Rotarians come out in force to celebrate the Grand Opening of Brookview Golden Valley! Betsy Anderson 2017-12-04 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 04, 2017
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Special thanks to Kent Garbers and Kym Betts from Frankie's! During the several weeks that we were without a permanent home, we were well taken care of at Frankie's. From accommodating our audio/visual needs to serving our large group efficiently and with a smile, the "wandering weeks" flew by in comfort. Thank you, Kent and Kym!
Special thanks to Frankie's! Betsy Anderson 2017-12-04 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 04, 2017
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Diane Schnell from the New Hope YMCA accepted a $1,000 check from treasurer Bryan Palmer in support of their Funding the Future event. The event raised $20,800 which will fund 100 full scholarships to YMCA summer camps. We are proud to be donors for the YMCA and support their ongoing efforts to help youth in our community.
New Hope YMCA accepts a $1,000 check Betsy Anderson 2017-12-04 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 04, 2017
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Wayne Gjerde from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency spoke about plastics and how recycling supports Minnesota jobs. Plastic lumber products are surging and many are made in Minnesota, such as By the Yard outdoor furniture. A new product, Harbor Pier, made in Worthington, will soon be installed in the Duluth harbor. It won't deteriorate and will flex if hit. About 18,000 jobs in Minnesota are related to recycling.
Wayne Gjerde from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Betsy Anderson 2017-12-04 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 30, 2017
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Hopkins Superintendent Dr. Rhoda Mhiripiri-Reed joined members of the Golden Valley Business Council for a conversation about public education and about Hopkins Public Schools. With her are Gary Aiken (Tonka Financial), Becky Bakken (Discover St. Louis Park), and Tim Cruikshank (City Manager, Golden Valley.) Over 90% of children in America attend public schools, so their success is pivotal for the future of our country. The Hopkins Public Schools serve seven municipalities with just under 7,000 students attending one of nine schools. Dr. Mhiripiri-Reed hopes to move Hopkins from "great" to "world class." More than 20 school districts are seeking a referendum this Election Day, including Hopkins with three questions on the ballot.
Dr. Rhoda Mhiripiri-Reed speaks with Golden Valley Business Council Betsy Anderson 2017-10-30 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 30, 2017
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Rotary's positive impact on Schaper Park continues! A few weeks ago, Rotarians Julie Peterson, Colleen Haubner, Brian Liedtke, and Paul Mork gathered at the new playground to add mulch to newly planted trees, which the Golden Valley Rotary purchased. In all, the Rotary funded sixteen trees at Schaper Park! The all-inclusive play structure and no-barriers playground have received lots of good press since opening in the summer. The new park is a result of partnerships between the City of Golden Valley, Three Rivers Park District, MN/WI Playground, Paul’s Pals, Golden Valley Rotary Club, and the Golden Valley Community Foundation.
Rotary's positive impact on Schaper Park continues! Betsy Anderson 2017-10-30 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 30, 2017
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There are more people in poverty in the suburbs than in Minneapolis, with senior citizens as the largest growing group of food shelf users. Realities like this are why PRISM exists to serve Golden Valley, Plymouth, Crystal, New Hope, and Robbinsdale with food, clothing, and housing assistance. Executive Director Michelle Ness told PRISM's story at last week's Rotary meeting. Programs include: Marketplace Food Shelf, Homelessness Prevention, Rapid Rehousing, Shop for Change Thrift Shop, & Children's Programs. There are 750 families coming through the food shelf per month. In March 2018, they will relocate alongside Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Minneapolis to create an impactful new space for social services. This is not a merger, but rather a complement of services, hoping to offer a more holistic approach to helping people UP and OUT of poverty.
PRISM serves Suburban Poverty Betsy Anderson 2017-10-30 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 23, 2017
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The Golden Valley Rotary Club celebrates Vocational month by naming a local Business of the Year to honor. The 2017 selection is the Animal Humane Society of Golden Valley. Animal Humane Society of Golden Valley annually cares for more than 23,000 animals in need and helps thousands more through programs for people and pets. Because of their commitment to giving back and serving the community, the Rotary Club of Golden Valley presented Animal Humane Society of Golden Valley with its annual Business of the Year Award on Oct. 17, 2017. The award recognizes service above self, Rotary International's motto. “We at Animal Humane Society are honored to be chosen as the ‘Business of the Year’ by the Golden Valley Rotary Club,” says Breanna Willman, Corporate Philanthropy Advisor. “We very much appreciate the recognition for the work we are doing in the community to advance animal welfare and create a more humane world for animals throughout Minnesota.”
