Virtual Mentors Needed to Support Orono High School Students

Orono STRIVE is a program designed to pair community mentors with Orono high school students.

STRIVE is offered through a partnership between the Orono High School and Orono Rotary.  The program focuses on engaging students by providing encouragement and support to help students discover their own strengths and take charge of their education, career and goals. Mentoring occurs virtually once per month during the school day. If you would like more information about volunteering please contact Genna Torney at or 952-449-8338 X6350. 


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Posted on Feb 10, 2017
Orono Rotary‚Äôs annual Ice Madness is a wintery community event jam packed with outdoor fun for all ages! Show off your skills in different events, visit the Winter Village, and so much more! Stop into the Red Rooster throughout the day for delicious food. Breakfast is served from 10am to 12pm, and there will be an auction, live music, and awards after the event closes at 2pm.
Schedule of Events:
Winter Village (9 am to 2 pm)
Includes skating rink, bonfire, kids' events and more!
Winter Rescue Demo (11 am to 1 pm)
Medallion Hunt (starts at 10 am) Grand Prize is a basket from local merchants!
Snowshoe Demonstrations (10 am to 12 pm)
Auction at Red Rooster to follow, along with food and music!
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West Metro Rotaract Kick-Off Event

Be a Part of Something New!

Local Rotary clubs are launching a new Rotaract Club for young professionals ages 18-30. Rotaract stands for "Rotary in Action" with clubs throughout the world. 
Thank you for joining us on Tuesday, April 7, 2015 for an evening of networking, learning and fun. 
Guest Speaker: Jacquie Berglund, co-founder and CEO of Finnegan's Brewing, told her story of her mission to "turn beer into food."


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Meeting Notes from 2/12

Thank you Jay
Visting: Ted Knutson and Bob Halagan
Next week club assembly
Highway clean-up - date is May 9th
Fiesta Grande celebration - March 7
Happy Bucks:
Traveling plans
Youth Exchange conference
Drug Task Force - 3.2 million off streets
Mike moving to Denver
Valentine's Day plans
Speaker Notes:
Bob Halagan - Buffalo Rotary and District Governor elect
First generation American from Czechoslavakia
First one in family to graduate college, also went to law school
Wrote grant as Bufflao Rotary president to help Guatamalen children get education
Rotary clubs should be asking for more grant money
District is asking for each member to give $365 to Foundation
Trying to reach $1 million
Trying to get to 300 Paul Harris Fellows - $1000 per year in charitable giving
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Veteran's Day Celebration

Join us November 11 for Two Veteran's Day Celebrations
Orono High School
10:30 (Public enter through gym doors)
Nelson Park
4 pm
Social at Red Rooster to follow
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Welcome to the newest members of the Orono Rotary Club.

Posted by Chrysanne Manoles on Apr 02, 2014

From left: Greg Olsen, Ann Smith, Jeremy Kringler (Lake Community Bank); Jen Stofer (ChiroCenter); Justin McCoy (City of Maple Plain); Chris Fischer (City of Orono); Tessia Melvin (City of Maple Plain); Correy Farniok (City of Orono); Kathi Tunheim. 


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Fun at Taste of Long Lake and Orono

Posted by Chrysanne Manoles on Dec 18, 2011


Orono Rotarians had fun organizing and greeting guests at the 2nd annual Taste of Long Lake and Orono.  On Friday, September 30, 2011, over 300 visitors mingled among food and beverage vendors in the Otten Brothers greenhouse. Domino's Pizza owner Dave Miller introduced the new Artisan Pizzas.  We also sampled the new soft serve ice cream flavors now available at The 10 Sports Dome.  Take a look at the photo album in the left hand column for more fun.

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Youth Exchange Students, August 2011 - July 2012

Posted by Chrysanne Manoles on Dec 11, 2011

CharlieCharlie left the comfort of Orono in August, 2011, to spend one year in Chile as a Rotary Youth Exchange Student.



 Amalie is here from Denmark, spending her exchange year at Orono High School.  


