Rotary Club of Brookings
Installation has begun on two “Born Learning Trails” in Hillcrest and McClemans Parks, thanks to support from the Brookings Rotary Club and the Brookings Area United Way.
Born Learning Trails are a series of 10 reinforced signs that offer fun, evidence-based learning activities for young children and their families and are a source of free outdoor play in the community.
Funding for the project was made possible by a donation from the Brookings Rotary Club, this year celebrating its 100th year, as well as a grant from Rotary District 5610, the Brookings Area United Way, and labor from the Brookings Park District and local Rotarians.
Rotary Clubs of Marshall
Donated iPads to Local Care Facilities
Noon Rotary Club and Sunrise Rotary Club of Marshall, MN recently came together and provided funds in the amount of $2,500 to purchase 11 iPads to help patients connect with their families and friends amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The funds raised matched the $2,500 donation given by Schwan’s Home Delivery whose funds were also used to purchase iPad devices for similar use.
“This is amazing and greatly appreciated by the facilities to not only connect with families but also to have virtual healthcare visits with their providers”, stated Melissa Maranell, Patient Care Coordinator for Marshall Avera@Home.
Noon Rotary Club Member Susie Sammons, Hill Street Place Senior Housing Administrator, conducted a needs assessment and was instrumental in ensuring that the iPads could be utilized throughout not only in Marshall facilities, but including Minneota as well.
Marshall Rotary and Schwan’s together distributed iPads to the following facilities:
2-Marshall Avera @ Home and Hospice Care
4-Hill Street Place Senior Apartments
4 -Prairie Home Hospice and Fieldcrest
2-Minneota Madison Ave Senior Apartments
2-Boulder Creek Memory Care
Noon Rotary President Matt Pedersen said that offering community assistance during this crisis is what Rotary is all about, “Providing this technology to connect patients and individuals to their loved ones or their medical provider who they would otherwise have no means to contact makes an immediate powerful and emotional impact."
“The coronavirus implications have limited access to loved ones and extended isolation is difficult on many”, said Sunrise Rotary President Christian Becker, “this donation eases the individual’s situation by providing an important communication link”.
The motto of Rotarians is "Service above Self". It reminds Rotarians to think of how they can help others instead of selfish thoughts.
Rotary Club of Watertown
Boxes of children books were delivered to the Watertown Boys and Girls Club this summer during Covid-19. Waterown Rotary Club collected books for ages 1-18 so that children could pick a book when receiving summer lunches. 
Rotary Club of Vermillion
In recognition of the national "Read Across America" day, the Vermillion SD Rotary Club works with the local elementary schools to provide a free book for all Kindergarten and Jr. Kindergarten students in the community. Students get to select a book from those provided to each classroom and the extra books are left for the teacher's use. The video link capture the joy of the event. We hope that receiving these books is another small step to developing a passion for reading. You can watch the video on the Vermillion Club's YouTube channel by CLICKING HERE or on the image below.
Thank you to all clubs doing good in their communities and across the globe to support educations in so many ways:  student scholarships, sponsoring and funding of early education of students internationally, dictionaries, pencils, and school supplies distributions, meals/backpack programs, providing funding to support school clubs and activities, Rotary Youth Exchange, and more.