Farmington Rotary recognizes students, senior citizen of the month for March

Students and Senior Citizen of the Month.

Ryan Rouleau, Joan Fritschman and Holly Loberg are Farmington Rotary’s Students and Senior Citizen of the Month for March 2013.

The Rotary Club of Farmington recognized two students and a senior citizen March 14 as its Service Above Self award winners for the month.

Farmington High School senior Holly Loberg is the club’s high school Student of the Month for March, and it’s easy to see why. Holly is involved in Peers for Peers, Tiger Leadership Club, Link Crew and National Honor Society, among other organizations. She serves as a tutor for freshman physics students at FHS and has been a seminar assistant for Minnesota Mile, a statewide leadership seminar for high school sophomores, since she attended during her own sophomore year. Holly recently helped organize and emcee an anti-bullying event for FHS freshmen. She hopes to attend St. Olaf next year to major in communications.

You can see video of Holly’s speech at http://youtu.be/TRR3NQecd2U.

Riverview Elementary School fifth grader Ryan Rouleau is the club’s other Student of the Month for March. According to principal Kim Grengs, Rouleau is “genuine, thoughtful and kind” and is eager to help others. First grade teachers at Riverview have recruited him to serve as a mentor their students. He helps the younger students get organized and listens to them read. “I choose to be a good role model because I want to influence others to do the same,” Ryan said. “It makes it easier for everyone to learn.”

Ryan’s speech to the club is available at http://youtu.be/1tQou1-jtb4.

Senior Citizen of the Month Joan Fritchman has been making a difference in Farmington since she moved to town from Hibbing in 2002. She is involved in the day-old bread program at the Rambling River Center and has volunteered to give rides — to appointments, or just down the block to the Rambling River Center — to seniors in her apartment building who can’t get around on their own. “I think the model that the Rotary Club has of service above self kind of means to me that I am doing the right job that I was made for,” Fritchman said.

Joan’s speech is available at http://youtu.be/rdq09hnHStg.

Each moth during the school year Farmington Rotary recognizes two students and a senior citizen who exemplify Rotary International’s motto of Service Above Self. The club meets for lunch at noon Thursdays at Celts Pub, 200 Third St.

 

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Stellar students and a super senior

As we are wont to do at the first meeting of the month, the Rotary Club of Farmington recognized some outstanding Farmington residents last week. Farmington High School senior Anna Nicolai was chosen its high school Student of the Month, Meadowview Elementary School fifth grader Clay Mewes was recognized as elementary school Student of the Month and Rambling River Center volunteer Dorothy Banta as its Senior Citizen of the Month.
Anna is involved in Peer Mediation, Link Crew, Peers for Peers, Tiger Leadership Club, Homecoming Committee and Quiz Bowl at FHS. She helped students collect $3,200 for relief in Haiti last year. She also made a great video to promote Rocktoberfest. So, that’s nice.
Mewes is an active Boy Scout and a good student. He is involved in school patrol. And unless I’m misremembering, he also makes the Mewes boys the second pair of siblings recognized as Students of the Month. Older brother Trey, recognized when he was a senior, currently works as a reporter for the Austin Daily Herald.
Banta organizes the milk top work group at the Rambling River Center. The group cleans, cuts and sorts box tops and milk caps for a fundraiser at Riverview Elementary School.
“It’s a way of getting out and meeting people,” she said.

Students of the Month

The Rotary Club of Farmington recognized Anna Nicolai, Clay Mewes and Dorothy Banta were recognized as the Students and Senior Citizen of the Month.

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Come learn about CaringBridge

The Rotary Club of Farmington will learn all about CaringBridge, a service that allows people dealing with serious medical problems to set up a webpage to keep friends and family informed, at its meeting April 28.

The Rotary Club of Farmington meets for lunch at noon Thursdays at Celts Pub, 200 Third Street. All are welcome.

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Rotary recognizes its March Students of the Month

Student of the Month

Amanda Brasgalla is pictured with her father, Dave; Rotary member Linda Landwehr and FHS principal Ben Kusch.

