Oktoberfest Is Coming to Detroit Lakes  Tricia Geffre 2023-08-03 05:00:00Z 0

Students Rally for RYLA

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Kylee St. Germain, Rylie Schwendeman & Eden Schmitz attended RYLA in July.  Over 100 students in the district attended the week-long leadership camp. 
Thanks to Steve Daggett and Vern Schnathorst in providing transportation for our campers!
Students Rally for RYLA Tricia Geffre 2023-07-24 05:00:00Z 0

Changing of the Guard

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“Queen Bee” Anna Schmitz was honored for her past year of leadership as President.  The room was a buzz with Rotarians across the district as we welcomed Cara Frank as President & Dave Long as our new District Governor.  A special thank you to Patty Labarre & Sarah Hofmann for putting this memorable evening together.
Changing of the Guard Tricia Geffre 2023-06-26 05:00:00Z 0

Highway 10 Clean Up

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Bill Henke & Adrienne Buboltz fired up the Club with a couple of hours of some down & dirty ditch cleaning.  Bags were stuffed with bumpers, beanies-along with a lot of other unmentionables. The highlight was a very lucky member claiming a $20 bill! 
Highway 10 Clean Up Tricia Geffre 2023-06-26 05:00:00Z 0

Investing in Our Future: Dollars for Scholars

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Wayne Benson, Noon Rotarian & one of the founders of Dollars awarded his own scholarship along with over $247,000 of scholarships (177 scholarships) to the Detroit Lakes Class of 2023. 12 scholarships, totaling $12,000 were presented on behalf of our president, Anna Schmitz. Our club also awarded scholarships to seniors in the Frazee & Lake Park Audubon districts.
Investing in Our Future: Dollars for Scholars Tricia Geffre 2023-05-29 05:00:00Z 0
Trees Please: Expanding Rotary Soccer Park Tricia Geffre 2023-05-22 05:00:00Z 0

It's for the Birds

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Every year, DLHS interact picks a service project that aids in helping our community.  This year, Anna Schmitz, along with Interact students, made bird houses for community parks. 
It's for the Birds Tricia Geffre 2023-04-17 05:00:00Z 0

A Good Friday for a Blood Drive

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Thank you to Cara, Brian, Dave & Kyle for spearheading this year’s Blood Drive at the VFW prior to Easter.  Blood drives are essential to ensure a steady blood supply to patients in our area and throughout the country.  We reached our goal – over 100 cups for 100 years (114 cups exactly)!
A Good Friday for a Blood Drive Tricia Geffre 2023-04-10 05:00:00Z 0
BRRRing on the Cold. Rotarians Take the Plunge!  Tricia Geffre 2023-02-27 06:00:00Z 0

2023 Polar-ific Spaghetti Dinner

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As part of the 2023 PolarFest, Noon Rotarians served 475 spaghetti dinners. We were happy to be back at MState this year for an in-person meal. Thanks to our volunteers for whipping up a delicious meal, and a special thank you to Cass Clay for donating the ice cream! 
2023 Polar-ific Spaghetti Dinner Tricia Geffre 2023-02-22 06:00:00Z 0

Boys & Girls Club of Detroit Lakes Christmas Wish

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Thanks to a generous donor to the Boys & Girls Club, children had the opportunity to pick out gifts for their siblings & parents this Christmas Season.  Noon Rotarians assisted in helping children shop, check out and wrap the gifts for under the tree.  Thank you Pat & his crew at the Club for letting Noon Rotarians spread Christmas cheer!
Boys & Girls Club of Detroit Lakes Christmas Wish Tricia Geffre 2022-12-19 06:00:00Z 0

Students Enjoy Dictionaries & Rotarians Love Giving! 

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DL Noon Rotary and DLHS Interact gifted dictionaries to over 403 3rd-grade students at Holy Rosary, Rossman, Roosevelt, Faith Christian, Lake Park – Audubon, Waubun, Ogema, and Frazee schools.
The DL Noon Rotary Literacy Project has been a favorite local service project for over 12 years. Dictionaries provided are so much more than a place to look up words. They contain information on all the US Presidents, the fifty states, planets and solar system, sign language and so much more. 
Thank you Jessica Burhans for spearheading this project!
Students Enjoy Dictionaries & Rotarians Love Giving! Tricia Geffre 2022-12-15 06:00:00Z 0

Ringing & Doing The Most Good

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Each year the Salvation Army serves more than 25 million people. Noon Rotary members greeted shoppers at Central Market again this year, encouraging them to donate to the Red Kettle Campaign.  This month-long project help social services, the homeless, disaster relief, human trafficking, and more in our community. 
Thank you, Anna Schmitz for making the bells ring!
Ringing & Doing The Most Good Tricia Geffre 2022-11-30 06:00:00Z 0

District Meeting Hosted in Detroit Lakes

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Detroit Lakes was host to this year’s district meeting—the first time meeting in person since the pandemic.  Travis Stone & Dave Long attended along with other several individuals across the district. 
District Meeting Hosted in Detroit Lakes Tricia Geffre 2022-10-28 05:00:00Z 0

Cheers to 100 Years!

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What a celebration: champagne, cake & many friends from the past! 
Travis Stone was presented as Rotarian of the Year. Salutes & toasts were made on behalf of Brad Green, Dave Long, Mayor Matt Brenk, Carrie Johnston of the Detroit Lakes Chamber & Jessica Burhans. 
Thank you to Patty LaBarre for making this a beautiful & memorable evening!
Cheers to 100 Years! Tricia Geffre 2022-10-27 05:00:00Z 0
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Rotary Community Blood Screening

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We successfully completed another year of the Rotary Blood Screening in September. This year we served close to 600 people! This service helps the community, healthcare providers, Rotary, and youth programs and scholarships we fund. Thanks to everyone that made this project a success. 
Special thanks to Adrienne Buboltz for leading this event!
Rotary Community Blood Screening Tricia Geffre 2022-09-29 05:00:00Z 0

39th Annual Rotary Golf Scramble

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Thank you for making this our best Golf Scramble with 21 teams golfing this year and an increase in sponsorships.  Raffles, great food and weather were at play that day.  Thank you, Katie Lundmark and her committee for spearheading this large event!
39th Annual Rotary Golf Scramble Tricia Geffre 2022-09-22 05:00:00Z 0

Food Truck Fridays

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Food trucks were available for DL area residents over the noon hour every Friday thoughout the summer.  It was a great way to escape the office and sneak in a great lunch in the sun!  Thank you Anna Schmitz for arranging this service for our community!
Food Truck Fridays  Tricia Geffre 2022-08-03 05:00:00Z 0

Trucks and Tunes

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What's better than a laid-back Thursday evening in the park with friends, food trucks & tunes! Thanks to the Amy Stearns & her connections with the Holms of 30 years, DL Noon Rotary presented six concerts throughout the summer-The Forefeathers, Chris Koza, Cropdusters Country & Bluegrass Blowout, Matt Aakre, JT Kennelly Band & Whiskey Business.  A big thank you to our sponsors: Midwest Bank, Lakeshirts, Brian Merritt Minutemann Mortgage, Minnesota Arts Council, Mann Financial & Nick Christianson State Farm.
Thank you to Jeff Genz for our promotional raffle, Amy Stearns & her committee for this fun event series!
Trucks and Tunes  Tricia Geffre 2022-08-01 05:00:00Z 0
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Food Truck Fridays

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 “Rotary Food Truck Fridays”.
Each Friday in the City Park we will have food trucks from 11:00 – 2:00 p.m. 
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Dictionaries for Local 3rd Graders!

