After having no Rotary club meetings since March 10th due to the Covid-19 crisis, the Club held its first Zoom online meeting.  It was great to see and hear so many people that we haven’t seen in nearly two months.  It’s not the same as a regular meeting but it worked pretty well.  Many thanks to the District for providing the meeting platform and especially to Kathy Hughitt for getting the process rolling.
Dana Rebelein reviewed a proposal for multiple ways to support the newly formed Suburban Ramsey Emergency Coalition.  The Coalition brings together service clubs and foundations serving communities in the Mounds View and Roseville school districts, including Rotary Clubs, Lions Clubs, Optimists and Golden K’s.
The coalition is a unified effort to raise funds and provide goods and volunteers to help those in our communities who are most negatively affected by the COVID-19 crisis.  The coalition’s focus is on the greatest areas of need, beginning with food insecurity and housing instability. 
The proposal asked that we consider five ways that we could help in this effort:
  1. NBMV Rotary could donate $1,000 to the Suburban Ramsey COVID-19 Response Fund.  This was approved by the 13 or so NBMV Rotarians present at today’s meeting.
  2. NBMV Rotary could participate in a special District 5960 COVID-19 matching grant by contributing $100.  This had already been done in the interest of expediency.
  3. NBMV Rotarians identify potential donors and contact them with requests for support.
  4. NBMV Rotarians consider serving on one of these working committees:
    • Communications
    • Events
    • Volunteer Coordination
    • Fundraising
  5. NBMV Rotarians consider an individual or business contribution to the effort.
Donations of any amount may be made by check payable to the Suburban Ramsey Covid-19 Response Fund and mailed to:
                Suburban Ramsey Covid-19
                Response Fund
                c/o Carol Brown-Mills
                5845 St. Albans Court
                Shoreview, MN 55126
Carol is a board member of Shoreview Community Foundation and she’ll forward them to The St. Paul and Minnesota Foundation each day. They will still get their tax receipt from the St. Paul and Minnesota Foundation with tax ID # 41-6031510.
Online contributions of any amount can be made at at this URL:
The next meeting of the Coalition is by Zoom on Thursday April 30th at 3PM.  Let Geoff Hollimon or Dana Rebelein know if you’d like a Zoom invitation.   Check out the Coalition’s Facebook page by clicking here.
Northeast Youth and Family Services is holding their first ever “Online” Leadership Luncheon.  This year’s event features retired Star Tribune columnist and editorial writer Lory Sturdevant presenting: Minnesota: the State that Votes.  Contact Sandra Bahr at 651-379-3422 or to get your invitation to the online meeting.
There was quite a bit of discussion about how to salvage some fundraising potential out of the cancelled Gold Plate Dinner.  Several ideas were discussed and it was agreed that we will address the issue later this year.
It was agreed that we will continue to hold our Tuesday noon meetings virtually for the near future.  Watch your email for the ZOOM invite.
Ed James let me know after the meeting ended that applications for this year’s at-large scholarships are the highest ever and five NBMV Rotarians have agreed to evaluate the applicants.