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New Brighton Mounds View

Our Club Motto: Service Above Self

We meet In Person & Online
Tuesdays at 12:00 PM
The Exchange Food and Drink
500 5th Ave, NW
651-348-6289
New Brighton, MN 55112
United States of America
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Several Rotarians were present last night as George Winiecki received Mounds View’s Outstanding Citizen of the Year Award. We’re proud of you, George!
 
Nils Friberg introduced today’s speaker, Jerome Brown.  Jerome was the social worker for Nils’ wife Peg while she was in hospice care.  Jerome was raised in what he described as a “bad neighborhood” on the South side of Chicago and, like many kids there, got involved in some illegal activities.  But Jerome also excelled in basketball and in track as a sprinter.  Jerome’s parents were heroin addicts, so Jerome was living with his aunt when recruiters from the University of Dubuque football team came knocking at his door.  For Jerome, two white men at the door could only mean that his criminal activities had finally caught up with him, so he was reluctant to answer the door.  His aunt forced him to go to the door and it changed his life forever.  He went to Iowa to play football and left his Chicago past behind him.  He got his B.A. at Dubuque and his M.A. from St. Ambrose University.  Since answering that knock on the door he has become a social worker, motivational speaker, consultant and author (“From Stone to Bread”).
 
Jerome’s social work began in child protection but soon shifted to mental health and eventually focused on hospice care.  Jerome defined hospice as care for someone who has been diagnosed by a Physician as having less than 6 months to live and showing progressive decline in physical condition.  He also said that it is not uncommon for patients to be in hospice care for longer than 6 months and that some patients actually graduate from hospice care if their health improves.  Jerome admits that his job can take an emotional toll but he credits his faith and education for the strength to carry on.  He said that 50% of those in hospice say they have regrets about their lives and that many of those regrets revolve around failing to finish, or even start, important life goals.  Jerome’s process for avoiding these regrets is:
  • Decide (commit to the goal)
  • Discipline (plan and follow up)
  • Destroy (complete the goal)
Jerome left us with these words:  Get Busy Living or Get Busy Dying
 
Dana Rebelein reported that two Irondale Students, Bella Woo and Kaden Li, have been selected to be our representatives at Camp Enterprise.  The decision to hold the event or cancel it due to Covid should be made soon.
 
Geoff Hollimon said that he spoke to MaryAnn Bawden recently and that she is doing well and she misses us.
 
George Winiecki and Dave Hoel noted that long time friend of the club, Gerry Bensing, passed away recently.
 
Nils Friberg announced that he will be moving next month to Eagle Crest.
 
The Board will meet at 11AM next Tuesday.
 
Next week’s meeting will feature Julie Mitchell, speaking on Civility in Society.
Nyle Zikmund introduced Jeff Forrester, Executive Director of Minnesota Lakes and Rivers Advocates.  The MLRA is a grass roots, non-profit, environmental conservation organization.  Some of the greatest resources that Minnesota has to offer are its lakes and rivers, but threats from pollution and invasive species pose an ever-increasing threat to those resources.  MLRA is working to create awareness and promote corrective action to preserve our treasured lakes and rivers for future generations.  Our lakes and rivers are the victims of changes in rainwater runoff patterns due to changes in residential and agricultural land usage.  The lack of buffer zones around lakes and rivers allows phosphorus to leach into the water, leading to overgrowth of plants and algae that eventually changes oxygen levels and can even lead to total fish kill.  Invasive species like asian carp, zebra mussels and invasive plants are also having a huge environmental and economic impact on our state.  Jeff said that the myriad of governmental agencies, while well intentioned, each control a small piece of the regulatory bureaucracy, making serious progress difficult.  He believes that real progress depends on lake owners and farmers owning the problem and taking action before the problem is beyond repair.  For more information, click here.

Cindy Carlson had the pleasure of inducting Finara Fang as the newest member of our club.  Finara was proposed for membership by Edeth James.  Charlie, Cindy, Finara and Edeth are shown below.
 
Charter member George Winiecki has been named Mounds View Citizen of the Year.  The honor will be awarded at the Mounds View Town Hall Meeting which starts at 5:30PM on Monday, September 20th.  The meeting is at the Mounds View Community Center.  Let’s all show up to honor George.
 
Cindy Carlson reminded us that Arden Hills Shoreview Rotary, in conjunction with Lakeshore Players Theatre, is presenting the Shoreview Live! Variety Show as a fundraiser for various club initiatives. Showtime is 7 PM on Thursday, September 23rd at the Shoreview Community Center.  The evening will feature upbeat and jazzy music performed by local performers Kate Beahen, Falicia Cunningham, Bradley Beahen & Elena Glass, along with theatrical snippets and comedy interpreted by beloved Lakeshore Players Theatre performers, with a special performance from Children's Performing Arts students.  Click here to download more information.
 
Important Rotary dates:  Click here to view District 5960 events.
 
Cindy Carlson, Dana Rebelein, Jeff and Nancy Benson joined the Mounds View Lions Club to serve hot dogs and brats to the spectators and participants of the “Guns and Hoses” softball game to honor those first responders who risked their lives or gave their lives after the 9/11 attacks twenty years ago.  Nyle Zikmund was appropriately attired to umpire the event (see below).
 
 
President Charlie read a thank you from the Community Support Center thanking us for our continuing financial support of their important work in the community.
 
Nils Friberg offered his thanks for our support following the passing of his wife, Peg.
 
Dave Hoel reported that his recent checkup showed that surgery and radiation have eliminated any evidence of his vocal cord cancer.
 
Next week’s speaker is motivational speaker Jerome Brown, author of “From Stone to Bread”
President-Elect Jason Miller ran the meeting in President Charlie Longbella’s absence.
 
Cindy Carlson reported that Remember Niger has been awarded a $10,000 matching grant opportunity from One Day's Wages to provide 34 scholarships for girls in middle school in Niger.  To receive the matching grant they must raise $10,000 before receiving the matching grant funds.  The scholarships will cover the cost of school tuition and fees, books, uniforms, meals, tutoring and mentoring for girls in middle school. The benefits of educating girls in Niger are immense. A study from the World Bank estimates that each year of middle school education provided to a girl yields a 25% increase in her future earnings and providing opportunities for girls to stay in school delays instances of early marriage.  If you would like to help Remember Niger take advantage of this grant, contact Cindy or donate directly online at https://onedayswages-rememberniger.funraise.org/.
 
Charter member George Winiecki has been named Mounds View Citizen of the Year.  The honor will be awarded at the Mounds View Town Hall Meeting which starts at 5:30PM on Monday, September 20th.  The meeting is at the Mounds View Community Center.  Let’s all show up to honor George.
 
Our speaker today was Dr. Caitlin Potter, Education and Community Engagement Coordinator for the University of Minnesota’s Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve (hereafter Cedar Creek).  Cedar Creek is a large ecological research site in central Minnesota with natural habitats that represent the entire state. There is no place of comparable biological diversity so close to the Twin Cities metropolitan area.  The nine square mile reserve lies at the intersection of three biomes; deciduous forest, prairie grassland and northern evergreen forest.  This means that Cedar Creek has exceptional diversity of flora and fauna, making it the perfect location for scientific research.  In fact, Cedar Creek has been at the forefront of ecological research since the 1940’s.  Many research methodologies, including radio telemetry tracking, were developed at Cedar Creek.  In addition to its short-term research projects, Cedar Creek is also home to many long-term projects, some of which won’t yield results for 200 years.  Very sophisticated global climate change research is also being conducted.  Cedar Creek’s “Eyes on the Wild” project employs trail cameras and some volunteer “watchers” to gather real-time visual data on animal behavior in the wild.
 
