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New Brighton Mounds View

Our Club Motto: Service Above Self

We meet In Person
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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Calendar:
  • February 20 – Club Meeting at Noon at The Exchange
  • March 5 – Club Meeting at The Exchange at Noon; Board Meeting at 11.
  • March 30 Easter Egg Hunt – all hands on deck!
  • April 19 - Gold Plate Dinner at Mounds View Community Center
Notes:
  • Board Members and Officers for the 2024-2025 Rotary year were elected. Including President John Johnson, President-Elect Paul Jacobsen, Treasurer John Ordway, Secretary Nyle Zikmund, Club Service Jason Miller, International Service Geoff Hollimon, Membership Cindy Carlson and Susie Risher, Youth Service/Youth Exchange Paul and Denise Jacobsen, Foundation Dana Rebelein, and Communications Natalie Streich. Community Service TBD.
  • GPD Sponsors - Please contact businesses or charitably minded individuals to sponsor the Gold Plate Dinner. Or give suggestions to Cindy, Susie or John J. Cindy has provided invitation forms online.
  • Merchant Minute - Brett Manning will be our guest to talk for 5-10 minutes about his New Brighton business at the February 20 meeting. Suggestions of future Merchant Minute guests should be given to Cindy or Suzy.
  • John J obtained more than a hundred pounds of jellybeans for the Easter Egg Hunt at no cost to the Club!
  • Share the Love - D-5960 will award recognition points for donations to The Rotary Foundation Annual Fund made in February. Gifts of $100 or more will be matched 1 to 1; a gift of $365 will be matched to a Paul Harris Fellowship. Give checks to TRF to John O. in February or donate on your My Rotary Account on the RI website and notify John O for Club records.
  • Charlie, Dave, the Jacobsen’s and John J are responsible for March and April programs and meeting place set up and take down.  John O, Cindy, Mary, Nils and Suzy have May and June. Please let John Johnson and Jason Miller know what the programs will be as soon as you can.
  • Reminder - Indicate on the lunch order form if you prefer coleslaw or salad to fries, and any necessary dietary requirements. Guest meals are $15.
Speaker:
 
Lisa Hayden introduced us to OUR CITY CARES, a program to create a culture of encouragement to combat suicide among high school students. Developed in Washington State in 2017 and implemented in more than 300 schools, the program seeks to normalize mental health conversations and introduce signs of hope through posters, cards, wearables and tokens as conversation starters.  Messages of hope, ex., “You are not Alone,” “Your Life Matters,” attack the perceived lack of hope which can lead to suicide.
 
According to Lisa, 25% of 11th grade students have considered suicide, and 60% are not getting needed care for mental health.  Students don’t know how to access resources, so OUR CITY CARES materials include the numbers for the National Suicide Crisis Lifeline (998), and The Ramsey County Crisis Line (651.266.7878 for under 18 years of age; 651.266.7900 for 18 and older). There is also a drop-in center at 402 University Avenue East in St. Paul which is open from 8 to 5:30.  President John Johnson and Lisa are shown below.
Calendar:
  • March 4 (MONDAY) 3:30-5 - Volunteers needed to assist Jeff Benson at CPY where he will be teaching woodworking to 4th graders. No experience necessary but bring philip’s screwdrivers if you have any.  
  • March 5 – Club Meeting at The Exchange at Noon; Board Meeting at 11.
  • March 19 – Club Meeting at The Exchange at noon
  • March 24 - (SUNDAY) Stuff eggs for the Club’s 35th Easter Egg Hunt – noon at Mounds View Community Center
  • March 26: (TUESDAY) 3:00-5 - Volunteers needed to assist Jeff Benson at CPY where he will be teaching woodworking to middle schoolers. No experience necessary but bring philip’s screwdrivers if you have any.  Contact Jeff to volunteer or ask questions (612-804-2743).
  • March 30: (SATURDAY) Our 35th Easter Egg Hunt – all hands PLUS on deck! Recruit friends and relatives to help.
  • April 19 - Gold Plate Dinner at Mounds View Community Center – get sponsors; sell tickets
Notes:
  • Jason Miller was honored and presented a crystal sculpture and special pin as a Rotary Foundation Major Donor. The award is given when an individual or business has donated $10,000 to TRF. Jason is only the second member of our Club to achieve this honor. CONGRATULATIONS and THANK YOU, JASON!  Jason and President John Johnson are pictured below.
          
  • GPD Sponsors Please contact businesses or charitably minded individuals to sponsor the Gold Plate Dinner. Or give suggestions to Cindy, Susie or John J. Cindy has provided invitation forms online.
  • February donations to The Rotary Foundation Annual Fund are being matched by D-5960 with recognition points. $100 or more 1 to 1, $365 to a Paul Harris Fellowship. Get checks payable to TRF to John O. in February, or donate on your My Rotary Account on the RI website and notify John O for Club records.
  • Charlie, Dave, the Jacobsens and John J are responsible for March and April programs and meeting place set up and take down.  John O, Cindy, Mary, Nils and Susie have May and June. Please let John Johnson and Jason Miller know what the programs will be as soon as you can.
  • Reminder - Indicate on the lunch order form if you prefer coleslaw or salad to fries, and any necessary dietary requirements. Guest meals are $15.
Speakers:
 
          Merchant Minute
 
Brett Manning, Ameriprise Financial Services Advisor with offices in New Brighton, introduced us to the services he provides, including retirement planning strategies, saving for education, retirement income strategies, charitable giving and executive compensation and benefit strategies. He is a Certified Financial Planner and a Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor and holds numerous licenses pertaining to securities and annuities. Brett is familiar with Rotary, as his uncle was a Fridley Rotarian 
Give Cindy or Susie suggestions of other local business people who would like to briefly tell us about their businesses. Brett and Cindy Carlson are shown below.
 
 
Classification Talk
 
Susie Risher, new member, shared stories of her background and previous activities. She grew up in Bismarck, ND, and fulfilled
childhood aspirations to be a mom, teacher and writer plus so much more! In addition to being a mom, she’s very active in her grandchildren’s lives and provides day care when they are not in school. She has published four books, Pink Stars and Angel Wings, The Trust Walk, and Little Spirit Seeker for children, and Gray, a memoir of her father’s experiences, including at West Point and in WWII. She had a radio show and taught writing – journaling and dream interpretation, in Fargo. Susie is a quilter and uses her skills to benefit others, making thousands of masks for National Guard troops, nursing homes and hospitals during Covid-19, and bookmarks and fabric bags for charity fundraisers.
She shares her father’s counsel: Don’t have any regrets.  Suzie is pictured with Dana Rebelein as she receives her Paul Harris Fellowship.
 
