President's Message

Naomi Fruechte
member photo
February 2024

Our Rotary year is over the half-way mark and we need to look at what we have accomplished so far.  We met a few of our goals and are working on many more.  We planned to continue some projects and add some new ones.  We maintained the gazebo garden last summer and will continue this spring, we worked at Rotary Lights, donated scholarships, and supported the Dolly Parton's Imagination Library.  We are currently making plans for Neighbors' Day which we will hold on April 19 in Caledonia.  We plan to invite other community groups to join us in this project with a social time to follow.  
One of our new projects this past summer was the Helping Hands Backpack Program where we partnered with local churches and social service agencies.  We also welcomed new teachers to our school district with a card, gift certificate, and a ticket for a dozen roses from our rose sale.  We donated to the Nicaragua water project as an international project.
We have rearranged our meeting room to encourage a friendly social atmosphere.  Our committees have been productive.  We joined Caledonia Chamber of Commerce to improve our ability to assess community needs.  Weekly meeting programs about peace and mental health are planned.  And we aren't done yet.
I am proud of the things our members have done so far this year.  We're on a roll.  Join us if you are interested in our community service projects.
February Programs:  Ashley Dress
     Feb 2 - Sherry Sime will "show and tell" about her trip to Kenya
     Feb 9 - Julie O'Mara Dodson will talk about conflict management
     Feb 16 - Committee Meetings
     Feb 23 - Board Meeting
February Inspiration: Julie O'Mara Dodson
February Greeter:  Dan Small
March Programs:  Craig Ihrke
March Inspiration:  Ashley Dress
March Inspiration:  Arien O'Heron
April Programs:  Tom Danielson
     April 5 - Pat Stevens, Rotary Lights
April Inspiration:  Dan Small
April Greeter:  Ashley Dress
  More Than Water basket winners!
February is Peacebuilding and Conflict Prevention Month
March is Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Month
April is Environmental Month
Club Administration/Foundation
Chr. - Arien O'Heron
Mary Mell
Tom Danielson
Beth Stempinski
Membership & Public Image
Chr. - Ashley Dress
Randy Mell
Nancy Runningen
Community Service
Chr. - Sherry Sime
Joannie Schmidt
Mike Werner
Franci Palen
Joe Welch
Chr. - Julie O'Mara Dodson
Dan Small
Craig Ihrke
Activity Leads--
Chamber Liaison - Sherry
Program Online Page - Sherry & Ashley
Facebook - Ashley
Website - Naomi
Rummage Sale - Sherry & Naomi
Rose Sale - Randy, Mary & Arien
Quillin Cookout - Randy
Socials - Club Admin comm.
Gazebo Gardens - Service comm.
Neighbors' Day - Arien & Joannie
Scholarships - Craig
Rotary Lights - Beth & Sherry
Avenues of Service - Mary
Rotary Works - Nancy & Joannie
Dolly Parton Imagination Library - Ashley
Interact - Julie
Coming Events:
Feb 2 club mtg
Feb 9 club mtg
Feb 16 committee mtgs
Feb 23 board mtg
Mar 1-3 Midwest PETS
Apr 19-20 TriCon
Apr 19 Neighbor's Day
Contacts for...
Mary Jane:  Feb 11 - Tom
Feb 25 - Mike
Sibyl:  Feb 4 - Craig
Feb 18 - Randy
Rotary Club of Caledonia meets at Elsie's Bar & Grill, Main Street, Caledonia on the first three Fridays of each month.
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