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International Service Bob Freed 2020-02-02 06:00:00Z 0
President's Corner Bill Klumpp 2020-02-01 06:00:00Z 0
January 28 - Club Meeting Peggy Strom 2020-01-28 06:00:00Z 0
January 21 - Club Meeting Peggy Strom 2020-01-24 06:00:00Z 0
January 7 - Club Meeting Peggy Strom 2020-01-12 06:00:00Z 0

President's Corner

Posted by Bill Klumpp on Nov 03, 2019
November is the month of Thanksgiving.  Rotarians have much to be thankful for and others are thankful for Rotarians.  Polio Plus has almost eliminated polio from the face of the earth thanks to the efforts and donations of Rotarians.  An ISIS terrorist leader is no longer able to slaughter the innocent thanks to US Army Rangers (like member Al Ramos) and Delta Force Operators.  The trails in a Shoreview park are cleaner thanks to our club members.  A senior has had her yard cleaned up for fall thanks to our club members.  Young women in India are learning to sew thanks to our club's district grant.  Our membership is growing and the club is becoming more energetic thanks to all of you.  Due to the cancellation of a joint service project with the YMCA our club budget is now in the black.
Community Service Team Leader Stephanie Cosgrove and her very active team are working hard to line up new service projects as well as continuing established projects.  Working with NYFS club members did a fall clean up for a senior.  On November 25 club members will help pack food at the Ralph Reeder Food Shelf under the direction of Charlie Oltman.  Both are new service projects.  In early December club members will be ringing bells for the Salvation Army, an established tradition.  Another tradition is that our club rings bells on some of the coldest days of the year, a tradition that was broken last year.  Watch the weather forecast for this year's event to see whether the tradition will continue or not.  Bring warm clothes!
With all those things to be thankful for perhaps we should have a club happy hour this month at one of the taprooms that supported our Taste of the Hops fund raiser.  What date works best for you?
President's Corner Bill Klumpp 2019-11-03 05:00:00Z 0

October 1 - Club Assembly

Posted by Paul Bartyzal on Nov 01, 2019
President Bill Klumpp led a helpful discussion about our Visioning program.  We also reviewed member Club Committee assignments.
October 1 - Club Assembly Paul Bartyzal 2019-11-01 05:00:00Z 0

October 29 - Club Meeting

Posted by Terry Schwerm on Oct 30, 2019
Glenn Bowers provided a very short classification talk to the Club. He indicated that he has a Master's and PhD in Plant Pathology.  He currently works as a Vice President at Calyxt.  Calyxt is an agbiotech company that is focused on developing crops with healthier characteristics. 
The guest speaker was Maggie Mou who works as the Donor Relations Manager at Bridging. Bridging is a local non-profit that was formed in 1987 that provides quality furniture and household goods to individuals and families that are transitioning out of homelessness and  poverty.  Their goal is to furnish homes with hope. About 90% of the recipients of the furniture and home furnishings have household incomes below $20,000. Bridging has two locations in the metro area -Bloomington and Roseville.  Since their inception they have served more than 95,000 households.  They will accept new or slightly used furniture at their two warehouse locations. They also will pick up and deliver the furniture with more than 14 semi loads moving in/out of their warehouses each week. 
Bridging relies extensively on volunteers and receive more than 75,000 hours of service from volunteers on an annual basis. She noted that nearly 60% of the clients they serve are transitioning out of homelessness. They work extensively with many community partners including counties. 
October 29 - Club Meeting Terry Schwerm 2019-10-30 05:00:00Z 0

October 15 - Club Meeting

Posted by Terry Schwerm on Oct 30, 2019
The Club welcomed visiting Rotarians Clare Lillas from  Forest Lake, Gary Campbell from Anoka, and Bill Nielson  from St. Paul.  The speaker and special guest at the meeting was Rotary District Governor Paul Perez from the Prior Lake Club. 
District Governor Perez indicated that he joined Rotary in 2003 and was President of the Prior Lake Club in 2013.  His wife Susan is also a Rotarian and his two children are involved with Rotary's  Interact Club.  He noted  that he works for the  Mdewakanton Sioux Community. 
District Governor Perez said that Rotary International's President Mark Maloney  has a theme of " Rotary Connects the World". His four goals include growth (membership, giving, and outreach), involving families so Rotary can complement family activities and not detract from them, building pathways to Rotary Leadership, and strengthening relationships with the United Nations. He noted that there are five events this year that celebrate Rotary partnerships with the UN.   
District Governor Perez also discussed several upcoming Rotary events in the area that club members may be interested in attending. 
October 15 - Club Meeting Terry Schwerm 2019-10-30 05:00:00Z 0

