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​Jacob opened the meeting 

Invocation was by Dan Narr, from Corinthians I
If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing. Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, and it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, and always perseveres. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child; I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me. Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. …..And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love… Amen

Guy introduced Al Carlson, prospective member, attended the recent Excelsior Brewery event
Christine introduced our speaker today, Tarrah Palm with ResourceWest
Mark introduced new member,  our 62nd member, Todd Moritz

Terry Schneider won $120 from the raffle. He picked 10 cards…… Go Terry.... vocational and raffle winner... Terry is on a roll . 

•    Cathy Carlson gave Rotary Minute:    
 ……Feb 23 is the 113th anniversary of the Rotary Club (1905)

……1922 is when Rotary International was founded
•    Jacob: Rotary Board meeting on Friday, Feb 16 at 7:40 AM (note time) at Signature Bank
•    Nancy: Sign up for Grant Management Seminars. At least one member from each club needs to attend. If you are attending for the first time, it is a 4 hour seminar. If you have attended before, it is a 2 hour seminar. Sign Up is online.
•    Katie: Two new volunteer events:
•    --> Pete G will be throwing bowls on Feb 20 and Feb 27 which will be donated to Empty Bowls.
Empty Bowls Bowl-Making with Pete ,,Tuesdays, Feb. 20 & 27 ….:30-8 pm at Eisenhower….Make your own hand-built bowls the first session and glaze the second….. cost $10 per person …. Limit 20 people 
•    --> Days for Girls…. Sew menstrual hygiene kits for girls in over 110 countries
Sewers and Non-Sewers needed…. Sat., Feb. 24 ….. 9:00am - Noon at Eisenhower  If you can't join us on Feb. 24, consider donating some of the items for the kits:
•    --> Girls underwear sizes 8 - 14 / Washed flannel (dark & wild patterns best) / 100% cotton (smallest size 5" x 5"; dark and wild patterns are best)  / Washcloths / Hotel-size soap /Ziploc bags (gallon size, freezer) 
•    Sam Stern sent a thank you card acknowledging the Board’s kindness in the loss of his brother.

Rotary Foundation information: 
•    Chris R presented a Paul Harris Fellow Plus 1 to Dane
•    The club received the Top 12 in District Award

for their generous donations
•    100% TRF Giving, One of 1500 clubs, top 3% in giving

Happy Bucks:
•    Guy, Christine, Bonnie, Molly, Char, Shane, Regina, Jim M, Frank B, Katie, Sue, Roger, Lenny, Dane, <aru. Al Carlson and Jacob shared reasons they were happy.

Vocational: by Terry Schneider: 
•    From a small town in Nebraska, everyone knew each other.
•    Terriy was bullied and beat up in school, was fine being an introvert
•    Decided to volunteer to chair prom his junior year 
•    His leadership and attention to detail paid off, he was now ‘popular’ for coordinating a great prom for the senior class. His life changed direction in a positive way.
•    Terry was greatly impacted by his Grandpa. He taught him about leadership, kindness, being quiet and listening, being respectful. Terry’s grandpa still impacts his decisions today.
•    Terry met Beth, his wife of 54 years, as a junior high school student and they have three children.
•    He attended University of NE and graduated with an Architecture Degree and an MBA
•    While still living in NE, Beth and Terry attended a NE vs MN football game. They loved MN and moved here soon after. Have lived in the same house all these years that they first rented and then bought for $42,000.
•    During his farewell speech as mayor, Terri shared the story about how his grandpa positively impacted him throughout his life. He was the best role model ever. He was glad that his own grandchildren were in attendance at the gathering to hear about his grandpa. He feels his grandchildren are so busy with life that they don’t always make time to hang out with him. His grandchildren are reaching out more now after hearing the stories about his grandpa.
•    Terry received the CC Ludwig Award which is given to the top elected official and exemplifies vision and statesmanship. He is very proud to receive this award and went to his grandpa’s grave site to share the honor with him. 

Tarrah Palm from ResourceWest:
•    She shared how thankful she is for Rotary’s volunteer support of Empty Bowls.
•    And gave a shout out to Mac for his vacuuming skills.
•    ResourceWest is the co-leader of Empty Bowls with ICA. They replaced Barb Westmoreland who retired last year. They work together and sever the same populations.
•    Empty Bowls is a national organization and fundraises throughout the year. 
•    Empty Bowls is March 13 and they will be showcasing 1300-1400 bowls to be purchased.
•    Community leaders spent time with HHS students last week and created many bowls for Empty Bowls 2018
•    Classes happening at ECC …check the website and join a class to create a bowl
•    There will be a Silent Auction

Lunch  or Dinner at Hopkins Center for the Arts with a donation will be provided by 14 local soup vendors and Great Harvest Bread
To make the event a success, it will include:
•    300 volunteers
•    300 musicians
•    35 teachers helping
•    40 other businesses helping

The results of Empty Bowls  is $70,000-80,000 raised each year is split by ICA and ResourceWest    
And ICA is a food shelf, helps with employment, rent support
•    RW, celebrating their 25th anniversary, help with four key areas:
•    Housing and homelessness
•    Transportation
•    Affordable childcare
•    Unemployment 

Happy Valentines Day.


​​​​​​•    Meeting of February 14, 2018