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   Stillwater Rotary Club
          Stillwater, Minnesota

Welcome to the St. Croix Valley

Stillwater

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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World Water Day is on March 22nd.   Rotary has demonstrated a commitment to provide clean water and sanitation.  
 

The Rotary International-USAID International H2O Collaboration is a partnership between Rotary and the U.S. Agency for International Development that supports lasting, positive change to water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) initiatives.

Our partnership combines the vast network of Rotary volunteers with the expertise of USAID to influence communities and policymakers to solve seemingly unsolvable problems and bring about lasting change through education and advocacy.

 
 
 
 
Reminder -- No Meeting This Week.  Hope you're enjoying Spring Break!
 
 
Kathy Sanville, Director RD & E Global Laundry OPL Pool & Spa of Ecolab spoke about her career at Ecolab and water usage, concerns and efficiencies.
 
 
 
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.

  Warmly,

 Mary

 PS: Please keep in touch: my email is plantenkrell4@gmail.com 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.
 
 
 
This week's meeting will be held in the Garden Room at the Lowell Inn (Enter in the front door of the Lowell Inn restaurant, go slightly to the right and down the hallway).
 
 
 
Our program was Fast for Hope presented by Bev Driscoll.
 
 
 
Last year Silver Sobriety did a program for the club.  They are now looking to fill three board positions.
 
Silver Sobriety silversobriety.org is a startup nonprofit in Stillwater whose mission is to provide older adults with affordable recovery services for alcohol and drug addiction.   They are located in the Industrial Park near Stillwater Motors, and are searching for volunteers for three Board positions:
  • Treasurer
  • Secretary
  • Board Member with skills to lead the Marketing Standing Committee
Positions call for attendance at 4 Board meetings/year and 12 Standing Committee meetings per year.  
If interested, please contact Marge Sagstetter.  Thank you!
651-770-8767
 
 
Today's meeting is our annual Fast for Hope program.  Our meal will be soup and bread; the difference in meal price along with the Sergeant at Arms collections will be donated to Fast for Hope.  
 
 
 
Are you still on the fence as whether to attend this year’s Rotary International Convention in Atlanta?  What are you waiting for?! 
  • It’s the 100th Anniversary of The Rotary Foundation so it’s going to be a great party!
  • It’s a great opportunity to interact with Rotarians from all over the world!
  • Atlanta is the closest and least expensive the Convention will be for several years!
AND
  • BILL GATES HAS BEEN ANNOUNCED AS ONE OF THE KEYNOTE SPEAKERS!  He’ll make comments on how close we are to finishing the job of eradicating polio.  Bill Gates doesn’t speak to groups like this often, and it’s a great opportunity to see him speak about Rotary and the good we do!  He’ll join many other great speakers, such as Jack Nicklaus and many more.
  • WE’RE HAVING A DISTRICT PARTY! We’ve alluded to it before, but now it’s official!  District Governor Jim Hunt and myself will be hosting a District Social Event on Saturday late-afternoon from 4:30-6:30 at the Marriott Marquis.  This will be a great way for you to get your feet under you and interact with other Rotarians from our District on the Convention’s opening eve. 
  • The Convention’s preregistration discount ends on March 15th.  If you register after that, you’ll pay the $490 that is the same you’ll pay if you register when you get to Atlanta.    For more details and registration visit:       http://rotary5960.org/showDoc.cfm?pObject=618&pMenuTop=602
 
 
 
 
Steve Scallon, MD, of the Stillwater Medical Group spoke to us about Children's Health.
Congratulations to Lyle Anderson, he has been a Rotarian for over 49 years.  "Rotary must be doing something right!"
 
 
Denise Pontrelli has reached 1 year and removed her new member stripe. 
 
 
 
Bobbie Burnham, Director of Early Learning from the Minnesota Department of Education spoke about the early childhood programs offered.
 
 
 
About a third of our members have 100% attendance.   We know it can be difficult to make it to our meeting every week; you can receive make-ups for meetings in two ways:
 

1. Attend another Rotary meeting. Whether you are on vacation or in a different part of the Cities, you can attend any club. You will pay for your meal there and receive a make-up slip. Bring that to club, and you will receive a credit on your next bill as well as an attendance make-up.

2. Participate in a Rotary service event such as bell ringing, Hockey Day Rotary tent volunteer, Lake Elmo tutoring, STRIVE program, etc. Come to club and make a note that you volunteered, and you will receive an attendance credit.

