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New Brighton, MN 55112
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President Ed James opened the meeting with the Quote of the Day:
“If you want to touch the past, touch a rock.  If you want to touch the present, touch a flower.  If you want to touch the future, touch a life.”
Author Unknown.
 
Our guests today were: Ed James’ sister Morenekeji and her friend Dr. Oni, Assistant District Governor Julie Gotham, and our guest of honor, District Governor Ed Marek.
 
Check your email for a list of important Rotary dates.
 
Geoff Hollimon reported that the Suburban Ramsey Emergency Coalition has received an $11,000 donation from the Golden K Kiwanis club.  This donation brings the total donations to the coalition up to $145,000.  Their original donations goal was $150,000 by the end of 2020 but, with the ongoing pandemic, the Coalition intends to continue its mission into 2021.
 
Cindy Carlson introduced her friend of over 25 years, Julie Gotham.  Cindy and Julie first met through the Twin Cities North Chamber.  Julie has been a Blaine Ham Lake Rotarian for over 20 years and, as mentioned earlier she is the new Assistant District Governor for our area.
 
Julie, in turn, introduced our District Governor, Ed Marek.  DG Ed has been a member of the Shakopee and Eden Prairie Clubs and, for the past 19 years, the St. Paul Sunrise Rotary Club.  You may remember that DG Marek has spoken to our club about the Rotary Fast for Hope initiative in Nicaragua.
Ed would have preferred to speak to us in person but these Covid times have made Zoom meetings necessary.  Rotary is taking the pandemic very seriously and has chosen to hold District and International meetings virtually until at least March of 2021. 
 
DG Marek began by reminding us of RI President Holger Knaack’s Vision Statement: “Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change - across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.”  He indicated that our club is living out this vision in our many activities and singled out the Suburban Ramsey Emergency Coalition as one example.  RI President Knaack’s theme for his term is “Rotary Opens Opportunities” and he emphasizes four goals that clubs can adopt to live into the theme.
   - Investigate innovative club models and procedures.
   - Have a five year vision for the club.
   - Select new members carefully.
   - Support the Rotary Foundation.
Ed elaborated on the Rotary Foundation as a way for clubs to expand their reach internationally.  The Rotary Foundation has had a 4 star rating at Charity Navigator for 12 consecutive years, so you know your donations will get to the places where they are needed.  You can also direct your donation by designating one of four purposes for your contribution.  As a contributor to the foundation you normally receive one recognition point for each dollar contributed, but during this month the District has arranged it so that your $100 contribution will earn you double points and a $365 contribution will earn you and additional 635 points for a total of 1,000 points, which qualifies you for your Paul Harris Fellowship or perhaps even higher levels of recognition.  You must get your contribution (by check made out to The Rotary Foundation) to John Ordway before October 31st or donate online at Rotary.org and specify the Polio Fund.  If you donate online, please let John Ordway know so he can update club records.  DG Marek recognized Jeff Benson for reaching the Paul Harris+8 recognition level, indicating total contributions of over $9,000 to the Foundation.
 
Ed elaborated on other areas of focus, including Rotary support for the “Positive Peace” concept, Mentoring, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Youth Exchange and Battling Human Trafficking.
Our guests today were Assistant District Governor Julie Gotham from the Blaine Ham Lake club and Mary Jo McGuire.  We also had a special Zoom appearance by Dennis Connolly’s infant granddaughter Emma.  Emma is being groomed as a future Rotarian
 
President Ed James noted that important Rotary dates have been sent to you by email.  You can also download them by clicking here.
 
John Johnson has agreed to join the board of the Community Support Center (CSC).  The Club thanks John for agreeing to represent us at this important community organization.  Thanks also to Paul Fournier for his service on the CSC Board and for encouraging John to take his position on the Board.
 
President Ed stressed the importance of attendance at next week’s Zoom Club meeting.  District Governor Ed Marek will be making his annual club visit and we’d love to have a big zoom turnout for his visit.  Because of time constraints, the previously scheduled speaker will be moved to another date.
 
Club Treasurer John Ordway said that the application for a $5,000 grant from State Farm Insurance for our No-Plate Dinner fundraiser has passed the first approval level and should be fully approved by early December.  We are also expecting the $2,500 Bell Lumber and Pole matching grant to come through soon.
 
Geoff Hollimon reported that the Suburban Ramsey Emergency Coalition’s ‘73 Mustang Convertible Raffle ticket sales are going extremely well with 800 of 1,000 available tickets sold to date.  Contact Geoff Hollimon if you don’t have your ticket yet or need some more.  Geoff also noted that the coalition’s expanded grant criteria are continuing to generate grant requests.  Geoff also praised Mary Stewart and the CPY staff for their response to the educational void created by Covid-19.  CPY’s new Distance Learning Support Program provides free or low cost full day distance learning supervision for 100-120 K-8th grade youth.  The program has so impressed Tom Bell of Bell Lumber and Pole that the company has offered a $65,000 matching grant for new and increased donations to CPY.  Let Geoff know if you would like to take advantage of this generous matching grant.
 
Jed Hamoud reported that we have sent a check for $1,500 to support the Lebanon Collaboration in its efforts to deal with the aftermath of the Beirut explosion.
 
We once again remind Rotarians that October is “Strike Out Polio” month.  Donations to the Polio campaign during October will earn you matching Foundation Recognition Points according to the following schedule:
 - Donations of $100-364 will earn double recognition points
 - Donations of $365+ will earn 635 additional recognition points. 
The key is that the check (made out to The Rotary Foundation) must be received by John Ordway in time for John to report it to the Foundation by October 31st.  Alternatively, you could donate online but be sure that you specify the Polio Fund and let John know that you made the online donation.
 
