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JUNE 15, 2021 HYBRID Inspiration Lounge:
 Janeen Dednam-Wright, Director of Community Partnerships, United Family Medicine
This week is our first ever Hybrid 5:01 Inspiration Lounge. Join us in person at the University Club or dial in via Zoom with the link below. 
  • 4:30 PM New Member Orientation (current members are welcome to join to brush up on Club 10 knowledge)
  • 5:01 PM Inspiration Lounge: Janeen Dednam-Wright, Director of Community Partnerships, United Family Medicine
University Club 
We're meeting in the Terrace Room on the lobby level. Bar service is available on the lower level.
Meeting ID: 825 184 8268
Passcode: 643825
Or, join by Phone:  (312) 626-6799 or (346) 248-7799
Ann Nyakundi, MHA, Chief Executive Officer United Family Medicine
New leadership at this community clinic fills a much needed niche in the health care community on West Seventh Street in Saint Paul.

Ann Nyakundi serves as Chief Executive Officer of United Family Medicine, an urban federally qualified community health center.  With more than 20 years of experience in public health and health care administration, Ms. Nyakundi has demonstrated strengths in community outreach, nonprofit management, strategic planning and health policy.  Throughout her career, Nyakundi served on various national advisory committees including Medtronic Philanthropy’s HealthRise US Program and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’ New Models of Primary Care Workforce and Financing where she represented community health workers having helped initially design the use of this group at Hennepin Healthcare, the largest safety net health system in Minnesota.  Beyond advisory roles, Ms. Nyakundi has a background in quality improvement, health care administration, community health, health policy and philanthropy.  Prior to her leadership at United Family Medicine, she provided strategic support to the National Marrow Donor Program managing payer relationships with the largest national payers in the country.  She also helped spread Practice Facilitation nationally within the Primary Care Services Division of the American Cancer Society where she served as Health Systems Manager for the Midwest Division.  As an undergraduate student, Nyakundi secured an international fellowship with the National Institutes of Health in China and conducted medical anthropology research in the Dominican Republic studying traditional health systems.  Educated in executive health care administration at the University of Minnesota and medical anthropology from the University of Michigan, Ms. Nyakundi is a sought after speaker for providing innovative new ways to reduce health disparities.  She lives in Minnesota and is married with two children and three furry companions named Napoleon, Sephina, and Oso.​  

June 9, 2021 ROTARY IN REVIEW:  Holly Henning
President Jason Bradshaw called the hybrid meeting to order at 12:16 pm. Lynne Beck was scribe. The greeter was Susan O'Neil. Jason announced that the last board meeting of the year will be tomorrow and then there will be 6 new members, a new slate of officers, and our new president Todd Nicholson.
Jerry Faletti gave the Inspirational Minute, a prayer by Pope Francis, and led the club in the 4-Way Test. Ed Coleman introduced visiting Rotarians and guests. Ken Crabb introduced Susan Rostkoski, consultant at Strategic Consulting and Coaching and Linda Mulhern introduced the mother of the award winner, Marianna Sullivan.  Katie Johnson, a member of the Fridley club, is interested in transferring.
Michael-jon Pease introduced the Carolyn Brusseau Award for Women in Leadership for outstanding women leaders. It was named after Carolyn Brusseau, our 85th President from 1994-95, who was the first woman Saint Paul Rotary Club president. We are giving this award every year to an outstanding woman in her field. This year we selected two women to receive the award. Jason presented the awards to Marianna Sullivan and Debbie Montgomery. Marianna is a Harding High School counselor who is a big fan or Camp Ryla. She has encouraged many students from Harding to attend. Debbie was the first female and first Black woman St. Paul Police officer. She has been a role model and mentor for women and young people on the force over many years.
The two recipients will receive $1,000 for the charity of their choice, a one-year membership to the club, and a $1,000 Paul Harris Fellowship in their name. Marianna chose Our Lady of Peace hospice and Debbie selected Hallie Q. Brown Community Center to receive the gifts. The women have close ties to the two organizations. Michael-jon presented the two women with a piece of ceramic pottery by local artist Leila Deneke. Leila wrote a nice letter thanking Rotary for all our support. She received a Rotary Vocation Fellowship in 1984 to study pottery in Japan. This experience changed her life and her work as a potter. 