Animal Humane Society of Golden Valley receives annual Business of the Year Award Betsy Anderson 2017-10-23 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 23, 2017
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Under rainy skies and the guidance of Hennepin County Forester Jen Kullgren, ten Rotarians revamped a busy corridor in Golden Valley with 45 new trees. They were replacing ash trees that formerly lined Winnetka Avenue. The invasive species, Emerald Ash Borer, has forced many cities to look at a more diverse tree environment. Eight different types of trees were planted on Saturday: Boulevard Linden, Discovery Elm, Ginkgo, Honeylocust, Kentucky Coffeetree, New Horizon Elm, Oak-leaf Mountain Ash, Snowbird Hawthorn. With Rotary International President Ian Riseley challenging clubs to plant a tree for each member in Rotary, the Golden Valley Club is going above and beyond that goal. Facing the elements and "digging" in were: Jim Nielsen, Colleen Haubner, Paul Mork, Reed Robinson, Peggy Leppik, Brian Liedtke, John Peterson, Julie Peterson, Chad Boger, Edward Lief.
Rotary Tree Planting Betsy Anderson 2017-10-23 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 23, 2017
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Rotary Update from Future Roots Project: Our first month flew by in the blink of eye and thanks to support we received from Rotary for our vocational training program, we had our most successful month ever, training over 100 teachers in three different communities and distributing over 150 books so far. We attended a dinner with the Jinotepe Rotary Club, the in-country host club of our project. The District Governor, Manuel Antonio Sequeira, was visiting from Costa Rica and they hosted a special event for him that also showcased the work we do in their schools. Next week, Terry Johnson, president of the Crystal, New Hope, Robbinsdale Club, will be joining us for her second visit to Nicaragua this year! We are very excited to host her and to have her help at the next teacher training.
Rotary Update from Future Roots Project Betsy Anderson 2017-10-23 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 16, 2017
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Rotary supports Golden Valley Historical Society! David Kuball from Golden Valley Historical Society received a $500 donation from the Golden Valley Rotary. The Historical Society has undergone major renovations in the past couple of years, adding a new part of the building which will tell the story of Golden Valley. A grand opening is scheduled for Spring, 2018.
Rotary supports Golden Valley Historical Society! Betsy Anderson 2017-10-16 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 16, 2017
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Rotary supports Kid Pack! Dawn Dresser from Kid Pack received a $300 donation from the Golden Valley Rotary. Each week, Good Samaritan and Calvary churches partner to deliver 170 Kid Pack bags to Robbinsdale's Neill Elementary School. Each Kid Pack includes food that students take home over the weekends, when school food is not available. The Rotary will support 150 Kid Packs with this donation.
Rotary supports Kid Pack! Betsy Anderson 2017-10-16 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 16, 2017
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Check out "Mr. Golden Valley" Don Anderson, proud Rotarian, in the Star Tribune!

"You can research your family history there. You can peruse old newspapers, browse shelves of yearbooks, even get married in one of them. Historical societies in the west metro area long have served as go-to places to learn about a city’s past and connect with local resources. Now several are taking steps to get more exposure and attract greater audiences.

Many historical societies in the United States were formed in the early-to mid-1970s, inspired in part by the nation’s bicentennial. Such was the case with the Golden Valley group, created in 1973. Operating out of a 135-year-old church that will soon host its 200th wedding, the Golden Valley society is opening a museum wing next spring. The room soon will feature displays and collections now in storage, said board member Don Anderson." Read the article here.
"Mr. Golden Valley" Don Anderson Betsy Anderson 2017-10-16 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 16, 2017
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See you later, Tim Klesk! Dr. Tim Klesk will be joining the chiropractic practice of his mentor in Maple Grove, therefore having to leave the Golden Valley Rotary Club. He couldn't pass up this opportunity; Tim plans on buying into the practice over the next few years and having his wife, Madeline, also join him. Dr. Madeline Klesk is also a chiropractor. Tim commented that he's grown over the years with Rotary and has learned a lot about himself in the process. We are certainly going to miss Tim and all the energy he brought to Rotary. We hope to see him again soon and wish him the best of luck in this new venture!
See you later, Tim Klesk! Betsy Anderson 2017-10-16 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 16, 2017
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Dr. Timothy Magee, with Health Care for All Minnesota, spoke about the current state of health care in our nation. The United States is the most expensive place to be sick out of all developed countries and we currently rank 37th in quality of care. Prescription drugs in the US are nearly double the cost vs. in Canada. The big problem? Health care has become BIG business. And the more money you have, the longer you live.
