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The Rotary Club of Saint Paul will honor students from fourteen middle schools with the "Rotation Forward Award." This program is designed to recognize students for a special effort or accomplishment they have made, not necessarily within the classroom or by academic performance.  Recipients have shown leadership in one or more of the following areas:

  • Outstanding citizenship or community service
  • Good attendance
  • Significant improvement in attitude, effort, achievement
  • Overcome a significant handicap
  • Special effort involving another student
  • Contributed in making our school a better place
President Chuck Whitaker called the meeting to order at 12:20 p.m. aboard the Jonathon Padelford boat on the Mississippi. Smokin’ Joe Kvarik and President Elect Jerry Falletti led the members in singing “This Land is Your Land” with live acoustic music!
Jon Cieslak, most often seen at our Thursday Fellowship Breakfasts, offered an inspirational moment based on his month in France and visit to Normandy to mark the centenary of US involvement in WWI – the poem “In Flanders Fields” by Canadian physician Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae.
We celebrated the May Rotary birthdays, including Roger Bonfe’s 80th with delicious cupcakes from David Dominick at the Midtown YMCA.
Next week’s meeting back at the Intercontinental will be our Education Day when we honor our teacher of the year and hear from the Interim Superintendent of St Paul Public Schools.
Michael-jon Pease, Park Square Theatre, did double duty introducing guests and taking notes, so apologies for any intros or happy dollars left out of the official record!
Guests of note included Past President “Captain” Jim Kosmo’s wife Shelly, whose family started the Padelford Packet Boat Company, and Past President Doug Bruce’s “smokin’ hot wife” Dana. Ladies, feel free to join us with or without the gents anytime!
Although we were a small and mighty crowd, more than $40 was raised in happy dollars for the foundation from Roger Bonfe (in honor of making it back from Florida after two days of solid driving), Chuck Whitaker (in honor of his son graduating from Emory University), and Linda Mulhern (in honor of her son returning from the Middle East with hair raising tales that she’s glad she didn’t know as they were happening!).

COME ABOARD! St. Paul Rotary is taking a lunch cruise on the Mighty Mississippi River Tuesday,  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 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. Guests are welcome. IT IS GOING TO BE GREAT FUN.

Chris Wright, President, Minnesota Timberwolves & Lynx, will be speaking about leadership, building a great team (both on and off the court) and the challenges and rewards of running a professional sports franchise.

Our Ramsey County of today is the most diverse county in Minnesota.  With Community Policing as a foundation, leading our Sheriff’s Office requires sensitivity to our changing environment, workforce, and needs; along with the bedrock constancy of character ever present in our minds.

In this presentation, Sheriff Serier will discuss the current operational structure, priorities as an agency, and the character based practices in hiring, development, and promotional processes at the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office.  He will also discuss how the focus on the character traits of Respect, Responsibility, Honor, and Truth help to set a course for each employee and leader in the Sheriff’s Office in an ever changing public sector environment. 

President Chuck Whitaker called the April 25 noon meeting of the St.Paul Rotary Club to order at Double Tree, St.Paul.  Guests and program leaders for the meeting are the 2017 RYLA youth.  

Opening song, America the Beautiful, was lead by two RYLA participants. RYLA leaders provided an MLK, Jr inspired inspiration on the value of service.

President Whitaker thanked the many guests in attendance and thanked the meeting volunteers.

Club Greeters: Pam Chandler, West Academic Publishing, John Chandler, Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center and Carla Hauge, Hauge Dental Care
Scribe- Trixie Golberg, Lifetrack.

Reminder, the April 25th meeting will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton (411 Minnesota Street).

This week's presenters are the Camp RYLA participants. Come hear student leaders share their camp experiences. Friends, family and guests are welcome. The lunch fee for visitors is $22.00.  Reminder, we are meeting at the DoubleTree (411 Minnesota Street).

President Chuck Whitaker called the meeting to order at 12:10 pm. Michael-jon Pease led the members in singing Edelweiss, accompanied by Doug Hartford, piano. Nancy Brady’s inspirational minute was an inspiring story about daffodils. Jason DeKeuster introduced visiting Rotarians and guests. The greeter was Linda Mulhern; the scribe was Lynne Beck.

Next week’s meeting will take place at the Doubletree Hotel. Thursday’s Fellowship program will be Ron Reimann talking about Cold War submarining and national intelligence, Legislating an end to railroad bankruptcies, Global Volunteers service in the former USSR, and service and volunteerism as an American value.

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

Click Here for GSE Team Bios




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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
District Site
Venue Map
Upcoming Speakers
No Meeting - Holiday
May 30, 2017
Fellowship Day
Jun 13, 2017
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
Jul 18, 2017
Dr. Jim Hart
Jul 25, 2017
Dr. Eric J. Jolly and R.T. Rybak
Aug 01, 2017
The Saint Paul Foundation & Minneapolis Foundation
Steve Osman, Author
Aug 08, 2017
Fort Snelling and the Civil War