September 6, 2019 — Tricia Babinski spoke about her coffee roasting business. She bought her first coffee roaster in Turkey when she lived there with her husband who was in the military. She bought a 2-lb machine when they moved back to the US. She buys green beans from peopl who have already imported them. She uses single origin coffee. Sales of her beans at two farmers’ markets and at the Wired Rooster in Caledonia. She buys decaf beans which have been decaffinated by the Swiss Water Process.
September 13, 2019–Bob Spencer explained the benefits and features of Club Runner. The program provides a home page for public information and a member page for private information for club members. One of the benefits of the program is the connection to the district website.
September 20 2019 — Bonnie Tollefson shared her hobby, Monarch Butterflies. She collects the eggs from the underside of milkweed leaves, brings them in the house to hatch, collects milkweeds for the caterpillars to eat, provides a place for them to form chrysallises, and releases them outdoors when they turn into butterflies. This summer she has released over 500 Monarchs.
September 27, 2019–Bob Newberry talked about his involvement with International Health Partners and the pediatric teaching hospital in Tanzania, East Africa. 30% of the land in Tanzania is in preserves or parks. Nature is important. School is required through 6th grade and beyond that is based on a merit system. 10% of the population is children in orphanages. Maassi are security guards at the hospital compound. Burns are the major injuries to children because of the use of open fires in the homes. The Onalaska Rotary Club wants to raise $100,000 for 2 incubators and 2 baby warming beds, a goal they wish to attain by mid 2020.
Sibyl Floyd becomes Paul Harris Fellow