Health Care for All Minnesota Betsy Anderson 2017-10-16 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 09, 2017
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Bravo, Golden Valley Rotary! Highway 55 is looking much better after a crew of Rotarians took to the road and cleaned up wrappers, cans, plastics, etc. A dedicated crew gathered on October 3rd in the parking lot of the Golden Valley Commons. The Golden Valley Rotary Club cleans up this section of highway twice a year as part of the Adopt A Highway program.
Dedicated Crew Cleans Up Hwy 55 Betsy Anderson 2017-10-09 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 02, 2017
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Rotarian Edward Lief stitched together a story about São Miguel, Rotary, and the luxury brand, Coach. The common thread? Victor Luis. Born on São Miguel, an impoverished island in Portugal’s Azores archipelago, Victor's U.S. family would send care packages of clothing and Wrigley’s gum. His family immigrated to the U.S. in 1973, when Victor was 7, settling in East Providence, R.I. His parents made ends meet with manufacturing jobs. Victor earned a scholarship to college, then studied international economics on a Rotary fellowship in Britain. “Because of our blue-collar background, luxury was the furthest thing from my mind,” he says. But luxury found Luis. After an impressive and varied career, he is now the CEO of Coach. An investment from Rotary can open endless possibilities.
São Miguel, Rotary, and the luxury brand, Coach Betsy Anderson 2017-10-02 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 02, 2017
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Dr. Rhoda Mhiripiri-Reed, Superintendent, and Katie Williams, Director of Community Education, both represented Hopkins Public Schools at Rotary. It is an exciting time at Hopkins, with the new superintendent starting this past July, and three big questions for the voters on this November's ballot. Dr. Mhiripiri-Reed is native to Minnesota, having graduated from Bloomington Public Schools. She's been across the country, learning and working in public education for over 15 years. She spoke about the almost 7,000 students in the nine Hopkins schools. Around 42% are students of color and 46 languages are spoken. This fall, voters have an opportunity to vote on three ballot questions posed by the school district: a bond, a capital projects levy, and an operating levy. Details about the referendum can be found here.
Dr. Rhoda Mhiripiri-Reed & Hopkins referendum 2017 Betsy Anderson 2017-10-02 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 02, 2017
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Dwight's Rotary Pearl:

Tune in for Rotary's fifth annual World Polio Day event on October 24, this year co-hosted with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Watch it live at 5:30 p.m. EDT or anytime after the event at endpolio.org.

Bonus Pearl:
Stan: Any news about the guy who fell into the upholstery machine?
Jan: Yes. He's now fully recovered.
Dwight's Rotary Pearl: World Polio Day Betsy Anderson 2017-10-02 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 02, 2017
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The Golden Valley Business Council welcomed Perpich Center for Arts Education Executive Director Curt Tryggestad to the September meeting. Tryggestad just joined Perpich this summer, and now leads a team of 70 which includes agency employees, professional development staff, and certified teachers & administrators. On the heels of the 2017 Legislative Session & Legislative Auditors' Report, Perpich has five strategies going forward: Culture and Climate; Advocacy; Marketing and Communication; Information and Technology; and Finances. Their priorities are to increase enrollment, stabilize finances, seek bonding dollars, develop a 3-5 year technology plan, seek partnerships outstate, and re-establish and/or strengthen relationships with arts organizations statewide.
Curt Tryggestad, Perpich Center for Arts Education Betsy Anderson 2017-10-02 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 25, 2017
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Dwight's Rotary Pearl:

Rotary International partners with the “Shelter Box” organization to provide support for families displaced by hurricanes and floods. “Shelter in a Shelter” tents provide privacy and comfort to evacuees, private spaces for healthcare, lactation stations, places of worship, AA meetings, etc. They also distribute blankets, solar lights, groundsheets, and school kits. A woman whose mobile home near the San Jacinto River was flooded by hurricane Harvey said about her Shelter in a Shelter tent, “It’s the best house we’ve ever had.”
Dwight's Rotary Pearl Betsy Anderson 2017-09-25 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 25, 2017
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From Minnesota Public Radio: With Puerto Rico devastated by Hurricane Maria, shutting down all power and most communication, many Puerto Ricans in Minnesota are still awaiting word from friends and family on the island. There are an estimated 13,000 Puerto Ricans living in Minnesota, including DFL State Sen. Melisa Franzen of Edina, who was born in Puerto Rico and moved to Minnesota in 2001. She joined several local politicians and leaders in urging Minnesotans and Minnesota companies to do what they can to help. "The situation is dire, there are 3.5 million U.S. citizens on the island of Puerto Rico, which is a U.S. Commonwealth," she said. She urged donations, but said people should research where they are donating relief funds. She vouched for El Fondo Boricua, or the Boricua Fund for Hurricane Relief, a fund that is being operated by the St. Paul Foundation and can be donated to at givemn.org.
