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New Brighton Mounds View

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500 5th Ave, NW
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New Brighton, MN 55112
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Our guest today was Mary Jo McGuire.
 
President Ed James’ quote of the day:  “Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.” – Albert Einstein.
 
Next week’s club meeting will be “face to face” at Silverview park, just East of Silver Lake Rd. on Co. Rd I in Mounds View.  Bring your lunch and your mask.  The Board will meet at 11AM prior to the club meeting.
 
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Jed Hamoud reported on the continuing crisis in Lebanon following the gigantic August 4th explosion in Beirut.  It’s estimated that half of Beirut has been destroyed and The Rotary club of Beirut Cedars is working to address the many challenges facing the people of Beirut.  Their response includes:
Food Boxes – The delivery of the food is traced by “Geopal” to eliminate government corruption.
Educational Support – Half of the schools have been destroyed.
Disaster response – 300,000 are homeless, 6,000 were injured and over 200 were killed.
Reporting Transparency – Government media information is inaccurate.
Beirut Cedars Rotary is working with other Lebanese Rotary clubs as well as clubs around the world to address these issues.  We are investigating how we might be able to help.
 
Geoff Hollimon reported that the Suburban Ramsey Emergency Coalition has approved three more grants.  Solid Ground and Aeon will each receive grants of $5,000 and Keystone Community services will receive a $2,500 grant.  Twelve grants have now been approved for a total of $67,500.  The tickets for the raffle of a classic 1973 Mustang Convertible are going fast, especially after this last weekend’s event at Bent Brewstillery in Roseville.  Only 1,000 tickets will be sold, but tickets are still available and you can get yours from Geoff Hollimon in person at next week’s face to face meeting at Silverview Park OR by mailing your check for $25 (made out to Climb Theatre) to:
Mustang Raffle
c/o Geoff Hollimon
2749 13th Terrace NW
New Brighton, MN 55112
The Coalition invites you to take part in a biking/walking/driving tour of twenty examples of rose art in the Roseville in Bloom art exhibit.  Bike routes of 9.7 and 7.6 miles are suggested, or you can visit them in your car.  Register here for a chance to win a prize and, hopefully, make a donation to the coalition to support its work to provide food and housing support for those with greatest need resulting from Covid 19.
 
Nyle Zikmund introduced today’s speaker, Garry Johanson, director of Norman County, MN Environmental Services Division.  Garry’s job description is wide ranging, including Planning and Zoning, Solid Waste, Recycling and Household Hazardous Waste, Emergency Management, Flood Plain Management, Buffer Management, Courthouse Safety and Public Safety Departments.  Garry was with us today to talk about emergency management.  Norman County is located in the Red River Valley in northwestern Minnesota and it leads the state in natural disasters, primarily because of the perennial springtime flooding of the Red River.  As if all these responsibilities were not enough to keep him busy, Garry is also the President of the Association of Minnesota Emergency Managers (AMEM).  As he talked about the challenges that emergency managers face, he emphasized how Covid 19 has changed the entire landscape of emergency preparedness and placed a huge strain on the mental health of emergency planners and their staff.
Today’s guests were Mary Jo McGuire and Sherry Munyon.
 
President Ed’s Quote of the day:
“We aren’t limited if we can’t see. We’re only limited if we don’t look.” – Two Blind to Ride
 
Don’t forget that our September 22nd meeting will be Face to Face at Silver View Park on County Rd. I, just east of Silver Lake Rd.  The meeting will also be available on ZOOM.
 
Treasurer John Ordway reported that the No-Plate Dinner fundraiser has so far raised $12,743 and we anticipate another $2,500 for a total of  $15,243 net income.  Congratulations to the organizers and thanks to the donors that made it possible to continue to fund our many charitable efforts for the coming year.
 
Geoff Hollimon reported on the Suburban Ramsey Emergency Coalition.  The Coalition has two new activities that will provide opportunities to raise funds and to increase visibility of the Coalition:
  1. Collector Car Raffle: On Saturday, September 5, the 1973 Mustang Convertible Raffle launched at the Kiwanis State Fair Malt Shop at Dave’s Auto in Roseville.  In partnership with Climb Theater as a licensed gambling sponsor, tickets are being sold both by our Coalition members and at the 17 gambling sites of Climb Theater.  The drawing for prizes will be at the Mermaid in Mounds View on November 19.  Weather permitting; the next display of the Grand Prize 1973 Mustang convertible will be on Saturday, September 12 at Bent Brewstillery, 1744 Terrace Drive, Roseville. There will be a Minnesota BBQ Society Cook-Off event at Bent from 12:30 to 4:30. Bent is also one of the locations of Rose art in Roseville-in-Bloom and is a charitable gambling site for Climb Theater. We plan to be there between Noon and 3 PM (weather permitting). This event will have it all: Mustang display, BBQ cook-off, public Rose art and Bent craft beer. More details on Facebook and emails. All this will be outside in the parking lot so you can safely attend with masks and wisely social distancing.
  1. Fall Bike/Drive to see Rose Art: Planning continues for the Bike/Drive Event to see Roseville In Bloom Art in partnership with Visit Roseville. Biking and driving routes are being created to enable the public to conveniently view Roseville’s first free public art. When the public goes to  https://www.visitroseville.com/roseville-in-bloom/, they will be able to download a biking/driving route and register to win prizes provided by in-kind sponsors from among Roseville’s dining and hospitality options. This event will run through September and October.
A list of important Rotary dates should be in your email inbox, or you can download it here.
 
Nyle Zikmund introduced Bill Strusinski to speak to us about his experiences as a medic during the Vietnam War.  Bill noted that, in previous wars, medics were stationed just behind the front lines.  In Vietnam, however, the nature of the fighting put the medics out in the field as an embedded part of the infantry units.  Bill was a “combat” medic; caring for the wounded under the most difficult circumstances imaginable while knowing that at any moment he could be the one needing medical attention.  Bill’s official medic training was completed in 10 weeks but he says that most of the training was on the battlefield.  Bill’s medic bag contained little more than the essentials to stop bleeding and dull the pain until a helicopter could evacuate the wounded soldier to a field hospital.  The efficiency of these evacuations (averaging only 1 hour) allowed many soldiers to survive their physical wounds, but the mental trauma (for the wounded and non-wounded alike) would follow them for the rest of their lives.  This was aggravated by the shameful way that Vietnam vets were treated by many Americans upon their return home.  PTSD and depression have led to alarmingly high suicide rates among veterans and Agent Orange exposure has resulted in an array of medical problems that gets bigger as time goes on. 
 
Bill had an opportunity to speak at the “Stars of Life” awards banquet in 2017 and this appearance inspired him to write his book, “Care Under Fire”, detailing his experiences in Vietnam.  You can learn more or order the book by clicking the link above.  Nyle Zikmund will also bring a few books to our September 22nd face to face meeting.
President Ed James Quote of the Day:
“Don’t find fault. Find a remedy.” -  Henry Ford
 
Our guest today was Jeff Ozanne, Lead Pastor at Faith United Methodist Church in St. Anthony.
 
Important Rotary Dates and Events can be accessed by clicking here.
 
Upcoming Speakers:
- September 08 - Bill Strusinski - Care Under Fire - 365 days in Vietnam
- September 15, 2020 - Garry Johanson -State of Emergency Management
 
Although it wasn’t presented at the club meeting, Geoff Hollimon provided me with a Suburban Ramsey Emergency Coalition Weekly Report, which I have included below:
 
Subject: Weekly Highlights from Suburban Ramsey Emergency Coalition - August 24
 
This past week total donations to the Suburban Ramsey Emergency Coalition reached $85,716. After deducting $55,000 for the 9 grants awarded, the balance is $30,716. We are assessing how the nature of the upcoming school year and current CARES Act resources impact needs for food and housing assistance. Meanwhile there are three current activities.
1.       Review of Letters of Interest for Donor Designated Housing Assistance for families who identify as Black or African American.
The Grants Committee is reviewing three letters of interest (LOI) in grants from the donor designated fund. The LOIs are from AEON, Solid Ground and Keystone Community Services. After review of the LOI, applications will be sought and final decision will be by the Steering Committee.
2.      Collector Car Raffle.
We continue to wait for the fiscal agent agreement from CLIMB Theater for raffle of the 1973 Ford Mustang. Two appraisals have been completed and the photo shoot was done by a local professional photographer who donated his services. We want to get the agreement to the Steering Committee for approval as soon as possible so that we and CLIMB’s charitable gambling partners can start selling tickets.
3.      Bike/Drive Event to see Roseville in Bloom art in partnership with Visit Roseville.
We are planning a family friendly Bike/Drive event to encourage people to safely get outside this fall to visit Roseville in Bloom art in 20 locations in Roseville. The Roseville in Bloom website will add biking and driving and in-kind sponsors who will provide incentives such as free appetizers and 2 for 1 specials for people to go to our Suburban Ramsey Emergency Coalition to register for this FREE event. We hope that the in-kind sponsors will also promote the event to their clients. The goal is to increase visibility of our Coalition and to encourage people to naturally donate to the Coalition. This event would be open September and October and we may be able to co-promote this with showing of the collector car for raffle sales.
There will be a Steering Committee meeting this Thursday, August 27 if there is need for decisions or significant discussion. 
 
Nyle Zikmund introduced our speaker, Tyler Ahnemann, from the Minnesota Zoo.  Tyler said that the Minnesota Zoo is 42 years old and is the 5th oldest zoo in the country.  The Zoo is a trusted conservation leader and adheres to the highest standards of wildlife preservation and care, as evidenced by its accreditation with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.  In the years before Covid-19, the Zoo entertained over 1.3 million guests, including over 500,000 environmental program participants, each year.  Pandemic concerns led the Zoo to close on March 14th but it reopened at limited capacity on July 24th.  Reservations to visit the Zoo can be made online by clicking here.
 
The Zoo is also known for its adult programming.  Tyler mentioned several adult oriented opportunities including: Wellness/Special Interest Program, Backwoods Camping, Backstage Passes and Travel Ed-Ventures.  He talked at length about the Travel Ed-Ventures program, which offers groups of 8-16 adventure travelers environmental trips to locations around the globe.  If you are interested, contact Tyler at TylerAhnemann@state.mn.us.
 
President Ed noted that our next face-to-face Rotary meeting will be on September 22nd at Silverview park on Co Rd I near Silver Lake Road at 12:00 Noon.  Bring your own food and beverage.  The meeting will also be available on ZOOM.
 
