Posted by Jeff Benson on Nov 13, 2018
Our guests today were new member-in-waiting Charlie Longbella and prospective member John Brady.
- 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.
Meeting Recap - November 13, 2018 Jeff Benson 2018-11-13 06:00:00Z 0
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.

Meeting Summary - November 6, 2018 Jeff Benson 2018-11-06 06:00:00Z 0
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.
Meeting Recap - October 30, 2018 Jeff Benson 2018-10-30 05:00:00Z 0
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.
Meeting Recap - October 23, 2018 Jeff Benson 2018-10-23 05:00:00Z 0
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.
Meeting Recap - October 16, 2018 Jeff Benson 2018-10-16 05:00:00Z 0
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   Future host mom, Denise Jacobsen, Maria and Ed James are pictured below.

Meeting Recap - October 9, 2018 Jeff Benson 2018-10-09 05:00:00Z 0
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  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.
Meeting Recap - October 2, 2018 Jeff Benson 2018-10-02 05:00:00Z 0
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!

Meeting Recap - September 25, 2018 Jeff Benson 2018-09-25 05:00:00Z 0
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
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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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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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.


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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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  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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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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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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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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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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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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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.
Meeting Recap - July 10, 2018 Jeff Benson 2018-07-10 05:00:00Z 0
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


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!

Meeting Recap - June 26, 2018 Jeff Benson 2018-06-26 05:00:00Z 0
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
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.
Meeting Recap - June19, 2018 Jeff Benson 2018-06-19 05:00:00Z 0
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.
Meeting Recap - June 12, 2018 Jeff Benson 2018-06-12 05:00:00Z 0
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!

Meeting Recap - June 5, 2018 Jeff Benson 2018-06-05 05:00:00Z 0
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.
Meeting Recap - May 29, 2108 Jeff Benson 2018-05-29 05:00:00Z 0
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.

Meeting Recap - May 22, 2018 Jeff Benson 2018-05-22 05:00:00Z 0
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.

Meeting Recap - May 15, 2018 Jeff Benson 2018-05-15 05:00:00Z 0
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
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.
Meeting Recap - May 8, 2018 Mary Stewart 2018-05-08 05:00:00Z 0
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 or send them an e-mail at  Cindy is joined by Police Chief Harder & Katrina Joseph from the Mounds View Police Foundation below.

Meeting Recap - May 1, 2018 Mary Stewart 2018-05-01 05:00:00Z 0
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.
Meeting Recap - April 24, 2018 Jeff Benson 2018-04-24 05:00:00Z 0
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.
Meeting Recap - April 17, 2018 Jeff Benson 2018-04-17 05:00:00Z 0
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,

Meeting Recap - April 10, 2018 Jeff Benson 2018-04-10 05:00:00Z 0
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.

Meeting Recap - April 3, 2018 Jeff Benson 2018-04-03 05:00:00Z 0
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.
Meeting Recap - March 27, 2018 Jeff Benson 2018-03-27 05:00:00Z 0
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:  Paul is shown presenting our check to Karen and Iris, below.

Meeting Recap - March 20, 2018 Jeff Benson 2018-03-20 05:00:00Z 0
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.
Meeting Recap - March 13, 2018 Jeff Benson 2018-03-13 05:00:00Z 0
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
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.
Meeting Recap - March 6, 2018 Jeff Benson 2018-03-06 06:00:00Z 0
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.
Meeting Recap - February 27, 2018 Jeff Benson 2018-02-27 06:00:00Z 0
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.
Meeting Recap - April 26, 2016 Jeff Benson 2016-04-26 05:00:00Z 0
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 Rogers Rotary Club. Janet was here to promote the Rogers Rotary Golf Tournament at Fox Hollow on Tuesday June 14th. Click here for details on registering or sponsoring.
Dana also noted that "Moving Day Twin Cities", a walk to support the Parkinson's Foundation will be held on Saturday May 7th in Plymouth. Details are available by clicking here.
There's still time to register for the District Conference at Mystic Lake Conference Center on May 12-13, but hotel reservations need to be made very soon. Get the details here.
Next week's program will be Patrick Donohue speaking on access to capital for small businesses.
The Board will meet at 11:00AM on April 26th.
Gerry Tietz announced that the Easter Egg Hunt Video he posted on FaceBook has had 5,000 hits and over 2,500 views. Nice work Gerry!
MaryAnn Bawden is subbing for Cindy Carlson as a table captain for the Northeast Youth and Family Services Leadership Luncheon on May 4th from 11:30 - 1:00 at Midland Hills Country Club. Click here for details.  Contact MaryAnn if you'd like to sit at her table.
Amy Wakem reported that we have 2 students signed up for Camp RYLA.
Amy  also noted that the 4th Grade Foresters tree give-away will be on Friday April 29th.  Stay tuned for details on how you can help with this great program. 
Amy has just returned from a family trip to South Africa. She may be willing to provide a Rotary Program about her trip.
Margaret Johnson introduced our speakers from Northwestern University, Matt Hyre, Ph.D. Department Chair of Mathematics and Engineering, Associate Professor of Mathematics and Dan Crane, Ph.D. Dean of the College of Behavioral & Natural Sciences, Professor of Chemistry. They were here to speak to us about the Northwestern's Math and Engineering Department.
Dan spoke first in general terms about the Engineering Program. He told us that engineering, at its core, is really just problem solving. But he stressed that ethics is becoming an increasingly important component in engineering, especially in biomedical engineering. He said that Northwestern's engineering program emphasizes ethics as an integral part of their program.  The engineering program was, for many years, part of a dual degree program with the University of Minnesota. In 2008, the UofM discontinued the dual degree program and Northwestern developed its own Bachelor's degree program with many advantages over larger university programs. Northwestern offers smaller class sizes, earlier exposure to core math and physics classes and earlier opportunities for research and publishing.  This year's class is the first to graduate from the new degree program. Northwestern will soon be offering an Early College program which will allow qualified high school students to complete the first year of the college program while still in high school.
Matt Hyre, Department Chair of the Math and Engineering Department, echoed his colleague's thoughts about the advantages of Northwestern's engineering program. He said that 15-20% of undergrads are involved in research and many undergrads have extensive publishing experience. He also emphasized the focus on experiential learning and described Northwestern as a model Christian community. He offered some specific examples of the research being done by his engineering students. He spoke about student research on coronary artery stents, concussions, athletic mouth-guards, submarine missile launches and ventilation systems for a Navy Seal team situation practice facility.  Dan, Matt, Margaret and Dana are shown below.
Meeting Recap - April 12, 2016 Jeff Benson 2016-04-12 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Benson on Apr 05, 2016
Glenna opened the meeting with the Pledge and the Invocation.
Our Guests today were Mary Jo McGuire and District Governor Marlene Gargulak.
DG Marlene took the podium to invite us all to the upcoming District Conference, held jointly with District 5950. Marlene was looking for ideas to promote a "Bridging" theme emphasize this joint effort with our sister district. If you have any ideas that would be helpful, please contact Marlene at (715)234-8314.
Next week's program will be Dr. Matt Hyre, professor at Northwestern University, speaking to us about biomedical research.
The Board will meet at 11AM on April 26th.
The District Conference is on May 12-13 at Mystic Lake Conference Center.  For more information click here.
Bev Aplikowski's 81st birthday was celebrated with a great hat and a pretty fair rendition of the "Birthday Song".  See photo above.
NBMV Rotary has sponsored a Bingo Tent at Stockyard Days for the past couple of years. The members present agreed that we should continue to sponsor and all members are encouraged to serve as callers or money takers this year.
A motion from the floor nominated Gerry Tietz and Beverly Aplikowski as Co-Presidents elect for 2017-18. The motion passed. Thank you Gerry and Beverly!
Happy fines were numerous today.  Here are the highlights:
  • Paul Fournier was happy for the success of the Gold Plate Dinner.
  • Jim O'Brien had a wonderful time sailing in the BVI with family.
  • Dave Hoel had the pin removed from his broken thumb.
MaryAnn graciously provided brownies and ice cream for dessert.  Thanks, MaryAnn.
Jeff Benson was honored to induct Garry Johnson into NBMV Rotary. Stay tuned for Garry's classification talk.  See photo above.
Paul Fournier took the podium to again thank all those who helped with the Gold Plate Dinner. Preliminary figures show income of about $17,500, very close to our previous best.
Paul challenged us to think of ways to create an additional sustainable income stream to help us fund the many causes we are asked to support.
Meeting Recap - April 5, 2016 Jeff Benson 2016-04-05 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Benson on Mar 29, 2016
Bob Barmore opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and the Invocation.
President Dana reminded us that next week's program will be a review of our Gold Plate Dinner.
The District 5950/5960 Joint Conference is at Mystic Lake Conference Center, May 12-13.  If you haven't been to a District Conference, you really should check it out.  Click here for more information.
On April 19th, Kids Alive International is celebrating 100 years of providing loving homes and promising futures for kids all around the world. Click here for your invitation to join in the celebration.
The Ramsey County Conservation District is hosting a FREE seminar titled "Urban Pollinators" to present information on the importance of butterflies and honeybees as pollinators.  The event will be held at Ramsey County Public Works, 1425 Paul Kirkwood Drive, Arden Hills.  RSVP to: Ashley Bennett by April 14: or 651-266-7277
A motion was made by Cindy Carlson and seconded by Glenna Dibrell to elect Paul Fournier and John Risdall as NBMV Rotary Co-Presidents for the 2016-2017 Rotary year. They were elected unanimously by those present at the meeting. Congratulations and thanks to Paul and John. Members are encouraged to consider stepping up to be club president for 2017-2018.
Dave Hoel thanked those who helped with the Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday. It's estimated that 700-750 of our friends and neighbors attended the event. Feedback on the event included the following:
  • More gift stations might reduce the long lines to pick up gifts
  • 3 new signs are needed to publicize the event
  • A central location for food shelf or cash donations would be helpful
  • A coffee vendor would be nice
  • We owe a big thank you to the city garage and public safety departments
The program today involved final planning for the Gold Plate Dinner. Everyone is working hard to ensure a fun and successful fundraiser. Please do your part by showing up right at 6:00, if possible, and being gracious hosts to all our non-Rotarian guests.
Meeting Recap - March 29, 2016 Jeff Benson 2016-03-29 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Benson on Mar 22, 2016
Nils Friberg opened the meeting with the Pledge and invocation.
Jeff Benson introduced his guests, Garry Johnson and Jill Truth, Farmers Insurance Agents in New Brighton.  Garry is interested in joining the club.  We also had a walk-in guest, Brent Mehrin, who saw our newspaper ad and decided to check us out (way to go, Communications Committee!).
PDG Gary Campbell was here to present a check for the District's matching contribution to our ECHO grant.  Gary is shown presenting the check to Nils Cindy and Geoff, below.
President Dana noted the upcoming Parkinson's Walk on May 7th. Check here for more information.
Next week's meeting will be focused on final planning for the Gold Plate Dinner.  Future programs can be found on the website at
Egg Hunt News:
  • Many thanks to all who helped stuff eggs last Sunday. We had a great turnout and were done in just over an hour. Our special thanks to Bev Aplikowski for providing space at Lakeside Homes.
  • Those who have agreed to transport the eggs and prizes from the garage under our meeting place to Driftwood Park should be at the garage at 9 AM on Saturday.  EVERYONE else should be at Driftwood Park at 10 AM. Driftwood Park is located at 2974 5th NW St (just west of Silver Lake Road on 5th).
Don't forget that the Gold Plate Dinner is April 1st, 6:00 PM.  If you haven't gotten your ticket stubs (with meal choices) to Bev yet, do it right now!
Mary Stewart brought delicious Oreo Cookie cake today to thank everyone who attended and supported the CPY Spring Luncheon.
Gerry Tietz auctioned off 4 T-Wolves tickets donated by John Risdall.  Dave Hoel and Mary Stewart each got 2 tickets.
Val announced an upcoming "Walk for Water".  Stay tuned for more details.
Cindy Carlson thanked those who have contributed toward sponsorships for two Nigerian children.  We just need a few more $30 contributions to complete the sponsorship for the 2nd child. Let Cindy know if you are willing to help sponsor.
Nils Friberg introduced our speaker, Shawn Hofer PhD, LP.  Shawn is a licensed psychologist with Arden Woods Psychological Services. Shawn's topic was "Freud Strikes Back". Shawn began by explaining that, although some of Freud's ideas have lost favor, the effectiveness of Freudian style psychoanalysis cannot be denied.  Psychologists routinely use Freud's original concept of "talk therapy" to help their patients. Research shows that the relationship between the therapist and patient, built on conversation, is the key to successful treatment.
Shawn says that the foundation of Psychotherapy is the belief that we are all crazy, it's really just a matter of what kind of crazy and how much. In fact, psychotherapists themselves need regular therapy to be at their best for their patients, Shawn reviewed the basic concepts for understanding of the human mind.
  • We all have an unconscious mental life, unaware of inner thoughts and feelings.
  • Our minds are in conflict, often harboring mutually contradictory thoughts and feelings.
  • The past is alive in the present. Throughout our lives we have internalized ways of dealing with people and situations and these coping mechanisms are hard to change.
  • Psychotherapy involves a new situation and a new relationship to which patients must apply their previously formed relationship and situation templates.
  • Defense - Patients often must face facts about themselves that they don't want to admit, resulting in defensive behavior.
  • Psychological Causation - Nothing in the mind is random. All thoughts and actions serve some psychological function.
Shawn's presentation was adapted from: That Was then, This Is Now: An Introduction to Contemporary Psycho-Dynamic Therapy by Jonathan Shedler. Shawn and Nils and Dana are shown below.
Meeting Recap - March 22, 2016 Jeff Benson 2016-03-22 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Benson on Mar 15, 2016
President-elect Paul Fournier (subbing for Dana) opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and Eric Nelson offered the invocation.
Tom Wilson from Risdall Marketing presented an opportunity to sponsor a table at the Achieve Services Gala on Friday, April 15th, at Bunker Hills Golf Club.  Tom serves on the board at Achieve Services, which provides employment opportunities for the developmentally disabled.  Table sponsorships are available starting at $800 (8 tickets). If you or your business are interested in sponsoring a table, click here and scroll down to the sponsorship information.  If you would like to purchase an individual ticket, click here.
Glenna Dibrell announced the birth of Maximillian (9 pounds 2 ounces), making her a grandma for the third time.  Everyone is doing well.  Ask Glenna to see photos.
Bev Aplikowski noted that she has 22 grandkids.
Nils Friberg is celebrating his 8th anniversary with Peg.
Eric Nelson announced that he is going to back to school in the fall to get his doctorate in education which means that he will be resigning as Principal at Irondale. You will be missed, Eric!
Geoff Hollimon thanked all those who attended and supported the CPY Spring Luncheon last Tuesday.
Gerry Tietz reported that Char Samuelson is in memory care.  Our thoughts and prayers are with her and husband Gerry.
Cindy provided an update on the Gold Plate Dinner.  This year's event will not have a silent auction. It will be replaced by "Fund a Cause" and a "Split the Pot" Raffle. We will still have the Raffle/Bingo combination and live auction as before.  Hiring a comedian is also under consideration.  Everyone should get busy selling tickets to ensure a successful event.
Dave Hoel reminded us that the Easter Egg Stuffing will be on Palm Sunday, March 20th at 11AM at Lakeside Homes, 1200 Foss Rd. The Egg Hunt itself will be on March 26th and everyone should be at Driftwood Park by 10 AM.
As promised, John 1 and John 2 (a.k.a. Ordway and Marg-Patton) brought delicious cookies to help celebrate their birthdays but happy fines and Gold Plate Dinner announcements took so much time that we were unable to sing happy birthday to them today.  John Marg-Patton seemed distressed that he would be deprived of the honor of wearing the birthday hat until Paul assured him that he could wear it next week. Whew!
Eric Nelson introduced our speaker, award winning photographer and author, John Noltner.  John has  worked as a freelance photographer for over 20 years, shooting for national magazines and Fortune 500 companies. Like most freelance photographers, he felt the impact of the economic recession in 2007 and, as he describes it, "the economy handed me some free time".  This free time was an opportunity to consider new ways to use his photography and storytelling skills. In his home they have the saying, "Some jobs feed the belly...and some jobs feed the soul", so John imagined a way to feed his soul by traveling over 40,000 miles around the U.S. asking people, "What does peace mean to you?". The result is a multimedia exhibit of portraits and stories of ordinary people from all walks of life, all races and religions, which reveal ideas about how we might work together toward the common good and even, perhaps, toward peace. This exhibit spawned the idea of a book version of the exhibit but, as is so common today, publishers were hesitant to publish anything unconventional. So the exhibit self-published the book titled "A Peace of My Mind" using a Kickstarter campaign. The book features interviews of 52 diverse Minnesotans and along with 2 traveling exhibits, speaking engagements and workshops, it provides a framework for dialogue about conflict resolution, civic responsibility and peace. John shared some lessons learned during his time on this project:
  • Mel Duncan, of Nonviolent Peaceforce left John with the thought that "We struggle with a shrunken notion of our own ability".
  • Jennifer McNally taught him that, "Even when life is bad, it's still really, really good".
  • Eric Gibson, a Buddhist teacher shared that, "If you think about the happiness of others, then there is always interesting work to do".
The success of this project has led to a second book, American Stories, and it will be the topic when John returns to deliver part two of his story on April 26th.  John and Paul are shown below.
Meeting Recap - March 15, 2016 Jeff Benson 2016-03-15 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Benson on Mar 08, 2016
Today's meeting was off-site at the CPY Spring Luncheon.  Most NBMV Rotarians are very familiar with CPY but, for those who are not, their website offers the following description:
In 1997, community leaders and parents established Community Partners with Youth (CPY) with the goal of reducing juvenile crime by increasing adult supervision during “out of school” hours – those hours after school, during student holidays and over the summer months.  Over time, our goals grew until we laid out our current mission:
To provide a safe, nurturing environment where youth can strengthen their personalities and develop educational and social skills.
Today, we have become one of the state’s most respected providers to offer supervision during out of school hours to elementary and middle school youth.  Each year we care for more than 500 children, offering thousands of hours of programming for youth and their families. CPY is committed to creating an environment that fosters each child’s development.  Parents can have peace of mind, too, knowing our talented and committed staff are ensuring each child has access to programs designed to meet their needs.  All children attending our programs are nurtured and challenged, with an emphasis on leadership, excellence, honesty, respect, service & kindness; all are encouraged and practiced each day.
Rotarian and CPY board member Geoff Hollimon said that more than 150 had registered for the Luncheon and I was proud to see how many NBMV Rotarians were present (see below) to support the great work that CPY does in our community. 
Rotarian and CPY Executive Director Mary Stewart quizzed us on CPY statistics and some highlights were:
CPY serves over 500 K-8 graders, at 3 locations.
Over 85% of CPY's students are on the free or reduced lunch program at school.
Over 24,000 meals and snacks are served to students each year.
90% of CPY students receive scholarships to attend programs.
CPY manages all this with just 2 full-time and 10-18 part-time staff.
Click here for more information about CPY.
The keynote speaker was John Turnipseed (above), a former gang leader and drug dealer who overcame the effects of an absent alcoholic father, unloving mother, and multiple prison stays to become the leader of the Center for Fathering at Urban Ventures Leadership Foundation for more than 15 years and to become Vice President of Urban Ventures in 2004. John's story is a dramatic one, his lack of love and support at home drove him into the gang life, where he felt loved and appreciated.  The gang lifestyle led to jail experiences at age 12 for armed robbery and age 14 for manslaughter.  The downward spiral continued until age 40, when a very persistent mentor finally got John to consider his wasted life.  John let God into his life and finally developed the conscience that had been completely lacking in his earlier life.  Since then he has been a tireless advocate for changing the "urban cycles of recidivism, poverty and patterns of choice by modeling how to rebuild relationships and create pathways to success".   Click here for more information about Urban Ventures.
Meeting Recap - March 8, 2016 Jeff Benson 2016-03-08 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Benson on Feb 29, 2016
Eric Nelson opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and Invocation.
Eric introduced his guests Mara Corey and Sharria Armstrong, teachers at Irondale. John Risdall introduced his guest, Tyler Moury, account executive at Risdall Marketing.
President Dana Rebelein took the podium to remind us that next week's meeting will be offsite at CPY's 5th Annual Spring Luncheon. The keynote speaker will be John Turnipseed, a great speaker with a compelling message. The luncheon will be held at the New Brighton Community Center from 12-1 PM (Check-in begins at 11:30). Click here for details. See the left hand column for future programs.
The Egg Hunt is coming up soon, so mark your calendars now so you will be available to help. Egg stuffing will be on Palm Sunday, March 20th at 11AM at Lakeside Homes, 1200 Foss Rd. The Egg Hunt itself will be on March 26th and everyone should be at Driftwood Park by 10 AM. 
By now all of you should have received Paul Fournier's email informing the club that, for health reasons, he would be unable to serve as President 2016-17. Dana announced that John Risdall has offered to be co-president with Paul for the 2016-17 term (following the club meeting, a special Board meeting passed a resolution to present the proposed co-presidency for approval at the March 15th regular club meeting).
The Board will have its regularly scheduled meeting on March 22, 11 AM.
Don't forget that the Gold Plate dinner will be April 1st. Tickets should be available soon. Margaret Johnson passed out a Gold Plate Dinner sponsorship information sheet.  You can download it here.
Gerry Tietz presented Bev Aplikowski with a Paul Harris Fellowship +3.  Thank you Bev, for your support of the Rotary Foundation.
Cindy Carlson reported that support has been strong for sponsoring Maman, a 7 year old Nigerian student.  In fact, the $360 needed to sponsor him for a year has already been raised and she has begun collecting the additional contributions needed to sponsor a female student as well. Contact Cindy if you would like to contribute.
Dana summoned John Marg-Patton to the front so that we could properly celebrate his birthday, but John resisted the summons, drawing a surly response from the membership until he defused the situation by offering to partner with John Ordway to bring dessert in two weeks so that we could celebrate both John's birthdays at once. Finemaster Jim Kadechka was not so easily pacified, fining John a dollar for the delay tactic.
Glenna Dibrell offered a happy fine in anticipation of her 3rd grandchild, who should be born any day now.
Eric Nelson introduced Irondale teacher Mara Corey, who thanked us for our support of the Classical Actors Ensemble's upcoming performance of "Macbeth" at Irondale.  We are invited to attend the performance on Friday March 11th at 11AM.  Eric and Mara are shown below.
Eric Nelson introduced our speaker, Sharriah Armstrong.  Sharriah spoke to us about "Paideia", a learning method that she employs to increase student engagement and improve literacy skills at Irondale.  Sharriah described Paideia as a discussion method that teaches rules for civil discourse and thought exploration in a professional setting.  It teaches students how to think critically, not what to think.  To ensure civil discussion and inclusion of all viewpoints, she has seven rules for Paideia discussions:
  • Avoid sarcasm
  • Always refer back to the text being discussed
  • Use mindful body language
  • Avoid side conversations
  • Speak when no one else is speaking
  • Use names whenever possible
  • Use accountable talk for professional conversations
Sharriah led us through a Paideia discussion and many were impressed by the effectiveness of this learning strategy. Our thanks to Sharriah for sharing it with us.  Dana, Eric and Sharriah are pictured below.
Meeting Recap - Mar 1, 2016 Jeff Benson 2016-02-29 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Benson on Feb 16, 2016
Linda LaFond opened the meeting with the Pledge and an invocation.
Our guest today was Richard Scovill.  Richard saw an article about our club in the paper (nice work, P.R. Committee).
Our District governor's newsletter contained a couple of items that seemed of particular interest:
"Rotary Global Rewards" is one more perk of Rotary Membership.  This program entitles Rotarians to discounts from an extensive list of retail and online businesses.  Check it out at Global rewards.
Blaine/Ham Lake Rotary is offering an opportunity to hear Maria Pacheco, founder of Communities of the Earth, speak about her economic development work in Guatemala.  The presentation is at TPC in Blaine on Feb 26th, 7PM.  Click here for details.
President Dana noted that the Board will meet next Tuesday at 11AM.
Next week's program will feature new member Winie Bradford and Gerry Tietz, showing us how to get more from our website.  Future programs can be found in the left hand column.
Don't forget that our March 8 meeting will be offsite at CPY's 5th Annual Spring Luncheon.  The keynote speaker will be John Turnipseed, a great speaker with a compelling message.  The luncheon will be held at the New Brighton Community Center from 12-1 PM (Check-in begins at 11:30).  Click here for details.
Paul Founier took the podium to firm up responsibilities for the Gold Plate Dinner, which is only 6 weeks away.  John Marg-Patton, Mark Beisswenger, George Winiecki and Bob Barmore will handle the bingo, Gerry T. and Jim O'Brien will decide on food choices,  Mary Ann Bawden will work with a yet unnamed person on the decorations and printed programs, Cindy Carlson, Glenna Dibrell, Margaret and Gerry Tietz will work on sponsorships, live auction and other fundraising opportunities, Val Johnson and John Ordway will take care of payments at the dinner and Val Johnson will get the gambling license.  If I have erred in recording any of these responsibilities, please let me know and I'll issue a prompt retraction!
Cor Wilson introduced today's speaker, Tyler Middleton, VP of Operations, MN for CenturyLink.  Tyler provided an overview of Century Link and I think many were surprised at the size and scope of this 18 billion dollar company.  The company owns and operates 240,000 fiber optic route miles domestically and owns or leases 280,000 more fiber optic route miles internationally, but they  are working at a furious pace to expand their fiber network to bring 1GB service to Minneapolis and 15 other major metropolitan areas across the U.S.  To be clear, 1GB is a thousand megabytes per second, a bandwidth that would have seemed completely unnecessary 10 years ago.  Tyler explained that many home networks now have 20 or more networked devices and that video streaming has led to an exponential increase in bandwidth demand.  Netflix alone accounts for 50% of internet bandwidth!  Fiber-based GB internet also has the advantage of symmetrical upload and download speeds, unlike asymmetrical systems which have upload speeds only 10% of download speeds.  GB internet will also let CenturyLink provide a new internet based television service called Prism TV.  Prism TV will compete directly with Xfinity, breaking the monopolistic stranglehold Comcast has had on TV viewers for so many years.  Prism TV comes with a wireless set-top box with no coaxial cable connection, allowing you to take TV programming to any location, even outside.  With 210 channels of HD content, instant channel changing and  PEG (public, educational and government) available for other Twin-Cities metro communities, CenturyLink should be very competitive with Xfinity.  To find out more, click here.  Dana and Tyler are pictured below.
Meeting recap - February 16, 2016 Jeff Benson 2016-02-16 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Benson on Feb 09, 2016
Linda LaFond opened the meeting with the Pledge and Invocation.
John Risdall introduced his guests; Samantha Rubin form the T.C. North Chamber of Commerce and Gina Jacques from LaMettry Collision.  Other guests were Mary Jo McGuire and Mary Burg, and Joel Fox
Next week's program will be Tyler Middleton from CenturyLink.  Future programs can be found in the left hand column.
Jeff Benson had the pleasure of inducting Jason Slama into the club.  Jason has a Master's in Health Fitness Management.  He owns his own Muscle Activation Technique practice which he operates out of the Minnesota Muscle Gym in Mounds View.
Mary Stewart reminded us that C.P.Y. is participating in the Box Tops for Education program.  Just clip the pink labels on many common products, get the box tops to Mary or Geoff, and C.P.Y. gets $.10 for each one.  What a great way to help C.P.Y. continue their great work in our community.
Paul Fournier said that, based on responses to his survey, he won't be making any sweeping changes to the Gold Plate Dinner fundraiser for this year.
Paul also said that he has arranged for NBMV Rotary members to receive a 15% discount on tickets for  "A Chorus Line" at the Ordway.  The production runs from February 16-28 and demand is very high, so act today if you are interested.  Tickets are available on the Ordway website, or by calling 651-224-4222 To get your 15% discount, use the promotion code LUNDSTRUM15
District 916 Education Foundation is holding their 25th Annual Gala Event on Friday, February 19, 2016 at 5:30 pm at Jimmy's Conference Center (just east of 35E and County Road E) in Vadnais Heights.  Information and tickets are available here.
Sue Ager announced the birth of her first grandchild, Desmond.
President Dana paid $20 to avoid wearing the Birthday Hat but, alas, she still was forced to listen to us sing the birthday song.  See photo below.
Cor Wilson introduced today's speaker, Ramsey County Commissioner Blake Huffman.  Blake spoke to us about his Veterans Journey Home project, a housing initiative for veterans.  Blake explained that there are 30,000 veterans living in the Twin Cities and many of those veterans face significant mental, physical and financial challenges.  Veterans Journey Home seeks to help by "providing affordable housing in safe neighborhoods served by great schools to military veterans and their families".  
VJH is currently building a home in Shoreview where dozens of partners have contributed over $100,000 worth of money, materials and labor to the project.  The community has backed the project by volunteering and donating money, local companies have provided materials and students from St Paul College are developing their construction skills while being the primary workers on the site.  Geothermal technology and extra insulation will keep energy costs manageable for the homeowner or renter.
VJH is also planning a six unit housing project on donated land in Vadnais Heights.  Dunwoody's architecture students will design the homes, St Paul College carpentry and cabinetmaking students will play a primary construction role and Century College's interior design students will also play a key role.  Job Core students will assist in the construction and painting of the homes.  Commitments are in place for support from companies, churches, communities and also business and civic groups like Rotary.  The total cost of the project is 1.9 million and 88% of that total has been secured in grants and in-kind donations, leaving $236,000 still to be funded.   Blake's contact info:  651-249-1732  Dana and Blake are shown below.
Meeting Recap - February 9, 2016 Jeff Benson 2016-02-09 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Benson on Feb 02, 2016
Linda LaFond opened the meeting with the Pledge and invocation.
John Risdall introduced his guest, Seth Thorson, owner of Eurotech Auto Service in New Brighton.
Linda Lafond's guests were her husband, Roger and son, Steve.
President Dana reminded us that there will be a brief Board meeting immediately following next week's club meeting.
Next week's program will be Blake Huffman, Ramsey County Commissioner.  Mr. Huffman will  speak on "Housing the Homeless".
Dana noted that the Technology and Public relations Committees have been merged to form the Communications Committee.
Paul Fournier may be able to get tickets for "A Chorus Line" at the Ordway in February.  He'll have a sign-up sheet next week.
Finemaster Jim Kadechka quizzed us on the results of the Iowa Caucus and our knowledge proved wanting.   Immediately after fleecing us of our hard-earned dollars, Jim had the nerve to win the raffle.
Linda LaFond was proud to introduce her son, Steve, to talk with us about diabetes and healthy lifestyles.  Steve grew up in Fridley, studied biology and chemistry at the University of Minnesota and recieved his PharmD from Minnesota as well.  As a pharmacist, Steve has a natural interest in diabetes, but his young daughter's diabetes diagnosis makes his interest more personal. As a self-confessed health fanatic and former personal trainer, he is also very interested in how lifestyle can prevent or minimize the impact of diabetes.
Steve explained that there are two kinds of diabetes; type 1 and type 2.  Both types result in the body being unable to regulate the level of sugar in the body.  Symptoms (if present) are similar for both types: fatigue, poor healing, increased thirst and frequent urination. Type 1 diabetes results when the body's immune system attacks the cells in the pancreas that make insulin, resulting in no insulin being produced.  In type 2 diabetes, the pancreas is still able to produce insulin, but the body is unable to utilize the insulin properly. This is called insulin resistance, and it is primarily caused by lifestyle factors like high sugar diet, obesity and inactivity.
Type 2 diabetes affects 28 million Americans and that number is growing very rapidly.  Even more ominous is the 86 million Americans who are pre-diabetic, many of whom will become type 2 diabetics if they are unable to make lifestyle changes.  Equally alarming is the fact that pre-diabetes and type 2 diabetes are occurring at much earlier ages, with children and teens showing a huge increase.
Steve had some dietary suggestions for diabetes control and prevention, but these suggestions are healthy for non-diabetics as well.  Fruits and vegetables (the more colorful, the better), lean meats, eggs, fish, yogurt, omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin D.  Avoid processed foods, especially highly processed carbohydrates and sugar. 
Dana and Steve are shown below.
Meeting Recap - February 2, 2016 Jeff Benson 2016-02-02 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Benson on Jan 23, 2016
Geoff Hollimon opened the meeting with the Pledge and an invocation.
President Dana reminded us that next week's speaker will be Linda LaFond's son Steve, who will talk to us about diabetes management.  Future programs are listed in the left hand column.
Our joint food drive and fundraiser with the T.C. North Chamber netted 1366 pounds of food and $1676 for the Ralph reeder Food Shelf.  Thanks go to all who helped or contributed.
Our P.R. Committee has published a Rotary Peace Scholarship article and is also preparing an article about our club for a paid ad which will appear in the Lillie News soon!
Don't forget about the District 5960 Leadership Academy, to be held at the Roseville Radisson on Friday, January 29, 5:30-10:00PM (dinner provided) and Saturday, January 30, 7:30-8:45AM (continental breakfast provided).  It's a great way to sharpen you leadership skills and meet Rotarians from other clubs.  The District Mid-Term meeting immediately follows the Leadership Academy, beginning at 9AM on Saturday and running until 2PM (lunch provided).  The Mid-Term meeting is an opportunity to meet other Rotarians and share ideas about all aspects of Rotary.  For more information, or to register, click here.
Nils Friberg had the honor of presenting pins to Glenna Dibrell for her Paul Harris Fellowship +2 and Geoff Hollimon for his Paul Harris Fellowship +3.  Our congratulations and thanks go to Glenna and Geoff.
Paul Fournier led a group discussion about what our club will look like in the future, including discussion about fundraising in general and the Gold Plate Dinner Fundraiser, specifically.  Paul outlined some of the issues he sees facing our club:
>How can we increase involvement of the community at large in our activities and fundraising?
>How do we increase the vitality of the club as its members age?
>How do we attract younger members?
The lively discussion brought forward many ideas that could help to make us a better club.  Good luck to Paul as he leads the Gold Plate Dinner planning and prepares for his year as club president.
Meeting Recap - January 26, 2016 Jeff Benson 2016-01-23 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Benson on Jan 19, 2016
Cindy Carlson opened the meeting with the Pledge and Nils Friberg offered an invocation.
Our guests today were Ken and Judy Dalager, parents of our speaker, Kevin Dalager. Bob Barmore's guest was Sandy Hillsdale and Dave Hoel's guest was Rich Pieper.
John Risdall announced that Carole Miller died last week after a battle with cancer.  She will be missed by all who knew her.
Don't forget the Board meeting next Tuesday at 11AM.
Next weeks program will be a Club Assembly with a focus on the upcoming Gold Plate Dinner.  Future programs can be found in the left hand column.
Paul Fournier has a birthday this week, and he noted that he is at that tender age where your family gives you flannel-lined jeans for your birthday.   Several Rotarians, all of them younger than Paul, fessed up to owning flannel-lined jeans and I'm also considering the purchase after this past week's cold weather.  Congratulations, Paul!
Mark Beiswenger introduced today's speaker, Kevin Dalager.  Kevin is Mark's nephew, son of Ken and Judy, husband and father of two kids, and a New Brighton resident.  Kevin's engineering degree is from Iowa State and he has been with Mortenson Construction for 18 years.   Mortenson is a 60 year old, 3rd generation company with 4,000 employees and over two billion dollars in annual earnings.  Kevin is a construction executive on the new Vikings Stadium, supervising all the concrete, plumbing and electrical work for the project, which was the topic of today's presentation.   Construction for the new stadium began in December of 2013 and is scheduled to be completed by July of 2016.  At 1.7 million square feet, it is nearly twice the size of the Metrodome that it will replace.  It will seat 65,000 for regular season football but is expandable to 72,000 for special events.  The addition of many more club seats, lounges and suites as well as more spacious concourses and public areas will make the new stadium "state of the art".  Interesting details like the clear roof and giant 55 foot wide by 95 foot tall doors make the stadium even more distinctive.  The stadium will host the 2018 Super Bowl and 2019 NCAA Final Four, and has configurations for baseball and other events.  Kevin emphasized the challenges of designing and constructing a project of this size and complexity and his slides drove home the point. The iconic design required massive concrete pours, 26 million pounds of steel to support the roof and giant cranes to lift the steel roof trusses into position 300 feet above the ground.  It's also challenging to coordinate the efforts of hundreds of subcontractors to get the project done on time and on budget.  Judging from the progress to date, Kevin and his team have what it takes to do the job.  (Mark would probably say that Kevin learned everything he knows working at Beisswengers Hardware)  For more on the project, click here.  Dana and Kevin are pictured below.
  Meeting Recap - January 19, 2016 Jeff Benson 2016-01-19 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Benson on Dec 29, 2015
Mark Beisswenger led us in the Pledge and gave the invocation.
Jeff Benson introduced his guest, Jason Slama.  Jason is a prospective member who found us via our website. Yeah!

