Making Sense of Politics: What Voters Said, What They Meant and the Impact on Minnesota
Tom Horner is a familiar face on Minnesota’s public affairs scene. He has a background in journalism, was chief of staff to former U.S. Senator Dave Durenberger, a co-founder of one of the region’s best-known public affairs firms, Himle Horner and an adjunct professor at his alma mater, the University of St. Thomas. In 2010, Horner was the Independence Party candidate for governor of Minnesota. The StarTribune in its endorsement editorial, said Horner “loves Minnesota; he's a serious student of government and economics, and he feels called to service…Horner seeks to apply the lessons of a lifetime spent working in and around public policy to the restoration of this state's vitality.” Today, Horner is president of Horner Strategies, LLC, a public relations and public affairs consulting firm.
Club 10 had the rare opportunity to send off one of its own as member Anders Rydaker, of Ever-Green (District) Energy in downtown Saint Paul, provided the Tuesday luncheon with a retrospective of his career in Saint Paul and the world. Anders has been a global leader in district energy, district cooling, and renewable energy with more than 35 years of experience in the district energy field. Learn what is next for Anders and his lovely bride.
Anders Rydaker, a native of Sweden and a member of Saint Paul Rotary since 1993, will tell the story about his 33 years in Saint Paul. The presentation will be focused on the company, District Energy, he lead as its president for 17 years.
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President Chuck Whitaker brought the meting to order at 12:16 p.m. Ed Coleman, acting as a human metronome, led us in singing America the Beautiful while Doug Hartford accompanied us on the piano. Nancy Brady reminded us all to “smile a little” during this stressful election season in our Inspirational Minute. Carla Hauge tried to introduce guests and visiting Rotarians but there were none! We were warmly greeted by Heidi Fisher, and Kathleen Riley served as today’s scribe.
The enchanting European Christmas Market will come to St. Paul’s Union Depot east plaza during the first two weekends in December, presenting a holiday festival inspired by “Christkindlmarkt,” an outdoor holiday festival common across central European countries. The free, eight-day, open-air event (December 1-4 and 8-11), features handmade goods from local crafters and artisans, as well as authentic food and drink offerings, including glühwein. Attendees will find blown-glass ornaments and artwork, holiday décor, handmade mittens, candles, wooden toys and more. Surrounded by carolers, dancers, musicians, Santa and reindeer, each vendor will display their wares in an atmosphere befitting of a traditional Christmas market in Europe. This is the third year of the St. Paul’s European Christmas Market.
President Chuck Whitaker brought the meeting to order at 12:20 p.m.. David Laird led the club in "America the Beautiful" after a wonderful instrumental rendition with Bob Jones on the piano and exchange student Ririko Nagaishi on the violin. We were a class act! Brianna Vujovich offered a thoughtful secular invocation and Carley Stuber introduced guests. John Chandler, now of Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center, and Deb Katzmark warmly greeted members and guests at the door and Michael-jon Pease served as scribe.
Laura Zabel is executive director of Springboard for the Arts--a national community development organization run by and for artists. Laura will discuss the ways in which places can connect and work with artists to support local businesses, create authentic narratives, establish vibrant and unique identities and attract people, attention and dollars.
It is always a special meeting when one of our own Rotarians addresses Club 10 regarding an issue of special import. Today's meeting was such a case. In a dizzying 25-minutes, Stephen B. Young, Global Executive Director of the Caux Round Table, presented extensive data focusing on the middle class. The data by extension serves to explain our current presidential campaign. For a sampling of the broad range of economic statistics and trends that may foreshadow an election result, read more.
The current US presidential campaign is unprecedented in many ways? Why? What has happened to us? First, there is a rebellion against an elite going on simultaneously on the right and the left. Second, the numbers on economic prospects for average Americans and many other social/political trends have been disheartening for several decades, driving our distemper and upset upward. Third, we have been in a culture war since the 1960s which has reached new extremes of disagreement. Not a happy picture any way you look at it.
President Chuck Whitaker called the meeting to order at 12:15 pm. Jerry Faletti led the singing of America The Beautiful. Nancy Brady gave the inspirational minute. Carla Hauge introduced visiting Rotarians and guests. The greeters were Ed Coleman and Jason DeKeuster. John Andrews invited everyone to the CSA Community Builder Celebration on October 13, at the InterContinental Hotel. There will be appetizers at 5:15 pm and dinner at 6:00 pm. The event will celebrate Hugh Schilling of Horton, Inc. as the 2016 Community Builder.