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August 2016
Ordway, John
Tietz, Gerry
Slama, Jason
September 2016
Benson, Jeff
Ager, Sue
Lampman, Mark
October 2016
Dibrell, Glenna
Kadechka, James
November 2016
Aplikowski, Beverly
O'Brien, James
December 2016
Hoel, David
LaFond, Linda
Beisswenger, Mark
January 2017
Friberg, Nils
Slama, Jason
Wilson, Coralie
February 2017
Wakem, Amy
Winiecki, George
March 2017
Stewart, Mary
Marg-Patton, John
April 2017
Rebelein, Dana
Neeley, Mike
Johnson, Garry
May 2017
Miller, Jason
Carlson, Cindy
June 2017
Hollimon, Geoff
Kruse, Todd
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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


The program today was a Club Assembly.


Co-President John Risdall (Co-President Paul Fournier continues his recovery from surgery at his home and John reports Paul is making progress) opened the meeting at 12:30 pm by leading the club in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Our Invocation was offered by the Padre of New Brighton – Nils Friberg
Guests – today’s guests included;
· Suzanna Stulberg, Northern Star Council of Boy Scouts of America
· Jason Etten, Irondale High School Choir Director and Roseville City Council member
· Amy Janezek,  Principal of Irondale High School
· Alex Huffman, with Edwards Jones and Co.
· Ronnie Nova, Irondale student who was awarded a Rotary scholarship to continue his studies at the University of MN-Duluth.  Ronnie said that he plans to focus all of his time on “studying and working………………” so perhaps the Duluth Rotarians can watch him for us!!!??
Stockyard Days
· Mark Beisswenger (who did not mention any special sales for the end of gardening season?!) asked all Rotarians who volunteered for the bingo booth to stand so the club could thank them. Nearly $900 was raised via this project and several Rotary brochures were distributed to bingo players.
· Dave Hoel thanked all of the post-parade hot dog distribution volunteers and noted that George "Big Dog" Winiecki was spending this week at his cabin recovering from his hot dog management duties.   Parade walkers (especially the Irondale football team) were very appreciative of the free food.
Gold Plate Dinner
· Cindy Carlson (event co-chair with Mary Stewart) reported that our 2017 Gold Plate Dinner will be held at the Radisson Hotel in Roseville with catering provided by Axel’s Restaurant.
· Rotarians and guests should “Save the Date” for March 31, 2017 for this event.
Vikings Stadium Tour
· Our August 30 club meeting will be offsite via a coach bus trip to US Bank stadium
· Gerry Tietz reported that we have 53 attendees for this event so hopefully some future Rotarians will result from this event!!
Visioning Session
· Gerry Tietz noted that the club’s September 13 strategic planning session is set to begin at 4:45 pm at the New Brighton Community Center
· Rotarians need to register for this seminar so the club can plan accordingly
Happy Fines
Overall club members appeared to have a very good week last week as evidenced by numerous happy fines paid with smiles intact despite Mark’s buzz kill opening fine -
· Mark Lampkin assessed a $1.00 fine to any Rotarian who did not work at any of the New Brighton Stockyard Days service projects
· Glenna Dibrell – offered several dollars (this lowly scribe missed several of them) to celebrate the camaraderie exhibited at Stockyard Days and Mark Beisswenger’s singing voice which was not shared with the club members at least at today’s meeting. Mark Lampman and Glenna's husband, David, are shown below, working at the Rotary Bingo Tent.
· Dave Hoel – thanked the Stockyard Days hot dog distribution volunteers and noted that his group’s Canadian fishing trip was a huge success but he never explained what became of the 400+ fish they caught.
· Amy Wakem – donated several dollars to celebrate the Irondale scholarship recipient and the fact she found and delivered the club donation check to Ralph Reeder Food Shelf so overall a productive week for Community Service led by Amy!
· Garry Johnson – noted how much fun he had at Stockyard Days
· Raffle Reminder - our weekly raffle proceeds (minus the $5 that goes to the winner) are given to Ralph Reeder Food Shelf so buy more tickets next week to help the cause.
