Posted by Jeff Benson on Mar 19, 2019
Our exchange student, Maria Klakegg, joined us for lunch today and filled us in on her recent trip to Kauai and Maui where she had an amazing time experiencing the many wonders of Hawaii.  Among the many highlights were surfing and a visit to the Kauai Rotary Club where she got the royal treatment and was even invited to a Rotarians home.
President Cindy Carlson reminded us that the Gold Plate Dinner is just one month away and we all need to solicit donations in three categories:  Live Auction, Dine Around Town and Mini-Raffle. Cindy also noted that Bell Lumber and Pole is sponsoring a $2,500 challenge grant for our Gala.  New and increased donations will be matched dollar for dollar up to a total of $2,500.  Please return any tickets you cannot sell at or prior to our March 26th meeting!
Jason Slama will again be managing a donation location for 2nd Harvest Heartland’s Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive on Saturday, May 11th.  Jason will need two groups of 6-8 volunteers to help load donated food onto semi-trailers.  The work will be divided into two shifts, 12-3PM and 3-6PM.  Let Jason know if you can help out:
March 22nd is World Water Day and some members shared their thoughts about water:
  • Cindy Carlson shared that EcoLab has an online tool called Water Smart Navigator to help reduce water usage.
  • Charlie Longbella noted that his company has supplied cargo containers to a company that converts them to water towers (this would be a great program).
  • Ed James reminded us that there are countries that have more oil than water!
  • Nyle Zikmund noted that much of the water in the sanitary sewer system (which we pay dearly to treat) is tap water from faucets left running, etc.
Jim O’Brien collated and submitted the information for the Rotary District 5960 Awards for this year.  This is a big job and Jim’s hard work is greatly appreciated.
Mark Your Calendars
  • Sunday, April 14th, 11AM, Easter egg stuffing at the Exchange.
  • Saturday, April 20th, 10AM, Easter Egg Hunt at Driftwood Park.
  • Sunday, April 28th, 5:30PM-9:00PM, Peacemaker MN Cribbage Tourney at Adagio Pizza Factory.
  • Tuesday, April 30th, 12 Noon, Offsite Rotary meeting at the Community Support Center Luncheon.
  • Wednesday, May 30th, 11:30-1PM, NYFS Leadership Luncheon.  See Cindy to join her at her table.
  • Friday, May 17th, 5:30PM Benedictine Health Center at Innsbruck Gala.
Ed James reminded us that volunteers are still needed for our Fourth Grade Foresters Tree Giveaway on Thursday, April 11th.  Mark your calendars now for approximately 11-4PM and the exact times will determined soon.  Ed also noted that our Feed My Starving Children food packing event will be on Tuesday evening May 28th.
There will be no Board meeting on March 26th
Gerry Tietz is in the process of migrating our website’s domain name to Clubrunner.  In the meantime please use the following url to access the website:
Happy Bucks Highlights:
  • John Ordway is happy to have been in Arizona for two weeks and also happy to report that son Dan is engaged.
  • Cindy Carlson is happy to be leaving soon for a girl’s trip to Mexico.
  • Nicole Ulrich is happy will be soon be moving to her new home in Coon Rapids and will also be traveling to Armenia to visit family.
  • Ed James is happy that his daughter will be travelling to London to study.
Geoff Hollimon introduced our speaker, Paul Campobasso to speak to us about the joys of soaring.  Paul’s first introduction to the idea of flying a plane without a motor was the 1967 Disney film, “The Boy Who Flew with Condors”.  The idea percolated for32 years until Paul took his first glider flight in White Bear Lake.  He joined the Red Wing Soaring Association and progressed from pilot to glider pilot to commercial glider pilot to certified glider pilot instructor. 
Gliders can be piloted by anyone who can reach the controls but 12 years old is usually the earliest age to learn to fly them.  With enough practice, kids can solo at 14 and get their glider license at 16.  Paul shared the story of how his daughter got both her automobile driver’s license and glider pilot’s license on her 16th birthday.
Paul noted that the cost to get a glider license is about half the cost of getting a private pilot’s license and that it usually takes a full season of training to solo and another season to finish your rating.  The normal soaring season is from April through November (although perhaps not this year!).
For more information about the Red Wing Soaring Association, go here.  To contact Paul, email him at:  Paul and Geoff are shown below.