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 Wednesdays at 12:00 PM
The Graduate Hotel Minneapolis
615 Washington Avenue Southeast
Minneapolis, MN 55414
United States of America
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August 12, 2020

Mike Nielsen, Pre-Arrangement Specialist, Washburn-McReavy Funeral, Cremation, and Cemetery Services

 The Benefits and How To of Advance Planning

In Mr. Nielsen's presentation, he will share the benefits of advanced planning and protecting your family in the future. Mike will answer the following most asked questions: What are the costs and how can I pay for them? If I make plans now, can I change them? What are my benefits as a veteran? Can I lock in my costs at today's pricing? Are my funds protected? What are my burial and internment options? What if I die away from home? What if I relocate? And more...
After spending 20 plus years in the advertising industry, Mike Nielsen chose to make a career move to funeral services as a pre-need specialist. From the age of 18, Mike has been the go to person in his family to make arrangements when someone passes. But it was the unexpected death of his son 6 years ago that Mike realized his calling to help others understand the importance of, and prepare for their final wishes. It's a gift not only for yourself, but for those you care about.

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

President Erik, coming from Montana where he's on vacation with wife Virginia, announced our next club Zoom meeting will be Aug. 12.  District Governor Tom Gump will attend our Aug. 19 meeting, along with our scheduled speaker.  No meeting next week, Aug. 5.
Jerry and Carol C-H will take part in the District 5950 three-part series "Racial Equality--Creating a Better Story."  Registration required by July 30.  We will look forward to a report from Jerry and Carol about the series.
A student has been selected by Wallin Education Partners after review by club members for the George Floyd Memorial Rotary scholarship.  The scholarship totals $24,250 and will support four years of study at the U of MN.  Minneapolis University Rotary is the sponsoring club for the scholarship and is collaborating with seven area Rotary clubs and District 5950.
Club members should pay their club dues, per the email you received, as soon as possible.  Please send a check made out to Minneapolis University Rotary Club and mail it to Mike Nation, treasurer, 2115 Princeton, St. Paul 55105.
Our speaker's talk will be recorded today.  Beginning with our next meeting and with club members' permission, we will record each meeting. 

Ellen Kennedy, Ph.D. and Executive Director, World Without Genocide

Topic:  I See You, Jew--The Story of a Personal Attack
Ellen Kennedy received an email that haunts her still.  It was short, shocking, threatening and terrifying.  Its subject line:  "I see you, Jew."  Ellen, who is Jewish, spoke on the increasing incidence of anti-Semitism in our nation and world.  The email Ellen received is just one small but shocking example of the hate that has infected our lives, our communities and our psyches.  The writer was anonymous and invisible.  Ellen was not.
Ellen cited recent examples of the virus of anti-Semitism--the 2017 white supremicist march in Charlottesville VA; the 2018 mass murder at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh; and the story of Tanya Gersh, Montana real estate agent who was the target of Neo-Nazi harassment.  Ms. Gersh is being honored by World Without Genocide for standing up and speaking out against the threats she and her family endured.
Ellen asked that we all stand up to and speak out against hatred of any and all targeted groups in our society.
Ellen is a member and past president of Minneapolis University Rotary.  Ellen has worked against the forces of hate and intolerance for much of her life.  Please see the website for programs offered to the public.
"We are one people with one family.  We all live in the same house...and through books, through information, we must find a way to say to people that we must lay down the burden of hate.  For hate is too heavy a burden to bear."  -- Congressman John Lewis

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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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