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Meeting location: Frankie's Chicago Style Bar & Restaurant - 3556 Winnetka Ave N, New Hope Minnesota 55427

Michelle Ness is the Executive Director of PRISM, a nonprofit social service agency located in Golden Valley, MN. The mission of PRISM is to provide social services and connections that empower people in our community to build healthy, stable lives. Michelle received her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Minnesota in 2005 and her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Western Michigan University in 1997. She has held leadership roles in the past two decades with Tubman and Neighborhood House, and volunteered on the board of directors with CEAP and Tech Dump, in addition to being a consultant with the University of Minnesota School of Social Work, and in her own practice. As a licensed independent social worker, Michelle has led lead PRISM to greater community impact with a profitable social enterprise, Shop for Change. Michelle enjoys being a part of, and leading efforts with local nonprofits, individuals, and businesses to collaborate and find mutually beneficial partnerships. PRISM has worked alongside Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Minneapolis to create an impactful new space for social services. Remaining in Golden Valley, PRISM will be in a newly renovated building and growing the partnership with JFCS. This new location and uniquely exceptional partnership will increase access to more services for local community members in need.

PRISM is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit founded in 1970 by community members responding to the basic needs of individuals and families who were struggling to make ends meet. What started as a small community effort has since transformed into a strong organization that has a significant impact and an enduring commitment to its mission. PRISM meets the basic needs of food, clothing, and housing for 5,000+ low-income children, adults, and seniors each year. They primarily serve residents of Golden Valley, Robbinsdale, New Hope, Crystal, and Plymouth.

Michelle Ness, PRISM
Oct 24, 2017
Oct 26, 2017
7:30 AM – 9:00 AM

Meeting location: Frankie's Chicago Style Bar & Restaurant - 3556 Winnetka Ave N, New Hope Minnesota 55427

Army Reserve Officer Training Corps enables students to enroll in elective leadership and military courses at colleges and universities in addition to their required courses.

LTC Collin K. Keenan enlisted in the Army Reserves in 1990 and served as a mechanic prior to commissioning as a 2nd LT in the Chemical Corps in 2000. LTC Keenan received a B.S. in Political Science in 2000, M.S. in Environmental Management in 2005 and a MPM in Public Policy Management in 2009. He deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and is recipient of a Bronze Star and Purple Heart. LTC Keenan resides in Minneapolis, MN and is the proud father of three boys and one daughter.

The UMN-TC Gopher Battalion Staff is comprised of a highly dedicated team of current and former US Army Officers and NCOs, both past and present, and could not run as effectively as it does without the strong dedication from its top-notch administrative and support staff members.

Lt. Col. Collin Keenan, Prof. of Military Science
Oct 31, 2017
Nov 06, 2017
5:00 PM – 6:30 PM

Meeting location at Animal Humane Society
845 Meadow Lane N.   
Golden Valley, MN 55422

Vocational Tour at Animal Humane Society
Nov 07, 2017

Meeting location: Frankie's Chicago Style Bar & Restaurant - 3556 Winnetka Ave N, New Hope Minnesota 55427

Bob Halagan has been a member of the Buffalo Rotary Club since 2000 and served as its President in 2009-2010. He has also served as District 5950 Legal Counsel from 2011-2014, Area 13 Assistant Governor from 2010–2013, and District Fundraising Chair from 2013-2016. 

Bob’s Rotary journey has taken him, among other places, on numerous service trips to Guatemala where his club, in conjunction with other Rotary clubs, has authored or participated over $400,000 in Rotary grants including grants promoting economic development, nutrition, and maternal health for indigenous women. 

In his non-Rotary life, Bob is an attorney who began practice with the largest law firm in Minnesota and is now the owner of the smallest law firm (one person). Bob’s legal practice focuses on small businesses and he believes the proper role of an attorney is to help owners make their best business decisions in an ethical, practical, and profitable manner. Bob also serves as a mediator and arbitrator and has participated in hundreds of mediation sessions where the parties have successfully resolved their legal disputes.

District Governor Bob Halagan
Nov 14, 2017
Nov 16, 2017
7:30 AM – 9:00 AM

Thanksgiving Week: No Meeting

Thanksgiving Week: No Meeting
Nov 21, 2017

Meeting location: Frankie's Chicago Style Bar & Restaurant - 3556 Winnetka Ave N, New Hope Minnesota 55427

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) monitors environmental quality, offers technical and financial assistance, and enforces environmental regulations. The agency finds and cleans up spills or leaks that can affect our health and environment. Staff develop statewide policy, and support environmental education.

In 1967, a growing awareness of the environment's fragile nature led the Minnesota Legislature to create a new state agency, one with a unique challenge and a demanding responsibility: to protect the air, waters, and land of our great state. The Minnesota Legislature gave authority to the MPCA to begin controlling pollution problems in the state three years before the first Earth Day and the creation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

As the Recycling Market Development Coordinator with Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, Wayne consults with companies in the areas of finance, new product development, business plan development, sales, and marketing. Wayne has done extensive work in economic analysis linking the environment and economy. Wayne has thirty+ years experience in financial analysis, banking, new business start-ups, sales, marketing, new product development, customer service, consulting, business development, EPR, and management. He has worked in the private and public sector. Wayne earned his B.S. in Business Administration at St. John’s University-Collegeville, MN. He also has attended the Minnesota Bankers Commercial Lending School and Robert Morris Associates Commercial Lending School.

