Meeting Recap - November 17, 2020

Our guests today were newly elected New Brighton City Council Person Abdullahi Abdulle and New Brighton Public Safety Department Director Tony Paetznick.
 
President Ed James’ Quote of the Day: “What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us, what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal.” -  Albert Pike
 
Check your email for this week’s Important Rotary Dates or you can download it here.
 
President Ed mentioned White Bear Lake Rotary’s Jingle Bear Online Auction.  You can sign up to participate by clicking here.
 
Geoff Hollimon reported that the Suburban Ramsey Emergency Coalition has received a third donation from the New Brighton Lions Club for a total contribution of $15,000.  The Coalition recently approved a $2,500 grant to the Roseville School District’s Meals on Wheels program as it works to bring needed food to disabled and elderly residents impacted by the pandemic.  Geoff reminded us that the Mustang Raffle will be held at 8PM, Thursday November 19th at the Mermaid.  In observance of pandemic guidelines, the raffle will be live-streamed on the Coalition’s website.  Geoff said that a small number of tickets are still available and can be purchased at Adagio or the Mermaid.
 
Geoff also noted that CPY will be continuing its Distance Learning Support Program as the District transitions to total distance learning mode.  He said that CPY’s Fall Gala will be replaced this year with a virtual silent auction, featuring many of the same items which you have bid on at previous Fall Galas.  Stay tuned for more info on this.
 
Jed Hamoud and John Ordway reported that our donation to the Beirut explosion relief effort has been received by the L.A. Cedars Rotary Club and we have received a thank you.  Jed will update us as new information is available.
 
Newly elected New Brighton City Council Person Abdullahi Abdulle was present today to meet the club.  The thanked us for our commitment to community service and said that service was the primary objective of his candidacy.  He is employed by the City of Minneapolis as an associate Transportation Planner and served in the Army National Guard for 6 years.  He is married and has a 20 month old son.
 
New Brighton Public Safety Director Tony Paetznick offered us a public safety summary.  Tony said that the primary mission of the Public Safety Department has been, and will continue to be, prevention and preparedness, and that mission has been especially important this year.  Trying to stay ahead of Covid-19 has been a challenge, with 1,000 positive cases reported and 46 Covid-19 related deaths so far in New Brighton.  An uptick in reported minor crimes has also been noted.  Possible political unrest and the potential for polling place conflicts were, thankfully, not an issue for New Brighton and, according to Tony, 90% of registered voters cast their ballots this year!  As always, Tony is available to discuss your public safety concerns and suggestions. mailto:tony.paetznick@newbrightonmn.gov
 
Nyle Zikmund introduced our speaker, Mounds View Arborist/Forester Daniel Watenhofer.  Dan suggested several reasons why we care, or at least should care, about trees.  Some reasons are:
- Trees lower heating and cooling costs
- Trees increase property values
- Trees reduce stress
- Trees filter the air of pollutants
- Trees are a tool for climate change management
- Trees help manage storm water runoff.
 
We sometimes think of trees as having a very long lifespan, but in a city setting trees have an average lifespan of just 19 years. We’ve all seen the demise of the Elm trees and now the Ash trees and the reason they are gone is mostly because we planted the same trees side by side.  Current wisdom is to plant a variety of trees to prevent insects and disease from spreading easily from tree to tree.  Other challenges to trees surviving the first few years are improper planting and post planting maintenance. 
Proper mulching, watering and pruning would improve the lifespan of city trees dramatically. 
Meeting Recap - November 17, 2020 Jeff Benson 2020-11-17 06:00:00Z 0

Meeting Recap - November 10, 2020

Our Guests today were District Foundation Chair & PDG Kyle Haugen and Mary Jo McGuire.
 
President Ed James reminded us that tomorrow is Veterans Day.  Veteran’s were the topic of Ed’s quote of the day:  “As we celebrate this year’s Veteran’s Day, let us remember the service of our veterans, and let us renew our national promise to fulfill our sacred obligations to our veterans and their families who have sacrificed so much so that we can live free.” – Dan Lipinski
 
Important Rotary dates can be found in your email or downloaded by clicking here.
 
Thanksgiving week meeting: We will meet by Zoom at the regular time on Tuesday November 24th.
 
Geoff Hollimon reported that the Suburban Ramsey Emergency Coalition has made a grant of $5,000 to Midwest Special Services and Roseville Meals on wheels has applied for a $2,400 grant.  The ‘73 Mustang raffle is going very well, with fewer than 100 tickets remaining to be sold.  The raffle will be held at 8PM on November 19th at the Mermaid.
 
Jed Hamoud will follow up on our contribution to the Lebanon Collaboration to aid those affected by the explosion in Beirut.  Donations are being used to help with hunger, home renovation, health and hospital equipment and IT needs for schools.  The Collaboration’s report can be downloaded here
 
District 5960 Rotary Foundation Chair Kyle Haugen reviewed the Foundation’s charitable world mission and thanked us for our contributions.  Kyle suggested that the concept of “Positive Peace” aptly describes the mission of the Foundation.  He emphasized that our contributions fund international charitable programs like Polio eradication, but eventually come back to the District to fund District matching grants, which we have so often led or participated in.  Kyle recognized three NBMV Rotarians for their Foundation contributions.  Immediate Past President Dennis Connolly has received Paul Harris Fellow recognition. Geoff Hollimon and Dana Rebelein have reached the PHF+6 and PHF+7 recognition levels, respectively.  Kyle also recognized our club for being one of only six clubs in the district to be an EREY club.  EREY stands for Every Rotarian Every Year and means that every Rotarian in a club contributes at least $25/year to the Foundation.  Congratulations, all!
 
Nyle Zikmund introduced Kristin Mroz, Co-director of Minnesota Green Step Cities.  Founded just 10 years ago, Green Step Cities provides assistance and recognition for cities to achieve sustainability and quality of life goals.  This free program provides voluntary actions (best practices) that can be implemented by cities as part of a continuous improvement program.  These actions focus on cost savings and energy use reduction.  Categories of best practices are: Buildings and Lighting, Land Use, Transportation, Environmental Management and Resilient Economic and Community Development.  Currently, there are 141 Minnesota communities, large and small, and four Tribal Nations participating in the program.  Sixteen percent of Minnesota cities are participating and these communities represent 49% of the state’s population.  The organization began ten years ago by working to limit greenhouse gas emissions but has evolved over time to focus on sustainability as well.
 
MN Green Step Cities is made up of partner organizations that meet monthly as a steering committee and provide funding for the program. The partner organizations are: The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, Clean Energy Resource Teams, League of Minnesota Cities, Minnesota Division of Commerce, Minnesota Environmental Quality Board, Great Plains Institute, Urban Land Institute, Izaak Walton League and Rethos: Places Reimagined.  The Minnesota program is also part of the Sustainable States Network.  This national network is composed of 13 state programs representing 65.6 million people in 2,203 communities.
 
For a video summary of MN Green Step Cities’ first ten years, click here.
Meeting Recap - November 10, 2020 Jeff Benson 2020-11-10 06:00:00Z 0

Meeting Recap - November 3, 2020

Our guests today were President Ed James’ brother Odalele and sister Morenekeji.
 
President Ed offered this Quote of the Day: “Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy.  You vote in elections once a year, but when you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of community you want to live in.”    Author Unknown
 
Check your email for important dates or download them here.
 
President Ed asked that I convey his deep appreciation for those Rotarians whose October contributions to Polio Plus totaled $3,010!  The Club had budgeted $500 and it was hoped that individual club members would contribute $1,500 to meet our total goal of $2,000.  The individual contributions alone exceeded our total goal by 50%, which will allow us to use the $500 budgeted by the club for another worthy cause.  Well done!
 
One Rotary Summit 2020 - Not your grandfather's One Rotary Summit Event. This year we’re shaking it up. Forget a 3 hour long event with a lot of flip charts. Instead we will be meeting virtually for 3 one-hour sections. Each section will focus on a different pillar – membership, foundation, and public image. Come and hear what’s not yet known by the general membership, be on the cutting edge, hear from clubs in the district, and learn a new skill that you can put into action immediately. Thirty minutes of presentation and 30 minutes of rapid-fire questions and answers. You won’t be disappointed, you’ll be exhilarated.  The interactive program will be facilitated by Dayle Quigley, District Governor Nominee.
 
Thursday, November 5 (4pm - 5pm )  - Membership  - Registration LINK
Monday, November 9 (4pm - 5pm) - The Rotary Foundation - Registration LINK
Monday, November 16 (4pm - 5pm ) - Public Image - Registration LINK
 
Nils Friberg said that a great program on human trafficking, sponsored by the District, is available on YouTube.  You can access it by clicking here.
 
District 5960 Foundation Chair, PDG Kyle Haugen, will be with us next week to share a brief Foundation update with the club.
 
Geoff Hollimon reported that the Suburban Ramsey Emergency Coalition has received contributions totaling  $130,442 so far and with the Mustang Raffle on November 19th, they will have reached their $150,000 contribution goal for 2020.  As you likely know, the Coalition will continue its mission into 2021 to help with ongoing impact from Covid-19.  Recent grants include $5,000 each to Every Meal and Aeon and $10,000 to NYFS.
 
President Ed would like to have a club visioning event before the end of his term.  Rotary recommends that club visioning should be undertaken every 3 years.
 
Nyle Zikmund introduced Judy Randall, Deputy Legislative Auditor for the State of Minnesota.  Judy was here to enlighten us about the Office of the Legislative Auditor (OLA).  The OLA is a non-partisan audit and evaluation office within the legislative branch of Minnesota state government.  The office is under the direction of the Legislative Auditor, who is appointed by the bi-partisan Legislative Audit Commission.  The Deputy Legislative Auditor (our speaker) is also appointed by the Commission.  The OLA was established in 1973 to provide a truly independent examination of the executive branch, comparable to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) at the national level.  The OLA’s mission is to:
  • Promote Accountability
  • Strengthen Legislative Oversight
  • Support Good Management
  • Enhance Program Effectiveness
 
The OLA has two divisions, the Financial Audit Division and the Program Evaluation Division.  The Financial Audit Division conducts 40-50 audits each year focusing on government entities in the executive and judicial branches of state government.  The Program Evaluation Division conducts evaluations of activities and programs for goal accomplishment and efficient use of public resources.  Topics for evaluation are selected by the Legislative Audit Commission from suggestions which can be submitted by any concerned individual or group.  Program Evaluation Division reports are very comprehensive, averaging 100 pages in length and very extensively footnoted.
Meeting Recap - November 3, 2020 Jeff Benson 2020-11-03 06:00:00Z 0

Meeting Recap - October 27, 2020

President Ed James opened the meeting with the Quote of the Day:
“If you want to touch the past, touch a rock.  If you want to touch the present, touch a flower.  If you want to touch the future, touch a life.”
Author Unknown.
 
Our guests today were: Ed James’ sister Morenekeji and her friend Dr. Oni, Assistant District Governor Julie Gotham, and our guest of honor, District Governor Ed Marek.
 
Check your email for a list of important Rotary dates.
 
Geoff Hollimon reported that the Suburban Ramsey Emergency Coalition has received an $11,000 donation from the Golden K Kiwanis club.  This donation brings the total donations to the coalition up to $145,000.  Their original donations goal was $150,000 by the end of 2020 but, with the ongoing pandemic, the Coalition intends to continue its mission into 2021.
 
Cindy Carlson introduced her friend of over 25 years, Julie Gotham.  Cindy and Julie first met through the Twin Cities North Chamber.  Julie has been a Blaine Ham Lake Rotarian for over 20 years and, as mentioned earlier she is the new Assistant District Governor for our area.
 
Julie, in turn, introduced our District Governor, Ed Marek.  DG Ed has been a member of the Shakopee and Eden Prairie Clubs and, for the past 19 years, the St. Paul Sunrise Rotary Club.  You may remember that DG Marek has spoken to our club about the Rotary Fast for Hope initiative in Nicaragua.
Ed would have preferred to speak to us in person but these Covid times have made Zoom meetings necessary.  Rotary is taking the pandemic very seriously and has chosen to hold District and International meetings virtually until at least March of 2021. 
 
DG Marek began by reminding us of RI President Holger Knaack’s Vision Statement: “Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change - across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.”  He indicated that our club is living out this vision in our many activities and singled out the Suburban Ramsey Emergency Coalition as one example.  RI President Knaack’s theme for his term is “Rotary Opens Opportunities” and he emphasizes four goals that clubs can adopt to live into the theme.
   - Investigate innovative club models and procedures.
   - Have a five year vision for the club.
   - Select new members carefully.
   - Support the Rotary Foundation.
Ed elaborated on the Rotary Foundation as a way for clubs to expand their reach internationally.  The Rotary Foundation has had a 4 star rating at Charity Navigator for 12 consecutive years, so you know your donations will get to the places where they are needed.  You can also direct your donation by designating one of four purposes for your contribution.  As a contributor to the foundation you normally receive one recognition point for each dollar contributed, but during this month the District has arranged it so that your $100 contribution will earn you double points and a $365 contribution will earn you and additional 635 points for a total of 1,000 points, which qualifies you for your Paul Harris Fellowship or perhaps even higher levels of recognition.  You must get your contribution (by check made out to The Rotary Foundation) to John Ordway before October 31st or donate online at Rotary.org and specify the Polio Fund.  If you donate online, please let John Ordway know so he can update club records.  DG Marek recognized Jeff Benson for reaching the Paul Harris+8 recognition level, indicating total contributions of over $9,000 to the Foundation.
 
Ed elaborated on other areas of focus, including Rotary support for the “Positive Peace” concept, Mentoring, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Youth Exchange and Battling Human Trafficking.
Meeting Recap - October 27, 2020 Jeff Benson 2020-10-27 05:00:00Z 0

Meeting Recap - October 20, 2020

Our guests today were Assistant District Governor Julie Gotham from the Blaine Ham Lake club and Mary Jo McGuire.  We also had a special Zoom appearance by Dennis Connolly’s infant granddaughter Emma.  Emma is being groomed as a future Rotarian
 
President Ed James noted that important Rotary dates have been sent to you by email.  You can also download them by clicking here.
 
John Johnson has agreed to join the board of the Community Support Center (CSC).  The Club thanks John for agreeing to represent us at this important community organization.  Thanks also to Paul Fournier for his service on the CSC Board and for encouraging John to take his position on the Board.
 
President Ed stressed the importance of attendance at next week’s Zoom Club meeting.  District Governor Ed Marek will be making his annual club visit and we’d love to have a big zoom turnout for his visit.  Because of time constraints, the previously scheduled speaker will be moved to another date.
 
Club Treasurer John Ordway said that the application for a $5,000 grant from State Farm Insurance for our No-Plate Dinner fundraiser has passed the first approval level and should be fully approved by early December.  We are also expecting the $2,500 Bell Lumber and Pole matching grant to come through soon.
 
Geoff Hollimon reported that the Suburban Ramsey Emergency Coalition’s ‘73 Mustang Convertible Raffle ticket sales are going extremely well with 800 of 1,000 available tickets sold to date.  Contact Geoff Hollimon if you don’t have your ticket yet or need some more.  Geoff also noted that the coalition’s expanded grant criteria are continuing to generate grant requests.  Geoff also praised Mary Stewart and the CPY staff for their response to the educational void created by Covid-19.  CPY’s new Distance Learning Support Program provides free or low cost full day distance learning supervision for 100-120 K-8th grade youth.  The program has so impressed Tom Bell of Bell Lumber and Pole that the company has offered a $65,000 matching grant for new and increased donations to CPY.  Let Geoff know if you would like to take advantage of this generous matching grant.
 
Jed Hamoud reported that we have sent a check for $1,500 to support the Lebanon Collaboration in its efforts to deal with the aftermath of the Beirut explosion.
 
We once again remind Rotarians that October is “Strike Out Polio” month.  Donations to the Polio campaign during October will earn you matching Foundation Recognition Points according to the following schedule:
 - Donations of $100-364 will earn double recognition points
 - Donations of $365+ will earn 635 additional recognition points. 
The key is that the check (made out to The Rotary Foundation) must be received by John Ordway in time for John to report it to the Foundation by October 31st.  Alternatively, you could donate online but be sure that you specify the Polio Fund and let John know that you made the online donation.
 
Nyle Zikmund introduced our speaker, Lia Spaniolo, the new Program Coordinator of the Anoka County Master Gardener Program.  The Master Gardener Program is part of University of Minnesota Extension.  As a Land Grant University, the U of M is obligated to share its resources and research with Minnesotans through public outreach programs.  The Master Gardeners Program is one part of that outreach.  The Anoka County Master Gardener Program has 115 active members, each of whom volunteers at least 25 hours in various Master Gardener activities and many contribute much more than that.  Lia said that the total annual volunteer hours are 7,500, of which 4,300 hours is direct service and teaching.  Activities include:
- Ask a Master Gardener Booths at events and fairs
- Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinics
- Speakers Bureau
- State Yard and Garden Hotline (statewide partnership)
- Classes and Tours
- Plant Sales
- Habitat for Humanity Partnership
- Schoolyard Gardens
- Writer’s Guild
 
Covid-19 has interrupted many of the Master Gardener’s activities but they are excited to offer many online options until the pandemic abates.
 
If you would like to be a Master Gardener, applications are accepted in September and October and, if accepted, core training runs from January through May (online this year).  Fifty volunteer hours are required during the first year and twenty five hours in subsequent years.  Five hours of continuing education is also required per year to maintain membership.
 
For more information, go to https://www.anokamastergardeners.org/
 
While door knocking in his run for Anoka County Commissioner, Nyle Zikmund came across a woman who was supplementing her public assistance income by making sports team themed gnomes.  He was so taken by her efforts that he bought several for family and friends.  Nyle offered to acquire more for those who are interested. (photo below)
 
Nils Friberg relayed Gerry Tietz’s greetings to the club after visiting him at his new home.
 
Nils asked for our prayers for his wife Peg, whose health is in decline with the spread of her cancer.  Nils’ first wife passed away from cancer in 2006.
 
Ed James reported that his daughter has received an acceptance letter from Loyola Medical School!
 
Don’t forget to attend the District Governor’s Zoom visit next Tuesday at Noon.
Meeting Recap - October 20, 2020 Jeff Benson 2020-10-20 05:00:00Z 0

Meeting Recap - October 13, 2020

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 -  https://www.anokarotary.com/contact
 
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.
Meeting Recap - October 13, 2020 Jeff Benson 2020-10-13 05:00:00Z 0

Meeting Recap - October 6, 2020

Our guests today were: Mary Jo McGuire and Dana’s granddaughter, Hannah Brandt.
 
President Ed James’ quote of the day is “The only true gift is a portion of yourself” – Ralph Waldo Emerson.
 
Important dates for the near future can be found in your email or by clicking here.
 
Don’t forget that next week’s meeting (October 13th) will be at Silver View Park on County Rd. I, just east of Silver Lake Rd.  The meeting will also be available on ZOOM.
 
John Ordway and Cindy Carlson noted that the application for a $5,000 grant from State Farm Insurance should be completed by the end of the week.
 
Jed Hamoud reported that he has been in email communication with the Beirut Rotary Club and that the L.A. Area Rotary Club (which has significant Lebanese membership) will serve as a conduit for transferring funds to Beirut to minimize transfer costs.  Watch your email for a short video from the Beirut Rotary Club.
 
Geoff Hollimon said that five organizations have initiated grant proposals with the Suburban Ramsey Emergency Coalition following the addition of mental health and youth issues to its Covid-19 grant criteria.  He also noted that the ’73 Mustang Convertible Raffle tickets are selling well and several more car showings are scheduled in the coming weeks.  Only 1,000 tickets will be sold, but tickets are still available and you can get yours from Geoff Hollimon by mailing your check for $25 (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.
 
Dana Rebelein reported that Camp Enterprise is cancelled this year due to Covid-19, but the event’s entrepreneurship, leadership and ethics training will be front and center in the new one day online Camp Enterprise Junior program for middle school youth.  Attendees will be invited to the high school version of Camp Enterprise in the future.
 
Nyle Zikmund introduced Commander Ryan O’Neill, Commander of the Ramsey County Sherriff’s Department Violent Crime Enforcement Team (VCET).  The website describes The Violent Crime Enforcement Team (VCET) as an East Metro multi-agency law enforcement task force comprised of deputies from the Sheriff's Office along with officers from the Saint Paul, Roseville, Mounds View, Maplewood, White Bear Lake, and New Brighton Police Departments and agents from the United Stated Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF). Additional partners include the Ramsey County Attorney's Office and the Minnesota National Guard Counter-Drug Task Force.
 
VCET targets enforcement efforts on narcotics distributors, violent offenders, gang members, and career criminals to stop the flow of narcotics and weapons to our region. VCET also provides assistance to other agencies and offers public education and awareness to our communities on drugs, gangs, and violent offenders. 
 
Commander O’Neill’s presentation focused on drug trafficking and abuse as the root cause of much of the violence and weapons problems in Ramsey County.  He explained that the VCET has seen rising levels in all categories of drug abuse and that younger and younger children are becoming drug abusers.  The trend toward younger users is most clearly seen with marijuana use, where higher concentrations of THC and increasing use of vaping pens have increased the potential for abuse.  Of course, these factors have made marijuana use among adults easier than ever and increased the potential for psychological dependence.  Other drugs on the rise are methamphetamine, cocaine, heroin, MDMA (Ecstasy/Molly) and, of course opioids.  Prescription opioid abuse is more common in the U.S. than other countries because the U.S. prescribes 80% of the worlds opioid painkillers. Seventy percent of opioids on the black market have been stolen from family and friends.  The most potent of the opioids, fentanyl, is especially dangerous because the risk of deadly overdose is great and fentanyl is often added to other drugs to increase their effect and addiction potential.   Drug treatment admissions and drug overdose deaths are up for all drugs, and especially for methamphetamine.  Over 125 Americans die each day from drug overdoses.
 
The VCET is here to increase community safety by increasing community awareness and involvement as well as to increase support from elected officials in the battle to reduce the far reaching effects of illegal drugs on the health and safety of Ramsey County residents.  Commander O’Neill can be reached at: ryan.oneill@co.ramsey.mn.us
Meeting Recap - October 6, 2020 Jeff Benson 2020-10-06 05:00:00Z 0

Meeting Recap - September 29, 2020

President Ed James’ Quote of the Day: “The most worthwhile thing is to try to put happiness into the lives of others.” – Sir Robert Baden-Powell
 
Our guests today were Mary Jo McGuire and Samuel Zayzay.
 
Important Rotary dates can be found in your email or downloaded by clicking here.
 
Our next Face to Face meeting will be on October 13th at Silver View Park on County Rd. I, just east of Silver Lake Rd.  The meeting will also be available on ZOOM.
 
John Ordway reported that our No-Plate Dinner fundraiser will net $20,223 provided that the State Farm Foundation grant and Bell Lumber and Pole challenge grant are received.
 
Jed Hamoud is in communication with the Beirut Cedars North Rotary Club and expects to hear from them regarding the situation in Beirut and where we should send our donation.  Jed is also interested in finding out if there are other U.S. clubs with which we could collaborate, perhaps on a Global Grant.
 
Geoff Hollimon said that the Suburban Ramsey Emergency Coalition’s ’73 Mustang raffle ticket sales are going well. Only 1,000 tickets will be sold, but tickets are still available and you can get yours from Geoff Hollimon by mailing your check for $25 (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 Community Partners with Youth (CPY) will be a distance learning center for kids on weekdays when hybrid scheduling would have them learning from home.  CPY has already received a $150,000 grant for this initiative and expects to receive more funding.
 
Nyle Zikmund introduced Susie Brown, President of the Minnesota Council on Foundations (MCF).  The Minnesota Council on Foundations got its start in 1970 as a response to changes brought on by the 1969 Tax Reform Act.  Fifty years later the MCF is a membership association of philanthropic grant making organizations.  It strives to be a philanthropic community collectively advancing prosperity and equity.  The goals of advancing prosperity and equity are achieved through three strategies.  The first strategy is to create connections within the Minnesota philanthropic community by providing learning opportunities and facilitating knowledge sharing among its membership.  The second strategy is to strengthen its membership by providing tools and skills to be more effective and providing recognition for achievements.  The third strategy is to mobilize its membership through collective action to create public policy that enhances philanthropy while promoting equity and integrity in grant making.
 
Suzie identified three issues that present challenges for philanthropic foundations.  The first challenge is changing community needs.  Covid-19 and increasing racial and socioeconomic inequity are two examples Suzie cited.  The second challenge is diversity, equity and inclusion in grant application and awarding.  This challenge is made more difficult by the fact that a majority of foundation boards are composed of white, upper class men.  The third challenge is that traditional grant application and reporting processes are too complicated, causing frustration among potential grantees.  If you’d like to learn more about the Minnesota Council on Foundations, click here.
Meeting Recap - September 29, 2020 Jeff Benson 2020-09-29 05:00:00Z 0

Meeting Recap - September 22, 2020

Cindy Carlson opened the meeting with a summary of this morning's Board meeting: 
- It’s confirmed that State Farm will make a $5,000 contribution to our No-Plate Dinner Fundraiser (Amy Wakem made us aware of the grant availability). 
- The Community Support Center is seeking to add a Board member from our club to replace Paul Fournier, who retired due to health reasons.  A list of Board member responsibilities can be found by clicking here.  Contact Executive Director Karen Meyer (651-387-8050) for more information.
-  PeaceMaker Minnesota has organized a New Brighton Peace Riders fundraiser to raise funds to help schools reduce bullying and teach conflict resolution to kids.  Click here for more information on the bike ride.
- Our club has agreed to donate $1,500 to help the Beirut Cedars Lebanon Rotary Club address food insecurity in the wake of the explosion which devastated half of Beirut.  We also plan to work with the Beirut Cedars club on a Rotary grant.
- Our 2020-2021 budget projects a $3,500 surplus, assuming $10,000 in net proceeds from what will likely be a another No-Plate fundraiser.
- We will continue meeting by Zoom for the foreseeable future with 1 face to face meeting per month.
 
Geoff Hollimon reported that the Suburban Ramsey Emergency Coalition has modified its grant criteria to better align with the current impacts of Covid 19. Mental health and youth issues have been added to the criteria.  The ’73 Mustang Convertible Raffle is experiencing strong ticket sales.  See Geoff Hollimon for your tickets before the 1000 ticket allotment is sold out.  Tickets are just $25 so mail your check (made out to Climb Theatre) to:
Mustang Raffle
c/o Geoff Hollimon
2749 13th Terrace NW
New Brighton, MN 55112
Also be aware that 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 and mental health support for adults and youth with greatest need resulting from Covid 19.
 
Geoff also reported that Community Partners with Youth (CPY) has come up with a creative plan to continue their excellent work with students.  Executive Director Mary Stewart developed a plan to mentor students on days when the hybrid schedule would have students learning at home.  The mentoring plan would require $200,000-300,000 in grants but it appears that funding will be available.
 
Nyle Zikmund introduced Jill Brown, Executive Director of the North Metro Mayors Association (NMMA).  The NMMA was created in 1987 to promote private and public investment in the northern Twin Cities suburbs.  The 15 cities represented by the NMMA are mostly adjacent to Interstate Highway 610, the first big development project it supported.  Since that success, the NMMA has become a unified legislative voice on issues including transportation, economic development, housing, pollution, recreation, public safety and tax reform to mention just a few.  This kind of inter-city cooperative lobbying is unique in Minnesota and it gives the North Metro area considerable influence in county, state and federal government.  The NMMA also partners with local Chambers of Commerce, utility companies and non-profits to enhance its economic development lobbying efforts.  Non-profits, like Rotary, can also benefit by joining the North American Joint Purchasing Program (NAJPP), a central purchasing program that gives NMMA members and partners access to competitive pricing usually only available to big companies.
Meeting Recap - September 22, 2020 Jeff Benson 2020-09-22 05:00:00Z 0

Meeting Recap - September 15, 2020

Our guest today was Mary Jo McGuire.
 
President Ed James’ quote of the day:  “Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.” – Albert Einstein.
 
Next week’s club meeting will be “face to face” at Silverview park, just East of Silver Lake Rd. on Co. Rd I in Mounds View.  Bring your lunch and your mask.  The Board will meet at 11AM prior to the club meeting.
 
See your email for important upcoming Rotary events.
 
Jed Hamoud reported on the continuing crisis in Lebanon following the gigantic August 4th explosion in Beirut.  It’s estimated that half of Beirut has been destroyed and The Rotary club of Beirut Cedars is working to address the many challenges facing the people of Beirut.  Their response includes:
Food Boxes – The delivery of the food is traced by “Geopal” to eliminate government corruption.
Educational Support – Half of the schools have been destroyed.
Disaster response – 300,000 are homeless, 6,000 were injured and over 200 were killed.
Reporting Transparency – Government media information is inaccurate.
Beirut Cedars Rotary is working with other Lebanese Rotary clubs as well as clubs around the world to address these issues.  We are investigating how we might be able to help.
 
Geoff Hollimon reported that the Suburban Ramsey Emergency Coalition has approved three more grants.  Solid Ground and Aeon will each receive grants of $5,000 and Keystone Community services will receive a $2,500 grant.  Twelve grants have now been approved for a total of $67,500.  The tickets for the raffle of a classic 1973 Mustang Convertible are going fast, especially after this last weekend’s event at Bent Brewstillery in Roseville.  Only 1,000 tickets will be sold, but tickets are still available and you can get yours from Geoff Hollimon in person at next week’s face to face meeting at Silverview Park OR by mailing your check for $25 (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.
 
Nyle Zikmund introduced today’s speaker, Garry Johanson, director of Norman County, MN Environmental Services Division.  Garry’s job description is wide ranging, including Planning and Zoning, Solid Waste, Recycling and Household Hazardous Waste, Emergency Management, Flood Plain Management, Buffer Management, Courthouse Safety and Public Safety Departments.  Garry was with us today to talk about emergency management.  Norman County is located in the Red River Valley in northwestern Minnesota and it leads the state in natural disasters, primarily because of the perennial springtime flooding of the Red River.  As if all these responsibilities were not enough to keep him busy, Garry is also the President of the Association of Minnesota Emergency Managers (AMEM).  As he talked about the challenges that emergency managers face, he emphasized how Covid 19 has changed the entire landscape of emergency preparedness and placed a huge strain on the mental health of emergency planners and their staff.
Meeting Recap - September 15, 2020 Jeff Benson 2020-09-15 05:00:00Z 0

Meeting Recap - September 8, 2020

Today’s guests were Mary Jo McGuire and Sherry Munyon.
 
President Ed’s Quote of the day:
“We aren’t limited if we can’t see. We’re only limited if we don’t look.” – Two Blind to Ride
 
Don’t forget that our September 22nd meeting will be Face to Face at Silver View Park on County Rd. I, just east of Silver Lake Rd.  The meeting will also be available on ZOOM.
 
Treasurer John Ordway reported that the No-Plate Dinner fundraiser has so far raised $12,743 and we anticipate another $2,500 for a total of  $15,243 net income.  Congratulations to the organizers and thanks to the donors that made it possible to continue to fund our many charitable efforts for the coming year.
 
Geoff Hollimon reported on the Suburban Ramsey Emergency Coalition.  The Coalition has two new activities that will provide opportunities to raise funds and to increase visibility of the Coalition:
  1. Collector Car Raffle: On Saturday, September 5, the 1973 Mustang Convertible Raffle launched at the Kiwanis State Fair Malt Shop at Dave’s Auto in Roseville.  In partnership with Climb Theater as a licensed gambling sponsor, tickets are being sold both by our Coalition members and at the 17 gambling sites of Climb Theater.  The drawing for prizes will be at the Mermaid in Mounds View on November 19.  Weather permitting; the next display of the Grand Prize 1973 Mustang convertible will be on Saturday, September 12 at Bent Brewstillery, 1744 Terrace Drive, Roseville. There will be a Minnesota BBQ Society Cook-Off event at Bent from 12:30 to 4:30. Bent is also one of the locations of Rose art in Roseville-in-Bloom and is a charitable gambling site for Climb Theater. We plan to be there between Noon and 3 PM (weather permitting). This event will have it all: Mustang display, BBQ cook-off, public Rose art and Bent craft beer. More details on Facebook and emails. All this will be outside in the parking lot so you can safely attend with masks and wisely social distancing.
  1. Fall Bike/Drive to see Rose Art: Planning continues for the Bike/Drive Event to see Roseville In Bloom Art in partnership with Visit Roseville. Biking and driving routes are being created to enable the public to conveniently view Roseville’s first free public art. When the public goes to  https://www.visitroseville.com/roseville-in-bloom/, they will be able to download a biking/driving route and register to win prizes provided by in-kind sponsors from among Roseville’s dining and hospitality options. This event will run through September and October.
A list of important Rotary dates should be in your email inbox, or you can download it here.
 
Nyle Zikmund introduced Bill Strusinski to speak to us about his experiences as a medic during the Vietnam War.  Bill noted that, in previous wars, medics were stationed just behind the front lines.  In Vietnam, however, the nature of the fighting put the medics out in the field as an embedded part of the infantry units.  Bill was a “combat” medic; caring for the wounded under the most difficult circumstances imaginable while knowing that at any moment he could be the one needing medical attention.  Bill’s official medic training was completed in 10 weeks but he says that most of the training was on the battlefield.  Bill’s medic bag contained little more than the essentials to stop bleeding and dull the pain until a helicopter could evacuate the wounded soldier to a field hospital.  The efficiency of these evacuations (averaging only 1 hour) allowed many soldiers to survive their physical wounds, but the mental trauma (for the wounded and non-wounded alike) would follow them for the rest of their lives.  This was aggravated by the shameful way that Vietnam vets were treated by many Americans upon their return home.  PTSD and depression have led to alarmingly high suicide rates among veterans and Agent Orange exposure has resulted in an array of medical problems that gets bigger as time goes on. 
 
Bill had an opportunity to speak at the “Stars of Life” awards banquet in 2017 and this appearance inspired him to write his book, “Care Under Fire”, detailing his experiences in Vietnam.  You can learn more or order the book by clicking the link above.  Nyle Zikmund will also bring a few books to our September 22nd face to face meeting.
Meeting Recap - September 8, 2020 Jeff Benson 2020-09-08 05:00:00Z 0

Meeting Recap - August 25, 2020

President Ed James Quote of the Day:
“Don’t find fault. Find a remedy.” -  Henry Ford
 
Our guest today was Jeff Ozanne, Lead Pastor at Faith United Methodist Church in St. Anthony.
 
Important Rotary Dates and Events can be accessed by clicking here.
 
Upcoming Speakers:
- September 08 - Bill Strusinski - Care Under Fire - 365 days in Vietnam
- September 15, 2020 - Garry Johanson -State of Emergency Management
 
Although it wasn’t presented at the club meeting, Geoff Hollimon provided me with a Suburban Ramsey Emergency Coalition Weekly Report, which I have included below:
 
Subject: Weekly Highlights from Suburban Ramsey Emergency Coalition - August 24
 
This past week total donations to the Suburban Ramsey Emergency Coalition reached $85,716. After deducting $55,000 for the 9 grants awarded, the balance is $30,716. We are assessing how the nature of the upcoming school year and current CARES Act resources impact needs for food and housing assistance. Meanwhile there are three current activities.
1.       Review of Letters of Interest for Donor Designated Housing Assistance for families who identify as Black or African American.
The Grants Committee is reviewing three letters of interest (LOI) in grants from the donor designated fund. The LOIs are from AEON, Solid Ground and Keystone Community Services. After review of the LOI, applications will be sought and final decision will be by the Steering Committee.
2.      Collector Car Raffle.
We continue to wait for the fiscal agent agreement from CLIMB Theater for raffle of the 1973 Ford Mustang. Two appraisals have been completed and the photo shoot was done by a local professional photographer who donated his services. We want to get the agreement to the Steering Committee for approval as soon as possible so that we and CLIMB’s charitable gambling partners can start selling tickets.
3.      Bike/Drive Event to see Roseville in Bloom art in partnership with Visit Roseville.
We are planning a family friendly Bike/Drive event to encourage people to safely get outside this fall to visit Roseville in Bloom art in 20 locations in Roseville. The Roseville in Bloom website will add biking and driving and in-kind sponsors who will provide incentives such as free appetizers and 2 for 1 specials for people to go to our Suburban Ramsey Emergency Coalition to register for this FREE event. We hope that the in-kind sponsors will also promote the event to their clients. The goal is to increase visibility of our Coalition and to encourage people to naturally donate to the Coalition. This event would be open September and October and we may be able to co-promote this with showing of the collector car for raffle sales.
There will be a Steering Committee meeting this Thursday, August 27 if there is need for decisions or significant discussion. 
 
Nyle Zikmund introduced our speaker, Tyler Ahnemann, from the Minnesota Zoo.  Tyler said that the Minnesota Zoo is 42 years old and is the 5th oldest zoo in the country.  The Zoo is a trusted conservation leader and adheres to the highest standards of wildlife preservation and care, as evidenced by its accreditation with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.  In the years before Covid-19, the Zoo entertained over 1.3 million guests, including over 500,000 environmental program participants, each year.  Pandemic concerns led the Zoo to close on March 14th but it reopened at limited capacity on July 24th.  Reservations to visit the Zoo can be made online by clicking here.
 
The Zoo is also known for its adult programming.  Tyler mentioned several adult oriented opportunities including: Wellness/Special Interest Program, Backwoods Camping, Backstage Passes and Travel Ed-Ventures.  He talked at length about the Travel Ed-Ventures program, which offers groups of 8-16 adventure travelers environmental trips to locations around the globe.  If you are interested, contact Tyler at TylerAhnemann@state.mn.us.
 
President Ed noted that our next face-to-face Rotary meeting will be on September 22nd at Silverview park on Co Rd I near Silver Lake Road at 12:00 Noon.  Bring your own food and beverage.  The meeting will also be available on ZOOM.
 
Cindy Carlson presided over the culmination of our No-Plate dinner fundraiser.  Our 19th annual Gold Plate Dinner fundraiser was cancelled this year due to Covid-19, so we needed to find a way to raise funds for the myriad of charitable causes that our club supports.  Since the Gold Plate Dinner raises over $20,000 each year, we had our hands full trying, on short notice, to recover the lost revenue.  The No-Plate Dinner was like a dinner fundraiser without the dinner.  We had already raised $7,400 prior to the cancellation of the Gold Plate Dinner and we have raised an additional $6,500 since then, so the response has been heartwarming.  The No-Plate donations will help us to continue to fund and participate in programs like these:
 
Harvest Pack Food Packing
Feed My Starving Children
Stockyard Days Parade Hot Dog Feed
Cultural Exchange to Lebanon
Adopt a Home Program
Community Support Center
Rotary Youth Exchange Program
Rotary Global Scholar Program
Rotary Easter Egg Hunt
4th Grade Foresters Tree Giveaway
Three $1,500 College Scholarships
Community Partners with Youth
Mounds View Festival in the Park
Mounds View Police Federation
Ralph Reeder Food Shelf
New Brighton Historical Society
Northeast Youth and Family Services
Peacemaker Minnesota
Stamp Out Hunger
Camp RYLA
Camp Enterprise
Irondale Choir
Remember Niger Child Sponsorships
Guatemala Literacy Project
 
Major sponsors were:
Bell Lumber and Pole
Western Bank
Smith Schaeffer and Associates
Mountaintop International
Pratt-Ordway Properties
Our sincere thanks to all who contributed to this event.
 
The $250 raffle winner was Jay Ariyo in London, England.  Charity really is a global effort!
Meeting Recap - August 25, 2020 Jeff Benson 2020-08-25 05:00:00Z 0

Meeting Recap - August 18, 2020

President Ed’s Quote of the Day:  “Happiness is when what you think, what you say and what you do are in harmony.” - Mahatma Gandhi
 
Treasurer John Ordway reported that, as of today, we have collected over $5,000 in donations toward our No-Plate Dinner fundraiser. 
 
Membership Director Cindy Carlson had the pleasure to induct former Rotarian Gerry Tietz as an Honorary Member of the club.  Gerry had been a member since 2004 with 16 years of faithful membership and exemplary leadership.  Gerry held several Board positions, was President of the club and even served the District as a Foundation Committee member.  Gerry was unable to attend in person because of Covid restrictions at his new residence, but he was able to join us on Zoom.  Congratulations, Gerry, on your honorary membership.  We miss you and hope you will soon be able to attend an occasional meeting.
 
We were all saddened at the news that DG Ed Marek’s daughter, Mandy, had passed on after battling breast cancer. Condolences may be directed to:
Ed and Sue Marek
5676 Upper 136th St Ct. W.
Apple Valley MN 55124
 
Jed Hamoud offered to make contact with the Beirut, Lebanon Rotary Club to see if there is a way we might be of help after the horrendous explosion that rocked the city on August 4th.
 
Geoff Hollimon reported that the Suburban Ramsey Emergency Coalition has received over $83,000 of its $150,000 donation goal.  He thanked everyone for their generous contributions but warned that Fall will bring new challenges as state and federal emergency funding runs out.  The Coalition has awarded a grant to the YMCA of Greater Twin Cities to help fund and onsite food shelf at Montreal Courts, and affordable housing complex in Little Canada.  The $5,000 grant will provide food to 225 people each month and cooked meals for 120 people each week.  The Coalition’s Virtual Run/Walk was a big success with 157 registrations. Registrations netted $2,140 and donations and sponsorships added another $12,843 for a total of $14,943. Well done!  The Coalition also received an anonymous $10,000 donation designated for housing assistance for Black or African-American families.
 
Nyle Zikmund introduced today’s presenter, Michael Wurth, from Urban BoatBuilders.  Twenty five years ago a group of community leaders formed the non-profit to address the opportunity gap created by systemic barriers to education and employment. Urban Boatbuilders provides hands-on opportunities to gain technical, social and emotional skills to help young people reach their academic and vocational goals.  Urban Boatbuilders has two programs; apprenticeship and partnership.
 
The Apprenticeship Program is a paid job training program.  Applicants must be 16-19 years old and meet criteria for low income or barriers to employment.  Pay starts at $9.84 per hour and goes up with additional sessions.  Sessions use boat building as the means to build technical, social and career readiness skills. There are also three paddling and camping opportunities each year, including one in the Boundary Waters. Successful apprentices may apply to become Senior Apprentices and, eventually Youth Instructors. Michael noted that 73% of the youth who complete the apprenticeship program are employed.
 
The Partnership Program is a cooperative program with local middle schools, high schools and youth service organizations to provide academically enhanced boatbuilding skills to youth ranging in age from 12-21. This program serves over 1000 youth per year. The program is on hold during Covid but will continue with safety measures as schools reopen.
 
Potential volunteers are encouraged to check out Open Shop Night on Wednesdays from 6:30 –9:30PM. These sessions are open to all levels of experience.  The calendar and other information are available here.
 
Urban Boatbuilders will be having a 25th Anniversary Virtual Community Celebration on August 20th from 6:30-7:30 PM. To RSVP or get more information, click here.
 
See below for group photo of today’s meeting participants as well as a photo of Nyle and Michael.
 
 
Meeting Recap - August 18, 2020 Jeff Benson 2020-08-18 05:00:00Z 0

Meeting Recap - August 4, 2020

Our guest today was Mary Jo McGuire.
 
Watch for an email from President Ed James listing upcoming Rotary events.  Note that August 18 at noon marks our second face-to-face Rotary meeting (with social distancing and masks).  The meeting will be held in the pavilion at Silverview Park on County Rd I just east of Silver Lake Rd.
 
Cindy Carlson reported that we have received $4,000 (40%) of our goal of $10,000 in donations for our No-Plate Dinner fundraiser.  President Ed will forward Treasurer John Ordway’s summary of donations so far.  We all need to do our part by asking family, friends and co-workers to contribute.
 
Geoff Hollimon updated us on the North Suburban Emergency Coalition’s fundraising efforts.  Donations to date total $65,241 toward a goal of $150,000. Five grants have been made so far and more are in the pipeline.  The Coalition’s Three Mile Community Virtual Run/Walk is going on this week and has so far raised $12,695.  At today’s meeting it was revealed that you can still sign up for the run/walk.  Just click the link above to register.   Don’t forget that you can also support the work of the Suburban Ramsey Emergency Coalition by writing a check in any amount to the Suburban Ramsey Covid-19 Response Fund and mailing it 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 donations 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.  An update to the Coalition's member Rotary Clubs can be downloaded here.
 
Geoff also reported on the 8th Annual CPY Golf Ball Drop which was held at Brightwood Hills Golf Course.  In the biggest ball drop to date, so many balls were dropped that it disrupted the mechanism for determining the winner.  Instead of one ball in the cup there were three.  A quick phone call to the three potential winners resulted in all three agreeing to split the $1,800 pot.  The event grossed over $9,000!
 
Nyle Zikmund introduced our speaker, Tara Jebens-Singh, the new Executive Director of Northeast Youth and Family Services (NYFS).  Tara began her employment at NYFS just as the pandemic hit but she appears to have hit the ground running.  Many NYFS programs are heavily dependent on face to face interaction with their clients, so these COVID times have made creativity and collaboration essential.  NYFS is a mental health and social service agency serving people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds in the northeastern metropolitan area of the Twin Cities.  On the mental health services side, NYFS provides services in 17 schools in the Roseville, Mounds View and White Bear Lake Districts as well as providing tele-health services, home visits, clinic-based services and day treatment programs.  On the social services side, NYFS provides senior chore services, tele-reassurance calls and youth diversion programs.  In conjunction with area police departments, the community advocacy program is also just restarting.
Meeting Recap - August 4, 2020 Jeff Benson 2020-08-04 05:00:00Z 0

Meeting Recap - July 28, 2020

Our guests today were George Stringham from District 5960 and Mary Jo McGuire.
 
The Board voted this morning to make former NBMV Rotarian Gerry Tietz an Honorary Rotarian.  Amy Janecek has resigned as Principal at Irondale and has also resigned her Rotary membership.  New principal, Carol Campa, has expressed interest in Rotary membership.  The Board will wait to finalize the 2020-2021 budget until after the results of the No-Plate Dinner fundraiser are in.
 
John Ordway noted that approximately $3,000 of our $10,000 goal has been raised for the No-Plate Dinner fundraiser.  More sponsorships are welcome and members need to reach out to friends, family and business associates to sell tickets if we are to reach our goal.
 
Geoff Hollimon said that the Three Mile Community Virtual Run/Walk to benefit the Suburban Ramsey Emergency Coalition has so far raised $10,000 in sponsorships and Run/Walk entry fees, but much more is needed for the Coalition to help those adversely affected by Covid-19.  Seventy two people have already signed up and your participation would be greatly appreciated.   Contact Geoff for mor e info.
 
Nyle Zikmund introduced today’s presenter, Kevin Wilson, to speak to us about the U.S Army Corps of Engineers (USACE).  Kevin is the Deputy District Engineer for the St. Paul District of USACE.  ASCAE’s mission is to “Deliver vital engineering solutions, in collaboration with our partners, to secure our Nation, energize our economy and reduce risk from disaster.”  With its headquarters in Washington, D.C.,  USCAE is divided into 9 Divisions comprised of 43 Districts.  It also has nine centers and labs, 1 Active Duty unit and two U.S. Army Reserve Theater Engineer Commands.  Our District, the St. Paul District, covers 139,000 square miles in five states, contains four major river basins (the Souris River, Red River, Rainy River and the Mississippi River).  USACE manages thirteen locks and dams and maintains a nine foot deep navigation channel along 284 miles of the upper Mississippi river system.  Its 41 locations employ 650 people, 30% of whom are Veterans.  The USACE has six major missions: Navigation, Flood Risk Management, Environmental Sustainability, Regulation of Aquatic Resources, Recreation Area Management and Disaster Response.  In addition to these initiatives, UWACE also partners with our Canadian neighbors to cooperatively manage our shared aquatic resources as well as participating in the Tribal Partnership Program to carry out environmental projects with Native American Tribes in the District.
Meeting Recap - July 28, 2020 Jeff Benson 2020-07-28 05:00:00Z 0

Meeting Recap - July 21, 2020

Today marked the first in person (with masks and social distancing) club meeting since Covid-19 hit.
 
Our guests today were Jason Miller’s wife Renee and District 5960 Governor Nominee, Dayle Quigley.
 
President Ed James has emailed a list of upcoming events.  You’ll find the list below:
 
August 1, 2020 (Saturday 8:00AM – 10:00AM)  Strive Scholarship Taco John's Run Baby Run 5K, 10K.  Saturday August 1, 2020 8:00 a.m. start time.  $25 with registration on or before July 27 and just $35 after July 27 and race day.  Click here for online registration (midwest events).  This race starts at The Boatworks Commons, (4459 Lake Ave S) on beautiful White Bear Lake.  The course is flat and fast, 5K runs north along the lake to West Park and then back.  The 10K goes south to Cottage Park then North along the lake to Ramsey County Park into the White Bear Lake neighborhood before returning back to Lake Ave, and the Finish at The Boatworks Commons.  The registration includes an event T-Shirt. Rotary Volunteers are at the Start/Finish and on the course supporting the runners.  All of the proceeds of the race go to the Strive Scholarship Inc Fund which is a 501c(3) tax-exempt, non-profit entity.  Awards will be given to the top male and female overall and the top 3 male and female in each group.
 
August 2, 2020 (Sunday 3:00 PM) - CPY’s 8th Annual Golf Ball Drop - Brightwood Hills Golf Course, New Brighton, Win up to $5,000, All ticket sales from this event benefit the youth programs at Community Partners with Youth (CPY) 1 Ball = $10 3 Balls = $25 5 Balls =$40 To purchase tickets call 651-633-6464
 
August 7, 2020 (Friday 5:30 – 9:00PM) SAVE THE DATE - Join us at Canterbury Park in Shakopee for Rotary Race Day on Friday, Aug. 7th. Everyone is welcome—Rotarians bring your family and friends out to this great event! The gates open at 5:30 p.m., live horse racing begins at 6:30.  Cost for the event is $10, which includes admission, hot dog and soda. Children 17 and under get free admission, but must purchase the $10 ticket to get the hot dog and soda.  Rotary Race Day is a fundraiser for The Rotary Foundation's PolioPlus! Organized by Rotary Districts 5950 & 5960, 100 percent of ticket sales will benefit PolioPlus!   Tim Mulcrone will be singing the national the anthem at 5:30.
 

