Club News
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.
 
 
Today we heard from Mark Jacobs.  He has been the Director of the Dakota-Scott Workforce Development Board since 2001.  Their mission is to lead, collaborate and provide linkages that facilitate workforce planning and supports economic development providing individuals, families, employers and the community opportunities to transform lives through optimal employment.
Just some of the services they provide include: Dislocated worker program ~  Drive Through Job Fairs ~  MN Family Investment Program ~ Resource Rooms & Workshops.
We also learned that the unemployment rate in Dakota County is higher than the State's rate and that this was not the case pre-COVID.
That pre-COVID, there were 5 job seekers for 10 jobs....now 8 job seekers for 1 job.
We heard about Traitify, a 90 second personality assessment (see photo)....give it a try.
 
Thanks Mark for your great presentation and all the work you and the Workforce Board do!
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Speakers
Young Bebus, MBA, BCA
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Buying/Selling a Business
No Meeting
Feb 10, 2021
Carol Kollodge
Feb 24, 2021
Executive/Leadership coaching
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