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Club meetings are held Tuesdays at 12:15 and Thursdays at 7:00AM
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500 5th Ave, NW
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New Brighton, MN  55112
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Dave Hoel (returning from a week long ski trip with no broken bones) opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance.  Mary Ann Bawden provided the invocation.
 
Our visitors today were: Brady Welch and Margaret Ann Thompson (our representatives at Camp Enterprise), John Laliberte from PeaceMakers MN and Nicole Ulrich, from Benedictine Health Center at Innsbruck (Nicole has applied for membership in our club).
 
President Gerry Tietz invited our Camp Enterprise representatives to say a few words about their experience at the three-day camp, which is  jointly sponsored by District 5959 and 5960, and offers nearly 120 high school students the opportunity to participate in leadership activities focusing on the Free Enterprise System.
 
First up was Margaret Ann Thompson.  Margaret Ann is a senior at Irondale who hopes to pursue a career as a linguist or ambassador.  Margaret Ann learned a lot from the speakers, mentors and the group entrepreneurship activity.  Her business venture was a Digital Personal Training company and she served as its C.O.O.  Margaret Ann would like to return to the camp as a mentor in the future. She repeatedly thanked us for the opportunity which she would not otherwise be able to afford.
 
Next up was Brady Welch, also an Irondale senior.  Brady is looking at possible careers as an entrepreneur or as an actuary and hopes to study at Drake University.  Brady was impressed by the friendly attitude of everyone involved in the camp.  Brady’s business venture was a company that rented powered bicycles or Segways to millennials living in large U.S. cities.  Brady was the General Counsel for his business.  Brady also thanked us for the scholarship and our support for the program.  Find out more about Camp Enterprise by clicking here.  Margaret Ann and Brady are shown with Ed James, below.
 
 
Cindy introduced John Laliberte, from the anti-bullying group, PeaceMaker Minnesota.  John was present to announce PeaceMaker’s cribbage tournament fundraiser on April 29th, 5:30 PM at Adagio’s Pizza Factory in New Brighton.  For more information, click here. On behalf of the club, Cindy Carlson presented a $250 check to PeaceMaker (see below).
 
Beverly was able to join us today after a recent surgery.  Welcome back Beverly!
 
Our speaker today was new member Dennis Connolly.  Dennis was born in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, but raised in Minnetonka, MN and attended Hopkins High School, graduating in 1969.  1976 was a landmark year for Dennis.  He married his wife of 41 years, Debbie, moved to New Brighton so he could join the Lake Johanna Fire Department, and the FDA Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act was amended to include Medical Devices (this would become important later in his life).  After taking a variety of college courses at the University of Minnesota while working many jobs to keep out of debt, he finally earned a BS from the College of Biological Sciences in 1979.  He worked at 3M for a while before deciding to attend medical school and got his MD in 1986.  As a Resident at North Memorial Hospital, working 120 hours a week for very low wages, Dennis decided to use his medical expertise to build a career in the corporate world.  He joined Medtronic to work in clinical evaluation and regulatory affairs until his retirement.  Like many of us, Dennis couldn’t stay retired and soon found himself back at Medtronic as a contractor working on regulatory affairs (FDA approval) in the Neuromodulation Division. Dennis talked about the extensive process for FDA approval of Class III medical devices.  Unlike some other countries, the U.S. requires “reasonable assurance of safety and effectiveness based on scientific research” for premarket approval (PMA) of medical devices and even the slightest change in a medical device also must meet stringent approval guidelines.  The downside is that the total FDA fee for each of these approvals is over $600,000.  The implantable neuromodulation technologies that Dennis is currently working on involve deep brain electrical stimulation, targeted drug delivery systems, gastric stimulation systems, sacral nerve neuromodulation systems and spinal cord stimulation systems.  These systems are used to treat Parkinson’s, epilepsy, essential tremor, dystonia, O.C.D., and many other problems.  Dennis and Dave are pictured below.

Mark Lampman opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and Invocation.

President Gerry Tietz announced that Jason Slama has accepted the nomination as President-elect Nominee for the 2019-20 Rotary Year.  Jason’s nomination was confirmed by a unanimous voice vote of members present.  Congratulations, Jason!

Jason Miller had the pleasure of presenting Geoff Hollimon with his Paul Harris Fellowship + 4, signifying that Geoff has contributed over $5,000 to the Rotary Foundation! (photo below)

 

John Marg-Patton reminded us that the next Gold Plate Dinner Planning Meeting will be at 11 AM on December 12th at the Exchange.  All are welcome.

 

Cindy Carlson said that if her daughter Natalie hasn’t delivered by Friday, she will be induced, so Cindy should have a new grandson by next meeting.

 

The dreaded birthday hat was brought out of retirement to commemorate David Hoel’s 72nd birthday.  Dave is pictured below.

 

Our Assistant District Governor, Anoka Rotarian Sandy Campbell, had the honor of introducing our District Governor, third generation Rotarian, Kyle Haugen.  Kyle received his degree in political science from Hamline and is CFO of Haugen Agency, an insurance and financial planning firm.  Kyle played baseball for Hamline and remains an avid baseball fan.  Kyle was president of the Prior Lake Rotary Club in 2009-10.  He has the distinction of being the youngest District Governor in all of Rotary this year, and his energy and enthusiasm for Rotary were undoubtedly a factor in his selection at such a young age.  He and his wife, Carrie, have a 2 year old son named Cooper and another child due very soon (as if a District Governor’s life isn’t busy enough).

