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​​​​​​•    Meeting of February 21, 2018


Meeting called to order by Alexa at 7:30am 


•    Al Carlson a potential new member attended our FeBREWary social event. 
•    Kim Hunwardsen was the first host family for Fares this fall. 
•    Susanne, Felix and Arlo Abrahms, are Fares second host family, also came to hear him speak.
•    Greg who is retired and thinking about joining our Rotary Club. 

•    Alexa suggested we all text Jacob with #wemissyou during the meeting as he is traveling in CA and would probably appreciate early morning texts from us.
•    Bill donated $25, left over from the Excelsior Brewing event, to the Polio jug.
•    Gerald and Hopkins Auto Body will match the money raised for any Rotarians who would like to jump in the lake on Saturday, March 3. Details on website calendar.
•    Katie along with several Rotarians joined Pete in throwing pots for Empty Bowls at ECC. It was a huge success. Thank you to Tony and his children, Molly and her son and daughter in law and Ron for participating.
•    Katie also shared that the Day for Girls event will be rescheduled for this Saturday, 2/24, due to lack of volunteers as well as the organizer will be out of town for a funeral.

Arlo Abrahms pulled the winning ticket # 362 and Chris Carr won the chance to pull the joker but he did not.

Paul Harris Award:
Chris Rosenlund presented the Paul Harris Fellow +1 to Chris Carr

Happy Bucks:
•    Guy was happy and went to West Side Story
•    Christine was at West Side Story and ran into Char Kerr. 
•    Mary was happy to be back
•    Ron was happy that Mary can see again …. Operation a success.
•    Frank was happy that his brother didn’t die of Salmonella Poisoning
•    Terry was happily considering retirement and cleaning up the house. 
•    Char was happy that she saw Edward at the Sesame Café 
•    Patty was happy about her son winning an Essay contest
•    Darlyne was happy that she also had seen West Side Story, but didn’t see Guy and Christine there 
•    Pete was happy that his most senior potter this week was Ron U
•    Katie was happy to have both host families present for Fares presentation today….. and that her husbands gentle reminder of Happy 3rd Anniversary today made her ready for a special dinner tonight. 
•    Jennifer was happy for all the support for the Royal Bash.
•    Jim was happy that Jennifer was in Hopkins Education and doing a good job.
•    Arlo was happy to be going to an Arlo Gutherie Concert
•    Susan was happy to be hosting Fares
•    Alexa was happy about her trip to Medora and a knight who settled a restaurant customer down and Nolans first dinner party









​             Fares with Host Kim Hundwerson                              Fares with Suzanne Abrahmson Arlo & Felix 
Fares, our youth exchange student from France, was our guest speaker today.
Fares is from Lyon, France and is spending the school year in Hopkins with three Hopkins families, two of which were present this morning, Suzanne, Arlo, & Felix Abrahms and Kim Hundwerson.

•    Fares’ father is an architect and artist. 
•    His mother is an attorney and loves art. 
•    Fares’ sister spent a year in Mexico through Rotary and after hearing of her adventures, Fares decided he wanted to spend a year abroad as well.
•    Family is very important to Fares. He share many photos of his extended family enjoying time together to include playing sports, skiing, traveling to Spain, Africa and more.

He has thoroughly enjoyed the two families he has stayed with to date and all of the activities they have shared together including cooking, visits to cabins, a Duluth trip, a Twins games, a soccer game at US Bank Stadium, and a Hopkins football game which was his first American Football game ever. He also enjoyed some other firsts to included using a snow blower, cross country skiing and seeing a frozen lake. 

•    Fares enjoyed playing on the HHS Varsity soccer team with Sean Hundwerson and met many friends. 
•    He made sure to note that the popularity of Soccer, (futbol), in France is compared to the popularity of football in America. 
•    Regarding school in France, he attends a boarding school and classes take place from 8am-5pm so he really likes the Hopkins schedule from 8-2:30. 
•    He feels teachers are more compassionate here than in France. 
•    When he returns this summer, he will have one more year of school. 
•    After he takes the European test that is comparable to our ACT test, he will have a better idea where he wants to go to college. 
•    He wants to study engineering/green energy.
•    Fares speaks German, Spanish, English and Arabic.

I speak for the Rotary when I state that we all have enjoyed being a part of Fares’ experience in Minnesota and wish him nothing but great success on his future endeavors.

Meeting adjourned at 8:25am