Archive for February, 2024

Please help us welcome one of our newest Rotarians, Kayla Lian!

I am a proud Prowler Alum, currently serving as the Interim Principal at LHS. I have been in education for 14 years, teaching in a variety of schools, grades, and content areas. I’ve taught in Gilbert, AZ – Buffalo, MN – Watertown-Mayer, MN – and was eventually blessed to make it back home to teach at Franklin Middle School. The majority of my teaching career has been in math, with a few years in reading and social studies. Serving a school is so much more than just the school day. I have led after school tutoring programs, coached a variety of sports, as well as reffed.

I am also currently the co-director of BIO Girls-Thief River Falls. We are coming up on our 3rd year serving the Thief River Falls community. BIO Girls is a preventative mental wellness program, with a mission of improving the self-esteem of 2-6 grade girls. We serve 40 girls each season and round out the season with a 5k. It’s a bucket-filler to lead young ladies in our community through physical activity, while building their self-esteem.

Professional life aside, I am a proud wife and mother. My husband, Christopher Lian, is the 6th grade social studies teacher at FMS. Together we have 5 sons: Kellen (4th gr), Everett and Jackson (2nd grade), Beckett (Kindergarten) and Declan (2yo). We have a family goal of going to every MN State Park, and we spend our summers exploring and camping around the state. We keep busy running to all of the activities our 5 boys find themselves active with, and we are so proud of the little gentlemen they are growing up to be. Being home has enabled us to spend quality time with family in the area, as well as wear our Blues and Golds proudly as a family of 7! Go Prowlers!
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Hello, my name is Hunter Bradley, and I am thrilled to be a part of this dynamic organization dedicated to positive change and service. Originally, I am from the Reno-Sparks area of Nevada, but I moved to Grand Forks in 2019 to attend UND. From there I graduated in the Spring of 2021 with a bachelor’s degree in international studies with minors in political science and French. I am currently working as a district executive for the Boy Scouts of America, where I take part in helping scouting grow through recruitment, fundraising, and more. At 23, I bring a youthful perspective and a reservoir of energy to the Rotary community. I firmly believe that age is not a barrier to making a difference, and I am excited to contribute my skills, learn from seasoned Rotary members, and be part of initiatives that create lasting change. I’m always open to connecting with fellow members and discovering new avenues for collaboration. Feel free to reach out to me at Thank you for the warm welcome, and I am genuinely looking forward to the exciting journey ahead with Rotary Club!

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Thank you Scott Ingram- owner of Ingram’s Candy Store for being Paul Burnett’s guest at our Rotary meeting yesterday!

It was a pleasure to have you and extra sweet to hear your story!

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The news this week, in an online report by Arnold R. Grahl, highlights the continued effort of TRF to lighten the burden of victims of devastating disasters.

A year after the most powerful earthquake in nearly a century devastated parts of Turkey and Syria, Rotary members have helped people rebuild with container homes for hundreds of families, hospital equipment, and other essential support. A special Disaster Relief Fund created by The Rotary Foundation, now closed to contributions, raised more than US$2 million from donors around the world and funded about 60 grants that have allowed Rotary members to provide shelter, medical care, and other necessities. The earthquake on 6 February 2023 killed more than 55,000 people and affected 15 million others across southern Turkey and northern Syria. Many clubs and districts have organized humanitarian initiatives guided by Rotarians in the affected areas. The three districts in Turkey worked together to implement projects totaling US$10 million. Immediately after the earthquake, Rotarians in Turkey set up three tent cities to provide temporary shelter for 2,000 families. The districts have since used US$50,000 Disaster Response Grants coupled with other funds to establish two container cities while providing support for a third container city built by the local government in Ankara. Refik Kutluer, president of the Rotary Club of Ankara International, says his club arranged for six children whose limbs were amputated from injuries suffered in the earthquake to receive prosthetic limbs at hospitals in the United States. The treatments were provided at no cost to the families. “All these children have returned home and are again able to walk,” Kutluer says. “They continue to express their gratitude to Rotary saying that after the earthquake, they felt hopeless, but now they have been restored to life.” The Ankara International club also provided a mobile science laboratory and classroom for Ata College, almost completely destroyed by the earthquake. The school lost 26 students, two teachers, and two staff members in the quake. Classes are being held in prefabricated buildings. Rotary and Rotaract members have also purchased essential equipment for a hospital in Antakya. Using two US$50,000 grants, District 2430, Turkey, provided an ultrasound machine that hospital administrators requested as well as equipment to perform colonoscopies and endoscopies.

