Roseville Rotarians gathered for our regular Monday meeting back at the DoubleTree Hotel after our long winter break.  We were greeted by George Krienke.   President, David Kray, called the meeting to order and George lead the flag pledge.   
 
Our Invocation was a special one.  Today we mourned the passing of our great friend and longtime Rotarian, Colleen Reistad.   Julie Wearn shared the following words and read the following poem in remembrance and celebration of her life:
 
 
Colleen Reistad
Roseville Rotarian May 7, 1990 - January 4, 2020
 
“We learned over the weekend that Colleen Reistad had passed away.
 
I will remember her as always being in the thick of things at Rotary and her can do attitude when it came to any and all things Taste of Rosefest.
Her smile, energy and vitality will be sorely missed.
 
I’d like to dedicate this poem in her honor:
 
Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep
I am not there, I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow;

 
I am the diamond glints on snow;
I am the sunlight on ripened grain;
I am the gentle Autumn's rain.
When you waken in the morning's hush;
I am the swift uplifting rush of quiet birds in circled flight;
I am the soft star that shines at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry;
I am not there, I did not die.
 
God Rest, God Bless Colleen
 
Our Club also sends out thoughts and prayers to her husband, Roger, also a member of Roseville Rotary and both an integral part of North Star Youth Exchange.  
 
Colleen believed in the Youth Exchange program and knew she was promoting peace one student at a time. To that end, the Roseville Rotary Club created a scholarship program in her name to help support the Youth Exchange Inbound end-of-the-year trip. If you would like to contribute to the scholarship program, send a donation to: Roseville Rotary Charities, 1700 West Highway 36, Suite 820, Roseville, MN 55113.