Due to the large number of research projects housed onsite, the only part of Cedar Creek’s property that is regularly open to the public is the Fish Lake Nature Trail.  The nature trail is a wonderful place to walk, ski, bird watch and more.  Click here for more information about the trail.  Access is limited to daylight hours and no dogs are allowed on the trail. 
 
To learn more about Cedar Creek, click here, or contact Caitlin directly at Caitlin@umn.edu
 
Cindy Carlson announced that Arden Hills Shoreview Rotary, in conjunction with Lakeshore Players Theatre, is presenting the Shoreview Live! Variety Show as a fundraiser for various club initiatives. Showtime is 7 PM on Thursday, September 23rd at the Shoreview Community Center.  The evening will feature upbeat and jazzy music performed by local performers Kate Beahen, Falicia Cunningham, Bradley Beahen & Elena Glass, along with theatrical snippets and comedy interpreted by beloved Lakeshore Players Theatre performers, with a special performance from Children's Performing Arts students.  Click here to download more information.
 
Past-President Edeth James is leaving soon for Africa soon to attend the groundbreaking for the 4 Way Test sign honoring him at his alma mater.  If you would like to contribute toward the sign, contact John Ordway.
Don’t forget the softball game between the SBM Fire Department and the Mounds View Police Department to honor the Heroes who responded after the 9/11 attacks 20 years ago.  The game (dubbed “Guns and Hoses”) will be held at Mounds View City Hall Park at 11 AM on Saturday, September 11th.  Volunteers would be appreciated at 10:30AM.  Or club has agreed to help sponsor the event.
 
Next weeks’ meeting will feature the induction of Finara Fang as the newest member of our club.  Let’s have a good showing of members to welcome her into the club.
President Elect Jason Miller presided over the meeting in President Charlie Longbella’s absence. 
 
Our Speaker today was Pete Boulay, a climatologist with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources State Climatology Office.  The topic of so many conversations in Minnesota lately has been the high temperatures and lack of rainfall.  These conditions have had a huge impact on Minnesotans and, especially on Minnesota’s farmers.  As bad as the current drought has been, Minnesota experienced even more severe drought conditions in 1936, 1959, 1988.  If not for the excessive rainfall from 2010-2019, the current dry conditions would have been even worse.  Today’s soaking rain was a blessing and Pete predicted wetter weather over the coming two weeks, but the future trend will be warmer summer and winter overnight temperatures which lead to increased soil temperature and lower soil moisture content.  Pete said another problem with the warmer winter weather is that Japanese Beetle larvae are able to survive in the soil over the winter, and each year they are spreading further north.  Pete said that even though the average temperatures are rising, temperature variability is increasing as well.  This means that we are more likely to experience extremes of hot and cold.
 
Our guests today were prospective member Finara Fang and NBMV scholarship recipient Griffin Bourassa.
 
Our next meeting will be a Club Roundtable at Silver View Park, 12 Noon, Silver Lake Rd and County Rd I.  Bring your own lunch.
Our guest today was Kole Hallmark, Logistics manager at Big Blue Boxes.
 
John Johnson is working on obtaining racks to organize the club’s storage room.
 
Our speaker today was Devin Massopust, New Brighton City Manager.  Devin grew up in Rapid City, South Dakota, did his undergrad at St John’s University and got his graduate degree at Hamline University.  He is married to Katie and they have a 2 year old son named Luca.  Devin had been the assistant City Manager prior to becoming City Manager in March of 2020.  Devin was here to update us on New Brighton.  The Covid 19 pandemic was a major challenge for Devin’s  first year and a half on the job.  New Brighton has reported 2538 Covid cases and 63 deaths to date.  The city’s clinics have so far been able to vaccinate 10,755 people and city administration has received two awards for its innovative response to pandemic challenges.  All city facilities are currently open and masking is required indoors.  The city recently secured bonding for improvements at six city parks at 1.53% interest rate, a historic low.  Use of outdoor recreation facilities has increased dramatically and the Brightwood Hills Golf Course had its busiest month ever with over 5,000 rounds played in July.  The intersection of Old Hwy 8 and 8th Ave. is being reconstructed and will soon have stop lights to handle the increased traffic from the new development nearby.  The fire department has noticed a sharp increase in fire calls this summer (45 calls in July).  The increase is not related to drought conditions, however.  New Brighton has experienced a 44% increase in crime reports this year.  The increase is solely in non-violent crimes like theft and burglary with catalytic converter thefts increasing dramatically.  Devin reported that New Brighton’s new state of the art water filtration system is working smoothly.  He also indicated that the Stockyard Days Parade will return to its old route next year but it will continue to be held on Saturday at 10AM.  Devin can be contacted at mailto:devin.massopust@newbrightonmn.gov  Devin is pictured below.
 
Jeff Lundquist announced a softball game between the SBM Fire Department and the Mounds View Police Department to honor the Heroes who responded after the 9/11 attacks 20 years ago.  The game (dubbed “Guns and Hoses”) will be held at Mounds View City Hall Park at 11 AM on Saturday, September 11th.  Volunteers would be appreciated at 10:30AM.  Or club has agreed to help sponsor the event.
 
Don’t forget that the Mounds View Festival In The Park is this Friday, and Saturday.  Click here for more information.
 
Geoff Hollimon said that Roseville’s Rosefest has been cancelled for this year.
 
The Board will meet prior to the noon meeting at 11AM on Aug 24th.
 
Past President Edeth James led today’s meeting in President Charlie Longbella’s absence.
 
John Johnson outlined the plans for our Stockyard Days Parade Hot Dog Feed this Saturday.  This year’s parade route puts our Hot Dog serving location at the corner of 13th Ave. NW and 5th St NW.  Check your email for more details and an opportunity to sign up for specific time slots.
 
Cindy Carlson reported that the Board has approved a $750 contribution to a Stillwater Sunrise Rotary Global Grant to provide clean water for the town of El Corozo, Nicaragua.  The nearest water source for the community is 2.2 miles away and the only access to it is by foot.  This Global Grant will drill a 750 foot well which will provide clean, safe water for the entire community.
 
Geoff Hollimon reported that the CPY Golf Ball Drop went off without a hitch.  The lucky winner took home a cool $1,402 and CPY netted about $7,000 to help support their amazing work in the community.
 
Our Speaker today was Brent Hamoud, son of our own Jed Hamoud.  Brent and his family have lived in Lebanon for 13 years and he was here today to offer his assessment of the political and financial situation in Lebanon. 
 
Lebanon’s time as an independent nation state spans just 80 years.  Prior to the 1930’s, the area was under colonial rule.  A period of civil war from 1975-1990 ended with the warring religious factions just entrenching themselves in politics, so Lebanon’s current political system is built on religious affiliation, with key government positions assigned to leaders of the various religions.  The power distribution isn’t necessarily representative, however, as there hasn’t been a census taken since the 1930’s. What is clear is that politics and religion are inseparably intertwined and that those in power resist any change that might disturb the status quo.  It is also clear that the status quo is not working for the people of Lebanon.  Because of financial mismanagement and corruption, Lebanon is on the brink of experiencing one of the world’s ten worst financial meltdowns since 1850.  Inflation has devalued Lebanon’s currency by 90% and the end of government subsidies on essentials like wheat, fuel and medicine has had a devastating effect on the most vulnerable Lebanese people.  Brent said that 70% of the Lebanese population is below the poverty level.  Savings and retirement funds are being lost and crime and drug use are on the rise.  High rates of refugee influx (especially from neighboring Syria) have further complicated an already difficult situation.  Just when it seemed as though things couldn’t get worse, a huge explosion devastated Beirut and government leaders have failed to respond to the emergency.  Leaders have even suppressed efforts to investigate the tragedy.
 
