Russell Hampton
National Awards Services Inc.
Dec 18, 2018
Dec 19, 2018
Holiday Party on Wednesday evening
Dec 25, 2018
Jan 01, 2019
Jan 08, 2019
Club Assembly
Jan 29, 2019
Ft. Snelling National Cemetery
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Club Information
Welcome to our Club!
Arden Hills/Shoreview
Service Above Self
We meet Tuesdays at 7:15 AM
SHORE 96 - Shoreview
1056 Highway 96
((NE corner of Lexington and Hwy 96)
Shoreview, MN  55126
United States
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President's Corner
December is Family Month for Rotary.  Thank you for participating in the Salvation Army Bell ringing event as we strive to help families in our community.  And I want to take this opportunity to thank all of you for what you are doing for Rotary to help make a difference and to be the inspiration.
Please remember that there will not be regular meeting on December 18, 25 or January 1.
Seasons greetings to all.  To get you in the mood for  a possible trip to the internal conference in Germany next year, folks there would say, Fröhliche Weihnachten, Mögen alle eure Wünsche in Erfüllung gehen und Alles Gute zum Neuen Jahr, or however you choose to say Merry Christmas, may all your wishes come true and happy new year!
Weekly Programs
     December kicked off with a presentation by Mounds View Students, Cara Bortnem and Nick Isaacson, who attended Camp Enterprise on a scholarship from our club.  They were accompanied at the December 4 meeting by the Mounds View High School teacher Theresa Anderson, who selected them from the applicants.  Each student reported that attending Camp Enterprise was a significant and, perhaps, life altering experience that built their confidence and expanded their horizons.  They were followed by Al Ramos giving his classification talk which summarized his family and professional experiences.  Al's classification is U.S. Army Ranger.  Al explained that Rangers Lead the Way in keeping with the Ranger motto.  He also detailed his experience as an Army officer in overseas assignments, later specializing in north Asia.
      For December 11 Colleen Lavin has arranged for Susan Oltman to make a presentation on her experiences as an exchange student to Sri Lanka.  There will be no weekly meetings on December 18 or 25 or on January 1.  The annual holiday party is the evening of December 19 and will be hosted by Past President Kent Peterson.  There will be a club assembly on January 8, 2019 to begin the new year.
     Thanks to Bob Freed for arranging some of the programs for November.
Holiday Party +
Please plan to attend our Annual Rotary Holiday Party on Wednesday, December 19, 6:00 to 9:00 PM. All members, both regular and honorary, and spouse/guest are welcome. The party will be hosted by Kent and Diane Peterson, 1070 Bucher Avenue, Shoreview. That’s off Lexington Avenue just north of Turtle Lake Elementary School. Besides a festive food and beverage, this is a great chance to get know members and spouses/friends better. Please RSVP by December 14 to Kent Peterson at or 651 483-3935.
Weekly Greeters and Clean-Up duties

December 4 - Bob Overby (*)
December 11 - Jerry Peterson (*)
January 8 - Kent Peterson
January 15 - Al Ramos
(*) Those members shown with this symbol are asked to assist in the clean-up after the meetings you attend during this month.
Reminder:  Please let me know if you are not available for the scheduled date, after contacting someone else to trade.
Monthly Celebrations of Club Members

