Gold Plate Dinner
Radisson HotelMar 31, 2017
6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Annual Easter Egg Hunt - No Charge
Driftwood ParkApr 15, 2017 11:30 AM
Apr 20, 2017 – Apr 25, 2017
District 5960 Conference
Hotel Metro St. Paul East St.Paul (formerlyHoliday Inn East)Apr 27, 2017 8:01 AM –
Apr 29, 2017 3:01 PM
Jul 25, 2017
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
New Brighton Stock Yard Days Parade
Aug 10, 2017
6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Aug 22, 2017
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Aug 29, 2017
12:15 PM – 1:30 PM
Mary Stewart opened the meeting with the Pledge and Invocation.
Our guests today were: Amy Wakem’s sons, Josh and Nathan; Garry Johnson’s wife Nancy; and Mary Jo McGuire.
Cindy thanked those who have provided restaurant gift cards for the Gold Plate Dinner. We could still use items for the live auction and items for a “mini-raffle”. Let Cindy know if you might be able to provide an item for these fundraising options.
Mary Ann Bawden reminded us of the Community Support Center Luncheon on April 27th. As a Founding Organization of the Community Support Center (CSC) it would be great if we could have a significant presence at the event. Mary Jo McGuire will be the featured speaker. For more information about this free luncheon, click here.
John Risdall auctioned off three unique sweaters (above) to raise money for the club’s charitable endeavors.
Northeast Youth and Family Services (NYFS) will be holding their 2017 Leadership Conference on May 3rd at Midland Hills Country Club. The free luncheon will feature Tony Beuttner, speaking about “Blue Zones”. Blue Zones are places on this planet where people live significantly longer than average. To register, or for more information, contact Sandra Bahr at 651-379-3422 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you haven’t gotten your GPD meal choices to Bev, please do so right away. 651-633-3863.
Today’s program was a service project. Jason Slama and Mary Stewart organized a “snack pack” project to provide Ralph Reeder Food Shelf with pre-assembled snack bags that they can distribute to school kids who need them. The goal was to assemble 75-100 snack packs, and Jason did some serious shopping to make this project happen. Way to go, Jason! See the photos below.
Instead of our regular meeting, we attended the CPY Luncheon today. Brian White, CPY’s Chair, opened the Luncheon by reviewing CPY’s history. In 1997, a coalition of community leaders and parents joined together with the goal of reducing juvenile crime by increasing adult supervision during out of school hours. Over time, CPY’s mission became “To provide a safe, nurturing environment where youth can strengthen their personalities and develop educational and social skills”. In the 20 years since its inception, CPY has grown dramatically, now serving over 500 kids per year, offering thousands of hours of programming and having a budget of $500,000.
Executive Director Mary Stewart shared her frustrating early attempts to make connections with troubled middle school youth. Those early experiences shaped CPY’s philosophy of making connections with youth:
1st – Meet their basic needs (food and transportation).
2nd – Empower them (leadership opportunities and service projects).
3rd – Equip them with social and other life skills.
4th – Provide a safe place.
CPY’s key partners are, the city of New Brighton, Christ the King Lutheran Church, Abiding Savior Lutheran church, Mounds View School District, and most recently, the City of Mounds View. Gary Meehlhause, Mounds View City Council member, was on hand today to present a $2,000 check to CPY.
The featured speaker today was Chris Fields. Chris grew up as one of three children of a single African American mom in the South Bronx. His mother eventually married a white man whom Chris described as a “hippie”. His hippie step-dad played a part in starting his transition from a street kid to the successful businessman that Chris is today. His dad was a community activist whose vision was to improve conditions in the South Bronx. His dad started a non-profit that bought rundown buildings very cheaply and refurbished them to give people a route out of poverty through home ownership. His stepfather’s non-profit now has 90 million dollars in assets. His step-father’s integrity, belief in a cause and caring about others gave him the push he needed to rise above his circumstances. Chris related this experience to CPY by saying that if you expose kids to things outside their normal experience and show them that you care about them, their lives can change for the better. His step-father’s example was just the beginning of Chris’ turnaround, which continued when he entered the Marines, where he had to be truly accountable for the first time in his life. He said life in the Marines agreed with him and, after 4 tours in Iraq, retired from with the rank of Major after 21 years in the Corps. Chris summed up his presentation with his thoughts on how we can prepare our kids for the future. He said first we must care, but caring is not enough. We must put that caring into action if we are to truly make a difference. For the past 20 years, CPY has done just that. Find out more about CPY by clicking here.