Geoff Hollimon reminded us that the CPY Golf Ball Drop will take place at Brightwood Hills Golf Course at 3PM on Sunday August 2nd.  The winner will take home 20% of the ticket proceeds, up to a maximum of $5,000.  Call 651-633-6464 today for your Golf Ball Drop Tickets.

Ed James was inducted as our club President two weeks ago but, since we have been meeting virtually, he had not received his president’s pin.  Past President Dennis Connolly presented Ed with his pin today and Ed reciprocated by presenting Dennis with his Past-President’s pin.  See photos below.

Nils Friberg presented Paul Harris Fellowship recognition pins to Cindy Carlson and Ed James.  Their contributions to the Rotary Foundation will help Rotary to eradicate Polio and further the Foundation’s mission to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty.  Nils, Ed and Cindy are pictured below.

 
Cindy Carlson reported on the No-Plate Dinner fundraiser.  You all should have received an email with the No-Plate Dinner Flyer which you can forward or print to distribute to friends and family who might be supportive of our club’s charitable programs.  Even though we can’t gather for the fundraiser as we have in the past, we hope that the No-Plate fundraiser will raise at least half of the $20,000 raised in previous Gold Plate Dinners.  For this to be possible, we all need to contribute and ask others to do the same.  Take a moment today to pass the flyer on!
 
Geoff Hollimon encouraged us to consider taking part in the Suburban Ramsey Emergency Coalition’s Three Mile Community Virtual Run/Walk fundraiser which will be held from Monday, August 3-Sunday, August 9, 2020.  Participants can use the suggested routes or make up their own.  The important part is to donate to the Coalition so it can continue to offer financial support to those directly affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.  Click the link above for details.
 
Everyone appeared to feel safe at the meeting today so we will look at having another in person meeting in August.
Meeting Recap - July 21, 2020 Jeff Benson 2020-07-21 05:00:00Z 0

Meeting Recap - July 14, 2020

Your Bulletin editor was unable to attend today's meeting but President Ed James provided the summary of the meeting which follows:
 
Our first face to face meeting since Covid-19 will be on the 21st of July, 2020 at 12PM. This meeting will be a club picnic! Edeth James will also receive his pin at this meeting as the new President of the Club for 2020/2021.
 
Location - Silver View Park in Mounds View
Address: 2700 County Road I, Mounds View MN 55112
Time - Noon to One
Car Show - Several of our members have old cars and will be bringing them
Items to Bring:
1.  Whatever you want to drink
2.  Whatever you want to eat
3.  Something to sit on, there are benches but they are very hard!
4. Face coverings and social distancing will be encouraged and practiced at the meeting.
 
Secondly, CPY’s 8th Annual Golf Ball Drop is happening on Sunday August 2nd - Brightwood Hills Golf Course, New Brighton, Win up to $5,000, All ticket sales from this event benefit the youth programs at Community Partners with Youth (CPY) 1 Ball = $10, 3 Balls = $25, 5 Balls =$40. To purchase tickets call 651-633-6464 or mail a check to Geoff Hollimon before Tuesday the 21st of July. He will get your donation to CPY on time for the event. All members are encouraged to support this effort at CPY.
 
Dana’s new phone number is 651-334-5007.
 
The No-Plate Dinner event scheduled for August 25th is gathering steam and momentum. Members are encouraged to send out the PDF by email and encourage people to donate online through the flyer. People can donate from anywhere in the USA. People can also print out the flyer and physically mail in their checks to the address indicated at the bottom of the flyer. All hands needs to be on deck regarding this event to make it a success. Thanks everyone for helping get the word out.
 
Don’t forget that your contributions are needed to support the work of the Suburban Ramsey Emergency Coalition.  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.
 
The Presenter today was Dana Healy. She is the Executive Director of CTV North Suburbs. It was a powerful eye opening presentation and opens up a lot of opportunities and ways that we can partner with CTV as a service organization in New Brighton and Mounds View to get the words out about what we do to better our community. Cindy will be reaching out to Dana on the prospects of her joining our Club or another Rotary Club in the area. Her email address is dhealy@ctvnorthsuburbs.org.  Her phone # is 651-792-7512. Website is www.CTVnorthsuburbs.org
Meeting Recap - July 14, 2020 Jeff Benson 2020-07-14 05:00:00Z 0

Meeting Recap - July 7, 2020

Today was the first meeting for our new Club President, Ed James.  Ed opened the meeting with a quote from Winston Churchill: “We make a living by what we get but we make a life by what we give.”
 
We weren’t able to view the Important Dates List during the meeting, but they are available to download by clicking here.
 
No-Plate Dinner Fundraiser report – Cindy emailed the No-Plate flyer to each of us last Thursday.  Please distribute it to friends and family.  Charlie Longbella will have the Fundraiser info on Facebook soon.  Please share it on your Facebook pages to give as many people as possible a chance to donate.
 
Geoff Hollimon reported that the Suburban Ramsey Emergency Coalition made a $5,000 grant to CPY to help with the cost of their food distribution program in conjunction with Ralph Reeder Food Shelf.  He also noted that the Coalition’s Three Mile Community Virtual Run/Walk fundraiser will be held from Monday, August 3-Sunday, August 9, 2020.  Click the link above for details.  The Suburban Ramsey Emergency Coalition’s volunteer seamstresses have sewn 200 isolation gowns for the Ramsey County Care Center.
 
Our Presenter today was Tom Gable, UofMN Ph.D candidate and Project Director of the Voyageurs National Park Wolf Project.  The Wolf Project is a collaboration of the University of Minnesota and Voyageurs National Park.  The project’s goal is to better understand the reproductive and predation habits of the park’s wolves.  Because the wolves don’t recognize the boundaries of the park, the project actually covers all of Voyageurs plus a lot of land to the south of the park.  The project covers a total area of 13,000 acres!  Tom noted that 101 of the 103 landowners in the project area have agreed to cooperate with the project.  Tom briefly mentioned the wolf reproduction part of the project and referred us to the project website for more information.  His main focus for today’s presentation was the predation habits of the Park’s wolves.  There have been many studies of Wolf predation in wintertime, when wolf kills of deer and moose are easily identifiable in the snow from the air.  We don’t know much, however, about wolves affect on the smaller prey like beavers and small fawns that they prey on in the summer. Summertime foliage prevents aerial location of kills and the smaller prey are almost completely consumed by the wolves, leaving almost no evidence of the kill.  GPS tracking collars have now been employed that broadcast a collared wolfs location every 20 minutes.  Whenever there a two consecutive pings from the same location, researchers are confident that the wolf has made a kill.  Each 20 minute stop is investigated by researchers who have logged 15,000 hours of fieldwork and 17,000 miles of hiking to locate kill sites.  This work has yielded interesting summertime wolf kill data.  An average wolf kills 13-15 fawns and 9-11 beavers each summer, but there is great variability depending on number of prey, energy demand of their pups, predatory specialization and hunting ability of the individual wolves.
 
Tom feels that, in addition to the scientific value of the data accumulated by the project, there is also great value in the potential for outreach.  He said that the project’s Facebook page has already reached a total of 24.9 million people and continues to reach 91,000 more each day.  The page now has 58,000 followers worldwide.  He hopes that this kind of outreach will help to establish a long-term research project on the Voyageurs wolf population. 
 
Today’s No-Plate auction action had Denise Jacobsen’s $125 first round Running Aces package bid go unchallenged, so Denise is the winner of the package.  The first round of bidding for the $50 Tavern gift certificate was snapped up by Ed James with a full value $50 dollar bid (no need for a second round of bidding),
 
John Ordway said that son Dan and his new wife are expecting in February.  John will be a grandpa for the first time!
 
Jason Miller spent a week in the BWCA with family and friends
 
New Club President Ed James thanked outgoing President Dennis Connolly for his service to the club over the past year.  Ed noted that Dennis had also put together our submission for District Awards two years ago with great success.  He hopes we can renew that recognition effort for the coming year.
Meeting Recap - July 7, 2020 Jeff Benson 2020-07-07 05:00:00Z 0

Meeting Recap - June 30, 2020

President Dennis Connolly opened the final meeting of his year as Club President  with a summary of upcoming events:
 
June 30, 2020 (Tuesday 7:00 – 8:30PM) - District Governor Ed Marek Installation, "Serious, Touching, and Funny" - Registration via Zoom - Click Here or watch on Facebook LIVE! - Click Here
 
July 1, 2020 (Wednesday 8:00 – 9:00AM) - SPECIAL FRIDAY FEATURE 
Because of the 4th of July, we are holding our District 5960 Friday Feature, on a Wednesday! Next July 1, join me and the rest of the District Governor line for a SPECIAL FRIDAY FEATURE as we take you through "A Year of Connecting." We want to celebrate all the positive activities, events, and fun that we had, and the impact we made, which was significant. It's a special day of the week, and time - 8 a.m. This is Prior Lake Rotary's normal meeting, co-hosted with the District.  Register in advance for this meeting at the link below:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
 
July 21, 2020 (Tuesday 12:00 Noon) NBMV Rotary Club Picnic Meeting (with social distancing) at Silver View Park, 2700 County Rd I, Mounds View .
 
August 7, 2020 (Friday 5:30 – 9:00PM) SAVE THE DATE - Join us at Canterbury Park in Shakopee for Rotary Race Day on Friday, Aug. 7th. Everyone is welcome—Rotarians bring your family and friends out to this great event! The gates open at 5:30 p.m., live horse racing begins at 6:30.  Cost for the event is $10, which includes admission, hot dog and soda. Children 17 and under get free admission, but must purchase the $10 ticket to get the hot dog and soda.  Rotary Race Day is a fundraiser for The Rotary Foundation's PolioPlus! Organized by Rotary Districts 5950 & 5960, 100 percent of ticket sales will benefit PolioPlus!  Tim Mulcrone will be singing the national the anthem at 5:30.
 
CPY’s 8th Annual Golf Ball Drop Fundraiser will be held on August 2nd, 3:00PM at Brightwood Hills Golf Course.  The winner will receive 20% of the ticket sales up to a maximum of $5,000. 1 Ball = $10, 3 Balls = $25, 5 Balls =$40.  To purchase tickets call 651-633-6464.
 
Geoff Hollimon said that the Suburban Ramsey Emergency Coalition has approved grants of $10,000 to Sheridan Story and $10,000 to Ralph Reeder Food Shelf to help fund their missions to alleviate food insecurity.   He also noted that the Coalition’s Three Mile Community Virtual Run/Walk fundraiser will be held from Monday, August 3-Sunday, August 9, 2020.  Click the link above for details.
 
Dana Rebelein said that the Suburban Ramsey Emergency Coalition’s volunteer seamstresses have sewn 200 isolation gowns for the Ramsey County Care Center.
Cindy Carlson announced that the flyer for the No-Plate Dinner Fundraiser is ready for distribution.  Click here to download the flyer and then forward it to anyone who might have an interest in supporting the club.  Online donations will be possible by just clicking a button on the digital flyer or on our Facebook page.  Each $50 donation will purchase one ticket for the $250 raffle drawing.
 
Auction News:
Last week, Maddison Zikmund was the winning bidder ($425) last week for the Sugar Lake Lodge stay and play package.  Cindy Carlson was the high bidder on round one of the Prestwick golf package.
Today’s auction had Mike Neeley winning the Prestwick golf package with a bid of $170.  Round one of the Running Aces overnight stay and dining package ended with Denise Jacobsen leading with a first round bid of $125. Next week’s bidding will feature round two of the Running Aces package and Round one of $100 in The Tavern Gift cards.
 
Ed James introduced his virtual guests:
Fiancée -  Rachel Igbaroola,
Sister – Olaseni Olutunwase
Daughter - Edith James
James Odalele
Kemi Aderinkomi
 
President Dennis thanked Ed James for his active participation in club administration, especially in Youth Service.  Dennis highlighted Ed’s involvement in Camp RYLA, Camp Enterprise, High School scholarships, Youth Exchange, Fourth Grade Foresters and Harvest Pack.  Due to computer difficulties, Ed’s message to the club was interrupted several times.  Ed was able to communicate that it is a joy for him to be a member of the club and that he is looking forward to his year as President.  He acknowledged that Covid-19 will present challenges but he is counting on everyone to double their efforts to keep things moving forward.  He thanked everyone for their continuing support.
 
Cindy Carlson reported that the Rotary Guatemala Literacy Project Global Matching Grant for 2019-2020 is more than $631,000!
 
John Ordway informed the club that Gerry Tietz has resigned his NBMV Rotary Membership.  We’ll miss you Gerry!  Gerry’s new address is: 
5601 94th Ave. N.
 Apt 407
Brooklyn Park, MN  55443
 
Mike Neeley has been named one of the 65 most influential people in the machining industry in Minnesota.  Congratulations. Mike!
Meeting Recap - June 30, 2020 Jeff Benson 2020-06-30 05:00:00Z 0

Meeting Recap - June 16, 2020

President Dennis Connolly introduced Community Support Center Director Karen Meyer.  Karen is the sole staff person at CSC, but she works with many volunteers to help prevent homelessness and provide long-term financial counseling to minimize the need for future assistance.  CSC’s office is located in the Faith Christian Reformed Church at 16th and Silver Lake Road in New Brighton.  Its service area is New Brighton, Mounds View, North Oaks, Shoreview, and Arden Hills.  To receive support, CSC participants must:  
  • reside in the above mentioned service area,
  • have applied for county services,
  • have a financial situation which is sustainable with short term financial assistance and
  • demonstrate interest in making long term changes.
 
CSC receives referrals from Ramsey County, The United Way, churches, landlords, Ralph Reeder Food Shelf, schools, social services, police, and word of mouth.  Potential participants start with a 2 hour interview with volunteer active listeners to ensure that the above participation criteria are met.  If so, CSC partners with a variety of agencies to provide the short term financial support needed to prevent evictions and develops a plan to prevent eviction in the future.  When possible, the initial interviewer works long-term with the participant, guiding them to resources, working on budgets, goal setting, debt reduction, resumes and celebrating accomplishments.  Because of all this ongoing support, the average amount of financial assistance to prevent eviction is amazingly small at just $400-700 per family.  Compare that with the $3,000 per month to house a family of four in a Ramsey County homeless shelter.  Also notable is that there are 30-40 families on the waiting list for those homeless shelters.
 
Karen is seeing a greater need for CSC’s services as COVID-19 has stretched many poor family’s resources.  She anticipates an increase in eviction notices when restrictions are lifted.  CSC has received a $5,000 grant from the Suburban Ramsey Emergency Coalition which will be helpful in managing the coming eviction crisis.
 
Karen can be reached at staff@communitysupportcenter.org or 651-387-8050
 
Upcoming Rotary Events:
See President Connolly’s weekly email for details.
The Rotary International Convention will be a virtual one this year.  Click here for details.
 
Margaret Feng-Ling Johnson has accepted a new position as Dean of University College and Associate Vice President for Student Success at St. Cloud State University, starting July 1.  Congratulations, Margaret!
 
Geoff Hollimon updated us on the Suburban Ramsey Emergency Coalition.  He proudly reported that 11 Rotarians are involved in the Coalition.  Donations of over $51,000 have been received toward the $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.
 
In addition, 50 reusable gowns have been sewn, by Dana Rebelein and other Coalition volunteers, for the Ramsey County Care Center and 150 more are needed.  If you can help sew gowns, contact Dana Rebelein.  The Coalition is holding a virtual run/walk fundraiser soon. Stay tuned for more details.
 
Charlie Longbella reported that an online donation function will be available soon. 
 
Charlie has also prepared a draft of a brochure for the No-Plate Dinner and Cindy Carlson has suggested some edits.  The final brochure should be available soon.
 
Today’s live auction resulted in a final bid of $200 for the Indian Hills Golf Package.  Jason Miller was the winning bidder.  Round 1 of the bidding for the Sugar Lake Lodge stay and play package ended with a bid by Cindy Carlson of $275.  Next week features the final round of the Sugar Lake Lodge package bidding and the first Round of the Prestwick golf package.  Don’t miss it!
 
The Board meets next Tuesday at 11AM by Zoom. 
 
Jim O’Brien’s granddaughters (who were our Egg Hunt Bunnies for several years) have graduated from college and are both employed.
 
Nyle Zikmund announced that he is running for Anoka County Commissioner, but keeping his day job as Mounds View City Administrator.  Good luck Nyle!
 
Your editor will be out of town next week, so you’ll have to attend the meeting to be in the know.
Meeting Recap - June 16, 2020 Jeff Benson 2020-06-16 05:00:00Z 0

Meeting Recap - June 9, 2020

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 rotaryhunt@gmail.com "Helping Hands Tour” Antigua GLP school.
 
July 21-26, 2020 – Guatemala Literacy Project (GLP) trip to Guatemala – Contact James Hunt rotaryhunt@gmail.com “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.
Meeting Recap - June 9, 2020 Jeff Benson 2020-06-09 05:00:00Z 0

Meeting Recap - June 2, 2020

Today was our fifth virtual club meeting, and we were honored to have District Governor Paul Perez as our virtual guest.
 
Dave Hoel visited his workplace on Lake Street and reported on the incredible destruction in that area.  Jason Slama was part of the cleanup effort on Lake Street and he provided this written summary:
“I haven't been able to be active in Rotary lately due to work and family conflicts. But I wanted to pay a "happy fine" to the club. I was out cleaning Lake Street on Saturday morning and was absolutely humbled at the amount of people out helping each other. We were cleaning the sidewalks and streets as buildings were still burning. There were piles and piles of donated goods being gathered to help those who lost their local stores. Meals were being offered to those in need. Medical professionals were offering free services and transportation to those who needed it. By Sunday morning Lake Street, Nicollet Ave, and Midway neighborhoods were clean enough there was not a need to go back and clean. As tragic as the events over the past week have been, I just wanted to share how proud I felt to see so many people coming together to share their kindness and compassion.”
 
District Governor Paul Perez thanked us for continuing to be active Rotarians.  He said that our District is looking into ways that we can work cooperatively with neighboring District 5950 to address racial disparity issues highlighted by this past week’s events.  DG Paul also encouraged us to take advantage of the many online learning opportunities being made available by the District.   A complete list is available in President Dennis Connolly’s weekly email, but here is a list of this week’s learning opportunities:
June 3, 2020 (Wednesday, 4:30PM) - District 5960 E-club Cultural Exchange Enthusiasts talk to Tom Thorfinnson, Chief Strategy Officer at Rotary International
Topic: The Future of Rotary and COVID-19.  CLICK HERE for Link
June 4, 2020 (Thursday 7:30 AM) - Ethics Team presentation presented by St. Paul Sunrise Rotary Club featuring Burt Riskedahl, “Ethical decision making in clinical practice and supervision”  CLICK HERE for Link
Friday, June 5, 2020 (Friday 9am) - Friday Feature. This week our speaker will be Mike Gregory, The Collaboration Effect, his topic: Conflict Resolution/Civil Discourse.
Register in advance for this meeting:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
 
Our “No-Plate” Dinner fundraiser is taking shape.  Starting on June 9th, we will be holding online live auctions of items which were donated to the cancelled Gold Plate Dinner.  Bidders need to attend the regularly scheduled Tuesday Noon ZOOM club meetings.  The first auction item will be 18 holes of golf for four with four carts at beautiful Indian Hills Golf Club.  A $312 value, opening bid will be $80. Bids will be taken at the June 9th and June 16th meetings to ensure that everyone has an opportunity to bid.  The bidding will be open to Rotarians as well as non-Rotarians.  Future weeks will feature other donated items like lake lodge stays, glider rides, wine tasting events, horse racing packages, more golf and trap shooting.  Our August 4th noon meeting will include a $250 raffle drawing for those who have purchased a raffle ticket.  Watch your email for more details. 
 
Geoff Hollimon updated us on the North Suburban Emergency Response Coalition.  Three final grant proposals have been received and as many as a dozen groups are potential grantees.  Geoff indicated that the Response fund already has donations of $40,000 with a 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.
Online contributions of any amount can be made at GiveMN.org at this URL: https://www.givemn.org/story/Suburbanramseycovid19responsefund
The Coalition’s Facebook page can be accessed by clicking here.
 
Dana Rebelein added that the Coalition has already begun responding to the Covid-19 pandemic by organizing 14 people (including Dana) to sew reusable cloth gowns for the Ramsey County Care Center.  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.
 
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.
Meeting Recap - June 2, 2020 Jeff Benson 2020-06-02 05:00:00Z 0

Meeting Recap - May 26, 2020

Today we again welcomed Roseville Rotarian Mary Jo McGuire to our meeting.
 
Cindy Carlson introduced our speaker, Meg Hobday, from My Very Own Bed.  My Very Own Bed (MVOB) is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing brand new beds and bedding for children, aged 2-17, of families that have recently secured stable housing.  Children having their own bed would seem like a given, but many families who don’t have stable housing also don’t have beds for their children.  In addition to the obvious sleep difficulties experienced by children without beds, many of these children also have social, emotional and educational problems which are, at least in part, related to the lack of a comfortable, safe place to sleep.  Better sleep has been shown to improve school attendance and performance, increase attention and promote emotional stability.  Kids also benefit from a sense of personal dignity and independence and are more likely to have friends visit if they have their own bed.  Clearly, a bed is much more than just a place to sleep. 
 
While working with homeless families for many years, MVOB founder Michael Allen was keenly aware of the need for beds and decided to do something about this problem.  In 2014, Michael started MVOB to provide proper beds for these kids.  The organization was founded on these values:
    -Relationships first
    -Get better before getting bigger
    -Focus on excellence
 
Each qualifying child receives a bed, box spring and frame, but also receives a “Dream Kit” with a brand-new pillow, mattress pad, bedding and blanket as well as a stuffed animal, books and a handmade card.  Over the past six years MVOB has steadily grown from providing 120 beds in 2015 to 667 beds in 2019.  They will easily exceed their goal of 750 beds this year.  Michael is cautious; however, that growth is sustainable and doesn’t interfere with excellence.  Each bed and Dream Kit combination costs $200 to provide, so contributions are vital to MVOB’s mission.  The Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation has agreed to match contributions of any amount up to a total match of $10,000.  Contributions to this matching program are just shy of $8,000 as of today, so there’s still a little time to effectively double your contribution.  Our Board voted this morning to donate $400.  You can donate by clicking here.
 
Check out this morning’s email from President Dennis Connolly for a list of upcoming Rotary events.
 
Cindy Carlson reported that members have so far contributed approximately $900 toward our Rotary Foundation goal of $2,000.  She reminded us that right now donations over $100 by individual NBMV Rotarians will receive double Foundation Recognition Points, speeding you on your way to the next Paul Harris Fellow recognition level.  Just send your checks, made out to the Rotary Foundation, to:
    MBMV Rotary
    C/o John Ordway
    3555 Willow Lake Blvd
    Suite 200
    Vadnais Hgts.,  MN 55110
 
Geoff Hollimon reported that the Suburban Ramsey Emergency Coalition has received eight preliminary grant proposals and one final grant application.  The Covid 19 Resposnse Fund has so far received $38,000 of its goal of $150,000 in contributions.  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.
Online contributions of any amount can be made at GiveMN.org at this URL: https://www.givemn.org/story/Suburbanramseycovid19responsefund
The Coalition’s Facebook page can be accessed by clicking here.
 
The No-Plate Dinner fundraiser continues to evolve.  You may have received Cindy Carlson’s email with the latest thoughts on the planned substitute for the Gold Plate dinner.  If not, click here to download it.
 
Treasurer John Ordway reported that the cancellation of the Good Plate Dinner Fundraiser (if that income is not replaced) would increase the already budgeted 2019-2020 deficit from $7,000 to a deficit of $13,500.  This deficit will be offset by No-Plate dinner donations.
Meeting Recap - May 26, 2020 Jeff Benson 2020-05-26 05:00:00Z 0

Meeting Recap - May 19, 2020

We were happy to welcome Roseville Rotarian Mary Jo McGuire to our virtual meeting today.
 
President Dennis Connolly reviewed some upcoming Rotary events: 
May 22, 2020 (Friday 9:00AM – 11:00AM) - Dr. Ira Helfand - UN Nuclear Nonproliferation.  Register in advance for this meeting: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0sde6uqT4tyETCmLk1iC8U9pS_QRby3Q .  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
May 29, 2020 (Friday 9:00AM) - STRIVE: Investing in Our Future - Whether your STRIVE program is already successful, needs a boost or you are interested in starting one, the May 29th Friday Feature on STRIVE will be informative. Diane Ilstrup, Rochester Rotary Club and Brent Voight, Stillwater Sunrise Rotary Club will share successes, how challenges are addressed, or what they feel are the next steps in how the program is evolving.  Register in advance for this meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0rce-uqjIoHtSPRiqR3T7g1ct5kx0VTxY_  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
A complete list of events can be found in Dennis’ weekly events email.
 
Geoff Hollimon reported that the Suburban Ramsey Emergency Coalition’s Covid-19 Response Fund has received three grant request proposals.  If the coalition finds merit in a proposal, it will ask for a grant application.  Our Community Support Center (CSC) was the first to submit a grant application.  CSC’s mission aligns perfectly with the coalition’s focus on alleviating housing instability.  The Coalition has, so far, received $35,000 in donations but their goal is a total 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.
Online contributions of any amount can be made at GiveMN.org at this URL: https://www.givemn.org/story/Suburbanramseycovid19responsefund
The Coalition’s Facebook page can be accessed by clicking here.
 
Planning for the No-Plate Dinner (which will replace the Gold Plate Dinner this year) is ongoing.  What’s certain right now is that the event will be held, online, on July 21st at 12 Noon.  The Committee will meet again soon to fine tune the financial details.
 
Members present agreed that we would continue to hold the noon meetings online via zoom through June.  It was also agreed that we would try to have online speakers during the meetings.  We hope to have a speaker for the May 26th meeting.
 
The Board of Directors will meet via ZOOM at 11AM Tuesday, May 26th.
 
Ed James was sad that the high school scholarship awards ceremonies at Irondale and St Anthony will be closed events due to COVID-19, but he has prepared some remarks to be read by someone else at the ceremonies.  We hope to be able to get photos and perhaps thank you videos from the recipients.
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Meeting Recap - May 12, 2020

President Dennis Connolly opened the meeting by reviewing some upcoming District online learning opportunities:
May 15, 2020 (Friday 9:00AM – 10:00  AM) - Suzi Howe, - Rotary International Director 2020-2022, Leadership in Action - Rotarians have the opportunity to be leaders in Rotary and in our communities.  Suzi will share a story of leadership in crisis and the critical elements that apply whether in crisis or calm.  Register in advance for this meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEscemvqzoqGN2O2VSBT7iG4Sw3pKdfCb3L .  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
May 22, 2020 (Friday 9:00AM – 11:00AM) - Dr. Ira Helfand - UN Nuclear Nonproliferation.  Register in advance for this meeting: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0sde6uqT4tyETCmLk1iC8U9pS_QRby3Q .  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
May 29, 2020 (Friday 9:00AM) - STRIVE: Investing in Our Future - Whether your STRIVE program is already successful, needs a boost or you are interested in starting one, the May 29th Friday Feature on STRIVE will be informative. Diane Ilstrup, Rochester Rotary Club and Brent Voight , Stillwater Sunrise Rotary Club will share successes, how  challenges are addressed, or what they feel are the next steps in how the program is evolving.  Register in advance for this meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0rce-uqjIoHtSPRiqR3T7g1ct5kx0VTxY_  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
 
Geoff Hollimon reported on the Suburban Ramsey Emergency Coalition.  The coalition is raising funds to help those in our immediate communities who are most negatively affected by the COVID-19 crisis.  The coalition’s focus is on the greatest areas of need, beginning with food insecurity and housing instability.  Geoff said that our club has directly contributed $1,000 to the coalition as well as working with the Arden Hills-Shoreview and Roseville Rotary Clubs to secure a special district Matching Grant which resulted in over $3,100 in contributions to the Coalition’s Covid-19 Response Fund.  Geoff noted that the Community Support Center here in New Brighton was the first organization to send in a grant proposal for $5000.  Their proposal was accepted and they are currently completing the full grant application. The approval of their proposal virtually assures their request will get final approval and make them the Response fund’s first grant recipient. Your donations to the Response Fund would be greatly appreciated.  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.
Online contributions of any amount can be made at GiveMN.org at this URL: https://www.givemn.org/story/Suburbanramseycovid19responsefund
The Coalition’s Facebook page can be accessed by clicking here.
 
President-Elect Ed James reported that our selection for our $1,500 at-large scholarship will be awarded to Kunga Sagmo from St. Anthony High School.  The selection criteria was “Service Above Self”.  She will study biology, society and the environment.  Thanks to those who helped in the selection process. 
 
There was considerable discussion about yesterday’s meeting to decide how to deal with the loss of club income due to the cancellation of this year’s Gold Plate Dinner.  The group decided that we will have a “No Plate Dinner” on Tuesday, July 21st at 12:00 (our regular meeting time).  The event will be held via Zoom.  The basic plan is to gather contributions from those who would have attended the Gold Plate Dinner, or others who have some connection with the club.  Contributors could select either a $150 contribution which would provide $75 in dining gift certificates plus a chance at several raffle prizes during the “No-Plate Dinner”  OR  a $75 contribution to participate in the raffle only.   More details are forthcoming.
 
Ed James announced that his son will be attending Brooklyn Law School.
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REVISED Meeting Recap - May 5, 2020

Today was our second virtual club meeting and we are getting used to the technology.  It’s fortunate that the technology is available; imagine the impact of Covid-19 on business and society in the absence of teleconferencing!
 
Some of you may already be aware the Gerry Tietz’s wife, Marlys, passed away yesterday due to complications from Lupus.  Our thoughts and prayers are with Gerry and Marlys’ family in this difficult time.  A memorial service will be planned when gatherings are permitted.
 
Cindy Carlson reminded us that the NYFS Leadership Luncheon will be held “online” tomorrow (May 6th) from 11:30 to 1:00PM.  This year’s event features retired Star Tribune columnist and editorial writer Lory Sturdevant presenting: Minnesota: the State that Votes.  Contact Sandra Bahr at 651-379-3422 or Sandra@nyfs.org to get your invitation to the online meeting.
 
Geoff Hollimon reported that the ECHO Grant Final Report has been accepted by Rotary.  The $12,800 matching grant supplied a two wheel tractor and implements to the ECHO farm in Fort Myers.  Geoff said that eight clubs contributed toward the grant.  ECHO is extremely grateful for our continuing support.
 
Geoff also reported that NBMV, A.H/Shoreview and Roseville Rotary Clubs banded together to secure special district matching funds for a $3101.52 total contribution to the Suburban Ramsey Emergency Coalition’s Covid-19 Response Fund.  The coalition is raising funds to help those in our communities who are most negatively affected by the COVID-19 crisis.  The coalition’s focus is on the greatest areas of need, beginning with food insecurity and housing instability.  The Community Support Center, of which we are a founding member, was the first to apply for a grant from the fund.  Our club has donated $1,000 in addition to our $100 Matching Grant contribution and you are encouraged to consider a personal or business contribution as well.  Geoff asked us to consider using some or all of our federal stimulus checks.
 
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. They will still get their tax receipt from the St. Paul and Minnesota Foundation with tax ID # 41-6031510.
Online contributions of any amount can be made at GiveMN.org at this URL: https://www.givemn.org/story/Suburbanramseycovid19responsefund
 
You may also consider helping the Coalition in one or more of the following ways:
  • Identify potential donors and contact them with requests for support.
  • Consider serving on one of these working committees:
    • Communications
    • Events
    • Volunteer Coordination
    • Fundraising
                  
Check out the Coalition’s Facebook page by clicking here.
 
The Gold Plate Dinner has been cancelled for this year and this will leave a giant hole in our ability to grant charitable requests in the coming year.  The board recommends that members consider their $150 ticket payment as a fully deductible charitable donation.  Several members noted that the $75 Covid-19 dues reduction would also help to offset the donation.  President Dennis will convene an online meeting on Monday, May 11th, at 1:00PM, to plan ways to recoup the remainder of the funds that will be lost due to the Gold Plate cancellation.  Watch your email for an invitation to attend the online meeting.
REVISED Meeting Recap - May 5, 2020 Jeff Benson 2020-05-05 05:00:00Z 0

Meeting Recap - April 28, 2020

 
After having no Rotary club meetings since March 10th due to the Covid-19 crisis, the Club held its first Zoom online meeting.  It was great to see and hear so many people that we haven’t seen in nearly two months.  It’s not the same as a regular meeting but it worked pretty well.  Many thanks to the District for providing the meeting platform and especially to Kathy Hughitt for getting the process rolling.
 
Dana Rebelein reviewed a proposal for multiple ways to support the newly formed Suburban Ramsey Emergency Coalition.  The Coalition brings together service clubs and foundations serving communities in the Mounds View and Roseville school districts, including Rotary Clubs, Lions Clubs, Optimists and Golden K’s.
The coalition is a unified effort to raise funds and provide goods and volunteers to help those in our communities who are most negatively affected by the COVID-19 crisis.  The coalition’s focus is on the greatest areas of need, beginning with food insecurity and housing instability. 
The proposal asked that we consider five ways that we could help in this effort:
  1. NBMV Rotary could donate $1,000 to the Suburban Ramsey COVID-19 Response Fund.  This was approved by the 13 or so NBMV Rotarians present at today’s meeting.
  2. NBMV Rotary could participate in a special District 5960 COVID-19 matching grant by contributing $100.  This had already been done in the interest of expediency.
  3. NBMV Rotarians identify potential donors and contact them with requests for support.
  4. NBMV Rotarians consider serving on one of these working committees:
    • Communications
    • Events
    • Volunteer Coordination
    • Fundraising
  5. NBMV Rotarians consider an individual or business contribution to the effort.
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. They will still get their tax receipt from the St. Paul and Minnesota Foundation with tax ID # 41-6031510.
 
Online contributions of any amount can be made at GiveMN.org at this URL:  https://www.givemn.org/story/Suburbanramseycovid19responsefund
                  
The next meeting of the Coalition is by Zoom on Thursday April 30th at 3PM.  Let Geoff Hollimon or Dana Rebelein know if you’d like a Zoom invitation.   Check out the Coalition’s Facebook page by clicking here.
 
Northeast Youth and Family Services is holding their first ever “Online” Leadership Luncheon.  This year’s event features retired Star Tribune columnist and editorial writer Lory Sturdevant presenting: Minnesota: the State that Votes.  Contact Sandra Bahr at 651-379-3422 or Sandra@nyfs.org to get your invitation to the online meeting.
 
There was quite a bit of discussion about how to salvage some fundraising potential out of the cancelled Gold Plate Dinner.  Several ideas were discussed and it was agreed that we will address the issue later this year.
 
It was agreed that we will continue to hold our Tuesday noon meetings virtually for the near future.  Watch your email for the ZOOM invite.
 
Ed James let me know after the meeting ended that applications for this year’s at-large scholarships are the highest ever and five NBMV Rotarians have agreed to evaluate the applicants.
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Meeting Recap - March 10, 2020

Our Guests today were Nanase Hirama and her host mom, Denise Jacobsen.
 
President Dennis Connolly reminded us that we’ll be having a club assembly at our noon meeting on March 31st.  Everyone is encouraged to attend.
 
Upcoming Event Highlights
  • Next week’s speaker – Theresa Cira, PhD, from the MN Dept. of Agriculture, talking about pollinators.
  • Sunday, April 5th 11AM - Egg stuffing for the Easter Egg Hunt at the Exchange.
  • Saturday, April 11th 10AM - Easter Egg Hunt – All hands on deck!
  • Saturday, April 4 8:30-11:30PM – District Grants Management Seminar at Family Means in Stillwater.  For those who want to make a day of it, the Global Grants Workshop will be held at Family Means that afternoon from 1:00-3:00PM)
  • Check out President Dennis Connolly’s weekly email for a complete list of upcoming events.
 
Cindy Carlson reminded us that it’s just one month until we need the final head count for the Gold Plate Dinner.  We all need to do our part to make sure that all 100 tickets for the event are sold.  Cindy also noted that we are in need of gift cards and certificates from restaurants to auction off in the Dine-Around-Town bundle.  Cindy also circulated a volunteer signup sheet for the event which will circulate again at the next few meetings.
 
Ed James said that we have not found a second host family for Nanase, so she will spend the entire year with the Jacobsen’s.  The club will take a year off from the Exchange program next year to work on building a host network.  Nanase has just started practices for the Irondale softball team and is excited to learn about the sport, which she has never played.  She will leave for home on July 7, so find a time soon to invite her on an outing. 
 
Jed Hamoud reminded us to get our fully completed Gold Plate Dinner ticket stubs back to him soon.
 
Happy Bucks Highlights
  • Jed Hamoud’s eldest daughter was in from Washington, D.C. for a visit.
  • Charlie Longbella was skiing in Vail with his family and his team just won the hockey championship.
  • Dave Hoel reported that wife Susan is recovering well from surgery to repair a broken heel.  Now both she and David have skeletons that are augmented with 8 titanium screws.
 
Our speaker today was New Brighton Parks and Recreation Director, Jennifer Fink.  She was here to preview the Park and Trail Comprehensive Master Plan Draft.  The draft plan is the culmination of extensive community input and, if approved by the City Council, will serve as the overall vision and road map for the next 20 years.  Jennifer emphasized that the Plan does not include funding mechanisms, which would be determined by the Council.  The planning process began in December of 2018 with data collection and community engagement.  WSB community planning consultants were hired to develop a coordinated plan based on staff and community input.  The plan is now ready for public review and will be brought to the council for final approval in April of this year.  If approved, changes would start this year.
 
As a part of the planning process, WSB evaluated existing trails, parks and structures on a number of criteria and most were found to be inadequate based on current standards.  The plan addresses these inadequacies and strives to create a sense of community, safe and inviting spaces, sustainability, unique and accessible recreational experiences all wrapped up in a fiscally and environmentally responsible package.  The recommendations include, but are not limited to, a major Community Center expansion, development of a Civic Campus to the South of the Community Center, major improvements to City parks and trails and improvements to the Brightwood Hills Clubhouse.  Jennifer and Mary Stewart are shown below.
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Meeting Recap - March 3, 2020

Upcoming Event Highlights
  - Next week’s speaker – Jennifer Fink – New Brighton Parks and Recreation Director
  - Sunday, April 5th 11AM - Egg stuffing for the Easter Egg Hunt at the Exchange.
  - Saturday, April 11th 10AM - Easter Egg Hunt – All hands on deck!
  - Saturday, April 4 8:30-11;30PM – District Grants Management Seminar at Family Means in Stillwater.
Check out President Dennis Connolly’s Monday emails for a complete list of upcoming events.
 
Cindy Carlson reminded us to be on the lookout for Live Auction, Mini-Raffle and Dine-Around-Town items for the Gold Plate Dinner.
 
Nils Friberg announced an arrangement by which individual NBMV Rotarian’s additional contributions to the Rotary Foundation’s Polio Plus fund will earn DOUBLE Foundation recognition points.  This will get you to the next Paul Harris recognition level sooner!  See Nils for more information.
 
President Dennis asked us to think about how we might respond if schools are closed due to the Corona virus pandemic.  One problem would be that many students rely on the school’s free lunch programs for adequate daily nutrition.  There may be other issues as well.  Dennis welcomes your ideas on how we could be of service in our community as the virus spreads.
 
Dennis noted that he has a new granddaughter, Emily, born last Saturday.
 
Mary Stewart introduced Angela Fredrickson, Market Manager for the New Brighton Farmer’s Market.  In January of 2016, a meeting was held to investigate the possibility of a Farmer’s Market in New Brighton.  In March of that year, Angela and 3 others dedicated themselves to idea and by June of the same year the Farmer’s market had opened for business on Wednesday’s from 3-7PM in the parking lot of the United Theological Seminary.  The Farmer’s Market remained at that location until 2019 when the Seminary moved to a new location and the new owner of the property could no longer accommodate the Market.  Fortunately, the City of New Brighton Parks and Recreation Department offered to partner with the Market by offering to host the Market in the Community Center parking lot.  The new location and the support of the city have been extremely beneficial for the Farmer’s Market, leading to much higher traffic (often 1,000 or more patrons on a nice summer evening) and a larger number of vendors and activities for those attending the market.  It also allows the Market to be open on the second Wednesday of the winter months from 3-7PM.  Because of the increased activity, more volunteers are needed to supplement their five regular volunteers.
 
Angela is looking forward to 501(c)(3) non-profit status and the addition of SNAP and Electronic Benefits Transfer to make the healthy foods at the Market more available to those with public assistance.  Angela also looks forward to expansion of the popular weekly “themes”, entertainment options, food trucks, etc.  One very popular program is the “POP” (Power of Produce) program where kids receive a $2 token to spend on the produce of their choice.  This program successfully encourages kids to try new healthy foods.  Farmer’s Market Sponsorships are available from just $100 up to $1,000 and sponsors are recognized in several ways.  Visit the Facebook Page to find out more. Mary and Angela are shown below.
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Meeting Recap - February 25, 2020

Cindy Carlson made us aware of the District 5960 Grants Management Seminar to be held on April 4th, 8:30AM-11:30AM, at Family Means, Stillwater, MN. This seminar is the perfect way to learn more about the Rotary Foundation and the district’s Matching Grants Program.  Also, the Board is looking for ideas for a local matching grant project for the coming Rotary year.  Contact any Board member with your ideas.
 
Cindy also noted that the Gold Plate Dinner is fast approaching and we need all hands on deck to make the Gala a success again this year.  One important way that you can contribute is by asking the business establishments you frequent to consider a donation for the event.  Download the Sponsor Brochure to help explain the need for donations.
 
Gold Plate Dinner Ticket Guru, Jed Hamoud, said he still has lots of tickets for us to sell.  Download the Invitation Brochure to distribute to friends, family and co-workers who might be interested in attending the Gala.  Once you have sold a ticket, PLEASE get the fully completed ticket stub back to Jed.
 
Nils Friberg distributed an interview with Bill Gates from The Rotarian magazine.  In the interview, Gates discusses his reasons for supporting Rotary’s Polio Plus initiatives and his optimism for completing the goal of polio eradication.  Nils reminded us that we have set a total goal of $1,500 for individual member contributions to the Rotary Foundation’s Polio Plus effort.  Contact Nils or John Ordway to make your contribution (checks payable to the Rotary Foundation).  Be sure to let John Ordway know if you make an online contribution so your contribution is recorded in the clubs contribution total.
 
Ed James reminded us that the 4th Grade Foresters Tree Giveaway is on Arbor Day, April 24th, starting at 11 AM.  See Ed if you can help distribute the trees.
 
Happy Bucks Highlights:
   - President Dennis is expecting a new granddaughter, Emma, by tomorrow.
   - Cindy Carlson treated Nanase to a Wild Hockey Game.  The Wild unfortunately lost, but Nanase had a great time.
 
Ed James celebrated his birthday this week.  We sang Happy Birthday to him but he somehow managed to avoid wearing the birthday hat.
 
Jed Hamoud introduced our speaker, Alan Gregerson, from the Communications and Liaison Division of the IRS.  For the last 22 years, Alan has made presentations to groups, businesses and tax preparers about tax policies and especially about changes in tax policy.  Alan said that the very first U.S. income tax return was filed in 1913.  It was a three page form with one page of instructions!  As we all know, the length and complexity of our tax returns have increased dramatically since that time.  Although we may be tempted to blame the IRS for this complexity, it should be noted that tax law is made by Congress, and the IRS does its best to administer and interpret the law.  The 2019 Taxpayer First Act was Congress’ attempt to improve the taxpaying experience.  It included digital modernization, reorganization of the IRS, cyber-security protections, 45 day warnings before enforcement action and a new W-4 certificate.  Alan noted that one of the challenges to improving the taxpaying experience is that the personnel levels at the IRS have been reduced to 1980 levels, making long telephone waiting times the reality.  He suggested that one way to avoid the wait is to set up a face-to-face appointment time online.  Start by locating your nearest local IRS office here.   Alan can be contacted at Alan.J.Gregerson@irs.gov
Dennis and Alan are pictured below.
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Meeting Recap - February 18, 2020

President Dennis Connolly began the meeting by announcing that the Thursday morning meetings have been discontinued due to low attendance.  Other options for flexible meeting times may be considered.  Dennis also noted that we will be evaluating our meal payment system.  A discussion ensued with Rotarians expressing varied opinions about the best method and the implications for membership, attendance and fiscal stability.  Your feedback is welcomed by the President and Board of Directors.
 
Cindy Carlson reported on this morning’s Gold Plate Dinner Gala planning meeting.  The committee has selected CPY Summer Camperships as the Fund-a-Cause for this year’s event.  Jed Hamoud is handling the tickets this year so see him if you have not received your ticket or need more tickets.  It goes without saying that we should all be looking for potential attendees and donors for the Gala.  Click these links to download the Invitation Brochure and the Sponsor Brochure.  All club members are expected to help in some way to make the Gala a success.
 
Jennifer Fink announced that there will be an opportunity to meet the finalists for the New Brighton City Manager position on March 18th, 5-7 PM, at City Hall.  Mark your calendars now and stay tuned for more details.
 
Today’s presenter was our own Jed Hamoud.  His topic was “The Middle East in a Nutshell”.  Jed’s explanation for the current situation in the Middle East is that the lack of education, industry, immigration, development and employment opportunities combined with a high birthrate have led to poverty for the vast majority of people there.  Jed described the “Arab Spring” of 2010 as a reaction to the disparities between the Middle East and more developed countries.  Jed believes that the cell phone increased Middle Easterner’s awareness of these disparities, contributing to the unrest.  The Arab Spring started in Tunisia and rapidly spread to other Muslim countries, leading to full-fledged civil war in Syria, Afghanistan, Libya, Somalia, Iraq and Yemen as well as civil unrest and protests in all other Middle Eastern countries.  Jed said that there are three common factors in all of these Arab Spring related events: Corruption, Poverty and Islam.  The unrest began as anti government dissent but Middle Easterners are now realizing that the Islamic leaders are the root cause.  Jed suggested that an article by Kim Ghattas provides an excellent overview of the situation.  You can download it by clicking here.
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Meeting Recap - February 11, 2020

Our guests today were:  Fridley Rotarian Gordy Backlund, New Brighton City Recreation Coordinator Ali Luken and Charlie Longbella’s new salesperson, Wren Jacobs.
 
Our presenters today were Beth Wiggins, Director of Caregiving and Aging Services and Jenny West, Community Educator for Caregiving and Aging Services at Family Means. Founded in 1963, Family Means is a non-profit helping individuals and families through challenges in all of life’s stages.  Beth and Jenny were here to give us a preview of a new virtual reality tool that helps caregivers and others view the world through the perspective of a person living with dementia.  This immersive sensory experience gives the user a firsthand experience of the short term memory loss, spatial distortion, disorientation, visual disturbances, communication problems, and cognitive difficulties experienced by those who have Alzheimer’s Disease.  Virtual reality simulation of these Alzheimer’s symptoms helps caregivers to better understand, create empathy and learn to be better caregivers.  Charlie Longbella agreed to wear the VR goggles for the demonstration and we were able to experience it with him on the big screen.  The software simulates the sensory distortions experienced by Alzheimer’s sufferers and we all shared Charlie’s frustration with trying to accomplish even simple tasks.   Jenny Beth and Dennis, and are shown below.
 
President Dennis Connolly reminded us that the Gold Plate Dinner Planning Committee with meet at 11AM on Tuesday the 18th at the Exchange.  All are encouraged to attend.  Cindy Carlson noted that we need several more GPD sponsors to equal our 2019 sponsorship total.
 
GPD ticket guru, Jed Hamoud, began distributing tickets to members at today’s meeting.  PLEASE return the completed stubs to Jed ASAP and start looking for friends, family and business associates that might like to join you at the Gala.  Let Jed know if you need more tickets.
 
Dennis also noted that the District 5960 Grants Management Seminar will be held in Rochester on May 14th, from 5:30-8:30PM
 
Check your email today for a complete list of upcoming activities.
 
It was Charlie Longbella’s 33rd birthday this week so he was roped into wearing the infamous birthday hat while we serenaded him with the birthday song (see photo below).
 
 
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Meeting Recap - February 4, 2020

President Dennis Connolly opened the meeting by announcing that Charlie Longbella has accepted the nomination to serve as NBMV Rotary President for the 2021-22 Rotary year.  Charlie’s Rotary spirit and leadership skills have been very evident even though he is a fairly new member.  Congratulations, Charlie!
 
Dennis also highlighted some upcoming events which can be found in his weekly upcoming events email.
 
Dana Rebelein preemptively offered a $5 contribution to forestall wearing the birthday hat today, but Nyle Zikmund countered with a $5 contribution to compel her to wear it.  In the end justice was served as Dana complied (see photo of Dana and Nyle below). 
 
Our presenter today was Mark Kinde, M.P.H. an epidemiologist from the Injury and Violence Prevention Section of the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH).  Mark’s topic was “I can see clearly now … Injury & Violence Prevention in 2020”.  Mark said that the mission of the MDH is to Protect, Preserve and Improve the health of all Minnesotans.  Mark credited early 20th century visionary, Geoffrey Vickers, with the following quote: “Public health is the constant redefinition of the unacceptable.” Unfortunately, the opportunity to be healthy is not equally available everywhere for everyone in Minnesota.  Mark shared a lot of data and graphs with us and he graciously made his Powerpoint presentation available to share with our newsletter readers.  Click here to download the complete presentation.  Mark and Dennis are shown below.
 
Your bulletin editor was on vacation last week, but Ed James was kind enough to takes some photos of the week’s activities:
 
At last week's meeting, Nils Friberg presented John Ordway with a Paul Harris Fellow +6, signifying over $7,000 in contributions to the Rotary Foundation.  Congratulations, John!  (See photo below)
 
Ed also snapped some photos of the Rotary Holiday Party (see below).
 