Cindy Carlson presided over the culmination of our No-Plate dinner fundraiser.  Our 19th annual Gold Plate Dinner fundraiser was cancelled this year due to Covid-19, so we needed to find a way to raise funds for the myriad of charitable causes that our club supports.  Since the Gold Plate Dinner raises over $20,000 each year, we had our hands full trying, on short notice, to recover the lost revenue.  The No-Plate Dinner was like a dinner fundraiser without the dinner.  We had already raised $7,400 prior to the cancellation of the Gold Plate Dinner and we have raised an additional $6,500 since then, so the response has been heartwarming.  The No-Plate donations will help us to continue to fund and participate in programs like these:
 
Harvest Pack Food Packing
Feed My Starving Children
Stockyard Days Parade Hot Dog Feed
Cultural Exchange to Lebanon
Adopt a Home Program
Community Support Center
Rotary Youth Exchange Program
Rotary Global Scholar Program
Rotary Easter Egg Hunt
4th Grade Foresters Tree Giveaway
Three $1,500 College Scholarships
Community Partners with Youth
Mounds View Festival in the Park
Mounds View Police Federation
Ralph Reeder Food Shelf
New Brighton Historical Society
Northeast Youth and Family Services
Peacemaker Minnesota
Stamp Out Hunger
Camp RYLA
Camp Enterprise
Irondale Choir
Remember Niger Child Sponsorships
Guatemala Literacy Project
 
Major sponsors were:
Bell Lumber and Pole
Western Bank
Smith Schaeffer and Associates
Mountaintop International
Pratt-Ordway Properties
Our sincere thanks to all who contributed to this event.
 
The $250 raffle winner was Jay Ariyo in London, England.  Charity really is a global effort!
President Ed’s Quote of the Day:  “Happiness is when what you think, what you say and what you do are in harmony.” - Mahatma Gandhi
 
Treasurer John Ordway reported that, as of today, we have collected over $5,000 in donations toward our No-Plate Dinner fundraiser. 
 
Membership Director Cindy Carlson had the pleasure to induct former Rotarian Gerry Tietz as an Honorary Member of the club.  Gerry had been a member since 2004 with 16 years of faithful membership and exemplary leadership.  Gerry held several Board positions, was President of the club and even served the District as a Foundation Committee member.  Gerry was unable to attend in person because of Covid restrictions at his new residence, but he was able to join us on Zoom.  Congratulations, Gerry, on your honorary membership.  We miss you and hope you will soon be able to attend an occasional meeting.
 
We were all saddened at the news that DG Ed Marek’s daughter, Mandy, had passed on after battling breast cancer. Condolences may be directed to:
Ed and Sue Marek
5676 Upper 136th St Ct. W.
Apple Valley MN 55124
 
Jed Hamoud offered to make contact with the Beirut, Lebanon Rotary Club to see if there is a way we might be of help after the horrendous explosion that rocked the city on August 4th.
 
Geoff Hollimon reported that the Suburban Ramsey Emergency Coalition has received over $83,000 of its $150,000 donation goal.  He thanked everyone for their generous contributions but warned that Fall will bring new challenges as state and federal emergency funding runs out.  The Coalition has awarded a grant to the YMCA of Greater Twin Cities to help fund and onsite food shelf at Montreal Courts, and affordable housing complex in Little Canada.  The $5,000 grant will provide food to 225 people each month and cooked meals for 120 people each week.  The Coalition’s Virtual Run/Walk was a big success with 157 registrations. Registrations netted $2,140 and donations and sponsorships added another $12,843 for a total of $14,943. Well done!  The Coalition also received an anonymous $10,000 donation designated for housing assistance for Black or African-American families.
 
Nyle Zikmund introduced today’s presenter, Michael Wurth, from Urban BoatBuilders.  Twenty five years ago a group of community leaders formed the non-profit to address the opportunity gap created by systemic barriers to education and employment. Urban Boatbuilders provides hands-on opportunities to gain technical, social and emotional skills to help young people reach their academic and vocational goals.  Urban Boatbuilders has two programs; apprenticeship and partnership.
 
The Apprenticeship Program is a paid job training program.  Applicants must be 16-19 years old and meet criteria for low income or barriers to employment.  Pay starts at $9.84 per hour and goes up with additional sessions.  Sessions use boat building as the means to build technical, social and career readiness skills. There are also three paddling and camping opportunities each year, including one in the Boundary Waters. Successful apprentices may apply to become Senior Apprentices and, eventually Youth Instructors. Michael noted that 73% of the youth who complete the apprenticeship program are employed.
 
The Partnership Program is a cooperative program with local middle schools, high schools and youth service organizations to provide academically enhanced boatbuilding skills to youth ranging in age from 12-21. This program serves over 1000 youth per year. The program is on hold during Covid but will continue with safety measures as schools reopen.
 
Potential volunteers are encouraged to check out Open Shop Night on Wednesdays from 6:30 –9:30PM. These sessions are open to all levels of experience.  The calendar and other information are available here.
 
Urban Boatbuilders will be having a 25th Anniversary Virtual Community Celebration on August 20th from 6:30-7:30 PM. To RSVP or get more information, click here.
 
See below for group photo of today’s meeting participants as well as a photo of Nyle and Michael.
 
 
Our guest today was Mary Jo McGuire.
 
Watch for an email from President Ed James listing upcoming Rotary events.  Note that August 18 at noon marks our second face-to-face Rotary meeting (with social distancing and masks).  The meeting will be held in the pavilion at Silverview Park on County Rd I just east of Silver Lake Rd.
 
Cindy Carlson reported that we have received $4,000 (40%) of our goal of $10,000 in donations for our No-Plate Dinner fundraiser.  President Ed will forward Treasurer John Ordway’s summary of donations so far.  We all need to do our part by asking family, friends and co-workers to contribute.
 
Geoff Hollimon updated us on the North Suburban Emergency Coalition’s fundraising efforts.  Donations to date total $65,241 toward a goal of $150,000. Five grants have been made so far and more are in the pipeline.  The Coalition’s Three Mile Community Virtual Run/Walk is going on this week and has so far raised $12,695.  At today’s meeting it was revealed that you can still sign up for the run/walk.  Just click the link above to register.   Don’t forget that you can also support the work of the Suburban Ramsey Emergency Coalition by writing a check in any amount to the Suburban Ramsey Covid-19 Response Fund and mailing it to:
       Suburban Ramsey Covid-19
       Response Fund
       C/o Carol Brown-Mills
       5845 St. Albans Court
       Shoreview, MN 55126
Carol is a board member of Shoreview Community Foundation and she’ll forward donations to The St. Paul and Minnesota Foundation each day. You will still get your tax receipt from the St. Paul and Minnesota Foundation with tax ID # 41-6031510.
Recent improvements to the Coalition’s website include a “Donate” button if you prefer the convenience of online donations.  The Coalition’s Facebook page can be accessed by clicking here.  An update to the Coalition's member Rotary Clubs can be downloaded here.
 
Geoff also reported on the 8th Annual CPY Golf Ball Drop which was held at Brightwood Hills Golf Course.  In the biggest ball drop to date, so many balls were dropped that it disrupted the mechanism for determining the winner.  Instead of one ball in the cup there were three.  A quick phone call to the three potential winners resulted in all three agreeing to split the $1,800 pot.  The event grossed over $9,000!
 
Nyle Zikmund introduced our speaker, Tara Jebens-Singh, the new Executive Director of Northeast Youth and Family Services (NYFS).  Tara began her employment at NYFS just as the pandemic hit but she appears to have hit the ground running.  Many NYFS programs are heavily dependent on face to face interaction with their clients, so these COVID times have made creativity and collaboration essential.  NYFS is a mental health and social service agency serving people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds in the northeastern metropolitan area of the Twin Cities.  On the mental health services side, NYFS provides services in 17 schools in the Roseville, Mounds View and White Bear Lake Districts as well as providing tele-health services, home visits, clinic-based services and day treatment programs.  On the social services side, NYFS provides senior chore services, tele-reassurance calls and youth diversion programs.  In conjunction with area police departments, the community advocacy program is also just restarting.
Today marked the first in person (with masks and social distancing) club meeting since Covid-19 hit.
 
Our guests today were Jason Miller’s wife Renee and District 5960 Governor Nominee, Dayle Quigley.
 
President Ed James has emailed a list of upcoming events.  You’ll find the list below:
 
August 1, 2020 (Saturday 8:00AM – 10:00AM)  Strive Scholarship Taco John's Run Baby Run 5K, 10K.  Saturday August 1, 2020 8:00 a.m. start time.  $25 with registration on or before July 27 and just $35 after July 27 and race day.  Click here for online registration (midwest events).  This race starts at The Boatworks Commons, (4459 Lake Ave S) on beautiful White Bear Lake.  The course is flat and fast, 5K runs north along the lake to West Park and then back.  The 10K goes south to Cottage Park then North along the lake to Ramsey County Park into the White Bear Lake neighborhood before returning back to Lake Ave, and the Finish at The Boatworks Commons.  The registration includes an event T-Shirt. Rotary Volunteers are at the Start/Finish and on the course supporting the runners.  All of the proceeds of the race go to the Strive Scholarship Inc Fund which is a 501c(3) tax-exempt, non-profit entity.  Awards will be given to the top male and female overall and the top 3 male and female in each group.
 
August 2, 2020 (Sunday 3:00 PM) - CPY’s 8th Annual Golf Ball Drop - Brightwood Hills Golf Course, New Brighton, Win up to $5,000, All ticket sales from this event benefit the youth programs at Community Partners with Youth (CPY) 1 Ball = $10 3 Balls = $25 5 Balls =$40 To purchase tickets call 651-633-6464
 
August 7, 2020 (Friday 5:30 – 9:00PM) SAVE THE DATE - Join us at Canterbury Park in Shakopee for Rotary Race Day on Friday, Aug. 7th. Everyone is welcome—Rotarians bring your family and friends out to this great event! The gates open at 5:30 p.m., live horse racing begins at 6:30.  Cost for the event is $10, which includes admission, hot dog and soda. Children 17 and under get free admission, but must purchase the $10 ticket to get the hot dog and soda.  Rotary Race Day is a fundraiser for The Rotary Foundation's PolioPlus! Organized by Rotary Districts 5950 & 5960, 100 percent of ticket sales will benefit PolioPlus!   Tim Mulcrone will be singing the national the anthem at 5:30.
 

Geoff Hollimon reminded us that the CPY Golf Ball Drop will take place at Brightwood Hills Golf Course at 3PM on Sunday August 2nd.  The winner will take home 20% of the ticket proceeds, up to a maximum of $5,000.  Call 651-633-6464 today for your Golf Ball Drop Tickets.

