On a day that would have been perfect for outdoor fellowship (them's the breaks!), 80 Rotarians gathered at the Intercontinental Hotel for fellowship and a dynamic speaker. Club members drew random tables numbers as they were greeted to "mix up" the seating and get members talking.
In 1981, Catholic Charities of St Paul and Minneapolis opened the Dorothy Day Center as a drop-in center for meals, serving approximately 30-50 people per day. Over time, due to increasing homelessness, it was forced to become a 24 / 7 / 365 overnight shelter-something it was never designed or intended to do. And it reached a tipping point in 2011 when, for the first time, Catholic Charities had to turn people away. In partnership with a task force of community leaders convened by Mayor Chris Coleman, a solution was developed.
The new vision for the Dorothy Day Center-which is supported by what is likely the largest public-private partnership in state history-will consist of a two-building campus designed to prevent and end homelessness. It will focus on two key components which do not exist sufficiently today: more permanent homes and dedicated self-sufficiency services that will create true pathways out of poverty and homelessness. The location for this new vision-in the shadow of our Capitol, the Cathedral and the commercial and entertainment center of our community-will be a beacon of hope and opportunity.
Todd Nicholson led the club in America the Beautiful with Doug Hartford at the ivories. Laura Nichols-Endres offered and inspirational thought about those who have taught us and all those we teach in our lives.Shelly Rucks did double duty today warmly greeting members and introducing guests. Sophie Rupp from the University Club of St Paul also warmly greeted our wonderful members.
The campaign for the most important office in the world, President of the United States, already has become defined by name-calling, divisiveness and political pandering. Instead of offering new ideas and bold thinking, candidates are making political promises that can't -- and, in many cases, shouldn't -- be kept. In Minnesota in 2016, there is the opportunity to build support for a new Prosperity Agenda, one that expands the middle class and creates economic opportunities for everyone. And the best hope of achieving this bold vision is with the leadership of Minnesota's business community. The topics of Horner's speech include Minnesota's opportunity in 2016 to create a mandate for innovation, the big policy ideas that are needed and the vital role of business leadership in achieving the goals.
In the beautiful CHS Securian room Rotarians gathered above the ballpark to share friendship and learn about George Washington. President Carla gained the crowd’s attention at 12:15; she recognized Derek Sharrer of the Saint Paul Saints as our host and noted that while we don’t see him as often as we might wish, we appreciate his membership and his hospitality at the Saints’ new venue as needed. Derek has been a member for 10 years. To add some variety to our order, Michael-jon Pease took the stage to remind us all to silence our phones – thanks to his friend calling at exactly the arranged moment before he provided our inspirational moment, reminding us of our upcoming Memorial holiday. Jerry Faletti pinch hit as song leader without a piano.
A reminder that the 5/24 Club 10 meeting will be at CHS Field, not at the Intercontinental.
Author Steve Yoch is a highly rated speaker who has written Becoming George Washington and has received wide praise and extensive media coverage, including selection as "fall read" by the Pioneer Press. Yoch will share the largely unknown story of how an insecure fatherless boy rises to become our indispensable founding father. A far cry from the powdered haired General or President presented in most Washington biographies, Yoch's engaging speech reveals young George through repeated harrowing battles in the French & Indian War as well as discussing the highly controversial, although well documented, affair between Washington and Sally Fairfax.
• President Carla Hauge called the meeting to order at 12:15
• Jerry Faletti led the club in song to open the meeting, with Bill Given on the piano.
• Kristin Montpetit from the St. Paul Athletic Club provided the inspirational minute, reading a piece about random acts of kindness from Chicken Soup for the Soul. She also introduced guests and visiting Rotarians.
Everybody’s Heard About the Bird: The True Story of 1960s Rock ‘n’ Roll in Minnesota
The presence of Kay Bank recording studio, the Soma record label, Top 40 radio stations KDWB and WDGY, and dozens of teen dance clubs and ballrooms led to an explosion of rock ‘n’ roll in Minnesota in the early 1960s. These elements allowed bands like the Trashmen, the Castaways, the Gestures, the Underbeats, Gregory Dee and the Avanties and the Accents to become wildly popular, make a lot of money and, in some cases, land hits on the national pop charts.By the time Bob Dylan was achieving fame in New York and the Beatles were conquering U.S. shores, Minnesota bands had already established huge local followings, and more were forming by the day – as many as 500 by 1965. Tighter radio station playlists, changing musical tastes and a decline in teen dances eventually cooled the Minnesota rock scene, but the songs and the bands from that era will never be forgotten.
- President Carla Hauge called the meeting to order at 12:15
- Chuck Field from UBS Financial Services led attendees in singing God Bless America, accompanied by Bob Jones from Jones and Hauge on the piano.
- Matt Halley from Cookie Cart gave the Invocation, expressing gratitude for teachers
- Michael-Jon Pease from Park Square Theater introduced visiting Rotarians and guests
Each year the Rotary Club of Saint Paul presents a "Teacher of the Year" award to a deserving educator. This year the award for outstanding performance in K-12 education will be given to Mary Schmidt, a teacher at Nokomis Montessori.