Today’s’ meeting was the last face to face meeting for this fall.  It was a windy and chilly day but it was great to see everyone that made it to the meeting.  In President Ed's absence, John Ordway stepped in to run the meeting.
Our guests today were Assistant District Governor Sandy Campbell and her husband Past District Governor Gary Campbell.
President Ed James’ Quote of the Day - “Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you” - Princess Diana
For a list of important Rotary dates, see your email or you can download it here. 
Club Treasurer John Ordway said that the application for the $5,000 grant from State Farm Insurance for our No-Plate dinner fundraiser is nearly complete.  If it is approved, we should net just over $20,000 for the event.
Geoff Hollimon reported that donations to the Suburban Ramsey Emergency Coalition have reached $120,000!  Since the Coalition modified its grant criteria to include Covid-19 mental health and wellness issues, it has received letters of intent for six grants which, if awarded would total $40,000.  The ’73 Mustang convertible raffle ticket sales are doing very well, especially due to showings of the car at events around the area.  Tickets are still available from Geoff Hollimon. Just mail your check for $25/ticket (made out to Climb Theatre) to:
Mustang Raffle
c/o Geoff Hollimon
2749 13th Terrace NW
New Brighton, MN 55112
The Coalition invites you to take part in a biking/walking/driving tour of twenty examples of rose art in the Roseville in Bloom art exhibit.  Bike routes of 9.7 and 7.6 miles are suggested, or you can visit them in your car.  Register here for a chance to win a prize and, hopefully, make a donation to the coalition to support its work to provide food and housing support for those with greatest need resulting from Covid-19.
Geoff also reported that CPY’s new Distance Learning Support Program will provide free or low cost full day distance learning supervision for 100-120 K-8th grade youth.  The hallmarks of this program will be:
   - Safe, reliable internet access
   - E-learning support
   - Out of School Time (OST) activities
   - Meals and nutritional support
   - Transportation
Modifications of learning spaces at Christ the King Lutheran Church and other changes increased CPY’s budget by $340,000 this year but a significant portion of that amount has already been secured.  All these services will, of course, be provided with proper Covid-19 precautions.
October 24th is World Polio Day and our local club and District 5960 are each offering incentives for us to donate to Polio Plus during October.  NBMV Rotary and District 5960 each will offer double Foundation recognition points for contributions during October.  If I have it right, for contributions of $365 during October, the district will provide enough points to get you to the next Paul Harris recognition level.  I expect clarification on this soon.  As always, if you make contributions online or by check to Rotary directly, let John Ordway know so he can manage your matching points.
Sandy Campbell’s Anoka Rotary Club is holding a Travel Raffle Fundraiser.  A $10 ticket gets you a chance at a $3,000 travel voucher (with no expiration date for these Covid times).  Email the club today if you’d like to buy a ticket -
Jed Hamoud presented a video from the L.A. Cedars Rotary Club outlining their response to the tragic explosion in Beirut, Lebanon. I had hoped to include a link to the video but the link I received last week has expired.  If I get an updated link, I’ll include it in the next newsletter.