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Hi Everyone... this  is what happened this  morning:
 
We had no visiting Rotarians  and no guests but we did welcome Julie Richardson our newest member who is transferring in from Roseville.  When you come to the next meeting, be sure to introduce  yourself and give her a good welcome.
 
Our brand new president, Bob Gray told us there is a new sheriff in town and he started off the meeting with a somewhat different rendition of the 4 Way Test...stay tuned.
 
Laurie Cherry introduced  Mel Sullivan as the  Rotarian in the Spotlight--this is the portion of the meeting where we learn something about a fellow Rotarian we might otherwise not know.  We found out that Mel worked briefly in the Ukraine, hit a grand slam home run to win the state softball team tournament when she was 20 but she cannot, alas, operate a bulldozer although it was not for lack of trying.
 
Paula Williams passed around a sign up sheet for our up-coming picnic on the 23rd of this month.  It is the 35th anniversary of the founding of our Club and so we are looking forward to seeing some of the original members at the shindig.  The picnic will be at the The Lakes of Stillwater starting at 5:30 pm.  Bring your bolo sets if you have them.  The address is 107 Bridgewater Way which is right off County 12--you can't miss it.  It's a beautiful new building complex for senior citizens.  Many thanks to Bill Howell for having us there.  Should be a good time for everyone. 
 
Wendy Heck told us that there will be an exchange student from Mexico coming in August and of course will be looking for host families.  The student is female but I'm afraid I didn't catch her name. I'm sure Wendy will tell us again.
 
During the Sergeant at Arms portion of the meeting we found out that Roger and his bride are celebrating 50 years of wedded bliss and that Jon Stillman and Jane are celebrating their 58th anniversary.  Congrats to the happy couples!
 
July 23--Club Picnic
Also see the calendar to the right (Upcoming Events)
 
Our speaker this morning was Dr. Carol Nelson whose specialty is Internal and Family Medicine.  She is a part of a Rural Health Care Initiative in Sierra Leone in West Africa.  In 2013 she became involved with this group with the intention of pursuing healthy pregnancies and healthy children in that part of the world.  Sierra Leone is one of the most beautiful places in the world yet at the same time one of the poorest.  The RHCI concentrates in the outlying villages around an area called the Tikanko Chiefdom.  Carol told us of the history of the area and after a Civil War that lasted from 1992-2002 many parts of the country suffered much disruption and the infrastructure took a beating.  If that wasn't devastating enough, there was an Ebola outbreak in 2014-2015 resulting in lots of deaths and many ambitious projects coming to a premature end.  Consequently because of the poverty and lack of health care there were and are many unnecessary deaths.  One in 17 moms die during pregnancy and /or childbirth and one in 8 children do not live to the age of 5.   A woman from that area came to the US and started the RHCI and began to call on people she knew to solicit help for the the Tikanko  Chiefdom.  Today there are 11 full time staff members there and they concentrate on 4 main areas.  One area is redevelopment where they have rehabbed an old building and made it into a working hospital with electricity, water and provided donations of medical supplies, medications and support.  Another area is a Maternity Waiting Home where woman who are about to give birth can stay until they have their babies.  Additionally a Children's Heath Program was created to address issues of severe acute malnutrition plus malaria and typhoid.  Finally they established a Sustainable Food and Agriculture program for raising peanuts and pineapples as well as other crops.  So the future looks bright for these little 50 villages thanks to the selfless work of people like Dr. Nelson and others like her in Minnesota.
 
Next week Dan Schmid will be hosting Dennis Meissner who will make a presentation  of the John Runk Photos which chronicle the history of Stillwater.
 
At the conclusion of today's meeting, Bob sent us out to Be Rotarians that Connect  the World.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Speakers
Jul 09, 2019
Rural Health Care Initiative in Sierra Leone, West Africa
Jul 16, 2019
The John Runk Photos
Jul 23, 2019
Sunrise Rotary picnic - THE LAKES AT STILLWATER - 107 Bridgewater Way, Stillwater
Jul 30, 2019
District 5960 Cultural Exchange, Visit to German District 1860
Aug 06, 2019
Larson Engineering, Celebrating 40 years
Aug 13, 2019
Trip to Uganda and Rwanda
Aug 20, 2019
Engineers Without Borders (EWB)
Aug 27, 2019
District Governor - Lake Elmo Event Center
Sep 03, 2019
Working with victims of human trafficking
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Upcoming Events
Regular Meeting
Lowell Inn
Jul 09, 2019
 
Regular Meeting
Lowell Inn
Jul 16, 2019
 
Club Summer Picnic
The Lakes at Stillwater (on Terrace)
Jul 23, 2019
 
No regular meeting today!
Jul 23, 2019
 
Stillwater Sunrise Rotary Board Meetring
Family Means
Jul 25, 2019 7:00 AM
 
Regular Meeting
Lowell Inn
Jul 30, 2019 7:00 AM
 
Regular Meeting
Lowell Inn
Aug 06, 2019 7:00 AM
 
Regular Meeting
Lowell Inn
Aug 13, 2019 7:00 AM
 
Regular Meeting
Lowell Inn
Aug 20, 2019 7:00 AM
 
Stillwater Sunrise Rotary Board Meetring
Family Means
Aug 22, 2019 7:00 AM
 
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