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Our Club Motto: Service Above Self

Club meetings are held Tuesdays at 12:15 and Thursdays at 7:00AM
The Exchange Food and Drink
500 5th Ave, NW
New Brighton, MN  55112
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Jason Slama opened the meeting with the Pledge and the invocation.
President Gerry Tietz noted that our District 5960 Governor, Kyle Haugen, will be making his official visit to our club on November 28th.   Let’s show our respect by having a big crowd for the meeting.  DG Haugen will meet with the board at 11AM before the club meeting.
Gerry also made a motion to authorize Jeff Benson to spend up to $600 for a quality dual microphone system (lapel and handheld) to provide better sound quality and more reliable AV performance.  The expenditure was authorized by a voice vote.
Because of proximity to the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, the December 26th and January 2nd noon club meetings will not be held.  Members are encouraged to attend the January 4th, 7AM meeting instead.  The December 28th AM meeting has also been cancelled but the December board meeting will be held at 3:45PM, December 28th.  Immediately after the board meeting, at 5PM, all members are invited to a social hour which will likely be at the Exchange.
Club Foundation Chair, Jason Miller, reported on our EREY (Every Rotarian Every Year) award which was accepted by Jason on behalf of our club at the recent District Rotary Foundation Celebration. We were one of only 4 clubs in our 64 club District to receive the award, signifying that we averaged over $100 per member last year in contributions to the Rotary Foundation.  Great work NBMV Rotary!  Jason also noted that the “Plus” in Polio Plus refers to the communicable diseases other than Polio that are prevented as a part of our immunization program.  Remember that your contributions to Polio Plus in November and December earn double foundation points if you make John Ordway aware of the contribution.  Gerry and Jason are shown below with the award banners.
John Marg-Patton said that the first Gold Plate Dinner committee meeting was held just before lunch today, and plans are underway for the best GPD yet.  Our theme will be “Rotary: Making a Difference.”  The next meeting will be December 12th at 11AM.  All are welcome.
We raffled off a bottle of Risdall Ranch wine form John Risdall and 4 Gophers hockey tickets from Cindy Carlson/Western Bank.  Proceeds will go to our Rotary Foundation Polio Plus campaign.
Jason Slama introduced our speaker, Pam Wolf, from Life Prep Academy.  Life Prep Academy (LPA) is a school and residential program designed to meet the needs of homeless and/or high risk teens.  Pam was a teacher at Edgewood Middle school for many years before working at the Lino Lakes Correctional Facility, where she gained valuable experience working with at-risk youth.  She has been with LPA for three years, working to provide a stable living environment for at-risk and homeless high school aged students.  LPA’s first goal is to provide for a student’s basic needs (shelter, food, clothing and safety).  After basic needs are met, LPA provides academic support for graduation from high school and transition to college or career.  In addition to academic skills, LPA provides training to prepare students for employment applications and interviews and provides life skill training to improve student’s financial skills, home and auto maintenance skills, child care skills, etc.  Their comprehensive program directly addresses the root causes of homelessness by combining the aforementioned educational efforts with a dormitory style residence/school in Spring Lake Park.  The dormitory is on the second level of the school and it allows for greater control of the educational mission of the Academy.  LPA approaches its mission from a God-centered perspective, working to instill values like charity (students pay forward 10% of their required work program earnings) and volunteerism (students must volunteer 10 hours per quarter).  LPA receives no government funding, relying solely on individual, business and church donations to cover their operating costs of $10,000 per month.  All staff are unpaid volunteers, keeping costs as low as possible.  In addition to cash contributions, LPA needs furnishings like dressers and desks for the dorm rooms, which the students take with them when they graduate.  More information about Life Prep Academy can be found by clicking here.  Jason and Pam are pictured below.
Mark Lampman organized today’s offsite meeting at Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity ReStore in New Brighton.
Mike Neeley announced that the Irondale Choir will present their annual Christmas Concert and Carol sing-along at our December 19th club meeting.  Note that this meeting will be held at Risdall Advertising.
Gerry Tietz noted that the December 26th and January 2nd meetings would occur on the day after the Christmas and New Year’s Holidays.  Those present decided that we will not meet on those days.  Members are instead encouraged to attend the breakfast meetings on December 28th and January 4th. The Board meeting previously scheduled for December 26th will be held following the Breakfast Meeting on December 28th.
Ed James talked about the Harvest Pack project being planned as a joint effort between our club, Irondale H.S., the Lions and the Eagles.  The food packing event will be held in January.  Ed said that the students are very excited about the project which will provide food for hurricane victims as well as local food shelves.  Stay tuned for more details.
John Marg-Patton reminded us that the initial planning session for the Gold Plate Dinner is next Tuesday, December 14th, 11AM at the Exchange.  The GPD will be on April 13th so mark your calendars now.
Dana Rebelein (above) is shown presenting our club's check for $486.50 to Sue Peake at the Ralph Reeder Food Shelf.  The money was raised by simply passing a hat at our last three club meetings.  This contribution will allow the food shelf to buy $3892 worth of groceries.  You'll also note that Kevin Carlson (Cindy's husband) was present for the photo.
Dana also talked about this past weekend’s Foundation Celebration Event, held at the lovely Brackett’s Crossing Country Club in Lakeville.  Dana was joined by Jeff and Nancy Benson, Paul and Denise Jacobson and Jason and Renee Miller.  The keynote Speaker, Ed Futa, is the past General Secretary and Chief Operating Officer of Rotary International and The Rotary Foundation.  Ed’s talk was very inspiring and entertaining.  New Brighton Rotary was honored as one of only four clubs to receive the EREY (Every Rotarian Every Year) Award which signifies that every Rotarian in the club has made a contribution to the Foundation.  Jason received the award on behalf of the club, below.
Today's program was an opportunity to meet three members of the management team for Habitat’s New Brighton ReStore: Senior Operations Manager Pete O’Keefe, Store Manager Jill Carmody and Donations Manager Robin Henrichsen.  Habitat for Humanity has always accepted donations of building materials for the homes they were building, but when donations of materials for Canadian home builds exceeded the need, the ReStore concept was born.  ReStores sell the excess material donations to help raise funds for their home builds. The first ReStore in the U.S. was in Austin, Texas in 1985 and the concept has grown rapidly.  There are now 800 ReStores, double the number in operation just 5 years ago.
The Twin Cities ReStores are located in New Brighton and Minneapolis.  With a paid staff of ten and a volunteer group of four thousand, the two stores take in 1.4 million dollars a year; which is enough to fund 6 additional home builds per year, adding to well over 1,000 homes built by the Twin Cities affiliate of Habitat.  In addition to providing much needed housing, ReStore also keeps building materials from entering our landfills.  Your tax deductible donations come with and itemized receipt and a coupon good for 20% off a future ReStore purchase.  Click here for more information about ReStore.
Bob Barmore did double duty with the Pledge of Allegiance and the Invocation today.
Our Rotarian guests were Roseville Rotarian Marv Sorvala and NBMV Breakfast Club Rotarians Garry Johnson and Chris Ledbeter.  Sue Ager introduced Innsbruck’s new administrator, Reid Hewitt.  Sue also indicated that she will be terminating her membership as she retires.  We will miss you, Sue!
Our Noon meeting next week will be hosted by Mark Lampman at the Habitat For Humanity’s ReStore, 510 County Rd D West, New Brighton, MN 55112.  Here is a map.  Be sure to park in the back lot.  If you haven’t already RSVP’d with your Jimmy John’s lunch choice, call Mark Lampman ASAP.
The Irondale Choir is tentatively scheduled to join us at our December 19th noon meeting for their annual holiday concert and Christmas carol sing-along.  Whenever the concert is scheduled, it will be an off-site meeting at a location to be determined.
Dana Rebelein passed the hat for the Ralph Reeder Food Shelf this week for the third and final week.  Week one contributions were $181 and week two garnered $89.  This week’s contribution was $216.50, which included $28.50 from Garry Johnson’s closet clearing inspired auction of two briefcases for $28.50.  The three week total was a whopping $486.50, which translates into $3892 of buying power for the clever shoppers at Ralph Reeder Food Shelf.  Well done, NBMV Rotary!!!
Jason Slama let us know that local dental offices and businesses will be “buying back” unused or excess Halloween candy, offering cash, coupons or other incentives to get the cavity producing and waistline expanding candy out of your home and into the hands of our Troops and Veterans through the Operation Shoebox program.  Click here to find a drop-off location or find out more about the program.
Mary Stewart thanked all who attended or contributed to the CPY Game Night Gala fundraiser.  Preliminary figures show $15,000 in donations with money still coming in.
Cor Wilson reminded us that we can view recorded “Candidates Speak Out” and “Candidate Forums” on the CTV North Suburbs Website Elections Page.  You can also watch live election coverage starting at 8:30PM on Election Day.
Dave Hoel reported that he has purchased 400 pounds of jelly beans in preparation for our annual Easter Egg Hunt.
The club voted to amend the By-laws to reflect the addition of the Breakfast Club.
Because today was a 5th Tuesday, our program today was a Club Assembly.
·  Club Treasurer John Ordway reviewed club finances, noting that the club’s annual budget is $70,000, $30,000 of which is from the Gold Plate Dinner which nets $20,000 after expenses.  John also noted that although we attempt to have a balanced budget each year, lower than expected expenses over the last few years has permitted us to run deficit budgets for the last couple of years.  He also reported that the financial impact of the addition of the Breakfast Club is yet to be determined.
·  The Breakfast Club report was presented by new member Chris Ledbeter.  Chris said that attendance at the Breakfast Meeting has been 6-10 people and invitation postcard mailings are occurring each week to promote membership growth.  These invitations will be available at the check-in desk at noon and breakfast meetings to help you invite your friends and co-workers to join us.
·  MaryAnn Bawden updated us on her Secretarial duties.
·  Bob Barmore reported on Club Administration.  He noted that we will have a Holiday party in January and that you should check your email for details about a group trip to see Shen Yun at the Ordway on February 18th.
·  The Rotary Foundation report was presented by Jason Miller.  Jason reminded us that November is Foundation Month.  As in the past, contributions to the Polio Plus fund during November and December will earn matching Foundation points from the club.  Also, the proceeds from any items auctioned off in November will be donated to the Foundation.
·  Garry Johnson (Membership) reported that there are three new members as a result of the addition of the Breakfast Club.  He urged us all to invite visitors to the club and to let him know of any prospective members.
·  Communications/PR Director Mary Stewart is working on improving our visibility by getting articles published in the local papers.
·  Jason Slama, Service Projects Director, reported on various projects, including: The Food Shelf, Egg Hunt, Peace Makers, Financial Literacy Project, ReStore Visit, possible State Capitol Tour, Camp Enterprise, Harvest Pack project, and a Feed My Starving Children event for Quincy House.
·  Geoff Hollimon (subbing for Cindy Carlson) reported on our support for two Global Grants in Guatemala (Nutrition Education and Literacy).  Geoff also updated us on the major damage to seed crops at ECHO following hurricane Irma.  Fortunately the farm buildings are intact.
Wow!  It’s amazing what a group of 36 committed Rotarians can do to make their community and world a better place.

