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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.

Celebrating 45 years of GTCYS’
Strong Musical Community
Come join us as we share information about our eight orchestras serving about 900 students from ages 8-18 throughout the Twin Cities.  Madeline Sheard, a GTCYS Symphony student, will perform a cello solo as a preview of a concert later in the month where she will perform a solo work with the Orchestra.  Mark Russell Smith, Artistic Director, will overview the value of classical music in the development of our youth and how GTCYS is a unique experience for each student.  

Megen Balda, Executive Director, will share the impact of GTCYS throughout the metro to include our new west side St. Paul Harmony program, serving 3rd graders at Riverview Elementary.  You won’t want to miss this entertaining program!

Rotation Day is Tuesday, April 4.  We will not have a regular meeting on this day.  So please plan on joining fellow Rotations at an “off-site” location.

It’s important to register in advance as the host sites have limited capacity. To register, click on the link below for the location of your choice. This will take you directly to the registration for that particular site.

 
If you missed Rotary today, you missed a free gift in addition to missing great fellowship and a dynamic program!
 
President Chuck Whitaker, Whitaker Sports and Classic Cars, called the meeting to order at 12:23. David Laird, MN Private College Council, led the club in singing God Bless America with Dr. Bob Jones, DDS retired, at the ivories.
 
Bob’s daughter, Past President Carla Hauge, Hauge Dental Care, offered an inspirational moment about how quiet thoughts lead to meditation and faith, which lead to caring, which leads to service, which leads to peace.
 
Mindee Kastelic, St. Paul Area Chamber of Commerce, introduced visiting Rotarians and guests of Rotarians.
 
Thanks to Christian Weinhagen, Weinhagen Tire, (along with daughter Frankie and wife Martha) and Donovan Schwichtenberg, St Paul College, who warmly greeted at the door. Today’s scribe was Michael-jon Pease, Park Square Theatre.
David Laird led the club in a rousing rendition of Happy Birthday for the month’s birthdays, complete with cheers from Ruth Watkins, Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies.
Chad Roberts, Ramsey County Historical, Society, encouraged members to sign up for next week’s Rotation Day at RCHS in the Landmark Center or the Minnesota Opera Center (where there will be costumes and singing!). Carla Hauge encouraged members to considering hosting members of the incoming Group Study Exchange (GSE) team the last week of April. The group is coming from Timor Australia.
 
Brianna Vujovich, Dignity Memorial (President Chuck will be able to pronounce that name by the end of his term – he promised!) encouraged members to join Camp RYLA for the BBQ at Camp St Croix and to volunteer for the Feed My Starving Children packing event in Eagan that day.
Lindsay Weir, MN Wild, said there are tickets available for Rotary Night at the Wild on April 4. Anyone selling 8 tickets or more will receive autographed swag!
 
Mindee Kastelic collected generous happy dollars from Ruth Watkins ($20!) announcing the April 11 GTCYS concertino concert; Michael-jon Pease announcing Park Square Theatre’s journey to the Humana Play Festival in Louisville later this week to scout plays; Dan McKeown letting us know that the weather forecast is perfect for our club fellowship day June 13 at the White Bear Yacht Club; and Carley Stuber reminding members of the membership challenge. The winner will receive a pair of tickets to La Bohème!
 

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 zdra0004@umn.edu.

Click Here for GSE Team Bios

 

 

Vice President Jerry Faletti called the meeting to order at 12:15 pm. Todd Nicholson, led the singing of My Country Tis of Thee, accompanied by Bob Jones. Jason Bradshaw gave the inspirational minute about spring. Michael-jon Pease introduced visiting Rotarians and guests. The greeter was Dave Dominick and the scribe was Lynne Beck.
 
Michael-jon Pease collected Happy Dollars, including from Jerry Faletti who gave $3 for the guests who came to hear our speaker today and from Carley Stuber who announced that Beth Burns, the new President of the Friends of the Saint Paul Library, is joining the club. There is a new member challenge; the Rotarian who brings in the most new members by April 15 will receive two tickets to Minnesota Opera’s production of La Boheme.   
 

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.

President Chuck called the meeting to order at 12:15.  Joe Kovarik lead the club in song with Doug Hartford on the piano. Michael-jon Pease shared the story of his Irish immigrant great, great grandmother to mark St. Patrick’s Day for the Inspirational Minute. Sherry Howe introduced visiting Rotarians and guests. Thursday’s fellowship breakfast will feature John Chandler, who will talk about Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center.  Founded in 1971, Wolf Ridge was the first environmental learning center in the nation to be accredited as a K-12 school.  The main campus is located in Finland, MN on 2000+ acres, and soon 68 acres on Lake Superior shoreline as part of a $9.4M campaign.

