Rotary Club of St. Paul #10
November 2, 2021 Hybrid Inspiration Lounge: "St Paul - Street by Street - by bike" Wolfie Browender
Wolfie Browender has lived in Saint Paul with his wife, Sue, since 1986. He is proud to live in Minnesota's Capitol City. Wolfie is a native of the Milwaukee, WI area. The father of two adult daughters, Wolfie bikes for fun and exercise. You can follow his travels throughout Saint Paul on his blog Saint Paul By Bike-Every Block of Every Street at
Program will begin at 5:15 PM
Meeting ID: 825 184 8268
Passcode: 643825
Or, join by Phone:  (312) 626-6799 or (346) 248-7799
October 26, 2021 ROTARY IN REVIEW:  Monica Jones
President Todd Nicholson called the hybrid meeting to order at 12:18 pm. Lynne Beck was scribe. The greeters were Rita Dibble and Laurie Murphy.  The A/V Teach Team was Ken Crabb, Paul Meekin and Matt Magers.
Jerry Faletti gave the Inspirational Minute about choosing peace and civility rather than violence. By centering on the good in humanity, we can help improve the world.
Joy McElroy introduced the speaker Monica Jones, the Program Manager of LifeHaven, a home that offers transitional living and support for teen moms and their children, and is a part of Lutheran Social Services Metro Homeless Youth Services. Monica has significant experience working in youth service fields.
Information on homeless youth
  • There is a conservative estimate of 13,300 homeless youth in MN.
  • They are the "least visible" members of society because they move from place to place.
  • BIPOC and LGBQ1A+ youth are at the most represented.
  • Youth become homeless for a number of reasons: unsafe home life, drug/alcohol abuse, fighting with parents, told to leave, parents are homeless, mental illness, generational impact of racial discrimination, age out of foster care.
Metro Homeless Youth Services Programs
Housing and support for up to 18 months to 16-17 year old mothers and their children, who are experiencing homelessness
Emergency housing of up to 60 days for youth experiencing homelessness
Transitional Living Project (TLP)
Supportive program for youth ages 16-21 ready to start living in a their own apartment
Rezek House Transitional Living Program
Two-year transitional living program for homeless youth ages 16-21
Youth Outreach
Support and assistance for youth who have run away or are without a stable place to stay
Collaborative of youth-serving nonprofits that provide street-based outreach to youth experiencing homelessness in the Metro area
Monica asked members to sign up to make a difference to youth during the holiday season. You can purchase something on a young person's wish list for Christmas. Joy will contact you and the gift should be delivered to Rotary by December 10.    
Shelly Rucks announced that the next meeting of the 501 Inspirational Lounge will be Tuesday, November 2 at the University Club at 5:01pm. The speaker will be Wolfie Bowender, "St. Paul - Street by Street - by Bike."
Todd Nicholson said the next Hybrid Hotel Meeting will be Tuesday, November 9. The speaker will be Steve Young, Executive Director of Caux Round Table for Moral Capitalism on the topic "Refugee Resettlement."
Ken Crabb announced that the One Rotary District Zoom Meeting is tonight, October 26, from 6:00 - 8:00 pm. Everyone is invited. The Zoom link is on the website.
Ed Coleman asked for Happy Dollars. They included: Jason DeKuester received the 2021 "Build Better Men" award from Delta Sigma Phi. Bill Given hopes to start the Rotary S.T.R.I.V.E. program at our club. Valdi Stefanson reported that a runway for aircraft is a positive result of our reservoir project in Bolivia.
Ruth Petermann asked everyone to fill out a survey to indicate why they like Rotary.
The meeting closed at 1:09 pm.