October 22 - Club Meeting

Posted by Peggy Strom on Oct 28, 2019
Today's meeting started with a new tradition - our first "Vocational Minute" by Kent Peterson.  This great idea from Bill Klumpp will give us all a chance to get to know each other a little better.  Kent gave a brief historical review of his background in pharmacy, an industry that has changed significantly during his years of involvement.   Our speaker today was Jonathan Turner, who talked with us about "The Sheridan Story", which is a non-profit organization dedicated to fighting childhood hunger in the Twin Cities.  As he noted, "food is a distribution problem, not a supply problem" for the most part.  100,000 kids in the Twin Cities have "food insecurity" and teachers began noticing that kids were hoarding food from school lunches on Friday, to take home for the weekend.  The Sheridan program helps address this issue by providing food bags that can be taken home at the end of each school week.  Over 90% of their food is purchased through organizations such as Second Harvest, and volunteers help by packing the bags to be delivered to schools.  Schools are chosen to participate based on need and on getting support from groups and individuals in the community.  No schools in the MV District are currently participating because our local Ralph Reeder Food Shelf has a similar program in our area.
October 22 - Club Meeting Peggy Strom 2019-10-28 05:00:00Z 0

October 8 - Club Meeting

Posted by Peggy Strom on Oct 14, 2019
Today's meeting was off-site.  We visited Quincy House in Mounds View - hosted by Arden Hills resident and founder Tami Moberg.  Tami describes herself as "just a mom" although she is clearly more than that.  After raising her own 5 children, she looked for ways to be helpful in the community and ended up volunteering at Irondale High School.  After observing the struggles of disadvantaged students there, she created Quincy House, which is a place these kids can go after school to study, hang-out with friends, and enjoy some meals with a team of caring volunteers.  A $360,000 donation from a supporter allowed Tami to purchase the current house, which is large and laid out in a manner that works well for its purpose, including a big yard and sports court.  Local neighbors as well as Abiding Savior Lutheran Church in the area have been welcoming.  Quincy House has a team of volunteers who provide transportation to and from the House, help with meals and other support tasks.  The kids themselves also help with chores such as yard work.  Tami pointed out that these kids tend to move frequently and often live in very difficult circumstances, which means they can't often spend time with friends at home.  In fact, there are 200 kids in the MV School District who are actually homeless;  couch surfing with various friends.   Quincy House provides these kids many of the benefits of home.  Residents and volunteers become like family to each other.  Kids are not allowed to sleep at Quincy House but several have lived with the Mobergs for a time. 
October 8 - Club Meeting Peggy Strom 2019-10-14 05:00:00Z 0

September 24 - Club Meeting

Posted by Peggy Strom on Sep 29, 2019
Today's speaker was Diane Restorff, from Lionsgate Academy which is a grade 7-12 charter school focused on children on the autism spectrum.  Lionsgate started in Minnetonka in 2008.  Just last year they expanded by opening a second school in Shoreview, aimed at serving the NE quadrant of the Twin Cities.  There are currently about 250 students between the two locations, with another 250 students on a waiting list.  Given the wait list, entrance to Lionsgate is gained through a lottery system.  As a charter school, it is equivalent to public education in terms of being tuition-free.  They are a transition-focused, safety net school, meaning the goal is to help students get to the point of being able to return to a "mainstreamed" setting.  Because this disease does occur across a spectrum, students range greatly in terms of developmental issues.  Some are still in diapers while others have been able to graduate and go on to college.  Debate rages on as to why autism has become so prevalent in our children.  Currently 1 in 49 children are found to be somewhere on the spectrum.  The ratio of boys to girls with autism continues to be 4 to 1.  
September 24 - Club Meeting Peggy Strom 2019-09-29 05:00:00Z 0