Guest Speakers
Club Treasurer, John Ordway, introduced today’s guest speakers representing the Como Park Zoo and Conservatory   -  
· Jackie Sticha - is the president of Como Friends. She has been with Como Friends for 16 years, leading efforts to grow private support to invest in programs and improvements at the zoo and conservatory. Under her tenure, Como Friends has invested $34.5 million in programs and improvements at Como Zoo and Marjorie McNeely Conservatory.
· Allison Jungheim -is the Senior Zookeeper/Training Coordinator for Como Zoo.  She has worked at Como Zoo for the past 13 years, starting as a keeper in both the Animal Support Building and Aquatic Animal Building.  During this time, she was one of the trainers for the Sparky the Sea Lion show.  Now she oversees all the operant conditioning training programs at the zoo and trains polar bears, tortoises, gorillas, and more while also supervising the zookeeper staff, serving as a media spokesperson, and helping with community outreach.
While she did not participate in the Power Point presentation Chloe the Sloth accompanied Jackie and Allison which added a petting zoo atmosphere to the end of the club meeting.
Jackie informed the club that the zoo is an entity (function) of the City of St. Paul. The historical background of Como Zoo includes the closing of Longfellow Zoo in Minneapolis in the 1930’s which resulted in their exotic animals being donated to Como Zoo.  Additionally we learned that several structures at Como Zoo are the result of the Works Project Administration (WPA) program during the Great Depression. 
Currently Como Zoo is the second most popular destination in Minnesota with the Mall of America ranking number one.
Como Zoo offers a wide range of programs including –
· Educational seminars with a focus on conservation
· Animal husbandry – which included the invention of a “blood port” which allows for the safe collection of blood samples from polar bears who merely place their paws in the port.   A few Rotarians responded that the blood port would probably be needed to collect blood from them!
· Babies - recently several zoo residents have given birth especially the zebras so it seems like an ideal time to bring the kids/grandkids for a zoo visit.
· The “Blooming Butterflies” exhibit is VERY popular and since their life span is essentially 14 days this results in carcasses for art work and experiments.
· The “Giraffe Feeding Station” is also very popular where a $5 donation allows visitors to feed Skeeter heads of romaine lettuce
· Currently the zoo is building support for and lobbying for a new home for the Seals and Sea Lions to continue their 60 year tradition of seal shows.  This project is estimated at $14.5 million and would hopefully be completed in 18 months once construction is approved.
· One very interesting fact we learned today is that Como Zoo is one of only four (4) “free zoos” in the USA which also includes – St. Louis Zoo, National Zoo in DC, and Lincoln Park in Chicago.
· “Zoo Boo” is a family/child friendly event held the last two weeks of October and requires the use of over 250 volunteers so volunteers such as Dave Hoel (who clearly LOVESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS  Zoo Boo!!) can register as a volunteer by going to this website -
· Questions from the audience included –
      Who does the zoo work with for veterinarian services?  (Answer – U of MN),  
      What happens to the “poo poo” created by the various animals?  (Answer -  it can’t be composted so it is disposed of via the St. Paul garbage collection  OR Gerry Tietz can have it delivered to his garden!), 
      Do Como Zoo and the MN Zoo collaborate?  (Answer – yes on government relations work but Allison noted Como always beats MN Zoo via fantasy football)
      Sloth roles? (Answer – amazing to be informed by zoo staff that the zoo’s sloths can be rented for birthday parties, wedding (romantic!), or perhaps for our 2017 Gold Plate Dinner?)
Jackie, Allison, John, John and Chloe are pictured below.
Co-President John Risdall led the club in the 4-Way Test to close the meeting at 1:35 pm
Submitted by Todd Kruse since Dr. Jeff Benson was still speaking at his press conference explaining his angling success in Canada which left the Canucks envious of his talent (or ability to tell a good fishing tale!).

Gerry Tietz opened the meeting with the Pledge and an invocation.
Gerry said that Paul is still getting his pacemaker dialed in but is doing quite well since his surgery. Paul expects to be back with us soon.
Gerry also asked us to reserve September 13th at 4:30PM for a Rotary Visioning Event. All members are requested to attend this important planning meeting. The meeting will be held at the New Brighton Community Center. Please note that this meeting will be in lieu of our regular noon meeting.
