Club News
Today we met our January SOM, Virinch Pandari.  He was described to us as one of the "best & brightest".
Some of the things we learned about Virinch:
*  He was the founder and President of the RHS Cubing Club.  He qualified for the 2017 World        Championships in Paris (personal best 7 seconds).
*  He earned recognition as one of the top 3 debaters in MN.
*  He volunteered in India to help underprivileged children (both teaching and writing curriculum) and also studied infrastructure systems in Mumbai.
*  His dream job would be a professional gamer but he plans to study Economics & Finance hopefully at the U of Chicago.
Virinch's passion for community service became evident to us.   We wish him the best on his journey.
 
Today our club heard from Tony Compton (Director of Communications @ 360 Communities) & Stephanie Plaster (Program Manager @ The Link).  Their topic was about a program that supports Dakota County homeless youth called Host Homes.   The Host Homes action team is made up of volunteer community members, service providers, and members of the faith community.  The Link supplies youth to the YMCA and the YMCA will match the youth to a Home.  We learned that 51% of the 16-24 yr old homeless are couch hopping and the rest are hard to find as they fly under the radar.   That on any given night, an estimated 6,000 Minnesota youth and young adults experience homelessness with only around 100 youth shelter beds.  We also heard of success stories and that kids want 1. Safety 2. Security 3. Love.
See the photo for more information on how you can help.   Thanks Tony & Stephanie for your presentation and work with Host Homes!
Today we heard from Jamison Ahlstrom, our December Student of the Month.  His story was very inspirational as he faced many bumps in the road.  Jamison was very open about his struggles with depression and anxiety.  He told how he felt welcomed at RHS when he transferred there his freshman year...how his anxiety worsened and he dropped out his sophomore year...he completed an 8 week program and came back to RHS in Jan 2020 to complete his junior year.  Jamison participates in Lacrosse and Swim and has a 3.7 GPA going into his senior year.  His passion is working on vehicles and making a difference by helping others.  His plans is to pursue a career in Law Enforcement when he attends the U of MN Duluth this Fall.  Thank you Jamison for sharing your story.....we wish you the very best.
 
On Nov 4th, at our club's first hybrid meeting, we were visited by Tina Rexing, founder and owner of T-Rex Cookies.
She gave a very inspirational presentation of her quest to take her passion of baking cookies to the next level.  Her story is so cool, it would be hard to summarize so I hope you google her and her story.
We learned about her competitiveness with baking starting at the State Fair.   That she supplied cookies to Orchestra Hall, US Bank Stadium, restaurants & more.  How COVID affected her business.
We learned about her experience with the popular show, Shark Tank.  She applied on a whim and did not hear from anyone for 10 months.....they wanted 300 lbs of cookies as a backdrop....spent $6k in preparing....10k applicants, only 80 are invited to fly out....they air 60 of those....45 minute video gets edited down to 7 minutes.
We also learned that she starts all her employees  as both bakers and retail and that she buys all her employees lunch.
Thanks Tina for your wonderful presentation!  For our members that zoomed in, we were unable to taste the cookies you brought to the meeting so we will have to order online at trexcookie.com or stop in at 525 Diffley Rd (NW corner of Hwy 3 & Diffley).   Best wishes on your future!
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