Jeff Dahlman, Twin Cities Kids in Need Resource Center
Twin Cities Kids in Need Resource Center works with schools facing high poverty rates in St. Paul and Minneapolis by providing eligible teachers a shopping visit at our free store. Through our Caring Tree program, we award grants to social services and other community-based agencies across the state to distribute backpacks and supplies to students in need.
February 25th SPEAKER
Kari Bednarczyk, executive director, introduced us to her relatively new GRACE non-profit organization.  GRACE is an acronym for Granting Respite and Care for the Extraordinary.
GRACE coordinates care-givers with special needs children providing a respite for families with special needs children.  The caregivers are volunteers who make it possible for families of special needs children or, as Kari Bednarczyk says, extraordinary children to have reliable and regulary scheduled time for a break so that they may better cope with the demands of having extraordinary children.
GRACE volunteers typically are students enrolled at local college and university in nursing or physical and occupational therapy career tracks.   
It’s obvious that Kari is motivated by the work and mission that GRACE strives to achieve. 
GRACE welcomes the opportunity to expand their list of volunteers and will welcome any gift to the 501(c) 3 organization.  Kari can be reached by calling 612-481-6362.
(Full Disclosure:  Kari is married to Nick, who is a member of CR Rotary)
After 42 years in Minnesota State Service, including 20 years as President of Anoka-Ramsey Community College (1990-2010) and nine years as President of Lake Superior College (2010 – present), Dr. Patrick M. Johns has chosen to retire. Kent Hanson invites you to a March 4th reception to honor Pat’s dedication to Anoka-Ramsey and to celebrate his Spring 2019 retirement.
Retirement Reception for Pat Johns, Former Anoka-Ramsey President
March 4, 2019, 2:30-3:30 pm
Anoka-Ramsey Community College – Coon Rapids Campus
Legacy Room, Refreshments Served
PRESIDENT-ELECT ERIC HEGG is beginning to recruit his officers for 2019-20 Rotary year.  Bob Hylland has agreed to serve the Club as its secretary and Russ Weaver is conserving the treasurer’s role.  There are other opportunities to be part of Eric’s team, including bulletin editor.
If you’re interested in becoming more active in your Club contact Eric.
Interest has been expressed to start a Rotary Interact Club at the CRHS.  President Grant is discussing this possibility with staff at CRHS. 
TIM GADSON has officially joined our Club.  Please introduce yourself to Tim, as we are excited to have him a member of our Club. 
JOHN PIPER had a big announcement.  On Valentine’s Day he proposed to his long-time partner, Julie.  John being quite the romantic, proposed on Valentine’s Day.  It was reported by John that Julie accepted his proposal that same day (The Bulletin has not independently confirmed this report.)  Congratulations John!
NEW MEMBER ORIENTATION will be Thursday, April 18 at 4:30pm at the BLVD Bar and Grill in Coon Rapids.  Al Hamel will host.  A mutiny nearly erupted when Al proposed a breakfast meeting.   Most Rotary members objected loudly and forcibly; Mr. Hamel quickly changed the time more customary for beer and wine; instead of bacon and eggs.
ROAD CLEAN-UP DATE has been set for May 11th.   The crew will be fishing for new and unique ditch treasures.  Mark your calendars!
LOAVES & FISHES next event will be Saturday, April 27th from 9am to 3pm.  This date is tentative and may change if the latest report of a snow free zone not occurring until July 4th.
WRITING CONTEST will be held on May 13th.  Which is the Monday following Road Clean-up.
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Howard Helgen
July 18
Gretchen Wesche
July 30
Alan Hamel
Therese Hamel
July 7
Annette Ziegler
Mark Ziegler
July 16
Jerry Koch
Sue Koch
July 20
Executives & Directors
Club President
Russell Hampton
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