Posted on Dec 08, 2017
Twelve members of the Prior Lake Rotary Club helped with painting, cleaning, and organizing at The Link - Passageways in Prior Lake. The Link - Passageways provides emergency shelter and housing for youth who have been victims of sex trafficking.
Prior Lake Rotarians Help at The Link - Passageways Joe Dols 2017-12-08 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Perez on Nov 19, 2017
The Prior Lake Rotary Club recognizes three individuals, Joe Passafaro, Kendall Larson, and John Rose, as Honorary Paul Harris Fellows for their outstanding service in the Prior Lake community!
Community Member Recognized by Prior Lake Rotary Paul Perez 2017-11-19 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 29, 2017
 
 
 
At this week's meeting Dr. Teri Staloch presented information on the two school funding requests that will be on the November 7th ballot.  
Prior Lake-Savage Area Schools (PLSAS) has a good problem: it is a popular and growing school district. Families have been and continue to move into the district to attend the PLSAS schools, which are known for quality teaching staff, great academics and E-STEM opportunities.. 
 

Based on extensive analysis of this continued enrollment growth and recommendations from a community-based Facilities Task Force, the School Board approved placing two school funding requests on the November 7 ballot:

Question 1: $109.3M in 20-year bonds to add space for the growing enrollment

    • New elementary school
    • Classroom space and other additions and renovations to several elementary and both middle schools
    • High school additions and renovations including classrooms, expanded cafeteria, increased gym spaces for physical education classes, additional parking lot
    • New Bridges Area Learning Center

Question 2: Renew and increase operating levy to $924 per student for 10 years to fund staff and operations for our growing enrollment

    • Continues existing operating levy that funds current schools and staff
    • Provides additional operating funds needed to hire staff, equip and operate the new schools and spaces in Q1
If both requests are approved by voters, the tax impact on a $300,000 home will be less than $21.50 per month.
For more information please watch this quick video on the district website  https://www.priorlake-savage.k12.mn.us/about-us/referendum or attend one of these informational sessions:
Tuesday, October 10, 7:30 PM at Prior Lake High School
Thursday, October 12, 7:00 PM at the District Services Center
 
All Prior Lake and Savage residents are encouraged to vote.  Polls will be open on Tuesday, November 7, 2017 from 7:00am until 8:00pm. Absentee ballots will be available starting Sept 22. To find your polling location, visit www.mnvotes.org or call (952) 226-0010.
 
Investing in our Community Bill Zimbinski 2017-09-29 05:00:00Z 0

“The Champion’s Code: Building Relationships Through Life Lessons of Integrity and Accountability from the Sports World to the Business World”   

Please Join us August 9th at The Wilds Golf Course

6:00 PM Social Hour

7:00 PM Ross Bernstein Program

The best-selling author of nearly 50 sports books, Ross Bernstein is an award-winning peak performance hall of fame business speaker who's keynoted conferences on five continents and has been featured on CNN, ESPN, Fox News, and “CBS This Morning,” as well as in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times and USA Today.  Ross' program is based on a series of books he wrote in which he was able to interview more than 500 professional athletes and coaches that all had one thing in common — they were all members of championship teams. In his research he concluded that the same metrics and characteristics that were common among champions in sports, were also common in peak performers in business. As he learned, champions have a very unique DNA — and his goal in this keynote session is to get audience members thinking about their own DNA — and about the DIFFERENTIATORS they possess which would ultimately lead customers to CHOOSE to do business with them. At the core of his message is the simple fact that we like to do business with people who we trust, who we like, and who just “get it” — CHAMPIONS. In an engaging, provocative, and visually entertaining style, Ross will use inspirational stories and poignant life lessons from the world of sports to show attendees how to:
 • Create a “culture of excellence” by giving extraordinary customer service… • Generate momentum by utilizing the "currency of karma"...
 • Follow their moral compasses to win "the right way," with respect and integrity...  • Be better leaders and create more "buy-in" by embracing change and failure... • Evolve from "order takers" to "trusted partners" by enhancing the quality of their relationships... 

 

Cost covered by Prior Lake Rotary Club. Please register at - https://portal.clubrunner.ca/2017/Event/ross-bernstein-program

Ross Bernstein Inspirational Business Speaker Bill Zimbinski 2017-07-31 05:00:00Z 0
The Prior Lake Rotary Club was well represented at the annual Rotary International Convention held in Atlanta in June. In all, 17 Rotarians and 6 spouses attended this unbelievable and sometimes life-changing event. Attendees (non-Rotarian spouses in parenthesis) included David and Joan Fawcett, Doug and Marlys Gesme, Jack Haugen (Mary), Kyle Haugen (Carrie), Joan Lompart (Brian), Vic Noer (Maria), Paul and Susan Perez, Darcy Rose (John), Don and Edith Schrope, Guy and Mary Selinske, Dan Stanley, and Mary Viereck (Paul). David and Edith are actually members of different Rotary Clubs since the two couples go on snow bird status.
 
Attendees had so many options during their time in Atlanta. Obviously, the convention was the highlight, and Rotary was front and center. The Georgia World Congress Center was the site of the convention; opening and closing sessions were held there, and that is where each convention day started where various topics were covered. The speakers were incredible including Bill Gates, golf legend Jack Nicklaus, activist and favorite son of Atlanta Andrew Young, and actor Ashton Kutcher. We also heard Rotary International General Secretary John Hewko give a rousing update on the status of Rotary. There were breakout sessions covering numerous topics, and Prior Lake Rotarians came away inspired with great ideas they can bring back to our club and community. The House of Friendship was also held at the Center. Here, there were hundreds of booths covering Rotary programs and specific projects and booths selling items including local vendors. It was an awesome experience seeing Rotarians from around the world and getting to talk to them.
 
Away from the convention, there were other opportunities to see the city including the Georgia Aquarium, the College Football Hall of Fame, and the National Center for Civil and Human Rights. The host city even set up special events to get a flavor of the city. Some of these included the Zone 28 and 29 night at the World of Coca Cola, Blue Jeans and Blue Grass Festival, and the Women of Rotary held at the Carter Center. Speaking of taste, there was no shortage of restaurants around the hotel and convention center, and Prior Lake Rotarians took advantage of doing some heavy sampling. Despite all that was going on, there were plenty of opportunities for club members to get together to enjoy the friendship of each other.     
 
Among the attendees were some first-timers. Said long-time member Joan Lompart, “It was amazing to see all the countries represented at the convention in all of their traditional clothing. I saw outfits from Nigeria, Thailand, Mexico, West Africa, Brazil, and Argentina that were truly gorgeous. 
 
This was my first International Convention, to see the difference a group can make in the eradication of polio was another highlight! With the Gates Foundation pledging their continued support; it is exciting that we will see this debilitating disease eliminated in our lifetimes. 
 
Andrew Young, a humanist from Martin Luther King's era, was a dynamic speaker with much wisdom. It was also great spending more social time with members of our club and getting more acquainted.” 
 
This was also Dan Stanley’s first Convention. He said two things struck him. (First) “The reach of Rotary is very apparent when you attend the Rotary International Convention, you have doers from all over the world and from numerous cultures present at the convention.  It makes you realize that when an initiative is conceived by Rotarians it is quickly and efficiently disseminated around the world without the political drag and inefficiencies of working through governments. PolioPlus (program) is a great example of an idea conceived by Rotarians and put in action where it is needed and the successes of this effort speak for themselves. (Second) For me it was very uplifting to see that Rotarians can work so well together despite the seemingly large divisions there are in our current times; it gives you hope for better things in our lives.  It only served to validate my involvement with Rotary, I know that my time and giving are going to the proper group!” 
 
The 2018 Rotary International Convention will be held in Toronto, and there are already several Prior Lake Rotarians registered to go. On to Toronto!
On to Atlanta: Rotarians Attend Rotary Convention 2017-07-10 05:00:00Z 0
Over the past year, the Prior Lake Rotary Club, in partnership with the City of Prior Lake, has made many improvements to Rotary Gateway Park including two newly planted rain gardens, a water feature, a pergola, a rock wall, and most recently a new sculpture display.  We are currently looking for community involvement from a local artist to create a sculpture that reflects the spirit of Prior Lake. The selected artist will receive $2,000 donated by Prior Lake Rotary, recognition from the city council, and publicity in the city’s newsletter, the Wavelength.
Rotary Gateway Park is located at 4666 Dakota Street SE and the sculpture display is towards the back of the park.  The sculpture display platform is a large limestone boulder, which will have a stainless-steel display table to attach the sculpture.
Artists or contractors who are interested in submitting proposals for the sculpture can submit them to the City of Prior Lake at City Hall, 4646 Dakota Street SE, Prior Lake, MN 55372, on behalf of the Prior Lake Rotary Club, until August 7, 2017.  A full request for proposal is available by emailing the Prior Lake Rotary Club at bill@billzimbinski.com .
Rotary Club Seeks Sculpture Bill Zimbinski 2017-06-28 05:00:00Z 0
Nine Prior Lake Rotarians participated in a very inspirational Bridges Senior Recognition Banquet on Thursday June 1st at Fong's. Students were recognized for overcoming a variety of obstacles to graduate from high school. There were many great and funny stories shared along with many tears and hugs. Bridges is the Alternative Learning Center for Prior Lake - Savage School District. The nine Rotarians are mentors in the STRIVE program at Bridges along with five non-rotarian mentors who were also present. The STRIVE program is supported by the Prior Lake Rotary Club. The mentors also awarded their students $500 scholarships for achieving goals in the program. The most improved student was awarded $750.
 
Rotarians Participate in Inspirational Bridges Sr. Recognition Banquet Joe Dols 2017-06-05 05:00:00Z 0
The Prior Lake High School Interact Club, sponsored by the Prior Lake Rotary Club, had a successful  "Night-in-a-Box" fundraising event on Thursday, May 25 at Prior Lake High School. ShelterBox was the beneficiary of the fundraiser, and a partner in the event.  ShetlerBox Ambassador and board member Greg Krauska was in attendance talking about the organization and conducted activities for the Interactors. In all, 16 Interactors slept in boxes overnight, and they exceeded their goal of raising $2,500 by raising over $3,700! That is enough to purchase 3 ShelterBox boxes that will be sent to areas suffering natural disasters or other humanitarian crisis. 
 
Interact's Night-In-A-Box 2017-05-29 05:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Prior Lake recently achieved a milestone. Through fundraisers like Prior Lake Rotary’s Lakefront Music Fest, the club has been able to give generously. But that generosity goes beyond the club level to the individual members of the club. Members have given more than $500,000 ($504,391 actual) to The Rotary Foundation (TRF). The Foundation is the charitable arm of Rotary International whose money is used for projects and programs. This is a special year for The Rotary Foundation as it celebrates its centennial anniversary.
 
Although the Rotary Club of Prior Lake is in its 38th year, the giving to TRF has seen unprecedented leaps in the last 5 years. In those 5 years, individuals have given $131,739. Not coincidentally, the Club’s current Foundation Director, Paul Hofslien, took over in 2012. Paul, a member of over 22 years and past club president, has led the Foundation committee that educates members and collects pledges to the Foundation. The club is perennially in the top tier in the District in per member giving. This year, both the total dollars and the per capita giving are new high thresholds for the club.
 
About the accomplishment, Paul said, “Passing this level of giving is a huge milestone.  It shows the generosity that our club members have.  They want to help make the world a better place.  I am very proud to be associated with such people.” When asked what his focus has been since he took over the Foundation committee, Paul stated, “Two main things: to educate members of all the good The Rotary Foundation does in the world, and to increase the level of giving to the foundation by members by making the members feel pride in giving their money.  They know that the money they give is being used wisely.”
 
Paul has taken his experience, knowledge, and passion for The Rotary Foundation to the District level as the Fund Development Committee Chair. The main goal of the committee is to encourage Rotarians throughout the District to make The Rotary Foundation their charity of choice. And there is good reason for that: TRF is a highly lauded non-profit organization when it comes to financial oversight and transparency.  It has been placed at or near the top by numerous non-profit watchdogs including Charity Navigator. In fact, 91% of the funds are spent directly on programs.
 
Of all the dollars given by the District to The Foundation, 50% of the dollars come back to the District in three years to be used for projects and programs. Prior Lake Rotary has used these dollars over the years including the first international project that was initiated in the 1994-1995 Rotary year for an irrigation project in Chimbote, Peru. Rotary Foundation dollars have also been used for other local and international projects like starting the STRIVE program in the school district, the Gateway Park to Lakefront Park, and digging wells in The Gambia. Said Prior Lake Rotarian Guy Selinske, who has initiated some of these projects and serves as a mentor on the District’s Grant Subcommittee, "Using Foundation dollars is a great way for Rotary clubs to leverage their funds and to engage in projects they otherwise would not have the wherewithal to take on.  In some cases, the club can put up as little as $8,000 and that can translate into $36,000 for grants and projects."
Paul Hofslien is in his 5th year as the Club's Foundation Director
Reaching a Milestone 2017-05-23 05:00:00Z 0
The GSE team from Australia and Timor Leste left us this weekend. What an awesome experience for everyone involved! The team consisted of team leader Ainsle and group members Graciana, Yogish, Anna, Ignacia, and Laura. It was a busy three days including presenting at our meeting on Wednesday, visiting the Mall of America, touring US Bank Stadium, touring Seagate, touring SMSC operations including Mystic Lake Casino, horse races at Canterbury Park, and the social on Prior Lake at the Lompart's.  And then there was karaoke at TJ Hooligans. Here's how the night ended as told by Rotarian Kyle Haugen: 
 
It's about 2 a.m., and there's usually not a good reason to be up at this point. Instead, I just closed down a karaoke bar with a bunch of Australians singing "Hey Jude" at the top of our lungs. Yet another reason why #Rotary is such a great organization. I'm so glad that I've been able to spend the last few days with our Group Study Exchange team here in Prior Lake. They're great people who are going to help us as Rotarians make a difference for years to come!

At Canterbury Park

And another Rotarian Harry Algyer summed up his GSE experience:

I was struck by a thought that likely is common sense to most people. A few short days ago I didn't even know where Timor Leste was. Now through our district sponsoring the Timor / Australian GSE team and our club having the team with us for a few days I not only know where Timor Leste is but I have friends there. The world just got a little smaller and friendlier.

At the Mall of America

Dinner at the Lompart's on Prior Lake after a pontoon boat ride

Welcoming New Friends 2017-05-07 05:00:00Z 0
The annual Mystery Trip was held on Saturday, April 22. We had a total of 58 Rotarians, spouses, and friends of Rotarians join in the fun. We started out with a tour of the Wabasha Street caves, followed by a layover at the Summit Brewery in St. Paul. Our final stop was to the ultimate man cave where we enjoyed a phenomenal private concert with the Prairie Dog Fight Club Band, with Prior Lake Rotarian Dave Card on drums. We ended the night with some pretty amazing karaoke. Thank you also to The Pointe for catering the event. 
At the Riff Factory in Richfield
 
 
An Amazing Mystery Trip 2017-04-30 05:00:00Z 0

The Rotary Foundation

This couple, President Doug Gesme and Marlys Gesme, continues to make The Rotary Foundation their charity of choice. Both received Paul Harris Fellows +2. Above Foundation Director Paul Hofslien presents Doug his pin. Below, Marlys accepts her pin.
A Foundation Giving-Kinda Couple 2017-04-02 05:00:00Z 0
Jenni Krosnowski in the Rotarian Spotlight. She is the owner of the Twisted Loop Yarn Shop in Prior Lake, is an active member of ROCK (Reaching Our Community's Kids), and has been a member of Rotary for just over a year. So why is Jenni a Rotarian? Because she has been on both ends of service receiving when growing up, and now volunteering for ROCK. Her mom taught her 'we need to be of service.' When Jenni came to a meeting to receive a check for ROCK, she felt welcomed and liked different aspects of our meeting. Says Jenni, "I never come here and feel like I'm not valued." Thanks for all you do Jenni!  
Rotarian in the Spotlight 2017-03-19 05:00:00Z 0
 
This year's kick-off party for the 8th annual Prior Lake Rotary's Lakefront Music Fest was held on March 7 at
Mystic Lake Casino's Grand Ballroom. Hundreds of attendees came out for the party, which included the Shaw
Brothers winding the crowd up. Mike "Muss" Mussman from K102 was the emcee, and SMSC Chairman Charlie
Vig presented the Club with a check as exclusive presenting partner. The crowd got excited when the country
headliner, Billy Currington, was announced.
Our exclusive presenting partner for the 8th year - the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community
(From left to right: Chairman Charlie Vig, Event Co-Chair Guy Selinske, and Event Co-Chair Darcy Rose)
Lakefront Music Fest Kicks Off 2017-03-12 06:00:00Z 0
Jessica Block was inducted as our newest member at the March 1 Club meeting. Jessica's classification/vocation is sales, marketing, and business management, and she is a Commercial Account Executive for Mediacom. Jessica is involved in the Prior Lake Chamber of Commerce, and she is "greatly involved with the Carver-Scott Humane Society." Jessica found out about Rotary through volunteering for Prior Lake Rotary's Lakefront Music Fest, and continued to hear about Rotary through community events. Welcome Jessica!   
Jessica Block (right) with her sponsor and mentor Susan Perez (left)
Jessica and Susan joined by President Elect Vic Noer and Membership Co-Director Deb Severson  
New Member Inducted! 2017-03-05 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 28, 2017
And it was... A Roaring Good Time! Prior Lake Rotarians and guests took the Roaring 20's theme to heart and dressed the part! The 16th annual fundraising event was held on February 18, at Mystic Lake Casino's Hotels Grand Ballroom. There were live and silent auctions, and Steve Millar and Diamondhead provided entertainment that got attendees out on the dance floor all night. All proceeds from the event, 100%, will go to fund the Club's giving, projects, and programs both locally and throughout the world.
Attendees came dressed to party and have a good time for a good cause.
 
Attendees enjoyed a wonderful meal.
A Roaring Good Time! 2017-02-28 06:00:00Z 0
On a blustery February on a Minnesota lake... Okay so it was in the 50s. But the Prior Lake Rotarians participating in the Polar Plunge for Special Olympics MN would tell you the water was plenty cold! Six Rotarians and our Youth Exchange Student Peang, along with his host dad Tom, all plunged in and made it out on the other side. As a team, Prior Lake Rotary raised $3,893, which placed us 6th overall for any team! 
Host dad Tom Rykken, Paul Hofslien, Manny Perez, Doug Scalia, Paul Perez, Guy Selinske, HarryAlgyer, and Peang in the forefront.
 
Because of everyone who jumped, and from the generous pledges, we will give more than 8,100 athletes the opportunity to participate in the Athlete Leadership and Healthy Athletes Programs, work at the Special Olympics Minnesota state office, and best of all, train and compete in a variety of sports all year.
Plunging for Special Olympics MN 2017-02-28 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 19, 2017
Prior Lake Rotarians gathered at Sandpoint Beach on Saturday, February 18, to to take the plunge for Special Olympics Minnesota in the Polar Plunge. The 50 degree plus weather did not warn up the lake. Rotarians Harry Algyer, Paul Hofslien, Manny Perez, Paul Perez, Doug Scalia, and Guy Selinske, and Youth Exchange Student Peang (Kittiphum Thanomthin) along with his host dad Tom Rykken, jumped as a team. Overall the team raised $3,793, which placed us 6th overall for any team! Thank you to everyone who sponsored us! Your pledges will give more than 8,100 athletes the opportunity to participate in the Athlete Leadership and Healthy Athletes Programs, work at the Special Olympics Minnesota state office, and best of all, train and compete in a variety of sports all year. 
Pre-plunge gathering.
 
A before photo of the team.
Prior Lake Rotary Takes the Plunge 2017-02-19 06:00:00Z 0
This week we welcomed our newest member - Wade Rabenhorst! Wade moved back to Minnesota a few years ago after living in Las Vegas for 20 years. He wanted to get involved with service in the community. According to Wade, "I attended the Lakefront Music Fest and witnessed what a wonderful event that the Rotary put on for the community and I thought to myself, 'That's the perfect organization to get involved with,' where it has a big footprint and does a lot for this community." Welcome Wade!
Bill Zimbinski (left) is Wade's sponsor. Membership Co-Director Deb Severson (right) inducted Wade into the Prior Lake Rotary membership.
Welcoming Wade! 2017-02-08 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 29, 2017
Dannon Hulskotter, Minnesota Viking's VP of Marketing and Fan Engagement, and Prior Lake resident, presented to the Club last week. He shared what was planned for Winter Fest coming to Prior Lake February 16-28. But before that, he shared this with the members in attendance: "This is my first Rotary Club meeting ever. I gotta say, I speak to alot groups throughout the year; this is by far the funnest meeting I have ever been to." That is why members get up early every Wednesday. We have FUN!
   
Funnest Meeting! 2017-01-29 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 29, 2017
Recently we celebrated Bill Zimbiski's first Paul Harris Fellow award for donating to the Rotary Foundation, and his Paul Harris +1! Foundation Director Paul Hofslien takes special pleasure in giving out the initial Paul Harris Fellow. 
So what is The Rotary Foundation? The Rotary Foundation transforms your gifts into projects that change lives both close to home and around the world. As the charitable arm of Rotary, we tap into a global network of Rotarians who invest their time, money, and expertise into our priorities, such as eradicating polio and promoting peace. Foundation grants empower Rotarians to approach challenges such as poverty, illiteracy, and malnutrition with sustainable solutions that leave a lasting impact.
 
Giving to The Rotary Foundation 2017-01-29 06:00:00Z 0

Last Week's Rotarian in the Spotlight: Jack Haugen

How long have you been a Rotarian? Rotarian since 1979 with a three year leave 1983-85.

Who was your sponsor? Real estate agent and city councilman named Bill Bissonett

Why did you join Rotary? Was honored to be invited as a young 28 year old and was excited to join one of the most significant service organizations in the world.

What is your vocation? Agent and registered representative providing insurance and financial services to clients in the south metro area

What do you do in your spare time? Spend lots of time with family, especially with three young grand-children! Enjoy golfing, hiking, kayaking, traveling, and am a big Wolves, Gophers, and Twins fan!

Thank you, Jack, for all that you do on behalf of Rotary!

Rotarian in the Spotlight 2017-01-08 06:00:00Z 0
Rod Ammerman was recently thanked and recognized for reaching a Paul Harris Fellow +4 for giving to The Rotary Foundation (TRF). A Paul Harris is achieved by giving cumulatively $1,000 to The Foundation, and then for each $1,000 given after that. TRF is the engine that drives many of the Rotary projects and programs locally and throughout the world. Thank you, Rod!
Rod (left) receives his pin from Foundation Director Paul Hofslien. 
Paul Harris Fellow Recognition 2017-01-01 06:00:00Z 0
Earlier this month, Joe Vaughan President and CEO of the CAP Agency stopped by our meeting to accept a donation from the Community Service committee. The money was used to help families in need during the holidays.
Photo: Joe Vaughan (left) receives the check from Bill Zimbinski.
A Season of Giving 2016-12-28 06:00:00Z 0
From David Brown, ALC Coordinator
Bridges Area Learning Center
 
The kids were absolutely BEAMING with joy after lunch today!  Your thoughtful gifts and more importantly the care and support you have provided is creating a core group of students so well connected to school that others are noticing and being positively affected!
 