Despite everything, Brent remains optimistic for a better future for Lebanon.  He believes that global networks, rooted in local organizations (i.e. Rotary) can bypass governmental red tape to get relief to the people who really need help.  He believes that the direct connection between local groups is the key to many of the problems facing the world today.
 
Our speaker today was our own Nils Friberg, presenting on Human Trafficking.  Nils and Jed Hamoud have partnered to keep this topic on the minds of NBMV Rotarians.  Nils has been attending meetings of the Minnesota Task Force on Human Trafficking to stay current with human trafficking issues.  Minnesota’s Safe Harbor Act requires that those who have been sexually exploited are treated as victims, not criminals.  Federal laws (TVPA) are also in place to address trafficking.  These laws are helping to curb the growth of sex trafficking but there are still 4.5 million victims of sex trafficking each year.  Not all human trafficking is sexual, however.   Labor trafficking has 36 million victims each year.
 
Nils said that pornography has a strong connection to sex trafficking.  He said that porn sets the moral, emotional and spiritual stage for objectification and abuse of women.
 
Nils applauded the efforts of the Terebinthe Refuge, a women’s shelter in Waite Park, MN for care and recovery of women who have been sexually trafficked.  Terebinthe was featured in the recent Anti-Human Trafficking Webinar we co-sponsored with Arden Hills-Shoreview Rotary.
 
Indicators of Human Trafficking include, but are not limited to:
  • Does the person appear disconnected from family, friends, community organizations, or houses of worship?
  • Has a child stopped attending school?
  • Has the person had a sudden or dramatic change in behavior?
  • Is a juvenile engaged in commercial sex acts?
  • Is the person disoriented or confused, or showing signs of mental or physical abuse?
  • Does the person have bruises in various stages of healing?
  • Is the person fearful, timid, or submissive?
  • Does the person show signs of having been denied food, water, sleep, or medical care?
  • Is the person often in the company of someone to whom he or she defers? Or someone who seems to be in control of the situation, e.g., where they go or who they talk to?
  • Does the person appear to be coached on what to say?
  • Is the person living in unsuitable conditions?
  • Does the person lack personal possessions and appear not to have a stable living situation?
  • Does the person have freedom of movement? Can the person freely leave where they live? Are there unreasonable security measures?
The talking points for Nils’ presentation can be downloaded here.  Nils is pictured with Charlie Longbella below.
 
Happy Buck Highlights:
  • Jason Miller’s son Gavin turned 16.
  • Dana Rebelein’s son turned 50.
  • Edeth James’ daughter starts medical school soon.
 
Edeth asked me to include his wedding invitation in the newsletter. Here is the hotel booking link:   https://www.hilton.com/en/book/reservation/deeplink/?ctyhocn=DALEMES&groupCode=CESREW&arrivaldate=2021-10-22&departuredate=2021-10-24&cid=OM,WW,HILTONLINK,EN,DirectLink&fromId=HILTONLINKDIRECT
You have until 10-1-2021 to lock in the rate.   Road trip, anyone?
 
Don’t forget that our Stockyard Days Parade Hot Dog Feed preparation begins on SATURDAY August 14th at 9AM.  Stay tuned for the new location.
Jason Miller subbed for President Charlie Longbella whose child was sick today.
 
Edeth brought John Risdall to today’s meeting.  It was great to see John again.
 
Nyle Zikmund introduced new member Jeff Lundquist.  Jeff is the Community Risk Reduction Specialist for the Spring Lake Park Blaine Mounds View (SBM) Fire Department.  Jeff grew up in Edina.  Ever since he could walk he’s been in love with two-wheeled vehicles, progressing from mini-bikes to dirt bikes and, recently, road bikes.  He just completed a 3 day, 1,000 mile motorcycle trip and is getting ready to go to Sturgis.  He’s an active member of the firefighter’s Red Knights Motorcycle Club.  When he is not on his motorcycle, he is often at his family cabin near Breezy Point.  Jeff started out in the warehousing, working on inventory management and logistics but soon found himself working at SBM Fire.  He been there now for 13 years and full time for the last 6 years.  He and his wife, Bridget, have four sons aged 17 to 23.
 
In his Community Risk Reduction role at SBM, Jeff works on Community Outreach and Education including business training, apartment complex outreach, senior living facility fire safety and National Night Out activities.
 
Check your email for important Rotary dates or, if you prefer, you can download them here.
 
Note that we will be meeting at the Mounds View Community Center for the next three meetings.
 
The memorial service for John Risdall’s mother-in-law, Evi  Karelson, will be held at Washburn-McReavy Northeast Chapel, 2901 Johnson Street N.E. on JUL 30, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
 
Peg Friberg’s memorial service will be at 11 AM Saturday, July 31st at Grace Point Church, 2351 Rice Creek Rd., New Brighton.  Visitation at 10AM and reception to follow service. 
 
John Johnson reminded us that our Stockyard Days Parade Hot Dog Feed will be on SATURDAY, August 14th.  Hot dog cookers/wrappers will need to need to report by 9AM.  Stay tuned for the new location.
 
CPY Golf Ball Drop tickets are available from Geoff Hollimon and Edeth James.
 
Cindy Carlson celebrated her grandson Chip’s 2nd birthday recently and Dana Rebelein is going to be a great grandmother.
Today’s speaker was Robyn Coquyt from Africa Classroom Connection.  In 2006, Rotarian Henry Bromelkamp returned from a trip to Eshowe, South Africa determined to have an impact on education for the children of that area.  Bromelkamp had observed that children in Eshowe were attending school outdoors, despite the heat and rain.  Nineteen years prior to Bromelkamp’s visit, the Eshowe Christian Action Group (ECAG) was formed by Eshowe Rotary members who also were committed to providing classrooms for these poverty stricken children.  Bromelkamp and others created Africa Classroom Connection (ACC) to partner with ECAG by providing outside funds and technical assistance to increase the number of classrooms that could be built.  ACC and ECAG developed a standard classroom plan that could be built rapidly and economically.  The partnership also developed a financial plan that required communities to provide a portion of the $12,000 construction cost up front to ensure that the classrooms would be well cared for.  The use of local materials and labor has a positive impact on the local economy.  This partnership has so far led to the construction of 119 classrooms serving over 37,000 children and over 100 communities have accumulated the funds necessary to be on the waiting list.  Grassroots participation and co-investment have helped make this partnership model sustainable.  Once the classroom is built it is turned over to the government which eliminates much of the ongoing cost of maintenance.  Click here to find more about the Africa Classroom Connection.
 
President Charlie Longbella reported that the Exchange is still trying to hire adequate personnel for us to return there for weekly meetings.  Meanwhile, we will be looking into other possibilities.
 
Check your email for important Rotary dates or, if you prefer, you can download them here
 
The Community Support Center’s Annual “Walk For Our Neighbors” fundraiser will be held on July 25th, from 10-2PM, at Silver View Park, Silver Lake Rd and County Rd I.  NBMV Rotary has donated and it’s hoped that many of us will show up to walk in support of our less fortunate neighbors.  Click here for more information.
 
CPY’s annual Golf Ball Drop will be held at Brightwood Hills Golf Course on August 8th at 3PM.  Get your tickets now from Geoff Hollimon or Edeth James.
 
Ed revealed the revised plan for a solar powered 4-Way Test sign at his alma mater in Nigeria. Rotarians interested in contributing toward the project can do so using our club’s Donorbox online portal.  Donations of any amount are appreciated.  (Indicate “4 way test sign” in the comments section)
 
The Gold Plate dinner for 2022 is slated for late April.  Stay tuned for more details.
 
The recipients of our three college scholarships at Irondale are: Griffin Bourassa, Jacqueline Peterson and Milena Yishak.
 
Thoughts and prayers are welcome as Nils and Peg make decisions about future care as her health worsens.
 
