Speaker Date Topic
Mike Freeman, Hennepin County Attorney Feb 21, 2017
Remarks by Mike Freeman
Remarks by Mike Freeman

Michael O. Freeman is the elected Hennepin County Attorney.  Mike has served as the Hennepin County Attorney for 16 years 1991 – 1999 and again since 2007.  As the County Attorney, Mike serves as the chief executive of Minnesota’s largest public law office, comprised of about 175 lawyers and 375 employees.  This office issues 7,000 adult felony and 10,000 juvenile criminal complaints each year and also provides complete civil representation to Hennepin County with its 8,000 employees and almost $1.8 billion budget. 

Mike received a B.A. from Rutgers University and a J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School. Mike was elected to the Minnesota State Senate and served from 1983 to 1991. He was also the Democratic Farmer Labor-endorsed candidate for Governor of Minnesota in 1998.  Mike is married, the father of five children, two grandchildren and lives in South Minneapolis.  He teaches graduate students at the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs.

Tim Mulcrone, Polio Chair, Rotary District 5950 Feb 28, 2017
Rotary Polio Programs
Dr. Michael Osterholm Mar 07, 2017
Public Health and Infectious Disease

Dr. Osterholm is Regents Professor, McKnight Presidential Endowed Chair in Public Health, the director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP), Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Division of Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health, a professor in the Technological Leadership Institute, College of Science and Engineering, and an adjunct professor in the Medical School, all at the University of Minnesota.

Dr. Osterholm has been an international leader on the critical concern regarding our preparedness for an influenza pandemic. His invited papers in the journals Foreign Affairs, the New England Journal of Medicine, and Nature detail the threat of an influenza pandemic before the recent pandemic and the steps we must take to better prepare for such events. Dr. Osterholm has also been an international leader on the growing concern regarding the use of biological agents as catastrophic weapons targeting civilian populations. Dr. Osterholm provides a comprehensive and pointed review of America's current state of preparedness for a bioterrorism attack in his New York Times best-selling book, Living Terrors: What America Needs to Know to Survive the Coming Bioterrorist Catastrophe.

The author of more than 315 papers and abstracts, including 21 book chapters, Dr. Osterholm is a frequently invited guest lecturer on the topic of epidemiology of infectious diseases. He serves on the editorial boards of nine journals, including Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology and Microbial Drug Resistance: Mechanisms, Epidemiology and Disease, and he is a reviewer for 24 additional journals, including the New England Journal of Medicine, the Journal of the American Medical Association, and Science. He is past president of the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) and has served on the CDC's National Center for Infectious Diseases Board of Scientific Counselors from 1992 to 1997. Dr. Osterholm served on the IOM Forum on Microbial Threats from 1994 through 2011. He has served on the IOM Committee on Emerging Microbial Threats to Health in the 21st Century and the IOM Committee on Food Safety, Production to Consumption, and he was a reviewer for the IOM Report on Chemical and Biological Terrorism. As a member of the American Society for Microbiology (ASM), Dr. Osterholm has served on the Committee on Biomedical Research of the Public and Scientific Affairs Board, the Task Force on Biological Weapons, and the Task Force on Antibiotic Resistance. 

For further information about Dr. Osterholm, please see http://www.cidrap.umn.edu/about-us/cidrap-staff/michael-t-osterholm-phd-mph.

Adam Brachle Mar 14, 2017
RITW @ St. Peter's: Youth Impact Racing
RITW @ St. Peter's: Youth Impact Racing

Meeting at St. Peter's, 5421 France Ave S, Edina, MN 

Youth Impact Racing is 100% committed to the next generation by teaching young people the value of responsibility, friendship, and teamwork.  In 2016, the Rotary Club of Edina/Morningside provided a local grant to fund a remote control “Rotary” Car for the youth of our community.  Come see (and drive the car) at this meeting.

Our speaker, Adam Brachle, has had a love of all things related to motor sports since childhood. Growing up as the son of an airline pilot, he learned to fly airplanes at the early age of 5 and became a licensed pilot at age 18. His father (who is also a trained mechanic) taught Adam more than just the basics when it comes to auto maintenance, but instilled in him enough knowledge to allow Adam to become a fleet mechanic later in life. 

