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COVID-19

As we are all aware, we are in a very difficult time with the current COVID-19 pandemic.  The Farmington Rotary is following District 5960 recommendations and suspending our regular lunch Meetings until further notice.  We are still networking together by meeting online each week, so that we can keep finding ways to support our community.
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Giving Back

Posted on Dec 04, 2019
2019 ROTARY DONATIONS:  $51,285! 
Thank you to all of our friends who have contributed to this success whether it was from purchasing raffle tickets, attending or volunteering at Ramble Jam!  We couldn't have raise those funds without your help.  Thanks!
 
 
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Arms Full

Posted on Dec 04, 2019
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Members of the Rotary Club of Farmington spent Tuesday evening shopping for two families the club adopted for 360 Communities’ Armful of Love holiday giving program. 
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Farmington Rotary donates more than $61,000 in 2018

Thank you to everyone who supported Ramble Jam in 2018. Whether you volunteered, sold raffle tickets, attended the event or contributed in another way, your support allowed Farmington Rotary to donate more than $61,000 to programs that supported families and changed lives in our community and around the world.
Farmington Rotary donates more than $61,000 in 2018 Linda Landwehr 2019-02-01 06:00:00Z 0

Out with the old. In with the new.

Farmington Rotary Club Past President Corey Tutewohl thanked outgoing President Krysia Moe for her leadership and service at her last meeting of the 2017-2018 Rotary year on June 28.
 
President Moe capably led Farmington Rotary during a year in which the club gained six new members and donated $59,885 to local and international causes.
 
Farmington Rotary thanks President Moe for her leadership, and warmly welcomes incoming President Shannon Nielson as she takes the reigns at her first meeting of the 2018-2019 Rotary year on July 12 at noon at Celt's in downtown Farmington.
Out with the old. In with the new. Linda Landwehr 2018-06-28 05:00:00Z 0

July 12 meeting: The Sheridan Story

More than 200,000 children in Minnesota live with food insecurity. Without reliable access to food – such as meal programs at school – the risk of hunger is very real. The Sheridan Story works to combat hunger in our community by filling the gaps to food access that children face: primarily weekends and summers.
 
Join Farmington Rotary at Celt's Pub in downtown Farmington on July 12 to learn what we can do for hungry kids in Farmington. It's here. It's real. We can all help.
July 12 meeting: The Sheridan Story Linda Landwehr 2018-06-28 05:00:00Z 0

No meeting July 5

The July 5 meeting of the Farmington Rotary Club is canceled due to the July 4 holiday. Meetings will resume July 12.
No meeting July 5 Linda Landwehr 2018-06-27 05:00:00Z 0

Reminder to donate a gift card

This is a reminder that Farminton Rotarians are asked to donate a low-increment gift card to be used as a small prize at the annual Breaking Free family BBQ. Please bring a $5 or $10 gift card to to a meeting by July 26 and give it to Leshia. You can also drop it off for her at Premier Bank in downtown Farmington.
 
Your club is also purchasing two $50 Target gift cards to donate as larger prizes. Thank you for supporting these women and children in their journey to be free of sexual violence.
Reminder to donate a gift card Linda Landwehr 2018-06-19 05:00:00Z 0
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June 28 meeting: There will be cake

Sometimes life offers up mysteries. I heard there may be cake at our June 28 meeting. The rest of the meeting is a bit of a mystery for me. So come and have cake. Maybe. Because it wasn't really clear to me that someone would actually bring it.
June 28 meeting: There will be cake Linda Landwehr 2018-06-19 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary volunteers for Dew Days

Farmington Rotarians showed up in force at Farmington Dew Days Beer, Brats & Bingo event on June 14 to volunteer in the Bingo tent. Thanks to the number of Rotarians who helped, the time spent selling cards between games went so fast the event ended an hour earlier than in the past, leaving time for players who wanted to stay to play additional games. This also raised additional money for Dew Days.
 
Thank you to everyone who helped, and to the Dew Days committee for organizing such a fun community event!
Rotary volunteers for Dew Days Linda Landwehr 2018-06-15 05:00:00Z 0

Deadline to register for Toxic Charity event

This Friday, June 22, is the deadline to register for District 5960's Fast for Hope event featuring Bob Lupton, author of Toxic Charity. Lupton has been at the forefront of urban ministry activism for 40 years and his experience and research reveals the unintended consequences of modern charity and how it affects those it's meant to serve. Based on his findings, Lupton developed proven new models for charitable groups who want to serve others in ways that lead to lasting, real-world change.
 
The event is Wednesday, June 27 from 5:30-8 p.m. in Minneapolis.
Register by June 22
Deadline to register for Toxic Charity event Linda Landwehr 2018-06-13 05:00:00Z 0

October 16th meeting: Club assembly

Club assembly is a bimonthly business meeting of Farmington Rotary. This is the club's opportunity to hear from our president and committee chairs about the significant work taking place in our club and Rotary International. Please join us at noon on October 16th at Celt's in downtown Farmington.
 
If we have time, we can do some classification talks.  We have Annie, Rachelle, Jay and TJ that are next in line.
 
 
October 16th meeting: Club assembly Linda Landwehr 2018-06-08 05:00:00Z 0

June 7 meeting: Farmington Community Disaster Response

Do you remember last fall hearing about our schools collecting buckets of cleaning supplies to send to Texas?  Did you or someone you know donate a bucket, attend the sendoff of a semi truck and supplies from Pellicci ACE Hardware?  Following the impact of Hurricane Harvey last year, several community members started meeting and formed the FCDR; the Farmington Community Disaster Response effort. Join us on Thursday, June 7 to hear an update from members of this team, including Mayor Todd Larson, and those from the city, community, businesses, churches, and even a few Rotarians.
 
And as June concludes the Rotary year, join the efforts of Rotarians around the world to finish the year strong with your financial support to the Rotary Foundation. The Foundation helps so many people in so many ways in so many places, and perhaps provides Farmington Rotary an opportunity to team up with other Rotary clubs to do even more for the people Texas. Join us at noon at Celt's in downtown Farmington on June 7, as we hear from the FCDR team.
June 7 meeting: Farmington Community Disaster Response Linda Landwehr 2018-06-06 05:00:00Z 0

Farmington Rotary awards $4,000 in scholarships


This potentially-good-looking group of Rotarians had the privilege of presenting two Service Above Self and two STRIVE scholarships to four accomplished graduating seniors from Farmington schools in May.
 
Styve Smedshammer from Farmington High School accepted her $1,000 Service Above Self scholarship May 30. An additional $1,000 scholarship was presented to Jaselyn Anderson at Christian Life Academy the following morning.
 
Selena Garcia from FHS was on hand May 30 to accept a $1,000 STRIVE scholarship. Brian Trejo Soto, not pictured, was also awarded a $1,000 STRIVE scholarship.
 
