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									Vol. 93                   Minot, North Dakota • July 15 2009                     No. 56

                          Our Shared Values
                                   By Craig Jennings
  The economic woes that face us as            Americans have embraced an
a nation concern each one of us,             attitude of entitlement.
                  and they are certainly       Americans expect the market to
                  at the forefront           pander to their needs in highly
                  of    our     national     personalized ways.
                  consciousness. But           Americans have turned from a
                  there is another           commitment to the common good
                  serious crisis that has    based on shared values to embracing
                                             and pursuing personal agendas.
                  afflicted us as a
                                               Because of such a shift, Barna
  Craig Jennings people for a far longer     argues, we are now experiencing five
                 time:    the decline
                                             destructive outcomes:
and breakdown of fundamental                   Americans no longer have a shared
American institutions.                       vision for the future.
  Back in May of this year,                    Americans no longer agree
well-respected religious pollster            on     appropriate       values  for
George Barna released a new book             decision making.
entitled The Seven Faith Tribes. In            Americans no longer have a sense
that book Barna sets forth what he           of the common good.
believes are the key reasons for the           Americans rarely engage in
shift in American goals and values           respectful dialogue.
over the last thirty years:

                                                         PROGRAMS
 Remember . . .
                                                        Monday, July 20th
                       PROPOSE
                                                District Governor Ajoy Chatterjee
                         A NEW
                       MEMBER                           Monday, July 27th
 Membership is every member’s business!                North Dakota State Fair
                                                                                          Americans are increasingly
             The Prairie Flower                                                        abandoning moral character and
                          (USPS 441-340)                                               personal decency.
                       Official Publication of
                    ROTARY CLUB OF MINOT
                                                                                          And who is responsible for this
                           P.O. BOX 1584                                               situation? Barna puts the blame
                    Lowe’s Printing, Inc., Publisher                                   squarely on Americas various
                       129 Fifth Avenue NW
                     Minot, North Dakota 58703                                         religious communities (what he calls
                  Published every Thursday
                                                                                       the seven “faith tribes”). Here is what
Annual membership dues for the year 2008-2009 in the                                   he writes: Religious groups of all
Rotary Club of Minot, North Dakota, are $588.00. $22.35 of                             kinds “have fallen prey to the
this amount is for a subscription to the Prairie Flower for one
year. 6/28/08 Om Madhok, Secretary.                                                    competitive spirit of the American
Periodical Postage Paid at the Post Office at Minot, ND
                                                                                       system. Many of our religious
Minot, North Dakota                                                                    organizations have focused on
Member Rotary International                                                            competing for bodies, dollars and
Club No. 407 ....................................Organized May 18, 1918
                                                                                       talent rather than upholding core
                            DONG KURN LEE
Pres. Rotary Int’l                                                Seoul, Korea
                                                                                       values such as service, obedience,
                                                                                       simplicity, purpose, responsibility,
                    TULLY CHAMBERS                                                     accountability, humility, compassion
Governor District 5580         Wahpeton, North Dakota
                                                                                       and community. Without our faith
           Meets 12:00 p.m. to 1:10 p.m. every Monday                                  tribes playing their historic role as the
                 at Grand International of Minot
                                                                                       moral and spiritual leaders of the
                     BOARD OF DIRECTORS
OFFICERS
                                                                                       nation, we have taken our values
Reed Argent................................................................President   cues from the political and business
Teal Myre..........................................................President-Elect     sectors.”
Ron Merritt ........................................................Vice-President
Om Madhok................................................................Secretary        What is the answer? In his book
Dave Lehner ..............................................................Treasurer    Barna calls on all seven “tribes” to
William McLees ................................................Past President
DIRECTORS                                                                              highlight twenty common values that
Jen Guidinger 2009                                  Dusty Zimmerman 2009               all of us share in spite of highly
Ron Merritt 2010                                            Brent Mattson 2010
Mike Berg 2011                                                     Tom Will 2011       divergent doctrines and theologies.
Robert Dick 2011                                                                          If his answer is correct, that puts
STANDING MEMBERS
                                                                                       the responsibility on all of us, doesn’t
Peter Hankla, Exchange Students; Ken Kitzman, Scholarship                              it? Each of us belongs to various
Fund; John MacMartin, Rotary Foundation                                                organizations, religious groups, etc.,
The “PRAIRIE FLOWER” (USPS 441-340) is published                                       and the question that each of us
weekly on Thursdays by Lowe’s Printing, Inc., 129 Fifth
Avenue NW, Minot, North Dakota 58703. Periodical postage                               must ask is, “How well am I doing in
is paid at Minot, North Dakota.                                                        living out and passing on those core
POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Prairie Flower, Box                                American values that made our
1116, Minot, North Dakota 58702-1116.
                                                                                       nation great?”

