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Pat Johns, former president of Anoka Ramsey Community College, celebrated with his former colleagues and community friends at a reception in his honor.
 
Pat is highly regarded and respected leader of the college during a time of significant growth in enrollment and facility expansion. 
 
Below are some pictures from the event.
  
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PRESIDENT KENT HANSON WITH PAST-PRESIDENT PAT JOHNS
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MASTER OF CEREMONY - LOU ANN KANE
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FORMER SENATOR GENE MERRIAM - A FRIEND OF THE COLLEGE
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PAT JOHNS ENJOYING THE FOND MEMORIES
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March 11th Speaker:
 
Betty Notto, ACHHC, an initiative to end homelessness in Anoka County.
 
 
 
March 4TH SPEAKER:
 
 
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.
 
The local chapter is based in Roseville where teachers are invited to shop twice yearly to pick up classroom supplies for kids in school.  Supplies can include new backpacks, pencils, crayons, markers, and paper.  Items can include books and cosmetics, as well.  Each visit teachers typically take about $500 worth of supplies for their students.
 
Surprisingly, one of the challenges of the program has been reaching out to schools to participate.  About 170 schools participate in program’s give-away.  Jeff Dahlman, executive director, has been performing out-reach to ensure schools are aware of the service his organization provides.
 
 
 
 
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JEFF DAHLMAN
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EDITOR’S NOTES
 
PEACOCK AWARD:  Letty Van Ert
 
MONEY WINNER: Al Hamel
 
APRIL 29TH we will have a regular meeting at Kendall’s at 12:15pm.  With our New Member Orientation being held during happy hour at the Boulevard on April 18, President Grant made the decision to not hold his customary 5th Monday of the month at a local establishment.
 
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. 
 
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.  Rotary members objected loudly and forcibly; hence Mr. Hamel quickly changed the gathering time more conducive and 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.
 
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Howard Helgen
July 18
 
Gretchen Wesche
July 30
 
Anniversaries
Alan Hamel
Therese Hamel
July 7
 
Annette Ziegler
Mark Ziegler
July 16
 
Jerry Koch
Sue Koch
July 20
 
Executives & Directors
Club President
 
Treasurer
 
Russell Hampton
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