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New Brighton Mounds View

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Tuesdays at 12:00 PM
The Exchange Food and Drink
500 5th Ave. NW
651-348-6289
New Brighton, MN 55112
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Nyle Zikmund introduced our presenter, Mike Wilhelmi, NE Metro Community Relations Manager for Xcel Energy.  Mike's presentation centered on Xcel's efforts to reduce carbon emissions into the environment.  Xcel calls this "decarbonizing".  Xcel is committed to reducing carbon emissions from electrical energy production 80% by 2030 and 100% by 2050.  They have also committed to retiring all the coal-fired power plants by 2030.  These goals are made feasible by continued operation of two existing nuclear power plants and increased utilization of wind and solar power generation.  Development of better batteries and other energy storage mechanisms will eventually allow solar energy to play a much larger role in our overall energy strategy.  Xcel is very aware that reliability of the electrical power supply is a major concern for homes and businesses, and they are taking steps to improve the integrity of the power grid.  Consumers are flocking to electric vehicles for their environmental benefits as well as their efficiency.  Mike said that electric vehicles are reducing COby 5 million tons annually, and that electric car efficiency is equivalent to $1 per gallon gasoline.  Mike and Nyle Zikmund are shown below.
 
Pete Ralston, Troop Leader for Scout Troop 412 in New Brighton, followed up on Pack 412 Cubmaster Brian Novak's club visit last week.  The Troop and Pack are looking for a sponsoring organization for the Scouts and Cubs.  The possibility of sponsorship will be discussed at the next board meeting.  
 
Dave Hoel offered a happy fine today for his new downhill skis which, he figured, should keep him skiing another ten years until his 86th birthday!!!
 
Don't forget that NBMV Rotarians are invited to Risdall's 50th Anniversary Open House on Wednesday, May 18 from 3:00-6:00PM. The event will also celebrate John Risdall's 77th birthday.  Click here to register.
 
Next week's program will feature our two Camp RYLA participants.
 
Our May 24th meeting will feature relatively new NBMV member John Johnson with his observations about our club from the perspective of a new and "younger" member.  We hope to discuss possible ways to increase our club's attractiveness to younger service minded individuals. This meeting will focus on issues critical to the future of our club. Your presence is strongly encouraged. Topics will include:
 - Member engagement
 - Meeting time and frequency
 - Speaker frequency and procurement
 - Service event management
 - Any other desired topics
 
There will be no meeting on May 31st, due to the Memorial Day Holiday

 

Our guest today was Brian Novak, Cubmaster for New Brighton Cub Scout Pack 412.  The Pack, and its corresponding Scout Troop, is looking for a new sponsor.  The troop leader will be here next week with more information.
 
Honorary member MaryAnn Bawden graced us with her presence, and delicious cookies, today.
 
Today’s meeting focused on club administration.  Due to lack of a quorum, we were unable to vote on the 2022-23 club leadership slate.  Watch your email for an e-voting opportunity.
 
Cindy Carlson presented thank you cards from our Remember Niger sponsorship students, Halimatou and Soulemayne. 
 
Cindy also said that we will be initiating a District Matching Grant proposal to build a staff living quarters for the Senitizo health care project in Central African Republic. 
 
Cindy also played a video update on our Nicaragua Global Grant project.
 
Dana Rebelein read thank you letters from our Camp RYLA participants.
 
One of our newer members, John Johnson, has ideas for making the New Brighton Mounds View Rotary more appealing to new members, especially younger ones.  He will be presenting his ideas at the May 24th noon meeting.  His recommendations involve substantial changes in meeting frequency, time and format.  Input from the entire membership would be helpful to determine our way forward.  Please make every effort to attend this important meeting!
 
Next week’s presenter (May 10th) will be Mike Whilhelmi from Xcel Energy.
 
We will not be meeting on May 31st due to the Memorial Day holiday.
 
On June 28th, the meeting will be in Nyle Zikmund’s beautiful back yard in Blaine. The Board meeting scheduled for that day will be rescheduled.
Our presenter for today's meeting was Ted Hooley, President and CEO of Senitizo, a 501(c)(3) non-profit striving to improve the lives of people living in the Central African Republic (C.A.R.) by providing health services and strengthening the health care system.  C.A.R. is among the poorest countries in the world, with 5.6 million people spread out over a country the size of France and Belgium combined.  Much of that population is concentrated in the cities where some healthcare is available, but the sparse population in the rural areas makes large scale healthcare delivery an economic impossibility.  There are only 250 doctors and less than 1,000 nurses for the entire population and almost all of them are in the big cities.  In C.A.R.13% of kids die before their 5th birthday and one of every one hundred births results in the death of the mother. Ted Hooley and Senitizo (which means "health of the people" in the local language) are trying to turn that around by promoting a local model for basic health care delivery which makes more efficient use of limited human and financial resources.  Senitizo operates a clinic which is two hours from the capital city of Bangui.  People travel to the clinic from up to 40 miles away, mostly on foot, for medical treatment.  The cost for a visit is just one dollar, which includes examination by a doctor and any medications needed.  
 
Our club participated in Stillwater Rotary's recent Global Matching Grant which provided medical equipment and an ambulance to transport emergency cases.  Donations are the lifeblood of Senitizo, and those donations go a long way.  Just fifty dollars provides medications to treat children suffering from life threatening diseases.  Five hundred dollars provides complete pre and post-natal care for 10 pregnant women.  Ted said that 99% of donations go directly to patient care.
 
For more information, go to www.senitizo.org or email Ted at ted@senitizo,org
 
President Charlie Longbella and Ted are shown below.
 
Cindy Carlson introduced her guest, former St Louis Park Rotarian Jay Rasmussen.  Jay attended the Gold Plate Dinner and may be interested in club membership.
 
Club Treasurer John Ordway announced that our Gold Plate Dinner fundraiser will net between twenty four and twenty five thousand dollars, a new fundraising record.  Many thanks to Mary Stewart, Cindy Carlson and the entire planning team for their efforts; to Dave Hoel and Jeff Benson for emceeing the Raffle and Live Auction and to everyone who played a part, large or small in making the event a success....Well Done!
 
Everyone is requested to attend next weeks meeting as we roll out the organizational structure and duties for Jason Miller's year as Club President.
 
 
Cindy Carlson led the meeting and Nils Friberg the invocation.
 
