MURC Newsletter
November 11, 2020
Nov 18, 2020
Building Community and Health Equity Through Food Forests
Dec 02, 2020
ThreeSixty: Activating and Empowering Youth Voices
Dec 09, 2020 12:00 PM
The Power of History: Turning Tragedy into Triumph
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Schedule for   
"A Member Moment With..."
...Mark Ritchie on Nov. 18
...Bob Margolis on Dec. 2
...Carol Skulstad on Dec. 9
...Ferd Peters on Dec. 16
If your assigned date does not work for you, please let Jean Westberg know at  
Thank you!
Weekly Member Assignments Date:  Greeter, Note-taker, Editor
Nov 18:  Jerry, Jean, Jean
Nov 25:  No Meeting
Dec 2:    Carole P, Lori, Lori 
Dec 9:    Ferd, Carole P, Carole P
Dec 16:  Sandy, Jean, Jean
If you cannot complete your assignment, please find another member to take over your duties.  Thank you, Everyone!
Russell Hampton
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* Club president Erik welcomed members and guests to today's meeting.  And he announced there will be a regular meeting next week, but NO meeting on Nov. 25 in observance of Thanksgiving.

*  Our next club board meeting will be Wed., Dec. 16, at 10:45.  All members are invited to attend.

* Carol S announced that the Virtual Food Drive site has been set up online by The Food Group MN to receive contributions for two food shelves in the Seward neighborhood of Minneapolis.  Contributions received by Nov. 19 will be matched by Luther Automotive.  Please give generously to address the issue of food insecurity at

Member Moment with Virginia Brooke

Virginia, a.k.a. First Lady of our club/wife  of president Erik, outlined her long career in the field of nursing.  She has worked in the fields of general medical care, chronic illness and gerontology, and she has cared for patients suffering TB, AIDS and cancer over the years.  She is now retired, but expressed a desire to be there for Covid-19 patients if she could.  She said she is extremely proud of the people in the nursing profession, including the generation coming up.  We thank Virginia for her service to the health of us all!


$$  Our Brag-a-bucks contributions support our club foundation and the projects made possible  locally and internationally.  Thanks to all who brag and contribute!
* Erik congratulated Sandy P on her re-election to the MN Senate, with 82% of the vote.
*  Bob showed a photo of his wooden birdhouse creation, noting that unlike Jerry's woodworking masterpieces, he (Bob) made his from a kit.
* Carole thanked Carol S for setting up the Virtual Food Drive site and encouraged everyone to donate by 11/19.
* Jerry thanked Carol S for the food drive site, Virginia for her nursing career, and friend Bob for his birdhouse craftsmanship.
* Sandy sent congrats for the club's work on the food insecurity issue.
* Jean also thanked Carol, congratulated Sandy, and bragged of son and husband's success at deer-hunting.  She also thanked Carole and Erin for re-design of our club website.
* Erin thanked Carole for bunches of content for the new website.
* Carol C-H noted Mark R's excellent role in the recent TPT program on the Dakota War.

Today's Speaker:  Don Samuels, CEO, Microgrants, "Both/And, Not Either/Or"

Mr. Samuels based his talk on the opinion piece appearing in the Star Tribune August 24th entitled "Why We Northside Neighbors Are Suing Minneapolis."  Written by Mr. Samuels and wife Sondra, the article contends the City of Minneapolis has failed to protect the Jordan and Hawthorne neighborhoods of North Minneapolis and that the City Council's all-or-nothing approach won't help the re-building process.
Mr. Samuels described the way in which our nation and city have been divided by either/or thinking and politics, resulting in divisions that are hard to overcome.  He described the phases of human development in which we learn to see beyond our own immediate needs to see those of others.  He applied those phases of development to the issues faced by the city, and the fact that it will require "both/and" solutions to solve the problems of policing and public safety.  To do so takes courage, he admitted.
Mr. Samuels is a former Minneapolis City Council member and former Minneapolis School Board member.  Mrs. Samuels is CEO of the Northside Achievement Zone.  Please see their article at
Bulletin Editor
Carole Peterson
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