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New Brighton Mounds View

Our Club Motto: Service Above Self

Club meetings are held Tuesdays at 12:15 - 1:15 PM; 7:15 to 8:15 AM once per month at Bru House
The Exchange Food and Drink
500 5th Ave, NW
651-348-6289
New Brighton, MN  55112
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Is it the truth?
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Our guests today were Bob Rebelein (Dana’s brother in law) and Eric Sabo from Benedictine Health Center.
 
Nicole Ulrich reminded us that Nanase, our Japanese exchange student, will arrive at the airport this Friday.    Her flight is Delta DL120 arriving at Terminal 1 at 12:39. We hope to have as many Rotarians there as possible to welcome her to the U.S. and to our club.
 
Mounds View’s “Festival in the Park” will be held on Saturday, August 17th and our help is needed for the Mounds View Police Foundation’s Bingo and kids games fundraisers. 
 
The Annual Rotary Foundation Dinner will be held at the Delta Hotel in Minneapolis this year.  Let’s have a strong representation from our club this year, as in years past.  Contact Nils Friberg for more information or registration.
 
We’re invited to Arden Hills/Shoreview Rotary’s “Taste of the Hops” craft beer tasting fundraiser.  Join in the fun from 5:30-8:30PM at Snail Lake Park, 4191 Snail Lake Blvd, Shoreview.  $20 in advance - or $25 at the door.
 
Dana Rebelein reminded us that Maria Nhambu will speak to the club on August 27th.  She has written 3 books about being raised in an orphanage in East Africa.  Dana and Cheryl Neeley highly recommend Maria’s presentation. 
 
Maria is just one of many excellent speakers scheduled in the coming months and President Dennis Connolly thanked those responsible for scheduling the speakers.
 
Geoff Hollimon noted that our E.C.H.O. matching grant is progressing well.   We are in the process of lining up funding partner clubs whose own matching grants align with our benevolent vision.
 
Jason Miller’s daughter is studying in Quito, Ecuador through December.
 
Today’s speaker was our own Mary Stewart, offering an update on Community Partners with Youth (CPY).    Mary said that summer 2019 was a challenging time from a staffing perspective.  Despite that challenge, CPY was able to offer 7 weeks of quality summer activities to 77 elementary and 56 middle schoolers.  Summer sessions start at 7:30 and run until 5:30, so it’s a challenge to keep the kids busy but CPY offered a community garden experience sponsored by Mike Johnson and API.  Kids were also able to experience activities like biking at the Velodrome in Blaine and beginner’s golf training at Brightwood Hills.  Student artistic skills were honed at the New Brighton Community Center mural painting and painted rock garden.  The Ramsey County Library sponsored tech sessions in CAD/CAM design and 3D printing as well as laser cutting of self designed vinyl stickers.  As always, community service is stressed for all students at CPY.  Community service activities included Feed My Starving Children, making sandwiches for a homeless shelter, making blankets for an infant shelter, and making cards for armed services men and women.  All students must fulfill a service activity to attend the Valleyfair event at the end of the session.
 
Mary noted that many CPY students have serious home situation problems that make learning difficult, but CPY's caring and consistent approach to these problems leads to huge improvements over time.  Family financial challenges also have an impact on CPY, but creative sliding scale tuition structures make CPY possible for most families who want to be a part of CPY’s amazing program.  Minnesota has the 4th highest child care costs in the nation, which makes CPY’s tuition and especially good bargain.  CPY also offers scholarships for families who would otherwise be unable to participate.  Mary noted that our club contributed enough for three scholarships this summer. 
 
CPY’s fall after school program starts up just after Labor Day and will again feature Girls on the Run (running and life skills training) and Girls Expo (girls career option education).  CPY is also looking into possible boy-specific programs.   If you have an idea about a program for boys, I’m sure that Mary would love to discuss it with you.
 
As always, CPY is looking for volunteers to help as on a daily basis, or just a few hours per week.  You’ll find that this can be some of the most rewarding volunteering you can do.  Give Mary a call if you have any interest in helping out with this vital community program.  Dennis and Mary are pictured below.
Our guest today was Gordy Backlund from the Fridley Rotary Club.
 
Many thanks go to the Rotarians, and spouses who showed up to help serve hot dogs, chips and drinks to the overheated Stockyard Days Parade participants.  Although the number of units in the Parade was considerably fewer than would be expected at the normal Thursday evening time slot, the participants were very grateful for the food and refreshments on a very hot and humid afternoon.
 