Alex Carlson of the Minnesota Mosquito Control Agency (MMCA) talked about mosquitoes in Minnesota, (including cattail, snow melt, and summer flood water), and diseases they carry to including West Nile virus, Zika and malaria to humans, and heart worm to dogs. Mosquitoes breed in temporary and permanent shallow standing water such as in marshes, receding flood water, holding ponds, and containers. They kill more people than any other predator. (Alex recommends The Mosquito -  A Human History of our Deadliest Predator by Timothy C. Winegard.)
 
Only females bite, needing blood to feed their eggs. A female lives 2-3 months and lays 300 eggs at a time, half of which are female.  By the 3rd generation, a single female can have 1.3 billion descendants.  Protected by hard shells they form unhatched eggs can survive 7 years in any climate.
 
The MMCA provides monitoring and integrated pest management service to the 7-county metropolitan area, targeting 15 of the active species, and focusing primarily on preventing larvae from emerging. They use environmentally sensitive products that do not adversely affect other wildlife.
 
Alex had suggestions for avoiding the bite: Remove or empty man-made containers from around the home; use mosquito repellents containing the active ingredient DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus; wear protective clothing (long, light, loose); avoid peak feeding times dusk to dawn.
 
When spraying your yard, don’t go above shoulder level. Put a fan on your deck or patio to disburse scents and discourage mosquitoes, which are weak flyers.
 
You can track mosquito activity at MMCA.org  Alex is shown below.
 
The meeting continued with a report on the Easter Egg Hunt – there were 300-350 children there despite the sub-zero wind chill. See below for Edeth James' pics.
Last Sunday we had a good turnout (see above) to stuff plastic Easter eggs in preparation for the Egg Hunt this coming Saturday, April 16th.  It took just under two hours to stuff the 6,000 eggs with jelly beans and prize slips.  We really need everyone to show up at Driftwood Park (just west of Silver Lake Road on 5th St NW) on Saturday April 16th at 9:45AM to get the park ready for the Hunt.  Please bring a 2-3 pound hammer if you have one to pound the stakes into the ground.  Dress warmly and come ready to have fun.  We should be finished by around 1PM.
 
Today’s presenter was Bill Cole, Supervisor of the Water Quality Standards Unit of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA).  Established in 1967, the MPCA is a state agency committed to ensuring that every Minnesotan has healthy air, sustainable lands, clean water, and a better climate.  Working within the framework of numerous state and federal regulations the MPCA works to prevent and reduce contamination of our state’s water, lands and air.  The MPCA works cooperatively with Region 5 of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to jointly protect Minnesota’s natural resources and determine the best use of limited federal resources.
 
Bill’s role as Supervisor of Water Quality Standards is guided by the Federal Clean Water Act of 1972 (CWA) and Minnesota’s Groundwater Protection Act (chapter 103H), Clean Water Legacy Act (chapter 114D), Water Pollution Control Act (chapter 115) and MPCA Authority (chapter 116).  The MPCA in turn partners with the state DNR, Department of Health, Department of Drink Water Safety, Department of Agriculture and The Board of Water and Soil Resources.
 
Minnesota Water Quality Standards are determined based on the beneficial uses of the water resource which could include: consumption, recreation, industrial use, agricultural use, esthetic value, etc.   
 
Numerical standards are developed to quantify the concentrations of specific chemicals allowable for each beneficial use.  Narrative standards are also developed for unacceptable non-chemical and esthetic concerns.
 
Anti-degradation regulations protect existing beneficial uses of bodies of water as well as exceptional characteristics (i.e. the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness)
 
Bill and President Charlie Longbella are pictured below.
 
Cindy Carlson reported that we still have 7 or 8 Gold Plate Dinner tickets to be sold.  Please follow up on your prospects ASAP.  We could also use some more Dine Around Town restaurant gift cards.
Today’s meeting was a club assembly and we used the opportunity to fine tune the details of the big events in April.
 
Geoff Holliman outlined the details for the CPY Spring Luncheon which will serve as the official Rotary meeting for next week.  The luncheon will be held on April 5th from Noon to 1PM (check in 11:45-12:00) at the New Brighton Community Center.  The featured speaker will be DeAndre Clarke, former CPY student and New Brighton Police Officer.  Please register by 3PM Friday April 1st  glhollimon@aol.com or cpymn@cpymn.org .  Check the CPY website for a virtual attendance option and other details.
 
The 35th Annual New Brighton Mounds View Rotary Easter Egg Hunt is soon upon us.  We will stuff the plastic eggs with jelly beans and prize slips on Sunday April 10th at the Exchange.  The Egg Hunt preparations begin at 9:30AM on April 16th at Driftwood Park.  There is much to be done to make this event a success and it’s important that we have lots of help.  These two opportunities would be a good time for Rotarians who haven’t been attending meetings to reconnect with the club.  Friends and family are invited to join us as we prepare for the Egg Hunt.
 
Our sole fundraiser, The Gold Plate Dinner, will be held on Friday, April 22nd, 6:00PM at the Mounds View Community Center Ballroom.  Forty one of the necessary 75 tickets have been sold which means that 34 tickets still need to be sold.  NOW is the time to ask your friends, family and business associates to attend the event.  Download and print as many copies as you need of the GPD Invite Flyer so that potential guests will have the information they need to make a decision.  We also need more Mini Raffle and Dine Around Town donations and, of course, additional Sponsorships are always welcome.  We are also offering a No-Plate donation option this year.
 
Happy Bucks Highlights
- John Johnson’s daughter has been accepted to her dream college, Boston University.
- John Ordway is expecting his second grandchild in October.
 
See you all next week at the CPY Luncheon.  Register today if you haven’t already (see above).
Our presenter today was Bridget Kelley, Membership and Business Development Manager for the Minnesota Safety Council.  The Minnesota Safety Council (MSC) is a 94 year old non-profit whose mission is to “Strengthen individuals, families and organizations by helping to prevent injuries and support safer, healthier lives.”  The MSC is a membership –based organization with over 500 member businesses in Minnesota and their members have access to a dizzying array of services including safety information, seminars, classes, consultation and on-site training to keep their workers safe.  MSC has a huge library of safety information that’s available to the public at no charge.  The information is conveniently organized under three headings, Drive Safe, Work Safe and Live Safe and the safety tips are extremely comprehensive and searchable by topic. 
 
