Russell Hampton
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Aug 03, 2021
The Plight of Asylum Seekers
Aug 10, 2021
What is "Life Etiquette," and Why Does it Matter?
Aug 17, 2021
Rotary Club of Ciudad Sandino, Nicaragua
Aug 24, 2021
Update from the Minnesota Area Agency on Aging
Aug 31, 2021
Operation Pollination
Sep 07, 2021
The Mideast in a Nutshell
Sep 14, 2021
FIELD TRIP: Shoreview Commons Park Phase II
Sep 21, 2021
Club Visioning, Goals for 2021-22, How we get there
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Meeting Responsibilities
Keenan, Kevin
Kiehnbaum, Bill
Klumpp, Jr., Bill
Lavin, Colleen
Mabley, Frank
Member Minute
Peifer, Laurie
Peterson, Jerry
Peterson, Kent
Ramos, Al
Upcoming Events
Weekly Vegetable Garden
Shoreview YMCA
Aug 02, 2021
Park Clean-up
McCullough Park in Shoreview
Aug 07, 2021
Shoreview Farmers Market
Shoreview Community Center Parking lot
Aug 10, 2021
Little Free Library Assembly
Shoreview Library
Aug 14, 2021
Weekly Vegetable Garden
Shoreview YMCA
Sep 06, 2021
Park cleanup
McCullough Park in Shoreview
Sep 11, 2021
Paint Hockey Rink
Perry Park in Arden Hills
Sep 18, 2021
"Shoreview Live" Variety Show
Shoreview Community Center
Sep 23, 2021
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
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Executives & Directors
President Elect
President Elect - Nominee
Past President
Executive Secretary
Club Service Director
Community Service Director
International Service Director
Youth Services Director
Bulletin Editor
Club Historian
Rotary Foundation Officer
Public Relations
Program Chair
Youth Exchange Officer (YEO)
President's Corner
This is my final contribution to the bulletin in the role of club president. I think we had a great year. Some might say that we had a great year in spite of the pandemic. I think we had a great year without adding any footnotes.
I think this sentiment is supported by what happened at the District Awards Reception Happy Hour Zoom event on June 30. To be recognized in several areas, a club needs to submit forms, associated narratives and photographs. Thanks to those who helped me with information so I could prepare the needed documents. The first type of recognition is called the District Governor’s Citation where one is measured on being active in many areas including having fun, membership, Foundation giving, service, youth, District involvement and public image. The purpose is to motivate clubs to be well rounded and involved. I am happy to say that, out of the 64 in the District, we were one the 15 clubs receiving this citation. Congratulations to all.
Then there are awards given out within club-size categories. In 2019-20, with 32 members, we were considered to be a Medium Sized Club. If you recall, we were selected as Club of the Year in that size group. When we moved to 34 members at the start of 2020-21, we moved to the Medium-Large Sized Club which effectively moved us up a weight class. Now we were competing against clubs with as many as 55 members. This size group has 16 clubs. Awards are given in six categories plus for overall Club of the Year.
We received third place for both Vocational Service and Public Image, second place for Club Service, and first place for Community Service thus placing in four of the six categories. Finally, we were selected as second place for the overall Club of the Year in the Medium-Large group. Congratulations to every member. A special thanks from me for everyone who went the extra mile this year either by taking leadership in any effort, participating in service projects, providing additional support to the Annual Fund of The Rotary Foundation or to the PolioPlus fund.
Monthly Celebrations of Club Members

Member Birthdays

Bill Klumpp - August 14
Bill Kiehnbaum -  August 28
Spouse Birthdays
Jean (Bill) Kiehnbaum - August 8
Kate (Paul) McCreight - August 15
Pam (Glenn) Bowers - August 17
Sharon (Bill) Klumpp - August 18
Douglas (Kay) Baker - August 20
Cindy (Mike) Spellman - August 25
Ken and Fran Hola - August 3 (53 years)
Colleen and Donald Lavin - August 3 (47 years)
Paul and Betty Bartyzal - August 5 (49 years)
Kevin and Nancy Keenan - August 17 (47 years)
Club Anniversaries
Kay Baker - 12 years (in our Club)
Jerry Peterson - 15 years
Kent Peterson - 10 years (second time around)
International Service
July 2021 Update on the Amaravati Sewing School Project
As previously reported, the Pandemic recently grew worse in India and it has disrupted everything except for the deeply rooted poverty that is so pervasive in the ghettos in the cities and in much of the rural areas. Amaravati has not been spared from the turmoil associated with either.
In a recent conversations with Gummadi Franklin, Pushpa’s founder and chair, and his wife, Shirley, who live in Arden Hills, they have been very positive about the school and the role they hope it will continue to have in Amaravati. The school has been in existence now for almost three years and only about one-third of the funds from the District Grant set aside to support the school have been expended.