There was no speaker because today's meeting was a Club Assembly.
Bev passed out invitations to the club's Winter Party, to be held on Friday, January 8th at 6PM.  Famous Dave's will be catering.  Alcohol and mixes will be provided but you are welcome to bring your own if you have a special preference.  Don't forget your white elephant gift!  RSVP to Bev at 651-633-1264 or
Dana initiated discussion about some possible changes to our Gold Plate Dinner format.  A comedian challenge and raffle changes are among the suggested changes.  Check your recent emails for one from Paul Fournier requesting feedback and suggested changes to our Gold Plate fundraiser.  A club meeting to evaluate possible changes will be coming soon.
Amy Wakem outlined the Community Service Committee's plans for next year.  We will continue to support Adopt-a-Park, 4th Grade Foresters, Ralph Reeder Food Shelf Holiday Food Drive, Camp RYLA and Camp Enterprise.  We are also looking at starting a Pollinator Project.
Cindy Carlson reported on the successful completion of our Niger Global Grant and said that our District Matching Grant Sanitation Project in Niger is underway.  There may also be an opportunity to participate in proposed Global Grants in South Africa and Ethiopia.  Geoff Hollimon updated us on our support for ECHO.  Our District Matching Grant, scheduled for next year, was moved up to this year.  Geoff also explained that District matching funds are limited to $3,000 per club per grant.  This promotes teamwork among clubs, pooling their contributions, with each participating club contributing up to the $3,000 limit.  This ensures the maximum possible district match for each project.
John and Marla Ordway will be hosting a fundraiser at their home this summer.  Chef George Serra will donate the food and his considerable culinary skills.  Stay tuned for more details.
Jeff Benson reminded us of the goal of 55 members that we set at our visioning event in 2013.  Working toward that goal, the Membership Committee will continue to work with the Tech Committee to keep the website fresh and attractive to prospective members.  They will also continue to work with the P.R. Committee to get the word out about our club.  They are considering alternative membership options that may make Rotary possible for more people.  Jeff stressed that these efforts only set the stage for membership growth. Real progress toward the goal of 55 members still depends on individual club members inviting others to visit the club, to see what Rotary is all about.  This is every Rotarian's responsibility.
Gerry reported that we exceeded our goal of $1,000 in member contributions to Polio Plus in November and December.  He also reported that our club was one of only two clubs in the District that contributed an average of more than $100 per member to the Foundation last year.  Wow!  Gerry also challenged us to see if those, who haven't already done so, could increase our mandatory $10 quarterly Foundation contribution to $25 per quarter, thereby making us an EREY (Every Rotarian Every Year) Club.
Mark Lampman reported on Youth Service/Youth Exchange.  Mark feels that to continue our inbound exchange program participation we need to have a committee of at least 3 people.  He said that finding host families is a big problem.  Jeff suggested that we devote some time at a club meeting to figure out what our involvement in the exchange program will look like in the future.
Gerry Tietz reported that the Tech committee continues to work on making the website better.  Gerry has successfully linked the site to FaceBook , LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube, and has made almost any information about our club that you might need available in the member section.  Please help Gerry feel that the effort is worthwhile by checking out the website and especially the member section.
Meeting Recap - December 29, 2015 Jeff Benson 2015-12-29 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Benson on Dec 22, 2015
Mark Beisswenger opened the meeting with the Pledge and a "Child's Prayer" in honor of his new grandson, Andrew Mark.
Please note the addition of an "Upcoming Events" section at the top left of the newsletter and the website home page.
Winie Bradford had the birthday stage all to herself today since Dean and Sue were A.W.O.L.  Dean and Sue, you can run but you cannot hide from the birthday hat forever!  Winie is shown rocking the birthday hat, below.
Bob Barmore was our speaker today and presented a slide show of his recent trip to Israel.  Bob was joined on the trip by his wife, Julie and 44 others from Bethlehem Baptist Church.  Bob and Julie packed a lot into their ten day trip, visiting four sites each day, and gaining a new perspective on the Holy Land and the origins of their Christian faith.  Bob and Dana are pictured below.
Meeting Recap - December 22, 2015 Jeff Benson 2015-12-22 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Benson on Dec 15, 2015
Mark Beisswenger opened the meeting with a musical bell ringing and an invocation which ended with a plea for some snow on behalf of Beisswenger's Hardware.
President Dana welcomed our many visitors, including: Susan Hoel, Ruth Marg-Patton, Marika (Smiley) Brandt, Mike Baker (Marika's Boyfriend) and Denny and Debbie Connolly (Guests of the Marg-Patton's).
Dana reminded us of the Board Meeting next week at 11:00AM.
Next week's program will be Bob Barmore, with photos from his recent trip to Israel.  See the list in the left-hand column for future programs.
Our Holiday Party will be at Bev Aplikowski's home on Friday, January 8th; arrive between 6 and 6:30PM.
The District 5960 Mid-Term/Leadership Academy will be held at the Radisson Roseville on January 29 & 30.  This meeting is a great way for Rotarians to learn more about Rotary and polish their leadership skills.  The Mid-Term meeting will never be closer or more convenient than Roseville, so this is your chance to check out this great meeting. More information is available here.
The District Conference this year will be held jointly with District 5950 on May 12th and 13th at Mystic Lake Casino in Prior Lake, MN.  Mark your calendars now.
A few slots may still be available to volunteer with 2nd Harvest Heartland Food Shelf, call or email District Governor Elect Jim Hunt. 612-770-2203
The Irondale High School Choir, directed by Jason Etten, provided our program for today, once again showing how great the choral music program is at Irondale.  We were treated to a mini-concert featuring the Guyz Group and the Triple Trio.  Those of us with good counting skills noted that the young women had only seven singers instead of the normal nine.  A couple of singers were ill, but the remaining seven sounded just like nine.  The concert was followed by our annual carol sing-along with the choir which is, for many, the favorite program of the year.  The choir is shown below.
Meeting Recap - December 15, 2015 Jeff Benson 2015-12-15 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Benson on Dec 08, 2015
Mark Beisswenger opened the meeting with the Pledge and, in honor of Pearl Harbor, a tribute to our men and women in uniform.
Our sole guest today was Marv Sorvala, who returned to the club despite, or perhaps because of, wearing the birthday hat last week.  Marv is here so often, we should really get him a name badge.
President Dana made several announcements of upcoming events, including:
The T.C. North Chamber is hosting a Holiday Charity and Recognition Luncheon this Thursday, December 10th, from 11:00-1:30 at the New Brighton Community Center.  For more details, click here.
Next Tuesday's club meeting will feature a holiday concert and sing-along with the Irondale Choir.  Let Jason Miller know if you will be bringing a guest, so we can be sure to have enough food.
See the list in the left-hand column for future programs.
Our Holiday Party will be at Bev Aplikowski's home on Friday, January 8th.
The District 5960 Mid-Term/Leadership Academy will be held at the Radisson Roseville on January 29 & 30.  This meeting is a great way for Rotarians to learn more about Rotary and polish their leadership skills.  The Mid-Term meeting will never be closer or more convenient than Roseville, so this is your chance to check out this great meeting. More information is available here.
The District Conference this year will be held jointly with District 5950 on May 12th and 13th at Mystic Lake Casino in Prior Lake, MN.  Mark your calendars now.
If you are interested in volunteering with 2nd Harvest Heartland Food Shelf, call or email District Governor Elect Jim Hunt. 612-770-2203
Jeff Benson presented John Risdall with a New Member Sponsor Pin.  John received the district award for sponsoring Winie Bradford's membership in the club.  Let's see how many others in our club can sponsor a new member and receive the special pin with blue background.  Jeff, John and Winie are pictured below.
Val Johnson announced her proposal for a Global Grant project to provide clean water to elementary schools in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.  She will present the proposal at the next board meeting.
Mark Beisswenger, substitute finemaster, was up to the task as he deftly removed dollar bills from wallets and purses of everyone present.
Todd Kruse looked dapper as he celebrated his birthday with "The Hat" and an unusually melodic birthday song serenade.  Todd is shown below.
Mark Beisswenger introduced our speaker, Steve Yoch.  Steve is an attorney and partner at Felhaber Larson and serves on the board of trustees of the Mounds View Schools Educational Foundation.  Steve is also an historian and author and his presentation today was about his debut novel, "Becoming George Washington".  Steve's 99% historical novel lays out the little known details of Washington's life, with emphasis on his early failures and how they shaped his development into the icon of leadership that we revere today.  The author's note in the book describes Washington as a "brash, ambitious, passionate and angry young man" who was "transformed by experience".  "His greatness is all the more remarkable when one considers the challenges he overcame.  Success was not an accident; it was the product of experience, intelligence, and (most of all) persistence."  Steve's presentation was intriguing and caused me, and several others, to buy his book.  I can't wait to read it!  Steve and Dana are shown below.
Meeting Recap - December 8, 2015 Jeff Benson 2015-12-08 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Todd Kruse on Dec 01, 2015
Fellow Rotarian - Mark Beisswenger - opened our meeting with a nautical bell ringing performance and then offered the Invocation.  Amen!
Guests at today's meeting included - 
  • Marvin Sorvala -  Roseville Rotarian who should just join our club instead! 
  • Deb Nygaard -  Roseville Rotarian who promoted the Rotary Educator Exchange Program (REEP) with Sri Lanka priced at $2500 per educator to enable our local teachers to gain insights on ESL programs
  • Dr. Karen Gulliver - from Argosy University who is interested in a potential project for the Mekong River in Vietnam
President's Announcements - 
  • Future speakers at club meetings were reviewed (see the list at - 
  • December 10 Holiday Lunch for Ralph Reeder Food Shelf was promoted with a request for Rotarians to staff the club's information table for recruiting new Rotarians.    The club is donating a $500 challenge grant for this event. 
  • January 29 to 30, 2016 Rotary's District Mid-term Conference will be held in Roseville, Minnesota
Other Announcements - 
  • Gerry Tietz noted Char Samuelson's health status which drove her relocation to the Fargo area.   Gerry discussed the possibility of organizing a tribute to Char's history of civic engagement which was agree could be a nice addition to our April 1, 2016 Gold Plate Dinner.
  • Mary Stewart noted that Bev Aplikowski will again be hosting our club's holiday party set for January 8, 2016
Birthdays Celebrated - 
Marvin Sorvala and Mark Beisswenger both celebrated their birthdays today by wearing the hats of honor!
Rotary Foundation Report - 
Nils Friberg presented a Paul Harris Fellow (+2) award to Gerry Tietz.  Fortunately Glenna took the photo instead of the "selfie" Gerry wanted to take of the ceremony.
The self-described "Director of Happiness" (Mark Lampkin aka Finemaster) then assumed the floor to suggest that in the spirit of the Thanksgiving holiday everyone in the room had many things for which to be thankful thus they should each contribute $1 happy buck.   Sadly this week's substitute Bulletin Editor (Todd Kruse) did not record all of the thanksgiving messages but rest assured life is good for Rotarians!
The happy dollar fines wrapped up with the Right Reverend Nils Friberg posing the eternal question asked at every home during Thanksgiving -  "How many cooks does it take to stuff a turkey?    Answer - only one cook but  you really have to push to get him in there................"     
A wide collection of groans and smiles followed Nils' observation of the laws of physics.    
Guest Speaker -  
Today's guest speaker, Cheryl Thomas of the Global Rights for Women ( GRFW  project, based in in Minneapolis opened her presentation by sharing a 3 minute video overview of their organization's work.   This video is located on their website and is definitely worth spending 3 minutes of your life to better understand the challenges in our world.  
GRFW got its start in the former republics of the Soviet Union and the Baltics.  GRFW only works in  countries where a local group invites them to be involved so they are working with a local resource and ally in any given country. 
Ms. Thomas noted that Minnesota has been a historic leader in legal reform to combat violence against women with a 1979 law versus Austria's passage of a similar law in 1997 which was the first European nation to enact such a law.  
GRFW relies on volunteer judges and police officers from the USA to help with local/in-country training programs.   
President Dana presented Ms. Thomas with a coffee mug and Rotary light/pen as a token of our club's appreciation for her presentation.   Clearly there is much work for groups like GRFW to make our world a place which is "Fair to All Concerned".
President Dana (with Mark Lampkin leading the charge!) closed our meeting with all attendees rising to recite Rotary's Four-Way Test
Submitted by - Todd A. Kruse, Club Secretary, on behalf of Bulletin Editor, Dr. Jeff Benson,  WT   (World Traveler)
Meeting Recap - December 1, 2015 Todd Kruse 2015-12-01 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Benson on Nov 24, 2015
Jeff opened the meeting with the Pledge and invocation.
President Dana reminded us of the following upcoming events:The District 5960 Midterm is Jan. 30, 9:00-2:00 at the Roseville Radisson.  Midterm is a time to meet and network with fellow Rotarians, learn of club activities around the district, and re-energize for the rest of the year. All Rotarians are encouraged to attend, particularly Club Presidents, Presidents-elect and Board members, Assistant governors, and District Leadership. Get more information here.
Our Gold Plate Dinner fundraiser is scheduled for April 1, 2016.
Mark your calendars now for the District Conference which will be held May 12-14, 2016 at Mystic Lake Casino in Prior Lake.  Details are forthcoming.
Geoff Hollimon reported that our ECHO grant proposal, which had been delayed because of another district grant proposal, is on again for this Rotary year.  Geoff will have details in the near future.
Nils Friberg had the honor of presenting Mike Neeley with his Paul Harris+2 award, indicating total contributions to the foundation of over $3,000.  Way to go, Mike!  Nils and Mike are pictured below.
Char Samuelson will be moving to an assisted living facility in Moorhead, MN as she continues her recovery after her recent fall.  Our best wishes go with her and Gerry.
Val reported that former NBMV Rotarian, Roger Anderson, passed away this past week.
Jim Kadechka announced the rapid-fire births of two grandsons in just two days this past weekend.  The boys are named Andrew James and Shawn Michael.
A big thank you to all who helped organize for the holiday rush at the Ralph Reeder Food Shelf!
John Marg-Patton reported on his hike to the bottom of the Grand Canyon.  As the signs say: "Going down is optional...Coming back up is mandatory".  John and Ruth spent two nights on the Canyon Floor, plenty of time to rest up for the "mandatory" return to the canyon rim.
November is Rotary Foundation Month, and Gerry Tietz, along with his new Foundation Committee sidekick, Nils Friberg, presented a great overview of the scope of Rotary Foundation Programs and how donations flow from clubs and individuals to the myriad of grants and programs which are supported by the Foundation.  Here are the highlights:
The mission of the Rotary Foundation is to enable Rotary Members to advance world understanding, goodwill and peace through:
  • Improvement of health
  • Support of education
  • Alleviation of poverty
The foundation's areas of focus are: —
  • Peace and conflict prevention/resolution
  • Disease prevention and treatments
  • Water and sanitation
  • Maternal and child health
  • Basic education and literacy
  • Economic and community development
Donations to the Foundation are invested for three years with the investment proceeds and only 5% of the principal used for administrative costs.  The remaining principal is then split 50/50 between the District Designated Fund (DDF) and the World Fund.  The DDF goes back to the district, where it is split 50/50 between District Grants and Global Grants.  The World Fund is used by Rotary International to fund Matching Grants, Packaged Grants, Peace Fellows, Polio Plus and other international programs.
New Brighton Mounds View Rotary has been a District leader in both giving and grants leadership for many years.  In fact, we were one of only two clubs in the District to be an EREY (Every Rotarian Every Year) club this past year.  This means that every NBMV Rotarian contributed to the foundation and we averaged over $100/year/Rotarian.
For more information about the Rotary Foundation, and our club’s amazing participation, check out Gerry’s and Nil’s PowerPoint in the Home Page Download Files Tab in the left column, or click here.  Gerry and Nils are shown below.
Meeting Recap - November 24, 2015 Jeff Benson 2015-11-24 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Benson on Nov 17, 2015
Jeff opened the meeting with the pledge of allegiance and an invocation.
President Dana invited Jeff back to the podium to introduce and induct our newest member, Winifred "Winie" Bradford.  Originally from Liberia, West Africa, Winie has lived in th U.S. since 1991.  She is an entrepreneur and independent representative for 5LINX, providing products and services for home and business.  Winie has been an active volunteer in the Minneapolis area, and seems destined to be an active Rotarian as well.  Please take a moment to introduce yourself to Winie and you'll see what a great addition she will be to our club.  Jeff and Winie are shown below.
John Risdall provided a special steak dinner for Val Johnson, in honor of her election to Mayor of New Brighton.  Congratulations Val, and bon appetit!
Todd Kruse forwarded the District Governor's email newsletter to the club this past week.  If you missed it, go back and find it to catch up on all the good stuff going on in District 5960.
Amy Wakem garnered 7 volunteers to help with holiday food organization at the Ralph Reeder Food Shelf on Monday, November 23rd, from 9:30-11:00.  More help would be appreciated, so if you can help, please email Amy at
Please note upcoming programs in the left column.
Also note that our Gold Plate Dinner has been scheduled for April 1st.  Mark your calendars now.
Dave Hoel displayed the "General Custer Award" that was given to him by then president Jim Kadechka after our first Easter Egg Hunt in 1990.  We were expecting 30-50 people but the weather was perfect and we were overwhelmed by 600 or so anxious parents and kids.  Dave stood his ground, bravely trying to maintain order using nothing but a bullhorn.  It was a miracle that no lives were lost and no injuries were reported, but the emotional scars remain.
Gerry T. updated us on Char's progress after her recent fall.  Recovery has been slow due to complications and Char, now at Benecictine Care Center at Innsbruck, is considering a move to Moorhead to be closer to her daughter.  Our thoughts and prayers are with Char and Gerry in this difficult time.
Todd Kruse has set up LinkedIn and Twitter accounts for the club and will be giving a tutorial at an upcoming club meeting.
Glenna celebrated her birthday but the birthday hat was nowhere to be found.  An investigation is underway to locate the missing hats and bring the responsible party to justice.  Glenna is pictured (sans hat) below.
Our Presenter today was Tami Moberg.  Tami has been a part of the Mounds View community for over 30 years.  A degree in Social Work from Bethel University started her on a path to many service activities including the Young Life Committee for 15 years, the Bethel Alumni Board, Church and School Volunteering.  Tami, and her husband David, have been foster parents for many children through the Ramsey County Crisis Nursery.  For the past 5 years, Tami has worked at Irondale High School and one of her roles was to support the STRIPES program.  STRIPES stands for Students Together Respecting the Importance and Purpose of Education in Schools and it surrounds students with a "safety net" that meets their needs by partnering with various community businesses, parents and universities.  STRIPES teaches young men to be resilient, persistent and focused on education.  While working with these young men, Tami saw the need for a place for them to meet after school hours.  Her dream was  to find a home that could be open for students to get support from caring adults.   In March, 2015, a home was found and the Quincy Treehouse was born.  Quincy Treehouse is a partnership with Treehouse, which has been providing support to students for over 30 years.  Quincy TreeHouse was established to provide hope, guidance and unconditional love to at-risk teens dealing with issues like depression, suicidal tendencies, substance abuse, truancy, self-injury and homelessness.  Teens experience grace and are reminded that they are loveable, capable and worthwhile.  All teens are welcome, regardless of background.  Check out the Quincy TreeHouse website here.  Dana and Tami are shown below.
Meeting Recap - November 17, 2015 Jeff Benson 2015-11-17 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Todd Kruse on Nov 10, 2015
Today's Rotary Club meeting was opened by the ringing of the bell by Jim O'Brien who led the club in the Pledge of Allegiance.  Jim also announced that the club did not have any guests today and called on Padre Nils Friberg to offer our Invocation.   
  • President Dana Rebelein commented that the November 7th Foundation Dinner was very worthwhile and educational.    President Dana also highlighted that Cindy Carlson gave an excellent presentation on the Niger water project the club supports and that our club should consider Cindy for a future presentation at a regular club meeting.   President Dana completed her remarks by noting our club was awarded an "EREY banner" for Every Rotarian Every Year donating to the Rotary Foundation.  
  • The club's Technology Committee will meet on November 13th at 11:30 am at DD's Cafe to learn how to leverage social media to promote the club via a presentation by Risdall Marketing.   Dana will also explore how to email all club members the District Governor's Newsletter. 
  • December 10 reminder of the Holiday Charity Lunch for which the club is collaborating with the Twin Cities North Chamber of Commerce at the New Brighton Community Center.   Rotary will have an information booth onsite to promote the club and recruit new members and Amy Wakem will coordinate the club's traditional November food drive among local businesses to support this December 10 lunch event. 
  • January 29 to 30, 2016 Rotary's District Conference will be held at the Radisson Hotel in Roseville.
  • April 1, 2016 has been set as the club's annual Gold Plate Dinner being held at the Mermaid Event Center in Mounds View.
Linda LaFond reported that the CEAP check presentation by Dr. Jeff Benson was published in The Bulletin newspaper.  
  • Gerry Tietz noted that club member Char Samuelson was hospitalized due to a fall and head injury -   the club will send her a get well card and flowers.
  • Gerry Tietz presented President-elect Paul Fornier with another Paul Harris Fellow gem for his financial support of the Rotary Foundation. 
Jim Kadechka flew solo today as Finemaster but he rose to the occasion but assessing fines to most of the attendees!  Happy fines offered by club members included - 
  • Mark Beisswenger celebrating a Vikings win and a Packers loss to which several members noted should cost $2.00!!
  • NEW ROTARIAN - Winie Bradford contributed a dollar to celebrate being a new club member and to note the great club atmosphere she has already experienced. 
  • Dana and Glenna noted the success and value of the recent Foundation Dinner including the excellent meal!
  • Gerry Tietz was thankful for his wife's improved health.
  • Cor Wilson promoted the Century Link franchise discussion at tonight's New Brighton City Council meeting.
  • World traveler Paul Fornier celebrated his recent trip (first time ever!) to Fargo, North Dakota which he enjoyed.
  • Gerry Tietz highlighted and gave thanks for John Ordway's skills as club treasurer -  Editor's Note:  we should all watch for our invoices via email from John
  • Linda La Fond recognized and thanked all the veterans in the club -  happy Veterans Day and thank you on November 11.
  • Geoff Holliman noted that Winie and her husband were a lot of fun to meet with during the Foundation Dinner.
  • Todd Kruse was thankful for having attended the Iowa State University Navy/Marine ROTC Annual Ball this past weekend to hear his fraternity brother serve as the keynote speaker.    
Today's guest speaker was Marsh Jones, Olympic Sprint Coach,  with the Rice Creek Boat Club (RCBC) whose Power Point presentation opened with a slide focused on "Youth Obesity and the Internet Age"  which led to a presentation on youth sports trends and the work of the RCBC.    Mr. Jones offered the following statistics - 
  • By age 17 at least 59% of youth have participated in some organized sport
  • By age 15 at least 70% of kids have dropped out of all sports
Parental pressure, financial burden, burn out from being single sport centric,  "total victory" mindset,  etc.  
Maybe "video games" are not the cause of children dropping out of sports but instead the cause could be Parents? 
Mr. Jones noted that the "Long Term Development Model" (LTDM) should be used with young athletes where at the youngest ages children play a wide variety of sports where "fun" is the focus,  then as they age children "learn to compete",  and towards the end of high school these athletes develop goals for their athletic involvement.
History of the RCBC
Jones noted the club was started to provide cross-training opportunities for cross country skiers via three programs - 
  1. Marathon
  2. Sprint I
  3. Sprint II
In 2016 the RCBC will celebrate its 10th Anniversary and today they own 40 boats including both canoes and kayaks.   Club members are involved in two groups 1.) Introduction and 2.) Competition. 
The RCBC travels several times each year in the USA and internationally for various tournaments thus the club is launching a fundraising drive to defer travel costs and to purchase requisite equipment.     
Each athlete is expected to purchase their own paddle which typically cost nearly $500 each but last for several years and retain nearly all of their resale value -  unlike several stocks this Bulletin editor purchased over the years!!!      Nearly 90% of the club's members return on a year to year basis  prior to aging out to college, etc. 
A pending project that was noted was that the RCBC is working with Ramsey County to build a boat house for the club's equipment but the RCBC would benefit greatly from any volunteers in the Rotary Club network who could provide assistance with grant writing to help raise funds for the club.  
President Dana presented Mr. Marsh with a Rotary coffee mug so he can bail out their boats and  closed the meeting by having club members recite Rotary's Four Way Test. 
Submitted by:  Todd A. Kruse, Club Secretary in the place of our regular Bulletin Editor, Dr. Jeff Benson whose writing skills are greatly missed due to his travel schedule.  
Meeting Recap - November 10, 2015 Todd Kruse 2015-11-10 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Benson on Nov 03, 2015
Jeff Benson opened the meeting with the Pledge and invocation.
Our guests today were: 
Coon Rapids Rotarian - Margie Rash
Bill McReavy
New Brighton's finance director and Dean's guest - Brenda Davitt 
Prospective member - Winie Bradford
Don't forget the Foundation Celebration this Saturday, November 7th, 5:30PM at the Holiday Inn East, St Paul.
Todd Kruse announced a holiday food drive to benefit area food shelves.  Our club will join the TC North Chamber to provide food for those in our community who don't have enough this holiday season.  Rotary will collect food and help pack food bags at the Ralph Reeder Food Shelf as we have done in the past.  The Chamber will be hosting a Holiday Charity and Awards Luncheon on Thursday December 10th, from 11:00AM to 1:30PM, at the New Brighton Community Center.  The luncheon is free, but tickets are limited.  RSVP to Samantha Rubin - 763-571-9781.
Our Gold Plate Dinner has been scheduled for April 1st, 6:00PM.  Mark your calendars now!
Cindy Carlson updated us on our District Matching Grant for sanitation and handwashing stations at a school in Niger.  Thanks go to Cindy for her hard work on this grant.
Geoff Hollimon reported that he visited ECHO in Fort Myers, FL last week.  He had an opportunity to visit with board members and see the results of our contributions to this very relevant and worthwhile organization.
The Irondale choir will entertain us with a concert and Christmas Carol sing-along at our December 15th club meeting.  Guests are welcome but please let Jason Miller know if you will bring a guest so we can plan for enough food.
Mike Neeley and Jeff Benson were blessed with the opportunity to put on the birthday hats to celebrate their advancing age.  Life just isn't fair!  See the photo below.
Jim O'Brien reported that his wife Maureen was diagnosed with cancer last week and that surgery was successful.  They will find out soon if chemo is needed.
Thanks go to MaryAnn for the delicious treats for today's meeting.  You are the Best!
Jeff introduced our speaker Bob Jacobson, New Brighton's Director of Public Safety.  Bob's topic was the President's Task Force on 21st Century Policing.  Bob began his talk by describing a trend of decreased trust between peace officers and the public they are sworn to protect.  Recent events in Ferguson, Cleveland and New York City are the extremes, but they are indicative of the overall trend.  In response to this trend, President Barack Obama signed Executive order 13684, establishing the Task Force on 21st Century Policing.  The introduction to the task force's final report describes its mission: " to examine ways of fostering strong, collaborative relationships between local law enforcement and the communities they protect and to make recommendations to the President on ways policing practices can promote effective crime reduction while building trust."  Bob reviewed the six "Pillars" of the Task Force's recommendations.
Pillar One - Building Trust and Legitimacy  
>Law Enforcement should adopt the “guardian” vs. “warrior” mindset
>Police cannot be viewed as an occupying force
>Establish culture of transparency and accountability to build public trust
>Law enforcement should initiate positive non enforcement activities
>Should conduct annual surveys to measure levels of public trust
>Workforce encompass broad range of diversity
Pillar Two - Policy and Oversight
>External/independent investigations for officer involved shootings and/or in custody deaths
>Conduct peer reviews of critical incidents
>Establish civilian oversight mechanisms
>DOJ/COPS Office should provide technical assistance and funding to small agencies toward interagency collaboration, shared services and regional training
Pillar Three - Technology and Social Media
>Use of technology can build community trust
>Must have defined policy framework with defined purpose and goals
>Use of technology should improve transparency without infringing on individual rights
>DOJ should establish national standards for research and development of new technology
>Should consider local needs aligned with national standards
>Adopt model policies and best practices
Pillar Four - Community Policing and Crime Reduction
>Community Policing should be a guiding philosophy
>Law enforcement should work with community residents to identity problems and collaborate on solutions with meaningful results
>Engage in multi disciplinary, community team approaches
>Communities should support a culture and practice of policing that reflects the values of protection and promotion of dignity for all
>Develop youth in the community through positive police/youth collaboration and interactions