Nyle Zikmund introduced our speaker, Lia Spaniolo, the new Program Coordinator of the Anoka County Master Gardener Program.  The Master Gardener Program is part of University of Minnesota Extension.  As a Land Grant University, the U of M is obligated to share its resources and research with Minnesotans through public outreach programs.  The Master Gardeners Program is one part of that outreach.  The Anoka County Master Gardener Program has 115 active members, each of whom volunteers at least 25 hours in various Master Gardener activities and many contribute much more than that.  Lia said that the total annual volunteer hours are 7,500, of which 4,300 hours is direct service and teaching.  Activities include:
- Ask a Master Gardener Booths at events and fairs
- Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinics
- Speakers Bureau
- State Yard and Garden Hotline (statewide partnership)
- Classes and Tours
- Plant Sales
- Habitat for Humanity Partnership
- Schoolyard Gardens
- Writer’s Guild
 
Covid-19 has interrupted many of the Master Gardener’s activities but they are excited to offer many online options until the pandemic abates.
 
If you would like to be a Master Gardener, applications are accepted in September and October and, if accepted, core training runs from January through May (online this year).  Fifty volunteer hours are required during the first year and twenty five hours in subsequent years.  Five hours of continuing education is also required per year to maintain membership.
 
For more information, go to https://www.anokamastergardeners.org/
 
While door knocking in his run for Anoka County Commissioner, Nyle Zikmund came across a woman who was supplementing her public assistance income by making sports team themed gnomes.  He was so taken by her efforts that he bought several for family and friends.  Nyle offered to acquire more for those who are interested. (photo below)
 
Nils Friberg relayed Gerry Tietz’s greetings to the club after visiting him at his new home.
 
Nils asked for our prayers for his wife Peg, whose health is in decline with the spread of her cancer.  Nils’ first wife passed away from cancer in 2006.
 
Ed James reported that his daughter has received an acceptance letter from Loyola Medical School!
 
Don’t forget to attend the District Governor’s Zoom visit next Tuesday at Noon.
Today’s’ meeting was the last face to face meeting for this fall.  It was a windy and chilly day but it was great to see everyone that made it to the meeting.  In President Ed's absence, John Ordway stepped in to run the meeting.
 
Our guests today were Assistant District Governor Sandy Campbell and her husband Past District Governor Gary Campbell.
 
President Ed James’ Quote of the Day - “Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you” - Princess Diana
 
For a list of important Rotary dates, see your email or you can download it here. 
 
Club Treasurer John Ordway said that the application for the $5,000 grant from State Farm Insurance for our No-Plate dinner fundraiser is nearly complete.  If it is approved, we should net just over $20,000 for the event.
 
Geoff Hollimon reported that donations to the Suburban Ramsey Emergency Coalition have reached $120,000!  Since the Coalition modified its grant criteria to include Covid-19 mental health and wellness issues, it has received letters of intent for six grants which, if awarded would total $40,000.  The ’73 Mustang convertible raffle ticket sales are doing very well, especially due to showings of the car at events around the area.  Tickets are still available from Geoff Hollimon. Just mail your check for $25/ticket (made out to Climb Theatre) to:
Mustang Raffle
c/o Geoff Hollimon
2749 13th Terrace NW
New Brighton, MN 55112
The Coalition invites you to take part in a biking/walking/driving tour of twenty examples of rose art in the Roseville in Bloom art exhibit.  Bike routes of 9.7 and 7.6 miles are suggested, or you can visit them in your car.  Register here for a chance to win a prize and, hopefully, make a donation to the coalition to support its work to provide food and housing support for those with greatest need resulting from Covid-19.
 
Geoff also reported that CPY’s new Distance Learning Support Program will provide free or low cost full day distance learning supervision for 100-120 K-8th grade youth.  The hallmarks of this program will be:
   - Safe, reliable internet access
   - E-learning support
   - Out of School Time (OST) activities
   - Meals and nutritional support
   - Transportation
Modifications of learning spaces at Christ the King Lutheran Church and other changes increased CPY’s budget by $340,000 this year but a significant portion of that amount has already been secured.  All these services will, of course, be provided with proper Covid-19 precautions.
 
October 24th is World Polio Day and our local club and District 5960 are each offering incentives for us to donate to Polio Plus during October.  NBMV Rotary and District 5960 each will offer double Foundation recognition points for contributions during October.  If I have it right, for contributions of $365 during October, the district will provide enough points to get you to the next Paul Harris recognition level.  I expect clarification on this soon.  As always, if you make contributions online or by check to Rotary directly, let John Ordway know so he can manage your matching points.
 
Sandy Campbell’s Anoka Rotary Club is holding a Travel Raffle Fundraiser.  A $10 ticket gets you a chance at a $3,000 travel voucher (with no expiration date for these Covid times).  Email the club today if you’d like to buy a ticket -  https://www.anokarotary.com/contact
 
Jed Hamoud presented a video from the L.A. Cedars Rotary Club outlining their response to the tragic explosion in Beirut, Lebanon. I had hoped to include a link to the video but the link I received last week has expired.  If I get an updated link, I’ll include it in the next newsletter.
Our guests today were: Mary Jo McGuire and Dana’s granddaughter, Hannah Brandt.
 
President Ed James’ quote of the day is “The only true gift is a portion of yourself” – Ralph Waldo Emerson.
 
Important dates for the near future can be found in your email or by clicking here.
 
Don’t forget that next week’s meeting (October 13th) will be at Silver View Park on County Rd. I, just east of Silver Lake Rd.  The meeting will also be available on ZOOM.
 
John Ordway and Cindy Carlson noted that the application for a $5,000 grant from State Farm Insurance should be completed by the end of the week.
 
