President Dennis Connolly opened the meeting with a summary of the upcoming Rotary online education opportunities.  A complete list of events in the near future is shown below:
June 12, 2020 (Friday 9:00AM-10:00AM) - Friday Feature - WW2, PFC Riley - A special presentation from Mounds Park Academy junior, Salmah Elmasry and Upper School teacher, Katie Murr, to hear the moving World War 2 story of PFC Riley from Minnesota.  
Register in advance for this meeting:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
June 18, 2020 (Thursday 11:00AM – 5:00PM) - Rotary Club Blood Drive at the White Bear Lake Armory.  Call Bryan at 651-402-8493 with questions.
June 19, 2020 (Friday 9:00AM-10:00AM) Friday Feature with Richard Huston, Faribault Rotary Club, " A view from the front lines: Polio eradication in Pakistan"
Register in advance for this meeting:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
June 20 – 26, 2020 – “Now More than Ever, Rotary Connects the World: The 2020 Rotary Virtual Convention" – Zoom On-line Meeting – More information to come.
July 12-18, 2020 – Guatemala Literacy Project (GLP) trip to Guatemala – Contact James Hunt "Helping Hands Tour” Antigua GLP school.
July 21-26, 2020 – Guatemala Literacy Project (GLP) trip to Guatemala – Contact James Hunt “Snapshot Tour” GLP schools, tourism, coffee farm.
Geoff Hollimon updated us on the North Suburban Emergency Response Coalition.  Three grants have been awarded so far.  The Community Support Center, Keystone Community Services and Neighborhood House have each received grants of $5,000.  Donations to the Covid-19 Response Fund (which provides the grants) have reached $50,000 toward its goal of $150,000.  Your contributions are needed reach that goal.  Personal and organizational donations of any amount may be made by check payable to the Suburban Ramsey Covid-19 Response Fund and mailed to:
       Suburban Ramsey Covid-19
       Response Fund
       C/o Carol Brown-Mills
       5845 St. Albans Court
       Shoreview, MN 55126
Carol is a board member of Shoreview Community Foundation and she’ll forward them to The St. Paul and Minnesota Foundation each day. You will still get your tax receipt from the St. Paul and Minnesota Foundation with tax ID # 41-6031510.
Recent improvements to the Coalition’s website include a “Donate” button if you prefer the convenience of online donations. 
The Coalition’s Facebook page can be accessed by clicking here.
Dana Rebelein reported that Coalition supporters have sewn over 50 washable gowns for the Ramsey County Care Center and will make more as special fabric is available.  The Care Center only had disposable gowns and the 5,600 gowns used per month were a huge drain on the care center’s finances.

The No-Plate Dinner report was provided by Charlie Longbella and Cindy Carlson.  An online donation capability will soon be available for club members and friends of Rotary.  This will simplify donations for the No-Plate dinner and possibly streamline payment of dues and other club transactions.  The committee has decided to eliminate the dining gift card portion of the fundraiser.  We will instead sell $75 raffle tickets (non-deductible) and also offer the option of additional deductible contributions to the club via the Rotary Healthy Youth Foundation.  The $250 Raffle originally scheduled for August 4th will be rescheduled once we have promotional materials available. 

John Ordway announced that our member’s individual contributions to the Rotary Foundation have met the goal of $2,000.
Today was the first round of online live auctions of items which were originally donated to the Gold Plate Dinner.  Today’s item was 18 holes of golf with 4 carts at Indian Hills Golf Club.  The high bid for this first round of bidding was $180.  Next week we will have another round of bidding for the golf and the first of two rounds of bidding on a Stay and Play package at Sugar Lake Lodge (see below).
  • 2 nights lodging in a 2 BR course villa (can accommodate UP TO 4)

  • 18 holes of golf at Sugarbrooke for 2 people (per web site, extra golf available currently at $1.00 per hole without carts)

  • Dinner for 2 people at Otis’s (delivered to your Villa)

  • Available Sundays – Wednesdays

  • Expires August 31, 2021

  • $500 -$700 value (lower value in 2020 due to limited time discount)

  • $200 minimum bid

  • The resort is in Cohasset, MN near Grand Rapids…not far from Ruttger’s.

Bidders need to attend the regularly scheduled Tuesday Noon ZOOM club meetings.  Anyone can bid, so tell your friends and forward them the Zoom meeting invitation that you receive on Tuesday morning. Bids for Sugar Lake Lodge will be taken at the June 16th and June 23rd meetings to ensure that everyone has an opportunity to bid.  Future weeks will feature other donated items like glider rides, wine tasting events, horse racing packages, more golf and trap shooting.  
We are seeking speakers for upcoming ZOOM meetings.  If you are aware of good speakers, please relay that information to Nyle Zikmund.  Watch your email for program assignments for the new Rotary year which begins on July 1.