Speaker Date Topic
Jeff Riddlehoover Jan 21, 2020
Mounds View School District (Offsite Meeting)

Jeff is the Assistant Superintendent of the Mounds View School District, He will show us their relatively new offices and talk about the state of the School District. This will be an offsite meeting.

Jeff Dahlman Jan 28, 2020
Kids in Need Minnesota

This non-profit helps teachers in their efforts to educate students from low-income families.

Mike Spellman Feb 04, 2020
Nigeria Project Matching Grant

Mike will report on our Matching Grant project in Nigeria. He tell us about the project details and update the fundraising status. The grant would involve providing water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) infrastructure and training to a group of five rural schools in Nigeria. A big part of the process of advancing a global grant is to raise money from other clubs.  It’s that money that District 5960 ultimately matches, and, assuming final approval is given, the Rotary Foundation then matches the combined amount.  The total funding requirement for this project is slightly more than $100,000, so to get to that amount, our club has to raise $25,000, including our own contribution.  That has meant soliciting contributions from many other clubs. And in most cases that requires a live presentation in front of the membership of those clubs.  In this week’s program, Mike is going to share that presentation with us, with the intended result being that when asked about the project, each of us will all be better prepared to answer questions that we may encounter when interacting with other Rotarians.

Mike has been a member of our club for 13 months, and for eight of those, his primary focus has been on a global grant involving water, sanitation, and hygiene in five rural schools in Nigeria.  It’s a pretty good-sized grant, more than $100,000, and that means a big part of the application process involves soliciting pledges from other clubs.  He and Patty Hall from the White Bear Lake club have been making the rounds delivering a “solicitation presentation,” hoping to raise a total of $25,000.  Because we are the sponsoring club, it makes sense for all of us to understand what the grant is about and what the status of it is.  And the best way to accomplish that is to hear exactly what they they’re telling other clubs.

Dave Newman Feb 18, 2020
Fast For Hope

The goal of Fast For Hope is to create a replicable and sustainable model to address extreme poverty in the developing world. Base in part on the book The End of Poverty which maintains we are the first generation with the ability to end extreme poverty in the world. The premise is that this cannot be achieved by doing projects. Rather we need to work on a community wide basis addressing the myriad of issues that cause a community to be in extreme poverty and that once the community achieves a basic level of economic success than they can continue to grow without further assistance. The issues will vary community to community, but may include lack of access to education, lack of access to transportation and markets, limited experience organizing as a community, culture of dependence on charity.

Dave has been a Rotarian since 1982 and is a member of the Arden Hills/Shoreview Rotary Club.  He is the past President of the Fridley Rotary Club and was also previously a member of the Stillwater Sunrise Club.  Dave has held a variety of leadership positions in our Rotary district, including for the 12 years as the Chair of Fast for Hope.  Dave has made 12 trips to Nicaragua.  He is the recipient of the “Service Above Self” award from Rotary International and is a major donor to the Rotary Foundation.  By profession he is a residential real estate developer and is a member of the Board of Directors of Tradition Capital Bank in Edina and North Oaks.


Luke Darnauer Mar 03, 2020
Army National Guard
Stephanie Cosgrove Mar 10, 2020
Active Learning
Guy Bowling Mar 17, 2020
FATHER Project
Preeti Mathur Mar 24, 2020
Author of a book on Indian immigrants
Steve Schmidt Mar 31, 2020
Regions Hospital
Club Assembly Apr 07, 2020