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Meeting Recap - January 21, 2020

President Dennis Connolly began the meeting by reviewing upcoming Rotary events.  
- The NBMV Rotary Holiday Party will be this Friday, January 24th, 6-9PM at Michelle and Mike Caron’s home.  Watch your email for white elephant gift dice game details.
- Our 19th Annual Gold Plate Dinner Gala will be held on Friday April 17, at the Mermaid.  The planning committee, led by Cindy Carlson and Nicole Ulrich, met earlier today.  Ticket sales and donations are the key to a successful event so be thinking about who might want to attend the event or donate an auction item. 
- Stillwater Rotary is having their “Taste of the Valley” fundraiser on January 30th, 6-10PM, at The Waterstreet Inn, 101 Water Street S, Stillwater.
- White Bear Lake Rotary is holding the 12th annual BEAR’ly Open golf tournament on ice.  The fun starts with a dance at 8PM at White Bear Country Inn followed by golfing on the ice at noon on Saturday February 1st at Ramsey beach on White Bear Lake.  All net proceeds go the White Bear Area Emergency Food Shelf.
- At 11AM on Friday April 24th (Arbor Day) we will once again give out free tree saplings to area 4th graders.  We’ll have 540 trees to give away this year so we’ll need lots of help.  Mark your calendars now.
- Gerry Tietz has an electronic radon tester that he’s willing to loan to club members who’d like to check their homes for radon.
Watch your email for a complete list of Rotary activities.
 
Happy Bucks Highlights:
- Dana Rebelein was thrilled to have two stepsons visit her this past week.
- Charlie Longbella scored a goal in the hockey league he joined recently.
- Paul Fournier just celebrated his 86th birthday!  See photo below.
 
Paul Fourier introduced his wife, Chrissy, to speak about her 20 year association with Lundstrum Performing Arts.  After retiring from Broadway musical theater, Chrissy joined the staff of Lundstrum Performing Arts as a way to give back to young people in gratitude for her wonderful career.  Chrissy revels in the opportunity to give North Minneapolis kids a chance to act, sing and dance.  Chrissy turned the presentation over to Tyler Anderson for details about Lundstrum.
 
Tyler joined Lundstrum a year ago to help get the word out to the community and civic groups.  Tyler began with some Lundstrum history.  It all started in the 1920’s when 15 year-old Dorothy Lundstrum took over Ascension School of Dance with her sisters, Lorraine and Marion.  For nearly 80 years, despite economic  changes in North Minneapolis, Dorothy remained committed to providing quality instruction in dance, charm and fashion.  When Dorothy passed away in 1998, she willed the studio to the Casserly sisters to continue the work she had started.  In 2000, the sisters created a non-profit and expanded the curriculum to specialize in musical theater training.  They wisely drew on the talents of instructors with Broadway experience, like Chrissy.
 
Lundstrum Performing Art’s mission is: “To cultivate a love and knowledge of the performing arts so that young people will discover their unique gifts, develop their depth of character and imagine new possibilities for their lives, ensuring access for all through scholarship support.”
 
For more information about Lundstrum Performing arts, contact Tyler Anderson: Tyler@Lundstrum.org
Chrissy, Tyler and Paul are pictured below.
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Meeting Recap - January 14, 2020

President Dennis Connolly visited E.C.H.O. last week while in Fort Myers, FL and took photos of the two wheeled tractor and accessories made possible by the $12,000 District 5960 matching grant that Geoff Hollimon wrote.  Geoff was also responsible for securing contributions from several other Rotary Clubs to make the grant happen. The tractor will be a perfect fit for the small-scale farming tasks performed at E.C.H.O.
 
We received thank you notes from the Irondale Choir and Mounds View Festival in the Park for our contributions.
 
Past Presidents of the club will gather briefly after next Tuesday’s meeting to nominate someone for President-Elect Nominee.  This nominee would serve as Club President during the 2021-22 Rotary Year.
 
Ed James read a note from the Harvest Pack staff thanking us for our contribution and packing assistance for our recent packing event at Irondale.
 
Cindy Carlson invited us all to attend a planning meeting for the Gold Plate Dinner, 11AM next Tuesday at the Exchange.  She asked us to think about a project or cause for our Fund-a-Cause effort at the Gala.
 
Cindy also reminded us that the Community Support Center (CSC) will be having its annual “Sing for Our Neighbors” multi-choir fundraising concert on January 26th, 2 PM at Abiding Savior Lutheran Church, 8211 Red Oak Drive in Mounds View.  Nine community church choirs will perform for this benefit concert.
 
The Club Holiday Party will be held on January 24th, 6-9PM at Michelle and Mike Caron’s home.
 
Cindy Carlson introduced our presenter, Lauren Lombard, Director of Development for Headwaters Relief Organization. Headwaters Relief Organization (hereafter, Headwaters) began as a grassroots volunteer relief effort after hurricane Katrina ravaged New Orleans.  Their successes there drove a desire to expand their efforts to victims of other disasters both here and abroad.  Their international relief efforts began after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti.  Since then, they have responded to disasters, both natural and man-made, in the Philippines, Nepal, Greece, Jordan, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Puerto Rico, St. Johns as well as numerous states in the U.S.  Relief services include providing public health, psychosocial and medical support as well as clean-up and re-building.  Headwaters works closely with other organizations to maximize their effectiveness.
 
As they worked hard to clean up and rebuild after disasters, Headwaters saw that there was a need to address the effect that these disasters were having on children.  This prompted the development of a series of books specifically designed to help children cope with the trauma.  These story books are carefully designed to help parents and caregivers process what has happened and provide hope for the future and build resiliency in children and families affected by disasters.
 
Like most non-profit organizations, Headwaters relies heavily on volunteers and donations.  Their annual Gala is one way to contribute, or you can click here to donate in other ways.
 
Cindy and Lauren are shown below.
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Meeting Recap - January 7, 2020

President Elect Ed James led today’s meeting in President Dennis Connolly’s absence.
 
Exchange student Nanase celebrated her 17th birthday last Thursday and we couldn’t resist having her put on the birthday hat while we sang a rousing rendition of the birthday song (see photo below).
 
Nanase has joined the Irondale cross country ski team and just returned from a competition in Michigan.  She’ll be traveling to Duluth with her host family this weekend.
 
Ed will be gathering applications for our at-large high school senior scholarship to be presented in June.  Ed will likely need some help to evaluate the applications.
 
Our second half exchange host family will be unable to host Nanase, so we need someone to step up and host her from the end of February through July 7th.  Please contact Ed ASAP if you, or someone you know, might be willing to host. 
 
Ed noted that our Fourth Grade Foresters Arbor Day tree giveaway will happen on April 24th, starting at 11AM.  Mark your calendars now!  Jennifer Fink suggested that we might want to coordinate with the New Brighton City Forester on future events.
 
Jennifer also reported that the vacant City Manager position has been posted and it’s expected that the position will be filled by April.
 
The date for the Gold Plate Dinner Gala is Friday, April 17th.  The venue will be the revamped convention center at the Mermaid.
 
The New Brighton Community Center Fitness Open House is on Saturday, January 11th from 9AM to 1PM.  Join us for Discounts, Free Gifts, Personal Trainers, and More.
 
Our Speaker for today unfortunately had to cancel shortly before the meeting.  Hopefully we can reschedule the presentation.
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Meeting Recap - December17, 2019

Our guests today were:
Chrissy Fournier, Susan Hoel, Debra Hollimon, Maureen O’Brien, Cheryl Neeley, Debbie Connolly Tina Risdall and Peg Friberg.
 
The Irondale High School Choir, with director Jason Etten and accompanist Steve Ferkus, graced us with four wonderful selections before leading us in a carol sing-along.  It’s fun to see the students year after year and also to hear the senior’s plans for the future.  Thanks go to David Hoel for once again planning the special meeting entertainment.  Dave presented the choir with a $500 donation from the club.
 
Life Prep Academy will hold a bake sale fundraiser and open house on Thursday December 19th from noon  to 8PM.  Join them for treats, beverages and fellowship at the Academy, 1628 County Highway 10 NE in Spring Lake Park.
 
Our Club Holiday Party is scheduled for Friday, January 24th.  Mark your calendars now!  Location TBD.
 
The Gold Plate Dinner planning team will have its first meeting on Thursday January 2nd at 5:30PM.  Join the team for dinner at the Exchange as they begin to plan the next Gala.
 
Jennifer Fink celebrated a birthday this past week and we couldn’t let that milestone go by without singing Happy Birthday (Jennifer is pictured below).
 
REMEMBER:  Because of the holidays, we will NOT be meeting on December 24th and 31st.  Meetings will resume on January 7th.  Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
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Meeting Recap - December 10, 2019

Posted by Jeff Benson on Dec 10, 2019
Our guest today was Karen Meyer from the Community Support Center.
 
Upcoming events:
- Our annual Irondale Choir Christmas concert is next Tuesday, December 17th.  If you are planning to attend and have not signed up yet, please contact Dennis so we can get an accurate count for food preparation.  The meeting is at Risdall Marketing, 2685 Long Lake Rd, Roseville.
- The District 5960 Mid-Term Meeting is a good way to learn more about Rotary.  This year it’s at Hamline University.  Click here to check it out.
 
Happy Bucks Highlights:
- Dave Hoel recounted his 9 ½ hour drive (normally 2 hours) from Denver to the ski resort in Beaver Creek, CO.  A rockslide coupled with blizzard conditions caused the traffic backup.  Once he arrived, the skiing was great and no bones were broken.
- Dave also noted that he had the Home Energy Squad do a energy efficiency analysis on his home and he was impressed (as were several other Rotarians) with the service they provide.  If you’d like to take advantage of this program, call 651-328-6220 or sign up online at https://www.mncee.org/home-energy-squad/sign-up/   According to Dave, the cost is $70 but you can save $5 by telling them that you found out about the program when C.E.E. presented the program at Rotary.
- Dana Rebelein enjoyed the Christmas Concert at Northwestern University.  Margaret Johnson chimed in that she had enjoyed it as well.
- Madison Zykmund was happy for S.B.M. Fire Department’s youth engagement during their Santa Week.
- Cindy Carlson was happy for our club’s John Marg-Patton Memorial Fund, which funded the majority of the Harvest Pack food packing event to be held later today at Irondale.
 
On behalf of the club, President Dennis Connolly presented Karen Meyer, Executive Director of the Community Support Center, with a check for $1,000 to help fund the excellent work that CSC does to prevent homelessness and solve financial crises for families in our community.  Karen said that, because of decreased support from government and other agencies, CSC has seen an increase in the need for financial support and counseling.  Karen thanked us for our ongoing support.  Dennis and Karen are shown below.
 
Nyle Zikmund introduced our speaker, Mitch Killian from the Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC).  Mitch began by saying that most airports in the U.S. are controlled by the city in which they are located.  The Twin Cities area airports are unusual in that they are controlled by the Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) composed of 8 metro area representatives, 4 outstate representatives, one mayoral office representative each from Minneapolis and St. Paul and 1 chairperson.  The MAC has a staff of 650.
 
Mitch said that MSP International Airport sits on 3,300 acres and has four runways with 8 departure ends.  The airport is growing steadily, currently handling over 38 million passengers per year, making it the 17th busiest airport for passengers served in the U.S.  Forty five routes have been added since January 2017.  Many of these additional routes are international routes, which has great benefit for the airport as well as for the communities it serves.  MSP’s very low cost per passenger helps airlines to be more profitable and this is why there are seventeen carriers serving Minnesota passengers.  The competition between these carriers keeps airfares low.  MSP is also beginning a major remodeling to improve parking and passenger flow, and the new Intercontinental MSP Hotel will make the airport even more convenient for travelers. 
 
Six metro “reliever” airports are also controlled be the MAC.  Anoka County-Blaine, Crystal, Flying Cloud, Lake Elmo, Airlake and St. Paul Downtown airports handle much of the corporate and private traffic which would create congestion at MSP.  For more information about the MAC, click here.  Nyle and Mitch are pictured below.
 
Addendum:
 
At least seventeen Rotarians, family members, and our exchange student Nanase,  participated in the Harvest Pack food packing event mentioned earlier in this newsletter.  Together with Irondale students, we packed 36,160 meals to be distributed locally to our neighbors with food insecurity.  Congratulations to all who helped to plan, fundraise and pack food.  See photo below.
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Meeting Recap - November 25, 2019

Posted by Jeff Benson on Nov 26, 2019
President Dennis Connolly reviewed upcoming event highlights.  See Dennis’ events email for details on all of these events:
-  White Bear Lake Rotary’s Thanksgiving Meals on Wheels program is in its 49th year.  About 20,000 meals will be prepared and distributed to 400 families on Thanksgiving Day.  Of course, a program of this size requires many volunteers, so they could use your help in preparing and delivering the meals.
-  Forest Lake Rotary is holding their 3rd annual Turkey Trot at the Forest Lake City Center, 1408 Lake St S. in Forest Lake.  To register or get more information, click here.
-  The giant Hmong New Year celebration will be on November 30- Dec 1 at the St Paul River Centre.  Click here for more information.
-  Don’t forget our Harvest Pack Event on December 10th.  All Rotarians, family and friends are invited to join in the event.  Please take the time right now to register yourself, and any helpers.  Click here to complete your registration.
-  The District Mid-Term meeting is set for January 11th, 8:30-3:00PM at Hamline University.
-  Our annual Irondale Choir Christmas Concert and Carol sing along will be at Risdall Marketing in Roseville on December 17th at 12:15PM.  An awesome meal will be catered by the exchange.
 
Happy Bucks Highlights:
-  Dave Hoel was happy about travelling to Puerto Vallarta and about his 74th birthday tomorrow.  He generously treated us with cake to celebrate his old age and we treated him by singing happy birthday.
-  Cindy Carlson was happy about her trip to Asheville, North Carolina.
-  Dennis Connolly visited the Bentleyville Christmas light show with his grandkids.
-  Jason Miller was happy to have his daughter home from school for the holidays.
 
Our speaker today was historian and author, David Yorks.  His topic was; “The Warren Commission Report: Fact or Fiction”.  Just days after the assassination of President Kennedy, President Lyndon B. Johnson created a commission to investigate the assassination.  Seven men agreed to serve on the commission but, according to David, six of those appointed were reluctant to do so for either political or personal reasons, or both.  Only Gerald Ford was excited to participate.  David believes that the Warren Commission suffered 3 major disadvantages:  1. Since most of the Commission members were reluctant to serve in the first place, their attendance was poor, with  each individual commissioner attending around 50% of the hearings.  2. The Commission had an unreasonable deadline and was grossly underfunded.  3.  Many government agencies withheld information or outright lied to the commission.  Since the Warren Commission, there have been five more government investigations into the events surrounding the assassination.  The most thorough investigation was conducted from 1976-79 by the House Select Committee on assassination (HSCA).  Unlike the Warren Commission investigation, the HSCA was not hampered by financial or time restraints, and new film, audio and previously classified documents were available to the HSCA.  The HSCA disagreed with the Warren Commission’s findings in the following ways:  While the Warren Commission found no evidence of conspiracy, the HSCA found that there must have been a conspiracy but could not specify who was involved.  The Warren Commission decided that only three shots were fired but the HSCA determined that four shots were fired.  The Warren Commission determined that the autopsy was properly conducted but the HSCA disagreed, since neither of the doctors involved had ever performed a gunshot autopsy before.  The Warren Commission determined that Jack Ruby had acted on his own in shooting Lee Harvey Oswald and that Ruby had no ties to organized crime but the HSCA could not rule out either possibility.  David pointed out several other inconsistencies and improbabilities of the Warren Commission’s findings.  He stressed that all the members of the Warren Commission and the HSCA were honorable men who were doing the best job that they could and didn’t imply any conspiracy in either investigative group.  But the question remains: what are the true facts surrounding the JFK assassination.  David and Dennis are shown below.
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Meeting Recap - November 19, 2019

Posted by Jeff Benson on Nov 19, 2019
Our guest today was Ruth Marg-Patton.
 
It’s no secret that Dean Lotter is leaving after 12 years as New Brighton’s City Manager to take a new position as City Manager of Eureka, California.  On our club’s behalf, Cindy Carlson thanked Dean Lotter for his service to the city of New Brighton and presented him with an official NBMV coffee mug to remind him of his time as a New Brighton Mounds View Rotarian.  She also presented him with some bite size Salted Nut Rolls to sustain him and Wendy on the road trip to their new home. The final gift was a warm pair of Minnesota themed socks which should be perfect for the surprisingly cool northern California weather.  California has long held a special appeal for Dean and Wendy.  Wendy went to school there, they have vacationed there and they were even married there.  Dean explained that he was drawn to the relaxed lifestyle of the small coastal community, but actually felt “called” to help the community address its homelessness and opioid abuse issues.  Dean appeared justifiably proud of the impact that he and his staff have had on New Brighton during his tenure.  One major accomplishment is the introduction of financial management principles which have generated cash on hand, allowing the city to make acquisitions and even maintain city streets without incurring costly debt.  Dean is also proud of New Brighton city administration’s “can-do’ organizational culture.  He feels that he can transition to his new position with confidence that he’s leaving New Brighton in excellent organizational and financial condition.  A farewell party is planned for Friday, November 22nd, 5:30PM at the New Brighton community Center. Click here to view the details.  Dean is pictured below.
 
Cindy also had the pleasure of inducting New Brighton Parks and Recreation Director Jennifer Fink as a Rotarian.  Jennifer was formerly a Rotary Designee under Dean’s membership but will assume Dean Lotter’s city government classification.  Congratulations, Jennifer!  Jennifer is shown with Dennis and Cindy, below.
 
Charlie Longbella has been working on our Facebook presence.  Today he showed us our page and he described how he has arranged a fundraising partnership with Harvest Pack to help fund our Food Packing event in December.  Our goal is to raise $1,000 through this partnership.  To donate or get more information click the following link:   https://www.facebook.com/donate/739909009860872/
 
Our newest Rotary member is John Johnson and he gave his classification talk today.  John grew up in St. Anthony and lived there until 1991, when he moved to his current home on Long Lake.  His first employment was with his family’s 4th generation business (Johnson Wholesale Supply).  After that he worked at Cargill as a project manager for 18 years.  During his time at Cargill he also worked part-time as a real estate investor/realtor for 14 years before becoming a full-time realtor with Edina realty in 2013.  Ruth and John Marg-Patton had been relentless in trying to get John to be a Rotarian for some time, but the great experience of hosting Maria last year seems to finally have convinced John to take the Rotary plunge.  John and his family remain in touch with Maria and plan to visit her in Norway this summer.  John’s primary reason for joining Rotary is that it offers him a greater opportunity to make a positive difference.  John’s secondary reason is to increase Swedish representation in the club.  John is married to Dana and between them they have three daughters and one son.  John is a total lake rat, enjoying anything lake related.  John and Ruth Marg-Patton are shown below.
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Meeting Recap - November 12, 2019

Posted by Jeff Benson on Nov 12, 2019
Our guest today was Paul Fournier’s wife Chrissy.
 
President Dennis Connolly displayed our new banners representing 100 percent club participation in Polio Plus and Every Rotarian Every Year (EREY) participation.  These Rotary Foundation awards were presented at the recent Foundation Dinner.   These recognitions signify our strong support for the Rotary Foundation. November is Rotary Foundation month, and each of us is encouraged to maintain or increase our Foundation giving.  Stay tuned for information on how you can double your recognition points for additional foundation contributions in November and December of this year.
 
New Brighton City Manager (and NBMV Rotarian) Dean Lotter was featured in a recent St. Paul Pioneer Press article
 
Dean is leaving to be the City Manager in Eureka, CA, and we’ll be bidding him a fond farewell at next Tuesday’s noon meeting.  Rumor has it that there may be cupcakes.  At the same meeting we’ll be inducting John Johnson into the club.
 
President Dennis reviewed our club service projects.  One project that has stalled a bit is our Financial Literacy class at CPY.  We hope to re-energize the program this year.
 
Speaking of service projects; our next Harvest Pack event is scheduled for Tuesday afternoon on December 10th.  Our club has earmarked $4,000 for the event and the Lions and Eagles are also likely to contribute.  API Group has generously committed $1,000 toward this project.  You’ll soon be able to register online or sign up at the club meeting.
 
Mary Stewart thanked everyone who attended the CPY Game Night Gala.  Initial reports indicate about $22,000 in much needed funds for this program that is so critical for area youth.
 
Ed James has accepted the President Elect position and will begin his presidential term on July 1, 2020.  Congratulations, Ed!
 
Jed Hamoud is celebrating 41 years of wedded bliss this week!
 
Denise Jacobsen introduced our speaker, Japanese exchange student Nanase Hirama.  Nanase is one of three children.  Older sister Ami is a freshman in college; younger brother Haruki is in 7th grade and Nanase herself is in 11th grade and enjoys cooking,  music, camping and exploring beaches and mountains with her family.  Her father works for an energy company and her mother works at a hospital.  Nanase lives in Tomiya, a city of about 53,000 in Miyagi Prefecture on the Northeast coast of Japan.  Nanase attends a 600 student all-girl Christian school which was established in 1886.  Nanase’s Japanese school day schedule was very long and packed with built-in study time and extracurricular activities. 
 
Japan is a very populous country, with 126 million residents (according to Wikipedia).  The Japanese flag is a large red circle (love) on a white background (purity).  Nanase said that the voting age is 18, drinking is legal at 20 and the legal age for marriage is 16 for girls and 18 for boys.  The national currency is the yen and 100 yen is approximately equal to one U.S. dollar.  Japan has sixteen national holidays and numerous festivals.  Nanase’s home is within 10 miles of the location of the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and the resulting 130 ft. high tsunami that devastated Sendai city, killing nearly 16,000 people.  Fortunately, the earthquake was less severe in her hometown than in Sendai.   Ed James, Nanase and Denise Jacobsen are shown below.
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Meeting Recap - November 5, 2019

Posted by Jeff Benson on Nov 05, 2019
Our guests today were: Charlie Longbella’s Brother Ted, and St Paul Rotarian, Valdi Stefanson.
 
While Ed James was in England he returned to the Harrow Rotary Club, which he had visited a year ago.
 
The Harrow Club is hosting our Global Scholar, Ellen Dunn.  This time Ed came prepared to present the Harrow club with a NBMV Rotary mug.
 
Our Club was well represented at the District’s Foundation Dinner last Saturday, with 17 Rotarians, 2 Exchange host parents and our exchange student Nanase in attendance.  The photos below show quite a few of the attendees.
 
President Dennis Connolly is shown below as he proudly accepts the EREY (Every Rotarian Every Year) award, signifying that every member of the club contributed at least $25 to the Rotary Foundation and the average annual contribution per member was over $100.
 
Geoff Hollimon thanked everyone who attended the CPY Game Night last Friday.  Final numbers aren’t available yet, but it looks like the event was a great success.
 
Cindy Carlson reported that our motivational sweatshirt sales at the Foundation Dinner raised over $600 for the Rotary Foundation.  Thanks go to Cindy and others who helped to transport and sell the sweatshirts, as well as to Mayor Val Johnson, who donated the sweatshirts.
 
Valdi Stefanson, District 5960 Matching Grants Mentor, presented Geoff Hollimon with a check for $4,923 which represented the District’s matching contribution for our 2 wheel tractor grant for E.C.H.O. which was recently approved by the district.  Geoff worked extremely hard to promote contributions to the grant from eight area Rotary clubs.  Great work Geoff!
 
Geoff followed up by presenting our club’s contribution of $500 toward St. Paul Rotary’s (Valdi’s home club) Matching Grant project which will provide an ultrasound machine for a Congolese refugee camp.
 
Jennifer Fink reported that Long Lake Regional Park will be the location for the Ice Castle this year.  Stay tuned for more details.
 
On Thursday, November 22nd from 7-9PM the Ralph Reeder Food Shelf will host a free Thanksgiving concert by Rubber Soul, a Beatles tribute band. The concert will be held at Peace Methodist Church, 5050 Hodgson Rd, Shoreview.  No admission fee or registration needed.  A free will offering will benefit The Ralph Reeder Food Shelf.
 
The November 19 noon meeting will feature new member John Johnson’s classification talk as well as a farewell to Dean Lotter, who is leaving to take the City Manager position in Eureka, CA.
 
Mike Neeley noted that he joined Rotary 48 years ago and has maintained perfect attendance for that entire period.  Amazing!!!
 
Nyle Zikmund introduced our speaker, David Schultz, Professor of Political Science at Hamline University.  David’s topic was the case for “swing state” status for Minnesota in the 2020 presidential election.  Starting in the early 70’s, and for the following 45 years, Minnesota had the most reliably Democratic Presidental voting record in the United States.  We were pretty much ignored by both the Republican and Democratic campaigns since the voting results seemed almost predetermined.  “Swing states” like Ohio and Florida, among others, have the potential to go either Republican or Democratic so they get all the campaign attention.  The Electoral College system accentuates the importance of these swing states.  David argues that the political climate in Minnesota began shifting in 1998 and culminated in Donald Trump’s stunning performance here in the 2016 election.  David notes that Minnesota party affiliation poll gaps narrowed from double digits in the 60’s to 4 or 5 points today.  Democrats and Republicans have become more divided by geography and age, resulting in flip-flops in legislative majorities in recent years.  Minnesota also has a high percentage of independent voters, which also increases its potential to become a swing state.  David thinks we are looking more like Florida and Ohio every day.  He believes that Minnesota’s 10 Electoral College votes are up for grabs in the 2020 Presidential election.  If our election ads are the only ads we see in the coming months and presidential candidates actually make campaign stops here, we’ll know that David was right and we have become a swing state.  We’ll soon know the truth. Dennis and David are shown below.
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Meeting Recap - October 29, 2019

Posted by Jeff Benson on Oct 29, 2019
Our guests today were: Ramsey County Commissioner Mary Jo McGuire and Assistant District Governor Sandy Campbell.
 
Remember that the CPY Game Night is this Friday, 6PM, at the New Brighton Community Center.
 
It looks like we will have a great turnout for the Rotary Foundation Dinner this Saturday at the Delta Hotel in Minneapolis.  Mayor Val Johnson has provided a huge number of sweatshirts imprinted with motivational messages to be sold at the dinner as a fundraiser for the Foundation.  Contact Cindy if you can help transport some boxes of sweatshirts to the dinner.
 
Nyle Zikmund passed out copies of the latest paper edition of the Club Directory.  More copies are available if you need them.  Special thanks to MaryAnn Bawden for producing them.
 
Cindy Carlson reported that the “One Rotary Summit” last weekend was a great source of information about Rotary for new Rotarians as well as more seasoned ones.
 
Assistant District Governor Sandy Campbell introduced District Governor Paul Perez.  DG Perez joined Prior Lake Rotary in 2003, has been active in all areas of local club administration and served as Prior Lake’s president in 2013-14. Paul’s wife Susan has also joined Rotary to see firsthand all the fun that Paul was having.  Their children have been involved in Interact and Rotary Exchange and the Perez’s have been Rotary Exchange host parents. 
 
Paul revealed Rotary’s new Vision Statement:  “Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change — across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.”   He broke the statement apart to emphasize each part.  Together we see a world where people unite emphasizes the collective power of Rotarians working together.   Take action to create lasting change emphasizes the importance of sustainable service initiatives.  Across the globe highlights Rotary’s international efforts.  In our Communities spotlights the importance of local Rotary programs.  And, finally Create lasting change in ourselves focuses on how we are transformed by serving others.  Rotary International President Mark Daniel Maloney’s theme for his presidency, “Rotary connects the World”, perfectly summarizes this new Vision Statement.
 
Paul has four focus points as District Governor: Growing Rotary, Growing Giving, Growing Service and Growing Connections.  Growing Rotary of course means focusing on membership growth.  Growing Giving focuses on increasing contributions to the Rotary Foundation programs like Polio Plus.  Finally, Growing Connections focuses on our need to strengthen connections both within the club and outside of the club, using both modern technology as well as good old fashioned face to face communication to promote Rotary’s “Service above Self” motto.
 
 Questions after the presentation revolved around Rotary’s Anti-Human Trafficking efforts, so I’ve included a link to the Rotary Anti-Trafficking Website.  Click here to go to the website.  President Dennis Connolly and DG Paul Perez are shown below.
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Meeting Recap - October 22, 2019

Posted by Jeff Benson on Oct 22, 2019
Our guests today were: Honorary Rotarian MaryAnn Bawden, Japanese exchange student Nanase Hirama, exchange host Denise Jacobsen, T.C. North Chamber president, John Connolly, Arden Hills Shoreview Rotarian Marian Zachary, Jason Helgemoe, Andrea Murphy, Mike Scholl, Andy Aplikowski and our guest of honor, Beverly Aplikowski.
 
Twin Cities North President John Connolly updated us on the Interstate 35W construction and invited us to check out the MnDOT website for all the latest information.
 
Cindy Carlson asked our guest of honor, Beverly Aplikowski, to join her up front as she reviewed the many ways that Bev has served the NBMV Rotary club and her community.  Bev joined our Rotary club in 1994 and over the following 24 ½ years played a very active role in club activities and administration.  Bev lived out the 4-Way test in her business and personal interactions, serving as an ethical role model for this writer and many others in the club.  Bev was a board member for many years and served as club president from 2003-2004.  Bev’s event planning skills helped keep our annual Gold Plate Dinner fundraisers running smoothly and growing steadily for many years.  Bev has also hosted our annual holiday celebrations at her home for as long as I can remember.  Bev’s recently declining mobility has prevented her from continuing her active membership in the club, but today we made her an Honorary NBMV Rotarian.  Many thanks go to our other Honorary Rotarian, MaryAnn Bawden, who provided a delicious homemade cake to celebrate the occasion.  Although Bev may not be able to join us as often as she would like, she will always be a part of the club and her contributions will not be forgotten.  Dennis Bev and Cindy are shown below.
 
Dennis is strongly promoting One Rotary Summit which will be held in Stillwater on October 26th from 9-1PM.  These Summits are a great way for all Rotarians, but especially new ones, to increase their knowledge about Rotary.  Please consider attending.
  
On Tuesday October 29th, the Board will meet at 11AM, followed by District Governor Paul Perez’ official visit to our club.  It’s important that we have great attendance for his presentation so please mark your calendars now.  DG Perez is asking us for topics or questions of interest to our club.  Please contact Dennis if you have something you’d like the District Governor to talk about.
 
The annual Rotary Foundation Dinner will be held on November 2nd at the Delta Hotel in Minneapolis.  We’ve always had a sizeable delegation of NBMV Rotarians at this meeting and it looks like this year will be no exception.  Contact Cindy to add your name to the growing NBMV delegation.
 
Our Japanese exchange student, Nanase (pronounced Nah-nah-say), has settled in with the Jacobsen’s.  She loves ice cream, chocolate, pizza and hamburgers and she’s willing to try new things.  She especially loves the outdoors.  Make a point to do something with her soon.  Her email is: nanasan.buddy@gmail.com and cell # is 651-925-6012.
 
On Thursday, November 22nd from 7-9PM the Ralph Reeder Food Shelf will host a free Thanksgiving concert by Rubber Soul, a Beatles tribute band. The concert will be held at Peace Church, 5050 Hodgson Rd, Shoreview.  No admission fee or registration needed.  A free will offering will benefit The Ralph Reeder Food Shelf.
  
CPY Game Night is Friday November 1st from 6 to 10PM at the New Brighton Community Center.  In addition to the games, there will be live and silent auctions and a cash bar.  Reserve your place now by clicking here.
 
Mark your calendars now for the Irondale Choir Christmas Concert/Sing Along at our noon meeting on December 17th.  As in recent years, we will meet at Risdall Marketing in Roseville.
 
Check out this Star Tribune article about the Community Support Center.
 
Due to holiday conflicts the club will not meet on December 24th and 31st.
 
Geoff Hollimon announced that our District Matching Grant application to provide a 2 wheel tractor for E.C.H.O. has been approved.  Great work, Geoff!
 
Garry Johnson proudly announced the birth of his new grandson.  Mother and son are doing well!
 
Mike Neeley introduced our speaker, Christine Noonan, from the Minnesota State Fair.  Christine said that the Minnesota State Fair is the largest state fair in the nation, this year breaking the all time total attendance record at 2.1 million, besting even the Texas State Fair which runs for 24 days.  The Fair draws attendees from all over the U.S. and even internationally.  The Fair had its beginnings as a territorial fair in 1854, two years before Minnesota became a state.  Its purpose was to attract people to Minnesota.  After Minnesota became a state in 1858, the territorial fair became the Minnesota State Fair in 1959.  It had been held in several locations around the state until Ramsey County donated the 210 acre poor farm property which would become the permanent home of the Fair.  Since that time, the Fair has expanded to its current 322 acres.  It’s interesting to note that the Fair is managed by the Agricultural Society and is completely self-supporting, receiving no government funding or taxpayer dollars of any kind.  This year’s fair grossed $57 against expenses of $48 million.  Since the fair duration is limited by the fair circuit schedule and the fair is landlocked with no room to expand, improvements to the Fair can only occur by improving facilities and services. For that reason, $6-7 million of the net goes to improvements and maintenance of existing facilities and programs each year.  The Fair also draws revenue from approximately 150 events that are held on the Fairgrounds during non-Fair time.  The economic impact to Minnesota is estimated to be $268 million annually.  Christine and Mike are pictured below.
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Meeting Recap - October 15, 2019

Posted by Jeff Benson on Oct 15, 2019
Our guests today were: New Brighton Public Safety Director Tony Paetznik, Mounds View Police Chief Nate Harder and New Brighton Mayor, Val Johnson.
 
President Dennis Connolly reminded us that Tuesday, October 22nd is World Polio Day.  One way to celebrate Rotary’s polio eradication efforts would be to attend Anoka Rotary’s 40th Anniversary Celebration on Thursday, October 24th, starting at 6PM.  There will be free appetizers, dessert and coffee bar as well as a cash bar.  Join them for games and a raffle to benefit End Polio Now.  The event will be held at Green Haven Golf and Event Center, 2800 Greenhaven Rd, Anoka.  To RSVP or ask questions, email Sandy at SCampbell.AnokaRotary40@yahoo.com.
 
Dennis is strongly promoting One Rotary Summit which will be held in Stillwater on October 26th from 9-1PM.  These Summits are a great way for all Rotarians, but especially new ones, to increase their knowledge about Rotary.  Please consider attending.
  
On Tuesday October 29th, at 12:15PM, District Governor Paul Perez will visit our club.  It’s important that we have great attendance for his presentation so please mark your calendars now.  DG Perez is asking us for topics or questions of interest to our club.  Please contact Dennis if you have something you’d like the District Governor to talk about.
 
The annual Rotary Foundation Dinner will be held on November 2nd at the Delta Hotel in Minneapolis.  We’ve always had a sizeable delegation of NBMV Rotarians at this meeting and it looks like this year will be no exception.  Contact Cindy to add your name to the growing NBMV delegation.
 
Our Japanese exchange student, Nanase (pronounced Nah-nah-say), has settled in with the Jacobsen’s.  She loves ice cream, chocolate, pizza and hamburgers and she’s willing to try new things.  She especially loves the outdoors.  Make a point to do something with her soon.  Her email is: nanasan.buddy@gmail.com and cell # is 651-925-6012. Nanase , Cindy and Ed are shown below.
 
On Thursday, November 22nd from 7-9PM the Ralph Reeder Food Shelf will host a free Thanksgiving concert by Rubber Soul, a Beatles tribute band. The concert will be held at Peace Church, 5050 Hodgson Rd, Shoreview.  No admission fee or registration needed.  A free will offering will benefit The Ralph Reeder Food Shelf.
 
Next Tuesday’s (October 22nd) noon meeting will feature a celebration of Beverly Aplikowski’s NBMV Honorary Rotarian Designation.  Please join us as we celebrate Beverly’s many contributions to NBMV Rotary.
 
CPY Game Night is Friday November 1st from 6 to 10PM at the New Brighton Community Center.  In addition to the games, there will be live and silent auctions and a cash bar.  Reserve your place now by clicking here.
 
Mark your calendars now for the Irondale Choir Christmas Concert/Sing Along at our noon meeting on December 17th.  As in recent years, we will meet at Risdall Marketing in Roseville.
 
Due to holiday conflicts the club will not meet on December 24th and 31st.
 
New Brighton Public Safety Director, Tony Paetznik, introduced our speaker, Drew Evans, Superintendant of the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (MBCA).  Established in 1927, its mission is to assist local law enforcement in preventing and solving crimes.  Headquartered in St Paul, with branches in St. Cloud and Bemidji and 11 field offices across the state, the MBCA is part of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety with budget of nearly $75 million per year.  A look at the myriad ways that the MBCA impacts law enforcement in Minnesota makes that budget number seem like a bargain.  The MBCA has nearly 500 employees working with nearly every public safety agency in the state.   They assist law enforcement with violent crimes including death investigations, cold cases, officer-involved shootings and crime scene processing.  The regional facilities also work on narcotics crimes including high level drug traffickers, undercover operations.  They also work with DEA, FBI, Homeland Security and U.S. Marshalls national task forces.  The MBCA works on Predatory Crimes like crimes against children, human trafficking and investigations and registration for level 3 sex offenders.  The Tech Services Unit assists local law enforcement with pen registers, wiretaps, covert cameras, electronic surveillance, cell phone tracking and crime scene response.  The Forensic Sciences Service helps with DNA analysis, fingerprints, firearm ballistic analysis, digital data analysis, arson, drugs, toxicology, arson and sexual assault.  The MN Fusion Center links federal and state agencies to coordinate information sharing and decrease response times.  These are just the major areas of investigative services and the demand for services is rapidly expanding.  Tony Paetznik, Nate Harder, Nyle Zikmund, and Superintendant Evans are pictured below,
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Meeting Recap - October 1, 2019

Posted by Jeff Benson on Oct 01, 2019
Jennifer Fink’s guest today was Charnelle Dengnove.  Charnelle is shadowing New Brighton city administrators.
 
Past President Cindy Carlson was subbing for President Dennis Connolly this week.
 
The Board will meet on Tuesday, October 8th at 11:00
 
A One Rotary Summit will be held in Stillwater on October 26th.  These Summits are a great way for all Rotarians to increase their knowledge about Rotary.  Please consider attending.
 
On Saturday September 21, Mounds View will hold a Community Resource Fair at the Mounds View Community Center.  Some volunteers are needed so if you can help, contact Andy Thomas <andrew.thomas.ymcamn.org@clubrunner.email - 763-717-4036.
 
The NBMV morning group will be meeting on Thursday, October 10th, 7:15 – 8:00AM at the BruHouse.  All Rotarians are welcome.
 
Stillwater Rotary is celebrating 100 years as a Rotary Club with a dinner and entertainment on Thursday, October 10th, from 6-9PM.  Click here to purchase tickets or get more information.
 
Anoka Rotary is celebrating its 40th anniversary on Thursday, October 24th, starting at 6PM.  There will be free appetizers, dessert and coffee bar as well as a cash bar.  Join them for games and a raffle to benefit End Polio Now.  The event will be held at Green Haven Golf and Event Center, 2800 Greenhaven Rd, Anoka.  To RSVP or ask questions, email Sandy at SCampbell.AnokaRotary40@yahoo.com.
 
On Tuesday October 29th, at 12:15PM, District Governor Paul Perez will visit our club.  It’s important that we have great attendance for his presentation so please mark your calendars now.
 
The annual Rotary Foundation Dinner will be held on November 2nd at the Delta Hotel in Minneapolis.  We’ve always had a sizeable delegation of NBMV Rotarians at this meeting.  Contact Nils Friberg to reserve your seat.
 
Our Japanese exchange student, Nanase (pronounced Nah-nah-say), has settled in with the Jacobsen’s.  She loves ice cream, chocolate, pizza and hamburgers and she’s willing to try new things.  She especially loves the outdoors.  Make a point to do something with her soon.  Her email is: nanasan.buddy@gmail.com and cell # is 651-925-6012. 
 
John Ordway said that there are still a few tickets available for our outing to the Ordway to see a hilarious one man comedy show about parenting by Mike Birbiglia.  The group will be going to the October 19th show and the tickets are $65 per person.  Contact John ASAP if you would like to join us.  The show begins at 7:30 but John has arranged for us to gather in the Contributors Lounge at 7:00 for a complimentary beverage.
 
Next weeks speaker is Terry Chaney from the Center for Energy and the Environment’s Home Energy Squad.
 
Mark your calendars now for the Irondale Choir Christmas Concert/Sing Along at our noon meeting on December 17th.  Venue to be determined.
 
Due to holiday conflicts the club will not meet on December 24th and 31st.
 
Mayor Val Johnson has donated a number of sweatshirts and t-shirts imprinted with inspirational messages to be sold as a fundraiser for the Rotary Foundation.  Paul Fournier has agreed to organize the sale.  Stay tuned for more information.
 
Dave Hoel announced that he and Susan have been married for 50 years!  Dave is hoping that Susan will renew the year-to-year contract again next year.
 
Amy Janecek reported that the Irondale renovations are proceeding as planned.  She praised the patience and cooperation of staff and students alike.
 
Nyle Zykmund introduced Christina Hausman-Rhode, representing the Voyager’s National Park Association (VNPA), the official charitable partner of Minnesota’s National Park.  Organized in 1975, the VNPA represents those who care about the future of Voyagers National Park.  Their mission is to advocate and educate to preserve the natural beauty of the park, provide financial and volunteer support for conservation and restoration and to support outreach and encourage community engagement.  The Park was created to preserve the historic trade route of the French Voyageurs during the period from 1680 to 1880.  The park is quite large, covering 218,000 acres, 40% of which is water with over a thousand islands and 655 miles of undeveloped shoreline.  The park shares its 55 mile northern boundary with Canada, stretching eastward from International Falls to Crane Lake.  The Park offer a variety of activities and accommodations, including paddling and motorized boating, fishing, hiking, camping, birding and wildlife observation.  Christina’s favorite spots include the Ash River Visitor’s Center, Grassy Bay Cliffs, the Interior Lakes Chain, Ellsworth Rock Gardens, Kettle Falls Hotel and Anderson Bay.  The arrival of winter presents opportunities for snowmobiling, ice fishing and cross-country skiing as well as some of the most dramatic scenic beauty you will ever experience.  The park's website can be accessed here.  Christina and Nyle are shown below.
 
Nicole Ulrich, husband Tyson and their new son Tristan made a surprise visit to the meeting (see photo below)
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Meeting Recap - September 17, 2019

Posted by Jeff Benson on Sep 17, 2019
September’s Board meeting is postponed until October 8th at 11:00 AM.
 
Another “One Rotary Summit” will be held in Stillwater on October 26th.  These Summits are a great way for all Rotarians to increase their knowledge about Rotary.  Please consider attending.
 
Stillwater Rotary is celebrating 100 years as a Rotary Club with a dinner and entertainment on Thursday, October 10th, from 6-9PM.  Click here to purchase tickets or get more information.
 
Anoka Rotary is celebrating its 40th anniversary on Thursday, October 24th, starting at 6PM.  There will be free appetizers, dessert and coffee bar as well as a cash bar.  Join them for games and a raffle to benefit End Polio Now.  The event will be held at Green Haven Golf and Event Center, 2800 Greenhaven Rd, Anoka.  To RSVP or ask questions, email Sandy at SCampbell.AnokaRotary40@yahoo.com.
 
On Saturday September 21, Mounds View will hold a Community Resource Fair at the Mounds View Community Center.  Some volunteers are needed so if you can help, contact Andy Thomas <andrew.thomas.ymcamn.org@clubrunner.email - 763-717-4036.
 
On Tuesday October 29th, at 12:15PM, District Governor Paul Perez will visit our club.  It’s important that we have great attendance for his presentation so please mark your calendars now.
 
The annual Rotary Foundation Dinner will be held on November 2nd at the Delta Hotel in Minneapolis.  We’ve always had a sizeable delegation of NBMV Rotarians at this meeting.  Contact Nils Friberg to reserve your seat.
 
Cindy Carlson noted that our Japanese exchange student, Nanase (pronounced Nӑh-nӑh-say), has settled in with the Jacobsen’s.  She loves ice cream, chocolate, pizza and hamburgers and she’s willing to try new things.  She especially loves the outdoors.  Make a point to do something with her soon.  Her email is: nanasan.buddy@gmail.com and cell # is 651-925-6012.  Nanase is on the tennis team at Irondale and she will need a ride home after a match on Thursday between 5 and 5:30PM and also needs a ride home from practice at 5 PM this Friday.  Please let her know if you can get her home on either or both of those days.
 
John Ordway is organizing an outing at the Ordway to see a hilarious one man comedy show about parenting by Mike Birbiglia.  The group will be going to the October 19th show and the tickets (approx $70 ea) are in high demand so contact John ASAP so he can arrange for good seats.  The show begins at 7:30 but John has arranged for us to gather in the Contributors Lounge at 7:00 for a complimentary beverage.
 
Our presenter today was Scott Carlson, a fifty year veteran of Twin Cities' journalism and winner of several journalism awards.  Scott had difficulty with reading and spelling in early elementary school, but a patient mother used his interest in sports to get him to work at reading the sports page in the newspaper.  He soon became an excellent reader and his interest in the newspaper increased as he grew older, causing him to decide on a career in journalism by age 11.  His first byline was an article on music in the John Glenn Middle school paper and he wrote the football column for his high school newspaper.  He wrote for the Minnesota Daily while in journalism school at the University of Minnesota.  He joined the St. Paul Pioneer Press in 1975 and wrote for several columns until he settled in to writing at the business desk and continued there for 20 years until he left the Pioneer press in 2006 to pursue free lance work and authoring non-fiction books.  Scott’s freelance work has included a variety of print and internet media.  Scott noted that the pressure to get stories out to the public quickly and the proliferation of news sources have resulted in fragmented and occasionally biased or inaccurate reporting.  He also sees a blurring of the line between factual and editorial content.  Despite these developments, Scott sees a future for “objective, thorough, fair and impartial” reporting and he mentioned CNN as an example of a news outlet at least attempting to present the news in that way.  He also gave a nod to MPR for their news coverage.  Scott’s new book “Twin Cities Beer, A Heady History” is available here.  Jed Hamoud and Scott are shown below.
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Meeting Recap - September 10, 2019

Posted by Jeff Benson on Sep 10, 2019
Today’s guests were:  Assistant District Governor and Anoka Rotarian, Sandy Campbell and prospective member Bob Gephardt.
 
ADG Campbell was here to promote Anoka Rotary’s 40th Anniversary Celebration on Thursday, October 24th, starting at 6PM.  There will be free appetizers, dessert and coffee bar as well as a cash bar.  Join them for games and a raffle to benefit End Polio Now.  The event will be held at Green Haven Golf and Event Center, 2800 Greenhaven Rd, Anoka.  To RSVP or ask questions, email Sandy at SCampbell.AnokaRotary40@yahoo.com.
 
The Edina Rotary Club is holding a workshop on “Taking Action to Prevent Human Sex Trafficking” on Thursday, September 19, 2019 (11:30 – 1:30PM). Registration for the workshop is done through your home Rotary Club and the club will be invoiced for the $20 cost.  Registration closes on September 14, so contact Dennis ASAP if you want to attend. Check-in starts at 11:30 and lunch is served at 12.  The workshop ends at 1:30.
 
If you’d like to learn more about Rotary, One Rotary Summit is just the ticket.  The Summit will be presented twice; once in Northfield on September 21st and once in Stillwater on October 26th.
 
The Spring Lake Park, Blaine Mounds View (SBM) Fire Department will celebrate its 75th Anniversary on Saturday, September 14th.  Come experience a full day of food, history, demonstrations, music, auctions, and professional fireworks.  Come to the National Sports Center in Blaine to join in the fun.  Admission is free for the day but some activities require purchase. Click here for more information.
 
$4,000 has been earmarked from the John Marg-Patton memorial fund for another Harvest Pack Event at Irondale on the afternoon of Tuesday, December 10, 2019.
 
Membership Director Cindy Carlson had the pleasure of inducting John Johnson into the club.  Many of you already know that John and his wife hosted our exchange student, Maria Klakegg, last year.  Please take a moment to welcome John to the club.  John and Cindy are pictured below.
 
John Ordway is organizing an outing at the Ordway to see a hilarious one man comedy show about parenting by Mike Birbiglia.  The group will be going to the October 19th show and the tickets (approx $70 ea) are in high demand so contact John ASAP so he can arrange for good seats.
 
Our presenter today was Dr. Nicholas Phelps, Director of the Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center (MAISRC) at the University of Minnesota.  Nick is also a former president of the Blaine Ham Lake Rotary Club.  Nick’s presentation was “From the Lab to the Lake: Minnesota’s Fight Against Aquatic Invasive Species”.  Minnesota is known worldwide for our beautiful lakes and streams but that beauty, and even the health, of these precious resources is under threat from aquatic invasive species (AIS).  These threats take many forms, including non-native plants, fish, invertebrates and even the toxins and pathogens carried by these invasive species.  Since its inception nearly 7 years ago, the MAISRC has been fighting these invasive species by scientifically studying the efficacy of existing control measures and researching and applying new methods.  MAISRC has 60 researchers and 14 grad students engaged in the fight to save lakes and streams all across Minnesota.
 
Invasive plants include, among others, eurasian watermilfoil, curly leaf pondweed, starry stonewort and non-native phragmites.  Control of these species is complicated by boats inadvertently transferring invasive species from lake to lake and the ability of the invasive plants to form hybrids with native species.  Despite these challenges, boater education, as well as chemical and mechanical methods are eliminating or at least halting the spread of invasive plants and new methods are being investigated.
 
Invasive invertebrates include spiny waterflea and zebra mussels.  In addition to their better known effects on Minnesota’s lakes, these species have also been shown to inhibit the growth of walleyes.  Like invasive plants, these invertebrates spread from lake to lake on boats and trailers, so boater education and watercraft design and decontamination are important.  The genome of zebra mussels has recently been mapped and researchers are hopeful that gene targeting may one day play a role in control of this destructive pest.
 