Pillar Five - Training and Education
>As the scope of law enforcement expands so does the need for expanded and more effective training
>Federal government should support the development of partnerships with training facilities across the country
>National post graduate institute of policing for senior executives
>Ensure licensing boards require training such as Crisis Intervention Training, disease of addiction, implicit bias, procedural justice, etc.
Pillar Six - Officer Wellness and Safety
>Emphasize support and proper implementation of officer wellness and safety
>Develop programs for financial support for law enforcement officers to continue to pursue higher education
>Encourage implementation of scientifically supported shift lengths
>Analyze not only officer deaths but “near misses”
>Tactical first aid training, ballistic vests for all, wearing seat belts
It bears noting that the New Brighton Police force had implemented most of these recommendations long before the Task Force was commissioned.  While Director Jacobson would be hesitant to brag; its's abundantly clear that his leadership and the professional attitude of his officers has made New Brighton's Police Department a shining example of community policing at its best.  Check out the N.B. Public Safety webpage here.  Bob and Dana are shown below.
Meeting Recap - November 3, 2015 Jeff Benson 2015-11-03 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Benson on Oct 27, 2015
Our Guests today were New Brighton city councilperson Mary Burg and prospective club member Winifred (Winie) Bradford.
Todd Kruse announced the Chamber's upcoming Holiday Charity and Recognition Luncheon to be held on December 10th, 11:00AM - 1:30PM at the New Brighton Community Center.  You can get more details here.
The Board recommended Friday, April 1, 2016 as the date for our Gold Pale Dinner and the date was confirmed by a vote of the members present.
The Tech Team and the Public Relations Committee will have a joint committee meeting on Friday, November 13th, 11:30 - 12:30, at DD's.  Last week's Rotary speaker, Tracy Henry, will attend the meeting to provide some guidance on how to market our club online.  All interested members are encouraged to attend.
New Brighton Mounds View Rotary has 20 registrants for the Annual District 5960 Foundation Celebration on Saturday November 7th, 5:30-9:00PM at the Holiday Inn East (note the venue change).  If you'd like to join in the fun, I believe you can still register here.
President Dana presented a Rotary International new member sponsor recognition pin to Jeff Benson.  Jeff is shown with new member Todd Kruse below. (Photo courtesy of Gerry Tietz)
Jason Miller introduced our speaker, Teri McLaughlin, Vice President of Dardis Communications, Inc.  Dardis Communications is one of the Midwest's leading professional training companies, helping thousands of professionals become better communicators and leaders.  The Dardis trademark is " Speak as well as you think".  Teri identified three core skill sets that are the focus of her company's training programs:
  • Leadership and Presentation
  • Professional Image
  • Consultative Selling
As an example of the training process, Teri walked us through the process of creating an effective "elevator speech".  According to Teri, and effective elevator speech is has three components:
  • A short, compelling statement about your company.
  • Three headlines (specific examples of the product or services you offer)
  • Invite further conversation about how you might partner with the prospect.
President Dana was brave enough to offer our Rotary elevator speech as an example.  More informations about Dardis Communications is available on their website.  Teri and Dana are shown below.
Meeting Recap - October 27, 2015 Jeff Benson 2015-10-27 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Benson on Oct 20, 2015
John Risdall opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and gave the invocation. 
President Dana introdced her guests; Sister Ruth Ellen Rebelein and Janet Ampe, both of whom have been visitors in the past.  John Risdall introduced Tracy Henry, a Senior Digital Marketing Manager at Risdall Marketing Group and today's speaker.  Since he was here, Tracy made a pitch for the Irondale Youth Hockey Association, of which he is the current president.
Dana announced that we made the front page of the October 16th edition of the Sun Focus community newspaper.  The photo shows Jeff Benson, on behalf of the New Brighton Rotary Club, presenting a check for $1,000 to Community Emergency Assistance Program (C.E.A.P.).  Our club has been a consistent supporter of CEAP and it was great to have our support recognized in the local paper.  Linda LaFond deserves the credit for getting the article published and she says that we should also expect to see the photo in this Wednesday's New Brighton Bulletin.  Way to go, Linda!!!
Dana reviewed the list of upcoming programs, which can be found on the left side of this page.
Don't forget the Foundation Celebration, Saturday November 7th, 5:30-9:00PM at the Holiday Inn East (note the venue change).  Gerry tells me that 16 of us have seats reserved! Get the details here.
Jim O'Brien had successfully avoided wearing the birthday hat for over 2 months, but everyone must pay the piper, even those who try to weasel out of it by trying to claim the "over 80 exemption".  Nice try Jim!  Jim is shown below.
The finemasters efficiently vacuumed up any loose dollars with a combination of happy fines and a political quote table quiz.  What will those politicians say next?
Our speaker, Tracy Henry, identified the five types of online marketing strategies that are available to help businesses and organizations get their message to potential customers.  According to Tracy, the five types are websites, search engines, social media, awareness and email.
Websites can be effective but they must be functionally sound and have "credibility" for todays web-savvy users.  For Tracy, credibility means usable, attractive and, most of all, mobile friendly since 30% of all website views are from mobile devices.
Search has become the replacement for White Pages, Yellow Pages and the Encyclopedia.  Careful content management and search engine optimization are essential to be noticed in this competitive area.
Social Media is valuable as a means of, as Tracy put it, "amplifying" your message.  FaceBook is useful for personal and B2C communication.  LinkedIn is best for professional and educational communication.  Tracy described Twitter as the vehicle for timely and newsworthy communication, while Pinterest is best for inspiration and creative communication.  When asked which of these four social media avenues would be best for the purpose of attracting new members to our Rotary Club, Tracy suggested a combination of FaceBook, Twitter and LinkedIn.
Awareness involves the placement of clickable ads or messages designed to direct the user to your website.  These are often referred to as "click bait".
Email methods include e-newsletters and ads that are "targeted" to an individual's search profile.
Tracy wrapped up with the basics of online marketing:
-Ensure that your website portrays credibility and is mobile optimized.
-Claim and optimize your Google business listing.
-Create and configure appropriate social media accounts.
-Post content to social media daily.
-Track your results.
Check out the Risdall Marketing Group website at   Dana and Tracy are shown below.
Meeting Recap - October 20, 2015 Jeff Benson 2015-10-20 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Benson on Oct 13, 2015
Paul Fournier opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and Jeff Benson offered an invocation.
Alan Player, an Apple valley Rotarian who visited us a year ago to promote their Education Foundation fundraiser, was here again to sell raffle tickets for an opportunity to win a Ford Focus.  Alan noted that last year's effort raised $39,000.
It was great to have George back to the club after successful opening of his completely blocked coronary artery.
Our speaker today was Jim Lukaszewski.  Jim is world renowned as a crisis manager, using his public relations expertise to guide organizations and their leaders through crisis to recovery.  Jim's topic for today's presentation was "The Ethical Expectations Leadership".  Jim began his talk with the story of a major medical products company that was indicted on several hundred felony charges, among which were illegal alteration of medical devices that resulted in two deaths and serious harm to several others.  This situation developed, as so many of them do, when an executive said “do whatever it takes” to keep sales up and costs down.  By the end of a six year legal process, six company executives were in jail and the company was forced to change its business climate, and Jim was a part of that process.  Jim offered the story to illustrate patterns of failed leadership behavior and inadequate or ineffective organizational response that often leads to these types of disasters. Here are some of the elements of these patterns:
  • When things go wrong in an organization, it generally starts at or near the top.
  • Top executives are very smart people who think they can "beat the rap".
  • Almost every ethical crisis requires that people are aware of the ethical problem, yet remain silent.
Jim suggested the following "Ethical Expectations of Leadership"
  • Find the truth as soon as possible.  Tell the truth and act on it as soon as possible.
  • Promptly raise the tough questions and answer them thoughtfully.
  • Vocalize core business values and ideals constantly.
  • Walk the talk
  • Help, expect and enforce ethical leadership
  • Foster ethical pathways for employees to to rise to the top of the organization.
  • Be a cheerleader, model and teacher of ethical behavior.
  • Make core values more important than profits.
You can check out Jim's website at  Paul and Jim are pictured below.
Meeting Recap - October 13, 2015 Jeff Benson 2015-10-13 05:00:00Z 0
Social Media Links Gerry Tietz 2015-09-29 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Benson on Sep 29, 2015
CEAP, or Community Emergency Assistance Programs, helps our financially challenged neighbors by providing emergency assistance and financial counseling to help them become financially stable and independent.  CEAP also provides referrals to partner agencies and services that may be able to help.  The New Brighton Mounds View Rotary Club supports CEAP's mission and is pleased to be able to support that mission with a donation of $1,000.   Check CEAP out at   Holli Rolfe, CEAP Family Services Manager at the Blaine location, is shown receiving the check from Jeff Benson.
New Brighton Mounds View Rotary Donates $1,000 to CEAP Jeff Benson 2015-09-29 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Benson on Sep 22, 2015
Todd Kruse opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and Nils Friberg offered an invocation.
President Dana announced that George was able to have two stents placed in his blocked coronary artery, and open heart surgery was avoided.  George is understandably thrilled and feeling very well!
We have been offered a unique fundraising opportunity which would raise $2,000 for the club with very little effort on our part.  Chef George Serra is willing to donate his time and materials to prepare gourmet appetizers for a group of 40-50.  Attendees would contribute $40-50, with all the proceeds going to a charitable cause of our choosing.  All we need is a location for the event.  Let Linda LaFond (763-571-6937) or Mary Stewart (651-442-6891) know if you could host the event.  We can't afford to pass on this opportunity.
Saturday, November 7th, is the District 5960 Foundation Event.  As in past years, we'd like New Brighton to have a big contingent at the event.  The club will cover the cost for Rotarians, so contact Gerry Tietz (651-636-1899) for information or to register.
Everyone should be here next week as we welcome Marlene Gargulak, our District Governor, to the club for her annual visit.
Cindy Carlson is looking for a polio survivor in our area who might be willing to be interviewed about their polio experience as part of our PolioPlus fundraising push this fall.  If you know of anyone, please let Cindy know (651-772-1080).
Geoff Hollimon's birthday provided us yet another opportunity to demonstrate our melodic magnificence on the birthday song.  Happy Birthday, Geoff!  See photo below.
Dave Hoel (651-636-3589) and Mike Neeley (651633-7330) are looking for some help for the Spina Bifida picnic this Sunday the 27th.  Give them a call if you can help out for a few hours, starting at 11AM.
Sue Ager reported that Duane is making progress with his recovery from Guillain-Barre syndrome.
John Ordway introduced Jim Markoe, spokesperson for the White Bear Lake Restoration Association (WBLRA), who presented an update on the seriously low water level in White Bear Lake.  Since 2003, the average water level of the lake has been steadily decreasing.  This decrease has been attributed to depletion of the aquifer beneath the lake by high volume (i.e. municipal) water wells surrounding the lake.  White Bear Lake is unique in that it has a direct connection with the underlying aquifer, so that it is draining into the depleted aquifer faster than rainwater runoff can replenish it.  Six billion gallons is drawn out of the aquifer each year by the high volume wells and almost all of it goes into the Mississippi River via storm and sanitary sewer systems.  Jim reported that the surface area of the lake has decreased by 25% and the lake level has gone down 5 feet in the last 15 years, creating untold problems for homeowners as well as promoting zebra mussel and milfoil growth in the lake.  In 2012, a lawsuit was filed which eventually led to an unprecedented seven rounds of court ordered mediation.  In 2014, a 36 month stay of litigation was imposed, which has the following provisions:
     1. Multifaceted water conservation efforts
     2. Development of a plan for surface water utilization
     3. DNR to set a protective minimum lake level
     4. The right is reserved to pursue lake augmentation (get water from a reservoir or the Mississippi river)
Let's hope that these efforts can restore this great lake to it's former glory.
The White Bear Lake Restoration Association website is  Jim and Dana are shown below.
Meeting Recap - September 22, 2015 Jeff Benson 2015-09-22 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Todd Kruse on Sep 08, 2015
Our September 8 meeting was called to order by Todd Kruse who led the club in the Pledge of Allegiance and offered a reflection on Labor Day for the Invocation.
President Dana then led the meeting with the following annoucements - 
1. District Governor nominations are due on October 2nd so Dana encouraged club members to submit their own names for consideration.
2. The Goodwill Friendship Exchange with India is scheduled for January 9-10, 2016
3. Dana is also exploring options for new club member name badges
The September and October line up of guest speakers was reviewed and is posted on the club's website -  September 15 our speaker will be Steve Kracht of Bell Pole Company.
Announcements from the Floor
1. Gerry is hosting a club Technology Committee meeting at 11 am on September 15 at DD's Cafe
2. Glenna promoted Benedictine's open house set for September 12
3. Mark (Lampman) noted he had a blister and the club feigned sympathy for his ailment!
4. Mark (Beisswenger) reported that he will soon have "bone on bone" thumb surgery soon.  Ouch!
5. Nils reported that his son is recovering but slowly from his recent surgery
Jim (Kadechka) was happy about the round of frisbee golf he played in New Brighton and Margaret echoed Jim's comment noting that frisbee golf is really fun.   Did someone say "Rotary frisbee golf tournament............."?    
Bev contributed a happy dollar now that her recent medical issues/tests were completed
Mary (Stewart) gladly paid a dollar to celebrate being back at club meetings and to celebrate the new school year
Dana parted with a dollar to celebrate her grandson's football performance
Amy thanked the club for the wedding gift donation in Amy's name to Peacekeepers
Geoff promoted the October 2 Community Partners for Youth (CPY) annual party
Val offered a dollar to note how much fun she had working at the MN State Fair despite the hot weather!
The club sang Happy Birthday to Linda LaFond since she was "39 again" this month. 
Guest Speaker
Todd (Kruse) introduced Julia Donnelly,  Political Director, for the 49'ers labor union which represents nearly 33,000 members in the construction industry.    
Julia noted that 40% of their members were unemployed during the Great Recession which helped cause higher divorce rates, addiction, and related problems. 
This union works with nearly 800 contractor companies and has three operating divisions - 
1. Pension fund
2. Self-insured health fund
3. Training fund - which includes their training center near Hinckley which sits on nearly 400 acres and has a $17 million annual operating budget.   The training center shapes their apprentice programs and works with the "MSHA" (OSHA style regulations specific to the mining industry) regulations to develop their certification courses
Julia noted they work with the MN Chamber and local chambers of commerce to lobby for policies that will generate job creation.  In terms of job creation the proposed Polymet mine is almost  a bigger job opportunity than the Metro Dome with nearly "2 million work hours" and noted the regulatory/environmental permit process is delaying the project.   
President Dana asked about transportation funding and Julia explained the potential funding sources such as a "gas tax" -  which would indeed help repair roads and bridges but it would also add cost to using construction equipment.  
Julia closed her presentation noting that the average age of their members is 47 and the average retirement age is 62 so they need to recruit youth into the industry.  Overall most jobs in their industry last 7 to 8 months each year due to the nature of the industry (such as weather).  
President Dana presented Julia with a Rotary Club coffee mug as a token of our appreciation then closed the meeting by having club members recite the Four Way Test. 
Meeting Recap - September 8, 2015     Todd Kruse 2015-09-08 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Todd Kruse on Sep 01, 2015
Today's club meeting was called to order by Todd Kruse who led the club in the Pledge of Allegience and Invocation where he offered a prayer for safety and fun for all Minnesota State Fair attendees and the hope for children returning to school next week to "learn, have fun, and grow up to become Rotarians!" 
Guest Introductions:
Craig Leiser -  Stillwater Sunrise Rotary and representative for District-5960 international projects
Sandy and Gary Campbell -  Anoka Rotary Club  (selling $10 raffle tickets which offers a $5,000 travel voucher as the grand prize for this club fundraising event!!)
Charlie Hall -  former member of this club now living in Hugo, MN
Sue Schabert - owner of Minuteman Press and guest of Todd Kruse
Gerry Lund
President Dana then led the meeting with several Announcements:
  • "Pollinator Project" (Give Bees a Chance!!)  information was distributed to club members to gauge our interest in the club playing a possible role
  • Survivor Network brochures are on hand with the club should any members want to distribute to any interested/in need of assistance
  • Mounds View Schools activities calendars were distributed
  • The 10th Annual West Africa Project Fair was noted as being set for November 10 to 19, 2015 in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire.  Cost is $1,779 (double occupancy)
  • District Governor candidate nominations for the 2018-2019 Rotary year are due on October 2, 2015 
  • Winnipeg Goodwill Friendship Exchange is set for September 18 which will be the 90th anniversary for this event
  • District-5960 is hosting a Goodwill Friendship Exchange with India scheduled for January 9 and 10, 2015
  • A word of "thanks" was given to club members who participated in the August 25 Sunny Square Park clean up project 
Upcoming Programs at Club Meetings:
September 1 -  Rod Dummer with Dalco Enterprises based in New Brighton
September 8 -  Julia Donnelly with the 49'ers labor union speaking on "Labor Day" themes
September 15 - Steve Kracht with Bell Pole Company of New Brighton 
September 22 -  White Bear Lake water level overview  AND  11 am board of directors meeting
September 29 - District 5960 Governor Marlene Gargolak  AND 11 am directors and committee chairs meeting with Governor Gargolak
October 6 -  Mark Baden and David Cummings,  "Stained Glass restoration work on the Island Chapel on the campus of the University of Northwestern-St. Paul"
October 13 -  Jim Lukaszewski ,  author and consultant on leadership and crisis communications issues
Announcements from the Floor:
Representing District 5960 Craig Leiser (PDG) presented a $2800 check which was accepted by Cindy Carlson for our club's Niger latrine/clean water project.
Fine Master/Happy Bucks:
Jim Kadechka happily separated dollars from club members who failed to wear their name badges today but several other dollars flowed into the kitty via several celebrations from club members including;  Sue Ager's grand child on the way, John Risdall's story of his broken arm (he was smiling due to heavy medication it appeared!), Geoff for his Alaska cruise, Glenna memorialized the passing of her husband's step father at age 94, and former club member, Charlie, who was happy to visit the club again. 
Nils (September 1st) wants again celebrated his 20th birthday (perhaps 60 years later!) while sharing the story of his family appearing at his front door early in the morning to wish him a happy birthday.   
Rod Dummer, our guest speaker from Dalco Enterprises, was introduced by Todd Kruse.   
Rod opened his presentation by noting his past visit to the Hopkins/Minnetonka Rotary Club.     
Dalco was founded in 1959 in what is now Hubert's Bar (across from the former Metro Dome) by three guys who eventually parted ways for individual ventures.
Dalco's culture was resulted in great longevity of employees with one worker recently celebrating 43 years at the company.   Today they have 162 employees focused on a customer base in Minnesota, Wisconsin, northern Iowa, and Michigan.  They are the largest privately owned janitorial supply company in the USA. 
Rod noted the company utilizes the "traction/EOS process" to help drive excellent company performance (from the book "Traction" by Gino Wickam) and is hosting a September 15 trade show/open house at their New Brighton headquarters from 9 am to 2 pm.  
Dalco has experienced substantial consolidation and competition from large competitors like Grainger and Staples.  While Dalco has a wide range of clients it was noted they have numerous health care industry clients plus they sell custom floor mating and  A LOT OF TOILET PAPER! 
Rod closed his presentation by noting Dalco's primary challenges to the success of their business:
  1. Taxes
  2. Health care costs - they are self-insured
  3. Talent recruitment
  4. Employee turnover is increasing
  5. Technology upgrade costs
President Dana presented Rod with a Rotary Club coffee mug as a token of our appreciation for his very informative presentation. 
Four Way Test:
President Dana led the club and we adjourned at 1:35 pm
Meeting Recap - September 1, 2015 Todd Kruse 2015-09-01 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Todd Kruse on Aug 25, 2015
Rotarians gathered in Sunny Square Park for our August 25 meeting with a two fold mission: 
1.  Eat sandwiches while enjoying the beautiful weather as we lounged on picnic tables  - much better than being stuck in an office!
2.  Walk the park collecting any trash we discovered.  As you can see from the enclosed photos there was plenty of clean up work for our club but now the park looks even better.  
Twenty club members signed in at this gathering (after a few stopped at DD's Diner first!!) so many hands made for light work on this project.   Perhaps the highlight of this project was the search conducted in search of the park building key enclosed in a small envelope that was checked out for this event. 
After club members searched in vain for the missing key which speculation led us to believe it was accidentally placed in our garbage bags we later discovered that the missing key was found on the floor of President-elect Paul's car!!     
Our meeting/service project adjourned at 1:30 pm while the sun was shining and birds were singing.  
Meeting Recap - August 25, 2015 Todd Kruse 2015-08-25 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Benson on Aug 11, 2015
Today's Meeting was off-site at Bilfinger Water Technologies (formerly Johnson Screens).  Paul Fournier introduced our host and speaker, Al Smith, whose background is in agricultural engineering.  Al played a video explaining the "Hydrologic System" and the role of well-water screens in filtering sediment and prolonging the usable life of water wells.  The video, although dated, explained that 15 million homes in the U.S. get their drinking water from individual wells, averaging 200 feet deep.  Filtering screens, like those manufactured by Johnson, are needed for many of these wells to keep sediment from clogging the well.   Minnesota is a great place for individual wells, with plentiful aquifers that can easily supply 10-15 gallons per minute.  Many other regions, however are happy with 2 or 3 gallons per minute.  For those who are tech-minded, the screens are made from a variety of materials but their premier screen is made from a continuous triangular stainless steel wire, formed into a cylinder and electric resistance welded.  On a tour of the huge production facility after the meeting, we were able to see screens being made in all sizes from 2 inches to 10 feet in diameter.  Al is pictured below, courtesy of Dana Rebelein.
President Dana opened the business meeting wiith the Pledge and George Winiecki offered the invocation.
Marv Sorvala (Roseville) was our sole visitor.
Dana thanked all those who helped with various Stockyard Days activities.  George Winiecki, Mark Beisswenger and Val Johnson each offered a more specific thank you to Rotarians who helped with the Hot Dog Feed, Rubber Duckie Race and Bingo Tent, respectively.
Cindy announced a bike ride fundraiser to support Peacemaker Foundation's anti-bullying efforts on Saturday September 12th.  Information can be found here.  Get a registration form here.  Get a donation form here.
Don't forget that the Board meets next Tuesday (a week earlier than usual) at 11:00AM, in the room adjacent to our regular meeting room.
Meeting Recap - August 11, 2015 Jeff Benson 2015-08-11 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Benson on Aug 04, 2015
George Winiecki opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and offered an invocation, which included a prayer for good weather on Thursday for the Stockyard Days Parade Hot Dog Feed.
President Dana Rebelein reviewed the meetings for the month and you'll find them listed to the left.  Note that the August 11th and 28th meetings are off-site.
Val Johnson didn't have the Stockyard Days Bingo Caller sign-up sheet today but she will email all the members Tuesday evening.  Please sign up for a shift or two and you'll be helping raise funds for Stockyard days and our Club.  Those of you who have done it know that it's easy and a lot of fun.  Those of you that haven't should give it a try.
Remember that Thursday, Aug 6th is the Hot Dog Feed for the Parade participants, so be there (just South of the Dairy Queen on Old 8) before 5PM.  We're serving 1,100 hot dogs, so we need you (and your spouses if they are willing) to help.
Nils Friberg presented Todd Peck with a Paul Harris Fellow+1 award, signifying contributions to the Foundation of over $2,000.  Way to go, Todd!
There were four birthdays to celebrate today.  Jim Kadechka, Todd Peck, Gerry Tietz and Val Johnson were all fighting over who would have the honor of wearing the hats (we only have two) but order was restored by singing twice.  The two birthday duos are shown below.
Mike Neeley announced that Fridley/Columbia Heights Rotary is having a Pig Roast Fundraiser on Wednesday, August 26th, from 5PM to 8PM at Locke Park, 6911 University Ave. in Fridley.  A Dixieland Band will provide the entertainment. Tickets are $25 per person and are available from Mike Neeley (651) 636-6966.
Mark Beisswenger has Stockyard Days Rubber Duckie Race tickets.  (651) 636-8159
Val Johnson introduced our speaker, Frank Bond.  Frank shared his story of homelessness.  Frank son's were selling drugs and his home was seized as a result.  He stayed at a shelter for a while but was upset by the attitudes of staff and other homeless people at the shelter, so he left the relative comfort of the shelter and became truly homeless, staying in abandoned buildings, under bridges or whatever places he could find.  In winter, he and other homeless people would walk the skyway or ride a bus to stay warm.  Val met Frank near her workplace and they became friends.  Val's encouragement "lifted his spirits" and he credits her with giving him the confidence to get a job.  He has an apartment now but over half his income goes to rent.  He admits that he is still struggling to make ends meet, but is proud to be working hard to achieve a better life.  Frank and Val are shown below.
Meeting Recap - August 4, 2015 Jeff Benson 2015-08-04 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Glenna Dibrell on Jul 28, 2015
Meeting Announcements:
  • Dana read a note from the New Brighton Historical Society thanking the club for its support of the caboose restoration. 
  • ECHO publication was passed around to help the club get better informed of all the work this organization does. Anyone interested in a subscription should see Geoff Hollimon.
  • Board Meeting Notes:
    • The Board voted to contribute $500 in support of the Chisago Lakes club's $40,000 Jamaica project to assist two impoverished communities with medical equipment and training (this will buy $100,000 worth of equipment due to some excellent negotiations).
    • Cindy Carlson noted that she and Char Samuelson met with the other local clubs that make up the Healthy Youth Foundation and discussed the possibility of doing a fundraiser for the Peacemaker organization. Still in formative stages.
    • There is a Friendship Exchange to India January 9-20, 2016; see Dana or the District Site for more info.
    • There is a Rogers Rotary Club motorcycle rally on August 22; see Dana for more info.
    • Board meeting schedule is slightly adjusted in the coming months: next meeting is August 18 and there will be two meetings in September--one on the 22nd and another on the 29th for the District Governor, who will be visiting our club that day.
  • Stockyard Days is coming right up August 2-10. See Val to volunteer for Bingo; see George to let him know if you will be helping for the parade hot dog feed on August 6th.
  • Mark your calendars that our August 11 meeting will be offsite at the Bilfinger Water Tech / Johnson Screen plant. Paul asked for people to sign up to confirm their attendance and will be asking for box lunch orders at next week's meeting.
  • Val, Paul and George are the August Committee members; Jason, Todd Kruse and John Ordway are the September Committee members.
  • MaryAnn Bawden celebrated her birthday (see photo below).
  • The club is making a contribution to the Peacemaker organization in honor of Amy Wakem's wedding; if you want to bring a card to Amy's August 8th wedding celebration party consider writing a check to Peacemakers as your gift to her.
Program: Susan Park Rani, PE, on the Destination Medical Center (DMC) Initiative.
  • John Risdall introduced Susan as a member of the DMC board, appointed by Governor Dayton.
  • Susan provided an overview of the initiative, which is a statewide effort to help Mayo Clinic and Rochester become a global medical destination for patients and their families from around the world.
  • There is increasing competition for international patients (Cleveland Clinic, Johns Hopkins, MD Anderson) and Mayo has seen significant reductions in their international patient volume. To become a viable destination it isn't enough to just be an outstanding research and medical resource; it also requires world class hotels, restaurants, transportation and cultural options for these visitors. 
  • A statue was passed by the MN Legislature to fund $585 million to leverage a $5 billion investment from other sources. There is a comprehensive strategic plan to harness the energy and creativity of the entire community.
  • This initiative is pulling together resources from Mayo and their nonprofit the Economic Development Association, the city of Rochester, the county and the state of MN. All are working together to make this happen over the next 20 years. It is the largest and most complex project undertaken by the state.
  • Susan will be serving a four-year term on the board. We were honored to meet her and have an inside look at this amazing initiative. Thanks for John Risdall's introduction.  John, Susan and Dana are shown below.
Meeting Summary - July 28, 2105 Glenna Dibrell 2015-07-28 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cindy Carlson on Jul 21, 2015

