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Rotary Cogwheel | 07.18.2013

July 18, 2013

Today: President Jim Prichard, State of the Club Address

Birthdays: Jan Stevens (7/15)

Next Week: Dina Festler, Children Cultural Connections

Coronation: We once again had an orderly transition of power. Queen Jane Fenton, our fearless leader for the past 12 months, yielded to King James Prichard. Jane reigned with intelligent style and grace. She is a happenin’ person and sent our Rotarian “hip” quotient through the roof, while making weekly gatherings both fun and meaningful. She received a well-deserved Standing “O” and a rousing chorus of “For She’s a Jolly Good Queen.” Thanks Jane for your guiding hand and positive energy this past year. King Jim. Good luck. We are all right behind you.

Last Week:

Rick Ornsby is on a mission. He wants to help underwrite an international service project that will help farmers in Sierra Leone build a sustainable cassawa production project.

His Faribault Rotary Club is leading the charge on a $54,000 campaign to make this happen. Rick would like our club and individual members to contribute.

Sierra Leone is the poorest country on the world’s poorest continent. It is rebounding from civil strife and searching for economic underpinnings that will erase the desperate poverty that surrounds its people.

Cassawa is a tuber that can be grown there. It is used for animal feed and an ingredient in cosmetics, glue and plywood. The funds would help a group of eight farm cooperatives purchase the equipment necessary to process and market this crop.

Two physicians with mission ties to Sierra Leone persuaded Faribault’s Rotary to adopt this project. Rick has been to Africa four times. He said it can get a hold on you.

They are hoping to raise $20,000 locally, $15,000 from the Faribault club and another $5,000 from other clubs, and have that matched by another $34,000 from the district and the foundation.

Last Week’s Guests: Dick Cook and granddaughter, Olive, (Fenton); Spencer Fredrickson, Wendy Pietson and Rachel Woldum, all of the Key, (Fenton); Riana Dilley (L. Dilley); Miquel and Sophie Sherman (V. Dilley) and Tammy Prichard (Brown).

Scholarship Enhancement: Keith Covey

Announcements:

Keyfest will take place this Saturday, 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Estenson’s Ranch. Volunteers are still needed to help with the setup, take down, staging and hospitality. There will be good music, family-friendly activities and an auction and short program at 7 p.m.

Rick Estenson has volunteered to be the vice chair of the North Star Rotary Youth Exchange Program.

Vicki Dilley is looking for two host families for the second and third chapters of the stay of our inbound from Kazakhstan.

If your committee has a need or sees an opportunity that has budget implications for the coming year, please let King James know.

Beginning July 25, we will repair to the United Methodist Church for our meetings. It will be a six-month trial. After that, we will decide collectively if we will make a permanent change.

The password to the Members Area on our website has been changed as is our custom when the guard is changed. It is now prichard, no “t.”

Coming Up:

August 1 — TBA
August 8 — Matthew Covey, Immigration Law (Covey)

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