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3rd Grade Students Enjoy Gift of Dictionaries, Rotarians Enjoy Presenting!
The two Rotary clubs of Detroit Lakes presented Dictionaries to over four hundred 3rd Grade Students in DL, Audubon-Lake Park, Waubun-Ogema-White Earth, & Frazee-Vergas in early November.  This program has been one of the local Rotary service projects for the past 8 years. 
The Dictionaries Project goal is to assist all students in becoming good writers, active readers, creative thinkers, and resourceful learners.  The Project helps the kids develop a passion for learning with a book of their very own. Dictionaries provided to the 3rd grade area students are so much more than a place to look up words or learn how to spell a word. They contain information on all of the US Presidents, the Fifty States, Planets and Solar System, sign language and so much more. 
The local efforts are being spearheaded by... 
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Northwoods Wildlife Rescue

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Julie Dickie, along with her husband, Jeff, presented to the club about her mission and activities with Northwoods Wildlife Rescue.
She is the only certified Wildlife Rehabilitator in the Northern part of MN and sees (and saves) quite a variety of animals in need of help.
You can find out more about this by contacting her at:  northworthwoodswildliferescue@gmail.com  
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New members !

Travis Stone, Action Fabricating, and sponsors Terry Kemmer & Jessica Burhans
Karin Peterson, Holiday Inn with sponsor Dawn Olson & club President Nancy Soberg
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President Nancy's Message

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Here we are end of September, already completed three months of our new Rotary year.  I am proud to serve as your President for the 19-20 Rotary Year.  We have a great club and I look forward to working with our great Board and members in making this the best year yet of “Service Above Self.” 
Highway cleanup, chaired by Adrienne Buboltz and Bill Henke, was a huge success once again.  A big THANK YOU to the many Rotarians that stepped up to make our section of Highway 10 shine.  It was then on to the Bloodscreening, chaired by Adrienne Buboltz.  Although our numbers were down some, we need to remember the great community service this project provides.  We continue to hear stories of individuals that as a result of this service found health issues sooner rather than later.  Thank you to the many members and spouses who helped during the week of the screening. 
Welcome to new members, Skye Fingalson, Natalie Bly and Crystal Piekarski.  We look forward to their contribution to our club. Our membership is currently at 98 members, meeting our goal for the year, but we need to continue to invite potential new members to our club. 
The next few months will be full of many more projects, Wine Pairing, Halloween Safety Tape for the kids, Literacy Project Dictionaries, 4 Way Essay Contest, World Polio Day, Foundation Month and Salvation Army Bell Ringing to name a few.  Thank you to those members who have stepped up to chair these events. 
The Board has been busy making plans on new fundraising ideas as well as some new social events.  Stay tuned to learn more!  If you have some ideas, please share them with me or with any board member. 
Again, I am honored to serve as President of this great club, but it is the board and membership that make it a great club.  Between all the Rotary programs, projects, and events we can continue to make a difference in our community and the world as a whole. 
Let’s all be Rotary People of Action and Believe There is Good in the World.
President Nancy's Message Nancy Soberg 2019-10-01 05:00:00Z 0

2019 Blood Screening

We successfully completed another year of the Rotary Blood Screening in September.  This year we served over 1000 people.  The service that we provide helps the community, the healthcare providers, Rotary and the youth programs and scholarships that we fund.
Thanks to everyone who helped out to make this project another success.  Special thanks goes to Adrienne Buboltz for again chairing this event.
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Attention Rotary Leaders!

We currently have a Rotary Board position opening for the President Elect position.  We need someone who is willing to step up and fill this position. 
If you want to work with some great leaders and make a difference in our local community and throughout the world, contact either Nancy Soberg or Paul Weber.
Attention Rotary Leaders! 2019-10-01 05:00:00Z 0

Object of Rotary

First: The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service.
Second: High ethical standards in business and professions; the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations; and the dignifying of each 
Rotarian's occupation as an opportunity to serve society.
Third:  The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian's personal, business and community life.
Fourth:  The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service. 
Object of Rotary 2019-10-01 05:00:00Z 0

New Membership Opportunities

Posted by Paul Weber
The Rotary Board passed a program for our club called the Rising Star Program.  This is a program that many Rotary Clubs are using to attract younger members.  As many of us remember from our younger days, it is not always easy to afford a membership in Rotary.  With the Rising Star program we offer a reduced dues structure for new members 40 years of age or younger. We reduce their annual dues from $225 a year to $100 a year for those younger members whose dues are not paid by their employer.  Now....it's up to us to get out and recruit younger members.  The success of our club depends on getting younger members with new ideas and fresh energy.  So, if you know someone who will make a good Rotarian, invite them to a meeting.
But, that's not the only new membership opportunity.  We have also passed the Corporate Membership Program.  This gives employers with 50 or more employees a chance to get more involved in Rotary.  These employers have trouble finding people who can meet Rotary's attendance requirements.  With a corporate membership, the corporation can have 2 to 4 employees join under one membership.  Each week a different one of the employees can attend.  They are charged the dues for one membership and one meal charge each week.  This is a great way to get more people involved.  If you know any of these employers where this would be a good option, let them know about the opportunity.
These new memberships are only effective if we as a club promote them!
New Membership Opportunities Paul Weber 2019-10-01 05:00:00Z 0

Noon Rotary Committee System

Posted by Paul Weber
It's that time of year when we should all be signing up for a committee slot.  The 2018-19 Rotary Board would like to get all the committee spots finalized for this Rotary year.  Many of you have already signed up, but many still need to pick a committee.  Here's what our committee structure looks like:
Service Projects I (Wendy Spry):  Blood Screening, Spaghetti Dinner, Golf Tournament, Future Fundraisers, Changing of the Guard, Third Tuesday Socials
Service Projects II (Jessica Burhans):  Highway Clean-up, Dictionaries, Becker County Energize, ORIF, Eyes on Jamaica, Interact/Student Guests, RYLA & MUNA, Youth Soccer Park, Cross Country Meet, 4 Way Essay Contest, Boy Scouts, Youth Exchange, Scholarships
Administration (Sean Lathrop): Club Programs, Meeting Set-up, Chaplains, Music, Attendance, Constitution By-Laws, Archives/History, Sgt. At Arms, Rotarian of the Year, Visioning, Donations
Public Relations (Annmarie Lacher): Media Relations, Advertising & Marketing, Website, Newsletter, Social Media, Halloween Safety, Salvation Army, Greeters/Outreach
Membership (Dona Brand):  Recruitment, Retention, Orientation, New Member Mentoring, Membership Assessment, Alumni & Widows, Classification Talks, Volunteer Coordination
Rotary Foundation (Kelcey Klemm): Selection Committee, Budget, Int'l Peace Scholars, Vocational Training, District Grants, Global Grants, Polio Plus, Paul Harris Recognition
As you can see, there are lots of areas of interest to choose from.  Everyone in the club should be signed up for something.  There are a several projects such as blood screening, bell ringing, highway clean-up, & spaghetti dinner where we need everyone's help. If you haven't signed up for anything yet, see the Director in charge of the area that you're interested in. 
Noon Rotary Committee System Paul Weber 2019-10-01 05:00:00Z 0

United Way Community Event

By:  Annmarie Lacher
Thank you to the Noon Rotarians who volunteered to help at the United Way Community Celebration on September 19 at the Pavilion. The success of the Community Celebration relies upon youth and adult volunteers from several area services organizations including both Rotary Clubs and Interact.

The Community Celebration is, as the name suggests, open to everyone in our community and a great way to see what the United Way, and all of its partner programs, provide to the citizens of Becker County. It’s also a way to celebrate who we are as a community! 


The annual free event includes information booths from United Way partner programs, live music, a picnic supper, inflatable and several other games for children, and lots of prize giveaways.



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Welcome Crystal !