Calendar:
  • January 31 – Join the Lions Club Meal Pack, 6-8 pm, 2723 Patton Rd., Roseville. Meals are distributed throughout the region, including at the New Brighton Community Center.
  • February 6 – Club Meeting at noon at The Exchange; board meeting at 11.
  • February 20 – Club Meeting at noon at The Exchange
  • April 19, – Gold Plate Dinner at Mounds View Community Center
Notes:
  • GPD Sponsors: Please give John J, Jason or Cindy your suggestions for businesses or charitable minded individuals to sponsor the Gold Plate Dinner – our ONLY fundraiser. [Remember the days of selling turkey legs, roses, corn on the cob …]
  • Merchant Minute:  Let’s learn more about our neighborhood businesses and let them know more about us. Give Cindy names of area business people who will then be invited to share a meal and spend 5-10 minutes telling us about their enterprise.
  • Charlie, Dave, the Jacobsens and John J are responsible for March and April programs and meeting place set up and take down.  John O, Cindy, Mary, Nils and Susie have May and June. Please let John Johnson and Jason Miller know what the programs will be.
  • Board Members and Officers for the 2024-2025 Rotary year will be elected at the February 6th meeting
  • Reminder - Indicate on the order form if you prefer coleslaw or salad to fries, and any necessary dietary requirements. Guest meals are $15.
Speaker:
  • Craig Schlichting, New Brighton Director of Community Assets and Development, updated us on infrastructure changes/improvements happening, especially along Old Highway 8.
  • The City adopted a Living Streets Policy which includes creating bike lanes and pedestrian sidewalks, trees planted in boulevards, and storm water features to address flooding problems.  
  • An Accessory Dwelling Unit policy is being developed.
  • The City will install nine charging stations for electric vehicles. Installation of the chargers has been delayed by unavailability of needed components.  Craig and President John Johnson are shown below.

President John Johnson’s meeting review.
 
We had a good meeting today.  We heard updates from the Service Directors.  Each gave a quick update in their respective area.
 
ACTION FROM YOU: 
  1. Please consider joining a service area and if you have any interest, please reach out to me or the current Service Area Director.  My phone number is 612.877.1484 or you can reply to this email.
  2. Attend February 6th, meeting to vote / approve service directors.
Service Area Directors are:
 
Jason Miller- Club Service
Edeth Hames- Community Service
Geoff Hollimon - International Service
Cindy Carlson - Membership
Paul and Denise Jacobson - Youth service and Youth Exchange
Dana Rebelein - Foundation
Charlie Longbella - Communications/Website
John Ordway - Treasurer 
 
At today’s board meeting a membership policy change was discussed and approved: Spouses/Partners of current NBMV Rotary Club Members can be a Rotary club member with reduced membership fees of $200 annually ($50 quarterly).  The spouse/partner can hold officer positions within the club.
 
The Irondale Choir concert meeting was a huge success and next year we plan to invite more attendees.  
 
Devin and Cindy will finalize the Gold Plate Dinner menu so invitations and formal communications can be created.
 
John continued to share terrible jokes with the club.  Luckily most people finished their lunch so there wasn’t much food to be thrown at the comedian.
 
Next meeting is January 16th @ noon.  Location is New Brighton Exchange
Calendar:
  • December 19 - Annual Holiday celebration with Irondale Choir, noon @ Mounds View Community Center; guests welcome
  • January 2 – 11 am Board, noon election of 2023-24 officers and Board members. Please contact John Johnson if you are willing to serve beginning July 1, 2024
  • January 6 -  D5960 midterm @ Hamline U
  • January 16 – Club meeting at noon at The Exchange
  • January 31 – join the Lions Club Meal Pack in Roseville, 6-8 pm; details available from Ed James and/or the Jacobsen’s
  • April 19, 2024 – Gold Plate Dinner at Mounds View Community Center
Notes:
  • Community Services Center (CDC) was chosen as the recipient of Fund-a-Cause for the Gold Plate Dinner in April. A ticket for two (2 meals, 1 lottery ticket) will cost $175. For the first time, 6 single options will be available for $120 (1 meal and 1 lottery ticket).
  • Jason, Jeff, Nyle and George are responsible for November and December programs, and meeting place set up and take down. Dana, Jim, Geoff and Devon have January and February; Charlie, Dave, the Jacobsen’s and John J have March and April; and John O, Cindy, Mary, Nils and Susie have May and June. Please let John Johnson and Jason Miller know what the programs will be.
  • Reminder - Indicate on the order form if you prefer coleslaw or salad to fries, and any necessary dietary requirements. Guest meals are $15.
  • Sean O’Brien, real estate agent with Coldwell Banker Realty, was a special guest today.
  • Colin and Tony, Irondale HS students, shared their experiences at Camp Enterprise. Both were energized and enthusiastic about the program, especially the exposure to marketing and business plans. See photo below.
 
Program:                                                             Sylvia’s Children
 
Sylvia Allen is working through matching grants to provide 20 computers and big screens to a school of 1,000 children in Uganda. Of the thousand students, 250 are orphans. She has been working for students there for 20 years, and has encouraged and prepared many to go on to college, some to become teachers.
 
The government of Uganda just raised the education requirement for teachers to a 4-year degree. The computers will be available for teachers who have not achieved that level to take online classes when the students are out of class.
 
Sylvia’s Children focuses on food, clothes, lodging, education, health care and sustainability for the children, the latter by providing chickens, pigs, and coffee trees as sources of income.
Calendar:
  • December 1, 2023 – CPY Winter Gala 6-10 p.m. @ New Brighton Community Center
  • December 5 –11 @ Exchange - Board Gold Plate Dinner Planning, Everyone included
  • December 5 – noon Club meeting @ The Exchange
  • December 19 – Annual Holiday celebration with Irondale Choir, noon @ Mounds View Community Center
  • January 6 - D5960 midterm @ Hamline U
  • April 19, 2024 – Gold Plate Dinner at Mounds View Community Center
Notes:
  • Natalie Streich, was officially welcomed as a new member of Rotary International and of the New Brighton/Mounds View Rotary Club. She is the Recruitment and Retention Coordinator   for the Spring Lake Park, Blaine, Mounds View Fire Department.  Cindy Carlson and Nyle Zikmund are shown with Natalie below.
  • Please join the Board at the Exchange at 11 a.m. on December 5 to discuss the Gold Plate Dinner, including selection of the Fund-a-Cause recipient.
  • Jason, Jeff, Nyle and George are responsible for November and December programs, and meeting place set up and take down. Dana, Jim, Geoff and Devon have January and February; Charlie, Dave, the Jacobsen’s and John J have March and April; and John O, Cindy, Mary, Nils and Susie have May and June. Please let John Johnson and Jason Miller know what the programs will be.
  • Reminder - Guest meals are now only $15. Indicate on the order form if you prefer cole slaw or salad to fries, and any necessary dietary requirements.
Program:                                                           
               
