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We have had some meetings in August and September! We had ten Rotarians and some of their significant others attend a presentation by the Ripon Historical Society on prairie restoration on August 18. On August 24 and 31 we had a speaker from the BRAVE program (we spent some time reading to kids at this afterschool event) and also Bethany Lerch who is a Rotary Peace Scholar and a counselor who does a lot of work with victims of domestic violence.
 
Don Bork became a new member in August - welcome!
 
In September, we started the month with a social event hosted by Kevin and Kelly Mundell to meet Hannah, our Rotary Youth Exchange Student from The Netherlands. Our September 14 program was offsite and included a tour of the Little White Schoolhouse learning about the birthplace of the Republican party that took place prior to the Civil War around issues of slavery. Our next program was from the Ripon Area School District and we were informed about the upcoming school referendum and the current sources of revenue.
 
On the 28th, Kelly and Kevin brought ideas to make the Ripon Rotary Club even more dynamic!  Club members talked about ideas and, hopefully, everyone left with a renewed excitement about Rotary!
Ripon Rotary Co-President, Kelly Mundell, brings over 1,000 school supply items to Mrs. Chikowski at Ripon Middle School.  This was part of our monthly 100 Acts of Kindness to celebrate the Club's 100th anniversary!
Our first bulbs were planted on Rotary Square by this wonderful young boy!
Chris Worral and Sharon Provenzano and digging more holes in the background.
More children are helping to plant bulbs!  Liz Nevitt and Chris Worrall and in the background here. 
The September "Acts of Kindness" project was beautifying Rotary Square with over 100 spring bulbs.  Just wait for spring to see the results!
Shop and "do good" at the same time!

Did you know you can shop, help small businesses around the world AND support Ripon Rotary all at the same time??

Well, that is just what you will be doing by shopping at SERRV. 20% of all purchases using the "Shop SERRV" button below will support the Ripon Rotary Foundation.  Our Foundation is used for high school scholarships, international projects and other charitable work around Ripon.

As for SERRV, it is one of the first fair trade organizations in the world.  It began its mission by helping displaced European refugees trade their handcrafts for income after the Second World War. Since then, SERRV has extended its reach to 24 countries worldwide, working to empower over 8,000 artisans and farmers every year by selling their beautiful handcrafts.

Take a look at the wonderful, handcrafted items at SERRV.  Just click on the link below!  Have fun shopping!
Do you know someone who is committed to learning more about how to promote peace in our world?  A Rotary Peach Fellowship might be the way forward!!

The 2023 Rotary Peace Fellowship application is now available, and we need your help finding the next "generation" of global peace and development leaders.

Up to 130 fellows are selected every year in a globally-competitive process based on personal, academic, and professional achievements.  Fellows earn either a master’s degree or a post-graduate diploma in peace and development studies at one of the seven Rotary Peace Centers, located at leading universities around the world.

Over 1,500 program alumni are working in more than 115 countries as leaders in national governments, nongovernmental organizations, education and research, law enforcement, media and the arts, and international organizations such as the United Nations.

Visit the Rotary Peace Fellowships page on this website for detailed information.

Candidates have until 15 May to submit applications to The Rotary Foundation.

Rotary has been working tirelessly to make sure no one else suffers the ravages of polio ever again!  Rotary's goal is eradicate this awful disease from our world!
 
We are 99% of the way there!  With your help, we can banish polio from our Earth!
For more information about Rotary's fight against polio, click on the following link:
https://www.endpolio.org/

 
Remember, the way to end polio is the same as the way to end COVID-19:  GET VACCINATED!!!

JOIN A PROJECT


Ripon Rotary has been working with Fr. Wally Kasuboski in Panama for many years to build a dam and provide water to hundreds of homes.  We continue this partnership to improve the quality of life for those in this area of Panama.

PARTNER WITH US


At Ripon Rotary, we are always looking to work with other groups to improve lives, help our community and work together.  Let us know if you have an idea for a project!
Our annual citrus sale will be coming again soon!  Watch this page and our Facebook page for more information!

DISCOVER NEW CULTURES


Rotary has clubs in over 200 countries around the world.  A recent speaker at a Ripon Rotary meeting is from India.  Rotary strives to bring the world closer together.  We celebrate all the ways we are similar, as well as what each of us can contribute to others!
We have added some beautiful benches to Rotary Square in downtown Ripon!  Now, everyone will have a spot to sit and take some time to enjoy Ripon!
At Ripon Rotary, we welcome everyone!  Period.