Brad Kircher called the meeting to order at 12:30 p.m. Luke Ferden greeted us as we arrived and led the flag pledge, followed by Ted Johnson who offered a centering invocation. Joan Kallenberg introduced a number of visiting Rotarians; Kent Peterson from Arden Hills whose guest was Jiui from South Korea, John Risdall and Paul Fournier, Rotarians from New Brighton / Mounds View, Kathy Ingulsrud from St. Paul Sunrise and District Governor Jim Hunt. Other guests included Carly Lunden, our GSE representative going to Australia, Alicia Sandy and Carolyn India-Black representing the STEM Program and Falcon Heights Elementary and Pam Tschida today’s speaker.
 
General club announcements and business
  • Sign up for the District Convention April 27 through the April 29, 2017– there will be lots of fun and interesting people and speakers.  Click here for more information
  • St. Paul Sunrise Rotary Club hosts its 12th annual Community Forum "Addressing Mental Health and Minnesota’s Criminal Justice System: Can Minnesota Do Better? The event will be on Thursday, April 20, from 7:15 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. at the Town and Country Club in St. Paul. To register, contact Ed Marek at (612) 210-4342, or by e-mail at henakaga@yahoo.com .
  • Join us for the next Roseville Rotary 5:01 Happy Hour and Fellowship Meeting this Thursday, March 30 at Stout’s Pub. 1611 W. Larpenteur Ave, Falcon Heights, MN… at 5:01 p.m.
  • Stamp out Hunger food collection drive is on May 13, 2017, Volunteers needed. If you can help, please contact Kathy at the Rotary office.
  • Remember, the incoming Australia GSE Team arrives on the 7th of May.
 
 
 
 
Carly Lunden presented Brad Kirscher with a thank you card for our club for our support for her Group Study Exchange to Australia.
 
Program
 
    Pam Tschida, Brad Kirscher
 
 
Brad Kirscher introduced today’s speaker, Pam Tschida.
 
The Rotary District 5960 Fast for Hope initiative is working to effectively address the problem of systemic poverty in El Corozo, Nicaragua.  This location was chosen because it is safe, Spanish speaking, and Rotary was able to partner with Kairos, an NGO (non-governmental organization) serving the area.
 
The Fast For Hope goal is to be sustainable, replicable, incorporate new ways of serving, and put volunteers on the ground.
 
The program model is based on a belief that the local community knows what they need and that community members will remain involved and take ownership of any solutions.
El Corozo residents identified several key needs such as education and literacy, access to medicine, access to other communities by road and easier access to potable water. Program success in El Corozo will help 500 people comprising 90 families who currently live in poverty.
 
You can help.
Working through Fast For Hope to solve the identified problems, Rotarians can have a significant impact and vastly improve the economic and social health of the area.
This effort is not funded through the Rotary Foundation, but through individual donations and District Grant Funds. Any Rotarian and their family members can participate in this project. It‘s an opportunity to meet the people, to see the country, to learn about the history and to see the work you are helping to fund.
 
District grants currently support literacy and delivery of medical kits, but the primary focus is now on improving the main seven-kilometer track to the neighboring community. An improved road would facilitate resident access to jobs, markets and water.
 
For more information, please contact the Fast for Hope Chair, Dave Newman, dave@bancorgroup.com  
 
 
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