Thank you to Farmington Rotarian Jamie Thompson for leading the club's scholarship efforts, and to you, for your continued support of this club. This is one of the many ways Farmington Rotary makes a difference here and around the world.
Farmington Rotary awards $4,000 in scholarships Linda Landwehr 2018-06-04 05:00:00Z 0

Fast For Hope event

Our District’s Fast for Hope Committee invites you to attend an evening with Bob Lupton, author of Toxic Charity, on Wednesday, June 27th.  Details and registration information are attached.
 
Toxic Charity provides proven new models for charitable groups who want to help—not sabotage—those whom they desire to serve. Lupton shows us how to start serving needy and impoverished members of our communities in a way that will lead to lasting, real-world change. Several Rotarians in our district have heard Bob speak and give him a high recommendation. Please join your fellow Rotarians in great discussion and for an introduction to this new methodology for addressing extreme poverty.
Fast For Hope event Linda Landwehr 2018-05-30 05:00:00Z 0

District Governor installation

The 2017-2018 Rotary year is about to come to a close. For those new to Rotary, our year runs from July 1 through June 30, and each year clubs get new leadership. And every Rotary club around the world belongs to a district, whose leadership also changes each year. Farmington Rotary belongs to District 5960.
 
Join your fellow Rotarians in Austin, Minn. on Tuesday, June 12, as we celebrate the installation of our 2018-2019 Rotary 5960 District Governor Mike Becker. The fun begins at the Spam Museum with self-guided tours, followed by a social hour with appetizers, beverages, and great conversation at the historic Paramount Theater, a short walk away. The Installation Program begins at 7 p.m. in the theater. Cost per person is $40 and you are asked to bring a new or gently used children's book to support the Austin Rotary Literacy Project.
 
Let's celebrate! Registration is available through June 5.
 
 
District Governor installation Linda Landwehr 2018-05-30 05:00:00Z 0

June 28 meeting: Classification talks

Rotary has this thing called classifications. According to Rotary.org, "...classifications refer to occupations, professional expertise, and training. Rotary clubs aim to include members from a number of classifications because (that) increases a club's capacity to serve its community." 
 
And a unique Rotary tradition is a classification talk. This is an opportunity for Rotarians to stand up and talk about their business. It's also an opportunity for club members to ask personal questions. It's not good manners, but it's an opportunity. So show up on June 28 at noon at Celt's in downtown Farmington. Because classification talks are on the agenda, and this just might be an opportunity you wouldn't want to miss.
June 28 meeting: Classification talks Linda Landwehr 2018-05-25 05:00:00Z 0

June 14 meeting: Andean Community Partners

Andean Community Partners began in 2005 when pediatrician Dr. Doug Tate and Professor Ted Johnson developed an interim course at St. Olaf College called Peruvian Medical Experience. For the first two years of the program, 12 premedical and predental students shadowed a surgical team of Children’s Surgical International in Arequipa Peru.
 
Join us at noon on June 14 at Bourbon Butcher in Farmington, as Dr. Tate takes us on a journey to Peru, where Andean Community Partners now serves 500 to 600 patients annually in their mission to improve the health and well-being of people in Andean communities by focusing on health and infrastructure, while encouraging St. Olaf students to live a life of worth and service.
 
June 14 meeting: Andean Community Partners Linda Landwehr 2018-05-23 05:00:00Z 0

So who's talking trash?

This past Saturday turned out to be the perfect day for roadside cleanup! Thank you to Leshia for organizing and leading the charge, and to her sons Nick and Sam and their friend, Nate, and to Sara and Chad Butruff, TJ, Melissa, and Nate and his daughter for schlepping garbage. It all looked so nice and neat piled up beside Pilot Knob Road. The club is grateful for your service, as is Mother Nature.
So who's talking trash? Linda Landwehr 2018-05-22 05:00:00Z 0

May 31 meeting: Acupuncture for all

Miriah Mantik is a licensed acupuncturist and Oriental medicine practitioner at Family Chiropractic in Farmington. She also has been attending Farmington Rotary regularly in place of Annie.
 
On Thursday, May 31, Miriah will talk to us about acupuncture and Oriental medicine, a comprehensive health care system encompassing a variety of traditional healthcare therapies that have been used for more than 3,000 years to diagnose and treat illness, prevent disease and improve well-being.
 
So don't get stuck being uninformed. (Get it?) Be sure to join us at noon at Celt's in downtown Farmington on May 31. Maybe she can help you with that pain in your life.
May 31 meeting: Acupuncture for all Linda Landwehr 2018-05-17 05:00:00Z 0

No meeting July 5

Remember: We are not holding a regular meeting on July 5. The board voted to cancel it due to the July 4 holiday. Now you can go to the cabin guilt-free. Or do whatever else you want to do guilt-free. The choice is yours.
No meeting July 5 Linda Landwehr 2018-05-15 05:00:00Z 0

JD Dentinger fundraiser

JD Dentinger, a graduate of Farmington High School, is currently fighting inoperable and incurable brain cancer. There are a couple of ways to help provide financial support to the family.
  • TOWN Sports is selling t-shirts and wristbands. Proceeds support the family.
  • You can make a donation at Premier Bank in downtown Farmington.
As is our practice, Farmington Rotary will donate a Ramble Jam basket for a future silent auction, when it is scheduled.
 
Prayers for JD and his family are also a welcome way to support them.
JD Dentinger fundraiser Linda Landwehr 2018-05-15 05:00:00Z 0

Membership updates

Starting in June we'll have two new members from Old National Bank.
  • Wendy Boos, Farmington branch manager
  • Larry Calhoun, financial adviser
And Natalie Schultz, previously with Roundbank, resigned from Farmington Rotary due to a job change.
 
Please extend a warm welcome to Wendy and Larry when they join our club in June.
Membership updates Linda Landwehr 2018-05-15 05:00:00Z 0

May 24 meeting: Ageless fitness

If we're lucky, we'll all get older. And we're going to want to do more than just lift a pint at the bar every weekend. Well... most of us.
 
So join us on May 24 when "The Kyles" from Anytime Fitness talk about Ageless Fitness, a program for those age 55 and older to stay healthy and fit for years to come.
 
Thinking that aging gracefully is the way to go? Non ma chèr , c'est le moment de charger avec enthousiasme, en criant "l'âge soit damné" jusqu'à la fin.
 
And there will be plenty for the under-55 crowd to learn, too. Because age isn't a number. L'âge est un état d'esprit.
May 24 meeting: Ageless fitness Linda Landwehr 2018-05-10 05:00:00Z 0

May 17 meeting: Dew Days update

Join us on May 17 at noon at Celt's in downtown Farmington to hear from our own Amanda Stender about the plans for Dew Days 2018. Not from Farmington and wondering why it's called Dew Days? Well, Amanda can tell you that too, and so much more.
May 17 meeting: Dew Days update Linda Landwehr 2018-05-08 05:00:00Z 0

Board meeting date change

Please note that the board meeting, previously scheduled for Tuesday, May 15, is now scheduled for Monday, May 14 at noon at Bourbon Butcher. All are welcome to attend, and it counts as a makeup for any missed weekly meetings.
Board meeting date change Linda Landwehr 2018-05-08 05:00:00Z 0

May 24 meeting: Ageless fitness

Some of us are old. Well, at least older. And unlike most Rotary clubs, some of us are not.
 
