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New Brighton Mounds View

Our Club Motto: Service Above Self

We meet In Person & Online
Tuesdays at 12:00 PM
The Exchange Food and Drink
500 5th Ave, NW
651-348-6289
New Brighton, MN 55112
United States of America
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Today’s meeting was a club roundtable, so there was no speaker today.  President Charlie Longbella was seeking feedback about whether we would like to meet on the Tuesday’s after Christmas and New Year’s.  We decided that we will T meet on December 28th and that we will have an off-site meeting at the Mounds View Public Works Facility on January 4th.
 
Just a reminder that CPY’s Virtual Gala will be a perfect opportunity to look for holiday gifts for your loved ones while supporting a great cause! Join us December 2nd – 4th for our on-line auction. Here are the details:
- All proceeds from this event will be doubled. Whether you purchase an item, or simply make a donation, it will be matched up to $30,000! Help us meet our goal and continue to support our community’s youth.
- To preview auctions items, click here.     To participate in the virtual auction, register by clicking here.
 
The 2022 Gold Plate Dinner is scheduled for April 22nd.  Like many events these days, the event is dependent on pandemic developments.
 
Upcoming programs:
Dec 07, 2021 - Finara Fang - Classification Talk
Dec 14, 2021 - Irondale Choir – Christmas Carol Sing-Along
Our presenter today was Ce Ce Terloux, Founder and Executive Director of Terebinth Refuge.  Her topic was Sex Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation.  Terebinth Refuge is a Christ-centered shelter and safe transitional home that brings hope, healing services and freedom to sexually exploited and trafficked women.
 
Sexual exploiters and traffickers have developed very effective strategies to recruit vulnerable individuals and make it extremely difficult to escape the exploitation: 
- The first phase in the recruitment process is to identify a vulnerable individual and offer them attention, gifts and friendship.  Food, shelter, drugs and “protection” strengthens their relationship with the exploiter and isolates them from family and friends.
- The second phase is referred to as initiation or breaking, where the new recruit has their first “customer”.  This can be everything from gentle sex to gang rape.
- Phase three is referred to as maintenance and it involves using every possible method of isolating the individual from support systems that would help them to escape their exploiters.  Barriers to escape are: homelessness, unemployment, history of abuse, mental health issues, addiction, criminal history and lack of education.
 
Terebinth Refuge opened in 2018 with just two beds but it has experienced rapid growth, taking in 43 exploited women in 2020. An exploited woman’s first experience at Terebinth is usually the Shelter Program.  This program focuses on physical and mental health, rest and trust.  Once these short-term needs have been addressed, The Transitional Program is for women who are committed to Terebinth’s plan and wanting to pursue full case management.  The Transitional Program takes a holistic approach, focusing on physical wellness, mind health, soul health and spirit health. 
 
Ce Ce can be contacted at cece@terebinthrrefuge.org
 
Many of you will remember the presentation by Elk River Rotarian, Casey Mahon about the Magnus Veterans Foundation.  One of the needs of the 501(c)(3) foundation is a cold weather shell for the golf cart they use to transport veterans around the treatment facility.  The cost of this improvement is $300 and, rather than use club funds for this purpose, it’s thought that we could easily fund this from personal contributions by club members who are so inclined.  More to follow….
 
Next week’s meeting will be a Club Roundtable
 
The annual Irondale Choir Christmas Carol sing-a-long will be on December 14th at Risdall advertising.
 
 
Cindy Carlson received a thank you from the Stillwater Sunrise Rotary club thanking us for our contribution to their Global Matching Grant water project in El Corozo, Nicaragua.
 
John Ordway reminded us that this Saturday (November 20th) is the deadline to receive matching Paul Harris Recognition Points for contributions to Polio Plus.  If you would like to give, let John know before the Saturday deadline and he will bill you on your quarterly dues statement.  If you give online, please let John know so he can keep track of it.
 
Edeth James’ guest today was his Fiancé, Rachel.  They will be married in Dallas this week.
 
Our presenter today was Laura Packer, Vice President of Story Arts of MN (SAM).  Laura is a multiple award winning storyteller, coach and consultant.  Story Arts MN develops, supports and promotes storytellers and spoken word artists.  They welcome story tellers of all cultures, experience levels, backgrounds and styles.  In addition to promoting performance oriented storytelling, SAM also supports storytelling in educational, business and spiritual settings.
 
Laura believes that we are hardwired to be storytellers and that our brains are most fully engaged when telling and listening to stories.  Studies show that storytelling improves memory via neural coupling and that hormones related to empathy and relationship building are released when we hear or tell stories.
 
In addition to its role in promoting storytelling, SAM serves to:
  • Connect storytellers and audiences
  • Coordinate storytelling events
  • Provide a clearinghouse for information via their newsletter
  • Collect best practices and quality indicators
For more info about Laura, Click here.
 
As you might expect, the pandemic has made it difficult for many families to put enough food on the table.  The Ralph Reeder Food Shelf, with your help, has been able to increase the amount and variety of food they are able to give each family, but the holiday season is expected to be a real challenge.  Bell Lumber and Pole has partnered with the Food Shelf to match your increase in donation over last year.  Online donations can be made at www.ralphreederfoodshelf.org or checks can be mailed directly to: 2544 Mounds View Blvd. Mounds View, MN, 55112.  Although monetary donations are most effective, actual food item donations are welcome.  Click here to download a flyer of the most needed items.
 
Next week’s presenter is CeCeTourlouw from Terebinth.
Today’s presenter was Elk River Rotarian, Casey Mahon.  Casey’s topic was the Magnus Veterans Foundation (MVF)MVF is a 501(c)(3) non-profit whose mission is to “Heal and honor our veterans and their families through community fellowship and a comprehensive approach to restoring the mind, body, heart, and spirit”.  Their facilities and partnerships go well beyond traditional primary care services by focusing on the whole person (physical, spiritual, psychological, and social) to achieve individualized performance goals.  They also attempt to “close the gap between those who go to war and those who send them by creating unique veteran-community collaborative engagement opportunities”.  Opened in June of 2021, The Magnus Veterans Wellness Campus sits on a beautiful 38 acre estate in Dayton, Minnesota.  Dr. Shawn Alderman, a former Special Forces medic, oversees the treatment of veterans and their families and care is provided at no charge.  MVF has a goal to support 1,000 vets in its first year and 5,000 by year five.
 
Casey was here today to raise funds for Elk River Rotary’s District Matching Grant to provide a 6 passenger golf cart to provide needed transportation within the Campus for disabled veterans.  The topic is on next week’s Board agenda.  Casey can be contacted at caseymahon@msn.com.
 
The New Brighton Lions Club is holding a Spaghetti Supper Fundraiser from 4-7PM on November 13th at the New Brighton Eagles Club.  Age 12 years and older - $10, Age 5-12 -  $7, Under 5 is free.  The Eagles Club is located at 563 Old Highway 8 NW in New Brighton.
 
Mike Neeley celebrated 50 years of perfect attendance in Rotary by visiting his first Rotary club in Gardner, Iowa.  If you do the math, that’s over 2500 Rotary meetings!  Congratulations Mike.
 
The deadline for receiving matching Paul Harris Fellow Recognition Points from the District is November 20th.  If you are planning to contribute to Polio Plus, now is the time to get the most bang for your buck.  Get your contributions to John Ordway ASAP, or notify him if you make a direct contribution to the Foundation.
 