The speaker was Holly Henning, Residential Director of Ain Dah Yun Center. She has tribal affiliations (Marten Falls, First Nation and Constance Lake, First Nation) and extensive experience working with homeless, at risk youth. She is also a visual artist who has worked on mural projects around the country
There is a long history in the United States and Canada of trauma for indigenous peoples. Much of the trauma took place during the boarding school era of the 1970's. The last residential school for indigenous youth in Canada closed in 1996. Other trauma included forced assimilation and lack of the ability to celebrate their own language, traditions and religion. This trauma has led to the breakdown of family values, mental health issues, substance abuse, child abuse and neglect, etc.
Ain Dah Yun Center provides a healing place within the community for American Indian youth and families to thrive in safety and wholeness. Born out of the Red School House, the Center began in 1983 as a safe place for children 5-18 who are experiencing homelessness.
Currently, Ain Dah Yun Center has 7 programs.
  • Emergency Shelter: provides culturally responsive emergency shelter to indigenous youth in crisis and need of housing
  • Youth Lodge: a residential transitional living program for youth 16-21
  • Mino Oski Ain Dah Yung: permanent supportive housing for young adults 18-24
  • Niniyanisag: culturally responsive after-school prevention programming for children and youth 8-17 (leadership development program)
  • Oyate Nawajin: support services for indigenous families with the goal of keeping families together
  • Street Outreach: in-person direct services to unhoused, at-risk youth including housing assessments and case management
  • Zhawenimaa: culturally responsive safe harbor services for survivors of exploitation and trafficking
Ain Dah Yun Center is supported by some federal funds (section 8 vouchers, etc), individuals, and foundations. William Kent Krueger, a Minnesota author who writes novels about Minnesota with a focus on Native peoples and cultures, supports and collaborates with the center. 
Joy McElroy from Cherish All Children invited everyone to participate in their 5K walk on June 26 to raise funds to help prevent child exploitation and human trafficking. The next 501 meeting will be Tuesday at the University Club with a zoom option. Ed Coleman asked for Happy Dollars, which included Valdi's updates on RI grants for Bolivia ($66,000 for farm projects) and Tanzania ($38,000 for hospital upgrades). Scott thanked everyone who helped with Cleveland Circle; there was a great turnout.
The meeting closed at 1:15 pm.
Lynne Beck
Events & Programs
Cherish All Children In-Person/Virtual 5K
City House
Jun 26, 2021
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Hybrid Meeting: Changing of the Guard
Zoom & InterContinental St. Paul Riverfront
Jun 29, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
HYBRID Inspiration Lounge: Celebration of Rondo with Dawn Selle
University Club or Online via Zoom
Jul 06, 2021
5:01 PM - 6:01 PM
Stories of Minnesota's Very Own Olympian Elite
Zoom & InterContinental St. Paul Riverfront
Jul 13, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
Dana Bruce Toast on the Padelford
Padelford Riverboats
Jul 15, 2021
5:00 PM – 7:30 PM
HYBRID Inspiration Lounge:
University Club or Online via Zoom
Jul 20, 2021
5:01 PM - 6:01 PM
Hybrid Meeting:
Zoom & InterContinental St. Paul Riverfront
Jul 27, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
Bradshaw Roast
University Club or Online via Zoom
Aug 03, 2021
5:01 PM - 6:01 PM
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Dues Relief Request
COVID-19 Member Dues Relief Request Form
Happy Birthday!
Member Birthdays
Jon C. Cieslak
June 3
B (Brenda) Kyle
June 5
Bob Cardinal
June 7
Dana Bruce
June 8
Segundo Velasquez
June 8
Grant Wiessner
June 9
Katherine Johnson
June 9
Nigel Parry
June 10
Annette Lance
June 12
Susan O'Neil
June 12
Kenneth W. Crabb, M.D.
June 17
Edward H. Cook
June 18
Clyde D. Nelson
June 19
Jason Bradshaw
June 24
Thomas Farnham
June 25
Vicki Gee-Treft
June 25
Michael Self
June 27
Donate now to the Saint Paul Rotary Foundation “Community Service Fund” to assist those affected by COVID-19.
Russell Hampton
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