Posted by Jeff Benson on Nov 05, 2019
Our guests today were: Charlie Longbella’s Brother Ted, and St Paul Rotarian, Valdi Stefanson.
While Ed James was in England he returned to the Harrow Rotary Club, which he had visited a year ago.
The Harrow Club is hosting our Global Scholar, Ellen Dunn.  This time Ed came prepared to present the Harrow club with a NBMV Rotary mug.
Our Club was well represented at the District’s Foundation Dinner last Saturday, with 17 Rotarians, 2 Exchange host parents and our exchange student Nanase in attendance.  The photos below show quite a few of the attendees.
President Dennis Connolly is shown below as he proudly accepts the EREY (Every Rotarian Every Year) award, signifying that every member of the club contributed at least $25 to the Rotary Foundation and the average annual contribution per member was over $100.
Geoff Hollimon thanked everyone who attended the CPY Game Night last Friday.  Final numbers aren’t available yet, but it looks like the event was a great success.
Cindy Carlson reported that our motivational sweatshirt sales at the Foundation Dinner raised over $600 for the Rotary Foundation.  Thanks go to Cindy and others who helped to transport and sell the sweatshirts, as well as to Mayor Val Johnson, who donated the sweatshirts.
Valdi Stefanson, District 5960 Matching Grants Mentor, presented Geoff Hollimon with a check for $4,923 which represented the District’s matching contribution for our 2 wheel tractor grant for E.C.H.O. which was recently approved by the district.  Geoff worked extremely hard to promote contributions to the grant from eight area Rotary clubs.  Great work Geoff!
Geoff followed up by presenting our club’s contribution of $500 toward St. Paul Rotary’s (Valdi’s home club) Matching Grant project which will provide an ultrasound machine for a Congolese refugee camp.
Jennifer Fink reported that Long Lake Regional Park will be the location for the Ice Castle this year.  Stay tuned for more details.
On Thursday, November 22nd from 7-9PM the Ralph Reeder Food Shelf will host a free Thanksgiving concert by Rubber Soul, a Beatles tribute band. The concert will be held at Peace Methodist Church, 5050 Hodgson Rd, Shoreview.  No admission fee or registration needed.  A free will offering will benefit The Ralph Reeder Food Shelf.
The November 19 noon meeting will feature new member John Johnson’s classification talk as well as a farewell to Dean Lotter, who is leaving to take the City Manager position in Eureka, CA.
Mike Neeley noted that he joined Rotary 48 years ago and has maintained perfect attendance for that entire period.  Amazing!!!
Nyle Zikmund introduced our speaker, David Schultz, Professor of Political Science at Hamline University.  David’s topic was the case for “swing state” status for Minnesota in the 2020 presidential election.  Starting in the early 70’s, and for the following 45 years, Minnesota had the most reliably Democratic Presidental voting record in the United States.  We were pretty much ignored by both the Republican and Democratic campaigns since the voting results seemed almost predetermined.  “Swing states” like Ohio and Florida, among others, have the potential to go either Republican or Democratic so they get all the campaign attention.  The Electoral College system accentuates the importance of these swing states.  David argues that the political climate in Minnesota began shifting in 1998 and culminated in Donald Trump’s stunning performance here in the 2016 election.  David notes that Minnesota party affiliation poll gaps narrowed from double digits in the 60’s to 4 or 5 points today.  Democrats and Republicans have become more divided by geography and age, resulting in flip-flops in legislative majorities in recent years.  Minnesota also has a high percentage of independent voters, which also increases its potential to become a swing state.  David thinks we are looking more like Florida and Ohio every day.  He believes that Minnesota’s 10 Electoral College votes are up for grabs in the 2020 Presidential election.  If our election ads are the only ads we see in the coming months and presidential candidates actually make campaign stops here, we’ll know that David was right and we have become a swing state.  We’ll soon know the truth. Dennis and David are shown below.
Meeting Recap - November 5, 2019 Jeff Benson 2019-11-05 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Benson on Oct 29, 2019
Our guests today were: Ramsey County Commissioner Mary Jo McGuire and Assistant District Governor Sandy Campbell.
Remember that the CPY Game Night is this Friday, 6PM, at the New Brighton Community Center.
It looks like we will have a great turnout for the Rotary Foundation Dinner this Saturday at the Delta Hotel in Minneapolis.  Mayor Val Johnson has provided a huge number of sweatshirts imprinted with motivational messages to be sold at the dinner as a fundraiser for the Foundation.  Contact Cindy if you can help transport some boxes of sweatshirts to the dinner.
Nyle Zikmund passed out copies of the latest paper edition of the Club Directory.  More copies are available if you need them.  Special thanks to MaryAnn Bawden for producing them.
Cindy Carlson reported that the “One Rotary Summit” last weekend was a great source of information about Rotary for new Rotarians as well as more seasoned ones.
Assistant District Governor Sandy Campbell introduced District Governor Paul Perez.  DG Perez joined Prior Lake Rotary in 2003, has been active in all areas of local club administration and served as Prior Lake’s president in 2013-14. Paul’s wife Susan has also joined Rotary to see firsthand all the fun that Paul was having.  Their children have been involved in Interact and Rotary Exchange and the Perez’s have been Rotary Exchange host parents. 
Paul revealed Rotary’s new Vision Statement:  “Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change — across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.”   He broke the statement apart to emphasize each part.  Together we see a world where people unite emphasizes the collective power of Rotarians working together.   Take action to create lasting change emphasizes the importance of sustainable service initiatives.  Across the globe highlights Rotary’s international efforts.  In our Communities spotlights the importance of local Rotary programs.  And, finally Create lasting change in ourselves focuses on how we are transformed by serving others.  Rotary International President Mark Daniel Maloney’s theme for his presidency, “Rotary connects the World”, perfectly summarizes this new Vision Statement.
Paul has four focus points as District Governor: Growing Rotary, Growing Giving, Growing Service and Growing Connections.  Growing Rotary of course means focusing on membership growth.  Growing Giving focuses on increasing contributions to the Rotary Foundation programs like Polio Plus.  Finally, Growing Connections focuses on our need to strengthen connections both within the club and outside of the club, using both modern technology as well as good old fashioned face to face communication to promote Rotary’s “Service above Self” motto.
 Questions after the presentation revolved around Rotary’s Anti-Human Trafficking efforts, so I’ve included a link to the Rotary Anti-Trafficking Website.  Click here to go to the website.  President Dennis Connolly and DG Paul Perez are shown below.
Meeting Recap - October 29, 2019 Jeff Benson 2019-10-29 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Benson on Oct 22, 2019
Our guests today were: Honorary Rotarian MaryAnn Bawden, Japanese exchange student Nanase Hirama, exchange host Denise Jacobsen, T.C. North Chamber president, John Connolly, Arden Hills Shoreview Rotarian Marian Zachary, Jason Helgemoe, Andrea Murphy, Mike Scholl, Andy Aplikowski and our guest of honor, Beverly Aplikowski.
Twin Cities North President John Connolly updated us on the Interstate 35W construction and invited us to check out the MnDOT website for all the latest information.
Cindy Carlson asked our guest of honor, Beverly Aplikowski, to join her up front as she reviewed the many ways that Bev has served the NBMV Rotary club and her community.  Bev joined our Rotary club in 1994 and over the following 24 ½ years played a very active role in club activities and administration.  Bev lived out the 4-Way test in her business and personal interactions, serving as an ethical role model for this writer and many others in the club.  Bev was a board member for many years and served as club president from 2003-2004.  Bev’s event planning skills helped keep our annual Gold Plate Dinner fundraisers running smoothly and growing steadily for many years.  Bev has also hosted our annual holiday celebrations at her home for as long as I can remember.  Bev’s recently declining mobility has prevented her from continuing her active membership in the club, but today we made her an Honorary NBMV Rotarian.  Many thanks go to our other Honorary Rotarian, MaryAnn Bawden, who provided a delicious homemade cake to celebrate the occasion.  Although Bev may not be able to join us as often as she would like, she will always be a part of the club and her contributions will not be forgotten.  Dennis Bev and Cindy are shown below.
Dennis is strongly promoting One Rotary Summit which will be held in Stillwater on October 26th from 9-1PM.  These Summits are a great way for all Rotarians, but especially new ones, to increase their knowledge about Rotary.  Please consider attending.
On Tuesday October 29th, the Board will meet at 11AM, followed by District Governor Paul Perez’ official visit to our club.  It’s important that we have great attendance for his presentation so please mark your calendars now.  DG Perez is asking us for topics or questions of interest to our club.  Please contact Dennis if you have something you’d like the District Governor to talk about.
The annual Rotary Foundation Dinner will be held on November 2nd at the Delta Hotel in Minneapolis.  We’ve always had a sizeable delegation of NBMV Rotarians at this meeting and it looks like this year will be no exception.  Contact Cindy to add your name to the growing NBMV delegation.
Our Japanese exchange student, Nanase (pronounced Nah-nah-say), has settled in with the Jacobsen’s.  She loves ice cream, chocolate, pizza and hamburgers and she’s willing to try new things.  She especially loves the outdoors.  Make a point to do something with her soon.  Her email is: and cell # is 651-925-6012.
On Thursday, November 22nd from 7-9PM the Ralph Reeder Food Shelf will host a free Thanksgiving concert by Rubber Soul, a Beatles tribute band. The concert will be held at Peace Church, 5050 Hodgson Rd, Shoreview.  No admission fee or registration needed.  A free will offering will benefit The Ralph Reeder Food Shelf.
CPY Game Night is Friday November 1st from 6 to 10PM at the New Brighton Community Center.  In addition to the games, there will be live and silent auctions and a cash bar.  Reserve your place now by clicking here.
Mark your calendars now for the Irondale Choir Christmas Concert/Sing Along at our noon meeting on December 17th.  As in recent years, we will meet at Risdall Marketing in Roseville.
Check out this Star Tribune article about the Community Support Center.
Due to holiday conflicts the club will not meet on December 24th and 31st.
Geoff Hollimon announced that our District Matching Grant application to provide a 2 wheel tractor for E.C.H.O. has been approved.  Great work, Geoff!
Garry Johnson proudly announced the birth of his new grandson.  Mother and son are doing well!
Mike Neeley introduced our speaker, Christine Noonan, from the Minnesota State Fair.  Christine said that the Minnesota State Fair is the largest state fair in the nation, this year breaking the all time total attendance record at 2.1 million, besting even the Texas State Fair which runs for 24 days.  The Fair draws attendees from all over the U.S. and even internationally.  The Fair had its beginnings as a territorial fair in 1854, two years before Minnesota became a state.  Its purpose was to attract people to Minnesota.  After Minnesota became a state in 1858, the territorial fair became the Minnesota State Fair in 1959.  It had been held in several locations around the state until Ramsey County donated the 210 acre poor farm property which would become the permanent home of the Fair.  Since that time, the Fair has expanded to its current 322 acres.  It’s interesting to note that the Fair is managed by the Agricultural Society and is completely self-supporting, receiving no government funding or taxpayer dollars of any kind.  This year’s fair grossed $57 against expenses of $48 million.  Since the fair duration is limited by the fair circuit schedule and the fair is landlocked with no room to expand, improvements to the Fair can only occur by improving facilities and services. For that reason, $6-7 million of the net goes to improvements and maintenance of existing facilities and programs each year.  The Fair also draws revenue from approximately 150 events that are held on the Fairgrounds during non-Fair time.  The economic impact to Minnesota is estimated to be $268 million annually.  Christine and Mike are pictured below.
Meeting Recap - October 22, 2019 Jeff Benson 2019-10-22 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Benson on Oct 15, 2019
Our guests today were: New Brighton Public Safety Director Tony Paetznik, Mounds View Police Chief Nate Harder and New Brighton Mayor, Val Johnson.
President Dennis Connolly reminded us that Tuesday, October 22nd is World Polio Day.  One way to celebrate Rotary’s polio eradication efforts would be to attend Anoka Rotary’s 40th Anniversary Celebration on Thursday, October 24th, starting at 6PM.  There will be free appetizers, dessert and coffee bar as well as a cash bar.  Join them for games and a raffle to benefit End Polio Now.  The event will be held at Green Haven Golf and Event Center, 2800 Greenhaven Rd, Anoka.  To RSVP or ask questions, email Sandy at
Dennis is strongly promoting One Rotary Summit which will be held in Stillwater on October 26th from 9-1PM.  These Summits are a great way for all Rotarians, but especially new ones, to increase their knowledge about Rotary.  Please consider attending.
On Tuesday October 29th, at 12:15PM, District Governor Paul Perez will visit our club.  It’s important that we have great attendance for his presentation so please mark your calendars now.  DG Perez is asking us for topics or questions of interest to our club.  Please contact Dennis if you have something you’d like the District Governor to talk about.
The annual Rotary Foundation Dinner will be held on November 2nd at the Delta Hotel in Minneapolis.  We’ve always had a sizeable delegation of NBMV Rotarians at this meeting and it looks like this year will be no exception.  Contact Cindy to add your name to the growing NBMV delegation.
Our Japanese exchange student, Nanase (pronounced Nah-nah-say), has settled in with the Jacobsen’s.  She loves ice cream, chocolate, pizza and hamburgers and she’s willing to try new things.  She especially loves the outdoors.  Make a point to do something with her soon.  Her email is: and cell # is 651-925-6012. Nanase , Cindy and Ed are shown below.
On Thursday, November 22nd from 7-9PM the Ralph Reeder Food Shelf will host a free Thanksgiving concert by Rubber Soul, a Beatles tribute band. The concert will be held at Peace Church, 5050 Hodgson Rd, Shoreview.  No admission fee or registration needed.  A free will offering will benefit The Ralph Reeder Food Shelf.
Next Tuesday’s (October 22nd) noon meeting will feature a celebration of Beverly Aplikowski’s NBMV Honorary Rotarian Designation.  Please join us as we celebrate Beverly’s many contributions to NBMV Rotary.
CPY Game Night is Friday November 1st from 6 to 10PM at the New Brighton Community Center.  In addition to the games, there will be live and silent auctions and a cash bar.  Reserve your place now by clicking here.
Mark your calendars now for the Irondale Choir Christmas Concert/Sing Along at our noon meeting on December 17th.  As in recent years, we will meet at Risdall Marketing in Roseville.
Due to holiday conflicts the club will not meet on December 24th and 31st.
New Brighton Public Safety Director, Tony Paetznik, introduced our speaker, Drew Evans, Superintendant of the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (MBCA).  Established in 1927, its mission is to assist local law enforcement in preventing and solving crimes.  Headquartered in St Paul, with branches in St. Cloud and Bemidji and 11 field offices across the state, the MBCA is part of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety with budget of nearly $75 million per year.  A look at the myriad ways that the MBCA impacts law enforcement in Minnesota makes that budget number seem like a bargain.  The MBCA has nearly 500 employees working with nearly every public safety agency in the state.   They assist law enforcement with violent crimes including death investigations, cold cases, officer-involved shootings and crime scene processing.  The regional facilities also work on narcotics crimes including high level drug traffickers, undercover operations.  They also work with DEA, FBI, Homeland Security and U.S. Marshalls national task forces.  The MBCA works on Predatory Crimes like crimes against children, human trafficking and investigations and registration for level 3 sex offenders.  The Tech Services Unit assists local law enforcement with pen registers, wiretaps, covert cameras, electronic surveillance, cell phone tracking and crime scene response.  The Forensic Sciences Service helps with DNA analysis, fingerprints, firearm ballistic analysis, digital data analysis, arson, drugs, toxicology, arson and sexual assault.  The MN Fusion Center links federal and state agencies to coordinate information sharing and decrease response times.  These are just the major areas of investigative services and the demand for services is rapidly expanding.  Tony Paetznik, Nate Harder, Nyle Zikmund, and Superintendant Evans are pictured below,
Meeting Recap - October 15, 2019 Jeff Benson 2019-10-15 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Benson on Oct 01, 2019
Jennifer Fink’s guest today was Charnelle Dengnove.  Charnelle is shadowing New Brighton city administrators.
Past President Cindy Carlson was subbing for President Dennis Connolly this week.
The Board will meet on Tuesday, October 8th at 11:00
A One Rotary Summit will be held in Stillwater on October 26th.  These Summits are a great way for all Rotarians to increase their knowledge about Rotary.  Please consider attending.
On Saturday September 21, Mounds View will hold a Community Resource Fair at the Mounds View Community Center.  Some volunteers are needed so if you can help, contact Andy Thomas < - 763-717-4036.
The NBMV morning group will be meeting on Thursday, October 10th, 7:15 – 8:00AM at the BruHouse.  All Rotarians are welcome.
Stillwater Rotary is celebrating 100 years as a Rotary Club with a dinner and entertainment on Thursday, October 10th, from 6-9PM.  Click here to purchase tickets or get more information.
Anoka Rotary is celebrating its 40th anniversary on Thursday, October 24th, starting at 6PM.  There will be free appetizers, dessert and coffee bar as well as a cash bar.  Join them for games and a raffle to benefit End Polio Now.  The event will be held at Green Haven Golf and Event Center, 2800 Greenhaven Rd, Anoka.  To RSVP or ask questions, email Sandy at
On Tuesday October 29th, at 12:15PM, District Governor Paul Perez will visit our club.  It’s important that we have great attendance for his presentation so please mark your calendars now.
The annual Rotary Foundation Dinner will be held on November 2nd at the Delta Hotel in Minneapolis.  We’ve always had a sizeable delegation of NBMV Rotarians at this meeting.  Contact Nils Friberg to reserve your seat.
Our Japanese exchange student, Nanase (pronounced Nah-nah-say), has settled in with the Jacobsen’s.  She loves ice cream, chocolate, pizza and hamburgers and she’s willing to try new things.  She especially loves the outdoors.  Make a point to do something with her soon.  Her email is: and cell # is 651-925-6012. 
John Ordway said that there are still a few tickets available for our outing to the Ordway to see a hilarious one man comedy show about parenting by Mike Birbiglia.  The group will be going to the October 19th show and the tickets are $65 per person.  Contact John ASAP if you would like to join us.  The show begins at 7:30 but John has arranged for us to gather in the Contributors Lounge at 7:00 for a complimentary beverage.
Next weeks speaker is Terry Chaney from the Center for Energy and the Environment’s Home Energy Squad.
Mark your calendars now for the Irondale Choir Christmas Concert/Sing Along at our noon meeting on December 17th.  Venue to be determined.
Due to holiday conflicts the club will not meet on December 24th and 31st.
Mayor Val Johnson has donated a number of sweatshirts and t-shirts imprinted with inspirational messages to be sold as a fundraiser for the Rotary Foundation.  Paul Fournier has agreed to organize the sale.  Stay tuned for more information.
Dave Hoel announced that he and Susan have been married for 50 years!  Dave is hoping that Susan will renew the year-to-year contract again next year.
Amy Janecek reported that the Irondale renovations are proceeding as planned.  She praised the patience and cooperation of staff and students alike.
Nyle Zykmund introduced Christina Hausman-Rhode, representing the Voyager’s National Park Association (VNPA), the official charitable partner of Minnesota’s National Park.  Organized in 1975, the VNPA represents those who care about the future of Voyagers National Park.  Their mission is to advocate and educate to preserve the natural beauty of the park, provide financial and volunteer support for conservation and restoration and to support outreach and encourage community engagement.  The Park was created to preserve the historic trade route of the French Voyageurs during the period from 1680 to 1880.  The park is quite large, covering 218,000 acres, 40% of which is water with over a thousand islands and 655 miles of undeveloped shoreline.  The park shares its 55 mile northern boundary with Canada, stretching eastward from International Falls to Crane Lake.  The Park offer a variety of activities and accommodations, including paddling and motorized boating, fishing, hiking, camping, birding and wildlife observation.  Christina’s favorite spots include the Ash River Visitor’s Center, Grassy Bay Cliffs, the Interior Lakes Chain, Ellsworth Rock Gardens, Kettle Falls Hotel and Anderson Bay.  The arrival of winter presents opportunities for snowmobiling, ice fishing and cross-country skiing as well as some of the most dramatic scenic beauty you will ever experience.  The park's website can be accessed here.  Christina and Nyle are shown below.
Nicole Ulrich, husband Tyson and their new son Tristan made a surprise visit to the meeting (see photo below)
Meeting Recap - October 1, 2019 Jeff Benson 2019-10-01 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Benson on Sep 17, 2019
September’s Board meeting is postponed until October 8th at 11:00 AM.
Another “One Rotary Summit” will be held in Stillwater on October 26th.  These Summits are a great way for all Rotarians to increase their knowledge about Rotary.  Please consider attending.
Stillwater Rotary is celebrating 100 years as a Rotary Club with a dinner and entertainment on Thursday, October 10th, from 6-9PM.  Click here to purchase tickets or get more information.
Anoka Rotary is celebrating its 40th anniversary on Thursday, October 24th, starting at 6PM.  There will be free appetizers, dessert and coffee bar as well as a cash bar.  Join them for games and a raffle to benefit End Polio Now.  The event will be held at Green Haven Golf and Event Center, 2800 Greenhaven Rd, Anoka.  To RSVP or ask questions, email Sandy at
On Saturday September 21, Mounds View will hold a Community Resource Fair at the Mounds View Community Center.  Some volunteers are needed so if you can help, contact Andy Thomas < - 763-717-4036.
On Tuesday October 29th, at 12:15PM, District Governor Paul Perez will visit our club.  It’s important that we have great attendance for his presentation so please mark your calendars now.
The annual Rotary Foundation Dinner will be held on November 2nd at the Delta Hotel in Minneapolis.  We’ve always had a sizeable delegation of NBMV Rotarians at this meeting.  Contact Nils Friberg to reserve your seat.
Cindy Carlson noted that our Japanese exchange student, Nanase (pronounced Nӑh-nӑh-say), has settled in with the Jacobsen’s.  She loves ice cream, chocolate, pizza and hamburgers and she’s willing to try new things.  She especially loves the outdoors.  Make a point to do something with her soon.  Her email is: and cell # is 651-925-6012.  Nanase is on the tennis team at Irondale and she will need a ride home after a match on Thursday between 5 and 5:30PM and also needs a ride home from practice at 5 PM this Friday.  Please let her know if you can get her home on either or both of those days.
John Ordway is organizing an outing at the Ordway to see a hilarious one man comedy show about parenting by Mike Birbiglia.  The group will be going to the October 19th show and the tickets (approx $70 ea) are in high demand so contact John ASAP so he can arrange for good seats.  The show begins at 7:30 but John has arranged for us to gather in the Contributors Lounge at 7:00 for a complimentary beverage.
Our presenter today was Scott Carlson, a fifty year veteran of Twin Cities' journalism and winner of several journalism awards.  Scott had difficulty with reading and spelling in early elementary school, but a patient mother used his interest in sports to get him to work at reading the sports page in the newspaper.  He soon became an excellent reader and his interest in the newspaper increased as he grew older, causing him to decide on a career in journalism by age 11.  His first byline was an article on music in the John Glenn Middle school paper and he wrote the football column for his high school newspaper.  He wrote for the Minnesota Daily while in journalism school at the University of Minnesota.  He joined the St. Paul Pioneer Press in 1975 and wrote for several columns until he settled in to writing at the business desk and continued there for 20 years until he left the Pioneer press in 2006 to pursue free lance work and authoring non-fiction books.  Scott’s freelance work has included a variety of print and internet media.  Scott noted that the pressure to get stories out to the public quickly and the proliferation of news sources have resulted in fragmented and occasionally biased or inaccurate reporting.  He also sees a blurring of the line between factual and editorial content.  Despite these developments, Scott sees a future for “objective, thorough, fair and impartial” reporting and he mentioned CNN as an example of a news outlet at least attempting to present the news in that way.  He also gave a nod to MPR for their news coverage.  Scott’s new book “Twin Cities Beer, A Heady History” is available here.  Jed Hamoud and Scott are shown below.
Meeting Recap - September 17, 2019 Jeff Benson 2019-09-17 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Benson on Sep 10, 2019
Today’s guests were:  Assistant District Governor and Anoka Rotarian, Sandy Campbell and prospective member Bob Gephardt.
ADG Campbell was here to promote Anoka Rotary’s 40th Anniversary Celebration on Thursday, October 24th, starting at 6PM.  There will be free appetizers, dessert and coffee bar as well as a cash bar.  Join them for games and a raffle to benefit End Polio Now.  The event will be held at Green Haven Golf and Event Center, 2800 Greenhaven Rd, Anoka.  To RSVP or ask questions, email Sandy at
The Edina Rotary Club is holding a workshop on “Taking Action to Prevent Human Sex Trafficking” on Thursday, September 19, 2019 (11:30 – 1:30PM). Registration for the workshop is done through your home Rotary Club and the club will be invoiced for the $20 cost.  Registration closes on September 14, so contact Dennis ASAP if you want to attend. Check-in starts at 11:30 and lunch is served at 12.  The workshop ends at 1:30.
If you’d like to learn more about Rotary, One Rotary Summit is just the ticket.  The Summit will be presented twice; once in Northfield on September 21st and once in Stillwater on October 26th.
The Spring Lake Park, Blaine Mounds View (SBM) Fire Department will celebrate its 75th Anniversary on Saturday, September 14th.  Come experience a full day of food, history, demonstrations, music, auctions, and professional fireworks.  Come to the National Sports Center in Blaine to join in the fun.  Admission is free for the day but some activities require purchase. Click here for more information.
$4,000 has been earmarked from the John Marg-Patton memorial fund for another Harvest Pack Event at Irondale on the afternoon of Tuesday, December 10, 2019.
Membership Director Cindy Carlson had the pleasure of inducting John Johnson into the club.  Many of you already know that John and his wife hosted our exchange student, Maria Klakegg, last year.  Please take a moment to welcome John to the club.  John and Cindy are pictured below.
John Ordway is organizing an outing at the Ordway to see a hilarious one man comedy show about parenting by Mike Birbiglia.  The group will be going to the October 19th show and the tickets (approx $70 ea) are in high demand so contact John ASAP so he can arrange for good seats.
Our presenter today was Dr. Nicholas Phelps, Director of the Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center (MAISRC) at the University of Minnesota.  Nick is also a former president of the Blaine Ham Lake Rotary Club.  Nick’s presentation was “From the Lab to the Lake: Minnesota’s Fight Against Aquatic Invasive Species”.  Minnesota is known worldwide for our beautiful lakes and streams but that beauty, and even the health, of these precious resources is under threat from aquatic invasive species (AIS).  These threats take many forms, including non-native plants, fish, invertebrates and even the toxins and pathogens carried by these invasive species.  Since its inception nearly 7 years ago, the MAISRC has been fighting these invasive species by scientifically studying the efficacy of existing control measures and researching and applying new methods.  MAISRC has 60 researchers and 14 grad students engaged in the fight to save lakes and streams all across Minnesota.
Invasive plants include, among others, eurasian watermilfoil, curly leaf pondweed, starry stonewort and non-native phragmites.  Control of these species is complicated by boats inadvertently transferring invasive species from lake to lake and the ability of the invasive plants to form hybrids with native species.  Despite these challenges, boater education, as well as chemical and mechanical methods are eliminating or at least halting the spread of invasive plants and new methods are being investigated.
Invasive invertebrates include spiny waterflea and zebra mussels.  In addition to their better known effects on Minnesota’s lakes, these species have also been shown to inhibit the growth of walleyes.  Like invasive plants, these invertebrates spread from lake to lake on boats and trailers, so boater education and watercraft design and decontamination are important.  The genome of zebra mussels has recently been mapped and researchers are hopeful that gene targeting may one day play a role in control of this destructive pest.
Invasive fish include the common carp and the asian (or big head) carp.  Control methods include sonic deterrents, toxic bait, bubble barriers and the oddly named “fish cannon” which essentially sucks carp out of narrow waterways.
Invasive pathogens, parasites and toxins which are carried by the three categories already mentioned are also creating control challenges, but progress is being made. 
For more information, check out the MAISRC’s website.
You can help in several ways:
- Be aware of AIS threats and report new finds
- Clean, drain and dry boats and trailers
- Become an AIS detector
- Sign up for MAISRC’s newsletter
- Support MAISRC with a financial gift
Dennis and Nick  are shown below.
Meeting Recap - September 10, 2019 Jeff Benson 2019-09-10 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Benson on Sep 03, 2019
Today’s Guests were: Our Japanese exchange student, Nanase Hirama and John Chandler.
President Dennis Connolly invited everyone to attend the breakfast meeting this Thursday, 7:15AM, at The BruHouse for a discussion of the proposed Honorary Rotarian Designation Guidelines.
Check your email for a complete list of upcoming activities.
Dennis presented some information to clarify last week’s announcement about progress toward a “polio-free” world.  Great progress has been made in controlling the “wild” polio virus but there is still a problem with “vaccine derived” polio virus.  These vaccine derived strains occur through mutation of the weakened polio virus used to make the vaccines.  Poor human waste disposal systems allow people to come in contact with the excreted viruses which are capable of causing polio.  These vaccine derived viruses will be the major challenge in the ongoing fight to eradicate polio.
Happy Bucks Highlights
- John Risdall offered a buck in celebration of son Ted’s 50th birthday.  We’re all invited to the birthday celebration this Thursday from 2-6 PM at Risdall Marketing, 2685 Long Lake Road
- Bob Barmore was happy to announce the birth of his granddaughter, Lana.
Jed Hamoud introduced the KnightKrawlers robotics team from Irondale.  Mentor Scott Davis introduced the team members: Maria Johnson – Public Relations Captain, Mathew Ryan – Team Co-Captain, Chris Hardwick – Strategy Captain, Xander Pichner – Build Team Member and Michael Nguyen – Build Team Member.  The students took over from there, presenting an excellent overview of the robotics team at Irondale.  Scott provided the following summary of the program for inclusion in this bulletin:
KnightKrawler Robotics is entering the 14th year this year. Only one other team in the state of Minnesota is older than the Irondale Robotics team.  The team has finished 1st, 2nd or 3rd in the state tournament every year for the past 7 years, with a first place finish 3 times.  Additionally, the team has attended the World Championships the past 7 years, making it to the finals with 30 other teams out of 600 that competed at the championships in Detroit in 2019.  KnightKrawler has a long history of promoting STEM in our community and at large.  They have traveled to Washington DC to meet with members of Minnesota's Congressional Delegation about the value of STEM education and robotics programs in schools.  Every year KnightKrawler introduces hundreds of kids to high school robotics by presenting at clubs as small as a Girl Scout troop and to conferences with over a thousand adults and several hundred children.  These students from Irondale High School also mentor junior high students in their robotics clubs within our district, as well as assist teams at other high schools around the area, including Mounds View, Totino Grace, Columbia Heights and Coon Rapids. Every year, the team purchases materials for, and builds a complete practice field the size of a volleyball court, which is used to host a practice tournament allowing 30+ teams from the area to have a chance to practice before their first official tournament. The team isn't only about the technical skills of building and programming a robot.  The team also has a dedicated group of students that focus on the business aspect of the program, including marketing, social media, web development, educational outreach, and fundraising. The team receives less than 10% of their annual operating budget from the school district. As such, the team runs like a business, operating year, with approximately 3/4 as a registered 501c3 non-profit.  Finally, in case you think Robotics is a small program, the state of Minnesota now has more high school robotics teams than hockey teams.  KnightKrawler averages 45 to 50 students on the team each graduating seniors electing to "go pro" by pursuing a career in a STEM related field. In the past 5+ years, KnightKrawler averages about 30% female members, with young women typically fulfilling half of the student leadership roles on the team.  You can learn more about the team at
The Team, Scott and Jed are pictured below, followed by a photo of the demo robot they brought along.
Meeting Recap - September 3, 2019 Jeff Benson 2019-09-03 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Benson on Aug 27, 2019
We had many guests today to see Maria Nhambu speak; Cheryl Neeley, Ruth Marg Patton, Debbie Connolly and grandkids Mackenzie and Matthew.  Also present were: Gretchen, Laura, Polly and Merrilee (last names unknown).  Mike and Cheryl’s neighbor and Hopkins Rotarian, Nelson Berg, was also here to see Maria Nhambu.
Nanase, our newly arrived exchange student from Japan, was introduced to the club. Nanase’s sister was an exchange student to New Zealand.  Stay tuned for information on how to contact Nanase to arrange activities with her.
Check your email for a list of upcoming events and speakers.
John Johnson is scheduled for induction into the club on September 10th, so let’s have a big turnout to welcome him into the club.
Overall contributions to the Rotary Foundation have lagged recently, so all are urged to consider an additional contribution or an  increase in your scheduled quarterly contributions.
Proposed guidelines have been developed for Honorary NBMV Rotarian designation.  You should receive the proposal by email today and a vote will be taken at the September 3 club meeting.
Happy Bucks Highlights:
- John Risdall was happy that his brother Robert travelled from Portland for a surprise visit.  John was also happy for his son Ted’s 50th birthday.
- Dana Rebelein was happy for two family reunions and for the Twins’ winning ways.
- Mike Neeley was happy that Kenya has now been certified as polio free, making the entire continent of Africa polio free.  That leaves just Pakistan and Afghanistan as the only countries remaining to be rid of the scourge of polio.
Cheryl Neeley introduced her friend and author, Maria Nhambu.  Maria was born a mixed-race child in Tanzania, East Africa, in 1943.  At that time, mixed-race children were not accepted and often placed in orphanages.  When she was 3 days old she was delivered to an orphanage where she was raised by German nuns.  She was consumed by a desire to search for her mother outside the orphanage which led to frequent beatings by the obedience obsessed nuns.  Maria also loved dancing, especially in the native African style, and this resulted in frequent beatings by the nuns who preferred the waltz.  Maria was a good student, but education at the orphanage only went through 4th grade.  Eventually she got a scholarship to a school 200 miles away which made the orphanage seem heavenly by comparison.  After 8th grade, Maria moved to an American-run orphanage which was much less strict than the German one.  She flourished there; encouraged by the staff to sing, dance and learn.  It was there that she met Kathy, a lay-teacher from Onamia, MN.  Kathy (age 23) adopted Maria (age 19) and they returned to Minnesota.  This unlikely relationship changed both of their lives.  Maria attended St Catherine’s and eventually married a prominent Twin Cities businessman.  When Maria was 36, her white birth mother came to the U.S. and reconnected with Maria.  After spending much of the early part of her life looking for her mother, Maria was disappointed to find her mother to be cold and distant.  She also met her half brother, Larry who was warm and loving, unlike her mother.  Her mother refused, even until her death, to disclose the identity of Maria’s father.  Maria’s desire to connect with her father led her, and brother Larry, to Tanzania.  By an almost miraculous turn of events, Maria actually located her father, who had been the cook for her mother.  Her father’s name was Nhambu; and Maria changed her name to honor him.
Maria has written three books about her life experience:   Africa’s Child, America’s Daughter and Drum Beats, Heart Beats.  Cheryl and Maria are shown below.
Meeting Recap - August 27, 2019 Jeff Benson 2019-08-27 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Benson on Aug 13, 2019
Our guests today were Bob Rebelein (Dana’s brother in law) and Eric Sabo from Benedictine Health Center.
Nicole Ulrich reminded us that Nanase, our Japanese exchange student, will arrive at the airport this Friday.    Her flight is Delta DL120 arriving at Terminal 1 at 12:39. We hope to have as many Rotarians there as possible to welcome her to the U.S. and to our club.
Mounds View’s “Festival in the Park” will be held on Saturday, August 17th and our help is needed for the Mounds View Police Foundation’s Bingo and kids games fundraisers. 
The Annual Rotary Foundation Dinner will be held at the Delta Hotel in Minneapolis this year.  Let’s have a strong representation from our club this year, as in years past.  Contact Nils Friberg for more information or registration.
We’re invited to Arden Hills/Shoreview Rotary’s “Taste of the Hops” craft beer tasting fundraiser.  Join in the fun from 5:30-8:30PM at Snail Lake Park, 4191 Snail Lake Blvd, Shoreview.  $20 in advance - or $25 at the door.
Dana Rebelein reminded us that Maria Nhambu will speak to the club on August 27th.  She has written 3 books about being raised in an orphanage in East Africa.  Dana and Cheryl Neeley highly recommend Maria’s presentation. 
Maria is just one of many excellent speakers scheduled in the coming months and President Dennis Connolly thanked those responsible for scheduling the speakers.
Geoff Hollimon noted that our E.C.H.O. matching grant is progressing well.   We are in the process of lining up funding partner clubs whose own matching grants align with our benevolent vision.
Jason Miller’s daughter is studying in Quito, Ecuador through December.
Today’s speaker was our own Mary Stewart, offering an update on Community Partners with Youth (CPY).    Mary said that summer 2019 was a challenging time from a staffing perspective.  Despite that challenge, CPY was able to offer 7 weeks of quality summer activities to 77 elementary and 56 middle schoolers.  Summer sessions start at 7:30 and run until 5:30, so it’s a challenge to keep the kids busy but CPY offered a community garden experience sponsored by Mike Johnson and API.  Kids were also able to experience activities like biking at the Velodrome in Blaine and beginner’s golf training at Brightwood Hills.  Student artistic skills were honed at the New Brighton Community Center mural painting and painted rock garden.  The Ramsey County Library sponsored tech sessions in CAD/CAM design and 3D printing as well as laser cutting of self designed vinyl stickers.  As always, community service is stressed for all students at CPY.  Community service activities included Feed My Starving Children, making sandwiches for a homeless shelter, making blankets for an infant shelter, and making cards for armed services men and women.  All students must fulfill a service activity to attend the Valleyfair event at the end of the session.
Mary noted that many CPY students have serious home situation problems that make learning difficult, but CPY's caring and consistent approach to these problems leads to huge improvements over time.  Family financial challenges also have an impact on CPY, but creative sliding scale tuition structures make CPY possible for most families who want to be a part of CPY’s amazing program.  Minnesota has the 4th highest child care costs in the nation, which makes CPY’s tuition and especially good bargain.  CPY also offers scholarships for families who would otherwise be unable to participate.  Mary noted that our club contributed enough for three scholarships this summer. 
CPY’s fall after school program starts up just after Labor Day and will again feature Girls on the Run (running and life skills training) and Girls Expo (girls career option education).  CPY is also looking into possible boy-specific programs.   If you have an idea about a program for boys, I’m sure that Mary would love to discuss it with you.
As always, CPY is looking for volunteers to help as on a daily basis, or just a few hours per week.  You’ll find that this can be some of the most rewarding volunteering you can do.  Give Mary a call if you have any interest in helping out with this vital community program.  Dennis and Mary are pictured below.
Meeting Recap - August 13, 2019 Jeff Benson 2019-08-13 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Benson on Aug 06, 2019
Our guest today was Gordy Backlund from the Fridley Rotary Club.
Many thanks go to the Rotarians, and spouses who showed up to help serve hot dogs, chips and drinks to the overheated Stockyard Days Parade participants.  Although the number of units in the Parade was considerably fewer than would be expected at the normal Thursday evening time slot, the participants were very grateful for the food and refreshments on a very hot and humid afternoon.
The club has been working on criteria for “honorary membership” status and a recommendation will be presented at the upcoming Board meeting.  If the recommendation is approved by the board, it will be presented to the membership for a vote at an upcoming noon meeting.
Charlie Longbella has agreed to head up a committee to enhance our social media presence.  Your input, and possibly your help, will be appreciated.
Check your email for a list of upcoming Rotary events.
Mounds View’s “Festival in the Park” will be held on Saturday, August 17th and our help is needed for the Mounds View Police Foundation’s Bingo and kids games fundraisers.   You can sign up at our August 13 noon meeting.
The Annual Rotary Foundation Dinner will be held at the Delta Hotel in Minneapolis this year.  Let’s have a strong representation from our club this year, as in years past.  Contact Nils Friberg for more information or registration.
Geoff Hollimon reported that the CPY golf ball drop fundraiser went very well last Sunday despite the fact that no golf balls actually made it into the hole.  The event netted $4,027 in much needed funds for CPY.
Cindy Carlson advised us that a new Rotaract club will be chartered.  The newly minted “South Metro Networking Rotaract Club” will celebrate its charter on Thursday, September 12th from 6:30-8:30 at the Black Diamond Restaurant, 5418 Buck Hill Road, Burnsville.  Click here for more info.
For those of you whose interest in Guatemala was piqued by PDG Jim Hunt’s recent presentation to our club, here is the scoop on informational tours of Guatemala:
GLP Tour<> February 1-9, 2020:
Single occupancy $1,875 / Double $1,675
This trip is primarily for Rotarians and their friends and family members, but all are welcome. We spend a week traveling and visiting the GLP projects through the highlands, as well as make time for fellowship with local Rotarians.

Snapshot Tour<> February 18-23 or July 21-26, 2020:
Single occupancy $1,475 / Double $1,375
This trip gives a glimpse into the GLP’s projects and Guatemala in general, with visits to GLP schools as well as tourism (boat ride on Lake, shopping in markets, optional visit to a coffee farm, etc). This is a great intro trip to Guatemala.

Helping Hands Tour<> July 12-18, 2020: Single occupancy $1,575 / Double $1,475 This trip spends all week in beautiful Antigua volunteering at a school in one of the GLP’s programs. You’ll get to work alongside the kids as well as enjoy the beautiful city of Antigua. This is a great trip for families.
CPY could use our help again this year with the kid’s inflatables fundraiser at Stockyard Days.  Sign up online by clicking here.
Dana Rebelein introduced our speaker, Brent Hamoud.  Brent is the former project manager at Kid’s Alive International, author of the book, “Strangers in the Kingdom: Ministering to Refugees, Migrants and the Stateless”, and son of one of our newest members, Jed Hamoud.  Brent moved from the U.S. to Lebanon 12 years ago to better serve refugees and other displaced persons.  Lebanon has by far the highest percentage of refugees of any country in the world with nearly 25% of the population being refugees.  Jed finds it helpful to categorize the displaced people usually thought of as “refugees” into three groups:
- Internally displaced – forced to move to another area within their home country (43 million people).
- Refugees – forced to move outside the boundaries of their country and unable to return (29 million people).
- Stateless – not a citizen of any country (10 million people).
All three groups share the common characteristic of being “out of place” and feel the deep personal crisis of the loss of a sense of home.
Displaced persons face many challenges at least partly due to the displaced status:
- Housing
- Employment
- Education
- Health care
- Legal rights
- Exploitation (human trafficking, child labor abuses)
- Restricted mobility
- Children born into displacement (no citizenship)
- Hopeless future outlook
Brent suggested that we can help to minimize some of these challenges by fostering a place or an atmosphere where displaced persons can experience a sense of belonging.  Even a small effort could have a profound effect.
Brent and Dana are pictured below.

Meeting Recap - August 6, 2019 Jeff Benson 2019-08-06 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Benson on Jul 30, 2019
Our guest today was Miriam Zachary from the Arden Hills/Shoreview club.
Many, many thanks go to John and Marla Ordway for hosting the Rotary Picnic on Saturday.  Though the turnout was lower than usual, those in attendance were treated with a delicious buffet and perfect weather.
Many of you were also able to participate in the “Walk for Your Neighbors” fundraiser for the Community Support Center on Sunday.  Our club committed up to $250 in sponsorship for NBMV walkers.
The Flex group will meet at the Bru-House on Thursday, August 1st, 7:15AM.  All members are welcome to attend.
There will be an open discussion of criteria for Honorary Member Designation at 11AM on Tuesday August 6th at the Exchange .  All members are welcome to attend to express their opinions.
Miriam Zachary invited us to attend Arden Hills/Shoreview’s “Taste of the Hops” craft beer tasting fundraiser.  Join in the fun from 5:30-8:30PM at Snail Lake Park, 4191 Snail Lake Blvd, Shoreview.  $20 in advance - -  or $25 at the door.
On Saturday, August 17th, Mounds View will hold their annual “Festival in the Park”.  Help is needed for the Kids games so if you can lend a hand, click here.  The fun has moved to SilverView park this year.
Nils Friberg reported on the MN Human Trafficking Task Force that he attended last week.  We’ll be hearing more on Rotary International’s efforts in this area as well as our own initiatives.  Jed Hamoud has agreed to assist Nils in this important effort.
Mark Beisswenger received his Paul Harris Fellow +3 recognition from Nils Friberg.  PHF +3 recognition means that Mark has contributed over $4000 to the Rotary Foundation.  Well done, Mark!  Nils, Mark and President Dennis are pictured below.
Dave Hoel reminded us that Stockyard Days Parade Hot dog Feed is this Saturday, Aug. 3rd  We will gather to prepare the dogs at 1PM in front of Bona Brothers, 327 Old Hwy 8.  This event is “All Hands on Deck”. 
Cindy Carlson proudly announced that her grandson, Chip William Swenson, was born last Saturday, which explains her absence from the Rotary picnic.  Mom Natalie and son are doing very well.
President Dennis Connolly led the first Club Assembly of the new Rotary year.  He presented a comprehensive list of the projects and organizations that we support each year.  It’s truly amazing to see how much good work our small club does in the community and around the world!
Meeting Recap - July 30, 2019 Jeff Benson 2019-07-30 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Benson on Jul 09, 2019

Today was Dennis Connolly’s first meeting as our new club President.  He introduced the Rotary International presidential theme, “Rotary Connects the World”.


Due to rainy skies, our hot dog feed for the Global Academy playground volunteer workers was moved indoors to Salem Covenant Church.  Everyone was most appreciative of our now legendary hog dog cooking skills.


President Dennis reminded us of the following upcoming events:

- The Board meets at 11AM, July 23rd at the Exchange.

- The Rotary picnic will be held at John and Marla Ordway’s on Saturday, July 27th, from 3-9PM.

- If you eat too much at the Rotary Picnic, you can walk it off on Sunday, July 28, at the Walk for Your Neighbors fundraiser for the Community Support Center.  The club will donate $10 for each mile walked by NBMV Rotarians up to a total of $250.

- At our July 30th Noon meeting, Dennis and the Board will lay out their vision for the coming year.

- The Flex group will meet at 7:15AM, August 1st, at the BruHouse.  All are welcome to attend.

- Don’t forget that the Stockyard Days Parade has been moved to Saturday, August 3rd.  All Rotarians are asked to be on hand at 1PM to begin preparations to serve 1,000 hot dogs to parade participants.

- The Mounds View Festival in the Park is Saturday, August 17th, and volunteers are needed to help call bingo.


Cindy Carlson passed the hat for donations to Ralph Reeder Food Shelf to take advantage of a $5,000 matching grant for this month.


Maria Klakegg returned to Norway this week after a remarkable year as our inbound exchange student.  She expressed her extreme gratitude for her exchange experience and vows to return to experience the State Fair.  She and her family would welcome visits to Norway.


Our Japanese exchange student, Nanase Hirama, will be arriving at 12:30PM on August 16th.  Mark your calendars now to ensure a warm welcome for Nanase at the airport.


Geoff Hollimon visited E.C.H.O. in Fort Myers recently and displayed some photos of the ECHO farm.  If you are ever in the Fort Myers area, you owe it to yourself to visit this amazing facility.  Contact Geoff for information on how best to visit.


Dennis gave a Happy Buck for the start of his presidency and Cindy Carlson also offered a buck to celebrate the beginning of Denny’s presidency and, coincidentally, the end of her own.


Dennis also paid a buck to thank John Marg-Patton for inviting him to join Rotary.  John had also encouraged Dennis to become president of the club. (John could be persuasive!)


Dennis also won the raffle today and that’s got to be a good omen for his year as president.


Cindy Carlson, Membership Development Director, introduced PDG and White Bear Rotarian, Jim Hunt and his co-speaker, White Bear Rotarian and District 5960 Membership Chair, Greg Bartz.  Jim Hunt began the presentation by describing membership as a strategic priority for Rotary at the District and International levels.  He said that, although total Rotary membership remains relatively constant at 1.2 million, membership in the U.S. is decreasing.  District 5960 is responding to this trend by setting a goal of 3,000 members by 2020.  That’s a net increase of 255 members, which is no small task.  Jim said that the keys to achieving this will be first attracting new members and then engaging them to ensure retention.  Jim asserted that we want to attract anyone who believes in the Four Way Test and is service minded.  He suggested that to attract new members we need to look at our club from the point of view of the prospective member.  Are we attractive to new members?  Do we meet the needs of those that we would like to attract?  Are our meetings fresh and fun?  Is our website attractive and up to date?  Are we diverse?  Are we welcoming? 


But where and how do we find these prospective members?  Jim suggested that, in addition to friends and co-workers, we look closely at non-Rotarians who attend our events and help with our service projects.  We also should be talking to youth exchange host families, Rotaractors, Interactors and members of other organizations doing good things in the community.