Bob Barmore opened the meeting with the Pledge and Nils Friberg offered the invocation.


Dana passed the hat for the Ralph Reeder Food Shelf.  Our cash contributions allow the Food Shelf to get $8 worth of food for each dollar contributed.  Last week we collected $181, allowing the food shelf to buy $1448 worth of groceries. We’ll pass the hat one more time next week.


President Gerry Tietz announced that the Board is working on updating the By-Laws to reflect the addition of the Breakfast meetings.  Gerry said that Michelle Caron has stepped up to be the champion of the development of the Breakfast Club.  Michelle said that the October 26th breakfast meeting will be held at Limu Coffee, in the same complex as the Exchange.


Gerry announced some additional membership categories to promote membership growth.  We have added a corporate membership and a household membership.  Stay tuned for more details.


Cindy Carlson said that the Board has approved a $500 contribution to a Rochester Rotary Global Grant which will total 95 thousand dollars.  Cindy said it was one of the best written grant proposals she has seen as a member of the district’s grant committee.  Cindy also updated us on Remember Niger, saying that they have not been directly affected by the violence in Niger.  Cindy further reminded us that there will be a Sponsor Appreciation Social for those of us who are sponsoring Remember Niger students.  The social is on Friday, November 3rd, 7-8:15 AM at Boutswells Landing, 5450 Nolan Parkway in Oak Park Heights (near Stillwater).  Cindy would love to have some other sponsors join her.


Geoff Hollimon thanked Mary Stewart for merging four contact lists to come up with a mailing list of 460 households to which we can send a postcard inviting civic minded people to visit either our morning or noon Rotary club meetings.


Mark Lampman has planned an off-site club meeting on November 7th.  He has arranged a tour of Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore at 510 County Rd D West in New Brighton.  A sign-up sheet was passed around today and will be available next week if you missed it today.

Remember that we will once again be offering double Foundation Points for contributions to Polio Plus during November and December of this year.  Points available for the match are limited, so get your contribution in soon.  Make your checks out to The Rotary Foundation (Memo: Polio Plus) and give them to John Ordway.  You may also contribute online, but be sure to notify John that you’ve made the donation to ensure that you get your matching points.  Ed James provided the Polio Plus photo below.


Cindy Carlson reminded us of the annual District 5960 Foundation Dinner on November 4th at Brackett’s Crossing Country Club, 17976 Judicial Rd in Lakeville.  The fun starts at 5:30 and ends around 9:00.  The keynote speaker will be Ed Futa, past General Secretary and Chief Operating Officer of Rotary International and The Rotary Foundation.  This event has always been fun and informative and we have always had a big contingent of NBMV Rotarians in attendance.  Let’s make this year the biggest showing yet!  The registration fee is waived for our club members and the cost for guests is $60. Register here for the event.