Crystal Piekarski is excited to be inducted as our newest club member  !
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September is "Basic Education and Literacy" Month

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Basic Education and Literacy
The September monthly theme of Rotary International - “Basic Education and Literacy” is a core part of the DL Noon Rotary club mission.   
When we look back at what we have accomplished in the past year, or couple years, it is easy to see that enhancing students’ chances of success through activities promoting education and literacy, is very important to the club members.  It is also a major focus for where are fundraising dollars are spent. 
Here are a few of the exciting things we have done this past year and some important things planned for the coming year:
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Doing Good thru Rotary - DoGoodery  video 2019-09-05 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary JeoParody,  by AnnmarieLacher

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Noon Rotarians rocked the second (bi-annual?) Rotary JeoPARODY game at the August 15 club meeting.

It’s always a great time and good “test” of our knowledge about our club, district, projects, and Rotary International!  Did you miss out on the meeting? See if you can “answer” the FINAL JeoPARODY “questions” below (remember, with Jeopardy, you get the answer and have to come up with the question).


The Answers:

#1 - 5,089 lbs.

#2 - The Rotary International Conference will be held at this tropical location in 2020. 


#3 - This character fearlessly represented Noon Rotary by jumping out of an airplane.


after you come up with the corresponding "Questions" click on ReadMore button to see if you are correct...

Rotary JeoParody, by AnnmarieLacher 2019-08-30 05:00:00Z 0

Quote of the Month 2

"The Road to Success is Always Under Construction
  -  Arnold Palmer -

Quote of the Month 2 dave 2019-07-21 05:00:00Z 0

Wine and Food Pairing 2019

We are planning to again join with the Breakfast Rotary Club for another exceptional Food and Wine Pairing Event at Spanky's. 
Contact Wendy Spry for tickets or more details 
Last year was a great evening of food, wine and fellowship.   It sold out quickly last year, and we expect the same for this October's event. 
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Salvation Army Bell Ringing

It's time once again for the Salvation Army Bell Ringing.  We will be at Central Market beginning the day after Thanksgiving.  This might be our biggest call of the year for volunteers to work an event.  Joe Merseth will have sign-up sheets going around at the meetings.   Please-Please-Please make Joe's job easier.  Sign up yourself, your spouse and your kids to help out.  It's a rewarding project, and I know from experience, as two years ago a gentlemen came in and handed me a check for $10,000.

Salvation Army Bell Ringing Paul Weber 2018-11-01 05:00:00Z 0

Happy Thanksgiving

A Happy and Safe Thanksgiving to all of our Rotarians and their families

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Rotary Donations

$400 was awarded to the Imagination Library with Amy Erickson
at our Oct 25th meeting to tell us a little bit about the program
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Where is Erik Elsea of Shelterbox?

Back on July 5th, we had a program with Erik Elsea & Holly Anderson talking about Erik's Mississippi trip to raise money for Shelter Box.  So where is he?  Well, he made it to the Gulf of Mexico on October 6th and raised over $57,000 for ShelterBox.
It was fun to trace his daily travels via Facebook and GPS.  What an incredible journey for a great cause.

Where is Erik Elsea of Shelterbox? 2018-11-01 05:00:00Z 0

This Week in 1979 in The Laker

Taken from "The Laker" , October 30, 1979
"According to RI Director Donald Kwait, good public relations begins with you and you and you.  The enthusiasm and sincerity that you project will multiply with each Rotarian with whom you come in contact."
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District Governor Visit

On August 1st & 2nd, District Governor Blaine Johnson visited our club.   He met with the board of directors on August 1st and we exchanged ideas as well as letting him know what our club is up to.  You can view the visit as a way to showcase your club or you worry about how the District Governor is going to critique you.  I've been in on about 17 District Governor visits and I'm happy to say that with all of those meetings, we've had a chance to showcase our club and be proud of the many things that we're doing.
One of his goals this year is to make Rotary more family friendly and to do more family type activities.  He is working on making the district conference a place where families can come together and there's something for everyone.  If you heard him speak at our meeting, you know that he thinks outside of the box and is looking towards the future of Rotary.

District Governor Visit Paul Weber 2018-09-01 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Blood Screening

It's time to gear up for the Annual Rotary Blood Screening.  Adrienne Buboltz has everything ready to go.  This is our largest fundraiser so make sure you remember to get your shift in.
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Puerto Rico Off-Grid Energy Project

We had a great turnout with 140 people at the fundraiser for the Puerto Rico Energy Project.  We had great Caribbean food and of course a full section of rum drinks.  There was a silent auction, salsa dancing lessons and or course, plenty of Rotary fellowship.  The event raised over $5000 with a matching $5000 dollar grant from District 5580. 
Thank you to Brad Green and his committee for doing a fantastic job on this project.
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Host Families Needed

We're putting out a call for host family volunteers for our inbound exchange student for 2018-19 year.  We will be having a male student from France, but we need to have host families step up and help.
If you've never hosted a student, this is an ideal opportunity to try it.  If you visit with other families who have hosted students, you'll find out what a rewarding experience it is. 
WE NEED FAMILIES and if you can help contact Charlie Ramstad or Tom Haggart
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Shelter Box Project

At our July 5th meeting Erik Elsea and Holly Anderson presented on the ShelterBox project.  Shelter Box provides tent type shelters to help those who have been struck by disasters.  Erik is working his way by canoe down the Mississippi River to raise funds for ShelterBox.  Follow his travels on Facebook, #mississippiexpedition.  His plan is to leave on July 7th and it's going to take him 90 days to get down to the Gulf of Mexico.
You can also donate to his fundraising goal to help out the ShelterBox project.

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District Governor Visit

Our Club's visit from the District Governor will be on August 2nd.  This is early in the year for us and a chance for us to show the District Governor what a great club that we have.  This year's District Governor is Blaine Johnson from Bismarck.  Blaine is one of the younger District Governors that we've had.  He is putting an emphasis on having whole families participate in Rotary activities.  He is anxious to make some positive changes in order to attract new Rotarians.
Please mark August 2nd on your calendar and make sure that you get to Rotary that day.  Our Board of Directors will be meeting with Blaine on August 1st to go over our goals for the coming year.
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Highway Clean-up

Our Annual Fall Highway Clean-up Project will be on August 30th.  We have a busy September and would like to get this project done in August.  We will meet at 5:00 PM at mile marker 48 on Highway 10 East.  If we have enough volunteers, we can finish up in about an hour.  Afterwards, we will have a little social time at Zorbaz.
Thanks to Adrienne Buboltz for organizing this every Spring and Fall.
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Paul Harris Fellowship

Brad & Janet Green presented their daughter-in-law, Megan Green with a Paul Harris Fellowship at our July 5th meeting.  This is a Paul Harris +3 for Brad.  He was quick to admit that Janet has helped.
Thank you to Brad, Janet and Megan for making the world a better place for your contribution to the Rotary Foundation.

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2018 Rotarian of the Year

And the 2018 Rotarian of the Year goes to.......Dawn Olson!!!!  Congratulations  to Dawn for an honor that is well deserved.  Dawn has put in countless hours as Club Secretary and keeps things running smoothly to make us one of the premier Rotary clubs in District 5580.
Thank you to Dawn for your passion in making the world a better place.
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Happy 4th of July

Wishing all of our members a happy and safe 4th of July Holiday.