Jed Hamoud reported that he has been in email communication with the Beirut Rotary Club and that the L.A. Area Rotary Club (which has significant Lebanese membership) will serve as a conduit for transferring funds to Beirut to minimize transfer costs.  Watch your email for a short video from the Beirut Rotary Club.
 
Geoff Hollimon said that five organizations have initiated grant proposals with the Suburban Ramsey Emergency Coalition following the addition of mental health and youth issues to its Covid-19 grant criteria.  He also noted that the ’73 Mustang Convertible Raffle tickets are selling well and several more car showings are scheduled in the coming weeks.  Only 1,000 tickets will be sold, but tickets are still available and you can get yours from Geoff Hollimon by mailing your check for $25 (made out to Climb Theatre) to:
Mustang Raffle
c/o Geoff Hollimon
2749 13th Terrace NW
New Brighton, MN 55112
The Coalition invites you to take part in a biking/walking/driving tour of twenty examples of rose art in the Roseville in Bloom art exhibit.  Bike routes of 9.7 and 7.6 miles are suggested, or you can visit them in your car.  Register here for a chance to win a prize and, hopefully, make a donation to the coalition to support its work to provide food and housing support for those with greatest need resulting from Covid-19.
 
Dana Rebelein reported that Camp Enterprise is cancelled this year due to Covid-19, but the event’s entrepreneurship, leadership and ethics training will be front and center in the new one day online Camp Enterprise Junior program for middle school youth.  Attendees will be invited to the high school version of Camp Enterprise in the future.
 
Nyle Zikmund introduced Commander Ryan O’Neill, Commander of the Ramsey County Sherriff’s Department Violent Crime Enforcement Team (VCET).  The website describes The Violent Crime Enforcement Team (VCET) as an East Metro multi-agency law enforcement task force comprised of deputies from the Sheriff's Office along with officers from the Saint Paul, Roseville, Mounds View, Maplewood, White Bear Lake, and New Brighton Police Departments and agents from the United Stated Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF). Additional partners include the Ramsey County Attorney's Office and the Minnesota National Guard Counter-Drug Task Force.
 
VCET targets enforcement efforts on narcotics distributors, violent offenders, gang members, and career criminals to stop the flow of narcotics and weapons to our region. VCET also provides assistance to other agencies and offers public education and awareness to our communities on drugs, gangs, and violent offenders. 
 
Commander O’Neill’s presentation focused on drug trafficking and abuse as the root cause of much of the violence and weapons problems in Ramsey County.  He explained that the VCET has seen rising levels in all categories of drug abuse and that younger and younger children are becoming drug abusers.  The trend toward younger users is most clearly seen with marijuana use, where higher concentrations of THC and increasing use of vaping pens have increased the potential for abuse.  Of course, these factors have made marijuana use among adults easier than ever and increased the potential for psychological dependence.  Other drugs on the rise are methamphetamine, cocaine, heroin, MDMA (Ecstasy/Molly) and, of course opioids.  Prescription opioid abuse is more common in the U.S. than other countries because the U.S. prescribes 80% of the worlds opioid painkillers. Seventy percent of opioids on the black market have been stolen from family and friends.  The most potent of the opioids, fentanyl, is especially dangerous because the risk of deadly overdose is great and fentanyl is often added to other drugs to increase their effect and addiction potential.   Drug treatment admissions and drug overdose deaths are up for all drugs, and especially for methamphetamine.  Over 125 Americans die each day from drug overdoses.
 
The VCET is here to increase community safety by increasing community awareness and involvement as well as to increase support from elected officials in the battle to reduce the far reaching effects of illegal drugs on the health and safety of Ramsey County residents.  Commander O’Neill can be reached at: ryan.oneill@co.ramsey.mn.us
President Ed James’ Quote of the Day: “The most worthwhile thing is to try to put happiness into the lives of others.” – Sir Robert Baden-Powell
 
Our guests today were Mary Jo McGuire and Samuel Zayzay.
 
Important Rotary dates can be found in your email or downloaded by clicking here.
 
Our next Face to Face meeting will be on October 13th at Silver View Park on County Rd. I, just east of Silver Lake Rd.  The meeting will also be available on ZOOM.
 
John Ordway reported that our No-Plate Dinner fundraiser will net $20,223 provided that the State Farm Foundation grant and Bell Lumber and Pole challenge grant are received.
 
Jed Hamoud is in communication with the Beirut Cedars North Rotary Club and expects to hear from them regarding the situation in Beirut and where we should send our donation.  Jed is also interested in finding out if there are other U.S. clubs with which we could collaborate, perhaps on a Global Grant.
 
Geoff Hollimon said that the Suburban Ramsey Emergency Coalition’s ’73 Mustang raffle ticket sales are going well. Only 1,000 tickets will be sold, but tickets are still available and you can get yours from Geoff Hollimon by mailing your check for $25 (made out to Climb Theatre) to:
Mustang Raffle
c/o Geoff Hollimon
2749 13th Terrace NW
New Brighton, MN 55112
The Coalition invites you to take part in a biking/walking/driving tour of twenty examples of rose art in the Roseville in Bloom art exhibit.  Bike routes of 9.7 and 7.6 miles are suggested, or you can visit them in your car.  Register here for a chance to win a prize and, hopefully, make a donation to the coalition to support its work to provide food and housing support for those with greatest need resulting from Covid-19.
 
Geoff also reported that Community Partners with Youth (CPY) will be a distance learning center for kids on weekdays when hybrid scheduling would have them learning from home.  CPY has already received a $150,000 grant for this initiative and expects to receive more funding.
 
