Speaker Date Topic
Mike Johnson Feb 26, 2018
Drones - What can they really do?
Drones - What can they really do?

Presentation: Drones - What can they really do?

With all of the hype about the emerging drone industry, I'll share what are drones actually doing now and what can we expect in the future.  Amazing things are happening everyday as individuals and companies discover the utility of drones in daily tasks.  Farmers are monitoring plant health to increase yields, wind turbine blades are inspected for damage, utility companies are using drones for storm damage assessment, and the list goes on.  The future holds even more promise and eventually we may even see delivery to our front door using drones.


Mike Johnson Bio:

Mike is a 2000 graduate of Edina High school and is the son of Edina Rotary member, Doug Johnson.  After Edina, he attended the United States Air Force Academy and became an Air Force C-17 pilot after training on multiple aircraft.   Eventually becoming an instructor pilot, Mike led missions and deployed across Europe, Asia, Africa, the Pacific Rim, and the Middle East in support of the President of the United States, Department of Defense, and humanitarian assistance missions.  Following two operational tours in the C-17, he transitioned to the RQ-4, Global Hawk, unmanned aircraft in Grand Forks, ND.  There he served as the 69th Reconnaissance Group, Chief Evaluator Pilot and Flight Standards Director for five RQ-4 locations around the globe.  Mike separated from the Air Force in 2016 and joined the SkySkopes team and currently serves as the Senior Vice President of Operations where he leads a team of professional pilots who focus on providing innovative solutions to the energy industry.



Clare Lillis Mar 05, 2018
Human Trafficking
Human Trafficking

Clare Lillis bio:


Clare is a former high school teacher, Realtor, 21 year Rotarian with Forest Lake Rotary Club (20 years of perfect attendance), Past Dist Gov and still very active with club and Dist. to include Asst Gov Team Leader, Fast For Hope Steering Committee  and now co-chair of Dist 5960 Human Trafficking Task Force.



Loraine Jensen Mar 12, 2018
Runic Inscriptions
Runic Inscriptions

Presentation:  Runic Inscriptions

What are runes? What does runic writing teach us about our Scandinavian ancestry? This presentation will provide an overview of the thousands of rune stones existing today, primarily in Scandinavia, but some in North America. 

About the Speaker:  Loraine Jensen is the President and founder of the American Association for Runic Studies (AARS), a nonprofit organization based in Roseville, MN, promoting scholarly research on runes and runic inscriptions in Europe and North America.

AARS website for your information.  www.runicstudies.org

Maggi Mau and Diana Dalsin Mar 19, 2018

Maggie Mau:

Maggie has 10 years of experience fundraising for nonprofits in the Twin Cities. She joined Bridging in October 2017 and is responsible for growing Bridging’s capacity by strengthening relationships with its generous group of donors and supporters. Prior to coming to Bridging, Maggie served most recently as the Development Manager for North Metro Pediatrics and Minneapolis Pathways, as well as a contract grant writer for a variety of Twin Cities nonprofits. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and her Master’s Degree in Nonprofit Management from Capella University. She will be pursuing her CFRE (Certified Fundraising Executive) certification this fall! Email Maggie: (Maggie.Mau@Bridging.org)

Diana Dalsin

Diana has over 20 years of experience in non-profit program and human resource management. Prior to joining the Bridging team in June of 2004, she was a small business owner, consultant and research assistant, program director and product specialist for the YMCA of Metropolitan Minneapolis association. Diana originally joined the team as a Bridging events volunteer and first held the position of Volunteer Coordinator. She is currently responsible for community engagement, volunteer programs, marketing and communications. She received a BA degree from Marquette University. Email Diana: (Diana.Dalsin@Bridging.org)


Hyon Kim, Etienne, Kumar Mar 26, 2018
Panel discussion - Welcoming New Americans
Linnea Solem Apr 02, 2018
Lighthouse Relief "Experiences in a Refugee Camp"
Lighthouse Relief "Experiences in a Refugee Camp"

Lighthouse Relief developed summer programmes after identifying a need to provide school-aged children with a safe place to continue to learn and play during the summer months. Join us as Linnea Solem shares with us her experiences with the program and children.



Tim O'Neill and David Brosnahan Apr 09, 2018
Roseville Paramedicine

Meeting Room Salon E

Tim O'Neill Fire Chief


Tim has been with the City of Roseville for over 28 years. Tim started with the City in 1989 as a part-time firefighter and has served in just about every rank and position in the department taking the Fire Chiefs positon in 2009.


David Brosnahan Assistant Fire Chief


David has been with the fire department for over 15 years. David started with the City in 2003 and has served in many roles and different ranks within the department. David assumed the position of Assistant Chief in 2015.




Kristina Robertson Apr 16, 2018
Health Day - Regions Hospital Apr 23, 2018
Jerry Hromatka Apr 30, 2018
Taste of Rosefest
No Meeting - Memorial Day May 28, 2018
Chief John Harrington Jun 04, 2018
Metro Transit Police Department
Metro Transit Police Department

John Harrington

Chief of Police

Chief Harrington has been a strong proponent of community-oriented policing during his 40-year career in law enforcement and has long advocated for increased diversity in police department staffing.

Under his leadership since 2012, the Metro Transit Police Department (MTPD) has transformed into one of the most responsive and diverse police agencies in the state, and it has become a leader in addressing issues of homelessness and youth violence in the Twin Cities.

Harrington has been recognized by the Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association and the Minnesota Public Transit Association as its Transit Professional of the Year for his efforts to make the MTPD’s police force reflective of the community it serves.

Harrington began his law enforcement career in 1977 with the St. Paul Police Department (SPPD). In 2004, he became the SPPD's 39th chief of police, a position he held until 2010, when he was elected to the Minnesota State Senate representing District 67 in St. Paul. He resigned from the Senate in 2012 when he became MTPD’s seventh chief of police.

In 2011, Harrington helped launch Ujamaa Place, a nonprofit agency that works with African-American men in St. Paul to help them transition out of prison or gangs and become productive community members. Harrington was the agency's CEO until 2012, and he continues to serve as the organization’s board chair.

Harrington received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Religion from Dartmouth College with a minor in Chinese language and earned a Master's degree in Education from the University of St. Thomas. He is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy, the National Executive Institute and the Police Executive Research Forum. He is currently enrolled in a doctoral program in Leadership at St. Mary's University of Minnesota.

Fourth of July Week - No Meeting Jul 02, 2018