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President's Corner

Posted on Jun 28, 2019
Congratulations to new Past President Bill Kiehnbaum on a very successful Rotary year that he will summarize at the July 2 meeting.  To celebrate the successful end of one Rotary year and to kick off the new Rotary year I am hosting a Rotary happy hour at Nutmeg Brewhouse in Arden Hills on July 2 at 5:30 pm and will buy a beer for the first 10 Rotarians to attend.  Please come and bring a guest to enjoy some Rotary fellowship and good craft beer.
 
Nineteen members attend a spirited and enthusiastic club visioning session on June 26.  The District 5960 visioning team of John Channon, Lynn Megan, Shelli Erck and Bonnie Thompson was joined by Assistant Governor Sandy Campbell.  Members were asked what the club should look like and be doing in 2020.  Highlights included increasing membership to 40-45 members, partnering with other organizations on projects, adding more younger members, club happy hours, a more robust STRIVE Program, a literacy exchange program, hosting and sponsoring exchange students, more service projects, a summit with other service organizations, an international project every year, having a presidential development team, increased giving to the Rotary Foundation, hosting community forums or debates, sharing of club information on the Neighborhoods social media site, inviting the public to hear one of our speakers monthly and a well Rotary signed trademarked project.  The vision will be shared in a club assembly in September.
 
President's Corner 2019-06-28 05:00:00Z 0

June 18 - Club Meeting

Today we heard from newest member Anoop Mathur, who was accompanied by his wife Preeti.  Both of the Mathurs have Masters Degrees - Anoop's in Chemical Engineering from the University of MN, and Preeti's in Journalism.  Anoop had a long career at Honeywell before leaving to start a new venture, Terrafore Technologies LLC, a development company active in the fields of energy efficiency and renewable energy with a specific focus on Thermal Energy Storage.  During his time at Honeywell, Anoop was awarded 28 U.S. patents and made technology contributions in many areas:  advanced sensors and controls, advanced materials, neural networks and A.I., wireless sensors and solar technologies.  He also donates his time to a number of volunteer activities, including the Science Museum of MN, the local Indian American Organization, the Sehgel Foundation and F.A.T.H.E.R., a group which helps with adult education to allow individuals to obtain their GEDs.  He and Preeti are the proud grandparents of two little ones, who reside in London with their daughter and son-in-law.  They also have a son in the Twin Cities.  We are so pleased to have this very busy and accomplished man as part of our Arden Hills/Shoreview Rotary!  Thanks to Mark Stange for his recruiting effort, which followed a chance meeting to return Preeti's lost cell phone, which Mark had found in the middle of the road!
June 18 - Club Meeting Peggy Strom 2019-06-22 05:00:00Z 0

June 11 - Club Meeting

Posted by Peggy Strom on Jun 17, 2019
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Our speaker today was Mark McCabe, Director of Ramsey County Parks and Recreation.  This department covers a wide scope within our county - both county and regional parks, trails, beaches, golf courses, nature centers, and ice arenas.  There are also organized activities at some locations such as log rolling at Tony Schmidt Park and "Cops and Bobbers" at Long Lake Regional Park.  And, of course, more traditional activities such as cross-country skiing, bird watching, geocaching and orienteering.  In total there are about 5 million visitors to these locations each year.  McCabe addressed audience questions about the local problem of the flooded/closed Snail Lake beach and trails.  He acknowledged the community frustration this situation has caused but noted that the past 10 years have been the wettest in recorded history.  The high water mark on Snail Lake just keeps getting higher.  He noted that there are a number of parties studying this issue and predicted that, within two years, there will be action of some sort taken to allow the beach to re-open.
June 11 - Club Meeting Peggy Strom 2019-06-17 05:00:00Z 0

Club Service

Posted by Glenn Bowers on Jun 08, 2019
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Aloha. If a Hawaii vacation is on your bucket list. This might be the time to fulfill that dream. Rotary International’s 2020 convention will be held in Honolulu on June 6 - 10, 2020. Unfortunately, if you have not already registered, the lowest registration fee expired on June 5. As of this week, about half of the convention hotels have already sold out. Do not hesitate any longer. Register at the RI site, make your hotel reservation, and prepare to have a great time with 30,000 of your new Rotary friends.
 