The club has been working on criteria for “honorary membership” status and a recommendation will be presented at the upcoming Board meeting.  If the recommendation is approved by the board, it will be presented to the membership for a vote at an upcoming noon meeting.
 
Charlie Longbella has agreed to head up a committee to enhance our social media presence.  Your input, and possibly your help, will be appreciated.
 
Check your email for a list of upcoming Rotary events.
 
Mounds View’s “Festival in the Park” will be held on Saturday, August 17th and our help is needed for the Mounds View Police Foundation’s Bingo and kids games fundraisers.   You can sign up at our August 13 noon meeting.
 
The Annual Rotary Foundation Dinner will be held at the Delta Hotel in Minneapolis this year.  Let’s have a strong representation from our club this year, as in years past.  Contact Nils Friberg for more information or registration.
 
Geoff Hollimon reported that the CPY golf ball drop fundraiser went very well last Sunday despite the fact that no golf balls actually made it into the hole.  The event netted $4,027 in much needed funds for CPY.
 
Cindy Carlson advised us that a new Rotaract club will be chartered.  The newly minted “South Metro Networking Rotaract Club” will celebrate its charter on Thursday, September 12th from 6:30-8:30 at the Black Diamond Restaurant, 5418 Buck Hill Road, Burnsville.  Click here for more info.
 
For those of you whose interest in Guatemala was piqued by PDG Jim Hunt’s recent presentation to our club, here is the scoop on informational tours of Guatemala:
 
GLP Tour<https://coeduc.org/tours/glp/> February 1-9, 2020:
Single occupancy $1,875 / Double $1,675
This trip is primarily for Rotarians and their friends and family members, but all are welcome. We spend a week traveling and visiting the GLP projects through the highlands, as well as make time for fellowship with local Rotarians.

Snapshot Tour<https://coeduc.org/tours/snapshot/> February 18-23 or July 21-26, 2020:
Single occupancy $1,475 / Double $1,375
This trip gives a glimpse into the GLP’s projects and Guatemala in general, with visits to GLP schools as well as tourism (boat ride on Lake, shopping in markets, optional visit to a coffee farm, etc). This is a great intro trip to Guatemala.

Helping Hands Tour<https://coeduc.org/tours/helpinghands/> July 12-18, 2020: Single occupancy $1,575 / Double $1,475 This trip spends all week in beautiful Antigua volunteering at a school in one of the GLP’s programs. You’ll get to work alongside the kids as well as enjoy the beautiful city of Antigua. This is a great trip for families.
 
CPY could use our help again this year with the kid’s inflatables fundraiser at Stockyard Days.  Sign up online by clicking here.
 
Dana Rebelein introduced our speaker, Brent Hamoud.  Brent is the former project manager at Kid’s Alive International, author of the book, “Strangers in the Kingdom: Ministering to Refugees, Migrants and the Stateless”, and son of one of our newest members, Jed Hamoud.  Brent moved from the U.S. to Lebanon 12 years ago to better serve refugees and other displaced persons.  Lebanon has by far the highest percentage of refugees of any country in the world with nearly 25% of the population being refugees.  Jed finds it helpful to categorize the displaced people usually thought of as “refugees” into three groups:
- Internally displaced – forced to move to another area within their home country (43 million people).
- Refugees – forced to move outside the boundaries of their country and unable to return (29 million people).
- Stateless – not a citizen of any country (10 million people).
All three groups share the common characteristic of being “out of place” and feel the deep personal crisis of the loss of a sense of home.
 
Displaced persons face many challenges at least partly due to the displaced status:
- Housing
- Employment
- Education
- Health care
- Legal rights
- Exploitation (human trafficking, child labor abuses)
- Restricted mobility
- Children born into displacement (no citizenship)
- Hopeless future outlook
 
Brent suggested that we can help to minimize some of these challenges by fostering a place or an atmosphere where displaced persons can experience a sense of belonging.  Even a small effort could have a profound effect.
 
Brent and Dana are pictured below.

 
Our guest today was Miriam Zachary from the Arden Hills/Shoreview club.
 
Many, many thanks go to John and Marla Ordway for hosting the Rotary Picnic on Saturday.  Though the turnout was lower than usual, those in attendance were treated with a delicious buffet and perfect weather.
 
Many of you were also able to participate in the “Walk for Your Neighbors” fundraiser for the Community Support Center on Sunday.  Our club committed up to $250 in sponsorship for NBMV walkers.
 
The Flex group will meet at the Bru-House on Thursday, August 1st, 7:15AM.  All members are welcome to attend.
 
There will be an open discussion of criteria for Honorary Member Designation at 11AM on Tuesday August 6th at the Exchange .  All members are welcome to attend to express their opinions.
 
