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New Brighton Mounds View

Our Club Motto: Service Above Self

Club meetings are held Tuesdays at 12:15; 7:00 AM 1st & 3rd Thursday, 4:01 PM 2nd & 4th Thursdays...Check Website for Location
The Exchange Food and Drink
500 5th Ave, NW
New Brighton, MN  55112
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At last Tuesday's meeting, Ike Graham (Western Bank) was inducted as a Designee and Nicole Ulrich was inducted as a Rotarian.  See photos below.
Nils led the Pledge of Allegiance and gave the invocation.
Our guests today were: Marika (Smiley) Rebelein and potential new member Ashley Holm from Servion.
Many of us helped the Ralph Reeder Food Shelf move into its new space a while back.  Now it’s time to help them celebrate their Grand Opening on Tuesday, August 21st starting with a ribbon cutting at 3PM and a community social from 4-7PM.  The new location is 2544 Mounds View Blvd, in the Silver View Plaza.
Dave Hoel tied up loose ends for the Stockyard Days Hot Dog Feed.  It’s all hands on deck to make this effort go smoothly so be at the 300 block of Old Hwy 8 at 4:30PM to start the setup.  Be sure to be there before 5PM as they close the roads at that time for the parade.
CPY needs more volunteers to make their Stockyard Days “Udderly Fun” Bouncy House attraction a success.  Take a minute right now and click this link to go to the sign up page and volunteer for one or more shifts.  Nancy and I did it last year and I think we had as much fun as the kids.
While you’re in the Bouncy House mood, why not also volunteer for the Inflatables area at the Mounds View Festival in the Park.  Shifts are available between 11:45AM-7:30PM on Saturday August 18th.  The signup sheet will be circulated again at next week’s meeting.
Maria Klakegg, our Norwegian exchange student will arrive on August 28th in the afternoon.  Let’s get a big group together to greet her at the airport.
Ed James revealed that the next Harvest Pack food packing event will be Tuesday, December 11th after Rotary.  We’re coordinating with the Lions to make this an even bigger event than the last one.  A planning meeting with the Lions is scheduled for August 22nd.  See Ed if you’d like to attend the planning meeting.
Margaret Johnson had the honor to present Sue Ager with her PHF+3, signifying contributions to the Rotary Foundation in excess of $4,000. See photo above.  Sue said that the Foundation is a way for her to reach out to those in need in other countries.
Recent News
Paul Fournier recently took a long Amtrak trip and said that the train was great as long as you aren’t concerned about leaving or arriving on time.
Dave Hoel, Jeff Benson and Jason Miller had a great time on their Canadian fishing trip.
Dana Rebelein reported that her niece, Janet, fell and fractured her hip recently.
Cor reported that she is close to gaining full mobility of her knee after replacement surgery.
Ed James daughter will attend Notre Dame this fall.
Nicole Ulrich introduced our speaker, Brian Vickery, who spoke to us about New Brighton’s Stockyard Days celebration.   Brian was accompanied by the Stockyard Days Parade Chair, Tarii Kluse.   The Stockyards played a big role in the development of the New Brighton area in the early 1900’s.  Although the Stockyards are long gone, we still honor their part in the economic history of New Brighton.  Stockyard days was preceded by three other community festivals.  From 1949 through 1964 we celebrated Old Time Days.  From 1964 to the 1970’s the Jaycees organized an Independence Day celebration.  In 1981, Stockyard Days was started and was strengthened by the addition of the Antique Car Run in 1987.  This year’s celebration will include, among other attractions, inflatables, a bike race, a ski show, bands and a big parade.  This year’s budget is $60,000.
Brian reviewed some of the reasons for having a community celebration like Stockyard Days.  First, he emphasized the social benefit of strengthening of relationships between residents, businesses and local government.  He also said that there are several economic benefits to community celebrations, among them are increased visibility for the city, increased tourism and opportunities for business marketing and advertising.
Brian did his homework, and wove Rotary principals into his plea for increased Rotary involvement on the Stockyard Days Committee and in soliciting businesses for financial support for the festival.  One idea that surfaced was to organize a Job Fair tent for next year’s event and to use free will donations from participating businesses to cover the costs or even make money for Stockyard Days.
Co-President Cindy Carlson presented Brian and Tarii with a check from the Club for $1,500, above.
During his talk Brian expressed interest in Rotary membership so, as an enticement, he rang the sacred bell to end the meeting. Tarii, Nicole and Brian are pictured below.

Co-President John Marg-Patton opened the meeting with the pledge of Allegiance and Sue Ager presented the Invocation.


Geoff Hollimon reminded us that we are helping to run the CPY inflatable recreation area at Stockyard Days again this year.  Check your email from Geoff or Mary Stewart for a link to sign up for one or more 2 hour shifts from August 10-12th.   Geoff also has tickets for the CPY Golf Ball Drop. 


Geoff will continue to gather donations for our deployed servicemen and women in conjunction with Citizens Supporting Our Armed Forces (CSOAF), a 501(c)3 non-profit.  Next Tuesday, July 31st, is the deadline for donations.  The supplies list and more information about CSOAF can be found by clicking here.


Cindy read a thank you letter from Rotaract member Laura Skubic, thanking us for our support for her mission trip to Lebanon.  Laura will speak to the club on her return.


Your email for July 20th should include a note from Jason Slama with an opportunity to support Mounds View’s community festival, just as we support New Brighton’s Stockyard days.  The Mounds View opportunity also involves inflatables so you won’t need to learn any new skills.  There are three time slots on August 18th.  Please contact Jason, Geoff or Cindy to sign up for a shift.


