President Edeth James’ Quote of the Day: There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.” ― John Holmes.”
Ed was out of town today so Jeff Benson had his first taste of running a Zoom meeting.  He quickly learned that there are a lot of moving parts to manage in an online meeting.  He thanks the attendees for their patience.
We welcomed former member and Honorary Rotarian Gerry Tietz to the meeting.  We hope that Gerry will be able join us for future meetings.  It was also great that John Johnson was able to join us today.  His real estate meetings have been conflicting with our meetings but John hopes to be able to join us more often in the future.
Check your email for a list of important Rotary dates or, if you prefer, you can download the list here.
Nyle Zikmund introduced Lynn Noren, President and CEO of RISE Inc.  Incorporated in 1971, Rise is a private, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization which supports people who have disabilities and other barriers.
Their programs are intended to assist the people they serve in finding employment opportunities that fit their career objectives and skills. They also have life enrichment programs and mental health support services, as well as programs assisting people in finding safe, affordable housing in some Central Minnesota counties. Rise strives to support the people they serve such that each individual can achieve their personal measure of vocational achievement, self-sufficiency, and belonging in their communities.
Because of my preoccupation with running the meeting, my note taking was incomplete, so Lynn graciously agreed to provide me with her PowerPoint presentation, which you can download here.
Geoff Hollimon reported that the Suburban Ramsey Emergency Coalition currently has a balance of $40,946 available for grants to non-profit providers of food, housing and mental health/wellness services to address the impacts of COVID.   Geoff said that the Coalition urgently needs your help in recruiting a Volunteer Services Coordinator for the Roseville Family Table meals program. This is the grant initiative the Coalition funded through Second Harvest Heartland in which meals are prepared in commercial kitchens staffed by formerly unemployed restaurant employees. Between February 15th – April 13th, about 800 meals per week will be distributed to people identified in need on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 4-6pm from Roseville High School. It's expected that the Coordinator will be able to perform all duties from home. Duties will involve receiving volunteer needs information from Roseville Nutrition Services staff and using an electronic scheduling platform to fill available spots. Click here to download a complete description of the position.   
Geoff also noted that planning has started for the spring Virtual Walk/Run event with the brand name "Keep Moving".  The virtual event will take place from May 9-16.  Coupons from local restaurants and businesses will be used to incentivize registration.  Sponsors will be sought beginning at the end of February.
Geoff said that New Brighton Mayor Kari Niedfeldt-Thomas visited CPY recently and that she was very impressed with their distance learning support program.
I failed to promote the District’s “Share the Love” campaign during the meeting, so I’ve included it here.
Next week’s speaker will be Sara Curtis from The Works Museum – The museum’s mission is to inspire the next generation of innovators, engineers, and creative problem solvers.  Their exhibits, programs and design challenges are designed to engage kids in science, technology and engineering and make learning about technology memorable and fun.  Don’t miss it!