- Rotarian Sven Andersen and wife Katie were in the Twin Cities for a wedding...and a long way from their home in Switzerland.
- Chris Ledbeter, Branch Manager at US Bank New Brighton, was here as John Risdall's guest.
- Ramsey County Commissioner, Mary Jo McGuire.
Jeff Benson opened the meeting with the Pledge and invocation. Mark Lampman introduced Garry Johnson's guest, Gary Frederick.
Cindy Carlson reported that our recent visioning event revealed a very strong youth focus. Today the board discussed the alarming rate of homelessness in the Mounds View School District and authorized the formation of an ad-hoc committee to gather information and RFP's from community groups to address the problem. Cindy, Gerry and Amy form the nucleus of this committee and they are seeking others who would like to work on the homeless youth problem.
Cindy also thanked the club for its support for the Syrian Refugee Children Classroom project, which hopes to be fully completed by the start of the school year in November of this year.
Dana Rebelein recently made inquiries about the current status of the Guatemala Literacy Project, which we have supported for many years. Dana summarized the written response that she received. Guatemala has the second worst literacy rate in all of Central America, with the average adult having only 4 years of education. The project is focused on textbook and computer projects and primary reading programs. The 2016-17 goal for these efforts is $450,000. We hope to use matching funds from the District and International to maximize our contribution to this worthwhile project. You can read the full text of the response by clicking here.
Gerry Tietz announced that Char and Gerry Samuelson will be celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary soon and he will be attending the celebration. A card was circulated today for club members to convey their best wishes and/or fond memories.
Nils Friberg reminded us that the annual Foundation Event will be held on November 12th and he hopes that our club will equal last year's 18 attendees or even exceed it. John Ordway reminded us that club member's admission is paid by the club and guests are $50.
Beverly Aplikowski revealed that the sale of Lakeside Homes is now complete. The sale is bittersweet for Bev who, with her husband and family, built the business from scratch and managed it for 53 years! Those of us who have sold a business can sympathize with Bev when she describes the business as "her baby". What's next for Beverly? We can only wait to see how she might apply her legendary skills in the future.
Jeff Benson reported that the board has agreed to be a founding organization for the newly reorganized Community Support Center. The CSC provides emergency assistance and counseling to keep people in their homes. Formerly a part of C.E.A.P., the CSC has separated itself from CEAP and is now its own 501c3. For many years we have financially supported the CSC, but now we are a founder and we have the opportunity, if we choose, to have a representative on the CSC board of directors. If anyone is interested in serving on the board please contact Iris McGinnis at 763-754-1555.
Cindy Carlson said that the Gold Plate Dinner will be on March 31st, 2017 and the first planning meeting will be next Tuesday, October 4th, 11:00AM at the Exchange. Please join in to ensure a successful fundraiser.
Finemaster George Winiecki was having so much fun with Trivia the he used most of the time allotted for our speaker, Mark Lampman. Mark wasn't too upset, though, because he was a little concerned about how the topic of Fecal Microbiota Transplantation might be received so soon after lunch. Maybe Mark can fill a future scheduling void.
Jeff Benson opened the meeting with the Pledge and Invocation. Mark Lampman welcomed two visiting Rotarians; Assistant District Governor Judy Rolow from the Anoka club and Alan Player from the Apple Valley Club. Both visiting Rotarians were here to promote their clubs raffle fundraisers.
Co-President Paul Fournier was well enough to attend today’s meeting and he was warmly welcomed. Paul said that he has spent 40 days in the cardiac care unit at $33,000 per day. A cool 1.32 million if my math is correct, but well worth it! Paul’s rebuilt heart should keep him going strong for many years to come.
Finemaster Jim Kadechka tested our knowledge of presidential trivia. Did you know that Jimmy Carter was the first president to be born in a hospital, Grover Cleveland was once a hangman and Andrew Jackson won more than 100 pistol duels?
MaryAnn Bawden noted that the Rotary Foundation scored 100 out 100 possible points in Charity Navigator’s new rating system.
Mary Stewart was back today after a very busy summer and she thanked the club for its continuing support for CPY programs. Mary said that CPY kids went to 70 off-site adventures during the summer. WOW!
Dana Rebelein reported that the Club Visioning Event last Tuesday evening was a big success. The facilitators complimented us on our organization and the many ideas that were generated by the event.