The first week of the month is always popular among members of the Rotary Club of Farmington. It’s when the club recognizes its Students and Senior Citizen of the Month. The award recipients, a high school senior, a younger student and a local senior, are selected because they embody the club’s motto of Service Above Self.

On March 3, the club recognized Farmington High School senior Amanda Brasgalla, Riverview Elementary School fifth grader Leah Louis and Marilyn Briesacher.

Amanda is the president of the German club at FHS. She is a member of the Link Crew, Youth Teaching Youth, Tiger Leadership Club and National Honor Society. She is also on the girls swim team.

“I’m in a lot of clubs. It keeps you really busy,” she said. “I’m always that person you can rely on to be there.”

Amanda hopes to attend college on the east or west coast.

Leah Louis was chosen because she is respectful and a good leader in class. She works hard

Elementary student

Elementary Student of the Month Leah Louis is pictured with her parents, Bryan and Wendy, principal Kim Grengs and Rotary member Joe Folz.

to be a role model to her fellow students.

“A role model doesn’t think twice,” she said. “I go above and beyond and make the classroom and school a better place.”

Marilynn Briesacher volunteers in a number of ways at Rambling River Center. As a member of the fundraising committee she has helped collect $71,000 in three years to pay for the renovation of the former city hall. She also volunteers at Farmington Lutheran Church.

“It’s easy to volunteer for something you are really enthusiastic about,” she said.

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A vision of the future

The Rotary Club of Farmington is making big plans for the future, and music is only the beginning.
Farmington Rotary’s annual Rocktoberfest concert has become the club’s signature event, and it will only get bigger in the years ahead.
The club also confirmed its commitment to STRIVE, its partnership with Farmington High School to get struggling students back on track, and to providing scholarships for exceptional Farmington students.
More details from the club’s Monday night vision session will take shape in the weeks ahead as we have time to sift through the results, but we think the future looks bright for Rotary in Farmington.

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Rotary recognizes Students of the Month

Rotary students

Rotary Students and Citizen of the Month from Christian Life School

The Rotary Club of Farmington has recognized Christian Life School students Sydney Krall, Ellie Martchev and Domonique Wald as its Students of the Month and Christian Life volunteer Steve Klose as its Citizen of the Month for February.
Fifth grader Sydney Krall competed in last week’s district spelling bee at Christian Life. She plays flute and piano and is involved in the school’s Christmas program. According to her teachers she is a joy to have in class.
Ellie Martchev, an eighth grader, speaks English and Bulgarian. She is involved in the youth group at Hope Church and has volunteered at Feed My Starving Children. She also volunteers at her gymnastics club and dance studio. She is eighth grade president and hopes eventually to attend medical school at Harvard or Yale.
Domonique Wald is senior class president and a member of the Christian Life praise team. She was part of a Christian Life mission trip to Nairobe, Kenya. She hopes to study psychology at Bethel University and find work as a family and marriage counselor.
Steve Klose is an active volunteer at Christian Life, where his children are students.
The Rotary Club of Farmington recognizes its Students of the Month at the first meeting of every month. Students are chosen for exemplifying Rotary’s motto of Service Above Self. The club meets for lunch at noon Thursdays at Celt’s Pub, 200 Third St.

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More stellar students at Rotary meetings

Janine Miller

Janine Miller is pictured with her parents, Jeff and Marilou Miller, and her step-mother, Tisha Burnside.

The Rotary Club of Farmington recognized Farmington High School senior Janine Miller and North Trail Elementary School fifth grader Heather Buchert as its Service Above Self Students of the Month for January.
Janine is president of the Tiger Leadership Club at FHS, vice president of student council and a member of Peers for Peers and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. She played her second year of varsity soccer in the fall for the Tigers and plays co-ed soccer in the winter. She also dances for Just for Kix.

North Trail Elementary School Student of the Month Heather Buchert is pictured with parents Tammy and Patrick and brother, Ryan.

Heather is an active member of the Girl Scouts. Through her Scout troop she has visited Trinity Care Center, spent an afternoon at Feed my Starving Children and written letters to a 12-year-old in Thailand through Compassion International. She also volunteers for the NTES school patrol.
Each month the Farmington Rotary recognizes students who exemplify the Rotary Motto of Service Above Self. The Rotary Club of Farmington meets for lunch at noon Thursdays at Celts, 200 Third St.

