Sauk Centre Rotary (est 1928) - Club Information

Sauk Centre

We meet Tuesdays at 12:00 PM
Minnesota National Bank
131 12th St S
Sauk Centre, MN  56378
United States
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Mary Rothstein and Jenna Sunderman from Wacosa-

WACOSA is a non-profit organization, established in 1963, and initially started by parents seeking support for their children. Today, WACOSA serves over 625 adults with disabilities in central MN. WACOSA’s main goal is to enrich lives and to find employment opportunities in order to give everyone the chance to live and work in their communities. While our main mission is vocational, we also offer many other services to adults with disabilities, such as art, physical fitness and gardening classes offered throughout the year. Our Seniors Program encourages our senior clients to participate in volunteering all around our community. When work is slow, our friendly professional staff work with various vocational or self-help based curricula to encourage employment and a strong sense of self-esteem.

WACOSA is licensed by the Minnesota Department of Human Services, certified through the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, and accredited by CARF.

WACOSA established it's name by combining the first two letters of the communities that we had physical facilities in.  WAite Park, COld Spring and SAuk Centre.  While we no longer have a facility in Cold Spring, we still service that area, and many more!

WACOSA

 

Our Sauk Centre Rotary Club is selling roses again this year to fund projects in our local community.
$20 per dozen and personally delivered to anyone in Sauk Centre, Melrose, Freeport and Long Prairie.
We are also selling gourmet caramels.  A 24 count package for $20 as well.  Order both for $40.
Delivery will be March 22-23. 
If ordering roses, please specify “red or multi-color”.
If ordering caramels, please specify “regular or sea-salt”.
On Tuesday January 16th, 2018 Mark Maloney was awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship at the Sauk Centre Rotary Meeting held at MN National Bank in Sauk Centre.
The Paul Harris Fellow recognition award acknowledges people who contribute to The Rotary Foundation, or who have contributions made in their name. Rotary International’s very own Florencia Fingolo was presented with the Paul Harris Fellow by the former president of Rotary Foundation, Ron Burton.
Pictured are recipient Mark Maloney and President Mike Traeger
On Tuesday January 9th, 2018 Dan Brooks was awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship at the Sauk Centre Rotary Meeting held at MN National Bank in Sauk Centre.
The Paul Harris Fellow recognition award acknowledges people who contribute to The Rotary Foundation, or who have contributions made in their name. Rotary International’s very own Florencia Fingolo was presented with the Paul Harris Fellow by the former president of Rotary Foundation, Ron Burton.
Pictured are: President Mike Traeger, Dan Brooks and District Governor Bob Halagan
On Tuesday January 9th, 2018 the Sauk Centre Rotary club had the pleasure of listening to our District Governor speak. Bob Halagan has deep passionand belief for what Rotary is and how we can change the world.
Bob Halagan has been a member of the Buffalo Rotary Club since 2000 and served as its President in 2009-2010.  He has also served as District 5950 Legal Counsel from 2011-2014, Area 13 Assistant Governor from 2010–2013 and District Fundraising Chair from 2013-2016. Bob’s Rotary journey has taken him, among other places, on numerous service trips to Guatemala where his club, in conjunction with other Rotary clubs has authored or participated over $400,000 in Rotary grants including grants promoting economic development, nutrition and maternal health for indigenous women. 
 
 
 
Joel & Emily Dunn came to the Rotary meeting to share information about a local program for Special Olympics/young athletes right here in Sauk Centre.
It is a sport and play program for children with and without intellectual disabilities, ages 2 to 7 years old. Young Athletes introduces basic sport skills, like running, kicking and throwing. Young Athletes offers families, teachers, caregivers and people from the community the chance to share the joy of sports with all children. 
The Sauk Centre Rotary club is a participant of the Warm hands Warm hearts program. Hats, gloves and mittens were donated to the Elementary school and also the Holy Family school in Sauk Centre.
Pictures below are a few members dropping them off with students at each school.
Katie Gruber from CentraCare
Blend program specialist.
B.L.E.N.D (Better Living Exercise and Nutrition Daily) is committed to improving the health of children in Central Minnesota by reducing the epidemic of childhood obesity. A coalition of medical professionals, parents, and health care advocates work in four focus areas: physical activity, nutrition, medical community, and advocacy.
 