George Winiecki opened the meeting with the Pledge and an Invocation.
Gerry Tietz announced that Todd Kruse has left the Twin Cities North Chamber and will be unable to continue his Rotary membership. Gerry nominated Beverly Aplikowski to replace Todd as our Membership Director, effective immediately. The club unanimously approved the nomination. Congratulations, Beverly!
Beverly’s first official act as Membership Director was to pass out Rotary Club business cards that we can use to invite prospective members to visit the club. Pick up some cards at our next meeting and give one to anyone you think would be a good Rotarian.
Gerry Tietz asked everyone to respond to a recent, one question, email survey about your willingness to attend a Thursday morning Rotary meeting. Ten of you have not yet responded and he hopes you will do so soon.
Mary Stewart and Garry Johnson reported that our Homeless Student Initiatve Committee met recently with Tami Moberg, of Quincy Tree House, who has spoken to the club about high school student homelessness in our school district. The meeting revealed common goals and the committee will investigate ways in which we might work cooperatively with Tami’s organization.
Remember that next week’s meeting will be held at Risdall Marketing’s new location. Spouses/significant others are welcome. Please contact Glenna ASAP if you haven’t RSVP’d yet.
At our February 28th meeting, you’ll have an opportunity to hear brief elevator pitches from our club’s financial services professionals.
George Winiecki introduced Mark Kulda, VP of Public Affairs for the Insurance Federation of Minnesota. Mark began his presentation by assessing the changes in the power structure at the Minnesota Capitol following the recent elections. For only the second time in the forty years since Minnesota politicians have declared party designations, Republicans have the majority in both the Senate and the House. Mark appeared optimistic that Republican control would make insurance reform is more likely. In fact, the first bill of this session was premium relief for families hit hard by the skyrocketing premiums in the individual health insurance market. Mark said that MNSure is still broken and that much of the problem is due to a failure of the MNSure designers to consider the recommendations of the health insurance industry. Time will tell what lessons have been learned but, hopefully, they will do a better job this time around.
Another area of concern for Minnesota is insurance fraud. It’s estimated that insurance fraud costs the average Minnesota family $1,400 dollars per year in higher premiums and other costs. Mark said that, as one of the few remaining no-fault auto insurance states, Minnesota has been a prime target for both individual and corporate insurance fraud. The National Insurance Crime Bureau reports that Minnesota leads the nation in the amount of increase of organized crime in insurance fraud. Also, the National Insurance Crime Bureau released a report showing suspected claims involving insurance fraud are up more than 26% over the last two years in the U.S. The problem in Minnesota may be even higher. As a result, Minnesota’s no-fault auto insurance premiums are the fifteenth highest in the U.S. Wisconsin and Iowa do not have no-fault coverage and their auto premiums are much lower, ranked at 48th and 44th highest, respectively. Further complicating the Minnesota auto insurance premium picture are the numbers of uninsured drivers, estimated to be as high as 20%. You can check out the Insurance Federation of Minnesota by clicking here. John, Mark and George are pictured below.
Nils Friberg opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and Jason Miller offered an invocation.
Gerry Tietz introduced the leadership team for his 2017-18 term as NBMV Rotary President:
-Beverly Aplikowski – Gerry’s Co-President
-Mary Ann Bawden – Secretary
-John Ordway – Treasurer
-Bob Barmore – Director of Club Administration
-Glenna Dibrell – Communications Director
-Jason Miller – Rotary Foundation Director
-Jason Slama – Service Projects Director
-Todd Kruse – Membership Direc tor
-Paul Fournier – Past President
-John Risdall – Past President
The leadership Team is shown below except for Bob Barmore, who arrived just after the photo.
Both Garry Johnson and Paul Fournier are celebrating their birthdays this week. Paul noted that this birthday was his 83rd.
Many, many thanks went out to Bev Aplikowski for hosting a great Holiday party. Many thanks as well to all the Rotarians who helped to make the party such a big success. A special thank you to Bev’s niece, Jenny, and Jenny’s daughter, Jordan, who also played a big part.
Margaret Johnson hopes to enlist our help in contacting potential sponsors for the Gold Plate Dinner. We should all be thinking about companies or individuals that might consider sponsoring the dinner. Please contact Margaret with any ideas.
Last week Glenna Dibrell asked each of us to consider asking our favorite restaurants to consider donating a gift card to our Gold Plate Dinner. If the restaurant can’t donate, Glenna suggested that we consider donating ourselves. Jim Kadechka was the first to take up the torch, presenting his gift card to Glenna today.