Next week’s presenter will be Carol Donahue from Achieve Services.  Edeth James’ fiancée, Rachel, will be here visiting, as well.
Our guest today was Dr. Jenny Yi-chun Kuo.   Jenny was a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar in 1998 and is now at the University of Minnesota as a Fulbright Scholar.  We hope to arrange for Jenny to speak to our club sometime soon.
 
District 42 Senator Jason Isaacson was scheduled to be our presenter today but a sick child prevented him from joining us today.  Nyle Zikmund gave an impromptu presentation about the John C. Campbell Folk School.  Located in scenic Brasstown, North Carolina, the Folk School offers year-round weeklong and weekend classes for adults in craft, art, music, dance, cooking, gardening, nature studies, photography and writing.  Nyle and Terry just got back from another week at the Folk School.  Nyle took another class in woodturning and Terry learned about small scale tapestry weaving.  Nyle’s small class was led by master turner John Keeton.  Nyle walked us through the process of designing, turning and finishing a wooden cremation urn.  The degree of complexity and precision required for this level of wood turning is astounding and Nyle was clearly in awe of Keeton’s craftsmanship and teaching ability.  Here are some examples of John Keeton wood turnings.
 
For more information about the Folk School, click John C. Campbell Folk School
 
We’ve all received an email from District 5960 regarding this year’s Strike Out Polio campaign.  I’m including the matching recognition points section of that email as a reminder and encouragement to contribute to the Strike Out Polio campaign this fall.  Details are below:
RECOGNITION: We will reward and recognize people who give at two levels:
 
SPARE!: Give at least $100 to PolioPlus before November 20th and the donation will be matched 1:1 with Recognition Points.
 
STRIKE!!: Give at least $365 (equivalent of $1/day) to PolioPlus during this campaign and we will utilize Recognition Points to award a Paul Harris Fellowship!
 
Thanks for being champions of this effort.  We look forward to working with you to promote our STRIKE OUT POLIO Challenge as we encourage all members to give to PolioPlus.
 
Please feel free to call or email Joe Stahlmann if you have any questions about the campaign at (210) 867-2569 or jts@mocasystems.com.
We were all delighted to finally return home to the Exchange for our meetings. 
 
Our guest today was Honorary Rotarian MaryAnn Bawden.  MaryAnn came bearing gifts of three delicious dessert breads, most of which were quickly devoured, and Mary Stewart brought the remainder to CPY.
 
Our newest member, Finara Fang, was scheduled to give her new member talk today but she had to return to Cameroon for a family emergency.  Her presentation will be rescheduled soon.
 
After the cancellation of the 2020 Gold Plate Dinner due to COVID, we rallied in 2021 by holding a No-Plate Dinner which, because of some generous unanticipated gifts, netted almost as much as the in- person dinners had.  Cindy Carlson moderated a discussion about the fate of the 2022 Gold Plate Dinner which is normally scheduled for April.  Some of the discussion points were:
   - In-Person vs. Virtual
   - Social distancing
   - Possible COVID variant surges
   - Require vaccination
   - Difficult tickets sales with diminished membership
   - Increase per member ticket sales quota
Cindy C. will formulate questions for a survey.
Nyle Z. will create a Survey Monkey using Cindy’s questions.
Jeff B. will forward the survey to the membership.
 
Rotarian of the Year 2021 ballots have been mailed with a return envelope to members who didn't receive them at the last two noon meetings.  Please indicate the Rotarian you feel deserves this recognition and return your ballot as soon as possible.
 
November 2nd’s presenter will be Senator Jason Isaacson.  Note that Senator Isaacson will need to start at 12 sharp to make it to his next engagement.  Let’s all be there at a respectful 11:55AM!
Our guest today was Honorary Rotarian Beverly Aplikowski.  Welcome, Beverly!
 
Our presenters today were Mindy Handberg, ISD 621 Director of Community Partnership and Michael Werner, ISD 621 Dean of Post-Secondary Planning Student Services.  Mounds View Public Schools offer students the opportunity to explore various industry related careers through specific coursework that allows students to follow their interests and prepare for post-secondary study and work opportunities.  The Pathways program was created in response to community and industry feedback and in partnership with building trades, industry and post-secondary institutions.  Mindy and Michael graciously agreed to share their Powerpoint presentation for use in this newsletter.  You can access it by clicking here.  Examples of some popular pathways can be found hereMindy hopes that businesses will consider making classroom presentations or offer meaningful internships and shadowing experiences.  The program would also benefit from student group tours and mentorship experiences.  If you or your business could help with any of these learning opportunities, Mindy or Michael would love to hear from you.
 Mindy Handberg - 651-621-6094
     mindy.handberg@moundsviewschools.org
Michael Werner 651-621-6045
     michael.werner@moundsviewschools.org
 
We’ve all received an email from District 5960 regarding this year’s Strike Out Polio campaign.  I’m including the matching recognition points section of that email as a reminder and encouragement to contribute to the Strike Out Polio campaign this fall.  Details are below:
RECOGNITION: We will reward and recognize people who give at two levels:
 
SPARE!: Give at least $100 to PolioPlus before November 20th and the donation will be matched 1:1 with Recognition Points.
 
STRIKE!!: Give at least $365 (equivalent of $1/day) to PolioPlus during this campaign and we will utilize Recognition Points to award a Paul Harris Fellowship!
 
Thanks for being champions of this effort.  We look forward to working with you to promote our STRIKE OUT POLIO Challenge as we encourage all members to give to PolioPlus.
 
Please feel free to call or email Joe Stahlmann if you have any questions about the campaign at (210) 867-2569 or jts@mocasystems.com.
 
NEXT WEEK’S MEETING (AND FUTURE MEETINGS) WILL BE AT THE EXCHANGE.
 
Our presenter next week will be new member Finara Fang’s classification talk.
 
November 2nd’s presenter will be Senator Jason Isaacson.  Note that Senator Isaacson will need to start at 12 sharp to make it to his next engagement.  Let’s all be there at a respectful 11:55AM!
Our speakers today were Spring Lake Park/Blaine/Mounds View firefighters Tony Scavo and Derek Authier.  They were here to tell us about their volunteer mission to provide relief and support for overworked firefighters in Louisiana after Category 5 Hurricane Ida left a statewide swath of destruction.  Tony and Derek were part of a 22 man delegation from nine fire departments around Minnesota. The group shipped out on September 7th, 2021, joining other firefighters from all over the U.S. for an 18 day stay in one of the hardest hit areas of Louisiana.  While there, all 22 bunked in a relatively small tent at a military base camp. For the first week, they focused on water deliveries, tree removal, general cleanup and door to door needs assessment for residents.  They were humbled by the overwhelming southern hospitality and gratitude that they experienced while helping the homeowners.  They felt as though these people who had lost almost everything were more concerned with the firefighters comfort than their own.  During their stay the firefighters got a small taste of the power of a hurricane when Hurricane Nicholas (Category 1) came through and inundated their tent.  The remainder of their stay involved assessing the damage to existing fire stations for the State Fire Marshall.  Many fire stations and much of the firefighting equipment were partially or completely destroyed by Ida.  The heat and humidity were oppressive, especially for Minnesotans unused to subtropical conditions.  Displaced residents almost unanimously were choosing to rebuild rather than relocate, and the close-knit communities banded together to protect what little possessions they could salvage after the storm.  Tony and Derek agreed that this volunteer mission was very gratifying and they would do it again if the opportunity arises. Tony, Derek and President Charlie Longbella are shown below.
 
