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Rotary Cogwheel | 10.03.2013

October 3, 2013

This Week: Daniel Sellers and Nick Banovertz of MinnCAN, the “Road to Success” bus tour.

Birthdays: Robert Bierman, Michelle Lasswell and Kurt Larson (9/29), Tom Durkin (9/30), Kyle Nordine (10/7)

Next Week: Alan Anderson, Ocean Acidification (Caskey)

Last Week:

Opportunities abound for meaningful and fulfilling Rotary service. Committee chairs outlined the activities and responsibilities of their respective groups. We learned that:

— the Youth Exchange Committee will need volunteers to help with interviewing outbound exchange student candidates on Monday, Oct. 28;
— the International Service Project committee has more money than ideas. They are looking for new projects and champions who will lead the charge;
— Virginia K. does not — repeat does not — need more volunteers to help manage the Defeat of Jesse James Days craft fair. It runs on its own momentum;
—  Dave Brown would like each Rotarian to pledge $100 a year to the Rotary Foundation;
— Chris Weber has room for members to help with club literacy projects;
— Our Local Donations Committees awards $5,000 a year to local projects, many of which support youth activities. Last year, we awarded between $100 and $500 to 16 different projects. Carl Caskey, chair, said the committee’s tradition has been to react to outside requests. But they invite ideas from club members, too.
— Missi Arens reminded us that we are now in our fifth year of partnership with The Key. By helping them with their fundraising activities, we have increased our youth engagement and helped them develop real-world leadership skills.

The full list of committees and service opportunities are listed on Page 3 of the weekly bulletin. Let President Prichard know how you would like to make a difference.

Guests: Our exchange students Yoshino Tokigawa from Japan, Gunho Park from South Korea, Rodolfo Ramirez from Chile, and Lucas Coelho from Brasil (Prichard); Our prodigal son Mike Lane (Estenson); and Teri Hamlin (Prichard).

Scholarship Enhancement: Myron Solid

Announcements:

— We are going to do the Turkey Trot again on Thanksgiving Day. It will be our 13th year. Kurt Larson is looking for business sponsors to support the run. He sees it as a growth area. Rob Bierman said the committee would benefit from more volunteers on the days leading up to the race. If you can help, contact him.

— President Prichard shared a letter from the Vintage Band Festival organizers thanking us for our $2,500 contribution to this past year’s event.

— Vicki Dilley alerted us to a Global Study Exchange (GSE) to Sweden next May. They are looking for one Rotarian to coordinate the trip and four or five non-Rotarians, ages 25-45, to participate. The emphasis during the four-week tour will be on health care and economic development.

Coming Up:

Oct. 17 — Steve Underdahl, President and CEO of Northfield Hospital & Clinics (Reese)
Oct. 24 — Jon Snodgrass, classification (Rich)
Oct. 31 — Theresa Tillson, classification (Nemo)

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