Ed James was inducted as our club President two weeks ago but, since we have been meeting virtually, he had not received his president’s pin.  Past President Dennis Connolly presented Ed with his pin today and Ed reciprocated by presenting Dennis with his Past-President’s pin.  See photos below.

Nils Friberg presented Paul Harris Fellowship recognition pins to Cindy Carlson and Ed James.  Their contributions to the Rotary Foundation will help Rotary to eradicate Polio and further the Foundation’s mission to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty.  Nils, Ed and Cindy are pictured below.

 
Cindy Carlson reported on the No-Plate Dinner fundraiser.  You all should have received an email with the No-Plate Dinner Flyer which you can forward or print to distribute to friends and family who might be supportive of our club’s charitable programs.  Even though we can’t gather for the fundraiser as we have in the past, we hope that the No-Plate fundraiser will raise at least half of the $20,000 raised in previous Gold Plate Dinners.  For this to be possible, we all need to contribute and ask others to do the same.  Take a moment today to pass the flyer on!
 
Geoff Hollimon encouraged us to consider taking part in the Suburban Ramsey Emergency Coalition’s Three Mile Community Virtual Run/Walk fundraiser which will be held from Monday, August 3-Sunday, August 9, 2020.  Participants can use the suggested routes or make up their own.  The important part is to donate to the Coalition so it can continue to offer financial support to those directly affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.  Click the link above for details.
 
Everyone appeared to feel safe at the meeting today so we will look at having another in person meeting in August.
Our guests today were George Stringham from District 5960 and Mary Jo McGuire.
 
The Board voted this morning to make former NBMV Rotarian Gerry Tietz an Honorary Rotarian.  Amy Janecek has resigned as Principal at Irondale and has also resigned her Rotary membership.  New principal, Carol Campa, has expressed interest in Rotary membership.  The Board will wait to finalize the 2020-2021 budget until after the results of the No-Plate Dinner fundraiser are in.
 
John Ordway noted that approximately $3,000 of our $10,000 goal has been raised for the No-Plate Dinner fundraiser.  More sponsorships are welcome and members need to reach out to friends, family and business associates to sell tickets if we are to reach our goal.
 
Geoff Hollimon said that the Three Mile Community Virtual Run/Walk to benefit the Suburban Ramsey Emergency Coalition has so far raised $10,000 in sponsorships and Run/Walk entry fees, but much more is needed for the Coalition to help those adversely affected by Covid-19.  Seventy two people have already signed up and your participation would be greatly appreciated.   Contact Geoff for mor e info.
 
Nyle Zikmund introduced today’s presenter, Kevin Wilson, to speak to us about the U.S Army Corps of Engineers (USACE).  Kevin is the Deputy District Engineer for the St. Paul District of USACE.  ASCAE’s mission is to “Deliver vital engineering solutions, in collaboration with our partners, to secure our Nation, energize our economy and reduce risk from disaster.”  With its headquarters in Washington, D.C.,  USCAE is divided into 9 Divisions comprised of 43 Districts.  It also has nine centers and labs, 1 Active Duty unit and two U.S. Army Reserve Theater Engineer Commands.  Our District, the St. Paul District, covers 139,000 square miles in five states, contains four major river basins (the Souris River, Red River, Rainy River and the Mississippi River).  USACE manages thirteen locks and dams and maintains a nine foot deep navigation channel along 284 miles of the upper Mississippi river system.  Its 41 locations employ 650 people, 30% of whom are Veterans.  The USACE has six major missions: Navigation, Flood Risk Management, Environmental Sustainability, Regulation of Aquatic Resources, Recreation Area Management and Disaster Response.  In addition to these initiatives, UWACE also partners with our Canadian neighbors to cooperatively manage our shared aquatic resources as well as participating in the Tribal Partnership Program to carry out environmental projects with Native American Tribes in the District.
Your Bulletin editor was unable to attend today's meeting but President Ed James provided the summary of the meeting which follows:
 
Our first face to face meeting since Covid-19 will be on the 21st of July, 2020 at 12PM. This meeting will be a club picnic! Edeth James will also receive his pin at this meeting as the new President of the Club for 2020/2021.
 
Location - Silver View Park in Mounds View
Address: 2700 County Road I, Mounds View MN 55112
Time - Noon to One
Car Show - Several of our members have old cars and will be bringing them
Items to Bring:
1.  Whatever you want to drink
2.  Whatever you want to eat
3.  Something to sit on, there are benches but they are very hard!
4. Face coverings and social distancing will be encouraged and practiced at the meeting.
 
Secondly, CPY’s 8th Annual Golf Ball Drop is happening on Sunday August 2nd - Brightwood Hills Golf Course, New Brighton, Win up to $5,000, All ticket sales from this event benefit the youth programs at Community Partners with Youth (CPY) 1 Ball = $10, 3 Balls = $25, 5 Balls =$40. To purchase tickets call 651-633-6464 or mail a check to Geoff Hollimon before Tuesday the 21st of July. He will get your donation to CPY on time for the event. All members are encouraged to support this effort at CPY.
 
Dana’s new phone number is 651-334-5007.
 
The No-Plate Dinner event scheduled for August 25th is gathering steam and momentum. Members are encouraged to send out the PDF by email and encourage people to donate online through the flyer. People can donate from anywhere in the USA. People can also print out the flyer and physically mail in their checks to the address indicated at the bottom of the flyer. All hands needs to be on deck regarding this event to make it a success. Thanks everyone for helping get the word out.
 
Don’t forget that your contributions are needed to support the work of the Suburban Ramsey Emergency Coalition.  Personal and organizational donations of any amount may be made by check payable to the Suburban Ramsey Covid-19 Response Fund and mailed to:
       Suburban Ramsey Covid-19
       Response Fund
       C/o Carol Brown-Mills
       5845 St. Albans Court
       Shoreview, MN 55126
Carol is a board member of Shoreview Community Foundation and she’ll forward them to The St. Paul and Minnesota Foundation each day. You will still get your tax receipt from the St. Paul and Minnesota Foundation with tax ID # 41-6031510.
Recent improvements to the Coalition’s website include a “Donate” button if you prefer the convenience of online donations.  The Coalition’s Facebook page can be accessed by clicking here.
 
The Presenter today was Dana Healy. She is the Executive Director of CTV North Suburbs. It was a powerful eye opening presentation and opens up a lot of opportunities and ways that we can partner with CTV as a service organization in New Brighton and Mounds View to get the words out about what we do to better our community. Cindy will be reaching out to Dana on the prospects of her joining our Club or another Rotary Club in the area. Her email address is dhealy@ctvnorthsuburbs.org.  Her phone # is 651-792-7512. Website is www.CTVnorthsuburbs.org
Today was the first meeting for our new Club President, Ed James.  Ed opened the meeting with a quote from Winston Churchill: “We make a living by what we get but we make a life by what we give.”
 
We weren’t able to view the Important Dates List during the meeting, but they are available to download by clicking here.
 
No-Plate Dinner Fundraiser report – Cindy emailed the No-Plate flyer to each of us last Thursday.  Please distribute it to friends and family.  Charlie Longbella will have the Fundraiser info on Facebook soon.  Please share it on your Facebook pages to give as many people as possible a chance to donate.
 
Geoff Hollimon reported that the Suburban Ramsey Emergency Coalition made a $5,000 grant to CPY to help with the cost of their food distribution program in conjunction with Ralph Reeder Food Shelf.  He also noted that the Coalition’s Three Mile Community Virtual Run/Walk fundraiser will be held from Monday, August 3-Sunday, August 9, 2020.  Click the link above for details.  The Suburban Ramsey Emergency Coalition’s volunteer seamstresses have sewn 200 isolation gowns for the Ramsey County Care Center.
 
Our Presenter today was Tom Gable, UofMN Ph.D candidate and Project Director of the Voyageurs National Park Wolf Project.  The Wolf Project is a collaboration of the University of Minnesota and Voyageurs National Park.  The project’s goal is to better understand the reproductive and predation habits of the park’s wolves.  Because the wolves don’t recognize the boundaries of the park, the project actually covers all of Voyageurs plus a lot of land to the south of the park.  The project covers a total area of 13,000 acres!  Tom noted that 101 of the 103 landowners in the project area have agreed to cooperate with the project.  Tom briefly mentioned the wolf reproduction part of the project and referred us to the project website for more information.  His main focus for today’s presentation was the predation habits of the Park’s wolves.  There have been many studies of Wolf predation in wintertime, when wolf kills of deer and moose are easily identifiable in the snow from the air.  We don’t know much, however, about wolves affect on the smaller prey like beavers and small fawns that they prey on in the summer. Summertime foliage prevents aerial location of kills and the smaller prey are almost completely consumed by the wolves, leaving almost no evidence of the kill.  GPS tracking collars have now been employed that broadcast a collared wolfs location every 20 minutes.  Whenever there a two consecutive pings from the same location, researchers are confident that the wolf has made a kill.  Each 20 minute stop is investigated by researchers who have logged 15,000 hours of fieldwork and 17,000 miles of hiking to locate kill sites.  This work has yielded interesting summertime wolf kill data.  An average wolf kills 13-15 fawns and 9-11 beavers each summer, but there is great variability depending on number of prey, energy demand of their pups, predatory specialization and hunting ability of the individual wolves.
 
Tom feels that, in addition to the scientific value of the data accumulated by the project, there is also great value in the potential for outreach.  He said that the project’s Facebook page has already reached a total of 24.9 million people and continues to reach 91,000 more each day.  The page now has 58,000 followers worldwide.  He hopes that this kind of outreach will help to establish a long-term research project on the Voyageurs wolf population. 
 
Today’s No-Plate auction action had Denise Jacobsen’s $125 first round Running Aces package bid go unchallenged, so Denise is the winner of the package.  The first round of bidding for the $50 Tavern gift certificate was snapped up by Ed James with a full value $50 dollar bid (no need for a second round of bidding),
 
John Ordway said that son Dan and his new wife are expecting in February.  John will be a grandpa for the first time!
 