Club Service

Posted by Kay Baker on Sep 28, 2019
Climate Advocacy pops up in the unlikeliest places: Rotary Clubs
I think we are all aware of Greta Thunberg, the teen activist from Sweden, who delivered a scathing speech to the United Nations. We also saw young people from around the world march to protest climate change.
With Polio, Rotarians will say that’s working on health care, but when discussing our environment, they will say “that’s political.” The April edition of the Rotarian magazine details Rotary’s work in this important topic and encourages clubs to bring in speakers who can speak to the issue.

September speakers focus on the importance of education from birth to college

More than 775 million people around the world are illiterate. That’s 17% of the population. The Rotary supports education through scholarships, donations and service projects. We also dedicate a month, September, to the topic. We had a wise range of speakers this past month that discussed educational opportunities from babies to those in college.
Dr Sylvia Sekhon, a retired Health Partners pediatrician, told us the importance of the spoken word to babies. She leads an initiative to bring books to all the clinics so children can start reading at the earliest possible age.
Jason Huebscher, Engineering manager of the Fab lab at Century College, launched us into the future with 3D printing and how it is expected to revolutionize the field of medicine and other industries.
Our last presenter was Diane Restorff, Executive Director of Lionsgate Academy, a new school in Shoreview that focuses on students on the autism spectrum.
Where else but the Rotary could you stay current on the changing world around us?
Club Service Kay Baker 2019-09-28 05:00:00Z 0

President's Corner

Posted by Bill Klumpp on Sep 24, 2019
October 1 we will have a club assembly to discuss the results of the Club Visioning Project and how to implement the vision for the club developed during the project.  I will e-mail again the summary of the project to every member and bring copies of the summary to the meeting.  This will be every member's opportunity to actively take part in charting the course of the club for the next two years.  Our purpose is to take a vision and turn it into a reality.
The final results of the 2019 Taste of the Hops have been calculated.  Thanks to the efforts of the team lead by Ken Hola and all those members who sold tickets and helped at the event the net profit was $7,735.50.  This was the most successful fund raiser in our club's history to my recollection.  Thanks are also due to the brewers and sponsors who also contributed to the event's success.  Please patronize them.
On October 15 District Governor Paul Perez will visit our club to talk with and to all of our members about the plans for Rotary International and District 5960 for the 2019-20 Rotary year.  Afterwards DG Paul will meet with all the members of our board.
As we come to the end of the calendar year please consider making a contribution to the Rotary Foundation if you haven't already done so.  The money for the grant our club received from the district for the Pushpa Sewing School came from the Rotary Foundation.  Likewise if our club receives a global grant for the Nigerian WASH Program, the funds for the grant will come from the Rotary Foundation.
President's Corner Bill Klumpp 2019-09-24 05:00:00Z 0

September 10 - Club Meeting

Posted by Peggy Strom on Sep 22, 2019
After a rousing round of "Happy Dollars", we were pleased to hear from guest speaker Dr. Sylvia Sekhorn, MD.  Dr. Sekhorn is on the Board of Directors of an organization called "Reach Out and Read Minnesota".  Their mission is to give young children a foundation for success by incorporating books into pediatric care and encouraging families to read aloud together.  The American Academy of Pediatrics has issued a landmark policy statement referencing their program as effective in preparing children to achieve their potential in school and beyond.  Their process is to work with healthcare providers to incorporate "Reach Out and Read" into well-child visits from six-months through five years.  Providers speak with parents about the importance of reading, talking, singing, and playing with their child, starting in infancy.  Each child receives a new age-appropriate book at their check-up.  Many program sites create literacy-rich environments through gently used books in waiting and exam rooms, volunteer readers to model reading aloud to young children, and posters to prompt parent-child conversation.  Research has shown this program to be effective.  262 clinics in MN have participated and they are currently making a concentrated effort within Native American communities in northern MN.
September 10 - Club Meeting Peggy Strom 2019-09-22 05:00:00Z 0