For those who are of the "older" set, don't miss the May 24 meeting when The Kyles – Rotarian Kyle Henning and sometimes-sub Kyle Custer, both with Anytime Fitness – talk to us about their Ageless fitness program. This is a small-group functional training program designed for folks age 50 and older.
 
And for those who do not belong to the aforementioned demographic, join us anyway. With any luck you, too, will someday be 50 or older. And also, you have parents, right?
May 24 meeting: Ageless fitness Linda Landwehr 2018-04-26 05:00:00Z 0

STRIVE inspires

Farmington Rotary hosted 21 students from Farmington High School on April 26 to recognize their efforts and ambition with STRIVE. STRIVE stands for Students Taking a Renewed Interest in Valuing Education. In this student-led program, seniors from Farmington High School work toward improving their academic and personal skills as they move toward graduation. Rotarians participate as mentors and facilitators at weekly meetings.
 
"STRIVE has helped me learn to not procrastinate. It's taught me the importance of doing my homework today instead of waiting until tomorrow," said one STRIVE student.
 
Rotarian Shannon Nielsen reminded the students, "We get just as much out of this as you do. Sometimes I go to STRIVE and need it more than you."
 
STRIVE wraps up the 2017-18 academic year June 1. A new year of STRIVE will begin in October of 2018. Thank you to Rotarian Jamie Thompson for his passion in organizing and leading Farmington Rotary's STRIVE program.
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May 3 meeting: Students of the Month

Farmington Rotary's final Students-of-the-Month recognition for the 2017-2018 academic year takes place at our May 3 meeting when we once again honor some worthy Farmington citizens. We will recognize senior Styve Smedshammer from Farmington High School, and fifth-graders Maggie Crosby from Meadowview Elementary School and Megan Liebers from Gateway Academy.
 
Additionally, in keeping with our tradition at Farmington Rotary, we will also honor senior citizen Pennie Page for her volunteer work in our community and at Rambling River Center.
 
Join us at noon at Celt's in downtown Farmington to hear how these amazing Farmingtonites so generously give of their time and talents and live out the Rotary motto of putting Service Above Self. Guests are encouraged to attend this inspiring meeting.
May 3 meeting: Students of the Month Linda Landwehr 2018-04-20 05:00:00Z 0

April 26 meeting: STRIVE recognition

Since October, a dedicate group of Farmington Rotarian mentors – led by the even-more-dedicated Rotarian Jamie Thompson – has met weekly with a remarkable group of seniors from Farmington High School to provide them with tools, resources and support as they move toward graduation and the next phase of their lives. STRIVE – Students Taking a Renewed Interest in Valuing Education – is one of many programs where Rotarians make a difference in the lives of others. It's all about putting service above self.
 
And now, for the rest of us who haven't been involved with STRIVE, we have the great honor of meeting and recognizing these students and their hard work and achievements when we host them for lunch on April 26 at Celt's in downtown Farmington. Don't miss it. And prepare to be inspired even more than we are on Student-of-the-Month day.
 
As always, this would be a great meeting to bring a guest and introduce them to Rotary and all we do. But this one will be especially great.
April 26 meeting: STRIVE recognition Linda Landwehr 2018-04-20 05:00:00Z 0

Farmington Rotary makes important donation

Talk about Ramble Jam in action!
 
Farmington Rotary presented 360 Communities with a check for $8,000 on April 19 to support Partners for Success. Partners for Success places family support workers in Farmington schools to help students and families overcome barriers to success by implementing effective home-based strategies that increase parental involvement, improve academic performance and connect families to community resources.
 
According to a 2015 study by the University of Minnesota's Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement (CAREI), for every dollar invested in Partners For Success, a conservative estimate of $5 is returned in social benefits, which includes personal earnings gains, higher tax revenues, public health savings, and crime reduction. The return on investment could be more than $14 with a more aggressive interpretation of the data.
 
This is important work. And Farmington Rotary is a part of it because of your support for our fundraiser, Ramble Jam. Thank you for making this donation possible.
Farmington Rotary makes important donation Linda Landwehr 2018-04-20 05:00:00Z 0

Farmington Rotary welcomes Ann Hastings

President Krysia Moe welcomed Ann Hastings to Farmington Rotary on April 19. Ann is the director of violence prevention at 360 Communitites and has lived in Farmington for seven years. Ann is also a past member of the Hastings Rotary Club and enjoys running, gardening, hiking and reading.
 
Please reach out Ann and introduce yourself. We're excited to have her on board!
Farmington Rotary welcomes Ann Hastings Linda Landwehr 2018-04-20 05:00:00Z 0

April 26 meeting: STRIVE students recognition

 
Join us on Thursday, April 26 at noon at Celt's in downtown Farmington when we honor our STRIVE students for the 2017-2018 academic year. STRIVE stands for Students Taking a Renewed Interest in Valuing Education. In this student-led program, seniors from Farmington High School work toward improving their academic and personal skills as they move toward graduation. Rotarians participate as mentors and facilitators at weekly meetings. 
April 26 meeting: STRIVE students recognition Linda Landwehr 2018-04-13 05:00:00Z 0

Farmington Rotary honors students and senior volunteers

Farmington Rotary honored two outstanding students from Farmington schools during the April 12 Students-of-the-Month meeting. Fifth-grader Shelby Van Hecke from Akin Road Elementary School, and senior Percy Buckner from Farmington High School, were recognized.
 
Also recognized was senior citizen Darline Lehmann, who was nominated by Joy Lauterbach from Trinity Terrace.
 
Farmington Rotary honors students from local schools and a senior citizen each month from October through May who embody the Rotary motto of Service Above Self. Students are nominated by teachers and school administrators. Senior citizens are nominated by community partners.
Farmington Rotary honors students and senior volunteers Linda Landwehr 2018-04-13 05:00:00Z 0

May 10 meeting: A different kind of miracle

Jim Tabaka, founder of Midwest Fence, is a big supporter of Farmington Rotary and Ramble Jam. In fact, Midwest Fence has donated the fencing for the concert bowl at Ramble Jam since the festival began. Jim's support for our club is so great that his retirement package from the company included an agreement to continue donating the fencing for Ramble Jam for the following three years.
 
Jim is also heavily involved in Miracle League in Lakeville, and has another miracle of an idea he wants to explore. You might say he's swinging for the fence with this one.
 
