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New Brighton Mounds View

Our Club Motto: Service Above Self

We meet In Person & Online
Tuesdays at 12:00 PM
The Exchange Food and Drink
500 5th Ave, NW
651-348-6289
New Brighton, MN 55112
United States of America
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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!
Our guest today was Honorary Rotarian Beverly Aplikowski.  Welcome, Beverly!
 
Our presenters today were Mindy Handberg, ISD 621 Director of Community Partnership and Michael Werner, ISD 621 Dean of Post-Secondary Planning Student Services.  Mounds View Public Schools offer students the opportunity to explore various industry related careers through specific coursework that allows students to follow their interests and prepare for post-secondary study and work opportunities.  The Pathways program was created in response to community and industry feedback and in partnership with building trades, industry and post-secondary institutions.  Mindy and Michael graciously agreed to share their Powerpoint presentation for use in this newsletter.  You can access it by clicking here.  Examples of some popular pathways can be found hereMindy hopes that businesses will consider making classroom presentations or offer meaningful internships and shadowing experiences.  The program would also benefit from student group tours and mentorship experiences.  If you or your business could help with any of these learning opportunities, Mindy or Michael would love to hear from you.
 Mindy Handberg - 651-621-6094
     mindy.handberg@moundsviewschools.org
Michael Werner 651-621-6045
     michael.werner@moundsviewschools.org
 
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.
 
NEXT WEEK’S MEETING (AND FUTURE MEETINGS) WILL BE AT THE EXCHANGE.
 
Our presenter next week will be new member Finara Fang’s classification talk.
 
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!
Our speakers today were Spring Lake Park/Blaine/Mounds View firefighters Tony Scavo and Derek Authier.  They were here to tell us about their volunteer mission to provide relief and support for overworked firefighters in Louisiana after Category 5 Hurricane Ida left a statewide swath of destruction.  Tony and Derek were part of a 22 man delegation from nine fire departments around Minnesota. The group shipped out on September 7th, 2021, joining other firefighters from all over the U.S. for an 18 day stay in one of the hardest hit areas of Louisiana.  While there, all 22 bunked in a relatively small tent at a military base camp. For the first week, they focused on water deliveries, tree removal, general cleanup and door to door needs assessment for residents.  They were humbled by the overwhelming southern hospitality and gratitude that they experienced while helping the homeowners.  They felt as though these people who had lost almost everything were more concerned with the firefighters comfort than their own.  During their stay the firefighters got a small taste of the power of a hurricane when Hurricane Nicholas (Category 1) came through and inundated their tent.  The remainder of their stay involved assessing the damage to existing fire stations for the State Fire Marshall.  Many fire stations and much of the firefighting equipment were partially or completely destroyed by Ida.  The heat and humidity were oppressive, especially for Minnesotans unused to subtropical conditions.  Displaced residents almost unanimously were choosing to rebuild rather than relocate, and the close-knit communities banded together to protect what little possessions they could salvage after the storm.  Tony and Derek agreed that this volunteer mission was very gratifying and they would do it again if the opportunity arises. Tony, Derek and President Charlie Longbella are shown below.
 
Don’t forget about the One Rotary Summit, Saturday October 23, 9-11:30AM at FamilyMeans, 1875 Northwestern Ave S. Stillwater, MN 55082. 
  • You will participate in focused discussions about Membership, Public Image, and The Rotary Foundation and how the three work together in Rotary.
  • You will share how service is important for all of us as Rotarians and Rotaractors.
  • You will gain insights about how your club can expand its reach, increase its impact, enhance its engagement, and increase its ability to adapt.
 
Mike Neeley announced nominations are open for a 2021 Rotarian of the Year.  Nomination forms were passed out today and will be available next week as well.  After that, nomination forms will be made available by email.
 
Edeth James displayed photos of the 4-Way Test sign that has been erected in his honor at his alma mater, Polytechnic Ibadan, in Nigeria.  Edeth thanked all those who contributed toward the sign. 
 
Camp Enterprise has been cancelled this year.
 
Next week’s speaker will be Mindy Handberg, speaking about ISD 621 Workforce Training.
 