September 17 - Club Meeting

Posted by Peggy Strom on Sep 22, 2019
Today's speaker was Jason Huebscher from Century College in Maplewood.  Huebscher leads Century's "Fab Lab", one of the premier 3D printing centers in the country.  Century was one of the first colleges in the country to have such a center and it continues to lead in this area.  The lab was designed by a consultant from MIT.  Students can obtain either a 1-year certificate or 2-year degree in this area.  Those with 2-year degrees are guaranteed placement in the college of Engineering at boyh the University of Minnesota and the University of Wisconsin Stout in order to complete a bachelors degree.  Not all choose to continue on, however, as their job skills are in high demand upon completion of their training at Century.  I think we were all a bit dazed to learn of the progress being made with this technology.  Food, houses, guns, and circuit boards are just a few of the items currently able to be creating on a 3-D printer.  Can body parts be far behind?  Century College is truly a gem in our midst.  Their long list of exciting degrees, diplomas, certificates and courses are clearly leading the way in helping to meet the workforce demands of our evolving world.
September 17 - Club Meeting Peggy Strom 2019-09-22 05:00:00Z 0

Youth Services

Posted by Miriam Zachary on Sep 09, 2019

Here’s a “What if” for all of us, or really each of us, to consider.

What if Joel Brown, the STRIPES Program mentor at both Chippewa Middle School and Mounds View High School were to ask you to speak at one of the bi-weekly group meetings he has with kids in the program after school.

Knowing that the purpose of the STRIPES Program is to instill in kids an understanding of the importance and purpose of an education, what would you want to share with these kids for 30 minutes?

Would you be willing to share your story or your understanding of an aspect of the world they may not have been exposed to yet?


When Al Ramos, Andy Thomas, Anoop Mathur and I met with Joel Brown and Mindy Handberg (Director of Community Partnerships for MV Public Schools) after the August 27 Rotary meeting, we wanted to find out how we as a Rotary club could support the STRIPES Program beyond just dangling our Strive scholarship out there as a motivator for kids to take their education seriously. 

While it is true that the STRIPES Program mentors do have a general plan for what they want to cover in their group meetings with students, they also seem to appreciate the wealth of experience our membership can contribute.  Although no time slots have been set aside for Rotary speakers, this is clearly an opportunity for us as individuals to meet with these kids to share something about our world to help broaden these kids’ understanding of the world beyond their classrooms.

So, think about it.  WHAT IF you were asked to share?  Let’s brainstorm, so we can get back to Joel Brown with specific ideas. 

Youth Services Miriam Zachary 2019-09-09 05:00:00Z 0

September Programs

Posted by Glenn Bowers on Sep 07, 2019
Programs for 2019-20
On September 10, we will hear from Dr. Sylvia Sekhon regarding Health Partners’ Reach Out and Read program. The following week, Jason Huebscher will tell us about the Fab Lab at Century College. This digital lab is a “high tech“, digital fabrication lab that trains students in a unique technology using new digital tools and techniques. The Fab Lab and Innovation Center offer a blend of unique technology solutions designed to stimulate learning through the innovative life cycle utilizing new digital fabrication tools and techniques.
The September 24th meeting will bring us Brandy Schwab. She will tell us about Lionsgate Academy, a newly opened charter school in Shoreview that offers an inclusively designed experience to students on The Autism spectrum. Students thrive in this unique Environment. October’s programs include a Club Assembly on the 1st and the Official Visit by DG Paul Perez on October 15th.
September Programs Glenn Bowers 2019-09-07 05:00:00Z 0

International Service

Posted by Bob Freed on Sep 06, 2019
As many of you know, our Club obtained a Rotary District 5960 grant this year to support the establishment of a Sewing School Project in Amaravathi, India, We can report that the project is going very well.
The Sewing School has been established in the village of Amaravathi, a rural area in the Guntur District of the new state of Andhra Pradesh. The village of Amaravathi is a poor area, which is not to be confused with a new planned city of Amaravati being created nearby by the Indian government as the capital city of the new state of Andhra Pradesh.
Our partner in this project is Pushpa, a U.S. based 501c3 non-profit organization located in Arden Hills, that operates in India as a not for profit Non-Governmental Organization (NGO). Pushpa has been working in India for fourteen years.
International Service Bob Freed 2019-09-06 05:00:00Z 0

