Posted by Laurie M. Murphy on Jan 31, 2023
Past President Todd Nicholson opened the meeting for Dave Dominick, as YMCA business kept Dave away.   The Pledge of Allegiance is back again! Hooray! Our own former Queen Beth Naughton was the introducer for Guests, visiting Rotarians, and happy dollars. Beth has recently retired for the Minnesota Historical Society. Best of luck on your new found free time!  This was St. Paul Rotary‚Äôs almost 70th year hosting the Royalty of the Winter Carnival. And what a joyous occasion it was.  Rotary boasts of 11 Kings, 9 Prime Ministers, (of which my father Richard T. Murphy was one in 1961.) Several winds of which Jason DeCouster was one - he was a West Wind and wore his hat to celebrate.  And some guards and captions of the guards (of which Richard Murphy was one). And yes we did have two of those Vulcans as Rotarians too.  I am also the daughter of a former Queen: Queen Helen Duffy Murphy in 1947.
 Former Prime Minister Jay Pfaender introduced the Royal Family. 
All of the court was present: North Wind and his princess, South Wind and his princes, East Wind and his princess, and West Wind with his Princess, and Klondike Kate, and members of the Senior Royalty.   And Aurora Queen of the Snows: Liv Swenson.  King Boreas was Leo Lewis and who spoke about that community, service and volunteerism are the keys to a good contribution to society.
The Court knighted all 5 of our foreign exchange students!  They were very thrilled to be knighted.  King Leo also knighted our own Beth Naughton!
A good time was had by all!
Laurie Murphy, scribe.