The school was recently permitted to reopen, but only partially and only for five students. The number was subsequently increased to ten and the school was moved to a new facility in Amaravati. After the move was completed, however, the Pandemic worsen and the school was closed once again and it has remained closed. It is hoped that the school will reopen again in the near future.
The school came together very well prior to the onset of the Pandemic, but the Pandemic has affected everything. The elders in the community want the school to remain and Pushpa has been very frugal with the funds our District 5960 grant has provided, so there will be sufficient funds to reestablish the school as further steps in the reopening of the school can be taken.
As previously reported, a first graduating class received their certificates of completion prior to the Pandemic. A picture of the graduating class seated with their arms raised as they wait for their certificates is shown below. 
Two of the graduating students are picture in another picture below, one, who was chosen to speak to the gathering at the graduation ceremony and another who is receiving her certificate from Chairman Franklin. Also with the students and Chairman Franklin is the Teacher (Suzanne) and a teaching assistant.
Pushpa's mission is to help marginalized community members of rural Guntur District villages transition from migrant, subsistent lifestyles, dependent on seasonal labor and temporary shelter, to sustainable livelihoods in healthy communities. Its mission has not changed. The organization’s main goal is to work together with underprivileged (tribal) members of rural Guntur District villages to find ways to enable socio-economic change in small ways, one person, one family, one student, at a time, through projects in which the recipients themselves participate. (See )
One of the elders in Amaravati is pictured below after he was given the honor of cutting the green ribbon in a ceremony for the opening of the school in May of 2019.
A lot of hard work went into establishing the school and there are many people to thank for their hard work and significant contributions. Pushpa is working hard to fully reopen the Sewing School out of respect for the hard work that went before and out of respect for the funds received from the District 5960 Grant. The Sewing School has graduated its first class and the Organization looks forward to fully reopening the school when it is possible. We are now awaiting further word as to further progress regarding the reopening and that of the current students.
The leaders of PUSHPA, both here in Arden Hills and in Andhra Pradesh, India are especially grateful for the support for the new sewing school from the Arden Hills Shoreview Rotary Club and Rotary District 5960 and have expressed their gratitude privately and acknowledged the Club’s sponsorship of the school by erecting the sign shown in the picture below.
We and Pushpa are thankful for the matching grant received from Rotary District 5960 and to the following Rotary Clubs for their generous support of our project: Belle Plain; Brooklyn Center; Forrest Lake; Fridley Columbia Heights; New Brighton Mounds View; Prior Lake; Roseville; St. Croix Falls; St. Paul No. 10; Siren Webster; West St. Paul Mendota Heights; and White Bear Lake.
International Project in Nigeria
Two years ago, the White Bear Lake club was applying for a Global Grant that would provide five rural schools in Nigeria with clean water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH).  However, when another grant opportunity presented itself, they asked our club if we wanted to take over the WASH grant so they could pursue the other one they were interested in. 
I agreed to carry the grant for our club, but with the guidance and assistance of Patty Hall, a White Bear Lake member and veteran of other grants.  After studying the Rotary Guide to Global Grants, I edited the grant application and went to work creating a PowerPoint presentation, which I then used to solicit support from other clubs.
About the end of last summer, with the help of about 15 generous clubs, we had raised our share of the money.  Unknown to us, however, two of the four Nigerian clubs that had signed on to support the grant, defaulted on their commitments of $1,000 each. 
Our principal Rotary partner in Nigeria (Princewill Oyakhilome) tried valiantly to recruit one or two other Nigerian clubs to fill the funding gap, but was ultimately unsuccessful. 
In a truly odd twist of fate, White Bear Lake had encountered difficulties with the new grant they had initiated, and it had to be scrapped....which left them with $2,000 in their budget that they would now not need for their grant.  And in an act of true generosity, they volunteered to donate that money to the Nigerian clubs to fill out their funding commitment.
I had to ask, “Can they really do that?”  And, to my surprise, our District 5960 Grants Team Leader, Margie Horning, said “Yes, they can.”
What this means is that the grant is now fully funded and, over two years after we first got involved in it, it can now move forward into implementation.  I have to say that this was not the most ideal way to learn about Global Grants management.  But, in the end, it seems it will become a live project, and hundreds of Nigerian children will gain access to clean water for drinking, washing, and waste management.
This is not, however, the end of the road.  Once installed, the wells, storage facilities, and reticulation piping will need to be monitored for water quality.  And a lengthy training program involving many students, teachers, parents, administrators, and citizens will have to undergo training.  All of the installation and training will be handled by a non-profit called Partnership for Initiatives in the Niger Delta (PIND).  And we and the Nigerian clubs will be required to submit semi-annual reports to RI headquarters on what has been done, costs, water quality measurements, numbers of Rotarians involved in the project, etc., for several years to come.  It’s all part of providing a “sustainable” solution.