George Winiecki needs your help with the hotdog feed at the end of the Stockyard Days Parade. Please be there (south of the Dairy Queen on Old 8) by 5:00PM to get a parking spot. The parade should be over by around 8:30.
John Risdall introduced his friend, Roseville Rotarian Don Salverda.
Cindy Carlson reported that fundraising commitments are in place for our matching grant proposal for education of Syrian refugee children. The grant proposal will be submitted to the District Grants Committee this month.
Todd Kruse expects to have three guests next week, so please help Todd to make them feel welcome.
Geoff Hollimon reported that the CPY Golf Ball Drop was a big success. 750 golf balls were dropped from a crane and the winner won $1250! CPY made $4,000 on the event.
Jason Slama was among several August birthdays but he got to celebrate all by himself today. See photo above.
Chef George left a couple of chafing dishes at our recent fundraiser and didn't want them back, so Gerry auctioned them off for $25. Bev Aplikowski was the high (and perhaps only) bidder.
Our scheduled speaker was unable to appear, but he was kind enough to arrange a replacement and Gerry introduced Scott Plum from the Minnesota Sales Institute. Minnesota Sales Institute works with salespeople who need to learn, change and grow to adapt to the marketplace.
Many people think of a salesperson as someone who twists your arm to get you to do something you don't want to do and, if asked, most people would not identify themselves as a salesperson. Scott's definition of a salesperson makes "sales" seem much less shady, and in fact, would define everyone who would influence another's opinions or actions. Scott described the three steps to sales conversations as follows:
1.  Creating Interest - Often thought of as "prospecting", this step is really about identifying potential wants and needs. Scott recommends open ended or multiple choice questions to discover how you might fit with the client. Scott recommends avoiding any pre-conceptions about the client's needs and to offer to "work with" the client rather than "help" the client.
2.  Making an Impact on the Experience - Carefully phrased questions can further identify the client's needs. Scott used the following example: Ask the client; "Are looking for the lowest price or the best value?"  Scott recommended never talking about solutions until you have identified the problems.
3.  Influencing the Outcome - Commonly referred to as "The Close", this step could take many forms, but common to each is the goal of causing a change in the client's behavior. In short, you want a commitment to working with the client or, at least, a commitment to continue to talk. Scott recommended asking the following question; "On a scale of one to ten, how would you rate our conversation today?" If the answer is "seven", respond with; "That's pretty good, but what would it take to get it to a ten"?
Scott described accountability as the single greatest roadblock for success in sales. Salespeople often blame outside influences and other people for their lack of success. Success in sales requires the adoption of the P.I.C. concept.  P.I.C. stands for "Pilot In Charge" and refers to an airplane pilot's absolute responsibility for every aspect of a flight. If a salesperson has this level of accountability, success is virtually assured. Scott's book, "Taking Off Into The Wind", elaborates on accountability in sales.  John, Gerry and Scott are pictured below.

Gerry Tietz opened the meeting with the Pledge and invocation.
Our Guests today were Pat Whelan (PJW Automotive) and Mary Kunesh-Podein, Chair of the New Brighton Parks, Recreation and Environment Commission. Mary was on the Rotary Group Study Exchange Team to Lebanon in 2000.
Mark Beisswenger reminded the Stockyard Days Rotary Bingo volunteers of their assignments for this weekend.
Pat Whelan announced a new Stockyard Days event this year; bike racing. The events will run from 10AM - 6PM on Sunday August 7th. Get more details here.
Todd Kruse said that the Chamber is planning a County Road E2 bridge opening party at the Exchange. The opening should happen around August 12th, so stay tuned.
George Winiecki would like everyone to help with the Stockyard Days Parade Hot Dog Feed on Thursday August 11th. Please be there by 5PM or you'll have to walk a long way.
If you need any other information about Stockyard Days, you can access the website here.
Visitor Mary Kunesh-Podein announced her candidacy for the State House of Representatives, District 41B. More information is available on her website.
Cindy Carlson said that our Matching Grant Request to educate Syrian refugee children in Lebanon should be ready for submission by the end of August.
George Winiecki and Gerry Tietz celebrated their birthdays today. As mentioned in the previous newsletter, we are entering a kinder and gentler era of birthday celebration; sans birthday hats. Of course we still sang to the birthday boys, which is torture enough! George and Gerry are shown above.