The Orono Rotary Club participates in the North Star Rotary Youth Exchange Program. Outbound students between the ages of 16 and 18 attend high school and live with host families in one of over 30 different countries.  For more information please visit:


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A Visit to Orono City Hall and Police Department

Posted by Chrysanne Manoles

Today's meeting was held at the Orono City Hall and Police Department.  Thank you City Administrator Jessica Loftus and Chief Correy Farniok for your warm hospitality.  


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Meeting of 3-20-2014

Posted by Dave Shaughnessy
Guests and Visiting Rotarians:
  • Lisa - exchange student from Sweden
  • Justin McCoy - City of Maple Plain new member
  • Weekend of April 25 - Feed My Starving Children
  • April 3rd - new member meeting, welcome to the club
  • Melanie and Matt - revamp computers for needy in April, can anyone assist?
  • Assistant District Governor - Coach Kill as speaker late spring/early summer
Happy Bucks Highlights:
  • Spring Breaks
  • Start of track and field
  • Visiting relatives
  • Refreshed Rotary website
Speaker Notes:
  • Margo Worman from Woman Venture
  • Woman Venture is a non-profit to assist women in entrepreneurial ventures
  • Discussed MNSure - marketplace for individuals, families and businesses to shop for insurance
  • Site can help determine eligibility for services
  • Created as part of the Federal Affordable Care Act
  • Goal is over 1 million users by 2016
  • MA/MNCare will account for 800,000
  • Used by small businesses with 2-50 employees
  • Must have 75% of employees on MNSure to purchase group coverage
  • Individual deadline for sign-up is March 31
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Writing Letters to the Troops with Fred DuFault

Posted by Chrysanne Manoles

We miss fellow Rotarian Fred DuFault who is serving in Afghanistan.  Our service project of the month was sending letters to his troops.  Stay safe and come home soon, Fred.  More photos are in the album.



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Keeping Kids Warm this Winter

Posted by Chrysanne Manoles

Mary Bakken delivered hats, mittens and scarves to a local charity in hopes of keeping kids warm this winter.  Just in the nick of time, too.



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Veterans Day

Posted by Chrysanne Manoles

The bitter cold didn't deter these citizens from attending the Veterans Day ceremony at Nelson Lakeside Park on the shores of Long Lake.  More photos are in the photo album entitled "Veterans Day 2013".


The bitter cold couldn't keep these patriotic attendees away from the ceremony held at Nelson Lakeside Park on the shores of Long Lake.  

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Recent Meetings

Posted by Dave Shaughnessy


Date:  11/7/13

Guests and Visiting Rotarians:  Brian McCollor (Speedy)

Announcements:  Melanie gave an update on the International Festival. This year Rotary Club of Orono had a UN stamp for around the world activity. The young children who did the dance were very good and very proud of themselves.  This is a great contribution our club makes to this event.


No meeting on Thursday next week as we are meeting at the Bayview Center in Excelsior on Tuesday, November 12, at noon with several other clubs.


We will contribute $200 to the Warm, Hands, Heads, and Hearts project again this year.


The Veteran’s Day ceremony will be at 4:30, Monday, November 11, at Nelson Park.  If you can’t make that one there is one at the Nursing Home in Maple Plain at 2:00 on Monday.


Happy Bucks Highlights:  Happy the Orono School District Referendum passed. Melanie was happy Andy won the Scarecrow contest in Maple Plain. (music/band theme).  Kevin was happy he got to go to the Delta Marsh in Manitoba, Canada duck hunting.  Ted figured out the old way of looking for deer is better than new technology. Mike is hoping luck will change in watching the Texas A&M football team this weekend.


Speaker Notes:  Scott Welle was our speaker this morning.  He is a motivational speaker for personal, business, sports psychology, or just about any area. 


Scott gave an example of how things get into your head.  “Pushing the SUBMIT button to sign up for something you are really not sure you want or can accomplish.”  

Most everyone’s fear is “public speaking”.  Why? You feel judged. 

All successful athletes have 1) a good attitude and feel grateful when they wake up in the morning.  This puts them into a good mindset for the day.  3 things that help you become successful: 1) attitude

                                                         2) effort

                                                         3) preparation   

How we adopt habits:

We try to change too much in too little time.  Only 5% can change things this way.  Start out changing 1 little thing for 30 days.  Then another  small thing the next 30 days and so forth.  You then will be more successful changing 12 different things in a year.


