Started in 1945, The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library is a nonprofit, community membership organization dedicated to supporting the Saint Paul Public Library. Our members advocate for a strong library. We believe that ours is the best and most-used library system of its size in the country, and that it deserves an engaged organization that represents the community’s interests on library issues.
President Carla Hauge convened the meeting, introducing Sergeant at Arms Michael-jon Pease and Past-President Doug Hartford, on piano, to lead us in spirited reading of “It’s a Grand Old Flag”. Bob Cardinal delivered a reverent invocation followed by Greeter Sarah Kolar introducing Visiting Rotarians and Guests. Earlier, Sarah was joined by Kay Baker in greeting arriving members. Carla thanked John Chandler and Bo Aylin for stepping up to manage the Club’s social media.
From renewable energy to strong reliability, a diverse fuel portfolio to staying competitive, the energy industry is experiencing remarkable changes and emerging trends. Chris Clark will offer insights from the perspective of Xcel Energy, the Minnesota’s largest energy utility company and the nation’s #1 wind energy provider.
President Carla Hauge offered her favorite quick elevator speech to entice prospective members: “Join Leaders, Exchange Ideas and Take Action.” Speaker Mark Gordon gave the club insights into the exciting opportunities ahead for the newly merged (waiting to be accredited) Mitchell-Hamline School of Law.
2014-2015 President John Guthmann turned the club's gavel over to 2015-2016 President Carla Hauge with a smile and a "Happy Clap." Hauge, the club's fourth woman president, is, like Guthmann, a "legacy" Rotarian. Her father Bob Jones is a past president and current club member.
Across Minnesota, women and girls are sexually exploited, often through violence and control tactics, for traffickers’ financial gain in what President Obama and others have rightfully deemed “modern day slavery.” Since taking office in 2011, Ramsey County Attorney John Choi has become a national leader in the fight against sex trafficking.
As Saint Paul Rotarians gathered on this beautiful day, they were greeted warmly by Bo Aylin and John Chandler and the dulcet tones of Doug Hartford at the piano. The Honorable Guthmann gaveled the conclave to order, promptly, and was joined at the podium by first-time Maestro Ed Coleman who, accompanied by the aforementioned virtuoso, Hartford, led the Club in a spirited reading of “America the Beautiful”. Apropos of Fathers’ Day, Dave Dominick offered a moving tribute to our fathers and a concise history of the holiday commencing with its first celebration by the YMCA of Spokane, Washington in 1910. He concluded his invocation with a prayer of celebration and gratitude.
John Dillinger, Creepy Karpis, Ma Barker, Machine Gun Kelly, Babyface Nelson, Bugsy Seigel - they all called St. Paul their home in the wild Public Enemies-era of the 1930s.