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Rotary Gathering 4/13/16

Wow!  What a fantastic group we had today!  We had 12 guests today; Strive Students8 STRIVE students (pictured with Mike), two job shadowing students, and Mike Wilson, SCF School Counselor, who has been key in helping the STRIVE program come to life.  Thank you Mike!  Thank you also to Steve Mc. and Kirk A. sharing with our guests what Rotary is and why they are passionate about being a Rotarian themselves.

givescvLet the giving begin!  “giveBIG St. Croix Valley” is now through Tuesday, April 26.  This will help shape our community’s future.  With giveBIG St. Croix Valley you can support the nonprofit of your choice throughout Amery, Osceola and St. Croix Falls.  There are four ways to donate: Online at, in person at drop off sites, by phone 715-294-5727 or by mail, to nonprofits.  Like and share on facebook:

Join a discussion with the St. Croix Valley Connections!  Message from Kirk:

On Thursday, April 14th, the St. Croix Valley Connections networking group will be having our “OPEN HOUSE!”  If you own a business, or have a service or a product you’d like to promote in the St. Croix Valley, we want you to be our special guest!  This is not a sales meeting and there is nothing to buy! We actually want to share our best referrals with you for your business!  Beginning at 8 AM, we will have a hot breakfast and 90 minutes of business networking, education, and fun! Bring 30-40 business cards to pass out, your best elevator pitch about your business, and an expectation to connect a roomful of awesome people! We meet at the Osceola Community Church in their community room.  Please RSVP to let me know you’re coming by calling: 612-598-5758 or email  Find more information about us at:

Our program was introduced by our wonderful new member, Tom Meister.  He shared who he ended up in SCF and why he is proud to be a Rotarian.  Germaine Ross, new Osceola Chamber of Commerce growosceolaDirector, presented a wonderful program elaborating on the work she and others are doing for the Pollinator Project, specifically Grow Osceola (  Their mission is: 1. Improve collaboration among municipal, business, organizational, volunteer and residential sectors so everyone works toward common goals.  2. Plan and implement projects that promote a thriving, vibrant and caring town with well cared-for parks, green spaces, seasonal plantings, and a clean environment. 3. Help spread the message: “Osceola is a great place to live, work, play, and visit.”  4. Enjoy having fun, true community spirit and civic pride that results when everyone pitches in to make visible improvements.

Rotary Gathering 11/4/15

Guests:  Rebecca Berg had guest – Narud Duran from Don Bosco School in San Jose, Costa Rica.  He is here to complete a videography internship at the National Park Service.


  • Cheryl Johnson asked members to go to Tower Park after meeting for a photo of the new Free Little Library
  • Gary LaMirande said we have one student from Osceola going to Camp Enterprise. They will present to the club after they attend camp.SOM 11-5 2
  • TaeWon went to Purdue University this past weekend. He flew there and drove home. He was in 4 states in one day. He attended the football game there and toured the campus.
  • STRIVE – Meeting with students was today at the high school. If you are a Rotarian Contact please get in touch with your student. If you don’t know how to do that ask Steve Mc, Gary or Dawn, they’ll get you connected.

Rebecca Presented Student of the Month:SOM 11-5 1

Osceola – Joe McKelvey. Joe’s parents joined us at the meeting. He likes football and plans to go to school for Sports/Sports Medicine. Influential teacher, Rick Steward.

SCF – Emma Wondra. Emma’s mom joined us at the meeting. She likes volleyball and is possibly going to school for Neuroscience.  Influential teacher Suzanne Imhoff.


Jon Cermin had the presentation. He presented a ted talk: David Pogue “10 Top Time Saving Tech Tips”

Jon is teaching a class at the Lamar Community Center November 13-15 Cost is $45, space is limited to 18.

Upcoming Weeks’ Presentations:

November 11th Eric Solland –Guest Speaker Don Burkman
November 18th Lee Urhammer *Jon Cermin might want to present this week
November 25th Matt Fisk

December 2nd Niki Gysbers,  Student of the Month
December 9th Club Assembly
December 16th Gerald Wyatt
December 23rd Gary Lamirande

Rotary Gathering 10/28/15

photo 2Three new member applications in one day!  We are looking forward to welcoming them (offphoto 1icially) very 3

A recap of the Exchange Student Halloween event last weekend was given by Gary–it was a huge success thanks to him and all those who helped.  Tae-won was very impressed with the event but mostly Gary’s mom’s photo 4brownies… yum.  Our club was presented a beautiful hand-blown vase from the Rotex group as a thank-you for holding this event for nine years now.

STRIVE is moving along great.  We have nine students who we matched up with a coordinator to help them shadow in vocations they are interested in, and also ensure they are getting what they need from our Rotary club.  Thanks to Niki, Warren, Kirk, Steve Mc., Dawn, Arnie/Tom, Cheryl J., LeeAnn, and Rebecca for coordinating a student–you will definitely be able to expose them to things that will Tae-won Costume 2help them in their future careers and their life.  Those interested in regularly meeting with the students needs to have a background check completed and to the school, contact Steve Mc. or Mark for the details.  Next time to meet with them and introduce us is Wednesday at 10:30 at the school.  All Rotarians are welcome but hopefully all the coordinators can make it.


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