Bad joke aside, Jim has an idea to create a nine-hole miniature golf course at King Park in Lakeville, designed for disabled kids – and able-bodied alike. He also expects that a lot of Farmington folks will use it as well.
 
Join us at noon at Celt's in downtown Farmington on May 10 to hear Jim explore this idea and the funding opportunities. And when you see him, be sure to thank him for his support of Farmington Rotary and Ramble Jam.
May 10 meeting: A different kind of miracle Linda Landwehr 2018-04-03 05:00:00Z 0

April 5 meeting: Difference Makers

John Crudele is a certified speaker and life coach who helps individuals, teams and companies maximize their potential. John's signature humor and relevant messages empower listeners to find genuine fulfillment, both personally and professionally.
 
John is also a dedicated Rotarian with the Eden Prairie Morning Club. John believes that Rotarians are difference makers, and that there are difference makers that lead to success.  Join us at noon at Celt's Pub in Farmington on April 5, when John will speak about those difference makers.
 
April 5 meeting: Difference Makers Linda Landwehr 2018-03-23 05:00:00Z 0

Pieper Foundation speaks to Farmington High School athletes

Farmington Rotary donated $1,000 to the Pieper Hope and Challenge Foundation in December, 2017, and on Jan. 31, 2018, Duke Pieper brought his inspirational message to athletes at Farmington High School. Duke's story of having to move beyond a future professional hockey career after life-altering brain surgery at 15 years old is powerful for anyone facing challenges.
 
Duke used the donation from Farmington Rotary to provide each athlete at his presentation with a copy of his book, "I'm Alive: Courage, Hope, and a Miracle."  The book can also be purchased on Amazon. As one reviewer of Duke's book said, "Life isn't easy for many but the option to persevere is." Duke shows us all what it's like to persevere.
Pieper Foundation speaks to Farmington High School athletes Linda Landwehr 2018-03-22 05:00:00Z 0

March 22 meeting: Beyond Books

A library is where you can check out a book, right? And where you can check out a movie. And where you can even "check out" a digital book for your Kindle or Nook. And where you can print out a 3D version of (fill-in-the-blank here....) _________.
 
Wait. What? Print a 3D copy of something? Yes, and so much more! Join us on Thursday, March 22 to learn about all of the things we can do at the library besides check out books. Barb Svoboda, branch manager at the Farmington Public Library, will update our vision of libraries for the 21st century. Join us at noon at Celt's Pub in downtown Farmington. 
March 22 meeting: Beyond Books Linda Landwehr 2018-03-20 05:00:00Z 0

Rachelle's stepmom, Ruth Hurt, passed away Mar. 12

After losing her dad this past December, fellow Rotarian Rachelle Pariseau lost her stepmom, Ruth Hurt, on March 12. "Ruthie" passed away at the Regina Care Center in Hastings at 78 years of age. This past year has been quite the ordeal for Rachelle and her family, with Ruth being Rachelle's fourth and final parent to recently pass away.
 
A funeral mass will be held at St. Pius V Catholic Church, 410 W. Colvill St. in Cannon Falls, on Saturday, March 17.  Visitation will begin at 12:30 p.m. and the funeral mass will begin at 1:30 p.m. Please keep Rachelle and her family in your prayers. Ruth's full obitituary is here.
Rachelle's stepmom, Ruth Hurt, passed away Mar. 12 Linda Landwehr 2018-03-14 05:00:00Z 0
March 22: Judge & U.S. District Court Nominee Nancy Brasel Linda Landwehr 2018-03-09 06:00:00Z 0

March 8 meeting: Love is in the air

If you missed last week's Source, then you missed my somewhat sarcastic introduction to this week's meeting. Too bad for you. Because this week's meeting information is rather boring. Well actually, I haven't written it yet, so it's possible I'll be wrong about that. I've been wrong about other things before so no one should be surprised, like that outfit I wore to my first toga party in 1978. Yeah, that might have been a mistake.
 
Anyway, this week we hear how Fab! Weddings and Glenhaven Events can help brides and grooms create their dream wedding day. I don't believe togas are generally involved.
March 8 meeting: Love is in the air Linda Landwehr 2018-02-26 06:00:00Z 0

501 Club meets at 5:30 Thursday. Don't ask me why.

Ask Kyle Anderson. He is the person responsible for deciding that Farmington Rotary's newly-established 501 Club should meet at 5:30.  But really, is the why important? Probably not. Only the when and where, which is 5:30 this Thursday, March 1, at Bourbon Butcher.
 
I've heard a rumor that newly-minted Northfield Rotarian Anika Rychner may join us. There may also be a siting of the ever-elusive Nathan Hanson, or perhaps even mystery-Rotarian Tom Severson. You just never know who will show up. Mostly because we haven't done this before. But also because the 501 Club is at a time that may work better for those who struggle to make noon lunches. Or maybe it's because there will be alcohol served. Yeah, it's probably the latter. But whatever gets us there, right? 
 
Feel free to bring your significant other. And remember, the 501 Club counts for the attendance contest (just remember to make note of it on the attendance sheet) and you are paying for your own drinks and food. See you there!
501 Club meets at 5:30 Thursday. Don't ask me why. Linda Landwehr 2018-02-26 06:00:00Z 0

March 29 meeting: Sheriff Tim Leslie

As the 20th sheriff of Dakota County, Sheriff Tim Leslie strives to keep Dakota County residents up to date on the services and resources available from his office. His goal is to serve the public with a balance of quality and efficiency that gives you confidence and pride in the services they provide.
 
Sheriff Leslie will speak to Farmington Rotary on March 29 at noon at Celt's in downtown Farmington. So pay up your tickets before coming for lunch, or your fellow Rotarians may see a demonstration of how to taser and cuff a perp. That's street lingo for perpetrator, and you don't want that person to be you.
March 29 meeting: Sheriff Tim Leslie Linda Landwehr 2018-02-26 06:00:00Z 0

March 8 meeting: Wonderful weddings

On March 8 we'll hear from Fab! Weddings and Glenhaven Events about what they can offer brides and grooms as they plan their future together. From casual to fancy, indoors to outdoors, and budget to blow-the-budget, there's something for everyone. Join us at noon at Celt's in downtown Farmington as we explore wedding options in the Farmington area.
March 8 meeting: Wonderful weddings Linda Landwehr 2018-02-26 06:00:00Z 0

March 22 meeting: U.S. District Court nominee Nancy Brasel

Judge Nancy Brasel is a judge for the Minnesota State District Court for the 4th Judicial District and the childhood BFF of our own Leshia Cummins. Judge Brasel was recently nominated by President Trump to the U.S. District Court for Minnesota.
 
Join us on March 22 as Judge Brasel shares childhood secrets of escapades with Leshia, especially the ones from their high school years, which thankfully happened before everyone shared everything on social media.
 
