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STMA Rotary Contributes Nearly $14,000 to Community and International Projects in 2015-2016

posted Jul 5, 2016, 2:19 PM by St. Michael-Albertville Rotary Club
Kevin Lenz outgoing STMA Rotary president
The St. Michael-Albertville Rotary Club is proud to announce that it donated nearly $14,000 toward local and international service projects this Rotary fiscal year.  
The 25-member Rotary Club contributed nearly $12,000 to the St. Michael-Albertville community during the 2015-2016 Rotary year.  Of this, $4,000 went toward STMA school programs including the BPA Trip, Read Across America, Supermileage Team, entrepreneur class, graduation party, Band Boosters, Camp Enterprise and scholarships.  
The Rotary Club also provided more than $3,000 toward local community programs, including Great River Faith in Action, the Holiday Tree Lighting, CEO Program of Wright Technical College, Crisis Nursery, Youth Baseball, Daze & Knights, STMA Open Streets, I-94 West Chamber of Commerce, and the St. Michael Fire Department.  In addition, STMA Rotary contributed $4,000 toward Beds for Kids.  
Internationally, the Club contributed $2,500 toward helping build a library in Cambodia, and helping improve the economic and health status of women and children in Guatemala, in partnership with the Buffalo and Monticello Rotary Clubs.  The club also has raised $3,000 this year for the Rotary International Foundation and $560 for Polio Plus.
During the past year, STMA Rotary hosted several community events, including the Holiday Tree Lighting,
Valentines Dinner, Fish Fry, pancake breakfast, two membership events that attracted six new members, and a golf scramble with Monticello Rotary.
The Rotary Club partnered with the STMA Football team for a community clean up day and two roadside clean up days, built and delivered 38 beds and bedding to kids in need of a bed in Wright County through its Beds for Kids program, honored 17 Rotary Students of the Month, and provided mentoring to several high school juniors through the STRIVE program.  
“STMA Rotary had a great year this year,” said outgoing President Kevin Lenz.  “Next year we have even bigger and bolder plans to continue to grow our club.  We’re planning to develop a signature event that will help promote STMA Rotary and raise funds to support our many projects. We are also starting a ROTARACT club at STMA High School to get youth involved in Rotary.  It’s a joy to serve others, and if our youth can experience the joy of serving through Rotary at a young age, it will help them lead happy and successful lives.”
The St. Michael-Albertville Rotary meets at 7:30 a.m. Tuesdays in the Crow River Senior Center at the St. Michael City Center. Guests and new members are always welcome.
For more information about STMA Rotary, visit www.stmarotary.org or e-mail stmarotary@gmail.com.

About St. Michael-Albertville Rotary
Rotary is a unique organization that stresses “service above self.” It focuses on helping citizens in our community as well as addressing the world-wide challenges of disease, literacy, starvation and clean water. The St. Michael-Albertville Rotary meets at 7:30 a.m. Tuesdays in the Crow River Senior Center at the St. Michael City Center. For more information, visit www.stmarotary.org or e-mail stmarotary@gmail.com.

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