MURC Newsletter
January 13, 2021
Jan 27, 2021 12:00 PM
The work of REAL in Ethiopia
Feb 10, 2021 12:00 PM
Self-Empowerment Career Insights from a Triple Minority
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Chuck G on Jan 27
Mahmood on Feb 10
Carol S on Feb 24 
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Jan 27 Bob, Carole, Carole
Feb 3 Carol CH, Jean, Jean
Feb 10 Ellen Carole, Carole
Feb 24 John, Jean, Jean  
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The virtual chartering of the Club of Network for Empowering Women is Sunday, January 17, 2021.  This is the newest club in our District.
President Erik delivered to Ferd Peters his Paul Harris + 1 pin.  Congratulations Ferd!
The MURC 30-year anniversary will be celebrated Wednesday, February 3, 2021.  Invite past members.  Our Brag a Bucks that day will go to Africa Strong/Bucks for Beds.
A Member Moment With..
Kae Takaoka shared her member moment with a video.  She is in Japan and pursuing her master’s degree at the University of Minnesota virtually.  She was born in Kobe Japan and attended public school where a highlight was playing volleyball. 
Kae’s career has included consulting and education.  She has been a high school teacher in the state of Washington and in Japan.  She enjoyed teaching English conversation classes in Japan.
Kae and her 11-year-old daughter hope to come to Minnesota in 2021.
Erik bragged about going to Ferd’s office to present him with his Paul Harris + 1 award.
Mahmood commented on the disturbing news this week but always looks for the positive.  He noted that the system worked- we will have a new US President on January 20, 2021 and in Georgia, the state has their first African American and first Jewish Senator. 
Ellen followed up with “A Black man and a Jewish man walk into a bar.  The bartender says, what can I get you Senators?”    
Erin thanked Erik, Ellen, and Bob for their quick response and help with promotional materials for her Africa Strong project.  Also, thanks to Bob for information about dizziness and Meniere’s disease.
Sandy bragged they had a productive meeting with the E Jerusalem Rotary club.  The businesspeople there will handle invoices.  It has been a long road to get this maternal health grant accepted.  Work began in 2016.
Jean bragged that she had a wonderful visit with Kriti in Albuquerque New Mexico on their road trip to San Felipe Mexico.
Carole informed members that we will be switching addresses for brags and dues to the Graduate Hotel, 615 Washington Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN  55414.  Erik will pick up the mail there periodically.  Carole also bragged that the two approved RI Global Grants for Chile and Palestine total about $300,000.  That is impressive.
Ingrid Christensen is the Founder and President of INGCO International, a global language firm specializing in document translation and on-site event interpreting in over 200 languages.
Ingrid shared how Rotary helped her get where she is right now.  She was a Rotary Exchange student in Denmark 22 years ago.  She wore her Rotary jacket with all the pins she received during that Rotary Exchange year.   This was a pivotal year for her.  It allowed her to see the world in a larger manner.    
Fifteen years ago, Ingrid started her company.  She did free lance work initially. Now she employees 12 people in her interpreting and translating company.  Her company acts as a broker by matching linguistic talent with the needs of a company.
Ingrid is focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI).  She says that the act of translation can move DEI forward.  This can happen by companies honoring all holidays of different cultures and providing policies in all the languages of your employees.  It is important that every individual has equal access to information in their preferred language.
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Jean Westberg
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