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Rotarian of the Year

It's time to get your nominations in for this year's Rotarian of the Year.  If you want to get your nomination in the 2018 award winner, contact Andy Lia, Tom Haggart or Charlie Ramstad. 
The award will be presented at the Changing of Guard on June 21st.
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Paul Harris Fellowships

Two more Paul Harris Fellowships were awarded at our May 17th meeting.  Foundation Chair Kelcey Klemm presented Larry Morrison with a Paul Harris +4 and Adrienne Buboltz received a Paul Harris +6.  Thank you to Larry and Adrienne for their commitment to the Rotary Foundation programs. 
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Your District 5580 Rotarian of the Year

Posted by Paul Weber
A hearty congratulations to our own Club President Dave Long as he accepts the District 5580 Rotarian of the Year Award at the District Conference in Thunder Bay.  There are close to 3000 Rotarians in our District and to be chosen as Rotarian of the Year is quite an honor.
As well as being our club's president this year, Dave has been active in the District and chairs the District Grants Committee.
Your District 5580 Rotarian of the Year Paul Weber 2018-05-02 05:00:00Z 0

Dave Fihn Receives Polio Plus Award

David Fihn was honored at our April 12th meeting for his pioneering work in fundraising for the Polio Plus program.  Past District Governors, along with current District Governor Deb Warner and District Foundation Chair Keith Brokke were on hand to honor Dave's contribution.
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Welcome Our Newest Member

At our March 8th meeting we welcomed Melissa Peterson as our newest member.  Melissa was proposed by Marty Waller.
It's every Rotarians responsibility to be on the lookout for potential new members for our club.  Also, make it a point to get to know new members and get them involved in activities.  The more the merrier!

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Food Pantry Month

March is Food Pantry Month and our Club was able to raise $5492.27 for the Becker County Food Pantry through various fund raising activities.  Terry Kemmer and Dave Long presented Brad CArlson with a check at our March 29th meeting. 
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100% Attendance for October

The following have 100% attendance for October: J Burhans, T Carlisle, D Daggett, M Dreyer, D Fihn, E Gehrke, B Green , G Hildenbrand, S Hofmann, D Holm, N Hunter, B Jacobus, T Kemmer, K Klemm, P Labarre, AM Lacher, L Lewandowski, A Lia, D Long, B Louiseau, L Morrison, D Olson, W Pudwill, C Ramstad, J Ramstad, D Sinclair, S Trnka, G VanDam, M Waller, P Weber, B Wickum 
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Rotary Board - Public Relations

Each month we will highlight one of our Board's Area of Service.  This month it's Public Relations, which Annmarie Lacher is in charge of.
Here is what falls under Public Relations:
  Media Relations, Photography, TV/Radio/Print
  Advertising & Marketing
  Social Media / Text
  Halloween Safety
  Salvation Army Bell Ringing
  Outreach / Greeters
If one of these areas interest you and you're interested in helping out, contact Annmarie and she'll give you more information.
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Our Newest Member

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Our newest member was inducted at our November 2nd meeting which was held at the Homes Ballroom.  Welcome to Rotary, Wendy Spry.  We are pleased to have Wendy as part of our group and a big "thank you" to Amy Stearns for sponsoring her.
It's up to all of us to be on the look out for people who will make good Rotarians and put Service Above Self.
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One Rotary Summit

Greetings Fellow Rotarians!
Gain additional leadership skills.  Discover ideas to share with your Rotary Club.  Prepare to take action.  
District Governor Debra Warner would like to invite you to our District's One Rotary Summit (ORS) on September 30th, 2017 and October 21st, 2017.  Return to your club with tools and ways to implement the "People of Action" public image campaign and this year's theme, "Rotary: Making a Difference" while gaining a better understanding of how membership, public image, humanitarian service, and supporting your Rotary Foundation work together.  This event is for ALL Rotary, Rotaract, and Interact members!   
September 30th, 2017 - Registration
Holiday Inn- Duluth
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
October 21st, 2017 - Registration
Holiday Inn- Fargo
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me or District Trainer, Linda Marrin at lmponicki@gmail.com.
Gloria Mink
Executive Secretary
Rotary District 5580
620 Wild Trail NE
Pine River MN 56474
One Rotary Summit 2017-09-15 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Blood Screening Time

Here are some numbers for this year's blood screening which we completed on September 15th.  Thank you again to Adrienne Buboltz who once again chaired our largest fundraiser.  Organizational meetings began in July with Essentia staff.  25 churches in the area were contacted about promoting the blood screening in their bulletins.  Bundles of brochures were handed out to area businesses, TV3 interviews were done along with radio interviews to promote the event.  Articles were also published in the newspaper.
We used 13 volunteers per the 7 days of the event, including Rotarians, spouses and friends.  We had a total of 1892 people go through the blood screening event.  The highest day was Wednesday the 13th with 374 people going through.
Thanks to all of our volunteers
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Mutiple Paul Harris Fellows

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Multiple Paul Harris Fellowships were presented during the District Governor's visit on August 31st.  Marty Waller, Laurie Lewandowski, and "the real" Jim Sinclair received their multiple Paul Harris pins.
Thanks for making the world a better place.
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Sue Trnka Receives Paul Harris Fellow Award

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District Governor Debra Warner presented Sue Trnka with a Paul Harris Fellowship during her visit to Detroit Lakes.  Congratulations to Sue!  It's a special honor to have this presented by a District Governor.
Sue Trnka Receives Paul Harris Fellow Award 2017-08-30 05:00:00Z 0

Your Rotary Website

Posted by Paul Weber
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I'm back promoting the use of our club's website.  Our website address is: portal.clubrunner.ca/1304  
I've been busy updating information for both the bulletin and stories on the website.  In addition to stories and past happenings in our club, there is an events calendar which lists everything that's coming up for our club.  There are also many links to other interesting things in Rotary.  These include links to on-line makeups, the Rotary International site and the District 5580 site.  By logging in, you can also track your attendance and Rotary billings.
Make it a point to check out the website at least once a week.
Your Rotary Website Paul Weber 2017-08-22 05:00:00Z 0

President's Message

Posted by Dave Long
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Winter has arrived, and we are thankful?
As we await the impending bitter cold bite of winter up here in the northland, we have to remind ourselves how fortunate we are, to not have the type of weather and wildfire problems that have devastated many parts of the US, and numerous countries around us, in the past months.   
November is a time to slowly acclimate to the drop in the thermometer and is typically a month to reflect and give thanks.  Thanks for all the good things that have transpired throughout the year and thanks to all the people who have made efforts to make our lives, our community, and our world a little bit better … 
But, where to start?   Friends, family, co-workers, veterans, club members?  The list is seemingly endless and the story might be a little bit different for each of us, but we probably ALL have someone or something that we could or should recognize for making a difference in our lives.   And, although we shouldn’t wait for a Holiday to thank those around us… it is an opportunity to make up for any appreciation that may have been overlooked or under-emphasized in the past.  So, take a moment and reflect, and then more importantly, seize the opportunity to act on it.  And… yes, my personal thank you to all the members, directors, officers, and committee chairs who have shared their time and many talents to help serve our club and our community.  Thank You!
Foundation Month
November is also Foundation month for Rotary. So from maybe a different perspective, it is a month to understand that there are many people in our community and throughout the world that count on and are thankful to Rotary and to Rotarians, and thankful to our club, for all the times we provide “service above self”, and for all the ways we are able to follow in the foundation motto of: “doing good in the world”.  As individuals, we don’t always get to hear those thanks, but we need to understand that the projects we support and donations we make provide significant differences in the lives of others, many of which are “life-changing” and sometimes even “life-enabling”.   So, Thank You to all have supported the foundation in the past, and Thank You to all who will choose to support it in the future.   
President's Message Dave Long 2017-08-18 05:00:00Z 0

Editor's Note

Posted by Paul Weber
Once again this month I was reminded of why Rotary is such a great organization.  As big as Rotary as a whole is, the true spirit of Rotary comes down to each individual club and each individual member of that club.  It was once again meaningful this past month when my mother-in-law passed away.  There were so many kind words and deeds expressed to myself and my family, that it reinforced the reasons that I'm proud to be part of the Detroit Lakes Noon Rotary.
It also reminded me of the spring of 2007 as our family prepared for my daughters high school graduation party.  To make a long story short, my wife Lisa had been down with chronic migraines for some time and we were having a hard time preparing for the party.  One night, a group of Rotarians showed up at our house with food and started helping out with yard projects and other household chores.  What a welcome surprise and a tribute to the meaning of the 4 Way Test.  I know that we will never forget that time and what it meant to our family. 
There are many ways that Rotary helps out.  Whether it's putting in drinking wells in a far away country or just helping out a fellow member in need, it all makes a difference.  Many of you have probably heard the story of the two men walking along an ocean beach where thousands of starfish had washed ashore.  One of the men reached down and tossed one of the starfish back into the ocean.  The other man asked what difference that made with the thousands of other starfish still washed up on the beach.  The first man replied, "It made a difference to that one".
Every good deed that we do makes a difference to someone.
Editor's Note Paul Weber 2017-08-17 05:00:00Z 0

