Speaker Date Topic
SFC Luke Darnauer Mar 03, 2020
Army National Guard

Minnesota Army National Guard –The mission of the Minnesota Army National Guard

Stephanie Cosgrove Mar 10, 2020
Active Learning

Active Learning:  An engaging method for finding solutions to any issue you would like to solve.

Guy Bowling Mar 17, 2020
FATHER Project
FATHER Project

Founded in 1999 by the City of Minneapolis, the FATHER (Fostering Actions To Help Earnings and Responsibility) Project became a program of Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota in 2004. Since then, the FATHER Project has served thousands of fathers through an extensive network of community partners. The FATHER Project's mission is to assist fathers in overcoming the barriers that prevent them from supporting their children economically and emotionally. Services offered include:

Case management: a professional father advocate provides expert consultation on issues facing fathers and support for effective parenting.
Parenting support: parenting classes help fathers learn practical skills and receive support from other fathers in similar circumstances.
Child support services: Child support staff works with FATHER Project; from paternity to payment issues, we help fathers understand and improve their situation.
Father and family activities: fun and educational activities provide fathers, children and family members with important opportunities to strengthen relationships.
Employment services: we offer comprehensive employment services, including job search support and resume development.
GED tutoring: get 1-1 tutoring from experienced, committed volunteers; all testing expenses are covered and bus tokens are available for students who demonstrate a commitment to the program. GED is open Mon-Thurs, 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. in the Twin Cities.

Guy Bowling is the Director of the FATHER Project. He has been a part of the FATHER Project since its inception in 1999. In 2012, he received the Ronald F. Johnson Award and was one of the 2012 Spirit of Fatherhood Hall of Fame inductees at the 14th Annual International Fatherhood Conference. Most recently, Guy was named Fall 2019 Outstanding Student at Metropolitan State University having graduated magna cum laude in the university’s College of Individualized Studies. He is a board member at PICA Head start, a member of Take Action MN and the founder of the Festival of Fathers, as well as the 2014 recipient of the Outstanding Individual of the Year Award at the Minnesota Fathers and Families Network Annual Conference. He plans to pursue a master’s in public affairs.

Preeti Mathur Mar 24, 2020
Author of a book on Indian immigrants

Author of From Seven Rivers to Ten Thousand Lakes: Minnesota’s Indian American Community

Steve Schmidt Mar 31, 2020
Regions Hospital

Health issues facing our community

Club Assembly Apr 07, 2020
Dr. Laura Niederhofer Apr 14, 2020
10,000 people turn 65 every day in America. By 2030, the number of individuals aged 65 and older will exceed those under 20. This is the greatest biomedical challenge we are facing today given that old age is the greatest risk factor for most chronic diseases. Bold and new approaches are needed. Those at the University of Minnesota are taking the lead by developing therapeutics to treat aging in Dr. Laura Niederhofer's program.


Dr. Niedernhofer joined the University of Minnesota in 2018 to direct the new Institute on the Biology of Aging & Metabolism, one of the four Medical Discovery Teams at the University of Minnesota. She is a Professor in the Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biophysics. Dr. Niedernhofer’s expertise is in DNA damage and repair, progeroid syndromes, cellular senescence and aging. Prior to moving to Minneapolis, Laura was at The Scripps Research Institute in Florida, where she spearheaded identification of an entire new class of drugs. Previously, Laura studied chemistry at Duke University and completed the medical scientist training program at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. Laura has been recognized for her research achievements regarding aging, cancer and environmental health science and was the 2018 recipient of the Vincent Cristafolo Rising Star in Aging Research awarded by the American Federation of Aging Research.

Lew Anderson Apr 21, 2020
Destiny Rescue
Destiny Rescue

About Destiny Rescue: 
Destiny Rescue (Destinyrescue.org) is an international organization which rescues children from human trafficking in 7 nations. They have rescued over 5,000 - mostly young girls. Their agents put their lives on the line each time they work to get these children out.

Destiny Rescue is an international faith-based nonprofit organization dedicated to rescuing and restoring children who have been enslaved in the sex-trade. Their mission is to end child sexual slavery worldwide. Destiny Rescue was founded in 2001 and has since grown into a global team with 220 staff in 10 countries. Since 2011, they have rescued over 5,000, including 1,400 in 2019!  Destinyrescue.org

Lew Anderson:
Lew Anderson has an MA in Intercultural Studies, is a licensed minister, having recently pastored in Northfield, MN. He spent 5 years working in China with remote ethnic groups while teaching university English. He is now the MN Director of Advancement for Destiny Rescue USA, working to raise awareness and volunteers to help bring an end to the trafficking of children. He is also the author of the Lorian Stones Trilogy and other fiction works.


HUMAN TRAFFICKING is one of the greatest social injustices of our time and the fastest growing illegal enterprise in our world today. Sadly, 1.2 million children are trafficked each year – the majority of them ending up in the sex trade.

Destiny Rescue is an international, faith-based non-profit dedicated to rescuing children from sexual slavery and exploitation. We help rescue and restore those being exploited, protecting and empowering them, while being their voice to the world.  We currently operate our programs in seven nations: Thailand, Cambodia, Philippines, Dominican Republic, and three undisclosed countries.

Mostly teen girls from brothels & bars—over 5,000 to date. 1,400 rescues in 2019!

Approximately 300 girls currently in our care.  Case-workers and counselors help the girls work through the trauma, enabling them to heal and experience growth.

Teachers and vocational trainers help the girls learn life skills to re-enter society and thrive. Last year we saw an 80% success rate, which is exceptional for this kind of work.