OFFSITE MEETING NEXT WEEK – The August 20 meeting is a Rotary Field Trip to Bikes4Kids at 16501 Buchanan St. NE, Ham Lake, MN, at noon.  Bring a bag lunch to eat after the tour. The BOARD MEETING is at the Mounds View Community Center 10:30 a.m.

President Jason opened the meeting. Mike Neeley introduced 5960 District Governor, Dayle Quigley. Former military and with 3 independent adult children, Dayle is a member of the St. Paul Rotary Club and an ER physician practicing in Little Falls. She became a Rotarian after visiting her daughter‘s Rotary Exchange host family in Latvia. She said she wanted to be part of an organization where there were people who loved her daughter as much as she does.  Her other daughter later was an exchange student to Denmark. She also has a son.

Dayle participated in a Rotary International Friendship Exchange to India. She highlighted her experience on a National Immunization Day. India vaccinates 145 million people in 3 days twice a year. While there, she was struck by the huge projects that Rotary undertook. For example, to improve health, Rotary built a hospital. To address conditions in a slum, Rotarians established a preschool for the children and programs to train women for sewing and henna, and men as taxi drivers. Seeing the success of such big efforts, she challenged us to imagine what our perfect community and world would look like, and then imagine how we can get there working together. She said to not become paralyzed because we can’t reach it in our lifetimes. Dream and dream big. Become dreamers who are doers. 

The Edina Rotary Club determined that 24,538 lives were impacted by the Club this year. DG Dayle reminded us that we don’t just join the NBMV Club, we join all the Clubs, impacting millions.

Former ADG Sandy Campbell, Anoka Rotarian, was also present to share information about “Merchant Minutes” and Clubs’ experiences in implementing it. Every week, one member brings a community business person to give a three-minute presentation – one minute about him/herself and two minutes about  the business. She also invited us to take advantage of an Anoka Club special event on Effective Leadership, Wednesday, September 28, 2022, from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Greenhaven Golf and Event Center. Nationally recognized teacher/motivator, Michael Angelo Caruso, is the presenter. If 5 people sign up together using the paper sign-up form provided, they pay for only 4. Tickets are $75 each. 

Jeff Lindquist, Dennis Connolly and DG Dayle Quigley filled out the meeting with mini-classification talks. Jeff reminds us that firefighters do more than fight fires. He enjoys getting out in the community, riding his motorcycle,(recently completing a 5-day trip to the North Shore and International Falls), skiing, bowling, camping, and spending time at his parents’ cabin by Breezy Point. His wife of 25 years, formerly a nurse, is a Ramsey County 911 Dispatch Operator. They have 3 sons.

Dennis was at Medtronic for 30 years, the last 13 as a consultant. His role was to obtain FDA approval for major products. He served 15 years as a volunteer firefighter in the Lake Johanna Fire Department. He’s been married 46 years and has 3 daughters. His longest motorcycle trip was to Fairbanks, Alaska. His best trip was with Debbie and John and Ruth Marg-Patton to Greece. John recruited him to Rotary and he quickly became president.