 

DG Kyle had very warm words about Rotary International President Ian Risely.  President Risely’s theme, “Rotary: Making a Difference”, resonates with Kyle because he feels that making a difference is the core value that draws us to, and keeps us involved in Rotary.  This feeling was crystallized for Kyle when he went to Haiti in 2010 to help in the earthquake relief effort.  He was struck by how the intelligent and capable people he helped might never reach their full potential because of their place of birth.  Kyle feels that Rotary can help the less fortunate to reach their potential.

 

DG Kyle commended our club for its many accomplishments but also challenged us to find ways to do more.  He suggested some avenues for service that align with President Risely’s “Making a Difference” theme:

     - Environmental responsibility: Plant a tree for each Rotarian.

     - Human Trafficking: Work with anti-trafficking organizations.

     - Tell the Rotary story:  Proudly tell others why Rotary is important to you.  This will lead to more Rotary members and more opportunities for service.

     - Work on member retention:  Rotary has 1.2 million members, but that membership has turned over completely in the last 7 years.  Rotary doesn’t have a new member problem; it has a member retention problem.

     - Create the best personal experience for your members: Make the club fit the needs of the members (i.e.  Breakfast meetings)

     - Get your family involved.

     - DG Kyle also emphasized the importance of the Rotary Foundation, saying that the Rotary Foundation is the only charity where you have a say in how your     contributions are spent.  He said that we must stay the course on polio eradication, taking advantage of the 2 for 1 match from the Gates Foundation until the scourge of Polio is wiped from the face of the earth forever.

     - The final way that Kyle suggested that Rotary “makes a difference” is the change that it makes in us, making us better because of our Rotary involvement.

 

DG Haugen and the NBMV Board of Directors are shown below.

Jason Slama opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and invocation.
 
Our guests today were: Don Craighead, former Roseville Rotarian and now E-Club member; Reed Hewitt, Executive Director at Innsbruck Care Center and Nicole Ulrich from the Innsbruck Foundation and the New Brighton Lions;  and Solomon Gustavo, a writer from Lillie Suburban News, was also visiting.
 
President Gerry Tietz reminded us that next week we will welcome our District Governor, Kyle Haugen.  DG Haugen will meet with the Board at 11AM and also speak to us at our noon meeting.  All Breakfast and Lunch Club members are strongly encouraged to attend this meeting.
 
Cindy Carlson presented the idea that we designate Life Prep Academy as a “Fund a Cause” beneficiary for our upcoming Gold Plate Dinner.
 
President-Elect John Marg Patton announced that new member Dennis Connolly will be taking the reins of our Homeless Youth Initiative to free up Garry Johnson to have a more active role in the Membership Committee.
 
Jim Kadechka is the proud grandpa of Leah Amelia Peterson.  Leah is daughter Nikki’s second child and Jim’s third grandchild.  Congrats, Jim.
 
Jason Miller reminded us that the club is offering double Rotary Foundation points for contributions to Polio Plus during November and December.  See John Ordway for details.
 
Jason Slama introduced or speaker, Karen Kotch, Executive Director of Help at Your Door.  The charitable organization, formerly known as Store to Door, provides an array of services to help keep seniors and people with disabilities in their homes.  Help at Your Door accomplishes this by providing grocery assistance, home support (like cleaning and minor repairs) and transportation services. Volunteers also provide companionship and emotional support with phone calls and visits.  One measure of their success is that they currently have seven clients over 100 years old who are still in their homes.  Services are provided on a sliding fee scale determined by ability to pay, and every client pays something, even if it’s not very much.  The organization serves over 15,000 people each year, so there are many opportunities for volunteers to participate in their mission.  Although most of their services are delivered in Ramsey and Hennepin counties, their service area is the seven county metro area.  They receive funding primarily from donations and Minnesota Medicaid’s Elderly Waiver program.  For more information about the organization, or to volunteer, check out the website here.  Karen and Jason are shown below.
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 sue.peake@moundsviewschools.org.  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 www.cpymn.org 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.
  
 
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Club meetings are held Tuesdays at 12:15 and Thursdays at 7:00AM
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500 5th Ave, NW
651-348-6289
New Brighton, MN  55112
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Programs
Lunch Meeting - Irondale Chior
Dec 19, 2017
Off site @ Risdall Advertising 2685 Long Lake Rd, Suite 100, Roseville
No Breakfast Mtg. *Irondale Choir Tuesday 12/19*
Dec 21, 2017 6:50 AM
Tuesday @ Risdall Advertising 2685 Long Lake Rd, Suite 100, Roseville
No Lunch Meeting
Dec 26, 2017
Merry Christmas!
No Breakfast Meeing
Dec 28, 2017
Board Meeting at 3:45PM
Club Social Hour at the Exchange
Dec 28, 2017 5:00 PM
All Members Invited
 
 
 
 

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Meeting Responsibilities
Oct 2017
Team Leader
Beisswenger, Mark
 
Team Member
Johnson, Feng-Ling Margaret
 
Team Member
Johnson, Garry
 
Nov 2017
Team Leader
Lampman, Mark
 
Team Member
Caron, Michelle
 
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Slama, Jason
 
Dec 2017
Team Leader
Hoel, David
 
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James, Ed
 
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Neeley, Mike
 
Jan 2018
Team Leader
Benson, Jeff
 
Team Member
Pastor, Tom
 
Team Member
Wilson, Coralie
 
Feb 2018
Team Leader
Stewart, Mary
 
Team Member
Kadechka, James
 
Team Member
Tietz, Gerry
 
Mar 2018
Team Leader
Fournier, Paul
 
Team Member
Hollimon, Geoff
 
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O'Brien, James
 
Apr 2017
Team Leader
Aplikowski, Beverly
 
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Friberg, Nils
 
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Wakem, Amy
 
May 2018
Team Leader
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.
 
Interested in Joining?
Contact Membership Director:
Beverly Aplikowski
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651-633-3863
 
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