The meeting was called to order by President Brad Kirscher at 12:30PM.
 
Greg Carlson greeted attendees as they arrived and led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.
 
Julie Wearn gave the invocation using John Woodend’s 7 things as a basis.
 
Joan Kallenberg announced that there were no guests or visitors.
 
Brad Kirscher, Ted Johnson
 
 
Ted Johnson reported on the progress in Nakivale Uganda with the Rotaract club there.  They now have 43 members of which 18 are women.  They have oodles of books in English and the common language of the camp is Swahili!  They have 3 sponsoring Rotary Clubs, Roseville, Kampala and Barrara, the last two of which are in Uganda.
 
Loren Swanson mentioned the close affiliation we have with Books for Africa and the Article in the Star Tribune Monday that talked multiple times about the good things Books for Africa was doing.
 
Terry Gilberstadt is still seeking more items for the Auction at Taste of Rosefest.  Contact Terry especially if you have a unique item to offer.
 
Deb Nygaard announced that Mark Herringshaw on 6/19/2017 will speak about the transfer of knowledge to our children/younger generation.
 
Ted Johnson is seeking volunteers to go to the “Y” to help with the garden we have been supporting there.  Contact Jenn Thomas, Jennifer.Thomas@ymcamn.org  at the YMCA  if you can help. June Volunteer Schedule
 
Brad Kirscher, Todd Abramson
 
Julie Wearn introduced the speaker for the day, Todd Abramson who is the COO of the Minnesota United Football Club, (MNUFC Soccer). 
 
Todd talked about the Logo created for the club and it’s significance, how team points are scored for team rankings, the cheering section situated behind one of the goals.  The Cheering section for the MNUFC has already grown from 100 to about 2000.
 
Their new stadium is being built at the intersection of Snelling and I94 in St. Paul Midway area.  He expects it to be the nicest in the country with about 80% of the fans covered by a roof.  The partial roof will act as a megaphone so the noise level should be high during the games.  It is all privately funded.  It will have about 20,000 seats and between 12 and 24 Suites.  There will be a club area behind some of the sections of seats for fans to congregate in.  Local artists will be featured on some of the walls.  There will be a nice “Green Area” outside the stadium for fan gatherings.  The Architect is Populous who also designed the Target Center and be builder will be Mortenson who constructed the US Bank Stadium.  They will have 17 – 18 games a year played here by the MNUFC and additionally they expect to see some U of M soccer, High School Soccer and maybe some hockey played here as well. 
 
A couple of the owners, the Pohlad’s and Glen Taylor will be turning over the deed to the stadium to the City of St. Paul after it is built and in return they will get certain lease rights.
 
Thank you Todd for an insight to Major League Soccer in the Twin Cities.
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