MPHS teacher organizing Smarts Challenge

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By Jan Sayler

Marty Looyenga on Monday, Dec. 17, shared his plans with the Mobridge Rotary Club for a physics event for area students to be held on Jan. 30 at Scherr-Howe Event Center.
Looyenga, a Mobridge-Pollock teacher, said the Mobridge Area Smarts Challenge will run from 9:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Twenty-three schools have been contacted and he has received positive feedback. Several schools have already committed to attend.Teams will have up to 10 participants and the competition is open to all high school students, not just physics students. The schools will need to prepare three events in advance and three at the event.  Events include: Thinking on Your Feet; Mousetrap Cars; Up, Up and Away; Do as I Write; Sling and Catch; and Chain Gang. Marty has received financial assistance for this program from the Mobridge Chamber, MDU, Mobridge Economic Development, and Goldsmith & Heck. Marty would like Rotary to assist with manpower on an event or two. He provided a handout to explain the events in detail, gave his contact information and asked for our assistance on that day.
Larry Lyngstad, Rotary Assistant Governor for District 5610, made a club visit and provided Mobridge members with information on Education for Rotarians. There are three levels of training to complete and the dates have been set in January, February, and March with additional dates to follow throughout the year. Larry encouraged our club to send two to three local Rotarians to this training. This will be discussed further at our next business meeting in January.
After discussion, a motion was carried to spend $200 on a basket of Mobridge items to be donated for the Rotary Foundation Fundraiser. This motion included the request for this basket to be done by Rotarian John Rothstein’s wife, Vicki.
The Senior Angel Tree project will be wrapped up today. Dr. Linde, Bill Zacher and Tom Collignon will pick up the gifts from the seven participating churches and deliver them to the Golden LivingCenter. The club extended a huge thank you to the following congregations for all their generosity in providing gifts to residents of the Golden LivingCenter:  Trinity Lutheran, St. Joseph’s Catholic, Zion Lutheran, United Methodist, Family Worship, Cornerstone and First Baptist. The residents appreciate this very much.
The Rotary Basketball Classic is Dec. 27 and 28. A sign-up sheet was circulated for working the games including shifts for the hospitality room. Rotary will supply the food for the hospitality room.
There will be no Rotary meetings on Monday, Dec. 24 or Monday, Dec. 31.
At the Jan. 7 business meeting we will discuss a Solar Oven project the Brookings unit is working on. John Badgley will have a program on the upcoming Ice Fishing Tournament.
Upcoming programs will presented by Bruce Brekke on Jan. 14, Bill Zacher on Jan. 21, and Tom Collignon on Jan. 28. The monthly business meeting will be held on Feb. 4.
Dr. Herb McClellan won the football pool. Dawn Konold was not present to win the 50/50 drawing.

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