Posted on Oct 29, 2019
JFCS representatives with Rotary Club PresidentJewish Family & Children’s Service received the Business of the Year Award from Golden Valley Rotary Club. October is "Economic and Community Development Month" for the Rotary International calendar. The Golden Valley Rotary Club celebrates each year by naming a local Business of the Year to honor. The 2019 selection is Jewish Family and Children's Service (JFCS) in Golden Valley.
 
JFCS representatives accepting the award were Judy Halper, Executive Director; Lee Friedman, Chief Operating Officer; Lori Leavitt, Marketing and Communications Director; Dana Rubin, Development Director; Jeff Barin, Board Chair; and Jaye Snyder, Board Member. They are pictured with Bryan Palmer, Golden Valley Rotary Club President.
 
“We are honored to receive this recognition from the Rotary Club and proud to be a part of the Golden Valley community along with so many businesses and organizations working to make a positive impact,” JFCS Chief Executive Officer Judy Halper said. “JFCS provides essential services to people of all ages and backgrounds to sustain healthy relationships, ease suffering and offer support in times of need. We are also co-located with PRISM, and we are grateful for the opportunity to amplify one another’s work and improve service delivery to people in need. Just as the Rotary Club is dedicated to community service, at JFCS we are dedicated to serving our community, one person at a time, with boundless compassion.”
Jewish Family & Children’s Service Receives Business of the Year Award from Golden Valley Rotary Club Betsy Anderson 2019-10-29 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 26, 2019
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Our recent “Lunchtime Service Project” benefited The Bridge for Youth. With support from Culver's and Rotary District 5950, our Club assembled and delivered 48 "Got You Covered" packs (and an additional 79 pairs of wool socks) for youth in need. Each kit contained underwear, pajamas, and socks. #PeopleOfAction
 
 
Lunchtime Service Project - Got You Covered packs Betsy Anderson 2019-09-26 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 25, 2019
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Welcome to our newest member, Mary Timmons! Mary grew up as a farm girl in North Dakota and is very proud of her North Dakota roots. Before moving to Minneapolis, Mary was very active in the Fargo Moorhead community with Rotary, Chamber of Commerce, and other non-profits. Since living here, she's spent time in the hospitality industry, as an office manager, and most recently going out on her own to work with people as they prepare to move, assisting with purging, cleaning, and moving. Mary has two brothers and one sister. Her husband, David, was a member of our club; he passed away in July, 2018. We are so pleased you have joined the Golden Valley Rotary Club, Mary!
Welcome to our newest member, Mary Timmons! Betsy Anderson 2019-09-25 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 29, 2019
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Our recent “Lunchtime Service Project” benefited The Bridge for Youth. We packed 34 school backpacks with supplies that youth will need in the coming months. The impact of our project was increased when our grant was matched by the Rotary District 5950. Rotarians are #PeopleOfAction
 
 
Lunchtime Service Project - Backpacks for The Bridge for Youth Betsy Anderson 2019-08-29 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 05, 2019
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The 5th Annual Taste and Tour was Thursday, August 1st from 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The Taste and Tour is a business “open house” where participants can “tour” local businesses while tasting samples of food and drinks. The event is FREE to attendees.
 