For further information, click here to access the MSC website.  Bridget can be contacted at bridget.kelly@minnesotasafetycouncil.org
651-228-7307
 
The Gold Plate Dinner is just 4 weeks away (April 22nd) so everyone needs to get out there and sell tickets to ensure a successful event.  All 75 tickets would be sold if each member sells just two tickets (in addition to their own).  This is our only fundraiser, so we need to do well if we are to continue to support our many worthy causes.  Take a moment today to call a friend, family member or business associate and ask them to join you at the dinner.  Use the flyer you received earlier by email to inform prospective guests of the details.  Download the flyer here if you can’t find it in your email.
 
It’s time to restart the Easter Egg Hunt after its COVID hiatus.  On Sunday April 10th, 12 Noon at the Exchange we will stuff the plastic eggs with jelly beans and prize slips.   The Egg Hunt will be on the morning of Saturday, April 16th at Driftwood Park.  These two efforts require all hands on deck.  Please put them on your calendar and plan to be there to help.
 
The Club’s past-presidents will meet briefly after next week’s noon meeting to nominate a club president for the 2023-24 Rotary Year.  Please make every effort to be present for this important meeting.
 
Happy Buck’s Highlights
 
Jeff and Bridget Lundquist celebrated their 25th anniversary.
John Ordway was a year older on March 13th.
Geoff and Debra Hollimon celebrated their 42nd anniversary.
Our presenter for today was Alan Anderson.   Alan got his degree in Wildlife Management from Oregon State, ran a small business and then spent the rest of his work life as an executive with the Boy Scouts of America.  After retiring in 2012 he started working on climate issues and giving public education talks. His motivation was and is his five grandchildren.  Alan has been a Rotarian for many years and is the program co-chair for his Northfield Club of 130 members.  He is a Paul Harris Fellow, a member of Rotary International’s Environmental Sustainability Action Group, and he started a Rotary Climate Action Team in his club.  He has presented on climate change to 34 Rotary clubs in his area, as well as to many other church, school, business, fraternal and senior organizations. The Rotary Climate Action Team Network is a non-binding group of Rotary clubs undertaking service projects across all Rotary Areas of Focus with the intention of addressing the climate crisis aggressively for the tens of thousands of people we serve across the world, as well as our local communities and our families.
 
For many years, Rotary humanitarian efforts have had six areas of focus: Promoting peace, Fighting disease, Clean water, Sanitation and hygiene, Saving mothers and children, Supporting education and Growing local economies.  Recently, Rotary has added Supporting the Environment as a seventh area of focus.  This was done with the realization that the success of other six areas of focus depends on a healthy environment.   Rotary has two groups supporting this new area of focus.  Environmental Sustainability Rotary Action Group (ESRAG) addresses the broad topic of environmental protection while Rotary Climate Action Team Network supports the creation of Action Teams at the club level.
 
The primary threat to the environment is the acceleration of the “greenhouse effect” caused by the accumulation of excess carbon dioxide in the Earth’s atmosphere from burning fossil fuels.  Carbon dioxide traps the radiant energy from the sun and makes life on earth possible.  The amount of carbon dioxide is critical, however, to keep the atmosphere at the proper temperature.  Higher than ideal concentration leads to an increase in average global temperature that will last for centuries.  Polar ice cap and glacial melting have already increased sea levels and, if global temperature continues to increase, the projected rise in sea levels will take a huge human and financial toll. Atmospheric carbon dioxide has already increased by 50% since the 1970’s and is expected to continue to increase if we fail to stop it. 
 
The good news:
 - 195 countries have committed to reduce CO2 emissions (Paris ’15). 
 - Alternative energy sources have become mainstream and have become much cheaper.
 - Many energy companies have committed to carbon free electricity by 2050.
 - Auto makers are shifting to all-electric lineups.
 
We can help by doing some or all of the following:
 - Start a Rotary Climate Action Team in your club.
 - Join the free non-partisan Citizen’s Climate Lobby.
 
Click here to download the handout Alan uses for in-person talks.
Contact Alan:  luckyduck49@gmail.com
 
MaryAnn Bawden’s husband, Gary, has passed on after a ten year battle with Parkinson’s disease.  The obituary can be found at https://www.strikelifetributes.com/2022/03/in-memory-of-pastor-gary-bawden/.  To allow members to attend Tuesday’s memorial service, NEXT WEEK’S MEETING HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED TO WEDNESDAY THE 16TH, 11AM, AT THE EXCHANGE.
Today’s speaker was Dan Edgerton, a Water Resource Engineer with Stantec Consultants.  Dan was here to speak about storm water management.  To illustrate several storm water management techniques, Dan walked us through a project recently completed for Edison High School.  The project had two phases, a parking lot storm water management and a rooftop rainwater capture system for irrigation of the athletic field.
 
The existing Edison parking lot drained almost all of its storm water directly onto the adjacent street and from there directly into the Mississippi River.  Three storm water best management practices were employed to manage this runoff.  The first was the installation of a “tree trench”.  A trench was dug between the parking lot and the street and filled with coarse stone and a small amount of topsoil mixed in.  The trench acts as buffer between the parking lot and the storm sewer, allowing storm water to gradually filter into the sandy soil below.  Trees are planted in the trench to help remove some water and manage the phosphorus and hydrocarbons that would normally drain into the soil.  Storm water runoff was further reduced by using permeable pavers on the parking lot surface, allowing the water to drain slowly into the tree trench or the soil below the parking lot. The final part of the plan was the installation of a rain garden to manage runoff at the end a long alleyway.
 
Another part of the project focused on reducing the amount of water needed for irrigation of the Edison athletic field.  This innovative project was designed to collect rainwater from the roof of the gymnasium and pipe it to an adjacent sub-surface storage area with a system of five foot diameter holding pipes with a capacity of over 100,000 gallons.  An interesting feature of this system is that it also can capture and reuse runoff of excess storm water from the athletic field as well.
 
Dan and President Charlie Longbella are shown below.
 
Next week’s presenter is Alan Anderson, speaking on Rotary’s Legacy and the Impact of Climate Change.
Our presenter today was Jonathan Turner, Volunteer Program Coordinator for the MSP Airport Foundation.  The Airport Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the experience and exceeding the expectations of travelers at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, as well as supporting the airport and broader aviation community.  MSP Airport is the 12th busiest airport in the U.S. for aircraft operations and serves as a hub for both Delta and Sun Country Airlines.  It served more than 39 million travelers in 2019.  MSP has received numerous awards for safety, efficiency, design and communications and was recently recognized as the best large airport in North America by the Airports Council.  The MSP Airport Foundation has played a significant role in the airport’s success. 
 
