Club Information


New Brighton Mounds View

Our Club Motto: Service Above Self

Club meetings are held Tuesdays at 12:15; 7:00 AM 1st & 3rd Thursday, 4:01 PM 2nd & 4th Thursdays...Check Website for Location
The Exchange Food and Drink
500 5th Ave, NW
New Brighton, MN  55112
United States
District Site
Venue Map
Four-Way Test
Rotary's Four-Way Test
Of the things we think, say and do:
Is it the truth?
Is it fair to all concerned?
Will it build goodwill and better friendships?
Will it be beneficial to all concerned?
Home Page Stories
Nils Friberg opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and Mike Neeley offered the invocation.
Our guests today were Vadnais Heights Rotarian Jeff Niesen and Stillwater Sunrise Rotarian Doug Pepin.  Doug was here to invite us to the Stillwater club’s “Brewer’s Bazaar” fundraiser on May 19th.  Click here for more details.
President Gerry Tietz welcomed John Marg-Patton to the stage for the final prizes in the Gold Plate Dinner ticket sales contest.  The $75 ticket sales grand prize went to Cindy for selling 10 full price tickets.  Wow!  Jim O’Brien was the lucky winner of $75 in the at-large drawing.
John Ordway reported that the Gold Plate Dinner preliminary numbers suggest that this year’s gala will likely be the most successful fundraiser to date.  He estimated that we may net as much as $23,000!   Well done, NBMV.
Nicole Ulrich reminded us of the Benedictine Health Center’s eleventh annual Gala to be held at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church on Friday, May 18th from 5:30-11:00PM.   Click here to reserve your place or donate to this very worthy cause.
Ed James still needs volunteers for the 4th Grade Foresters tree give-away on Friday afternoon, April 27th.  Please contact Ed ASAP to volunteer!
Ed also announced that we will once again be helping with the 2nd Harvest Heartland food collection in conjunction with the Postal Service.  Our location will once again be at Cub Foods on Rice St. near Hwy. 36.  The homeless students from Life Prep Academy will join us for the collection.  Mark your calendars now for Saturday, May 12th.  More details to follow.
More attendees are still needed for the Community Support Center Luncheon on April 26th.  Let’s have a good showing to support this great community resource.
President Gerry noted that we will be recognized at least three times during the District 5960 Conference of Clubs for our accomplishments during this Rotary year.  There may even be cake next Tuesday to celebrate our accomplishments.
Garry and Nancy Johnson are the proud announce the birth of their granddaughter, Sophie.  Mother and daughter are both doing well.
Cindy said Kevin will be at Regions tomorrow to receive a new hip. 
Cindy Carlson introduced Kara VanderKamp, Executive Director of Remember Niger Coalition (RNC).  Kara was here to update us on RNC’s efforts to promote education in Niger.  It’s not surprising that, as the world’s least developed country, Niger’s schools are extremely underfunded.  NBMV Rotary began partnering with RNC to help educate more children by acting as the primary sponsor of a Rotary Global Grant in 2012.   We have continued this partnership by participating in matching grants to create safe and sanitary schools where students, and especially girls, can begin to escape the grip of poverty.  School attendance statistics in Niger are sobering with 38% attending elementary school, 11% attending middle school and only 3% making it to high school.  RNC now supports 2,200 students in 10 communities and would like to do so much more.  Recent initiatives include schools for deaf and disabled students who are marginalized in Niger.  Niger requires all schools to be permanent cement or masonry structures, increasing the up-front cost of school buildings, but generous donations and grants are slowly, but surely, resulting in new schools.  You can help to provide bricks for schools, sponsor a child, or get more information by clicking here.   Cindy and Kara are pictured below.

Bev Aplikowski opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and Dana Rebelein offered the invocation.


Our guests today were Stillwater Rotarian, Suzannah Stulberg and Roseville Rotarian, Marv Sorvala.  We were saddened to learn that Marv’s wife had passed away this past week.


The Flex Group will be holding its 4:01 happy hour gathering this Thursday at the Exchange.  All Rotarians are welcome to join in the fun.


President Gerry Tietz was happy to announce that all tickets for the Gold Plate Dinner were sold before the event.  John Marg Patton wrapped up the GPD ticket sales competition by presenting Bev Aplikowski with the prize for the 100th ticket sold.  We all owe Bev our thanks for her excellent work as “Ticket Wrangler” for this year’s event.


John Marg-Patton announced that Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light will present portions of a new PBS/NOVA film, “Decoding the Weather Machine” which cuts through the confusion around climate change.  A distinguished panel (including Paul Douglas) will lead the discussion.  The free program will be held at Christ the King Lutheran Church, 1900 – 7th St. NW, from 7-9PM on Wednesday, April 18th.


Ed James needs several more volunteers for the Fourth Grade Foresters tree give-away, on Friday afternoon, April 27th. 


Jason Slama gathered several volunteers to evaluate applications for our at-large scholarship, one of three $1,500 scholarships that we offer to high school seniors each year.


