah Road. From there take the first left into the Country Meadows subdivision. Stay on that street for 2-3 blocks and take a left onto Leesher Drive (at a T intersection). His house is the third house on the right with solar panels. His cell number is 429-5418, if you should get lost.

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Rotarian of the Year

Posted by Autumn Herber on Jun 29, 2014
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Diane Amundson was awarded Rotarian of the Year for all of her great work with membership.  Under her leadership, the Membership Committee brought in many new members this year.  Thank you Diane for your passion and dedication to Rotary!

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Passing of the Gavel

Posted by Autumn Herber on Jun 29, 2014
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Last week Cherie Burke completed her year as Rotary President and passed the gavel to incoming President Lance Duellman.  We congratulate Cherie on a great year and thank her for all of her hard work.  We look forward to another wonderful Rotary year with Lance's leadership.

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Membership Anniversaries

Posted by Autumn Herber on Jun 29, 2014

June Membership Anniversaries

Eric Schoh - 1 year

Heath Tschumper - 2 years

Kris Blanchard - 12 years

Diane Amundson - 21 years

Judy Bodway - 26 years

Dave White - 32 years

We are glad you joined us!

This information is from our membership data.  If there are errors please let us know.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Rotary Board Meeting this Wednesday evening

Posted by Autumn Herber on Jun 22, 2014

The end of the year Board Meeting will be held this Wednesday evening June 25th at 4:45pm.  It will be at Green Mill. Board members, let Cherie know if you have any questions or are unable to attend.

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Rotary Meeting June 18 2014

Posted by William Davis on Jun 22, 2014

Lora Krall and Joanne Laure presented a description of the Minnesota Reading Corps, a branch of AmeriCorps. Both are workers based at WK School and serve grades K through 3.  They select students for tutoring based on reading ability testing and focus on the children who are getting close to the “passing” score.  Children who score below that are referred to other reading specialists.  Each public school in Winona has at least one worker.  The workers are supervised by an internal coach at each school and a master coach supervises the Southeast Minnesota Area.  Their goal is to get children to their grade level.  They serve 20 students a day for 20 minute sessions per student.  The students are tested 3 times a year to check progress.  When a student meets goals, they are “graduated” out and another student is admitted to the program.  Workers receive a $5000 a year education credit that they can use for their own education or members of their family.

Rotary Meeting June 18 2014 William Davis 2014-06-23 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club Meeting June 11 2014

Posted by William Davis on Jun 15, 2014

William Krueger MD was the speaker for the meeting.  Dr. Krueger is a radiologist at Winona Health.  He recently moved to Winona after completing his radiology training at Mayo Clinic Rochester and practicing in Colorado.  He was familiar with Winona because his father was President at Winona State University for many years.  He also spoke briefly about his family and children.

Dr. Krueger described some of the high tech tools available in Winona including our Spiral CT that is so fast it can scan the brain or chest within 1 or 2 seconds, our Magnetic Resonance Scanner (MRI) which uses large magnets to produce images without any radiation, our high resolution Mammogram scanner, and our Bone Density scanner that detects weakened bones in our hips and legs which can lead to sudden fracture.  All of these devices are frequently upgraded with replacement or upgrades to the software that will allow scanning for heart disease and lung cancer.

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Rotary Meeting June 4th

Posted by William Davis on Jun 08, 2014

Three performers from the Home and Community Options musical presented a preview of Seussical the Musical running June 12th through the 17th.  With a director on the keyboard and two singers performing duets from the program, the musicians provided an entertaining look at the program.  Some of the performers are clients of Home and Community Options.  The clients also provide help with the sets and other support.  Tickets are still available but going fast.

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Rotary Meeting May 28 2014

Posted by William Davis on Jun 01, 2014

Mayor Mark Peterson addressed the Rotary Club of Winona summarizing large projects facing Winona in the coming years.  The first is the construction of a new bridge from Wisconsin to Winona and remodeling of the old bridge from Winona to Wisconsin.  The project is scheduled for completing by 2016.  Some details are still being worked out.  He expressed satisfaction with the “box” design of the new bridge because it does not detract from the old bridge architecture.

The Mayor then changed his focus to the new baseball field planned for construction by Winona State University in Lake Park.  He described the project and reiterated that WSU is not buying the land and that they would have priority use of the baseball field for two months in the spring.  The rest of the year, the city would schedule the use of the facilities through the Parks Department.

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Lake Clean-up

Posted by Autumn Herber on May 25, 2014
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Thank you to everyone who helped with Lake Clean-up last week.  It was a great success and we picked up lots of trash around the small lake.  A big thank you to Derek Madsen for chairing this project!

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Short term Host Families Needed

Posted by Autumn Herber on May 25, 2014

On Friday morning, June 27th, 32 students representing 17 countries will arrive in Saint Paul with their chaperones for a 48 hour stay. They will depart on Sunday, June 29th at 8:00 a.m. These students will have just completed one year as a Rotary exchange student in Southern California, Arizona, Nevada, Utah or Hawaii. Before returning to their home countries they are taking a 30 day “round the country” train trip (kind of like our East Coast bus trip.)

The District is looking for families to each host 2 or more students for this 48 hour period -- to give them sleeping accommodations, meals and to show them what summer in Minnesota is like. They will have to be picked up and dropped back off in Saint Paul.  HOSTS DO NOT HAVE TO BE ROTARIANS. Host family members 18 years or older must go through an online youth protection training class and agree to a criminal background check.

Please contact Sherry Howe in the Saint Paul Rotary office for more information or to volunteer. (Phone: 651 222-2028 or email: sherry@stpaulrotary.org.)

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Human Trafficking Forum

Posted by Cherie Burke on May 18, 2014

Human Sex Trafficking involves 8-12,000 young girls in our communities in Minnesota and Wisconsin every year. It is a serious problem. We, as Rotarians, can be part of the solution by making communities aware of the problem and offering solutions in awareness and working with law enforcement agencies everywhere.

The Anoka Rotary Club is promoting a community forum to address the issues.  The forum is being held on May 29th at 6pm at the Coon Rapids High School.

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Decorah Rotary Club "Loop-de-Loop"

Posted by Cherie Burke on May 18, 2014

The Decorah Rotary Club is sponsoring its third annual "Loop-de-Loop" run on September 27th.  Attached is the registration form which provides the details about the 5K, 10K and half marathon runs.  Proceeds go toward worthwhile Rotary projects and initiatives.  Visit www.decorahrotary.org for details.

Decorah Rotary Club "Loop-de-Loop" Cherie Burke 2014-05-19 00:00:00Z 0

Southeast Asia Region Declared Polio Free

Posted by Autumn Herber on May 18, 2014

The Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) on March 27th congratulated the countries in the South-East Asia Region of the World Health Organization (WHO) on being certified polio-free, a historic milestone in the worldwide effort to end polio. The 11 countries in the region are home to 1.8 billion people and represent the fourth of six WHO regions of the globe to become polio-free. 

Visit https://www.rotary.org/en/southeast-asia-declared-polio-free for the entire story.

 

Southeast Asia Region Declared Polio Free Autumn Herber 2014-05-19 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary District Governor Installation

Posted by Autumn Herber on May 18, 2014
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You are invited to attend the Installation Celebration for our 2014-15 Rotary District Governor Karel Weigel on Tuesday, June 17 at the MN Zoo. It begins with a social hour with appetizers and a cash bar from 6:30 – 7:45 pm, followed by the program at 8:00 pm. Cost is $40. There is also a special zoo rate of $12 from 2-6pm.  Registration deadline is May 27.  For more information visit www.rotary5960.org or follow this link to register http://www.rochestercvb.org/rsvp/index.cfm?action=details&noredirect=1&eventId=204.

Rotary District Governor Installation Autumn Herber 2014-05-19 00:00:00Z 0

Lake Clean-up Project this Wednesday

Posted by Autumn Herber on May 18, 2014
Just a reminder that Lake Clean up will be this Wednesday, May 21st from 5:00 - 7:30pm.  We will be focusing on the West Lake.  We hope you are all able to attend.  You may want to bring gloves and anything else that would be helpful as we clean around the lake.  Any questions email Derek at madsen.derek@gmail.com.
Lake Clean-up Project this Wednesday Autumn Herber 2014-05-19 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary Social a Success

Posted by Autumn Herber on May 11, 2014

Thank you to everyone who attended last week's Rotary Social at the Elmaro Vineyard.  It was a great opportunity to socialize with fellow Rotarians and spouses, as well as to try various wines and learn how they are made.  A big thank you to the planning committee for setting up this great event!

Rotary Social a Success Autumn Herber 2014-05-12 00:00:00Z 0

May 7 2014 Program Shakespeare Festival

Posted by William Davis on May 11, 2014

Rotary Meeting May 10 2014

Lee Gundersheimer, Director of the Great River Shakespeare Festival, described the summer festival schedule.  He began with Live at the Levee, a program at the Levee from noon to 10 pm with many performers.  Next, Lee reviewed the plays for the season including Hamlet, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, The Merry Wives of Windsor, and the intern/apprentice project Troilus & Cressida.  The festival will also include other opportunities like six Front Porch events, twelve Concerts on the Green, and other extra programs for children and adults.  The festival runs from June 27th through August 3rd.

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Presentations April 30th Rotary Meeting

Posted by William Davis on May 11, 2014

Casey Thiele is a high school senior and Eagle Scout.  He presented details of the path to achieving the Eagle Scout rank.  In addition to multiple Merit Badges, the candidate must complete a project serving the community.  For his project, Casey chose to design and build a patio and fire pit for a church.  He created the design, detailed and purchased the materials, and recruited helpers for the construction.  Casey brought photos of the project under construction and at completion.

In addition to Casey’s presentation, three new members of Rotary gave short presentations on their personal backgrounds

Presentations April 30th Rotary Meeting William Davis 2014-05-12 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary Rally with the Minnesota Twins

Posted by Cherie Burke on May 11, 2014

RALLY with the TWINS at Target Field!

Saturday, July 19 at 6:10pm
Minnesota Twins vs Tampa Bay Rays
Join Districts 5950, 5970, 5580, & 6000

More information and to register for tickets please go to the District 5960 Website

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Winona Rotarians attended Rotary District Conference

Posted by Autumn Herber on Apr 27, 2014
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The Rotary District 5960 Annual Conference was this past Friday and Saturday and we had a great representation from Winona in attendance.  Those who attended were: Eric and Kari Johnsrud, Davide Asnaghi, Charline Haut, Terry Klonecki, Diane Amundson, Donna Helble, Autumn Herber, and Cherie Burke.  We heard excellent speakers, learned lots from various break out sessions and had the opportunity to network with Rotarians from other clubs.  Mark your calendars for next year's conference which will be held in Rochester April 30th - May 2nd.
Winona Rotarians attended Rotary District Conference Autumn Herber 2014-04-28 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary Board Meeting this Wednesday evening

Posted by Autumn Herber on Apr 20, 2014
There will be a Rotary Board meeting this Wednesday, April 23rd at 4:45pm at Altra Credit Union.  Board members please let Cherie know if you will not be in attendance.
Rotary Board Meeting this Wednesday evening Autumn Herber 2014-04-21 00:00:00Z 0

Last Chance to Register for the Rotary District Conference

Posted by Autumn Herber on Apr 20, 2014
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Are YOU registered for the District Conference – April 25 & 26 at the National Sports Center, Blaine? . It’s not too late, but time is short, so register on-line NOW for the District 5960 conference! Many of your fellow Rotarians have already registered and you will not want to miss this unique opportunity to connect, share, and learn of the many valuable things happening in District 5960. Fabulous keynote speakers, 13 incredible break-out sessions, Friendship Village and a Country Fair, all in a wonderful conference setting at the Schwan Center/National Sports Center in Blaine, MN.

You’ll learn more about Rotary as we hear about initiatives at the international, district and club level. You’ll gain fresh ideas for your club as you network with folks from clubs throughout our district. You’ll connect – or reconnect! – with some of the best folks in the world … your fellow Rotarians!

For details and to register go to the District website www.rotary5960.org.

Last Chance to Register for the Rotary District Conference Autumn Herber 2014-04-21 00:00:00Z 0

Fireside Chat

Posted by Diane Amundson on Apr 13, 2014
Everyone is welcome to a fireside chat on Tuesday, April 15th from 4:00-5:30 pm at Rotarian Randy Domeyer’s home in Minnesota City. Please help us welcome our newest member Kenneth Janz into our Rotary family. You may rsvp to Diane Amundson at damundson@hughes.net. Rotarian Randy Domeyer’s home is located at 8820 Leesher Drive, Minnesota City. To get there go north on Highway 61, take the Minnesota City exit onto Bridge Street and then take the first right onto Wenonah Road. From there take the first left into the Country Meadows subdivision. Stay on that street for 2-3 blocks and take a left onto Leesher Drive (at a T intersection). His house is the third house on the right with solar panels. His cell number is 429-5418, if you should get lost.
Fireside Chat Diane Amundson 2014-04-14 00:00:00Z 0

Winona County Planning April 9 Meeting

Posted by William Davis on Apr 12, 2014

Jason Gilman, Director of Planning and Environmental Services discussed the Winona County Comprehensive Plan at the April 9 meeting of the Winona Rotary Club.  The Plan is expected to provide direction for the next 10 years.  The plan covers ten major areas of consideration including the areas of Urban Expansion, Rural and Economic Development, Transportation, Agriculture, Community Facilities, and Community Health among others.  Mr. Gilman provided details on some of the discussions and controversies.

The county has been surveying public opinion and holding workshops and meetings with leaders and officials.  They are seeking input which can be provided by email to Jason Gilman (507-457-6337) JGilman@co.winona.mn.us

Winona County Planning April 9 Meeting William Davis 2014-04-13 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary Peace Fellowship

Posted by Autumn Herber on Apr 06, 2014

The Rotary Peace Fellowship is the premier educational program of The Rotary Foundation and supports Rotary’s mission to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace. It is intended for individuals who have chosen a career related to international relations, peace, and conflict resolution; who have work experience in these areas; and who have a commitment to community or international humanitarian service and working for peace. Two types of fellowships are offered: a master’s degree program and professional development certificate program.

Rotary International will award 60 such master's degree scholarships to six universities worldwide. Those universities are in Japan, Sweden, England, Australia, Thailand and North Carolina in the United States.  In addition approximately 50 scholarships for a 3 month Professional Development Certificate Program at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand will be awarded.

Two years ago, District 5960 submitted three applicants for the approximate 110 fellowship awards worldwide. Two of them were for the master's degree program and one for the 3 month certificate program. All three of our our applicants were awarded fellowships! Two of them accepted their fellowships! Obviously, we presented great candidates. We again have the opportunity to present great candidates for the 2015-2017.  Please visit our District website www.Rotary5960.org, download the important program information, and begin to promote this wonderful opportunity.

Rotary Peace Fellowship Autumn Herber 2014-04-07 00:00:00Z 0

Sandy Oskamp ~ 60 years as a Rotarian

Posted by A M Oskamp on Apr 06, 2014
Doug Robinson proposed me for membership in Winona Rotary in February of 1964. I was nominated to be president in 1969, but that May I moved my wife, 5 kids, and 2 dogs to Colorado. I belonged to Rotary continuously over the years, and served one year as president of the Loveland, CO club. When I left there for Buffalo City, WI I transfered to Winona Rotary as a regular member and more recently as Honorary member. I am very fortunate to have all the memories of 60 years as a member.

~Sandy Oskamp

 

"Sandy, thanks to you for 60 years of Service Above Self."

Sandy Oskamp ~ 60 years as a Rotarian A M Oskamp 2014-04-07 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary Talk March 26

Posted by William Davis on Mar 25, 2014

Nick Edstrom provided interesting data on sales of homes and land in 2013 based on the MLS data. Some interesting facts from his presentation include: residential interest rates 4.25% (30 year) and 3.5% (15 year). Average sales price in 2013 was $146,943; up1.4% from 2012. Highest residential sale was $464,000 (down from $486,500 in 2012) and lowest was $22,000. Average days-on-the-market was 134 days down from 153 days in 2012. Nick also provided comparisons from 2009 to 2013 showing that the volume of sales almost doubled from $40.9 million to $64.9 million.

Rotary Talk March 26 William Davis 2014-03-26 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary Board Meeting this Wednesday evening

Posted by Autumn Herber on Mar 23, 2014
Just a reminder that there is a Rotary Board Meeting this Wednesday, March 26th, at 4:45pm at Altra Credit Union.  Board members please try to be in attendance.
Rotary Board Meeting this Wednesday evening Autumn Herber 2014-03-24 00:00:00Z 0

Fireside Chat

Posted by Cherie Burke on Mar 19, 2014

A Fireside chat will be held tonight MArch 20th  at the home of Donna Helble at 4-5pm

Her home is located at 1404 Heights Blvd (the blocK behind Hyvee)
We hope to see you there!

Fireside Chat Cherie Burke 2014-03-20 00:00:00Z 0

Project FINE March 19 2014

Posted by William Davis on Mar 18, 2014

Fatima Said, Executive Director of Project FINE (Focus on Integrating Newcomers through Education), gave a summary of the activities of FINE that started 34 years ago in Winona.  She began by describing her own story as an immigrant from Bosnia where she was a teacher and her husband was a surgeon.  After surviving in a refugee camp, they were able to immigrate to Rochester Minnesota.  She was able to find work and after 10 years of additional training her husband was able to return to surgery.

She described the three stages of the immigrant experience.  First is survival: finding food and shelter.  Second, is education: finding work through additional training and personal skills. Third is supporting stability: buying cars, buying homes, starting new businesses.

The Mission of Project FINE is “to strengthen and enrich our community by facilitating the integration of people who are ethnically diverse.”  They serve 8 counties surrounding Winona County.  They are a non-profit organization based in Winona.  In 2013 they served over 2,500 newcomers, started 5 new programs, provided 7,000 hours of advocacy and information referrals (including over 3,000 hours of translation and interpretation services) and over 500 persons received Diversity Education.  They also gave 200 books to young children through the Learning Together program.  FINE has over 16 different programs.  Their total revenues in 2013 were $376,657.  Sources included: 49% private grants and contracts, 44% fees for services and 6% fundraising and corporate contributions.

Project FINE March 19 2014 William Davis 2014-03-19 00:00:00Z 0

Bowl for Kids Sake

Posted by Cherie Burke on Mar 16, 2014

Are you interested in getting Rotary Team together and Bowling for Kids Sake?

The event will be held at Wesgate Bowl on Thursday April 10th at 8:00 pm and Friday April 11th at 5:45 & 8:00 pm

For more information on Bowl for Kids’ Sake contact Ashley Santolin at (608) 782-2227 or asantolin@7riversbbbs.org.

www.7riversbbbs.org

Bowl for Kids Sake Cherie Burke 2014-03-17 00:00:00Z 0

The YMCA Movement

Posted by William Davis on Mar 11, 2014

Derek Madsen, CEO of the Winona YMCA, traced the history of the YMCA movement from its origin in London in 1844 when it started as a Bible study group for young men coming to London to work in the factories.  The second YMCA group was formed in Boston at the South Church in 1851.  By 1853 it spread to Africa.

While it started as a social group for men to encourage their Christian belief and behavior, it grew and expanded its mission.  The YMCA recognized the need for housing for young men and built dormitories.  The YMCA also recognized the need for fitness activities and in invented basketball in 1891.  It then added tennis and volleyball.

The YMCA was also involved in the wars by providing support for the young men.  It did relief work in the Civil War, WWI and WWII.  In 1905 it expanded into camping at Lake Dudley.  It then added swimming and built pools.  The YMCA owns and operates the largest number of pools in the US.

The Winona YMCA faces challenges as it works to improve its facilities and must respond to the building of a new bridge into Winona.

The YMCA Movement William Davis 2014-03-12 00:00:00Z 0

Rotarian of the Quarter

Posted by Autumn Herber on Mar 10, 2014
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Congratulations to Diane Amundson for being named Rotarian of the Quarter for all of her good work with the Membership Committee. Thank you Diane for all that you do for Rotary!
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Back at Westfield

Posted by Autumn Herber on Mar 10, 2014
Don't forget we are meeting back at Westfield starting this week. 
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Message from Cherie

Posted by Cherie Burke on Mar 02, 2014

Back in May of 2012 our club conducted a visioning session where we set our club goals. The following month all ideas were presented to all of you to help narrow down these goals as a club. From there a smaller group got together for a retreat and defined these goals even further to complete our strategic plan for the next 5 years. For your review they are:

Strategic Goal #1 -Winona Rotary Club will sponsor a bike tour fundraising event by October 2013 to include 100 participants and make $3,000.00 in net earnings.

Strategic Goal #2 - Perform Quarterly Clean- up Services projects to engage “ALL” members

Strategic Goal #3 - Increase Club membership form current enrollment of 65, adding a net of four new members each year

Strategic Goal #4 - Increase contributions to the Rotary Foundation

Strategic Goal #5 - Increase awareness of Rotary (both our club and Rotary in general)

- Developing a weekly media promotion in local outlets

- Sponsoring an annual high school promotion of Rotary (student of the month scholarship program)

- Expanding website manager roles

The reason I am sending this to all of you is to help each of you as club members know where we want to go as a membership so each of you can choose one or more of these club goals to embrace as your role as Rotarian. I am going to encourage you to take at look and see how you can help us move forward in our plan. We have had some great things happen in 2013 our 1st year into the 5 year plan.

We were successful with our first Bike Tour known as “Ride the Ridges”. We reached and exceeded the initial goals with 133 riders and net proceeds of approximately $6,000.00.

We had 3 clean up projects where we successfully partnered with a local business to assist us with our clean up efforts.

We have increased the number of new members to our club we are currently at 76 active members and growing.

We had 2 of our members become Paul Harris Fellows with their donations to the Rotary Foundation as we continue to work on increasing our Rotary Foundation donations.

We implemented a scholarship program for our student of the month and created a workable and more user friendly website.

Let's keep this momentum going! We have made some good headway this past year and I don’t want to see the enthusiasm leave us. In particular I would like to address Goal number 1. I challenge each of you to consider ways in which you can make a difference as we continue to grow the Bike Tour. “Ride the Ridges” is a large club project having significant impact in our community. We need to expand this committee and also get everyone involved in some way. In addition to actively promoting and then volunteering the day of the event, Saturday, September 21, 2014, will you be willing to actively participate as a committee member? The current committee members will be seeking your involvement. Please contact me or any of our current board members if you would like more information on our Strategic plan.

Message from Cherie Cherie Burke 2014-03-03 00:00:00Z 0

Next Fireside Chat

Posted by Diane Amundson on Mar 02, 2014

Fireside Chat- Please join us for an informal discussion with club leaders that will focus on Winona Rotary’s history and achievements along with its policies and procedures and opportunities for service. This event is scheduled for Wednesday, March 5 from 4:00 PM-5:30 PM at Donna Helble’s home at 1404 Heights Blvd, Winona (behind HyVee).

Please RSVP to Diane Amundson by phone (507) 452-2232 or email damundson@hughes.net.

Next Fireside Chat Diane Amundson 2014-03-03 00:00:00Z 0

Scott Yess Rotary Talk Africa Project

Posted by William Davis on Feb 25, 2014
Scott Yess served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of Congo) in 1981. He decided to return to his host site for a few weeks the last three years. He reported that the Congo is the third largest country in Africa located in the center of Africa. It is home to 70 million people but is extremely poor with an average annual income of $188/year. As a volunteer he taught farmers how to grow Tilapia in ponds that they built. This provided added protein to their diet which is largely vegetables. Our Rotary Club contributed $250 which he used to buy wheelbarrows for the villagers to use in their construction and gardening. Since his original stay in 1981 he found changes including satellite dishes used to watch football, cell phone booths, and many more cars and motorbikes. Scott also got contributions from others which he used to buy dictionaries for the schools and mosquito nets. He brought used eye glasses and baby clothes with him. The language of commerce is French.
Scott Yess Rotary Talk Africa Project William Davis 2014-02-26 00:00:00Z 0

Winona Rotary Club to host students from Spain and Brazil

Posted by Eric Johnsrud on Feb 24, 2014

North Star Rotary Youth Exchange has notified us that we have been assigned students from Spain and Brazil for the 2014-15 school year. The students are anticipated to arrive in August and will be staying in Winona until late June or early July.

