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Posted by Anne Norris

Our next meeting is Friday, July 18, at 7 a.m. at Frankie's.

Duties are:

Greeter:  Tom Kosel

Invocation: Mac Gordon

What's New:  Rae Blaylark

Program:  John Slama - the program will be an update on the Mano a Mano project.

See you bright and early Friday a.m.!

 

Posted by Anne Norris

President John Slama's first Board meeting as President is Tuesday, July 22, at 5:30 p.m. at the Winnetka Avenue Dunn Bros.  All are welcome!

Posted by Anne Norris

Our exchange student Karen Hirose graduated from Armstrong High School and she goes home to Japan on July 3.  John and Margaret Spilane hosted a Graduation/Going Home Party for Karen:

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Posted by Anne Norris

This year's Rotary Exchange student Karen Hirose shared her experiences with the Club at our June 13 meeting.  She did a great job!

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Posted by Anne Norris

ImageWe had a great time at the May 2, District 5950 Conference at the Radisson Blu!  And kudos to Jim Benshoof and Marc Macke for getting the award for an international project!!!

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Posted by Anne Norris

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Posted by Anne Norris

At the March 21 meeting, the program was about the Robbinsdale Area HIgh Schools Relay for Life on May 17 from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. at Cooper High School.  Here is the link to more information about the event as well as details about sponsorship of the event.

http://relay.acsevents.org/site/DocServer/2014_Relay_For_Life_of_Robbinsdale_Area_High_Schools_Spo.pdf?docID=344960

 

Posted by Anne Norris

As you know, our Club partnered with several other area Clubs to fill a shipping container with supplies for the Mano a Mano project.  Check out the article from the March 13 Sun Post and District Governor Diann Kirby's response to President Mac Gordron below.

Benefiting Bolivia: Area Rotary Clubs fund shipment of needed supplies

New Hope Mayor Kathi Hemken, center, joins members of the Crystal, New Hope, Robbinsdale Rotary to pack a 40-foot container with supplies to ship to Bolivia. Bolivia has the highest rural poverty rate in the world. Mano a Mano, the organization responsible for helping the Bolivians, has impacted approximately one-fourth of Bolivia’s rural population since its inception in 1994. (Submitted photo)

New Hope Mayor Kathi Hemken, center, joins members of the Crystal, New Hope, Robbinsdale Rotary to pack a 40-foot container with supplies to ship to Bolivia. Bolivia has the highest rural poverty rate in the world. Mano a Mano, the organization responsible for helping the Bolivians, has impacted approximately one-fourth of Bolivia’s rural population since its inception in 1994. (Submitted photo)

Bolivia is known for having the highest rural poverty rate in the world with 94 percent of the population not even meeting the level for adequate survival, according to the Mano a Mano organization.

Mano a Mano, meaning “hand in hand” in Spanish, is a nonprofit based in St. Paul with offices in Cochabamba, Bolivia. The organization, founded in 1994, focuses on helping Bolivians any way it can – from creating a health clinic or school to fixing roads or improving water. It is unique in that the Bolivians decide what projects are most important in their communities.

Last year the Crystal, New Hope, Robbinsdale Rotary sparked interest in helping the organization.

Jim Benshoof, a Rotarian, and his wife, Marsha, had previously been host parents to a Bolivian child through a Rotary exchange program. It was through that child that Benshoof found a passion for helping Bolivia. The Benshoofs have since traveled to Bolivia to help locals and visit the child they housed several years ago.

Benshoof learned of Mano a Mano not long ago and brought it to the attention of the Rotary.

The Crystal, New Hope, Robbinsdale Rotary partnered with the Brooklyn Park Rotary and Minnetonka Rotary to raise funds to help the organization.

In addition, Benshoof’s Rotary applied for a grant from the Rotary District 5950. Each year the district accepts applications and approves grants for rotaries in the area. In December, the Rotary was approved for a $6,000 grant.

Each participating Rotary raised $1,000 each, for a total of $9,000.

