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New Brighton Mounds View

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The Exchange Food and Drink
500 5th Ave, NW
New Brighton, MN  55112
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2019 Annual Egg Hunt

The 2019 Rotary Club of New Brighton/Mounds View egg hunt is scheduled for Saturday, April 20, 11:30 AM, at Driftwood Park in New Brighton.   Arrive early to find parking and the appropriate area for your child's age group.
In Memory of John Marg-Patton
John passed away on December 16 after battling lung cancer for many months.  He joined the Rotary Club of New Brighton/Mounds View during December 1991.  After John's diagnosis, while president-elect, he decided to continue moving forward as president as long as possible.  He attended a Rotary meeting on Tuesday, December 11.  
John is survived by his loving wife Ruth, two adult daughters and many close relatives and friends.  A celebration of John's life will be held on December 28th at Christ the King Lutheran Church, 1900 7th Street NW, New Brighton.  Visitation will begin at noon, with the service scheduled for 2 PM and  a reception to follow.
Four-Way Test
Rotary's Four-Way Test
Of the things we think, say and do:
Is it the truth?
Is it fair to all concerned?
Will it build goodwill and better friendships?
Will it be beneficial to all concerned?
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Our guests today were:

- Maddison Zikmund, Assistant Chief of the Spring Lake Park Blaine Mounds View Fire Department and son of our own Nyle Zikmund.  Maddison is considering membership in our club.

- Greg Schraufnagel, Fridley/Columbia Heights Rotarian.


Greg was here to promote Fridley/Columbia Heights Rotary’s Seventh Annual Golf Classic benefitting The Healthy Youth Foundation and supporting STRIVE Scholarships.  The event will be held at The Refuge on Monday, July 22nd starting at 11:30 AM.  Golfing, cart, dinner, course games and hole prizes are included.  A silent auction with some amazing items will take place during golfing and at the dinner.  Contact Greg Schraufnagel or 612-242-4748 for registration or information regarding sponsorships.


Several NBMV Rotarians attended the Benedictine Gala last Friday.  Dave Hoel reported that the highlight of the evening was Bingo with himself and Jeff Benson as callers.  Every table was full, so it looks like the Innsbruck Foundation has had another successful fundraising event.


Ralph Reeder Food shelf sent a thank you note for our $500 contribution.  The food shelf also received food packages from our Harvest Pack event.


Don’t forget our Feed My Starving Children event on Tuesday, May 28th from 8-9:30 PM.  FMSC is located at 401 93rd Ave NW in Coon Rapids.


The Board will meet at 11AM on Tuesday, May 28th.


President Cindy Carlson presented Margaret Johnson with a Paul Harris Fellowship + 2, signifying contributions to the Rotary Foundation in excess of $3,000.  Congratulations, Margaret!  Cindy and Margaret are shown below.


Ed James announced that the recipients of our scholarships were Irondale seniors Emma Johnson, Matthew Neumann and Zira Deriche and St. Anthony senior Gabriela Aria.  Thanks to those who evaluated the scholarship applications.


John Ordway introduced Al Zdrazil from the District 5960 Ethics Team.  Al’s topic was “Ethics and the Four Way Test”.  Rotary is unique among service organizations in that its core principles all revolve around ethical standards.  The 4-Way Test that we recite at the conclusion of our weekly club meetings is the very basis of Rotary.  But the Four-Way Test is more than just a statement of principles;
it’s a tool for decision making.  Al attempted to play a video produced by the Ethics Team to show how the Four-Way Test is being applied in the business and personal lives of Rotarians, but the audio portion was not working properly.  You can view the video (with audio) on the District website by clicking
.  Al had some suggestions for how we might elevate our Four-Way Test to the community level:

·         Sponsor an ethics essay contest

·         Present classes on ethics (Eagan and Northfield Clubs are doing this)

·         Display a Four-Way Test banner at every event we participate in.

The Ethics Team is also rolling out a policy regarding Harassment and Discrimination.  This policy provides guidance and procedures to follow to prevent Harassment and Discrimination and handle it if it should occur.  You can find the policy by clicking here.  John and Al are shown below.

Our guests at today’s meeting were Nancy Benson (Jeff’s wife) and Nils Friberg’s guest, Ashraf Ibrahim.  Ashraf is staying with Nils and Peg as he gathers toys, clothing and other essentials for disadvantaged children and refugees in Egypt.


President Cindy Carlson honored (and surprised) Jeff Benson by presenting him with a certificate of appreciation for 40 years of service to the New Brighton/Mounds View Rotary Club.  Jeff thought it was pure coincidence that Nancy happened to be at this particular meeting until Nancy admitted (on the ride home) that Cindy had asked her to attend the meeting.  As Nancy will happily tell you, Jeff can be a little clueless at times.  Cindy and Jeff are shown below.


The Stamp Out Hunger food drive was a big success again this year.  This partnership of the US Postal Service, the United Way and other local charitable organizations collected food for the Second Harvest Heartland Foodshelf.  Led by Jason Slama, our team set a new record for food collections at our location.  Kudos to all who helped out!


A contingent of NBMV Rotarians braved the weather to cheer for our exchange student, Maria Klakegg, at a recent Irondale softball game.  Maria’s energy and enthusiasm were on full display and could not be dampened by the weather or their team’s eventual defeat. If you haven’t had an opportunity to invite Maria to join you for an activity, you owe it to yourself to spend a little time with her.  Make your plans quickly though, because she’ll be returning to Norway soon.  We are all invited to Maria’s graduation/farewell party on June 8th.  Mark your calendars now and stay tuned for more details.


Ed James read some hand-made thank you cards from recipients of trees in our Fourth Grade Foresters tree give-away.  As always, the cards are beyond cute and they prove that the kids are getting the intended environmental message.


Dana Rebelein described the results of our $250 contribution to Operation Christmas Child and circulated photos of grateful children.


Remember the Benedictine Gala is this Friday, May 17th, starting at 5:30PM.


Ed James reminded us that our Feed My Starving Children food packing event will be on Tuesday, May 28th from 8:00 to 9:30PM.  We still need more volunteers to fill out our packing station.


Mike Neeley introduced Reid Hewitt, Business Administrator for Benedictine Care Center at Innsbruck (BCCI).  Reid was here to talk about a major expansion planned for BCCI. BCCI is part of Benedictine Health Systems, which got its start in the 1880’s, when a group of Benedictine Nuns formed a hospital in Duluth, Minnesota.  As health care became increasingly administrative, the sisters formed Benedictine Health Systems in 1985 to help oversee administrative tasks, thereby allowing the nurses to concentrate on what they knew best; patient care.  Following the Benedictine Core Values of Hospitality, Stewardship, Respect and Justice, BHS has expanded to provide services for elderly and medically challenged individuals in five Midwestern states.  Although BHS has been primarily focused on nursing home services, the changing eldercare landscape, increasing costs of delivering care and a dwindling work force have compelled eldercare businesses to offer a continuum of residential options including independent living, assisted living, transitional care and memory care.  This model will allow eldercare facilities to remain profitable and relevant in the future.


Innsbruck has been delivering health care services since the mid 1960’s but, due to space limitations, it has been unable to transition to this new continuum of care model.  However, recent acquisitions of adjacent properties have finally made it possible to offer an expanded range of services.  The plan, which has received provisional approval from the New Brighton City Council, would increase BCCI’s capacity from 105 to 214 units, with 56 independent living units, 40 assisted living units, 24 memory care units and 94 skilled care units.  Reid outlined the myriad of steps involved in a project of this size and it seems daunting, but things are progressing well and Reid hopes to break ground in 2020 and be operational in 18-24 months.  The new Innsbruck will feature desirable amenities like roof-top patios, indoor/outdoor fireplaces, underground parking, memory care courtyard and many others.  A Capital Campaign is planned to fund some amenities that might not otherwise be possible. 

Contact Reid Hewitt: 651-633-1686 or   Reid and Mike are shown below.

Today’s meeting was cancelled to allow members to attend the Community Support Center (CSC) Luncheon at St John the Baptist Catholic Church.  The Community Support Center works with Arden Hills, Mounds View, New Brighton, North Oaks and Shoreview residents to prevent homelessness, solve financial crises and provide long-term relationships that help to prevent recurring financial crises.  Their goal is to first create financial stability and then provide coaching and other financial guidance to ensure long-term financial sustainability.  Board President Iris McGinnis and Director Karen Meyer outlined how CSC makes the most of its limited funds by making sure that all other available assistance options are considered before CSC offers financial assistance to prevent evictions.  There are no cookie-cutter solutions at CSC; each accepted “neighbor” gets a plan that is tailored to their specific situation.  Each neighbor meets with a trained volunteer advocate who assesses the need and helps them set goals and a plan to achieve them.  CSC’s program is designed to keep neighbors in their homes…CSC does not provide support for emergency or temporary housing.


Iris recognized several “Amazing Neighbors” who have played a big role in CSC’s success this past year. The Society of St. Vincent de Paul at St. John the Baptist Catholic Parish has been instrumental in CSC’s mission since the beginning and members Kevin Griffin and Carol Banks were named Amazing Neighbors of 2019.  Other Amazing Neighbors Pat Yahnke, Matt Daugen and our own President, Cindy Carlson were also recognized for their service.


To learn more about CSC and how you can be involved in their valuable mission, click here or call 651-387-8050.
Note that your editor will be out of town next week, so the newsletter will not be published.

Our annual egg hunt was a big success this past weekend.  The perfect weather led to a great turnout and everyone had a great time.  Egg hunt grand-poobah, Dave Hoel, reported that he has found almost no Easter inventory in the stores so he’s concerned about being able to get prizes and plastic eggs for next year.  Dave thanked all those who participated.  Some photos are shown below.






President Cindy Carlson read a thank-you note from Abby N., who attended Camp RYLA as one of our representatives.


