Gayland Bender opened the meeting today with a slide tribute to Roland Wilsey, a charter member of Roseville Rotary, who passed away on September 20, 2016.
Roland's Memorial Service will e held at St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral of Minneapolis, 519 Oak Grove St, Minneapolis on Saturday, October 15th at 11:00am, followed by inurnment in the Columbarium of St. Mark's.
 
 
President Brad Kirscher called the meeting to order at 12:30 p.m. Greeter Lynne Megan led the flag pledge. Melanie Mogg introduced visiting Rotarian Angela Eifert from Prior Lake who brought Carly Lunden as a guest. Also present were new members Dr. Nyonbeor Boule and Jenny Hedal.
Ted Johnson and Mary Jo McGuire offered the invocation and invited members to share stories and memories of Roland. 
 
General club announcements and business
Monday, October 3, is Rotation Day. We will not have a regular meeting on this day.  Please plan on joining fellow Rotations at one of the “off-site” locations. If you have not already done so, please contact Kathy Hughitt to register in advance as the host sites have limited capacity.
 
In 1905 when Rotary was founded, the meetings were held at members’ place of business – rotating from member company to member company – hence the name “Rotary.” Rotation Day is an event which brings us back to our “roots” and gives us the opportunity to gain insight into the vocational challenges and business issues that are faced by our fellow Rotarians.
 
No meeting October 10 – Happy Columbus Day!
 
Join us for the next Roseville Rotary 5:01 Happy Hour and Fellowship Meeting on Wednesday, October 12th at Stout’s Pub. 1611 W. Larpenteur Ave, Falcon Heights, MN… at 5:01 p.m.
 
The first meeting of the Taste of Rosefest 2017 committee is planned for November 18, 2016 at 7:30 a.m. in the NYFS conference room.
 
Program
 
Brad Kirscher, Jim Christian, Dr. Tom Hendrickson
 
Jeff Norton introduced today’s speakers, Dr. Tom Hendrickson, President and Director of Iringa Hope since 2010 and Jim Christian from Rotary Club of Lakeville.
Iringa Hope is A 501(c)(3) Tax Exempt Public Charity that works in the rural regions of the Iringa District of Tanzania to develop locally-run cooperative societies that in turn provide micro finance and agricultural input, training, and marketing assistance to local cooperative members in the villages. 
 
Run entirely by Tanzanians, the Iringa Hope team is currently working in 41 village locations and has more than 3,600 cooperative fund members representing more than 20,000 family members.
The typical member is a female head of household with 5 or 6 dependents. When she enters the program, her initial income averages $300 per year that she earns by farming from one to four acres of land. On average she will have no more than a 6th grade education.
 
After 1 or 2 years of working with Iringa Hope, her income will rise to $800-$1,400 per year.  She will be able to eliminate malnutrition form her household, her children will go to school (many are sent on to trade school or college), and she will build a brick house.
 
Just the act of moving from a mud hut to new building with a cement floor and tin roof will increase her life expectancy by more than eleven years. 
Iringa Hope is the largest network of cooperative societies in southern Tanzania. The network is entirely owned and managed by members and the charitable organization maintains no ownership position. It is there solely to provide training, organization, legal assistance, seed capital, and management support to its member locations.
For more information or to contribute, visit iringahope1.org  
 
 
 
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