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Published March 16, 2010, 08:22 AM

Farm Rescue topic at Rotary

Doug Frohlich introduced Pam Musland from Farm Rescue at the March 9 Rotary meeting.

Doug Frohlich introduced Pam Musland from Farm Rescue at the March 9 Rotary meeting.

Musland gave a brief background on how the Farm Rescue program was started in 2005 by Bill Gross. Gross is a pilot with UPS and flies out of the Anchorage/Seattle area. He grew up on a farm before his pilot days and loved farming. When asked by his co-pilot what he was going to do when he retired, he replied, “I’m going to be this Good Samaritan that buys a tractor and goes around and helps farm families plant their crops.” His co-pilot’s response was, “Why wait until you retire?”

Gross and his team have recruited sponsors and volunteers to assist farm families experiencing major illness, injury or natural disaster. Farm Rescue can assist with planting or harvesting up to 1,000 acres. Farm Rescue will provide volunteer labor and donated machinery. Families assisted are primarily in North Dakota, but families have also been helped from eastern Montana, South Dakota and western Minnesota.

Farm Rescue can be contacted by calling 252-2017 or visiting its Web site at farmrescue.org. Musland said Stutsman Harley-Davidson is going to sponsor a new fundraiser “Rolling with Farm Rescue: Cruise for a Cause.” More details on this event can be obtained from Stutsman Harley-Davidson or Farm Rescue.

The meeting was presided over by Tom Boerger, Tom Eckstein gave the invocation, Marv Tokach and Bev Kennison led the music and Rotarians sang “Happy Birthday” to Tokach. Gail Martin reminded members to pick up their brunch/raffle tickets. The Rotary brunch will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. April 18 at the KC Hall. The ticket is good for the brunch and the raffle and people do not need to be present to win. An organization from James-town High School will also be helping promote ticket sales.

Rotary had a large number of guests at the meeting. Returning for the month of March were Jaime Kessler and Philip Mangin from Jamestown High School representing the National Honor Society. Rebecca Undem from Oakes, N.D., represented Dale Carnegie for the Jamestown/Stutsman County area. Phil Boerger, son of Tom Boerger, was home on spring break and was a guest at the meeting.

Jeff Ottosen is the Boy Scouts’ director of field services for all of North Dakota and is also a Rotarian in Bismarck’s Wednesday noon club. He introduced the new executive for the Jamestown area, Steven Fischer, who is from the Milwaukee, Wis., area.

Today’s program will be on Project Hero and how used medical equipment is repaired and sent overseas to assist in Third-World countries. Bob Badal will give the invocation, Jason Braun will lead the music and Harold Bensch will be sergeant at arms.

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