‘Service Above Self,’ for Cindy Potz

Cindy Potz can now say she has held all four Rotary positions during her 21-year tenure with the Minneota-based club after agreeing to relinquish her duties as vice president in order to take on the vacant position of treasurer.

Wayne Hennen previously held the position as treasurer, but cited a busy work schedule as the reason he was no longer able to continue as a Rotarian and announced his resignation last week.

“After discussion at our meeting (last Wednesday), they asked if I would take the treasurer position if someone would take over my vice president position,” said Potz, who has also previously been president and secretary for the Minneota Rotary Club.

“I agreed to do so. They felt I could handle the treasurer position very well. So now I can say that I have covered all positions.”

Potz worked in Minneota for many years. She was the Minneota Rotary vice president in 2015, moved up to president in 2016, and then returned as vice president in 2017. She was also the Rotary secretary for 18 years.

“I love the opportunities and friendships I have received by being in Rotary,” Potz said.

“I like what the Rotary does for me and the community. It helps me feel involved with the public.” Byron Higgin agreed to become the vice president and will be promoted to president in July.

The position of president is a one-year term and the vice president generally moves up to assume that role. Had Potz remained as vice president, she would have become the president in July.

Rick Bot is the current president of the Minneota Rotary, with Higgin now the vice president, Potz serving as treasurer, and Monica DeSmet is the secretary.

Potz grew up in the Blue Earth Area in south central Minneota and has lived in the Porter area for the last 25 years. Now retired, she previously worked part time for Finnegan’s (now Brad’s Market) and Dalager’s and then took a job with the Yellow Medicine Watershed District.

Her duties there included office manager and administrator. “I learned a lot about finances and keeping track of things (while at YMWD),” she said.

“That experience should help me in the treasurer role with the Rotary Club.” Among her duties as treasurer, Potz will keep track of the Rotary finances of its various fundraising projects, as well as monitoring membership dues.

“I’m learning more about it as we go along,” she said. Potz joined the Minneota Rotary in 1997.

“While working in Minneota, I saw some of the things the Rotary people were doing,” she said. “And I got to be friends with some of them. So I decided to join them.”

There are currently 13 members with the Minneota Rotary, including three female members. “I feel like I’m growing and learning new things,” she said.

The Rotary Club is a valuable asset to the school, businesses and community. One of the main things the club is known for is its annual sale of roses in which proceeds go for high school senior scholarships.

“We sell up to 300 dozen roses,” Potz said.

“We try to give three $1,000 scholarships to the school.”

The Rotarians also sell burgers at home football games with proceeds going to projects within the community such as Coats for Kids.

For anyone interested in joining, the Rotary Club meets every Wednesday at noon at the Minneota Manor.

Cindy Potz

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