Greg Bartz followed up on Jim’s presentation by discussing how to engage new members to keep them in Rotary.  His suggestions were:

- Have a meaningful induction ceremony

- Have a structured new member orientation and mentoring program

- Invite new members to join a committee or team

- Involve new members in service projects

- Monitor meeting attendance and follow up


Greg encouraged us to create a membership plan but keep it simple so it can be followed.  He said that Rotarians are everywhere among us and we should always be on the lookout for likely prospects.  We should never pass up the opportunity to ask people to attend a meeting.  He said that we all have a personal story about our Rotary involvement and that we should tell to anyone who will listen.


Greg, Cindy and Jim are pictured below.

Meeting Recap - July 9, 2019 Jeff Benson 2019-07-09 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Benson on Jun 25, 2019
Our guest today was Ruth Marg-Patton.


President Cindy Carlson reported on today’s Board meeting.  Our financial condition is excellent, according to Treasurer John Ordway.  The Board approved a $1,000 grant to Life Prep Academy and authorized up to $250 in donations to the Community Support Center at $10 for every mile NBMV Rotarians walk in the Walk for Your Neighbor fundraiser on Sunday, July 28th.  Geoff Hollimon has presented a District Matching Grant Proposal for farm equipment at E.C.H.O.  The Board authorized a $750 contribution to a Prior Lake Rotary district matching grant for a water project in Gambia West Africa.  Cindy read thank you’s from the New Brighton Area Historical Society, Remember Niger and Feed My Starving Children for our financial and volunteer support.


There will be no noon meeting on July 2nd.  Our next noon meeting will be on July 9th.


The Flex Group will meet at 7:15 AM, July 15th at the BruHouse.


Volunteers are needed to help serve hot dogs to over 200 construction volunteers at the Kaboom playground for the new Global Academy at 3000 5th St NW, New Brighton.  Preparations will begin at 10:30 AM.  Please let Cindy know if you know the location of the Hot Dog cooking pots!


Mark your calendars for the Rotary Picnic on July 27th, 2:30PM at John and Marla Ordway’s beautiful home on White Bear Lake.


Keep in mind that the Stockyard Days Parade has moved from its usual Thursday evening time slot to Saturday afternoon, August 3rd.  Mark your calendars for a 1:00PM start to the hot dog preparation.


Gerry Tietz and Cindy Carlson teamed up to induct Maddison Zykmund (Nyle’s son and the Spring Lake Park-Blaine-Mounds View Assistant Fire Chief) and Jennifer Fink (New Brighton Parks and Recreation Director).  Maddison will join as a regular member and Jennifer will join as Dean Lotter’s corporate designee.  Welcome, Maddison and Jennifer!  (See photos below)


Jed Hamoud’s son’s family will be visiting from Lebanon for 2 months.


Beverly Aplikowski was able to be with us today, but she said the she doubts that she will be able to continue her membership for health reasons.  The club responded with a standing ovation to honor Bev’s contributions to the club.


Today marked the end of Cindy Carlson’s tenure as Club President.  Cindy remarked that the Rotary International theme for this year was “Be the Inspiration” and said that she thought that it was the perfect theme for NBMV Rotary.  Cindy and John Marg-Patton began the year as Co-Presidents, but John’s passing midway through their year left Cindy at the helm for the second half of the year.  Cindy put together a slide show of the highlights.  John and Cindy’s “Big Three” were Do Good, Have Fun and Celebrate and we did a great job on an all three.  A summary of those highlights follows:

- MaryAnn Bawden became an Honorary Member

- Stockyard Days Hot Dog Feed

- Exchange Student Maria Klakegg from Norway

- Camp Enterprise

- Camp RYLA

- Cultural exchange with Lebanon

- New members and designees, Nicole Ulrich, Reid Hewitt, Ike Graham, Charlie Longbella, Jed Hamoud

- Community Spirit Award from CPY

- Adopt-a-Home Women’s shelter donation

- Community Support Center

- Harvest Pack $ 11,000 Matching grant Project (23,000 meals packed)

- Outbound Exchange Student 2019-20 Sofia Valdez

- Ellen Dunn, Rotary Global Scholar

- Rotary Egg Hunt

- Gold Plate Dinner - over $23,000 raised

- 4th Grade Foresters Tree Give-Away

- Four $1,500 Scholarships to high school seniors

- Feed My Starving Children - packed food and donated $1,000

- Rotary Presidential Citation for 2017-18

- Community Partners with Youth

- Mounds View Festival in the Park

- Ralph Reeder Food Shelf

- Stamp Out Hunger

- Life Prep Academy

- Remember Niger Coalition sponsorships

- 40th Anniversary Party

- 40 year NBMV Rotarians John Risdall, George Winiecki and Jeff Benson

- District 5960 Governor’s Citation 2018-19

- Paul Harris giving level milestones for Geoff Hollimon and Margaret Johnson


Whew!  How do we get all that done in one year’s time?  Cindy thanked the Board and all those who help this club accomplish so much in this great community of New Brighton. 


Dennis Connolly presented Cindy with a gavel plaque and a Rotary necklace to commemorate her presidency.  Dennis also presented a Rotary necklace to Ruth Marg-Patton in honor of John’s service as co president.  See photo below.


Cindy presented Dennis with his President’s lapel pin and ceremonially passed the gavel to Dennis to begin his tenure.  Photo below.

Meeting Recap - June 25, 2019 Jeff Benson 2019-06-25 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Benson on Jun 18, 2019

Nyle Zikmund’s guest today was his son, Maddison Zikmund.  He is the Spring Lake Park-
Blaine-Mounds View Assistant Fire Chief.  Maddison has applied for membership in our club.


The outgoing and incoming Boards will meet on Tuesday June 25th at 11:00.


Cindy Carlson will pass the presidential gavel to Dennis Connolly at next Tuesday’s noon meeting.  Let’s have a great turnout to recognize Cindy’s and John Marg-Patton’s contributions and to welcome Dennis to the presidency.


Jennifer Fink, director of New Brighton Parks and Recreation, has submitted her application to become a Corporate Designee under Dean Lotter’s membership.


On Thursday, June 27th, our club will provide a hot dog lunch for volunteers at the Kaboom playground construction for the new Global Academy at 3000 5th St NW, New Brighton.  Several more volunteers will be needed at 10:30AM.


John and Marla Ordway have graciously offered to host the Rotary Picnic on Saturday, July 27th.  Mark your calendars now and watch this bulletin for more details.


After eating too much at the Rotary Picnic, you’ll want to show up for the “Walk For Your Neighbors” fundraiser for the Community Support Center at Silverwood Park on Sunday, July 28th.


Keep in mind that the Stockyard Days Parade has moved from its usual Thursday Evening time slot to Saturday afternoon, August 3rd.  Mark your calendars for a 1:00PM start to the hot dog preparation.


On August 17th, the Mounds View Police Foundation is looking for volunteers to call bingo to raise funds for the Foundation at the Mounds View Festival in the Park.  Details to follow.


If you haven’t signed up for a month or two of meeting responsibilities, please call Nyle Zikmund ASAP.


Cindy Carlson will be celebrating a big birthday later this week and because she is always eager to have others wear the Birthday Hat, it seemed only fair that she had to wear the hat for her birthday song.  See below.

Dave Hoel reported on the Pancreatic Cancer Benefit Golf Tourney last Friday.  It was the biggest event in the 7 year history of the event and Dave thanked the many Rotarians that participated.


Cindy Carlson introduced Forest Lake Rotarian and Past 5960 District Governor, Clare Lillis to speak to us about Human Trafficking.  The definition of human trafficking is the exploitation of a person by force, fraud or coercion for commercial sex or forced labor.  Estimates vary from 25-42 million victims of human trafficking each year and the practice is a $150 billion business globally, with $91 Billion from sex trafficking and $51 billion from forced labor trafficking.  This makes it the 2nd largest black market activity.  Minnesota has somewhere between 8,000 and 14,000 people trafficked for sex each year, with a significant number of those because Minnesota is a convenient distribution center for the trade.


The victims of sex trafficking are, for the most part, vulnerable youth entering trafficking at an average age of 13 years.  Victims are forced to engage in 5-48 sex acts per day and survive an average of 7 years if not rescued.  The buyers are mostly men of all ages, half of whom are married and many of whom have children of their own.  Most travel 30-60 miles from home to buy sex and most purchases are made via the internet.


How can we end trafficking?  The most effective strategy is to reduce the vulnerabilities and risks factors for young people and create awareness of the problem.  The demand could be reduced by educating men that prostitution is not a victimless crime.  District 5960 is working to bring 160 Minnesota and surrounding region Rotary Clubs together to provide education and support other local organizations in the fight against trafficking.  Cindy and Clare are pictured below.

Meeting Recap - June 18, 2019 Jeff Benson 2019-06-18 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Benson on Jun 11, 2019

We had no guests today.


John and Dana Johnson (Maria’s 1st host parents) hosted a farewell/graduation party for Maria last Saturday.  Maria was very excited to receive the clubs gifts that Nicole Ulrich had so carefully selected (see photos below).  It has been such a joy to have Maria among us for the past 9 months.  Her joyful and enthusiastic outlook made her time with us so memorable.  It’s sad to see her go but we know that she is destined for great things and we can’t wait to hear about the next chapters of her life.


Next week’s program will be PDG Clare Lillis, speaking about Rotary’s response to the human trafficking crisis.


Our meeting on May 25th marks the transition of club leadership from Cindy Carlson to Dennis Connolly.  The outgoing and incoming Boards will have a joint meeting at 11AM and the Noon meeting will feature a recap of the past year and the passing of the gavel from Cindy to Dennis.  Rumor has it that treats may commemorate the transition.


Our club has agreed to provide a hot dog lunch for volunteers assembling the Kaboom playground at the new Global Academy on the former site of the United Theological Seminary, 3000 5th St NW,
New Brighton.  We’ll need several volunteers to cook and serve the hot dogs from 10:30-1:00PM on Thursday, June 27th


Remember that, due to the Independence Day holiday, we will NOT be meeting on July 2nd.


If you haven’t already done so, please respond to Nyle Zikmund’s May 21st email asking you to sign up for a month of program responsibilities.  Teams of 3 will be needed for each month of the coming Rotary year.  If you contact Nyle now you will likely be able to choose your month and team members.


Because of increased traffic on local streets, the city will not be able to close off the parade route on a Thursday evening, so the Stockyard Days Parade (and HOT DOG FEED) has been rescheduled to Saturday August 3rd at 3 PM.  This means that we will gather at 1PM to begin preparing hot dogs for the parade participants.  Mark your calendars now with the change.


Mike Neeley’s 13 year old granddaughter will compete in a national dance competition in Wisconsin Dells this coming week.


Geoff and Debra Hollimon will be visiting E.C.H.O. and actually staying at the farm during a trip to Florida for a wedding.


John Ordway announced that the Rotary Picnic will be at his White Bear Lake home on July 27th.  Details to follow.


Gerry Tietz got us up to speed on the many features and benefits of our ClubRunner club management software.  With a little effort, ClubRunner gives you access almost any Rotary information you might need.  Gerry reviewed login procedures, profile management, password management, access to club photos and documents, accessing the club directory and email center.  Gerry also showed us how to access our billing records including history and current balance.  Gerry encouraged everyone to login to the member section of the website and explore the many options available.  If you have any problems or questions, Gerry or Jeff should be able to show you how to get the most out of ClubRunner.  For mobile access, you can download the ClubRunner mobile app for Apple and Android.

Meeting Recap - June 11, 2019 Jeff Benson 2019-06-11 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Benson on Jun 04, 2019

Our guest today was Miriam Zachary, from the Arden Hills Shoreview Club.


President-Elect Dennis Connolly subbed for President Cindy Johnson at today’s meeting.  Dennis called on Dave Hoel to fill us in on the Pancreatic Cancer Benefit Golf Tourney on June 14th.  This will be the biggest turnout ever, so contact Dave if you’d like to join us.


We’ve agreed to support the Kaboom playground construction at the new Global Academy in New Brighton by providing a hot dog feed (a la Stockyard Days Parade) for the construction volunteers. We’ll need lots of volunteers to help.  Mark your calendars for Thursday, June 27th around the noon hour.  Details to follow.


The Fridley/Columbia Heights Rotary’s Seventh Annual Golf Classic benefitting The Healthy Youth Foundation and supporting STRIVE Scholarships will be held at The Refuge on Monday, July 22nd starting at 11:30 AM.  Golfing, cart, dinner, course games and hole prizes are included.  A silent auction with some amazing items will take place during golfing and at the dinner.  Contact Greg Schraufnagel or 612-242-4748 for registration or information regarding sponsorships.  Our Club has contributed $250 to the event and will cover half the cost of a foursome of New Brighton Rotarians.


Beisswenger’s Hardware is throwing a party to celebrate 100 years in business. The “Party in the Parking Lot” will be held on Saturday, June 8th from 10 am to 5 pm.   There will be free games for the kids, games for adults, a petting zoo, food, giveaways and most of all fun! Watch some of your favorite employees get dunked in the water tank of doom with all of the proceeds going to local charities!

Beisswenger’s Hot Dog and a pop meal is back, but this time we’ve added 1919 Root Beer to commemorate the occasion for a whopping $0.50. And for those who love BBQ, a Pulled Pork topped with Cole Slaw sandwich just $3.50. Bring your friends and family! Parking space will be limited as we are closing off the front drive of the store.


Also on June 8th, Maria will have a graduation/farewell party from 5-8 PM at John and Dana Johnson’s home, 1301 12th Ave. NW, New Brighton.  This will be the last time to be together with our amazing Norwegian exchange student, so don’t miss it!




The meeting schedule for the AM group is changed.  They will meet on the 1st Thursday of the month (including Thursday, June 8th) at 7AM at the Bru House, 1431 Silver Lake Rd NW, New Brighton.


The Benedictine Care Center at Innsbruck is having a car show on Saturday, June 15th from 2-4PM.  Come on over to 1101 Black Oak Drive in New Brighton for some cool cars and a peak at the planned expansion to include 60 new independent living units, 40 new assisted living units and 24 new memory care units for our campus.


If you haven’t already done so, please respond to Nyle Zikmund’s May 21st email asking you to sign up for a month of program responsibilities.  Teams of 3 will be needed for each month of the coming Rotary year.  If you contact Nyle now you will likely be able to choose your month and team members.


Treasurer John Ordway asks that we all get our dues balances paid up by the end of this week to ease the burden of the club’s year end accounting.


Ed James reported that 26 Rotarians, friends and family attended the Feed My Starving Children food packing event.  Nice turnout!


Don’t Forget the Life Prep Academy Garage Sale this Friday-Sunday.


Bob Barmore introduced Sheri Erickson from ID Shield, to speak to us about identity theft.  In 2017, 16.7 million Americans were victims of some sort of identity theft, with the cost to the victims now exceeding the cost of drug trafficking at 16.8 billion dollars.  Someone’s identity is stolen every two seconds!  Sheri defined identity theft as someone using your personal information to “become you”.  Once they have your driver’s license information, social security number, medical information, personal information from social media, or some combination of these, identity thieves can wreak havoc with your personal and financial life and correcting the damage can take months or years.  Prevention is the key to safeguarding your identity.  Sheri had some tips for us:

- Review your credit reports regularly, or pay for credit monitoring.

- Shred all junk mail and credit card offers.

- Carry only the credit cards you need.

- Don’t carry your Social Security card with you.

- Photocopy the front and back of credit cards in case they are stolen.

- Never divulge personal information over the phone unless you have initiated the call.

Bob and Sheri are shown below.

Meeting Recap - June 4, 2019 Jeff Benson 2019-06-04 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Benson on May 28, 2019

Our Guests today were:

   Shelley Streeper from Salem Covenant Church,

   Rotary Exchange Student Maria Klakegg,

   Sunniva Klakegg (Maria’s sister) and

   Ed James’ sister, Grace.


Shelley Streeper was here to line up help for a “Kaboom” playground at Global Academy, the new owner of the United Theological Seminary building near the park where we hold the Easter Egg Hunt.  Our club has agreed to provide a hot dog lunch on Thursday, June 27th.  If you can help, please contact Cindy Carlson.


The Fridley/Columbia Heights Rotary’s Seventh Annual Golf Classic benefitting The Healthy Youth Foundation and supporting STRIVE Scholarships will be held at The Refuge on Monday, July 22nd starting at 11:30 AM.  Golfing, cart, dinner, course games and hole prizes are included.  A silent auction with some amazing items will take place during golfing and at the dinner.  Contact Greg Schraufnagel or 612-242-4748 for registration or information regarding sponsorships.  Our Club has contributed $250 to the event.


Beisswenger’s Hardware is throwing a party to celebrate 100 years in business. The “Party in the Parking Lot” will be held on Saturday, June 8th from 10 am to 5 pm.   There will be free games for the kids, games for adults, a petting zoo, food, giveaways and most of all fun! Watch some of your favorite employees get dunked in the water tank of doom with all of the proceeds going to local charities!

Beisswenger’s Hot Dog and a pop meal is back, but this time we’ve added 1919 Root Beer to commemorate the occasion for a whopping $0.50. And for those who love BBQ, a Pulled Pork topped with Cole Slaw sandwich just $3.50. Bring your friends and family! Parking space will be limited as we are closing off the front drive of the store.


Also on June 8th, Maria will have a graduation/farewell party from 5-8 PM at John and Dana Johnson’s home, 1301 12th Ave. NW, New Brighton.  This will be the last time to be together with our amazing Norwegian exchange student, so don’t miss it!


Speaking of Maria, Cindy Carlson organized a Top Golf event for last Friday evening to give Maria and her sister Sunniva an opportunity to experience golfing.  Cindy, Dana, Jeff, David and Susan joined Maria and Sunniva.  Both girls are naturally athletic and they were hitting the targets in no time at all.  It was a total joy to watch their excitement at learning a new skill.  See photo below.


Margaret Johnson had the honor of presenting Geoff Hollimon with a Paul Harris Fellowship +5.  This recognizes Geoff’s contributions to the Rotary Foundation in excess of $6,000.  Congratulations, Geoff!


Ed James reported that he got several positive comments about Rotary’s community involvement while he was representing our club at the Irondale Awards Night.


John Risdall was celebrating a birthday this week which made him eligible to wear the birthday hat; see below.


Our Feed My Starving Children food packing event took place tonight before I had finished this newsletter, so I’m including the summary here.  We had a great Rotary turnout, Ed brought several family members and Maria and Sunniva were able to join us as well.  Ed James presented our club’s check to FMSC for $1,000.  See photos below.


John Ordway introduced today’s speaker, Mark Lindeberg, project manager for the I-35W North MnPASS project currently underway.  Mark was accompanied by Bre Grand from Zan Associates.  Mark presented a project summary, outlining each phase of the project which should be completed by fall of 2021.  The purpose of the project is the addition of MnPASS lanes to both the North and Southbound lanes of I-35W from County Rd C in Roseville to Lino Lakes.  The project will include new bridges at County Road C and County Road I as well as complete concrete overlays on the entire project length.  Addition of the MnPASS lanes will increase the number of cars that can move through this corridor at peak times and provide more reliable trip times, especially during rush hour.  The 2019 phase will include construction on the southbound lanes and erection of new sound barriers.  The 2020 phase will involve construction of middle lanes and completion of all construction north of 95th Avenue in Blaine.  The 2021 phase will involve the northbound lanes from County Road C to 95th Avenue.  An online project summary can be found by clicking here.  Questions or concerns about the project may be directed as follows:


     Phone:            651-800-4965


Mark and Bre are pictured below.

Meeting Recap - May 28, 2019 Jeff Benson 2019-05-28 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Benson on May 21, 2019

Our guests today were:

- Maddison Zikmund, Assistant Chief of the Spring Lake Park Blaine Mounds View Fire Department and son of our own Nyle Zikmund.  Maddison is considering membership in our club.

- Greg Schraufnagel, Fridley/Columbia Heights Rotarian.


Greg was here to promote Fridley/Columbia Heights Rotary’s Seventh Annual Golf Classic benefitting The Healthy Youth Foundation and supporting STRIVE Scholarships.  The event will be held at The Refuge on Monday, July 22nd starting at 11:30 AM.  Golfing, cart, dinner, course games and hole prizes are included.  A silent auction with some amazing items will take place during golfing and at the dinner.  Contact Greg Schraufnagel or 612-242-4748 for registration or information regarding sponsorships.


Several NBMV Rotarians attended the Benedictine Gala last Friday.  Dave Hoel reported that the highlight of the evening was Bingo with himself and Jeff Benson as callers.  Every table was full, so it looks like the Innsbruck Foundation has had another successful fundraising event.


Ralph Reeder Food shelf sent a thank you note for our $500 contribution.  The food shelf also received food packages from our Harvest Pack event.


Don’t forget our Feed My Starving Children event on Tuesday, May 28th from 8-9:30 PM.  FMSC is located at 401 93rd Ave NW in Coon Rapids.


The Board will meet at 11AM on Tuesday, May 28th.


President Cindy Carlson presented Margaret Johnson with a Paul Harris Fellowship + 2, signifying contributions to the Rotary Foundation in excess of $3,000.  Congratulations, Margaret!  Cindy and Margaret are shown below.


Ed James announced that the recipients of our scholarships were Irondale seniors Emma Johnson, Matthew Neumann and Zira Deriche and St. Anthony senior Gabriela Aria.  Thanks to those who evaluated the scholarship applications.


John Ordway introduced Al Zdrazil from the District 5960 Ethics Team.  Al’s topic was “Ethics and the Four Way Test”.  Rotary is unique among service organizations in that its core principles all revolve around ethical standards.  The 4-Way Test that we recite at the conclusion of our weekly club meetings is the very basis of Rotary.  But the Four-Way Test is more than just a statement of principles;
it’s a tool for decision making.  Al attempted to play a video produced by the Ethics Team to show how the Four-Way Test is being applied in the business and personal lives of Rotarians, but the audio portion was not working properly.  You can view the video (with audio) on the District website by clicking
.  Al had some suggestions for how we might elevate our Four-Way Test to the community level:

·         Sponsor an ethics essay contest

·         Present classes on ethics (Eagan and Northfield Clubs are doing this)

·         Display a Four-Way Test banner at every event we participate in.

The Ethics Team is also rolling out a policy regarding Harassment and Discrimination.  This policy provides guidance and procedures to follow to prevent Harassment and Discrimination and handle it if it should occur.  You can find the policy by clicking here.  John and Al are shown below.

Meeting Recap - May 21, 2019 Jeff Benson 2019-05-21 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Benson on May 14, 2019

Our guests at today’s meeting were Nancy Benson (Jeff’s wife) and Nils Friberg’s guest, Ashraf Ibrahim.  Ashraf is staying with Nils and Peg as he gathers toys, clothing and other essentials for disadvantaged children and refugees in Egypt.


President Cindy Carlson honored (and surprised) Jeff Benson by presenting him with a certificate of appreciation for 40 years of service to the New Brighton/Mounds View Rotary Club.  Jeff thought it was pure coincidence that Nancy happened to be at this particular meeting until Nancy admitted (on the ride home) that Cindy had asked her to attend the meeting.  As Nancy will happily tell you, Jeff can be a little clueless at times.  Cindy and Jeff are shown below.


The Stamp Out Hunger food drive was a big success again this year.  This partnership of the US Postal Service, the United Way and other local charitable organizations collected food for the Second Harvest Heartland Foodshelf.  Led by Jason Slama, our team set a new record for food collections at our location.  Kudos to all who helped out!


A contingent of NBMV Rotarians braved the weather to cheer for our exchange student, Maria Klakegg, at a recent Irondale softball game.  Maria’s energy and enthusiasm were on full display and could not be dampened by the weather or their team’s eventual defeat. If you haven’t had an opportunity to invite Maria to join you for an activity, you owe it to yourself to spend a little time with her.  Make your plans quickly though, because she’ll be returning to Norway soon.  We are all invited to Maria’s graduation/farewell party on June 8th.  Mark your calendars now and stay tuned for more details.


Ed James read some hand-made thank you cards from recipients of trees in our Fourth Grade Foresters tree give-away.  As always, the cards are beyond cute and they prove that the kids are getting the intended environmental message.


Dana Rebelein described the results of our $250 contribution to Operation Christmas Child and circulated photos of grateful children.


Remember the Benedictine Gala is this Friday, May 17th, starting at 5:30PM.


Ed James reminded us that our Feed My Starving Children food packing event will be on Tuesday, May 28th from 8:00 to 9:30PM.  We still need more volunteers to fill out our packing station.


Mike Neeley introduced Reid Hewitt, Business Administrator for Benedictine Care Center at Innsbruck (BCCI).  Reid was here to talk about a major expansion planned for BCCI. BCCI is part of Benedictine Health Systems, which got its start in the 1880’s, when a group of Benedictine Nuns formed a hospital in Duluth, Minnesota.  As health care became increasingly administrative, the sisters formed Benedictine Health Systems in 1985 to help oversee administrative tasks, thereby allowing the nurses to concentrate on what they knew best; patient care.  Following the Benedictine Core Values of Hospitality, Stewardship, Respect and Justice, BHS has expanded to provide services for elderly and medically challenged individuals in five Midwestern states.  Although BHS has been primarily focused on nursing home services, the changing eldercare landscape, increasing costs of delivering care and a dwindling work force have compelled eldercare businesses to offer a continuum of residential options including independent living, assisted living, transitional care and memory care.  This model will allow eldercare facilities to remain profitable and relevant in the future.


Innsbruck has been delivering health care services since the mid 1960’s but, due to space limitations, it has been unable to transition to this new continuum of care model.  However, recent acquisitions of adjacent properties have finally made it possible to offer an expanded range of services.  The plan, which has received provisional approval from the New Brighton City Council, would increase BCCI’s capacity from 105 to 214 units, with 56 independent living units, 40 assisted living units, 24 memory care units and 94 skilled care units.  Reid outlined the myriad of steps involved in a project of this size and it seems daunting, but things are progressing well and Reid hopes to break ground in 2020 and be operational in 18-24 months.  The new Innsbruck will feature desirable amenities like roof-top patios, indoor/outdoor fireplaces, underground parking, memory care courtyard and many others.  A Capital Campaign is planned to fund some amenities that might not otherwise be possible. 

Contact Reid Hewitt: 651-633-1686 or   Reid and Mike are shown below.

Meeting Recap - May 14, 2019 Jeff Benson 2019-05-14 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Benson on Apr 30, 2019

Today’s meeting was cancelled to allow members to attend the Community Support Center (CSC) Luncheon at St John the Baptist Catholic Church.  The Community Support Center works with Arden Hills, Mounds View, New Brighton, North Oaks and Shoreview residents to prevent homelessness, solve financial crises and provide long-term relationships that help to prevent recurring financial crises.  Their goal is to first create financial stability and then provide coaching and other financial guidance to ensure long-term financial sustainability.  Board President Iris McGinnis and Director Karen Meyer outlined how CSC makes the most of its limited funds by making sure that all other available assistance options are considered before CSC offers financial assistance to prevent evictions.  There are no cookie-cutter solutions at CSC; each accepted “neighbor” gets a plan that is tailored to their specific situation.  Each neighbor meets with a trained volunteer advocate who assesses the need and helps them set goals and a plan to achieve them.  CSC’s program is designed to keep neighbors in their homes…CSC does not provide support for emergency or temporary housing.


Iris recognized several “Amazing Neighbors” who have played a big role in CSC’s success this past year. The Society of St. Vincent de Paul at St. John the Baptist Catholic Parish has been instrumental in CSC’s mission since the beginning and members Kevin Griffin and Carol Banks were named Amazing Neighbors of 2019.  Other Amazing Neighbors Pat Yahnke, Matt Daugen and our own President, Cindy Carlson were also recognized for their service.


To learn more about CSC and how you can be involved in their valuable mission, click here or call 651-387-8050.
Note that your editor will be out of town next week, so the newsletter will not be published.
Meeting Recap - April 30, 2017 Jeff Benson 2019-04-30 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Benson on Apr 23, 2019

Our annual egg hunt was a big success this past weekend.  The perfect weather led to a great turnout and everyone had a great time.  Egg hunt grand-poobah, Dave Hoel, reported that he has found almost no Easter inventory in the stores so he’s concerned about being able to get prizes and plastic eggs for next year.  Dave thanked all those who participated.  Some photos are shown below.






President Cindy Carlson read a thank-you note from Abby N., who attended Camp RYLA as one of our representatives.


Cindy also passed around a school progress report for our Maman and Sharifa, our Remember Niger sponsored students.  All grades were excellent, by the way.


Contributions to the club’s John Marg-Patton Memorial Fund have totaled over $6,600.  The Board has already found some worthy causes to contribute to and more contributions are planned for the future.


We have a district matching grant proposal in process to provide E.C.H.O. with some much needed farm equipment.  More news as the proposal moves forward.


The 4:01 meeting for this Thursday has been cancelled to allow the group, and any others, to attend Maria’s softball game at Irondale, April 25th at 4:30PM.  Come and help us root for Maria, and the team.


Jason Slama was married in the Minnesota north woods this past week. Congrats, Jason.


Our speaker today was Pam Wolf, Executive Director of Life Prep Academy.  Life Prep Academy is a faith-based school and residence designed to meet the needs of homeless and/or high risk teens.  Pam spoke to us a year ago about changes that that made room for up to 16 homeless high school students to live and study at Life Prep.  Life Prep was the recipient of last year’s “Fund-a-Cause” effort at the Gold Plate Dinner.  The funds we raised allowed us to purchase several beds for the Academy. Because the demand for residence-based education is quite variable in the target homeless population, Life prep is looking for ways to broaden its impact by offering emergency overnight shelter for up to two youth as well as looking at partnering with Stepping Stones to offer a transitional program for their clients.


Like most charitable organizations, Life Prep faces financial challenges despite the fact that its staff is all volunteer.  They don’t ask for and wouldn’t accept government funding, so they are dependent on private donations and corporate sponsorships.  They also accept donations for their annual garage sale fundraiser.  This year’s garage sale is from June 6th through 9th. 


Pam and Ed James are pictured below,


Meeting Recap - April 23, 2019 Jeff Benson 2019-04-23 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Benson on Apr 16, 2019

President Cindy Carlson opened the meeting with a thank you to all who contributed in any way to the Gold Plate Dinner on Friday.  Careful planning resulted in a great event that we can be proud of.  Several Rotarians (and one exchange student) came away from the event a little richer than when they arrived.  Maria Klakegg and Dana Rebelein each won $100, Susan Hoel won $650 and Nils Friberg won the $1,000 grand prize!


Just two days after the Gala, Rotarians, spouses and friends gathered at the Exchange to stuff plastic eggs with jelly beans and prize slips for the Easter Egg Hunt.  Thank you to all who participated.  Everyone is asked to arrive at Driftwood Park on 5th St NW (just west of Silver Lake Rd.) at 10AM on Saturday April 20th.  If park conditions warrant it, we may move the event to the adjacent church parking lot.


Ed James is still looking for one more volunteer to help with the Arbor Day tree giveaway at Bel Air Elementary at 9:30AM on April 26th.  Please call Ed if you can help.


President Cindy Carlson made us aware of the Northeast Youth and Family Services (NYFS) Leadership Luncheon on May 1st at Midland Hills.  Cindy would love to have you at her table, so let her know if you can join her.

Our noon meeting on April 30th will be off-site at St. John’s for the Community Support Center (CSC) Annual Luncheon.  We are a founding organization of CSC so it’s great to be able to show our support the great work they do in our community.
The Benedictine Gala is on May 17th at St John’s.  Talk to Nicole Ulrich if you would like to attend this great event.
Ed James said that our Feed My Starving Children event will be on May 28th from 8-930PM. 
Our inbound Japanese exchange student has been determined.  His name is Hirama Nanase.


Cindy read a thank you from Ruth Marg-Patton for honoring her late husband John in several ways at the Gold Plate Dinner.


New Brighton is again having a Community Open House on May 12th, from 8-12 Noon at the Community Center.  This is an opportunity to promote the club and all the great things we do in the community.  If anyone would like to represent us at the Open House, please let Cindy know.


The Mounds View Police Foundation sent a thank you card for our contribution to their Daddy-Daughter Dance.


Our Speaker today was Carol Arney.  Carol was raised in International Falls and moved to Hawaii with her family at age 18.  After earning her B.A. at the University of Hawaii, she worked in sales and marketing in the travel industry for 25 years, but in 1992 she changed career paths and received her Masters of Divinity in 1995.  She returned to Hawaii, was ordained and served in the Episcopalian priesthood until her retirement in 2015.  Since that time her growing concern about climate change issues has led her to study extensively and speak to groups about the climate crisis.


Carol customized her talk for a Rotary audience by applying the Rotary 4 Way Test to the issue of climate change.  Here is a brief summary of her presentation:


·         Is it the Truth? 

 What are the facts on the issue of climate change?  The idea that Carbon Dioxide (CO2) contributes to warming of the planet has been around since 1912.  Today we are putting 110 million tons of CO2 into the atmosphere every day and this CO2 traps the radiant heat from the sun within the atmosphere.  This has led to rapid rise in the average global surface temperature, especially since 1980.  The main source of this CO2 is the burning of fossil fuels.  In addition, the jet stream has redirected so that it is pushing warm air over the north Polar Regions where it is rapidly melting the polar ice cap.  The rise in global temperature has also led to the extremely dry conditions in some areas, leading to drought and much more frequent wild fires.

·         Is it Fair to All Concerned?

Although everyone suffers the effects of climate change, Carol said that the poor are much more likely to experience hardship due to flooding, drought, wild fires and flooding than are their more well-off counterparts.  Low lying coastal areas will be the first to feel the effects of rising ocean levels and cities like Miami and New York City are at the top of the list.  Carol indicated that the current cost of climate change is 653 billion dollars per year but that figure would rise dramatically if coastal cities begin to flood.  Another effect of climate change is that some areas have experienced sustained temperatures above 1300 F., making them uninhabitable.  Food supply and medical concerns are also on the horizon.

·         Will it Build Goodwill and Better Friendships? &  Will it be Beneficial to All Concerned?

As green energy initiatives like solar power generation, wind power generation and better power storage become inexpensive enough they will make carbon fuels economically less desirable.  This is happening much more rapidly than had been predicted and Minnesota is a national leader in development and utilization of these new technologies.  The 2015 Paris Climate Accord was a landmark achievement that had almost universal support around the world and it is still in force until 2020. It’s rare to get universal support on anything in today’s world, so Carol hopes it can still be salvaged.


Carol and Cindy are pictured below.

Meeting Recap - April 16, 2019 Jeff Benson 2019-04-16 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Benson on Apr 09, 2019

There were no visitors at today’s meeting.


Our sympathy goes out to Jed Hamoud for the loss of his nephew in a car crash in Lebanon.


President Cindy Carlson got us revved up for the Gold Plate Dinner by distributing a list of the live auction items for the Gala.  Many of the items would be appropriate for a group to purchase, so put together your bidding consortiums now to get the item you want.


Eight G.P.D. tickets were unsold at the start of the meeting but 5 of those were purchased by members and our speaker, Pat Whelan, bought a raffle-only ticket.  This leaves three tickets available for walk-ups at the event.


The 4:01 meeting this Thursday is cancelled.


Dave Hoel reminded us all to be at the Exchange at 11:00AM this Sunday, April 14th, to stuff the eggs for the Egg Hunt.  With enough hands, we can usually stuff the eggs in about 2 hours.


President Cindy Carlson made us aware of the Northeast Youth and Family Services (NYFS) Leadership Luncheon on May 1st at Midland Hills.  Cindy would love to have you at her table, so let her know if you can join her.


Cindy reminded us that our noon meeting on April 30th will be off-site at St. John’s for the Community Support Center (CSC) Annual Luncheon.  We are a founding organization of CSC so it’s great to be able to show our support the great work they do in our community.


The Benedictine Gala is on May 17th at St John’s.  Talk to Nicole Ulrich if you would like to attend this great event.  

Ed James said that our Feed My Starving Children event will be on May 28th from 8-930PM.  We had about $300 in contributions from passing the hat at previous meetings and Ed passed the hat again today to help cover the cost of the ingredients for the meals we will pack. 


Ed also noted that volunteers are still needed for our Fourth Grade Foresters Tree Giveaway on Thursday, April 11th.  If you can help with this fun event, give Ed a call or sign up at next week’s noon meeting.  


Ed also needs a few more people to read the applications for our at-large scholarship. 


Our speaker today was Pat Whelan, whom many of you will recognize as the owner of PJW Automotive, a New Brighton institution for over 38 years.  Pat closed the business and sold the building and property last October.  Pat was here today to talk to us about Stockyard Days in his role as President of this year’s Stockyard Days Committee.  Pat said that some people think it’s odd that Pat, a Minneapolis resident, would want to be in charge of Stockyard Days; but Pat feels very connected to New Brighton and sees the value of the celebration to the community.  Pat thanked us for our ongoing support of Stockyard Days (Parade Hot Dog Feed, CPY Kiddie Korral & financial support) and encouraged anyone who’s interested to attend a committee meeting on each second Tuesday, 6:30 PM, at the Eagles Club.  Pat’s goal for this year is to apply his organizational skills to consolidate events, with more events on the weekend to increase profitability.  Golfing, Bike Races, Parade, Street Bands, CPY Kiddie Korral, Fireworks, Antique Car Run, Car Show, 5K and 10K runs, Water Ski Show, Duck Race and New Brighton Ambassador events are planned for this year’s celebration.  Pat is pictured below.

Meeting Recap - April 9, 2109 Jeff Benson 2019-04-09 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Benson on Apr 02, 2019
Our guest today was our exchange student, Maria Klakegg.
The Gold Plate Dinner is on April 12th.  It’s extremely important that you get your tickets, sold or unsold, to Bev Aplikowski ASAP!  She also needs your and your guests’ dinner choices.  We’re a little behind last year’s pace on ticket sales and sponsorships, so keep beating the bushes for potential attendees and donors.
President Cindy Carlson made us aware of the Northeast Youth and Family Services (NYFS) Leadership Luncheon on May 1st at Midland Hills.  Cindy would love to have you at her table, so let her know if you can join her.
Nicole Ulrich reminded us that the Benedictine Gala is on May 17th at St John’s.  Talk to Nicole if you would like to attend this great event.
Cindy reminded us that our noon meeting on April 30th will be off-site at St. John’s for the Community Support Center (CSC) Annual Luncheon.  We are a founding organization of CSC so it’s great to be able to show our support the great work they do in our community.
Dave Hoel reminded us that we are all needed to stuff Easter Eggs at the Exchange, 11AM, on April 14th.  All Rotarians are also asked to be at Driftwood Park by 10AM on Saturday, April 20th to set up for the Egg Hunt.
Amy Janecek reported that today is A.C.T. day for all juniors at Irondale.  She also gave us a preview of the planned renovations at Irondale which include updates to the school offices, mechanical infrastructure and a new 650 seat auditorium!
Ed James said that our Feed My Starving Children event will be on May 28th from 8-930PM.  He also noted that volunteers are still needed for our Fourth Grade Foresters Tree Giveaway on Thursday, April 11th.  Give Ed a call or sign up at next week’s noon meeting.   Ed also needs a few more people to read the applications for our at-large scholarship.  We will also need one more host family for next year’s inbound exchange student from Japan.
Happy Bucks Highlights:
·         Amy Janecek was happy to travel to Charleston and Savannah recently.
·         Margaret Johnson travelled to Taiwan to be with her family for the funeral of her father and was happy to find a break in her busy schedule to attend Rotary today.
·         Bev Aplikowski was happy that her son is involved in the remodeling project at Irondale.
·         Cindy Carlson was happy about her trip to Mexico with girlfriends.
·         Nicole Ulrich was happy to be in Armenia recently to visit family.
·         Nicole offered another dollar for a great prenatal checkup (she’s due Sept. 6th).  She played a recording of the baby’s heartbeat…a strong 145 beats per minute.
·         Paul Fournier was happy to have had a successful pacemaker test.  He got his heart rate set to 80 beats per minute (65 beats per minute less than Nicole’s baby’s heart rate!)
·         Garry Johnson was happy to be done with kitchen remodeling after a water leak did major damage.  He was also very happy to have spent some quality time with his grandson.
Paul Fournier introduced his wife, and today’s speaker, Chrissy.  Chrissy’s topic was Alzheimer’s Disease.  Her knowledge of Alzheimer’s comes from personal experience dealing with her mother Helen’s struggle with the disease.  Chrissy’s mother was her role model; a capable and vivacious single parent and career woman who seemed to be able to tackle any challenge that life offered.  But around the time of Helen’s 70th birthday, Chrissie began to notice some changes in Helen’s ability to manage routine tasks.  These subtle signs were stage1 of Alzheimer’s, Mild Cognitive Impairment.  As the disease progressed to Stage 2, Mild Alzheimer’s Dementia, Helen was less able to manage driving and other complex tasks, but still able to function reasonably well.  At stage 3, Moderate Alzheimer’s Dementia, Helen had much more difficulty with basic tasks and driving was a real problem.  Helen’s failure to recognize her only daughter was heartbreaking for Chrissy.  Chrissy was relieved to find excellent care for Helen at Ebenezer.   At this point Chrissy had the revelation that she could decide how to respond to her mother’s situation rather than simply reacting to her mother’s declining capabilities.  This made it easier for her to cope with the oncoming stage 4 or Severe Alzheimer’s Dementia.  By engaging with the Alzheimer’s Association and educating herself about Alzheimer’s, she found a way forward to cope with the terror, confusion and eventual loss of mental and, finally, physical abilities that accompany this final stage of the disease. 
Chrissy revealed that by 2025, 7.1 million people will suffer from Alzheimer’s disease and that two thirds o f those over 65 will have the disease.  It is currently the 6th leading cause of death for adults
Many of you will remember that Chrissy spoke to us a few years ago about the book that she had written about her experiences with her mother’s Alzheimer’s disease.  That book was titled after her mother’s favorite song, “On the Sunny Side of the Street”.    Chrissy’s publisher urged her to update the book and she has made significant changes to the book, including many of her mother’s writings as well.  The book has been re-titled and published under the title “The Unexpected” which seems like an apt title for a book about a caregiver’s experiences with Alzheimer’s Disease.  Chrissy’s new book is available on Amazon.  She and Paul are pictured below.
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Posted by Jeff Benson on Mar 26, 2019

President-elect Dennis Connolly took over the meeting responsibilities for vacationing President Cindy Carlson.   Our guests today were:

·         Ellen Dunn, a Rotary Global Grant Fellowship Scholar sponsored by our club.  Ellen is studying in London.

·         Sofia Valdez, our outbound exchange student for next year.  Sophia will represent us in Spain.

Sofia (left) and Ellen (right) are pictured with Ed James.


Bev Aplikowski appealed to all of us to get our sold tickets and meal selections for the Gold Plate Dinner to her ASAP.


Nicole Ulrich reminds us that the Benedictine Health Center at Innsbruck will hold its 12th annual gala on May 17th.  Contact Nicole for more information about this really fun event.


Life Prep Academy will hold a dinner and silent auction on Thursday, March 28th, 6:30-8PM, at Moe’s Restaurant in Mounds View.  Life Prep Academy provides a high school diploma program and a dormitory for its high school aged homeless students.  RSVP preferred to:


Margaret Johnson encourages us all to consider increasing our quarterly contributions to the Rotary Foundation.  If you haven’t already done so, increasing your mandatory $10/quarter contribution to $25/ quarter will help us achieve our club goal of each member contributing $100 or more to the Rotary Foundation each year.  Watch your email for more details.


Next year’s outbound exchange student, Sofia Valdez, introduced herself to the club.  Sofia is 16 years old and a St. Anthony H.S. student.  When she’s not working at Hazel’s Northeast Restaurant, Sofia volunteers with several organizations including Step-Up and Minnesota Interfaith Power and Light.  She is a self-described energy activist.  Sofia sweetened her introduction with delicious blue and gold cookies (Rotary colors, of course).


Our speaker today was Lisa Baker, Program Manager at the Ralph Reeder Food shelf.  Lisa has been with the Food Shelf for 21 years.  Lisa began her talk with a video of the Grand Opening Celebration at their new location in the Silver View Strip Mall at 2544 Mounds View Boulevard.  Lisa noted that over 400 people attended the celebration.   Lisa said that hunger and food insecurity are a big problem, even in the suburbs.  One in eleven households is affected by hunger in rural, suburban and urban areas and one in seven children go to bed hungry each night.  One third of Mounds View Public Schools students qualify for free and reduced lunches.  It’s not just kids and young families that don’t have enough food, though; 10% of the food shelf’s clients are seniors.  In 2018, Ralph Reeder gave out 667,326 pounds of food and goods to 26,520 duplicated people and they are currently serving 963 families each month.  This reflects the trend that shows a nearly 100% increase in food shelf usage since 2010.  People in need of food call the food shelf to make an appointment to meet with a staff person to determine eligibility.  If eligible, they shop for their own food or other needed items.  At checkout the food is weighed to document the benefit.  The Food Shelf also participates in “Schooltrition” programs to get food to children in school.  These programs include Snackpack, Smartsnacks and Pop-up School Markets.  Over 400 students are enrolled in these programs district-wide.


If you are wondering how you can help, there are several options:

·         Volunteer at the Food Shelf

·         Donate food or other supplies

·         Donate money (each dollar buys 8 dollars of food)

·         Sponsor a program or event

·         Spread the word about hunger and the Food Shelf’s efforts to fight it.


For more information, call the Food Shelf at 651-621-6280 or go to

Lisa and Mary Stewart are pictured below.

Meeting Recap - March 26, 2019 Jeff Benson 2019-03-26 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Benson on Mar 19, 2019
Our exchange student, Maria Klakegg, joined us for lunch today and filled us in on her recent trip to Kauai and Maui where she had an amazing time experiencing the many wonders of Hawaii.  Among the many highlights were surfing and a visit to the Kauai Rotary Club where she got the royal treatment and was even invited to a Rotarians home.
President Cindy Carlson reminded us that the Gold Plate Dinner is just one month away and we all need to solicit donations in three categories:  Live Auction, Dine Around Town and Mini-Raffle. Cindy also noted that Bell Lumber and Pole is sponsoring a $2,500 challenge grant for our Gala.  New and increased donations will be matched dollar for dollar up to a total of $2,500.  Please return any tickets you cannot sell at or prior to our March 26th meeting!
Jason Slama will again be managing a donation location for 2nd Harvest Heartland’s Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive on Saturday, May 11th.  Jason will need two groups of 6-8 volunteers to help load donated food onto semi-trailers.  The work will be divided into two shifts, 12-3PM and 3-6PM.  Let Jason know if you can help out:
March 22nd is World Water Day and some members shared their thoughts about water:
  • Cindy Carlson shared that EcoLab has an online tool called Water Smart Navigator to help reduce water usage.
  • Charlie Longbella noted that his company has supplied cargo containers to a company that converts them to water towers (this would be a great program).
  • Ed James reminded us that there are countries that have more oil than water!
  • Nyle Zikmund noted that much of the water in the sanitary sewer system (which we pay dearly to treat) is tap water from faucets left running, etc.
Jim O’Brien collated and submitted the information for the Rotary District 5960 Awards for this year.  This is a big job and Jim’s hard work is greatly appreciated.
Mark Your Calendars
  • Sunday, April 14th, 11AM, Easter egg stuffing at the Exchange.
  • Saturday, April 20th, 10AM, Easter Egg Hunt at Driftwood Park.
  • Sunday, April 28th, 5:30PM-9:00PM, Peacemaker MN Cribbage Tourney at Adagio Pizza Factory.
  • Tuesday, April 30th, 12 Noon, Offsite Rotary meeting at the Community Support Center Luncheon.
  • Wednesday, May 30th, 11:30-1PM, NYFS Leadership Luncheon.  See Cindy to join her at her table.
  • Friday, May 17th, 5:30PM Benedictine Health Center at Innsbruck Gala.
Ed James reminded us that volunteers are still needed for our Fourth Grade Foresters Tree Giveaway on Thursday, April 11th.  Mark your calendars now for approximately 11-4PM and the exact times will determined soon.  Ed also noted that our Feed My Starving Children food packing event will be on Tuesday evening May 28th.
There will be no Board meeting on March 26th
Gerry Tietz is in the process of migrating our website’s domain name to Clubrunner.  In the meantime please use the following url to access the website:
Happy Bucks Highlights:
  • John Ordway is happy to have been in Arizona for two weeks and also happy to report that son Dan is engaged.
  • Cindy Carlson is happy to be leaving soon for a girl’s trip to Mexico.
  • Nicole Ulrich is happy will be soon be moving to her new home in Coon Rapids and will also be traveling to Armenia to visit family.
  • Ed James is happy that his daughter will be travelling to London to study.
Geoff Hollimon introduced our speaker, Paul Campobasso to speak to us about the joys of soaring.  Paul’s first introduction to the idea of flying a plane without a motor was the 1967 Disney film, “The Boy Who Flew with Condors”.  The idea percolated for32 years until Paul took his first glider flight in White Bear Lake.  He joined the Red Wing Soaring Association and progressed from pilot to glider pilot to commercial glider pilot to certified glider pilot instructor. 
Gliders can be piloted by anyone who can reach the controls but 12 years old is usually the earliest age to learn to fly them.  With enough practice, kids can solo at 14 and get their glider license at 16.  Paul shared the story of how his daughter got both her automobile driver’s license and glider pilot’s license on her 16th birthday.
Paul noted that the cost to get a glider license is about half the cost of getting a private pilot’s license and that it usually takes a full season of training to solo and another season to finish your rating.  The normal soaring season is from April through November (although perhaps not this year!).
For more information about the Red Wing Soaring Association, go here.  To contact Paul, email him at:  Paul and Geoff are shown below.
Meeting Recap - March 19, 2019 Jeff Benson 2019-03-19 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Benson on Mar 12, 2019

President Cindy Carlson opened the meeting with the Pledge and Mary Stewart offered an invocation.  There were no guests today.