We expect to return to the Exchange soon, perhaps by Oct. 26th.
Nyle introduced today’s speaker, Juliet Mitchell, CEO of Life Etiquette Institute.  Juliet’s topic was “Civility in the Society”.  Juliet is a Career Development Consultant and Licensed Etiquette Professional serving clients of all ages and all walks of life.  Juliet’s professional service philosophy is “Treat Everyone with Dignity and Respect”.
 
Juliet defines civility as: Social norms and rules that a society agrees to follow in order to relate to others in a positive and productive way.  Etiquette (commonly called manners) is the expression of those norms and rules.  Juliet believes that manners are a key factor in relationship and business success.  Conversely, people with poor manners create a climate of incivility which leads to disrespect, mental and physical abuse, bullying, and the list goes on.  Today’s social and political rhetoric tells the whole story.  Juliet said that the economic impact of this incivility is staggering, citing costs of $49 million for the storming of the U.S. Capitol and $300 billion resulting from the George Floyd protests.
 
Juliet believes that civility can be restored.  She listed several ways to move in that direction:
  • Teach kids and young adults to be respectful and treat others with dignity.
  • Create workplace standards that promote civility.
  • Promote inclusivity and oppose exclusivity.
 
Juliet is pictured with the group below.
 
Next week’s speaker is Senator Jason Isaacson (District 42)
Several Rotarians were present last night as George Winiecki received Mounds View’s Outstanding Citizen of the Year Award. We’re proud of you, George!
 
Nils Friberg introduced today’s speaker, Jerome Brown.  Jerome was the social worker for Nils’ wife Peg while she was in hospice care.  Jerome was raised in what he described as a “bad neighborhood” on the South side of Chicago and, like many kids there, got involved in some illegal activities.  But Jerome also excelled in basketball and in track as a sprinter.  Jerome’s parents were heroin addicts, so Jerome was living with his aunt when recruiters from the University of Dubuque football team came knocking at his door.  For Jerome, two white men at the door could only mean that his criminal activities had finally caught up with him, so he was reluctant to answer the door.  His aunt forced him to go to the door and it changed his life forever.  He went to Iowa to play football and left his Chicago past behind him.  He got his B.A. at Dubuque and his M.A. from St. Ambrose University.  Since answering that knock on the door he has become a social worker, motivational speaker, consultant and author (“From Stone to Bread”).
 
Jerome’s social work began in child protection but soon shifted to mental health and eventually focused on hospice care.  Jerome defined hospice as care for someone who has been diagnosed by a Physician as having less than 6 months to live and showing progressive decline in physical condition.  He also said that it is not uncommon for patients to be in hospice care for longer than 6 months and that some patients actually graduate from hospice care if their health improves.  Jerome admits that his job can take an emotional toll but he credits his faith and education for the strength to carry on.  He said that 50% of those in hospice say they have regrets about their lives and that many of those regrets revolve around failing to finish, or even start, important life goals.  Jerome’s process for avoiding these regrets is:
  • Decide (commit to the goal)
  • Discipline (plan and follow up)
  • Destroy (complete the goal)
Jerome left us with these words:  Get Busy Living or Get Busy Dying
 
Dana Rebelein reported that two Irondale Students, Bella Woo and Kaden Li, have been selected to be our representatives at Camp Enterprise.  The decision to hold the event or cancel it due to Covid should be made soon.
 
Geoff Hollimon said that he spoke to MaryAnn Bawden recently and that she is doing well and she misses us.
 
George Winiecki and Dave Hoel noted that long time friend of the club, Gerry Bensing, passed away recently.
 
Nils Friberg announced that he will be moving next month to Eagle Crest.
 
The Board will meet at 11AM next Tuesday.
 