Edeth James received his Past-President’s Gavel Plaque from President Charlie Longbella.  See photo below.
 
July 20, 2021 (Tuesday Club Meeting – Mounds View Community Center) - Chris Belland with MN Historical Society.  His topic: Fort Snelling
President Edeth James’ Quote of the Day: “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” - Luke 6:38
 
After a rainy morning, the skies cleared and we had a beautiful afternoon for an in-person meeting to mark the end of the 2020-2021 Rotary year.  The sunny skies gave full effect to the amazing gardens and landscaping at the home of our generous hosts, Nyle and Terri Zikmund.  The final meeting of the year also marks the transition of the club presidency from Edeth James to Charlie Longbella.
 
Our guests today were:
    Debra Hollimon
    Susan Hoel
    Marla Ordway
    Edeth’s friend Finara
 
President Edeth highlighted the myriad accomplishments of our club during the past year.  Despite Covid-19, we were able to continue our support for the many important local and international projects and programs we supported prior to the pandemic.  The list is too long to include in this bulletin, but you can download it here.
 
Edeth presented Charlie with his Club President pin (below)
and Charlie presented Edeth with his Past President’s pin (below).
 
Edeth accepted the nomination to be our President-Elect just a couple of years after joining the club.  His energy and passion for Rotary served him well as he learned more about Rotary and prepared for his term as President. Even the pandemic could not diminish his positive energy.  As we emerge from the grip of Covid 19, the club is financially strong and ready for Charlie to guide the club into the coming year.  Congratulations, Edeth, for all you have done for the club!
 
The Club Directors for 2021-2022 were recognized and thanked for their willingness to serve in the coming year.
 
Both Charlie and Geoff, unbeknownst to each other, have been in conversation with the Exchange about when we might be able to resume lunch meetings there. We hope to be able to return to the Exchange soon.  Stay posted for more details.
 
Foundation Director Nils Friberg presented George Winiecki with a Paul Harris Fellowship +3, signifying over $4,000 in contributions to the Rotary Foundation.  Congratulations, George!
 
George reported that he has visited John Risdall at The Harbors Senior Living in Fridley.  He said that John is doing well and that he welcomes visitors.  The address is 5300 4th St NE, Fridley.
 
Cindy Carlson updated us on our Remember Niger sponsorships.  We continue to sponsor Maman, who is now in 6th grade.  We previously sponsored Charifa, but she has graduated and we are now sponsoring a 1st grade girl nicknamed Halli, who is doing very well by all reports.
 
Dana Rebelein received a thank you from the recipient of our at-large high school scholarship, Kathryn Skinner.  Dana created a nice display board with the thank you card, a photo and the thank you from St. Anthony High School (see photos below).  
 
 
Edeth James and Geoff Hollimon have CPY Golf Ball Drop Tickets available at $10 for one, $25 for 3 and $40 for 5.  Get your tickets now for a chance at the big prize.
 
Ed said that the plan for a neon 4-Way Test sign at his alma mater in Nigeria has been changed because the electrical power there is only on for part of the day.  A solar-powered system is being considered to allow full time neon lighting.  Rotarians interested in contributing toward the project can do so using our club’s Donorbox online portal.  Donations of any amount are appreciated.  (Indicate “4 way test sign” in the comments section)
 
Once again, we are most grateful for Nyle and Terri for hosting today’s meeting.  See below for some photos of their beautiful yard.
 
 
 
 
 
 
President Edeth James’ Quote of the Day: “There is a magnet in your heart that will attract true friends.  That magnet is unselfishness, thinking of others first; when you learn to live for others, they will live for you.”  -  Paramahansa Yogananda
 
Nyle Zikmund introduced James Pointer from the Lake Vermillion – Soudan Underground Mine State Park.  James presented a photographic history of the Soudan Mine.  The Soudan Mine was the primary U.S. source of iron ore for more than a century, but it was accidentally discovered by gold miners in the Minnesota gold rush of the 1860’s.  Charlemagne Tower Sr. was the first to see the potential profit and invested heavily in the mine, railroads and harbors.  The iron ore that was found had an extremely high iron content of 60-70% which was excellent for making steel but it was extremely heavy and difficult to mine.  The first miners worked in open pit mines and mined the ore without any mechanized drilling equipment, but by the 1880’s steam drills were used to make the drilling easier.  Eventually, the open pits were abandoned in favor of underground mining and by 1892 Soudan was completely underground.  Minnesota took over the mine after it closed in 1962, and it soon became a tourist attraction, taking visitors to the deepest level of the mine, a half mile underground.  Recently, the DNR has added camping, hiking and other recreational activities and renamed the area Lake Vermillion – Soudan Underground Mine State Park.
 
The importance of the northern Minnesota iron ore deposits cannot be over emphasized.  The steel produced with this ore provided the infrastructure for the westward expansion of the United States.  Railroads, bridges and buildings were made possible by the rich deposits of ore.  Minnesota ore also became steel for fighting World Wars I & II.  It’s estimated that 90% of U.S. steel came from northern Minnesota while the mines were in operation.   Click the link above for more information or to plan a visit.
 
Check your email for important Rotary dates or, if you prefer, you can download them here.
 
Jeff Johnson announced that the Community Support Center’s Annual “Walk For Our Neighbors” fundraiser will be held on July 25th, from 10-2PM, at Silver View Park, Silver Lake Rd and County Rd I.  NBMV Rotary will donate for each mile walked by club members.  Click here for more information.
 
Geoff Hollimon said that the Suburban Ramsey Emergency Coalition has grant requests from Aeon and CSC under consideration.  The Coalition has approximately $24,000 remaining for grants.
 
President Edeth made us aware that the Rotaract Club at Edeth’s alma mater, The Polytechnic Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria, will install a neon sign displaying the 4 Way Test and identifying our club.  NBMV Rotarians interested in contributing toward the project can do so using our club’s Donorbox online portal.  Donations of any amount are appreciated.  (Indicate “4 way test sign” in the comments section)
 
We received thank you letters for our contributions to Remember Niger and Peacemaker Minnesota.
 
We also received a thank you card from our scholarship recipient, Kathryn Skinner.
 
Next Meeting:  - June 29th 12:00 in-person picnic meeting featuring our Presidential transition and Garden Tour at Nyle Zikmund’s home, 2650 Fox Ridge NE, in Blaine.  Lunch will be provided by Nyle and Terry, but it might be helpful if you bring a lawn chair.  Spouses/Significant Others/ Favorite Mother’s-in-Law are welcome to attend.
Today’s meeting was held in-person at the Silver View Park Pavilion.
 
President Edeth James’ Quote of the Day: “No one has ever become poor by giving.” – Anne Frank
 
Cindy Carlson’s guest today was Jireh Mabamba.
 
It was great to meet new member Jeff Lundquist in person.  Jeff is the SBM Fire Department’s Community Risk Reduction Coordinator.
 
Check your email for this week’s Important Rotary Dates or, if you prefer, you can download them here.
 
President Edeth reminded us that he has CPY golf Ball Drop Tickets for sale.  He will have them available at the June 29th meeting at Nyle Zikmund’s home.
 
For the benefit of our newest member, Geoff Hollimon summarized Community Partners with Youth’s history and mission.  For more information about CPY, click here.
 
President Elect Charlie Longbella spoke to us about Multiple Sclerosis.  Charlie was diagnosed with M.S. at age 15.  He became very ill at that time and a spinal tap and MRI revealed lesions in his spinal cord and brain characteristic of M.S.  MS is an autoimmune disease in which the body’s immune system attacks the fatty layer that protects the nerve fibers in the brain and spinal cord.  MS affects over 2.5 million people worldwide.  There are two main forms of MS, Relapsing-Remitting and Progressive.  Fortunately, Charlie’s MS is the Relapsing-Remitting form.  In this form, symptoms may occur for a period of days or weeks and then improve partially or completely.  Medications are very helpful in preventing relapses and minimizing them if they occur.  The Progressive form of MS involves the steady progression of symptoms, eventually leading to problems with mobility and much more.  Charlie said that living with MS has made him appreciate the good things in life and makes him “much less likely to sweat the small stuff”.  Stay tuned for information on supporting the “Charlie’s Angels” MS Walk team.
 
