Posted by Jeff Benson on Jun 04, 2019

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


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


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


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


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

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


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




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


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


If you haven’t already done so, please respond to Nyle Zikmund’s May 21st email asking you to sign up for a month of program responsibilities.  Teams of 3 will be needed for each month of the coming Rotary year.  If you contact Nyle now you will likely be able to choose your month and team members.


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


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


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


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

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

- Shred all junk mail and credit card offers.

- Carry only the credit cards you need.

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

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

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

Bob and Sheri are shown below.