Next week’s meeting will feature Julie Mitchell, speaking on Civility in Society.
Nyle Zikmund introduced Jeff Forrester, Executive Director of Minnesota Lakes and Rivers Advocates.  The MLRA is a grass roots, non-profit, environmental conservation organization.  Some of the greatest resources that Minnesota has to offer are its lakes and rivers, but threats from pollution and invasive species pose an ever-increasing threat to those resources.  MLRA is working to create awareness and promote corrective action to preserve our treasured lakes and rivers for future generations.  Our lakes and rivers are the victims of changes in rainwater runoff patterns due to changes in residential and agricultural land usage.  The lack of buffer zones around lakes and rivers allows phosphorus to leach into the water, leading to overgrowth of plants and algae that eventually changes oxygen levels and can even lead to total fish kill.  Invasive species like asian carp, zebra mussels and invasive plants are also having a huge environmental and economic impact on our state.  Jeff said that the myriad of governmental agencies, while well intentioned, each control a small piece of the regulatory bureaucracy, making serious progress difficult.  He believes that real progress depends on lake owners and farmers owning the problem and taking action before the problem is beyond repair.  For more information, click here.

Cindy Carlson had the pleasure of inducting Finara Fang as the newest member of our club.  Finara was proposed for membership by Edeth James.  Charlie, Cindy, Finara and Edeth are shown below.
 
Charter member George Winiecki has been named Mounds View Citizen of the Year.  The honor will be awarded at the Mounds View Town Hall Meeting which starts at 5:30PM on Monday, September 20th.  The meeting is at the Mounds View Community Center.  Let’s all show up to honor George.
 
Cindy Carlson reminded us that Arden Hills Shoreview Rotary, in conjunction with Lakeshore Players Theatre, is presenting the Shoreview Live! Variety Show as a fundraiser for various club initiatives. Showtime is 7 PM on Thursday, September 23rd at the Shoreview Community Center.  The evening will feature upbeat and jazzy music performed by local performers Kate Beahen, Falicia Cunningham, Bradley Beahen & Elena Glass, along with theatrical snippets and comedy interpreted by beloved Lakeshore Players Theatre performers, with a special performance from Children's Performing Arts students.  Click here to download more information.
 
Important Rotary dates:  Click here to view District 5960 events.
 
Cindy Carlson, Dana Rebelein, Jeff and Nancy Benson joined the Mounds View Lions Club to serve hot dogs and brats to the spectators and participants of the “Guns and Hoses” softball game to honor those first responders who risked their lives or gave their lives after the 9/11 attacks twenty years ago.  Nyle Zikmund was appropriately attired to umpire the event (see below).
 
 
President Charlie read a thank you from the Community Support Center thanking us for our continuing financial support of their important work in the community.
 
Nils Friberg offered his thanks for our support following the passing of his wife, Peg.
 
Dave Hoel reported that his recent checkup showed that surgery and radiation have eliminated any evidence of his vocal cord cancer.
 
Next week’s speaker is motivational speaker Jerome Brown, author of “From Stone to Bread”
President-Elect Jason Miller ran the meeting in President Charlie Longbella’s absence.
 
Cindy Carlson reported that Remember Niger has been awarded a $10,000 matching grant opportunity from One Day's Wages to provide 34 scholarships for girls in middle school in Niger.  To receive the matching grant they must raise $10,000 before receiving the matching grant funds.  The scholarships will cover the cost of school tuition and fees, books, uniforms, meals, tutoring and mentoring for girls in middle school. The benefits of educating girls in Niger are immense. A study from the World Bank estimates that each year of middle school education provided to a girl yields a 25% increase in her future earnings and providing opportunities for girls to stay in school delays instances of early marriage.  If you would like to help Remember Niger take advantage of this grant, contact Cindy or donate directly online at https://onedayswages-rememberniger.funraise.org/.
 
Charter member George Winiecki has been named Mounds View Citizen of the Year.  The honor will be awarded at the Mounds View Town Hall Meeting which starts at 5:30PM on Monday, September 20th.  The meeting is at the Mounds View Community Center.  Let’s all show up to honor George.
 
