Speaker Date Topic
Jaime Belden and Liz Dahl Jul 17, 2018
Future Roots Project
Future Roots Project

The Future Roots Project is a collective founded in Minnesota that focuses on sustainable educational, artistic, and health initiatives in Nicaragua.

From teachers trainings to designing sustainable classroom materials, Future Roots brings educational and artistic opportunities to impoverished communities that improve literacy rates, creativity, self worth, health & empowerment in children.

Jaime Belden is from Robbinsdale, Minnesota but starting at a young age has pursued every opportunity possible to travel internationally. Her passion for understanding other cultures led her to Hamline University where she earned a BA in Global Studies, minoring in Political Science and Spanish. She became highly experienced in teaching the fundamental skills necessary to read in Spanish while working with the underprivileged, malnourished and neglected students in the Twin Cities. Jaime currently dedicates herself to improving the education system in Nicaragua by providing teacher trainings focusing on literacy, creativity, and music.

Elizabeth Dahl grew up in Winsted, Minnesota. After graduating high school she attended Hamline University where she studied Cultural Anthropology & Philosophy. She also attended The Art Institute studying Culinary Arts and Management. She worked as an Executive Chef for five years in the restaurant industry before becoming more active organizing food drives, growing gardens, and feeding the less fortunate in her local community. Liz is a co-founder of the international Future Roots Project. She is currently living in Nicaragua where she teaches art while sharing her knowledge of nutrition and sustainable gardening.

District Governor Irene Kelly Jul 24, 2018
Vision for District 5950 in 2018-19
Vision for District 5950 in 2018-19

Irene Kelly is a​n Eden Prairie AM Rotarian, 5950 District Governor, a coach, a mother, and a grandmother.  In her Rotary life, her goal is to encourage members to share their passion to make a positive impact in the world.  In her professional life, she has the honor of serving her clients to make their highest contribution to the world.  In her personal life, her proudest title is “Gma” of 3 grandchildren ranging from 3-9.  Life is great!

Club Picnic Jul 31, 2018

Club Picnic location:

New Hope YMCA

7601 - 42nd Ave. N

New Hope, MN 55427

Peggy Nelson, Professor Aug 07, 2018
University of Minnesota Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences
University of Minnesota Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences

Peggy Nelson, Ph.D. is a professor of audiology in the Department of Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences at the University of Minnesota, where she has taught and conducted NIH-funded research since 2000. Her research focuses on hearing loss and the problems of understanding speech in noise by a variety of populations, including children in schools, second-language learners, hearing aid users, and cochlear implant listeners. She is currently the founding director of the University of Minnesota’s new Center for Applied and Translational Sensory Science (CATSS). There she oversees interdisciplinary research in vision, hearing, balance, and tinnitus. As Center director, Professor Nelson and colleagues have engaged the community in a discussion of sensory loss and sensory aids. Dr. Nelson served on the EHDI Advisory Board for 10 years and served on the US Access Board committee that developed acoustic guidelines for schools. Over the years, she has testified for the Commission on many different pieces of legislation. Fun fact: she used to be a certified sign language interpreter.

Nate Gove, Executive Director Aug 14, 2018
Minnesota Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST)
Minnesota Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST)

The Executive Director reports to a fifteen-member Board appointed by the Governor. Mr. Gove directs the licensing system for Minnesota's 10,500-plus state, county and municipal peace officers and part-time officers. The licensing system includes components of minimum selection criteria, professional standards, continuing education, complaint investigation, and the rule-making process. He also collaborates with law enforcement agencies, higher education programs, the legislature, and the Office of the Governor on issues germane to POST functions and responsibilities. 

Nathan Gove took over as the 7th Executive Director of the MN POST Board after retiring from a nearly 29 year police career in Minnesota. Most recently, he was a police officer for the Golden Valley Police Department for over 20 years, spending the last 6 years as a commander. During his career at Golden Valley, he was a member of the West Metro S.W.A.T. Team for 19 years and held the positon of team commander for approximately 14 years.

He has a B. A. from Gustavus Adolphus College, law enforcements credits from Mankato State University, a Master’s Degree from the University of St. Thomas, and he’s a graduate of the 245th Session
of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia.

 

Christa Troup, Grants Manager Aug 21, 2018
TreeHouse Update
TreeHouse Update

Christa Troup is the Development Coordinator/Grants Manager for TreeHouse. The vision of TreeHouse is to reach every at-risk teen so they are loved, feel hope, and realize life transformation. To accomplish this vision they seek to fulfill their mission to bring living hope to hurting youth and families leading to life transformation.

 

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