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Rotary Cogwheel | 06.06.2013

June 6, 2013

Today: Lin Bruce, Tales of Biking Across the USA (Prowe)

Birthdays: Roberto Zayas (6/5) and David Wolf (6/6)

Next Week: Bob Showers, author of “Twins At The Met.” (Ophaug)

Last Week:

It’s tough to spot a gambling addict on the street. There are few tell-tale signs. That’s why it is called the “hidden addiction.”

According to Mike Downey, a representative of Northstar Problem Gambling Alliance, it is a serious issue that afflicts 3 to 4 percent of our adult population. He says 1 percent of the country’s adult population can be considered pathological gamblers; another 2.5 percent are on the cusp and characterized as problem gamblers.

But what’s the big deal? Most of us gamble in some small way. Gambling has burrowed its way deep into the culture. A trip to the casinos has become a rite of passage for many when they turn 18. Most of the gambling is done by younger people, those with education and resources. Cards, sports events and games of skill are the most popular forms of gambling. The casinos, illegal betting and charitable gambling attract the most money. The most addictive form of gambling is the slot machines at the casinos, Downey said.

Gambling becomes a problem when a habit causes disruptions in any major area of your life: psychological, physical social or vocational. Mike is quick to point out that a gambling addiction is not a moral failing; it is a disease. But Mike said there is a cure. The state lottery funds treatment programs through the Minnesota Department of Human Services. There are 102 providers in 89 locations across the state. The Minnesota Problem Gambling Hotline is the best way to connect with these resources. The number is 1-800-333-HOPE.

Mini Classification

Roni Deschamps is a California girl. She grew up there and taught special education in Los Angeles schools for many years. She moved to Minnesota eight years ago to be near her youngest son.

She has two other children, 10 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Besides teaching, Roni has worked in finance in several different settings.

Roni lives in Walcott Township south of Faribault. When she’s not at Rotary, she volunteers with the Rice County Historical Society and the Faribault Preservation Commission. She lives in Walcott Township south of Faribault and is a neighbor to Mike Downey, last week’s speaker.

Last Week Guests: Adnan (Fenton) and Jim Burau (V. Dilley)

Scholarship Enhancement: Mark Abbott


Tonight, tonight won’t be just any night. Tonight there will be festivities and food.  You are invited to gather at the Estenson Ranch Event Center at 6 p.m. to celebrate  graduation and the youth exchange program.

Coming Up:

June 10 — Correspondents will meet with the outbound students and families at 7 p.m. at Estensons. If you have questions, contact Vickyi Langer.

June 20 — Zach Mitchell, returning exchange student (V. Dilley)

June 27 — Lonna Lyne, Rotary Fellowship Exchange to Turkey (V. Dilley)

July 4 — Holiday. Enjoy the Fireworks

July 11 — Rick Ornsby, Faribault Rotary Club’s service project