The Airport Foundation was formed in 1982 by corporate, hospitality and aviation leaders who recognized the importance of the airport to the economic health of the region.  Over time, the foundation added responsibility for traveler aid and assistance and eventually added art and cultural programming, gambling operations and other community engagement services.  As responsibilities have grown, the foundation’s volunteer numbers have grown to over 600.  There are many volunteer opportunities including: information desk staff, animal ambassador teams, go-guides, airport beautification projects, special event workers and many more.  For more information, visit airportfoundation.org or contact Jonathan directly at jonathan.turner@mspmac.org or 612-726-5233. Jonathan and President–Elect Jason Miller are pictured below.
 
Don’t forget that the Board will meet at 11:00AM on Tuesday, Feb 22nd.
 
Mark your calendars now for the CPY Spring Luncheon on Tuesday, April 5th.  This meeting will be the Rotary meeting for that week.
 
Next week’s presenter will be Patrick McCormack from the MN House Non-Partisan Research.
Today’s speaker was Patrick McCormack, director of the Minnesota House Research Department.  The House Research department was created in 1967 to provide research and legal services for House members and committees in a neutral and impartial manner.  Their services include information and analysis, drafting and amending legislation, evaluating the effects of proposed legislation and providing advice about the legal matters arising from House business.  Requests for information or advice are completely confidential.  House Research has 45 employees with a wide range of expertise. 
 
Patrick said that one of the greatest challenges in the legislative process is that any change in legislation, and especially economic legislation, is that legislation that benefits one group most often disadvantages another group.  He cited the loosening of liquor sales and distribution as an example.  Another issue is that legislation can have unintended consequences.  Patrick noted that the legislative gift ban was a necessary policy change, but it resulted in fewer opportunities for legislators to interact informally outside the House chamber which, in his view, has led to increased polarization in the House.
 
Patrick said that population shift to the suburbs has led to redistricting and a significant shift in political power to those suburban areas.  In his view, if the suburbs were to consolidate their political capital it could mean a big change in Minnesota politics.
 
Cindy Carlson noted that the Gold Plate Dinner Flyer has been distributed to club members by email today.  A corresponding sponsorship and donation information flyer is forthcoming.  Mark your calendars now for the April 22nd event.
 
The Board has decided to go ahead with the Egg Hunt this year.  We will stuff the eggs at the Exchange at Noon on Sunday, April 10th.   The actual Egg Hunt will be at Driftwood Park on April 16th.
 
Benedictine Living Community (formerly Innsbruck) received the top high performing recognition for long-term care and short-term rehabilitation in the recently released 2021-2022 U.S. News and World Report "Best Nursing Homes."  Click here for more info.
 
Next week’s presenter will be Dan Edgerton with “The Rest of the Story on Storm Water.”
Today’s presenter was Joe McKenzie, Director of Philanthropic Partnerships at Cars for Neighbors.  Joe lived in the New Brighton area for his first 20 years and is a Mounds View graduate.  Cars for Neighbors (CFN) was founded 22 years ago by Tom Buckman and Al Sandoval and at that time it was called Free To Be.  In 2014, the Anoka County non-profit’s name was changed to Cars For Neighbors to better reflect its mission.  Joe began by noting that Anoka County has very little public transportation so people, and especially poor people, are very dependent on their cars to get to their medical appointments and jobs.  The rising cost of car repairs has made even routine repairs out of reach for many Anoka County residents.  Cars For Neighbors has partnered with Meineke Car Care in Ham Lake to help poor people pay for needed car repairs.  CFN maintains referral relationships with law enforcement, social services, women’s shelters and other non-profits and over the past 22 years they have helped over 4,000 low income families to afford car repairs.  CFN will also take donations of vehicles if only minor repairs are needed.  Joe and Nyle Zikmund are shown below.  Cars For Neighbors contact information:  
763-717-7755
125727 Central Ave. NE, Blaine, MN 55434
 
Our Gold Plate Dinner fundraiser will be held on April 22nd at the Mounds View Community Center.  The event will be catered by the Big 10.

Edeth James reported that that NBMV Rotary was honored in two categories at the recent District Rotary Foundation Happy Hour.  Among mid-size clubs, we were second in donations at $3,100 and we were one of only 7 clubs in the district to achieve EREY (Every Rotarian Every Year) status.  Well done, NBMV Rotary!  Edeth also noted that District 5960 is revisiting its very successful “Share The Love" fundraising campaign for the Rotary Foundation.  To donate, or get more information, click here.
 
The applications for 2023 Rotary World Peace Scholarships (100 scholarships are offered) must be submitted to the local Rotary clubs by April 26th, 2022.  Check out the details at Peace Fellowship.
 
Nils Friberg presented a Paul Harris Fellowship +6 to John Ordway.  The award signifies over $7,000 in contributions to the Rotary Foundation.  John and Nils are shown below.
Our presenter today was State Senator Jason Isaacson.  Senator Isaacson served in the Minnesota House of Representatives from 2012 to 2016 and has served State Senate (District 42) since his election in 2016.  Among his many responsibilities in the Senate, he is the ranking Minority Chair for Redistricting, and that was the topic for today’s presentation.
 
Legislative Redistricting is the process of redrawing the boundaries of election districts to ensure that the people of each district are equally represented.  At the national level, the Census becomes the basis for Congressional reapportionment which determines how many seats each state has in the 435 member U.S. House of Representatives.   Minnesota came within 54 residents of losing one of its 8 seats in the House of Representatives after the 2020 Census.   Going forward, each of the 8 seats will represent 713,312 Minnesotans in the House, but population movement to the bigger cities and suburbs requires district boundary changes to ensure that the population living in each district is equal.  This means that district 1, 7 and 8 boundaries must be changed to include more people and District 2,3,4,5 and 6 boundaries must shrink to include fewer people.  This is followed by State Legislative redistricting and I think you can see the difficulty in this period of partisan politics.  Although the State Legislature is charged with developing a redistricting plan, it has been unable to agree on a plan even once in the current era, so the actual redistricting is accomplished by the competing interests filing lawsuits with the Minnesota Supreme Court which, by some miraculous process, creates the plan that is implemented.  The guiding principles established by the Legislature are: fairness, consistency and reflecting the values of the population.
 