Actually, I have no idea what she's going to talk to us about. But if I were you, I'd clean up any outstanding warrant issues before attending our March 22 meeting at noon at Celt's in downtown Farmington.
March 22 meeting: U.S. District Court nominee Nancy Brasel Linda Landwehr 2018-02-20 06:00:00Z 0

Farmington Rotary honors students and senior volunteer

Farmington Rotary honored two outstanding students from Farmington schools during the March 1 Students-of-the-Month meeting. Fifth-grader Jacob Traynor from Farmington Elementary School, and senior Cole Stansbury from Farmington High School, were recognized.
 
Also recognized was senior citizen Donna Simon, who was nominated by Joy Lauterbach from Trinity Heath Campus.
 
Farmington Rotary honors students from local schools and a senior citizen each month from October through May who embody the Rotary motto of Service Above Self. Students are nominated by teachers and school administrators. Senior citizens are nominated by community partners.
Farmington Rotary honors students and senior volunteer Linda Landwehr 2018-02-01 06:00:00Z 0

Farmington Rotary honors students from Christian Life Academy and local senior citizen

Farmington Rotary honored three students from Christian Life Academy during the Feb. 1 Students-of-the-Month meeting. Brennan Young, fifth grade; Aldo Guzman Castillo, eighth grade; and Joel Vandegrift, twelfth grade, were recognized.
 
Also recognized was senior citizen Pat Korshenina, who was nominated by Missie Kohlbeck from Rambling River Center.
 
Farmington Rotary honors students from local schools and a senior citizen each month from October through May who embody the Rotary motto of Service Above Self. Students are nominated by teachers and school administrators. Senior citizens are nominated by community partners.
Farmington Rotary honors students from Christian Life Academy and local senior citizen Linda Landwehr 2018-02-01 06:00:00Z 0

An armful of thanks

Not that any thanks was needed, yet Farmington Rotary received the above thank you letters for our support of two families during the holidays through 360 Communities' Armful of Love program. Rotarians shopped and wrapped and handed out gifts as part of our annual service project to make the holidays brighter for struggling families. Clearly, judging by the heartfelt letters, we made a difference.
 
Each family received a $100 gift card to Cub Foods in addition to gifts for each member in the family. Makes ya feel all warm and tingly inside, now doesn't it?
An armful of thanks Linda Landwehr 2018-02-01 06:00:00Z 0

Feb. 15 Club Assembly

Join us for a chance to catch up on club business and socialize with friends.  No outside speaker today, just our Rotary family.
Feb. 15 Club Assembly Barbara J. Svoboda 2018-02-01 06:00:00Z 0

Help needed for Community EXPO Jan. 27

The Farmington Community EXPO is Sat., Jan. 27 at Farmington High School from 9 a.m. to noon. Farmington Rotary will exhibit at the EXPO and we could use at least one more Rotarian to help in our booth. So far, only Lori has offered to help. Please consider volunteering if you aren't already there on behalf of your own business. The EXPO gives our club the opportunity to promote our projects, membership and Ramble Jam.
Contact Linda if you can volunteer that morning. And thanks for all you do for Rotary.
Help needed for Community EXPO Jan. 27 Linda Landwehr 2018-01-09 06:00:00Z 0

Apr. 19 meeting: Club assembly

April 19 brings us another edition of club assembly.This is a general business meeting of the club where you have the opportunity to hear everything that is going on behind the scenes. There will be reports from committee chairs including budget and donations, service projects, membership, RI Foundation activity, Ramble Jam and more. But the best part is the fellowship that happens at this meeting. And you know how much Rotarians love fellowship, and we need YOU to make that happen.
 
Farmington Rotary is about so much more than our weekly meetings and this is your chance to find out what's happening. See you at noon at Celt's in downtown Farmington.
Apr. 19 meeting: Club assembly Linda Landwehr 2018-01-05 06:00:00Z 0

Feb. 22 meeting: What is radon?

Radon is a colorless, odorless radioactive gas that seeps up from the earth. When inhaled, it gives off radioactive particles that can damage the cells that line the lung. Long term exposure to radon can lead to lung cancer.

We'll top off our February meetings as we hear from Scott Arcand, radon program coordinator with the Minnesota Department of Health, about radon in Minnesota and what we can do to protect our homes and families from it. As always, guests are welcome and we meet at noon at Celt's in downtown Farmington.

Feb. 22 meeting: What is radon? Linda Landwehr 2018-01-05 06:00:00Z 0

Feb. 15 meeting: Assemble the Forces!

No, Farmington Rotary isn't going into battle. But our Feb. 15 meeting does bring us another club assembly meeting. This is a general business meeting of the club where you have the opportunity to hear everything that is going on behind the scenes. Of particular note for this club assembly is that we will vote for our 2017/2018 board of directors. President Elect Shannon Nielsen has worked hard to put together a board of engaged and supportive members to lead this club into the future. This is our opportunity to hear about that and show our support.
 
In addition, we'll get reports from our committee chairs. Come hear a budget report. Come hear about our donations. Learn about our service projects and RI Foundation activity. Come hear about Ramble Jam and more. But most of all, come for the fellowship, because Rotarians love fellowship and we need you to make that happen.
 
Farmington Rotary is about so much more than our weekly meetings and this is your chance to find out what's happening. See you at noon at Celt's in downtown Farmington.
Feb. 15 meeting: Assemble the Forces! Linda Landwehr 2018-01-05 06:00:00Z 0

Feb. 1 meeting: Students of the Month

Join us on Feb. 1 when we honor some deserving students from Christian Life Academy during our monthly Students-of-the-Month meeting. Brennan Young, fifth grade; Aldo Guzman Castillo, eighth grade; and Joel Vandegrift, twelfth grade, will be recognized.
 
Come and hear from these amazing young people who so generously give of their time and talents to our community. Guests are encouraged to attend this inspiring meeting.
Feb. 1 meeting: Students of the Month Linda Landwehr 2018-01-05 06:00:00Z 0

Feb. 8 meeting: Brand Farms

It might be the depths of winter in Minnesota, but local farmer Aaron Brand is busy year-round with his farming operation, Brand Farms, producing milk, eggs and apples for Farmington and beyond.  Join us on Feb. 8 when we hear from Aaron, a fourth-generation farmer, about his decision to expand his family's dairy farm to include products they had never before produced and where you can purchase them. Guests are also invited to "Think Spring" at noon at Celt's in downtown Farmington.
Feb. 8 meeting: Brand Farms Linda Landwehr 2018-01-05 06:00:00Z 0

Jan. 25 meeting: Junior Achievement

Established in 1949, Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest serves greater Minnesota, North Dakota and western Wisconsin, where innovative programs are taught in more than 700 schools by nearly 10,000 volunteers. Through age-appropriate curricula, Junior Achievement  prepares students for their future and teaches them how to succeed in the global economy.

