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Biography:  Mari was born in Guatemala and is a biologist, an entrepreneur and founder of the Wakami system. She is also a mother and a firm believer that collective dreams are unstoppable. My life’s work has been to find ways to link people who are stuck in cycles of poverty to markets that can create cycles of prosperity.
 
She comes from a country that suffered from a  32 year civil war in which much of the infrastructure of the country was destroyed.  The people who suffered the most during the war were always the women and children from our rural communities who faced violence, malnutrition and being displaced from their homes.  The challenges in my country seemed hopeless.
 
She is a graduate Cornell University as a Fulbright Scholar and with a Masters degree in biology but returned to her home country of Guatemala to help stop the cycle of poverty.
 
For 25 years Maria has created value chains for different communities that produced a variety of products that could connect these communities to the markets.  These included the Nativos S, A value chain which is now producing over $1 Million annually of fiber bands for Ron Zacapa rum products; the El Conejo de Sacalá wood products project employing over 500 people in helping the reforestation of Guatemala while also producing income from wood products; and Wakami, an international fashion accessories business which currently sell products produced by rural women in 13 countries around the world.
 
She is a founder of Vital Voices Central American network and the Guatemalan chapter, a member of the Vital Voices Global Advisory Council, the Leadership Initiative of the Aspen Institute and  partners with organizations such as the United Nations Foundation, USAID and Rotary International.
 
Please make sure to attend this powerful presentation and invite friends and colleagues.
Maria Pacheco. President, Wakami Global-Guatemala
May 23, 2018 7:00 AM
 

Program: Update on the International Project in Uganda.  

Description:  Northern Uganda Hip Hop Culture (NUHC) is a youth organization in Kitgum, Uganda that uses the creative arts to engage and empower youth and transform a community decimated by a 20 year civil war that destroyed an entire generation.  The founder of NUHC - Mwaka Benson (Benny)- has used LMERC funding to create opportunities for agri-business, host camps to train the youth on topics like financial literacy, malaria and HIV/AIDS prevention, rebuilding family relationship, income generating activities and empowering girls and disabled youth.  Benny himself is a survivor of the civil war and returned to his community to empower the next generation of community leaders.  Leah who will have just returned from Uganda will provide an update on the projects that LMERC has funded in the last 3 years including the building of a new Youth Center Building!

 

Leah Walkowski
May 30, 2018 7:00 AM
 

Jennifer Fernjack

​952-451-5925, jfernjack@yahoo.com

Making a difference in peoples lives by helping them find a road from discovery to recovery using six key ingredients:

1. Laughter

2. Upbeat Music

3.Pets

4.Facing Fears

5. Random Acts of Kindness

6. Gratitude

Bio:

 
Name:  Jennifer Fernjack
 
From:  Spring Park, but I was raised up in Cloquet, MN
 
Education:  BA degree from UMD and MBA from the University of St Thomas.
 
Profession:  I’ve been in the securities industry for 25 years and currently serve as a Compliance Officer at a financial services firm.  

 

Jennifer Fernjack
Jun 06, 2018 7:00 AM
 
The first Thursday of each month is your opportunity to visit with fellow Rotarians on a social basis. 
We meet from 5-7pm at a different venue to be announced. 
This is a great opportunity to bring prospective Rotary members to get to learn about Rotary on an informal basis. 
 
Guest and significant others are always welcome to join us for First Thursday! 
 
Jun 07, 2018
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
 

Recommended by Laura Hotvet

Jon Lovald     

Chief Operating Officer

Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans

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Office:612-503-5151 | Cell:612-360-3627 | Fax:612.200.9516 |Email: jlovald@mac-v.org

Learn more about our mission @ www.mac-v.org

Jon Lovald, Minnesota Assistance Council for Vets
Jun 13, 2018 7:00 AM
 

Chris McArdle 
Donor Relations Manager 
The Salvation Army Northern Division 
2445 Prior Ave, Roseville, MN 55113 
Phone - 651-746-3424 

I was born and raised in Anoka Minnesota. I wen to Anoka High School and eventually graduated from Brown College with a degree in Radio Broadcasting. I worked at KILR Radio in Estherville Iowa for 8 years. I fell into alcoholism and now have 3.5 years sober! I now get to help people everyday. I was recently promoted from one of our locations in St.Paul. I have been married just over a year and life is great! I'm very grateful today. I hope some of this helps! I also have a story below in a link that The Salvation Army did on me a few months ago when I was in St.Paul. 