President-Elect Jason Miller recapped the Board meeting discussion about our upcoming Gold Plate Dinner.  Since there is still uncertainty about Covid, the Board has decided to reserve the Mounds View Community Center for the event.  Factors in the decision were: cost, ambience, and minimal financial risk if we are unable to hold the event.  Many thanks to Geoff Hollimon, Mary Stewart and Nyle Zikmund for their work on this.
 
We decided not to sponsor the Fourth Grade Foresters tree give-away this year.  We will look at ways to work with New Brighton and Mounds View to observe Arbor Day.
 
Nyle Zikmund introduced his friend and fellow racquetball and pickleball player, Rex Greenwald.  Rex is the President of TEREX Roofing & Sheet Metal and, despite a very busy schedule, found himself compelled to write a book that is mostly true and loosely based on his experience of trying to “follow the guiding principle of love that God shows us”.  The story is about not judging anyone or anything by outward appearances, but rather finding the inner character of a person or thing.  The story revolves around Coy, a 12 year old boy trying to make sense of the world around him.  Later in the book, a 22 year old Coy reflects back on the impact of his early experiences.  Each of the 44 short chapters is easy to read and each delivers a message.  Rex said that the book expands on his favorite Bible verse, 1st Samuel 16:7.  “But the Lord said to Samuel, look not on his countenance, or the height of his stature; because I have refused him:  for the Lord sees not as the man seeth; for the man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.”  You can find Rex’s book here.   
 
Nils Friberg was honored to present the second Paul Harris Fellowship in as many weeks.  Today’s recipient was Geoff Hollimon, receiving his PHF+8, signifying over $9,000 in contributions to the Foundation.
 
Last week, the “two stone” PHF pin presented to Cindy Carlson was, in fact a two ruby pin rather than a two sapphire pin which makes the award a PHF+7, signifying contributions of over $8,000 to the Foundation.
 
You may recall Elk River Rotarian Casey Mahon speaking to our club a couple of months ago about the Magnus Veterans Foundation and their desire to have a 6 passenger golf cart to transport Veterans around the campus.  Our club donated an all-weather fabric shell for the cart for cold weather use.  The cart was officially presented to the Magnus Foundation last Wednesday and Dave Hoel, Geoff Hollimon, Jeff Benson and Nancy Benson were in attendance.  The all-weather shell was not ready yet, but we were able to see the cart and view the amazing facility that is providing care for Veterans at no charge.
     
 
 
Today’s meeting was held off-site at Achieve Services.  CEO Tom Weaver said that Achieve was founded in 1964 to serve the needs of children with developmental disabilities.  As governmental programs for disabled kids increased, Achieve gradually shifted its focus to developmentally disabled adults.  By 1974, Achieve had created an adult day program with vocational training and community-based programming.  In 2004, Achieve spun off from Anoka County and became a private non-profit agency.  Pre-COVID, they were serving about 195 individuals and, although the pandemic has reduced that number to 135 participants, Achieve still has a budget of 4.3 million dollars.  Because many of Achieve’s participants are unable to drive, transportation is an integral part of the program and there are 35 handicap equipped busses to provide transportation to Achieve, to and from community based employment, and home again.  Achieve honors the personal choices of  its participants by offering options of community-based employment, Achieve Center based employment or non-employment services, or some combination of the three. 
 
Government funding for Achieve is split about 50/50 between State and Federal, but the Disability Waiver Rate System (DWRS) provides only 80% of revenues, leaving 20% to be funded by other sources.  Tom said that DWRS has resulted in decreased wages for staff, resulting in an increase in staff turnover rate from 7% in 2016 to 37% in 2020.  Achieve has received a DWRS “Transition Grant” to develop a sustainable business model but the real solution would be to restructure DWRS reimbursement to fairly compensate disability services.  Further complicating the issue is a federal task force goal to eliminate wages below minimum wage for disabled workers.  Tom characterized this effort as a well intended but short-sighted initiative which, if implemented, would result in thousands of lost jobs for disabled workers and those who are attempting to help them find meaningful employment.
 
Tom offered several ways that we can support Achieve’s mission:
  - Tell your network about Achieve
  - Attend their Annual Gala
  - Ask you legislator to support Achieve
  - Include Achieve in your planned giving
  - Donate online at Achieve Services
 
Many thanks to Tom, Program Director Carol Donahoe and Development Director Brooke Jensen for an informative presentation and an inspiring tour of the facility.
 
Nils Friberg had the honor of presenting Cindy Carlson with her Paul Harris Fellowship + 2.  Nils thanked Cindy for her support of the Foundation as well as the many, many ways she contributes to the vitality of this Rotary Club.  Nils and Cindy are shown below (this photographer apologizes to Nils for failing to ask him to remove his mask for the photo…soon we may not even notice our masks)
 
Next week’s meeting (Jan. 18th) is back at the Exchange with local author Rex Greenfield as our presenter.
 
Today’s meeting was off-site at the Mounds View Public Works Facility.  While we were preparing to tour the facility, Cindy Carlson introduced Residential Real Estate Agent and prospective member, Elizabeth Tanner.  Elizabeth’s father, an Iowa Rotarian, encouraged her to investigate Rotary membership.  Elizabeth is a New Brighton resident with 3 kids at Bel-Air Elementary. 
 
Mounds View City Administrator, Nyle Zikmund, introduced Public Works Director Don Peterson.  Don said that the Public Works Department has 18 employees who are responsible for water, sanitary sewer, storm sewer, parks, trails, as well as all vehicle and building maintenance.  Don is especially proud of their new Geographic Information System (GIS).  GIS is a spatial system that creates, manages, analyzes and maps all kinds of data, allowing Public Works employees to have real-time data about city infrastructure at all times from any device.  Don proudly offered a tour of the 4 year old state of the art facility.  The new facility is a big improvement over the previous disconnected and cramped arrangements, and features heated inside storage for all maintenance and plowing vehicles, roomy service bays and full administrative functions… all under one roof.  Don said that new snow plowing equipment and technology allow their skilled drivers to clear the snow from Mounds View streets in just 6 hours.  Laser guided plowing technology expedites plowing and minimizes damage to property.  A few photos of the facility follow.  You may notice the Rotary Lift logo on the mobile lifts in the service bay, but Rotary International hasn’t (to my knowledge) diversified into vehicle maintenance yet.  Many thanks to Nyle and Don for an interesting tour.
 