We are actively recruiting host families, from within and outside the club, willing to open up their hearts and homes to these students. As you will recall, hosting is shared between families for 3-4 months each. It's a short period of time, but can result in long-term friendships and an expanded meaning of "family." Host family responsibilities include providing food, shelter, guidance and acceptance to a teenager. Our Club will pay for school lunches and provide a high level of support to the student and host families. For more information, contact Eric Johnsrud at 507 454-2102 or ericjohnsrud@gmail.com. You can also visit the North Star Rotary Youth Exchange site (www.NorthStarYouthExchange.com).

Winona Rotary Club to host students from Spain and Brazil Eric Johnsrud 2014-02-25 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary Board Meeting this Wednesday evening

Posted by Autumn Herber on Feb 24, 2014
Just a reminder that there is a Rotary Board Meeting this Wednesday, February 26th at 4:45pm at Altra Federal Credit Union.  Board members please try to attend.
Rotary Board Meeting this Wednesday evening Autumn Herber 2014-02-25 00:00:00Z 0

ROTARY FRIENDSHIP EXCHANGE TO ARGENTINA

Posted by Cherie Burke on Feb 06, 2014

ROTARY FRIENDSHIP EXCHANGE TO BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA – APRIL 30 – MAY 10, 2014

Airfare approximately $1500 roundtrip

Friendship Exchange with Rotary District 4855 Province of Buenos Aires

Team will be 10 people which will include one team leader

 

The Rotary Friendship Exchange program gives Rotarians and their families the opportunity to host and visit Rotarians around the world. This chance to experience other cultures and make lasting friendships may also provide opportunities for other international activities and service projects.

 

Exchanges are arranged by District Organizers who in our district are members of the District and for our district 5960 our organizer is Cheryl Kohout, Cheryl.Kohout23@gmail.com . Districts throughout the world may signal their interest in visiting another district and their willingness to host an incoming team. Visiting teams outbound and inbound normally comprise up to  6 Rotarian couples or the equivalent, staying in the host district for approximately 2 weeks as the guests of 4 different clubs. Each club involved provides host families for 3 or 4 nights and prepares a varied program of sightseeing, entertainment and cultural visits etc., sometimes with the cooperation of neighboring clubs. Information on age, background and interests of participants is communicated in advance and every effort is made to ensure compatibility of host and guests.

 

District Rotary Friendship Exchanges are funded entirely by the participant Rotarians. Guests are responsible for their own travelling costs, personal spending and in addition should be prepared for the following possible expenses:

 

• Admission to tourist sights, entertainments, cultural events etc. in the program prepared.

• Overnight stays in any hotels that may be required on an itinerary prepared by the host district.

• Modest gifts for host families.

• Meals purchased outside hosts’ homes.

• Transportation between clubs in the host district.

 

Goals:

The goals of the exchange are:

·         To advance international understanding and peace through visits across borders.

·         To promote interclub relationships, fellowships and service projects.

The Rotarians participating gain the opportunity to make long lasting friendships while exploring different areas of the world.

ROTARY FRIENDSHIP EXCHANGE TO ARGENTINA Cherie Burke 2014-02-07 00:00:00Z 0

How and When Rotary Entered Russia

Posted by William Davis on Feb 05, 2014

Many attempts were made to start Rotary Clubs in Russia (USSR) but the breakthrough came in 1989 when RI President Hugh Archer and Past RI President Rolf Klarich visited Moscow.  The following year they were invited to return by the government.  They met with the Deputy Foreign Minister who agreed to allow the first club to be formed in Moscow to be followed by an additional 10 clubs in the capitals of the Soviet states.  The first Rotary club in USSR was chartered on the 5th of June 1990 in Moscow. USSR collapsed in December 1991.  The official agreement between RI and USSR was forgotten but Rotary was able to continue to grow in Russia and the separate states.

The original agreement with the USSR contained four conditions.

a) Freedom of meeting and speech
b) Freedom of selecting membership without government interference
c) Freedom of travel and visiting other clubs.
d) Right to pay membership dues to RI and participation in contributions to RI and TRF in convertible currencies.

This account by Jorma Lampen, Past Director RI, was edited by Rotary Global History Historian Basil Lewis 6 January 2006.
[Edited from web site by Bill Davis.] 

http://www.rotaryfirst100.org/global/regions/russiareentered.htm#.UvOgBcuYahw

How and When Rotary Entered Russia William Davis 2014-02-06 00:00:00Z 0

RIDE THE RIDGES

Posted by Cherie Burke on Feb 02, 2014

 

          

            Last fall Ride the Ridges had 141 riders, exceeding the goal of one hundred participants.  The goals for 2014 are three hundred riders and raising at least $8,000.00.  In addition to rides of 18, 40 and 62 miles, there will be “a century,” or a 100 mile option this year.  Over fifty Rotary and community volunteers hosted the event last year; we are planning on seventy in 2014. 

          

RIDE THE RIDGES Cherie Burke 2014-02-03 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary Frequently Asked Questions

Posted by Autumn Herber on Jan 26, 2014

What are the five avenues of service in a Rotary Club?

A: The cornerstone of activity in a club that falls in the following categories:

  • Club service which focuses on strengthening fellowship and the effective functioning of the Club, i.e. all activities that make up our weekly meetings.
  • Vocational Service which encourages Rotarians to serve others through their vocations and to practice high ethical standards.
  • Community Service which covers the projects and activities that the Club undertakes to improve life in the Winona community.
  • International Service encompasses actions taken to expand Rotary’s humanitarian reach around the globe and to promote world understanding and peace.
  • New Generations Service recognizes the positive change implemented by youth and young adults through leadership development activities, involvement in community and international service projects, and exchange programs that enrich and foster world peace and cultural understanding.
Rotary Frequently Asked Questions Autumn Herber 2014-01-27 00:00:00Z 0

Reminder

Posted by Cherie Burke on Jan 22, 2014
We will be meeting at Signatures for the month of February and the 1st week in March.  Westfield is closed.
Reminder Cherie Burke 2014-01-23 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Board Meeting this Wednesday evening Autumn Herber 2014-01-20 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary: A Year of Exciting Achievements

Posted by Autumn Herber on Jan 12, 2014

This past year was one of exciting achievements and forward momentum for Rotary, as highlighted in the 2012-13 Rotary International and The Rotary Foundation Annual Report.

We launched a bold new chapter in our partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation that makes your contributions to the vital polio eradication end game work three times as hard.

We also finished preparing for the global launch of our new grant model, boosting our ability to help more communities secure and sustain a better quality of life. And we carried out our first projects with Mercy Ships, while building on our work with Aga Khan University, UNESCO-IHE, the Rotary Peace Centers, and other partners.

In addition, The Rotary Foundation earned top marks from several independent charity evaluators, including the American Institiute of Philanthropy, Charity Navigator, and the Wise Giving Alliance.

I encourage you to review our annual report carefully, and to share it with others who may be interested in joining, partnering with, or donating to Rotary.  You can access the report at www.rotary.org/annualreport.

Thank you for the important role you play in Rotary's work to help meet critical human needs, strengthening the groundwork for a more peaceful world.

Sincerely,

John Hewko
General Secretary

Rotary: A Year of Exciting Achievements Autumn Herber 2014-01-13 00:00:00Z 0

Join the Fast for Hope Delegation to Nicaragua in March

Posted by Autumn Herber on Jan 12, 2014
The deadline to apply to be part of our Fast For Hope Cultural Delegation to Nicaragua March 7th to 16th is January 19, 2014. Participation is open to all Rotarians in District 5960, the spouses, significant others, family members or relatives who are 18 years of age or older. Normally the weather in Nicaragua in March is dry so while it will probably be in the low 90’s, it is normally relatively pleasant.

In the last several months the Fast for Hope Initiative in Nicaragua has made great strides. This delegation will be one of the first to spend significant time in El Corozo, the community we are supporting. Members of this delegation will have an opportunity to work hand in hand with residents of El Corozo.

For more information visit the Rotary District website www.rotary5960.org or contact Dave Newman, Fast for Hope Chair, at 763-792-8975 or dave@bancorgroup.com.

 

 

Join the Fast for Hope Delegation to Nicaragua in March Autumn Herber 2014-01-13 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary District Mid-term Training

Posted by Autumn Herber on Jan 05, 2014

You are all invited to attend this year's Rotary District 5960 Mid-term training event.  It will be held on Saturday, January 25th from 8am to 3pm in New Richmond, WI at the Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College, 1019 S Knowles Ave New Richmond, WI.

Since this event is paid for with the training fees assessed by the District, there is no additional cost to you.  We expect a great turnout of Rotarians looking to energize their clubs and set direction for the coming year. The Opportunity Café is where you can learn about Rotary progams and various projects or you can promote the services and programs you are passionate about by reserving a table. For more informaiton or to register for the event, visit www.rotary5960.org.

Hopefully, we will see all of you at Mid Term where we can Engage Rotary-Change Lives!

Rotary District Mid-term Training Autumn Herber 2014-01-06 00:00:00Z 0

Fireside Chat

Posted by Diane Amundson on Jan 05, 2014
There will be a Rotary Fireside Chat on Tuesday, January 7th from 4:00-5:30 pm at Donna Helble’s home at 1404 Heights Blvd Winona.  Donna lives on the hill behind Hyvee Grocery Store.  If anyone needs directions, you may call Diane at 507 452-2232. We will focus our conversation on Rotary’s local, district and international histories and achievements along with its policies and procedures and opportunities for service. We hope you can join us.
Fireside Chat Diane Amundson 2014-01-06 00:00:00Z 0

Polio Immunization Trip to India Feb 14 -25

Posted by Cherie Burke on Jan 05, 2014

The purpose of this correspondence is to announce our trip to India to participate in the February, 2014 polio National Immunization Days (NID). 

 

There is a limited amount of space and expect this trip to be filled within the next week or two.

 

Since January 2011, there has been only ONE new confirmed case of polio in India.  In 2012, India was removed from the list of polio endemic countries.  We are getting remarkably close to eradicating polio globally.  Therefore, this might be one of the last opportunities we will have to organize a trip to India to participate in polio NID activities.  This trip offers you and the Rotarians in your club and District an extraordinary opportunity to have an experience of a life time. 

 

The following summarizes the key trip information:

 

Our program will travel to Delhi, India, where we will participate in the polio NID activities and attend the Polio Conclave.  This trip also includes travel to Agra to visit the Taj Mahal, and Jaipur to visit the famous Rotary Jaipur Limb factory, and enjoy this extraordinary city.

 

Date of Departure:                         Friday, February 14, 2014

Date of Return:                               Tuesday, February 25, 2014

 

Per Person Cost, based on double occupancy:  $2,299.  This price does not include international, roundtrip airfare or Indian visa fees.  However, it does include hotels, transfers, the Polio Conclave and other Rotary events, participation in the NID activities, most meals, sightseeing, English speaking guide and other items as stated in the attached document.

 

Air Reservations:  Participants are free to secure their own air reservations using their frequent flyer mileage, or individual purchase.  Howard Tours will be happy to help you purchase airline tickets, which can be requested on the trip application.

 

Visas: All U.S. citizens will need to secure an Indian visa.  We will give our members specific information about how to secure the visa when we send the confirmation documents.  It is important that our tour do not attempt to secure the Indian visa before receiving our information.

 

Travel Vaccines:  We recommend that all participants visit the Centers for Disease Control Web site:  http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/india.htm  to determine what vaccinations may be needed for this trip.  We suggest that members visit this web site, print out the material and visit a doctor, or travel doctor, to determine what vaccinations or treatments may be needed for this trip.

 

This group will be limited to approximately 35 people, and confirmation in the program will be on a first come, first served basis.  To join us, please complete and sign the application on page five of the attached document.  Please make sure to include the requested credit card authorization for the cost of the program.  Over the last two years, , this program sold out in less than two weeks..  We expect the same response this year.  If you are planning to join us, we suggest immediate action. 

 

We look forward to having you or Rotarians from your District join us. 

 

Best regards for a happy new year,

 

Bradford R. Howard

Rotary International Director,

Zones 25-26, 2015-2017

Governor, District 5170, 2002-2003

Polio Immunization Trip to India Feb 14 -25 Cherie Burke 2014-01-06 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary International Convention in Sydney, Australia - Deadline Extended

Posted by Autumn Herber on Jan 05, 2014

The early registration deadline has been extended. Rotarians now have until 15 January to complete discounted early registration for the 2014 Rotary International Convention in Sydney, Australia, saving $100 off the onsite registration fee. 

This year's Rotary International Convention is in Sydney, Australia June 1-4, 2014.  Consider attending and joining Rotary members from around the world at the convention.  It is an amazing opportunity to learn more about Rotary and all of the good works it does throughout the world.  And you may even want to consider combining the convention with a vacation since Australia is a dream destination for many people.  Airfares are low and specials come up often.  The convention will be held at Sydney's Olympic site and it promises to be an extra special experience. For more information and discounts available visit www.riconvention.org.

Rotary International Convention in Sydney, Australia - Deadline Extended Autumn Herber 2014-01-06 00:00:00Z 0

Happy Holidays from Cherie

Posted by Cherie Burke on Dec 17, 2013

I hope each of you had a Happy and Joy filled Christmas and New Year. I missed you since we have not meet for the next 2 Wednesday’s.  I will see you on January 8th back at Westfield for a continued year of fun programs and lunch with good friends.

Cherie

Happy Holidays from Cherie Cherie Burke 2013-12-18 00:00:00Z 0

Lifecycle of a Service Project Webinar

Posted by Cherie Burke on Dec 17, 2013
Lifecycle of a Service Project (Part 3): Acquiring Resources

Rotary International is pleased to present this five-part webinar series to support the Rotary family in producing sustainable service projects.

The series will highlight different strategies, best practices, and Rotary resources available to help clubs and districts undertake successful, sustainable service initiatives, using real-life examples from Rotarians.

In this webinar (part 3 in the series):

  • Learn about resources to help you find partners to collaborate with other clubs or organizations and increase the impact of your project
  • Find out how to secure funding, volunteers, and needed resources for your service project
  • Understand the Rotary resources available to you to help make your service project a success

Space is limited to 500 attendees, so register today! Please note these times are in US Central (Chicago) time. To see what time this will be in your area, please use the time zone converter.

English 1: Tuesday, 28 January 2014, 10:00 – 11:00
English 2: Tuesday, 28 January 2014, 18:00 – 19:00
French: Thursday, 13 February 2014, 09:00 – 10:00
Japanese: Thursday, 13 February 2014, 18:00 – 19:00
Portuguese: Thursday, 13 February 2014, 12:00 – 13:00
Spanish: Wednesday, 12 February 2014, 10:00 – 11:00

Lifecycle of a Service Project Webinar Cherie Burke 2013-12-18 00:00:00Z 0

Don Salyard's Blog post from India

Posted by Autumn Herber on Dec 15, 2013
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Check out Don Salyards blog www.donsalyards.com to follow his time in India.  Below is a story he posted last week about Anuj, one of our former Exchange Students.

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Today I’m going to tell you a love story that is layered deep and covers many years. It started in 1997 and continues strong to this day. It involves numerous people, institutions, families, organizations, and two dominant world cultures.

In 1997 I was selected by Rotary International to lead a group of 4 other young adults on a Rotary-sponsored one-month trip to India. During that trip we would go to the northwestern state of Gujarat on the Arabian Sea. We visited Rajkot, Porabunder, Bhavnagar, Baroda, Ankleshwar, Surat, Vapi, and ended up flying back home from Mumbai (Bombay). Each of us had a separate host family in each of those cities. 16 years later I still remember them all.

In the city of Ankleshwar I was hosted by Rotarian Chetan Shah, his wife Daksha, and their boys, Bihag (17) and Anuj (13). While it is difficult to pick a favorite in such a loving family, Anuj stuck out. He was so darned cute and he was bubbly and enthusiastic. He loved playing sports and played the harmonium (similar to our accordions in the US).

Enthralled with India I came back in August of that same year and spent more time with the Shah family. At that time Chetan and I agreed that it would be beneficial if Anuj could come to Winona to be a Rotary Exchange student for a year. Entirely thanks to my Sister-in-Law, Sandie Axelsen, whose personal relationships at the American Embassy in Delhi made his VISA possible, Anuj’s dream came true and he arrived in Winona in July of 2000. Since that time I have called Anuj “Son” and to this day he calls me “Dad.”

When he arrived in Minnesota the now 16 year-old Anuj wasn’t nearly as “cute and cuddly” as he had been 3 years earlier, but Deb, who had just become an empty nester, absolutely fell in love with Anuj. She bought him “Tommy” clothes, right down to the underwear! While Anuj was hosted by the Welke, Manrique, and Karnick families when in Winona, he came to church with us every Sunday and he was Deb’s pride and joy! The Kierlin family paid Anuj’s tuition to Cotter High School, for which Anuj will always be grateful.

Anuj was schooled in the Gujarati language, while his brother was enrolled in an English language school. English proficiency was (and still is) an absolute requirement for young Indians who desire to rise up in professional and technical fields in their home country. From a professional standpoint, Anuj’s time in the United States gave him the English proficiency that he needed to enter an undergraduate business school in India and later to obtain an MBA in Marketing and Finance.

Now 29 years old, Anuj has worked hard at his schooling and career. He is currently employed as a business development manager in Hyderabad with Cognizant Technology Solutions. His wife, Bhawna, works for DeLoitte here in Hyderabad. Both are earning good salaries and they rent a nice house here in Hyderabad, where they have hosted me for several days. They are a solid, middle-class young Indian couple that enjoys a material lifestyle that most people in the world would envy.

Anuj’s wife Bhawna is another story altogether; an absolutely fantastic young lady. She and Anuj met at a firm where they were both previously employed. This was a “love marriage” as the Indians call it, but both pairs of parents approved, as is standard protocol in most Indian marriages.

You really get to know someone when you live in their home for several days. This is my first time meeting Bhawna, but I’ll tell you something…Anuj got himself a very special young lady. She is bright, ambitious, loving, friendly…she is goodness inside and out. As Anuj says on his accomplishment in marrying Bhawana…”I was the crow that found the pearl”.

Three years ago Anuj wanted to come to Deb’s bedside when she was diagnosed with cancer but the US bureaucrats at the American Embassy in Chennai prevented him from getting a VISA, not even looking at the notarized documents he had obtained from physicians and administrators at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester.

So on this Sunday morning, my Hyderabad love story ends for now. It is the story of the love between parents and children, the love between two cultures, love that Rotarians share throughout the world, and the love between an American Mother and her Indian Son. For Anuj and me the love will continue even after I am gone. When that day comes my children will send some of my ashes to Anuj and he will scatter them in several places in Gujarat, as well as along one of India’s most holy rivers, the Narmada River. The Narmada is considered by Hindus to be so holy that you need not touch the water, but are spiritually cleansed by simply looking at it. That’s way good enough for a kid from Wyoming!

Posted by Don Salyards

Don Salyard's Blog post from India Autumn Herber 2013-12-16 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Board Meeting this Wednesday evening Autumn Herber 2013-12-16 00:00:00Z 0

Paul Harris Fellow Award

Posted by Bob Williams on Dec 13, 2013

The Paul Harris Fellowship is named for Paul Harris, who founded Rotary with three business associates in Chicago in 1905. These business associates rotated meetings and leadership to the various offices, thus the name Rotary was established. Today we would call this a business networking group.

 

The Fellowship was established in Paul Harris’ honor in 1957 to express appreciation for a contribution of $1000 to the humanitarian and educational programs of The Rotary Foundation. The Fellowship is the highest award within Rotary for honoring Rotarians, and others receiving the award whose lives demonstrate a shared purpose with the mission and objectives of The Rotary Foundation.

 

Rotarians can attain the Fellowship in two ways. The first is through donations made to The Rotary Foundation that accumulate to $1000 or more. The second is through the receipt of Foundation Recognition Points from the district, club or a fellow Rotarian. Recognition Points begin to accumulate for contributions to The Rotary Foundation after the first $1000, after which 1 point is made available for each subsequent $1 of contribution. Recognition Points can be transferred to Rotarians and non-Rotarians alike as long as the transfer is 100 points or more. This is a great way to assist someone else to become a Paul Harris Fellow.

 

Since we are near year-end, now is the time to make your donation to The Rotary Foundation and get closer to being a Paul Harris Fellow, or to the next level of Fellowship. Awards are made for each $1000 of accumulated contribution up to $10,000.

 

Bob Williams

Foundation Chair

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Activity Series in Winona

Posted by Cherie Burke on Dec 12, 2013

Live Well Winona has included the Winona Rotary Club’s” Ride the Ridges” Bike Tour in their Mississippi Mixer Activity Series

Here are some of the other activities included this coming year. Please mark your calendars as a volunteer date for September 20th for our 2nd Ride the Ridges Event! We need all of you to help us make this another great event!


MISSISSIPPI MIXER: ACTIVITY SERIES

Row Ride Run Triathlon - Apr.26

Chase Trempealeau - Jun.22

Canoeing - Jul.28

Rock Climbing - Aug.4

Mud Run - Sep.6

Ride the Ridges - Sep.20

Starlight Stroll 5k - Nov.7

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Rotary District Wide Leadership Training Available to All

Posted by Cherie Burke on Dec 12, 2013

Several years ago District Leadership made an important change to the financing of District Training Sessions.  A flat fee based on club size was assessed to replace individual registrant fees.  This change made it possible for clubs to send several members for the same fee which covered materials, meals and meeting room charges.  There were two important reasons for instituting this change:

1.        It was intended to eliminate a cost barrier to sending club leaders to training and encourage more than one person per club to attend.

2.       A flat fee made budgeting easier for the club and District  because the expected fee allocation would be same regardless of the number of registrants

In addition, if several members attend from one club or from an area, travel expenses are more easily shared.  

Training Events

The District training events covered by the fee include:

·         Midterm and Leadership Academy and PETS I (January 25, 2014)

·         Grants management seminars

·         Assistant Governors Training

·         District Team Training

·         District Assembly held in conjunction with District Conference (April 25, 2014)

·         Success Seminar (held in summer)

An additional, and required, training not covered by the District Training fee is:  North Central President Elect Training Seminar (NCPETS).  Rotary International requires PETS attendance prior to assuming office of presidency of a Rotary Club.    NCPETS will be in Rochester March 6-8 2014.  North Central PETS encompasses two districts in Minnesota/ Wisconsin and two in Iowa. This multidistrict approach increases the opportunity for attendees to network and be exposed to a wider array of best practices and the larger audience also helps draw exceptional speakers for the plenary sessions.

 

Although each Rotary year begins on July 1, when new leadership assumes office, training for the upcoming Rotary year always occurs in the prior 6 months so incoming leaders are prepared for their new role.   It is for this reason clubs are asked to elect officers and submit the slate of newly elected leadership by December 31 each year.  The timing helps to assure each officer has had the advantage of training opportunities. 


Personal benefits
 
All Rotary training (and it is ongoing for clubs and district leadership alike) is designed to enhance leadership development, but the most important consideration  is that leadership development is not  just Rotary specific, you will find the skills you develop are applicable  in your personal and professional life as well.  


Some parts of Rotary training will be done via Webinar allowing you to access attendance via computer; no travel is required.  Other events will be done in person so we can interact with each other to network and enjoy more in depth discussion.  Information on all the training opportunities will be available, watch for the Save the Date notices.  No matter the training venue, the overall goal is to broaden and strengthen leadership in the club and the district so together we can continue to make a difference in our world.  And, we can have fun doing it!


Watch for more Save the Date and Registration notices of training events.

Rotary District Wide Leadership Training Available to All Cherie Burke 2013-12-13 00:00:00Z 0

Is Curling Your Thing? Read On...............

Posted by Cherie Burke on Dec 11, 2013

Curling might be Rotary’s best kept secret!!!  Even though we try many avenues to pass along the information, I meet many Rotarians who are also curlers who are not aware of the great friendship and competition available in Rotary curling.    I am sending this to several clubs in district 5960 because of your proximity to a curling club and the likely hood that you have curlers in your rotary club. 

The web link below provides information on an upcoming Canadian/USA competition to be held in Madison, Wisconsin in January.  I have participated in some of the previous

rotary competitions and can assure you they are a great experience.  If you have any questions, feel free to contact me and I will help

you get headed in the right direction so you can be part of this rotary experience.

 

http://www.rotarycanamcurling.ca/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=113:eventdetails&catid=38:rokstories-frontpage

Rotary Motto….Of the things we think, say and do: Is it the truth?  Is it fair to all concerned?  Will it build good will and better friendship? Will it be beneficial to all concerned?

