Service Above Self
Rotary Club of Arden Hills/Shoreview

Arden - Shores


Saturday, June 18, 2011
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Editor:   Paul Bartyzal
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Future Speakers
Jun 21 2011
Taylor Wild
"Outward Bound Youth Exchange student"
Jun 28 2011
Marjorie Shaver
"Club Assembly - Officer Transition"
Jul 5 2011
Robert Meyer
"Club Assembly"
Jul 12 2011
Judy Freund
"District Governor Visit"
Jul 19 2011
Clint and Bobbi Elston
"Equaris in Afton"
Jul 26 2011
MVHS Rotary Scholarship recipients
"MVHS Rotary Scholarships"

Upcoming Events
Slice of Shoreview - Bingo
Jul 22 2011 - Jul 24 2011

News

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Club President's article
by Marjorie Shaver



What do you get when you put a RI convention in the city of New Orleans?
Answer: One heck of an opportunity to experience the best of Rotary and also experience the amazing flavor of a great American city, so unique and interesting.

Regarding the convention, I must say that one certainly needs to be of sound mind and body to navigate around a strange city and a convention center the size of the Moral Convention Center in New Orleans amidst 19,000 plus Rotarians plus hosts of other people who attending two other conventions in the same Moral Convention Center. I know that even though Rotarians are a friendly group of people it was wonderful to have fellow Rotarians, Ginny & Andy Sall, and Frank Mabley to attend and accompany many of the sessions and evening events with.

The four of us did, however, made a concerted effort to split up for the various workshops in order to get the most information to bring back to our club.

Some of the highlights of the convention for me were the multi-denomination church service, the opening Plenary session with the presenting of flags from over 200 countries; some countries I have never heard of, the Presidents luncheon, Bill Gates speaking to us about Polio Plus and the incredible progress that has been made amidst the difficulty of getting to the last cases in the world, and last but not least, hanging out in a very interesting city with friends and fellow Rotarians.

On another subject, the 2010 - 2011 Rotary year is coming to an end in just a few short weeks. Our club has had a good year and I am pleased to tell you that we have earned, and will be awarded, with the Presidential Citation Award for this Rotary year. Gerry Morosla, Assistant District Governor, will be presenting our award on Tuesday, June 14th. Congratulations everyone!

Also, remember that this is the last month to make your contributions to Polio Plus and to the Rotary Foundation for them to be counted in this Rotary year. Please make those contributions by June 15th.

Since this is my last contribution to the newsletter as President let me say, "Thank you for all your help and support." It was YOU who made this a great year!

Monthly Attendance
by Paul Bartyzal



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Weekly Greeters
by Paul Bartyzal


Jun 14 - Colleen Lavin
Jun 21 - Frank Mabley
Jun 28 - Vern Moore
Jul 5 - Jerry Peterson

Monthly Celebrations
by Paul Bartyzal


Member Birthdays
-None this month-

Spouse Birthdays
-None this month-

Anniversaries
Dick and Lorna - June 10 - 56 years
Dennis and Kathy - June 15 - 43 years
Peggy and Don - June 29 - 9 years

Club Anniversaries
Ginny and Andy Sall - June 23 - 5 Years


Club Service
by Kevin Keenan



June is Rotary Fellowship Month in the Rotary year. The fellowship at our club is one of the best things about our club. Let's keep it going with a good turnout on June 10 for the ten minute plays put on by The Lake Shore Players.
Another event to keep in mind this month is the Installation of Judy Freund as our new District Governor on Thursday, June 23 at the Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson, Wisconsin. If you have never been to an installation, I can tell you that it is a great event to attend.

Community Service
by Larry Duppong


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International Service
by John Suzukida


This is the last of 36 monthly articles I've written as the International Director! We've made some progress and I'm excited to turn over this position to Adel. Those of you who were at the May 17 Club meeting got a good update on the details of the Tiny Tim & Friends organization in Zambia. I will plead our case with the District to obtain a matching grant for the 2011-12 year on June 10, just before we gather at the 10 Minute Play. With 6 families interested in hosting our student from Spain, we're in good shape for his arrival in August, thanks to Colleen and Adel. The three of us interviewed all the host family candidates in their homes and will come to a decision after all background checks are completed. On to the next Rotary Year!
Vocational Service
by Colleen Lavin


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Mounds View Interact Club Update
by Hannah Frey


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Club Meeting - May 3
by Terry Schwerm


The Club held a special meeting at Incarnation Lutheran Church, the location of a special off-site packing event for the Feed My Starving Children. The club welcomed guests Irene and Julie Meinen. Club President Marjorie Shaver presented pictures and discussed her recent mission trip to Haiti as part of a group for Feed My Starving Children. She presented many pictures of people at the Love a Child (including Camp Hope) organization, who serves as the mission partner in Haiti. She told several personal stories how Love a Child and the food from Feed My Starving Children is making a difference in the lives of the Haitian people. Several Club member then participated in the remote packing event that was occurring at Incarnation Lutheran Church.