Janet Cobus, Development Director, and Bob Elsenpeter and his canine partner Herbie, came to say "thank you" to our club for a $250 contribution that we made to Can Do Canines to help purchase a $22,000 Ford transit van that was funded with the generosity of 12 Minnesota Rotary clubs, and to bring awareness about this locally based non-profit organization that serves people in MN, WISC, IA, ND and SD.

Can Do Canines is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for people with disabilities by creating mutually beneficial partnerships with specially trained dogs.  These individually trained dogs, often adopted from animal shelters or donated by select breeders, are provided to their partners free of charge, thanks to donations made by people and organizations like Rotary.  For more than 25 years, Can Do Canines has trained and placed nearly 500 dogs providing assistance with:  hearing, mobility, seizure, diabetes, or autism.    Janet and Bob helped us to understand the huge quality of life benefits...often not only for the recipient adult or child...but also for the other family members who receive some relief from high levels of anxiety, worry and dependence.

A key component in raising future assistance dogs is the Can Do Canines Prison Puppy Program.  It is currently operated in four Minnesota prisons and involves 40 - 50 dogs at a given time.  The puppies usually enter at around 18 weeks of age and are each assigned two handlers.  This is a special privilege for carefully selected inmates.  Inmates raise the puppy, teach obedience, and in some cases, even teach assistance dog skills, such as pulling open a door.    Inmates benefit from the relationships with the dogs, and gain skills, self confidence and self control that transfer to other areas of their life in an out of prison.  Prison officials say that it's not only the participating inmates that benefit-the entire prison environment seems to be positively transformed.

Overall, the dogs go through 7 or 8 levels of obedience training before being placed in a home.  They are certified by ADI.  If not for the generosity of donors, the average cost for a fully trained dog would be $25,000.    Currently 180 people are on a waiting list to receive an assistance dog.   Can Do Canines anticipates that they can provide matches for 46 people and dogs in 2015, and expect to increase that to 76 in 2017.  More donations are needed to make these wishes into reality.

How can we help?  Make a donation or pledge support for their annual fundraiser "Can Do Woofaroo" walk and festival on Saturday, Sept 12th in New Hope.  Check out   Bob, Janet, Dana and Can-Do-Canine "Herbie" are pictured below.

(MANY THANKS to Cindy Carlson for providing this summary)


