Since its formation 126 years ago, the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) has admitted nearly one million members through its state, local and international chapters. DAR describes itself as “a womEn’s organization dedicated to promoting historical preservation, education and patriotism and honoring the patriots of the Revolutionary War.” The Rochester Chapter of DAR has strived to emulate this mission since its creation in 1903.

IMPACTING THE COMMUNITY

The Rochester Chapter sponsors American history and good citizen essay contests in local schools, organizes Rochester’s Memorial Day program, publishes an award-winning Veteran Day publication filled with veterans’ personal stories, participates in Olmsted County’s naturalization ceremony, collects books for local literacy programs, hosts public educational programs and maintains the History Center of Olmsted County’s historic William Dee Log Cabin. The group also sponsors the Pipestone Society of the Children of the American Revolution (CAR). Members of CAR, all under age 22, learn about American history and participate in community events, including dressing in patriotic costumes (made by DAR members) for local parades. 

 

Let’s just say times are a-changin’ for the Rochester Rotary clubs. It was only in 1987 when women were admitted into Rotary, based on a Supreme Court ruling, and since then, they’ve all but taken over local leadership and membership.

Each of Rochester’s three Rotary clubs has or will soon have a female president. In addition, membership in Rotary’s largest local club is 38 percent women, says Stacey Vanden Heuvel, the current and seventh female president of Rochester’s largest Rotary club, named The Rotary Club of Rochester, which meets Thursdays at noon. The Rotary Club of Rochester will have had three female presidents in a row, starting with Vanden Heuvel. The other two Rotary clubs operating locally are Greater Rochester Rotary, which meets Wednesdays at noon, and the Rotary Risers Club, which meets Tuesdays at 7 a.m. Combined, they have 275 members.

“The real impact of Rotary comes from our local clubs,” Vanden Heuvel says, “and collectively we make a difference. In teaming up with other clubs, we are able to leverage support for big projects from Rotary International globally. We do a lot locally, and we do a great deal globally.”

 

An estimated two-thirds of inmates released from jail or prison are arrested for a new crime within three years. Next Chapter Ministries focuses on reducing recidivism rates by helping inmates transform during their time in prison, after their release into the community and within their families and neighborhoods. The ministry addresses the spiritual needs of women, men, youth and families and works to change statistics—and life stories—for the better.

KELLY’S STORY

Kelly is a resident at Next Chapter Ministries’ Fellowship Home in Rochester. Her story is one of triumph over adversity. She is grateful to God for helping her overcome the struggles she faced for many years and for the opportunity to live a life much different from her past. The Fellowship Home is a safe and comfortable place that provides resources and assistance to help Kelly find work in the community, build life skills and grow in faith.

 

Nov/Dec
2016

Haley Comfort Systems and Bryant Heating & Cooling Systems Team up to Honor a Community Hero

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Written by Julie Eggenberger, Marketing & Office Manager, Haley Comfort Systems, Inc.

Haley Comfort Systems, a heating and cooling contractor, and Bryant Heating & Cooling Systems teamed up to honor a local Community Hero who does “whatever it takes” to make a positive impact in their community. This hero demonstrates how a person with passion and determination can use their time and energy to make a difference in the lives of others.

CONGRATULATIONS DANIELLE TEAL

We are pleased to announce that Danielle Teal from Rochester has been named the 2015 Bryant Community Hero winner from our area. To show our appreciation, Danielle received a new Bryant high efficiency gas furnace for her home, which was installed by Haley Comfort Systems on Friday, December 11, 2015.

 

Nov/Dec
2016

Believe in the Magic of Kindness

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Written by Danielle Teal

Never expecting a ‘boomerang of kindness’ in return, I was the recipient of an incredibly massive Random Act of Kindness in December 2015 when my friend Rebecca Dombrovski (Scott) nominated me as a Community Hero. The Community Hero campaign recognizes positive contributions to the community and is sponsored by Haley Comfort Systems and Bryant Heating & Cooling Systems. 

THANKFUL FOR THE AWARD

The award could not have come at a better time because the previous year my furnace failed to start. A mechanic came out to repair it and told me I would probably need to replace it in the next couple of years. It was a Christmas miracle watching them install the new furnace. Not only did this kind act warm my heart and make our home toasty—it inspired me to continue to spread kindness.