Nils Friberg reported that his wife Peg has suspended her treatment for metastatic breast cancer following the discovery of a very large metastatic cancer around her liver.  She is now in hospice care but welcomes visitors at this time.  As always, your cards and prayers are greatly appreciated.
 
Upcoming Meetings:
- June 22nd 12:00 on Zoom – Lake Vermillion/Soudan Mine presentation
- June 29th 12:00 in-person picnic meeting featuring our Presidential transition and Garden Tour at Nyle Zikmund’s home, 2650 Fox Ridge NE, in Blaine.  Lunch will be provided by Nyle and Terry, but it might be helpful if you bring a lawn chair.  Spouses/Significant Others are welcome to attend.
President Edeth James’ Quote of The Day:  “Earn your success based on service to others, not at the expense of others.” – H. Jackson Brown Jr.
 
Cindy Carlson’s guest today was Jireh Mabamba, Minneapolis Rotarian and fundraiser at the University of Minnesota.
 
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Cindy Carlson introduced Steve Schmidt, Donor Relations Manager for Benedictine Care Center in New Brighton.  Steve has extensive experience in fundraising for non-profit organizations.  Steve presented some very enlightening statistics about philanthropy in the United States.  You might think that foundations and corporations would be the biggest charitable givers but, in fact, the $309 billion in individual donations in 2019 was four times more than foundation giving and fourteen times higher than corporate giving!  Steve noted that six out of ten U.S. households make a charitable contribution each year and that most of these contributions are a result of personal connections between the donor and individuals in the recipient organization.  When these connections are sustained over time, the likelihood of major gifts increases dramatically.  Steve suggested that fundraising events are more effective for building community than generating significant donations.
 
Some examples of past philanthropic impact at Benedictine New Brighton are the Chapel’s stained glass windows ($30,000), therapy department renovations ($25,000) and resident activities fund ($10,000). Covid-19 has delayed the planned addition of assisted living and memory care units at Benedictine New Brighton, so four Resident Priorities have been identified while the additions are on hold:
  1. Dining room renovations ($400,000)
  2. Fall prevention technologies ($150,000)
  3. Scholarships and continuing ed. for employees ($100,000)
  4. Resident activities ($10,000)
 
Geoff Hollimon reported that the Suburban Ramsey Emergency Coalition is waiting to receive grant requests for Covid related needs.  The coalition has approximately $30,000 available for grants.  They hope to finalize the remaining grants by September and complete final disbursements by Dec 31, 2021.
 
Past District Governor Craig Leiser has had several recent health challenges and is now in transitional care.  Please keep Craig and his family in your thoughts and prayers. If you would like to send Craig a card you can mail to his home address:
Craig Leiser
10300 Kismet Ln. N.
Stillwater, MN 55082
 
Note that next week’s meeting will be in-person - June 15th 12:00 - in-person at the Silver View Park Pavilion, on County Rd. I, just east of Silver Lake Rd.  We will attempt to zoom the meeting as well.
President Edeth James’ Quote of the Day:  “I ALWAYS WONDERED WHY SOMEBODY DIDN'T DO SOMETHING ABOUT THAT, THEN I REALIZED I AM THE SOMEBODY” Author Unknown
 
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The slate of 2021-22 Board member nominees (below) was presented and approved by members present.
 
Geoff Hollimon reported that things are quiet at the Suburban Ramsey Emergency Coalition.  Despite having approximately $30,000 in grant money available, few grant requests are being received.  Perhaps some of these funds may be used to help prevent evictions when the rent moratorium ends.
 
Nyle Zikmund gave a virtual walking tour of the amazing gardens and landscaping at his home.  Nyle’s yard displays his talents as a woodworker, stone mason, landscaper, and horticulturist.  Nyle closed the virtual tour with an offer to host the June 29th Presidential transition from Edeth to Charlie at his home so we can get an in-person look at his beautiful yard.  More details to follow.
 
Here is a list of upcoming meetings:
- June 8th 12:00 on Zoom - Steve Schmidt from Benedictine Care Center presenting. 
- June 15th 12:00 in-person at the Silver View Park Pavilion, on County Rd. I, just east of Silver Lake Rd.
- June 22nd 12:00 on Zoom – Lake Vermillion/Soudan Mine presentation
- June 29th 12:00 in-person meeting featuring our  Presidential transition and Garden Tour at Nyle Zikmund’s home, 2650 Fox Ridge NE, in Blaine.
Today’s meeting added a new twist.  Our in-person meeting was also live streamed over Zoom.  It  added some technical complexity to running the meeting but it seemed to work pretty well.  I’m sure it will get easier with experience.  Our next hybrid meeting is scheduled for June 29th to coincide with the transfer of the club presidency from Edeth to Charlie.  The meeting will be at the Exchange.
 
President Edeth James’ Quote of the Day:  If you have a chance to accomplish something that will make things better for people coming behind you, and you don't do that, you are wasting your time on this earth.  - Roberto Clemente
 
Rotary District 5960 Foundation Coach Peggy Strom was here to celebrate the success of the most recent “Share The Love” fundraising push by the District.  Our club was a big part of that success with Edeth James, Cindy Carlson and Paul Jacobsen each contributing at the $100-364 level and Geoff Hollimon contributing at the $1,000 level.
 
Cindy Carlson followed up with several Paul Harris Fellow Presentations. Paul Jacobsen and Dennis Connolly each received a lapel pin and certificate for their first fellowship, indicating $1,000 in Foundation contributions.  Dennis also received his 1- sapphire pin indicating a total of $2,000 in contributions to the Foundation.  Mike Neeley received his 3-sapphire pin for contributions totaling $4,000. Dave Hoel received his 4-sapphire pin for $5,000 in total contributions.  Dana Rebelein received her 2-ruby pin indicating $8,000 in contributions to the Foundation.  Congratulations to all on their generosity. Photos are shown below.
 
Today’s speaker was Rotarian Ellen Schreder. Ellen has supported humanitarian efforts in Haiti for many years.  Ellen began with a video outlining some major players in the effort to bring sustainability and prosperity to the poorest nation in the western hemisphere.    A Minnesota native, Ellen Schreder is a lawyer by day and a seamstress by night.  Since 2006 she has worked with seamstresses and tailors in Haiti to teach skills to improve the lives and financial situations of Haitians.  Ellen’s husband, James Sunel, is a native Haitian contractor who has been instrumental in creating infrastructure for many programs aimed at improving the lives of Haitians.  Dr. Leslee Jaeger is a Minnesota Ob/Gyn who does medical mission work in Haiti.  In 2014, Ellen and Leslee worked together to establish a “Days For Girls” enterprise team in Haiti.  Days for Girls is a Washington state non-profit working to improve menstrual health of girls around the world by providing reusable menstrual supplies and menstrual education. These supplies allow girls to stay in school after their menstrual cycle begins.  In 2018, Ellen secured a Rotary Global Grant to establish three sewing centers in Haiti, providing sewing machines and training to enable the production of thousands of menstrual kits and provide a source of income for many Haitians.  Dr. Jaeger has established “Helping Haiti Work” a microloan program for women which provides the capital needed to establish successful sewing businesses. Our own Charlie Longbella’s company, The Big Blue Box, has provided much needed storage and shipping for sewing machines and fabric as well as food for the community.  In 2018, Ellen donated seeds from an Iowa company to start a community farm which is now in its third year.  In 2020, Ellen received a Rotary Water Grant which will provide water for a newly purchased 21 acre farm.  Ellen’s husband James turned a partially completed home into a beautiful place where volunteers and others can stay while working at the farm.  A home is also being designed for a head gardener who will oversee those who will actually farm the land.  Dr Jaeger’s microloan program will help these small farmers to get their businesses started.
 