Nyle Zikmund introduced Susie Brown, President of the Minnesota Council on Foundations (MCF).  The Minnesota Council on Foundations got its start in 1970 as a response to changes brought on by the 1969 Tax Reform Act.  Fifty years later the MCF is a membership association of philanthropic grant making organizations.  It strives to be a philanthropic community collectively advancing prosperity and equity.  The goals of advancing prosperity and equity are achieved through three strategies.  The first strategy is to create connections within the Minnesota philanthropic community by providing learning opportunities and facilitating knowledge sharing among its membership.  The second strategy is to strengthen its membership by providing tools and skills to be more effective and providing recognition for achievements.  The third strategy is to mobilize its membership through collective action to create public policy that enhances philanthropy while promoting equity and integrity in grant making.
 
Suzie identified three issues that present challenges for philanthropic foundations.  The first challenge is changing community needs.  Covid-19 and increasing racial and socioeconomic inequity are two examples Suzie cited.  The second challenge is diversity, equity and inclusion in grant application and awarding.  This challenge is made more difficult by the fact that a majority of foundation boards are composed of white, upper class men.  The third challenge is that traditional grant application and reporting processes are too complicated, causing frustration among potential grantees.  If you’d like to learn more about the Minnesota Council on Foundations, click here.
Cindy Carlson opened the meeting with a summary of this morning's Board meeting: 
- It’s confirmed that State Farm will make a $5,000 contribution to our No-Plate Dinner Fundraiser (Amy Wakem made us aware of the grant availability). 
- The Community Support Center is seeking to add a Board member from our club to replace Paul Fournier, who retired due to health reasons.  A list of Board member responsibilities can be found by clicking here.  Contact Executive Director Karen Meyer (651-387-8050) for more information.
-  PeaceMaker Minnesota has organized a New Brighton Peace Riders fundraiser to raise funds to help schools reduce bullying and teach conflict resolution to kids.  Click here for more information on the bike ride.
- Our club has agreed to donate $1,500 to help the Beirut Cedars Lebanon Rotary Club address food insecurity in the wake of the explosion which devastated half of Beirut.  We also plan to work with the Beirut Cedars club on a Rotary grant.
- Our 2020-2021 budget projects a $3,500 surplus, assuming $10,000 in net proceeds from what will likely be a another No-Plate fundraiser.
- We will continue meeting by Zoom for the foreseeable future with 1 face to face meeting per month.
 
Geoff Hollimon reported that the Suburban Ramsey Emergency Coalition has modified its grant criteria to better align with the current impacts of Covid 19. Mental health and youth issues have been added to the criteria.  The ’73 Mustang Convertible Raffle is experiencing strong ticket sales.  See Geoff Hollimon for your tickets before the 1000 ticket allotment is sold out.  Tickets are just $25 so mail your check (made out to Climb Theatre) to:
Mustang Raffle
c/o Geoff Hollimon
2749 13th Terrace NW
New Brighton, MN 55112
Also be aware that the Coalition invites you to take part in a biking/walking/driving tour of twenty examples of rose art in the Roseville in Bloom art exhibit.  Bike routes of 9.7 and 7.6 miles are suggested, or you can visit them in your car.  Register here for a chance to win a prize and, hopefully, make a donation to the coalition to support its work to provide food and housing and mental health support for adults and youth with greatest need resulting from Covid 19.
 
Geoff also reported that Community Partners with Youth (CPY) has come up with a creative plan to continue their excellent work with students.  Executive Director Mary Stewart developed a plan to mentor students on days when the hybrid schedule would have students learning at home.  The mentoring plan would require $200,000-300,000 in grants but it appears that funding will be available.
 
Nyle Zikmund introduced Jill Brown, Executive Director of the North Metro Mayors Association (NMMA).  The NMMA was created in 1987 to promote private and public investment in the northern Twin Cities suburbs.  The 15 cities represented by the NMMA are mostly adjacent to Interstate Highway 610, the first big development project it supported.  Since that success, the NMMA has become a unified legislative voice on issues including transportation, economic development, housing, pollution, recreation, public safety and tax reform to mention just a few.  This kind of inter-city cooperative lobbying is unique in Minnesota and it gives the North Metro area considerable influence in county, state and federal government.  The NMMA also partners with local Chambers of Commerce, utility companies and non-profits to enhance its economic development lobbying efforts.  Non-profits, like Rotary, can also benefit by joining the North American Joint Purchasing Program (NAJPP), a central purchasing program that gives NMMA members and partners access to competitive pricing usually only available to big companies.
Our guest today was Mary Jo McGuire.
 
President Ed James’ quote of the day:  “Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.” – Albert Einstein.
 
Next week’s club meeting will be “face to face” at Silverview park, just East of Silver Lake Rd. on Co. Rd I in Mounds View.  Bring your lunch and your mask.  The Board will meet at 11AM prior to the club meeting.
 
See your email for important upcoming Rotary events.
 
Jed Hamoud reported on the continuing crisis in Lebanon following the gigantic August 4th explosion in Beirut.  It’s estimated that half of Beirut has been destroyed and The Rotary club of Beirut Cedars is working to address the many challenges facing the people of Beirut.  Their response includes:
Food Boxes – The delivery of the food is traced by “Geopal” to eliminate government corruption.
Educational Support – Half of the schools have been destroyed.
Disaster response – 300,000 are homeless, 6,000 were injured and over 200 were killed.
Reporting Transparency – Government media information is inaccurate.
Beirut Cedars Rotary is working with other Lebanese Rotary clubs as well as clubs around the world to address these issues.  We are investigating how we might be able to help.
 