August 20 - Club meeting

Posted by Terry Schwerm on Sep 03, 2019
The Club welcomed Rotarians Dick Einan from the Roseville, Bill Nielson from St. Paul, David from the Jacksonville, and Rachel from the Rotaract Club. 
The guest speaker was Sara Nelson from Exodus Lending. Exodus Lending is a non-profit organization whose goal is to get people out from under the payday lending debt. Currently, more than 50% of people living in America do not have enough money to afford $500 in unexpected expenses. In some cases, people in this type of situation take out a payday loan to get them through to their next payday. These loans are at very high interest rates some in excess of 300% APR. Once a family is trapped in the payday lending cycle, it can often take several months to get out of it. 
Exodus Lending is an non-profit that assists Minnesotans in getting out of the payday lending cycle. The non-profit works with an individual or families by paying off the payday loan of up to $1000 and then having the individuals repay Exodus the amount over 12 months with no interest or finance charges. The current repayment rate of individuals they have helped is greater than 90%.  This non-profit was started in 2015 and currently have assisted nearly more than 100 people in 2018 and nearly 200 since the program started. 
August 20 - Club meeting Terry Schwerm 2019-09-03 05:00:00Z 0

President's Corner

     The third Taste of the Hops fundraiser was another success thanks to the leadership of Ken Hola and the TOTH team of Kevin Keenan, Al Ramos, Sandra Bahr, Kent Peterson, Paul McCreight, Colleen Lavin, Peggy Strom, Bill Kiehnbaum, John Suzukida, Mike Spellman and Shelly Myrland as well as the other members who helped at the event and sold tickets.  Preliminary figures indicate we raised about $7500.  There will be an after action meeting shortly to discuss ideas for making the event better and whether to continue the TOTH for 2020.  One topic will also be the evaluation of the paid advertising done for the first time.  Anyone with comments should contact Ken Hola. Thanks also to our sponsors, vendors and brewers whose donations made the event possible.  A good time was had by all.
     There will be a meeting in September or October to discuss the Visioning Project.  Glenn Bowers and Kay Baker are having to shuffle meeting speakers due to a conflict on my part; consequently, the date for visioning is still in flux.  The discussion of the Visioning Project will be in place of a weekly speaker.
     The club board will be trying out a new venue for the monthly meeting on September 16.  The board will meet at Bethel University and eat in the dining hall before the meeting.  Bob Freed has made the arrangements and will be sending directions to those attending.  Thanks to Bob for making the arrangements.  Kay Baker is also looking into other possible locations.
     Although the visit is over a month away, please make sure to put the October 15 visit of District Governor Paul Perez on your calendar.  It would be nice to have 100% member attendance.  Governor Paul will meet with the board after the morning meeting.  Protocol is for all Rotarians to stand for the District Governor as a show of respect.
President's Corner Bill Klumpp 2019-09-03 05:00:00Z 0

August 27 - Club Meeting

It was our pleasure to have Franklin Gummadi with us at today's meeting, to provide an update on the progress of the PUSHPA Sewing School in India, which our club has sponsored through a $16,000 Rotary District grant.  This is the biggest international project our club has taken on in many years, and is being led by our International Director Bob Freed, who knew about Franklin's work.  One school was already up and running successfully when Bob approached him in March 2017 about the idea of starting a second one in another city with help from Rotary.  The two agreed and began the long, complicated process of planning the work and getting a grant request approved.  Rotary does its best to ensure that every "i" is dotted and "t" is crossed before releasing funds; therefore much determination and hard work is required to reach the goal of an approved grant.  In this case, it took two years before finally receiving approval in March 2019.  The school has been operating successfully for six months now and has spent only about $2,300 of the approved funds in order to move slowly and better ensure long-term success.  On March 2, when the ribbon was cut and the school officially opened, several former students from PUSHPA's other school attended and spoke enthusiastically of the dramatic difference this has made in their lives.  There are currently 16 students enrolled and a waiting list for future sessions.  We look forward to continued reports on the progress of this important project over the next several years as we monitor results and plan next steps.
August 27 - Club Meeting Peggy Strom 2019-08-27 05:00:00Z 0

