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   Stillwater Rotary Club
          Stillwater, Minnesota

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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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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.

Hello 5960 Rotarians,

If you haven't registered for the district conference yet, it's never too late. Check out our new video on Facebook for Rotary 5960 and YouTube!

You can still register by contacting Kathy Hughitt, or call 651-636-9054.  




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.
Subject: Barbeque Cook-Off and Club Mixer Thursday April 20 6-8 pm
Fellow Rotarians,
One last reminder about the Club Cook-off happening in two days. The details are below.
Remember Spouses and Significant Others are welcome.
Just an FYI, regarding Membership: we are encouraging our club members to reach out to possible new members and we are inviting those prospects to the Cook-Off and paying their fee.
  • If you want to grill something on-site bring your own grill and supplies as there is an outdoor space on the south side of the Event Center.
  • The building will be open by 4:30 pm which should give you enough time to set up.
  • There will be tables available for your club to set up.
  • There are outlets available for electricity if needed; please bring your own extension cords.
  • The ovens in the kitchen at the Event Center will be available if you need to warm things up.
  • Plan for approximately 60 people but everyone will be sampling so portions do not need to be very large.
  • Dishes and silverware will be provided.
  • The Event Center will make “sides” that will go best with the BBQ theme and there will also be those famous and delicious Lake Elmo Inn desert treats as well.  The cost will be minimal at $15 per person.
  • Recognizing our Valley resources; the Judges will be from the Lakeview and Woodwinds hospitals.
  • The judging will be “blind” tasting, i.e. they will not know which club produced what food and the Judges will be isolated in the Brides dressing room.
  • We will play a few games to help us all mingle.
  • There will be a cash bar.
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.
Last week's program was part of our health series.  We heard from Melissa Wiger of Washington County Public Health and John Braddock, Executive Director of Operation Grace MN on children's dental care issues.

Shannon Enright would like to invite group members to join her at a special FEED MY STARVING CHILDREN packing event this Saturday, April 15th, from 9-11 am at the Eagan packing center. Our club will cover the requested donation for Rotarians and their families who sign up by Thursday at midnight.   There are 50 spots reserved for our Rotary club (and family and friends we bring along). Shannon is willing to arrange carpooling.  To sign up,


Once you have signed up, please email Shannon (   Big Rotary "Thanks" to Shannon for arranging this Service Project!  




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.
Fellow Rotarians,
The Annual Club Get-Together and Cook-Off is only a few weeks away. Here are a few things to help you with the event:
  • If you want to grill something on-site bring your own grill and supplies as there is an outdoor space on the south side of the Event Center.
  • The building will be open by 4:30 pm which should give you enough time to set up.
  • There will be tables available for your club to set up.
  • There are outlets available for electricity if needed; please bring your own extension cords.
  • The ovens in the kitchen at the Event Center will be available if you need to warm things up.
  • Plan for approximately 60 people but everyone will be sampling so portions do not need to be very large.
  • Dishes and silverware will be provided.
  • The Event Center will make some “sides” that will go best with the BBQ theme. The cost will be minimal at $10 per person.
  • Recognizing our Valley resources; the Judges will be from the Lakeview and Woodwinds hospitals.
  • The judging will be “blind” tasting, i.e. they will not know which club produced what food and the Judges will be isolated in the Brides dressing room.
  • We will play a few games to help us all mingle.
  • There will be a cash bar.
We enjoyed the Member Profiles presented by Katie Bang and Bob Sherman.   Check out this and next week's "Cogwheel Connections" for what the Cogwheel Editor thought they said.
The Stillwater Area Foundation is now taking applications for its first-ever Sparks! Social Enterprise Camp for high school students.  

Sparks! Social Enterprise Camp is open to students living within the school district 834 boundaries who will be juniors or seniors in high school during the 2017-2018 school year. Students attending Stillwater Area High School, private schools, charter schools and home schools are encouraged to apply. Up to 20 students will be accepted into this year’s inaugural camp.


Additional information and applications for Sparks! Social Enterprise Camp are available at local high school counselors’ offices, and at the Stillwater Area Foundation website:  Questions about the camp can be directed to foundation board member Tom Triplett by phone 651-222-0239 or email Applications must be received by May 1.




Keri Bischoff, of Keri Bischoff Coaching, a Gallup Certified Strengths Coach has applied for membership.  Keri's sponsor is Tracey Galowitz.
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.

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.
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!
  • 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:
Congratulations to Lyle Anderson, he has been a Rotarian for over 49 years.  "Rotary must be doing something right!"
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!

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