 

Don & Carol Drost

1126 18 St.

Cameron, WI 54822

715-458-4208 (h)

715-651-2869 (Carol’s cell)

715-458-6500 (Don’s cell)

Barron County Sunrise Rotary

Is Curling Your Thing? Read On............... Cherie Burke 2013-12-12 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary FAQ

Posted by Diane Amundson on Dec 08, 2013

Attendance

Q: What is the minimum attendance requirement?

A: 100% attendance is encouraged but 50% attendance is required for membership.

 

Q: Why do we have to make-up meetings?

A: Our club must report all attendance figures to our district each month and your absence affects our goals of attendance. When members are not present, the Club is not able to make a difference in its community and world.

 

Q: How can I make-up a meeting?

A: If you are traveling outside of our area or you want to attend a club nearby, go to the club locator at www.rotary.org and find the club make-ups in our state, country or world. Make- ups may be made either 14 days prior to or fourteen days after our regular Wednesday meetings. Once you are at the make-up meeting, ask someone at the registration table for a make-up form and they will hand one to you with the Club’s name and officer signature. Take this card to your next Winona Club meeting and give to the secretary. If you are unable to do this, just tell or email the Club Treasurer and you will not be charged for the Winona meal that you missed. However, you will need to pay the meal cost at the make-up meeting.

 

Q: What counts as a make-up?

A: The club has recently expanded on the opportunities for make-up by allowing the following activities to count: attending a Board meeting, Club committee meetings lasting at least 35 minutes, going online to attend a Rotary International E-Club meeting, attending any service project that we are working on, attending a fireside chat or any district or international meeting. In addition any contributions to written articles about Winona Rotary for website, E-bulletin or public promotion. You can email the Club Treasurer to let them know of your make-up activity and they will credit your account with that meal cost.

 

 

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Posted by Autumn Herber on Nov 24, 2013
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Wishing you and your families the happiest Thanksgiving.  Make sure to take time to reflect upon your many blessings and to be thankful for all of the good that Rotary is doing in the world.
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Rotary Changes Lives

Posted by Bob Williams on Nov 24, 2013

 

The mission of The Rotary Foundation is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty.

Your investment in our Rotary Foundation brings help and hope to those who need it most around the world. The Rotary Foundation’s good works are only limited by our imagination, actions and contributions.

You may not be aware that your contribution to The Rotary Foundation keeps on giving. When you make an annual contribution, you can be confident that 50% of that gift will come right back to our district in three years to be used for educational and humanitarian programs and projects in our local community. The other portion of your contribution benefits the World Fund in support of Rotary’s commitment to international service. The three-year SHARE investment cycle ensures that 100 percent of your contribution is spent on Rotary programs and grants.

 
Thank you for your support!

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Dictionary Project: Thank You!!

Posted by Roderick Baker on Nov 24, 2013

Last week Winona Rotarians delivered nearly 600 dictionaries to all third graders in Winona County and Rushford-Peterson schools. In the last eight years we have donated and distributed a combined 4,000 dictionaries. Thank you to everyone who participated in going to the classrooms. In particular a special thank you to the following committee members who helped:

Gabe Manrique for recruiting members to sign up,

Terri Sim for printing all the inside cover labels and letters to the parents,

Beth Moe for securing all the third grade student counts and teachers at the schools,

Mark Patterson for receiving the skid of 24 boxes of dictionaries at RiverStar, and

Roger Metz for picking up, inserting the Four-Way Test labels, sorting, and making sure all the Rotarian Teams of Two received their dictionaries.

Thank you also to Winona Rotarian Patrick Marek and Sarah Squires at the Winona Post and Brian Voerding and Abby Eisenberg at the Winona Daily News for the front page photos and articles. We look forward to next year!!

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The Golden Ticket

Posted by Diane Amundson on Nov 19, 2013

One of my favorite movies while growing up was Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.  In the movie, young Charlie, whose family is poor, has found a golden ticket inside his candy bar that allows him to be one of eight guests in Willy Wonka’s mysterious chocolate factory.  

While this story is fictitious, for years afterwards, I would always hope my candy bars had a golden ticket inside like Charlie’s candy bar.   It wasn’t until years later that I realized that I don’t need to buy up candy bars and hope for a golden ticket. I had been offered gold in the form of an invitation to Rotary from Erv Duden 20 years ago.  Going to Mongolia, India and Brazil with Rotary on humanitarian work were experiences that changed my life like Charlie’s golden ticket.  

My question for you is who gave you a golden ticket by inviting you to Rotary?  Why not give this same gift of fellowship and service to someone deserving in your professional or personal life?   The membership team has even printed golden tickets for you at the sign-in table.  Please take three golden ticket lunch invites, sign them and deliver them to those you believe would make great .  On February 5, 2014 whomever has the most tickets turned in will receive a gift certificate to Signatures restaurant.  On June 4th, we will offer an additional Signatures gift certificate to the Rotarian that has converted the most tickets into gold… which is a new member.

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Update from Don Salyards (who is in India)

Posted by Cherie Burke on Nov 18, 2013

Dear Winona Rotarians:

The wedding was Sunday evening. If you want to read a touching story about this event, please go to my regular blog  www.donsalyards.com   Monday morning I boarded the Saurastra Express for a brief trip up to Gujarat before heading south to Mangalore to see Shayana, Blanche, Dave and Saul.  Met a nice young mother on the train with an rather uncontrollable 4-year old...but the kid slept for about 3 hours which bought us some peace (don't they teach yoga and meditation to 4 year olds???)  I attached a photo of me and "the kid" sharing earbuds, which didn't last long because he was so "active".

I've been on this train before, and it is not fast.  An hour and a half late, I reached Ankleshwar after 9 hours, where Anu Shah's parents Chetan and Daxsha live.  You might remember Anuj...he was our Rotary exchange student a few years ago.  Their home is one of my favorite, featuring an outdoor patio between the bedrooms, yet it is on the second floor and secure from the street.  

While the 5 star hotel in Bombay was a fine place, THIS is India...in a real Gujarati house with real guju's, discussing life's adventures, problems, and successes!  The life is at a much easier pace here...you get up for a light breakfast, go out and do some morning chores, eat lunch (which is prepared by Daxsha with fresh produce purchased a couple of hours earlier) and then go down for an afternoon nap!  Then you get up around 4pm, hang out, have some supper and eventually go to your evening gig (which is a rotary meeting tonight).

So far I'm healthy...haven't gotten sick yet (woooo I shouldn't have said that...I'm cursed now) and the trip is starting to come together now.

Keep well, and I'll try to keep you informed as much as I can.  In these parts internet connections are tough to come by....I'm on the porch of a neighbor now, where I'm "borrowing" his wi-fi signal. 

Until Later!

Don

Update from Don Salyards (who is in India) Cherie Burke 2013-11-19 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary Clubs Around the World Helping in the Philippines

Posted by Autumn Herber on Nov 17, 2013

Rotary clubs around the world are pledging emergency aid to communities in central Philippines after the massive typhoon flattened entire coastal towns and villages, killed thousands of people, and displaced nearly 600,000 more.

The situation remains dire as widespread destruction has made food, water, and medicine scarce in remote areas affected by Typhoon Haiyan, the strongest storm to make landfall on record.

Rotary President Ron Burton is urging our 34,000 clubs worldwide to continue to assist storm victims.

"I know we all want to help. I am urging our clubs to take action to provide emergency aid now and begin planning for the future when we can help rebuild homes, schools, and businesses," says Burton. "We are in the business of helping people in need."

Rotary partner ShelterBox has committed aid for 4,000 families in the form of emergency shelter and other relief assistance.

Such disasters are “exactly why we entered into our partnership with ShelterBox,” says Burton. “It gives Rotary members worldwide the opportunity to respond immediately and in a very meaningful way to the life-threatening conditions faced by the people of the Philippines.”

For nearly 100 years, Rotary clubs in the Philippines have been creating positive change in their communities. The first Philippine Rotary club was formed in Manila in 1919. Today, more than 800 Rotary clubs throughout the Philippines give members the chance to make a difference at home and around the globe.

Rotary's work to eradicate polio, our top priority, began in the Philippines. In 1979, Rotary funded the immunization of six million children with the oral polio vaccine. Based largely on the success there, the World Health Assembly authorized the Global Polio Eradication Initiative in which Rotary is a spearheading partner.

Rotary clubs in the Philippines have improved water and sanitation, led medical and dental missions, created literacy programs, and participated in reforestation plantings. When a 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck central Philippines in September, clubs were there to bring aid to those in need.

“Rotary members often are both first-responders and rebuilders when major disasters strike because clubs are present in every corner of the world,” Burton says. “We continue with recovery efforts long after international relief agencies have gone because Rotary clubs are part of the communities we serve.”

There are many ways that you can help, but one method that has a local connection is through a relief fund website that was set up by someone from Fastenal who is married to a Filipina whose family is from the area that suffered much of the damage.  The website is www.gofundme.com/Philippine-Relief-Fund#.  You can also contact Gabe Manrique for more information.

Rotary Clubs Around the World Helping in the Philippines Autumn Herber 2013-11-18 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Board Meeting this Wednesday evening Autumn Herber 2013-11-18 00:00:00Z 0

Pease Excuse yourself

Posted by Cherie Burke on Nov 17, 2013

Dear Fellow Rotarians ,

I have been asked by several of you what is proper Rotary etiquette when having to leave a meeting early. My advice is simply please excuse your self to our speaker in advance so they are fully aware that you are not leaving because of their program but rather another commitment on your part. Our speakers have generously given their time to prepare and present something of interest to us each week and this is a way to show respect for their time. I look forward to seeing you on Wednesdays!

 

Cherie Burke

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Dictionary Project THIS Week

Posted by Autumn Herber on Nov 17, 2013

One of our Rotary projects is to give each 3rd grader in our area a dictionary. We order several hundred dictionaries each year and this year’s dictionaries have arrived. Teams of 2 Rotarians will be going out to the schools on November 21 & 22 to present the dictionaries and explain to the students how to use them.  Thank you to everyone who volunteered to help with this great project.  Information has been sent out.  If you have any questions or if any changes are needed, please contact Rod Baker or Roger Metz know at rod.s.baker@gmail.com and rogerm@acegroup.cc.

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What is a Rotary District?

Posted by Autumn Herber on Nov 10, 2013

A district is a defined territory within which a group of clubs, as determined by Rotary International, is associated for administrative purposes.  Winona belongs to District 5960 with 65 clubs and 4 Rotaract Clubs that covers eastern Minnesota and western Wisconsin. The District Governor is an appointed volunteer who becomes the link between individual clubs and Rotary International.

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Foundation Month

Posted by Autumn Herber on Nov 03, 2013
November is Rotary Foundation Month.  Please consider making a gift to the Rotary Foundation.
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Fireside Chat

Posted by Autumn Herber on Nov 03, 2013

Our next Fireside Chat will be held on Tuesday, November 26th from 4-5:30 pm at Randy Domeyer's house.  His home is located at 8820 Leesher Drive, Minnesota City. To get there go north on Highway 61, take the Minnesota City exit onto Bridge Street and then take the first right onto Wenonah Road. From there take the first left into the Country Meadows subdivision. Stay on that street for 2-3 blocks and take a left onto Leesher Drive (at a T intersection). Randy’s house is the third house on the right with solar panels. His cell phone number is 429-5418, if you should get lost.

All members are invited to attend.  This is a great opportunity for our newest members to learn more about Rotary and to get to know each other better.

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Rose Pick up

Posted by Autumn Herber on Oct 13, 2013
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Remember rose pick up is Tuesday, October 15th from 12pm - 7pm and on Wednesday, October 16th from 3pm - 7pm at Hy-Vee.  Please make sure you remind those you sold to. 

We do still need some more help at Hy-Vee during the pick up times.  Please contact Terri Sim at 454-7384 or email tjsim@hbci.com if you can help for an hour or two.

Thank you to everyone who helped to make this Rose Sale successful!

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108,864 Meals Packed

Posted by Autumn Herber on Oct 13, 2013

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Feed My Starving Children Packing Event.  It was a success!  We had 520 volunteers and were able to pack 108,864 meals to send to starving children in order to provide them hope for tomorrow.  We learned that 6,200 is the number of starving children who die each and every day.  That number has greatly been reduced from 18,000 which was the previous number of children who died of starvation everyday.  This great stride is thanks in part to the work of FMSC and all of its partners (like us) who help to ensure a child will see tomorrow.

A big thank you to all of the teams who participated and helped to fund the packing and to Mark Patterson for charing the event!

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Letter from Bob Spenser

Posted by Cherie Burke on Oct 08, 2013

Dear Fellow Rotarians-

As many of you know, our garage caught fire during Friday nights thunderstorms.   Many of you have already reached out to us offering help and support, and we thank you for that.  The community outreach and support has kept our spirits high.  As the fire is still under investigation, we foresee this being a drawn out process.   As of now our only need is to start cleaning, and try to remember everything we had stored in the garage.

 

If anyone is interested and able to help out, we are having a community clean up day on Saturday, Oct 12, starting around 8:30am to help us with the heavy lifting and to start cleaning up the mess.

 

We are in need of flat nosed shovels, 5 gallon buckets, and volunteers willing to help dig through ash and soot.

 

If anyone is willing to help, please give me a call or drop me an e-mail.  Thank you

 

-Bob Spencer

Bspencer@hawkinsashcpas.com

608-385-8515

Letter from Bob Spenser Cherie Burke 2013-10-09 00:00:00Z 0

Feed My Starving Children Packing Event THIS Saturday

Posted by Autumn Herber on Sep 29, 2013

Rotary's Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) MobilePack Event is this Saturday, October 5, 2013 at RiverStar.  We are still in need of a few volunteers for the 3:30 - 5:30pm shift.  If you are able to help or have friends or family who are, please contact Mark Patterson at 452-5109.  Or if you are part of an organization or business who may be interested in sponsoring a team, please let us know. Teams will volunteer to do a variety of tasks needed to pack about 25,000 meals per shift. Each team or organization needs to provide funding of $800 for the costs of the meals they pack.  We need just 1 or 2 more teams to reach our goal. Please help spread the word.

 

Feed My Starving Children is a Christian non-profit organization which utilizes volunteers to put together specially formulated food packets to be sent around the world to feed starving children.  The program is very reputable and serves children who are starving.  Every day, 18,000 children die from starvation.  Rotary’s goal is to raise $22,000 as a community and pack 100,000 meals.  Each meal costs only $.22 to produce. 

Please consider being a part of this amazing service project. 

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Rose Sale Turn in Wednesday

Posted by Autumn Herber on Sep 29, 2013
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The Rose Sale is coming to a close.  Please make sure you turn in the money that you have collected from roses sold, all stubs from sold tickets AND all remaining unsold tickets.  The Rose Committee will be ready to collect packets starting at 11:45am on Wednesday.  Please make sure everything balances before turning it in.  If you are not going to be at Rotary this Wednesday please make sure to get your rose packets to Terri Sim before Friday.  We appreciate all of your hard work selling roses this year.  You still have just a little bit longer to sell so re-check your list and see who else you could sell to.  Remember our goal this year was 1000 dozen roses.  I know we can do it if we all SELL, SELL, SELL!!!  And remember the proceeds go to fund children literacy programs and other youth and community projects in the Winona area. 
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Ride the Ridges

Posted by Autumn Herber on Sep 22, 2013
Thank you to everyone who helped with Ride the Ridges.  It was a great success!  A complete recap will be given at the meeting this week.
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SEEKING NON-ROTARIAN BUSINESS/PROFESSIONAL PEOPLE FOR EXCHANGE WITH SWEDEN

Posted by Autumn Herber on Sep 22, 2013

A once in a lifetime opportunity! Too good to be true! A life-changing learning experience! These are phrases past participants have used to describe Rotary International’s Group Study Exchange program.

Group Study Exchange (GSE) is a unique educational experience that furthers international understanding by providing an opportunity for outstanding business and professional people to study another country, its people, its culture and its institutions. Each GSE team visits a Rotary district in another country for four weeks. Team members stay in the homes of Rotarians, if possible, and follow an itinerary of educational and cultural points of interest. Travel and living expenses are covered during the exchange by The Rotary Foundation, Rotarians and Rotary District 5960.

A Rotary District 5960 GSE team will visit Rotary District 2400 in Sweden, from May 2, 2014 – May 31, 2014. The focus of the exchange will be public policy, public health and economic development. Rotary offers this opportunity to spend a month living with local Rotarians and seeing the country in a way few will ever experience.

The teams will consist of four non-Rotarian professional or business people and a Rotarian team leader. Candidates must be engaged in a recognized business or profession on a full-time basis for at least the past two years. Employers must give permission for the candidate to participate BEFORE the interview process. Candidates must be between the ages of 25-45years and must live or work within the limits of Rotary District 5960 and its clubs (St Paul, southeastern and central MN, parts of western Wisconsin). Applicants cannot be spouses or lineal descendants of current Rotary members. Applicants must be citizens of the United States of America. All applications must be received by October 20, 2013.

District level interviews will be held on Saturday, November 9, 2013. Applicants must be available all day, starting at 11:30 a.m. for interviews which will be held at the Northern Star Boy Scout Council’s Hulings Scout Service Center, 393 Marshall Ave., St. Paul, Minnesota.

GSE applications available for downloading at www.Rotary5960.org (Follow the link to Foundation, Group Study Exchange, Info & Documents) http://rotary5960.org/showDoc.cfm?pMenuTop=5&pObject=259

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Rotary District Foundation Event

Posted by Autumn Herber on Sep 22, 2013

You are invited to attend the 2013 District 5960 Foundation Celebration Event on Saturday, November 2, 2013 at the Prom Center in Oakdale/Lake Elmo, MN.  This is a fundraiser for Polio Plus.  

The menu selection and prices:
 Chateau cut sirloin, with red wine sauce @ $45.00

Pecan crusted Walleye, with truffle butter @ $45.00

Jumbo spinach Ravioli @ $35.00

All meals include salad, vegetable selection, potato sides, beverage and dessert

There will be entertainment during the social hour., speakers with a message, prizes, and

at the end of the evening we can leave knowing we’ve done a bit more to eradicate Polio and have every right to feel good about our efforts.

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Meet our Exchange Students - Charline and Davide

Posted by Autumn Herber on Sep 15, 2013
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Charline Haut is from Belgium.  She has two older brothers who are twins.  Her father is a helicopter pilot and her mother is a medical representative.  Charline likes shopping, being with friends and sports, especially hockey.  She wanted to become an Exchange Student to discover another culture, meet new people, and learn English better.  She has traveled to France, Italy, Switzerland, Israel, and all over Europe.  Her favorite subjects at school are science and math. The biggest difference she has noticed so far is the food.  Her favorite foods in Belgium are Belgium chocolate, french fries, and waffles.  Her favorite food so far here is chocolate chip cookies.  Her least favorite food here is all of the fried foods.  What she misses most are her family and friends and good chocolate.

 

Davide Asnaghi is from Italy.  He lives in a charming little town and has one brother.  He likes hanging out with friends and playing volleyball.  He wanted to become an Exchange Student to learn more about US lifestyle and in hope of attending college in the United States to study engineering.  Davide has traveled all around Europe, Brazil, India, Switzerland and Holland.  His first impression when he arrived here (in August) is that there was NO SNOW! While here as an Exchange Student what he wants to achieve is to pass the SAT test.  The biggest difference he has noticed so far is our pasta (we don't cook it right).  His favorite subject at school is Calculus AP - it is very stimulating and he likes the homework.  His favorite Italian food is pizza.  However he likes it all, as Italian food is perfect.  His favorite American food so far is deep dish pizza (however it is not the same as Italian pizza).

Welcome Charline and Davide!  Make sure to get to know them throughout this year and include them in any of your activities. 

Meet our Exchange Students - Charline and Davide Autumn Herber 2013-09-16 00:00:00Z 0

2012-2013 Foundation donations

Posted by Randy Domeyer on Sep 15, 2013

During the 2012-2013 Rotary year, we put emphasis on increasing the support from our club for the Rotary Foundation. There are four areas of contributions that we focused on. EREY - Every Rotarian Every Year meaning we want every Rotarian to donate some amount to the Foundation every year. The second is Sustaining Members - those that donate $100 or more in a year. The third is the average donation per member and the fourth is the total donations.

CONGRATULATION!!    WE HAD A SUBSTANTIAL INCREASE IN ALL AREAS!

The following is a comparison of the four areas for the past 5 years.

                       EREY       Sustaining Member        Avg Donation           Total donations

2012-2013          32                  21                           $80.83                     $7,097

2011-2012          21                  6                             $71.00                     $6,986

2010-2011          5                    4                             $51.29                     $3,700

2009-2010          10                  4                             $53.82                      $5,565

2008-2009          6                    4                             $42.22                     $3,040

This is a great accomplishment and a special thank you to everyone that contributed to the Foundation and I encourage everyone to make some level of contribution this year. You can do this by making out a check and giving it to JC or do it online through the Rotary International web site.

Thanks everyone for your support!

 

What is the Rotary Foundation?

The Rotary Foundation supports the efforts of Rotary International to achieve world understanding and peace through international humanitarian, education and cultural exchange programs. It is supported solely by voluntary contributions form Rotarians and Friends of the Foundation who share its vision of a better world.

The main programs of the Rotary Foundation are Polio Eradication, Humanitarian Grants and Educational Programs.

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Sell those Roses!!!

Posted by Autumn Herber on Sep 15, 2013
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Our annual Rotary Rose Sale has begun.  Please contact Terri Sim at 454-7384 or tjsim@hbci.com if you need additional tickets to sell.  One dozen red or multi-colored roses are only $16.  The rose sale continues through October 2nd.  Roses will be picked up at Hy-Vee on October 15th and 16th.  Don't wait until the end of the selling period - start selling now!  Our goal is to sell 1000 dozen roses.  That is a lot of roses, but I know we can do it if EVERY member sells at least 15 dz roses.  Help us meet our goal!

 

Proceeds from the rose sale help fund children literacy programs and other youth and community projects in the Winona area.  Projects include Rotary Readers, Books for Babies, Dictionary Project, Shadow Program, Camp RYLA, college scholarships, Lake Park Clean-up and more.

 

Contact any member of the Rose committee with questions.

~ Terri Sim, Autumn Herber, Julie O'Brien, Kathy Rollinger and Cherie Burke

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Paul Harris Points Awarded for 2012-13 Rotary Year

Posted by Cherie Burke on Sep 10, 2013

Paul Harris Points

Diane Amundson                              100

Rod Baker                                          50

Mike Bernatz                                       80

Dave Bonk                                         200

Cherie Burke                                       120

Randy Domeyer                                   50

Bob Deter                                           90       

Lance Duellman                                 150

Erica Jerowski                                     180

Terry Klonecki                                      50

Beth moe                                            100

Mark Neville                                        190

Mark Patterson                                    100

JC Pfieffer                                           100

Kathy Rollinger                                    210

Della Schmidt                                        20

Terri Sim                                               50

Kelly Stayton                                       160

Heath Tschumper                                 240

Dave Wickstrom                                     50     

Paul Harris Fellow recognition is given in appreciation to anyone who contributes, outright or cumulatively (or in whose name is contributed), a gift of US$1000.00 or more to the Annual Programs, Polio Plus Fund or the World Fund or as a sponsor portion of a Foundation grant.

Points towards a Paul Harris Fellow

Each New member will be given 100 points upon completion of new member

 Mentor checklist

Each new member will receive 10 points for each meeting they attend in the 1st 90 days.

For every donation new members make to the Annual Programs, Polio Plus Fund or the

World Fund in their 1st year of membership. We will match up to 100 points.

For existing Rotarians

Receive 10 points for each service project you participate in ie:  Feed my Starving Children, Lake Clean Up, Rotary Readers, The Dictionary Project etc…

– Makeup must be reported to the club secretary in order to receive credit for points.

Receive 50 points if you are the chair of a project

Receive 50 points if you sponsor a new member

Receive 10 points if you attend a meeting of another club.

Point will be credited to your account on an annual basis in increments of 100 points

* Points can be awarded to anyone at the discretion of the board at anytime throughout the year

Points to be reported to club secretary each month.

      

 

             

  
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A new Rotary record for Foundation giving!

