Roseville Rotary Club
Regular Meeting, April 25, 2016
Midland Hills
 
President-elect Brad Kirscher called the meeting to order. Lynne Meagan led the flag pledge.  Ted Johnson offered the invocation. Melanie Mogg introduced visitors and guests.
 
Special announcements
 
REEP – On behalf of the teacher exchange group from the Mount Lavinia Rotary in Sri Lanka, Gihan Dalpethado thanked local host families and club Rotarians for their hospitality and warm welcome. In a fascinating presentation by the group, Champa Perara talked about the history and culture of Sri Lanka; Thyani DeSilva described Sri Lankan youth and customs of the country and Ajith Herath outlined the educational system in the country.
 
Sign up for the District Conference - There will be lots of fun and interesting people and speakers, including our own Jan Vanderwall and Terry Carlson who are both leading breakout sessions, www.rotary5960.org/dc2016 .
 
Sign Up to help pack and label food containers at Second Harvest Heartland, 1140 Gervais Ave, on Tuesday, May 3, 2016 from 5:30pm - 7:30pm - Group size is limited to 9 - volunteer slots remain. Email Kathy.hughitt@rotary5960.org.
 
Stamp Out Hunger - Saturday, May 14, 2016 - Cub Foods, 1201 Larpenteur West. We need a Site Leader - commitment from 11am through 4pm, working with the driver, store manager and volunteers. We need volunteers to work from 2:30pm - 4:00pm, helping to unload the postal vehicles and loading the food into trucks. Contact: Kathy Hughitt@rotary5960.org if you can help.
 
Walk Minnesota Roseville Team Leader Needed - See Brad Kirscher for information - Event is September 10, 2016, at Long Lake Regional Park. Registration opens at 1pm and the Walk or Ride will be from 1:30pm - 2:30pm.  The goal is to raise more than $15,000 to help schools to be safer places, free from bullying and harassment, and to help youth learn positive relational skills like empathy, respect cooperation and how to resolve conflicts peacefully.
 
Program
 
Brad Kirscher , Terry Kerber
 
Brad Kirscher introduced Terry Kerber who spoke on his new book, Major Taylor, A Forgotten Legend.
The story is about an African-American world's champion bicycle racer at the turn of the last century who competed in a sport filled with rampant prejudice and racism. And prevailed.
Terry Kerber and his brother Conrad co-authored the book after learning about Major Taylor while conducting online research for vintage bicycles.  Taylor’s story touched them.
Major Taylor became perhaps the greatest living athlete in the world in 1907, having won the world’s one-mile track cycling championship in 1899 and then setting numerous world records in the early 1900’s.
 
During the height of his racing career Taylor earned between $25,000 and $30,000 a year, but by the time of his death in 1932 he had lost everything to bad investments, persistent illness, and the stock market crash. “Taylor achieved so much against such odds, and became a household name in his day — and now he’s been virtually forgotten,” says Kerber.
 
Both Terry and Conrad Kerber hope that their book will help rekindle wider interest in Taylor. In certain areas that may have already started, today there are Major Taylor Bicycling Clubs that are encouraging African-Americans to take up recreational cycling, and the Minnesota chapter, now 15 years old, is one of the biggest in the country. More than 80 years after his death, Major Taylor still has the power to inspire people to get out and ride their bike.
Learn more about Major Taylor at www.majortayloronline.com
 
 
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