May 2019 Programs

May 3, 2019 – Club service committees met.  Brief synopsis of their reports:

Community Service-

Holiday lighting project at the gazebo.  Our club has paid $500 towards lights.

Consider a booth at the Family Fair

Tree project

International Service—  consider some of the following-

Cameroon mobile library project

Stove project @ $150/stove

Sanitary napkins project in Guatamala

I’m a Bridge

Youth/New Generations–

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.

Sahnje McGonigle receiving his membership pin from his sponsor, Tom Danielson.

Sahnje McGonigle receiving his membership pin from his sponsor, Tom Danielson.

President-elect Nancy Runningen, Sahnje McGonigle, and Tom Danielson

President-elect Nancy Runningen, Sahnje McGonigle, and Tom Danielson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sahnje McGonigle, classification talk

Sahnje McGonigle, classification talk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Allison Wagner, Houston County EDA

Allison Wagner, Houston County EDA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Melissa Wray

Melissa Wray

 

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?

Meri Floyd

Meri Floyd

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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