The Rotary Rose Bowl Float committee sent us a thank you note acknowledging our most recent contribution and thanking us for our support over the last ten years.


Peacemaker Minnesota will hold its fourth annual cribbage tournament fundraiser on Sunday, April 28th, from 5:30-9:00PM at Adagio’s Pizza Factory right here in New Brighton.  The entry fee is $40 ($30 of which is tax deductible).  It’s a team play tournament, but if you need a teammate, they will find one for you.  Food and beverages are provided.  Click here to sign up.


Jason Slama will be managing a donation location for 2nd Harvest Heartland’s Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive on Saturday, May 11th.  Jason will need two groups of 6-8 volunteers to help load donated food onto semi-trailers.  The work will be divided into two shifts, 12-3PM and 3-6PM.  Let Jason know if you can help out


Dennis Connolly reminded us that the Gold Plate Dinner is just one month away and we all need to solicit donations in three categories:  Live Auction, Dine Around Town and Mini-Raffle. For your reference, last year’s contributions in each category can be accessed by clicking here.


Ed James had several announcements:

·         Volunteers are needed for our Fourth Grade Foresters Tree Giveaway on Thursday, April 11th.  Mark your calendars now for approximately 11-4PM and the exact times will determined soon.

·         Camp RYLA participants will be selected soon.

·         Sofia Valdez will be our outbound exchange student next year and we will be hosting an inbound exchange student from Japan.  Two host families will be needed.

·         Our Feed My Starving Children food packing event will be on either Tuesday May 21st or 28th.


Mary Stewart thanked everyone who participated in the CPY Spring Luncheon last Tuesday.  Mary brought some absolutely delicious cupcakes today as an additional thank you.


March 22nd is World Water Day.  If you have a story or other tidbit about the importance of clean water, please come prepared to share it at our Tuesday noon meeting on March 19th.


Gerry Tietz reported that he is in the process of migrating our website’s domain name to Clubrunner.  I the meantime please use the following url to access the website:


Happy Bucks Highlights:

·         Paul Fournier was happy that Chrissy was interviewed by Maple Grove Community TV about the books she has authored.   The interviewer was none other than Barry Zevan.  You can find the interview on YouTube by clicking here.

·         Bev Aplikowski was happy to be recovering at home after recent health issues and also happy to be able to attend our meeting today.

·         Cindy Carlson will be a grandma for the second time this July.

·         Dennis Connolly was happy to be with his grandkids every day last week and is also happy now that it’s over.


Mary Stewart introduced Jennifer Fink, New Brighton’s Director of Parks and Recreation.  Jennifer joined the team at New Brighton 18 months ago after 13 years in similar roles elsewhere.  Her topic today was the New Brighton Parks, Trails and Recreation Master Plan which is currently under development.  The plan will be a comprehensive plan to provide an overall community vision of parks, trails and recreation for the next 20 years and to prioritize investment in improvements.  The Master Plan will take into account our changing demographics.  New Brighton is becoming older and more diverse in terms of ethnicity, income level and physical ability, and these factors must be accounted for in the Master Plan.  Changing trends in recreation like splash pads, pickle ball courts and ninja warrior courts will also be considered.  Of course, inclusivity and sustainability will also be important considerations.  Another goal of the Master Plan will be to foster a sense of place and celebrate community pride. 


Jennifer is determined to engage the community in the planning process, employing a variety of tools to ensure that all interested parties have an opportunity to provide input.  Community events and pop-up engagements will complement more formal public meetings.  There is a Neighborhood Input Meeting scheduled on Thursday, March 21st, 6PM at the Sunny Square Park building to gather input for the Master Plan.  Another interesting tool is Social Pinpoint, an online interactive project map which allows residents to submit comments ideas and other input from any internet connected device.   The target completion date for the Master Plan is October 19th.  Jennifer and Mary are shown below.

Meeting Recap - March 12, 2019 Jeff Benson 2019-03-12 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Benson on Feb 26, 2019

Bev Aplikowski was able to attend the meeting today after a long absence due to health issues.  Welcome back, Bev!


President Cindy Carlson welcomed our speaker’s guest, Karen Pepin.  Karen serves on the board of Remember Niger Coalition.


Cindy thanked all those who helped put on our 40th Anniversary Party this past weekend.  Special praise was given to George Winiecki, who worked so hard to contact past Rotarians and Nicole Ulrich, whose banquet experience and decorating expertise made the event so special.  Cindy also thanked Chef Kyle and the Exchange staff for the excellent food and service.  The club responded by thanking Cindy for her part in organizing and emceeing the bash.


It’s now confirmed that our April 30th noon meeting will be held off-site at the Community Support Center Luncheon.  We will meet at St John the Baptist Catholic Church.


Geoff Hollimon reminded us that we will also have an off-site meeting at the CPY Spring Luncheon on March 5th.  A big Rotary turnout will show the community how strongly we support CPY’s youth mission.  There is no cost to attend.  An accurate head count is necessary to plan the food.  Look for a sign-up sheet at next week’s meeting.


Dennis passed around a sign-up sheet for Gold Plate Dinner responsibilities.  If everyone takes at least one responsibility at the dinner, it would allow those few who have traditionally done everything to have some time to enjoy the evening.


Our condolences go to Margaret Johnson, whose father died recently.  Margaret will be in Taiwan for services.


Dennis Connolly will be sending an email with possible times to sort and pack medical supplies for Bolivia at the Mano-a-Mano warehouse near the Minnesota Fairgrounds.


Ed James said that we collected $78 last week by passing the hat for seed money for a future visit to Feed My Starving Children in May.  Stay tuned for more information.


Next week, Geoff Hollimon will auction off three tickets for a tour of the inner workings of Target Field.  This isn’t your average tour, but rather a private tour provided by the “Curator” of the stadium.  The Tour will visit several areas which are off-limits to the standard tours.  Check your calendars for availability on Saturday, March 9th.


Ed James celebrated a birthday this week so Cindy discovered the hiding place of the dreaded birthday hat and brought it out just for Ed.  As you can see from the photo below, Ed wore the hat with style.


Happy Bucks Highlights

·         Ed James was happy that his fiancée, Rachael, was able to join us for the 40th Anniversary Party.

·         Bev Aplikowski was happy to be back with us.

·         David Hoel was happy to be leaving for Florida for 3 weeks.  I wonder if it will still be below zero when he returns.

·         George Winiecki was thankful for all the Rotarians who do so much for the club, both visible and behind the scenes.


President Cindy introduced a speaker who is very familiar to us by now, Kara VanderKamp, President and Executive Director of Remember Niger Coalition.  Remember Niger is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year and Kara noted that we have been supporters of the Coalition for 8 or more years.  Remember Niger is a response to the desperate conditions present in Niger.  With a population of 20 million, Niger is the least developed and least educated country on earth.  Combine this with an average birth rate of 7 children per woman (the highest rate on earth) and the future looks bleak, but Remember Niger Coalition believes that education is the key to preventing a humanitarian crisis in Niger.  Currently, only 38% of kids attend elementary school, 11% attend middle school and just 3% attend high school.  Remember Niger envisions quality education for all and supports Nigerian leaders who share that vision.  These leaders believe that education is the key to increased prosperity and the key to population control.  Studies show that birth rate drops dramatically as the education level of young women increases.  A higher education level of mothers also dramatically increases their desire to educate their children.  Since Niger’s education system is ill-equipped to accomplish this goal, Remember Niger has adopted multiple strategies to improve the educational infrastructure and educational outcomes.  Our Rotary club and others have joined forces to create matching grants to help fund many of Remember Niger initiatives, including many of the following:

·         School construction

·         Latrine construction

·         School sponsorships

·         Solar power and solar wells

·         Gardens and meals

·         Teacher training

·         Scholarships

·         Computer labs

Future projects include more solar powered wells, schools for disabled children, teacher training seminars, more secondary schools and a nursing school.

Kara and Cindy are pictured below.

Meeting Recap - February 26, 2019 Jeff Benson 2019-02-26 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Benson on Feb 19, 2019

Ed James’ fiancée, Rachael, was visiting from London.  She will join us for our 40th Anniversary party this Saturday.


Speaking of the Anniversary Party; 74 RSVP’s have been received for the Event which will be held at the New Brighton Community Center, Saturday, February 23rd from 5:30-9:30PM.


Our Gold Plate Dinner is set for Friday, April 12th.  Mark Beisswenger outlined the intricacies of ticket sales as follows:

·    Each Rotarian will be billed for one ticket to the event. 

·    The ticket sales team captains will provide each of their team members an envelope with one or more additional tickets to sell.  Please start trying to sell the tickets   immediately.  For each ticket you sell, return the check and a completely filled out ticket stub to you team captain.  Any tickets that you know you will be unable to sell should be returned to you team captain ASAP so someone else on your team can sell it.

·       From February 12th – April 2nd, Rotarians who sold a ticket during the previous week will receive one entry for a $75 grand prize drawing at the conclusion of the ticket sales competition.  The members of the team with the most combined ticket sales for the previous week will each receive one entry for the $75 grand prize.  The individual who sold the most tickets during the previous week will receive one entry to the grand prize drawing plus their choice of a bottle of wine, a six pack of craft beer or a $10 gift card.  The Rotarian who sells the most tickets overall will receive $75 cash.  To qualify for the sales competition each ticket sale must be confirmed by the buyer and reported to your team captains. Also make sure to report the meal choice information for each ticket.  Now get out there and sell tickets!


The Board meets on Tuesday, February 26, 11:00AM at the Exchange.  The noon meeting will feature Kara VanderKamp with an update on Remember Niger.  Kara will also attend the 4:01 meeting on Thursday, Feb 28th.


President Elect Dennis Connolly presented an opportunity to sort medical supplies at Mano-a-Mano.  These donated medical supplies will go to Bolivia. Sorting times are Tuesday from 5-8PM and Friday from 3-5PM.  There was significant interest in both days.  Stay tuned for details.


Dave Hoel reminded us to mark our calendars for the Easter Egg stuffing on April 14th, 11 AM and the Egg Hunt itself on April 20th, 10AM.  Nicole Ulrich encouraged us to attend the Sunday, February 24th, 6:30PM performance of “This Is Living”, a youth musical at Christ the King Lutheran Church.  The musical will feature our exchange student, Maria Klakegg.  Don’t miss it!


Ed James passed the hat to gather seed money for our Feed My Starving Children food packing event in May.  Details are forthcoming.


Happy Bucks Highlights

·         Paul Fournier was happy to have finally sold his airplane.

·         John and Tina Risdall are celebrating their 30th anniversary.

·         Nils Friberg bought Peg an Instapot for her 72nd birthday.  He said it was complicated, but he finally got it working.  He claims he didn’t inhale.

·         Nicole Ulrich is happy to be moving and even happier to be expecting in September.

·         Dana Rebelein was finally able to offer a happy buck for Gopher athletics after a few frustrating weeks.

·         John Ordway was happy to have avoided much of the snow and cold by vacationing in Arizona.


Ed James introduced Thompson Aderinkomi, Founder and CEO of NICE HEALTHCARE.  Thompson is a 1998 Irondale graduate and got his undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University of Minnesota.  Thompson currently resides in North East Minneapolis.


Thompson began his presentation with the assertion that the traditional health care model in this country is badly broken because of high costs and poor access.  Nice Healthcare addresses both of these issues with a unique approach to basic healthcare.  The Nice approach revolves around an app that allows you to schedule a “video visit” with a Nurse Practitioner who can spend as much time as necessary to diagnose your symptoms.  If a prescription is indicated, most common drugs can be delivered to your home at no charge for the drug or the delivery.  For less commonly prescribed drugs, a regular prescription can be written to be filled at a local pharmacy.  If further tests are needed, a health care professional will come to your home to complete the tests and even x-rays.  The home visit service is currently available only in the metro area but the video visits are available anywhere you have cell phone service.


The service is primarily marketed to businesses that are looking for a way to minimize the frustration of high costs of and difficult access to routine health care.  The subscription costs $25-35/month/employee and the employee’s family is included in the service. The service doesn’t eliminate the need for catastrophic health care coverage, nor does it coordinate with traditional health insurance.  In fact, the low cost is made possible because the service is completely separate from your health insurance plan.  If an employer doesn’t offer the service, it is available for individuals at $89/month and families at $150/month.   Nice currently has 8,000 people covered in the metro area is aggressively seeking more subscribers.  Cindy, Thompson and Ed are shown below.

Meeting Recap - February 19, 2019  Jeff Benson 2019-02-19 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Benson on Feb 12, 2019

George Winiecki updated us on our 40th Anniversary Party coming up on February 23rd, 5:30 PM at the New Brighton Community Center.  He has 58 RSVP’s from current and former Rotarians and spouses.  If you have not RSVP’d yet, it’s very important that you let George know ASAP so we can order the right number of meals.


You all have received emails with a Gold Plate Dinner sales brochure and your GPD sales team assignments.  Mark Beisswenger explained how the Gold Plate Dinner ticket sales contest will work.  From February 12th – April 2nd, Rotarians who sold a ticket the previous week will receive one entry for a $75 grand prize drawing at the conclusion of the ticket sales competition.  The members of the team with the most combined ticket sales for the previous week will each receive one entry for the $75 grand prize.  The individual who sold the most tickets during the previous week will receive one entry to the grand prize drawing plus their choice of a bottle of wine, a six pack of craft beer or a $10 gift card.  The Rotarian who sells the most tickets overall will receive $75 cash.  To qualify for the sales competition each ticket sale must be confirmed by the buyer and reported to Mark Beisswenger.  Also make sure to report the meal choice information for each ticket.  Now get out there and sell tickets!


Geoff Hollimon reminded us that our March 5th noon meeting will be off-site at the CPY Luncheon.  A big Rotary turnout will show the community how strongly we support CPY’s youth mission.  There is no cost to attend.  Look for a sign-up sheet at next week’s meeting.


We are also looking into the possibility of an off-site meeting for our April 30th noon meeting.  The Community Support Center (CSC) is having its luncheon on that day.  As a founding member of CSC , we could show our continuing support by attending the luncheon.  More to follow…


Ed James had three announcements:

·         Our Arbor Day tree give-away is coming up on Friday, April 26th.  Several volunteers will be needed to distribute the trees to area 4th graders.  Mark your calendars now.

·         We need two host families for next year’s youth exchange.  If your family or one you know is willing to host a student, please contact Ed right away.

·         We’re planning to have another Feed My Starving Children event sometime in May.  We’ll pass the hat next week to gather some seed money for the event.


Happy Bucks Summary:

·         Mark Beisswenger received a snow blessing from the Minnesota Twins Pastor earlier this year and the results have obviously been amazing.  Word is Mark is lining him up for another blessing for next snow season.

·         Charlie L. is off to Mexico (without kids) for week with college friends.

·         Ed James’ fiancé will be here from England to help us celebrate our 40th anniversary.

·         Mary Stewart’s parents visited her last week and they were also able to help out at CPY.

·         Dave Hoel explained how easy it is to grind up your cell phone with your snow blower.


Ed James introduced our speaker, Nyle Zikmund.  Nyle’s topic was the Red River Expedition of 1870.  Around the time of the U.S. Civil War both the U.S. and Canada wanted to encourage settlement of their interiors.  Canada was still a British possession but it was working on independence and was trying to buy Ontario and Manitoba from the England’s Hudson Bay Company to create Canadian settlements there.  The Métis, a group of people created by intermarriage of the native population and French voyageurs, feared that these new settlements would cause them to lose the land they had occupied but had no legal ownership of.  This led the Métis, under the leadership of Louis Riel, to capture Fort Garry.   Riel presided over the court martial and eventual execution of Thomas Scott.  England responded by dispatching 1,200 British Soldiers and 2,000 native guides and porters, led by Colonel Garnet Wolseley, to quell the rebellion.  At that time there few roads so the expeditionary force would need to paddle most of the way.  Wolseley and his men faced a most difficult journey, traveling from 3 in the morning until after dark and all the while plagued by ravenous mosquitoes.  Despite grueling conditions, they covered 370 miles in just 90 days, but were unable to engage Riel and the Métis because they had fled Fort Garry to avoid a battle with the clearly superior British forces.  Both Riel and Wolseley went on to be prominent historical figures.  Ed and Nyle are shown below.

Meeting Recap - February 12, 2019 Jeff Benson 2019-02-12 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Benson on Feb 05, 2019

President Elect Dennis Connolly presided over today’s meeting  in President Cindy Carlson’s absence.


Dennis reminded us to RSVP now for our 40th Anniversary Bash coming up on February 23rd.  If you have contact information for former Rotarians, please get that information to George Winiecki ASAP!


The next meeting of the Gold Plate Dinner Planning Team will be before our noon meeting on Tuesday February 12th at 11 AM.  Your input is needed to make the event successful, so please attend the meeting and bring your ideas on how to make this fundraiser successful and fun!  The success of the event is, of course, dependent on ticket sales so talk to your friends and co-workers about joining you at the event.  Also, when you dine out, consider asking the restaurant manager if they would donate a $25 or $50 gift certificate to be raffled off at the event.  If the manager declines, you might consider donating a gift certificate yourself.


Happy Bucks Highlights

   - Garry Johnson moved a friend into the Veterans Home in Minneapolis this week and couldn't’t say enough about the quality of the facility and the caring staff.  Nice to know that, despite some recent bad press in other areas, Minnesota does right by Veterans.

   - Dennis Connolly was in Tuscon for two weeks and had a great time despite the need to apply some plumbing skills to clear roots out of the sewer pipe.

   - Nyle Zikmund  is leaving for Tuscon just as Dennis is returning.  I hope his plumbing skills are as good as Dennis’s.

   - David Hoel is celebrating the 53rd anniversary of his first date with Susan.  There was no word on whether Susan was celebrating 53 years with David.  Congratulations to a great couple!

   - John Risdall will celebrate his 30th wedding anniversary this week.  He was also grateful to finally be able to get around without a walker after breaking his leg a year ago.


Nyle Zikmund introduced our speaker, Mike Shantzen, a Detective from the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office and Task Force Officer with the MN Bureau of Criminal Apprehension Human Trafficking Task Force.  Mike specializes in child/adult sexual assaults, death investigations, sex trafficking and other felony level crimes.


Mike defined sex trafficking as when three or more parties are involved in commercial sex transaction (Buyer, Victim Trafficker).  Traffickers use force, fraud and coercion to lure their victims into sexual  acts in exchange for money or other items of value.  Sex trafficking is driven by the economics of supply and demand.  Men who want to pay for sex with girls, boys and women provide the demand and traffickers, driven by money power and greed, provide the victims to satisfy the demand.  The FBI has ranked Minnesota 13th in the incidence of child prostitution; the average age of first trafficking being just 11-14 years old.  A 2015 survey of trafficking victim service providers in Minnesota showed that they had helped 21 adult males, 319 adult females, 36 juvenile males and an astounding 943 juvenile females.  These numbers only reflect the victims that reported being victims of sex trafficking…it seems that these victims are just the tip of the iceberg.  Mike said that trafficking is not just an inner city problem, indicating that there are a large number of trafficking cases in the Anoka County/North Metro Area.  Sex trafficking is hiding in plain sight in our hotels, motels, massage parlors, and private residences.


The Minnesota Human Trafficking Investigation Task Force (MN HITF) is a consortium of investigators and analysts from local and state crime fighting agencies whose mission is to deter trafficking and assist in the investigation of trafficking cases when they occur.  They accomplish this mission in many ways:

·         Proactive operations like trafficking awareness education in high schools and churches and other public forums.

·         Conduct training for law enforcement and other service professionals.

·         Trafficking recognition training for hotel/motel staff and management

·         Victim recovery operations

·         Sting operations to help suppress demand for juvenile trafficking


For more information about the Mn BCA’s Human Trafficking Investigators Task Force, click here.  


Contact Information:

·         National Human Trafficking Hotline – 866-223-1111

·         Human Trafficking Investigators Task Force – 651-793-7000

·         Detective Mike Schantzen – 651-793-1130 or


Dennis and Mike are pictured below.

Meeting Recap - February 5, 2019 Jeff Benson 2019-02-05 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Benson on Jan 29, 2019

Our sole guest today was Roseville Rotarian Marv Sorvala.


President Cindy Carlson reported that the Board has approved donations to the Mounds View Police Foundation’s Daddy-Daughter Dance and to the Arden Hills/Shoreview Rotary’s Sewing School Project in India.


Ed James said that our exchange student, Maria, has moved to Paul and Denise Jacobsen’s home.  Please give the Jacobsen’s a call to schedule some time with Maria.  Maria will be traveling to Hawaii from February 26-March 8th.


Happy Bucks Highlights:

   - Marv Sorvala is engaged to Diane!

   - Bob Barmore is happy that the snowblower he bought five years ago at at Beisswenger’s started on the first pull yesterday.

   - Nicole and Tyson Ulrich sold their home and are looking for a new one.


New member Charlie Longbella took the podium to deliver his new-member classification talk.  Charlie was born in Minneapolis but moved to Chippewa Falls, WI when he was 5.  He got his degrees in Business Administration and Golf Course Management from Stout and had a variety of jobs until he came to work for his uncle at Big Blue Boxes.  Big Blue Boxes provides moving and storage services for homeowners and businesses.  They rent shipping containers for storage at your home or business or at Big Blue Box’s secure storage area.  They have over 1,000 containers available.  The company has recently expanded its services to include intermodal trucking (transportation of shipping containers between trains and businesses.


Charlie’s uncle, a Brooklyn Park Rotarian, encouraged Charlie to become involved in Rotary and, even before he joined our club, he was part of a Brooklyn Park Rotary project to donate a shipping container loaded with sewing machines, fabrics and other much needed supplies to Haiti.  Charlie is jumping right in here at NBMV Rotary by agreeing to be on the board as director of Public Image/Communications.


Charlie lives in Woodbury with his wife Molly and kids, Crosby and Hadley.  Cindy and Charlie are shown below.


President Cindy reviewed our goals for the last 6 months of this Rotary Year by logging in to the Goal Center of the Rotary Club Central web page.  We reviewed our  goals in the following areas:

  - Membership,

  - Service Participation,

  - New Member Sponsorship,

  - Leadership Development Participation,

  - District Conference Attendance,

  - District Training Participation

  - Foundation Giving,

  - Service Projects, including Harvest Pack, Camp Enterprise, Food Shelf, Camp RYLA, CSC, Financial Literacy, Homelessness Eradication, Stockyard Days Parade, MV Festival in the Park, CPY, FMSC, Egg Hunt, among others.


Club Administration Director Bob Barmore reminded us to attempt to get a variety of speakers and to make prospective speakers aware of our desire to avoid extremely controversial or offensive presentation topics.


The slate of leadership nominees for the 2019-20 Rotary Year was presented and approved by the members present.  The new Leadership Team is:


President                                          Dennis Connolly

President-Elect                                Nicole Ulrich

Secretary                                          Jason Miller

Treasurer                                          John Ordway

Club Adm/Club Service                  Nyle Zikmund

Foundation                                       Nils Friberg

Membership                                    Cindy Carlson

Public Image/Communications    Charlie Longbella

AM/Flex Meetings                          Michelle Caron

Community Service                        Mike Johnson

International Service                     Geoff Hollimon

Youth Service/Youth Exchange    Edeth James

Meeting Recap - January 29, 2019 Jeff Benson 2019-01-29 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Benson on Jan 22, 2019

Our guests today were: MaryAnn Bawden, Blaine Ham Lake Rotarian Lyn Stepaniak and Twin Cities North Chamber President John Connelly.  John noted that we are all invited to the T.C. North Chamber Open House on February 14th from 3-5PM at the Reserve, 1915 Highway 36 West in Roseville.  The Chamber is also having its Golden Gala on Thursday March 7th, from 6-9PM.  The event will be held at the Mermaid Event Center and tickets are $75.


President Cindy Carlson presented Cor Wilson with a Dedicated Service Award, honoring her many years of service to Rotary and the community.  Cor served as NBMV Rotary President twice, in 1997-98 and 2012-13.  Cor was asked to join Rotary by Dana Rebelein, and Dana presented Cor with a “retirement clock” which had no hours on the dial, just the days of the week.  Happy retirement Cor; we’re going to miss you. Cor is shown with her award, below.


The club is gearing up to see if it can top last year’s stellar performance at the District Awards presentation.  We’re looking for someone to help document this year’s progress.  If you are that person, please contact Cindy Carlson.


Our Exchange Student, Maria Klakegg, will be moving from the Johnson’s to her second home with the Jacobsen’s this Friday.  Please think about including Maria in your activities around the cities…she is incredibly fun to be with.


Don’t forget to get your RSVP’s for our 40th Anniversary Party to George Winiecki.  Many past Rotarians will be joining us to celebrate this milestone.  We’ll gather at the New Brighton Community Center from 5:30-9:30PM with catering by the Exchange.


By now you all should have received your ticket selling information brochure for our 18th Annual Gold Plate Dinner on April 12th.  Note that the ticket price this year is $150 per couple. To create some excitement about tickets sales, Mark Beisswenger has put together 4 teams that will compete for ticket selling honors (as well as prizes).  The team captains are David Hoel, Garry Johnson, Nicole Ulrich and Michelle Caron.  You can expect your team captain to contact you to plan your ticket selling strategy.


The Board presented the revised by-laws for approval.  The new by-laws were approved by voice vote.


The St. Paul Sunrise, Minneapolis City of Lakes, and Roseville Rotary clubs are presenting a community forum entitled, “Minnesota’s Climate Future: Saving the Places We Love” on Thursday, May 2, 7:15-9:15, at the Town and Country Club in St. Paul.  The forum will feature MPR Chief Meteorologist, Paul Huttner, Alan Anderson from the Northfield Rotary Climate Action Team and J. Drake Hamilton, Director of Science Policy for Fresh Energy.  Cost is $25/person.


We were blessed with two speakers today, Bill Klump and Stephanie Cosgrove, both Rotarians from the Arden Hills/Shoreview club.  Bill was here to make us aware of Arden Hills/Shoreview’s District Matching Grant Proposal to fund a sewing school for young women in the village of Amaravahti, India.  The school would be modeled after a successful sewing school in Rajupalem, India, which was established by a non-profit organization called PUSHPA.  PUSHPA was established by long-time Arden Hills residents Gummadi and Shirley Franklin to help underprivileged people in the state of Andhra Pradesh, India to participate in their own health, economic and educational development. The proposed school would serve young women and their families by teaching the women to sew.  This basic skill would provide these young women with an opportunity for employment and perhaps entrepreneurship.  Sewing skill would also make the women more marriageable by reducing the amount of any expected dowry.  District 5960 has approved the $17,000 grant proposal and Arden Hills/Shoreview Rotary must now secure $4,800 in donations from area clubs.  Bill is hoping that we will be able to help in that effort.


Stephanie Cosgrove was here to promote another Arden Hills/Shoreview Rotary initiative; preventing human trafficking.  The title of Stephanie’s presentation was, “Out of the Shadows: Ending Human Trafficking in Minnesota”.  Stephanie defined human trafficking as: When one person holds another person in compelled service.  She noted that 25-40 million people are enslaved worldwide; 51% are women and 20% are girls. There are 300,000 new sex trafficking victims each year in the U.S. alone.  Trafficking generates $150 billion in business globally; two thirds of which is from sex trafficking.  The victims of sex trafficking are on average 12-14 years old when they enter the trafficking business and are forced to have sex 5-40 times a day.  The average life expectancy after entering trafficking is just 7 years.  Lest we be tempted to blame only the traffickers, we should remember that the purchasers of sex are as much to blame as the traffickers.  Minnesota has the 13th highest rate of youth prostitution in the U.S. with 8-14 thousand sex trafficking victims each year.  Fortunately in Minnesota, Safe Harbor Laws treat these young women and girls as victims, not criminals and great efforts are being made to serve and care for victims.  We can begin to eradicate sex trafficking increasing  awareness, educating children and youth, reducing vulnerability and risk factors and by stopping the demand.  Rotary Clubs across the state are working together to accomplish these goals.  Presentations have been made to over 60 clubs in districts 5960 and 5950 and more than 15 clubs have launched projects in their communities.  A website has been started and $800 is needed to complete the development of the site.  Club donations of $150 are being sought to complete the site.  We can also help by partnering to bring anti-trafficking curriculum to the Mounds View School System.  Stephanie sent a link to a video of the format for elementary schools


Bill Klump and Stephanie Cosgrove are shown below,

Meeting Recap - January 22, 2019 Jeff Benson 2019-01-22 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Benson on Jan 15, 2019

President Cindy Carlson opened the meeting by reading a thank you from Irondale Choir Director Jason Etten.  Jason thanked us for our generous donation and said that the money will be used to provide a scholarship for a student to attend All-State Choir this year.


Cindy also passed around thank you cards from our Remember Niger Coalition students Charifa (5th grade) and Mamaan (4th grade).  Cindy read a letter updating us on Remember Niger and thanking us for our continuing sponsorship of Charifa and Mamaan.  At our February 26th noon meeting, Remember Niger’s executive director, Kara VanderKamp, will be here to further update us.


We have been notified that our Harvest Pack meals have arrived in Puerto Rico.  We’ll be updated when the meals have been distributed to Puerto Ricans still suffering the effects of the hurricane.


Cindy Carlson, Margaret Johnson and new member Jed Hamoud attended the District 5960 Mid-Term this past weekend and came away with lots of useful information. They highly recommend that members consider attending this meeting next year.


President-Elect Dennis Connolly let us know that the new by-laws are ready for a club vote which will occur at next noon meeting (January 22nd).  You should receive a copy of the revised by-laws by email shortly.  Many thanks to Dennis for his hard work in editing the document.


The Gold Plate Dinner planning committee met this morning.  The ticket cost per couple will be $150 this year.  You should receive an information sheet by email that will help you in your effort to sell tickets.  Our Fund-a-Cause recipient for this year will be Harvest Pack.  Mark Beisswenger is heading up the ticket sale competition.  Four teams will compete for most tickets sold and the leading ticket seller each week will receive an amazing prize.  Teams will be announced next week.


Invitations to our Club’s 40th Anniversary Celebration were handed out today.  The event will be held at the New Brighton Community Center, February 23rd from 5:30-9:30PM.  A large number of previous Rotarians will be attending to help us celebrate this milestone.  You don’t want to miss it!


Ed James read a thank you from our scholarship recipient, Taylor Seim, thanking us for our generosity and letting us know that she is attending Bethel University and has been accepted into the nursing program with plans to become a Nurse Anesthetist.


Gerry Tietz noted that he had spoken with Bev and that she is recovering in a nursing home after serious problems with an infection.  Bev welcomes phone calls in the afternoon (651-443-1702).


Cor Wilson has terminated her Rotary membership and we’re bidding her farewell at our noon meeting on January 22nd.


Happy Bucks Summary:

- Bob Barmore will be a Grandpa for the second time in August.  Congratulations, Bob and Julie!

- Dave Hoel had our exchange student, Maria Klakegg, for dinner and had a wonderful time.

- Dennis had his first experience of skiing 6” of fresh powder at Copper Mountain last week.

- Jason Miller just returned from 10 days in Florida with family prior to the beginning of tax season.


Garry Johnson and Paul Fournier share a January 17th birthday.  Garry declined the Birthday Hat but Paul wore it with style, below.


Bob Barmore introduced our speaker, Mike Hickey, from NFIB (National Federation of Independent Business).  NFIB is the voice of small business, working together with small business owners to represent their interests in Washington, D.C. and in all 50 state capitals.  Founded in 1943, it is celebrating its 75th year.  NFIB is a non-profit, non-partisan lobbying organization exclusively serving small and independent businesses and funded exclusively by voluntary contributions by member businesses.


Mike cited several of NFIB’s recent accomplishments at the Federal level:

- Supporting the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

- Supported increased estate tax exemption and increased Section 179 expensing limits.

- Defeat of the “Hillary Care” health care proposal.

- Opposed President Obama’s Waters of America administrative action.


NFIB has also been influential in the Minnesota political arena:

- Opposed dramatic change in sexual harassment that would have forced small businesses to pay the litigation cost for harassment claims.

- Successfully pushed for an increase in the estate tax exemption from 2 to 3 million dollars.

- Supported reform of eminent domain laws.

- Supported Worker’s Compensation reforms.


NFIB’s Minnesota priorities for 2019:

- Achieve or make significant progress toward conformity with 1 million dollar Federal Section 179 limit.

- Conformity (or significant progress toward conforming to) Federal estate tax exemption

- Work toward conformity with other critical tax provisions to bridge the Minnesota tax code to the new federal law.

- Oppose legislation which mandates:

    - paid family leave,

    - paid sick leave,

    - 2 week advance employee scheduling,

    - $15 statewide minimum wage,

    - Gas Tax increase


Bob and Mike are shown below.

Meeting Recap - January 15, 2019 Jeff Benson 2019-01-15 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Benson on Jan 08, 2019
Our guests today were:
   -Our Global Grant Fellowship Scholar to London, Ellen Dunn    
   -Our Camp Enterprise representatives; Ellie Goligowski and Breanna Garcia
   -Roseville Rotarian and frequent visitor, Marv Sorvala
   -Twin Cities Rotaract member, Laura Skubic
   -Cindy Carlson’s guest, Kristi Jacobson
   -Today’s inductee Jed Hamoud and wife Becky.
We mourn the recent passing of two NBMV Rotarians, John Marg-Patton and Char Samuelson.  Cindy Carlson noted that memorials for her Co-President John Marg-Patton were preferred to NBMV Rotary and the total contributions were in excess of $4,000.  John’s wife Ruth sent a card expressing her gratitude for our support for their family during this difficult time.   Former Rotarian Char Samuelson’s memorial service was held this past weekend.  Gerry Tietz delivered one of the eulogies, outlining the many ways that Char exemplified the rotary motto: “Service Above Self”.  Both John and Char made a big impact on this club and their community and they will be sorely missed.
Cindy Carlson and Gerry Tietz shared the honor of inducting a new Rotarian, Jed Hamoud.  Jed has presented to the club many times about his efforts to provide education for Syrian refugees in Lebanon.  Jed will make an excellent addition to our club.  Nils Friberg and Margaret offered words of praise for Jed’s character as well as his charitable efforts.  Jed’s wife, Becky was present for his induction.
Cindy, Jed and Gerry are pictured below.
Maria Klakegg, our Norwegian exchange student, was here today and Ed James presented her with a check from the club (below).
Cindy presented a holiday gift to the staff of the Exchange for their excellent service over the past year (below).
Irondale students Ellie Goligowski and Breanna Garcia spoke briefly about their amazing experience as our representatives to Camp Enterprise.  They said that there were five speakers, each focusing on an aspect of marketing strategy.  Each team developed a product and a business plan with the help of Rotarian mentors.  They presented their plans to a panel of “investors”, ala Shark Tank.  Both students praised the program and thanked us for providing the opportunity for them to attend.  Irondale Principal Amy Janecek, Breanna, Ellie and Ed James are shown below.
Saturday, February 23rd, is the date for our Club’s 40th Anniversary Party at the New Brighton Community Center.  The fun begins at 5:30PM and the cost is $30 per person.  We’re inviting as many previous Rotarians as we can get a hold of, so if you are in contact with any former Rotarians, please get their contact information to George Winiecki or Nicole Ulrich.  We could really use some help addressing and stuffing envelopes for the invitations this Thursday, 4 PM at the Exchange.
Our Gold Plate Dinner is coming up on Friday April 12th.  The next planning session will be on Tuesday January 15, 11AM at the Exchange.  The tickets for the event will be available soon.
Cor Wilson has retired and terminated her membership, but she’s not forgotten. Join us at our noon meeting on January 22 to give Cor a proper send-off.  Cards or other mementos are appropriate.
Margaret Johnson has arranged with the St Paul Rotary Club for the transfer of $10,000 of Foundation Recognition Points to our club to help promote contributions to the Foundation’s Polio Plus Fund.  NBMV Rotarians will receive one bonus recognition point for each dollar contributed to Polio plus in the next few months.  Don’t wait to take advantage of this special deal.
Cindy noted that the District 5960 Mid-Term will be held at the Anderson Center, Hamline University on January 12th, from 8:30AM to 3:00PM. There’s no better opportunity to learn more about Rotary.  To register, or just check it out, click here.
Cindy introduced Laura Skubic, to speak to us about her cultural exchange to Lebanon.  Laura is the Secretary of the Twin Cities Rotaract Club., where she learned about the cultural exchange program.  After several application and interview steps Laura was accepted for the August 2108 exchange.  The Baabda, Lebanon Rotary Club (Dist. 2452) was the host club for the one week exchange, and Laura was blown away by the hospitality of her hosts, especially at meals which were generally a three hour affair.  Because of the short time frame for the trip, the sightseeing and cultural experience was rapid-fire, which allowed her to experience so much, but left her wanting to return for a more complete view of Lebanon.  She was surprised by the variety of climate and scenery and her photos told the story of a beautiful country very unlike the typical stereotype of Middle Eastern countries.  She also had the opportunity to learn about a variety of Rotaract service projects from around the world.
Laura answered our questions about the Twin Cities Rotaract Club.  T.C. Rotaract has 15 members, ranging in age from 18-35. They meet twice a month, but the location varies.  Their FaceBook site is the best place to find the location of the next meeting.  Each year they select a charitable organization to support, and this year’s organization is the American Refugee Committee.  Laura is pictured below.
Cindy recognized Ellen Dunn.  Ellen is a senior at St. Olaf, studying public health.  She has been selected as a Global Grant Fellowship Scholar.  Ellen will study Global Health in London for a full year.  NBMV Rotary is serving as her sponsor.
I gathered all the wonderful young women who graced our meeting today for a photo.  If they represent our future leaders, the future is bright indeed.  From left to right are: Ellen Dunn, Breanna Garcia, Ellie Goligowski, Maria Klakegg, and Laura Skubic)
Meeting Recap - January 8, 2019 Jeff Benson 2019-01-08 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Benson on Dec 18, 2018

Because a larger than normal group was expected for our annual Irondale Choir Concert and Carol Sing-Along, the meeting was held in Risdall Marketing Group’s spacious meeting room.  Many thanks to Ted Risdall and staff for their graciousness in hosting the event.  The Exchange provided such a delicious Christmas meal that your editor needed a brief nap before beginning to write this bulletin.  Dave Hoel did a great job of putting all the pieces together for the meeting that is, for many, the best meeting of the year.


As many of you already know, Co-President John Marg-Patton passed away last weekend after a protracted battle with cancer.  John’s wife Ruth was present today and talked about John’s final days with remarkable composure.  NBMV Rotarians are invited to attend a visitation beginning at noon on Friday, December 28th, with meditation music at 1:30PM, celebration of John’s life at 2:00PM and reception to follow; all at Christ the King Lutheran Church, 1900-7th Street NW, New Brighton.  If desired, donations may be made to the New Brighton Mounds View Rotary Club.  Click here to download the obituary.


Director Jason Etten and the Irondale Choir treated us to an eclectic mix of Holiday music.  First up was the girls Diva Group.  In past years they were the “Diva Dozen” but the great talent pool at Irondale has swelled their number to sixteen.  (See below)

The Guyz Group also numbered 16 this year, and among them were several freshmen.  Hats off to director Etten for attracting so many males to the choir program.  (Photo below)

Both groups joined together for the final two songs, which really showcased these very talented young singers.


The concert was followed by our traditional Carol sing-along with the choir.  Many thanks to the Choir, Director Ettten and accompanist Steve Ferkus for fitting us into their busy Holiday performance schedule.  Co-President Cindy Carlson presented a check for $500 to the Choir on behalf of the club.


Nicole Ulrich has accepted her nomination as President-Elect Nominee for the 2020-21 Rotary Year.  Congratulations, Nicole.


Our club’s 40th Anniversary Celebration is set for February 23rd.  Anyone interested in providing input on the party should show up at Win Insurance Agency, 2704 NE Highway 10, Wednesday December 19th at 4:15PM.  We’d like to invite previous NBMV Rotary members to the party, so if you have addresses for previous members of our club, please get those addresses to George Winiecki.


Because the Anniversary Celebration is so soon after the holidays, we will forego the Club holiday party this year.


Watch your email for the latest version of the proposed revision of the Club By-Laws.  Contact any Board member with your input.


Cindy noted that our Harvest Pack Event was a great success.  The Irondale student body, Eagle’s Club, Lion’s club and NBMV Rotary combined to pack 35,000 meals for those in need.  Meal packs will go to Puerto Rico and also to feed hungry families right here in our own community.  Well done!


John Ordway reminded us to get our dues in by December 27 so he can close the books for the quarter.

Our January 29th noon meeting will be our Annual Meeting…all club members are encouraged to attend.
Meeting Recap - December 18, 2018 Jeff Benson 2018-12-18 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Benson on Dec 11, 2018
Our guests today were:
- Steve Jordy and Curt Glenna, guests of Nicole Ulrich
- Bob Nelson and Steve Porter, guests of Mike Neeley
- Kristi Jacobson, guest of Cindy Carlson
- Bob Benke
- Karen Meyer
Karen Meyer, executive director of community Support Center (CSC) took a moment to explain CSC’s mission to prevent homelessness by providing short-term financial assistance and ongoing counseling.  She invited us to attend their “Sing for Your Neighbors” benefit concert on January 27th, 2PM at Abiding Savior Lutheran Church, 8211 Red Oak Drive in Mounds View.  This concert features several choirs from local area churches which support CSC.  NBMV Rotarian and CSC Board member, Paul Fournier, is shown below presenting our $1,000 donation to Karen.
Dennis Connolly reviewed the proposed changes to our Club Bylaws.  Check your recent emails for a draft of the new bylaws and come prepared to vote on them at next week’s noon meeting (December 18th).
Cindy noted that Life Prep Academy has added some new services for high school teens.  They have added drop in hours from 3-7Pm on Monday –Friday and overnight emergency shelter services to reach out to even more teens experiencing homelessness.  Volunteers/Donations are always needed so if you’d like to help, click here for more information.
Cindy also made us aware that the deadline is December 14th to take advantage of the dollar for dollar match provided by Bell Lumber and Pole for new or increased contributions to the Food Shelf.   Make checks payable to the Ralph Reeder Food Shelf and drop them off at the Food Shelf or get them to Cindy by the 13th.
Many of you have already heard of the passing of former NBMV Rotarian Char Samuelson.  Visitor Bob Benke said that the Memorial Service will be on Jan 5th, 11AM, at Salem Covenant Church.
Gerry Tietz requested that each of us respond to his request to update our Clubrunner profiles before December 31.  Just follow the link in his recent email.
It’s time to think about ticket sales for the Gold Plate Dinner.  Garry Johnson, Michelle Caron, Dave Hoel and Nicole Ulrich have been designated as Team Captains and their teams will be published soon.
Our annual Irondale Choir concert and carol sing-along is next Tuesday, December 18th, at Risdall Advertising, 2685 Long Lake Road, Roseville.  Don't miss it!
Mark Beisswenger introduced our speakers, Soile Anderson and Eleanor Ostman.  Soile grew up in Finland and, after losing her father in WWII, learned from her mother how to cook and care for her 3 younger siblings.  She learned so well that, in her early 20’s, she bought and successfully operated a restaurant and later ran a 140 room hotel.  She was intrigued the American fast food trend and came to the U.S to find out more about it.  She worked at Perkins at first, and soon found herself working at the other end of the spectrum at the Anchorage restaurant.   She started the Art Deco Restaurant in the Minnesota Museum of Art and shortly thereafter established Deco Catering.  When the Museum was sold in 1992, Soile closed the restaurant but continued the Deco catering business.  About that same time she started Taste of Scandinavia bakeries, specializing in Northern European baked goods.  Taste of Scandinavia eventually grew to 5 locations and was sold in 2005 so she could focus on her catering business.  Deco Catering has become the premier Kosher caterer in the Twin Cities and Jewish clients compose 80% of her business.  Soile has now sold Deco catering and is concentrating on writing books (with co-speaker and author Eleanor Ostman) and giving cooking lessons.  Eleanor, Soile and Cindy are pictured below.
Meeting Recap - December 11, 2018 Jeff Benson 2018-12-11 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dana Rebelein on Dec 04, 2018
Your newsletter editor is in the mountains of Colorado but Dana Rebelein was kind enough to provde him with this excellent meeting summary so he could publish it remotely,  Thanks, Dana!

Co-President Cindy called the meeting to order and Mark Beisswenger offered the invocation , including gratitude for snow.
Guests were Bob Benke, Ken Johnson, Marv Sevala and Past District Governor Gary Campbell.
 Ed James reminded us of the Harvest Pack event next Tuesday with Eagles, Lions, and Irondale students at Irondale High School. We can arrive at 3 and will begin our shift at 3:30. The meals packed will be distributed locally and in Puerto Rico.
    Former District Governor and current head of the District 5960 Foundation Team, Gary Campbell, presented the Club with a District matching grant check for $2,720 for the Harvest Pack project. He reported that AG Sandy Campbell is convalescing after knee surgery, and he was glad to not be eating his own cooking this noon.
    Ed James also reported that we have been invited to serve as a host Club for a Rotary Global Scholar, Ellen Hunt, a St. Olaf College senior. Her focus will be on inequalities in health care in refugee camps. Polled by Co-President Cindy, the Club overwhelmingly accepted the privilege.
    President-Elect Dennis Connolly reported on planning for the 18th annual Gold Plate Dinner to be held Friday, April 12, 2019, at the Radisson in Roseville. Tickets will be $150 for two guests/one raffle chance.  [Ed. Comment: Time to step up and volunteer – beat the draft!]  The theme will emphasize the Club’s 40 years of service. The recipient of Fund-a-Cause hasn’t been chosen, but suggestions included Harvest Pack, CPY, Ralph Reeder Food Shelf, and Community Service Center.
Captain Mark Beisswenger announced that there will be 4 ticket selling teams with prizes for the team which sells the most. He asked for volunteers to chair the teams, one of whom will be from the awesome Flex group. 
    Community Services Center: Co-President Cindy announced that Karen Meyer will be at our meeting next week to accept our $1,000 donation toward CSC programs. CSC keeps a box of small extravagances from which patrons can pick up items that they appreciate, but can’t afford. Cindy accepted donations to pick up items, and asked the rest of us to bring things of $3 - $10 value. Suggestions included lotion, shampoo, conditioner, lip gloss, decorative candles, or gently used household items such as knickknacks, pictures, etc. CSC puts these into small gift bags and distributes them to people who come in. 
    She also said there will be a board meeting at 11 o’clock December 18 at Risdall Advertising preceding the holiday sing-along with members of the Irondale choir.
Garry Johnson announced that his office is a collection point for dropping off donations to the Ralph Reeder food shelf.
    Mark Beisswenger introduced the speaker, former classmate and graduate of Mounds View HS, author, and former teacher, Diane Dettmann. Diane has published a number of books, including a historical fiction trilogy which deals with living in the US during World War II: Miriam Daughter of Finnish Immigrants is set in the 1920’s when a Finnish family homesteads in Embarrass, Minnesota, living in a sauna while they finished building their home. Courageous Footsteps is about the experiences of a Japanese-American family separated and taken to detention camps with only what they could carry. On Liberty’s Wings reunites the family, which experiences prejudice following the war. 
    She also wrote 28 Snow Angels, a book about losing a loved one, drawn from her personal experience of her husband’s death after 28 years of marriage.
    Diane is presently contemplating writing a book about Camel Crickets. If you don’t know what they are, you have to wait for the book! 
Meeting Recap - December 4, 2018 Dana Rebelein 2018-12-04 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Benson on Nov 27, 2018

We had no visitors today.