Puerto Rico devastated by Hurricane Maria Betsy Anderson 2017-09-25 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 25, 2017
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Dr. Chad Boger is a past president of Golden Valley Rotary. Boger Dental is a participating dentist in the Smiles for Life whitening campaign. Since 1998, Smiles for Life has raised over $38 million, benefiting hundreds of children’s charities. Boger Dental has raised around $260,000 over their 12 years of participating. For the past few years, they have made a donation to PRISM as part of their community outreach. This past year they donated $4,400 to PRISM! In addition to the monetary support, they also donated about $3,000 in toothbrushes, floss, and toothpaste this past year. Said PRISM Executive Director Michelle Ness, "The donation makes a significant impact ensuring that the Food Shelf has adequate and stable perishables such as milk, eggs, butter, and meat for the 700 families we serve each month."
Boger Dental contributes to PRISM Betsy Anderson 2017-09-25 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 25, 2017
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Last Tuesday was our Club Assembly at new location, Frankie's Chicago Style Bar & Restaurant. Treasurer Bryan Palmer provided a financial update including our recent move to QuickBooks. Tim Klesk, Contributions Chair, spoke about the group's efforts to build standard operating procedures year to year. Chad Boger with Membership shared the new application process in ClubRunner, ongoing work to revise job descriptions, and the goal of matching up new members to veteran Rotarians. Secretary Dan Korsman's report included the move to ClubRunner with updated attendance. He's also working on getting our service hours recorded. A suggestion from President Colleen Haubner? Download the ClubRunner app on your phone! It has great resources on the go. Finally was a report from the One Rotary Summit and District 5950's goal of increasing our female membership by 1000 women (15 women per club, 5 new members over 3 years.)
Club Assembly Betsy Anderson 2017-09-25 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 18, 2017
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Rotarians Paul Mork, Peggy Leppik, Edward Lief, and Betsy Anderson attended the Rotary One Summit with 200+ Rotarians from across District 5950. The focus of the summit was the addition of women to Rotary. We exchanged ideas for future growth that involved programs, leadership, public image, etc. All ideas will be gathered by the facilitators and be available on the District 5950 website at a future date. With a goal of 50.3% women in Rotary (the same percentage of women in MN), that means 1000 new women to Rotary! Breaking that down, it means fifteen women per club, adding five over the next three years.
District 5950 Rotary One Summit Betsy Anderson 2017-09-18 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 18, 2017
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Marshall Tanick shared the history of Brookview Community Center. The Walker family (Walker Art Center) opened it in the 1920s as "Superior Golf Course." It was later purchased and became Brookview, a Jewish Country Club. This was in response to a wave of anti-semitism across Minnesota at the time. Brookview was a hub for weddings, anniversaries, Bar & Bat Mitzvahs, mah jong card clubs, etc. With a swimming pool and ballroom, the amenities were well used. In 1968, after years of membership decline, the City of Golden Valley passed a bond referendum to purchase Brookview for $1.6 million, converting it to public facilities.
Marshall Tanick's History of Brookview Betsy Anderson 2017-09-18 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 11, 2017
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Severe rainfall caused historic flooding along the Texas coast, including in Houston, the fourth largest city by population in the United States. About 6.8 million people have been affected by the hurricane. Meanwhile, Hurricane Irma is descending on Florida and the Atlantic coast of the United States. Already, the storm has directly affected 1.2 million people and millions more are in its path. Two Rotary Foundation donor advised funds have been set up to accept donations for disaster relief and recovery in response to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.
Hurricane Harvey
Account name: Gulf Coast Disaster Relief Fund
Account number: 608
Hurricane Irma
Account name: Hurricane Emergency Relief Fund
Account number: 296
Learn how you can contribute here.
If you have questions about how you can help, contact relief@rotary.org
Rotary Foundation Donor Advised Funds Betsy Anderson 2017-09-11 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 11, 2017
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The Rotary Club was well represented at Schaper Park's grand opening. Julie Peterson, co-lead on the District Grant, shared Rotary's happiness at the partnerships and final product. Mayor Shep Harris was emcee for the proceedings and highlighted the Rotary's good work in the community. And stakes around the park designated the future trees that will be there, thanks to the Rotary's efforts. There were eleven Rotarians in attendance, along with some Rotary children who thoroughly enjoyed the new playground.
