MURC Newsletter
June 2 2021
Jun 09, 2021 12:00 PM
Finding grace, justice and purpose in the midst of tragedy
Jun 16, 2021 12:00 PM
A Guide to Rotary Giving
Jun 30, 2021 12:00 PM
Lions Gift of Sight: The Past, Present and Future of Eye Banking
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Ellen Kennedy ---  June 16
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Weekly Member Assignments Date:  Greeter, Note-taker, Editor
June 9   Ferd, Carole, Carole
June 16 Sandi, Jean, Jean
June 23 John, Lori, Lori
June 30 Erin, Carol S, Carol S
July 14 Mark, Jean, Jean
July 21 Erik, Lori, Lori
July 28 Rotary Party
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1.  Carole Peterson:  End of Year Celebration
"Mark your calendars for our club's end-of-the-Rotary year party on Wed., July 28, 4 p.m. at the Tony Schmidt Regional Park pavilion, 3500 Lake Johanna Blvd in Arden Hills.  Spouses, significant others and past and prospective members are all welcome.  We are looking forward to seeing everyone in person!"
2.  Jean Westberg:  Wallin Education
 Provide your expertise to a young scholar as they build their resume. 
During the week of June 14, Wallin Educational Partners is matching scholars with professionals in a one on one virtual conversation to help a student build their resume.   7-8 Rotarians are needed to support this effort with a time commitment of up to three hours. Individuals with hiring experience or those who might have helpful feedback on graduate school applications are needed. Portions of the work may be done during one-on-one conversations, and feedback may also be given over email.
 Here is how Wallin has promoted this to their scholars.
Resume review/matching – ongoing event where professionals are matched with students in one-on-one virtual conversations to provide support with resume building and LinkedIn profile. "Polishing your resume? Get feedback from a professional during the week of June 14th"
If you are available to help a young scholar with their resume, contact Stela Center at or 952-345-1916.  Your involvement and expertise is appreciated.
3.  Bob Margolis:  Kae Takaoka
Our affiliate member, Kae Takaoka, and her daughter will arrive in Minnesota on August 19 or 20. She is a doctoral student in international education at the University of Minnesota. Her arrival was delayed a year by the pandemic. 
4.  Upcoming Service Projects- John Bantle
1)Date to be determined. Meal Packing for Feed My Starving Children, 990 Lone Oak Road, Suite 136, Eagan, MN 55121. Optional post event luncheon at Chili's Restaurant, 3625 Pilot Knob Road, Eagan 55112. Contact person: John Bantle (612-385-3571;
2) Date to be determined. Mentoring of Immigrant Family through International Institute of Minnesota.
3) Date to be determined. Simpson Food Shelf. Unpack and sort 120 boxes of food and break down 200 boxes that contained items that were already delivered.
 Omitted to allow more time for our program.
TODAY'S SPEAKER - Erin Bagniewski and Kenneth Kagame and David Musinguzi
Erin Bagniewski, joined Rotary when living and working in Uganda in 2017. She has continued to stay in touch with her former club. Erin is in Uganda for a visit and to do work with her nonprofit, Africa Strong Inc.  She took time out of her busy schedule to script an informative and fun meeting between the Mbarara and Minneapolis University Rotary clubs.  Each club provided their opening sequence for the meeting.  In Mbarara they have a Rotary Toast highlighting friendship and showing support for the President of Uganda.  They also have Rotary Grace.
Erin introduced Kenneth Kagame and David Musinguzi and lead a discussion.
Kenneth was Past President of the Mbarara Rotary Club of Uganda and was Assistant District Governor.  He is a retired professor and eye doctor and now is a farmer.  He has been to other Rotary clubs in Africa and in the US. 
David is President Elect of the Mbarara Rotary Club.  He has been a Rotarian for 8 years and likes to do service projects.  He explained that their club has 65 members, which included 40 males and 25 females.  Their age span is about 15 years with the average age of 50.  
The Mbarara Rotary Club has been the recipient of quite a few international projects for hundreds of thousands of US dollar in education, water, and health.  David said the club’s areas of interest are education, environment, access to clean water, water sanitation, and hygiene.  David continued by saying that clean water is far away, so access is a big deal and having bathrooms for girls is especially important. 
David highlighted that it is important to make the Rotary meetings fun.  He said they make fellowship interesting with different guests and social hours. They will host members in their homes.  They have a dedicated Rotary House which has a bar and some food.  They recruit young Rotarians and invest in Interact and Rotaract so that these individuals will become Rotarians in the future.   
Erin commented that there are cultural differences, and it seems they have more time in Uganda to commit to Rotary.  Most Rotarians are married, and their family is invited to Rotary events.
Erin thanked Carol S for giving books to her to deliver to the students in Uganda.  These books were a hit with the young students.  Carol found books that were written by a Ugandan author, so the students could relate to these stories.     
Erin shared a picture of the beds that were purchased with the funds that MUR provided.  There were many smiling faces on the students as they gathered by the beds.   
There was a lively interchange of ideas and dialogue between the two club members.  This was a great first meeting between the two clubs with the expectation for more interaction in the future.
Bulletin Editor
Jean Westberg
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