This is a great way to showcase what our members are doing and allow you to work toward a 100% attendance pin at the annual picnic in June.

 

 

Info from the Stillwater Gazette,  published 1/29/17.

John Rheinberger, with his siblings Joe and Marguerite, attended the presidential inauguration Jan. 20 in Washington D.C.   In addition to the inauguration, the Rheinbergers attended the Kentucky Bluegrass Ball and spent hours with marchers in the Women’s March on Washington Jan. 21.

Following are John's replies to the Gazette about their experience. 

What was most memorable to you about the inauguration?

The most memorable event was the president’s 1,435 word speech. I originally thought Senator Chuck Schumer of New York had made a semi-successful attempt to hijack the event by giving a left-leaning address through his position as a co-chair of the 58th inaugural event. He was later booed off the podium. As it surprisingly turned out the senator had only primed the president’s forthcoming speech thus making it only better. I had never been in a live audience before but I thought that he had truly engaged them as well as me. And, a great ending with all participating by saying “America First!”

How would you describe the mood in Washington D.C. during the week of the inauguration?

I expected the city to be really energized. Except for pockets it was not. With the President getting only 4 percent of the vote in D.C. (11,500 votes out of 280,000) I should not have been surprised. On the morning of the inaugural you could get a seat on the Metro line except at the stations very close to the event. I had expected it to be totally jammed. Many Capital Hill offices were open for receptions at least by the Republican majority. I sensed that the political divisions were still there and the Women’s March on the next day confirmed it.

What other thoughts would you like to share about the experience?

I encourage others to attempt to get involved in historic events. inaugurals are such occasions. Looking forward you do not really know if you are currently witnessing an unbelievable event. The 58th inaugural maybe just another garden variety inaugural or it could be something clearly a historic turning point. Further, as you plan to somehow be involved in such events you do not know how your personal life may change, if any, because of your participation. It is these unknown surprises that make a lifetime fun!

Full article available at:    http://stillwatergazette.com/2017/01/29/area-residents-attend-inauguration/

 

 

Rotarians Changing the World is the theme for this year's district conference being held April 27 - 29 in St. Paul.  Registration Deadline is April 17th.
More information at:   http://www.rotary5960.org/dc2017/
 
 
 
The Stillwater RELAY FOR LIFE will be held August 11th and 12th.
We heard about the Aiple Property and the Park Concept Plan from Bill Turnblad and Tom Triplett.   Steve Keister shared some history on the Aiple Family and Property.
Tracey Galowitz received another sticker from President Bill for bringing in a new member.
Working together with the Stillwater Sunrise and Lake Elmo Rotary Clubs, we had 37 Rotarians plus 12 family members work in the booth and/or at Trinity during the day.   Great joint effort!  We sold more than 800 cups of coffee and hot chocolate.   Some shifts were crazy busy and others were a bit slow, but everyone seemed to enjoy it and had great fellowship, we shared information about Rotary, and raised funds for Polio Plus.   Kudos to Katie Rolf and Bob Eiselt for coordinating!
 
 
 
Our speaker was Martin Hawthorne from the Stillwater Prison who spoke to us about the "The Prison Mirror," which is the longest continually running prison newspaper in the country.    https://www.prisonactivist.org/resources/prison-mirror
 
 

Hockey Day is THIS SATURDAY! 

We’ve had a terrific response from all 3 clubs, and the excitement around town is building for Hockey Day!  There are still some openings, including off-site (indoors).  Please SIGN UP BELOW if you’re able to help.  Additional details will be communicated directly through the web sign-up. 

 http://www.signupgenius.com/go/904084daea823a13-rotary

 This is an opportunity for fellowship and to get the Rotary name in front of a younger demographic.  Proceeds from the event will be given to Polio Plus, Fast for Hope or RI Annual Fund. 

Questions or for more information about why we’re doing this, contact Katie Rolf or Bob Eiselt. 

 

 

The top two reasons people join Rotary are to meet new people and to get involved in their communities. Many of the non-Rotarians you know are looking for the same things. Invite them to help with a service project, attend a networking night, or participate in a club gathering so they can see for themselves how Rotary connects leaders to make positive change.

Consider these potential candidates for membership:

  • Friends and family members
  • Business and professional acquaintances
  • Younger community leaders who are already connected to Rotary through Rotaract, RYLA, peace fellowships, Youth Exchange, and other programs
 
 
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