Karyn Thompson, community partnership director for JAUM, speaks to us on Jan. 25 about JA BizTown, an innovative program that provides students with experience in a simulated free market lab where they become adults for a day. By working in one of 15 JA BizTown shops, students learn what it takes to run a successful business and understand the relationship between what they learn in school and their successful participation in a global economy.
 
JAUM currently provides programs in Farmington's elementary schools and wants to expand into our middle schools and high school. Join us on Jan. 25 at noon at Celt's in downtown Farmington. Guests are always welcome.
Jan. 25 meeting: Junior Achievement Linda Landwehr 2018-01-05 06:00:00Z 0

Jan. 18 meeting: Transformational Life Coaching

Bring a guest to our Jan. 18 meeting and kick off 2018 with an inspirational jolt that sets you on the path to success this year. Nada Hogan is a DreamBuilders Life Coach and a nationally certified acupuncturist and Chinese medicine practitioner. Nada will help us discover the critical ingredients for extraordinary, consistent success, and how we can transform our dreams into reality. 
Jan. 18 meeting: Transformational Life Coaching Linda Landwehr 2018-01-05 06:00:00Z 0

Apr. 12 meeting: Students of the Month

Farmington Rotary's April 12 meeting will once again honor some worthy Farmington youth during our monthly students-of-the-month recognition. We will recognize senior Percy Buckner from Farmington High School and fifth-grader Shelby Van Hecke from Akin Elementary School.
 
In addition to our students of the month, Farmington Rotary also has a tradition of honoring a senior citizen. April's honoree is Darline Lehmann. Joy Lauterbach from Trinity will introduce Darline.
 
Join us at noon at Celt's in downtown Farmington to hear how these amazing people so generously give of their time and talents and live out the Rotary motto of putting Service Above Self. Guests are encouraged to attend this inspiring meeting.
Apr. 12 meeting: Students of the Month Linda Landwehr 2018-01-03 06:00:00Z 0

It's Student-of-the-Month time again

Join us at noon on March 1 when we gather for a club favorite, our Students-of-the-Month meeting, where we recognize some worthy Farmington students. We'll meet at Celt's in downtown Farmington to hear how these amazing young people so generously give of their time and talents and live out the Rotary motto of putting Service Above Self.
 
Guests are encouraged to attend this inspiring meeting.
It's Student-of-the-Month time again Linda Landwehr 2018-01-03 06:00:00Z 0

Holiday lunch for Farmington's senior citizens: Dec. 14

 
Farmington Rotary's annual holiday luncheon for the community's senior citizens takes place Thurs., Dec. 14 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Farmington.
 
A delicious catered meal is served at noon, followed by entertainment from Farmington High School's New Dimensions Choir and Synergy Dance Studio, and every senior leaves with a gift bag.
 
The cost is $8 and seniors can purchase tickets from Rambling River Center.
Holiday lunch for Farmington's senior citizens: Dec. 14 Linda Landwehr 2017-11-30 06:00:00Z 0

Meeting hosts

Rachelle, Kyle and Don are working their way through their hosting duties for the month of May. Krysia, Steve and Barb will take over in June. New Club Admin Chair Janie is now in charge of trying to organize club members into a hosting schedule for the up-coming RI-year 2017-2018. Let her know if there are certain months of the year that do not work for you.
 
And as always, hosts appreciate help with setting up before meetings and cleaning up after. Please come early or help tear down after a meeting if you can.
Meeting hosts Linda Landwehr 2017-03-15 05:00:00Z 0

Bring a guest!

As a reminder, we are asking each Rotarian to invite a potential new member to this Thursday's meeting. Guests can have lunch on us, plus they can learn about the resources provided to business owners by Open to Business and they can check out Farmington Rotary.
 
Potential members can attend three Rotary meetings as our guest before deciding whether to submit an application for membership. That gives them time to get to know what we're about and what we support. After three weeks, we ask them to cover the $10 cost of their meal if they need more time to make a decision. Please make every effort to make sure guests are warmly welcomed, and to tell them why you joined Rotary and why they should join too.
Bring a guest! Linda Landwehr 2017-03-15 05:00:00Z 0

This week's meeting: Open to Business

Be sure to attend our "lunch-and learn" meeting this Thursday when we hear from Laurie Crow, business advisor with the Metropolitan Consortium of Community Developers, speak about how Open to Business can help you develop a business plan, identify challenges and opportunities, tailor solutions to meet your business' needs, identify financial needs and apply for business financing.
 
Open to Business is a partnership between Farmington, the Dakota County Community Development Agency and the Metropolitan Consortium of Community Developers to provide FREE, personal and confidential business consulting services to businesses and entrepreneurs. Come to our meeting on March 30 and hear all about it.
 
Guests are welcome and encouraged to attend.
This week's meeting: Open to Business Linda Landwehr 2017-03-14 05:00:00Z 0

Membership changes

There have been some membership changes recently, so to catch everyone up to speed, here's what has been approved by your board of directors recently. Please extend a welcoming hand to our new members, and if you run into a former member or someone on a leave of absence, be sure to mention how much we miss them.
 
New members
Nathan Lehmeyer - LeaderOne Financial
Barb Svoboda - Farmington Library
 
Resignations
John Budrow
Pam Hadler
Josh Hampsher
Dan Mohr
 
Leave of Absence
Brian Jones
 
Membership changes Linda Landwehr 2017-03-10 06:00:00Z 0

In case you missed it...

Last week at club assembly, by vote of members present at the meeting, the following members are elected to the 2017-2018 Rotary-year board of directors.
 
President Krysia Moe
President elect Shannon Nielsen
Secretary Corey Tutewohl
Treasurer David McKnight
Fundraising chair Lori Jensen
Service projects chair Anika Rychner
Public relations chair Linda Landwehr
Membership chair Lisa Franxman
Club admin chair Janie Tutewohl
Foundation chair Sara Butruff
Director at large Jamie Thompson
Director at large Annie Mickelson
Motion to approve - Lori
Second - Rachelle
APIF
 
 
Please take a moment to thank your fellow Rotarians for agreeing to serve and lead this club.
In case you missed it... Linda Landwehr 2017-02-22 06:00:00Z 0

Volunteer opportunities

  • Join your fellow Rotarians as we award winners of our Service Above Self scholarships on Wed., May 31 at 7 p.m. at the FHS Recital Hall.
  • Represent Farmington Rotary in the Farmington Dew Days parade. Meet at the fairgrounds at 4:30. Families are welcome and encouraged to participate.
  • The club is still looking for someone to help with technology and our website. Please call Linda at 651-463-6233 or email her to find out more.
  • Our big fundraiser, Ramble Jam, is right around the corner. It will come fast! If you haven't already committed to helping, contact Lori to find out where you can best serve. And thanks for all you do!
Volunteer opportunities Linda Landwehr 2017-02-10 06:00:00Z 0

Club donations

Your club has made the following donations to date in 2017, for a total of $9,250.
  • Dakota County Sheriffs Explorers: $500
  • Law Enforcement United: $250
  • St. Michaels Church: $500
  • 360 Communitites: $7,500
  • Polio Plus: $500
Please speak to a board member if you have questions about donations.
Club donations Linda Landwehr 2017-02-10 06:00:00Z 0

Holy cow! We gave away how much?