After a Covd-19 hiatus, the Stockyard Days Parade is on again this year, and we are committed once again to feed the parade participants.  This year’s parade will be on Saturday, August 14th at 10:00 AM.  New member John Johnson has agreed head up the effort, but he will need the support of everyone in the club to make it a success.  Mark your calendars now to make sure you are available to help!  Pat Whelan was present at today’s meeting to receive our club’s $1,500 contribution to Stockyard Days. See photo below.
President Edeth James’ Quote of the Day:  “The next evolutionary step for humankind is to move from man to kind.” - Author is Unknown.  Just imagine a world where everyone is KIND to each other!!
 
Important Note:  Next week’s (May 18th) meeting will be in-person at the Exchange, at Noon.  The meeting will be set up with CDC restaurant protocols, so bring a mask to wear while you’re not eating.  It would be great to have a big crowd present to recognize a number of members who will receive Paul Harris Fellowships.  Foundation Chair Kyle Haugen and Foundation Coach Peggy Strom will be here to participate in the presentations.  Your lunch cost will be billed on your dues statement.
 
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Charlie Longbella was the scheduled speaker for today’s meeting but he was ill and unable to speak.  Get well, Charlie!
 
Cindy Carlson reported that new member Jeff Lundquist has agreed to part of the NBMV Rotary communications team.
 
Jeff Benson reported that Jason Miller has agreed to be the President Nominee for 2021-22 and President of the club for the 2022-23 year.  Congratulations, Jason!
 
Geoff Hollimon presented a CPY update.  District 621’s summer school plan is now in place and CPY is making plans to augment the district’s efforts with educational and nutritional support during the summer months.  In partnership with Ralph Reeder and with financial support from the Suburban Ramsey Emergency Coalition, CPY will again make weekly food and activity kit deliveries to needy families.  
 
CPY will hold its Golf Ball Drop fundraiser again this year.  Tickets for the August event will be available soon.   The virtual CPY Spring Luncheon fell well short of its fundraising goal, but it’s never too late to donate to CPY.
 
Geoff also noted that the Suburban Ramsey Emergency Coalition will continue to receive grant requests through September 30th, to be disbursed by the end of 2021.  The Coalition’s second annual “Keep Moving” Virtual Walk/Run is ending on May 16th.  Click here to register for the event.
President Edeth James’ Quote of the Day:  “If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one.” – Mother Teresa
 
President-Elect Charlie Longbella led today’s meeting in President Edeth’s absence.
 
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Geoff Hollimon reported that the Suburban Ramsey Emergency Coalition has received an $8,500 grant request from CPY to expand their food program this summer.
 
Nyle Zikmund introduced Chris Ganzlin and Jennifer Arriola from the Ann Bancroft Foundation (ABF).  The Foundation’s mission is to inspire and encourage girls to imagine something bigger.  ABF strives to build confidence in girls, enabling them to pursue their dreams.  Through grants, mentorship and ongoing development opportunities, the ABF is giving Minnesota girls strength to achieve their full potential.
 
The ABF was founded by Arctic and Antarctic explorer Ann Bancroft.  A Minnesota native, Ann was the first woman (as the only female member of the Will Steger International Polar Expedition) to cross the ice to the North Pole in 1986.  In 1993, Ann led the American Women’s Expedition to the South Pole, making her the first woman in history to cross the ice to both the North and South Poles.
 
It’s clear that Ann knows something about dreaming big dreams and then achieving them, but she admits that she would never have had the confidence to accomplish those dreams without the support and mentorship of adults when she was young.  Statistics show that by age eight, girl’s confidence and self-esteem levels begin to drop and that drop continues through the teen years.  The Ann Bancroft Foundation Grants require that a non-parent mentor support the grantee and guide her in appropriate use of the grant.  Although the grants are relatively small ($500 maximum) they have been life changing for over 5,000 Minnesota Girls.  The ABF is very intentional in its efforts to make these grants available to girls all over Minnesota and so far they have been able to make grants in 77 of Minnesota’s 87 counties, with the goal of reaching every county soon.  Grant recipients all reported increases in confidence, pride and self-advocacy as a result of their grant.  Not every application can be accepted, of course, but 97 % of applicants said that the application process helped them to put their dream into words and made the dream seem more possible.
 
Of course, fundraising is necessary to be able to make these grants, and ABF’s “Watch Me” Celebration is a major part of the fundraising effort.  This year’s event will once again be held virtually and you are invited to join the celebration on June 10th.  Click here for more information.
President Edeth James’ Quote of the Day:   “In the end, the number of prayers we say may contribute to our happiness, but the number of prayers we answer may be of even greater importance.”  Dieter F. Uchtdorf
 
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- Note that we will be meeting in person at the Exchange for the Tuesday noon meeting on May 18th.    -    
- We will also meet in person at the Exchange at noon on Tuesday June 29th to celebrate Edeth’s year as President and welcome Charlie as our new President.
- Members attending these two meetings will each pay for their own lunches.
 
Nyle Zikmund introduced Gro Anett Pederson, who stayed with the Zimund's as an exchange student from Norway in 1991.  Gro (pronounced Gru) was raised in the northern Norway city of Fauske, but now lives and works in Oslo.  Minnesota’s climate and scenery (especially in northern Minnesota) are similar to Norway so it’s easy to see why 30% of Minnesota’s residents are of Norwegian descent.  Minnesota and Norway each have a population around 5.5 million but Minnesota is only 60% as large as Norway. 
 
Gro said that  Norway has had a much lower rate of daily new confirmed Covid cases than the U.S., remaining close to 100 new cases per day compared to our rate which has been as high as 750 new cases per day and has seldom been below 100 new cases per day since March of 2020.  This is despite only 20% of Norwegians currently vaccinated vs. 40% of Americans vaccinated.  Gro suggested some reasons for the disparity, including Norway’s low population density, fewer multi-generation living arrangements, high trust in government and health officials and very strict Covid precautions on businesses and workers which are very generously supported by wide ranging government subsidies.  She also said that social distancing is somewhat normal behavior for Norwegians.
 
Norway became a sovereign state in 1905, and the U.S. was one of the first countries to acknowledge them.  Norway’s constitution was inspired by ours and the U.S. and Norway have close diplomatic ties. Norway is also somewhat dependent on the U.S. (through NATO) for national security.    
 
Ed noted that Nicole Ulrich will be unable to serve as President following Charlie Longbella’s term so the club’s Past- President’s will meet by zoom at 11:00 AM prior to next week’s regular meeting to nominate a replacement.  All Past Presidents should attend, using the normal Zoom meeting link to join the nominating meeting.
 
The club is planning to provide hot dogs for the Stockyard Days Parade participants on August 13th.  John Johnson has agreed to organize the food preparation and serving.
 
For those who missed the End Human Trafficking Forum last week, a recording of the event is available by clicking here.
 
