MURC Newsletter
June 16, 2021
Jun 23, 2021 12:00 PM
The ecology, evolution and conservation of wild, native bees
Jun 30, 2021 12:00 PM
Lions Gift of Sight: The Past, Present and Future of Eye Banking
Jul 14, 2021 12:00 PM
A Reasonable Doubt On Jury Trials
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"A Member Moment With..."
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Weekly Member Assignments Date:  Greeter, Note-taker, Editor
June 23 - John,Lori,Lori
June 30 - Erin, Carol S, Carol S
July 7 - No Meeting
July 14 - Mark, Jean, Jean
July 21 - Erik, Lori, Lori
July 28 - Rotary Party
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We will resume in person meetings in October if Covid remains under control.
The End of the Rotary Year Party is Wednesday, July 28 at 4:30 at the Tony Schmidt Pavilion on Lake Johanna in Arden Hills.  Food and drink will be provided.  Donations will be to support cataract surgeries in San Felipe Mexico where the need continues, and the global grant has ended.  Also bring used prescription and sunglasses, readers and brimmed hats or caps to help protect local San Felipe residents. 
Bob M introduced and welcomed new member Rick Berkley.  Rick came to Minnesota from Liberia at the age of 4.  He attended college in Jamestown, ND.  He is employed at Freedom Works and is interested in volunteer efforts in the food insecurity area.
Carol S reminded us we can support the virtual food drive through the Food Group by donating via our MURC website.  The club made the 3rd quarter donation of $400 this week.  We are invited to volunteer at Simpson House on a Friday morning from 9 to noon every other month.  Our task will be to sort and load food shelves, break down boxes, etc.  The specific Friday will be determined shortly.
Carole P announced this: 
Reimagining Public Safety in Cities Across America. A virtual meeting featuring special guest, Anthony Smith of Cities United. This will be a discussion so come and share your perspective and ideas. Thursday June 24th, 2021 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm ET (6:00 pm – 7:30 pm CST) Please RSVP at EventBrite: Hosted jointly by the Rotary Clubs of Minneapolis, Harlem, and Topeka
A Member Moment With....
Ellen Kennedy
Ellen began her talk by highlighting her father who was a life-long Rotarian and got her interested to join Edina Rotary in 2002.
Ellen has two children, Louisa in Washington DC and Jonathan in Montana.  She also has two adorable grandchildren.  She is married to Leigh who teaches graduate level statistics.  Ellen was a professor at St Thomas for 20 years and continues to be an adjunct professor.  Sixteen years ago, she founded World Without Genocide and hosts an annual Summer Institute for young students which Minneapolis University Rotary club supports.
Ellen shared her active involvement with Rotary including President and Board member of Edina and Minneapolis University Rotary clubs.  She is active on the Rotary District level also.  She has been the Peace Fellows Committee Chair for 10 years, the Global Grant Scholarship Chair for 7 years, member of the Global Grant Committee for 10 years, as well as leading 3 global grants.  She appreciates the global network that Rotary provides.
Her quote is:  In the beginning you get into Rotary, then Rotary gets into you
Ellen said it was good to see Carol CH and Bruce.  She commented that Carol has been missed.

Bob said he wanted to say the same thing Ellen said.  Wonderful to see Carol and Bruce! He complimented Ellen on her member moment.

Sandy said her birthday was yesterday.  She did not plan much since the legislature was back in special session.  She did get to have a nice dinner on the St Croix.

Erik commented that the Ann Frank house in Amsterdam is the top tourist spot there.  You need to make a reservation to get in.

Carole P bragged that her younger son is here from California and they celebrated his birthday yesterday.

Carol CH said it was good to be back at Rotary and she hopes to make more meetings now.
TODAY'S SPEAKER - Russ Michaletz
Russ Michaletz has been a member of the Minneapolis City of Lakes Rotary Club since 1986. He is the Rotary District 5950's Fundraising Chair for 2020-2021 and was District Governor from 2019-2020.
Russ detailed the flow of funds through the Rotary Foundation.  He commented that contributions are diminishing and grant requests are going up.  There are several new changes for Rotary Year 2021-22
Due to reduced funds, the previous match of 1 to 1 funds is now .8 to 1 match.  There is another area of focus – environmental.
In District 5950 there are generous donors.  One donor contributed $1 million for global grants which are now used up.  Another donor has contributed $200,000 for global grants.  The first ten global grants will each receive $20,000 for their grant. 
Russ highlighted the fundraising options for Rotary International.
  1.  Every Rotarian Every Year.  It is recommended that every Rotarian contribute a minimum of $25 annually.  In our district 65% of the Rotarians do this. 
  2. Paul Harris- This is when you give a sum of $1,000 in a cumulative manner over time.
  3. Paul Harris Society – This is when you give $1,000 annually.  In our district we have 340 members who do this.  It is a commitment, but can be changed if a person cannot do this.    
  4. Major Donor – If you contribute a cumulative amount of $10,000 you are a major donor.  Also an acknowledgement when you reach $25,000.
Each club is asked to contribute $1500 annually to Polio Plus.  20 clubs do not participate in this.
Rotary International is rated as 4 star charity.
Donations to The Rotary Foundation (TRF) can be done in a variety of ways.  They are:
  1. Check
  2. Credit/Debit
  3. Monthly auto pay
  4. Transfer appreciated securities
  5. IRA Rollover (age 70 ½ or older)
  6. Gift of a life insurance policy
You can bunch deductions by these options:
  1. Donor Advised Fund
  2. Charitable Remainder Trusts
  3. Charitable Lead Trusts
  4. Charitable Gift Annuity and Pooled Income Transfer
Deferred Gifts to TRF include
  1. Beneficiary designation on your IRA
  2. Inclusion as a beneficiary in a will or trust
Gifts to TRF other than the Annual Fund
  1.  Designate to Polio Plus
  2. Transfer to the Endowment Fund
  3. Establish a grant account.
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Carol Skulstad
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