Bob Barmore was proud to announce the birth of his first grandchild, Penelope Kay, last week.  The vitals are: 22 inches and 8 pounds 14 oz.  Mom and daughter are both doing well.


Cindy Carlson’s foursome came in first in her flight and first overall in a golf tournament last weekend!


Always a good time manager, Cor Wilson managed to both retire and recover from hip surgery in the month of July.


Mark your calendars for August 24th…Our Norwegian exchange student, Maria, arrives that afternoon and we’d like to give her a warm welcome at the airport, if you are available.  Sue Ager has accepted the role of Youth Exchange Counselor.


Sue Ager introduced today’s speaker, Rotary World Peace Fellow, Amanda Ottman.  You’ll probably remember that Amanda accompanied Jilla Nadimi, when she spoke to us recently.  At that visit Amanda was representing the American Refugee Committee (ARC).  Today’s presentation focused on how Rotary, and specifically the Rotary World Peace Fellowship, has shaped her desire to make a difference in the world.  Her first contact with Rotary was as a Rotary Exchange student in Argentina in 2000.  The exchange experience increased her awareness of service opportunities and started her on a path that eventually led her to apply for the Rotary World Peace Fellowship.  This fellowship is awarded to only fifty of the most qualified and motivated students each year.  Argentina was one of the options that year, so Amanda naturally gravitated to the country where she had exchange program ties.  The Fellowship is a 2 year Masters program in International Studies.  It offered her an opportunity to make a strong connection to the local Rotary Clubs, share the mission of Rotary with others, and be an ambassador for peace.  She spoke about how venturing out at night in the poorest part of town to engage with the locals sharpened her vision of her mission for the future.  Upon completing her fellowship, Amanda has worked with Save the Children in Morocco, El Salvador and Haiti, and recently joined the American Refugee Committee, helping to improve the lives of refugees in the Nakivale Settlement Camp.  You’ll remember that our club donated $500 to support the efforts of the Nakivale Rotaract Club and that the Rotaractor’s efforts were chronicled in a 12 page spread in a recent Rotarian Magazine.  Amanda (and the ARC) are partnering with the Rotaract Club to provide services to the 90,000 refugees in the camp.  Amanda thanked us for our support for this mission and encouraged us to contribute generously to the Rotary Foundation.  Sue and Amanda are shown below.


