Posted by Jeff Benson on Jun 11, 2019

We had no guests today.


John and Dana Johnson (Maria’s 1st host parents) hosted a farewell/graduation party for Maria last Saturday.  Maria was very excited to receive the clubs gifts that Nicole Ulrich had so carefully selected (see photos below).  It has been such a joy to have Maria among us for the past 9 months.  Her joyful and enthusiastic outlook made her time with us so memorable.  It’s sad to see her go but we know that she is destined for great things and we can’t wait to hear about the next chapters of her life.


Next week’s program will be PDG Clare Lillis, speaking about Rotary’s response to the human trafficking crisis.


Our meeting on May 25th marks the transition of club leadership from Cindy Carlson to Dennis Connolly.  The outgoing and incoming Boards will have a joint meeting at 11AM and the Noon meeting will feature a recap of the past year and the passing of the gavel from Cindy to Dennis.  Rumor has it that treats may commemorate the transition.


Our club has agreed to provide a hot dog lunch for volunteers assembling the Kaboom playground at the new Global Academy on the former site of the United Theological Seminary, 3000 5th St NW,
New Brighton.  We’ll need several volunteers to cook and serve the hot dogs from 10:30-1:00PM on Thursday, June 27th


Remember that, due to the Independence Day holiday, we will NOT be meeting on July 2nd.


If you haven’t already done so, please respond to Nyle Zikmund’s May 21st email asking you to sign up for a month of program responsibilities.  Teams of 3 will be needed for each month of the coming Rotary year.  If you contact Nyle now you will likely be able to choose your month and team members.


Because of increased traffic on local streets, the city will not be able to close off the parade route on a Thursday evening, so the Stockyard Days Parade (and HOT DOG FEED) has been rescheduled to Saturday August 3rd at 3 PM.  This means that we will gather at 1PM to begin preparing hot dogs for the parade participants.  Mark your calendars now with the change.


Mike Neeley’s 13 year old granddaughter will compete in a national dance competition in Wisconsin Dells this coming week.


Geoff and Debra Hollimon will be visiting E.C.H.O. and actually staying at the farm during a trip to Florida for a wedding.


John Ordway announced that the Rotary Picnic will be at his White Bear Lake home on July 27th.  Details to follow.


Gerry Tietz got us up to speed on the many features and benefits of our ClubRunner club management software.  With a little effort, ClubRunner gives you access almost any Rotary information you might need.  Gerry reviewed login procedures, profile management, password management, access to club photos and documents, accessing the club directory and email center.  Gerry also showed us how to access our billing records including history and current balance.  Gerry encouraged everyone to login to the member section of the website and explore the many options available.  If you have any problems or questions, Gerry or Jeff should be able to show you how to get the most out of ClubRunner.  For mobile access, you can download the ClubRunner mobile app for Apple and Android.