May 2018
Upcoming Events
  • The Twins in the Dome
    Southshore Community Center
    May 22, 2018
    12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
  • YMCA
    Southshore Community Center
    May 29, 2018
    12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
  • Vantage Program
    Jun 05, 2018
    12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
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Our Program on April 17th was a presentation by Michele Jansen (General Manager of KBEM Jazz88) discussing “Realizing Potential” by giving students an opportunity to have hands on experience in broadcasting and production of the Jazz 88 Radio Program located at North High school in Minneapolis. 
KBEM was established in the 60’s and in 1983 moved to North High School and sponsored by the Minneapolis Board of Education with their “Jazz with Class Programs”.   Michele explained that Jazz88 is financially self-sufficient through listener donations, grants, partnerships, and business support, taking no cash subsidy from the school district.   One of its sponsors is the Minnesota Department of Transportation and also acts as an official site to get traffic updates.
The Radio curriculum now teaches general professional and academic skills and media literacy through project-based work on and off the air.  Michele talked about her own experiences in school and how mentoring can help students to reach their potential.  From our club several were regular listeners to Jazz 88 and Jim Cada and Randy Schumacher are supporting members of the station and its programs.
President Elect Nick Wegleitner presented at $2000 check to the Minnetonka Community Education Youth Scholarships – Minnetonka Community Education offers something for all members of our community.  From birth to adult, we have athletics, lifelong learning, events, and more.  Youth scholarships will go to needy families to enable youth to participate in MCE Programs.
Our program on the 10th was a presentation by Briana Wilson and Rob Virgin on the new program at the high school called the Senior Capstone Project.
Members of the senior class participate in this program which is an off-campus experience at the end of the high school career. The students in the program spend 60 hours in one of four roles: a job shadow, doing a service project, traveling to learn, or an individual project. Each student has a mentor in this effort, and at the end of the project, all of them will have a display of their project and the results in the school gym. Under-classmen will tour the displays, and hopefully ask questions of the seniors.
This program is designed to give the students some practical experience in the field they will enter, and will “cap’ their high school learning experience.
Our meeting on March 27th was a Club Assembly. Pres John passed the microphone around, and many members had items to bring up. Getting new members was one topic, and our current lunch status was mentioned as a partial cause of our difficulty in getting and keeping new members. Suggestion was made that we “exit interview” members who resign from the club, and that the membership be advised when a member resigns.
Our gathering on April 3rd was an evening social hour held at the Gold Nugget in Glen Lake. No meeting was held, but the consensus of the group was that the chicken wings were hot, the service was excellent, and the talk and interaction between attendees was superb.
STRIVE held its final session on Thursday, April 5th with Program Director Dick Glover holding an Evaluation Session with the Students.  Mentors complimented the STRIVE students for being such a great group and look forward to the STRIVE Luncheon on May 15th.   Steve Frazier talked with the students about the suicide of Katheryn Bass and how to spot danger signals and their responsibility to see these signs and to get their friends the help needed to prevent these terrible deaths.

Robert Andrew Humphrey

  • Robert Andrew HumphreyHumphrey, Robert Andrew Age 74, passed away April 6, surrounded by loving family. Preceded in death by parents and sister, Nancy. Robert was a pure-hearted man, who lived his life to the fullest and gave selflessly to his beloved family. He was a life-long public servant, entrepreneur and longtime volunteer with the Excelsior Rotary. Survived by devoted wife of 43 years, Cheryl Humphrey; sons, Ben (Kate), Chris (Brooke) and Jordan (Ali); & grandchildren, Lydia, Austin, Faith, Weston and Whitney. Memorial Service for family and close friends: April 15, 1PM at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, 301 19 AV S MPLS, MN 55455. Memorials preferred to the Humphrey School.


Published on April 8, 2018

Our program on 3/20 was a presentation by Marnie Wells, one of our former members. She is the director of the Campfire Minnesota organization. She updated us on the status of Camp Tanadoona, located near the Arboretum on Lake Minnewashta. The camp is being updated, renovated, and improved in a two-phase plan.
Phase one of the plan is completed. It included updating/building safer and more modern rustic cabins for the overnight campers, revising the land use in the area, changing the entrance to the camp, and adding some activities. The second phase will include major changes to the camp’s central part, and the present main building/dining hall will be replaced by a modern administration building with dining and meeting facilities, and a central court.
Marnie tells us that 2.5 million of the 4.1 million dollars needed to complete the second phase has already been collected. When the work is done, it will be done in the “off-season”, so the camping schedule will not be interrupted.
STRIVE on Thursday, April 5th is the Evaluation of this year’s program at MHS in the Writing Lab at 9:00 with Dick Glover presiding.
Our program on the 13th was a presentation by Todd Bolling, from the RI District membership committee. He described a number of programs that have worked well for some area clubs, and gave us 10 tips to attract and retain quality members.
He said that all of the clubs are having to increase their efforts to attract new members. He suggested having an open house and inviting locals to come and hear about Rotary. He showed a video done by Chanhassen that has been effective.
STRIVE on Thursday, February 15th was Randy Schumacher presenting on Financial Management.  One might think that this topic doesn’t sound fun, involving or interesting to students but the STRIVE kids loved it.  Randy involved every student and covered everything from saving, budgeting, credit scores, wages, alternative ways to finance college, each of the kids families and their favorite music.  And it all worked great as Rand had a wonderful manner to engage and entertain our STRIVE group.