There is a Club Visioning session planned for us on Wednesday, June 26. This is a critical exercise for our club and its future growth. Please make every effort to attend for the entire session. Your engagement and inputs are critical. A team of facilitators will guide us through a series of exercises where we will share our thoughts on the current state of the club and create a collective view of where we want to be in 3 years in areas like membership, our image in the community, fund raising and service areas we wish to focus on. We need everyone’s ideas and input to make this exercise meaningful and a success.
Club Service Glenn Bowers 2019-06-08 05:00:00Z 0

Weekly Programs

Posted by Bill Klumpp on Jun 02, 2019
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Members and guests will meet on June 4 at the Federal Reserve Bank in Minneapolis for a tour arranged by Colleen Lavin.  The WaPo and NYT report that anonymous sources have indicated attendees will receive free samples from the bank.  Bonanza or fake news?  Come and see.  Mark Stange has arranged for Director Mark McCabe to talk to the club about Ramsey County's parks and recreation programs on June 11.  The club's newest member, Anoop Mather, will make his classification talk and tell members about his role as chief technology officer at Terrafore Technologies on June 18.  There will be no morning meeting on June 25.  Instead members will gather at 5 pm on Wednesday, June 26, at the Shoreview Community Center to participate in the Rotary Club's Visioning Process.
 
Weekly Programs Bill Klumpp 2019-06-02 05:00:00Z 0

President's Corner

Posted by Bill Kiehnbaum on Jun 01, 2019
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This will be my last newsletter as Club President as we close out the Rotary year at the end of June.  Special thanks to all the Club Officers and Committee Chairs who supported the work of Arden Hills Shoreview Rotary over the past 12 months.
 
Jerry Peterson – Treasurer
Paul Bartyzal Secretary
Bill Klumpp – President Elect and Program Chair
Glenn Bowers – Club Service
Paul McCreight – Community Service
Peggy Strom – Rotary Foundation Chair
Kent Peterson – Past President and Chief Communications Officer
Bob Freed – International Service
Miriam Zachary – Youth Services
 
Your club welcomed four new members during the cycle and we end the year with 32 members.  This was below target, but still a net increase during the year. 
 
Reflecting on the total effort over the year for service projects.  Your club completed 9 service projects during the Rotary year along with two continuing projects, plus sponsored a short term exchange student.   Those projects required between 500 and 600 hours of volunteer time during the year.  Wow - and that does not include the administrative time for all those involved in keeping your club running.  Continuing projects include the Sewing School in India and Human Trafficking education for our schools.
 
Your club is financially solid with sufficient resources available for current operations and future efforts to help make our local community and world a better place.
 
To help us grow in the future a club visioning program is set for the end of June.  This will be an opportunity for all members to have input in the long range goals and strategies of your club.
 
A big thank you to all, you really helped “be the inspiration” and make a difference in our local community and the world. 
 
President's Corner Bill Kiehnbaum 2019-06-01 05:00:00Z 0

May 28 - Club Meeting

We were honored today to have former MN Commissioner of the Department of Natural Resources, Tom Landwehr, as our speaker.  Tom's time in that role ended with the 2018 change from Mark Dayton to Tim Waltz as governor of MN and he is now serving as Executive Director of "Northeastern Minnesotans for Wilderness", an organization of residents in and around Ely, Minnesota, who are dedicated to creating a national movement to protect the clean water, clean air and forest landscape of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and its watershed.  The name of the current campaign is "Save The Boundary Waters" and is directed at the efforts by a Chilean Mining Company to begin mining copper, nickel and other metals from sulfide-bearing ore at a location in the BWCA.  Pollution from this mine would flow directly into the heart of the Boundary Waters.  Even conservative models show that waterways would carry contaminants into the Wilderness and that a single mine would pollute this wilderness area for at least 500 years.
 
