MURC Newsletter
November 18, 2020
Nov 18, 2020
European Christmas Market, A Saint Paul Holiday Tradition
Dec 02, 2020
ThreeSixty: Activating and Empowering Youth Voices
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..."
...Virginia Brooke on Nov. 11
...Mark Ritchie on Nov. 18
...Bob Margolis on Dec. 2
...Carol Skulstad on Dec. 9
...Ferd Peters on Dec. 16
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Weekly Member Assignments Date:  Greeter, Note-taker, Editor
Nov 11:  Jean, Carole P, Carole P
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
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No Rotary meeting Nov 25.  Happy Thanksgiving!
Next MUR Board meeting December 16, 2020.  If we have a MURSF meeting, Erik will move the MUR Board meeting.
Carol Skulstad updated us on the virtual food drive.  It is now official. Thanks to the club members and friends who have donated for a couple of weeks. Carol was proud that we had a speaker from The Food Group and now we have gotten involved with that organization and are making a difference.    We have raised $2,230.  This is matched by Luther Automotive, so it is $4,460.  We can still donate. In fact, there is a big match tomorrow.    From 10-11 am on November 19 Medica group will also match.  So there can total $75 from a personal donation of $25.  This is through the online donation.
Carole P bragged that the two Carol’s, Carole P and Jean had a zoom meeting with Seward Montessori classroom last week.  Since the schools are doing distance learning we talked to 6th grade math class and teacher Nancy via Zoom.  We answered some questions about the project.  The students had designed their own courtyards and we got to see them.  We shared how math ties to architecture.  Carole P commented that it was amazing how hard the teachers are working to make distance teaching work.  We are grateful to have been a part of the classroom exchange.  We came away with a ”high” from this interchange.  We will now finalize the report to the District Grant committee with our hands-on portion of the project completed.
Carole P commented on District Grant committee.  At tomorrow’s meeting, we will have given out all the money for this fiscal year.   For this year local and small international grants of $260,000 have been given out.   This highlights the good work Rotarians do.



Erik bragged about his good Montana view.
Bob M showed his birdhouse project.  Carole P won the naming last week.  Air B and B is the name. 
Jerry just put a birdhouse in his backyard.  He is going label his Air B and B #2.
Carol CH bragged about Cristina jumping in for speaking today, finalizing the Seward grant, and Carol S for the virtual food bank and the members who have contributed so much.
Carole P explained that if you have batched your brags, do not worry about the reminder she sends.  She sends this to all the people who have bragged.
Carole P was in Germany and Austria last year.  So, she is excited about Cristina’s talk today about European Christmas Markets.

Today's Speaker Cristina Czaia


Cristina told us about the St Paul Christmas Market.  She started with the history of the European Christmas Market.  It originated in Vienna in the Middle ages.  The first one was in 1298.  The open-air winter market in Germany first appeared in Bautzen, Saxony in 1384. Martin Luther and the evolution of Christmas gift giving started in 16th century.  Singapore had a Christmas Wonderland debut in 2014.
St Paul began an European Christmas Market in 2013 with 12 kiosks. They moved to Union Depot in 2015 which is a charming location.  It is the 6th best Christmas market in North America by USA today’s best Christmas market competition.
The goal of the St Paul European Christmas market is to foster cultural heritage, revive European cultural traditions, to support artists and artisanal products.  They have unique hand-crafted items with an atmosphere of delightful smells and frolicking characters interacting with visitors.
Vendors are local, Farmer’s Market vendors.    Cristiana shared pictures of some of the vendors from last year.   All-natural items., knit items, pottery, ceramics, wood items, toys for kids, honey, ice sculptures, fabric items,  slippers,  gloves, cheeses, dog treats, syrups, mugs, handmade cards, scarfs, panda bears, Christmas ornaments,
In 2020, it is a Virtual market.  It is ongoing presently.  The website is
You can again shop local vendors, get limited edition mugs, and see holiday entertainment online.
There are two pick up locations. On December 12, Cristiana will be handing out purchased items at a pickup location.
On the website, you can see past entertainment events as well as upcoming up entertainment of music and dancing.  Santa will be available Dec 6 and on Dec 24 at 4 pm there is Story Time With Santa.
Ferds says Renate Sharp had the idea of creating an European Christmas Market in St Paul.  She bought it together after 8 years of planning.  She makes sure the vendors are of the highest quality.  Ferd has been behind this market for 8-9 years as pro bono legal support.  Cristina has been amazing for what she has done such as creating social media and preparing their non-profit tax returns.  Cristina is one of the reasons this market is going forward this year. Ferd urged everyone to get up off your couch and help the St Paul European Christmas Market have a successful season.    

Today's Speakers:  Cristina 


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