Service Above Self
Building Responsible Youth
• Meeting of March 7, 2018
Mexican scrambled eggs w/ toppings, bacon, yogurt, fruit, rolls and beverages!
Jacob opened the meeting with the bell at 8:36 am
Mac on the Book of John 1:16; the blessings we all have as individuals and as a club. Thankful for God’s Grace …. “Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given.” ….. Amen
Speakers Jim Besst, LuAnn & Rob Wudlick Courage Center.
Ryan Johnson’s ticket #830 was chosen; he won and we like winners and he donated all $64 to Empty Bowls!
Cathy Carlson’s Rotary minute:
The U N guidelines parallel ideals Rotary had 40 years prior. In 1947 the Rotary foundation donated $5,000 to countries that had been devastated by the war. That is about $70,000 in today’s dollars
• Scott Johnson reminded us that on 3/15/18 we will be having our March, St. Pat’s Day social at Stacey Quinn’s house. $10/ person. The envelope was not passed around very well. If you did not sign up, but still plan on going, please let Scott Johnson know; firstname.lastname@example.org
• Alexa Rundquist; the Mtka. Rotary Foundation mtg. tonight, 6:30 pm, Dunn Brothers, next to Famous Dave’s (Hwy 7 and Williston). They will be discussing 2 projects; a bedding project and Hopkins Adult Education. Everyone is welcome!
• Dale Feste; on Tues., March 13, 2018; Empty Bowls is
being held from 11 am -7 pm @ Hopkins Center For the Arts.
We are a major donor every year; over $1,000,000 has
been raised. Envelopes are on each table, if you want to
contribute. Come and see some of the excellent bowls
made by a few of our “potters,” Pete and his protégé Molly.
At 7 PM we will do the cleanup, w/ Mac and his vacuum.
Katie reminded us of beer after at The Big Ten
• Nancy Davis; District 5950 has a project to help Homeless Girls; they will be collecting toiletries for gift bags. Our club is trying to donate 300 bottles of shampoo (larger than 8 oz), which is about 5 bottles/ member. Bring them to our meetings and Nancy will deliver.
• Jennifer St. Clair; we are doing Loaves and Fishes on Monday, April second from 5-7 (only serving). We are looking for 9+ volunteers, a sign-up sheet is being passed.
• Christine: her cousin had polio, has since passed away and there are copies of his book on a back table.
Rotary Foundation Award:
Chris Rosenlund: “I have the funnest job in the club!”
He presented Cathy Carlson w/ the Humanitarian and
Education Foundation award for being a Major Donor
Level One; this means she as donated $10,000- $25,000.
A remarkable honor for a remarkable person!!
Happy Bucks: ( collected today was $66 for Building Responsible Youth )
• Jerald collected and started with $8 for the Polar Plungers
• Roger for a few weeks in Florida, but he is happy to be back w/ the snow
• Edmund for being back, selling is restaurant, going for a vacation to Hong Kong and being able to spend more time w/ his family
• Guy; is happy Edmund is back and will be able to spend more time w/ Rotary, Cathy’s award. he had all our Women stand up in honor of International Women’s Day tomorrow and how important they are to Minnetonka Rotary; we are lucky to have each and every one of you as members.
• Katie; $4 for the Polar Plungers (Feres thought it was cold), our Empty Bowl makers and on a whim selling her house and buying a townhouse in St. Louis Park; good luck.
• Sam; spending time w/ Grandson Theo and finding his money clip in a pants pocket … money found.
• Bill; Alexa helping Suzanne’s son during the Polar Plunge, Sam for having a hearing aid battery and talking to son Brett twice last weekend while he is in Afghanistan
• Scott Johnson; 30 year anniversary w/ Lenda last weekend skiing at Lutsen and watching the skiers from Courage Center
• Alexa; the Polar Plunge and Jerald’s generosity of matching funds, all the members that donated, going to PETS and her first day back at work … happy lady.
• Scott Nagel; our blessing, his son doing well at College and even studying, plus his daughter having fun w/ the grandparents
• Therese; being able to spend a few days w/ 500 amazing Women in California; the pilot that showed up for the red eye flight and a snow day
• Dale; Ryan’s generous raffle donation of $64 for Empty Bowls and as Mac said; how blessed we all are
• Karen; her daughter graduating this spring w/ her Masters
• Terry; 9 days’ vacation w/ Beth in Ft. Meyers
Ron Besst, LuAnn & Rob Wudlick presentation
on the Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute.
Ron Besst gave us an overview:
• Courage Center and Sister Kenny merged several years ago.
• In 2010 they have started the ABLE program (Activity- Based Locomotor Exercise).
• It has 3 main areas of focus; Locomotor Training, Electrical stimulation bike and Guided Exercise.
• The program has been so successful that it has already expanded their facility.
• However; there is still a long waiting list of up to a year. ABLE is a 3 month program that $15,000.
• There is a scholarship program that helps.One of the main problems is reimbursement from the insurance companies.
• Much of the funding for the ABLE program comes from the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation.
Rob Wudlick told us of his accident and journey back. ;
• He is a 2003 graduate of Mtka. where he was always active outside and on the Cross Country ski team.
• He went to Montana State and received a degree in Industrial Engineering. In 2011
• He was on a rafting trip in the Grand Canyon and dove into the river, broke his neck,
• He was air lifted to the Las Vegas hospital where he spent awhile in ICU.
• Then he went to the Denver hospital for 6 months of long term care
• Eventually he was able to come home.
• His accident was quite a lifestyle changing event.
• Once starting the ABLE program; he and his family saw daily improvements in mobility, strength, health, feeding himself and a decrease in his blood pressure.
• Rob is currently working w/ others on advocating in Washington D.C. for the rights of disabled people. He has a non-profit company that helps w/ this.
• One of his main goals is to work on the reimbursement polices w/ Minnesota insurance companies.
• Science is currently working on several things to help people w/ spinal injuries; implanted stimulation is one of them.
Jacob rang the bell at 8:29 am closing our meeting.