Posted by Autumn Herber on Sep 08, 2013

2012-13 contributions to the Rotary Foundation Annual Fund reached an all-time high, exceeding $115 million for the first time ever! Achieving annual contributions of this magnitude is a reflection of the extraordinary work of Rotary leaders, like you, around the world. Thank you!

Please spread the word about how every Rotarian can make an impact in their communities and around the world, by supporting our Rotary Foundation every year. With your help, we can reach our visionary goal of $120 million by June 30, 2014.

           EREY-EN-c

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Alisa Johnsrud arrives in Spain

Posted by Eric Johnsrud on Sep 08, 2013
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Spain will never be the same again, as Alisa Johnsrud, our outbound exchange student, arrived at the airport in Madrid on Saturday morning. She was greeted at the airport by her host family, her Rotary counselor and several Rotex students, shown in the photo. The Tres Cantos Rotary Club will be hosting her and she had been in contact with each of her host families prior to her arrival in Spain. While in Spain, she will be posting to her blog at http://trescantosymuchomas.tumblr.com/. Please feel free to follow her adventures throughout the Rotary exchange year.
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Ride the Ridges

Posted by Autumn Herber on Sep 08, 2013
Come ride the ridges with us on Saturday, September 21, 2013.

The Winona Rotary Club is organizing the first annual bike tour. Proceeds from the ride go to Feed My Starving Children.  The tour features three routes: Short (18 Miles), Medium (40 Miles), and Long (62.5 Miles).  The registration fee is $25 per rider.  All riders registering online will be eligible for a drawing for a gift certificate from Cedar Valley Golf Course.  The certificate is redeemable in 2013 or 2014 for green fees and carts for a foursome.  Online Registration closes on Wednesday September 18.  Visit www.winonarotary.org for more information.

We are asking all Rotarians to volunteer for this event.  If you have not already signed up to help, please contact Cherie Burke or Mike Bernatz.

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Feed My Starving Children Packing Event October 5th

Posted by Autumn Herber on Sep 08, 2013

We once again have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of starving children around the world through a Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) MobilePack Event.  Rotary is again spearheading the effort to hold this mobile food-packing event on Saturday, October 5, 2013 at RiverStar.

 

Feed My Starving Children is a Christian non-profit organization which utilizes volunteers to put together specially formulated food packets to be sent around the world to feed starving children.  The program is very reputable and serves children who are starving, even in the United States.  Every day, 18,000 children die from starvation.  But you can make a difference for these children.

Each meal costs only 22¢ and our goal is to raise $22,000 as a community and pack 100,000 meals.  At least 500 volunteers will be needed to pack those meals and to help in the fight against world hunger. 

 

We are excited about this opportunity to unite and work together to help starving children all over the world.  If you are part of an organization or business who may be interested in sponsoring a team, please let us know.  Teams will volunteer for a two-hour block of time to do a variety of tasks needed to pack about 25,000 meals per shift.  Each team or organization needs to provide funding of $800 for the costs of the meals they pack. We need just a few more teams to reach our goal.  Please help spread the word.

We hope all of you will take part in this great event by either sponsoring a team of your own or being a part of our Rotary team.  Please contact Mark Patterson or Erica Jerowski if you have any questions or to sign up.

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Youth Protection Training

Posted by Beth Moe on Aug 25, 2013

At last week's meeting we talked about Youth Protection Training. It's important that Rotarians take the training and become Certified Volunteers. A Certified Volunteer is someone who has "significant interaction" with youth through Rotary activities. It is not mandatory, unless you have this interaction, but it would be good to get as many club members certified as possible.

As an incentive, an anonymous club member is going to donate $5 to the Foundation for each Rotarian who completes the training for the first time and $1 for each Rotarian who re-certifies (this must be done every 3 years). This incentive is good until August 31.

The training is easy, and doesn't take very much time. To find it, go to www.rotary5960.org. All the Youth Protection information is on the left side of the page. Click on the link and it will show you all the information you need. You will need to create an account.

Good luck with the training - contact Beth Moe with any questions you might have - and thanks to our generous fellow Rotarian!

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Board Meeting This Week

Posted by Autumn Herber on Aug 25, 2013
We will be having a Rotary Board Meeting at Altra Credit Union on Wednesday August 28th at 4:45pm.
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The roses are coming VERY SOON!

Posted by Autumn Herber on Aug 25, 2013
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It is almost that time of year...start thinking about who you will be sellling roses to this year.  We will be distributing rose tickets the begining of September.
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Golf and Social Outing

Posted by Randy Domeyer on Aug 25, 2013

The tee times are set but it's not too late to come out for the social part of our event! You don't have to register in advance!

There will be a dutch treat burger basket social hour for golfers and non golfers. The social hour will start at 5:15 with the meal to start when golf is finished - about 5:30 -5:45. Cost of the burger basket is $7.25 ($7.75 for cheeseburger) plus tax and tip. Guests are also welcome!

 

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New Rotary International Website

Posted by Autumn Herber on Aug 18, 2013

Rotary International will be unveiling a new website set to launch on August 26th.  There will be two distinct versions of the website:

My Rotary (for members)
 · All members will be encouraged to register and sign in when visiting the site. Members will be able to better engage through their own customized experience based on their interests, and conduct their Rotary business more easily than ever before.
 · The new website will eliminate the need for the Member Access Portal (MAP). Those currently registered in MAP will simply be prompted to re-register when first visiting the site and will then be able to access tools previously located in MAP, such as the ability to edit club data, use Rotary Club Central, etc.
Rotary.org (for the general public)
 · The public site tells our story to external audiences in a fresh, streamlined way, encouraging people to get to know Rotary and learn about all the great work Rotarians are doing all over the world.
Find what you need!

· The website has been entirely rebuilt, grouping items more logically. Testing has confirmed that user experience is cleaner and more streamlined than what is offered today. For example, tools that help you manage your Rotary business—such as running reports—are now conveniently located under a tab called “Manage.

· The website’s “search” engine is now powered by Google, making locating documents, articles and tools much easier.

Important changes:

· “Contact this Club” – Visitors to the site can submit a request online to learn more about a specific club and membership.

· Rotary Foundation Grants – Many of you have already visited the Rotary Grants microsite and all it has to offer. That functionality will now be merged into the new site so everything you need will be in one place.

· Security – As part of the new launch, we are also adopting industry leading security measures to manage your IDs and passwords. To facilitate this transition, any MAP user who logged in within the last year will go through an abbreviated re-registration process.

· Browsers – The new website uses some of the latest browser capabilities and because of that, visitors to the site will need to be on modern browsers. Whatever browser you prefer to use, we recommend you upgrade to the latest version to have the best experience possible.

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Welcome to our Exchange Students Charline and Davide

Posted by Autumn Herber on Aug 18, 2013
Both of our Exchange Students have arrived and are adjusting well.  Charline Haut is from Belgium and Davide Asnaghi is from Italy.  Please make sure to greet them and help them feel welcome.  And remember to consider including the students in your plans and activities throughout the year.
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Goodview Days Parade

Posted by Autumn Herber on Aug 18, 2013
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Thank you to everyone who participated in the Goodview Days Parade.  It was a lot of fun and great exposure for Rotary in the community.  A special thank you to Randy for letting us use his car.  Our Exchange Students got to feel like royalty riding on the back and waving to the crowds.
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Cherie's Challenge

Posted by Cherie Burke on Aug 18, 2013

Engage Rotary and Change Lives -

Remember to wear your new Rotary Pin and when you are asked about your pin share your Story as to what you like about Rotary –

 

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Rotary Reminders

Posted by Cherie Burke on Aug 12, 2013

We have several new members to our club and I wanted to mention a couple of things that we all should know about : 

What is a Paul Harris Fellow

An individual who contributes, or in whose behalf is contributed $1,000 to the Rotary Foundation. In our club you can also earn Paul Harris points annually through service project and chairing different committees

 

How to make up a missed meeting?

The RI website has online make –ups – you can visit another club – you can participate in a social outing, committee meeting or project

What do you do? You tell our fabulous club secretary that you have a make up – either in writing a note to her or en email. She will then add it in as a makeup under your monthly attendance

 

Is it okay to solicit other members in the Club?

Short answer is no - We are a service club and our focus is doing work to improve our world and our local community.  Over time as your fellow Rotarians begin to know you, they will ask more about your what you do and may eventually want do business with you. 

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Red Cross Blood Drive Challenge

Posted by Randy Domeyer on Aug 10, 2013

Congratulations on winning the  Service Club Blood Drive Challenge with the Red Cross. We had the highest percent of members donating to win the challenge.

A huge thank you to everyone that donated blood that day!

Thanks for your support!

Randy Domeyer

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Fast for Hope September Delegation

Posted by Autumn Herber on Jul 28, 2013
There is still time to be part of the Fast for Hope delegation to Nicaragua, departing September 14 and returning September 23, 2013. Rotary members, spouses, significant others, and friends are welcome to join this delegation. Applications need to be received by August 8. More information can be found on the district website www.rotary5960.org.

Here is more info on the trip:Your partners in Nicaragua from the rural community of El Corozo are in the process of developing their strategic plan. This plan will outline their goals and identify the steps necessary to reach these goals.

El Corozo, through a democratic process that included the opinions and votes of over 75 adults in the community, has decided to focus on:

  • Transportation: Build a year-round road because travel in and out of the community enhances every aspect of their lives including access to healthcare, getting products to market, high school students getting to school, young adults traveling to the University and more!
  • Education: Improve the quality of education for the children; creating a library that will promote reading and provide resources to students and the general population; and provide educational opportunities for all generations.
  • Health: Improve the conditions in the community that most impact the quality of health in children.
  • Water: Provide access to potable water for all families.
  • Governance: Provide information and training so that the people of El Corozo acquire the tools needed to reach their goals.

Your visit to Nicaragua will include time in the community of El Corozo, listening to the community as they present to the District their strategic plan for reaching these goals.

  • It is important that the people of El Corozo meet and dialog with Rotarians from the district beyond the steering committee.
  • What you learn and report from meeting with El Corozo will enhance the District's ability to work with the community.
  • El Corozo needs your direct participation, your skills and knowledge, your affirmation, enthusiasm and your ideas. And quite frankly, so does the District!

The trip will also include visits to local non profits we expect to partner with as we work with El Corozo to meet their goals. We will also make sure there will be cultural events, fun and even some time to relax.

Please consider being a part of the first cultural delegation to enter your partner community!

WE NEED YOU! YOUR SKILLS! YOUR LISTENING EARS! YOUR COMMITMENT WILL HELP MAKE THIS DREAM A REALITY!

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Rotary Board Meeting this Wednesday evening

Posted by Cherie Burke on Jul 21, 2013
Just a reminder that there will be a Rotary Board Meeting this Wednesday at 4:45pm.  It will be held at Altra Federal Credit Union at 526 Orrin St. (just off Highway 61 near HyVee).
Rotary Board Meeting this Wednesday evening Cherie Burke 2013-07-22 00:00:00Z 0

Year in Review

Posted by Randy Domeyer on Jul 14, 2013

You did such a great job last year that I decided to summarize the activities and say thanks to the many members that did so much! 

What did you accomplish:

1.     You completed a visioning process and a long range plan with 5 long term goals:

a.     You agreed to sponsor a bike tour as second major fund raiser for the club and this will be held on Sept 21 thanks to the planning of Mike, Cherie and the rest of the committee.

b.     You agreed to do quarterly clean up projects to expand on Lake Winona clean up and have held 2 so far. Thanks to Dave W, Lance and others

c.      You agreed to increase club membership by a net increase of 4 members every year– we have had 10 new members join us and are at a net 4 with one more that was effective July 1, 2013. Special thanks to Diane A and her committee. Diane has done a great job with her recruitment team and has been recognized for this by being asked to be a presenter at 2 district conferences on membership recruiting.  And retaining new members is also very important and thanks to Denny and the other mentors for their efforts in this area.

d.     You agreed to increase your  contributions to the Rotary Foundation – due to a time lag to get the final reports I don’t have the exact numbers but you are very close if not at 50% of members making a contribution, your dollar donations  are significantly above our prior level, and you have 13-14 sustaining members vs. 6 in prior year. Great job to all of you in this area.

e.     You agreed to increase awareness of Rotary in the community –the mindfulness piece of the 3 M’s. You have had more pictures in paper, replaced signs by the bike path bridge and Huff Street club signing, been in GV Days parade and many other items. Thanks to Terry K and others for this.

Other things you have done include:

2.     The new members have selected Little Free Library as a new project for our club

3.     You coordinated repacking over 100,000 meals for FMSC with the next packing day in October

4.     You hosted an exchange student and will be hosting 2 next year – thanks to Eric and Teri S for being our exchange program volunteers. After hosting a student I now know how much effort goes into coordinating this project.

5.     You increased the number of social events  - we had a golf outing, we went to a WSU BB game, we had a 90th anniversary social, and we had a picnic on a rainy day. Thanks to Mike B and Cherie and others on the social CM

6.     You continued to promote literacy with several ongoing projects  - special thanks to Donna Helble for this.

7.     You redid our bylaws and constitution – by far the most exciting thing accomplished this year.  – thanks to Bob D, Bob W, JC and Mark P for stepping up to take on this project.

8.     You hosted a successful Shadow Program - Thanks Donna and committee

9.     You gave out dictionaries to all 3rd graders – thanks Rod Baker and Roger Metz

10.   You donated $3,000 to various community and youth projects.

11.   And all of this led to you earning the Presidential Citation, one of only 7 clubs out of 56 in our district to earn this award. You truly had a great and busy year!

 

And I know I take the risk of missing someone but I want to say thanks to various people in addition to the ones I have already mentioned.

1.     JC – our numbers guy that spends more hours than anyone realizes taking care of our finances. Great job JC.

2.     Cherie – great job as secretary, another job with countless unseen hours to keep our records up to date.

3.     Autumn – our newsletter guru that keeps everyone informed on what is going on and also for coordinating some changes to our website.

4.     Ron Dreas – who has been Sargeant at Arms for so many years that no one knows how long. Ron sets up and takes down for every meeting with very few absences.

5.     Teri Sim and Kathy R –the  program co-chairs for the year. Great job and it was a relief to have that piece of the meeting always go smoothly.

6.     Pat and Nick – for leading the “Rotary Choir” every week.

7.     Autumn, Terri S, Cherie, Julie, Kathy and the rest of the Rose sale committee for coordinating our major fundraiser of the year. That’s what let’s us do so many of our projects.

I know many other people have done things for our club and to all those I didn’t specifically name, I also want to say thank you. The many things accomplished by our club would not be possible without the support of all of you.

And a special thank to our one outgoing board member – Dave Wickstrom. Dave has been on the board for 4 years and has provided great insight and feedback for the board. I could always count on Dave to remind me about bringing treats for the board meetings, but more importantly Dave was always willing to provide input on the various items that would come to the board. Thank you Dave.

Again, a special thank you to everyone for making your Rotary club soon of the best!

Year in Review Randy Domeyer 2013-07-15 00:00:00Z 0

Community Contributions

Posted by Randy Domeyer on Jul 13, 2013

Each year, our club donates to various community organizations. Over the past year, we made the following contributions:

$250    Misato Cultural Exchange

$500    Red Cross - toward purchase of a van

$250    Big Brothers Big Sisters Art Auction

$250    Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowl for Kids Sake

$250    Camp Winnebago

$250    Catholic Youth Camp - Operation Purple

$250    Hiawatha Valley Education District - Young Writers Conference

$250    Shelter Box USA

$250    YMCA - Partner With youth

$250    YMCA - Camp Olson

Special thanks to Beth Moe and the committee that selected the organizations to receive the donations.

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Passing of the Gavel

Posted by Autumn Herber on Jul 07, 2013
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Last week Randy Domeyer gave a recap of his year as president and highlighted all we did as a club.  A big thank you to Randy for leading our club this past year.  And now the gavel has been passed to Cherie Burke.  We start this new Rotary year with the theme Engage Rotary, Change Lives.
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Passing of the Gavel

Posted by Autumn Herber on Jun 30, 2013
Make sure to join us this week for the Passing of the Gavel.  Let's congratulate and thank Randy for a great year and welcome Cherie to the presidency.
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Governor Joe Kovarik Farewell Message

Posted by Autumn Herber on Jun 30, 2013

Members-Money-Mindfulness: An Introspective Retrospective

Members. When you serve as Governor, it becomes obvious that you cannot run the office alone—nor should you try. Instead, you count on others—like each of you--to competently and confidently help carry the load.

IF…you are among the 2,996 Rotarians (yeah, I know, just 4 short of 3000) living the Rotary Good Life of serving others while having fun, let me say, thank you.

IF…you are currently a club officer, board member, or committee chair, I congratulate you for all the services you perform in our cities and rural areas of Minnesota and Wisconsin.

IF…you serve in a District managerial, coordination, or consulting role, accept my profound thanks for your assistance.

IF…you are one of nearly 840 Rotarians listed in the 2012-2013 District Directory, know that I appreciate your active support in all aspects of 5960’s operations.

Money. It’s the means for us to “increase humanitarian service.” With your generous donations, we, as Rotarians, provide sustainable, life-enhancing services for people locally and globally.

IF…you are among the clubs who sponsored 22 Rotary Foundation Global and District Grants this year, I am thankful of your work and munificence. The books are almost closed on the diversified grants which exhibit our pursuit of Peace Through Service. A final report will be available in the next few weeks.

IF…you planned and conducted the innumerable projects and successful fundraisers for your own local clubs, you have my thanks.

IF…you contributed to the Annual Program Fund, in behalf of the sometimes known, but mostly unknown beneficiaries, I want to say, thank you. Collectively, you pledged $268,145, and gave $311,592. That’s a district-wide per capita giving of over $104.

IF…you believe we must fully eradicate polio—after all, we are “this close”—I and many young children are appreciative of your $68,075. And, the money is still coming in.

IF…you are supportive of the developmental process in Nicaragua, my thanks to you. Our district activity there continues because of your Fast For Hope contributions of $31,182.

Mindfulness. It’s really OK to conduct our Rotary version of “show & tell”. Service Above Self, The 4-Way Test, Club Mission Statements—all convey our values. The actions and programs derived from those beliefs are worth announcing to the world.

IF…you are a faithful “Walking Billboard” for Rotary who wears a Rotary pin on a daily basis, I say, congratulations. The LOGO sets you apart—you’re a strong, special, global cadre of 1,215,679 people seeking to do good in this world.

IF…you are a persistent “Talking Billboard,” I am gratified. Inevitably, you will be asked, “What is Rotary?” Let your initial response be a self-assured, “Best decision I ever made.” Let that be the start of your persuasive exchange.

IF…you are a resolute “Rolling Billboard,” thank you for all those visual “impressions” you are making on the public. License plate frames, window decals, bumper stickers—(frankly, I don’t much like the “bumper stickers” either)—these things signal your membership in one of 34,380 clubs throughout the world.

IF…you are a loyal “Waving Billboard,” I salute you. When the Rotary flag in flown at your home or place of business, others will know you are a proud member of an organization operating in over 200 countries and territories.

And, Paul Harris blessings be upon you if you do all of the above. You are evidently a spirited proponent of ERED. You clearly advocate Every Rotarian Every Day.

Atten-hut…Snap That Collar

Finally, stand in front of the mirror tomorrow and be ready for two things (after you floss, of course). First, ask: “Mirror, Mirror, On the Wall, Who’s the Best Rotarian of All?” The answer should be obvious.

Second, “snap your collar.” (Recall the exercise?) Thinking of your club and its members, grab the ends of the collar on your shirt or blouse.” Face the person in the mirror and snap the collar three times, proclaiming with each snap, “Darn we’re good, and we’re gonna’ get better!”

Color me grateful. Thank you for 2012-2013. See you ‘round the territory.

--Joe K.

Joseph J. Kovarik
Governor 2012-2013
District 5960--Rotary International

Governor Joe Kovarik Farewell Message Autumn Herber 2013-07-01 00:00:00Z 0

Downtown Clean-up Thank You

Posted by Autumn Herber on Jun 30, 2013
A big thank you to everyone who helped with the Downtown Clean-up Project.  It was a great job done and a lot of fun.  Watch for future clean up projects in the fall.
Downtown Clean-up Thank You Autumn Herber 2013-07-01 00:00:00Z 0

Year End Wrap Up

Posted by Randy Domeyer on Jun 30, 2013

As we year have all probably said before - where did the year go?

You have accomplished so much in the past year that I can't list everything. It has been a plaesure serving as your club president and getting to know all of you better. In the process I have learned a lot more about Rotary and Service Above Self.

Thank you to all of you for your support and involvement. You truly are a great club!

Year End Wrap Up Randy Domeyer 2013-07-01 00:00:00Z 0

Downtown Clean-up Project Tuesday Night

Posted by David Wickstrom on Jun 23, 2013
Hope you can all make it Tuesday evening as Rotary cleans up our downtown after Steamboat Days.  We will meet in the parking lot in back of the theaters at 5:30 pm on Tuesday June 25th.  The plan is to clean for about 2 hours and then have a Dutch treat dinner afterwards at a downtown restaurant.  Please bring your significant other if you can.  Hope you can join us as we clean-up downtown.  Any questions please contact Dave Wickstrom.
Downtown Clean-up Project Tuesday Night David Wickstrom 2013-06-24 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary Foundation

Posted by Randy Domeyer on Jun 02, 2013

The Rotary Foundation has earned an A+ rating from the American Institute of Philanthropy, a top rating of 4 stars from Charity navigator and full accreditation from the Wise Giving Alliance of the Better Business Bureau.

Great news to support the EREY goal of Every Rotarian Every Year making a contribution to the Rotary Foundation.

Rotary Foundation Randy Domeyer 2013-06-03 00:00:00Z 0

Presidential Citation

Posted by Randy Domeyer on Jun 02, 2013

I am pleased to announce that our club has earned a Presidential Citation Award. The criteria to earn this prestigious award included:

Enhance the Club's Public Image

Strengthen our Club

Increase our Service

Thanks to everyone for your help in these areas!

District Governor Kavarik will be at our meeting on June 5 to present this award to our club. Governor Kavarik's theme for this year is the 3 M's - Money , Members and Mindfulness. The Mindfulness ties in directly with one of the categories in the Presidential Citation. The intent is to promote Rotary by proudly wearing attire, pins or other items with the Rotary name or emblem. To recognize our support for this area - I request that on June 5 all members wear whatever attire, pins or other items you have to show our club's commitment to this area. The Governor has also encouraged members that attend district meetings to wear vests to show that they are fully "vested" in Rotary. So if you have a vest - please wear it!

Thanks again for all that you do for Rotary!

 

Presidential Citation Randy Domeyer 2013-06-03 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary Student of the Month Scholarship Program

Posted by Felix Adekola on May 29, 2013

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Rotary Student of the Month

 Scholarship Program

Winona Rotary is starting a new Student of the Month Scholarship Program. We will select nine applicants to be our student of the month throughout the school year, highlighting one student each month. The applicant must be a high school senior from the Winona area. The student selected each month will be notified by mail. That student and his/her parents/guardians or school counselor will be invited to attend a Rotary meeting in the month for which they are chosen. The student will have the opportunity to give a short talk about themselves and his/her plans for the future.

Rotary Student of the Month Scholarship Program Felix Adekola 2013-05-30 00:00:00Z 0

Turn in Expenses to be Reimbursed

Posted by Autumn Herber on May 26, 2013
Just a reminder if you have any expenses that need to be reimbursed from any projects or committees, please have them turned in to JC by June 15th in order to have them paid this Rotary year.
Turn in Expenses to be Reimbursed Autumn Herber 2013-05-27 00:00:00Z 0

Meet New Member Pamela Gnagy

Posted by Autumn Herber on May 26, 2013
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Pamela Gnagy moved to Winona in February of 2012 to answer a call to become Designated Pastor of Grace Presbyterian Church.  Pam was born in Pittsburgh, PA and has lived most of her adult life in Upstate New York, between Syracuse and Cooperstown.  However, she lived in Wisconsin as a child, spending her elementary school years in Milwaukee and her middle school years in Clinton, WI, so she says moving to Minnesota feels like moving back home to the Midwest!  Becoming a pastor is a second career for Pam; for nearly twenty-five years she was co-owner of a True Value retail hardware store.  She did all the bookkeeping and was responsible for learning all the computer software for the business and training personnel.  Pam also served as a part-time organist/choir director for about ten years.  After receiving a call to ministry, Pam entered Columbia Theological Seminary and graduated in 2010.  She did an internship as a chaplain following graduation and continued volunteering as an assistant chaplain at Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse, NY until being called to Winona.  Pam has one son, Rob, who practices family medicine in Penn Yan, New York.  Rob and his wife, Rachel, have one daughter, Ada Elizabeth, who was just born on April 5.  Pam is now learning the joys of being a grandparent!  Pam enjoys reading, music, and riding her bicycle.  She is also enjoying learning more about Winona and getting to know more of the wonderful people who live and work here!