Speaker Recap - July 21, 2015 Cindy Carlson 2015-07-21 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dana Rebelein on Jul 21, 2015
Mary Ann Bawden opened the meeting, offered the invocation, and introduced Pat Drovdal and Allisyn Gurley, guest of Dana Rebelein.
Cindy and Dana took notes in the absence of Jeff Benson, masterful Bulletin editor.
Dana announced that DG Marlene Gargolak will visit us on September 29. Because that would ordinarily be our quarterly club assembly date, committees are asked to address the club during announcement times on days leading up to that to share goals and plans, seek input, etc.
The Midterm will be in Roseville again, January 29 & 30. All officers and board members should put that on their 2016 calendars now to save the dates. This is also the first session for President-Elect training.
A picture of current Stockyard Days Royalty was passed around. One of the princesses is sponsored by our own Mark Beisswenger of the famous hardware store. We contribute significantly to SYD, sponsoring the social event for royalty, the hot dog feed, and $1,000 from bingo proceeds.
Despite his retirement as chair of the hot dog feed after last year’s event, George Winiecki stepped up to the plate/pot  and arranged for the location, satellites, water, etc. Dave Hoel will get the wieners, buns and chips. This year, he will get 1100 dogs and buns and chips. Set up will be at 4 p.m., and the 120 unit parade, including a group of unicyclists, starts at 6. Many hands are needed to make it go smoothly.
Geoff Hollimon announced a CPY golf ball drop and carnival Aug 1, 2015. Mascots, including Madonna the St. Paul Saints pig, and Goldie Gopher, will be there. The carnival will run from 1 to 4:30, with 15 free games and prizes. Tickets may be purchased for face painting and playing in an inflatable.  The balls will be dropped at 4:30 p.m. by the New Brighton Fire Department. “Buy” balls from Geoff.
Char Samuelson received her Paul Harris plus 3 pin from Gerry.  Congratulations, Char! And thanks for your generous support of The Rotary Foundation.  Gerry Tietz and Char are pictured below.
(MANY THANKS to Dana Rebelein for providing this meeting summary)
Meeting Recap - July 21, 2015 Dana Rebelein 2015-07-21 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Benson on Jul 13, 2015
MaryAnn Bawden opened the meeting and offered the invocation.
President Dana Rebelein announced the upcoming speakers and said she has some suggestions for those looking to fill a speaker slot.
We are running the Stockyard Days Bingo Tent again this year.  There will be a sign-up sheet next Tuesday so remember to bring your calendars to the meeting.
If you are going to Amy Wakem's reception on August 8th, Mark Lampman could use some help from club members to assemble the pizzas that he is baking at the event.  Call Mark if you can help him out at the event.
Paul Fournier announced that we will be having an off-site Rotary meeting on Tuesday, August 11th.  We'll be visiting Paul's former employer, Johnson Screens.  We will enjoy a short movie/presentation about water well design and installation along with a plant tour for whoever is interested and could stay an extra 15 minutes.  The meeting will begin as usual at 12:15 and we will have DD's box lunches, menu to be determined.   Johnson Screen company is located at 1950 Old Highway 8, just across the street from Beisswenger's. The visitor's entry is the North driveway, with parking at the far SW corner. (Paul will hand out a map and provide a sandwich selection sign-up sheet at a future meeting).
Todd Kruse introduced his guest, Denny Smith.  Denny is a diversity inclusion trainer.
Marv Sorvala of the Roseville Club was also visiting today.
MaryAnn introduced our own Cor Wilson, who updated us on recent developments at the North Suburban Communications Commission as well as at CTV North Suburbs.  Cor is the executive director for CTV North Suburbs and for the North Suburban Communications Commission (NSCC).  Cor started by showing a video outlining the wide variety of programming and services provided by CTV North Suburbs.  We are all probably familiar with the community access programming on Channel 15, but CTV North Suburbs also provides classes in video production and editing, internships for students interested in media production or information technology and fee-based video production services for community organizations.  NSCC/CTV15 is funded by the $4.15 PEG fee paid by cable subscribers and fees from the previously mentioned video production services.  Cor said that Comcast's monopoly over our local cable services is being challenged by CenturyLink, which has applied to provide local services alongside Comcast.  Minneapolis has already approved CenturyLink and their service seems to have what it will take to compete with Comcast.   Time will tell if more competition in the cable marketplace leads to lower prices or better product offerings in the future.   Dana and Cor are shown below.
Meeting Recap - July 14, 2015 Jeff Benson 2015-07-13 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Benson on Jul 07, 2015
MaryAnn Bawden opened the meeting and offered the invocation.
Our guests today were Don Craighead from the Roseville Club and Frank Mabley, immediate past president (for about 4 hours) of the Arden Hills Shoreview club.
It was announced that Sue Ager's husband, Duane, has been hospitalized with Guillain-Barre Syndrome.   Nils Friberg updated us on his son, Jim, who will have surgery in 2 weeks to repair an aortic aneurysm.  Our thoughts and prayers are with Duane and Jim, and their extended families.
Val Johnson was interviewed by WCCO TV at her Village Scoop ice cream shop.  She looked like she survived the ordeal, despite the 3AM start time.
President Dana Rebelein attempted, in vain, to celebrate the birthdays of Amy Wakem (absent) and Todd Kruse (actually born on December 5th).  Todd Peck was the actual birthday boy but he was absent as well. 
Mary Ann introduced our speaker, Iris McGinnis, a volunteer with the Community Support Center of New Brighton and Mounds View.  The Community Support Center is an off-shoot of CEAP, which has a service area that includes mostly Anoka and Hennepin counties.  Our own Nils Friberg was involved in bringing CEAP services to the New Brighton Mounds View area, and CEAP still provides assistance in our communities in the form of the Community Support Center (CSC).
Iris offered us the opportunity to join other community members in the annual "Walk a Mile for Your Neighbors" event which will again be held at beautiful Silverwood Park on July 26th.  Last year the event raised $12,000 for the CSC, a significant portion of their $75,000 annual budget.  The remainder of the $75,000 is from donations by churches, individuals and groups, like Rotary, who believe in the Community Support Center's mission to combine short-term emergency assistance with long-term financial counseling to promote self-sufficiency for low income families.  CSC's volunteer advocates carefully allocate their limited resources to families who are most likely to become self-sufficient with minimum financial assistance.  CSC also gets help from local businesses that offer employment opportunities to their clients.  Our own Val Johnson did just that by hiring the son of a CEAP client to work at the Village Scoop.
Iris introduced Ed Petsche, the outgoing CSC coordinator, who noted some startling statistics from the Federal Reserve Report - 2014.  The report said that 47% of respondents would not be able to cover a $400 emergency expense within one month's time.  The report also indicated a 92% increase in poverty since 2000.  Our own Mounds View School District reports 117 homeless households with 187 homeless students.  These statistics emphasize the need for programs like the CSC.  Iris and Ed thanked NBMV Rotary for our continuing support.  Dana, Ed and Iris are shown below.
Meeting Recap - July 7, 2015 Jeff Benson 2015-07-07 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Benson on Jun 30, 2015
Jeff Benson opened the meeting and offered the invocation.  Jeff noted that former member Bob Jacobson married Diane this past weekend.  Jeff also said that Nils Friberg is currently in Rochester with his son Jim, who has been diagnosed with a brain aneurysm.  Our prayers go out to Nils, Jim and their families.
Our guest today was Mary Jo McGuire.
President Margaret started the final meeting of her presidential year with a review of her 30th reunion in Taiwan.  She had a wonderful time and, despite still suffering from jet-lag, appeared rested and relaxed.  Margaret distributed cards from Pinewood Elementary School students, thanking our members for talking to them about the value of trees and for the tree seedlings we gave them in celebration of Arbor Day.  Eric Nelson selected a few of the funniest to read aloud.  Thanks to Amy Wakem for organizing the Fourth Grade Foresters program, even though she was on a leave of absence.
Geoff Hollimon read a letter from ECHO thanking us for our multi-year matching grant totaling $8,326.  The letter also outlined some of the recent developments at ECHO, including regionalization of ECHO's training and services to bring them closer to areas of high demand.  These regional centers offer programs on natural farming, rice intensification, seed swapping, livestock production and nursery management, among many others.  ECHO is world renowned for their expertise in small-scale farming practices and our grant will help ECHO to promote these innovative practices around the globe.  Thanks to Geoff Hollimon for his work to secure the matching grant.
Don't forget that next Tuesday, July 7th, at 11 AM, there is a training session for all committee chairs on using the ClubRunner committee management module.  Please bring your (fully charged) laptop or tablet to get hands-on experience with the module.  The session will be held in the normal meeting space.
Dean Lotter gave a brief update on the city's efforts to manage the trace amounts of 1,4-dioxane that had been recently discovered in New Brighton's drinking water.  Although no regulatory limit has been set for this contaminant, Dean, and city staff are aggressively seeking a permanent solution which will be funded by the U.S. Army.  For more information on the problem, click hereThe temporary solution currently in effect is to switch to a deeper, uncontaminated, aquifer but there is concern that late summer water demand may exceed the pumping limit of these deeper wells.  The City has already established guidelines for its own water usage during the peak demand period.  To view those guidelines and see what you can do to reduce the burden on those temporary wells, click here.
Margaret offered a very thoughtful and sincere thank you to the Board members and all other Rotarians who had a part, big or small, in the successes we've shared during her presidency.  She also thanked us for the kind words and personal support she has received.  Margaret then welcomed our new president., Dana Rebelein, to the stage.  Dana presented Margaret with a plaque to commemorate her presidency and thanked Margaret on behalf of the club for her leadership and the creation of a great foundation on which to build future successes.  See Margaret with her plaque, below.
Dana then revealed Rotary International President K.R. “Ravi” Ravindran's theme for 2015-2016: "Be a Gift to the World".  She briefly outlined her own vision for the coming year.  For the past couple of years we have run a deficit budget to bring our reserves down to an appropriate level for a non-profit organization, and that level has been reached.  Dana's (and the Board's) challenge for the coming year is to provide the maximum benefit for each dollar we donate to our charitable partners.  Dana recognized the outgoing and incoming Board members and distributed a sign-up sheet for members to indicate which committees they would like to serve on in the coming year.  If you were unable to sign up today, you can be sure to see the sign-up sheet at the next meeting.  See Dana with her Pre-Presidential Mug, below.
Meeting Recap - June 30, 2105 Jeff Benson 2015-06-30 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Benson on Jun 23, 2015
Todd Kruse opened the meeting and led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Gerry Tietz introduced our guests, Marv Sorvala from Roseville, and Ezra Krohn, our outbound exchange student to Italy in 2013.
Cindy updated us on our district Matching Grant Project in Madaoua, Niger.  Progress is being made on latrines and handwashing stations.
Ezra Krohn updated us on his recent travel back to Italy, where he reconnected with his exchange host families.  Ezra will be attending the University of Manitoba in the fall to study international business.  Ezra is shown below.
Cindy Carlson chose the blue birthday hat since the red one would have clashed with her pink blazer.  Happy Birthday Cindy!  See photo below.
Jeff Benson introduced our speaker, Past District Governor Clare Lillis.  PDG Clare was here to speak to us a couple of months ago about our District's Nicaragua initiative.  Time was limited for his previous presentation so he agreed to come back to complete his talk.  Before addressing Nicaragua, Clare spoke a little about his experience at the Rotary International Convention in Sao Paulo, Brazil.  Clare said it was the smallest convention he has attended, but the speakers, entertainment and the food were all excellent.  Under President Gary C.K. Huang's leadership, Rotary has expanded its presence to 206 countries and has experienced a net increase of 47,000 members.  Overall contributions to the Rotary Foundation were also up dramatically this year, in large part due to 47 new Arch Klumph Society members, each of whom contributed $250,000 or more to the Foundation.  Wow!!!
Clare also learned that significant progress is being made on polio eradication.  There have been no new type 3 polio cases in 2 1/2 years and even Afganistan and Pakistan are making significant progress due, in great measure, to the efforts of women in those countries.  Clare said that total polio eradication is possible in 6 years.
District 5960 Nicaragua Initiative is also making great progress.    The project has empowered the local community in the planning and execution of the project.  The community identified 1.roads and water, 2. literacy and health, 3. leadership and 4. capacity and engagement as its key needs.  Clare and many others from the district have worked tirelessly to ensure that the project stays on track and the keystone of the project, a new road and reliable water supply, is in the final planning stage.  Rotary will likely use a Global Matching Grant to raise approximately $300.000 to complete the project.  Dana and Clare are pictured below.
Meeting Recap - June 23, 2015 Jeff Benson 2015-06-23 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Benson on Jun 16, 2015
Jeff Benson opened the meeting and offered the invocation.
President-elect Dana Rebelein (filling in for President Margaret) reminded all old and new board members that next Tuesday, June 23rd, we will have a joint meeting of this year's and next year's boards.  The meeting will be held in the room adjacent to our regular club meeting room at 11AM. 
Jeff Benson announced that we are considering various ways for service-minded people, with time or financial constraints, to become involved in Rotary without becoming "members" of the club.  He welcomed your feedback on this or other ways to increase participation in, and awareness of, New Brighton Mounds View Rotary.
Sue Ager brought up the idea of having our weekly meetings in the morning rather than at noon.  If you have opinions about our meeting time, please make your feelings known to the Board.
Val summarized her experience at the RI Annual Convention, held in Sao Paulo, Brazil earlier this month.  Val wasn't impressed with this convention, compared with her previous convention, but she reported that the Water Summit was excellent.  She's already looking forward to Seoul next year.
Jeff Benson introduced our speaker, Karen Thompson, of Junior Achievement Upper Midwest.  Karen presented a picture of Junior Achievement that was quite different than the picture many of us had in our heads about Junior Achievement.  JA has adapted to the changing needs of students in a number of ways. JA now serves students from K-12 with a number of interactive, hands on experiences that develop Financial Literacy, College and Career Readiness and Entrepreneurship Skills in students.  JA has developed these educational experiences so that they can be comfortably delivered by volunteer business people in the school classroom, with the support of the classroom teacher for behavior control, if needed.  Activities are available for all grade levels and volunteers are provided with step-by-step instructions, training videos and access to JA staff for questions.  This program would be a natural fit for Rotarians who embrace the vocational service focus of Rotary.  Junior Achievement is solely funded by donations from individuals and businesses.  To volunteer, or just get more information, contact Karen at 651-255-0050 or  You can also find out more about Junior Achievement by going to:   Dana and Karyn are pictured below.
Meeting Recap - June 16, 2015 Jeff Benson 2015-06-16 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Benson on Jun 08, 2015
Gerry Tietz opened the meeting and offered the invocation.
Our guests today were Mary Jo McGuire, and prospective member Sean Kinsella (Jeff's guest), owner of Right at Home, a home care and assistance agency located in New Brighton.
President Margaret Johnson read a very nice thank you letter from "Can Do Canines", thanking us for our $250 donation to their service dog training organization.  A representative from the organization will speak to the club on July 28th.
Margaret noted that she will be in Taiwan for the next two Rotary Meetings so the next time we see her will be at her final meeting as president on June 30th.  President-elect Dana Rebelein will fill in during Margaret's absence so she should be all practiced-up for the first meeting of her tenure on July 7th.
Gerry Tietz reminded all committee chairs and directors that they are requested to attend a training session on using the "committee" module in our ClubRunner club management software.  The session will be held in the our normal meeting area at 11:00AM on July 7th.  Please bring your wi-fi enabled devices so you can get help actually accessing the functions of the software.
Mark your calendars now for the New Brighton Stockyard Days Celebration, August 2-10.  Make special note of the Stockyard Days Parade on August 6th, because we'll need your help to feed hot dogs to all the parade participants.  We'll start cooking at 4:30PM.
Gerry Tietz introduced our speaker, Samara Bilyeu-Anderson, from Lillie Suburban Newspapers, Inc.  Samara spoke to us about many ways to make make your advertising dollars go further.  For newspaper advertising, Samara advised to forego full-page ads in favor of multiple smaller ads on an ongoing basis.  This strategy keeps your message in front of potential customers or clients, promoting top-of-mind-awareness (TOMA, in advertising lingo), so that your business comes to mind no matter when the customer decides they need your product or service.  She stressed that, unless you've already got strong branding, you must include all the information the customer needs to make a decision to contact or visit your business.  Make no assumptions about what the customer already knows about your company.  Samara said that your newspaper advertising representative will be happy to help you design ads and ad programs for maximum effectiveness.  Even though Samara's job is newspaper advertising, she also offered that radio, TV, internet and direct mail advertising can, depending on your situation, be important elements of a comprehensive marketing strategy.  Regardless of the advertising media, however, frequency and consistency are the cornerstones of any effective advertising effort.  Gerry and Samara are shown below.
Meeting Summary - June 9, 2015 Jeff Benson 2015-06-08 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Benson on Jun 02, 2015
Gerry Tietz led us in the Pledge and invocation.
There were no guests today.
President Margaret read two thank you letters from recipients of our scholarships at Irondale.  The recipients were: Ryan Norlinger and Megan Montero.
Margaret also read a letter from MaryAnn Bawden praising Dana Rebelein for her inspired speech at the presentation of our "at large" scholarship during the St.Anthony H.S. scholarship awards ceremony.  The recipient of the scholarship was Elena Dorman, a New Brighton resident.
Sue Ager announced that her son is engaged and will be married in Bangkok, Thailand.  Talk about a destination wedding!
Returning member Jim Kadechka announced that his son and daughter are each expecting a baby and those babies are both due on the same day in November.  WOW!!!!
Jeff Benson had the great pleasure of re-inducting Jim Kadechka into the club.  Jim first joined the club in 1984 and was president in '89-'90.  Jim owns a printing company, Apache Print, in St. Anthony.  One wonders if he's rejoining Rotary to escape diaper changes when his 2 grandkids are born in November.  Jeff is making it official, below.
Jeff Benson introduced our speaker for the day, Todd Kruse, to present his new member classification talk.  Todd grew up a farm boy in a poor German family in Ida Grove, Iowa.  Todd has been interested in politics and public policy since he was very young and remembers accompanying his father to zoning and planning commission meetings as a child.  Todd related that he has been a member of seven Rotary clubs, joining clubs in most of the many locations where he's been employed.  His first service club experience was with the Kiwanis in Iowa, where it was the only club in town.  This early experience helped to shape and nurture his interest in civil society.  Todd entered Iowa State to pursue a degree in industrial engineering but graduated with a Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts, Economics, Political Science, with a minor in Speech Communications.  Although he didn't mention it, he also holds an M.B.A. in International Management and has numerous other educational experiences in public policy and public affairs.  Todd has had an interesting variety of occupations including U.S. Senate Campaign Field Representative, Government and Industry Relations Manager for Frontier Communications, Vice President and European Director for DCI Group, Managing Partner of Constantine Group, Adjunct Faculty Instructor for MNSCU and, of course, his current position as the President of Twin Cities North Chamber of Commerce.  Todd talked about the roles of local, state and national chambers in providing direct services to businesses and helping to inform policy makers about the needs of businesses.  Todd lives in Inver Grove Heights with wife, Jaleh, and 2 kids, aged 7 & 11.  Gerry and Todd are shown below.
Meeting Summary - June 2, 2015 Jeff Benson 2015-06-02 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Benson on May 26, 2015
Events and Announcements:
All committee chairs (you know who you are) should mark their calendars for the "All Committee Chairs Meeting" at 11AM, Tuesday, June 2nd.  This meeting is extremely important as we plan our work for the coming year.  We'll meet in the conference room adjacent to our regular meeting room.
Don't forget that our outbound exchange student to Italy, Ezra Krohn, is having a graduation party on Saturday, June 6th, form 4-8PM.  We are all invited.  Ezra's mom, Anne, is involved in the District 5960 exchange program and is considering membership in our club.  The invitation is shown below.
The Rotary Rally With The Twins is happening on June 20th.  The deadline to order tickets is June 2nd.  For more information, or to purchase tickets, click here.
Our guests today were Jim Kadechka (to be inducted next week), Mary Jo McGuire, and Erica Buckingham (guest of Glenna Dibrell and currently interning at Risdall Marketing)
Mark Beisswenger has been unable to attend for a while , so it was great to see him at the meeting.  Mark said that his wife Gail recently had a heart vessel stent placed and is doing very well.
Val Johnson introduced our Speaker, Laura Crepeau.  Laura is a senior at St. Kates, with a major's in both biochemistry and biophysics and will pursue a career in trauma medicine.  Laura spoke about her efforts to help the women of Tanzania with problems related to menstruation.  It all started during her freshman year when she traveled to Tanzania with her sister during j-term.  While in Tanzania, she became aware of the cultural taboos surrounding menstruation and the many difficulties faced by menstruating women each month:
-Feminine hygiene products are in very limited supply and cost as much as ten times their cost in the U.S.
-Because of limited supplies and cultural taboos, few women attend school or other normal activities during their periods.
-The use of unsanitary cloths, rags and even dirt, instead of proper products, is a primary cause of infections for women.
Laura came back to the U.S. determined to do something about these problems, so she wrote the manufacturers of feminine hygiene products to see if they could be of help, but got no response.  She reasoned that reusable pads might be a viable solution so she personally sewed 2,000 pads in her "spare time" and distributed them to Tanzanian women.  At some point Laura and our own Val Johnson connected and HER. Empowerment was born.  This initiative empowers the Tanzanian women by providing them with the materials and instructions to make their own reusable pads.  Her. Empowerment's mission is to educate more women and provide them with proper pads which will allow them to fully attend school and other activities.   Val and Laura are pictured below.
Meeing Recap - May 26, 2105 Jeff Benson 2015-05-26 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Benson on May 04, 2015
Our guests today were Past District Governor Craig Leiser and NBMV Past President Jim Kadechka.
PDG Leiser presented Margaret a check from District 5960 for $3,750.  The money was the District's match for the ECHO grant which was just completed.  Thanks once again to Geoff Hollimon, who spearheaded the grant.
Margaret was proud to report that our club received the 2014-2015 Zone Literacy and Education Award for our efforts to promote Literacy and Education in the New Brighton Mounds View community as well as internationally.  This award is a big deal in Rotary and we should be very proud.  A hastily taken photo of the award is shown below.
Gerry Tietz was pleased to present Cindy Carlson with a Paul Harris Fellow +4 award, signifying that she has contributed a total of over $5,000 to the Rotary Foundation.  Congratulations, Cindy, and thank you for your continuing support of the Foundation.  Cindy and Gerry are shown below.
Val Johnson, MaryAnn Bawden and Char Samuelson represented Rotary at the New Brighton Town Hall/Open house this past Saturday.  It's a great opportunity for us to create community awareness of Rotary and also interest people in joining Rotary.
John Ordway reported that we can probably expect $17,500 net from the Gold Plate Dinner.  These proceeds will help the Board to handle the ever-increasing requests for donations.  Thanks again to all who contributed to the successful fundraiser.
Watch the Lillie Suburban News this week for a story about our Fourth Grade Foresters Arbor Day Tree Giveaway.  Thanks to Linda Lafond, Cor Wilson and others who have found a way to get our stories and events published in the local papers.  This will surely lead to greater awareness of all the great things we so quietly accomplish in our community.
Dean Lotter reported on a new water contamination issue for New Brighton.  New technology has made it possible to detect extremely low concentrations of chemicals in drinking water and a recent test by the Minnesota Department of Health has detected trace amounts of 1,4-dioxane in the City's water.  The chemical was used in solvents at the Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant.  Although the health risk is thought to be very low, the City and the Army are cooperating to address the problem, and the Army will pay for the eventual solution.  Until a solution is implemented, New Brighton's water will be coming from deeper wells that are free of the contaminant.  Kudos to Dean and New Brighton city government for their swift and transparent response to this situation.  For more information, click here.

Margaret Johnson and Bob Barmore teamed up to celebrate their birthdays.  See the photo below.

Cindy Carlson introduced our speaker, Kara VanderKamp from the Remember Niger Coalition,  You'll remember that Kara has spoken to us in the past about Niger, and that we were the lead club in a Global Matching Grant project where ten District 5960 Rotary clubs raised $11,500 which, when added to matches by District 5960 and the Rotary Foundation, resulted in a total of $37,300 to improve conditions in schools in Niger.  Niger is the least developed country in the world and lack of education is a big part of the problem.  Fully 60% of the population has no schooling at all.  The current rate of school participation is very low and the rate is even lower for girls, only 37% of whom attend  primary school and only 8% attend secondary school.  Our Global Grant helped to improve the conditions at three schools supported by the Remember Niger Coalition.  Your dollars provided new and improved latrines, electrical power, fresh water, computer training and improved security to make these schools healthier, safer and more attractive to parents struggling with the decision to send their children to school, or not.  To find out more about the Remember Niger Coalition, click here.  Kara VanderKamp, Cindy Carlson and Kara's Associate Cathy Hickman ae pictured below.