Cindy Carlson advised us to start thinking about putting together bidding groups in preparation for the live auction at the Gold Plate Dinner.  Getting your group together ahead of time will maximize your chance of making a competitive bid on some great auction items.


April 25th marks the kickoff of our financial literacy workshop for youth at CPY.  Flex Group member, Chris Ledbeter, is spearheading this important initiative.


We need a several good Rotarians to serve as greeters at the Community Support Center luncheon on April 26th.   As a founding organization of CSC, it would be great to have a big turnout, to support CSC’s mission to keep people in their homes.


Garry Johnson confirmed that it is his daughter, and not he, that is expecting soon.  This will be his third grandchild!


Dana Rebelein’s birthday apparently passed by without acknowledgement in February, but we made up for it with one of the best birthday serenades in recent memory.


Beverly Aplikowski introduced our speaker, humorist Eric Golub.  Honoring Rotary’s non-partisan political stance, Eric took all sides to task with smart, edgy commentaries on “non-controversial” subjects like politics, immigration, religion, race, and gender. Bev and Eric are pictured below,

Nils Friberg opened the meeting with the Pledge and the Invocation.


We were honored to have Past District 5960 Governor Tom Yuzer as a guest today.  We also had a visit from a prospective member whose last name I missed (first name was Al).


We celebrated two birthdays today, serenading Ed James and Bev Aplikowski with the Birthday Song.


President Gerry Tietz thanked Dennis Connolly for his hard work in pulling together all the information for the District Governor’s Awards, which will be announced at the 2018 Conference of Clubs, which will be held April 19-20 at the brand new Mystic Lake Center at Mystic Lake Casino Hotel in Prior Lake.  I believe that you can still register for the Conference of Clubs by clicking here.


Gerry recognized the efforts of all those who contributed to the success of our 29th annual Egg Hunt last Saturday.  Egg Czar Dave Hoel seconded Gerry’s thanks and noted that, because the snow prevented us from distributing all the eggs this year, there were jelly beans left over.  The children’s loss is your gain, however, because those jelly beans are available for you for the paltry sum of just $1 per 2 cup bag.  If they were not sold out today, there may be jelly beans for sale again at our next meeting.


Gerry thanked Michelle Caron for organizing last Wednesday’s sign painting social event.  Attendance was light but a great time was had by all.


You’re invited to attend the 25th annual Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge Gala on May 4th, 5:30-9:00PM, at the Hilton Minneapolis.  The event will feature Minnesota Gophers Head Coach, P.J. Fleck and KSTP Anchor, Leah McLean.  To register, or get more information, click here.

Ed James reported that two Irondale students, Iva Hammett-Kess and Adam Johnson, have been selected to be our representatives at Camp RYLA.  Ed also reminded us that many volunteers will be needed to hand out trees for our Fourth Grade Foresters program from Noon to 4PM on April 27th.  Please let Ed know if you can help with this fun project.


The Gold Plate Dinner is just ten days away and Bev Aplikowski is happy to report that we have sold all but 3 tickets as of today’s meeting.  It seems that some of you have not yet turned in your ticket stubs and/or your meal choices yet.  If you are among the negligent, please get that information to Beverly now!


John Marg-Patton announced that Dana Rebelein had won the weekly GPD ticket sales contest a couple of weeks back (while she was recovering from surgery) and Dana was happy to receive a fine Australian Merlot as a reward for her sales ability.  The current week’s winner was Michael Johnson, who selected a 4-pack of IPA.  Cindy suggested that Beverly Aplikowski receive a special award for selling a total of 11 tickets.


Cor Wilson won the raffle for the 2nd week in a row!


Our program today was Nyle Zikmund, presenting his new member Classification Talk.  Nyle was born in Hibbing and moved to Blaine as a youngster.  Although he has changed homes a few times since then, he still lives in Blaine.  He has been married to Theresa for 36 years and they have one son and one grandson, who live just 7 blocks away from them.  Nyle and President Gerry are apparently fellow alums of UW Stout.  Nyle and family love to travel and have visited all 50 states, much of Canada and internationally.  The international focus has been intensified because they have hosted eight international exchange students, remaining in contact with almost all of them and travelling to visit most of them.


Nyle’s first career ambition was to be a high school woodshop teacher, but industrial arts program cuts made that impossible, so he did the next best thing and went to work in a woodworking shop.  Eventually he would own Oakcraft, Incorporated, which he recently sold with the provision that he would have lifetime access to the shop.


Nyle also worked as a firefighter with the Spring Lake Park Blaine Mounds View Fire Department, eventually becoming Chief of the department.  Nyle also served on the board of the International Association of Fire Chiefs.


Nyle came out of retirement to take the City Administrator position in Mounds View.  Theresa runs her own business, Fire Services Consulting.  Nyle has a role in her company as well.  He describes his role as: “whatever she tells me to do”.


Nyle has been involved in the restoration of two unique vehicles: a 1953 Packard Henny and a 1923 American LaFrance Fire Truck.


Nyle’s family is one of only 41 remaining private landowners in the Voyageurs National Park.  The property was purchased by his grandmother and the family has resisted attempts by the Voyageurs National Park Association to purchase the property.