David and Susan Hoel just celebrated their 47th anniversary. Susan has applied for sainthood and inside sources say that the she is a top candidate.
John Risdall reported that Risdall Advertising will be moving to their new Roseville offices around Thanksgiving.
Jeff Benson introduced our speaker, Todd Otis. Todd’s topic was “Why Quality Early Learning is Crucial”. Todd is the Senior Vice President for External Affairs at Think Small. Think Small is a 40 year old non-profit, dedicated to the idea that the quality of a child’s early experiences greatly influences his or her success later in life and that there is much that can be done to improve the quality of early childhood settings to optimize a child’s development. There are 350,000 children from birth through five years old in Minnesota. Of those, 156,000 are from low income families and study after study has shown that poverty impedes brain development. Minnesota also has the 2nd highest percentage of working mothers in the U.S. All these factors contribute to fully 50% of Minnesota kids not being ready for kindergarten.
Why is school readiness so important? Studies show that 90% of brain development occurs in the first five years of life, and if there is a deficit by age 5, it’s difficult to make up the difference. In many cases this deficit results in long-term challenges for children, often leading to behavior issues, failure to complete high school and even criminal activity. The social costs of this problem are staggering. Early education has been shown to prevent or minimize this deficit. The Perry Preschool Study (a 40 year prospective study) showed a tremendous social and economic benefit to early childhood education, proving that children from low income families achieve nearly as well as their higher income peers when they have quality early education experiences. A Minnesota study showed a net social benefit of $56,000 for each low income student receiving early education. Minnesota currently allocates 2% of its budget for Early Education programs, but 84,000 kids are still are not receiving early education services.
Minnesotans can help by asking their legislators to:
-Increase funding for Early Learning Scholarships and the Parent Aware program.
-Increase the quality standards for child care providers.
-Invest in childcare assistance.
-Improve parent education.
Jason Slama led us in the Pledge of Allegiance and offered the invocation.
Gerry Tietz reminded us to check our email for a link to RSVP for the Club Visioning Event on September 13th, 4:45 PM, at the New Brighton Community Center. Everyone should make an effort to attend this planning meeting. Follow the link in Gerry's email to RSVP. It's important that each of us respond, yes or no, so that we can plan the event.
Gerry also reminded us of the departure time change for next Tuesday's US Bank Stadium tour. You should be at Beisswenger's Hardware parking lot by 10:50 and park on the south side, or somewhere on the perimeter of the lot. The bus will leave at 11:10 SHARP. The tour is in lieu of the regular Tuesday meeting.
Co-President John Risdall asked us all to think about items you might donate for a Rotary Club Garage Sale fundraiser.
Nils Friberg announced the Foundation Committee's plan to have monthly Foundation Moments and quarterly Foundation-focused club meetings to increase Foundation awareness and participation.
Mary Ann Bawden reported that she and Gary have been married for 53 years! MaryAnn also delicious cookies for our dessert. Thanks MaryAnn! Perhaps cookies are the key to marital bliss.
Mark and Gail Beisswenger just celebrated their 42nd anniversary.
John and Marla Ordway tied the knot 40 years ago; John also noted that he is 25,000 days old today, Wow!
Cor Wilson announced that CTV North Suburbs is celebrating 25 years of Community Media. An event to mark the milestone will be held from 12:00-4:00PM, Saturday, September 10th at CTV North Suburbs, 2670 Arthur St. in Roseville. Join us for lunch, entertainment, prizes, tours and more. More details at ctvnorthsuburbs.org.
The program today was a Club Assembly.
- Assistant District Governor, Judy Rolow;
- Ella White, recipient of our $1,500 scholarship at Saint Anthony Village High School;
- Bruce Cameron from Mounds View Community Theater, promoting their production of "The Drowsy Chaperone", now through July 31st at the Irondale Theater. This play won five Tony's in 2006. More information is available at http://mvct.org/.
- New Brighton City Manager, Dean Lotter. When pressed to say a few words, Dean offered that New Brighton has completed the transition to the Minneapolis water system while changes are made to eliminate a newly discovered contaminant in New Brighton's water. The changes will be complete in two years, at which time we will change back to our own water supply.
- Friday, August 12, 7:30-10PM (2 workers needed)
- Saturday, August 13, 10-12:30PM (1 worker needed)
- Saturday, August 13, 12:30-3:00PM (1 worker needed)
- Sunday, August 14, Noon-2:00PM (2 workers needed)