I have said this a couple of times this year and really want to emphasize how great this year's group is - both students and mentors!  I can see that
through your mentorship you are having a real and meaningful impact on a young person's life.  You are helping us to fulfill our district mission of
educating all learners to reach their full potential as contributing and productive members of an ever-changing global society.  

Thanks for all you are doing, your time and energy for our students! 
STRIVE Update 2016-12-26 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 11, 2016
Last Thursday, 75 guests made up of Rotarians and family members, including a few tiny tots, gathered at Lakefront Park Pavilion for some holiday cheer. Santa even showed up for the Club's annual Christmas Party. Our FUN Committee outdid themselves!
Members socializing
 
Santa making the rounds
 
Part of the FUN Committee relaxing after working hard in the kitchen
Celebrating the Holidays 2016-12-11 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 11, 2016
Recently the Gala Committee kicked off the 2017 event, "A Roaring Good Time!" The event is scheduled for February 18 at Mystic Lake Casino Hotel. The committee changed it's structure to ensure this year's event is the most successful ever! And with the roaring 20's as the theme, it's sure to be fun! Ticket information is coming shortly.  
Gala Committee members in character at the kick-off meeting: (From left to right) Sandy Kaul, Dave Card, Bill Schult,  Steve Millar, Mary Viereck, Katy Uzpen, Mary Selinske, and Wendy Hirschey.
A Roaring Good Time 2016-12-11 06:00:00Z 0
Chad Rittenour was recognized at last week's meeting with a Paul Harris Fellow +8. Why does Chad give to The Rotary Foundation? Because he trusts The Foundation; he trusts that they will use the money the best way possible.
Chad (left) received a thank you from Foundation Director Paul Hofslien
Giving to The Foundation 2016-12-04 06:00:00Z 0
On November 12, Rotary District 5960 held their Rotary Foundation Centennial Celebration in St. Paul. Prior Lake Rotary was well represented with 10 Rotarians and 4 spouses/significant others. Our Youth Exchange Student Peang was there as well. The Club was recognized as 2nd highest in per capita giving to The Rotary Foundation and 1st in giving to PolioPlus for the 2015-2016 Rotary year. Not pictured is Kyle Haugen, District Governor Elect, who served as emcee. 
(Pictured from left to right) Jack and Mary Haugen (forefront), Jill and Paul Hofslien, Diane and Joe Dols, Guy Selinske, and Susan Perez. 
(Pictured from left to right) Angela Eifert, Peang (Exchange Student), Jim Coan, Deb Severson, Marlys and Doug Gesme.
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Let's get to know about last week's Rotarian in the Spotlight, Marlys Gesme.
How long have you been a Rotarian?  Since March 2014.
Who was your sponsor?  My husband Doug Gesme.
Why did you join Rotary?  I was lucky to have Doug in the club for a while longer than me. I saw what the club was doing and wanted to be a part of it.
What is your vocation?  Divisional Lending Manager, VP at Wells Fargo.
What do you do in your spare time?   Spending time with my family, boating, kayaking, and home improvements!!
 
Marlys is a current co-director of the Club Service committee.
Marlyis Gesme - Rotarian in the Spotlight 2016-11-20 06:00:00Z 0

Last week's Rotarian in the Spotlight is Bob Gilbert.

How long have you been a Rotarian?   5 1/2 years 

Who was your sponsor?  Sheri Johnston

Why did you join Rotary?  To meet community leaders and to become more involved with the community

What is your vocation?  Realtor with Edina Realty

What do you do in your spare time?  Golf, play guitar and drums, boating, pottery, flying/aviation

Bob Gilbert, a real renaissance man!

Spotlight on Bob Gilbert 2016-11-14 06:00:00Z 0
On election night last Tuesday, Prior Lake High School Interactors helped Prior Lake Rotarians cover two precincts for PLSAS Community Education's Kids Vote. The precincts were Prior Lake Baptist Church and Credit River Township Town Hall. A total of 10 Interactors and 3 Rotarians participated. Michelle Jirik and Susan Perez coordinated and participated in this service project. The Prior Lake Rotary Club has helped with Kids Voting for a number of years. This year,  1,444 students voted at the Kids Voting polling places at our local precincts.   
 
Youth Exchange Student and Interactor Peang worked with Rotarian Paul Perez at the Prior Lake Baptist precinct
 
Two Interactors, Allayna Lotto and Jessie McElwain, also helped at the Prior Lake Baptist Church precinct
Kids Vote - Election 2016 2016-11-14 06:00:00Z 0
Last week the "Witches" took over our meeting with some awesome Halloween-themed games! As always, Rotarians competed fiercely. We raised $200 for PolioPlus with a cookie sales - cookies provided by Mary Selinske. We love our witches!
Witches, witches everywhere!
Teri Staloch and Sandy Kaul!
President Doug Gesme holds court over the witches.
The Prior Lake Rotary Witches Return 2016-10-30 05:00:00Z 0
A big "Thank You" to Susan Perez from The Rotary Foundation (TRF) for achieving her first Paul Harris Award for donating to to TRF! And why do Susan and her husband and fellow Prior Lake Rotarian Paul donate to The Foundation? Because of all the great work done locally and internationally through The Foundation, and because they know they money will be put to good use.
Prior Lake Rotary's Foundation Committee Director Paul Hofslien presents Susan with a certificate and pin.
First-Time Paul Harris Awardee 2016-10-22 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 22, 2016

Current snowbird Joan Fawcett was recently the Rotarian in the Spotlight

How long have you been a Rotarian? Eight years. I joined Rotary in June 2008

Who was your sponsor? Jennifer Deschaine

Why did you join Rotary? I joined Rotary to network with the Prior Lake community as part of my position as Associate Development Director at St. Francis Foundation.

What is your vocation? I retired three years ago from a successful and rewarding career in the nonprofit world. I served at the local, state, and national levels in all capacities raising millions of funds to support a variety of nonprofit organizations and their missions ranging from women and girls to individuals with disabilities and their families and to healthcare needs.

What do you do in your spare time? I enjoy volunteering and community service through Rotary, the sport of golf, geocaching and participating in the world’s largest treasure hunt, genealogy family research , traveling, and reading.

Thank you, Joan, for all you do for Prior Lake Rotary!

Spotlight On... John Fawcett 2016-10-22 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 09, 2016
The Prior Lake Rotary Club recently continued their sponsorship of the Laker Educational Foundation (LEF) with a $1,000 contribution. LEF, a community-based group, provides funds for activities that are beyond the scope of traditionally supported school activities. The Foundation, which began in 2005, has disbursed over $292,000to students, teaching staff, and community members.
Community Service committee member John Parrish presents the check to Laker Educational Foundation President Lori Frank.
Giving to Laker Educational Foundation 2016-10-09 05:00:00Z 0

This week's Rotarian in the Spotlight: Dave Card

How long have you been a Rotarian? 14 years

Who was your sponsor? Joleen Sharp

Why did you join Rotary? I initially joined Rotary looking for business networking opportunities. But what I actually found was an active group of individuals with a get-stuff-done approach to projects and having fun. I very much enjoy the camaraderie and vibrancy of our club.

What is your vocation? I am currently a self-employed software consultant specializing in the implementation of Enterprise Software, project management and process improvement. The first twelve years of my professional career were spent working as a mechanical engineer in design and manufacturing management and included a three year stint helping to run a manufacturing plant in Chatellerault, France.

What do you do in your spare time? Spending time with family and friends is a priority. But when it’s me time, I love music and playing drums with my band Prairie Dog Fight Club. I also really enjoy sailing and plan to sail across oceans someday.

Dave is also one of the founders of the Lakefront Jazz and Blues Fest, which has become Prior Lake Rotary's Lakefront Music Fest. Thank you, Dave, for all that you do on behalf of Prior Lake Rotary!

Spotlight on... Dave Card 2016-10-05 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 02, 2016
Past, present, and future District Governors, young professionals, and other Rotary leaders of Zones 28 and 29 and beyond met in Cleveland this past week for training, friendship opportunities, and plenty of inspiration through spectacular speakers. Prior Lake Rotarians Paul Perez (emerging leader), Deb Severson (2017-2018 District Training Chair), and Kyle Haugen (2017-2018 District Governor - 5960) were in attendance. 5960 District Governor Elect Kyle Haugen was introduced with his 2017-2018 class on Friday night. 
Kyle and Carrie Haugen with RI President Elect Ian Riseley and his wife Juliet. — at Renaissance Cleveland Hotel.
Prior Lake Rotarians Paul Perez, Deb Severson, and Kyle Haugen
Prior Lake Rotary at Zone Event 2016-10-02 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 02, 2016
Last week Prior Lake Rotarians and Prior Lake High School Interactors joined together to do maintenance and planting at the Rotary Gateway Park. The park was constructed by the City in 2005 with contributions made by Prior Lake Rotary. 
Rotarians Bill Zimbiski, Max Moser, Chad Rittenour, and Mark Elliott.
Jim Gilbertson (grey sweatshirt) lead the maintenance project. 
Prior Lake High School Interactors with City employee Pete. 
Gateway Park Maintenance Project 2016-10-02 05:00:00Z 0
Last week Scott County Attorney Ron Hocevar and PLPD Police Chief Mark Elliott, both Prior Lake Rotarians, spoke to members about the Southwest Metro Drug Task Force, programs Choose Not to Use and Take It To the Box, and the Scott County Drug Court. The Drug Court aim? To break the cycle of crime and addiction by providing high risk and high need offenders a multidisciplinary strategic response consisting of treatment, support, and legal accountability.
 
Choose Not To Use 2016-09-25 05:00:00Z 0
The Scott County Historical Society recently had their grand opening for the “Wish you were here! Tourism in Scott County” exhibit. The exhibit will be up for about 2 years. The Prior Lake Rotary Club donated $1,500 to the Scott County Historical Society which paid for the map of the lake and the iPad.
The exhibit.
 
Corey and Shelly Stich and Shelly and Ted McWilliams, represented the Prior Lake Rotary at the grand opening.
"Wish You Were Here!" 2016-09-25 05:00:00Z 0
The STRIVE program at Bridges Alternative Learning Center was front and center recently at a Club meeting. STRIVE, which stands for Students Taking a Renewed Interest In the Value of Education, is gearing up for another season. The program matches students with adult mentors, many of whom are Prior Lake Rotarians. STRIVE Co-Chairs Cindy Shepard and Max Moser and Bridges ALC Coordinator Dave Brown spoke about the program and the need for mentors. As Dave stated, "(These students) know they have issues and they are kids that want to progress forward. But there are things in their lives, there's stuff going on." He stated mentors help them process this and help figure things out so they can move forward. Training is provided to prospective mentors. 
Dave Brown addresses the Rotarians.
Max Moser discusses who can be a mentor as Cindy Shepard looks on.
STRIVE Program at Bridges ALC 2016-09-18 05:00:00Z 0

Rotarian in the Spotlight: Frank Boyles

How long have you been a Rotarian? I really don't know how long. 15 or 20 years?

Who was your sponsor? Former Police Chief Dick Powell.

Why did you join Rotary? Originally because it was expected for the job to meet and work with prominent business people. Now because it is fun most of the time and a way to give back.

What is your vocation? Government.

What are your avocations? Walk, read, work on the houses and yards, make repairs and installations for my kids, go to the cabin, go to college and pro football games, boat, announce girl's hockey for cable TV, enjoy time with my wife, mom, kids, and grandkids.

Spotlight on... Frank Boyles 2016-09-10 05:00:00Z 0

The Rotary Foundation has received the highest possible score from Charity Navigator, an independent evaluator of charities in the U.S.

In the most recent ratings, released on 1 September, The Rotary Foundation earned the maximum 100 points for both financial health and accountability and transparency.

The ratings reflect how efficiently Charity Navigator believes the Foundation will use donations, how well it has sustained programs and services, and its level of commitment to good governance and openness.

In the previous rating, the Foundation had received 97 points.

 

THE Rotary Foundation 2016-09-10 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 05, 2016
Adam Blahnik was recently the Rotarian in the spotlight.
How long have you been a member? 7 years.
Who was your sponsor? Deno Howard
What is your vocation: Owns Blahnik Law Offices with offices in Prior Lake and Lonsdale.
What are your avocations? Adam was a Past Club President (2012-2013); he's been away but looking at getting engaged again. Adam's also an avid gardener of vegetables, edible perennials, and perennials.flowers. He is currently training for the Twin Cities Marathon.
 
Welcome back to Rotary, Adam!
Spotlight on Adam Blahnik 2016-09-05 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 05, 2016
Congratulations and "Thank You" to Deb Severson who was recently recognized as a Major Donor of The Rotary Foundation. Major Donor designation is given to someone that donates $10,000 cumulatively to The Rotary Foundation. Foundation Director Paul Hofslien presented Deb with a crystal recognition piece and Major Donor pendant.    So why does Deb choose to give to TRF? "When I first started in Rotary 25 years ago, there wasn't a lot said about The Foundation in terms of giving, but we got to reap the benefits." She gave examples of seeing people receive scholarships, the ability to dig wells, and Rotarians who were able to go on exchanges to other countries. Deb states, "and that was pretty cool," to see what one dollar can do over time. "It's amazing. Everybody can do this. It's just one dollar at a time." Thanks again, Deb. The Foundation is the engine of all the good Rotary International does, and it happens because of people like you.
Deb with Paul Hofslien
 
A "Major" Recognition 2016-09-05 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 28, 2016
We inducted another member this week. Welcome Wendy Hirschi! She was sponsored by Jim Gilberstson. After the induction, Wendy told the Club a little bit about herself. She's lived most of her life in Minnesota. Wendy went to school to become a teacher, and went to graduate school for special education. She has a 12-year old daughter. "I am very honored to join you guys. Everyone is so friendly and warm. I am astonished with everything you do (as a Club)!" 
Membership Director Deb Severson (l), Wendy Hirschi (m), and Jim Gilbertson (r). 
Wendy receiving her Rotary pin.
Welcoming Another Member 2016-08-28 05:00:00Z 0
We had the honor of welcoming our new inbound foreign exchange student Kittipoom (Peang) from Thailand! Peang presented our Club with many gifts, of which included a Rotary flag from his home club! We are very excited to welcome him into our Club, and we hope he enjoys his year in Minnesota!
Peang presents a flag to President Doug Gesme.
Welcoming Our Rotary Exchange Student 2016-08-21 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 21, 2016
Recently, Prior Lake Rotarian Katy Uzpen was presented with her first Paul Harris Fellow for donating to The Rotary Foundation! Thank you Katy for your continued support of Rotary and the foundation!
Katy with Foundation Director Paul Hofslien.
Katy tells the Club why she gives to The Foundation Director.
Our Newest Paul Harris Fellow 2016-08-21 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 21, 2016

Steven Block was recently our Rotarian in the Spotlight.

How long have you been a Rotarian? 18 months.

Who was your sponsor? Dan Stanley

Why did you join Rotary? With my four kids grown I needed a volunteer opportunity that would allow me to give back to the community.

What is your vocation? I have two jobs. I am the Market President for Great Western Bank in the Twin Cities. I have also been a financial advisor for the last 16 years, and with Raymond James for the last five years.

What do you do in your spare time? Life experiences from scuba diving to skydiving and everything in between...backpacking, climbing, canoeing , camping. I enjoy lake life with family and friends, grandchildren, playing hockey, golf, tennis, hunting and shooting, motorcycle and convertible rides, theatre, watching movies and almost any sport...and traveling with my wife of 24 years!

 

Rotarian in the Spotlight - Steven Block 2016-08-21 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 14, 2016
Rotary Youth Exchange Student Anthony Perez shared his experience in Brandenburg an der Havel, Germany with the Club a couple weeks ago as our program speaker. As a participant in one of Rotary International's many programs, Anthony becomes a Rotary Alumni. Thank you for being an awesome ambassador! 
Anthony is the son of Prior Lake Rotarians Paul and Susan Perez
Prior Lake Rotary Ambassador Anthony Perez 2016-08-14 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 14, 2016
Tim Bell was recently celebrated as the Rotarian in the Spotlight. Here is more about Tim.
 
How long have you been a Rotarian? 5 years I think. (actually over 7 years) 
Who was your sponsor? Greg Kes
Why did you join Rotary? I had been working with the DARE bike-a-thon for several years and always wondered what the rest of Rotary was all about.  Greg Kes, Kyle Haugen, and Mitch Popple met with me to discuss the “rest of the story” and I became convinced that Rotary matched well with what I wanted to focus on - doing good things for our community, our youth, and with global issues that benefit the global family. The initiatives that Rotary was and continues to be involved in are things which are near and dear to my heart.
What is your vocation? I am the principal at Five Hawks Elementary in Prior Lake and have had the honor of going to school here going on 15 years.  I see my vocation as reaching every student every day in some positive way or another.
What do you do in your spare time? Some may say “what spare time” and I would disagree.  I have the two greatest grandchildren that live 25 minutes away and I get to see them often at ball games, dance recitals, and just to visit.
I do also love to cook, golf, and spend time with my wife (she may disagree but she has stayed married to me for 38 years this August!)
 
Thank you, Tim, for all you do for Prior Lake Rotary and the greater community!
Spotlight on Tim Bell 2016-08-14 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 07, 2016
Prior Lake Rotary and Rotarians celebrated and participated in Lakefront Days this past week.
 
Wednesday we constructed the float at the Lakefront storage for the parade.
 
Thursday we had a booth at the Business Expo and Wine Tasting at Lakefront Park.
 
 
Celebrating Lakefront Days 2016-08-07 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 31, 2016
Rotary 5960 District Governor Jim Hunt presented to our Club last week. In advance, he asked Prior Lake Rotarians to answer the following question: What 3 words (or short 2 to 3 word phrases) would you use to describe Rotary? He put the answers into a word cloud. The results confirmed what we already knew - we have a great deal of FUN! Rotary International proclaims August as Membership Month - a great time to bring in guests and introduce them to Prior Lake Rotary each Wednesday at 7 a.m. at The Wilds. Doing Good; Serious Fun! 
Prior Lake Rotary is... FUN! 2016-07-31 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 19, 2016
Throngs of Music Fest fans filled Lakefront Park this past weekend. Prior Lake Rotarians and volunteers from all parts put on a successful two days of music and fun! Friday night's weather was spectacular - you could not ask for anything better. And the 10,000 + spectators took advantage. Saturday started with beautiful weather, but bad weather reared it's ugly head eventually. Luckily all acts were able to perform, including Martina McBride. Over 8,000 made it to the park despite the event ending two hours early. Thank you to everyone who came out, especially the community members that continue to support the event.
The weather and crowd were awesome Friday night!
Prior Lake Rotary's Lakefront Music Fest 2016 2016-07-19 05:00:00Z 0
Last week, President Doug Gesme presented Past President Joe Dols with a plaque in appreciation of his service to the Club as last year's President.  Thank you, Joe, for leading the Club!
Thank You Joe Dols! 2016-07-10 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 10, 2016
Last week's Rotarian in the Spotlight was Bob Vogel!  Let's learn a little more about him.
How long have you been a Rotarian? 5 years.
Who was your sponsor? Jack Haugen.
Why did you join Rotary? I was looking for community involvement when I came to the bank’s Prior Lake office.
What is your vocation? Community banker.
What do you do in your spare time? Lots of public service activities; I have been active in Elko New Market, Lakeville city government committees, served as a Scott Co Commissioner, now State Representative. I like being at the cabin – especially my workshop there.
Bob Vogel in the Rotary Spotlight 2016-07-10 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 10, 2016
Last week, inbound Youth Exchange Student Aleeky Hernandez addressed the Club for the last time during his year here. He received a standing ovation from the members.  Aleeky arrived back home in Cancun on Thursday.  We will miss Aleeky's energy, enthusiasm, graciousness, and his humor. During his time here, he was an excellent ambassador for Mexico!
Aleeky Hernandez Says "Adios" 2016-07-10 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 26, 2016
At last week's meeting, we were introduced to our new outbound Rotary Youth Exchange student, Bri Rykken. Bri, a recent graduate from Prior Lake High School, thanked our club for the opportunity and talked about how excited she is to go to Spain! Good luck Bri!
2016-2017 Outbound Student 2016-06-26 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 26, 2016
Last week we awarded Frank Boyles with his first Paul Harris Fellow and Dan Stanley with a Paul Harris +4. Thank you for all that you both do on behalf of Rotary and for giving to the foundation!
Frank Boyles receives his pin and certificate.

Paul Hofslien thanks Dan Stanley.
Awarding Paul Harris Fellows 2016-06-26 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 09, 2016
A special "thank you" from The Rotary Foundation. Rotarian Mary Howard Viereck was recognized by Club Foundation Director Paul Hofslien for achieving her first Paul Harris Fellow for donating to TRF. The mission of The Rotary Foundation is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty.Thank you, Mary!
A Rotary Foundation "Thank You" 2016-06-09 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 05, 2016
Our Rotary Exchange Student Aleeky Hernandez spoke at our meeting last week about his experience this past year. The highlight so far was his tour of Hennepin County Medical Center arranged by Doug Gesme. He wants to be a doctor. Aleeky also talked about his experiences with the Interact Club and helping with various Prior Lake Rotary projects and Gala fundraiser. Before going home, he leaves on a 2-week east coast tour with other exchange students sponsored by our Club. We will miss Aleeky's humor, his big smile and his bigger heart.
Exchange Student 2015-2016 2016-06-05 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 05, 2016
The S.T.R.I.V.E. year officially ended last Thursday at the Bridges Alternative Learning Center banquet. Many mentors were on hand to watch and participate in the event. Manny Perez and Cindy Shepard were Co-Chairs again as well as mentors. Other mentors were Frank Boyles, Joan Lompart, Dave Bergeron, Mike Schweitzer, Dan O'Keefe, Joe Dols, Celina Byers, John Parrish, Max Moser, Paul Hofslien, Steve and Betty Block, and Suzie Dahl. 
 
The end of the year came with some sadness; due to business demands, Manny will be stepping down as a co-chair, although he will continue to be a mentor. "It has been a pleasure helping progress the program in the last 3 years or so that Cindy and I have been working with Dave (Brown)to accomplish the things that we have," said Manny. He went on to say, "STRIVE is a wonderful program and this type of volunteering is why I decided to join Prior Lake Rotary." Thank you, Manny, for your passion and leadership. On a positive not, Max Moser has committed to being a Co-Chair next year.    
 
 
STRIVING For Success 2016-06-05 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 04, 2016
At the District Conference held last month at Mystic Lake Casino Hotel, there was a photo booth with a green screen. One of the backgrounds was End Polio Now's "This Close" theme and Kyle Haugen thought it'd be cool to have that picture with he and his son Cooper, who made an appearance at the conference. Said Kyle, "It puts a little different twist on the traditional "This Close" picture.  I had that type of picture taken years ago and I've wanted to do another one, but being able to do it with Cooper elevated it significantly."   
This Close: Kyle and Cooper 2016-06-04 05:00:00Z 0
Paul Harris Fellow "thank yous" for giving to The Rotary Foundation were given out last week to two members. Club Foundation Director Paul Hofslien presented Guy Selinske with a Paul Harris +8. And then President Joe Dols presented Paul with his own Paul Harris +8. Guy is a Grants Subcommittee Mentor on the District's Rotary Foundation. Thank you Guy and Paul! 
Paul Hofslien presenting Guy Selinske with a Paul Harris +8
Joe Dols presenting a Paul Harris +8 to Paul Hofslien
The Rotary Foundation "Thank Yous" 2016-05-30 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 30, 2016

Last week's Rotarian in the Spotlight was Manny Perez

How long have you been a Rotarian? It will be 8 years on June 4.

