March 30 Announcements, Exchange student & Finemaster


President Char Weber gave the club the 10-day countdown to its annual Gala. The Wall of Wine, auction donations, and funding efforts all contribute to an excited crowd anticipating a great evening. WOO HOO!!!

Anyone interested in attending the April 28 Rotary District Conference should talk to Char about tickets.

Rotarian Gary Cooper provided a description of a Gala auction item: A vacation/fishing trip at his cabin up north, noting that the dates available are fixed, for scheduling purposes.

Tom Johnson presents President Char Weber with a flag from the Rotary Club in Chiang Mai, ThailandVisiting/future resident Tom Johnson presented a flag from a Rotary Club in Chiang Mai, Thailand, where he’s been living. He told us of the projects the local clubs have supported that include a medical clinic, a vision health program, and a swimming safety program.

Exchange Student, Chirawat “Boss” Charoenwat

“Boss” experienced the Excel Energy Center and a Minnesota Wild hockey game with Gary Cooper, his host family. He found his second professional sporting event “enjoyable.”  Will NASCAR or professional wrestling be next?


Today, Rotarian Ron Cossette played a subdued Finemaster, but he was still able to pull dollars from Mark Omann, Paul Maahs, Mike Carpentier, Steve Larson, Char Weber, Ken Hiller and those who are not attending the Gala. The dedicated but somber effort also resulted in no Happy Dollars being offered. Perhaps we are all waiting for the Gala excitement to motivate us?