Jason Miller spent a week in the BWCA with family and friends
 
New Club President Ed James thanked outgoing President Dennis Connolly for his service to the club over the past year.  Ed noted that Dennis had also put together our submission for District Awards two years ago with great success.  He hopes we can renew that recognition effort for the coming year.
President Dennis Connolly opened the final meeting of his year as Club President  with a summary of upcoming events:
 
June 30, 2020 (Tuesday 7:00 – 8:30PM) - District Governor Ed Marek Installation, "Serious, Touching, and Funny" - Registration via Zoom - Click Here or watch on Facebook LIVE! - Click Here
 
July 1, 2020 (Wednesday 8:00 – 9:00AM) - SPECIAL FRIDAY FEATURE 
Because of the 4th of July, we are holding our District 5960 Friday Feature, on a Wednesday! Next July 1, join me and the rest of the District Governor line for a SPECIAL FRIDAY FEATURE as we take you through "A Year of Connecting." We want to celebrate all the positive activities, events, and fun that we had, and the impact we made, which was significant. It's a special day of the week, and time - 8 a.m. This is Prior Lake Rotary's normal meeting, co-hosted with the District.  Register in advance for this meeting at the link below:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
 
July 21, 2020 (Tuesday 12:00 Noon) NBMV Rotary Club Picnic Meeting (with social distancing) at Silver View Park, 2700 County Rd I, Mounds View .
 
August 7, 2020 (Friday 5:30 – 9:00PM) SAVE THE DATE - Join us at Canterbury Park in Shakopee for Rotary Race Day on Friday, Aug. 7th. Everyone is welcome—Rotarians bring your family and friends out to this great event! The gates open at 5:30 p.m., live horse racing begins at 6:30.  Cost for the event is $10, which includes admission, hot dog and soda. Children 17 and under get free admission, but must purchase the $10 ticket to get the hot dog and soda.  Rotary Race Day is a fundraiser for The Rotary Foundation's PolioPlus! Organized by Rotary Districts 5950 & 5960, 100 percent of ticket sales will benefit PolioPlus!  Tim Mulcrone will be singing the national the anthem at 5:30.
 
CPY’s 8th Annual Golf Ball Drop Fundraiser will be held on August 2nd, 3:00PM at Brightwood Hills Golf Course.  The winner will receive 20% of the ticket sales up to a maximum of $5,000. 1 Ball = $10, 3 Balls = $25, 5 Balls =$40.  To purchase tickets call 651-633-6464.
 
Geoff Hollimon said that the Suburban Ramsey Emergency Coalition has approved grants of $10,000 to Sheridan Story and $10,000 to Ralph Reeder Food Shelf to help fund their missions to alleviate food insecurity.   He also noted that the Coalition’s Three Mile Community Virtual Run/Walk fundraiser will be held from Monday, August 3-Sunday, August 9, 2020.  Click the link above for details.
 
Dana Rebelein said that the Suburban Ramsey Emergency Coalition’s volunteer seamstresses have sewn 200 isolation gowns for the Ramsey County Care Center.
Cindy Carlson announced that the flyer for the No-Plate Dinner Fundraiser is ready for distribution.  Click here to download the flyer and then forward it to anyone who might have an interest in supporting the club.  Online donations will be possible by just clicking a button on the digital flyer or on our Facebook page.  Each $50 donation will purchase one ticket for the $250 raffle drawing.
 
Auction News:
Last week, Maddison Zikmund was the winning bidder ($425) last week for the Sugar Lake Lodge stay and play package.  Cindy Carlson was the high bidder on round one of the Prestwick golf package.
Today’s auction had Mike Neeley winning the Prestwick golf package with a bid of $170.  Round one of the Running Aces overnight stay and dining package ended with Denise Jacobsen leading with a first round bid of $125. Next week’s bidding will feature round two of the Running Aces package and Round one of $100 in The Tavern Gift cards.
 
Ed James introduced his virtual guests:
Fiancée -  Rachel Igbaroola,
Sister – Olaseni Olutunwase
Daughter - Edith James
James Odalele
Kemi Aderinkomi
 
President Dennis thanked Ed James for his active participation in club administration, especially in Youth Service.  Dennis highlighted Ed’s involvement in Camp RYLA, Camp Enterprise, High School scholarships, Youth Exchange, Fourth Grade Foresters and Harvest Pack.  Due to computer difficulties, Ed’s message to the club was interrupted several times.  Ed was able to communicate that it is a joy for him to be a member of the club and that he is looking forward to his year as President.  He acknowledged that Covid-19 will present challenges but he is counting on everyone to double their efforts to keep things moving forward.  He thanked everyone for their continuing support.
 
Cindy Carlson reported that the Rotary Guatemala Literacy Project Global Matching Grant for 2019-2020 is more than $631,000!
 
John Ordway informed the club that Gerry Tietz has resigned his NBMV Rotary Membership.  We’ll miss you Gerry!  Gerry’s new address is: 
5601 94th Ave. N.
 Apt 407
Brooklyn Park, MN  55443
 
Mike Neeley has been named one of the 65 most influential people in the machining industry in Minnesota.  Congratulations. Mike!
President Dennis Connolly introduced Community Support Center Director Karen Meyer.  Karen is the sole staff person at CSC, but she works with many volunteers to help prevent homelessness and provide long-term financial counseling to minimize the need for future assistance.  CSC’s office is located in the Faith Christian Reformed Church at 16th and Silver Lake Road in New Brighton.  Its service area is New Brighton, Mounds View, North Oaks, Shoreview, and Arden Hills.  To receive support, CSC participants must:  
  • reside in the above mentioned service area,
  • have applied for county services,
  • have a financial situation which is sustainable with short term financial assistance and
  • demonstrate interest in making long term changes.
 
CSC receives referrals from Ramsey County, The United Way, churches, landlords, Ralph Reeder Food Shelf, schools, social services, police, and word of mouth.  Potential participants start with a 2 hour interview with volunteer active listeners to ensure that the above participation criteria are met.  If so, CSC partners with a variety of agencies to provide the short term financial support needed to prevent evictions and develops a plan to prevent eviction in the future.  When possible, the initial interviewer works long-term with the participant, guiding them to resources, working on budgets, goal setting, debt reduction, resumes and celebrating accomplishments.  Because of all this ongoing support, the average amount of financial assistance to prevent eviction is amazingly small at just $400-700 per family.  Compare that with the $3,000 per month to house a family of four in a Ramsey County homeless shelter.  Also notable is that there are 30-40 families on the waiting list for those homeless shelters.
 
Karen is seeing a greater need for CSC’s services as COVID-19 has stretched many poor family’s resources.  She anticipates an increase in eviction notices when restrictions are lifted.  CSC has received a $5,000 grant from the Suburban Ramsey Emergency Coalition which will be helpful in managing the coming eviction crisis.
 
Karen can be reached at staff@communitysupportcenter.org or 651-387-8050
 
Upcoming Rotary Events:
See President Connolly’s weekly email for details.
The Rotary International Convention will be a virtual one this year.  Click here for details.
 
Margaret Feng-Ling Johnson has accepted a new position as Dean of University College and Associate Vice President for Student Success at St. Cloud State University, starting July 1.  Congratulations, Margaret!
 
Geoff Hollimon updated us on the Suburban Ramsey Emergency Coalition.  He proudly reported that 11 Rotarians are involved in the Coalition.  Donations of over $51,000 have been received toward the $150,000.  Your contributions are needed reach that goal.  Personal and organizational donations of any amount may be made by check payable to the Suburban Ramsey Covid-19 Response Fund and mailed to:
       Suburban Ramsey Covid-19
       Response Fund
       C/o Carol Brown-Mills
       5845 St. Albans Court
       Shoreview, MN 55126
Carol is a board member of Shoreview Community Foundation and she’ll forward them to The St. Paul and Minnesota Foundation each day. You will still get your tax receipt from the St. Paul and Minnesota Foundation with tax ID # 41-6031510.
Recent improvements to the Coalition’s website include a “Donate” button if you prefer the convenience of online donations. 
The Coalition’s Facebook page can be accessed by clicking here.
 
In addition, 50 reusable gowns have been sewn, by Dana Rebelein and other Coalition volunteers, for the Ramsey County Care Center and 150 more are needed.  If you can help sew gowns, contact Dana Rebelein.  The Coalition is holding a virtual run/walk fundraiser soon. Stay tuned for more details.
 
Charlie Longbella reported that an online donation function will be available soon. 
 
Charlie has also prepared a draft of a brochure for the No-Plate Dinner and Cindy Carlson has suggested some edits.  The final brochure should be available soon.
 
Today’s live auction resulted in a final bid of $200 for the Indian Hills Golf Package.  Jason Miller was the winning bidder.  Round 1 of the bidding for the Sugar Lake Lodge stay and play package ended with a bid by Cindy Carlson of $275.  Next week features the final round of the Sugar Lake Lodge package bidding and the first Round of the Prestwick golf package.  Don’t miss it!
 
The Board meets next Tuesday at 11AM by Zoom. 
 
Jim O’Brien’s granddaughters (who were our Egg Hunt Bunnies for several years) have graduated from college and are both employed.
 
Nyle Zikmund announced that he is running for Anoka County Commissioner, but keeping his day job as Mounds View City Administrator.  Good luck Nyle!
 
Your editor will be out of town next week, so you’ll have to attend the meeting to be in the know.
President Dennis Connolly opened the meeting with a summary of the upcoming Rotary online education opportunities.  A complete list of events in the near future is shown below:
 
June 12, 2020 (Friday 9:00AM-10:00AM) - Friday Feature - WW2, PFC Riley - A special presentation from Mounds Park Academy junior, Salmah Elmasry and Upper School teacher, Katie Murr, to hear the moving World War 2 story of PFC Riley from Minnesota.  
Register in advance for this meeting:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
 
June 18, 2020 (Thursday 11:00AM – 5:00PM) - Rotary Club Blood Drive at the White Bear Lake Armory.  Call Bryan at 651-402-8493 with questions.
 
June 19, 2020 (Friday 9:00AM-10:00AM) Friday Feature with Richard Huston, Faribault Rotary Club, " A view from the front lines: Polio eradication in Pakistan"
Register in advance for this meeting:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
 
June 20 – 26, 2020 – “Now More than Ever, Rotary Connects the World: The 2020 Rotary Virtual Convention" – Zoom On-line Meeting – More information to come.
 
July 12-18, 2020 – Guatemala Literacy Project (GLP) trip to Guatemala – Contact James Hunt rotaryhunt@gmail.com "Helping Hands Tour” Antigua GLP school.
 
July 21-26, 2020 – Guatemala Literacy Project (GLP) trip to Guatemala – Contact James Hunt rotaryhunt@gmail.com “Snapshot Tour” GLP schools, tourism, coffee farm.
 