Please welcome Pam Gnagy to Winona Rotary!

Meet New Member Pamela Gnagy Autumn Herber 2013-05-27 00:00:00Z 0

Little Free Library

Posted by Kathryn Rollinger on May 19, 2013

The new member project committee has chosen to promote literacy and the love of reading by building and maintaining free book exchanges in our community called the Little Free Library.  Visit the website www.littlefreelibrary.org for more information about the project.

We are asking for Rotarians that may be interested in helping with this project in two different ways: 

1) Building a Little Library (building plans are provided) - Keith Holmquist

     Rotary will reimburse members for the materials used to build.

2) Being a library steward (providing a location and tending to the book supply) - Donna Helble

 

If you are interested in helping with this project in either capacity, please contact anyone on the new member project committee.

 

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Lake Clean-up

Posted by Autumn Herber on May 19, 2013
Thank you to everyone who helped with the Lake Clean-up last week.  It was a great success!  Not only were we able to help clean up the lake, it also served as a fun social event.  A big thank you to Dave Wickstrom and his committee for organizing this service project.
Lake Clean-up Autumn Herber 2013-05-20 00:00:00Z 0

Camp RYLA

Posted by Autumn Herber on May 12, 2013
Winona had two students attending Camp RYLA last month, near Hudson, WI, on the St. Croix River.  Nearly 85 students, representing about 45 high schools in District 5960, were present.  The camp has an emphasis on problem solving, teamwork, and interaction with outstanding students and volunteer counselors.  The goal is to help young people develop their leadership abilities and self-confidence to the fullest.
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Installation of Rotary District Governor

Posted by Autumn Herber on May 12, 2013

Come and join District 5960 Rotarians in celebrating the Installation of District Governor for the year 2013-14, Gary Campbell, on Tuesday, June 11, 5:30 – 8:00pm, at the Main Street Stage, also known as the Lyric Arts Theatre in lovely downtown Anoka.

The Playbill for the evening will be a three act performance that will include:

· Act One – Refreshments and light dinner provided by Acapulco Restaurant.

Special appearance of Rotary Founder, Paul Harris, as brought to you by J.P. Barone.

· Act Two – Outgoing Governor’s comments; Incoming Governor’s comments; Changing of the Banner and special recognition of 100th Governor.

· Act Three – Tribute to John Deir and recognition of Rotarian dignitaries present.

Reservations can be made through EventBrite at www.eventbrite.com/event/5998067381. Tickets are $30 per person which includes a refreshment and food.

Please join the members of the Anoka Rotary Club and all Clubs in District 5960 in welcoming our new Governor, Gary Campbell.

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Meet New Member Felix Adekola

Posted by Autumn Herber on May 05, 2013
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Felix Adekola was born in Lagos, Nigeria.  In 1995, his family moved to Canada.  It was truly a “cold shock”.  He remembers stepping out of the airport and immediately running back inside.  After graduating from Dalhousie University, NS, Canada with a Bachelor of Engineering, he accepted an engineering position with Celestica, a multinational electronics manufacturing company based in Toronto. He worked on several radio frequency projects. In 2005, he moved to Winona and joined Benchmark Electonics as a Senior Test Development Engineer.  In his role, he leads several challenging test developments for medical products, and is directly involved in improving test solution qualities and efficiencies.

Felix and his wife are blessed with a son, age 4, and a daughter, age 2. They also have 3 African Cichlids and 1 rainbow shark.  He enjoys traveling and meeting new people. In fact, his job has allowed him to satisfy his wanderlust without worrying about travel costs and vacation days. He has had wonderful opportunities to travel on business to places like Thailand, Mexico, Dublin, and Almelo Netherlands. Other interests include weight lifting, running, playing racquet ball, and security analysis using both technical and fundamental strategies.

Felix is happy to finally be a Rotarian. His father-in-law, who lives in Kampala, Uganda has been a Rotarian for more than 20 years. The last time he visited Uganda, he was moved by the pig farm project spearheaded under the Rotary umbrella.  The project has changed so many lives. The income from the project not only built schools but also helped to pay tuition.

Please welcome Felix Adekola to Winona Rotary!

Meet New Member Felix Adekola Autumn Herber 2013-05-06 00:00:00Z 0

Fast For Hope Fall Cultural Delegation

Posted by Autumn Herber on Apr 28, 2013

Announcing the 2013 Fall Fast for Hope Delegation to Nicaragua, September 14th thru September 23, 2013.

If you have you always wanted to be part of a Rotary Delegation to a foreign country, but don’t have the time to be part of a GSE Team? The Fast for Hope Cultural Delegation to Nicaragua from September 14th thru September 23rd, 2013 could be the answer.

Reasons for being part of this delegation include:

· You will learn about the culture and history of Nicaragua.

· You will meet some amazing people, who will welcome you. These are people who live in extreme poverty, yet they live life with joy and happiness.

· Your life will be changed.

· This is one of a limited number of opportunities through our district to visit a developing country.

· The community of El Corozo has accepted our invitation to be part of this initiative. We are beginning the process of assisting the community in identifying their specific needs and the solutions. The delegation will visit El Corozo and participate in the process.

· You can share this experience with your child/relative who is 14 years of age or older as well as a spouse or adult friend.

· The team will be led by Bev Driscoll of the Stillwater Club , who has made multiple trips to Nicaragua and you will be guided by the experienced team, Escuela AKF.

The delegation will be capped at approximately 12 so early application is encouraged. More information and an application form are available on the Fast for Hope link on the District website www.rotary5960.org.

Fast For Hope Fall Cultural Delegation Autumn Herber 2013-04-29 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary Rally with the Minnesota Twins

Posted by Autumn Herber on Apr 21, 2013
Fellow Rotary Twins’ Fans!

Our Rotary District has teamed up with the Minnesota Twins to 1) promote Rotary and the good work we are doing in our communities and 2) to raise funds for PolioPlus to make sure we complete our mission to eradicate polio. We have invited Districts 5950, 5970 and 6000 to join us for this exciting event.

What: Minnesota Twins vs. Houston Astros 
Where: Target Field-Minneapolis 
Date: August 3, 2013
Game Time: 6:10 P.M.
Tickets Available: 100 Field Box Seats @ $50
                          900 Home View Seats @ $35 
Our goal is to sell 1,000 tickets!

For more information visit the District website www.rotary 5960.org or talk to Randy or Cherie for registration information.  Tickets may be ordered through ONLINE REGISTRATION with a credit card. You will need the Account Name (future) and the Password (yourhands). 
 
Order Deadline is July 2 and Tickets will be mailed after July 25 and more details for the day will be included.

Order early! Tickets will go fast. We hope to see you at the game with all of your Rotary pins and hats. Let's make this a Rotary day to remember.
Rotary Rally with the Minnesota Twins Autumn Herber 2013-04-22 00:00:00Z 0

Last Week's Program

Posted by Autumn Herber on Apr 21, 2013
Last week our program was "The Hatching of the International Owl Center".  We had the opportunity to learn about the Houston Nature Center which was built in 2001 and meet Alice the Great Horned Owl.  Alice, who has a wing span of 5 ft, was injuried when she fell out of her nest as a young owl.  Since she was no longer able to live in the wild, she had to "get a job" as an educational bird.  The Houston Nature Center hosts the International Owl Festival and features the World Owl Hall of Fame.  They are currently in the initial phases of starting the International Owl Center which will incorporate the current Nature Center, Owl Hall of Fame, Great Horned Owl Breading Project and have a natural playground.   We also learned that our presenter, Karla Bloem, is the World Authority of Great Horned Owl vocalization. 
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Rotary District Conference

Posted by Autumn Herber on Apr 21, 2013
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Six members from Winona attended the Rotary 5960 District Conference.  We celebrated Peace Through Service with outstanding keynote speakers, dynamic breakout sessions and an opportunity to pack meals for Feed My Starving Children.  Our Youth Exchange students also hosted a Country Fair so we could learn more about the countries each exchange student in the district represented.  Mark your calendars for next year's conference April 24-26th.
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Rotary Readers

Posted by Autumn Herber on Apr 21, 2013
This week is Rotary Readers. Make sure to pick up books from Donna for those of you who have adapted a classroom or are interested in reading in our schools.  Feel free to contact Donna if you have any questions.
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Club Survey Results

Posted by Cherie Burke on Apr 16, 2013

Survey Results

Location

Not good 6.98% - Ok but would like to see improvements 60.47% - Great I love it 32.56

Food

Not good 16.67%   - Ok but would like to see improvements 57.14% -Great I love it 26.9% 

 

Atmosphere

Not good 19.05% - Ok but would like to see improvements 69.05% - Great I love it -11.90%

Comments same locations comments

 

Move to Signatures:   Yes 52% No 48%

Would distance be an issue for you?   Yes:  31% No 69%

 

Programs Value – Yes 100%

Receiving of information, staying connected and know what is happening in the club:

Why did you join and what makes you stay? 

4 way test – the members – wanted to join an organization and do good work – great purpose & great people - fellowship – networking – to serve locally and globally with fellow area business people – I have made a lot of friends over past several years – focus on youth – service above self and interaction with like minded people – to serve others and meet other in our community - I joined because I was Invited and I stay because we are an active club – to give back to the Winona area.

What do you want to see in next 12 months?

More fundraising effort so we can give more – start meeting at 12:15 – increase membership especially younger folks – stick to clubs vision – more involvement from all members - More fellowship – More socials – Keep up with all the great projects we are working on – stay the course with the expansion of community programs - add 10 new members to make us a stronger club - expand membership and service opportunities - Would like to see better publicity -  programs that WOW the membership -  Growth in membership

 

 

 

More dicussion will take place next wednesday - Please feel free to contact me directly with any questions, comments or concerns. - Cherie Burke

 
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Articles needed for weekly E-bulletin

Posted by Autumn Herber on Apr 14, 2013
Do you have an article you would like to have included in an upcoming weekly Rotary newsletter?  Maybe a committee update or announcement on an upcoming Rotary project? Please email articles to aherber@charter.net by 8pm on Monday evening to be included in that week's Rotary E-bulletin.  Submissions would be greatly appreciated.  Thank you!
Articles needed for weekly E-bulletin Autumn Herber 2013-04-15 00:00:00Z 0

Host Families Needed for 2013-2014 Youth Exchange Students

Posted by Eric Johnsrud on Apr 14, 2013
Our club will be hosting two Youth Exchange Students next year.  One student will be from Belguim and one from Italy.  We will need 6 host families for the coming year.  If we do not find enough Rotarian families to host, we will be reaching out to other families from the Winona area. Winona Rotarians have the first option of hosting students.  After April 30th we will open applications to host up to the community. This does not mean Rotarians could not apply later, just that there may not be slots available as time passes.

If you want information on the students or being a host family, let Eric Johnsrud know. To apply to be a host family, contact Eric for the necessary forms. Please note that, due to Federal requirements, there are a few forms to fill out and there will be an in-home interview before a family can be approved.

In addition, each student will need a counselor. The counselor is a person that the student can be in contact with to discuss issues that may arise. If you are interested or would like more information on being a counselor, let Eric know as well.

We are looking forward to an exciting year with our new students.

Host Families Needed for 2013-2014 Youth Exchange Students Eric Johnsrud 2013-04-15 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary District Conference

Posted by Autumn Herber on Apr 14, 2013
The Rotary District Conference is being held this week, April 19-20th in St. Paul. 

We have 6 members from our club who will be attending all or part of the conference.  It will be a great opportunity to network with Rotarians from throughout District 5960 and to to hear dynamic keynote speakers.

Stay tuned for an update after the conference.

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Greeter Schedule

Posted by Autumn Herber on Apr 14, 2013
The role of the Greeter for our Club is to come to the assigned Wednesday Noon Meeting by approximately 11:50 a.m. and be present at our welcome table by the front door to welcome all Rotarians, but especially our new members.

Below is the schedule for the next several months. If you have any questions please contact Denny Theede.

April 17 - Denny Theede

April 24 - Mark Patterson

May 1 - Donna Helble

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Thought for the Week

Posted by Randy Domeyer on Apr 14, 2013

Today will never come again, so:

     Be a blessing

     Be a friend

     Encourage someone

     Take time to care

     Let your words heal, and not wound.

 

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Meet New Member Erik Thompson

Posted by Autumn Herber on Apr 07, 2013
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Erik Thompson was born and raised in Winona.  The son of Walter and the late Mary Thompson, he has an older sister Rosie and a younger brother Kirk.  His family grew when his father married Darlene and he gained 2 step brothers and 2 step sisters.

 

At the age of 5, he picked up his first golf club.  When he was 10 years old, he played in his first golf tournament and has continued with this sport throughout his life.  He played competitively in high school, was part of the 1984 State Championship golf team, and eventually obtained a golf scholarship to play with the Gophers at the University of Minnesota, which he did for 3 years.  He was fortunate to finish his collegiate golf career his senior year at Winona State University, playing on the team with his brother and Brian Paulson and going to the NAIA National Championship tournament.

 

In 1994, Erik married his high school sweetheart, Mari, and they have made their home in Winona.  They are members of Central Lutheran Church.

 

Erik began his career with W&C Printing twenty one years ago working with the Trainor family.  Last year they joined forces with Inland Marketing Services and formed a joint company called InTech, where he continues to work as a National Solutions Provider. 

 

As a member of the Warrior Club Board of Directors, Erik is committed to raising money for WSU athletics.  He is proud to become a member of the Winona Rotary Club. His main interests include physical fitness, working out at the YMCA, biking, bowling, golfing and cooking alongside his wife in the kitchen.

 

Please welcome Erik Thompson to Winona Rotary!

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Rotary Club Radio

Posted by Autumn Herber on Apr 07, 2013
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Rotary Club Radio will be broadcasting live on Wednesday, April 10th at 10am at www.RotaryClubRadio.com.  The 2013 Group Study Exchange (GSE) Team from the Czech Republic and Slovakia will be introduced. This is a great opportunity to learn more about the team, their experiences in the United States, and what a GSE team is all about.  Watch live on Wednesday morning!
Rotary Club Radio Autumn Herber 2013-04-08 00:00:00Z 0

Emilia's Trip to Hawaii

Posted by Randy Domeyer on Apr 07, 2013

Emilia will be taking a trip to Hawaii from April 10 to April 18. We are looking for anyone that may be going to the cities on her return date.

She arrives back in Mpls on April 18 at 1:54 pm.

If anyone is going to the cities around that time, please let me know.

Thanks,

Randy Domeyer

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SAVE THE DATE

Posted by Cherie Burke on Apr 04, 2013

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 21ST 2013

This is the date for the 1st annual " Ride the Ridges" Bike Tour

We will need EVERY ROTARIAN to volunteer in order to make this a successful event.

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Membership Anniversaries

Posted by Autumn Herber on Mar 31, 2013

April Membership Anniversaries

Kelly Stayton    1 year

Erica Jerowski  1 year

      Bob Deter    2 years

Mark Patterson   11 years

 Autumn Herber   13 years

  Gabe Manrique  17 years

 

We are glad you joined us!!!

This information is from our membership data.  If there are arrors, please let us know.

 

 

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Birthdays!

Posted by Autumn Herber on Mar 31, 2013

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

  Judy Bodway      April 4

Kathy Rollinger   April 4

     Rand Gettler      April 10

  Terry Klonecki     April 14

 Randy Domeyer     April 16

  Wade Davick        April 19

  Rich McCluer      April 25

  Brad Wolner       April 27

     Pete Roehl         April 29

 

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Meeting Survey

Posted by Cherie Burke on Mar 24, 2013

If you have not already done so, please complete a short survey regarding our Rotary meetings.  Please be honest as your feedback is very important.  The survey is being conducted through Survey Monkey.

Click on the below link or copy and paste it into your browser.

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/5BHVPY7

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Club Runner sponsors

Posted by Randy Domeyer on Mar 24, 2013

Thank you to the following individuals and businesses that have agreed to sponsor Clubrunner for the next year. They are Formgraphics,  Merchants Bank, Altra, Dr. William Davis on behalf of Winona Health and Mark Neville on behalf of St. Mary's University.  Thank you!!

Randy Domeyer

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Board Meeting This Week

Posted by Randy Domeyer on Mar 24, 2013
Just a reminder that the Rotary Board Meeting will be held this Wednesday, March 27th at 4:45pm in the Merchants Bank Board Room.
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Exchange Student for 2013-2014

Posted by Randy Domeyer on Mar 24, 2013

Winona Rotary to Host Student from Belgium

 

The Winona Rotary Club has been notified that we will be hosting a student from Belgium for the 2013-14 school year.  More information on the student will be forthcoming.  If you are interested in serving as a host family for this student, please contact Eric Johnsrud. 

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Meet New Member Dr. William Davis

Posted by Autumn Herber on Mar 17, 2013
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Bill Davis was born in Moline IL and grew up in in Rockford IL.  His first hobby was Amateur Radio, getting his Novice license while in 7th grade.  It provided him the opportunity to communicate with other hams worldwide and have a chance to build lots of neat electronic gadgets.  He was also heavily involved in Boy Scouts and Explorer Scouts.  So you have the picture: a kid living in his basement, involved in amateur radio and rarely dating; a nerd!  Bill graduated from Luther College in Decorah IA in 1962.  With majors in math and Greek, he then graduated from Luther Theological Seminary in St Paul in 1967, and from medical school and family medicine residency training at the University of Minnesota in 1974.  He spent 2 years in the Navy at Orlando at the end of the Vietnam War before moving to Winona in 1976.  Dr. Davis have been on the staff of Winona Health for over 35 years.

In addition to his teaching and practice of Family Medicine, he developed an interest in electronic medical records and had the first fully functional EMR in Minnesota starting in 1987.  Dr. Davis currently works full time at Winona Health doing office practice 3/4ths of the time and ¼th helping promote the EMR with his colleagues.  In addition to serving as the Chief Medical Information Officer at WH, he also serves as the chairman of the Medical Ethics Committee.  He is active in Central Lutheran Church and has been a member of the Junto Club and the Roundtable Investment Club for 34 years.  Junto Club members present a paper once a year.  His investment club has perfected the art of buying high and selling low.

Other interests and hobbies include: amateur radio, learning to create web sites, working with computer programing, riding my recumbent bicycle, and trying to relearn playing the guitar and reading Greek.

Welcome to Rotary Bill Davis!

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Club Runner sponsors

Posted by Randy Domeyer on Mar 17, 2013

Thank you to the following individuals and businesses that have agreed to sponsor Clubrunner for the next year. They are Formgraphics,  Merchants Bank, Altra, Dr. William Davis on behalf of Winona Health and Mark N eville on behalf of St. Mary's University.  Thank you!!

Randy Domeyer

Club Runner sponsors Randy Domeyer 2013-03-18 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary at Work T-shirts

Posted by Cherie Burke on Mar 12, 2013
We will be ordering Rotary at Work T-shirts in the next few weeks. Please let Cherie Burke Know how what size and if you would like short or long sleeves.  Our fellow Rotarian Terry Klonecki at Formgraphics will be printing these for us. prices will be less than what I quoted last week. We are looking at 14.00 for a short sleeve and 16.00 for a long sleeve. Terry doe have a few sizes in stock now.  (Large and XL and 2 girls Lg) You can email me at cherieb@hbci.com with the size and number of shirts you would like.
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Cultural Delegation to Nicaragua

Posted by Autumn Herber on Mar 03, 2013

Just a reminder that the Rotary District cultural delegation to Nicaragua is April 26th thru May 5th. The Fast for Hope Steering Committee has just returned from Nicaragua with exciting news and two special reasons to join this delegation:

 1. As a result of our presence in Nicaragua, a new Rotary Club has been formed in Cuidad Sandino. Cuidad Sandino is a very poor, but vibrant community, near Managua. The club has encountered certain class issues in Nicaragua in getting chartered but with the help of our River Falls Club, which agreed to be their sponsor, they are now chartered by Rotary International and the Cultural Delegation will be attending their Charter Night. There is no better way to show support for Rotary and support for a club that deeply believes in “Service Above Self” than to be part of the delegation and to attend their Charter Night.

2. The community of El Corozo has accepted our invitation to be part of this initiative. We are beginning the process of assisting the community in identifying their specific needs and the solutions. The delegation will visit El Corozo and participate in the process.

For more information visit www.rotary5960.org or contact Dave Newman at dave@bancorgroup.com.

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Meeting at Signatures this week!!!!

Posted by Autumn Herber on Feb 24, 2013
Don't forget we will be having our Rotary meetings at Signature's the entire month of February and first week of March.  Westfield is closed for the month. 
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Newest Paul Harris Fellow

Posted by Randy Domeyer on Feb 23, 2013
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The Board of Directors decided to use our club points and award a Paul Harris Fellow to Ron Dreas. Ron has been Sargeant of Arms for 17 years, and has coordinated the Student of the Week, Camp RYLA and Camp Enterprose program for about 15 years. This prestigious award was presented to Ron at the 90th Anniversary PARTY. Please join me in congratulating Ron Dreas!
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90th Anniversay Social Party

Posted by Randy Domeyer on Feb 23, 2013

Special thank you to Cherie Burke and Mike Bernatz for organizing the 90th Anniversary Social Party for us last week. A great time was had by all!

We recognized the 10 most tenured members of our club. They are:

31 years     Dave White

32 years     Mike Bernatz

34 years      Roger Metz

35 years      Don Koigh

36 years       Ron Dreas

36 years       Tim McBeth

37 years       Chuck Shepard

45 years       Pete Roehl

49 years      Bill Doerer

49 years      O.J. Fawcett

We also recognized the 23 past presidents that are also current members of our club.

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No Noon Meeting This Week!

Posted by Cherie Burke on Feb 17, 2013
Please remember there is no meeting at Noon this week.  We will meet for our social instead from 6 -8:30pm on Wednesday at Signatures. It is not to late to sign up.  Simply email or call Cherie.
No Noon Meeting This Week! Cherie Burke 2013-02-18 00:00:00Z 0

Propsed Officers and Board members for 2013-2014 Rotary Year

Posted by Cherie Burke on Feb 17, 2013

2013-2014 Officers and Board members 

 

President  Cherie Burke 
President-Elect  Lance Duellman
President- Elect Nominee   Terry Kloenecki
Secretary      Kathy Rollinger
Treasurer  J.C. Pfieffer

 


Board Members

 

Randy Domeyer
Autumn Herber
David Wickstrom
Denny Theede
Rick Iglesias
David Bonk
Brad Bullard
Jim Conway
Bob Deter
Bob Williams
                                    
Propsed Officers and Board members for 2013-2014 Rotary Year Cherie Burke 2013-02-18 00:00:00Z 0

Winona Rotary Club 90th Anniversary

Posted by Cherie Burke on Feb 17, 2013

Happy Anniversary Winona Rotary Club!

On Wednesday February 20th, 2013 the Winona Rotary Club will have an evening social at Signatures to celebrate 90 years of with Rotary as a club.

Please come and join us in the ballroom from 6:00 pm to 8:30 for Hors d' oeurves and beverages. Spouses and guests are welcome!

Please bring any pictures or memorabilia to display at the event.

You can email Cherie Burke at cherieb@hbci.com to R.S.V.P if you have not already signed up.

Winona Rotary Club 90th Anniversary Cherie Burke 2013-02-18 00:00:00Z 0

Fireside Chat

Posted by Randy Domeyer on Feb 16, 2013
There will be a Fireside Chat on Thursday, February 21, from 4-5:15 and will be hosted by Randy Domeyer. The address is 8820 Leesher Drive, Minnesota City  All are invited  to attend  and welcome our newest members! Any existing members that would like a "refresher"  fireside chat are welcome! E-mail me or call me at 429-5418 if you need directions.
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Cultural Exchange to Nicaragua

Posted by Randy Domeyer on Feb 10, 2013

The District 5960 Fast for Hope and Cultural Exchange to Nicaragua will be held April 26th - May 5th, 2013.  District 5960 Rotarians, Rotaractors, their spouses, significant others and friends are welcome to apply.