Don’t forget about the One Rotary Summit, Saturday October 23, 9-11:30AM at FamilyMeans, 1875 Northwestern Ave S. Stillwater, MN 55082. 
  • You will participate in focused discussions about Membership, Public Image, and The Rotary Foundation and how the three work together in Rotary.
  • You will share how service is important for all of us as Rotarians and Rotaractors.
  • You will gain insights about how your club can expand its reach, increase its impact, enhance its engagement, and increase its ability to adapt.
 
Mike Neeley announced nominations are open for a 2021 Rotarian of the Year.  Nomination forms were passed out today and will be available next week as well.  After that, nomination forms will be made available by email.
 
Edeth James displayed photos of the 4-Way Test sign that has been erected in his honor at his alma mater, Polytechnic Ibadan, in Nigeria.  Edeth thanked all those who contributed toward the sign. 
 
Camp Enterprise has been cancelled this year.
 
Next week’s speaker will be Mindy Handberg, speaking about ISD 621 Workforce Training.
 
We expect to return to the Exchange soon, perhaps by Oct. 26th.
Nyle introduced today’s speaker, Juliet Mitchell, CEO of Life Etiquette Institute.  Juliet’s topic was “Civility in the Society”.  Juliet is a Career Development Consultant and Licensed Etiquette Professional serving clients of all ages and all walks of life.  Juliet’s professional service philosophy is “Treat Everyone with Dignity and Respect”.
 
Juliet defines civility as: Social norms and rules that a society agrees to follow in order to relate to others in a positive and productive way.  Etiquette (commonly called manners) is the expression of those norms and rules.  Juliet believes that manners are a key factor in relationship and business success.  Conversely, people with poor manners create a climate of incivility which leads to disrespect, mental and physical abuse, bullying, and the list goes on.  Today’s social and political rhetoric tells the whole story.  Juliet said that the economic impact of this incivility is staggering, citing costs of $49 million for the storming of the U.S. Capitol and $300 billion resulting from the George Floyd protests.
 
Juliet believes that civility can be restored.  She listed several ways to move in that direction:
  • Teach kids and young adults to be respectful and treat others with dignity.
  • Create workplace standards that promote civility.
  • Promote inclusivity and oppose exclusivity.
 
Juliet is pictured with the group below.
 
Next week’s speaker is Senator Jason Isaacson (District 42)
Several Rotarians were present last night as George Winiecki received Mounds View’s Outstanding Citizen of the Year Award. We’re proud of you, George!
 
Nils Friberg introduced today’s speaker, Jerome Brown.  Jerome was the social worker for Nils’ wife Peg while she was in hospice care.  Jerome was raised in what he described as a “bad neighborhood” on the South side of Chicago and, like many kids there, got involved in some illegal activities.  But Jerome also excelled in basketball and in track as a sprinter.  Jerome’s parents were heroin addicts, so Jerome was living with his aunt when recruiters from the University of Dubuque football team came knocking at his door.  For Jerome, two white men at the door could only mean that his criminal activities had finally caught up with him, so he was reluctant to answer the door.  His aunt forced him to go to the door and it changed his life forever.  He went to Iowa to play football and left his Chicago past behind him.  He got his B.A. at Dubuque and his M.A. from St. Ambrose University.  Since answering that knock on the door he has become a social worker, motivational speaker, consultant and author (“From Stone to Bread”).
 
Jerome’s social work began in child protection but soon shifted to mental health and eventually focused on hospice care.  Jerome defined hospice as care for someone who has been diagnosed by a Physician as having less than 6 months to live and showing progressive decline in physical condition.  He also said that it is not uncommon for patients to be in hospice care for longer than 6 months and that some patients actually graduate from hospice care if their health improves.  Jerome admits that his job can take an emotional toll but he credits his faith and education for the strength to carry on.  He said that 50% of those in hospice say they have regrets about their lives and that many of those regrets revolve around failing to finish, or even start, important life goals.  Jerome’s process for avoiding these regrets is:
  • Decide (commit to the goal)
  • Discipline (plan and follow up)
  • Destroy (complete the goal)
Jerome left us with these words:  Get Busy Living or Get Busy Dying
 
Dana Rebelein reported that two Irondale Students, Bella Woo and Kaden Li, have been selected to be our representatives at Camp Enterprise.  The decision to hold the event or cancel it due to Covid should be made soon.
 
Geoff Hollimon said that he spoke to MaryAnn Bawden recently and that she is doing well and she misses us.
 
George Winiecki and Dave Hoel noted that long time friend of the club, Gerry Bensing, passed away recently.
 
Nils Friberg announced that he will be moving next month to Eagle Crest.
 
The Board will meet at 11AM next Tuesday.
 
Next week’s meeting will feature Julie Mitchell, speaking on Civility in Society.
Nyle Zikmund introduced Jeff Forrester, Executive Director of Minnesota Lakes and Rivers Advocates.  The MLRA is a grass roots, non-profit, environmental conservation organization.  Some of the greatest resources that Minnesota has to offer are its lakes and rivers, but threats from pollution and invasive species pose an ever-increasing threat to those resources.  MLRA is working to create awareness and promote corrective action to preserve our treasured lakes and rivers for future generations.  Our lakes and rivers are the victims of changes in rainwater runoff patterns due to changes in residential and agricultural land usage.  The lack of buffer zones around lakes and rivers allows phosphorus to leach into the water, leading to overgrowth of plants and algae that eventually changes oxygen levels and can even lead to total fish kill.  Invasive species like asian carp, zebra mussels and invasive plants are also having a huge environmental and economic impact on our state.  Jeff said that the myriad of governmental agencies, while well intentioned, each control a small piece of the regulatory bureaucracy, making serious progress difficult.  He believes that real progress depends on lake owners and farmers owning the problem and taking action before the problem is beyond repair.  For more information, click here.

Cindy Carlson had the pleasure of inducting Finara Fang as the newest member of our club.  Finara was proposed for membership by Edeth James.  Charlie, Cindy, Finara and Edeth are shown below.
 
Charter member George Winiecki has been named Mounds View Citizen of the Year.  The honor will be awarded at the Mounds View Town Hall Meeting which starts at 5:30PM on Monday, September 20th.  The meeting is at the Mounds View Community Center.  Let’s all show up to honor George.
 
Cindy Carlson reminded us that Arden Hills Shoreview Rotary, in conjunction with Lakeshore Players Theatre, is presenting the Shoreview Live! Variety Show as a fundraiser for various club initiatives. Showtime is 7 PM on Thursday, September 23rd at the Shoreview Community Center.  The evening will feature upbeat and jazzy music performed by local performers Kate Beahen, Falicia Cunningham, Bradley Beahen & Elena Glass, along with theatrical snippets and comedy interpreted by beloved Lakeshore Players Theatre performers, with a special performance from Children's Performing Arts students.  Click here to download more information.
 
Important Rotary dates:  Click here to view District 5960 events.
 