 
2019 Taste and Tour of Golden Valley a Success Betsy Anderson 2019-08-05 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 29, 2019
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Rest in Peace, Chan Handberg
Chan was a charter member of the Golden Valley Rotary Club. Channing Paul Handberg was born November 3, 1927. Channing was taken to heaven to be with our Lord July 19, 2019. He met the love of his life, Rachel and April 29, 1956 married. They celebrated over 60 years of Christian faith together. He was blessed to be President of Handberg Insurance Agency and a singing member of the Apollo Club of Minneapolis for over 60 years. He was preceded in death by wife, Rachel. Funeral service will be held on Monday, July 29, 2019, at King of Grace Lutheran Church. Read his full obituary here.
Rest in Peace, Chan Handberg  Betsy Anderson 2019-07-29 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 23, 2019
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The Golden Valley Rotary Club presented a check for $1,000 to Jaime Belden & Future Roots Project / Raices del Futuro to support their sustainable educational initiatives in Central America. We are proud to be a multi-year donor along with several other Rotary Clubs in Minnesota.
The Future Roots Project is a collective founded in Minnesota that focuses on sustainable educational, artistic, and health initiatives in Central America.
From teachers trainings to designing sustainable classroom materials, Future Roots brings educational and artistic opportunities to impoverished communities that improve literacy rates, creativity, self worth, health, & empowerment in children.
Golden Valley Rotary makes donation to Future Roots Project Betsy Anderson 2019-07-23 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 14, 2019
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Congratulations to Brian Liedtke on his recent Paul Harris Fellowship! Brian was recognized for his biggest contribution to the Club: grant writing. Brian successfully wrote a number of grants all aimed at bettering the lives of children and people in need. These grants had hands-on elements that allowed club members to work together on projects, leading to increased fellowship as members got to know one another in a different setting. Grants are how the monies we have contributed to The Rotary Foundation get returned to our community. We are grateful to Brian for helping us make a larger impact in the community AND for strengthening the bonds of service among our club members.
Brian Liedtke receives Paul Harris Fellowship Betsy Anderson 2019-07-14 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 28, 2019
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This month, the Golden Valley Business Council welcomed David Arbit, Director of Research and Economics from the Minneapolis Area Realtors. Arbit spoke on the topic of "Golden Valley Housing Market: Affordability and Trends." David is pictured here, center, with Rotarian Gary Aiken on the left and Shannon Full, President/CEO TwinWest Chamber, on the right.
David Arbit speaks at Golden Valley Business Council Betsy Anderson 2019-06-28 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 25, 2019
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The Golden Valley Rotary Club gathered with members of the community to celebrate all things Rotary during the 2018-2019 year. We presented the Citizen of the Year award to Amy Forbes and the Rotarian of the Year award to Colleen Haubner. Our high school scholarship recipients were honored. Paul Harris Fellows were given for extraordinary service, including a special posthumous award for Jim Nielsen. Members of Jim's family were on hand to receive his award. Julie Peterson passed the presidential gavel to Bryan Palmer, our new Club President. It was a great event, hosted at the Golden Valley Country Club, celebrating the forty-six year history of the Golden Valley Rotary Club! View all of the event's photos here.