Well Represented at Schaper Park's Grand Opening Betsy Anderson 2017-09-11 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 11, 2017
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The Rotary Club was out in force for the grand opening of Minnesota’s first outdoor fitness challenge course at Golden Valley’s Schaper Park. It was a beautiful day to celebrate the new all-inclusive play structure. The new park is a result of partnerships between the City of Golden Valley, Three Rivers Park District, MN/WI Playground, Paul’s Pals, Golden Valley Rotary Club, and the Golden Valley Community Foundation.
Minnesota’s first outdoor fitness challenge course Betsy Anderson 2017-09-11 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 11, 2017
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The Center of the American Experiment is a Minnesota-based think tank that advocates for conservative and free-market principles. John Phelan, an economist at American Experiment, shared a report on Minnesota's economy and how mediocre performance threatens the state's future. On several data points, the state is above or equal to the national average. But there are data points in Phelan's presentation that also shows Minnesota lagging the national average.
Center of the American Experiment Betsy Anderson 2017-09-11 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 04, 2017
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Dwight's Weekly Pearl: The object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster:
  1. The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service
  2. High ethical standards in business and professions, the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations, and the dignifying of each Rotarian's occupation as an opportunity to serve society;
  3. The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian's personal, business, and community life;
  4. The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.
Dwight's Weekly Pearl Betsy Anderson 2017-09-04 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 04, 2017
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The Rotary Foundation and clubs along the Gulf Coast of Texas and Louisiana are collecting emergency relief funds to help flood victims of Hurricane Harvey, which slammed into southeast Texas. With an estimated damage of $190 billion, Hurricane Harvey could be the costliest natural disaster in U.S. history. Want to contribute to the Gulf Coast Disaster Relief Donor Advised Fund? By check payable to: The Rotary Foundation DAF Memo line: Gulf Coast Disaster Relief Fund #608 Mail to: Rotary DAF, c/o NRS, 12 Gill Street, Suite 2600, Woburn, MA, 01801 By credit card: Click Here Account name: Gulf Coast Disaster Relief Fund Account number: 608 If you have questions about how you can help, contact relief@rotary.org
Gulf Coast Disaster Relief Fund Betsy Anderson 2017-09-04 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 04, 2017
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Minnesota’s first outdoor fitness challenge course is coming to Golden Valley’s Schaper Park, along with a new all-inclusive play structure. You're invited to the grand opening Saturday, Sept 9, 11:30 am-1 pm. Schaper Park is located at 631 Ottawa Ave N, Golden Valley. The event will include free lunch (hot dogs, chips, cookies, & beverages), activities from Three Rivers Park District, and opportunities to try the challenge course and accessible play structure. The new park is a result of partnerships between the City of Golden Valley, Three Rivers Park District, MN/WI Playground, Paul’s Pals, Golden Valley Rotary Club, and the Golden Valley Community Foundation.
Golden Valley’s Schaper Park Betsy Anderson 2017-09-04 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 04, 2017
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John Doyle, local foodie blogger, took us on a journey to burger land. We learned about the pub style vs. diner-smashed debate. He discussed national trends like fast casual, chef driven, healthy-non-meat options, ethnic ingredients, natural-artisan-in-house, and burgers for brunch. John talked about the hugely successful In-N-Out Burger which is still a privately held, family owned business. Future trend to watch? Clean meat, which is animal free. Bill Gates and Richard Branson have invested heavily in clean meat, with Cargill recently joining. His top picks for MN? Lions Tap and Murray's. And top picks for Golden Valley? Mort's, Good Day Café, and Schullers Tavern. John started his website to give burger-loving folks insight to anything that is happening in the world of burgers.
John Doyle, local foodie blogger Betsy Anderson 2017-09-04 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 28, 2017
Dwight's Weekly Pearl: George Carlin (May 12, 1937 – June 22, 2008) American stand-up comedian, actor, author, and social critic.
Dwight's Weekly Pearl Betsy Anderson 2017-08-28 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 28, 2017
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Millions in Texas are experiencing epic flooding as state and national guard service members are activated in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. The storm's slow movement means more rain and flooding will likely make matters worse.
ShelterBox USA is in continuous contact with FEMA to discuss potential shelter options to help families displaced by flooding or storm surge. ShelterBox Operations will continue to monitor the storm and activate an immediate response if needed. The ShelterBox USA-based Response Team members, several of whom live in Texas, are standing by to assist in the delivery of aid to impacted areas.
ShelterBox responds in Texas Betsy Anderson 2017-08-28 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 28, 2017
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Rotarians received a "behind the scenes" tour of the new Brookview, opening this winter. Rick Birno and Ben Disch guided us through the public and private spaces, including a few places to choose where the Rotary will meet for their weekly gatherings when the building opens to the public in December. While inside it is still very much a construction zone, (and the workers were patient with us traipsing around) the outside views are spectacular and will surely be a main attraction for the area. We are excited to get in there permanently!