Cindy also noted that she and Ed James are interested in attending the Sunday matinee performance of Shen Yun on February 18th.  Let’s get a group together to take advantage of the group discount.


Jason Slama invited all who are interested to attend an organizational meeting for our Harvest Pack joint project with Irondale, NB Lions and NB Eagles.   The meeting is Wednesday, October 25, 6:30PM at the Mermaid.


Jim Kadechka passed out applications for Packers fans to join the Vikings fan base.  Gerry appeared fearful that he might burst into flames if he even touched the application.  Other Packer backers had similar reactions.


Bob Barmore introduced our speaker, Bob Oehrig, executive director of Arrive Ministries. Arrive Ministries is a Christian non-profit organization dedicated to the cause of refugees and immigrants.  Arrive works with local churches to welcome and serve displaced refugees who resettle in Minnesota. Bob described the situation in Syria as an example of the need for refugee resettlement.  The civil war in Syria has displaced over half of its population. Of Syria’s population of 26 million, 5 million have fled the country and 8 million are internally displaced within Syria.  Of the 5 million who left Syria, 5,000 have drowned while crossing the Mediterranean.  Syria is just one example of many refugee crises around the world.  Bob said “If you ask refugees where they would prefer to live, almost all say they would prefer to go back to their home country” but the reality is that it just is not possible for most refugees.  Bob said that the U.S. (citing the economic burden) has decreased its refugee quota from 85,000 to 45,000 under the Trump administration.  Bob countered that the ratio of refugees to total population in the U.S. is one of the lowest among developed nations at one refugee per 7,000 in population.  He noted that Minnesota has been much more welcoming to refugees than the U.S. average.  Bob admitted that it takes 6-7 years for refugees to be net contributors to the economy, but said that most refugees work very hard to become self-sufficient.  In closing Bob pointed to multiple biblical references about treating strangers and refugees with compassion as brothers and sisters.  Bob and Bob are pictured below.   

Bob Barmore opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and Dana Rebelein offered an invocation.
Dana noted that the Salvation Army Holiday Helper program needs volunteers to stock toys, answer phones, register families and enter data at their Operation Joy holiday phone bank in Roseville on November 20th and 21st.  You can sign up online at Operation Joy.
Dana also made us aware of opportunities to volunteer at the Ralph Reeder Food Shelf during the holiday season.  If you would like to volunteer to help families shop for food at the food shelf, there are openings on November 2, 9, and 16 from 9:30-Noon.  Contact Sue Peake at 651-621-7447 or  We passed the hat today (and will in upcoming weeks as well) to collect money to help the Food Shelf buy food to meet their holiday needs.
Mark Lampman has planned an off-site meeting on November 7th.  He has arranged a tour of Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore at 510 County Rd D West in New Brighton.  Stay tuned for more information and a sign-up sheet.
Foundation Director Jason Miller announced that we will once again be offering double Foundation Points for contributions to Polio Plus during November and December of this year.  Points available for the match are limited, so get your contribution in soon.  Make your checks out to The Rotary Foundation (Memo: Polio Plus) and give them to John Ordway.  You may also contribute online, but be sure to notify John that you’ve made the donation to get matching points.
Jason also reminded us of the annual District 5960 Foundation Dinner on November 4th at Brackett’s Crossing Country Club, 17976 Judicial Rd in Lakeville.  The fun starts at 5:30 and ends around 9:00.  The keynote speaker will be Ed Futa, past General Secretary and Chief Operating Officer of Rotary International and The Rotary Foundation.  This event has always been fun and informative and we have always had a big contingent of NBMV Rotarians in attendance.  Let’s make this year the biggest showing yet!  The registration fee is waived for our club members and the cost for guests is $60. Register here for the event.
Mary Stewart reminded us of the CPY Game Night Fundraiser from 6:00-10:00PM on Friday October 27th at the New Brighton Community Center.  Join us for the fun while supporting all the great work that CPY does in our community.  See Mary Stewart or Geoff Hollimon if you haven’t received an invitation.
Ed James reported that Irondale students Margaret Thompson and Brady Welsh will represent us at Camp Enterprise this year.
Ed is also looking for some Rotarians to join him as he plans our Harvest Pack food packing project which will partner NBMV Rotary, NB Lions, NB Eagles and Irondale High School.  Please talk to Ed if you can help.
Cindy announced a change in schedule for the first planning meeting for our 2018 Gold Plate Dinner.  The new date is Tuesday, November 14th, 11AM, at the Exchange.  All those involved with the GPD planning and execution are urged to attend.
The October 26th AM club meeting will be held at another venue.  Stay tuned for details.
Sue Ager offered a happy buck because her “Innsbruck Angels” employee group was the top contributor to the Benedictine Foundation in the entire Benedictine Health System.
Bob Barmore introduced our speaker, Pingping Yu.  Pingping is a native of Beijing, China and has been in the U.S. for 12 years.  Her day job is in the Consumer Insights division of General Mills, but she volunteers as a Chinese culture educator and was here today as a volunteer for Shen Yun, a revival of 5,000 years of Chinese culture through the universal language of dance and music.  To create some perspective, Pingping began with a summary of Chinese culture, briefly explaining Taoism, Buddhism and Confucianism and finishing with a bleak description of Communist-era China and the accompanying devastation of traditional culture and crackdown on spiritualism and independent thinking. Shen Yun, a non-profit group formed in New York eleven years ago, has produced a stunning combination of ancient music and dance that resurrects traditional Chinese culture.  As you might imagine, Shen Yun cannot be presented in Communist China, but we have the opportunity to experience it when it returns to the Ordway with an all new show, February 16-18, 2018.  Ticket information is available here.  Pingping and Bob are shown below.
Bob Barmore opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and MaryAnn Bawden offered the invocation.
President-Elect John Marg Patton was subbing for President Gerry.  John reported that a board position has been created to give the new morning Rotary meeting direct representation on the board.  John produced some paper ballots so that those who had not responded to the online voting option would have an opportunity to vote for the nominee for this position, Michelle Caron.
Cindy Carlson had three items of information to share with the club: 
- Many of you will remember Dr. Ann Frisch, who presented to this club about 3 years ago.  Dr Frisch has been awarded Rotary International’s “Champion of Peace” award for her work as an unarmed civilian peacekeeper in Thailand.
- The Community Support Center is collecting gently used winter clothing and new hats for its annual winter clothing drive.  You can drop off your donations at Christ the King Lutheran Church before October 20th.
- Rotarian Dr. Matthew Desmond, will be speaking to the Minnesota Housing Partnership about his Pulitzer Prize winning book, “Evicted, Poverty and Profit in the American City” at the Hoversten Chapel, Foss Center at Augsburg College Minneapolis.  Time and date: Saturday, October 21st, 7:00PM.  Click here to reserve you seats.
Ed James reminded us that Irondale is celebrating its 50th Anniversary at this Friday’s Homecoming game.  Dinner is at 5PM and the game is at 7PM.
The 2018 Gold Plate Dinner will be held on April 13th.  The first planning meeting will be on October 21st, time TBD.  You are all encouraged to share your ideas and your time to make this the best GPD ever.
President-Elect John introduced our new member, Dennis Connolly, a consultant at Medtronic.  Welcome to the club, Dennis!
Don’t forget that the CPY “Game Night” is on Friday, October 27th, 6-10PM, at the New Brighton Community Center.  Please RSVP at or by calling 651-633-6464.
Sue Ager announced that she will be retiring November 6th.  She’s hoping to introduce her successor to Rotary at a future meeting.
Bob Bamore introduced today's speaker, Dr. Tom Pastor, presenting his new member classification talk.  Tom is originally from Fredericksburg, Virginia and still has family there.  Tom’s first career was in theater, at first working on set design and eventually theater management.  He credits his theater experience with breaking him out of his shy, introverted shell and giving him the confidence to pursue a career in health care.  After experiencing successful chiropractic treatment for a chronic shoulder injury, Tom decided that a career in chiropractic would give him the opportunity to have a direct beneficial impact on people’s lives.  He attended Northwestern Health Sciences right here in the Twin Cities and by graduation had decided that he actually liked Minnesota weather.  He had decided to specialize in neurological conditions and was fortunate to begin his career by sharing space with a renowned Neurological Chiropractic specialist right here in New Brighton.  Tom explained how a variety of neurological conditions from Parkinson’s disease to autism can be helped by eliminating musculoskeletal stress via chiropractic care.  Tom and Bob are shown below.
Jason Miller opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and Nils Friberg gave the invocation.
President Gerry Tietz passed out bubblegum cigars to celebrate the “birth” of the breakfast club.  On a related note, Gerry said that we will employ survey monkey and paper ballots to ensure that both breakfast and lunch club members have input on important club decisions.
President-Elect John Marg-Patton reminded us that April 13th is the date for the 2018 Gold Plate Dinner.  Mark your calendars now and be thinking of ways to make the event even better.  Planning meetings will begin soon and he encouraged us all to take an active part in the planning of our major fundraiser.
John also announced that, after many years of faithful service, MaryAnn will no longer be able serve as Club Secretary.  We’re looking for a replacement to work alongside MaryAnn for a while to ease the transition.  Please see Gerry T. or John M-P if you would be able to serve as Secretary.
President Gerry introduced a new wrinkle to happy bucks today with “two truths and a lie”.  Those able to guess which of three stories was a lie, could avoid paying a dollar to the kitty.  You are invited to think up your own truths and a lie to raise funds at future meetings.
Traditional happy bucks included the usual Packer Backer contributions, but Vikings fans are also starting to open their wallets.  Twins and Gopher fans were also generous with their happy bucks.  Amy Janecek noted that this year is the 50th anniversary of Irondale H.S. and special homecoming festivities are planned. Click here for more info.
Amy Janecek introduced Mary Sue Hansen, Director of the Suburban Ramsey Family Collaborative (SRFC).  For over 18 years, SRFC has been working to fill the gaps in the social services safety net in suburban Ramsey County.  Mary Sue and her staff work cooperatively with school districts, social workers, faith communities and community support centers like ours in New Brighton.  Mary Sue was here primarily to talk about SRFC’s work with the Marnita’s Table Intentional Social Interaction Model (known as “IZI”). This model provides a framework, with good food as the catalyst, for diverse populations to engage each other in safe and honest conversations about racial, cultural and class barriers and possible solutions to these barriers.  To date, over 700 educators and community members have been trained on the IZI model, over 400 of whom are youth.  In addition to its intercultural impact, the IZI model has resulted in a dramatic increase in financial support for at risk children and their families in suburban Ramsey County.  We are the first Rotary club that Mary Sue has spoken to but she would love to present the IZI concept to other Rotary Clubs in the area and, perhaps, arrange an IZI training for interested Rotarians from Rotary clubs in SRFC’s service area.  For more information about SRFC, click here.  Mary Sue and Jason are shown below.

