Dr. Steve Jorissen joined us on April 8th, to share with us things we can be doing now to support working for the climate. Steve is a member of Northeast Metro Climate Action and joined with our club to educate us and provide resources for us to support leaving the world a better place for our children and future generations.
Susie Brown joined us for our meeting this morning to review her role and responsibilities of the MN Council of Foundations. If you have an interest in the different types of Foundations here in Minnesota and the challenges they are currently facing with our COVID-19 situation, please listen in.
The Minnesota renown, Sweet Martha (Martha Rossini Olson) joined our Club this week to share her amazing story of cookie making success and the growth they have experienced by being part of the "great get together", The Minnesota State Fair.
If you ever wondered how they did it and how many cookies are made at the Minnesota State Fair, listen to her story of cookies, friends, family and success.
Mike Greenbaum, Executive Director of Newtrax joined us this morning. Newtrax is a non-profit that offers transportation services in the Northeast Metro area for people with special needs to get to their jobs, go shopping, go out to eat, visit the Y and be more connected in our community.
Newtrax is working with the City of White Bear Lake, Century College, the local Chamber of Commerce and MNDOT to evaluate an Autonomous vehicle to provide local transportation services in our community. Listen as he shares insights into this and a number of other programs at Newtrax.
Steve Berquist, Operations Manager, Fresh at Amazon, spoke to our Club this morning and shared insights into the world of Amazon's delivery services. We heard about the culture, innovation, fulfillment and delivery employees, Amazon Fresh and how this all gets orchestrated to enable the same day 1 hour delivery service here in the Twin Cities.
Today, I am being interviewed by a local 5th grade student from Matoska International Elementary for a Civics Action project. Listen in as I respond to questions about our Rotary Club and my experiences as President of the Club.
Perry Petersen is the Director of our local food shelf here in White Bear Lake, the White Bear Area Emergency Food Shelf which currently serves 1,200 families and 800 students monthly in our community. Listen in to learn about food insecurity in our community, their mission, and how they are working multiple programs to address this need in our community.
Our Rotary Club of White Bear Lake just supported their annual BEAR'ly Open Golf on Ice and Community Dance fundraising events. This was the 13th (XIII) year of this joint event, to date we have raised over $1.6 million of food value for the local food shelf.
We had a wonderful Leadership Development program this morning at our White Bear Lake Rotary Club meeting. Stevie Ray, a nationally recognized speaker, corporate trainer and improvisational comedian, joined us to talk about how to enhance our skills of persuasion and influence. Using tools developed in Improv, he shared with us his insights, and a few stories, of how we can make some simple changes now to become better communicators. Thanks Stevie!
Tom Whaley, Executive Vice-President of the St. Paul Saints, joined us this morning and shared some great stories about how he got involved with the Saints, his responsibilities for business development and some of the wonderful entertainment they have at the ballpark for their fans. This is in addition to fielding some great baseball, with the Saints coming back in 2020 to defend their 2019 American Association Championship.
Ken Smith, PE, MBA, President of District Energy St. Paul and Ever-Green Energy, presented to our Club on 10-30-2019 and spoke about how our current energy systems are changing and will continue to change as sustainable energy generation platforms continue to grow. He also spoke about how White Bear Lake is well positioned having joined the Climate Smart Municipalities and their partner city of Ludenscheid, Germany. If you are interested in the evolution of power generation into the future, this podcast is for you.