Mike McGovern, Chair of the International Polio Plus Committee of RI, Past-Vice President of RI, and Trustee of the Rotary Foundation, addressed the Club by video recording. Some takeaways:
  • Since RI launched the effort to eradicate polio in 1985, more than 2.5 billion children in 122 countries have received the oral polio vaccine.
  • On one recent NID (National Immunization Day) alone, 40 million children were vaccinated, all funded by RI. We are immunizing 450–500 million children per year.
  • Partners who have joined our effort include UNESCO, WHO and USCDC. There is an Independent Monitoring Board.
  • The Gates Foundation matches Polio Plus donations 2-1 up to $100,000,000.00.
  •  The “Plus” in Polio Plus refers to the use of the connections, volunteers, infrastructure and health care systems developed for polio eradication also being used to fight the Ebola and Covid-19 epidemics.
  • Afghanistan and Pakistan each have “very narrow” areas with polio. Last year, RI funded billboards in Afghanistan urging parents to present their children for vaccination.
  • A country is certified “Polio Free” when there are no cases of wild polio and there is adequate surveillance (labs, medical facilities, etc.) to assure accuracy.
  • Polio workers have been targeted by the Taliban in Pakistan.
Calendar:
  • November 11 – TRF (Foundation) Dinner, 5:30 @ The Marriott NE in Roseville
  • November 21 – noon Club meeting @ The Exchange
  • December 5 – 11AM @ Exchange - Board Gold Plate Dinner Planning, Everyone included
  • December 5 – noon Club meeting @ The Exchange
  • December 19 – Annual Holiday celebration with Irondale Choir, noon at Mounds View Community Center
  • January 6 -  D5960 midterm @ Hamline U
  • April 19, 2024 – Gold Plate Dinner at Mounds View Community Center
Notes:
  • All are encouraged to attend the December 5 Board Meeting to provide input regarding the Gold Plate Dinner, including selection of the Fund-a-Cause recipient.
  • The Board approved contributing the $500 we have budgeted for The Ralph Reeder Food Shelf plus an additional $500 which will be doubled by a Bell Pole match they have secured.
  • Jason, Jeff, Nyle and George are responsible for November and December programs, and meeting place set up and take down. Dana, Jim, Geoff and Devon have January and February; Charlie, Dave, the Jacobsens and John J have March and April; and John O, Cindy, Mary, Nils and Susie have May and June. Please let John Johnson and Jason Miller know what the programs will be.
  • We have sponsored 2 Irondale students at Camp Enterprise this month.
  • Reminder - Guest meals are now only $15. Indicate on the order form if you prefer cole slaw or salad to fries, and any necessary dietary requirements.
 
Program:                                                             The Rotary Foundation
Peggy Strom, a member of the Arden Hills/Shoreview Rotary Club and our Foundation Mentor from D-5960, shared information about The Rotary Foundation (TRF). Here are some highlights:
  • TRF has received the highest rating possible (4 stars - perfect) from Charity Navigator for the last 15 years.
  • CNBC ranked TRF as one of the top charities for changing the world - #3 of 8,000.
  • Rotary International’s goal to eliminate polio from the world is nearing completion, with only Afghanistan and Pakistan reporting new cases.
  • The next major focus of TRF is human trafficking.
  • There are many ways to contribute to the Foundation, including: (1) Make a bequest in your Will, either in the original Will, or by adding a simple Codicil. (2) Write a check payable to The Rotary Foundation and get it to John Ordway. (3) Write a check to the Foundation and send it to Rotary International, telling John you have done so to keep our Club records up to date. (4) Make a gift online and tell John Ordway. (5) Use Rotary Direct to set up monthly contributions with a credit card (minimum $10/month.)
  • Jason Miller is a Major Donor, which means he has given more than $10,000 over time.  Peggy is shown below with Denise Jacobsen and Dana Rebelein.
Cindy Carlson led the meeting today for President John Johnson, who had a business conflict.
 
Our guests today were Brian Novak and former MBMV Rotarian Charlie Hall.
 
The New Brighton Historical Society is hoping to provide a digital archive of its records on a self-hosted website.   The New Brighton Lions Club is providing major funding but there may be opportunities for us to contribute toward this initiative.
 
Our speaker today was Ted Houley, offering an update on the Senitizo Medical Clinic in the Central African Republic (C.A.R.) which we helped to fund through a Rotary Global Grant as well as a District Grant. Central African Republic is one of the poorest countries in the world with an average daily income of just $1.  With poverty comes health problems, especially for pregnant mothers and children.  One of every 100 women die in childbirth and 13 of every 100 children die before age 5. 
 
Senitizo means “Health of the People” in the local tongue, and every effort is made to ensure that the local community plays a major role in running the clinic.  The local community meets monthly to make decisions and all staff (except for Ted) are from C.A.R.  
 
In addition to treating disease, Senitizo focuses on community health education, clean water, vaccinations and a comprehensive maternal health program.  The maternal health program includes prenatal counseling, 4 prenatal visits and nutritional counseling.  Senitizo also has a top-notch midwife.  So far, 60 babies have been born in the clinic but, when there is an obstetric emergency, they have an ambulance that can get the mother to the hospital with a kit of supplies and medication in case hospital supplies are not available.  Eight mothers have been transported to the hospital so far and all have delivered safely.  Since the clinic opened in December of 2021, the clinic has seen over 20,000 patients.
 
An article on Senitizo appeared in the October 15th Pioneer Press.  Follow the link below to read the article.  https://www.twincities.com/2023/10/15/stillwater-native-is-helping-bring-modern-health-care-to-central-african-republic/
 
Ted and Cindy are shown below.
 
Brian Novak was here on behalf of Scout Troop 412 in search of a large storage solution for Troop and Pack materials.  If you might have a solution, please contact Brian at 651-324-2541 or brian.novak414@icloud.com
 
Upcoming Dates
  • November 7 - Noon Meeting at Exchange
  • November 11 – TRF (Foundation) Dinner, 5:30 @ The Marriott NE in Roseville
  • November 21 - Noon Meeting at Exchange
  • January 6 - D5960 midterm @ Hamline U
  • April 19, 2024 – Gold Plate Dinner at Mounds View Community Center
 
Calendar:
  • October 13-14 – Conference of Clubs at St. Olaf in Northfield
  • October 17 – Club meeting at noon
  • November  7 – 11 a.m. Board, noon Club meeting
  • November 11 – TRF (Foundation) Dinner, 5:30 @ The Marriott NE in Roseville
  • November 21 – noon Club meeting @ The Exchange
  • January 6 -  D5960 midterm @ Hamline U
  • April 19, 2024 – Gold Plate Dinner at Mounds View Community Center
Notes:
  • Margie Horning presented a check for the District 5960 matching funds for CPY-STEM Science from Scientists at CPY. Jeff B volunteered the first day, when the scientists included an atomic scientist and a bee keeper.  Sign up online to volunteer.  Dana, Cindy and Margie are shown below.
 
  • Dana Rebelein was proud to present TWO Paul Harris Fellow pins today.  The first was Paul Jacobsen and the second was Edeth James.  Edeth was awarded a five-ruby pin, signifying over $6,000 in contributions to the Rotary Foundation.  Dana is shown with Paul and Edeth in the photos below.
  • REMINDER: The Club will reimburse members who attend the Rotary Foundation Celebration Dinner November 11.. Let Dana know that you (and your guest?) are going so we can sit together.
  • The Board approved contributing $750 to ”Sylvia’s Children,” the North St. Paul/Oakdale/ Maplewood Rotary Club matching grant initiative to equip a computer lab in a school for orphan children in Uganda.
  • Edeth, Vichai, Dennis and Jed are responsible for the program, invocation, raffle, and setting up and taking down the meeting site in September and October. Please let John Johnson and Jason Miller know what the programs will be.
  • Jason, Jeff, Nyle and George are responsible for November and December. Dana, Jim, Geoff and Devon have January and February; Charlie, Dave, the Jacobsen's and John J have March and April; and John O, Cindy, Mary, Nils and Susie have May and June.
  • We will sponsor 2 Irondale students at Camp Enterprise again.
  • Reminder - Guest meals are now only $15. Indicate on the order form if you prefer cole slaw or salad to fries, and any necessary dietary requirements.
Program:
WATER FOR SCHOOLS
     Patty Hall spoke about the Water for Schools matching grant to which we are a contributing Club. Led by the White Bear Lake Rotary Club, the project will provide borehole wells for three primary schools in Iganga District, Uganda. The WBL Rotary Club enlisted 16 Clubs from multiple Districts (13 in 5960) to complete a $23,397 District Grant.  H2O For Life will provide additional financial support.
     The project will provide clean water for the 2400 students in the 3 schools and their families. Handwashing stations and hygiene education are included. There will be a fund for maintaining the wells and training community management teams.
     Ed. Note: Longtime NBMV Club members will recall being involved with Highview Middle School when H2O for Life was started back in the day. The program was featured in an issue of The Rotarian Magazine.  Kudos to Patty Hall and all who started and sustained that amazing NGO!  Patty and Edeth are pictured below.
  