Meeting Recap - May 5, 2105 Jeff Benson 2015-05-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Benson on Apr 30, 2015
CTV North Suburbs has put together a great video of our 2015 New Brighton Mounds View Egg Hunt.  It's available on YouTube by clicking here.  The video first appeared on CTV's North Suburban Beat news show.  You can check out all the other ways that CTV North Suburbs serves our communities by clicking here
2015 New Brighton Moundsview Egg Hunt Video Is Available On You Tube Jeff Benson 2015-05-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Benson on Apr 27, 2015
John Risdall welcomed his guest, John Johnson.  John Marg-Patton welcomed NBMV Past President Jim Kadechka.
Our Gold Plate Dinner fundraiser was a great success again this year.  Event chair Dana Rebelein, and many others, expressed their appreciation for all the hard work that goes into planning a successful event of this kind.  This is our sole fundraiser of the year, so we depend on a successful dinner to fund most of the good work we do in the community and the world.  Thanks to all for a job well done!
Our "Fourth Grade Foresters" Arbor Day tree giveaway was a hit again this year.  Thanks to the many intrepid Rotarians who delivered the trees and answered questions from the 4th graders.  Also thanks to Amy Wakem, who organized the event.
Our club will be represented at the Town Hall/Community Open House on Saturday May 2nd, 8-Noon, at the New Brighton Community Center.  Click here for details.
Cindy Carlson and Bev Aplikowski are each hosting a table at the NYFS Leadership Luncheon on Wednesday, May 6th from 11:30-1:00 at Midland Hills Country Club in Roseville.  Please contact Cindy or Bev if you can attend.  Get more information about the luncheon here.
Paul announced that the last performance of "And the World Goes 'Round" will be on May 17th, so those who had planned to attend on May 20th will need to reschedule.  Contact Paul to arrange a time to attend before the 17th.
Bob Barmore introduced his good friend Mike Cleary, who spoke to us about the need for careful pre-planning of your intended charitable giving as part of estate planning.  He stressed that if you don't have a well thought out estate plan, the government will provide you with one that you definitely would not have made if had the choice.  Charitable giving, as a part of estate planning, can be a valuable tool to maximize the benefit to a charity while minimizing or eliminating taxes on appreciated assets.  Charitable remainder trusts, paired with life insurance, are one example of estate planning that benefits the donor and the charity while the donor is still alive.  Mike's most important message was that NOW is the time to do your estate and charitable giving planning, and that concerns about the complexity and cost of estate planning can be greatly minimized by deciding what your giving goals are before you visit an estate planner.  By deciding three things (where the money will go, when it will go and how much will go) before you visit a planner/attorney, you can dramatically reduce the cost of estate planning.  Mike and Bob are pictured below.
Meeting Recap - April 28, 2105 Jeff Benson 2015-04-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Benson on Apr 20, 2015
Our meeting today was filled with last minute details for the Gold Plate dinner.  This Friday is the big event we all have a part to play in the success of our major fundraiser.  Let's do our best to show our guests a great time and show them what a classy organization we are.  Setup at the Mermaid will begin at 2PM and even though we have some people signed up to help, please consider showing up to lend a hand.  Remember that the theme is "The Roaring 20's", so it would be great if many of us would dress the part.  Costumes are "admired but not required".  Social hour begins at 6:00 and dinner is at 7:00.  Twelve tickets remain to be sold, so there will be an opportunity at the dinner to purchase additional chances to win the big money!
Sue Ager was unable to be at today's meeting as she was attending her sister-in-law's funeral.  She wanted to remind us of the Benedictine Gala on Friday, May 1st.  If you don't have your tickets yet, contact Sue.
Cindy Carlson and Bev Aplikowski are each hosting a table at the NYFS Leadership Luncheon on Wednesday, May 6th from 11:30-1:00 at Midland Hills Country Club in Roseville.  Please contact Cindy or Bev if you can attend.
Dave and Susan Hoel are the proud grandparents of Henrik Alan Stordahl, 8 lb., 11 oz. and 22 in.  Mother (Lauren) and son are doing well.
Geoff announced that the Echo Grant has been completed and the new Gator utility vehicle should already have been delivered to a very appreciative ECHO staff.  Once again, we got a lot of praise from the District for doing the grant and doing it right.  Great work, Geoff!
Bob Barmore introduced our speakers, Steve Jahnke and Chris Drahn, of Nuveen Investments. Steve and Chris presented information about the bond market in general and about Minnesota's bond market in particular.  It's one thing to listen to a talk about the bond market, but quite another to write an intelligent summary of a talk about the bond market.  Fortunately for me, and for you, Chris has written a piece on Minnesota's bond market which I will attempt to summarize here.
Minnesota enjoys a relatively good bond investment outlook for a number of reasons.  First, with a budget surplus, high taxes and favorable credit perception among investors, demand for Minnesota municipal debt is high.  Minnesota's economy is also relatively stable due to a good mix of higher paying jobs and high worker education levels.  Investors also note that Minnesota's recovery from the recession outpaced the national recovery with a year-over-year GDP growth rate of 2.8%. Minnesota's debt management is also in the top 25% nationally.  The health of Minnesota's pension system is also good compared to many other states, having passed pension measures in 2010.  State statutes also safeguard general obligation debt for many levels of Minnesota government, with the state auditor having the authority, but so far not the need, to levy property taxes to cover all principal and interest on State G.O. bonds.  Local level bonds have similar safeguards as well.  These safeguards have resulted in fairly high demand from in-state investors which, in turn, attracts out- of state investors.  This has resulted in a stable market for many years and Chris feels that that stability will continue in the near future.  Chris, Bob and Steve are shown below
Meeting Recap - April 21, 2015 Jeff Benson 2015-04-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Benson on Apr 13, 2015
Margaret was warmly welcomed back after a couple of weeks away.
Dana's guest today was her daughter-in-law, Janet Ampe. She was present to invite us to the Rogers Rotary Foundation "Big Cup" golf tournament. Details may be found at:  While Janet was here she also offered an opportunity to join her in this year's "Moving Day Twin Cities" walk/run for parkinson's disease.  Janet recently underwent successful deep brain stimulation surgery which has enabled her to walk in the event this year.  For more information, click here.
Gold Plate Dinner News
- Final GPD planning meeting is Tuesday, April 21st, 11AM at CU companies.  All GPD committee chairs should attend and all interested Rotarians are welcome.
- Please bring a bottle of wine or six-pack of beer on Tuesday, April 21st, to donate for a new fundraising effort at the GPD.  Val will be collecting your donations.
- Please get your silent auction donations to Cindy Carlson or Mary Stewart ASAP so they can have everything ready for the gala.
- Bev reminds us that that there are still 14 tickets left to be sold, so let's get it done!
Val needs one more volunteer to help her staff our Rotary booth at the New Brighton Town Hall Meeting from 8AM to Noon on Saturday, May 2nd.  Please call her if you can help.
Margaret read thank you's from District 5960 for our continuing support of Polio Plus, and from Ralph Reeder Food Shelf for the 163 pounds of food collected at the Easter Egg Hunt.
The Board will meet at 11AM on April 28th.
Mark reported that his mother passed away on Easter, but praised Benedictine Health Center for the compassionate care that she received during her stay there.
Our Speaker today was Eric Nelson.  Eric gave his long-awaited classification talk and here are the highlights.  Eric grew up as a "Rice Street Boy" on the East Side of St. Paul.  School was all parochial until 8th grade, but high school was at Tartan H.S.  Eric worked full time evenings to pay his own way through college, graduating from the UofM in 4 years with two degrees and no debt!  He got his graduate degree from St Mary's University of Minnesota.  He met his wife Christine (Chris) in high school but she wisely waited to show any interest until college had matured him a bit. The light of Eric's life is his daughter, Julia. Eric's first job was in the basement of the Tin Cups bar, trimming frozen chickens and he also worked at Rainbow Foods while in college.  His first education job was teaching at Henry Sibley H.S. but he soon got an assistant principal job at Edina H.S., where he worked for 12 years.  When the Irondale principal job opened up, Eric jumped at the chance to learn from 621 Superintendent, Dan Hoverman and to continue the great work started by Colleen Wambach and Scott Gengler at Irondale.  Eric loves lists and presented his list of loves, summarized here:
1.  The Desert
2.  Golf
3.  Arsenal Football Club (Soccer)
4.  Italy
5.  WWII Documentaries
6.  The Gophers
7.  Netflix
8.  Music (all kinds)
9.  The Godfather I and II
10. And of course, Countdowns and Lists
Eric and Margaret are pictured below.
Meeting Recap - April 14, 2015 Jeff Benson 2015-04-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Benson on Apr 06, 2015
Margaret was in San Francisco and Dana was in Italy, so Glenna was conscripted to lead the meeting, which she did with her usual style and grace.
Dave reported that Saturday's NBMV Rotary Easter Egg Hunt was a great success.  Dave credited the many Rotarians, spouses and family members who participated in making this 26th annual egg hunt every bit as successful as the 25 that preceded it.  Working like a well-oiled machine, we carefully spread out 6,000 plastic eggs filled with jelly beans and prize slips and watched as every egg was gathered up in just over a minute.  Great weather led to a big turnout (Dave estimated 900 people) but parents and kids remained calm as they waited to redeem their prize slips.  We also collected 163 pounds of food for the Food Shelf.  Thanks again to all those who helped in any way.  Check out the Egg Hunt '15 Photo album here.
Gerry had the honor and pleasure to present Sue Ager with a Paul Harris Fellow+2 award, recognizing her total contributions of over $3,000 to the Rotary Foundation.  Way to go, Sue!  Sue and Gerry are shown below.
Bev Aplikowski celebrated her 80th birthday this past week, and I couldn't help but think of the positive impact that she has had on her community in those many years.  Thanks, Bev, for all you do!  Bev's birthday photo is shown below.
Geoff Hollimon reported that our ECHO grant is almost completed.  We pooled this year's and last year's ECHO budget and got a sizeable contribution from Prior Lake Rotary to enable the purchase of a John Deere Gator and internet video publishing software.  Ed Kiefer would be proud that we have continued to support his beloved ECHO.  Thanks to Geoff for all his hard work on this matching grant.
There was an opinion article in the Star Tribune yesterday about how Rotary's Polio Plus program is close to ridding Africa of polio.  You can read it here.
Our 3 Irondale Scholarships will be presented at the Senior Recognition Program at 6PM on May 20th.  It would be great if another Rotarian could join Amy at the event to represent our club.  Call Amy if you can join her.
Sue Ager reminded us that May 1st is the date for the Benedictine Gala.  See Sue for more information about this fun event.
Bob Barmore introduced our speaker, Bob Showers, a baseball historian and independent author.  In 1970, Mr. Showers traveled with his family from his home in Iowa to the Twin Cities for a Twins game, caught Twins Fever and has never recovered.  He later moved to Bloomington and worked in the marketing department for the North Stars, and eventually  wrote a book with Lou Nanne about the North Stars.  That success led him to write a book about the early years of the Twins franchise, from their arrival in 1961 until their last game at Metropolitan Stadium in 1981.  The book includes photos of all 252 players from that era and lots of stories, many of them previously unpublished, that offer a fresh look at the beginnings of professional baseball in Minnesota.  Proceeds from the book go to the Minnesota Twins Charitable Fund.  Glenna, Bob and Bob are pictured below.
Meeting Recap - April 7, 2015 Jeff Benson 2015-04-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Benson on Mar 30, 2015
Dave Hoel thanked the Rotarians, spouses and family members who helped stuff prize slips and 400 pounds of jelly beans into 6,000 plastic eggs last Sunday.  The volunteers were very efficient this year, completing the task in about 2 hours. Thanks to Bev for providing the community room at Lakeside Homes, which makes the process so convenient.  Also a special thanks to Jim and Maureen O'Brien's three granddaughters, pictured below, who have been a regular part of the egg hunt crew for several years.  Rotarians are reminded to be at Driftwood park, on 5th St. NW, just West of Silver Lake Road, at 10AM on Saturday, April 5th to set up for the hunt.
NBMV Rotary is sponsoring 2 students to attend Camp RYLA again this year. RYLA stands for Rotary Youth Leadership Awards.  As the name implies, the 5 day camp helps high school students develop leadership and other skills through a variety of  physical, mental, emotional and intellectual challenges. We hope to have the students report to the club after the experience.
Paul Fournier will pass around the sign-up sheet again next Tuesday for the Jungle Theater`s "And The World Goes 'Round", an excellent musical revue. Mark your calendars now for either May 13th or 20th, and make sure to sign up next Tuesday or call Paul to reserve your seats.
Our guests today were Rotarians Marv Sorvala, and Mary Jo McGuire.
Sue Ager reminded us that the Eighth Annual Benedictine Gala will be held on Friday, May 1st, at St John The Baptist Catholic Church, 5:30PM.   Individual tickets are $60 and you need to reserve your spot by April 19th.  See Sue for more details.
The NYFS Leadership Luncheon will be held at the Midland Hills Country Club from 11:30AM to 1:00PM on Wednesday, May 6th.  Cindy Carlson and Bev Aplikowski are each hosting a table and they would love to have you join them.
Since today is the 5th Tuesday, a club assembly was held to review planning for the Gold Plate Dinner silent auction.  The silent auction is vital to the success of the fundraiser, so it's important that each club member contact businesses and friends to see if they might have something to donate.  We have only three weeks until the event so please make those contacts ASAP. We could also use some more volunteers to help with the silent auction, so contact Cindy Carlson or Mary Stuart if you can be of help.
We still have at least 30 tickets remaining to be sold for the dinner, so get out there and beat the bushes for friends and business associates that might enjoy this great event.  Please remember also to return your personal ticket reservation stub (with meal choices) to Bev by Tuesday, April 7th, so we can get an idea of where we stand on ticket sales.
Meeting Recap - March 31, 2015​ Jeff Benson 2015-03-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Benson on Mar 23, 2015
Dana filled in, last minute, for Margaret.
There were no guests or visiting Rotarians today.
Upcoming Activities:
All members are invited to attend some or all of the District 5960 Conference, being held at the Kahler Grand Hotel in Rochester from April 30th - May2nd.  More information is available here.
Paul Fournier is organizing opportunities to attend a musical review at the Jungle Theater titled, "And the World Goes 'Round'.  Paul's wife Chrissy is involved in the production, so you know it will be great.  The dates are Wednesday, May 13th and Wednesday, May 20th, at 7:30 PM.  Contact Paul if you would like to attend.
There was lengthy discussion about planning for the Gold Plate Dinner which is scheduled for Friday April 24th.  To summarize:
     -There are still 40 tickets unsold, so think about who you could invite to join in the fun.
     -We need more items for the silent and live auctions.
     -More volunteers are needed for the silent auction team.  See Mary Stewart.
The NBMV Rotary Easter Egg Hunt is fast approaching and your help will be needed to make the event a success: 
      -On Sunday, March 29th, at 11:00AM, we will meet at Lakeside Homes community room, 350 Old Hwy 8 SW, New Brighton, to fill the plastic eggs with jelly beans and prize slips.
      -On Saturday, April 4th, at 10:00AM, we will all meet at Driftwood Park, 2705 5th St NW, New Brighton, to set up for the hunt. 
John Risdall is putting together a group to dine, listen (and possibly dance?) to 30's and 40's music at Crooner's, 6161 Hwy 65 in Fridley.  Call John for more information.
We are all invited to attend Achieve Services annual gala on Friday, April 17th.  For more details, please visit their website.
Our Speakers for today were our own Eric Nelson, principal of Irondale H.S., and Mindy Handberg, from the Mounds View Schools Education Foundation.  Eric spoke first with a presentation entitled "Progress Towards the Promise".  The promise referred to is the District 621 Equity Promise, ensuring that all students are prepared for post-secondary success regardless of race, class or disability.  We've all familiar with the "achievement gap" issue that frustrates educators, parents and students but Eric believes that the achievement gap will not be solved until three other "gaps" that create the achievement gap are addressed.  Eric called these the Aspiration, Opportunity, and Expectation gaps.  One pioneering way that Irondale, and now Mounds View are addressing these gaps is by making the ACT exam available to all high school juniors, without cost to the student.  Another way is Early College in High School, which creates opportunities not just for the top 20% but also for the "academic middle", the middle 60% who have often had less support while educators focused on the top and bottom 20% of students.  In 2015 at Irondale, 244 students have accumulated college credit while still in High School, compared to 175 in 2012.  To view the video "Progress Toward the Promise" click here.
The progress that district 621 is making is, in part, due to initiatives undertaken by the Mounds View Schools Education Foundation.  Mindy Handberg, executive director of the Foundation, followed up on Eric's presentation by outlining the MVSEF's initiatives for 2014-15:
-Kindergarten Literacy Centers - providing books and other materials to provide enhanced learning opportunities for the youngest in our district.
-Laurentian Environmental Center - grant expands opportunities for all district 5th and 7th graders to participate in hands-on environmental activities related to their science and math programs.
-High School Physics & STEM Career Fairs - the Foundation supports career fairs reinforcing the value of a strong science curriculum.
-Equity Promise Scholarships - provided a lead gift in support of the Equity Promise Scholarship program, a new comprehensive district initiative that aligns with the goal of positioning all students for post-secondary success.  This scholarship program recognizes students who have demonstrated success in a variety of ways, not just pure academic achievement.  Recipients will have demonstrated academic growth and sustained participation in activities throughout high school.  Overcoming challenges, displaying perseverance and exhibiting "grit" are also considered.  Eric and Mindy are pictured below.
Meeting Recap - March 24, 2015 Jeff Benson 2015-03-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Benson on Mar 16, 2015
Last week's meeting was at the CPY Luncheon, and Mary Stewart thanked the 20 Rotarians who attended, and also thanked the club for donating the amount that we would usually pay for lunches and meeting room rental.  She also announced that CPY has received a grant from the United Way of $50,000/year for 3 years to improve CPY's middle school programs.  Great news for a great organization!  Mary is pictured below with Margaret Johnson and CPY board member Geoff Hollimon.
The NBMV Rotary Easter Egg Hunt is fast approaching and your help will be needed to make the event a success: 
      -On Friday, March 20th at 6:00PM, we will gather in the parking garage directly below our Tuesday meeting place.  Pizza will be provided but bring a beverage of your choice.
      -On Sunday, March 29th, at 11:00AM, we will meet at Lakeside Homes community room, 350 Old Hwy 8 SW, New Brighton, to fill the plastic eggs with jelly beans and prize slips.
      -On Saturday, April 4th, at 10:00AM, we will all meet at Driftwood Park, 2705 5th St NW, New Brighton, to set up for the hunt. 
John Risdall is putting together a group to dine, listen (and possibly dance?) to 20's and 30's music at Crooner's, 6161 Hwy 65 in Fridley.  Call John for more information.
Linda LaFond introduced her guest, Carol Jackson.  Carol is a librarian with the Ramsey County Library, Mounds View Branch.
We are all invited to attend Achieve Services annual gala on Friday, April 17th.  For more details, please visit the website.
Mike Abel visited today to announce a new job with the VA.  He'll start on Monday, and he hopes to continue in Rotary but he's not sure at this point if it will be possible.
Paul Fournier announced a couple of possible dates to attend a musical review at the Jungle Theater titled, "And the World Goes 'Round'.  Paul's wife Chrissy is involved in the production, so you know it will be great.  The dates are Wednesday, May 13th and Wednesday, May 20th, at 7:30 PM.  Contact Paul if you would like to attend.
You may remember that, two weeks ago, John Marg-Patton negotiated his way out of wearing the birthday hat by promising that he (and John Ordway) would provide desert at a future meeting.  Today John and John made good on their promise by providing us with delicious cupcakes.  Both John's were able to avoid wearing their hats but we managed to sing to one John (Ordway) over the protests of the other John (Marg-Patton).  Neither John could escape the photographer, however.  Photos of both John's are shown below.
Our speaker today was Past District Governor Clare Lillis.  Clare's first exposure to Rotary was when his neighbor, our own John Risdall, asked if he would like to host a Rotary Exchange student.  Clare soon became a Rotarian and has since become a great ambassador for Rotary.  Clare spoke to us today about his experience with Fast For Hope Nicaragua.  Fast For Hope began 20 years ago and has funded many projects aimed at alleviating poverty and poor living conditions.  Objective review of the long term impact of these well-intentioned projects revealed that many of the efforts had not been sustainable.  So, in 2007, the Fast For Hope Committee decided to explore new and sustainable ways to be of service in the world.  The result was a new vision of how to help people who are living in extreme poverty.  This new vision empowers the local community to determine their needs and take ownership of the solution in cooperation with Rotary.  Although it requires a greater initial investment of time and money, this grassroots approach insures sustainability because it is a community project rather than just a Rotary handout.  Clare described how this community ownership has led to big changes in El Corozo, Nicaragua, where District 5960 leaders have helped community leaders to develop literacy, professional development and road improvement initiatives that have led to widespread community support and involvement.  This new model of charitable aid to impoverished communities may just be the one that results in long term solutions to extreme poverty.  For more information, or to find out how you can help, click here.   Clare is pictured below with Margaret Johnson and Mary Stewart.
Meeting Recap - March 17, 2015 Jeff Benson 2015-03-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Coralie Wilson on Mar 09, 2015
Driftwood Park in New Brighton will be the site of the 26th annual Rotary Club Egg Hunt.  The event is sponsored by the New Brighton / Mounds View Rotary Club.  The egg hunt is open to all children ages 1 month to 7 years of age.  Over 5000 plastic eggs filled with 400 pounds of jellybeans wait the egg hunters.  Some eggs will have prize tickets in them, which are redeemed for a variety of treasures.
The hunt is divided into 4 age groups; each child has the opportunity to gather candy filled eggs.  The age groups are: 1-24 months, 2-3 years old, 4-5 years old and 6-7 years old.  Please bring a basket or bag in which the children can collect their eggs.
Driftwood Park is located just west of Silver Lake Road on 5th Street SW in New Brighton.  The Egg Hunt is Saturday, April 4 and begins sharply at 11:30 AM.  It takes the egg hunters only minutes to gather up all the eggs.  So, don’t be a minute late!
Parking is available on the street and in the Salem Covenant church parking lot.  There is a small parking area just west of the park.
The Rotary Club will be collecting non-perishable food items for the local Ralph Reed Food Shelf.  Please bring what you can for this important cause.
The Easter Bunny will take a few minutes of his busy schedule to make an appearance at this year’s hunt.  Bring your camera.
Rotarians at the CPY luncheon.
26th Annual Easter Egg Hunt Coralie Wilson 2015-03-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Benson on Mar 02, 2015
Margaret reported on a great article in the Sun-Focus paper about our Rotary Day Event.  Thanks to Linda and Cor for their persistence in getting the article published.
Our guests today were John LeTourneau from the Ramsey Rotary Club and his guest, Alex Carlson from Acheive Services.  You may recall that Alex spoke to the club about Achieve Services a little over a year ago.  They were here to promote Achieve's 10th Annual Fundraising Gala, to be held on Friday April 17, 5-9PM at Bunker Hills Golf Club.  More information is available here.
Gerry was pleased to present Geoff Hollimon with his Paul Harris Fellowship+2, indicating total contributions of $3,000 to the Rotary Foundation.  Geoff and Gerry are pictured below.
Upcoming events:
Don't forget to sign up with Geoff Hollimon to attend the CPY Luncheon next Tuesday, the 10th, 12:00 - 1:00PM, at the N.B. Family Service Center.  This meeting will be the Rotary meeting for the week.
Mark your calendars now for the NBMV Rotary Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday April 4th, at 10AM.
Our annual Arbor Day tree giveaway to area elementary school students will be on April 22nd.
The Gold Plate Dinner is fast approaching...get your tickets sold now and email Bev Aplikowski if you need more tickets.
John Marg-Patton was scheduled for his birthday serenade today but he wangled his way out of it by promising dessert for all on March 17th.  Alas, no photo of John in the Birthday Hat.
Our speakers today were Adrian Klim and Shawdy Kiani, Irondale seniors who attended Camp Enterprise on scholarships from our club.  Both students were very impressed with their experience at camp and thanked us for the opportunity to attend.  Adrian will pursue a marketing degree at UMD and Shawdy will be a pre-dental student at the Uof M Twin Cities Campus.  The students were accompanied today by their teacher, Diane Waite, who positively gushed with praise for Camp Enterprise.  She noted that Irondale participants have benefited greatly from the program and that some have actually returned to the camp as counselors.  With all the talk about students not being prepared for college, it's nice to see that there are students (like these two) who are more than ready.   Diane, Shawdy, Adrian and Principal Eric Nelson are pictured below.
Meeting Recap - March 3, 2015 Jeff Benson 2015-03-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Benson on Feb 23, 2015
Our Guest today was Marv Sorvala, from the Roseville Club.
Gerry Tietz presented Eric Nelson with a Paul Harris Fellow Award, made possible by the generous donation of Paul Harris recognition points by club members.  Gerry also had the pleasure of presenting Dana Rebelein with a Paul Harris+5, recognizing Dana's $6,000+ in total contributions to the Rotary Foundation.  Gerry is pictured with Eric and Dana, below.
We welcomed John Marg-Patton back from Florida with the usual good-natured abuse.
Eric Nelson's was unsuccessful in arguing that he didn't have to wear the birthday hat because he was born on February 29th, and there is no 29th this month.  Nice try, Eric!  See Eric in his hat below.
Cindy introduced Jan Anderson of Hope 4 Youth, a drop-in center for homeless youth in Anoka County.  Hope 4 Youth was started in 2012 by a group of citizens who were concerned about hundreds of youth in Anoka County who were experiencing homelessness.   Their dream was to provide a safe place where homeless youth could first receive the help they need to survive, and later, the help they need to fit back into society, thrive and grow.  Due to zoning restrictions, they are not allowed to provide shelter overnight in their current location.  A new location has been identified that would permit overnight shelter and they are hoping to be able to relocate soon.  Until that time, Hope 4 Youth provides drop-in services in the afternoon only.  You can help by donating food, clothing, bus passes, gift cards and other items that would be helpful for homeless youth.  You can also donate your time in many ways including mentoring, cooking, office help and technical assistance.  You can find more information at Jan is pictured with Cindy below.
Meeting Recap - February 24, 2015 Jeff Benson 2015-02-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Benson on Feb 16, 2015
John Risdall's guest today was Yazdan Bakhsh.  Yazdan spoke to the club on January 6th about the current situation in Afganistan.
Gerry Tietz had the pleasure of presenting two Paul Harris Fellow Awards.  Mary Stewart received her first Paul Harris Fellow Award as a result of members contributing their recognition points to honor Mary for her community service through CPY.  Jason Miller received his Paul Harris Fellow +7 Award, signifying total contributions of $8,000 to the Rotary Foundation.  Jason leads the club in individual contributions to the Rotary Foundation, setting an example for all of us to follow.  Mary and Jason are pictured with Gerry below.
Dana, and several members of the Gold Plate Dinner Committee, filled us in on plans for the gala scheduled for April 24th.  The theme is the Roaring 20's, so dressing in 20's vintage clothing is recommended, but not required.  If you're planning on a period costume, start planning now!
The Board of Directors will meet at 11AM on February 24th.
Don't forget that we'll be attending the CPY luncheon in lieu of our regular Rotary meeting on March 10th.  Geoff Hollimon and several other Rotarians are organizing tables.
The Clean Water Forum was a great success, according to those who attended.  Val was commended for helping to make the event fun and informative.
Glenna Dibrell introduced our speaker, Tim Cheesebrow, of Music Works Minnesota, a 501c3 non-profit organization providing youth and adults with songwriting classes and performance opportunities to help them create original music.  One part of MWM's mission has been to provide music education and performance skills mentoring for middle school students, using musical self-expression to foster core life skills and build self confidence for students who are often challenged by conventional educational programs.  Their alternative approach to music education is currently available to middle school students in the Mounds View and Spring Lake Park school districts.  Programs are offered during the school day, as an after school activity and in a four week summer camp setting.  More information on Music Works Minnesota can be found here.  Tim is shown with Glenna below.
Meeting Recap - February 17, 2015 Jeff Benson 2015-02-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Benson on Feb 09, 2015
Due to a conflict, our regular meeting place was not available today.  We met, instead, at the Risdall conference room.  Thanks, John!
Rotarian Mike Scholl, from the Ramsey club, visited us today.
President Margaret, along with many others, thanked Linda LaFond, John Risdall, Glenna Dibrell and all the others who helped to make our "Illuminate Rotary" event a great success.  We were able to talk to many prospective Rotarians and create awareness of Rotary while honoring local businesses that participated in our holiday food drive for the Ralph Reeder Food Shelf.  Great job everyone!
Gerry presented Corrin Secrist with a Paul Harris Fellowship, made possible by members donating recognition points.  As a new member, Corrin has displayed all the attributes of a seasoned Rotarian and proven herself worthy of the award.  Congratulations Corrin!  Corrin and Gerry are shown below.
Jeff welcomed Todd Kruse as the newest member of our club.  Todd is the president of the Twin Cities North Chamber and will be a great addition to the club.  Watch your bulletins for Todd's classification should be a good one.  Nice to have you onboard, Todd!  See the photo of Todd and Jeff below.
Upcoming Events:
Feb 24th - Board Meeting, 11:00AM
March 10th - CPY Luncheon
Upcoming Speakers:
Feb 17th - Tim Cheesebrow - MusicWorks MN
Feb 24th - Jan Anderson - Hope 4 Youth
Mar 3rd -   Camp Enterprise Students Speak
Former NBMV Rotarian Matt Fulton's parents both passed away recently.  George says he has Matt's current contact information.
Nils introduced our speaker, Jed Hamoud.  Jed has spoken to our club in the past regarding Middle East issues, but his presentation today was about Kids Alive International.  Kids Alive International is a Christian faith mission dedicated to rescuing orphans and vulnerable children and meeting their spiritual, physical and emotional needs.  Kids Alive International had its humble beginnings 100 years ago in China when missionaries Ava and Leslie Anglin began taking in homeless children.  Kids Alive has since expanded to include 14 countries worldwide and $10 million in annual revenue.  Kids Alive helps children by providing residential homes, care centers and schools for abandoned and abused children, all within the framework of Christian love and compassion.   For the last twelve years, KIds Alive has received the highest rating (4 stars) from Charity Navigator.  Fewer than 1% of charities receive this ranking.  In fact, more than 85% of donations go directly to helping children.  More information can be found here.  Jed is pictured with Nils below.



