Today marked the first in person (with masks and social distancing) club meeting since Covid-19 hit.
Our guests today were Jason Miller’s wife Renee and District 5960 Governor Nominee, Dayle Quigley.
President Ed James has emailed a list of upcoming events.  You’ll find the list below:
August 1, 2020 (Saturday 8:00AM – 10:00AM)  Strive Scholarship Taco John's Run Baby Run 5K, 10K.  Saturday August 1, 2020 8:00 a.m. start time.  $25 with registration on or before July 27 and just $35 after July 27 and race day.  Click here for online registration (midwest events).  This race starts at The Boatworks Commons, (4459 Lake Ave S) on beautiful White Bear Lake.  The course is flat and fast, 5K runs north along the lake to West Park and then back.  The 10K goes south to Cottage Park then North along the lake to Ramsey County Park into the White Bear Lake neighborhood before returning back to Lake Ave, and the Finish at The Boatworks Commons.  The registration includes an event T-Shirt. Rotary Volunteers are at the Start/Finish and on the course supporting the runners.  All of the proceeds of the race go to the Strive Scholarship Inc Fund which is a 501c(3) tax-exempt, non-profit entity.  Awards will be given to the top male and female overall and the top 3 male and female in each group.
August 2, 2020 (Sunday 3:00 PM) - CPY’s 8th Annual Golf Ball Drop - Brightwood Hills Golf Course, New Brighton, Win up to $5,000, All ticket sales from this event benefit the youth programs at Community Partners with Youth (CPY) 1 Ball = $10 3 Balls = $25 5 Balls =$40 To purchase tickets call 651-633-6464
August 7, 2020 (Friday 5:30 – 9:00PM) SAVE THE DATE - Join us at Canterbury Park in Shakopee for Rotary Race Day on Friday, Aug. 7th. Everyone is welcome—Rotarians bring your family and friends out to this great event! The gates open at 5:30 p.m., live horse racing begins at 6:30.  Cost for the event is $10, which includes admission, hot dog and soda. Children 17 and under get free admission, but must purchase the $10 ticket to get the hot dog and soda.  Rotary Race Day is a fundraiser for The Rotary Foundation's PolioPlus! Organized by Rotary Districts 5950 & 5960, 100 percent of ticket sales will benefit PolioPlus!   Tim Mulcrone will be singing the national the anthem at 5:30.

Geoff Hollimon reminded us that the CPY Golf Ball Drop will take place at Brightwood Hills Golf Course at 3PM on Sunday August 2nd.  The winner will take home 20% of the ticket proceeds, up to a maximum of $5,000.  Call 651-633-6464 today for your Golf Ball Drop Tickets.

Ed James was inducted as our club President two weeks ago but, since we have been meeting virtually, he had not received his president’s pin.  Past President Dennis Connolly presented Ed with his pin today and Ed reciprocated by presenting Dennis with his Past-President’s pin.  See photos below.

Nils Friberg presented Paul Harris Fellowship recognition pins to Cindy Carlson and Ed James.  Their contributions to the Rotary Foundation will help Rotary to eradicate Polio and further the Foundation’s mission to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty.  Nils, Ed and Cindy are pictured below.

Cindy Carlson reported on the No-Plate Dinner fundraiser.  You all should have received an email with the No-Plate Dinner Flyer which you can forward or print to distribute to friends and family who might be supportive of our club’s charitable programs.  Even though we can’t gather for the fundraiser as we have in the past, we hope that the No-Plate fundraiser will raise at least half of the $20,000 raised in previous Gold Plate Dinners.  For this to be possible, we all need to contribute and ask others to do the same.  Take a moment today to pass the flyer on!
Geoff Hollimon encouraged us to consider taking part in the Suburban Ramsey Emergency Coalition’s Three Mile Community Virtual Run/Walk fundraiser which will be held from Monday, August 3-Sunday, August 9, 2020.  Participants can use the suggested routes or make up their own.  The important part is to donate to the Coalition so it can continue to offer financial support to those directly affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.  Click the link above for details.
Everyone appeared to feel safe at the meeting today so we will look at having another in person meeting in August.