Adam has a degree in Pastoral Leadership from Crown College in Victoria, MN. In 2008, Adam began to feel stirrings to start a ministry to teach students skills that would be beneficial in life. After several years of research, strategic thinking, prayer and counsel, Youth Impact Racing was born in the fall of 2013. Click here for a video of Adam’s vision for and the birth of YIR. 

In 2015, a partnership began with St. Peter’s - Edina (Mark Shockey) to impact community youth beginning at 8 yrs old using something that gets their attention: remote control cars!  RC racing is held in the gym every Tuesday night through the school year. 15 adults serve as mentors / instructors. (A little trivia: our club president’s son, Andrew, was the YIR RC racing champion of the 2015-2016 season!)

Mark Derek (Duke) Pieper Mar 21, 2017
Author of "I'm Alive Courage, Hope, and a Miracle"
Author of "I'm Alive Courage, Hope, and a Miracle"

Duke Pieper was 15 years old when he was told that he had a 5% chance to live. It seemed that all the odds were stacked up against him. Except one, his determination. Through that determination and what is deemed as a medical miracle he was able to survive multiple surgeries in fact. How many Duke Pieper’s exist in the world? Not as many as you would think, he is truly a rare find and he has made sure to take full advantage of the life he has been given. According to the Brain Aneurism Foundation, there are nearly 500,000 deaths worldwide each year caused by brain aneurysms and half the victims are younger than 50.

Brain cancer, brain tumor, inoperable– -all words that make you only think of something negative but Duke has turned those words into a positive. He has never given up, not once. He hasn’t given up fighting and he never gave up on his passion for his education or his love for hockey. Pieper was a student at Hill-Murray High School as a varsity defenseman when he realized something was quite wrong before his first game. That is when he found out that he had a brain bleed and his whole life would change from that day forward.

Duke has recently published a book, I’m Alive. All of the proceeds from his book go directly to his foundation. Pieper’s journey is a story that every single person should hear, read, and know. It is through his words that during the darkest of times you can feel instantly up-lifted.  Currently, Duke still struggles and his battle is ongoing, as a story about that struggle and how he is trying to prevail by going to college, keeping up an active work-out regimen, and trying to be “normal” could truly inspire another person in a similar situation.

Dr. Abdul Omari Mar 28, 2017
Leadership and Communication
Leadership and Communication

Outstanding speaker at Camp Enterprise!

Dr. Abdul M. Omari holds a B.A. in global studies, a master’s of public policy from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, and a PhD in comparative and international development education from the University of Minnesota.

For several years, he has taught leadership courses for undergraduate students. Abdul is the founder of AMO Enterprise, which helps people better connect in individual and team settings.

Abdul is devoted to civic and public service. He is an elected member of the Board of Regents at the University of Minnesota, serves on the Board of Directors for the YMCA Greater Twin Cities, AchieveMpls, and Civic Eagle. Abdul was featured in Minnesota Business Magazine's "Young Entrepreneurs" August 2016 issue. Omari is a proud native of Minneapolis, Minnesota with immigrant parents from Kenya and Jordan.

Irene Kelly Apr 04, 2017
Rotary Jeopardy
Anita Raymond Apr 11, 2017
Volunteers of America
Volunteers of America

Anita Raymond is a licensed independent social worker and certified care manager with Volunteers of America Protective Services program and also provides Care Management and Consultation services through Volunteers of America Minnesota. Anita earned her Bachelors Degree in Social Work from the UW-Whitewater and her Masters in Social Work from Augsburg College in Minneapolis, and has over 25 years of professional experience in geriatric social work.  Anita is committed to quality and strives to make a real connection with her clients and their support systems to ensure the best possible outcomes.  Anita is a strong advocate for ethical practice and is passionate about serving the most vulnerable of citizens: frail, cognitively impaired, and at-risk older adults.

Anita is an active member of the Minnesota Association for Guardianship and Conservatorship (MAGiC), and has served on the Executive Board in various positions including President, Conference and Journal Chairs; she currently serves on the Board and is the Communications Standards Chair. Additionally, Anita is a member of the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers. Anita has completed Gunderson Lutheran Medical Foundation’s Respecting Choices course and qualifies as an Advance Care Planning Facilitator. 

Anita is a frequent presenter to community and professional groups on topics including: guardianship and conservatorship, alternatives to guardianship and conservatorship, vulnerable adults and maltreatment, client autonomy and self-determination, planning for incapacity, advance directives, and more.  

