(From left to right: Richard Laager, Mark Lindquist, Steve Lillestol, Joe Hedrick)
After TRF representative Richard Laager narrowly missed the award for collecting the most clothes-pins (handed out by Fargo’s Interact Club), a deal was made to purchase the bottle of wine for $50 and auction it off at the next TRF Rotary meeting. As the original winner of the prize, Mark Lindquist graciously agreed to donate the money traded for the bottle to the PolioPlus fund. Another $100 was donated in Thief River Falls on May 13, 2014 for the Polio Plus fund by Tom Greelis, bringing the donation total to $150. Using “Rotary Math”, a 2-to-1 match is applied by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation bringing the total donation to $450. As every vaccination costs 60 cents, this single act of “service above self” means that 750 children will be vaccinated.
Richard Sather (left) and Ezra Grothe (center) presented their science project to the TRF Rotary on April 29, 2014. Richard and Ezra recently took first prize at the Bemidji Regional Science Fair Competition. Top prize at the regional science fair allowed the team to compete at the International Science and Engineering Fair. TRF Rotary donated $500 to the team in order to help cover miscellaneous expenses associated with their trip. The ISEF will be held May 12th – 16th in Los Angeles, CA. Hannah Brickson and Brandon Kasparick will also attend the event as student observers. Hannah and Brandon will be competing in regionals next year. (The check was presented by Randy Hultgren.)