Awareness of small habits create outcome best.


3 things people wish they would have done more:

1)   more time with relationships

2)   more fun

3)   taken more risks  

Breaking outside of your comfort zone within reason helps fulfill life.

October 31st Meeting

Happy Halloween.  Happy bucks were filled with stories of the past Halloween activities.

Our speaker was Lisa, who is an Exchange Student with us for the year.  Lisa talked about her mother who is a teacher and her father who is a salesman of computers.  Lisa's brother is 21 years old and is currently serving I the army; she also has a 7 year old sister and a 3 year old brother.  Tintin, the family dog, rounds out her family.

School is divided into 1st - 3rd, 4th - 6th, and 7th - 9th grades.  After 9th grade students choose a track which they would like to pursue and can choose which school they wish to attend.  Lisa's school was about an hour away from home by bus.

October 24th Meeting

Guests and visiting Rotarians:

- Ted Knutsen's granddaughters

- Art Hoffman and Brian Bratt from West Metro Rotaract


- November 12th District meeting with Excelsior, Wayzata and surrounding communities

- Club Assembly next week to continue visioning session

- The Pavilion Project is going very well and the school district is very happy with the project

Happy Buck Highlights:

- Mike Fleitman is going to Texas A&M for the football game

- Kevin Krolczyk is happy about going bowling with the Bakkens

- Diane is excited about going to Washington

- Chrysanne is happy for a relaxed week

Speaker Notes:

- Brian and Art talked about Rotaract and engaging local youth

- There are 10,000 Rotaract Clubs in the US

- There are 3 Rotaract Clubs in Minnesota 

- Birmingham Rotaract is the largest in the nation

- The mission is to Learn, Socialize, and Serve

- 7 Members in the current club

- The website is

- Our club can be a speaker at Rotaract soon

- Upcoming event on November 12th at Rojo Grill titled "Unleashing Your Professional Potential Through Service"

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International Festival

Posted by Chrysanne Manoles

Iris Erickson recently returned from her exchange year in Sweden.  She was our secret weapon at last Friday's International Festival.  Lots of younger students asked about her experience living away from home for one year.  

Iris at International Festival

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Orono Rotary Learning Pavilion Dedication

Posted by Chrysanne Manoles
On Friday, October 11, 2013, community leaders and residents gathered on the grounds of the Oliver Grieb Abbott Environmental Learning Center to dedicate the Orono Rotary Learning Pavilion.  This facility will enable Orono students to learn in a beautiful outdoor setting on the shores of Lake Classen.

Watch the video here: Orono Rotary Learning Pavilion Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony and then see more photos in the Photo Albums section.Image
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Weekly Bulletin for August 22nd

Posted by Dave Shaughnessy




Next Thursday, August 29, our speaker will be Roger Ackley.  His marketing efforts resulted in steady growth for the Lake Minnetonka-Excelsior Rotary club.  Please come to hear his ideas.


Also, next week we'll be meeting at the Pavilion, weather permitting.  Take a look at the recently uploaded photos of the pavilion and get excited.


Mark your calendars for Monday, October 7, around 4:00 pm.  We'll be led by a team of professional Rotarians who have helped many clubs plan their strategies for growth and goals.  All members are encouraged to attend.




Our newest exchange student, Lisa from Sweden, came to her first Orono Rotary meeting with Anna Meehan and Iris Erickson.  


Kathi Tunheim and her parents stopped by for breakfast.  Kathi's father served in the Air Force and wanted to listen to our speaker.





Dick Steiner, retired Air Force pilot, brought maps and stories about his years of service in the Air Force.  From 1956 - 1966, Dick flew bombers.  He gave us a list of the 48 Air Force Bases utilized throughout the USA, Europe and Far East.  We will always be indebted to those like Dick who served our country and to our current member, Fred DuFault, who serves us now.

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Welcome Lisa

Posted by Dave Shaughnessy

Lisa Aug 22


Our newest Exchange Student Lisa from Sweden attended our August 22nd meeting with Anna and Iris. 

