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   Stillwater Rotary Club
          Stillwater, Minnesota

Welcome to the St. Croix Valley


Service Above Self

We meet Thursdays at 11:45 AM
Lowell Inn Banquet Room
102 N 2nd St
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Stillwater, MN  55082
United States
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The four Avenues of Service are the philosophical and practical framework for the work of this Rotary club.  They are Club Service, Vocational Service, Community Service, and International Service.  This club will be active in each of the four Avenues of Service.    (From our Bylaws) 
Sally Anderson presented the results of the Service Survey taken last fall.
Congratulations to Jordan Wallace and Camryn Davis, recipients of this year's Stillwater Rotary Scholarships.
Congratulations DJ Raduenz -- 21 years as a Rotarian!  
Thank you for your fellowship and service!
Keri Bischoff (one of our newest members) is a Gallup Certified Strength Coach and teaches the Strength Finders Philosophy to group, business, and individuals.  The Stillwater Area Foundation (an affiliate of the SCV Foundation) has used strength finders.  Keri has been married to Tim for 37 years, and enjoys cheering on her favorite team -- her family.  Keri has four beautiful daughters - Libbie, Luci, Alyssa and Maggie, and recently received the best present of all -- a granddaughter.
Last week's program included a Member Profile from Keri Bischoff, and an update on the Sparks! Social Enterprise Camp from Tom Triplett.
The Stillwater Noon Rotary Club has a history of supporting the community.  Following is a list of organizations we have given financially to this past year.
               River Valley Riders
               916 Education Foundation
               American Cancer (Relay for Life)
               Acres for Life
               Camp Odayin
               Captain Crash Bash
               Century College
               Community Thread
               EVOLVE Adoption and Family
               Stillwater Jr High – H20 for Life
               Help at Your Door (Store to Door)
               MN Marriage
               Our Community Kitchen
               Pollinator Friendly Alliance
               Stillwater High School Scholarship
               Stillwater Senior Party
               Story Ark
               Tree House
We were joined by the Stillwater Lions for Law Day.  We received an update on Human Trafficking in Washington County by Imran Ali, Washington County Prosecutor; Kathy Woxlund, Victim Recovery Specialist; Gary Wallner, Program Coordinator; and Aimee Schroeder, Criminal Analyst.

Dear Club Leaders:


Please make the members of your club aware of this special opportunity.


In the fall of this year our District, through the Fast for Hope Committee, is sponsoring an Institute for International Development in Nicaragua.  The Institute will be conducted by the Lupton Center and Opportunity International.  Attached is a brochure that describes this wonderful opportunity and includes the websites for both Opportunity International and Lupton Center.  The brochure is also available on the Fast for Hope page on the district’s website.


This Insight Trip is open to all Rotarians in District 5960 along with their adult family members and friends.


We have had over 60 Rotarians from our District participate in earlier cultural delegations to Nicaragua and everyone has expressed what a life changing event it was for them.  This upcoming trip is special and is the first one to center around the Institute for International Development.  


The deadline to register for this trip is May 31, 2017, so please make sure the members of your club are made aware of this chance.



 David P. Newman

Co-Chair Fast for Hope





Last week's program was presented by Jim Berg, a Hydrogeologist with the Minnesota DNR.   He discussed the county Geologic Atlas Program, ground water, pollution sensitivity, and information infrastructure.

Looking for one good Rotary guy or girl!


AS you know, Stillwater Rotary has been tutoring students in reading at Lake Elmo Elementary for a year and a half.  During that time, we had a designated person to act as the connection between our club and the school.  With Mary now not a club member, we are looking for someone willing to be the ‘point person’ for the club, the tutors, and the district’s lead curriculum staff.  This job includes determining the logistics of the tutoring (based on the staff’s recommendations), recruiting tutors, scheduling their training, and promoting the value of the project to the entire club.  Scheduling is handled primarily by the staff at the school and you would not necessarily need to commit to a regular tutoring gig yourself.  


So, we need someone to raise their hand and say “I’ll do it”!     

If you have questions please feel free to contact either Rex Cattanach or Mary Planten-Krell.   Thanks!


This is an excerpt from a StarTribune article dated April 22, 2017

North/East metro briefs: Molly O'Rourke gets high marks for leadership of Washington County

Administrator Molly O’Rourke has received high marks for her skill in leading the Washington County government workforce, said Commissioner Lisa Weik, chairwoman of the County Board.   The board conducted a closed-door annual review of O’Rourke’s performance on April 4.


Weik said the board applauded O’Rourke for building relationships and partnerships across the county and in the community. Commissioners also commended her for maintaining the county’s high bond rating, for positive responses received on the county’s residential survey, and for efficiencies she has introduced to county business practices.

Also noted was O’Rourke’s respect for others, her ability to hear all sides of a situation and the strong leadership she provides to the county’s department managers.  