Dave Hoel said that the Irondale Choir concert and carol sing-along will be at Risdall Marketing on Tuesday, Dec. 18th.


Co-President Cindy Carlson read a thank you from Peacemakers Minnesota for our continuing support of their anti-bullying program.  We are also invited to participate in their annual cribbage tournament in April.  Watch for details here when they become available.


Ralph Reeder Food Shelf thanks us for our help with the Holiday Baskets last week, as well as for all that we do during the rest of the year.  We should also be aware of the largest challenge grant in their history.  Bell Lumber and Pole and St Odilia Catholic Church have partnered to match, dollar for dollar up to $25,000, new and increased giving to the food shelf until December 14th.  Contact the Food Shelf for more information.   651-621-6280


The Board allocated $500 to Blaine/Ham Lake Rotary’s Adopt-a-Home matching grant project.  Julie Jeppson spoke to our club recently about this project to provide transitional housing for those moving out of homeless shelters.


Our big Harvest Pack event, in partnership with Irondale students, Eagles and Lions will take place on Tuesday December 11th.  Our portion of the packing will start at 3:20 PM, but you can come right after Rotary if it works for you.  A sign-up sheet will be circulated soon and you are welcome to bring guests as long as you sign them up ahead of time.


Next Tuesday, December 4th at 11AM, the Gold Plate Dinner Planning Team will have its first meeting.  All are welcome to attend.  Your input will make this the Best Gold Plate Dinner yet.


It’s time to start thinking about the Rotary Christmas Party.  Talk to a Board member with your ideas and/or a willingness to host the party.


Mark Beisswenger and David Hoel had  birthdays this past week and they were each quick to point out the other’s advancing age (apparently Mark is slightly younger than Dave).  Dave and Mark supplied cake for the occasion to be sure we had enough energy to sing them the Birthday Song (we did).


Past-Presidents are asked to stay after next week’s noon meeting to nominate a president-elect.


Watch your email for a draft revision of our club by-laws for review and comment.  Thanks to Dennis Connolly for his work on the revision.


Ed James had to be badgered into admitting that he was recently engaged.  The lucky bride-to-be may be travelling here from her home in England to be with us at our 40th anniversary celebration.  Congratulations, Ed!


Cindy Carlson introduced Ike Graham, her co-worker and friend at Western Bank for the past 13 Years.  Ike is a NBMV Corporate Designee from Western Bank and today he was presenting his classification talk.


Ike grew up in Brooklyn Park and graduated from Park Center High School.  After a year of ski-bumming in Vail, Colorado, financial reality hit and he returned to the University of Minnesota to study Finance.  He worked at Wells Fargo in the Brokerage Operations division for five years before taking a job as a Credit Analyst at Western Bank.  Somewhere along the way he got his Masters in Real Estate by taking night classes at St. Thomas and he eventually became a Commercial Real Estate Banker at Western Bank.  Based in the Twin Cities, Western Bank has $500 million in assets and is part of American National Bank, which has $4 billion in assets.  Ike handles a variety of commercial loans including, construction, multifamily, industrial, senior living facilities, hotels, office, retail, as well as short-term bridge loans.  In addition to Rotary, Ike volunteers as a board member and treasurer of Community Child Care Center (CCCC) and also volunteers in many capacities at Bel-Air Elementary, where his oldest son is a 1st grader.


Ike is married to Jennifer and has two sons, Louis and Monroe.  They live in New Brighton, along the 2nd hole of Brightwood Hills Golf Course.  Their choice to live in New Brighton was based mainly on the quality of the school system.  When he’s not working, Ike likes to golf, fish and spend time at the cabin.

Cindy and Ike are pictured below.

Meeting Recap - November 27, 2018 Jeff Benson 2018-11-27 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Benson on Nov 20, 2018
Our guests today were: Exchange student Maria Klakegg; Ed James’ guests, Oladele James and Abiodun Adeoye; Irondale Activities Director Chris Fink and Assistant District Governor Sandy Campbell.  We were also blessed by the presence of Honorary Rotarian MaryAnn Bawden.
Ed James reminded us of the Harvest Pack event on Dec 11th.  The service club shift will begin at 3:20 PM and continue until all food is packed.
Maria Klakegg decided that basketball was not going to be her sport so she opted for a more traditional Norwegian choice, the Ski Team.
Just a reminder that, as much as you might want to escape, there will be no  4:01 happy hour meeting on Thanksgiving day.
After the meeting today, Dave Hoel called to say that he has nailed down the location for our Irondale Choir Concert and Carol sing-along on December 18th.  Ted Risdall has graciously offered to host it at Risdall Advertising.
Jeff Benson reported on NBMV Rotary volunteers packing Thanksgiving food bags at Ralph Reeder Food Shelf this morning.  They worked hard and the hard work was greatly appreciated by the food shelf staff.
Happy Bucks Highlights:
- Gerry found a buyer for his ham radio system.  He noted that the longest call he ever got was from Madagascar.
- Assistant District Governor Sandy Campbell offered two dollars; one for our sponsorship of Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar, Ellen Dunn and one for Ed James work in selecting the scholars.
- Dana paid a dollar in honor of DG Mike Becker and ADG Sandy Campbell.
Cindy Carlson auctioned off Western Bank’s Gophers vs. Michigan State Hockey tickets.  Dave Hoel was highest (and only) bidder at $50. The proceeds will go to the Rotary Foundation.
While in London recently, Ed James visited the Harrow Rotary Club which will host the previously mentioned District 5960 Ambassadorial Scholar, Ellen Dunn, during her year of overseas study.  Ed showed photos of the club members, one of whom will host Ellen for the entire year at no cost!
Co President John Marg-Patton introduced ADG Sandy Campbell who then introduced District Governor Mike Becker.  Mike got on our good side right away by saying that he had scheduled us as one of his final club visits because he was saving the best for last.  He wondered out loud how a club with so few members can get so much done.  At the same time he wondered how many people in the community know about all we accomplish.   He suggested that Rotary clubs need to do a much better job of getting the word out into the community by taking every opportunity to talk about Rotary with friends and business associates.  He also said that almost everyone who joins Rotary does so because someone asked them to.  To make his point he invited Co-President Cindy Carlson, Membership Team Leader Gerry Tietz and Charlie Longbella to join him at the podium.  Charlie was asked by His Rotarian uncle to join Rotary, so Charlie sought us out.   Charlie has been approved for membership so Cindy and Gerry had the honor of inducting Charlie as the newest member of the club.  See the photo below.
Mike went on to say that getting someone to join Rotary is just the first step.  Retention of members is the real challenge.  Keeping members engaged and being aware of, and following up on, signs of waning interest are the keys to retaining members.  Mike reminded us that the District is there as a resource to help us be a more effective club and to help us get the word out about Rotary.  In fact, the District has developed a promotional campaign that will be airing soon on Public Radio.
Mike also made us aware that District Matching Grant requests far exceed the funds available.  These funds come from the Rotary Foundation, so Mike suggested that we all make the Rotary Foundation our charity of choice.  There really is no better bang for the buck than contributing to the Foundation
In closing, Mike repeated his favorite saying, “What’s in me for it?”  Isn’t that what Rotary is all about?
Co-Presidents John and Cindy are shown with DG Mike Becker below.
Meeting Recap - November 20, 2018 Jeff Benson 2018-11-20 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Benson on Nov 13, 2018
Our guests today were new member-in-waiting Charlie Longbella and prospective member John Brady.
- Jerry Tietz said that Bev was back at Benedictine Health Center after a hospitalization.
Those who signed up to pack Thanksgiving meals at Ralph Reeder Food Shelf should show up at 9:30 on Tuesday the 20th.  The new address is 2544 Mounds View Boulevard (formerly County Hwy 10), Mounds View, MN 55112 in the Silver View Plaza strip mall.
- Next week is District Governor Mike Becker’s official visit to our club.  He will meet with the board at 11 AM prior to the meeting.
- Cindy Carlson said our part of the Harvest Pack event will start around 3:30PM on December 11th.  We hope to have everyone there.
- Cindy also presented Gerry Tietz with a certificate of appreciation from the Rotary Foundation honoring our financial support of “End Polio Now”.  The certificate was presented at last week’s Foundation Dinner.  Gerry commented that the certificate belongs to all of us.
-  At the Foundation Dinner, Margaret Johnson was the lucky winner of the split-the-pot drawing and came away $740 richer.
- Dave Hoel reminded us that the Irondale Choir will perform at our December 18th noon meeting.  The location has yet to be determined.
- Dennis Connolly noted that the Gold Plate Dinner will be on April 12th and that the first planning meeting will be on December 4th at 11AM (before our noon meeting).
Happy Bucks Summary:
- Dave Hoel offered a buck for Mark Lampman as he recovers from hip replacement surgery.
- George Winiecki was happy for his deer camp experience with family members, even though they only got one deer for the party of five hunters.
- Cindy Carlson gave a dollar in honor of Joe Mauer’s playing career with the Twins.
- John Ordway was in New York recently to preview plays to bring to the Ordway Theater.  He and Marla watched 5 plays in 2 ½ days and were able to visit with the directors and staff of all the plays.
- Gerry Tietz was happy to have Charlie Longbella and John Brady here today.  He was also happy for a packers win.
- Geoff Hollimon was happy to finally attend the wedding of his niece which was scheduled to be held on Kiawah Island, South Carolina just after the hurricane hit.  Thankfully, the weather cooperated this time.  Geoff shared that the impact of the storm was devastating in New Bern, North Carolina, but his time share was fortunately spared.  Geoff also joined Gerry in celebrating a Packers win.
- Paul Fournier advised us that Chrissy will be interviewed on Channel 11, Monday November 19th, at 4:00PM.  The topic will be her new book on Alzheimer’s Disease, titled “The Unexpected”.
Jason Miller introduced our speaker, Julie Jeppson, Executive Director of Stepping Stone.  Stepping Stone’s mission is to “provide emergency housing and support to youth and adults who are 18 and older experiencing homelessness, as they strive for self-sufficiency”.  Julie began by saying that homelessness is on the rise for all groups but youth and veteran’s homelessness is growing dramatically and these two areas are the priority for Stepping Stone. The rise in youth homelessness has three main causes; ageing out of foster care, mental health issues and fetal alcohol syndrome.   The annual report of the National Low Income Housing Coalition served as the basis for a report by the Minnesota Housing Partnership titled, “Out of Reach Minnesota 2017” which revealed that:
-The amount a household needs to earn to afford a modest apartment (the “housing wage”) increased by 5% in 2017 compared to a 3% increase in 2016.
- To afford a two bedroom apartment, the median income renter would need a 13% raise.
- The average minimum wage earner would need to work 78 hours a week to afford a two bedroom apartment.
- A full time minimum wage earner can’t afford even a one bedroom apartment in any of Minnesota’s 87 counties.
These numbers explain the increased need for homeless shelters and Stepping Stone is no exception.  As of yesterday there were 252 people on their waiting list.  This is due to increased demand as well as increased length of stays in a facility meant for short term emergency stays.  Stepping Stone employs a holistic approach to homelessness, providing classes in financial literacy, housing, employment, life skills and social support.  The goal is to move people from the shelter into transitional housing and eventually full financial independence.
Julie’s home Rotary Club (Blaine/Ham Lake) is sponsoring a District Matching Grant to rehabilitate homes to provide transitional housing for people moving out of the Stepping Stones Shelter.  Julie hopes that we will be able to contribute to this grant.  Jason and Julie are shown below.
Meeting Recap - November 13, 2018 Jeff Benson 2018-11-13 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Benson on Nov 06, 2018

Our guests today were: Roseville Rotarian Marv Sorvala and Past District Governor Kyle Haugen.


PDG Haugen took the floor to present a Rotary Citation to Immediate Past-President Gerry Tietz.  The Rotary Citation acknowledges clubs that set and achieved significant goals and was awarded to only 12 other clubs in the district.  Gerry thanked all who helped make the citation possible and asked last year’s Board to join him for a photo, below.


Cindy Carlson noted that Ralph Reeder Food Shelf needs volunteers to help pack Thanksgiving meals for food shelf clients.  We hope you can join us on Tuesday, November 20th from 9:30-11:00. Their new address is 2544 Mounds View Boulevard (formerly County Hwy 10), Mounds View, MN 55112 in the Silver View Plaza strip mall.


Cindy also said that the grant request for our Harvest Pack Event on December 11th is ready to be submitted to the District Grants Subcommittee.  The event will be a cooperative effort of the Eagles, Lions, Rotary and Irondale students and we expect it to be twice as big as our last packing event.


Mark your calendars on Saturday, February 23 for the celebration of our 40th Anniversary as a Rotary Club.  We’d like to include as many previous Rotarians as possible so be thinking about whom you could contact to join in the celebration.


John Ordway read a note from PeaceMaker Minnesota thanking us for our recent contribution of $250 as well as all the other contributions we have made over the past nine years.


Charlie Longbella has been approved for club membership.  Be sure to take the opportunity to welcome him into the club.


Most of you will remember Jed Hamoud, a frequent presenter at our club regarding Kids Alive International.  Jed intends to join the club in the next few months.


Happy Bucks Highlights:

- Jeff Benson offered a dollar in gratitude for keeping control of his car after hitting a deer at 70 mph last Friday.

- Jeff also gave a buck for Dave Hoel who was happy to be a head election judge today and thus unable to be at Rotary.

- Mike Neeley offered a buck on the occasion of his 47 years in Rotary, all of it with perfect attendance.  Mike summarized some of the many ways Rotary has changed since he joined way back in1971.

- Gerry Tietz was happy for the club, upon receiving the Rotary Citation.

- Paul Fournier was happy to recognize the 71st anniversary of the one and only flight of Howard Hughes’ Spruce Goose.  Paul made regular trips to maintain the propellers of the big bird in case it should ever fly again.

- John Marg Patton travelled to Branson, MO and was very impressed with the Texas Tenors.

Dana Rebelein was happy for the Vikes and the Wild and for her chance to see the Gophers hockey team, even though they lost to Minnesota State.


Dennis Connolly introduced his Medtronic co-worker and Mano a Mano Board member, Anneli Borst.  Anneli’s topic was Mano a Mano International Partners.  Mano a Mano’s mission is to create partnerships with impoverished Bolivian communities to improve health and increase economic well-being.  Anneli’s involvement with Mano a Mano began when Medtronic supported a project to provide medical supplies to Bolivia.  Anneli was drawn to the project because she has family living in Bolivia and she was aware of the shortage of medical supplies there.


Mano a Mano was founded in 1994 by Joan and Segundo Velasquez, who began by bringing one suitcase of surplus medical supplies back to Bolivia after a trip to the U.S.  Segundo was an airline employee so he could bring back as many pieces of luggage as he wanted, so soon he was bringing back 15 at a time.  Soon, they started working with communities to build sustainable medical clinics and now there are 165 clinics serving 800,000 poor Bolivians.  The new clinics led to housing for doctors and staff, road construction, water wells and reservoirs, agricultural classes, schools and aviation medical care.  All of these initiatives are based on an integrated approach, involving the communities in decisions and maintenance to improve sustainability.  All of these improvements have been accomplished despite Mano a Mano’s steadfast refusal to give bribes to officials to get things done.  Corruption, cross-cultural issues and government requirements hamper Mano a Mano’s ability to bring change.   Lack of U.S. awareness of Bolivia’s plight has also been a challenge but more and more organizations, including 20 Rotary clubs (ours included), are seeing the need and responding.  Mano a Mano is happy to set up opportunities for groups to sort medical supplies prior to shipping them to Bolivia.  For more information about Mano a Mano, click here.  Dennis and Anneli are pictured below.

Meeting Summary - November 6, 2018 Jeff Benson 2018-11-06 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Benson on Oct 30, 2018
President-elect Dennis Connolly presided over the meeting in the absence of our co-presidents.
Our guests today were:  Charlie Longbella from Big Blue Boxes, a transition storage company in New Brighton, Roseville Rotarian Marv Sorvala, exchange student Maria Klakegg and Smiley Rebelein.
Ed James reported on interviewing Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar applicants.  He also said that we have an opportunity to “adopt” a scholar headed to London.
Jeff presented a crystal plaque from CPY, honoring NBMV Rotary with the Community Spirit Award for our contributions to CPY and the community.  President –Elect Connolly accepted the award on behalf of the club (above).
Western Bank donated 4 tickets to the Gophers vs Minnesota State Hockey game this Thursday.  The tickets were auctioned off to benefit the Rotary Foundation.  The bidding was fierce but Dana Rebelein emerged victorious with a bid of $180.
Dennis brought our attention to a Journal of Science article about the potential for a surge in polio cases in Africa because poor sanitary conditions cause people to come in contact with excreted vaccine virus which has mutated to become capable of causing polio in unvaccinated individuals.  This situation will require additional funds to address, so keep this in mind as you consider your polio plus contribution to the Rotary Foundation this month.
Happy Bucks Highlights:
- Jason Miller was happy about attending the Wild game after winning the ticket at auction last week.
- Jason was also happy to report that his daughter qualified for the state meet in Cross Country.
- Geoff Hollimon thanked the Rotarians who attended the CPY Fall Gala last Friday.
- Mark Beisswenger was happy that the Packers didn’t gain on the Vikes (both teams lost).
Our speaker today was Amanda Freed.  Amanda is a massage therapist focusing on Neuromuscular Therapy.  Amanda is a graduate of Mounds View HS, earned her B.A. at North Park University in Chicago and obtained her Neuromuscular Massage Therapy at National Holistic Institute in California.  Amanda began her presentation by dispelling the myth that aging means that we are supposed to be in pain.  She said that the deep aching pain that people attribute to old age is actually caused by Myofascial Trigger Points.  A trigger point is an abnormally contracted muscle that puts pressure on nerves, causing pain, numbness or tingling in other areas called referral zones.  Common causes of trigger points are:
- Holding one position for long periods ie; sitting at a desk all day)
- Repetitive motion
- Cold temperature (the neck muscles are particularly susceptible)
- Nutritional deficiencies (Vit. B1, 6 & 12; Vit. C; Iron; Calcium; Potassium; Magnesium)
- Compensation – injury or weakness of one part of the body forces other areas to overwork
- Trauma – car accidents, injuries, extreme exertion
- Untreated trigger points can lead to additional trigger points in the referral zone
The neck muscles are a common location for trigger points and these trigger points can lead to a wide variety of problems including headaches, neck pain, and a wide range of arm and hand problems including pain, tingling and numbness.  Low back pain is often a result of trigger points in the hip flexor muscle.  Hip flexor trigger points can also cause pain that mimics sciatica.
Amanda employs Neural Reset Therapy, Trigger Point Reset Therapy, Neuromuscular Re-education and Somatic Education to eliminate pain and teach her clients to prevent pain in the future.  She prides herself on being able to correct trigger point problems with a minimal number of appointments.  Click here to be directed to Amanda’s website.  Dennis and Amanda are pictured below.
Meeting Recap - October 30, 2018 Jeff Benson 2018-10-30 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Benson on Oct 23, 2018
Co-President Cindy Carlson highlighted some items from today’s Board meeting:
- Net income is ahead of budget.
- We are hoping to establish an Internet chapter at Irondale.
- Dennis Connolly is leading the way on updating our club by-laws.
Ed James reported that this year’s Harvest Pack event on Dec 11th will likely be twice as big as last year’s.
Margaret Johnson reminded us of the Foundation Dinner on November 10th.  There are still seats available and you can register online by clicking here or by contacting John Ordway.  Club members are reimbursed for their registration.
John Ordway offered a couple of prime Wild tickets for auction as a fundraiser for the Foundation Share Fund.  Jason Miller won the auction with a $100 bid.  Next week's auction item will be Four tickets to the Gophers vs MN State hockey game on Friday November 2nd. The tickets will be donated by Western Bank
Mark Lampman has been granted a 6 month leave for recuperation from upcoming hip surgery.
Geoff Hollimon asked us to consider attending the CPY Fall Gala this Friday, October 26th, 6-10PM, at the New Brighton Community Center.  NBMV Rotary will be presented with the “Community Spirit Award” this year, so it would be great if we had a good turnout from Rotary.  Contact Geoff Hollimon or Mary Stewart if you’d like to join us.
Mike Neeley celebrates his 69th birthday this week!
The Mounds View Lion's Club is having a Waffle Breakfast to benefit the Mounds View Police Foundation on Saturday, November 3rd, 9:00-12:00PM, at the Mounds View Community Center.
Let's all be thinking of things to do with our exchange student, Maria Klakegg.  You can reach her at 612-562-2145.
Happy Bucks summary:
- Gerry Tietz said that Ed James Facebook post about his Paul Harris Fellow presentation has garnered 236 likes as of this meeting time.  Great publicity for the club!
- Dave Hoel spent the weekend pheasant hunting in South Dakota and the birds were so wary he was only able to get off two shots and bagged zero birds. 
- Dave was happier about attending a great Fleetwood Mac concert last night.
- On the concert theme, Mike Neeley was happy to have been at the Carole King concert.
- There were several happy bucks for the Vikings win on Sunday.
- Cindy Carlson’s 10 month old grandson had his first sleepover at grandma and grandpa’s house and he slept for 11 hours (I need to know their secret).
Dean Lotter introduced our speakers for today.  Greg Kiel and Julia Macejkovic , both from Barr Engineering, which has been involved in the ongoing effort to clean up New Brighton’s water supply since the discovery of its contamination by organic compounds dumped at the Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant  (TCAAP).  Greg has been involved since the contamination was discovered three decades ago and has provided much of the engineering knowledge necessary for the legal wrangling with the federal government over these many years.  To greatly simplify the history, the discovery of the TCAAP contamination of the shallow aquifer necessitated the use of wells that drew water from deeper aquifers, filtered with activated charcoal.  With those deeper wells online, the Army and New Brighton used the old shallow wells to successfully draw the contaminants out of the aquifer.  In 2014 however, 1,4 Dioxane contamination was discovered in the deeper aquifer water.  TCAAP was determined to be the source of this contamination, as well.  Unfortunately, 1,4 Dioxane could not be removed with activated charcoal, so a new technology called UV Peroxide Oxidation was tested and found effective in breaking down 1,4 Dioxane into non-harmful by-products.  Full-scale application of this new technology required major modifications to the existing water treatment facility on 5th St., and this is where Julia Masejkovic comes in.  Julia is the project manager for the conversion of the existing water treatment facility to utilize the new UV Peroxide Oxidation system.   The conversion would require the deep well system to be offline, so New Brighton contracted with Minneapolis to supply water in the interim.  Over the past three years, Julia has supervised the necessary additions and modifications to the existing treatment facility and it is scheduled to go online at the end of this month.  Exterior and esthetic improvements should be completed in the spring of 2019.  The $11 million price tag for the expansion and $3 million/year in operating costs will all be borne by the U.S. government.  Dean, Greg and Julia are shown below.
Meeting Recap - October 23, 2018 Jeff Benson 2018-10-23 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Benson on Oct 16, 2018
Cindy Carlson’s guests today were: Jason Helgemoe and Mike Scholl from Northeast Bank.
Margaret Johnson had the privilege to present a Paul Harris Fellow to Ed James.  An anonymous foundation points contribution from a club member made the Fellowship possible.  Margaret noted that from the moment he joined the club, Ed has jumped right in and gotten involved in a large number of club responsibilities.  Margaret and Ed are shown below.
Margaret also reminded us that November is Rotary Foundation Month, and that we have committed to a $2,000 contribution to the Foundation.  The club’s commitment is $750, leaving $1,250 to be contributed by individuals.  See Margaret for details about your personal contribution.


The District 5960 Foundation Celebration is on Saturday, November 10th, 5:30-9:00PM at the Inwood Event Center in Oakdale.  Club member’s admission will be reimbursed by the club but members are encouraged to bring guests at the regular admission price.  You can sign up online here or contact John Ordway.  This event is a wonderful celebration of all that we do, through the Foundation, to make our world a better place for all.
Ed James will serve as an interviewer for our District’s Ambassadorial Scholarship candidates.
So far, the Eagles, the Lions, Shoreview/Arden Hills Rotary and Irondale H.S. have pledged financial support for our Harvest Pack Event on December 11th.
Happy Bucks Summary:
- Gerry Tietz was conscripted by the vacationing Geoff Hollimon to offer a buck for the Packer’s dramatic victory.  Gerry also celebrated the Pack’s win with a happy buck.
- Mark Beisswenger offered a hardware store happy buck for snow and sunshine.
- Paul Fournier attended the 50th anniversary celebration of Chanhassen Dinner Theater recently.  He also encouraged us to see Chanhassen’s production of Irving Berlin’s “Holiday Inn”, playing now through February 23rd.
- Cor had a wonderful time visiting with relatives while cleaning out her parent’s home.
- Dennis Connolly is back from a tour of Ireland.  Despite the rainy weather, he and Debbie had a wonderful time and were able to gather information about his Irish heritage.
- Dana Rebelein was happy for the Vikings and happy to have spent time with her sister in law, Sister Ruth Ellen Rebelein during her recent visit.
- Jim O’Brien is six years cancer free after treatment for pancreatic cancer.
- Cindy Carlson and seven friends just got back from a girl’s golf and spa week in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico.
Dana Rebelein introduced our speaker, Robert (Bob) Patterson, PhD., Professor Emeritus, U. of Mn. Department of Rehabilitation Medicine.  Bob’s topic was “Issues Surrounding Early Heart Transplants”.  Bob’s Electrical Engineering Master’s thesis on cardiac blood flow measurement attracted the attention of a pioneering U. of M. heart surgeon, Dr. C. Walton Lillehei.  Bob worked with Dr. Lillehei as he worked out a strategy for heart transplant surgery.  Dr. Cristiaan Barnard had been Dr. Lillehei’s resident in 1958 and after Dr. Barnard accomplished the first successful heart transplant surgery, he returned to the U.S. for further study.  While he was here he invited Bob to come work with him in South Africa.
Bob said that one of the key issues in heart transplant surgery was that, at that time, death was legally defined as the cessation of heart function.  This created ethical issues for surgeons who participated in the harvesting and transplanting of human hearts.  One surgeon was actually arrested and charged with murder!
The University of Minnesota Hospital has performed 159 transplants to date.  Improved anti-rejection strategies and better mechanical hearts have improved success rates dramatically, extending patient’s lives by many years in most cases.  Dana Rebelein shared the story of her sister Debbie, who lived 10 productive and enjoyable years after her heart transplant.
Bob and Dana are pictured below.
Meeting Recap - October 16, 2018 Jeff Benson 2018-10-16 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Benson on Oct 09, 2018

Pat President Gerry Tietz filled in for Co-President John Marg Patton.


Our guests today were:

     Dana’s sister in law, Sister Ruth Ellen Rebelein

     Edla Koehntop

     Marv Sorvala, Roseville Rotarian


Happy Bucks Summary:

- Mike Neeley joined 35 other Ford Model A owners on a 500 mile road trip.

- Dana Rebelein was happy to have Sister Ruth Ellen Rebelein as her guest.

- George Winiecki was happy to be back, happy to announce his 3rd grandchild, Aidan Thomas Nichols, happy to turn 70 and happy to be married for 27 years.  That’s a lot of happiness for one week!

- Mark Beisswenger was happy to have found someone to cover for him at work so he can come to Rotary on Tuesdays.

- Dana Rebelein noted that Nicholas Tietz (Gerry’s son) was featured in the paper for his Vitals Aware program for vulnerable adults.  Papa Gerry’s buttons were justifiably busting.


Ed James announced that our delegates to Camp Enterprise have been selected.  Irondale Students Breana Garcia and Ellie Goligowski will represent our club.


Ed also noted that we have met with the Eagles about Harvest Pack and they will let us know.


Gerry Tietz reported that the Membership Team’s strategy for his year will be to encourage members to personally invite potential Rotarians to come to a meeting or event.


Ed James introduced our exchange student and speaker Maria Klakegg from Norway.  Maria lives in Averøy, on the western coast of Norway.  She lives with her mother, father, two older sisters and a younger brother.  Maria and her family are outdoor lovers, enjoying like skiing, hiking and anything else that involves mountains.  The Klakegg’s are also avid travelers who avoid going to the same location twice.  Maria is interested in theater and had a role in Fame despite her admitted inability to sing.  The photo immediately below shows Maria and her younger brother and two older sisters.  The photo below that is of the entire family at her younger brother's confirmation.

Maria’s interest in being an exchange student started when the sister was an exchange student in Canada while the Klakegg’s hosted her Canadian counterpart.  She claims that everything in the U.S. is so much fun.  She loves to eat and, after her visit to the State Fair, has become a fried food fan and her favorite is State Fair Cheese Curds.  She plans to take a fryer back to Norway.  She finds Americans to be very warm and welcoming, which is quite different from her more reserved homeland.  She loves Irondale, having already made several friends and hoping to make many, many more.  She plans to try several sports and has already been to a basketball practice.  When asked about her 10 year plan, she said that she would like to follow in her parent’s footsteps and become a veterinarian, but possibly in a country other than Norway.  Some preconceived ideas about America that turned out to be untrue were that jocks and cheerleaders were mean and that Americans ate at McDonalds all the time.  Some bucket list goals for her stay are:

- Go to a drive-in

- Ride in a pickup truck

- Go to Valley Fair

- Make many new friends

- Act in a play (no singing)


If you are reading this because you missed today’s meeting; you should know that Maria is an incredibly charming and energetic young woman who really wants to experience everything that Minnesota has to offer.  Her English is excellent and she would fit in nicely on any adventure, large or small, that you or your family is planning.  Don’t pass up the opportunity to learn a little more about Norway and to give Maria a healthy dose of Minnesota Nice and Rotary hospitality.  You can reach Maria at   Future host mom, Denise Jacobsen, Maria and Ed James are pictured below.

Meeting Recap - October 9, 2018 Jeff Benson 2018-10-09 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Benson on Oct 02, 2018
Our guests today were our exchange student, Maria Klakegg and Harry Carter, Treasurer of the board of directors at Applewood Pointe.  Harry was a guest of our Speaker, Chuck Moe.
Also visiting was Assistant District Governor and Anoka Rotarian, Sandy Campbell.  Sandy was here to make us aware of all the fun Halloween activities in store for visitors to Anoka later this month.  Sandy was also selling tickets for the Anoka Rotary’s “Vacation of a Lifetime Raffle”.  A $10 ticket gives you a chance to win a $5,500 travel voucher and other great prizes.
This Thursday, 7AM at U.S. Bank conference room, there will be a brainstorming session about how to increase membership (and especially female membership).  Please join us and offer your thoughts.
Co-President Cindy Carlson reminded us of our 40th Anniversary Celebration on Saturday February 23rd, and asked our preference for either an adults only or family event.  Those present preferred the adults only option.  Cindy will email the club to get an idea of the preferences of those not present today.
Ed James noted that the Harvest Pack team will meet with the Eagles tomorrow to determine how they might participate in the food packing event.  If you would like to participate in the meeting, it will be held at 563 Old Highway 8 at 7:15PM.
 Happy Bucks Summary:
- Cindy Carlsonis looking forward to a girls golfing weekend.
- Geoff Hollimon was happy to have a road trip with his daughter to see the Pack play Green Bay.
- Paul Fournier announced that his wife, Chrissy, has published a second book about her experiences with her mother’s Alzheimer’s disease.  It’s available on  Click here to check it out.
- Dave Hoel was happy to attend the Benedictine Health System leadership conference in Duluth this past week.
- Dave was also happy to attend his 55th high school class reunion in Rochester.
- Gerry Tietz paid a happy buck for the Packers.
- Dana Rebelein was happy for Joe Mauer.
Jim O’Brien introduced Chuck Moe, President of the Board at Applewood Pointe.  Harry Carter, Treasurer of the Board was also present.  As many of you are probably aware, Applewood Pointe is an example of the rapidly growing trend toward cooperative senior living.  Applewood Pointe began with the purchase of 10 ½ acres on the east side of Rush Lake in 2005.  Designed in a northwoods motif by Michael Pollock, the 4 story, 120 unit senior housing complex was ready for owners to move in by the end of 2006.  Applewood New Brighton is now one of 15 Applewood communities in the metro area but it remains the flagship property. 
Chuck said that 285,000 Minnesotans will turn 65 this decade and those over 65 will double between 2010 and 2030, by which time 1 in 5 Minnesotans will be over 65!  The traditional senior housing market is rushing to keep up with the demand and cooperative senior housing is booming as well.  There are now over 100 senior coops in the upper Midwest and the concept is rapidly gaining acceptance.  The concept is unconventional but relatively simple.  The Applewood coop is an association of shareholders, each shareholder having one share of stock and one vote per unit.  The stock is considered personal property and is not considered real estate.  Each shareholder has the exclusive right to occupy their unit provided they follow the rules and regulations of the coop.  A resident board of directors makes day to day decisions and works with various committees to manage property, marketing, financial and social concerns.  The cost to buy a share and move in ranges from $145,000 - $495,000, depending on size and location of the unit.  A monthly charge is assessed to cover all operating and maintenance costs exclusive of individual electricity use.  The monthly cost ranges from $681 - $1825, again depending on size and location of the unit.  If share is to be sold, an “asking price” is determined by a formula that includes a 2.5% annual equity increase.  People on the waiting list (currently 60) are informed of the asking price and all are allowed to bid on the available share.  The actual purchase price is negotiable and not tied to the asking price.  The entire transaction is handled in house for a fee of $750 with no real estate sales commission.  The overall property mortgage is HUD insured, decreasing the risk for shareholders and the proportionate mortgage interest and real estate taxes are deductable.
Chuck cited several advantages to living at Applewood Pointe including:
- Security
- Community control
- Turn-key living for snowbirds, cabin owners and travelers
- Full woodworking shop
- Exercise room, sauna and hot tub
-Underground parking and car wash
- Social Activities
Applewood is holding its Applefest Open House on Thursday, October 11th from 1-4 PM. Tours will be available and refreshments will be served.  The address is 1900 Rush Lake Trail, New Brighton (across from Beisswenger’s Hardware).  Check out the website here.
Jim and Chuck are shown below.
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Posted by Jeff Benson on Sep 25, 2018

We had no visitors today, but we celebrated the return of Jim O’Brien after his summer at the lake cabin.  Welcome back, Jim!


The Board met this morning and here is a summary:

- Sue Ager’s resignation was regretfully accepted by the Board.  Sue knows that she will always be a welcome visitor to the club.

- John Ordway’s Treasurer’s report shows us $5,000 on the plus side so far this year.

- The District 5960 Foundation Celebration is on Saturday, November 10th, 5:30-9:00PM at the Inwood Event Center in Oakdale.  Club member’s admission will be reimbursed by the club but members are encouraged to bring guests at the regular admission price.  You can sign up online here or contact John Ordway.  This event is a wonderful celebration of all that we do, through the Foundation, to make our world a better place for all.

- Geoff Hollimon announced that we have pledged $500 to the Guatemala Literacy Project.

- Ed James reported that planning is progressing for our Harvest Pack event on December 11th.  Ed met with Irondale students yesterday and they have committed to raising $2,000 as well as to providing lots of volunteers.  Cindy Carlson has met with the Lions and Paul Jacobsen will ask the Eagles to help with the event.

- Ed also noted that we should soon have the names of our Irondale student representatives to Camp Enterprise and that we are hoping to start an Interact club at Irondale.


This Thursday, 3:30PM at the Exchange, is the kickoff for planning our 40th anniversary celebration.  If you love to party and you’d like to share your thoughts, all members are welcome.  The usual 4:01 happy hour will follow the planning session.


Mark December 18th club meeting on your calendars for the annual Christmas Carol Concert/Sing Along with Director Jason Etten and the Irondale Choir.


Happy Bucks Summary:

- Gerry Tietz was happy that he and fellow Stout State alum Peg Friberg (Nils’ Wife) were able to hand out awards at Stout’s award ceremony this year.

- Dana had a wonderful time at her annual Quilting Retreat last week.

- Ed was happy that Irondale won its first Homecoming Game in eleven years!

- Nils attended the Retired Pastors and Missionaries Retreat at Trout Lake Camp.

- John Risdall won the raffle, collecting a cool $5.


Cindy introduced our speaker, Dr Ron Felt, a long time Rotarian and Past President of the Oak Park, IL club.  He is now a member of the St. Paul Sunrise club and his topic for today was his club’s district matching grant (to which we contributed $250) which benefits the Milagro Women’s Education Center in Guatemala.  Guatemala is a very poor country with a 60% poverty rate.   As in many other poor countries, women and girls are treated as second class citizens and discouraged from educational and/or business pursuits.  Supported by the St Paul Synod of the ELCA, The Women’s Education Center will empower women by providing a safe dormitory setting where young women can get general education as well as specific job skills so that they can return to their communities to start small businesses, serve as leaders and also teach others the skills they have learned.  This particular grant will provide much needed appliances, sewing machines and furnishings for the Center. 


Ron also shared photos from his 2017 mission trip to Guatemala, engaging in numerous mission activities while visiting El Mirador School, the Catholic Mission in San Lucas as well as a church in Santiago.  Cindy and Ron are pictured below.


As the meeting was ending, it was realized that we had not properly recognized Geoff Hollimon’s 71st Birthday.  Due to the last minute nature of the celebration, Geoff escaped wearing the Birthday Hat but he was treated to a pretty well executed birthday song.  Happy Birthday, Geoff!

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Posted by Jeff Benson on Sep 18, 2018
Our Guests today were:  Roseville Rotarian Marv Sorvala and our own Honorary Rotarian, MaryAnn Bawden.
Mary Stewart reminded us of the CPY Fall Gala on October 26th.  The theme will be TV Game Night.  She announced that our club will receive the CPY Spirit Award at the Gala, so mark your calendars to join in the fun at the New Brighton Community center on Friday, October 26th from 6-10PM.
Co-President Cindy Carlson said that she and Ed James are in the process of planning our December 11th Harvest Pack Event.  She also noted that the September 27th 4:01 happy hour meeting will begin early, at 3:30 to begin planning our club’s 40th anniversary celebration.  All members are invited to check out the energy of the happy hour meeting and give some input about the anniversary celebration.
Co-President John Marg-Patton introduced Patty Hall who apologized for missing her opportunity to speak at last week’s meeting.  Our club gave $500 toward her White Bear Club’s District Matching Grant to provide clean water for 2,000 in Nigeria.  Patty briefed us on the progress of that grant and also presented a check from her organization, H2O for life, for $500 to jumpstart our December Harvest Pack event mentioned above.  Thanks, Patty!
Ed James reported on his amazing experience at the Youth Exchange Welcome and Orientation.  He is really fired up about youth exchange and he hope’s the fire will sweep through the club and keep burning long into the future.  Be sure to be at the noon meeting on October 9th when our exchange student, Maria Klakegg, will give her introductory presentation to the club.
Many Rotarians offered happy bucks today.  A summary follows:
- Garry Johnson golfed in a tournament that raised $120,000 to build homes for disabled veterans!
- Geoff Hollimon offered a dollar for the people of North Carolina as they deal with the aftermath of Florence.
- Cindy Carlson just celebrated her 35th anniversary at Western Bank.
- Cindy also enjoyed an excellent play by Theater Latte Da entitled “Once”.  She described it as one of the best plays she’s seen.
- Mike Neeley made his debut as a beer drinker in an ad for Spiral Brewery.  Word is he needed no rehearsal and nailed it on the first take.
- Cor’s physical therapy sessions for her new knee are done and she has no plans to go back soon.
- Sue Ager sadly announced her need to retire from Rotary to allow more time with her husband Duane.
The New Brighton Community Support Center (CSC) is preparing for a Potluck Dinner on November 8th for all participants and supporters of CSC.  They’re looking for a few volunteers to meet once or twice to plan the potluck.  The first planning meeting will be on either Thursday, September 27th at 12 pm or Tuesday, October 2nd at 5:30 pm.   If you can help plan, call Karen Meyer at CSC (651) 387-8050 or email her at
John Marg-Patton introduced our speaker, Monique Hammond. Monique’s topic was “Hearing Loss: A Silent Epidemic”.  Monique was a Hospital Pharmacist until a “sound insult” (loud sound exposure) resulted in a total loss of hearing in her left ear.  In addition to the hearing loss, she experienced severe vertigo (Meniere’s Disease). Because accurate hearing is essential to prevent medication errors, Monique knew that she would not be able to continue as a pharmacist. She began to educate herself on hearing loss and would eventually embark on a crusade to educate others to prevent them from experiencing her fate.  Since then she has spoken to hundreds of groups about protecting their hearing.  The facts about hearing loss are alarming.  One person in five over the age of twelve has hearing loss profound enough to affect communication.  Among sixty to sixty-five year olds, one in three has significant hearing loss and fully one of two seventy to seventy-five year olds is significantly affected.   There are many causes of hearing loss, but the one over which we have some measure of control is excess noise.  Loud noises result in high pressure in the inner ear.  Eighty five decibels (about as loud as a cafeteria) is the safe limit for 8 hours of exposure.  Anything louder than that requires hearing protection for prolonged exposure.  Symptoms of typical hearing loss include sound dullness, full feeling in ear(s), not understanding speech with background noise, miscommunication on and off the job, and tinnitus (ringing in the ears).  These symptoms are due to the degradation/death of hearing fibers in the cochlea located in the inner ear.  These fibers do not repair themselves and there no medical treatment available that can repair the damage.  The only answer is prevention and hearing protection is the key to prevention.  Monique’s parting thought was that we “pay it forward” by avoiding loud noises, properly using hearing protection and encouraging family, friends, and especially young people, to do the same.
John and Monique are shown below.
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Posted by Jeff Benson on Sep 11, 2018


We welcomed our Norwegian Rotary Exchange student, Maria Klakegg, to her first U.S. Rotary club meeting.  Maria was joined by her host parents, John and Dana Johnson.  Nicole Ulrich provided a video of the club welcoming Maria at the airport.  Maria, Dana and John are shown below


Co-President Cindy Carlson noted that the club bylaws are being revised and that the revision team, spearheaded by President –elect Dennis Connolly, welcomes input from the club.


The District’s Fast for Hope Nicaragua project is on hold or perhaps even dead as a result of the turmoil there.


Mark your calendars now for our next Harvest Pack Event, scheduled for December 11.  We will be meeting with the Lions club to jointly plan the event.


The Community Support Center (CSC) could use new or gently used household items for their clients who are working to remain in their homes.  CSC is located in the Faith Christian Reformed Church at 1600 Silver Lake Rd in New Brighton.


Mary Stewart updated us on CPY saying that, due to budget constraints, the summer program had to be shortened from 10 weeks to 7 weeks but the additional time was helpful as they planned their school year program.


Several Packers, Gophers and Vikings fans were inspired enough by their teams wins to cough up a happy buck.  Amy Janecek was happy for a successful Irondale Block Party last Friday.  Nicole Ulrich was happy to be on the way to getting two specially adapted bicycles designed to allow seniors to experience the thrill of a bike ride while in their wheel chairs. 


Our scheduled presenter today was H2O for Life Director Patty Hall, who was unfortunately unable to appear.  While we were waiting to see if Patty could make it, Maria Klakegg provided some information about herself.  She has been busy experiencing all that the Twin Cities has to offer and looks forward to new experiences, making life-long friends, eating at every fast food restaurant and also playing tennis at Irondale.  Maria will offer a more complete picture of her life when she speaks to the club in October.


 Nils Friberg graciously volunteered to sub for the absent speaker by completing the retirement presentation which time prevented him from finishing a few weeks ago.  Nils’ retirement from teaching at Bethel Seminary in 2001 was, in many ways, the beginning of a series of new opportunities for service.  Soon after retirement he became the Pastor of Congregational care at GracePoint Church and just a year later became their Stephen Ministry Leader; a position he still holds today.  In 2011, he and his wife Peggy discovered Wycliffe Associates, a non-profit organization striving to translate the Bible into as many languages a possible.  Nils already was multilingual so he was a natural to provide language support for translators and Peggy had 40 years of experience teaching the visually impaired.  Wycliffe Associates is also closely aligned to their faith orientation.  Nils describes this work as extremely fulfilling and energizing and it must be because Nils is a pretty spry 83 years old!  In fact, he just celebrated that 83rd birthday recently so Cindy ambushed him with the dreaded birthday hat…a dubious reward for filling in as our speaker with no notice!  See the photo below.

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Posted by Jeff Benson on Aug 28, 2018

Maria Klakegg, our Norwegian exchange student, will arrive at the airport this evening.  A group of about ten of us will be there to welcome her.  Nicole Ulrich displayed the “Welcome to Minnesota” banner that she created just for the occasion.  Gerry Tietz recognized new members Paul and Denise Jacobsen for their part in encouraging us to get back into youth exchange.


Co-President Cindy Carlson noted that our upcoming Harvest Pack Event will be held on Tuesday afternoon, December 11th.  This will be a joint effort of the Irondale Student Council, Rotary, Lions and possibly the Eagles.


Cindy also said that our club’s 40th anniversary is February 22, 2019 and volunteers are needed to help plan a celebration of this milestone.


As our club evolves, updates to the by-laws are needed to reflect changes in club structure and policies.  On Tuesday, September 11th, a team will meet to review the current by-laws and recommend changes. If you are willing and able to help, your input at this meeting would be welcomed.


Cindy noted that the board has allocated $500 toward a matching grant proposal to provide a security fence around the Daylight School in Kenya and also has approved a $500 contribution to Mounds View’s Festival in the Park.  The presentation of the check will be made at the next City Council meeting.


Happy Bucks Summary:

- Beverly is recovering, albeit slowly and Cor’s knee is getting better every day

- Nyle Zikmund was in Hamburg, Germany to attend the wedding of Ineke, his seventh exchange student “daughter”, when he was surprised, and honored, to be asked to walk her down the aisle.


Today’s program consisted of new-member classification talks by Nicole Ulrich and Reid Hewitt.  Nicole was the first to speak.  Nicole was raised in Winona, MN and attended college at Winona State.  She and husband, Tyson, are the proud “parents” of 2 dogs, a cat and a fish.  All of the pets are creatively named but the fish, named sushi, must be nervous about its future.  Nicole and Tyson love to travel and explore the outdoors and actively pursue service opportunities at church and in the community. She is currently the secretary of the Lions club and they help with youth musicals and mission trips at Christ the King Lutheran Church.  Nicole is also a talented and passionate photographer.  She joined the staff at Benedictine Care Center at Innsbruck about 8 months ago, working on marketing and social Media, fundraising, photography, videography and the Innsbruck Foundation.  She played a video of a specially adapted bicycle that makes it possible for the elderly to safely experience a bike ride, powered and steered by a strong legged volunteer.  Click this link for a video of Marilyn’s TWOcan Bike in action.


Reid Hewitt, Administrator at Innsbruck Care Center, grew up in Brooklyn Park and played hockey and baseball.  He even played collegiate hockey while working on his health care administration degree at UW, Eau Claire.  Reid became the Administrator at Innsbruck about the same time as Nicole was hired.  He previously was the administrator at Texas Terrace Care Center in St Louis Park.  It seems that Reid’s entire extended family is involved in teaching or social service of some kind.  Reid and wife, Miriam, are the proud “parents” of rescue dog named Mr. Finn (named after Finnegan’s beer.  The 90 pound dog sleeps with them every night.  Reid’s passions are golf, sports talk radio, hiking with Mr. Finn, restaurants, breweries and, recently, home renovation.  At work, Reid focuses on finance, marketing, HR, living environment, customer service and risk management, but all these are driven by his primary focus…quality of care. 

Reid and Nicole are pictured below.