Cindy Carlson, Dana Rebelein, Jeff and Nancy Benson joined the Mounds View Lions Club to serve hot dogs and brats to the spectators and participants of the “Guns and Hoses” softball game to honor those first responders who risked their lives or gave their lives after the 9/11 attacks twenty years ago.  Nyle Zikmund was appropriately attired to umpire the event (see below).
 
 
President Charlie read a thank you from the Community Support Center thanking us for our continuing financial support of their important work in the community.
 
Nils Friberg offered his thanks for our support following the passing of his wife, Peg.
 
Dave Hoel reported that his recent checkup showed that surgery and radiation have eliminated any evidence of his vocal cord cancer.
 
Next week’s speaker is motivational speaker Jerome Brown, author of “From Stone to Bread”
President-Elect Jason Miller ran the meeting in President Charlie Longbella’s absence.
 
Cindy Carlson reported that Remember Niger has been awarded a $10,000 matching grant opportunity from One Day's Wages to provide 34 scholarships for girls in middle school in Niger.  To receive the matching grant they must raise $10,000 before receiving the matching grant funds.  The scholarships will cover the cost of school tuition and fees, books, uniforms, meals, tutoring and mentoring for girls in middle school. The benefits of educating girls in Niger are immense. A study from the World Bank estimates that each year of middle school education provided to a girl yields a 25% increase in her future earnings and providing opportunities for girls to stay in school delays instances of early marriage.  If you would like to help Remember Niger take advantage of this grant, contact Cindy or donate directly online at https://onedayswages-rememberniger.funraise.org/.
 
Charter member George Winiecki has been named Mounds View Citizen of the Year.  The honor will be awarded at the Mounds View Town Hall Meeting which starts at 5:30PM on Monday, September 20th.  The meeting is at the Mounds View Community Center.  Let’s all show up to honor George.
 
Our speaker today was Dr. Caitlin Potter, Education and Community Engagement Coordinator for the University of Minnesota’s Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve (hereafter Cedar Creek).  Cedar Creek is a large ecological research site in central Minnesota with natural habitats that represent the entire state. There is no place of comparable biological diversity so close to the Twin Cities metropolitan area.  The nine square mile reserve lies at the intersection of three biomes; deciduous forest, prairie grassland and northern evergreen forest.  This means that Cedar Creek has exceptional diversity of flora and fauna, making it the perfect location for scientific research.  In fact, Cedar Creek has been at the forefront of ecological research since the 1940’s.  Many research methodologies, including radio telemetry tracking, were developed at Cedar Creek.  In addition to its short-term research projects, Cedar Creek is also home to many long-term projects, some of which won’t yield results for 200 years.  Very sophisticated global climate change research is also being conducted.  Cedar Creek’s “Eyes on the Wild” project employs trail cameras and some volunteer “watchers” to gather real-time visual data on animal behavior in the wild.
 
Due to the large number of research projects housed onsite, the only part of Cedar Creek’s property that is regularly open to the public is the Fish Lake Nature Trail.  The nature trail is a wonderful place to walk, ski, bird watch and more.  Click here for more information about the trail.  Access is limited to daylight hours and no dogs are allowed on the trail. 
 
To learn more about Cedar Creek, click here, or contact Caitlin directly at Caitlin@umn.edu
 
Cindy Carlson announced that Arden Hills Shoreview Rotary, in conjunction with Lakeshore Players Theatre, is presenting the Shoreview Live! Variety Show as a fundraiser for various club initiatives. Showtime is 7 PM on Thursday, September 23rd at the Shoreview Community Center.  The evening will feature upbeat and jazzy music performed by local performers Kate Beahen, Falicia Cunningham, Bradley Beahen & Elena Glass, along with theatrical snippets and comedy interpreted by beloved Lakeshore Players Theatre performers, with a special performance from Children's Performing Arts students.  Click here to download more information.
 
Past-President Edeth James is leaving soon for Africa soon to attend the groundbreaking for the 4 Way Test sign honoring him at his alma mater.  If you would like to contribute toward the sign, contact John Ordway.
Don’t forget the softball game between the SBM Fire Department and the Mounds View Police Department to honor the Heroes who responded after the 9/11 attacks 20 years ago.  The game (dubbed “Guns and Hoses”) will be held at Mounds View City Hall Park at 11 AM on Saturday, September 11th.  Volunteers would be appreciated at 10:30AM.  Or club has agreed to help sponsor the event.
 
Next weeks’ meeting will feature the induction of Finara Fang as the newest member of our club.  Let’s have a good showing of members to welcome her into the club.
President Elect Jason Miller presided over the meeting in President Charlie Longbella’s absence. 
 
Our Speaker today was Pete Boulay, a climatologist with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources State Climatology Office.  The topic of so many conversations in Minnesota lately has been the high temperatures and lack of rainfall.  These conditions have had a huge impact on Minnesotans and, especially on Minnesota’s farmers.  As bad as the current drought has been, Minnesota experienced even more severe drought conditions in 1936, 1959, 1988.  If not for the excessive rainfall from 2010-2019, the current dry conditions would have been even worse.  Today’s soaking rain was a blessing and Pete predicted wetter weather over the coming two weeks, but the future trend will be warmer summer and winter overnight temperatures which lead to increased soil temperature and lower soil moisture content.  Pete said another problem with the warmer winter weather is that Japanese Beetle larvae are able to survive in the soil over the winter, and each year they are spreading further north.  Pete said that even though the average temperatures are rising, temperature variability is increasing as well.  This means that we are more likely to experience extremes of hot and cold.
 
Our guests today were prospective member Finara Fang and NBMV scholarship recipient Griffin Bourassa.
 
Our next meeting will be a Club Roundtable at Silver View Park, 12 Noon, Silver Lake Rd and County Rd I.  Bring your own lunch.
Our guest today was Kole Hallmark, Logistics manager at Big Blue Boxes.
 
John Johnson is working on obtaining racks to organize the club’s storage room.
 
Our speaker today was Devin Massopust, New Brighton City Manager.  Devin grew up in Rapid City, South Dakota, did his undergrad at St John’s University and got his graduate degree at Hamline University.  He is married to Katie and they have a 2 year old son named Luca.  Devin had been the assistant City Manager prior to becoming City Manager in March of 2020.  Devin was here to update us on New Brighton.  The Covid 19 pandemic was a major challenge for Devin’s  first year and a half on the job.  New Brighton has reported 2538 Covid cases and 63 deaths to date.  The city’s clinics have so far been able to vaccinate 10,755 people and city administration has received two awards for its innovative response to pandemic challenges.  All city facilities are currently open and masking is required indoors.  The city recently secured bonding for improvements at six city parks at 1.53% interest rate, a historic low.  Use of outdoor recreation facilities has increased dramatically and the Brightwood Hills Golf Course had its busiest month ever with over 5,000 rounds played in July.  The intersection of Old Hwy 8 and 8th Ave. is being reconstructed and will soon have stop lights to handle the increased traffic from the new development nearby.  The fire department has noticed a sharp increase in fire calls this summer (45 calls in July).  The increase is not related to drought conditions, however.  New Brighton has experienced a 44% increase in crime reports this year.  The increase is solely in non-violent crimes like theft and burglary with catalytic converter thefts increasing dramatically.  Devin reported that New Brighton’s new state of the art water filtration system is working smoothly.  He also indicated that the Stockyard Days Parade will return to its old route next year but it will continue to be held on Saturday at 10AM.  Devin can be contacted at mailto:devin.massopust@newbrightonmn.gov  Devin is pictured below.
 