This week’s District 5960 newsletter honors Mike Neeley for his milestone of 50 years of perfect Rotary attendance.
 
You may remember that we supported the Magnus Veterans Foundation by providing an all-weather shell for the passenger cart that will transport Veterans around the Magnus facility.  The cart will be presented on January 12th.  An invitation is shown below.
Please RSVP and for questions email both caseymahon@msn.com and Heather.Kliewer@caerfoodshelf.org by Tuesday, January 11, 2012.
 
To see a map showing the location of the Magnus Veterans Foundation, click here. Please park in the east entrance on the east side of the large barn (signage will also be posted on the road). You may walk through the barn to the MVF main building where the cart presentation will take place.  
 
Thank you for supporting this initiative to support the Magnus Veterans Foundation!
 
Don’t forget the upcoming District 5960 “Taste of Rotary”  event being held at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Roseville from 8:15-11:30AM on Saturday January 8, 2022.  Think of it as a Rotary enthusiasm booster shot, featuring Idea Sharing, Breakout Sessions, Foundation Information, Club Visioning Information and more.
 
Next week’s meeting is back at the Exchange and our presenter will be Carol Donahue from Achieve Services.
Our presenter today was Fridley Fire Chief and former NBMV Rotarian Maddison Zikmund.  Maddison spoke about hands on educational opportunities provided by Exploring.org, an offshoot of Scouting.  Exploring provides exciting activities and mentorship for youth looking to discover their future.  Youth from age 10-21 can gain knowledge and experience in a wide range of potential careers with little or no cost.  The Exploring website lists several career fields, including Arts & Humanities, Aviation, Business, Communications, Engineering & Technology, Firefighting & EMS, Health Care, Law & Government, Law Enforcement, Science, Skilled Trades and Social Services.
 
Maddison has personal experience with Fire Safety Exploring, having led an Explorer post for several years.  He said that Fire Explorer Posts are a significant feeder system for Fire safety professionals.  He also has experience with the Opportunities in Emergency Care (OEC) program in the Spring Lake Park School District which prepares student for careers in Emergency Health Services.  Many OEC students find careers in or related to firefighting.
 
Before the Pandemic, there were 60 Fire Exploring posts in Minnesota and that number dropped as low as 23 when COVID struck but posts are reforming as we adjust to the new realities of living with the virus.  In addition to the “posts” that serve 14-20 year olds, 10-14 year olds can participate in “clubs” which should help to feed participants into the corresponding posts.  The Governor’s Fire Prevention Day at The MN Sate Fair also helps create interest in Fire Exploring and firefighting careers.
 
Cindy Carlson updated us on our 2022 Gold Plate Dinner.  The event will be held at the Mermaid on April 22nd and this year we are reducing the number of tickets from 100 to 75.  The ticket price will increase to $170/couple.  Start thinking now about auction items you could donate and people you could invite to join you at the event.  This year we will offer an additional raffle option ($50/ticket) for those who want to support our cause but can’t attend the event. 
 
Ed James said that we should watch the District 5960 newsletter for mention of Mike Neeley’s 50 years of perfect attendance milestone.
 
President Charlie Longbella reminded us of the upcoming District 5960 “Taste of Rotary” event being held at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Roseville from 8:15-11:30AM on Saturday January 8, 2022.  Think of it as a Rotary enthusiasm booster shot, featuring Idea Sharing, Breakout Sessions, Foundation Information, Club Visioning Information and more.
 
Dave Hoel reported that he had received a phone call from Irondale Choir Director Jason Etten thanking us for the $500 donation and the opportunity to perform for us. 
 
Happy Bucks Highlights:
 
Cindy and Kevin Carlson celebrated their 35th anniversary in Palm Desert.
 
Dana Rebelein celebrated great-grand motherhood with the birth of Daphne May.
 
Remember that there is no meeting on December 28th.
 
The January 4th meeting will be a tour of the Mounds View Public Works Facility.
Our presenter today was Minnesota Deputy State Fire Marshall, Kathi Osmonson.  Kathi is the Youth Fire and Intervention Specialist for Minnesota.  Children are naturally fascinated by fire and this curiosity is normal, but starting fires is potentially deadly because children underestimate their ability to control a fire once it’s burning. Although youth started fires are decreasing, there are still over 100 reported incidents and the unreported incidents are much, much higher.  Children who repeatedly start fires need help and that’s where the Youth Fire Intervention Team (YFIT) plays an important role. Youthful fire starters are often just imitating adult behaviors but they may have underlying psychological or behavioral disorders.  Regardless of the reason for youthful fire starting, swift intervention can prevent serious injury or death for the child and others.  The YFIT team specialists are trained to screen children and intervene with some combination of fire safety education, mental health referral and restorative justice.  With intervention, 98% of youthful fire starters will not repeat the behavior.  To get help for a youthful fire starter, call the Youth Fire Intervention Coordinator at 762-280-4609 or kathi.osmonson@state.mn.us
 
President Charlie Longbella reminded us of the upcoming District 5960 “Taste of Rotary”  event being held at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Roseville from 8:15-11:30AM on Saturday January 8, 2022.  Think of it as a Rotary enthusiasm booster shot, featuring Idea Sharing, Breakout Sessions, Foundation Information, Club Visioning Information and more.
 
Past President Edeth James shared some photos of his wedding to Rachel in Dallas (see below).  Congratulations, Edeth and Rachel!.
 
Next week’s meeting features the Irondale Choir for our annual Christmas carol sing-along.  Please note that the meeting will be at Risdall Marketing Group, 2685 Long Lake Rd. in Roseville.  Please plan to arrive by Noon.  Spouses and past Rotarians are welcome, but please let Charlie know as soon as possible if you are bringing a guest.
 
Remember that we decided that we will NOT meet on December 28th and that our January 4th meeting will be off-site at the Mounds View Public Works Facility.
 
We usually have a number of guests for our Irondale Choir Christmas Concert and today was no exception.  Our guests today were MaryAnn Bawden, Debra Hollimon, Debbie Connolly, Ruth Marg-Patton. Cheryl Neeley, Gerry Tietz, Cor Wilson, John and Tina Risdall, Cole Hallmark, Smiley Rebelein and prospective member Elizabeth Tanner.
 
Mike Neeley was honored for 50 years of Rotary perfect attendance.  If you do the math, that's 2600 weekly Rotary meetings attended or made up without missing even one!  It takes extreme discipline to accomplish this feat, but Mike will tell you that his life has been made richer by making up meetings in places far and wide.  Congratulations, Mike, for this extraordinary achievement.
 
