Speaker Date Topic
No meeting May 30, 2017
Day after Memorial Day
Jan Turner Jun 06, 2017
Finding Inspirations in the Trials of Life
Finding Inspirations in the Trials of Life

In 1989, Jan was stricken with pneumococcal pneumonia, the same disease that killed Jim Henson, the creator of The Muppets, in 1990. First she started experiencing flu-like symptoms, but knew it was more serious when her fingers began to ache and the pain began to move through her body. She was taken via helicopter to Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis where she was put on full life support. Her family was told that she would not survive. She was in a deep coma for one week and, since her spleen had been removed earlier, her resistance to infection was lowered. Due to lack of blood circulation, her limbs developed gangrene and needed to be amputated. Throughout the ordeal, Jan never considered giving up. The first eight month of 1990 were spent at Sister Kenny Institute where she learned how to use her prosthetic arms and legs. When she returned to Willmar, she continued her rehabilitation at Rice Hospital as an outpatient. Jan was a music teacher at the Willmar Community Christian School before her life-changing illness. She continued teaching music for two years, but since she was unable to play the piano, trumpet and guitar with prosthetics, she decided to return to college and earn a degree in speech communications. She also became an ordained minister for interdenominational churches. 

363 Sandwich Making Jun 13, 2017
At Edina Senior Center
Judy Johnson Jun 20, 2017
Feminine Hygiene Kits
Tom Gump & Jenn Glass Jun 27, 2017
Year-end Celebration
Howard Root Jul 11, 2017
Cardiac Arrest: Five Heart-Stopping Years as a CEO on the Feds’ Hit-List
Cardiac Arrest: Five Heart-Stopping Years as a CEO on the Feds’ Hit-List

Howard Root started his career as a lawyer, but quickly turned into a medical device entrepreneur and never looked back. In 1997, he founded Vascular Solutions to turn a physician’s idea into a commercial medical device. Over the next 20 years, Howard led Vascular Solutions in inventing and developing over 100 new medical devices, creating over 650 good-paying American jobs along the way.

But in 2011, the federal government threatened to destroy his company and send Howard to prison. All over one device. A device that never harmed a single patient and made up less than 1% of the company's sales. Even after the charges were proved baseless, the Department of Justice proceeded with a felony indictment of Howard and his company. Finally, in 2016, after hiring 121 lawyers at a cost of $25 million and without calling a single witness to testify, Howard and Vascular Solutions received a complete acquittal following a four-week trial. One juror emailed him afterward: "What the federal government did to you, your company and your employees is nothing short of criminal.”

After the verdict, Howard sold Vascular Solutions for $1 billion and retired at the age of 56. He then detailed his true-life legal nightmare in his book: Cardiac Arrest: Five Heart-Stopping Years as a CEO on the Feds’ Hit-List. Now in retirement, Howard has turned his case into his cause, speaking out about how federal prosecutors use vague regulations and malicious tactics to prosecute innocent defendants and what can be done to check the virtually unlimited power of prosecutors in America.


James Heyman, University of St. Thomas Jul 18, 2017
Behavioral Economics
Jim Nelson Aug 08, 2017
Rotary - World Vision Honduras Water Sanitation Hygiene (WASH) Project

World Vision is pleased to be working in collaboration with the The Rotary Club of
Minneapolis City of Lakes to improve the health and well-being of children and families
in Honduras through access to safe water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH). In 2014,
World Vision partnered with the Rotary clubs of Santa Rosa de Copan (Honduras) and St.
Louis Park (Minnesota, U.S.) on an $800,000 project in the Western region of Honduras.
In total, 14,229 people gained access to a lasting source of clean water through this
successful project. World Vision has again agreed to match Rotary funding for a proposed
$800,000 continuation project in the western region of Honduras. In partnership with the
Santa Rosa de Copan Rotary Club, we invite you to join with us to significantly improve the
health and well-being of 8,288 people including 3,315 children in 22 communities.

Sen. Melisa Franzen Aug 15, 2017
Remarks by Sen. Melisa Franzen
Remarks by Sen. Melisa Franzen

Senator Melisa Franzen earned her Master of Public Policy with a concentration in Economic and Community Development at the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs and her J.D at Hamline University School of Law.

She was an attorney at Target Corporation and has been a lifelong volunteer in her community.  She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valleys and she is the former President of the Minnesota Hispanic Bar Association.

Melisa grew up in Puerto Rico where she was an active Girl Scouts member for 12 years and was a member of 4H.  Melisa and her husband, Nathan, live in Edina with their two sons Philip and Arthur, and enjoy visiting their cabin in Finland, Minnesota.

Bob Halagan Oct 17, 2017
District 5950 Governor 2017-18