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Posted by Jeff Benson on Aug 21, 2018
Mike Neeley introduced us to his son, Scott, who was visiting prior to relocating to Manhattan, Kansas.
Cindy made us aware of an opportunity to help sort donated medical supplies.  This effort is organized by Mano a Mano, a non-profit organization working to help the poor in Bolivia, Several Rotarians expressed interest and more are welcome to help.  Stay tuned for possible dates.
Co-President John Marg-Patton noted that the Board will meet on Monday, August 27th at 6:45PM at the Marg-Patton residence, 1152 Rose Lane, New Brighton. Parking is very limited so park on Beach Rd (the road leading to the boat launch).
Cindy reviewed the District Governor’s newsletter, highlighting the following:
- September 15th Rotary Riders Event
- Camp Enterprise Article
- District Membership up by 26 members since July 1
- One Rotary Summit
Click here to download the newsletter.
Ed James reminded us that our Norwegian Exchange Student, Maria Klakegg, will arrive on Tuesday, August 28th, 6:05PM at the MSP Humphrey Terminal.  We’d love to give her a proper Rotary welcome, so everyone is invited to greet her at the baggage claim area when she arrives.  Please email Ed  if you are going so he can let you know if there is a change in schedule.
Happy Bucks Summary:
- John Ordway is celebrating 42 years of marriage to his 1st wife, Marla.
- Mark Beisswenger chimed in that he was married 44 years ago this week.  Did someone offer to send a sympathy card to Gayle?
- Dave Hoel thanked all those who helped with the Hot Dog Feed.
- Dave Hoel, Cindy Carlson and Dana Rebelein are all recovering from recent vacations.
- Garry Johnson just returned from a mission trip to Alaska.
- Ed James’ Nigerian professor visited him last week and was amazed at the lack of visible security at the Governor’s mansion, unlike the multiple layers of security around the corresponding residence in Nigeria.
-Mike Neeley was able to empty out his mother’s Iowa home as well as get a couple of full price offers on the property.
- Gerry Tietz has some great ham radio equipment for sale.
Mike Neeley introduced our speaker, Jeff Schott, who spoke about the “Steamboat Minnehaha”.  The steamboat has had two lives; the first one beginning in 1906, when Lake Minnetonka was the place to be during the hot Twin Cities summers. Before good roads and reliable cars, streetcars would bring people to the lake and steamboats would make regular routes around the lake to get passengers where they needed to be.  These six boats were, for all intents and purposes, floating streetcars.  In fact, they were actually built in the same factory as the streetcars and looked very much the same (see photo).
As roads and cars improved, the steamboats were used less and less until they were decommissioned in 1926 and soon were sunk in deep water on Minnetonka.
Fast forward a half century to 1975, when diver Jerry Provost began to search for the sunken steamboats.  In 1978, he found the Minnehaha submerged on the north side of Big Island.  It took three cranes and many airbags to raise it, but the surprisingly intact hull floated without repair after being submerged for more than fifty years.  Because the steam engine and much of the interior of the boat had been removed before sinking it, a great deal of time, effort and money would be needed to restore the boat.  During the ten years it took to determine who should actually own the boat, the hull itself deteriorated and would need to be replaced, further increasing the cost to restore the classic steamship.  The restoration was accomplished in time to launch the “new’ Minnehaha exactly 90 years after its maiden voyage and she has been in continuous service now for 23 years; three years longer than her original run.  More information is available at the website.  Jeff and Mike are shown below.
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Posted by Jeff Benson on Aug 14, 2018
We had two guests today.  Past District 5960 Governor Tom Yuzer was visiting from California and Dean Lotter introduced us to New Brighton Planning Commission member, Nasreen Fynewever.
Co-President Cindy Carlson thanked everyone who participated in the Stockyard Days Parade Hot Dog Feed last Thursday.  In Dave Hoel’s absence, Jeff Benson was pressed into service to comment on the event which, by his estimation, was the best one yet.
Geoff Hollimon praised all those who helped to staff the CPY “Udderly Fun Zone” Inflatable Park at Stockyard Days.  The inflatables are a significant income source for CPY’s very important work with kids in our community.  Geoff also talked about CPY’s Golf Ball Drop.  This year 702 balls were dropped and the lucky winner took home over $1,200.
Ed James reported that, due to a conflict, the Harvest Pack planning meeting with the New Brighton Lions has been postponed.  A new date will be scheduled soon.
Dean Lotter, N.B. City Manager, reported that New Brighton’s new water treatment system will be going online soon and will transition from the Minneapolis water system to the Mount Simon Hinckley Aquifer.  The change in chemical disinfection protocols may result in some temporary mild orange or yellow discoloration of your tap water.  The discoloration is a normal part of the changeover.   Click here to access the New Brighton City website for more information and watch your Postal Service mail for a series of letters about the changeover.
Dean’s guest, Nasreen, drew PDG Tom Yuzer’s number for the raffle.
Cindy Carlson introduced our own Nils Friberg, who led a discussion entitled, Retirement: Stress and Resilience in Conflict.  Nils knows all about “stress”.  Much of his career has revolved around people in stressful situations.  Nils was an Emeritus Professor of Pastoral Care at Bethel Seminary, a Congregational Care Pastor at GracePoint Church, a Police Chaplain and has even co-authored a book titled, Before the Fall: Prevention of Pastoral Sexual Misconduct.  These occupations brought him into contact with countless individuals who were under stress, and each of them demonstrated some degree of resilience, or lack thereof.  Although retirement may not be as stress-inducing as some of the life crises that he has dealt with, Nils believes that it can be quite stressful.  Nils engaged us in discussion about our reasons for retirement and our pre and post-retirement experiences.  He asked us to consider the stresses of retirement, and ways of coping with the stress.  He encouraged us to focus on the blessings of retirement to minimize the stress.  Some examples of helpful strategies are:
- Have a financial plan
- Pursue a healthy life style
- Adjust your expectations
- Be positive
- Prize novelty and opportunity
- Use your social support network
- Embrace your spiritual side
- Actively manage the transitions
- Utilize your previous skill set
Nils and Cindy are pictured below.
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At last Tuesday's meeting, Ike Graham (Western Bank) was inducted as a Designee and Nicole Ulrich was inducted as a Rotarian.  See photos below.
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Nils led the Pledge of Allegiance and gave the invocation.
Our guests today were: Marika (Smiley) Rebelein and potential new member Ashley Holm from Servion.
Many of us helped the Ralph Reeder Food Shelf move into its new space a while back.  Now it’s time to help them celebrate their Grand Opening on Tuesday, August 21st starting with a ribbon cutting at 3PM and a community social from 4-7PM.  The new location is 2544 Mounds View Blvd, in the Silver View Plaza.
Dave Hoel tied up loose ends for the Stockyard Days Hot Dog Feed.  It’s all hands on deck to make this effort go smoothly so be at the 300 block of Old Hwy 8 at 4:30PM to start the setup.  Be sure to be there before 5PM as they close the roads at that time for the parade.
CPY needs more volunteers to make their Stockyard Days “Udderly Fun” Bouncy House attraction a success.  Take a minute right now and click this link to go to the sign up page and volunteer for one or more shifts.  Nancy and I did it last year and I think we had as much fun as the kids.
While you’re in the Bouncy House mood, why not also volunteer for the Inflatables area at the Mounds View Festival in the Park.  Shifts are available between 11:45AM-7:30PM on Saturday August 18th.  The signup sheet will be circulated again at next week’s meeting.
Maria Klakegg, our Norwegian exchange student will arrive on August 28th in the afternoon.  Let’s get a big group together to greet her at the airport.
Ed James revealed that the next Harvest Pack food packing event will be Tuesday, December 11th after Rotary.  We’re coordinating with the Lions to make this an even bigger event than the last one.  A planning meeting with the Lions is scheduled for August 22nd.  See Ed if you’d like to attend the planning meeting.
Margaret Johnson had the honor to present Sue Ager with her PHF+3, signifying contributions to the Rotary Foundation in excess of $4,000. See photo above.  Sue said that the Foundation is a way for her to reach out to those in need in other countries.
Recent News
Paul Fournier recently took a long Amtrak trip and said that the train was great as long as you aren’t concerned about leaving or arriving on time.
Dave Hoel, Jeff Benson and Jason Miller had a great time on their Canadian fishing trip.
Dana Rebelein reported that her niece, Janet, fell and fractured her hip recently.
Cor reported that she is close to gaining full mobility of her knee after replacement surgery.
Ed James daughter will attend Notre Dame this fall.
Nicole Ulrich introduced our speaker, Brian Vickery, who spoke to us about New Brighton’s Stockyard Days celebration.   Brian was accompanied by the Stockyard Days Parade Chair, Tarii Kluse.   The Stockyards played a big role in the development of the New Brighton area in the early 1900’s.  Although the Stockyards are long gone, we still honor their part in the economic history of New Brighton.  Stockyard days was preceded by three other community festivals.  From 1949 through 1964 we celebrated Old Time Days.  From 1964 to the 1970’s the Jaycees organized an Independence Day celebration.  In 1981, Stockyard Days was started and was strengthened by the addition of the Antique Car Run in 1987.  This year’s celebration will include, among other attractions, inflatables, a bike race, a ski show, bands and a big parade.  This year’s budget is $60,000.
Brian reviewed some of the reasons for having a community celebration like Stockyard Days.  First, he emphasized the social benefit of strengthening of relationships between residents, businesses and local government.  He also said that there are several economic benefits to community celebrations, among them are increased visibility for the city, increased tourism and opportunities for business marketing and advertising.
Brian did his homework, and wove Rotary principals into his plea for increased Rotary involvement on the Stockyard Days Committee and in soliciting businesses for financial support for the festival.  One idea that surfaced was to organize a Job Fair tent for next year’s event and to use free will donations from participating businesses to cover the costs or even make money for Stockyard Days.
Co-President Cindy Carlson presented Brian and Tarii with a check from the Club for $1,500, above.
During his talk Brian expressed interest in Rotary membership so, as an enticement, he rang the sacred bell to end the meeting. Tarii, Nicole and Brian are pictured below.
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Co-President John Marg-Patton opened the meeting with the pledge of Allegiance and Sue Ager presented the Invocation.


Geoff Hollimon reminded us that we are helping to run the CPY inflatable recreation area at Stockyard Days again this year.  Check your email from Geoff or Mary Stewart for a link to sign up for one or more 2 hour shifts from August 10-12th.   Geoff also has tickets for the CPY Golf Ball Drop. 


Geoff will continue to gather donations for our deployed servicemen and women in conjunction with Citizens Supporting Our Armed Forces (CSOAF), a 501(c)3 non-profit.  Next Tuesday, July 31st, is the deadline for donations.  The supplies list and more information about CSOAF can be found by clicking here.


Cindy read a thank you letter from Rotaract member Laura Skubic, thanking us for our support for her mission trip to Lebanon.  Laura will speak to the club on her return.


Your email for July 20th should include a note from Jason Slama with an opportunity to support Mounds View’s community festival, just as we support New Brighton’s Stockyard days.  The Mounds View opportunity also involves inflatables so you won’t need to learn any new skills.  There are three time slots on August 18th.  Please contact Jason, Geoff or Cindy to sign up for a shift.


Bob Barmore was proud to announce the birth of his first grandchild, Penelope Kay, last week.  The vitals are: 22 inches and 8 pounds 14 oz.  Mom and daughter are both doing well.


Cindy Carlson’s foursome came in first in her flight and first overall in a golf tournament last weekend!


Always a good time manager, Cor Wilson managed to both retire and recover from hip surgery in the month of July.


Mark your calendars for August 24th…Our Norwegian exchange student, Maria, arrives that afternoon and we’d like to give her a warm welcome at the airport, if you are available.  Sue Ager has accepted the role of Youth Exchange Counselor.


Sue Ager introduced today’s speaker, Rotary World Peace Fellow, Amanda Ottman.  You’ll probably remember that Amanda accompanied Jilla Nadimi, when she spoke to us recently.  At that visit Amanda was representing the American Refugee Committee (ARC).  Today’s presentation focused on how Rotary, and specifically the Rotary World Peace Fellowship, has shaped her desire to make a difference in the world.  Her first contact with Rotary was as a Rotary Exchange student in Argentina in 2000.  The exchange experience increased her awareness of service opportunities and started her on a path that eventually led her to apply for the Rotary World Peace Fellowship.  This fellowship is awarded to only fifty of the most qualified and motivated students each year.  Argentina was one of the options that year, so Amanda naturally gravitated to the country where she had exchange program ties.  The Fellowship is a 2 year Masters program in International Studies.  It offered her an opportunity to make a strong connection to the local Rotary Clubs, share the mission of Rotary with others, and be an ambassador for peace.  She spoke about how venturing out at night in the poorest part of town to engage with the locals sharpened her vision of her mission for the future.  Upon completing her fellowship, Amanda has worked with Save the Children in Morocco, El Salvador and Haiti, and recently joined the American Refugee Committee, helping to improve the lives of refugees in the Nakivale Settlement Camp.  You’ll remember that our club donated $500 to support the efforts of the Nakivale Rotaract Club and that the Rotaractor’s efforts were chronicled in a 12 page spread in a recent Rotarian Magazine.  Amanda (and the ARC) are partnering with the Rotaract Club to provide services to the 90,000 refugees in the camp.  Amanda thanked us for our support for this mission and encouraged us to contribute generously to the Rotary Foundation.  Sue and Amanda are shown below.


Meeting Recap - July 24, 2018 Jeff Benson 2018-07-24 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Benson on Jul 17, 2018
John Marg-Patton opened the meeting with the Pledge and Margaret Johnson provided the Invocation.
Our guest today was Arden Hills/Shoreview Rotarian Frank Mably.  Frank invited us to attend their annual Taste of the Hops beer tasting fundraiser on Friday, August 17th from 5:30 to 8:30PM at Snail Lake Park.  Click here for more information or to purchase tickets.
Co-President John said that the Board will meet on the Marg-Patton pontoon boat on Monday, July 23rd at 6PM.  Light snacks will be provided but you should eat before you come.  John’s address is 1152 Rose Lane, New Brighton.  Parking is very limited so park on Beach Rd (the road leading to the boat launch).
Co-President Cindy Carlson presented a GIANT card from MaryAnn Bawden thanking the club for her send-off last week. 
Cindy also thanked John and Marla Ordway for opening their home to host the Rotary Picnic last weekend.  What a perfect day to gather with great friends.
John Ordway presented Cindy Carlson and Jeff Benson with the bocce ball championship trophy (a bottle of wine).  Cindy and Jeff edged out John Ordway and Cindy’s husband Kevin in a hotly contested match.  John suggested that Cindy was extra competitive because she was playing against Kevin.  Jeff’s contribution was just picking the right partner.  Cindy and Jeff are shown with the trophy, below.
Cindy also made us aware that Rochester Rotary’s $95,000 Global Grant Proposal to benefit Mayan communities in Guatemala has been approved by the Rotary Foundation.  Our club pledged $500 toward the project.
Geoff Hollimon has tickets available for the CPY golf ball drop.  See Geoff for your chance to win big!
Geoff also reminded us that we will be helping again this year to supervise the bouncy houses and other inflatables at Stockyard Days.  This was great fun last year and now that we’ve got the system down it should be even better this year.  Watch your email for an online sign-up link.
Geoff also circulated a list of supplies needed by our deployed troops.  Citizens Supporting Our Armed Forces (CSOAF), a 501(c)3 non-profit, is gathering these needed supplies and Geoff will collect your donations and see that they get to CSOAF.  The supplies list and more information about CSOAF can be found by clicking here.
The Flex Group meets at US Bank at 7AM this Thursday.  All are welcome to come and see what all the excitement is about.
Ed James noted that our Norwegian Exchange Student, Maria, will be arriving sometime in the afternoon on Friday, August 24th.  We’re hoping to have a sizable contingent at the airport to welcome her, if possible.  We have two host families lined up but a third host family would be nice.  If you or someone you know would be a good host family, please let us know.
Ed James will also be offering the ‘Two Truths and a Lie” fundraiser next week.
Happy buck were plentiful today.  Many gave a dollar in recognition of the Ordway’s generosity in hosting the picnic. 
Please change your newly printed 2018-19 directory to indicate that Jason Slama, not Dana Rebelein, is the Community Service Director for the coming year.
I don’t know how many Taste of the Hops tickets Frank Mably sold today, but at least he was able to take home $5 as the raffle winner today.
Margaret Johnson introduced today’s speaker, Ed James, to give his new member classification talk.  Ed’s amazing story began in Iregba, Nigeria. Iregba is a village too small to appear on a map, but it lies near the southwest border of Nigeria.  Ed was born in 1965 and is the youngest of 6 kids.  His dad died of food poisoning when Ed was 11, but Ed’s mother was determined that her kids would get an education.  Ed put that determination to the test when he barely completed the 2nd grade.  Instead of sending him to 3rd grade, his mom had him repeat 2nd grade and it completely transformed Ed academically.  From that point forward, Ed was always at the very top of all his classes and was consistently elected or appointed to student leadership positions.  After High School there was no money for college, but after 2 years of working and saving, Ed was able to enroll at Polytechnic Ibadan where he studied Business Administration and Management.  While at Polytechnic, he led multiple student organizations while maintaining an academic performance level that is, as yet, unsurpassed.  He went on to earn his Master’s in Finance and Accounting  at Ambrose Alli University through online study after coming to the U.S. on a work visa.  His schooling in Nigeria, while rigorous, was completed without ever using a computer.  Ed’s wife encouraged him to learn about computers so, instead of taking a few lessons; Ed earned an associate’s Degree in Computer Science instead.
Ed’s first job in the U.S. was at ACI/Honeywell in 1996.  When Chinese competition forced his division to close in 2004, Ed became Director of International Operations at CareMate, travelling the world in search of products to supply developing African markets.  Ed left CareMate to start his own import/export business, Right Choice International Shipping, in 2007.  In 2008, Ed started working part-time as a Mental Health Counselor with ResCare, working to keep clients with mental illness employed and involved in their communities, a job he still enjoys today.  In 2012, the ever-changing international shipping market made it impossible for his international shipping business to remain profitable so he quit that business and started Right Choice Delivery Services, delivering paychecks for ADP, PayChex, Averta and CBIZ to 15 cities in the metro area.  
Ed has always loved singing and has sung in choirs since age 8, but he has also written nearly 80 songs and even has a CD of original songs.  He has led choruses for the International Christian Fellowship and leads a group that has performed over 100 times at his home church, Grace Evangelical Free Church in New Brighton.
Anyone who’s paying attention will also have noticed that Ed is totally committed to community involvement and charity work.  His Rotary membership is just one of the many ways he has a positive impact on his community.  Margaret and Ed are pictured below.
Meeting Recap - July 17, 2018 Jeff Benson 2018-07-17 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Benson on Jul 10, 2018
John Marg-Patton opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and Margaret Johnson offered the invocation.
Our guests today were Bob Jacobson and Gary Bawden.
This Saturday is the Club Picnic at the Ordway home, 10 Dellwood Avenue, White Bear Lake (link to map).  Arrive after 2PM and stay ‘til dark.  John said today that they will need some desserts and appetizers/snacks.  The desserts were spoken for at the meeting today (you know who you are) but we will still need 5 or 6 appetizers/snacks to round out the menu.  Call John 651-429-9658 to let him know if you can bring some.  Other food, wine and beer will be provided.
Training for our Financial Literacy Program facilitators will take place from 11AM –Noon on Wednesday, July 11th at API Construction, 1100 Old Hwy 8, New Brighton (link to map).  Check your email from July 6th for the online event registration.  Another training session will also be held in the near future.
The Twin Cities North Chamber is hosting a golf tournament at Oneka Ridge in White Bear Lake on Thursday, July 26th from 12:30-6PM.  Click here for more information.
In preparation for their upcoming move, Past President Gerry, and wife Marlys, are holding an estate sale on Wednesday – Friday, July 11-13 staring at 9AM.  The sale is at the Tietz residence, 804 Torchwood Court, New Brighton.
Ed James circulated thank you notes from this year’s scholarship recipients.
Jason Slama, Jason’s girlfriend Elizabeth, MaryAnn Bawden, Jeff Benson, Geoff and Debra Hollimon, Dave Hoel and Nyle Zikmund, helped to move the Ralph Reeder Food Shelf into their new location at 2544 Mounds View Blvd (near the SA station).  Along with several other volunteers, they made short work of stocking  the food in the new location.  Don’t miss their open house on August 21st.
Today was bittersweet as we bid MaryAnn Bawden farewell as a new chapter of her life unfolds.  Cindy Carlson and John Marg-Patton reviewed MaryAnn’s myriad contributions in her 29 years with NBMV Rotary.  It’s hard to know where to start because MaryAnn’s graceful and effective touch has been felt in every area of club management.  Her attention to detail, organizational skills and uber-responsible nature made her the perfect club Secretary (I can barely remember a time when she wasn’t the Secretary).  Mary Ann was the one who always remembered to send a card or flowers on behalf of the club or provide treats and decorations for special occasions (her baking skills are legendary).  I always thought of her as the “Mom” of the club, always saying the right thing at the right time and gently reminding us “kids” what we should be doing and when we should be doing it.  MaryAnn also played an important role in the Youth Exchange program, both in our club and at the District level.  It’s an understatement to say that she will be missed.
Cindy and John presented MaryAnn with the Outstanding Service Award (above) and a Rotary necklace and Rotary-sized shot glass (below)
Gerry Tietz and Jason Miller present MaryAnn with a Lifetime Honorary membership Pin, Badge and Certificate (below)
Considering MaryAnn’s love for Rotary Youth Exchange, it’s appropriate that Youth Exchange was the topic for today’s program.  Margaret Johnson introduced Al JGerdin, Roseville Rotarian for 42 years and District 5960’s champion of youth exchange.  Al’s daughter travelled to Brazil as a Rotary Exchange student in 1965 and her experience compelled Al to join Rotary and almost immediately become involved in youth exchange at the club and District level.  In the years that followed, Al saw first-hand the benefits of the exchange program for the students, but also the benefits to the families and friends of the student.  Rotary has about 8,000 exchange students per year and if you multiply that by 100 friends and family members of each student, 800,000 lives are influenced by Rotary Exchange each year.  Al feels that these international interconnections will eventually reduce or even eliminate wars in the future.  He gave the example of how Rotarians in The United Kingdom and Argentina helped to mediate the Falklands crisis.  Whether or not wars can be prevented by exchange programs, it’s clear that the connections between countries and cultures created by Rotary Youth Exchange are a step in the right direction.  Margaret and Al are shown below.
Meeting Recap - July 10, 2018 Jeff Benson 2018-07-10 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Benson on Jun 26, 2018
President Gerry Tietz opened the final meeting of his term as club president with the Pledge of Allegiance.  Dana Rebelein followed RI’s suggestion by providing a non-denominational invocation.


Gerry reported that the Board has revised our meal billing policy.  Effective July 1, meals actually consumed will be billed at the end of each quarter.  Previous policy was to pre-bill for the upcoming quarter.  This policy change makes meal costs fair for those who are unable to regularly attend meetings.  It should also make it easier to recruit new members.  Because unused meals were a significant income source ($6,000/year) for the club, the Board has raised dues to $125/quarter to help offset the lost income.  For most members, this will actually result in a lower overall cost of being a Rotarian.  The Flex Group is also investigating possible fundraisers to increase club income.


The Board also voted to donate $100 to a Twin Cities Rotaractor for a service mission to Lebanon and $250 toward a District Matching Grant for a Women’s Center in Guatemala.


Remember that on July 14th at 2:00PM the Rotary Picnic/Bocce Ball Tourney will be held at John and Marla Ordway’s home on White Bear Lake.  Food, wine and beer will be provided.  BYOB if you prefer a mixed drink.


Sue Ager reminded us that Roland Martinson will present his talk: Elders Rising – “The Promise and Peril of Elderhood” on Thursday June 28th, 4PM in the chapel at Benedictine Health Center at Innsbruck.  There is no cost to attend and refreshments are provided.  Seats are limited, so RSVP today to


Jason Slama said the Ralph Reeder Food Shelf will be moving to a new location on Monday, July 9th.  They could really use some help with the move so watch your email for a Sign-Up Genius.


Remember that neither the Noon Club nor the Flex Club will be meeting next week due to the Independence Day holiday.  Be sure to attend on July 9th however, when the program will focus on Rotary Youth Exchange.  You’ll remember that Maria, our Norwegian exchange student, will be arriving in August.


The Happy Buck highlights for today’s meeting were:

 - Gerry gave $38 dollars ($1 for each club member) to recognize our contributions to his year as President.

- Cindy admitted to reaching 59 years young this past week.  Cindy paid $5 to avoid the Dreaded Birthday Hat (I thought we had retired it) but she couldn’t avoid the Birthday Song serenade.


Many thanks go to MaryAnn Bawden for the delicious cake to celebrate Gerry’s successful year and the beginning of the reign of John Marg-Patton and Cindy Carlson as co-Presidents.


Paul Fournier presented two nicely framed displays of the many certificates and banners we received at the District awards ceremony this year.


Chris Ledbeter used a Powerpoint presentation to generate reaction and discussion of club highlights from the past year.  Here are the highlights:

- Eight new Rotarians inducted, primarily due to the addition of early AM meetings.

- Great variety of interesting programs

- Harvest Pack event

- Provided three $1,500 scholarships

- Another successful, if frigid, Egg Hunt

- Financial Literacy Program kickoff

- 4:01 Happy Hour Socials

- Supported CPY’s Bouncy House Fundraiser at Stockyard Days

- Remember Niger District and Global Grant support and scholarships for Maman and Charifa

- Eight bed sets donated, delivered and assembled for homeless high school student at Life Prep Academy

- District Awards – Public Image Club of the Year, Club Service Club of the Year, International Service Club of the Year Runner Up as well as the District Governor’s Citation.


WOW!  We should all be proud of what we’ve accomplished under Gerry’s leadership.  It’s only appropriate that we would celebrate our success with a champagne toast, below.


Following the toast, John and Cindy presented Gerry with his Past President’s Pin, Gavel Plaque and an engraved paperweight (below).


In turn, Gerry presented president’s pins and passed the Gavel and Bell to John and Cindy (below). 


Cindy and John presented the slate of officers for the coming year and there was a significant change in the pathway to the presidency.  Jason Slama was forced by an employment conflict to delay his term as president by a year.  Dennis Connolly agreed to step in as President-Elect (President in 2019-20) and Jason becomes the President-Elect Nominee (President in 2020-21).  The slate of officers and board members was approved by a voice vote of the members present.


Cindy and John are looking forward to their Co-Presidency and propose the following “Big Picture” for the coming year:

   - Do Good

   - Have Fun

   - Celebrate

Enough said!

Meeting Recap - June 26, 2018 Jeff Benson 2018-06-26 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Benson on Jun 19, 2018
Bob Barmore opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and Ed James offered the invocation. Our guests today were MaryAnn Bawden’s Husband Gary and Irondale HS Activities Director Chris Fink. 
President Gerry Tietz reported that he just experienced his first District 5960 Board meeting.  Gerry will be representing medium sized clubs on the Board.  Congratulations, Gerry!
Bob Barmore said that the meeting setup and program assignment list has some months with only two Rotarians assigned so far.  He would like to have 3 members assigned for each month, so if you could help out by joining one of these 2 person teams, please let Bob Barmore know.
John Ordway asked those who have not paid their dues to do so, if at all possible, by our next meeting.
Ed James passed around thank you notes from the students who received tree saplings in our Fourth Grade Foresters tree give-away.
Cindy Carlson reported on the recent District Grants Subcommittee meeting.  There were 22 applications with requests for a total of $110,000.  Available funds are only $78,000 so difficult decisions will need to be made.
Don’t miss next week’s meeting when Gerry will pass the gavel to incoming co-Presidents John Marg-Patton and Cindy Carlson.
Note that next week’s Board meeting will begin at 10:30AM
The July issue of the Rotarian features the Rotaract Club of Nakivale, the first Rotaract club organized within a refugee camp.  Our club has donated $500 to help fund the club’s projects, so it’s great to get a closer look at this remarkable Rotaract club.

Amy Janacek announced that 16 Irondale seniors graduated from high school this year having already earned their AA degree, thanks to the Early College program.
Cindy Carlson said that eight homeless high school students at Life Prep Academy will be the recipients of brand new complete bed sets as a result of our fund-a-cause effort at the Gold Plate Dinner.  Dennis Connolly, Pam Wolf Sladek, Cindy Carlson Ed James, Dave Hoel and Jeff Benson (all shown below) were on hand to deliver and assemble the beds.  Life Prep Director, Pam Wolf Sladek, sent this thank you:
Cindy and NB/MV Rotarians,

Thank you so much for the new beds and the help assembling them!  So appreciated!!!! We are excited to have NEW beds for students that will be coming to Life Prep Academy soon!

Take care,
Pamela Wolf Sladek
Life Prep Academy
Amy Janecek was excited to welcome ISD 621 Director of Community Partnerships, Mindy Handberg and Irondale’s Post Secondary Planning Coordinator, Michael Werner to speak to us about Early College.  Michael Werner was first to speak.
He spoke about how the Mounds View School District’s Early College Program helps fulfill the district’s Equity Promise by ensuring that students are prepared for post-secondary success regardless of race, class or disability.  There are many early college opportunities available including: Anoka Ramsey Community College, University of Minnesota concurrent enrollment, Advanced Placement, P.S.E.O. and Articulated Course Credit.  The wide range of Early College opportunities enabled 95% of Irondale Students to take at least one post-secondary level course this year!  Mike also talked about district 621’s budding partnership with local employers to provide coursework aligned to industry learning pathways.  This program is called Pathways to Possibilities, and offers opportunities in automotive technology, business management, information technology, construction, solar technology and engineering, among others.
Mindy Handberg took the podium and used the Construction and Solar Technology pathway as one example of how these kinds of creative public/private partnerships provide other post secondary options for students.  One of Mindy’s roles as Community Involvement Director is to promote these kinds of partnerships. Right now, Century College, Mortenson Construction, Parson’s Electric, St Paul Building Trades, MN State Energy Center and the Construction Careers Foundation are all working with District 621 to develop this Construction and Solar Technology pathway.  Mindy would love to hear from other businesses that see the value in these partnerships.  These partnerships could be in the form of internships, summer jobs, site tours, or participating in advisory groups to dialog about business needs or review curriculum and/or equipment needs for the district.
For more information, contact:
Chris Fink, Mike Werner, Mindy Handberg and Amy Janecek are pictured below.
Meeting Recap - June19, 2018 Jeff Benson 2018-06-19 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Benson on Jun 12, 2018
Today’s meeting was off-site at Benedictine Health Center at Innsbruck.
Bob Barmore opened the meeting with the Pledge and Invocation.
Jason Slama said that the Ralph Reeder Food Shelf has found a new home in the Silver View Center, 2544 County Highway 10. 
John Marg-Patton instructed us to mark our calendars for The Rotary Picnic/Bocce Ball Tourney on July 14th at John and Marla Ordway’s home.  The festivities begin at 2PM and will go until sunset.  You should have received an email invitation to the event from John Ordway around June 7th.  Please RSVP using the link in that email.
Jason Miller advised us that we are currently $700 short of our Rotary Foundation Contribution Goal for the Rotary Year ending on June 30.  If you are able to contribute toward this goal, please do so ASAP so the contribution will be recorded this Rotary year.  If you contribute directly to the Foundation, be sure to let John Ordway know so he can record your contribution in the club’s records.
John Ordway noted that it would be very helpful if everyone gets current on their dues by June 21, so he can wrap up the books by the end of the Rotary year.
Bob Barmore presented and updated list of monthly meeting and program assignments for the coming year.  You can download the updated list here.
Jason Slama reported that he has been accepted into the Sheet Metal Workers Union apprenticeship program, and will likely be unable to fulfill the responsibilities of President-Elect this year and President the following year.
Jason Miller said that ReNee’s friend’s son, Ty Koehn, is the Mounds View pitcher who, after a game winning strikeout, delays his celebration with his teammates to console the batter whom he had just struck out.  In a display of sportsmanship seldom seen in sport, the pitcher rushed to the plate to give the batter, his lifelong friend, a big hug.  Check it out here.
Jason Slama completed the MS 150 this past weekend and appeared to be no worse for wear.  Congrats, Jason!
Friday was Cor Wilson’s last day as she retired from CTV North Suburbs.  Her leadership was a big factor in the organization’s success and she will certainly be missed.
Our guest today was Benedictine Health Center at Innsbruck’s Director of Nursing, Colleen James.
You will remember that our May 15th speaker, Jilla Nadimi, works with the American Refugee Committee (ARC) to provide relief in refugee settlements around the world.  One such settlement is the Nakivale Refugee settlement in Kampala, Uganda.  The ARC, in partnership with Rotarians from Minnesota and Uganda, have encouraged youth in the refugee settlement to start a Rotaract Club.  Today, we recorded a video congratulating the Nakivale Rotaract club on the first anniversary of the club’s formation. 
Today’s meeting was at the Benedictine Health Center at Innsbruck and hosted by the Innsbruck Foundation.  BHC at Innsbruck’s Chaplain, Fran O’Connor, talked about the four pillars of spiritual care at Innsbruck, Justice, Hospitality, Stewardship and Respect.  She said that the Benedictine Health System’s namesake, St. Benedict, said “Before all, and above all, attention shall be paid to the care of the sick” and this concept drives every aspect of care at Innsbruck.  We were treated to a tour of the Benedictine Center’s facility, followed by a video of the resident’s impressions of their care.  A big development at Innsbruck is their purchase of two adjacent properties, which will allow a major expansion of the facility.  Stay tuned for news about the expansion plans.  Special thanks to Nicole Ulrich, and Reid Hewitt for hosting us today.
Meeting Recap - June 12, 2018 Jeff Benson 2018-06-12 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Benson on Jun 05, 2018

President Gerry Tietz opened the informal meeting with the Pledge and Dana Rebelein offered the invocation.


Today’s meeting was off-site, hosted by Ed James at his party room at “The View”.  Ed had several relatives and friends in town (some from as far as Nigeria) and he wanted us to experience a Nigerian meal.  His sister, Grace, prepared a delicious traditional meal of chicken, rice, meat pies, plantain and other delicacies.  Our thanks to Ed and his family.


President Gerry noted that our Flex Club members have been paying full dues (including prepayment for full lunches) without getting the benefit of the lunch.  To remedy this situation, it will be proposed to the Board that lunches be on a pay-as-you-go basis, billed at the end of each quarter.  Because the unused prepaid lunches have been a source of significant income for the club ($4000-6000 per year) we’ll need a method to replace that lost income.  It will be recommended to the Board to increase quarterly club dues by $40 to make up for the lost income.  Those present voiced no objections to the proposal.


Ed James reported that he presented our $1,500 at-large scholarship to Alexander Koester, a St Anthony Village High School Senior.  Dana later noted that she had a conversation with a parent who talked in glowing terms about Ed’s presentation, saying that Ed was the only presenter who mentioned “service” in his talk and that he kept his remarks brief.  Way to go, Ed! (see photo above)


Jason Slama introduced his girlfriend, Elizabeth.  Ed James introduced his family members and guests.


Next week’s meeting will again be off-site at Innsbruck Care Center at Noon, with Nicole Ulrich and Reid Hewitt hosting.  Innsbruck is located at 1101 Black Oak Drive, one block West of New Brighton Ford.


The new beds we purchased for Life Prep Academy had not all arrived in time for yesterday’s planned presentation, so the delivery (and presentation) has been rescheduled for next Wednesday, June 13th sometime between 9:30 and 12:30.  We’d like to have a big contingent from the club to cement our relationship with Life Prep, so please come if you are able.  Cindy will send an email if she is able to provide a better estimate of the delivery time.


Ed James said that the nominations process for Camp Enterprise is underway at Irondale.


Maria, our Norwegian Rotary Exchange Student will likely be arriving in August.  We hope to have a big Rotary welcoming party for her arrival at the airport.  We’ll let you know when the date is pinned down.


Dave Hoel is looking for golfers to play in a best-ball tourney to benefit UofM pancreatic cancer research.  The tournament is at Majestic Oaks on June 22nd starting at 11AM.  If you would like to play, or just contribute, call Dave Hoel.


John Marg-Patton reminded us that the Rotary Club Picnic/Bocce Ball Tournament is on July 14th at John and Marla Ordway’s home on White Bear Lake.  Come at 2PM and stay until dark.


Gerry Tietz noted that Corporate Designee Nicole Ulrich will swap membership status with Reid Hewitt.  Nicole will become the Member and Reid will become the Corporate Designee.  Congratulations, Nicole!


Among the Happy Bucks today were:

- Jeff Benson has retired for the second time…he hopes this will be the last time.

- Bob Barmore expects to be a grandpa on July 16th!

Meeting Recap - June 5, 2018 Jeff Benson 2018-06-05 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Benson on May 29, 2018
Cindy Carlson opened the meeting with the pledge of Allegiance and George Winiecki offered the invocation.
The Program and Meeting Assignment List was distributed and can be downloaded by clicking here.
President Gerry Tietz reviewed our accomplishments for the past year in light of our goals and District expectations.  It’s very clear that our club is on its game in nearly every category and we should be very proud of all our accomplishments.  Kudos, All!
Next year’s Co-President, Cindy Carlson, outlined plans for the coming year.  The first topic was the Gold Plate Dinner and those present today decided that April 12th would be the best date for the GPD.  We also decided to have the dinner at the Roseville Radisson again this coming year. 
Cindy also presented a draft budget for 2018-19.  The proposal shows a deficit of $8,811 because we have that amount accumulated in the Rotary Healthy Youth Foundation and the Board feels that those funds should be used in the community rather than sit in the Foundation.  Our total budget is $77,874.  Questions about the budget should be directed to Cindy Carlson, John Marg-Patton or John Ordway.
As a result of our Fund-a-Cause effort at the Gold Plate Dinner, we will be presenting 8 beds to Life Prep Academy.  The presentation will likely be on Friday, June 1 or Monday, June 4th.  If you’d like to be there for the presentation, please contact Cindy Carlson.  Cindy hopes to keep our homeless youth initiative alive with hands-on opportunities to connect Rotarians with homeless youth at Life Prep.  Life Prep is also holding their Annual Yard Sale Fundraiser on June 7-10 at 1628 County Highway 10, in Spring Lake Park.  Donated items would be greatly appreciated.  Please drop items off from 9-4 M-F.  All items should be dropped off by June 6th.
Cindy’s Co-President, John Marg-Patton, reminded us that Maria, Our Rotary Exchange student from Norway, will be arriving in August.  It’s been awhile since we have hosted an exchange student and we want to make the experience truly memorable for the student as well as ourselves.  You’ll soon be receiving details about how to easily get an online background check, as well as ideas about what kinds of things to do with Maria.
John also said that the NBMV Rotary picnic will be held a John and Marla Ordway’s home on White Bear Lake on July 14th.  (details to follow)
Remember that the next two Noon meetings will be off-site.  On June 5th we will meet at Ed James’ apartment (1300 Northwest Parkway, New Brighton) for a Nigerian Meal (Subway for those who prefer).  On June 12th we will meet at Benedictine Health Center (1101 Black Oak Dr, New Brighton).
Cindy and John's final words about their upcoming Rotary year are:
    1.       Do Good
    2.       Have Fun
    3.       Celebrate Our Accomplishments
We are investigating the possibility of sponsoring an Interact club at Irondale.  A key factor will be finding an instructor at Irondale willing to lead the club.
The Flex Group is looking into the possibility of putting together a Dragon Boat Race team at NBMV Rotary as an additional fundraiser for NBMV Rotary.  I can’t wait!
Dave Hoel and Jeff Benson are looking for golfers to play in a best-ball tourney to benefit UofM pancreatic cancer research.  The tournament is at Majestic Oaks on June 22nd starting at 11AM.  If you would like to play, or just contribute, call Dave Hoel.
John Risdall was with us for the 3rd week in a row, thanks to Paul Fournier.  It was also John’s birthday today so we broke out the Birthday Hat and did our best on the Birthday Song.  John is shown below.
Meeting Recap - May 29, 2108 Jeff Benson 2018-05-29 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Benson on May 22, 2018

Cindy Carlson opened the meeting with the Pledge and Nile Zikmund offered an invocation.


Nyle Zikmund admitted to six decades on the planet and was rewarded for his perseverance with the honor of wearing the birthday hat (see photo below).


You will remember that last week’s speaker, Jilla Nadimi, works with the American Refugee Committee (ARC) to provide relief in refugee settlements around the world.  One such settlement is the Nakivale Refugee settlement in Kampala, Uganda.  The ARC, in partnership with Rotarians from Minnesota and Uganda, have encouraged youth in the refugee settlement to start a Rotaract Club.  The New Rotaract Club hit the ground running and now has 39 members working to improve life for their fellow refugees.  Cindy Carlson said that our board has responded with a check for $500 to support the mission of this remarkable group of Rotaractors.


Cindy also noted that our Gold Plate Dinner raised funds to buy several beds for the new residents at Life Prep Academy.  Contact Cindy if you would like to participate in the presentation of the beds.  Life Prep is also holding their Annual Yard Sale Fundraiser on June 7-10 at 1628 County Highway 10, in Spring Lake Park.  Donated items would be greatly appreciated.  Please drop items off from 9-4 M-F.  All items should be dropped off by June 6th.


Michelle Caron reported on the Financial Literacy Course recently presented to CPY 4th grade students by herself and Chris Ledbeter (see below).  Michelle said that the program was well received and there are plans to present the class again on May 30th.  Training is planned for club members who would like to help present a follow-up class.  Contact Chris Ledbeter or Michelle Caron if you’d like to help. 


Jason Slama reported that Ed James presented $1,500 scholarships to two deserving Irondale seniors.  The recipients were Devina Srey and Taylor Seim (shown with Ed James, below)..  Our $1,500 at-large scholarship will be presented to a St. Anthony senior next Tuesday.


After countless years as the Stockyard Days Parade Hot Dog King, George Winiecki is stepping down, so we will need a new Hot Dog King or Queen.  George has all the steps neatly laid out for his replacement.  Contact Cindy Carlson or John Marg-Patton if you are willing to take over this important responsibility.


President Gerry announced that next week’s meeting will be a club assembly to chart our course for the coming Rotary year.  The following two meetings will be off-site. On June 5th we will meet at Ed James’ apartment (1300 Northwest Parkway, New Brighton) for a Nigerian Meal.  On June 12th we will meet at Benedictine Health Center (1101 Black Oak Dr, New Brighton).


Be sure to be at the meeting on June 26th when Gerry will pass the Rotary gavel to Cindy and John Marg-Patton.


Due to the Independence Day holiday, the will be no meetings on July 3rd or 5th.

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Cor Wilson announced that her mother passed away this morning.  Cor will also be retiring from CTV North Suburbs on June 8th.


Our speaker today was our own Nyle Zikmund.  Nyle took us back to the Mounds View pipeline explosion on July 7, 1986.  Nearly 32 years ago, a ruptured seam in a Williams pipeline near the intersection of Long Lake Road and Woodcrest released gasoline which pooled in the street and was eventually ignited by a newspaper delivery person’s car.  The driver suffered serious burns, but survived.  Beverly Spano and her 6 year old daughter, Jennifer, were not so fortunate.  Just as they exited their home, the gas vapor cloud ignited, causing 3rd degree burns over their entire bodies, eventually leading to their deaths.  Beverly’s Husband Don and her other daughter, Allison exited the house through another door and survived the fireball.  One hundred fire fighters (Nyle was one of them) from seven fire departments fought the ensuing fire, which reached 30 feet high and could only be contained until the remaining gasoline in the pipeline drained out and burned.  In all, 90,000 gallons of gasoline leaked out of the pipeline, much of it burning, but some also leaking into the adjacent pond/lake and into the aquifer.  As a result of this tragedy, National and State Offices of Pipeline Safety were created to help prevent future pipeline disasters.  Cindy and Nyle are shown below.

Meeting Recap - May 22, 2018 Jeff Benson 2018-05-22 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Benson on May 15, 2018

Cindy Carlson opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and George Winiecki gave the invocation.


Everyone was thrilled to have John Risdall back with us today.  John is continuing his recovery at Watermark Senior Living, 5300 4th St. in Fridley.  John told me today that he welcomes visitors between 6 and 8 PM.


We also welcomed back the southern France river cruisers, Benson, Hoel, O’Brien, Neeley and Connolly, after their 16 day adventure.  All five were seated together today, so it must have been a great trip.


Garry Johnson introduced his guest, Jeff Rohach, and Cindy Carlson introduced Amanda Ottman who works with today’s speaker.


Jason Slama reported that nine volunteers showed up for the 2nd Harvest Heartland food drive last Saturday.  Under Jason’s energetic leadership, the group loaded 13 pallets of food on a semi-trailer! A couple of volunteers from Life Prep Academy joined in the fun.


John and Marla Ordway have graciously offered to host the Rotary Picnic at their home on Saturday, July 14th.  More details to follow.


Mark Lampman was lamenting the arrival of another birthday today, so we attempted to cheer him up with a Birthday Song.


Cindy introduced today’s speaker, St Paul Winter Carnival Queen of the Snows, Jilla Nadimi.  Although she’s only 27 years old, Jilla has managed to pack a lot of living into those 27 years.  Born in France to a Polish mother and Persian father, she came to Mounds View where she began to develop her sense of community as a Girl Scout, eventually earning a Gold Award which is the highest honor a Girl Scout can receive.  After her parents divorced, she was raised by her mother to be a strong and independent woman and this upbringing has served Jilla well.  At age 17 she worked with her Girl Scout Troop to help plan youth activities for the 50th anniversary of Mounds View’s Festival in the Park.  After graduating from Irondale in 2009, she received several scholarships which enabled her to study French and International Relations at the University of Minnesota.  She received a Benjamin Gilman Scholarship Grant, making it possible to return to France for further study.  Since then Jilla has worked to increase diversity in local government as an Urban Scholar Program intern, organized earthquake relief efforts in Ecuador, and now she is working with the American Refugee Committee, providing nutritional relief for refugee camps in places like Uganda, Rwanda and Myanmar.  As if her schedule wasn’t full enough, Jilla is also the reigning Queen of the Snows and will make 400 appearances this year in that role. She said her community festival experiences right here in Mounds View and New Brighton were part of the reason she decided to be a candidate for Queen of the Snows.  Jilla and Cindy are shown below.

Meeting Recap - May 15, 2018 Jeff Benson 2018-05-15 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Stewart on May 08, 2018
John Ordway led us in Pledge of Allegiance and Cindy Carlson offered the invocation.
Our guest today was Andrew Aplikowski, Beverly Aplikowski's son.
President Gerry Tietz opened the meeting with the exciting news that he will be serving on our Rotary's District Board.  Congratulations, Gerry! 
Gerry also shared with the club some sincerely sweet thank you letters from the fourth graders at Bel Air for the trees they were given from our club.  The students were so grateful for their trees, and many of them gave their tree a special name. 
Other Announcements
Paul Fournier shared with the club the thank you letter that Iris McGinnis wrote to the club for the help with the Community Support Center's Luncheon. 
Paul also recently visited John Risdall and said that he was in great spirits, and was the sharpest he has seen him in a couple years.  Paul was very encouraged with John's progress.  John will be moving to a new facility today.  Paul will provide more information about where John is relocating soon. 
Jason Slama reminded everyone to join him this Saturday at the Cub Foods near Rice Street and Hwy 36 for the Stamp Out Hunger Event from 3pm -6pm.  Even if you only have 20 minutes, please come and join Jason.  Life Prep Academy students will also be volunteering with our club.  This will be a great opportunity for us to meet some of those students. 
John Ordway reported that along with his wife Marlys, they are willing to host another summer social for the club at their house.  They are thinking about having it on Saturday, July 14, 2018.  More details to follow. 
Cindy Carlson shared with the club a thank you from Kara VanderKamp, Executive Director and President of Remember Niger, who spoke at our club a few weeks ago.  Cindy encouraged club members to consider making a special donation at the end of the meeting to support the Mother's Fund through Remember Niger.  This fund helps supply secondary education for girls.  Lastly, Cindy passed around information from Second Chance Animal Rescue.  If you are interested in fostering a cat or dog, please check out their website for more information
Beverly Aplikowski was delighted to introduce her daughter-in-law, Kathleen Aplikowski, as our speaker.  Kathleen is the Manager of Direct Spending and Purchasing at Caribou Coffee.  Kathleen shared with the club the recent and ongoing changes with Caribou Coffee.  In 2012, Caribou Coffee was purchased by JAB Holding Company.  This company has also purchased Einstein Bagels, Krispy Kreme, Panera Bread, Peets Coffee, and Bruegger's Bagels, as well as other companies.  With the recent purchase of Einstein Bagels, they are currently doing a beverage upgrade at all Einsteins where they will now serve Caribou Coffee.  And likewise, Caribou Coffees will now carry Einstein Bagels.  The advantage of having all these companies under the JAB Holding Company is that now these companies can work together and get better bids by combining their supplies into one bid for items like cups, napkins, etc.  They have also been able to combine departments (such as accounting and distribution) to save money and become more efficient.  Kathleen invited our club to schedule a tour of their Roaster Center that is located in the Twin Cities. 
John is joined by Kathleen Aplikowski from Caribou Coffee below.
Meeting Recap - May 8, 2018 Mary Stewart 2018-05-08 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Stewart on May 01, 2018

Cindy Carlson led us in Pledge of Allegiance and Nyle Zikmund offered the invocation.


