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Hi Everyone... here is what happened this  morning:
 
This morning we had no visiting Rotarians  and we had one guest...Jimena Morales, our exchange student.  Wendy is still looking for a host family for Jimena.
 
 Bob opened the meeting with a few announcements :
 
The Rotary Foundation Dinner was held on Saturday November 2nd and our club did very well in the awards category.  Bob said we swept the awards!  Our club earned a Polio Plus Certificate of Appreciation and we were the Top Club Polio Plus Giving ( medium size), Top Club Annual Fund Giving ( medium size), and the Top Club Total Foundation Giving ( medium size).  Quite the night!!
 
Bob presented a Paul Harris Plus One pin to Wendy Heck.  Congrats Wendy!
 
Wendy is also on the Climate Change committee and for the November activity she charged us to check the weather stripping around our doors and if daylight shows through, fix it.
 
The  annual Holiday Party will be December 3rd from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm at The Lakes at Stillwater.  NO morning meeting that day.
 
The Club Service Project will be Meals from the Heart, Tuesday December 10th. 6:45 am to 8:00 am.
  
The Rotarian in the Spotlight today was Craig Leiser .  This is the portion of the meeting where we find out something about a Club member we previously did not know.  Today we found out that Craig  was a structural steel worker on bridges in Seattle, was a railroad engineer/fireman for the Great Northern Railroad, but did NOT spend a summer on a fishing boat in Alaska cleaning fish.
 
During the Sergeant At Arms portion of the meeting Jason Hanlon told us that he and his wife just celebrated 19 years of marriage.   And we also found out that lots of our members enjoy playing Monopoly...you had to be there for that one.
 
Our speaker today was  Jenny Mason who is the Executive Director of the St. Andrew's Community Resource Center in Mahtomedi.  Her topic today was homelessness and housing instability in Washington County.  The goal of the Center is to extend hope and healing for our neighbors in need and to prevent and end homelessness.  There are two family  shelters in Washington County... one in Oakdale that can take care of 7 families and one in Hugo that can care for 5 families.  A plan for a Standing Up temporary Emergency Shelter is in the works for this winter in collaboration with Trinity Lutheran Church in Stillwater.  Once the temperature hits  a high of zero degrees, a day shelter will be available for singles and when the temperature is 10 degrees below zero an overnight shelter will be available.  Jenny spoke to us about what a permanent home means and it goes far beyond what we normally take for granted.  It can mean a place to park a car, store belongings, have a peaceful sleep, an address on a resume or a paycheck, a kitchen for preparing meals, a place where you can get to know your neighbors,  be close to a school bus stop and even a place where you can be sick.  These are all things that homeless people do not have.  Many children in Washington County are homeless with 29 students in our school district as of October... and there could be more now.   A big part of the problem is the lack of affordability for housing.  The average hourly wage in our area is $12 .25 an hour while the average wage needed to rent an apartment is $22.13 an hour...do the math and you can see what the problem is.  And poverty is not restricted to urban areas...poverty is now in the suburbs with 52% of the Metro's low income families  now in the suburbs and Jenny pointed out that there are many pockets of poverty in Washington County.  The average stay for people in shelters is two months but it is generally longer than that.  Many people in shelters are working while homeless and many are senior citizens who have reduced or no income and have health issues.  Because of high housing costs the problem of homelessness is not going away.  If you would like to find out more about what the Community Resource Center does or how you can be a part of the solution, visit the  website which is www.saintandrews.org.  
 
 
Next week our speaker will be Dr. Lee E. Frelich who is a Director at the U and he will speak about climate solutions within our reach.  Jeanne Matlock will host.
 
At the end of the meeting Bob Gray wished us all a good day.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Speakers
Nov 05, 2019
Homelessness in Washington County
Nov 12, 2019
Climate solutions within our reach
Nov 19, 2019
Friendship Exchange trip to South Africa
Nov 26, 2019
Annual Rotary Foundation Month presentation
Dec 03, 2019
Annual Holiday Party
Dec 10, 2019
Meals from the Heart, meal packing event (06:45am - 8:00am)
Dec 17, 2019
President of the St. Croix Valley Foundation
Dec 24, 2019
Chistmas Eve. Holiday
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Upcoming Events
Bring Items for the Youth Drop In Center
At Regular Meeting
Nov 05, 2019
 
Regular Meeting
Lowell Inn
Nov 05, 2019
7:00 AM – 8:00 AM
 
Regular Meeting
Lowell Inn
Nov 12, 2019
7:00 AM – 8:00 AM
 
Regular Meeting
Lowell Inn
Nov 19, 2019
7:00 AM – 8:00 AM
 
Stillwater Sunrise Rotary Board Meetring
Family Means
Nov 21, 2019 7:00 AM
 
Regular Meeting
Lowell Inn
Nov 26, 2019
7:00 AM – 8:00 AM
 
Bring Items for the Youth Drop In Center
At Regular Meeting
Dec 03, 2019
 
Holiday Party
Dec 03, 2019
 
Meals from the Heart Club Service Project
Meals from the Heart
Dec 10, 2019
6:45 AM – 8:00 AM
 
Regular Meeting
Lowell Inn
Dec 17, 2019 7:00 AM
 
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