Meeting Recap - February 10, 2015 Jeff Benson 2015-02-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Benson on Feb 03, 2015
Our Rotary Day Event took the place of our regular noon meeting today.  The event was held to honor the participants in our recent holiday food drive effort to help stock the shelves of the Ralph Reeder Food Shelf.  Twenty one Rotarians and guests joined twelve food drive participants from local businesses for hotdogs, tacos and delicious desserts.  The highlight of the event was the presentation of the prestigious Paul Harris Fellow Award to Lisa Baker for her outstanding service to the community.  Lisa started working part-time at the food shelf 15 years ago.  Lisa's hours rapidly increased to full-time as the demand for food shelf services has increased 300% in the past 15 years.  The Food Shelf is now serving 16,000 individuals annually; 7000 of whom are children and 1500 of whom are seniors.  Since grants and state aid amount to less than 10% of the food shelf's budget, donations of cash and food are constantly needed to restock the shelves.  The Christmas holiday season places an even greater burden on food shelf supplies, so New Brighton Mounds View Rotary's Holiday food drive helps to make sure that food shelf clients have enough food during the holidays.  Lisa also acknowledged the invaluable contributions of her assistant, Sue Peake, and the volunteer efforts of the Rotary Club, as well as businesses, schools and churches whose donations and volunteer efforts allow the food shelf to dramatically reduce hunger in our community.  Our sincere thanks and congratulations go out to all who participated in the Holiday Food Drive and we hope that you will join us again next year. 
Gerry Tietz presents Lisa Baker with the Paul Harris Fellow Award
Sue Peake and Lisa Baker 
Rotary Day Event - February 3, 2015 Jeff Benson 2015-02-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Benson on Jan 26, 2015
We had a number of guests today.  John Risdall invited Don Eitel from Risdall Marketing.  Dean Lotter invited Joe Hatch, administrator at New Brighton City Hall.  Jeff Benson hosted Winnie Bradford of 5LinX Products and Services for her second visit to the club. 
Margaret was back at the helm after two weeks away and read a thank you note from the Rice Creek Boat Club ($250 donation) as well as one from the Ralph Reeder Food Shelf, for our efforts in collecting 1,846 pounds of food and $625 in donations.  Well done, Rotarians!
A reminder to all that next weeks meeting will be held from 4-7 PM at DD's in conjunction with our Rotary Day celebration of donors and volunteers for our successful Holiday Food Shelf Drive mentioned above.  All NBMV Rotarians should attend this meeting.
Our February 10th meeting will be held in the Risdall Marketing Conference Room at the regular time.
The Gold Plate Dinner tickets were distributed at today's meeting.  Each Rotarian is responsible to buy one ticket for themselves and do their very best to sell as many more tickets as they are able.  Get started talking to friends and business associates now!
Val canvassed the meeting to assess support for running the bingo concession at Stockyard Days again this year.  The vote was affirmative, so we'll be looking for number callers to staff the concession.  We'll donate the first $1,000 to Stockyard Days and anything over that goes to Rotary.  I was nervous about doing it last year, but I had a blast.  I hope you'll give it a try.
Dean was understandably excited about New Brighton finally reaching an agreement with the Federal Government about how New Brighton will be compensated for ongoing expenses related to the Army's contamination of the water supply.  The agreement, yet to be ratified by the N.B. City Council and the Federal Government, would result in a minimum of 59.4 million dollars paid to New Brighton over the next 30 years.  This issue has consumed a huge amount of time for Dean and his staff, and they are obviously pleased to be able to put it behind them.  Our collective gratitude goes out to Dean, City Hall Staff and legal counsel for their tireless pursuit of a fair settlement from the extremely parsimonious Feds!  Click here for more details.
After a beautiful (for us) rendition of the Birthtday Song to honor Dana's birthday, Jeff spoiled the afterglow by fumbling with his camera and making Dana wait to take off the hat, which she was anxious to do, as you'll see in the photo below.
Our speakers today were Kathy Blegen-Huntley and Joan Elwell from the Lakeshore Players Theater.  Joan and Kathy filled us in on Lakeshore Players capital campaign to fund the construction of a new 16,000 square foot, 240 seat, performing arts facility.  The campaign is called "Light the Stage" and it's goal is to create a multi-generational entertainment venue to replace their current facility, which to put it kindly, is suffering due to it's age, lack of handicap accessibility and inadequate parking.  The proposed 2.76 acre site is four blocks north of the White Bear downtown business district at the current site of Twin City Nursery, and next door to the White Bear Center for the Arts.  John Ordway's wife, Marla, is on the Capital Campaign Committee.  For information about Lakeshore Players Theater Productions, click here.  Kathy and Joan are pictured with Margaret, below.
Meetng Recap - January 27, 2015 Jeff Benson 2015-01-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Benson on Jan 19, 2015
The Gold Plate Dinner Flyer was distributed at today's meeting.  If you didn't get a copy or weren't at the meeting, the document will be available again next Tuesday.
Don't forget the Clean Water Forum, sponsored by the Anoka Rotary Club, on Thusday, February 12th, starting with breakfast at 7:15AM and ending at 10:30AM.  Get more details here.
You should have received your Rotary Dues Statement by email on January 20th.  John is trying out the billing function of our new ClubRunner website.  If you did not receive your statement, or have comments about this process, please contact a board member or John Ordway.
John Risdall's guest today was Don Eitel, a Risdall Marketing employee.
Dana Rebelein's stepdaughter, Janet Ampe, a Rotarian from the Ramsey club, brought Lia Nuuvali as a guest.  Lia is from Columbia Heights and has a strong interest in Rotary membership.  As a reward for bringing us a prospective member, Janet was allowed to celebrate her birthday with us by wearing the much coveted birthday hat. (see below)
Dave Hoel announced his retirement from the silk-screen printing industry.  Dave has plans to keep busy in retirement by being a sales rep for energy efficient industrial lighting products.  Sounds like a bright idea to me.
Our speaker for today's meeting was Mary Anstett from East Side Neighborhood Services (ESNS).  Organized in 1915, East Side Neighborhood Services is a non-profit human service agency that provides social and other services to individuals, families and communities, primarily in northeast and southeast Minneapolis.  Their purpose is to assist people of all ages and backgrounds in realizing a higher quality of life.
ESNS got it's start as a settlement house for immigrants and, over the ensuing years, has blossomed into a wide ranging service organization with 26 different program areas and an annual budget of over six million dollars.  Their services include, among many others, child day care, youth programs, youth and senior employment programs, senior day care and transportation programs and women's programs.
Mary was also here to let us know that ESNS's 10th annual "Snow Shoe Shuffle" fundraiser for Camp Bovey will be held in Long Lake Regional Park on February 7th.  The Snow Shoe Shuffle (a snow shoe race/walk) is the primary fundraiser for the summer day camp.  The Snow Shoe Shuffle is actually a Midwest Regional Qualifier for the United States Snow Shoe Association, so it attracts some major talent as well as recreational snowshoe enthusiasts.  The Race starts at 10AM if you want to watch and registration is at 8AM if you want to participate. Check here for more details.  Mary is pictured with Dana below.
Meeting Recap - January 20, 2015 Jeff Benson 2015-01-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Benson on Jan 12, 2015
Margaret was unable to to preside at today's meeting due to an emergency surgery today to repair a torn retina.  Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Margaret!
Cindy introduced Todd Kruse, President of the Twin Cities North Chamber of Commerce.
Linda LaFond announced that the Gold Plate Dinner theme will be " The Roaring 20's", so start thinking about a costume, if you plan to wear one.  As Linda put it, "period dress will be admired but not required".
Don't forget that we are hosting the second Area 9 Social for local Rotary Clubs.  We'll meet at the Exchange (across form our regular meeting place) this Thursday, January 15th, from 4:30 - 6:30.  Champagne will be served.  Join us whenever you are able.  Make-ups will be available to attendees.
Val reminded us that the Clean Water Forum, sponsored by the Anoka Club, will be held on Thursday, February 12th at the Green Haven Golf Course, 2800 Greenhaven Road, in Anoka.  Breakfast is from 7:15 AM-8:15 AM and the program is from 8:00 AM -10:30 AM.  Register at
Many thanks to Bev for hosting the Holiday Party.  A great time was had by all!
John Risdall reported that his second cataract surgery went as well as the first and that he can now fully appreciate his colorful ties.
Paul Fournier said that our serenade for his 81st Birthday was the best he's heard in over 30 years.  We're wondering about his hearing.  (see photo below)
Dana introduced our speaker, Connie Hayes, superintendent of the Northeast Metro 916 Intermediate School District. Connie expressed appreciation for our $500 contribution to the Rotary District 5960 Literacy Program, which will be used to fund print and digital resources for Northeast Metro 916 students.  District 916 is a specialty district serving eleven school districts in the north and east metro, operating under a joint powers agreement among the member districts.  Member school districts include Centennial, Columbia Heights, Forest Lake, Fridley, Mahtomedi, Mounds View, North St.Paul - Maplewood – Oakdale, Roseville, South Washington County, Spring Lake Park, Stillwater and White Bear Lake.  ISD 916’s board of directors is composed of one member from each of the participating districts.
Disrtict 916 services are focused in three areas:
  • Educational Services, including Alternative Learning Centers, Career and Technical Centers, grants, research and staff development.
  • Special Education Services, including programs for physically, mentally and emotionally challenged students as well as staff development and assistive technology training.
  • Administrative Services, including shared legal, transportation and interpreter services.ISD 16 also consolidates existing member district programs for increased efficiency.
The key benefits of ISD 916 are: (from ISD 916 website)
  • Innovative and quality educational options that are not available to students in their home districts.
  • Staff will be retained, resulting in a better learning environment for students.
  • Northeast Metro 916 will be partners with districts and others in creating and delivering quality programs and services.
  • Programs will be led and delivered by people who have the competency to do the job.
  • Northeast Metro 916 is recognized as an educational option that provides a high return on investment.  
Northeast Metro 916 has an annual budget of 67.7 million dollars and its 650 employees serve nearly 5,000 students each year, with the majority receiving services for emotional/behavioral disorders and autism spectrum disorders.  Intermediate School Districts operate on a fee-for-service basis, with student services funded by tuition which is billed to the student’s home district.  Superintendent Hayes is pictured with Dana below.
Meeting Recap - January 13, 2015 Jeff Benson 2015-01-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dana Rebelein on Jan 05, 2015
Glenna paid fines for sharing multiple pictures of her new grandchild and won the drawing, though the pile of coins dumped before her may have been a little short of the customary prize.  Geoff was glad to be back after recovering from a bad cold; the club was glad he waited till then to return. He hosted his daughter and her friends and sent them off to Wisconsin for a football game. He was commended for his Christmas light display.  John Risdall’s new look got rave reviews.  Todd got down and dirty and installed an emergency carpet, showing off skinned knuckles to prove it, and Cor was honored on her birthday.  Cor is pictured below.
John Risdall introduced Yazdan Bakhsh who was born into the persecuted and exploited Hazara culture  of central Afghanistan. He left there at age 15, escaping through Iran with only $3 hidden inside his sock after customs officials took anything of value, including his jacket. He was taken in by an American family who called him “son Joe.” When they needed to escape through a civil war, he led them to the airport and was taken to the U.S. He attended Grace High School (now Totino-Grace) in Fridley.
Mr. Bakhsh talked about the political situation in Afghanistan, including discrimination and persecution that continue today. He shared a photograph of a Hazara village that was leveled by Kuchi/Pashti raiders within the past two years. In his book, You’ll Be My Son Joe, he wrote of life as a young child in Hazarajat, difficulties he overcame, and people who helped him to fulfill his dream of freedom.  Yazdan is pictured below.
Meeting Recap - January 6, 2015 Dana Rebelein 2015-01-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Benson on Dec 01, 2014
Our guests today were both Rotarains, Bob Tholkes (Fridley/Columbia Heights) and Marv Sorvala (Roseville).
Our district is holding its annual Mid-Term Assembly/Leadership Academy January 30 and January 31, 2015.  Its being held in Roseville, so there's no excuse not to attend some or all of the event.  Check it out and sign up online at
Mark your calendars on Tuesday, Feb 3rd, 4:30-7:00PM, for our Rotary Day Event, celebrating our community volunteers.  The event will be in lieu of our regular club meeting on that day.  We'll have a taco bar, beverages and lots of fun and fellowship.  If you'd like to share your thoughts about this event, there will be a planning meeting on December 16th, 11:00AM at Risdall Marketing.
Now that Thanksgiving is over, its time to think about our Rotary Christmas Party.  If you would like to host the party, or help plan it, contact the Fun Committee (Beverly, Paul, Jim or Dave).
Bev Aplikowski introduced her good friend, and today's speaker, Dorothy Fleming.  Dorothy was ably assisted by her husband, Mike.  Dorothy's topic for her presentation was: "The Happiest Season: A Walk through Movie Memories".  Dorothy reviewed several familiar, and some not so familiar Christmas-themed movies, focusing on the moral and emotional themes that make us watch them over and over again.  Dorothy and Mike are also very interested in the homes which were a focal point for many of these classic films and have made several road trips to see and sometimes tour these iconic residences.  Check out Dorothy's web site at
Dorothy and Mike are pictured with Bev below.
Club Meeting Recap - December 2, 2014 Jeff Benson 2014-12-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Benson on Nov 25, 2014
Our Speaker today was Dean Lotter.  He had hoped to be able to update us on New Brighton's legal battle with the U.S. Government, but the legal wrangling is still in process and he cannot comment until it is settled.  Instead, Dean presented a summary of city's financial condition.  Financial Sustainability was a key element of the Strategic Plan developed by the Council and Staff in 2013.  Managing debt is a key element of financial sustainability and city management has worked hard on debt reduction, reducing total debt by 4.9 million in 2013 (a 10% reduction).  A plan is in place to fund capital expenditures thru 2025 without borrowing, eliminating interest expense on these purchases.  Another benefit of good financial management is that our AA credit bond rating is likely to rise to AA+ and could even go to AAA, if projections bear out.  This would bring an added benefit of lower interest rates when we do have to borrow.  These cost reductions, along with personnel management and controlling annual increases in department costs, have kept average budget increases well under one percent per year over the last seven years.  This is much better than other comparable cities.   Dean's city management mantra, “One City-One Set of Resources-One Set of Services”,  seems to be effective in managing New Brighton's tax dollars.  (Dean and Margaret are pictured below)
November 25th Speaker Jeff Benson 2014-11-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Benson on Nov 10, 2014
On this Veteran's Day we honored our veteran members, Geoff Hollimon, David Hoel, Mike Abel, Mark Beisswenger and Jim O'Brien.  Geoff, Dave and Mike were present to accept our thanks for their service to our great country. (see photo above)
The Rotary Area 9 Social, hosted by the Arden Hills/Shoreview club, was well attended by our club and others.  Cindy, Jason, Dana, Mike N. and Margaret attended from our club and reported that it was a great opportunity to meet Rotarians from other clubs in our area.
A group from our club will join the Roseville club this Saturday at Bridging to assemble dressers.  The "dresser build" will run from 9-12Noon at Bridging's Roseville location.
Some of you have signed up for the food bag filling at Ralph Reeder Food Shelf on November 25th from 9-11AM.  There may be room for one or two more so, if you are interested in helping, give Gerry Tietz a call.
Mark your calendars now for the District 5960 Leadership Academy/Mid-Term Assembly to be held on January 30-31, 2015 at the Radisson Roseville.  All Rotarians are encouraged to attend - there is something for everyone.  It would be great to have a good turnout by our club for some or all of the activities.  Click here for information about the event.
On the evening of Tuesday, February 3rd, we will be recognizing community volunteers for their service at our "Rotary Day" Event.  This event will be in lieu of the regular club meeting on that day, and we hope that all will be able to attend
Corrin Secrist presented the Clubrunner Website Tip of the Week.  Today's tip: How to upload your photo to the member profile section of the website.  If you missed today's meeting, contact Corrin and she will email you the instructions.
Dana encouraged us all to sign up for a Rotary Fellowship Group.  Dana has joined the Quilters and Fiber Artists Group.  A list of Fellowship Groups can be found here.  Val chimed in that Rotarians also have the opportunity to join "Rotary Action Groups".  Val is, of course, partial to the Water and Sanitation Rotary Action Group (WASRAG) but you can find a complete directory of the Rotary Action Groups here.
Gerry led us in the "Heads and Butts" game to help fund this year's commitment to Polio Plus.  Jason kept a firm hold on his "Butt", winning the $10 prize as he watched all challengers fall by the wayside.  Just a few minutes later, he won the Raffle as well.  If we could get Jason to Vegas, we could really make it big!
Several Rotarians offered happy fines in honor of loved ones who have served their country in the armed forces and in other ways as well.
There were no birthdays for the second week in a row, and the birthday hats were feeling very lonely. 

Our speakers today were Ruth and Carmen Marg-Patton.  Ruth and Carmen shared the story of their walk along the el Camino de Santiago to celebrate their 60th/30th birthdays.  The el Camino de Santiago is a network of routes in Europe, all leading to Santiago de Compostela in the Northwest corner of Spain.  During the middle ages, these routes served to guide Christians on pilgrimages to St James' tomb which is located in Santiago de Compostela.  Tens of thousands of modern-day "pilgrims" walk the Camino each year, and the people who live along the route provide accommodations and food at a very reasonable cost.  Ruth and Carmen chose to walk the last 200 miles of the Camino, starting in Leon, Spain.  Their ten day trip required that everything they needed, except food, be carried in their backpacks, but conversations with fellow hikers revealed that there are services that would shuttle some of their gear to the next hostel.  Less weight on their backs made it much easier on their already blistered feet (200 miles is a LONG way to walk in ten days, even without a pack).  Ruth described all the gear and pharmaceutical aids that helped them survive the blisters, heat, sore muscles and chaffing.  Although it might seem that hiking the el Camino is just about surviving the journey, it was clear that, for Ruth and Carmen, it was a great mother-daughter bonding experience.  Thanks to Ruth and Carmen for sharing the experience with us.  Ruth and Carmen are pictured below.


Meeting Recap - November 11, 2014 Jeff Benson 2014-11-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Benson on Oct 27, 2014
Our speaker at today's meeting was Marsh Jones, of the Rice Creek Boat Club. The Rice Creek Boat Club was founded in 2007 by our speaker and Joe Manns, as a way to get kids involved in paddle sports. The club had humble beginnings; with a real challenge to scrounge, beg, and borrow equipment for the 15 young athletes who were looking for off-season cross-training and upper body strength development to make them better cross-country skiers. They started out by focusing on marathon canoeing on lakes and rivers (often upstream in the rivers), and by 2010 had added sprint racing (200-1000 meters) to their program.  Since 2010, the club has become very competitive, winning races in local, regional and even national competitions. At the 2014 USA Canoe/Kayak Sprint Nationals, eight paddlers brought home 5 medals. One member, Sarah Tokos, was named to the U.S Junior World Team and is an Olympic hopeful. These kids are serious athletes. If you live on Long Lake , and are up by 6AM, you may have noticed as many as 20 athletes participating in the club's grueling morning workouts. 
The challenges facing the club are mostly financial.  Even though all club coaches are volunteers, frequent boat repairs and 15 scheduled road trips stretch the club's $21,000 annual budget to the limit. The club is a 501(c)3 charitable organization, solely funded by club memberships and private donations. For more information about the Rice Creek Boat Club click here.  Marsh is pictured below with Linda Lafond.
Marsh Jones - Rice Creek Boat Club Jeff Benson 2014-10-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Benson on Oct 27, 2014
The ever-thoughtful MaryAnn Bawden started us off right with some of her home-made chocolate chip cookies. M-M-M-Good!
There were no guests today, but the good news was that there were extra cookies!
Mary Stewart reported on a successful CPY Beach Party Fiesta Fundraiser. Rotary was well represented and everyone had a great time.
President Margaret reminded us that the Foundation Recognition Dinner is this Saturday, Nov. 1st, 6:00PM at the Prom Center. With 19 NBMV Rotarians already signed up, we will likely be one of the best represented clubs at the event. We still could use one more New Brighton Rotarian to fill out our second table. See Gerry Tietz if you are interested.
On November 6th, six Rotary Clubs in our area (District 9) are invited by the Arden Hills/Shoreview Club to a social event to meet our Rotary neighbors. The event begins at 4:30 but you can come later if need be. We'll meet at the Green Mill Restaurant at 694 and Lexington.
In recognition of Veterans Day, on November 11th, NBMV members are invited to wear their uniforms and or bring any memorabilia of their time in the service.
On Saturday, November 15th, 9AM- Noon, Bridging will be having a "Dresser Build" day at it's Roseville location for volunteers to build dressers from kits. NBMV Rotary has participated in these events in the past, and they were great fun. If there is interest, the club will cover the cost of a couple of kits. Members are also welcome to purchase kits for $35 after a $35 match from an anonymous donor. Lets get a group together and get this done!
Don't forget that we will be helping to pack bags of food at the Ralph Reeder Food Shelf on Tuesday, November 25th, 9-11AM. Check your email for details and then call Gerry to sign up.
Corrin Secrist handed out a useful guide for accessing the "Member" section of our new website. If you missed today's meeting, see Corrin next week for a copy. Also, in the coming weeks Corrin will be presenting a "Website Tip of the Week" at each meeting. These tips will guide you through the basics of the website and how you can benefit by being familiar with its content and features. 
Cindy did her best to capture a good photo of Jeff wearing the Birthday Hat, but it would appear that he has no future as a 'hat model". (see below)

Meeting Recap - October 28, 2014 Jeff Benson 2014-10-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Benson on Oct 20, 2014
Glenna, Margaret, Dana, Amy and John M-P enjoyed a beautiful fall evening as they made short work of the Sunny Square Park cleanup, allowing plenty of time for refreshments at New Brighton Bar and Grill. 
CPY's Beach Party Fiesta, supporting youth in New Brighton and the surrounding area, will be held on Friday, October 24th, from 6-10PM, at the New Brighton Family Service Center.  Cost is $50 per person and $90 per couple.  As of Tuesday, Todd Peck has 4 places available at his table, you could also call Geoff Hollimon or Mary Stewart for tickets or you could just show up at the event.
Mark your calendars for the Board Meeting next Tuesday, October 28th, 11AM.  Any member is welcome to attend board meetings.
Gerry announced this year's Holiday Food Shelf Drive.  There are volunteer opportunities on November 25th and December 3rd.  Watch your email for details.
The Arden Hills/Shoreview Rotary Club is initiating an Area 9 Social Event, with several local Rotary Clubs invited to attend.  The first event will be on Thursday, November 6th, 4:30 PM at the Green Mill Restaurant (694 and Lexington).  What a great way to meet, or stay in touch with, our Rotary Area 9 neighbors.
John Risdall announced the New Brighton Rotary Day Event scheduled for the evening of Tuesday, February 3rd.  The event will recognize New Brighton volunteers and promote community awareness of Rotary.  Stay tuned for details.
Gerry reminded us that November is Foundation Month, and he will be finding creative ways to help us reach (and hopefully exceed) our goal of raising $2,000 for polio eradication.  We won't have dining gift certificates to auction off this year, so if you have or know where you can get items or gift certificates to donate for auction at the meetings, it would go along way to helping us meet the goal.  Gerry also plans to provide bonus Foundation recognition points to those who make contributions to the foundation during November and December.  He also encouraged those with unused Recognition Points to consider donating some points to get our new members, Corrin Secrist, Eric Nelson and Linda LaFond qualified for Paul Harris Fellowships.  More to Follow...
Mike Neeley was treated to a pretty good (for us) rendition of the birthday song.  I think I may even have heard some harmony!?
Meeting Recap - October 21, 2014 Jeff Benson 2014-10-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Benson on Oct 20, 2014
Char Samuelson introduced Jerry Hromatka, who is a frequent enough presenter at our club as to almost need no introduction.  Since Jerry's last presentation, NYFS has been renamed Northeast Youth and Family Services, to reflect their merger with White Bear Lake Area Community Counseling Center.  Together they now serve over 4,000 youth, aged 5 to 21, with mental health and other issues that prevent them from being successful in school or in the community.  Below are some of the ways that NYFS benefits our communities:
  • helping youth stay in school and achieve their full academic potential
  • preparing youth for employment
  • stabilizing families in crisis and help them thrive
  • helping seniors live independently in their homes for as long as possible
  • helping juvenile delinquents redirect their lives and stay out of the criminal justice system
  • improving the emotional health and well-being of youth, families and individuals

For more information about NYFS, please call  651-486-3808 or visit them on the web at

Jerry is pictured below with Char Samuelson


Jerry Hromatka - NYFS Update Jeff Benson 2014-10-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Benson on Oct 06, 2014

Our October 7th speaker was Ken DeCubellis, CEO of Black Ridge Oil and Gas.  Black Ridge Oil & Gas controls approximately 10,000 net acres in the Bakken and Three Forks areas in western North Dakota and eastern Montana.  The 2013 US Geological Survey assessment estimated that there are 3.7 billion barrels of recoverable oil in the Bakken Formation and an additional 3.7 billion barrels of recoverable oil in the Three Forks Formation.  Black Ridge is not directly involved in drilling operations, but it does lease land over these oil-rich areas.  Much of our energy need has been sourced, at great cost, from the middle east but the development of horizontal drilling technology now allows previously inaccessible oil and natural gas deposits to be economically sourced from oil shale formations within our own borders.  The Black Ridge website features a video of the horizontal drilling process.   Ken acknowledged the fear that this kind of drilling might damage the environment, but suggested that proper safety measures can prevent such damage and that companies that fail to follow those procedures should be held fully accountable.  Setting aside the environmental debate, it is clear that there is enormous economic benefit in this domestic source of oil and gas.