Jason Miller opened the meeting with the Pledge and offered an invocation. 


Our Guests today were prospective member, Dennis Connolly, Dick Einan from the Roseville club and Jackie Gilbertson, from the Outreach Department at Children’s Hospital Minnesota.


President Gerry announced the successful birth of our new breakfast meeting.  With 19 in attendance, and 3 applications for membership, the inaugural meeting was an unqualified success.  Unfortunately Gerry forgot the celebratory cigars.  Gerry proposed that we add an additional board member to the represent the breakfast meeting.  The motion passed unanimously.


President Gerry also announced that Mary Stewart and Cindy Carlson will be researching ways for us to efficiently participate in Rotary’s effort to record all the good things that Rotary clubs do and the person-hours involved in those efforts.


Cor Wilson announced that The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences has just nominated CTV15's Animation @ The Station's "I'm Happy" as one of only 5 nominees for the NATAS National Student Awards in the category of Animation/Graphics/Special Effects.


Dana will be heading to a Quilting Retreat this week.  There is apparently no wine allowed, perhaps so as to prevent needle-pricked fingers from bloodying the quilts?


Dave Hoel sang the praises of Cindy’s husband Kevin’s golf skills.  Kevin, a couple of lesser known ringers, and non-ringer Dave managed nine under par and third place at the best-ball charity event for pancreatic cancer.  They might have finished higher had they applied the Three-Way Test instead of the Four-Way test when all four golfers were simultaneously out-of-bounds.


Mary Ann Bawden thanked Jim Kadechka for completing some urgently needed printing when her print shop was temporarily out of power last week.


Jason Miller introduced our speaker, Brad Feltis M.D., a pediatric surgeon specializing in treatment of fetal medical conditions while the child is still in the womb.  Dr. Feltis is the surgical director at the Midwest Fetal Care Center.  As one of only six fetal care centers in North America, Midwest Fetal Care Center is collaboration between Abbott Northwestern Hospital and Children’s Hospital to provide comprehensive care for high risk mothers and their unborn babies.  The Center’s interdisciplinary team of sub-specialists and support staff offer a wide range of pre-natal interventions that can actually prevent or limit the need for surgeries after birth.  A good example is prenatal intervention for Spina Bifida.  While prenatal surgeries may have positive effects on the developing fetus, Dr. Feltis also acknowledged that there are ethical considerations surrounding these kinds of interventions, and the Center has staff to help parents navigate these ethical considerations.  Individual tours of the facility may be arranged by contacting Jackie Gilbertson at the Center’s Outreach Department (952-992-5282).  Learn more about this fascinating surgical team at  Jackie, Brad and Jason are shown below.

Jason Miller opened the meeting with the Pledge and MaryAnn Bawden provided the Invocation.


