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New Brighton Mounds View

Our Club Motto: Service Above Self

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500 5th Ave, NW
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New Brighton, MN  55112
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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.


 

 
 
Co-President John Risdall opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and Nils Friberg offered an invocation.
 
Glenna introduced our visitors, Chris Ledbeter and Mary Jo McGuire.
 
Paul Fournier summarized his recent medical odyssey by revealing the new nicknames his kids have adopted for him.
·  Moses - for the 40 days and nights in the cardiac care unit.
·  Lazarus - he was brought back to life after a code blue.
·  Zombie - unexplained.
·  Pincushion - 15 shots a day for 40 days (do the math)
Paul, whatever nickname you might have, we're just glad you're alive to joke about it!
 
November is Rotary Foundation month, and Foundation Chair, Nils Friberg, presented a "History of the Rotary Foundation".  From humble beginnings in 1917, the Foundation has received contributions of over One Billion Dollars, all of which has been used to help those in need and promote peace and mutual understanding throughout the world.  Next year marks the Centennial of the Foundation and we hope, along with other clubs around the world, to make the coming year a record year for contributions.
 
Gerry Tietz announced that Jason Slama will fill in as Community Service Chair during Amy Wakem's leave of absence.  Bev Aplikowski has agreed to help Jason by leading our Homeless Student Project.  Mark Lampman will step up by coordinating our food shelf drive this fall.
 
Jeff Benson announced that we are officially a Founding Organization for the newly reorganized Community Support Center, which supports families in danger of losing their homes by providing long-term counseling and short-term financial support to keep them in their homes.  Formerly a part of CEAP, CSC has struck out on its own to better serve New Brighton and Mounds View residents.  As a Founding Organization, we are entitled to a seat on the CSC Board of Directors.  Paul Fournier agreed to fill that seat.  Thanks, Paul!
 
Cindy Carlson introduced District Governor Jim Hunt.  Jim became a Rotarian in 1989, as a member of the Prairie du Chien, WI Rotary Club.  A job transfer to the Twin Cities in 1992 led Jim to join the White Bear Lake Rotary Club, serving as its president in 2003-4.  In 2008-9 Jim led a GSE team to India.  His experience there led him to initiate two District Matching Grants, resulting in the drilling of 177 water wells in India.  Jim went on to serve as the chair of D5960 GSE from 2009-13.  Jim has also been involved in our district's Fast For Hope initiative in Nicaragua.
 
Jim began his presentation with his interpretation of the values that underpin Rotary membership. As you would expect, the Four way Test and Service Above Self were high on his list, but Jim also mentioned the Five Core Values that are part of Rotary's Strategic Plan Document. The five core values are: Fellowship, Leadership, Integrity, Diversity and Service. On each table were cards that visually represent the results of the Club Values Survey we filled out prior to the DG's visit. Jim suggested that we use the cards as thank you cards or for other Rotary communications and emphasized the public relations value of hand written notes in today's electronic world.  The card is shown below.
 
Jim revealed that, although Rotary membership is increasing in some areas of the world, District 5960, like almost every District in the U.S., is declining slightly in membership. Jim's goal is that clubs of our size strive to have a least a net +1 membership growth for the 2016-17 Rotary year.  Jim suggested that we evaluate our projects and outcomes to make sure that they are attractive to prospective Rotarians, especially younger ones.  He also urged us to focus on our public image, telling our story in ways that will be attractive to service minded individuals.
 
Last, but certainly not least, Jim encouraged us to continue and, hopefully, increase our financial support for the Rotary Foundation. He used Polio Plus as one example of the many ways the Foundation does good in the world.  The Foundation also has the highest possible rating (100 out of 100) from Charity Navigator.  It's the best bang for your charity dollar out there and local Rotarians have the benefit of helping to determine how some of their donations are spent.  One additional way to painlessly contribute to the foundation is to participate in the Amazon Smile program, in which .5% of eligible Amazon.com purchases go to the Foundation. Get more information by going to https://smile.amazon.com/   John, Jim and Cindy are shown below.
 