Invasive fish include the common carp and the asian (or big head) carp.  Control methods include sonic deterrents, toxic bait, bubble barriers and the oddly named “fish cannon” which essentially sucks carp out of narrow waterways.
 
Invasive pathogens, parasites and toxins which are carried by the three categories already mentioned are also creating control challenges, but progress is being made. 
 
For more information, check out the MAISRC’s website.
 
You can help in several ways:
- Be aware of AIS threats and report new finds
- Clean, drain and dry boats and trailers
- Become an AIS detector
- Sign up for MAISRC’s newsletter
- Support MAISRC with a financial gift
 
Dennis and Nick  are shown below.
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Meeting Recap - September 3, 2019

Posted by Jeff Benson on Sep 03, 2019
Today’s Guests were: Our Japanese exchange student, Nanase Hirama and John Chandler.
 
President Dennis Connolly invited everyone to attend the breakfast meeting this Thursday, 7:15AM, at The BruHouse for a discussion of the proposed Honorary Rotarian Designation Guidelines.
 
Check your email for a complete list of upcoming activities.
 
Dennis presented some information to clarify last week’s announcement about progress toward a “polio-free” world.  Great progress has been made in controlling the “wild” polio virus but there is still a problem with “vaccine derived” polio virus.  These vaccine derived strains occur through mutation of the weakened polio virus used to make the vaccines.  Poor human waste disposal systems allow people to come in contact with the excreted viruses which are capable of causing polio.  These vaccine derived viruses will be the major challenge in the ongoing fight to eradicate polio.
 
Happy Bucks Highlights
- John Risdall offered a buck in celebration of son Ted’s 50th birthday.  We’re all invited to the birthday celebration this Thursday from 2-6 PM at Risdall Marketing, 2685 Long Lake Road
Roseville.
- Bob Barmore was happy to announce the birth of his granddaughter, Lana.
 
Jed Hamoud introduced the KnightKrawlers robotics team from Irondale.  Mentor Scott Davis introduced the team members: Maria Johnson – Public Relations Captain, Mathew Ryan – Team Co-Captain, Chris Hardwick – Strategy Captain, Xander Pichner – Build Team Member and Michael Nguyen – Build Team Member.  The students took over from there, presenting an excellent overview of the robotics team at Irondale.  Scott provided the following summary of the program for inclusion in this bulletin:
 
KnightKrawler Robotics is entering the 14th year this year. Only one other team in the state of Minnesota is older than the Irondale Robotics team.  The team has finished 1st, 2nd or 3rd in the state tournament every year for the past 7 years, with a first place finish 3 times.  Additionally, the team has attended the World Championships the past 7 years, making it to the finals with 30 other teams out of 600 that competed at the championships in Detroit in 2019.  KnightKrawler has a long history of promoting STEM in our community and at large.  They have traveled to Washington DC to meet with members of Minnesota's Congressional Delegation about the value of STEM education and robotics programs in schools.  Every year KnightKrawler introduces hundreds of kids to high school robotics by presenting at clubs as small as a Girl Scout troop and to conferences with over a thousand adults and several hundred children.  These students from Irondale High School also mentor junior high students in their robotics clubs within our district, as well as assist teams at other high schools around the area, including Mounds View, Totino Grace, Columbia Heights and Coon Rapids. Every year, the team purchases materials for, and builds a complete practice field the size of a volleyball court, which is used to host a practice tournament allowing 30+ teams from the area to have a chance to practice before their first official tournament. The team isn't only about the technical skills of building and programming a robot.  The team also has a dedicated group of students that focus on the business aspect of the program, including marketing, social media, web development, educational outreach, and fundraising. The team receives less than 10% of their annual operating budget from the school district. As such, the team runs like a business, operating year, with approximately 3/4 as a registered 501c3 non-profit.  Finally, in case you think Robotics is a small program, the state of Minnesota now has more high school robotics teams than hockey teams.  KnightKrawler averages 45 to 50 students on the team each graduating seniors electing to "go pro" by pursuing a career in a STEM related field. In the past 5+ years, KnightKrawler averages about 30% female members, with young women typically fulfilling half of the student leadership roles on the team.  You can learn more about the team at http://team2052.com.
 
The Team, Scott and Jed are pictured below, followed by a photo of the demo robot they brought along.
 
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Meeting Recap - August 27, 2019

Posted by Jeff Benson on Aug 27, 2019
We had many guests today to see Maria Nhambu speak; Cheryl Neeley, Ruth Marg Patton, Debbie Connolly and grandkids Mackenzie and Matthew.  Also present were: Gretchen, Laura, Polly and Merrilee (last names unknown).  Mike and Cheryl’s neighbor and Hopkins Rotarian, Nelson Berg, was also here to see Maria Nhambu.
 
Nanase, our newly arrived exchange student from Japan, was introduced to the club. Nanase’s sister was an exchange student to New Zealand.  Stay tuned for information on how to contact Nanase to arrange activities with her.
 
Check your email for a list of upcoming events and speakers.
 
John Johnson is scheduled for induction into the club on September 10th, so let’s have a big turnout to welcome him into the club.
 
Overall contributions to the Rotary Foundation have lagged recently, so all are urged to consider an additional contribution or an  increase in your scheduled quarterly contributions.
 
Proposed guidelines have been developed for Honorary NBMV Rotarian designation.  You should receive the proposal by email today and a vote will be taken at the September 3 club meeting.
 
Happy Bucks Highlights:
- John Risdall was happy that his brother Robert travelled from Portland for a surprise visit.  John was also happy for his son Ted’s 50th birthday.
- Dana Rebelein was happy for two family reunions and for the Twins’ winning ways.
 
- Mike Neeley was happy that Kenya has now been certified as polio free, making the entire continent of Africa polio free.  That leaves just Pakistan and Afghanistan as the only countries remaining to be rid of the scourge of polio.
 
Cheryl Neeley introduced her friend and author, Maria Nhambu.  Maria was born a mixed-race child in Tanzania, East Africa, in 1943.  At that time, mixed-race children were not accepted and often placed in orphanages.  When she was 3 days old she was delivered to an orphanage where she was raised by German nuns.  She was consumed by a desire to search for her mother outside the orphanage which led to frequent beatings by the obedience obsessed nuns.  Maria also loved dancing, especially in the native African style, and this resulted in frequent beatings by the nuns who preferred the waltz.  Maria was a good student, but education at the orphanage only went through 4th grade.  Eventually she got a scholarship to a school 200 miles away which made the orphanage seem heavenly by comparison.  After 8th grade, Maria moved to an American-run orphanage which was much less strict than the German one.  She flourished there; encouraged by the staff to sing, dance and learn.  It was there that she met Kathy, a lay-teacher from Onamia, MN.  Kathy (age 23) adopted Maria (age 19) and they returned to Minnesota.  This unlikely relationship changed both of their lives.  Maria attended St Catherine’s and eventually married a prominent Twin Cities businessman.  When Maria was 36, her white birth mother came to the U.S. and reconnected with Maria.  After spending much of the early part of her life looking for her mother, Maria was disappointed to find her mother to be cold and distant.  She also met her half brother, Larry who was warm and loving, unlike her mother.  Her mother refused, even until her death, to disclose the identity of Maria’s father.  Maria’s desire to connect with her father led her, and brother Larry, to Tanzania.  By an almost miraculous turn of events, Maria actually located her father, who had been the cook for her mother.  Her father’s name was Nhambu; and Maria changed her name to honor him.
 
Maria has written three books about her life experience:   Africa’s Child, America’s Daughter and Drum Beats, Heart Beats.  Cheryl and Maria are shown below.
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Meeting Recap - August 13, 2019

Posted by Jeff Benson on Aug 13, 2019
Our guests today were Bob Rebelein (Dana’s brother in law) and Eric Sabo from Benedictine Health Center.
 
Nicole Ulrich reminded us that Nanase, our Japanese exchange student, will arrive at the airport this Friday.    Her flight is Delta DL120 arriving at Terminal 1 at 12:39. We hope to have as many Rotarians there as possible to welcome her to the U.S. and to our club.
 
Mounds View’s “Festival in the Park” will be held on Saturday, August 17th and our help is needed for the Mounds View Police Foundation’s Bingo and kids games fundraisers. 
 
The Annual Rotary Foundation Dinner will be held at the Delta Hotel in Minneapolis this year.  Let’s have a strong representation from our club this year, as in years past.  Contact Nils Friberg for more information or registration.
 
We’re invited to Arden Hills/Shoreview Rotary’s “Taste of the Hops” craft beer tasting fundraiser.  Join in the fun from 5:30-8:30PM at Snail Lake Park, 4191 Snail Lake Blvd, Shoreview.  $20 in advance - or $25 at the door.
 
Dana Rebelein reminded us that Maria Nhambu will speak to the club on August 27th.  She has written 3 books about being raised in an orphanage in East Africa.  Dana and Cheryl Neeley highly recommend Maria’s presentation. 
 
Maria is just one of many excellent speakers scheduled in the coming months and President Dennis Connolly thanked those responsible for scheduling the speakers.
 
Geoff Hollimon noted that our E.C.H.O. matching grant is progressing well.   We are in the process of lining up funding partner clubs whose own matching grants align with our benevolent vision.
 
Jason Miller’s daughter is studying in Quito, Ecuador through December.
 
Today’s speaker was our own Mary Stewart, offering an update on Community Partners with Youth (CPY).    Mary said that summer 2019 was a challenging time from a staffing perspective.  Despite that challenge, CPY was able to offer 7 weeks of quality summer activities to 77 elementary and 56 middle schoolers.  Summer sessions start at 7:30 and run until 5:30, so it’s a challenge to keep the kids busy but CPY offered a community garden experience sponsored by Mike Johnson and API.  Kids were also able to experience activities like biking at the Velodrome in Blaine and beginner’s golf training at Brightwood Hills.  Student artistic skills were honed at the New Brighton Community Center mural painting and painted rock garden.  The Ramsey County Library sponsored tech sessions in CAD/CAM design and 3D printing as well as laser cutting of self designed vinyl stickers.  As always, community service is stressed for all students at CPY.  Community service activities included Feed My Starving Children, making sandwiches for a homeless shelter, making blankets for an infant shelter, and making cards for armed services men and women.  All students must fulfill a service activity to attend the Valleyfair event at the end of the session.
 
Mary noted that many CPY students have serious home situation problems that make learning difficult, but CPY's caring and consistent approach to these problems leads to huge improvements over time.  Family financial challenges also have an impact on CPY, but creative sliding scale tuition structures make CPY possible for most families who want to be a part of CPY’s amazing program.  Minnesota has the 4th highest child care costs in the nation, which makes CPY’s tuition and especially good bargain.  CPY also offers scholarships for families who would otherwise be unable to participate.  Mary noted that our club contributed enough for three scholarships this summer. 
 
CPY’s fall after school program starts up just after Labor Day and will again feature Girls on the Run (running and life skills training) and Girls Expo (girls career option education).  CPY is also looking into possible boy-specific programs.   If you have an idea about a program for boys, I’m sure that Mary would love to discuss it with you.
 
As always, CPY is looking for volunteers to help as on a daily basis, or just a few hours per week.  You’ll find that this can be some of the most rewarding volunteering you can do.  Give Mary a call if you have any interest in helping out with this vital community program.  Dennis and Mary are pictured below.
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Meeting Recap - August 6, 2019

Posted by Jeff Benson on Aug 06, 2019
Our guest today was Gordy Backlund from the Fridley Rotary Club.
 
Many thanks go to the Rotarians, and spouses who showed up to help serve hot dogs, chips and drinks to the overheated Stockyard Days Parade participants.  Although the number of units in the Parade was considerably fewer than would be expected at the normal Thursday evening time slot, the participants were very grateful for the food and refreshments on a very hot and humid afternoon.
 
The club has been working on criteria for “honorary membership” status and a recommendation will be presented at the upcoming Board meeting.  If the recommendation is approved by the board, it will be presented to the membership for a vote at an upcoming noon meeting.
 
Charlie Longbella has agreed to head up a committee to enhance our social media presence.  Your input, and possibly your help, will be appreciated.
 
Check your email for a list of upcoming Rotary events.
 
Mounds View’s “Festival in the Park” will be held on Saturday, August 17th and our help is needed for the Mounds View Police Foundation’s Bingo and kids games fundraisers.   You can sign up at our August 13 noon meeting.
 
The Annual Rotary Foundation Dinner will be held at the Delta Hotel in Minneapolis this year.  Let’s have a strong representation from our club this year, as in years past.  Contact Nils Friberg for more information or registration.
 
Geoff Hollimon reported that the CPY golf ball drop fundraiser went very well last Sunday despite the fact that no golf balls actually made it into the hole.  The event netted $4,027 in much needed funds for CPY.
 
Cindy Carlson advised us that a new Rotaract club will be chartered.  The newly minted “South Metro Networking Rotaract Club” will celebrate its charter on Thursday, September 12th from 6:30-8:30 at the Black Diamond Restaurant, 5418 Buck Hill Road, Burnsville.  Click here for more info.
 
For those of you whose interest in Guatemala was piqued by PDG Jim Hunt’s recent presentation to our club, here is the scoop on informational tours of Guatemala:
 
GLP Tour<https://coeduc.org/tours/glp/> February 1-9, 2020:
Single occupancy $1,875 / Double $1,675
This trip is primarily for Rotarians and their friends and family members, but all are welcome. We spend a week traveling and visiting the GLP projects through the highlands, as well as make time for fellowship with local Rotarians.

Snapshot Tour<https://coeduc.org/tours/snapshot/> February 18-23 or July 21-26, 2020:
Single occupancy $1,475 / Double $1,375
This trip gives a glimpse into the GLP’s projects and Guatemala in general, with visits to GLP schools as well as tourism (boat ride on Lake, shopping in markets, optional visit to a coffee farm, etc). This is a great intro trip to Guatemala.

Helping Hands Tour<https://coeduc.org/tours/helpinghands/> July 12-18, 2020: Single occupancy $1,575 / Double $1,475 This trip spends all week in beautiful Antigua volunteering at a school in one of the GLP’s programs. You’ll get to work alongside the kids as well as enjoy the beautiful city of Antigua. This is a great trip for families.
 
CPY could use our help again this year with the kid’s inflatables fundraiser at Stockyard Days.  Sign up online by clicking here.
 
Dana Rebelein introduced our speaker, Brent Hamoud.  Brent is the former project manager at Kid’s Alive International, author of the book, “Strangers in the Kingdom: Ministering to Refugees, Migrants and the Stateless”, and son of one of our newest members, Jed Hamoud.  Brent moved from the U.S. to Lebanon 12 years ago to better serve refugees and other displaced persons.  Lebanon has by far the highest percentage of refugees of any country in the world with nearly 25% of the population being refugees.  Jed finds it helpful to categorize the displaced people usually thought of as “refugees” into three groups:
- Internally displaced – forced to move to another area within their home country (43 million people).
- Refugees – forced to move outside the boundaries of their country and unable to return (29 million people).
- Stateless – not a citizen of any country (10 million people).
All three groups share the common characteristic of being “out of place” and feel the deep personal crisis of the loss of a sense of home.
 
Displaced persons face many challenges at least partly due to the displaced status:
- Housing
- Employment
- Education
- Health care
- Legal rights
- Exploitation (human trafficking, child labor abuses)
- Restricted mobility
- Children born into displacement (no citizenship)
- Hopeless future outlook
 
Brent suggested that we can help to minimize some of these challenges by fostering a place or an atmosphere where displaced persons can experience a sense of belonging.  Even a small effort could have a profound effect.
 
Brent and Dana are pictured below.

 
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Meeting Recap - July 30, 2019

Posted by Jeff Benson on Jul 30, 2019
Our guest today was Miriam Zachary from the Arden Hills/Shoreview club.
 
Many, many thanks go to John and Marla Ordway for hosting the Rotary Picnic on Saturday.  Though the turnout was lower than usual, those in attendance were treated with a delicious buffet and perfect weather.
 
Many of you were also able to participate in the “Walk for Your Neighbors” fundraiser for the Community Support Center on Sunday.  Our club committed up to $250 in sponsorship for NBMV walkers.
 
The Flex group will meet at the Bru-House on Thursday, August 1st, 7:15AM.  All members are welcome to attend.
 
There will be an open discussion of criteria for Honorary Member Designation at 11AM on Tuesday August 6th at the Exchange .  All members are welcome to attend to express their opinions.
 
Miriam Zachary invited us to attend Arden Hills/Shoreview’s “Taste of the Hops” craft beer tasting fundraiser.  Join in the fun from 5:30-8:30PM at Snail Lake Park, 4191 Snail Lake Blvd, Shoreview.  $20 in advance -  https://TasteoftheHops.com -  or $25 at the door.
 
On Saturday, August 17th, Mounds View will hold their annual “Festival in the Park”.  Help is needed for the Kids games so if you can lend a hand, click here.  The fun has moved to SilverView park this year.
 
Nils Friberg reported on the MN Human Trafficking Task Force that he attended last week.  We’ll be hearing more on Rotary International’s efforts in this area as well as our own initiatives.  Jed Hamoud has agreed to assist Nils in this important effort.
 
Mark Beisswenger received his Paul Harris Fellow +3 recognition from Nils Friberg.  PHF +3 recognition means that Mark has contributed over $4000 to the Rotary Foundation.  Well done, Mark!  Nils, Mark and President Dennis are pictured below.
 
Dave Hoel reminded us that Stockyard Days Parade Hot dog Feed is this Saturday, Aug. 3rd  We will gather to prepare the dogs at 1PM in front of Bona Brothers, 327 Old Hwy 8.  This event is “All Hands on Deck”. 
 
Cindy Carlson proudly announced that her grandson, Chip William Swenson, was born last Saturday, which explains her absence from the Rotary picnic.  Mom Natalie and son are doing very well.
 
President Dennis Connolly led the first Club Assembly of the new Rotary year.  He presented a comprehensive list of the projects and organizations that we support each year.  It’s truly amazing to see how much good work our small club does in the community and around the world!
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Meeting Recap - July 9, 2019

Posted by Jeff Benson on Jul 09, 2019

Today was Dennis Connolly’s first meeting as our new club President.  He introduced the Rotary International presidential theme, “Rotary Connects the World”.

 

Due to rainy skies, our hot dog feed for the Global Academy playground volunteer workers was moved indoors to Salem Covenant Church.  Everyone was most appreciative of our now legendary hog dog cooking skills.

 

President Dennis reminded us of the following upcoming events:

- The Board meets at 11AM, July 23rd at the Exchange.

- The Rotary picnic will be held at John and Marla Ordway’s on Saturday, July 27th, from 3-9PM.

- If you eat too much at the Rotary Picnic, you can walk it off on Sunday, July 28, at the Walk for Your Neighbors fundraiser for the Community Support Center.  The club will donate $10 for each mile walked by NBMV Rotarians up to a total of $250.

- At our July 30th Noon meeting, Dennis and the Board will lay out their vision for the coming year.

- The Flex group will meet at 7:15AM, August 1st, at the BruHouse.  All are welcome to attend.

- Don’t forget that the Stockyard Days Parade has been moved to Saturday, August 3rd.  All Rotarians are asked to be on hand at 1PM to begin preparations to serve 1,000 hot dogs to parade participants.

- The Mounds View Festival in the Park is Saturday, August 17th, and volunteers are needed to help call bingo.

 

Cindy Carlson passed the hat for donations to Ralph Reeder Food Shelf to take advantage of a $5,000 matching grant for this month.

 

Maria Klakegg returned to Norway this week after a remarkable year as our inbound exchange student.  She expressed her extreme gratitude for her exchange experience and vows to return to experience the State Fair.  She and her family would welcome visits to Norway.

 

Our Japanese exchange student, Nanase Hirama, will be arriving at 12:30PM on August 16th.  Mark your calendars now to ensure a warm welcome for Nanase at the airport.

 

Geoff Hollimon visited E.C.H.O. in Fort Myers recently and displayed some photos of the ECHO farm.  If you are ever in the Fort Myers area, you owe it to yourself to visit this amazing facility.  Contact Geoff for information on how best to visit.

 

Dennis gave a Happy Buck for the start of his presidency and Cindy Carlson also offered a buck to celebrate the beginning of Denny’s presidency and, coincidentally, the end of her own.

 

Dennis also paid a buck to thank John Marg-Patton for inviting him to join Rotary.  John had also encouraged Dennis to become president of the club. (John could be persuasive!)

 

Dennis also won the raffle today and that’s got to be a good omen for his year as president.

 

Cindy Carlson, Membership Development Director, introduced PDG and White Bear Rotarian, Jim Hunt and his co-speaker, White Bear Rotarian and District 5960 Membership Chair, Greg Bartz.  Jim Hunt began the presentation by describing membership as a strategic priority for Rotary at the District and International levels.  He said that, although total Rotary membership remains relatively constant at 1.2 million, membership in the U.S. is decreasing.  District 5960 is responding to this trend by setting a goal of 3,000 members by 2020.  That’s a net increase of 255 members, which is no small task.  Jim said that the keys to achieving this will be first attracting new members and then engaging them to ensure retention.  Jim asserted that we want to attract anyone who believes in the Four Way Test and is service minded.  He suggested that to attract new members we need to look at our club from the point of view of the prospective member.  Are we attractive to new members?  Do we meet the needs of those that we would like to attract?  Are our meetings fresh and fun?  Is our website attractive and up to date?  Are we diverse?  Are we welcoming? 

 

But where and how do we find these prospective members?  Jim suggested that, in addition to friends and co-workers, we look closely at non-Rotarians who attend our events and help with our service projects.  We also should be talking to youth exchange host families, Rotaractors, Interactors and members of other organizations doing good things in the community.

 

Greg Bartz followed up on Jim’s presentation by discussing how to engage new members to keep them in Rotary.  His suggestions were:

- Have a meaningful induction ceremony

- Have a structured new member orientation and mentoring program

- Invite new members to join a committee or team

- Involve new members in service projects

- Monitor meeting attendance and follow up

 

Greg encouraged us to create a membership plan but keep it simple so it can be followed.  He said that Rotarians are everywhere among us and we should always be on the lookout for likely prospects.  We should never pass up the opportunity to ask people to attend a meeting.  He said that we all have a personal story about our Rotary involvement and that we should tell to anyone who will listen.

 

Greg, Cindy and Jim are pictured below.

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Meeting Recap - June 25, 2019

Posted by Jeff Benson on Jun 25, 2019
Our guest today was Ruth Marg-Patton.

 

President Cindy Carlson reported on today’s Board meeting.  Our financial condition is excellent, according to Treasurer John Ordway.  The Board approved a $1,000 grant to Life Prep Academy and authorized up to $250 in donations to the Community Support Center at $10 for every mile NBMV Rotarians walk in the Walk for Your Neighbor fundraiser on Sunday, July 28th.  Geoff Hollimon has presented a District Matching Grant Proposal for farm equipment at E.C.H.O.  The Board authorized a $750 contribution to a Prior Lake Rotary district matching grant for a water project in Gambia West Africa.  Cindy read thank you’s from the New Brighton Area Historical Society, Remember Niger and Feed My Starving Children for our financial and volunteer support.

 

There will be no noon meeting on July 2nd.  Our next noon meeting will be on July 9th.

 

The Flex Group will meet at 7:15 AM, July 15th at the BruHouse.

 

Volunteers are needed to help serve hot dogs to over 200 construction volunteers at the Kaboom playground for the new Global Academy at 3000 5th St NW, New Brighton.  Preparations will begin at 10:30 AM.  Please let Cindy know if you know the location of the Hot Dog cooking pots!

 

Mark your calendars for the Rotary Picnic on July 27th, 2:30PM at John and Marla Ordway’s beautiful home on White Bear Lake.

 

Keep in mind that the Stockyard Days Parade has moved from its usual Thursday evening time slot to Saturday afternoon, August 3rd.  Mark your calendars for a 1:00PM start to the hot dog preparation.

 

Gerry Tietz and Cindy Carlson teamed up to induct Maddison Zykmund (Nyle’s son and the Spring Lake Park-Blaine-Mounds View Assistant Fire Chief) and Jennifer Fink (New Brighton Parks and Recreation Director).  Maddison will join as a regular member and Jennifer will join as Dean Lotter’s corporate designee.  Welcome, Maddison and Jennifer!  (See photos below)

 

Jed Hamoud’s son’s family will be visiting from Lebanon for 2 months.

 

Beverly Aplikowski was able to be with us today, but she said the she doubts that she will be able to continue her membership for health reasons.  The club responded with a standing ovation to honor Bev’s contributions to the club.

 

Today marked the end of Cindy Carlson’s tenure as Club President.  Cindy remarked that the Rotary International theme for this year was “Be the Inspiration” and said that she thought that it was the perfect theme for NBMV Rotary.  Cindy and John Marg-Patton began the year as Co-Presidents, but John’s passing midway through their year left Cindy at the helm for the second half of the year.  Cindy put together a slide show of the highlights.  John and Cindy’s “Big Three” were Do Good, Have Fun and Celebrate and we did a great job on an all three.  A summary of those highlights follows:

- MaryAnn Bawden became an Honorary Member

- Stockyard Days Hot Dog Feed

- Exchange Student Maria Klakegg from Norway

- Camp Enterprise

- Camp RYLA

- Cultural exchange with Lebanon

- New members and designees, Nicole Ulrich, Reid Hewitt, Ike Graham, Charlie Longbella, Jed Hamoud

- Community Spirit Award from CPY

- Adopt-a-Home Women’s shelter donation

- Community Support Center

- Harvest Pack $ 11,000 Matching grant Project (23,000 meals packed)

- Outbound Exchange Student 2019-20 Sofia Valdez

- Ellen Dunn, Rotary Global Scholar

- Rotary Egg Hunt

- Gold Plate Dinner - over $23,000 raised

- 4th Grade Foresters Tree Give-Away

- Four $1,500 Scholarships to high school seniors

- Feed My Starving Children - packed food and donated $1,000

- Rotary Presidential Citation for 2017-18

- Community Partners with Youth

- Mounds View Festival in the Park

- Ralph Reeder Food Shelf

- Stamp Out Hunger

- Life Prep Academy

- Remember Niger Coalition sponsorships

- 40th Anniversary Party

- 40 year NBMV Rotarians John Risdall, George Winiecki and Jeff Benson

- District 5960 Governor’s Citation 2018-19

- Paul Harris giving level milestones for Geoff Hollimon and Margaret Johnson

 

Whew!  How do we get all that done in one year’s time?  Cindy thanked the Board and all those who help this club accomplish so much in this great community of New Brighton. 

 

Dennis Connolly presented Cindy with a gavel plaque and a Rotary necklace to commemorate her presidency.  Dennis also presented a Rotary necklace to Ruth Marg-Patton in honor of John’s service as co president.  See photo below.

 

Cindy presented Dennis with his President’s lapel pin and ceremonially passed the gavel to Dennis to begin his tenure.  Photo below.

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Meeting Recap - June 18, 2019

Posted by Jeff Benson on Jun 18, 2019

Nyle Zikmund’s guest today was his son, Maddison Zikmund.  He is the Spring Lake Park-
Blaine-Mounds View Assistant Fire Chief.  Maddison has applied for membership in our club.

 

The outgoing and incoming Boards will meet on Tuesday June 25th at 11:00.

 

Cindy Carlson will pass the presidential gavel to Dennis Connolly at next Tuesday’s noon meeting.  Let’s have a great turnout to recognize Cindy’s and John Marg-Patton’s contributions and to welcome Dennis to the presidency.

 

Jennifer Fink, director of New Brighton Parks and Recreation, has submitted her application to become a Corporate Designee under Dean Lotter’s membership.

 

On Thursday, June 27th, our club will provide a hot dog lunch for volunteers at the Kaboom playground construction for the new Global Academy at 3000 5th St NW, New Brighton.  Several more volunteers will be needed at 10:30AM.

 

John and Marla Ordway have graciously offered to host the Rotary Picnic on Saturday, July 27th.  Mark your calendars now and watch this bulletin for more details.

 

After eating too much at the Rotary Picnic, you’ll want to show up for the “Walk For Your Neighbors” fundraiser for the Community Support Center at Silverwood Park on Sunday, July 28th.

 

Keep in mind that the Stockyard Days Parade has moved from its usual Thursday Evening time slot to Saturday afternoon, August 3rd.  Mark your calendars for a 1:00PM start to the hot dog preparation.

 

On August 17th, the Mounds View Police Foundation is looking for volunteers to call bingo to raise funds for the Foundation at the Mounds View Festival in the Park.  Details to follow.

 

If you haven’t signed up for a month or two of meeting responsibilities, please call Nyle Zikmund ASAP.

 

Cindy Carlson will be celebrating a big birthday later this week and because she is always eager to have others wear the Birthday Hat, it seemed only fair that she had to wear the hat for her birthday song.  See below.

Dave Hoel reported on the Pancreatic Cancer Benefit Golf Tourney last Friday.  It was the biggest event in the 7 year history of the event and Dave thanked the many Rotarians that participated.

 

Cindy Carlson introduced Forest Lake Rotarian and Past 5960 District Governor, Clare Lillis to speak to us about Human Trafficking.  The definition of human trafficking is the exploitation of a person by force, fraud or coercion for commercial sex or forced labor.  Estimates vary from 25-42 million victims of human trafficking each year and the practice is a $150 billion business globally, with $91 Billion from sex trafficking and $51 billion from forced labor trafficking.  This makes it the 2nd largest black market activity.  Minnesota has somewhere between 8,000 and 14,000 people trafficked for sex each year, with a significant number of those because Minnesota is a convenient distribution center for the trade.

 

The victims of sex trafficking are, for the most part, vulnerable youth entering trafficking at an average age of 13 years.  Victims are forced to engage in 5-48 sex acts per day and survive an average of 7 years if not rescued.  The buyers are mostly men of all ages, half of whom are married and many of whom have children of their own.  Most travel 30-60 miles from home to buy sex and most purchases are made via the internet.

 

How can we end trafficking?  The most effective strategy is to reduce the vulnerabilities and risks factors for young people and create awareness of the problem.  The demand could be reduced by educating men that prostitution is not a victimless crime.  District 5960 is working to bring 160 Minnesota and surrounding region Rotary Clubs together to provide education and support other local organizations in the fight against trafficking.  Cindy and Clare are pictured below.

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Meeting Recap - June 11, 2019

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.

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Meeting Recap - June 4, 2019

Posted by Jeff Benson on Jun 04, 2019

Our guest today was Miriam Zachary, from the Arden Hills Shoreview Club.

 

President-Elect Dennis Connolly subbed for President Cindy Johnson at today’s meeting.  Dennis called on Dave Hoel to fill us in on the Pancreatic Cancer Benefit Golf Tourney on June 14th.  This will be the biggest turnout ever, so contact Dave if you’d like to join us.

 

We’ve agreed to support the Kaboom playground construction at the new Global Academy in New Brighton by providing a hot dog feed (a la Stockyard Days Parade) for the construction volunteers. We’ll need lots of volunteers to help.  Mark your calendars for Thursday, June 27th around the noon hour.  Details to follow.

 

The Fridley/Columbia Heights Rotary’s Seventh Annual Golf Classic benefitting The Healthy Youth Foundation and supporting STRIVE Scholarships will be held at The Refuge on Monday, July 22nd starting at 11:30 AM.  Golfing, cart, dinner, course games and hole prizes are included.  A silent auction with some amazing items will take place during golfing and at the dinner.  Contact Greg Schraufnagel  gschrauf@msn.com or 612-242-4748 for registration or information regarding sponsorships.  Our Club has contributed $250 to the event and will cover half the cost of a foursome of New Brighton Rotarians.

 

Beisswenger’s Hardware is throwing a party to celebrate 100 years in business. The “Party in the Parking Lot” will be held on Saturday, June 8th from 10 am to 5 pm.   There will be free games for the kids, games for adults, a petting zoo, food, giveaways and most of all fun! Watch some of your favorite employees get dunked in the water tank of doom with all of the proceeds going to local charities!

Beisswenger’s Hot Dog and a pop meal is back, but this time we’ve added 1919 Root Beer to commemorate the occasion for a whopping $0.50. And for those who love BBQ, a Pulled Pork topped with Cole Slaw sandwich just $3.50. Bring your friends and family! Parking space will be limited as we are closing off the front drive of the store.

 

Also on June 8th, Maria will have a graduation/farewell party from 5-8 PM at John and Dana Johnson’s home, 1301 12th Ave. NW, New Brighton.  This will be the last time to be together with our amazing Norwegian exchange student, so don’t miss it!

 

NOTE THAT THERE WILL BE NO ROTARY MEETING ON JULY 2nd DUE TO THE JULY 4TH HOLIDAY.

 

The meeting schedule for the AM group is changed.  They will meet on the 1st Thursday of the month (including Thursday, June 8th) at 7AM at the Bru House, 1431 Silver Lake Rd NW, New Brighton.

 

The Benedictine Care Center at Innsbruck is having a car show on Saturday, June 15th from 2-4PM.  Come on over to 1101 Black Oak Drive in New Brighton for some cool cars and a peak at the planned expansion to include 60 new independent living units, 40 new assisted living units and 24 new memory care units for our campus.

 

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.

 

Treasurer John Ordway asks that we all get our dues balances paid up by the end of this week to ease the burden of the club’s year end accounting.

 

Ed James reported that 26 Rotarians, friends and family attended the Feed My Starving Children food packing event.  Nice turnout!

 

Don’t Forget the Life Prep Academy Garage Sale this Friday-Sunday.

 

Bob Barmore introduced Sheri Erickson from ID Shield, to speak to us about identity theft.  In 2017, 16.7 million Americans were victims of some sort of identity theft, with the cost to the victims now exceeding the cost of drug trafficking at 16.8 billion dollars.  Someone’s identity is stolen every two seconds!  Sheri defined identity theft as someone using your personal information to “become you”.  Once they have your driver’s license information, social security number, medical information, personal information from social media, or some combination of these, identity thieves can wreak havoc with your personal and financial life and correcting the damage can take months or years.  Prevention is the key to safeguarding your identity.  Sheri had some tips for us:

- Review your credit reports regularly, or pay for credit monitoring.

- Shred all junk mail and credit card offers.

- Carry only the credit cards you need.

- Don’t carry your Social Security card with you.

- Photocopy the front and back of credit cards in case they are stolen.

- Never divulge personal information over the phone unless you have initiated the call.

Bob and Sheri are shown below.

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Meeting Recap - May 28, 2019

Posted by Jeff Benson on May 28, 2019

Our Guests today were:

   Shelley Streeper from Salem Covenant Church,

   Rotary Exchange Student Maria Klakegg,

   Sunniva Klakegg (Maria’s sister) and

   Ed James’ sister, Grace.

 

Shelley Streeper was here to line up help for a “Kaboom” playground at Global Academy, the new owner of the United Theological Seminary building near the park where we hold the Easter Egg Hunt.  Our club has agreed to provide a hot dog lunch on Thursday, June 27th.  If you can help, please contact Cindy Carlson.

 

The Fridley/Columbia Heights Rotary’s Seventh Annual Golf Classic benefitting The Healthy Youth Foundation and supporting STRIVE Scholarships will be held at The Refuge on Monday, July 22nd starting at 11:30 AM.  Golfing, cart, dinner, course games and hole prizes are included.  A silent auction with some amazing items will take place during golfing and at the dinner.  Contact Greg Schraufnagel  gschrauf@msn.com or 612-242-4748 for registration or information regarding sponsorships.  Our Club has contributed $250 to the event.

 

Beisswenger’s Hardware is throwing a party to celebrate 100 years in business. The “Party in the Parking Lot” will be held on Saturday, June 8th from 10 am to 5 pm.   There will be free games for the kids, games for adults, a petting zoo, food, giveaways and most of all fun! Watch some of your favorite employees get dunked in the water tank of doom with all of the proceeds going to local charities!

Beisswenger’s Hot Dog and a pop meal is back, but this time we’ve added 1919 Root Beer to commemorate the occasion for a whopping $0.50. And for those who love BBQ, a Pulled Pork topped with Cole Slaw sandwich just $3.50. Bring your friends and family! Parking space will be limited as we are closing off the front drive of the store.

 

Also on June 8th, Maria will have a graduation/farewell party from 5-8 PM at John and Dana Johnson’s home, 1301 12th Ave. NW, New Brighton.  This will be the last time to be together with our amazing Norwegian exchange student, so don’t miss it!

 

Speaking of Maria, Cindy Carlson organized a Top Golf event for last Friday evening to give Maria and her sister Sunniva an opportunity to experience golfing.  Cindy, Dana, Jeff, David and Susan joined Maria and Sunniva.  Both girls are naturally athletic and they were hitting the targets in no time at all.  It was a total joy to watch their excitement at learning a new skill.  See photo below.

 

Margaret Johnson had the honor of presenting Geoff Hollimon with a Paul Harris Fellowship +5.  This recognizes Geoff’s contributions to the Rotary Foundation in excess of $6,000.  Congratulations, Geoff!

 

Ed James reported that he got several positive comments about Rotary’s community involvement while he was representing our club at the Irondale Awards Night.

 

John Risdall was celebrating a birthday this week which made him eligible to wear the birthday hat; see below.

 

Our Feed My Starving Children food packing event took place tonight before I had finished this newsletter, so I’m including the summary here.  We had a great Rotary turnout, Ed brought several family members and Maria and Sunniva were able to join us as well.  Ed James presented our club’s check to FMSC for $1,000.  See photos below.

 

John Ordway introduced today’s speaker, Mark Lindeberg, project manager for the I-35W North MnPASS project currently underway.  Mark was accompanied by Bre Grand from Zan Associates.  Mark presented a project summary, outlining each phase of the project which should be completed by fall of 2021.  The purpose of the project is the addition of MnPASS lanes to both the North and Southbound lanes of I-35W from County Rd C in Roseville to Lino Lakes.  The project will include new bridges at County Road C and County Road I as well as complete concrete overlays on the entire project length.  Addition of the MnPASS lanes will increase the number of cars that can move through this corridor at peak times and provide more reliable trip times, especially during rush hour.  The 2019 phase will include construction on the southbound lanes and erection of new sound barriers.  The 2020 phase will involve construction of middle lanes and completion of all construction north of 95th Avenue in Blaine.  The 2021 phase will involve the northbound lanes from County Road C to 95th Avenue.  An online project summary can be found by clicking here.  Questions or concerns about the project may be directed as follows:

     Email:               info@35wnorthmnpass.com

     Phone:            651-800-4965

     Website:         http://www.dot.state.mn.us/metro/projects/35wnorthmnpass/

Mark and Bre are pictured below.

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Meeting Recap - May 21, 2019

Posted by Jeff Benson on May 21, 2019

Our guests today were:

- Maddison Zikmund, Assistant Chief of the Spring Lake Park Blaine Mounds View Fire Department and son of our own Nyle Zikmund.  Maddison is considering membership in our club.

- Greg Schraufnagel, Fridley/Columbia Heights Rotarian.

 

Greg was here to promote Fridley/Columbia Heights Rotary’s Seventh Annual Golf Classic benefitting The Healthy Youth Foundation and supporting STRIVE Scholarships.  The event will be held at The Refuge on Monday, July 22nd starting at 11:30 AM.  Golfing, cart, dinner, course games and hole prizes are included.  A silent auction with some amazing items will take place during golfing and at the dinner.  Contact Greg Schraufnagel  gschrauf@msn.com or 612-242-4748 for registration or information regarding sponsorships.

 

Several NBMV Rotarians attended the Benedictine Gala last Friday.  Dave Hoel reported that the highlight of the evening was Bingo with himself and Jeff Benson as callers.  Every table was full, so it looks like the Innsbruck Foundation has had another successful fundraising event.

 

Ralph Reeder Food shelf sent a thank you note for our $500 contribution.  The food shelf also received food packages from our Harvest Pack event.

 

Don’t forget our Feed My Starving Children event on Tuesday, May 28th from 8-9:30 PM.  FMSC is located at 401 93rd Ave NW in Coon Rapids.

 

The Board will meet at 11AM on Tuesday, May 28th.

 

President Cindy Carlson presented Margaret Johnson with a Paul Harris Fellowship + 2, signifying contributions to the Rotary Foundation in excess of $3,000.  Congratulations, Margaret!  Cindy and Margaret are shown below.

 

Ed James announced that the recipients of our scholarships were Irondale seniors Emma Johnson, Matthew Neumann and Zira Deriche and St. Anthony senior Gabriela Aria.  Thanks to those who evaluated the scholarship applications.

 

John Ordway introduced Al Zdrazil from the District 5960 Ethics Team.  Al’s topic was “Ethics and the Four Way Test”.  Rotary is unique among service organizations in that its core principles all revolve around ethical standards.  The 4-Way Test that we recite at the conclusion of our weekly club meetings is the very basis of Rotary.  But the Four-Way Test is more than just a statement of principles;
it’s a tool for decision making.  Al attempted to play a video produced by the Ethics Team to show how the Four-Way Test is being applied in the business and personal lives of Rotarians, but the audio portion was not working properly.  You can view the video (with audio) on the District website by clicking
here
.  Al had some suggestions for how we might elevate our Four-Way Test to the community level:

·         Sponsor an ethics essay contest

·         Present classes on ethics (Eagan and Northfield Clubs are doing this)

·         Display a Four-Way Test banner at every event we participate in.

The Ethics Team is also rolling out a policy regarding Harassment and Discrimination.  This policy provides guidance and procedures to follow to prevent Harassment and Discrimination and handle it if it should occur.  You can find the policy by clicking here.  John and Al are shown below.

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Meeting Recap - May 14, 2019

Posted by Jeff Benson on May 14, 2019

Our guests at today’s meeting were Nancy Benson (Jeff’s wife) and Nils Friberg’s guest, Ashraf Ibrahim.  Ashraf is staying with Nils and Peg as he gathers toys, clothing and other essentials for disadvantaged children and refugees in Egypt.

 

President Cindy Carlson honored (and surprised) Jeff Benson by presenting him with a certificate of appreciation for 40 years of service to the New Brighton/Mounds View Rotary Club.  Jeff thought it was pure coincidence that Nancy happened to be at this particular meeting until Nancy admitted (on the ride home) that Cindy had asked her to attend the meeting.  As Nancy will happily tell you, Jeff can be a little clueless at times.  Cindy and Jeff are shown below.

 

The Stamp Out Hunger food drive was a big success again this year.  This partnership of the US Postal Service, the United Way and other local charitable organizations collected food for the Second Harvest Heartland Foodshelf.  Led by Jason Slama, our team set a new record for food collections at our location.  Kudos to all who helped out!

 

A contingent of NBMV Rotarians braved the weather to cheer for our exchange student, Maria Klakegg, at a recent Irondale softball game.  Maria’s energy and enthusiasm were on full display and could not be dampened by the weather or their team’s eventual defeat. If you haven’t had an opportunity to invite Maria to join you for an activity, you owe it to yourself to spend a little time with her.  Make your plans quickly though, because she’ll be returning to Norway soon.  We are all invited to Maria’s graduation/farewell party on June 8th.  Mark your calendars now and stay tuned for more details.

 

Ed James read some hand-made thank you cards from recipients of trees in our Fourth Grade Foresters tree give-away.  As always, the cards are beyond cute and they prove that the kids are getting the intended environmental message.

 

Dana Rebelein described the results of our $250 contribution to Operation Christmas Child and circulated photos of grateful children.

 

Remember the Benedictine Gala is this Friday, May 17th, starting at 5:30PM.

 

Ed James reminded us that our Feed My Starving Children food packing event will be on Tuesday, May 28th from 8:00 to 9:30PM.  We still need more volunteers to fill out our packing station.

 

Mike Neeley introduced Reid Hewitt, Business Administrator for Benedictine Care Center at Innsbruck (BCCI).  Reid was here to talk about a major expansion planned for BCCI. BCCI is part of Benedictine Health Systems, which got its start in the 1880’s, when a group of Benedictine Nuns formed a hospital in Duluth, Minnesota.  As health care became increasingly administrative, the sisters formed Benedictine Health Systems in 1985 to help oversee administrative tasks, thereby allowing the nurses to concentrate on what they knew best; patient care.  Following the Benedictine Core Values of Hospitality, Stewardship, Respect and Justice, BHS has expanded to provide services for elderly and medically challenged individuals in five Midwestern states.  Although BHS has been primarily focused on nursing home services, the changing eldercare landscape, increasing costs of delivering care and a dwindling work force have compelled eldercare businesses to offer a continuum of residential options including independent living, assisted living, transitional care and memory care.  This model will allow eldercare facilities to remain profitable and relevant in the future.

 

Innsbruck has been delivering health care services since the mid 1960’s but, due to space limitations, it has been unable to transition to this new continuum of care model.  However, recent acquisitions of adjacent properties have finally made it possible to offer an expanded range of services.  The plan, which has received provisional approval from the New Brighton City Council, would increase BCCI’s capacity from 105 to 214 units, with 56 independent living units, 40 assisted living units, 24 memory care units and 94 skilled care units.  Reid outlined the myriad of steps involved in a project of this size and it seems daunting, but things are progressing well and Reid hopes to break ground in 2020 and be operational in 18-24 months.  The new Innsbruck will feature desirable amenities like roof-top patios, indoor/outdoor fireplaces, underground parking, memory care courtyard and many others.  A Capital Campaign is planned to fund some amenities that might not otherwise be possible. 

Contact Reid Hewitt: 651-633-1686 or reid.hewitt@bhshealth.org   Reid and Mike are shown below.

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Meeting Recap - April 30, 2017

Posted by Jeff Benson on Apr 30, 2019

Today’s meeting was cancelled to allow members to attend the Community Support Center (CSC) Luncheon at St John the Baptist Catholic Church.  The Community Support Center works with Arden Hills, Mounds View, New Brighton, North Oaks and Shoreview residents to prevent homelessness, solve financial crises and provide long-term relationships that help to prevent recurring financial crises.  Their goal is to first create financial stability and then provide coaching and other financial guidance to ensure long-term financial sustainability.  Board President Iris McGinnis and Director Karen Meyer outlined how CSC makes the most of its limited funds by making sure that all other available assistance options are considered before CSC offers financial assistance to prevent evictions.  There are no cookie-cutter solutions at CSC; each accepted “neighbor” gets a plan that is tailored to their specific situation.  Each neighbor meets with a trained volunteer advocate who assesses the need and helps them set goals and a plan to achieve them.  CSC’s program is designed to keep neighbors in their homes…CSC does not provide support for emergency or temporary housing.

 

Iris recognized several “Amazing Neighbors” who have played a big role in CSC’s success this past year. The Society of St. Vincent de Paul at St. John the Baptist Catholic Parish has been instrumental in CSC’s mission since the beginning and members Kevin Griffin and Carol Banks were named Amazing Neighbors of 2019.  Other Amazing Neighbors Pat Yahnke, Matt Daugen and our own President, Cindy Carlson were also recognized for their service.

 

To learn more about CSC and how you can be involved in their valuable mission, click here or call 651-387-8050.
 
Note that your editor will be out of town next week, so the newsletter will not be published.
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Meeting Recap - April 23, 2019

Posted by Jeff Benson on Apr 23, 2019

Our annual egg hunt was a big success this past weekend.  The perfect weather led to a great turnout and everyone had a great time.  Egg hunt grand-poobah, Dave Hoel, reported that he has found almost no Easter inventory in the stores so he’s concerned about being able to get prizes and plastic eggs for next year.  Dave thanked all those who participated.  Some photos are shown below.

 

 

 

 

 

President Cindy Carlson read a thank-you note from Abby N., who attended Camp RYLA as one of our representatives.

 

Cindy also passed around a school progress report for our Maman and Sharifa, our Remember Niger sponsored students.  All grades were excellent, by the way.

 

Contributions to the club’s John Marg-Patton Memorial Fund have totaled over $6,600.  The Board has already found some worthy causes to contribute to and more contributions are planned for the future.

 

We have a district matching grant proposal in process to provide E.C.H.O. with some much needed farm equipment.  More news as the proposal moves forward.

 

The 4:01 meeting for this Thursday has been cancelled to allow the group, and any others, to attend Maria’s softball game at Irondale, April 25th at 4:30PM.  Come and help us root for Maria, and the team.

 

Jason Slama was married in the Minnesota north woods this past week. Congrats, Jason.

 

Our speaker today was Pam Wolf, Executive Director of Life Prep Academy.  Life Prep Academy is a faith-based school and residence designed to meet the needs of homeless and/or high risk teens.  Pam spoke to us a year ago about changes that that made room for up to 16 homeless high school students to live and study at Life Prep.  Life Prep was the recipient of last year’s “Fund-a-Cause” effort at the Gold Plate Dinner.  The funds we raised allowed us to purchase several beds for the Academy. Because the demand for residence-based education is quite variable in the target homeless population, Life prep is looking for ways to broaden its impact by offering emergency overnight shelter for up to two youth as well as looking at partnering with Stepping Stones to offer a transitional program for their clients.

 

Like most charitable organizations, Life Prep faces financial challenges despite the fact that its staff is all volunteer.  They don’t ask for and wouldn’t accept government funding, so they are dependent on private donations and corporate sponsorships.  They also accept donations for their annual garage sale fundraiser.  This year’s garage sale is from June 6th through 9th. 

 

Pam and Ed James are pictured below,

 

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Meeting Recap - April 16, 2019

Posted by Jeff Benson on Apr 16, 2019

President Cindy Carlson opened the meeting with a thank you to all who contributed in any way to the Gold Plate Dinner on Friday.  Careful planning resulted in a great event that we can be proud of.  Several Rotarians (and one exchange student) came away from the event a little richer than when they arrived.  Maria Klakegg and Dana Rebelein each won $100, Susan Hoel won $650 and Nils Friberg won the $1,000 grand prize!

 

Just two days after the Gala, Rotarians, spouses and friends gathered at the Exchange to stuff plastic eggs with jelly beans and prize slips for the Easter Egg Hunt.  Thank you to all who participated.  Everyone is asked to arrive at Driftwood Park on 5th St NW (just west of Silver Lake Rd.) at 10AM on Saturday April 20th.  If park conditions warrant it, we may move the event to the adjacent church parking lot.

