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.
John Risdall opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and Nils Friberg offered the invocation.
Just prior to today's meeting Dave Hoel, Jeff Benson, Mark Lampman, Debra Hollimon, Jason Slama, Jim O'Brien, John Marg-Patton and Geoff Hollimon (not pictured) stocked shelves and filled Thanksgiving food packages at the Ralph Reeder Food Shelf. Many thanks to those who showed up to help and especially to Mark Lampman, who organized the event.
Mark Lampman shared the story of the late night rescue of his daughter's dog, which was stuck up to its chest in swamp mud. He had passed near the spot several times earlier in the search but, because the dog is a non-barking breed, it had been unable signal its location.
Dana was happy to report that her house has been sold, which was a good thing because she had already bought a townhome in Shoreview.
Former Rotarian Bob Jacobson was in the area and made a surprise visit to the meeting. He is working with the Minnesota Police Chiefs Association. Bob reported that his semi retirement is busier than expected and life should get busier yet as he is expecting his second grandchild soon.
Jim O'Brien introduced our speaker, Jack Nielsen from Cardiovascular Systems, Incorporated (CSI). CSI has been headquartered in New Brighton since coming here in 2003, but the company was in a non-descript building in an out of the way location. That's no longer the case because their new building on Old Highway 8 is very striking. The new building was completed in just 10 months and ahead of schedule. The new building will provide room to grow and adjacent land is available for future expansion. CSI has developed a unique way of treating calcium deposits in leg and cardiac vessels.
Calcium deposits in the legs can lead to Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) which, as it gets worse can lead physicains to recommend amputation. CSI's product uses a rotating microabrasive cylinder to "sand" away the calcium deposits, restoring circulation and health to the leg. The cost of the procedure can be as little as $13,000, which is a drop in the bucket compared to the initial cost of amputation, not to mention the ongoing costs of physical therapy and prosthetic fabrication.
Calcium deposits also affect coronary arteries, and this technology is also approved for removing deposits from those vessels. Removal of these deposits creates space for more effective placement of stents and the stents placed after deposit removal are less likely to plug up in the future.
CSI is the leader in market share in both the leg and cardiac markets and expects the overall market for these procedures to grow dramatically as doctors, hospitals and insurers are convinced of the health benefits as well as economic benefits of the procedures. Jack, Jim and John are pictured below.
Jim O'Brien opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and MaryAnn Bawden delivered the invocation.
Our guests today were Shoreview/Arden Hills Rotarian Frank Mabley and Roseville Rotarian Marv Sorvala.
Gerry Tietz thanked the sixteen NBMV Rotary representatives who attended the Rotary Foundation Dinner last Saturday. Not only were we the largest club contingent at the dinner, Gerry was proud to accept the EREY (Every Rotarian Every Year) Award for our club. This award is presented to clubs where every member donates to the Foundation. Well done, NBMV Rotary!
Nils Friberg followed up on Gerry's announcement with an appeal for support of our club's Polio Plus fundraising effort during November. Contributions to the Foundation this month will earn double points! Nils noted that the points earned for Foundation contributions can be given to others to help them earn a Paul Harris Fellowship. See Nils for details.
Mark Lampman said that volunteers are needed at the Ralph Reeder Food Shelf on Tuesday, Nov. 22nd, from 9-11AM. Let Mark know if you can help out.
New member Amy Janecek noted the many opportunities this holiday season to experience youth activities. She also touched on challenges faced by some students, including homelessness and housing instability. Cindy mentioned that we are in the beginning stages of developing a project to address homelessness among students. Amy said that there are 30 students at Irondale who are either homeless or have unstable housing. We hope to coordinate with the staff person monitoring homelessness at Irondale.
We've had a thousand "Rotary Values" note cards printed to use for handwritten communications. The cards are available for everyone to use and can be found in the storage cabinet at our meeting place.
