Posted by Kris Dirks on Jan 17, 2019
Here is a recap of yesterday's meeting:
Upcoming Rotary Events:
Saturday, January 26Midterm District Assembly 8:30 am - 1:30 pm  Minnetonka Community Center
[Click on link above to register to attend.]
Thursday, January 31:  BEER THURSDAY  Join us for our monthly social from 5:00 pm - 7 pm, this month, located at Rancho Grande.
Saturday, February 9:  KITE FESTIVAL 11 am - 3 pm on Buffalo Lake.  Follow link to signup to volunteer at the event
Signups for Food Shelf Friday's are now available using the following links:
Dave Herzig, coordinator for the Kid's Kite Building Workshop at the Kite Festival (sponsored by Rotary) demonstrated how we will be assisting kids to color and build their kite.  Don't worry if you missed it, we will show you again on the day of the Festival. All you need is the ability to stick tape to plastic and a SMILE!!
If you have been assigned to invite a speaker for an upcoming meeting, please do so.  If you need ideas, Mark Boyd has some but this is the job of you, the member, not Mark.  If you have a great idea for a program and / or speaker, please let me or Mark Boyd know.  We would like to develop a list of potential speakers and programs to assist you in finding great programs for our Club.
Our program this week was the Bounce Back Program's new initiative Just Say Hello.  Corey Martin shared the following facts:
* 40% of students at BHS are lonely
* That's 720 students at BHS alone
* Just a single smile (even from a stranger) can kill loneliness
* Loneliness has the same impact on our life as smoking 15 cigarettes / day
* Loneliness is your body telling you that you need social interaction
* Today's social media activity makes this issue worse - society is experiencing the highest rates of loneliness ever
Bounce Back's Just Say Hello aims to spread the news that a smile, which is free and can be given to anyone at anytime, can build a relationship, kill loneliness and be a powerful tool in changing the lives of those suffering from loneliness.
Mark Mischke, BHS Principal, shared what BHS students are doing as part of the Just Say Hello program.  High school students will be reading  books discussing social isolation and inclusivity to students in the BHM elementary schools.  Two bracelets that say Just Say Hello will be given to each elementary student.  One to keep and one to share at home to open up the discussion about what they learned that day.  BHS students will all be receiving the bracelets as well.  
Buffalo is lucky to have a community Bounce Back program and educational system that recognizes the positive impact that we can have on each other and the opportunity to build a healthier community.
Thank you Karla Heeter for organizing this week's program!
Enjoy your week, and remember to BE THE INSPIRATION!
Kris Dirks
Meeting Recap for Wednesday, January 16 Kris Dirks 2019-01-17 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jason Chalupnik on Jan 14, 2019
The first Rotary Progressive Dinner was a huge success!
Photos from our evening:
Progressive Dinner Follow-up Jason Chalupnik 2019-01-14 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jason Chalupnik on Jan 14, 2019
Hello fellow Rotarians!
Your regularly scheduled recap, normally brought to you by President Kris Dirks, is being temporarily interrupted by 2014-15 Past President Jason Chalupnik.  I had the privilege of filling in for Kris this past Wednesday, and  I must say, it was fun to be behind the podium again!  
So here is what happened...
We welcomed District Governor Nominee-Designate Marianna Khauv & Monticello Past President Linda Mielke who gave an excellent, and passionate, plea to those who have not served as a Club President to consider stepping up.  As you have heard, our club has two very important board vacancies that need to be filled in the coming weeks... that of President Elect (to serve as President starting July 2019 - June 2020) and also President Elect Nominee (to serve as our Club President starting July 2020 - June 2021).  Have you considered stepping up to serve our club?  If not, what is preventing you?  As Marianna and Linda mentioned, we can all say that we are busy... but remember, serving as a Club President is extremely rewarding... and not as difficult as you might think.  We are fortune enough to have a wonderful and strong board to assist you!  If you are interested, or want more information, please talk with Kris or any Past President for more information.
We presented a $500 donation to Functional Industries to help assist with the purchase of a new passenger van.
We had an outstanding and informative program on the Village of Hope, a project locally partnered by Judy Bergquist, Julie Swaggert and Ron Moore, all from Zion Lutheran Church.  They shared with us how the Village of Hope provides the children of Zambia with essential needs like food, shelter and healthcare, while also providing them with an exceptional education... thus giving them the tools and knowledge to better care for themselves in years to come.  They showed us some of the many opportunities that are available for individuals and our club to assist there.  For more information, check out
Upcoming Rotary Events:
Saturday, January 26Midterm District Assembly 8:30 am - 1:30 pm  Minnetonka Community Center
[Click on link above to register to attend.]
Thursday, January 31:  BEER THURSDAY  Join us for our monthly social from 5:00 pm - 7 pm, this month, located at Rancho Grande
Signups for Food Shelf Friday's are now available using the following links:
Thank you for the opportunity to lead, and share with you the happenings of our last club meeting... I now return you to Rotary President, Kris Dirks.
Enjoy your week, and remember to BE THE INSPIRATION!
Jason Chalupnik
Meeting Recap for Wednesday, January 9 Jason Chalupnik 2019-01-14 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kris Dirks on Jan 04, 2019
Happy New Year!
Upcoming Rotary Events:
Saturday, January 12 Rotary Holiday Progressive Dinner 5 pm - 10 pm (come for all or stay as long as you like!)
[There is still time to take part in this event!  This promises to be a fun event that YOU DO NOT WANT TO MISS!!  Click on links above to register to attend.]
Saturday, January 26Midterm District Assembly 8:30 am - 1:30 pm  Minnetonka Community Center
[Click on link above to register to attend.]
Thursday, January 31:  BEER THURSDAY  Join us for our monthly social from 5:00 pm - 7 pm, this month, located at Rancho Grande