Geoff Hollimon reported that the Suburban Ramsey Emergency Coalition has approved three more grants.  Solid Ground and Aeon will each receive grants of $5,000 and Keystone Community services will receive a $2,500 grant.  Twelve grants have now been approved for a total of $67,500.  The tickets for the raffle of a classic 1973 Mustang Convertible are going fast, especially after this last weekend’s event at Bent Brewstillery in Roseville.  Only 1,000 tickets will be sold, but tickets are still available and you can get yours from Geoff Hollimon in person at next week’s face to face meeting at Silverview Park OR by mailing your check for $25 (made out to Climb Theatre) to:
Mustang Raffle
c/o Geoff Hollimon
2749 13th Terrace NW
New Brighton, MN 55112
The Coalition invites you to take part in a biking/walking/driving tour of twenty examples of rose art in the Roseville in Bloom art exhibit.  Bike routes of 9.7 and 7.6 miles are suggested, or you can visit them in your car.  Register here for a chance to win a prize and, hopefully, make a donation to the coalition to support its work to provide food and housing support for those with greatest need resulting from Covid 19.
 
Nyle Zikmund introduced today’s speaker, Garry Johanson, director of Norman County, MN Environmental Services Division.  Garry’s job description is wide ranging, including Planning and Zoning, Solid Waste, Recycling and Household Hazardous Waste, Emergency Management, Flood Plain Management, Buffer Management, Courthouse Safety and Public Safety Departments.  Garry was with us today to talk about emergency management.  Norman County is located in the Red River Valley in northwestern Minnesota and it leads the state in natural disasters, primarily because of the perennial springtime flooding of the Red River.  As if all these responsibilities were not enough to keep him busy, Garry is also the President of the Association of Minnesota Emergency Managers (AMEM).  As he talked about the challenges that emergency managers face, he emphasized how Covid 19 has changed the entire landscape of emergency preparedness and placed a huge strain on the mental health of emergency planners and their staff.
Today’s guests were Mary Jo McGuire and Sherry Munyon.
 
President Ed’s Quote of the day:
“We aren’t limited if we can’t see. We’re only limited if we don’t look.” – Two Blind to Ride
 
Don’t forget that our September 22nd meeting will be Face to Face at Silver View Park on County Rd. I, just east of Silver Lake Rd.  The meeting will also be available on ZOOM.
 
Treasurer John Ordway reported that the No-Plate Dinner fundraiser has so far raised $12,743 and we anticipate another $2,500 for a total of  $15,243 net income.  Congratulations to the organizers and thanks to the donors that made it possible to continue to fund our many charitable efforts for the coming year.
 
Geoff Hollimon reported on the Suburban Ramsey Emergency Coalition.  The Coalition has two new activities that will provide opportunities to raise funds and to increase visibility of the Coalition:
  1. Collector Car Raffle: On Saturday, September 5, the 1973 Mustang Convertible Raffle launched at the Kiwanis State Fair Malt Shop at Dave’s Auto in Roseville.  In partnership with Climb Theater as a licensed gambling sponsor, tickets are being sold both by our Coalition members and at the 17 gambling sites of Climb Theater.  The drawing for prizes will be at the Mermaid in Mounds View on November 19.  Weather permitting; the next display of the Grand Prize 1973 Mustang convertible will be on Saturday, September 12 at Bent Brewstillery, 1744 Terrace Drive, Roseville. There will be a Minnesota BBQ Society Cook-Off event at Bent from 12:30 to 4:30. Bent is also one of the locations of Rose art in Roseville-in-Bloom and is a charitable gambling site for Climb Theater. We plan to be there between Noon and 3 PM (weather permitting). This event will have it all: Mustang display, BBQ cook-off, public Rose art and Bent craft beer. More details on Facebook and emails. All this will be outside in the parking lot so you can safely attend with masks and wisely social distancing.
  1. Fall Bike/Drive to see Rose Art: Planning continues for the Bike/Drive Event to see Roseville In Bloom Art in partnership with Visit Roseville. Biking and driving routes are being created to enable the public to conveniently view Roseville’s first free public art. When the public goes to  https://www.visitroseville.com/roseville-in-bloom/, they will be able to download a biking/driving route and register to win prizes provided by in-kind sponsors from among Roseville’s dining and hospitality options. This event will run through September and October.
A list of important Rotary dates should be in your email inbox, or you can download it here.
 
Nyle Zikmund introduced Bill Strusinski to speak to us about his experiences as a medic during the Vietnam War.  Bill noted that, in previous wars, medics were stationed just behind the front lines.  In Vietnam, however, the nature of the fighting put the medics out in the field as an embedded part of the infantry units.  Bill was a “combat” medic; caring for the wounded under the most difficult circumstances imaginable while knowing that at any moment he could be the one needing medical attention.  Bill’s official medic training was completed in 10 weeks but he says that most of the training was on the battlefield.  Bill’s medic bag contained little more than the essentials to stop bleeding and dull the pain until a helicopter could evacuate the wounded soldier to a field hospital.  The efficiency of these evacuations (averaging only 1 hour) allowed many soldiers to survive their physical wounds, but the mental trauma (for the wounded and non-wounded alike) would follow them for the rest of their lives.  This was aggravated by the shameful way that Vietnam vets were treated by many Americans upon their return home.  PTSD and depression have led to alarmingly high suicide rates among veterans and Agent Orange exposure has resulted in an array of medical problems that gets bigger as time goes on. 
 
Bill had an opportunity to speak at the “Stars of Life” awards banquet in 2017 and this appearance inspired him to write his book, “Care Under Fire”, detailing his experiences in Vietnam.  You can learn more or order the book by clicking the link above.  Nyle Zikmund will also bring a few books to our September 22nd face to face meeting.
President Ed James Quote of the Day:
“Don’t find fault. Find a remedy.” -  Henry Ford
 
Our guest today was Jeff Ozanne, Lead Pastor at Faith United Methodist Church in St. Anthony.
 
Important Rotary Dates and Events can be accessed by clicking here.
 