Our guests today were Carol Mueller--Mounds View Mayor, Gary Meehlhause--Mounds View City Council member, Jill Heineman--Mound View Police Foundation Board Member, and  Bob King--Mounds View Police Foundation Board Member.


President Gerry Tietz opened the meeting and welcomed the full room.  He asked Mary Stewart to provide an update on the Financial Literacy Class that was created, organized and run by our club for the youth at Community Partners with Youth (CPY).  Mary reported that the youth immensely enjoyed the class.  They learned how to use a checkbook register, and each youth made a set of three banks: one for spending, one for saving, and one for giving.  The youth can't wait to have another class and learn more about managing their money!  She thanked Chris Ledbeter, Michelle Caron, and Gerry Tietz for leading the class.  Here is a picture of the group. 


Other Announcements:

Jason Slama reported that on Friday, our club gave away trees to 4th graders at four local schools.  Even though they were a little thin on volunteers, they were able to distribute over 500 trees!


Jason was also excited to announce that Alexander Coaster from St. Anthony Village will be this year's recipient for our club's scholarship award.  Jason asked a club member to go to the ceremony to represent our club. 


Lastly, Jason urged the club to volunteer for the Stamp Out Hunger event on May 12, 2018.  The event will be held at the Cub Foods on Hwy 36 & Rice Street.  The students from Life Prep Academy will join us for the collection.  


George Winiecki recently visited John Risdall and said he was doing well.  He encouraged others to go and visit.  He is going to be at his current location for another ten days. 


MaryAnn Bawden thanked all members who attended the Community Support Center (CSC) luncheon last Thursday.  She added a special thank you from Iris McGinnis for all the support given by our club.  MaryAnn added that Nyle Zikmund represented the club well and gave a heartfelt ask - thank you Nyle!


MaryAnn shared with the club that she will be resigning in July so she can fully support her husband.  She will be dearly missed by all, and to celebrate all she has done for and through Rotary, we will be holding a celebration for her and her family on July 10, 2018.  More details to come.  


The club had a special treat with the return of our in house comedian, Jason Miller.  He had the group rolling in laughter with his latest joke.   


Cindy Carlson introduced our speakers, Mounds View Police Chief Nate Harder, and Mound View Police Foundation Board Member (and the City of Mounds View Prosecuting Attorney) Katrina Joseph.  Police Chief Harder and Katrina shared with the club about the Mounds View Police Foundation. 

The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization that raises funds to support the City of Mounds View, Minnesota's Police Department, it's public safety and other functions, both directly and indirectly, with grants for services, equipment, or items which will enhance the mission of the Police Department as it relates to service to the citizens of the City of Mounds View.  Chief Harder explained that often times when the police are called, they see people at their worst.  With the help of the foundation, they are able to provide events, programs, and experiences that allow the public safety department to connect with people at their best.  The goal is to build positive relationships with the community to prevent crime and make the community stronger.  Outreach events have included: a climbing wall, hockey games, Bowl with a Cop, parades, Father/Daughter Ball, National Night Out Pre-Party, MVPD Retirees breakfast, Shop with a Cop, and Festival in the Park.  With the support of our club, they have also hosted the New Americas Academy.  Through this academy, new immigrants to the community learn about American life, about the local government and local services, they are taught about local laws, and learn how to identify human trafficking.  To find out more about the foundation, check out their facebook page at or send them an e-mail at  Cindy is joined by Police Chief Harder & Katrina Joseph from the Mounds View Police Foundation below.

Meeting Recap - May 1, 2018 Mary Stewart 2018-05-01 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Benson on Apr 24, 2018
Nils Friberg led us in Pledge of Allegiance and offered the invocation.
Our guests today were Smiley Rebelein and Eric Ordway.
Jason Miller had the pleasure of awarding Jim O’Brien with his Paul Harris Fellow +2.  Jason noted that we each have the option of making additional contributions to the Foundation via our quarterly statements.  Let Jason or John Ordway know if you’d like to take advantage of this easy way to give to the Rotary Foundation.
President Gerry Tietz had great news to share about the Governor’s Awards which were presented at the Conference of Clubs this past weekend. The NBMV Rotary Club was named the medium-sized “Club of the Year in both Public Image and Service.  We were also runner-up to Club of the Year in International Service.  But most exciting of all was being named the Overall Medium Sized Club of the Year for the entire District (tied with Rochester).  What a testament to Gerry’s Leadership and the tireless efforts of our Board of Directors and all of our members.  A celebration is planned for June 26 at our noon meeting.  Check out all the certificates, below.
Cindy announced that our incoming District Governor, Mike Becker, will be installed on Tuesday, June 12 at the Spam Museum and Paramount Theater in Austin, Minnesota.  Social Hour is from 5:30-6:45 at the Spam Museum and the installation will start at 7:00PM at the Paramount Theater.  More details are available here.
We will have a Rotary exchange student this coming year!  Flex member Paul Jacobsen and his wife, Denise, will be hosting along with the Johnson family.  One more host family will be needed, so let’s find one soon.
Our 4th Grade Foresters tree give-away takes place this Friday afternoon, April 27th, starting at noon.  If you are able to help, please contact Ed James ASAP!
The Peacemakers Cribbage Tournament Fundraiser is this Sunday, April 29, from 5:30-9:00PM.  It’s being held right here in New Brighton at Adagio’s Pizza Factory.  Click here to participate.
We will once again be helping with the 2nd Harvest Heartland food collection in conjunction with the Postal Service.  Our location will again be at Cub Foods on Rice St. near Hwy. 36.  The homeless students from Life Prep Academy will join us for the collection.  Mark your calendars now for Saturday, May 12th.  More details to follow.
Board News:
-We are working on a district matching grant proposal to hold a really big Harvest Pack event next year.
-$500 has been allocated for medical supplies for Bolivia
-$720 has been committed for continuing sponsorship of our Remember Niger students, Maman and Charifa.
Paul Fournier reported that John R. is making progress in his recovery and welcomes visitors after 3:00PM.  After this week he will be moving from Langton Place to another facility near University and 694.
Cindy reported that Kevin’s new hip is working well.  We thought he was pretty hip even before the surgery!
The tally is in for the Gold Plate Dinner and we managed a $23,800 net!  Sincerest thanks for all the hard work that went into making the event such a big success.
John Ordway introduced our speaker, Jim Markoe.  Jim has spoken to the club in the past regarding the low water levels in White Bear Lake.  He last spoke to the club about the lawsuit that the White Bear Lake Restoration Association and White Bear Lake Homeowners Association had filed against the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.  Jim was happy to report to us today that their lawsuit was successful and that, subject to the DNR’s appeal, help for the lake and its homeowners is likely within two years.  The judge ordered sweeping changes in the practices that were draining the aquifer and, consequently, the lake.  She also ordered direct replenishment of lake levels via a pipeline.  Jim believes that the judge’s findings will be upheld by the Appeals Court and the Supreme Court, ending what will, by then, have been an eight year battle to restore White Bear Lake to its normal level.  Jim is joined by fellow WBL Homeowners board member, Eric Ordway, below.
Meeting Recap - April 24, 2018 Jeff Benson 2018-04-24 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Benson on Apr 17, 2018
Nils Friberg opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and Mike Neeley offered the invocation.
Our guests today were Vadnais Heights Rotarian Jeff Niesen and Stillwater Sunrise Rotarian Doug Pepin.  Doug was here to invite us to the Stillwater club’s “Brewer’s Bazaar” fundraiser on May 19th.  Click here for more details.
President Gerry Tietz welcomed John Marg-Patton to the stage for the final prizes in the Gold Plate Dinner ticket sales contest.  The $75 ticket sales grand prize went to Cindy for selling 10 full price tickets.  Wow!  Jim O’Brien was the lucky winner of $75 in the at-large drawing.
John Ordway reported that the Gold Plate Dinner preliminary numbers suggest that this year’s gala will likely be the most successful fundraiser to date.  He estimated that we may net as much as $23,000!   Well done, NBMV.
Nicole Ulrich reminded us of the Benedictine Health Center’s eleventh annual Gala to be held at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church on Friday, May 18th from 5:30-11:00PM.   Click here to reserve your place or donate to this very worthy cause.
Ed James still needs volunteers for the 4th Grade Foresters tree give-away on Friday afternoon, April 27th.  Please contact Ed ASAP to volunteer!
Ed also announced that we will once again be helping with the 2nd Harvest Heartland food collection in conjunction with the Postal Service.  Our location will once again be at Cub Foods on Rice St. near Hwy. 36.  The homeless students from Life Prep Academy will join us for the collection.  Mark your calendars now for Saturday, May 12th.  More details to follow.
More attendees are still needed for the Community Support Center Luncheon on April 26th.  Let’s have a good showing to support this great community resource.
President Gerry noted that we will be recognized at least three times during the District 5960 Conference of Clubs for our accomplishments during this Rotary year.  There may even be cake next Tuesday to celebrate our accomplishments.
Garry and Nancy Johnson are the proud announce the birth of their granddaughter, Sophie.  Mother and daughter are both doing well.
Cindy said Kevin will be at Regions tomorrow to receive a new hip. 
Cindy Carlson introduced Kara VanderKamp, Executive Director of Remember Niger Coalition (RNC).  Kara was here to update us on RNC’s efforts to promote education in Niger.  It’s not surprising that, as the world’s least developed country, Niger’s schools are extremely underfunded.  NBMV Rotary began partnering with RNC to help educate more children by acting as the primary sponsor of a Rotary Global Grant in 2012.   We have continued this partnership by participating in matching grants to create safe and sanitary schools where students, and especially girls, can begin to escape the grip of poverty.  School attendance statistics in Niger are sobering with 38% attending elementary school, 11% attending middle school and only 3% making it to high school.  RNC now supports 2,200 students in 10 communities and would like to do so much more.  Recent initiatives include schools for deaf and disabled students who are marginalized in Niger.  Niger requires all schools to be permanent cement or masonry structures, increasing the up-front cost of school buildings, but generous donations and grants are slowly, but surely, resulting in new schools.  You can help to provide bricks for schools, sponsor a child, or get more information by clicking here.   Cindy and Kara are pictured below.
Meeting Recap - April 17, 2018 Jeff Benson 2018-04-17 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Benson on Apr 10, 2018

Bev Aplikowski opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and Dana Rebelein offered the invocation.


Our guests today were Stillwater Rotarian, Suzannah Stulberg and Roseville Rotarian, Marv Sorvala.  We were saddened to learn that Marv’s wife had passed away this past week.


The Flex Group will be holding its 4:01 happy hour gathering this Thursday at the Exchange.  All Rotarians are welcome to join in the fun.


President Gerry Tietz was happy to announce that all tickets for the Gold Plate Dinner were sold before the event.  John Marg Patton wrapped up the GPD ticket sales competition by presenting Bev Aplikowski with the prize for the 100th ticket sold.  We all owe Bev our thanks for her excellent work as “Ticket Wrangler” for this year’s event.


John Marg-Patton announced that Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light will present portions of a new PBS/NOVA film, “Decoding the Weather Machine” which cuts through the confusion around climate change.  A distinguished panel (including Paul Douglas) will lead the discussion.  The free program will be held at Christ the King Lutheran Church, 1900 – 7th St. NW, from 7-9PM on Wednesday, April 18th.


Ed James needs several more volunteers for the Fourth Grade Foresters tree give-away, on Friday afternoon, April 27th. 


Jason Slama gathered several volunteers to evaluate applications for our at-large scholarship, one of three $1,500 scholarships that we offer to high school seniors each year.


Cindy Carlson advised us to start thinking about putting together bidding groups in preparation for the live auction at the Gold Plate Dinner.  Getting your group together ahead of time will maximize your chance of making a competitive bid on some great auction items.


April 25th marks the kickoff of our financial literacy workshop for youth at CPY.  Flex Group member, Chris Ledbeter, is spearheading this important initiative.


We need a several good Rotarians to serve as greeters at the Community Support Center luncheon on April 26th.   As a founding organization of CSC, it would be great to have a big turnout, to support CSC’s mission to keep people in their homes.


Garry Johnson confirmed that it is his daughter, and not he, that is expecting soon.  This will be his third grandchild!


Dana Rebelein’s birthday apparently passed by without acknowledgement in February, but we made up for it with one of the best birthday serenades in recent memory.


Beverly Aplikowski introduced our speaker, humorist Eric Golub.  Honoring Rotary’s non-partisan political stance, Eric took all sides to task with smart, edgy commentaries on “non-controversial” subjects like politics, immigration, religion, race, and gender. Bev and Eric are pictured below,

Meeting Recap - April 10, 2018 Jeff Benson 2018-04-10 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Benson on Apr 03, 2018

Nils Friberg opened the meeting with the Pledge and the Invocation.


We were honored to have Past District 5960 Governor Tom Yuzer as a guest today.  We also had a visit from a prospective member whose last name I missed (first name was Al).


We celebrated two birthdays today, serenading Ed James and Bev Aplikowski with the Birthday Song.


President Gerry Tietz thanked Dennis Connolly for his hard work in pulling together all the information for the District Governor’s Awards, which will be announced at the 2018 Conference of Clubs, which will be held April 19-20 at the brand new Mystic Lake Center at Mystic Lake Casino Hotel in Prior Lake.  I believe that you can still register for the Conference of Clubs by clicking here.


Gerry recognized the efforts of all those who contributed to the success of our 29th annual Egg Hunt last Saturday.  Egg Czar Dave Hoel seconded Gerry’s thanks and noted that, because the snow prevented us from distributing all the eggs this year, there were jelly beans left over.  The children’s loss is your gain, however, because those jelly beans are available for you for the paltry sum of just $1 per 2 cup bag.  If they were not sold out today, there may be jelly beans for sale again at our next meeting.


Gerry thanked Michelle Caron for organizing last Wednesday’s sign painting social event.  Attendance was light but a great time was had by all.


You’re invited to attend the 25th annual Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge Gala on May 4th, 5:30-9:00PM, at the Hilton Minneapolis.  The event will feature Minnesota Gophers Head Coach, P.J. Fleck and KSTP Anchor, Leah McLean.  To register, or get more information, click here.

Ed James reported that two Irondale students, Iva Hammett-Kess and Adam Johnson, have been selected to be our representatives at Camp RYLA.  Ed also reminded us that many volunteers will be needed to hand out trees for our Fourth Grade Foresters program from Noon to 4PM on April 27th.  Please let Ed know if you can help with this fun project.


The Gold Plate Dinner is just ten days away and Bev Aplikowski is happy to report that we have sold all but 3 tickets as of today’s meeting.  It seems that some of you have not yet turned in your ticket stubs and/or your meal choices yet.  If you are among the negligent, please get that information to Beverly now!


John Marg-Patton announced that Dana Rebelein had won the weekly GPD ticket sales contest a couple of weeks back (while she was recovering from surgery) and Dana was happy to receive a fine Australian Merlot as a reward for her sales ability.  The current week’s winner was Michael Johnson, who selected a 4-pack of IPA.  Cindy suggested that Beverly Aplikowski receive a special award for selling a total of 11 tickets.


Cor Wilson won the raffle for the 2nd week in a row!


Our program today was Nyle Zikmund, presenting his new member Classification Talk.  Nyle was born in Hibbing and moved to Blaine as a youngster.  Although he has changed homes a few times since then, he still lives in Blaine.  He has been married to Theresa for 36 years and they have one son and one grandson, who live just 7 blocks away from them.  Nyle and President Gerry are apparently fellow alums of UW Stout.  Nyle and family love to travel and have visited all 50 states, much of Canada and internationally.  The international focus has been intensified because they have hosted eight international exchange students, remaining in contact with almost all of them and travelling to visit most of them.


Nyle’s first career ambition was to be a high school woodshop teacher, but industrial arts program cuts made that impossible, so he did the next best thing and went to work in a woodworking shop.  Eventually he would own Oakcraft, Incorporated, which he recently sold with the provision that he would have lifetime access to the shop.


Nyle also worked as a firefighter with the Spring Lake Park Blaine Mounds View Fire Department, eventually becoming Chief of the department.  Nyle also served on the board of the International Association of Fire Chiefs.


Nyle came out of retirement to take the City Administrator position in Mounds View.  Theresa runs her own business, Fire Services Consulting.  Nyle has a role in her company as well.  He describes his role as: “whatever she tells me to do”.


Nyle has been involved in the restoration of two unique vehicles: a 1953 Packard Henny and a 1923 American LaFrance Fire Truck.


Nyle’s family is one of only 41 remaining private landowners in the Voyageurs National Park.  The property was purchased by his grandmother and the family has resisted attempts by the Voyageurs National Park Association to purchase the property.


Gerry and Nyle are shown below.

Meeting Recap - April 3, 2018 Jeff Benson 2018-04-03 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Benson on Mar 27, 2018
Jim O’Brien opened the meeting with the Pledge and Nils Friberg offered the Invocation.
It was great to have Dana able to rejoin us after her recent surgery.  Welcome back!
Paul Fournier reported that John is recovering after a stroke and fall that resulted in a broken hip.  He is recovering at Langton Lake Place and welcomes visitors in the afternoon only.
President Gerry Tietz had the honor of inducting Nicole Ulrich into the club as a Corporate Designee.  Nicole will attend meetings when Reid Hewitt is unable to attend.  Gerry, Nicole and Nicole’s dad, Curt Glenna, are shown below.
Egg Hunt Grand Poobah, Dave Hoel, provided last minute instructions for Saturday’s Egg Hunt. If you have volunteered to transport eggs and prizes to the park, please arrive at the North parking garage beneath CU Companies with your SUV or Van at 9:30AM sharp.  All other Rotarians should be at Driftwood Park at 10:30AM.  The Hunt is a rain or shine event; so if it’s raining or too wet to be in the park, we’ll hold it in the parking lot at the church adjacent to the park.
Bev Aplikowski needs your ticket stubs, with meal choices marked, ASAP.  No raffle prizes can be won without your stub and, if we don’t have your meal choice, you may not get the meal you prefer.  Please get this information to Bev now!
Ed James reported that April 27th is the date for our 4th Grade Foresters tree give-away in honor of Arbor Day.  Several Rotarians will be needed to present the trees and engage the kids in conversation about the value of trees.  Talking points will be available for those who need/want them.  Classroom visits are planned between Noon and 4PM.
Paul Fournier introduced our speaker, Chelsea Holub, President of the Twin Cities Rotaract Club.  According to the Rotary International website, Rotaract Clubs “bring together people, aged 18-30, to exchange ideas with leaders in the community, develop leadership and professional skills, and have fun through service."  Chelsea described Rotaract as middle of a continuum, bracketed by Interact at the high school level and traditional Rotary Clubs on the “older” end.  As a “millennial”, Chelsea was drawn to Rotaract as a way to be involved with others of similar ages and sensibilities.  She offered some thoughts on why millennials might not be attracted to traditional Rotary clubs:
- Time of Day: Tight work schedules for most millennials make noon or morning meetings difficult.  Her group prefers 7:00 PM.  This allows time to eat at home, rather than spend money on food.
- Location:  Country clubs and fancy hotels are avoided, with a preference for less fancy places that are close to public transportation.
- Traditions/Ceremonies: Millennials are uncomfortable with traditions like the Pledge of Allegiance, Invocations, singing, etc.
- Cost:  Student loans, low wages, and high housing costs cause millennials to avoid paying for food, if possible.  Chelsea suggested that Rotary clubs look at reduced young professional membership dues, pay as you go meals and allowing brown bag meals as ways to attract younger members.
The Twin Cities Rotaract Club is sponsored by the Roseville Rotary Club and meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month at 7PM.  One monthly meeting is for mingling and the other features a speaker.  Their 2018 fundraiser to benefit Books for Africa is coming up on April 25th, 6PM at Summit Brewing.  Sign up for the event by clicking here.  Gerry and Chelsea are pictured below.
Meeting Recap - March 27, 2018 Jeff Benson 2018-03-27 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Benson on Mar 20, 2018
Recently, President Gerry Tietz was interviewed on CTV15’s New Brighton Now about Rotary’s role in the community and the world.  Gerry represented us extremely well!  Check it out by clicking here.


Geoff Hollimon opened the meeting with the Pledge and MaryAnn Bawden offered the invocation.


Our guests today were Jed Hamoud and Mike Busch from Kids Alive International.  Mike thanked us for our support for the Kids Alive Syrian refugee program in Lebanon and made us aware of their Oasis Home and foster care programs for girls who are victims of sexual assault.


Also visiting us today was Don Craighead, long time Rotarian who made us aware of the Rotary e-club 5960.   This unique approach to Rotary membership is entirely online, offering those with limited mobility a way to be involved with Rotary.


Chris Ledbeter, from our “Flex Group”, reported on the Financial Literacy Program which will be rolled out soon with CPY fourth graders.  The program will teach the basic financial skills like saving, spending and giving.  They will need volunteers to teach these skills to classes of 5-8 kids.  Contact Chris if you’d like to be part of this program.


Chris also reminded us that we are always welcome at their 4:01PM social hours on alternating Thursdays.  This week’s gathering is at Adagio, 2052 Silver Lake Rd, New Brighton.


David Hoel, Egg Hunt Czar, reminded us that the egg-stuffing will take place at The Exchange on Sunday, March 25th at 11:30AM.   The actual egg hunt will be on Saturday, March 31st, 10:30AM at Driftwood Park.  All NBMV Rotarians are asked to help with these events.


Ed James reported that we will once again celebrate Arbor Day by distributing tree saplings in our 4th Grade Foresters tree give-away this year.  So far, April 27th has been reserved for Valentine Hills and information on the 3 other elementary schools is forthcoming.


John Marg-Patton announced a tie in the weekly Gold Plate Dinner ticket sales contest.  Beverly Aplikowski and Ed James each chose a bottle of wine as their prize.  Who will win next week’s contest?  Remember, you can’t win a prize if you don’t report your ticket sale commitments to your team captain.


Beverly Aplikowski followed up by reminding us to turn in our own ticket stubs (with dinner choice indicated) by next week’s meeting and to get the stubs and payment for any other tickets sold to Beverly as soon as possible.


Geoff and Debra Hollimon are celebrating their 38th anniversary this week…Congratulations!


Mary Ann Bawden said that a revamped membership directory will be available in print and online versions in July.


Paul Fournier introduced our speakers, Iris McGinnis and Karen Meyer, from the Community Support Center.  On behalf of the club, Paul Fournier presented them with a check for $1,000 to support CSC’s mission.  Karen Meyer started the presentation by explaining that CSC’s mission is to prevent homelessness by providing referrals to the appropriate agencies and, when necessary, short-term financial assistance to prevent evictions or electric shut-offs.  CSC’s financial counseling helps families achieve financial stability in the following ways:

  - Taking the time to listen and really know the clients

  - Setting goals

  - Directing clients to appropriate services

  - unraveling the bureaucracy and red tape

  - Celebrating their successes

  - Continued long-term financial counseling

CSC partners with Ramsey County Social Services, Community Action Partnership, St Vincent de Paul Society as well as local churches and service organizations like our Rotary Club.  In fact, NBMV Rotary is a founding organization of CSC and Paul Fournier serves on its Board of Directors.


At any given time, 16-20 families are being served by CSC.  Karen is the sole paid staff person and CSC relies heavily on the volunteer services of 6 “active listeners” who decide where to refer clients and whether financial assistance is warranted.  CSC spends between $400-700 per family.  Ramsey County currently has 29 families on the homeless shelter waiting list and if they finally are admitted to a shelter, it costs the county $3,000/month to house a family of four.  It’s easy to see that CSC’s strategy of preventing homelessness makes much more sense than relying on homeless shelters.  But because of a tight housing market and sharply increasing rents, the risk of eviction is increasing and CSC will likely experience an increase in need for its services.


Iris McGinnis took the floor at this point to ask us to actively participate in their upcoming fund-raiser luncheon on April 27th from 11:30-1:00 at Christ the King Lutheran Church.  CSC is looking for as many Rotarians as possible to attend the luncheon and four to five Rotarians to greet attendees as they arrive.  NBMV Rotary will receive special recognition in the program and Iris would like someone from Rotary to present the fund-raising “ask” at the close of the program.  If you might be able to fill this role please contact Paul Fournier or MaryAnn Bawden.  You can RSVP for the luncheon at:  Paul is shown presenting our check to Karen and Iris, below.

Meeting Recap - March 20, 2018 Jeff Benson 2018-03-20 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Benson on Mar 13, 2018
Geoff Hollimon opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and Mary Stewart offered the invocation.
Geoff thanked all who attended the CPY Spring Luncheon and noted that 120 people attended and donations so far are $17,000.  CPY provided delicious cupcakes for today’s meeting.
Dave Hoel reminded us that the Egg Hunt is almost upon us.  The prizes will be sorted and organized tonight and the egg stuffing will occur at the Exchange starting at 11:30AM on Sunday, March 25th.   The actual Egg Hunt will be at Driftwood Park on Saturday March 31st.  Many vehicles will be needed at 9:30 AM on the day of the hunt to pick up the eggs and prizes in the North parking garage below the CU Companies offices.  Everyone else should report to Driftwood Park by 10:30AM to set up for the Egg Hunt.  Please see Dave if you can help to put up the egg hunt signs around New Brighton.
Dennis Connolly noted that he is in the process of completing our club’s applications for the District Governor’s Awards.  Cindy Carlson added that the District is looking for judges for the award selection process.  See Gerry if you are interested in being a judge.
John R. broke his leg or hip recently and is still in the hospital.  He’ll be moving to a transitional care facility as soon as he is able.
It was also reported that Dana R. was scheduled for surgery today.
Mike Neeley returned today after a two month vacation in Florida.  Welcome back, Mike!
We also welcomed Mark Beisswenger back today, after a work related absence.  Mark celebrated his return by drawing his own number in the weekly raffle!
John Marg-Patton announced the prize winners for the first 4 weeks of the Gold Plate Dinner ticket sales contest.  The winners were:
   - Week 1 – Cindy Carlson – 6 pack of Bud Lite (dilly, dilly!),
   - Week 2 – Mike Neeley – Surly Furious beer,
   - Week 3 – Dana Rebelein – not present to claim her prize,
   - Week 4 – Mary Stewart - $10 gift certificate
Will you be next week’s winner?
Gerry Tietz represented our club in a recent episode of New Brighton Now.  The program will be shown at the following times on CTV channel 15:  Wednesday 3/14 at 9:30PM and Thursday at 12:30PM and 8:30PM.
Margaret Johnson introduced today’s speaker Bev Driscoll.  Bev is a long time Rotarian and Past President of the Stillwater Rotary Club.  Margaret and Bev were part of a delegation to our District’s Fast for Hope initiative in El Corazo, Nicaragua.  Bev was here to update us on the program.  Our Fast for Hope initiative is following the new protocol for “sustainable” poverty relief.  The new thinking is that extreme poverty can only be sustainably eliminated by engaging the local community in a self-driven process of long-term goal setting and action planning.  Rotary has learned that providing money and/or infrastructure will not result in a long-term reduction in poverty unless the community itself identifies the need and takes ownership of the action plan.  We have learned from our mistakes and false starts in Nicaragua but our patience is being rewarded with slow, but steady, progress.  El Corazo identified four goals: Improve literacy, improve access to medications and medical care, provide a local water supply and improve the seasonably impassable 3.5 mile road into the community.  Since the initiative began, the community has expanded its book supply from 2 to 521 books, established reading posts and trained “reading promoters”.  A physical library is planned.  A pharmacy program has been established, “health promoters” have been trained and a doctor is available in the community ½ day per week.  Water pipes have been laid for most of the length of the road and there is hope that homes may soon have ready access to clean water.  Because of the cost, improving the road is the most challenging goal but there is hope that progress will be made soon.
If you have interest in being part of a future delegation to El Corazo or just want more information, click here.  Bev and Margaret are shown below.
Meeting Recap - March 13, 2018 Jeff Benson 2018-03-13 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Benson on Mar 06, 2018
NBMV Rotary is pleased to announce that Michael Johnson was inducted into membership last week.  Michael is shown being inducted by President Gerry Tietz, below.
Today’s meeting was at the CPY Spring Luncheon.
CPY Board Chair, Brian White, opened the luncheon by reviewing the 21 year history of CPY.  Founded in 1997 to reduce juvenile crime by increasing adult supervision during out of school hours and summer months, CPY has since expanded its service to the community by providing a safety net for at risk youth as well as supporting and enhancing the Mounds View School District.  CPY alumni have returned to connect with and provide service to the community.  CPY’s current mission statement is: “To provide a safe, nurturing environment where youth can strengthen their personalities and develop educational and social skills”.
CPY executive Director, Mary Stewart, told the story of “Kayla”, a daughter of drug dealers who had become a bully and was failing her classes at school.  CPY provided the structure and encouragement to improve her grades and behavior, eventually making the honor roll in high school and enrolling in college.  Kayla is soon to graduate with a degree in math education.  Kayla is just one of many students who have benefitted from CPY programming.  Currently, CPY offers programming in the following areas:·
    -Basic Needs – CPY serve over 24,000 meals and snacks each year because students can’t learn if they are hungry.
    -Tutoring & Life Skills Mentoring - CPY offers youth programming in many areas, including: life skills, personal responsibility, goal setting, decision making, optimistic thinking and self-awareness.
Mary introduced CPY alumnus Sam Vang.  Sam joined CPY at age 8, about the same time his parents gave him a phone, a house key and responsibility for the care of his younger siblings.  Sam credits his time at CPY as a student, volunteer and eventually as an employee, with instilling him with the kindness, engagement, leadership skills and a sense of family that have paved the way to his graduation from the University of Northwestern with a degree in Psychology.  He plans to use his degree to help youth in a way similar to how he was helped by CPY.
Mary next introduced the featured speaker, the Gophers’ all time leading rusher, and Green Bay Packers first round draft pick, Darrell Thompson.  Darrell is the President of Bolder Options, an organization committed to healthy youth development.  Bolder Options shares many of CPY’s youth development goals, but focuses on one-on-one mentorship with a significant physical fitness component.  Darrell outlined Bolder Options’ four pronged approach:
    -Physical Activities       
    -Goal Setting
For more information about Bolder Options, click here.
Brian White returned to the podium to explain that 80% of CPY’s budget is employment costs, and that salaries have risen 20% in recent years in order to attract and retain quality educators.  In response to this situation, Brian announced the Board’s new goal of 200 donors willing to sign up for auto-pay at $20/month.  Achieving this goal would allow CPY to remain competitive in our tight labor market.  Brian thanked all those in attendance for their continuing support of CPY.  For more information about CPY, or to donate if you missed the program today, click here.
Meeting Recap - March 6, 2018 Jeff Benson 2018-03-06 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Benson on Feb 27, 2018
Mary Stewart opened the meeting with the Pledge and an Invocation.
Garry Johnson introduced his guest, former Vadnais Heights Rotarian, Jeff Niesen.  Jeff is with Lake Community Bank.
President Gerry Tietz inducted our newest member, Mounds View City Administrator Nyle Zikmund.  See photo above.
Jason Miller had the honor of presenting two Paul Harris Fellow awards today.  Margaret Johnson received her Paul Harris Fellow+1 and Cindy Carlson received her Paul Harris Fellow+5.  Margaret and Cindy are pictured above.
Happy Bucks Highlights
- Mary Stewart has returned from her family vacation in Arizona.
- Jim O’Brien has a new great-grandson.
- Nicole Ulrich took the Polar Plunge for Special Olympics, her team raising over $1,300.
Beverly Aplikowski reported that 59 tickets have been sold for the Gold Plate Dinner.  Let’s get out there and sell the remaining 41.  John Marg-Patton followed up with the drawing for this week’s GPD ticket sales contest.  Mike Neeley and Jason Miller had each sold three tickets this week and Mike Neeley was selected by lot to receive this week’s prize.  Since next week’s meeting is at the CPY Luncheon, we’ll report on the next two week’s winners at our March 13th meeting.  While you're out there selling tickets, think about restaurants you frequent that might be willing to donate a gift certificate for our "Dine Around Town" bundles to be auctioned off at the Gala.  An information brochure can be downloaded here.
Cindy Carlson updated us on the many District 5960 matching grants in process for our District.
Gerry noted that the District’s “Conference of Clubs” (formerly the District Assembly) will be held on April 19-20 at Mystic Lake Conference Center.  This conference is a great way to learn more about the many ways that Rotary is a force for good in the world.  Get more details here.
Gerry Tietz was proud to introduce his son, Nick Tietz and former Minneapolis Police Chief Janae Harteau to talk about Vitals Aware Services, a new service providing police officers real-time information that may help them approach and calm vulnerable individuals with physical or mental health issues and help prevent overreaction or escalation by police officers.  Nick is the Director of Technology for the company and Janae is the Public Safety Officer.  Nick reviewed some mental health statistics, revealing that 1 in 5 adults will experience a mental health crisis during their lifetime and that 1 in 10 police response calls involve someone in mental health crisis!  Janae explained that police officers are generally well trained to respond to typical situations but each mental health crisis is as unique as the individual who experiences it.  This argues strongly for an individualized police response to each situation.  Vitals Aware Services provides information about vulnerable individuals’ mental health status, including emotional triggers, calming methods and other information to prevent escalation or defuse an already escalated situation.  With an estimated 100 Million vulnerable adults in the U.S. and 1.3 million in Minnesota, it would seem that there is a great need for this kind of service.  The rollout of this service is going very well with subscribers in seventeen communities and five police departments on board so far. 
Here’s how it works.  A family provides a detailed personalized profile of the vulnerable person.  This profile is keyed to a “beacon” which is worn or carried.  When this beacon carrying person is within 80 feet of a police officer with a software enabled cell phone, the phone will alert the officer of the presence of the vulnerable individual.  While the individual is within the 80 foot range, the officer has access to the entire profile provided by the family.  All personal data is encrypted for privacy and only police officers can access the profile.  This service is available for just $9.95/month, a small price to pay for the peace of mind it offers.  Nick, Janae and proud poppa Gerry are shown below.
Meeting Recap - February 27, 2018 Jeff Benson 2018-02-27 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Benson on Apr 26, 2016
Jeff Benson got the meeting started with the Pledge and Invocation.
Next week's program will be Jill Brown, Executive Director of the North Metro Mayors Association.
Our lone visitor today was Marv Sorvala, from the Roseville club.
Margaret Johnson celebrated another birthday yesterday, but was inexplicably absent today, preventing us from sharing birthday wishes and missing the opportunity to wear the Birthday Hat. The hat will be ready for you next week, Margaret!
Cor's hip surgery went well and she should be back with us soon.
Mark your calendars now for our Summer Social Fundraiser to benefit Kids Alive International. Chef George has graciously volunteered to donate high end appetizers and desserts for this effort. The event will be held at the home of John and Marla Ordway on White Bear Lake, Friday July 8th from late afternoon until early evening.
Char and Gerry Samuelson have sold their home and Char will be relocating to a nursing home soon.
Amy Wakem reported that we will be handing out tree saplings at two local elementary schools for our Fourth Grade Foresters program this Friday, April 29th. Volunteers are still needed for both locations and, if you haven't participated before, it's easy and fun. If you can help, please contact Amy at 651-636-8337 W or 651-470-7278 H.
Amy Wakem will also be representing the club at the Scholarship Awards Programs for St. Anthony Village H.S. on Friday, June 3rd and the Irondale H.S. on May 18th. She would love to have company at these award programs.
Jim O'Brien, Dave Hoel, Garry Johnson, Jason Slama, Nils Friberg, Dana Rebelein and Gerry Tietz have volunteered to help site leader Jeff Benson with the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive to help resupply the 2nd Harvest Heartland food shelf. We'll be helping to transfer donated food from postal vehicles to semi-trailers. We'll gather at Cub Foods (100 West County Road B, Maplewood, MN 55117) at 2:15 on Saturday May 14th and we should be done by 4:00. If you would like to join the group, call Jeff at 763-780-2584.
John Risdall reported the he and Jeff Benson represented NBMV Rotary at New Brighton's Volunteer Appreciation Dinner last Sunday. It was a great celebration of the spirit of volunteerism in our community.
John Noltner, our scheduled speaker for today, had to cancel because his high school aged daughter's close friend took her own life this week. He has cancelled all appearances this week to support his daughter and her friends. He will reschedule at a later date.
Meeting Recap - April 26, 2016 Jeff Benson 2016-04-26 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Benson on Apr 12, 2016
Gerry Tietz read the following poem at the start of the meeting.
When You Thought I Wasn’t Looking
When you thought I wasn’t looking…
I saw you hang my first painting on the refrigerator,
and I immediately wanted to paint another one.
When you thought I wasn’t looking…
I saw you feed a stray cat,
and I learned that it was good to be kind to animals.
When you thought I wasn’t looking…
I saw you make my favorite cake for me,
and I learned that the little things can be very special in life.
When you thought I wasn’t looking…
I saw you make a meal and take it to a friend who was sick,
and I learned that we all need to help take care of each other.
When you thought I wasn’t looking…
I saw you give your time and money to help people who had nothing,
and I learned that everyone can make a difference.
When you thought I wasn’t looking…
I saw you take care of our house and everyone in it,
and I learned the importance of FAMILY.
When you thought I wasn’t looking…
I saw how you handled your responsibilities, even when you didn’t feel good,
and I learned that I would need to be responsible when I grew up.
When you thought I wasn’t looking…
I sometimes saw tears come from your eyes,
and I learned there are things that can hurt, yet it’s O.K. to cry.
When you thought I wasn’t looking…
I saw that you truly cared about people,
and I wanted to be everything that I could possibly be
to follow in your footsteps.
When you thought I wasn’t looking…
I looked at you and wanted to say,
“Thanks for all the things I saw when you thought I wasn’t looking.”
–original poem by Mary Rita Schilke Korzan
Gerry followed the poem with the Pledge and the Invocation.
President Dana introduced her guest and sister-in-law, Janet Ampe.  Janet is president of the Rogers Rotary Club. Janet was here to promote the Rogers Rotary Golf Tournament at Fox Hollow on Tuesday June 14th. Click here for details on registering or sponsoring.
Dana also noted that "Moving Day Twin Cities", a walk to support the Parkinson's Foundation will be held on Saturday May 7th in Plymouth. Details are available by clicking here.
There's still time to register for the District Conference at Mystic Lake Conference Center on May 12-13, but hotel reservations need to be made very soon. Get the details here.
Next week's program will be Patrick Donohue speaking on access to capital for small businesses.
The Board will meet at 11:00AM on April 26th.
Gerry Tietz announced that the Easter Egg Hunt Video he posted on FaceBook has had 5,000 hits and over 2,500 views. Nice work Gerry!
MaryAnn Bawden is subbing for Cindy Carlson as a table captain for the Northeast Youth and Family Services Leadership Luncheon on May 4th from 11:30 - 1:00 at Midland Hills Country Club. Click here for details.  Contact MaryAnn if you'd like to sit at her table.
Amy Wakem reported that we have 2 students signed up for Camp RYLA.
Amy  also noted that the 4th Grade Foresters tree give-away will be on Friday April 29th.  Stay tuned for details on how you can help with this great program. 
Amy has just returned from a family trip to South Africa. She may be willing to provide a Rotary Program about her trip.
Margaret Johnson introduced our speakers from Northwestern University, Matt Hyre, Ph.D. Department Chair of Mathematics and Engineering, Associate Professor of Mathematics and Dan Crane, Ph.D. Dean of the College of Behavioral & Natural Sciences, Professor of Chemistry. They were here to speak to us about the Northwestern's Math and Engineering Department.
Dan spoke first in general terms about the Engineering Program. He told us that engineering, at its core, is really just problem solving. But he stressed that ethics is becoming an increasingly important component in engineering, especially in biomedical engineering. He said that Northwestern's engineering program emphasizes ethics as an integral part of their program.  The engineering program was, for many years, part of a dual degree program with the University of Minnesota. In 2008, the UofM discontinued the dual degree program and Northwestern developed its own Bachelor's degree program with many advantages over larger university programs. Northwestern offers smaller class sizes, earlier exposure to core math and physics classes and earlier opportunities for research and publishing.  This year's class is the first to graduate from the new degree program. Northwestern will soon be offering an Early College program which will allow qualified high school students to complete the first year of the college program while still in high school.
Matt Hyre, Department Chair of the Math and Engineering Department, echoed his colleague's thoughts about the advantages of Northwestern's engineering program. He said that 15-20% of undergrads are involved in research and many undergrads have extensive publishing experience. He also emphasized the focus on experiential learning and described Northwestern as a model Christian community. He offered some specific examples of the research being done by his engineering students. He spoke about student research on coronary artery stents, concussions, athletic mouth-guards, submarine missile launches and ventilation systems for a Navy Seal team situation practice facility.  Dan, Matt, Margaret and Dana are shown below.
Meeting Recap - April 12, 2016 Jeff Benson 2016-04-12 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Benson on Apr 05, 2016
Glenna opened the meeting with the Pledge and the Invocation.
Our Guests today were Mary Jo McGuire and District Governor Marlene Gargulak.
DG Marlene took the podium to invite us all to the upcoming District Conference, held jointly with District 5950. Marlene was looking for ideas to promote a "Bridging" theme emphasize this joint effort with our sister district. If you have any ideas that would be helpful, please contact Marlene at (715)234-8314.
Next week's program will be Dr. Matt Hyre, professor at Northwestern University, speaking to us about biomedical research.
The Board will meet at 11AM on April 26th.
The District Conference is on May 12-13 at Mystic Lake Conference Center.  For more information click here.
Bev Aplikowski's 81st birthday was celebrated with a great hat and a pretty fair rendition of the "Birthday Song".  See photo above.
NBMV Rotary has sponsored a Bingo Tent at Stockyard Days for the past couple of years. The members present agreed that we should continue to sponsor and all members are encouraged to serve as callers or money takers this year.
A motion from the floor nominated Gerry Tietz and Beverly Aplikowski as Co-Presidents elect for 2017-18. The motion passed. Thank you Gerry and Beverly!
Happy fines were numerous today.  Here are the highlights:
  • Paul Fournier was happy for the success of the Gold Plate Dinner.
  • Jim O'Brien had a wonderful time sailing in the BVI with family.
  • Dave Hoel had the pin removed from his broken thumb.
MaryAnn graciously provided brownies and ice cream for dessert.  Thanks, MaryAnn.
Jeff Benson was honored to induct Garry Johnson into NBMV Rotary. Stay tuned for Garry's classification talk.  See photo above.
Paul Fournier took the podium to again thank all those who helped with the Gold Plate Dinner. Preliminary figures show income of about $17,500, very close to our previous best.
Paul challenged us to think of ways to create an additional sustainable income stream to help us fund the many causes we are asked to support.
Meeting Recap - April 5, 2016 Jeff Benson 2016-04-05 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Benson on Mar 29, 2016
Bob Barmore opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and the Invocation.
President Dana reminded us that next week's program will be a review of our Gold Plate Dinner.
The District 5950/5960 Joint Conference is at Mystic Lake Conference Center, May 12-13.  If you haven't been to a District Conference, you really should check it out.  Click here for more information.
On April 19th, Kids Alive International is celebrating 100 years of providing loving homes and promising futures for kids all around the world. Click here for your invitation to join in the celebration.
The Ramsey County Conservation District is hosting a FREE seminar titled "Urban Pollinators" to present information on the importance of butterflies and honeybees as pollinators.  The event will be held at Ramsey County Public Works, 1425 Paul Kirkwood Drive, Arden Hills.  RSVP to: Ashley Bennett by April 14: or 651-266-7277
A motion was made by Cindy Carlson and seconded by Glenna Dibrell to elect Paul Fournier and John Risdall as NBMV Rotary Co-Presidents for the 2016-2017 Rotary year. They were elected unanimously by those present at the meeting. Congratulations and thanks to Paul and John. Members are encouraged to consider stepping up to be club president for 2017-2018.
Dave Hoel thanked those who helped with the Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday. It's estimated that 700-750 of our friends and neighbors attended the event. Feedback on the event included the following:
  • More gift stations might reduce the long lines to pick up gifts
  • 3 new signs are needed to publicize the event
  • A central location for food shelf or cash donations would be helpful
  • A coffee vendor would be nice
  • We owe a big thank you to the city garage and public safety departments
The program today involved final planning for the Gold Plate Dinner. Everyone is working hard to ensure a fun and successful fundraiser. Please do your part by showing up right at 6:00, if possible, and being gracious hosts to all our non-Rotarian guests.
Meeting Recap - March 29, 2016 Jeff Benson 2016-03-29 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Benson on Mar 22, 2016
Nils Friberg opened the meeting with the Pledge and invocation.
Jeff Benson introduced his guests, Garry Johnson and Jill Truth, Farmers Insurance Agents in New Brighton.  Garry is interested in joining the club.  We also had a walk-in guest, Brent Mehrin, who saw our newspaper ad and decided to check us out (way to go, Communications Committee!).
PDG Gary Campbell was here to present a check for the District's matching contribution to our ECHO grant.  Gary is shown presenting the check to Nils Cindy and Geoff, below.
President Dana noted the upcoming Parkinson's Walk on May 7th. Check here for more information.
Next week's meeting will be focused on final planning for the Gold Plate Dinner.  Future programs can be found on the website at
Egg Hunt News:
  • Many thanks to all who helped stuff eggs last Sunday. We had a great turnout and were done in just over an hour. Our special thanks to Bev Aplikowski for providing space at Lakeside Homes.
  • Those who have agreed to transport the eggs and prizes from the garage under our meeting place to Driftwood Park should be at the garage at 9 AM on Saturday.  EVERYONE else should be at Driftwood Park at 10 AM. Driftwood Park is located at 2974 5th NW St (just west of Silver Lake Road on 5th).
Don't forget that the Gold Plate Dinner is April 1st, 6:00 PM.  If you haven't gotten your ticket stubs (with meal choices) to Bev yet, do it right now!
Mary Stewart brought delicious Oreo Cookie cake today to thank everyone who attended and supported the CPY Spring Luncheon.
Gerry Tietz auctioned off 4 T-Wolves tickets donated by John Risdall.  Dave Hoel and Mary Stewart each got 2 tickets.
Val announced an upcoming "Walk for Water".  Stay tuned for more details.
Cindy Carlson thanked those who have contributed toward sponsorships for two Nigerian children.  We just need a few more $30 contributions to complete the sponsorship for the 2nd child. Let Cindy know if you are willing to help sponsor.
Nils Friberg introduced our speaker, Shawn Hofer PhD, LP.  Shawn is a licensed psychologist with Arden Woods Psychological Services. Shawn's topic was "Freud Strikes Back". Shawn began by explaining that, although some of Freud's ideas have lost favor, the effectiveness of Freudian style psychoanalysis cannot be denied.  Psychologists routinely use Freud's original concept of "talk therapy" to help their patients. Research shows that the relationship between the therapist and patient, built on conversation, is the key to successful treatment.
Shawn says that the foundation of Psychotherapy is the belief that we are all crazy, it's really just a matter of what kind of crazy and how much. In fact, psychotherapists themselves need regular therapy to be at their best for their patients, Shawn reviewed the basic concepts for understanding of the human mind.
  • We all have an unconscious mental life, unaware of inner thoughts and feelings.
  • Our minds are in conflict, often harboring mutually contradictory thoughts and feelings.
  • The past is alive in the present. Throughout our lives we have internalized ways of dealing with people and situations and these coping mechanisms are hard to change.
  • Psychotherapy involves a new situation and a new relationship to which patients must apply their previously formed relationship and situation templates.
  • Defense - Patients often must face facts about themselves that they don't want to admit, resulting in defensive behavior.
  • Psychological Causation - Nothing in the mind is random. All thoughts and actions serve some psychological function.
Shawn's presentation was adapted from: That Was then, This Is Now: An Introduction to Contemporary Psycho-Dynamic Therapy by Jonathan Shedler. Shawn and Nils and Dana are shown below.
Meeting Recap - March 22, 2016 Jeff Benson 2016-03-22 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Benson on Mar 15, 2016
President-elect Paul Fournier (subbing for Dana) opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and Eric Nelson offered the invocation.
Tom Wilson from Risdall Marketing presented an opportunity to sponsor a table at the Achieve Services Gala on Friday, April 15th, at Bunker Hills Golf Club.  Tom serves on the board at Achieve Services, which provides employment opportunities for the developmentally disabled.  Table sponsorships are available starting at $800 (8 tickets). If you or your business are interested in sponsoring a table, click here and scroll down to the sponsorship information.  If you would like to purchase an individual ticket, click here.
Glenna Dibrell announced the birth of Maximillian (9 pounds 2 ounces), making her a grandma for the third time.  Everyone is doing well.  Ask Glenna to see photos.
Bev Aplikowski noted that she has 22 grandkids.
Nils Friberg is celebrating his 8th anniversary with Peg.
Eric Nelson announced that he is going to back to school in the fall to get his doctorate in education which means that he will be resigning as Principal at Irondale. You will be missed, Eric!
Geoff Hollimon thanked all those who attended and supported the CPY Spring Luncheon last Tuesday.
Gerry Tietz reported that Char Samuelson is in memory care.  Our thoughts and prayers are with her and husband Gerry.
Cindy provided an update on the Gold Plate Dinner.  This year's event will not have a silent auction. It will be replaced by "Fund a Cause" and a "Split the Pot" Raffle. We will still have the Raffle/Bingo combination and live auction as before.  Hiring a comedian is also under consideration.  Everyone should get busy selling tickets to ensure a successful event.
Dave Hoel reminded us that the Easter Egg Stuffing will be on Palm Sunday, March 20th at 11AM at Lakeside Homes, 1200 Foss Rd. The Egg Hunt itself will be on March 26th and everyone should be at Driftwood Park by 10 AM.
As promised, John 1 and John 2 (a.k.a. Ordway and Marg-Patton) brought delicious cookies to help celebrate their birthdays but happy fines and Gold Plate Dinner announcements took so much time that we were unable to sing happy birthday to them today.  John Marg-Patton seemed distressed that he would be deprived of the honor of wearing the birthday hat until Paul assured him that he could wear it next week. Whew!
Eric Nelson introduced our speaker, award winning photographer and author, John Noltner.  John has  worked as a freelance photographer for over 20 years, shooting for national magazines and Fortune 500 companies. Like most freelance photographers, he felt the impact of the economic recession in 2007 and, as he describes it, "the economy handed me some free time".  This free time was an opportunity to consider new ways to use his photography and storytelling skills. In his home they have the saying, "Some jobs feed the belly...and some jobs feed the soul", so John imagined a way to feed his soul by traveling over 40,000 miles around the U.S. asking people, "What does peace mean to you?". The result is a multimedia exhibit of portraits and stories of ordinary people from all walks of life, all races and religions, which reveal ideas about how we might work together toward the common good and even, perhaps, toward peace. This exhibit spawned the idea of a book version of the exhibit but, as is so common today, publishers were hesitant to publish anything unconventional. So the exhibit self-published the book titled "A Peace of My Mind" using a Kickstarter campaign. The book features interviews of 52 diverse Minnesotans and along with 2 traveling exhibits, speaking engagements and workshops, it provides a framework for dialogue about conflict resolution, civic responsibility and peace. John shared some lessons learned during his time on this project:
  • Mel Duncan, of Nonviolent Peaceforce left John with the thought that "We struggle with a shrunken notion of our own ability".
  • Jennifer McNally taught him that, "Even when life is bad, it's still really, really good".
  • Eric Gibson, a Buddhist teacher shared that, "If you think about the happiness of others, then there is always interesting work to do".
The success of this project has led to a second book, American Stories, and it will be the topic when John returns to deliver part two of his story on April 26th.  John and Paul are shown below.
Meeting Recap - March 15, 2016 Jeff Benson 2016-03-15 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Benson on Mar 08, 2016
Today's meeting was off-site at the CPY Spring Luncheon.  Most NBMV Rotarians are very familiar with CPY but, for those who are not, their website offers the following description:
In 1997, community leaders and parents established Community Partners with Youth (CPY) with the goal of reducing juvenile crime by increasing adult supervision during “out of school” hours – those hours after school, during student holidays and over the summer months.  Over time, our goals grew until we laid out our current mission:
To provide a safe, nurturing environment where youth can strengthen their personalities and develop educational and social skills.
Today, we have become one of the state’s most respected providers to offer supervision during out of school hours to elementary and middle school youth.  Each year we care for more than 500 children, offering thousands of hours of programming for youth and their families. CPY is committed to creating an environment that fosters each child’s development.  Parents can have peace of mind, too, knowing our talented and committed staff are ensuring each child has access to programs designed to meet their needs.  All children attending our programs are nurtured and challenged, with an emphasis on leadership, excellence, honesty, respect, service & kindness; all are encouraged and practiced each day.
Rotarian and CPY board member Geoff Hollimon said that more than 150 had registered for the Luncheon and I was proud to see how many NBMV Rotarians were present (see below) to support the great work that CPY does in our community. 
Rotarian and CPY Executive Director Mary Stewart quizzed us on CPY statistics and some highlights were:
CPY serves over 500 K-8 graders, at 3 locations.
Over 85% of CPY's students are on the free or reduced lunch program at school.
Over 24,000 meals and snacks are served to students each year.
90% of CPY students receive scholarships to attend programs.
CPY manages all this with just 2 full-time and 10-18 part-time staff.
Click here for more information about CPY.
The keynote speaker was John Turnipseed (above), a former gang leader and drug dealer who overcame the effects of an absent alcoholic father, unloving mother, and multiple prison stays to become the leader of the Center for Fathering at Urban Ventures Leadership Foundation for more than 15 years and to become Vice President of Urban Ventures in 2004. John's story is a dramatic one, his lack of love and support at home drove him into the gang life, where he felt loved and appreciated.  The gang lifestyle led to jail experiences at age 12 for armed robbery and age 14 for manslaughter.  The downward spiral continued until age 40, when a very persistent mentor finally got John to consider his wasted life.  John let God into his life and finally developed the conscience that had been completely lacking in his earlier life.  Since then he has been a tireless advocate for changing the "urban cycles of recidivism, poverty and patterns of choice by modeling how to rebuild relationships and create pathways to success".   Click here for more information about Urban Ventures.
Meeting Recap - March 8, 2016 Jeff Benson 2016-03-08 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Benson on Feb 29, 2016
Eric Nelson opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and Invocation.
Eric introduced his guests Mara Corey and Sharria Armstrong, teachers at Irondale. John Risdall introduced his guest, Tyler Moury, account executive at Risdall Marketing.
President Dana Rebelein took the podium to remind us that next week's meeting will be offsite at CPY's 5th Annual Spring Luncheon. The keynote speaker will be John Turnipseed, a great speaker with a compelling message. The luncheon will be held at the New Brighton Community Center from 12-1 PM (Check-in begins at 11:30). Click here for details. See the left hand column for future programs.
The Egg Hunt is coming up soon, so mark your calendars now so you will be available to help. Egg stuffing will be on Palm Sunday, March 20th at 11AM at Lakeside Homes, 1200 Foss Rd. The Egg Hunt itself will be on March 26th and everyone should be at Driftwood Park by 10 AM. 
By now all of you should have received Paul Fournier's email informing the club that, for health reasons, he would be unable to serve as President 2016-17. Dana announced that John Risdall has offered to be co-president with Paul for the 2016-17 term (following the club meeting, a special Board meeting passed a resolution to present the proposed co-presidency for approval at the March 15th regular club meeting).
The Board will have its regularly scheduled meeting on March 22, 11 AM.
Don't forget that the Gold Plate dinner will be April 1st. Tickets should be available soon. Margaret Johnson passed out a Gold Plate Dinner sponsorship information sheet.  You can download it here.
Gerry Tietz presented Bev Aplikowski with a Paul Harris Fellowship +3.  Thank you Bev, for your support of the Rotary Foundation.
Cindy Carlson reported that support has been strong for sponsoring Maman, a 7 year old Nigerian student.  In fact, the $360 needed to sponsor him for a year has already been raised and she has begun collecting the additional contributions needed to sponsor a female student as well. Contact Cindy if you would like to contribute.
Dana summoned John Marg-Patton to the front so that we could properly celebrate his birthday, but John resisted the summons, drawing a surly response from the membership until he defused the situation by offering to partner with John Ordway to bring dessert in two weeks so that we could celebrate both John's birthdays at once. Finemaster Jim Kadechka was not so easily pacified, fining John a dollar for the delay tactic.
Glenna Dibrell offered a happy fine in anticipation of her 3rd grandchild, who should be born any day now.
Eric Nelson introduced Irondale teacher Mara Corey, who thanked us for our support of the Classical Actors Ensemble's upcoming performance of "Macbeth" at Irondale.  We are invited to attend the performance on Friday March 11th at 11AM.  Eric and Mara are shown below.
Eric Nelson introduced our speaker, Sharriah Armstrong.  Sharriah spoke to us about "Paideia", a learning method that she employs to increase student engagement and improve literacy skills at Irondale.  Sharriah described Paideia as a discussion method that teaches rules for civil discourse and thought exploration in a professional setting.  It teaches students how to think critically, not what to think.  To ensure civil discussion and inclusion of all viewpoints, she has seven rules for Paideia discussions:
  • Avoid sarcasm
  • Always refer back to the text being discussed
  • Use mindful body language
  • Avoid side conversations
  • Speak when no one else is speaking
  • Use names whenever possible
  • Use accountable talk for professional conversations
Sharriah led us through a Paideia discussion and many were impressed by the effectiveness of this learning strategy. Our thanks to Sharriah for sharing it with us.  Dana, Eric and Sharriah are pictured below.
Meeting Recap - Mar 1, 2016 Jeff Benson 2016-02-29 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Benson on Feb 16, 2016
Linda LaFond opened the meeting with the Pledge and an invocation.
Our guest today was Richard Scovill.  Richard saw an article about our club in the paper (nice work, P.R. Committee).
Our District governor's newsletter contained a couple of items that seemed of particular interest:
"Rotary Global Rewards" is one more perk of Rotary Membership.  This program entitles Rotarians to discounts from an extensive list of retail and online businesses.  Check it out at Global rewards.
Blaine/Ham Lake Rotary is offering an opportunity to hear Maria Pacheco, founder of Communities of the Earth, speak about her economic development work in Guatemala.  The presentation is at TPC in Blaine on Feb 26th, 7PM.  Click here for details.
President Dana noted that the Board will meet next Tuesday at 11AM.
Next week's program will feature new member Winie Bradford and Gerry Tietz, showing us how to get more from our website.  Future programs can be found in the left hand column.
Don't forget that our March 8 meeting will be offsite at CPY's 5th Annual Spring Luncheon.  The keynote speaker will be John Turnipseed, a great speaker with a compelling message.  The luncheon will be held at the New Brighton Community Center from 12-1 PM (Check-in begins at 11:30).  Click here for details.
Paul Founier took the podium to firm up responsibilities for the Gold Plate Dinner, which is only 6 weeks away.  John Marg-Patton, Mark Beisswenger, George Winiecki and Bob Barmore will handle the bingo, Gerry T. and Jim O'Brien will decide on food choices,  Mary Ann Bawden will work with a yet unnamed person on the decorations and printed programs, Cindy Carlson, Glenna Dibrell, Margaret and Gerry Tietz will work on sponsorships, live auction and other fundraising opportunities, Val Johnson and John Ordway will take care of payments at the dinner and Val Johnson will get the gambling license.  If I have erred in recording any of these responsibilities, please let me know and I'll issue a prompt retraction!
Cor Wilson introduced today's speaker, Tyler Middleton, VP of Operations, MN for CenturyLink.  Tyler provided an overview of Century Link and I think many were surprised at the size and scope of this 18 billion dollar company.  The company owns and operates 240,000 fiber optic route miles domestically and owns or leases 280,000 more fiber optic route miles internationally, but they  are working at a furious pace to expand their fiber network to bring 1GB service to Minneapolis and 15 other major metropolitan areas across the U.S.  To be clear, 1GB is a thousand megabytes per second, a bandwidth that would have seemed completely unnecessary 10 years ago.  Tyler explained that many home networks now have 20 or more networked devices and that video streaming has led to an exponential increase in bandwidth demand.  Netflix alone accounts for 50% of internet bandwidth!  Fiber-based GB internet also has the advantage of symmetrical upload and download speeds, unlike asymmetrical systems which have upload speeds only 10% of download speeds.  GB internet will also let CenturyLink provide a new internet based television service called Prism TV.  Prism TV will compete directly with Xfinity, breaking the monopolistic stranglehold Comcast has had on TV viewers for so many years.  Prism TV comes with a wireless set-top box with no coaxial cable connection, allowing you to take TV programming to any location, even outside.  With 210 channels of HD content, instant channel changing and  PEG (public, educational and government) available for other Twin-Cities metro communities, CenturyLink should be very competitive with Xfinity.  To find out more, click here.  Dana and Tyler are pictured below.
Meeting recap - February 16, 2016 Jeff Benson 2016-02-16 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Benson on Feb 09, 2016
Linda LaFond opened the meeting with the Pledge and Invocation.
John Risdall introduced his guests; Samantha Rubin form the T.C. North Chamber of Commerce and Gina Jacques from LaMettry Collision.  Other guests were Mary Jo McGuire and Mary Burg, and Joel Fox
Next week's program will be Tyler Middleton from CenturyLink.  Future programs can be found in the left hand column.
Jeff Benson had the pleasure of inducting Jason Slama into the club.  Jason has a Master's in Health Fitness Management.  He owns his own Muscle Activation Technique practice which he operates out of the Minnesota Muscle Gym in Mounds View.
Mary Stewart reminded us that C.P.Y. is participating in the Box Tops for Education program.  Just clip the pink labels on many common products, get the box tops to Mary or Geoff, and C.P.Y. gets $.10 for each one.  What a great way to help C.P.Y. continue their great work in our community.
Paul Fournier said that, based on responses to his survey, he won't be making any sweeping changes to the Gold Plate Dinner fundraiser for this year.
Paul also said that he has arranged for NBMV Rotary members to receive a 15% discount on tickets for  "A Chorus Line" at the Ordway.  The production runs from February 16-28 and demand is very high, so act today if you are interested.  Tickets are available on the Ordway website, or by calling 651-224-4222 To get your 15% discount, use the promotion code LUNDSTRUM15
District 916 Education Foundation is holding their 25th Annual Gala Event on Friday, February 19, 2016 at 5:30 pm at Jimmy's Conference Center (just east of 35E and County Road E) in Vadnais Heights.  Information and tickets are available here.
Sue Ager announced the birth of her first grandchild, Desmond.
President Dana paid $20 to avoid wearing the Birthday Hat but, alas, she still was forced to listen to us sing the birthday song.  See photo below.
Cor Wilson introduced today's speaker, Ramsey County Commissioner Blake Huffman.  Blake spoke to us about his Veterans Journey Home project, a housing initiative for veterans.  Blake explained that there are 30,000 veterans living in the Twin Cities and many of those veterans face significant mental, physical and financial challenges.  Veterans Journey Home seeks to help by "providing affordable housing in safe neighborhoods served by great schools to military veterans and their families".  
VJH is currently building a home in Shoreview where dozens of partners have contributed over $100,000 worth of money, materials and labor to the project.  The community has backed the project by volunteering and donating money, local companies have provided materials and students from St Paul College are developing their construction skills while being the primary workers on the site.  Geothermal technology and extra insulation will keep energy costs manageable for the homeowner or renter.
VJH is also planning a six unit housing project on donated land in Vadnais Heights.  Dunwoody's architecture students will design the homes, St Paul College carpentry and cabinetmaking students will play a primary construction role and Century College's interior design students will also play a key role.  Job Core students will assist in the construction and painting of the homes.  Commitments are in place for support from companies, churches, communities and also business and civic groups like Rotary.  The total cost of the project is 1.9 million and 88% of that total has been secured in grants and in-kind donations, leaving $236,000 still to be funded.   Blake's contact info:  651-249-1732  Dana and Blake are shown below.
Meeting Recap - February 9, 2016 Jeff Benson 2016-02-09 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Benson on Feb 02, 2016
Linda LaFond opened the meeting with the Pledge and invocation.
John Risdall introduced his guest, Seth Thorson, owner of Eurotech Auto Service in New Brighton.
Linda Lafond's guests were her husband, Roger and son, Steve.
President Dana reminded us that there will be a brief Board meeting immediately following next week's club meeting.
Next week's program will be Blake Huffman, Ramsey County Commissioner.  Mr. Huffman will  speak on "Housing the Homeless".
Dana noted that the Technology and Public relations Committees have been merged to form the Communications Committee.
Paul Fournier may be able to get tickets for "A Chorus Line" at the Ordway in February.  He'll have a sign-up sheet next week.
Finemaster Jim Kadechka quizzed us on the results of the Iowa Caucus and our knowledge proved wanting.   Immediately after fleecing us of our hard-earned dollars, Jim had the nerve to win the raffle.
Linda LaFond was proud to introduce her son, Steve, to talk with us about diabetes and healthy lifestyles.  Steve grew up in Fridley, studied biology and chemistry at the University of Minnesota and recieved his PharmD from Minnesota as well.  As a pharmacist, Steve has a natural interest in diabetes, but his young daughter's diabetes diagnosis makes his interest more personal. As a self-confessed health fanatic and former personal trainer, he is also very interested in how lifestyle can prevent or minimize the impact of diabetes.
Steve explained that there are two kinds of diabetes; type 1 and type 2.  Both types result in the body being unable to regulate the level of sugar in the body.  Symptoms (if present) are similar for both types: fatigue, poor healing, increased thirst and frequent urination. Type 1 diabetes results when the body's immune system attacks the cells in the pancreas that make insulin, resulting in no insulin being produced.  In type 2 diabetes, the pancreas is still able to produce insulin, but the body is unable to utilize the insulin properly. This is called insulin resistance, and it is primarily caused by lifestyle factors like high sugar diet, obesity and inactivity.
Type 2 diabetes affects 28 million Americans and that number is growing very rapidly.  Even more ominous is the 86 million Americans who are pre-diabetic, many of whom will become type 2 diabetics if they are unable to make lifestyle changes.  Equally alarming is the fact that pre-diabetes and type 2 diabetes are occurring at much earlier ages, with children and teens showing a huge increase.
Steve had some dietary suggestions for diabetes control and prevention, but these suggestions are healthy for non-diabetics as well.  Fruits and vegetables (the more colorful, the better), lean meats, eggs, fish, yogurt, omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin D.  Avoid processed foods, especially highly processed carbohydrates and sugar. 
Dana and Steve are shown below.
Meeting Recap - February 2, 2016 Jeff Benson 2016-02-02 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Benson on Jan 23, 2016
Geoff Hollimon opened the meeting with the Pledge and an invocation.
President Dana reminded us that next week's speaker will be Linda LaFond's son Steve, who will talk to us about diabetes management.  Future programs are listed in the left hand column.
Our joint food drive and fundraiser with the T.C. North Chamber netted 1366 pounds of food and $1676 for the Ralph reeder Food Shelf.  Thanks go to all who helped or contributed.
Our P.R. Committee has published a Rotary Peace Scholarship article and is also preparing an article about our club for a paid ad which will appear in the Lillie News soon!
Don't forget about the District 5960 Leadership Academy, to be held at the Roseville Radisson on Friday, January 29, 5:30-10:00PM (dinner provided) and Saturday, January 30, 7:30-8:45AM (continental breakfast provided).  It's a great way to sharpen you leadership skills and meet Rotarians from other clubs.  The District Mid-Term meeting immediately follows the Leadership Academy, beginning at 9AM on Saturday and running until 2PM (lunch provided).  The Mid-Term meeting is an opportunity to meet other Rotarians and share ideas about all aspects of Rotary.  For more information, or to register, click here.
Nils Friberg had the honor of presenting pins to Glenna Dibrell for her Paul Harris Fellowship +2 and Geoff Hollimon for his Paul Harris Fellowship +3.  Our congratulations and thanks go to Glenna and Geoff.
Paul Fournier led a group discussion about what our club will look like in the future, including discussion about fundraising in general and the Gold Plate Dinner Fundraiser, specifically.  Paul outlined some of the issues he sees facing our club:
>How can we increase involvement of the community at large in our activities and fundraising?
>How do we increase the vitality of the club as its members age?
>How do we attract younger members?
The lively discussion brought forward many ideas that could help to make us a better club.  Good luck to Paul as he leads the Gold Plate Dinner planning and prepares for his year as club president.
Meeting Recap - January 26, 2016 Jeff Benson 2016-01-23 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Benson on Jan 19, 2016
Cindy Carlson opened the meeting with the Pledge and Nils Friberg offered an invocation.
Our guests today were Ken and Judy Dalager, parents of our speaker, Kevin Dalager. Bob Barmore's guest was Sandy Hillsdale and Dave Hoel's guest was Rich Pieper.
John Risdall announced that Carole Miller died last week after a battle with cancer.  She will be missed by all who knew her.
Don't forget the Board meeting next Tuesday at 11AM.
Next weeks program will be a Club Assembly with a focus on the upcoming Gold Plate Dinner.  Future programs can be found in the left hand column.
Paul Fournier has a birthday this week, and he noted that he is at that tender age where your family gives you flannel-lined jeans for your birthday.   Several Rotarians, all of them younger than Paul, fessed up to owning flannel-lined jeans and I'm also considering the purchase after this past week's cold weather.  Congratulations, Paul!
Mark Beiswenger introduced today's speaker, Kevin Dalager.  Kevin is Mark's nephew, son of Ken and Judy, husband and father of two kids, and a New Brighton resident.  Kevin's engineering degree is from Iowa State and he has been with Mortenson Construction for 18 years.   Mortenson is a 60 year old, 3rd generation company with 4,000 employees and over two billion dollars in annual earnings.  Kevin is a construction executive on the new Vikings Stadium, supervising all the concrete, plumbing and electrical work for the project, which was the topic of today's presentation.   Construction for the new stadium began in December of 2013 and is scheduled to be completed by July of 2016.  At 1.7 million square feet, it is nearly twice the size of the Metrodome that it will replace.  It will seat 65,000 for regular season football but is expandable to 72,000 for special events.  The addition of many more club seats, lounges and suites as well as more spacious concourses and public areas will make the new stadium "state of the art".  Interesting details like the clear roof and giant 55 foot wide by 95 foot tall doors make the stadium even more distinctive.  The stadium will host the 2018 Super Bowl and 2019 NCAA Final Four, and has configurations for baseball and other events.  Kevin emphasized the challenges of designing and constructing a project of this size and complexity and his slides drove home the point. The iconic design required massive concrete pours, 26 million pounds of steel to support the roof and giant cranes to lift the steel roof trusses into position 300 feet above the ground.  It's also challenging to coordinate the efforts of hundreds of subcontractors to get the project done on time and on budget.  Judging from the progress to date, Kevin and his team have what it takes to do the job.  (Mark would probably say that Kevin learned everything he knows working at Beisswengers Hardware)  For more on the project, click here.  Dana and Kevin are pictured below.
  Meeting Recap - January 19, 2016 Jeff Benson 2016-01-19 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Benson on Dec 29, 2015
Mark Beisswenger led us in the Pledge and gave the invocation.
Jeff Benson introduced his guest, Jason Slama.  Jason is a prospective member who found us via our website. Yeah!

