Contact Information
We meet Thursdays at 12:00 pm at Tavern 4&5 in Eden Prairie.
 
If you have a question, are interested in joining or have a comment on our website, please contact:
    John Urbanski
    952-949-0744
 
If you'd like to speak to our club at an upcoming meeting, please contact:
    Mike Thomas
 
Speakers
Holly Callen
May 24, 2018
Nigeria NID Trip
Brad Freeman
May 31, 2018
Rib Fest Update
Kit Welchlin
Jun 07, 2018
Communication Strategies
Sandhya Gupta
Jun 14, 2018
Update on Nari Gunjan an Aavishaar
Andrea Risch
Jun 21, 2018
Moblie Apps For Charity
Chris McArdle. Donor Relations Manager
Jun 28, 2018
The Salvation Army
 
Upcoming Events
 
 
 
Opioids, Part of the Fix: the Steve Rummler Foundation
The Rotary has a strong commitment to play a significant part in the search for relief from the scourge of drug addiction especially opioids. We are partnered, as is our practice, with a phenomenal organization dedicated to helping to solve the problem called the Steve Rummler Foundation.
 
 
 
 
 
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Weekly Update
February 22, 1980 the American men’s hockey team beat the Russians 4-3 which would later be known as “The Miracle on Ice”. Thirty-eight years later, Duke Pieper, the speaker for February 22, spoke to the rotary about his own miracle.
 
At the beginning of his freshman year everything was going right for Duke; he was a gifted hockey player, tried out and secured a spot on the varsity roster on the defending champion Hill-Murray hockey team, and had NHL potential. 
 
After practicing and scrimmaging with the varsity team it was the day of the home opener. Waking up that morning Duke felt something was wrong, but went to school and thought nothing of it. He had problems the whole day he pulled himself from the game during.
 
Duke went to the hospital and found he had a recurrence of a lesion that moved to his brain stem. Doctors gave him a 5% chance of surviving a surgery to remove the lesion but after 23 hours of surgery it was removed. After the surgery he wasn’t doing well and on a Wednesday doctors told him it was time to let go but for some reason Duke said I don’t want to die today I want to die on a Friday. Over those two days he had a lot of improvement and was able to live.
 
Duke never gave up, he relearned how to walk, talk, breath, and other simple everyday tasks. Also despite many disabilities he faced he passed his drivers test on his first try and attended college at Bowling Green and Minnesota.
 
Duke wrote a book and started a foundation to inspire and empower people to move forward with hope and courage.
 
Learn about the Pieper Foundation here: http://pieperfoundation.org/
 
 
 
Imagine just beginning to adjust to your first official year as a teenager. It was a complicated mess that for most, doesn’t include starting an international non-profit organization.
 
This week’s speaker, Dante Reminick, shared how one trip to Uganda at 13 years old influenced the course of his life. Reminick started Give A Goat, a non-profit organization, that allows youth to make a difference in other youth’s lives even from across the globe.
 
Fundraising allows Reminick to purchase a goat in Uganda, approximately $125 per goat, and then have the goat given to a youth in need chosen by the community leaders.
 
A goat serves as a source of nutrition and business for these youth. The fertile milk goats produce around 6-10 cups of milk per day and produce around 2-3 offspring per year.
 
Perhaps the most incredible feature of this organization is its sustainability. Every youth that receives a goat is required to sign a memorandum of understanding stating that they will give one of their goat’s offspring to another youth in need. Reminick created a never ending cycle of hope for youth in Uganda through goats.
Having no ties at all to Arabic or the religion of Islam John Emery, the speaker for February 8, was in for a real surprise when he joined the army as a translator and was told he would be learning Arabic. After his time as a translator he joined the Islamic Resource Group(IRG) as a speaker to inform others on Islam and its 1.5 billion followers.
 
John spoke about the stereotypes associated with Islam; one of the main points was most of the stereotypes associated with Muslims is a cultural thing and not a religious thing. A common misconception is that the Quran, the holy book for Muslims, promotes violence but it actually promotes peace and only talks about being violent to the small amount of people that are promoting violence instead of peace. 15% of Muslims from Arabic countries and of that 15% a small amount of people are using religion as a back for promoting war and terror. John taught us that these actions are not backed by the Quran and these people are using religion to better spread their message.
 
People need to understand the similarities and differences in Religions to be more accepting of each other. The goal of the IRG is to build bridges of understand between Minnesota Muslims and the broader Minnesota community. By training speakers to educate the Minnesota community the IRG hopes to build relationships between people of all religions.