 

Ed James is still looking for one more volunteer to help with the Arbor Day tree giveaway at Bel Air Elementary at 9:30AM on April 26th.  Please call Ed if you can help.

 

President Cindy Carlson made us aware of the Northeast Youth and Family Services (NYFS) Leadership Luncheon on May 1st at Midland Hills.  Cindy would love to have you at her table, so let her know if you can join her.

 
Our noon meeting on April 30th will be off-site at St. John’s for the Community Support Center (CSC) Annual Luncheon.  We are a founding organization of CSC so it’s great to be able to show our support the great work they do in our community.
 
The Benedictine Gala is on May 17th at St John’s.  Talk to Nicole Ulrich if you would like to attend this great event.
  
Ed James said that our Feed My Starving Children event will be on May 28th from 8-930PM. 
  
Our inbound Japanese exchange student has been determined.  His name is Hirama Nanase.

 

Cindy read a thank you from Ruth Marg-Patton for honoring her late husband John in several ways at the Gold Plate Dinner.

 

New Brighton is again having a Community Open House on May 12th, from 8-12 Noon at the Community Center.  This is an opportunity to promote the club and all the great things we do in the community.  If anyone would like to represent us at the Open House, please let Cindy know.

 

The Mounds View Police Foundation sent a thank you card for our contribution to their Daddy-Daughter Dance.

 

Our Speaker today was Carol Arney.  Carol was raised in International Falls and moved to Hawaii with her family at age 18.  After earning her B.A. at the University of Hawaii, she worked in sales and marketing in the travel industry for 25 years, but in 1992 she changed career paths and received her Masters of Divinity in 1995.  She returned to Hawaii, was ordained and served in the Episcopalian priesthood until her retirement in 2015.  Since that time her growing concern about climate change issues has led her to study extensively and speak to groups about the climate crisis.

 

Carol customized her talk for a Rotary audience by applying the Rotary 4 Way Test to the issue of climate change.  Here is a brief summary of her presentation:

 

·         Is it the Truth? 

 What are the facts on the issue of climate change?  The idea that Carbon Dioxide (CO2) contributes to warming of the planet has been around since 1912.  Today we are putting 110 million tons of CO2 into the atmosphere every day and this CO2 traps the radiant heat from the sun within the atmosphere.  This has led to rapid rise in the average global surface temperature, especially since 1980.  The main source of this CO2 is the burning of fossil fuels.  In addition, the jet stream has redirected so that it is pushing warm air over the north Polar Regions where it is rapidly melting the polar ice cap.  The rise in global temperature has also led to the extremely dry conditions in some areas, leading to drought and much more frequent wild fires.

·         Is it Fair to All Concerned?

Although everyone suffers the effects of climate change, Carol said that the poor are much more likely to experience hardship due to flooding, drought, wild fires and flooding than are their more well-off counterparts.  Low lying coastal areas will be the first to feel the effects of rising ocean levels and cities like Miami and New York City are at the top of the list.  Carol indicated that the current cost of climate change is 653 billion dollars per year but that figure would rise dramatically if coastal cities begin to flood.  Another effect of climate change is that some areas have experienced sustained temperatures above 1300 F., making them uninhabitable.  Food supply and medical concerns are also on the horizon.

·         Will it Build Goodwill and Better Friendships? &  Will it be Beneficial to All Concerned?

As green energy initiatives like solar power generation, wind power generation and better power storage become inexpensive enough they will make carbon fuels economically less desirable.  This is happening much more rapidly than had been predicted and Minnesota is a national leader in development and utilization of these new technologies.  The 2015 Paris Climate Accord was a landmark achievement that had almost universal support around the world and it is still in force until 2020. It’s rare to get universal support on anything in today’s world, so Carol hopes it can still be salvaged.

 

Carol and Cindy are pictured below.

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Meeting Recap - April 9, 2109

Posted by Jeff Benson on Apr 09, 2019

There were no visitors at today’s meeting.

 

Our sympathy goes out to Jed Hamoud for the loss of his nephew in a car crash in Lebanon.

 

President Cindy Carlson got us revved up for the Gold Plate Dinner by distributing a list of the live auction items for the Gala.  Many of the items would be appropriate for a group to purchase, so put together your bidding consortiums now to get the item you want.

 

Eight G.P.D. tickets were unsold at the start of the meeting but 5 of those were purchased by members and our speaker, Pat Whelan, bought a raffle-only ticket.  This leaves three tickets available for walk-ups at the event.

 

The 4:01 meeting this Thursday is cancelled.

 

Dave Hoel reminded us all to be at the Exchange at 11:00AM this Sunday, April 14th, to stuff the eggs for the Egg Hunt.  With enough hands, we can usually stuff the eggs in about 2 hours.

 

President Cindy Carlson made us aware of the Northeast Youth and Family Services (NYFS) Leadership Luncheon on May 1st at Midland Hills.  Cindy would love to have you at her table, so let her know if you can join her.

 

Cindy reminded us that our noon meeting on April 30th will be off-site at St. John’s for the Community Support Center (CSC) Annual Luncheon.  We are a founding organization of CSC so it’s great to be able to show our support the great work they do in our community.

 

The Benedictine Gala is on May 17th at St John’s.  Talk to Nicole Ulrich if you would like to attend this great event.  

Ed James said that our Feed My Starving Children event will be on May 28th from 8-930PM.  We had about $300 in contributions from passing the hat at previous meetings and Ed passed the hat again today to help cover the cost of the ingredients for the meals we will pack. 

 

Ed also noted that volunteers are still needed for our Fourth Grade Foresters Tree Giveaway on Thursday, April 11th.  If you can help with this fun event, give Ed a call or sign up at next week’s noon meeting.  

 

Ed also needs a few more people to read the applications for our at-large scholarship. 

 

Our speaker today was Pat Whelan, whom many of you will recognize as the owner of PJW Automotive, a New Brighton institution for over 38 years.  Pat closed the business and sold the building and property last October.  Pat was here today to talk to us about Stockyard Days in his role as President of this year’s Stockyard Days Committee.  Pat said that some people think it’s odd that Pat, a Minneapolis resident, would want to be in charge of Stockyard Days; but Pat feels very connected to New Brighton and sees the value of the celebration to the community.  Pat thanked us for our ongoing support of Stockyard Days (Parade Hot Dog Feed, CPY Kiddie Korral & financial support) and encouraged anyone who’s interested to attend a committee meeting on each second Tuesday, 6:30 PM, at the Eagles Club.  Pat’s goal for this year is to apply his organizational skills to consolidate events, with more events on the weekend to increase profitability.  Golfing, Bike Races, Parade, Street Bands, CPY Kiddie Korral, Fireworks, Antique Car Run, Car Show, 5K and 10K runs, Water Ski Show, Duck Race and New Brighton Ambassador events are planned for this year’s celebration.  Pat is pictured below.

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Meeting Recap - April 2, 2019

Posted by Jeff Benson on Apr 02, 2019
Our guest today was our exchange student, Maria Klakegg.
 
The Gold Plate Dinner is on April 12th.  It’s extremely important that you get your tickets, sold or unsold, to Bev Aplikowski ASAP!  She also needs your and your guests’ dinner choices.  We’re a little behind last year’s pace on ticket sales and sponsorships, so keep beating the bushes for potential attendees and donors.
 
President Cindy Carlson made us aware of the Northeast Youth and Family Services (NYFS) Leadership Luncheon on May 1st at Midland Hills.  Cindy would love to have you at her table, so let her know if you can join her.
 
Nicole Ulrich reminded us that the Benedictine Gala is on May 17th at St John’s.  Talk to Nicole if you would like to attend this great event.
 
Cindy reminded us that our noon meeting on April 30th will be off-site at St. John’s for the Community Support Center (CSC) Annual Luncheon.  We are a founding organization of CSC so it’s great to be able to show our support the great work they do in our community.
 
Dave Hoel reminded us that we are all needed to stuff Easter Eggs at the Exchange, 11AM, on April 14th.  All Rotarians are also asked to be at Driftwood Park by 10AM on Saturday, April 20th to set up for the Egg Hunt.
 
Amy Janecek reported that today is A.C.T. day for all juniors at Irondale.  She also gave us a preview of the planned renovations at Irondale which include updates to the school offices, mechanical infrastructure and a new 650 seat auditorium!
 
Ed James said that our Feed My Starving Children event will be on May 28th from 8-930PM.  He also noted that volunteers are still needed for our Fourth Grade Foresters Tree Giveaway on Thursday, April 11th.  Give Ed a call or sign up at next week’s noon meeting.   Ed also needs a few more people to read the applications for our at-large scholarship.  We will also need one more host family for next year’s inbound exchange student from Japan.
 
Happy Bucks Highlights:
·         Amy Janecek was happy to travel to Charleston and Savannah recently.
·         Margaret Johnson travelled to Taiwan to be with her family for the funeral of her father and was happy to find a break in her busy schedule to attend Rotary today.
·         Bev Aplikowski was happy that her son is involved in the remodeling project at Irondale.
·         Cindy Carlson was happy about her trip to Mexico with girlfriends.
·         Nicole Ulrich was happy to be in Armenia recently to visit family.
·         Nicole offered another dollar for a great prenatal checkup (she’s due Sept. 6th).  She played a recording of the baby’s heartbeat…a strong 145 beats per minute.
·         Paul Fournier was happy to have had a successful pacemaker test.  He got his heart rate set to 80 beats per minute (65 beats per minute less than Nicole’s baby’s heart rate!)
·         Garry Johnson was happy to be done with kitchen remodeling after a water leak did major damage.  He was also very happy to have spent some quality time with his grandson.
 
Paul Fournier introduced his wife, and today’s speaker, Chrissy.  Chrissy’s topic was Alzheimer’s Disease.  Her knowledge of Alzheimer’s comes from personal experience dealing with her mother Helen’s struggle with the disease.  Chrissy’s mother was her role model; a capable and vivacious single parent and career woman who seemed to be able to tackle any challenge that life offered.  But around the time of Helen’s 70th birthday, Chrissie began to notice some changes in Helen’s ability to manage routine tasks.  These subtle signs were stage1 of Alzheimer’s, Mild Cognitive Impairment.  As the disease progressed to Stage 2, Mild Alzheimer’s Dementia, Helen was less able to manage driving and other complex tasks, but still able to function reasonably well.  At stage 3, Moderate Alzheimer’s Dementia, Helen had much more difficulty with basic tasks and driving was a real problem.  Helen’s failure to recognize her only daughter was heartbreaking for Chrissy.  Chrissy was relieved to find excellent care for Helen at Ebenezer.   At this point Chrissy had the revelation that she could decide how to respond to her mother’s situation rather than simply reacting to her mother’s declining capabilities.  This made it easier for her to cope with the oncoming stage 4 or Severe Alzheimer’s Dementia.  By engaging with the Alzheimer’s Association and educating herself about Alzheimer’s, she found a way forward to cope with the terror, confusion and eventual loss of mental and, finally, physical abilities that accompany this final stage of the disease. 
 
Chrissy revealed that by 2025, 7.1 million people will suffer from Alzheimer’s disease and that two thirds o f those over 65 will have the disease.  It is currently the 6th leading cause of death for adults
 
Many of you will remember that Chrissy spoke to us a few years ago about the book that she had written about her experiences with her mother’s Alzheimer’s disease.  That book was titled after her mother’s favorite song, “On the Sunny Side of the Street”.    Chrissy’s publisher urged her to update the book and she has made significant changes to the book, including many of her mother’s writings as well.  The book has been re-titled and published under the title “The Unexpected” which seems like an apt title for a book about a caregiver’s experiences with Alzheimer’s Disease.  Chrissy’s new book is available on Amazon.  She and Paul are pictured below.
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Meeting Recap - March 26, 2019

Posted by Jeff Benson on Mar 26, 2019

President-elect Dennis Connolly took over the meeting responsibilities for vacationing President Cindy Carlson.   Our guests today were:

·         Ellen Dunn, a Rotary Global Grant Fellowship Scholar sponsored by our club.  Ellen is studying in London.

·         Sofia Valdez, our outbound exchange student for next year.  Sophia will represent us in Spain.

Sofia (left) and Ellen (right) are pictured with Ed James.

 

Bev Aplikowski appealed to all of us to get our sold tickets and meal selections for the Gold Plate Dinner to her ASAP.

 

Nicole Ulrich reminds us that the Benedictine Health Center at Innsbruck will hold its 12th annual gala on May 17th.  Contact Nicole for more information about this really fun event.

 

Life Prep Academy will hold a dinner and silent auction on Thursday, March 28th, 6:30-8PM, at Moe’s Restaurant in Mounds View.  Life Prep Academy provides a high school diploma program and a dormitory for its high school aged homeless students.  RSVP preferred to: pam@lifeprepacademymn.com

 

Margaret Johnson encourages us all to consider increasing our quarterly contributions to the Rotary Foundation.  If you haven’t already done so, increasing your mandatory $10/quarter contribution to $25/ quarter will help us achieve our club goal of each member contributing $100 or more to the Rotary Foundation each year.  Watch your email for more details.

 

Next year’s outbound exchange student, Sofia Valdez, introduced herself to the club.  Sofia is 16 years old and a St. Anthony H.S. student.  When she’s not working at Hazel’s Northeast Restaurant, Sofia volunteers with several organizations including Step-Up and Minnesota Interfaith Power and Light.  She is a self-described energy activist.  Sofia sweetened her introduction with delicious blue and gold cookies (Rotary colors, of course).

 

Our speaker today was Lisa Baker, Program Manager at the Ralph Reeder Food shelf.  Lisa has been with the Food Shelf for 21 years.  Lisa began her talk with a video of the Grand Opening Celebration at their new location in the Silver View Strip Mall at 2544 Mounds View Boulevard.  Lisa noted that over 400 people attended the celebration.   Lisa said that hunger and food insecurity are a big problem, even in the suburbs.  One in eleven households is affected by hunger in rural, suburban and urban areas and one in seven children go to bed hungry each night.  One third of Mounds View Public Schools students qualify for free and reduced lunches.  It’s not just kids and young families that don’t have enough food, though; 10% of the food shelf’s clients are seniors.  In 2018, Ralph Reeder gave out 667,326 pounds of food and goods to 26,520 duplicated people and they are currently serving 963 families each month.  This reflects the trend that shows a nearly 100% increase in food shelf usage since 2010.  People in need of food call the food shelf to make an appointment to meet with a staff person to determine eligibility.  If eligible, they shop for their own food or other needed items.  At checkout the food is weighed to document the benefit.  The Food Shelf also participates in “Schooltrition” programs to get food to children in school.  These programs include Snackpack, Smartsnacks and Pop-up School Markets.  Over 400 students are enrolled in these programs district-wide.

 

If you are wondering how you can help, there are several options:

·         Volunteer at the Food Shelf

·         Donate food or other supplies

·         Donate money (each dollar buys 8 dollars of food)

·         Sponsor a program or event

·         Spread the word about hunger and the Food Shelf’s efforts to fight it.

 

For more information, call the Food Shelf at 651-621-6280 or go to https://www.moundsviewschools.org/Domain/75

Lisa and Mary Stewart are pictured below.

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Meeting Recap - March 19, 2019

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:   jslama735@gmail.com
 
 
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: portal.clubrunner.ca/10976
 
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: paulc@inclinetech.com  Paul and Geoff are shown below.
 
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Meeting Recap - March 12, 2019

Posted by Jeff Benson on Mar 12, 2019

President Cindy Carlson opened the meeting with the Pledge and Mary Stewart offered an invocation.  There were no guests today.

 

The Rotary Rose Bowl Float committee sent us a thank you note acknowledging our most recent contribution and thanking us for our support over the last ten years.

 

Peacemaker Minnesota will hold its fourth annual cribbage tournament fundraiser on Sunday, April 28th, from 5:30-9:00PM at Adagio’s Pizza Factory right here in New Brighton.  The entry fee is $40 ($30 of which is tax deductible).  It’s a team play tournament, but if you need a teammate, they will find one for you.  Food and beverages are provided.  Click here to sign up.

 

Jason Slama will 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 mailto:jslama735@gmail.com

 

Dennis Connolly 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. For your reference, last year’s contributions in each category can be accessed by clicking here.

 

Ed James had several announcements:

·         Volunteers are 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.

·         Camp RYLA participants will be selected soon.

·         Sofia Valdez will be our outbound exchange student next year and we will be hosting an inbound exchange student from Japan.  Two host families will be needed.

·         Our Feed My Starving Children food packing event will be on either Tuesday May 21st or 28th.

 

Mary Stewart thanked everyone who participated in the CPY Spring Luncheon last Tuesday.  Mary brought some absolutely delicious cupcakes today as an additional thank you.

 

March 22nd is World Water Day.  If you have a story or other tidbit about the importance of clean water, please come prepared to share it at our Tuesday noon meeting on March 19th.

 

Gerry Tietz reported that he is in the process of migrating our website’s domain name to Clubrunner.  I the meantime please use the following url to access the website: portal.clubrunner.ca/10976

 

Happy Bucks Highlights:

·         Paul Fournier was happy that Chrissy was interviewed by Maple Grove Community TV about the books she has authored.   The interviewer was none other than Barry Zevan.  You can find the interview on YouTube by clicking here.

·         Bev Aplikowski was happy to be recovering at home after recent health issues and also happy to be able to attend our meeting today.

·         Cindy Carlson will be a grandma for the second time this July.

·         Dennis Connolly was happy to be with his grandkids every day last week and is also happy now that it’s over.

 

Mary Stewart introduced Jennifer Fink, New Brighton’s Director of Parks and Recreation.  Jennifer joined the team at New Brighton 18 months ago after 13 years in similar roles elsewhere.  Her topic today was the New Brighton Parks, Trails and Recreation Master Plan which is currently under development.  The plan will be a comprehensive plan to provide an overall community vision of parks, trails and recreation for the next 20 years and to prioritize investment in improvements.  The Master Plan will take into account our changing demographics.  New Brighton is becoming older and more diverse in terms of ethnicity, income level and physical ability, and these factors must be accounted for in the Master Plan.  Changing trends in recreation like splash pads, pickle ball courts and ninja warrior courts will also be considered.  Of course, inclusivity and sustainability will also be important considerations.  Another goal of the Master Plan will be to foster a sense of place and celebrate community pride. 

 

Jennifer is determined to engage the community in the planning process, employing a variety of tools to ensure that all interested parties have an opportunity to provide input.  Community events and pop-up engagements will complement more formal public meetings.  There is a Neighborhood Input Meeting scheduled on Thursday, March 21st, 6PM at the Sunny Square Park building to gather input for the Master Plan.  Another interesting tool is Social Pinpoint, an online interactive project map which allows residents to submit comments ideas and other input from any internet connected device.   The target completion date for the Master Plan is October 19th.  Jennifer and Mary are shown below.

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Meeting Recap - February 26, 2019

Posted by Jeff Benson on Feb 26, 2019

Bev Aplikowski was able to attend the meeting today after a long absence due to health issues.  Welcome back, Bev!

 

President Cindy Carlson welcomed our speaker’s guest, Karen Pepin.  Karen serves on the board of Remember Niger Coalition.

 

Cindy thanked all those who helped put on our 40th Anniversary Party this past weekend.  Special praise was given to George Winiecki, who worked so hard to contact past Rotarians and Nicole Ulrich, whose banquet experience and decorating expertise made the event so special.  Cindy also thanked Chef Kyle and the Exchange staff for the excellent food and service.  The club responded by thanking Cindy for her part in organizing and emceeing the bash.

 

It’s now confirmed that our April 30th noon meeting will be held off-site at the Community Support Center Luncheon.  We will meet at St John the Baptist Catholic Church.

 

Geoff Hollimon reminded us that we will also have an off-site meeting at the CPY Spring Luncheon on March 5th.  A big Rotary turnout will show the community how strongly we support CPY’s youth mission.  There is no cost to attend.  An accurate head count is necessary to plan the food.  Look for a sign-up sheet at next week’s meeting.

 

Dennis passed around a sign-up sheet for Gold Plate Dinner responsibilities.  If everyone takes at least one responsibility at the dinner, it would allow those few who have traditionally done everything to have some time to enjoy the evening.

 

Our condolences go to Margaret Johnson, whose father died recently.  Margaret will be in Taiwan for services.

 

Dennis Connolly will be sending an email with possible times to sort and pack medical supplies for Bolivia at the Mano-a-Mano warehouse near the Minnesota Fairgrounds.

 

Ed James said that we collected $78 last week by passing the hat for seed money for a future visit to Feed My Starving Children in May.  Stay tuned for more information.

 

Next week, Geoff Hollimon will auction off three tickets for a tour of the inner workings of Target Field.  This isn’t your average tour, but rather a private tour provided by the “Curator” of the stadium.  The Tour will visit several areas which are off-limits to the standard tours.  Check your calendars for availability on Saturday, March 9th.

 

Ed James celebrated a birthday this week so Cindy discovered the hiding place of the dreaded birthday hat and brought it out just for Ed.  As you can see from the photo below, Ed wore the hat with style.

 

Happy Bucks Highlights

·         Ed James was happy that his fiancée, Rachael, was able to join us for the 40th Anniversary Party.

·         Bev Aplikowski was happy to be back with us.

·         David Hoel was happy to be leaving for Florida for 3 weeks.  I wonder if it will still be below zero when he returns.

·         George Winiecki was thankful for all the Rotarians who do so much for the club, both visible and behind the scenes.

 

President Cindy introduced a speaker who is very familiar to us by now, Kara VanderKamp, President and Executive Director of Remember Niger Coalition.  Remember Niger is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year and Kara noted that we have been supporters of the Coalition for 8 or more years.  Remember Niger is a response to the desperate conditions present in Niger.  With a population of 20 million, Niger is the least developed and least educated country on earth.  Combine this with an average birth rate of 7 children per woman (the highest rate on earth) and the future looks bleak, but Remember Niger Coalition believes that education is the key to preventing a humanitarian crisis in Niger.  Currently, only 38% of kids attend elementary school, 11% attend middle school and just 3% attend high school.  Remember Niger envisions quality education for all and supports Nigerian leaders who share that vision.  These leaders believe that education is the key to increased prosperity and the key to population control.  Studies show that birth rate drops dramatically as the education level of young women increases.  A higher education level of mothers also dramatically increases their desire to educate their children.  Since Niger’s education system is ill-equipped to accomplish this goal, Remember Niger has adopted multiple strategies to improve the educational infrastructure and educational outcomes.  Our Rotary club and others have joined forces to create matching grants to help fund many of Remember Niger initiatives, including many of the following:

·         School construction

·         Latrine construction

·         School sponsorships

·         Solar power and solar wells

·         Gardens and meals

·         Teacher training

·         Scholarships

·         Computer labs

Future projects include more solar powered wells, schools for disabled children, teacher training seminars, more secondary schools and a nursing school.

Kara and Cindy are pictured below.

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Meeting Recap - February 19, 2019
 

Posted by Jeff Benson on Feb 19, 2019

Ed James’ fiancée, Rachael, was visiting from London.  She will join us for our 40th Anniversary party this Saturday.

 

Speaking of the Anniversary Party; 74 RSVP’s have been received for the Event which will be held at the New Brighton Community Center, Saturday, February 23rd from 5:30-9:30PM.

 

Our Gold Plate Dinner is set for Friday, April 12th.  Mark Beisswenger outlined the intricacies of ticket sales as follows:

·    Each Rotarian will be billed for one ticket to the event. 

·    The ticket sales team captains will provide each of their team members an envelope with one or more additional tickets to sell.  Please start trying to sell the tickets   immediately.  For each ticket you sell, return the check and a completely filled out ticket stub to you team captain.  Any tickets that you know you will be unable to sell should be returned to you team captain ASAP so someone else on your team can sell it.

·       From February 12th – April 2nd, Rotarians who sold a ticket during the previous week will receive one entry for a $75 grand prize drawing at the conclusion of the ticket sales competition.  The members of the team with the most combined ticket sales for the previous week will each receive one entry for the $75 grand prize.  The individual who sold the most tickets during the previous week will receive one entry to the grand prize drawing plus their choice of a bottle of wine, a six pack of craft beer or a $10 gift card.  The Rotarian who sells the most tickets overall will receive $75 cash.  To qualify for the sales competition each ticket sale must be confirmed by the buyer and reported to your team captains. Also make sure to report the meal choice information for each ticket.  Now get out there and sell tickets!

 

The Board meets on Tuesday, February 26, 11:00AM at the Exchange.  The noon meeting will feature Kara VanderKamp with an update on Remember Niger.  Kara will also attend the 4:01 meeting on Thursday, Feb 28th.

 

President Elect Dennis Connolly presented an opportunity to sort medical supplies at Mano-a-Mano.  These donated medical supplies will go to Bolivia. Sorting times are Tuesday from 5-8PM and Friday from 3-5PM.  There was significant interest in both days.  Stay tuned for details.

 

Dave Hoel reminded us to mark our calendars for the Easter Egg stuffing on April 14th, 11 AM and the Egg Hunt itself on April 20th, 10AM.  Nicole Ulrich encouraged us to attend the Sunday, February 24th, 6:30PM performance of “This Is Living”, a youth musical at Christ the King Lutheran Church.  The musical will feature our exchange student, Maria Klakegg.  Don’t miss it!

 

Ed James passed the hat to gather seed money for our Feed My Starving Children food packing event in May.  Details are forthcoming.

 

Happy Bucks Highlights

·         Paul Fournier was happy to have finally sold his airplane.

·         John and Tina Risdall are celebrating their 30th anniversary.

·         Nils Friberg bought Peg an Instapot for her 72nd birthday.  He said it was complicated, but he finally got it working.  He claims he didn’t inhale.

·         Nicole Ulrich is happy to be moving and even happier to be expecting in September.

·         Dana Rebelein was finally able to offer a happy buck for Gopher athletics after a few frustrating weeks.

·         John Ordway was happy to have avoided much of the snow and cold by vacationing in Arizona.

 

Ed James introduced Thompson Aderinkomi, Founder and CEO of NICE HEALTHCARE.  Thompson is a 1998 Irondale graduate and got his undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University of Minnesota.  Thompson currently resides in North East Minneapolis.

 

Thompson began his presentation with the assertion that the traditional health care model in this country is badly broken because of high costs and poor access.  Nice Healthcare addresses both of these issues with a unique approach to basic healthcare.  The Nice approach revolves around an app that allows you to schedule a “video visit” with a Nurse Practitioner who can spend as much time as necessary to diagnose your symptoms.  If a prescription is indicated, most common drugs can be delivered to your home at no charge for the drug or the delivery.  For less commonly prescribed drugs, a regular prescription can be written to be filled at a local pharmacy.  If further tests are needed, a health care professional will come to your home to complete the tests and even x-rays.  The home visit service is currently available only in the metro area but the video visits are available anywhere you have cell phone service.

 

The service is primarily marketed to businesses that are looking for a way to minimize the frustration of high costs of and difficult access to routine health care.  The subscription costs $25-35/month/employee and the employee’s family is included in the service. The service doesn’t eliminate the need for catastrophic health care coverage, nor does it coordinate with traditional health insurance.  In fact, the low cost is made possible because the service is completely separate from your health insurance plan.  If an employer doesn’t offer the service, it is available for individuals at $89/month and families at $150/month.   Nice currently has 8,000 people covered in the metro area is aggressively seeking more subscribers.  Cindy, Thompson and Ed are shown below.

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Meeting Recap - February 12, 2019

Posted by Jeff Benson on Feb 12, 2019

George Winiecki updated us on our 40th Anniversary Party coming up on February 23rd, 5:30 PM at the New Brighton Community Center.  He has 58 RSVP’s from current and former Rotarians and spouses.  If you have not RSVP’d yet, it’s very important that you let George know ASAP so we can order the right number of meals.

 

You all have received emails with a Gold Plate Dinner sales brochure and your GPD sales team assignments.  Mark Beisswenger explained how the Gold Plate Dinner ticket sales contest will work.  From February 12th – April 2nd, Rotarians who sold a ticket the previous week will receive one entry for a $75 grand prize drawing at the conclusion of the ticket sales competition.  The members of the team with the most combined ticket sales for the previous week will each receive one entry for the $75 grand prize.  The individual who sold the most tickets during the previous week will receive one entry to the grand prize drawing plus their choice of a bottle of wine, a six pack of craft beer or a $10 gift card.  The Rotarian who sells the most tickets overall will receive $75 cash.  To qualify for the sales competition each ticket sale must be confirmed by the buyer and reported to Mark Beisswenger.  Also make sure to report the meal choice information for each ticket.  Now get out there and sell tickets!

 

Geoff Hollimon reminded us that our March 5th noon meeting will be off-site at the CPY Luncheon.  A big Rotary turnout will show the community how strongly we support CPY’s youth mission.  There is no cost to attend.  Look for a sign-up sheet at next week’s meeting.

 

We are also looking into the possibility of an off-site meeting for our April 30th noon meeting.  The Community Support Center (CSC) is having its luncheon on that day.  As a founding member of CSC , we could show our continuing support by attending the luncheon.  More to follow…

 

Ed James had three announcements:

·         Our Arbor Day tree give-away is coming up on Friday, April 26th.  Several volunteers will be needed to distribute the trees to area 4th graders.  Mark your calendars now.

·         We need two host families for next year’s youth exchange.  If your family or one you know is willing to host a student, please contact Ed right away.

·         We’re planning to have another Feed My Starving Children event sometime in May.  We’ll pass the hat next week to gather some seed money for the event.

 

Happy Bucks Summary:

·         Mark Beisswenger received a snow blessing from the Minnesota Twins Pastor earlier this year and the results have obviously been amazing.  Word is Mark is lining him up for another blessing for next snow season.

·         Charlie L. is off to Mexico (without kids) for week with college friends.

·         Ed James’ fiancé will be here from England to help us celebrate our 40th anniversary.

·         Mary Stewart’s parents visited her last week and they were also able to help out at CPY.

·         Dave Hoel explained how easy it is to grind up your cell phone with your snow blower.

 

Ed James introduced our speaker, Nyle Zikmund.  Nyle’s topic was the Red River Expedition of 1870.  Around the time of the U.S. Civil War both the U.S. and Canada wanted to encourage settlement of their interiors.  Canada was still a British possession but it was working on independence and was trying to buy Ontario and Manitoba from the England’s Hudson Bay Company to create Canadian settlements there.  The Métis, a group of people created by intermarriage of the native population and French voyageurs, feared that these new settlements would cause them to lose the land they had occupied but had no legal ownership of.  This led the Métis, under the leadership of Louis Riel, to capture Fort Garry.   Riel presided over the court martial and eventual execution of Thomas Scott.  England responded by dispatching 1,200 British Soldiers and 2,000 native guides and porters, led by Colonel Garnet Wolseley, to quell the rebellion.  At that time there few roads so the expeditionary force would need to paddle most of the way.  Wolseley and his men faced a most difficult journey, traveling from 3 in the morning until after dark and all the while plagued by ravenous mosquitoes.  Despite grueling conditions, they covered 370 miles in just 90 days, but were unable to engage Riel and the Métis because they had fled Fort Garry to avoid a battle with the clearly superior British forces.  Both Riel and Wolseley went on to be prominent historical figures.  Ed and Nyle are shown below.

 
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Meeting Recap - February 5, 2019

Posted by Jeff Benson on Feb 05, 2019

President Elect Dennis Connolly presided over today’s meeting  in President Cindy Carlson’s absence.

 

Dennis reminded us to RSVP now for our 40th Anniversary Bash coming up on February 23rd.  If you have contact information for former Rotarians, please get that information to George Winiecki ASAP!

 

The next meeting of the Gold Plate Dinner Planning Team will be before our noon meeting on Tuesday February 12th at 11 AM.  Your input is needed to make the event successful, so please attend the meeting and bring your ideas on how to make this fundraiser successful and fun!  The success of the event is, of course, dependent on ticket sales so talk to your friends and co-workers about joining you at the event.  Also, when you dine out, consider asking the restaurant manager if they would donate a $25 or $50 gift certificate to be raffled off at the event.  If the manager declines, you might consider donating a gift certificate yourself.

 

Happy Bucks Highlights

   - Garry Johnson moved a friend into the Veterans Home in Minneapolis this week and couldn't’t say enough about the quality of the facility and the caring staff.  Nice to know that, despite some recent bad press in other areas, Minnesota does right by Veterans.

   - Dennis Connolly was in Tuscon for two weeks and had a great time despite the need to apply some plumbing skills to clear roots out of the sewer pipe.

   - Nyle Zikmund  is leaving for Tuscon just as Dennis is returning.  I hope his plumbing skills are as good as Dennis’s.

   - David Hoel is celebrating the 53rd anniversary of his first date with Susan.  There was no word on whether Susan was celebrating 53 years with David.  Congratulations to a great couple!

   - John Risdall will celebrate his 30th wedding anniversary this week.  He was also grateful to finally be able to get around without a walker after breaking his leg a year ago.

 

Nyle Zikmund introduced our speaker, Mike Shantzen, a Detective from the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office and Task Force Officer with the MN Bureau of Criminal Apprehension Human Trafficking Task Force.  Mike specializes in child/adult sexual assaults, death investigations, sex trafficking and other felony level crimes.

 

Mike defined sex trafficking as when three or more parties are involved in commercial sex transaction (Buyer, Victim Trafficker).  Traffickers use force, fraud and coercion to lure their victims into sexual  acts in exchange for money or other items of value.  Sex trafficking is driven by the economics of supply and demand.  Men who want to pay for sex with girls, boys and women provide the demand and traffickers, driven by money power and greed, provide the victims to satisfy the demand.  The FBI has ranked Minnesota 13th in the incidence of child prostitution; the average age of first trafficking being just 11-14 years old.  A 2015 survey of trafficking victim service providers in Minnesota showed that they had helped 21 adult males, 319 adult females, 36 juvenile males and an astounding 943 juvenile females.  These numbers only reflect the victims that reported being victims of sex trafficking…it seems that these victims are just the tip of the iceberg.  Mike said that trafficking is not just an inner city problem, indicating that there are a large number of trafficking cases in the Anoka County/North Metro Area.  Sex trafficking is hiding in plain sight in our hotels, motels, massage parlors, and private residences.

 

The Minnesota Human Trafficking Investigation Task Force (MN HITF) is a consortium of investigators and analysts from local and state crime fighting agencies whose mission is to deter trafficking and assist in the investigation of trafficking cases when they occur.  They accomplish this mission in many ways:

·         Proactive operations like trafficking awareness education in high schools and churches and other public forums.

·         Conduct training for law enforcement and other service professionals.

·         Trafficking recognition training for hotel/motel staff and management

·         Victim recovery operations

·         Sting operations to help suppress demand for juvenile trafficking

 

For more information about the Mn BCA’s Human Trafficking Investigators Task Force, click here.  

 

Contact Information:

·         National Human Trafficking Hotline – 866-223-1111

·         Human Trafficking Investigators Task Force – 651-793-7000

·         Detective Mike Schantzen – 651-793-1130 or mike.schantzen@co.anoka.mn.us

 

Dennis and Mike are pictured below.

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Meeting Recap - January 29, 2019

Posted by Jeff Benson on Jan 29, 2019

Our sole guest today was Roseville Rotarian Marv Sorvala.

 

President Cindy Carlson reported that the Board has approved donations to the Mounds View Police Foundation’s Daddy-Daughter Dance and to the Arden Hills/Shoreview Rotary’s Sewing School Project in India.

 

Ed James said that our exchange student, Maria, has moved to Paul and Denise Jacobsen’s home.  Please give the Jacobsen’s a call to schedule some time with Maria.  Maria will be traveling to Hawaii from February 26-March 8th.

 

Happy Bucks Highlights:

   - Marv Sorvala is engaged to Diane!

   - Bob Barmore is happy that the snowblower he bought five years ago at at Beisswenger’s started on the first pull yesterday.

   - Nicole and Tyson Ulrich sold their home and are looking for a new one.

 

New member Charlie Longbella took the podium to deliver his new-member classification talk.  Charlie was born in Minneapolis but moved to Chippewa Falls, WI when he was 5.  He got his degrees in Business Administration and Golf Course Management from Stout and had a variety of jobs until he came to work for his uncle at Big Blue Boxes.  Big Blue Boxes provides moving and storage services for homeowners and businesses.  They rent shipping containers for storage at your home or business or at Big Blue Box’s secure storage area.  They have over 1,000 containers available.  The company has recently expanded its services to include intermodal trucking (transportation of shipping containers between trains and businesses.

 

Charlie’s uncle, a Brooklyn Park Rotarian, encouraged Charlie to become involved in Rotary and, even before he joined our club, he was part of a Brooklyn Park Rotary project to donate a shipping container loaded with sewing machines, fabrics and other much needed supplies to Haiti.  Charlie is jumping right in here at NBMV Rotary by agreeing to be on the board as director of Public Image/Communications.

 

Charlie lives in Woodbury with his wife Molly and kids, Crosby and Hadley.  Cindy and Charlie are shown below.

 

President Cindy reviewed our goals for the last 6 months of this Rotary Year by logging in to the Goal Center of the Rotary Club Central web page.  We reviewed our  goals in the following areas:

  - Membership,

  - Service Participation,

  - New Member Sponsorship,

  - Leadership Development Participation,

  - District Conference Attendance,

  - District Training Participation

  - Foundation Giving,

  - Service Projects, including Harvest Pack, Camp Enterprise, Food Shelf, Camp RYLA, CSC, Financial Literacy, Homelessness Eradication, Stockyard Days Parade, MV Festival in the Park, CPY, FMSC, Egg Hunt, among others.

 

Club Administration Director Bob Barmore reminded us to attempt to get a variety of speakers and to make prospective speakers aware of our desire to avoid extremely controversial or offensive presentation topics.

 

The slate of leadership nominees for the 2019-20 Rotary Year was presented and approved by the members present.  The new Leadership Team is:

 

President                                          Dennis Connolly

President-Elect                                Nicole Ulrich

Secretary                                          Jason Miller

Treasurer                                          John Ordway

Club Adm/Club Service                  Nyle Zikmund

Foundation                                       Nils Friberg

Membership                                    Cindy Carlson

Public Image/Communications    Charlie Longbella

AM/Flex Meetings                          Michelle Caron

Community Service                        Mike Johnson

International Service                     Geoff Hollimon

Youth Service/Youth Exchange    Edeth James

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Meeting Recap - January 22, 2019

Posted by Jeff Benson on Jan 22, 2019

Our guests today were: MaryAnn Bawden, Blaine Ham Lake Rotarian Lyn Stepaniak and Twin Cities North Chamber President John Connelly.  John noted that we are all invited to the T.C. North Chamber Open House on February 14th from 3-5PM at the Reserve, 1915 Highway 36 West in Roseville.  The Chamber is also having its Golden Gala on Thursday March 7th, from 6-9PM.  The event will be held at the Mermaid Event Center and tickets are $75.

 

President Cindy Carlson presented Cor Wilson with a Dedicated Service Award, honoring her many years of service to Rotary and the community.  Cor served as NBMV Rotary President twice, in 1997-98 and 2012-13.  Cor was asked to join Rotary by Dana Rebelein, and Dana presented Cor with a “retirement clock” which had no hours on the dial, just the days of the week.  Happy retirement Cor; we’re going to miss you. Cor is shown with her award, below.

 

The club is gearing up to see if it can top last year’s stellar performance at the District Awards presentation.  We’re looking for someone to help document this year’s progress.  If you are that person, please contact Cindy Carlson.

 

Our Exchange Student, Maria Klakegg, will be moving from the Johnson’s to her second home with the Jacobsen’s this Friday.  Please think about including Maria in your activities around the cities…she is incredibly fun to be with.

 

Don’t forget to get your RSVP’s for our 40th Anniversary Party to George Winiecki.  Many past Rotarians will be joining us to celebrate this milestone.  We’ll gather at the New Brighton Community Center from 5:30-9:30PM with catering by the Exchange.

 

By now you all should have received your ticket selling information brochure for our 18th Annual Gold Plate Dinner on April 12th.  Note that the ticket price this year is $150 per couple. To create some excitement about tickets sales, Mark Beisswenger has put together 4 teams that will compete for ticket selling honors (as well as prizes).  The team captains are David Hoel, Garry Johnson, Nicole Ulrich and Michelle Caron.  You can expect your team captain to contact you to plan your ticket selling strategy.

 

The Board presented the revised by-laws for approval.  The new by-laws were approved by voice vote.

 

The St. Paul Sunrise, Minneapolis City of Lakes, and Roseville Rotary clubs are presenting a community forum entitled, “Minnesota’s Climate Future: Saving the Places We Love” on Thursday, May 2, 7:15-9:15, at the Town and Country Club in St. Paul.  The forum will feature MPR Chief Meteorologist, Paul Huttner, Alan Anderson from the Northfield Rotary Climate Action Team and J. Drake Hamilton, Director of Science Policy for Fresh Energy.  Cost is $25/person.

 

We were blessed with two speakers today, Bill Klump and Stephanie Cosgrove, both Rotarians from the Arden Hills/Shoreview club.  Bill was here to make us aware of Arden Hills/Shoreview’s District Matching Grant Proposal to fund a sewing school for young women in the village of Amaravahti, India.  The school would be modeled after a successful sewing school in Rajupalem, India, which was established by a non-profit organization called PUSHPA.  PUSHPA was established by long-time Arden Hills residents Gummadi and Shirley Franklin to help underprivileged people in the state of Andhra Pradesh, India to participate in their own health, economic and educational development. The proposed school would serve young women and their families by teaching the women to sew.  This basic skill would provide these young women with an opportunity for employment and perhaps entrepreneurship.  Sewing skill would also make the women more marriageable by reducing the amount of any expected dowry.  District 5960 has approved the $17,000 grant proposal and Arden Hills/Shoreview Rotary must now secure $4,800 in donations from area clubs.  Bill is hoping that we will be able to help in that effort.

 

Stephanie Cosgrove was here to promote another Arden Hills/Shoreview Rotary initiative; preventing human trafficking.  The title of Stephanie’s presentation was, “Out of the Shadows: Ending Human Trafficking in Minnesota”.  Stephanie defined human trafficking as: When one person holds another person in compelled service.  She noted that 25-40 million people are enslaved worldwide; 51% are women and 20% are girls. There are 300,000 new sex trafficking victims each year in the U.S. alone.  Trafficking generates $150 billion in business globally; two thirds of which is from sex trafficking.  The victims of sex trafficking are on average 12-14 years old when they enter the trafficking business and are forced to have sex 5-40 times a day.  The average life expectancy after entering trafficking is just 7 years.  Lest we be tempted to blame only the traffickers, we should remember that the purchasers of sex are as much to blame as the traffickers.  Minnesota has the 13th highest rate of youth prostitution in the U.S. with 8-14 thousand sex trafficking victims each year.  Fortunately in Minnesota, Safe Harbor Laws treat these young women and girls as victims, not criminals and great efforts are being made to serve and care for victims.  We can begin to eradicate sex trafficking increasing  awareness, educating children and youth, reducing vulnerability and risk factors and by stopping the demand.  Rotary Clubs across the state are working together to accomplish these goals.  Presentations have been made to over 60 clubs in districts 5960 and 5950 and more than 15 clubs have launched projects in their communities.  A website has been started and $800 is needed to complete the development of the site.  Club donations of $150 are being sought to complete the site.  We can also help by partnering to bring anti-trafficking curriculum to the Mounds View School System.  Stephanie sent a link to a video of the format for elementary schools

 

Bill Klump and Stephanie Cosgrove are shown below,

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Meeting Recap - January 15, 2019

Posted by Jeff Benson on Jan 15, 2019

President Cindy Carlson opened the meeting by reading a thank you from Irondale Choir Director Jason Etten.  Jason thanked us for our generous donation and said that the money will be used to provide a scholarship for a student to attend All-State Choir this year.

 

Cindy also passed around thank you cards from our Remember Niger Coalition students Charifa (5th grade) and Mamaan (4th grade).  Cindy read a letter updating us on Remember Niger and thanking us for our continuing sponsorship of Charifa and Mamaan.  At our February 26th noon meeting, Remember Niger’s executive director, Kara VanderKamp, will be here to further update us.

 

We have been notified that our Harvest Pack meals have arrived in Puerto Rico.  We’ll be updated when the meals have been distributed to Puerto Ricans still suffering the effects of the hurricane.

 

Cindy Carlson, Margaret Johnson and new member Jed Hamoud attended the District 5960 Mid-Term this past weekend and came away with lots of useful information. They highly recommend that members consider attending this meeting next year.

 

President-Elect Dennis Connolly let us know that the new by-laws are ready for a club vote which will occur at next noon meeting (January 22nd).  You should receive a copy of the revised by-laws by email shortly.  Many thanks to Dennis for his hard work in editing the document.

 

The Gold Plate Dinner planning committee met this morning.  The ticket cost per couple will be $150 this year.  You should receive an information sheet by email that will help you in your effort to sell tickets.  Our Fund-a-Cause recipient for this year will be Harvest Pack.  Mark Beisswenger is heading up the ticket sale competition.  Four teams will compete for most tickets sold and the leading ticket seller each week will receive an amazing prize.  Teams will be announced next week.

 

Invitations to our Club’s 40th Anniversary Celebration were handed out today.  The event will be held at the New Brighton Community Center, February 23rd from 5:30-9:30PM.  A large number of previous Rotarians will be attending to help us celebrate this milestone.  You don’t want to miss it!

 

Ed James read a thank you from our scholarship recipient, Taylor Seim, thanking us for our generosity and letting us know that she is attending Bethel University and has been accepted into the nursing program with plans to become a Nurse Anesthetist.

 

Gerry Tietz noted that he had spoken with Bev and that she is recovering in a nursing home after serious problems with an infection.  Bev welcomes phone calls in the afternoon (651-443-1702).

 

Cor Wilson has terminated her Rotary membership and we’re bidding her farewell at our noon meeting on January 22nd.

 

Happy Bucks Summary:

- Bob Barmore will be a Grandpa for the second time in August.  Congratulations, Bob and Julie!

- Dave Hoel had our exchange student, Maria Klakegg, for dinner and had a wonderful time.

- Dennis had his first experience of skiing 6” of fresh powder at Copper Mountain last week.

- Jason Miller just returned from 10 days in Florida with family prior to the beginning of tax season.

 

Garry Johnson and Paul Fournier share a January 17th birthday.  Garry declined the Birthday Hat but Paul wore it with style, below.

 

Bob Barmore introduced our speaker, Mike Hickey, from NFIB (National Federation of Independent Business).  NFIB is the voice of small business, working together with small business owners to represent their interests in Washington, D.C. and in all 50 state capitals.  Founded in 1943, it is celebrating its 75th year.  NFIB is a non-profit, non-partisan lobbying organization exclusively serving small and independent businesses and funded exclusively by voluntary contributions by member businesses.

 

Mike cited several of NFIB’s recent accomplishments at the Federal level:

- Supporting the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

- Supported increased estate tax exemption and increased Section 179 expensing limits.

- Defeat of the “Hillary Care” health care proposal.

- Opposed President Obama’s Waters of America administrative action.

 

NFIB has also been influential in the Minnesota political arena:

- Opposed dramatic change in sexual harassment that would have forced small businesses to pay the litigation cost for harassment claims.

- Successfully pushed for an increase in the estate tax exemption from 2 to 3 million dollars.

- Supported reform of eminent domain laws.

- Supported Worker’s Compensation reforms.

 

NFIB’s Minnesota priorities for 2019:

- Achieve or make significant progress toward conformity with 1 million dollar Federal Section 179 limit.

- Conformity (or significant progress toward conforming to) Federal estate tax exemption

- Work toward conformity with other critical tax provisions to bridge the Minnesota tax code to the new federal law.

- Oppose legislation which mandates:

    - paid family leave,

    - paid sick leave,

    - 2 week advance employee scheduling,

    - $15 statewide minimum wage,

    - Gas Tax increase

 

Bob and Mike are shown below.

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Meeting Recap - January 8, 2019

Posted by Jeff Benson on Jan 08, 2019
Our guests today were:
   -Our Global Grant Fellowship Scholar to London, Ellen Dunn    
   -Our Camp Enterprise representatives; Ellie Goligowski and Breanna Garcia
   -Roseville Rotarian and frequent visitor, Marv Sorvala
   -Twin Cities Rotaract member, Laura Skubic
   -Cindy Carlson’s guest, Kristi Jacobson
   -Today’s inductee Jed Hamoud and wife Becky.
 
We mourn the recent passing of two NBMV Rotarians, John Marg-Patton and Char Samuelson.  Cindy Carlson noted that memorials for her Co-President John Marg-Patton were preferred to NBMV Rotary and the total contributions were in excess of $4,000.  John’s wife Ruth sent a card expressing her gratitude for our support for their family during this difficult time.   Former Rotarian Char Samuelson’s memorial service was held this past weekend.  Gerry Tietz delivered one of the eulogies, outlining the many ways that Char exemplified the rotary motto: “Service Above Self”.  Both John and Char made a big impact on this club and their community and they will be sorely missed.
 
Cindy Carlson and Gerry Tietz shared the honor of inducting a new Rotarian, Jed Hamoud.  Jed has presented to the club many times about his efforts to provide education for Syrian refugees in Lebanon.  Jed will make an excellent addition to our club.  Nils Friberg and Margaret offered words of praise for Jed’s character as well as his charitable efforts.  Jed’s wife, Becky was present for his induction.
Cindy, Jed and Gerry are pictured below.
 
Maria Klakegg, our Norwegian exchange student, was here today and Ed James presented her with a check from the club (below).
 
Cindy presented a holiday gift to the staff of the Exchange for their excellent service over the past year (below).
 
Irondale students Ellie Goligowski and Breanna Garcia spoke briefly about their amazing experience as our representatives to Camp Enterprise.  They said that there were five speakers, each focusing on an aspect of marketing strategy.  Each team developed a product and a business plan with the help of Rotarian mentors.  They presented their plans to a panel of “investors”, ala Shark Tank.  Both students praised the program and thanked us for providing the opportunity for them to attend.  Irondale Principal Amy Janecek, Breanna, Ellie and Ed James are shown below.
 
