AUGUST 13, 2018 - SPEAKER:
Letty M-S Van Ert, Attorney
Letty M-S Van Ert focuses her practice on helping North Metro families through many of life’s challenges, including leading families with children through custody and divorce proceedings, guiding families through the probate process when they experience the death of a loved one or setting up estate plans for families with small or disabled children.
Ms. Van Ert has a breadth of experience researching, drafting, conducting discovery, negotiating, counseling clients, and litigating matters.  In addition, she is a Rule 114 qualified neutral and enjoys helping parties come up with creative solutions to disagreements or disputes.
Living with her husband and two small children of her own in the North Metro, Ms. Van Ert knows first hand the joys and struggles families can face.  She appreciates that when children are involved, special care and consideration are needed to protect the children’s interests.  Ms. Van Ert finds third-party custody cases particularly satisfying.  In those cases, a child often has neither a mother nor a father providing care, and someone else, sometimes not even biologically related to the child, steps up to fill the role as parent, giving the child the love and support he or she otherwise would not receive.
Not only has Ms. Van Ert experienced life with small children, but she has also faced the loss of both of her parents after long illnesses.   The experience of losing her parents along with her work with clients have given her a depth of understanding and empathy, which she provides to her clients who are experiencing loss, whether the loss be in the form of a loved one’s death or the loss of a spouse through divorce.
Ms. Van Ert received her law degree from William Mitchell College of Law, where she graduated cum laude and served as an editor of the Law Review.  She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish/Portuguese, English, and International Relations from the University of Minnesota, graduating magna cum laude.
She is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Society and has received recognition for public service, most notably for her work with prisoners, the elderly and victims of domestic abuse. She is a present member of the Coon Rapids Rotary Club and has volunteered with Wills for Heroes, Tubman, and the Pro Se Clinics in both Hennepin and Ramsey Counties.  Ms. Van Ert has published articles regarding family caregiver legislation, deathbed deeds and estate planning for digital assets. In 2017 Ms. Van Ert was recognized as a “Rising Star” attorney by Minnesota Super Lawyers®
Ms. Van Ert is originally from North Dakota and is now a long-term resident of Minnesota.  She enjoys spending time outdoors, gardening, working out and being with her family.
Jonathan (J.J.) Slag
Vice President, Development
Minnesota Adult & Teen Challenge
Jonathan (J.J.) Slag presented an interesting program on the drug epidemic occurring in Minnesota.  Also, presenting was Jason, a client of MN Adult and Teen Challenge.  Jason, 39, attended St. Francis Schools, told his personal story of addiction, loss of family, prison, and recovery.  Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge’s multi-prong approach includes a program called Know the Truth.  More information about this program can be found on the web:
Editor’s Notes
Next planning session will be Monday, August 13th from 11:00am to noon at Kendall’s. 
Craft beer vendors that have committed include OMNI Brweing, Maple Grove; Lake Monster, St. Paul; and Isanti Spirits, Isanti. 
Raffle prizes are a Yeti Cooler, donated by Robert Breitbach; a grill; and a smoker grill. 
The music will be provided by:  Small Town Radio.
Remember to bring your beer and wine donations to the meeting next Monday.
Next planning meeting will be Monday, August 13th at 11am at Kendall’s prior to the regular Rotary meeting.
Other event details are being sorted out and will be discussed on Monday.  Plan to attend the meeting.
Remember, the date is Thursday, October 4th, 6:30pm – 10pm at Kendall’s. 
Khou Yang who immediately gifted her winnings to the Money Jar!  Thank you Khou.
Get ready to harvest from the garden! 
On Tuesday, August 15th from 4pm-7pm, our Club will be harvesting various bounty for Loafs and Fishes.
The garden is located at:  Peace Lutheran, 20 Northdale Blvd NW, Coon Rapids.
A recognition prize (translation: fine) will be awarded for best gardening hat worn by a member or guest of a member.  Eric Hegg’s assistant will make the call.  All decisions are final!  An important feature of a good hat is protection from the sun’s harmful rays.  Extra points for style will be awarded. 
Continuing with the tradition, the District Governor, Mike Becker from the Greater Rochester Club, will be our speaker on September 24th.
Remember our Club will give him a standing welcome when President Grant introduces him to the podium. 
Freedom 5K Walk/Run
September 22 @ 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
Gather your amazing super friends or co-workers, lace up your shoes, and join the fight against drug and alcohol abuse. Join Mn Adult & Teen Challenge on Saturday, September 22 at Harriet Island as we walk and run to save lives.  For more information go to: 
Cheri Sutch -Hope for Youth
Tom Caturia – Bana, Guzy & Steffen, Ltd
Upcoming Lunch Programs
Dec 17, 2018 12:15 PM
Holiday Choir Concert
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December 16
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