Kyle Haugen has been a Rotarian since October of 2003. In reality, he has been around Rotary most of his life. As the son of a longtime Prior Lake Rotarian, Jack Haugen, Kyle grew up learning what Rotary does and is, and so it was not a question of if but when he would join Rotary.  Since 2003, however, Kyle has himself been learning what it really means to be a Rotarian.

It is clear that this strong foundation is the reason he became District 5960 Governor in 2017-2018. A lifelong resident of Prior Lake, Kyle graduated from Prior Lake High School where his mother, Mary, was the school’s Activities Director. He went on to receive his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Hamline University. Currently, Kyle is an Agent/Registered Representative of Haugen Agency, Ltd providing insurance and financial services to individuals and businesses in Prior Lake and the broader Twin Cities. He resides in Prior Lake with his wife Carrie and their son Cooper, who was born in September of 2015.

Each year the Rotary Club of Saint Paul presents the “David and Elizabeth Fesler Award” to an outstanding Rotarian or community leader who has made a difference in the Saint Paul community through dedicated service as a volunteer. The award recognizes the volunteer contributions of former member David R. Fesler in the Saint Paul community and is funded by a major memorial gift by David and Elizabeth Fesler to The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International.

This year’s award winner is Valdi Stefanson. Since joining Saint Paul Rotary in 2000, Valdi’s passion has been our club’s international programs.  Valdi is also a member of the District International and Matching Grant Committee. In 2011 he was presented with the Rotary International “Service Above Self Award”…one of only four people in our District to ever receive this award. He is co-chair of our international program and has set up programs in Guyana, Nicaragua and Bolivia. Valdi also found matching gifts funding for our 100th Anniversary programs.

Pictured with Valdi (left) are selection committee members B.J. Fesler, Nancy McKillips, Past RI Director Jerry Meigs and Jay Pfaender.

President Jerry Faletti called the meeting to order at 12:15 p.m. Ed Coleman led the members in singing “God Bless America” with Doug Hartford at the ivories. Special note: Dr. Bob Jones has donated his keyboard for the club to use now that the hotel has given up their piano. Those looking to build their resume in piano moving (60 lb only!) are asked to help move the keyboard to and from meeting locations within the hotel.
Jon Cieslak offered an inspirational minute (timed to the second!)
Bo Aylin introduced visiting Rotarians and guests.
Thanks to our today’s greeters: Linda Mulhern and Scott Van, and today’s scribe, Michael-jon Pease.
Susan O’Neil, St. Paul Fire Foundation, will be  Thursday’s Fellowship speaker at the Boy Scout Office.
Please note these upcoming dates: The “Old Timer’s Dinner” (for those in Rotary 20+ years) will be Aug 23 and the Past President’s Dinner will be Sept 13. More information is available on our website.
Elyssa Weber, who declined the agenda’s suggested promotion to the US Dept of Education, introduced new member Dr. Meagan Johansen (all are encouraged to call her Meg despite what her nametag says). Meg is a licensed psychologist in private practice working in forensic psychology. Although born in Minneapolis, she and her husband Kaj (pronounced “Kai” for all you non-Danes), love the capital city and make their home in Saint Paul (insert widespread cheers). In addition to outdoor adventures, backpacking and archeology, her hobbies include croquet. She currently serves with club member Michael-jon Pease on the Varsity Blues Croquet team of the University Club of Saint Paul and is captain of the 1006 Society team (the 1006 Society supports the preservation of the Governor’s Mansion).
Linda Mulhern introduced outbound youth exchange student Violet Baker, headed to Nagasaki this week for our 43rd year of youth exchange with our sister city and sister Rotary Club. Violet lives in Minneapolis and goes to the lake every day with her dogs Asterix and Appollo (Greek history, anyone?). Born in Alaska, Violet has lived in several US states and loves travel. She volunteers for environmental causes and will carry our club banners proudly to clubs in Japan.
Jay Pfaender promoted next week’s program: Steve Osman speaking on Fort Snelling’s Civil War history and his new book, which will be available for sale and signature.
Ed Coleman encouraged all to attend Rotary night at the Lynx next Tuesday, with music and pre-party at Wilde Thymes across from Park Square Theatre.
Valdi Stefanson gave a shout out for our next generation of Rotarians, our vibrant Rotaract Clubs. Twin Cities Rotaract raised $3,000. With our club as official sponsor, they were able to secure an additional $2,131 in order to purchase 854 books that will be distributed to seven neighborhood sites in the Northside Achievement Zone. These materials will help educate 325 young scholars from local families!
The David Fesler Award for volunteer leadership in Saint Paul was presented by BJ Fesler, Jerry Miegs, Nancy McKillips and Jay Pfaender to a surprised and honored Valdi Stefanson. The award  presents a $1,000 Paul Harris fellowship in the recipient’s name. BJ spoke about how her late husband David was “born, bred and breathed” Saint Paul. His daily two mile walks (even in record snowstorms, during which he stopped to help the public works department) are more than matched by Valdi’s one way drive of 30 miles to attend our club from Stacy, MN.