Annual Awards Luncheon celebrates all things Rotary during the 2018-2019 year Betsy Anderson 2019-06-25 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 17, 2019
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"We have the wild poliovirus cornered in the smallest geographic area in history, and now there are just two countries, Afghanistan and Pakistan, that continue to report cases of the wild virus," said Michael K. McGovern, chair of Rotary's International PolioPlus Committee. "As we work with our partners to apply innovative new strategies to reach more children, and embrace lessons learned thus far, Rotary is doubling down on our commitment to end polio for good."
End Polio Now Report - 6/17/19 Betsy Anderson 2019-06-17 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 10, 2019
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On June 6, Rotarian Betsy Anderson presented a scholarship to a graduating senior at Perpich Arts High School. The recipient for 2019 is Linda Xiong. The counseling staff and music faculty at Perpich Arts High School helped select the recipient for the Golden Valley Rotary Club Scholarship. The scholarship is a one year, $1,000 scholarship. ​The student exemplifies “Service Above Self” and lives in Golden Valley or attended a school in Golden Valley. The scholarship honors high achievement in music but need not be awarded to a student currently focusing on music at Perpich. The student should plan on either studying or continuing with their music in their post-secondary career. This scholarship rounds out our 2019 giving of $5,000 total. Two scholarships were given to Robbinsdale Armstrong seniors, two to Hopkins seniors, and one to a senior at Perpich Arts High School.
Perpich Arts High School Senior Receives Rotary Scholarship Betsy Anderson 2019-06-10 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 09, 2019
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Golden Valley Rotary and Culver's were out in force for the Golden Valley PRIDE Festival on Sunday, June 9 at Brookview Park. The Rotary Club was a Bronze sponsor of the festival. Volunteers served up frozen custard, root beer, and root beer floats. All proceeds from the event will go to The Bridge for Youth to support their LGBTQ homeless youth programming. Much gratitude to Culver's of Golden Valley for donating all the custard and root beer.
Golden Valley PRIDE Festival Betsy Anderson 2019-06-09 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 03, 2019
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John Anton Yngve, age 94, passed away May 21, 2019, after a life of love for his family and for his community. He touched thousands of lives, bettering all who knew him through his good humor and his wisdom, and contributed immensely to the public good through his participation in eighteen public offices and commissions. He was a long time member of both the St. Louis Park Rotary and the Golden Valley Rotary. Read his full obituary here.
Rest in Peace, John Yngve Betsy Anderson 2019-06-03 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 03, 2019
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Bryan and Rachel Palmer are in Hamburg, Germany for the 110th Rotary International Convention! They had an experience away from the RI Convention with other Rotarians from District 5950. They took a bus about 85 miles north to Flensburg, which is just south of the Danish border. They met German Rotarians, toured Flensburg on foot, and visited the Danish Queen’s summer castle. Later in the day, they enjoyed dinner and live music hosted by Gitta & Yogi Reppmann. Dr. Joachim "Yogi" Reppmann was born in Flensburg, Germany, and first came to America in 1978 as a young college student with aspirations of learning everything he could about the country that had fascinated him since he'd read wild west novels as a child. He served as a professor of German at St. Olaf and Carleton Colleges in Northfield. With the Reppmanns, they learned about the Peace Pipe Letter Initiative, an opportunity advancing world peace.