Miriam Zachary invited us to attend Arden Hills/Shoreview’s “Taste of the Hops” craft beer tasting fundraiser.  Join in the fun from 5:30-8:30PM at Snail Lake Park, 4191 Snail Lake Blvd, Shoreview.  $20 in advance -  https://TasteoftheHops.com -  or $25 at the door.
 
On Saturday, August 17th, Mounds View will hold their annual “Festival in the Park”.  Help is needed for the Kids games so if you can lend a hand, click here.  The fun has moved to SilverView park this year.
 
Nils Friberg reported on the MN Human Trafficking Task Force that he attended last week.  We’ll be hearing more on Rotary International’s efforts in this area as well as our own initiatives.  Jed Hamoud has agreed to assist Nils in this important effort.
 
Mark Beisswenger received his Paul Harris Fellow +3 recognition from Nils Friberg.  PHF +3 recognition means that Mark has contributed over $4000 to the Rotary Foundation.  Well done, Mark!  Nils, Mark and President Dennis are pictured below.
 
Dave Hoel reminded us that Stockyard Days Parade Hot dog Feed is this Saturday, Aug. 3rd  We will gather to prepare the dogs at 1PM in front of Bona Brothers, 327 Old Hwy 8.  This event is “All Hands on Deck”. 
 
Cindy Carlson proudly announced that her grandson, Chip William Swenson, was born last Saturday, which explains her absence from the Rotary picnic.  Mom Natalie and son are doing very well.
 
President Dennis Connolly led the first Club Assembly of the new Rotary year.  He presented a comprehensive list of the projects and organizations that we support each year.  It’s truly amazing to see how much good work our small club does in the community and around the world!

Today was Dennis Connolly’s first meeting as our new club President.  He introduced the Rotary International presidential theme, “Rotary Connects the World”.

 

Due to rainy skies, our hot dog feed for the Global Academy playground volunteer workers was moved indoors to Salem Covenant Church.  Everyone was most appreciative of our now legendary hog dog cooking skills.

 

President Dennis reminded us of the following upcoming events:

- The Board meets at 11AM, July 23rd at the Exchange.

- The Rotary picnic will be held at John and Marla Ordway’s on Saturday, July 27th, from 3-9PM.

- If you eat too much at the Rotary Picnic, you can walk it off on Sunday, July 28, at the Walk for Your Neighbors fundraiser for the Community Support Center.  The club will donate $10 for each mile walked by NBMV Rotarians up to a total of $250.

- At our July 30th Noon meeting, Dennis and the Board will lay out their vision for the coming year.

- The Flex group will meet at 7:15AM, August 1st, at the BruHouse.  All are welcome to attend.

- Don’t forget that the Stockyard Days Parade has been moved to Saturday, August 3rd.  All Rotarians are asked to be on hand at 1PM to begin preparations to serve 1,000 hot dogs to parade participants.

- The Mounds View Festival in the Park is Saturday, August 17th, and volunteers are needed to help call bingo.

 

Cindy Carlson passed the hat for donations to Ralph Reeder Food Shelf to take advantage of a $5,000 matching grant for this month.

 

Maria Klakegg returned to Norway this week after a remarkable year as our inbound exchange student.  She expressed her extreme gratitude for her exchange experience and vows to return to experience the State Fair.  She and her family would welcome visits to Norway.

 

Our Japanese exchange student, Nanase Hirama, will be arriving at 12:30PM on August 16th.  Mark your calendars now to ensure a warm welcome for Nanase at the airport.

 

Geoff Hollimon visited E.C.H.O. in Fort Myers recently and displayed some photos of the ECHO farm.  If you are ever in the Fort Myers area, you owe it to yourself to visit this amazing facility.  Contact Geoff for information on how best to visit.

 

Dennis gave a Happy Buck for the start of his presidency and Cindy Carlson also offered a buck to celebrate the beginning of Denny’s presidency and, coincidentally, the end of her own.

 

Dennis also paid a buck to thank John Marg-Patton for inviting him to join Rotary.  John had also encouraged Dennis to become president of the club. (John could be persuasive!)

 

Dennis also won the raffle today and that’s got to be a good omen for his year as president.