Upcoming Speakers:
- September 08 - Bill Strusinski - Care Under Fire - 365 days in Vietnam
- September 15, 2020 - Garry Johanson -State of Emergency Management
 
Although it wasn’t presented at the club meeting, Geoff Hollimon provided me with a Suburban Ramsey Emergency Coalition Weekly Report, which I have included below:
 
Subject: Weekly Highlights from Suburban Ramsey Emergency Coalition - August 24
 
This past week total donations to the Suburban Ramsey Emergency Coalition reached $85,716. After deducting $55,000 for the 9 grants awarded, the balance is $30,716. We are assessing how the nature of the upcoming school year and current CARES Act resources impact needs for food and housing assistance. Meanwhile there are three current activities.
1.       Review of Letters of Interest for Donor Designated Housing Assistance for families who identify as Black or African American.
The Grants Committee is reviewing three letters of interest (LOI) in grants from the donor designated fund. The LOIs are from AEON, Solid Ground and Keystone Community Services. After review of the LOI, applications will be sought and final decision will be by the Steering Committee.
2.      Collector Car Raffle.
We continue to wait for the fiscal agent agreement from CLIMB Theater for raffle of the 1973 Ford Mustang. Two appraisals have been completed and the photo shoot was done by a local professional photographer who donated his services. We want to get the agreement to the Steering Committee for approval as soon as possible so that we and CLIMB’s charitable gambling partners can start selling tickets.
3.      Bike/Drive Event to see Roseville in Bloom art in partnership with Visit Roseville.
We are planning a family friendly Bike/Drive event to encourage people to safely get outside this fall to visit Roseville in Bloom art in 20 locations in Roseville. The Roseville in Bloom website will add biking and driving and in-kind sponsors who will provide incentives such as free appetizers and 2 for 1 specials for people to go to our Suburban Ramsey Emergency Coalition to register for this FREE event. We hope that the in-kind sponsors will also promote the event to their clients. The goal is to increase visibility of our Coalition and to encourage people to naturally donate to the Coalition. This event would be open September and October and we may be able to co-promote this with showing of the collector car for raffle sales.
There will be a Steering Committee meeting this Thursday, August 27 if there is need for decisions or significant discussion. 
 
Nyle Zikmund introduced our speaker, Tyler Ahnemann, from the Minnesota Zoo.  Tyler said that the Minnesota Zoo is 42 years old and is the 5th oldest zoo in the country.  The Zoo is a trusted conservation leader and adheres to the highest standards of wildlife preservation and care, as evidenced by its accreditation with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.  In the years before Covid-19, the Zoo entertained over 1.3 million guests, including over 500,000 environmental program participants, each year.  Pandemic concerns led the Zoo to close on March 14th but it reopened at limited capacity on July 24th.  Reservations to visit the Zoo can be made online by clicking here.
 
The Zoo is also known for its adult programming.  Tyler mentioned several adult oriented opportunities including: Wellness/Special Interest Program, Backwoods Camping, Backstage Passes and Travel Ed-Ventures.  He talked at length about the Travel Ed-Ventures program, which offers groups of 8-16 adventure travelers environmental trips to locations around the globe.  If you are interested, contact Tyler at TylerAhnemann@state.mn.us.
 
President Ed noted that our next face-to-face Rotary meeting will be on September 22nd at Silverview park on Co Rd I near Silver Lake Road at 12:00 Noon.  Bring your own food and beverage.  The meeting will also be available on ZOOM.
 
Cindy Carlson presided over the culmination of our No-Plate dinner fundraiser.  Our 19th annual Gold Plate Dinner fundraiser was cancelled this year due to Covid-19, so we needed to find a way to raise funds for the myriad of charitable causes that our club supports.  Since the Gold Plate Dinner raises over $20,000 each year, we had our hands full trying, on short notice, to recover the lost revenue.  The No-Plate Dinner was like a dinner fundraiser without the dinner.  We had already raised $7,400 prior to the cancellation of the Gold Plate Dinner and we have raised an additional $6,500 since then, so the response has been heartwarming.  The No-Plate donations will help us to continue to fund and participate in programs like these:
 
Harvest Pack Food Packing
Feed My Starving Children
Stockyard Days Parade Hot Dog Feed
Cultural Exchange to Lebanon
Adopt a Home Program
Community Support Center
Rotary Youth Exchange Program
Rotary Global Scholar Program
Rotary Easter Egg Hunt
4th Grade Foresters Tree Giveaway
Three $1,500 College Scholarships
Community Partners with Youth
Mounds View Festival in the Park
Mounds View Police Federation
Ralph Reeder Food Shelf
New Brighton Historical Society
Northeast Youth and Family Services
Peacemaker Minnesota
Stamp Out Hunger
Camp RYLA
Camp Enterprise
Irondale Choir
Remember Niger Child Sponsorships
Guatemala Literacy Project
 
Major sponsors were:
Bell Lumber and Pole
Western Bank
Smith Schaeffer and Associates
Mountaintop International
Pratt-Ordway Properties
Our sincere thanks to all who contributed to this event.
 
The $250 raffle winner was Jay Ariyo in London, England.  Charity really is a global effort!
President Ed’s Quote of the Day:  “Happiness is when what you think, what you say and what you do are in harmony.” - Mahatma Gandhi
 
Treasurer John Ordway reported that, as of today, we have collected over $5,000 in donations toward our No-Plate Dinner fundraiser. 
 
Membership Director Cindy Carlson had the pleasure to induct former Rotarian Gerry Tietz as an Honorary Member of the club.  Gerry had been a member since 2004 with 16 years of faithful membership and exemplary leadership.  Gerry held several Board positions, was President of the club and even served the District as a Foundation Committee member.  Gerry was unable to attend in person because of Covid restrictions at his new residence, but he was able to join us on Zoom.  Congratulations, Gerry, on your honorary membership.  We miss you and hope you will soon be able to attend an occasional meeting.
 