Geoff Hollimon updated us on the North Suburban Emergency Response Coalition.  Three grants have been awarded so far.  The Community Support Center, Keystone Community Services and Neighborhood House have each received grants of $5,000.  Donations to the Covid-19 Response Fund (which provides the grants) have reached $50,000 toward its goal of $150,000.  Your contributions are needed reach that goal.  Personal and organizational donations of any amount may be made by check payable to the Suburban Ramsey Covid-19 Response Fund and mailed to:
       Suburban Ramsey Covid-19
       Response Fund
       C/o Carol Brown-Mills
       5845 St. Albans Court
       Shoreview, MN 55126
Carol is a board member of Shoreview Community Foundation and she’ll forward them to The St. Paul and Minnesota Foundation each day. You will still get your tax receipt from the St. Paul and Minnesota Foundation with tax ID # 41-6031510.
Recent improvements to the Coalition’s website include a “Donate” button if you prefer the convenience of online donations. 
The Coalition’s Facebook page can be accessed by clicking here.
 
Dana Rebelein reported that Coalition supporters have sewn over 50 washable gowns for the Ramsey County Care Center and will make more as special fabric is available.  The Care Center only had disposable gowns and the 5,600 gowns used per month were a huge drain on the care center’s finances.
 

The No-Plate Dinner report was provided by Charlie Longbella and Cindy Carlson.  An online donation capability will soon be available for club members and friends of Rotary.  This will simplify donations for the No-Plate dinner and possibly streamline payment of dues and other club transactions.  The committee has decided to eliminate the dining gift card portion of the fundraiser.  We will instead sell $75 raffle tickets (non-deductible) and also offer the option of additional deductible contributions to the club via the Rotary Healthy Youth Foundation.  The $250 Raffle originally scheduled for August 4th will be rescheduled once we have promotional materials available. 

John Ordway announced that our member’s individual contributions to the Rotary Foundation have met the goal of $2,000.
 
Today was the first round of online live auctions of items which were originally donated to the Gold Plate Dinner.  Today’s item was 18 holes of golf with 4 carts at Indian Hills Golf Club.  The high bid for this first round of bidding was $180.  Next week we will have another round of bidding for the golf and the first of two rounds of bidding on a Stay and Play package at Sugar Lake Lodge (see below).
  • 2 nights lodging in a 2 BR course villa (can accommodate UP TO 4)

  • 18 holes of golf at Sugarbrooke for 2 people (per web site, extra golf available currently at $1.00 per hole without carts)

  • Dinner for 2 people at Otis’s (delivered to your Villa)

  • Available Sundays – Wednesdays

  • Expires August 31, 2021

  • $500 -$700 value (lower value in 2020 due to limited time discount)

  • $200 minimum bid

  • The resort is in Cohasset, MN near Grand Rapids…not far from Ruttger’s.

Bidders need to attend the regularly scheduled Tuesday Noon ZOOM club meetings.  Anyone can bid, so tell your friends and forward them the Zoom meeting invitation that you receive on Tuesday morning. Bids for Sugar Lake Lodge will be taken at the June 16th and June 23rd meetings to ensure that everyone has an opportunity to bid.  Future weeks will feature other donated items like glider rides, wine tasting events, horse racing packages, more golf and trap shooting.  
 
We are seeking speakers for upcoming ZOOM meetings.  If you are aware of good speakers, please relay that information to Nyle Zikmund.  Watch your email for program assignments for the new Rotary year which begins on July 1.
Today was our fifth virtual club meeting, and we were honored to have District Governor Paul Perez as our virtual guest.
 
Dave Hoel visited his workplace on Lake Street and reported on the incredible destruction in that area.  Jason Slama was part of the cleanup effort on Lake Street and he provided this written summary:
“I haven't been able to be active in Rotary lately due to work and family conflicts. But I wanted to pay a "happy fine" to the club. I was out cleaning Lake Street on Saturday morning and was absolutely humbled at the amount of people out helping each other. We were cleaning the sidewalks and streets as buildings were still burning. There were piles and piles of donated goods being gathered to help those who lost their local stores. Meals were being offered to those in need. Medical professionals were offering free services and transportation to those who needed it. By Sunday morning Lake Street, Nicollet Ave, and Midway neighborhoods were clean enough there was not a need to go back and clean. As tragic as the events over the past week have been, I just wanted to share how proud I felt to see so many people coming together to share their kindness and compassion.”
 
District Governor Paul Perez thanked us for continuing to be active Rotarians.  He said that our District is looking into ways that we can work cooperatively with neighboring District 5950 to address racial disparity issues highlighted by this past week’s events.  DG Paul also encouraged us to take advantage of the many online learning opportunities being made available by the District.   A complete list is available in President Dennis Connolly’s weekly email, but here is a list of this week’s learning opportunities:
June 3, 2020 (Wednesday, 4:30PM) - District 5960 E-club Cultural Exchange Enthusiasts talk to Tom Thorfinnson, Chief Strategy Officer at Rotary International
Topic: The Future of Rotary and COVID-19.  CLICK HERE for Link
June 4, 2020 (Thursday 7:30 AM) - Ethics Team presentation presented by St. Paul Sunrise Rotary Club featuring Burt Riskedahl, “Ethical decision making in clinical practice and supervision”  CLICK HERE for Link
Friday, June 5, 2020 (Friday 9am) - Friday Feature. This week our speaker will be Mike Gregory, The Collaboration Effect, his topic: Conflict Resolution/Civil Discourse.
Register in advance for this meeting:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
 
Our “No-Plate” Dinner fundraiser is taking shape.  Starting on June 9th, we will be holding online live auctions of items which were donated to the cancelled Gold Plate Dinner.  Bidders need to attend the regularly scheduled Tuesday Noon ZOOM club meetings.  The first auction item will be 18 holes of golf for four with four carts at beautiful Indian Hills Golf Club.  A $312 value, opening bid will be $80. Bids will be taken at the June 9th and June 16th meetings to ensure that everyone has an opportunity to bid.  The bidding will be open to Rotarians as well as non-Rotarians.  Future weeks will feature other donated items like lake lodge stays, glider rides, wine tasting events, horse racing packages, more golf and trap shooting.  Our August 4th noon meeting will include a $250 raffle drawing for those who have purchased a raffle ticket.  Watch your email for more details. 
 
Geoff Hollimon updated us on the North Suburban Emergency Response Coalition.  Three final grant proposals have been received and as many as a dozen groups are potential grantees.  Geoff indicated that the Response fund already has donations of $40,000 with a goal of $150,000. Your contributions are needed reach that goal.  Personal and organizational donations of any amount may be made by check payable to the Suburban Ramsey Covid-19 Response Fund and mailed to:
       Suburban Ramsey Covid-19
       Response Fund
       C/o Carol Brown-Mills
       5845 St. Albans Court
       Shoreview, MN 55126
Carol is a board member of Shoreview Community Foundation and she’ll forward them to The St. Paul and Minnesota Foundation each day. You will still get your tax receipt from the St. Paul and Minnesota Foundation with tax ID # 41-6031510.
Online contributions of any amount can be made at GiveMN.org at this URL: https://www.givemn.org/story/Suburbanramseycovid19responsefund
The Coalition’s Facebook page can be accessed by clicking here.
 
Dana Rebelein added that the Coalition has already begun responding to the Covid-19 pandemic by organizing 14 people (including Dana) to sew reusable cloth gowns for the Ramsey County Care Center.  The Care Center only had disposable gowns and the 5,600 gowns used per month were a huge drain on the care center’s finances.
 
We are seeking speakers for upcoming ZOOM meetings.  If you are aware of good speakers, please relay that information to Nyle Zikmund.  Watch your email for program assignments for the new Rotary year which begins on July 1.
Today we again welcomed Roseville Rotarian Mary Jo McGuire to our meeting.
 
Cindy Carlson introduced our speaker, Meg Hobday, from My Very Own Bed.  My Very Own Bed (MVOB) is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing brand new beds and bedding for children, aged 2-17, of families that have recently secured stable housing.  Children having their own bed would seem like a given, but many families who don’t have stable housing also don’t have beds for their children.  In addition to the obvious sleep difficulties experienced by children without beds, many of these children also have social, emotional and educational problems which are, at least in part, related to the lack of a comfortable, safe place to sleep.  Better sleep has been shown to improve school attendance and performance, increase attention and promote emotional stability.  Kids also benefit from a sense of personal dignity and independence and are more likely to have friends visit if they have their own bed.  Clearly, a bed is much more than just a place to sleep. 
 
While working with homeless families for many years, MVOB founder Michael Allen was keenly aware of the need for beds and decided to do something about this problem.  In 2014, Michael started MVOB to provide proper beds for these kids.  The organization was founded on these values:
    -Relationships first
    -Get better before getting bigger
    -Focus on excellence
 
Each qualifying child receives a bed, box spring and frame, but also receives a “Dream Kit” with a brand-new pillow, mattress pad, bedding and blanket as well as a stuffed animal, books and a handmade card.  Over the past six years MVOB has steadily grown from providing 120 beds in 2015 to 667 beds in 2019.  They will easily exceed their goal of 750 beds this year.  Michael is cautious; however, that growth is sustainable and doesn’t interfere with excellence.  Each bed and Dream Kit combination costs $200 to provide, so contributions are vital to MVOB’s mission.  The Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation has agreed to match contributions of any amount up to a total match of $10,000.  Contributions to this matching program are just shy of $8,000 as of today, so there’s still a little time to effectively double your contribution.  Our Board voted this morning to donate $400.  You can donate by clicking here.
 
Check out this morning’s email from President Dennis Connolly for a list of upcoming Rotary events.
 
Cindy Carlson reported that members have so far contributed approximately $900 toward our Rotary Foundation goal of $2,000.  She reminded us that right now donations over $100 by individual NBMV Rotarians will receive double Foundation Recognition Points, speeding you on your way to the next Paul Harris Fellow recognition level.  Just send your checks, made out to the Rotary Foundation, to:
    MBMV Rotary
    C/o John Ordway
    3555 Willow Lake Blvd
    Suite 200
    Vadnais Hgts.,  MN 55110
 
Geoff Hollimon reported that the Suburban Ramsey Emergency Coalition has received eight preliminary grant proposals and one final grant application.  The Covid 19 Resposnse Fund has so far received $38,000 of its goal of $150,000 in contributions.  Your contributions are needed reach that goal.  Personal and organizational donations of any amount may be made by check payable to the Suburban Ramsey Covid-19 Response Fund and mailed to:
       Suburban Ramsey Covid-19
       Response Fund
       C/o Carol Brown-Mills
       5845 St. Albans Court
       Shoreview, MN 55126
Carol is a board member of Shoreview Community Foundation and she’ll forward them to The St. Paul and Minnesota Foundation each day. You will still get your tax receipt from the St. Paul and Minnesota Foundation with tax ID # 41-6031510.
Online contributions of any amount can be made at GiveMN.org at this URL: https://www.givemn.org/story/Suburbanramseycovid19responsefund
The Coalition’s Facebook page can be accessed by clicking here.
 
