Posted by Jeff Benson on Jul 30, 2019
Our guest today was Miriam Zachary from the Arden Hills/Shoreview club.
Many, many thanks go to John and Marla Ordway for hosting the Rotary Picnic on Saturday.  Though the turnout was lower than usual, those in attendance were treated with a delicious buffet and perfect weather.
Many of you were also able to participate in the “Walk for Your Neighbors” fundraiser for the Community Support Center on Sunday.  Our club committed up to $250 in sponsorship for NBMV walkers.
The Flex group will meet at the Bru-House on Thursday, August 1st, 7:15AM.  All members are welcome to attend.
There will be an open discussion of criteria for Honorary Member Designation at 11AM on Tuesday August 6th at the Exchange .  All members are welcome to attend to express their opinions.
Miriam Zachary invited us to attend Arden Hills/Shoreview’s “Taste of the Hops” craft beer tasting fundraiser.  Join in the fun from 5:30-8:30PM at Snail Lake Park, 4191 Snail Lake Blvd, Shoreview.  $20 in advance - -  or $25 at the door.
On Saturday, August 17th, Mounds View will hold their annual “Festival in the Park”.  Help is needed for the Kids games so if you can lend a hand, click here.  The fun has moved to SilverView park this year.
Nils Friberg reported on the MN Human Trafficking Task Force that he attended last week.  We’ll be hearing more on Rotary International’s efforts in this area as well as our own initiatives.  Jed Hamoud has agreed to assist Nils in this important effort.
Mark Beisswenger received his Paul Harris Fellow +3 recognition from Nils Friberg.  PHF +3 recognition means that Mark has contributed over $4000 to the Rotary Foundation.  Well done, Mark!  Nils, Mark and President Dennis are pictured below.
Dave Hoel reminded us that Stockyard Days Parade Hot dog Feed is this Saturday, Aug. 3rd  We will gather to prepare the dogs at 1PM in front of Bona Brothers, 327 Old Hwy 8.  This event is “All Hands on Deck”. 
Cindy Carlson proudly announced that her grandson, Chip William Swenson, was born last Saturday, which explains her absence from the Rotary picnic.  Mom Natalie and son are doing very well.
President Dennis Connolly led the first Club Assembly of the new Rotary year.  He presented a comprehensive list of the projects and organizations that we support each year.  It’s truly amazing to see how much good work our small club does in the community and around the world!