Times were tough back in 1934. The Great Depression was at its height; jobs and money were scarce. To save their homes and farms, people were forced to do business with loan sharks at over 35% interest. It was into these historic and economic circumstances that Twin City Co-ops Credit Union (TCU), since renamed to SPIRE Credit Union was born.
Many of you have probably seen SPIRE’s TV commercials with an early-model Ford work truck in them. So what does an old work truck have to do with a credit union, you might ask? The truck, Archie, named for SPIRE’s founder, Edgar Archer, symbolizes our Midwestern values—trust, honesty, integrity, compassion, humility, and plain old hard work. Promises made and promises kept…Today, you’ll hear how a mid-sized credit union was able to break into the top 5 in brand awareness in a Twin Cities market with over 300 financial institutions by using a work truck in its branding efforts.
Our club will be hosting a Group Study Exchange Team from Australia and East Timor from April 23 to April 28. This is a great opportunity for members of our club share your home with someone from a far-off land who will experience this part of America for the first (and perhaps ONLY time.) Sitting at the dinner or breakfast table in your home with a visiting team member is a chance to enrich your family's global understanding - culturally and personally.
Host families provide overnight accommodations, breakfast most days and two or three suppers. It is helpful if families can provide transportation to meeting points, usually in downtown St. Paul; but other arrangements can be made.
Several members of our club have hosted GSE team members in the past and formed lasting friendships. The biographies of the team members are linked. The first people to volunteer get the first pick of who they want to host. Get in line. Don’t regret waiting too long.
If you’d like to host or help out with activities, please contact Al Zdrazil at 651 675-9838 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
We welcome back Rotarian Larry Morgan, who will follow-up his successful presentation last year on the St. Paul Cathedral. Larry, a forty year veteran of the firm, will present a history of TKDA Engineering, Architecture and Planning.
Founded in 1910 by Maximilian Toltz as the Toltz Engineering Company in Saint Paul, the company has played a significant role in designing the city’s landmarks, including the beloved Como Park Conservatory (now Marjorie McNeely Conservatory) the iconic Hamm Building and the Robert and Wabasha Street bridges. Throughout the decades, the company has played a key role in designing the area’s roads, bridges, rail, mass transit, parks and trails as well as buildings and facilities for companies, schools and government agencies.
John Andrews, Scout Executive/ CEO and John Overland, Deputy Scout Executive of Northern Star Council, Boy Scouts of America will discuss plans to build a Leadership Center near their Base Camp facility at Fort Snelling. The building design is almost complete and construction will start in May on this 42,000 SF, 2-level, $15M project. The vision for the building will be shared as well as the youth leadership curriculum overview, site plan, current designs and 3D animated views of outside and inside the designed building.
The presentation will cover the brief history of the African-American community before and after the construction of I-94 that destroyed the neighborhood, summarize current projects now underway to revitalize Rondo and offer a glimpse of an exciting new project for Rondo and I-94.
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.
Rotation Day - Minnesota Opera
Apr 04, 2017
12:00 PM – 1:15 PM
Rotation Day - Landmark Center, Ramsey County Historical Society
Apr 04, 2017
12:00 PM – 1:15 PM
MN Wild Night with Club 10
Apr 04, 2017 7:00 PM