Laura Zabel is the Executive Director of Springboard for the Arts, which operates Creative Exchange, a platform for sharing free toolkits, resources, and profiles to help artists and citizens collaborate on replicating successful and engaging community projects. An economic and community development agency run by and for artists, Springboard provides programs that help artists make a living and a life, and programs that help communities connect to the creative power of artists. Based in Minnesota, Springboard’s projects include: Community Supported Art (CSA), which is based on the Community Supported Agriculture model and connects artists directly with patrons; the Artists Access to Healthcare program; artist entrepreneurial development; and Irrigate artist-led creative placemaking, a national model for how cities can engage artists to help reframe and address big community challenges.
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.
Melvin Carter is a former member and vice president of the Saint Paul City Council, currently serving under Governor Mark Dayton as Executive Director of the Minnesota Children’s Cabinet. Both a longtime advocate for community policing/ police accountability and the son of a retired Saint Paul police sergeant, Carter will draw from his own set of personal and professional experiences to share his perspectives on the current state of police-community relations, as well as that conversation’s implications on broader discussions about race and inequality in America.
President Chuck Whitaker called the meeting to order at 12:15 PM. Meeting highlights include:
- Inspirational Minute by Scott Van was a prayer of blessings, one of which included roses.
- Valdi discussed a project by the Twin Cities Rotaract that raised $3,000 for a literacy project in North Achievement Zone. Peg Deunow of the Lakeville Rotary presented a $2131 matching grant from the District Grants Committee
- Kristin reminded every one to sign up for the Holiday party. At next week’s meeting she will auction off a signature cocktail named after the highest bidder.
- Jason agreed to give a happy dollar for every volunteer set up by next week’s meeting.
- Valdi introduced a global grant project for $200,000 to get 500 families off the waiting list for a micro-financing grant in Iringa, Tanzania. This will feed 1800 children. Donations are being accepted.
Patrick Hill has been studying the Civil War for 27 years. He has published a number of articles on the topic in Minnesota History, Gettysburg, and Ramsey County History magazines. For the past 20 years he has served as a volunteer at Oakland Cemetery conducting tours of the participants in the Civil War and Dakota Conflict who are buried there.
Mr. Hill is a Saint Paul native and as a youth lived along Rice Street just outside the cemetery fence. His mother still resides a mere block from the gate. Despite involuntarily accompanying their father as children on numerous battlefield visits, to date none of Mr. Hill’s three adult sons have acquired any interest in the Civil War.
A little more than a century ago, we transitioned from horse-drawn vehicles to automobiles and we are about to go through a similar transition from automobiles to autonomous vehicles, which will have an equally enormous effect on how we live, work, and move around. This is not a far-off change. It will happen within the next decade or two and will affect the infrastructure we are putting in place today. Nor will this be a slow and gradual change: It will happen rapidly, as it did a century ago, with an enormous impact on both the private and public sectors.
Why Stop Working? One-in-ten people over the age of sixty-six years old intend to never stop working! Mary Jo Schifsky, multi-generational workforce expert with GenSync, understands the link between workforce development and business results. She presented Club 10 members with a range of opportunities between employer skill gaps and multi-generational employment. Four generations comprise the staff resources available to employers today.
Mary Jo Schifsky, multi-generational workforce expert with GenSync, understands the link between workforce development and business results. With a core belief that work can be engaging, fulfilling and productive for every generation, she is committed to helping change the outdated dialogue about working and work life among workers and employees. Sharing current local and national research and exploring a range of resources, her presentation highlights opportunities between employer skill gaps and multi-generational employment. From several perspectives, she puts a spotlight on the connection between continuing business success and maximizing the working potential of all four generations that comprise the staff resources available to employers today.
Vice President Jerry Faletti called the meeting to order at 12:15 pm. Rotarians enjoyed a beautiful lunch cruise on the Mighty Mississippi aboard the Jonathan Padelford. The Wibesmen, featuring Ed Coleman, played music as we boarded the boat. Jason DeKeuster gave the inspirational minute. Mindee Kastelic introduced visiting Rotarians and guests. The greeter was Jodi Erickson. Lynne Beck was the scribe.
COME ABOARD! St. Paul Rotary is taking a lunch cruise on the Mighty Mississippi River Tuesday, Sept. 13 aboard the authentic sternwheeler Jonathan Padelford. Rotarian Capt. Jim Kosmo will tell why St. Paul (and Minneapolis) owe their very existence to riverboats and give some details about the Padelford Packet Boat Co. and its feisty founder, Capt. William D. Bowell, Sr.
The Boat will stay at the dock until 12:30 p.m. to accommodate late arrivals and it will return at 1 p.m. There is FREE PARKING at the Padelford Landing in Harriet Island Park, just across the Wabasha St. Bridge. Capt. Jim says there will be a dozen VALUABLE DOOR PRIZES. And, of course, there will be a full CASH BAR to complement lunch. This is a regular Rotary meeting so there is NO ADDED CHARGE FOR LUNCH.
Pre-registration is not required, but feel free to add your name to the list at this link.
Guests are welcome. IT IS GOING TO BE GREAT FUN.
Rotation Day - Visit Saint Paul
Visit Saint PaulNov 08, 2016
12:00 PM – 1:15 PM
Rotation Day - Neighborhood House
Neighborhood House - Wellstone CenterNov 08, 2016
12:00 PM – 1:15 PM
Rotation Day - Episcopal Homes
Episcopal HomesNov 08, 2016
12:00 PM – 1:15 PM
Rotary Holiday Gala & Silent Auction
University ClubDec 08, 2016
6:00 PM – 9:30 PM