MURC Newsletter
May 19, 2021
 
 
Speakers
Jun 02, 2021 12:00 PM
Discussion with Rotarians from the Rotary Club Mbarara
Jun 09, 2021 12:00 PM
Finding grace, justice and purpose in the midst of tragedy
Jun 16, 2021 12:00 PM
A Guide to Rotary Giving
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Weekly Member Assignments Date:  Greeter, Note-taker, Editor
 
May 26:  No meeting
June 2:   Mahmood, Jean, Jean
June 9:   Ferd, Jean, Jean
June 16: Sandi, Carole, Carole
June 23: John, Lori, Lori
 
If you cannot complete your assignment, please find another member to take over your duties.  Thank you, Everyone!
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Announcements

  • End-of-Rotary-Year Celebration:  NEW DATE:  the party is planned for July 28th, at 4 p.m., at Tony Schmidt Regional Park at 3500 Lake Johanna Blvd in Arden Hills.  It will be held outside.  Watch this space for more details!
  • Make your contributions to the Rotary Foundation by June 15, 2021, to meet the deadline for inclusion in the current Rotary Year.  The MURC's goal is $10,000, and we are close to meeting the goal.  However, we also want as many members as possible to contribute, whether making large or small contributions.  Please contact Chuck Larson if you need information about how to contribute.
  • Wallin Education Partners is holding a networking event that will include Rotary members.  Wallin manages Rotary's George Floyd Memorial Scholarship, established in 2020.
  • Zoom vs. In-Person MURC Meetings:  The MURC will continue to hold its weekly meetings by Zoom through September or October, and plans to transition to in-person meetings after that time.
  • There will be no MURC meeting next week, May 26th.
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New Section:  Rotary Service Opportunities
 

Local Opportunities:

1)  Meal Packing for Feed My Starving Children, 990 Lone Oak Road, Suite 136, Eagan, MN 55121. Optional post-event luncheon at Chili's Restaurant, 3625 Pilot Knob Road, Eagan 55112.  Date to be determined. 

2) Mentoring an Immigrant Family through International Institute of Minnesota.  Date to be determined. 

Contact person: John Bantle (612-385-3571; bantl001@umn.edu).

Regional, National, and International Opportunities: To Be Announced

 

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Brag-a-Bucks  
**Donations collected as 'brag-a-bucks' support the Club Foundation, and also leverage grants from the Rotary District and from Rotary International.**
 
  • Erik van Kuijk is in Texas for the week.
  • Sandy Pappas invited everyone to participate in a webinar that include Libyan women's rights activists, to be held Sunday at 10 a.m.  Please contact Sandy for more information.  Sandy also noted the Minnesota Legislature conference committees are still meeting, and expect to complete their work successfully.  Additionally, Sandy announced the birth of her first grandchild!  Congratulations, Sandy!
  • Jean Westberg had a great time when she got together with friends from her long-time job at Xcel Energy (she retired after 28 years!), for the first time in about a year and a half.
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TODAY'S SPEAKER - Matt Miller
"U.S. Relations with Africa"
 
Matt Miller is Acting Director from the  Office of Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, Bureau of African Affairs, U.S. Department of State.
 
Mr. Miller summarized the five pillars of President Biden's administration's policies with regard to sub-Saharan Africa. 
 
These policies are mutually beneficial and include, among other things, fostering democracy and human rights; economic growth, trade, investment and climate change;  border integrity and people, drug, and wildlife trafficking; and policies and programs specifically addressed to African youth, where more than 65% of the population is under the age of 25.
 
Bulletin Editor
Lori Simpson
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