In 2007, the leadership of our District was audacious enough to challenge us to create a model for eliminating extreme poverty in the developing world. At last year’s District Conference many of you had the opportunity to meet some of the remarkable women we are working with in El Corozo, a small, poor, rural community in Nicaragua. The program will provide an update on our progress in achieving this goal as well as a reflection of some of our accomplishments, challenges and lessons learned.
Join us for MN Wild Night with Club 10 on April 4th.
$100 Lower Level Ticket Includes:
Donation to St. Paul Rotary Foundation
5:00 pm Happy Hour Event
6:30 pm Fundraiser Check Presentation
7:00 pm Wild vs. Carolina
On April 8, Eleanor’s Wars won a NATIONAL book award, the Independent Book Publishers Association’s 2016 Benjamin Franklin Gold Medal Award for BEST NEW VOICE IN FICTION.
In Eleanor’s Wars, Ames Sheldon writes about a heroic woman and the impact of the hidden wounds of war. It’s 1942 and the globe is aflame again. Eleanor Sutton, matriarch of a prosperous New Jersey family, struggles to fight the war on the home front. But then long-buried memories rooted in Eleanor’s service in the Great War come to light. These decades-old secrets threaten her marriage to George—and bring his own carefully guarded secrets to the surface.
The narrative alternates between Eleanor and her son Nat, an adolescent trying to find his way at boarding school at Phillips Academy. An aspiring musician who plays in Gilbert & Sullivan operettas, Nat feuds with his father over going to music school.
In addition, Eleanor’s Wars touches on forbidden issues lurking under cover of daily life in the 1940s, including the plight of refugees, bullying in school, homophobia, sexism, and PTSD.
RSVP today for the Joint Meeting with Minneapolis #9, which will be at the Town & Country Club.
Chris Clark, president, Xcel Energy-Minnesota, will walk you through Powering Minnesota’s Energy Future. Xcel Energy provides the energy that powers millions of homes and businesses across eight Western and Midwestern states. Headquartered in Minneapolis, the company is an industry leader in responsibly reducing carbon emissions and producing and delivering clean energy solutions from a variety of renewable sources at competitive prices.
Xcel Energy is Powering Minnesota’s Energy Future In a rapidly-changing energy market place, Xcel Energy is forging a path to a more sustainable energy future. Our customers and communities expect more from their utility than just reliable service, and we have a bold energy plan designed to meet those energy expectations and help place Minnesota at the leading edge of a transformed energy system. One built on cleaner, more renewable energy delivered at a competitive price. For more than 100 years, our company has been a vital part of Minnesota’s economy, powering homes and businesses, providing good jobs, building and maintaining a robust energy grid and partnering with communities. That legacy continues today as we invest in a 21st century energy system, while leveraging innovation and managing risk. Our plan will strengthen the way we provide energy to our customers and pave the way for an intelligent and efficient grid. These contributions will help drive Minnesota’s economy, enhance our cherished quality of life and safeguard our environment for years to come.
The 2017 Winter Carnival Royalty joined Club 10 members at the weekly luncheon. King Boreas LXXXI knighted all Club 10 members in attendance! Member Jason Bradshaw (Boreas Rex) provided a state-of-the-Winter Carnival report. Past Members who served as Boreas Rex, Carnival Prime Ministers and Princes and Princesses were also recognized. It was a regal day at the Tuesday luncheon.
Since 1886, the Saint Paul Winter Carnival continues to bring family-friendly events and community pride to Saint Paul and the Twin Cities metro area.The Saint Paul Winter Carnival is the oldest winter festival in the United States. Several Eastern newspaper correspondents kindled the start of the Winter Carnival by visiting Saint Paul in the fall of 1885 and returning home to report that Minnesota, in general, was another Siberia, unfit for human habitation. A group of business owners decided to retaliate by creating a wintertime festival which would showcase all the beauty of Minnesota winters.