Gerry Tietz introduced our speaker, Terry Kerber, author of "The Story of Major Taylor". It is the story of the best athlete you never heard of.  Marshall "Major" Taylor was born in 1878 to black parents in Louisville, Kentucky. After moving to Indianapolis, Taylor's father was employed as a coachman for a wealthy white landowner.  Taylor became close friends with the landowners son and later moved in with the family, shielded from the realities of racial prejudice until the family moved to Chicago when Marshall was 12. His first job was as a bicycle trick rider. He would perform in a soldier's uniform, which earned him the nickname "Major".  Major started racing at age 13 and by age 15 was setting amateur track records while being booed and banned from some tracks because of his skin color.  He soon moved to Massachusetts to minimize racial abuse and to be at the epicenter of the booming U.S. bicycle industry.  At this time in America, bicycling was becoming a craze.  Everyone wanted a bike and everyone wanted to watch bike races.  Bike racers were the highest paid athletes of the time, earning as much as $5,000 for first place (big money in those days). With each race Major won, his fame grew.  By 1898 he held 7 world records at various distances and placed first in 29 of 49 races that year.  He was considered the national champion.  By 1899 he was the world champion, establishing seven world records in one six week period.  In 1902 he won 40 of the 57 races he entered, defeating the English , German and French champions. Along the way, Major became devoutly religious and vowed never to race on Sunday.  He honored that vow for the rest of his career.  He famously refused an offer of $15,000, up front, to  race in France on a Sunday.  In 1903 Major raced in Australia in front of 50 to 60 thousand person crowds, winning 27 of 31 races. Racing in Europe and Australia was relatively free of the racial prejudice he had experienced in America, so it was disheartening to return to his home country only to face it once again. Tired of the taunts and attempts by groups of riders to "box him in" during races, he retired for 3 years.  An attempted comeback was thwarted by excess weight, so he trained intensely to lose the weight and came back to beat all comers.  He finally quit racing for good in 1910, at the age of 32.  It's unlikely that any athlete will ever again dominate their sport in the way that Major Taylor did.  Terry Kerber and John Risdall are pictured below.

Pledge:  Co-president John Risdall opened the club meeting at 12:31 pm by leading the club in the Pledge of Allegiance
Invocation:   offered by Bob Barmoe
Guests:   Two Rotarians from the Roseville, Minnesota club along with Ted Risdall from Minneapolis Club #9 who attended to introduce our guest speaker.   Potential member - Seth Thorsen, owner of Eurotech Auto in New Brighton
*Mark Beisswenger continued his recruitment of Rotarian volunteers to work in the bingo operation during Stockyard Days.   B-I-N-G-O we have some volunteers but could use a few more!!!
*George Winiecki noted that the club's annual hot dog distribution project will be August 11 so he needs volunteers
Gerry Tietz noted that the club's August 30 stadium tour currently has 42 attendees to US Bank Stadium -  a box lunch will be included.  Club members should consider bringing potential club members to this event so we can get to know them along the tour.
Geoff Hollimon promoted CPY's "golf ball drop" fundraising event on August 6 for which he is selling tickets.   If anyone wants to see an amazing display of physics and divot production at work then be sure to attend this event at Brightwood Hills Golf Course! 
*MaryAnn contributed $5 to celebrate the retirement of the club's birthday celebration hats -  happy birthday to MaryAnn on July 29th!!
*Dana promoted the Rotary benefactor program which members should consider via their estate planning
*Glenna noted Michelle Caron's successful wedding and the time Glenna was able to spend with her grandsons
*John Risdall noted his wife is completing her third college degree at St. Olaf and that Paul Fornier's heart surgery recovery is progressing well
John Marq Patton noted with quiet reserve that "since I have no grand children to brag about then I will brag about myself since I shot a double eagle (isn't shooting an Eagle illegal??) at a local golf course.........."   
Beverly noted she was very happy to be walking without a cane
Our guest speaker,  Gary Gilson, was introduced by John Risdall's boss -  Ted Risdall, chairman of Risdall Marketing who stated Gary's topic as "Whose News is it?" regarding the dramatic changes we have been experiencing in the world of journalism. 