In honor of his attendance milestone, Mike Neeley established the NBMV Rotarian of the Year Award.  The 2020-21 Rotarian of the Year, as selected by a poll of the club's members, is Past President Edeth James.  Edeth guided the club with positivity and enthusiasm through the difficulties of the pandemic.  A true Rotarian at heart, Edeth's dedication to Rotary's guiding principles set an example for us all.  The award recipient has the honor of naming a youth oriented 501(c)(3) charity to receive a $500 donation.  Edeth selected the Good Samaritan Society of America's Youth camp in Edeth's home country of Nigeria.  The camp serves 500 kids for a week.  Receiving the donation for the G.S.S.A. Youth Camp was Karen Reeves.  Karen has made such an impact as a missionary that she has actually been named a "Chief" in the Nigerian village that she serves.  Thanks to Mike Neeley for creating this award.
 
The Irondale Choir Divas and Guyz Group were present to perform a few songs and lead us in our annual Christmas Carol Sing-Along.  The choir numbers were terrific, and everyone enjoyed the carol sing-along to end the performance.  This meeting is the highlight of the year for many Rotarians and our thanks go to Director Jason Etten, Accompanist Steve Ferkus and the Choir.    For those interested in more music this holiday season, the annual Seniors to Seniors Concert by Irondale Choir, Band and Orchestra senior students will be this Thursday, December 16th, 12:30PM at Irondale.  Don't miss it!
 
Thanks also to David Hoel for arranging the concert each year.  David is seen below presenting our $500 contribution to Dr. Etten on behalf of the Club.
 
Director Etten recognized our club, and Geoff Hollimon specifically, for the role we played in supporting the COVID relief efforts of the Suburban Ramsey Emergency Coalition.
 
Next week's presentation (December 21st) will be about the Minnesota Fire Explorers
REMEMBER: There is no Rotary meeting on December 28th.
 
 
 
Today’s meeting was a club roundtable, so there was no speaker today.  President Charlie Longbella was seeking feedback about whether we would like to meet on the Tuesday’s after Christmas and New Year’s.  We decided that we will T meet on December 28th and that we will have an off-site meeting at the Mounds View Public Works Facility on January 4th.
 
Just a reminder that CPY’s Virtual Gala will be a perfect opportunity to look for holiday gifts for your loved ones while supporting a great cause! Join us December 2nd – 4th for our on-line auction. Here are the details:
- All proceeds from this event will be doubled. Whether you purchase an item, or simply make a donation, it will be matched up to $30,000! Help us meet our goal and continue to support our community’s youth.
- To preview auctions items, click here.     To participate in the virtual auction, register by clicking here.
 
The 2022 Gold Plate Dinner is scheduled for April 22nd.  Like many events these days, the event is dependent on pandemic developments.
 
Upcoming programs:
Dec 07, 2021 - Finara Fang - Classification Talk
Dec 14, 2021 - Irondale Choir – Christmas Carol Sing-Along
Our presenter today was Ce Ce Terloux, Founder and Executive Director of Terebinth Refuge.  Her topic was Sex Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation.  Terebinth Refuge is a Christ-centered shelter and safe transitional home that brings hope, healing services and freedom to sexually exploited and trafficked women.
 
Sexual exploiters and traffickers have developed very effective strategies to recruit vulnerable individuals and make it extremely difficult to escape the exploitation: 
- The first phase in the recruitment process is to identify a vulnerable individual and offer them attention, gifts and friendship.  Food, shelter, drugs and “protection” strengthens their relationship with the exploiter and isolates them from family and friends.
- The second phase is referred to as initiation or breaking, where the new recruit has their first “customer”.  This can be everything from gentle sex to gang rape.
- Phase three is referred to as maintenance and it involves using every possible method of isolating the individual from support systems that would help them to escape their exploiters.  Barriers to escape are: homelessness, unemployment, history of abuse, mental health issues, addiction, criminal history and lack of education.
 
Terebinth Refuge opened in 2018 with just two beds but it has experienced rapid growth, taking in 43 exploited women in 2020. An exploited woman’s first experience at Terebinth is usually the Shelter Program.  This program focuses on physical and mental health, rest and trust.  Once these short-term needs have been addressed, The Transitional Program is for women who are committed to Terebinth’s plan and wanting to pursue full case management.  The Transitional Program takes a holistic approach, focusing on physical wellness, mind health, soul health and spirit health. 
 
Ce Ce can be contacted at cece@terebinthrrefuge.org
 
Many of you will remember the presentation by Elk River Rotarian, Casey Mahon about the Magnus Veterans Foundation.  One of the needs of the 501(c)(3) foundation is a cold weather shell for the golf cart they use to transport veterans around the treatment facility.  The cost of this improvement is $300 and, rather than use club funds for this purpose, it’s thought that we could easily fund this from personal contributions by club members who are so inclined.  More to follow….
 
Next week’s meeting will be a Club Roundtable
 
The annual Irondale Choir Christmas Carol sing-a-long will be on December 14th at Risdall advertising.
 
 
Cindy Carlson received a thank you from the Stillwater Sunrise Rotary club thanking us for our contribution to their Global Matching Grant water project in El Corozo, Nicaragua.
 
John Ordway reminded us that this Saturday (November 20th) is the deadline to receive matching Paul Harris Recognition Points for contributions to Polio Plus.  If you would like to give, let John know before the Saturday deadline and he will bill you on your quarterly dues statement.  If you give online, please let John know so he can keep track of it.
 
Edeth James’ guest today was his Fiancé, Rachel.  They will be married in Dallas this week.
 
Our presenter today was Laura Packer, Vice President of Story Arts of MN (SAM).  Laura is a multiple award winning storyteller, coach and consultant.  Story Arts MN develops, supports and promotes storytellers and spoken word artists.  They welcome story tellers of all cultures, experience levels, backgrounds and styles.  In addition to promoting performance oriented storytelling, SAM also supports storytelling in educational, business and spiritual settings.
 
Laura believes that we are hardwired to be storytellers and that our brains are most fully engaged when telling and listening to stories.  Studies show that storytelling improves memory via neural coupling and that hormones related to empathy and relationship building are released when we hear or tell stories.
 
In addition to its role in promoting storytelling, SAM serves to:
  • Connect storytellers and audiences
  • Coordinate storytelling events
  • Provide a clearinghouse for information via their newsletter
  • Collect best practices and quality indicators
For more info about Laura, Click here.
 