There was no speaker because today's meeting was a Club Assembly.
Bev passed out invitations to the club's Winter Party, to be held on Friday, January 8th at 6PM.  Famous Dave's will be catering.  Alcohol and mixes will be provided but you are welcome to bring your own if you have a special preference.  Don't forget your white elephant gift!  RSVP to Bev at 651-633-1264 or
Dana initiated discussion about some possible changes to our Gold Plate Dinner format.  A comedian challenge and raffle changes are among the suggested changes.  Check your recent emails for one from Paul Fournier requesting feedback and suggested changes to our Gold Plate fundraiser.  A club meeting to evaluate possible changes will be coming soon.
Amy Wakem outlined the Community Service Committee's plans for next year.  We will continue to support Adopt-a-Park, 4th Grade Foresters, Ralph Reeder Food Shelf Holiday Food Drive, Camp RYLA and Camp Enterprise.  We are also looking at starting a Pollinator Project.
Cindy Carlson reported on the successful completion of our Niger Global Grant and said that our District Matching Grant Sanitation Project in Niger is underway.  There may also be an opportunity to participate in proposed Global Grants in South Africa and Ethiopia.  Geoff Hollimon updated us on our support for ECHO.  Our District Matching Grant, scheduled for next year, was moved up to this year.  Geoff also explained that District matching funds are limited to $3,000 per club per grant.  This promotes teamwork among clubs, pooling their contributions, with each participating club contributing up to the $3,000 limit.  This ensures the maximum possible district match for each project.
John and Marla Ordway will be hosting a fundraiser at their home this summer.  Chef George Serra will donate the food and his considerable culinary skills.  Stay tuned for more details.
Jeff Benson reminded us of the goal of 55 members that we set at our visioning event in 2013.  Working toward that goal, the Membership Committee will continue to work with the Tech Committee to keep the website fresh and attractive to prospective members.  They will also continue to work with the P.R. Committee to get the word out about our club.  They are considering alternative membership options that may make Rotary possible for more people.  Jeff stressed that these efforts only set the stage for membership growth. Real progress toward the goal of 55 members still depends on individual club members inviting others to visit the club, to see what Rotary is all about.  This is every Rotarian's responsibility.
Gerry reported that we exceeded our goal of $1,000 in member contributions to Polio Plus in November and December.  He also reported that our club was one of only two clubs in the District that contributed an average of more than $100 per member to the Foundation last year.  Wow!  Gerry also challenged us to see if those, who haven't already done so, could increase our mandatory $10 quarterly Foundation contribution to $25 per quarter, thereby making us an EREY (Every Rotarian Every Year) Club.
Mark Lampman reported on Youth Service/Youth Exchange.  Mark feels that to continue our inbound exchange program participation we need to have a committee of at least 3 people.  He said that finding host families is a big problem.  Jeff suggested that we devote some time at a club meeting to figure out what our involvement in the exchange program will look like in the future.
Gerry Tietz reported that the Tech committee continues to work on making the website better.  Gerry has successfully linked the site to FaceBook , LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube, and has made almost any information about our club that you might need available in the member section.  Please help Gerry feel that the effort is worthwhile by checking out the website and especially the member section.
Meeting Recap - December 29, 2015 Jeff Benson 2015-12-29 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Benson on Dec 22, 2015
Mark Beisswenger opened the meeting with the Pledge and a "Child's Prayer" in honor of his new grandson, Andrew Mark.
Please note the addition of an "Upcoming Events" section at the top left of the newsletter and the website home page.
Winie Bradford had the birthday stage all to herself today since Dean and Sue were A.W.O.L.  Dean and Sue, you can run but you cannot hide from the birthday hat forever!  Winie is shown rocking the birthday hat, below.
Bob Barmore was our speaker today and presented a slide show of his recent trip to Israel.  Bob was joined on the trip by his wife, Julie and 44 others from Bethlehem Baptist Church.  Bob and Julie packed a lot into their ten day trip, visiting four sites each day, and gaining a new perspective on the Holy Land and the origins of their Christian faith.  Bob and Dana are pictured below.
Meeting Recap - December 22, 2015 Jeff Benson 2015-12-22 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Benson on Dec 15, 2015
Mark Beisswenger opened the meeting with a musical bell ringing and an invocation which ended with a plea for some snow on behalf of Beisswenger's Hardware.
President Dana welcomed our many visitors, including: Susan Hoel, Ruth Marg-Patton, Marika (Smiley) Brandt, Mike Baker (Marika's Boyfriend) and Denny and Debbie Connolly (Guests of the Marg-Patton's).
Dana reminded us of the Board Meeting next week at 11:00AM.
Next week's program will be Bob Barmore, with photos from his recent trip to Israel.  See the list in the left-hand column for future programs.
Our Holiday Party will be at Bev Aplikowski's home on Friday, January 8th; arrive between 6 and 6:30PM.
The District 5960 Mid-Term/Leadership Academy will be held at the Radisson Roseville on January 29 & 30.  This meeting is a great way for Rotarians to learn more about Rotary and polish their leadership skills.  The Mid-Term meeting will never be closer or more convenient than Roseville, so this is your chance to check out this great meeting. More information is available here.
The District Conference this year will be held jointly with District 5950 on May 12th and 13th at Mystic Lake Casino in Prior Lake, MN.  Mark your calendars now.
A few slots may still be available to volunteer with 2nd Harvest Heartland Food Shelf, call or email District Governor Elect Jim Hunt. 612-770-2203
The Irondale High School Choir, directed by Jason Etten, provided our program for today, once again showing how great the choral music program is at Irondale.  We were treated to a mini-concert featuring the Guyz Group and the Triple Trio.  Those of us with good counting skills noted that the young women had only seven singers instead of the normal nine.  A couple of singers were ill, but the remaining seven sounded just like nine.  The concert was followed by our annual carol sing-along with the choir which is, for many, the favorite program of the year.  The choir is shown below.
Meeting Recap - December 15, 2015 Jeff Benson 2015-12-15 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Benson on Dec 08, 2015
Mark Beisswenger opened the meeting with the Pledge and, in honor of Pearl Harbor, a tribute to our men and women in uniform.
Our sole guest today was Marv Sorvala, who returned to the club despite, or perhaps because of, wearing the birthday hat last week.  Marv is here so often, we should really get him a name badge.
President Dana made several announcements of upcoming events, including:
The T.C. North Chamber is hosting a Holiday Charity and Recognition Luncheon this Thursday, December 10th, from 11:00-1:30 at the New Brighton Community Center.  For more details, click here.
Next Tuesday's club meeting will feature a holiday concert and sing-along with the Irondale Choir.  Let Jason Miller know if you will be bringing a guest, so we can be sure to have enough food.
See the list in the left-hand column for future programs.
Our Holiday Party will be at Bev Aplikowski's home on Friday, January 8th.
The District 5960 Mid-Term/Leadership Academy will be held at the Radisson Roseville on January 29 & 30.  This meeting is a great way for Rotarians to learn more about Rotary and polish their leadership skills.  The Mid-Term meeting will never be closer or more convenient than Roseville, so this is your chance to check out this great meeting. More information is available here.
The District Conference this year will be held jointly with District 5950 on May 12th and 13th at Mystic Lake Casino in Prior Lake, MN.  Mark your calendars now.
If you are interested in volunteering with 2nd Harvest Heartland Food Shelf, call or email District Governor Elect Jim Hunt. 612-770-2203
Jeff Benson presented John Risdall with a New Member Sponsor Pin.  John received the district award for sponsoring Winie Bradford's membership in the club.  Let's see how many others in our club can sponsor a new member and receive the special pin with blue background.  Jeff, John and Winie are pictured below.
Val Johnson announced her proposal for a Global Grant project to provide clean water to elementary schools in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.  She will present the proposal at the next board meeting.
Mark Beisswenger, substitute finemaster, was up to the task as he deftly removed dollar bills from wallets and purses of everyone present.
Todd Kruse looked dapper as he celebrated his birthday with "The Hat" and an unusually melodic birthday song serenade.  Todd is shown below.
Mark Beisswenger introduced our speaker, Steve Yoch.  Steve is an attorney and partner at Felhaber Larson and serves on the board of trustees of the Mounds View Schools Educational Foundation.  Steve is also an historian and author and his presentation today was about his debut novel, "Becoming George Washington".  Steve's 99% historical novel lays out the little known details of Washington's life, with emphasis on his early failures and how they shaped his development into the icon of leadership that we revere today.  The author's note in the book describes Washington as a "brash, ambitious, passionate and angry young man" who was "transformed by experience".  "His greatness is all the more remarkable when one considers the challenges he overcame.  Success was not an accident; it was the product of experience, intelligence, and (most of all) persistence."  Steve's presentation was intriguing and caused me, and several others, to buy his book.  I can't wait to read it!  Steve and Dana are shown below.
Meeting Recap - December 8, 2015 Jeff Benson 2015-12-08 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Todd Kruse on Dec 01, 2015
Fellow Rotarian - Mark Beisswenger - opened our meeting with a nautical bell ringing performance and then offered the Invocation.  Amen!
Guests at today's meeting included - 
  • Marvin Sorvala -  Roseville Rotarian who should just join our club instead! 
  • Deb Nygaard -  Roseville Rotarian who promoted the Rotary Educator Exchange Program (REEP) with Sri Lanka priced at $2500 per educator to enable our local teachers to gain insights on ESL programs
  • Dr. Karen Gulliver - from Argosy University who is interested in a potential project for the Mekong River in Vietnam
President's Announcements - 
  • Future speakers at club meetings were reviewed (see the list at - 
  • December 10 Holiday Lunch for Ralph Reeder Food Shelf was promoted with a request for Rotarians to staff the club's information table for recruiting new Rotarians.    The club is donating a $500 challenge grant for this event. 
  • January 29 to 30, 2016 Rotary's District Mid-term Conference will be held in Roseville, Minnesota
Other Announcements - 
  • Gerry Tietz noted Char Samuelson's health status which drove her relocation to the Fargo area.   Gerry discussed the possibility of organizing a tribute to Char's history of civic engagement which was agree could be a nice addition to our April 1, 2016 Gold Plate Dinner.
  • Mary Stewart noted that Bev Aplikowski will again be hosting our club's holiday party set for January 8, 2016
Birthdays Celebrated - 
Marvin Sorvala and Mark Beisswenger both celebrated their birthdays today by wearing the hats of honor!
Rotary Foundation Report - 
Nils Friberg presented a Paul Harris Fellow (+2) award to Gerry Tietz.  Fortunately Glenna took the photo instead of the "selfie" Gerry wanted to take of the ceremony.
The self-described "Director of Happiness" (Mark Lampkin aka Finemaster) then assumed the floor to suggest that in the spirit of the Thanksgiving holiday everyone in the room had many things for which to be thankful thus they should each contribute $1 happy buck.   Sadly this week's substitute Bulletin Editor (Todd Kruse) did not record all of the thanksgiving messages but rest assured life is good for Rotarians!
The happy dollar fines wrapped up with the Right Reverend Nils Friberg posing the eternal question asked at every home during Thanksgiving -  "How many cooks does it take to stuff a turkey?    Answer - only one cook but  you really have to push to get him in there................"     
A wide collection of groans and smiles followed Nils' observation of the laws of physics.    
Guest Speaker -  
Today's guest speaker, Cheryl Thomas of the Global Rights for Women ( GRFW  project, based in in Minneapolis opened her presentation by sharing a 3 minute video overview of their organization's work.   This video is located on their website and is definitely worth spending 3 minutes of your life to better understand the challenges in our world.  
GRFW got its start in the former republics of the Soviet Union and the Baltics.  GRFW only works in  countries where a local group invites them to be involved so they are working with a local resource and ally in any given country. 
Ms. Thomas noted that Minnesota has been a historic leader in legal reform to combat violence against women with a 1979 law versus Austria's passage of a similar law in 1997 which was the first European nation to enact such a law.  
GRFW relies on volunteer judges and police officers from the USA to help with local/in-country training programs.   
President Dana presented Ms. Thomas with a coffee mug and Rotary light/pen as a token of our club's appreciation for her presentation.   Clearly there is much work for groups like GRFW to make our world a place which is "Fair to All Concerned".
President Dana (with Mark Lampkin leading the charge!) closed our meeting with all attendees rising to recite Rotary's Four-Way Test
Submitted by - Todd A. Kruse, Club Secretary, on behalf of Bulletin Editor, Dr. Jeff Benson,  WT   (World Traveler)
Meeting Recap - December 1, 2015 Todd Kruse 2015-12-01 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Benson on Nov 24, 2015
Jeff opened the meeting with the Pledge and invocation.
President Dana reminded us of the following upcoming events:The District 5960 Midterm is Jan. 30, 9:00-2:00 at the Roseville Radisson.  Midterm is a time to meet and network with fellow Rotarians, learn of club activities around the district, and re-energize for the rest of the year. All Rotarians are encouraged to attend, particularly Club Presidents, Presidents-elect and Board members, Assistant governors, and District Leadership. Get more information here.
Our Gold Plate Dinner fundraiser is scheduled for April 1, 2016.
Mark your calendars now for the District Conference which will be held May 12-14, 2016 at Mystic Lake Casino in Prior Lake.  Details are forthcoming.
Geoff Hollimon reported that our ECHO grant proposal, which had been delayed because of another district grant proposal, is on again for this Rotary year.  Geoff will have details in the near future.
Nils Friberg had the honor of presenting Mike Neeley with his Paul Harris+2 award, indicating total contributions to the foundation of over $3,000.  Way to go, Mike!  Nils and Mike are pictured below.
Char Samuelson will be moving to an assisted living facility in Moorhead, MN as she continues her recovery after her recent fall.  Our best wishes go with her and Gerry.
Val reported that former NBMV Rotarian, Roger Anderson, passed away this past week.
Jim Kadechka announced the rapid-fire births of two grandsons in just two days this past weekend.  The boys are named Andrew James and Shawn Michael.
A big thank you to all who helped organize for the holiday rush at the Ralph Reeder Food Shelf!
John Marg-Patton reported on his hike to the bottom of the Grand Canyon.  As the signs say: "Going down is optional...Coming back up is mandatory".  John and Ruth spent two nights on the Canyon Floor, plenty of time to rest up for the "mandatory" return to the canyon rim.
November is Rotary Foundation Month, and Gerry Tietz, along with his new Foundation Committee sidekick, Nils Friberg, presented a great overview of the scope of Rotary Foundation Programs and how donations flow from clubs and individuals to the myriad of grants and programs which are supported by the Foundation.  Here are the highlights:
The mission of the Rotary Foundation is to enable Rotary Members to advance world understanding, goodwill and peace through:
  • Improvement of health
  • Support of education
  • Alleviation of poverty
The foundation's areas of focus are: —
  • Peace and conflict prevention/resolution
  • Disease prevention and treatments
  • Water and sanitation
  • Maternal and child health
  • Basic education and literacy
  • Economic and community development
Donations to the Foundation are invested for three years with the investment proceeds and only 5% of the principal used for administrative costs.  The remaining principal is then split 50/50 between the District Designated Fund (DDF) and the World Fund.  The DDF goes back to the district, where it is split 50/50 between District Grants and Global Grants.  The World Fund is used by Rotary International to fund Matching Grants, Packaged Grants, Peace Fellows, Polio Plus and other international programs.
New Brighton Mounds View Rotary has been a District leader in both giving and grants leadership for many years.  In fact, we were one of only two clubs in the District to be an EREY (Every Rotarian Every Year) club this past year.  This means that every NBMV Rotarian contributed to the foundation and we averaged over $100/year/Rotarian.
For more information about the Rotary Foundation, and our club’s amazing participation, check out Gerry’s and Nil’s PowerPoint in the Home Page Download Files Tab in the left column, or click here.  Gerry and Nils are shown below.
Meeting Recap - November 24, 2015 Jeff Benson 2015-11-24 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Benson on Nov 17, 2015
Jeff opened the meeting with the pledge of allegiance and an invocation.
President Dana invited Jeff back to the podium to introduce and induct our newest member, Winifred "Winie" Bradford.  Originally from Liberia, West Africa, Winie has lived in th U.S. since 1991.  She is an entrepreneur and independent representative for 5LINX, providing products and services for home and business.  Winie has been an active volunteer in the Minneapolis area, and seems destined to be an active Rotarian as well.  Please take a moment to introduce yourself to Winie and you'll see what a great addition she will be to our club.  Jeff and Winie are shown below.
John Risdall provided a special steak dinner for Val Johnson, in honor of her election to Mayor of New Brighton.  Congratulations Val, and bon appetit!
Todd Kruse forwarded the District Governor's email newsletter to the club this past week.  If you missed it, go back and find it to catch up on all the good stuff going on in District 5960.
Amy Wakem garnered 7 volunteers to help with holiday food organization at the Ralph Reeder Food Shelf on Monday, November 23rd, from 9:30-11:00.  More help would be appreciated, so if you can help, please email Amy at
Please note upcoming programs in the left column.
Also note that our Gold Plate Dinner has been scheduled for April 1st.  Mark your calendars now.
Dave Hoel displayed the "General Custer Award" that was given to him by then president Jim Kadechka after our first Easter Egg Hunt in 1990.  We were expecting 30-50 people but the weather was perfect and we were overwhelmed by 600 or so anxious parents and kids.  Dave stood his ground, bravely trying to maintain order using nothing but a bullhorn.  It was a miracle that no lives were lost and no injuries were reported, but the emotional scars remain.
Gerry T. updated us on Char's progress after her recent fall.  Recovery has been slow due to complications and Char, now at Benecictine Care Center at Innsbruck, is considering a move to Moorhead to be closer to her daughter.  Our thoughts and prayers are with Char and Gerry in this difficult time.
Todd Kruse has set up LinkedIn and Twitter accounts for the club and will be giving a tutorial at an upcoming club meeting.
Glenna celebrated her birthday but the birthday hat was nowhere to be found.  An investigation is underway to locate the missing hats and bring the responsible party to justice.  Glenna is pictured (sans hat) below.
Our Presenter today was Tami Moberg.  Tami has been a part of the Mounds View community for over 30 years.  A degree in Social Work from Bethel University started her on a path to many service activities including the Young Life Committee for 15 years, the Bethel Alumni Board, Church and School Volunteering.  Tami, and her husband David, have been foster parents for many children through the Ramsey County Crisis Nursery.  For the past 5 years, Tami has worked at Irondale High School and one of her roles was to support the STRIPES program.  STRIPES stands for Students Together Respecting the Importance and Purpose of Education in Schools and it surrounds students with a "safety net" that meets their needs by partnering with various community businesses, parents and universities.  STRIPES teaches young men to be resilient, persistent and focused on education.  While working with these young men, Tami saw the need for a place for them to meet after school hours.  Her dream was  to find a home that could be open for students to get support from caring adults.   In March, 2015, a home was found and the Quincy Treehouse was born.  Quincy Treehouse is a partnership with Treehouse, which has been providing support to students for over 30 years.  Quincy TreeHouse was established to provide hope, guidance and unconditional love to at-risk teens dealing with issues like depression, suicidal tendencies, substance abuse, truancy, self-injury and homelessness.  Teens experience grace and are reminded that they are loveable, capable and worthwhile.  All teens are welcome, regardless of background.  Check out the Quincy TreeHouse website here.  Dana and Tami are shown below.
Meeting Recap - November 17, 2015 Jeff Benson 2015-11-17 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Todd Kruse on Nov 10, 2015
Today's Rotary Club meeting was opened by the ringing of the bell by Jim O'Brien who led the club in the Pledge of Allegiance.  Jim also announced that the club did not have any guests today and called on Padre Nils Friberg to offer our Invocation.   
  • President Dana Rebelein commented that the November 7th Foundation Dinner was very worthwhile and educational.    President Dana also highlighted that Cindy Carlson gave an excellent presentation on the Niger water project the club supports and that our club should consider Cindy for a future presentation at a regular club meeting.   President Dana completed her remarks by noting our club was awarded an "EREY banner" for Every Rotarian Every Year donating to the Rotary Foundation.  
  • The club's Technology Committee will meet on November 13th at 11:30 am at DD's Cafe to learn how to leverage social media to promote the club via a presentation by Risdall Marketing.   Dana will also explore how to email all club members the District Governor's Newsletter. 
  • December 10 reminder of the Holiday Charity Lunch for which the club is collaborating with the Twin Cities North Chamber of Commerce at the New Brighton Community Center.   Rotary will have an information booth onsite to promote the club and recruit new members and Amy Wakem will coordinate the club's traditional November food drive among local businesses to support this December 10 lunch event. 
  • January 29 to 30, 2016 Rotary's District Conference will be held at the Radisson Hotel in Roseville.
  • April 1, 2016 has been set as the club's annual Gold Plate Dinner being held at the Mermaid Event Center in Mounds View.
Linda LaFond reported that the CEAP check presentation by Dr. Jeff Benson was published in The Bulletin newspaper.  
  • Gerry Tietz noted that club member Char Samuelson was hospitalized due to a fall and head injury -   the club will send her a get well card and flowers.
  • Gerry Tietz presented President-elect Paul Fornier with another Paul Harris Fellow gem for his financial support of the Rotary Foundation. 
Jim Kadechka flew solo today as Finemaster but he rose to the occasion but assessing fines to most of the attendees!  Happy fines offered by club members included - 
  • Mark Beisswenger celebrating a Vikings win and a Packers loss to which several members noted should cost $2.00!!
  • NEW ROTARIAN - Winie Bradford contributed a dollar to celebrate being a new club member and to note the great club atmosphere she has already experienced. 
  • Dana and Glenna noted the success and value of the recent Foundation Dinner including the excellent meal!
  • Gerry Tietz was thankful for his wife's improved health.
  • Cor Wilson promoted the Century Link franchise discussion at tonight's New Brighton City Council meeting.
  • World traveler Paul Fornier celebrated his recent trip (first time ever!) to Fargo, North Dakota which he enjoyed.
  • Gerry Tietz highlighted and gave thanks for John Ordway's skills as club treasurer -  Editor's Note:  we should all watch for our invoices via email from John
  • Linda La Fond recognized and thanked all the veterans in the club -  happy Veterans Day and thank you on November 11.
  • Geoff Holliman noted that Winie and her husband were a lot of fun to meet with during the Foundation Dinner.
  • Todd Kruse was thankful for having attended the Iowa State University Navy/Marine ROTC Annual Ball this past weekend to hear his fraternity brother serve as the keynote speaker.    
Today's guest speaker was Marsh Jones, Olympic Sprint Coach,  with the Rice Creek Boat Club (RCBC) whose Power Point presentation opened with a slide focused on "Youth Obesity and the Internet Age"  which led to a presentation on youth sports trends and the work of the RCBC.    Mr. Jones offered the following statistics - 
  • By age 17 at least 59% of youth have participated in some organized sport
  • By age 15 at least 70% of kids have dropped out of all sports
Parental pressure, financial burden, burn out from being single sport centric,  "total victory" mindset,  etc.  
Maybe "video games" are not the cause of children dropping out of sports but instead the cause could be Parents? 
Mr. Jones noted that the "Long Term Development Model" (LTDM) should be used with young athletes where at the youngest ages children play a wide variety of sports where "fun" is the focus,  then as they age children "learn to compete",  and towards the end of high school these athletes develop goals for their athletic involvement.
History of the RCBC
Jones noted the club was started to provide cross-training opportunities for cross country skiers via three programs - 
  1. Marathon
  2. Sprint I
  3. Sprint II
In 2016 the RCBC will celebrate its 10th Anniversary and today they own 40 boats including both canoes and kayaks.   Club members are involved in two groups 1.) Introduction and 2.) Competition. 
The RCBC travels several times each year in the USA and internationally for various tournaments thus the club is launching a fundraising drive to defer travel costs and to purchase requisite equipment.     
Each athlete is expected to purchase their own paddle which typically cost nearly $500 each but last for several years and retain nearly all of their resale value -  unlike several stocks this Bulletin editor purchased over the years!!!      Nearly 90% of the club's members return on a year to year basis  prior to aging out to college, etc. 
A pending project that was noted was that the RCBC is working with Ramsey County to build a boat house for the club's equipment but the RCBC would benefit greatly from any volunteers in the Rotary Club network who could provide assistance with grant writing to help raise funds for the club.  
President Dana presented Mr. Marsh with a Rotary coffee mug so he can bail out their boats and  closed the meeting by having club members recite Rotary's Four Way Test. 
Submitted by:  Todd A. Kruse, Club Secretary in the place of our regular Bulletin Editor, Dr. Jeff Benson whose writing skills are greatly missed due to his travel schedule.  
Meeting Recap - November 10, 2015 Todd Kruse 2015-11-10 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Benson on Nov 03, 2015
Jeff Benson opened the meeting with the Pledge and invocation.
Our guests today were: 
Coon Rapids Rotarian - Margie Rash
Bill McReavy
New Brighton's finance director and Dean's guest - Brenda Davitt 
Prospective member - Winie Bradford
Don't forget the Foundation Celebration this Saturday, November 7th, 5:30PM at the Holiday Inn East, St Paul.
Todd Kruse announced a holiday food drive to benefit area food shelves.  Our club will join the TC North Chamber to provide food for those in our community who don't have enough this holiday season.  Rotary will collect food and help pack food bags at the Ralph Reeder Food Shelf as we have done in the past.  The Chamber will be hosting a Holiday Charity and Awards Luncheon on Thursday December 10th, from 11:00AM to 1:30PM, at the New Brighton Community Center.  The luncheon is free, but tickets are limited.  RSVP to Samantha Rubin - 763-571-9781.
Our Gold Plate Dinner has been scheduled for April 1st, 6:00PM.  Mark your calendars now!
Cindy Carlson updated us on our District Matching Grant for sanitation and handwashing stations at a school in Niger.  Thanks go to Cindy for her hard work on this grant.
Geoff Hollimon reported that he visited ECHO in Fort Myers, FL last week.  He had an opportunity to visit with board members and see the results of our contributions to this very relevant and worthwhile organization.
The Irondale choir will entertain us with a concert and Christmas Carol sing-along at our December 15th club meeting.  Guests are welcome but please let Jason Miller know if you will bring a guest so we can plan for enough food.
Mike Neeley and Jeff Benson were blessed with the opportunity to put on the birthday hats to celebrate their advancing age.  Life just isn't fair!  See the photo below.
Jim O'Brien reported that his wife Maureen was diagnosed with cancer last week and that surgery was successful.  They will find out soon if chemo is needed.
Thanks go to MaryAnn for the delicious treats for today's meeting.  You are the Best!
Jeff introduced our speaker Bob Jacobson, New Brighton's Director of Public Safety.  Bob's topic was the President's Task Force on 21st Century Policing.  Bob began his talk by describing a trend of decreased trust between peace officers and the public they are sworn to protect.  Recent events in Ferguson, Cleveland and New York City are the extremes, but they are indicative of the overall trend.  In response to this trend, President Barack Obama signed Executive order 13684, establishing the Task Force on 21st Century Policing.  The introduction to the task force's final report describes its mission: " to examine ways of fostering strong, collaborative relationships between local law enforcement and the communities they protect and to make recommendations to the President on ways policing practices can promote effective crime reduction while building trust."  Bob reviewed the six "Pillars" of the Task Force's recommendations.
Pillar One - Building Trust and Legitimacy  
>Law Enforcement should adopt the “guardian” vs. “warrior” mindset
>Police cannot be viewed as an occupying force
>Establish culture of transparency and accountability to build public trust
>Law enforcement should initiate positive non enforcement activities
>Should conduct annual surveys to measure levels of public trust
>Workforce encompass broad range of diversity
Pillar Two - Policy and Oversight
>External/independent investigations for officer involved shootings and/or in custody deaths
>Conduct peer reviews of critical incidents
>Establish civilian oversight mechanisms
>DOJ/COPS Office should provide technical assistance and funding to small agencies toward interagency collaboration, shared services and regional training
Pillar Three - Technology and Social Media
>Use of technology can build community trust
>Must have defined policy framework with defined purpose and goals
>Use of technology should improve transparency without infringing on individual rights
>DOJ should establish national standards for research and development of new technology
>Should consider local needs aligned with national standards
>Adopt model policies and best practices
Pillar Four - Community Policing and Crime Reduction
>Community Policing should be a guiding philosophy
>Law enforcement should work with community residents to identity problems and collaborate on solutions with meaningful results
>Engage in multi disciplinary, community team approaches
>Communities should support a culture and practice of policing that reflects the values of protection and promotion of dignity for all
>Develop youth in the community through positive police/youth collaboration and interactions
Pillar Five - Training and Education
>As the scope of law enforcement expands so does the need for expanded and more effective training
>Federal government should support the development of partnerships with training facilities across the country
>National post graduate institute of policing for senior executives
>Ensure licensing boards require training such as Crisis Intervention Training, disease of addiction, implicit bias, procedural justice, etc.
Pillar Six - Officer Wellness and Safety
>Emphasize support and proper implementation of officer wellness and safety
>Develop programs for financial support for law enforcement officers to continue to pursue higher education
>Encourage implementation of scientifically supported shift lengths
>Analyze not only officer deaths but “near misses”
>Tactical first aid training, ballistic vests for all, wearing seat belts
It bears noting that the New Brighton Police force had implemented most of these recommendations long before the Task Force was commissioned.  While Director Jacobson would be hesitant to brag; its's abundantly clear that his leadership and the professional attitude of his officers has made New Brighton's Police Department a shining example of community policing at its best.  Check out the N.B. Public Safety webpage here.  Bob and Dana are shown below.
Meeting Recap - November 3, 2015 Jeff Benson 2015-11-03 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Benson on Oct 27, 2015
Our Guests today were New Brighton city councilperson Mary Burg and prospective club member Winifred (Winie) Bradford.
Todd Kruse announced the Chamber's upcoming Holiday Charity and Recognition Luncheon to be held on December 10th, 11:00AM - 1:30PM at the New Brighton Community Center.  You can get more details here.
The Board recommended Friday, April 1, 2016 as the date for our Gold Pale Dinner and the date was confirmed by a vote of the members present.
The Tech Team and the Public Relations Committee will have a joint committee meeting on Friday, November 13th, 11:30 - 12:30, at DD's.  Last week's Rotary speaker, Tracy Henry, will attend the meeting to provide some guidance on how to market our club online.  All interested members are encouraged to attend.
New Brighton Mounds View Rotary has 20 registrants for the Annual District 5960 Foundation Celebration on Saturday November 7th, 5:30-9:00PM at the Holiday Inn East (note the venue change).  If you'd like to join in the fun, I believe you can still register here.
President Dana presented a Rotary International new member sponsor recognition pin to Jeff Benson.  Jeff is shown with new member Todd Kruse below. (Photo courtesy of Gerry Tietz)
Jason Miller introduced our speaker, Teri McLaughlin, Vice President of Dardis Communications, Inc.  Dardis Communications is one of the Midwest's leading professional training companies, helping thousands of professionals become better communicators and leaders.  The Dardis trademark is " Speak as well as you think".  Teri identified three core skill sets that are the focus of her company's training programs:
  • Leadership and Presentation
  • Professional Image
  • Consultative Selling
As an example of the training process, Teri walked us through the process of creating an effective "elevator speech".  According to Teri, and effective elevator speech is has three components:
  • A short, compelling statement about your company.
  • Three headlines (specific examples of the product or services you offer)
  • Invite further conversation about how you might partner with the prospect.
President Dana was brave enough to offer our Rotary elevator speech as an example.  More informations about Dardis Communications is available on their website.  Teri and Dana are shown below.
Meeting Recap - October 27, 2015 Jeff Benson 2015-10-27 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Benson on Oct 20, 2015
John Risdall opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and gave the invocation. 
President Dana introdced her guests; Sister Ruth Ellen Rebelein and Janet Ampe, both of whom have been visitors in the past.  John Risdall introduced Tracy Henry, a Senior Digital Marketing Manager at Risdall Marketing Group and today's speaker.  Since he was here, Tracy made a pitch for the Irondale Youth Hockey Association, of which he is the current president.
Dana announced that we made the front page of the October 16th edition of the Sun Focus community newspaper.  The photo shows Jeff Benson, on behalf of the New Brighton Rotary Club, presenting a check for $1,000 to Community Emergency Assistance Program (C.E.A.P.).  Our club has been a consistent supporter of CEAP and it was great to have our support recognized in the local paper.  Linda LaFond deserves the credit for getting the article published and she says that we should also expect to see the photo in this Wednesday's New Brighton Bulletin.  Way to go, Linda!!!
Dana reviewed the list of upcoming programs, which can be found on the left side of this page.
Don't forget the Foundation Celebration, Saturday November 7th, 5:30-9:00PM at the Holiday Inn East (note the venue change).  Gerry tells me that 16 of us have seats reserved! Get the details here.
Jim O'Brien had successfully avoided wearing the birthday hat for over 2 months, but everyone must pay the piper, even those who try to weasel out of it by trying to claim the "over 80 exemption".  Nice try Jim!  Jim is shown below.
The finemasters efficiently vacuumed up any loose dollars with a combination of happy fines and a political quote table quiz.  What will those politicians say next?
Our speaker, Tracy Henry, identified the five types of online marketing strategies that are available to help businesses and organizations get their message to potential customers.  According to Tracy, the five types are websites, search engines, social media, awareness and email.
Websites can be effective but they must be functionally sound and have "credibility" for todays web-savvy users.  For Tracy, credibility means usable, attractive and, most of all, mobile friendly since 30% of all website views are from mobile devices.
Search has become the replacement for White Pages, Yellow Pages and the Encyclopedia.  Careful content management and search engine optimization are essential to be noticed in this competitive area.
Social Media is valuable as a means of, as Tracy put it, "amplifying" your message.  FaceBook is useful for personal and B2C communication.  LinkedIn is best for professional and educational communication.  Tracy described Twitter as the vehicle for timely and newsworthy communication, while Pinterest is best for inspiration and creative communication.  When asked which of these four social media avenues would be best for the purpose of attracting new members to our Rotary Club, Tracy suggested a combination of FaceBook, Twitter and LinkedIn.
Awareness involves the placement of clickable ads or messages designed to direct the user to your website.  These are often referred to as "click bait".
Email methods include e-newsletters and ads that are "targeted" to an individual's search profile.
Tracy wrapped up with the basics of online marketing:
-Ensure that your website portrays credibility and is mobile optimized.
-Claim and optimize your Google business listing.
-Create and configure appropriate social media accounts.
-Post content to social media daily.
-Track your results.
Check out the Risdall Marketing Group website at   Dana and Tracy are shown below.
Meeting Recap - October 20, 2015 Jeff Benson 2015-10-20 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Benson on Oct 13, 2015
Paul Fournier opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and Jeff Benson offered an invocation.
Alan Player, an Apple valley Rotarian who visited us a year ago to promote their Education Foundation fundraiser, was here again to sell raffle tickets for an opportunity to win a Ford Focus.  Alan noted that last year's effort raised $39,000.
It was great to have George back to the club after successful opening of his completely blocked coronary artery.
Our speaker today was Jim Lukaszewski.  Jim is world renowned as a crisis manager, using his public relations expertise to guide organizations and their leaders through crisis to recovery.  Jim's topic for today's presentation was "The Ethical Expectations Leadership".  Jim began his talk with the story of a major medical products company that was indicted on several hundred felony charges, among which were illegal alteration of medical devices that resulted in two deaths and serious harm to several others.  This situation developed, as so many of them do, when an executive said “do whatever it takes” to keep sales up and costs down.  By the end of a six year legal process, six company executives were in jail and the company was forced to change its business climate, and Jim was a part of that process.  Jim offered the story to illustrate patterns of failed leadership behavior and inadequate or ineffective organizational response that often leads to these types of disasters. Here are some of the elements of these patterns:
  • When things go wrong in an organization, it generally starts at or near the top.
  • Top executives are very smart people who think they can "beat the rap".
  • Almost every ethical crisis requires that people are aware of the ethical problem, yet remain silent.
Jim suggested the following "Ethical Expectations of Leadership"
  • Find the truth as soon as possible.  Tell the truth and act on it as soon as possible.
  • Promptly raise the tough questions and answer them thoughtfully.
  • Vocalize core business values and ideals constantly.
  • Walk the talk
  • Help, expect and enforce ethical leadership
  • Foster ethical pathways for employees to to rise to the top of the organization.
  • Be a cheerleader, model and teacher of ethical behavior.
  • Make core values more important than profits.
You can check out Jim's website at  Paul and Jim are pictured below.
Meeting Recap - October 13, 2015 Jeff Benson 2015-10-13 05:00:00Z 0
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Posted by Jeff Benson on Sep 29, 2015
CEAP, or Community Emergency Assistance Programs, helps our financially challenged neighbors by providing emergency assistance and financial counseling to help them become financially stable and independent.  CEAP also provides referrals to partner agencies and services that may be able to help.  The New Brighton Mounds View Rotary Club supports CEAP's mission and is pleased to be able to support that mission with a donation of $1,000.   Check CEAP out at   Holli Rolfe, CEAP Family Services Manager at the Blaine location, is shown receiving the check from Jeff Benson.
New Brighton Mounds View Rotary Donates $1,000 to CEAP Jeff Benson 2015-09-29 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Benson on Sep 22, 2015
Todd Kruse opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and Nils Friberg offered an invocation.
President Dana announced that George was able to have two stents placed in his blocked coronary artery, and open heart surgery was avoided.  George is understandably thrilled and feeling very well!
We have been offered a unique fundraising opportunity which would raise $2,000 for the club with very little effort on our part.  Chef George Serra is willing to donate his time and materials to prepare gourmet appetizers for a group of 40-50.  Attendees would contribute $40-50, with all the proceeds going to a charitable cause of our choosing.  All we need is a location for the event.  Let Linda LaFond (763-571-6937) or Mary Stewart (651-442-6891) know if you could host the event.  We can't afford to pass on this opportunity.
Saturday, November 7th, is the District 5960 Foundation Event.  As in past years, we'd like New Brighton to have a big contingent at the event.  The club will cover the cost for Rotarians, so contact Gerry Tietz (651-636-1899) for information or to register.
Everyone should be here next week as we welcome Marlene Gargulak, our District Governor, to the club for her annual visit.
Cindy Carlson is looking for a polio survivor in our area who might be willing to be interviewed about their polio experience as part of our PolioPlus fundraising push this fall.  If you know of anyone, please let Cindy know (651-772-1080).
Geoff Hollimon's birthday provided us yet another opportunity to demonstrate our melodic magnificence on the birthday song.  Happy Birthday, Geoff!  See photo below.
Dave Hoel (651-636-3589) and Mike Neeley (651633-7330) are looking for some help for the Spina Bifida picnic this Sunday the 27th.  Give them a call if you can help out for a few hours, starting at 11AM.
Sue Ager reported that Duane is making progress with his recovery from Guillain-Barre syndrome.
John Ordway introduced Jim Markoe, spokesperson for the White Bear Lake Restoration Association (WBLRA), who presented an update on the seriously low water level in White Bear Lake.  Since 2003, the average water level of the lake has been steadily decreasing.  This decrease has been attributed to depletion of the aquifer beneath the lake by high volume (i.e. municipal) water wells surrounding the lake.  White Bear Lake is unique in that it has a direct connection with the underlying aquifer, so that it is draining into the depleted aquifer faster than rainwater runoff can replenish it.  Six billion gallons is drawn out of the aquifer each year by the high volume wells and almost all of it goes into the Mississippi River via storm and sanitary sewer systems.  Jim reported that the surface area of the lake has decreased by 25% and the lake level has gone down 5 feet in the last 15 years, creating untold problems for homeowners as well as promoting zebra mussel and milfoil growth in the lake.  In 2012, a lawsuit was filed which eventually led to an unprecedented seven rounds of court ordered mediation.  In 2014, a 36 month stay of litigation was imposed, which has the following provisions:
     1. Multifaceted water conservation efforts
     2. Development of a plan for surface water utilization
     3. DNR to set a protective minimum lake level
     4. The right is reserved to pursue lake augmentation (get water from a reservoir or the Mississippi river)
Let's hope that these efforts can restore this great lake to it's former glory.
The White Bear Lake Restoration Association website is  Jim and Dana are shown below.
Meeting Recap - September 22, 2015 Jeff Benson 2015-09-22 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Todd Kruse on Sep 08, 2015
Our September 8 meeting was called to order by Todd Kruse who led the club in the Pledge of Allegiance and offered a reflection on Labor Day for the Invocation.
President Dana then led the meeting with the following annoucements - 
1. District Governor nominations are due on October 2nd so Dana encouraged club members to submit their own names for consideration.
2. The Goodwill Friendship Exchange with India is scheduled for January 9-10, 2016
3. Dana is also exploring options for new club member name badges
The September and October line up of guest speakers was reviewed and is posted on the club's website -  September 15 our speaker will be Steve Kracht of Bell Pole Company.
Announcements from the Floor
1. Gerry is hosting a club Technology Committee meeting at 11 am on September 15 at DD's Cafe
2. Glenna promoted Benedictine's open house set for September 12
3. Mark (Lampman) noted he had a blister and the club feigned sympathy for his ailment!
4. Mark (Beisswenger) reported that he will soon have "bone on bone" thumb surgery soon.  Ouch!
5. Nils reported that his son is recovering but slowly from his recent surgery
Jim (Kadechka) was happy about the round of frisbee golf he played in New Brighton and Margaret echoed Jim's comment noting that frisbee golf is really fun.   Did someone say "Rotary frisbee golf tournament............."?    
Bev contributed a happy dollar now that her recent medical issues/tests were completed
Mary (Stewart) gladly paid a dollar to celebrate being back at club meetings and to celebrate the new school year
Dana parted with a dollar to celebrate her grandson's football performance
Amy thanked the club for the wedding gift donation in Amy's name to Peacekeepers
Geoff promoted the October 2 Community Partners for Youth (CPY) annual party
Val offered a dollar to note how much fun she had working at the MN State Fair despite the hot weather!
The club sang Happy Birthday to Linda LaFond since she was "39 again" this month. 
Guest Speaker
Todd (Kruse) introduced Julia Donnelly,  Political Director, for the 49'ers labor union which represents nearly 33,000 members in the construction industry.    
Julia noted that 40% of their members were unemployed during the Great Recession which helped cause higher divorce rates, addiction, and related problems. 
This union works with nearly 800 contractor companies and has three operating divisions - 
1. Pension fund
2. Self-insured health fund
3. Training fund - which includes their training center near Hinckley which sits on nearly 400 acres and has a $17 million annual operating budget.   The training center shapes their apprentice programs and works with the "MSHA" (OSHA style regulations specific to the mining industry) regulations to develop their certification courses
Julia noted they work with the MN Chamber and local chambers of commerce to lobby for policies that will generate job creation.  In terms of job creation the proposed Polymet mine is almost  a bigger job opportunity than the Metro Dome with nearly "2 million work hours" and noted the regulatory/environmental permit process is delaying the project.   
President Dana asked about transportation funding and Julia explained the potential funding sources such as a "gas tax" -  which would indeed help repair roads and bridges but it would also add cost to using construction equipment.  
Julia closed her presentation noting that the average age of their members is 47 and the average retirement age is 62 so they need to recruit youth into the industry.  Overall most jobs in their industry last 7 to 8 months each year due to the nature of the industry (such as weather).  
President Dana presented Julia with a Rotary Club coffee mug as a token of our appreciation then closed the meeting by having club members recite the Four Way Test. 
Meeting Recap - September 8, 2015     Todd Kruse 2015-09-08 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Todd Kruse on Sep 01, 2015
Today's club meeting was called to order by Todd Kruse who led the club in the Pledge of Allegience and Invocation where he offered a prayer for safety and fun for all Minnesota State Fair attendees and the hope for children returning to school next week to "learn, have fun, and grow up to become Rotarians!" 
Guest Introductions:
Craig Leiser -  Stillwater Sunrise Rotary and representative for District-5960 international projects
Sandy and Gary Campbell -  Anoka Rotary Club  (selling $10 raffle tickets which offers a $5,000 travel voucher as the grand prize for this club fundraising event!!)
Charlie Hall -  former member of this club now living in Hugo, MN
Sue Schabert - owner of Minuteman Press and guest of Todd Kruse
Gerry Lund
President Dana then led the meeting with several Announcements:
  • "Pollinator Project" (Give Bees a Chance!!)  information was distributed to club members to gauge our interest in the club playing a possible role
  • Survivor Network brochures are on hand with the club should any members want to distribute to any interested/in need of assistance
  • Mounds View Schools activities calendars were distributed
  • The 10th Annual West Africa Project Fair was noted as being set for November 10 to 19, 2015 in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire.  Cost is $1,779 (double occupancy)
  • District Governor candidate nominations for the 2018-2019 Rotary year are due on October 2, 2015 
  • Winnipeg Goodwill Friendship Exchange is set for September 18 which will be the 90th anniversary for this event
  • District-5960 is hosting a Goodwill Friendship Exchange with India scheduled for January 9 and 10, 2015
  • A word of "thanks" was given to club members who participated in the August 25 Sunny Square Park clean up project 
Upcoming Programs at Club Meetings:
September 1 -  Rod Dummer with Dalco Enterprises based in New Brighton
September 8 -  Julia Donnelly with the 49'ers labor union speaking on "Labor Day" themes
September 15 - Steve Kracht with Bell Pole Company of New Brighton 
September 22 -  White Bear Lake water level overview  AND  11 am board of directors meeting
September 29 - District 5960 Governor Marlene Gargolak  AND 11 am directors and committee chairs meeting with Governor Gargolak
October 6 -  Mark Baden and David Cummings,  "Stained Glass restoration work on the Island Chapel on the campus of the University of Northwestern-St. Paul"
October 13 -  Jim Lukaszewski ,  author and consultant on leadership and crisis communications issues
Announcements from the Floor:
Representing District 5960 Craig Leiser (PDG) presented a $2800 check which was accepted by Cindy Carlson for our club's Niger latrine/clean water project.
Fine Master/Happy Bucks:
Jim Kadechka happily separated dollars from club members who failed to wear their name badges today but several other dollars flowed into the kitty via several celebrations from club members including;  Sue Ager's grand child on the way, John Risdall's story of his broken arm (he was smiling due to heavy medication it appeared!), Geoff for his Alaska cruise, Glenna memorialized the passing of her husband's step father at age 94, and former club member, Charlie, who was happy to visit the club again. 
Nils (September 1st) wants again celebrated his 20th birthday (perhaps 60 years later!) while sharing the story of his family appearing at his front door early in the morning to wish him a happy birthday.   
Rod Dummer, our guest speaker from Dalco Enterprises, was introduced by Todd Kruse.   
Rod opened his presentation by noting his past visit to the Hopkins/Minnetonka Rotary Club.     
Dalco was founded in 1959 in what is now Hubert's Bar (across from the former Metro Dome) by three guys who eventually parted ways for individual ventures.
Dalco's culture was resulted in great longevity of employees with one worker recently celebrating 43 years at the company.   Today they have 162 employees focused on a customer base in Minnesota, Wisconsin, northern Iowa, and Michigan.  They are the largest privately owned janitorial supply company in the USA. 
Rod noted the company utilizes the "traction/EOS process" to help drive excellent company performance (from the book "Traction" by Gino Wickam) and is hosting a September 15 trade show/open house at their New Brighton headquarters from 9 am to 2 pm.  
Dalco has experienced substantial consolidation and competition from large competitors like Grainger and Staples.  While Dalco has a wide range of clients it was noted they have numerous health care industry clients plus they sell custom floor mating and  A LOT OF TOILET PAPER! 
Rod closed his presentation by noting Dalco's primary challenges to the success of their business:
  1. Taxes
  2. Health care costs - they are self-insured
  3. Talent recruitment
  4. Employee turnover is increasing
  5. Technology upgrade costs
President Dana presented Rod with a Rotary Club coffee mug as a token of our appreciation for his very informative presentation. 
Four Way Test:
President Dana led the club and we adjourned at 1:35 pm
Meeting Recap - September 1, 2015 Todd Kruse 2015-09-01 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Todd Kruse on Aug 25, 2015
Rotarians gathered in Sunny Square Park for our August 25 meeting with a two fold mission: 
1.  Eat sandwiches while enjoying the beautiful weather as we lounged on picnic tables  - much better than being stuck in an office!
2.  Walk the park collecting any trash we discovered.  As you can see from the enclosed photos there was plenty of clean up work for our club but now the park looks even better.  
Twenty club members signed in at this gathering (after a few stopped at DD's Diner first!!) so many hands made for light work on this project.   Perhaps the highlight of this project was the search conducted in search of the park building key enclosed in a small envelope that was checked out for this event. 
After club members searched in vain for the missing key which speculation led us to believe it was accidentally placed in our garbage bags we later discovered that the missing key was found on the floor of President-elect Paul's car!!     
Our meeting/service project adjourned at 1:30 pm while the sun was shining and birds were singing.  
Meeting Recap - August 25, 2015 Todd Kruse 2015-08-25 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Benson on Aug 11, 2015
Today's Meeting was off-site at Bilfinger Water Technologies (formerly Johnson Screens).  Paul Fournier introduced our host and speaker, Al Smith, whose background is in agricultural engineering.  Al played a video explaining the "Hydrologic System" and the role of well-water screens in filtering sediment and prolonging the usable life of water wells.  The video, although dated, explained that 15 million homes in the U.S. get their drinking water from individual wells, averaging 200 feet deep.  Filtering screens, like those manufactured by Johnson, are needed for many of these wells to keep sediment from clogging the well.   Minnesota is a great place for individual wells, with plentiful aquifers that can easily supply 10-15 gallons per minute.  Many other regions, however are happy with 2 or 3 gallons per minute.  For those who are tech-minded, the screens are made from a variety of materials but their premier screen is made from a continuous triangular stainless steel wire, formed into a cylinder and electric resistance welded.  On a tour of the huge production facility after the meeting, we were able to see screens being made in all sizes from 2 inches to 10 feet in diameter.  Al is pictured below, courtesy of Dana Rebelein.
President Dana opened the business meeting wiith the Pledge and George Winiecki offered the invocation.
Marv Sorvala (Roseville) was our sole visitor.
Dana thanked all those who helped with various Stockyard Days activities.  George Winiecki, Mark Beisswenger and Val Johnson each offered a more specific thank you to Rotarians who helped with the Hot Dog Feed, Rubber Duckie Race and Bingo Tent, respectively.
Cindy announced a bike ride fundraiser to support Peacemaker Foundation's anti-bullying efforts on Saturday September 12th.  Information can be found here.  Get a registration form here.  Get a donation form here.
Don't forget that the Board meets next Tuesday (a week earlier than usual) at 11:00AM, in the room adjacent to our regular meeting room.
Meeting Recap - August 11, 2015 Jeff Benson 2015-08-11 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Benson on Aug 04, 2015
George Winiecki opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and offered an invocation, which included a prayer for good weather on Thursday for the Stockyard Days Parade Hot Dog Feed.
President Dana Rebelein reviewed the meetings for the month and you'll find them listed to the left.  Note that the August 11th and 28th meetings are off-site.
Val Johnson didn't have the Stockyard Days Bingo Caller sign-up sheet today but she will email all the members Tuesday evening.  Please sign up for a shift or two and you'll be helping raise funds for Stockyard days and our Club.  Those of you who have done it know that it's easy and a lot of fun.  Those of you that haven't should give it a try.
Remember that Thursday, Aug 6th is the Hot Dog Feed for the Parade participants, so be there (just South of the Dairy Queen on Old 8) before 5PM.  We're serving 1,100 hot dogs, so we need you (and your spouses if they are willing) to help.
Nils Friberg presented Todd Peck with a Paul Harris Fellow+1 award, signifying contributions to the Foundation of over $2,000.  Way to go, Todd!
There were four birthdays to celebrate today.  Jim Kadechka, Todd Peck, Gerry Tietz and Val Johnson were all fighting over who would have the honor of wearing the hats (we only have two) but order was restored by singing twice.  The two birthday duos are shown below.
Mike Neeley announced that Fridley/Columbia Heights Rotary is having a Pig Roast Fundraiser on Wednesday, August 26th, from 5PM to 8PM at Locke Park, 6911 University Ave. in Fridley.  A Dixieland Band will provide the entertainment. Tickets are $25 per person and are available from Mike Neeley (651) 636-6966.
Mark Beisswenger has Stockyard Days Rubber Duckie Race tickets.  (651) 636-8159
Val Johnson introduced our speaker, Frank Bond.  Frank shared his story of homelessness.  Frank son's were selling drugs and his home was seized as a result.  He stayed at a shelter for a while but was upset by the attitudes of staff and other homeless people at the shelter, so he left the relative comfort of the shelter and became truly homeless, staying in abandoned buildings, under bridges or whatever places he could find.  In winter, he and other homeless people would walk the skyway or ride a bus to stay warm.  Val met Frank near her workplace and they became friends.  Val's encouragement "lifted his spirits" and he credits her with giving him the confidence to get a job.  He has an apartment now but over half his income goes to rent.  He admits that he is still struggling to make ends meet, but is proud to be working hard to achieve a better life.  Frank and Val are shown below.
Meeting Recap - August 4, 2015 Jeff Benson 2015-08-04 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Glenna Dibrell on Jul 28, 2015
Meeting Announcements:
  • Dana read a note from the New Brighton Historical Society thanking the club for its support of the caboose restoration. 
  • ECHO publication was passed around to help the club get better informed of all the work this organization does. Anyone interested in a subscription should see Geoff Hollimon.
  • Board Meeting Notes:
    • The Board voted to contribute $500 in support of the Chisago Lakes club's $40,000 Jamaica project to assist two impoverished communities with medical equipment and training (this will buy $100,000 worth of equipment due to some excellent negotiations).
    • Cindy Carlson noted that she and Char Samuelson met with the other local clubs that make up the Healthy Youth Foundation and discussed the possibility of doing a fundraiser for the Peacemaker organization. Still in formative stages.
    • There is a Friendship Exchange to India January 9-20, 2016; see Dana or the District Site for more info.
    • There is a Rogers Rotary Club motorcycle rally on August 22; see Dana for more info.
    • Board meeting schedule is slightly adjusted in the coming months: next meeting is August 18 and there will be two meetings in September--one on the 22nd and another on the 29th for the District Governor, who will be visiting our club that day.
  • Stockyard Days is coming right up August 2-10. See Val to volunteer for Bingo; see George to let him know if you will be helping for the parade hot dog feed on August 6th.
  • Mark your calendars that our August 11 meeting will be offsite at the Bilfinger Water Tech / Johnson Screen plant. Paul asked for people to sign up to confirm their attendance and will be asking for box lunch orders at next week's meeting.
  • Val, Paul and George are the August Committee members; Jason, Todd Kruse and John Ordway are the September Committee members.
  • MaryAnn Bawden celebrated her birthday (see photo below).
  • The club is making a contribution to the Peacemaker organization in honor of Amy Wakem's wedding; if you want to bring a card to Amy's August 8th wedding celebration party consider writing a check to Peacemakers as your gift to her.
Program: Susan Park Rani, PE, on the Destination Medical Center (DMC) Initiative.
  • John Risdall introduced Susan as a member of the DMC board, appointed by Governor Dayton.
  • Susan provided an overview of the initiative, which is a statewide effort to help Mayo Clinic and Rochester become a global medical destination for patients and their families from around the world.
  • There is increasing competition for international patients (Cleveland Clinic, Johns Hopkins, MD Anderson) and Mayo has seen significant reductions in their international patient volume. To become a viable destination it isn't enough to just be an outstanding research and medical resource; it also requires world class hotels, restaurants, transportation and cultural options for these visitors. 
  • A statue was passed by the MN Legislature to fund $585 million to leverage a $5 billion investment from other sources. There is a comprehensive strategic plan to harness the energy and creativity of the entire community.
  • This initiative is pulling together resources from Mayo and their nonprofit the Economic Development Association, the city of Rochester, the county and the state of MN. All are working together to make this happen over the next 20 years. It is the largest and most complex project undertaken by the state.
  • Susan will be serving a four-year term on the board. We were honored to meet her and have an inside look at this amazing initiative. Thanks for John Risdall's introduction.  John, Susan and Dana are shown below.
Meeting Summary - July 28, 2105 Glenna Dibrell 2015-07-28 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cindy Carlson on Jul 21, 2015