Calendar:
  • September 28 – D5960 Rotary One Summit in Roseville, 5:30-8 p.m.
  • October 3 – Club meeting noon, board 11
  • October 5 - D5960 Rotary One Summit in Stillwater, 5:30-8p.m.
  • October 13-14 – Conference of Clubs at St. Olaf in Northfield
  • October 17 – Club meeting at noon
  • November 11 – TRF (Foundation) Dinner, 5:30 @ The Marriott NE in Roseville
  • January 6 -  D5960 midterm @ Hamline U
  • April 19, 2024 – Gold Plate Dinner at Mounds View Community Center
Notes:
  • We welcomed new member Natalie Streich, Recruitment and Retention Coordinator of the Spring Lake Park, Blaine, Mounds View Fire department.
  • All members are encouraged to attend one of the Rotary One sessions listed above.
  • We are open to suggestions for service or social activities this Fall or Winter. [in addition to the Foundation Dinner] The Club will reimburse members who attend the Dinner. Guests are welcome but won’t be reimbursed. Watch for registration information.
  • Edeth, Vichai, Dennis and Jed are responsible for the program, invocation, raffle, and setting up and taking down the meeting site in September and October. Please let John Johnson and Jason Miller know what the programs will be.
  • Jason, Jeff, Nyle and George are responsible for November and December. Dana, Jim, Geoff and Devon have January and February; Charlie, Dave, the Jacobsen’s and John J. have March and April; and John O, Cindy, Mary, Nils and Susie have May and June.
  • We will sponsor 2 Irondale students at Camp Enterprise again.
  • Reminder - Guest meals are now only $15. Indicate on the order form if you prefer cole slaw or salad to fries, and any necessary dietary requirements.
Program:
 
Irondale High School Principal, Vichai Saefong, gave his Classification Talk. This is the opportunity afforded each Member to share background, interests and vocational information with the Club. [If you have not done one, let John J and/or Jason know.]
 
Vichai’s grandfather supported U.S. troops in Viet Nam during the war. His family escaped from the country after the war and Vichai was born in a refugee camp. They came to the U.S. in 1992 and settled in California. Vichai began working at age 11. He considered attending college at UC Santa Cruz where he could have cheered for the Banana Slugs, but chose Christian Missionary Alliance and studied psychology instead. He has created a Leadership Team at Irondale where they are working with the 1,800 students to create a positive social and educational culture.
“Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.” 
Calendar:
Notes:
  • All members are encouraged to attend one of the Rotary One sessions (see links above).
  • Q: Do you have suggestions for service or social activities this Fall or Winter? [besides the Foundation Dinner]
  • PDG Gary Campbell and PDAG Sandy Campbell were welcome visitors, bringing lottery tickets for the Anoka Rotary Club fundraiser.
  • Edeth, Vichai, Dennis and Jed are responsible for the program, invocation, raffle, and setting up and taking down the meeting site in September and October. Please let John Johnson and Jason Miller know what the programs will be.
  • Jason, Jeff, Nyle and George are responsible for November and December. Dana, Jim, Geoff and Devin have January and February; Charlie, Dave, the Jakobsen’s and John J have March and April; and John O, Cindy, Mary, Nils and Susie have May and June.
  • We will sponsor 2 Irondale students at Camp Enterprise again.
  • Reminder - Guest meals are now only $15. Indicate on the order form if you prefer cole slaw or salad to fries, and any necessary dietary requirements.
Program:
CPY STEM – Science from Scientists
    Mary Stewart described the educational program for which we have obtained matching grant funds [from donations made to The Rotary Foundation]. Scientists from the nonprofit organization Science from Scientists will visit CPY twice a month for 9 months, bringing equipment for hands-on science experiences for children in kindergarten through 8th grade.
    The objective of Science from Scientists is to teach and inspire the next generation to identify and solve real-world problems by improving STEM literacy, and address the STEM workforce gap. The curriculum meets Minnesota standards and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Disciplines introduced include physics, engineering, anatomy, physiology, chemistry, earth science, life science, technology and scientific practices.
    Mary asks Rotarians and their friends to volunteer to help.
    The $9,000 provided by this grant counts towards CPY’s goal to receive a $100,000 match for money raised between now and the end of 2023. Each $1 we provided for our grant proposal is now worth $4!
President John Johnson is pictured with Mary, below.
Calendar:
  • August 18-19 – Mounds View Festival in the Park
  • August 22 - Peace Talk at 7:30 am on Zoom (20 minutes)
  • September 5 - Noon Club meeting; Board at 11
  • September 28 – D5960 Rotary One Summit in Roseville
  • October 13-14 - Conference of Clubs at St. Olaf in Northfield
  • January 6 -  D5960midterm @ Hamline U
  • April 19, 2024 – Gold Plate Dinner at Mounds View Community Center
Notes:
  • Time to step up and agree to be President Elect to serve as Club President July 1, 2024.  
  • Please share your suggestions for a Club service project in September or October.
  • We served 800 hot dogs with chips and drinks to the Stock Yard Days parade participants. Thanks John and Dana J for your leadership of this successful and much appreciated community service.  In addition to the numerous verbal thank yous at the event, we received a thank you note from Virginia Bjerke of the New Brighton League of Women Voters.
  • Edeth, Vichai, Dennis and Jed are responsible for the program, invocation, raffle, and setting up and taking down the meeting site in September and October. Please let John Johnson and Jason Miller know what the programs will be.
  • Reminder - Guest meals are now only $15. Indicate on the order form if you prefer cole slaw or salad to fries and any necessary dietary requirements.
Program:
 
Create Hope in the World - Make Peace Visible was the message delivered by Patricia McCleese, D5960 District Governor, during her official visit to our Club. Hope blossoms into peace when Rotarians look for problems, promise to help, and keep the promise.
 
This is the first year of the District’s 3-year initiative to create environments where peace can happen – Rotary as an agent of peace, Rotarians as peace builders. Rotarians will intentionally connect Club activities with peacebuilding and share their peace stories within their communities. During this first year, emphasis will be on planting seeds through peace programs. Peace Talks by knowledgeable people will be offered and recorded for potential Club programs. The first 20-minute Peace Talk is August 22 at 7:30 AM on Zoom and will address local and global challenges and prospects of peace.
 
“This is a changing world. The story of Rotary will have to be written again and again.” Paul Harris
 
Cindy Carlson and PDG Patricia McCleese are pictured below.
 