Who was your sponsor? Dave Bergeron.

Why did you join Rotary? Give back to the community and work with at risk and under privileged children.

What is your vocation? Business owner (Restaurants, Subways)

What do you do in your spare time? Ride my motorcycle, enjoy the outdoors, hunting, golf, spend time with my children and friends, and volunteering.

Thank you, Manny, for all that you do on behalf of Prior Lake Rotary!

Manny Perez in the Rotary Spotlight 2016-05-30 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 25, 2016
Congratulations to Rotarian Laurie Hartmann who recently celebrated her 25-year anniversary with Prior Lake Rotary Club! Laurie's sponsor was Jack Haugen. She was not the first female member of the Prior Lake Rotary Club (3rd or 4th, she thought), but Laurie was the first female president of the Club leading the group in the 1995-1996 Rotary year. She continues to serve the Club in various ways such as serving as emcee at events and as a member of the Club Foundation committee. Thanks for all you do, Laurie!
 
Celebrating 25 Years of Service! 2016-05-25 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 22, 2016
Last week we inducted Bethany Tjornhom. Her sponsor was Ron Hocevar. Bethany is the Executive Director of F.I.S.H. (Friends & Individuals Sharing Hope), which is a network of people-serving organizations working to help people in Scott County. She is not new to Rotary; Bethany was previously a member of the Chanhassen and Eden Prairie AM Rotary Clubs. Welcome Bethany!
Bethany (center) receives her Rotary pin as Membership Director Deb Severson looks on.   
Newest Rotarian Bethany Tjornhom 2016-05-22 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 22, 2016
On May 21, Prior Lake Rotary and Prior Lake Lions held another successful Bridging event. We were able to fill the 48' trailer, and we had help from a couple Prior Lake Interactors and the Boy Scouts from Troop 331. Thank you to the community that brought used furniture and household items that will be put to good use. The furniture will help 7 families furnish their living space.
Rachel and Bill Zimbinski, Aleeky Hernandez (Youth Exchange Student and Prior Lake Interact), Paul Perez, and Anna Perez (Prior Lake Interact).
Bridging founder Fran Heiztman (center) stopped by.
Gerry Wersal (right) coordinated this year's successful event.
Filling the Truck for Bridging 2016-05-22 05:00:00Z 0
So, 4 + 4 = 10? That's what RiverSouth Executive Director Bill Von Bank said when he presented to our Club yesterday. That is four attractions + four miles apart = 10 million visitors. He shared the objectives: Build greater awareness, attract visitors, and encourage longer visits. Bill also talked about the staying power as a brand with the Renaissance Festival going into its 46th year, Valleyfair celebrating 40 years, Mystic Lake Casino Hotel recently broke ground on a future addition, and Canterbury Park looking forward to their best season ever. Find out more about RiverSouth at riversouthmn.com.
 
 
RiverSouth Brand 2016-05-19 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 15, 2016

TheStreet is a leading digital financial media company; they looked at the top 50 most influential nonprofits.

Top Nonprofits' list of the top nonprofit organizations tells a story of how different organizations marshal their services to make a global impact, whether it's a modest outfit with a few thousand members or a powerhouse with millions of participants. 

This snapshot pulls in a lot of the nonprofits you'd recognize, some you might have forgotten about, and a few that you never knew were nonprofits in the first place. The results are ordered against a few factors: its web rank (1/3 weight, from a number of sources that measure traffic, page rank from Google, and other inputs), its social media engagement (Facebook and Twitter only here, both contributing to 1/3 weight) and its Charity Navigator Rating (1/3 weight). You may quibble with the rankings, but one thing is clear: the cause is noble in each case.

6. Rotary Foundation of Rotary International

What they had to say about Rotary:
The "Rotary Club" has become shorthand for volunteer-led, community minded opportunities to improve communities. What's behind the club-and, indeed, the clubs nationwide that support 1.2 million Rotarians-is converting donations into grants for everything from pocket-park cleanups to parades that celebrate cultural traditions to nutrition education at local schools.
Most Influential Nonprofits 2016-05-15 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 15, 2016

Get to know Corey Stich.

How long have you been a Rotarian? 7 years

Who was your sponsor? Kevin Horkey

Why did you join Rotary? I initially joined for the occupation I was in at the time; I stayed because of the friendships.

What is your vocation? I own Oak Tree Insurance, an independent insurance agency.

What do you do in your spare time? Most of my spare time involves family activities with my wife, Shelly and 2 kids, Renee and Aaron. Traveling to Duluth often, cub scouts, fishing, golf, and track meets.

Thank you Corey for all that you do on behalf of Rotary!

Corey with his daughter Renee after Gateway cleanup; Corey is currently Co-Director of the Community Service committee. 

 

Corey Stich in the Spotlight 2016-05-15 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 11, 2016
Rotarians were recently thanked by Foundation Director Paul Hofslien for contributing to The Rotary Foundation, the engine that fuels many of the good programs and projects throughout the world. 
Paul Hofslien (left) thanks Dave Card (right) for his Paul Harris +4.
Paul Hofslien thanks Marlys Gesme for her Paul Harris +1
Giving to the Foundation 2016-05-11 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 08, 2016

This weeks Rotarian in the Spotlight: Dan Stanley!

How long have you been a Rotarian? 5 years.
Who was your sponsor? Paul Evans 
Why did you join Rotary? After my kids Travis and Kristin completed their time in Prior Lake schools I felt as though I was somewhat disconnected with my community. After finding out what Rotary was about, I joined to reengage with my community and because I believed in the mission of Rotary at both the local and international levels.
What is your vocation? I am the owner of Stanley & Wencl, LLC Construction & Facility Maintenance Services. We are a commercial and industrial General Contractor and I am also involved in some other businesses.
What do you do in your spare time? I enjoy attending live music events, following Vikings Football and auto racing, working on projects around the house, working on my classic cars, fabricating metal projects, motorcycling, hanging out in my shop with my brother and following and supporting my kids activities.

Dan Stanley in the Spotlight 2016-05-08 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 04, 2016
The Club recently sponsored two students at Camp RYLA - Aleeky Guzman Hernandez and Ashley Williams. The purpose of Camp RYLA, held April 22-26 at the YMCA Camp at St. Croix, is to strengthen the leadership capabilities of high school students. They were at our meeting today to talk about their experience. By their own accounts, this was an awesome experience and they learned a great deal about themselves. Both students already had ties to the Club; Aleeky is our inbound Youth Exchange student and Ashley was in the STRIVE program at Bridges ALC. 
Camp RYLA Participants 2016-05-04 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 01, 2016
Outbound Exchange student Anthony Perez just finished his European trip with other Rotary Youth Exchange students from all over the world. Besides Germany, the trip also included visits to the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia, Austria, and Italy. Anthony's favorite place was Budapest. Here are few photos from Vienna and Rome including one of Pope Francis.
Anthony selfie 
Anthony with his fellow Exchange Students
 
An Experience of a Lifetime 2016-05-01 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 01, 2016
Teri Staloch is the Rotarian in the Spotlight. 
How long have you been a Rotarian? About 8 months
Who was your sponsor? Sue Ann Gruver
Why did you join Rotary? I wanted to connect in a meaningful way with members of the community committed to service.
What is your vocation? I serve the PLSAS community as the Superintendent of Schools.
What do you do in your spare time? I spend as much time as possible with my family! We enjoy skiing, biking, golfing, hiking and spending a lot of time in gyms as my 7th and 9th grade sons love playing basketball year-round!
Teri Staloch in the Spotlight 2016-05-01 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 24, 2016

This week's Rotarian in the Spotlight: Jeremy Stangler

How long have you been a Rotarian? For 11 yrs
Who was your sponsor? Bob Quick 
Why did you join Rotary? To be more involved and give back to the community
What is your vocation? Personal bank officer
What do you do in your spare time? Hunt, fish, farm, Volunteer and church etc..

Jeremy is on the Board as Co-Director of the Project Alert. Thank you, Jeremy, for what you do on behalf of Rotary!

Spotlight on Jeremy Stangler 2016-04-24 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 24, 2016
Last week at our Club meeting, Foundation Director Paul Hofslien presented Doug Gesme with a Paul Harris Fellow +4; that means Doug has given in excess of $5k to The Rotary Foundation (TRF). Doug is a humble giver and believes in TRF. In fact we have many humble givers in the Club; so far during this Rotary year, which started July 1, Club members have given over $20k! In 3 years, 50% will come back to our District and will allow us to do more great projects! Thank you to all the humble givers in our Club!
Foundation Director Paul Hofslien (right) presented Doug Gesme (left) with a Paul Harris Fellow +4
 
Foundation Giving 2016-04-24 05:00:00Z 0

This Week's Rotarian in the Spotlight: Lance Smith

How long have you been a Rotarian? It has been all together about 9-10 years

Who was your sponsor? Dan Bishop in the New Prague club. I approached the PL Rotary club on my own when I was looking to transfer from Bloomington.

Why did you join Rotary? Create relationships within the community, be engaged/aware of community activities, serve

What is your vocation? Wells Fargo Home Mortgage VP of Retail Mortgage Sales

What do you do in your spare time? Hunting, Fishing, Coaching, engaging in other non profit activities

Lance Smith: Rotarian in the Spotlight 2016-04-24 05:00:00Z 0
Andrea Mokros from the MN Super Bowl Host Committee talked to our Club last week about the marketing plan to promote Super Bowl 52 and especially promote what Minnesota has to offer to people coming here for the Super Bowl. Andrea explained, "Because we have the eyes of the world on us during the game, what an opportunity it is to showcase the Minnesota we know. During the Packer/Viking game this fall, they panned the city skyline right before they came back to the game; that is when they usually say, 'A frigid cold day in Minnesota.' But instead, Joe Buck said, 'Minneapolis - a city of great culture and great restaurants.' Yes! That is the story we want folks to tell." #priorlakerotary #BoldNorth 
Andrea Mokros, VP of Communications for the Super Bowl Host Committee
A Super (Bowl) Program 2016-04-17 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 16, 2016
At our meeting this week, we presented a check for $500 to the Prior Lake High School Senior Lock-In event that is coming up at the end of the school year. We love supporting our community, and we know this donation will be used to provide a great time in a safe environment for this years graduating seniors who would otherwise not be able to afford to attend!
Community Service Committee member Chad Rittenour presents the check to Bette Block, a member of the Senior Lock-In Committee and wife of Steve Block
Supporting Safe Fun 2016-04-16 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 16, 2016
Last week, we inducted a new member - Dan Stephans. He was sponsored by Harry Algyer (pronounced All-Guy-Er). Dan is in the IT field, enjoys riding motorcycles, theater, and spending time with family. He is also the President of Patrons of the Arts and Activities. Dan has already been involved in Prior Lake Rotary's Lakefront Music Fest, and this year is part of the Talent Committee. Welcome, Dan!
Dan Stephans (right) with his sponsor Harry Algyer
Membership Director Deb Severson inducts Dan Stephans
 
Welcome Daniel Stephans II! 2016-04-16 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 10, 2016

Our Rotarian in the Spotlight: Cindy Shepard

How long have you been a Rotarian? I have been in Rotary since 2011.

Who was your sponsor? My sponsor was Joan Lompart.

Why did you join Rotary? I joined Rotary because they do good things, and as a group, they have fun doing it.

What is your vocation? I am a chiropractor.

What do you do in your spare time? I like to travel, and to go hiking, fishing, and motorcycling. I also like to garden, make jewelry, and spend time with my children and grandchildren.

Thank you, Cindy, for all that you do on behalf of Rotary!

Cindy with her husband Rick at the Mardi Gras Gala.

Cindy Shepard: In the Spotlight 2016-04-10 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 09, 2016
Why Rotary? A wonderful evening hosted by Jack and Mary Haugen this past week. The Membership committee was holding their new member social. Each member in attendance, and even some spouses, shared about themselves, their experiences in Rotary, and why Rotary and specifically Prior Lake Rotary is so special. We heard things like, "some of my best friends are Rotarians", "a member doesn't just join - it's a family affair", and "when things need to get done our members always step up". So I ask you, why not Rotary? ‪#‎priorlakerotary‬
Rotarian Shelly McWilliams with her husband Ted; Shelly is a newer member who is already very active. She is a member of the Membership Committee, and recently became co-director of the Community Service Committee. Shelly also maintains 100% attendance.
Why Not Rotary? 2016-04-09 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 02, 2016

This week's Rotarian in the Spotlight: Deb Severson

How long have you been a Rotarian? 25 years as of January 2016, my first club was in La Crosse.

Who was your sponsor? My first sponsor was the CPA who was the auditor for the company I worked for at the time in La Crosse, WI. When I moved to Minnesota, Kyle Haugen was my local sponsor

Why did you join Rotary? I was really interested in what Rotary was doing with International Youth Exchange and the fight to eradicate polio. Growing up when polio was a contagious disease was a frightening time, so to know that Rotary International was leading the way to eradicate it was a huge draw.

What is your vocation? I am an organizational development leader focused on start-up companies and companies going through major transition periods such as turn-around situations.

What do you do in your spare time? Spending time with family and friends is really important, but with them, I love to play golf, go kayaking, cooking, do wine and beer tours, hiking and just about anything that is fun.....no rock climbing or bungee jumping however.

Deb was recognized for her 25-year anniversary with Rotary.

Putting Deb Severson in the Spotlight 2016-04-02 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 02, 2016
Former Shakopee Mayor Brad Tabke was our program speaker this past week. Founder of Grepoli LLC, a strategic economic development firm, Brad is using what he learned as Mayor to help other cities and businesses. Brad talked about starting with a story, and every city and business has a story to be told. He used Prior Lake as an example. Brad shared of the 13,166 residents in the workforce, only 4,677 work in Prior Lake, and we have a higher graduation rate than other cities (98% vs. 93%). But the story is just the start. For more information, contact Brad through his websitehttp://www.grepolimn.com/
 
Economic Development: Have a Story 2016-04-02 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 27, 2016
Last week Savage Rotarian and Police Chief Rodney Seurer was at our meeting to recognize our club for continued support of the Polar Plunge, a fundraising event for Special Olympics MN put on by Minnesota Law Enforcement. In total, over $185,000 dollars were raised just for the Prior Lake Polar Plunge event.
Rodney (left) presents the recognition award to Prior Lake Rotarian and Police Chief  Mark Elliott (right) 
Prior Lake Rotary Recognized 2016-03-27 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 25, 2016

I have been a Rotarian since April 25, 2012.

My sponsor was Sandy Kaul.

At that point in my life my job had become less demanding, my children were out of college and gone so I was ready for something new. When Sandy invited me to join the Prior Lake Rotary Club, without much hesitation, I accepted. I was already very familiar with Rotary because of Guy’s many years in the club and I volunteered at the Music Fest every year. Besides the rewards of doing good in the world, I have formed some great friendships in this club. I am thankful that Sandy invited me to join Prior Lake Rotary.

I work at American Glass and Mirror, Inc. a full service glass company that Guy and I started in 1984.

My hobbies are cooking, baking, reading, enjoying nature walks especially looking for animals and birds. I also enjoy going to movies, plays and the opera. Of course my favorite thing to do is world travel, especially to Africa. Something about that continent keeps pulling me back. I am also a board member and treasurer for the non-profit WAVE which does projects in West Africa.

Mary with her husband Guy

Rotarian in the Spotlight: Mary Selinske 2016-03-25 05:00:00Z 0
Prior Lake Rotarians had great weather for Bedraces for Bridging on Saturday, March 5, at Buckhill. This was the 3rd year participating in this fundraiser for Bridging. The Club had 5 teams, with one team of Vic Noer, Joan Lompart, Reid Peterson, and Paul Perez, making it to the semifinal round; they ended up 7th out of 145 teams. #priorlakerotary #seriousfun 
Team Blarney Stoned members Paul Perez, Joan Lompart, Reid Peterson and lead by Captain Vic Noer.
Joan and Vic with Fran Heitzman, founder of Bridging.
Joan joins Darcy Rose, Michelle Jirik, Marlys Gesme (Captain), and Doug Gesme.

Captain Rod Ammerman, Stephanie Bergeron, Dave Bergeron, and a Gorilla? 
Captain Corey Stich. Batman, Doug Scalia, and Bill Schult.
Racing for Bridging 2016-03-06 06:00:00Z 0
Bill Schult: Rotarian in the Spotlight! He's been a Rotarian for 5 years (Past President 2014-2015), and Lance Smith was his sponsor. 
Why did you join Rotary? Because my kids reached a age where I had the time to give back to the community. Also, I've seen how Prior Lake Rotary had a direct impact on the community with the DARE Bike-A-Thon. So I wanted to be part of the energy and enthusiasm. 
What is your vocation? Been with Maximum Potential since 1993. Part owner along with my parents and my brother. We are an employee selection and development resource, which specializes in the development and sale of tests and assessments to be used in the selection, hiring, training and development of employees.
What do you do in your spare time? Volunteer, BBQ, golf, scuba diving and attend my kids sporting events.
Bill Schult: Rotarian in the Spotlight 2016-03-06 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 28, 2016
Last week we welcomed three new members; well one of the welcomes was a welcome back.  Bill Zimbinski was sponsored by Corey Stich, Tammy Higgins was sponsored by Lance Smith, and Reid Peterson was sponsored by Paul Perez.  Reid was the welcome back; he was previously a Prior Lake Rotarian. We look forward to getting to knew these members and working side-by-side in service to others.  
From left to right: Bill Zimbinski, Corey Stich, Paul Perez, Reid Peterson, Lance Smith, and Tammy Higgins.
Tammy wants to get more involved in the community and meet people. She hopes to make a difference in peoples' lives.
A Big Welcome (Back) 2016-02-28 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 28, 2016
Chad LeMair received a thank you from The Rotary Foundation for his first ever Paul Harris Fellow.  The recognition is for those who give cumulatively $1,000 or more to The Rotary Foundation.  Thank you, Chad, for giving to the organization that is the engine to so much of what Rotary does for projects and programs.
Paul Hofslien presented Chad LeMair the Paul Harris Fellow thank you.  
A Foundation "Thank You" 2016-02-28 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 24, 2016

Doug Scalia

How long have you been a Rotarian? About four years.
Who was your sponsor?  Josh Lund
Why did you join Rotary?  A couple of my peers were in Rotary
through the Bloomington and Lakeville Clubs. They both enjoyed
their Rotary experience and suggested I check it out.  I was new
to Prior Lake at the time and figured this would be a good way to
get to know people.
What is your vocation?  Bank Manager
What do you do in your spare time?  Spend time with my family,
run marathons, volunteer. 
 
 
 
Spotlight on... 2016-02-24 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 21, 2016
The Prior Lake Rotary team blew past the goal of raising $5,900 for Special Olympics Minnesota raising #7,549.  Great job to members Guy Selinske, Marlys Gesme, Doug Gesme, Chris Bendzick, Bill Schult, Chad Rittenour, Paul Hofslien, and Ken Hedberg. 
 
Rotarians Take the Plunge! 2016-02-21 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 21, 2016
On Wednesday, February 17, we inducted our newest Rotarian, Jenni Krosnowski! Jenni is the owner of Twisted Loop Yarn Shop in the Prior Lake library, and is also the co-founder of R.O.C.K. We are so happy to have Jenni join our club, and we appreciate her desire to serve the community of Prior Lake. Welcome Jenni!
Jenni with her sponsor Jim Gilbertson.
New Member Jenni Krosnowski 2016-02-21 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 14, 2016
Twins President Dave St. Peter was our speaker for the February 10 meeting.  He started by stating, "I have presented to many Rotary Clubs. I have never seen a club like this.  That is a tribute to you."  Dave also recognized the Club for participating in the Polar Plunge (Dave will be plunging), and congratulated the Club for the success of  Prior Lake Rotary's Lakefront Music Fest.  He talked about the upcoming season, the competitive Central Division, and what keeps him busy.  There were plenty of laughs, and he also gave Guy some HR pointers!
Twins President Dave St. Peter 2016-02-14 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 14, 2016
Savage Chief of Police Rodney Seurer attended our February 10 meeting to accept $500 sponsorship to the Prior Lake Polar Plunge for Special Olympics Minnesota. Another $500 will be contributed evenly amongst Prior Lake Rotarians participating in the Club's team; participants are Guy Selinske (captain), Chris Bendzick, Marlys Gesme, Ken Hedberg, Paul Hofslien, Chad Rittenour, and Bill Schult.  The team has raised $3,116 of the $4,150 goal.
 
The Prior Lake Polar Plunge is February 20 at Sand Point Beach.  The Polar Plunges are presented by Minnesota law enforcement.  
Prior Lake Rotarian and Prior Lake Chief of Police Mark Elliott (left) presents the check to Rodney Seurer (right).
Plunging for Special Olympics 2016-02-14 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 11, 2016
This week Bill Schult received a Paul Harris Fellow +1. That represents $2,000 given to The Rotary Foundation. Bill gives because we as a club have a say in how the money will be used. Thank you, Bill!
Bill receives his pin from Foundation Director Paul Hofslien.
Paul Harris Fellow Awarded 2016-02-11 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 07, 2016
The Gala has come and gone.  What a wonderful event!  The committee led by Dave Card and Bill Schult did an awesome job.  Mystic Lake Casino Hotel worked very well as a venue and the atmosphere was superb.  The numbers will come in later but the  fund-a-need numbers for PolioPlus was outstanding!  We raised at least $7,000 or as Kyle quickly figured, over 35,000 children will never contract polio with the 2:1 match by the Bill and Melinda Foundation.
Attendees looking at silent auction items.
Judy Kelly (left) and Mary Viereck.   
Gala Fun 2016-02-07 06:00:00Z 0
Rotary District 5960's Leadership Academy was held this weekend in Roseville. Prior Lake Rotarians in attendance were President Joe Dols, President Elect Doug Gesme, President Elect Nominee Vic Noer, and Past Presidents Paul Hofslien and Paul Perez. Kyle Haugen and Angela Eifert helped plan and execute the training, along with Deb Severson and former Prior Lake Rotarian Doreen Johnson. The evening started with presentations from the Timberwolves President Chris Wright and former Rotary International Director Mary Beth Growney-Selene, Wright spoke about the four keys to being a leader...Character, humility, consistency, and integrity. #priorlakerotary
 Timberwolves' President Chris Wright addresses current and future Rotary leaders.
Leadership Academy 2016-01-31 06:00:00Z 0
Prior Lake Rotary's Youth Exchange Student Aleeky Hernandez is from Mexico - southern Mexico. So we were not sure how he would handle our Minnesota winter. He has embraced it. He was at the Viking's playoff game - the coldest Vikings game ever at kickoff time (-6). He's also gone skiing in Alexandria with other North Star Rotary Exchange Students, and went ice fishing for the first time. Although he only caught a few small fish, he is excited to try it again. #priorlakerotary 
 
At the Vikings' game with Exchange Student Tina Sletten from Sweden.
 