Holly McCamant Returns Home

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Holly McCamant, who was our outbound exchange student to Denmark this past year, returned home and presented a program on her experience in the exchange program at our August 10th meeting.  She has also just learned that she will be going to Germany to further her education.
Congratulations to Holly and thank you for being a great Rotary ambassador.
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New Paul Harris Fellow

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At our August 4th meeting, Jade Morrison became a Paul Harris Fellow.  Grandfather, Larry Morrison, presented Jade with the honor.  She will be an outgoing exchange student for the Morning Rotary and will be heading to Finland.
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Rotarian of the Year

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Congratulations go out to this year's "Rotarian of the Year", Andy Lia.  Andy's contributions to the City of Detroit Lakes and the Noon Rotary Club are legendary.  I don't think there's anyone in town that doesn't know Andy and the things he's done for our community.  Andy was presented the award by Tom Haggart and is joined by his wife, Sandy. 
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We Reach the 100 Member Mark

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At our June 29th meeting, we celebrated with cake and 100 balloons as we reached our 100th member.  Remember to invite those people you know that are willing to put Service Above Self to become a part of Rotary.  We are always looking for active members who want to contribute their time and talents to make the world a better place.
We Reach the 100 Member Mark 2017-07-17 05:00:00Z 0

Changing of the Guard

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The annual Changing of the Guard was held at The Fireside on June 20th.  Past President Marty Waller turned the Rotary gavel over to this year's president, Dave Long.
We had a great turnout and a fun party.  Special thanks to all those who planned the event and to Marty Waller who did an excellent job in leading our club for the past year.
Changing of the Guard 2017-07-17 05:00:00Z 0

Ed Gehrke Checks One Thing Off The Bucket List

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Rotarian Ed Gehrke recently checked one thing off of his bucket list......Sky Diving.  Nice going Ed!  I do have one question for Ed though.  How come the other guy with you has a parachute and a helmet and you don't??
Ed Gehrke Checks One Thing Off The Bucket List 2017-07-14 05:00:00Z 0


Posted by Paul Weber


Secretary Dawn recently shared with me some of the membership ideas from our District and I think it's important that we all look take a good look at it.
Why “Getting New Members” needs to be the No. 1 Goal of all Rotary Clubs in our District!
Members frequently ask: “Why is it necessary to place so much emphasis on recruitment of new members?   We have a good club, and provide services to our community, surrounding area, our country and international causes.  Why can’t we just be happy and satisfied with our present membership?”
Unfortunately, these are comments from members of a club destined to die due to aging of members, members leaving (Attrition), lack of enthusiasm, too much contentment, purpose, and a real desire and objective to share and help others experience the power of Rotary.  Recruiting new members brings the following benefits to the Club!
Increased capacity to serve our community.  With 10 members, a club can do “X” number of projects.  With 50 members, a club can mathematically do “Y” (more) number of projects.   In reality, studies show that the greater the mass (members), the effectiveness is greater.
Fresh ideas, interests, and energy.  New members bring new ideas, concepts, and approaches based on their experience and knowledge which broadens the total knowledge base of the club and helps it better serve the community and mankind.
Diversity.  Diversity of ideas and experience broadens a Club’s ability to perform existing ideas better, as well as developing new ideas for service.
Future Leaders.  An ongoing recruitment program helps develop new leaders within the Club for future leadership roles—both within the Club and in their professions, community, and society.
Long term continuity of the club and the organization.  Perhaps the military is the best example of the need to constantly bring in new members.  Everyone ages each year, and it is critical that new members are added each year to have a constant-ongoing inflow of new talent and younger people to provide the initiative and youth (supported by the trained middle aged and experienced military) to maintain a thriving and growing organization.
Membership Paul Weber 2017-03-30 05:00:00Z 0

3rd Tuesday Social

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The 3rd Tuesday Social is scheduled for February 21st at 5:00 PM.  Watch for the announcement on where the event is going to be held.
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From  The District 5580 Bulletin 2016-12-05 06:00:00Z 0
Happy Holidays To All Of Our Members 2016-12-05 06:00:00Z 0

Blake Jacobus Joins Rotary

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We inducted another new member at our December 1st meeting.  Blake Jacobus is a CPA with the Bekkerus, Schott Accounting Firm.  Clay Schott was Blake's sponsor.
Give Blake a warn Rotary welcome when you see him. 
Blake Jacobus Joins Rotary 2016-12-05 06:00:00Z 0

Hanspeter Borgwarth

Posted by Paul Weber
Many of you who have been members of our club for awhile will remember PDG Hanspeter Borgwarth and his wife Giesela.  They visited our club often and were very active in District events.  Hanspeter passed away on November 14th.  I remember Hanspeter as a well respected, soft spoken gentleman.  His commitment to Rotary was an inspiration to all.  Our District will surely miss his passion.  Our condolences to his family.
Hanspeter Borgwarth Paul Weber 2016-12-01 06:00:00Z 0

Meet Our New Members

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Katie Lundmark and Paul Orth were inducted into our club at our November 3rd meeting.  Paul's sponsor was Greg Hildenbrand and Katies's sponsor was Kelcey Klemm 
Make sure you introduce yourself to Katie & Paul and welcome them into our Club.
Meet Our New Members 2016-12-01 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary Friendship Exchange prompts $3000 Gift to Opelousas Louisiana Food Bank

Posted by L Lewandowski on Oct 06, 2016
As a member of the District 5580 Rotary Friendship Exchange (RFE) Committee, I have been working with Joseph Hildego and Darrin Guidry.   Joe and Darrin are Rotarians from Rotary District 6200 in Louisiana, who will be hosting a RFE with District 5580 in spring 2017.  At one of our early August 5580 RFE committee meetings during the time of the terrible flooding in southern Louisiana, Tom Riley, suggested the question of “how can we help” be asked of our Louisiana contacts.
Joe promptly responded that the local Opelousas Food Panty had flooded and a majority of their food had perished.  Their local Rotary club had just that spring raised enough money to help the food panty purchase enough food to last through the summer into the fall.  As so often is the case, those of meager funds were the ones most affected by this flood.   Joe stated they would be very grateful for anything we could do to help restock the food pantry shelves.
This information was shared with the Detroit Lakes Breakfast and Detroit Lakes Noon clubs.  Following approval from both boards, a fund drive was started through the community Rotary foundation called “Service Above Self”.  The Service Above Self foundation kicked off the fund raising with a $1000 donation.  Knowing the funds were going directly to those in need, and not through an established national charity, helped the foundation board decide to contribute.  Within a few days, a total of $3110 had been collected to help fund the need of the Opelousas Food Bank. 
The opportunity to directly serve those in need was made possible through the connections established via the Rotary Friendship Exchange.  Anyone interested in traveling on the upcoming Rotary Friendship Exchange to Southern Louisiana, please review the information on the District 5580 website and select Friendship Exchange on the lower part of the right column, or click this connection http://portal.clubrunner.ca/50019/SitePage/friendship-exchange.   Info on this exchange was included in several articles in Cross Currents in July and August.  Applications must be received by October 15.
Rotary Friendship Exchange prompts $3000 Gift to Opelousas Louisiana Food Bank L Lewandowski 2016-10-06 05:00:00Z 0

