Parties, projects discussed at Rotary meeting

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By Peg Wunder

Chairman Harley Overseth asked for an update on the Halloween Party when Rotary met on Monday, Nov. 5, at the Moose.
It was estimated that 196 children attended the party for the little kids. A large number of Rotarians were present to help bring in the games, set them up and take down everything when the party was over. There were also a large number of high school students who came in to help with the games and their assistance was greatly appreciated. There were plenty of free hot dogs and pop handed out to feed the crowd.
Overseth asked for a report from Jan Saylor on the Angel Tree Project. She reported that she has been in contact with Diane Hintz who will collect the requests from the residents for Christmas.
Cindi Volk reported that Social Services have set up their special tree at Great Western Bank. Requests on that tree are from children in Social Services. It was noted that there also is a need for foster parents. Anyone who is interested should contact Social Services.
Mark Dady reported that he has been in contact with Joe Lenz about the Holiday Basketball Classic. Dady said that this year it may be a one-day tourney with four girl’s teams and four boy’s teams. No final decision has been made as of this time.
It was Jan Sayler’s big day so the Rotarians sang Happy Birthday to her.  She refused to divulge her age.
A motion passed unanimously to give A. H. Brown $4,000 toward furnishings for the community room in the new addition. This is the money that was raised by the Roses for Rotary fund raiser. Peg Wunder will present the check.
Patti Feiock, treasurer, will talk with Kohlman, Bierschbach, & Anderson about getting the nonprofit form filed with the IRS by Nov. 15.
The food items that Rotary has been collecting for the last couple of months will be delivered to the Food Pantry by Chairman Overseth next week.
A motion to give $200 to the Share the Spirit Thanksgiving Dinner sponsored by the Moose Club passed unanimously. Rotarians were urged to volunteer to help out that day and to donate food for the dinner.
Dennis Schnabel gave his Rotarian Sweatshirt to our newest Rotarian, Tom Collignon, as this is his last meeting. Dennis has been a Rotarian in Mobridge for 20 years and was president in 2002 and 2003.  Dennis and his wife, Arlie, have been willing volunteers both for Rotary and other organizations in Mobridge. They are moving to Aberdeen and will be missed by everyone.
Jesse Konold spoke briefly about a physics fair that is being planned for Jan. 16, 2013 by Marty Looyenga. Teams of 10 will tackle six different problems. MDU will present a problem at the end of the day that all will attempt to solve.  Konold said that Looyenga will need some volunteers to help with the record keeping, etc. Marty will visit Rotary at a later date and go into further detail about the fair which will run from 8 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. on Jan. 16.
Overseth talked briefly about the goals the district has set for Mobridge Rotary for this next year. In the past the District Foundation goal has been met through the sale of the foundation tickets and Overseth briefly touched on the goal to rid the world of polio.
Last year Mobridge Rotary gave $750 toward that goal. This will be addressed at a further meeting.
Duane Martin was present to win the 50/50 pot. There will be no meeting next Monday, as it is Veterans Day. Cindi Volk will have the program when Rotary meets on Nov.19 at the Moose Club at noon.

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