Speaker Date Topic
Club Service/Club Social Apr 30, 2019
Club Service/Club Social
Michele Pasko, Communications Manager May 07, 2019
Hopkins Education Foundation

Hopkins Education Foundation's mission is to partner with families, educators, donors, and organizations to enrich the lives of all Hopkins Public Schools students by identifying and funding additional educational experiences and resources.

Dr. Carlton Jenkins, Superintendent May 14, 2019
Update on District 281 Robbinsdale Area Schools
Update on District 281 Robbinsdale Area Schools

Dr. Carlton Jenkins has been honored to be the Robbinsdale Area Schools Superintendent since August 2015. Before becoming Superintendent in Robbinsdale Area Schools, he was the Chief Academic Officer in the Atlanta Public School system. Additionally, he spent four years (2010-14) as the Superintendent of Saginaw Public Schools, a district in Michigan with 7,500 students (15 schools, including 10 elementary schools, 1 middle school, and 3 high schools). Jenkins also served four years as the Executive Director of Secondary Leaders (and as a high school principal) in the Beloit Public Schools system in Wisconsin. Prior to this, he served as a high school principal in the Columbus Public Schools in Ohio.

Carlton's experience also includes one year as a middle school principal, two years as an associate principal at a high school in the Beloit Public Schools, and one year as an associate principal at a high school in Madison, Wisconsin. His teaching career started in 1989 at Beloit Memorial High School. Jenkins earned a Master of Science degree in Educational Administration and a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Ben Peterson, Executive Director and Founder May 21, 2019
Engage Your Destiny
Engage Your Destiny

Ben Peterson is the Executive Director and Founder of Engage Your Destiny, a non-profit ministry for veterans and their families.

Ben spent 8 years in the Army while deploying to Iraq during the surge in 2008-09. His time in a Combat Aviation Brigade was challenged by fellow soldiers killed in action, suicide, and tragic civilian casualties. In the beginning of 2016 he felt the call to start a mission to help veterans and their families heal from their experiences. Ben travels the country speaking in businesses, non-profits, churches, military installations, and schools about his time in the military and the journey of coming home.

 

Lynn Garthwaite, owner, Blue Spectrum Books Jun 04, 2019
Our States Have Crazy Shapes
Our States Have Crazy Shapes

Blue Spectrum Books was created to explore and produce books on a wide range of topics and genres. Their goal is first to find those interesting, and sometimes quirky, products that invite a reader to awaken their imaginations. Whether the reader is a child, an adult, or an adult that dreams like a child, they create books especially for your interests.

Lynn Garthwaite is the author of the Dirkle Smat Adventure Series, mysteries for young learners just starting to read chapter books. Her passion for children's literacy also compelled Lynn to start a non-profit called Books on Wings which devotes itself to closing the achievement gap, one child at a time. She lives in Minnesota where she is proud of that spunky little topknot on its northern border.

 

Susan Spalding, MN-North Dakota Alzheimer’s Assoc. Jun 18, 2019
Ten Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s
Ten Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s
Sue Spalding joined the Alzheimer’s Association Minnesota-North Dakota Chapter as the chief executive officer in 2012, and became the Region 5 leader for the Association in January of 2017. The Chapter recently hosted the second largest Walk to End Alzheimer’s® in the country and raised $1 million at The Purple Gala in the Twin Cities. Spalding is a member of the Edina Rotary Club. Before joining the Alzheimer’s Association, Spalding served as the executive director of The ALS Association, Minnesota/North Dakota/South Dakota Chapter for eleven years. Prior to her work with ALS, she was the executive director of the Pearson Lakes Arts Center in Okoboji, Iowa. Spalding holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism from Iowa State University. Currently, she lives in St. Michael with her family.
4th of July Picnic Jul 02, 2019
4th of July Picnic

 

 

Mario Rodriguez, Integrated Leadership Systems Jul 09, 2019
Communication Based on Thoughts, Beliefs, and Emotions
Communication Based on Thoughts, Beliefs, and Emotions

Mario Rodriguez is a professional speaker, consultant, and executive coach. He has a M.S. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Capella University in Minneapolis, MN and a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Business Economics from St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, MN. Rodriguez is an active member of Toastmasters International. He has spoken at research conferences and non-profit organizations and conducted training and facilitated workshops in a variety of companies.

 

Amanda Ottman, Global Connections Officer Jul 16, 2019
American Refugee Committee
American Refugee Committee

Amanda Ottman is the Global Connections Officer for American Refugee Committee. She has worked in international organizations and non-profits in the US, Latin American, and Europe. Ottman has a B.A. from the University of Minnesota in Global Studies and a M.A. from the Universidad del Salvador in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She began her Rotary journey as a Rotary Youth Exchange Student to Argentina in 2000. In 2011-12, Amanda served as a Rotary World Peace Fellow, completing her Master’s studies in International Relations at the Universidad del Salvador in Buenos Aires, Argentina and interning with Save the Children in Spain. Amanda is a member of the Eden Prairie Noon Rotary.

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