Gilson began his journalism career as a reporter for the Minneapolis Star then spent 13 years in the television industry in New York City and another 4 years in Los Angeles before his return to the Twin Cities in 1981 to host a weekly magazine series on TPT.     For 14 years Gilson served as the Executive Director of the Minnesota New Council which focuses on holding news outlets accountable for accuracy, fairness, and ethical standards. 
Gilson opened his presentation by stating that numerous factors are impacting today's news gathering and reporting industry. Perhaps chief among these factors is that technology enables us to find news which reinforces our world view (aka "narrow casting").    Another factor includes the "entertainment value" of figures such as Don Trump who has received an estimated $2 billion in free media coverage which alters the news coverage process. Gilson then quoted CBS's CEO, Les Mooves, as saying "Trump may not be good for the country but he is damn good for CBS (in terms of ratings/viewership)."
Club members also learned that TV stations pay $0 in fees for licenses issued by the FCC which allow them to broadcast and earn very substantial profits with many earning 40% ROI however some broadcasters are known to earn 100% ROI.  By contrast the Cowles family was content with earning 5 to 6% ROI when they owned the Star Tribune.  Overall Gilson noted that the widespread use of online giant, "Craig's List", essentially killed the newspaper industry due to the loss of classified ads which ultimately reduced readership levels.
One critique of today's journalists Gilson offered was that they rarely ask follow up (plus "tough" follow up) questions to drive substantive answers although the clear exception to this herd behavior is CNN's Jake Tapper who asked Don Trump the same question 35 times before Tapper received a nominal response.  
Regarding what actually gets reported to the public is ultimately influenced by editorial choice (impacted by each individual's own personal bias and world view which "filters" the news for the general public).
The primary theme of Gilson's presentation noted that "the chase for 'eyeballs' by media outlets has fundamentally altered the journalism profession."   Thus Gilson's advice to aspiring journalists/students is to "find a smaller newspaper with high ethical standards............."  
Co-President John Risdall led the club members in reciting the 4-Way Test of Rotary to adjourn the meeting.
Submitted by:  Todd Kruse in support of Dr. Jeff Benson's fishing trip this week so hopefully The Exchange can grill some fillets for our August 2 club meeting!!

President John Risdall opened the meeting with the Pledge and Bob Barmore gave the invocation.
We were blessed with several guests today:
  • 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
  • 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.
Gerry Tietz announced that Paul's cardiac valve replacement will take place tomorrow (Wednesday). Please keep Paul and Chrissy in your thoughts and prayers.
MaryAnn Bawden has put together an updated printed directory, available at the check-in table. MaryAnn also provided delicious desserts for the meeting today. MaryAnn, you are the best!
Dana would like the August Program Committee to get her the list of August programs so she can get the list published in the Sun-Focus.
Mark Beisswenger forgot to bring the Stockyard Days Rotary Bingo sign-up sheet, but he still needs workers for the following shifts:
  • 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)
Please call Mark now to help with this important fundraiser. 651-398-4622
George Winiecki will need help with the Stockyard Days Parade Hot Dog Feed on Thursday, August 11th. Mark your calendars now and stay tuned for more details.
Dave Hoel said that he will be having dinner tonight with Eric Rudfeldt and his family, our exchange student 28 years ago. There will be a lot of catching up to do!
Bob Barmore introduced our speaker, Pastor Sam Crabtree. Sam's presentation was titled "Practicing Affirmation".  Sam defined "affirmation" as "God centered praise of those who are not God". To clarify, he said that God is constantly at work doing great things through the actions of human beings, so affirmation of others is simply recognition of God at work in the world through us. Sam contends that affirmation is non-optional, meaning that whether we choose to affirm, or not to affirm, there is an effect on our relationships.  He suggested that affirmation is the key that provides access to a relationship just as your key provides access to your home. Affirmation is not the main thing but it is a crucial thing for relationships. In his many years of marriage counseling, Sam has seen failure of affirmation in virtually every divorce situation. Sam presented the idea of the Affirmation Ratio, explaining that, in relationships, affirmation drives relationships toward healthy communication and that correction, in the absence of affirmation to balance it, will drive relationships toward unhealthy communication or, in many cases total absence of communication. He also suggested that, in the absence of regular inputs of affirmation, the tendency is for relationships to drift toward unhealthy communication. He has observed that correction accelerates that drift. Correction without balancing affirmation results in the following progression:
Your loved one stops hearing the correction;
Your loved one stops hearing you;
Your loved one becomes oppositional.