Jeff Lundquist announced a softball game between the SBM Fire Department and the Mounds View Police Department to honor the Heroes who responded after the 9/11 attacks 20 years ago.  The game (dubbed “Guns and Hoses”) will be held at Mounds View City Hall Park at 11 AM on Saturday, September 11th.  Volunteers would be appreciated at 10:30AM.  Or club has agreed to help sponsor the event.
 
Don’t forget that the Mounds View Festival In The Park is this Friday, and Saturday.  Click here for more information.
 
Geoff Hollimon said that Roseville’s Rosefest has been cancelled for this year.
 
The Board will meet prior to the noon meeting at 11AM on Aug 24th.
 
Past President Edeth James led today’s meeting in President Charlie Longbella’s absence.
 
John Johnson outlined the plans for our Stockyard Days Parade Hot Dog Feed this Saturday.  This year’s parade route puts our Hot Dog serving location at the corner of 13th Ave. NW and 5th St NW.  Check your email for more details and an opportunity to sign up for specific time slots.
 
Cindy Carlson reported that the Board has approved a $750 contribution to a Stillwater Sunrise Rotary Global Grant to provide clean water for the town of El Corozo, Nicaragua.  The nearest water source for the community is 2.2 miles away and the only access to it is by foot.  This Global Grant will drill a 750 foot well which will provide clean, safe water for the entire community.
 
Geoff Hollimon reported that the CPY Golf Ball Drop went off without a hitch.  The lucky winner took home a cool $1,402 and CPY netted about $7,000 to help support their amazing work in the community.
 
Our Speaker today was Brent Hamoud, son of our own Jed Hamoud.  Brent and his family have lived in Lebanon for 13 years and he was here today to offer his assessment of the political and financial situation in Lebanon. 
 
Lebanon’s time as an independent nation state spans just 80 years.  Prior to the 1930’s, the area was under colonial rule.  A period of civil war from 1975-1990 ended with the warring religious factions just entrenching themselves in politics, so Lebanon’s current political system is built on religious affiliation, with key government positions assigned to leaders of the various religions.  The power distribution isn’t necessarily representative, however, as there hasn’t been a census taken since the 1930’s. What is clear is that politics and religion are inseparably intertwined and that those in power resist any change that might disturb the status quo.  It is also clear that the status quo is not working for the people of Lebanon.  Because of financial mismanagement and corruption, Lebanon is on the brink of experiencing one of the world’s ten worst financial meltdowns since 1850.  Inflation has devalued Lebanon’s currency by 90% and the end of government subsidies on essentials like wheat, fuel and medicine has had a devastating effect on the most vulnerable Lebanese people.  Brent said that 70% of the Lebanese population is below the poverty level.  Savings and retirement funds are being lost and crime and drug use are on the rise.  High rates of refugee influx (especially from neighboring Syria) have further complicated an already difficult situation.  Just when it seemed as though things couldn’t get worse, a huge explosion devastated Beirut and government leaders have failed to respond to the emergency.  Leaders have even suppressed efforts to investigate the tragedy.
 
Despite everything, Brent remains optimistic for a better future for Lebanon.  He believes that global networks, rooted in local organizations (i.e. Rotary) can bypass governmental red tape to get relief to the people who really need help.  He believes that the direct connection between local groups is the key to many of the problems facing the world today.
 
Our speaker today was our own Nils Friberg, presenting on Human Trafficking.  Nils and Jed Hamoud have partnered to keep this topic on the minds of NBMV Rotarians.  Nils has been attending meetings of the Minnesota Task Force on Human Trafficking to stay current with human trafficking issues.  Minnesota’s Safe Harbor Act requires that those who have been sexually exploited are treated as victims, not criminals.  Federal laws (TVPA) are also in place to address trafficking.  These laws are helping to curb the growth of sex trafficking but there are still 4.5 million victims of sex trafficking each year.  Not all human trafficking is sexual, however.   Labor trafficking has 36 million victims each year.
 
Nils said that pornography has a strong connection to sex trafficking.  He said that porn sets the moral, emotional and spiritual stage for objectification and abuse of women.
 
Nils applauded the efforts of the Terebinthe Refuge, a women’s shelter in Waite Park, MN for care and recovery of women who have been sexually trafficked.  Terebinthe was featured in the recent Anti-Human Trafficking Webinar we co-sponsored with Arden Hills-Shoreview Rotary.
 
Indicators of Human Trafficking include, but are not limited to:
  • Does the person appear disconnected from family, friends, community organizations, or houses of worship?
  • Has a child stopped attending school?
  • Has the person had a sudden or dramatic change in behavior?
  • Is a juvenile engaged in commercial sex acts?
  • Is the person disoriented or confused, or showing signs of mental or physical abuse?
  • Does the person have bruises in various stages of healing?
  • Is the person fearful, timid, or submissive?
  • Does the person show signs of having been denied food, water, sleep, or medical care?
  • Is the person often in the company of someone to whom he or she defers? Or someone who seems to be in control of the situation, e.g., where they go or who they talk to?
  • Does the person appear to be coached on what to say?
  • Is the person living in unsuitable conditions?
  • Does the person lack personal possessions and appear not to have a stable living situation?
  • Does the person have freedom of movement? Can the person freely leave where they live? Are there unreasonable security measures?
The talking points for Nils’ presentation can be downloaded here.  Nils is pictured with Charlie Longbella below.
 
Happy Buck Highlights:
  • Jason Miller’s son Gavin turned 16.
  • Dana Rebelein’s son turned 50.
  • Edeth James’ daughter starts medical school soon.
 
Edeth asked me to include his wedding invitation in the newsletter. Here is the hotel booking link:   https://www.hilton.com/en/book/reservation/deeplink/?ctyhocn=DALEMES&groupCode=CESREW&arrivaldate=2021-10-22&departuredate=2021-10-24&cid=OM,WW,HILTONLINK,EN,DirectLink&fromId=HILTONLINKDIRECT
You have until 10-1-2021 to lock in the rate.   Road trip, anyone?
 
Don’t forget that our Stockyard Days Parade Hot Dog Feed preparation begins on SATURDAY August 14th at 9AM.  Stay tuned for the new location.
Jason Miller subbed for President Charlie Longbella whose child was sick today.
 
Edeth brought John Risdall to today’s meeting.  It was great to see John again.
 
Nyle Zikmund introduced new member Jeff Lundquist.  Jeff is the Community Risk Reduction Specialist for the Spring Lake Park Blaine Mounds View (SBM) Fire Department.  Jeff grew up in Edina.  Ever since he could walk he’s been in love with two-wheeled vehicles, progressing from mini-bikes to dirt bikes and, recently, road bikes.  He just completed a 3 day, 1,000 mile motorcycle trip and is getting ready to go to Sturgis.  He’s an active member of the firefighter’s Red Knights Motorcycle Club.  When he is not on his motorcycle, he is often at his family cabin near Breezy Point.  Jeff started out in the warehousing, working on inventory management and logistics but soon found himself working at SBM Fire.  He been there now for 13 years and full time for the last 6 years.  He and his wife, Bridget, have four sons aged 17 to 23.
 
In his Community Risk Reduction role at SBM, Jeff works on Community Outreach and Education including business training, apartment complex outreach, senior living facility fire safety and National Night Out activities.
 