John Marg-Patton opened the meeting with the Pledge and Margaret Johnson provided the Invocation.
Our guest today was Arden Hills/Shoreview Rotarian Frank Mably.  Frank invited us to attend their annual Taste of the Hops beer tasting fundraiser on Friday, August 17th from 5:30 to 8:30PM at Snail Lake Park.  Click here for more information or to purchase tickets.
Co-President John said that the Board will meet on the Marg-Patton pontoon boat on Monday, July 23rd at 6PM.  Light snacks will be provided but you should eat before you come.  John’s address is 1152 Rose Lane, New Brighton.  Parking is very limited so park on Beach Rd (the road leading to the boat launch).
Co-President Cindy Carlson presented a GIANT card from MaryAnn Bawden thanking the club for her send-off last week. 
Cindy also thanked John and Marla Ordway for opening their home to host the Rotary Picnic last weekend.  What a perfect day to gather with great friends.
John Ordway presented Cindy Carlson and Jeff Benson with the bocce ball championship trophy (a bottle of wine).  Cindy and Jeff edged out John Ordway and Cindy’s husband Kevin in a hotly contested match.  John suggested that Cindy was extra competitive because she was playing against Kevin.  Jeff’s contribution was just picking the right partner.  Cindy and Jeff are shown with the trophy, below.
Cindy also made us aware that Rochester Rotary’s $95,000 Global Grant Proposal to benefit Mayan communities in Guatemala has been approved by the Rotary Foundation.  Our club pledged $500 toward the project.
Geoff Hollimon has tickets available for the CPY golf ball drop.  See Geoff for your chance to win big!
Geoff also reminded us that we will be helping again this year to supervise the bouncy houses and other inflatables at Stockyard Days.  This was great fun last year and now that we’ve got the system down it should be even better this year.  Watch your email for an online sign-up link.
Geoff also circulated a list of supplies needed by our deployed troops.  Citizens Supporting Our Armed Forces (CSOAF), a 501(c)3 non-profit, is gathering these needed supplies and Geoff will collect your donations and see that they get to CSOAF.  The supplies list and more information about CSOAF can be found by clicking here.
The Flex Group meets at US Bank at 7AM this Thursday.  All are welcome to come and see what all the excitement is about.
Ed James noted that our Norwegian Exchange Student, Maria, will be arriving sometime in the afternoon on Friday, August 24th.  We’re hoping to have a sizable contingent at the airport to welcome her, if possible.  We have two host families lined up but a third host family would be nice.  If you or someone you know would be a good host family, please let us know.
Ed James will also be offering the ‘Two Truths and a Lie” fundraiser next week.
Happy buck were plentiful today.  Many gave a dollar in recognition of the Ordway’s generosity in hosting the picnic. 
Please change your newly printed 2018-19 directory to indicate that Jason Slama, not Dana Rebelein, is the Community Service Director for the coming year.
I don’t know how many Taste of the Hops tickets Frank Mably sold today, but at least he was able to take home $5 as the raffle winner today.
Margaret Johnson introduced today’s speaker, Ed James, to give his new member classification talk.  Ed’s amazing story began in Iregba, Nigeria. Iregba is a village too small to appear on a map, but it lies near the southwest border of Nigeria.  Ed was born in 1965 and is the youngest of 6 kids.  His dad died of food poisoning when Ed was 11, but Ed’s mother was determined that her kids would get an education.  Ed put that determination to the test when he barely completed the 2nd grade.  Instead of sending him to 3rd grade, his mom had him repeat 2nd grade and it completely transformed Ed academically.  From that point forward, Ed was always at the very top of all his classes and was consistently elected or appointed to student leadership positions.  After High School there was no money for college, but after 2 years of working and saving, Ed was able to enroll at Polytechnic Ibadan where he studied Business Administration and Management.  While at Polytechnic, he led multiple student organizations while maintaining an academic performance level that is, as yet, unsurpassed.  He went on to earn his Master’s in Finance and Accounting  at Ambrose Alli University through online study after coming to the U.S. on a work visa.  His schooling in Nigeria, while rigorous, was completed without ever using a computer.  Ed’s wife encouraged him to learn about computers so, instead of taking a few lessons; Ed earned an associate’s Degree in Computer Science instead.
Ed’s first job in the U.S. was at ACI/Honeywell in 1996.  When Chinese competition forced his division to close in 2004, Ed became Director of International Operations at CareMate, travelling the world in search of products to supply developing African markets.  Ed left CareMate to start his own import/export business, Right Choice International Shipping, in 2007.  In 2008, Ed started working part-time as a Mental Health Counselor with ResCare, working to keep clients with mental illness employed and involved in their communities, a job he still enjoys today.  In 2012, the ever-changing international shipping market made it impossible for his international shipping business to remain profitable so he quit that business and started Right Choice Delivery Services, delivering paychecks for ADP, PayChex, Averta and CBIZ to 15 cities in the metro area.  
Ed has always loved singing and has sung in choirs since age 8, but he has also written nearly 80 songs and even has a CD of original songs.  He has led choruses for the International Christian Fellowship and leads a group that has performed over 100 times at his home church, Grace Evangelical Free Church in New Brighton.
Anyone who’s paying attention will also have noticed that Ed is totally committed to community involvement and charity work.  His Rotary membership is just one of the many ways he has a positive impact on his community.  Margaret and Ed are pictured below.
John Marg-Patton opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and Margaret Johnson offered the invocation.
Our guests today were Bob Jacobson and Gary Bawden.
This Saturday is the Club Picnic at the Ordway home, 10 Dellwood Avenue, White Bear Lake (link to map).  Arrive after 2PM and stay ‘til dark.  John said today that they will need some desserts and appetizers/snacks.  The desserts were spoken for at the meeting today (you know who you are) but we will still need 5 or 6 appetizers/snacks to round out the menu.  Call John 651-429-9658 to let him know if you can bring some.  Other food, wine and beer will be provided.
Training for our Financial Literacy Program facilitators will take place from 11AM –Noon on Wednesday, July 11th at API Construction, 1100 Old Hwy 8, New Brighton (link to map).  Check your email from July 6th for the online event registration.  Another training session will also be held in the near future.
The Twin Cities North Chamber is hosting a golf tournament at Oneka Ridge in White Bear Lake on Thursday, July 26th from 12:30-6PM.  Click here for more information.
In preparation for their upcoming move, Past President Gerry, and wife Marlys, are holding an estate sale on Wednesday – Friday, July 11-13 staring at 9AM.  The sale is at the Tietz residence, 804 Torchwood Court, New Brighton.
Ed James circulated thank you notes from this year’s scholarship recipients.
Jason Slama, Jason’s girlfriend Elizabeth, MaryAnn Bawden, Jeff Benson, Geoff and Debra Hollimon, Dave Hoel and Nyle Zikmund, helped to move the Ralph Reeder Food Shelf into their new location at 2544 Mounds View Blvd (near the SA station).  Along with several other volunteers, they made short work of stocking  the food in the new location.  Don’t miss their open house on August 21st.
Today was bittersweet as we bid MaryAnn Bawden farewell as a new chapter of her life unfolds.  Cindy Carlson and John Marg-Patton reviewed MaryAnn’s myriad contributions in her 29 years with NBMV Rotary.  It’s hard to know where to start because MaryAnn’s graceful and effective touch has been felt in every area of club management.  Her attention to detail, organizational skills and uber-responsible nature made her the perfect club Secretary (I can barely remember a time when she wasn’t the Secretary).  Mary Ann was the one who always remembered to send a card or flowers on behalf of the club or provide treats and decorations for special occasions (her baking skills are legendary).  I always thought of her as the “Mom” of the club, always saying the right thing at the right time and gently reminding us “kids” what we should be doing and when we should be doing it.  MaryAnn also played an important role in the Youth Exchange program, both in our club and at the District level.  It’s an understatement to say that she will be missed.
Cindy and John presented MaryAnn with the Outstanding Service Award (above) and a Rotary necklace and Rotary-sized shot glass (below)
Gerry Tietz and Jason Miller present MaryAnn with a Lifetime Honorary membership Pin, Badge and Certificate (below)
Considering MaryAnn’s love for Rotary Youth Exchange, it’s appropriate that Youth Exchange was the topic for today’s program.  Margaret Johnson introduced Al JGerdin, Roseville Rotarian for 42 years and District 5960’s champion of youth exchange.  Al’s daughter travelled to Brazil as a Rotary Exchange student in 1965 and her experience compelled Al to join Rotary and almost immediately become involved in youth exchange at the club and District level.  In the years that followed, Al saw first-hand the benefits of the exchange program for the students, but also the benefits to the families and friends of the student.  Rotary has about 8,000 exchange students per year and if you multiply that by 100 friends and family members of each student, 800,000 lives are influenced by Rotary Exchange each year.  Al feels that these international interconnections will eventually reduce or even eliminate wars in the future.  He gave the example of how Rotarians in The United Kingdom and Argentina helped to mediate the Falklands crisis.  Whether or not wars can be prevented by exchange programs, it’s clear that the connections between countries and cultures created by Rotary Youth Exchange are a step in the right direction.  Margaret and Al are shown below.
President Gerry Tietz opened the final meeting of his term as club president with the Pledge of Allegiance.  Dana Rebelein followed RI’s suggestion by providing a non-denominational invocation.


