President Brad Kirscher called the meeting to order at 12:30.  The greeter, Jenny Hedal, led the flag pledge and four way test.  Julie Wearn provided an inspiring invocation then Terry Gilberstadt introduced visitors and guests in attendance.  Visitors included John Risdall from the New Brighton/Mounds View club and Judy Johnson from the Maple Grove club.  Guests included Barb Einan (Dick Einan) and Jim Collins.
Following introductions there were several announcements:
  • Membership Chair Deb Nygaard asked club members to invite guests to upcoming meetings as that is the best way to grow membership.  The program next week is Understanding Why Happiness Matters being presented by Tim Grant.
  • The annual curling event is March 25 and an email was sent to all members with the information. Contact Jim Ostlund,
  • There is a special meeting on May 1 with guest Neema Namadamu, who is one of the presenters at the District Conference.  Crippled by polio, Neema is the first woman with a disability from her ethnic group to earn a university degree.  She served in Parliament for South Kivu province and then Chief Advisor to the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Minister of Gender and Family.  The meeting will be open to Rotarians and guests in our District and registration is required for guests at this meeting.  Contact Kathy,,  or visit our website for more information.
  • Judy Johnson announced upcoming Sew-a-Thon events and is seeking volunteers. 
    • March 16, Maple Grove Community Center, 5:00-7:30 PM
    • April 19, May 14 and June 11, J. Arthur’s Coffee Shop in Roseville,  2:00-4:00 PM
Next, several club members participated in Happy Dollars to raise money for Polio Plus.
              John Crudele, Brad Kirscher
The presenter for the meeting was John Crudele, who is a professional speaker, member of the Eden Prairie Rotary Club and is involved with Camp RYLA.  John recently returned from an 18-day mission trip to the Marinduque Island, Philippines where he volunteered at various Feed My Starving Children feeding stations.  The first part of his presentation was a summary of this trip and he described how the 235 feeding stations on the island change the lives of the children living there.  Feed My Starving Children sends millions of food packages to the Philippines each year and it continues to grow.  John explained that just one meal per day for six months can bring an impoverished child back to health.
The second part of John’s presentation was a moving discussion about developing self-worth and identity, how to better connect with people and the building blocks of healthy development that help young people grow up healthy, caring and responsible.  John made a lot of impactful points that will help us in our personal and professional lives.