Hi All,

Another nice turn out this week.  I really enjoy ice-breakers!  It’s such a pleasure to learn a bit more about our fellow Rotarians.  Who knew Gary has such a passion for Rotary, or that John has mascot images from all the schools where he attended or worked.
Mark gave his last accompaniment as song master to one of my favorite go-to karaoke songs, “These Boots are Made for Walking” by Nancy Sinatra.  I only hope Mark’s boots bring him back for a visit real soon.
Next week:
We welcome speaker Linda Tally, Allina Health Hospice – “Palliative Care – It’s About How You Live!”  This should be a very interesting talk. 
Greg Hoehn is next week’s song master, and John Crooks will regale us with some terribly funny jokes and fines as fine master!  Next week’s greeters are Joan Lynch, Jason Marschall and Jim Mahoney.

Mark your calendars:
March 5 – Rotary Happy Hour at Turtles Bar & Grill
March 31 – Loaves & Fishes
May 16 – Rotary District Conference at Radisson Blu in Bloomington at the Mall of America (see the note below for details)
With the retirement of Ron Smith (sigh), we are looking for a Rotarian to take part in a grant seminar, Saturday, April 25, 2015 (9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Edina).  Attendance is required in order for our club to be eligible to participate in matching grants from the District or the Rotary Foundation during the 2015 – 2016 Rotary year.  Please contact me if you’re interested or want more information.

I sat in on the book sale committee meeting this week and am pleased to say that Harold, Gary and the committee have everything in hand and I’m sure this will be our best sale ever!
This District Conference is geared towards sharing with your families what Rotary means to the community. We also wanted to recreate the feel of a Rotary International Conference - with a substantial ceremony and significant friendship hall.
We will start with an Olympic style opening ceremony with all clubs being fully represented.  We will then attempt to break a GUINNESS WORLD RECORD. Our lunch keynote speaker is Mark Rosen who will be telling us about his personal experience with the “miracle on ice” and other sporting hero stories.  Our friendship hall will represent a multitude of non-profit partners that will be able to relate the true service above self that embodies Rotary. We have a NEW award program – an “Awards Showcase” with some interesting twists! Our evening program will include the one and only Dudley Riggs who will be interviewed on his substantial contribution to the world of improv in the US.  The committee has more surprises up its sleeve. This is just for starters
From Sheila McNeill:
"Dear fellow members, I'm writing this note to say my heartfelt thanks to all of you for all the support you have shown to Mark and to me over the past several months.  I know we have both been humbled by all the kind words, the attendance at council meetings as show of support and at the farewell party. Mark has received many sincere notes and letters, invitations to lunches, coffee or to dinner and we both have been overwhelmed to say the least.  Truly the spirit of the Rotarians in this club is very special and we both will not forget your kindness. Many thanks again for everything."

Light UP Rotary!
Kathleen Klehr
President 2014-15