Hopefully, the result will be valuable experience gained in managing Global Grants, and a club that is prepared and willing to initiate other grants benefitting people around the world.  Sometimes learning is hard, but it is always worth the effort.  And I am happy to say that it appears this grant is turning an important corner in its lifespan.
June 1 - Club Meeting
Today's "Member Minute" came courtesy of John Suzukida.  John was born in Evanston, Illinois and graduated from the University of Illinois in Mechanical Engineering.  He worked for more than 20 years for Trane, which ultimately transferred him to the Twin Cities.  For the past 19 years he has worked as an independent consultant but has gradually been scaling back and is currently mostly retired.  In addition to his many years with our Rotary Club, John has become an active volunteer with a number of other organizations that he and his wife Lori support.  They are the parents of 3 adult children and have several grandchildren they are totally smitten with.  Those grandchildren and their parents will soon be relocating from Boston to the Twin Cities to the delight of Grandma and Grandpa!
Today's program was on the subject of "Adverse Childhood Experience" (ACE).  We viewed a video in which Dr. Vincent Felitti spoke about the very significant impact that childhood trauma, or ACE, has on individuals throughout their lives.  Research has shown that depression, suicide, promiscuity and all number of adult troubles can be traced back to childhood trauma, as ACE scores have a very high correlation with these problems, making it our nation's most basic health issue.  So what can be done?  Felitti argues that medical professionals should move away from  the current "symptom reactive" approach to treating patients and add more research into patients' family background to understand possible underlying trauma.  
June 8 - Club Meeting
Kent Peterson provided today's "Member Minute".  We were introduced to his diverse family via PowerPoint pictures - great kids and grandkids doing great things!  Kent grew up in Illinois and attended Pharmacy School at the University of Iowa.  He later came to Minnesota for his Masters Degree in Public Health and then joined the MN Department of Health where he worked for 28 years.   In his "second act", he returned to his pharmacy background, working 13 years for Cub Pharmacy before retiring.  Kent's primary interests outside of family are orchids, travel and Rotary!
Today's speaker was Martha Rush, an award-winning teacher in Economics at Mounds View HS.  She began her career as a newspaper journalist focused on education topics, which led her to ultimately decide to go back to school to become certified in teaching.  Lucky for us, she landed at MVHS, and began to put her teaching theories to work.  She quickly saw success with her approach of re-thinking the way people commonly teach challenging subjects such as Economics.  Her re-imagining led her to write and publish her book "Beat Boredom", which is founded on the principle of engaging students rather than lecturing them.  She has become a consultant on this topic to other schools and teacher groups looking to improve teaching methods.   Moving to a more engaging style can be very uncomfortable for teachers as it feels like giving up control of the classroom.  But Martha is a firm believer that only a very few students learn well under a traditional lecture approach.  She believes the following approaches to be far superior:  Storytelling, Discussion/Debate, Simulation, Problem Solving, Competition and Involvement in authentic tasks.  
June 15 - Club Meeting
Jerry Peterson provided today's "Member Minute".  He graduated in engineering from the University of MN, then was drafted and in 1973 ended up stationed off the coast of Africa. Jerry has been a member of our club for 15 years and our Treasurer for much of that time.  He enjoys the community involvement opportunities our club provides.  Jerry worked in power generation before his retirement.  He was married for 41 years before losing his wife to Huntington's Disease four years ago.  
Next we heard from Lutheran Pastor Chris Smith who was a professional interim pastor before his recent retirement.  Now he is focused on a partnership between the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania (ELCT).  One key product of this partnership is the Friends of Huruma - a center for homeless kids in Iringa, Tanzania.  Since its founding, the Huruma Centre has raised more than 900 children. Their charter allows the Center to house up to 60 children  at a time from birth through age 17. The staff of the Huruma Center nurture, provide for basic needs, and care for the children.  Typically, children become homeless and arrive at the Center when parents die and no other relative is immediately found to care for orphaned children, or if children are found to have been abused by family or other caregivers.
June 22 - Club Meeting
We learned more about Al Ramos in today's "Member Minute".  Al was born in Central Minnesota and spent 31 years in the military, initially as an enlisted person, then following college graduation as an officer.  The majority of his time was with the Army Special Forces, where he interacted with many branches of the military.  Following his retirement several years ago, he has gone on to work as the Veterans Coordinator at Minneapolis College, where he has become very active with the local military-connected community.
Our speaker was Michelle Seets, incoming president of a nation-wide virtual Rotary Club focused on ending human trafficking.  Michelle had been living in Minnesota until last September when she moved back to her home state of Texas.  Just prior to moving, she was president of the Excelsior Rotary Club.  The charter of this new club extends beyond sex trafficking and includes other forms of slave labor that are rampant, especially in other parts of the world.  As it relates to sex trafficking, the new club is focused on raising awareness, educating children and youth, reducing vulnerabilities and risk factors, and trying to reduce or stop the demand.