WORLD POLIO DAY - we had a little World Polio Day info session where we shared 3 videos on the history of polio and Rotary's involvement, the Gates Foundation's initiative to match donations $2 for every $1 donated and the Drop to Zero campaign to eradicate polio. 
Kim Holland Lyon
Kim is an associate Advisor for Thompson Wealth Management. Kim offers advice for financial planning, helping them prepare for financial independence and managing their investment portfolio. She and her Husband Roger, live in a rural area south of Alexandria. She has really enjoyed being able to help country families with financial needs.  
kim@thompsonwm.com
The Click family at The Old Course, Sauk Centre.
Steve and his family purchased the property in 2012 and have been busy remodeling. The golf course has been full renovated, it is now a reversiable 9, so you can plany both directions. Last season they hosted 15 events, other than that, they were closed. Next year (2018) they are planning to do private memberships and guests. Plans to offer, Pro lessons, food beverages and to be open to hosting events.
Providing community wide education, prevention, and intervention of human trafficking to middle-school students and their families
https://www.facebook.com/FREEAlexandriaMN
 
Program:
Matt Imdieke- Central MN Realty.
Opened in 2014. Currently over 30 agents all over Central MN.  Melrose, SC, Paynesville, St Joe, Kimball,  LP, Albany.
https://www.centralmnrealty.com
 
Melanie Wander-The weekend project.
Our mission is to provide weekend food packs  to students at Melrose ( 67 students) and Sauk Centre (50 students) elementary schools. We know that students with enough to eat are ready to learn. By feeding the young minds in our community, we hope to  help our future leaders concentrate on school and not empty stomachs.

They are currently working with Coborns to get the best deals, also for meal planning.
In the pack, the student will find 2 breakfast items, 2 mini meals, 2 snacks, and 2 fruit products.

To donate: It's always best to donate dollars instead of food so they can get exactly what they need. Please check out the site:
http://feedingyoungminds.weebly.com/ 
Also, you can follow them on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pg/feedingyoungminds/about/?ref=page_internal
 
 
 
Sept 5, 2017 meeting update:
 
Club News -
* Jean reported a second host family (Tom and Kathy Oschwald) has been arranged!  Matteo is currently staying with Brad and Kristie Kirckof.
* Isaac and Mike will meet with Ms Endersbe at school to get the STRIVE program started for 2017-18 and will update the club.
* Our club will be packing meals for The Weekend Project on Thursday, Sept 21st.  We need 6-8 volunteers.  Please mark your calendar!
* Paul reported that the fun box at the splash pad is being worked on and hopes to have it there soon!
* Mike will be asking for some help with pricing and such for the bench idea near the band shell.  If you are able to help, please let Mike know.
* Rev Roger Phillips invited all of us to his church's fundraiser at ElmerZ on Thursday night from 6-8pm.  Food, music and auction! $20 to attend.
 
Roger was also our program and he told his story of his 4 careers (Teacher, Naval Officer, RE Prop Mgmt, Priesthood) and recounted many fabulous stories from his childhood through his times in the Navy.  We may need a follow-up to hear "the rest of the story" next Spring.  He's always gracious to discuss these, so if you missed the program ask him about how he got to this point.  He'll turn 80 years young soon! (sorry, no pic)
We are excited to welcome our exchange student Matteao Manzano from Italy. We look forward to hearing stories and updates about his year here in Minnesota.
 
