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Club News
Members and friends of the Greater Mankato Rotary Club mark your calendars for Saturday, September 17, 2022! The Greater Mankato Rotary club has committed to providing volunteers for the Bend of the River Concert, which will benefit area youth. The club will need about 60 volunteers doing everything from set up or ticket scanning to cleaning up or manning the booth. Concert organizers will pay our club a sum in proportion to the number of volunteer hours we are able to provide. In addition, the board is exploring opportunities to have a presence at the event with a fundraising activity such as a raffle or a drawing. Funds collected will go into our Foundation coffers to directly support students, and provide opportunities such as the Speech & Debate scholarships. Funds earned from volunteer hours will go into the club’s budget to support our mission of “uniting to serve youth and the community for a better world.” A small committee to coordinate these efforts is being formed. If you are interested in serving on this committee, contact Jo Guck Bailey or Pam DeMarce. If you are interested in volunteering for all or part of the event, contact Susan Jameson or sign up online at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0E4BACA82DA4F4CF8-fall Volunteers in all areas are needed. 


 
The Greater Mankato Rotary Club - Eco club recently received a boost as it begins an ambitious project in Rotary Park (Augusta and St. Andrews in Mankato). The group, which is a focused subgroup of the Greater Mankato Rotary Club is undertaking a pollinator project set to beautify the park while adding native plants that are friendly to bees, butterflies, and other pollinators. They received a Rotary Shark Tank grant for phases beginning July 1. In the meantime, work has begun around the entrance sign to the park. Additional phases will include more native plant areas, signage to learn more about the plants, and sculptures, including one that spreads the word about the great works of Rotary. 
The Greater Mankato Rotary Club Foundation Committee would like to encourage all members in our club consider supporting the Rotary Foundation.  The Foundation allows Rotary to do good work in the world.
 
It is a not-for-profit organization supported by voluntary contributions from Rotarians and friends.  It helps Rotarians to promote world understanding, goodwill, and peace by improving health, providing quality education, improving the environment, and alleviating poverty.  Support is essential to make projects possible, which are funded with Foundation grants for communities in need. Some of the areas supported include Polioplus, Rotary Peace Fellowships, and grants for projects, scholarships, and training.  The Rotary Foundations helps out in times of crisis, such as the current war in Ukraine, and also provides ongoing support for current and future projects.
 
 
As was presented by long-time member Herb Kroon at the Noon meeting on June 16, the Mankato Rotary has been around in some fashion since 1935 when it was chartered with 15 members. Thirty years earlier Paul Harris founded Rotary International. Judge Milt Mason was one of the first members and remained in the club until the early 1980s. Eventually, the club, like the area, grew and morphed into offshoots. The St. Peter club in 1938, the New Prague club in 1945, Waseca in 1960, and North Mankato in 1969.  At its peak in the late 1990s, the Mankato Rotary Club had more than 100 members, perhaps attributing to the fact that women were allowed to join in 1987 (prior to this the “wives” were in Rotary Auxilliary clubs). JO Guck Bailey and Denise Zernechel, current active club members, were among the first to join. Both would later become presidents, following the lead of the first female president Carol Larson in 1993.
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Greater Mankato (Mankato/North Mankato)

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Wednesdays at 12:00 PM
WOW! Zone
2030 Adams St
Mankato, MN 56001
United States of America
1st thru 3rd Wednesdays at Wow Zone. 4th week is a wild card. 5th week is a social.
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