The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness is America's most visited wilderness area.  It contains 1.1 million acres of pristine water and unspoiled woodlands.  Along with the Superior National Forest, it contains 20 percent of all the fresh water in the entire National Forest System.  The Chilean company has filed suit and the current administration in Washington D.C.has been taking steps to support the mining proposal, including shutting down an
May 28 - Club Meeting Peggy Strom 2019-05-28 05:00:00Z 0

May 21 - Club Meeting

 Today's speaker was John Linc Stine, Director of the local Freshwater Society.  This is a role he has recently taken on upon retiring from the paid work force.  His work career included 40 years in Minnesota State government - at the Pollution Control Agency, and the Department of Natural Resources.  The overriding message of John's presentation was this:  "Everything we do on the land impacts water".  Examples are endless but include paving of roads and disposing of trash.  We learned that in Ramsey County, our trash is incinerated, while in most of outstate MN, trash goes to landfills.  We were encouraged to "think before we buy" as a way to minimize the ever growing problem our trash presents.  There are success stories with some of our rivers in MN:  The Mississippi is now home to walleye and can be readily fished.  And the St. Croix River is relatively pristine.  Phosphorus is no longer the problem it once was as it is largely gone from soap and fertilizer.  The Minnesota River is a more problematic case because it runs through large stretches of farmland, where it picks up a lot of nitrogen from fertilizers.  Higher water levels have caused much river bank erosion, also, so that the Minnesota River water is brown with soil run-off.  As for lakes, 94% of MN area lakes are the same or cleaner than they were in 1980.  Only 6% are in worse shape.  In fact it was noted that the reason walleye have become so scarce in Lake Millacs is that the water is clearer than it used to be, causing the walleye's natural enemies to see them more easily!  We are fortunate to live in a state with as much good news as bad, when it comes to our precious water resources!
May 21 - Club Meeting Peggy Strom 2019-05-23 05:00:00Z 0

May 14 - Club Meeting

Shannon Brumbaugh and Kimberly Alexander-Susens from Midwest Special Services were our speakers today.  This organization has been providing services for physically and developmentally challenged adults in the Twin Cities for 70 years.  Shannon serves as development director and Kim is the site manager for one of their six sites, which happens to be in Shoreview, just a hop and a skip from our meeting location at Shore96.  MSS provides day programs and work opportunities for their clients.  They are well known for their arts program and, in fact, have a gallery in Lowertown St. Paul which features works by their clients.  The Shoreview location has begun an innovative program in bee keeping, thanks in part to a grant they received last year from the Shoreview Community Foundation.  This venture has been a good fit for several reasons.  It helps support the bee population in our area which has been under threat due to many environmental factors.  And it provides an opportunity for MSS clients to do something which most of us don't have the opportunity or bravery to tackle.  These individuals are normally not able to participate in activities which might be considered "dangerous" and so this is a rare thing for which they can feel justifiably proud.  
May 14 - Club Meeting Peggy Strom 2019-05-18 05:00:00Z 0

May 7 - Club Meeting

Today we welcomed back returning snowbird and frequent visiting Rotarian Bill Nielsen.  Also in attendance today was Jim Peterson, guest and brother of Jerry Peterson.
 
Our guest speaker, Iris Tzafrir, gave a very moving perspective on the Jewish Holocaust.  Iris was born on a Kibbutz in Israel to parents who were both concentration camp survivors.  Iris and her three siblings grew up in a loving family but always felt the heavy burden of sadness that their parents carried.  The family felt alone in the world, with no surviving aunts, uncles, cousins or grandparents.  Iris did not share her history with anyone until her son volunteered her to speak at his school in 2010.  This presentation gave her a sense of healing and led her to commit to sharing her story with as many groups as possible.  She reminded us that genocide continude, including in current day Syria. She urged us to commit ourselves to speak and think in ways that counteract this continuing threat.  In 2013, she and her siblings accompanied their father to Europe to visit the places of significance from his past.  These included the Auschwitz Concentration Camp and retracing a portion of the death march her father survived in the concluding days of WWII.  10,000 prisoners began the march, but only 3,000 survived to arrive in Buchenwald, Germany where they were liberated by U.S. forces. 
May 7 - Club Meeting Peggy Strom 2019-05-08 05:00:00Z 0

Weekly Programs

Posted by Bill Klumpp on May 01, 2019
Kay Baker and Mike Spellman have arranged some interesting and thought provoking programs for May. On May 7 Iris Tzafir will present reflections of a daughter of Holocaust survivors.  The presentation is timely because May 8 is VE Day, the day the Nazis surrendered to Allied Forces in 1945.  Shannon Brumbaugh will discuss Midwest Special Services (MSS) on May 14.  MSS is located near our meeting site.  The work of the Freshwater Society will be the topic of its executive director, Steve Woods, on May 21.  The month will close out with another visit from Shoreview resident and former MN DNR Commissioner and Shoreview City Council member Tom Landwehr on May 28 who will speak to us about the Boundary Waters Canoe Area (BWCA).  Tom is now  the executive director for The Campaign to Save the BWCA, an advocacy group opposed to plans to mine copper and nickel near the BWCA.
 
