Six Little-Known Rochester-Area Clubs – Post Bulletin

Each table is used for table tennis inside the RCTC grounds in Rochester on Wednesday August 10, 2022.

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Rochester Table Tennis Club

Where: Rochester Field House Community and Technical College, 2900 UCR Place.

When: 6-8 p.m. Sunday.

Cost: $65 for a quarterly season pass, $60 per quarter for members. Or pay a $5 entry fee when you come to play.

What to expect: “Expect a very friendly group where you can interact and come to exercise and have friendly competition,” says Chi Lam. “If you want to just be laid back and hang out and play with people, you can do that. If you want to be super competitive, we have some of the best players in the state.

Best in the Midwest. Qi Wei, a table tennis coach in the United States and founder and owner of the XNT5 Table Tennis Club in Rochester, coaches many club members. Wei is one of the highest rated table tennis players in the Midwest.

Play here, there, everywhere. Get a combo pass to the RTTC and XNT5 Table Tennis Club for $100 per term and play table tennis up to six nights a week.

See big. Play for the love of the game at a local table or compete for a chance on an international stage. Two members of the club are representing the United States in international tournaments this year.

Rochester Magazine - Rochester Wood Carvers
Rochester Woodcarvers member Angie Zeimetz on Tuesday, August 30, 2022, at her home in Spring Valley.

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Where: Zumbro Lutheran Church, 624 Third Ave. SE

When: 9:45 a.m. on the third Saturday of the month from September (except summer).

Cost: $10 per year for one person and one additional family member.

What to expect: “The club is for people interested in woodcarving, but we have no requirement that you do,” says Mike Snyder. “We have members who do very little sculpting directly. But we have discussions about how to carve, how to make faces and do all sorts of things like that, all sorts of things that could be related to wood carving.

Do a little work. Outside of monthly meetings, club members get together for bi-weekly “carve-ins” to carve and talk. These meet from 9 a.m. to noon at Zumbro Lutheran Church on Wednesdays and at 125 Live in Rochester on Tuesdays.

Not just carving, not just wood. Some club members prefer wood burning, rose enameling, or other types of woodworking to carving. Others sculpt, but practice their craft on other materials, such as eggshells.

Breathtaking tree. Members carve wood ornaments and decorations for the club tree during the Hiawatha Homes Tree Festival. They have been one of the most popular fundraising raffle items for over a decade.

The Rochester Quilters Sewing Company
People gather for a Rochester Quilters’ Sew-ciety meeting on Monday August 1, 2022 at the Evangel United Methodist Church in Rochester.

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The Rochester Quilter Sewing Company

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Where: Evangel United Methodist Church, 2645 North Broadway Ave.

When: 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. the first Monday of the month.

Cost: $35 per year.

What to expect: “This is a group of people who enjoy making and admiring beautiful quilts,” says Mary Severson. “This group allows members to be creative. We also have a variety of courses, an extensive library for members, and activities on how we can become more involved in our community.

Quilts for the community. Sew-ciety quilters made and donated 40 quilts to the Jeremiah Program’s Rochester campus when it opened in 2020. The group also regularly donates quilts and pillowcases for Mayo Clinic neonatal and pediatric patients. and Olmsted Medical Center.

Global reach. New quilters will be in good company, as the Sew-ciety has many notable members who have written books and invented popular quilting tools. One such member is Susan K. Cleveland, an internationally acclaimed quilting author and teacher and holder of a patent for both quilting and bookbinding tools.

Wear your work. Quilting is an expansive term, referring broadly to any seam that connects two or more layers of fabric. Many Sew-ciety members incorporate quilting into their personal fashion with wearable pieces.

Rochester Magazine - Zumbro Valley Treasure Hunters
Randy Kuznicki, president of the Zumbro Valley Treasure Hunters, Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2022, in Rochester.

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Zumbro Valley Treasure Hunters and Facebook

Where: Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Ascension, 2207 11th Ave. SE

When: 7:30 p.m. the second Wednesday of the month

Cost: $25 per year.

What to expect: “We were founded by people interested in metal detecting on public and private land,” explains Randy Kuznicki. “Since then it has grown into a great group of people to visit and share things with, with lots of knowledge and experience. We pride ourselves on helping find lost items and returning them to people.

FOUND OBJECT. Treasure hunters armed with metal detectors have found lost items in the Rochester area as early as the early 1800s (coins) and as recently as last month (post office keys).

Garbage or treasure? Sometimes both. Club members follow a code of ethics to leave the ground better than they found it, picking up any trash they dig up or find on the surface. Treasure hunters sometimes spend hours searching to identify the objects they have unearthed, sometimes allowing them to return them to the descendants of the original owners.

History of their own. ZVTH dates back to 1980.

OC Genealogical Society
Walt Rothwell, newsletter editor for the Olmsted County Genealogical Society, introduces speaker Linda Coffin to the group gathered at the meeting inside the Olmsted County History Center Thursday, August 11, 2022.

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Olmsted County Genealogical Society

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Where: Olmsted County History Center, 1195 W Circle Dr. and online.

When: 7-9 p.m. second Thursday of the month. In person from May to August and online from September to April.

Cost: $20 per year per household.

What to expect: “The purpose of this group is to share resources for researching genealogies,” explains Barb Virnig. “We are people who share information and learn to do ancestry research. Most of us try to find information about where our ancestors came from, where did they live when they were here, what did they do, what did they look like.

How far back? Some club members have traced their ancestry as far back as seven generations. Roots have been traced to a number of countries as well as the Native American peoples who originally inhabited the land.

More than DNA. Although DNA testing is an invaluable tool for genealogists, members turn to archival research to fill in the gaps about how their ancestors lived and died.

Olmsted County and beyond. Many club members are Olmsted County residents, but others are taking advantage of online meetings to connect from afar to learn about family members who lived and worked in Olmsted County there. for a long time.

chess club
People play chess during a Chess Club meeting Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2022 at the Harwick Cafeteria in Rochester.

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When: 6-9 p.m. every Tuesday.

Where: South Cafeteria in the Harwick Building, 205 Third Ave. SW.

Cost: $25 per year for adults, with discounted subscriptions for seniors, children, and families.

What to expect: “Half of our members are school players and half of our members are adult players,” says club president Dennis Mays (and a guy we call the “Godfather of Rochester Chess”). hate when we call it that.) “We play a tournament once a month and then between those times we play casual chess or blitz chess or other formats that the members decide. Academically we give chess lessons and coaching, especially to underserved young people in Rochester to give them skills like critical thinking that are important in life and in STEM and their professions.

The knight takes the rook (that is). The club is open to everyone regardless of age or experience. And RCC sees all ages and skill levels every week. Although the competition may seem stiff at first, new players can use matches with club members to practice and improve, or the club occasionally offers instructional chess camps and practice.

70 years of RCC. The history of the Rochester Chess Club dates back, as far as they can tell, to 1950. In 1958, Rochester hosted the prestigious US Chess Open Championships at IBM’s relatively new site. (This is considered a watershed moment in the history of modern chess, as computers – perhaps for the first time – were programmed to establish pairings and total the complicated tie-breaking system of tournament.)

Fisher. Then Harmon. Like many chess clubs, the RCC enjoyed a boom in attendance in the early 1970s, when Bobby Fischer beat Boris Spassky in that 1972 “Match of the Century”. most popular television chess of all time. Today, that boom – and all statistics point to chess’s popularity on the rise, with around 300 million regular players worldwide – has come from the rise of online gaming during the pandemic and the emission Netflix “The Queen’s Gambit” (and fictional player Beth Harmon).

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