 

Cindy Carlson, Membership Development Director, introduced PDG and White Bear Rotarian, Jim Hunt and his co-speaker, White Bear Rotarian and District 5960 Membership Chair, Greg Bartz.  Jim Hunt began the presentation by describing membership as a strategic priority for Rotary at the District and International levels.  He said that, although total Rotary membership remains relatively constant at 1.2 million, membership in the U.S. is decreasing.  District 5960 is responding to this trend by setting a goal of 3,000 members by 2020.  That’s a net increase of 255 members, which is no small task.  Jim said that the keys to achieving this will be first attracting new members and then engaging them to ensure retention.  Jim asserted that we want to attract anyone who believes in the Four Way Test and is service minded.  He suggested that to attract new members we need to look at our club from the point of view of the prospective member.  Are we attractive to new members?  Do we meet the needs of those that we would like to attract?  Are our meetings fresh and fun?  Is our website attractive and up to date?  Are we diverse?  Are we welcoming? 

 

But where and how do we find these prospective members?  Jim suggested that, in addition to friends and co-workers, we look closely at non-Rotarians who attend our events and help with our service projects.  We also should be talking to youth exchange host families, Rotaractors, Interactors and members of other organizations doing good things in the community.

 

Greg Bartz followed up on Jim’s presentation by discussing how to engage new members to keep them in Rotary.  His suggestions were:

- Have a meaningful induction ceremony

- Have a structured new member orientation and mentoring program

- Invite new members to join a committee or team

- Involve new members in service projects

- Monitor meeting attendance and follow up

 

Greg encouraged us to create a membership plan but keep it simple so it can be followed.  He said that Rotarians are everywhere among us and we should always be on the lookout for likely prospects.  We should never pass up the opportunity to ask people to attend a meeting.  He said that we all have a personal story about our Rotary involvement and that we should tell to anyone who will listen.

 

Greg, Cindy and Jim are pictured below.

Our guest today was Ruth Marg-Patton.

 

President Cindy Carlson reported on today’s Board meeting.  Our financial condition is excellent, according to Treasurer John Ordway.  The Board approved a $1,000 grant to Life Prep Academy and authorized up to $250 in donations to the Community Support Center at $10 for every mile NBMV Rotarians walk in the Walk for Your Neighbor fundraiser on Sunday, July 28th.  Geoff Hollimon has presented a District Matching Grant Proposal for farm equipment at E.C.H.O.  The Board authorized a $750 contribution to a Prior Lake Rotary district matching grant for a water project in Gambia West Africa.  Cindy read thank you’s from the New Brighton Area Historical Society, Remember Niger and Feed My Starving Children for our financial and volunteer support.

 

There will be no noon meeting on July 2nd.  Our next noon meeting will be on July 9th.

 

The Flex Group will meet at 7:15 AM, July 15th at the BruHouse.

 

Volunteers are needed to help serve hot dogs to over 200 construction volunteers at the Kaboom playground for the new Global Academy at 3000 5th St NW, New Brighton.  Preparations will begin at 10:30 AM.  Please let Cindy know if you know the location of the Hot Dog cooking pots!

 

Mark your calendars for the Rotary Picnic on July 27th, 2:30PM at John and Marla Ordway’s beautiful home on White Bear Lake.

 

Keep in mind that the Stockyard Days Parade has moved from its usual Thursday evening time slot to Saturday afternoon, August 3rd.  Mark your calendars for a 1:00PM start to the hot dog preparation.

 

Gerry Tietz and Cindy Carlson teamed up to induct Maddison Zykmund (Nyle’s son and the Spring Lake Park-Blaine-Mounds View Assistant Fire Chief) and Jennifer Fink (New Brighton Parks and Recreation Director).  Maddison will join as a regular member and Jennifer will join as Dean Lotter’s corporate designee.  Welcome, Maddison and Jennifer!  (See photos below)

 

Jed Hamoud’s son’s family will be visiting from Lebanon for 2 months.

 

Beverly Aplikowski was able to be with us today, but she said the she doubts that she will be able to continue her membership for health reasons.  The club responded with a standing ovation to honor Bev’s contributions to the club.

 

Today marked the end of Cindy Carlson’s tenure as Club President.  Cindy remarked that the Rotary International theme for this year was “Be the Inspiration” and said that she thought that it was the perfect theme for NBMV Rotary.  Cindy and John Marg-Patton began the year as Co-Presidents, but John’s passing midway through their year left Cindy at the helm for the second half of the year.  Cindy put together a slide show of the highlights.  John and Cindy’s “Big Three” were Do Good, Have Fun and Celebrate and we did a great job on an all three.  A summary of those highlights follows:

- MaryAnn Bawden became an Honorary Member

- Stockyard Days Hot Dog Feed

- Exchange Student Maria Klakegg from Norway

- Camp Enterprise

- Camp RYLA

- Cultural exchange with Lebanon

- New members and designees, Nicole Ulrich, Reid Hewitt, Ike Graham, Charlie Longbella, Jed Hamoud