Thanks to Kent Peterson for arranging the programs and a community service project for April.  Rotarian Stephanie Cosgrove set a high bar for classification talks in her April 2 program complete with a Power Point presentation.  The Rotary Ethics Team made an April 9 presentation on the Rotary Four-Way Test and personal ethics.  On April 16 University of Minnesota engineering grad student Vini Taguchi's program featured the work of Engineers Without Borders.  The club traveled to Shoreview's new Loden SV Apartments for a guided tour and presentation by Josh Brandsted from Greco Development and Management on one of the city's newest apartment developments on the site of a demolished Deluxe building.  Rotarians joined other volunteers on April 30 at Incarnation Lutheran Church to pack food for Feed My Starving Children.
Weekly Programs Bill Klumpp 2019-05-01 05:00:00Z 0

April 23 - Club Meeting

 
Today's meeting was an interesting off-site visit to the new Loden S.V. apartment complex in Shoreview.  Josh Brandsted from Greco Real Estate Development spoke with us about the history of the project.  Discussions began in September of 2017 as the city looked for a way to address the commercial building that had sat there unoccupied for 7 years after Deluxe Corporation had faced downsizing.  Greco had not done any business in the Shoreview/Arden Hills area before but was quickly taken with the opportunity, impressed by the plethora of local trails, parks and lakes, as well as the convenience of the location.  The first phase, which includes 200 units, opened in July 2018 and is currently 95% leased.  The second phase, which will be another 200 units, will be started in the fall.  We were all impressed with our tour of the facility and its many amenities.  Some were expected - large, lovely communal gathering areas, fitness area, screening room and underground parking.  Others were a surprise - a dog washing facility, a bike room which included space and tools for bike repair, a small dog park and a pickleball court!  The average age of occupants is 31 and 40% are pet owners.   65% of the units are studio/1 bedroom with the remainder being primarily 2 bedroom units.  Rents range from $1,200 to $2,200 plus utilities.  It appears this project is a huge success.  Terry Schwerm spoke highly of Greco as a business partner and the high occupancy rate speaks to the fact that Loden is delivering what folks are looking for these days.
April 23 - Club Meeting Peggy Strom 2019-04-24 05:00:00Z 0

April 16 - Club Meeting

Today we welcomed guest speaker Vinicius Taguchi from the University of Minnesota's chapter of Engineers Without Borders (EWB).  This was an impressive young man who is working on his PhD in Civil Engineering at the U of M.  He is also active in Twin Cities Rotaract, which is where John Suzukida met him when delivering a presentation at one of their meetings.  Taguchi's area of focus is in water resources research.  He talked with us today about EWB and their current projects in Ethiopia and Guatemala.  Both projects involve improving access to clean water.  Like Rotary, EWB's model for these types of projects requires active participation from the recipient community and support from a local NGO to ensure that there is community buy-in and ability to handle future maintenance.  Also, like Rotary, EWB chapters are governed by a larger organization when it comes to obtaining grant money to proceed with projects.  In the case of EWB, there is a national group that vets projects and NGOs and helps secure support from businesses and engineering firms.  EWB is modeled after Doctors Without Borders, but unlike DWB, does not go into war zones and therefore participants do not face quite as many risks in their work.  
 
Interestingly, Taguchi is also working with the City of Shoreview to help solve a problem that has been vexing the City for some time - the "greening" of the large pond on city property being caused by phosphates and other forms of run-off. 
April 16 - Club Meeting Peggy Strom 2019-04-17 05:00:00Z 0

