John Risdall's guest today was Yazdan Bakhsh.  Yazdan spoke to the club on January 6th about the current situation in Afganistan.
Gerry Tietz had the pleasure of presenting two Paul Harris Fellow Awards.  Mary Stewart received her first Paul Harris Fellow Award as a result of members contributing their recognition points to honor Mary for her community service through CPY.  Jason Miller received his Paul Harris Fellow +7 Award, signifying total contributions of $8,000 to the Rotary Foundation.  Jason leads the club in individual contributions to the Rotary Foundation, setting an example for all of us to follow.  Mary and Jason are pictured with Gerry below.
Dana, and several members of the Gold Plate Dinner Committee, filled us in on plans for the gala scheduled for April 24th.  The theme is the Roaring 20's, so dressing in 20's vintage clothing is recommended, but not required.  If you're planning on a period costume, start planning now!
The Board of Directors will meet at 11AM on February 24th.
Don't forget that we'll be attending the CPY luncheon in lieu of our regular Rotary meeting on March 10th.  Geoff Hollimon and several other Rotarians are organizing tables.
The Clean Water Forum was a great success, according to those who attended.  Val was commended for helping to make the event fun and informative.
Glenna Dibrell introduced our speaker, Tim Cheesebrow, of Music Works Minnesota, a 501c3 non-profit organization providing youth and adults with songwriting classes and performance opportunities to help them create original music.  One part of MWM's mission has been to provide music education and performance skills mentoring for middle school students, using musical self-expression to foster core life skills and build self confidence for students who are often challenged by conventional educational programs.  Their alternative approach to music education is currently available to middle school students in the Mounds View and Spring Lake Park school districts.  Programs are offered during the school day, as an after school activity and in a four week summer camp setting.  More information on Music Works Minnesota can be found here.  Tim is shown with Glenna below.