Saturday, February 23rd, is the date for our Club’s 40th Anniversary Party at the New Brighton Community Center.  The fun begins at 5:30PM and the cost is $30 per person.  We’re inviting as many previous Rotarians as we can get a hold of, so if you are in contact with any former Rotarians, please get their contact information to George Winiecki or Nicole Ulrich.  We could really use some help addressing and stuffing envelopes for the invitations this Thursday, 4 PM at the Exchange.
 
Our Gold Plate Dinner is coming up on Friday April 12th.  The next planning session will be on Tuesday January 15, 11AM at the Exchange.  The tickets for the event will be available soon.
 
Cor Wilson has retired and terminated her membership, but she’s not forgotten. Join us at our noon meeting on January 22 to give Cor a proper send-off.  Cards or other mementos are appropriate.
 
Margaret Johnson has arranged with the St Paul Rotary Club for the transfer of $10,000 of Foundation Recognition Points to our club to help promote contributions to the Foundation’s Polio Plus Fund.  NBMV Rotarians will receive one bonus recognition point for each dollar contributed to Polio plus in the next few months.  Don’t wait to take advantage of this special deal.
 
Cindy noted that the District 5960 Mid-Term will be held at the Anderson Center, Hamline University on January 12th, from 8:30AM to 3:00PM. There’s no better opportunity to learn more about Rotary.  To register, or just check it out, click here.
 
Cindy introduced Laura Skubic, to speak to us about her cultural exchange to Lebanon.  Laura is the Secretary of the Twin Cities Rotaract Club., where she learned about the cultural exchange program.  After several application and interview steps Laura was accepted for the August 2108 exchange.  The Baabda, Lebanon Rotary Club (Dist. 2452) was the host club for the one week exchange, and Laura was blown away by the hospitality of her hosts, especially at meals which were generally a three hour affair.  Because of the short time frame for the trip, the sightseeing and cultural experience was rapid-fire, which allowed her to experience so much, but left her wanting to return for a more complete view of Lebanon.  She was surprised by the variety of climate and scenery and her photos told the story of a beautiful country very unlike the typical stereotype of Middle Eastern countries.  She also had the opportunity to learn about a variety of Rotaract service projects from around the world.
 
Laura answered our questions about the Twin Cities Rotaract Club.  T.C. Rotaract has 15 members, ranging in age from 18-35. They meet twice a month, but the location varies.  Their FaceBook site is the best place to find the location of the next meeting.  Each year they select a charitable organization to support, and this year’s organization is the American Refugee Committee.  Laura is pictured below.
 
Cindy recognized Ellen Dunn.  Ellen is a senior at St. Olaf, studying public health.  She has been selected as a Global Grant Fellowship Scholar.  Ellen will study Global Health in London for a full year.  NBMV Rotary is serving as her sponsor.
 
I gathered all the wonderful young women who graced our meeting today for a photo.  If they represent our future leaders, the future is bright indeed.  From left to right are: Ellen Dunn, Breanna Garcia, Ellie Goligowski, Maria Klakegg, and Laura Skubic)
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Meeting Recap - December 18, 2018

Posted by Jeff Benson on Dec 18, 2018

Because a larger than normal group was expected for our annual Irondale Choir Concert and Carol Sing-Along, the meeting was held in Risdall Marketing Group’s spacious meeting room.  Many thanks to Ted Risdall and staff for their graciousness in hosting the event.  The Exchange provided such a delicious Christmas meal that your editor needed a brief nap before beginning to write this bulletin.  Dave Hoel did a great job of putting all the pieces together for the meeting that is, for many, the best meeting of the year.

 

As many of you already know, Co-President John Marg-Patton passed away last weekend after a protracted battle with cancer.  John’s wife Ruth was present today and talked about John’s final days with remarkable composure.  NBMV Rotarians are invited to attend a visitation beginning at noon on Friday, December 28th, with meditation music at 1:30PM, celebration of John’s life at 2:00PM and reception to follow; all at Christ the King Lutheran Church, 1900-7th Street NW, New Brighton.  If desired, donations may be made to the New Brighton Mounds View Rotary Club.  Click here to download the obituary.

 

Director Jason Etten and the Irondale Choir treated us to an eclectic mix of Holiday music.  First up was the girls Diva Group.  In past years they were the “Diva Dozen” but the great talent pool at Irondale has swelled their number to sixteen.  (See below)

The Guyz Group also numbered 16 this year, and among them were several freshmen.  Hats off to director Etten for attracting so many males to the choir program.  (Photo below)

Both groups joined together for the final two songs, which really showcased these very talented young singers.

 

The concert was followed by our traditional Carol sing-along with the choir.  Many thanks to the Choir, Director Ettten and accompanist Steve Ferkus for fitting us into their busy Holiday performance schedule.  Co-President Cindy Carlson presented a check for $500 to the Choir on behalf of the club.

 

Nicole Ulrich has accepted her nomination as President-Elect Nominee for the 2020-21 Rotary Year.  Congratulations, Nicole.

 

Our club’s 40th Anniversary Celebration is set for February 23rd.  Anyone interested in providing input on the party should show up at Win Insurance Agency, 2704 NE Highway 10, Wednesday December 19th at 4:15PM.  We’d like to invite previous NBMV Rotary members to the party, so if you have addresses for previous members of our club, please get those addresses to George Winiecki.

 

Because the Anniversary Celebration is so soon after the holidays, we will forego the Club holiday party this year.

 

Watch your email for the latest version of the proposed revision of the Club By-Laws.  Contact any Board member with your input.

 

Cindy noted that our Harvest Pack Event was a great success.  The Irondale student body, Eagle’s Club, Lion’s club and NBMV Rotary combined to pack 35,000 meals for those in need.  Meal packs will go to Puerto Rico and also to feed hungry families right here in our own community.  Well done!

 

John Ordway reminded us to get our dues in by December 27 so he can close the books for the quarter.

Our January 29th noon meeting will be our Annual Meeting…all club members are encouraged to attend.
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Meeting Recap - December 11, 2018

Posted by Jeff Benson on Dec 11, 2018
Our guests today were:
- Steve Jordy and Curt Glenna, guests of Nicole Ulrich
- Bob Nelson and Steve Porter, guests of Mike Neeley
- Kristi Jacobson, guest of Cindy Carlson
- Bob Benke
- Karen Meyer
 
Karen Meyer, executive director of community Support Center (CSC) took a moment to explain CSC’s mission to prevent homelessness by providing short-term financial assistance and ongoing counseling.  She invited us to attend their “Sing for Your Neighbors” benefit concert on January 27th, 2PM at Abiding Savior Lutheran Church, 8211 Red Oak Drive in Mounds View.  This concert features several choirs from local area churches which support CSC.  NBMV Rotarian and CSC Board member, Paul Fournier, is shown below presenting our $1,000 donation to Karen.
 
Dennis Connolly reviewed the proposed changes to our Club Bylaws.  Check your recent emails for a draft of the new bylaws and come prepared to vote on them at next week’s noon meeting (December 18th).
 
Cindy noted that Life Prep Academy has added some new services for high school teens.  They have added drop in hours from 3-7Pm on Monday –Friday and overnight emergency shelter services to reach out to even more teens experiencing homelessness.  Volunteers/Donations are always needed so if you’d like to help, click here for more information.
 
Cindy also made us aware that the deadline is December 14th to take advantage of the dollar for dollar match provided by Bell Lumber and Pole for new or increased contributions to the Food Shelf.   Make checks payable to the Ralph Reeder Food Shelf and drop them off at the Food Shelf or get them to Cindy by the 13th.
 
Many of you have already heard of the passing of former NBMV Rotarian Char Samuelson.  Visitor Bob Benke said that the Memorial Service will be on Jan 5th, 11AM, at Salem Covenant Church.
 
Gerry Tietz requested that each of us respond to his request to update our Clubrunner profiles before December 31.  Just follow the link in his recent email.
 
It’s time to think about ticket sales for the Gold Plate Dinner.  Garry Johnson, Michelle Caron, Dave Hoel and Nicole Ulrich have been designated as Team Captains and their teams will be published soon.
 
Our annual Irondale Choir concert and carol sing-along is next Tuesday, December 18th, at Risdall Advertising, 2685 Long Lake Road, Roseville.  Don't miss it!
 
Mark Beisswenger introduced our speakers, Soile Anderson and Eleanor Ostman.  Soile grew up in Finland and, after losing her father in WWII, learned from her mother how to cook and care for her 3 younger siblings.  She learned so well that, in her early 20’s, she bought and successfully operated a restaurant and later ran a 140 room hotel.  She was intrigued the American fast food trend and came to the U.S to find out more about it.  She worked at Perkins at first, and soon found herself working at the other end of the spectrum at the Anchorage restaurant.   She started the Art Deco Restaurant in the Minnesota Museum of Art and shortly thereafter established Deco Catering.  When the Museum was sold in 1992, Soile closed the restaurant but continued the Deco catering business.  About that same time she started Taste of Scandinavia bakeries, specializing in Northern European baked goods.  Taste of Scandinavia eventually grew to 5 locations and was sold in 2005 so she could focus on her catering business.  Deco Catering has become the premier Kosher caterer in the Twin Cities and Jewish clients compose 80% of her business.  Soile has now sold Deco catering and is concentrating on writing books (with co-speaker and author Eleanor Ostman) and giving cooking lessons.  Eleanor, Soile and Cindy are pictured below.
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Meeting Recap - December 4, 2018

Posted by Dana Rebelein on Dec 04, 2018
Your newsletter editor is in the mountains of Colorado but Dana Rebelein was kind enough to provde him with this excellent meeting summary so he could publish it remotely,  Thanks, Dana!

Co-President Cindy called the meeting to order and Mark Beisswenger offered the invocation , including gratitude for snow.
Guests were Bob Benke, Ken Johnson, Marv Sevala and Past District Governor Gary Campbell.
 Ed James reminded us of the Harvest Pack event next Tuesday with Eagles, Lions, and Irondale students at Irondale High School. We can arrive at 3 and will begin our shift at 3:30. The meals packed will be distributed locally and in Puerto Rico.
    Former District Governor and current head of the District 5960 Foundation Team, Gary Campbell, presented the Club with a District matching grant check for $2,720 for the Harvest Pack project. He reported that AG Sandy Campbell is convalescing after knee surgery, and he was glad to not be eating his own cooking this noon.
    Ed James also reported that we have been invited to serve as a host Club for a Rotary Global Scholar, Ellen Hunt, a St. Olaf College senior. Her focus will be on inequalities in health care in refugee camps. Polled by Co-President Cindy, the Club overwhelmingly accepted the privilege.
    President-Elect Dennis Connolly reported on planning for the 18th annual Gold Plate Dinner to be held Friday, April 12, 2019, at the Radisson in Roseville. Tickets will be $150 for two guests/one raffle chance.  [Ed. Comment: Time to step up and volunteer – beat the draft!]  The theme will emphasize the Club’s 40 years of service. The recipient of Fund-a-Cause hasn’t been chosen, but suggestions included Harvest Pack, CPY, Ralph Reeder Food Shelf, and Community Service Center.
Captain Mark Beisswenger announced that there will be 4 ticket selling teams with prizes for the team which sells the most. He asked for volunteers to chair the teams, one of whom will be from the awesome Flex group. 
    Community Services Center: Co-President Cindy announced that Karen Meyer will be at our meeting next week to accept our $1,000 donation toward CSC programs. CSC keeps a box of small extravagances from which patrons can pick up items that they appreciate, but can’t afford. Cindy accepted donations to pick up items, and asked the rest of us to bring things of $3 - $10 value. Suggestions included lotion, shampoo, conditioner, lip gloss, decorative candles, or gently used household items such as knickknacks, pictures, etc. CSC puts these into small gift bags and distributes them to people who come in. 
    She also said there will be a board meeting at 11 o’clock December 18 at Risdall Advertising preceding the holiday sing-along with members of the Irondale choir.
Garry Johnson announced that his office is a collection point for dropping off donations to the Ralph Reeder food shelf.
    Mark Beisswenger introduced the speaker, former classmate and graduate of Mounds View HS, author, and former teacher, Diane Dettmann. Diane has published a number of books, including a historical fiction trilogy which deals with living in the US during World War II: Miriam Daughter of Finnish Immigrants is set in the 1920’s when a Finnish family homesteads in Embarrass, Minnesota, living in a sauna while they finished building their home. Courageous Footsteps is about the experiences of a Japanese-American family separated and taken to detention camps with only what they could carry. On Liberty’s Wings reunites the family, which experiences prejudice following the war. 
    She also wrote 28 Snow Angels, a book about losing a loved one, drawn from her personal experience of her husband’s death after 28 years of marriage.
    Diane is presently contemplating writing a book about Camel Crickets. If you don’t know what they are, you have to wait for the book! 
 
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Meeting Recap - November 27, 2018

Posted by Jeff Benson on Nov 27, 2018

We had no visitors today.

 

Dave Hoel said that the Irondale Choir concert and carol sing-along will be at Risdall Marketing on Tuesday, Dec. 18th.

 

Co-President Cindy Carlson read a thank you from Peacemakers Minnesota for our continuing support of their anti-bullying program.  We are also invited to participate in their annual cribbage tournament in April.  Watch for details here when they become available.

 

Ralph Reeder Food Shelf thanks us for our help with the Holiday Baskets last week, as well as for all that we do during the rest of the year.  We should also be aware of the largest challenge grant in their history.  Bell Lumber and Pole and St Odilia Catholic Church have partnered to match, dollar for dollar up to $25,000, new and increased giving to the food shelf until December 14th.  Contact the Food Shelf for more information.    www.ralphreederfoodshelf.org   651-621-6280

 

The Board allocated $500 to Blaine/Ham Lake Rotary’s Adopt-a-Home matching grant project.  Julie Jeppson spoke to our club recently about this project to provide transitional housing for those moving out of homeless shelters.

 

Our big Harvest Pack event, in partnership with Irondale students, Eagles and Lions will take place on Tuesday December 11th.  Our portion of the packing will start at 3:20 PM, but you can come right after Rotary if it works for you.  A sign-up sheet will be circulated soon and you are welcome to bring guests as long as you sign them up ahead of time.

 

Next Tuesday, December 4th at 11AM, the Gold Plate Dinner Planning Team will have its first meeting.  All are welcome to attend.  Your input will make this the Best Gold Plate Dinner yet.

 

It’s time to start thinking about the Rotary Christmas Party.  Talk to a Board member with your ideas and/or a willingness to host the party.

 

Mark Beisswenger and David Hoel had  birthdays this past week and they were each quick to point out the other’s advancing age (apparently Mark is slightly younger than Dave).  Dave and Mark supplied cake for the occasion to be sure we had enough energy to sing them the Birthday Song (we did).

 

Past-Presidents are asked to stay after next week’s noon meeting to nominate a president-elect.

 

Watch your email for a draft revision of our club by-laws for review and comment.  Thanks to Dennis Connolly for his work on the revision.

 

Ed James had to be badgered into admitting that he was recently engaged.  The lucky bride-to-be may be travelling here from her home in England to be with us at our 40th anniversary celebration.  Congratulations, Ed!

 

Cindy Carlson introduced Ike Graham, her co-worker and friend at Western Bank for the past 13 Years.  Ike is a NBMV Corporate Designee from Western Bank and today he was presenting his classification talk.

 

Ike grew up in Brooklyn Park and graduated from Park Center High School.  After a year of ski-bumming in Vail, Colorado, financial reality hit and he returned to the University of Minnesota to study Finance.  He worked at Wells Fargo in the Brokerage Operations division for five years before taking a job as a Credit Analyst at Western Bank.  Somewhere along the way he got his Masters in Real Estate by taking night classes at St. Thomas and he eventually became a Commercial Real Estate Banker at Western Bank.  Based in the Twin Cities, Western Bank has $500 million in assets and is part of American National Bank, which has $4 billion in assets.  Ike handles a variety of commercial loans including, construction, multifamily, industrial, senior living facilities, hotels, office, retail, as well as short-term bridge loans.  In addition to Rotary, Ike volunteers as a board member and treasurer of Community Child Care Center (CCCC) and also volunteers in many capacities at Bel-Air Elementary, where his oldest son is a 1st grader.

 

Ike is married to Jennifer and has two sons, Louis and Monroe.  They live in New Brighton, along the 2nd hole of Brightwood Hills Golf Course.  Their choice to live in New Brighton was based mainly on the quality of the school system.  When he’s not working, Ike likes to golf, fish and spend time at the cabin.

Cindy and Ike are pictured below.

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Meeting Recap - November 20, 2018

Posted by Jeff Benson on Nov 20, 2018
Our guests today were: Exchange student Maria Klakegg; Ed James’ guests, Oladele James and Abiodun Adeoye; Irondale Activities Director Chris Fink and Assistant District Governor Sandy Campbell.  We were also blessed by the presence of Honorary Rotarian MaryAnn Bawden.
 
Ed James reminded us of the Harvest Pack event on Dec 11th.  The service club shift will begin at 3:20 PM and continue until all food is packed.
 
Maria Klakegg decided that basketball was not going to be her sport so she opted for a more traditional Norwegian choice, the Ski Team.
 
Just a reminder that, as much as you might want to escape, there will be no  4:01 happy hour meeting on Thanksgiving day.
 
After the meeting today, Dave Hoel called to say that he has nailed down the location for our Irondale Choir Concert and Carol sing-along on December 18th.  Ted Risdall has graciously offered to host it at Risdall Advertising.
 
Jeff Benson reported on NBMV Rotary volunteers packing Thanksgiving food bags at Ralph Reeder Food Shelf this morning.  They worked hard and the hard work was greatly appreciated by the food shelf staff.
 
Happy Bucks Highlights:
- Gerry found a buyer for his ham radio system.  He noted that the longest call he ever got was from Madagascar.
- Assistant District Governor Sandy Campbell offered two dollars; one for our sponsorship of Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar, Ellen Dunn and one for Ed James work in selecting the scholars.
- Dana paid a dollar in honor of DG Mike Becker and ADG Sandy Campbell.
 
Cindy Carlson auctioned off Western Bank’s Gophers vs. Michigan State Hockey tickets.  Dave Hoel was highest (and only) bidder at $50. The proceeds will go to the Rotary Foundation.
 
While in London recently, Ed James visited the Harrow Rotary Club which will host the previously mentioned District 5960 Ambassadorial Scholar, Ellen Dunn, during her year of overseas study.  Ed showed photos of the club members, one of whom will host Ellen for the entire year at no cost!
 
Co President John Marg-Patton introduced ADG Sandy Campbell who then introduced District Governor Mike Becker.  Mike got on our good side right away by saying that he had scheduled us as one of his final club visits because he was saving the best for last.  He wondered out loud how a club with so few members can get so much done.  At the same time he wondered how many people in the community know about all we accomplish.   He suggested that Rotary clubs need to do a much better job of getting the word out into the community by taking every opportunity to talk about Rotary with friends and business associates.  He also said that almost everyone who joins Rotary does so because someone asked them to.  To make his point he invited Co-President Cindy Carlson, Membership Team Leader Gerry Tietz and Charlie Longbella to join him at the podium.  Charlie was asked by His Rotarian uncle to join Rotary, so Charlie sought us out.   Charlie has been approved for membership so Cindy and Gerry had the honor of inducting Charlie as the newest member of the club.  See the photo below.
 
Mike went on to say that getting someone to join Rotary is just the first step.  Retention of members is the real challenge.  Keeping members engaged and being aware of, and following up on, signs of waning interest are the keys to retaining members.  Mike reminded us that the District is there as a resource to help us be a more effective club and to help us get the word out about Rotary.  In fact, the District has developed a promotional campaign that will be airing soon on Public Radio.
 
Mike also made us aware that District Matching Grant requests far exceed the funds available.  These funds come from the Rotary Foundation, so Mike suggested that we all make the Rotary Foundation our charity of choice.  There really is no better bang for the buck than contributing to the Foundation
 
In closing, Mike repeated his favorite saying, “What’s in me for it?”  Isn’t that what Rotary is all about?
Co-Presidents John and Cindy are shown with DG Mike Becker below.
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Meeting Recap - November 13, 2018

Posted by Jeff Benson on Nov 13, 2018
Our guests today were new member-in-waiting Charlie Longbella and prospective member John Brady.
 
Announcements:
- Jerry Tietz said that Bev was back at Benedictine Health Center after a hospitalization.
Those who signed up to pack Thanksgiving meals at Ralph Reeder Food Shelf should show up at 9:30 on Tuesday the 20th.  The new address is 2544 Mounds View Boulevard (formerly County Hwy 10), Mounds View, MN 55112 in the Silver View Plaza strip mall.
- Next week is District Governor Mike Becker’s official visit to our club.  He will meet with the board at 11 AM prior to the meeting.
- Cindy Carlson said our part of the Harvest Pack event will start around 3:30PM on December 11th.  We hope to have everyone there.
- Cindy also presented Gerry Tietz with a certificate of appreciation from the Rotary Foundation honoring our financial support of “End Polio Now”.  The certificate was presented at last week’s Foundation Dinner.  Gerry commented that the certificate belongs to all of us.
-  At the Foundation Dinner, Margaret Johnson was the lucky winner of the split-the-pot drawing and came away $740 richer.
- Dave Hoel reminded us that the Irondale Choir will perform at our December 18th noon meeting.  The location has yet to be determined.
- Dennis Connolly noted that the Gold Plate Dinner will be on April 12th and that the first planning meeting will be on December 4th at 11AM (before our noon meeting).
 
Happy Bucks Summary:
- Dave Hoel offered a buck for Mark Lampman as he recovers from hip replacement surgery.
- George Winiecki was happy for his deer camp experience with family members, even though they only got one deer for the party of five hunters.
- Cindy Carlson gave a dollar in honor of Joe Mauer’s playing career with the Twins.
- John Ordway was in New York recently to preview plays to bring to the Ordway Theater.  He and Marla watched 5 plays in 2 ½ days and were able to visit with the directors and staff of all the plays.
- Gerry Tietz was happy to have Charlie Longbella and John Brady here today.  He was also happy for a packers win.
- Geoff Hollimon was happy to finally attend the wedding of his niece which was scheduled to be held on Kiawah Island, South Carolina just after the hurricane hit.  Thankfully, the weather cooperated this time.  Geoff shared that the impact of the storm was devastating in New Bern, North Carolina, but his time share was fortunately spared.  Geoff also joined Gerry in celebrating a Packers win.
- Paul Fournier advised us that Chrissy will be interviewed on Channel 11, Monday November 19th, at 4:00PM.  The topic will be her new book on Alzheimer’s Disease, titled “The Unexpected”.
 
Jason Miller introduced our speaker, Julie Jeppson, Executive Director of Stepping Stone.  Stepping Stone’s mission is to “provide emergency housing and support to youth and adults who are 18 and older experiencing homelessness, as they strive for self-sufficiency”.  Julie began by saying that homelessness is on the rise for all groups but youth and veteran’s homelessness is growing dramatically and these two areas are the priority for Stepping Stone. The rise in youth homelessness has three main causes; ageing out of foster care, mental health issues and fetal alcohol syndrome.   The annual report of the National Low Income Housing Coalition served as the basis for a report by the Minnesota Housing Partnership titled, “Out of Reach Minnesota 2017” which revealed that:
-The amount a household needs to earn to afford a modest apartment (the “housing wage”) increased by 5% in 2017 compared to a 3% increase in 2016.
- To afford a two bedroom apartment, the median income renter would need a 13% raise.
- The average minimum wage earner would need to work 78 hours a week to afford a two bedroom apartment.
- A full time minimum wage earner can’t afford even a one bedroom apartment in any of Minnesota’s 87 counties.
 
These numbers explain the increased need for homeless shelters and Stepping Stone is no exception.  As of yesterday there were 252 people on their waiting list.  This is due to increased demand as well as increased length of stays in a facility meant for short term emergency stays.  Stepping Stone employs a holistic approach to homelessness, providing classes in financial literacy, housing, employment, life skills and social support.  The goal is to move people from the shelter into transitional housing and eventually full financial independence.
 
Julie’s home Rotary Club (Blaine/Ham Lake) is sponsoring a District Matching Grant to rehabilitate homes to provide transitional housing for people moving out of the Stepping Stones Shelter.  Julie hopes that we will be able to contribute to this grant.  Jason and Julie are shown below.
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Meeting Summary - November 6, 2018

Posted by Jeff Benson on Nov 06, 2018

Our guests today were: Roseville Rotarian Marv Sorvala and Past District Governor Kyle Haugen.

 

PDG Haugen took the floor to present a Rotary Citation to Immediate Past-President Gerry Tietz.  The Rotary Citation acknowledges clubs that set and achieved significant goals and was awarded to only 12 other clubs in the district.  Gerry thanked all who helped make the citation possible and asked last year’s Board to join him for a photo, below.

 

Cindy Carlson noted that Ralph Reeder Food Shelf needs volunteers to help pack Thanksgiving meals for food shelf clients.  We hope you can join us on Tuesday, November 20th from 9:30-11:00. Their new address is 2544 Mounds View Boulevard (formerly County Hwy 10), Mounds View, MN 55112 in the Silver View Plaza strip mall.

 

Cindy also said that the grant request for our Harvest Pack Event on December 11th is ready to be submitted to the District Grants Subcommittee.  The event will be a cooperative effort of the Eagles, Lions, Rotary and Irondale students and we expect it to be twice as big as our last packing event.

 

Mark your calendars on Saturday, February 23 for the celebration of our 40th Anniversary as a Rotary Club.  We’d like to include as many previous Rotarians as possible so be thinking about whom you could contact to join in the celebration.

 

John Ordway read a note from PeaceMaker Minnesota thanking us for our recent contribution of $250 as well as all the other contributions we have made over the past nine years.

 

Charlie Longbella has been approved for club membership.  Be sure to take the opportunity to welcome him into the club.

 

Most of you will remember Jed Hamoud, a frequent presenter at our club regarding Kids Alive International.  Jed intends to join the club in the next few months.

 

Happy Bucks Highlights:

- Jeff Benson offered a dollar in gratitude for keeping control of his car after hitting a deer at 70 mph last Friday.

- Jeff also gave a buck for Dave Hoel who was happy to be a head election judge today and thus unable to be at Rotary.

- Mike Neeley offered a buck on the occasion of his 47 years in Rotary, all of it with perfect attendance.  Mike summarized some of the many ways Rotary has changed since he joined way back in1971.

- Gerry Tietz was happy for the club, upon receiving the Rotary Citation.

- Paul Fournier was happy to recognize the 71st anniversary of the one and only flight of Howard Hughes’ Spruce Goose.  Paul made regular trips to maintain the propellers of the big bird in case it should ever fly again.

- John Marg Patton travelled to Branson, MO and was very impressed with the Texas Tenors.

Dana Rebelein was happy for the Vikes and the Wild and for her chance to see the Gophers hockey team, even though they lost to Minnesota State.

 

Dennis Connolly introduced his Medtronic co-worker and Mano a Mano Board member, Anneli Borst.  Anneli’s topic was Mano a Mano International Partners.  Mano a Mano’s mission is to create partnerships with impoverished Bolivian communities to improve health and increase economic well-being.  Anneli’s involvement with Mano a Mano began when Medtronic supported a project to provide medical supplies to Bolivia.  Anneli was drawn to the project because she has family living in Bolivia and she was aware of the shortage of medical supplies there.

 

Mano a Mano was founded in 1994 by Joan and Segundo Velasquez, who began by bringing one suitcase of surplus medical supplies back to Bolivia after a trip to the U.S.  Segundo was an airline employee so he could bring back as many pieces of luggage as he wanted, so soon he was bringing back 15 at a time.  Soon, they started working with communities to build sustainable medical clinics and now there are 165 clinics serving 800,000 poor Bolivians.  The new clinics led to housing for doctors and staff, road construction, water wells and reservoirs, agricultural classes, schools and aviation medical care.  All of these initiatives are based on an integrated approach, involving the communities in decisions and maintenance to improve sustainability.  All of these improvements have been accomplished despite Mano a Mano’s steadfast refusal to give bribes to officials to get things done.  Corruption, cross-cultural issues and government requirements hamper Mano a Mano’s ability to bring change.   Lack of U.S. awareness of Bolivia’s plight has also been a challenge but more and more organizations, including 20 Rotary clubs (ours included), are seeing the need and responding.  Mano a Mano is happy to set up opportunities for groups to sort medical supplies prior to shipping them to Bolivia.  For more information about Mano a Mano, click here.  Dennis and Anneli are pictured below.

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Meeting Recap - October 30, 2018

Posted by Jeff Benson on Oct 30, 2018
President-elect Dennis Connolly presided over the meeting in the absence of our co-presidents.
 
Our guests today were:  Charlie Longbella from Big Blue Boxes, a transition storage company in New Brighton, Roseville Rotarian Marv Sorvala, exchange student Maria Klakegg and Smiley Rebelein.
 
Ed James reported on interviewing Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar applicants.  He also said that we have an opportunity to “adopt” a scholar headed to London.
 
Jeff presented a crystal plaque from CPY, honoring NBMV Rotary with the Community Spirit Award for our contributions to CPY and the community.  President –Elect Connolly accepted the award on behalf of the club (above).
 
Western Bank donated 4 tickets to the Gophers vs Minnesota State Hockey game this Thursday.  The tickets were auctioned off to benefit the Rotary Foundation.  The bidding was fierce but Dana Rebelein emerged victorious with a bid of $180.
 
Dennis brought our attention to a Journal of Science article about the potential for a surge in polio cases in Africa because poor sanitary conditions cause people to come in contact with excreted vaccine virus which has mutated to become capable of causing polio in unvaccinated individuals.  This situation will require additional funds to address, so keep this in mind as you consider your polio plus contribution to the Rotary Foundation this month.
 
Happy Bucks Highlights:
- Jason Miller was happy about attending the Wild game after winning the ticket at auction last week.
- Jason was also happy to report that his daughter qualified for the state meet in Cross Country.
- Geoff Hollimon thanked the Rotarians who attended the CPY Fall Gala last Friday.
- Mark Beisswenger was happy that the Packers didn’t gain on the Vikes (both teams lost).
 
Our speaker today was Amanda Freed.  Amanda is a massage therapist focusing on Neuromuscular Therapy.  Amanda is a graduate of Mounds View HS, earned her B.A. at North Park University in Chicago and obtained her Neuromuscular Massage Therapy at National Holistic Institute in California.  Amanda began her presentation by dispelling the myth that aging means that we are supposed to be in pain.  She said that the deep aching pain that people attribute to old age is actually caused by Myofascial Trigger Points.  A trigger point is an abnormally contracted muscle that puts pressure on nerves, causing pain, numbness or tingling in other areas called referral zones.  Common causes of trigger points are:
- Holding one position for long periods ie; sitting at a desk all day)
- Repetitive motion
- Cold temperature (the neck muscles are particularly susceptible)
- Nutritional deficiencies (Vit. B1, 6 & 12; Vit. C; Iron; Calcium; Potassium; Magnesium)
- Compensation – injury or weakness of one part of the body forces other areas to overwork
- Trauma – car accidents, injuries, extreme exertion
- Untreated trigger points can lead to additional trigger points in the referral zone
 
The neck muscles are a common location for trigger points and these trigger points can lead to a wide variety of problems including headaches, neck pain, and a wide range of arm and hand problems including pain, tingling and numbness.  Low back pain is often a result of trigger points in the hip flexor muscle.  Hip flexor trigger points can also cause pain that mimics sciatica.
 
Amanda employs Neural Reset Therapy, Trigger Point Reset Therapy, Neuromuscular Re-education and Somatic Education to eliminate pain and teach her clients to prevent pain in the future.  She prides herself on being able to correct trigger point problems with a minimal number of appointments.  Click here to be directed to Amanda’s website.  Dennis and Amanda are pictured below.
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Meeting Recap - October 23, 2018

Posted by Jeff Benson on Oct 23, 2018
Co-President Cindy Carlson highlighted some items from today’s Board meeting:
- Net income is ahead of budget.
- We are hoping to establish an Internet chapter at Irondale.
- Dennis Connolly is leading the way on updating our club by-laws.
 
Ed James reported that this year’s Harvest Pack event on Dec 11th will likely be twice as big as last year’s.
 
Margaret Johnson reminded us of the Foundation Dinner on November 10th.  There are still seats available and you can register online by clicking here or by contacting John Ordway.  Club members are reimbursed for their registration.
 
John Ordway offered a couple of prime Wild tickets for auction as a fundraiser for the Foundation Share Fund.  Jason Miller won the auction with a $100 bid.  Next week's auction item will be Four tickets to the Gophers vs MN State hockey game on Friday November 2nd. The tickets will be donated by Western Bank
 
Mark Lampman has been granted a 6 month leave for recuperation from upcoming hip surgery.
 
Geoff Hollimon asked us to consider attending the CPY Fall Gala this Friday, October 26th, 6-10PM, at the New Brighton Community Center.  NBMV Rotary will be presented with the “Community Spirit Award” this year, so it would be great if we had a good turnout from Rotary.  Contact Geoff Hollimon or Mary Stewart if you’d like to join us.
 
Mike Neeley celebrates his 69th birthday this week!
 
The Mounds View Lion's Club is having a Waffle Breakfast to benefit the Mounds View Police Foundation on Saturday, November 3rd, 9:00-12:00PM, at the Mounds View Community Center.
 
Let's all be thinking of things to do with our exchange student, Maria Klakegg.  You can reach her at 612-562-2145.
 
Happy Bucks summary:
- Gerry Tietz said that Ed James Facebook post about his Paul Harris Fellow presentation has garnered 236 likes as of this meeting time.  Great publicity for the club!
- Dave Hoel spent the weekend pheasant hunting in South Dakota and the birds were so wary he was only able to get off two shots and bagged zero birds. 
- Dave was happier about attending a great Fleetwood Mac concert last night.
- On the concert theme, Mike Neeley was happy to have been at the Carole King concert.
- There were several happy bucks for the Vikings win on Sunday.
- Cindy Carlson’s 10 month old grandson had his first sleepover at grandma and grandpa’s house and he slept for 11 hours (I need to know their secret).
 
Dean Lotter introduced our speakers for today.  Greg Kiel and Julia Macejkovic , both from Barr Engineering, which has been involved in the ongoing effort to clean up New Brighton’s water supply since the discovery of its contamination by organic compounds dumped at the Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant  (TCAAP).  Greg has been involved since the contamination was discovered three decades ago and has provided much of the engineering knowledge necessary for the legal wrangling with the federal government over these many years.  To greatly simplify the history, the discovery of the TCAAP contamination of the shallow aquifer necessitated the use of wells that drew water from deeper aquifers, filtered with activated charcoal.  With those deeper wells online, the Army and New Brighton used the old shallow wells to successfully draw the contaminants out of the aquifer.  In 2014 however, 1,4 Dioxane contamination was discovered in the deeper aquifer water.  TCAAP was determined to be the source of this contamination, as well.  Unfortunately, 1,4 Dioxane could not be removed with activated charcoal, so a new technology called UV Peroxide Oxidation was tested and found effective in breaking down 1,4 Dioxane into non-harmful by-products.  Full-scale application of this new technology required major modifications to the existing water treatment facility on 5th St., and this is where Julia Masejkovic comes in.  Julia is the project manager for the conversion of the existing water treatment facility to utilize the new UV Peroxide Oxidation system.   The conversion would require the deep well system to be offline, so New Brighton contracted with Minneapolis to supply water in the interim.  Over the past three years, Julia has supervised the necessary additions and modifications to the existing treatment facility and it is scheduled to go online at the end of this month.  Exterior and esthetic improvements should be completed in the spring of 2019.  The $11 million price tag for the expansion and $3 million/year in operating costs will all be borne by the U.S. government.  Dean, Greg and Julia are shown below.
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Meeting Recap - October 16, 2018

Posted by Jeff Benson on Oct 16, 2018
Cindy Carlson’s guests today were: Jason Helgemoe and Mike Scholl from Northeast Bank.
 
Margaret Johnson had the privilege to present a Paul Harris Fellow to Ed James.  An anonymous foundation points contribution from a club member made the Fellowship possible.  Margaret noted that from the moment he joined the club, Ed has jumped right in and gotten involved in a large number of club responsibilities.  Margaret and Ed are shown below.
 
Margaret also reminded us that November is Rotary Foundation Month, and that we have committed to a $2,000 contribution to the Foundation.  The club’s commitment is $750, leaving $1,250 to be contributed by individuals.  See Margaret for details about your personal contribution.

 

The District 5960 Foundation Celebration is on Saturday, November 10th, 5:30-9:00PM at the Inwood Event Center in Oakdale.  Club member’s admission will be reimbursed by the club but members are encouraged to bring guests at the regular admission price.  You can sign up online here or contact John Ordway.  This event is a wonderful celebration of all that we do, through the Foundation, to make our world a better place for all.
 
Ed James will serve as an interviewer for our District’s Ambassadorial Scholarship candidates.
 
So far, the Eagles, the Lions, Shoreview/Arden Hills Rotary and Irondale H.S. have pledged financial support for our Harvest Pack Event on December 11th.
 
Happy Bucks Summary:
- Gerry Tietz was conscripted by the vacationing Geoff Hollimon to offer a buck for the Packer’s dramatic victory.  Gerry also celebrated the Pack’s win with a happy buck.
- Mark Beisswenger offered a hardware store happy buck for snow and sunshine.
- Paul Fournier attended the 50th anniversary celebration of Chanhassen Dinner Theater recently.  He also encouraged us to see Chanhassen’s production of Irving Berlin’s “Holiday Inn”, playing now through February 23rd.
- Cor had a wonderful time visiting with relatives while cleaning out her parent’s home.
- Dennis Connolly is back from a tour of Ireland.  Despite the rainy weather, he and Debbie had a wonderful time and were able to gather information about his Irish heritage.
- Dana Rebelein was happy for the Vikings and happy to have spent time with her sister in law, Sister Ruth Ellen Rebelein during her recent visit.
- Jim O’Brien is six years cancer free after treatment for pancreatic cancer.
- Cindy Carlson and seven friends just got back from a girl’s golf and spa week in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico.
 
Dana Rebelein introduced our speaker, Robert (Bob) Patterson, PhD., Professor Emeritus, U. of Mn. Department of Rehabilitation Medicine.  Bob’s topic was “Issues Surrounding Early Heart Transplants”.  Bob’s Electrical Engineering Master’s thesis on cardiac blood flow measurement attracted the attention of a pioneering U. of M. heart surgeon, Dr. C. Walton Lillehei.  Bob worked with Dr. Lillehei as he worked out a strategy for heart transplant surgery.  Dr. Cristiaan Barnard had been Dr. Lillehei’s resident in 1958 and after Dr. Barnard accomplished the first successful heart transplant surgery, he returned to the U.S. for further study.  While he was here he invited Bob to come work with him in South Africa.
Bob said that one of the key issues in heart transplant surgery was that, at that time, death was legally defined as the cessation of heart function.  This created ethical issues for surgeons who participated in the harvesting and transplanting of human hearts.  One surgeon was actually arrested and charged with murder!
 
The University of Minnesota Hospital has performed 159 transplants to date.  Improved anti-rejection strategies and better mechanical hearts have improved success rates dramatically, extending patient’s lives by many years in most cases.  Dana Rebelein shared the story of her sister Debbie, who lived 10 productive and enjoyable years after her heart transplant.
 
Bob and Dana are pictured below.
 
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Meeting Recap - October 9, 2018

Posted by Jeff Benson on Oct 09, 2018

Pat President Gerry Tietz filled in for Co-President John Marg Patton.

 

Our guests today were:

     Dana’s sister in law, Sister Ruth Ellen Rebelein

     Edla Koehntop

     Marv Sorvala, Roseville Rotarian

 

Happy Bucks Summary:

- Mike Neeley joined 35 other Ford Model A owners on a 500 mile road trip.

- Dana Rebelein was happy to have Sister Ruth Ellen Rebelein as her guest.

- George Winiecki was happy to be back, happy to announce his 3rd grandchild, Aidan Thomas Nichols, happy to turn 70 and happy to be married for 27 years.  That’s a lot of happiness for one week!

- Mark Beisswenger was happy to have found someone to cover for him at work so he can come to Rotary on Tuesdays.

- Dana Rebelein noted that Nicholas Tietz (Gerry’s son) was featured in the paper for his Vitals Aware program for vulnerable adults.  Papa Gerry’s buttons were justifiably busting.

 

Ed James announced that our delegates to Camp Enterprise have been selected.  Irondale Students Breana Garcia and Ellie Goligowski will represent our club.

 

Ed also noted that we have met with the Eagles about Harvest Pack and they will let us know.

 

Gerry Tietz reported that the Membership Team’s strategy for his year will be to encourage members to personally invite potential Rotarians to come to a meeting or event.

 

Ed James introduced our exchange student and speaker Maria Klakegg from Norway.  Maria lives in Averøy, on the western coast of Norway.  She lives with her mother, father, two older sisters and a younger brother.  Maria and her family are outdoor lovers, enjoying like skiing, hiking and anything else that involves mountains.  The Klakegg’s are also avid travelers who avoid going to the same location twice.  Maria is interested in theater and had a role in Fame despite her admitted inability to sing.  The photo immediately below shows Maria and her younger brother and two older sisters.  The photo below that is of the entire family at her younger brother's confirmation.

Maria’s interest in being an exchange student started when the sister was an exchange student in Canada while the Klakegg’s hosted her Canadian counterpart.  She claims that everything in the U.S. is so much fun.  She loves to eat and, after her visit to the State Fair, has become a fried food fan and her favorite is State Fair Cheese Curds.  She plans to take a fryer back to Norway.  She finds Americans to be very warm and welcoming, which is quite different from her more reserved homeland.  She loves Irondale, having already made several friends and hoping to make many, many more.  She plans to try several sports and has already been to a basketball practice.  When asked about her 10 year plan, she said that she would like to follow in her parent’s footsteps and become a veterinarian, but possibly in a country other than Norway.  Some preconceived ideas about America that turned out to be untrue were that jocks and cheerleaders were mean and that Americans ate at McDonalds all the time.  Some bucket list goals for her stay are:

- Go to a drive-in

- Ride in a pickup truck

- Go to Valley Fair

- Make many new friends

- Act in a play (no singing)

 

If you are reading this because you missed today’s meeting; you should know that Maria is an incredibly charming and energetic young woman who really wants to experience everything that Minnesota has to offer.  Her English is excellent and she would fit in nicely on any adventure, large or small, that you or your family is planning.  Don’t pass up the opportunity to learn a little more about Norway and to give Maria a healthy dose of Minnesota Nice and Rotary hospitality.  You can reach Maria at mariaklakegg@gmail.com   Future host mom, Denise Jacobsen, Maria and Ed James are pictured below.

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Meeting Recap - October 2, 2018

Posted by Jeff Benson on Oct 02, 2018
Our guests today were our exchange student, Maria Klakegg and Harry Carter, Treasurer of the board of directors at Applewood Pointe.  Harry was a guest of our Speaker, Chuck Moe.
 
Also visiting was Assistant District Governor and Anoka Rotarian, Sandy Campbell.  Sandy was here to make us aware of all the fun Halloween activities in store for visitors to Anoka later this month.  Sandy was also selling tickets for the Anoka Rotary’s “Vacation of a Lifetime Raffle”.  A $10 ticket gives you a chance to win a $5,500 travel voucher and other great prizes.
 
This Thursday, 7AM at U.S. Bank conference room, there will be a brainstorming session about how to increase membership (and especially female membership).  Please join us and offer your thoughts.
 
Co-President Cindy Carlson reminded us of our 40th Anniversary Celebration on Saturday February 23rd, and asked our preference for either an adults only or family event.  Those present preferred the adults only option.  Cindy will email the club to get an idea of the preferences of those not present today.
 
Ed James noted that the Harvest Pack team will meet with the Eagles tomorrow to determine how they might participate in the food packing event.  If you would like to participate in the meeting, it will be held at 563 Old Highway 8 at 7:15PM.
 
 Happy Bucks Summary:
- Cindy Carlsonis looking forward to a girls golfing weekend.
- Geoff Hollimon was happy to have a road trip with his daughter to see the Pack play Green Bay.
- Paul Fournier announced that his wife, Chrissy, has published a second book about her experiences with her mother’s Alzheimer’s disease.  It’s available on Amazon.com.  Click here to check it out.
- Dave Hoel was happy to attend the Benedictine Health System leadership conference in Duluth this past week.
- Dave was also happy to attend his 55th high school class reunion in Rochester.
- Gerry Tietz paid a happy buck for the Packers.
- Dana Rebelein was happy for Joe Mauer.
 
Jim O’Brien introduced Chuck Moe, President of the Board at Applewood Pointe.  Harry Carter, Treasurer of the Board was also present.  As many of you are probably aware, Applewood Pointe is an example of the rapidly growing trend toward cooperative senior living.  Applewood Pointe began with the purchase of 10 ½ acres on the east side of Rush Lake in 2005.  Designed in a northwoods motif by Michael Pollock, the 4 story, 120 unit senior housing complex was ready for owners to move in by the end of 2006.  Applewood New Brighton is now one of 15 Applewood communities in the metro area but it remains the flagship property. 
 
Chuck said that 285,000 Minnesotans will turn 65 this decade and those over 65 will double between 2010 and 2030, by which time 1 in 5 Minnesotans will be over 65!  The traditional senior housing market is rushing to keep up with the demand and cooperative senior housing is booming as well.  There are now over 100 senior coops in the upper Midwest and the concept is rapidly gaining acceptance.  The concept is unconventional but relatively simple.  The Applewood coop is an association of shareholders, each shareholder having one share of stock and one vote per unit.  The stock is considered personal property and is not considered real estate.  Each shareholder has the exclusive right to occupy their unit provided they follow the rules and regulations of the coop.  A resident board of directors makes day to day decisions and works with various committees to manage property, marketing, financial and social concerns.  The cost to buy a share and move in ranges from $145,000 - $495,000, depending on size and location of the unit.  A monthly charge is assessed to cover all operating and maintenance costs exclusive of individual electricity use.  The monthly cost ranges from $681 - $1825, again depending on size and location of the unit.  If share is to be sold, an “asking price” is determined by a formula that includes a 2.5% annual equity increase.  People on the waiting list (currently 60) are informed of the asking price and all are allowed to bid on the available share.  The actual purchase price is negotiable and not tied to the asking price.  The entire transaction is handled in house for a fee of $750 with no real estate sales commission.  The overall property mortgage is HUD insured, decreasing the risk for shareholders and the proportionate mortgage interest and real estate taxes are deductable.
 
Chuck cited several advantages to living at Applewood Pointe including:
- Security
- Community control
- Turn-key living for snowbirds, cabin owners and travelers
- Full woodworking shop
- Exercise room, sauna and hot tub
-Underground parking and car wash
- Social Activities
 
Applewood is holding its Applefest Open House on Thursday, October 11th from 1-4 PM. Tours will be available and refreshments will be served.  The address is 1900 Rush Lake Trail, New Brighton (across from Beisswenger’s Hardware).  Check out the website here.
 
Jim and Chuck are shown below.
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Meeting Recap - September 25, 2018

Posted by Jeff Benson on Sep 25, 2018

We had no visitors today, but we celebrated the return of Jim O’Brien after his summer at the lake cabin.  Welcome back, Jim!

 

The Board met this morning and here is a summary:

- Sue Ager’s resignation was regretfully accepted by the Board.  Sue knows that she will always be a welcome visitor to the club.

- John Ordway’s Treasurer’s report shows us $5,000 on the plus side so far this year.

- The District 5960 Foundation Celebration is on Saturday, November 10th, 5:30-9:00PM at the Inwood Event Center in Oakdale.  Club member’s admission will be reimbursed by the club but members are encouraged to bring guests at the regular admission price.  You can sign up online here or contact John Ordway.  This event is a wonderful celebration of all that we do, through the Foundation, to make our world a better place for all.

- Geoff Hollimon announced that we have pledged $500 to the Guatemala Literacy Project.

- Ed James reported that planning is progressing for our Harvest Pack event on December 11th.  Ed met with Irondale students yesterday and they have committed to raising $2,000 as well as to providing lots of volunteers.  Cindy Carlson has met with the Lions and Paul Jacobsen will ask the Eagles to help with the event.

- Ed also noted that we should soon have the names of our Irondale student representatives to Camp Enterprise and that we are hoping to start an Interact club at Irondale.

 

This Thursday, 3:30PM at the Exchange, is the kickoff for planning our 40th anniversary celebration.  If you love to party and you’d like to share your thoughts, all members are welcome.  The usual 4:01 happy hour will follow the planning session.

 

Mark December 18th club meeting on your calendars for the annual Christmas Carol Concert/Sing Along with Director Jason Etten and the Irondale Choir.

 

Happy Bucks Summary:

- Gerry Tietz was happy that he and fellow Stout State alum Peg Friberg (Nils’ Wife) were able to hand out awards at Stout’s award ceremony this year.

- Dana had a wonderful time at her annual Quilting Retreat last week.

- Ed was happy that Irondale won its first Homecoming Game in eleven years!

- Nils attended the Retired Pastors and Missionaries Retreat at Trout Lake Camp.

- John Risdall won the raffle, collecting a cool $5.

 

Cindy introduced our speaker, Dr Ron Felt, a long time Rotarian and Past President of the Oak Park, IL club.  He is now a member of the St. Paul Sunrise club and his topic for today was his club’s district matching grant (to which we contributed $250) which benefits the Milagro Women’s Education Center in Guatemala.  Guatemala is a very poor country with a 60% poverty rate.   As in many other poor countries, women and girls are treated as second class citizens and discouraged from educational and/or business pursuits.  Supported by the St Paul Synod of the ELCA, The Women’s Education Center will empower women by providing a safe dormitory setting where young women can get general education as well as specific job skills so that they can return to their communities to start small businesses, serve as leaders and also teach others the skills they have learned.  This particular grant will provide much needed appliances, sewing machines and furnishings for the Center. 