April 9 - Club Meeting

Our speaker today was Ed Marek who is Rotary District 5960 Governor Nominee.  He will step into that role for the 2020-2021 Rotary year.  Currently Ed heads the district committee on ethics and his presentation today focused on the importance and relevance of Rotary's 4-Way Test.  He pointed out that Rotary's 4-Way Test makes it the only major service club that is grounded on ethical principles.  Given the current climate of political divisiveness in our country, the district's ethics committee has looked for ways to build more focus and recognition about this unique aspect of Rotary.   Ed hails from the St. Paul Sunrise Club, and showed a video from one of their club meetings in which individual members spoke to how the 4-Way Test has helped them in their professional lives.  The video also went on to cover other ways in which clubs might work to bring focus to the 4-Way Test in their local communities.  Clubs in Northfield and Eagan have held ethics workshops for local high schools.  Other clubs have conducted school essay contests and anti-bullying videos.  These are all practical ideas that could have a great dual purpose - publicizing the good work of Rotary in a way which directly benefits the local community.
April 9 - Club Meeting Peggy Strom 2019-04-09 05:00:00Z 0

April 2 - Club Meeting

Today's meeting included a short "public service announcement" from Don Martin of Incarnation Lutheran Church.  Don leads their annual "Feed My Starving Children" mobile packing event which our club has helped support in the past.  He provided some great background information about this effort which has become very large scale, packing over a million meals over a couple day period.  We will again have a number of our members there on April 30th this year in lieu of a regular weekly meeting.  
 
We were also delighted to hear from one of our newest members, Stephanie Cosgrove.  Stephanie was born and raised in Iowa and became familiar with Rotary through her father, who was a long-time member there.  She learned the value of hard work early on - taking on jobs such as delivering papers, de-tassling corn, and babysitting throughout her youth.  After graduating from The University of Iowa with a degree in Journalism and Communication, she worked a series of jobs that included training roles at American Express, Toyota, and Deluxe.  The latter came after a move to the Twin Cities with her husband.  Her Deluxe experience led to a new role at Wells Fargo, focused on organizational development and change management work.  This work clearly inspires her and has led to becoming highly involved with a program known as Action Learning.  She is currently a board member for the World Institute of Action Learning.  Stephanie is currently a VP with Wells Fargo and travels frequently to other Wells Fargo Regional Hubs in San Francisco, Phoenix and elsewhere.  We are thrilled she has joined us and is already playing an active leadership role in our club!
April 2 - Club Meeting Peggy Strom 2019-04-04 05:00:00Z 0

March 26 - Club Meeting

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Mark Stange brought a guest with him and told an interesting story about how they had met when he found the guest's wife cell phone on the street when he was biking. The guest speaker was Davod Zarghami, one of the founders of the Northern Soda Company in Arden Hills. Northern Soda Company is based in Arden Hills and they make craft sodas in 12 signature flavors. There Arden Hills facility is where the make and can the craft soda's. They have a partnership of five people that are involved in the business and many of them met at the Heritage E-STEM Magnet School in St. Paul. He noted that he and  his partner Jesse Hopkins are the only full-time staff at the facility. They handle everything from manufacturing, sales, and delivery. Some of their signature flavors include Cream Soda, Strawberry, Black Cherry, Ginger Pop, Root Beer, and Sunday Purple. The Great Northern Soda Company was formed about a year ago in 2018 and can be found at Kowalski's Stores, Cellars Wine and Spirits, some Hy-Vee Stores. It is also sold in many brewhouses and some restaurants in the area. The Factory Store in Arden Hills is open to the public every Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm where people can visit the factory and also purchase soda. The soda and logo are designed as 1950's style craft soda with real sugar.  Their advertising and catch phrase is "Catch a Northern".  Davod also passed out cans of different flavors of Northern Soda to club members. 
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March 19 - Club Meeting

Posted on Apr 01, 2019
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The Arden Hills/Shoreview Rotary Club's on the road tour traveled to the Shoreview Community Center to view the recent expansion and renovation of the Community Center. City Manager Terry Schwerm showed a brief power point presentation which showed different elements of the expansion and also briefly discussed the improvement plans for the Shoreview Commons area.  He indicated that the Shoreview Commons project is scheduled to start this summer. He then led a tour of the Community Center and showed Rotary members the new Activity Rooms, the expanded Tropical Adventure Indoor Playground, new fitness studios, the renovated fitness center, new family changing areas, and Bamboo Bay. He noted that Bamboo Bay was the first expansion to the Tropics Indoor Water Park since the Community Center opened in 1990. He also indicated that since Bamboo Bay opened in mid-December the Community Center has been extremely busy often hitting the 500 person capacity in the pool area on Saturdays and holidays. 
March 19 - Club Meeting 2019-04-01 05:00:00Z 0