Cindy also passed around a school progress report for our Maman and Sharifa, our Remember Niger sponsored students.  All grades were excellent, by the way.


Contributions to the club’s John Marg-Patton Memorial Fund have totaled over $6,600.  The Board has already found some worthy causes to contribute to and more contributions are planned for the future.


We have a district matching grant proposal in process to provide E.C.H.O. with some much needed farm equipment.  More news as the proposal moves forward.


The 4:01 meeting for this Thursday has been cancelled to allow the group, and any others, to attend Maria’s softball game at Irondale, April 25th at 4:30PM.  Come and help us root for Maria, and the team.


Jason Slama was married in the Minnesota north woods this past week. Congrats, Jason.


Our speaker today was Pam Wolf, Executive Director of Life Prep Academy.  Life Prep Academy is a faith-based school and residence designed to meet the needs of homeless and/or high risk teens.  Pam spoke to us a year ago about changes that that made room for up to 16 homeless high school students to live and study at Life Prep.  Life Prep was the recipient of last year’s “Fund-a-Cause” effort at the Gold Plate Dinner.  The funds we raised allowed us to purchase several beds for the Academy. Because the demand for residence-based education is quite variable in the target homeless population, Life prep is looking for ways to broaden its impact by offering emergency overnight shelter for up to two youth as well as looking at partnering with Stepping Stones to offer a transitional program for their clients.


Like most charitable organizations, Life Prep faces financial challenges despite the fact that its staff is all volunteer.  They don’t ask for and wouldn’t accept government funding, so they are dependent on private donations and corporate sponsorships.  They also accept donations for their annual garage sale fundraiser.  This year’s garage sale is from June 6th through 9th. 


Pam and Ed James are pictured below,


President Cindy Carlson opened the meeting with a thank you to all who contributed in any way to the Gold Plate Dinner on Friday.  Careful planning resulted in a great event that we can be proud of.  Several Rotarians (and one exchange student) came away from the event a little richer than when they arrived.  Maria Klakegg and Dana Rebelein each won $100, Susan Hoel won $650 and Nils Friberg won the $1,000 grand prize!


Just two days after the Gala, Rotarians, spouses and friends gathered at the Exchange to stuff plastic eggs with jelly beans and prize slips for the Easter Egg Hunt.  Thank you to all who participated.  Everyone is asked to arrive at Driftwood Park on 5th St NW (just west of Silver Lake Rd.) at 10AM on Saturday April 20th.  If park conditions warrant it, we may move the event to the adjacent church parking lot.


Ed James is still looking for one more volunteer to help with the Arbor Day tree giveaway at Bel Air Elementary at 9:30AM on April 26th.  Please call Ed if you can help.


President Cindy Carlson made us aware of the Northeast Youth and Family Services (NYFS) Leadership Luncheon on May 1st at Midland Hills.  Cindy would love to have you at her table, so let her know if you can join her.

Our noon meeting on April 30th will be off-site at St. John’s for the Community Support Center (CSC) Annual Luncheon.  We are a founding organization of CSC so it’s great to be able to show our support the great work they do in our community.
The Benedictine Gala is on May 17th at St John’s.  Talk to Nicole Ulrich if you would like to attend this great event.
Ed James said that our Feed My Starving Children event will be on May 28th from 8-930PM. 
Our inbound Japanese exchange student has been determined.  His name is Hirama Nanase.


Cindy read a thank you from Ruth Marg-Patton for honoring her late husband John in several ways at the Gold Plate Dinner.


New Brighton is again having a Community Open House on May 12th, from 8-12 Noon at the Community Center.  This is an opportunity to promote the club and all the great things we do in the community.  If anyone would like to represent us at the Open House, please let Cindy know.


The Mounds View Police Foundation sent a thank you card for our contribution to their Daddy-Daughter Dance.


Our Speaker today was Carol Arney.  Carol was raised in International Falls and moved to Hawaii with her family at age 18.  After earning her B.A. at the University of Hawaii, she worked in sales and marketing in the travel industry for 25 years, but in 1992 she changed career paths and received her Masters of Divinity in 1995.  She returned to Hawaii, was ordained and served in the Episcopalian priesthood until her retirement in 2015.  Since that time her growing concern about climate change issues has led her to study extensively and speak to groups about the climate crisis.


Carol customized her talk for a Rotary audience by applying the Rotary 4 Way Test to the issue of climate change.  Here is a brief summary of her presentation:


·         Is it the Truth? 

 What are the facts on the issue of climate change?  The idea that Carbon Dioxide (CO2) contributes to warming of the planet has been around since 1912.  Today we are putting 110 million tons of CO2 into the atmosphere every day and this CO2 traps the radiant heat from the sun within the atmosphere.  This has led to rapid rise in the average global surface temperature, especially since 1980.  The main source of this CO2 is the burning of fossil fuels.  In addition, the jet stream has redirected so that it is pushing warm air over the north Polar Regions where it is rapidly melting the polar ice cap.  The rise in global temperature has also led to the extremely dry conditions in some areas, leading to drought and much more frequent wild fires.

·         Is it Fair to All Concerned?

Although everyone suffers the effects of climate change, Carol said that the poor are much more likely to experience hardship due to flooding, drought, wild fires and flooding than are their more well-off counterparts.  Low lying coastal areas will be the first to feel the effects of rising ocean levels and cities like Miami and New York City are at the top of the list.  Carol indicated that the current cost of climate change is 653 billion dollars per year but that figure would rise dramatically if coastal cities begin to flood.  Another effect of climate change is that some areas have experienced sustained temperatures above 1300 F., making them uninhabitable.  Food supply and medical concerns are also on the horizon.

·         Will it Build Goodwill and Better Friendships? &  Will it be Beneficial to All Concerned?

As green energy initiatives like solar power generation, wind power generation and better power storage become inexpensive enough they will make carbon fuels economically less desirable.  This is happening much more rapidly than had been predicted and Minnesota is a national leader in development and utilization of these new technologies.  The 2015 Paris Climate Accord was a landmark achievement that had almost universal support around the world and it is still in force until 2020. It’s rare to get universal support on anything in today’s world, so Carol hopes it can still be salvaged.


Carol and Cindy are pictured below.

There were no visitors at today’s meeting.


Our sympathy goes out to Jed Hamoud for the loss of his nephew in a car crash in Lebanon.


President Cindy Carlson got us revved up for the Gold Plate Dinner by distributing a list of the live auction items for the Gala.  Many of the items would be appropriate for a group to purchase, so put together your bidding consortiums now to get the item you want.


Eight G.P.D. tickets were unsold at the start of the meeting but 5 of those were purchased by members and our speaker, Pat Whelan, bought a raffle-only ticket.  This leaves three tickets available for walk-ups at the event.


The 4:01 meeting this Thursday is cancelled.


Dave Hoel reminded us all to be at the Exchange at 11:00AM this Sunday, April 14th, to stuff the eggs for the Egg Hunt.  With enough hands, we can usually stuff the eggs in about 2 hours.


President Cindy Carlson made us aware of the Northeast Youth and Family Services (NYFS) Leadership Luncheon on May 1st at Midland Hills.  Cindy would love to have you at her table, so let her know if you can join her.


Cindy reminded us that our noon meeting on April 30th will be off-site at St. John’s for the Community Support Center (CSC) Annual Luncheon.  We are a founding organization of CSC so it’s great to be able to show our support the great work they do in our community.


The Benedictine Gala is on May 17th at St John’s.  Talk to Nicole Ulrich if you would like to attend this great event.  

Ed James said that our Feed My Starving Children event will be on May 28th from 8-930PM.  We had about $300 in contributions from passing the hat at previous meetings and Ed passed the hat again today to help cover the cost of the ingredients for the meals we will pack. 


Ed also noted that volunteers are still needed for our Fourth Grade Foresters Tree Giveaway on Thursday, April 11th.  If you can help with this fun event, give Ed a call or sign up at next week’s noon meeting.  


Ed also needs a few more people to read the applications for our at-large scholarship. 


Our speaker today was Pat Whelan, whom many of you will recognize as the owner of PJW Automotive, a New Brighton institution for over 38 years.  Pat closed the business and sold the building and property last October.  Pat was here today to talk to us about Stockyard Days in his role as President of this year’s Stockyard Days Committee.  Pat said that some people think it’s odd that Pat, a Minneapolis resident, would want to be in charge of Stockyard Days; but Pat feels very connected to New Brighton and sees the value of the celebration to the community.  Pat thanked us for our ongoing support of Stockyard Days (Parade Hot Dog Feed, CPY Kiddie Korral & financial support) and encouraged anyone who’s interested to attend a committee meeting on each second Tuesday, 6:30 PM, at the Eagles Club.  Pat’s goal for this year is to apply his organizational skills to consolidate events, with more events on the weekend to increase profitability.  Golfing, Bike Races, Parade, Street Bands, CPY Kiddie Korral, Fireworks, Antique Car Run, Car Show, 5K and 10K runs, Water Ski Show, Duck Race and New Brighton Ambassador events are planned for this year’s celebration.  Pat is pictured below.