Gerry reported that the Board has revised our meal billing policy.  Effective July 1, meals actually consumed will be billed at the end of each quarter.  Previous policy was to pre-bill for the upcoming quarter.  This policy change makes meal costs fair for those who are unable to regularly attend meetings.  It should also make it easier to recruit new members.  Because unused meals were a significant income source ($6,000/year) for the club, the Board has raised dues to $125/quarter to help offset the lost income.  For most members, this will actually result in a lower overall cost of being a Rotarian.  The Flex Group is also investigating possible fundraisers to increase club income.


The Board also voted to donate $100 to a Twin Cities Rotaractor for a service mission to Lebanon and $250 toward a District Matching Grant for a Women’s Center in Guatemala.


Remember that on July 14th at 2:00PM the Rotary Picnic/Bocce Ball Tourney will be held at John and Marla Ordway’s home on White Bear Lake.  Food, wine and beer will be provided.  BYOB if you prefer a mixed drink.


Sue Ager reminded us that Roland Martinson will present his talk: Elders Rising – “The Promise and Peril of Elderhood” on Thursday June 28th, 4PM in the chapel at Benedictine Health Center at Innsbruck.  There is no cost to attend and refreshments are provided.  Seats are limited, so RSVP today to


Jason Slama said the Ralph Reeder Food Shelf will be moving to a new location on Monday, July 9th.  They could really use some help with the move so watch your email for a Sign-Up Genius.


Remember that neither the Noon Club nor the Flex Club will be meeting next week due to the Independence Day holiday.  Be sure to attend on July 9th however, when the program will focus on Rotary Youth Exchange.  You’ll remember that Maria, our Norwegian exchange student, will be arriving in August.


The Happy Buck highlights for today’s meeting were:

 - Gerry gave $38 dollars ($1 for each club member) to recognize our contributions to his year as President.

- Cindy admitted to reaching 59 years young this past week.  Cindy paid $5 to avoid the Dreaded Birthday Hat (I thought we had retired it) but she couldn’t avoid the Birthday Song serenade.


Many thanks go to MaryAnn Bawden for the delicious cake to celebrate Gerry’s successful year and the beginning of the reign of John Marg-Patton and Cindy Carlson as co-Presidents.


Paul Fournier presented two nicely framed displays of the many certificates and banners we received at the District awards ceremony this year.


Chris Ledbeter used a Powerpoint presentation to generate reaction and discussion of club highlights from the past year.  Here are the highlights:

- Eight new Rotarians inducted, primarily due to the addition of early AM meetings.

- Great variety of interesting programs

- Harvest Pack event

- Provided three $1,500 scholarships

- Another successful, if frigid, Egg Hunt

- Financial Literacy Program kickoff

- 4:01 Happy Hour Socials

- Supported CPY’s Bouncy House Fundraiser at Stockyard Days

- Remember Niger District and Global Grant support and scholarships for Maman and Charifa

- Eight bed sets donated, delivered and assembled for homeless high school student at Life Prep Academy

- District Awards – Public Image Club of the Year, Club Service Club of the Year, International Service Club of the Year Runner Up as well as the District Governor’s Citation.


WOW!  We should all be proud of what we’ve accomplished under Gerry’s leadership.  It’s only appropriate that we would celebrate our success with a champagne toast, below.


Following the toast, John and Cindy presented Gerry with his Past President’s Pin, Gavel Plaque and an engraved paperweight (below).


In turn, Gerry presented president’s pins and passed the Gavel and Bell to John and Cindy (below). 


Cindy and John presented the slate of officers for the coming year and there was a significant change in the pathway to the presidency.  Jason Slama was forced by an employment conflict to delay his term as president by a year.  Dennis Connolly agreed to step in as President-Elect (President in 2019-20) and Jason becomes the President-Elect Nominee (President in 2020-21).  The slate of officers and board members was approved by a voice vote of the members present.


Cindy and John are looking forward to their Co-Presidency and propose the following “Big Picture” for the coming year:

   - Do Good

   - Have Fun

   - Celebrate

Enough said!

Bob Barmore opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and Ed James offered the invocation. Our guests today were MaryAnn Bawden’s Husband Gary and Irondale HS Activities Director Chris Fink. 
President Gerry Tietz reported that he just experienced his first District 5960 Board meeting.  Gerry will be representing medium sized clubs on the Board.  Congratulations, Gerry!
Bob Barmore said that the meeting setup and program assignment list has some months with only two Rotarians assigned so far.  He would like to have 3 members assigned for each month, so if you could help out by joining one of these 2 person teams, please let Bob Barmore know.
John Ordway asked those who have not paid their dues to do so, if at all possible, by our next meeting.
Ed James passed around thank you notes from the students who received tree saplings in our Fourth Grade Foresters tree give-away.
Cindy Carlson reported on the recent District Grants Subcommittee meeting.  There were 22 applications with requests for a total of $110,000.  Available funds are only $78,000 so difficult decisions will need to be made.
Don’t miss next week’s meeting when Gerry will pass the gavel to incoming co-Presidents John Marg-Patton and Cindy Carlson.
Note that next week’s Board meeting will begin at 10:30AM
The July issue of the Rotarian features the Rotaract Club of Nakivale, the first Rotaract club organized within a refugee camp.  Our club has donated $500 to help fund the club’s projects, so it’s great to get a closer look at this remarkable Rotaract club.