Our guest today was Anoka Rotarian and Assistant District Governor, Sandy Campbell.  Sandy was here to tell us about her home club’s “Vacation of a Lifetime” raffle fundraiser.  She was offering $10/ticket chances at winning a $5,000 vacation voucher (or $3,500 cash). 


President Gerry Tietz said that he feels like an “expectant father” as we give birth to our Breakfast Club this Thursday at 7AM.  All club members, their guests and walk-ins are invited to attend.  I wonder if Gerry will be passing out cigars after the meeting.


We received a letter from Saint Anthony Village High School thanking us for our support of their scholarship program.  The recipient of this year’s scholarship was Bonnie Zeller, pictured below with Amy Wakem, who presented the scholarship on behalf of the club..


A new club brochure has been created by Beverly Aplikowski, and fine tuned by Jeff Benson.  The new brochure updates the 2010 version and promotes the new breakfast club.  You are welcome to take brochures for prospective members and you can find them in the Rotary cabinet.


Geoff Hollimon reported that the E.C.H.O. farm survived Irma’s fury with no injuries and relatively little ($100,000) damage to the property.  See Geoff if you’d like to contribute to a fund for repairs at the farm.


Cindy Carlson announced a fundraiser to provide housing for the homeless students of Life Prep Academy on Tuesday October 3rd, from 6-8PM at the Mermaid.  The event is free, with opportunities to donate if you choose.  Retired CEO of Vascular Solutions, Howard Root, will be the featured speaker.  For more information, or to RSVP, Call 763-203-2015 or email to:


Many, many thanks go to John, Marla and “Captain Dan” Ordway for their hospitality in hosting the Rotary party last weekend.  Though breezy, the weather was appreciably better than the originally planned date.


Ed James wasted no time in contacting the Lions Club regarding the possibility of a joint “Harvest Pack” project.  Stay tuned for more details.


Several Happy Bucks were offered by the Packer Backers for Green Bays’ victory over the Seahawks but, despite an almost perfect performance over the Saints, Vikings fans seemed reluctant to cough up their dollars.  Perhaps we just don’t want to create optimism only to have it dashed after mid-season.  President Gerry personally challenged the Vikings faithful to part with their happy bucks.  We’ll see what happens next week.


Dana related the saga of the service tech who “Red Tagged” her furnace, which magically became “Un-Red Tagged” after a reputable service tech made some minor adjustments.  Ask Dana if you want to know who not to call for furnace repairs.


Dave Hoel announced that Kevin Carlson (yes, Cindy’s 3-handicap golfer and husband Kevin) will replace the out of town Jeff Benson in Dave’s foursome at the Gary’s Gift Pancreatic Cancer Tournament this weekend.  Kevin is a HUGE golfing talent upgrade from Jeff, so I don’t think Jeff will be needed at future tournaments.


Paul reported that he has sold his hanger and will be closing the deal soon.


Mayor Val Johnson reported that the Lions Club is installing handicap-accessible playground equipment at Lions Park.  She also commented on the City’s purchase of the Korean Methodist Church property near downtown New Brighton.  The city will be seeking citizen input on use(s) of the property before seeking a private contractor to develop it.


Mary S. was relieved that her parents have sold their farm and that she was able to get them moved to their new home.


Bev’s eye surgeries have been completed and she’s looking forward to good vision once she gets her new glasses.


Cindy Carlson introduced our speaker, Jed Hamoud.  Jed has been a frequent presenter at our club, and some of you may be familiar with Jed’s history.  Jed’s involvement with KAI began very early in his life; he grew up in a Kids Alive boy’s orphanage in Lebanon.  Since then, Jed has become a tireless advocate for KAI around the world, but especially in Lebanon.  Jed was here today to update us on the results of the District Matching Grant which our club provided for the expansion of Kids Alive International’s Oasis Refugee Center.  The KAI website provides this overview of the Center: 

“Over the past two years, more than a million refugees from Syria have fled from their homes and across the Lebanese border to escape the civil war. It is now estimated that one in four children in Lebanon is a Syrian refugee, and many of them have suffered emotional and physical trauma. Often these displaced people have ended up in makeshift camps, with very limited access to shelter, food, water, shoes, and clothing.  In November of 2014, we had the privilege of opening a new center, The Oasis, specifically for Syrian refugee children. The new students need intensive academic help, since many have been out of school due to the war and most cannot speak English.  Kids Alive is helping Syrian refugees in two ways. At The Oasis, we are providing an education, food, and daily care to 80 children in our school and care center programs. We have also been working with our other partners in Lebanon to provide support to refugee families that urgently need help.” 

Jed thanked us for our generous Matching Grant donation of $9,747 and reviewed the expansion of the Center which was enabled by our contribution.  KAI was able to nearly double its classroom space, helping them to make a bigger impact on the educational vacuum among Syrian refugee children.  For more information about KAI, check out the KAI websiteJed and Jason are shown below.

Jason Miller opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and the Invocation.
Our guests today were former NBMV Rotarian Matt Fulton, Gerry Tietz’s guests, Nicole and Tyson, from the New Brighton Lions club, and Past District 5960 Governor Craig Leiser.
Nicole outlined some of the Lions club’s service projects and noted that she is, among many other responsibilities, the Lions club “tail twister”.  She said that the tail twister is the person who keeps the club meetings on track.  President Gerry Tietz suggested that the Rotary and Lions clubs could work together on a future service project.
PDG Craig Leiser remarked that one of his roles as District governor was similar to Nicole’s tail twister role.  However, he described his role as “Ass Kicker”.  Whatever works!
PDG Craig was here to congratulate us on our successful District Matching Grant for E.C.H.O.  He presented our Grant Guru’s, Geoff Hollimon and Cindy Carlson, with a check for $3,245.  Nice work Geoff and Cindy!  PDG Craig, Geoff and Cindy are pictured below.
While he was up, PDG Craig reported that there are only nine reported new cases of Polio in the world this year.  It looks like support for Polio Plus has gotten us extremely close to eradicating the scourge of polio.
John Ordway reported that the weather looks good for the Rotary Party as his home on Saturday the 9th.  If you have not already RSVP’d (yes or no), please do so today.
President Gerry announced the district’s “One Rotary Summit” designed to help club leaders with membership, public image and humanitarian service initiatives.  The summit will be held in Roseville on September 28th, 5:30PM-8:45PM.  President Gerry recommended it for all our club leaders.
Don’t forget the inaugural meeting of the NBMV Breakfast Meeting on Thursday, 7AM-8AM at the Exchange.  Come and check it out, and bring a prospective member.
Happy fines were plentiful today:
-Cindy and Kevin just returned from a golf weekend at Izaty’s.
-John R’s daughter, Lilly, is 23 years old.
-MaryAnn’s husband Gary is a year older.
-Dave H’s daughter Lauren is 35 and granddaughter Annika started Kindergarten today.
-Gerry T’s son, Nicholas, is working on an app to help police identify special needs individuals before engaging them on the street.
-Jason M. just returned from his daughter’s freshman orientation at the University of Redlands.
-Garry J’s mom finally has both leg braces off and is doing well.
Jason Miller introduced our speaker, West St. Paul Rotarian William McNally, founder of “Harvest Pack”.  William became interested in feeding the hungry while volunteering at local food shelves.  This interest led him to work for Feed My Starving Children and, finally, to start his own non-profit.  In its fifth year, Harvest Pack provided over one million meals to food shelves, backpack programs and international hunger programs.  Harvest Pack’s mission is “Healthy Food on Every Table” Internationally, they partner with International Care Ministries (ICM) providing nutrition to complement ICM’s economic sustainability work in the Philippines.  Local initiatives focus on getting the food to undernourished children via backpack programs and food shelves.  Countless studies have shown a direct, positive relationship between good nutrition and student performance and behavior.  Meal packs for local distribution are a scientifically designed mixture of oatmeal, vitamins and cinnamon and sugar to hide the taste of the vitamins.  Meal packs for international distribution are rice and soy based.
William played a video which revealed that 800 million people worldwide die of hunger related diseases each year.  Of those 10 million are children, or one child every 6 seconds!
Harvest Pack is looking for partners to donate and volunteer to pack food.  Packing events can be large or small (minimum of 50 packers) and can be held anywhere there is adequate floor space.  For more information, click here.  William and Jason are shown below.
Many thanks to Dana Rebelein for providing this meeting summary (Ed.)

