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Hi Everyone... here is what happened this morning:
 
This morning we had two visitors.  Selena Freimark (guest of Mel Sullivan) was our speaker, and Holly Mezera was the guest of Kris Bowditch.
 
Bob Gray opened the meeting with a few announcements:
 
Jon Stillman is featured in a great article in the current issue of the Rotarian.  Check it out and read about some of his experiences as an aviator serving in Vietnam.
 
Dave Waldschmidt and his team of volunteers are featured in a nice article in the current quarterly newsletter from Stillwater Area Schools.  You can find the article on our website, describing the work of Dave and our volunteers for the literacy project.
 
Jeanne Matlock noted that it is human trafficking and awareness month.  She read a Rotary district proclamation that succinctly outlined the problem and described Rotary’s response to the crisis.
 
Lonny Stormo recognized 3 first time Paul Harris Rotary Foundation Award recipients:
  • Dave Waldschmidt
  • Nancy Lyner
  • Bob McDowell
Each shared why they favored supporting the Rotary Foundation and the club thanked them warmly for their contributions.
 
Lonny further recognized those that earned ongoing Paul Harris awards, and the club warmly thanked them as well:
  • Mary Parchetta
  • Laurie Cherry
  • Julie Richardson
Sara Letourneau was our Rotarian in the Spotlight today.  Was she married in Florence, Italy?  Is she from Kingston, Ontario?  Did she live in Mexico after graduating from U of M?  Well, she actually is from Buffalo, NY – but it’s a safe bet she visited Kingston.
 
Rick Robbins continued his service as our Sergeant at Arms today.  One key “good news” item was from Rich Cummins who celebrated a 50th anniversary with his family in Nassau.
 
Selena Freimark was our speaker – she is Founder and Lead Facilitator for Death Café St. Croix Valley.  She asked: “Why talk about death?”
  • 92% think it is important
  • But only 32% have
  • 80% want to talk to their doctors about end of life wishes
  • But only about 20% have done so
Why is this so?
  • Don’t want to upset loved ones
  • Most want others to start he conversation
  • Yet nearly everyone is willing or wants to talk about their wishes
The Death Café arranges a facilitated discussion with no agenda, provides practice opportunities and contributes to meaningful reflection.  Facilitators are available, and can jump in as needed.
 
Selena noted a book that highlights the top regrets of the dying:
  • Courage to live a life true to myself
  • Wish I hadn’t worked so hard
  • Courage to express feelings
  • Wish I had stayed in touch with friends
  • Wish I had let myself be happier
The next Death Café is January 18 10:30-11:30 AM in the Stillwater Library, Margaret Rivers room A, with refreshments.  Contact information is www.deathcafescv.com, deathcafescv@gmail.com, @deathcafescv (Facebook).
 
See you next on January 14 where our speaker will be Cindy Parsons, Executive Director of St. Croix Family Resources – Youth Connections.  Eli Quiett will be the host.
 
At the end of the meeting Bob Gray wished us all a good day.
 
Speakers
Jan 28, 2020
Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light - Solar Power
Feb 04, 2020
Stillwater Mayor – State of the City presentation
Feb 11, 2020
Pathways Program for High School
Feb 18, 2020
Proposed Hwy 36 and Manning Interchange
Feb 25, 2020
Stillwater Area Community Foundation – Great Idea Contest
Mar 03, 2020
Annual Update on Fast for Hope campaign
Mar 10, 2020
Child Evangelism Fellowship
Mar 17, 2020
The Lakes at Stillwater - 107 Bridgewater Way, Stillwater, MN 55082
Mar 24, 2020
TBD
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