Amy Janacek announced that 16 Irondale seniors graduated from high school this year having already earned their AA degree, thanks to the Early College program.
Cindy Carlson said that eight homeless high school students at Life Prep Academy will be the recipients of brand new complete bed sets as a result of our fund-a-cause effort at the Gold Plate Dinner.  Dennis Connolly, Pam Wolf Sladek, Cindy Carlson Ed James, Dave Hoel and Jeff Benson (all shown below) were on hand to deliver and assemble the beds.  Life Prep Director, Pam Wolf Sladek, sent this thank you:
Cindy and NB/MV Rotarians,

Thank you so much for the new beds and the help assembling them!  So appreciated!!!! We are excited to have NEW beds for students that will be coming to Life Prep Academy soon!

Take care,
Pamela Wolf Sladek
Life Prep Academy
Amy Janecek was excited to welcome ISD 621 Director of Community Partnerships, Mindy Handberg and Irondale’s Post Secondary Planning Coordinator, Michael Werner to speak to us about Early College.  Michael Werner was first to speak.
He spoke about how the Mounds View School District’s Early College Program helps fulfill the district’s Equity Promise by ensuring that students are prepared for post-secondary success regardless of race, class or disability.  There are many early college opportunities available including: Anoka Ramsey Community College, University of Minnesota concurrent enrollment, Advanced Placement, P.S.E.O. and Articulated Course Credit.  The wide range of Early College opportunities enabled 95% of Irondale Students to take at least one post-secondary level course this year!  Mike also talked about district 621’s budding partnership with local employers to provide coursework aligned to industry learning pathways.  This program is called Pathways to Possibilities, and offers opportunities in automotive technology, business management, information technology, construction, solar technology and engineering, among others.
Mindy Handberg took the podium and used the Construction and Solar Technology pathway as one example of how these kinds of creative public/private partnerships provide other post secondary options for students.  One of Mindy’s roles as Community Involvement Director is to promote these kinds of partnerships. Right now, Century College, Mortenson Construction, Parson’s Electric, St Paul Building Trades, MN State Energy Center and the Construction Careers Foundation are all working with District 621 to develop this Construction and Solar Technology pathway.  Mindy would love to hear from other businesses that see the value in these partnerships.  These partnerships could be in the form of internships, summer jobs, site tours, or participating in advisory groups to dialog about business needs or review curriculum and/or equipment needs for the district.
For more information, contact:
Chris Fink, Mike Werner, Mindy Handberg and Amy Janecek are pictured below.
Today’s meeting was off-site at Benedictine Health Center at Innsbruck.
Bob Barmore opened the meeting with the Pledge and Invocation.
Jason Slama said that the Ralph Reeder Food Shelf has found a new home in the Silver View Center, 2544 County Highway 10. 
John Marg-Patton instructed us to mark our calendars for The Rotary Picnic/Bocce Ball Tourney on July 14th at John and Marla Ordway’s home.  The festivities begin at 2PM and will go until sunset.  You should have received an email invitation to the event from John Ordway around June 7th.  Please RSVP using the link in that email.
Jason Miller advised us that we are currently $700 short of our Rotary Foundation Contribution Goal for the Rotary Year ending on June 30.  If you are able to contribute toward this goal, please do so ASAP so the contribution will be recorded this Rotary year.  If you contribute directly to the Foundation, be sure to let John Ordway know so he can record your contribution in the club’s records.
John Ordway noted that it would be very helpful if everyone gets current on their dues by June 21, so he can wrap up the books by the end of the Rotary year.
Bob Barmore presented and updated list of monthly meeting and program assignments for the coming year.  You can download the updated list here.
Jason Slama reported that he has been accepted into the Sheet Metal Workers Union apprenticeship program, and will likely be unable to fulfill the responsibilities of President-Elect this year and President the following year.
Jason Miller said that ReNee’s friend’s son, Ty Koehn, is the Mounds View pitcher who, after a game winning strikeout, delays his celebration with his teammates to console the batter whom he had just struck out.  In a display of sportsmanship seldom seen in sport, the pitcher rushed to the plate to give the batter, his lifelong friend, a big hug.  Check it out here.
Jason Slama completed the MS 150 this past weekend and appeared to be no worse for wear.  Congrats, Jason!
Friday was Cor Wilson’s last day as she retired from CTV North Suburbs.  Her leadership was a big factor in the organization’s success and she will certainly be missed.
Our guest today was Benedictine Health Center at Innsbruck’s Director of Nursing, Colleen James.
You will remember that our May 15th speaker, Jilla Nadimi, works with the American Refugee Committee (ARC) to provide relief in refugee settlements around the world.  One such settlement is the Nakivale Refugee settlement in Kampala, Uganda.  The ARC, in partnership with Rotarians from Minnesota and Uganda, have encouraged youth in the refugee settlement to start a Rotaract Club.  Today, we recorded a video congratulating the Nakivale Rotaract club on the first anniversary of the club’s formation. 
Today’s meeting was at the Benedictine Health Center at Innsbruck and hosted by the Innsbruck Foundation.  BHC at Innsbruck’s Chaplain, Fran O’Connor, talked about the four pillars of spiritual care at Innsbruck, Justice, Hospitality, Stewardship and Respect.  She said that the Benedictine Health System’s namesake, St. Benedict, said “Before all, and above all, attention shall be paid to the care of the sick” and this concept drives every aspect of care at Innsbruck.  We were treated to a tour of the Benedictine Center’s facility, followed by a video of the resident’s impressions of their care.  A big development at Innsbruck is their purchase of two adjacent properties, which will allow a major expansion of the facility.  Stay tuned for news about the expansion plans.  Special thanks to Nicole Ulrich, and Reid Hewitt for hosting us today.