The official start day of the convention was Sunday, June 2, when all of the speakers and breakout sessions began. Enjoy, Palmers!
Palmers in Deutschland Betsy Anderson 2019-06-03 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 27, 2019
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This month's Spotlight Speaker for Golden Valley Business Council was Lori Ertl from Under Pressure Brewing. Located just one block off Highway 55 on 7th Avenue in Golden Valley, their taproom showcases award winning beers, an art studio available for rent, outdoor seating, games, a library of classic books, and the perfect atmosphere for friendly gatherings. They started searching for a building to call home in 2014; Golden Valley wrote an ordinance for them to be here. After four years and many location attempts, they finally found a building to house Under Pressure Brewing. The owners have known each other since they were fifteen. So far they have won 41 medals through Beer Judge Certification Program sanctioned competitions. Check them out!
Lori Ertl from Under Pressure Brewing speaks at Golden Valley Business Council Betsy Anderson 2019-05-27 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 20, 2019
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The $264,000 given by District 5950 members far surpasses the 2018-19 goal and boosts the district to #3 in the world for PolioPlus giving! With two months left in the Rotary year, we will grow that total. Last year's total was $215,463.56 which ranked #1 in our two zone pair (28-29). Congratulations to District Governor Irene Kelly and PolioPlus Chairman Tim Mulcrone (Chanhassen) for these stellar numbers!
District 5950 PolioPlus Update Betsy Anderson 2019-05-20 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 16, 2019
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On Wednesday May 15, Rotarians Gary Aiken, Shep Harris, and Betsy Anderson presented two scholarships to graduating seniors at Hopkins High School. The recipients for 2019 are Julieta Garcia-Cordova and Parker Stoddard. The counseling staff at Hopkins High School helps select the recipients for the Golden Valley Rotary Club Scholarship. Each scholarship is a one year, $1,000 scholarship. ​The students exemplify “Service Above Self” and live in Golden Valley or attended a school in Golden Valley. Sixty​ scholarships, valued at over $56,000, were awarded during the ceremony to well-deserving seniors.
Hopkins High School Seniors Receive Rotary Scholarships Betsy Anderson 2019-05-16 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 16, 2019
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Monies raised at our Winter Warm Up in February are being distributed in the community. One recipient is the New Hope YMCA. The $1,000 donation from Rotary will go toward offering scholarships for their summer camp programs. Rotary has supported this effort in previous years. President-Elect/Treasurer Bryan Palmer presented the contribution to  Past-President Colleen Haubner, who is also executive director of the New Hope YMCA. Other community groups have been selected by the Board, and check presentations will be made in the coming weeks, prior to the end of this Rotary year on June 30.
New Hope YMCA Receives Rotary Donation Betsy Anderson 2019-05-16 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 12, 2019
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Welcome to our newest member, Ben Toenies! Ben is married to his lovely wife, Annie. They have two children, Eva and Judah. Ben works with Northwestern Mutual as a Financial Advisor in Minnetonka, MN. Ben and Annie are passionate about their church community, spending time with family, and playing volleyball.
Rotary sparked Ben's interest given the focus on community involvement and improvement. He wanted to find a way to meet more good people and build strong relationships. Ben believes the best way to do this is by working alongside others who have similar values and aspirations for benefiting our community.
Welcome, Ben; we are so pleased you have joined the Golden Valley Rotary Club!
New member, Ben Toenies Betsy Anderson 2019-02-12 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 10, 2019
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Rotarians chatted with community members during the Golden Valley Volunteer Fair. It was a great opportunity to talk about all the volunteering Rotarians do in the community, totaling thousands of hours. #PeopleOfAction
Golden Valley Volunteer Fair Betsy Anderson 2019-02-10 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 05, 2019
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Did you know that Minnesota has more FIRST robotics teams than hockey teams? It's true! FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science & Technology) designs accessible, innovative programs to build self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills while motivating young people to pursue opportunities in science, technology, and engineering. Members from The Technocrats 2239, the Hopkins High School robotics team, visited to share their story. They are one of the longest sustaining robotics teams in the state, and have a vision to not only compete at a high level, but also to mentor and inspire students in the younger grades.
Technocrats 2239, the Hopkins High School robotics team Betsy Anderson 2019-02-05 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 22, 2019
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We are so happy to welcome Mike Phelan as our newest member of the Golden Valley Rotary Club!
Mike grew up in Omaha, Nebraska where he spent most of his time in sports, hanging out with friends, and with the high school youth group. During summer breaks he managed a city pool, taught swim lessons, and volunteered at the Omaha Reservation in Nebraska. After high school, he attended the University of St. Thomas were he studied Finance and Economics and met his wife, Katie. They currently live in St. Paul, but are starting to look for a new house in the Golden Valley/St. Louis Park area. Mike works at JLL (Jones Lang LaSalle IP, Inc.) as a commercial broker and specializes in Tenant Representation. He looks forward to meeting everyone in the Club and helping spread the word of Rotary throughout our community! Mike has volunteered to be our Club's liaison for the District 5950 Human Trafficking initiative. Welcome, Mike; we are so pleased you have joined the Golden Valley Rotary Club!
New member, Mike Phelan Betsy Anderson 2019-01-22 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 18, 2019
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Golden Valley Rotary's 3rd Annual Winter Warm-Up!