Our speaker today was Dr. Caitlin Potter, Education and Community Engagement Coordinator for the University of Minnesota’s Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve (hereafter Cedar Creek).  Cedar Creek is a large ecological research site in central Minnesota with natural habitats that represent the entire state. There is no place of comparable biological diversity so close to the Twin Cities metropolitan area.  The nine square mile reserve lies at the intersection of three biomes; deciduous forest, prairie grassland and northern evergreen forest.  This means that Cedar Creek has exceptional diversity of flora and fauna, making it the perfect location for scientific research.  In fact, Cedar Creek has been at the forefront of ecological research since the 1940’s.  Many research methodologies, including radio telemetry tracking, were developed at Cedar Creek.  In addition to its short-term research projects, Cedar Creek is also home to many long-term projects, some of which won’t yield results for 200 years.  Very sophisticated global climate change research is also being conducted.  Cedar Creek’s “Eyes on the Wild” project employs trail cameras and some volunteer “watchers” to gather real-time visual data on animal behavior in the wild.
 
Due to the large number of research projects housed onsite, the only part of Cedar Creek’s property that is regularly open to the public is the Fish Lake Nature Trail.  The nature trail is a wonderful place to walk, ski, bird watch and more.  Click here for more information about the trail.  Access is limited to daylight hours and no dogs are allowed on the trail. 
 
To learn more about Cedar Creek, click here, or contact Caitlin directly at Caitlin@umn.edu
 
Cindy Carlson announced that Arden Hills Shoreview Rotary, in conjunction with Lakeshore Players Theatre, is presenting the Shoreview Live! Variety Show as a fundraiser for various club initiatives. Showtime is 7 PM on Thursday, September 23rd at the Shoreview Community Center.  The evening will feature upbeat and jazzy music performed by local performers Kate Beahen, Falicia Cunningham, Bradley Beahen & Elena Glass, along with theatrical snippets and comedy interpreted by beloved Lakeshore Players Theatre performers, with a special performance from Children's Performing Arts students.  Click here to download more information.
 
Past-President Edeth James is leaving soon for Africa soon to attend the groundbreaking for the 4 Way Test sign honoring him at his alma mater.  If you would like to contribute toward the sign, contact John Ordway.
Don’t forget the softball game between the SBM Fire Department and the Mounds View Police Department to honor the Heroes who responded after the 9/11 attacks 20 years ago.  The game (dubbed “Guns and Hoses”) will be held at Mounds View City Hall Park at 11 AM on Saturday, September 11th.  Volunteers would be appreciated at 10:30AM.  Or club has agreed to help sponsor the event.
 
Next weeks’ meeting will feature the induction of Finara Fang as the newest member of our club.  Let’s have a good showing of members to welcome her into the club.
President Elect Jason Miller presided over the meeting in President Charlie Longbella’s absence. 
 
Our Speaker today was Pete Boulay, a climatologist with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources State Climatology Office.  The topic of so many conversations in Minnesota lately has been the high temperatures and lack of rainfall.  These conditions have had a huge impact on Minnesotans and, especially on Minnesota’s farmers.  As bad as the current drought has been, Minnesota experienced even more severe drought conditions in 1936, 1959, 1988.  If not for the excessive rainfall from 2010-2019, the current dry conditions would have been even worse.  Today’s soaking rain was a blessing and Pete predicted wetter weather over the coming two weeks, but the future trend will be warmer summer and winter overnight temperatures which lead to increased soil temperature and lower soil moisture content.  Pete said another problem with the warmer winter weather is that Japanese Beetle larvae are able to survive in the soil over the winter, and each year they are spreading further north.  Pete said that even though the average temperatures are rising, temperature variability is increasing as well.  This means that we are more likely to experience extremes of hot and cold.
 
Our guests today were prospective member Finara Fang and NBMV scholarship recipient Griffin Bourassa.
 
Our next meeting will be a Club Roundtable at Silver View Park, 12 Noon, Silver Lake Rd and County Rd I.  Bring your own lunch.
Our guest today was Kole Hallmark, Logistics manager at Big Blue Boxes.
 
John Johnson is working on obtaining racks to organize the club’s storage room.
 