Our guest today was our exchange student, Maria Klakegg.
The Gold Plate Dinner is on April 12th.  It’s extremely important that you get your tickets, sold or unsold, to Bev Aplikowski ASAP!  She also needs your and your guests’ dinner choices.  We’re a little behind last year’s pace on ticket sales and sponsorships, so keep beating the bushes for potential attendees and donors.
President Cindy Carlson made us aware of the Northeast Youth and Family Services (NYFS) Leadership Luncheon on May 1st at Midland Hills.  Cindy would love to have you at her table, so let her know if you can join her.
Nicole Ulrich reminded us that the Benedictine Gala is on May 17th at St John’s.  Talk to Nicole if you would like to attend this great event.
Cindy reminded us that our noon meeting on April 30th will be off-site at St. John’s for the Community Support Center (CSC) Annual Luncheon.  We are a founding organization of CSC so it’s great to be able to show our support the great work they do in our community.
Dave Hoel reminded us that we are all needed to stuff Easter Eggs at the Exchange, 11AM, on April 14th.  All Rotarians are also asked to be at Driftwood Park by 10AM on Saturday, April 20th to set up for the Egg Hunt.
Amy Janecek reported that today is A.C.T. day for all juniors at Irondale.  She also gave us a preview of the planned renovations at Irondale which include updates to the school offices, mechanical infrastructure and a new 650 seat auditorium!
Ed James said that our Feed My Starving Children event will be on May 28th from 8-930PM.  He also noted that volunteers are still needed for our Fourth Grade Foresters Tree Giveaway on Thursday, April 11th.  Give Ed a call or sign up at next week’s noon meeting.   Ed also needs a few more people to read the applications for our at-large scholarship.  We will also need one more host family for next year’s inbound exchange student from Japan.
Happy Bucks Highlights:
·         Amy Janecek was happy to travel to Charleston and Savannah recently.
·         Margaret Johnson travelled to Taiwan to be with her family for the funeral of her father and was happy to find a break in her busy schedule to attend Rotary today.
·         Bev Aplikowski was happy that her son is involved in the remodeling project at Irondale.
·         Cindy Carlson was happy about her trip to Mexico with girlfriends.
·         Nicole Ulrich was happy to be in Armenia recently to visit family.
·         Nicole offered another dollar for a great prenatal checkup (she’s due Sept. 6th).  She played a recording of the baby’s heartbeat…a strong 145 beats per minute.
·         Paul Fournier was happy to have had a successful pacemaker test.  He got his heart rate set to 80 beats per minute (65 beats per minute less than Nicole’s baby’s heart rate!)
·         Garry Johnson was happy to be done with kitchen remodeling after a water leak did major damage.  He was also very happy to have spent some quality time with his grandson.
Paul Fournier introduced his wife, and today’s speaker, Chrissy.  Chrissy’s topic was Alzheimer’s Disease.  Her knowledge of Alzheimer’s comes from personal experience dealing with her mother Helen’s struggle with the disease.  Chrissy’s mother was her role model; a capable and vivacious single parent and career woman who seemed to be able to tackle any challenge that life offered.  But around the time of Helen’s 70th birthday, Chrissie began to notice some changes in Helen’s ability to manage routine tasks.  These subtle signs were stage1 of Alzheimer’s, Mild Cognitive Impairment.  As the disease progressed to Stage 2, Mild Alzheimer’s Dementia, Helen was less able to manage driving and other complex tasks, but still able to function reasonably well.  At stage 3, Moderate Alzheimer’s Dementia, Helen had much more difficulty with basic tasks and driving was a real problem.  Helen’s failure to recognize her only daughter was heartbreaking for Chrissy.  Chrissy was relieved to find excellent care for Helen at Ebenezer.   At this point Chrissy had the revelation that she could decide how to respond to her mother’s situation rather than simply reacting to her mother’s declining capabilities.  This made it easier for her to cope with the oncoming stage 4 or Severe Alzheimer’s Dementia.  By engaging with the Alzheimer’s Association and educating herself about Alzheimer’s, she found a way forward to cope with the terror, confusion and eventual loss of mental and, finally, physical abilities that accompany this final stage of the disease. 
Chrissy revealed that by 2025, 7.1 million people will suffer from Alzheimer’s disease and that two thirds o f those over 65 will have the disease.  It is currently the 6th leading cause of death for adults
Many of you will remember that Chrissy spoke to us a few years ago about the book that she had written about her experiences with her mother’s Alzheimer’s disease.  That book was titled after her mother’s favorite song, “On the Sunny Side of the Street”.    Chrissy’s publisher urged her to update the book and she has made significant changes to the book, including many of her mother’s writings as well.  The book has been re-titled and published under the title “The Unexpected” which seems like an apt title for a book about a caregiver’s experiences with Alzheimer’s Disease.  Chrissy’s new book is available on Amazon.  She and Paul are pictured below.

President-elect Dennis Connolly took over the meeting responsibilities for vacationing President Cindy Carlson.   Our guests today were:

·         Ellen Dunn, a Rotary Global Grant Fellowship Scholar sponsored by our club.  Ellen is studying in London.

·         Sofia Valdez, our outbound exchange student for next year.  Sophia will represent us in Spain.

Sofia (left) and Ellen (right) are pictured with Ed James.


Bev Aplikowski appealed to all of us to get our sold tickets and meal selections for the Gold Plate Dinner to her ASAP.


Nicole Ulrich reminds us that the Benedictine Health Center at Innsbruck will hold its 12th annual gala on May 17th.  Contact Nicole for more information about this really fun event.


Life Prep Academy will hold a dinner and silent auction on Thursday, March 28th, 6:30-8PM, at Moe’s Restaurant in Mounds View.  Life Prep Academy provides a high school diploma program and a dormitory for its high school aged homeless students.  RSVP preferred to:


Margaret Johnson encourages us all to consider increasing our quarterly contributions to the Rotary Foundation.  If you haven’t already done so, increasing your mandatory $10/quarter contribution to $25/ quarter will help us achieve our club goal of each member contributing $100 or more to the Rotary Foundation each year.  Watch your email for more details.


Next year’s outbound exchange student, Sofia Valdez, introduced herself to the club.  Sofia is 16 years old and a St. Anthony H.S. student.  When she’s not working at Hazel’s Northeast Restaurant, Sofia volunteers with several organizations including Step-Up and Minnesota Interfaith Power and Light.  She is a self-described energy activist.  Sofia sweetened her introduction with delicious blue and gold cookies (Rotary colors, of course).


Our speaker today was Lisa Baker, Program Manager at the Ralph Reeder Food shelf.  Lisa has been with the Food Shelf for 21 years.  Lisa began her talk with a video of the Grand Opening Celebration at their new location in the Silver View Strip Mall at 2544 Mounds View Boulevard.  Lisa noted that over 400 people attended the celebration.   Lisa said that hunger and food insecurity are a big problem, even in the suburbs.  One in eleven households is affected by hunger in rural, suburban and urban areas and one in seven children go to bed hungry each night.  One third of Mounds View Public Schools students qualify for free and reduced lunches.  It’s not just kids and young families that don’t have enough food, though; 10% of the food shelf’s clients are seniors.  In 2018, Ralph Reeder gave out 667,326 pounds of food and goods to 26,520 duplicated people and they are currently serving 963 families each month.  This reflects the trend that shows a nearly 100% increase in food shelf usage since 2010.  People in need of food call the food shelf to make an appointment to meet with a staff person to determine eligibility.  If eligible, they shop for their own food or other needed items.  At checkout the food is weighed to document the benefit.  The Food Shelf also participates in “Schooltrition” programs to get food to children in school.  These programs include Snackpack, Smartsnacks and Pop-up School Markets.  Over 400 students are enrolled in these programs district-wide.


If you are wondering how you can help, there are several options:

·         Volunteer at the Food Shelf

·         Donate food or other supplies

·         Donate money (each dollar buys 8 dollars of food)

·         Sponsor a program or event

·         Spread the word about hunger and the Food Shelf’s efforts to fight it.


For more information, call the Food Shelf at 651-621-6280 or go to

Lisa and Mary Stewart are pictured below.

Our exchange student, Maria Klakegg, joined us for lunch today and filled us in on her recent trip to Kauai and Maui where she had an amazing time experiencing the many wonders of Hawaii.  Among the many highlights were surfing and a visit to the Kauai Rotary Club where she got the royal treatment and was even invited to a Rotarians home.
President Cindy Carlson reminded us that the Gold Plate Dinner is just one month away and we all need to solicit donations in three categories:  Live Auction, Dine Around Town and Mini-Raffle. Cindy also noted that Bell Lumber and Pole is sponsoring a $2,500 challenge grant for our Gala.  New and increased donations will be matched dollar for dollar up to a total of $2,500.  Please return any tickets you cannot sell at or prior to our March 26th meeting!
Jason Slama will again be managing a donation location for 2nd Harvest Heartland’s Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive on Saturday, May 11th.  Jason will need two groups of 6-8 volunteers to help load donated food onto semi-trailers.  The work will be divided into two shifts, 12-3PM and 3-6PM.  Let Jason know if you can help out:
March 22nd is World Water Day and some members shared their thoughts about water:
  • Cindy Carlson shared that EcoLab has an online tool called Water Smart Navigator to help reduce water usage.
  • Charlie Longbella noted that his company has supplied cargo containers to a company that converts them to water towers (this would be a great program).
  • Ed James reminded us that there are countries that have more oil than water!
  • Nyle Zikmund noted that much of the water in the sanitary sewer system (which we pay dearly to treat) is tap water from faucets left running, etc.
Jim O’Brien collated and submitted the information for the Rotary District 5960 Awards for this year.  This is a big job and Jim’s hard work is greatly appreciated.
Mark Your Calendars
  • Sunday, April 14th, 11AM, Easter egg stuffing at the Exchange.
  • Saturday, April 20th, 10AM, Easter Egg Hunt at Driftwood Park.
  • Sunday, April 28th, 5:30PM-9:00PM, Peacemaker MN Cribbage Tourney at Adagio Pizza Factory.
  • Tuesday, April 30th, 12 Noon, Offsite Rotary meeting at the Community Support Center Luncheon.
  • Wednesday, May 30th, 11:30-1PM, NYFS Leadership Luncheon.  See Cindy to join her at her table.
  • Friday, May 17th, 5:30PM Benedictine Health Center at Innsbruck Gala.
Ed James reminded us that volunteers are still needed for our Fourth Grade Foresters Tree Giveaway on Thursday, April 11th.  Mark your calendars now for approximately 11-4PM and the exact times will determined soon.  Ed also noted that our Feed My Starving Children food packing event will be on Tuesday evening May 28th.
There will be no Board meeting on March 26th
Gerry Tietz is in the process of migrating our website’s domain name to Clubrunner.  In the meantime please use the following url to access the website:
Happy Bucks Highlights:
  • John Ordway is happy to have been in Arizona for two weeks and also happy to report that son Dan is engaged.
  • Cindy Carlson is happy to be leaving soon for a girl’s trip to Mexico.
  • Nicole Ulrich is happy will be soon be moving to her new home in Coon Rapids and will also be traveling to Armenia to visit family.
  • Ed James is happy that his daughter will be travelling to London to study.
Geoff Hollimon introduced our speaker, Paul Campobasso to speak to us about the joys of soaring.  Paul’s first introduction to the idea of flying a plane without a motor was the 1967 Disney film, “The Boy Who Flew with Condors”.  The idea percolated for32 years until Paul took his first glider flight in White Bear Lake.  He joined the Red Wing Soaring Association and progressed from pilot to glider pilot to commercial glider pilot to certified glider pilot instructor. 
Gliders can be piloted by anyone who can reach the controls but 12 years old is usually the earliest age to learn to fly them.  With enough practice, kids can solo at 14 and get their glider license at 16.  Paul shared the story of how his daughter got both her automobile driver’s license and glider pilot’s license on her 16th birthday.
Paul noted that the cost to get a glider license is about half the cost of getting a private pilot’s license and that it usually takes a full season of training to solo and another season to finish your rating.  The normal soaring season is from April through November (although perhaps not this year!).
For more information about the Red Wing Soaring Association, go here.  To contact Paul, email him at:  Paul and Geoff are shown below.

