Club News
Today we heard from our April Student of the Month, Blaine Thomas.
He was described to us a "most engaging" student and the most remarkable thing about Blaine was the variety of classes he took which included a heavy load of AP classes.  One of the classes he took was Vehicle Services so he could learn how to fix cars.
It was clear to us that Blaine wants to serve our country.  He plans to attend the University of St Thomas in the ROTC program majoring in electrical or mechanical engineering.
In accepting this award, Blaine confessed he did some research about Rotary.  Like our members, he likes to serve as evident in his activities outside the classroom
Blaine has a passion for life and we wish him the best in his life after RHS!
On April 7th, our club heard from Jen & Ryan McGunnigle, owners of Las Tortillas in Rosemount.
In spite of the shut down and loss of business, Jen & Ryan remained positive.  A saving grace was that they had an online ordering process in place prior to the shut down which was a major hurdle for many restaurants.  There were constant webinars with information coming in daily from the State of MN.  Jen pointed out it was an opportunity to give the restaurant a facelift.  Both Jen & Ryan are graduates of RHS and very community minded.  During the shut down, realizing they did not want the food to go to waste, they decided to put together 50 meals and brought them to the Rosemount Family Resource Center....within 2 weeks, they were putting together 115 meals per day.  They then started a nonprofit called the Las Tortillas Community Fund and continue to provided needed meals on Wednesdays.  During COVID, they estimate that they have served 8000 meals to children.  
It was great to hear their story.  They turned a negative event into a positive one.   Ryan & Jen are truly to be commended for their passion to serve the community and their love to cook, host, & eat good food.  Check out LasTortillas and see why it is a favorite among many of the locals.
 
On March 31st, our club heard a speech prepared by RHS Senior, Hermela Solomon.  Hermela qualified for the upcoming National Competition with her talk titled,  Design Justice.  Although she competed in the Informative Category (not persuasive), she did make a case for the need of proper urban planning for healing and for justice.  We learned of where the term, "red lining" came to be....that an unjust plan creates an unjust design.  Hermela began preparing her speech in November with competition starting in January.  Needless to say, our club was "wowed" by her speech.   We wish you the best in your National Competition.
On March 17th, we heard from our March Student of the month, Quynh Mai.  In addition to a heavy load of AP classes, Quynh is also taking College Spanish and Composition through the U of MN.   She enjoys dance as both a student and volunteer.  Her parents encouraged her to do Band as she entered high school.  Quynh admitted she didn't like Band then but participated in the RHS Marching Band for 3 years and was happy for the experience and her parent's encouragement.  Band & Dance taught her to "build connections".  It was clear to our group that Quynh has a high level of maturity....that she is humble....that she is very appreciative....and she has a high dedication to family.
Her plans are to focus on Neuro Science and I have been told that she has already been accepted by her top 2 choices, Yale & USC!  Our club wishes you the best Quynh....keep on dancing.
 
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