You are personally invited to our New Member Orientation on Wednesday, June 26 from noon to 1:30 pm at Wild Marsh Golf Course. You have made the investment to join Rotary, now we invite you to make the most of that investment and learn about your Club and how you can get the most out of your Rotary membership!
 
The Buffalo Rotary Club has not hosted a New Member Orientation since 2016 so we are inviting all Rotary members who have joined since that time.
(SPECIAL NOTE FOR LONG TERM MEMBERS: If you have attended a New Member Orientation previously, but feel it is time for a refresher course, YOU ARE INVITED TO ATTEND!  Please register below.)
 
Rotary is a fantastic organization that will allow you to reap benefits, both personally and professionally.  To give you the best opportunity to learn about Rotary and how to get involved, the New Member Orientation walks through each of the Avenues of Service that Rotary is built upon.  We will cover Rotary International, District 5950 and Club activities and help you find where your talents and interests for service in Rotary are best fulfilled.
 
We will help you use Club Runner, our Rotary membership and communications software, so you can access Rotary member contact information, see upcoming events and sign up for Rotary activities.
 
Rotary unites people around the world. When you shake the hand of one Rotarian you are shaking the hands of more than 1.2 million other Rotarians, all working to enrich youth, ensure health, build communities and promote peace.
 
In order to plan the appropriate number of meals for this event, you are asked to please click on the link below to let us know your intention to attend by Monday, June 24th.
  
Date:
Jun 26, 2019 12:00 PM  - 1:30 PM
  
Location:
Wild Marsh Golf Course
1710 Montrose Blvd
Buffalo, MN United States of America
55313
 
 
New Member Orientation meeting reminder Kris Dirks 2019-06-26 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jason Chalupnik on Jun 23, 2019
  Just a quick reminder that there will not be a regular club meeting this week, due to the New Member Orientation meeting.  Please see article below for more information on this event.
 
NO MEETING THIS WEDNESDAY! Jason Chalupnik 2019-06-23 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jason Chalupnik on Jun 22, 2019
Come join your fellow Rotarians, their families, and Friends of Rotary at Sturges Park on Thursday, June 27th, 2019, beginning at 6pm, for our Buffalo Rotary Annual Club Picnic.   This event officially closes the chapter on yet another successful Rotary year!
 
There is no official program, and all guests are welcomed as guests of the club.
 
Dinner will include Pork Chops, potato salad, watermelon, dessert and beverages.
 
After dinner, enjoy a beautiful evening in the park, enjoying the opening of the Concerts in the Park Series, featuring Hornucopia, a Rock with Horns concert sponsored by our club.  The concert begins at 7pm.  You can enjoy the concert from the reserved pavilion, or feel free to bring a blanket or lawn chair.
 
Please feel free to contact Kris DirksMark Boyd or Jason Chalupnik with any questions.
 
 
Annual Club Picnic reminder Jason Chalupnik 2019-06-22 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Laura Lindquist on May 28, 2019

Enjoy a beautiful evening, and a unique vantage point of the Buffalo Days parade, by walking with other Rotarians as part of the Buffalo Rotary float!  Help make children's eyes light up as we hand out pinwheels that help bring attention to our club on Saturday, June 15th.

If you, and possibly other members of your family are willing to help, please sign up right away!! Parade starts at 6pm. More details to follow once we receive confirmation on our line-up in the parade.

 

Volunteers needed for Buffalo Days Parade Laura Lindquist 2019-05-28 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dirk Foster on May 06, 2019
Just a reminder of the Semi-Annual Rotary Roadside Treasure Hunt (also known as the cleanup) which is scheduled for this Thursday, May 9th at 4 PM.  No signup is required, just show up at the Evangelical Free Church north of town on Hwy 25. Bring gloves and boots.  Everything else will be supplied. 
 
We will meet at Huikko's Bowling afterward to award prizes for the most valuable and most interesting objects found. 
 
Alternate date in case of bad weather is Thursday, May 16th.
 
