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Hi Everyone... this  is what happened this  morning:

We did not have any visiting Rotarians this morning  nor did we have any guests.
 
Jason opened the meeting with the usual  announcements--check out the calendar portion of the newsletter. 
 
Jason also told us that when he and Jeff Nelson and Ken McGinley took the Polar Plunge they raised slightly over $1700, $1200 of which will go to our Club.
 
Bob Gray reported that he had been to an NCPETS meeting with the  speaker being  Mark Maloney who will be the incoming Rotary President. Bob presented our Club with a flag sporting the new theme for next year...Rotary Connects the World.
 
Brent Voight is looking for between 5-7 members of the Club who are not mentors of the STRIVE students to become part of the STRIVE Mentoring Scholastic Committee. This would be a one hour commitment.  It would entail looking at  the scholarship applications and then meeting at Kowalski's Market on Wednesday April 3 at 3:30 pm to decide which students will receive the 4-5 scholarships.  Please contact Brent if you are interested in doing this.  He will also be sending out an email to all Club members extending the invitation with more details.
 
John Lennes amused us all with a very  entertaining  and very hysterical  story about his trip to Texas last month and how grateful he was to Craig Leiser for stepping up and being the host for John's speaker.  No one can tell a story like John so I won't even try.  Just let me leave it at this--if you missed the meeting you missed a very funny presentation by a very funny guy.  
 
On a more serious note, Barbara Tischart gave us the latest on Jim Meier.  Jim was the designated host for today's speaker, but sad to say he slipped on the ice and tore his quadracep , had to have surgery and is now in a big time leg brace .  He is home from the hospital  and recuperating.  Jim's wife, Marilyn recently had knee surgery so she is hobbling around on a walker at home as well.   Their church is providing meals for them so there is no need for our Club to do that.  However they may be looking for some volunteers to give them rides to physical therapy...not unlike what we did when Rick Heidick broke his leg and needed transportation.  Jim would have to ride in the back seat with his leg stretched out because the brace  won't bend...how uncomfortable is that?.  So if you want to volunteer to be the driver(s) contact Jim directly by either email  Meierculp@msn.com or by phone . His number can be found in our Member Directory on  our website--stillwatersunriserotary.org.  
 
Andy Haak will be collecting donations in the next few weeks for  Fast For Hope.  Checks can be made out to Stillwater Sunrise Rotary or St. Croix Valley Community Foundation.
 
Rick Robbins is  collecting money from those of us who want to join in on  March Madness  with the 10th annual Hoops for Hope.  It is only $20 to play, no knowledge of basketball necessary  and lots of fun with the proceeds all going to Fast For Hope.  Get your brackets filled out and submit them online or get them to Rick or Ken McGinley by this coming Thursday...no later than that.  Good luck everyone!
 
Rotarian in the Spotlight:  This is the portion of the meeting where we find out something about a member we previously did not know.  Today Jerry O'Connell was spotlighted and we found out that  his DNA Ancestry results show that he is 96% Irish ( big news...hello--O'Connell) and that he has a close family member that he is not aware of. That sounds mysterious.   He is NOT, however, related to Daniel O'Connell the famous Irish leader of the 19th century known as "The Liberator".  Erin Go Bragh!
 
March 27--Spelling BeeR ( Rotaract Fundraiser)
March 28--Board Meeting at Family Means  7 am...all are welcome
April 11-12--Conference of Clubs in Rochester, MN .  Our club will reimburse those attending the conference for the first time $100 for the Friday early bird registration. And we will fully reimburse 2 people ($199) who are willing to organize and work a booth at the House of Friendship that Friday.The booth would showcase a few projects that we have worked on such as the Kenya Project, Youth Drop-In Center
and also to sell Brewers Bazaar event and raffle tickets.
April 13th--10 am to 4 pm "Community Showcase" at the Pony Activity Center sponsored by the Chamber.  Noon Club and our Club to partner for a booth at the event.  There will be 2 hour shifts and 2 volunteers are needed --Jason has agreed to take one shift.
April 18th--Quad Club Cook Off at the Lake Elmo Event Center.  $20 per person and the food to be highlighted is SPAM.  Looking for a leader and some recipe suggestions.
May 18th--Brewers Bazaar--60 days away.
June 10th--Evolve Adoption and Family Services is sponsoring the 9th Annual Golf Tournament at The Royal Club in Lake Elmo.  www.royalclubmn.com/    See Nancy Lyner for more details and how to register for this wonderful event
Also see the calendar to the right (Upcoming Events)...
 
 
 
Our  speaker today was Frank Bures who is a writer based in Minneapolis and a long time contributor to the Rotarian magazine where he writes a column as well as feature stories and other smaller pieces.  Today Frank's topic was "Optimism" and he pointed out that the opposite of optimism is wrong, unhealthy and dangerous.  In today's world of round the clock news and omnipresent social media many bad stories are all around.  They cause us much consternation at the moment, we get upset but then we get over it and move on to the next thing.  Frank believes that we see the world in stories and narratives.  The story line is either one of redemption where there is a good outcome or one of contamination where there is a bad outcome emphasizing the cycle of decline where the world is getting worse and worse.  According   to Frank, this is just not true--life is improving, things are getting better everywhere in the world and it is wrong thinking.  He also told us that negative views can actually affect our overall health.  Believing in decline is bad --believe that something is bad and it will be.  Finally, he pointed out that it is dangerous to believe in decline.  It does not inspire hope or the feeling that things can be fixed.  Optimists are always right and pessimists are always wrong.  Even hard problems can be solved when right minded people decide to something about them. It was, in my opinion, an interesting presentation with lots of food for thought.  You can find more about Frank Bures at frankbures.com.
 
Next week  our speaker will be Ann Martin from the Stillwater Greenstep Program..   Rick Heidick  will be the host. 
 
At the conclusion of today's meeting, Jason sent us out, as always ---to Be The Inspiration!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Speakers
Mar 19, 2019
Frequent contributor to the Rotarian magazine
Mar 26, 2019
Stillwater Greenstep Program
Apr 02, 2019
Brewer's Bazaar Preparation Meeting
Apr 09, 2019
Presenting Da Vinci Fest Champions
Apr 16, 2019
Stillwater Sunrise Rotary's exchange student from Ecuador
Apr 23, 2019
Leadership Program - Chamber is organizing and sponsoring this program for our community members
Apr 30, 2019
Update on the Zephyr Theatre
May 07, 2019
Annual STRIVE presentation
May 14, 2019
Club Assembly, Brewer's Bazaar preparation meeting
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Upcoming Events
Regular Meeting
Lowell Inn
Mar 19, 2019
7:00 AM – 8:00 AM
 
Regular Meeting
Lowell Inn
Mar 26, 2019
7:00 AM – 8:00 AM
 
Rotaract Spelling BEEr
Summit Brewery
Mar 27, 2019
5:30 PM – 8:00 PM
 
Board Meeting
Family Means
Mar 28, 2019
7:00 AM – 8:00 AM
 
Regular Meeting
Lowell Inn
Apr 02, 2019
7:00 AM – 8:00 AM
 
Regular Meeting
Lowell Inn
Apr 09, 2019
7:00 AM – 8:00 AM
 
Conference of Clubs
Rochester, MN
Apr 11, 2019 - Apr 12, 2019
 
Quad Club Cookoff
Lake Elmo Inn Event Center
Apr 15, 2019
 
Regular Meeting
Lowell Inn
Apr 16, 2019
7:00 AM – 8:00 AM
 
Regular Meeting
Lowell Inn
Apr 23, 2019
7:00 AM – 8:00 AM