Tour of the new Brookview Betsy Anderson 2017-08-28 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 28, 2017
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In a few weeks, Brookview Community Center will close its doors to the public and begin the next phase of construction: demolishing the original building from 1918. Ben Disch and Rick Birno spoke on the construction project that started on October 3, 2016. The Rotary has had a front row seat of the new building, and Ben and Rick took us "inside" with artist renderings of the finished product. Fun fact: new conference tables will be made from downed Golden Valley trees. The location is sure to be a hot spot in town, and already has interested parties for Super Bowl 52. Brookview's Grand Opening is scheduled for December 1, 2017.
The New Brookview Betsy Anderson 2017-08-28 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 21, 2017
From the Golden Valley City Council Meeting on 8-15-17 as the Council approves a resolution accepting donations from the Golden Valley Rotary Club for bleachers and trees and Floyd & Sue Anderson for a new play structure bench at Schaper Park. Representing the Rotary is Betsy Anderson. Credit to Northwest Suburbs Cable Communications Commission for video.
Golden Valley City Council approves donations at Schaper Park Betsy Anderson 2017-08-21 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 21, 2017
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The Golden Valley Rotary had a great time "paving the way to Nicaragua" for Future Roots Project/Raices del Futuro at local brewery Wicked Wort Brewing Co. With the Rotarians are Future Roots Project founders Liz Dahl and Jaime Belden. #PeopleOfAction
Future Roots Project fundraiser at Wicked Wort Brewing Betsy Anderson 2017-08-21 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 21, 2017
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The Golden Valley City Council approved a resolution on Tuesday night, accepting the donations from the Golden Valley Rotary Club to benefit Schaper Park. Parks & Rec. Director, Rick Birno, shared how grateful they were to the Rotary for the ability to "add back" some features that didn't fit into the budget. Mayor Shep Harris, along with other members of the Council, were very appreciative for the Rotary's help and for the Rotary's presence in the community. A video of the exchange is also available.
Golden Valley City Council approves Schaper Park donation Betsy Anderson 2017-08-21 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 21, 2017
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We were pleased to welcome Area 5 Assistant Governor, Guy Marzano. Guy is a member of the Minnetonka Rotary Club. As Area 5 Assistant Governor, Guy brings together the leadership of the five Area 5 Clubs: Golden Valley, Hopkins, Minnetonka, St. Louis Park Morning, & St. Louis Park Noon. Assistant Governors serve as the connection between clubs and the district. They are encouraged to visit regularly, monitoring the club's progress and keeping the governor informed.
Area 5 Assistant Governor, Guy Marzano, visits Betsy Anderson 2017-08-21 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 21, 2017
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Trina Deiss and Rebekah Meyers, both from United1Front, believe in the Masgutova Neurosensorimotor Reflex Integration (MNRI) method for addressing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD.) The Masgutova Foundation is a nonprofit that raises funds for scholarships, research, and programs to help those individuals and families living with neurological challenges throughout the world. People with PTSD are in constant survival mode. With MNRI, individuals can address the physical symptoms along with the mental/emotional.
Masgutova Foundation Betsy Anderson 2017-08-21 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 14, 2017
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Dwight's Weekly Pearl: Lammot du Pont II, American Industrialist, 1880-1952
People may change their minds as often as their coats,
and a new set of rules of conduct may be written every week, but the fact remains that human nature has not changed and does not change, that inherent human beliefs stay the same: that fundamental rules of human conduct continue to hold.
Dwight's Weekly Pearl Betsy Anderson 2017-08-14 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 14, 2017
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Bravo, Rotary! PRISM collected over 3,700 pounds of food from National Night Out and several Rotarians from the Golden Valley Club helped to sort through all of it. Thank you: Dwight Townes, Julie & John Peterson, Chad, Shayla, Eleanor, & Ansel Boger, Jim Nielsen, Larry Cramer, Brian Liedtke, Reed Robinson, and Paul Mork. Our ongoing partnership with PRISM is one of our favorite projects. We appreciate the opportunity to allow for dignity for our neighbors.
Rotary at PRISM Betsy Anderson 2017-08-14 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 14, 2017
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So fun to see our friend Bryan Rossi, in town from Rochester, MN. Bryan accepted the role of Executive Director at Rochester STEM Academy a few years ago. The position keeps him in Rochester during the week, thus missing our Tuesday meetings. Rochester STEM Academy is currently on summer break, and summer school let out recently. This allowed Bryan to be in town and visit the Rotary. Great to see you, Bryan, and hope to have your amazing students visit us again this coming school year.
