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Five people join Rotary

Submitted photo From left are Jamestown Rotary President Nick Schmidt, Rotary member Dave Smette and new Rotary member Robert Carlson.

Dave Smette, immediate past governor of Rotary 5580, updated the Jamestown Rotary Club on the past year’s programs. The local Rotary district raised $127,000 toward the elimination of polio around the world. The Bill Gates Foundation matched this amount 2 for 1. The local district raised more than $90,000 for ambassador programs, building projects in Third World countries and education programs for kids. Smette also discussed a book that was sent to him from Howard Buffet (son of Warren Buffet) titled “Forty Chances.” This book speaks to how to help people in other countries raise food. This book was sent to all Rotary Clubs in hopes that Rotary can help in the food crisis in other countries.

Robert Carlson was inducted into membership of the Jamestown Rotary Club. His membership sponsor was Smette.

Nick Schmidt presided over the meeting. “Happy Dollars” were collected by Sergeant-at-Arms Kyle Wensmann. The invocation was given by Nick Schmidt. Songs were led by Marv Tokach. Three-minute talks were given by five new Rotarians. Austin Bauer is in ad sales for The Jamestown Sun. He is a graduate of Jamestown College and met his wife there. His hobbies are golf and working on pinball machines. Kyle Wensmann is the new manager at Coborn’s. He is a graduate of St. Cloud (Minnesota) State University. His main hobby is aviation. He has flown a plane more than 150 hours. Evan Workin is the new executive of the Boy Scouts. He is a graduate of North Dakota State University. His main hobby is curling. He has attended tournaments in California and Alaska. Carlson is a graduate of Minot State University and graduate school at University of North Dakota. He is the former president of North Dakota Farmers Union. He is retired. He has traveled extensively all over the world with his positions with Farmers Union and other positions he has held. His hobbies include reading, golf, biking and kayaking. Cali Sailer is a graduate of Jamestown College and works at First Community Credit Union. Her interests are volleyball and softball.

Bauer is in charge of today’s program. Eric Monson will lead the songs, and Quincy Backen will be the sergeant-at-arms. Katie Andersen will lead the invocation.