 
Jim Kadechka opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and the Invocation.
 
Glenna Dibrell introduced our visitor, Mike Cylkowski, a commercial real estate agent who was referred to us as a potential member by last week's visitor, Chris Ledbeter, from US Bank.
 
Dana Rebelein read a letter from CEAP, thanking us for our $1,000 contribution.
 
George Winiecki was back with us after a bout with pneumonia.
 
Dana reported that she was happy to have bought a townhome. 
 
Gerry Tietz's son is back safe and sound after an adventure trip to Peru.
 
Our "miracle man" Paul Fournier was feeling well enough to join us today.
 
Nils Friberg reported that his wife Peg should be returning home this coming week after teaching in Thailand.  Nils seems to be surviving in her absence but I'm sure the dishes and laundry must be piling up by now.
 
Geoff Hollimon returned from the East Coast in time to miss most, but not all, of hurricane Matthew's fury.  Nice to have you back, Geoff!
 
George Winiecki stumped us with some Alaska purchase trivia.  Did you know that we bought Alaska from Russia in 1867 for just 7.2 million dollars. That's just 2 cents per acre.
 
John Risdall attended long time Rotarian Roland Wilsey's funeral recently. Roland was a giant in Rotary, playing a big part in so many areas and, especially, helping to start many Rotary Clubs, including our own.  Roland's legacy lives on.
 
MaryAnn Bawden reminded us that next week is District Governor Jim Hunt's visit, and we would like to have a big crowd to welcome him.
 
Cindy Carlson introduced our speaker, Dr. Tom Hendrickson. Tom was here to talk about a microcredit program that he spearheaded in rural Iringa, Tanzania. Iringa is the poorest area of Tanzania, with an average annual family income of $300 per year.  Because there are no banks or financial services of any kind, borrowing and saving have been virtually non-existent.  Malnourished children and high infant and child mortality are the norm and school is not an option for the vast majority of the population.  Enter Tom, with his microcredit program, and things are beginning to change.  Tom's program, called Iringa Hope, provides small loans so farmers can get good seed and fertilizer to produce a viable crop from the depleted soil.  The typical loan is between $300-450 with the following stipulations:
·   Loans must for the purpose of producing income
·   Borrowers must save 1/3 of the loan amount
·   Borrowers must get two others (non-family) to guarantee the loan
·   Interest is 2-3% per month
·   Loan term is 6-9 months
For a farmer, the loan virtually guarantees an increase in crop yield, so farmers can feed their families and have enough crop left to sell in town. This allows them to pay off the loan and have enough saving left to borrow again for the coming year. The increased income allows these families to purchase higher protein foods which prevents malnutrition.  Families are also able to pay for schooling and eventually provide a permanent home.
 
Because the programs are  administered at the local level, community support is high, but the program has a waiting list due to limited funding.  Tom's Lakeville Rotary club has risen to the challenge by committing to a $200,000 Global Grant project to raise funds to expand the Iringa Hope project.  The total needed before District and International matching funds is $120,000, and Tom and his club have already raised $100,000, leaving $20,000 which can, hopefully, be raised by contributions from area Rotary Clubs. John, Tom and Jim are shown below.
 

 
 
Glenna Dibrell was recovering from a cold and channeled Lauren Bacall's husky voice as she opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and Invocation.
 
Char and Gerry Samuelson celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary recently.  Gerry Tietz forwarded this photo.
 
Gerry Tietz introduced our guests:  
  • 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.
Gerry Tietz's son is not hiking to Machu Picchu, as announced last week...choosing instead to take a four day hike on the Santa Cruz Trail in Peru.
 
John Ordway's older son Erik just finished a curling bonspiel in Spain, his team finishing 6th. The team did, however, come away with first place in the bar bill competition!
 
