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Rotary Minutes Nov. 29, 2022
President Dave Dominick opened the meeting.  Bill Collins was Introducer and Happy Dollars for the meeting, Laurie Murphy was scribe, Michael jon Pease did the Inspirational Minute, Jonah Yang was the greeter, Matt Majors did technology, and Dr. Ellen Kennedy was the on-line greeter.   John Chandler presented the St Paul Rotary Foundation report.  It is the “little foundation that could”!  We had a good year, even with the treat of Covid.  We folded in the St. Paul Sunrise Club into our foundation.  What’s next? 1. Manage our assets better, 2. Become better tracking our gifts to foundation, 3. Strengthening our foundation.  Jerry Falleti took over and explained our finances: contributions were up, investment income was up , admin expense was up: $23,000.  Grants were up some, net assets had a decrease of 170,000.  Dr. Dale Quigley is a new member. Linda Mulhern gave a wrap-up of the exchange program. Past President Todd gave a highlighting of our signature programs. For 2023: there was $5000 for new projects, Cherish the Children funding increase, the Coffee bean project from the Valasques received some funding,  and the water project form Sunrise received some funding.  In Happy dollars we learned
That Sarah Kolar is retiring and TAMARA, a new member of Rotary, is buying the business form her.
Submitted by Laurie Murphy
President Dave Dominick welcomed and called to order our meeting at 5:25pm.
President Dave mentioned meeting volunteers, who included Ken Schaefer, visiting Rotations, also technology team which included Matt Matt Magers, Al Zdrazil , and Dave Wolfgram.  
Our meeting proceeded with a 4-way test.  Ken Schaefer introduced visiting Rotarians and guest which included exchange student from Brazil, Dylan Blaze Lima Ortiz. 
The program was introduced by Joy McElroy.  The Rebecca Bender video on sex trafficking victims
was presented (You can view it here.) .  Monica Jones was our speaker with the title of her talk “Trafficking Insights
From on-the Ground Experts”.  Monica Jones, who works at Life Haven Center, said the program is now 23 years in serving.
Monica Jones talked about growing up in Chicago.  Life Haven is located in East St. Paul near
I-35E and Maryland Avenue.  Monica mentioned girls learn growing up nothing is wrong with
the behavior, which crosses genders.  Following the talk, Happy Dollars, were collected.
Twenty (20) people were in attendance.   Please note:  No rotary meeting Thanksgiving week.
Happy Thanksgiving Day.
At the noon hour on November 8th at the Intercontinental Hotel, President Dave Dominick opened the meeting.  This was a hybrid meeting with in-person and online participants..  President Dominick thanked the meeting volunteers: A/V Tech Team Lead- Matt Magers, Greeter Shelly Rucks, scribe Valdi Stefanson and visiting Rotarians/guests/happy dollars Susan Rostkoski.
 
John Bennett provided the inspirational minute, and then we all joined him reciting the 4-way test.  In recognition of the upcoming Veterans Day, Dave Dominick mentioned ten veterans who were present, online or absent.  Those present stood and provided their branch of service and years served.  Online, Jay Pfaender did the same.
 
Next up was Brianna Haglin to introduce the meeting focus --- The Rotary Foundation and it's impact locally and worldwide.  Brianna characterized the robust giving of club 10 Rotarians and explained that it had been quite a while since those achieving Paul Harris recognitions had been recognized and applauded.  Then, to emphasize the point, she named and awarded pins/certificates to John Bennett, Nancy Brady, John Chandler, Tom Farnham, Heidi Fisher, Pat Hartford, Francis Luikart, Matt Magers, Paul Meekin, Andrea Mirenda, Linda Mulhern, Beth Naughton, Noble Orji, Susan Rostkoski, Ken Schaefer and Kinumo Usuda. (Those underlined received pins with one or more stones indicating additional $ 1,000 contributions.)
 
