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Rotary Gathering 8/17/16

Kirk had the program today.  He has been at his place of business in downtown St. Croix Falls since 2008, Marlene and Kirk2the same year he joined Rotary with help from a wonderful friend, Rebecca. Kirk serves in everything he does, not only by being a loving husband and awesome father, but most recently joining the Voluntary Fire Department. He brought Marlene Gargulak, District Governor 2015-2016.  He has been her right-hand man on many endeavors including Rotary Club Radio.

Marlene gave a very moving message including her experience as District Governor by serving 64 Rotary Clubs and 5 Rotaract Clubs.  She first joined to be a part of eradicating polio but stayed for the many benefits of Rotary that revolve around Service Above Self.  Specifically, benefits of Rotary include:

  • Opportunity to serve
  • Enhance your business through networking and great reputation
  • Make great friends
  • Enhance you own leadership skills and build confidence
  • Travel and meet amazing people whose motivation is to be of service to others
  • Make meaningful changes in our own community and the world
  • Accepted no matter what your faith/religion
  • Experience pride in your community
  • Partner with other organizations to make great things happen on large levels

She is right!  We all got in to Rotary to serve but have gained more than we could’ve imagined.  Thanks Marlene for your words of inspiration and love.

In other news…

Our venue will be changing from Dalles House to St. Croix Regional Medical Center (SCRMC), Riverbend Room, located on the north side of the building in the Education Center located on the Lower Level.  This will begin for our September 7 meeting.  We met at SCRMC and the food was great, it was nice to be able to serve yourself, and many Rotarians were able to walk there. Parking was a bit of a challenge due to SCRMC throwing a huge party for one of our own–Dr. Arne Lagus–for practicing medicine there for 50 years!

Last call for car raffle tickets and the money – get them it in Warren today.  Also our exchange students are soon to arrive.  Sophia from Argentina will be arriving on Wednesday (8:58 AM if you’d like to join the welcoming crew) and will be attending SCF High School.  Isabel from Germany will most likely be arriving on August 27; she will be attending Osceola High School.

Rotary Gathering 8/5/15

In case you missed it…  Marlene Gargulak, 5960 District Governor, blessed us with her presence.

Marlene GargulakThe Rotary theme this year is “Be a gift to the world.”  She spoke of the ‘Be’ vs. ‘Do’.  How can we BE a gift?  First, identify our gifts; second, figure out how belonging to Rotary brings out your best gifts; and finally, how can we make the world different with those gifts?  Definitely inspiring… and something to ponder on to get grounded again as we start the new Rotary year.

The synergy the Rotarians have across the world is mind-blowing; she gave some examples like eradicating polio and the incredible projects that the Foundation has accomplished for those who are less fortunate than us (so hopefully we reach our club goal).  She asked us to support some initiatives that the synergy can bring for the future as well:

  • Pollinator Project;
  • Peace & Conflict Resolution – Invite those who are of different ethnic backgrounds to share at our meetings and to invite to be Rotarians;
  • Stop Domestic Violence/Abuse – Learn the symptoms.
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