The No-Plate Dinner fundraiser continues to evolve.  You may have received Cindy Carlson’s email with the latest thoughts on the planned substitute for the Gold Plate dinner.  If not, click here to download it.
 
Treasurer John Ordway reported that the cancellation of the Good Plate Dinner Fundraiser (if that income is not replaced) would increase the already budgeted 2019-2020 deficit from $7,000 to a deficit of $13,500.  This deficit will be offset by No-Plate dinner donations.
We were happy to welcome Roseville Rotarian Mary Jo McGuire to our virtual meeting today.
 
President Dennis Connolly reviewed some upcoming Rotary events: 
May 22, 2020 (Friday 9:00AM – 11:00AM) - Dr. Ira Helfand - UN Nuclear Nonproliferation.  Register in advance for this meeting: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0sde6uqT4tyETCmLk1iC8U9pS_QRby3Q .  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
May 29, 2020 (Friday 9:00AM) - STRIVE: Investing in Our Future - Whether your STRIVE program is already successful, needs a boost or you are interested in starting one, the May 29th Friday Feature on STRIVE will be informative. Diane Ilstrup, Rochester Rotary Club and Brent Voight, Stillwater Sunrise Rotary Club will share successes, how challenges are addressed, or what they feel are the next steps in how the program is evolving.  Register in advance for this meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0rce-uqjIoHtSPRiqR3T7g1ct5kx0VTxY_  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
A complete list of events can be found in Dennis’ weekly events email.
 
Geoff Hollimon reported that the Suburban Ramsey Emergency Coalition’s Covid-19 Response Fund has received three grant request proposals.  If the coalition finds merit in a proposal, it will ask for a grant application.  Our Community Support Center (CSC) was the first to submit a grant application.  CSC’s mission aligns perfectly with the coalition’s focus on alleviating housing instability.  The Coalition has, so far, received $35,000 in donations but their goal is a total of $150,000.  Your contributions are needed reach that goal. Personal and organizational donations of any amount may be made by check payable to the Suburban Ramsey Covid-19 Response Fund and mailed to:
       Suburban Ramsey Covid-19
       Response Fund
       c/o Carol Brown-Mills
       5845 St. Albans Court
       Shoreview, MN 55126
Carol is a board member of Shoreview Community Foundation and she’ll forward them to The St. Paul and Minnesota Foundation each day. You will still get your tax receipt from the St. Paul and Minnesota Foundation with tax ID # 41-6031510.
Online contributions of any amount can be made at GiveMN.org at this URL: https://www.givemn.org/story/Suburbanramseycovid19responsefund
The Coalition’s Facebook page can be accessed by clicking here.
 
Planning for the No-Plate Dinner (which will replace the Gold Plate Dinner this year) is ongoing.  What’s certain right now is that the event will be held, online, on July 21st at 12 Noon.  The Committee will meet again soon to fine tune the financial details.
 
Members present agreed that we would continue to hold the noon meetings online via zoom through June.  It was also agreed that we would try to have online speakers during the meetings.  We hope to have a speaker for the May 26th meeting.
 
The Board of Directors will meet via ZOOM at 11AM Tuesday, May 26th.
 
Ed James was sad that the high school scholarship awards ceremonies at Irondale and St Anthony will be closed events due to COVID-19, but he has prepared some remarks to be read by someone else at the ceremonies.  We hope to be able to get photos and perhaps thank you videos from the recipients.
President Dennis Connolly opened the meeting by reviewing some upcoming District online learning opportunities:
May 15, 2020 (Friday 9:00AM – 10:00  AM) - Suzi Howe, - Rotary International Director 2020-2022, Leadership in Action - Rotarians have the opportunity to be leaders in Rotary and in our communities.  Suzi will share a story of leadership in crisis and the critical elements that apply whether in crisis or calm.  Register in advance for this meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEscemvqzoqGN2O2VSBT7iG4Sw3pKdfCb3L .  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
May 22, 2020 (Friday 9:00AM – 11:00AM) - Dr. Ira Helfand - UN Nuclear Nonproliferation.  Register in advance for this meeting: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0sde6uqT4tyETCmLk1iC8U9pS_QRby3Q .  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
May 29, 2020 (Friday 9:00AM) - STRIVE: Investing in Our Future - Whether your STRIVE program is already successful, needs a boost or you are interested in starting one, the May 29th Friday Feature on STRIVE will be informative. Diane Ilstrup, Rochester Rotary Club and Brent Voight , Stillwater Sunrise Rotary Club will share successes, how  challenges are addressed, or what they feel are the next steps in how the program is evolving.  Register in advance for this meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0rce-uqjIoHtSPRiqR3T7g1ct5kx0VTxY_  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
 
Geoff Hollimon reported on the Suburban Ramsey Emergency Coalition.  The coalition is raising funds to help those in our immediate communities who are most negatively affected by the COVID-19 crisis.  The coalition’s focus is on the greatest areas of need, beginning with food insecurity and housing instability.  Geoff said that our club has directly contributed $1,000 to the coalition as well as working with the Arden Hills-Shoreview and Roseville Rotary Clubs to secure a special district Matching Grant which resulted in over $3,100 in contributions to the Coalition’s Covid-19 Response Fund.  Geoff noted that the Community Support Center here in New Brighton was the first organization to send in a grant proposal for $5000.  Their proposal was accepted and they are currently completing the full grant application. The approval of their proposal virtually assures their request will get final approval and make them the Response fund’s first grant recipient. Your donations to the Response Fund would be greatly appreciated.  Personal and organizational donations of any amount may be made by check payable to the Suburban Ramsey Covid-19 Response Fund and mailed to:
       Suburban Ramsey Covid-19
       Response Fund
       c/o Carol Brown-Mills
       5845 St. Albans Court
       Shoreview, MN 55126
Carol is a board member of Shoreview Community Foundation and she’ll forward them to The St. Paul and Minnesota Foundation each day. You will still get your tax receipt from the St. Paul and Minnesota Foundation with tax ID # 41-6031510.
Online contributions of any amount can be made at GiveMN.org at this URL: https://www.givemn.org/story/Suburbanramseycovid19responsefund
The Coalition’s Facebook page can be accessed by clicking here.
 
President-Elect Ed James reported that our selection for our $1,500 at-large scholarship will be awarded to Kunga Sagmo from St. Anthony High School.  The selection criteria was “Service Above Self”.  She will study biology, society and the environment.  Thanks to those who helped in the selection process. 
 
There was considerable discussion about yesterday’s meeting to decide how to deal with the loss of club income due to the cancellation of this year’s Gold Plate Dinner.  The group decided that we will have a “No Plate Dinner” on Tuesday, July 21st at 12:00 (our regular meeting time).  The event will be held via Zoom.  The basic plan is to gather contributions from those who would have attended the Gold Plate Dinner, or others who have some connection with the club.  Contributors could select either a $150 contribution which would provide $75 in dining gift certificates plus a chance at several raffle prizes during the “No-Plate Dinner”  OR  a $75 contribution to participate in the raffle only.   More details are forthcoming.
 
Ed James announced that his son will be attending Brooklyn Law School.
Today was our second virtual club meeting and we are getting used to the technology.  It’s fortunate that the technology is available; imagine the impact of Covid-19 on business and society in the absence of teleconferencing!
 
Some of you may already be aware the Gerry Tietz’s wife, Marlys, passed away yesterday due to complications from Lupus.  Our thoughts and prayers are with Gerry and Marlys’ family in this difficult time.  A memorial service will be planned when gatherings are permitted.
 
Cindy Carlson reminded us that the NYFS Leadership Luncheon will be held “online” tomorrow (May 6th) from 11:30 to 1:00PM.  This year’s event features retired Star Tribune columnist and editorial writer Lory Sturdevant presenting: Minnesota: the State that Votes.  Contact Sandra Bahr at 651-379-3422 or Sandra@nyfs.org to get your invitation to the online meeting.
 
Geoff Hollimon reported that the ECHO Grant Final Report has been accepted by Rotary.  The $12,800 matching grant supplied a two wheel tractor and implements to the ECHO farm in Fort Myers.  Geoff said that eight clubs contributed toward the grant.  ECHO is extremely grateful for our continuing support.
 
Geoff also reported that NBMV, A.H/Shoreview and Roseville Rotary Clubs banded together to secure special district matching funds for a $3101.52 total contribution to the Suburban Ramsey Emergency Coalition’s Covid-19 Response Fund.  The coalition is raising funds to help those in our communities who are most negatively affected by the COVID-19 crisis.  The coalition’s focus is on the greatest areas of need, beginning with food insecurity and housing instability.  The Community Support Center, of which we are a founding member, was the first to apply for a grant from the fund.  Our club has donated $1,000 in addition to our $100 Matching Grant contribution and you are encouraged to consider a personal or business contribution as well.  Geoff asked us to consider using some or all of our federal stimulus checks.
 
Donations of any amount may be made by check payable to the Suburban Ramsey Covid-19 Response Fund and mailed to:
       Suburban Ramsey Covid-19
       Response Fund
       c/o Carol Brown-Mills
       5845 St. Albans Court
       Shoreview, MN 55126
Carol is a board member of Shoreview Community Foundation and she’ll forward them to The St. Paul and Minnesota Foundation each day. They will still get their tax receipt from the St. Paul and Minnesota Foundation with tax ID # 41-6031510.
Online contributions of any amount can be made at GiveMN.org at this URL: https://www.givemn.org/story/Suburbanramseycovid19responsefund
 
You may also consider helping the Coalition in one or more of the following ways:
  • Identify potential donors and contact them with requests for support.
  • Consider serving on one of these working committees:
    • Communications
    • Events
    • Volunteer Coordination
    • Fundraising
                  
Check out the Coalition’s Facebook page by clicking here.
 
The Gold Plate Dinner has been cancelled for this year and this will leave a giant hole in our ability to grant charitable requests in the coming year.  The board recommends that members consider their $150 ticket payment as a fully deductible charitable donation.  Several members noted that the $75 Covid-19 dues reduction would also help to offset the donation.  President Dennis will convene an online meeting on Monday, May 11th, at 1:00PM, to plan ways to recoup the remainder of the funds that will be lost due to the Gold Plate cancellation.  Watch your email for an invitation to attend the online meeting.
 