Signups for Food Shelf Friday's are now available using the following links:
Our program was Club Secretary Jason Chalupnik.  Jason walked Rotarians through the Buffalo Rotary Website, ClubRunner, and how easy it is to sign up on line for activities and keep connected to our club events.
Have you been on our website and the ClubRunner sites lately?  If you haven't, you should!  It is amazing and Jason has done a fabulous job updating the information and availability of user options.  
Do you know your user name and password?  If not, call (612-221-9410) or email ( Jason and he will provide your log in information and the answers to any questions you may have (except questions like Do fish get thirsty? and Which came first, the fruit or the color orange?)
Have you ever needed the contact information for a fellow Rotarian?  All members' contact information is easily available on ClubRunner as is the ability to email any or all members!
Here is the link to our Website:  Visit our site today!!  
Have an awesome new year and BE THE INSPIRATION!
Kris Dirks
Meeting Recap for Wednesday, January 2 Kris Dirks 2019-01-04 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rita Varner-Otness on Jan 01, 2019
Volunteers Drivers are urgently needed to drive our exchange student, Rosita, to and from our weekly meetings each week.  Drivers are asked to pick her up at 11:50am in front of BHS and return to same location immediately following our meeting.  Currently we are in need of drivers for January - June.  Interested volunteers are asked to sign up for a one month time slot.
Drivers Needed Rita Varner-Otness 2019-01-01 06:00:00Z 0
Happy New Year! Jason Chalupnik 2019-01-01 06:00:00Z 0
This Saturday is Distribution Day for Toys for Tots!
- Volunteers are asked to arrive at 7:30am for instructions.
- Distribution will begin at 8am and will conclude at 12pm.
- Cleanup will follow.
Volunteers are still needed!  Can't make it for the whole time?  No problem!  Help is appreciated anytime... even just to clean up!  If you can help with distribution please contact Jean, our Toys for Tots Coordinator at:
Phone: 763-269-5739
Volunteers still needed for Toys for Tots Distribution Day 2018 Emily Benjamin 2018-12-15 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jason Chalupnik on Apr 29, 2018
TEAM ROTARY helped Zion Lutheran Church and the Buffalo Community pack 80,000 meals on Sunday, April 29th, 2018.  Together, our Rotary group helped pack over 1100 meals, and the collective group a whopping 10,000 meals in a short 45 minute time span.  Scheduled for a two hour volunteer shift, we completed the task early when the Truckload for Life event sponsors announced that they had run out of boxes to pack any more meals!  Initially given the goal of 100,000 meal, the organizers revised the goal to 80,000 meals given the supplies on hand.  80,000 meals had been packed!  The meals are now on the way to hungry mouths across the globe and in the USA.
A huge THANK YOU to the following members of TEAM ROTARY:  
  • Rotary Club President Jason Nelson
  • Rotarian Christine Husom and Elizabeth Husom
  • Rotarian Mark Kaminski and LeighAnn Kaminski
  • Rotarian Kris Dirks, Laura Dirks and Ryan Dirks
  • Rotarian Laura Barta-Lindquist and Logan Lindquist
  • Rotarian Jason Chalupnik, Tommy Chalupnik and Danny Chalupnik
Rotary assists in packing 80,000 meals for Buffalo Community Truckload for Life Event Jason Chalupnik 2018-04-29 05:00:00Z 0
Introducing District 5950 President Elects 2016-03-21 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Emily Benjamin on Jan 24, 2016
Our Buffalo Rotary Foundation/Club partnered with two other Rotary Clubs, the Minneapolis City of Lakes Rotary Club, and St. Cloud Rotary Club, to send school supplies down to Guatemala for the Common Hope students.  
There is a team in Guatemala right now, and they will deliver some of these supplies.  They sent us a link below to follow their trip through their photo diary.
School Supplies sent to Guatemala! Emily Benjamin 2016-01-24 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Emily Benjamin on Dec 18, 2015
Today Buffalo Rotary with Toys for Tots distributed toys to 270 families, providing toys for roughly 650 children in the Buffalo and Montrose area!  It was a fun day, and a success!  Thank you to all that helped with distribution, sorting, counting toys, shopping, delivering boxes, and every other task that was needed to make this wonderful event happen! A special thanks to Jean, our Toys for Tots Coordinator that has put countless hours into this event, we couldn't do it without you!
Toys for Tots Distribution Day! Emily Benjamin 2015-12-18 06:00:00Z 0
And Oh, What A Night it was!!! This year's annual Buffalo Rotary Car Raffle Fundraiser was filled with disco balls, platform shoes, and bell-bottom pants. Our members were able to sell all 400 tickets, making the evening a successful sold-out event.
The Car Raffle Fundraiser remains to be the biggest fundraising event for the Buffalo Rotary. 100% of all funds raised at the event are donated back to our local and international communities. Through this fundraiser, we are able to to help programs, such as: Toys For Tots, Buffalo Food Shelf, Beds For Kids, Local school scholarships, Adopt A Family, Concerts in the Park, Fishing Klinic for Kids, Wright County Safe Communities, Mentorship Programs, Instrument Trail in the Park, Timber Bay, Capable Partners, Let's Go Fishing, Student Exchange Program, and many more community projects. 
We appreciate all of the volunteers who made this night so fantastic. Extra special thanks to Pat Michalicek, Shawn Corbin, and Scott Goodmanson for their work in planning and executing the evening.
Congratulations to the seven winners who all shared a piece of the $10,000 prize, taking home $1,428.57 each.
Oh, What A Night!! Annual Fundraiser Kailee Mastel 2015-09-23 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 07, 2015
Are you available to help with the Buffalo Food Shelf delivery on Friday afternoons OR the upcoming Capable Partners Picnic on August 5th?  Talk to Al Carroll-Pezella with questions about the Buffalo Food Shelf events or Scott Enter about the Capable Partner's Picnic to see how you can help make these events a success!  Signups can be done either at our meeting on Wednesday or now ONLINE (Food Shelf delivery only)!
Volenteers Needed! Jason Chalupnik 2015-07-07 05:00:00Z 0
2013 Buffalo Rotary Car Raffle Jackie Wurm 2013-09-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jackie Wurm on Jul 12, 2012

