Club News
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!
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!
Today, we got to meet our October Student of the Month via Zoom.
Kien (Miya) Che transferred to RHS from a small girls boarding school in Cameroon in 10th grade.
She enjoys challenging herself with her course work and is a member of the Nat'l Honor Society, Speech/Debate Team, Math Team, Quiz Bowl Team, Student Ambassador among other clubs.  Miya hopes to attend the U of Chicago and has also applied at Harvard, Northwestern & John Hopkins.  She plans to study Forensics and/or medicine. 
In her words, "I try to make small changes to make an impact" & "enjoy helping people".  She didn't seem thrilled about being inducted into the NHS until she found it to be a service society along with being academic.
Miya's name means "thank you".  We thank you Miya and applaud you for who you are.   You certainly are a living example of Rotary's motto, Service Above Self.  We wish you the very best in 2020 and beyond.
Today we heard from Matt Flory, Strategic Partnerships Manager of American Cancer Society.
Oct is Breast Cancer Awareness and Matt taught us many things:
* Breast Cancer is the most common of cancer and that 1 in 8 women will get it  *  that it is the 2nd cause of death but with early detection, it can be treated successfully  *  99% 5 Year Survival Rate locally  *  women are delaying care during COVID  *  Reach to Recovery program supports people facing breast cancer  *  in 2017, our Rosemount Police Dept became the first law enforcement agency in MN to join the nationwide Pink Patch Project!
Thanks Matt for your great presentation!   Also thanks to our very own, Eric Becker, who is participating in Real Men Wear Pink campaign!  Visit https://secure.acsevents.org/site/STR/RMWP/RMWPCY20NOR?px=51634123&pg=personal&fr_id=97825 to hear Eric's story and consider supporting his efforts.
 
 
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