Bumper sticker: "Teachers: The only people who steal supplies from home and take them to work." Really? Is this the state of affairs in American public schools? If it were, wouldn't it be great if teachers could just post their needs online and donors could be matched up to give directly to those needs? It can be done and Bob Thacker of AdoptAClassrom.org told Club10 how to do it!
After a 45 year career in marketing, leading marketing for companies such as Target, Sears, BBDO, and Officemax, Bob Thacker has seen a lot. His initiatives have shaped the direction of major brands in America. He'll share some of the lessons learned and how he is applying them now for the sake of schools in America.
Jim Eppel has held a variety of leadership positions within local healthcare organizations, including provider entities and managed care organizations. Jim assumed the role of President and CEO effective June of this year. UCare serves 500,000 members in Minnesota and western Wisconsin, focusing on Medicare-eligible individuals, individuals and families enrolled in MinnesotaCare and Medical Assistance, individuals with disabilities and families choosing coverage through MNsure, the new insurance marketplace.
People were welcomed to the meeting by Mindee Kastelic, St. Paul Area Chamber of Commerce, and Jason Stern, Minnesota Wild. President Carla opened the meeting. We were led in “Side by Side” by Past President Joe Kovarik , Joseph J Kovarik & Associated, with Past President Doug Hartford, Concordia University, retired, on the piano and Ed Coleman, Seven Corners Printing, on the djembe. Annette Kuyper, Beyond the Yellow Ribbon, gave an inspirational reading of, “A Psalm of Life” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Good advice for all of us.
Trust is a fundamental, bottom line issue. Without it, leaders lose teams, salespeople lose sales, and organizations lose reputation, retention of good people, relationships and revenue. But with trust, individuals and organizations enjoy greater creativity, productivity, freedom, and results.
Through academic research and firsthand experience, David Horsager has learned what it takes to gain – and keep – The Trust Edge. Through a captivating presentation, Dave combines humor and illustrations with business insight and analysis. He will show you how the little things, done consistently, add up to huge results.
A non-profit will be opening a new location in a stressed Saint Paul neighborhood in the near future and providing needed jobs to local teenagers. Cookie Cart Executive Director Matt Halley came to Club 10 to tell how his organization is "baking Bright Futures" in north Minneapolis and how that concept will soon benefit Saint Paul.
Established in 1988, Cookie Cart is a Twin Cities based non-profit organization with a mission to provide teens 15 to 18 years old lasting and meaningful work, life and leadership skills through experience and training in an urban nonprofit bakery. In June, 2015 the organization purchased a vacant grocery store on Payne Avenue. Today they are finalizing plans to convert the building into a youth operated bakery. Matt Halley, the Executive Director of Cookie Cart will discuss the unique, first paid job experience that will soon be offered to East Side teens.
President Carla Hauge called the October 20 regular member meeting together and invited all to stand for an opening song. Bob Jones continued to entertain on the piano by opening the meeting with God Bless America with David Laird as song leader. Kathleen Riley shared an inclusive inspirational opening with credit to Google search.
Mark Stutrud and Summit Brewery hosted about 20 Rotarians for the October 13 Rotation Day. Mark shared the history of Summit’s founding as St. Paul’s first new brewery in nearly 100 years including the challenges of raising capital, siting the brewery and building a brand.
Ten days, hundreds of thousands of participants, from 130 countries speaking 33 languages, and more than 5,000 members of the media. This is what we can expect in Minnesota when the world’s marquee sporting event - the Super Bowl – comes to our state in 2018. Minnesota will be in the spotlight as Super Bowl LII comes to life, showcasing life in the Bold North – from our great outdoors to our first class cuisine – and bringing thousands of visitors, generating millions of dollars in revenue for our local businesses. Super Bowl Host Committee CEO Maureen Bausch will share how Minnesota won the bid, and the work already being done to prepare for Super Bowl LII.
Thirty Rotarians joined Chuck Whitaker at his new business venture, Whitaker Sports and Import Cars. Chuck provided a wonderful lunch and then described his personal background in the Automotive Sales. Chuck started as a teenager working for his father at Whitaker Buick in St. Paul on University Avenue. Eventually he started his own venture with Whitaker Lincoln Mercury in Inver Grove Heights.
“Take me out to the ballgame; take me out to the park……..”. Well, there was no ballgame last Tuesday as 17 Rotarians were escorted around CHS Stadium by fellow Rotarian, Derek Sherrer. But for those of us who had attended a game during the inaugural season, we could almost hear the crack of the bat on the ball, and smell the beer and brats on the grill. Those who hadn’t been to a game during the recently completed season were wishing they had, and were vowing to themselves to make it a priority next June.