President Gerry Tietz opened the informal meeting with the Pledge and Dana Rebelein offered the invocation.


Today’s meeting was off-site, hosted by Ed James at his party room at “The View”.  Ed had several relatives and friends in town (some from as far as Nigeria) and he wanted us to experience a Nigerian meal.  His sister, Grace, prepared a delicious traditional meal of chicken, rice, meat pies, plantain and other delicacies.  Our thanks to Ed and his family.


President Gerry noted that our Flex Club members have been paying full dues (including prepayment for full lunches) without getting the benefit of the lunch.  To remedy this situation, it will be proposed to the Board that lunches be on a pay-as-you-go basis, billed at the end of each quarter.  Because the unused prepaid lunches have been a source of significant income for the club ($4000-6000 per year) we’ll need a method to replace that lost income.  It will be recommended to the Board to increase quarterly club dues by $40 to make up for the lost income.  Those present voiced no objections to the proposal.


Ed James reported that he presented our $1,500 at-large scholarship to Alexander Koester, a St Anthony Village High School Senior.  Dana later noted that she had a conversation with a parent who talked in glowing terms about Ed’s presentation, saying that Ed was the only presenter who mentioned “service” in his talk and that he kept his remarks brief.  Way to go, Ed! (see photo above)


Jason Slama introduced his girlfriend, Elizabeth.  Ed James introduced his family members and guests.


Next week’s meeting will again be off-site at Innsbruck Care Center at Noon, with Nicole Ulrich and Reid Hewitt hosting.  Innsbruck is located at 1101 Black Oak Drive, one block West of New Brighton Ford.


The new beds we purchased for Life Prep Academy had not all arrived in time for yesterday’s planned presentation, so the delivery (and presentation) has been rescheduled for next Wednesday, June 13th sometime between 9:30 and 12:30.  We’d like to have a big contingent from the club to cement our relationship with Life Prep, so please come if you are able.  Cindy will send an email if she is able to provide a better estimate of the delivery time.


Ed James said that the nominations process for Camp Enterprise is underway at Irondale.


Maria, our Norwegian Rotary Exchange Student will likely be arriving in August.  We hope to have a big Rotary welcoming party for her arrival at the airport.  We’ll let you know when the date is pinned down.


Dave Hoel is looking for golfers to play in a best-ball tourney to benefit UofM pancreatic cancer research.  The tournament is at Majestic Oaks on June 22nd starting at 11AM.  If you would like to play, or just contribute, call Dave Hoel.


John Marg-Patton reminded us that the Rotary Club Picnic/Bocce Ball Tournament is on July 14th at John and Marla Ordway’s home on White Bear Lake.  Come at 2PM and stay until dark.


Gerry Tietz noted that Corporate Designee Nicole Ulrich will swap membership status with Reid Hewitt.  Nicole will become the Member and Reid will become the Corporate Designee.  Congratulations, Nicole!


Among the Happy Bucks today were:

- Jeff Benson has retired for the second time…he hopes this will be the last time.

- Bob Barmore expects to be a grandpa on July 16th!

Cindy Carlson opened the meeting with the pledge of Allegiance and George Winiecki offered the invocation.
The Program and Meeting Assignment List was distributed and can be downloaded by clicking here.
President Gerry Tietz reviewed our accomplishments for the past year in light of our goals and District expectations.  It’s very clear that our club is on its game in nearly every category and we should be very proud of all our accomplishments.  Kudos, All!
Next year’s Co-President, Cindy Carlson, outlined plans for the coming year.  The first topic was the Gold Plate Dinner and those present today decided that April 12th would be the best date for the GPD.  We also decided to have the dinner at the Roseville Radisson again this coming year. 
Cindy also presented a draft budget for 2018-19.  The proposal shows a deficit of $8,811 because we have that amount accumulated in the Rotary Healthy Youth Foundation and the Board feels that those funds should be used in the community rather than sit in the Foundation.  Our total budget is $77,874.  Questions about the budget should be directed to Cindy Carlson, John Marg-Patton or John Ordway.
As a result of our Fund-a-Cause effort at the Gold Plate Dinner, we will be presenting 8 beds to Life Prep Academy.  The presentation will likely be on Friday, June 1 or Monday, June 4th.  If you’d like to be there for the presentation, please contact Cindy Carlson.  Cindy hopes to keep our homeless youth initiative alive with hands-on opportunities to connect Rotarians with homeless youth at Life Prep.  Life Prep is also holding their Annual Yard Sale Fundraiser on June 7-10 at 1628 County Highway 10, in Spring Lake Park.  Donated items would be greatly appreciated.  Please drop items off from 9-4 M-F.  All items should be dropped off by June 6th.
Cindy’s Co-President, John Marg-Patton, reminded us that Maria, Our Rotary Exchange student from Norway, will be arriving in August.  It’s been awhile since we have hosted an exchange student and we want to make the experience truly memorable for the student as well as ourselves.  You’ll soon be receiving details about how to easily get an online background check, as well as ideas about what kinds of things to do with Maria.
John also said that the NBMV Rotary picnic will be held a John and Marla Ordway’s home on White Bear Lake on July 14th.  (details to follow)
Remember that the next two Noon meetings will be off-site.  On June 5th we will meet at Ed James’ apartment (1300 Northwest Parkway, New Brighton) for a Nigerian Meal (Subway for those who prefer).  On June 12th we will meet at Benedictine Health Center (1101 Black Oak Dr, New Brighton).
Cindy and John's final words about their upcoming Rotary year are:
    1.       Do Good
    2.       Have Fun
    3.       Celebrate Our Accomplishments
We are investigating the possibility of sponsoring an Interact club at Irondale.  A key factor will be finding an instructor at Irondale willing to lead the club.
The Flex Group is looking into the possibility of putting together a Dragon Boat Race team at NBMV Rotary as an additional fundraiser for NBMV Rotary.  I can’t wait!
Dave Hoel and Jeff Benson are looking for golfers to play in a best-ball tourney to benefit UofM pancreatic cancer research.  The tournament is at Majestic Oaks on June 22nd starting at 11AM.  If you would like to play, or just contribute, call Dave Hoel.
John Risdall was with us for the 3rd week in a row, thanks to Paul Fournier.  It was also John’s birthday today so we broke out the Birthday Hat and did our best on the Birthday Song.  John is shown below.

