President Jason Miller opened the meeting at Sunset Grill at 7:30 a.m., the first of our experimental morning meetings.  Jason led the invocation.
Our guest speakers were Kathryn Smith, President of Mounds View Festival in the Park and Parade Chair, and Jen Tinerella, New Brighton Stock Yard Days Parade Chair and New Brighton Ambassador Coordinator.
Jen reported that the Lions’ Club took over Stock Yard Days in March after the SYD Board disbanded. The event will be August 12 - 14, with the parade beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday the 13th. The parade has 69 units as of today and will follow the same route as last year, starting in Long Lake Park and ending in Hansen Park.  We will serve hot dogs, chips and beverages to parade participants in the same location as last year. Other SYD activities will include kids’ games, food trucks, street dances and the antique car run. The Club gave Jen $1,500 to help defray SYD expenses.  Cindy Carlson presented the check to Jen, below.
Kathryn said the Mounds View Festival in the Park will occur the following weekend with, among other things, a parade, a car show and the addition of a petting zoo this year. Food trucks may be available at more locations in Mounds View throughout the summer. The Club gave Kathryn $500 toward Festival expenses.  Cindy Carlson presented the check to Kathryn, below.
  • We will be inventorying and organizing items we have in storage for the hot dog feed and the egg hunt.
  • John Ordway is taking names of members who will go to see the musical “Six” at the Ordway, Tuesday, November 1. This will replace our regular meeting that day.
  • Arrangements are being made to present John Risdall and Paul Fournier with Honorary Memberships in the Club, recognizing their significant contributions during the many years they were active members.
  • John Johnson cooked and served 225 hot dogs at the CSC Fundraiser walk Sunday. The 63 extra dogs were given to Ralph Reeder Food Shelf. Thrivent paid for the food. He will have a sign-up sheet for specific tasks at our SYD parade feed at our next meeting. District Governor Dayle Quigley will be with us.
  • Geoff is faithfully hunting down everyone who wants to support CPY by buying chances on the fabulous golf ball drop.
  • Cindy shared a note of appreciation from Kara Vander Kamp, Remember Niger, for the Rotarian of the Year gift that Cindy designated to them. It was used to fund a teacher training exercise which was well received and greatly needed. Niger ranks last in the world on level of teacher training.
  • Next week’s meeting will be at 7:30 a.m. at The Sunset Grill in Spring Lake Park.