Our guests today were George Stringham from District 5960 and Mary Jo McGuire.
The Board voted this morning to make former NBMV Rotarian Gerry Tietz an Honorary Rotarian.  Amy Janecek has resigned as Principal at Irondale and has also resigned her Rotary membership.  New principal, Carol Campa, has expressed interest in Rotary membership.  The Board will wait to finalize the 2020-2021 budget until after the results of the No-Plate Dinner fundraiser are in.
John Ordway noted that approximately $3,000 of our $10,000 goal has been raised for the No-Plate Dinner fundraiser.  More sponsorships are welcome and members need to reach out to friends, family and business associates to sell tickets if we are to reach our goal.
Geoff Hollimon said that the Three Mile Community Virtual Run/Walk to benefit the Suburban Ramsey Emergency Coalition has so far raised $10,000 in sponsorships and Run/Walk entry fees, but much more is needed for the Coalition to help those adversely affected by Covid-19.  Seventy two people have already signed up and your participation would be greatly appreciated.   Contact Geoff for mor e info.
Nyle Zikmund introduced today’s presenter, Kevin Wilson, to speak to us about the U.S Army Corps of Engineers (USACE).  Kevin is the Deputy District Engineer for the St. Paul District of USACE.  ASCAE’s mission is to “Deliver vital engineering solutions, in collaboration with our partners, to secure our Nation, energize our economy and reduce risk from disaster.”  With its headquarters in Washington, D.C.,  USCAE is divided into 9 Divisions comprised of 43 Districts.  It also has nine centers and labs, 1 Active Duty unit and two U.S. Army Reserve Theater Engineer Commands.  Our District, the St. Paul District, covers 139,000 square miles in five states, contains four major river basins (the Souris River, Red River, Rainy River and the Mississippi River).  USACE manages thirteen locks and dams and maintains a nine foot deep navigation channel along 284 miles of the upper Mississippi river system.  Its 41 locations employ 650 people, 30% of whom are Veterans.  The USACE has six major missions: Navigation, Flood Risk Management, Environmental Sustainability, Regulation of Aquatic Resources, Recreation Area Management and Disaster Response.  In addition to these initiatives, UWACE also partners with our Canadian neighbors to cooperatively manage our shared aquatic resources as well as participating in the Tribal Partnership Program to carry out environmental projects with Native American Tribes in the District.