Valdi Stefanson was invited up to speak to the good-will and impact of club member donations to the SHARE fund at The Rotary Foundation.  He spoke of his involvement in the District 5960 Grants Team -- that reviews D5960 District and Global Grants in order to assign matching dollars returning after three years in the Evanston Rotary Headquarters.  Indeed, he commented that it is the most rewarding and inspiring Committee within District 5960.  Several current or recent humanitarian grants were mentioned.   Then, he reported on club 10 giving, as reported by the District.  Last year, District Rotarians contributed some $ 500,000, with the average around $ 200/member/year.  How are WE doing?  As it turned out, club 10'ers gave about $ 250/member/year!  Valdi highlighted the TRF contribution form on each table and noted that the SHARE fund is the one where contributions are recycled back to D5960 after three years.  Moreover, giving to Polio Plus is a separated category, with our District members providing some $ 150,000 last year.    
 
Brianna came to the podium again and referenced our club's most successful Paul Harris Fellow Auctions in past years, and including last June.  Today, she is proposing to assist two or three new club members who are yet without Paul Harris recognition. These members had pledged $ 100, and as such she promptly opened up "bidding" to achieve the $ 1,000 threshold.  In short order, members present donated to threshold for members Nick Carmichael and Elisa Rasmussen.  Another member may achieve Paul Harris Fellowship, once online and absent members weigh in.   Congratulations all --- the Power of Rotary...
 
Next up, Susan Rostkoski led a robust round of Happy Dollars. 
 
Shelly Rucks spoke of Valentines Day (February 14th) as the annual Joint Meeting with Club 9.  This year, we will meet at a neutral location somewhere approximately mid-point between the two Cities.  Mark your calendar. 
 
President Dave announced club 10 next events:
- Next Meeting – 501 on Nov 15th with the title "Trafficking Insights"
- NO Club meeting on Nov 22nd, because it is Thanksgiving week
- Signature Luncheon on Nov 29th with the title "St Paul Rotary Foundation"
- Winter Spark on Dec 1st   5:30-8:30 pm at University Club
 
President Elect Heidi Fisher will coordinate a Visioning Team soon that will create an online member survey.  She is looking for volunteers with this effort.  
 
President Dave adjourned the meeting at 1:10 pm.
 
Respectfully submitted,
Valdi Stefanson
President Dave opened the meeting , Bob Cardinal did the intros to Visiting Rotarians, and guest, Laurie Murphy was the scribe. It was Beth Naughtons birthday!  Susan Madison is leaving Rotary and she is from Hallie Q. Brown center bit JONATHAN Palmer is our new member for Hallie Q Brown.  He is the director and was awarded a certificate for Mayor Carter.  He is one of only 6 Directors in the 93 years of Hallie Q. Browns.
We listened to two pieces of music played by a cellist and a pianist in honor of the Ukraine.  They were beautiful pieces of music one from Pear and one from Chopin. Music is the language of God, and we are crying in our souls for Ukraine.  Then the director of Rebuilding Ukraine spoke to us. Paul is a Professor of Theology at UST.  Their organization provides medical equipment, ambulances and heavy utility vehicles, and help for children.  Their specialty is the tourniquets to be used in the battle field. They shipped $544,000 dollars’ worth of aid to Ukraine in the 8 months they have been in operation. They have 100 volunteers, 70 of them in Ukraine.  Rotary just gave the $25,000 for their cause. An interesting fact to note is that wars are always the end song of empires!  This empire of Putin’s is the last empire in Europe and Putin wants to go out with a bang.   But Ukraine is very, very resilient! As we have seen.   There is also an over the counter medicine shortage that Rebuild Ukraine is helping to solve.  This is also a war about the Core Values of the Ukraine. He wanted to stress that the Ukrainians were not charity cases.   The children displaced by war, are what they are also working on. 
Laurie Murphy, scribe.
This meeting was a rousing send off for our own Jodi Erickson.  Brianna and Laurie planned the program. Our President elect Heidi Fisher held down the fort as our President Dave Dominick couldn’t attend.  Lots of lovely and lively comments by all her past presidents.  We did the 4 way test and in Jason Bradshaw’s comments, he said that Jodi embodied all of them.   Rotary gave Jodi flowers and $300 as a going away gift.   There were at least 32 people present to wish Jodi well.  So thank you Rotarians for showing up!  It was wonderful to see so many people.  Bob Cardinal had lots of Happy dollars and more tributes from the crowd for Jodi.
A fun night was had by all !
Submitted by Laurie Murphy, scribe.  
President Dave Dominick called our Rotary meeting to order at 12:15pm.  Susan Rostkoski gave the inspirational minute from recent Rotarian magazine.  She led in the Four-Way Test.  Bo Aylin assisted in calling for visiting Rotarians and guests.  None on this day? Matt Magers handled Technology, all by himself.  Ken Schaefer introduced the program speaker, Kendall Qualls.  His mission: TAKECHARGE
President Dave Dominick opened the meeting by welcoming all Rotarians, on ZOOM and present Live.   Jonah Yang and Heidi Fisher greeted members to our meeting.  Dr. Ellen Kennedy greeted On-Line attendees.  David Wolfgram, Ken Crabb, Matt Magers, Al Zdrazil, handled all technology for ZOOM viewing.  Doug Hartford delivered a clear Inspirational Minute without any notes, and lead the Four-Way Test. 
 
