Rotary Club of Mount Horeb
PO Box 173
Mount Horeb, Wisconsin 53572
Meets Noon every Wednesday.  Skal Public House


Norsk News 10/5/2022

Attendance: S. Neshlyaeva, H. Kopras, R Christian, J Steinhauer, E Grabe, S Salerno, Andy Woodcock, S. Bollig, S & F Wallitsch, P Christiansen, J Burns, K White, T Wedig

Trailer clean up Sat. Oct. 15th at 503 Parkview Dr. 10 a.m.-until finished.

10/26 District Gov. visits. We are still collecting gifts for a basket to present. Board members meet at 11 a.m. prior to lunch to meet with the governor.

Guest: Andy Woodcock, Rotarian from Cedar Rapids of Birch Lake Hospitality which manages Grand Stay Hotel here in Mount Horeb.

Guest Students: Gwen Mahoney, Natalie Broderick from Interact to share about the Neighbors Helping Neighbors event 10/16 at the Intermediate Center school parking lot from 12 until 4 pm

Club interact is picking up and coordinating food. Rotary members are asked to contribute, or hand out food.

Treasurer’s report: Set up a meeting to have accounts match the budgets, coming soon to schedule.

Secretary’s Report: Liz has been covering for our Secretary Peggy who is out of the country.

New Generations: Judy: update on Soren who is having a wonderful experience. Getting a taste of harvesting olives, wine and he thanks us for the opportunity.

Exchange students for next year: put the word out for anyone interested. 1 family is set up for hosting.

Anyone interested in being a host family for ’23-24 contact Judy.

Club members considering working with students need to go through the rotary volunteer application process. Go to website for the volunteer application. Click on this link:

There are 7 applications for student rotarians

Grants: Met Monday night about goals, applications open throughout November with submittal Deadline 3/1 to be presented at the 5th Wed. in May

November: EREY everyone gives $100 to qualify for the district loans. Payment can be made at

Still up to be scheduled is International Night, and Travel to Puerto Rico.

Russ: we can go to PR, it is done, it’s ready. The building was hurricane proof, powered by solar. Was up and running after the storm in a few days. Going after hurricane, early Nov. Mid Jan.-early Feb. are good days.

Find out who interested in the club. Depending on the number of people accommodations could be hotel, or whole house. Locations are La Perla (where the video was filmed near Old San Juan) and Louisa, a more indigenous area.

We can fly direct from (ORD) Ohare airport for $500. 4 hour flight.

Shawn discussed having a fund that can be given out at will. There is a set-aside of monies available as a separate grant fund for whatever kind of grant we choose.

Social: Finishing up with follow up thank you and mailed donation for the elevator fund to Mount Horeb United Methodist Church. No social on the next 5th Wednesday. In place of 5th Wednesday social will be lunch meeting at 12:00 on 11/30.

Fundraising Paul: 10th ticket & raffle items, just checking to see if they have been picked up or given out. Super Bowl Brunch will be coming sooner than we think. Notes for the brunch are missing on shared folder on g-drive. Anyone who has any notes or files to share on google drive please forward to Paul.

Future President Elect: Looking for next president elect for ’23-24. Russ expressed that is is a great way to be involved, and if you are on the board you already know what is entailed in the duty.

Susan: there are people who can step in if you can’t run every meeting. People will help, work gets divided up, and we are more organized on dividing up the work.

Recruiting New Members: Russ encouraged people who know the list of possible new members to stay in touch. Liz suggested sending out our Thank You cards to prospects thanking them for what they do for the community as a way to reach out and build rapport.

Thanks for your patience as I fill in for Peggy with Norsk News.


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In response to the deepening humanitarian crisis caused by the war in Ukraine, The Rotary Foundation has created an official channel for donors around the world to contribute funds to support the relief efforts underway by Rotary districts and has designated its Disaster Response Fund as the main avenue for contributions.

To this end, The Rotary Foundation has approved:

  • Now through 30 June 2022, designated Rotary districts that border Ukraine and the Rotary district in Ukraine may apply for grants of up to $50,000 each from the Disaster Response Fund. These expedited disaster response grants can be used to provide relief to refugees or other victims of the crisis including items such as water, food, shelter, medicine and clothing.
  • During this same period, other impacted Rotary districts that wish to offer support to refugees or other victims of the crisis in their district can apply for $25,000 grants from the Disaster Response Fund.
  • Now through 30 April 2022, Rotary districts can transfer unallocated District Designated Funds (DDF) to support the Disaster Response Fund, directly supporting these Ukraine-specific humanitarian grants.
  • Contributions to the Disaster Relief Fund in support of Ukraine can be made here. All funds need to be received into the Disaster Response Fund by 30 April 2022 in order to qualify for use in support of the Ukrainian relief efforts.
  • Although the Disaster Response Fund will be the main avenue for Rotary Foundation support, Rotary and Rotaract clubs are also encouraged to create their own responses to the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine.

In addition to support provided through the Disaster Response Fund, the Foundation is coordinating with partners and regional leaders, exploring effective solutions to the increased humanitarian needs.

  • We are in contact with the United Nations High Commission on Refugees – USA to prepare for and respond to the needs of those being displaced in Ukraine and to neighboring countries.
  • ShelterBox, our project partner for disaster response, is in communication with Rotary members in Eastern Europe to explore how it may offer support with temporary transitional housing and other essential supplies.
  • The Rotary Action Group for Refugees, Forced Displacement, and Migration is also mobilizing its resources to assist in this crisis.

More than 2 million people have fled Ukraine and are in dire need of emergency aid. The United Nations estimates that number could grow to as many as 5 million people displaced. Rotary clubs in Europe and around the world have stepped up their relief work, some working on the ground to help displaced families.

We will continue to monitor the situation in Ukraine and neighboring countries. Visit My Rotary and follow Rotary on social media to stay updated on how clubs can get involved and what actions Rotary members have taken and the impact it has had for people in the region.

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