Our speaker today was Devin Massopust, New Brighton City Manager.  Devin grew up in Rapid City, South Dakota, did his undergrad at St John’s University and got his graduate degree at Hamline University.  He is married to Katie and they have a 2 year old son named Luca.  Devin had been the assistant City Manager prior to becoming City Manager in March of 2020.  Devin was here to update us on New Brighton.  The Covid 19 pandemic was a major challenge for Devin’s  first year and a half on the job.  New Brighton has reported 2538 Covid cases and 63 deaths to date.  The city’s clinics have so far been able to vaccinate 10,755 people and city administration has received two awards for its innovative response to pandemic challenges.  All city facilities are currently open and masking is required indoors.  The city recently secured bonding for improvements at six city parks at 1.53% interest rate, a historic low.  Use of outdoor recreation facilities has increased dramatically and the Brightwood Hills Golf Course had its busiest month ever with over 5,000 rounds played in July.  The intersection of Old Hwy 8 and 8th Ave. is being reconstructed and will soon have stop lights to handle the increased traffic from the new development nearby.  The fire department has noticed a sharp increase in fire calls this summer (45 calls in July).  The increase is not related to drought conditions, however.  New Brighton has experienced a 44% increase in crime reports this year.  The increase is solely in non-violent crimes like theft and burglary with catalytic converter thefts increasing dramatically.  Devin reported that New Brighton’s new state of the art water filtration system is working smoothly.  He also indicated that the Stockyard Days Parade will return to its old route next year but it will continue to be held on Saturday at 10AM.  Devin can be contacted at mailto:devin.massopust@newbrightonmn.gov  Devin is pictured below.
 
Jeff Lundquist announced a softball game between the SBM Fire Department and the Mounds View Police Department to honor the Heroes who responded after the 9/11 attacks 20 years ago.  The game (dubbed “Guns and Hoses”) will be held at Mounds View City Hall Park at 11 AM on Saturday, September 11th.  Volunteers would be appreciated at 10:30AM.  Or club has agreed to help sponsor the event.
 
Don’t forget that the Mounds View Festival In The Park is this Friday, and Saturday.  Click here for more information.
 
Geoff Hollimon said that Roseville’s Rosefest has been cancelled for this year.
 
The Board will meet prior to the noon meeting at 11AM on Aug 24th.
 
Past President Edeth James led today’s meeting in President Charlie Longbella’s absence.
 
John Johnson outlined the plans for our Stockyard Days Parade Hot Dog Feed this Saturday.  This year’s parade route puts our Hot Dog serving location at the corner of 13th Ave. NW and 5th St NW.  Check your email for more details and an opportunity to sign up for specific time slots.
 
Cindy Carlson reported that the Board has approved a $750 contribution to a Stillwater Sunrise Rotary Global Grant to provide clean water for the town of El Corozo, Nicaragua.  The nearest water source for the community is 2.2 miles away and the only access to it is by foot.  This Global Grant will drill a 750 foot well which will provide clean, safe water for the entire community.
 
Geoff Hollimon reported that the CPY Golf Ball Drop went off without a hitch.  The lucky winner took home a cool $1,402 and CPY netted about $7,000 to help support their amazing work in the community.
 
Our Speaker today was Brent Hamoud, son of our own Jed Hamoud.  Brent and his family have lived in Lebanon for 13 years and he was here today to offer his assessment of the political and financial situation in Lebanon. 
 
Lebanon’s time as an independent nation state spans just 80 years.  Prior to the 1930’s, the area was under colonial rule.  A period of civil war from 1975-1990 ended with the warring religious factions just entrenching themselves in politics, so Lebanon’s current political system is built on religious affiliation, with key government positions assigned to leaders of the various religions.  The power distribution isn’t necessarily representative, however, as there hasn’t been a census taken since the 1930’s. What is clear is that politics and religion are inseparably intertwined and that those in power resist any change that might disturb the status quo.  It is also clear that the status quo is not working for the people of Lebanon.  Because of financial mismanagement and corruption, Lebanon is on the brink of experiencing one of the world’s ten worst financial meltdowns since 1850.  Inflation has devalued Lebanon’s currency by 90% and the end of government subsidies on essentials like wheat, fuel and medicine has had a devastating effect on the most vulnerable Lebanese people.  Brent said that 70% of the Lebanese population is below the poverty level.  Savings and retirement funds are being lost and crime and drug use are on the rise.  High rates of refugee influx (especially from neighboring Syria) have further complicated an already difficult situation.  Just when it seemed as though things couldn’t get worse, a huge explosion devastated Beirut and government leaders have failed to respond to the emergency.  Leaders have even suppressed efforts to investigate the tragedy.
 