Check your email for important Rotary dates or, if you prefer, you can download them here.
 
Note that we will be meeting at the Mounds View Community Center for the next three meetings.
 
The memorial service for John Risdall’s mother-in-law, Evi  Karelson, will be held at Washburn-McReavy Northeast Chapel, 2901 Johnson Street N.E. on JUL 30, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
 
Peg Friberg’s memorial service will be at 11 AM Saturday, July 31st at Grace Point Church, 2351 Rice Creek Rd., New Brighton.  Visitation at 10AM and reception to follow service. 
 
John Johnson reminded us that our Stockyard Days Parade Hot Dog Feed will be on SATURDAY, August 14th.  Hot dog cookers/wrappers will need to need to report by 9AM.  Stay tuned for the new location.
 
CPY Golf Ball Drop tickets are available from Geoff Hollimon and Edeth James.
 
Cindy Carlson celebrated her grandson Chip’s 2nd birthday recently and Dana Rebelein is going to be a great grandmother.
Today’s speaker was Robyn Coquyt from Africa Classroom Connection.  In 2006, Rotarian Henry Bromelkamp returned from a trip to Eshowe, South Africa determined to have an impact on education for the children of that area.  Bromelkamp had observed that children in Eshowe were attending school outdoors, despite the heat and rain.  Nineteen years prior to Bromelkamp’s visit, the Eshowe Christian Action Group (ECAG) was formed by Eshowe Rotary members who also were committed to providing classrooms for these poverty stricken children.  Bromelkamp and others created Africa Classroom Connection (ACC) to partner with ECAG by providing outside funds and technical assistance to increase the number of classrooms that could be built.  ACC and ECAG developed a standard classroom plan that could be built rapidly and economically.  The partnership also developed a financial plan that required communities to provide a portion of the $12,000 construction cost up front to ensure that the classrooms would be well cared for.  The use of local materials and labor has a positive impact on the local economy.  This partnership has so far led to the construction of 119 classrooms serving over 37,000 children and over 100 communities have accumulated the funds necessary to be on the waiting list.  Grassroots participation and co-investment have helped make this partnership model sustainable.  Once the classroom is built it is turned over to the government which eliminates much of the ongoing cost of maintenance.  Click here to find more about the Africa Classroom Connection.
 
President Charlie Longbella reported that the Exchange is still trying to hire adequate personnel for us to return there for weekly meetings.  Meanwhile, we will be looking into other possibilities.
 
Check your email for important Rotary dates or, if you prefer, you can download them here
 
The Community Support Center’s Annual “Walk For Our Neighbors” fundraiser will be held on July 25th, from 10-2PM, at Silver View Park, Silver Lake Rd and County Rd I.  NBMV Rotary has donated and it’s hoped that many of us will show up to walk in support of our less fortunate neighbors.  Click here for more information.
 
CPY’s annual Golf Ball Drop will be held at Brightwood Hills Golf Course on August 8th at 3PM.  Get your tickets now from Geoff Hollimon or Edeth James.
 
Ed revealed the revised plan for a solar powered 4-Way Test sign at his alma mater in Nigeria. Rotarians interested in contributing toward the project can do so using our club’s Donorbox online portal.  Donations of any amount are appreciated.  (Indicate “4 way test sign” in the comments section)
 
The Gold Plate dinner for 2022 is slated for late April.  Stay tuned for more details.
 
The recipients of our three college scholarships at Irondale are: Griffin Bourassa, Jacqueline Peterson and Milena Yishak.
 
Thoughts and prayers are welcome as Nils and Peg make decisions about future care as her health worsens.
 
Edeth James received his Past-President’s Gavel Plaque from President Charlie Longbella.  See photo below.
 
July 20, 2021 (Tuesday Club Meeting – Mounds View Community Center) - Chris Belland with MN Historical Society.  His topic: Fort Snelling
President Edeth James’ Quote of the Day: “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” - Luke 6:38
 
After a rainy morning, the skies cleared and we had a beautiful afternoon for an in-person meeting to mark the end of the 2020-2021 Rotary year.  The sunny skies gave full effect to the amazing gardens and landscaping at the home of our generous hosts, Nyle and Terri Zikmund.  The final meeting of the year also marks the transition of the club presidency from Edeth James to Charlie Longbella.
 
Our guests today were:
    Debra Hollimon
    Susan Hoel
    Marla Ordway
    Edeth’s friend Finara
 
President Edeth highlighted the myriad accomplishments of our club during the past year.  Despite Covid-19, we were able to continue our support for the many important local and international projects and programs we supported prior to the pandemic.  The list is too long to include in this bulletin, but you can download it here.
 
Edeth presented Charlie with his Club President pin (below)
and Charlie presented Edeth with his Past President’s pin (below).
 
Edeth accepted the nomination to be our President-Elect just a couple of years after joining the club.  His energy and passion for Rotary served him well as he learned more about Rotary and prepared for his term as President. Even the pandemic could not diminish his positive energy.  As we emerge from the grip of Covid 19, the club is financially strong and ready for Charlie to guide the club into the coming year.  Congratulations, Edeth, for all you have done for the club!
 
The Club Directors for 2021-2022 were recognized and thanked for their willingness to serve in the coming year.
 
Both Charlie and Geoff, unbeknownst to each other, have been in conversation with the Exchange about when we might be able to resume lunch meetings there. We hope to be able to return to the Exchange soon.  Stay posted for more details.
 
Foundation Director Nils Friberg presented George Winiecki with a Paul Harris Fellowship +3, signifying over $4,000 in contributions to the Rotary Foundation.  Congratulations, George!
 
George reported that he has visited John Risdall at The Harbors Senior Living in Fridley.  He said that John is doing well and that he welcomes visitors.  The address is 5300 4th St NE, Fridley.
 
Cindy Carlson updated us on our Remember Niger sponsorships.  We continue to sponsor Maman, who is now in 6th grade.  We previously sponsored Charifa, but she has graduated and we are now sponsoring a 1st grade girl nicknamed Halli, who is doing very well by all reports.
 
Dana Rebelein received a thank you from the recipient of our at-large high school scholarship, Kathryn Skinner.  Dana created a nice display board with the thank you card, a photo and the thank you from St. Anthony High School (see photos below).  
 
 
Edeth James and Geoff Hollimon have CPY Golf Ball Drop Tickets available at $10 for one, $25 for 3 and $40 for 5.  Get your tickets now for a chance at the big prize.
 
Ed said that the plan for a neon 4-Way Test sign at his alma mater in Nigeria has been changed because the electrical power there is only on for part of the day.  A solar-powered system is being considered to allow full time neon lighting.  Rotarians interested in contributing toward the project can do so using our club’s Donorbox online portal.  Donations of any amount are appreciated.  (Indicate “4 way test sign” in the comments section)
 
Once again, we are most grateful for Nyle and Terri for hosting today’s meeting.  See below for some photos of their beautiful yard.
 