Pictured upper left: Dave Zumbusch, Rita Varner Otness, Nikki Mills, Warren Stoltman, Emily Benjamin and Bob Halagan. Pictured lower left: District Governor Bob Stowell, Jackie Wurm, Rainer Pensky, and Suzanne O’Dell

Buffalo Rotary Kicks Off 2012-2013 Jackie Wurm 2012-07-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jackie Wurm on Apr 30, 2012

Thanks a Million!

The Rotary Club of Buffalo would like to extend a sincere THANK YOU to Wayne Gangl from West Suburban Auto and Mark & Trish Daluge from T & M Towing for their generous gift of time and talents to make our Car Sinking event possible. They may not be Rotarians yet, but we feel they definitely have earned the “Service Above Self” award. Thank you all for your help in making this a successful fundraiser.

THANKS A MILLION! Jackie Wurm 2012-05-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Lynne Wolfe on Dec 13, 2011
Julie Warner , Rotary Vocational Chair presents the Vocational award to Suzanne O'Dell for her countless hours or community service, good work and contributions to the community.  Suzanne's example is worthy of being followed by anyone.   
Suzanne O'Dell presented with Vocational award Mary Lynne Wolfe 2011-12-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Lynne Wolfe on Aug 31, 2011
To make a funding request, click on the President, Jackie Wurm's name on the left side
of the home page. You will get an email template.

Please enter the following information: Your name, email address, company, address and phone number, the amount requested, purpose, the impact on the city of Buffalo and any other funding sources.
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Here you can post little tidbits of information, reminders, or anything else!
Mark Your Calendars! John S. Halvorson 2009-08-07 00:00:00Z 0
New Music Trail Dedication Jackie Wurm 0
Passing the Gavel Jackie Wurm 0
Congratulations Chris Stone! Jackie Wurm 0
Rotarians Hand Out Pinwheels at Parade Jackie Wurm 0
First Year STRIVE Program a Success! Jackie Wurm 0
Best District Conference Attendance for Buffalo Rotary Jackie Wurm 0
ROTARY - More than male, frail and stale! Jackie Wurm 0
Congratulations Rita Varner-Otness! Jackie Wurm 0
Beds for Kids Project Jackie Wurm 0
Buffalo Rotary Celebrates 60 Years! Jackie Wurm 0
Music Park Project Jackie Wurm 0
Sturges Park Music Trail Jackie Wurm 0
Medical Supplies to Esquintla Hospital Jackie Wurm 0
Toys For Tots Project Jackie Wurm 0
Bonfire Success at Pink Street Party Jackie Wurm 0
Cristina has arrived! Jackie Wurm 0
2012-2013 Rotary Wrap-Up Jackie Wurm 0
Visiting Thailand with Kitty Jackie Wurm 0
Scott Goodmanson for Service Above Self Jackie Wurm 0
Rotary Meeting Video Jackie Wurm 0
Do Rotarians ever have fun? Jackie Wurm 0
Buffalo Rotary Meeting Jackie Wurm 0
Congratulations Steve Halsey! Jackie Wurm 0
Rotary Members at Work! Jackie Wurm 0
Capable Partners Picnic August 1st Jackie Wurm 0
Great Night for the Annual Picnic Jackie Wurm 0