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Posted by Dave Shaughnessy

Reminder that the quarterly invoices have been sent

Orono Rotary Meeting Notes  July 18, 2013

Guests:  Andy and Lori Meehan and Rea James - host parents for Stephanie our exchange student from Germany who was our speaker.
Announcements:  Pavilion Work Day on Thursday July 25 from 1-7 pm to install paver floor.  RSVP to Andy DeLuca who is coordinating this as his Eagle Project.  No morning meeting will be held on the 25th.
Happy Buck Highlights included lots of thanks for our great exchange students this year!  We were very happy to welcome Rick Shenk back after 2 floods in his home, a car accident in the family and a heart attack.  Members shared fun memories of staying cool as kids in creeks, sprinklers, pools or not staying cool depending on where everyone grew up!
Stephanie shared photos of her year here in the US and told about all the things she saw and experienced from homecoming and prom to activities like gymnastics and lacrosse.  She went to the BWCA, northern MN, Chicago and AZ and the Grand Canyon with her host families.  She loved the east coast trip with all the other exchange students visiting NY City, Washington D.C., Orlando, Chicago and all places in-between.  
She will miss all of us and we will miss her (and Sofia) now that they have returned home!
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Community Service Project Helps Make a Dream Come True (In more than one way)

Posted by Chrysanne Manoles



When the Orono Rotary Club announced plans last fall to lead the building of an outdoor classroom on the Orono schools’ campus, great things happened.


First, a long-time wish of many teachers and educators who have had a vision for using and enhancing this unique space located near the shores of Lake Claussen west of the stadium on the school’s main campus was finally becoming a reality.  And second, a family who has long desired to create a special memorial for their son finally had an opportunity to realize their vision.


And so, at the Orono School Board meeting held April 8, an agreement was accepted to name the nature preserve area as the “Oliver Grieb Abbott Environmental Learning Center” in memory of Oliver Abbott who died at the age of four and a half in June of 2005.  The Orono schools have also agreed that the outdoor classroom being constructed on that site will be named the “Orono Rotary Learning Pavilion.”


“Over the years there have been many who have worked on making this a reality,” said Karen Orcutt, the Orono School’s Superintendent.  “The dream has taken different forms with different originators,” she said.  “But then Orono Rotary stepped up to make this happen and stick with the project through its many ups and downs.”


When the Abbott family learned of the project, from their friend John Quinlivan, they along with Oliver’s grandmother Patricia Grieb Abbott, stepped forward with funding offers as a tribute to Oliver.


In an emotional address to those gathered, Willi Abbott thanked everyone involved in making his dream come true. Speaking on behalf of his wife Kimberli, their three children, Morgan, Henry and George all of whom were in attendance, Willi expressed, “While everyone here is thanking us, it is our family that is grateful for the wonderful gift you have given us. This memorial to “my little buddy” is creating a space that will honor him and keep his memory alive, an honor that will last many lifetimes.” He later stated, “Kim said it best, ‘This is perfect, it’s where Oliver is, outside, where I feel him most.’ That’s where he is for me too.”


Roland Aberg, a nationally renowned landscape architect and community resident, designed the pavilion with an eye to future expansion to make the nature preserve a truly glorious place. Aberg and his architectural firm, Hart Howerton, along with Orono art instructor Jo-Anne Kirkman, have also been instrumental in designing and installing a series of trails and viewing platforms in the nature preserve area.


“This is a shining example of what happens when civic, community and private enterprise all work together for the greater good,” said John Malone, Chair of the Orono School Board.  “I can’t help but believe this will serve as a model for other schools and organizations to follow.”


“This project is the result of many supporters, and will be a wonderful addition for our children that will enhance the learning experience for generations to come, “ said Mike Fleitman, Orono Rotary President.  “We are within $7,500 of our initial funding goal for this $100,000 project.  The footings and posts went in last fall, and we should finish building this spring.  So there are still ways to get involved and funding needs to help finish the project.”


Orono Rotary’s efforts to fund construction of the pavilion have been aided by grants from two other area Rotary clubs from Wayzata and Plymouth, as well as Rotary district matching grants, generous donations from Lake Community Bank, the Orono Class of 2012 and a number of individual donors.  Additional donations are being sought to complete and enhance the project.  