 
 
 
 
 
President Edeth James’ Quote of the Day: “There is a magnet in your heart that will attract true friends.  That magnet is unselfishness, thinking of others first; when you learn to live for others, they will live for you.”  -  Paramahansa Yogananda
 
Nyle Zikmund introduced James Pointer from the Lake Vermillion – Soudan Underground Mine State Park.  James presented a photographic history of the Soudan Mine.  The Soudan Mine was the primary U.S. source of iron ore for more than a century, but it was accidentally discovered by gold miners in the Minnesota gold rush of the 1860’s.  Charlemagne Tower Sr. was the first to see the potential profit and invested heavily in the mine, railroads and harbors.  The iron ore that was found had an extremely high iron content of 60-70% which was excellent for making steel but it was extremely heavy and difficult to mine.  The first miners worked in open pit mines and mined the ore without any mechanized drilling equipment, but by the 1880’s steam drills were used to make the drilling easier.  Eventually, the open pits were abandoned in favor of underground mining and by 1892 Soudan was completely underground.  Minnesota took over the mine after it closed in 1962, and it soon became a tourist attraction, taking visitors to the deepest level of the mine, a half mile underground.  Recently, the DNR has added camping, hiking and other recreational activities and renamed the area Lake Vermillion – Soudan Underground Mine State Park.
 
The importance of the northern Minnesota iron ore deposits cannot be over emphasized.  The steel produced with this ore provided the infrastructure for the westward expansion of the United States.  Railroads, bridges and buildings were made possible by the rich deposits of ore.  Minnesota ore also became steel for fighting World Wars I & II.  It’s estimated that 90% of U.S. steel came from northern Minnesota while the mines were in operation.   Click the link above for more information or to plan a visit.
 
Check your email for important Rotary dates or, if you prefer, you can download them here.
 
Jeff Johnson announced that the Community Support Center’s Annual “Walk For Our Neighbors” fundraiser will be held on July 25th, from 10-2PM, at Silver View Park, Silver Lake Rd and County Rd I.  NBMV Rotary will donate for each mile walked by club members.  Click here for more information.
 
Geoff Hollimon said that the Suburban Ramsey Emergency Coalition has grant requests from Aeon and CSC under consideration.  The Coalition has approximately $24,000 remaining for grants.
 
President Edeth made us aware that the Rotaract Club at Edeth’s alma mater, The Polytechnic Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria, will install a neon sign displaying the 4 Way Test and identifying our club.  NBMV Rotarians interested in contributing toward the project can do so using our club’s Donorbox online portal.  Donations of any amount are appreciated.  (Indicate “4 way test sign” in the comments section)
 
We received thank you letters for our contributions to Remember Niger and Peacemaker Minnesota.
 
We also received a thank you card from our scholarship recipient, Kathryn Skinner.
 
Next Meeting:  - June 29th 12:00 in-person picnic meeting featuring our Presidential transition and Garden Tour at Nyle Zikmund’s home, 2650 Fox Ridge NE, in Blaine.  Lunch will be provided by Nyle and Terry, but it might be helpful if you bring a lawn chair.  Spouses/Significant Others/ Favorite Mother’s-in-Law are welcome to attend.
Today’s meeting was held in-person at the Silver View Park Pavilion.
 
President Edeth James’ Quote of the Day: “No one has ever become poor by giving.” – Anne Frank
 
Cindy Carlson’s guest today was Jireh Mabamba.
 
It was great to meet new member Jeff Lundquist in person.  Jeff is the SBM Fire Department’s Community Risk Reduction Coordinator.
 
Check your email for this week’s Important Rotary Dates or, if you prefer, you can download them here.
 
President Edeth reminded us that he has CPY golf Ball Drop Tickets for sale.  He will have them available at the June 29th meeting at Nyle Zikmund’s home.
 
For the benefit of our newest member, Geoff Hollimon summarized Community Partners with Youth’s history and mission.  For more information about CPY, click here.
 
President Elect Charlie Longbella spoke to us about Multiple Sclerosis.  Charlie was diagnosed with M.S. at age 15.  He became very ill at that time and a spinal tap and MRI revealed lesions in his spinal cord and brain characteristic of M.S.  MS is an autoimmune disease in which the body’s immune system attacks the fatty layer that protects the nerve fibers in the brain and spinal cord.  MS affects over 2.5 million people worldwide.  There are two main forms of MS, Relapsing-Remitting and Progressive.  Fortunately, Charlie’s MS is the Relapsing-Remitting form.  In this form, symptoms may occur for a period of days or weeks and then improve partially or completely.  Medications are very helpful in preventing relapses and minimizing them if they occur.  The Progressive form of MS involves the steady progression of symptoms, eventually leading to problems with mobility and much more.  Charlie said that living with MS has made him appreciate the good things in life and makes him “much less likely to sweat the small stuff”.  Stay tuned for information on supporting the “Charlie’s Angels” MS Walk team.
 
Nils Friberg reported that his wife Peg has suspended her treatment for metastatic breast cancer following the discovery of a very large metastatic cancer around her liver.  She is now in hospice care but welcomes visitors at this time.  As always, your cards and prayers are greatly appreciated.
 
Upcoming Meetings:
- June 22nd 12:00 on Zoom – Lake Vermillion/Soudan Mine presentation
- June 29th 12:00 in-person picnic meeting featuring our Presidential transition and Garden Tour at Nyle Zikmund’s home, 2650 Fox Ridge NE, in Blaine.  Lunch will be provided by Nyle and Terry, but it might be helpful if you bring a lawn chair.  Spouses/Significant Others are welcome to attend.
President Edeth James’ Quote of The Day:  “Earn your success based on service to others, not at the expense of others.” – H. Jackson Brown Jr.
 
Cindy Carlson’s guest today was Jireh Mabamba, Minneapolis Rotarian and fundraiser at the University of Minnesota.
 
Check your email for a list of important Rotary dates or, if you prefer, you can download them here.
 
Cindy Carlson introduced Steve Schmidt, Donor Relations Manager for Benedictine Care Center in New Brighton.  Steve has extensive experience in fundraising for non-profit organizations.  Steve presented some very enlightening statistics about philanthropy in the United States.  You might think that foundations and corporations would be the biggest charitable givers but, in fact, the $309 billion in individual donations in 2019 was four times more than foundation giving and fourteen times higher than corporate giving!  Steve noted that six out of ten U.S. households make a charitable contribution each year and that most of these contributions are a result of personal connections between the donor and individuals in the recipient organization.  When these connections are sustained over time, the likelihood of major gifts increases dramatically.  Steve suggested that fundraising events are more effective for building community than generating significant donations.
 
Some examples of past philanthropic impact at Benedictine New Brighton are the Chapel’s stained glass windows ($30,000), therapy department renovations ($25,000) and resident activities fund ($10,000). Covid-19 has delayed the planned addition of assisted living and memory care units at Benedictine New Brighton, so four Resident Priorities have been identified while the additions are on hold:
  1. Dining room renovations ($400,000)
  2. Fall prevention technologies ($150,000)
  3. Scholarships and continuing ed. for employees ($100,000)
  4. Resident activities ($10,000)
 
Geoff Hollimon reported that the Suburban Ramsey Emergency Coalition is waiting to receive grant requests for Covid related needs.  The coalition has approximately $30,000 available for grants.  They hope to finalize the remaining grants by September and complete final disbursements by Dec 31, 2021.
 
