Today’s meeting was our annual gathering with the energetic high school leaders who have been at Camp RYLA all weekend. The room was abuzz with energy between the presentations of the “Ryalrians” and the hotel crew rushing to set up more tables – 24 in all – to get everyone seated. A great turn out!

President Jerry Faletti called the meeting to order at 12:15 p.m.

Fatima Cole (RYLA) led the National Anthem with Bob Jones on the keyboard.

Bonnie Taylor delivered the inspirational minute.

Our RYLA emcees for the afternoon were Bennet Oelkers and Jillian Seeger, who were naturals at the podium. They introduced guests and visiting Rotarians.

Many of their fellow Rylarians were in fashion mode, from fashionable skirts, to bow ties, suits and even a few pork pie hats. Ah youth!

Today’s greeters were Lloyd Stern and Cindy Shiely, both from US Bank. It was nice to see Sherry Howe, Intercontinental St Paul Riverfont, back at the registration table assisting Jodi for this big meeting.

Michael-jon Pease, Park Square Theatre, was your faithful scribe.

Next week’s program will be Art Rolnick, former Mpls Federal Reserve researcher, presenting on early childhood development and the Governor’s proposal to fund pre-school education.


Camp RYLA participants will lead the meeting and share their camp experiences. Friends, family and guests are welcome. The lunch fee for visitors is $25.00.  Reminder, we are meeting at the InterContinental St. Paul Riverfront (11 E Kellogg Blvd).

Camp RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) is a five-day camp which strengthens leadership skills and capabilities of high school students through physical, mental, emotional, and intellectual challenges.  There is an emphasis on problem solving, teamwork, and interaction with other outstanding students and volunteer counselors and presenters. 


“America the Beautiful” rang out as Dick Nicholson led the April 17th St. Paul Rotary Meeting’s opening song.  President Jerry Faletti welcomed everyone to the 41st meeting of the year.  Michael-Jon Pease shared timely passages from the production of “Diary of Anne Frank” in recognition of Ending Genocide Month in Minnesota.  Diary of Anne Frank is an annual tradition at St. Paul’s Park Square Theater, which is the longest running playhouse in Minnesota.
Thank you to meeting volunteers:  Dick Nicholson, Piano Player; Doug Hartford, Song Leader; Laurie Murphy, Introducing Guests; and new members Tally Venjohn and Shari Clifford were Greeters. Also, special thanks to Todd Nicholson for coordinating volunteers each week.
St. Paul Urban Tennis is a 26-year-old nonprofit based on the East Side with a citywide reach. We use tennis to teach life skills and physically engage approximately 2,000 youth ages 5-18 each year in neighborhoods throughout St. Paul in the summer. Throughout the year, we work intensely with 60 extraordinary high school students through our SPUT Warrior Leadership Academy. Our mission is to strengthen our community by educating and empowering youth to realize their full potential.
Rotarians felt a new level of energy upon arrival at the DoubleTree Hilton.  The new mayor in town was on the scene. The honorable Melvin Carter, 46th mayor of Saint Paul, shared his vision for our capital city at the Rotary Club #10 Noon meeting.  From the start, Carter demonstrated deft humor as he played to the packed room and even “marched’ up to the speaker’s table as Rotarians sung “When the Mayor Comes Marching In.”   Song leader, Susan O’Neil, St. Paul Fire Foundation, kept us on key with the help of Doug Hartford on piano and Ed Coleman on drums.  Club President Jerry Faletti, Lethert Skwira Schultz & Co., added just the right accent by chiming the meeting bell on the refrain.
Following our inspirational minute delivered by Nancy Brady from Neighborhood House and introductions of visiting Rotarians and the many guests by Bob Cardinal, Calhoun Companies, Club President-Elect Trixie Golberg, Triumph Electric, introduced Mayor Melvin Carter.
Saint Paul Mayor Melvin Carter will be speaking at our next Club Meeting. Reminder, we are offsite at the Doubletree (411 Minnesota Street).
If you want to know where you are, you have to know where you've been.  Minnesota State Fair CEO Jerry Hammer will review the founding of the State Fair, the Lost Fairgrounds of spectacular facilities that are no more, and today's fair and its significant economic impact.
President Faletti brought the meeting to order on a sunny spring day, with all chairs in the room filled.  Bob Jones, Jerry, Chuck Field and all led the group in song and musical accompaniment.
Bob Cardinal offered the inspirational moment and Tom Farnham facilitated the introduction of half a dozen visiting Rotarians and guests, after Heidi Fisher and Sarah Kolar had greeted them at the door.
Linda Mulhern spoke about Camp RYLA and food packing for FMSC.  March birthdays were celebrated, with extra cupcakes for those who looked hungry.
Thank you’s between friends, celebrations of career and family achievement, and Rotary news and events were celebrated with happy dollars.  Former Rotarian Patricia McDonald, of Afton Press, was remembered.  She passed away on March 26.
In the late 19th and early 20th Century, the Supreme Court repeatedly held that the Constitution did not protect women from discrimination on the basis of their sex. It was not until the 1970s that the Court would recognize Constitutional protections from sex based discrimination. These cases form the frameworks that the Court still uses to measure equal protection. This interactive and surprising presentation considers what those cases tell us about equal rights under the law then, now, and in the future.
Tuomas Sivula, our outbound student to Thailand, recounted his experiences. Randi Roth, new ED of Interfaith Action (formerly the Council of Churches), outlined their hands-on programs to mitigate the effects of poverty and their structural work with volunteers, houses of worship and nonprofit service providers to address the systems that create poverty.
A recent publication called “State of the South” set forth this idea:  we can judge any city based on the extent to which it provides an infrastructure of opportunity to the people who live there.  How is Saint Paul doing?  Are we providing an infrastructure of opportunity?  Interfaith Action of Greater Saint Paul has launched an exciting new initiative, Opportunity Saint Paul, that will build a pathway for thousands of volunteers from the faith community to help build that infrastructure. Come learn about how it works and how you can get involved.

There are 300,000+ Latinos represented in the Twin Cities population. They command $6.9 billion in buying power. Yet it is hard to understand that many companies in this market do not understand how to tap this market potential. Rick Aguilar of Aguilar Productions addressed the Club 10 luncheon and suggested ways in which this vast Hispanic resource can be tapped by metro-area businesses.

The Hispanic buying power in Minnesota is 10 Billion dollars. Nationally it's 1.2 Trillion Dollars. Is your business aware of the fastest growing market in the Country? Come and learn about this opportunity!
Richard Aguilar is President of Aguilar Productions, Inc. based in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Aguilar Productions is the leader in promoting the Emerging markets to the Corporate Business Community. This year, Aguilar Productions is celebrating its 22nd year of producing marketing conferences and seminars focusing on the U.S. Hispanic American, Asian American, African American and U.S Emerging African markets.
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Rotary Club #10 ‒ Serving Saint Paul and the World

Welcome to Club 10

Rotary Club of Saint Paul

Service Above Self

We meet Tuesdays at 12:00 PM
InterContinental Hotel
11 Kellogg Boulevard E
Saint Paul, MN  55101
United States
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Upcoming Speakers
Art Rolnick
May 01, 2018
Early School Education
No Meeting - Holiday
May 29, 2018
Padelford Outing
Jun 05, 2018
(offsite on Jonathan Padelford)