The purpose of the Cultural Exchange is to learn about the culture and history of Nicaragua, to get acquainted with the people, to learn about sustainable economic development and to see the beauty and scenery of the country. One of the objectives of the Fast for Hope Initiative in Nicaragua is to build relationships with Nicaraguans. This trip is part of that effort. Each trip is different.

For more information, visit the District website www.rotary5960.org or contact Dave Newman, Fast for Hope Chair, at 763-792-8975 or dave@bancorgroup.com

We try to limit the size of each delegation to 12 people. We will stop accepting applications upon the earlier of (i) when the delegation has been filled or (ii) March 15, 2013. As a result, if you are interested in going, the sooner you submit your application the better.

 

 

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Paul Harris Points

Posted by Cherie Burke on Feb 10, 2013

Paul Harris Points to date

The following members have accumulated points through our Paul Harris points program. If you have points to add please let Cherie Burke know so she can get these updated.

Diane Amundson                    50

Mike Bernatz                          80

Dave Bonk                            200

Cherie Burke                         120

Lance Duellman                      90

Erica Jerowski                       180

Terry Klonecki                        50

Mark Neville                          190

Mark Patterson                       50

Rick Nester                            20

Kathy Rollinger                     210

Della Schmidt                         20

Terri Sim                               50

Kelly Stayton                        160

Heath Tschumper                  240

Travis Whipple                        50

Dave Wickstrom                         50   

Randy Domeyer                          20   

Paul Harris Points Cherie Burke 2013-02-11 00:00:00Z 0

Cultural Exchange to Nicaragua

Posted by Randy Domeyer on Feb 03, 2013

 

FAST FOR HOPE

DISTRICT 5960 AND NICARAGUA

CULTURAL EXCHANGE

April 26 thru May 5, 2013

District 5960 Rotarians, Rotaractors, their spouses, significant others and friends are welcome to apply. 

EVENTS:   The purpose of the Cultural Exchange is to learn about the culture and history of Nicaragua, to get acquainted with the people, to learn about sustainable economic development and to see the beauty and scenery of the country.  One of the objectives of the Fast for Hope Initiative in Nicaragua is to build relationships with Nicaraguans.  This trip is part of that effort.  Each trip is different.  We rely upon our friends at AKF to assist us in designing each trip.

ELIGIBILTY:  Each delegate must be in good health and be able to walk at least 100 yards (the length of a football field) on uneven trails.  Unlike the States, ADA does not apply to Nicaragua.  You will be navigating stairs and possibly trails in the mountains.  In some delegations we have lived with Nicaraguans in rural communities, which involved using outhouses and sleeping in hammocks.  Because Nicaragua is 10 degrees north of the equator, the temperature does not vary much through the seasons and there is usually high humidity.

You do not need to be able to speak Spanish, interpreters will be provided, although on a group basis, not an individual basis. Some knowledge of Spanish (i.e. useful phrases) would be beneficial in communicating with the people you meet.

To apply, contact me for an application and then submit it to dave@bancorgroup.com  (Dave Newman).  Generally, qualified applications will be accepted in the order they are received.  However the Fast for Hope Committee reserves the right to adjust the composition of the delegation depending upon the needs of a particular delegation.

VACCINATIONS:  If you have not recently traveled abroad, you will need one or more vaccinations.  You should consult with your local travel clinic to determine what vaccinations are recommended .

PASSPORTS:  You will be required to provide evidence of a current U.S. passport by April 1.  Passports can be obtained within about 21 days by paying an expedited fee.  Airline tickets will be purchased by the team leader when he/she determines.  Those delegates who do not have passports at that time will need to purchase their tickets on their own. (Typically, a passport should be valid for six months after the return date.)

COST:  Each delegate will pay for their own airfare (which is usually between $600 and $1,000) plus about $750 to cover food, lodging, in-country transportation (sometimes the back of a pick-up truck) and AKF’s services. 

WHY WOULD I WANT TO GO?  So far, District 5960 has sent thirteen delegations to Nicaragua.  Not one delegate has visited Nicaragua who has not thought it was a life changing experience.  Many of the delegates have visited multiple times.  If you are willing to risk stepping out of your comfort zone, be assured  that you will be a changed person and your worldview expanded.

This is what a member of a previous fall trip wrote about the experience:

“Please allow me to introduce myself.  My name is Jim Koonst. I am a Rotarian in Belle Plaine, MN and have been a Rotarian since 1983.  My two daughters Elizabeth (21) and Anna Lee (19) and I had the opportunity to be part of the 9th FFH Delegation (Cultural Exchange) to Nicaragua.

The opportunity given to us was absolutely life changing and was one of the best decisions I ever made for myself and my girls. Everything, I thought went very well.  The weather (rain), at times forced Elena to “shoot from the hip” and make adjustments to our agenda for the day. But it was handled so graciously and without any worries, you would have never known that changes were being made.

I have to admit that I was somewhat apprehensive about this trip.  Not knowing any Spanish, etc.  So I actually decided not to have any expectations about this trip, other than to have fun with and to learn something.  We learned from the Nicaraguans themselves  - Lifestyles, history, culture, beauty of Country, poverty & despair as well.  This trip was really “worry free” because of the experiences that the FFH committee has had, along with the organization skills & caring personalities of the AKF people.  I thought this was going to be a vacation, but what it really turned out to be was a “Living Experience in Nicaragua with Nicaraguans”.

One item to remember is every delegation trip is unique, different in its’ own way.  No two trips are exactly the same.  I would strongly encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity / life changing experience.”  

Other Rotarians you can contact for more information are:

Kathy Stutzman kastutzm@smig.net; Ed Marek henakaga@yahoo.com; Jingle Mahan jingle@rotary5960.org.

WHAT IF I CHICKEN OUT?  So far no one has, but if you decide later that this is not for you, we want you to feel free to drop out, however you will be responsible for any costs incurred on your behalf.

WHAT WILL BE EXPECTED OF ME?  Upon your return you will be expected to speak to your own Rotary Club about your experience as well as other clubs so that more members of our District gain an understanding of what we are working on in Nicaragua.  It is our hope, but not a requirement, that upon your return that you will want to become involved in the Fast for Hope experience.

DEADLINE TO APPLY:  We try to limit the size of each delegation to 12 people.  We will stop accepting applications upon the earlier of (i) when the delegation has been filled or (ii) March 15, 2013.  As a result, if you are interested in going, the sooner you submit your application the better.

Dave Newman, Fast for Hope Chair

763-792-8975 or dave@bancorgroup.com
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Meet Heath Tschumper

Posted by Autumn Herber on Jan 27, 2013
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My name is Heath Tschumper and I live in La Crosse, WI.  I have been married to my wife, Kristin, for 18 years.  We have two children, our son Drew who is 15 years old and our daughter Ellie who is 13 years old. 

We enjoy doing many things together as a family.  They revolve mostly around the scheduling of our kids.  We spend a lot of time attending Drew’s baseball, football and basketball games, along with Ellie’s gymnastics, softball and volleyball events.  When we have time away from athletics, we like to fish and hunt throughout the year.  We especially like to hunt for ducks and deer.  We also have a cabin on 200 acres where we enjoy hunting as well as just relaxing.

I am employed by La Crosse Graphics, Inc., and have been with the company for 18 years.  I am the Treasurer of the company and also sit on the board of directors.  I have also recently been promoted to Vice President of Sales.  In my new position I will manage 7 other sales reps along with continuing to service all of my current accounts.       

After the kids leave we would like to eventually build our retirement home on our land.

Welcome to Rotary Heath!

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Expenses

Posted by Randy Domeyer on Jan 26, 2013

JC, our great treasurer, has requested that whenever you charge something for Rotary that you let him know or make sure your name or the event is on the invoice. This saves him the time of trying to figure out what some expenses are for. Thanks.

Randy Domeyer

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Save the Date

Posted by Autumn Herber on Jan 20, 2013
Winona Rotary will be hosting a Feed My Starving Children Packing event on Saturday, October 5, 2013.  We will NOT be having a packing event this spring, as we have moved our event to the fall.  Mark your calendars and watch for more information to come at a later date.
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Rotary in TIME Magazine

Posted by Autumn Herber on Jan 20, 2013

TIME magazine (January 14, 2013, pp. 32-37) features Rotary International prominently in a lead article, “Polio and Politics.” You envision the scourge of polio when the writer describes “a toddler who can toddle no more.”  When citing the forces trying to eliminate the poliovirus, the article states, “A lot of the progress that’s been made so far is due to the efforts of Rotary International…” Read the piece for an overall perspective of where we are and need to be. [Consider a Google Search of Time Magazine Polio and Politics.]

For more information on Rotary's effort to end polio, go to the RI website www.endpolio.org.

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February Meeting Location

Posted by Randy Domeyer on Jan 19, 2013

For the month of February and the first week of March, we will meet at Signatures.

Reminder that we are having our 90th anniversary celebration on Wednesday, February 20th. This will be an evening event and we will not have a regular noon meeting on February 20th. The Social Committee will have more details soon.

Please mark your calendars!

 

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Board Meeting

Posted by Randy Domeyer on Jan 19, 2013
There will be a Board Meeting this Wenesday, January 23, at 4:45 in the Merchants Bank Board Room. Please let me know if you have something you would like the Board to address.
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Rotary District 5960 Mid-Year Rally Coming Soon

Posted by Autumn Herber on Jan 13, 2013

Sign up for the Mid-year District Rotary Rally.  It will be held January 25-26 at the Oak Ridge Conference Center in Chaska, MN.  Join your friends and make new ones as we rally to Celebrate Rotary, engage in trainings to enhance your professional, personal and Rotary life, and learn about up-coming and future Rotary Opportunities.  The Mid-term event begins at 9:30 am and ends at 2 pm on Saturday, Jan 26th.

Also consider coming early for the optional additional, fast-paced and motivating 2 half days of Rotary and Leadership activities as we combine the Leadership Academy (two separate segments from 5:30 pm until 10:30 pm on Friday, Jan 25th and continuing at 6:30 am through 9:30 am on Saturday, Jan 26th).

These 3 events will be held in-conjunction with each other so that club members may travel together, participate in the trainings, save money and time and share some fabulous learning experiences.

Agendas for each of these events are posted on the District website at www.rotary5960.org.  Register now for the Rotary District 5960 MIDYEAR RALLY. Start your new year off with your Rotary Club team on January 25th – 26th, 2013 at Mid-term, PETS I and the Leadership Academy.

Rotary District 5960 Mid-Year Rally Coming Soon Autumn Herber 2013-01-14 00:00:00Z 0

Mark Your Calendars!

Posted by Autumn Herber on Jan 06, 2013
Please mark your calendars for Wednesday, February 20th.  That evening we will be having a social event to celebrate the 90th anniversary of Winona Rotary!
Mark Your Calendars! Autumn Herber 2013-01-07 00:00:00Z 0

Group Study Exchange

Posted by Gabriel Manrique on Jan 06, 2013

Group Study Exchange is an extensive Rotary program. It brings to a Rotary district 4 young foreign professionals (non-Rotarians) to the USA for a month-long visit. They are led by a Rotarian, so a GSE team is composed of 5 persons. In return, a group of young American professionals, led by a Rotarian, get to visit a foreign country.

A club can request to host a team for 4-5 nights that the team is in the district. Local host Rotarians take in one of the GSE team members. The host provides a room to the guest, breakfast and dinner (usually), access to laundry if needed, and nowadays access to internet if that is available. It is a chance to learn about other peoples and cultures, and to share our way of life as well.  During work hours, you would not be responsible for them as they are usually doing tours, visits to companies and offices, and day visits to nearby clubs.

This year's inbound GSE team will be coming from the Czech Republic and Slovakia. As usual, there will be 5 of them. They will be in the district April 6 to May 4. We may be able to host the team in Winona, but first we must find out if there would be enough Winona Rotarians willing and able to host at least one of the GSE team members. We would not know what week of their stay they would be in Winona (if at all) until closer to the date. 

Kindly let Gabe Manrique know if you would be interested in hosting a member of the GSE team as soon as possible.

It is a great Rotary experience!

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Five Reasons to give to the Rotary Foundation

Posted by Randy Domeyer on Jan 06, 2013

By donating to the Rotary Foundation, you support Rotary's six areas of focus, which help to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty.

Contributions to the Every Rotarian Every Year (EREY) initiative, are the primary source of funding for Foundation Programs. and if you give $100 you become a Rotary Foundation Sustaining Member.

Her are a few ways your contributions are changing lives around the world.

5. Fighting Hunger

In Alaska, the rotary Club of Anchorage East is fighting hunger by distributing food to low income families through a mobile food pantry.

4. Reducing Child Mortality

Rotary clubs are providing improved sanitation facilities for 15 families in a small community in Sri Lanka. With a Foundation Grant, the clubs have built 14 toilets, helping to prevent the spread of diarrhea causing diseases related to poor sanitation.

3. Promoting Peace and Conflict Resolution

Rotary is promoting pace through three upcoming Rotary Peace Grant Forums.

2. Basic Education and Literacy

A Rotary project is teaching adults in the rural community of KwaNibela-Natal, South Africa to read and write. These skills will help them fight poverty in their community. Through the effort, nearly 600 adults are attending literacy classes.

1. Eradicating Polio

Since Rotary launched its Polio Plus Program in 1985, eradicating the disease has become the organizations top priority. End Polio Now and help fulfill Rotary's promise to the world.

You can donate to the Foundation by giving a check payable to the rotary Foundation to myself or JC or you can make the donation online. Just do a search for Rotary Foundation and then select Contribute. It's easy!

 

Five Reasons to give to the Rotary Foundation Randy Domeyer 2013-01-07 00:00:00Z 0

Happy New Year!

Posted by Autumn Herber on Dec 31, 2012
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Wishing you and your families a very happy 2013!
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Rotary Winter Social

Posted by Cherie Burke on Dec 31, 2012

Rotary Winter Social Friday, January 4th

The Basketball Game Social is being held this Friday, January 4th.  We will have the "W" Room open and ready to go at 5:45pm on Friday night for you to cheer on the Warrier Woman and then the Warrier Men.  The Women's Game begins at 6:00 p.m. and the Men’s Game at 8:00 pm. The Warriors will be playing the Southwest Minnesota State "Mustangs."

The cost is $10.00 per person that will include admission to the game and some snacks. This event is open to all Rotary Families.  Contact Mike Bernatz or Cherie Burke if you have questions or if you would like to attend, but haven't signed up yet.

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Board Meeting Wednesday Evening

Posted by Autumn Herber on Dec 16, 2012
Just a reminder there is a Board Meeting this week, Wednesday, December 19th at 4:45pm at Merchants Bank. 
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No Meeting on December 26th

Posted by Autumn Herber on Dec 16, 2012

Just a reminder we will NOT be meeting next week. 

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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Santa is Coming!!!

Posted by Autumn Herber on Dec 16, 2012
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Yes that is right.  I heard that Santa and his elves will be paying a visit to Rotary on Wednesday.  So you better be good or who knows what Santa might find at the Dollar Store for you!
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District Governor Joe Kovarik's Visit

Posted by Autumn Herber on Dec 16, 2012

Last Wednesday we had the honor of having special guest Rotary District Governor Joe Kovarik speak at our meeting. 

He discussed with us his "Mind Map" highlighting his M3 strategy - Members, Money, and Mindfulness.

We were reminded of the importance of recruiting new members.  The following steps: Locate 'em, Attract 'em, Enroll 'em, and Keep 'em will prove helpful in our membership recruitment campaign.

EREY - which stands for Every Rotarian Every Year is something we should continue to strive for.  Please remember the Rotary Foundation in your end of the year giving.

Mindfullness is the third "M".  Are you wearing your Rotary pin?  Be a walking talking billboard for Rotary. 

What do you say when someone asks you about Rotary?  What is your "elevator speech"?  Here is a great suggestion:

What do you do? Improve people's lives

Where do you do it? Locally and globally

How do you do it? Through Service.

Put it all together and we get a clear description of Rotary that sounds like...

 "In Rotary, we improve people's lives, locally and globally, through Service."

And lastly we were all challeged to "fall in love with Rotary again" and to make that commitment to service above self. 

District Governor Joe Kovarik's Visit Autumn Herber 2012-12-17 00:00:00Z 0

Dictionary Project

Posted by Autumn Herber on Dec 16, 2012

Earlier this month, members of Anon Rotary Club visited every public, private, and charter elementary school in Winona County as well as Rushford-Peterson schools to deliver a free dictionary to each 3rd grade student.  Nearly 600 dictionaries were donated and presented. The students eagerly looked up how to spell various words with their own brand new "Student Dictionary" in hand. Some students helped their neighbors find the words. The excitement in the classrooms was palpable! The students also enjoyed learning about the additional features of the dictionary including world and state maps, country facts, conversion tables for weights and measurements and sign language.

During the seven years of the Dictionary Project, Winona Rotary has distributed a total of nearly 3,600 dictionaries to all third grade students in Winona County. This is the second year that included Rushford-Peterson schools. Winona Rotary has advocated literacy programs for many years.

Thank you to everyone who helped with this year's Dictionary Project.

Here are excerpts from some of the thank you notes we received:

"Thank you for the dictionary.  I'm leaning so much stuff from it.  My mom uses it too.  Thank you for helping our community."

"Thank you for the dictionary.  It is fantastic.  I love it so much. I'm learning new words and I like the information that it tells me."

"Thank you for coming to our classroom and talking to us."

"I will enjoy looking at all the information that is in the back of the dictionary.  It will help me look up all kinds of words.  Thank you for giving the dictionary to me."

 

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Meet New Member Travis Whipple

Posted by Autumn Herber on Dec 09, 2012
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Travis Whipple enters his first year as Assistant Athletic Director at Winona State and his fourth year overall working for the department. Whipple also served as an Assistant Athletic Director from 2008-2011 before spending the 2011-12 academic year as an Assistant Commissioner of the Lone Star Conference in Dallas, Texas. Whipple earned both his bachelors and masters degrees from Winona State University. Travis has an undergraduate degree in Education and a Masters in Sports Management. Prior to becoming an Assistant Athletic Director Whipple was a student-athlete and played men’s basketball, during that time he participated in three national championship games. Whipple was also a part of a run that led to 57 consecutive wins and two national championships. Travis has been fortunate to be a part of outstanding teams in the past but his greatest teammate is his wife Kim. Kim shares her amazing talents and passion for dance as studio owner/instructor at Gotta Dance. Travis and Kim are extremely blessed to have one son (Kai).

Welcome to Rotary Travis!

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New Members

Posted by Autumn Herber on Dec 02, 2012
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Please welcome our three newest Rotary members:

Steve Smith, David Bonk, and Travis Whipple

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M3 Strategic Emphasis

Posted by Autumn Herber on Dec 02, 2012
Our Rotary District 5960 has a strategic emphasis.  It is called M3 and translates into…

Members = To Support & Strengthen Clubs

Money = To Focus & Increase Humanitarian Service

Mindfulness = To Enhance Public Image & Awareness

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Paul Harris Points Program Reminder

Posted by Cherie Burke on Nov 28, 2012

Paul Harris Fellow recognition is given in appreciation to anyone who contributes, outright or cumulatively (or in whose name is contributed), a gift of US$1000.00 or more to the Annual Programs, Polio Plus Fund or the World Fund or as a sponsor portion of a Foundation grant.

 

Points towards a Paul Harris Fellow

Each New member will be given 100 points upon completion of new member mentor checklist

Each new member will receive 10 points for each meeting they attend in the 1st 90 days.

 

For every donation new members make to the Annual Programs, Polio Plus Fund or the

World Fund in their 1st year of membership. We will match up to 100 points.

 

For existing Rotarians

Receive 10 points for each service project you participate in ie:  Feed my Starving Children, Lake Clean Up, Rotary Readers, The Dictionary Project etc…

– Makeup must be reported to the club secretary 10 days after the end of the month in order to receive credit 

 

Receive 50 points if you are the chair of a project

Receive 50 points if you sponsor a new member

Receive 10 points if you attend a meeting of another club.

Point will be credited to your account on an annual basis in increments of 100 points

 **Points can be awarded to anyone at the discretion of the board at anytime throughout the year

**Points to be reported to club secretary each month.

               Please contact Cherie Burke for any questions you may have

 

 

 

Paul Harris Points Program Reminder Cherie Burke 2012-11-29 00:00:00Z 0

Board Meeting Wednesday Evening

Posted by Autumn Herber on Nov 25, 2012
Just a reminder that there is a Rotary Board meeting this Wednesday, November 28th, at 4:45pm at Merchants Bank.
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Stories needed for the weekly e-bulletin

Posted by Autumn Herber on Nov 25, 2012
Please consider submitting a story for the weekly newsletter.  Committee chairs, please send updates on service projects, upcoming events or just a progress report.  You can simply email your article to aherber@charter.net and I will include it in the next newsletter.  Info needs to be recieved by Monday to be included in that week's email.  I appreciate your assistance in contributing to the E-Bulletin.
Stories needed for the weekly e-bulletin Autumn Herber 2012-11-26 00:00:00Z 0

Feed My Starving Children Update

Posted by Autumn Herber on Nov 25, 2012

The food we packed for Feed My Starving Children has been distributed.  On October 6th, 492 volunteers packed 504 boxes of meals.  That equals 108,864 meals, which will serve 298 children a meal a day for a year!

One full pallet went to Honduras to a partner called ‘Hope for the City’ and the other 13 pallets went to Nicaragua, to a partner called’ Food for the Poor’.

Thank you to everyone who participated in this FMSC packing event.  And a special thank you to Mark Patterson for once again chairing this great service project.

We are scheduled to sponsor another Feed My Starving Children packing event next fall.

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Mentors Wanted

Posted by Randy Domeyer on Nov 25, 2012

As part of our new member process, we have a Mentor Program to help acclimate new members to our club.

Denny Theede and the Membership Committee are looking for volunteers to serve as mentors. If you are interested in being a mentor, please contact Denny. Being a mentor does not involve much time but can have a great impact on the new members.

This is an important part of our membership growth strategy and I encourage you to help with this program.

Mentors Wanted Randy Domeyer 2012-11-26 00:00:00Z 0

Happy Thanksgiving!

Posted by Autumn Herber on Nov 18, 2012
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This Thanksgiving season let us remember to be thankful for all that Rotary does in the lives of many and to be thankful for each other within our Rotary family.

Thank you for all that you do for our Winona Rotary!

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Rotary Shadow Program

Posted by Autumn Herber on Nov 18, 2012

Rotary held it's annual Rotary Shadow Program on November 14th. There were 50 students from WSHS and Cotter who participated. The students had the opportunity to learn more about various professions around the community by shadowing a professional in their field of interest.

A special thank you to Donna Helble and her committee for planning a very successful Rotary Shadow program. And thank you to Denny Theede for being the keynote speaker and sharing words of wisdom to all of us.

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Every Rotarian Every Year

Posted by Bob Williams on Nov 11, 2012
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An objective of The Rotary Foundation (TRF) is for every Rotary member to participate in and financially support TRF’s local and global programs and projects each year.  We all know that personal involvement in a program creates a sense of ownership and a commitment to see the program be successful. 

Thus, TRF’s focus in Every Rotarian Every Year (EREY) is member involvement. Knowing that it is not possible for every Rotarian to physically participate in a global project every year, it is possible to support projects by making a financial contribution to the Annual Fund each year.

TRF makes it easy to contribute by any of the following:

1.   Mail your contribution directly to the Foundation

2.   Use Member Access at the RI website: rotary.org/contribute

3.   Set up a recurring giving amount through Rotary Direct

4.   Contribute through the club

Investigate which method is preferable and suitable for your contributions. The most secure and quickest are those contributions you make directly to TRF through rotary.org. The slowest is through the club.  Regardless each and every contribution is valued and is credited toward receiving your next Paul Harris award.