We were all saddened at the news that DG Ed Marek’s daughter, Mandy, had passed on after battling breast cancer. Condolences may be directed to:
Ed and Sue Marek
5676 Upper 136th St Ct. W.
Apple Valley MN 55124
 
Jed Hamoud offered to make contact with the Beirut, Lebanon Rotary Club to see if there is a way we might be of help after the horrendous explosion that rocked the city on August 4th.
 
Geoff Hollimon reported that the Suburban Ramsey Emergency Coalition has received over $83,000 of its $150,000 donation goal.  He thanked everyone for their generous contributions but warned that Fall will bring new challenges as state and federal emergency funding runs out.  The Coalition has awarded a grant to the YMCA of Greater Twin Cities to help fund and onsite food shelf at Montreal Courts, and affordable housing complex in Little Canada.  The $5,000 grant will provide food to 225 people each month and cooked meals for 120 people each week.  The Coalition’s Virtual Run/Walk was a big success with 157 registrations. Registrations netted $2,140 and donations and sponsorships added another $12,843 for a total of $14,943. Well done!  The Coalition also received an anonymous $10,000 donation designated for housing assistance for Black or African-American families.
 
Nyle Zikmund introduced today’s presenter, Michael Wurth, from Urban BoatBuilders.  Twenty five years ago a group of community leaders formed the non-profit to address the opportunity gap created by systemic barriers to education and employment. Urban Boatbuilders provides hands-on opportunities to gain technical, social and emotional skills to help young people reach their academic and vocational goals.  Urban Boatbuilders has two programs; apprenticeship and partnership.
 
The Apprenticeship Program is a paid job training program.  Applicants must be 16-19 years old and meet criteria for low income or barriers to employment.  Pay starts at $9.84 per hour and goes up with additional sessions.  Sessions use boat building as the means to build technical, social and career readiness skills. There are also three paddling and camping opportunities each year, including one in the Boundary Waters. Successful apprentices may apply to become Senior Apprentices and, eventually Youth Instructors. Michael noted that 73% of the youth who complete the apprenticeship program are employed.
 
The Partnership Program is a cooperative program with local middle schools, high schools and youth service organizations to provide academically enhanced boatbuilding skills to youth ranging in age from 12-21. This program serves over 1000 youth per year. The program is on hold during Covid but will continue with safety measures as schools reopen.
 
Potential volunteers are encouraged to check out Open Shop Night on Wednesdays from 6:30 –9:30PM. These sessions are open to all levels of experience.  The calendar and other information are available here.
 
Urban Boatbuilders will be having a 25th Anniversary Virtual Community Celebration on August 20th from 6:30-7:30 PM. To RSVP or get more information, click here.
 
See below for group photo of today’s meeting participants as well as a photo of Nyle and Michael.
 
 
Our guest today was Mary Jo McGuire.
 
Watch for an email from President Ed James listing upcoming Rotary events.  Note that August 18 at noon marks our second face-to-face Rotary meeting (with social distancing and masks).  The meeting will be held in the pavilion at Silverview Park on County Rd I just east of Silver Lake Rd.
 
Cindy Carlson reported that we have received $4,000 (40%) of our goal of $10,000 in donations for our No-Plate Dinner fundraiser.  President Ed will forward Treasurer John Ordway’s summary of donations so far.  We all need to do our part by asking family, friends and co-workers to contribute.
 
Geoff Hollimon updated us on the North Suburban Emergency Coalition’s fundraising efforts.  Donations to date total $65,241 toward a goal of $150,000. Five grants have been made so far and more are in the pipeline.  The Coalition’s Three Mile Community Virtual Run/Walk is going on this week and has so far raised $12,695.  At today’s meeting it was revealed that you can still sign up for the run/walk.  Just click the link above to register.   Don’t forget that you can also support the work of the Suburban Ramsey Emergency Coalition by writing a check in any amount to the Suburban Ramsey Covid-19 Response Fund and mailing it to:
       Suburban Ramsey Covid-19
       Response Fund
       C/o Carol Brown-Mills
       5845 St. Albans Court
       Shoreview, MN 55126
Carol is a board member of Shoreview Community Foundation and she’ll forward donations to The St. Paul and Minnesota Foundation each day. You will still get your tax receipt from the St. Paul and Minnesota Foundation with tax ID # 41-6031510.
Recent improvements to the Coalition’s website include a “Donate” button if you prefer the convenience of online donations.  The Coalition’s Facebook page can be accessed by clicking here.  An update to the Coalition's member Rotary Clubs can be downloaded here.
 
Geoff also reported on the 8th Annual CPY Golf Ball Drop which was held at Brightwood Hills Golf Course.  In the biggest ball drop to date, so many balls were dropped that it disrupted the mechanism for determining the winner.  Instead of one ball in the cup there were three.  A quick phone call to the three potential winners resulted in all three agreeing to split the $1,800 pot.  The event grossed over $9,000!
 
Nyle Zikmund introduced our speaker, Tara Jebens-Singh, the new Executive Director of Northeast Youth and Family Services (NYFS).  Tara began her employment at NYFS just as the pandemic hit but she appears to have hit the ground running.  Many NYFS programs are heavily dependent on face to face interaction with their clients, so these COVID times have made creativity and collaboration essential.  NYFS is a mental health and social service agency serving people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds in the northeastern metropolitan area of the Twin Cities.  On the mental health services side, NYFS provides services in 17 schools in the Roseville, Mounds View and White Bear Lake Districts as well as providing tele-health services, home visits, clinic-based services and day treatment programs.  On the social services side, NYFS provides senior chore services, tele-reassurance calls and youth diversion programs.  In conjunction with area police departments, the community advocacy program is also just restarting.
Today marked the first in person (with masks and social distancing) club meeting since Covid-19 hit.
 