August 6 - Club Meeting

Posted by Peggy Strom on Aug 17, 2019

Today's speaker was Dr. Dale L. Anderson, M.D., a notable, popular and entertaining speaker who practiced medicine for nearly 50 years as a family doctor, board-certified surgeon and board-certified emergency physician before retiring to focus on speaking and consulting.  His “one man medicine show” is based on the notion that happy people are healthier people and that we are born with an inner pharmacy that can help us be more joyful and ageless.  He preaches that good health isn't just about nutrition and exercise - that it is important to ACT happy in order to be happy.  He notes that method actors have developed ways to trigger the chemistry needed for a stage role. They realize that they cannot directly control their emotions, but they know they can literally set the stage for positive emotions through factors that can be controlled.  And we can do the same in our work and home lives.  We can be good medicine for ourselves and others.

Dr. Anderson is an ageless 86 year old.  In addition to his speaking career, he has authored three books, one of which is entitled "Muscle Pain Relief in 90 Seconds".

August 6 - Club Meeting Peggy Strom 2019-08-17 05:00:00Z 0

July 23 - Club Meeting

Posted by Peggy Strom on Aug 04, 2019
Today's speaker was Fred Treiber from the White Bear Lake Rotary club.  His presentation was in regards to a Rotary Global Grant that he is in the process of securing.  The project he is seeking to fund is a "Computer Club House" in Costa Rica.  There are currently over 100 such organizations around the world - in 20 different countries - 5 in the Twin Cities.  The goal of a Computer Club House is to let disadvantaged young people become not only consumers of technology but creators of technology.  Each is a "village" that allows kids to connect not only to technology but to each other.  This concept was born in Boston as a collaboration between the Boston Museum of Science and MIT.  Treiber's organization will be in the Perez Zeledon Center in Costa Rica.  His grant has been approved at the District Level but is awaiting review and approval by Rotary International.  Costa Rica was chosen because of his prior associations there, which will help greatly with the legwork that will be required to get up and running once approved.
July 23 - Club Meeting Peggy Strom 2019-08-04 05:00:00Z 0

President's Corner

Posted by Bill Klumpp
Rotary Bingo at the Slice of Shoreview was another success due to the 17 active and 2 honorary members who volunteered their time and bingo expertise.  Thanks to all who volunteered but especially to Ken Hola who was at every session over three days and who is clearly the maestro of bingo.  Ken went way above Service to Self again.  Bingo proceeds go to help the club fund our activities and Rotary Healthy Youth Foundation programs.
The 3d Annual Taste of the Hops craft beer tasting and fund raiser will be held at Snail Lake Park in Shoreview on Thursday, August 15, from 5:30 to 8:30 pm.  Rotarian will need to help do set up for the event at the large pavilion and staff the event itself.  Ken Hola is asking all of us to sell as many tickets as possible so we can Pack the Park!
Those attending will be able to sample beers from 6 craft brewers:  Bent, Fulton, Granite City, Insight, Lake Monster and Urban Growler.  Included in the ticket price is food catered by Creative Catering including bratwurst and a vegetarian bratwurst.  The Shoreview Lions Club will partner with our club and will serve the food at the event.  There will be music and games including a wine bottle toss for the wine drinkers.  There will be other games, a raffle and a silent auction with many attractive prizes.  Northern Soda Company will provide soft drinks for designated drivers.  The Taste Committee has been hard at work for months under Ken Hola's leadership to put on a fun evening and to increase ticket sales and attendance for our major fundraiser.
Be sure to patronize our brewers, vendors and sponsors.  Don't forget to mention how much you appreciate their involvement in the Rotary Taste of the Hops.  Their contributions are vital to the success of the event.
President's Corner Bill Klumpp 2019-08-01 05:00:00Z 0

International Service

Posted by Bob Freed on Jul 30, 2019
As many of you know, our Club obtained a Rotary District 5960 grant this year to support the establishment of a Sewing School Project in Amaravathi, India, We can report that the project is going very well.