Bryan Rossi, Executive Director, Rochester STEM Academy Betsy Anderson 2017-08-14 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 14, 2017
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Beth Pfeifer (Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB)) and Bert Jackson (Loppet Foundation) spoke about The Trailhead: Theodore Wirth Park’s New Adventure and Welcome Center. A partnership between the two entities, The Loppet Foundation will build and donate the building to MPRB and then lease it from MPRB and operate the building. It will be a new home for outdoor adventurewith 14,000 sq. ft. as a jumping-off point for year round activities. The Rotary hopes to schedule a tour after its completion in January, 2018.
The Trailhead: Theodore Wirth Park’s New Adventure and Welcome Center Betsy Anderson 2017-08-14 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 07, 2017
Dwight's Weekly Pearl: Blaise Pascal, 1623 – 1662
Pascal was a French mathematician, physicist, inventor, writer, and Catholic theologian.
Dwight's Pearl of Wisdom Betsy Anderson 2017-08-07 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 07, 2017
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Paige Novak, Professor of Environmental Engineering, spoke on the importance of estrogen in wastewater and its effect on ecology. Humans create pollutants in wastewater and our treatment plants have not kept up, having been designed over 100 years ago. Estrogen removal is particularly difficult, stemming from Deet, fragrances, medications, etc. that end up in water. The estrogen has serious biological effects on the ecosystem. Novak says the removal of estrogen is a huge challenge without an easy fix. Her research is seeking a bacterial solution, but the issue is complicated and cannot guarantee success.
Estrogen in Wastewater Betsy Anderson 2017-08-07 05:00:00Z 0
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The District 3 Rotary Clubs (Maple Grove, Rogers, Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, Crystal/New Hope/Robbinsdale) celebrated the 100 years of the Rotary Foundation on July 29th with music, food, and a 5 layered cake that was served to all in attendance. The Rotary Foundation has spent more than $3 billion on projects that promote peace, fight disease, provide clean water, support education, save mothers and children, and grow local economies. Many projects were on display like bed building for CROSS, providing shelter with Shelter Box for those people who have lost their homes due to natural disasters, and Days for Girls hygiene kits for girls to let them continue to attend school.
100 years of the Rotary Foundation Betsy Anderson 2017-08-07 05:00:00Z 0
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Scholarship recipient says "Thank you!" We received this note from Jared Mowery. Six scholarships were given, three to Hopkinsstudents and three to Robbinsdale Armstrong students; each scholarship is a one year, $1,000 scholarship. The parameters for the scholarship selection process are: The student exemplifies “Service Above Self”; The student lives in Golden Valley or attended a Golden Valley school in the past; The student plans on attending a two or four-year post-secondary school; Special consideration for a student with a connection to Rotary. Our 2017 recipients: Jared Mowery, Maeve O'Meara, Antonia Young, Dorothy Anderson, Angela Crelly, and Elliot Olson. 
Scholarship recipient says "Thank you!" Betsy Anderson 2017-08-07 05:00:00Z 0
Dwight's Pearl of Wisdom Betsy Anderson 2017-07-31 05:00:00Z 0
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A new era for the Golden Valley Rotary Club: our first meeting using ClubRunner to take attendance! So fancy! ClubRunner will provide a lot of upgrade options for our Club. Our new website is up and running and improving all the time. Dan Korsman is working on updating our online member directory. And the beautiful thing: ClubRunner is created to be used by people with no technical expertise! Phew!
ClubRunner Comes to Golden Valley Rotary Club Betsy Anderson 2017-07-31 05:00:00Z 0
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Golden Valley was out in droves for the annual Taste & Tour of Golden Valley on Thursday, July 27. Hundreds of passports were distributed for attendees to enjoy the fare and wares of fifteen local businesses that add style and taste to Golden Valley. One young participant (pictured) got to eat a yummy sandwich, dive into delicious Culver's custard, and try his hand at archery with the Boy Scouts. It was a great evening out in Golden Valley!
Taste & Tour of Golden Valley Betsy Anderson 2017-07-31 05:00:00Z 0
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Ilo Leppik, MD, Neurology Professor from the University of MN spoke on Minnesota Medical Cannabis. This is not marijuana to be smoked, and it is certainly not for recreational use. In fact, medical cannabis in Minnesota is quite restrictive. There are only a handful of dispensaries around the state, and users need a prescription to gain access. Medical cannabis is made in factories so that the plant can be purified and certified as pharmaceutical grade. It is taken in pill form, liquid, or oil.
Minnesota Medical Cannabis Betsy Anderson 2017-07-31 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 23, 2017
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What's New, Peggy Leppik? 