Fundraiser to benefit service organizations that impact lives in our community. Warm up with food/beverage, music, and fun activities. Food, Carnival Games, Live Music, Face Painting, 50/50 Raffle, Wine Wall, and Dine 'n Dash Gift Cards!

Kids are welcome! Kids age 12 years and under are FREE.

$35 online, $40 at the door Tickets Available Here

Golden Valley Rotary's 3rd Annual Winter Warm-Up Betsy Anderson 2019-01-18 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 13, 2018
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Sweet Potato Comfort Pie is not a project that falls under a major corporation or national organization. It is an authentic, grass roots vision that intentionally serves community. In response to racial unrest, Rose McGee of Golden Valley was called to the kitchen. McGee said, "When someone is in pain, as a neighbor, you do something." That something became Sweet Potato Comfort Pies. Since 2014, Rose has been spreading peace with pies; in Ferguson, MO, in Charleston, SC, in the Twin Cities, and beyond. The 5th Annual MLK Holiday of Service is right around the corner! This year, they will bake 90 pies to celebrate what would have been Dr. King's 90th birthday. To ensure your piece of the pie, register here.
Sweet Potato Comfort Pie serves community Betsy Anderson 2018-11-13 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 07, 2018
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Hundreds of hygiene kits were assembled by members of Golden Valley Rotary Club and General Mills to benefit PRISM Golden Valley, MN. The 600 kits were funded by grants from Golden Valley Rotary Club, Spirit of Hope UMC, and Rotary District 5950. #PeopleOfAction
Rotary Assembles Hygiene Kits for PRISM Betsy Anderson 2018-11-07 06:00:00Z 0
Tennant Company of Golden Valley Receives Business of the Year Award from Golden Valley Rotary Club  Betsy Anderson 2018-10-29 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 25, 2018
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Days for Girls volunteers and enterprises have reached more than ONE MILLION women and girls around the world who now have more days of opportunity, dignity, and health thanks to Days for Girls menstrual health solutions and education— making sure that every single day of her life counts. When we mobilize girls and women through health and education opportunities, their communities and our world grow stronger. Pads are a simple thing that helps girls go to school and women go to work. The project provides a washable/reusable product for use during menstrual cycles, enabling girls and women to attend school/work during menstruation when they otherwise could not.
Days for Girls Service Project Betsy Anderson 2018-09-25 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 24, 2018
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Welcome to our newest Rotary member, Wendy Wier-Connelly! Wendy has known about Rotary for a long time as her parents were Rotarians and her husband, Tim, is a past president of the Rochester Club. West Coast natives, Wendy and Tim relocated to Minnesota in 1999. After many years in Rochester, MN, they moved to the Twin Cities and now live in the Victory Neighborhood of Minneapolis. Wendy is the human resources director for Bigos Management, a property management company based in Golden Valley. Wendy and Tim have three adult children: Carina, Anna, and Riley, who all also live in Minneapolis. Welcome, Wendy!
New Member, Wendy Wier-Connelly Betsy Anderson 2018-09-24 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 26, 2018
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The Golden Valley Taste & Tour took place on Thursday, July 26. Gray skies and intermittent rain couldn't keep away the fun with 482 attendees (up 80 from last year!) enjoying hospitality from 16 local businesses: Mort's Deli, Amy Lea 'n Me LLC, Triple D Espresso, Calvary Center Cooperative, Best Wishes Floral, New Bohemia, Liquor Barrel Golden Valley, Doolittles Woodfire Grill, Rue 48 Salon-Aveda Golden Valley, Pilgrim Dry Cleaners, Mainstream Boutique of Golden Valley, Bassett Creek Dental, Culver's, Davanni's Pizza and Hot Hoagies, Fix My Busted Computer, and Cedar Lake Wine Company! This year's event was co-sponsored by LIVE - Living In the Valley Events and the Golden Valley Rotary Club.
Golden Valley Taste & Tour is Tasty Success Betsy Anderson 2018-07-26 05:00:00Z 0
Taste & Tour of Golden Valley Betsy Anderson 2018-07-09 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 19, 2017
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Monday, January 22, 2018 at 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
 
Surly Brewing Co.
520 Malcolm Avenue Southeast, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55414
 
 
Golden Valley Rotary's 2nd Annual Winter Warm-Up

Fundraiser to benefit PRISM, New Hope YMCA, and other community needs. Warm up with Surly brews, music, and fun activities that are sure to warm you during the long, cold winter. Food, Games, Live Music, Face Painting, 50/50 Raffle, Wine Wall

Kids are welcome! 

Register by January 1 and get your first pint drink (beer or pop) FREE!

Kids aged 12 years and under are FREE.

$25 online, $30 at the door, $45 includes Brewery Tour
Golden Valley Rotary's 2nd Annual Winter Warm-Up Betsy Anderson 2017-12-19 06:00:00Z 0
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
Posted on Aug 07, 2017
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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
Posted on Aug 07, 2017
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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
Posted on Jul 23, 2017
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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
Posted on Jul 23, 2017
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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.
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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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