Katey Taylor and Sam Carolus, Abbey's Hope Apr 18, 2017
Abbey's Hope Water Safety Mission

Katey Taylor is president and co-founder of the Abbey's Hope Charitable Foundation. Katey had been a "typical" stay-at-home mom until June 29, 2007. It was on that summer evening that one of her four daughters, 6-year-old Abbey, was disemboweled by a faulty drain in a wading pool. Over the next nine months Abbey would endure 16 surgeries and a triple-organ transplant, before finally losing her battle in March 2008.

Abbey's hope was that what happened to her would never happen to another child. In her name, the Taylors formed Abbey's Hope Charitable Foundation in July 2008. To fulfill Abbey's legacy, Katey and her husband, Scott, work to advocate for children and to educate parents, community leaders and others of the dangers in and around pools.

Katey has a Bachelor of Science degree in family education, child protection and public health from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. In December 2008, Katey received her Certified Pool/Spa Operator (CPO) certification from the National Swimming Pool Foundation. She serves on the Advisory Board of Minnesota SafeKids, is a member of the National Drowning Prevention Alliance, and a member of the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits.

Sam Carolus is the Program Manager for the Abbey's Hope Charitable Foundation where she assists in the day to day operations of the organization.  Sam has enjoyed working in the non-profit sector in Minnesota. Before joining AHCF, Sam was the Minnesota Public Affairs Manager for Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota and part of a coalition that worked with the Minnesota legislature to pass legislation banning the toxic chemical BPA from all children's sippy cups and bottles. Sam has also worked with the YMCA of Minneapolis and Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights.

As a new mother, Sam in honored to be working for an organization focused on child safety. She is a graduate of Indiana University.

Congressman Erik Paulsen Apr 25, 2017
Remarks by Congressman Erik Paulsen
Lexi Reed Holtum May 02, 2017
Steve Rummler Hope Foundation

The Steve Rummler Hope Foundation was founded in 2011 by Bill and Judy Rummler. Their son, Steve Rummler, died that year of an accidental opioid overdose after struggling with addiction brought on by efforts to manage his chronic pain.

In 1996, Steve suffered a life-changing back injury and began a journey that would end tragically in 2011. He sought help from many medical and mental health professionals; however, he never received a treatable diagnosis for his back injury.  Steve became depressed and was treated with anti-depressants and anti-anxiety medications (benzodiazepines).  In 2005, he was prescribed the narcotic painkiller OxyContin which finally offered him some pain relief.  By 2009, Steve had become addicted to his pain medications and his doctor encouraged him to get help.  Steve decided to go to the Pain Rehabilitation Center at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota in January 2010, where he was tapered off of the painkillers and taught other tools for the management of his pain. However, by 2011, Steve had relapsed. Steve sought and found a doctor who prescribed narcotics and benzodiazepines in the quantities Steve requested. In April 2011 Steve agreed to go to the Hazelden Betty Ford Clinic in Center City, Minnesota to receive treatment for his addiction.

While Steve was at Hazelden, the doctor who in 2011 began prescribing his narcotic painkillers and diazepam (Valium) was under investigation by the Minnesota Board of Medical Practice.  In May, 2011, the Board took disciplinary action against this doctor’s license for “unprofessional and unethical conduct” and for “prescribing a drug for other than medically accepted purposes.”  The doctor surrendered his medical license and the Board agreed to “close its files in this matter.”

Steve relapsed shortly after returning home from Hazelden Betty Ford. He was able to pick up two months of refills for his Norco (hydrocodone and acetaminophen) prescription, but eventually he ran out, had no doctor to go to, and became desperate for relief.  For the first and only time in his life, he sought out and purchased heroin. He used heroin one time; it killed him on July 1, 2011. His death certificate shows that the “immediate” cause of his death was “mixed drug toxicity (opiates and benzodiazepines)”.  The real cause of his death, however, was the disease of addiction.  After his death his family established The Steve Rummler Hope Foundation with the goal of helping others who suffer from chronic pain and the disease of addiction.

Ilse Akbar & Kelly Streit May 09, 2017
Rotary Quiz Bowl!
Paula Schwartz May 16, 2017
Activities in Philippines and Tanzania
Peter Kelley May 23, 2017
Global Volunteers
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
Tom Gump & Jenn Glass Jun 27, 2017
Year-end Celebration