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Bitter cold, snowy landscapes and slippery roads all melted into summer days in the minds of the Perham High School students who, at a recent Perham Rotary meeting, recalled the...
Today, Thursday, Oct. 24, is World Polio Day. I’m going to go out on a limb here and guess that most people, under the age of 30, have no clue...
The Perham Rotary Club and Foundation had its annual Spring Fling event on April 20. Around 120 Rotarians and friends attended the event, which is the club’s largest fundraiser of...
Tough decisions are a part of life for every business person. As the General Manager of the Focus, there are decisions that I struggle with for months before they are made. There are others that are easy; clear-as-a-bell common sense decisions that anyone who has the sense that God gave them would make. Recently, an annually reoccurring decision reared its not-so-pretty head. The Tomorrow's Leaders of New York Mills newspaper promotion had been published for 20 years. At least that's what I've been told by several New York Mills residents.
The Perham Rotary Club is always looking to contribute to the betterment of Perham and the surrounding area. So when the opportunity was presented to help out the Catholic Daughters with their long-standing blood drive, the club was quick to jump at the chance. A while back, a representative from the American Red Cross was the speaker at our Rotary Club meeting. He told us his personal story of how donated blood had saved his life and saves the lives of thousands of others each year. His message really hit home with me. Seventeen years ago on my wedding day, my mother collapsed.
The Perham Rotary club has selected Lexi Richter and Hannah Lorentz as the first and second place winners of the Four-Way Test Essay Competition. The Rotarians of District 5580 hold the essay competition every year to demonstrate interest in the ideas of local youth and reward them for expressing their views, while encouraging them to apply the Rotary's Four-Way Test to the world around them. The Four-Way Test has been at the core of Rotary's philosophy since the club's inception. The test strives to encourage ethical instincts in people. Is it the truth? Is it fair to all concerned?
I can keep quiet no longer! It's the phrase that has been bubbling in my brain since last week and it came to a boiling point about five minutes ago. Last week a community leader approached me to inform me that he just didn't think I understood how articles about the school should be written; that we had been too negative in our word choices in our most recent article about the levy. I stopped in my tracks and had to ask him if he was referring to the article on the front page of last week's Focus - the one about how the levy had finally passed. Yep, that was the one, he said.
Lynn Hummel, author of "One Town, One Team," spoke to the Perham Rotary Club on April 5. "'One Town, One Team,' is a book that should be read by everyone who has ties to Perham," said Hummel. While the book centers around the 2010-11 Perham boys basketball team and the collapse of 3-point shooter, Zach Gabbard, it also incorporates some of the collective elements that supported Zach, his family and the team. Additionally, the book gives a short history lesson about the long-standing tradition of excellence for which the community is known.
The world's largest fish decoy show, along with the largest antique sporting and collectibles show in the upper Midwest, is returning to Perham April 21 and 22.
What is Rotary? That's a question that has been posed to anyone who has ever been a Rotarian. And while service above self is the Rotary motto, fellowship and philanthropy are also two words that go hand in hand with any Rotary club. For the Perham Rotary Club, March proved to be a month where philanthropy ruled.