Despite everything, Brent remains optimistic for a better future for Lebanon.  He believes that global networks, rooted in local organizations (i.e. Rotary) can bypass governmental red tape to get relief to the people who really need help.  He believes that the direct connection between local groups is the key to many of the problems facing the world today.
 
Our speaker today was our own Nils Friberg, presenting on Human Trafficking.  Nils and Jed Hamoud have partnered to keep this topic on the minds of NBMV Rotarians.  Nils has been attending meetings of the Minnesota Task Force on Human Trafficking to stay current with human trafficking issues.  Minnesota’s Safe Harbor Act requires that those who have been sexually exploited are treated as victims, not criminals.  Federal laws (TVPA) are also in place to address trafficking.  These laws are helping to curb the growth of sex trafficking but there are still 4.5 million victims of sex trafficking each year.  Not all human trafficking is sexual, however.   Labor trafficking has 36 million victims each year.
 
Nils said that pornography has a strong connection to sex trafficking.  He said that porn sets the moral, emotional and spiritual stage for objectification and abuse of women.
 
Nils applauded the efforts of the Terebinthe Refuge, a women’s shelter in Waite Park, MN for care and recovery of women who have been sexually trafficked.  Terebinthe was featured in the recent Anti-Human Trafficking Webinar we co-sponsored with Arden Hills-Shoreview Rotary.
 
Indicators of Human Trafficking include, but are not limited to:
  • Does the person appear disconnected from family, friends, community organizations, or houses of worship?
  • Has a child stopped attending school?
  • Has the person had a sudden or dramatic change in behavior?
  • Is a juvenile engaged in commercial sex acts?
  • Is the person disoriented or confused, or showing signs of mental or physical abuse?
  • Does the person have bruises in various stages of healing?
  • Is the person fearful, timid, or submissive?
  • Does the person show signs of having been denied food, water, sleep, or medical care?
  • Is the person often in the company of someone to whom he or she defers? Or someone who seems to be in control of the situation, e.g., where they go or who they talk to?
  • Does the person appear to be coached on what to say?
  • Is the person living in unsuitable conditions?
  • Does the person lack personal possessions and appear not to have a stable living situation?
  • Does the person have freedom of movement? Can the person freely leave where they live? Are there unreasonable security measures?
The talking points for Nils’ presentation can be downloaded here.  Nils is pictured with Charlie Longbella below.
 
Happy Buck Highlights:
  • Jason Miller’s son Gavin turned 16.
  • Dana Rebelein’s son turned 50.
  • Edeth James’ daughter starts medical school soon.
 
Edeth asked me to include his wedding invitation in the newsletter. Here is the hotel booking link:   https://www.hilton.com/en/book/reservation/deeplink/?ctyhocn=DALEMES&groupCode=CESREW&arrivaldate=2021-10-22&departuredate=2021-10-24&cid=OM,WW,HILTONLINK,EN,DirectLink&fromId=HILTONLINKDIRECT
You have until 10-1-2021 to lock in the rate.   Road trip, anyone?
 
Don’t forget that our Stockyard Days Parade Hot Dog Feed preparation begins on SATURDAY August 14th at 9AM.  Stay tuned for the new location.
Jason Miller subbed for President Charlie Longbella whose child was sick today.
 
Edeth brought John Risdall to today’s meeting.  It was great to see John again.
 
Nyle Zikmund introduced new member Jeff Lundquist.  Jeff is the Community Risk Reduction Specialist for the Spring Lake Park Blaine Mounds View (SBM) Fire Department.  Jeff grew up in Edina.  Ever since he could walk he’s been in love with two-wheeled vehicles, progressing from mini-bikes to dirt bikes and, recently, road bikes.  He just completed a 3 day, 1,000 mile motorcycle trip and is getting ready to go to Sturgis.  He’s an active member of the firefighter’s Red Knights Motorcycle Club.  When he is not on his motorcycle, he is often at his family cabin near Breezy Point.  Jeff started out in the warehousing, working on inventory management and logistics but soon found himself working at SBM Fire.  He been there now for 13 years and full time for the last 6 years.  He and his wife, Bridget, have four sons aged 17 to 23.
 