 

Ron also shared photos from his 2017 mission trip to Guatemala, engaging in numerous mission activities while visiting El Mirador School, the Catholic Mission in San Lucas as well as a church in Santiago.  Cindy and Ron are pictured below.

 

As the meeting was ending, it was realized that we had not properly recognized Geoff Hollimon’s 71st Birthday.  Due to the last minute nature of the celebration, Geoff escaped wearing the Birthday Hat but he was treated to a pretty well executed birthday song.  Happy Birthday, Geoff!

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Meeting Recap - September 18, 2018

Posted by Jeff Benson on Sep 18, 2018
Our Guests today were:  Roseville Rotarian Marv Sorvala and our own Honorary Rotarian, MaryAnn Bawden.
 
Mary Stewart reminded us of the CPY Fall Gala on October 26th.  The theme will be TV Game Night.  She announced that our club will receive the CPY Spirit Award at the Gala, so mark your calendars to join in the fun at the New Brighton Community center on Friday, October 26th from 6-10PM.
 
Co-President Cindy Carlson said that she and Ed James are in the process of planning our December 11th Harvest Pack Event.  She also noted that the September 27th 4:01 happy hour meeting will begin early, at 3:30 to begin planning our club’s 40th anniversary celebration.  All members are invited to check out the energy of the happy hour meeting and give some input about the anniversary celebration.
 
Co-President John Marg-Patton introduced Patty Hall who apologized for missing her opportunity to speak at last week’s meeting.  Our club gave $500 toward her White Bear Club’s District Matching Grant to provide clean water for 2,000 in Nigeria.  Patty briefed us on the progress of that grant and also presented a check from her organization, H2O for life, for $500 to jumpstart our December Harvest Pack event mentioned above.  Thanks, Patty!
 
Ed James reported on his amazing experience at the Youth Exchange Welcome and Orientation.  He is really fired up about youth exchange and he hope’s the fire will sweep through the club and keep burning long into the future.  Be sure to be at the noon meeting on October 9th when our exchange student, Maria Klakegg, will give her introductory presentation to the club.
 
Many Rotarians offered happy bucks today.  A summary follows:
- Garry Johnson golfed in a tournament that raised $120,000 to build homes for disabled veterans!
- Geoff Hollimon offered a dollar for the people of North Carolina as they deal with the aftermath of Florence.
- Cindy Carlson just celebrated her 35th anniversary at Western Bank.
- Cindy also enjoyed an excellent play by Theater Latte Da entitled “Once”.  She described it as one of the best plays she’s seen.
- Mike Neeley made his debut as a beer drinker in an ad for Spiral Brewery.  Word is he needed no rehearsal and nailed it on the first take.
- Cor’s physical therapy sessions for her new knee are done and she has no plans to go back soon.
- Sue Ager sadly announced her need to retire from Rotary to allow more time with her husband Duane.
 
The New Brighton Community Support Center (CSC) is preparing for a Potluck Dinner on November 8th for all participants and supporters of CSC.  They’re looking for a few volunteers to meet once or twice to plan the potluck.  The first planning meeting will be on either Thursday, September 27th at 12 pm or Tuesday, October 2nd at 5:30 pm.   If you can help plan, call Karen Meyer at CSC (651) 387-8050 or email her at staff@communitysupportcenter.org
 
John Marg-Patton introduced our speaker, Monique Hammond. Monique’s topic was “Hearing Loss: A Silent Epidemic”.  Monique was a Hospital Pharmacist until a “sound insult” (loud sound exposure) resulted in a total loss of hearing in her left ear.  In addition to the hearing loss, she experienced severe vertigo (Meniere’s Disease). Because accurate hearing is essential to prevent medication errors, Monique knew that she would not be able to continue as a pharmacist. She began to educate herself on hearing loss and would eventually embark on a crusade to educate others to prevent them from experiencing her fate.  Since then she has spoken to hundreds of groups about protecting their hearing.  The facts about hearing loss are alarming.  One person in five over the age of twelve has hearing loss profound enough to affect communication.  Among sixty to sixty-five year olds, one in three has significant hearing loss and fully one of two seventy to seventy-five year olds is significantly affected.   There are many causes of hearing loss, but the one over which we have some measure of control is excess noise.  Loud noises result in high pressure in the inner ear.  Eighty five decibels (about as loud as a cafeteria) is the safe limit for 8 hours of exposure.  Anything louder than that requires hearing protection for prolonged exposure.  Symptoms of typical hearing loss include sound dullness, full feeling in ear(s), not understanding speech with background noise, miscommunication on and off the job, and tinnitus (ringing in the ears).  These symptoms are due to the degradation/death of hearing fibers in the cochlea located in the inner ear.  These fibers do not repair themselves and there no medical treatment available that can repair the damage.  The only answer is prevention and hearing protection is the key to prevention.  Monique’s parting thought was that we “pay it forward” by avoiding loud noises, properly using hearing protection and encouraging family, friends, and especially young people, to do the same.
John and Monique are shown below.
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Meeting Recap - September 11, 2018

Posted by Jeff Benson on Sep 11, 2018

 

We welcomed our Norwegian Rotary Exchange student, Maria Klakegg, to her first U.S. Rotary club meeting.  Maria was joined by her host parents, John and Dana Johnson.  Nicole Ulrich provided a video of the club welcoming Maria at the airport.  Maria, Dana and John are shown below

 

Co-President Cindy Carlson noted that the club bylaws are being revised and that the revision team, spearheaded by President –elect Dennis Connolly, welcomes input from the club.

 

The District’s Fast for Hope Nicaragua project is on hold or perhaps even dead as a result of the turmoil there.

 

Mark your calendars now for our next Harvest Pack Event, scheduled for December 11.  We will be meeting with the Lions club to jointly plan the event.

 

The Community Support Center (CSC) could use new or gently used household items for their clients who are working to remain in their homes.  CSC is located in the Faith Christian Reformed Church at 1600 Silver Lake Rd in New Brighton.

 

Mary Stewart updated us on CPY saying that, due to budget constraints, the summer program had to be shortened from 10 weeks to 7 weeks but the additional time was helpful as they planned their school year program.

 

Several Packers, Gophers and Vikings fans were inspired enough by their teams wins to cough up a happy buck.  Amy Janecek was happy for a successful Irondale Block Party last Friday.  Nicole Ulrich was happy to be on the way to getting two specially adapted bicycles designed to allow seniors to experience the thrill of a bike ride while in their wheel chairs. 

 

Our scheduled presenter today was H2O for Life Director Patty Hall, who was unfortunately unable to appear.  While we were waiting to see if Patty could make it, Maria Klakegg provided some information about herself.  She has been busy experiencing all that the Twin Cities has to offer and looks forward to new experiences, making life-long friends, eating at every fast food restaurant and also playing tennis at Irondale.  Maria will offer a more complete picture of her life when she speaks to the club in October.

 

 Nils Friberg graciously volunteered to sub for the absent speaker by completing the retirement presentation which time prevented him from finishing a few weeks ago.  Nils’ retirement from teaching at Bethel Seminary in 2001 was, in many ways, the beginning of a series of new opportunities for service.  Soon after retirement he became the Pastor of Congregational care at GracePoint Church and just a year later became their Stephen Ministry Leader; a position he still holds today.  In 2011, he and his wife Peggy discovered Wycliffe Associates, a non-profit organization striving to translate the Bible into as many languages a possible.  Nils already was multilingual so he was a natural to provide language support for translators and Peggy had 40 years of experience teaching the visually impaired.  Wycliffe Associates is also closely aligned to their faith orientation.  Nils describes this work as extremely fulfilling and energizing and it must be because Nils is a pretty spry 83 years old!  In fact, he just celebrated that 83rd birthday recently so Cindy ambushed him with the dreaded birthday hat…a dubious reward for filling in as our speaker with no notice!  See the photo below.

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Meeting Recap - August 28, 2018

Posted by Jeff Benson on Aug 28, 2018

Maria Klakegg, our Norwegian exchange student, will arrive at the airport this evening.  A group of about ten of us will be there to welcome her.  Nicole Ulrich displayed the “Welcome to Minnesota” banner that she created just for the occasion.  Gerry Tietz recognized new members Paul and Denise Jacobsen for their part in encouraging us to get back into youth exchange.

 

Co-President Cindy Carlson noted that our upcoming Harvest Pack Event will be held on Tuesday afternoon, December 11th.  This will be a joint effort of the Irondale Student Council, Rotary, Lions and possibly the Eagles.

 

Cindy also said that our club’s 40th anniversary is February 22, 2019 and volunteers are needed to help plan a celebration of this milestone.

 

As our club evolves, updates to the by-laws are needed to reflect changes in club structure and policies.  On Tuesday, September 11th, a team will meet to review the current by-laws and recommend changes. If you are willing and able to help, your input at this meeting would be welcomed.

 

Cindy noted that the board has allocated $500 toward a matching grant proposal to provide a security fence around the Daylight School in Kenya and also has approved a $500 contribution to Mounds View’s Festival in the Park.  The presentation of the check will be made at the next City Council meeting.

 

Happy Bucks Summary:

- Beverly is recovering, albeit slowly and Cor’s knee is getting better every day

- Nyle Zikmund was in Hamburg, Germany to attend the wedding of Ineke, his seventh exchange student “daughter”, when he was surprised, and honored, to be asked to walk her down the aisle.

 

Today’s program consisted of new-member classification talks by Nicole Ulrich and Reid Hewitt.  Nicole was the first to speak.  Nicole was raised in Winona, MN and attended college at Winona State.  She and husband, Tyson, are the proud “parents” of 2 dogs, a cat and a fish.  All of the pets are creatively named but the fish, named sushi, must be nervous about its future.  Nicole and Tyson love to travel and explore the outdoors and actively pursue service opportunities at church and in the community. She is currently the secretary of the Lions club and they help with youth musicals and mission trips at Christ the King Lutheran Church.  Nicole is also a talented and passionate photographer.  She joined the staff at Benedictine Care Center at Innsbruck about 8 months ago, working on marketing and social Media, fundraising, photography, videography and the Innsbruck Foundation.  She played a video of a specially adapted bicycle that makes it possible for the elderly to safely experience a bike ride, powered and steered by a strong legged volunteer.  Click this link for a video of Marilyn’s TWOcan Bike in action. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D_g8cv_s3X8&feature=youtu.be

 

Reid Hewitt, Administrator at Innsbruck Care Center, grew up in Brooklyn Park and played hockey and baseball.  He even played collegiate hockey while working on his health care administration degree at UW, Eau Claire.  Reid became the Administrator at Innsbruck about the same time as Nicole was hired.  He previously was the administrator at Texas Terrace Care Center in St Louis Park.  It seems that Reid’s entire extended family is involved in teaching or social service of some kind.  Reid and wife, Miriam, are the proud “parents” of rescue dog named Mr. Finn (named after Finnegan’s beer.  The 90 pound dog sleeps with them every night.  Reid’s passions are golf, sports talk radio, hiking with Mr. Finn, restaurants, breweries and, recently, home renovation.  At work, Reid focuses on finance, marketing, HR, living environment, customer service and risk management, but all these are driven by his primary focus…quality of care. 

Reid and Nicole are pictured below.

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Meeting Recap - August 21, 2018

Posted by Jeff Benson on Aug 21, 2018
Mike Neeley introduced us to his son, Scott, who was visiting prior to relocating to Manhattan, Kansas.
 
Cindy made us aware of an opportunity to help sort donated medical supplies.  This effort is organized by Mano a Mano, a non-profit organization working to help the poor in Bolivia, Several Rotarians expressed interest and more are welcome to help.  Stay tuned for possible dates.
 
Co-President John Marg-Patton noted that the Board will meet on Monday, August 27th at 6:45PM at the Marg-Patton residence, 1152 Rose Lane, New Brighton. Parking is very limited so park on Beach Rd (the road leading to the boat launch).
 
Cindy reviewed the District Governor’s newsletter, highlighting the following:
- September 15th Rotary Riders Event
- Camp Enterprise Article
- District Membership up by 26 members since July 1
- One Rotary Summit
Click here to download the newsletter.
 
Ed James reminded us that our Norwegian Exchange Student, Maria Klakegg, will arrive on Tuesday, August 28th, 6:05PM at the MSP Humphrey Terminal.  We’d love to give her a proper Rotary welcome, so everyone is invited to greet her at the baggage claim area when she arrives.  Please email Ed  edethola@yahoo.com  if you are going so he can let you know if there is a change in schedule.
 
Happy Bucks Summary:
- John Ordway is celebrating 42 years of marriage to his 1st wife, Marla.
- Mark Beisswenger chimed in that he was married 44 years ago this week.  Did someone offer to send a sympathy card to Gayle?
- Dave Hoel thanked all those who helped with the Hot Dog Feed.
- Dave Hoel, Cindy Carlson and Dana Rebelein are all recovering from recent vacations.
- Garry Johnson just returned from a mission trip to Alaska.
- Ed James’ Nigerian professor visited him last week and was amazed at the lack of visible security at the Governor’s mansion, unlike the multiple layers of security around the corresponding residence in Nigeria.
-Mike Neeley was able to empty out his mother’s Iowa home as well as get a couple of full price offers on the property.
- Gerry Tietz has some great ham radio equipment for sale.
 
Mike Neeley introduced our speaker, Jeff Schott, who spoke about the “Steamboat Minnehaha”.  The steamboat has had two lives; the first one beginning in 1906, when Lake Minnetonka was the place to be during the hot Twin Cities summers. Before good roads and reliable cars, streetcars would bring people to the lake and steamboats would make regular routes around the lake to get passengers where they needed to be.  These six boats were, for all intents and purposes, floating streetcars.  In fact, they were actually built in the same factory as the streetcars and looked very much the same (see photo).
As roads and cars improved, the steamboats were used less and less until they were decommissioned in 1926 and soon were sunk in deep water on Minnetonka.
 
Fast forward a half century to 1975, when diver Jerry Provost began to search for the sunken steamboats.  In 1978, he found the Minnehaha submerged on the north side of Big Island.  It took three cranes and many airbags to raise it, but the surprisingly intact hull floated without repair after being submerged for more than fifty years.  Because the steam engine and much of the interior of the boat had been removed before sinking it, a great deal of time, effort and money would be needed to restore the boat.  During the ten years it took to determine who should actually own the boat, the hull itself deteriorated and would need to be replaced, further increasing the cost to restore the classic steamship.  The restoration was accomplished in time to launch the “new’ Minnehaha exactly 90 years after its maiden voyage and she has been in continuous service now for 23 years; three years longer than her original run.  More information is available at the website.  Jeff and Mike are shown below.
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Meeting Recap - August 14, 2018

Posted by Jeff Benson on Aug 14, 2018
We had two guests today.  Past District 5960 Governor Tom Yuzer was visiting from California and Dean Lotter introduced us to New Brighton Planning Commission member, Nasreen Fynewever.
 
Co-President Cindy Carlson thanked everyone who participated in the Stockyard Days Parade Hot Dog Feed last Thursday.  In Dave Hoel’s absence, Jeff Benson was pressed into service to comment on the event which, by his estimation, was the best one yet.
 
Geoff Hollimon praised all those who helped to staff the CPY “Udderly Fun Zone” Inflatable Park at Stockyard Days.  The inflatables are a significant income source for CPY’s very important work with kids in our community.  Geoff also talked about CPY’s Golf Ball Drop.  This year 702 balls were dropped and the lucky winner took home over $1,200.
 
Ed James reported that, due to a conflict, the Harvest Pack planning meeting with the New Brighton Lions has been postponed.  A new date will be scheduled soon.
 
Dean Lotter, N.B. City Manager, reported that New Brighton’s new water treatment system will be going online soon and will transition from the Minneapolis water system to the Mount Simon Hinckley Aquifer.  The change in chemical disinfection protocols may result in some temporary mild orange or yellow discoloration of your tap water.  The discoloration is a normal part of the changeover.   Click here to access the New Brighton City website for more information and watch your Postal Service mail for a series of letters about the changeover.
 
Dean’s guest, Nasreen, drew PDG Tom Yuzer’s number for the raffle.
 
Cindy Carlson introduced our own Nils Friberg, who led a discussion entitled, Retirement: Stress and Resilience in Conflict.  Nils knows all about “stress”.  Much of his career has revolved around people in stressful situations.  Nils was an Emeritus Professor of Pastoral Care at Bethel Seminary, a Congregational Care Pastor at GracePoint Church, a Police Chaplain and has even co-authored a book titled, Before the Fall: Prevention of Pastoral Sexual Misconduct.  These occupations brought him into contact with countless individuals who were under stress, and each of them demonstrated some degree of resilience, or lack thereof.  Although retirement may not be as stress-inducing as some of the life crises that he has dealt with, Nils believes that it can be quite stressful.  Nils engaged us in discussion about our reasons for retirement and our pre and post-retirement experiences.  He asked us to consider the stresses of retirement, and ways of coping with the stress.  He encouraged us to focus on the blessings of retirement to minimize the stress.  Some examples of helpful strategies are:
- Have a financial plan
- Pursue a healthy life style
- Adjust your expectations
- Be positive
- Prize novelty and opportunity
- Use your social support network
- Embrace your spiritual side
- Actively manage the transitions
- Utilize your previous skill set
Nils and Cindy are pictured below.
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Addendum to Aug 7 Bulletin

Posted by Jeff Benson on Aug 07, 2018
At last Tuesday's meeting, Ike Graham (Western Bank) was inducted as a Designee and Nicole Ulrich was inducted as a Rotarian.  See photos below.
 
 
 
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Meeting Recap - August 7, 2018

Posted by Jeff Benson on Aug 07, 2018
Nils led the Pledge of Allegiance and gave the invocation.
 
Our guests today were: Marika (Smiley) Rebelein and potential new member Ashley Holm from Servion.
 
Many of us helped the Ralph Reeder Food Shelf move into its new space a while back.  Now it’s time to help them celebrate their Grand Opening on Tuesday, August 21st starting with a ribbon cutting at 3PM and a community social from 4-7PM.  The new location is 2544 Mounds View Blvd, in the Silver View Plaza.
 
Dave Hoel tied up loose ends for the Stockyard Days Hot Dog Feed.  It’s all hands on deck to make this effort go smoothly so be at the 300 block of Old Hwy 8 at 4:30PM to start the setup.  Be sure to be there before 5PM as they close the roads at that time for the parade.
 
CPY needs more volunteers to make their Stockyard Days “Udderly Fun” Bouncy House attraction a success.  Take a minute right now and click this link to go to the sign up page and volunteer for one or more shifts.  Nancy and I did it last year and I think we had as much fun as the kids.
 
While you’re in the Bouncy House mood, why not also volunteer for the Inflatables area at the Mounds View Festival in the Park.  Shifts are available between 11:45AM-7:30PM on Saturday August 18th.  The signup sheet will be circulated again at next week’s meeting.
 
Maria Klakegg, our Norwegian exchange student will arrive on August 28th in the afternoon.  Let’s get a big group together to greet her at the airport.
 
Ed James revealed that the next Harvest Pack food packing event will be Tuesday, December 11th after Rotary.  We’re coordinating with the Lions to make this an even bigger event than the last one.  A planning meeting with the Lions is scheduled for August 22nd.  See Ed if you’d like to attend the planning meeting.
 
Margaret Johnson had the honor to present Sue Ager with her PHF+3, signifying contributions to the Rotary Foundation in excess of $4,000. See photo above.  Sue said that the Foundation is a way for her to reach out to those in need in other countries.
 
Recent News
Paul Fournier recently took a long Amtrak trip and said that the train was great as long as you aren’t concerned about leaving or arriving on time.
 
Dave Hoel, Jeff Benson and Jason Miller had a great time on their Canadian fishing trip.
 
Dana Rebelein reported that her niece, Janet, fell and fractured her hip recently.
 
Cor reported that she is close to gaining full mobility of her knee after replacement surgery.
 
Ed James daughter will attend Notre Dame this fall.
 
Nicole Ulrich introduced our speaker, Brian Vickery, who spoke to us about New Brighton’s Stockyard Days celebration.   Brian was accompanied by the Stockyard Days Parade Chair, Tarii Kluse.   The Stockyards played a big role in the development of the New Brighton area in the early 1900’s.  Although the Stockyards are long gone, we still honor their part in the economic history of New Brighton.  Stockyard days was preceded by three other community festivals.  From 1949 through 1964 we celebrated Old Time Days.  From 1964 to the 1970’s the Jaycees organized an Independence Day celebration.  In 1981, Stockyard Days was started and was strengthened by the addition of the Antique Car Run in 1987.  This year’s celebration will include, among other attractions, inflatables, a bike race, a ski show, bands and a big parade.  This year’s budget is $60,000.
 
Brian reviewed some of the reasons for having a community celebration like Stockyard Days.  First, he emphasized the social benefit of strengthening of relationships between residents, businesses and local government.  He also said that there are several economic benefits to community celebrations, among them are increased visibility for the city, increased tourism and opportunities for business marketing and advertising.
 
Brian did his homework, and wove Rotary principals into his plea for increased Rotary involvement on the Stockyard Days Committee and in soliciting businesses for financial support for the festival.  One idea that surfaced was to organize a Job Fair tent for next year’s event and to use free will donations from participating businesses to cover the costs or even make money for Stockyard Days.
 
Co-President Cindy Carlson presented Brian and Tarii with a check from the Club for $1,500, above.
During his talk Brian expressed interest in Rotary membership so, as an enticement, he rang the sacred bell to end the meeting. Tarii, Nicole and Brian are pictured below.
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Meeting Recap - July 24, 2018

Posted by Jeff Benson on Jul 24, 2018

Co-President John Marg-Patton opened the meeting with the pledge of Allegiance and Sue Ager presented the Invocation.

 

Geoff Hollimon reminded us that we are helping to run the CPY inflatable recreation area at Stockyard Days again this year.  Check your email from Geoff or Mary Stewart for a link to sign up for one or more 2 hour shifts from August 10-12th.   Geoff also has tickets for the CPY Golf Ball Drop. 

 

Geoff will continue to gather donations for our deployed servicemen and women in conjunction with Citizens Supporting Our Armed Forces (CSOAF), a 501(c)3 non-profit.  Next Tuesday, July 31st, is the deadline for donations.  The supplies list and more information about CSOAF can be found by clicking here.

 

Cindy read a thank you letter from Rotaract member Laura Skubic, thanking us for our support for her mission trip to Lebanon.  Laura will speak to the club on her return.

 

Your email for July 20th should include a note from Jason Slama with an opportunity to support Mounds View’s community festival, just as we support New Brighton’s Stockyard days.  The Mounds View opportunity also involves inflatables so you won’t need to learn any new skills.  There are three time slots on August 18th.  Please contact Jason, Geoff or Cindy to sign up for a shift.

 

Bob Barmore was proud to announce the birth of his first grandchild, Penelope Kay, last week.  The vitals are: 22 inches and 8 pounds 14 oz.  Mom and daughter are both doing well.

 

Cindy Carlson’s foursome came in first in her flight and first overall in a golf tournament last weekend!

 

Always a good time manager, Cor Wilson managed to both retire and recover from hip surgery in the month of July.

 

Mark your calendars for August 24th…Our Norwegian exchange student, Maria, arrives that afternoon and we’d like to give her a warm welcome at the airport, if you are available.  Sue Ager has accepted the role of Youth Exchange Counselor.

 

Sue Ager introduced today’s speaker, Rotary World Peace Fellow, Amanda Ottman.  You’ll probably remember that Amanda accompanied Jilla Nadimi, when she spoke to us recently.  At that visit Amanda was representing the American Refugee Committee (ARC).  Today’s presentation focused on how Rotary, and specifically the Rotary World Peace Fellowship, has shaped her desire to make a difference in the world.  Her first contact with Rotary was as a Rotary Exchange student in Argentina in 2000.  The exchange experience increased her awareness of service opportunities and started her on a path that eventually led her to apply for the Rotary World Peace Fellowship.  This fellowship is awarded to only fifty of the most qualified and motivated students each year.  Argentina was one of the options that year, so Amanda naturally gravitated to the country where she had exchange program ties.  The Fellowship is a 2 year Masters program in International Studies.  It offered her an opportunity to make a strong connection to the local Rotary Clubs, share the mission of Rotary with others, and be an ambassador for peace.  She spoke about how venturing out at night in the poorest part of town to engage with the locals sharpened her vision of her mission for the future.  Upon completing her fellowship, Amanda has worked with Save the Children in Morocco, El Salvador and Haiti, and recently joined the American Refugee Committee, helping to improve the lives of refugees in the Nakivale Settlement Camp.  You’ll remember that our club donated $500 to support the efforts of the Nakivale Rotaract Club and that the Rotaractor’s efforts were chronicled in a 12 page spread in a recent Rotarian Magazine.  Amanda (and the ARC) are partnering with the Rotaract Club to provide services to the 90,000 refugees in the camp.  Amanda thanked us for our support for this mission and encouraged us to contribute generously to the Rotary Foundation.  Sue and Amanda are shown below.

  

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Meeting Recap - July 17, 2018

Posted by Jeff Benson on Jul 17, 2018
John Marg-Patton opened the meeting with the Pledge and Margaret Johnson provided the Invocation.
 
Our guest today was Arden Hills/Shoreview Rotarian Frank Mably.  Frank invited us to attend their annual Taste of the Hops beer tasting fundraiser on Friday, August 17th from 5:30 to 8:30PM at Snail Lake Park.  Click here for more information or to purchase tickets.
 
Co-President John said that the Board will meet on the Marg-Patton pontoon boat on Monday, July 23rd at 6PM.  Light snacks will be provided but you should eat before you come.  John’s address is 1152 Rose Lane, New Brighton.  Parking is very limited so park on Beach Rd (the road leading to the boat launch).
 
Co-President Cindy Carlson presented a GIANT card from MaryAnn Bawden thanking the club for her send-off last week. 
 
Cindy also thanked John and Marla Ordway for opening their home to host the Rotary Picnic last weekend.  What a perfect day to gather with great friends.
 
John Ordway presented Cindy Carlson and Jeff Benson with the bocce ball championship trophy (a bottle of wine).  Cindy and Jeff edged out John Ordway and Cindy’s husband Kevin in a hotly contested match.  John suggested that Cindy was extra competitive because she was playing against Kevin.  Jeff’s contribution was just picking the right partner.  Cindy and Jeff are shown with the trophy, below.
 
Cindy also made us aware that Rochester Rotary’s $95,000 Global Grant Proposal to benefit Mayan communities in Guatemala has been approved by the Rotary Foundation.  Our club pledged $500 toward the project.
 
Geoff Hollimon has tickets available for the CPY golf ball drop.  See Geoff for your chance to win big!
 
Geoff also reminded us that we will be helping again this year to supervise the bouncy houses and other inflatables at Stockyard Days.  This was great fun last year and now that we’ve got the system down it should be even better this year.  Watch your email for an online sign-up link.
 
Geoff also circulated a list of supplies needed by our deployed troops.  Citizens Supporting Our Armed Forces (CSOAF), a 501(c)3 non-profit, is gathering these needed supplies and Geoff will collect your donations and see that they get to CSOAF.  The supplies list and more information about CSOAF can be found by clicking here.
 
The Flex Group meets at US Bank at 7AM this Thursday.  All are welcome to come and see what all the excitement is about.
 
Ed James noted that our Norwegian Exchange Student, Maria, will be arriving sometime in the afternoon on Friday, August 24th.  We’re hoping to have a sizable contingent at the airport to welcome her, if possible.  We have two host families lined up but a third host family would be nice.  If you or someone you know would be a good host family, please let us know.
 
Ed James will also be offering the ‘Two Truths and a Lie” fundraiser next week.
 
Happy buck were plentiful today.  Many gave a dollar in recognition of the Ordway’s generosity in hosting the picnic. 
 
Please change your newly printed 2018-19 directory to indicate that Jason Slama, not Dana Rebelein, is the Community Service Director for the coming year.
 
I don’t know how many Taste of the Hops tickets Frank Mably sold today, but at least he was able to take home $5 as the raffle winner today.
 
Margaret Johnson introduced today’s speaker, Ed James, to give his new member classification talk.  Ed’s amazing story began in Iregba, Nigeria. Iregba is a village too small to appear on a map, but it lies near the southwest border of Nigeria.  Ed was born in 1965 and is the youngest of 6 kids.  His dad died of food poisoning when Ed was 11, but Ed’s mother was determined that her kids would get an education.  Ed put that determination to the test when he barely completed the 2nd grade.  Instead of sending him to 3rd grade, his mom had him repeat 2nd grade and it completely transformed Ed academically.  From that point forward, Ed was always at the very top of all his classes and was consistently elected or appointed to student leadership positions.  After High School there was no money for college, but after 2 years of working and saving, Ed was able to enroll at Polytechnic Ibadan where he studied Business Administration and Management.  While at Polytechnic, he led multiple student organizations while maintaining an academic performance level that is, as yet, unsurpassed.  He went on to earn his Master’s in Finance and Accounting  at Ambrose Alli University through online study after coming to the U.S. on a work visa.  His schooling in Nigeria, while rigorous, was completed without ever using a computer.  Ed’s wife encouraged him to learn about computers so, instead of taking a few lessons; Ed earned an associate’s Degree in Computer Science instead.
 
Ed’s first job in the U.S. was at ACI/Honeywell in 1996.  When Chinese competition forced his division to close in 2004, Ed became Director of International Operations at CareMate, travelling the world in search of products to supply developing African markets.  Ed left CareMate to start his own import/export business, Right Choice International Shipping, in 2007.  In 2008, Ed started working part-time as a Mental Health Counselor with ResCare, working to keep clients with mental illness employed and involved in their communities, a job he still enjoys today.  In 2012, the ever-changing international shipping market made it impossible for his international shipping business to remain profitable so he quit that business and started Right Choice Delivery Services, delivering paychecks for ADP, PayChex, Averta and CBIZ to 15 cities in the metro area.  
 
Ed has always loved singing and has sung in choirs since age 8, but he has also written nearly 80 songs and even has a CD of original songs.  He has led choruses for the International Christian Fellowship and leads a group that has performed over 100 times at his home church, Grace Evangelical Free Church in New Brighton.
 
Anyone who’s paying attention will also have noticed that Ed is totally committed to community involvement and charity work.  His Rotary membership is just one of the many ways he has a positive impact on his community.  Margaret and Ed are pictured below.
 
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Meeting Recap - July 10, 2018

Posted by Jeff Benson on Jul 10, 2018
John Marg-Patton opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and Margaret Johnson offered the invocation.
 
Our guests today were Bob Jacobson and Gary Bawden.
 
This Saturday is the Club Picnic at the Ordway home, 10 Dellwood Avenue, White Bear Lake (link to map).  Arrive after 2PM and stay ‘til dark.  John said today that they will need some desserts and appetizers/snacks.  The desserts were spoken for at the meeting today (you know who you are) but we will still need 5 or 6 appetizers/snacks to round out the menu.  Call John 651-429-9658 to let him know if you can bring some.  Other food, wine and beer will be provided.
 
Training for our Financial Literacy Program facilitators will take place from 11AM –Noon on Wednesday, July 11th at API Construction, 1100 Old Hwy 8, New Brighton (link to map).  Check your email from July 6th for the online event registration.  Another training session will also be held in the near future.
 
The Twin Cities North Chamber is hosting a golf tournament at Oneka Ridge in White Bear Lake on Thursday, July 26th from 12:30-6PM.  Click here for more information.
 
In preparation for their upcoming move, Past President Gerry, and wife Marlys, are holding an estate sale on Wednesday – Friday, July 11-13 staring at 9AM.  The sale is at the Tietz residence, 804 Torchwood Court, New Brighton.
 
Ed James circulated thank you notes from this year’s scholarship recipients.
 
Jason Slama, Jason’s girlfriend Elizabeth, MaryAnn Bawden, Jeff Benson, Geoff and Debra Hollimon, Dave Hoel and Nyle Zikmund, helped to move the Ralph Reeder Food Shelf into their new location at 2544 Mounds View Blvd (near the SA station).  Along with several other volunteers, they made short work of stocking  the food in the new location.  Don’t miss their open house on August 21st.
 
Today was bittersweet as we bid MaryAnn Bawden farewell as a new chapter of her life unfolds.  Cindy Carlson and John Marg-Patton reviewed MaryAnn’s myriad contributions in her 29 years with NBMV Rotary.  It’s hard to know where to start because MaryAnn’s graceful and effective touch has been felt in every area of club management.  Her attention to detail, organizational skills and uber-responsible nature made her the perfect club Secretary (I can barely remember a time when she wasn’t the Secretary).  Mary Ann was the one who always remembered to send a card or flowers on behalf of the club or provide treats and decorations for special occasions (her baking skills are legendary).  I always thought of her as the “Mom” of the club, always saying the right thing at the right time and gently reminding us “kids” what we should be doing and when we should be doing it.  MaryAnn also played an important role in the Youth Exchange program, both in our club and at the District level.  It’s an understatement to say that she will be missed.
Cindy and John presented MaryAnn with the Outstanding Service Award (above) and a Rotary necklace and Rotary-sized shot glass (below)
Gerry Tietz and Jason Miller present MaryAnn with a Lifetime Honorary membership Pin, Badge and Certificate (below)
 
Considering MaryAnn’s love for Rotary Youth Exchange, it’s appropriate that Youth Exchange was the topic for today’s program.  Margaret Johnson introduced Al JGerdin, Roseville Rotarian for 42 years and District 5960’s champion of youth exchange.  Al’s daughter travelled to Brazil as a Rotary Exchange student in 1965 and her experience compelled Al to join Rotary and almost immediately become involved in youth exchange at the club and District level.  In the years that followed, Al saw first-hand the benefits of the exchange program for the students, but also the benefits to the families and friends of the student.  Rotary has about 8,000 exchange students per year and if you multiply that by 100 friends and family members of each student, 800,000 lives are influenced by Rotary Exchange each year.  Al feels that these international interconnections will eventually reduce or even eliminate wars in the future.  He gave the example of how Rotarians in The United Kingdom and Argentina helped to mediate the Falklands crisis.  Whether or not wars can be prevented by exchange programs, it’s clear that the connections between countries and cultures created by Rotary Youth Exchange are a step in the right direction.  Margaret and Al are shown below.
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Meeting Recap - June 26, 2018

Posted by Jeff Benson on Jun 26, 2018
President Gerry Tietz opened the final meeting of his term as club president with the Pledge of Allegiance.  Dana Rebelein followed RI’s suggestion by providing a non-denominational invocation.

 

Gerry reported that the Board has revised our meal billing policy.  Effective July 1, meals actually consumed will be billed at the end of each quarter.  Previous policy was to pre-bill for the upcoming quarter.  This policy change makes meal costs fair for those who are unable to regularly attend meetings.  It should also make it easier to recruit new members.  Because unused meals were a significant income source ($6,000/year) for the club, the Board has raised dues to $125/quarter to help offset the lost income.  For most members, this will actually result in a lower overall cost of being a Rotarian.  The Flex Group is also investigating possible fundraisers to increase club income.

 

The Board also voted to donate $100 to a Twin Cities Rotaractor for a service mission to Lebanon and $250 toward a District Matching Grant for a Women’s Center in Guatemala.

 

Remember that on July 14th at 2:00PM the Rotary Picnic/Bocce Ball Tourney will be held at John and Marla Ordway’s home on White Bear Lake.  Food, wine and beer will be provided.  BYOB if you prefer a mixed drink.

 

Sue Ager reminded us that Roland Martinson will present his talk: Elders Rising – “The Promise and Peril of Elderhood” on Thursday June 28th, 4PM in the chapel at Benedictine Health Center at Innsbruck.  There is no cost to attend and refreshments are provided.  Seats are limited, so RSVP today to nicole.ulrich@bhshealth.org.

 

Jason Slama said the Ralph Reeder Food Shelf will be moving to a new location on Monday, July 9th.  They could really use some help with the move so watch your email for a Sign-Up Genius.

 

Remember that neither the Noon Club nor the Flex Club will be meeting next week due to the Independence Day holiday.  Be sure to attend on July 9th however, when the program will focus on Rotary Youth Exchange.  You’ll remember that Maria, our Norwegian exchange student, will be arriving in August.

 

The Happy Buck highlights for today’s meeting were:

 - Gerry gave $38 dollars ($1 for each club member) to recognize our contributions to his year as President.

- Cindy admitted to reaching 59 years young this past week.  Cindy paid $5 to avoid the Dreaded Birthday Hat (I thought we had retired it) but she couldn’t avoid the Birthday Song serenade.

 

Many thanks go to MaryAnn Bawden for the delicious cake to celebrate Gerry’s successful year and the beginning of the reign of John Marg-Patton and Cindy Carlson as co-Presidents.

 

Paul Fournier presented two nicely framed displays of the many certificates and banners we received at the District awards ceremony this year.

 

Chris Ledbeter used a Powerpoint presentation to generate reaction and discussion of club highlights from the past year.  Here are the highlights:

- Eight new Rotarians inducted, primarily due to the addition of early AM meetings.

- Great variety of interesting programs

- Harvest Pack event

- Provided three $1,500 scholarships

- Another successful, if frigid, Egg Hunt

- Financial Literacy Program kickoff

- 4:01 Happy Hour Socials

- Supported CPY’s Bouncy House Fundraiser at Stockyard Days

- Remember Niger District and Global Grant support and scholarships for Maman and Charifa

- Eight bed sets donated, delivered and assembled for homeless high school student at Life Prep Academy

- District Awards – Public Image Club of the Year, Club Service Club of the Year, International Service Club of the Year Runner Up as well as the District Governor’s Citation.

 

WOW!  We should all be proud of what we’ve accomplished under Gerry’s leadership.  It’s only appropriate that we would celebrate our success with a champagne toast, below.

 

Following the toast, John and Cindy presented Gerry with his Past President’s Pin, Gavel Plaque and an engraved paperweight (below).

 

In turn, Gerry presented president’s pins and passed the Gavel and Bell to John and Cindy (below). 

 

Cindy and John presented the slate of officers for the coming year and there was a significant change in the pathway to the presidency.  Jason Slama was forced by an employment conflict to delay his term as president by a year.  Dennis Connolly agreed to step in as President-Elect (President in 2019-20) and Jason becomes the President-Elect Nominee (President in 2020-21).  The slate of officers and board members was approved by a voice vote of the members present.

 

Cindy and John are looking forward to their Co-Presidency and propose the following “Big Picture” for the coming year:

   - Do Good

   - Have Fun

   - Celebrate

Enough said!

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Meeting Recap - June19, 2018

Posted by Jeff Benson on Jun 19, 2018
Bob Barmore opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and Ed James offered the invocation. Our guests today were MaryAnn Bawden’s Husband Gary and Irondale HS Activities Director Chris Fink. 
 
President Gerry Tietz reported that he just experienced his first District 5960 Board meeting.  Gerry will be representing medium sized clubs on the Board.  Congratulations, Gerry!
 
Bob Barmore said that the meeting setup and program assignment list has some months with only two Rotarians assigned so far.  He would like to have 3 members assigned for each month, so if you could help out by joining one of these 2 person teams, please let Bob Barmore know.
 
John Ordway asked those who have not paid their dues to do so, if at all possible, by our next meeting.
 
Ed James passed around thank you notes from the students who received tree saplings in our Fourth Grade Foresters tree give-away.
 
Cindy Carlson reported on the recent District Grants Subcommittee meeting.  There were 22 applications with requests for a total of $110,000.  Available funds are only $78,000 so difficult decisions will need to be made.
 
Don’t miss next week’s meeting when Gerry will pass the gavel to incoming co-Presidents John Marg-Patton and Cindy Carlson.
 
Note that next week’s Board meeting will begin at 10:30AM
 
The July issue of the Rotarian features the Rotaract Club of Nakivale, the first Rotaract club organized within a refugee camp.  Our club has donated $500 to help fund the club’s projects, so it’s great to get a closer look at this remarkable Rotaract club.

Amy Janacek announced that 16 Irondale seniors graduated from high school this year having already earned their AA degree, thanks to the Early College program.
 
Cindy Carlson said that eight homeless high school students at Life Prep Academy will be the recipients of brand new complete bed sets as a result of our fund-a-cause effort at the Gold Plate Dinner.  Dennis Connolly, Pam Wolf Sladek, Cindy Carlson Ed James, Dave Hoel and Jeff Benson (all shown below) were on hand to deliver and assemble the beds.  Life Prep Director, Pam Wolf Sladek, sent this thank you:
 
Cindy and NB/MV Rotarians,

Thank you so much for the new beds and the help assembling them!  So appreciated!!!! We are excited to have NEW beds for students that will be coming to Life Prep Academy soon!

Take care,
Pamela Wolf Sladek
Director
Life Prep Academy
 
 
Amy Janecek was excited to welcome ISD 621 Director of Community Partnerships, Mindy Handberg and Irondale’s Post Secondary Planning Coordinator, Michael Werner to speak to us about Early College.  Michael Werner was first to speak.
 
He spoke about how the Mounds View School District’s Early College Program helps fulfill the district’s Equity Promise by ensuring that students are prepared for post-secondary success regardless of race, class or disability.  There are many early college opportunities available including: Anoka Ramsey Community College, University of Minnesota concurrent enrollment, Advanced Placement, P.S.E.O. and Articulated Course Credit.  The wide range of Early College opportunities enabled 95% of Irondale Students to take at least one post-secondary level course this year!  Mike also talked about district 621’s budding partnership with local employers to provide coursework aligned to industry learning pathways.  This program is called Pathways to Possibilities, and offers opportunities in automotive technology, business management, information technology, construction, solar technology and engineering, among others.
 
Mindy Handberg took the podium and used the Construction and Solar Technology pathway as one example of how these kinds of creative public/private partnerships provide other post secondary options for students.  One of Mindy’s roles as Community Involvement Director is to promote these kinds of partnerships. Right now, Century College, Mortenson Construction, Parson’s Electric, St Paul Building Trades, MN State Energy Center and the Construction Careers Foundation are all working with District 621 to develop this Construction and Solar Technology pathway.  Mindy would love to hear from other businesses that see the value in these partnerships.  These partnerships could be in the form of internships, summer jobs, site tours, or participating in advisory groups to dialog about business needs or review curriculum and/or equipment needs for the district.
 
For more information, contact:
 
Chris Fink, Mike Werner, Mindy Handberg and Amy Janecek are pictured below.
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Meeting Recap - June 12, 2018

Posted by Jeff Benson on Jun 12, 2018
Today’s meeting was off-site at Benedictine Health Center at Innsbruck.
 
Bob Barmore opened the meeting with the Pledge and Invocation.
 
Jason Slama said that the Ralph Reeder Food Shelf has found a new home in the Silver View Center, 2544 County Highway 10. 
 
John Marg-Patton instructed us to mark our calendars for The Rotary Picnic/Bocce Ball Tourney on July 14th at John and Marla Ordway’s home.  The festivities begin at 2PM and will go until sunset.  You should have received an email invitation to the event from John Ordway around June 7th.  Please RSVP using the link in that email.
 
Jason Miller advised us that we are currently $700 short of our Rotary Foundation Contribution Goal for the Rotary Year ending on June 30.  If you are able to contribute toward this goal, please do so ASAP so the contribution will be recorded this Rotary year.  If you contribute directly to the Foundation, be sure to let John Ordway know so he can record your contribution in the club’s records.
 
John Ordway noted that it would be very helpful if everyone gets current on their dues by June 21, so he can wrap up the books by the end of the Rotary year.
 
Bob Barmore presented and updated list of monthly meeting and program assignments for the coming year.  You can download the updated list here.
 
Jason Slama reported that he has been accepted into the Sheet Metal Workers Union apprenticeship program, and will likely be unable to fulfill the responsibilities of President-Elect this year and President the following year.
 
Jason Miller said that ReNee’s friend’s son, Ty Koehn, is the Mounds View pitcher who, after a game winning strikeout, delays his celebration with his teammates to console the batter whom he had just struck out.  In a display of sportsmanship seldom seen in sport, the pitcher rushed to the plate to give the batter, his lifelong friend, a big hug.  Check it out here.
 
Jason Slama completed the MS 150 this past weekend and appeared to be no worse for wear.  Congrats, Jason!
 
Friday was Cor Wilson’s last day as she retired from CTV North Suburbs.  Her leadership was a big factor in the organization’s success and she will certainly be missed.
 
Our guest today was Benedictine Health Center at Innsbruck’s Director of Nursing, Colleen James.
 
You will remember that our May 15th speaker, Jilla Nadimi, works with the American Refugee Committee (ARC) to provide relief in refugee settlements around the world.  One such settlement is the Nakivale Refugee settlement in Kampala, Uganda.  The ARC, in partnership with Rotarians from Minnesota and Uganda, have encouraged youth in the refugee settlement to start a Rotaract Club.  Today, we recorded a video congratulating the Nakivale Rotaract club on the first anniversary of the club’s formation. 
 
Today’s meeting was at the Benedictine Health Center at Innsbruck and hosted by the Innsbruck Foundation.  BHC at Innsbruck’s Chaplain, Fran O’Connor, talked about the four pillars of spiritual care at Innsbruck, Justice, Hospitality, Stewardship and Respect.  She said that the Benedictine Health System’s namesake, St. Benedict, said “Before all, and above all, attention shall be paid to the care of the sick” and this concept drives every aspect of care at Innsbruck.  We were treated to a tour of the Benedictine Center’s facility, followed by a video of the resident’s impressions of their care.  A big development at Innsbruck is their purchase of two adjacent properties, which will allow a major expansion of the facility.  Stay tuned for news about the expansion plans.  Special thanks to Nicole Ulrich, and Reid Hewitt for hosting us today.
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Meeting Recap - June 5, 2018

Posted by Jeff Benson on Jun 05, 2018

President Gerry Tietz opened the informal meeting with the Pledge and Dana Rebelein offered the invocation.

 

Today’s meeting was off-site, hosted by Ed James at his party room at “The View”.  Ed had several relatives and friends in town (some from as far as Nigeria) and he wanted us to experience a Nigerian meal.  His sister, Grace, prepared a delicious traditional meal of chicken, rice, meat pies, plantain and other delicacies.  Our thanks to Ed and his family.

 

President Gerry noted that our Flex Club members have been paying full dues (including prepayment for full lunches) without getting the benefit of the lunch.  To remedy this situation, it will be proposed to the Board that lunches be on a pay-as-you-go basis, billed at the end of each quarter.  Because the unused prepaid lunches have been a source of significant income for the club ($4000-6000 per year) we’ll need a method to replace that lost income.  It will be recommended to the Board to increase quarterly club dues by $40 to make up for the lost income.  Those present voiced no objections to the proposal.

 

Ed James reported that he presented our $1,500 at-large scholarship to Alexander Koester, a St Anthony Village High School Senior.  Dana later noted that she had a conversation with a parent who talked in glowing terms about Ed’s presentation, saying that Ed was the only presenter who mentioned “service” in his talk and that he kept his remarks brief.  Way to go, Ed! (see photo above)

 

Jason Slama introduced his girlfriend, Elizabeth.  Ed James introduced his family members and guests.

 

Next week’s meeting will again be off-site at Innsbruck Care Center at Noon, with Nicole Ulrich and Reid Hewitt hosting.  Innsbruck is located at 1101 Black Oak Drive, one block West of New Brighton Ford.

 

The new beds we purchased for Life Prep Academy had not all arrived in time for yesterday’s planned presentation, so the delivery (and presentation) has been rescheduled for next Wednesday, June 13th sometime between 9:30 and 12:30.  We’d like to have a big contingent from the club to cement our relationship with Life Prep, so please come if you are able.  Cindy will send an email if she is able to provide a better estimate of the delivery time.

 

Ed James said that the nominations process for Camp Enterprise is underway at Irondale.

 

Maria, our Norwegian Rotary Exchange Student will likely be arriving in August.  We hope to have a big Rotary welcoming party for her arrival at the airport.  We’ll let you know when the date is pinned down.

 

Dave Hoel is looking for golfers to play in a best-ball tourney to benefit UofM pancreatic cancer research.  The tournament is at Majestic Oaks on June 22nd starting at 11AM.  If you would like to play, or just contribute, call Dave Hoel.

 

John Marg-Patton reminded us that the Rotary Club Picnic/Bocce Ball Tournament is on July 14th at John and Marla Ordway’s home on White Bear Lake.  Come at 2PM and stay until dark.

 

Gerry Tietz noted that Corporate Designee Nicole Ulrich will swap membership status with Reid Hewitt.  Nicole will become the Member and Reid will become the Corporate Designee.  Congratulations, Nicole!

 

Among the Happy Bucks today were:

- Jeff Benson has retired for the second time…he hopes this will be the last time.

- Bob Barmore expects to be a grandpa on July 16th!

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Meeting Recap - May 29, 2108

Posted by Jeff Benson on May 29, 2018
Cindy Carlson opened the meeting with the pledge of Allegiance and George Winiecki offered the invocation.
 
The Program and Meeting Assignment List was distributed and can be downloaded by clicking here.
 
President Gerry Tietz reviewed our accomplishments for the past year in light of our goals and District expectations.  It’s very clear that our club is on its game in nearly every category and we should be very proud of all our accomplishments.  Kudos, All!
 
Next year’s Co-President, Cindy Carlson, outlined plans for the coming year.  The first topic was the Gold Plate Dinner and those present today decided that April 12th would be the best date for the GPD.  We also decided to have the dinner at the Roseville Radisson again this coming year. 
 
Cindy also presented a draft budget for 2018-19.  The proposal shows a deficit of $8,811 because we have that amount accumulated in the Rotary Healthy Youth Foundation and the Board feels that those funds should be used in the community rather than sit in the Foundation.  Our total budget is $77,874.  Questions about the budget should be directed to Cindy Carlson, John Marg-Patton or John Ordway.
 