 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.

President Chuck Whitaker, Whitaker Sports and Classic Cars, called the meeting to order at 12:15. David Laird, MN Private College Council, led the group in God Bless America in the key of F with a special call out to the Irish tenors and Sopranos of any background to lead on the high notes. Dr. Bob Jones, D.D.S., polished the ivories.
 
Nancy Brady, Neighborhood House, offered as an inspirational minute the story of Leo, an immigrant who came to this country at the age of twelve and went on to achieve the “American Dream” in Minnesota. In his words “I may love this country even more than you, because I love it when it doesn’t love me back.”
 
Thanks to Linda Mulhern, Collins Electric, for warmly greeting and scanning members at the door. Today’s scribe is Michael-jon Pease, Park Square Theatre.
 
Trixie Goldberg, Lifetrack Resources, introduced visiting Rotarians and guests.
Thursday’s Fellowship speaker will be The Honorable John Guthmann, sharing his hobby of Civil War reenacting. He will bring uniforms along to illustrate his talk!
 
Think membership! Every meeting is a good one to invite your friends to. Don’t forget – if one becomes a member, you both get cases of Summit Beer!
 
Lindsay Weir, MN Wild, pitched our upcoming foundation fundraiser at the Wild on April 4. They’re hot now! Your ticket will have even more “street value” than what you pay. Don’t forget a portion of your fund night out goes to support our Rotary Foundation.
 
Trixie Goldberg collected a whopping $7 in happy dollars - $2 from Jim Hart’s wife Maureen in honor of their grandson who made it to state tournaments and Rotary’s fight to eradicate Polio; and $5 from Steve Young in honor of his grandson who made it to state wrestling tournaments. Trixie was hoping for more dollars for the foundation in honor of recent warm weather travel. We’ll try better next time (and maybe more members will be BACK from those trips!)

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.

Jerry Faletti (standing in for President Chuck) called the meeting to order at 12:15.  David Laird led the club in singing America the Beautiful, accompanied by Bob Jones on the piano. Jason Bradshaw led the club in prayer for the Inspirational Minute. Kristin Montpetit introduced visiting Rotarians and guests. 
 
Carly Stuber and Bo Aylin introduced all of the new members who have joined the club in the last 6 months.  They are:  Mark Moores (Moores Insurance Management), Segundo Velasquez (Mano a Mano), Ruth Watkins (Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphony), Josh Windham (Union Gospel Mission), Jean Vukas-Roberts (Hazelden), Litton Field Jr. (Bearance Management Group), and Lindsay Weier (Minnesota Wild).
 
Carly and Bo reminded the group that our goal is to have 15 new members by July 1 and announced that the member who sponsors the most new members by 4/15 gets two free tickets to La Boheme at the Minnesota Opera.  The Summit Beer membership promotion is still ongoing. 
Boys and Girls Clubs Literacy Partnership with Groves Academy
 
THE NEED 
76% of Minneapolis and St. Paul Public school students who receive free and reduced lunch are NOT reading proficiently by third grade. These children are at risk of performing poorly in school.  Poor school performance can contribute to possible behavioral problems, repeating grades, and possibly dropping out of school altogether. The Department of Justice states, &The link between academic failure and delinquency, violence, and crime is welded to reading failure.Over 70% of inmates in America's prisons cannot read above a fourth grade level. 
Groves Academy changed the face of literacy education for all students in higher education seeking to become licensed teachers in the State of Minnesota. Their methodologies  for teaching reading are of the highest standard. 
OUR GOAL
Reading proficiently by the end of third grade is often a predictor for future academic and life success. Through third grade most students are learning to read, but in fourth grade they begin reading to learn. In other words, by 4th grade students are reading in order to gain information and think critically in all subject areas.  Groves Academy is implementing their research based reading education and data proven methodologies into The Boys and Girls Clubs environment. The goal of the program is to improve members’ reading level by an additional 2 years of full grade-level growth for every year they participate. This project began in September 2016.
 

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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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Events
 
Upcoming Speakers
Camp RYLA
Apr 25, 2017
(meeting at the Doubletree at 411 Minnesota St)
Captain Jim Kosmo
May 16, 2017
Jonathan Padelford (offsite)
Education Day
May 23, 2017
No Meeting - Holiday
May 30, 2017
Fellowship Day
Jun 13, 2017
(Offsite)
Junior League
Jun 20, 2017
100 Year Anniversary
Changing of the Guard
Jun 27, 2017
No Meeting - Holiday
Jul 04, 2017
Honorable Paul Anderson
Jul 11, 2017
Capitol Paintings
TBA
Jul 18, 2017