Club News
Joshua Hoyt gave a heartfelt & passionate presentation about suicide and his work to prevent suicide among Veterans.
Joshua was 19 and serving in the Marine Corp when his father, a Navy Veteran, took his life.
He shared some alarming statistics with us:
* 1 in 5 people will experience a mental illness during their lifetime.
* suicide is the #3 cause of death among 10 - 35 year olds.
He challenged us to have a meaningful conversation with our children.
Below are some resources he shared with our club.
Joshua is a Farmington High School grad...currently serving on the Farmington City Council (he was elected in 2018 as a write-in candidate).....is running for Mayor of Farmington this Fall.
Thanks Joshua for sharing your story and for all the work you do in the prevention of suicide!
The annual RHS Scholarship Tea Awards Ceremony was held today (online version).  Our club sponsored 2 scholarships this year.   The recipients of our "Service Above Self" award went to George Grunklee & Kaitlin McKenzie.  We are proud of their hard work and their dedication to service to others.  We wish them (as well as the rest of the RHS Seniors) the very best!
Today, Eric Becker, our newest member, gave us a Classification Talk.  That is when we learn more about him, his vocation, family & interests.
Eric is a financial advisor with Raymond James.   Prior to that, he was a Sr Mgr-Retail Analytics for The Walt Disney Co. (note the Mickey ears on his lovely daughter).  Eric also had stints with Honeywell and Best Buy.   He is a graduate of the Carlson School of Mgmt.  Eric and his wife, Melissa, have been married 12 years and are the proud parents of Dakota.  They only had 6 weeks to prepare when they found out they were going to be parents.
Eric is an active member of the Dakota County Regional Chamber and a Board Member of MN ADOPT as well as being The Greatest Showman for his family.  Thank you Eric for your membership and commitment to family & community!
Today, via Zoom, we heard from Edwin Johnson, the Donor Relations Director of Adult & Teen Challenge Minnesota.
Adult & Teen Challenge is a worldwide network of Christian faith-based corporations intended to help teenagers, adults, and families with problems such as substance abuse or self-destructive behavior.  There are 240+ centers in the US and 1400+ centers in 120 countries.  There are 5 locations in MN (see photo).  It was founded in 1960 by a rural PA pastor who left to minister to the gang members in the streets of New York.  In looking David Wilkerson up, I discovered he was the author of The Cross and the Switchblade, a book I had read in high school.
During the 2018-19 school year, MN Teen Challenge connected with 130 schools reaching out to 60,000 students.   An interesting fact brought up in Ed's presentation was that liquor sales is up 50% during COVID 19.  The people being served in their Long Term Recovery program have formed a 400 member choir and part of their recovery is visiting churches around the state to sing worship songs and share testimonies.
To read more about this wonderful organization, please visit www.mntc.org
 
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City Update
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The Rotary Foundation update & appeal
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