Chris McArdle - The Salvation Army
Jun 20, 2018 7:00 AM
 

Scott Wardell, CFP®, has been a financial advisor for 36 years and has recently written a book entitled Retiring in Turbulent Times. The book features nine stories told from the viewpoints of real people in real retirement situations. It seeks to break down the walls of mystery to saving, investing, and building for retirement. Scott would like to speak with your club about his book and the dilemmas that people face when getting ready for retirement. He is passionate about helping people to feel confident and hopeful about retirement success. Scott is also past president of the St. James Rotary club and is a Paul Harris Fellow. Are you interested in having Scott share his insight and experience with your Rotary Club? Please contact me at donirwin1@gmail.com for more information. I look forward to hearing from you! Thank you, Don Irwin donirwin1@gmail.com Check out our website: http://retiringinturbulenttimes.com/ Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RetiringinTurbulentTimes/?ref=page_internal For scheduling, please contact Shelley at 952-400-0559 or shelley.kasperek@thrivent.com.

Scott Wardell, CFP®, Rotary Paul Harris Fellow
Jun 27, 2018
 
No Meeting
Jul 04, 2018
 
The first Thursday of each month is your opportunity to visit with fellow Rotarians on a social basis. 
We meet from 5-7pm at a different venue to be announced. 
This is a great opportunity to bring prospective Rotary members to get to learn about Rotary on an informal basis. 
 
Guest and significant others are always welcome to join us for First Thursday! 
 
Jul 05, 2018
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
 

Come to celebrate the great accomplishments of our club over the last year and welcome Charlie as the new President

Karen Walkowski and Charlie Kanan
Jul 11, 2018 7:00 AM
 

*Unconfirmed

Maren Beauchamp--Returning OB Exchange Student*
Jul 25, 2018 7:00 AM
 
The first Thursday of each month is your opportunity to visit with fellow Rotarians on a social basis. 
We meet from 5-7pm at a different venue to be announced. 
This is a great opportunity to bring prospective Rotary members to get to learn about Rotary on an informal basis. 
 
Guest and significant others are always welcome to join us for First Thursday! 
 
Aug 02, 2018
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
 
The first Thursday of each month is your opportunity to visit with fellow Rotarians on a social basis. 
We meet from 5-7pm at a different venue to be announced. 
This is a great opportunity to bring prospective Rotary members to get to learn about Rotary on an informal basis. 
 
Guest and significant others are always welcome to join us for First Thursday! 
 
Sep 06, 2018
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
 

The success of our club is because of the amazing committees. It is also a great way to get involved in the club and to get to know others. This meeting will give you information about each committee and then give you the opportunity to join a committee.  Think of it as Speed Dating Rotary Style!

LMERC Board
Sep 12, 2018
 

Julie is Maggie Prem Trenary's cousin ad has a heartwarming story to tell

Bio coming

Julie Ledy
Sep 19, 2018
 
The first Thursday of each month is your opportunity to visit with fellow Rotarians on a social basis. 
We meet from 5-7pm at a different venue to be announced. 
This is a great opportunity to bring prospective Rotary members to get to learn about Rotary on an informal basis. 
 
Guest and significant others are always welcome to join us for First Thursday! 
 
Oct 04, 2018
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
 

Update on the Rotary Initiative to End Human Trafficking in Minnesota.  The Rotary Clubs in Minnesota have joined together to end human trafficking in Minnesota.  Come to hear an update on the partnerships that have been developed with other organizations around the state and the amazing projects already underway.

Karen Walkowski
Oct 17, 2018
 
The first Thursday of each month is your opportunity to visit with fellow Rotarians on a social basis. 
We meet from 5-7pm at a different venue to be announced. 
This is a great opportunity to bring prospective Rotary members to get to learn about Rotary on an informal basis. 
 
Guest and significant others are always welcome to join us for First Thursday! 
 
Nov 01, 2018
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
 

*unconfirmed

Camp Enterprise Attendees*
Nov 07, 2018