Hi Everyone... here is what happened this  morning:
This morning we had no visiting Rotarians but we had four guests!  Julie Roadfeldt was the guest of Laurie, Frances VanDorn was the guest of Jeanne, Charlie Quiet was the guest of Eli and Jimena (our exchange student) was the guest of all of us.
Bob Gray opened the meeting with official business.  Ed Boeve motioned to nominate Wendy Heck as our President Elect Nominee for the 2022 term, and Barbara Tischart seconded the nomination After a call for other nominations (none were offered), Wendy was elected by unanimous voice vote.  Thanks, Wendy!
Jeanne announced that we'll be collecting donations for the Youth Connections Drop in Center at the holiday party.  You can donate cash or checks (to St. Croix Family Resource Center) in the special container.
Nancy announced Salvation Army bell ringing for December 4, 12 and 17, and passed around a signup sheet.  We have 1 hour shifts, each with 2 people.  The wearing of holiday accessories is encouraged!
Jason asked us to pencil in a visioning session for the club in March - more details to come.
Arba-Della announced that we're again collecting gift cards for the teens at the Cimarron and Landfall teen centers.  Several small gift cards from Target, Walmart, etc. work well for distribution at the centers and can be left with Arba-Della.
And next week is the holiday party!  December 3rd from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm at The Lakes at Stillwater.  Sign up closes tomorrow, 11/27, so contact Laurie right away if you can come and aren't yet on the list.  The food arrangements sound great, and the dinner company will be wonderful.  There is NO morning meeting next week.
The Club Service Project will be Meals from the Heart, Tuesday December 10th. 6:45 am to 8:00 am, at Meals from the Heart near the post office annex across from the high school.  Check the calendar item for details.
Bob made us aware of a Career Exploration at Oak Land Middle School on Wednesday through Thursday, January 22-23, 2020.  The organizers are looking for speakers who can make presentations to the students regarding a variety of careers they might want to pursue.  If you have an interest and want more information please check out the website  The sponsors are The Stillwater Area Community Foundation (SACF).
Ted noted that we need to remain vigilant to avoid being taken in by email phishing scams.  Our email list escaped some years ago, and it can (and is) being used to send fraudulent emails to club members that look like they come from other club members.  Be skeptical, and if you need to check out a particularly well-done scam, check it out by originating a call to the person using a phone number you look up independently.  Don't respond to desperate pleas in emails or incoming phone calls without checking them out.
Barbara and Lonny were presented with their Paul Harris +4 awards at today's meeting.  The club thanked them warmly for their loyal and continuing support to the Rotary Foundation.  Barbara noted that she didn't sort out the various donation streams in the club for several years after joining.  She values that any of us can originate Rotary Foundation projects, and that some projects can be done in our area.  She also noted how highly the Rotary Foundation is rated by various charity rating sites.  And Lonny was today's speaker - on the Rotary Foundation.
Laurie presented Greg as today's Rotarian in the Spotlight.  Has Greg been a Chicago Cubs ticket holder since 1999?  Will he cook the entire Thanksgiving feast this year, from appetizer to dessert?  Did he once take a 34 day, 13 state road trip with his wife, two children and 130 lb dog?  Our members picked out the feast cooking as the not quite true item - Greg won't do the dessert...
Rick Robbins reminded us that our climate action this month is to check our weather stripping, and he reinforced his message with a $1 fine for those that haven't (which is much, much less than bad weather stripping will cost you).  He also collected $2 to kick off the Rotary Foundation Pool, and passed around the microphone for everyone to share what they are thankful for.  Among many items reported, Wendy cited successful cataract surgery, Mark Fisher cited granddaughter #2 and Andy noted a recent Wall Street Journal article that called out the very high performance of the Rotary Foundation.
Lonny was our speaker today, providing us with details and insight into the Rotary Foundation.  In addition to global projects, did you know the foundation will support local projects we can champion and lead?  For example, the Anoka club partnered with us and several other clubs to arrange a Foundation grant to the Haven for Heroes.  The grant updated the house and created a beautiful, well-equipped exercise/therapy room. 
In his well-prepared presentation, Lonny also noted:
  • Foundation and Polio + donations are separate from our local donations (Brewer's Bazaar, Sergeant at Arms, raffle proceeds and dues).
  • The Rotary Foundation has a top rating by Charity Navigator
  • 92% of foundation revenue goes back out to grants
  • Rotary Foundation grants can be directed by local Rotarians, including those in our club
  • Donations are matched and multiply: $1 from you gets another $1 from the district, which the foundation matches at 50% to yield $3.
  • You can donate online, or by mail, or by having it added to your local dues
  • If you're over 70 1/2, you may be able to donate through a qualified charitable distribution, which is very effective
Our club was #1 in several Foundation giving categories in the district last year, and we hope to do even better this year.  Lonny created a Rotary Foundation Pool where everyone guessed what our giving total, and member participation will be for this year.  Two attractive prizes (wine basket, pasta basket) were set aside for the winners. 
Next week is the holiday party, NO regular meeting!
At the end of the meeting Bob Gray  wished us all a good day.
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Stillwater Mayor – State of the City presentation
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Pathways Program for High School
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Proposed Hwy 36 and Manning Interchange
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Stillwater Area Community Foundation – Great Idea Contest
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Annual Update on Fast for Hope campaign
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Child Evangelism Fellowship
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The Lakes at Stillwater - 107 Bridgewater Way, Stillwater, MN 55082
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