May 10 - Club Meeting
by Peggy Strom


Today's speaker was Bev Driscoll from the Stillwater Rotary Club. Bev is on our district's Fast For Hope committee and was present today to share information on that subject. We have chosen to focus our work in Nicaragua and Bev shared some of the challenges they have had finding the right community to work with. It is critical that the group we work with feel ownership of the project so that progress will continue to be made even when district representatives are not on site making things happen. She also let us know how we can help -- by joining the delegation going there in October, or by donating to support the work.
May 17 - Club Meeting
by Peggy Strom


We welcomed John Suzukida's daughter Jill as our speaker today. Jill is a 4th year medical student at the Univ. of MN. In the summer of 2009, she travelled to Zambia to volunteer with the Tiny Tim project -- an HIV clinic serving children and mothers. The organization is named for it's founder - Dr. Tim Meade. Jill was joined at our meeting today by Dr. Meade's parents Tom and Betty, who live in the Twin Cities. In Zambia, 13.5% of adults have HIV, as compared to .6% in the U.S. As a result, average life expectancy in the country is only 53 years. We learned some of the science behind HIV and why it is so resistant to treatment. Jill stressed that it can be well controlled if medications are taken consistently. The mission of the Tiny Tim project is to work with HIV-infected children and mothers to ensure that they do take their medications regularly in order to halt some of the devastation from this disease. Currently there are 1 million children in Zambia orphaned as a result of HIV. 75% of families are caring for at least one orphaned child in addition to their own. Our club has determined that we will support this important project financially in the upcoming Rotary year.
May 24 - Club meeting
by Terry Schwerm


The Club held another off site meeting at the Shoreview Maintenance Center. The Club welcomed visiting Rotarian Bill Nielson and guests Mark Maloney and Dan Curley from the City of Shoreview. Public Works Director Mark Maloney then discussed the recent renovation and expansion of the Shoreview Maintenance facility. He noted that the facility was originally built in the 1970's and was remodeled in the mid 1980's. In 2008, the City completed a facility needs study that looked at the space needs of the City's maintenance divisions (streets, parks and utilities), as well as deferred maintenance such as a new roof and updated mechanical and air handling systems than needed to be done on the building. Ultimately, the City chose do a 11,000 square foot expansion and renovation of the existing Maintenance Center. The major expansion areas included new office and training areas and vehicle/truck maintenance area. The project was completed between March and November of 2010 and the city staff continued to work out of the building throughout the reconstruction. The City recently learned that the project was awarded LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold Certification by the Green Building Council. Some of the key sustainable building elements that helped the City achieve this certification included a rainwater reuse system that is used for washing cars and other gray water uses in the building, white roof materials to lower cooling costs, energy efficient lighting and mechanical systems, and the use of rain gardens, pervious concrete and other infiltration methods on the site to deal with storm water run off. Dan Curley and Mark Maloney then led a tour of the new facility for Rotary members.The Club held another off site meeting at the Shoreview Maintenance Center. The Club welcomed visiting Rotarian Bill Nielson and guests Mark Maloney and Dan Curley from the City of Shoreview. Public Works Director Mark Maloney then discussed the recent renovation and expansion of the Shoreview Maintenance facility. He noted that the facility was originally built in the 1970's and was remodeled in the mid 1980's. In 2008, the City completed a facility needs study that looked at the space needs of the City's maintenance divisions (streets, parks and utilities), as well as deferred maintenance such as a new roof and updated mechanical and air handling systems than needed to be done on the building. Ultimately, the City chose do a 11,000 square foot expansion and renovation of the existing Maintenance Center. The major expansion areas included new office and training areas and vehicle/truck maintenance area. The project was completed between March and November of 2010 and the city staff continued to work out of the building throughout the reconstruction. The City recently learned that the project was awarded LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold Certification by the Green Building Council. Some of the key sustainable building elements that helped the City achieve this certification included a rainwater reuse system that is used for washing cars and other gray water uses in the building, white roof materials to lower cooling costs, energy efficient lighting and mechanical systems, and the use of rain gardens, pervious concrete and other infiltration methods on the site to deal with storm water run off. Dan Curley and Mark Maloney then led a tour of the new facility for Rotary members.

May 31 - Club Meeting
by Peggy Strom


After Secretary Paul got us started with a little air travel humor (certainly true that one needs a sense of humor to survive the process these days), we welcomed Alexandra Schmidt as our speaker for the day. Alex is a junior at MVHS, and was recently sponsored by our club to attend Camp Ryla. Alex gave a very poised and thoughtful presentation about this event, which she described as life changing. There were many team building and other activities which provided lessons around the value of pushing yourself to do things you think you can't do, and of having someone to lean on and encourage you in those times. Each team was also required to develop a program to address a need of today's teens. Alex's team focused on physical and emotional bullying. It turned out that all four teams at Ryla came up with the same need, which certainly speaks to the extent of the problem in today's society. Alex's mother Carolyn was also in attendance today and had every reason to be proud of her impressive daughter.
June 14 - Club Meeting
by Peggy Strom


Assistant District Governor Gerry Mrosla was on hand today to present our club with the Presidential Citation award for 2010-2011, which we earned by achieving goals across all avenues of service. Our speaker was William Siong, a Lutheran minister and member of Minnesota's Hmong population. Robert Meyer arranged for William's presentation, asking him to provide an update on what's happening within the Hmong community in the Twin Cities. Minnesota is unique in the United States in terms of it's very large Hmong population - almost 70,000 people. This group has made a lot of progress in terms of education and earning power, but still 25% of the population is below the poverty line. Mr. Siong discussed the current challenges between the older generation in their community, who wish the younger generation would hold more strictly to Hmong customs and beliefs. I imagine this tension has existed in every immigrant population coming to the U.S. since our country's founding. Although Siong is obviously Christian, many Hmong have continued with their traditional spiritual beliefs which focus on worshipping the spirits of their ancestors. He noted that funerals are difficult to arrange and extremely expensive as they go on for 3-4 days and involve 3 meals a day for hundreds or thousands of people. This is an area he is working to change due to the heavy financial burden it causes for Hmong families.