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President Todd Nicholson called the meeting to order at 12:16 and led the meeting in the Pledge of Allegiance and reviewed the mission statement. Susan Rostkoski and Scott Van served as greeters, Ellen Kennedy was the online greeter, and Ken Crabb, Dave Wolfgram and Matt Magers served on the tech team.
 
Rita Dibble lead the Inspirational Minute with a quote on immigrants by historian Oscar Handlin, then Michael-Jon Pease welcomed visiting Rotarians and guests. Ruth Petermann introduced new member Jun Yang from New American Funding.
President Todd welcomed attendees & thanked volunteers:  Greeter Dick Nicholson, Tech Team Ken Crabb, Dave Wolfgram, Matt Magers & Noble Orji.  He led the group in the 4-way test.  Dick introduced guests.  Todd acknowledged May birthdays, which are celebrated each month with cupcakes from David Dominick (thank you!)
 
Ruth Petermann introduced our speaker:  Erin Hanafin Berg, Deputy Director of Rethos.  Rethos is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, formerly known as the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota. They work for the use of old buildings and sites and are holistic in their thought and flexible in approach. They activate space, invest in communities, and reimagine what can be. They celebrate the fundamental character and the qualities that define communities.  Erin has been with the organization since 2008 and lives in St Paul.
 
At 12:21 pm on April 26th at the Intercontinental Hotel, President Todd Nicholson opened the meeting. Jim Kosmo provided the inspirational minute and 4-way test. Jim talked about the 6 steps to overcoming adversity, the need to control the adversity, be industrious and find passion, a good attitude, finding mentors, use humor and do good for someone else daily. Sarah Guy-Levar introduced visiting guests which included many Rotary alumni. John Kupris and Sarah Guy-Levar were greeters, while Laura Nichols-Endres was the online greeter and Linda Mulhern, the scribe. Todd wanted to thank our tech team of Dave Wolfgram, Katie Dailey, Ken Crabb and Matt Majors for their tech help with the hybrid meeting format. 
After a two-year hiatus, the Club was joined by the enthusiastic high school students who were finishing our Camp RYLA leadership Camp. From team-building activities and ethical discussions to problem-solving around current issues affecting their schools such as mental health, these young people grew during their four days of camp!
President Todd Nicholson opened the meeting at 12:15 on March 22 at the InterContinental Hotel. The meeting was hybrid with in-person attendees and a dozen online participants.  President Nicholson thanked the greeters (Door Greeters: Ed Cook and Rita Dibble; Online Greeter Ellen Kennedy) and tech team (Ken Crabb, David Wolfgram and Matt Magers).
 
Bill Collins provided the inspirational minute, and then led the group in reciting the 4-way test. Doug Hartford introduced several guests and Shelly Rucks introduced additional guests from Regions Hospital.
 
Linda Mulhern spoke about the upcoming Camp RYLA, April 8-12 at YMCA Camp St. Croix, and how much fun it was to be involved with the youth and see their growth in leadership over the course of the program. She asked for volunteers for opportunities including cheering for student competitors, participating in small group ethics discussions, packing meals at Feed My Starving Children, and driving St. Paul students to camp. Time slots range from 1.5 to 2 hours. Please follow this link for more details and to sign up.
President Todd Nicholson called the hybrid meeting to order at 5:15 pm. Lynne Beck was scribe. The greeters were Laura Nichols-Endres (online) and Marvin Anderson (in-person).  The A/V Teach Team was Ken Crabb and Matt Magers.
 
Todd Nicolson led the club in the 4-Way Test. There were no visiting Rotarians or guests.
 
Shelly Rucks introduced the speaker Linda Mulhern, Client Services, Northern Prairie Financial, a member of #10 and the Director of RYLA this year.
 
President, Todd Nicholson, convened the Hybrid Inspiration Lounge meeting with a welcome to all.  Todd thanked the tech team (Matt Magers), in-person greeter, (Dick Nicholson), online greeter (Ellen Kennedy) and scribe (Linda Boss); and he then led the members in reciting the Rotary 4-Way Test. 
 
Dick Nicholson called for introductions of visiting Rotarians and guests.  A new member, Sarah Guy-Levar, introduced herself. She is a Rotarian transferring to Club 10 from Ely, Minnesota.
 
Beth Naughton introduced the program speaker, Enrique Blanco, the Director of Operations for LEDC: Latino Economic Development Center, a community-based Community Development Financial Institution serving Minnesota’s Latino and immigrant communities since 2003. 
 
Enrique moved to Minnesota from his dual hometowns of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico and El Paso, Texas in 2012 and currently lives in Minneapolis.  He holds an MSc in Security Technologies with a minor in Cybersecurity from the University of Minnesota and, prior to joining LEDC, worked as an advisory professional with global firms serving Latin American clients.
 
Enrique spoke enthusiastically and with a sense of pride about the work of LEDC.  He grouped LEDC’s services into four general categories. Business Development which focuses on helping new Latino entrepreneurs and existing businesses with specialized technical assistance.  During the pandemic and civil unrest of the past two of years LEDC provided member businesses with pandemic-related technical assistance, emergency loans and grants.  Agriculture which focuses on USDA technical assistance to new and existing Latino-owned farms and improving market access for Latino grown produce.  Employment and Training which focuses on providing employment guidance, business and certification classes, English classes and personal coaching.   Lending which focuses on providing capital to Latino entrepreneurs and business owners often not available through traditional sources.  Enrique closed by describing LEDC’s development in the Payne/Phalen area where it purchased a building that now serves as its headquarters as well as spaces for Latino businesses.
 
Todd asked members celebrating birthdays in February or March to stand and be acknowledged.  Christopher Taykalo and Michael-jon Pease (February birthdays) were greeted with a round of applause.
 
Todd then announced the next Hybrid Signature Lunch Meeting on March 8 with speaker Paul Mooty, Vice Chairman and Partner at Faribault Woolen Mill Company and an update on Camp RYLA.
 
Following the announcements, the meeting was adjourned.
 
Respectfully submitted by Linda Boss
 
Minneapolis Club #9 hosted us for this year's annual Joint Meeting, which celebrates our being the 9th and 10th Rotary Clubs founded. About 50 Club Members came together at the University Club with 20 more tuning in via Zoom. Guest speaker Tonia Teasley, Regional CEO, American Red Cross gave an update on her organization's reach and impact, including the vital role volunteers play. 
 
Special thanks to Jireh Mabamba for sharing his photos
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