After having no Rotary club meetings since March 10th due to the Covid-19 crisis, the Club held its first Zoom online meeting.  It was great to see and hear so many people that we haven’t seen in nearly two months.  It’s not the same as a regular meeting but it worked pretty well.  Many thanks to the District for providing the meeting platform and especially to Kathy Hughitt for getting the process rolling.
 
Dana Rebelein reviewed a proposal for multiple ways to support the newly formed Suburban Ramsey Emergency Coalition.  The Coalition brings together service clubs and foundations serving communities in the Mounds View and Roseville school districts, including Rotary Clubs, Lions Clubs, Optimists and Golden K’s.
The coalition is a unified effort to raise funds and provide goods and volunteers to help those in our communities who are most negatively affected by the COVID-19 crisis.  The coalition’s focus is on the greatest areas of need, beginning with food insecurity and housing instability. 
The proposal asked that we consider five ways that we could help in this effort:
  1. NBMV Rotary could donate $1,000 to the Suburban Ramsey COVID-19 Response Fund.  This was approved by the 13 or so NBMV Rotarians present at today’s meeting.
  2. NBMV Rotary could participate in a special District 5960 COVID-19 matching grant by contributing $100.  This had already been done in the interest of expediency.
  3. NBMV Rotarians identify potential donors and contact them with requests for support.
  4. NBMV Rotarians consider serving on one of these working committees:
    • Communications
    • Events
    • Volunteer Coordination
    • Fundraising
  5. NBMV Rotarians consider an individual or business contribution to the effort.
Donations of any amount may be made by check payable to the Suburban Ramsey Covid-19 Response Fund and mailed to:
               
                Suburban Ramsey Covid-19
                Response Fund
                c/o Carol Brown-Mills
                5845 St. Albans Court
                Shoreview, MN 55126
 
Carol is a board member of Shoreview Community Foundation and she’ll forward them to The St. Paul and Minnesota Foundation each day. They will still get their tax receipt from the St. Paul and Minnesota Foundation with tax ID # 41-6031510.
 
Online contributions of any amount can be made at GiveMN.org at this URL:  https://www.givemn.org/story/Suburbanramseycovid19responsefund
                  
The next meeting of the Coalition is by Zoom on Thursday April 30th at 3PM.  Let Geoff Hollimon or Dana Rebelein know if you’d like a Zoom invitation.   Check out the Coalition’s Facebook page by clicking here.
 
Northeast Youth and Family Services is holding their first ever “Online” Leadership Luncheon.  This year’s event features retired Star Tribune columnist and editorial writer Lory Sturdevant presenting: Minnesota: the State that Votes.  Contact Sandra Bahr at 651-379-3422 or Sandra@nyfs.org to get your invitation to the online meeting.
 
There was quite a bit of discussion about how to salvage some fundraising potential out of the cancelled Gold Plate Dinner.  Several ideas were discussed and it was agreed that we will address the issue later this year.
 
It was agreed that we will continue to hold our Tuesday noon meetings virtually for the near future.  Watch your email for the ZOOM invite.
 
Ed James let me know after the meeting ended that applications for this year’s at-large scholarships are the highest ever and five NBMV Rotarians have agreed to evaluate the applicants.
Our Guests today were Nanase Hirama and her host mom, Denise Jacobsen.
 
President Dennis Connolly reminded us that we’ll be having a club assembly at our noon meeting on March 31st.  Everyone is encouraged to attend.
 
Upcoming Event Highlights
  • Next week’s speaker – Theresa Cira, PhD, from the MN Dept. of Agriculture, talking about pollinators.
  • Sunday, April 5th 11AM - Egg stuffing for the Easter Egg Hunt at the Exchange.
  • Saturday, April 11th 10AM - Easter Egg Hunt – All hands on deck!
  • Saturday, April 4 8:30-11:30PM – District Grants Management Seminar at Family Means in Stillwater.  For those who want to make a day of it, the Global Grants Workshop will be held at Family Means that afternoon from 1:00-3:00PM)
  • Check out President Dennis Connolly’s weekly email for a complete list of upcoming events.
 
Cindy Carlson reminded us that it’s just one month until we need the final head count for the Gold Plate Dinner.  We all need to do our part to make sure that all 100 tickets for the event are sold.  Cindy also noted that we are in need of gift cards and certificates from restaurants to auction off in the Dine-Around-Town bundle.  Cindy also circulated a volunteer signup sheet for the event which will circulate again at the next few meetings.
 
Ed James said that we have not found a second host family for Nanase, so she will spend the entire year with the Jacobsen’s.  The club will take a year off from the Exchange program next year to work on building a host network.  Nanase has just started practices for the Irondale softball team and is excited to learn about the sport, which she has never played.  She will leave for home on July 7, so find a time soon to invite her on an outing. 
 
Jed Hamoud reminded us to get our fully completed Gold Plate Dinner ticket stubs back to him soon.
 
Happy Bucks Highlights
  • Jed Hamoud’s eldest daughter was in from Washington, D.C. for a visit.
  • Charlie Longbella was skiing in Vail with his family and his team just won the hockey championship.
  • Dave Hoel reported that wife Susan is recovering well from surgery to repair a broken heel.  Now both she and David have skeletons that are augmented with 8 titanium screws.
 
Our speaker today was New Brighton Parks and Recreation Director, Jennifer Fink.  She was here to preview the Park and Trail Comprehensive Master Plan Draft.  The draft plan is the culmination of extensive community input and, if approved by the City Council, will serve as the overall vision and road map for the next 20 years.  Jennifer emphasized that the Plan does not include funding mechanisms, which would be determined by the Council.  The planning process began in December of 2018 with data collection and community engagement.  WSB community planning consultants were hired to develop a coordinated plan based on staff and community input.  The plan is now ready for public review and will be brought to the council for final approval in April of this year.  If approved, changes would start this year.
 
As a part of the planning process, WSB evaluated existing trails, parks and structures on a number of criteria and most were found to be inadequate based on current standards.  The plan addresses these inadequacies and strives to create a sense of community, safe and inviting spaces, sustainability, unique and accessible recreational experiences all wrapped up in a fiscally and environmentally responsible package.  The recommendations include, but are not limited to, a major Community Center expansion, development of a Civic Campus to the South of the Community Center, major improvements to City parks and trails and improvements to the Brightwood Hills Clubhouse.  Jennifer and Mary Stewart are shown below.
Upcoming Event Highlights
  - Next week’s speaker – Jennifer Fink – New Brighton Parks and Recreation Director
  - Sunday, April 5th 11AM - Egg stuffing for the Easter Egg Hunt at the Exchange.
  - Saturday, April 11th 10AM - Easter Egg Hunt – All hands on deck!
  - Saturday, April 4 8:30-11;30PM – District Grants Management Seminar at Family Means in Stillwater.
Check out President Dennis Connolly’s Monday emails for a complete list of upcoming events.
 
Cindy Carlson reminded us to be on the lookout for Live Auction, Mini-Raffle and Dine-Around-Town items for the Gold Plate Dinner.
 
Nils Friberg announced an arrangement by which individual NBMV Rotarian’s additional contributions to the Rotary Foundation’s Polio Plus fund will earn DOUBLE Foundation recognition points.  This will get you to the next Paul Harris recognition level sooner!  See Nils for more information.
 
President Dennis asked us to think about how we might respond if schools are closed due to the Corona virus pandemic.  One problem would be that many students rely on the school’s free lunch programs for adequate daily nutrition.  There may be other issues as well.  Dennis welcomes your ideas on how we could be of service in our community as the virus spreads.
 
Dennis noted that he has a new granddaughter, Emily, born last Saturday.
 
Mary Stewart introduced Angela Fredrickson, Market Manager for the New Brighton Farmer’s Market.  In January of 2016, a meeting was held to investigate the possibility of a Farmer’s Market in New Brighton.  In March of that year, Angela and 3 others dedicated themselves to idea and by June of the same year the Farmer’s market had opened for business on Wednesday’s from 3-7PM in the parking lot of the United Theological Seminary.  The Farmer’s Market remained at that location until 2019 when the Seminary moved to a new location and the new owner of the property could no longer accommodate the Market.  Fortunately, the City of New Brighton Parks and Recreation Department offered to partner with the Market by offering to host the Market in the Community Center parking lot.  The new location and the support of the city have been extremely beneficial for the Farmer’s Market, leading to much higher traffic (often 1,000 or more patrons on a nice summer evening) and a larger number of vendors and activities for those attending the market.  It also allows the Market to be open on the second Wednesday of the winter months from 3-7PM.  Because of the increased activity, more volunteers are needed to supplement their five regular volunteers.
 
Angela is looking forward to 501(c)(3) non-profit status and the addition of SNAP and Electronic Benefits Transfer to make the healthy foods at the Market more available to those with public assistance.  Angela also looks forward to expansion of the popular weekly “themes”, entertainment options, food trucks, etc.  One very popular program is the “POP” (Power of Produce) program where kids receive a $2 token to spend on the produce of their choice.  This program successfully encourages kids to try new healthy foods.  Farmer’s Market Sponsorships are available from just $100 up to $1,000 and sponsors are recognized in several ways.  Visit the Facebook Page to find out more. Mary and Angela are shown below.
Cindy Carlson made us aware of the District 5960 Grants Management Seminar to be held on April 4th, 8:30AM-11:30AM, at Family Means, Stillwater, MN. This seminar is the perfect way to learn more about the Rotary Foundation and the district’s Matching Grants Program.  Also, the Board is looking for ideas for a local matching grant project for the coming Rotary year.  Contact any Board member with your ideas.
 
Cindy also noted that the Gold Plate Dinner is fast approaching and we need all hands on deck to make the Gala a success again this year.  One important way that you can contribute is by asking the business establishments you frequent to consider a donation for the event.  Download the Sponsor Brochure to help explain the need for donations.
 
Gold Plate Dinner Ticket Guru, Jed Hamoud, said he still has lots of tickets for us to sell.  Download the Invitation Brochure to distribute to friends, family and co-workers who might be interested in attending the Gala.  Once you have sold a ticket, PLEASE get the fully completed ticket stub back to Jed.
 
Nils Friberg distributed an interview with Bill Gates from The Rotarian magazine.  In the interview, Gates discusses his reasons for supporting Rotary’s Polio Plus initiatives and his optimism for completing the goal of polio eradication.  Nils reminded us that we have set a total goal of $1,500 for individual member contributions to the Rotary Foundation’s Polio Plus effort.  Contact Nils or John Ordway to make your contribution (checks payable to the Rotary Foundation).  Be sure to let John Ordway know if you make an online contribution so your contribution is recorded in the clubs contribution total.
 