In connection with its fundraising efforts, Orono Rotary has established four recognition levels: Partnership Donors ($5,000+), Pillar Donors ($1,500+), Foundation Donors ($500+), and Supporting Donors ($150+).  While donations of any amount will be gratefully accepted by the Orono Rotary Foundation, donors in these categories will be recognized permanently at the pavilion site.  For more information, contact Rotary members Mike Fleitman at or Bob Tunheim at

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Mad Hatter's Ball on February 2, 2013

Posted by Chrysanne Manoles

Everyone is welcome to the Mad Hatter's Ball:

Date:    Saturday, February 2

Time:    6:30 PM

Place:   Skyrock Farm
        2825 Willow Drive
            Hamel, MN

Dress:  Casual + a hat

Food catered by Birch's.  Cash bar.

Price: $35/person

Register at:

All proceeds to benefit the Nature Pavilion, a beautiful new outdoor learning center to be constructed behind Schumann Elementary School in the spring of 2013.

Mad Hatter 2013

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Honoring our Veterans

Posted by Chrysanne Manoles


Our third annual Veteran's Day celebration took place at Otten Brothers.  Though the skies were cloudy, it didn't deter the community from showing their support.   National Guard troops based in Monticello, MN, brought vehicles for young and old alike to admire.  The Orono Police and Long Lake Fire Department joined us with their vehicles.  American Legion Post 514 provided the color guard and flag ceremony.  The prayer was given by the Legion Chaplain and then Gary McPherson, Post Commander, said a few words.  Lieutenant Colonel Fred DuFault, Orono Rotarian and local resident, then gave a powerful keynote speech about the state of our military.  We were reminded to thank the veteran that you know and to pray for the active soldier and their family.

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Germany through Stefanie's Eyes

Posted by Chrysanne Manoles


Stefanie Boschmann presented a wonderful overview of Germany and what life is like there.  Her photos were beautiful and it was fun to see her small home town.  So charming.

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Constructing the Nature Pavilion

Posted by Dave Shaughnessy


The Orono Rotary Club is taking the lead in constructing a Nature Pavilion to be located behind Schumann Elementary School.  The ground was broken in the fall of 2012 and completion is expected in the spring of 2013.  The pavilion will enhance the classroom experience by allowing students to learn outdoors and will also be a gathering place for the community.  

Proceeds from the Mad Hatter's Ball 2013 will go directly to support this worthwhile project.  Look for more information about Mad Hatter 2013 and come be a part of the fun.

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Be a Rotary Exchange Student

Posted by Melanie DeLuca

North Star YE

Applications are due by Oct. 31 and interviews will be held with Orono Rotary Club members on Nov. 2.  Applicants that are selected by the Orono Rotary Club to go on to district interviews will be notified the first week of Nov. and will have a district interview on Dec. 6th.  
Go to the district youth exchange web site for more information and to access the application. Go to the Prospective Students tab. Once the application is submitted, further instructions will be sent out to the applicant.

Remember - Oct. 31 is the local deadline for applying and November 9th is the deadline by which all applications must be recommended to the district level.
Questions? Contact Youth Exchange Officer Melanie DeLuca at 


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Summer Parades

Posted by Chrysanne Manoles
It's been an August of local parades.  Here we are in Maple Plain.  Thanks John Turnham, Mike Fleitman and Bob Tunheim.

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Fun at the Mad Hatter's Ball

Posted by Chrysanne Manoles
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Fun was had by all at the Mad Hatter's Ball! 

The Cinco de Mayo theme leant itself to inspiring hats and colorful clothing.  Max Manoles and his quartet entertained all evening long. Silent auction proceeds will fund the Nature Pavilion on the grounds of the Orono Schools.  Thank you to everyone who attended....see you next year!  Check out additional photos in the Photo Album called "Mad Hatter 2012".

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DECA Project Spotlights Orono Rotary Club

Posted by Dave Shaughnessy

Congratulations to Kelsie Quast and Kiersten Savoie who won second place at the MN DECA tournament on March 4-6, 2012. They are on their way to the National tournament in Salt Lake City.  Their project called “Entrepreneurship Promotion Project” will help the Orono Rotary Club grow its membership by creating an improved presence online.  Come hear them speak to our Rotary club on April 19, 7:15 AM, at the Lake Community Bank in Long Lake.  Congratulations Kelsie and Kiersten!
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