President Cindy Carlson opened the meeting with the Pledge and Mary Stewart offered an invocation.  There were no guests today.


The Rotary Rose Bowl Float committee sent us a thank you note acknowledging our most recent contribution and thanking us for our support over the last ten years.


Peacemaker Minnesota will hold its fourth annual cribbage tournament fundraiser on Sunday, April 28th, from 5:30-9:00PM at Adagio’s Pizza Factory right here in New Brighton.  The entry fee is $40 ($30 of which is tax deductible).  It’s a team play tournament, but if you need a teammate, they will find one for you.  Food and beverages are provided.  Click here to sign up.


Jason Slama will be managing a donation location for 2nd Harvest Heartland’s Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive on Saturday, May 11th.  Jason will need two groups of 6-8 volunteers to help load donated food onto semi-trailers.  The work will be divided into two shifts, 12-3PM and 3-6PM.  Let Jason know if you can help out


Dennis Connolly reminded us that the Gold Plate Dinner is just one month away and we all need to solicit donations in three categories:  Live Auction, Dine Around Town and Mini-Raffle. For your reference, last year’s contributions in each category can be accessed by clicking here.


Ed James had several announcements:

·         Volunteers are needed for our Fourth Grade Foresters Tree Giveaway on Thursday, April 11th.  Mark your calendars now for approximately 11-4PM and the exact times will determined soon.

·         Camp RYLA participants will be selected soon.

·         Sofia Valdez will be our outbound exchange student next year and we will be hosting an inbound exchange student from Japan.  Two host families will be needed.

·         Our Feed My Starving Children food packing event will be on either Tuesday May 21st or 28th.


Mary Stewart thanked everyone who participated in the CPY Spring Luncheon last Tuesday.  Mary brought some absolutely delicious cupcakes today as an additional thank you.


March 22nd is World Water Day.  If you have a story or other tidbit about the importance of clean water, please come prepared to share it at our Tuesday noon meeting on March 19th.


Gerry Tietz reported that he is in the process of migrating our website’s domain name to Clubrunner.  I the meantime please use the following url to access the website:


Happy Bucks Highlights:

·         Paul Fournier was happy that Chrissy was interviewed by Maple Grove Community TV about the books she has authored.   The interviewer was none other than Barry Zevan.  You can find the interview on YouTube by clicking here.

·         Bev Aplikowski was happy to be recovering at home after recent health issues and also happy to be able to attend our meeting today.

·         Cindy Carlson will be a grandma for the second time this July.

·         Dennis Connolly was happy to be with his grandkids every day last week and is also happy now that it’s over.


Mary Stewart introduced Jennifer Fink, New Brighton’s Director of Parks and Recreation.  Jennifer joined the team at New Brighton 18 months ago after 13 years in similar roles elsewhere.  Her topic today was the New Brighton Parks, Trails and Recreation Master Plan which is currently under development.  The plan will be a comprehensive plan to provide an overall community vision of parks, trails and recreation for the next 20 years and to prioritize investment in improvements.  The Master Plan will take into account our changing demographics.  New Brighton is becoming older and more diverse in terms of ethnicity, income level and physical ability, and these factors must be accounted for in the Master Plan.  Changing trends in recreation like splash pads, pickle ball courts and ninja warrior courts will also be considered.  Of course, inclusivity and sustainability will also be important considerations.  Another goal of the Master Plan will be to foster a sense of place and celebrate community pride. 


Jennifer is determined to engage the community in the planning process, employing a variety of tools to ensure that all interested parties have an opportunity to provide input.  Community events and pop-up engagements will complement more formal public meetings.  There is a Neighborhood Input Meeting scheduled on Thursday, March 21st, 6PM at the Sunny Square Park building to gather input for the Master Plan.  Another interesting tool is Social Pinpoint, an online interactive project map which allows residents to submit comments ideas and other input from any internet connected device.   The target completion date for the Master Plan is October 19th.  Jennifer and Mary are shown below.

Bev Aplikowski was able to attend the meeting today after a long absence due to health issues.  Welcome back, Bev!


President Cindy Carlson welcomed our speaker’s guest, Karen Pepin.  Karen serves on the board of Remember Niger Coalition.


Cindy thanked all those who helped put on our 40th Anniversary Party this past weekend.  Special praise was given to George Winiecki, who worked so hard to contact past Rotarians and Nicole Ulrich, whose banquet experience and decorating expertise made the event so special.  Cindy also thanked Chef Kyle and the Exchange staff for the excellent food and service.  The club responded by thanking Cindy for her part in organizing and emceeing the bash.


It’s now confirmed that our April 30th noon meeting will be held off-site at the Community Support Center Luncheon.  We will meet at St John the Baptist Catholic Church.


Geoff Hollimon reminded us that we will also have an off-site meeting at the CPY Spring Luncheon on March 5th.  A big Rotary turnout will show the community how strongly we support CPY’s youth mission.  There is no cost to attend.  An accurate head count is necessary to plan the food.  Look for a sign-up sheet at next week’s meeting.


Dennis passed around a sign-up sheet for Gold Plate Dinner responsibilities.  If everyone takes at least one responsibility at the dinner, it would allow those few who have traditionally done everything to have some time to enjoy the evening.


Our condolences go to Margaret Johnson, whose father died recently.  Margaret will be in Taiwan for services.


Dennis Connolly will be sending an email with possible times to sort and pack medical supplies for Bolivia at the Mano-a-Mano warehouse near the Minnesota Fairgrounds.


Ed James said that we collected $78 last week by passing the hat for seed money for a future visit to Feed My Starving Children in May.  Stay tuned for more information.


Next week, Geoff Hollimon will auction off three tickets for a tour of the inner workings of Target Field.  This isn’t your average tour, but rather a private tour provided by the “Curator” of the stadium.  The Tour will visit several areas which are off-limits to the standard tours.  Check your calendars for availability on Saturday, March 9th.


Ed James celebrated a birthday this week so Cindy discovered the hiding place of the dreaded birthday hat and brought it out just for Ed.  As you can see from the photo below, Ed wore the hat with style.


Happy Bucks Highlights

·         Ed James was happy that his fiancée, Rachael, was able to join us for the 40th Anniversary Party.

·         Bev Aplikowski was happy to be back with us.

·         David Hoel was happy to be leaving for Florida for 3 weeks.  I wonder if it will still be below zero when he returns.

·         George Winiecki was thankful for all the Rotarians who do so much for the club, both visible and behind the scenes.


President Cindy introduced a speaker who is very familiar to us by now, Kara VanderKamp, President and Executive Director of Remember Niger Coalition.  Remember Niger is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year and Kara noted that we have been supporters of the Coalition for 8 or more years.  Remember Niger is a response to the desperate conditions present in Niger.  With a population of 20 million, Niger is the least developed and least educated country on earth.  Combine this with an average birth rate of 7 children per woman (the highest rate on earth) and the future looks bleak, but Remember Niger Coalition believes that education is the key to preventing a humanitarian crisis in Niger.  Currently, only 38% of kids attend elementary school, 11% attend middle school and just 3% attend high school.  Remember Niger envisions quality education for all and supports Nigerian leaders who share that vision.  These leaders believe that education is the key to increased prosperity and the key to population control.  Studies show that birth rate drops dramatically as the education level of young women increases.  A higher education level of mothers also dramatically increases their desire to educate their children.  Since Niger’s education system is ill-equipped to accomplish this goal, Remember Niger has adopted multiple strategies to improve the educational infrastructure and educational outcomes.  Our Rotary club and others have joined forces to create matching grants to help fund many of Remember Niger initiatives, including many of the following:

·         School construction

·         Latrine construction

·         School sponsorships

·         Solar power and solar wells

·         Gardens and meals

·         Teacher training

·         Scholarships

·         Computer labs

Future projects include more solar powered wells, schools for disabled children, teacher training seminars, more secondary schools and a nursing school.

Kara and Cindy are pictured below.

Ed James’ fiancée, Rachael, was visiting from London.  She will join us for our 40th Anniversary party this Saturday.


Speaking of the Anniversary Party; 74 RSVP’s have been received for the Event which will be held at the New Brighton Community Center, Saturday, February 23rd from 5:30-9:30PM.