District Governor, Herb Schmidt Visits Our Club

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The District Governor of District 5580, Herb Schmidt,  made a visit to our club at our September 22nd meeting.   District Governor Herb praised our club for many projects and good works that we have done.  Our club has always been a good contributor to the Rotary Foundation and District Governor Herb encouraged us to keep it up and went on to tell us about the many worthwhile projects that our district is doing with Foundation dollars.
We should be proud of the good things that our club is doing and make sure that we keep everyone involved in club projects.
District Governor, Herb Schmidt Visits Our Club 2016-09-26 05:00:00Z 0

Annual Rotary Blood Screening

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Another Rotary Blood Screening is in the books.  Thanks to all those that helped make this year another big success.  A special thanks to Adrienne for her many years of organizing this event which is our largest fundraiser.
We had 66 Rotarians participating and 6 spouses.  We had a total of 1942 participants which is a great turnout.  Everything ran very smoothly
Attached is a photo of the group of phlebotomists who performed the blood draws.  They do a great job!
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The Fall Highway Clean-up

A big "Thank You"  to the hearty souls who showed up on September 15th to complete the Fall Highway Clean-up.   We have so many Fall projects going on and it takes all the Rotarians to get these things done.
The weather was not great for the clean-up project and these people came out to get the job done: Cherie Bergien, Adrienne Buboltz, Milan Christianson, Marty Waller, Lori Waller, Brad Green, Dan Berg, Dan Josephson, & Tom Haggart.
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Meet  Our  Newest Members

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We inducted a new member at our September 8th meeting.  Lori Waller was inducted by her husband, President Marty.  After the ceremonial clanking of the glasses, Lori became an official member of the Detroit Lakes Noon Rotary.
Make sure you introduce yourself to Lori and welcome her to our Rotary family.
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Hall of Fame Singer Donovan  Becomes A Rotary Polio Ambassador

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Legendary singer and polio survivor Donovan Leitch, better known simply as Donovan, has joined Rotary in its fight to eradicate the paralyzing disease that afflicted him during much of his childhood.

Donovan contracted polio at age three in Glasgow, Scotland. The disease weakened his right leg and left it thinner and shorter than the other. Confined to his bed for much of his childhood, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame singer said his father would read him poetry.

In a recent , Donovan said that listening to poetry piqued his interest in creative writing. “If I hadn’t had that experience maybe I wouldn’t have gone on to write and sing my own songs for the past half a century.

“I feel strongly that having a disability in one area makes you explore others instead. That was the case for me after having polio,” says Donovan, who recently became a Rotary polio ambassador.

Donovan went on to record several hit albums and singles in the UK, United States, and other countries. His top singles include “Mellow Yellow” and “Hurdy Gurdy Man.” Donovan collaborated with The Beatles on songs including “Yellow Submarine” and has shared the stage with musical icons Bob Dylan and Joan Baez.

“Having had polio never held me back as I got older. Although having one leg smaller than the other isn’t much fun I could always get about without any trouble,” Donovan says. “Luckily in the music industry everyone was only interested in my singing and playing and not the size of my legs.”

As a Rotary polio ambassador, Donovan will support the , a collaboration between Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland and the Royal Horticultural Society. The purple represents the colored dye that health workers use during immunization campaigns to mark the fingers of children who have received the polio vaccine.

“It was very easy to join this campaign because I had polio, and I wanted to tell everybody that it’s almost eradicated around the world,” Donovan says. “This is very important. I want to help with that last push, which is always the hardest. ”

Rotary News

Hall of Fame Singer Donovan  Becomes A Rotary Polio Ambassador 2016-09-09 05:00:00Z 0

Making Up in Jamaica

Dr. Larry Morrison once again led a group of Rotarians and other eye professionals through VOSS on a trip to Jamaica to conduct an eye clinic. They distributed thousands of pairs of glasses and saw about 900 patients during the week the eye clinic was open. The following week they were able to enjoy some R&R and four of the Rotarians in the group did a make up meeting in Jamaica. Shown above with the Jamaican Rotarians are Dr. Morrison, Don Fletcher (Ft. Garry Club, Winnipeg, MB), Janet and Brad Green. 
Did you know that as a Rotarian you are welcome to attend Rotary in any club in more than 200 countries and geographical areas? There are 1.2 million Rotarians that are happy to have you as a guest at their club. When you're traveling, you can find days, times and locations of club meeting by going to CLUB LOCATOR on the Rotary.org website. This is a great way to connect with the locals, make new friends and get ideas for our club as well as discover the best things to see and do in a community. And it helps keep your attendance up when you bring back a Make Up card to Secretary Dawn.
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House of Representatives Update 2015-03-13 00:00:00Z 0
Climate Change 2015-03-13 00:00:00Z 0

New Members

Annmarie Lacher joined our club on March 5, 2015. Her sponsor was Amy Stearns. Annmarie is the Community Education Director for the Detroit Lakes Public Schools.
Paul Chaudhari was inducted as a new member on Feb. 27, 2015. He and his family recently moved here from Chicago and they own the America's Best Value Inn which is located next to Perkins. Clayton Schott was his sponsor.
Welcome to Rotary, Annmarie and Paul! 
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Waller receives PHF recognition

Marty Waller, second from left, received his Paul Harris Fellow recognition at the Feb. 27, 2015 meeting. Shown with Marty are Director Dave Long, Paul Harris Chair Mitch Wimmer and Club President Clay Schott. Congratulations, Marty, and thank you for your contribution to the Rotary Foundation.
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Here is an update of our Feb. 27 program that was written by Dick Hecock of the Detroit Lakes Breakfast Rotary Club. 
Catherine Kigwana Strum was the featured speaker at the DL Noon Rotary meeting this afternoon. The program chair was the club’s Ed Gehrke who has maintained with Ms. Strum a  twenty-five year friendship which began in the Jinja area, near the headwaters of the Nile River in Uganda. Ed set the stage with a series of pictures of the village of Kimanto, its resources and people. He described the problems facing the community, with a special focus on the lack of adequate health care facilities.   Mortality rates are high, life expectancies low,  disabling diseases are commonplace. Health care costs, particularly the economic and social costs associated with transport to  clinics and hospitals in nearby cities,  are prohibitive for most of Kimanto’s  approximately 10,000 residents. 
Kimanto native Catherine Kigwana Strum picked up the story from there,  describing an opportunity to establish a local clinic which could overcome many of the shortcomings of the current health care delivery system. A clinic building has been constructed, and additional funds and other resources for equipping and supplying the facility are being sought.   

Catherine and Ed have been in contact with a local Rotary Club in Jinja city which is interested in partnering with other Rotarians in seeking Rotary International Funds for establishing a Kimanto medical clinic. To help facilitate the project,  the  Jinja club includes members with medical, engineering, and other skills that would be directly applicable to the effort. Also, Katherine has a close relationship with a member of the Ugandan government who is expected to ensure that government barriers to such a project would be minimized.    

Working with Catherine, Jinja Rotarians, District 5580 personnel, and in consultation with Rotary Foundation staff, Ed is trying to put together a proposal which would lead to raising about $35,000 towards the project.     
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New Rotarian

Cara Frank was inducted as a new member at the Feb. 12 meeting by President Clay. Dawn Olson was her sponsor. Welcome to Rotary, Cara!
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Spaghetti Dinner Success!