The Sewing School has been established in the village of Amaravathi, a rural area in the Guntur District of the new state of Andhra Pradesh. The village of Amaravathi is a poor area, which is not to be confused with a new planned city of Amaravati being created nearby by the Indian government as the capital city of the new state of Andhra Pradesh.

Our partner in this project is Pushpa, a U.S. based 501c3 non-profit organization located in Arden Hills, that operates in India as a not for profit Non-Governmental Organization (NGO). Pushpa has been working solely in India for fourteen years.
International Service Bob Freed 2019-07-30 05:00:00Z 0

July 16 - Club Meeting

Posted by Peggy Strom on Jul 20, 2019
Connie Hayes was our presenter today.  Connie is the Superintendent of School District 916, which is an "Intermediate District".  Intermediate school districts are specialty school districts that provide defined student services to a group of regular “member” school districts. Minnesota has four Intermediate Districts (916, 917, 287 and 288) that serve more than 20,000 students annually. District 916 serves 14 school districts in the Northeast Metro area.  Programming includes career and technical education, special education services, and alternative high schools.  In addition to their unique programming, intermediate districts provide purchasing power for member districts.  Member school districts pay a membership fee, then are able to utilize services on a fee-for-service basis.  Private schools and charter schools can sometimes take advantage of services but are not allowed to become members and, increasingly, they are not able to access services because the demand from member schools is very high and continuing to rise.  
July 16 - Club Meeting Peggy Strom 2019-07-20 05:00:00Z 0

July 9 - Club Meeting

Posted by Peggy Strom on Jul 15, 2019
Today's program was an interesting presentation by Jon Yankovic, who drives snow plow among other duties for Ramsey County.  He is apparently quite proficient - having been named a recent winner of the annual "Snow Plow Rodeo" held each year in St. Cloud, MN!  His winter-time duties require a 2:00 a.m. start time, with his route normally being commercial rather than residential, including Hwys.10 and 96.  Despite his non-residential route, he has developed skills to enable him to avoid obstacles like mailboxes and traffic cones, which his rodeo win proves. The County uses two types of plows which weigh 40,000 to 55,000 lbs. when fully loaded with salt.  These cost $200,000 to $250,000 each and are normally used for about 10 years before being replaced.  Jon noted the ongoing conundrum regarding the reliance on salt to melt road ice.  No other substance has been found to do the job, so we continue to rely on it despite the detrimental effect it has on area lakes and rivers.  Jon is clearly a patient man and takes in stride the obnoxious driver behaviors he sometimes encounters on his route.  He is clearly a great fit for the demanding and often thankless task of working to make our winter-time driving less dangerous!
July 9 - Club Meeting Peggy Strom 2019-07-15 05:00:00Z 0

July 2 - Club meeting

Posted on Jul 02, 2019
The Club welcomed visiting Rotarian Bill Nielson from the St. Paul Club and guest Nick Tamble. Nick is an Arden Hills resident and business owner. He previously served on the Arden Hills City Council and currently running for County Commissioner. 
Outgoing President Bill Kiehnbaum discussed that nine different service projects that the club has either completed or are ongoing in the past year.  He also noted that he is very proud that the Arden Hills/Shoreview Club is financially sound. He thanked all of the Club Officers and Avenues of Service Directors for their help. 
Incoming President Bill Klumpp thanked Bill Kiehnbaum for his service and presented him with a plaque recognizing his year of serving as President of the Club. At a future meeting, he will be presented a Paul Harris Fellow award which is a club tradition. He also thanked Club members for participating the in Club visioning process the week before. The Club set a goal of increasing membership to 41-45 members in the next three years.  He also encouraged club members to sell tickets to the upcoming Taste of the Hops event. 
July 2 - Club meeting 2019-07-02 05:00:00Z 0

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
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
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
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
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

Posted on Apr 01, 2019
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. 
March 26 - Club Meeting 2019-04-01 05:00:00Z 0

March 19 - Club Meeting

Posted on Apr 01, 2019
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
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 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
Our club website is found at 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 (, 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
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
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. 
February 5 - Club Meeting Terry Schwerm 2019-02-21 06:00:00Z 0

January 15 - Club Meeting

Posted by Terry Schwerm on Feb 04, 2019
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