January 4, 2019 –Sofia Telaak is from Germany and is working at Hendel Farms for 5 months with the “COEP” program (University of Minnesota). She has a bachelor’s degree in agriculture. She took this break before going back to school for her master’s degree. She grew up on a dairy farm. She said dairy farms are growing in size in Germany as they are in the US. The agricultural economy is poor in Germany too.
January 11, 2019 — Dane Lamb talked about a marketing business he has started in Caledonia. He and his family moved to Caledonia from Michigan in 2002. He in La Crosse with property accounting software. In the fall of 2017, the company was sold and jobs cut. He decided to use his skills and experience to start his marketing business, Kick Marketing, LLC. He works with small businesses to improve their current marketing program. He has over 25 years of managing and hands-on work in virtually all aspects of marketing. He begins with a meet-and-greet consultation to help identify gaps and opportunities. He then puts together a project scope proposal. Using trusted traditional and digital marketing resources, he will deliver compelling marketing solutions that build a business.
January 18, 2019 – Ivan Baranenko is an exchange student living with the Mark and Shannon Conniff family and attending Caledonia High School. He is from the Ukraine. He spoke about his home country, sang the Ukraine national anthem, and Carol of the Bells composed by Ukrainian composer Mykola Leontovych in 1914. He seems to be a very good ambassador of his country.
January 25, 2019 — Sister Eileen, FSPA, updated our members on the Cameroon library project that our club has as a project. The political crisis in Cameroon has caused some changes in the project. School closings have become part of the protest. Now the books will go out to 14 sites and volunteers in the villages will be taught how to use and organize the resources. It will increase accessibility to the books.
Cameroon is about 80% French- and 20% English-speaking. Marginalization is a political issue. It appears there are currently three options: 1) continue as one country, 2)become a federated state, or 3) become two separate countries.