Every Rotarian Every Year Bob Williams 2012-11-12 00:00:00Z 0

Last Week's Program

Posted by Autumn Herber on Nov 11, 2012
Last week our program was Barry Drazkowski speaking to us about GeoSpatial Services at Saint Mary's University.  It is an integration of academic apprenticeship and professional services.  It is an extremely extensive and impressive program.  They have a national footprint and work on projects all across the United States.  GeoSpatial Services specialize in the development of natural resource assessments, new spatial data, conversion of hardcopy map products into digital spatial data, air photo interpretation, wetland and natural resource mapping and GIS applications. Partners include a range of public agencies and private sector companies including the National Park Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service participating in their Natural Resource Condition Assessments, Climate Change Vulnerability Assessments, spatial data development program, and the National Wetland Inventory Program.
Last Week's Program Autumn Herber 2012-11-12 00:00:00Z 0

Three Things to know about The Rotary Foundation

Posted by Bob Williams on Nov 04, 2012

 

With November being Rotary Foundation month, it is a good time to be reminded that everything The Rotary Foundation (TRF) achieves – from paying for Polio vaccine to teaching children to read – is possible because of the work and the contributions of Rotarians and friends of Rotary.  Beginning in 1917, when Arch Klumph put forward the idea of an endowment fund, TRF continues toward its initial objective of doing good work in the world. Here are three things you should know about TRF:

  1. The Foundation is working on its primary goal of eradicating Polio.  Through PolioPlus, which was initiated in 1985, TRF has led a global effort to rid the world of this crippling disease. To date, TRF has contributed over $1B toward that goal. Rotary’s $200M Challenge is the Foundation’s response to the $355M in challenge grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to achieve a polio-free world. The good news is that we’re almost there, but more needs to be done.
  2.  The Foundation changes lives.  Through the resources and programs of TRF, Rotarians carry our far-reaching projects based on Rotary’s areas of focus. As examples, communities have access to safe water and health care, and benefit from the work of Rotary Peace Fellows because of the Foundation.

  3.  You make it possible.  The Foundation is supported solely by voluntary contributions from Rotarians and others who share our vision of a better world. And because of the Foundation’s impact – and the close monitoring of projects – giving to TRF is a financially sound decision.

We all should be proud of the achievements of our Foundation – it tells the world we care. Consider participating in those achievements by making a contribution to TRF today.

Three Things to know about The Rotary Foundation Bob Williams 2012-11-05 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary Board Meeting

Posted by Autumn Herber on Oct 21, 2012
Reminder that there is a Rotary Board Meeting on Wednesday, October 24th (this week) at 4:45pm at Merchants Bank.
Rotary Board Meeting Autumn Herber 2012-10-22 00:00:00Z 0

Last Week's Program

Posted by Autumn Herber on Oct 21, 2012

Our program last week was about the Commonweal Theatre in Lanesboro.  It's mission is: To enrich the common good through actor based story telling which is both transcendent and relevant.  It was founded in 1989 and has grown significantly over the years to now have 22,000 attendees annually.  The Commonweal boasts a rare organizational model, with resident ensemble members (who have come from all over the country to make their home in the Lanesboro area) fulfilling the day-to-day artistic and operational needs of the company as artist/administrators.  They have 11 members of the company who carefully choose and evaluate each play that they do.  Each play runs 30 - 65 performances alternating nights.  So you can do see one show one night and a different one the following, helping to boost the lodging and hospitality industy in Lanesboro.  The company also has a very unique apprenticeship program.  Five artists are chosen each year to spend 10 1/2 months with the company learning, acting, and doing the support and administrative work.  They also host an annual Isben Festival each year in April. 

For more information about the Commonweal Theatre and current shows visit www.commonwealtheatre.org.

Last Week's Program Autumn Herber 2012-10-22 00:00:00Z 0

Top 10 Rotary Rose Sellers

Posted by Autumn Herber on Oct 21, 2012
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Thank you to everyone for participating in our annual Rotary Rose Sale.  Together we sold 900 dozen roses!  Which is the most we have ever sold.

 

Our Top 10 Rose Selllers were:

#10  Cherie Burke - 27 dozen

#9    Mark Patterson - 28 dozen

#8    Judy Bodway - 30 dozen

#6    Diane Amundson - 31 dozen

#6    Don Salyards - 31 dozen

#5    Scott Camp - 35 dozen

#4    Donna Helble - 38 dozen

#3    Randy Domeyer - 45 dozen

#2    Terri Sim - 54 dozen

#1   Vicki Decker - 104 dozen     WOW!!!!!


Top 10 Rotary Rose Sellers Autumn Herber 2012-10-22 00:00:00Z 0

Our Rotary Strategic Plan Top Priorities

Posted by Autumn Herber on Oct 14, 2012

Over the past few months we have been working on a strategic plan for our club. Several weeks ago we shared our top priorities which were determined through the work that many of you have done. Our strategic goals are:

*Winona Rotary will sponsor a bike tour fundraising event by October of 2013 to include 100 participants and to make $3,000 in net earnings.

*Perform quarterly clean-up service projects to engage “all” members.

*Increase club membership from the current enrollment of 65, adding a net of four (4) new members each year.

*Increase contributions to the Rotary Foundation.

*Increase awareness of Rotary (both our Club and Rotary in general) by:
-developing a weekly promotion in local media outlets
-sponsoring an annual high school promotion of Rotary
-expanding website

Our Rotary Strategic Plan Top Priorities Autumn Herber 2012-10-15 00:00:00Z 0

Last Week's Program

Posted by Autumn Herber on Oct 14, 2012
Our program last week was Mat Nelson, Jefferson Elementary School Principal, talking about the STEM program.

There are 312 students enrolled in the STEM program at Jefferson from all around the district.  The students were chosen through a lottery system.

STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.  It is an approach to teaching and the learning process. 

The major components are:
*Inquiry natured instruction
*Interdisciplinary approach
*Authentic project based learning
*21st century skills infused
*Technology utilized to enhance student learning outcomes

Even though it is a STEM school, it sill provides well rounded education.  STEM education has all of the other programs too.  Nothing is skipped, it is just a different approach.
Last Week's Program Autumn Herber 2012-10-15 00:00:00Z 0

Help needed for Rose Pick Up on Tuesday

Posted by Autumn Herber on Oct 14, 2012
We are still in need of someone to help with rose pick-up on Tuesday from 4-7pm.  If you are able to help please let Terri Sim or Autumn know.

A big thank you to those who already signed up to help with distribution!

Tuesday, October 16th from 12-2pm: Nick Edstrom and Mike Bernatz
                           2-4pm: Rand Gettler and Roger Metz
                           5:30-7pm: Cherie Burke
                           4-7pm: OPEN - HELP NEEDED!

Wednesday, October 17th from 3-5pm: Erica Jerowski and Kathy Rollinger
                     5-7pm: Rick Iglesias and Brad Wolner
Help needed for Rose Pick Up on Tuesday Autumn Herber 2012-10-15 00:00:00Z 0

Feed My Starving Children

Posted by Autumn Herber on Oct 07, 2012
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Thank you to everyone who participated in Feed My Starving Children.  It was another great event.  We packed over 100,000 meals to send to starving children in need.  A big thank you to Mark Patterson and Riverstar for once again hosting it.  Check out a few of the pictures from Saturday's packing event under the picture gallery on our website. 
Feed My Starving Children Autumn Herber 2012-10-08 00:00:00Z 0

Feed My Starving Children Packing Event on October 6th

Posted by Autumn Herber on Oct 01, 2012
We will be hosting the Feed My Starving Children re-packing event on Saturday, October 6th.  We do still need more volunteers for the 3:30 - 5:30pm shift.  So if you have not signed up to help already and are able to do so, please let Randy or Denny or one of the committee members know.  Family members and friends are welcome to help as well.  This is a great event and a perfect example of how Rotary is doing good in the world.   Come help us pack meals to feed the starving children of the world.
Feed My Starving Children Packing Event on October 6th Autumn Herber 2012-10-02 00:00:00Z 0

International Conference

Posted by Randy Domeyer on Sep 30, 2012
The International Conference for 2013 will be held in Lisbon, Portugal from June 23-26. The Rotary budget included $2,000 to help with some of the registration and travel expenses for membeers that attend. The Board approved splitting the $2,000 between the members that notify the Board by November 1, 2012 of their intention to attend the conference. Please contact me with any questions or comments.
International Conference Randy Domeyer 2012-10-01 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary Signs

Posted by Randy Domeyer on Sep 30, 2012
Some members have noticed that our signs around town have become faded and in disrepair. This included the sign that Rotary donated the Bikeway Bridge near Mankato Ave and Sarnia Street. So Terry Klonecki has come up with a new design and obtained bids. At our last board meeting we approved replacing this sign.  The other sign in need of replacement was on the sign advertising the service clubs by Highway 61 and Huff Street. The board also approved replacing that sign. Thank you to the observant members for helping to present a positive image for Rotary!
Rotary Signs Randy Domeyer 2012-10-01 00:00:00Z 0

Winning Golf Team

Posted by Autumn Herber on Sep 24, 2012
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Congratulations to the winning golf team of our annual Rotary Golf Social!  Pictured are Denny Theede, Dave Wickstrom and Corwin Osterloh.  Not pictured is Arvie Osterloh.  The trophy was Carl Kiehnbaum's and it will become a traveling trophy being passed on from winning team to winning team each year. 
Winning Golf Team Autumn Herber 2012-09-25 00:00:00Z 0

Board Meeting

Posted by Randy Domeyer on Sep 22, 2012
There is a Board Meeting this Wednesday, September 28, at 4:45 in the Merchants Bank board Room. We will have a special guest as our Assistant Governor, Chris Berg, will be attending the meeting.
Board Meeting Randy Domeyer 2012-09-23 00:00:00Z 0

Meet Emilia Mellstrom

Posted by Autumn Herber on Sep 17, 2012
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Emilia is our Rotary Youth Exchange Student from Sweden.  She is 17 years old and is from Hoganas, a city on the southern tip of Sweden, five minutes from the ocean.  In Sweden, she lives with her parents and two sisters.  Emilia wanted to be an exchange student to experience living in another culture, to improve her English (which by the way is already extremely good!), to try something new, and to improve her self confidence.  She enjoys music and dance.  Dance has been a big part of her life since she was 5 years old and she is currently taking classes at the MN Conservatory for the Arts.  Emilia also loves to travel, discover different cultures and meet new people.  She has visited a long list of different countries, which at age 17 is quite remarkable.  And she can speak 3 different languages – Swedish, English and Serbian.  She has become immersed in the Serbian culture as well because her mom is from Serbia.  Emilia also likes doing spontaneous things. 

When asked what American food she liked best so far, she responded Parmesan Chicken and Roast Beef.  And the food she liked least was celery with peanut butter.  What has surprised her the most is how unhealthy most American food is. 

Emilia is currently living with the Rollinger family. 

Please give a warm Rotary welcome to Emilia and make sure to greet her when you see her at Rotary on Wednesdays.

Meet Emilia Mellstrom Autumn Herber 2012-09-18 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary Retreat

Posted by Autumn Herber on Sep 17, 2012
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This past weekend we held our Rotary Retreat at Dave Wickstom's cabin near Rice Lake, WI.  We had a great time and had the opportunity to really focus on the strategic planning for our Rotary Club.  Denny Theede led us as we used the information developed through the visioning session this spring to determine our priorities for the next several years.  Stay tune for more to come on this in the next few weeks.  And of course we also had some time for fun and bonding with our fellow Rotarians. 

A special thank you to Dave Wickstrom for hosting the retreat and to Denny Theede for leading our planning sessions!
Rotary Retreat Autumn Herber 2012-09-18 00:00:00Z 0

Club Retreat

Posted by Randy Domeyer on Sep 16, 2012


We had our club retreat last weekend and a big thank you to Dave Wickstrom for hosting it and to Denny Theede for being the facilitator. It was a very productive session and the plans and priorities discussed will be shared at future membership meetings to seek everyone's input.  Thanks to all those who dedicated some time to attend the retreat - Autumn, Cherie, Lance, Dave, Denny, and Terry.

There was also time spent getting to know each other better and having a great time! Stories will be told but some things will stick to the theme of "what happens at the cabin stays at the cabin"!

Thank you for all that you do for our club.

Randy Domeyer

Club Retreat Randy Domeyer 2012-09-17 00:00:00Z 0

International Literacy Day

Posted by Autumn Herber on Sep 09, 2012
September 8th was International Literacy Day.  Literacy is one of Rotary International's major areas of focus.  And on a local level Winona Rotary has many projects that focus on literacy.  Several projects that you could get involved with include; Rotary Readers, where Rotarians go into the classrooms and read to kids, and the Dictionary Project, where we give area 3rd graders their own dictionary.  And funding for these projects come from our annual Rose Sale.  So in honor of International Literacy Day, sell a few extra dozen roses to help Winona Rotary to continue our strong literacy focus.

International Literacy Day Autumn Herber 2012-09-10 00:00:00Z 0

Nicaragua Fast for Hope Cultural Exchange

Posted by Autumn Herber on Sep 02, 2012
The Fast for Hope Cultural Exchange to Nicaragua is being held October 13- 21, 2012.  It is open to all Rotarians in District 5960, spouses, significant others, and friends as well any related children age 14 or older. Everyone who has been on a previous delegation will tell you what a wonderful and life changing experience it was.  The purpose is to learn about the culture and history of Nicaragua, to meet the people, to learn about sustainable economic development and to see the beauty and scenery of the country.

If you are interested in learning more visit the District website www.rotary5960.org or contact Dave Newman, Fast for Hope Chair, at 763-792-8975 or dave@bancorgroup.com.
Nicaragua Fast for Hope Cultural Exchange Autumn Herber 2012-09-03 00:00:00Z 0
What do you say when someone asks you "So what is Rotary anyway?" Autumn Herber 2012-09-03 00:00:00Z 0

Goodview Days Parade Thank You

Posted by Autumn Herber on Aug 19, 2012
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A big thank you to everyone who participated in the Goodview Days parade.  We had a great turn-out of Rotarians and their families in the parade.  Thanks to everyone who loaned us supplies and props, those who helped haul and put together our unit, those who walked with us and those who cheered us on.  It was a great opportunity to get Rotary's name out in the community.  We look forward to doing it again next year!
Goodview Days Parade Thank You Autumn Herber 2012-08-20 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary Friendship Exchange to British Columbia

Posted by Autumn Herber on Aug 19, 2012

Rotary Friendship Exchange to British Columbia, Canada on May 21 – June 2, 2013
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A World of Rotary Opportunity

The exchange is with District 5080 in British Columbia, Canada. This district consists of geographic area of Southeastern British Columbia, Canada, Northern Idaho and Eastern Washington State. They have a geographical diversity that includes snow capped mountains, pristine lakes, fertile agricultural areas and mountain deserts. Starting in Grand Forks, the exchange then moves to Castlegar, and Cranbrook, BC. It ends in Post Falls, ID, USA. The trip will be for approximately 12 days.

District 5080 consists of 64 clubs with a membership of about 2870 Rotarians. If you would like to learn more about District 5080, visit their website at http://www.clubrunner.ca/portal/home.aspx?did=5080

The ideal number of participants in this exchange is 8-10 and applicants must be Rotarians, Spouses, and/or Friends.

Applications are now being accepted for this 2013 exchange. Visit the district website www.rotary5960.org for guidelines, expectations and application. Applications must be signed by both the applicant and the Club President. A deposit of $50 is required and is non-refundable for those applicants accepted for the team.

If you have any questions about this exchange with British Columbia, please contact Cheryl Kohout, Rotary District 5960 Friendship Exchange Chair, at CherylKohout@aol.com or 651/442-7986.

Rotary Friendship Exchange to British Columbia Autumn Herber 2012-08-20 00:00:00Z 0

Board Meeting

Posted by Randy Domeyer on Aug 19, 2012
There is a Board meeting on Wednesday, August 22, at 4:45 in the Merchants Bank Board Room.

Anyone is welcome to attend!
Board Meeting Randy Domeyer 2012-08-20 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary Moment Tweet Day

Posted by Autumn Herber on Aug 12, 2012
Participate in the first-ever Rotary Moment Tweet Day on Tuesday, August 14th. Tweet about your favorite Rotary memory or event, talk about your club’s activities, or share your community service project. Use hashtag #RotaryMoment.

Not on Twitter? Listen to Rotary’s popular webinar Using Social Media to Promote Your Club or District (www.rotary.org) to learn how to create a Twitter account, post your first tweet, use hashtags, and lots more.

Rotary Moment Tweet Day Autumn Herber 2012-08-13 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary and the Olympics

Posted by Autumn Herber on Aug 11, 2012
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Rotary and the Olympics have a common goal: a more peaceful world.  It is a time for people to come together no matter what their nationality, put their differences aside, and be together as one.  The Olympics are about peace and harmony within states, and brotherhood among all people.

Rotarians also took part in the Summer Games in London and their activities worked to publicize Rotary’s good works.

Bob Izon, founding member of the Rotary Club of Hereford Wye Valley, Herefordshire, England, carried the Olympic torch through his hometown.  Izon is one of several Rotarians who carried the torch on its relay to the Olympic Stadium in London for the opening ceremony.

And some of the best athletes in the world are helping to spread the word about Rotary’s campaign to rid the world of polio.  Several Rotarians used their connections to get athletes to promote polio eradication.  Olympic diver Tom Daley is featured in "This Close" posters as part of a publicity campaign by the Rotary Club of Plympton, Devon, England. Rotarians in India also lined up several members of Indian's Olympic team, including boxer Vijender Singh, for their "This Close" campaign.
Rotary and the Olympics Autumn Herber 2012-08-12 00:00:00Z 0

Terry Klonecki Receives Paul Harris Fellow

Posted by Autumn Herber on Aug 11, 2012
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Terry Klonecki was recently awared a Paul Harris Fellow.  Paul Harris Fellow recognition, named after the founder of Rotary, is given in appreciation to someone who contibutes a cumulative gift of $1000 or more to the Annual Program Fund, Polio Plus or the Humanitarian Grants Program, or who have that amount contributed in their name.

Contributions to The Rotary Foundation support a wide range of sustainable activities in the areas of:
• Peace and conflict prevention/resolution
• Disease prevention and treatment
• Water and sanitation
• Maternal and child health
• Basic education and literacy
• Economic and community development

Thank you Terry for supporting Rotary and all of our good works!
Terry Klonecki Receives Paul Harris Fellow Autumn Herber 2012-08-12 00:00:00Z 0

Goodview Days Parade on Sunday

Posted by Autumn Herber on Aug 11, 2012
Winona Rotary will have a unit in the Goodview Days Parade on Sunday, August 19th to promote our Rotary club and our service projects. We still could use a few more people to participate in the parade. Rotarians are welcome to bring your family or friends to join us as well.  Our unit # is 35.  The parade begins at 1pm, so please be to our unit no later than 12:45pm.  We are lining up on 5th Street between 39th and 41st Ave.  We will be handing out Rotary bookmarks.  There are also opportunities to ride on the float if you prefer not to walk.  Please let Randy, Autumn, or Terry Klonecki know if you are interested in being in the parade. 

Come join the fun and be in the parade for Winona Rotary!
Goodview Days Parade on Sunday Autumn Herber 2012-08-12 00:00:00Z 0

December 26 Meeting

Posted by Randy Domeyer on Jul 29, 2012
Since the December 26 meeting is expected to have minimal attendance, The Board decided to not have a meeting on December 26. The Social Committee is being asked to plan a Holiday social event in lieu of this meeting and we will allocate the meal cost to the social event.
December 26 Meeting Randy Domeyer 2012-07-30 00:00:00Z 0

Club Meeting Agenda Survey

Posted by Randy Domeyer on Jul 28, 2012


Thank you to everyone that filled out a meeting agenda survey over the past two weeks. The complete results and comments are detailed below.

In general the feedback indicated that the meeting format meets the expectations of our members as Strongly 
Agree or Agree received most of the votes

There are some things that we will be trying to tweak, including:
1. Asking more people to do the invocation. Please let Ron or myself know if you would like to do an occasional invocation.
2. Starting the business meeting a little earlier so the program is not rushed and members don't have to slip out before the program is over.
3. Reminding people to keep their brags to shorter lengths.
4. See if we can find an updated song book.
 
Meeting Agenda Survey Results

The question you are answering for each item is – Do you want to continue having this as part of the meeting?

  1. Introductory Song 

    Strongly Agree    Agree          Neutral          Disagree        Strongly Disagree 

           21                    13                 2                 0                      0 

  1. Fellowship song

    Strongly Agree    Agree          Neutral          Disagree        Strongly Disagree

           15                    15                  3                 0                      3 

    Suggestions for replacement or changes to this agenda item:

      1.      Delete entirely.
      2.      Songs are dated. Not sure if young members like singing these songs.
      3.      Guess the Rotary member quiz – Randy has been doing this in the past

  1. Bragging Bucks 

        Strongly Agree    Agree          Neutral          Disagree        Strongly Disagree

            21                    9                    4                   1                      1

             Suggestions for replacement or changes to this agenda item:
1.      Have/introduce a box (cash box) for anonymous bragging bucks for every meeting for those who do not get a chance to participate.
2.      Charge $1 if you don’t have your Rotary pin on at the weekly meeting.
3.      Strongly disagree – cheapens the meeting.
                                  -  put in budget as expense
4.      make mention of story length.
5.      Roto Rooter/Rotarians in the news.
6.      Dollar Raffle to raise money.
7.      Do once per month
8.      Limit amount of time
9.      Just make sure it doesn't’t impact time for program.
10. But for some, and few, excessive comments, bragging bucks increases fellowship and gives us a chance (rest was cut off when faxed) 

  1. Invocation

             Strongly Agree    Agree          Neutral          Disagree        Strongly Disagree

             22                    9                      4                      1                      0

               Suggestions for replacement or changes to this agenda item:
                 1. Would it be possible to have more members given the opportunity to say the invocation? It seems like pastors are usually asked to give the invocation which may limit the breadth of spiritual beliefs.
                 2. Not necessary.
                 3. I like having an invocation but feel it could be exclusionary – some Rotary clubs don’t use any specific religious references – that might be okay.     

  Do you have any suggestions for changes to make to our meetings?

    1. Keep up the great programs.
    2. No need to mention guests again at the end of the meeting.
    3. All are great.
    4. Start at 11:55.
    5. Maintain the good program schedule we had last year.
    6. I would like to see round tables.
    7. Also a wi-fi internet connection should be a must. We should demand it from Westfield.
    8. Start the program earlier (ring the bell at 12:15). Many times there is only about 10 minutes left for the program. It is difficult to ask someone to speak for a program when there is no time for them.
    9. Good speakers.
    10. Items 1,2 and 4 have been long term parts of Rotary meetings
    11. No – meetings are good.
Club Meeting Agenda Survey Randy Domeyer 2012-07-29 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary International New Theme "Peace Through Service"

Posted by Autumn Herber on Jul 22, 2012
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Rotary International President Sakuji Tanaka asks Rotarians to build Peace Through Service in 2012-13.

"Peace, in all of the ways that we can understand it, is a real goal and a realistic goal for Rotary," he said. "Peace is not something that can only be achieved through agreements, by governments, or through heroic struggles. It is something that we can find and that we can achieve, every day and in many simple ways."

Peace has different meanings for different people, Tanaka said.

"No definition is right, and no definition is wrong," he said. "However we use the word, this is what peace means for us.

Let us find ways to build peace through service this coming year.

Rotary International New Theme "Peace Through Service" Autumn Herber 2012-07-23 00:00:00Z 0

Fast for Hope delegation to Nicaragua

Posted by Autumn Herber on Jul 15, 2012
Rotary's next Fast for Hope cultural delegation to Nicaragua is October 13-21, 2012 (MEA week).

It is open to all Rotarians in District 5960, their spouses, significant others, siblings, children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews. All children must be 14 years of age as of October 1, 2012. If you are interested in participating in this life changing experience or simply to learn more, the first step will be to attend an orientation program to be held from 6-8pm on August 6th as well as a training on July 31st from 6-8pm in Stillwater. 
 
To register for the July 31st event please follow this link: 
http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/3LD925C 

To register for the August 6th training please follow this link: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/3V85F5P

Any questions, please contact Kathy Stutzman, kastutzm@smig.net or 507-219-0912. 

Fast for Hope delegation to Nicaragua Autumn Herber 2012-07-16 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary Governance

Posted by Autumn Herber on Jul 08, 2012

All Rotary clubs are members of the global association Rotary International, which is overseen by an elected RI president and Board of Directors. The RI Board is responsible for establishing policy for Rotary International.

The Rotary Foundation is a charitable organization supported solely by voluntary contributions. Managed by a Board of Trustees and trustee chair, the Foundation provides financial support to help Rotary clubs and districts work together on meaningful, sustainable service.