                                              James Jensen                                Annual Trip to ND State Fair
    PLEASE                                    Due July 22
                                                                                                   July 27th
                                               Mary Keller
     take                                      Due July 29
                                                                                          Meet at Minot Public School
                                                                                         Administration Bldg @11:15 am
                                             Ken Kitzman
     NOTE                                    Due August 5                                   Bus leaves @11:30 am
                      Our new Rotary             WHAT ROTARY DOES
                    president Reed                 (PROGRAMS)
                    Argent gets his          The main objective of a Rotary club is ser-
                    chance to lead        vice – in the community, in the workplace, and
                    our club. His         throughout the world. Rotary International (RI)
                                          has developed a broad range of programs
                    technique is to       designed to help clubs carry out this vital
                    delegate and he       mission. Some of these programs have been
                                          underway for many years, while others have
                    put forth a lot of    been developed more recently to meet
                    things that he will   emerging needs.
be doing this year. Some say that he
                                             Rotary’s community development programs
might have to be president for            address many of today’s most critical issues –
another year to get everything            hunger, the environment, literacy, to name a
accomplished, time will tell.             few. RI also offers programs that focus
                                          primarily on young people, including service
                                          clubs for high school students and young
                                          adults, leadership training workshops,
                                          and student exchanges. The international
                                          component of RI programs enables clubs and
                                          districts to assist Rotary efforts abroad and to
                                          share information and arrange exchanges with
                                          Rotarians in other countries. Vocational
                                          concerns figure in many club and district
                                          projects designed to promote high ethical
                                          standards in the workplace and to help young
                                          people and others become and remain
                                          productive members of society.



  President Reed Argent gives
instructions to us about the annual
                                                     WANTED
club assembly, during this time we             Great Programs for our
make plans for the year for each                 Noon Rotary Club.
committee and organize the                 We are asking the membership
committee structure. Good luck Reed        to help the program committee
on your year as president!                 have great programs this year.
                                          We are booking all Mondays that
                                              we meet for the next year.
                                                   Call Robert Dick
                                                 at home 838-6405,
                                                   work 852-3090,
                                          robert.dick@raymondjames.com
IS YOUR EDITORIAL DUE?                           or call Mike Berg at
 Email: bobbi@lowesprinting.com                    home 838-6841,
    852-1211 • Fax: 852-2119                        cell 263-1213,
 Mail or stop by: 129 5th Ave. NW                 mike@minot.com
                                                                                      MILESTONES
                                                                                                  BIRTHDAYS
                                              Bryan Thomas ............................................................................................................July 21, 1960
                                              Roscoe Streyle ............................................................................................................July 21, 1979

                                                                                         ANNIVERSARIES
                                              Elicia & Brock DesLauriers ......................................................................................July 21, 2008
                                              Fred Jr. & Sheri Lien ..................................................................................................July 24, 1993
                                              Mike & Janet Berg......................................................................................................July 25, 1964
                                              Richard & Mary Olson ..............................................................................................July 26, 1974


             Prairie Flower
     Established November 11, 1922


SECRETARY’S CORNER
PRESENT MEMBERSHIP..................................106
                                                                                                                        FINES
ATTENDANCE..................................................50%                                   Reed Argent - $5.00
VISITING ROTARIANS: Sharon Stinard - Mesa,
                                                                                             Om Madhok, Rick Anderson
Arizona                                                                                       & Steve Podrygula - $2.00
VISITORS: Kennel McRight g/o Adam Cichon                                                    Mary Kellers table, who did not
We Missed You...                                                                         remember to check the attendance, and
D. Albertson, W. Berning, R. Campbell,                                                    who did not wear Rotary Lapel pin or
B. Christianson, F. Crist, D. Davison,                                                             logo wear - $1.00.
B. DesLauriers, S. Dufner, D. Ellingson,                                                           $80.00 + Visiting Rotarian
A. Estvold, B.Fedorchak, J. Feist, M. Gaddie,
P. Hankla, W. Hankla, K. Hegle, T. Hoff,                                                                     lunch money - $8.00
C. Jennings, J. Jensen, M. Keller, K. Krohn,
D. Langemo, B. Leath, F. Lien Jr., D. Looysen,
G. Lumley, J. Lundeen, Jay Lundeen, W. Magaster,
B. Mattson, W. McLees, M. McMahon,                                                                             GREETERS
O.H. Mittelberg, J.Montgomery, R. Nester,
C. Olson, J. Olson, R. Olson, L. Pinkerton,
C. Reiten, A. Repnow, A, Reynolds, M. Rolle,
                                                                                                              Monday, July 20
M. Rystedt, C. Sem, D. Somerville, R. Sommers,                                                     Jeff Balentine & Micheal Berg
G. Stordal, R. Streyle, B. Thomas, L. Thomas,
                                                                                                              Monday, July 27
S. Tonneson, B. Walker, T. Wentz, T. Will
                                                                                                Wallace Berning & Susan Burger

								
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