Written by Christopher W Knapp, District 6000 Foundation Chair

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We are excited for our upcoming Rotary guest presentations!
2/27/24 Scott Ingram, Owner of Ingram’s candy store hosted by Paul Burnett
3/5/24 Cory Bushee and Shannon Jesme – North Star Neighbors hosted by Mark Thune
3/12/24 Student Essay and scholarship winners hosted by Paul Burnett
3/19/24 Tessah Vikre – Director of Lifecare Pregnancy Center hosted by Terri Averill
3/26/24 TBD hosted by Paul Adams
4/2/24 Digi-Key Update by Shane Zutz
All at noon at the Legion. We look forward to seeing our Rotary members and guests at our upcoming meetings and hope you have a great day!
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The Rotary Club of East Nassau (The Bahamas) jubilantly crossed the finish line at its Million Dollar Dinner on Saturday night, achieving an ambitious goal of raising $1 million to help fund Rotary Foundation projects that improve the lives of countless individuals. The Million Dollar Meal concept was started in 1959 by a club in Stoughton District (Wisconsin). It is now an established part of Rotary International fundraising for The Rotary Foundation. Speaking at an interview with The Nassau Guardian, president of Rotary Club of East Nassau, Christian Knowles describes the feat as “surreal,…to do something that no other club has done before is so empowering and inspiring and at the same time, I know it’s gratifying because I know that those other clubs are going to do the same thing and I want them to do the same thing and I can’t wait for them to do it.” The fundraiser was attended by donors who made pledges of $10,000 or more to The Rotary Foundation and by Rotarians, among them Barry Rassin, past Rotary International president and chairman of The Rotary Foundation Board of Trustees.

Past Rotary International President Jennifer Jones who was the keynote speaker, recently traveled to Abaco and Grand Bahama to see firsthand the difference Rotary made on the ground in the days, weeks and months after the ferocious Hurricane Dorian uprooted the lives of tens of thousands of people. Speaking with The Nassau Guardian, Jennifer said, “What has been really wonderful is to be able to see some of the work that’s been done hands on by the clubs, and in particular East Nassau, and then to culminate it tonight with this huge $1 million fundraising dinner and to cross the finish line in real time while we were here was nothing short of remarkable, and what this means is that it allows us as an organization to do so much good for people in the community here and in other communities around the world.” – Christopher W Knapp, District 6000 Foundation Chair
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Thank you Dr. Chris Mills for your updates on our school district today and willingness to answer our questions!

Congratulations to Beth Nelson for receiving your Paul Harris award pin at today’s meeting as well! Your generosity doesn’t go unnoticed and we appreciate you being a Rotarian!

What is the Paul Harris Award? Great Question: “Continuing the legacy of our founder, the Paul Harris Fellow program recognizes individuals who contribute, or who have contributions made in their name, of $1,000 to The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International.” –,Rotary%20Foundation%20of%20Rotary%20International.

If making a positive impact in other people’s lives in important to you. Than Rotary is the place to be! You can come check us out for free one, two, or even three times before deciding if becoming a rotarian is right for you. So, what are you waiting for?
Oh, and did you hear? We have scholarships available for our first year members to save you up to 60%. Don’t wait, come check out a TRF Rotary meeting soon. We would love to have you!
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We look forward to hearing from our fellow Rotarian, Dr. Chris Mills, about the school district budget adjustments at today’s meeting.

If you aren’t a Rotarian already, today would be a great day to come check us out as a guest for free.

Please reach out with questions and happy President’s day!


Thank you to Paul Kamrud for being our guest speaker today and telling us about your and Priscilla Von Ende story opening The Piggy BBQ of Thief River Falls! We enjoyed hearing your story and look forward to enjoying more of your delicious food in the future!

Coming up next week we will have our TRF School Superintendent, Dr. Chris Mills, speaking about the ISD Budget Adjustments.

Last but not least, one of our Rotarians, Jim Dagg, is working with a friend to deliver used baseball gloves to children in Cuba. Therefore, if you have one or more laying around that isn’t being used. Please connect with Jim before this Friday to give him your old gloves so he can make sure the kids who need them in Cuba can get them.

Thank you all and we hope you have a great day!

Friendly reminder that our meeting this week is at our normal time and place= Tuesday at noon at the Legion.

We look forward to seeing our Rotarians and their guests there tomorrow for delicious meal and great conversation.