Wayne Gjerde, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
Nov 28, 2017

Dr. Michael Howell is a neurologist who specializes in sleep disorders. As the Sleep Performance Co-founder, Dr. Howell is an expert on the role of sleep and circadian rhythms in human performance and an internationally recognized researcher and educator. Dr. Howell currently is program director of the Sleep Medicine Fellowship at the Minnesota Regional Sleep Disorders Center, Associate Professor and Vice-Chair for Education in the Department of Neurology at the University of Minnesota, and Medical Director of the Fairview Sleep Center in Edina, Minnesota. His clinical interests include sleepwalking and related disorders such as REM Sleep Behavior Disorder, Sleep Related Eating Disorder, sleep seizures, and other violent sleep behaviors.

A prolific researcher, author, and speaker, Dr. Howell has authored or co-authored 35 publications relating to sleep and brain function; given 68 presentations at international, national, and regional meetings; and conducted 61 media (television, radio, and online) spots. He has held elected and appointed offices in the American Academy of Neurology and the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. Dr. Howell has received several local and national honors including: Best of 2012 Sleep Doctors by Sleep Review Magazine, 2014 Best Doctors in Sleep Disorders by Minnesota Monthly, and Top Doctors-Rising Stars by Mpls-St. Paul Magazine.

Dr. Michael Howell
Dec 05, 2017

The mission of Engineers Without Borders University of Minnesota Chapter (EWB-UMN) is to partner with disadvantaged communities around the world and to improve their quality of life through implementation of engineered projects that prove environmentally and economically sustainable. Our goals are achieved through cooperation with each other, fellow institutions, and mentors on the basis of commitment, persistence, and concern for the recipients of our efforts. We strive to uphold and advance our principles for international responsibility and look forward to applying the experience in our future engineering careers.

A few hours of time and expertise go a long way to help projects succeed all around the globe.

Lily Hock and Emily Low
Dec 12, 2017

The mission of Rochester STEM Academy (RSA) is to provide a highly supportive learning environment for minority, immigrant, and other students currently underserved in traditional area high schools and greatly underrepresented in Rochester’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) industries through a challenging program that emphasizes creativity, accountability, ongoing assessments, college-preparation, and high academic achievement.

Located in a city known for its medical and technology industries, RSA is among the very first STEM high schools in Minnesota. RSA creates multiple community partnerships to expose its students to STEM through internships, apprenticeships, mentorship, field trips, specialized programming, enrichment, and by continually bringing specialists working in STEM fields into its classrooms. This will ensure that minority children, including East African, Hmong, and Hispanic immigrants, will acquire the skills, knowledge-base, educational preparation, and motivation required to succeed in an increasingly technological world. At the same time, RSA’s goal of continually immersing its students within a college-focused culture will support their embarking in post-secondary studies. In these ways, RSA’s programming will replicate the outstanding success of Baltimore Polytechnic Institute and other STEM-focused secondary schools that have already garnered national attention.

Bryan Rossi, Principal, STEM Academy
Dec 19, 2017
Dec 21, 2017
7:30 AM – 9:00 AM
No Meeting
Dec 26, 2017

The Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Minnesota (WRC) provides quality medical care and rehabilitation for all injured, sick, and orphaned wild animals, and shares its knowledge with the people who care about them.

WRC was founded at the University of Minnesota in 1979 as a student club of the Veterinary College. From those humble beginnings of just a few dozen animals a year, the WRC has grown into one of the nation's busiest wildlife hospitals, admitting more than 14,000 patients annually.

A year-round staff of just 14 people, nine of which are medical professionals, keeps WRC's budget focused on providing care to its patients. During the summer, WRC adds five to six seasonal staff to run its three nurseries (Avian, Mammal, and Waterfowl.)

Phil Jenni, Executive Director
Jan 02, 2018

Duke Pieper was an elite hockey player at a young age. As a freshman at Hill-Murray High School, he made the varsity of the then-defending state champion Pioneers. Before his first game, he suffered from a brain lesion that altered his life. Given a 5 percent chance to live, Pieper overcame multiple surgeries, paralysis, and nerve damage. In place of his dreams of hockey stardom, Pieper found illness, surgery, infection, paralysis, months of hospitalization, and lingering disability. And yet, by his own admission, Pieper has emerged a better, bigger person.

Duke Pieper, teen hockey player with brain disease
Jan 09, 2018
Jan 18, 2018
7:30 AM – 9:00 AM
Feb 15, 2018
7:30 AM – 9:00 AM
Mar 15, 2018
7:30 AM – 9:00 AM
Apr 19, 2018
7:30 AM – 9:00 AM