Immediate Past President Todd Nicholson assisted by introducing visiting Rotarians, Guests / and Happy Dollars. Special visitor, Saint Paul Police Deputy Chief, Julie Maidment. Julie shared her important role for the City & Saint Paul Police.  Board member & Program Chair, Ken Schaefer introduced the program speaker Anil Scrivatsa. His Rotary – Mission: Gift of Life Adventures Foundation Inc. Serving Humanity, Saving Lives. For the past six (6) years ever since Anil Scrivatsa donated his Kidney to his neurosurgeon brother. It has become his mission to spread awareness about organ donation.  Anil is driving a van with message on the van to spread the word. Our club was stop #21 of #100 stops to Rotary clubs.   Next stop is in Michigan and continuing to South America and on to Australia later this year.  Past President Todd Nicholson fielded questions for Anil Srivatsa. 
 
President Dave Dominick welcomed Youth Exchange Outbound student, Karina Bary.  introduced her program and her parents. Karina is an exchange student this year heading to Sweden for a year. She plans to continue her studies attending Reed College in Portland, Oregon after a year in Sweden.  Ruth Petermann introduced Habitat Project for Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity. This project would be for women only. President Dave Dominick added to the program by sharing July Board Meeting Highlights: * New Club Secretary – Shelly Rucks  * Club Visionary Launch – Heidi Fisher, President Elect: Team Lead  * Retreat – committed goals and club goals setting for 2022-2023. * 2022-2023 Club Budget approved.   
 
Immediate Past President: Todd Nicholson collected Happy Dollars, including his own contribution.  Club Announcements  +  501: August 2 – Youth Exchange Program and sunrise Members joining our Club  + Signature Luncheon: August 9 / David St. Peter  + Club Board Meeting: August 17th.   Adjournment was at 1:10 PM.   Questions:  call Bob Cardinal Sergeant At-Arms  651-398-1457
 

Thank you to everyone who was able to join the fun of welcoming Dayle Quigley as our new Rotary 5960 District Governor!

Here's a quick video courtesy of club photographer Doug Hartford.

 
A great day at the park (5/24) for our annual Rotation Day meeting - hosted by the St. Paul Parks Conservancy. Although last week's storms and the high river level resulted in a move to Como Park, a great crowd was on hand to enjoy a fine lunch and an update from Conservancy director and past Club 10 President Michael-Jon Pease. At the end of the meeting, President Todd was joined by District Governor-elect Dayle Quigley to present Michael-jon with the Rotary International Service Above Self award.
 
Tuesday's 5:01 was a prospective member social - special thanks to Ruth Peterman and Ken Schaefer for organizing it and to everyone who brought guests! There was a brief program, with President Todd welcoming guests and highlighting the informational tables.
 
Current secretary and soon-to-be President-Elect, Heidi Fisher, presented a few of President-Elect David Dominick's goals and thoughts for the new Rotary year, which begins in July.
* Fun will continue to be part of our Club, we are looking to have quarterly social  opportunities
* Engagement, we want to further engage members in areas of interest, including Community Service
* Community service is why we're here and what Rotary is about; Dave wants to increase visibility in the community, develop relationships with downtown companies, and have a new signature event.
* Members, of course, is  what makes it [SR2] all happened and our goal is always to have a net gain.
* Visioning - what do we want to make happen this year and in the future as Club 10. Heidi encouraged everyone in the room to join in her excitement for the year ahead.