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Here is what happened this morning:
 
We had no visiting Rotarians but we welcomed Ray Grinsteinner as the guest of Don Schuld.
 
Jason began the meeting announcing some dates to keep in mind:
 
January 23rd--Team Lead meeting for Brewers Bazaar  at 5:00 pm at Lift Bridge
January 24th--Board meeting at Family Means at 7 AM
January 24th--The Stillwater Rotary Club hosts the 12th Taste of the Valley at The Heights Hall and Club 6-9pm.  Tickets and info at www.tasteofthevalleymn.com  
February 5th--Joint Meeting for St. Paul and Minneapolis Clubs.  Special opportunity to hear and meet incoming Rotary International President Mark Maloney.  Meeting is at the InterContinental St. Paul Riverfront from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm with Q and A afterwards.  $35 registration fee.
February 16th--Forest Lake Rotary doing a Winter Plunge!  
April 11-12--Conference of Clubs in Rochester, MN
May 18th--Brewers Bazaar--116 days away.
Also see the calendar to the right (Upcoming Events)...
 
Other announcements included:
 
Jason is still waiting for someone to join him in the Winter Plunge!  Are there no brave souls out there who would take this challenge and raise some funds for our Club?  Jason's goal is to get $1000 of sponsors - he's about 25% there - contact him if you can help.  Our club keeps 70% of the money raised.
 
Brent noted our new Strive promotional video, available on our website.  We'll be discussing how to best use this excellent video for recruiting and promotion.
 
Margie gave us an update that the grant request for the fence for the school in Kenya was approved.  She also shared the good news that her grandson was awarded his Eagle rank last week.
 
Wendy shared that she was able to find the 3rd host family we needed.
 
Paula shared that her children had some great tournament successes.
 
Andy noted that "Live Coral" is the latest fashion color, and wondered if this orange color selection was somehow the work of Craig.
 
Rotarian in the Spotlight:  This is where we find out something about a club member we did not previously know.  Today the spotlight was on the talented Brett Emmons.  We learned that at one time Brett slept in a tree house in Hawaii, and slept in a stick and mud hut above the arctic circle in Sweden.  He did NOT sleep on a bench outside a Vienna winery, though he did have to return the next day to retrieve a forgotten camera.
 
Our speaker today was Hope Summers for the Lakes at Stillwater, hosted and assisted by Bill Howell.  This senior community out near Liberty has been under construction for 18 months, and the main building is scheduled to open in May.  About half the 139 units in the main building are reserved at this point.  There are 22 different floor plans.  Those units are divided between independent apartments, assisted living, memory care and care suites (which are designed to move residents back to their normal home).    Future phases include the Birchwood Landing townhomes (2021 completion), and one additional phase.   Some of the benefits they plan to offer include: pontoon boat and dock on Long Lake, shuttle bus, appointment transportation, pet friendly, and underground heated parking.  Food options include a bistro, a lounge that transforms from coffee shop to ice cream shop to bar as the day progresses and a full service restaurant.
 
Next week's and future speakers can be seen on the schedule at right.
 
At the conclusion of today's meeting, Jason sent us out, as always ---to Be The Inspiration!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Speakers
Jan 29, 2019
Rotaract presentation
Feb 05, 2019
Improving special education  
Feb 12, 2019
Lobbyist, photographer/documentary producer
Feb 19, 2019
Energy Trends and Research
Feb 26, 2019
Changes in medical practice in 38 years as a doctor
Mar 05, 2019
Annual Fast for Hope update presentation
Mar 12, 2019
Presentation - ZVAGO Cooperative Living
Mar 19, 2019
Frequent contributor to the Rotarian magazine
Mar 26, 2019
TBD
View entire list
Upcoming Events
Regular Meeting
Lowell Inn
Jan 29, 2019
7:00 AM – 8:00 AM
 
Regular Meeting
Lowell Inn
Feb 05, 2019
7:00 AM – 8:00 AM
 
Joint Meeting for St. Paul and Minneapolis Clubs
InterContinental St. Paul Riverfront
Feb 05, 2019
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
 
Regular Meeting
Lowell Inn
Feb 12, 2019
7:00 AM – 8:00 AM
 
Forest Lake Club Polar Plunge
Feb 16, 2019
 
Regular Meeting
Lowell Inn
Feb 19, 2019
7:00 AM – 8:00 AM
 
Regular Meeting
Lowell Inn
Feb 26, 2019
7:00 AM – 8:00 AM
 
Board Meeting
Family Means
Feb 28, 2019
7:00 AM – 8:00 AM
 
Regular Meeting
Lowell Inn
Mar 05, 2019
7:00 AM – 8:00 AM
 
Regular Meeting
Lowell Inn
Mar 12, 2019
7:00 AM – 8:00 AM