Lynne Beck
Community Outreach Changes Approved
Our club has four “teams” or “committees” that lead various activities. Each team has a leader or two. The four teams and their leaders are…
  1. Membership/Programs/Club Experience: Ken Schaefer & Carolyn Will
  2. Global Projects/Awards: Rita Dibble & a willing volunteer tbd
  3. Public Relations/Fundraising: Aaron Gjerde & Jennifer Evers
  4. Community Outreach: Jeff Baidoo & David Kline
Within the Community Outreach team, there used to be 11 different project groups or subcommittees. Jeff and David proposed, and the board approved, a consolidation into four. They are…
  1. Special Projects (Ending Human Trafficking, Onto Winnipeg Trip)
  2. Environment/Beautification (Cleveland Circle flower planting, Mississippi River clean up)
  3. Community Service (Rondo Initiative, Hallie Q. Brown events, Sanneh Foundation events, Hmong community project)
  4. Education (STRIVE, Camp RYLA, Education Day, Rotation Forward, Rotary Youth Exchange)
Jeff Baidoo and David Kline received good advice from several Rotarians who have been involved in these past projects. We are now seeking Rotarians who to engage with one of the project groups. Engagement includes meeting regularly and planning activities that match the capacity of our club and its members. Conversations and decisions will also occur about which projects should be changed, paused, added or eliminated.
Over the next few weeks, Jeff and David will reach out to Rotarians involved in the past, new members and other Rotarians to invite them to join a project group within the Community Outreach team. Some are already meeting regularly such as the Ending Human Trafficking project group. It’s anticipated that coordination among similar projects within a category – like the Education project group – will improve communications, involvement and efficiency.
Thank you for your past involvement and willingness to serve with your time and expertise so our club can benefit “all concerned” in our community!
Winter Spark - Save the Date
The Winter Spark Gala will be at 5:30 PM on Thursday, Dec 2, 2021 at Dove Hill. Registration will open soon.
REMINDER: Rotary Flex Members
The Board recently announced that Rotary Flex Members will now be paying their $25 lunch fees onsite instead of being billed afterward. Rotary Flex Membership is the new category comprised of the former
  • Senior Active
  • Under 40
  • COVID Relief Categories.
We will have a Square credit card reader on hand at meetings for your convenience. Checks and cash are also accepted. Please see Jodi at the registration desk on your way in to make the payment. 

For more news and background:

Hybrid Inspiration Lounge: "St Paul - Street by Street - by bike" Wolfie Browender
University Club or Online via Zoom
Nov 02, 2021
5:01 PM - 6:01 PM
Hybrid Signature Lunch Meeting: "Refugee Resettlement" Steve Young, Global Executive Director, Caux Round Table for Moral Capitalism
Zoom & InterContinental St. Paul Riverfront
Nov 09, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
Board Meeting
Rondo Center of Diverse Expression
Nov 10, 2021
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Hybrid Inspiration Lounge: "Make it OK" Marna Melrose Canterbury, Senior Director, Community Health & Engagement, HealthPartners
University Club or Online via Zoom
Nov 16, 2021
5:01 PM - 6:01 PM
No Meeting - Holiday
Nov 23, 2021
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Rotary Club of St. Paul #10
Todd Nicholson
President Elect
Dave Dominick
Paul Meekin
Heidi Fisher
Laura Nichols-Endres
Immediate Past President
Jason Bradshaw
Director Emeritus
Kenneth W. Crabb, M.D.
Jeffrey Baidoo
Kathy Bjerke
Pat Brault
Rita Dibble
Jennifer Evers
Aaron Gjerde
David Kline
Kenneth Schaefer
Carolyn Will
St. Paul Rotary Foundation
Carla Hauge        
Vice President 
John Chandler      
Sarah Kolar        
Jerry Faletti    
Chuck Whitaker         
Linda Mulhern         
Michael-jon Pease        
Jason Bradshaw
Jennifer Evers        
Member Birthdays
Beth Naughton
November 1
Stephen B. Young
November 2
Robert J. Hoyle
November 4
Donovan Schwichtenberg
November 6
Mary Knudsen
November 6
Todd Lefko
November 6
Sue Katsiotis
November 11
Robert W. Jones, D.D.S.
November 12
Jim Delamater
November 15
Richard H. Zehring
November 15
Cindy Shiely
November 16
Cary Felbab
November 26
Mark Stutrud
November 29
Russell Hampton
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