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Building Responsible Youth

​​​​​​•    Meeting of April 18, 2018

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Our Newsletter is The Rotary Spoke 

Jacob rang the bell at 7:34am 

Invocation by Jerald:
As tax day has come and passed I’m reminded of a few things:
1.    Children may be deductible, but they are still Taxing.
2.     Worried about an IRS audit? Avoid what's called a red flag. That's something the IRS always looks for. For example, say you have some money left in your bank account after paying taxes. That's a red flag.
3.    And I think Arthur Godfrey states it best when he said: “I’m proud to be paying taxes in the United States. The only thing is, I could be just as proud for half the money.”


As we gather here today as members of Rotary, we pray that we are ever mindful of opportunities to render our service to fellow citizens and to our community. Keeping in mind always the enduring values of life, exerting our efforts in those areas and on those things upon which future generations can build with confidence. Let us continue to strive to make a better world. Amen.


Guests: 
Judy Johnson of the Maple Grove Rotary
Tabitha Chambachnay  of the Maple Grove Rotary
Bill … friend of Chris C
 Lauren Matykowski - The Link – our speaker

Rotary Minute: by Cathy Carlson about Peace Centers

Raffle:

 First ticket drawn #382 was not claimed.  Second ticket drawn #397 belonged to Jennifer who won the $70 prize!

Announcements:
•    Nancy: keep the polio jug moving
•    Bill: annual Rotary Open House tomorrow evening at Spasso from 5-7:30pm.  Bring friends!
•    Pete: starting a pottery studio in Tony’s building 
•    Chris Carr: golf tournament coming up so start thinking about raffle prizes.
•    Alexa: Rotary Foundation meeting at 6:30pm at Dunn Bros on Hwy 7.  MoveForward  sent a thank you for the grant support.  The Rotary Polar Plunge video was shown.
Judy Johnson(Maple Grove Rotary): thank you for the supporting their effort to provide sunglasses to go to Uganda.
•    Mark Magney: Annual Hwy 7 cleanup on Saturday 2/28 @ 8:45am at Famous Dave’s.
•    Jacob: Saturday is the District Assembly in Burnsville.  If people would like to attend contact Alexa to get registered.  On 5/21 is the District Conference at the Gutherie.  In two weeks our regular meeting will be held at Japs-Olson on Excelsior Blvd.  We need to RSVP.  Board meeting Friday at MN Bank and Trust at 7:30am.

Happy Bucks:
•    Bob: thank you for the donations to purchase sunglasses
•    Lenny: happy to visit Evan in Ann Arbor
•    Sam: FB video of him struggling in the snow, 1st Social Security chck
•    Nancy: grandson’s birthday, attended the Golden Valley club meeting
•    Alexa: sad about Carl Kasell’s passing
•    Chris R: visited college with daughter
•    Jim: attended honors breakfast with daughter 
•    Chris C: loves snow blowing
•    Pete: his son has moved to Mississippi
•    Devon: his client received a bone marrow transplant
•    Cathy: granddaughter safe after a car accident on the icy roads
•    Jennifer: thoughts and prayers to Alan B
•    Katie: Fares in NY to see his dad and struggling to get back to MN
•    Judy Johnson: grateful for support of our club
•    Frank: long-time member Bob, with the Books for Africa program) used to work for Barbara Bush


Speaker: Lauren Matakowski, Volunteer Manager with The Link.   
•    The Link was started in 1991 by Jim Marshal and Oscar Reed
•    Working with youth and families to overcome the impacts of poverty and social injustice.  
•    The organizations provides services to the 7 county metro area and serves 3,000/year.  
•    Homelessness effects 6,000 youth each night in MN and 41% of these youth have children of their own.  
•    33% experience violence and/or exploitation and there are long-term impacts on mental health, employment etc…
•    The Link places a high value on the youth voice in all they do.  

There are 3 main programs:
•    Housing and homeless services for youth
•    Juvenile Justice
•    Safe Harbor

How can we get engaged?
•    Volunteer
•    Board membership
•    Events
•    Financial donation
•    Engage your network
•    Connect with social media