President Edeth James’ Quote of the Day: “Tell me and I’ll forget. Show me, and I may not remember. Involve me, and I’ll understand.”  – Native American Proverb
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Ed thanked the many NBMV Rotarians who attended the District Happy Hour last night to celebrate contributions to the Rotary Foundation.  Ed displayed the certificates and banners we received for our generous contributions.  Rotary’s “Share the Love” campaign for the Foundation’s Annual Fund was also kicked off at the Happy Hour.  Details are shown below in a message from District Rotary Foundation Team Leader, PDG Kyle Haugen.
Contributions to the Annual Fund-SHARE are the funds that come back to our District to use for grants that positively impact people in our communities and around the world.  So…the more we all give, the more impact we can make! 
Please SHARE the LOVE this month and give to the Annual Fund-SHARE!
Any amount helps make an impact, but we want to encourage you to be generous…so we are bringing back some special recognition opportunities!  We have many donors in our District that have made The Rotary Foundation one of their “charities of choice” and have become our “Foundation Champions”.  They want to help create the next generation of Foundation Champions and have allowed us to use their Foundation Recognition Points.  We all get recognition points when we give to TRF, and these points can be used to recognize others for their actions or incent people to give to The Rotary Foundation.
We will reward and recognize people who give at THREE levels:
 $100+: Give at least $100 to the Annual Fund-SHARE during February and your donation will be matched 2:1 with Recognition Points!
$365+: Give at least $365 (equivalent of $1/day) to the Annual Fund-SHARE during February and we will use Recognition Points to make you a Paul Harris Fellow!
$1,000+: Give at least $1,000* to the Annual Fund during February and you will receive:
- Special recognition on our District website,
- Your choice of several limited edition SHARE the LOVE clothing items,
- Invitation to a special “Significant Donor” event this spring,
- “SHARE a PHF” with someone of your choosing!
*for Rotarians that are already Paul Harris Society members through monthly Rotary Direct giving, this level requires an extra $500 contribution during February
As a bonus, anyone that chooses to SHARE THE LOVE during February can purchase any of the limited edition SHARE THE LOVE clothing items as well!
Once you’ve decided how much you are comfortable giving, it’s easy to give to the Annual Fund-SHARE: You can give a check (made payable to The Rotary Foundation with “AF-SHARE” in the memo line) to your Club President or Foundation Chair, or you can make a payment online at  One note: you do need a My Rotary account to give through Rotary Direct: CLICK HERE for easy set-up instructions. 
Thank you for all that you do as Rotarians and for your contributions to The Rotary Foundation.  Remember, it’s not just about the money or recognition, but it’s the impact we’re making with the funds.  We are changing lives when we donate to The Rotary Foundation, and that’s why we ask you to SHARE the LOVE!
Kyle Haugen & Ed Marek
PS: Charity Navigator has given The Rotary Foundation its highest rating for 13 straight years, so you know the funds will be maximized to provide the greatest impact possible!
Nyle Zikmund introduced Spencer Peter, Biologist and Intern Mentor from the North American Bear Center (NABC).  Located in Ely, Minnesota, the 501(c)(3) non-profit is dedicated to debunking old myths about black bear behavior and replacing them with accurate ideas about black bears and their interactions with humans.  The NABC was founded in 1995 by renowned biologist Dr. Lynn Rogers.  Dr. Rogers has studied black bears for over 50 years and is the pre-eminent black bear researcher worldwide.  He blended modern technology with Dr. Jane Goodall’s trust-based techniques and eventually was able to study wild black bears at arm’s length. Dr. Rogers has even crawled into a hibernating bear’s den to study newly born bear cubs.  His research has shown that black bears always prefer to flee when encountering humans and that frequent contact with humans makes them less, rather than more, likely to be aggressive toward humans.  According to Spencer, black bear attacks on humans are extremely rare.  Spencer also said that getting between a black bear cub and its mother is extremely unlikely to cause an aggressive response by the mother.  He was quick to point out that grizzly bears are the dangerous bears. 
The Bear Center features videos on all aspects of a bear’s life including foraging, mating, hibernation, communication, birthing, nursing, playing and fighting.  Displays include mounted specimens of Polar, Grizzly and Black bears.  Four black bears freely roam a 2.5 acre natural habitat exhibit area where every aspect of bear behavior can be seen from an observation platform.  It doesn’t take long for observers to see that black bears aren’t so frightening after all.