Next week’s speaker will be Ann Bancroft, speaking to us about the Ann Bancroft Foundation.
President Edeth James' Quote of the Day: “We know only too well that what we are doing is nothing more than a drop in the ocean. But if the drop were not there, the ocean would be missing something.” - Mother Teresa
 
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Nyle Zikmund introduced Amanda Seim, executive Director of the Runestone Museum.  The Kensington Runestone has been shrouded in controversy ever since its discovery in 1898 by Olof Ӧhman while clearing trees on his farm near Kensington, MN.  The Runestone is covered with Norse Runic symbols that would be typical for the Middle Ages and the artifact has been dated to 1362, one hundred thirty years before Columbus “discovered” North America.  Perhaps because the Runestone contradicts the traditional historical narrative, researchers from around the world have investigated this discovery to determine whether the Runestone is genuine and, if so, how it came to be in Kensington, Minnesota.  Archaeologists, geologists and linguists have spent the last 120 years disagreeing about the Runestone and the only thing that’s clear is that more research is necessary to authenticate the artifact.
 
The Runestone was the museum’s only historical artifact when it opened in 1958, but today the museum has much more to offer.  There are now forty Minnesota artifacts from Middle Ages Nordic explorers including a fire starting steel; the only one on display in North America.  The Museum also has a Children’s Discovery Room where kids can learn history through active play.  The Enriching our Scandinavian Heritage Exhibit focuses on Minnesota’s immigrant history and the First Peoples Exhibit has Native American artifacts including a ceremonial tinkle cone dress; one of only four in existence.  The Fort Alexandria exhibit shows what life in forts was like for the first European settlers, with nine buildings including a stagecoach stop and blacksmith shop.  The museum also has a Minnesota Wildlife Exhibit to round out your visit.
 
Geoff Hollimon reported that the Suburban Ramsey Emergency Coalition is preparing for the “Keep Moving” Virtual Run/Walk, May 9-16.  Registration details will follow.  Total Coalition grants to date are $150,170. 
 
Geoff also said that CPY is working on plans to supplement the District’s summer school effort with half day educational support.
 
Jed Hamoud noted that the Human Trafficking Webinar last Thursday was a big success.  The webinar was very ably hosted by MPR’s Angela Davis and the 198 logins very likely represent a much larger number of participants since a large number of logins had multiple viewers.  Angela Davis will be airing the webinar on her television program soon and we will let you know when it will air.
 
Dana Rebelein reported that the recipients of our “Service Above Self” scholarships have been selected, and we will announce them soon.
 
Don't forget about the "R U Hungry" food collection drive.  New Brighton-Mounds View has partnered with the Arden Hills-Shoreview, Roseville and White Bear Lake Rotary Clubs on this food drive to help those who are hungry due to Covid-19.  Download the brochure for more information.  If you’d like to help, download the sign-up sheet.
 
The Board will meet at 11AM next Tuesday by Zoom.  All members are welcome to observe the meeting.  If you would like to attend, use your link for the regular noon meeting.
 
We’ll be trying out in-person club meetings on May 18th and June 29th.  Note that these meetings will be indoors at the Exchange (with social distancing, of course).
 
Edeth reported that, after some negotiation, his daughter secured a full ride scholarship to the University of Minnesota Medical School! 
 
 
 
President Edeth James’ Quote of the Day – “We are very, very small, but we are profoundly capable of very, very big things.” - Stephen Hawking
 
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Arden Hills- Shoreview Rotarian Stephanie Cosgrove was present to announce the "R U Hungry" food collection drive.  New Brighton-Mounds View partnered with the Arden Hills-Shoreview, Roseville and White Bear Lake Rotary Clubs on this food drive to help those who are hungry due to Covid-19.  Download the brochure for more information.  If you’d like to help, download the sign-up sheet.
 
Stephanie also reminded us that the Human Trafficking Webinar, co-sponsored by Arden Hills-Shoreview and our club, is this Thursday, April 15th, from 7:00-8:30PM.  Join us for this free, virtual forum for students, parents, teachers, & residents. Learn about human trafficking in our community, how our students are most vulnerable, tips for online safety, and how to spot the signs. Click here to register and you will receive the Zoom invite by email.
Nyle Zikmund introduced Dr. Keith Brewster, Director of Operations & Senior Research Scientist, of the Oklahoma University’s Center for Analysis and Prediction of Storms (CAPS).  CAPS's mission is to develop and demonstrate techniques for the numerical analysis and prediction of high-impact local weather and environmental conditions.  Keith explained that modern weather forecasting is a combination of direct observation, conceptual and computer modeling, interpreting and de-biasing the data and modeling and, finally, communicating the risk to keep people and property safe.
Computer numerical analysis is used to measure the velocity of both vertical and horizontal air movements within the atmosphere using a three dimensional grid.  These air movements, in a simple sense, are the basic determinants of what we experience as “weather”.  Computers analyze this massive amount of data to determine patterns which can help to predict future air movements (i.e. future weather).  Computers are also employed to analyze variables other than air movement which have an impact on weather.  These variables include clouds, precipitation, surface temperature and moisture in the land surface. Although computer analysis is powerful, direct observation and conceptual modeling still play an important role in predicting severe weather.  Weather radar has, in the past, been able to provide a 15-20 minute warning of severe weather.  Computer analysis of radar has improved the severe weather warning time to about 2 hours and further improvements are anticipated.  Computer modeling is also helping to improve warning times for flash flooding.  For all of us weather junkies, Keith suggested some apps to try:
      Tornado! (American Red Cross)
      RadarScope (DTN Weather)
      mPing (Oklahoma U. – N.O.A.H.)
 
Membership Director Cindy Carlson was honored to induct B-S-M Fire Department Battalion Chief Jeff Lundquist into the NBMV Rotary Club.  Welcome, Jeff!
 
We’ll be trying out in-person club meetings on May 18th and June 29th.  Note that these meetings will be indoors at the Exchange (with social distancing, of course).
 
Dana noted that we are considering five applications for our at-large scholarship. Four applications were received from St Anthony and one from Totino Grace.
 
Geoff Hollimon reported that the Suburban Ramsey Emergency Coalition has made an additional grant to N.Y.F.S. for $1,000.  The Coalition will continue its mission through December 2021.  Geoff also noted that the CPY Spring Event was a big success and he thanked all those who attended and donated.  You can still donate to CPY by clicking here.
Our meeting today was held in conjunction with the Community Partners With Youth Virtual Spring Event.  CPY executive Director Mary Stewart provided an overview of CPY’s programs and especially focused on the many ways that CPY has adapted to the new normal of Covid-19.  Mary and her staff have truly risen to the pandemic’s challenges with innovative approaches to distance learning support, nutritional support and activities to help students continue to progress academically and socially.  Thanks to financial support from the Suburban Ramsey Emergency Coalition, the Office of Justice Program and, of course, donations from individuals like you and me, CPY continues to be a beacon of hope for educational equity in our community.  You can make a tax-deductible donation by clicking here.  Click here for more information about CPY.
 
The Honorable Justice Alan Page was the featured speaker at the event and Justice Page shared his wisdom by fielding several question offered by the audience.  He noted that his Page Education Foundation scholarship recipients return to their communities to serve as tutors and role models for elementary and middle school students.  CPY would seem to be a natural place for the Page Scholars to give back to their communities.
 
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Next week’s speaker will be Dr. Keith Brewster.  His Topic: Meteorology – Severe Storms
 
Don’t forget that the Human Trafficking Webinar presented by the Arden Hills/Shoreview and New Brighton/Mounds View Rotary Clubs will be held on Thursday April 15th from 7-8:30PM.  Register here to receive your Zoom invitation by email.
President Edeth James’ Quote of the Day: “I cannot do all the good that the world needs. But the world needs all the good that I can do.” -- Jana Stanfield
 
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Nyle Zikmund introduced Greg Wright, Director of the North House Folk School in Grand Rapids, Minnesota.  The educational non-profit was established in 1997 by local artisans who wanted to share their knowledge of traditional crafts.  The first catalog featured 23 classes, but since then the school has grown steadily to over 450 course offerings taught by over 160 instructors.  Prior to Covid-19 over 3,000 students per year, from all over the globe, learned a craft at North House.  While Covid has greatly reduced the number of classes, donors have stepped up to keep the school in excellent financial condition.  Everyone is excited to return to normal as the pandemic wanes.