Our first speaker today was Mike Neeley. Mike's topic was "Why Join Rotary - An Historical Perspective". Mike joined Rotary in 1971, at the tender age of 22. Since 1971, Rotary has changed in many ways but the core values have remained the same. Here is Mike's "Top Ten Reasons to Join Rotary"
10. Because you were asked by someone you respected. This is as true today as it was in 1971.
9.The attendance challenge - In 1971, attendance was very important to Rotary Clubs and Mike accepted the challenge, maintaining perfect attendance for 45 years!
8. The Rotary Club was, and in many communities still is, the pulse of the community.
7. International Focus - In 1911 Minneapolis Rotary (#9) sponsored the charter of the Winnipeg Rotary Club, the first Rotary Club outside the U.S. The international growth of Rotary is nothing short of amazing.
6. The Rotary Foundation - In 1971, Paul Harris Fellows proudly wore their Paul Harris medallions on a ribbon around their neck at Rotary meetings. Nowadays, a lapel pin seems more appropriate but the Foundation, and being a Paul Harris Fellow, is still a great source of pride for Rotarians.
5. Fun - A great reason to join and a great reason to remain a Rotarian. Some clubs add "Is It Fun" to the end of their weekly "Four Way Test".
4. The Four Way Test - This speaks for itself!
3. Make-ups - As mentioned above, Mikes quest for perfect attendance has made make-ups a regular part of his life. Mike shared several stories about how making up missed home club meetings has changed his perspective on Rotary, resulted in new friends and even got him a new career.
2. Networking - While it's not the primary reason to be in Rotary, networking is a very valuable benefit of Rotary membership. Rotary membership opens doors all over the world.
1. Inclusion of Women - United States Rotary Clubs fought international resistance to bring women into Rotary and Mike believes that its one of the best things to happen during his 45 years in Rotary. It surely is true for this club!
Our second speaker was Paul Fournier. Paul shared the story of his medical odyssey this past year. Paul's heart issues were discovered when an eye problem alerted doctors to clogged coronary arteries and a poorly functioning aortic valve. Open-heart surgery was recommended but a second opinion offered a non-surgical approach, which Paul accepted. He was scheduled to have the first two stents placed but came out of anesthesia with four. Paul's heart stopped the following day and it was determined that a pacemaker was needed immediately to keep his heart beating normally. When he was well enough to continue he was scheduled for the last two stents but once again came out of anesthesia with more hardware than he bargained for. This time he had 6 stents placed! Ten stents was a new record for Paul's surgeon. Three weeks later Paul underwent a Trans-catheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR), a less invasive approach to heart valve replacement. Paul noted that he could feel the better circulation immediately after waking up from anesthesia. The road to recovery is long for these kinds of procedures but Paul feels as though he is getting better gradually. He jokes that he still needs to take a morning nap to prepare for the afternoon nap. Paul, we don't care how many naps you need...we're just glad you're with us to joke about it!
Jim O'Brien opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and Nils Friberg gave the invocation.
Our sole guest today was Roseville Rotarian Marv Sorvala.
Geoff Hollimon reminded us about the CPY Game Night Gala this Friday, November 11th, 6-10PM. For more info, click here or call Geoff.
Cindy Carlson reminded us that the Foundation Dinner on Saturday, November 12th, will be honoring 100 years of good works by the Rotary Foundation. If you haven't already signed up you can, perhaps, still do so online by clicking here. MBMV Rotarians will be reimbursed for their registration fee. Spouses may attend for $50.
Mark Lampman is working with the Food Shelf to find a time when we can volunteer to fill food bags for the Thanksgiving rush. He will have the date(s) for us soon.
Past Club Presidents will meet briefly after our regular meeting on Nov. 29th to nominate club president candidates for the 2018-19 Rotary year.
The Risdall Marketing Group (Floral Division) provided 17 beautiful artificial bouquets for auction today. After the bidding frenzy subsided, Beverly and Mark were, I think, tied with five bouquets each. Neither winner seemed to know exactly what they were going to do with all the bouquets, but their generosity is appreciated. A total of $182 was raised to help fund community service projects.