Gerry and Nyle are shown below.

Jim O’Brien opened the meeting with the Pledge and Nils Friberg offered the Invocation.
It was great to have Dana able to rejoin us after her recent surgery.  Welcome back!
Paul Fournier reported that John is recovering after a stroke and fall that resulted in a broken hip.  He is recovering at Langton Lake Place and welcomes visitors in the afternoon only.
President Gerry Tietz had the honor of inducting Nicole Ulrich into the club as a Corporate Designee.  Nicole will attend meetings when Reid Hewitt is unable to attend.  Gerry, Nicole and Nicole’s dad, Curt Glenna, are shown below.
Egg Hunt Grand Poobah, Dave Hoel, provided last minute instructions for Saturday’s Egg Hunt. If you have volunteered to transport eggs and prizes to the park, please arrive at the North parking garage beneath CU Companies with your SUV or Van at 9:30AM sharp.  All other Rotarians should be at Driftwood Park at 10:30AM.  The Hunt is a rain or shine event; so if it’s raining or too wet to be in the park, we’ll hold it in the parking lot at the church adjacent to the park.
Bev Aplikowski needs your ticket stubs, with meal choices marked, ASAP.  No raffle prizes can be won without your stub and, if we don’t have your meal choice, you may not get the meal you prefer.  Please get this information to Bev now!
Ed James reported that April 27th is the date for our 4th Grade Foresters tree give-away in honor of Arbor Day.  Several Rotarians will be needed to present the trees and engage the kids in conversation about the value of trees.  Talking points will be available for those who need/want them.  Classroom visits are planned between Noon and 4PM.
Paul Fournier introduced our speaker, Chelsea Holub, President of the Twin Cities Rotaract Club.  According to the Rotary International website, Rotaract Clubs “bring together people, aged 18-30, to exchange ideas with leaders in the community, develop leadership and professional skills, and have fun through service."  Chelsea described Rotaract as middle of a continuum, bracketed by Interact at the high school level and traditional Rotary Clubs on the “older” end.  As a “millennial”, Chelsea was drawn to Rotaract as a way to be involved with others of similar ages and sensibilities.  She offered some thoughts on why millennials might not be attracted to traditional Rotary clubs:
- Time of Day: Tight work schedules for most millennials make noon or morning meetings difficult.  Her group prefers 7:00 PM.  This allows time to eat at home, rather than spend money on food.
- Location:  Country clubs and fancy hotels are avoided, with a preference for less fancy places that are close to public transportation.
- Traditions/Ceremonies: Millennials are uncomfortable with traditions like the Pledge of Allegiance, Invocations, singing, etc.
- Cost:  Student loans, low wages, and high housing costs cause millennials to avoid paying for food, if possible.  Chelsea suggested that Rotary clubs look at reduced young professional membership dues, pay as you go meals and allowing brown bag meals as ways to attract younger members.
The Twin Cities Rotaract Club is sponsored by the Roseville Rotary Club and meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month at 7PM.  One monthly meeting is for mingling and the other features a speaker.  Their 2018 fundraiser to benefit Books for Africa is coming up on April 25th, 6PM at Summit Brewing.  Sign up for the event by clicking here.  Gerry and Chelsea are pictured below.
Club Information


New Brighton Mounds View

Our Club Motto: Service Above Self

Club meetings are held Tuesdays at 12:15; 7:00 AM 1st & 3rd Thursday, 4:01 PM 2nd & 4th Thursdays...Check Website for Location
The Exchange Food and Drink
500 5th Ave, NW
New Brighton, MN  55112
United States
District Site
Venue Map
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Upcoming Events
April 2018
Jim Markoe
Apr 24, 2018
White Bear Lake lawsuit against the DNR
Club Happy Hour
Apr 26, 2018 4:01 PM
Big Louie's, New Brighton
Chief Nate Harder & Katrina Joseph.
May 01, 2018
Mounds View Police Foundation
Kathleen Aplikowski
May 08, 2018 12:00 PM
Coffee And Bagel Supply Chain - Supporting an Ever-Changing Business
Meeting Responsibilities
Apr 2017
Team Leader
Aplikowski, Beverly
Team Member
Friberg, Nils
Team Member
Wakem, Amy
May 2018
Team Leader
Carlson, Cindy
Team Member
Winiecki, George
Team Member
Ordway, John
Jun 2018
Team Leader
Rebelein, Dana
Team Member
Janecek, Amy
Team Member
Barmore, Bob
Club Meeting Options
In addition to the traditional lunch meetings on Tuesdays, the club's "Flex Group" meets on the first and third Thursdays of the month at 7-8 AM.  On the second and fourth Thursdays the group has 4:01 social hours from 4-6 PM.  The morning meetings and the social hours will be held in various locations in New Brighton and Mounds View.  Please visit this website frequently to find out where the next Flex Group will meet.
Attend either a morning meeting or a social hour to learn more about Rotary and find out how much fun it is to be a Rotarian.  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
Club Executives & Directors
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Director, Membership
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