Last week we inducted our newest member, Suzannah Stulberg.  Please give her a warm Rotary Welcome!
Jim was born in Jackson, Michigan and moved with his family to Minnesota in the early 1960s and as such considers the Twin Cities area his home.   Jim graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and started with 3M in 1984 in Prairie du Chien WI. In his nearly 30 year career at 3M, he has held a wide variety of positions including Process Engineer, Production and Materials Control, Customer Service, Warehousing and Transportation, Distributor Relations, Economic Forecasting and Strategic Planning.
Jim is married to Deb Lauer, an ESL teacher in the Mahtomedi School District. They have two sons, Luke, who was a Rotary Foreign Exchange student to Turkey, graduated with a degree in Economics and currently lives and works in Minneapolis. Eric graduated with a degree in Civil Engineering and is based in Minnesota. Jim and Deb unofficially adopted a Costa Rican foreign exchange student, Gerardo, who lived with them for seven years and in 2013 returned to Costa Rica to teach band.
The Rotary connection started in 1990 when Jim was invited to join the Prairie du Chien Rotary club. When he relocated to the Twin Cities in 1992, he immediately transferred his membership to the White Bear Lake Rotary club. Jim served as club president in 2003-2004. In the 2008-’09 year, Jim was selected as GSE team leader to South Central India where he spent most of the month of January 2009 seeing Rotary in action in the Hyderabad area. He initiated two Rotary matching grant projects that resulted in 177 wells being drilled in District 3150 to provide fresh drinking water for 45,000 individuals. Jim joined the district grants subcommittee in 2009 and has been serving as a grants mentor for the past five years. He has also served as GSE / VTT chairperson for D5960 from 2009-2013 during which time he coordinated three in-bound GSE and two in-bound VTT teams.
The International focus of Rotary has led Jim to be involved in several projects with the White Bear Lake Rotary club which has resulted in two trips to Costa Rica, the month in India with GSE, a visit to Krasnoyarsk, Russia and two International Conventions.   Over the past couple of years, Jim has become involved with the District Fast For Hope Initiative, visiting Nicaragua in 2011 as a member of a cultural delegation and returning as the team leader for a delegation in 2012. In 2013, he became a member of the FFH steering committee.
Jim has been active in his community, being a founding member of the Mahtomedi Environmental Commission where he served as a commissioner for five years from 2009 through 2013.   He has been a local election judge since 2009 and in 2012 became Head Election Judge for his precinct.
Jim and Deb are both active outdoors people, enjoying biking, camping, kayaking, hiking, skiing (both cross country and downhill) and sailing. Jim is also an avid woodworker.
Lobbyist John Kaul of Capitol Gains discussed Minnesota legislative topics including healthcare, education, budgeting and deficits, and leadership.
Prior Lake Rotary Invites You to Attend DB 2017-18 Kyle Haugen Installation on June 20, 2017 at the Mystic Lake Event Center.
Bev Driscoll is attending all three days of the Rotary District Conference.  Bev attended her first conference her second year as a Rotarian -- because she was involved with Fast For Hope and was presenting -- and hasn't missed a conference since.   The Conference and other Rotary Events are not only for those in club leadership, but is for all members.  It seems that some Rotarians don't sign up because they're concerned that they won't know anyone.  The conference is a great opportunity to find out what other clubs are doing, you'll make new friends, and you look forward to seeing them at future Rotary events. 
Bill Turnblad discussed the Downtown Chapter of Stillwater's updated comprehensive plan.
Bob Sherman is a self professed "recovering lawyer" who is currently the Executive Director at Youth Service Bureau.   Bob has had an interesting career with varied positions and locations in law, business, education and non-profits.   He enjoys his service to Rotary, recalls his involvement in a project providing artificial limbs to veterans that made him a Rotarian, and had a great opportunity to work with the Rotaract at the University of Minnesota in Duluth with many international students.    Bob hopes to continue to work with other clubs collaboratively, Rotary is truly a global organization.
Katie Bang is one of our newest Rotary members, but has known Rotary her whole life, thanks to her mother (Tracey Galowitz).   Initially, Katie was a member of the Woodbury Rotary Club.   (Remember last year when Woodbury won the annual cook-off competition with one of her mother's recipes?)   After Katie and her husband moved to Stillwater, she wanted to be involved in this community; so she changed clubs to be active in the community she lives in.   Katie studied Business Administration and Economics at St. Benedicts and is currently an Assistant Vice President of Trust and Estate Services at Lake Elmo Bank.  She enjoys traveling (has visited 18 countries), music, and family time at the cabin.
Stillwater Rotary Farewell

How fortunate I have been to be a part of this club for 7 years!  Rotary has opened a very exciting and meaningful  door for me.  Thank you again for your friendship, support, and care for our community.



 PS: Please keep in touch: my email is and phone is 651-336-0647.




Wendy Kingbay has been a member of the Stillwater Rotary since June 25, 2015, her sponsors were Billie Jo Fox and Ed Jones.  She is the Campus Administrator at Boutwells Landing.   Wendy grew up in Hibbing, MN, where her family still lives.   She received a Bachelor of Science in Recreation and Leisure Services with the "Fighting Sioux" in North Dakota.  She also has a Masters of Education and completed Public Health - Health Care Administration from the U of M.   Wendy keeps busy and loves to try new things.   Next time you see her, ask Wendy about her pride and joy -- ten year old son, Carson.   
Suzannah Stulberg, Community Relations Executive for the Northern Star Council Boy Scouts, has applied for membership.  Her sponsor is Shelley Pearson.
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