Calendar:
  • August 12 – Stockyard Days Parade Feed, Volunteers needed for 8:45 and/or 10:30 shifts.
  • August 13 – CPY golf ball drop, 3PM @ Brightwood Hills Golf Course.
  • August 15 - Club meeting, Noon @ The Exchange, District Governor visits.
  • August 18-19 – Mounds View Festival in the Park.
  • April 19, 2024 – Gold Plate Dinner at Mounds View Community Center.
Notes:
  • Be sure to come to the next meeting – August 15 – to welcome our District 5960 Governor, Patricia McCleese, when she makes her official visit to our Club. Cookies! Bring a guest.
  • Will you step up? We need a President Elect who will serve as Club President July 1, 2024-June 30, 2025. Job sharing is an option. It is an amazing growth opportunity, with leadership training provided by the District, mentoring by former NBMV Club Presidents, and adulation and appreciation by everyone.
  • We want to do another Club Service project in September or October. Bring your suggestions to the meeting on the 15th.
  • The Club and individual Club members were among those who supported the CSC (Community Support Center) fund drive to prevent homelessness. There were nearly 400 walkers who walked 562 miles in support of CSC's mission. John and Dana Johnson served 280 hot dogs to the hungry walkers.  The Walk raised almost $20,000! It’s not too late to make a personal contribution. Talk to John Johnson (our representative on the CSC Board) or Karen Meyer at staff@communitysupportcenter.org
  • Our matching grant request from D5960 for Science from Scientists, a STEM program for CPY, was approved. Other Clubs are being invited to support the project with the hope and expectation that we will be invited to share their projects.
  • Jason organized us into Club Service teams and distributed the schedule. Each team will serve for two months to set up and take down the meeting site, provide and introduce the speaker/program, give or arrange for someone to give the invocation, greet guests, and whatever else looks needed.  The September-October Team is Edeth James, Vichai Saefong, Dennis Connolly and Jed Hamoud. Let John J, Ed, and Jeff or Dana know what the programs are so they can be included in Club notes and social media.
  • TRF (The Rotary Foundation) news from D-5960: During the fiscal year ending June 30, we raised and donated $416,296 to the Annual Fund, $137,137 to Polio Plus and $145,010 to the Endowment Fund! Part of the Annual Fund donations will return to our District in 3 years as District Designated Funds (DDF) to be allocated for Club local and global matching grant projects and projects initiated by D-5960.
  • Reminder - Guest meals are now only $15. Indicate on the order form if you prefer cole slaw or salad to fries and any necessary dietary requirements.
  • Duane Ager, husband of former NBMV Rotarian Sue Ager, died July 21, 2023. Services are at 11:00 am, August 26 at the Garden Mausoleum, Lakewood Cemetery. 
Program:
New Brighton City Manager Devon Massopust gave his classification talk. Devon became Assistant City Manager in 2017, Acting City Manager in 2019 and City Manager in 2020. He received an undergraduate degree from St. John’s and a Masters degree in Public Administration from Hamline.
His role is to carry out the policy directives of the City Council; for example, regarding licensing, inspections and safety of single family rentals. 
 
Devon shared his guiding principles: Be respectful and honest; collaborate if you can; consensus is hard, but outcomes are better; it’s uncomfortable, but try to be the dumbest person in the room; and there is always something to learn.  Devin and Membership Director Cindy Carlson are shown below.
Calendar:
 
  • July 30, Community Service Center (CSC) Walk,  9-1 @ Silverwood Park
  • August 1 – Club meeting, 12 @ The Exchange; (Possible Board meeting @ 11); Program: new members Vichai Saefong and Devon Massopust Classification Talks
  • August 12 – Stockyard Days Parade Feed, 8:45 or 10:30; let Pres. John know when you will be there
  • August 13 – CPY golf ball drop, 3 @ Brightwood Hills Golf Course
  • August 15 - Club meeting, 12 @ The Exchange, District Governor visits
  • August 18-19 – Mounds View Festival in the Park
  • April 19, 2024 – Gold Plate Dinner at Mounds View Community Center
Notes:
 
Thanks to Jason Miller for his excellent leadership during a year in which we tried new ways of doing things and made the significant change to meeting twice a month. It was a very good year.
 
And welcome new President, John Johnson! We are in good hands and look forward to another year of Service and Fellowship under your watch.
 
 
We welcomed special guests who joined us – Assistant District Governor, Julie Gotham, and Chrissy Fournier, who celebrated her birthday and shared Paul’s ill-fated Rotary Rock Proposal. [Ed. Note: they were beautiful and the proposal was professional, thorough, and a model document. Opportunity missed?]
 
We still need a volunteer to be President Elect who will be President July 1, 2024-25. Job sharing is an option. If you are willing to serve alone or with a co-president, let John Johnson know.
 
NBMV Rotarians generously contributed to The Rotary Foundation during the 2022-23 Rotary year. We sent $4,415 to the Annual Programs Fund, which provides funds for our matching grants, and $3,460 for Polio Eradication. We provided additional support for specific global service projects, including The Guatemala Literacy Program, Senitizo Central African Republic medical housing , Remember Niger Coalition, Hand in Hand – Ukrainian medical supplies, and for numerous matching grant programs headed by other District 5960 Rotary Clubs.
 
Reminder - If you prefer cole slaw or salad instead of fries with your sandwich, a gluten free bun, or no cheese, write that on the meals sign-in sheet.  Guest meals are now only $15.
 

Calendar:

  • July 4 – No meeting – Independence Day

  • July 18 – 11 a.m. Board meeting and 12 noon Club meeting at The Exchange;  Passing of the Gavel from Jason Miller to John Johnson

  • August 1 – Club meeting; (Board meeting?)

  • August 12 – Stockyard Days Parade Feed

  • August 13 – CPY golf ball drop

  • August 15 - Club meeting

  • April 19, 2024 – Gold Plate Dinner at The Exchange

 

Notes:

  • Volunteer Opportunity - Step up to be President Elect for Rotary Year July 1, 2023 to June 30, 2024, to become President for 2024-25. Job sharing is an option. If you are willing to serve alone or with a co-president, let John Johnson know.

  • Special appeal - Donations from District 5960 to The Rotary Foundation are significantly below those of the last fiscal year, seriously negatively impacting the amount of grant money which will be available to us three years from now.  We are especially active with matching grant projects here and abroad, both initiated by us and by partners. If you are able and willing to contribute to The Foundation before the end of the fiscal year; i.e., before July 1, please get a check payable to The Rotary Foundation to John Ordway, 3555 Willow Lake Blvd., Vadnais Heights, MN 55110. If you prefer to pay online, sign in to your account on MyRotary.org and make your contribution to the Annual Share Fund. Then tell John Ordway of your donation for our records.

  • Speaking of matching grant money – Cindy reported that $4,460 in matching funds was approved by the District Grants Subcommittee for our proposal to provide a STEM curriculum for CPY, teaching science through scientists. We will seek participation by other D-5960 Clubs to help reach the $9,000 total cost of the project.

  • Reminder - If you prefer cole slaw or salad instead of fries with your sandwich, a gluten free bun, or no cheese, write that on the meals sign-in sheet.

