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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.

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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Upcoming Speakers
Dan Stoltz, President, Spire CU
Mar 28, 2017
Building a Brand with a Truck
Rotation Day
Apr 04, 2017
Ruth Watkins
Apr 11, 2017
Great Twin Cities Youth Symphony
TBA
Apr 18, 2017
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)
TBA
Jun 20, 2017