Gerry Tietz is interested in using our Facebook page as a source for possible new club members or financial supporters. He is interested in gathering contact information for those who have commented on, or liked, our page, so that we might make a more personal connection. If you're willing to help in this effort, please contact Gerry. It was also suggested that we print up some of the Rotary Values greeting cards that were presented to us by DG Jim Hunt at his visit to the club. The cards could be used as a more personal communication tool than email, and would be especially useful to recognize volunteers in the community.
There was no speaker today.
Jim O'Brien opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and Dave Hoel gave the Invocation.
Our guests today were: Marv Sorvala (Roseville Rotarian) and John Risdall's guest, Brian Beeman. Brian is the Business Development Coordinator for Mounds View.
Jim O'Brien and Cindy Carlson presented some possible themes for the Gold Plate Dinner, to be held at the Roseville Radisson Hotel on March 31. The possibilities:
-Spotlight on Youth
-Shining a Light on Youth
-Turning Darkness Into Light
The Gold Plate Committee welcomes club input on these possible themes and on the event itself.
Mary Stewart reminded us that the CPY Gala will be on November 11th, 6-10PM, at the New Brighton Community Center. Please come and support CPY and have a chance to win a 42" HDTV, a Kindle Fire HD8 tablet or a Keurig Rivo Cappuccino and Latte System. Get more details by clicking here.
Don't forget the Rotary Foundation Dinner on Saturday, November 12. If you haven't already signed up, please contact Nils Friberg, ASAP!
Mark Lampman is coordinating our effort to help the Ralph Reeder Food Shelf bag food for Thanksgiving. Contact Mark if you would like to help.
John Risdall reported that District Governor Jim Hunt was very impressed with our club's accomplishments and the welcome he received at his recent club visit.
John Risdall donated, and Gerry Tietz auctioned off a Ragnar bobblehead and a flower arrangement for a total of $32 toward club charitable activities.
Cor Wilson said that a discussion of Minnesota Politics by Former VP Walter Mondale and former Governor Arne Carlson was videotaped by CTV North Suburbs today. As of this writing the recording was not yet available but you should be able to access it soon by clicking here.
Jim O'Brien introduced our first speaker, Officer Kirsten Heineman of the Mounds View Police Department. Kirsten was here to let us know about the Mounds View Police Department Foundation which is looking for board members. Call Kirsten (763-717-4070) if you're interested in serving on the Board. Kirsten also spoke about the S.A.V.E. program (Safe Adult Validation and Education). Seniors registered for this program check in by phone with the Police Department between 9 and 11 AM each weekday. If no check in call is received, the department will follow up. More details are available here. Kirsten introduced Paul Mendoza, a former Paramedic for North Memorial Hospital's Helicopter Ambulance Service. Paul was here to talk to us about saving lives with CPR and Automated External Defibrillators (AED's). Paul talked about the new "Compressions Only" CPR being twice as effective as "Traditional Compressions and Breaths" CPR. Blood circulation to the brain is the key to survival of sudden cardiac arrest and studies show that proper compression, without stopping to give breaths, keeps the blood flowing best. It's important to understand that CPR itself doesn't revive a victim of sudden cardiac arrest. The purpose of CPR is simply to keep the oxygenated blood flowing to the brain until an AED can be used to actually restart the heart.
If you encounter someone who is unresponsive and not breathing normally, you should do three things:
-Call 911, or have someone else call.
-Get an AED, or have someone get it.
-Start CPR, compressing the chest approximately 2 inches, 100-120 compressions per minute.
Remember that the earlier that you or the professional first responders use the AED, the more likely that the victim will recover. In fact, if CPR is initiated immediately and the AED is employed within 2 minutes, 85% of victims can be revived. Because locating an AED in an emergency may be difficult, Paul recommends that we be familiar with AED locations in places we frequent. He also recommends the PulsePoint phone app to locate AED's in unfamiliar surroundings. Once the AED is located, just turn it on and follow the instructions as the AED talks to you. It's as easy as that to save a life. Contact Paul at 612-325-3465 for more information or for CPR/AED training. John, Paul and Kirsten are shown below.