- Community Spirit Award from CPY

- Adopt-a-Home Women’s shelter donation

- Community Support Center

- Harvest Pack $ 11,000 Matching grant Project (23,000 meals packed)

- Outbound Exchange Student 2019-20 Sofia Valdez

- Ellen Dunn, Rotary Global Scholar

- Rotary Egg Hunt

- Gold Plate Dinner - over $23,000 raised

- 4th Grade Foresters Tree Give-Away

- Four $1,500 Scholarships to high school seniors

- Feed My Starving Children - packed food and donated $1,000

- Rotary Presidential Citation for 2017-18

- Community Partners with Youth

- Mounds View Festival in the Park

- Ralph Reeder Food Shelf

- Stamp Out Hunger

- Life Prep Academy

- Remember Niger Coalition sponsorships

- 40th Anniversary Party

- 40 year NBMV Rotarians John Risdall, George Winiecki and Jeff Benson

- District 5960 Governor’s Citation 2018-19

- Paul Harris giving level milestones for Geoff Hollimon and Margaret Johnson

 

Whew!  How do we get all that done in one year’s time?  Cindy thanked the Board and all those who help this club accomplish so much in this great community of New Brighton. 

 

Dennis Connolly presented Cindy with a gavel plaque and a Rotary necklace to commemorate her presidency.  Dennis also presented a Rotary necklace to Ruth Marg-Patton in honor of John’s service as co president.  See photo below.

 

Cindy presented Dennis with his President’s lapel pin and ceremonially passed the gavel to Dennis to begin his tenure.  Photo below.

Nyle Zikmund’s guest today was his son, Maddison Zikmund.  He is the Spring Lake Park-
Blaine-Mounds View Assistant Fire Chief.  Maddison has applied for membership in our club.

 

The outgoing and incoming Boards will meet on Tuesday June 25th at 11:00.

 

Cindy Carlson will pass the presidential gavel to Dennis Connolly at next Tuesday’s noon meeting.  Let’s have a great turnout to recognize Cindy’s and John Marg-Patton’s contributions and to welcome Dennis to the presidency.

 

Jennifer Fink, director of New Brighton Parks and Recreation, has submitted her application to become a Corporate Designee under Dean Lotter’s membership.

 

On Thursday, June 27th, our club will provide a hot dog lunch for volunteers at the Kaboom playground construction for the new Global Academy at 3000 5th St NW, New Brighton.  Several more volunteers will be needed at 10:30AM.

 

John and Marla Ordway have graciously offered to host the Rotary Picnic on Saturday, July 27th.  Mark your calendars now and watch this bulletin for more details.

 

After eating too much at the Rotary Picnic, you’ll want to show up for the “Walk For Your Neighbors” fundraiser for the Community Support Center at Silverwood Park on Sunday, July 28th.

 

Keep in mind that the Stockyard Days Parade has moved from its usual Thursday Evening time slot to Saturday afternoon, August 3rd.  Mark your calendars for a 1:00PM start to the hot dog preparation.

 

On August 17th, the Mounds View Police Foundation is looking for volunteers to call bingo to raise funds for the Foundation at the Mounds View Festival in the Park.  Details to follow.

 

If you haven’t signed up for a month or two of meeting responsibilities, please call Nyle Zikmund ASAP.

 

Cindy Carlson will be celebrating a big birthday later this week and because she is always eager to have others wear the Birthday Hat, it seemed only fair that she had to wear the hat for her birthday song.  See below.

Dave Hoel reported on the Pancreatic Cancer Benefit Golf Tourney last Friday.  It was the biggest event in the 7 year history of the event and Dave thanked the many Rotarians that participated.

 

Cindy Carlson introduced Forest Lake Rotarian and Past 5960 District Governor, Clare Lillis to speak to us about Human Trafficking.  The definition of human trafficking is the exploitation of a person by force, fraud or coercion for commercial sex or forced labor.  Estimates vary from 25-42 million victims of human trafficking each year and the practice is a $150 billion business globally, with $91 Billion from sex trafficking and $51 billion from forced labor trafficking.  This makes it the 2nd largest black market activity.  Minnesota has somewhere between 8,000 and 14,000 people trafficked for sex each year, with a significant number of those because Minnesota is a convenient distribution center for the trade.

 

The victims of sex trafficking are, for the most part, vulnerable youth entering trafficking at an average age of 13 years.  Victims are forced to engage in 5-48 sex acts per day and survive an average of 7 years if not rescued.  The buyers are mostly men of all ages, half of whom are married and many of whom have children of their own.  Most travel 30-60 miles from home to buy sex and most purchases are made via the internet.