Club Service

Posted on Mar 31, 2019
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Looking for ways to get more out or your Rotary experience? Consider joining a Rotary Fellowship. Rotary Fellowships are international groups that share a common passion. Being part of a fellowship is a fun way to make friends around the world, explore a hobby or profession, and enhance your Rotary experience. Some Rotary Fellowships are associated with professions such as
 
  • Educators
  • Lawyers
  • Police and Law Enforcement
 
Then there are the more traditional hobbies such as
 
  • Bowling
  • Canoeing
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Old and Rare Books
  • Railroads
  • Scouting
  • Tennis
 
If your tastes are more eclectic, there might even be a Rotary Fellowship designed for you, such as the Metalhead Rotary Fellowship. Fellowships are open to Rotarians and family members. Go to https://www.rotary.org/en/our-programs/more-fellowships and explore. You might find something that touches your interests. Oh yes, I am a lifetime member of the Beer Fellowship, the Whisky Fellowship, and the Wine Fellowship. Have fun.
Club Service 2019-03-31 05:00:00Z 0

Weekly Programs

Posted on Mar 28, 2019
April is a month with five Tuesdays.  The first three Tuesday meetings will be at Shore 96 and the last two will be off-site.  Newer member Stephanie Cosgrose will kick off April with her classification talk on April 2.  That same day members will get a short tutorial on packing food for Feed My Starving Children, a service project set for April 30.  On April 9 the District 5960 Ethics Team will make a presentation on the Four-Way Test and personal ethics as guided by Rotary principles.  Vini Taguchi will make a presentation April 16 about the group Engineers Without Borders.
 
April 23 the club will meet at 1005 Gramsie Rd. in Shoreview at 7:15 am for a presentation and tour by Josh Brandsted at the New Loden SV Apartments.  They are across the road from the Green Mill.  On April 30 we will meet at 9 am at Incarnation Lutheran Church, 4880 Hodgson Rd in Shoreview to pack food for Feed My Starving Children.  Having a service project in place of the usual breakfast meeting was a suggestion made by several members.  Thanks to Kent Peterson for arranging the programs and service project for April.
 
Ken Hola was responsible for our March programs which featured Marvin Sims talking about the STRIPES Program, Navy CPT Kay Bauer recounting her year in Viet Nam as a nurse, Terry Schwerm giving us a tour of the remodeled Shoreview Community Center and Davod Zarghami talking about and providing samples of Northern Soda Company's 1950's style soda pop.
Weekly Programs 2019-03-28 05:00:00Z 0

Club Service

Posted by Glenn Bowers on Mar 03, 2019
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Our club website is found at https://ardenhillsshoreviewrotary.org/. Here, you can login and go to the member area where you can do things like manage your profile, track your attendance, and find out the contact information of your fellow members. Did you know that, at the Rotary International website (https://www.rotary.org/en), you can access information about your membership by creating an account under ‘My Rotary’. Once you are in My Rotary, you can do things like view your donor history report which tracks all of your contributions to The Rotary Foundation. In addition, there is a ‘Learning & Reference’ section where you can find references and trainings on things like membership, fundraising, and public relations, to name a few topics available. Create an account, or access one that you already set up, and explore.
 
Club Service Glenn Bowers 2019-03-03 06:00:00Z 0

Weekly Programs

Posted by Bill Klumpp on Feb 28, 2019
Ken Hola has arranged three interesting speakers and an off-site meeting for March.  Marvin Sims is the equity coordinator and founder of the STRIPES program for the Mounds View School District.  On March 5 Marvin Sim's program will highlight the STRIPES Program and the equity promise of the school district.  Minnesota has the largest disparity in the U.S. on standardized tests between white students and students of color.  Mr. Sims will explain how the Mounds View District is trying to eliminate that disparity.
Weekly Programs Bill Klumpp 2019-02-28 06:00:00Z 0

February 12 - Club Meeting

Posted by Terry Schwerm on Feb 22, 2019
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Although he was an understudy (so to speak) for today's program, the Club's very own Mike Spellman received an award for the guest speaker in a leading role for the day. Mike, who is former President and long time Board member for Lakeshore Players Theater, provided a history of Lakeshore Players and discussed their recent move to a new home in White Bear Lake. He indicated that Lakeshore Players was founded in 1953 and that "Ah Wilderness" was their first play. They continued to do performances and in 1959 purchased an old church as their first home. In 1969, the church burned down and the Theater group then purchased an different church as their home. Lakeshore Players continued to use the church as their home for many years.
 