Member Birthdays

Dennis Erno - December 3
Charlie Oltman - December 7
Ken Hola - December 10
Michael Anuta - December 12
Kevin Keenan - December 16
Bob Freed - December 17
Mark Stange - December 17
Spouse Birthdays
Bob (Miriam Zachary) Freed - December 17
Alan (Sandra) Bahr - December 31
Al and Liz Ramos - December 17 (30 years)
Joe and Betty Ziskovsky - December 23 (49 years)
Club Anniversaries
Paul Bartyzal - 29 years
Mark Stange - 25 years
Peggy Strom - 22 years
Bill Kiehnbaum - 6 years
Glenn Bauer 2years (just with our Club)
International Service
UPDATE Re: Arden Hills Shoreview Rotary Club Receives Approval for District 5960 Grant to fund
Sewing School in Amaravahti, Andhra Pradesh, India
As you all know, our club submitted a request for a District Grant from Rotary District 5960 to fund the development of a Sewing School in Amaravahti, Andhra Pradesh, India. We received tentative approval from the District some time ago, but the grant was put on hold after it sent to Rotary International (RI) for final review and RI required us to find an Indian partner that had an Indian Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA)Certification. As such, the District has set aside funds for the grant as a contingency we were able to find a way to comply with this regulation.
Recently, with the help of Craig Leiser (PDG)of the Stillwater Sunrise Club we were connected to the Vuyyuuru (we u ru) Rotary Club in Andhra Pradesh that has a Rotary Community Service Trust that has the needed FCRA certification and they have agreed to receive our funds for the Amaravahti Sewing Project and distributed them funds as needed to support the project. As such, we have now received final approval from Rotary International (RI) and District 5960 has advised us that we may go forward with the project and begin to raise the necessary funds. 
The requested funding is for a new school that would be developed by an Indian NGO called PUSHPA, which is the outgrowth of a Minnesota Non-Profit Corporation, also named PUSHA, organized by Arden Hills residents Gummadi Franklin and his wife Shirley. The Franklins spoke to our club in November, 2017, regarding the activities of PUSHPA’s charitable programs in India that are designed to help marginalized low caste or Muslim peoples help themselves out of impoverished circumstances. The kids that would benefit from such programs are kids like some of those pictured below.
  If you have interest in or suggestions for this long awaited fund raising
      campaign, please contact Kent Peterson or Bob Freed. Thank you.
village children
November 6 - Club Meeting
We were pleased to welcome our recent outbound exchange student, Mason Matlock and his father to today's meeting.  Mason took part in Rotary's new short-term exchange program this past summer.  His family hosted a student from Spain for the month of July and then Mason traveled to Spain to stay with that young man's family for the month of August.  Both sides of this visit were deemed a big success.  Mason's host family live in a small village of only 400 people near Valencia, Spain.  Mason spent lots of time with his host brother Sergio and Sergio's friends - playing soccer, ping pong and swimming in the family's backyard pool.  The language barrier was challenging since Mason spoke little Spanish upon arrival and his host family spoke only some English.  Much progress was made on both fronts, however, and Mason reported that by the end of the two months, he and Sergio could converse quite well, especially in English.  When asked what he found most surprising about his time in Spain, Mason reported that food and the timing of meals was most challenging for him.  Instead of meals at 8, 12 and 6 in America, his host family ate at 11, 3 and 9.  The family cooked most meals at home and rarely ate out.  Frequently, extended family joined them for meals, which Mason enjoyed.  They did visit several cities in the surrounding area, as did Mason's family when Sergio stayed with them.  Mason and his dad expressed a lot of appreciation for our Club's support of this program, saying it was an invaluable experience for all of them.  Our club has decided to budget to support two students for this program next summer, with much appreciation to Stephanie Bruggers for her help in publicizing and supporting the program at Mounds View High School.
November 13 - Club Meeting
Today's speaker was Michael Grover, Assistant VP of Development for the 9th District Federal Reserve Office in Minneapolis.  The Federal Reserve System is the central bank of the United States. Congress created the Federal Reserve through a law passed in 1913, charging it with a responsibility to foster a sound banking system and a healthy economy.  We learned today that it also serves as a resource to support community development, especially in regard to collaboration between communities and their local financial institutions.  Another somewhat surprising fact was learning of the Fed's role in combating discriminatory practices in home ownership and lending.  They do this by investigating and enforcing provisions of the Fair Housing Act, The Equal Credit Opportunity Act and the Community Reinvestment Act.  Grover provided examples of recent lawsuits involving Wells Fargo Bank and others, where these institutions have been charged with discriminatory lending practices through higher rates, "redlining" certain geographic areas, and similar actions.  Grover's educational background includes a PhD in Urban Studies from the University of Wisconsin.  The Minneapolis Fed is one of twelve in the country and covers the states of Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, and portions of Wisconsin and the Upper Penninsula of Michigan.
November 20 - Club Meeting
Today's meeting was a "double header", with both a new member presentation by Charlie Oltman and a presentation by District Foundation Chair Gary Campbell, in recognition of November being Rotary Foundation month.  Charlie's "Classification Talk" was timely in that Charlie was recently named 2018 Citizen of the Year!  During his presentation we learned of some of the volunteer activities that Charlie has been involved with over the years, which led to this honor.  He has donated countless hours to his church, with the Boy Scouts and with youth soccer.  Ironically, he had never thought he'd leave the state of California where he grew up.  When he went away to college in Eugene, Oregon it was the first time he'd ever been out of California.  However his first job out of college was as a corporate auditor for Firestone, Inc.  When they proposed transferring him to MN soon thereafter he said OK, with the thought that he'd give it six months.  However during that six months, he met his future wife Susan, so before he knew it, he was a married homeowner with children, living in Shoreview.  And - as they say - "the rest is history".  After Firestone, Charlie spent most of his career with Target Corporation, landing in their pharmacy division, first as a finance person but evolving to roles in quality and regulatory affairs.  He became active in a national pharmacy industry group and still does some consulting work for them now that he is semi-retired.  We are thrilled that Charlie has joined our Rotary group, where he has already become an active, energetic member.
Next we heard from Gary Campbell about the Rotary Foundation.  He included information about Rotary's history with polio eradication, the distinction between global and district grants, and some of the different ways members can choose to contribute.  Our club received several honors at the District's Foundation celebration earlier this month.  We were honored for having 100% member participation in giving last fiscal year, and came in third place for total giving  among mid-size clubs in the district (those with between 25 and 60 members)!
November 27 - Club Meeting
The Club welcomed prospective member Mike Spellman and the guest speaker Bill Phillips.  Mr. Phillips was representing the Medtronic Foundation and providing information about a trip he made as part of Medtronic's Global Health Initiative.  Bill is typically a manager of new product development at Medtronic. He reviewed a trip he took with others in July, 2018 to rural areas in South Africa with a goal of improving health outcomes to under served populations.  Medtronic used its health rise program to expand access to care by partnering with Project Hope and Expectra Health Care in an effort to reduce the incidence of non-communicable diseases (NCD's). He noted that two-thirds of global deaths are from NCD's.  As part of the program, they would provide the appropriate medical devices to community health care workers. These health care workers would go door to door in communities to check for diabetes and perform other routine health checks. The health care workers would help educate the population about methods to reduce the incidence of NCD's like diabetes, obesity and heart disease, etc.