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.”



Final Four: I Am A Beautiful Rochester Woman

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Written by Jorrie Johnson

In the fall of 2015, we received the nominations for I Am A Beautiful Rochester Woman. We selected them in October, and last winter, Tracey McGuire, Dawn Sanborn and I took each of them to lunch at Casablanca Creative Cuisine & Wine to get to know them. Over the Past year, it has been a joy getting to know these women and helping them see their beauty. The final four—Dee Dee Jorgenson, Judy Clayton, Janet Stevenson and Barb Butturff—are featured in the following pages of Rochester Women magazine.


According to Judy Clayton, 75, the day she got her hair styled and makeup done for I Am A Beautiful Rochester Woman was one of the best days of her life. This comment made me realize what an impact the I Am A Beautiful Rochester Woman program has on women. These four women have forgone taking care of themselves to take care of others for most of their lives. For one of the women, it was her first makeover and opportunity to have a photographer capture her beauty. After getting all dressed up, having their hair cut, colored and styled and getting their makeup done and their pictures taken, these beautiful Rochester women went out for a toast at Casablanca with the photographers and their new friends. These women have waited a long time to feel beautiful. 


Whether you’re hosting a party in the comfort of Your home or you’re planning a party at a local establishment, fill the air with the scents of sugar and spice with a soul-warming blend of mulled wine. Wrap your mitts around goblets and fill them with a bit of holiday cheer. 


Depending on which recipe you find, there are a variety of mulling spices, wine, liquor, juice and garnishes to create the perfect winter cordial. Basic mulling spices include cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and cloves. You can purchase a pre-made mulling spice mixture at Post Town Winery. Bonita Patton, co-owner, says, “We have a basic mixture of cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, lemon and orange for sale at the winery for $3.95. We also sell mugs of mulled wine through the winter months using our First Embrace and Prairie Cougar red wines.”  



At Home for the Holidays: Fill your Plate with Love and Happiness

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Written by Dawn Sanborn Photography by Dawn Sanborn Photography

Starting at a young age, many of us learn that food can make us feel better. Throughout our lives, we equate food with positive feelings like happiness and satisfaction, and we turn to food for comfort. It makes sense—who doesn’t feel happy, satisfied and even a bit sleepy after a big turkey dinner? 


All cultures have customs and traditions around food. For me, birthdays meant choosing a special meal and a type of cake and ice cream. We all have memories of happy times, and by eating foods that remind us of those times, we symbolically consume that past happiness. 

Comfort foods can also be linked to specific people in our lives: Eating a specific food that a loved one favored can produce happy thoughts by triggering fond memories or associations of that person.


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 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.


Did you really turn off the TV set after the last show ended late last night? Will insulation alone stop air leaks in your attic? Is your water heater set too hot or too cold? Why does your home feel drafty?


The Neighborhood Energy Challenge—a free energy workshop—offers a good look at ways to reduce waste and save energy costs around the house. The next NEC workshop is coming up from 10-11 a.m. on Saturday, November 19, in the Community Room at Rochester Public Utilities, 4000 East River Road N.E. The class is free, although prior registration is requested. Additional classes are being planned for 2017.



Tessa Leen's Weight Loss Journey: 40,000 Instagram Followers and 6,500 Facebook Fans

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Written by Emily Watkins Photography by Mike Hardwick Photography

According to the CDC, over 70 percent of American adults are considered overweight or obese. These conditions correspond with a higher risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, musculoskeletal disorders, especially osteoarthritis, as well as some cancers. Taking the steps to lose weight is not as easy as we wish.

Tessa Leen lost weight in a smart and safe way. Exercise and healthy eating led her to lose 185 pounds in 4 years. 


Tessa says that she was always the “chubby kid.” She was teased, and that led to unhealthy methods of losing weight in high school and college. After getting married, she and her husband had two children in quick succession. Throughout both pregnancies, Tessa gained weight, getting to her heaviest known weight of 331 pounds in the summer of 2012.  



The Twin Cities: Insider's Guide

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Written by Cindy Mennenga

Pssst! Wanna rock the Twin Cities like a local? There are a multitude of unique and awesome things to do in the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area. There are hidden gems, places the locals enjoy, but protect, much like a fisherman never reveals the exact location where he’s reeling in the keepers.

I lived in the Twin Cities for 25 years and have some insights to share, so you can truly expand your horizons as you visit the Twin Cities for a day trip or a weekend getaway. There are oodles of things to do, and these suggestions are in no way all-encompassing.

What you do, of course, depends on your interests and how you like to spend your time. Here is just the tip of the iceberg of ideas for exploring and enjoying your visit to the Twin Cities. 



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.


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.



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. 


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.


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