 
 
Minnesota Winter 2016-01-31 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 24, 2016

Foundation Giving

Foundation Director Paul Hofslien presents Laurie Mack-Wagner her Paul Harris Fellow +4, which means Laurie has given $5,000 to The Rotary Foundation.
First-time Paul Harris Fellow! Paul presents Darcy Rose with her pin and certificate.
Though a member for less than a year, Chad Rittenour understands to importance of giving to TRF. Paul recognizes Chad with his Paul Harris Fellow.
Paul Harris Fellows Announced 2016-01-24 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 23, 2016

Paul Perez

 

This week's Rotarian in the Spotlight: Paul Perez

How long have you been a Rotarian? Over 12 years.

Who was your sponsor? Chad LeMair

Why did you join Rotary? I always felt compelled to serve others. Chad would tell me about the meetings and some of the stories were unbelievable; I had to see for myself. I saw firsthand how fun the meetings were and it seemed like a great group of people I wanted to associate with.

What is your vocation? I'm the Property Service Director at Mystic Lake. I oversee the grounds and all parking areas, the entire fleet, and the on-site laundry and dry cleaning operations.

What do you do in your spare time? I enjoy fishing, hunting and spending time with family at our cabin, but I'm passionate about all things wrestling including helping the Prior Lake Wrestling Club.

Rotarian in the Spotlight 2016-01-23 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 23, 2016
Larry Johnson, President of the Majestic Hills Ranch Foundation Board, was presented a check for $1,000 for the Heroes on Horseback program. In 2010, with the addition of the second outdoor arena, MHR established our “Heroes on Horseback” program. They made the commitment to bring the same benefits of equine assisted activities and therapies to our Veterans who have sacrificed so much to keep us safe as they offered to our children and young adults with special needs.

Veterans may return from combat with negative self-esteem and an immeasurable amount of guilt that they take back with them to their “ordinary” lives. Unable to deal with the stress they have been exposed to, often they have nowhere to turn and talking about things just seem too unbearable. While traditional therapy includes medication and talk-therapy, complementary therapies may now include equine assisted activities, including therapeutic riding.
Rotarian Barb Steinhauser, Community Service Committee member, presents the check to Larry Johnson of Majestic Hills Ranch.
Giving Back to Our Heroes 2016-01-23 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 23, 2016

Our speaker this week was Melanie Smieja from MNCAPS.

In the 2016-17 school year, a joint venture between Lakeville and Prior Lake Savage School Districts called Minnesota Center for Advanced Professional Studies (MNCAPS) will be launched. In this innovative educational program, MNCAPS will offer two new courses in Global Business and Healthcare where high school juniors and seniors will work on academic coursework and, at the same time, gain specific real life experience related to these professional fields. They will be instructed by licensed teachers and guest instructors from these industries, participate in consulting projects for local companies, be mentored by executives and, most importantly, practice the skill-sets needed to succeed in a professional work environment in the 21st century.

MNCAPS is an example of how business, community and public education can partner to produce personalized learning experiences and educate the workforce of tomorrow, especially in high skill, high-demand jobs.

To learn more about MNCAPS and how you can get involved, visit their website at http://mncaps.org/.

Coming to PLHS: MNCAPS 2016-01-23 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 03, 2016

Building a World That is Worthy of its Children

For 26 years, Patty Wetterling has been the face of child protection in Minnesota and nationwide. The mission of the Jacob Wetterling Resource Center (JWRC) is to educate and assist families and communities to address and prevent the exploitation of children through the sharing of information.  Please join us January 13 for this unique opportunity to hear Patty’s message. 
Patty Wetterling Comes to Prior Lake 2016-01-03 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 03, 2016
We have a little Vikings/Packers rivalry in our Club so sides were drawn at our Club meeting last Wednesday. But it's nothing like the Hatfield's and the McCoy's; we still actually like each other and can sit across from the opposition. #priorlakerotary #seriousfun 
Paul Hofslien and Vic Noer have breakfast together. Don't they look civil?
 
A Little Friendly Rivalry 2016-01-03 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 27, 2015
At our December 23 meeting, the Community Service committee presented a $1,500 check to two Bridges Area Learning Center teachers. The money will be used to buy gift cards for Bridges students.
From left to right: Bridges teacher Chris Nelson, Rotarian and Superintendent Teri Staloch, Community Service committee member Marlys Gesme, and Bridges teacher and Melissa Olson,  
Making the Holidays Brighter 2015-12-27 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 27, 2015
We always have fun at our Wednesday Club meetings but last week's Christmas meeting was even more fun. Maybe it was the Christmas spirit, or our Christmas Jeopardy trivia game, or the guests who joined us, including teachers from Bridges Alternative Learning Center and even Santa! Darcy and her fellow elves with emcee Frank Boyles sure did a great job!‪  #‎priorlakerotary‬ ‪#‎seriousfun‬
Santa (aka Sheldon Bryant) with some of the elves - Mary Viereck, Mary Selinske, Marlys Gesme, Mary Erickson, and Darcy Rose. Elf not pictured - Michelle Jirik 
The Most Wonderful Time of the Year 2015-12-27 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 17, 2015
Rotarian in the Spotlight
I joined PL Rotary in 2002. My sponsor was Judy Kelley but she left Rotary and Sherry Johnston took over as my sponsor.
 
I joined to network with more people as I was in a private practice and it can be isolating. I also joined to build my practice but, I stayed because of the impact Rotary has locally and globally. I have also made some good friends.
 
My business is Full Circle Therapy and I am a marriage and family therapist. I mainly work with adults on issues of depression/anxiety and childhood abuse including emotional, physical and sexual. I work with both individuals and couples and sometimes families.
 
In my spare time I walk, do yoga, travel and enjoy spending time my husband, children and 3 grandchildren. 
Spotlight on Joan Lompart 2015-12-17 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 16, 2015
Kurt Johnson from Kurt Johnson Auction Company was our speaker this week. Kurt's group has run our Gala the last two years and they come highly recommended. Kurt was on hand to give members ideas on securing auction items, and we had a fun time doing it. To learn more about their business and how they can make your next event an experience for attendees while raising money, visit their website at www.kurtjohnsonauctioneering.com  
Kurt Johnson Auction Company 2015-12-16 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 16, 2015
R.O.C.K. was at our December 16 meeting to receive a donation of $500 from the Community Service committee. R.O.C.K., Reaching Our Community's Kids, is filling a huge need within our schools by addressing food insecurity. This 501c(3) organization has made a huge impact and grown quickly in a short time; they are now addressing needs at the Middle Schools and plan to eventually help at the high school. We are proud to support such a valuable organization. For more information including how you can help their efforts, go to their website at http://www.rockmn.org. 
 Jenni Krosnowski and Keri Thayer accept the check from Jim Gilbertson.
R.O.C.K. - Filling a Need 2015-12-16 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 13, 2015
Last week Molly and Gary from A Breath of Hope Lung Foundation were speakers at our morning meeting. We heard how underfunded lung cancer research is compared to the number of people that fall victim to this disease. They shared some alarming facts about lung cancer and what we can do to help detect and prevent it. Gary (a non-smoker) also shared his own amazing story; he was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer but has made a complete recovery and is now cancer free! We also learned that many victims never smoked but likely got this disease from environmental exposure. Check out their website a thttp://abreathofhope.org/ . ‪#‎priorlakerotary‬
Program: A Breath of Hope 2015-12-13 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 12, 2015

 

Shelly McWilliams

I have been a Rotarian since last spring, so I'm still a newbie!

Corey Stich is my sponsor. He and I are in a networking group together, and he invited me to check out the Rotary. I've been to a few meetings in the past, but it was the right time for me to join this year.

I joined the Rotary to become more active in my community. I'm a big believer in giving back and volunteering in any way you can. I wanted to meet new people, make new connections around Prior Lake and to be a part of a great group of people!

I work at Edina Realty as a real estate agent helping residential buyers and sellers.

Lately, all of our (hubby Ted) spare time has been working on our new home that we just finished building, but other than that, we love traveling, motorcycling, boating, I love non-fiction books and spending time with family and friends.

Rotarian in the Spotlight: Shelly McWilliams 2015-12-12 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 02, 2015
Let's get to know Max a little better.
How long have you been a Rotarian? I have been a Rotarian for just over a year now.
Who was your sponsor? My sponsor was Bill Schult, his daughter and son participate in our Young Life program.
Why did you join Rotary? I joined Rotary to be a part of the community I get to serve in. I want to not only live in Prior Lake but be engaged in it and be a part of something bigger than myself.
What is your vocation? I'm the Area Director of Scott County Young Life a nonprofit where we serve adolescent youth in the community by mentoring them and sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I'm also the Offensive Coordinator for the 9th Grade B Prior Lake Football Team.
What do you do in your spare time? Hang out with my Young Life friends, take my dog Autumn on walks at the dog park, live life with my best friend (and wife) Sara. I also spend a lot of time watching sports and reading a great comic book.
Max Moser: Rotarian in the Spotlight 2015-12-02 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 26, 2015
This week, Thanksgiving week, the Club continued its giving ways, presenting checks to two organizations that help others who are less fortunate. Joe Vaughan, President and CEO of the CAP Agency, was present to receive a check for $1,500 from the Community Service committee for their food shelf. In addition, Rotarians gave $348 personally. Community Action Partnership (CAP) Agency, which covers Scott, Dakota, and Carver counties, takes a comprehensive approach to advocating and empowering self sufficiency.
 
The Laker Educational Foundation also received $1,500 from the Community Service committee for their Friends of Wolfridge program. The money is used to allow children to attend the Wolfridge Environmental Learning Center 5th-grade trip who otherwise could not afford to attend. 
Stacey Greenlee from LEF was at our meeting to accept the check. 
 
 
Thanks(for)Giving 2015-11-26 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 26, 2015
This past Saturday, Exchange Student Aleeky Hernandez was in Roseville for the Country Fair. The Country Fair, set up by North Star Youth Exchange, is an opportunity for next year's potential outbound students to learn more about the various countries by visiting the booths presented by the current inbound students. Aleeky and his fellow Mexico Exchange Student Jose from Northfield not only presented Mexico in pictures but also through a taste of authentic Mexican food including Aleeky's specialty, guacamole. Aleeky's favorite part was talking to parent's and students and trying to overcome some of the misconceptions about Mexico and instead learn about the beauty and wonder of Mexico.
Aleeky and Jose
 
Youth Exchange Country Fair 2015-11-26 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 25, 2015
Manny Perez received a Paul Harris Fellow +6 today. Paul Hofslien presented Manny his thank you pin from The Rotary Foundation. And why does he give? He used to give to charitable organizations so when he joined Rotary, he found that the Foundation was a good place to give because the money comes back to our District and Club to do projects and programs locally and internationally. One of those local programs was the S.T.R.I.V.E., which he is passionate about.
   
Paul Harris Fellow Thank You 2015-11-25 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 19, 2015

This Week's Rotarian in the Spotlight is Laurie Mack-Wagner.
How long have you been a Rotarian? Since January 2009
Who was your sponsor? Allison Gontarek

Why did you join Rotary? I had been living in Prior Lake but felt like I only knew people in Prior Lake who were in my immediate neighborhood. I wanted to become more involved in the community in which I lived with my family. I also thought it would be good to give back to my own community. I love Prior Lake.

What is your vocation? I am a family law attorney which for our firm means cases involving issues such as divorce, custody, parenting time, custody, child support, maintenance, paternity, harassment restraining orders, and orders for protection. I have been practicing for over 21 years and am licensed in Minnesota and Florida. My law partner and I started Mack & Santana Law Offices, P.C., in downtown Minneapolis almost 12 years ago, and we service counties all over the state. I have a Prior Lake office for those who do not like to drive downtown.

What do you do in your spare time? I enjoy spending time with my family. I have a husband, a 14-year old daughter, a 14-year old stepdaughter, and a 11-year old stepson (almost 12). In the summer we frequently boat, golf, and play different games (Farkle, bean bag toss, etc.), and in the winter we ski, play Just Dance (and other video games), and play basketball at Lifetime as a family. We take one big trip with the kids in the summer, and Jim and I take several ski and/or golf trips throughout the year. We love hanging out at Brackett’s Crossing Country Club were we have been members for years. ‪#‎priorlakerotary‬

Spotlight on... Laurie Mack-Wagner 2015-11-19 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 18, 2015
We welcomed new member Jim Gilbertson this morning.  Jim's sponsor is Joan Fawcett.  Jack Haugen filled in for the induction since Joan is in Arizona.  Jim states our Club is similar to his fraternity; they were constantly doing various service projects.  He said he has really enjoyed the camaraderie thus far.  Please reach out and introduce yourself and welcome Jim if you have not met him yet.Jack pinning on the Rotary pin.
 
Membership Director Deb Severson presents Jim with his certificate of membership.
 
New Rotarian: Jim Gilbertson 2015-11-18 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 15, 2015
At our Club's Foundation banquet, we presented two Honorary Paul Harris Awards. The first was to Mary Haugen, a long-standing member of the community. The second was to the parents of Kelly Meyer, who was a long-time employee for the City of Prior Lake. Both Mary and Kelly have been great examples of "Service above Self". Mary was nominated by Mary Erickson and Dan Stanley, and Kelly was nominated by Ken Hedberg. ‪#‎priorlakerotary‬ 
 
 
 
Honorary Paul Harris Fellow 2015-11-15 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 15, 2015
We had another wonderful Foundation event. The highlight was our keynote speaker Dr. Bob Scott. To have an authority on the fight to eradicate polio was outstanding; the photos and stories that go along with the fight against this devastating disease were heartbreaking and moving. As Dr. Scott stated, the real heroes in this fight are those people that risk their own lives distributing the polio vaccination to save children's lives.  
 
The Club honored Dr. Scott with an honorary membership into the Rotary Club of Prior Lake - the highest distinction a club can bestow. #priorlakerotary #EndPolioNow  
Great Scott! 2015-11-15 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 04, 2015

Today we had one of our long-standing partners as our program. Andy Dwyer and Jill Gilbert from Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest received a $3,500 check to buy supplies for the JA program taught in the Prior Lake-Savage Schools, grades K-5th. The JA program is also taught at St. Michael's. Besides the monetary donation, Prior Lake Rotarians participate as teachers in the classrooms each year.‪#‎priorlakerotary‬

Jill Gilbert on left and Andy Dwyer right receive a check from Vocational Services Director Frank Boyles.
Partnership with Junior Achievement 2015-11-04 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 04, 2015
Vic Noer: Former Community Service Director and current President Elect Nominee (2017-2018).
How long have you been a Rotarian?   7 years
Who was your sponsor?  Chad LeMair
Why did you join Rotary?  I wanted to become more involved in the community.
What is your vocation?  I manage an IT department for Seagate Technology in Shakopee.  I also manage several investment properties.
What do you do in your spare time?  I do a lot of volunteer work.  I'm the VP of promotions and fundraising for the Prior Lake wrestling club, a committee chairman at Holy Trinity United Methodist church and as most of you know I'm pretty heavily involved in the Prior Lake Rotary club.  I enjoy both watching and participating in a variety of sports.  I get most of my exercise biking and playing golf.  I also enjoy spending time at our cabin that Maria and I just recently built on a lake just west of Hinckley, MN. #priorlakerotary  
 
Rotarian in the Spotlight: Vic Noer 2015-11-04 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 30, 2015
This week we had a special Rotarian in the Spotlight - our President Joe Dols.
How long have you been a Rotarian? I've been a Rotarian for 8 years.
Who was your sponsor? Greg Kes was my sponsor.
Why did you join? I joined because Greg asked me and I like to be involved in the community.
What is your vocation? My vocation is computer and network support for small businesses.
What are your hobbies and interests? In my spare time I like to go to fish, go to our cabin, watch sports, and play trombone in a number of different music groups. #priorlakerotary#seriousfun
Spotlight on President Joe Dols 2015-10-30 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 29, 2015
 
We had more than fun at our Halloween meeting. Greg Jones from St. Francis Regional Center was our speaker. The current Patient Care Supervisor brought the LUCAS 2 device to demonstrate how it works. The electrically powered, life-saving medical device is compact, lightweight and portable solution to maintain circulation in cardiac arrest patients. Prior Lake Rotary donated $1,000 last year to help purchase the LUCAS 2.#priorlakerotary
LUCAS 2: A life saver
LUCAS 2: A Life Saver 2015-10-29 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 28, 2015
Today was our Halloween meeting, which means the witches of Prior Lake Rotary made an appearance, along with President Joe Dols as Presidential hopeful Donald Trump.  Huge! 
The witching hour.
Looks like a good witch.
More wonderful witches. 
A HUUUGGGEEE Meeting 2015-10-28 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 21, 2015
Amber Kahnke, Shakopee Rotary member and Executive Director of River Valley Nursing Center, was at the meeting today for a dual purpose. First she was presented a check for $500 from the Community Service committee, and then she was our speaker for the day. RVNC's mission is to strive to serve those vulnerable individuals and families in our community by providing supportive and compassionate individualized health-related services with access to community resources. The uniqueness of their care model, is that their services are provided by Minnesota licensed Public Health Nurses with the help of Bi-lingual Spanish Interpreters/Community Outreach Workers. 
 
Amber gave real-life examples of how they have helped their clients. As far as the money donated, Amber states this will go towards their community outreach program. Examples of these programs are the free flu clinics and health screenings such as the "Know Your Numbers" diabetes awareness and screening.
Corey Stich presents the check.
 
 Executive Director Amber Kahnke speaks to the members about River Valley Nursing Cemter. 
 
River Valley Nursing Center 2015-10-21 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 14, 2015
Chad LeMair was The Rotarian in the Spotlight this week.
How long have you been in Rotary? For 13 years. 
Who was your sponsor? Jack Haugen was my sponsor.
Why did you join? I joined Rotary for the opportunity to network with other business and community leaders, and I wanted to be more involved in the community.
What is your vocation? I am a small business owner. I own Above All Hardwood Floors and Carpet, Performance Construction, and Summit Wood Floor Distribution
What are your hobbies or interests? I like to coach wrestling, play racquetball, go to cabin and hunt in my spare time.
Rotarian in the Spotlight: Chad LeMair 2015-10-14 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 14, 2015
On Tuesday, October 13, Prior Lake Rotary Club members joined City and Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community leaders at Pike Lake Park.  The occasion? They all participated in a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the formal opening of the bituminous parking lot and trail at Pike Lake Park. Former and current Community Service Co-Chairs Vic Noer and Corey Stich were on hand, along with President Joe Dols and Immediate Past President Bill Schult, who was Club President during the shelter project.  Frank Boyles and Gerry Wersal were also key members of the project team. The project was made possible through a District Grant and monetary participation from other Rotary Clubs. 
 
As City Manager Frank Boyles stated, "The trail was made possible by a grant from the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community. Of course the focal point of the trail, in addition to the wonders of Mother Nature, is the shelter made possible through funds donated by the Prior Lake Rotary. Like so many things in Prior Lake, the Pike Lake Park underscores the value of the partnerships we share in our community." 
Vic Noer, Corey Stich, and Joe Dols represented the Club.   
Official City Business 2015-10-14 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 11, 2015
The inaugural event was held at Cleary Lake Park on October 10. But planning and preparation started well before that. Doug Gesme donated two hogs - Dieter and Hilda. Dieter would become the guest of honor at the event. Rotarians and family members started the event with 9 holes of golf at Cleary. Then everyone gathered at Cleary's pavilion. Fun was had by all, and Dieter was even presented an Honorary Paul Harris Fellow for demonstrating "Service Above Self."
See more photos in the Photo Album.
 
Hogtoberfest 2015-10-11 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 10, 2015
Mary Selinske was "thanked" by The Rotary Foundation, through Foundation Director Paul Hofslien, for giving to The Foundation.  Paul presented Mary with a Paul Harris Fellow +3, which represents at least $4,000 given cumulatively.  The Foundation is the engine that runs a bulk of the good that is done in Rotary's name throughout the world.  "Thank you" Mary!
Rotary Foundation "Thank You" 2015-10-10 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 10, 2015
Mary Selinske was "thanked" by The Rotary Foundation, through Foundation Director Paul Hofslien, for giving to The Foundation.  Paul presented Mary with a Paul Harris Fellow +3, which represents at least $4,000 given cumulatively.  The Foundation is the engine that runs a bulk of the good that is done in Rotary's name throughout the world.  "Thank you" Mary!
 
 
Rotary Foundation "Thank You" 2015-10-10 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 07, 2015
This week's How long have you been a Rotarian?   I think it's been coming up on 5 years (actually it's been over 6 years).
Who was your sponsor?  Greg Kes
Why did you join Rotary?  Prior Lake Rotary is impressive. It's contagious and a leader in our community and in Rotary International.  I am happy to be a part of that. I have an affinity for all the good work that PL Rotary does.  I understand the international work that's done, having gone on a medical mission trip to Chimbote, Peru in the past.  I enjoy being a part of and seeing all the support PL Rotary continues to sustain and give back in our community.  To everything there is a season:  I would have to say I've been in the winter or dormant season of Rotary this last year, as caring for my father, my family and continuing to sustain and build a successful practice and business in the Prior Lake community has joyfully taken up my time.  My plan is to set up a corporate membership, so that Dr. Jacque Hermann, my intern & I can participate more fully in continuing to help support the vision of our PL Rotary. 
What is your vocation?  Short answer:  Chiropractor at Pathways Chiropractic Health Center.  Longer answer: To help people find their right path to sustain a healthy & happy life.
What do you do in your spare time? (spare time??) I enjoy a competitive round of golf, a good session of bridge (cards), a P90X workout along side my wife, caring for my parents, gathering with my 4 teenagers at mealtime, volleyball, dance, track and golf as well as enjoying our oldest daughter- Emily, whose already 23 years young. 
Steve Kramer in the Rotary Spotlight 2015-10-07 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 03, 2015
On October 1, 2015, 10 Rotarians met in Shakopee for a 1-day build for Habitat for Humanity.  They worked most of the day framing.  For more photos of Rotarians in action, go to the "Photo Albums" link in ClubRunner under "About Our Club."
Habitat for Humanity 2015-10-03 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 01, 2015
Inbound Youth Exchange student Aleeky Hernandez was the program at the September 30 Club meeting.  Donning his blazer speckled with pins, he talked about his life in Quintana Roo, a state in Mexico; Cancun is located in Quintana Roo, His stepfather was a youth exchange student and he was the one that convinced Aleeky to do the same. Aleeky is a wiz at doing the Rubik's cube; he can do it in less than a minute. He loves Mexican food, making friends and cheering up people. As Aleeky states, "The smile is the most beautiful thing that people have."
Aleeky: From Quintana Roo to You 2015-10-01 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 27, 2015
So, a funny thing happened at our September 23 meeting, which is not unusual. Part of that fun comes from our Fine Masters; as the name indicates, Fine Masters dole out monetary fines to some suspecting and many unsuspecting Rotarians. Our current Fine Master Guy Selinske brought up a young man he is grooming to be a Fine Master - Max Moser. Guy talked to Max about finding his own voice. He even brought Fine Master Frank Boyles out of his semi-retirement to coach Max. Good luck Max!
Max (right) taking in all of Guy's pearls of wisdom.   
Guy: The Mentoring Process 2015-09-27 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 24, 2015
The Community Service committee is doing something right as they had a record crowd to cleanup County Road 21 from Highway 13 to County Road 42. A total of 22 Rotarians and family members participated under the leadership of Mark Elliott. Some of the members went from service to friendship as they moved the party to the Pointe following the cleanup duty. Check out more photos in our photo albums under the "About Our Club" dropdown menu. 
Mark Elliot goes over the plan with the participants before heading out.
Highway Cleanup 2015-09-24 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 23, 2015
Membership Director Deb Severson inducted three new members at today's meeting. As she stated, this induction was one of the most anticipated. Celina Byers, Dr. Teri Staloch, and Chad Rittenour became our newest members. Celina becomes a second generation Rotarian as her father was also a Rotarian. Teri has never been part of a service organization but really wants to get involved in the community. Chad is used to service having been in the military. He was looking for another way to serve and was asked to join by Joan Fawcett. Welcome!
Our New Members: Celina Byers, Dr. Teri Staloch, and Chad Rittenour.
Good Things Come in Threes 2015-09-23 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 20, 2015
Anthony Perez checked in on his outbound experience.  He is in Brandenburg on der Havel, Germany.  He lives a 15-minute walk from School.  He says school has been difficult due to language.  This week will help as he has German language class from 9 a.m. to noon Monday-Friday.  He has found a rugby club to join and he has practice two days a week. Last week he joined other Youth Exchange students in Strausberg.  They went through a ropes course, but they spent most of the time in discussions. Anthony said the United States, Mexico and Brazil had the largest contingents.  He has also been taking cultural trips and taking in the sites.   
Anthony with the other Youth Exchange students from the United States.
Anthony Perez's Outbound Update 2015-09-20 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 09, 2015
Our speaker today was Lillian McDonald. Lillian has been the Executive Director for Emergency and Community Health Outreach (ECHO) since 2004. In September, 2004, ECHO and Twin Cities Public Television (tpt) launched a groundbreaking new series, ECHO TV, to meet the health, safety and emergency readiness needs of Minnesota’s limited English proficiency (LEP) populations.  
 
