Today: Literacy Initiative with Sara Line (Weber)
Birthdays: Ryan Bluemhofer (9/21) and Jack Hoschouer (9/22)
Next Week: MOM Brands with Bob Johnson (Lawlor)
Rotary Club committee chairs provided a sampler of the kind of service opportunities available to members.
The International Service chaired by Russ Halvorson works in five areas – Global Grant Scholar, Foundation, Youth Exchange, International Service Projects and Vocational Training Team. Our two district service projects are beds for an elderly housing complex in Brazil and bathrooms for a school in the Himalayas. We have leveraged $2,000 in local dollars for each project into $10,000 and $8,000, respectively. Our youth exchange program has reached almost legendary status within Rotarian circles. We sent out 16 outbounds this year and are hosting six inbounds. Vicki Dilley describes the program as a “path to peace.”
Rotary Club Service includes chronicling our life and times through the archives and the programs we have. This committee is also in charge of providing the social glue that makes this a personal and meaningful experience for members through several fellowship events throughout the year.
Community Service is our way of stimulating the T-shirt industry, according to Judy Brown-Wescott, chair. This committee oversees the Defeat of Jesse James Bike Tour, Turkey Run, Craft Fair during Defeat Days and the concerts. Anything we can put on a T-shirt, this committee does. Judy said we are actively searching for an event to replace the basketball tournament we have sponsored for several years.
Vocational Service coordinates program such as revolving local donations ($5,000 annually), our Good Neighbor Award, our local flagship project with the KEY and our literacy initiative.
Public Relations & Communications is the committee that publicizes Rotary activities. We need to pray in public once in a while. This group maintains the web site, puts out press releases and lays out the Cogwheel each week.
Membership is really a responsibility all of us should shoulder The president-elect and six others coordinate this effort.
If you resonate with any of these opportunities, let President Jane or President-Elect Jim Prichard know and they will see that we use your gifts wisely.
New Members: Erin Mayberry (Puczko), Recreation Coordinator for Northfield Public Schools Community Services; John Sinning (Estenson), a controller for Field Solutions; and Dan Brogan (Rich), Churchill Tires. Welcome one and all.
Guests: Our six inbound exchange students: Megan Durkin, one of our host Mom’s (V. Dilley)
Scholarship Enhancement Winner: Alan Anderson
Good Neighbor Award Nominations are due today. If you have a nomination, please communicate that with Carl Caskey. This award goes to a NON-Rotarian who has served the community in a notable way.
Oct. 4 — Tim Penny, Ethics in Grant making and what’s new with the SMIF (Tsui)
Oct. 11 — Meet the Inbounds Program (Vicki Dilley)