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Rotary Gathering 6/29/16

Malysha and TaeWonGood-Bye to Tae-Won and Welcome Home to Malysha!  Today we celebrated our time with Tae-Won by sharing special memories of him and his stay in America.  He will go home a changed man.  Malysha shared a wonderful presentation with us about her experience in Taiwan.  Her topics included the culture, the families she had, language, housing, school, ballroom dancing, religion, her experience teaching children, site seeing, and how she got to meet a real prince.  The three main things she learned were: 1) take advantage of every day, 2) try new things, and 3) it’s okay to get lost and not understand some things.  She was very grateful to our Rotary club for sponsoring this life-changing experience that will be with her for the rest of her life.  We are sad to see Tae-Won go, but very happy that both students succeeded in their adventure of making this world a little smaller by getting to know a very different culture and make friends around the planet.  Thank you to both of them for sharing a piece of themselves with the Rotary family.

A video will be available soon that explains Malysha’s experience, so watch for that.

Rotary Gathering 6/15/16

Kim and Bastian

Bastian Sommer & Kim Dudek

Thank you to all who helped at Wannigan Days!  And a big Thank You to Woody McBride who coordinates the entire Wannigan Days celebration.  Many people have mentioned how spectacular the Fire Work were, WOW and POW!

Warren gave a mini history lesson on our wonderful past exchange students (inbound and outbound).  One of them, from 2007-2008, was Kim Dudek who is staying with Terry and spoke about what the experience meant to her and what she is doing now.  She also brought her boyfriend, Bastian Sommer, who was her beau when she was an exchange student!

It was wonderful for the entire club to connect with Kim again, and we are so grateful that she came to visit us.  She will travel another two weeks throughout the USA and return back to Germany in early July.  Best wishes to her and Bastian!

Save the date for the Changing of the Guards party — July 19 — at Cheryl Johnson’s house.

Rotary Gathering 6/1/16

Tae-Won!  What a lovely speech our exchange student from South Korea gave today!  He highlighted his TaeWonachievements including developing language skills, improving relationship building and achieving 1st at State for his Solo Ensemble.  Great job Tae-Won!

Tae-Won also shared with us his gratitude to our Rotary Club, especially the Rotarians who have hosted him–Cermin, Mielke and Murtaugh families.  He also helped us understand what we could do to improve our program for future students.

His plan for the future is to attend University in Singapore, studying International Business.  Then he would like to return to the USA to get his Master’s Degree.  In the very near future he will be taking a trip out east with all the other Rotary exchange students, returning at the end of June for a short time before he takes his long trip back home.

Thank you Tae-Won for showing our club your wonderful sense of humor, your fantastic smile, and you awesome personality!  It has been great to get to know you and hopefully you will come back to visit our club when you return to the USA.


Rotary Gathering 9/9/15

Our Rotary Gathering was filled with laughs and inspiration!  Many happy dollars were shared, and our exchange student from South Korea, Tae-Won, spoke of his recent adventure swimming in the lake at David’s house.  He is also enjoying school and still really enjoying the food here, especially root beer floats. Color Run If anyone would like to run with him in the SCRMC Color Me Crazy Trail Run/Walk on Saturday, September 19 in Lindstrom, please contact LeeAnn Vitalis ( or go to  to register online.  Also, if anyone is interested in being trained to be the Youth Exchange Officer for a year, or interested in hosting an exchange student, please contact Dawn Mielke (



For the program we watched a fantastic TED Talk on How Great Leaders Inspire Action by Simon Sinek.  You can view it at:  After viewing, we discussed how we could apply this in every facet of our lives, especially how we communicate to others about Rotary and WHY we are in it (to serve) first, then speak to the HOW and WHAT we do.

Be sure to join us next week for laughs and inspiration!

SCF Rotarians Take the Plunge

On Saturday, February 4th, 2012 – members of the St. Croix Falls Rotary and and exchange student from Indonesia, took the plunge to raise money for Rotary projects!

SCF Plungers:

  • Lydia – Exchange Student from Indonesia
  • Steve McCormack – St. Croix Falls, WI
  • Jagath ‘Jug’ Karun – Osceola, WI

Video starts at SCF’s plunge.  Feel free to watch the whole video by rewinding!

The event was sponsored by the North Branch Rotary Club of MN was a great success!

If you would still like to sponsor a jumper with a donation, please use the button below!

Donations will be used in community projects that Rotary sponsors! Thank you for supporting the Rotary Club of St. Croix Falls!

2010-2011 Rotary Exchange Student Introduced

Elliott Frokjer was announced by Rotarian Warren White as the 2010-2020 outgoing Foreign Exchange Student. Elliot will be traveling and studying in Switzerland, which was his first choice.

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