Sue Ager reported that husband Duane, after 16 months in Benedictine Care Center recovering from Guillain Barre Syndrome, is finally able to go home to continue his recovery.  Great news!
 
Mary Ann Bawden was embarrassed to win the raffle again (3 times in 4 weeks).
 
Nils Friberg reminded us that the little Rotary Foundation Piggybanks on the tables need to be fed often to help meet our commitment to the Foundation. 
 
Glenna Dibrell introduced our speaker, Scott Tilton, co owner of the Exchange Restaurant, our new venue for weekly Rotary meetings.  Scott has been involved in the restaurant business in one capacity or another since he was 15, starting as a soda jerk.  He soon became a short-order cook and continued that work until graduation from college. Even though he worked in corporate sales and later in advertising and design, he remained involved in the restaurant world throughout that time. A catering gig with D'Amico and Sons at the 2008 Republican Convention in St. Paul led Scott to become involved in the catering business full time. The recession dried up the catering business, so Scott went to culinary school and eventually worked at Eli's East, where he met his future business partner in the Exchange, Kyle Olson.  Scott and Kyle often talked about  what a restaurant should be like. They agreed that all items, (except for Heinz ketchup and Hellman's Mayo), should be made from scratch from only fresh ingredients and that the "front of house" (greeting and wait staff) should work cooperatively with the "back of house" (chef and cooks). Scott and Kyle have applied those principals at the Exchange. Scott said that success in the restaurant business also depends on previous restaurant experience, adequate capitalization and loving the work.  The Exchange is now enjoying its second anniversary, so their recipe for success appears to be working in a competitive restaurant market.  Check out the Exchange website here.  You can also visit their FaceBook page here.  Glenna, Scott and John are pictured below.
 

 
 
Glenna Dibrell started the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and Invocation.
 
Jim Kadechka introduced our guests, Tyler Durocher from US Bank and Dean Lotter.  Dean somehow got possession of the microphone and updated us on the changes to the New Brighton water system, County Road E2 upgrade (should be completed in about 2 weeks).  Dean also mentioned that a decision on a new Public Safety Director will be made in the future.  It was great to see you Dean!
 
Jeff Benson was honored to induct our newest Rotary member, Amy Janecek, the new principal at Irondale H.S.  Welcome aboard, Amy! 
 
Cindy Carlson reminded us of the NYFS "A Taste of Northeast" fundraiser this Thursday, October 6th, 5:30 - 8:30.  Click here for more information.
 
Gerry put his auctioneering talents to good use, garnering $75 for the club by auctioning off a bouquet and Tiffany style lamp which were donated by John Risdall.
 
Cor Wilson reported that, with therapy, her broken arm is gradually regaining range of motion.
 
Gerry Tietz's son is hiking to Machu Picchu in Peru.
 
As new member Michelle Caron reached into the bowl to select the raffle winner she asked, "Is it OK to pick my own number" and then she did!
 
Glenna Dibrell introduced her husband David Cummings and Mark Baden, Professor Emeritus of Fine Arts at Northwestern University. David and Mark presented to the club about 1 1/2 years ago after they had completed the restoration of the stained glass "rose window" in the island chapel at Norhwestern University.  Today they updated us on further renovations, including six "angel" stained glass windows.  Technical difficulties almost prevented the showing of an award winning short documentary about the window restoration project featuring Mark and David.  For those who would be interested in visiting the Island Chapel, a field trip may be in the works.  For background information about the Island Chapel, click here.  For an earlier video of the inside of the chapel, click here.  David, Mark and Glenna are shown below.
 
 

 
 

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.

 For more information, you can check out ThinkSmall.org or call Todd at 651-233-2289. Todd, Jeff and John are shown below.
 

 
 
Jeff Benson opened the meeting with a flagless Pledge of Allegiance and an invocation. Jeff also introduced our guests, Marv Sorvala from Roseville Rotary and PDG Craig Leiser.
 