Many marital relationships follow this path and parent/teenager relationships can easily follow it too. The good news is that genuine affirmation has the potential to heal even the most damaged relationships. The most effective and God-centered affirmations are those that affirm the "character of Christ" in the person.  Sam and Bob are shown below.

President John Risdall led us in the Pledge of Allegiance and Margaret Johnson provided the invocation.
Our guests today were PDG Kathy Smith and her guest, prospective member Linda Buchs-Hammond.
Geoff Hollimon reminded us of the CPY Carnival and had Golf Ball Drop tickets to sell.
Mark Beisswenger is looking for a few good Rotarians to staff the Rotary Bingo Tent at Stockyard Days. Call him if you can help out for a few hours.  It's easy and fun.
Fifty Three Rotarians and guests attended the Kids Alive International fundraiser at John and Marla Ordway's beautiful home on White Bear Lake. We raised about $2,600 toward our District Matching Grant, which will build two classrooms for Syrian refugee children in Lebanon. A hearty thanks to John and Marla for their incredible hospitality and generosity.
At the fundraiser Bill Foussard, the owner of the Best Western Plus White Bear Country Inn, donated an evening at his hotel and a gift certificate to Rudy's Red Eye Grill.  Gerry auctioned it off to John Marg-Patton for a tidy sum, which will help to get us closer to our fundraising goal for the Grant. Thanks, John!
Gerry reported that Paul was back in the ICU today and his heart valve replacement will be moved up to next week. No phone calls or visits at this time but cards are welcome at home.
Todd Kruse announced the Twin cities North Chamber Annual Business Meeting, to be held at Crooners on Aug. 17th, from 12:30 -2:00PM. Details are available here.
The Happy Fines were dominated by thank you "bucks" for the wonderful fundraiser at the Ordway's.
Mike Neeley proudly announced his new ticket magnet, a 2004 Corvette with 3.9 second 0-60 acceleration. He'll need a chiropractor with that kind of neck snapping speed!
John Ordway offered a buck to celebrate Cindy's and his "humiliation" of John Marg-Patton in Bocce Ball at the fundraiser. Poor John M-P was still reeling from being fleeced by Gerry in the hotel room auction just a few moments earlier.
Gerry Tietz and Bev Aplikowski offered their dollars to thank Jeff Benson for his hard work on the newsletter each week. The thank you's were immediately followed by a chant of "four more years, four more years" from the club.
Our speaker today was Garry Johnson, presenting his new member classification talk. Garry was born in Northwood, ND in 1953. He played football and wrestled for Northwood High and graduated in 1971. He attended the University of North Dakota, joined the Sigma Chi Fraternity and graduated in 1975 with a degree in Business and a major in Accounting. His first job after college was with the North Dakota State Auditor's Office, auditing schools, cities and counties. He moved to Minneapolis in 1977 to work in Public Accounting. That same year he was married to Nancy and they have been married for 39 years. They have two daughters, Lindsey and Andrea who each presented Garry and Nancy with a grandchild in the past two months. Newborns Parker Ella and Roland Thomas are clearly the apples of Garry's eye.
Garry worked as an accounting manager for Control Data, Fingerhut and US Bank before deciding, at age 50, that being an Insurance Agent would be a better fit for someone with his outgoing personality and love of working to help people. His Farmer's Insurance Agency is located at 580 5th Ave. NW in New Brighton. He currently has one employee, Jill Truth. Their mission is to advise customers in obtaining the best coverage for their money. Garry's business is based on relationships, always doing what's best for his clients.
Garry answered many questions. He stressed the importance of umbrella policies for protection of assets from lawsuits. He said that your zip code and your credit score are two major determinants of insurance rates. He indicated that only 1 in 20 new agents remain in insurance because of the time it takes to build up insurance business. He said that it's important to review your policy with your agent each year, or more often if life changes warrant it. Garry and President John are shown below.

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