Nils Friberg had the honor of presenting Gerry Tietz with his Paul Harris Fellow +3 pin. This signifies at least $4,000 in contributions to the Rotary Foundation. Nice work, Gerry!
Mark your calendars with a venue change for our February 14th (Valentine’s Day) club meeting. John Risdall will host a brisket dinner for Rotarians and spouses at Risdall Advertising’s new office. Stay tuned for more information.
Todd Kruse reported on the Rotary District 5960 Mid-Term meeting. He attended sessions on Youth Exchange and Membership Development. One plan to come out of the meeting is a Bowling Event to promote the Gold Plate Dinner and membership growth. Details will be available soon. Another idea for membership growth is to start a Breakfast Rotary Club to make Rotary possible for people who can’t attend a noon meeting. Todd also asked us to consider attending the 5960 District Conference on April 28-29 in St. Paul.
Jason Slama introduced our speaker, Sam Thompson. Sam is an Edina Noon Rotarian and serves as its Youth Services Director. Sam was here to talk to us about Camp Enterprise. Camp Enterprise is an extensive three-day camp offering up to 120 high school students the opportunity to participate in leadership activities focusing on the free enterprise system. The 3 day entrepreneurship experience introduces students to the free enterprise system by presenting groups of 6-8 students with the challenge of imagining a new business, planning it and, finally, presenting the business idea to a panel of judges, ala the Shark Tank TV show. Each team has a volunteer business mentor to advise them as they develop and present their business plan. Groups with exceptional business plans are eligible for $1,000 scholarships. Although every group can’t win a scholarship, all groups benefit by building self-confidence and by networking with business leaders. As you can imagine, volunteers are critical to the success of the program. About 80 Rotarians donate time in a variety of roles. Business mentors, venture capitalists, marketing professionals and essay readers work very hard to make Camp Enterprise a great introduction to entrepreneurship for the next generation of business leaders. Sam and Jason are shown below.
Mark Beisswenger opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and an Invocation.
Our lone guest today was Rotarian Frank Mabley from the Shoreview Arden Hills club.
Gerry Tietz announced that Todd Kruse has agreed to be our Club President for the 2018-19 Rotary Year. He also announced that John Ordway and MaryAnn Bawden have agreed to continue as Treasurer and Secretary, respectively, for the upcoming 2017-18 Rotary year.
Several Rotarians commented on their conversations with David Hoel regarding his broken leg. He's still taking pain killers, so he's a little groggy and tired at times, but he's getting gradually better and enjoys phone calls. He hopes to be with us for next week's Irondale Choir Christmas Concert at Risdall Advertising's new location. Glenna will be sending us an email with location and meal details.
Beverly has been dealing with pain from a leg problem which has prevented her from attending our meetings. Our prayers are with her as she recovers. Garry Johnson has graciously offered to fill in for Bev as the leader of our Homeless Student Initiative.
Nils reported that Peg is receiving therapy to shrink her cancer by blocking estrogen from being absorbed by the tumor. Nils and Peg are grateful for the support of the club at this difficult time.
Cindy Carlson is celebrating her 30th anniversary and Garry Johnson is celebrating his 39th.
Mark Beisswenger introduced our speaker, Detective Matt DeBoer. Matt is a 18 year veteran of New Brighton's Police Department, with 3 years as a Detective. Matt's topic was "Fraud". Matt outlined the many types of scams that criminals employ to fraudulently part us from our hard-earned cash. Some examples are:
- Your grandchild is in jail... bail is needed immediately.
- Your loved one has been kidnapped in Mexico...ransom is required.
- Your student tuition is delinquent...send cash or get kicked out of school.
- Craig's List scams
- You've already won!!! Send cash to process the award.
- IRS delinquency...provide us with your personal information to resolve.
- Late regulatory payments or filings scam (D.O.T. , etc.)
- Renting unoccupied property without the knowledge of the owner.
- "Spoofing" - using fake phone numbers, email addresses or web addresses to get private information.
- Credit card "skimming" to steal your credit card information at credit terminals or ATM's
Matt said that fraud is also very often perpetrated by friends or family of the victim, and that kind of fraud is often hard to prove and prosecute. Vulnerable adults are also the most common target for fraud of all kinds.
Matt offered a few common sense tips to avoid being the victim of fraud.
- Any "immediate" need for "cash or money order" should arouse suspicion.
- Take the time to "Google" organizations before offering information or sending money.
- Don't give your personal information to anyone over the phone. Reputable companies never ask for this information by phone.
- Maintain "control" of your credit cards at all times.
Matt, John and Mark are shown below.