 

Program:    Lebanon – A Country in Turmoil

 

Jed and Becky Mahmoud described the current state of affairs in Lebanon, having recently returned from visiting family there.  Lebanon has a collapsing economy, political and social corruption, 1.5 million refugees (from Iraq, Africa and, most recently, Syria), high unemployment, runaway inflation, and shortages of supplies and water. Although there is adequate water available, corruption and poor leadership has failed to create the infrastructure needed to get water or reliable electricity to people’s homes.  The February 2023 issue of The Rotarian magazine has an article on Rotary providing $1.7 million dollars in water assistance.

 

There is basically no public education, as the government has not provided sufficient wages for teachers nor appropriately fitted out classrooms. 

 

Iran is sending financial aid to Lebanon as part of its efforts to gain control over the area, strengthening Hezbollah’s  influence in Lebanon.

  Calendar:
  • June 9 – Celebration of Life gathering for Mounds View Mayor, Al Hull*
  • June 20 – Regular noon meeting at The Exchange
  • July 4 – No meeting – Independence Day
  • July 18 – 11 a.m. Board meeting and 12 noon Club meeting at The Exchange;  Passing of the Gavel from Jason Miller to John Johnson
  • August 1 – Club meeting; (Board meeting?)
  • August 12 – Stockyard Days Parade Feed
  • August 13 – CPY golf ball drop
  • August 15 - Club meeting
  • April 19, 2024 – Gold Plate Dinner at The Exchange
 
Notes:
  • At the Annual Meeting, these Officers and Directors were elected for 2023-24: President - John Johnson, President-Elect - YOUR NAME HERE, Secretary - Nyle Zikmund, Treasurer - John Ordway, Club Service - Jason Miller, Community Service - Edeth James, International Service - Geoff Hollimon, Membership - Cindy Carlson, Youth Service/Exchange - Paul Jacobsen, Foundation - Dana Rebelein, Communications/Website - Charlie Longbella. A proposed budget was adopted.
  • Dana is hoping one of you will join her to share the joy and privilege of representing The Rotary Foundation to the Club. No experience required. On the job training.  
  • New initiative: Instead of one member being responsible for getting all speakers, the responsibility for that, for meeting set up and invocation will be shared by all members.
  • Special appeal: Donations from District 5960 to The Rotary Foundation are significantly below those at this time last year. This is important because the funds which are available for our matching grant activities are tied to donations in the 3rd previous year. We are especially active with matching grant projects here and abroad, both initiated by us and by partners. If you are able and willing to contribute to The Foundation before the end of the fiscal year; i.e., before July 1, please get a check payable to The Rotary Foundation to John Ordway, 3555 Willow Lake Blvd., Vadnais Heights, MN 55110. If you prefer to pay online, sign in to your account on MyRotary.org and make your contribution to the Annual Share Fund. Then tell John Ordway of your donation for our records.
  • Susie Risher was welcomed as the newest member of the NBMV Rotary Club. She hit the ground running by volunteering to work with Cindy on Membership! Suzie and Cindy are shown below.
  • We received a very favorable report card for Ishaiou TssouFou, one of the scholarship students we support in Niger, Africa.
  • A call for service project suggestions elicited two: a family scavenger hunt in a park for Rotary-related objects, and small gatherings to make Boomerang Bags – reusable bags for shopping
  • Reminder - If you prefer cole slaw or salad instead of fries with your sandwich, a gluten free bun, or no cheese, write that on the meals sign-in sheet.
  • We still need a President-Elect Nominee for Rotary Year July 1, 2023 to June 30, 2024, to become President for 2024-25. Job sharing is an option. If you are willing to serve alone or with a co-president, let John Johnson know.
  • Keep track of your hours of volunteering as a Rotarian and record them at meetings.
 
*Al Hull, Mounds View Mayor, died recently. The Celebration of his life will be a potluck picnic at Silver View Park, on Friday, June 9, from 3:30 – 8. Burgers, brats, hot dogs, chips and beverages will be provided. Residents may bring salads, hot dishes and desserts to share. We contributed to the cost of food.
IMPORTANT: Contact President Elect John Johnson now and tell him how you are a Rotarian! There are lots of fun “jobs” available – or volunteer to assist someone in a task/event/office. The new Rotary year begins July 1.
 
Calendar:
  • June 6 – Annual meeting at The Exchange at noon, Board meeting at 11 a.m.
  • June 13 – Regular meeting at The Exchange
  • July 4 – No meeting – Independence Day
  • July 18 – Noon meeting at The Exchange; Passing of the Gavel from Jason to John J; 11 a.m. Board meeting
Notes:
  • If you prefer cole slaw or salad instead of fries with your sandwich, a gluten free bun, or no cheese, write that on the meals sign-in sheet.
  • We need a President-Elect Nominee for Rotary Year July 1, 2023 to June 30, 2024, to become President for 2024-25. Job sharing is an option if you have someone with whom to share. Let Jason and John Johnson know that you are willing to step up.
  • Rotarians and guests did good work and had a good time at the Club Service Project at Bridging.
  • Rotarians also helped with the CPY/CtK garage sale.
  • Dave presented the Service Above Self Scholarship at Irondale and raved about the accomplishments of Irondale students who were recognized.
  • Nils has started Cities Cop Church to minister to people involved in police work.  It meets at Bethel College two evenings a month. He is also creating a PTSD support group for the increasing numbers of responders suffering with it.
  • Cindy and Dave asked if there is interest in another outing to The Ordway in early October to see “Come From Away.”   More information will be forthcoming.
  • Keep track of your hours of volunteering as a Rotarian and record them at meetings.
Speaker:
 
Nicole Brinkman, Children’s Librarian at the Roseville branch of the Ramsey County Library, was the guest speaker. She shared stories and photos of the project which was the object of our Fund-a-Cause appeal.
Nicole described the library’s extensive programing for babies and children and identified needs for better and more versatile furniture and storage cabinets.
The Reading Room hosts numerous and varied programs. In one program, caregivers and infants sit on the floor in a big circle. Every caregiver has a copy of the same book, and they read aloud together to the infants. Other examples include instrumental performers, Learning-Tree yoga, gardening, and interactive story time. Community partners (ex., police, fire department and DNR) provide special programs. Homework Help is one of the most frequently requested programs. In November, they visit kindergarten classrooms in Ramsey County and host a kindergarten party.
May 2, 2023 Meeting notes:  
 
OFFICIAL 30-DAY NOTICE: The annual meeting for election of Officers and Board members will take place June 6, 2023, at noon at The Exchange.  Every Rotarian should contact President-Elect John Johnson and let him know how you would like to do your part next year.
 