Our Gold Plate Dinner is set for Friday, April 12th.  Mark Beisswenger outlined the intricacies of ticket sales as follows:

·    Each Rotarian will be billed for one ticket to the event. 

·    The ticket sales team captains will provide each of their team members an envelope with one or more additional tickets to sell.  Please start trying to sell the tickets   immediately.  For each ticket you sell, return the check and a completely filled out ticket stub to you team captain.  Any tickets that you know you will be unable to sell should be returned to you team captain ASAP so someone else on your team can sell it.

·       From February 12th – April 2nd, Rotarians who sold a ticket during the previous week will receive one entry for a $75 grand prize drawing at the conclusion of the ticket sales competition.  The members of the team with the most combined ticket sales for the previous week will each receive one entry for the $75 grand prize.  The individual who sold the most tickets during the previous week will receive one entry to the grand prize drawing plus their choice of a bottle of wine, a six pack of craft beer or a $10 gift card.  The Rotarian who sells the most tickets overall will receive $75 cash.  To qualify for the sales competition each ticket sale must be confirmed by the buyer and reported to your team captains. Also make sure to report the meal choice information for each ticket.  Now get out there and sell tickets!


The Board meets on Tuesday, February 26, 11:00AM at the Exchange.  The noon meeting will feature Kara VanderKamp with an update on Remember Niger.  Kara will also attend the 4:01 meeting on Thursday, Feb 28th.


President Elect Dennis Connolly presented an opportunity to sort medical supplies at Mano-a-Mano.  These donated medical supplies will go to Bolivia. Sorting times are Tuesday from 5-8PM and Friday from 3-5PM.  There was significant interest in both days.  Stay tuned for details.


Dave Hoel reminded us to mark our calendars for the Easter Egg stuffing on April 14th, 11 AM and the Egg Hunt itself on April 20th, 10AM.  Nicole Ulrich encouraged us to attend the Sunday, February 24th, 6:30PM performance of “This Is Living”, a youth musical at Christ the King Lutheran Church.  The musical will feature our exchange student, Maria Klakegg.  Don’t miss it!


Ed James passed the hat to gather seed money for our Feed My Starving Children food packing event in May.  Details are forthcoming.


Happy Bucks Highlights

·         Paul Fournier was happy to have finally sold his airplane.

·         John and Tina Risdall are celebrating their 30th anniversary.

·         Nils Friberg bought Peg an Instapot for her 72nd birthday.  He said it was complicated, but he finally got it working.  He claims he didn’t inhale.

·         Nicole Ulrich is happy to be moving and even happier to be expecting in September.

·         Dana Rebelein was finally able to offer a happy buck for Gopher athletics after a few frustrating weeks.

·         John Ordway was happy to have avoided much of the snow and cold by vacationing in Arizona.


Ed James introduced Thompson Aderinkomi, Founder and CEO of NICE HEALTHCARE.  Thompson is a 1998 Irondale graduate and got his undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University of Minnesota.  Thompson currently resides in North East Minneapolis.


Thompson began his presentation with the assertion that the traditional health care model in this country is badly broken because of high costs and poor access.  Nice Healthcare addresses both of these issues with a unique approach to basic healthcare.  The Nice approach revolves around an app that allows you to schedule a “video visit” with a Nurse Practitioner who can spend as much time as necessary to diagnose your symptoms.  If a prescription is indicated, most common drugs can be delivered to your home at no charge for the drug or the delivery.  For less commonly prescribed drugs, a regular prescription can be written to be filled at a local pharmacy.  If further tests are needed, a health care professional will come to your home to complete the tests and even x-rays.  The home visit service is currently available only in the metro area but the video visits are available anywhere you have cell phone service.


The service is primarily marketed to businesses that are looking for a way to minimize the frustration of high costs of and difficult access to routine health care.  The subscription costs $25-35/month/employee and the employee’s family is included in the service. The service doesn’t eliminate the need for catastrophic health care coverage, nor does it coordinate with traditional health insurance.  In fact, the low cost is made possible because the service is completely separate from your health insurance plan.  If an employer doesn’t offer the service, it is available for individuals at $89/month and families at $150/month.   Nice currently has 8,000 people covered in the metro area is aggressively seeking more subscribers.  Cindy, Thompson and Ed are shown below.

George Winiecki updated us on our 40th Anniversary Party coming up on February 23rd, 5:30 PM at the New Brighton Community Center.  He has 58 RSVP’s from current and former Rotarians and spouses.  If you have not RSVP’d yet, it’s very important that you let George know ASAP so we can order the right number of meals.


You all have received emails with a Gold Plate Dinner sales brochure and your GPD sales team assignments.  Mark Beisswenger explained how the Gold Plate Dinner ticket sales contest will work.  From February 12th – April 2nd, Rotarians who sold a ticket the previous week will receive one entry for a $75 grand prize drawing at the conclusion of the ticket sales competition.  The members of the team with the most combined ticket sales for the previous week will each receive one entry for the $75 grand prize.  The individual who sold the most tickets during the previous week will receive one entry to the grand prize drawing plus their choice of a bottle of wine, a six pack of craft beer or a $10 gift card.  The Rotarian who sells the most tickets overall will receive $75 cash.  To qualify for the sales competition each ticket sale must be confirmed by the buyer and reported to Mark Beisswenger.  Also make sure to report the meal choice information for each ticket.  Now get out there and sell tickets!


Geoff Hollimon reminded us that our March 5th noon meeting will be off-site at the CPY Luncheon.  A big Rotary turnout will show the community how strongly we support CPY’s youth mission.  There is no cost to attend.  Look for a sign-up sheet at next week’s meeting.


We are also looking into the possibility of an off-site meeting for our April 30th noon meeting.  The Community Support Center (CSC) is having its luncheon on that day.  As a founding member of CSC , we could show our continuing support by attending the luncheon.  More to follow…


Ed James had three announcements:

·         Our Arbor Day tree give-away is coming up on Friday, April 26th.  Several volunteers will be needed to distribute the trees to area 4th graders.  Mark your calendars now.

·         We need two host families for next year’s youth exchange.  If your family or one you know is willing to host a student, please contact Ed right away.

·         We’re planning to have another Feed My Starving Children event sometime in May.  We’ll pass the hat next week to gather some seed money for the event.


Happy Bucks Summary:

·         Mark Beisswenger received a snow blessing from the Minnesota Twins Pastor earlier this year and the results have obviously been amazing.  Word is Mark is lining him up for another blessing for next snow season.

·         Charlie L. is off to Mexico (without kids) for week with college friends.

·         Ed James’ fiancé will be here from England to help us celebrate our 40th anniversary.

·         Mary Stewart’s parents visited her last week and they were also able to help out at CPY.

·         Dave Hoel explained how easy it is to grind up your cell phone with your snow blower.


Ed James introduced our speaker, Nyle Zikmund.  Nyle’s topic was the Red River Expedition of 1870.  Around the time of the U.S. Civil War both the U.S. and Canada wanted to encourage settlement of their interiors.  Canada was still a British possession but it was working on independence and was trying to buy Ontario and Manitoba from the England’s Hudson Bay Company to create Canadian settlements there.  The Métis, a group of people created by intermarriage of the native population and French voyageurs, feared that these new settlements would cause them to lose the land they had occupied but had no legal ownership of.  This led the Métis, under the leadership of Louis Riel, to capture Fort Garry.   Riel presided over the court martial and eventual execution of Thomas Scott.  England responded by dispatching 1,200 British Soldiers and 2,000 native guides and porters, led by Colonel Garnet Wolseley, to quell the rebellion.  At that time there few roads so the expeditionary force would need to paddle most of the way.  Wolseley and his men faced a most difficult journey, traveling from 3 in the morning until after dark and all the while plagued by ravenous mosquitoes.  Despite grueling conditions, they covered 370 miles in just 90 days, but were unable to engage Riel and the Métis because they had fled Fort Garry to avoid a battle with the clearly superior British forces.  Both Riel and Wolseley went on to be prominent historical figures.  Ed and Nyle are shown below.


President Elect Dennis Connolly presided over today’s meeting  in President Cindy Carlson’s absence.


Dennis reminded us to RSVP now for our 40th Anniversary Bash coming up on February 23rd.  If you have contact information for former Rotarians, please get that information to George Winiecki ASAP!


The next meeting of the Gold Plate Dinner Planning Team will be before our noon meeting on Tuesday February 12th at 11 AM.  Your input is needed to make the event successful, so please attend the meeting and bring your ideas on how to make this fundraiser successful and fun!  The success of the event is, of course, dependent on ticket sales so talk to your friends and co-workers about joining you at the event.  Also, when you dine out, consider asking the restaurant manager if they would donate a $25 or $50 gift certificate to be raffled off at the event.  If the manager declines, you might consider donating a gift certificate yourself.


Happy Bucks Highlights

   - Garry Johnson moved a friend into the Veterans Home in Minneapolis this week and couldn't’t say enough about the quality of the facility and the caring staff.  Nice to know that, despite some recent bad press in other areas, Minnesota does right by Veterans.

   - Dennis Connolly was in Tuscon for two weeks and had a great time despite the need to apply some plumbing skills to clear roots out of the sewer pipe.

   - Nyle Zikmund  is leaving for Tuscon just as Dennis is returning.  I hope his plumbing skills are as good as Dennis’s.

   - David Hoel is celebrating the 53rd anniversary of his first date with Susan.  There was no word on whether Susan was celebrating 53 years with David.  Congratulations to a great couple!

   - John Risdall will celebrate his 30th wedding anniversary this week.  He was also grateful to finally be able to get around without a walker after breaking his leg a year ago.


Nyle Zikmund introduced our speaker, Mike Shantzen, a Detective from the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office and Task Force Officer with the MN Bureau of Criminal Apprehension Human Trafficking Task Force.  Mike specializes in child/adult sexual assaults, death investigations, sex trafficking and other felony level crimes.