 

How can we end trafficking?  The most effective strategy is to reduce the vulnerabilities and risks factors for young people and create awareness of the problem.  The demand could be reduced by educating men that prostitution is not a victimless crime.  District 5960 is working to bring 160 Minnesota and surrounding region Rotary Clubs together to provide education and support other local organizations in the fight against trafficking.  Cindy and Clare are pictured below.

We had no guests today.

 

John and Dana Johnson (Maria’s 1st host parents) hosted a farewell/graduation party for Maria last Saturday.  Maria was very excited to receive the clubs gifts that Nicole Ulrich had so carefully selected (see photos below).  It has been such a joy to have Maria among us for the past 9 months.  Her joyful and enthusiastic outlook made her time with us so memorable.  It’s sad to see her go but we know that she is destined for great things and we can’t wait to hear about the next chapters of her life.

 

Next week’s program will be PDG Clare Lillis, speaking about Rotary’s response to the human trafficking crisis.

 

Our meeting on May 25th marks the transition of club leadership from Cindy Carlson to Dennis Connolly.  The outgoing and incoming Boards will have a joint meeting at 11AM and the Noon meeting will feature a recap of the past year and the passing of the gavel from Cindy to Dennis.  Rumor has it that treats may commemorate the transition.

 

Our club has agreed to provide a hot dog lunch for volunteers assembling the Kaboom playground at the new Global Academy on the former site of the United Theological Seminary, 3000 5th St NW,
New Brighton.  We’ll need several volunteers to cook and serve the hot dogs from 10:30-1:00PM on Thursday, June 27th
.

 

Remember that, due to the Independence Day holiday, we will NOT be meeting on July 2nd.

 

If you haven’t already done so, please respond to Nyle Zikmund’s May 21st email asking you to sign up for a month of program responsibilities.  Teams of 3 will be needed for each month of the coming Rotary year.  If you contact Nyle now you will likely be able to choose your month and team members.

 

Because of increased traffic on local streets, the city will not be able to close off the parade route on a Thursday evening, so the Stockyard Days Parade (and HOT DOG FEED) has been rescheduled to Saturday August 3rd at 3 PM.  This means that we will gather at 1PM to begin preparing hot dogs for the parade participants.  Mark your calendars now with the change.

 

Mike Neeley’s 13 year old granddaughter will compete in a national dance competition in Wisconsin Dells this coming week.

 

Geoff and Debra Hollimon will be visiting E.C.H.O. and actually staying at the farm during a trip to Florida for a wedding.

 

John Ordway announced that the Rotary Picnic will be at his White Bear Lake home on July 27th.  Details to follow.

 

Gerry Tietz got us up to speed on the many features and benefits of our ClubRunner club management software.  With a little effort, ClubRunner gives you access almost any Rotary information you might need.  Gerry reviewed login procedures, profile management, password management, access to club photos and documents, accessing the club directory and email center.  Gerry also showed us how to access our billing records including history and current balance.  Gerry encouraged everyone to login to the member section of the website and explore the many options available.  If you have any problems or questions, Gerry or Jeff should be able to show you how to get the most out of ClubRunner.  For mobile access, you can download the ClubRunner mobile app for Apple and Android.

Our guest today was Miriam Zachary, from the Arden Hills Shoreview Club.

 

President-Elect Dennis Connolly subbed for President Cindy Johnson at today’s meeting.  Dennis called on Dave Hoel to fill us in on the Pancreatic Cancer Benefit Golf Tourney on June 14th.  This will be the biggest turnout ever, so contact Dave if you’d like to join us.

 

We’ve agreed to support the Kaboom playground construction at the new Global Academy in New Brighton by providing a hot dog feed (a la Stockyard Days Parade) for the construction volunteers. We’ll need lots of volunteers to help.  Mark your calendars for Thursday, June 27th around the noon hour.  Details to follow.

 

The Fridley/Columbia Heights Rotary’s Seventh Annual Golf Classic benefitting The Healthy Youth Foundation and supporting STRIVE Scholarships will be held at The Refuge on Monday, July 22nd starting at 11:30 AM.  Golfing, cart, dinner, course games and hole prizes are included.  A silent auction with some amazing items will take place during golfing and at the dinner.  Contact Greg Schraufnagel  gschrauf@msn.com or 612-242-4748 for registration or information regarding sponsorships.  Our Club has contributed $250 to the event and will cover half the cost of a foursome of New Brighton Rotarians.

