Though she’d navigated life and death challenges, when Caryn Sullivan became a widow and single mother of a blended family of four, she was ill prepared. Now keenly aware that life is temporary, the recovering attorney, award-winning author and columnist, blogger, and inspirational speaker not only offers tools to help audiences plan for the inevitable, she urges them to evaluate whether they are living the legacy they hope to leave.

President Jerry Faletti called the meeting to order at 12:15 pm. Jerry Faletti, guitar; Ed Coleman, drums; Joe Kovarik, ukulete; and Bob Jones, piano led the singing of When The Gov Goes Marching In to the tune of When The Saints Go Marching In. For the inspirational minute, Nancy Brady read a poem by Maya Angelou dedicated to hope for peace, written for the 50th Anniversary of the United Nations. Cindy Shiely introduced visiting Rotarians and guests. The greeters were Dick Nicholson and Scott Van; the scribe was Lynne Beck.  Jerry announced that the Chuck Whitaker Roast is Wednesday, August16 at the White Bear Yacht Club.  The Lynx vs Phoenix Mercury game is Tuesday, August 22, and the “Old Timers” Banquet is Wednesday, August 23 at the St. Paul Pool & Yacht Club.

About 40 Rotarians & guests gathered at the beautiful White Bear Yacht Club on Wednesday, August 16th to toast our Immediate Past President Chuck Whitaker. We enjoyed various beverages named after our esteemed guest of honor,  for example, the  "Up Chuck."  Thanks to the creative talent of Michael-jon Pease, we all enjoyed a witty review of the 2016-2017 Rotary year with the theme of "Wine Selections to Serve with Chuck Roast. " Highlights included Bell Ringer Chardonnay,  Cas(h)bar Sauvignon Blanc,  Reaching the Summit Rosé, Little Red Corvette Cabernet Sauvignon & Painted Desert Pinot Noir. 

The mic was passed around to a few so they could share thoughts that of course "would build good will and better friendships!" Songs were sung and delicious cupcakes by David Dominick were devoured just before (or after!) the heavens erupted with rainfall and Rotarians safely made their way home. Thanks all for celebrating another great Rotary year!





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.

President Jerry Faletti called the meeting to order at 12:15. Bob Cardinal led the club in singing America the Beautiful while Bob Jones accompanied on the piano. John Andrews shared the inspirational minute. Trixie Goldberg introduced visiting Rotarians and guests, including two prospective new members! Thursday’s Fellowship breakfast speaker had not been identified as of the Tuesday meeting, but the group planned to meet as usual at the Boy Scout office. Past President Chuck’s farewell event, the “Chuck Roast” will be held on 8/16 at the White Bear Yacht Club. The Minnesota Lynx vs. Phoenix event at Xcel will be Aug 22, starting at 5:00 PM.  For those of you who have never attended a Lynx game, it is a fantastic opportunity to see Minnesota’s most successful professional sports team! The Old Timers Banquet will be at the Pool and Yacht club on Aug 23 at 6:00 PM. And, finally, the Past Presidents Dinner will be on 9/13. 

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.

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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
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