MURC Newsletter
December 2, 2020
Dec 09, 2020 12:00 PM
The Power of History: Turning Tragedy into Triumph
Dec 16, 2020 12:00 PM
The Borgen Project: Ending Global Poverty
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Schedule for   
"A Member Moment With..."
...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
Dec 9: Ferd, Carole, Carole
Dec 16:  Sandy, Jean, Jean
Dec 23:  No Meeting
If you cannot complete your assignment, please find another member to take over your duties.  Thank you, Everyone!
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The George Floyd Memorial Rotary Scholarship UPDATE
MURC recently developed, organized, and collected funding for The George Floyd Memorial Rotary Scholarship (GFMRS).  The GFMRS provides a scholarship to a Black University of Minnesota student.  It is a step and an action toward social and racial justice.  The scholarship is managed by Wallin Education Partners.
MURC has an ongoing commitment related to one of the donations to the GFMRS; that commitment calls for MURC to mentor our GFMRS scholarship recipient, and/or other Wallin Education scholars. 
Some Wallin scholars are interested in careers in nursing, and our member Virginia Brooke, who has had a career in nursing, has offered be a mentor.  Thank you, Virginia!
New MURC Paul Harris Fellow Members!
Paul Harris Fellows contribute, or have contributed in their name, $1,000 or more to the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International.  Paul Harris founded Rotary International, whose primary focus is on local and international service projects, including the Polio Plus Fund.  
Recently, an anonymous donor provided gifts of $1,000 in points in the names of several MURC members in order that they may become Paul Harris Fellows and "to inspire future generosity." 
This gift provided for all MURC members who were not currently Paul Harris Fellows to become Fellows, including Erin Bagniewski, John Bantle, Virginia Brooke, Charles Goldberg, Sandra Pappas, Lori Simpson, and Carol Skulstad. 
We do not know the identity of the donor, but we are gratified beyond measure by her/his generosity.  The Rotary Foundation makes a great difference in people's lives, and will continue to do so in this time of great suffering around our country and the world.  We offer our thank you to this kind benefactor!* 
Invitation to a Special Program:  "Rotary and Covid-19"
We have been invited to a program being put on by the Prior Lake Rotary Club, called "Rotary and Covid-19."  
It will be held Wednesday, December 9, from 7.15 a.m. to 8.30 a.m. CST.   
This will be a very unique opportunity to hear from Rotarians/friends of Rotary from (literally) every corner of the globe. Panelists will join the meeting from six continents, sharing how Covid-19 is impacting their communities and how Rotarians are assisting with the pandemic.  
This event is open to everyone interested in hearing this worldwide perspective, Rotarian or not.  So, not only should you consider attending, but please forward this invitation on to anyone you know who might be interested. 
The link to register is below...and please note, it is only the registration link.  Once you register, you will receive the link to join.  
MURC Focus on Food Insecurity
MURC and contribution-matching partners made $8,800 in donations in support of the Community Bridge Food Shelf and the Simpson United Methodist Church Food Shelf, both in Minneapolis. 
For more information, or to make a donation, see the "MN Food Drive" information on MURC's web page.
MURC 30 Year Anniversary!
The fantastic MURC was founded on February 1, 1991!  It is suggested that gifts to the MURC Foundation be made in honor of this milestone.  This is a chance to be creative - donate $30.00, or $300.00, or $21.91, or $3.00, or any amount you like.        
Next MURC Board Meeting
The next MURC Board meeting will be Wednesday, December 9, at 10:30 a.m.  Please note this is a change in date.
A Member Moment With.......Bob Margolis
Bob took a few minutes to tell us about some of the great highlights of his life.  He grew up in Ohio, and chose to attend Kent State University.  He attended graduate school at the University of Iowa, where he met now-fellow- MURC-member Jerry Yanz in about 1972.  Bob married his wife, Janet, and they have two daughters and a grandson.
Highlights of Bob's career include a 1981 trip to Antwerp, Belgium, while on the faculty of Syracuse University.  Here he learned to love Antwerp, he learned about science, beer, and Flemish architecture. 
Bob attended a conference in 1994, and again in 1996, in Chile, and visited a school for deaf children.  The children had few resources, but many well-trained and committed people who made their lives better.  Bob started projects in Chile that continue today.  
In 2007, Bob was asked to consult for a school for deaf children in India, and he spent a week consulting there.  
His most recent trips include visits to San Felipe, Mexico, to help set up clinics, which have been very successful.


*  Erik followed Covid-19 guidelines and had his first Thanksgiving at his own home in 20 years, with wife Virginia; they used Zoom to meet with friends with whom they traditionally spend the holiday.
*  Bob had a turkey and 10 of its friends over for Thanksgiving.  Literally.  Wild turkeys often visit his back yard.  Socially distant the whole time.
*  Jean visited her Faribault farm and cut down two trees for Christmas - one for her and one for her daughter's family.  Social distancing guidelines were followed.  
Today's Speaker - Theresa Malloy
Theresa is the Associate Director of ThreeSixty Journalism, a nonprofit program of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of St. Thomas.
They are an award-winning, immersive and inclusive multimedia and college success program for high school students.  ThreeSixty Journalism is developing the next generation of critical thinkers, leaders and storytellers as they discover the power of voice and storytelling.
Theresa told us the program activates and empowers youths' voices at this critical moment in time.  Many of the scholars have believed no one wanted to hear their stories or their voices.  ThreeSixty is showing them that is not true.  By working directly with professional and experienced journalists and others, students are exposed to news and other types of organizations where they are mentored, they create, they learn, and they publish.  
We are thankful for organizations like ThreeSixty Journalism.  If you would like to learn more or donate, go to
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