ECHO - Emergency, Community, Health and Outreach 2015-09-09 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 07, 2015
Club Foundation Director Paul Hofslien recognized Dan Stanley on achieving his Paul Harris +3, which represents at least $4,000 given to The Rotary Foundation.  Paul presented Dan a pin as a "thank you" from The Rotary Foundation.  

The Rotary Foundation is the charitable arm of Rotary.  The Foundation transforms your gifts into projects that change lives both close to home and around the world. Foundation  empower Rotarians to approach challenges such as poverty, illiteracy, and malnutrition with sustainable solutions that leave a lasting impact. Strong , a stellar , and a unique  mean that we make the very most of your contribution.  and become a part of Rotary’s life-changing work!

A Rotary Foundation "Thank You" 2015-09-07 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 30, 2015
In the early hours of August 27, Paul, Susan, and Anna Perez welcomed Aleeky Hernandez Guzman to Minnesota.  Aleeky comes to us from Cancun, which is in the state of Quintana Roo, the youngest state in Mexico. He is 15 years old and will be starting at Prior Lake High School on September 8.  He is eager to meet Club members at Wednesday's meeting.
  
Welcome Aleeky! 2015-08-30 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 29, 2015
Ron Hocevar is this week's Rotarian in the Spotlight!

How long have you been a Rotarian? Since March 11, 2015

Who was your sponsor? Mike Schweitzer

Why did you join Rotary? I have always been very community/public-service oriented. After moving to Prior Lake last summer, I looked into various organizations to join (Chamber, Lions, etc…) and liked what I researched and learned about the Rotary and their commitment to world as well as local issues and charities. Plus Rotary meetings are a lot more fun than other meetings I attended. Great people – great fun – great causes.

What is your vocation? I am the Scott County Attorney and I have always had a draw towards public service from my commitment to the military to working for Scott County. I have worked for Scott County going on 20 years as a felony prosecutor before being elected to my current position. My job works perfectly with the Rotarian 4-way test. Contrary to popular belief, my Office’s primary goal is not to obtain convictions. It is to get to the truth, to be fair to all concerned and that will lead to goodwill throughout the community and beneficial to all concerned. That is pretty much the definition of justice, which is what my office’s pursuit is.

What do you do in your spare time? I have a 7 year old son and 9 year old daughter. I coach baseball, soccer, and soon will be coaching hockey. I love hockey, hunting, and fishing. I am a private pilot, an officer in the U.S. Navy, and a volunteer speaker for the Minnesota Arthritis Foundation.

Turning the Spotlight on Ron Hocevar 2015-08-29 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Perez on Aug 27, 2015
Dr. Teri Staloch, Superintendent of the Prior Lake-Savage School District spoke to our Club at our August 26 meeting.  She gave us an update on the school district and the impending growth. Dr. Staloch also reviewed the 6 strategic directions - the goals that  guide educational programs, services and applied resources. 
  1. Increasing measurable student growth and achievement
  2. Continue financial accountability to community while using available resources to educate students and maintain class-size targets
  3. Expand innovative programming to meet family needs
  4. Expand and embed environmental focus across the district
  5. Integrating technology for teaching and communications; increasing capacity to set standards for all learners using 21st century skills
  6. Engage parents, families and community to strengthen a culture of respect and inclusion
Prior Lake-Savage School District Update Paul Perez 2015-08-27 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 19, 2015
In October 21, 1978, the Rotary Club of Prior Lake was officially chartered.  At today's meeting, we recognized two of the charter members, Ev Nelson and Bob Barsness, as Lifetime Members of the Rotary Club of Prior Lake.  Paul Hofslien and Bill Schult presented plaques to both for their longstanding commitment. They shared some memories with the members in attendance, and also shared how special our club is and how much we accomplished.
Bob Barsness (left) and Ev Nelson (right). 
Lifetime Members 2015-08-19 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 29, 2015
When did you join Rotary? April 2013
Who was your sponsor? Jack Haugen 
Why did you join Rotary? I was looking for another avenue of community service and I felt Rotary would fill that.
What is your vocation? I'm retired, although I do work for the Prior Lake School District.
What do you do in your spare time? I am a 28 year member of the Masonic Lodge, 26 years in the shrine, a member the Prior Lake Rotary and Optimist club, an ambassador for the Prior Lake Chamber of Commerce, treasurer for the Prior lake art council, community board member for the River Valley YMCA, volunteer firefighter, vice president of a Dodge Challenger club, sergeant of arms of a firefighter motorcycle club, a member of a Chevy Corvette Club, I collect o gauge trains, sports memorabilia and assorted unique items, I dance at Pow wows, I play Santa for the tribe educational department, I'm a member of Clowns across the river and I play golf badly.
Rotarian in the Spotlight: Sheldon Bryant 2015-07-29 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 23, 2015
At a recent meeting, Families and Individuals Sharing Hope (FISH) Executive Director Beth Loechler accepted a $1500 donation from the Club's Community Service Director Corey Stich.  The mission of FISH is to partner to meet human needs so individuals can live healthy, transformed lives.
Sharing Hope: Donation to FISH 2015-07-23 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 12, 2015
Last week Club member Angela Eifert was our program and spoke to the Club about her trip to Africa through her employer ARC - American Refugee Committee. The American Refugee Committee is an international nonprofit, nonsectarian organization that has provided humanitarian assistance and training to millions of beneficiaries over the last 35 years. ARC works with refugee communities in 11 countries around the world, helping people regain control of their lives. The people ARC serves have lost everything to events completely beyond their control. ARC provides shelter, clean water and sanitation, health care, skills training, microcredit education, protection and whatever support we can to let people begin again. To learn about their mission and for other information, go to their website at http://www.arcrelief.org/site/PageServer. 
Vocational Talk: Angela Eifert 2015-07-12 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 12, 2015
At the July 8 meeting, Foundation Director Paul Hofslien presented a Rotary Foundation "Thank You" to Club member Sheldon Bryant; it was a Paul Harris Fellow +2 - that represents giving at least $3,000 cumulatively to The Rotary Foundation.  Then the tables were turned as Club member Kyle Haugen presented Paul with  Paul Harris Fellow +7.  Congratulations and thank you Paul and Sheldon!
Kyle Haugen presents a Paul Harris Fellow +7 to Foundation Director Paul Hofslien 
Paul H for Paul H 2015-07-12 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 01, 2015
Today Dan O'Keefe received a Rotary Foundation "thank you" for his contributions to the Foundation from Foundation Committee Director Paul Hofslien.
Paul Hofslien (left) presents Dan O'Keefe (right) with a Paul Harris Fellow +2 for contributing to The Rotary Foundation.
A Rotary "Thank You" 2015-07-01 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Perez on Jun 27, 2015
The June 24 meeting marked Bill Schult's last meeting as President. The ceremonial passing of the torch, the gavel, to incoming President Joe Dols.  The members thanked Bill with a standing ovation.  Good luck to Joe as he leads the Club to what is sure to be another successful year.
   
And So the Gavel Passes Paul Perez 2015-06-27 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Perez on Jun 26, 2015
Once again this year, the Club stepped up to support the Prior Lake Association's 4th of July Fireworks.  Woody Spitzmueller, Vice President of the PLA Board, was on hand to receive the $500 sponsorship from Rotarian Frank Boyles.
 
The Prior Lake Association was formed in the 1950s by a small group of lakeshore property owners to help inform and educate the community on issues crucial to continued quality of our lake as well as the care and maintenance it requires.  Today there are over 300 members.
 
Prior Lake Rotary Supports Prior Lake Association Paul Perez 2015-06-26 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 25, 2015
At the June 24 meeting, Club President Bill Schult recognized three children of Rotarians who recently graduated - Angela Noer, Eric Dols, and Anthony Perez.  Each one received a $200 gift courtesy of the Club.  Angela will be attending Minnesota State University, Mankato, Eric is attending Hamline University, and Anthony is going to spend his gap year, the year between high school and college, in Germany as part of the Rotary Youth Exchange program.  Congratulations graduates!
 
Recognizing our Graduates 2015-06-25 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 25, 2015
On behalf of the Club's International Service committee, Rotarian Michelle Jirik presented a check for $500 to Pat Klein, Chairman of the Board of Directors for Friends of Chimbote, for their backpack program; Pat also happens to be Michelle's father.
  
Friends of Chimbote 2015-06-25 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Perez on Jun 21, 2015
The Rotary Club of Prior Lake signed on as a Silver sponsor for this year's Lakefront Days held August 6-8.  Prior Lake's 32nd Annual Lakefront Days Summer Celebration takes place in beautiful Lakefront Park in Prior Lake. The event is three-days of fun-filled activities for the whole family. Large crowds and a festive atmosphere is expected.  Chamber President Sandi Fleck and Chairman of the Chamber Board Ed Speiker were in attendance at our June 17 meeting to receive the sponsorship check of $2,000.  
Lakefront Days Silver Sponsor Paul Perez 2015-06-21 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Perez on Jun 17, 2015
Today was a very special day.  The Rotary Club of Prior Lake recognized our honorary Member Homer Caston for his unbelievable generosity.  Kyle Haugen handled the presentation.  With Homer's wife Helen in attendance, Kyle presented a clock with the following inscription: In appreciation of your significant contributions to Polio Plus on behalf of our Club.  We are honored to consider you one of us!
 
Homer expressed similar feelings toward the Club saying giving the donation was an easy decision based on how we have welcomed him.   
Honoring Homer Paul Perez 2015-06-17 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Perez on Jun 13, 2015
Our weekly meeting programs do not always come from external speakers. This week, member Doug Gesme gave a presentation on the August 1, 2007, 35W bridge collapse from a public safety/EMS perspective. Doug shared pictures of the aftermath where 13 people perished, many pictures that many of us saw, but also gave an account from behind the scenes. There was no shortage of obstacles, and no shortage of heroes. Bystanders became the first responders - on the scene before public safety arrived. As Doug stated, "This was a tragic event but we learned so much from it." Doug is the Operations Manager of Emergency Medical Services for HCMC.  
Vocational Talk/35W Bridge Collapse Paul Perez 2015-06-13 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 10, 2015
Today we grew the Club with the induction of Katy Uzpen.  Her sponsor?  Her husband, Andrew Uzpen.  Andrew wasted no time sharing Rotary with others; he was just inducted in March.  Welcome Katy!
Andrew pinning on the Katy's Rotary pin as President Bill Schult looks on.
A Rotary "Welcome" 2015-06-10 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Perez on Jun 10, 2015
Foundation Director Paul Hofslien presented a Rotary Foundation "thank you" to two members - Laurie Hartmann and Sheri Johnston.  Both received pins as a thank you for reaching the Paul Harris Fellows +2 level.
Sheri Johnston thanked by Paul Hofslien
Laurie Hartmann and Paul Hofslien
Rotary Foundation "Thank You" Paul Perez 2015-06-10 05:00:00Z 0
Our June 3 program was Greg Krauska, an Ambassador for ShelterBox. ShelterBox is an official project partner of Rotary International. ShelterBox is an international relief charity that provides immediate assistance to people affected by disasters such as earthquakes, volcanic activity, flooding, hurricanes, cyclones, tsunamis, or conflict.
Shelter - In a Box 2015-06-03 05:00:00Z 0
Paul Harris Society +3 Recognitions Joan Fawcett 2015-05-27 05:00:00Z 0
Paul Harris Fellows Recognition Joan Fawcett 2015-05-27 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Perez on May 05, 2015
Today we welcomed back some familiar faces.  Joan and David Fawcett are back from Arizona and were in attendance, as well as Homer Caston who is back from California (and Helen).  Soon the rest of the snowbirds will make their way home - Don and Edith Schrope, Ev and Joan Nelson, and Bob and Gail Barsness.  It will be great to have everyone back!
Homer was happy to be back in Minnesota (happy $$$), and Club members were happy to see him.   
Welcome Home! Paul Perez 2015-05-06 00:00:00Z 0
A strange title for a story, but appropriate and to the point. Today the Community Service committee presented a check for $250 to Twin Oaks Middle School guidance counselor Sarah Loechler and her middle schoolers for their "Sandwich Project."  The Sandwich Project is designed to help feed the metro area's homeless. Volunteers make simple sandwiches - white meat, cheese and two slices of bread - which are delivered to homeless shelters and food shelves. The project was a featured article on the Prior Lake American website.
 
 
The Sandwich Project 2015-04-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Perez on Mar 20, 2015
At the March 11 Club meeting, Membership Director Dan Stanley inducted Ron Hocevar. Michael Schweitzer is Ron's sponsor. Ron joins Andrew Uzpen who was also inducted recently.  The total membership is at a record high 83 members.  Another pair of oars in the water moving the Club forward!
 
Yet Another Oar Paul Perez 2015-03-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Perez on Mar 14, 2015
The Community Service committee approved a donation of $1,500 for the Friends of Wolfridge Committee - a part of the Laker Education Foundation.  The money will be used to subsidize the cost of sending 5th graders to Wolfridge who otherwise would be unable to go. 
 
Donation Helps Local Youth Paul Perez 2015-03-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Perez on Feb 22, 2015

Fran Heitzman, founder of Bridging, was in attendance at our February 18 Club meeting to accept a $2,000 sponsorship check for the Bedrace for Bridging event.  Prior Lake Rotarians, friends, and families will participate in the event held on March 7 at Buck Hill in Burnsville.

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Check Presentation: Bridging Paul Perez 2015-02-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joe Dols on Feb 20, 2015

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A team from the Prior Lake Rotary Club participated in the Prior Lake Polar Plunge on February 21, and raised over $4,000 for Special Olympics MN!  The Club was also a $500 sponsor of the event.  This was the third year the Club participated.

Team from Prior Lake Rotary Club Takes the Plunge! Joe Dols 2015-02-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Perez on Feb 04, 2015

This week we increased our membership as Samantha Hermsen was inducted by Membership Committee member Deb Severson.  Samantha becomes our 7th new member this year.  Welcome!Image

Samantha tells the club members a little bit about herself. Her former boss was a member of Eden Prairie Rotary.  She is a chiropractor and the new owner of HeathSource of Prior Lake.  

A Prior Lake Rotary Welcome Paul Perez 2015-02-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Perez on Feb 02, 2015

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At a recent club meeting, members and guests were treated to one Rotaracter's journey. Matt Gerber, Rotary District 5950's Rotaract chair, talked about his initial experience with Rotary when he went to Australia as a Rotary Youth Exchange student.  After two years he was immersed into Rotary while attending club meetings in Australia and back home in La Grande, Oregon.  After that, Matt felt there was a hole.  After attending RYLA, he decided he needed to start a Rotaract Club.     

Matt states, "Turn on your  radar.  Look for 20-35 year olds who don't fit in."  And when you find such a fine young person, seek Matt out and he can help place them. 

Roteract Experience Paul Perez 2015-02-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Perez on Jan 10, 2015

At the January 7 meeting, Foundation Director Paul Hofslien thanked Rotarians Manny Perez and Dan Stanley for reaching another Paul Harris Fellow.

Image Manny receives his pin for a Paul Harris Fellow +4.

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Dan receives his pin for a Paul Harris Fellow +2.

Rotary "Thank You" Paul Perez 2015-01-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Perez on Jan 07, 2015

The Rotary Club of Eagan was the program on January 7. They presented their ethics program. They have put on a one-day program for juniors and seniors from Eagan High School since 1994. This Vocational program allows Clubs to influence future leaders.
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Dr. Tom Wilson of Rotary Club of Eagan explains the history of the Ethics Program.

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Jim Overocker, Chair of Eagan Rotary Ethics Program.

Program: Ethics Program Paul Perez 2015-01-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Perez on Jan 06, 2015

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Joe Vaughn from the CAP Agency was at our meeting to accept a check for $2,310. As he stated, the money stays here. The CAP Agency relies on community partners like Prior Lake Rotary. The money will go to filling the food shelves and crisis nursery. Joe stated what they provide is vital to those they serve, and they appreciate it. On the Scott County toy drive conducted in December with other Rotary Clubs, there was enough to serve about 100 different families. Besides the toys for the children, there were gift cards given to parents.

Check Presentation: CAP Agency Paul Perez 2015-01-07 00:00:00Z 0
A Very Rotary Christmas - Santa, Steve, and Social Paul Perez 2014-12-19 00:00:00Z 0
A Rotary Foundation "Thank You" Paul Perez 2014-12-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Perez on Dec 16, 2014

On Tuesday, December 16, 22 Interactors, chaperones, and guests packed food at the Chanhassen Feed My Starving Children. In all 57 boxes were packed by 55 participants; this is enough to feed 34 kids for a year. Image 


 

Prior Lake Interact Club Packs Food for FMSC Paul Perez 2014-12-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Perez on Dec 13, 2014

On Thursday, December 11, 39 Rotarians, along with spouses and significant others had some holiday cheer at Fong's for the Prior Lake Rotary Christmas party. There were plenty smiles, laughs and ugly sweaters; Shelly Stich and Doug Gesme were selected by the judges as having the ugliest sweaters.

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Part of the Fun Committee for the Christmas party.  Thank you to all who helped make this an enjoyable evening.

Holiday Fun! Paul Perez 2014-12-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Perez on Dec 13, 2014

Paul, Susan, and Anthony Perez traveled to Roseville on December 6 for the Outbound Youth Exchange Interview and Country Fair. Besides interviewing Anthony and then the whole family, a Country Fair was held; current inbound Youth Exchange students and former outbound Youth Exchangers (Rotex) had booths for 35 countries and talk to the potential outbounders about their country. Anthony will find out before Christmas if he was accepted.

Image   Anthony at the Denmark booth during the Country Fair with two inbound Youth Exchange students and a former outbound.

Outbound Youth Exchange Interview Paul Perez 2014-12-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Perez on Dec 13, 2014

At the December 10 meeting, Membership Director Dan Stanley inducted Steve Block into the Club; Dan also served as Steve's Sponsor.  Welcome, Steve!

 

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Another Oar In the Water Paul Perez 2014-12-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Perez on Dec 02, 2014

At the December 3 meeting, with 52 members in attendance, we kicked off our 14th Annual Valentine's Gala. This year's theme is "Amore: A Night of Wine and Roses (and Chocolate)." The goal is to sell 400 tickets. As in past years, the Club members were split into 10 teams. More information to come.Image

Dave Card and the Valentine's Gala were the program December 3 as we kicked off the event. Dave started by reviewing the history of the event.

Let the Competition Begin! Paul Perez 2014-12-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Perez on Dec 02, 2014

ImageThe Community Service Co-Director Vic Noer presents Sean Koebele from Habitat For Humanity Twin Cities with a $1,000 donation. 

Habitat For Humanity Donation Paul Perez 2014-12-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Perez on Dec 02, 2014

Saints Health Care Fund Executive Director Alan Spiller and Patient Care Supervisor for ER Greg Jones were on hand at our December 3 meeting to accept a $1,000 donation from our Club's Community Service committee. The funds represent the remaining portion needed to purchase a Lucas 2 Device. The device performs "really good CPR" stated Jones.  He ended stating, "This is a huge thing for us so a huge thanks."  Below is a video that shows exactly how the Lucas 2 Device operates.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HAz0suSEL7w

 

Check Presentation - Saints Health Care Fund Paul Perez 2014-12-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Perez on Dec 02, 2014

On December 3, President Bill Schult recognized and thanked Foundation Director Paul Hofslien for reaching the Paul Harris Fellow +6 milestone. Paul was also recognized earlier this year as a Paul Harris Society member for contributing at least $1,000 annually to the Foundation's Annual Fund.  Thank you, Paul, for your contributions and for your leadership with the Foundation committee! Image 

Paul Harris Fellow +6 Paul Perez 2014-12-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Perez on Nov 27, 2014

Fine Master Frank Boyles; let's just say you had to be there.Image

Nothing "Fine" About It Paul Perez 2014-11-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Perez on Nov 27, 2014

Matt Jakubowski from JDRF spoke to the Rotary Club of Prior Lake about diabetes and JDRF. Matt spoke about the two types of diabetes - type 1 diabetes (T1D) and type 2 diabetes (T2D). JDRF's mission is to cure T1D. T1D prevents the pancreas from making insulin.The Walk to Cure Diabetes is the main funding mechanism. JDRF raises about $110 million annually, and $.84 of every dollar raised goes directly to research. 
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Program: Diabetes Awareness Month - The Role of JDRF Paul Perez 2014-11-28 00:00:00Z 0
Lakefront Music Fest Sponsor Recognition Paul Perez 2014-11-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Perez on Nov 20, 2014

Foundation Director Paul Hofslien recognized and thanked Marlys Gesme for achieving Paul Harris Society status by contributing $1000 or more to The Rotary Foundation's annual fund in a Rotary year.    

Our Newest Paul Harris Society Member Paul Perez 2014-11-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joan Fawcett on Nov 10, 2014

The Rotary Club of Prior Lake held its annual Rotary Foundation Celebration at Mystic Lake Hotel.  Following announcements, we remembered our Veterans in attendance with their service and observed Rotarian Dan Stanley’s birthday.

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Newly nominated 2017-2018 District Governor and Prior Lake Rotarian, Kyle Haugen added his welcome and served as program emcee for the evening.

