MURC Newsletter
Dec. 9, 2020
Dec 16, 2020 12:00 PM
The Borgen Project: Ending Global Poverty
Jan 06, 2021 12:00 PM
Africa Strong: Let's build together
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Schedule for   
"A Member Moment With..."
...Ferd Peters on Dec. 16
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Thank you!
Weekly Member Assignments Date:  Greeter, Note-taker, Editor
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!
Russell Hampton
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*  We will meet next Wednesday, Dec. 16, at noon for our weekly meeting.  There will be no meeting on Dec. 23 or 30 in observation of the holidays.
*We will celebrate our club's 30-year anniversary on Feb. 3, 2021.  All members are requested to invite past members, Rotary scholars, and prospective members to join us by Zoom at noon on the third of Feb.  More details to come.
* Two of our club members attended a morning session sponsored by Prior Lake Rotary on the topic of Covid-19.  Speakers included Rotarians from several countries, including England, India, and Uganda.  They described many similar concerns in how their clubs were dealing with the virus.
A Member Moment With....Our member moment will return next week.
Our brags donations support the work of
Minneapolis University Rotary Service Foundation.  Thanks to all who donate!
*  Virginia B sent holiday greetings to all of the various religious affiliations.
* Allan B welcomed our guests: Shanon Joan Palikunnel, Holly Callen, Deborah Watts.  He highlighted the Zoom meeting last night for the Center for Victims of Torture.
* Lou B welcomed Shanon's visit and said it was joy to host her as a youth exchange student.
*Shanon P joined us from Vienna, Austria where she is a physician.  She said being a Rotary youth exchange student was a highlight and the Burdicks were a 2nd family to her.
*Ellen K is celebrating the Dec. 1948 UN adoption of the Convention for the Prevention of the Crime of Genocide and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
* Carol S welcomed Deborah Watts.  They are both former employees of NW Bell.
* Mahmood Z welcomed Deborah and said she is a great example of the lessons he taught in the U's business program.
* Holly C remembered, per the UN's Declaration of Human Rights, attending the 1998 MURC fundraiser at which Elie Wiesel, Holocaust survivor, author and Nobel Laureate, was celebrated.
* Jean W bragged of the talent and leadership represented by the folks at today's meeting.
* Carole P said her husband's golf game in the middle of Dec. is evidence--if we needed more--of our warming climate.
Deborah Watts, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Emmett Till Legacy Foundation, "The Power of History: Turning Tragedy into Triumph"
Deborah Watts was welcomed back as a past member and past president of Minneapolis University Rotary Club.  After a career in corporate America, Deborah founded the Emmett Till Legacy Foundation in 2005 to preserve the memory of her distant cousin Emmett Till.  Mr. Till was just 14 years old when he was tortured, lynched and murdered in 1955 in Alabama during a racially-motivated hate crime.
The foundation's work celebrates Mr. Till's mother Mamie Till Mobley who, until her death, worked to ensure her son's death would not be in vain.  The foundation works with a wide range of organizations, including college and university students, to create a "legacy of hope" that will, ultimately, turn the tragedy of Mr. Till's and others' brutal deaths into the triumph denied those who died.
The Emmett Till Legacy Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.  It is working on legislation that will make hate crimes a federal crime.  Please see the website
"My personal peace has come through helping boys and girls reach beyond the ordinary and strive for the extraordinary."  Mamie Till Mobley
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