Cindy Carlson opened the meeting with the Pledge and Nile Zikmund offered an invocation.


Nyle Zikmund admitted to six decades on the planet and was rewarded for his perseverance with the honor of wearing the birthday hat (see photo below).


You will remember that last week’s speaker, Jilla Nadimi, works with the American Refugee Committee (ARC) to provide relief in refugee settlements around the world.  One such settlement is the Nakivale Refugee settlement in Kampala, Uganda.  The ARC, in partnership with Rotarians from Minnesota and Uganda, have encouraged youth in the refugee settlement to start a Rotaract Club.  The New Rotaract Club hit the ground running and now has 39 members working to improve life for their fellow refugees.  Cindy Carlson said that our board has responded with a check for $500 to support the mission of this remarkable group of Rotaractors.


Cindy also noted that our Gold Plate Dinner raised funds to buy several beds for the new residents at Life Prep Academy.  Contact Cindy if you would like to participate in the presentation of the beds.  Life Prep is also holding their Annual Yard Sale Fundraiser on June 7-10 at 1628 County Highway 10, in Spring Lake Park.  Donated items would be greatly appreciated.  Please drop items off from 9-4 M-F.  All items should be dropped off by June 6th.


Michelle Caron reported on the Financial Literacy Course recently presented to CPY 4th grade students by herself and Chris Ledbeter (see below).  Michelle said that the program was well received and there are plans to present the class again on May 30th.  Training is planned for club members who would like to help present a follow-up class.  Contact Chris Ledbeter or Michelle Caron if you’d like to help. 


Jason Slama reported that Ed James presented $1,500 scholarships to two deserving Irondale seniors.  The recipients were Devina Srey and Taylor Seim (shown with Ed James, below)..  Our $1,500 at-large scholarship will be presented to a St. Anthony senior next Tuesday.


After countless years as the Stockyard Days Parade Hot Dog King, George Winiecki is stepping down, so we will need a new Hot Dog King or Queen.  George has all the steps neatly laid out for his replacement.  Contact Cindy Carlson or John Marg-Patton if you are willing to take over this important responsibility.


President Gerry announced that next week’s meeting will be a club assembly to chart our course for the coming Rotary year.  The following two meetings will be off-site. On June 5th we will meet at Ed James’ apartment (1300 Northwest Parkway, New Brighton) for a Nigerian Meal.  On June 12th we will meet at Benedictine Health Center (1101 Black Oak Dr, New Brighton).


Be sure to be at the meeting on June 26th when Gerry will pass the Rotary gavel to Cindy and John Marg-Patton.


Due to the Independence Day holiday, the will be no meetings on July 3rd or 5th.

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Cor Wilson announced that her mother passed away this morning.  Cor will also be retiring from CTV North Suburbs on June 8th.


Our speaker today was our own Nyle Zikmund.  Nyle took us back to the Mounds View pipeline explosion on July 7, 1986.  Nearly 32 years ago, a ruptured seam in a Williams pipeline near the intersection of Long Lake Road and Woodcrest released gasoline which pooled in the street and was eventually ignited by a newspaper delivery person’s car.  The driver suffered serious burns, but survived.  Beverly Spano and her 6 year old daughter, Jennifer, were not so fortunate.  Just as they exited their home, the gas vapor cloud ignited, causing 3rd degree burns over their entire bodies, eventually leading to their deaths.  Beverly’s Husband Don and her other daughter, Allison exited the house through another door and survived the fireball.  One hundred fire fighters (Nyle was one of them) from seven fire departments fought the ensuing fire, which reached 30 feet high and could only be contained until the remaining gasoline in the pipeline drained out and burned.  In all, 90,000 gallons of gasoline leaked out of the pipeline, much of it burning, but some also leaking into the adjacent pond/lake and into the aquifer.  As a result of this tragedy, National and State Offices of Pipeline Safety were created to help prevent future pipeline disasters.  Cindy and Nyle are shown below.

Cindy Carlson opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and George Winiecki gave the invocation.


Everyone was thrilled to have John Risdall back with us today.  John is continuing his recovery at Watermark Senior Living, 5300 4th St. in Fridley.  John told me today that he welcomes visitors between 6 and 8 PM.


We also welcomed back the southern France river cruisers, Benson, Hoel, O’Brien, Neeley and Connolly, after their 16 day adventure.  All five were seated together today, so it must have been a great trip.


Garry Johnson introduced his guest, Jeff Rohach, and Cindy Carlson introduced Amanda Ottman who works with today’s speaker.


Jason Slama reported that nine volunteers showed up for the 2nd Harvest Heartland food drive last Saturday.  Under Jason’s energetic leadership, the group loaded 13 pallets of food on a semi-trailer! A couple of volunteers from Life Prep Academy joined in the fun.


John and Marla Ordway have graciously offered to host the Rotary Picnic at their home on Saturday, July 14th.  More details to follow.


Mark Lampman was lamenting the arrival of another birthday today, so we attempted to cheer him up with a Birthday Song.