Janet Cobus, Development Director, and Bob Elsenpeter and his canine partner Herbie, came to say "thank you" to our club for a $250 contribution that we made to Can Do Canines to help purchase a $22,000 Ford transit van that was funded with the generosity of 12 Minnesota Rotary clubs, and to bring awareness about this locally based non-profit organization that serves people in MN, WISC, IA, ND and SD.

Can Do Canines is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for people with disabilities by creating mutually beneficial partnerships with specially trained dogs.  These individually trained dogs, often adopted from animal shelters or donated by select breeders, are provided to their partners free of charge, thanks to donations made by people and organizations like Rotary.  For more than 25 years, Can Do Canines has trained and placed nearly 500 dogs providing assistance with:  hearing, mobility, seizure, diabetes, or autism.    Janet and Bob helped us to understand the huge quality of life benefits...often not only for the recipient adult or child...but also for the other family members who receive some relief from high levels of anxiety, worry and dependence.

A key component in raising future assistance dogs is the Can Do Canines Prison Puppy Program.  It is currently operated in four Minnesota prisons and involves 40 - 50 dogs at a given time.  The puppies usually enter at around 18 weeks of age and are each assigned two handlers.  This is a special privilege for carefully selected inmates.  Inmates raise the puppy, teach obedience, and in some cases, even teach assistance dog skills, such as pulling open a door.    Inmates benefit from the relationships with the dogs, and gain skills, self confidence and self control that transfer to other areas of their life in an out of prison.  Prison officials say that it's not only the participating inmates that benefit-the entire prison environment seems to be positively transformed.

Overall, the dogs go through 7 or 8 levels of obedience training before being placed in a home.  They are certified by ADI.  If not for the generosity of donors, the average cost for a fully trained dog would be $25,000.    Currently 180 people are on a waiting list to receive an assistance dog.   Can Do Canines anticipates that they can provide matches for 46 people and dogs in 2015, and expect to increase that to 76 in 2017.  More donations are needed to make these wishes into reality.

How can we help?  Make a donation or pledge support for their annual fundraiser "Can Do Woofaroo" walk and festival on Saturday, Sept 12th in New Hope.  Check out   Bob, Janet, Dana and Can-Do-Canine "Herbie" are pictured below.

(MANY THANKS to Cindy Carlson for providing this summary)


Speaker Recap - July 21, 2015 Cindy Carlson 2015-07-21 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dana Rebelein on Jul 21, 2015
Mary Ann Bawden opened the meeting, offered the invocation, and introduced Pat Drovdal and Allisyn Gurley, guest of Dana Rebelein.
Cindy and Dana took notes in the absence of Jeff Benson, masterful Bulletin editor.
Dana announced that DG Marlene Gargolak will visit us on September 29. Because that would ordinarily be our quarterly club assembly date, committees are asked to address the club during announcement times on days leading up to that to share goals and plans, seek input, etc.
The Midterm will be in Roseville again, January 29 & 30. All officers and board members should put that on their 2016 calendars now to save the dates. This is also the first session for President-Elect training.
A picture of current Stockyard Days Royalty was passed around. One of the princesses is sponsored by our own Mark Beisswenger of the famous hardware store. We contribute significantly to SYD, sponsoring the social event for royalty, the hot dog feed, and $1,000 from bingo proceeds.
Despite his retirement as chair of the hot dog feed after last year’s event, George Winiecki stepped up to the plate/pot  and arranged for the location, satellites, water, etc. Dave Hoel will get the wieners, buns and chips. This year, he will get 1100 dogs and buns and chips. Set up will be at 4 p.m., and the 120 unit parade, including a group of unicyclists, starts at 6. Many hands are needed to make it go smoothly.
Geoff Hollimon announced a CPY golf ball drop and carnival Aug 1, 2015. Mascots, including Madonna the St. Paul Saints pig, and Goldie Gopher, will be there. The carnival will run from 1 to 4:30, with 15 free games and prizes. Tickets may be purchased for face painting and playing in an inflatable.  The balls will be dropped at 4:30 p.m. by the New Brighton Fire Department. “Buy” balls from Geoff.
Char Samuelson received her Paul Harris plus 3 pin from Gerry.  Congratulations, Char! And thanks for your generous support of The Rotary Foundation.  Gerry Tietz and Char are pictured below.
(MANY THANKS to Dana Rebelein for providing this meeting summary)
Meeting Recap - July 21, 2015 Dana Rebelein 2015-07-21 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Benson on Jul 13, 2015
MaryAnn Bawden opened the meeting and offered the invocation.
President Dana Rebelein announced the upcoming speakers and said she has some suggestions for those looking to fill a speaker slot.
We are running the Stockyard Days Bingo Tent again this year.  There will be a sign-up sheet next Tuesday so remember to bring your calendars to the meeting.
If you are going to Amy Wakem's reception on August 8th, Mark Lampman could use some help from club members to assemble the pizzas that he is baking at the event.  Call Mark if you can help him out at the event.
Paul Fournier announced that we will be having an off-site Rotary meeting on Tuesday, August 11th.  We'll be visiting Paul's former employer, Johnson Screens.  We will enjoy a short movie/presentation about water well design and installation along with a plant tour for whoever is interested and could stay an extra 15 minutes.  The meeting will begin as usual at 12:15 and we will have DD's box lunches, menu to be determined.   Johnson Screen company is located at 1950 Old Highway 8, just across the street from Beisswenger's. The visitor's entry is the North driveway, with parking at the far SW corner. (Paul will hand out a map and provide a sandwich selection sign-up sheet at a future meeting).
Todd Kruse introduced his guest, Denny Smith.  Denny is a diversity inclusion trainer.
Marv Sorvala of the Roseville Club was also visiting today.
MaryAnn introduced our own Cor Wilson, who updated us on recent developments at the North Suburban Communications Commission as well as at CTV North Suburbs.  Cor is the executive director for CTV North Suburbs and for the North Suburban Communications Commission (NSCC).  Cor started by showing a video outlining the wide variety of programming and services provided by CTV North Suburbs.  We are all probably familiar with the community access programming on Channel 15, but CTV North Suburbs also provides classes in video production and editing, internships for students interested in media production or information technology and fee-based video production services for community organizations.  NSCC/CTV15 is funded by the $4.15 PEG fee paid by cable subscribers and fees from the previously mentioned video production services.  Cor said that Comcast's monopoly over our local cable services is being challenged by CenturyLink, which has applied to provide local services alongside Comcast.  Minneapolis has already approved CenturyLink and their service seems to have what it will take to compete with Comcast.   Time will tell if more competition in the cable marketplace leads to lower prices or better product offerings in the future.   Dana and Cor are shown below.
Meeting Recap - July 14, 2015 Jeff Benson 2015-07-13 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Benson on Jul 07, 2015
MaryAnn Bawden opened the meeting and offered the invocation.
Our guests today were Don Craighead from the Roseville Club and Frank Mabley, immediate past president (for about 4 hours) of the Arden Hills Shoreview club.
It was announced that Sue Ager's husband, Duane, has been hospitalized with Guillain-Barre Syndrome.   Nils Friberg updated us on his son, Jim, who will have surgery in 2 weeks to repair an aortic aneurysm.  Our thoughts and prayers are with Duane and Jim, and their extended families.
Val Johnson was interviewed by WCCO TV at her Village Scoop ice cream shop.  She looked like she survived the ordeal, despite the 3AM start time.
President Dana Rebelein attempted, in vain, to celebrate the birthdays of Amy Wakem (absent) and Todd Kruse (actually born on December 5th).  Todd Peck was the actual birthday boy but he was absent as well. 
Mary Ann introduced our speaker, Iris McGinnis, a volunteer with the Community Support Center of New Brighton and Mounds View.  The Community Support Center is an off-shoot of CEAP, which has a service area that includes mostly Anoka and Hennepin counties.  Our own Nils Friberg was involved in bringing CEAP services to the New Brighton Mounds View area, and CEAP still provides assistance in our communities in the form of the Community Support Center (CSC).
Iris offered us the opportunity to join other community members in the annual "Walk a Mile for Your Neighbors" event which will again be held at beautiful Silverwood Park on July 26th.  Last year the event raised $12,000 for the CSC, a significant portion of their $75,000 annual budget.  The remainder of the $75,000 is from donations by churches, individuals and groups, like Rotary, who believe in the Community Support Center's mission to combine short-term emergency assistance with long-term financial counseling to promote self-sufficiency for low income families.  CSC's volunteer advocates carefully allocate their limited resources to families who are most likely to become self-sufficient with minimum financial assistance.  CSC also gets help from local businesses that offer employment opportunities to their clients.  Our own Val Johnson did just that by hiring the son of a CEAP client to work at the Village Scoop.
Iris introduced Ed Petsche, the outgoing CSC coordinator, who noted some startling statistics from the Federal Reserve Report - 2014.  The report said that 47% of respondents would not be able to cover a $400 emergency expense within one month's time.  The report also indicated a 92% increase in poverty since 2000.  Our own Mounds View School District reports 117 homeless households with 187 homeless students.  These statistics emphasize the need for programs like the CSC.  Iris and Ed thanked NBMV Rotary for our continuing support.  Dana, Ed and Iris are shown below.
Meeting Recap - July 7, 2015 Jeff Benson 2015-07-07 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Benson on Jun 30, 2015
Jeff Benson opened the meeting and offered the invocation.  Jeff noted that former member Bob Jacobson married Diane this past weekend.  Jeff also said that Nils Friberg is currently in Rochester with his son Jim, who has been diagnosed with a brain aneurysm.  Our prayers go out to Nils, Jim and their families.
Our guest today was Mary Jo McGuire.
President Margaret started the final meeting of her presidential year with a review of her 30th reunion in Taiwan.  She had a wonderful time and, despite still suffering from jet-lag, appeared rested and relaxed.  Margaret distributed cards from Pinewood Elementary School students, thanking our members for talking to them about the value of trees and for the tree seedlings we gave them in celebration of Arbor Day.  Eric Nelson selected a few of the funniest to read aloud.  Thanks to Amy Wakem for organizing the Fourth Grade Foresters program, even though she was on a leave of absence.
Geoff Hollimon read a letter from ECHO thanking us for our multi-year matching grant totaling $8,326.  The letter also outlined some of the recent developments at ECHO, including regionalization of ECHO's training and services to bring them closer to areas of high demand.  These regional centers offer programs on natural farming, rice intensification, seed swapping, livestock production and nursery management, among many others.  ECHO is world renowned for their expertise in small-scale farming practices and our grant will help ECHO to promote these innovative practices around the globe.  Thanks to Geoff Hollimon for his work to secure the matching grant.
Don't forget that next Tuesday, July 7th, at 11 AM, there is a training session for all committee chairs on using the ClubRunner committee management module.  Please bring your (fully charged) laptop or tablet to get hands-on experience with the module.  The session will be held in the normal meeting space.
Dean Lotter gave a brief update on the city's efforts to manage the trace amounts of 1,4-dioxane that had been recently discovered in New Brighton's drinking water.  Although no regulatory limit has been set for this contaminant, Dean, and city staff are aggressively seeking a permanent solution which will be funded by the U.S. Army.  For more information on the problem, click hereThe temporary solution currently in effect is to switch to a deeper, uncontaminated, aquifer but there is concern that late summer water demand may exceed the pumping limit of these deeper wells.  The City has already established guidelines for its own water usage during the peak demand period.  To view those guidelines and see what you can do to reduce the burden on those temporary wells, click here.
Margaret offered a very thoughtful and sincere thank you to the Board members and all other Rotarians who had a part, big or small, in the successes we've shared during her presidency.  She also thanked us for the kind words and personal support she has received.  Margaret then welcomed our new president., Dana Rebelein, to the stage.  Dana presented Margaret with a plaque to commemorate her presidency and thanked Margaret on behalf of the club for her leadership and the creation of a great foundation on which to build future successes.  See Margaret with her plaque, below.
Dana then revealed Rotary International President K.R. “Ravi” Ravindran's theme for 2015-2016: "Be a Gift to the World".  She briefly outlined her own vision for the coming year.  For the past couple of years we have run a deficit budget to bring our reserves down to an appropriate level for a non-profit organization, and that level has been reached.  Dana's (and the Board's) challenge for the coming year is to provide the maximum benefit for each dollar we donate to our charitable partners.  Dana recognized the outgoing and incoming Board members and distributed a sign-up sheet for members to indicate which committees they would like to serve on in the coming year.  If you were unable to sign up today, you can be sure to see the sign-up sheet at the next meeting.  See Dana with her Pre-Presidential Mug, below.
Meeting Recap - June 30, 2105 Jeff Benson 2015-06-30 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Benson on Jun 23, 2015
Todd Kruse opened the meeting and led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Gerry Tietz introduced our guests, Marv Sorvala from Roseville, and Ezra Krohn, our outbound exchange student to Italy in 2013.
Cindy updated us on our district Matching Grant Project in Madaoua, Niger.  Progress is being made on latrines and handwashing stations.
Ezra Krohn updated us on his recent travel back to Italy, where he reconnected with his exchange host families.  Ezra will be attending the University of Manitoba in the fall to study international business.  Ezra is shown below.
Cindy Carlson chose the blue birthday hat since the red one would have clashed with her pink blazer.  Happy Birthday Cindy!  See photo below.
Jeff Benson introduced our speaker, Past District Governor Clare Lillis.  PDG Clare was here to speak to us a couple of months ago about our District's Nicaragua initiative.  Time was limited for his previous presentation so he agreed to come back to complete his talk.  Before addressing Nicaragua, Clare spoke a little about his experience at the Rotary International Convention in Sao Paulo, Brazil.  Clare said it was the smallest convention he has attended, but the speakers, entertainment and the food were all excellent.  Under President Gary C.K. Huang's leadership, Rotary has expanded its presence to 206 countries and has experienced a net increase of 47,000 members.  Overall contributions to the Rotary Foundation were also up dramatically this year, in large part due to 47 new Arch Klumph Society members, each of whom contributed $250,000 or more to the Foundation.  Wow!!!
Clare also learned that significant progress is being made on polio eradication.  There have been no new type 3 polio cases in 2 1/2 years and even Afganistan and Pakistan are making significant progress due, in great measure, to the efforts of women in those countries.  Clare said that total polio eradication is possible in 6 years.
District 5960 Nicaragua Initiative is also making great progress.    The project has empowered the local community in the planning and execution of the project.  The community identified 1.roads and water, 2. literacy and health, 3. leadership and 4. capacity and engagement as its key needs.  Clare and many others from the district have worked tirelessly to ensure that the project stays on track and the keystone of the project, a new road and reliable water supply, is in the final planning stage.  Rotary will likely use a Global Matching Grant to raise approximately $300.000 to complete the project.  Dana and Clare are pictured below.
Meeting Recap - June 23, 2015 Jeff Benson 2015-06-23 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Benson on Jun 16, 2015
Jeff Benson opened the meeting and offered the invocation.
President-elect Dana Rebelein (filling in for President Margaret) reminded all old and new board members that next Tuesday, June 23rd, we will have a joint meeting of this year's and next year's boards.  The meeting will be held in the room adjacent to our regular club meeting room at 11AM. 
Jeff Benson announced that we are considering various ways for service-minded people, with time or financial constraints, to become involved in Rotary without becoming "members" of the club.  He welcomed your feedback on this or other ways to increase participation in, and awareness of, New Brighton Mounds View Rotary.
Sue Ager brought up the idea of having our weekly meetings in the morning rather than at noon.  If you have opinions about our meeting time, please make your feelings known to the Board.
Val summarized her experience at the RI Annual Convention, held in Sao Paulo, Brazil earlier this month.  Val wasn't impressed with this convention, compared with her previous convention, but she reported that the Water Summit was excellent.  She's already looking forward to Seoul next year.
Jeff Benson introduced our speaker, Karen Thompson, of Junior Achievement Upper Midwest.  Karen presented a picture of Junior Achievement that was quite different than the picture many of us had in our heads about Junior Achievement.  JA has adapted to the changing needs of students in a number of ways. JA now serves students from K-12 with a number of interactive, hands on experiences that develop Financial Literacy, College and Career Readiness and Entrepreneurship Skills in students.  JA has developed these educational experiences so that they can be comfortably delivered by volunteer business people in the school classroom, with the support of the classroom teacher for behavior control, if needed.  Activities are available for all grade levels and volunteers are provided with step-by-step instructions, training videos and access to JA staff for questions.  This program would be a natural fit for Rotarians who embrace the vocational service focus of Rotary.  Junior Achievement is solely funded by donations from individuals and businesses.  To volunteer, or just get more information, contact Karen at 651-255-0050 or  You can also find out more about Junior Achievement by going to:   Dana and Karyn are pictured below.
Meeting Recap - June 16, 2015 Jeff Benson 2015-06-16 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Benson on Jun 08, 2015
Gerry Tietz opened the meeting and offered the invocation.
Our guests today were Mary Jo McGuire, and prospective member Sean Kinsella (Jeff's guest), owner of Right at Home, a home care and assistance agency located in New Brighton.
President Margaret Johnson read a very nice thank you letter from "Can Do Canines", thanking us for our $250 donation to their service dog training organization.  A representative from the organization will speak to the club on July 28th.
Margaret noted that she will be in Taiwan for the next two Rotary Meetings so the next time we see her will be at her final meeting as president on June 30th.  President-elect Dana Rebelein will fill in during Margaret's absence so she should be all practiced-up for the first meeting of her tenure on July 7th.
Gerry Tietz reminded all committee chairs and directors that they are requested to attend a training session on using the "committee" module in our ClubRunner club management software.  The session will be held in the our normal meeting area at 11:00AM on July 7th.  Please bring your wi-fi enabled devices so you can get help actually accessing the functions of the software.
Mark your calendars now for the New Brighton Stockyard Days Celebration, August 2-10.  Make special note of the Stockyard Days Parade on August 6th, because we'll need your help to feed hot dogs to all the parade participants.  We'll start cooking at 4:30PM.