Matt Ask chaired the Polarific Spaghetti Dinner on Feb. 12 that was part of the Polar Fest week. There were 612 meals served in less than 3 hours. Thank you to everyone from the club, Interact and Boy Scout Troop 646 who helped with the event. Here are some pictures from that evening.
Chairman Matt Ask
Full house at the M-State cafeteria
Smiling ticket takers Linda and Marney
The Scouts helped clear tables throughout the evening
Serving up food, fun and fellowship!
And no spaghetti dinner would be complete without the clean up crew
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Jamaica trip

Several Rotarians, led by Dr. Larry Morrison, are in Jamaica this week for an eye clinic. Dr. Morrison has been going there for several years through an organization called VOSH. Rotarians Brad and Janet Green and Bob Louiseau from our club as well as Dr. Don Fletcher from the Ft. Garry Club in Winnipeg are part of the team assisting Dr. Morrison. They brought 5,000 pairs of eyeglasses along that will be distributed. They will have a busy week!
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Club Assembly

There was a Club Assembly at the Feb. 19 meeting. President Clay distributed a survey. President Elect Ed gave a brief update on how to utilize the web-based resources of Rotary International, Rotary District 5580 and Clubrunner for our club's website, member directory and more. Deanna Sinclair and Kristi Meyer will be helping Rotarians get their accounts set up or updated so if you need help accessing Clubrunner, see one of them.
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Freedom Resource Center

TONYA STOLL of the Freedom Resource Center was the speaker at our Feb. 12 meeting. For more than 25 years, the Freedom Resource Center has been helping people with disabilities live independently. They serve anyone of any age that has any type of disability. there are no income or medical qualifications. They help with a variety of independent living tasks such as learning how to manage money, finding a place to live, job and educational possibilities, and dealing with discrimination and bureaucracy. They are headquartered in Fargo, but now have six locations, including Detroit Lakes which is staffed by Tonya. They annually provide services to about 650 people in 19 counties in Minnesota and North Dakota. For more information, call 800-450-0459 or email freedom@freedomrc.org.
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Ananya Dance Group

Posted by Deanna Sinclair on Oct 15, 2014
Dr. Ananya Chatterjea, an associate professor of dance at the University of Minnesota, brought three members of the Ananya Dance Group to Rotary. They will be performing at the Holmes Theatre on Sat., Nov. 8 and are also doing several outreach activities at schools and dance studios in the community this week. One of the dancers is Detroit Lakes native Brittany Radke who owns a dance studio in the Twin Cities. A native of Calcutta, India, Dr. Chatterjea moved to Minnesota in 1998. Ananya uses dance to demonstrate social injustice, to unleash latent energy and to provoke hope and help us surpass our potential. Other members that were at Rotary included Renee Copeland and Katie Haines. Together they ended the Rotary program with an interactive dance. Many of the Rotarians have a trait of being reticent Midwesterners so participation was limited.
Dr. Chatterjea has a Ted talk on YouTube which can be viewed here: http://youtu.be/EaXDgc9LfgU 

Ananya Dance Group Deanna Sinclair 2014-10-16 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary Blood Screening

Posted on Sep 23, 2014
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The 25th Annual Rotary Blood Screening event is now in the books. It was another successful event, thanks to Adrienne Buboltz, Julie Poore, Scott Schermerhorn, the data entry staff from Essentia St. Mary's and the lab technicians from Sanford Clinic and Essentia St. Mary's, not to mention all the Rotarians who showed up early (only a few needed a phone call to get out of bed) to work each day. 
Here is a breakdown of the numbers served each day:
Thurs., Sept. 11 -- 194 (Essentia Health St. Mary's)
Fri., Sept. 12 -- 230 (business day)
Mon., Sept. 15 -- 276
Tues., Sept. 16 -- 366
Wed., Sept. 17 -- 414
Thurs., Sept. 18 -- 408
Fri., Sept. 19 -- 376
TOTAL -- 2,264 -- that's more than 2013 (2,111), 2012 (2,149), 2011 (2,214) and very close to 2010 (2,301). Way to go! Thank you all for your efforts. There will be an updated with net revenue in the upcoming weeks.
Rotary Blood Screening Deanna Sinclair 2014-09-24 00:00:00Z 0

District Conference 2014

Posted by Dave Long on Jun 04, 2014

Several members of the DL Noon Club attended the District Conference May 8-10 in Fargo.  A brief summary of the activities and content presented at this year's conference can be accessed in the "downloads" section, in powerpoint format.  If there are any questions about the information, please contact one of the attendees.  Details for many of the individual programs and projects can be found on the District 5580 website.

District Conference 2014 Dave Long 2014-06-05 00:00:00Z 0

Recent Make-Ups / January Attendance 56.30%

Posted by Paul Weber on Jan 30, 2014

    1/30   Gallatin - Chisago Lakes
    1/23   M Hagen - Marco Island  
    1/20   Wenner - E-Club (2)
    1/15   Fihn - E-Club
    1/15   D Daggett- Naples FL 

    1/16   M Hagen, D Dagget - Marco Island, FL
    1/2     Wimmer - E-Club

Recent Make-Ups / January Attendance 56.30% Paul Weber 2014-01-31 00:00:00Z 0

100% Attendance for January. Way to Go!!

Posted by Paul Weber on Jan 30, 2014
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Aune, Dreyer, Fihn, Gallatin, Gehrke, B Green, Jepson, Knutson, Lee, Lia, Osvold, Pudwill, C Ramstad, D Sinclair, Waller, P Weber, Wenner, Wimmer
100% Attendance for January. Way to Go!! Paul Weber 2014-01-31 00:00:00Z 0

Annual Spaghetti Dinner

Posted on Jan 29, 2014
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The annual Rotary Spaghetti Dinner is coming up on February 11th.  Everyone is expected to help out with this event.  It takes many hands to make this a success.  Sign up sheets are going around at Rotary or you can contact Ashley Drewes or Kristi Fritz to sign up.

Everyone is also expected to take a book of 8 tickets to sell.  Ashley or Kristi have tickets as well.

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Check Your Information On ClubRunner

Posted by Paul Weber on Jan 29, 2014

You can check your billing account, attendance figures, and contact information on our ClubRunner site / www.clubrunner.ca/detroitlakesnoon.   Everyone has a personal log-in name and password.  If you don't know yours, ask Secretary Paul.

You can also access the the Rotary International website, the District 5580 website, and on-line make-ups from our home  page.

Check Your Information On ClubRunner Paul Weber 2014-01-30 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary Board Notes 1/28/14

Posted by Paul Weber on Jan 29, 2014
  • Donated $200 to the Math Counts Program
  • Discussion on ways to get new members
  • Semi Annual Dues are to be sent in this month
  • 5th Social will be held on Jan 30th at the Lodge
Rotary Board Notes 1/28/14 Paul Weber 2014-01-30 00:00:00Z 0

We Missed You At Rotary This Week

Posted by Paul Weber on Jan 29, 2014
Aanenson, Bergen, Bergien, Buboltz, Burhans, Busker, D Daggett, Fingalson, Gallatin, Gehrke, Genz, J Green, N Green, Guetter, K Hagen, M Hagen, Haggart, B Hanna, C Hanna, Henke, Hill, Jasperson, Karsnia, Lewandowski, Lill, Louiseau, McCauley, Mehlhaff, Merseth, Mortenson, Nansen, Ohm, D Olson, J Ramstad, Schmit, Schornack, JD Sinclair, Steinmetz, VanDam, Wenzel, Wickum, Zeller
We Missed You At Rotary This Week Paul Weber 2014-01-30 00:00:00Z 0

Quarterly Billings

Posted on Jan 29, 2014
Quarterly billings have been e-mailed out.  Please remit your dues in a timely manner.  The more money we have in, the more projects we can fund in the community and worldwide.
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Secretary's Message

Posted by Paul Weber on Jan 29, 2014

The nominating committee is currently recruiting mmembers for Board positions for next year.  If you're asked to serve, please step up and help out.

We received news from District Secretary Diane Collins that Dennis Borgwarth, the youngest son of Past District Governor Hanspeter Borgwarth has passed away.  Hans Peter has been very active in Rotary and has visitied our club on numerous occasions.  Sympathies go out to Hans Peter and his wife Gisela.

