Rotary to met at Bethany College

The Greater Mankato Rotary Club will hold its wild card meeting this month at noon on Wednesday, September 22 at Bethany Lutheran College in Mankato. An optional brief tour of the campus will follow the meeting. If you are not a member and would like to attend, please contact Steven Jameson at 
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First 'Wild Card' Meeting Scheduled


The club's first Wild Card meeting will take place on Wednesday, August 25 at noon. We will have boxed lunch catered into the conference room and get a tour of the new CliftonLarsonAllen Office in Bridge Plaza. Please RSVP to Steve Jameson ( if you would like to attend (so we get an accurate lunch count).
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New LGBTQ+ Rotary club

Leif Hagen, immediate past president of the Eagan Rotary Club, a Paul Harris Society member, and a 15-year Rotarian of District 5950, announced a new LGBTQ+ Rotary club. This “Minnesota Pride Rotary Club” will be the 1st of its kind in Minnesota, the 2nd in the USA. This new club is seeking 20 founding members with the goal to charter this fall.
The new club plans to meet weekly on Tuesday evenings in Bloomington at the Hilton Hotel at 3900 American Blvd West at Hwy 494 and France Avenue from 5:30 – 7 pm.  Their first informational meeting will be held on Tuesday, August 24 at the Hilton Hotel from 5:30 – 7:00 pm. For more information and/or to RSVP for the event, please contact Leif Hagen at  or work: 651-209-6350.
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An evening with the MoonDogs

Posted by Susan Jameson
Members of the Greater Mankato Rotary Club hosted about 40 kids from the My Place program in the Dog Pound at ISG Field for a MoonDogs game on July 13, 2021. In addition to a meal and pop, they also enjoyed the first five innings of an exciting game with the visiting Duluth Huskies. In addition, new club president Steve Jameson started the game with the first pitch. Photos by JO Guck Bailey. 
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Club changes meeting strategy

In an attempt to be more relevant to a changing demographic and increase membership, the Greater Mankato Rotary has decided to try changing the format of meetings. Instead of noon meetings with a guest speaker each week, the club will transition this month to a cycle that includes two traditional meetings, one meeting for committees, and one wild card meeting that may include service to the community, networking opportunities, or a club social. These wild card events will be held on the fourth week of the month but may not be at the traditional day and time of noon Wednesdays. In addition, months with five Wednesdays will host an evening social or happy hour. Social events may include family members so that members can connect more fully and better support each other.
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Club History

Posted by Susan Jameson
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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Helping people with disabilities make their own music

Music has been an important part of leading an ordinary life for students at the Music School for Children With Disabilities in Honor of Paul Harris in Lublin, Poland. Founded by Rotary members, the school serves 20 students with various disabilities, including Down syndrome, autism, and visual impairments. The Rotary Club of Lublin-Centrum-Maria Curie-Sklodowska has provided funding with help from Rotary Foundation Matching Grants and the Henryk Wieniawski Musical Society, which houses the school.
After their son Mateusz was born with underdeveloped eyes, Mariusz and Joanna Kania looked for ways to help him be active. When he showed an aptitude for music, they looked for a teacher and were thrilled to find the Paul Harris music school.
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Finding Safe Haven

For years, Angalia Bianca had slept in abandoned buildings throughout Chicago. She stole. She did drugs. She spent time in and out of jail for forgery, theft, trespassing, and possession of narcotics. But after she landed in prison for the seventh time, something changed -- Bianca knew she wanted a better life. She just didn’t know how to make it happen.
After serving her time, Bianca sought help from a local homeless organization, A Safe Haven, and moved to its shelter in the Rogers Park neighborhood. Bianca followed the program closely -- she attended all the required meetings, passed drug tests, and volunteered at every opportunity.
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Saving lives in Ghana

What is it like taking a large team to Africa?  It has probably been one of the most rewarding experiences in my life. In mid February, I began leading Rotary members from all over the East Coast of the United States through Ghana. I’ve tried to give the team a warm Ghanaian welcome like I’ve received on my earlier trips. A large trip is a real blessing because each person sees Ghana and our work in a different way.

A highlight for the team was greeting the chief of Sagadugu. The team got excited about buying goats and food for children in the villages where I support eight churches. It was good to see the pastors of most of the eight churches, and I had to explain that we were just passing through on our way to Bolgatanga.
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India celebrates three years without polio

Throughout India and around the world, Rotary clubs are celebrating a major milestone: India has gone three years without a new case of polio. The last reported case was a two-year-old girl in West Bengal on 13 January 2011. To mark this historic triumph, Rotary clubs illuminated landmarks and iconic structures throughout the country with four simple but powerful words, "India is polio free."
The three-year achievement sets the stage for polio-free certification of the entire Southeast Asia region by the World Health Organization. The Indian government also plans to convene a polio summit in February to commemorate this victory in the global effort to eradicate polio.
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