Mike defined sex trafficking as when three or more parties are involved in commercial sex transaction (Buyer, Victim Trafficker).  Traffickers use force, fraud and coercion to lure their victims into sexual  acts in exchange for money or other items of value.  Sex trafficking is driven by the economics of supply and demand.  Men who want to pay for sex with girls, boys and women provide the demand and traffickers, driven by money power and greed, provide the victims to satisfy the demand.  The FBI has ranked Minnesota 13th in the incidence of child prostitution; the average age of first trafficking being just 11-14 years old.  A 2015 survey of trafficking victim service providers in Minnesota showed that they had helped 21 adult males, 319 adult females, 36 juvenile males and an astounding 943 juvenile females.  These numbers only reflect the victims that reported being victims of sex trafficking…it seems that these victims are just the tip of the iceberg.  Mike said that trafficking is not just an inner city problem, indicating that there are a large number of trafficking cases in the Anoka County/North Metro Area.  Sex trafficking is hiding in plain sight in our hotels, motels, massage parlors, and private residences.


The Minnesota Human Trafficking Investigation Task Force (MN HITF) is a consortium of investigators and analysts from local and state crime fighting agencies whose mission is to deter trafficking and assist in the investigation of trafficking cases when they occur.  They accomplish this mission in many ways:

·         Proactive operations like trafficking awareness education in high schools and churches and other public forums.

·         Conduct training for law enforcement and other service professionals.

·         Trafficking recognition training for hotel/motel staff and management

·         Victim recovery operations

·         Sting operations to help suppress demand for juvenile trafficking


For more information about the Mn BCA’s Human Trafficking Investigators Task Force, click here.  


Contact Information:

·         National Human Trafficking Hotline – 866-223-1111

·         Human Trafficking Investigators Task Force – 651-793-7000

·         Detective Mike Schantzen – 651-793-1130 or


Dennis and Mike are pictured below.

Our sole guest today was Roseville Rotarian Marv Sorvala.


President Cindy Carlson reported that the Board has approved donations to the Mounds View Police Foundation’s Daddy-Daughter Dance and to the Arden Hills/Shoreview Rotary’s Sewing School Project in India.


Ed James said that our exchange student, Maria, has moved to Paul and Denise Jacobsen’s home.  Please give the Jacobsen’s a call to schedule some time with Maria.  Maria will be traveling to Hawaii from February 26-March 8th.


Happy Bucks Highlights:

   - Marv Sorvala is engaged to Diane!

   - Bob Barmore is happy that the snowblower he bought five years ago at at Beisswenger’s started on the first pull yesterday.

   - Nicole and Tyson Ulrich sold their home and are looking for a new one.


New member Charlie Longbella took the podium to deliver his new-member classification talk.  Charlie was born in Minneapolis but moved to Chippewa Falls, WI when he was 5.  He got his degrees in Business Administration and Golf Course Management from Stout and had a variety of jobs until he came to work for his uncle at Big Blue Boxes.  Big Blue Boxes provides moving and storage services for homeowners and businesses.  They rent shipping containers for storage at your home or business or at Big Blue Box’s secure storage area.  They have over 1,000 containers available.  The company has recently expanded its services to include intermodal trucking (transportation of shipping containers between trains and businesses.


Charlie’s uncle, a Brooklyn Park Rotarian, encouraged Charlie to become involved in Rotary and, even before he joined our club, he was part of a Brooklyn Park Rotary project to donate a shipping container loaded with sewing machines, fabrics and other much needed supplies to Haiti.  Charlie is jumping right in here at NBMV Rotary by agreeing to be on the board as director of Public Image/Communications.


Charlie lives in Woodbury with his wife Molly and kids, Crosby and Hadley.  Cindy and Charlie are shown below.


President Cindy reviewed our goals for the last 6 months of this Rotary Year by logging in to the Goal Center of the Rotary Club Central web page.  We reviewed our  goals in the following areas:

  - Membership,

  - Service Participation,

  - New Member Sponsorship,

  - Leadership Development Participation,

  - District Conference Attendance,

  - District Training Participation

  - Foundation Giving,

  - Service Projects, including Harvest Pack, Camp Enterprise, Food Shelf, Camp RYLA, CSC, Financial Literacy, Homelessness Eradication, Stockyard Days Parade, MV Festival in the Park, CPY, FMSC, Egg Hunt, among others.


Club Administration Director Bob Barmore reminded us to attempt to get a variety of speakers and to make prospective speakers aware of our desire to avoid extremely controversial or offensive presentation topics.


The slate of leadership nominees for the 2019-20 Rotary Year was presented and approved by the members present.  The new Leadership Team is:


President                                          Dennis Connolly

President-Elect                                Nicole Ulrich

Secretary                                          Jason Miller

Treasurer                                          John Ordway

Club Adm/Club Service                  Nyle Zikmund

Foundation                                       Nils Friberg

Membership                                    Cindy Carlson

Public Image/Communications    Charlie Longbella

AM/Flex Meetings                          Michelle Caron

Community Service                        Mike Johnson

International Service                     Geoff Hollimon

Youth Service/Youth Exchange    Edeth James

Our guests today were: MaryAnn Bawden, Blaine Ham Lake Rotarian Lyn Stepaniak and Twin Cities North Chamber President John Connelly.  John noted that we are all invited to the T.C. North Chamber Open House on February 14th from 3-5PM at the Reserve, 1915 Highway 36 West in Roseville.  The Chamber is also having its Golden Gala on Thursday March 7th, from 6-9PM.  The event will be held at the Mermaid Event Center and tickets are $75.


President Cindy Carlson presented Cor Wilson with a Dedicated Service Award, honoring her many years of service to Rotary and the community.  Cor served as NBMV Rotary President twice, in 1997-98 and 2012-13.  Cor was asked to join Rotary by Dana Rebelein, and Dana presented Cor with a “retirement clock” which had no hours on the dial, just the days of the week.  Happy retirement Cor; we’re going to miss you. Cor is shown with her award, below.


The club is gearing up to see if it can top last year’s stellar performance at the District Awards presentation.  We’re looking for someone to help document this year’s progress.  If you are that person, please contact Cindy Carlson.


Our Exchange Student, Maria Klakegg, will be moving from the Johnson’s to her second home with the Jacobsen’s this Friday.  Please think about including Maria in your activities around the cities…she is incredibly fun to be with.


Don’t forget to get your RSVP’s for our 40th Anniversary Party to George Winiecki.  Many past Rotarians will be joining us to celebrate this milestone.  We’ll gather at the New Brighton Community Center from 5:30-9:30PM with catering by the Exchange.


By now you all should have received your ticket selling information brochure for our 18th Annual Gold Plate Dinner on April 12th.  Note that the ticket price this year is $150 per couple. To create some excitement about tickets sales, Mark Beisswenger has put together 4 teams that will compete for ticket selling honors (as well as prizes).  The team captains are David Hoel, Garry Johnson, Nicole Ulrich and Michelle Caron.  You can expect your team captain to contact you to plan your ticket selling strategy.


The Board presented the revised by-laws for approval.  The new by-laws were approved by voice vote.


The St. Paul Sunrise, Minneapolis City of Lakes, and Roseville Rotary clubs are presenting a community forum entitled, “Minnesota’s Climate Future: Saving the Places We Love” on Thursday, May 2, 7:15-9:15, at the Town and Country Club in St. Paul.  The forum will feature MPR Chief Meteorologist, Paul Huttner, Alan Anderson from the Northfield Rotary Climate Action Team and J. Drake Hamilton, Director of Science Policy for Fresh Energy.  Cost is $25/person.


We were blessed with two speakers today, Bill Klump and Stephanie Cosgrove, both Rotarians from the Arden Hills/Shoreview club.  Bill was here to make us aware of Arden Hills/Shoreview’s District Matching Grant Proposal to fund a sewing school for young women in the village of Amaravahti, India.  The school would be modeled after a successful sewing school in Rajupalem, India, which was established by a non-profit organization called PUSHPA.  PUSHPA was established by long-time Arden Hills residents Gummadi and Shirley Franklin to help underprivileged people in the state of Andhra Pradesh, India to participate in their own health, economic and educational development. The proposed school would serve young women and their families by teaching the women to sew.  This basic skill would provide these young women with an opportunity for employment and perhaps entrepreneurship.  Sewing skill would also make the women more marriageable by reducing the amount of any expected dowry.  District 5960 has approved the $17,000 grant proposal and Arden Hills/Shoreview Rotary must now secure $4,800 in donations from area clubs.  Bill is hoping that we will be able to help in that effort.


Stephanie Cosgrove was here to promote another Arden Hills/Shoreview Rotary initiative; preventing human trafficking.  The title of Stephanie’s presentation was, “Out of the Shadows: Ending Human Trafficking in Minnesota”.  Stephanie defined human trafficking as: When one person holds another person in compelled service.  She noted that 25-40 million people are enslaved worldwide; 51% are women and 20% are girls. There are 300,000 new sex trafficking victims each year in the U.S. alone.  Trafficking generates $150 billion in business globally; two thirds of which is from sex trafficking.  The victims of sex trafficking are on average 12-14 years old when they enter the trafficking business and are forced to have sex 5-40 times a day.  The average life expectancy after entering trafficking is just 7 years.  Lest we be tempted to blame only the traffickers, we should remember that the purchasers of sex are as much to blame as the traffickers.  Minnesota has the 13th highest rate of youth prostitution in the U.S. with 8-14 thousand sex trafficking victims each year.  Fortunately in Minnesota, Safe Harbor Laws treat these young women and girls as victims, not criminals and great efforts are being made to serve and care for victims.  We can begin to eradicate sex trafficking increasing  awareness, educating children and youth, reducing vulnerability and risk factors and by stopping the demand.  Rotary Clubs across the state are working together to accomplish these goals.  Presentations have been made to over 60 clubs in districts 5960 and 5950 and more than 15 clubs have launched projects in their communities.  A website has been started and $800 is needed to complete the development of the site.  Club donations of $150 are being sought to complete the site.  We can also help by partnering to bring anti-trafficking curriculum to the Mounds View School System.  Stephanie sent a link to a video of the format for elementary schools


Bill Klump and Stephanie Cosgrove are shown below,

President Cindy Carlson opened the meeting by reading a thank you from Irondale Choir Director Jason Etten.  Jason thanked us for our generous donation and said that the money will be used to provide a scholarship for a student to attend All-State Choir this year.