In his Community Risk Reduction role at SBM, Jeff works on Community Outreach and Education including business training, apartment complex outreach, senior living facility fire safety and National Night Out activities.
 
Check your email for important Rotary dates or, if you prefer, you can download them here.
 
Note that we will be meeting at the Mounds View Community Center for the next three meetings.
 
The memorial service for John Risdall’s mother-in-law, Evi  Karelson, will be held at Washburn-McReavy Northeast Chapel, 2901 Johnson Street N.E. on JUL 30, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
 
Peg Friberg’s memorial service will be at 11 AM Saturday, July 31st at Grace Point Church, 2351 Rice Creek Rd., New Brighton.  Visitation at 10AM and reception to follow service. 
 
John Johnson reminded us that our Stockyard Days Parade Hot Dog Feed will be on SATURDAY, August 14th.  Hot dog cookers/wrappers will need to need to report by 9AM.  Stay tuned for the new location.
 
CPY Golf Ball Drop tickets are available from Geoff Hollimon and Edeth James.
 
Cindy Carlson celebrated her grandson Chip’s 2nd birthday recently and Dana Rebelein is going to be a great grandmother.
Today’s speaker was Robyn Coquyt from Africa Classroom Connection.  In 2006, Rotarian Henry Bromelkamp returned from a trip to Eshowe, South Africa determined to have an impact on education for the children of that area.  Bromelkamp had observed that children in Eshowe were attending school outdoors, despite the heat and rain.  Nineteen years prior to Bromelkamp’s visit, the Eshowe Christian Action Group (ECAG) was formed by Eshowe Rotary members who also were committed to providing classrooms for these poverty stricken children.  Bromelkamp and others created Africa Classroom Connection (ACC) to partner with ECAG by providing outside funds and technical assistance to increase the number of classrooms that could be built.  ACC and ECAG developed a standard classroom plan that could be built rapidly and economically.  The partnership also developed a financial plan that required communities to provide a portion of the $12,000 construction cost up front to ensure that the classrooms would be well cared for.  The use of local materials and labor has a positive impact on the local economy.  This partnership has so far led to the construction of 119 classrooms serving over 37,000 children and over 100 communities have accumulated the funds necessary to be on the waiting list.  Grassroots participation and co-investment have helped make this partnership model sustainable.  Once the classroom is built it is turned over to the government which eliminates much of the ongoing cost of maintenance.  Click here to find more about the Africa Classroom Connection.
 
President Charlie Longbella reported that the Exchange is still trying to hire adequate personnel for us to return there for weekly meetings.  Meanwhile, we will be looking into other possibilities.
 
Check your email for important Rotary dates or, if you prefer, you can download them here
 
The Community Support Center’s Annual “Walk For Our Neighbors” fundraiser will be held on July 25th, from 10-2PM, at Silver View Park, Silver Lake Rd and County Rd I.  NBMV Rotary has donated and it’s hoped that many of us will show up to walk in support of our less fortunate neighbors.  Click here for more information.
 
CPY’s annual Golf Ball Drop will be held at Brightwood Hills Golf Course on August 8th at 3PM.  Get your tickets now from Geoff Hollimon or Edeth James.
 
Ed revealed the revised plan for a solar powered 4-Way Test sign at his alma mater in Nigeria. Rotarians interested in contributing toward the project can do so using our club’s Donorbox online portal.  Donations of any amount are appreciated.  (Indicate “4 way test sign” in the comments section)
 
The Gold Plate dinner for 2022 is slated for late April.  Stay tuned for more details.
 
The recipients of our three college scholarships at Irondale are: Griffin Bourassa, Jacqueline Peterson and Milena Yishak.
 
Thoughts and prayers are welcome as Nils and Peg make decisions about future care as her health worsens.
 
Edeth James received his Past-President’s Gavel Plaque from President Charlie Longbella.  See photo below.
 
July 20, 2021 (Tuesday Club Meeting – Mounds View Community Center) - Chris Belland with MN Historical Society.  His topic: Fort Snelling
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