 

Beisswenger’s Hardware is throwing a party to celebrate 100 years in business. The “Party in the Parking Lot” will be held on Saturday, June 8th from 10 am to 5 pm.   There will be free games for the kids, games for adults, a petting zoo, food, giveaways and most of all fun! Watch some of your favorite employees get dunked in the water tank of doom with all of the proceeds going to local charities!

Beisswenger’s Hot Dog and a pop meal is back, but this time we’ve added 1919 Root Beer to commemorate the occasion for a whopping $0.50. And for those who love BBQ, a Pulled Pork topped with Cole Slaw sandwich just $3.50. Bring your friends and family! Parking space will be limited as we are closing off the front drive of the store.

 

Also on June 8th, Maria will have a graduation/farewell party from 5-8 PM at John and Dana Johnson’s home, 1301 12th Ave. NW, New Brighton.  This will be the last time to be together with our amazing Norwegian exchange student, so don’t miss it!

 

NOTE THAT THERE WILL BE NO ROTARY MEETING ON JULY 2nd DUE TO THE JULY 4TH HOLIDAY.

 

The meeting schedule for the AM group is changed.  They will meet on the 1st Thursday of the month (including Thursday, June 8th) at 7AM at the Bru House, 1431 Silver Lake Rd NW, New Brighton.

 

The Benedictine Care Center at Innsbruck is having a car show on Saturday, June 15th from 2-4PM.  Come on over to 1101 Black Oak Drive in New Brighton for some cool cars and a peak at the planned expansion to include 60 new independent living units, 40 new assisted living units and 24 new memory care units for our campus.

 

If you haven’t already done so, please respond to Nyle Zikmund’s May 21st email asking you to sign up for a month of program responsibilities.  Teams of 3 will be needed for each month of the coming Rotary year.  If you contact Nyle now you will likely be able to choose your month and team members.

 

Treasurer John Ordway asks that we all get our dues balances paid up by the end of this week to ease the burden of the club’s year end accounting.

 

Ed James reported that 26 Rotarians, friends and family attended the Feed My Starving Children food packing event.  Nice turnout!

 

Don’t Forget the Life Prep Academy Garage Sale this Friday-Sunday.

 

Bob Barmore introduced Sheri Erickson from ID Shield, to speak to us about identity theft.  In 2017, 16.7 million Americans were victims of some sort of identity theft, with the cost to the victims now exceeding the cost of drug trafficking at 16.8 billion dollars.  Someone’s identity is stolen every two seconds!  Sheri defined identity theft as someone using your personal information to “become you”.  Once they have your driver’s license information, social security number, medical information, personal information from social media, or some combination of these, identity thieves can wreak havoc with your personal and financial life and correcting the damage can take months or years.  Prevention is the key to safeguarding your identity.  Sheri had some tips for us:

- Review your credit reports regularly, or pay for credit monitoring.

- Shred all junk mail and credit card offers.

- Carry only the credit cards you need.

- Don’t carry your Social Security card with you.

- Photocopy the front and back of credit cards in case they are stolen.

- Never divulge personal information over the phone unless you have initiated the call.

Bob and Sheri are shown below.

Our Guests today were:

   Shelley Streeper from Salem Covenant Church,

   Rotary Exchange Student Maria Klakegg,

   Sunniva Klakegg (Maria’s sister) and

   Ed James’ sister, Grace.

 

Shelley Streeper was here to line up help for a “Kaboom” playground at Global Academy, the new owner of the United Theological Seminary building near the park where we hold the Easter Egg Hunt.  Our club has agreed to provide a hot dog lunch on Thursday, June 27th.  If you can help, please contact Cindy Carlson.

 

The Fridley/Columbia Heights Rotary’s Seventh Annual Golf Classic benefitting The Healthy Youth Foundation and supporting STRIVE Scholarships will be held at The Refuge on Monday, July 22nd starting at 11:30 AM.  Golfing, cart, dinner, course games and hole prizes are included.  A silent auction with some amazing items will take place during golfing and at the dinner.  Contact Greg Schraufnagel  gschrauf@msn.com or 612-242-4748 for registration or information regarding sponsorships.  Our Club has contributed $250 to the event.

 

Beisswenger’s Hardware is throwing a party to celebrate 100 years in business. The “Party in the Parking Lot” will be held on Saturday, June 8th from 10 am to 5 pm.   There will be free games for the kids, games for adults, a petting zoo, food, giveaways and most of all fun! Watch some of your favorite employees get dunked in the water tank of doom with all of the proceeds going to local charities!