Sticking with my "reliable sources" theme, a very reliable source tells me that your club made the following cash donations in 2016. I might just buy a pair of cowboy boots for Ramble Jam to celebrate. You should do something special to celebrate too, because this is amazing.
 
Be sure to speak up if you have questions about our donations.
 
ST. MICHAELS CHURCH $500
FARMINGTON SNO TIGERS $750
RAMBLING RIVER CENTER $2,500
FARMINGTON POLICE DEPARTMENT $4,000
360 COMMUNITITES $12,000
FARMINGTON FIRE DEPARTMENT $4,120
ISD 192 POSSUM ACADEMY $2,500
TREE HOUSE $3,000
STUDENT SCHOLARSHIPS $10,000
FAST FOR HOPE
$500
BACKPACK PROJECT $1,895
FHS HOMECOMING $500
TWIST AND TUMBLE GYMNASTICS $1,989
LADY TIGERS SWIM AND DIVE $5,465
SYNERGY DANCE $1,054
FARMINGTON ROYALTY $744
FHS FOOTBALL $3,264
COOPERSTOWN BASEBALL $2,448
FHS DANCE $2,510
ISD 192 PATRIOTIC DAY $500
ARMFUL OF LOVE $1,980
TOYS FOR TOWN $1,500
WINTER SPECIAL ADVENTURES $1,000
SPRUCE PLACE PROGRAMS $200
COMMUNITY EDUCATION SCHOLARSHIPS $3,936
TOTAL
$68,855
Holy cow! We gave away how much? Linda Landwehr 2017-02-07 06:00:00Z 0

Upcoming meetings: Fact or fiction?

I've heard vague rumors, which to me is reason enough to spread this news. The following meetings are available for your entertainment pleasure. Be sure to attend so you can be entertained. Or so you can be informed, which isn't really popular these days but seems to be necessary.
  • This Wed., Feb. 8, 8:30 a.m. at Farmington City Hall – February Ramble Jam meeting
  • This Thurs., Feb. 9, 1 p.m. at Celt's – February board meeting
 
Upcoming meetings: Fact or fiction? Linda Landwehr 2017-02-07 06:00:00Z 0

Membership update: The bill is in your email

Dues
Invoices were emailed on Monday for third-quarter dues, which is Jan-Mar 2017. Please email Rachelle if you didn't get yours.
 
If you are behind on your dues, please reach out to David to make arrangements to catch up.
 
Have you resigned?
Gosh, we hope not! But circumstances do change and sometimes Rotary just isn't in the cards for now. If you think you've resigned but haven't sent an official email to Janie or Corey, please take a moment to do that now. The club must continue paying dues on your behalf to the district and Rotary International until we receive an official resignation from you. Just know that you will be missed and are welcome back anytime!
Membership update: The bill is in your email Linda Landwehr 2017-01-31 00:00:00Z 0

This week's meeting: Farmington Jouney

Have you heard about Farmington Journey? This exciting new program provides new opportunities of interest to adults around the age of 50 and older as they continue their journey through life. Farmington Journey's unique purpose is to inspire Farmington's midlife and older adult population to enhance and ignite their life experiences, health and happiness as they continue with life’s journey. This time in life can be a time of renewal with energy and purpose. Farmington Journey is an initiative led by Farmington Area Schools Community Education and the Farmington Parks & Recreation’s Rambling River Center. Come learn more at our Rotary meeting on March 23.
This week's meeting: Farmington Jouney Linda Landwehr 2017-01-30 06:00:00Z 0

Getting to know Snapchat and more

You know how I told you last week that this week's meeting would be all about getting to know each other? Well, plans have changed. Instead of getting to know each other, tomorrow's March 16 meeting will be all about getting to know Snapchat, the popular app that is all the rage with millennials and lets you easily talk with friends, view live stories from around the world, and explore news in Discover. I have no idea what that means. I just got that description off the Snapchat website.
 
But our own Jenna Pellicci is convinced that Farmington Rotary, Ramble Jam and YOUR BUSINESS need to be on Snapchat. So she's going to show us how to do it. Come to the meeting and learn how to download the app, set up an account and get started. Learn how to use it to promote your business. Learn how to explore news in Discover, because to me, discover is a verb and I'd like to know how it can be a noun. So should you.
 
And here is the "more" part. Time permitting, Janie and Corey will lead a discussion about how they use social media to promote their business – and how you can use it too. And you probably have some tips to share too. So don't be shy – tell us what you know! And tell us what you would like to know. Related to social media, of course.
 
Rotarians helping Rotarians. It's what makes the world go 'round.
Getting to know Snapchat and more Linda Landwehr 2017-01-30 06:00:00Z 0

Get your Irish on at Rosemount Rotary's Irish for a Day Soiree

It's absolutely true! The Lucky Charms Leprechaun will be making an appearance at Rosemount Rotary's Irish for a Day Soiree on Sat., Mar. 18 from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. at the Rosemount Community Center. Seriously – I wouldn't kid about a thing like this. And it will be magically delicious.
 
Some of you might not be aware that the Farmington Rotary Club sponsored the Rosemount Rotary Club. So like, before us, they didn't exist. Which is why we like to support their fundraiser. Well that, and because of Nathan's pants.
 
So join your fellow Farmington Rotarians for the magic. The club normally buys a table, and I'm not guaranteeing it will happen again, but your board will vote on it at Thursday's board meeting and if you want one of the potential tickets, I suggest you get on the list now because they will go fast. Again, this is a safe list to be on: not the "We're taking names" kind of list that no one wants to be on these days. I am also not guaranteeing anything about Nathan's pants. You will just have to show up to see what happens. Or doesn't happen.
 
Hire the babysitter now and put this on your calendar. Let Linda know if you would like one of the tickets – assuming the club is buying a table – and if you'll be bringing a guest. Tickets for guests are $45 and can be purchased here.
Get your Irish on at Rosemount Rotary's Irish for a Day Soiree Linda Landwehr 2017-01-30 06:00:00Z 0

Ways to be involved, other than just attending meetings

There is so much more to Rotary than meetings! I realize that might be hard to believe given the first three articles, but it's true. And this is where you get to really know your fellow Rotarians. No one forms bonds while listening to a speaker, so put yourself out there and get involved in all the ways Rotary is involved locally and in the world. Following are some upcoming opportunities:
Ways to be involved, other than just attending meetings Linda Landwehr 2017-01-23 06:00:00Z 0

Membership update: Your bill is in your email

Dues
Invoices were emailed on Monday for third-quarter dues, Jan-Mar 2017. Please email Rachelle if you didn't get yours.
 
