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North Minneapolis Club

Inspired To Action Through Service

We meet Tuesdays at 7:35 AM
EMERGE Career and Technology Center
1834 Emerson Avenue North
2nd floor
Minneapolis, MN  55411
United States
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Club Executives & Directors
President Elect - Membership Chair
Foundation Chair
Maternal Health and Wellness Co Chair
Sergeant At Arms
Literacy and Education Chair
Immediate Past President
Maternal Health and Wellness Chair
Fundraising Chair
Home Page Stories
The Rotary Club of North Minneapolis believes in outreach and participation with the community.  This spring the club participated in three outreach service projects to assist the North Minneapolis community and share information about Rotary with community members.
Below is a wonderful update from our Peace Fellow, James Petermeier.  The Rotary Club of North Minneapolis sponsored James's efforts to obtain his Masters.  As you will see from his update, the experience has been rewarding in that he is now seeking a position to help further peace in the world.
When his parents moved to Lowry and Pierce he became the first – and that year and for his tenure 1964 to 1967, the only – black student to integrate Northeast Junior High, now Northeast Middle School (NEMS).  An April 1967 article in the Minneapolis Tribune lists Howell as secretary of the Shiloh Temple Church Sunday School, saying, “He guessed he wanted to be a Bible teacher when he grows up.” He now leads that very church, Shiloh Temple International Ministries, in North Minneapolis. 
Howell’s career at Northeast included being president of the student council in his last year there, and giving the announcements and intramural sports reports “in a puckish speaking style of which his mother doesn’t entirely approve,” the Tribune article said. Attending an all-white school was not so smooth at first, and never totally so. While his father thought it “wonderful” to be integrating a school, Richard Jr. said, re-living the stares of people who had never seen a black person up close, “I did not want to be black. I was lost, drowning in white supremacy.  I was so messed up. I wanted to be like John, Paul, George and Ringo, I combed my hair down like theirs and it bounced back up. I was told as a black person you’ve gotta be twice as good, three times as good. I had a self-identity crisis.” Against this backdrop, Howell told how his time at the junior high school evolved. Howell fondly remembered Jerry Bisek, his choir teacher, Hallie Brickner for English and History, Gerald Roehning the principal, and Ms. Scholl. The Edel Scholl Memorial Garden was dedicated on Arbor Day, 1967, and young Richard unveiled the plaque that is still there.
In January 1968, a Molotov cocktail was thrown at their house. “Here’s where I found out what love was. We got letters from white people saying we are sorry (that anyone would do this), please don’t leave the neighborhood.”
“The most beautiful thing about you,” Howell told the students, predominantly students of color, “you don’t have to let negativity be your monster. Make your dreams through education.”

Bishop Howell gave legitimacy to that statement by who he has become today and the work he has done as one of the early Presidents of the North Minneapolis Rotary Club founded in 2013. 
Content excerpted from story by Margo Ashmore, courtesy of Northeaster Newspaper, March 2017
In the absence of President Susan Smith, our leadership team takes their mission seriously.  Left to right, Sharon Brooks, Secretary; Gloria Howard, President-Elect; and Ann Dillard, Treasurer.   
In 2016 the club held a Business networking social, inviting businesses and professionals in the club's area to learn about the  club, gain an understanding of Rotary International, and how working with and joining the North Minneapolis Rotary Club can be both professionally and personally rewarding.  The meeting was held at UROC, the University of Minnesota Urban Research  and Outreach Center. Seated are members of the club and community leaders.
Peace and Conflict Resolution programs are a main service project area
at the Rotary Club of North Minneapolis
The Rotary Club of North Minneapolis is known as the Little Club that Can. Founded in 2012, we work hard to both promote North Minneapolis and to make it a better, more harmonious place to live.  While much of North Minneapolis has vibrant, lively and diverse neighborhoods, we acknowledge that parts of our area have very high crime rates and gang violence.  We believe positive activities often displace negative activity as people take back their streets and neighborhoods.
In 2015, our Club received a District 5960 Grant to promote Peace and Justice in the neighborhoods of North Minneapolis. In partnership with Men Against Destruction-Defending Against Drugs and Social-Disorder (MAD DADS) an international organization bringing conflict resolution and peace advocacy to troubled areas, our Rotary Club organized a variety of activities to spotlight Peace and Justice
After the killing of north sider Jamar Clark in the fall of 2015, Rotary Club of North Minneapolis responded quickly to sponsor a Peace Forum bringing all factions of the issue together with the goal of engaging in a respectful and positive manner.   One of the initiatives resulting from the Peace Forum is the designation of four Peace Blocks in North Minneapolis with Rotary information; the addition of two Peace Benches purchased by the Club, and having over 4,000 people take a “Peace Pledge,” with the purpose of working individually toward creating a more peaceful environment in the community.  Community members also agreed to place “I Stand Up for Peace” signs in their yards.
The Rotary Club of North Minneapolis is delighted to continue activities related to the project. When you visit our vibrant neighborhoods, be on the lookout for a Rotary Peace Garden at 18th and Emerson.  We will keep moving forward, standing up for Peace as we go and we welcome you to come along with us!
Peace Fellow Visit
On December 27, we had a visit from our Peace Fellow, James Petermeier, who is studying in Sweden.  He shared with Members his experiences in meeting other PeacFellows and studying the experiences of Syrian refugees entering Europe. Membership was delighted to hear his progress and wished him well for the upcoming year.
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"You never know what kind of tea bag you are until your tested in hot water."
 - Pastor Randy Morrison
"The biggest communication problem is we do not listen to understand.  We listen to reply."
 - Anonymous
With the new year comes change and planning for all the community events once the winter season ends.  Juneteenth, also known as Juneteenth Independence Day or Freedom Day, is a holiday that commemorates the June 19, 1865 announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas, and more generally the emancipation of African-American slaves throughout the Confederate South.  The Club has participated in the local celebration of this event in the past, and has started planning for its 2017 participation.  Member Ann Luce served up pancakes and sausages at last ear's event.
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We could never learn to be brave and patient, if there were only joy in the world.