Cindy also passed around thank you cards from our Remember Niger Coalition students Charifa (5th grade) and Mamaan (4th grade).  Cindy read a letter updating us on Remember Niger and thanking us for our continuing sponsorship of Charifa and Mamaan.  At our February 26th noon meeting, Remember Niger’s executive director, Kara VanderKamp, will be here to further update us.


We have been notified that our Harvest Pack meals have arrived in Puerto Rico.  We’ll be updated when the meals have been distributed to Puerto Ricans still suffering the effects of the hurricane.


Cindy Carlson, Margaret Johnson and new member Jed Hamoud attended the District 5960 Mid-Term this past weekend and came away with lots of useful information. They highly recommend that members consider attending this meeting next year.


President-Elect Dennis Connolly let us know that the new by-laws are ready for a club vote which will occur at next noon meeting (January 22nd).  You should receive a copy of the revised by-laws by email shortly.  Many thanks to Dennis for his hard work in editing the document.


The Gold Plate Dinner planning committee met this morning.  The ticket cost per couple will be $150 this year.  You should receive an information sheet by email that will help you in your effort to sell tickets.  Our Fund-a-Cause recipient for this year will be Harvest Pack.  Mark Beisswenger is heading up the ticket sale competition.  Four teams will compete for most tickets sold and the leading ticket seller each week will receive an amazing prize.  Teams will be announced next week.


Invitations to our Club’s 40th Anniversary Celebration were handed out today.  The event will be held at the New Brighton Community Center, February 23rd from 5:30-9:30PM.  A large number of previous Rotarians will be attending to help us celebrate this milestone.  You don’t want to miss it!


Ed James read a thank you from our scholarship recipient, Taylor Seim, thanking us for our generosity and letting us know that she is attending Bethel University and has been accepted into the nursing program with plans to become a Nurse Anesthetist.


Gerry Tietz noted that he had spoken with Bev and that she is recovering in a nursing home after serious problems with an infection.  Bev welcomes phone calls in the afternoon (651-443-1702).


Cor Wilson has terminated her Rotary membership and we’re bidding her farewell at our noon meeting on January 22nd.


Happy Bucks Summary:

- Bob Barmore will be a Grandpa for the second time in August.  Congratulations, Bob and Julie!

- Dave Hoel had our exchange student, Maria Klakegg, for dinner and had a wonderful time.

- Dennis had his first experience of skiing 6” of fresh powder at Copper Mountain last week.

- Jason Miller just returned from 10 days in Florida with family prior to the beginning of tax season.


Garry Johnson and Paul Fournier share a January 17th birthday.  Garry declined the Birthday Hat but Paul wore it with style, below.


Bob Barmore introduced our speaker, Mike Hickey, from NFIB (National Federation of Independent Business).  NFIB is the voice of small business, working together with small business owners to represent their interests in Washington, D.C. and in all 50 state capitals.  Founded in 1943, it is celebrating its 75th year.  NFIB is a non-profit, non-partisan lobbying organization exclusively serving small and independent businesses and funded exclusively by voluntary contributions by member businesses.


Mike cited several of NFIB’s recent accomplishments at the Federal level:

- Supporting the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

- Supported increased estate tax exemption and increased Section 179 expensing limits.

- Defeat of the “Hillary Care” health care proposal.

- Opposed President Obama’s Waters of America administrative action.


NFIB has also been influential in the Minnesota political arena:

- Opposed dramatic change in sexual harassment that would have forced small businesses to pay the litigation cost for harassment claims.

- Successfully pushed for an increase in the estate tax exemption from 2 to 3 million dollars.

- Supported reform of eminent domain laws.

- Supported Worker’s Compensation reforms.


NFIB’s Minnesota priorities for 2019:

- Achieve or make significant progress toward conformity with 1 million dollar Federal Section 179 limit.

- Conformity (or significant progress toward conforming to) Federal estate tax exemption

- Work toward conformity with other critical tax provisions to bridge the Minnesota tax code to the new federal law.

- Oppose legislation which mandates:

    - paid family leave,

    - paid sick leave,

    - 2 week advance employee scheduling,

    - $15 statewide minimum wage,

    - Gas Tax increase


Bob and Mike are shown below.

Our guests today were:
   -Our Global Grant Fellowship Scholar to London, Ellen Dunn    
   -Our Camp Enterprise representatives; Ellie Goligowski and Breanna Garcia
   -Roseville Rotarian and frequent visitor, Marv Sorvala
   -Twin Cities Rotaract member, Laura Skubic
   -Cindy Carlson’s guest, Kristi Jacobson
   -Today’s inductee Jed Hamoud and wife Becky.
We mourn the recent passing of two NBMV Rotarians, John Marg-Patton and Char Samuelson.  Cindy Carlson noted that memorials for her Co-President John Marg-Patton were preferred to NBMV Rotary and the total contributions were in excess of $4,000.  John’s wife Ruth sent a card expressing her gratitude for our support for their family during this difficult time.   Former Rotarian Char Samuelson’s memorial service was held this past weekend.  Gerry Tietz delivered one of the eulogies, outlining the many ways that Char exemplified the rotary motto: “Service Above Self”.  Both John and Char made a big impact on this club and their community and they will be sorely missed.
Cindy Carlson and Gerry Tietz shared the honor of inducting a new Rotarian, Jed Hamoud.  Jed has presented to the club many times about his efforts to provide education for Syrian refugees in Lebanon.  Jed will make an excellent addition to our club.  Nils Friberg and Margaret offered words of praise for Jed’s character as well as his charitable efforts.  Jed’s wife, Becky was present for his induction.
Cindy, Jed and Gerry are pictured below.
Maria Klakegg, our Norwegian exchange student, was here today and Ed James presented her with a check from the club (below).
Cindy presented a holiday gift to the staff of the Exchange for their excellent service over the past year (below).
Irondale students Ellie Goligowski and Breanna Garcia spoke briefly about their amazing experience as our representatives to Camp Enterprise.  They said that there were five speakers, each focusing on an aspect of marketing strategy.  Each team developed a product and a business plan with the help of Rotarian mentors.  They presented their plans to a panel of “investors”, ala Shark Tank.  Both students praised the program and thanked us for providing the opportunity for them to attend.  Irondale Principal Amy Janecek, Breanna, Ellie and Ed James are shown below.
Saturday, February 23rd, is the date for our Club’s 40th Anniversary Party at the New Brighton Community Center.  The fun begins at 5:30PM and the cost is $30 per person.  We’re inviting as many previous Rotarians as we can get a hold of, so if you are in contact with any former Rotarians, please get their contact information to George Winiecki or Nicole Ulrich.  We could really use some help addressing and stuffing envelopes for the invitations this Thursday, 4 PM at the Exchange.
Our Gold Plate Dinner is coming up on Friday April 12th.  The next planning session will be on Tuesday January 15, 11AM at the Exchange.  The tickets for the event will be available soon.
Cor Wilson has retired and terminated her membership, but she’s not forgotten. Join us at our noon meeting on January 22 to give Cor a proper send-off.  Cards or other mementos are appropriate.
Margaret Johnson has arranged with the St Paul Rotary Club for the transfer of $10,000 of Foundation Recognition Points to our club to help promote contributions to the Foundation’s Polio Plus Fund.  NBMV Rotarians will receive one bonus recognition point for each dollar contributed to Polio plus in the next few months.  Don’t wait to take advantage of this special deal.
Cindy noted that the District 5960 Mid-Term will be held at the Anderson Center, Hamline University on January 12th, from 8:30AM to 3:00PM. There’s no better opportunity to learn more about Rotary.  To register, or just check it out, click here.
Cindy introduced Laura Skubic, to speak to us about her cultural exchange to Lebanon.  Laura is the Secretary of the Twin Cities Rotaract Club., where she learned about the cultural exchange program.  After several application and interview steps Laura was accepted for the August 2108 exchange.  The Baabda, Lebanon Rotary Club (Dist. 2452) was the host club for the one week exchange, and Laura was blown away by the hospitality of her hosts, especially at meals which were generally a three hour affair.  Because of the short time frame for the trip, the sightseeing and cultural experience was rapid-fire, which allowed her to experience so much, but left her wanting to return for a more complete view of Lebanon.  She was surprised by the variety of climate and scenery and her photos told the story of a beautiful country very unlike the typical stereotype of Middle Eastern countries.  She also had the opportunity to learn about a variety of Rotaract service projects from around the world.
Laura answered our questions about the Twin Cities Rotaract Club.  T.C. Rotaract has 15 members, ranging in age from 18-35. They meet twice a month, but the location varies.  Their FaceBook site is the best place to find the location of the next meeting.  Each year they select a charitable organization to support, and this year’s organization is the American Refugee Committee.  Laura is pictured below.
Cindy recognized Ellen Dunn.  Ellen is a senior at St. Olaf, studying public health.  She has been selected as a Global Grant Fellowship Scholar.  Ellen will study Global Health in London for a full year.  NBMV Rotary is serving as her sponsor.
I gathered all the wonderful young women who graced our meeting today for a photo.  If they represent our future leaders, the future is bright indeed.  From left to right are: Ellen Dunn, Breanna Garcia, Ellie Goligowski, Maria Klakegg, and Laura Skubic)

Because a larger than normal group was expected for our annual Irondale Choir Concert and Carol Sing-Along, the meeting was held in Risdall Marketing Group’s spacious meeting room.  Many thanks to Ted Risdall and staff for their graciousness in hosting the event.  The Exchange provided such a delicious Christmas meal that your editor needed a brief nap before beginning to write this bulletin.  Dave Hoel did a great job of putting all the pieces together for the meeting that is, for many, the best meeting of the year.