 
For Peggy, life evolves, it doesn't change. She keeps busy with Rotary, League of Women Voters, tutoring for Adult Basic Education, Superior Trail hiking, advising at the Humphrey Institute, and gardening. Ilo, her husband, will be helping more in the garden. The Leppiks just celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary and have a family trip soon to witness the solar eclipse in August. Peggy has the distinction of being appointed by the Governor to the Campaign Finance Board more than anyone else; unfortunately that is because the Legislature has failed to confirm her appointment all these times. The Rotary knows she's a winner, though! Thanks for sharing your What's New, Peggy!
What's New, Peggy Leppik? Betsy Anderson 2017-07-23 05:00:00Z 0
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Welcome new member, Edward Lief! 
 
Edward became the newest member of the Golden Valley Rotary Club on July 18, 2017. New to Rotary International, Edward shared that he is studying and learning about Rotary and he's excited to jump in. He gave special thanks to his proposer, Julie Peterson, for being a "wonderful ambassador for the Club." Julie and Edward first met and spoke about Rotary at the Golden Valley Pride Festival in June. His classification is Law - Nonprofit Corporations. He is a legal and financial advisor to nonprofit corporations.Welcome, Edward! We are excited to have your energy and enthusiasm in the Golden Valley Rotary Club!
Welcome new member, Edward Lief! Betsy Anderson 2017-07-23 05:00:00Z 0
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We welcomed Monique Drier, Julia Ross, Miamon Queeglay, and Camryn Krause Ferris to speak about the Joint Community Police Program (JCPP). The JCPP is a collaborative effort of the cities of Saint Louis Park, Richfield, Hopkins, Bloomington, Brooklyn Park, Crystal, and Brooklyn Center, Hennepin County, and Northwest Hennepin Human Services Council. Their mission is to enhance communication and understanding between law enforcement and multicultural residents of these cities. By building trust and communication between the police and community members, they strive to ultimately improve the safety and livability of our communities.
Joint Community Police Program (JCPP) Betsy Anderson 2017-07-23 05:00:00Z 0
Music has been an important part of leading an ordinary life for students at the Music School for Children With Disabilities in Honor of Paul Harris in Lublin, Poland. Founded by Rotary members, the school serves 20 students with various disabilities, including Down syndrome, autism, and visual impairments. The Rotary Club of Lublin-Centrum-Maria Curie-Sklodowska has provided funding with help from Rotary Foundation Matching Grants and the Henryk Wieniawski Musical Society, which houses the school.
 
After their son Mateusz was born with underdeveloped eyes, Mariusz and Joanna Kania looked for ways to help him be active. When he showed an aptitude for music, they looked for a teacher and were thrilled to find the Paul Harris music school.
Helping people with disabilities make their own music 2015-05-01 00:00:00Z 0
For years, Angalia Bianca had slept in abandoned buildings throughout Chicago. She stole. She did drugs. She spent time in and out of jail for forgery, theft, trespassing, and possession of narcotics. But after she landed in prison for the seventh time, something changed -- Bianca knew she wanted a better life. She just didn’t know how to make it happen.
 
After serving her time, Bianca sought help from a local homeless organization, A Safe Haven, and moved to its shelter in the Rogers Park neighborhood. Bianca followed the program closely -- she attended all the required meetings, passed drug tests, and volunteered at every opportunity.
Finding Safe Haven 2015-05-01 00:00:00Z 0
What is it like taking a large team to Africa?  It has probably been one of the most rewarding experiences in my life. In mid February, I began leading Rotary members from all over the East Coast of the United States through Ghana. I’ve tried to give the team a warm Ghanaian welcome like I’ve received on my earlier trips. A large trip is a real blessing because each person sees Ghana and our work in a different way.

A highlight for the team was greeting the chief of Sagadugu. The team got excited about buying goats and food for children in the villages where I support eight churches. It was good to see the pastors of most of the eight churches, and I had to explain that we were just passing through on our way to Bolgatanga.
Saving lives in Ghana 2015-05-01 00:00:00Z 0
Throughout India and around the world, Rotary clubs are celebrating a major milestone: India has gone three years without a new case of polio. The last reported case was a two-year-old girl in West Bengal on 13 January 2011. To mark this historic triumph, Rotary clubs illuminated landmarks and iconic structures throughout the country with four simple but powerful words, "India is polio free."
 
The three-year achievement sets the stage for polio-free certification of the entire Southeast Asia region by the World Health Organization. The Indian government also plans to convene a polio summit in February to commemorate this victory in the global effort to eradicate polio.
 
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