 In 2012, the organization conducted a feasibility study to consider raising money for a new theater. The feasibility study indicated that the potential range of costs for a new theater was between $3.5-$8.0 million. Based on this feasibility study, Lakeshore Players embarked on a capital campaign to raise money for a new Theater for the group.  In 2016, they purchased a former nursery property located on Highway 61 in White Bear Lake and took down the buildings. They officially broke ground on the new Theater in 2017, and in 2018 Lakeshore Players opened a new state of the art Theater with a 250 seat auditorium. The new facility has allowed tremendous expansion of their theater programming and offerings to the community.  He presented a power point presentation that outlined the entire process and also showed pictures of the beautiful new facility. 
February 12 - Club Meeting Terry Schwerm 2019-02-22 06:00:00Z 0

February 5 - Club Meeting

Posted by Terry Schwerm on Feb 21, 2019
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After a rousing round of happy dollars and introduction of prospective member Andy Thomas, the guest speaker, Amanda Ottman, from the American Refugee Committee (ARC) was introduced. 
 
Amanda indicated that she has been a Rotary Youth Exchange Student, as well as a Rotary Peace Fellow.  She is now a member of the Eden Prairie Sunrise Club. She indicated that Rotary has played an important role in her life.
 
She now works with ARC, which is a humanitarian organization that works with more than 3 million refugees each year in countries around the world. ARC currently works in 50 different refugee camps in different countries. In many cases people have lived in refugee camps for many years. The land for these camps is often provided by the United Nations. ARC works as an implementing partner and works in many areas including health services, clean water, education/schools, and housing. Amanda presented a power point presentation that included many of the projects that she has personally been involved. 
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January 15 - Club Meeting

Posted by Terry Schwerm on Feb 04, 2019
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The Club welcomed visiting Rotarian Rick Olson from the Prior Lake Club. Rick discussed the Prior Lake Club sponsoring travel tours and their Lakefront Music Fest that will be held in July. He encouraged fellow Rotarians to consider the tours and attending the Music Festival. Club members were also reminded of the Service to Youth Awards that are scheduled on February 7th. 
 
The guest speaker was Tom Parnell from JP Morgan. Tom presentation focused on the current economy and the condition of the stock market and investments that people have made. He presented  graphs that showed the fluctuations in the stock market over the long term since 1900, as well as a graph that showed the fluctuation in the market since 2009.  In both cases the trends are that over time, the stock market continues to increase and outperform most other investments. He noted that the sustained increases in the market since 2009 are somewhat unprecedented. JP Morgan believes that the market will continue to increase for another 1-3 years at which time there will be a small recession. They do not expect that the next recession will be as pronounced or as significant as the one that occurred during 2008-2009.  The major catalysts that are driving the market now include health care, energy independence of the United States, next generation technology including robotics and artificial intelligence, and continued development of world markets including India. 
 
Tom responded to questions about the current unemployment rate and loss of manufacturing and other jobs in certain segments of the economy. He noted that markets will always have volatility, which is why having some type of balanced investment portfolio that also includes bonds is important. 
January 15 - Club Meeting Terry Schwerm 2019-02-04 06:00:00Z 0

January 29 - Club Meeting

We had a good group gathered on this freezing cold January morning, including frequent visiting Rotarian Ron Hughes from the Excelsior club.  Our speaker was Bob Selden, who serves as President of the Volunteer Committee for the Fort Snelling National Cemetery.  Fort Snelling's cemetery is one of 136 national cemeteries in the country and is the fourth busiest; it was dedicated in 1939 and now spans 450 acres.  There are 5,300 interments per year; currently 62% of those interments are cremation vs. 38% burials.  Only 10 years ago, this ratio was reversed.  There are a total of 232,700 interments at the cemetery.  291 of those are unknown graves from the civil war and prior.  The volunteer committee that Bob leads was created to obtain funds to maintain the cemetery.  They are currently planning to petition the National Cemetery Agency to create a new, permanent monument to the "Unknown", which is estimated will cost about $300k.  Most of the committee members also serve on the volunteer rifle squad, which provides military honors each day to veterans being interred that day.  Bob serves on the "Friday" squad, as does our own Joe Ziskovsky.  Anyone who has visited Fort Snelling knows this is a beautifully maintained, lovely place.  It has been recognized as such as it is now listed on the National Registry of Historic Places.
January 29 - Club Meeting Peggy Strom 2019-01-31 06:00:00Z 0