The money was used to help fund the shipment of a 40-foot container filled with needed supplies, but the money the Rotaries raised only covered a portion of the cost. According to Nate Knatterud, director of communications and research for Mano a Mano, the organization used to be able to ship containers for free but now it costs $10,000 to $14,000 to ship one container.

Once additional fees are added it could cost a total of nearly $20,000. Mano a Mano earns funds from other organizations and individuals to help with sending the containers to Bolivia.

“It’s definitely a struggle each shipment now,” Knatterud said.

The funds raised by the Rotaries is a significant help for Mano a Mano.

“We basically need the seed money for any project,” Knatterud said. “Without that we wouldn’t be able to do any of the projects we do.”

In January members of each Rotary visited the St. Paul location to pack the container with supplies. The volunteers packed 38,000 pounds of supplies to be shipped to Bolivia.

The supplies are donated from area hospitals, companies, schools and individuals rather than being dumped in landfills.

The Rotaries packed wheelchairs, crutches, walkers, hospital beds, linens, gloves, medical instruments, surgical supplies, airplane parts, wound care supplies, machine tools, school and office supplies and more. The supplies valued nearly $500,000.

Mano a Mano, a nonprofit helping Bolivia, sends shipping containers full of medical and school supplies to Bolivians in need. The Crystal, New Hope, Robbinsdale Rotary, Minntonka Rotary and Brooklyn Park Rotary packed 38,000 pounds of supplies on Jan. 21. The Rotaries, with the help of a grant, raised $9,000 to put towards the shipment of the container. (Submitted photo)

Mano a Mano, a nonprofit helping Bolivia, sends shipping containers full of medical and school supplies to Bolivians in need. The Crystal, New Hope, Robbinsdale Rotary, Minntonka Rotary and Brooklyn Park Rotary packed 38,000 pounds of supplies on Jan. 21. The Rotaries, with the help of a grant, raised $9,000 to put towards the shipment of the container. (Submitted photo)

“The sweat equity was a big part for us,” said Mac Gordon, president of the Crystal, New Hope, Robbinsdale Rotary. “It was such a fun time. We had a blast doing it. It was a fun way for us to connect as a group with the other two clubs and Mano a Mano. It was really rewarding.”

The container would be driven to New York where it would travel by ocean freight through the Panama Canal to Chile and eventually arrive in Bolivia. It would take an additional few months for the container to clear customs before the supplies could be distributed to 16 hospitals, 33 health centers, 72 clinics, 12 jails and 431 individuals.

Since its inception in 1994, Mano a Mano has shipped 3.5 million pounds of supplies valued at $14 million to Bolivia, built 145 clinics that help 700,000 Bolivians resulting in a decrease of infant mortality rate by more than 92 percent, improved 1,400 kilometers of roads, constructed seven large water reservoirs and 170 water ponds, built 49 schools and provided emergency air rescue to more than 2,100 individuals.

The Rotaries were happy to be a small part in helping Bolivians in need.

“We are on organization that is based on trying to help and support organizations, individuals and families that can’t help themselves,” Gordon said. “To see the end result… to see the amount of stuff in there that’s going to help families and individuals is pretty amazing. It’s great. We love it.”

Info: manoamano.org or cnhr-rotary.org.

Contact Gina Purcell at gina.purcell@ecm-inc.com

District Governor Diann Kirby Response to President Mac Gordon:

Mac:

 

Great article in the Sun Post article about Crystal-New-Hope-Robbinsdale’s project to send a container of medical equipment to Bolivia project in collaboration with Mano a Mano.  Kudos to you and your project partners – Brooklyn Park and Minnetonka – for leveraging your dollars and qualifying for the maximum funding match from the district for this effort.  I loved the Sun Post article and the recognition that is given to the clubs involved.  You are truly changing lives in Bolivia with this project. 

 

Great work!

 

Thanks!

Diann

 

PS:  I also liked the accompanying photo of your Rotarians, especially the member pictured in an Iowa sweatshirt. J

 

Diann Kirby

District Governor

Rotary District 5950

612-207-6373 (c)

952-563-8717 (w)

dkirby@BloomingtonMN.gov

diannkirby@mac.com

 

 

 

Posted by Anne Norris

ImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageLiz and Jaime report they broke ground earlier this week at the community space they are working on in Wl Pantanal.  They had to hand cut the entire site with machetes.  Here are some photos of their efforts!