Golf Fundraiser was a SUCCESS!
A HUGE thank you to Mike Traeger, Sheri and Denise for organizing this event.
Here are the winners from all the raffles and Golf games:
Sarah Trisko - $3940 from 50/50 raffle
Jerry Schurman and Gordy Yarke – golf winners ($150)
Jake Berling and Kyle Metcalf – Mystery prize ($100)
Greg Welle and John Welle – Myster prize ($50)
Jerry Schurman – Holi-in-One Jackpot ($175)
Eric Moritz – Rotary ball roll ($160)
Brian Riley – Closest to Pin ($100)
Missy Traeger – Longest Putt (putter)
 
In all, that’s nearly $5,000 of prizes that were won at our event! Congratulations to all!
Matt Varilek- Initiative Foundation.
Matt is from a small town near Yankton SD.  Matt attended Carlton College in Northfield, MN where he earned his degree in philosophy, he also took a year to study abroad in Paraguay.  After collage he was awarded the Ambassador Scholarship through Rotary. Receiving this scholarship had a major impact on his life and changed the trajectory of his path. After receiving the scholarship he studied economics at University of Glasgow in Scotland. Economics was not his first choice, but found a love for this study as well, this degree led him to where he is at today. 
Matt is the President of the Initiative Foundation, located in Little Falls MN. For over 30 years, the Initiative Foundation has empowered local people to build thriving communities across Central Minnesota. Matt and his team are in charge of 14 Counties in Central MN.
The Foundation focuses on :
1. Economy (business and jobs)
2. Community (quality of life)
3. Philanthropy, (giving and funds).
 
https://www.ifound.org/
Another successful year for our Strive program for students at Sauk Centre High School.
Pictured below are the achievers of the final awards presented at our banquet this year, which was held at Jitters Java café on May 17th.
All the students and mentors have been working very hard since the beginning of the school year, meetings are held at the SCHS, once a month. Students are able to have lunch and meet with their mentor and talk about anything that they want advice with. It's been a successful year!
Congratulations to everyone!
$1000 scholarship was Emma Copley and $500 winner was Devin Thielen.
$250 attitude award to Emma Copley, $250 attendance award to Jon Asfeld, Tablet to Shauna Wiese.
Sauk Centre History Museum & Research Center has a new place to call home. . It will take up to 8 years before they can call the old creamery building in Sauk Centre their permanent home.
The Museum Board of Directors are looking at renovations and grants to complete the project. The board has many plans and dreams for this building and when it's completed, this is sure to be an attraction that will showcase the history and traditions of our small community.
Jeff Schuster-SC Archery program
1st season, 18 kids and by the 3rd year 70 kids on team.
After school activity, summer rec programs.
Jeff truly loves working with kids and also the sport of archery.

Challenges are keeping coaches from buring out.... They are all volunteers. Practice twice weekly.
There's been so much growth so that in itself had been a challenge. Because of that, they will be moving practice back to elem gym.
The programs tries to provide equipment for all the students, so any donations from local clubs and organizations are always helpful.

Participation fee is $100
MSHSL is not listed archery as a sport right now, but it may change in the future.
PAUL KNUTSON-
Centra Care Development officer
Preach teach and heal.
High quality Health-care,  close to home.

Paul's main goal at Centra Care is to help educate people about insurance and how to gain access to healthcare.
He talk about the different challenges in healthcare, challenges in staffing, and a few of the benefits of working with Centra Care in St Cloud
He talked about the economic impact that Centra Care has in our small town- over 200 jobs.

What's coming?
- Nursing home remodel or replace? Still very early on and brainstorming.
- Come and See events, tours for the community.
June 20th, golf tourney.  All invited.
Chris has been with State Farm for 10 years now. He loves to meet with people and ask a lot of questions about them. He likes to get to know 'who' they are and 'what' he can help with.
He loves coaching his team at the office and has said that his proudest accomplishment would be that he has helped 2 former members open up their own offices.
A little about Chris:
He and his wife (Laura) live in Sauk Centre and have a beautiful baby girl (Vivienne)
Favorite place to eat, Pizza Luce- Minneapolis
If he could travel to 1 place today he would go to Norway
He has 2 siblings and grew up in Willmar MN.
 
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Speakers
Jared Hall - TriCap
Feb 20, 2018
Visit / Tour new office location
Mary Gruber
May 08, 2018
Camphill Village
 
 

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