As many of you already know, Co-President John Marg-Patton passed away last weekend after a protracted battle with cancer.  John’s wife Ruth was present today and talked about John’s final days with remarkable composure.  NBMV Rotarians are invited to attend a visitation beginning at noon on Friday, December 28th, with meditation music at 1:30PM, celebration of John’s life at 2:00PM and reception to follow; all at Christ the King Lutheran Church, 1900-7th Street NW, New Brighton.  If desired, donations may be made to the New Brighton Mounds View Rotary Club.  Click here to download the obituary.


Director Jason Etten and the Irondale Choir treated us to an eclectic mix of Holiday music.  First up was the girls Diva Group.  In past years they were the “Diva Dozen” but the great talent pool at Irondale has swelled their number to sixteen.  (See below)

The Guyz Group also numbered 16 this year, and among them were several freshmen.  Hats off to director Etten for attracting so many males to the choir program.  (Photo below)

Both groups joined together for the final two songs, which really showcased these very talented young singers.


The concert was followed by our traditional Carol sing-along with the choir.  Many thanks to the Choir, Director Ettten and accompanist Steve Ferkus for fitting us into their busy Holiday performance schedule.  Co-President Cindy Carlson presented a check for $500 to the Choir on behalf of the club.


Nicole Ulrich has accepted her nomination as President-Elect Nominee for the 2020-21 Rotary Year.  Congratulations, Nicole.


Our club’s 40th Anniversary Celebration is set for February 23rd.  Anyone interested in providing input on the party should show up at Win Insurance Agency, 2704 NE Highway 10, Wednesday December 19th at 4:15PM.  We’d like to invite previous NBMV Rotary members to the party, so if you have addresses for previous members of our club, please get those addresses to George Winiecki.


Because the Anniversary Celebration is so soon after the holidays, we will forego the Club holiday party this year.


Watch your email for the latest version of the proposed revision of the Club By-Laws.  Contact any Board member with your input.


Cindy noted that our Harvest Pack Event was a great success.  The Irondale student body, Eagle’s Club, Lion’s club and NBMV Rotary combined to pack 35,000 meals for those in need.  Meal packs will go to Puerto Rico and also to feed hungry families right here in our own community.  Well done!


John Ordway reminded us to get our dues in by December 27 so he can close the books for the quarter.

Our January 29th noon meeting will be our Annual Meeting…all club members are encouraged to attend.
Our guests today were:
- Steve Jordy and Curt Glenna, guests of Nicole Ulrich
- Bob Nelson and Steve Porter, guests of Mike Neeley
- Kristi Jacobson, guest of Cindy Carlson
- Bob Benke
- Karen Meyer
Karen Meyer, executive director of community Support Center (CSC) took a moment to explain CSC’s mission to prevent homelessness by providing short-term financial assistance and ongoing counseling.  She invited us to attend their “Sing for Your Neighbors” benefit concert on January 27th, 2PM at Abiding Savior Lutheran Church, 8211 Red Oak Drive in Mounds View.  This concert features several choirs from local area churches which support CSC.  NBMV Rotarian and CSC Board member, Paul Fournier, is shown below presenting our $1,000 donation to Karen.
Dennis Connolly reviewed the proposed changes to our Club Bylaws.  Check your recent emails for a draft of the new bylaws and come prepared to vote on them at next week’s noon meeting (December 18th).
Cindy noted that Life Prep Academy has added some new services for high school teens.  They have added drop in hours from 3-7Pm on Monday –Friday and overnight emergency shelter services to reach out to even more teens experiencing homelessness.  Volunteers/Donations are always needed so if you’d like to help, click here for more information.
Cindy also made us aware that the deadline is December 14th to take advantage of the dollar for dollar match provided by Bell Lumber and Pole for new or increased contributions to the Food Shelf.   Make checks payable to the Ralph Reeder Food Shelf and drop them off at the Food Shelf or get them to Cindy by the 13th.
Many of you have already heard of the passing of former NBMV Rotarian Char Samuelson.  Visitor Bob Benke said that the Memorial Service will be on Jan 5th, 11AM, at Salem Covenant Church.
Gerry Tietz requested that each of us respond to his request to update our Clubrunner profiles before December 31.  Just follow the link in his recent email.
It’s time to think about ticket sales for the Gold Plate Dinner.  Garry Johnson, Michelle Caron, Dave Hoel and Nicole Ulrich have been designated as Team Captains and their teams will be published soon.
Our annual Irondale Choir concert and carol sing-along is next Tuesday, December 18th, at Risdall Advertising, 2685 Long Lake Road, Roseville.  Don't miss it!
Mark Beisswenger introduced our speakers, Soile Anderson and Eleanor Ostman.  Soile grew up in Finland and, after losing her father in WWII, learned from her mother how to cook and care for her 3 younger siblings.  She learned so well that, in her early 20’s, she bought and successfully operated a restaurant and later ran a 140 room hotel.  She was intrigued the American fast food trend and came to the U.S to find out more about it.  She worked at Perkins at first, and soon found herself working at the other end of the spectrum at the Anchorage restaurant.   She started the Art Deco Restaurant in the Minnesota Museum of Art and shortly thereafter established Deco Catering.  When the Museum was sold in 1992, Soile closed the restaurant but continued the Deco catering business.  About that same time she started Taste of Scandinavia bakeries, specializing in Northern European baked goods.  Taste of Scandinavia eventually grew to 5 locations and was sold in 2005 so she could focus on her catering business.  Deco Catering has become the premier Kosher caterer in the Twin Cities and Jewish clients compose 80% of her business.  Soile has now sold Deco catering and is concentrating on writing books (with co-speaker and author Eleanor Ostman) and giving cooking lessons.  Eleanor, Soile and Cindy are pictured below.
Your newsletter editor is in the mountains of Colorado but Dana Rebelein was kind enough to provde him with this excellent meeting summary so he could publish it remotely,  Thanks, Dana!

Co-President Cindy called the meeting to order and Mark Beisswenger offered the invocation , including gratitude for snow.
Guests were Bob Benke, Ken Johnson, Marv Sevala and Past District Governor Gary Campbell.
 Ed James reminded us of the Harvest Pack event next Tuesday with Eagles, Lions, and Irondale students at Irondale High School. We can arrive at 3 and will begin our shift at 3:30. The meals packed will be distributed locally and in Puerto Rico.
    Former District Governor and current head of the District 5960 Foundation Team, Gary Campbell, presented the Club with a District matching grant check for $2,720 for the Harvest Pack project. He reported that AG Sandy Campbell is convalescing after knee surgery, and he was glad to not be eating his own cooking this noon.
    Ed James also reported that we have been invited to serve as a host Club for a Rotary Global Scholar, Ellen Hunt, a St. Olaf College senior. Her focus will be on inequalities in health care in refugee camps. Polled by Co-President Cindy, the Club overwhelmingly accepted the privilege.
    President-Elect Dennis Connolly reported on planning for the 18th annual Gold Plate Dinner to be held Friday, April 12, 2019, at the Radisson in Roseville. Tickets will be $150 for two guests/one raffle chance.  [Ed. Comment: Time to step up and volunteer – beat the draft!]  The theme will emphasize the Club’s 40 years of service. The recipient of Fund-a-Cause hasn’t been chosen, but suggestions included Harvest Pack, CPY, Ralph Reeder Food Shelf, and Community Service Center.
Captain Mark Beisswenger announced that there will be 4 ticket selling teams with prizes for the team which sells the most. He asked for volunteers to chair the teams, one of whom will be from the awesome Flex group. 
    Community Services Center: Co-President Cindy announced that Karen Meyer will be at our meeting next week to accept our $1,000 donation toward CSC programs. CSC keeps a box of small extravagances from which patrons can pick up items that they appreciate, but can’t afford. Cindy accepted donations to pick up items, and asked the rest of us to bring things of $3 - $10 value. Suggestions included lotion, shampoo, conditioner, lip gloss, decorative candles, or gently used household items such as knickknacks, pictures, etc. CSC puts these into small gift bags and distributes them to people who come in. 
    She also said there will be a board meeting at 11 o’clock December 18 at Risdall Advertising preceding the holiday sing-along with members of the Irondale choir.
Garry Johnson announced that his office is a collection point for dropping off donations to the Ralph Reeder food shelf.
    Mark Beisswenger introduced the speaker, former classmate and graduate of Mounds View HS, author, and former teacher, Diane Dettmann. Diane has published a number of books, including a historical fiction trilogy which deals with living in the US during World War II: Miriam Daughter of Finnish Immigrants is set in the 1920’s when a Finnish family homesteads in Embarrass, Minnesota, living in a sauna while they finished building their home. Courageous Footsteps is about the experiences of a Japanese-American family separated and taken to detention camps with only what they could carry. On Liberty’s Wings reunites the family, which experiences prejudice following the war. 
    She also wrote 28 Snow Angels, a book about losing a loved one, drawn from her personal experience of her husband’s death after 28 years of marriage.
    Diane is presently contemplating writing a book about Camel Crickets. If you don’t know what they are, you have to wait for the book! 
Club Information


New Brighton Mounds View

Our Club Motto: Service Above Self

Club meetings are held Tuesdays at 12:15; 7:00 AM 1st & 3rd Thursday, 4:01 PM 2nd & 4th Thursdays...Check Website for Location
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Jul 09, 2019
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