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Rotary recognizes more noteworthy students

Kirti Sinha

Rotary Student of the Month Kirti Sinha is pictured with her parents, Santosh and Meenu.

The first Thursday of the month is always a good day at Farmington Rotary meetings. It’s when the club recognizes its Students of the Month, and Farmington’s school system never disappoints. The district is full of students who exemplify Rotary’s motto of Service Above Self.

Farmington High School senior Kirti Sinha is the high school Student of the Month for December. She’s been an active presence in the high school since her sophomore year and helped make the transition last year to a new building. She’s a member of student council and Link Crew, Tiger Leadership Club, Chemical-Free Lifestyle and Youth Teaching Youth. She’s in marching band and on graduation committee and is a state ambassador for 4-H.

“I’m always busy. I never get a spare moment for myself,” she said.

Kirti hopes to attend college in the Midwest and eventually become a doctor.

Akin Road Elementary School fifth grader Erlyn Strelow is the club’s non-high school

Erlyn Strelow

Student of the Month Erlyn Strelow is pictured with parents Brad and Brenda and teacher Matt Kennedy.

Student of the Month. Born in the Philippines, she was adopted by Farmington residents Brad and Brenda Strelow. According to teacher Matt Kennedy, she demonstrates good leadership in class and on the playground. She’s also a member of the school patrol and the school’s Friendship Club.

“She’s an excellent role model and a great student,” Kennedy said.

If you know a good candidate for Student of the Month — or an older Farmington resident who deserves to be recognized as a Senior Citizen of the Month — you can e-mail info@farmingtonrotarymn.com.

The Rotary Club of Farmington meets at noon Thursdays at Celts, 200 Third St.

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We’re planning our party and you can help

In late September the Rotary Club of Farmington held its second annual Rocktoberfest event with 80s rock legends Great White. It was a great show and, after we kicked things off in 2009 with cover band Hairball, it was the second year in a row Farmington Rotary has brought a major fall concert to town.

Now we’re getting ready to do it again.

Rotary will kick off planning for Rocktoberfest 2011 Nov. 17. We’re trying to figure out how to make things bigger and better than ever. We want Rocktoberfest to be something that will bring all of Farmington together for a fun night.

That process starts with some questions: What do you want to see? What kind of music do you want? What bands would you like us to bring to town? What, in other words, can we do to make Rocktoberfest everything you want it to be?

You can help us make Rocktoberfest better by submitting comments to info@farmingtonrotarymn.com or talking to any Rotary member. Or, come join us for our regular lunch meeting at noon Thursdays at Celts. We’d love to see you, and we look forward to putting on another great show for you next fall.

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Rotary recognizes more stellar students

Student of the Month

Student of the Month Trevor Lachance and his father, Roger, are pictured with Farmington High School principal Ben Kusch.

The Rotary Club of Farmington recognized its second group of Students of the Month Nov. 4. The club also recognized Senior Citizen of the Month Ron Ersfeld.

Ersfeld grew up in Farmington and has been active in the community for years. He served in the Korean War and is the current commander of the Farmington VFW. He has also served as commander of the Farmington American Legion.

Dodge Middle School eighth grader Sydney Bockelman is this month’s non-high school Student of the Month. Principal Chris Bussmann described her as a “model eighth grader” and said she is always eager to help other.s She is a member of the House of Representatives at Dodge and volunteers with organizations such as Feed My Starving Children and the Lewis House, a shelter for battered women. In fifth grade she started a shoe drive at North Trail Elementary School to benefit schoolchildren in Haiti.

Trevor Lachance is the Student of the Month for October. He is involved in student council, youth development and link crew at FHS. He also participates in theater and choir.

Principal Ben Kusch said Lechance “plays a significant role in making things work” at FHS.

The Rotary Club of Farmington recognizes students and senior citizens the first Thursday of each month who best exemplify the Rotary’s motto of Service Above Self.

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