 
Semi-Annual Roadside Treasure Hunt reminder Dirk Foster 2019-05-06 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rita Varner-Otness
We are still seeking host families for our inbound student arriving in August!
 
Zefanya will be arriving from Indonesia and is fluent in English.  Each host family will have Zefanya for 3 ½ months while she is enrolled as a Senior at the BHS. Please contact Rita by email or by phone at 682-5256 if you are interested in hosting, or can recommend a potential family for her to contact.
 
For more information on hosting an inbound student, check out out the Inbound Youth Exchange page on our website.
 
2019-20 Host Families Needed! Rita Varner-Otness 2019-04-14 05:00:00Z 0
877 Scholarship Foundation Pork Chop Dinner Rescheduled Kim Carlson & Laura Barta Lindquist 2019-04-14 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Christine Husom
 
Once again we are collecting bottles of wine, or money to buy wine, for the Crisis Nursery Spring Soiree Fundraiser on Thursday, April 26th.
We have had a competition going with the Monticello and St. Michael Rotary Clubs the last number of years, and won last year with 40 bottles. Way to go!
If you would like to donate bottles, or cash, Chris Husom will collect all donations at our club meetings on April 24th.
Let's try to beat Monticello and St. Michael again this year!
 
 
Crisis Nursery Wine Fundraiser Christine Husom 2019-04-11 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kris Dirks on Apr 11, 2019
Wow, what a great meeting today!
Another full house!!
 
Here’s a quick review of our meeting.
 
Upcoming dates:
 
Food Shelf Friday
There are many Food Shelf Friday openings in May.   Please sign up online using the links on the right of this E-Bulletin.
 
Grant Management Seminar
We have 3 members attending but there is still room for more.
 
May 4, 8 am - 12:30 pm in New Ulm
May 9, 4:30 pm - 9 pm in St. Cloud
 
Learn what projects qualify for a district or international grant, which grant $ your club can apply for and information about the application and approval process. No registration fee. Use links above to register.
 
Wednesday, May 1 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm at the Great River Library in St. Cloud.  
District Assemblies are being held regionally this year.  Agenda includes: Dinner and Welcome, Session on Member Value, Club Idea Sharing, Individual Club Strategy Session, and Sharing of top Club Strategies.   Registration required, no registration fee.  Register by clicking on link above or to the right.
 
District Conference
May 17, 10 am - 9 pm at the Minneapolis Event Center
Keynote Speakers, engaging breakout sessions, networking, lunch, dinner and awards.
Registration Required. Club covers first 10 registrations. Register at:
 
 
Please contact Jason Chalupnik with any questions regarding registration.  Early bird registration closes Thursday, April 11th at 8pm, however registration will still be possible after this date. 
 
877 Scholarship Foundation Pork Chop Dinner has been moved to April 18.  Tickets are still available. Rotarians have a great legacy of supporting this community event.  Contact Kim Carlson or Laura Barta Lindquist to pick up tickets or drop off your payment.
 
Don’t forget to bring your bottle of wine (or cash) next week for the Crisis Nursery’s annual fundraiser.  Buffalo is reigning champ for most bottles donated in 2018!! Chris Husom is collecting wine and cash for just 2 more weeks!
 
Rita Varner-Otness is currently seeking host families for our inbound student arriving in August. Zefanya will be arriving from Indonesia and is fluent in English.  Each host family will have Zefanya for 3 ½ months while she is enrolled as a Senior at the BHS. Please contact Rita by email or by phone at 682-5256 if you would like to host, or can recommend a family for her to contact about hosting.
 
(at this point in the meeting, I seemed to have stopped taking notes and just enjoyed listening to Rosita’s program.  Thank you to Chelsie Schmid, our networking chair and Facebook poster for the following review of Rosita’s program. Sorry!)
 
  Our program today was Rosita, our inbound exchange student, shared information about her home of Paraguay. She shared the differences and similarities between her home and Buffalo, especially in the school systems.
 
She thanked all Rotarians for supporting her this year, especially Rita (our exchange coordinator). Rosita shared surprising aspects of her experiences in America and her gratitude for this opportunity.
 
