August 3 – Committee Meetings
August 10 – Rita McCormick, School Lunch Director at Caledonia Public Schools, reported on the success of the Summer Food Program They averaged 105 children each month this summer. The program is open to any child 18 and under. Adults accompanying a child may eat for $4. During the school year she provides a number of educational events related to good nutrition. One of the regular programs at the elementary school is taste testing new foods.
August 17, 2018 — Bill Hoel, District Governor, visited our club. There are now 35,000 Rotary Clubs in the world. Membership is gradually beginning to grow. There are 62 clubs in District 6250. Polio remains Rotary’s largest project. In order to be polio-free we must have three years without a trace of polio in the world. District pledged $25,000 to Polio Plus this year. Besides polio, three main goals of Rotary is safe water, sanitation and hygiene.
Rotary is to be recognized for what we do, not take sides. We need to have Rotary pride to “Be the Inspiration”.
August 24, 2018–Donna Trehus, Houston County Treasurer, spoke about the challenges of combining the County Auditor’s and County Treasurer’s offices on January 1. She will be in charge of the combined office. There is new software to save time when collecting and posting revenue. The combined offices will have one fewer employee.
August 31, 2018 — Craig Ihrke, Caledonia Area Public Schools Superintendent, introduced himself to the club. He was influenced by his dad to go into education. He came from his position as elementary principal in Chatfield,MN. He has three children. His son is a freshman at Augustana, Sioux Falls. His sixteen year old twins are remaining at Chatfield High School. His wife is director of the special education program in Rochester Public Schools. Craig likes to hunt and catch fish.
He sees his job as assisting others in guiding people in fiscally responsible manner to the district. His number one priority is to make sure kids are safe, comfortable and independent. He feels we should never miss an opportunity to help someone else.