Have you resigned?
Gosh, we hope not! But circumstances do change and sometimes Rotary just isn't in the cards for now. If you think you've resigned but haven't sent an official email to Janie or Corey, please take a moment to do that now. The club must continue paying dues on your behalf to the district and Rotary International until we receive an official resignation from you. Just know that you will be missed and are welcome back anytime!
 
Membership update: Your bill is in your email Linda Landwehr 2017-01-23 00:00:00Z 0

Next week: Everyone's favorite meeting

Punxsutawney Phil won't be the only star on Feb. 2. That day is not only Groundhog Day – which is pretty awesome – it's also Student-of-the-Month day at Farmington Rotary, which is even awesome-er. I'm not sure if awesome-er is even a word (well actually, I am sure it isn't), but if it is, I'm not sure if it should be hyphenated. But I do know that when I type awesomer or awesomeer, the little red line that underlines the word tells me that spelling is not correct. But when I type awesome-er, no red line appears. So it's probably right, because otherwise it wouldn't be on the internet, right?
 
Anyway, be sure to attend our Student-of-the-Month meeting. Because even if you don't see the sun shine that day, you'll see some bright and shining stars at Farmington Rotary.
Next week: Everyone's favorite meeting Linda Landwehr 2017-01-23 00:00:00Z 0

This week: Run! Hide! Fight!

No, that's not the appropriate response to everyone's political posts on Facebook. Well, it is – but it means something much more than that this week.
 
As a result of the Columbine High School shootings, police officers around the country have completely changed the way they train schools, hospitals and businesses to react when there is a threat in their building. Two Farmington principals who have gone through extensive training will review what happened at Columbine and share why the processes have changed. Be sure to attend so you know what to do if there is a threat at your place of business or at any public building.
 
This will be a great meeting to bring a guest or potential member. Well, every meeting is, but this one will be especially good!
This week: Run! Hide! Fight! Linda Landwehr 2017-01-23 00:00:00Z 0

This is not the Source you're used to

Nathan has a new job and is busy complaining about not having time to nap. So this week's edition of the Source is coming to you courtesy of me. I'm not sure if there's some way for you to know who I am, but if not, I'll leave it to your imagination. If there is, well, then I'm apologizing in advance for whatever mistakes I make. So don't expect too much. Because frankly, I have no idea how this newsletter program works or what the final version will look like.
This is not the Source you're used to Linda Landwehr 2017-01-23 00:00:00Z 0

Fairground

I wasn't sure I could find a song-related title to go with next week's meeting information, but it turns out there is a song by Simply Red called Fairground. I do not recommend you listen to it.
Anyway, next week's meeting is at the Dakota County Fairgrounds. We'll eat. We'll talk about Ramble Jam and then, ideally, everybody will stick around and put the finishing touches on Ramble Jam preparations.
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Today

Our speaker today is Tom Hendrickson, a Lakeville Rotarian who has visited us before to talk about a project that club is working on in Tanzania. They are working on a global grant that would provide loans to 500 families in Iringa, Tanzania. Those loans help farmers plant crops, and that is a good thing because that is how food is made. Lakeville has committed $10,000 to the project and is trying to raise $100,000 to be matched by the international and district clubs. That's a lot of grants, and a lot of crops. He'll provide information and ask our club to join in.
Today 2016-09-08 00:00:00Z 0

Golden Ticket

One next-to-last item about Ramble Jam: Remember the raffle tickets you got awhile back? You've been selling those, right? Of course you have. Since you've certainly sold dozens, please bring the money you've collected to Heidi or Krysia today. If maybe you haven't sold all of them, that's probably something you should do. Every ticket you sell is 100 percent profit for the club. And profit is a good thing.
Golden Ticket 2016-09-08 00:00:00Z 0

Speaking of music, how about Ace of Base

Ace of Base is definitely not country, except maybe in Sweden. But they do have a song called The Sign, and we're looking for people who have a good place to put a Ramble Jam banner. Which is a big sign. One that will open up your eyes. If you have a great place for a banner, let Lori and Anika know and they'll make sure you get one.
Speaking of music, how about Ace of Base 2016-09-08 00:00:00Z 0

Just like Rihanna said

OK, Rihanna isn't exactly a country artist, but she does have a song that prominently features the word "work," and since none of the work in question has to do with pick-up trucks or beer (at least not until later), it's what we're going with.
Because of some changes with the stage we'll have this year, we need to provide a little bit of the labor to assemble everything. Think of it like a Brobdingnagian Erector set. We're looking for about nine able bodies who can be at the fairgrounds at 9:30 a.m. next Thursday. We need confirmation, so let Lori know if you can be there.
Just like Rihanna said 2016-09-08 00:00:00Z 0

The final countdown

This is it, friends. We're one week away from being one day away from the start of Ramble Jam. Have you sold all of your raffle tickets? Cleared your schedule? Found bulk pricing on ibuprofen? Get ready, folks, because it's happening and you're going to be an important part of it. But now, on with business.
The final countdown 2016-09-08 00:00:00Z 0

Saving lives in Ghana

What is it like taking a large team to Africa?  It has probably been one of the most rewarding experiences in my life. In mid February, I began leading Rotary members from all over the East Coast of the United States through Ghana. I’ve tried to give the team a warm Ghanaian welcome like I’ve received on my earlier trips. A large trip is a real blessing because each person sees Ghana and our work in a different way.
Saving lives in Ghana 2015-05-01 00:00:00Z 0

Finding Safe Haven

For years, Angalia Bianca had slept in abandoned buildings throughout Chicago. She stole. She did drugs. She spent time in and out of jail for forgery, theft, trespassing, and possession of narcotics. But after she landed in prison for the seventh time, something changed -- Bianca knew she wanted a better life. She just didn’t know how to make it happen.
Finding Safe Haven 2015-05-01 00:00:00Z 0

Helping people with disabilities make their own music

Music has been an important part of leading an ordinary life for students at the Music School for Children With Disabilities in Honor of Paul Harris in Lublin, Poland. Founded by Rotary members, the school serves 20 students with various disabilities, including Down syndrome, autism, and visual impairments. The Rotary Club of Lublin-Centrum-Maria Curie-Sklodowska has provided funding with help from Rotary Foundation Matching Grants and the Henryk Wieniawski Musical Society, which houses the school.
 
Helping people with disabilities make their own music 2015-05-01 00:00:00Z 0

India celebrates three years without polio

Throughout India and around the world, Rotary clubs are celebrating a major milestone: India has gone three years without a new case of polio. The last reported case was a two-year-old girl in West Bengal on 13 January 2011. To mark this historic triumph, Rotary clubs illuminated landmarks and iconic structures throughout the country with four simple but powerful words, "India is polio free."
 
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