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The evening’s program included remarks from District Governor Karel Weigel,  Craig Leiser (District Grants), and Newell Krogmann (Foundation). Club Members were also given recognition as major donors, bequest society members and benefactors, Paul Harris Society members and Paul Harris Society fellows.

Karel Weigel, District Governor 2014-1015

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Craig Leiser, Past District Governor 2010-2011

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Newell Krogmann, Past District Governor 2009-1010

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A special portion of the evening program were the personal testimonies of “Why I Give” by Rod Ammerman, Joe Dols, and Laurie Mack-Wagner.

Rod Ammerman

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Joe Dols
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Laurie Mack-Wagner
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Angela Eifert shared a video on our District’s Fast for Hope program and spoke about the progress and needs of the program.

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During our program Paul Perez and Joan Fawcett touched upon the End Polio Program Initiative. At the beginning of the year, a club goal of $7500 dollars was set to donate towards Polio Plus of which $5000 to date has been raised.  Last year our club donated over $12,000 to PolioPlus.

The district’s goal is to raise $125,000 for Polio Plus this year.  As part of the plan, district is asking clubs to step up and commit to raising $10,000 dollars for Polio Plus. So we announced we will accept the challenge to be that $10,000 club.

To help meet this challenge, a initial $2000 check for PolioPlus was presented to District 5960 by Joan Fawcett, Bill Schult, Karel Weigel, Paul Perez, Newell Krogmann.

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Rotary Foundation Celebration Joan Fawcett 2014-11-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joan Fawcett on Nov 04, 2014

Paul Perez shared his acceptance of the two Prior Lake Rotary Club awards: Most Funds Raised for PolioPlus and highest per capita to Annual Fund given out at the recent Rotary District Annual Foundation Celebration. Congratulations Rotarians!

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Rotary District Awards Bestowed on Rotary Club of Prior Lake Joan Fawcett 2014-11-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joan Fawcett on Nov 04, 2014

Patrick Stroh was inducted as the newest member by Dan Stanley, Membership Chair. Patrick is sponsored by Chris Bendzick. Welcome Patrick!

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New Member Induction - Patrick Stroh Joan Fawcett 2014-11-05 00:00:00Z 0
Check Presentation – Community Ed Halloween Party Joan Fawcett 2014-11-05 00:00:00Z 0
Check Presentation – Prior Lake Wrestling Club Joan Fawcett 2014-11-05 00:00:00Z 0
Paul Harris Society Member Recognition - Laurie Mack Wagner Joan Fawcett 2014-11-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joan Fawcett on Nov 04, 2014

Paul Hofslein, Foundation Chair, presented Mary Selinske with a Level 2 Paul Harris Fellow pin. Congratulations Mary!

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Paul Harris Society Fellow Recognition Joan Fawcett 2014-11-05 00:00:00Z 0
Program Speaker – Grief, Loss, Transition and Downsizing, Marcie Spears Joan Fawcett 2014-11-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joan Fawcett on Nov 03, 2014

At the 5:01 social, Prior Lake Rotarians surprised Kyle with a congratulatory celebration of attaining the District Governorship for 2017-2018. All of his family were present to share in his accomplishment and to make his evening a special one to remember!

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It's Official - Kyle Haugen, District Governor 2017-2018 Joan Fawcett 2014-11-03 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joan Fawcett on Oct 31, 2014

A great evening with fellow district Rotarians on hand to be recognized for two club awards: Most Funds Raised for PolioPlus and highest per capita to Annual Fund.

Paul and Sue Perez and Kyle and Carrie Haugen sitting at Prior Lake Rotary Club table with Farmington Rotarians joining them.

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At the Prior Lake Rotary Club table are Allison Gontarek, Marlys and Douog Gesme, Guy Selinske, Jennifer Deschaine, Joe and Diane Dols, and Mary Selinske. Photo taken by Joan Fawcett.

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Rotary District 5950 Foundation Celebration Joan Fawcett 2014-11-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joan Fawcett on Oct 28, 2014

Rotarians Vic Noer, Corey Stich, Frank Boyles, Paul Perez, Mary Erickson, and Bob Gilbert spent 9 hours collectively removing buckthorn as part of the Pike Lake Park Shelter Site Prep. Thanks for all your muscle power!

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Community Service Project - Pike Lake Shelter Buckthorn Removal Joan Fawcett 2014-10-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joan Fawcett on Oct 28, 2014

Special guests at today’s membership meeting were The Witches of Prior Lake Rotary Club. The witches helped to make the meeting festive with its Halloween theme. Cookies homemade by Mary Selinske were passed around with $180 collected by our PolioPlus Pig to End Polio Now.

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The Return of the Witches of Prior Lake Rotary Club Joan Fawcett 2014-10-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joan Fawcett on Oct 28, 2014

Executive Director, John Wayne Barker, shared the mission of Merrick, Inc. which is to empower adults with disabilities through vocational and social opportunities, and to guide them toward realizing their goals and dreams. Adults with disabilities are bettering the community through meaningful work, life enrichment and self-advocacy. He invited Rotarians to consider hiring adults with disabilities at their businesses.

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Program Speaker – John Wayne Barker, Merrick, Inc. Joan Fawcett 2014-10-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joan Fawcett on Oct 28, 2014

Manny shared his Rotary Moment as one that has evolved during his past 6+ years of membership. By serving on many different committees, he has had many Rotary Moments. The one that stands out the most and matches his passion for children is STRIVE. Serving as Co-Chair and as a mentor to at-risk students to help them obtain their high school diploma is most rewarding.

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Rotary Moment – Manny Perez Joan Fawcett 2014-10-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joan Fawcett on Oct 21, 2014

Today’s speaker, Tom Mork, shared his life story as a banker and Lakeville Rotarian. He also spoke about his experiences raising a daughter with mental illness. He described definitions and resources available to those who suffer from mental illness. In 2015, Tom will be riding his bicycle to raise awareness and impact of mental illness in families.  Visit www.tomsbigride.org to learn how you can participate in his efforts.

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Program Speaker - Tom Mork Joan Fawcett 2014-10-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joan Fawcett on Oct 21, 2014

Max Moser, Area Director, Scott County Young Life was inducted into membership with the Rotary Club of Prior Lake. Welcome Max!

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New Member Induction – Max Moser Joan Fawcett 2014-10-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joan Fawcett on Oct 21, 2014

Prior Lake Rotarian Kyle Haugen (r) has received confirmation of his nomination for District Governor, 2017-2018. His participation, leadership, and commitment at the Club level has inspired him to attain this district level leadership role. Congratulations Kyle--job well done!!

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Kyle Haugen receives District Governor Nomination Joan Fawcett 2014-10-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joan Fawcett on Oct 21, 2014

Locally, our Prior Lake Rotary Club recognized World Polio Day by sharing an update and reminding us why it is critical we finish the job—why ending polio matters. The PolioPig was present to accept donations, which raised over $325 from Club members present at today’s meeting. Thanks everyone for your generosity as we work towards the eradication of polio by 2018.

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World Polio Day - We Are This Close! Joan Fawcett 2014-10-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joan Fawcett on Oct 14, 2014

Lauren Huntington (l) and Keri Thayer (r) were presented with a $500 check by Rotarian Marlys Gesme. Lauren and Keri shared the purpose of ROCK as bridging the hunger gap of K-5 students in the Prior Lake/Savage School District. Power Packs of food are sent home each weekend to ensure these students have food so they can concentrate on learning and not on when or where they will get their next meal.

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Program and Check Presentation – ROCK (Reaching Our Community’s Kids) Joan Fawcett 2014-10-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joan Fawcett on Oct 14, 2014

Foundation Chair, Paul Hofslein, presented Manny Perez (c) and Sheldon Bryant (l) with now Paul Harris Society Membership. Congratulations Manny and Sheldon!

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Paul Harris Society Recognitions Joan Fawcett 2014-10-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joan Fawcett on Oct 14, 2014

Paul Hofslein, Foundation Chair, presented Sheldon Bryant (l) with a Level 2 Paul Harris Fellow. Congratulations Sheldon!

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Bill Schult (l) received his first time Paul Harris Fellow from Foundation Chair, Paul Hofslein. Congratulations Bill!

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Paul Harris Fellows Recognitions Joan Fawcett 2014-10-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joan Fawcett on Oct 07, 2014

Rotarian and President Elect, Joe Dols, described the purpose and goals of Vocational Service. The history of the Four-Way Test was also shared by Rotarian Homer Caston.

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Program - Vocational Service Primer Joan Fawcett 2014-10-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joan Fawcett on Oct 07, 2014

As a non-profit partner of the 2014 Lakefront Music Fest, the Laker Athletic Booster Club (LABC) and Patrons of the Arts and Activities (PAA) was presented with a $28,130 check to support student activities. The LABC and PAA supported the Music Fest through volunteer hours and ticket sales.

Pictured (l-r) Doug Gesme, Co-Chair, 2014 Lakefront Music Fest;  Sue Ann Gruver, Superintendent Prior Lake/Savage Schools; Eric Rodine, Activities Director; Nikki Strait, President of Patrons of the Arts and Activities; Jodi Bianchi, President Athletic Booster Club; and Mary Erickson, Co-Chair, 2014 Lakefront Music Fest.

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Check Presentation - LABC and PAA Joan Fawcett 2014-10-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joan Fawcett on Oct 07, 2014

As a non-profit partner of the 2014 Lakefront Music Fest, River Valley YMCA received a check for $22,535 to provide financial scholarships to individuals and families to participate in a variety of YMCA programs and activities. The YMCA provided hundreds of volunteer hours and sold thousands of tickets.

YMCA Representatives: (l-r) Jack Haugen, Board Chair; Laurie Miller, Member Service Advisor; Cindylee Villareale, Early Childhood Learning Center Director; Chris Kost, Director of Health Living; Christine Schultze, Family Engagement Director; and  Mary Erickson, Executive Director and Doug Gesme, Co-Chair, 2014 Lakefront Music Fest.

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Check Presentation-River Valley YMCA Joan Fawcett 2014-10-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joan Fawcett on Oct 07, 2014

Joe Vaughn (center), CAP Agency, accepts a $750 check to help provide continued crisis nursery services in Scott County from 2015 Lakefront Music Fest Co-Chairs, Mary Erickson and Doug Gesme.  CAP Agency supported the Music Fest by serving as a venue for raffle ticket sales.

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Check Presentation – CAP Agency Joan Fawcett 2014-10-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joan Fawcett on Oct 07, 2014

Stacey Marmolejo, President, School of Rock/Twin Cities accepts a $1500 check to help provide music tuition scholarships from Doug Gesme and Mary Erickson, 2014 Lakefront Music Fest Co-Chairs.

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Check Presentation – School of Rock Joan Fawcett 2014-10-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joan Fawcett on Sep 30, 2014

Today, Mike Lindgren (Graphic and Web Designer) and Mary Korthour (VP and Manager Integra Telecom) joined the Rotary Club of Prior Lake. Their sponsors were Bob Cunningham and Sandy Kaul, respectively. Welcome Mike and Mary!

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New Member Inductions Joan Fawcett 2014-10-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joan Fawcett on Sep 30, 2014

Rotarian Guy Selinske was recently elected to the Board of Directors for the National Glass Association/Window and Door Dealers Alliance. He is president of the American Glass and Mirror Inc. in Prior Lake with over 40 years in the glass industry having served at President of the Minnesota Glass Association Board of Directors. Congrats Guy!

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Congratulations Guy Selinske! Joan Fawcett 2014-10-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joan Fawcett on Sep 30, 2014

We welcome the elected officers of the newly established Rotary Interact Club of Prior Lake to today’s membership meeting. Next step will be the official chartering of the Interact Club.

Rotarians Susan Perez and Jennifer Deschaine (Co-Chairs Interact) introduced the Interact Club officers:

From left to right: Susan Perez, Jennifer Deschaie, Victor Beckers, Exchange Student, Treasurer; Megan Hofslein, Communication; Shea McBrayer, President; Alex Schult, Vice President,  and Hannah Amundson, Secretary.

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Rotary Interact Club of Prior Lake Joan Fawcett 2014-10-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joan Fawcett on Sep 30, 2014

Joan’s Rotary Moment came when she was on a mission trip to Pinyon, Haiti sponsored by the Rotary Club of Prior Lake. Once she safely arrived she was in awe of the many Rotary Clubs present in Haiti and how Rotary programs are so far reaching.

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Rotary Moment – Joan Lompart Joan Fawcett 2014-10-01 00:00:00Z 0
Program Speaker – Lauren Algyer, Miss Minnesota’s Outstanding Teen Joan Fawcett 2014-10-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joan Fawcett on Sep 23, 2014

Paul Perez (r) receives his Paul Harris Fellow Level 3 pin from Foundation Chair, Paul Hofslein. Congratulations Paul!

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Paul Harris Fellow Recognition Joan Fawcett 2014-09-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joan Fawcett on Sep 23, 2014

Dale Snyder, Executive Director, Haiti Outreach receives a $3000 donation from Mary Selinske (l) and Joan Lompart, Co-Chairs, International Committee of Rotary Club of Prior Lake. The grant will assist Haiti Outreach in providing clean water through drilling wells to help create basic water systems in mostly small towns and rural community.  

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Check Presentation - Haiti Outreach Joan Fawcett 2014-09-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joan Fawcett on Sep 23, 2014

The First Lego League Robotic Team received a $500 donation from Corey Stich, Community Service Co-Chair. Representing First Lego Robotic Team are Annie O. Vicaile(c) and Rebecca A. Christenson (l).

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Check Presentation -- First Lego League Robotics Team Joan Fawcett 2014-09-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joan Fawcett on Sep 16, 2014

A group of 14 Rotarians and two kids of Rotarians did the fall clean up at Rotary Gateway Park. They pulled weeds (lots of goldenrod!) and cleaned up the garbage. They are all dedicated to giving back to the city and the annual cleanup is part of their service to the community. Thanks goes to Corey Stich, Vic Noer, Dan O'Keefe, Rod Ammerman, Jennifer Deschaine, Harry Algyer, Oksana Oleksyszn, Frank Boyles, Ken Hedberg, Deb Severson, Doreen Johnson, and Doug Gesme.



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Fall Rotary Gateway Park Clean Up Joan Fawcett 2014-09-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joan Fawcett on Sep 16, 2014

Rotary Club of Prior Lake was represented at the Fall Community Fest on Sept. 15, 2014. With popcorn give away, our table was popular. The dozens of families stopping by were given a variety of Rotary materials including RI Magazines, Rotary Dollars@Work, Free Breakfast Try Us Out card, and What is Rotary card.

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Community Fest volunteers: (l-r), Joan Fawcett, Bill Schult, Oksana Oleksyszn, and Sandy Kaul.

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Fall Community Fest Joan Fawcett 2014-09-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joan Fawcett on Sep 16, 2014

Doug shared his Rotary Moment came when he participated in Habitat for Humanity building project. The hands on project with fellow Rotarians provided an opportunity to be involved and witness firsthand the Rotary motto, “service above self”.

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Rotary Moment by Doug Gesme Joan Fawcett 2014-09-17 00:00:00Z 0
Paul Harris Fellow Recognition – Doug Gesme Joan Fawcett 2014-09-17 00:00:00Z 0
Congratulations to Chris Benzick and his newborn daughter! Joan Fawcett 2014-09-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joan Fawcett on Sep 16, 2014

Beth Holger-Ambrose, Executive Director, The Link shared it’s mission to build supportive communities with youth.  The Link has three program areas: Self-Sufficiency Support for Youth Experiencing Homelessness, Positive Alternatives in Juvenile Justice, and Programming for Minor Victims of Sex Trafficking. The former Safe Haven facility in Prior Lake will house The Link's new Passageways Emergency Shelter and Housing Program.

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Program Speaker--Beth Holger-Ambrose, The Link Joan Fawcett 2014-09-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joan Fawcett on Sep 09, 2014

Angela Eifert, Youth Services Chair, and committee members shared the many programs and activities falling under Youth Services including Interact, Rotaract, Camp RYLA, Camp Enterprise, Model UN, STRIVE, Rotary Youth Exchange.

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Program Speaker – Youth Services Joan Fawcett 2014-09-10 00:00:00Z 0
Membership Sponsor Recognition - Bob Facente Joan Fawcett 2014-09-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joan Fawcett on Sep 09, 2014

First year membership anniversary for Andy Haugen. Congratulations Andy!

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Fifth Year Anniversary for Mitch Popple. Congratulations Mitch!

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Membership Milestones Joan Fawcett 2014-09-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joan Fawcett on Sep 09, 2014

Thank you for your commitment and generosity as Paul Harris Society Members - at least $1,000 given to The Rotary Foundation during the Rotary year!

(L-R) Paul Hofslein, Jack Haugen, Dan Stanley, Paul Perez, Bob Barsness, Doug Gesme, Kyle Haugen. Missing are Manny Perez and Sheldon Bryant.

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Paul Harris Society Members Recognized Joan Fawcett 2014-09-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joan Fawcett on Sep 02, 2014

Mary shared her Rotary moment came when working with WAVE (West African Village and Environment Project), a local foundation started by the Selinske family.  One of WAVE’s initiatives is to fund a well and garden project in Central River Region of The Gambia, West Africa. Recently, Rotary Club of Prior Lake, Rotary International and WAVE became partners to provide clean water and sanitation to save lives.

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Rotary Moment – Mary Selinske Joan Fawcett 2014-09-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joan Fawcett on Sep 02, 2014

Cyndylee Villareale, Director of the River Valley YMCA Early Childhood Learning Center, shared the Center’s individual care for little individuals. Curriculum is purposeful and intentional to insure that every child develops and strengthens their individuality as they grow.

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Program Speaker – Cyndylee Villareale, YMCA Joan Fawcett 2014-09-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joan Fawcett on Aug 26, 2014

Rotary Club of Prior Lake welcomes 56 new Prior Lake/Savage teachers. Superintendent Sue Ann Gruver spoke about the coming new year and commends all teacher for their dedication of educating our youth.

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New teachers participating in an environmental education workshop at McColl Pond ELC in Savage.

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Welcome New Prior Lake/Savage Teachers Joan Fawcett 2014-08-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joan Fawcett on Aug 26, 2014

Welcome to Victor Beckers, Rotary youth exchange student from Belgium, who will be spending a few months with Rotarian Paul Hofslein’s family.

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Rotary Youth Exchange -- Victor Beckers Joan Fawcett 2014-08-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joan Fawcett on Aug 26, 2014

Vic Noer, Community Service Chair, presented a $2500 check to Mary Erickson, Executive Director, River Valley YMCA. The grant will be used to provide financial scholarships to individuals and families with membership and participation in the YMCA.

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Check Presentation River Valley YMCA Joan Fawcett 2014-08-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joan Fawcett on Aug 25, 2014

STRIVE Co-Chair, Cindy Shepard shared the purpose of this voluntary program where students and parents sign a commitment form whereby students are encouraged to improve in their attendance, attitude, GPA, and participation. Prior Lake Rotarians serve as mentors to help students achieve their goals. Students achieving 90% attendance requirement, receive financial scholarships.

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Prior Lake Rotary partners with at-risk students enrolled in Bridges Area Learning Center.  Bridges’ director, Dave Lund shared their mission and focus on at-risk students.

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STRIVE--Students Taking Renewed Interest in the Value of Education Joan Fawcett 2014-08-25 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Perez on Aug 24, 2014

Tuesday, August 26, at City Hall, thirteen interested Prior Lake High School students, two high school teachers, and six Rotarians met with Minnetonka Interactors and an advisor to learn more about what Interact is and what Interactors do. Many of the students stayed after the meeting to start planning things like when they would like to meet and opportunities to recruit more members. There is still more to do with chartering the Club, but there was definitely no shortage of excitement from both the students and teachers. Rotarians present were President Bill Schult, Paul Hofslien, Angela Eifert, Jennifer Deschaine, and Susan and Paul Perez. Image

So it Begins - Interact Planning Paul Perez 2014-08-24 05:00:00Z 0
Prior Lake Rotary Club Welcomes New Exchange Student, Victor Beckers from Belgium! Joe Dols 2014-08-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joan Fawcett on Aug 19, 2014

Jim McCalvy, District Executive from the Northern Star Council of the Boy Scouts of America attended our meeting and thanked Prior Lake Rotary for its financial support and partnership.

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Boy Scouts, Northern Star Council Joan Fawcett 2014-08-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joan Fawcett on Aug 19, 2014

Congratulations to Marianna Kramer, Prior Lake High School (daughter of Rotarian Steve Kramer) on her recent high school graduation. She plans to attend Concordia College in St. Paul this fall.

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Graduating High School Senior - Marianna Kramer Joan Fawcett 2014-08-20 00:00:00Z 0
Program Speaker - Mike Mcmahan - Managing Healthcare thru Healthcare Reform Joan Fawcett 2014-08-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joan Fawcett on Aug 19, 2014

Barb Marschall, Scott County Meth Task Force, accepts a $600 check from Rotarian Jeremy Stangler to support the mission of the Meth Task Force. The Scott County Meth Task Force was created to combat three major issues within our community associated with meth: public safety, the increase in criminal activity, and the costs associated with meth that ultimately fall upon the tax payer.

The donation was made possible through Rotary’s Project Alert program which helps our children make good decisions concerning challenges they face every day in regards to alcohol, drugs, and violence.

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Check Presentation - Meth Task Force Joan Fawcett 2014-08-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joan Fawcett on Aug 12, 2014

Past District Governor, Deb Severson, shared her rotary moment when she learned about the youth exchange program and PolioPlus Initiative. Since then she has hosted many youth in her own home. Rotary is especially meaningful to her because its mission matches her values in life.

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Deb Severson's Rotary Moment Joan Fawcett 2014-08-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joan Fawcett on Aug 12, 2014

Assistant District Governor, Sheila Longie, introduced District Governor Karel Weigal.
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One of the messages Karel shared was that people have hopes and dreams and as Rotarians we get to help make people’s dreams come true.

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District Govenor, Karel Weigel Joan Fawcett 2014-08-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joan Fawcett on Aug 05, 2014

Executive Director, Abul Sharah returned to provide an update on his International Village Clinic in eastern India. He shared his clinic’s 2013 Medical Accomplishments, Prevention Program Accomplishments, and new Programs under the Curative and Prevention areas. For more information, visit: www.villageclinic.org.

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Program Speaker -- Abul Sharah -- International Village Clinic Joan Fawcett 2014-08-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joan Fawcett on Aug 05, 2014

Rotarian Paul Hofslein shared that his Rotary Moment occurred while attending PETS training and learning about “crawlers” and Rotary International’s PolioPlus Initiative.

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Rotary Moment Joan Fawcett 2014-08-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joan Fawcett on Jul 29, 2014

President Bill Schult led the annual Club Assembly. This year’s theme is Light Up Rotary. Each chairperson shared their committee’s goals and names of committee members for the coming year.

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Club Assembly Joan Fawcett 2014-07-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joan Fawcett on Jul 22, 2014

President Bill Schult (c) gave thanks to Chair and Co-Chairs, Doug Gesme and Mary Erickson for their tremendous leadership in producing the very successful 5th Annual Lakefront Music Fest. A much deserved standing ovation was given for Doug and Mary!