Matching Grant Gurus, Cindy Carlson and Geoff Hollimon, welcomed PDG Criag Leiser to the podium. Craig noted that the District Grants Committee experienced a new wrinkle this year, having only enough funds to fulfill 77 percent of grant requests. He urged us to consider the many avenues we have available to contribute to the foundation. In addition to conventional ways to contribute, you could also contribute to the Foundation using a Rotary credit card or a special Amazon.com program, each of which donate a percentage of your purchases to the Foundation. Sounds like the ultimate in painless giving. PDG Leiser was also here to present us with a check from the District Grants Committee for $3802, which represents the district's match of our fundraising for our Syrian refugee children's education project in Lebanon. Cindy, Geoff and President John Risdall gratefully accept the check from Craig, below.
 
Geoff Hollimon subbed for Gerry Tietz to remind us to RSVP (Yes or No) to the Club Visioning Event next Tuesday, the 13th, 4:45PM, at the NB Community Center. Note that this meeting replaces our regular Noon meeting.
 
Sue Ager introduced our speaker, Diane Nimmer, from Honoring Choices Minnesota. Honoring Choices Minnesota is a collaborative, community-based advance care planning initiative led by Twin Cities Medical Society through its Foundation. Honoring Choices Minnesota is based on the training, principles and overall methodology of Respecting Choices, the nationally and internationally recognized Advance Care Planning model developed in 1993 by Gundersen Health System in La Crosse, WI. Diane said that, 23 years after its initiation, ninety percent of LaCrosse residents have an advance directive plan in place and Lacrosse has the lowest per capita health care costs in the nation. Impressive! Diane would like to see that kind success in Minnesota as well.  Most Minnesotans agree that advance care planning is a good thing but the challenge is to get people to follow through and actually create a plan. To emphasize the simplicity of developing an Advance Care Directive, Diane reviewed HCM's long form (yes, a short form is also available for busy Rotarians).
Step 1: Choose a Health Care Agent. You should be able to trust your Agent to make tough decisions, follow your wishes and stand up for you if family members disagree with the Advance Directive. This person should also be local or readily available in an emergency situation. You will also want to choose an alternate Agent if the primary Agent is unavailable.
Step 2: Write down your Health Care Instructions regarding medical emergencies and end-of life medical treatments. There is also a section to outline the philosophy that underpins your health care choices, if you so choose.
Step 3: Sign and notarize the document.
After creating the document, it very important that you share the information with those who will be affected by it.  It's also important to review and update the document as your life situation changes. You can find out more and get forms at http://honoringchoices.org/  Diane, Sue and President John are shown below.
 

 
 
The was no Rotary meeting today because we took a field trip to tour the new US Bank Stadium. Gerry Tietz had arranged a motor coach to hold all 53 tour participants and box lunches to eat on the way to the stadium. As we arrived, those who had not seen the stadium up close were impressed by how big the stadium is. The stadium seems huge on the inside as well, with large, open concourses and great views of the field. It's amazing what a billion dollars will get you. Our tour included a look at several private suites and clubs, the press box, and even the players locker room and showers. We were also able to spend some on the playing field, causing some of us to wonder what it would be like to play in a stadium of this size. You can get more information about US Bank Stadium by clicking here. Below are a few of photos of the stadium.
 
 
 
 

 
 

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.

 

 
 
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 - http://www.comozooconservatory.org/support/volunteer/#/volunteer-opportunities
· 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
 
STOCKYARD DAYS
 
*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
 
VIKINGS STADIUM TOUR
 
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.
 
COMMUNITY PARTNERS WITH YOUTH
 
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! 
 
HAPPY FINES AND COMMERCIAL MESSAGES WITH US CURRENCY INVOLVED
 
*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
 
GUEST SPEAKER
 
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 http://mvct.org/.
  • 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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