John Marg-Patton (Cousin Millie Pearl’s cousin), opened the meeting with the pledge of allegiance and Mark Beisswenger offered the invocation. President Gerry distributed a member satisfaction survey. If you missed the meeting, be sure to get your copy from Gerry.

There was lots of happiness today! Mark B. was really happy because his daughter is engaged, he and Gail celebrated their 43rd wedding anniversary and enjoyed two weeks out east visiting family, they attended a Boston/Yankees game, and Beisswenger’s Hardware (“If we don’t have it, you don’t need it”)’s state fair booth “is blowing them away.” Ed’s daughter matriculated at Notre Dame, and, when his car was damaged by a rear-ender, the rental vehicle provided through the other driver’s insurance was upgraded to a GMC Acadia (whatever that is). Beverly was happy to be out and about. MaryAnn enjoyed a family reunion and is happy that Gary’s surgery was successful. Gerry was happy that John and Marla correctly called the inclement weather that would occur Saturday and postponed the picnic for two weeks. Jim K. played 59 holes of disc golf. Dana welcomed the 11th repairman to tinker with her oven. John R. saw his neurologist and gets to try a new drug.

Gerry called on committee chairs to share their plans for the Rotary year. Bob (administration) emphasized two goals, (1) everyone will understand the responsibilities for club meetings. He has assigned months and will email reminders for each. (2) we will have fun. The party at Ordways is the first of events he wants us to enjoy quarterly. (Spoiler alert - Watch for wine from the Risdall winery in Oregon at the rescheduled picnic!)

Gerry ( Communications and Image) listed the emailed weekly newsletter, weekly updates to facebook, and our web page. The newspapers have not run the press releases Gerry has provided regarding the Thursday breakfast meetings. The Club authorized expenditures for advertisements and Mark B and Beverly offered to take care of it.

Beverly (Membership) reported that we have 33 members, most of whom are active. She challenged us to find new ways to reach out, encouraged us to recruit at the well-attended gala, and to consider our contacts in the neighborhood, at church and through business. A new brochure is under construction. The breakfast meetings will be added beginning Thursday, September 14, from 7 – 8 a.m. The Exchange will open its doors at 6:30 to allow setting up. Attendees will receive prospective member packets and Rotarian magazines. (REMEMBER TO BRING IN YOUR MAGAZINES!) The initial speaker will be Tom Pastor, about why he joined Rotary and what it means to him.

Jason Slama (Service) called on his committee chairs:  

A. Ed (Youth Service) offered an ambitious  six-point plan: (1) continue all existing major programs targeting youth, (2) quarterly food packing with youth from Quincy House and increased donation to Feed My Starving Children, (3) mentorship and mentor, 1-hour/week, with Quincy House and other organizations working with youth at risk in our community, (4) reading buddies, 45 min. to 1 hour each week, at Sunnyside and other pre- and elementary schools in the area,(5)  participation in the Welcome Day when children return to area schools, and (6) Start a back-to-school Rotary Bowl with fun activities (ex., inflatables ) and school supplies.

B.  Dana (Community Service) thanked those who participated in feeding the stockyard days parade participants and volunteered at the CPY Kids Karnival. A job description for George’s activities regarding the parade feed has been completed. Dana intends to get job descriptions from Dave for the parade feed and the Easter egg hunt. A representative from Marnita’s Table will speak to us next month about Intentional Social Interaction. Depending upon the club’s response to the opportunity, Rotary could provide a community service by hosting sessions that bring together first responders, community members and youth.  

C.  Geoff (International Service) goal is to remain one of the premier Clubs in District 5960 for having successful, well-managed projects. Our signature project for 2017-18 will provide equipment for Educational Concerns for Hunger Organization (ECHO) in North Fort Myers, Florida. ECH0  develops and provides environmentally sound agricultural research and skills to enable small scale farmers to produce food. The project costs $8,236, of which we provide $2,800. The remainder comes from four other Clubs and The Rotary Foundation through District 5960.

D.  Mark L (Vocational Service) plans an off-site meeting at ReStore, a Habitat for Humanity related enterprise in New Brighton. Other tours are under consideration and he anticipates a program on Ethics.