As a result of our Fund-a-Cause effort at the Gold Plate Dinner, we will be presenting 8 beds to Life Prep Academy.  The presentation will likely be on Friday, June 1 or Monday, June 4th.  If you’d like to be there for the presentation, please contact Cindy Carlson.  Cindy hopes to keep our homeless youth initiative alive with hands-on opportunities to connect Rotarians with homeless youth at Life Prep.  Life Prep is also holding their Annual Yard Sale Fundraiser on June 7-10 at 1628 County Highway 10, in Spring Lake Park.  Donated items would be greatly appreciated.  Please drop items off from 9-4 M-F.  All items should be dropped off by June 6th.
 
Cindy’s Co-President, John Marg-Patton, reminded us that Maria, Our Rotary Exchange student from Norway, will be arriving in August.  It’s been awhile since we have hosted an exchange student and we want to make the experience truly memorable for the student as well as ourselves.  You’ll soon be receiving details about how to easily get an online background check, as well as ideas about what kinds of things to do with Maria.
 
John also said that the NBMV Rotary picnic will be held a John and Marla Ordway’s home on White Bear Lake on July 14th.  (details to follow)
 
Remember that the next two Noon meetings will be off-site.  On June 5th we will meet at Ed James’ apartment (1300 Northwest Parkway, New Brighton) for a Nigerian Meal (Subway for those who prefer).  On June 12th we will meet at Benedictine Health Center (1101 Black Oak Dr, New Brighton).
 
Cindy and John's final words about their upcoming Rotary year are:
    1.       Do Good
    2.       Have Fun
    3.       Celebrate Our Accomplishments
 
We are investigating the possibility of sponsoring an Interact club at Irondale.  A key factor will be finding an instructor at Irondale willing to lead the club.
 
The Flex Group is looking into the possibility of putting together a Dragon Boat Race team at NBMV Rotary as an additional fundraiser for NBMV Rotary.  I can’t wait!
 
Dave Hoel and Jeff Benson are looking for golfers to play in a best-ball tourney to benefit UofM pancreatic cancer research.  The tournament is at Majestic Oaks on June 22nd starting at 11AM.  If you would like to play, or just contribute, call Dave Hoel.
 
John Risdall was with us for the 3rd week in a row, thanks to Paul Fournier.  It was also John’s birthday today so we broke out the Birthday Hat and did our best on the Birthday Song.  John is shown below.
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Meeting Recap - May 22, 2018

Posted by Jeff Benson on May 22, 2018

Cindy Carlson opened the meeting with the Pledge and Nile Zikmund offered an invocation.

 

Nyle Zikmund admitted to six decades on the planet and was rewarded for his perseverance with the honor of wearing the birthday hat (see photo below).

 

You will remember that last week’s speaker, Jilla Nadimi, works with the American Refugee Committee (ARC) to provide relief in refugee settlements around the world.  One such settlement is the Nakivale Refugee settlement in Kampala, Uganda.  The ARC, in partnership with Rotarians from Minnesota and Uganda, have encouraged youth in the refugee settlement to start a Rotaract Club.  The New Rotaract Club hit the ground running and now has 39 members working to improve life for their fellow refugees.  Cindy Carlson said that our board has responded with a check for $500 to support the mission of this remarkable group of Rotaractors.

 

Cindy also noted that our Gold Plate Dinner raised funds to buy several beds for the new residents at Life Prep Academy.  Contact Cindy if you would like to participate in the presentation of the beds.  Life Prep is also holding their Annual Yard Sale Fundraiser on June 7-10 at 1628 County Highway 10, in Spring Lake Park.  Donated items would be greatly appreciated.  Please drop items off from 9-4 M-F.  All items should be dropped off by June 6th.

 

Michelle Caron reported on the Financial Literacy Course recently presented to CPY 4th grade students by herself and Chris Ledbeter (see below).  Michelle said that the program was well received and there are plans to present the class again on May 30th.  Training is planned for club members who would like to help present a follow-up class.  Contact Chris Ledbeter or Michelle Caron if you’d like to help. 

 

Jason Slama reported that Ed James presented $1,500 scholarships to two deserving Irondale seniors.  The recipients were Devina Srey and Taylor Seim (shown with Ed James, below)..  Our $1,500 at-large scholarship will be presented to a St. Anthony senior next Tuesday.

 

After countless years as the Stockyard Days Parade Hot Dog King, George Winiecki is stepping down, so we will need a new Hot Dog King or Queen.  George has all the steps neatly laid out for his replacement.  Contact Cindy Carlson or John Marg-Patton if you are willing to take over this important responsibility.

 

President Gerry announced that next week’s meeting will be a club assembly to chart our course for the coming Rotary year.  The following two meetings will be off-site. On June 5th we will meet at Ed James’ apartment (1300 Northwest Parkway, New Brighton) for a Nigerian Meal.  On June 12th we will meet at Benedictine Health Center (1101 Black Oak Dr, New Brighton).

 

Be sure to be at the meeting on June 26th when Gerry will pass the Rotary gavel to Cindy and John Marg-Patton.

 

Due to the Independence Day holiday, the will be no meetings on July 3rd or 5th.

101 Black Oak Drive,

Cor Wilson announced that her mother passed away this morning.  Cor will also be retiring from CTV North Suburbs on June 8th.

 

Our speaker today was our own Nyle Zikmund.  Nyle took us back to the Mounds View pipeline explosion on July 7, 1986.  Nearly 32 years ago, a ruptured seam in a Williams pipeline near the intersection of Long Lake Road and Woodcrest released gasoline which pooled in the street and was eventually ignited by a newspaper delivery person’s car.  The driver suffered serious burns, but survived.  Beverly Spano and her 6 year old daughter, Jennifer, were not so fortunate.  Just as they exited their home, the gas vapor cloud ignited, causing 3rd degree burns over their entire bodies, eventually leading to their deaths.  Beverly’s Husband Don and her other daughter, Allison exited the house through another door and survived the fireball.  One hundred fire fighters (Nyle was one of them) from seven fire departments fought the ensuing fire, which reached 30 feet high and could only be contained until the remaining gasoline in the pipeline drained out and burned.  In all, 90,000 gallons of gasoline leaked out of the pipeline, much of it burning, but some also leaking into the adjacent pond/lake and into the aquifer.  As a result of this tragedy, National and State Offices of Pipeline Safety were created to help prevent future pipeline disasters.  Cindy and Nyle are shown below.

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Meeting Recap - May 15, 2018

Posted by Jeff Benson on May 15, 2018

Cindy Carlson opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and George Winiecki gave the invocation.

 

Everyone was thrilled to have John Risdall back with us today.  John is continuing his recovery at Watermark Senior Living, 5300 4th St. in Fridley.  John told me today that he welcomes visitors between 6 and 8 PM.

 

We also welcomed back the southern France river cruisers, Benson, Hoel, O’Brien, Neeley and Connolly, after their 16 day adventure.  All five were seated together today, so it must have been a great trip.

 

Garry Johnson introduced his guest, Jeff Rohach, and Cindy Carlson introduced Amanda Ottman who works with today’s speaker.

 

Jason Slama reported that nine volunteers showed up for the 2nd Harvest Heartland food drive last Saturday.  Under Jason’s energetic leadership, the group loaded 13 pallets of food on a semi-trailer! A couple of volunteers from Life Prep Academy joined in the fun.

 

John and Marla Ordway have graciously offered to host the Rotary Picnic at their home on Saturday, July 14th.  More details to follow.

 

Mark Lampman was lamenting the arrival of another birthday today, so we attempted to cheer him up with a Birthday Song.

 

Cindy introduced today’s speaker, St Paul Winter Carnival Queen of the Snows, Jilla Nadimi.  Although she’s only 27 years old, Jilla has managed to pack a lot of living into those 27 years.  Born in France to a Polish mother and Persian father, she came to Mounds View where she began to develop her sense of community as a Girl Scout, eventually earning a Gold Award which is the highest honor a Girl Scout can receive.  After her parents divorced, she was raised by her mother to be a strong and independent woman and this upbringing has served Jilla well.  At age 17 she worked with her Girl Scout Troop to help plan youth activities for the 50th anniversary of Mounds View’s Festival in the Park.  After graduating from Irondale in 2009, she received several scholarships which enabled her to study French and International Relations at the University of Minnesota.  She received a Benjamin Gilman Scholarship Grant, making it possible to return to France for further study.  Since then Jilla has worked to increase diversity in local government as an Urban Scholar Program intern, organized earthquake relief efforts in Ecuador, and now she is working with the American Refugee Committee, providing nutritional relief for refugee camps in places like Uganda, Rwanda and Myanmar.  As if her schedule wasn’t full enough, Jilla is also the reigning Queen of the Snows and will make 400 appearances this year in that role. She said her community festival experiences right here in Mounds View and New Brighton were part of the reason she decided to be a candidate for Queen of the Snows.  Jilla and Cindy are shown below.

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Meeting Recap - May 8, 2018

Posted by Mary Stewart on May 08, 2018
John Ordway led us in Pledge of Allegiance and Cindy Carlson offered the invocation.
 
Our guest today was Andrew Aplikowski, Beverly Aplikowski's son.
 
President Gerry Tietz opened the meeting with the exciting news that he will be serving on our Rotary's District Board.  Congratulations, Gerry! 
Gerry also shared with the club some sincerely sweet thank you letters from the fourth graders at Bel Air for the trees they were given from our club.  The students were so grateful for their trees, and many of them gave their tree a special name. 
 
Other Announcements
Paul Fournier shared with the club the thank you letter that Iris McGinnis wrote to the club for the help with the Community Support Center's Luncheon. 
Paul also recently visited John Risdall and said that he was in great spirits, and was the sharpest he has seen him in a couple years.  Paul was very encouraged with John's progress.  John will be moving to a new facility today.  Paul will provide more information about where John is relocating soon. 
 
Jason Slama reminded everyone to join him this Saturday at the Cub Foods near Rice Street and Hwy 36 for the Stamp Out Hunger Event from 3pm -6pm.  Even if you only have 20 minutes, please come and join Jason.  Life Prep Academy students will also be volunteering with our club.  This will be a great opportunity for us to meet some of those students. 
 
John Ordway reported that along with his wife Marlys, they are willing to host another summer social for the club at their house.  They are thinking about having it on Saturday, July 14, 2018.  More details to follow. 
 
Cindy Carlson shared with the club a thank you from Kara VanderKamp, Executive Director and President of Remember Niger, who spoke at our club a few weeks ago.  Cindy encouraged club members to consider making a special donation at the end of the meeting to support the Mother's Fund through Remember Niger.  This fund helps supply secondary education for girls.  Lastly, Cindy passed around information from Second Chance Animal Rescue.  If you are interested in fostering a cat or dog, please check out their website for more information http://www.secondchancerescue.org/sc_foster_care.aspx
 
Beverly Aplikowski was delighted to introduce her daughter-in-law, Kathleen Aplikowski, as our speaker.  Kathleen is the Manager of Direct Spending and Purchasing at Caribou Coffee.  Kathleen shared with the club the recent and ongoing changes with Caribou Coffee.  In 2012, Caribou Coffee was purchased by JAB Holding Company.  This company has also purchased Einstein Bagels, Krispy Kreme, Panera Bread, Peets Coffee, and Bruegger's Bagels, as well as other companies.  With the recent purchase of Einstein Bagels, they are currently doing a beverage upgrade at all Einsteins where they will now serve Caribou Coffee.  And likewise, Caribou Coffees will now carry Einstein Bagels.  The advantage of having all these companies under the JAB Holding Company is that now these companies can work together and get better bids by combining their supplies into one bid for items like cups, napkins, etc.  They have also been able to combine departments (such as accounting and distribution) to save money and become more efficient.  Kathleen invited our club to schedule a tour of their Roaster Center that is located in the Twin Cities. 
 
John is joined by Kathleen Aplikowski from Caribou Coffee below.
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Meeting Recap - May 1, 2018

Posted by Mary Stewart on May 01, 2018

Cindy Carlson led us in Pledge of Allegiance and Nyle Zikmund offered the invocation.

 

Our guests today were Carol Mueller--Mounds View Mayor, Gary Meehlhause--Mounds View City Council member, Jill Heineman--Mound View Police Foundation Board Member, and  Bob King--Mounds View Police Foundation Board Member.

 

President Gerry Tietz opened the meeting and welcomed the full room.  He asked Mary Stewart to provide an update on the Financial Literacy Class that was created, organized and run by our club for the youth at Community Partners with Youth (CPY).  Mary reported that the youth immensely enjoyed the class.  They learned how to use a checkbook register, and each youth made a set of three banks: one for spending, one for saving, and one for giving.  The youth can't wait to have another class and learn more about managing their money!  She thanked Chris Ledbeter, Michelle Caron, and Gerry Tietz for leading the class.  Here is a picture of the group. 

 

Other Announcements:

Jason Slama reported that on Friday, our club gave away trees to 4th graders at four local schools.  Even though they were a little thin on volunteers, they were able to distribute over 500 trees!

 

Jason was also excited to announce that Alexander Coaster from St. Anthony Village will be this year's recipient for our club's scholarship award.  Jason asked a club member to go to the ceremony to represent our club. 

 

Lastly, Jason urged the club to volunteer for the Stamp Out Hunger event on May 12, 2018.  The event will be held at the Cub Foods on Hwy 36 & Rice Street.  The students from Life Prep Academy will join us for the collection.  

 

George Winiecki recently visited John Risdall and said he was doing well.  He encouraged others to go and visit.  He is going to be at his current location for another ten days. 

 

MaryAnn Bawden thanked all members who attended the Community Support Center (CSC) luncheon last Thursday.  She added a special thank you from Iris McGinnis for all the support given by our club.  MaryAnn added that Nyle Zikmund represented the club well and gave a heartfelt ask - thank you Nyle!

 

MaryAnn shared with the club that she will be resigning in July so she can fully support her husband.  She will be dearly missed by all, and to celebrate all she has done for and through Rotary, we will be holding a celebration for her and her family on July 10, 2018.  More details to come.  

 

The club had a special treat with the return of our in house comedian, Jason Miller.  He had the group rolling in laughter with his latest joke.   

 

Cindy Carlson introduced our speakers, Mounds View Police Chief Nate Harder, and Mound View Police Foundation Board Member (and the City of Mounds View Prosecuting Attorney) Katrina Joseph.  Police Chief Harder and Katrina shared with the club about the Mounds View Police Foundation. 

The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization that raises funds to support the City of Mounds View, Minnesota's Police Department, it's public safety and other functions, both directly and indirectly, with grants for services, equipment, or items which will enhance the mission of the Police Department as it relates to service to the citizens of the City of Mounds View.  Chief Harder explained that often times when the police are called, they see people at their worst.  With the help of the foundation, they are able to provide events, programs, and experiences that allow the public safety department to connect with people at their best.  The goal is to build positive relationships with the community to prevent crime and make the community stronger.  Outreach events have included: a climbing wall, hockey games, Bowl with a Cop, parades, Father/Daughter Ball, National Night Out Pre-Party, MVPD Retirees breakfast, Shop with a Cop, and Festival in the Park.  With the support of our club, they have also hosted the New Americas Academy.  Through this academy, new immigrants to the community learn about American life, about the local government and local services, they are taught about local laws, and learn how to identify human trafficking.  To find out more about the foundation, check out their facebook page at facebook.com/moundsviewpolicefoundation or send them an e-mail at moundsviewpolicefoundation@gmail.com.  Cindy is joined by Police Chief Harder & Katrina Joseph from the Mounds View Police Foundation below.

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Meeting Recap - April 24, 2018

Posted by Jeff Benson on Apr 24, 2018
Nils Friberg led us in Pledge of Allegiance and offered the invocation.
 
Our guests today were Smiley Rebelein and Eric Ordway.
 
Jason Miller had the pleasure of awarding Jim O’Brien with his Paul Harris Fellow +2.  Jason noted that we each have the option of making additional contributions to the Foundation via our quarterly statements.  Let Jason or John Ordway know if you’d like to take advantage of this easy way to give to the Rotary Foundation.
 
President Gerry Tietz had great news to share about the Governor’s Awards which were presented at the Conference of Clubs this past weekend. The NBMV Rotary Club was named the medium-sized “Club of the Year in both Public Image and Service.  We were also runner-up to Club of the Year in International Service.  But most exciting of all was being named the Overall Medium Sized Club of the Year for the entire District (tied with Rochester).  What a testament to Gerry’s Leadership and the tireless efforts of our Board of Directors and all of our members.  A celebration is planned for June 26 at our noon meeting.  Check out all the certificates, below.
 
Cindy announced that our incoming District Governor, Mike Becker, will be installed on Tuesday, June 12 at the Spam Museum and Paramount Theater in Austin, Minnesota.  Social Hour is from 5:30-6:45 at the Spam Museum and the installation will start at 7:00PM at the Paramount Theater.  More details are available here.
 
We will have a Rotary exchange student this coming year!  Flex member Paul Jacobsen and his wife, Denise, will be hosting along with the Johnson family.  One more host family will be needed, so let’s find one soon.
 
Our 4th Grade Foresters tree give-away takes place this Friday afternoon, April 27th, starting at noon.  If you are able to help, please contact Ed James ASAP!
 
The Peacemakers Cribbage Tournament Fundraiser is this Sunday, April 29, from 5:30-9:00PM.  It’s being held right here in New Brighton at Adagio’s Pizza Factory.  Click here to participate.
 
We will once again be helping with the 2nd Harvest Heartland food collection in conjunction with the Postal Service.  Our location will again be at Cub Foods on Rice St. near Hwy. 36.  The homeless students from Life Prep Academy will join us for the collection.  Mark your calendars now for Saturday, May 12th.  More details to follow.
 
Board News:
-We are working on a district matching grant proposal to hold a really big Harvest Pack event next year.
-$500 has been allocated for medical supplies for Bolivia
-$720 has been committed for continuing sponsorship of our Remember Niger students, Maman and Charifa.
 
Paul Fournier reported that John R. is making progress in his recovery and welcomes visitors after 3:00PM.  After this week he will be moving from Langton Place to another facility near University and 694.
 
Cindy reported that Kevin’s new hip is working well.  We thought he was pretty hip even before the surgery!
 
The tally is in for the Gold Plate Dinner and we managed a $23,800 net!  Sincerest thanks for all the hard work that went into making the event such a big success.
 
John Ordway introduced our speaker, Jim Markoe.  Jim has spoken to the club in the past regarding the low water levels in White Bear Lake.  He last spoke to the club about the lawsuit that the White Bear Lake Restoration Association and White Bear Lake Homeowners Association had filed against the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.  Jim was happy to report to us today that their lawsuit was successful and that, subject to the DNR’s appeal, help for the lake and its homeowners is likely within two years.  The judge ordered sweeping changes in the practices that were draining the aquifer and, consequently, the lake.  She also ordered direct replenishment of lake levels via a pipeline.  Jim believes that the judge’s findings will be upheld by the Appeals Court and the Supreme Court, ending what will, by then, have been an eight year battle to restore White Bear Lake to its normal level.  Jim is joined by fellow WBL Homeowners board member, Eric Ordway, below.
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Meeting Recap - April 17, 2018

Posted by Jeff Benson on Apr 17, 2018
Nils Friberg opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and Mike Neeley offered the invocation.
 
Our guests today were Vadnais Heights Rotarian Jeff Niesen and Stillwater Sunrise Rotarian Doug Pepin.  Doug was here to invite us to the Stillwater club’s “Brewer’s Bazaar” fundraiser on May 19th.  Click here for more details.
 
President Gerry Tietz welcomed John Marg-Patton to the stage for the final prizes in the Gold Plate Dinner ticket sales contest.  The $75 ticket sales grand prize went to Cindy for selling 10 full price tickets.  Wow!  Jim O’Brien was the lucky winner of $75 in the at-large drawing.
 
John Ordway reported that the Gold Plate Dinner preliminary numbers suggest that this year’s gala will likely be the most successful fundraiser to date.  He estimated that we may net as much as $23,000!   Well done, NBMV.
 
Nicole Ulrich reminded us of the Benedictine Health Center’s eleventh annual Gala to be held at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church on Friday, May 18th from 5:30-11:00PM.   Click here to reserve your place or donate to this very worthy cause.
 
Ed James still needs volunteers for the 4th Grade Foresters tree give-away on Friday afternoon, April 27th.  Please contact Ed ASAP to volunteer!
 
Ed also announced that we will once again be helping with the 2nd Harvest Heartland food collection in conjunction with the Postal Service.  Our location will once again be at Cub Foods on Rice St. near Hwy. 36.  The homeless students from Life Prep Academy will join us for the collection.  Mark your calendars now for Saturday, May 12th.  More details to follow.
 
More attendees are still needed for the Community Support Center Luncheon on April 26th.  Let’s have a good showing to support this great community resource.
 
President Gerry noted that we will be recognized at least three times during the District 5960 Conference of Clubs for our accomplishments during this Rotary year.  There may even be cake next Tuesday to celebrate our accomplishments.
 
Garry and Nancy Johnson are the proud announce the birth of their granddaughter, Sophie.  Mother and daughter are both doing well.
 
Cindy said Kevin will be at Regions tomorrow to receive a new hip. 
 
Cindy Carlson introduced Kara VanderKamp, Executive Director of Remember Niger Coalition (RNC).  Kara was here to update us on RNC’s efforts to promote education in Niger.  It’s not surprising that, as the world’s least developed country, Niger’s schools are extremely underfunded.  NBMV Rotary began partnering with RNC to help educate more children by acting as the primary sponsor of a Rotary Global Grant in 2012.   We have continued this partnership by participating in matching grants to create safe and sanitary schools where students, and especially girls, can begin to escape the grip of poverty.  School attendance statistics in Niger are sobering with 38% attending elementary school, 11% attending middle school and only 3% making it to high school.  RNC now supports 2,200 students in 10 communities and would like to do so much more.  Recent initiatives include schools for deaf and disabled students who are marginalized in Niger.  Niger requires all schools to be permanent cement or masonry structures, increasing the up-front cost of school buildings, but generous donations and grants are slowly, but surely, resulting in new schools.  You can help to provide bricks for schools, sponsor a child, or get more information by clicking here.   Cindy and Kara are pictured below.
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Meeting Recap - April 10, 2018

Posted by Jeff Benson on Apr 10, 2018

Bev Aplikowski opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and Dana Rebelein offered the invocation.

 

Our guests today were Stillwater Rotarian, Suzannah Stulberg and Roseville Rotarian, Marv Sorvala.  We were saddened to learn that Marv’s wife had passed away this past week.

 

The Flex Group will be holding its 4:01 happy hour gathering this Thursday at the Exchange.  All Rotarians are welcome to join in the fun.

 

President Gerry Tietz was happy to announce that all tickets for the Gold Plate Dinner were sold before the event.  John Marg Patton wrapped up the GPD ticket sales competition by presenting Bev Aplikowski with the prize for the 100th ticket sold.  We all owe Bev our thanks for her excellent work as “Ticket Wrangler” for this year’s event.

 

John Marg-Patton announced that Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light will present portions of a new PBS/NOVA film, “Decoding the Weather Machine” which cuts through the confusion around climate change.  A distinguished panel (including Paul Douglas) will lead the discussion.  The free program will be held at Christ the King Lutheran Church, 1900 – 7th St. NW, from 7-9PM on Wednesday, April 18th.

 

Ed James needs several more volunteers for the Fourth Grade Foresters tree give-away, on Friday afternoon, April 27th. 

 

Jason Slama gathered several volunteers to evaluate applications for our at-large scholarship, one of three $1,500 scholarships that we offer to high school seniors each year.

 

Cindy Carlson advised us to start thinking about putting together bidding groups in preparation for the live auction at the Gold Plate Dinner.  Getting your group together ahead of time will maximize your chance of making a competitive bid on some great auction items.

 

April 25th marks the kickoff of our financial literacy workshop for youth at CPY.  Flex Group member, Chris Ledbeter, is spearheading this important initiative.

 

We need a several good Rotarians to serve as greeters at the Community Support Center luncheon on April 26th.   As a founding organization of CSC, it would be great to have a big turnout, to support CSC’s mission to keep people in their homes.

 

Garry Johnson confirmed that it is his daughter, and not he, that is expecting soon.  This will be his third grandchild!

 

Dana Rebelein’s birthday apparently passed by without acknowledgement in February, but we made up for it with one of the best birthday serenades in recent memory.

 

Beverly Aplikowski introduced our speaker, humorist Eric Golub.  Honoring Rotary’s non-partisan political stance, Eric took all sides to task with smart, edgy commentaries on “non-controversial” subjects like politics, immigration, religion, race, and gender. Bev and Eric are pictured below,

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Meeting Recap - April 3, 2018

Posted by Jeff Benson on Apr 03, 2018

Nils Friberg opened the meeting with the Pledge and the Invocation.

 

We were honored to have Past District 5960 Governor Tom Yuzer as a guest today.  We also had a visit from a prospective member whose last name I missed (first name was Al).

 

We celebrated two birthdays today, serenading Ed James and Bev Aplikowski with the Birthday Song.

 

President Gerry Tietz thanked Dennis Connolly for his hard work in pulling together all the information for the District Governor’s Awards, which will be announced at the 2018 Conference of Clubs, which will be held April 19-20 at the brand new Mystic Lake Center at Mystic Lake Casino Hotel in Prior Lake.  I believe that you can still register for the Conference of Clubs by clicking here.

 

Gerry recognized the efforts of all those who contributed to the success of our 29th annual Egg Hunt last Saturday.  Egg Czar Dave Hoel seconded Gerry’s thanks and noted that, because the snow prevented us from distributing all the eggs this year, there were jelly beans left over.  The children’s loss is your gain, however, because those jelly beans are available for you for the paltry sum of just $1 per 2 cup bag.  If they were not sold out today, there may be jelly beans for sale again at our next meeting.

 

Gerry thanked Michelle Caron for organizing last Wednesday’s sign painting social event.  Attendance was light but a great time was had by all.

 

You’re invited to attend the 25th annual Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge Gala on May 4th, 5:30-9:00PM, at the Hilton Minneapolis.  The event will feature Minnesota Gophers Head Coach, P.J. Fleck and KSTP Anchor, Leah McLean.  To register, or get more information, click here.

Ed James reported that two Irondale students, Iva Hammett-Kess and Adam Johnson, have been selected to be our representatives at Camp RYLA.  Ed also reminded us that many volunteers will be needed to hand out trees for our Fourth Grade Foresters program from Noon to 4PM on April 27th.  Please let Ed know if you can help with this fun project.

 

The Gold Plate Dinner is just ten days away and Bev Aplikowski is happy to report that we have sold all but 3 tickets as of today’s meeting.  It seems that some of you have not yet turned in your ticket stubs and/or your meal choices yet.  If you are among the negligent, please get that information to Beverly now!

 

John Marg-Patton announced that Dana Rebelein had won the weekly GPD ticket sales contest a couple of weeks back (while she was recovering from surgery) and Dana was happy to receive a fine Australian Merlot as a reward for her sales ability.  The current week’s winner was Michael Johnson, who selected a 4-pack of IPA.  Cindy suggested that Beverly Aplikowski receive a special award for selling a total of 11 tickets.

 

Cor Wilson won the raffle for the 2nd week in a row!

 

Our program today was Nyle Zikmund, presenting his new member Classification Talk.  Nyle was born in Hibbing and moved to Blaine as a youngster.  Although he has changed homes a few times since then, he still lives in Blaine.  He has been married to Theresa for 36 years and they have one son and one grandson, who live just 7 blocks away from them.  Nyle and President Gerry are apparently fellow alums of UW Stout.  Nyle and family love to travel and have visited all 50 states, much of Canada and internationally.  The international focus has been intensified because they have hosted eight international exchange students, remaining in contact with almost all of them and travelling to visit most of them.

 

Nyle’s first career ambition was to be a high school woodshop teacher, but industrial arts program cuts made that impossible, so he did the next best thing and went to work in a woodworking shop.  Eventually he would own Oakcraft, Incorporated, which he recently sold with the provision that he would have lifetime access to the shop.

 

Nyle also worked as a firefighter with the Spring Lake Park Blaine Mounds View Fire Department, eventually becoming Chief of the department.  Nyle also served on the board of the International Association of Fire Chiefs.

 

Nyle came out of retirement to take the City Administrator position in Mounds View.  Theresa runs her own business, Fire Services Consulting.  Nyle has a role in her company as well.  He describes his role as: “whatever she tells me to do”.

 

Nyle has been involved in the restoration of two unique vehicles: a 1953 Packard Henny and a 1923 American LaFrance Fire Truck.

 

Nyle’s family is one of only 41 remaining private landowners in the Voyageurs National Park.  The property was purchased by his grandmother and the family has resisted attempts by the Voyageurs National Park Association to purchase the property.

 

Gerry and Nyle are shown below.

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Meeting Recap - March 27, 2018

Posted by Jeff Benson on Mar 27, 2018
Jim O’Brien opened the meeting with the Pledge and Nils Friberg offered the Invocation.
 
It was great to have Dana able to rejoin us after her recent surgery.  Welcome back!
 
Paul Fournier reported that John is recovering after a stroke and fall that resulted in a broken hip.  He is recovering at Langton Lake Place and welcomes visitors in the afternoon only.
 
President Gerry Tietz had the honor of inducting Nicole Ulrich into the club as a Corporate Designee.  Nicole will attend meetings when Reid Hewitt is unable to attend.  Gerry, Nicole and Nicole’s dad, Curt Glenna, are shown below.
 
Egg Hunt Grand Poobah, Dave Hoel, provided last minute instructions for Saturday’s Egg Hunt. If you have volunteered to transport eggs and prizes to the park, please arrive at the North parking garage beneath CU Companies with your SUV or Van at 9:30AM sharp.  All other Rotarians should be at Driftwood Park at 10:30AM.  The Hunt is a rain or shine event; so if it’s raining or too wet to be in the park, we’ll hold it in the parking lot at the church adjacent to the park.
 
Bev Aplikowski needs your ticket stubs, with meal choices marked, ASAP.  No raffle prizes can be won without your stub and, if we don’t have your meal choice, you may not get the meal you prefer.  Please get this information to Bev now!
 
Ed James reported that April 27th is the date for our 4th Grade Foresters tree give-away in honor of Arbor Day.  Several Rotarians will be needed to present the trees and engage the kids in conversation about the value of trees.  Talking points will be available for those who need/want them.  Classroom visits are planned between Noon and 4PM.
 
Paul Fournier introduced our speaker, Chelsea Holub, President of the Twin Cities Rotaract Club.  According to the Rotary International website, Rotaract Clubs “bring together people, aged 18-30, to exchange ideas with leaders in the community, develop leadership and professional skills, and have fun through service."  Chelsea described Rotaract as middle of a continuum, bracketed by Interact at the high school level and traditional Rotary Clubs on the “older” end.  As a “millennial”, Chelsea was drawn to Rotaract as a way to be involved with others of similar ages and sensibilities.  She offered some thoughts on why millennials might not be attracted to traditional Rotary clubs:
- Time of Day: Tight work schedules for most millennials make noon or morning meetings difficult.  Her group prefers 7:00 PM.  This allows time to eat at home, rather than spend money on food.
- Location:  Country clubs and fancy hotels are avoided, with a preference for less fancy places that are close to public transportation.
- Traditions/Ceremonies: Millennials are uncomfortable with traditions like the Pledge of Allegiance, Invocations, singing, etc.
- Cost:  Student loans, low wages, and high housing costs cause millennials to avoid paying for food, if possible.  Chelsea suggested that Rotary clubs look at reduced young professional membership dues, pay as you go meals and allowing brown bag meals as ways to attract younger members.
 
The Twin Cities Rotaract Club is sponsored by the Roseville Rotary Club and meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month at 7PM.  One monthly meeting is for mingling and the other features a speaker.  Their 2018 fundraiser to benefit Books for Africa is coming up on April 25th, 6PM at Summit Brewing.  Sign up for the event by clicking here.  Gerry and Chelsea are pictured below.
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Meeting Recap - March 20, 2018

Posted by Jeff Benson on Mar 20, 2018
Recently, President Gerry Tietz was interviewed on CTV15’s New Brighton Now about Rotary’s role in the community and the world.  Gerry represented us extremely well!  Check it out by clicking here.

 

Geoff Hollimon opened the meeting with the Pledge and MaryAnn Bawden offered the invocation.

 

Our guests today were Jed Hamoud and Mike Busch from Kids Alive International.  Mike thanked us for our support for the Kids Alive Syrian refugee program in Lebanon and made us aware of their Oasis Home and foster care programs for girls who are victims of sexual assault.

 

Also visiting us today was Don Craighead, long time Rotarian who made us aware of the Rotary e-club 5960.   This unique approach to Rotary membership is entirely online, offering those with limited mobility a way to be involved with Rotary.

 

Chris Ledbeter, from our “Flex Group”, reported on the Financial Literacy Program which will be rolled out soon with CPY fourth graders.  The program will teach the basic financial skills like saving, spending and giving.  They will need volunteers to teach these skills to classes of 5-8 kids.  Contact Chris if you’d like to be part of this program.

 

Chris also reminded us that we are always welcome at their 4:01PM social hours on alternating Thursdays.  This week’s gathering is at Adagio, 2052 Silver Lake Rd, New Brighton.

 

David Hoel, Egg Hunt Czar, reminded us that the egg-stuffing will take place at The Exchange on Sunday, March 25th at 11:30AM.   The actual egg hunt will be on Saturday, March 31st, 10:30AM at Driftwood Park.  All NBMV Rotarians are asked to help with these events.

 

Ed James reported that we will once again celebrate Arbor Day by distributing tree saplings in our 4th Grade Foresters tree give-away this year.  So far, April 27th has been reserved for Valentine Hills and information on the 3 other elementary schools is forthcoming.

 

John Marg-Patton announced a tie in the weekly Gold Plate Dinner ticket sales contest.  Beverly Aplikowski and Ed James each chose a bottle of wine as their prize.  Who will win next week’s contest?  Remember, you can’t win a prize if you don’t report your ticket sale commitments to your team captain.

 

Beverly Aplikowski followed up by reminding us to turn in our own ticket stubs (with dinner choice indicated) by next week’s meeting and to get the stubs and payment for any other tickets sold to Beverly as soon as possible.

 

Geoff and Debra Hollimon are celebrating their 38th anniversary this week…Congratulations!

 

Mary Ann Bawden said that a revamped membership directory will be available in print and online versions in July.

 

Paul Fournier introduced our speakers, Iris McGinnis and Karen Meyer, from the Community Support Center.  On behalf of the club, Paul Fournier presented them with a check for $1,000 to support CSC’s mission.  Karen Meyer started the presentation by explaining that CSC’s mission is to prevent homelessness by providing referrals to the appropriate agencies and, when necessary, short-term financial assistance to prevent evictions or electric shut-offs.  CSC’s financial counseling helps families achieve financial stability in the following ways:

  - Taking the time to listen and really know the clients

  - Setting goals

  - Directing clients to appropriate services

  - unraveling the bureaucracy and red tape

  - Celebrating their successes

  - Continued long-term financial counseling

CSC partners with Ramsey County Social Services, Community Action Partnership, St Vincent de Paul Society as well as local churches and service organizations like our Rotary Club.  In fact, NBMV Rotary is a founding organization of CSC and Paul Fournier serves on its Board of Directors.

 

At any given time, 16-20 families are being served by CSC.  Karen is the sole paid staff person and CSC relies heavily on the volunteer services of 6 “active listeners” who decide where to refer clients and whether financial assistance is warranted.  CSC spends between $400-700 per family.  Ramsey County currently has 29 families on the homeless shelter waiting list and if they finally are admitted to a shelter, it costs the county $3,000/month to house a family of four.  It’s easy to see that CSC’s strategy of preventing homelessness makes much more sense than relying on homeless shelters.  But because of a tight housing market and sharply increasing rents, the risk of eviction is increasing and CSC will likely experience an increase in need for its services.

 

Iris McGinnis took the floor at this point to ask us to actively participate in their upcoming fund-raiser luncheon on April 27th from 11:30-1:00 at Christ the King Lutheran Church.  CSC is looking for as many Rotarians as possible to attend the luncheon and four to five Rotarians to greet attendees as they arrive.  NBMV Rotary will receive special recognition in the program and Iris would like someone from Rotary to present the fund-raising “ask” at the close of the program.  If you might be able to fill this role please contact Paul Fournier or MaryAnn Bawden.  You can RSVP for the luncheon at:  staff@communitysupportcenter.org.  Paul is shown presenting our check to Karen and Iris, below.

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Meeting Recap - March 13, 2018

Posted by Jeff Benson on Mar 13, 2018
Geoff Hollimon opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and Mary Stewart offered the invocation.
 
Geoff thanked all who attended the CPY Spring Luncheon and noted that 120 people attended and donations so far are $17,000.  CPY provided delicious cupcakes for today’s meeting.
 
Dave Hoel reminded us that the Egg Hunt is almost upon us.  The prizes will be sorted and organized tonight and the egg stuffing will occur at the Exchange starting at 11:30AM on Sunday, March 25th.   The actual Egg Hunt will be at Driftwood Park on Saturday March 31st.  Many vehicles will be needed at 9:30 AM on the day of the hunt to pick up the eggs and prizes in the North parking garage below the CU Companies offices.  Everyone else should report to Driftwood Park by 10:30AM to set up for the Egg Hunt.  Please see Dave if you can help to put up the egg hunt signs around New Brighton.
 
Dennis Connolly noted that he is in the process of completing our club’s applications for the District Governor’s Awards.  Cindy Carlson added that the District is looking for judges for the award selection process.  See Gerry if you are interested in being a judge.
 
John R. broke his leg or hip recently and is still in the hospital.  He’ll be moving to a transitional care facility as soon as he is able.
 
It was also reported that Dana R. was scheduled for surgery today.
 
Mike Neeley returned today after a two month vacation in Florida.  Welcome back, Mike!
 
We also welcomed Mark Beisswenger back today, after a work related absence.  Mark celebrated his return by drawing his own number in the weekly raffle!
 
John Marg-Patton announced the prize winners for the first 4 weeks of the Gold Plate Dinner ticket sales contest.  The winners were:
   - Week 1 – Cindy Carlson – 6 pack of Bud Lite (dilly, dilly!),
   - Week 2 – Mike Neeley – Surly Furious beer,
   - Week 3 – Dana Rebelein – not present to claim her prize,
   - Week 4 – Mary Stewart - $10 gift certificate
Will you be next week’s winner?
 
Gerry Tietz represented our club in a recent episode of New Brighton Now.  The program will be shown at the following times on CTV channel 15:  Wednesday 3/14 at 9:30PM and Thursday at 12:30PM and 8:30PM.
 
Margaret Johnson introduced today’s speaker Bev Driscoll.  Bev is a long time Rotarian and Past President of the Stillwater Rotary Club.  Margaret and Bev were part of a delegation to our District’s Fast for Hope initiative in El Corazo, Nicaragua.  Bev was here to update us on the program.  Our Fast for Hope initiative is following the new protocol for “sustainable” poverty relief.  The new thinking is that extreme poverty can only be sustainably eliminated by engaging the local community in a self-driven process of long-term goal setting and action planning.  Rotary has learned that providing money and/or infrastructure will not result in a long-term reduction in poverty unless the community itself identifies the need and takes ownership of the action plan.  We have learned from our mistakes and false starts in Nicaragua but our patience is being rewarded with slow, but steady, progress.  El Corazo identified four goals: Improve literacy, improve access to medications and medical care, provide a local water supply and improve the seasonably impassable 3.5 mile road into the community.  Since the initiative began, the community has expanded its book supply from 2 to 521 books, established reading posts and trained “reading promoters”.  A physical library is planned.  A pharmacy program has been established, “health promoters” have been trained and a doctor is available in the community ½ day per week.  Water pipes have been laid for most of the length of the road and there is hope that homes may soon have ready access to clean water.  Because of the cost, improving the road is the most challenging goal but there is hope that progress will be made soon.
 
If you have interest in being part of a future delegation to El Corazo or just want more information, click here.  Bev and Margaret are shown below.
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Meeting Recap - March 6, 2018

Posted by Jeff Benson on Mar 06, 2018
NBMV Rotary is pleased to announce that Michael Johnson was inducted into membership last week.  Michael is shown being inducted by President Gerry Tietz, below.
 
Today’s meeting was at the CPY Spring Luncheon.
 
CPY Board Chair, Brian White, opened the luncheon by reviewing the 21 year history of CPY.  Founded in 1997 to reduce juvenile crime by increasing adult supervision during out of school hours and summer months, CPY has since expanded its service to the community by providing a safety net for at risk youth as well as supporting and enhancing the Mounds View School District.  CPY alumni have returned to connect with and provide service to the community.  CPY’s current mission statement is: “To provide a safe, nurturing environment where youth can strengthen their personalities and develop educational and social skills”.
 
CPY executive Director, Mary Stewart, told the story of “Kayla”, a daughter of drug dealers who had become a bully and was failing her classes at school.  CPY provided the structure and encouragement to improve her grades and behavior, eventually making the honor roll in high school and enrolling in college.  Kayla is soon to graduate with a degree in math education.  Kayla is just one of many students who have benefitted from CPY programming.  Currently, CPY offers programming in the following areas:·
    -Basic Needs – CPY serve over 24,000 meals and snacks each year because students can’t learn if they are hungry.
    -Tutoring & Life Skills Mentoring - CPY offers youth programming in many areas, including: life skills, personal responsibility, goal setting, decision making, optimistic thinking and self-awareness.
 
Mary introduced CPY alumnus Sam Vang.  Sam joined CPY at age 8, about the same time his parents gave him a phone, a house key and responsibility for the care of his younger siblings.  Sam credits his time at CPY as a student, volunteer and eventually as an employee, with instilling him with the kindness, engagement, leadership skills and a sense of family that have paved the way to his graduation from the University of Northwestern with a degree in Psychology.  He plans to use his degree to help youth in a way similar to how he was helped by CPY.
 
Mary next introduced the featured speaker, the Gophers’ all time leading rusher, and Green Bay Packers first round draft pick, Darrell Thompson.  Darrell is the President of Bolder Options, an organization committed to healthy youth development.  Bolder Options shares many of CPY’s youth development goals, but focuses on one-on-one mentorship with a significant physical fitness component.  Darrell outlined Bolder Options’ four pronged approach:
    -Physical Activities       
    -Goal Setting
    -Education
    -Mentoring
For more information about Bolder Options, click here.
 
Brian White returned to the podium to explain that 80% of CPY’s budget is employment costs, and that salaries have risen 20% in recent years in order to attract and retain quality educators.  In response to this situation, Brian announced the Board’s new goal of 200 donors willing to sign up for auto-pay at $20/month.  Achieving this goal would allow CPY to remain competitive in our tight labor market.  Brian thanked all those in attendance for their continuing support of CPY.  For more information about CPY, or to donate if you missed the program today, click here.
 
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Meeting Recap - February 27, 2018

Posted by Jeff Benson on Feb 27, 2018
Mary Stewart opened the meeting with the Pledge and an Invocation.
 
Garry Johnson introduced his guest, former Vadnais Heights Rotarian, Jeff Niesen.  Jeff is with Lake Community Bank.
 
President Gerry Tietz inducted our newest member, Mounds View City Administrator Nyle Zikmund.  See photo above.
 
 
Jason Miller had the honor of presenting two Paul Harris Fellow awards today.  Margaret Johnson received her Paul Harris Fellow+1 and Cindy Carlson received her Paul Harris Fellow+5.  Margaret and Cindy are pictured above.
 
Happy Bucks Highlights
- Mary Stewart has returned from her family vacation in Arizona.
- Jim O’Brien has a new great-grandson.
- Nicole Ulrich took the Polar Plunge for Special Olympics, her team raising over $1,300.
 
Beverly Aplikowski reported that 59 tickets have been sold for the Gold Plate Dinner.  Let’s get out there and sell the remaining 41.  John Marg-Patton followed up with the drawing for this week’s GPD ticket sales contest.  Mike Neeley and Jason Miller had each sold three tickets this week and Mike Neeley was selected by lot to receive this week’s prize.  Since next week’s meeting is at the CPY Luncheon, we’ll report on the next two week’s winners at our March 13th meeting.  While you're out there selling tickets, think about restaurants you frequent that might be willing to donate a gift certificate for our "Dine Around Town" bundles to be auctioned off at the Gala.  An information brochure can be downloaded here.
 
Cindy Carlson updated us on the many District 5960 matching grants in process for our District.
 
Gerry noted that the District’s “Conference of Clubs” (formerly the District Assembly) will be held on April 19-20 at Mystic Lake Conference Center.  This conference is a great way to learn more about the many ways that Rotary is a force for good in the world.  Get more details here.
 
Gerry Tietz was proud to introduce his son, Nick Tietz and former Minneapolis Police Chief Janae Harteau to talk about Vitals Aware Services, a new service providing police officers real-time information that may help them approach and calm vulnerable individuals with physical or mental health issues and help prevent overreaction or escalation by police officers.  Nick is the Director of Technology for the company and Janae is the Public Safety Officer.  Nick reviewed some mental health statistics, revealing that 1 in 5 adults will experience a mental health crisis during their lifetime and that 1 in 10 police response calls involve someone in mental health crisis!  Janae explained that police officers are generally well trained to respond to typical situations but each mental health crisis is as unique as the individual who experiences it.  This argues strongly for an individualized police response to each situation.  Vitals Aware Services provides information about vulnerable individuals’ mental health status, including emotional triggers, calming methods and other information to prevent escalation or defuse an already escalated situation.  With an estimated 100 Million vulnerable adults in the U.S. and 1.3 million in Minnesota, it would seem that there is a great need for this kind of service.  The rollout of this service is going very well with subscribers in seventeen communities and five police departments on board so far. 
 
Here’s how it works.  A family provides a detailed personalized profile of the vulnerable person.  This profile is keyed to a “beacon” which is worn or carried.  When this beacon carrying person is within 80 feet of a police officer with a software enabled cell phone, the phone will alert the officer of the presence of the vulnerable individual.  While the individual is within the 80 foot range, the officer has access to the entire profile provided by the family.  All personal data is encrypted for privacy and only police officers can access the profile.  This service is available for just $9.95/month, a small price to pay for the peace of mind it offers.  Nick, Janae and proud poppa Gerry are shown below.
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Meeting Recap - April 26, 2016

Posted by Jeff Benson on Apr 26, 2016
Jeff Benson got the meeting started with the Pledge and Invocation.
 
Next week's program will be Jill Brown, Executive Director of the North Metro Mayors Association.
 
Our lone visitor today was Marv Sorvala, from the Roseville club.
 
Margaret Johnson celebrated another birthday yesterday, but was inexplicably absent today, preventing us from sharing birthday wishes and missing the opportunity to wear the Birthday Hat. The hat will be ready for you next week, Margaret!
 
Cor's hip surgery went well and she should be back with us soon.
 
Mark your calendars now for our Summer Social Fundraiser to benefit Kids Alive International. Chef George has graciously volunteered to donate high end appetizers and desserts for this effort. The event will be held at the home of John and Marla Ordway on White Bear Lake, Friday July 8th from late afternoon until early evening.
 
Char and Gerry Samuelson have sold their home and Char will be relocating to a nursing home soon.
 
Amy Wakem reported that we will be handing out tree saplings at two local elementary schools for our Fourth Grade Foresters program this Friday, April 29th. Volunteers are still needed for both locations and, if you haven't participated before, it's easy and fun. If you can help, please contact Amy at 651-636-8337 W or 651-470-7278 H.
 
Amy Wakem will also be representing the club at the Scholarship Awards Programs for St. Anthony Village H.S. on Friday, June 3rd and the Irondale H.S. on May 18th. She would love to have company at these award programs.
 
Jim O'Brien, Dave Hoel, Garry Johnson, Jason Slama, Nils Friberg, Dana Rebelein and Gerry Tietz have volunteered to help site leader Jeff Benson with the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive to help resupply the 2nd Harvest Heartland food shelf. We'll be helping to transfer donated food from postal vehicles to semi-trailers. We'll gather at Cub Foods (100 West County Road B, Maplewood, MN 55117) at 2:15 on Saturday May 14th and we should be done by 4:00. If you would like to join the group, call Jeff at 763-780-2584.
 
John Risdall reported the he and Jeff Benson represented NBMV Rotary at New Brighton's Volunteer Appreciation Dinner last Sunday. It was a great celebration of the spirit of volunteerism in our community.
 
John Noltner, our scheduled speaker for today, had to cancel because his high school aged daughter's close friend took her own life this week. He has cancelled all appearances this week to support his daughter and her friends. He will reschedule at a later date.
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Meeting Recap - April 12, 2016

Posted by Jeff Benson on Apr 12, 2016
Gerry Tietz read the following poem at the start of the meeting.
 
When You Thought I Wasn’t Looking
 
When you thought I wasn’t looking…
I saw you hang my first painting on the refrigerator,
and I immediately wanted to paint another one.
 
When you thought I wasn’t looking…
I saw you feed a stray cat,
and I learned that it was good to be kind to animals.
 
When you thought I wasn’t looking…
I saw you make my favorite cake for me,
and I learned that the little things can be very special in life.
 
When you thought I wasn’t looking…
I saw you make a meal and take it to a friend who was sick,
and I learned that we all need to help take care of each other.
 
When you thought I wasn’t looking…
I saw you give your time and money to help people who had nothing,
and I learned that everyone can make a difference.
 
When you thought I wasn’t looking…
I saw you take care of our house and everyone in it,
and I learned the importance of FAMILY.
 
When you thought I wasn’t looking…
I saw how you handled your responsibilities, even when you didn’t feel good,
and I learned that I would need to be responsible when I grew up.
 
When you thought I wasn’t looking…
I sometimes saw tears come from your eyes,
and I learned there are things that can hurt, yet it’s O.K. to cry.
 
When you thought I wasn’t looking…
I saw that you truly cared about people,
and I wanted to be everything that I could possibly be
to follow in your footsteps.
 
When you thought I wasn’t looking…
I looked at you and wanted to say,
“Thanks for all the things I saw when you thought I wasn’t looking.”
–original poem by Mary Rita Schilke Korzan
 
Gerry followed the poem with the Pledge and the Invocation.
 
President Dana introduced her guest and sister-in-law, Janet Ampe.  Janet is president of the Roger