Cindy introduced today’s speaker, St Paul Winter Carnival Queen of the Snows, Jilla Nadimi.  Although she’s only 27 years old, Jilla has managed to pack a lot of living into those 27 years.  Born in France to a Polish mother and Persian father, she came to Mounds View where she began to develop her sense of community as a Girl Scout, eventually earning a Gold Award which is the highest honor a Girl Scout can receive.  After her parents divorced, she was raised by her mother to be a strong and independent woman and this upbringing has served Jilla well.  At age 17 she worked with her Girl Scout Troop to help plan youth activities for the 50th anniversary of Mounds View’s Festival in the Park.  After graduating from Irondale in 2009, she received several scholarships which enabled her to study French and International Relations at the University of Minnesota.  She received a Benjamin Gilman Scholarship Grant, making it possible to return to France for further study.  Since then Jilla has worked to increase diversity in local government as an Urban Scholar Program intern, organized earthquake relief efforts in Ecuador, and now she is working with the American Refugee Committee, providing nutritional relief for refugee camps in places like Uganda, Rwanda and Myanmar.  As if her schedule wasn’t full enough, Jilla is also the reigning Queen of the Snows and will make 400 appearances this year in that role. She said her community festival experiences right here in Mounds View and New Brighton were part of the reason she decided to be a candidate for Queen of the Snows.  Jilla and Cindy are shown below.

John Ordway led us in Pledge of Allegiance and Cindy Carlson offered the invocation.
Our guest today was Andrew Aplikowski, Beverly Aplikowski's son.
President Gerry Tietz opened the meeting with the exciting news that he will be serving on our Rotary's District Board.  Congratulations, Gerry! 
Gerry also shared with the club some sincerely sweet thank you letters from the fourth graders at Bel Air for the trees they were given from our club.  The students were so grateful for their trees, and many of them gave their tree a special name. 
Other Announcements
Paul Fournier shared with the club the thank you letter that Iris McGinnis wrote to the club for the help with the Community Support Center's Luncheon. 
Paul also recently visited John Risdall and said that he was in great spirits, and was the sharpest he has seen him in a couple years.  Paul was very encouraged with John's progress.  John will be moving to a new facility today.  Paul will provide more information about where John is relocating soon. 
Jason Slama reminded everyone to join him this Saturday at the Cub Foods near Rice Street and Hwy 36 for the Stamp Out Hunger Event from 3pm -6pm.  Even if you only have 20 minutes, please come and join Jason.  Life Prep Academy students will also be volunteering with our club.  This will be a great opportunity for us to meet some of those students. 
John Ordway reported that along with his wife Marlys, they are willing to host another summer social for the club at their house.  They are thinking about having it on Saturday, July 14, 2018.  More details to follow. 
Cindy Carlson shared with the club a thank you from Kara VanderKamp, Executive Director and President of Remember Niger, who spoke at our club a few weeks ago.  Cindy encouraged club members to consider making a special donation at the end of the meeting to support the Mother's Fund through Remember Niger.  This fund helps supply secondary education for girls.  Lastly, Cindy passed around information from Second Chance Animal Rescue.  If you are interested in fostering a cat or dog, please check out their website for more information
Beverly Aplikowski was delighted to introduce her daughter-in-law, Kathleen Aplikowski, as our speaker.  Kathleen is the Manager of Direct Spending and Purchasing at Caribou Coffee.  Kathleen shared with the club the recent and ongoing changes with Caribou Coffee.  In 2012, Caribou Coffee was purchased by JAB Holding Company.  This company has also purchased Einstein Bagels, Krispy Kreme, Panera Bread, Peets Coffee, and Bruegger's Bagels, as well as other companies.  With the recent purchase of Einstein Bagels, they are currently doing a beverage upgrade at all Einsteins where they will now serve Caribou Coffee.  And likewise, Caribou Coffees will now carry Einstein Bagels.  The advantage of having all these companies under the JAB Holding Company is that now these companies can work together and get better bids by combining their supplies into one bid for items like cups, napkins, etc.  They have also been able to combine departments (such as accounting and distribution) to save money and become more efficient.  Kathleen invited our club to schedule a tour of their Roaster Center that is located in the Twin Cities. 
John is joined by Kathleen Aplikowski from Caribou Coffee below.
Club Information


New Brighton Mounds View

Our Club Motto: Service Above Self

Club meetings are held Tuesdays at 12:15; 7:00 AM 1st & 3rd Thursday, 4:01 PM 2nd & 4th Thursdays...Check Website for Location
The Exchange Food and Drink
500 5th Ave, NW
New Brighton, MN  55112
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Upcoming Events
August 2018
Jeff Schott
Aug 21, 2018
1906 Lake Minnetonka Steamboat Streetcar "Minnehaha"
Nicole Ulrich & Reid Hewitt
Aug 28, 2018
Classification Talks
Kitchen Cut-Ups
Sep 04, 2018
Patty Hall, WBL Rotarian
Sep 11, 2018 12:00 PM
Water & Sanitation Grant Project for Schools in Nigeria
Ron Felt, St. Paul Sunrise Rotary
Sep 25, 2018
Milagro Women’s Education Center, in Guatemala
Meeting Responsibilities
Jun 2018
Team Leader
Rebelein, Dana
Team Member
Janecek, Amy
Team Member
Barmore, Bob
Club Meeting Options
In addition to the traditional lunch meetings on Tuesdays, the club's "Flex Group" meets on the first and third Thursdays of the month at 7-8 AM.  On the second and fourth Thursdays the group has 4:01 social hours from 4-6 PM.  The morning meetings and the social hours will be held in various locations in New Brighton and Mounds View.  Please visit this website frequently to find out where the next Flex Group will meet.
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