Weekly Programs

Posted by Bill Klumpp on Jan 29, 2019
February 5 will begin a series of interesting programs arranged by Frank Mabley with a presentation by Rotary Peace Scholar Amanda Ottman on the American Refugee Committee.  Ms. Ottman will follow up on the January 22 program by Kim Crockett on Immigration in Minnesota.  On February 12 Prof. William Doherty  from the University of Minnesota will show us how we can become Better Angles to reduce the polarization in our society that has heightened over the last decade.  Abraham Lincoln asked us to become better angles notwithstanding our differences so it is fitting this program occurs during the month of his birth.
 
President Bill Kiehnbaum will direct a Club Assembly on February 19; consequently, there will be no program that day.  Rotarians should think about what teams they would like to volunteer for this year in preparation for the club assembly.  Mike Spellman will present his Classification Talk on February 26 so we will all learn more about one of our newest members.
 
Thanks to Paul McCreight for arranging the January programs.  We all learned more about the economy and the stock market from Chad Latour and Tom Parnell.  Kim Crockett provided lots of information about refugee resettlement and immigration in Minnesota.  Bob Selden showed us why veterans and their spouses are dying to get into Ft. Snelling National Cemetery.
 
Do you have a friend or family member whose politics are so different from yours that you can no longer discuss politics with him or her?  Bring that friend or family member as a guest to our meeting February 12.  The program will help to build goodwill and better friendships in keeping with the Rotary four-way test.
Weekly Programs Bill Klumpp 2019-01-29 06:00:00Z 0

January 22 - Club Meeting

Today's speaker was Kim Crockett, Vice President, Senior Policy Fellow and General Counsel of the Center of the American Experiment, a conservative "think tank" based in Golden Valley.  Her presentation was entitled "Pulling in Minnesota's Welcome Mat" and argues that our state is being harmed by generous welfare benefits that have made it a much favored destination for immigrants and refugees.  At the heart of this discussion lays difficult questions like, "What is our moral obligation to refugees?", "What constitutes genuine humanitarian assistance for refugees?", "How many refugees can Minnesota successfully absorb?", "How will Islam affect our culture, law and freedom?".  The process of resettling refugees is complicated.  The federal government decides where to place refugees, often in concert with local Voluntary Agencies (VOLAGs), like Lutheran Social Services.  The federal government provides some up-front funding to state programs, but usually this ends within three months of a refugee's stay in the country.  After that a refugee's major needs are covered by state benefits.  Congress has not addressed the ever-increasing pressures related to global immigration trends, as evidenced by the current battle being waged in Washington and the resulting partial government shutdown, hence this presentation was timely.
January 22 - Club Meeting Peggy Strom 2019-01-23 06:00:00Z 0

January 8 - Club Meeting

Our presenter at this, our first meeting of 2019, was Chad Latour, from the investment firm of Lord Abbett.  His objective was to provide an overview of the performance of financial markets in 2018 as well as to share the firm's thinking on expectations for 2019.  This was well-timed, given the significant decline in market valuations in the last quarter of 2018.  The net result was that both the Dow and S&P indexes were down about 7% for the year.  Virtually every category of investment lost ground in 2018.  This was as compared to 2017 in which every asset category made money and despite the fact that corporate earnings were widely up in 2018.  Why?  Letour attributed most of the market decline to fear that the Fed would raise interest rates substantially in 2019.  After the strong market reaction late in 2018, the Fed did back off its plan to raise rates, which has helped the market recover somewhat in the early days of 2019.  Lord Abbett projects that the S&P will improve by about 8% in 2019.  Inflation is expected to continue at the relatively low rate of just over 2%.  There is some fear that global growth rates will slow during the year, driven greatly by expectations for a slowdown in China's economic growth.
January 8 - Club Meeting Peggy Strom 2019-01-21 06:00:00Z 0