Rotary Club of Minneapolis University
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Minneapolis University

A small and mighty group of local professionals and a global network of 1.2 million Rotarians.

We meet In Person
Wednesdays at 12:00 PM
The Graduate Hotel Minneapolis
615 Washington Avenue Southeast
Minneapolis, MN 55414
United States of America

September  23, 2020

Sneha Sinha, Project Lead, Engineers without Borders USA-UMN, Twin Cities Chapter

An Introduction to Engineers without Borders USA - University of Minnesota Twin Cities


Sneha Sinha is a third year student at the University of Minnesota studying Chemical Engineering. She is the Senior Project Lead for the Ethiopa Project of the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities chapter of Engineers without Borders USA. This group has 4 ongoing projects: 2 international projects in Guatemala and Ethiopia, and 2 local projects through the Community Engineering Corps which partners with local organizations to solve engineering problems. This year, the Ethiopia Project is taking on a local project with an organization called Urban Farm & Garden Alliance (UFGA), a network of community gardens located in the Rondo and Frogtown neighborhoods of St. Paul.

Ms. Sinha will be speaking about EWB USA - UMN's Ethiopia Project's new partnership with UFGA as well as giving an overview of the teams work (both locally and internationally). She will also be discussing the organizations of Engineers without Borders and community Engineering Corps, and her motivation in working with these organizations. 

If you are interested in learning about future programs, click the Upcoming Speakers link at the top of the home page.

President Erik reported on club board meeting decisions.
We will have a social time from 11:45 to noon each week. Members can welcome guests and members and guests can share personal updates. 
We will start a weekly member 3-5 minute sharing time.  This is a time to share about your professional and personal life. It will help us get to know each other better.  Jean will assign people weekly.
Erin B will be our webmaster and is leading a team to update the website.  Thanks Erin.
There is a Rotary One Summit on Saturday, September 19.  All Rotarians are invited to attend.  Zoom information is:
Topic: 2020 One Rotary Summit
Time: Sep 19, 2020 09:00 AM Central Time (US and Canada)

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Donna Svendsen ServeMinnesota Strategic Outreach Director,  Dean Kephart,  ServeMinnesota VP of Insight and Change
Donna began the presentation by talking about AmeriCorps as the umbrella organization of ServeMinnesota.  AmeriCorps is thought of as the domestic Peace Corp.  ServeMinnesota has 17 programs in all but 10 counties in MN.  They work through partnerships and have 480 members in the Twin Cities.  Reading Corp works with students to improve their reading to a proficiency level by 3rd grade.  Math Corp works to have students proficient in algebra by 8th grade. 
Ken talked about new and emerging initiatives Recovery Corp is one.  Due to the issues of Covid 19, the organization adjusted 300 positions to help in the following areas:  Food insecurity, homelessness, senior care, childcare, distance learning, and public health. 
Other initiatives include urban forestry, aging in place and housing security.
Donna encouraged members to consider involvement with ServeMinnesota.  We can also promote the opportunities to our friends and family.
ServeMinnesota people get paid every two weeks, receive an education benefit that can be given to your children or grandchildren.  Many people reup after the first year. 
Lori bragged that when she worked with AmeriCorps, it was one of the best experiences in her life. She worked with students in North Mpls high school and was provided great training materials to assist her.
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615 Washington Avenue SE, Minneapolis

If traveling by car, take I-94 (from either direction) to the Huron Blvd. exit and turn left on Washington Avenue. Proceed to the corner of Washington and Walnut. Turn right on Walnut and an immediate left into the Graduate Minneapolis Hotel valet parking.

The Green Line is now open for service and the Graduate Minneapolis Hotel is easy to access from either downtown Minneapolis or St. Paul. Green Line trains arrive and depart every 10 minutes throughout the day. Take the Green Line to the East Bank rail stop which is less than 1 block away from the Graduate Hotel. Fare: $1.75

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