Rotary's general secretary, who is the chief executive officer, manages the 800-member Rotary staff who serve Rotarians from RI World Headquarters in Evanston, Illinois, USA, and several international offices. The general secretary is a member of both the RI Board of Directors and The Rotary Foundation Board of Trustees.

Every Rotary club and every district (groups of clubs) selects its own officers and enjoys considerable autonomy within the framework of Rotary’s constitution and bylaws.

Rotary Governance Autumn Herber 2012-07-09 00:00:00Z 0

A New Rotary Year

Posted by Autumn Herber on Jul 08, 2012

Rotary club, district, and Rotary International officers began their terms on July 1st.  Welcome the 2012-13 leaders as they pursue Peace Through Service .

We congratulate and support Randy Domeyer as he takes over as president of our Winona Rotary Club!

A New Rotary Year Autumn Herber 2012-07-09 00:00:00Z 0

Special Thanks!

Posted by Autumn Herber on Jul 01, 2012
A very special thank you to all of our committee chairs from this past Rotary year.  Our club is able to do all that we do and be so strong because of our wonderful, dedicated chair people.  Thank you also to Ron Dreas who was there early every week making sure everything was all set up and ready to go.  We are very grateful for his dedication and work every week Ron!  And to our Board members thank you for your work and knowledge.  We had a great Board this year of very dedicated people who helped to oversee all that we do as a club.  Thank you!!!  And to all of you – our members of Winona Rotary – thanks for a great year.  And let’s continue strong into the future.
Special Thanks! Autumn Herber 2012-07-02 00:00:00Z 0

Passing the Gavel

Posted by Autumn Herber on Jul 01, 2012
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This year as president has really gone fast.  There was so much more that I wanted to do and just never got the time to do it all.  It was a lot of work, but definitely worth it.  Being president this past year has helped me learn more about Rotary than I ever would have otherwise. 

You can join Rotary to be part of the organization.  But at some point along the line you go from just being a member of the group to being a true Rotarian.  And once you do that, it is a part of you.  Being president and needing to be involved with everything and really seeing how much good our club does in the world and what Rotary does to make a difference every day really made me a life-long Rotarian. 

I am honored to have had the privilege to have served as your president this past year.  And I look forward to this coming year under Randy’s leadership as I pass the gavel onto him.    Congratulations Randy!

~ Autumn Herber, Past President
Passing the Gavel Autumn Herber 2012-07-02 00:00:00Z 0

No Meeting on the 4th of July

Posted by Autumn Herber on Jun 24, 2012
We will NOT be having Rotary on Wednesday, July 4th.  Hope you all have a happy and safe Independence Day!
No Meeting on the 4th of July Autumn Herber 2012-06-25 00:00:00Z 0

Meet New Member Erica Jerowski

Posted by Autumn Herber on Jun 23, 2012
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Erica was born and raised in Winona.  After graduating from UW-Madison, she returned “home” and began her business banking career at Winona National Bank.  In 2008, she earned her MBA from the Carlson School of Management at the U of M.  She has been managing the business banking department for the past 3 years. 

Through her position at the bank, she’s afforded the opportunity to volunteer at various events throughout the year.  She is currently a member of the Chamber’s Economic Development Committee, Business Celebration Luncheon task force, Manufacturing Week task force, and the Centennial Celebration Committee.  She is on the Saint Anne Operations Board and now a member of Rotary!

Erica’s husband Mitch, also a Winona native, is an electrician with Bauer Electrotech.  They have a 4-year-old son, Jack, and 2-year-old daughter, Elle.  They enjoy the river in the summer and hope to get Jack on skis and skates this winter.  Elle is working on getting her tricycle moving and keeping up with her big brother.  

Welcome to Rotary Erica!
Meet New Member Erica Jerowski Autumn Herber 2012-06-24 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary Program Ideas

Posted by Autumn Herber on Jun 23, 2012
If you have ideas for possible speakers for our Rotary weekly programs, please contact Terri Sim or Kathy Rollinger.  They are busy working on a great line up of speakers for our 2012 - 2013 programs.
Rotary Program Ideas Autumn Herber 2012-06-24 00:00:00Z 0

2012-2013 Officers and Board Members

Posted by Autumn Herber on Jun 23, 2012
Here is the slate of Officers and Board Members for 2012-2013.

President:                                Randy Domeyer
President Elect:                       Cherie Burke
President Elect Nominee:        Lance Duellman
Secretary:                                Cherie Burke
Treasurer:                                JC Pfeiffer      
Past President:                        Autumn Herber

Board Members:
           Dave Wickstrom
           Rick Iglesias 
           Terry Klonecki
           Kathy Rollinger
           Bob Deter
           Bob Williams
           Jim Conway
           Grace Marter
 
And a special thank you to retiring Board Members Mark Patterson and Dennis Theede!
2012-2013 Officers and Board Members Autumn Herber 2012-06-24 00:00:00Z 0

Meet New Member Kelly Stayton

Posted by Autumn Herber on Jun 17, 2012
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Kelly was raised in Viola, Minnesota and considers Rochester her hometown. She has worked in the banking industry for 6 years and prior to that owned CSC Towing, Inc. for 6 years. Kelly currently holds the position of Market President with Home Federal Savings Bank but her passion lies in the mortgage arena. It is her goal to assist individuals with refinancing and purchasing new homes. Currently, Home Federal in Winona employs 8 staff members who are actively involved in the community through a myriad of non-profit organizations.

For the past 8 years her husband, Jason, has been a locksmith at Tom’s Lock Service. They have a 5 year old daughter, Jayli and a 4 year old son, Kason. Since moving to Winona in 2006 Kelly's family has become avid boaters. During the summer you could find them docked on the beach any given Saturday or Sunday. Kelly also enjoys four wheeling, attending her daughter’s gymnastics training and her son’s T-Ball practices.

Welcome to Rotary Kelly!

Meet New Member Kelly Stayton Autumn Herber 2012-06-18 00:00:00Z 0

ARE YOU READY FOR THE ROTARY SOCIAL ????

Posted by Cherie Burke on Jun 14, 2012



This coming Wednesday June 20th
 at Lake Park Lodge in Winona
from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

We are having our picnic for Rotary members and guests where
Cherie, Mike and Terry will be grilling brats, hamburgers and special Rotary Hotdogs
That right there is worth the price of admission (which is free by the way)

 Please come and join us for a very fun evening.
There will also be music at the band shell,  paddle boats and kayaks to use if wish
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We'll see you there!

ARE YOU READY FOR THE ROTARY SOCIAL ???? Cherie Burke 2012-06-15 00:00:00Z 0

Meet New Member Mark Neville

Posted by Autumn Herber on Jun 09, 2012
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Mark Neville is a Senior Development Director at Saint Mary’s University. He came to Saint Mary’s last October from Mayo Clinic where he served as Director of Corporate & Foundation Relations. He has been a Rotarian for many years. He joined the Rotary Club of Decatur, IL in 1980 and is a past president of that club. Mark has also been a member of the Champaign, IL and Rochester Rotary Clubs.

A native of Illinois, Mark received his BA in speech communication from Millikin University in Decatur, and later earned an MBA from the University of Illinois. Mark served in the ARMY for two years before returning to Millikin to start his fundraising career.  He has been active in his profession through membership in the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP). Mark is a past president of both the East Central and Southern Minnesota Chapters of AFP and has served on AFP’s international board of directors. He currently sits on the board of the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy.

Mark and his wife Gwenn live in Rochester where Gwenn works as a reference librarian at the University Center Rochester. They have one child, Emily, who will be a senior this fall at UW-River Falls.

Mark enjoys theatre and music, especially singing. He is a member of the Rochester Male Chorus and has been a guest soloist at several Rochester-area churches and organizations. He enjoys sports and is an avid golfer.

Welcome Mark Neville to Winona Rotary!

Meet New Member Mark Neville Autumn Herber 2012-06-10 00:00:00Z 0

Meet New Member Kathy Rollinger

Posted by Autumn Herber on May 27, 2012
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Kathy is a native Winonan and has an Accounting AAS Degree from Winona Technical College. She has worked in public accounting for 15 years, with Hawkins, Ash & Baptie and most recently since December with Wolter & Raak. She has also worked at Alliant Castings & Michaels Lighting as Controller/HR.

Kathy's niche is working with small businesses to develop their accounting records specifically using Quickbooks. She has been a QuickBooks ProAdvisor since 2006 and is a member of Winona Technical College Accounting Advisory Board, SHRM member and a Women in Business member.

Kathy spends her free time with her husband Terry, son Cody, daughters Kaitlyn and Courtney and their two dogs. She is an avid hockey fan and extreme couponer who loves to bake and enjoys sharing the results with everyone.

Welcome to Rotary Kathy!

Meet New Member Kathy Rollinger Autumn Herber 2012-05-28 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary Mileage Reimbursement

Posted by Randy Domeyer on May 27, 2012
The Board has approved a mileage reimburesement rate equal to the Charitable Mileage rate allowed by the IRS. The current rate is $.235/mile.  Please check with any Board Member if you have a question on what travel is eligible for reimbursement.
Rotary Mileage Reimbursement Randy Domeyer 2012-05-28 00:00:00Z 0

Last Week's Program

Posted by Rich McCluer on May 19, 2012

Last week's program was Katy Smith of Winona, who was named Minnesota Teacher of the Year in 2011.  It was the first time the award has been bestowed on a teacher who specializes in Early Childhood Family Education. She has taught in the Winona school district since 1993. Early Childhood Family Education is based on the idea that the family provides a child's first and most significant learning environment and parents are a child's first and most important teachers. Parents and children from infancy to pre-kindergarten together attend classes together.

Smith received her degree in social work from Winona State University and a master's in education from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. She started as a chemical dependency counselor, but knew what she wanted to do as a career when she attended Early Childhood Family Education with her first child. She finds it rewarding to start building strong families rather than trying to repair damaged families after the fact.

Easily one of our most dynamic speakers, Smith covered topics ranging from her excitement at meeting President Obama to the importance of teaching self regulation. She recalls her pride in helping change the Minnesota law that required teachers who were deployed to pay their own subs when they returned. Under the old law, the pay for deployed teachers making less in the military than at teaching was available to them less the cost of hiring a substitute teacher. That is no longer the case thanks in part to Katy Smith.

Katy also wrote about her visit to Rotary on her blog minnesotateacheroftheyear.blogspot.com.

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Notice Katy is right next to President Obama, so much so that she was even stroking his arm!

Last Week's Program Rich McCluer 2012-05-20 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club Visioning Session

Posted by Autumn Herber on May 19, 2012
A big thank you to everyone who attended our Club Visioning Session last week.  It was a great success and we have lots of wonderful ideas and plans for the future.  We will be sharing our discussions at an upcoming meeting in June.  There was some great new energy and a lot of new ideas shared.  We worked hard, but had some fun too and some of us even got to hear Dave Wickstrom recite the Dr. Goat story.
Rotary Club Visioning Session Autumn Herber 2012-05-20 00:00:00Z 0

Reminder - Club Visioning Session Tuesday Night

Posted by Autumn Herber on May 12, 2012
Reminder that our our Rotary Club Visioning Session is Tuesday, May 15th from 4:45 - 9:00pm at Pleasant Valley Church.  Dinner will be provided.  There will be a six member team from our district coming to help guide us through this Visioning Session.  The following people have signed up to attend, but it would be good to have a few more come too.  If you have not signed up already and you are able to attend please email me at aherber@charter.net.  We need as many people from our club participating as possible as we set our future goals. A big thank you to everyone who is coming Tuesday night!

Those signed up to attend are: Autumn Herber, Randy Domeyer, Cherie Burke, Mark Neville, Rick Iglesias, Bob Deter, Diane Amundson, Terry Klonecki, Rod Baker, Bob Spencer, Dave Wickstrom, Don Salyards, Kelly Stayton, Mike Bernatz, Roger Metz and Bob Williams.

Reminder - Club Visioning Session Tuesday Night Autumn Herber 2012-05-13 00:00:00Z 0

Paul Harris Fellow Recognition Program

Posted by Cherie Burke on May 09, 2012

Paul Harris Fellow recognition is given in appreciation to anyone who contributes, outright or cumulatively (or in whose name is contributed), a gift of US$1000.00 or more to the Annual Programs, Polio Plus Fund or the World Fund or as a sponsor portion of a Foundation grant.

Points towards a Paul Harris Fellow


For our Newest Rotarians:
Each New member will be given 100 points upon completion of new member
Mentor checklist

Each New member will receive 10 points for each meeting they attend in the 1st 90 days.

For every donation new members make to the Annual Programs, Polio Plus Fund or the

World Fund in their 1st year of membership. We will match up to 100 points.

For our existing Rotarians

Receive 10 points for each service project you participate in ie:  Feed my Starving Children, Lake Clean Up, Rotary Readers, The Dictionary Project etc…

– Makeup must be reported to the club secretary in order to receive credit for points.

Receive 50 points if you are the chair of a project

Receive 50 points if you sponsor a new member

Receive 10 points if you attend a meeting of another club.

Point will be credited to your account on an annual basis in increments of 100 points

* Points can be awarded to anyone at the discretion of the board at anytime throughout the year


This program may be tweaked along the way and your input is welcome.

 

Paul Harris Fellow Recognition Program Cherie Burke 2012-05-10 00:00:00Z 0

Successful Lake Clean Up

Posted by Cherie Burke on May 09, 2012

Lake Clean Up was a success!!!!!
 
A BIG Thank you to everyone that came out to help us clean up
the small lake area on Saturday May 5th.
We found  interesting things in the lake again this year. 
Flips flops and a skate board were found as well as lots of straws and plastic bags. Yes it is true that someone got a little wet this year. While I was testing to see how deep the water was my right leg went right in and my rubber boot was STUCK under the water -  Thankfully Corwin was near and helped me get free.

All is well and our lake area is cleaner than when we found it.

Successful Lake Clean Up Cherie Burke 2012-05-10 00:00:00Z 0

Late Newsletter

Posted by Randy Domeyer on May 08, 2012
I apologize for the late newsletter this week. I have been helping a daughter and son-in-law fix up a house they bought to move into on Friday and it has been some late nights. The bulletin was unfortunately forgotten. Sorry!
Late Newsletter Randy Domeyer 2012-05-09 00:00:00Z 0

This week's program

Posted by Autumn Herber on May 05, 2012
This week we will be having our quarterly Club Assembly.  We will be introducing our new Paul Harris Recognition Points system and hearing from some of our new members, as well as one of our scholarship recipients.  Hope to see you all at Rotary on Wednesday!
This week's program Autumn Herber 2012-05-06 00:00:00Z 0

What is happening in Winona

Posted by Cherie Burke on May 03, 2012

Hey fellow Rotarians are you aware that it is National Tourism week May 5-13, 2012

Do you know about all the great things there are to do in the Winona?

Just for starters if you check out the Marine Art Museum you can see Artworks by 19th Century American Painters – The Farmers Market is now open at 2nd & Main Street on Saturdays from 7:00 am to 12:00 and Wednesdays 2-6pm

The City Park & Rec Department offers free rentals of bikes and canoes, kayaks and Liberty boats at Lake Lodge – The Winona Ridges Group is working to increase bike awareness and having an event at Lake Lodge on Saturday May 19th at 1:00pm this is a family friendly event.

Shop til you drop 100 mile Garage Sale Saturday May 5th. June 2 & 3rd is the June Bloom event at Garvin Heights Vineyard and let’s not forget about Chocolate, Shakespeare and Champagne Saturday June 9 from 7 pm -9pm at the Huff- Lamberton House – these are just a few of the wonderful things happening I hope you are able to get out and enjoy some of these events.

What is happening in Winona Cherie Burke 2012-05-04 00:00:00Z 0

Last Week's Program

Posted by Autumn Herber on Apr 29, 2012
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Our program at Rotary last week was about the Humane Society.  We even had two special 4 legged friends join us.

Last Week's Program Autumn Herber 2012-04-30 00:00:00Z 0

Member Trivia

Posted by Randy Domeyer on Apr 29, 2012


This week's trivia:

             Share a fact that no one in Rotary knows about you.

                    I was an extra in Grumpier Old Men.

            Tell us about a time you got into mischief when you were young.

                    I was a good boy! At least I never got caught.

            What was the most impulsive thing you ever did.

                    Disappeared from WSU in March 1959 and enlisted in the Navy - best thing I ever did!

This person is JC Pfeifer!



   Last week's trivia.          

             Share a fact that no one in Rotary knows about you.

                            No information provided.

            Tell us about a time you got into mischief when you were young.

                             I crashed my parent's car into a Chinese restaurant. 

             What is the craziest or most impulsive thing you have ever done?

                             Joined the Army.

             Rotarian for one year.
             Met spouse at WSU.
             Has one child

This person is Erik Jensen!.

             

Member Trivia Randy Domeyer 2012-04-30 00:00:00Z 0

Attendance and Make-ups

Posted by Cherie Burke on Apr 27, 2012
We now have several months of attendance entered in to the website.
 Please take a look at how you are doing and how I am doing at recording.
 I try to record all make-ups given to me at the end of the month when I am reporting attendance numbers to the district. If you notice I have missed something please let me know right away so you can be given proper make- up or meeting credit.  - you can email any corrections to me at
Cherieb@hbci.com
Attendance and Make-ups Cherie Burke 2012-04-28 00:00:00Z 0

Fireside Chat

Posted by Randy Domeyer on Apr 22, 2012
There is a Fireside Chat for our new members on Tuesday, April 24, from 4-5:30. Location is at Randy and Celia Domeyer's home - 8820 Leesher Drive, MN City. Everyone is invited to attend to help welcome our newest members!
Fireside Chat Randy Domeyer 2012-04-23 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary District Conference

Posted by Autumn Herber on Apr 14, 2012
On April 13-14, Diane Amundson, Rod Baker, Cherie Burke, Donna Helble, Autumn Herber, and Terry Klonecki attended the Rotary District Conference "Embracing Humanity ~ Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things".  We had the opportunity to hear some amazing speakers, learn more about Rotary and potential projects, network with fellow Rotarians and to be inspired.  We were encouraged to renew our dedication to Rotary and to "Reach Within to Embrace Humanity".  We will be sharing more about the conference at an upcoming meeting.
Rotary District Conference Autumn Herber 2012-04-15 00:00:00Z 0

DO NUT Miss This Meeting

Posted by Randy Domeyer on Apr 08, 2012

DO NUT Miss this meeting on Long Johns, Glazed and Powered Oh My. Something fun to capture the day.

 

Bloedows will be presenting at our April 18th meeting and will engage us in:

 

· Understanding the history of the bakery

· Learning the processes necessary to make such great donuts

· Discovering the newest items at the bakery

· Having Rotarians share their favorite stories of the bakery

 

In additions donuts will be served and door prizes will be given away.

Feel free to bring a guest to experience a donut from one of the best bakeries in Minnesota!

DO NUT Miss This Meeting Randy Domeyer 2012-04-09 00:00:00Z 0

Last Week's Program

Posted by Autumn Herber on Mar 17, 2012
Attached the the powerpoint presentation from our program last week about the Castlerock Museum in Alma.  Due to technical difficulties with the projector we were not able to see the presentation very well, so now you can view it at your leisure.

Go to
http://www.crsadmin.com/Gen/club/clubdoc.aspx?aid=7962 
and click on the link named Castlerock presentation to download or view.
Last Week's Program Autumn Herber 2012-03-18 00:00:00Z 0

Short Term Exchange Student

Posted by Eric Johnsrud on Feb 21, 2012

Winona Rotary to host short term exchange student

The Winona Rotary Club will be hosting an Ecuadorean student on a short term exchange during the months of February, March, and April.  Maria Milagros Jaramillo Barnuevo, a recent high school graduate from Pinas, Ecuador, will be living with the Johnsruds during her stay in Winona.  This is pursuant to the short term exchange that the Johnsrud’s daughter, Alisa, took to Ecuador.  During the exchange, she stayed with Maria Milagros’ family.  Milagros, as she prefers to be called, will be attending Winona Senior High School after her arrival in Winona on February 23rd..  Among her interests are dance, music, and travel.  Please give Milagros a warm welcome to Winona.

Short Term Exchange Student Eric Johnsrud 2012-02-22 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary Foundation Fun Facts

Posted by Autumn Herber on Feb 11, 2012
Paul Harris Fellow recognition was established in 1957 to show appreciation for contributions, and to encourage substantial ones, to what was then the Foundation’s only program: Rotary Foundation Fellowships for Advanced Study, the precursor to Ambassadorial Scholarships. Today, the recognition acknowledges individuals who contribute, or who have contributions made in their name, $1,000 to The Rotary Foundation. Learn more about donor recognition.
Rotary Foundation Fun Facts Autumn Herber 2012-02-12 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary Fun Facts

Posted by Autumn Herber on Feb 05, 2012
On 23 February 1905, Paul P. Harris, Gustavus Loehr, Silvester Schiele, and Hiram E. Shorey gathered in Chicago for what would become known as the first Rotary club meeting. A second club was formed in San Francisco in 1908, and soon after, clubs began to pop up across North America. 
Rotary Fun Facts Autumn Herber 2012-02-06 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary Readers This Week

Posted by Autumn Herber on Jan 22, 2012
We will be having Rotary Readers this week.  Rotarians go out into the schools and read to various classrooms.  The kids always look forward to having us come and read.  Please see Donna Helble for more information or to sign up.
Rotary Readers This Week Autumn Herber 2012-01-23 00:00:00Z 0

The roots of Rotary's polio efforts

Posted by Autumn Herber on Jan 07, 2012
On September 29, 1979, Rotarians and delegates of the Philippine Ministry of Health looked on as volunteers administered drops of the lifesaving Sabin polio vaccine to children in the Manila barrio of Guadalupe Viejo.

When James L. Bomar Jr., then RI president, put the first drops of vaccine into a child's mouth, he ceremonially launched the Philippine poliomyelitis immunization effort, and Rotary's first Health, Hunger and Humanity (3-H) Grant project was underway. Bomar joined Enrique M. Garcia, the country's minister of health, in signing the contract committing Rotary International and the government of the Philippines to a joint five-year effort to immunize about six million children against polio at a cost of about US$760,000.

In a 1993 interview, Bomar reminisced about the trip. He recalled how the brother of one of the children he had immunized tugged on his pant leg to get his attention, and said, “Thank you, thank you, Rotary.”

The success of this project set the stage for Rotary's top priority to rid the world of polio. As a result of Rotary’s efforts, more than two billion children have received the oral polio vaccine. Since Rotary launched its PolioPlus campaign in 1985, the number of polio cases worldwide has dropped 99 percent, and the virus remains endemic in only four countries -- Afghanistan, India, Nigeria, and Pakistan.  

But we can't stop there.  Did you know that more than 10 million children will be paralyzed in the next 40 years if the world fails to eradicate polio?

You can help Rotary get the job done by contributing to Rotary’s PolioPlus program or creating awareness of polio.

                                                                ENDPOLIONOW_4p 

 

 

The roots of Rotary's polio efforts Autumn Herber 2012-01-08 00:00:00Z 0

The Four-Way Test

Posted by Autumn Herber on Dec 10, 2011

In 1932, Rotarian Herbert J. Taylor created The Four-Way Test, a code of ethics adopted by Rotary 11 years later. The test, which has been translated into more than 100 languages, asks the following questions:

Of the things we think, say or do

  1. Is it the TRUTH?
  2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
  3. Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
  4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?
The Four-Way Test Autumn Herber 2011-12-11 00:00:00Z 0

TRIVIA

Posted by Cherie Burke on Dec 09, 2011

I found these little tidbits interesting - Cherie Burke

Did you know that in the 1830's ketchup was sold as Medicine?

The Flintstones were the first prime time couple shown in bed

 

Chickens outnumber people. (Cherie's personal favorite)

 

In one year Mexico City sinks about an inch.

 

The  BLOOD of a lobster is blue. (I didn't know lobsters even had blood)

 

The number of dimples on a golf ball is 336.

Dogs can get a toupee in Tokyo.

 

When leaving a cave bats always turn left. (at my house they fly right and left )

 

Before going into space astronauts are not permitted to eat beans. (want to guess why??)

 

Muhammad is the world's most common first name.

 

In 1919 the first pop up toaster was patented however the toaster really didn’t take off until sliced bread was invented and now the average household spends 35 hours a year making toast

 

TRIVIA Cherie Burke 2011-12-10 00:00:00Z 0

Memory Lane

Posted by Randy Domeyer on Nov 07, 2011

What was your