Posted by Laurie M. Murphy on May 08, 2019

Bo Aylan filled in for President John Chandler today. Ian Black is our Student who is going to Nagasaki Japan this August. He and his mom, Beth Black, were introduced by Linda Mulhern.  Ian gave a little background on his life and thanked us for sponsoring him.  David Laird gave the introductions of visitors and guests and visiting Rotarians.   Doug Hartford played the piano beautifully. Laurie Murphy was scribe and Scott Van was the greeter. Brianna Vujovich presented a multi level Paul Harris pin to Segundo Velasquez. He was rather surprised!  Dan McKeown presented Jason DeKeuster with a multi level Elmer Anderson pin.  Congrats to both.

Sherry Howe was our Rotarian on the board that we learned more about, but we all know her as she was our Secretary for 27 years!  She hates to cook, but we did learn that she is famous for her lasagna, for which she takes her pan to a restaurant and they fill it up. Her best rotary moment was her retirement party at Dick and Nancy Nicolson’s house. 

Two new Rotarians were introduced: Sherry Howe introduced Judy Pearce, who has the distinction of being involved in a sting operation in Wisconsin, and brought down the largest escort service!  She is an HR consultant and attorney—providing soup to nuts HR.  Jason DeKeuster introduced Kathy Bjerke. She is a former Rotarian and is happy to join our club. She is involved in the community and is with Western Bank.

The May 14 speaker was talked about by Jay: he is Halgan Abraham Khayr; a polio survivor, is a supporter of the American with Disabilities Act, and lived most of his life in a refugee camp. Should be fascinating. May 18 is the St Cloud Regional Membership Meeting.

Michael-jon Pease presented the completed Mission, Vision and Values statement.  We had to cut out the word to make it easier to say.  He stated that we have gained 12 new members, but need to work on getting to 200 by 2024. Then we broke into discussions by table.

Dr. Ken Crabbe told us about the need for an Ultrasound machine in the village in Rwanda and asked for our support.  Frances Luikart and Segundo Velasquez gave an update on the 2007 water project in Bolivia. It’s doing extremely well.

Bo then called for an adjournment.


Respectfully submitted,







Laurie Murphy