Posted by Michael-jon Pease on Oct 02, 2018
Let the record show there was no *actual* dancing, but we had fun gathering for the Club Photo and had several new guests/potential members along for the ride.
President John Chandler called the meeting to order at 12:15 p.m. Thanks to Doug Hartford for the lovely pre-meeting piano music!
 
Laurie Murphy led the club in the Pledge of Allegiance..
Deb Katzmark reported that with the extended deadline, Rose Sale money is still coming in. Many thanks to Bill Collins for selling tens of dozens of the remaining roses!
 
Bob Cardinal introduced visiting Rotarians and Rotarians with guests.
 
He also collected Happy Dollars from:
  • Apple Valley Rotary Club – selling raffle tickets to win a Ford Focus as a way to raise scholarship dollars for their club
  • Michael-jon Pease – announcing that Sometimes There's Wine, the opening show of the Park Square season, has been extended through Oct 21
  • Aaron Gjerde – in honor of the first happy dollar he heard about at his first Rotary meeting, and in celebration of good times!
  • Scott Van – in honor of our hark working Rose Sale Committee!
  • Chuck Whitaker – off to Israel to advance his learning of Hebrew (to add to his learning in French, German, and Latin!)
  • Doug Hartford - in honor of Roger Nielsen and the great time Doug and Pat had in the North Woods of Wisconsin for the Art Meander at Roger's place
  • Meg Johansen - inviting all members to join her and Michael-jon this Sunday at 2 for some great croquet at Nathan Hale Park on Summit Ave and/or at 6:00 p.m. at Forepaugh's for the end of season party featuring music with the Clearwater Hot Club and a special menu
President’s Remarks:
 
Thanks to today’s greeter, Todd Nicholson
 
Join us next week for a Club Conversation on "Becoming a Perfect 10: Visioning our Club Experience" This will be an interactive, facilitated conversation, so bring your ideas and be ready to talk!
 
Next board meeting: Oct 11 at the new Boy Scout Basecamp at Fort Snelling
 
Paul Harris Fellow Presentation
Paul Harris Fellowships, named for Rotary’s founder, are awarded to Rotarians who have donated (or had donated in their name) $1,000 to the RI Foundation. Brianna Vujovich recognized today’s honoree, 8-time fellow Jerry Faletti. She presented his pin with two rubies (the upgrade from sapphires for those keeping score).
 
November is Rotary International Foundation month and St Paul Rotary Foundation month. She'll be kicking it off with a live auction to raise matching funds to turn a new member’s first $100 gift into a Paul Harris Fellowship. Get ready for this fun way to raise money for the foundation and welcome new members during November, which is Foundation Month.
 
Program: The Good Neighbor Center (When Rotarians Dance!) 
 
Jay Pfaender introduced Rex Cattanach from the Stillwater Rotary club, who is a volunteer at The Good Neighbor Center, located at 441 Rice at Aurora (near the St Paul Sears' auto store). The Stillwater club has been a long time supporter of this growing service organization that provides free after school tutoring.
 
Rex shared wonderful photos by Giles Duley, a former fashion photographer turned personal care giver for kids with autism who also created the legacyofwar.com website to showcase his photography of war in the Middle East. The experience of working directly with kids in need, like Giles did, can change the direction of your life. It certainly has been rewarding for Rex and other members of the Stillwater Rotary Club.
 
Rex shared photos of students he has helped tutor, including three first-generation college and technical college students who were refugees to Minnesota, having spent months in Thai refugee camps. The program is focused on meeting kids where they are and getting them ready for higher education at vocational, tech or 4-year colleges.
 
Rex introduced Amanda, the staff lead at the center, who explained how they grew from one night of tutoring each week to the current schedule of 3 (M-T-W from 6:30-8:30). To accommodate different learning styles and needs, tutoring includes music and art as well as the three "Rs" most commonly thought of in tutoring programs. Volunteers from Rotary and the community offer free homework help and the center provides volunteer training and support, as well as materials and space in the old Berean church that is their home.
 
Respectfully submitted,
Michael-jon Pease, President-Elect

 

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