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Lakefront Music Fest -- A Smashing Success! Joan Fawcett 2014-07-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joan Fawcett on Jul 22, 2014

Kyle Haugen (l) was presented a Paul Harris Society Plus 5 by Foundation Chair Paul Hofslein. Thank you Kyle!

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Paul Harris Society Recognition Joan Fawcett 2014-07-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joan Fawcett on Jul 22, 2014

Brittany and Ryan Sklors bought just one raffle ticket and became our most recent music fest raffle winners with the top prize of $5000.  When asked what they plan to do with their winnings, they shouted out “We are going to Disney World!”

Pictured (l-r): Sheldon Bryant, Mary Erickson, Brittany and Ryan Sklors, Bill Schult and Doug Gesme

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Music Fest Top Raffle Prize Winner Joan Fawcett 2014-07-23 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Prior Lake Joan Fawcett 2014-07-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joan Fawcett on Jul 15, 2014

A special thank you is extended to our three Rotary families who hosted Jan-Phillip Offen's stay in Prior Lake--Angela Eifert, Jeff Peer, Vic and Maria Noer!
 

Pictured are: President Bill Schult, Angela Eifert, Jeff Peer, Jan-Phillip, Petra Offen (Jan's mother), Chris (Jan's father) Offen, Maria Noer, Vic Noer, Past President Paul Perez

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Rotary Youth Exchange Host Families Joan Fawcett 2014-07-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joan Fawcett on Jul 15, 2014

Chris Offen, Rotary Youth Exchange student Jan-Philip's father, shared information about his club – The Rotary Club–Worms in Alseim, Germany.

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The Rotary Club-Worms in Germany Joan Fawcett 2014-07-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joan Fawcett on Jul 15, 2014

President Bill Schult (l) presents the Rotary Club of Prior Lake flag to Chris Offen, Rotary Youth Exchange Student Jan’s father, who is a Rotarian from Alseim, Germany.

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Flag Presentation Joan Fawcett 2014-07-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joan Fawcett on Jul 15, 2014

Jan-Phillip Offen shared his many experiences with the three host families during his past year. He says he has gained more self-confidence in himself along with many fond memories of his stay in the U.S including the Polar Plunge which he says is a once in a lifetime experience never to be repeated! We will miss you!

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Program Speaker, Jan-Phillip Offen , Rotary Youth Exchange Student Joan Fawcett 2014-07-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joan Fawcett on Jul 08, 2014

Rotary International District 5960 Chair, Dave Neuman shared the Fast for Hope Initiative in Nicaragua. The vision for El Corozo is “to achieve a sustainable, healthy and economically secure environment through accompaniment, partners and communities that desire to participate in a process of development.”

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Fast for Hope in Nicaragua Joan Fawcett 2014-07-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joan Fawcett on Jul 08, 2014

Congratulations to Chad Roemer, Shakopee High School (step son of Rotarian Dave Bergeron)! He plans to attend Winona State in the fall.

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Congratulations to Reed Peer, Prior Lake High School (son of Rotarian Jeff Peer)! He's enrolled at North Dakota State University in Fargo, ND.

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Graduating High School Seniors Joan Fawcett 2014-07-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joan Fawcett on Jul 08, 2014

Rotarians Joan Lompart (l) and Mary Selinske present a $3000 check to Dave Neuman, RI District 5960 Chair to support the District’s Fast for Hope in Nicaragua Initiative.

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Check Presentation to Fast for Hope Joan Fawcett 2014-07-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joan Fawcett on Jul 08, 2014

Lauren Algyer, Miss Minnesota Teen accepts a $250 check from Rotarian Corey Stich on behalf of  the Children’s Miracle Network. Lauren is a senior at Prior Lake High School and daughter of Rotarian Harry Algyer.

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Check Presentation to Children's Miracle Network Joan Fawcett 2014-07-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joan Fawcett on Jul 01, 2014

President Elect, Joe Dols (r) receives recognition from President Bill Schult thanking him for playing a key role in keep the continuity going within the Club.

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Recognition Given To President Elect, Joe Dols Joan Fawcett 2014-07-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joan Fawcett on Jul 01, 2014

Bill shared what will be new this year under his leadership.

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Rotary Year Ahead Joan Fawcett 2014-07-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joan Fawcett on Jul 01, 2014

Newly elected President Bill Schult (l) presented outgoing President, Paul Perez with a plaque representing our club’s appreciation of his leadership and commitment to Rotary. Thank You Paul for your dedication to Rotary!

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Special Thanks to Outgoing President, Paul Perez Joan Fawcett 2014-07-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joan Fawcett on Jul 01, 2014

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Does everyone have their oar in the water?  Using the oar as a symbol of teamwork, President Bill Schult is asking each Rotarian to sign the oar. The first to sign is our newest member, Oksana with Membership Chair, Dan Stanley (c) and President Bill Schult holding the oar.

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“Light Up Rotary” is the theme for the new 2014-2015 Rotary Year. Joan Fawcett 2014-07-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joan Fawcett on Jul 01, 2014

Membership Chair, Dan Stanley, installed new member, Oksana Oleksyszn, a data security professional. Welcome Oksana!

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Welcome New Member— Oksana Oleksyszn Joan Fawcett 2014-07-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joan Fawcett on Jul 01, 2014

Rotarian Darcy Rose presented a baby blanket to Jeremy Strangler’s new born son, Ryan. Congratulations on the birth of your son!

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Baby Blanket Goes to Ryan Stangler Joan Fawcett 2014-07-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joan Fawcett on Jul 01, 2014

Rotarian Bill O’Rourke (l) presented a $1000 check to Woody Spitzmueller, VP of the Prior Lake Association, to support this year's annual fireworks display at Lakefront Park.

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Check Presentation - Prior Lake Association Joan Fawcett 2014-07-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joan Fawcett on Jun 24, 2014

Michael Angelo Caruso (left), fellow Rotarian from Troy Rotary Club of Michigan, was in attendance and addressed the Club. President Paul Perez bestowed upon him the PL Rotary Lakie for "Program Award Winner" for achieving the largest attendance at a meeting this year.

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Program Award Winner - Michael Angelo Caruso Joan Fawcett 2014-06-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joan Fawcett on Jun 24, 2014

President Paul Perez led his final membership meeting with a wrap-up year in review. He expressed what an incredible year and an incredible experience it has been!

He shared how we did this year as a Club. On the District level, each Club sets goals in four categories. It was a Banner Year for the Rotary Club of Prior Lake:
 

Foundation Annual Programs Fund:

3. Stillwater Sunrise- $15,142= $275.31

2. Lakeville- $34,021= $365.82

1. Prior Lake- $25,373= $378.70

Polio Plus Giving:

3. Northfield- $4310.00

2. Roseville- $5838.50

1. Prior Lake- $12,359.80

Fast For Hope, the District's Nicaragua Project:

3. Lakeville- $1500

2. Stillwater Sunrise- $2835

1. Prior Lake- $3000

Membership Gain (unofficial based on District info):

3. Faribault- 70 to 78: 8

2. Winona- 71 to 79: 8

1. Prior Lake- 67 to 78: 11

 

According to Kyle, Assistant District Governor, no Club has ever ended up #1 in all four categories. Wow would that be an accomplishment! But we are a premier Club beyond that.

  • Presidential Citation
  • Two hugely successful fundraisers
  • 9 service activities
  • 15 social events
  • Hosted Group Study Exchange from Sweden and Exchange Student Jan
  • 5 members involved at the District level  

The first Annual PL Rotary Lakie awards ceremony was held recognizing Rotarians. Congratulations, or condolences, to all the award winners.

Thank you to my fellow Board members for helping reach these goals and accomplishments, and for all Club members that contributed and supported me and the Club.

A special thank you to my family, Susan, Anthony and Anna, for their support throughout the year and especially to Susan for walking with me these last 12 months. It was very special to have them in attendance this morning.   

The gavel is officially passed on to Bill Schult as the 2014-2015 President of the Rotary Club of Prior Lake

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Paul and his daughter Anna led the members in singing I'm Glad We've Had This Time Together.  Thanks Paul for your commitment and leadership!

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Passing the Gavel - I'm Glad We've Had This Time Together Joan Fawcett 2014-06-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joan Fawcett on Jun 17, 2014

Kyle Haugen (r) received recognition from Dan Stanley, Membership Chair for sponsoring new members Chris Bendzick and Deb Serverson. Thanks Kyle and Welcome Chris and Deb!


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New Member Sponsor Recognized Joan Fawcett 2014-06-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joan Fawcett on Jun 17, 2014

Tom Whaley shared the history and evolution of the St. Paul Saints baseball organization through stories and happenings as the club begins its last season at Midway Stadium before moving to their new stadium in Lowertown, St. Paul next year.

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Program Speaker - St. Paul Saints Baseball Joan Fawcett 2014-06-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joan Fawcett on Jun 17, 2014

District Governor, Gary Campbell (r) presents the Rotary Presidential Citation Award to the Rotary Club of Prior Lake led by President, Paul Perez.

The Presidential Citation Award recognizes and acknowledges clubs that are growing stronger, creating positive change in their communities, and enhancing their public image.

The Prior Lake Rotary Club also received the Club Central Award, which is a new online goal setting tool that helps clubs set goals and keep track of their progress and achievements throughout the year as part of their strategic planning. Congratulations Rotarians for a banner year!!

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RI Presidential Citation and Club Central Awards Joan Fawcett 2014-06-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joan Fawcett on Jun 17, 2014

Rotarian Gerry Wersal presented Sam Emerson a $1000 check for Eagle’s Turf sponsored by the Rotary Club of White Bear Lake.

Eagle’s Turf develops and implements programs at Veterans Affairs facilities nationwide to provide disabled Veterans with a golf experience, which gives them an opportunity for improved self esteem, camaraderie, meeting personal goals, and positive community experiences they can use in other areas of their lives.


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Check Presentation to White Bear Rotary Club Joan Fawcett 2014-06-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joan Fawcett on Jun 17, 2014

Horse & Hunt Club received a Rotary grant to provide youth hunting classes. Rotarian Corey Stich presents a $500 check to Sheila Mattson, representing the Horse & Hunt Club in Prior Lake.

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Check Presentation to Horse & Hunt Club Joan Fawcett 2014-06-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joan Fawcett on Jun 10, 2014

Chair, Doug Gesme and Co-Chair, Mary Erickson along with committee chairs provided a summary of the Lakefront Music Fest. PSAs and TV coverage sound tracks were shared and will be aired in the coming weeks.

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Music Fest Updates Joan Fawcett 2014-06-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joan Fawcett on Jun 10, 2014

Prior Lake Rotary awarded $1000 to Laker Educational Foundation to support their mission to "connect the resources of generous parents, staff, alumni, residents and community businesses, with educators and students of all ages to enrich opportunities and foster excellence within the ISD719 school area".  Since 2005, L.E.F. has awarded over $307,000 to prepare our students and community for success in the 21st Century. 

Foundation Representative, Mallory Rexlaff (r) accepted the grant from Rotarian Darcy Rose.


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Check Presentation to Laker Educational Foundation Joan Fawcett 2014-06-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joan Fawcett on Jun 03, 2014

Rotarians who sponsored new members were recognized for their Rotary membership recruitment efforts. Receiving recognition from Membership Chair, Dan Stanley were Dan O’Keefe (r), who sponsored Matt Underferth and Lance Smith (r), who sponsored Dan Dahl.

Dan O'Keefe
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Lance Smith
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New Member Sponsors Recognized Joan Fawcett 2014-06-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joan Fawcett on Jun 03, 2014

Paul Hofslein, Foundation Chair, recognized Dan Stanley and Kyle Haugen with Paul Harris Fellowships. Congratulations Dan and Kyle!

Dan Stanley, Paul Harris Fellowship +1
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Kyle Haugen (r), Paul Harris Fellowship +4
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Paul Harris Fellowship Awards Joan Fawcett 2014-06-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joan Fawcett on Jun 03, 2014

Captain David Ratte, Captain, U.S. Navy, Commanding Officer spoke about “Being There Matters: Power From The Sea". He shared what the Navy is doing: Long range cruise missiles, Navy Seal teams, Unmanned Aircraft, and Attack aircraft launched from aircraft carriers.

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Guest Program Speaker Joan Fawcett 2014-06-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joan Fawcett on May 30, 2014

On Saturday, May 31st, the Prior Lake Rotary Club co-sponsored the Bridging Furniture Drive with Prior Lake Lions Club and Boy Scouts Tropp Number 331.

Bridging was founded on one simple, yet powerful idea – that together we can create a bridge between those in need and those with excess. Now, over twenty-six years and nearly 50,000 square feet later, Bridging is the largest furniture bank in North America.

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Bridging Founder, Fran Heitzman and Rotarian, Sherry Johnston visit during the Bridging Furniture Drive.

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Bridging Furniture Drive Joan Fawcett 2014-05-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joan Fawcett on May 20, 2014

Our main program speaker was Paul Kramer. He shared how his work as a member of Prior Lake Rotary was the foundation for bigger things. He and his wife Robyn are on a one-year break from their missionary work in Thailand. Paul talked about their involvement to date and what they are planning upon their return.

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Program Speaker -- On A Mission! Joan Fawcett 2014-05-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joan Fawcett on May 20, 2014

Michelle Jirik (center) is the newest member to be inducted into the Prior Lake Rotary Club. Michelle was sponsored by Susan Perez. We are now 79 members strong. Welcome Michelle!

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Dan Stanley and Paul Perez complete 26 pushups to represent the number of new members inducted this Rotarian year.

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Welcome to our Newest Member - Michelle Jirik Joan Fawcett 2014-05-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joan Fawcett on May 20, 2014

Alan Spillers, Executive Director, Saints Healthcare Funds, was presented a $1000 check by Rotarian Joan Fawcett. These funds will benefit the Integrative Healthcare Program at St. Francis Regional Medical Center and St. Gertrude’s Health & Rehabilitation Center.

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Check Presentation - Saints Healthcare Funds Joan Fawcett 2014-05-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joan Fawcett on May 20, 2014

Rotarian Allison Gontarek introduced four Prior Lake High School students and their teacher, Ryan Wagner, who shared their May 1-3 Model UN experience in Winnipeg, Canada.  The students paired up and were assigned as delegates of Cuba and Kenya, and were wonderful representatives of Prior Lake High School, Prior Lake Rotary, the Prior Lake/Savage communities, and actually the United States as there were only 6 teams from the US. Thank you to Allison for her hard work in arranging the trip and accompanying the group.

The Rotary Clubs from the United States (Minnesota, North Dakota, and Wisconsin), from Canada (Northwest Ontario, Manitoba and Saskatchewan) - as well as some of the local Winnipeg high schools - select, sponsor and send students to Winnipeg every year to participate in Model UN Assembly.

The Assembly is a reproduction of the United Nations General Assembly. Approximately 60 to 70 UN member nations are represented by two grade 11 and/or grade12 students for a weekend of fun and debate.

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Model UN Assembly Joan Fawcett 2014-05-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joan Fawcett on May 20, 2014

Students enrolled in the Project Alert program were introduced by Rotarian Tim Bell.  Project Alert helps our children make good decisions concerning challenges they face every day in regards to alcohol, drugs, and violence.

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Project Alert Joan Fawcett 2014-05-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joan Fawcett on May 13, 2014

Program Speaker and Prior Lake Rotarian, Gerry Wersal shares the Rotary International’s District Grant Program and how our club can partner with others to improve the Pike Lake Park in Prior Lake. Katy Gehler, Public Works and Natural Resources Directror, City of Prior Lake, shared more information about the specifics involved in upgrading the Pike Lake Park.

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District Grant Program and Pike Lake Park Project Joan Fawcett 2014-05-14 00:00:00Z 0
Check Presentation to Uganda Nyakatsiro Health Clinic Joan Fawcett 2014-05-14 00:00:00Z 0
Check Presentation to YMCA Diabetes Program Joan Fawcett 2014-05-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joan Fawcett on May 13, 2014

Our newest member, Harry Algyer, was inducted and introduced today--the Prior Lake Rotary Club is now 78 strong! Welcome Harry!

 
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Welcome Our Newest Member--Harry Algyer Joan Fawcett 2014-05-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joan Fawcett on May 06, 2014

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Kim Churchill shared the Heading Home Initiative's mission to end homelessness in Scott and Carver counties--it does exist, but it is often hidden from view.

Her presentation included statistics, prevention of homelessness, increasing housing opportunities, providing coordinated outreach, improving service delivery, increasing community awareness and involvement, and challenges with the increasing numbers of families and individual falling into homelessness.

Heading Home is a coalition of community members from the public, private, and non profit sectors dedicated to ending homelessness. For more information and get involved, contact Amy Highness, at hhscottcarver@gmail.com.

Program: Heading Home Joan Fawcett 2014-05-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joan Fawcett on May 06, 2014

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Manny Perez (l) receiving his Paul Harris Society Level 3 award from Foundation Director, Paul Hofslein.

Congratulations Manny!

Paul Harris Society -- Manny Perez Joan Fawcett 2014-05-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joan Fawcett on May 06, 2014


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Anthony Perez, junior at Prior Lake High School, shared his experiences at Camp RYLA. Congratulations Anthony for your leadership and service activities!

Prior Lake Rotary President, Paul Perez and Susan Perez, Prior Lake Rotary Member, are Anthony's proud parents.

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is a program that originated with Rotary International. RYLA encourages servant leadership in youth by recognizing and rewarding deserving 11th grade students who are chosen to attend RYLA as an "award" for their past and present leadership and service activities.

These select young people attend an all-expenses-paid camp where they are inspired by a diverse group of exceptional speakers, make life-long friends through fellowship activities, and discuss the ethical and social issues of today. These activities are conducted in an atmosphere of trust and respect. The result is that these students return to their schools and communities motivated to take on additional leadership roles and to find additional ways to serve. 

Camp RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Award) Joan Fawcett 2014-05-07 00:00:00Z 0
Prior Lake Rotary Donates $1,000 to Habitat for Humanity! Joe Dols 2014-04-23 00:00:00Z 0
Prior Lake Rotary Donates $3,000 to International Village Clinic in India! Joe Dols 2014-04-16 00:00:00Z 0
Group Study Exchange Team from Sweden visits Prior Lake Rotary Club Joe Dols 2014-04-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kyle Haugen on Mar 22, 2014

One of the main expectations of being a Rotarian is donating to The Rotary Foundation, which helps all Rotary clubs do the great things we do around the world.  As Club members give, they are recognized for their contributions by becoming Paul Harris Fellows.  A Paul Harris Fellowship is awarded to a Rotarian for each $1,000 they give to The Rotary Foundation.  Our club has done a great job over the years with their donations, and Club Foundation Director Paul Hofslien has been busy recognizing Club Members for their contributions....

Club Recognizes Members for Paul Harris Fellowships Kyle Haugen 2014-03-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kyle Haugen on Mar 22, 2014

The Prior Lake Rotary Club has had a great year bringing in new members, and we may have hit the pinnacle in February and March!  Seven new members have joined our club so far...and we are pleased to welcome Deb Severson, Matt Underferth, Doreen Johnson, Michael Beach, Barb Steinhauser, Dan Dahl and Marlys Gesme!  Click to see pictures of the inductions...

New Members in February and March Kyle Haugen 2014-03-23 00:00:00Z 0
Prior Lake Rotarians Brave the Cold at the Bedrace for Bridging! Joe Dols 2014-03-01 00:00:00Z 0
Members of Prior Lake Rotary take the Plunge and raise over $6,300 for Special Olympics MN! Joe Dols 2014-02-15 00:00:00Z 0
What's Been Happening in January in the Prior Lake Rotary Club? Kyle Haugen 2014-01-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joe Dols on Jan 17, 2014
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Prior Lake Rotarians and families met at Louisville Lanes for Bowling and Pizza. A good time was had by all!

Prior Lake Rotary Goes Bowling! Joe Dols 2014-01-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kyle Haugen on Dec 17, 2013

Last week, the Prior Lake Rotary Club and over 60 guests enjoyed Michael Angelo Caruso, who talked about how to better engage with people.  One of his messages was how Rotary Clubs need to reach out to a newer set of people as times change.  He demonstrated this by asking three younger ladies to stand up and took a picture with them, with the caption being "Not Your Grandfather's Rotary Club".  This was proved once again at the Prior Lake Rotary's December 18th meeting, as we had our annual Christmas music meeting.

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Prior Lake Rotary's Christmas Meeting...NOT your Grandfather's Rotary! Kyle Haugen 2013-12-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kyle Haugen on Dec 10, 2013

On Wednesday, December 11 the Prior Lake Rotary Club hosted motivational speaker Michael Angelo Caruso, who gave his presentation, How to Engage Someone in 15 Seconds, to over 125 people.

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Michael's caption for this picture: "This isn't your grandfather's Rotary Club"

Michael Angelo Caruso wows over 125 in attendance! Kyle Haugen 2013-12-11 00:00:00Z 0
Prior Lake Rotarians Honored for Contributions to The Rotary Foundation Kyle Haugen 2013-12-04 00:00:00Z 0
Photographer John Noltner presents "A Peace of My Mind" Kyle Haugen 2013-11-27 00:00:00Z 0
Prior Lake Rotary Makes Donation to the CAP Agency Kyle Haugen 2013-11-27 00:00:00Z 0
Exchange Student Jan-Phillip Offen Speaks to Club Kyle Haugen 2013-11-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joan Fawcett on Nov 11, 2013

On Tuesday, November 12 the Prior Lake Rotary Club held their annual Rotary Foundation banquet at Mystic Lake. Over 80 people were in attendance and saw the Club honor local resident Sue Heaton for being the embodiment of Rotary's motto of Service Above Self.  Also, in honor of the Club's 35th anniversary, the Prior Lake Rotary Club presented Zone End Polio Now coordinator with a $2,100 donation to Polio Plus which will vaccinate 3,500 children from polio.

Pictured here are Rotarian Guy Selinske presenting local resident Sue Heaton with her honorary Paul Harris Fellow.

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Pictured here are Club Foundation Chair Paul Hofslien (far right) and Club President Paul Perez (2nd from right) presenting Zone End Polio Now coordinator Jon Stillman (far left), District Governor Gary Campbell (2nd from left) and Zone Rotary Foundation Assistant Coordinator Newell Krogmann (middle) with a donation of $2,100 to eradicate 3500 kids from polio in honor of the Club's 35th anniversary.

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Rotary Foundation, Paul Harris Awards Banquet Joan Fawcett 2013-11-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joan Fawcett on Nov 05, 2013

Today, 38 Rotarians listened to Anthony Verderame, Certified Consulting Hypnotist, speak about the myths of hypnosis, state of mind, and the power of your own mind.

Angela Eifert experienced hypnosis at the direction of Anthony and felt the transformation and the power of her own mind.

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Keynote Speaker, Anthony Verderame, Whole Life Hypnosis Joan Fawcett 2013-11-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joan Fawcett on Oct 29, 2013

The Rotarian Women of Prior Lake celebrated Halloween with decorations and witch's hats. Candy purchased by member Rotarians raised $220 dollars for Polio Plus.

