Monday, March 12, 2012

Welcome! Beinvenue!

Добро пожаловать Tervetuloa! Välkommen! Velkommen! Laipni lūdzam! Vítáme vás! Vitajte! Willkommen! Добре заварили!

A special welcome to our Rotary family, especially to Rotary Districts 5950/5960 Minnesota/Wisconsin USA and Rotaract clubs around the world.

Congrats - team heading to Nationals

The Northern Lights Hockey team is heading to the USA Hockey National Tournament at the end of the month. What a perfect way to celebrate Rotaract Month! Go Lights!!

Our team will continue the Science of the Zamboni focus at each of our remaining home games this season.   Young children are learning how the Zamboni works during our STEM nights (Science * Technology * Engineering * Math).  We have craft projects, worksheets and an opportunity to look inside these huge machines that resurface the ice between periods.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

SAVE THE DATE: August 27, 2012

While almost all of our members are away from Minnesota this summer, our club does not meet and encourages its members to attend Rotary/Rotaract meetings. Our first meeting for 2012-2013 will be August 27th. Schedule to be posted soon.

Young adults 18-30 years old who are interested in learning more about our club are invited to contact club advisor Rotarian Stephanie Smith (952-888-4311) who would be pleased to share details with you while the incoming officers are away.

Here are some service highlights from this year...

Science Fair judges

Bloomington City-wide Halloween Party
& Heritage Days

Feed My Starving Children

Poplar Bridge Science Fair

STEM Nights

American Indian Center -- cleaning days

Woodlake Nature Preserve trail upkeep


 Bloomington Daymaker's "Service Matters" event

Read Across America Day

Thursday, December 15, 2011

In Invitation for 2014: Experiencing the Winter Olympics, Sochi Russia

Stats about the Winter Games:
60 Days
80 Countries represented
6000 athletes
Sports tourism spectators
3 Billion viewers worldwide
Add over 1/2 million Vancouverites, one third of which speak a language other than English living in the third largest city in Canada

The Rotary International "World Understanding Month" Challenge”
Opportunities to share your story while pin trading and attending hockey games
Learn about other cultures by meeting local Vancouverites and world-wide spectators
Your Calling: Explore your intersts during free time
Make plans to share what you have learned/experienced with District clubs back home
Perform the Six Olympic Acts of Kindness
Interact with Vancouver Rotarians from 14 clubs and learn how we can partner with them
Celebrate the Olympic Games atmosphere– enjoy the fun & energetic cultural sports melting-pot
Share about our club and Minnesota with Vancouver Rotary clubs

We will be in Sochi  during the Olympic Torch Relay, the Opening Ceremonies and the beginning of pool play for men's hockey.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Rotary World Understanding Month: February 2012

The month of February is special in the Rotary calendar since it is desig­nated World Understanding Month. The month also includes the anniver­sary of the first meeting of Rotary held on 23 February 1905, now designated World Understanding and Peace Day.

In designating World Understanding Month, the Rotary International board asks all Rotary clubs to plan programs for their weekly meetings and undertake special activities to emphasize “understanding and goodwill as essential for world peace.” World Understanding Month is a chance for every club to pause, plan and promote the fourth Avenue of Service - Rotary’s continued quest for goodwill, peace and understanding among people of the world.

To observe this designated month, many clubs arrange international speakers, invite Youth Exchange students and international scholars from schools and universities to club meetings, plan programs featuring former Group Study Exchange team members, arrange discussions on global issues, present entertainment with an international cultural or artistic theme, and schedule other programs with an international emphasis.

Many clubs take the opportunity to launch an international community service activity or make contact with a Rotary club in another country. It is a good month to initiate a Rotary Friendship Exchange, a 3-H project or encourage support for PolioPlus and other Rotary Foundation programs.

Inukshuk: The ancient symbols of Inuit culture were traditionally used as landmarks and navigation aids. These grey granite statues represent a human form with outstretched arms, the symbol in Canada of northern hospitality and friendship

Our Group's 2010 Winter Olympic Experience

Nearly 200 communities across Canada had the opportunity to gather and participate in the 2010 Olympic Torch Relay community celebrations...and we were in British Columbia during the excitement. Our home base for the trip was in northern Port Moody BC near Belcarra. The itinerary included school visits to read with children, meetings with Rotary Clubs and Rotaract clubs, several Junior Hockey games and a roadtrip packed of Olympic torch community celebrations.

British Columbia Torch Relay Route was actually named the Northern Lights tour...pretty cool connection.

Our team left Minneapolis Tuesday February 2, 2010 after the Northern Lights Junior A Hockey team's send-off game January 31.

Torch Relay cities are listed below in italics
Wed Feb 3 Rotary Vancouver Sunrise Club 7:30 AM / China Town Club 12:15
Thur. Feb 4 Squamish schools; Rotary luncheon; SQUAMISH Rotary meeting 12:15 Howe Sound. NL GAME vs SQUAMISH WOLFPACK SQUAMISH CELEBRATION

Fri. Feb 5 WHISTLER CELEBRATION School programs
Sun. Feb 7 *ABBOTSFORD CELEBRATION GAME vs ABBOTSFORD PILOTS afternoon game then Superbowl party

Mon. Feb 8 Aldergrove and Surrey SURREY CELEBRATION

Tues Feb 9 Surrey * White Rock* PEACE ARCH* N Delta* New Westminster* Tsawwasen * Ladner * RICHMOND CELEBRATION Rotary Surrey 12:15

Wed. Feb 10 Rotary Port Moody 7:00 AM North Vancouver

Thurs. Feb 11 W Vancouver * Belcarra PORT MOODY CELEBRATION Coquitlam * Burnaby NL GAME vs PORT MOODY PANTHERS
Rotary Burnaby/Deer Lake 7:15 AM

Fri Feb 12 Burnaby Rotary 12:15 VANCOUVER We will be at the VIP party at the HR. McMillan Space Centre

Sunday, December 13, 2009

End Polio Now

Our Rotaract Club continues the Rotary commitment to eradicate polio worldwide.
Check out these resources:
Rotary Video on YouTube
Polio Infection Life Cycle
Timetable of Polio
How polio changed us: Historical connections
Play the accessibility game