Although a variety of crafts can be learned, the focus of instruction is on traditional northern crafts.  The goal is to inspire lifelong learning in a positive and non-competitive environment, while also promoting and preserving the knowledge and skills of these crafts for future generations.

North House holds three major public events each year: The Wooden Boat Show, The Winter’s Gathering and The Big Top Music Event.  Any of these would be worthy of a trip to Grand Marais to learn more about the school.  Click here to plan a trip.

Geoff Hollimon reported that the Suburban Ramsey Emergency Coalition is planning their Virtual 3 Mile Walk/Run for the week of May 9-16.  Participants design and run/walk the route on their own and report their accomplishment to the coalition.  Watch for more details, soon.  The Coalition has made a second Covid impact grant to Quincy House.
Don’t forget to register now for next Tuesday’s CPY Virtual Spring Event.  Justice Alan Page will be the featured speaker.  You must register to attend, so do it now by clicking here.
Jed Hamoud said that the Human Trafficking Webinar on April 16th is being promoted on radio and social media.  Register here to receive your Zoom invitation by email.
 
President Edeth James’ Quote of the Day:  “At the end of life we will not be judged by how many diplomas we have received, how much money we have made or how many great things we have done.  We will be judged by; I was hungry, and you gave me something to eat, I was naked and you clothed me, I was homeless and you took me in.” - Mother Teresa
 
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Nyle Zikmund introduced our speakers, Amy Peine from the Central Minnesota Sexual Assault Center and Chuck Derry from the Gender Violence Institute.  Amy and Chuck were here to speak about Human Trafficking and the Minnesota Safe Harbor 4 All movement.  Amy began by defining commercial sexual exploitation as the exchange of “something of value” for sex.  “Something of value” in this definition is not just money, however.   Alcohol and drugs, security, and even basic human needs like food clothing and shelter are also common “currencies” of sexual exploitation. This definition broadens the scope of commercial sexual exploitation to include pornography, stripping, internet-based exploitation, escort services and a variety of less obvious forms of exploitation.
 
Amy presented startling statistics from studies showing extremely high incidence of violence, both physical and emotional, experienced by prostitutes.  The studies also revealed high rates of homelessness, traumatic brain injury, PTSD, and other mental illnesses.  Over 90% of prostitutes wanted to escape prostitution but felt unable to get out.
 
Minnesota’s 2011 Safe Harbor legislation has already decriminalized prostitution for minors, but there is a growing movement to extend this decriminalization to adult victims of trafficking.  The movement supports the continued criminalization of buyers, exploiters, and traffickers and would increase the willingness of victims to escape prostitution and report their exploitation.  This Minnesota movement is called Safe Harbor 4 All (SH4All).  Amy said there are four models for combating sex trafficking: Criminalization has been the common model in the U.S. but it appears to be ineffective in curbing trafficking.  Full Decriminalization and outright Legalization have been shown to actually increase the demand for prostitution as much three times, which defeats the goal of getting women out of prostitution.  Partial decriminalization (as in the Minnesota SH4All plan) has been shown to be effective at getting women out of prostitution and convicting more of their traffickers. 
 
Amy provided some handouts that can be downloaded by clicking on the links.  Safe Harbor 4 All Handout    Central MN Sexual Assault Center Handout
 
Amy Peine  apeine@cmsac.org
Chuck Derry  gvi@frontiernet.net
 
Cindy Carlson reviewed today’s Board meeting.
- Budget on track despite Covid-19
- Considering District Matching Grant ideas
- Youth Exchange suspended until June of 2022
- Donated $400 to R.I. Virtual Leadership Seminar
- We’ll have 1 in person club meeting in May and an in person club meeting on June 29th for the Presidential transition.
 
Geoff Hollimon said that the Suburban Ramsey Emergency Coalition’s Spring Three Mile Virtual Run/Walk will be held from May 9-16. Expect an email soon for registration information.  The Coalition has made a grant of $2,300 to Seeds of Hope Community Garden to grow food for local food shelves.
 
Geoff reminded us about the CPY Spring Event with keynote speaker Alan Page on Tuesday, April 6th at noon.  This meeting will serve as our regular club meeting for that week.  You will need to register for the event to attend.. 
 
Sign up now for the Human Trafficking Forum
President Edeth James’ Quote of the Day:  “We must give more in order to get more. It is the generous giving of ourselves that produces the generous harvest.” ―Orison Swett Marden
 
Check your email for important Rotary dates or, if you prefer, you can download them here.  Here are the highlights:
- April 6, 2021 (Tuesday Club Meeting) /CPY LUNCHEON
- April 15, 2021 (7:00 – 8:30 PM) END HUMAN TRAFFICKING A COMMUNITY FORUM FOR ALL LEARN. UNITE. ACT. PREVENT - Human trafficking is not a new problem, but caring about it is. Join us for this free, virtual forum for students, parents, teachers, & residents. Learn about human trafficking in our community, how our students are most vulnerable, online safety, and how to spot the signs.  https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ZTuD32G7Q6eHYkEizffV6Q  Sponsored by: Rotary Clubs of Arden Hills-Shoreview and New Brighton-Mounds View.
 
Ed expressed the desire to meet outdoors for one meeting a month when the weather permits.  Stay tuned.
 
Nyle Zikmund introduced the Executive Director of the Community Support Center, Karen Meyer.  The mission of the Community Support Center (CSC) is to prevent homelessness.   CSC accomplishes this through carefully administered emergency financial assistance to prevent evictions and electrical service shutoffs.  CSC continues to work with their client families over time to help them achieve financial stability.  For a family to receive financial support, they must: 
- Live in New Brighton, Mounds View, North Oaks, Shoreview or Arden Hills
- Have applied for County services
- Show evidence of interest in working with CSC long-term
- Be financially sustainable
CSC receives referrals from Ramsey County, United Way, Churches, Ralph Reeder Food Shelf and others including landlords, schools, police, landlords and the CSC website.  Once families are accepted into the program, CSC partners with a variety of social service organizations (including Ramsey County, St. Paul Foundation, Community Action Partnership, St, Vincent DePaul Society, Salvation Army, Suburban Ramsey Emergency Coalition and local faith communities) to help families avoid eviction.   Once eviction has been avoided, CSC begins the long-term work needed to prevent financial difficulty in the future.  This involves meetings every few weeks to work on goal setting, resource utilization, red tape negotiation, budgeting, etc.
CSC is supported by contributions from eleven founding faith communities and four founding community organizations.  NBMV Rotary is one of the founding organizations and John Johnson represents us on the CSC Board.  CSC also gets support from individuals in the community who recognize CSC’s value to the community.  Karen specifically thanked the Suburban Ramsey Emergency Coalition for their recent grant of $5,000.
Covid-19 has necessitated changes in the way that CSC staff interact with clients (mostly Zoom now) but there have also been changes in levels of financial need and how those needs are being addressed.  Clients are seeking help with CSC for much higher debt but Covid relief money is available and relatively easy to access, so far.  Karen also noted a sharp increase in mental health issues affecting families financially.  Covid-19 has forced the cancellation of the CSC Spring Luncheon, but the “Walk a Thousand Miles for Your Neighbor” fundraiser is planned for July 25th from 10AM-2PM at Silverview Park in Mounds View.  Karen can be reached at 651-387-8050 or staff@communitysupportcenter.org
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New Brighton Mounds View

Our Club Motto: Service Above Self

We meet In Person & Online
Tuesdays at 12:00 PM
The Exchange Food and Drink
500 5th Ave, NW
651-348-6289
New Brighton, MN 55112
United States of America
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ccarlson@western-bank.com
651-290-7867
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