Thank you Rosita for speaking at Rotary today.
 
Have an awesome week and BE THE INSPIRATION!!
 
Kris Dirks
 
 
 
Recap for Wednesday, April 10th Kris Dirks 2019-04-11 05:00:00Z 0
This past Wednesday we welcomed Rob Stark with Edward Jones as the newest member of the Buffalo Rotary Club.  If you have not had the chance to introduce yourself and welcome Rob, please take the opportunity at our next meeting!  Welcome Rob!
 
 
New Member welcomed to Buffalo Rotary! Jason Chalupnik 2019-04-08 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jason Chalupnik on Apr 08, 2019
 
Don't miss the opportunity to attend the District Conference on May 17th!  The day includes Keynote Speakers, engaging breakout sessions, networking, lunch, dinner and awards.
Registration is required. Our club covers first 10 registrations.
 
Please contact Jason Chalupnik with any questions regarding registration.  Early bird registration closes Thursday, April 11th at 8pm.  (If you are interested in attending multiple time slots, please sign up for each spot separately... i.e. if attending morning and afternoon, sign up for both.  If attending the entire day, please sign up only once.)
 
 
Don't miss your opportunity to register for the District Conference! Jason Chalupnik 2019-04-08 05:00:00Z 0
This past Wednesday we welcomed Randy Whitcomb with Bankwest as a new Corporate Member to our club.  If you have not had the chance to introduce yourself and welcome Randy to the club, please take the opportunity at our next meeting!  Welcome Randy!!
 
 
 
New Member Welcomed to Buffalo Rotary! Jason Chalupnik 2019-03-24 05:00:00Z 0
This past Wednesday we welcomed Hayley Eicher with HealthSource Chiropractic as a new Corporate Member to our club.  If you have not had the chance to introduce yourself and welcome Hayley to the club, please take the opportunity at our next meeting!  Welcome Hayley!!
 
 
 
New Member welcomed to Buffalo Rotary! Jason Chalupnik 2019-03-11 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 11, 2019
 
These awesome members of Team Rotary jumped into the icy cold waters of Buffalo Lake this past Saturday, March 9th.  Team Rotary exceeded their goal of $1575, with donations totaling $2414!  Altogether, $42,860 was raised by Buffalo jumpers for Special Olympics Minnesota.
 
The Buffalo Polar Plunge event had a total of 208 individuals jump into Buffalo Lake to support Special Olympics Minnesota. The simple act of jumping into the cold water affects more than the Plunger – it brings opportunity and inclusion to over 8,200 Special Olympics athletes across the entire state of Minnesota.
 
Thank you to everyone who supported and encouraged Team Rotary and Special Olympics Minnesota!!  To learn more about the Polar Plunge, go to https://www.plungemn.org/
 
 
Polar Plunge 2019 Recap Jason Chalupnik 2019-03-11 05:00:00Z 0
This past Wednesday we welcomed two new members, Stacy Kaluza with Lakeside Oasis and Debbie Uecker with Bankwest.  If you have not had the chance to introduce yourself and welcome these new members to the club, please take the opportunity at our next meeting!
 
 
 
 
New Members welcomed to Buffalo Rotary! Jason Chalupnik 2019-03-11 05:00:00Z 0
Below are some photos from the The Kites on Ice Event which took place this past Saturday.  Thank you to all who attended and helped make this event a success!
 
  
 
  
 
And our President was even featured on KARE11!
 
(Can you find the hiding spouse of a Rotarian?)
 
 
(Bundled up to stay warm... but proudly showing Rotary spirit!)
 
(What an awesome site!)
1st Kites on Ice Event was a Success! Jason Chalupnik 2019-02-11 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 Apr 29, 2018
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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
2013 Buffalo Rotary Car Raffle Jackie Wurm 2013-09-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jackie Wurm on Jul 12, 2012

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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
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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
Find us on Facebook! Dwight Raatz 2011-02-02 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
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