- Rotarian Sven Andersen and wife Katie were in the Twin Cities for a wedding...and a long way from their home in Switzerland.
- Chris Ledbeter, Branch Manager at US Bank New Brighton, was here as John Risdall's guest.
- Ramsey County Commissioner, Mary Jo McGuire.
Jeff Benson opened the meeting with the Pledge and invocation. Mark Lampman introduced Garry Johnson's guest, Gary Frederick.
Cindy Carlson reported that our recent visioning event revealed a very strong youth focus. Today the board discussed the alarming rate of homelessness in the Mounds View School District and authorized the formation of an ad-hoc committee to gather information and RFP's from community groups to address the problem. Cindy, Gerry and Amy form the nucleus of this committee and they are seeking others who would like to work on the homeless youth problem.
Cindy also thanked the club for its support for the Syrian Refugee Children Classroom project, which hopes to be fully completed by the start of the school year in November of this year.
Dana Rebelein recently made inquiries about the current status of the Guatemala Literacy Project, which we have supported for many years. Dana summarized the written response that she received. Guatemala has the second worst literacy rate in all of Central America, with the average adult having only 4 years of education. The project is focused on textbook and computer projects and primary reading programs. The 2016-17 goal for these efforts is $450,000. We hope to use matching funds from the District and International to maximize our contribution to this worthwhile project. You can read the full text of the response by clicking here.
Gerry Tietz announced that Char and Gerry Samuelson will be celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary soon and he will be attending the celebration. A card was circulated today for club members to convey their best wishes and/or fond memories.
Nils Friberg reminded us that the annual Foundation Event will be held on November 12th and he hopes that our club will equal last year's 18 attendees or even exceed it. John Ordway reminded us that club member's admission is paid by the club and guests are $50.
Beverly Aplikowski revealed that the sale of Lakeside Homes is now complete. The sale is bittersweet for Bev who, with her husband and family, built the business from scratch and managed it for 53 years! Those of us who have sold a business can sympathize with Bev when she describes the business as "her baby". What's next for Beverly? We can only wait to see how she might apply her legendary skills in the future.
Jeff Benson reported that the board has agreed to be a founding organization for the newly reorganized Community Support Center. The CSC provides emergency assistance and counseling to keep people in their homes. Formerly a part of C.E.A.P., the CSC has separated itself from CEAP and is now its own 501c3. For many years we have financially supported the CSC, but now we are a founder and we have the opportunity, if we choose, to have a representative on the CSC board of directors. If anyone is interested in serving on the board please contact Iris McGinnis at 763-754-1555.
Cindy Carlson said that the Gold Plate Dinner will be on March 31st, 2017 and the first planning meeting will be next Tuesday, October 4th, 11:00AM at the Exchange. Please join in to ensure a successful fundraiser.
Finemaster George Winiecki was having so much fun with Trivia the he used most of the time allotted for our speaker, Mark Lampman. Mark wasn't too upset, though, because he was a little concerned about how the topic of Fecal Microbiota Transplantation might be received so soon after lunch. Maybe Mark can fill a future scheduling void.
Jeff Benson opened the meeting with the Pledge and Invocation. Mark Lampman welcomed two visiting Rotarians; Assistant District Governor Judy Rolow from the Anoka club and Alan Player from the Apple Valley Club. Both visiting Rotarians were here to promote their clubs raffle fundraisers.
Co-President Paul Fournier was well enough to attend today’s meeting and he was warmly welcomed. Paul said that he has spent 40 days in the cardiac care unit at $33,000 per day. A cool 1.32 million if my math is correct, but well worth it! Paul’s rebuilt heart should keep him going strong for many years to come.
Finemaster Jim Kadechka tested our knowledge of presidential trivia. Did you know that Jimmy Carter was the first president to be born in a hospital, Grover Cleveland was once a hangman and Andrew Jackson won more than 100 pistol duels?
