Speaker Date Topic
Vocational Tour - Cornerstone Creek May 28, 2019
Housing for Adults with Developmental Disabilities
Housing for Adults with Developmental Disabilities

Early start of 12:00 p.m.

9280 Golden Valley Rd., Golden Valley, MN 55427

Cornerstone Creek welcomed its first tenants in January of 2017 and all 45 units were quickly filled. The state-of-the-art building is the culmination of 10 years of planning, research, fundraising, and dedication. It’s the only place of its kind in the Twin Cities offering affordable, independent apartment living along with progressive amenities at no charge to the tenants or their families.

 

Lynn Garthwaite, owner, Blue Spectrum Books Jun 04, 2019
Our States Have Crazy Shapes
Our States Have Crazy Shapes

Blue Spectrum Books was created to explore and produce books on a wide range of topics and genres. Their goal is first to find those interesting, and sometimes quirky, products that invite a reader to awaken their imaginations. Whether the reader is a child, an adult, or an adult that dreams like a child, they create books especially for your interests.

Lynn Garthwaite is the author of the Dirkle Smat Adventure Series, mysteries for young learners just starting to read chapter books. Her passion for children's literacy also compelled Lynn to start a non-profit called Books on Wings which devotes itself to closing the achievement gap, one child at a time. She lives in Minnesota where she is proud of that spunky little topknot on its northern border.

 

Patina Park, MN Indian Women’s Resource Center Jun 11, 2019
Connections between Homelessness & Trafficking
Connections between Homelessness & Trafficking

Patina Park is Cheyenne River Sioux, an adult adoptee, and Executive Director at the Minnesota Indian Women's Resource Center, providing programming grounded in cultural strengths to heal, preserve, and strengthen Native American women and families.

Ms. Park has enjoyed working throughout Indian Country and with state and county government agencies nation-wide, training on topics including: Federal Indian Law; working with Native Communities; historical trauma; and poverty and the impact on families, and is co-author of Best Outcomes for Indian Children, Child Welfare Volume 91(3)(2012). Patina lives in Wisconsin with her husband, two kids, three cats, and an easy-going dog. She is also fond of cake.

Susan Spalding, MN-North Dakota Alzheimer’s Assoc. Jun 18, 2019
Ten Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s
Ten Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s
Sue Spalding joined the Alzheimer’s Association Minnesota-North Dakota Chapter as the chief executive officer in 2012, and became the Region 5 leader for the Association in January of 2017. The Chapter recently hosted the second largest Walk to End Alzheimer’s® in the country and raised $1 million at The Purple Gala in the Twin Cities. Spalding is a member of the Edina Rotary Club. Before joining the Alzheimer’s Association, Spalding served as the executive director of The ALS Association, Minnesota/North Dakota/South Dakota Chapter for eleven years. Prior to her work with ALS, she was the executive director of the Pearson Lakes Arts Center in Okoboji, Iowa. Spalding holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism from Iowa State University. Currently, she lives in St. Michael with her family.
4th of July Picnic Jul 02, 2019
4th of July Picnic

 

 

Mario Rodriguez, Integrated Leadership Systems Jul 09, 2019
Communication Based on Thoughts, Beliefs, and Emotions
Communication Based on Thoughts, Beliefs, and Emotions

Mario Rodriguez is a professional speaker, consultant, and executive coach. He has a M.S. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Capella University in Minneapolis, MN and a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Business Economics from St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, MN. Rodriguez is an active member of Toastmasters International. He has spoken at research conferences and non-profit organizations and conducted training and facilitated workshops in a variety of companies.

 

Amanda Ottman, Global Connections Officer Jul 16, 2019
American Refugee Committee
American Refugee Committee

Amanda Ottman is the Global Connections Officer for American Refugee Committee. She has worked in international organizations and non-profits in the US, Latin American, and Europe. Ottman has a B.A. from the University of Minnesota in Global Studies and a M.A. from the Universidad del Salvador in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She began her Rotary journey as a Rotary Youth Exchange Student to Argentina in 2000. In 2011-12, Amanda served as a Rotary World Peace Fellow, completing her Master’s studies in International Relations at the Universidad del Salvador in Buenos Aires, Argentina and interning with Save the Children in Spain. Amanda is a member of the Eden Prairie Noon Rotary.

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