Ed James reminded us that the 4th Grade Foresters Tree Giveaway is on Arbor Day, April 24th, starting at 11 AM.  See Ed if you can help distribute the trees.
 
Happy Bucks Highlights:
   - President Dennis is expecting a new granddaughter, Emma, by tomorrow.
   - Cindy Carlson treated Nanase to a Wild Hockey Game.  The Wild unfortunately lost, but Nanase had a great time.
 
Ed James celebrated his birthday this week.  We sang Happy Birthday to him but he somehow managed to avoid wearing the birthday hat.
 
Jed Hamoud introduced our speaker, Alan Gregerson, from the Communications and Liaison Division of the IRS.  For the last 22 years, Alan has made presentations to groups, businesses and tax preparers about tax policies and especially about changes in tax policy.  Alan said that the very first U.S. income tax return was filed in 1913.  It was a three page form with one page of instructions!  As we all know, the length and complexity of our tax returns have increased dramatically since that time.  Although we may be tempted to blame the IRS for this complexity, it should be noted that tax law is made by Congress, and the IRS does its best to administer and interpret the law.  The 2019 Taxpayer First Act was Congress’ attempt to improve the taxpaying experience.  It included digital modernization, reorganization of the IRS, cyber-security protections, 45 day warnings before enforcement action and a new W-4 certificate.  Alan noted that one of the challenges to improving the taxpaying experience is that the personnel levels at the IRS have been reduced to 1980 levels, making long telephone waiting times the reality.  He suggested that one way to avoid the wait is to set up a face-to-face appointment time online.  Start by locating your nearest local IRS office here.   Alan can be contacted at Alan.J.Gregerson@irs.gov
Dennis and Alan are pictured below.
Our guests today were:  Fridley Rotarian Gordy Backlund, New Brighton City Recreation Coordinator Ali Luken and Charlie Longbella’s new salesperson, Wren Jacobs.
 
Our presenters today were Beth Wiggins, Director of Caregiving and Aging Services and Jenny West, Community Educator for Caregiving and Aging Services at Family Means. Founded in 1963, Family Means is a non-profit helping individuals and families through challenges in all of life’s stages.  Beth and Jenny were here to give us a preview of a new virtual reality tool that helps caregivers and others view the world through the perspective of a person living with dementia.  This immersive sensory experience gives the user a firsthand experience of the short term memory loss, spatial distortion, disorientation, visual disturbances, communication problems, and cognitive difficulties experienced by those who have Alzheimer’s Disease.  Virtual reality simulation of these Alzheimer’s symptoms helps caregivers to better understand, create empathy and learn to be better caregivers.  Charlie Longbella agreed to wear the VR goggles for the demonstration and we were able to experience it with him on the big screen.  The software simulates the sensory distortions experienced by Alzheimer’s sufferers and we all shared Charlie’s frustration with trying to accomplish even simple tasks.   Jenny Beth and Dennis, and are shown below.
 
President Dennis Connolly reminded us that the Gold Plate Dinner Planning Committee with meet at 11AM on Tuesday the 18th at the Exchange.  All are encouraged to attend.  Cindy Carlson noted that we need several more GPD sponsors to equal our 2019 sponsorship total.
 
GPD ticket guru, Jed Hamoud, began distributing tickets to members at today’s meeting.  PLEASE return the completed stubs to Jed ASAP and start looking for friends, family and business associates that might like to join you at the Gala.  Let Jed know if you need more tickets.
 
Dennis also noted that the District 5960 Grants Management Seminar will be held in Rochester on May 14th, from 5:30-8:30PM
 
Check your email today for a complete list of upcoming activities.
 
It was Charlie Longbella’s 33rd birthday this week so he was roped into wearing the infamous birthday hat while we serenaded him with the birthday song (see photo below).
 
 
President Dennis Connolly began the meeting by announcing that the Thursday morning meetings have been discontinued due to low attendance.  Other options for flexible meeting times may be considered.  Dennis also noted that we will be evaluating our meal payment system.  A discussion ensued with Rotarians expressing varied opinions about the best method and the implications for membership, attendance and fiscal stability.  Your feedback is welcomed by the President and Board of Directors.
 
Cindy Carlson reported on this morning’s Gold Plate Dinner Gala planning meeting.  The committee has selected CPY Summer Camperships as the Fund-a-Cause for this year’s event.  Jed Hamoud is handling the tickets this year so see him if you have not received your ticket or need more tickets.  It goes without saying that we should all be looking for potential attendees and donors for the Gala.  Click these links to download the Invitation Brochure and the Sponsor Brochure.  All club members are expected to help in some way to make the Gala a success.
 
Jennifer Fink announced that there will be an opportunity to meet the finalists for the New Brighton City Manager position on March 18th, 5-7 PM, at City Hall.  Mark your calendars now and stay tuned for more details.
 
Today’s presenter was our own Jed Hamoud.  His topic was “The Middle East in a Nutshell”.  Jed’s explanation for the current situation in the Middle East is that the lack of education, industry, immigration, development and employment opportunities combined with a high birthrate have led to poverty for the vast majority of people there.  Jed described the “Arab Spring” of 2010 as a reaction to the disparities between the Middle East and more developed countries.  Jed believes that the cell phone increased Middle Easterner’s awareness of these disparities, contributing to the unrest.  The Arab Spring started in Tunisia and rapidly spread to other Muslim countries, leading to full-fledged civil war in Syria, Afghanistan, Libya, Somalia, Iraq and Yemen as well as civil unrest and protests in all other Middle Eastern countries.  Jed said that there are three common factors in all of these Arab Spring related events: Corruption, Poverty and Islam.  The unrest began as anti government dissent but Middle Easterners are now realizing that the Islamic leaders are the root cause.  Jed suggested that an article by Kim Ghattas provides an excellent overview of the situation.  You can download it by clicking here.
President Dennis Connolly opened the meeting by announcing that Charlie Longbella has accepted the nomination to serve as NBMV Rotary President for the 2021-22 Rotary year.  Charlie’s Rotary spirit and leadership skills have been very evident even though he is a fairly new member.  Congratulations, Charlie!
 
Dennis also highlighted some upcoming events which can be found in his weekly upcoming events email.
 
Dana Rebelein preemptively offered a $5 contribution to forestall wearing the birthday hat today, but Nyle Zikmund countered with a $5 contribution to compel her to wear it.  In the end justice was served as Dana complied (see photo of Dana and Nyle below). 
 
Our presenter today was Mark Kinde, M.P.H. an epidemiologist from the Injury and Violence Prevention Section of the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH).  Mark’s topic was “I can see clearly now … Injury & Violence Prevention in 2020”.  Mark said that the mission of the MDH is to Protect, Preserve and Improve the health of all Minnesotans.  Mark credited early 20th century visionary, Geoffrey Vickers, with the following quote: “Public health is the constant redefinition of the unacceptable.” Unfortunately, the opportunity to be healthy is not equally available everywhere for everyone in Minnesota.  Mark shared a lot of data and graphs with us and he graciously made his Powerpoint presentation available to share with our newsletter readers.  Click here to download the complete presentation.  Mark and Dennis are shown below.
 
Your bulletin editor was on vacation last week, but Ed James was kind enough to takes some photos of the week’s activities:
 
At last week's meeting, Nils Friberg presented John Ordway with a Paul Harris Fellow +6, signifying over $7,000 in contributions to the Rotary Foundation.  Congratulations, John!  (See photo below)
 
Ed also snapped some photos of the Rotary Holiday Party (see below).
 
President Dennis Connolly began the meeting by reviewing upcoming Rotary events.  
- The NBMV Rotary Holiday Party will be this Friday, January 24th, 6-9PM at Michelle and Mike Caron’s home.  Watch your email for white elephant gift dice game details.
- Our 19th Annual Gold Plate Dinner Gala will be held on Friday April 17, at the Mermaid.  The planning committee, led by Cindy Carlson and Nicole Ulrich, met earlier today.  Ticket sales and donations are the key to a successful event so be thinking about who might want to attend the event or donate an auction item. 
- Stillwater Rotary is having their “Taste of the Valley” fundraiser on January 30th, 6-10PM, at The Waterstreet Inn, 101 Water Street S, Stillwater.
- White Bear Lake Rotary is holding the 12th annual BEAR’ly Open golf tournament on ice.  The fun starts with a dance at 8PM at White Bear Country Inn followed by golfing on the ice at noon on Saturday February 1st at Ramsey beach on White Bear Lake.  All net proceeds go the White Bear Area Emergency Food Shelf.
- At 11AM on Friday April 24th (Arbor Day) we will once again give out free tree saplings to area 4th graders.  We’ll have 540 trees to give away this year so we’ll need lots of help.  Mark your calendars now.
- Gerry Tietz has an electronic radon tester that he’s willing to loan to club members who’d like to check their homes for radon.
Watch your email for a complete list of Rotary activities.
 
Happy Bucks Highlights:
- Dana Rebelein was thrilled to have two stepsons visit her this past week.
- Charlie Longbella scored a goal in the hockey league he joined recently.
- Paul Fournier just celebrated his 86th birthday!  See photo below.
 
Paul Fourier introduced his wife, Chrissy, to speak about her 20 year association with Lundstrum Performing Arts.  After retiring from Broadway musical theater, Chrissy joined the staff of Lundstrum Performing Arts as a way to give back to young people in gratitude for her wonderful career.  Chrissy revels in the opportunity to give North Minneapolis kids a chance to act, sing and dance.  Chrissy turned the presentation over to Tyler Anderson for details about Lundstrum.
 
Tyler joined Lundstrum a year ago to help get the word out to the community and civic groups.  Tyler began with some Lundstrum history.  It all started in the 1920’s when 15 year-old Dorothy Lundstrum took over Ascension School of Dance with her sisters, Lorraine and Marion.  For nearly 80 years, despite economic  changes in North Minneapolis, Dorothy remained committed to providing quality instruction in dance, charm and fashion.  When Dorothy passed away in 1998, she willed the studio to the Casserly sisters to continue the work she had started.  In 2000, the sisters created a non-profit and expanded the curriculum to specialize in musical theater training.  They wisely drew on the talents of instructors with Broadway experience, like Chrissy.
 
Lundstrum Performing Art’s mission is: “To cultivate a love and knowledge of the performing arts so that young people will discover their unique gifts, develop their depth of character and imagine new possibilities for their lives, ensuring access for all through scholarship support.”
 
For more information about Lundstrum Performing arts, contact Tyler Anderson: Tyler@Lundstrum.org
Chrissy, Tyler and Paul are pictured below.
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