Past District Governor Craig Leiser has had several recent health challenges and is now in transitional care.  Please keep Craig and his family in your thoughts and prayers. If you would like to send Craig a card you can mail to his home address:
Craig Leiser
10300 Kismet Ln. N.
Stillwater, MN 55082
 
Note that next week’s meeting will be in-person - June 15th 12:00 - in-person at the Silver View Park Pavilion, on County Rd. I, just east of Silver Lake Rd.  We will attempt to zoom the meeting as well.
President Edeth James’ Quote of the Day:  “I ALWAYS WONDERED WHY SOMEBODY DIDN'T DO SOMETHING ABOUT THAT, THEN I REALIZED I AM THE SOMEBODY” Author Unknown
 
Check your email for important Rotary dates or, if you prefer, you can download them here.
 
The slate of 2021-22 Board member nominees (below) was presented and approved by members present.
 
Geoff Hollimon reported that things are quiet at the Suburban Ramsey Emergency Coalition.  Despite having approximately $30,000 in grant money available, few grant requests are being received.  Perhaps some of these funds may be used to help prevent evictions when the rent moratorium ends.
 
Nyle Zikmund gave a virtual walking tour of the amazing gardens and landscaping at his home.  Nyle’s yard displays his talents as a woodworker, stone mason, landscaper, and horticulturist.  Nyle closed the virtual tour with an offer to host the June 29th Presidential transition from Edeth to Charlie at his home so we can get an in-person look at his beautiful yard.  More details to follow.
 
Here is a list of upcoming meetings:
- June 8th 12:00 on Zoom - Steve Schmidt from Benedictine Care Center presenting. 
- June 15th 12:00 in-person at the Silver View Park Pavilion, on County Rd. I, just east of Silver Lake Rd.
- June 22nd 12:00 on Zoom – Lake Vermillion/Soudan Mine presentation
- June 29th 12:00 in-person meeting featuring our  Presidential transition and Garden Tour at Nyle Zikmund’s home, 2650 Fox Ridge NE, in Blaine.
Today’s meeting added a new twist.  Our in-person meeting was also live streamed over Zoom.  It  added some technical complexity to running the meeting but it seemed to work pretty well.  I’m sure it will get easier with experience.  Our next hybrid meeting is scheduled for June 29th to coincide with the transfer of the club presidency from Edeth to Charlie.  The meeting will be at the Exchange.
 
President Edeth James’ Quote of the Day:  If you have a chance to accomplish something that will make things better for people coming behind you, and you don't do that, you are wasting your time on this earth.  - Roberto Clemente
 
Rotary District 5960 Foundation Coach Peggy Strom was here to celebrate the success of the most recent “Share The Love” fundraising push by the District.  Our club was a big part of that success with Edeth James, Cindy Carlson and Paul Jacobsen each contributing at the $100-364 level and Geoff Hollimon contributing at the $1,000 level.
 
Cindy Carlson followed up with several Paul Harris Fellow Presentations. Paul Jacobsen and Dennis Connolly each received a lapel pin and certificate for their first fellowship, indicating $1,000 in Foundation contributions.  Dennis also received his 1- sapphire pin indicating a total of $2,000 in contributions to the Foundation.  Mike Neeley received his 3-sapphire pin for contributions totaling $4,000. Dave Hoel received his 4-sapphire pin for $5,000 in total contributions.  Dana Rebelein received her 2-ruby pin indicating $8,000 in contributions to the Foundation.  Congratulations to all on their generosity. Photos are shown below.
 
Today’s speaker was Rotarian Ellen Schreder. Ellen has supported humanitarian efforts in Haiti for many years.  Ellen began with a video outlining some major players in the effort to bring sustainability and prosperity to the poorest nation in the western hemisphere.    A Minnesota native, Ellen Schreder is a lawyer by day and a seamstress by night.  Since 2006 she has worked with seamstresses and tailors in Haiti to teach skills to improve the lives and financial situations of Haitians.  Ellen’s husband, James Sunel, is a native Haitian contractor who has been instrumental in creating infrastructure for many programs aimed at improving the lives of Haitians.  Dr. Leslee Jaeger is a Minnesota Ob/Gyn who does medical mission work in Haiti.  In 2014, Ellen and Leslee worked together to establish a “Days For Girls” enterprise team in Haiti.  Days for Girls is a Washington state non-profit working to improve menstrual health of girls around the world by providing reusable menstrual supplies and menstrual education. These supplies allow girls to stay in school after their menstrual cycle begins.  In 2018, Ellen secured a Rotary Global Grant to establish three sewing centers in Haiti, providing sewing machines and training to enable the production of thousands of menstrual kits and provide a source of income for many Haitians.  Dr. Jaeger has established “Helping Haiti Work” a microloan program for women which provides the capital needed to establish successful sewing businesses. Our own Charlie Longbella’s company, The Big Blue Box, has provided much needed storage and shipping for sewing machines and fabric as well as food for the community.  In 2018, Ellen donated seeds from an Iowa company to start a community farm which is now in its third year.  In 2020, Ellen received a Rotary Water Grant which will provide water for a newly purchased 21 acre farm.  Ellen’s husband James turned a partially completed home into a beautiful place where volunteers and others can stay while working at the farm.  A home is also being designed for a head gardener who will oversee those who will actually farm the land.  Dr Jaeger’s microloan program will help these small farmers to get their businesses started.
 
After a Covd-19 hiatus, the Stockyard Days Parade is on again this year, and we are committed once again to feed the parade participants.  This year’s parade will be on Saturday, August 14th at 10:00 AM.  New member John Johnson has agreed head up the effort, but he will need the support of everyone in the club to make it a success.  Mark your calendars now to make sure you are available to help!  Pat Whelan was present at today’s meeting to receive our club’s $1,500 contribution to Stockyard Days. See photo below.
President Edeth James’ Quote of the Day:  “The next evolutionary step for humankind is to move from man to kind.” - Author is Unknown.  Just imagine a world where everyone is KIND to each other!!
 
Important Note:  Next week’s (May 18th) meeting will be in-person at the Exchange, at Noon.  The meeting will be set up with CDC restaurant protocols, so bring a mask to wear while you’re not eating.  It would be great to have a big crowd present to recognize a number of members who will receive Paul Harris Fellowships.  Foundation Chair Kyle Haugen and Foundation Coach Peggy Strom will be here to participate in the presentations.  Your lunch cost will be billed on your dues statement.
 
Check your email for a list of important Rotary dates or, if you prefer, download them here.
 
Charlie Longbella was the scheduled speaker for today’s meeting but he was ill and unable to speak.  Get well, Charlie!
 
Cindy Carlson reported that new member Jeff Lundquist has agreed to part of the NBMV Rotary communications team.
 
Jeff Benson reported that Jason Miller has agreed to be the President Nominee for 2021-22 and President of the club for the 2022-23 year.  Congratulations, Jason!
 
Geoff Hollimon presented a CPY update.  District 621’s summer school plan is now in place and CPY is making plans to augment the district’s efforts with educational and nutritional support during the summer months.  In partnership with Ralph Reeder and with financial support from the Suburban Ramsey Emergency Coalition, CPY will again make weekly food and activity kit deliveries to needy families.  
 
CPY will hold its Golf Ball Drop fundraiser again this year.  Tickets for the August event will be available soon.   The virtual CPY Spring Luncheon fell well short of its fundraising goal, but it’s never too late to donate to CPY.
 
Geoff also noted that the Suburban Ramsey Emergency Coalition will continue to receive grant requests through September 30th, to be disbursed by the end of 2021.  The Coalition’s second annual “Keep Moving” Virtual Walk/Run is ending on May 16th.  Click here to register for the event.
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