East Metro Strong Executive Director Will Schroeer will describe East Metro Strong, its mission, and its Vision for Transit and Economic Development in the East Metro. We can expect to discuss recent developments in regional transit funding, and possible next steps.
Club 10 was pleased to welcome fellow Rotarian John Suzukida, Arden Hills/Shoreview Rotary club member and past-president, to provide a son's presentation regarding his parent's experiences as Japanese-American's born in the United States and what they experienced being interned without charges or trial in America's "Concentration Camps" during World War Two. Read on for an account distilled from the collected documents of Mr. Suzukida's parents that enthralled those in attendance and reminded many of the thin line between freedom and tyranny even against our own citizens in time of war
This is a son's presentation of his parent's experiences as Japanese-American's born in the U.S. and what they experienced being interned in America's Concentration Camps. Included will be a contextual summary about the camps which were established with a particular emphasis on his parent's own words about how they felt and what they experienced before and during the internment. John will comment on their post-war experiences and how it affected them and will bring a laundry bag and a poster nailed on phone polls announcing the evacuation.
District 5960 Governor Jim Hunt was born in Jackson, Michigan and moved with his family to Minnesota in the early 1960s and as such considers the Twin Cities area his home. Jim graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and started with 3M in 1984 in Prairie du Chien WI. In his nearly 30 year career at 3M, he has held a wide variety of positions including Process Engineer, Production and Materials Control, Customer Service, Warehousing and Transportation, Distributor Relations, Economic Forecasting and Strategic Planning. Jim is married to Deb Lauer, an ESL teacher in the Mahtomedi School District. They have two sons, Luke, who was a Rotary Foreign Exchange student to Turkey, graduated with a degree in Economics and currently lives and works in Minneapolis. Eric graduated with a degree in Civil Engineering and is based in Minnesota. Jim and Deb unofficially adopted a Costa Rican foreign exchange student, Gerardo, who lived with them for seven years and in 2013 returned to Costa Rica to teach band.
We sent Signe Peterson off to represent the club in France as an outgoing Rotary Youth Exchange and heard from our own Larry Morgan about the fascinating history of the Hamm Building (designed by his firm) and the family behind it. The tale included gangsters, kidnapping, gorgeous terra cotta and six beers a day!
The club enjoyed a great conversation with Shaun Irwin AND cookies from Cookie Cart! See what you missed! Also, Blake Davis is stepping down from a fabulous run of leading our Dictionary Project. Please talk with President Whitaker if you can help shepherd this vital and impactful annual program.
The Hamm Building is a prominent feature of Downtown Saint Paul. It sits on “hallowed ground” that at one time was the site of the Cathedral of St. Paul at the corner of St. Peter Street and 6th Street. Design for a new Mannheimer Department Store at 6th and St. Peter was begun in 1915 by the firm of Toltz, King and Day. World War I interrupted construction and at the conclusion of the War, William Hamm (son of Theodore Hamm) stepped up to purchase the partially completed building. William had the building redesigned to accommodate offices rather than retail and also to include the Capital Theater. Construction was completed in 1921. The Hamm Building gained historic recognition in 1997 as it was placed on the National Register of Historic Buildings by the U.S. Department of the Interior.
Shaun Irwin is president of the Anderson Agency, a Minneapolis-based independent insurance agency. His rags-to-riches story is as literal as they come: simply in need of a job to feed his family, he started as the agency mail clerk. Eleven years later . . . fueled by luck, love, friendship, learning, gratitude and the power of referral-based growth . . . he bought the agency.