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