 

Sep/Oct
2016

Back-to-School Supplies Needed: Pencils, Notebooks, and Interpreters–Their First Ears and Their Voice

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Written by Renee Berg Photos by Dawn Sanborn Photography

If there's anyone who understands the needs of non-English speakers living in Rochester, it's Susana Boggs, a local interpreter and immigrant. Boggs was born in Argentina to Laos-born parents, who had moved continents for a better life. Their new life in Argentina wasn't without its challenges, Boggs recalls.

"Growing up, we didn't have interpreters," Boggs says. "I've come to think, how was my mom able to communicate with people?"

Boggs grew up speaking Spanish and Laotian, but upon moving to Rochester at age 18 at the behest of her parents, she was thrust into a world where she didn't know the language. Gradually, by taking classes, Boggs learned English. She watched her uncle's kids, met her husband, Michael, and had three daughters.

 

Sep/Oct
2016

Hijab for a Day: Fostering Dialogue Through Perspective

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Written by Grace Murray Photos by Dawn Sanborn Photography

For one day, four Rochester women volunteered to wear a hijab—the headscarf traditionally worn by Muslim women—to work, school, Even Starbucks, all while being filmed for Community Interfaith Dialogue in Islam’s (CIDI) newest documentary, “Hijab for a Day.” 

CIDI was founded by Regina Mustafa in 2014 to meet a need and provide an opportunity for a reliable resource on Islam and interfaith conversation. The organization is grounded in information being mutually shared, so doing the hijab project was a natural next step.

“This kind of thing has been done in other cities,” Mustafa remarks, “but I hadn’t heard of it being done in Rochester, especially one that was well-documented.” With the help of a Rochester Downtown Alliance grant, the documentary will now be a full-fledged community event, hosted by the Rochester Civic Theatre.

 

Sep/Oct
2016

2016 Fall Showcase and Remodeler's Tour

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Written by Rochester Women Magazine

2016 Fall Showcase of Homes Entries

 

Sep/Oct
2016

Sex Offenders – Protect your Children and Yourself

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Written by Danielle Teal

Alex Bunger, M.S., community corrections supervisor in Olmsted County, works with sex offenders on a daily basis. When asked what types of sex offenders there are, he says, “It’s difficult to put a sex offender in a specific category.” There are different factors that contribute to sex offenses. As such, we must understand the different typologies of sex offenders. 

Become Informed

There are two distinct Groth typologies of sex offenders: child sex abusers and rapists. Within these typologies are categories of motivations and reasons for committing sex crimes.

Child sex abusers are categorized as pedophilic and non-pedophilic. The pedophilic have a sexual attraction specific toward children. They may or may not act on their impulses. Non-pedophilic offenders may have sexual contact with children if they have experienced stress in their life—using it as a coping tool or to substitute for an appropriate partner.

 

Sep/Oct
2016

Proud to be Alive: Choices that Define Us

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Written by Jorrie Johnson

You won’t forget meeting 90-year-old Mabel Tidings Bigelow in “Pride’s Crossing,” running September 9 through November 13 at Commonweal Theatre in Lanesboro. Mabel wants to have a party and becomes adamant about decisions she wants to make for the party, while others attempt to tell her what she can and cannot do. Inspired by real-life swimmer Gertrude Ederle, Mabel's character swims the English Channel in her youth, and as we see through the course of the play, this accomplishment ultimately defines her.

“Pride’s Crossing,” written by Tina Howe, premiered in San Diego, California in 1997. The play addresses aging and the traps of gender and social identity. Howe says her work tends to express her feminist perspective, but in this production she allows her character (Mabel) to admire and be affectionate towards men.

ADRIENNE SWEENEY AS MABEL

Adrienne Sweeney, in her 16th season with Commonweal Theatre Company, will be playing the part of Mabel Tidings Bigelow in “Pride’s Crossing.” Adrienne has performed in more than 30 productions at Commonweal. She also serves as assistant artistic director and as the director of external communications for the theatre company. You may recognize her voice from radio and television commercials as well. 

 

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