Due to a conflict, our regular meeting place was not available today.  We met, instead, at the Risdall conference room.  Thanks, John!
Rotarian Mike Scholl, from the Ramsey club, visited us today.
President Margaret, along with many others, thanked Linda LaFond, John Risdall, Glenna Dibrell and all the others who helped to make our "Illuminate Rotary" event a great success.  We were able to talk to many prospective Rotarians and create awareness of Rotary while honoring local businesses that participated in our holiday food drive for the Ralph Reeder Food Shelf.  Great job everyone!
Gerry presented Corrin Secrist with a Paul Harris Fellowship, made possible by members donating recognition points.  As a new member, Corrin has displayed all the attributes of a seasoned Rotarian and proven herself worthy of the award.  Congratulations Corrin!  Corrin and Gerry are shown below.
Jeff welcomed Todd Kruse as the newest member of our club.  Todd is the president of the Twin Cities North Chamber and will be a great addition to the club.  Watch your bulletins for Todd's classification talk...it should be a good one.  Nice to have you onboard, Todd!  See the photo of Todd and Jeff below.
Upcoming Events:
Feb 24th - Board Meeting, 11:00AM
March 10th - CPY Luncheon
Upcoming Speakers:
Feb 17th - Tim Cheesebrow - MusicWorks MN
Feb 24th - Jan Anderson - Hope 4 Youth
Mar 3rd -   Camp Enterprise Students Speak
Former NBMV Rotarian Matt Fulton's parents both passed away recently.  George says he has Matt's current contact information.
Nils introduced our speaker, Jed Hamoud.  Jed has spoken to our club in the past regarding Middle East issues, but his presentation today was about Kids Alive International.  Kids Alive International is a Christian faith mission dedicated to rescuing orphans and vulnerable children and meeting their spiritual, physical and emotional needs.  Kids Alive International had its humble beginnings 100 years ago in China when missionaries Ava and Leslie Anglin began taking in homeless children.  Kids Alive has since expanded to include 14 countries worldwide and $10 million in annual revenue.  Kids Alive helps children by providing residential homes, care centers and schools for abandoned and abused children, all within the framework of Christian love and compassion.   For the last twelve years, KIds Alive has received the highest rating (4 stars) from Charity Navigator.  Fewer than 1% of charities receive this ranking.  In fact, more than 85% of donations go directly to helping children.  More information can be found here.  Jed is pictured with Nils below.