As you might expect, the pandemic has made it difficult for many families to put enough food on the table.  The Ralph Reeder Food Shelf, with your help, has been able to increase the amount and variety of food they are able to give each family, but the holiday season is expected to be a real challenge.  Bell Lumber and Pole has partnered with the Food Shelf to match your increase in donation over last year.  Online donations can be made at www.ralphreederfoodshelf.org or checks can be mailed directly to: 2544 Mounds View Blvd. Mounds View, MN, 55112.  Although monetary donations are most effective, actual food item donations are welcome.  Click here to download a flyer of the most needed items.
 
Next week’s presenter is CeCeTourlouw from Terebinth.
Today’s presenter was Elk River Rotarian, Casey Mahon.  Casey’s topic was the Magnus Veterans Foundation (MVF)MVF is a 501(c)(3) non-profit whose mission is to “Heal and honor our veterans and their families through community fellowship and a comprehensive approach to restoring the mind, body, heart, and spirit”.  Their facilities and partnerships go well beyond traditional primary care services by focusing on the whole person (physical, spiritual, psychological, and social) to achieve individualized performance goals.  They also attempt to “close the gap between those who go to war and those who send them by creating unique veteran-community collaborative engagement opportunities”.  Opened in June of 2021, The Magnus Veterans Wellness Campus sits on a beautiful 38 acre estate in Dayton, Minnesota.  Dr. Shawn Alderman, a former Special Forces medic, oversees the treatment of veterans and their families and care is provided at no charge.  MVF has a goal to support 1,000 vets in its first year and 5,000 by year five.
 
Casey was here today to raise funds for Elk River Rotary’s District Matching Grant to provide a 6 passenger golf cart to provide needed transportation within the Campus for disabled veterans.  The topic is on next week’s Board agenda.  Casey can be contacted at caseymahon@msn.com.
 
The New Brighton Lions Club is holding a Spaghetti Supper Fundraiser from 4-7PM on November 13th at the New Brighton Eagles Club.  Age 12 years and older - $10, Age 5-12 -  $7, Under 5 is free.  The Eagles Club is located at 563 Old Highway 8 NW in New Brighton.
 
Mike Neeley celebrated 50 years of perfect attendance in Rotary by visiting his first Rotary club in Gardner, Iowa.  If you do the math, that’s over 2500 Rotary meetings!  Congratulations Mike.
 
The deadline for receiving matching Paul Harris Fellow Recognition Points from the District is November 20th.  If you are planning to contribute to Polio Plus, now is the time to get the most bang for your buck.  Get your contributions to John Ordway ASAP, or notify him if you make a direct contribution to the Foundation.
 
Next week’s presenter will be Carol Donahue from Achieve Services.  Edeth James’ fiancée, Rachel, will be here visiting, as well.
Our guest today was Dr. Jenny Yi-chun Kuo.   Jenny was a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar in 1998 and is now at the University of Minnesota as a Fulbright Scholar.  We hope to arrange for Jenny to speak to our club sometime soon.
 
District 42 Senator Jason Isaacson was scheduled to be our presenter today but a sick child prevented him from joining us today.  Nyle Zikmund gave an impromptu presentation about the John C. Campbell Folk School.  Located in scenic Brasstown, North Carolina, the Folk School offers year-round weeklong and weekend classes for adults in craft, art, music, dance, cooking, gardening, nature studies, photography and writing.  Nyle and Terry just got back from another week at the Folk School.  Nyle took another class in woodturning and Terry learned about small scale tapestry weaving.  Nyle’s small class was led by master turner John Keeton.  Nyle walked us through the process of designing, turning and finishing a wooden cremation urn.  The degree of complexity and precision required for this level of wood turning is astounding and Nyle was clearly in awe of Keeton’s craftsmanship and teaching ability.  Here are some examples of John Keeton wood turnings.
 
For more information about the Folk School, click John C. Campbell Folk School
 
We’ve all received an email from District 5960 regarding this year’s Strike Out Polio campaign.  I’m including the matching recognition points section of that email as a reminder and encouragement to contribute to the Strike Out Polio campaign this fall.  Details are below:
RECOGNITION: We will reward and recognize people who give at two levels:
 
SPARE!: Give at least $100 to PolioPlus before November 20th and the donation will be matched 1:1 with Recognition Points.
 
STRIKE!!: Give at least $365 (equivalent of $1/day) to PolioPlus during this campaign and we will utilize Recognition Points to award a Paul Harris Fellowship!
 
Thanks for being champions of this effort.  We look forward to working with you to promote our STRIKE OUT POLIO Challenge as we encourage all members to give to PolioPlus.
 
Please feel free to call or email Joe Stahlmann if you have any questions about the campaign at (210) 867-2569 or jts@mocasystems.com.
We were all delighted to finally return home to the Exchange for our meetings. 
 
Our guest today was Honorary Rotarian MaryAnn Bawden.  MaryAnn came bearing gifts of three delicious dessert breads, most of which were quickly devoured, and Mary Stewart brought the remainder to CPY.
 
Our newest member, Finara Fang, was scheduled to give her new member talk today but she had to return to Cameroon for a family emergency.  Her presentation will be rescheduled soon.
 
After the cancellation of the 2020 Gold Plate Dinner due to COVID, we rallied in 2021 by holding a No-Plate Dinner which, because of some generous unanticipated gifts, netted almost as much as the in- person dinners had.  Cindy Carlson moderated a discussion about the fate of the 2022 Gold Plate Dinner which is normally scheduled for April.  Some of the discussion points were:
   - In-Person vs. Virtual
   - Social distancing
   - Possible COVID variant surges
   - Require vaccination
   - Difficult tickets sales with diminished membership
   - Increase per member ticket sales quota
Cindy C. will formulate questions for a survey.
Nyle Z. will create a Survey Monkey using Cindy’s questions.
Jeff B. will forward the survey to the membership.
 
Rotarian of the Year 2021 ballots have been mailed with a return envelope to members who didn't receive them at the last two noon meetings.  Please indicate the Rotarian you feel deserves this recognition and return your ballot as soon as possible.
 
November 2nd’s presenter will be Senator Jason Isaacson.  Note that Senator Isaacson will need to start at 12 sharp to make it to his next engagement.  Let’s all be there at a respectful 11:55AM!
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