Our guests today were Jason Miller’s wife Renee and District 5960 Governor Nominee, Dayle Quigley.
 
President Ed James has emailed a list of upcoming events.  You’ll find the list below:
 
August 1, 2020 (Saturday 8:00AM – 10:00AM)  Strive Scholarship Taco John's Run Baby Run 5K, 10K.  Saturday August 1, 2020 8:00 a.m. start time.  $25 with registration on or before July 27 and just $35 after July 27 and race day.  Click here for online registration (midwest events).  This race starts at The Boatworks Commons, (4459 Lake Ave S) on beautiful White Bear Lake.  The course is flat and fast, 5K runs north along the lake to West Park and then back.  The 10K goes south to Cottage Park then North along the lake to Ramsey County Park into the White Bear Lake neighborhood before returning back to Lake Ave, and the Finish at The Boatworks Commons.  The registration includes an event T-Shirt. Rotary Volunteers are at the Start/Finish and on the course supporting the runners.  All of the proceeds of the race go to the Strive Scholarship Inc Fund which is a 501c(3) tax-exempt, non-profit entity.  Awards will be given to the top male and female overall and the top 3 male and female in each group.
 
August 2, 2020 (Sunday 3:00 PM) - CPY’s 8th Annual Golf Ball Drop - Brightwood Hills Golf Course, New Brighton, Win up to $5,000, All ticket sales from this event benefit the youth programs at Community Partners with Youth (CPY) 1 Ball = $10 3 Balls = $25 5 Balls =$40 To purchase tickets call 651-633-6464
 
August 7, 2020 (Friday 5:30 – 9:00PM) SAVE THE DATE - Join us at Canterbury Park in Shakopee for Rotary Race Day on Friday, Aug. 7th. Everyone is welcome—Rotarians bring your family and friends out to this great event! The gates open at 5:30 p.m., live horse racing begins at 6:30.  Cost for the event is $10, which includes admission, hot dog and soda. Children 17 and under get free admission, but must purchase the $10 ticket to get the hot dog and soda.  Rotary Race Day is a fundraiser for The Rotary Foundation's PolioPlus! Organized by Rotary Districts 5950 & 5960, 100 percent of ticket sales will benefit PolioPlus!   Tim Mulcrone will be singing the national the anthem at 5:30.
 

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

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

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

 
Cindy Carlson reported on the No-Plate Dinner fundraiser.  You all should have received an email with the No-Plate Dinner Flyer which you can forward or print to distribute to friends and family who might be supportive of our club’s charitable programs.  Even though we can’t gather for the fundraiser as we have in the past, we hope that the No-Plate fundraiser will raise at least half of the $20,000 raised in previous Gold Plate Dinners.  For this to be possible, we all need to contribute and ask others to do the same.  Take a moment today to pass the flyer on!
 
Geoff Hollimon encouraged us to consider taking part in the Suburban Ramsey Emergency Coalition’s Three Mile Community Virtual Run/Walk fundraiser which will be held from Monday, August 3-Sunday, August 9, 2020.  Participants can use the suggested routes or make up their own.  The important part is to donate to the Coalition so it can continue to offer financial support to those directly affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.  Click the link above for details.
 
Everyone appeared to feel safe at the meeting today so we will look at having another in person meeting in August.
Our guests today were George Stringham from District 5960 and Mary Jo McGuire.
 
The Board voted this morning to make former NBMV Rotarian Gerry Tietz an Honorary Rotarian.  Amy Janecek has resigned as Principal at Irondale and has also resigned her Rotary membership.  New principal, Carol Campa, has expressed interest in Rotary membership.  The Board will wait to finalize the 2020-2021 budget until after the results of the No-Plate Dinner fundraiser are in.
 
John Ordway noted that approximately $3,000 of our $10,000 goal has been raised for the No-Plate Dinner fundraiser.  More sponsorships are welcome and members need to reach out to friends, family and business associates to sell tickets if we are to reach our goal.
 
Geoff Hollimon said that the Three Mile Community Virtual Run/Walk to benefit the Suburban Ramsey Emergency Coalition has so far raised $10,000 in sponsorships and Run/Walk entry fees, but much more is needed for the Coalition to help those adversely affected by Covid-19.  Seventy two people have already signed up and your participation would be greatly appreciated.   Contact Geoff for mor e info.
 
Nyle Zikmund introduced today’s presenter, Kevin Wilson, to speak to us about the U.S Army Corps of Engineers (USACE).  Kevin is the Deputy District Engineer for the St. Paul District of USACE.  ASCAE’s mission is to “Deliver vital engineering solutions, in collaboration with our partners, to secure our Nation, energize our economy and reduce risk from disaster.”  With its headquarters in Washington, D.C.,  USCAE is divided into 9 Divisions comprised of 43 Districts.  It also has nine centers and labs, 1 Active Duty unit and two U.S. Army Reserve Theater Engineer Commands.  Our District, the St. Paul District, covers 139,000 square miles in five states, contains four major river basins (the Souris River, Red River, Rainy River and the Mississippi River).  USACE manages thirteen locks and dams and maintains a nine foot deep navigation channel along 284 miles of the upper Mississippi river system.  Its 41 locations employ 650 people, 30% of whom are Veterans.  The USACE has six major missions: Navigation, Flood Risk Management, Environmental Sustainability, Regulation of Aquatic Resources, Recreation Area Management and Disaster Response.  In addition to these initiatives, UWACE also partners with our Canadian neighbors to cooperatively manage our shared aquatic resources as well as participating in the Tribal Partnership Program to carry out environmental projects with Native American Tribes in the District.
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