Ken DeCubellis, CEO of Black Ridge Oil and Gas Jeff Benson 2014-10-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Benson on Oct 06, 2014
We will be cleaning up Sunny Square Park on Thursday, October 16th, at 4:30 PM.  Immediately following the clean-up, we will gather at New Brighton Bar and Grill (formerly Champps) to rehydrate and replenish any calories expended in the clean-up effort.  Sunny Square Park is located at: 2201 Eastman Drive, New Brighton.
World Polio Day is October 24th.  On that day, Rotarians around the world will come together to fight polio.  Join them at 6:30PM to view the livestream: "End Polio Now: Make History Today" and receive a global update on the current status of polio eradication, hear inspiring stories, and musical performances. The event will begin at 6:30pm CDT and will be streamed live at
Lake Elmo Rotary is spearheading a fundraiser for "Angel of Mercy" orphanage in Bambui, Cameroon.  The project received a 5960 district grant. The fundraiser is at Midland Hills Country Club, October 24th, 5-11PM
The CPY Beach Party Fiesta fund raiser will be Friday, October 24, 2013, from 6-10 p.m. at the New Brighton Community Center.  Get your tickets soon!
The annual Rotary Foundation Dinner will be on Saturday, November 1st.  You should already have received an email from Gerry with the details.
Dean Lotter is back from his leave of absence, and reported significant progress in negotiations with the U.S. Army over their continued funding of New Brighton water cleanup.  We hope to be able to have a program on the subject in November.
Amy announced an opportunity to advertise your business on the Website and the weekly bulletin for just $25 a year.  Contact Jeff Benson for details.
Eric Nelson is celebrating 20 years of wedded bliss this week, while Char Samuelson reported that she tied the knot 48 years ago.
Corrin was also very excited to announce that she will be celebrating her first wedding anniversary this coming week.  She seemed somewhat less excited to celebrate her birthday by wearing the birthday hat. (see below)
Meeting Recap - 10-7-2014 Jeff Benson 2014-10-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Benson on Sep 29, 2014
Announcements and Events:
Prior to the meeting, a slide show of Jeff's photos from the Spina Bifida Picnic was displayed.  If you haven't seen them yet, you can view them on Photo Albums section on the website home page
Jeff Benson announced that Rajiv will need to take a leave of absence until January 1 to deal with some health issues.
Margaret read District governor Karel Weigel's thank you letter to the club for the warm and creative welcome she received at her official visit to the club two weeks ago.  DG Karel also praised our club for our commitment to local and international service and our involvement in Rotary at the district level.   I think we owe ourselves a giant pat on the back!
We will again be sponsoring two students at Camp Enterprise.  We'll invite the students to the club to fill us in on their experience.
We will be cleaning up Sunny Square Park on Thursday, October 16th, at 4:30 PM.  Immediately following the clean-up, we will gather at New Brighton Bar and Grill (formerly Champps) to rehydrate and replenish any calories expended in the clean-up effort.  Sunny Square Park is located at: 2201 Eastman Drive, New Brighton.
World Polio Day is October 24th.  On that day, Rotarians around the world will come together to fight polio.  Join them at 6:30PM to view the livestream: "End Polio Now: Make History Today" and receive a global update on the current status of polio eradication, hear inspiring stories, and musical performances. The event will begin at 6:30pm CDT and will be streamed live at
Lake Elmo Rotary is spearheading a fundraiser for "Angel of Mercy" orphanage in Bambui, Cameroon.  The project received a 5960 district grant. The fundraiser is at Midland Hills Country Club, October 24th, 5-11PM
The CPY Beach Party Fiesta fund raiser will be Friday, October 24, 2013, from 6-10 p.m. at the New Brighton Community Center.  Get your tickets soon!
The annual Rotary Foundation Dinner will be on Saturday, November 1st.  You should already have received an email from Gerry with the details.
There was no speaker today due to Club Assembly Committee Meetings.
Meeeting Recap - September 30, 2014 Jeff Benson 2014-09-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Benson on Sep 22, 2014
Dave Hoel, and others, reviewed Sunday's Spina Bifida picnic, which was sponsored by NBMV Rotary and Mike Neeley's Corvette Club.  The kids enjoyed the games (provided by CPY) and the Corvette rides.  Jeff Benson's photos of the event are posted in the Photo Album section of our website at
Dave Hoel also announced that he'll soon have another grandchild to spoil.
Gerry Tietz announced that he's worn his post-surgical body brace for the last time!
Anoka  Rotary's  "Unlimited Possibilities" Fundraiser will be held at the Green Haven Golf Club on September 25th, starting at 6:00 PM. TIckets are $40.00 for individuals and $70.00 for couples.  Proceeds benefit youth and youth programs in Anoka County.
Lake Elmo Rotary is spearheading a fundraiser for "Angel of Mercy" orphanage in Bambui, Cameroon.  The project received a 5960 district grant. The fundraiser is at Midland Hills Country Club, October 24th, 5-11PM
The CPY Beach Party Fiesta fund raiser will be Friday, October 24, 2013, from 6-10 p.m. at the New Brighton Community Center.
The annual Rotary Foundation Dinner will be on Saturday, November 1st.  You should already have received an email from Gerry with the details.
Margaret reminded us that our next meeting will be a Club Assembly, so come prepared to meet with your committee.
Geoff Hollimon is a year older this week and he wore his birthday hat with as much dignity as he could muster (below)
Eric Nelson, Irondale High's new principal, was inducted into the club.  Erik lives in Eagan with wife, Christine and daughter, Julia.  Welcome to the club, Eric!  (See photo below)
Meeting Recap - September 23, 2014 Jeff Benson 2014-09-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Benson on Sep 22, 2014
Steffanie (third from left) with Margaret, Mom (Lori) and Aunt (MaryAnn) 
Steffanie Angell is the mother of Bella, an eight year old girl who has Spina Bifida.  Steffanie describes Bella as a "miracle' child, and with good reason.  At 23 weeks into Steffanie's pregnancy, a scan revealed that her unborn child had myelomeningocele, the most severe form of spina bifida, which occurs when the spinal cord is exposed through an opening in the lower spine, resulting in partial or complete paralysis of the parts of the body below the spinal opening.  Because severe brain damage usually accompanies this level of spinal deformity, her doctors recommended that she terminate the pregnancy.  Steffanie, and husband Jed, decided against termination and Bella was delivered by C-section.  Bella's spinal deformity was more severe than anticipated, but her brain injury was less severe than expected, and surgeries to repair her spine and place shunts to relieve the fluid pressure on her brain were very successsful.  The demands of caring for Bella made it necessary for Steffanie to quit her job, and the medical bills mounted quickly and are finally under control after eight years.  Steffanie and Jed's patience and focus on Bella's abilities, rather than her disabilities, has resulted in a beautiful, vibrant and capable daughter...a miracle indeed!  (see Bella's photo below)
Speaker: Steffanie Angell "Loving Bella, Firstborn with Spina Bifida" Jeff Benson 2014-09-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dana Rebelein on Sep 17, 2014
The official visit of DG Karel Weigel was cause for celebration and, thanks to MaryAnn and Mark L., we celebrated enthusiastically!  Serious research revealed that DG Karel’s interests include food and wine, so  her appearance was greeted with Champagne and ginger ale, bubbly balloons, wine wisdom and an elegant dessert. Frivolity aside, DG Karel spoke on “Light up Rotary,” tying it to “It’s better to light one candle than to curse the darkness.” She shared insights and encouragement through stories and quotes.  She traveled to Nicaragua to assess the results of our ongoing District 5960 activity there, where the approach is to build relationships before we build stuff. The plan is to “do with” rather than to “do for” others, leaving something sustainable. Many people have to make decisions out of a short list of poor options; Rotary’s job is to make the list longer and the options better. Rotary helps build economies for people, capacities for individuals so they are self-sufficient and able to move forward. She passed on a lesson taught to her by her mother, “Doing good things for others is the right thing to do, and it makes you feel good.” The District Governor was given the treasured NBMV Rotary mug and a good bottle of wine.  See the photo album section on the right side of the website home page for more pictures of DG Karel's visit.
District Governor Karel Weigel Speaks to NBMV Rotary Dana Rebelein 2014-09-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dana Rebelein on Sep 15, 2014
The Risdall Luminous Sculpture Museum is “on” for 4-8 p.m. September 18, 2014 at 550 Main Street, NB.
We are hosting the Spina Bifida Picnic again this year. The date is September 21st and we'll need 4-5 Rotarians to be there from 10:30 AM-12:30PM
Anoka Rotary Club's "Unlimited Possibilities" Fundraiser will be held at the Green Haven Golf Club on September 25th, starting at 6:00 PM. TIckets are $40.00 for individuals and $70.00 for couples.  Proceeds benefit youth and youth programs in Anoka County.
Lake Elmo Rotary is spearheading a fundraiser for "Angel of Mercy" orphanage in Bambui, Cameroon.  The project received a 5960 district grant. The fundraiser is at Midland Hills Country Club, October 24th, 5-11PM
The CPY Beach Party Fiesta fund raiser will be Friday, October 24, 2013, from 6-10 p.m. at the New Brighton Community Center.
The annual Rotary Foundation Dinner will be on Saturday, November 1st.  You should already have received an email from Gerry with the details.
Happy news included George’s new grandchild, Cindy’s great golf game out east, Cor’s presentation about Community TV to the Roseville Club, Dave Hoel's anniversary & the marriage of Bev’s youngest son.
Guests were Past District Governor (96-97) Tom Yuzer, Marv Sorvala from Roseville, and Val’s guest, Tom.
Meeting Recap - September 16, 2014 Dana Rebelein 2014-09-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Benson on Sep 08, 2014
Dr. Ann Frisch, a St. Paul Rotarian, reported on the work that Non-Violent Peace Force is doing around the world to help resolve armed conflicts.  Non-Violent Peace Force is made up of 200 men and women who have been specially trained to facilitate peaceful resolution with a non-partisan, grassroots approach.  By engaging all parties to the conflict, closely monitoring the local situation, utilizing early warning/response techniques and rumor control, these skilled peacemakers have had a life-saving impact in conflict areas around the world.  A recent Rotary Foundation decision to allow the use of Matching Grant funds for training will make this form of peacemaking possible in many more areas of the world.  In fact, our board of directors recently contributed $500 to a matching grant for peacemaker training for the South Thailand Peace Project.  (Dr. Frisch and Cindy Carlson are pictured below.)
Dr. Ann Frisch - Non-Violent Peace Force Jeff Benson 2014-09-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Benson on Sep 08, 2014
District Governor Karel Weigel will make her official visit to our club meeting on September 16th.  You don't want to miss this meeting.  Lots of fun is in store and rumor has it that wine will be served.
We are hosting the Spina Bifida Picnic again this year. The date is September 21st and we'll need 4-5 Rotarians to be there from 10:30 AM-12:30PM
Anoka Rotary Club's "Unlimited Possibilities" Fundraiser will be held at the Green Haven Golf Club on September 25th, starting at 6:00 PM. TIckets are $40.00 for individuals and $70.00 for couples.  Proceeds benefit youth and youth programs in Anoka County.
Lake Elmo Rotary is spearheading a fundraiser for "Angel of Mercy" orphanage in Bambui, Cameroon.  The project received a 5960 district grant. The fundraiser is at Midland Hills Country Club, October 24th, 5-11PM
The annual Rotary Foundation Dinner will be on Saturday, November 1st.  You should already have received an email from Gerry with the details.
Mike Abel announced that he has left American Family and is working for Insurance Advisors, Inc. in Hugo.  Time constraints with the new job have forced him to request a leave of absence until Feb. 1, 2015.  Mike's work contact information has been emailed to the membership.
There were no visitors at today's meeting.
Linda LaFond joined the club last week, just in time to celebrate her birthday today by wearing the "Birthday Hat" (see below).
Meeting Recap - September 9, 2104 Jeff Benson 2014-09-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Benson on Sep 01, 2014
The White Bear Lake Rotary Club invites us to the Rotary Taste of White Bear Lake, Saturday, September 6th, from 2-5PM at Pine Tree Apple Orchard.  Get your tickets at   $35 before September 3rd, $40 at the event.
District Governor Karel Weigel will visit the club on September 16th.  You don't want to miss this meeting.  Lots of fun is in store and rumor has it that wine will be served.
We are hosting the Spina Bifida Picnic again this year. The date is September 21st and we'll need 4-5 Rotarians to be there from 10:30 AM- 12:30PM
Past District Governor Gary Campbell, was present to promote the Anoka Rotary Club's "Unlimited Possibilities" Fundraiser, to be held at the Green Haven Golf Club on September 25th, starting at 6:00 PM. TIckets are $40.00 for individuals and $70.00 for couples.  Proceeds benefit youth and youth programs in Anoka County.
Lake Elmo Rotary is spearheading a fundraiser for "Angel of Mercy" orphanage in Bambui, Cameroon.  The project received a 5960 district grant. The fundraiser is at Midland Hills Country Club, October 24th, 5-11PM
The annual Rotary Foundation Dinner will be on Saturday, November 1st.  You should already have received an email from Gerry with the details.
Visitors Were:
  • Michael Wilder, our speaker Rebekah's father and board member of  Rebekah's Chinese orphanage project, Hope Station.
  • Former NBMV Rotarian, Charlie Hall.
  • Dan Ashbach
  • Past District Governor Gary Campbell
NBMV Rotary's newest member, Linda LaFond, was inducted into the club by Jeff Benson.  Linda was proposed by Dana Rebelein.  Watch the meeting schedule for Linda's classification talk and take a moment to meet Linda at next week's meeting.  (see photo below, with Jeff and Dana)
Meeting Recap - September 2, 2014 Jeff Benson 2014-09-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Benson on Aug 25, 2014
Joanna Klein is a Hopkins HS Grad who completed her Ph.D. in Genetics at Iowa and then came to the UofM as a post doc fellow.  She has taught at the University of Northwestern - St. Paul for the last 12 years.
Joanna spoke about her Lake Johanna E. Coli Monitoring Project.  The purpose of the project is to monitor the lake for potential health risks of waterborne infectious diseases on recreational users of Lake Johanna.  E. Coli bacteria are normally present in our digestive tracts and are always present in lakes and streams because of waste from mammals and birds, storm water runoff and untreated sewage.  The concentration of E. Coli in lakes and streams is the best indicator of the potential for disease among those using the water for recreational purposes.  The maximum acceptable level of E. Coli is 235 bacteria per 100ml  and the maximum average level is 126 bacteria per 100 ml.  Joanna reported that these maximum levels have never been exceeded in the many years that she has been testing.  A couple of suggestions for minimizing the chance of disease from waterborne E. Coli were: Don't swim the day after a rainstorm and make sure pets don't defecate near shore or in beach areas.
Joanna also spoke about her work with the Science Research Institute (SRI) program.  The program was a collaboration between University of Northwestern and Concordia University - St. Paul.  The goal of this 5 week summer program was to increase high school student interest in S.T.E.M. subjects, especially in the inner-city.  The program involved faculty guided research projects where 4 to 5 high school students, and one college student mentor, designed and conducted hands-on studies.  Students would then report their findings in their regular high school classes in the following academic year.  The program also featured visits to biotech companies, student designed service/learning projects and a trip to the science museum.
Joanna Klein, Ph.D. Jeff Benson 2014-08-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Benson on Aug 18, 2014
Jeff introduced Linda LaFond, who has been proposed for membership by Dana Rebelein.
Dana announced the American Red Cross Blood Drive at Benedictine Health Center, Wednesday, Sept. 3, from 2  to 7p.m.  Call 651-288-5221 or visit and enter sponsor code 0176493.   Bring photo ID or donor ID card. All presenting donors will receive a coupon for a free haircut from Sport Clips.

Darrell Stone from the White Bear Lake Rotary Club was present to invite us to the Rotary Taste of White Bear Lake, Saturday, September 6th, from 2-5PM at Pine Tree Apple Orchard.  Get your tickets at   $35 before September 3rd, $40 at the event.
Lake Elmo Rotary is spearheading a fundraiser for "Angel of Mercy" orphanage in Bambui, Cameroon.  The project received a 5960 district grant. The fundraiser
is at Midland Hills Country Club, October 24th, 5-11PM
MaryAnn announced her 51st wedding anniversary.
Tim Roche and Char Samuelson shared the stage as they celebrated their birthdays (below).
Meeting Recap - August 19, 2014 Jeff Benson 2014-08-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Benson on Aug 18, 2014
Corrin (Claypool) Secrist was Born in Ham Lake and grew up in Blaine, attending Blaine H.S. where she played Viola and many other stringed instruments in the school orchestra.  You may be surprised to know that Corrin also played in a 'heavy metal" band named "Below the Weak" and had the necessary multiple facial piercings to complete the heavy metal look.  During high school she was also active in her church, serving as a youth leader and volunteering for various mission trips.  She also participated in P.W.A.P. (People With A Purpose) service projects.  Corrin graduated from college with a degree in Industrial and Business Psychology and put that degree to work at J.C. Penney, where she worked for a few years until she met her future husband Brian, a computer engineer.  Around the time she met Brian, she became interested in property management and took a job with Stuartco.  Jump forward 3 years and Corrin and Brian have been married for one year, she is the property manager for The View At Long Lake as well as a property in the Loring Park area, and in her spare time Corrin is working on her Masters Degree and training for next year's St. Paul Triathlon.
Corrin Secrist - New Member Classification Talk Jeff Benson 2014-08-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Benson on Aug 12, 2014
Recently returned from his Rotary Youth Exchange year in Varese, Italy, Ezra Krohn filled us in on his adventure.  Ezra provided a very interesting, and somewhat philosophical review of his experience of Italian social customs, food, education and architecture.  He spent a fair amount of time talking about the emotional roller coaster ride that he, like so many other exchange students, experienced as he moved away from home, adjusted to a new language, new school, new friends and new cultural norms, and then adjusted again as he returned home again.  From this writer's perspective, it appears that Ezra has adapted very well.  Since his return, Ezra has become involved with Rotex, a Rotary organization for past exchange students.  Ezra will complete his senior year of high school at the University of Minnesota under the P.S.E.O. program.  Ezra's mom, Anne, and sister, Hanna, were present to hear Ezra speak and Anne took the podium briefly to give us her very eloquent take on how Ezra has changed as a result of the exchange.  Pictured below are Ezra, Hanna and Anne, bracketed by our exchange gurus, Mary Ann Bawden and Sue Ager.  Just one more example of the many ways that Rotary promotes peace and understanding in the world.
Ezra Krohn - Outbound Exchange Student to Italy Jeff Benson 2014-08-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Benson on Aug 11, 2014
Next week's speaker will be new member Corrin Secrist, who will give her Classification Talk.  Be sure to be there to learn more about our 2nd newest member.
Thank You to all who participated in the Stockyard Days Hot Dog Feed.  Fifteen Rotarians helped out and it couldn't have gone better.  One thousand thirty dogs were served to hungry parade marchers, many of whom expressed appreciation for our participation.  No wonder our parade is the third largest community parade in Minnesota, after only the Aquatennial and Winter Carnival Parades.  Kudos to co-chairs George Winiecki and Todd Peck, and also to Dave Hoel, who always gets us a good deal on some of the food.  Thanks also goes to Brian Bona of Bona Brothers for the use of their parking lot.
Val Johnson reported that the NBMV Rotary bingo tent grossed $3,000 and that Rotary's net was about $1,200 after expenses.  This year's agreement was that the net proceeds would go to Stockyard Days.  Thanks to all those who volunteered to help.
Paul Fournier is still gathering responses for our group outing to see "The Mystery of Irma Vep".  If you haven't let Paul know your preference for October 1st or 8th, please do so as soon as possible.  This show is a real hoot and you don't want to miss it.  Paul can also get you tickets for another performance if you are unable to go on the 1st or 8th.  You can contact Paul at:
We welcomed Nils Friberg back after his 17 day teaching stint in Brazil.
Visitors today were: Ezra Krohn (our speaker) Anne Krohn (Ezra's mom), Hanna Krohn (Ezra's sister).  John Risdall's guests were, son Ted Risdall, Mark Anderson and Jake ? from Impact Mailing.  Dana Rebelein's guest was Linda Lafond.
Mark Beisswenger announced that Bob Barmore had won $500 in the Ducky Race Raffle.  Bob was apparently unaware that he had won...perhaps that's how he will explain the oversight to the I.R.S.
We celebrated Gerry Tietz' and Val Johnson's birthdays with a rousing Happy Birthday Song while the dynamic duo wore the birthday hats with uncommon grace (see photo below).
August 12, 2014 - Meeting Recap Jeff Benson 2014-08-12 00:00:00Z 0
CEAP Program Features Clare Brumback and Iris McGinnis Jeff Benson 2014-08-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Benson on Aug 04, 2014
Next week's speaker is Ezra Krohn, our recently returned exchange student.  Ezra will fill us in on his adventures in Italy.
Don't forget that we'll need lots of help Thursday August 7th at the Stockyard Days Parade Hot Dog Feed.  Please arrive at 5:00PM at the Bona Brothers Building, just south of the Dairy Queen on Old Hwy 8.
Paul Fournier reminded us that we will be seeing "The Mystery of Irma Vep" at the Jungle Theater on either Wednesday the 1st or Wednesday the 8th of October.  I'll be sending an email soon with details.  You'll be asked to reply with your preference of the 1st or 8th.
Cindy Carlson updated us on the progress of our Niger Global Grant Program.  International communications can be a challenge, but Cindy reported that great progress has been made on this water, sanitation and education matching grant.
Geoff Hollimon reported that our Echo grant received $3,250 in matching funds.  We'll probably hear more on this in the future.
Tim Roche's last day at NBMV Rotary will be August 19th (he's accepted the Lakeville Chamber president position).  Gerry Tietz heard Tim say that he has not had the opportunity to don the birthday hat since he joined the club.  We going to remedy that oversight at our next meeting, when you'll be able to see Gerry and Tim in their hats.
Val Johnson still has several openings in the schedule for help at the Rotary Bingo Tent for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the 8th through 10th of August.  The shifts are only two hours long and we want to show our community that Rotarians can be counted on to help out.  Please call Val at 651-491-3364 to find a time slot when you can help.
Meeting Recap - August 5, 2014 Jeff Benson 2014-08-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Benson on Jul 28, 2014
Todd Peck introduced Chuck Blake and Chuck's guest, Dori Holt.  Chuck (pictured below with Gerry Tietz) was honored with a Paul Harris Fellowship for contributions to the Rotary Foundation in memory of his wife Pat.  Pat was a very active NBMV Rotarian.  It was wonderful for us to reconnect with Chuck and he knows he is welcome to join us anytime!
Rajiv Garg and wife Sangeeta have just celebrated their 26th wedding anniversary.
George Winiecki reminded us that helpers for the Stockyard Days Parade Hotdog Feed on Thursday, August 7th, should report at 5:00 to the Bona Brothers location on Old Highway 8 (same location as last year).  We have a lot of hungry mouths to feed and your help will be appreciated.
Tim Roche announced that he has accepted a position as president of the Lakeville Area Chamber of Commerce.  Tim lives in Lakeville, so he'll have a lot less commuting time, and he plans to join the Lakeville Rotary Club.  Tim will be adding his strengths to an already strong Lakeville club.  We will miss Tim's contributions to our club, but we're glad that he'll be continuing his Rotary involvement.  Tim's last day with us is Aug. 19th, so be sure and take a moment to wish him well.
Maybe it's just me, but I think MaryAnn Bawden (pictured below) looked quite fetching in her new birthday hat.  What do you think?
Margaret will be unable to preside over the August 5th and 12th meetings, so Dana will be wielding the gavel for those meetings.  We had better be on our best behavior so she doesn't change her mind about being president for the 2015-16 Rotary year.
As today was a "Fifth Tuesday", we had our first Club Assembly of Margaret's administration.  Each committee met to plan their activities for the year, and committee chairs made brief reports to the entire club.  I, for one, sensed a lot of positive energy in the reports and came away thinking that NBMV Rotary is going to have a great year.
July 29, 2014 Meeting Recap Jeff Benson 2014-07-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Benson on Jul 21, 2014
Todd Peck introduced Eric Nelson, the new principal of Irondale H.S. and Kent Mollberg, a Detroit Lakes Rotarian who recently moved here and works for Education Minnesota.
George Winiecki reminded us that we are feeding hot dogs to the Stockyard Days Parade participants again this year and he will need plenty of Rotarians present to feed the multitudes.  Mark your calendars for August 7th at 5:00PM.
We're also going to need lots of help to run the Stockyard Days Bingo tent.  Val Johnson is spearheading this effort, which should give the Rotary Club some much needed exposure in the community.  Sign up for a time slot (or two, or three) at next weeks meeting, or give Val a call.  We will have a brief worker's orientation session after the August 5th Rotary club meeting.  It's very important that we all pitch in to make this a success!
Paul Fournier reminded us that we can attend "The Mystery of Irma Vep" at the Jungle Theater on either October 1st or 8th.  Be prepared to sign up for one or the other at next Tuesday's meeting
Next Tuesday's meeting will be a Club Assembly.  Committees will meet to plan their activities for the coming year.
July 22, 2014 Meeting Recap Jeff Benson 2014-07-22 00:00:00Z 0
Val Passes The Gavel To Margaret, As New Rotary Year Begins Jeff Benson 2014-07-08 00:00:00Z 0
Dr. Melissa Mork - The Power of Humor Jeff Benson 2014-07-01 00:00:00Z 0
NBMV Rotary Theater Night - "The Mystery of Irma Vep" Jeff Benson 2014-07-01 00:00:00Z 0
Amy Wakem and Cindy Carlson Celebrate Their Birthdays! Jeff Benson 2014-07-01 00:00:00Z 0
Evan Gersonde and Zak Armstrong - Minnesota Twins Community Outreach Jeff Benson 2014-06-25 00:00:00Z 0
Robin's Farewell Pizza Party A Great Success Jeff Benson 2014-06-11 00:00:00Z 0
Kopila Valley Children's Home and School in Nepal Jeff Benson 2014-06-11 00:00:00Z 0
NBMV Rotary Bids Adieu To Robin Jeff Benson 2014-06-10 00:00:00Z 0
Hannah Smith Receives $1,000 NBMV Rotary Scholarship Jeff Benson 2014-06-05 00:00:00Z 0
June 3, 2014 Meeting Summary Jeff Benson 2014-06-03 00:00:00Z 0
Pizza 101- Mark Lampman Jeff Benson 2014-06-03 00:00:00Z 0
John Risdall's Birthday Jeff Benson 2014-05-27 00:00:00Z 0
Officer Aaron Slack (School Resource Officer) Addresses the Club Jeff Benson 2014-05-27 00:00:00Z 0
Jeff Benson Reaches Paul Harris Fellow+4 Jeff Benson 2014-05-20 00:00:00Z 0
Dean Lotter Reviews Northwest Quadrant Development Progress Jeff Benson 2014-05-20 00:00:00Z 0
Shane Shipman Speaks About API Group, Inc. Jeff Benson 2014-05-13 00:00:00Z 0
NBMV Rotary donates $500 to New Brighton Area Historical Society Jeff Benson 2014-05-06 00:00:00Z 0
NBMV Rotary Club Presents Check to PeaceMaker Minnesota 2014-04-30 00:00:00Z 0
NBMV Rotary Club Receives Zone Award For Literacy Gerry Tietz 2014-04-30 00:00:00Z 0
Third Annual Fourth Grade Foresters Tree Give-Away JLB 2014-04-26 00:00:00Z 0
2014 Easter Egg Hunt Was Awesome! 2014-04-20 00:00:00Z 0
Rajiv Garg Joins The New Brighton Mounds View Rotary Club Gerry Tietz 2014-04-16 00:00:00Z 0
Jason Miller-Paul Harris Fellow Plus 6! Gerry Tietz 2014-04-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dana Rebelein on Apr 08, 2014
Janet Ampe receiving her mug from President-Elect Margaret Johnson
At the April 8 meeting, Janet Ampe talked about Parkinson's disease.  Speaking fro personal experience, as she was diagnosed with it when only 40-years old, she explained the nature and treatment options of the disease, and the stage of grief one experiences when diagnosed with it (denial, anger, etc.).  Janet said she has received blessings through her illness, including strengthened faith, better perspective re. what is important, patience and contact with people she would not otherwise have met.
Janet Ampe practices employment and commercial law with Henningson & Snoxell, focusing on small businesses, non-profits and churches.  She is a member of the Rogers Rotary Club and is a multiple Paul Harris Fellow.
Parkinson's Disease - A Rotarian's Story Dana Rebelein 2014-04-09 00:00:00Z 0
President Val Johnson arrived and opened the meeting by stating how wonderful the world is today in that only two hours ago she was in Chicago.  It doesn't appear she had to pay a late fine.  Happy fines were suspended as a lot of business needed to be taken care of during the meeting.  
President-elect Margaret Johnson, Gold Plate Dinner chair, reported activities to make the event a success were on track.  She showed the banners recognizing event sponsors and announcing that nearly $10,000 has been committed from the sponsors.  Ticket guru Bev Aplikowski indicated that about fifteen tickets were still available and that anyone wanting to purchase a ticket, at the raffle price of $75 should let her know. Geoff Hollimon and Cindy Carlson explained the status of live and silent auctions.  Some great items are on the auction block: guided fishing trip to Lake Mille Lacs, shooting at the New Brighton Range, pizza outing for 100 people, jewelry and more.
April 1, 2014 New Brighton Mounds View Rotary Club Meeting Notes Gerry Tietz 2014-04-02 00:00:00Z 0
Mark Beisswenger, recognized with a Paul Harris Fellow +2 pin at the April 1, 2014 club meeting.  
Mark has given twenty-three years of service the the New Brighton Mounds View Rotary Club.  The presentation of Paul Harris Fellow recognition is The Rotary Foundation's way of expressing its appreciation for a substantial contribution to its humanitarian and educational programs. It is named for our founder, Paul Harris, a Chicago lawyer who started Rotary International with three business associates in 1905.
The picture shows how grateful Mark is for receiving the recognition from the club's Rotary Foundation Director, Gerry Tietz
Mark Beisswenger - Paul Harris Fellow Recognition Gerry Tietz 2014-04-01 00:00:00Z 0
March 18 Club Meeting Gerry Tietz 2014-03-18 00:00:00Z 0
Welcome to our new website! Gerald Tietz 0
Integrated eBulletin for Easier Communication Gerald Tietz 0