Calendar:
  • May 9 – 4-6 p.m.  Club service project at Bridging, 1730 Terrace Drive, Roseville. RSVP to Cindy that you will participate. Bring a guest to help!
  • May 11 – presentation of Irondale Service Above Self Scholarship, 5:30 p.m. meet the recipient, 7p.m. awards  ceremony
  • May 16 – Club meeting at The Exchange at noon
  • June 6 – Annual meeting at The Exchange at noon, Board meeting at 11 a.m.
  • July 4 – no meeting, Independence Day
  • July 18 – Noon meeting at The Exchange; 11 a.m. Board meeting
Announcements:
  • Keep track of your hours of volunteering as a Rotarian and record them at meetings.
  • The Gold Plate Dinner was a tremendous success, both as a good time and in funds raised. ($32,000) As our only fundraiser, this supports all of our service projects locally and globally.
Notes:
  • Tenzin Dikhangsar and Elijah Hay, two Irondale students we sponsored to attend Camp RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Academy), were special guests. They talked about meeting a variety of young people and developing friendships quickly. Both students mentioned gaining self confidence in public speaking through the experience.  Tenzin and Elijah are shown below with Irondale Principal Vichai Saefong.
  • Vichai Saefong, Principal of Irondale High School, was welcomed into membership of this Club and Rotary International. We enjoy working with Irondale to provide opportunities for the students, including scholarships, RYLA and Camp Enterprise. Students sometimes join us in our service activities, including the Easter Egg Hunt and the feeding of participants in the Stockyard Days parade. Vichai is shown with Club Membership Director Cindy Carlson, below.  
  • Ed James and Cindy Carlson were recognized for significant support of The Rotary Foundation and Rotary’s Polio Plus campaign.  Ed and Cindy are pictured with Foundation Director Dana Rebelein, below.
  • Honorary Club Member, MaryAnn Bawden, was a special guest and treated us to homemade cookies.
  • Keep Jed Hamoud and his family in your thoughts and prayers as they encounter difficulties in Lebanon.
Calendar:
  • April 8 – (Saturday) Easter Egg Hunt: Because of the condition of the field, candy and prizes will be handed out from vehicle trunks in the parking lot of the adjacent church at Silver Lake Road and 5th. Pick up the handouts from storage at 10:15 or be at the parking lot to help hand out. Let Dave know if you or someone you know will wear the bunny costume.
  • April 18 – Rotary Club meeting/CPY luncheon Christ the King Lutheran Church
  • April 20 – CSC luncheon – Contact John Johnson for details.
  • April 21 – Gold Plate Dinner at the Mounds View Community Center
  • April 22 – Paul Fournier memorial
 
Announcements:
  • SELL GOLD PLATE DINNER TICKETS! PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE! Don’t deprive someone of this fun evening because you didn’t invite him or her!
  • Get restaurant gift certificates to be bundled with others for the live auction,
  • Keep track of your Rotarian volunteering hours for RI.
  • We filled approximately 3,000 plastic eggs with jelly beans on Palm Sunday.
 
Speaker:
 
Angela Lewis Dmello from Northeast Youth and Family Services (NYCS) talked about the prevalence of children’s mental health conditions and programs that NYFS has developed to address the concerns.
Our Gold Plate Dinner Fund-a-Cause will raise funds to equip and refurbish two rooms used for mental health treatment – an art room for youth and a play room for younger children.
 
Since 1976, NYFS has worked with 10 municipalities to provide a juvenile diversion option to incarceration. They offer mental health assessment and family and couples counseling. The program is so successful that there is a 6 month waiting period for youth age 10 and under.
                 
Calendar:
  • March 28 – 6 p.m. gather in the basement of building across the street to the west of the post office to sort prizes for the egg hunt.
  • April 2 – (Sunday) 12:00 PM - Rotarians and friends fill Easter eggs with jelly beans at the Mounds View City Hall (across street from the Community Center)
  • April 4 - Club meeting at noon, Board at 11, at Mounds View Community Center. (The Exchange is not available). Program: “Children’s Mental Health,” by the CEO of NYFS – recipient of Fund a Cause this year.
  • April 8 – (Saturday) Easter Egg Hunt. All hands on deck at 10:00AM. Due to snow, the hunt will take place in the church parking lot from trunks and tail gates.) Looking for bunny volunteers
  • April 18 – CPY Luncheon/Club meeting at Christ the King Lutheran Church
  • April 21 – Gold Plate Dinner
  • April 22 – Paul Fournier memorial service.
 
Announcements:
  • SELL GOLD PLATE DINNER TICKETS! The more the merrier!
  • Get restaurant gift certificates to be bundled with others for the live auction,
  • Keep track of your Rotarian volunteering hours for RI.
 
Speaker:
 
Cindy Carlson stepped up with a timely, informative presentation when the scheduled speaker canceled.  She identified and explained the categories used to evaluate bank safety, including:
  • Investment Price Stability – depreciation of the bank’s investment portfolio, loss due to interest rate shifts
  • Deposits Stability – higher percentage of stable insured deposits = lower risk of bank runs
  • Loan Quality
  • Liquidity – funds available for immediate (overnight) withdrawal by depositors
  • Profitability
  • Capital
She shared the numbers for American National Bank in each of the categories, (All good!), and those for the two banks that recently failed. Silicon Valley Bank had investment depreciation (bond losses) of 104% which wiped out regulatory capital. Only 11% of its deposits were FDIC insured.  Signature Bank was a Crypto Bank with highly portable deposits, and only 4 % of its customers had FDIC coverage.
 
The reassuring good news: “It’s difficult to find other banks in the U.S. which have these extremely weak characteristics.”
                 
Calendar:
  • March 21 – Club meeting at 7:30 a.m. at the Mounds View Community Center
  • April 2 – (Sunday) Rotarians and friends fill Easter eggs with jelly beans
  • April 4- Club meeting at noon, at the Mounds View Community Center, 11 a.m. Board meeting; (The Exchange is unavailable.)
  • April 8 – (Saturday) Easter Egg Hunt signature event
  • April 18 – CPY Luncheon/Club meeting at Christ the King Lutheran Church
  • April 21 – Gold Plate Dinner
  • April 22 – Paul Fournier memorial
Announcements:
 
Devin Massopust, New Brighton City Manager, was inducted as the primary member under the City’s corporate membership. Welcome!  Devin and Membership Director Cindy Carlson are shown below
 
John Johnson (PHF+1) and Dana Rebelein(PHF+8) were awarded Paul Harris Plus pins for contributions to The Rotary Foundation over and above those for their initial PH Fellowships.  See photos below.
 
 
Paul Jacobsen, John Johnson, Ed James, Jason Miller, Jeff Benson, Geoff Hollimon, Cindy Carlson, John Ordway, and Dana Rebelein were recognized as members of the Polio Plus Society and received special pins recognizing Polio Plus contributions made during a special D-5960 appeal last Fall. 
 
The Club has acquired some beautiful signs displaying the 4-way test. Let Jason know if you have a place to display one. Some will be displayed at our Rotary community events.  They are just $5 and come with a metal support for easy display.
 
After April 4, all regular Club meetings will be at noon at The Exchange on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the months
 
Invitations to our only fundraiser and major community social event, the Gold Plate Dinner, are now available (you can find them in a recent email from Cindy Carlson).  Each ticket includes one raffle ticket and meals for two. Only 75 will be sold. Price is still $170 per ticket.
 
Members – keep track of your Rotarian volunteer hours for RI.
 
Today's Speaker:
 
Jamie Kagol, KARE 11 weekend meteorologist, was another great program, brought in by John Johnson.  Jamie was raised in St. Anthony Village and interned in Mankato before traveling around the country to work in diverse regions reporting on extreme weather events, including mountain snowstorms, tropical storms, desert heat and monsoons. He found his way back to Minnesota in December.
 
