Speaker Date Topic
Frank Freedman, medical device consultant Feb 19, 2019
A Corporate Refugee Bares All
A Corporate Refugee Bares All

Frank B. Freedman's career began co-developing and teaching in a Biomedical Engineering Program at Rose-Hulman University. He was a SciMed Life Systems co-founder, where he developed an artificial lung for use in open-heart surgery and intensive care settings. As the Director of Clinical Evaluation at Medtronic, Freedman introduced project management, standard operating procedures, and many aspects of modern-day medical device clinical study practice. A medical device consultant for 32 years, Dr. Freedman provided regulatory, clinical, and technical communication support for many types of medical devices and conditions. He has been an Adjunct Professor at the University of St. Thomas, since 1999.

Frank's book, A Corporate Refugee Bares All, is about determination, resiliency, and doing the right thing in the corporate workplace. His experience involved many successes and failures, including being laid off once and fired three times. The last firing led him to launch a long, successful consulting career. Frank shares lessons he learned in the corporate workplace. Some are funny. Others explain why certain things happen in the workplace. All are insightful.

Club Service at PRISM Feb 26, 2019
Club Service at PRISM
Club Service at PRISM

Lunch served in the board room at noon. Attendees will work in the Marketplace Food Shelf and Shop for Change Thrift Shop.

Tim Mulcrone, PolioPlus chair Rotary District 5950 Mar 05, 2019
Pot o’ Gold for Polio
Pot o’ Gold for Polio

Since 1988, we’ve seen a worldwide reduction in polio cases of 99.9%. For more than two years, we’ve seen wild polio cases in only two countries, Afghanistan and Pakistan. Following the lead of Rotary International, District 5950's efforts in raising funds for polio eradication have centered on the clubs rather than individual Rotarians. Each club is asked to commit to giving $1,500 which would result in $94,500 raised as a district. Tim Mulcrone has been the District's PolioPlus chair for several years, and has done a fantastic job! Tim has spoken at numerous clubs (not just in District 5950) on the cause about which he is most passionate, having seen polio affect his own family. There is practically nothing he won’t do to raise money to finally eradicate this disease. He has made our district a very successful participant in this historic effort. Rotary is an international community that brings together leaders who step up to take on the world’s toughest challenges, locally and globally. The eradication of polio is one of our longest standing and most significant efforts. Along with our partners, we have helped immunize more than 2.5 billion children against polio in 122 countries. We have reduced polio cases by 99.9 percent worldwide and we won't stop until we end the disease for good.

Rotary District 5950 Polio Chair Tim Mulcrone has arranged for special guest Leprechaun Ferguson Mcduffy’s presentation on the search for his “Pot o' Gold for Polio.”

J. Drake Hamilton, Science Policy Director Mar 12, 2019
Fresh Energy “What's New in Renewable Energy”
Fresh Energy  “What's New in Renewable Energy”

Fresh Energy is an independent nonprofit organization working to speed the transition to a clean energy economy. Their team of attorneys, analysts, scientists, economists, and educators advances forward-looking policies that benefit our communities and our future. Using data, science, and market-based solutions, Fresh Energy helps Minnesota make progress toward a vision we can all share: an economy we thrive in and energy that ensures our well-being. From putting Minnesota on the pathway to being a national renewable energy leader to promoting clean transportation options for our growing economy, Fresh Energy has been an essential partner in helping the region develop efficient, cost-effective, and inclusive energy programming.


Marshall Tanick, attorney and historian Mar 19, 2019
From the Court to the Courts: Basketball Law in Minnesota
From the Court to the Courts: Basketball Law in Minnesota

In anticipation of the 2019 NCAA Final Four college basketball championship in Minneapolis in early April.

For 35 years, Marshall H. Tanick has represented clients in a wide variety of legal matters, with emphasis on employment law; constitutional law, including defamation, privacy, and other communications; education law; animal law; pet law; land law; and business disputes. Tanick received the Golden Valley Rotary Club's Citizen of the Year Award in 2018.

In addition to his love of law, Marshall also has a love of Minnesota and its history. In anticipation of the 2019 NCAA Final Four college basketball championship in Minneapolis in early April, he'll share his knowledge on law and basketball in Minnesota.

Club Service/Club Social Mar 26, 2019
Club Service/Club Social