Posted by Pam O'Meara on Jul 10, 2017

Luke Ferden provided a pleasant greeting and led the Flag Pledge.

 

President-elect Terry Gilberstadt called the meeting to order at 12:30 p.m. Deb Nygaard offered the invocation. Terry Gilberstadt introduced visitors and guests.

 

Visting Rotarians/Guests

 

Visiting Rotarian Ron Hughes, Excelsior Rotary Club; Summer Rotary Youth Exchange students, Lia Tang and Nea Vasama; Mike Banner, guest of Gayland Bender; Barb Einan, guest of Dick Einan; Kora Bosivert, guest of Deb Nygaard; Vanshay Murdock, Videographer CTV North Suburbs; Carrie Sundberg and Sara Hirsch, Olsen Thielen CPA’s; and Erik Christenson from Spire Credit Union.

 

Inbound Summer Rotary Youth Exchange Student Nea Vasama presented Terry Gilberstadt with a club banner from her host Rotary Club in Piikkio Finland.

 

 

 

Ted Johnson presented President-elect Terry Gilberstadt a club banner from the Rotary Club of Kampala - Ssese Islands in Uganda.


 
 
Greg Krauska, President-elect Terry Gilberstadt
 

ShelterBox USA: No family without shelter by Pam O'Meara

 

On July 10 guest speaker Greg Krauska, a Rotarian and past president from the Chanhassen club, spoke to the Roseville Rotary Club about ShelterBox USA, a program Rotary International partners with.

 

To bring home what the organization does, Krauska asked about eight club members to set up a tent big enough to house a family in a disaster. Half were blindfolded to simulate setting up tents darkness and facing language barriers. After this exercise, they discussed how the process worked and what could be improved.

 

On an adjacent table, Krauska displayed items that could commonly be found in the organization’s large green plastic tote boxes along with the tent – tools to repair and rebuild, cook stove, tools, water purification systems, mosquito netting, blankets, a solar light, and activities for children -- to be sent to sites around the world that are dealing with natural disasters like hurricanes, floods, earthquakes and events like the Syrian refugee crisis.

 

Each box costs about $1,000 and is covered by donations.

 

Krauska told Rotarians that that 85 million people worldwide are homeless at any one time from natural disasters and conflicts. To move quickly, ShelterBox stores emergency supplies in strategic spots around the world. ShelterBox volunteers then meet with distressed families to find out their needs and then help them help themselves.

Since its founding in 2000 in England and 2002 in the USA, the organization has helped over one million people through 230 disasters in almost 90 countries through its extensive crew of volunteers and partnerships with other non-governmental agencies.

 

For more information visit;http://www2.shelterboxusa.org/

 

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