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Halloween and Polio Plus Celebration Joan Fawcett 2013-10-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joan Fawcett on Oct 29, 2013

The 2014 Lakefront Music Fest's Presenting Sponsor is the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community. Charlie Vig, Chairman of SMSC, shared his gratitude for the partnership over the years with the Rotary Club of Prior Lake in giving back to the community and making a difference in people's lives. A $50,000 Presenting Sponsor check was given to Rotary. Accepting the check from Chairman Vig (center) were Jack Haugen (left) and Paul Perez (right). Thank you Chairman Vig!

 

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Lakefront Music Fest Presenting Sponsor, Shakopee Mdewankanton Sioux Community Joan Fawcett 2013-10-30 00:00:00Z 0
District Governor-Elect, Karen Weigel, Rotary Club of Rochester, MN Joan Fawcett 2013-10-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joan Fawcett on Oct 29, 2013
Gina Blayney, President of Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest, accepted a $2000 check from Prior Lake Rotarians Paul Perez (left) and Paul Hofslein (right)  to support Prior Lake area students with in-class programming and an opportunity to participate in the JA BizTown program, which helps students learn about the role of business in the economy, the flow of money through a community, and the responsibilities of work.

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Check Presentation to Junior Achievement Joan Fawcett 2013-10-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joan Fawcett on Oct 29, 2013
Rotarian Sheldon Bryant (left) became the latest member of the Paul Harris Society, receiving his Paul Harris Certificate from Foundation Chair, Paul Hofslein.

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Paul Harris Award Goes to Sheldon Bryant Joan Fawcett 2013-10-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joan Fawcett on Oct 29, 2013

Today, our speaker was Richard Lett, a Retired Secret Service Agent from Scotland Yard, where he was responsible for the Royal Family in London. His last assignment was the 2013 London Olympics. Now living in Minneapolis, Richard spends more time sailing having won the 2013 Ostar Race. He plans to do more sailing instruction and has a goal of training the first woman to sail the Atlantic.

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Keynote Speaker, Richard Lett, Retired Scotland Yard Secret Service Agent Joan Fawcett 2013-10-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joan Fawcett on Oct 22, 2013

Homer Caston, Honorary Member of the Rotary Club of Prior Lake, took a moment to share his 50 years as a Rotarian. The most important thing to him as an Arch C. Klumph Society and Paul S. Harris Society Member is the eradication of polio in our life time and the world wide Polio Plus campaign to eradicate, educate and raise funds to end polio by 2018.

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Honorary Member, Homer Caston Shares His Rotary Involvement Joan Fawcett 2013-10-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joan Fawcett on Oct 22, 2013

Darcy Rose (l), Community Service Committee, presents a $200 check to Linda Ringsted (r), Community Education, to support the annual Community Halloween Party at Twin Oaks Middle School.

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Check Presentation to ISD 719 Community Education Joan Fawcett 2013-10-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joan Fawcett on Oct 22, 2013

At today's meeting we heard from City Engineer, Larry Poppler on why we should study our south downtown and the current planning considerations: Transitional Town Center, Linkage between downtown and South Lake Village, and development opportunities.

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Keynote Speaker, Larry Popplar, City Engineer Joan Fawcett 2013-10-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joan Fawcett on Oct 15, 2013
Today, The Rotary Club of Prior Lake inducted Homer Caston as an Honorary Member of the Club for outstanding contribution and service.

Honorary Membership is awarded to persons who have distinguished themselves by meritorious service in the furtherance of Rotary ideals and those persons considered friends of Rotary for their permanent support of Rotary’s cause.

Homer has contributed to the Prior Lake Rotary Foundation, attends our social events and helps with projects like Music Fest, highway clean-up and Gateway cleanup.

Homer’s 'Service Above Self' commitment to Rotary has been recognized by this membership award. His enthusiasm and dedication to contribute to our club has been appreciated and noted. Honorary membership is the highest distinction that a club may bestow and Homer exemplifies these ideals.

Homer was given a certificate and a Prior Lake Rotary Club banner. If you weren’t able to be there to congratulate Homer, he will be at next week’s meeting, along with Helen, before they head south.   

We are very proud and honored to have Homer Castrons become an honorary member of our club!!  Congratulations Homer!


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Honorary Member, Homer Castron Joan Fawcett 2013-10-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joan Fawcett on Oct 15, 2013
Recognition for Foundation Chair services was given to Rotarian Paul Hofslein by President Paul Perez. A Rotary tie was given to Paul as a token of appreciation.


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President Paul Perez Recognizes Paul Hofslein Joan Fawcett 2013-10-16 00:00:00Z 0
Keynote Speaker, Beth Krehbiel, President Fairview Ridges Hospital Joan Fawcett 2013-10-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joan Fawcett on Oct 14, 2013

Pictured during the annual fall clean-up at Gateway Park are (l-r), Vic Noer (Community Service Chair) and Corey Stich (Community Service Co-Chair) and his daughter.

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Gateway Park Fall Clean-up Joan Fawcett 2013-10-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joan Fawcett on Oct 09, 2013

On October 10th, Prior Lake Rotarians sponsored a 4-person scramble golf tournament. Visiting Rotarians, Homer (CA) and Deb (WI), joined us for a round of golf on a beautiful fall afternoon. A BBQ Picnic followed to help celebrate the 35th Anniversary of the Rotary Club of Prior Lake. Thank you to Guy and Mary Selinske for hosting our BBQ Social. Happy 35th!

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Golf and BBQ Social Event Help To Celebrate 35th Anniversary Joan Fawcett 2013-10-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joan Fawcett on Oct 08, 2013

Today's program speaker, Charles F. De Vet, shared information about his organization "Humanitarian Services for Children of Vietnam", which is dedicated to serving orphans, homeless children and other children in need in Vietnam. Assistance is provided in the areas of food, shelter, clothing, health, and education.   For more information visit www.hscv.org.

 

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Keynote Speaker, Charles F. De Vet, Humanitarian Services for Children of Vietnam Joan Fawcett 2013-10-09 00:00:00Z 0
Paul Harris Awards Presented to Bob Barsness and Guy Selinske Joan Fawcett 2013-09-25 00:00:00Z 0
Keynote Speaker, Jimmy Francis - 7 Drivers of Growth & Profit Joan Fawcett 2013-09-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joan Fawcett on Sep 24, 2013
Prior Lake Rotary Club awarded a $500 check to the Prior Lake Wrestling Club to provide scholarships to assist boys and girls an opportunity to participate in wrestling activities. Pictured here are (l-r) Rotarian Dick Cross and Rotarian Chad LeMair, representing the Wrestling Club.

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$500 Check Presentation to Prior Lake Wrestling Club Joan Fawcett 2013-09-25 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Moment shared by Rod Ammerman Joan Fawcett 2013-09-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joan Fawcett on Sep 17, 2013

 Abul Sharah from the Bloomington Rotary Noon Club was the program speaker and he gave us an update on the International Village Clinic in India where Abul and his volunteers are doing wonderful and inspiring work. 

 

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Keynote Speaker, Abul Sharah, International Village Clinic Joan Fawcett 2013-09-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joan Fawcett on Sep 10, 2013

Welcome to our newest members pictured with District Governor, Gary Campbell (l-r) Dave Skoglund, Andrew Haugen, Gary Campbell, and Mike Schweitzer!

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New Members Inducted into Prior Lake Rotary Joan Fawcett 2013-09-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joan Fawcett on Sep 10, 2013

Gary Campbell, District Governor, joined us at our membership meeting and spoke about the District's Rotary year and it's Engage Rotary, Change Lives theme.

 

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District Governor, Gary Campbell Joan Fawcett 2013-09-11 00:00:00Z 0
$400 Check Presentation to First Lego League Robotics Club Joan Fawcett 2013-09-11 00:00:00Z 0
Prior Lake Rotary Club Helps Pack Meals at Feed My Starving Children! Joe Dols 2013-09-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joan Fawcett on Sep 03, 2013

Rotary District 5960, Past District Governor, Newell Krogmann, shared some of the Rotary changes held at 2013 Council on Legislation, which meets every three years to review Rotary International's constitution, by-laws, structure, and practices.

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2013 Council on Legislation by Newell Krogmann, PGD Joan Fawcett 2013-09-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joan Fawcett on Sep 03, 2013
Dick Cross (right) presented Jon Ulrich a $1000 donation to FISH (Families and Individuals Sharing Hope). Jon shared these funds will be used to purchase a gutter system for a Prior Lake homeowner.

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$1000 Check Presentation to FISH Joan Fawcett 2013-09-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joan Fawcett on Sep 03, 2013
Thanks to our Mystery President, Don Schrope, who led our membership meeting today!

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Mystery President - Don Schrope Joan Fawcett 2013-09-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joan Fawcett on Aug 27, 2013

Today, the River Valley YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities YMCA received a $2500 Check to support individuals and families living in our communities with financial scholarships for YMCA membership and program activities.

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$2500 Check Presentation to River Valley YMCA Joan Fawcett 2013-08-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joan Fawcett on Aug 27, 2013

Dave Panetti, shared his career change as an educator, most recently a social studies teacher with the Prior Lake/Savage Schools, to his new role as a
Foreign Service Officer at U.S. Department of State.  He is currently serving a two-year tour at the U.S. Embassy in Port au Prince, Haiti.  

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Dave Panetti and U.S. Foreign Service Joan Fawcett 2013-08-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joan Fawcett on Aug 20, 2013

Kate Sommers, spoke to 42 Rotarians and 10 guests about today's pork industry. She gave an overview of the pork industry--past and the present and how today's pork is a much leaner meat today. She and her family own a hog farm in Montgomery, MN.

 

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Today's Pork Industry Joan Fawcett 2013-08-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joan Fawcett on Aug 20, 2013

Welcome is extended by host family, Jeff Peer (l) to Jan-Philipp Offen from Germany. Jon will be spending the next school year with the Prior Lake Rotary Club!

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Foreign Exchange Inbound Student Joan Fawcett 2013-08-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joan Fawcett on Aug 20, 2013

Today, two check presentations were made to support our 2013 Music Fest non-profit sponsors. Representatives from The YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities and The Patrons of the Arts and Activities and The Laker Athletic Booster Club were on hand to receive their portion of the proceeds. 

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L-R: Paul Perez, Prior Lake Rotary Club President; Guy Selinske, Prior Lake Rotary Foundation Chairman; Mary Erickson, Executive Director, River Valley YMCA in Prior Lake; Heidi Freisinger, Director of Special Events, Greater YMCA of the Twin Cities; and Jack Haugen, President Board of Directors, River Valley YMCA.

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 L-R: Guy Selinske, Prior Lake Rotary Foundation Chairman; Nikki Strait, President, Patron of the Arts and Activities; Eric Rodine, Athletics and Activities Director, Laker Athletic Booster Club; and Paul Perez, Prior Lake Rotary Club President.

 

Music Fest Check Presentations Joan Fawcett 2013-08-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joan Fawcett on Aug 13, 2013

Today we held our annual club assembly. President Paul Perez outlined his goals for the coming year. Then each Committee Chair shared their committee goals for the coming year.

2013-2014 President Goals

1. Increase participation, involve more members, every member serve on at least two committees

2. Add an avenue of service - New Generations

3. Add an Interact Club at Prior Lake High School

4. Keep Club Meeting interesting and fresh with some different every meeting

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 Mary Selinske (L) and Angela Eifert share the goals and objectives for the International Service Committee.

Club Assembly Joan Fawcett 2013-08-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joan Fawcett on Aug 13, 2013

Today,  Sue Heaton (L), Variety Show Coordinator accepted a $500 the check from Rotarian Joan Fawcett, on behalf of the Prior Lake/Savage Community Education for the new sound system use at the Laker Variety Show at Lakefront Days.

 

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$500 Check Presentation to Laker Variety Show Joan Fawcett 2013-08-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joan Fawcett on Aug 06, 2013

Today, our meeting speaker was Britta Schnell and Jim Wade. They shared the story of Sparboe Farms in Litchfield, MN.

Hatched in 1954, Sparboe Farms started as a day-old chick company and has grown over the last 58 years to become one of the top 10 egg companies in the United States. They provide wholesome, safe, affordable eggs for families. They care for their hens and their land. They produce conventional white, brown, cage-free and organic eggs.

Egg Facts:

1. About 280 million laying hens produce some 60 billion eggs each year in the U.S. That's roughly one hen for every man, woman, and child in the country.

2. Average American eats 247 eggs per year.

3. A hen lays one egg roughly everyone 25 hours.

 

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Where Do Eggs Come From? Joan Fawcett 2013-08-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joan Fawcett on Jul 30, 2013

A special welcome to Siobhan Evans who was an inbound exchange student with the Prior Lake Rotary Club 21 years ago. She lived with her host family--Jack (Prior Lake Rotarian) and Mary Haugen. She and her family are from England and are visiting the Haugen's this summer.

Both Anne-Marie Card (r) and Siobhan Evans, present and past exchange students reminisced about their once in a lifetime experience provided by Rotary International.

 

 

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Rotary Exchange Students--Past and Present Joan Fawcett 2013-07-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joan Fawcett on Jul 30, 2013

Recently, Anne-Marie Card, daughter of Dave Card, Prior Lake Rotarian, returned home from spending the last year in Switzerland. Anne-Marie shared her amazing experience with a power point slide show of Switzerland, new lifelong friends,  and all of her European travels while in school. She brought home a Rotary Flag from the Nidaubiel Rotary Club in Switzerland.

 

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Rotary Exchange Student - Anne-Marie Card Joan Fawcett 2013-07-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joan Fawcett on Jul 30, 2013
Today, Guy Selinske (l), Doug Gesme, and Dan Stanley, were awarded a Paul Harris Certificate recognizing their recent Paul Harris donations by Kyle Haugen, Assistant Governor. Thanks Doug, Guy, and Dan for your ongoing commitment to the Prior Lake Rotary Club and Rotary International! Congratulations, Guy, Doug, and Dan!

The Paul Harris Society is named after the founder of Rotary International. The society recognizes friends of The Rotary Foundation who annually contribute US$1,000 or more to the Annual Programs Fund, PolioPlus, and other approved Foundation grant activities.


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Paul Harris Certificates Awarded Joan Fawcett 2013-07-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joan Fawcett on Jul 23, 2013
Today, Dan O'Keefe received a Paul Harris Society commemorative pin recognizing his Paul Harris donation.  Thanks Dan your ongoing commitment to the Prior Lake Rotary Club and Rotary International! Congratulations, Dan!

The Paul Harris Society is named after the founder of Rotary International. The society recognizes friends of The Rotary Foundation who annually contribute US$1,000 or more to the Annual Programs Fund, PolioPlus, and other approved Foundation grant activities.


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Paul Harris Society Member Joan Fawcett 2013-07-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joan Fawcett on Jul 16, 2013

Today, Rotarian Bill O'Rourke, Police Chief of Prior Lake, shared a video on advice and tips on what to do during an active shooting event. He says the "goal of an active shooter is mass murder not just mass casualty." The Run, Hide, Fight video is available on YouTube.com to share with your family, friends, co-workers.

 

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Run, Hide, Fight - Surviving an Active Shooting Event Joan Fawcett 2013-07-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joan Fawcett on Jul 16, 2013
Today, Kyle Haugen (l) and Rod Ammerman each received a Paul Harris Society commemorative pin recognizing their third Paul Harris donation.  Thanks Kyle and Rod for your ongoing commitment to the Prior Lake Rotary Club and Rotary International!

The Paul Harris Society is named after the founder of Rotary International. The society recognizes friends of The Rotary Foundation who annually contribute US$1,000 or more to the Annual Programs Fund, PolioPlus, and other approved Foundation grant activities.

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Paul Harris Society Members Joan Fawcett 2013-07-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joan Fawcett on Jul 09, 2013
On behalf of the Club, Paul Perez recognized Adam for his year of leadership by presenting him with a plaque and a Past President pin. Thank you Adam!


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Recognition for Adam Blahnik, Past President Joan Fawcett 2013-07-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joan Fawcett on Jul 09, 2013
Paul Hofslien (L), Foundation Director, recognized Dan Stanley (R) for achieving his first Paul Harris Fellow. This award is presented to all members who give $1,000 to the Rotary Foundation.  Welcome to the Club, Dan!


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Newest Paul Harris Fellow - Dan Stanley Joan Fawcett 2013-07-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joan Fawcett on Jul 09, 2013

Anthony Verderame from Whole Life Hypnosis was our guest speaker and reviewed the myths and misconceptions about hypnosis. He says the "state of hypnosis is a wonderful and beautiful thing." He will return to another membership meeting to share his world of hypnosis and provide a demonstration for us.

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Whole Life Hypnosis Joan Fawcett 2013-07-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joan Fawcett on Jun 18, 2013

President-Elect Paul Perez and members of the steering committee provided updates about the upcoming July 19-20 Music Fest.

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Lakefront Music Fest Updates Joan Fawcett 2013-06-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joan Fawcett on Jun 18, 2013

Tina O'Connell talked about Project Alert, an anti-drug education program for fifth graders. Essays were written by fifth graders on "how to say no" in real life situations they can relate to.

 

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Project Alert Joan Fawcett 2013-06-19 00:00:00Z 0
Prior Lake Rotary Club Donates $1,000 to Laker Educational Foundation and SUMMER SMASH Joan Fawcett 2013-06-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dave Card on Jun 15, 2013
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Anne-Marie Card is spending her Rotary Exchange year in Switzerland and is publishing a blog to document her experiences abroad. Here is an excerpt from her latest entry:


Sunday, June 16, 2013

I Lived
Ok wow. I have three weeks left of my exchange. And I may or may not be super far behind on writing this blog. Oops.
Let’s see:
April: I switched host families, and went to Rome and Venice (and took 500 pictures). My new host family is great. I feel like I haven’t been around them much because I keep going on trips and things, but they are still awesome. I have three host sisters; the oldest went to Australia two years ago on exchange, so she speaks to me in English, then the middle speaks Swiss German or High German, and the youngest pretty much only High German. It makes my brain keep thinking! Haha The trip to Rome and Venice was with all the Rotary Exchange students (well 54 of them). It was SO much fun. We had 3 days in Rome and 2 in Venice, and we walked  A LOT. It was also 4 to a room, and when you have four teenagers in a room together, not much sleeping happens. I guess it was good we walked so much, so we went to bed a little earlier at least. Haha Like I said earlier, I took 500 photos just on that trip, so I’ll try to pick out the best ones to post on here. :]
May: First I sang in a choir concert, on May 1, 3, 4, and 5. Most of the songs were in other languages, including Swiss German, English, French, Italian, and Portuguese. I only sang one song in Swiss German, but we did sing three in English. My favorite one we sang was Bohemian Rhapsody, except they can’t pronounce the “th” sound so we would sing “sympaTy” instead of the right way. Haha My second favorite was the French one we sung called Tourdion. Each section (bass, tenor, alto, soprano) sings different verses, and they sound so pretty together. It’s also a drinking song haha. I also went to my friends Opera concert on May 8. Next I went with my current host family to France from May 9 to the 11. We were visiting a friend of my host mom who lives near Annecy. We also went to this really cool (scary) gorge called Les Gorges du Fier. There was a walkway built into the side of the gorge. And the water rushed below us.
Got back, had school for a week, and then went to France again! :] This time to Alsace from the 17th to the 20th with my first host family....

Go to http://swissmorningadventures.blogspot.com/ to read the rest of this entry or any other. Hundreds of photos are also available on the blog.

Prior Lake Student on Rotary Exchange to Switzerland Dave Card 2013-06-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joan Fawcett on Jun 04, 2013

Today, Prior Lake Rotary Club made a $2000 check presentation to Junior Achievement to support Biz Town and classroom supplies. Accepting the check is Jill Gilbert from Paul Perez (l) President Elect and Paul Hofslein, Rotary Foundation Chair.


JA BizTown is a kid-sized city within Junior Achievement headquarters in Maplewood, MN. It was first introduced to the Minneapolis/St. Paul market on October 16, 2001. During its first year, JA BizTown served approximately 5,500 students; last year the program reached more than 100 schools and 12,000 students. Only 25 markets in the world provide this incredible opportunity for students to experience a real-world, hands-on application of their classroom learning.

Junior Achievement offers financial literacy, college and career readiness, and entrepreneurship education to K-12 students in Minnesota, North Dakota and western Wisconsin. JA empowers students to make a connection between what they learn in school and how it can be applied in the real world – enhancing the relevance of their classroom learning and increasing their understanding of the value of staying in school. 


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Check Presentation to Junior Achievement Joan Fawcett 2013-06-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joan Fawcett on Jun 04, 2013

Today 40 Rotarians were present to hear Joe Vaughn, Vice President of Development at CAP Agency. CAP (Community Action Partnership) has been providing services for more than 50 years in Scott, Carver & Dakota Counties. CAP's mission is "to assist and empower people to achieve social and economic wellbeing by providing services in partnership with our communities". He stated their programs touch the lives of more than 50,000 individuals each year.

Joe spoke about the three most heavily used CAP programs:  Food Shelf, Senior Dining/Nutrition, and Crisis Nursery. Other services include head start, energy assistance, family services, housing, thrift shop, toy drive, hope for the holidays, and healthy families. For more information or to get involved, visit www.capagency.org.


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CAP Agency Joan Fawcett 2013-06-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joan Fawcett on May 28, 2013
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Gateway Park - this is our park... literally.  In 2005, all Rotary Clubs were asked to do a special project as part of Rotary International's centennial year. The Rotary Club of Prior Lake worked in cooperation with the City of Prior Lake to install a rain garden and fountain adjacent to Lakefront Plaza.  We donated two "Rotary" benches which face the fountain and Prior Lake. The area was named "Rotary Gateway to Lakefront Park" in recognition of the Club's financial and service contributions.

In 2008, as part of the Club's 30th anniversary of being chartered, the Club also purchased and planted 600 spring flower bulbs in Gateway Park, and purchased a picnic table. So this is more our park than in name only.  With not only our money, time and sweat behind this park, as well as our name, we need to maintain the park as it is a reflection on our Club.

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Gateway Park Clean-up 05.23.13 Joan Fawcett 2013-05-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joan Fawcett on May 21, 2013

Jerry Kill, Minnesota Gopher Head Football Coach, shared his coaching style and philosophy at today's Prior Lake Rotary Club meeting. Introduction was made by Rotarian Jack Haugen.

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Jerry Kill, Minnesota Gopher Head Football Coach Joan Fawcett 2013-05-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joan Fawcett on May 21, 2013
Today, Mary and Guy Selinske (left), board members of West African Village and Environment Project (WAVE), made a donation to Prior Lake Rotary Club’s Adam Blahnik (far right) and Kyle Haugen to help fund a well and garden project in The Gambia, West Africa.  The donation is part of an $85,000 project initiated by Prior Lake Rotary that will include wells and gardens for eight separate villages in the Central River Region of The Gambia.  WAVE is a local foundation started by the Selinske family of Prior Lake.  


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WAVE presents Prior Lake Rotary Club with $24,000 check for West Africa Clean Water and Garden Project Joan Fawcett 2013-05-22 00:00:00Z 0
Prior Lake Rotarians Pack Meals at Feed My Starving Children Joe Dols 2013-05-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joan Fawcett on May 11, 2013

Prior Lake Rotary and Prior Lake Lions Club co-sponsored the annual recycling event to benefit Bridging, a non-profit agency serving families in transition the Twin Cities metro area since 1987.