Beisswenger’s Hot Dog and a pop meal is back, but this time we’ve added 1919 Root Beer to commemorate the occasion for a whopping $0.50. And for those who love BBQ, a Pulled Pork topped with Cole Slaw sandwich just $3.50. Bring your friends and family! Parking space will be limited as we are closing off the front drive of the store.

 

Also on June 8th, Maria will have a graduation/farewell party from 5-8 PM at John and Dana Johnson’s home, 1301 12th Ave. NW, New Brighton.  This will be the last time to be together with our amazing Norwegian exchange student, so don’t miss it!

 

Speaking of Maria, Cindy Carlson organized a Top Golf event for last Friday evening to give Maria and her sister Sunniva an opportunity to experience golfing.  Cindy, Dana, Jeff, David and Susan joined Maria and Sunniva.  Both girls are naturally athletic and they were hitting the targets in no time at all.  It was a total joy to watch their excitement at learning a new skill.  See photo below.

 

Margaret Johnson had the honor of presenting Geoff Hollimon with a Paul Harris Fellowship +5.  This recognizes Geoff’s contributions to the Rotary Foundation in excess of $6,000.  Congratulations, Geoff!

 

Ed James reported that he got several positive comments about Rotary’s community involvement while he was representing our club at the Irondale Awards Night.

 

John Risdall was celebrating a birthday this week which made him eligible to wear the birthday hat; see below.

 

Our Feed My Starving Children food packing event took place tonight before I had finished this newsletter, so I’m including the summary here.  We had a great Rotary turnout, Ed brought several family members and Maria and Sunniva were able to join us as well.  Ed James presented our club’s check to FMSC for $1,000.  See photos below.

 

John Ordway introduced today’s speaker, Mark Lindeberg, project manager for the I-35W North MnPASS project currently underway.  Mark was accompanied by Bre Grand from Zan Associates.  Mark presented a project summary, outlining each phase of the project which should be completed by fall of 2021.  The purpose of the project is the addition of MnPASS lanes to both the North and Southbound lanes of I-35W from County Rd C in Roseville to Lino Lakes.  The project will include new bridges at County Road C and County Road I as well as complete concrete overlays on the entire project length.  Addition of the MnPASS lanes will increase the number of cars that can move through this corridor at peak times and provide more reliable trip times, especially during rush hour.  The 2019 phase will include construction on the southbound lanes and erection of new sound barriers.  The 2020 phase will involve construction of middle lanes and completion of all construction north of 95th Avenue in Blaine.  The 2021 phase will involve the northbound lanes from County Road C to 95th Avenue.  An online project summary can be found by clicking here.  Questions or concerns about the project may be directed as follows:

     Email:               info@35wnorthmnpass.com

     Phone:            651-800-4965

     Website:         http://www.dot.state.mn.us/metro/projects/35wnorthmnpass/

Mark and Bre are pictured below.

Our guests today were:

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

- Greg Schraufnagel, Fridley/Columbia Heights Rotarian.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

·         Sponsor an ethics essay contest

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Contact Reid Hewitt: 651-633-1686 or reid.hewitt@bhshealth.org   Reid and Mike are shown below.

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Pam and Ed James are pictured below,

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

·         Is it the Truth? 

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

·         Is it Fair to All Concerned?

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

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

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

 

Carol and Cindy are pictured below.

There were no visitors at today’s meeting.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

The 4:01 meeting this Thursday is cancelled.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

·         Volunteer at the Food Shelf

·         Donate food or other supplies

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

·         Sponsor a program or event

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

 

For more information, call the Food Shelf at 651-621-6280 or go to https://www.moundsviewschools.org/Domain/75

Lisa and Mary Stewart are pictured below.

 
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Our Club Motto: Service Above Self

Club meetings are held Tuesdays at 12:15 - 1:15 PM; 7:15 to 8:15 AM once per month at Bru House
The Exchange Food and Drink
500 5th Ave, NW
651-348-6289
New Brighton, MN  55112
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Nyle Zikmund
Aug 20, 2019
Virginia Rainy Lake Company - Transformation of Northern MN
Maria Nhambu
Aug 27, 2019
Author who grew up in an orphanage in Tanzania, came to Minnesota graduated St. Catherines.
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Sep 03, 2019
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Sep 10, 2019
Aquatic Invasive Species - Minnesotas Challenges
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Sep 17, 2019
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In addition to the traditional lunch meetings on Tuesdays, the club's "Flex Group" meets from 7:15-8:15 AM at the Bro House.  Watch this website for meeting dates.
 
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