As I scramble to get the newsletter out, I'm thinking to myself, "Yes, it's finally my turn".  Lisa and I and several other Rotary couples will be leaving for Cabo San Lucas on Saturday.  I can't wait to just sit in the sun.

Finally...sell, sell, sell those spaghetti tickets.  Last year Dick Carr sold over $2000 worth of tickets.  That's a lot of slack to pick up.

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Greeter Schedule

Posted on Jan 29, 2014
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             2/6      Jessica Burhans & Jim D Sinclair
             2/13    Terry Carlisle & Jim C Sinclair
             2/20    Dave Carter & Deanna Sinclair
             2/27    Steve Daggett & Tom Seaworth

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Famous Quotes

Posted on Jan 29, 2014
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"A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus, but a molder of concensus"

                            -Martin Luther King, Jr  


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E-Club Make-Ups

Posted by Dawn Olson on Jan 28, 2014

I've been getting quite a few questions regarding the on-line make-ups.  Here's a step by step to get you going on electronic make-ups:

  • From our club's website homepage (www.clubrunner.ca/detroitlakesnoon) go to Rotary Links on the left hand side of the page
  • Click "Cyber Make-up"
  • Go to the top of the page and click "Make Up Program"
  • Go to two or three different stories.  As you read, keep in mind they are going to ask you these questions:

         1.  Are there any ideas about this story that you could share?    

         2. What changes on the site do you recommend?

         3.  What did you like most about your visit to this site?

         4.  What topics would you like to see in the future?

  • After you have read your articles, click on "Request Make-up Form"
  • Click on either "Don't Want to Contribute" or "Contribute"
  • Click on "Request Make-up Form"
  • Bring your make-up form to Secretary Dawn for credit 
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Easy Ways to Make-up a Rotary Meeting

Posted on Jan 28, 2014

Over the years it's gotten easier to make up a missed Rotary meeting.  You have 14 days before or after a missed meeting to do a make-up.  Here are some easy ways to make-up.

  • Tuesday morning Breakfast Rotary
  • On-line make-up (click on the cyber make-up link on our homepage)
  • Attend a Board meeting (2nd & 4th Tuesdays at the Holiday Inn)
  • Attend a committee meeting
  • Work at a Rotary function
  • Make-up at a nearby club (Perham, Park Rapids, or Pelican Rapids)

Just let me know that you've done a make-up and I'll make sure you get credit. 

Secretary Dawn

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February Birthdays and Anniversaries

Posted by Paul Weber on Jan 27, 2014


2/4   - Steve Daggett
2/8   - Amy Stearns

2/12 - Lisa Weber
2/19 - Ed Gehrke
2/22 - Wayne Pudwill
2/27 - Janet Green
2/28 - Tom Seaworth

Membership Anniversaries:

2/14/74  - Wayne Benson 
/5/81    - Andy Lia
2/20/86  - George VanDam
2/8/90   -  Dan Sauvageau   
2/21/91 -  Patty Labarre 
2/3/94   -  Paul Weber
2/2/95   -  Pam Jones
2/4/99   -  Steve Daggett
2/7/13   -  Doug Anselmin


2/18  - Terry & Betty Carlisle
2/23  - Brad & Janet Green
2/23  - Dave & Mary Aune

* We make every effort to stay current on anniversaries and birthdays.  If we've forgotten yours, please let me know.

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Blood Screening Check

Posted on Jan 14, 2014
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Peter Jacobson presented Club President Wayne Pudwill with a check for $20,051 for the proceeds from the 2013 Blood Screening project.  This is by far our largest fundraiser.  Peter emphasized what a good partnership we have and how the project benefits the community.

Thanks to Adrienne Buboltz for organizing the many volunteer hours that are needed to make the Blood Screening a success.

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2013-14 Rotary Board

Posted on Nov 11, 2013

Your Rotary Board for 2013-14 is:

President - Wayne Pudwill

President Elect - Clay Schott

Secretary - Paul Weber

Treasurer - Nancy Soberg

Sgt. At Arms- Brad Green

Directors: Dawn Olson, Marty Waller, Ed Gehrke, Jeff Jasperson, Jessy Jepson

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Our New Members

Posted on Oct 29, 2013
Dave Long and Jillene Gallatin have recently joined our club.  If you haven't met them yet, make it a point to introduce yourself and welcome them.  New members are the life blood of our club.
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Multiple Paul Harris Fellow Awarded

Posted on Oct 10, 2013
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Multiple Paul Harris Fellowships were awarded to Jim Sinclair and Larry Morrision at our October 10th meeting.  District Governor, Dave Smette made the presentation during his visit.

Thank you to Larry and Jim for making a difference in the world.

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District Governor Visit

Posted on Oct 10, 2013
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The District Governor of Rotary District 5580, Dave Smette, visited our club on October 10th.  He had an inspiring message for us about all the things that our contributions do around the world.  He emphasized that even if we cannot personally go on Rotary missions, we are still a part of the projects with our donations.  He also talked about all the good that Rotary does in the world and that Rotarians can get into countries that need help when other governments cannot.
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Past "Rotarian of the Year" Winners

Posted by Paul Weber on Oct 06, 2013
1982 Dave Fihn, 1983 Marv Daggett, 1984 Bob Lueben, 1985 Bob Dobrenski, 1986 Bob Ness, 1987 Ken Wernli, 1988 Dick Carr, 1989 Paul Sukke, 1990 Dave Knutson, 1991 Bob Irvine, 1992 Gary Nansen, 1993 Wayne Benson, 1994 Jerry Rogers, 1995 Dave Carter, 1996 Michael Norby, 1997 Tom Seaworth, 1998 Cookie Bergen, 1999 Bob Harris, 2000 George VanDam, 2001 John Lee, 2002 Paul Weber, 2003 Deanna Sinclair, 2004 Patty LaBarre, 2005 Larry Morrison, 2006 Brad Green, 2007 Wayne Pudwill, 2008 Adrienne Buboltz, 2009 Janet Green, 2010 Mark Vierkant, 2011 Mark Hagen, 2012 Bud Squires, 2013 Laurie Lewandowski, 2014 Charlie Ramstad
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Rotary International Goodwill Weekend

Posted by Paul Weber on Oct 06, 2013
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The Rotary International Goodwill Weekend was held in Detroit Lakes September 13 & 14th.  The weekend was a great success and a big "Thank You" goes out to Brad Green and the Detroit Lakes Noon Rotary members who helped out to plan the event.  Everyone had a great time and along with plenty of Rotary fellowship, we learned a great deal about how to acheive peace throughout the world.
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Detroit Lakes Noon Rotary

Posted on Oct 26, 2011

The Detroit Lakes Rotary Club was chartered on September 28, 1922.  There were 18 charter members and 7 new members were added that first year.

We have had two members who have served as District Governor.  They were Fred Kegel, 1975-76, and David Fihn, 1985-86.

Some of our projects include: Dollars for Scholars, MUNA/RYLA, Interact Club, Boy Scouts, Rotary Soccer Fields, TeacHaiti, Eyes on Jamaica, Boys & Girls Club, Student Exchange Program, Polio Plus. 

Our mailing address is: Detroit Lakes Noon Rotary, PO Box 1405, Detroit Lakes, MN 56502.

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DL Noon Rotary....Who Are We?

The Detroit Lakes Noon Rotary is made up of active business and community leaders, who have fun participating in community and international humanitarian projects, providing scholarships, mentoring, and facilitating other youth activities.
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Rotarian of the Year

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Congratulations to Laurie Lewandowski on being named Rotarian of the year for 2012-13.  Laurie recently served as club president and is always available to promote Rotary and lend a hand.

Congratulations, Laurie on a well deserved award.
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In "The Laker", This Week in 1980


                           The Laker
                           Jan 28, 1980

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