President Jerry Faletti opened the meeting at 12:15 pm at the Intercontinental Hotel. Without help from a piano this week, Chuck Field was able to lead the club in a hearty rendition of God Bless America. President Jerry thanked the greeters this week, Lindsay Weier from the Minnesota Wild, Heather Christopherson from People Incorporated and the scribe, Linda Mulhern from Collins Electrical. During the invocation, Bob Cardinal recited a number of quotes from Paul Harris, about friendship and the ability to make the world better.


It was noted that Ken Crabb, Jerry Meigs and Jerry Faletti will speak at the Thursday Fellowship breakfast about their experiences at the Rotary International Convention in Atlanta. The Thursday meeting is 7/27 at 7:30 am at the Boy Scout Building.

Please join us to celebrate our Immediate Past President, Chuck Whitaker, on Wednesday, August 16 at the beautiful White Bear Yacht Club.

The "Bar will be Open" at 5:30 p.m. for a social hour with a delicious dinner starting at 6:30 p.m.

A "Chuck Roast" will commence following dinner. It is sure to be an exciting and fun evening as we look back on all of our club's activities, meetings, and memories under the astute direction of President Chuck!

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The Government Alliance on Race and Equity is a national network of jurisdictions who have come together to transform the role that government plays in creating racial equity in our society.  Gordon Goodwin will explain the case for government taking on this role, and foundational terms and concepts  necessary for understanding what racial equity is - and how we all benefit from a more racially equitable society.

President Jerry Faletti convened the meeting at the Intercontinental Hotel St. Paul. Chuck Field and Doug Hartford lead members in an especially jazzy version of God Bless America.  The President thanked today's meeting volunteers:

Greeters - Deb Katzmark, Flowers on the Park  & Linda Mulhern, Collins Electric

Scribe -Trixie Golberg, Lifetrack 

Thursday's Fellowship presented will be Club 10 member Lindsay Weier of the Minnesota Wild organization will introduce the National Director of Volunteers for Objective Zero, Jacob Cottew. Objective Zero was founded on the belief that every Veteran suicide can be prevented through the simple act of listening. Mr. Cotten has served one tour of duty in Afghanistan and one tour in Kuwait.  The goal of the organization is to connect veterans and resources to end veteran suicide. Thursday meetings begins at 7:30 a.m. At the Boy Scouts Office. Thank you to Chuck Standfuss for leading the Thursday meetings.