John Marg-Patton opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and Sue Ager offered the invocation.
Our guests today were Roseville Rotarian, Marv Sorvala, and Dana’s sister-in-law, Sister Ruth Ellen Rebelein.  Sister Ruth Ellen was kind enough to leave Kearny, Nebraska to allow room for one more eclipse chaser. 
Columbia Heights/Fridley Rotarian Craig Malm was present to create awareness for his club’s Stomp Out Polio fundraiser.  To Kick off the fundraiser, Craig will undertake a week-long solo backpacking and photography trip in Washington State’s rugged Northern Cascade Mountains.  We have an opportunity to support polio eradication by making a tax deductible donation to their fundraiser.  Make checks payable to the Rotary Foundation and mail to:
      Craig Malm
      355 East Ave. Circle
      Mahtomedi, MN 55115
Credit card donations can be made by contacting Craig Malm at 651-253-6933.  All donations go directly to the Rotary Foundation and are 100% tax deductible.
Mark your calendars now for the 2018 Gold Plate Dinner, April 13, 2018.
The Rotary party at John and Marla Ordway’s home is a go, despite a less than favorable weather forecast.  If the party has to be postponed, you’ll receive an email the day before the event.  Remember that the main course and beverages are provided, but appetizers and desserts are welcome.
We are asked to bring our recent Rotarian magazines to Rotary in the coming weeks.  These magazines will be distributed to prospective Rotarians at our new breakfast meetings.
President Gerry Tietz reminded us that we can (and perhaps should) check out the Club’s scorecard at “Club Central”, a feature of the Rotary International/My Rotary webpage.  To get there, go to, log in or register and then scroll down to “my club snapshot” and click it to see a wide variety of interesting facts about our club and how it compares with similar clubs in our district, zone and even globally.
Geoff Hollimon reported that CPY netted close to $15,000 from its many Stockyard Days fundraising initiatives.  The proceeds were greater than expected as the Golf Ball Drop winner donated his $1,900 winnings back to CPY.  Geoff thanked us for our participation.
Cindy Carlson announced that our E.C.H.O. matching grant for $8,300 has been approved by the District Matching Grants Committee.  It will provide much needed equipment for the ECHO farm.
Geoff Hollimon just returned from a trip out west, this time taking the “road less travelled”, traversing Montana on Highway 2 and taking the Going to the Sun Road in Glacier National Park.  The scenery was awe inspiring.
John Ordway was exhausted after spending 25 of the last 36 hours on the road (with Marla) chasing the solar eclipse.
Sue Ager invited us all to the Innsbruck Care Center’s open house on Wednesday, August 23rd, from 4-7PM.  Among the many activities will be the 6PM ribbon cutting for the new “Play Patio” for which we donated a chess and checkers table.  Join in the fun and see what a great place Innsbruck is.
George Winiecki recently celebrated 26 years of marriage with Christine.
John Marg-Patton donated the $3 he won on a wager with his sister Louise.  Louise was in town (from Arizona) for the Twins/Diamondbacks series this past weekend.  The Twins swept the series and John, having great faith in the hometown nine, had wagered a hefty $1 per game.  My questions are:
(1)    Does John have any other out-of-town relatives?
(2)    Can he dig a little deeper into the retirement fund for a larger wager?
(3)    Can the Twins actually sweep another series?
Paul Fournier introduced our speaker, Karen Meyer of the Community Support Center (CSC).  Karen has been a full time employee with the CSC for two years and is the non-profit’s only full time employee.  Located in New Brighton, the CSC offers emergency short-term financial assistance to prevent families from losing their homes or being evicted for being unable to pay their rent.  They also provide referrals to other social support organizations.  In addition to short-term assistance, CSC develops long-term relationships by taking the time to listen to their clients, providing much needed help with goal setting, financial planning and follow-up to prevent future financial crises.
CSC works directly with Ramsey County Social Services, The Salvation Army, St. Vincent de Paul Society, and Local Churches to identify and evaluate clients.  CSC works with 16-20 families at any given time.  Six volunteer “active listeners” work directly with the clients and often become active advocates for their clients, cutting through bureaucratic red tape, celebrating accomplishments and encouraging them through struggles.  CSC’s typical emergency assistance to prevent eviction is $400-700, a drop in the bucket compared to the $3,000 a month that social services pays to house a homeless family for a single month.  The need for eviction prevention is clear and CSC provides a very economical approach to the problem.  Since CSC relies solely on private fundraising, donations from individuals, businesses and civic organizations (like NBMV Rotary) are counted on to fund its operations.  As a founding organization of CSC, we have a seat on the Board of Directors and Paul Fournier represents NBMV Rotary on the Board.  Click on the link above for more information on how to donate or become a volunteer.  Karen and Paul are pictured below.
John Marg-Patton opened the meeting with the Pledge and Invocation.
Cindy Carlson introduced her guest, R.J Rud, who is studying accounting and finance at the University of Wisconsin and interning at Western Bank this summer.
Rotarian Frank Mabley was visiting to promote Arden Hills/Shoreview Rotary’s “Taste of the Hops” fundraiser on Friday August 18th from 5:30PM – 8:30PM.  Join in the fun at Snail Lake Park, 4191 Snail Lake Blvd. in Shoreview.
MaryAnn Bawden introduced Rotarian Mary Kurth, Past-President of the Bloomington Noon Rotary Club and Rotarian extraordinaire.  Mary is also the president and chair of “Cargill Cares”, a non-profit group that supports the efforts of Feed My Starving Children, which just so happened to be the topic of today’s program.
John Marg-Patton introduced his sister and Arizona resident, Louise.  Louise is here to join John for the Twins-Diamondbacks baseball series this week.
Gerry Tietz reminded us of the Rotary Party hosted by John and Marla Ordway on Saturday, August 26, starting at 2PM.  Burgers and hot dogs will be provided but you are welcome to bring salads, appetizers or desserts.  Watch your email for an electronic invitation.
NBMV Rotary volunteers were everywhere at the Stockyard Days Celebration last week, most notably at the Parade Hot Dog Feed and the CPY Kiddie Korral.  Jim Kadechka presented Dave Hoel with a “Most Likely to Become a Wal-Mart Greeter” certificate for his tireless efforts to remind parade participants that the Rotary Club provided the hot dogs, chips and drinks at the end of the parade.  Jason Slama was also singled out for his non-stop volunteer presence at the CPY Kiddie Korral.
As if on cue, Mary Stewart and a group of CPY kids showed up to thank Rotary, and particularly those individuals who volunteered at the Kiddie Korral, for our support for CPY.  The kids rolled out a huge “Thank You Rotary” banner and distributed treats and other gifts in appreciation of our support.  See photo below.
If you will recall last week’s meeting; Mary Ann Bawden warily accepted a giant zucchini which had been raffled off.  It appeared that there may have been an expectation among the bidders that MaryAnn might produce something tasty from the zaftig zucchini.  MaryAnn, as always, rose to the challenge by providing several loaves of scrumptious zucchini bread for dessert today.  I suspect she passed on actually using the “way past its prime” zucchini in favor of smaller, tastier zucchini.  Thanks, MaryAnn, for all you do!
Garry Johnson displayed some samples of headwear and pins to identify us as Rotarians at community events.  Garry welcomes your comments on possibilities.  John Marg-Patton reluctantly agreed to model the baseball cap option, below.
Paul Fournier announced 19 years of wedded bliss with wife, Chrissy!
Mike Neeley attended his 50th High School Reunion recently but was disappointed to find that only old people attended the event.
Ed James introduced our speaker, Judy Watke, Development Advisor for the Coon Rapids location of Feed My Starving Children.  Judy began her presentation with some sobering facts about malnutrition.  She noted that 6,200 children die each day from malnutrition and its related diseases and that one in nine children worldwide are severely malnourished.  Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) is working to eliminate malnutrition by providing scientifically designed food packets which can be distributed through well-vetted distribution partners around the world.  FMSC is 100% donor funded and receives no government aid.  Fully 92% of donations go directly to food packs.  The food is packaged by volunteers, aged 5 to 105, keeping the cost down to just 22 cents per meal.  Most packaging is done at permanent locations, but recently the Mobile Pack Program allows FMSC to come to the volunteers, allowing larger numbers of volunteers to participate.  To volunteer to pack food, or just get more information, click here.  Ed James and Judy Watke are shown below.
John Marg-Patton opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance.  Sue Ager offered an invocation.