MaryAnn Bawden noted that the Rotary Foundation scored 100 out 100 possible points in Charity Navigator’s new rating system.
Mary Stewart was back today after a very busy summer and she thanked the club for its continuing support for CPY programs. Mary said that CPY kids went to 70 off-site adventures during the summer. WOW!
Dana Rebelein reported that the Club Visioning Event last Tuesday evening was a big success. The facilitators complimented us on our organization and the many ideas that were generated by the event.
David and Susan Hoel just celebrated their 47th anniversary. Susan has applied for sainthood and inside sources say that the she is a top candidate.
John Risdall reported that Risdall Advertising will be moving to their new Roseville offices around Thanksgiving.
Jeff Benson introduced our speaker, Todd Otis. Todd’s topic was “Why Quality Early Learning is Crucial”. Todd is the Senior Vice President for External Affairs at Think Small. Think Small is a 40 year old non-profit, dedicated to the idea that the quality of a child’s early experiences greatly influences his or her success later in life and that there is much that can be done to improve the quality of early childhood settings to optimize a child’s development. There are 350,000 children from birth through five years old in Minnesota. Of those, 156,000 are from low income families and study after study has shown that poverty impedes brain development. Minnesota also has the 2nd highest percentage of working mothers in the U.S. All these factors contribute to fully 50% of Minnesota kids not being ready for kindergarten.
Why is school readiness so important? Studies show that 90% of brain development occurs in the first five years of life, and if there is a deficit by age 5, it’s difficult to make up the difference. In many cases this deficit results in long-term challenges for children, often leading to behavior issues, failure to complete high school and even criminal activity. The social costs of this problem are staggering. Early education has been shown to prevent or minimize this deficit. The Perry Preschool Study (a 40 year prospective study) showed a tremendous social and economic benefit to early childhood education, proving that children from low income families achieve nearly as well as their higher income peers when they have quality early education experiences. A Minnesota study showed a net social benefit of $56,000 for each low income student receiving early education. Minnesota currently allocates 2% of its budget for Early Education programs, but 84,000 kids are still are not receiving early education services.
Minnesotans can help by asking their legislators to:
-Increase funding for Early Learning Scholarships and the Parent Aware program.
-Increase the quality standards for child care providers.
-Invest in childcare assistance.
-Improve parent education.
Jason Slama led us in the Pledge of Allegiance and offered the invocation.
Gerry Tietz reminded us to check our email for a link to RSVP for the Club Visioning Event on September 13th, 4:45 PM, at the New Brighton Community Center. Everyone should make an effort to attend this planning meeting. Follow the link in Gerry's email to RSVP. It's important that each of us respond, yes or no, so that we can plan the event.
Gerry also reminded us of the departure time change for next Tuesday's US Bank Stadium tour. You should be at Beisswenger's Hardware parking lot by 10:50 and park on the south side, or somewhere on the perimeter of the lot. The bus will leave at 11:10 SHARP. The tour is in lieu of the regular Tuesday meeting.
Co-President John Risdall asked us all to think about items you might donate for a Rotary Club Garage Sale fundraiser.
Nils Friberg announced the Foundation Committee's plan to have monthly Foundation Moments and quarterly Foundation-focused club meetings to increase Foundation awareness and participation.
Mary Ann Bawden reported that she and Gary have been married for 53 years! MaryAnn also delicious cookies for our dessert. Thanks MaryAnn! Perhaps cookies are the key to marital bliss.
Mark and Gail Beisswenger just celebrated their 42nd anniversary.
John and Marla Ordway tied the knot 40 years ago; John also noted that he is 25,000 days old today, Wow!
Cor Wilson announced that CTV North Suburbs is celebrating 25 years of Community Media. An event to mark the milestone will be held from 12:00-4:00PM, Saturday, September 10th at CTV North Suburbs, 2670 Arthur St. in Roseville. Join us for lunch, entertainment, prizes, tours and more. More details at ctvnorthsuburbs.org.
The program today was a Club Assembly.