Jamie makes his own forecasts, studying mathematical models and the available “data overload,” including satellite data. Jamie works alone on weekends and with one of the other forecasters on weekday afternoons.  Jamie and John are sh  
Calendar:
  • March 7 – noon meeting AT THE EXCHANGE. 11 a.m. Board meeting;
  • March 21 – 7:30 a.m. at the Mounds View Community Center
April = NBMV Rotary Month!!
  • April 2 – (Sunday) Rotarians and friends fill Easter eggs with jelly beans
  • April 4- Club meeting at noon, MOUNDS VIEW COMMUNITY CENTER; board meets at 11AM
  • April 8 – (Saturday) Easter Egg Hunt signature event
  • April 18 – CPY Luncheon/Club meeting at Christ the King Lutheran Church
  • April 21 – Gold Plate Dinner
  • April 22 – Paul Fournier memorial
Announcements:
  • Beginning on April 4th, all regular Club meetings will be at noon at The Exchange on the first and third Tuesdays of the month.
  • Invitations to our only fundraiser and major community social event, the Gold Plate Dinner, are now available. Each includes one raffle ticket and meals for two. Only 75 will be sold. Price is still $170 per ticket.
  • Members – keep track of your Rotarian volunteer hours for RI.
Speaker:
     Luke Little, former tree specialist at ECHO (Educational Concerns for Hunger Organization), explained the benefits provided by the “Tree Keeper” tree mapping software we facilitated
obtaining for them last year. Every tree is now located on an internet site map with specifics about its characteristics, seeds, grafting, fertilizers, pesticides, etc. The trees are studied, and information and seeds are shared across the world for timber, fiber, food, medicine, and environmental benefits such as erosion control.
     Hurricane Ian uprooted many of the trees last Fall. 90 trees were lost. 150 were “stood up.” The original holes had to be dug out. Tree trunks were painted with yellow latex paint to protect them from sunburn, canopies were pruned to reduce demands on the damaged root systems, and the trees were propped up with stakes and cable.
     ECHO is headquartered in Florida with regional centers strategically placed around the world to develop and share sustainable hunger solutions. They develop and share innovative, low-tech options to maximize degraded sites, tripling yield with homemade fertilizers and pesticides. Other low-tech examples include drip tape micro dosing to maximize water, and instructions for making your own pumps.
NBMV Rotary Club Meeting February 7, 2023
Meeting notes:
• Change of meeting time/place: Beginning in April, we will meet the first and third Tuesday of every month at noon at The Exchange.
• April 2: Gather to fill plastic eggs with jelly beans and prize slips for the annual Easter Egg Hunt.
• April 8: NBMV Signature event Easter Egg Hunt. 
• May 9: Service Project: NBMV Rotary volunteering at Bridging from 4 – 6 p.m. 
• We gave $250 to the Roseville Club’s Rotary Reading Room at the County library in Roseville. 
• The Fund-A-Cause special collection at the Gold Plate Dinner will benefit the Northeast Youth and Family Services playroom and art therapy room for addressing mental health issues of children and youth.
• District 5960 is offering bonus recognition points for February donations to The Rotary Foundation. The points count toward Paul Harris Fellowship(s) $100 = 2 to 1 point match, $365 = Point match to Paul Harris Fellowship, $1,000 = recognition on the District website and share a PHF with 2 people.
• Jack Gibbons of the Stillwater Sunrise Club visited and added NBMV as one of the 50 Clubs he will have on his passport, celebrating his 50 years in Rotary. [Congratulations, Jack!]
Lee Scheumann, Pastor, Real Estate Appraiser, Rotarian and Humanitarian, spoke about the Cherkasy Medical Aid Project in Ukraine. He has spent considerable time in that country and region over the years. Working through a global network including, among others, Matters 360, Life Rice, the Minnesota Coalition for Eastern Europe, his own non-profit, Hand in Hand Logistics, and churches in Ukraine, he delivers surplus medical supplies to Ukraine. He described the displacement of millions of people and infrastructure devastation caused by the war. 927 hospitals and medical facilities have been damaged or destroyed. Bibles for Missions thrift store sends surplus clothing.
The Board will consider a donation from the Club to this initiative at its next meeting. If you want to make a personal contribution to this Ukrainian humanitarian relief, make your check payable to HAND IN HAND and send it to John Ordway who will send all checks together to Lee.  Jason, Lee and John are shown below.
 
Meeting notes:  
  • IMPORTANT:  January  31 All Hands On Deck Noon Meeting at The Exchange to plan Gold Plate Dinner
  • Calculate and report your hours of community service as a Rotarian since July 1, 2022
  • The St Paul Club is seeking adult counselors and a Camp Director for RYLA
  • Next regular meeting: February 7, noon, at The Exchange. Board meets at 11.
Today’s Speaker:
Dana Johnson from Cargill, a Minnesota company, shared:
  • Cargill is the largest privately owned company in the U.S. with $134 billion revenue last fiscal year.  If it were publicly traded, it would rank #16 just behind Walgreens. It has 155,000 employees in 65 countries.
  • There are 4 divisions – (1) Grain (analytics re. origination & trading), (2) Protein (poultry & salt), (3) Food Ingredients and Bio-industrial (ex., cane & corn syrups and non-artificial high intensity sweetener Stevia; sustainable aviation fuel, elimination of chemically derived products such as plastic, and promoting low-till farming to reduce carbon emissions), and (4) Trading Risk Management (ocean transportation).
  • Cargill gives 1% of its earnings to the community, for example, to support general food security and water and to oppose child labor.
  • To support its employees and the need for food, Cargill continues its operations in Russia, sending 100% of profits therefrom to Ukraine for humanitarian purposes.
Meeting notes:
  • A memorial service for Paul Jacobsen’s father, Richard, will be this Saturday, December 10, at North Heights Lutheran Church, 2701 North Rice Street, Roseville. 10 a.m. visitation, 11 a.m. service. Obituary at https://www.muellerbies.com 
  • The Club will donate $400 toward the $600 cost per video to The Reel Project (professionally made videos of children in foster care seeking forever families). If you wish to add to the donation, make your tax-deductible check payable to the Rotary Healthy Youth Foundation and mail it to John Ordway to be included with the Club check.
  • Our annual holiday party with the Irondale Chorus will be Tuesday, December 20 at noon at the Mounds View Community Center.
  • Members – keep track of your Rotary volunteer hours for RI.
  • Save the Date - The Gold Plate Dinner will be April 21, 2023, at the Mounds View Community Center, $170 per ticket for two, 75 tickets will be sold.
  • John Risdall is in hospice care.
  • Paul Fournier is recovering from hip surgery.
  • If you have a passion for fighting human trafficking, please volunteer to be the one who keeps us tuned to the D-5960 effort. (You’d be a Champion!)
  • NBMV Rotary Club members donated $3,465 to Polio Plus in November!!! Awesome!
  • Congratulations to John Johnson who is now a Paul Harris Fellow! And to Ed James, who is now Paul Harris plus 3!  FYI: Our Club has 3 Major Donors - members who have given more than $10,000 to The Rotary Foundation over time.
 
 
Speaker:
Dan McNeil, Peacemaker Minnesota, acknowledged 15 years of NBMV Rotary support for the anti-bullying/anti-harassment program which focuses on teaching children to treat each other with kindness and respect, developing positive relationships.
 
In the most recent survey (2018 pre-COVID), 19% of Minnesota children reported being bulliesd and 8-11% said they didn't feel safe in school.  Last year, Peacemaker served 45 schools in 29 communities.  They provide curriculum, speakers, staff training, videos and age-appropriate books.
 
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