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

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

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

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.


About Rotary Club of Farmington

The Rotary Club of Farmington chartered in 2003. The club is involved in the Farmington life, taking on projects including STRIVE, an effort to help struggling students take a renewed interest in education. The club offers several scholarships every year and undertakes service projects both within the community and around the world.
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