King Boreas Jason Bradshaw and  Winter Carnival board member Jason DeKuester, both St Paul Rotary Club members, will share an update on the 2017 Winter Carnival year and an exciting upcoming 2018 Winter Carnival including, the tallest ever Ice Palace.   Beyond the 10 days at the end of January that most people associate with Winter Carnival, the Royal Family makes an additional 250 or more appearances thought the rest of the year to parades, coronations, schools, nursing homes, and may other venues throughout the Twin Cities metro and across the country as ambassadors for the city. This year with the national spot light on the Twin Cities, the largest ever Ice Palace will be constructed to showcase our city and in keep with the origins of Winter Carnival tradition, to celebrate all that is fun about Winter in Minnesota. There are great times for the City ahead! Hail St Paul!!! 
President Jerry Faletti called the meeting to order at 12:15 pm. Jerry Faletti, guitar; Ed Coleman, drums; Joe Kovarik, ukulete; and Doug Hartford, piano led the singing of Go Make a Difference. John Andrews gave the inspirational minute about the value of summer camp. Nancy McKillips introduced visiting Rotarians and guests. The greeters were Deb Katzmark and Dick Nicholson; the scribe was Lynne Beck.
Jerry announced that Segundo Velasquez will be Thursday’s Fellowship speaker. He will speak about the partnerships between Mano a Mano and Rotary Clubs, as Rotary responds to the needs of resources for poor people in Bolivia in the areas of Health Education and Economic Development. He reported that there will be a joint St. Paul Rotary and Rotaract mixer at Summit Brewery on July 26. It will be a chance for members to get to know each other. Last week Jerry neglected to mention that Kristin Montpetit will be a returning board member.
Justice Paul H. Anderson, Minnesota Supreme Court, is a Minnesota native; born May 14, 1943; Eden Prairie, Minnesota; raised on a dairy farm; graduated Eden Prairie High School 1961; Macalester College 1965—B.A. degree, cum laude with departmental honors in Political Science and Minors in History & Economics; University of Minnesota Law School, Juris Doctor degree 1968; VISTA (Volunteers In Service To America) volunteer attorney, New Haven Legal Assistance, New Haven, CT. 1968-69; Special Assistant Attorney General, State of Minnesota, 1970; Attorney, LeVander, Gillen & Miller, South St. Paul 1971-1992; Chief Judge, Minnesota Court of Appeals, 1992‑1994; Associate Justice, Minnesota Supreme Court 1994-present.  Justice Anderson is the recipient of numerous awards including the Macalester College Distinguished Citizen Award, the Minnesota Hispanic Bar Association “Access to Justice Award,” the MSBA Civil Litigation Section’s 2009 Advocate Award, the first ever MSBA Citizen Lawyer Award in 2009, and the Toastmasters 2010 Communication and Leadership Award. He is an avid bicyclist- MS TRAM(9 times), Tour de Wyoming (2), Cycle Utah, Cycle Montana, gourmet cooking, history, and civics.  Project Home Volunteer.  Justice Anderson has lectured in El  Salvador, China, the Philippines and Russia.  In March 2011, he completed a second lecture tour in China and in June 2012 he consulted on election issues and constitution drafting in Libya and Tunisia  In May, 2013.Justice Anderson retired from the Supreme Court after having reached the mandatory retirement for judges in Minnesota.

2016 Rotary President Chuck Whitaker, Whitaker Sports and Classic Cars called the meeting to order at 12:15 pm at the InterContinental Hotel St. Paul. President Whitaker invited members to stand to recognize the past presidents.  Song leader Jerry Faletti accompanied by Doug Hartford on piano lead members through God Bless America. Inspirational moment was offered by Nancy Brady, Neighborhood House, who shared what inspires her in her career and community. Sherry Howe, Intercontinental Hotel, welcomed and introduced Visiting Rotarians and Guests.  President Whitaker acknowledged and thanked meeting volunteers – Deb Katzmark, Flowers on the park, Trixie Golberg, Lifetrack, and Jean Vukas-Roberts, Hazelton.

President Whitaker asked Jay Pfaender to come forward for special recognition of his great work as Program Chair.  He also thanked Jason DeKeuster for his work as treasurer.   Jay thanked Chuck for the recognition and promo’d the July 11 speaker, Honorable Paul Anderson. 


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Rotary Club #10 ‒ Serving Saint Paul and the World

Welcome to Club 10

Rotary Club of Saint Paul

Service Above Self

We meet Tuesdays at 12:00 PM
InterContinental Hotel
11 Kellogg Boulevard E
Saint Paul, MN  55101
United States
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Venue Map
Upcoming Speakers
Caryn Sullivan, Columnist, St. Paul Pioneer Press
Aug 22, 2017
Living One's Best Life by Preparing for the Inevitable
Bud Philbrook, Global Volunteers
Aug 29, 2017
(Offsite at Doubletree, 411 Minnesota St.)
No Meeting - Holiday
Sep 05, 2017
Robert Veninga, Prof Emeritus U of M Public Health
Sep 12, 2017
The Remarkable Attribute Called “Resilience” (offsite at Securian Center, River Room)
Captain Jim Kosmo
Sep 19, 2017
Jonathan Padelford Outing (offsite)
Sep 26, 2017
Luis Moreno
Oct 03, 2017
Immigrants, Diversity and Inclusion and Economic Development