May 3, 2019 – Club service committees met. Brief synopsis of their reports:
Holiday lighting project at the gazebo. Our club has paid $500 towards lights.
Consider a booth at the Family Fair
International Service— consider some of the following-
Cameroon mobile library project
Stove project @ $150/stove
Sanitary napkins project in Guatamala
I’m a Bridge
Needs more committee members
Club Service —
Summer picnic at Joe Hammell’s cabin – add some new activities–perhaps a Corn Hole contest, apple picking?
May 10, 2019 — Sahnje McGonigle installed as new member and also gave his classification talk.
Sahnje was attracted to Rotary because of his interest in volunteerism. He has already done a variety of volunteer activities in his community and during college. He grew up in Montevideo, MN in a blended family. His family came to Caledonia to operate the Caledonia Argus newspaper. He graduated from the University of Minnesota and is now employed at the Argus. His non-work interestes are playing Dungeons and Dragons and biking. His goal in life is to be a political correspondent for National Public Radio.
May 17, 2019 – Allison Wagner, Houston County Economic Development Director, talked about the EDA. Some programs she’s working on now:
Helping farmers start earning income on and off the farm. EDA partners with WorkForce Developement and the University of Minnesota Extension Service.
Bluff Country Collaborative –get kids introduced to local business opportunities.
Grant to fix jup downtown Caledonia received. Some businesses using this matching grant funds are: Mary Ann’s Floral and Gift for new siding and roofs, tuck pointing the old DeWitz building, remodeling a building by Klug Insurance, renovating the barbershop, etc.
May 24, 2019 – Melissa Wray talked about her new business Mainspring. This is a non-profit that celebrates local arts and culture. She hopes to host concerts, events, readings, classes etc. She is restoring the old Presbyterian Church and space will be available for rent for events etc. She will use the main floor now. She received a matching grant to remodeling this area and add a ramp for the entrance. Eventually she will remodel the basement, too.
May 31, 2019 — Meri Floyd spoke about the Helping Hands program. She has worked at ACTIV for 16 years. She has seen that families struggle to buy school supplies each fall. The Helping Hands program was started at the Methodist Church in Caledonia to provide school supplies for those in need. They get class supply lists from all schools in the county and put together backpacks which are distributed to those who want them on Thursday of county fair week in Caledonia. They also collect rummage items. Would Rotary like to donate to this program?