Today, the Saint Paul Winter Carnival attracts over 250,000 visitors a year and has an approximately $2 – $3 million dollar economic impact to the city of St. Paul and the State of Minnesota.
Saint Paul police officers have been patrolling the streets of the Capital City for more than a century. They’ve seen crime ebb and flow, demographics change and the city’s skyline evolve and grow. Through it all, officers have remained committed to building trust with the people they serve in order to promote safe and healthy neighborhoods.
When Todd Axtell became the department’s 41st police chief in June 2016, he pledged to build on the solid foundation of excellence established by his predecessors. This includes respecting all who are served, addressing violent crime, diversifying the ranks of officers and further galvanizing the department’s focus on community engagement. He has made trust and transparency, engagement and empowerment, and partnership and community policing a priority.
But he knows the police department alone cannot maintain Saint Paul’s status as the most livable city in America. That’s why he and his officers are asking those who live, work and play in the city to join their efforts.
Vice President Jerry Faletti called the meeting to order at 12:15 pm. David Laird led the singing of America the Beautiful, accompanied by Bob Jones. Carley Stuber gave the inspirational minute. Ed Coleman introduced visiting Rotarians and guests. Since Jodi Erickson was unable to attend the meeting, Jason DeKeuster and Jason Bradshaw helped out with greeting and signing in. Lynne Beck was the scribe. Jerry announced that next week we will celebrate January birthdays. The Thursday Fellowship speaker is TBD.
In Senegal, West Africa (and throughout the continent), women do most of the work farming and preparing food for their families. Virtually all of this work is done by hand. Although women are the backbone of the rural economy, they rarely have access to technologies and training to help them produce food efficiently, market their crops, and earn money.
With support from local Rotary clubs, St. Paul based nonprofit Compatible Technology International is equipping women in Senegal with hand-operated mills so they can make nutritious foods like peanut butter and millet flour much more easily. Women are also receiving business training and mentoring so they can earn money selling grinding services and packaged food products.
Alexandra Spieldoch, CTI Executive Director, will be visiting the St. Paul rotary club to talk about the impact of the program and how empowering women as business leaders is a critical part of tackling global poverty.
President Chuck called the meeting to order at 12:15. Joe Kovarik lead the club in singing the America the Beautiful, accompanied by Doug Hartford on the piano. Michael-jon Pease provided the inspirational minute sharing, in anticipation of Martin Luther King day, some words from Bayard Rustin, a civil rights leader who was known as “the man behind the dream.” Tom Farnham introduced visiting Rotarians and guests. We welcomed new member Michael Kuenster, who is joining us from Wells Fargo Advisors. President Chuck also took this opportunity to remind the club about the new member initiative (a case of Summit beer for club members who bring new members into the fold).
President Chuck reminded us of the memorial service for Past Club 10 President Chuck Graham, which was held on January 11th at Centennial United Methodist Church in Roseville.
Metropolitan State University is 45 years young, and continues to open doors of opportunity to non-traditional students across the Twin Cities region. The University’s mission, delivery systems, and students are anything but traditional or typical. Virginia “Ginny” Arthur, JD, the University’s new President, will bring an overview of how the most diverse university in Minnesota is successfully addressing the serious talent gaps in high-skills fields caused by Boomer retirements. Learn about the continuing change and innovation that is shaping the higher education landscape in Minnesota’s future.
Filling in for President Chuck, Past President Carla Hauge rang the bell to bring the meeting to order at 12:15 p.m. for the first meeting of the year in downtown Saint Paul. David Laird led the assembled Rotarians in singing God Bless America! accompanied by Bob Jones on the piano. John Andrews provided today's Inspirational Minute entitled, Silence. Mindee Kastelic facilitated the introduction of visiting Rotarians and guests. Today's greeter was Jason DeKuester. As part of our weekly announcements, we were notified of the passing of our former club President Chuck Graham. Our thoughts are with his family. We also learned that club member Ron Phillipo is in the Hospital recovering from a fall. We wish Ron a speedy recovery and our thoughts and prayers are with him.