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Posted by Anne Norris

ImageImageImageOnce again, our Club partners with Tree House to sell coffee that is roasted and then bagged by Tree House volunteers.  Another successful event!
Posted by Carla Hansen

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The Crystal New Hope Robbinsdale club have welcomed their newest youth exchange member -  Karen Hirose from Japan!  Karen (pronounced Ka-Le-m) is excited to be in the youth exchange program and will be attending Robbinsdale Armstrong High School as a senior.  By enrolling as a senior a the high school, Karen will be able to attend all senior activities and graduate with the class in May 2014.   Karen is interested in volleyball, basketball and many other sports.  She enjoys cooking and photography as well. 

For more pictures of Karen's fun since she arrived, click on "Youth Exchange" on our website.

If you are interested in learning more about the Rotary Youth Exchange program or being a host family for the program, please contact Carla Hansen at ch3mk@comcast.net or 763-504-9679. 

 

Posted by Carla Hansen

The club hosts Karen throughout the year, but we are also looking for host families for Karen to live with while she is here.  With the Rotary Youth Exchange program, Karen would become part of your family and live in your home for up to 3 months. 

Being a host family is a very rewarding experience for the student AND for the family that hosts.  Rotary exchange students are selected for the program because they want to learn about and engage in another culture.  Karen has begun immersing herself in American culture and hopes to experience different family dynamics and experiences while in Minnesota.  A rotary exchange student becomes one of the family and is expected to assist with household chores, attend family events and become part of the everyday happenings of a home.  

If you are interested in hosting Karen and being part of this young lady's great experience in Minnesota, please contact Carla Hansen at ch3mk@comcast.net or 763-504-9679.

Posted by Anne Norris

President Macke recently received the following thank you.

Dear Marc:

 

Our sincere thanks to the members of the Crystal – New Hope—Robbinsdale Rotary Club for your generous donation of $500 to purchase early childhood books for children and families. 

 

We purchase books that reflect the diverse families who are our neighbors, including books in various languages. The books are treasured in each home and help increase parent-child interaction.  Our Northwest Hennepin Early Childhood Network members distribute these books through various programs that serve infants and young children in this area and also at community events. 

 

Your gift is very much appreciated and is multiplied through our membership in First Books, which is an opportunity to purchase books for pennies on the dollar.

 

With sincere thanks,

Susan Blood

 

Posted by Carla Hansen

I was asked the other day what our club does besides meet weekly at the Sunshine Factory, visit, listen to a speaker and have a wonderful breakfast.  So I started going back through the last 6 months to let you know some of what the club does. 

Would it surprise you to find out that we:

Welcomed our newest exchange student Aline Tomazelli from Brazil to the club.

Awarded two STRIVE Scholarships to Cooper High School students for increasing their GPA through the STRIVE program led by our club's Rotarians.

Purchased school supplies and backpacks for distribution through PRISM for the back to school program

Took a group of Tree House students fishing for an evening at Medicine Lake where they enjoyed a cook out of hot dogs, hamburgers and enjoyed the great outdoors.

Collected and distributed 110 Holiday Food Baskets through PRISM which also included hats and gloves through the Warm Hands Warm Hearts initiative in each bag.

Sold over 150 bags of coffee with all proceeds going to the Tree House for youth initiatives. 

Raised over $300. through pocket change donations (and it's still growing!) for Rotary's Polio Plus initiative

In addition, we also gave back to the community through monetary donations to the following groups:

Local DARE officers

Armstrong Performing Arts

Tree House

PRISM

and many other activities and donations including Haiti Outreach.

So to answer the question, what does the CNHR Rotary club DO?  Whatever we can to help make a difference within our community! 

If you would like more information about Rotary or our club, please email Carla Hansen by clicking on her name on the left hand side of the page.  We would LOVE to have you join us and help make a difference in Crystal, New Hope and Robbinsdale!

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