Last week Cindy Carlson (above) delivered groceries, provided by the New Brighton Mounds View Rotary Club, to Prior Crossing. Prior Crossing is an apartment owned by Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative in St Paul that provides quality affordable housing to formerly homeless youth.  The youth living at Prior Crossing often struggle with not having enough to eat.   To help these kids, our club provided $250 for groceries.  Some will be shared in the "community kitchen", where the youth often dine together or share extra / unwanted food and groceries.  Some will be maintained in the on-site manager's office, to distribute when the youth are in dire need of help.
George Winiecki reminded us that we all should be at the Stockyard Days Parade Hot Dog Feed by 5PM this Thursday, Aug. 10th.  Many hands are needed to prepare and serve 1,000 hotdogs, chips and drinks to the parade participants.  George also needs someone to return nine large drink coolers to Irondale after the event.  If you can return the coolers, please contact George.
Cindy relayed Geoff Hollimon’s thank you for your support of the CPY Golf Ball Drop fundraiser which kicked off Stockyard Days this past Sunday.  The ball drop was the most successful one to date, netting $5,800 for CPY!
Cindy also passed on Geoff’s request that we all take a couple of shifts at the CPY Kiddie Korral to further support CPY’s important mission in our community.  Click here to sign up online.
John Marg-Patton invited all who are interested to attend the inaugural meeting of the NBMV Rotary Breakfast Meeting on Thursday, September 14th, 7AM, at the Exchange.  You also have the opportunity to share Rotary with your friends and coworkers by either inviting them to join you at a breakfast meeting or providing the club with the prospective member’s contact information on a sheet that will be available at upcoming lunch meetings.
George Winiecki attempted to raise some money for the club treasury by testing us with Winiecki Family Trivia.  Unfortunately for the Club’s coffers, the legend of George’s 13 siblings and even the names of his four sisters were well known to club members and the trivia challenge raised no money for the club.  Better luck next time, George.
Paul Fournier reported that, as a dutiful husband, he sat through four productions of “How to Succeed in Business…” this past weekend.  Paul’s wife Chrissy directed the show and it especially exciting since How to Succeed…” was Chrissy’s first Broadway acting/dancing gig.
Jim Kadechka was happy to have celebrated his father’s 85th birthday this week.
Jim Kadechka also celebrated his own birthday this month and he was joined fellow August birthday boys, Gerry Tietz and George Winiecki for our birthday song serenade, below.
Cor Wilson reported that the North Suburban Cable Commission (NSCC) and Comcast have renewed their franchise agreement for another 10 years.
Ed James reported that he attended a Bible camp in Nigeria which hosted 750 campers.  He agreed to provide photos and a summary of the experience at a future meeting.
John Marg-Patton introduced our speaker, Paula Schaeffer from the Minnesota Department of Health.   Paula’s topic was Sex Trafficking.  Paula began by introducing her intern, Lauren Johnson, a student at Minnesota State Mankato where she is about to graduate with a degree in Social Work. 
Over the past ten years in Minnesota, sex trafficking and sexual exploitation have received increased attention from a wide variety of public and private organizations.  In 2011, Minnesota passed the “Safe Harbor Law” essentially decriminalizing the activities of minors who are victims and survivors of sexual trafficking and exploitation.  This was a key step in protecting these unfortunate victims, but much more needs to be done.  In 2014, the University of Minnesota’s Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center published a report entitled “Mapping the Market for Sex with Trafficked Minor Girls in Minneapolis”.  The study analyzed Minneapolis Police Department data and reached the following conclusions.  It characterized sex trafficking as a business with “victims” as the commodity, “facilitators” as the suppliers and “buyers” as the customers.  The victims are generally vulnerable youth and, although this analysis focused on girls, both girls and boys are victims.  Victims tend to be young girls of color from poorer communities.  They are often vulnerable due to prior victimization, child abuse/neglect, poverty, homelessness, substance abuse, and family patterns of exploitation.  Facilitators were found to be mostly men of color from poorer communities, ranging from late teens to mid fifties.  Many of the facilitators have had life experiences that make them vulnerable to exploitation, just as their victims are vulnerable.  Buyers are from all racial and socioeconomic backgrounds and are generally 30-50 years of age.  Although the MPD data didn’t show it, other sources suggest that a much higher percentage of buyers are white suburban men who are less likely to be investigated and thus less likely to show up in MPD data.  Victims tend to be recruited in Downtown Minneapolis, North Minneapolis and the South Minneapolis Phillips neighborhood.  Most facilitators also live in these neighborhoods.  Buyers, on the other hand, live all across the Metro area and most “transactions” occur in suburban hotels, buyer’s homes or on easily accessed streets.  For more information about this study or about the sex trafficking problem, go to  Paula, John and Lauren are pictured below.
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New Brighton Mounds View

Our Club Motto: Service Above Self

Club meetings are held Tuesdays at 12:15 and Thursdays at 7:00AM
The Exchange Food and Drink
500 5th Ave, NW
New Brighton, MN  55112
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November 2017
Lunch Meeting - Karen Kotch
Nov 21, 2017
Help at Your Door
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Nov 30, 2017 7:00 AM
District Governor Kyle Haugen visting 11/28

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Oct 2017
Team Leader
Beisswenger, Mark
Team Member
Johnson, Feng-Ling Margaret
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Johnson, Garry
Nov 2017
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Lampman, Mark
Team Member
Caron, Michelle
Team Member
Slama, Jason
Dec 2017
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Hoel, David
Team Member
James, Ed
Team Member
Neeley, Mike
Jan 2018
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Benson, Jeff
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Pastor, Tom
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Wilson, Coralie
Feb 2018
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Stewart, Mary
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Kadechka, James
Team Member
Tietz, Gerry
Mar 2018
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Fournier, Paul
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Hollimon, Geoff
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O'Brien, James
Apr 2017
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Aplikowski, Beverly
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Friberg, Nils
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Wakem, Amy
May 2018
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Carlson, Cindy
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Winiecki, George
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Ordway, John
Jun 2018
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Rebelein, Dana
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Janecek, Amy
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Barmore, Bob
Thursday Morning Breakfast Meetings an Option
The club has two opportunities to participate in club meetings. Thursday breakfast meetings are held at The Exchange Food and Drink from 7 - 8:00 AM.  These meetings give those who are unable to attend our Tuesday lunch meetings an opportunity to enjoy the fellowship and opportunities for service that Rotary membership offers.  The Tuesday lunch meetings are from 12:15 -1:30 PM, also at The Exchange.
Come to either meeting and find out how much fun Rotary is.  New members are always welcome. Click on the "Membership Inquiry Form" in the upper right corner and our membership team member will follow up and answer any questions.
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