Meeting of April 19, 2017

Jacob brought Steve Simon ( Minnesota Secretary of State ) in as our speaker today

- The meeting was called to order by Alexa at 7:35am

--> Invocation by Bonnie:
- Dear Lord, there are so many things that we take for granted. Let us not ignore them today. Help us, Gracious God, remember that life is a gift. That our health is a blessing, that today is a new day filled with awesome potential, and that we have the capacity to bring something wholly new and unique and good into this world. Help us to remember, Dear Lord, to be kind and patient with the people who love us and to those with whom we work and interact each day. Teach us to see all the beauty that we so often ignore, and to listen to the silent longing of our own souls. Help us, O Lord, to be worthy instruments of Your will.….. Amen.

--> Guests:
- Carol Bensman wife of Alan
- Steve Simon …. Secratary of State
- Suzane Lundeen Abrahms from Hopkins

--> Announcements
- Nancy Davis - Polio $2650 goal met but don’t slow down
- Lenny - Foundation Mtg next Wednesday, April 26th 5pm
- Guy - Senator Klobochar thusday tomorrow … last chance.
- Dan friday, April 21 in room 222 730am bylaws review
- Alexa - board meeting tomorrow, April 20, 715am @ Dan Narrs
- District Conf 28th …. next week
- Paul Harris Fellow Meeting Dinner April 27th

--> Raffle Mark Magney.... #546 was Guy —> but he did not win the money

--> Happy Bucks …. by Dale Feste
- Dale Feste .... happy for Steve Simon - Hopkins Resident / Hopkins graduate
- Chris Carr .... happy about moms 76 birthday
- Mac .... happy people paying up and Jacob greeted him at the door with a check.
- Ben .... Lunch with Darlyne for NCAA win
- Pete .... he was able to registered King Petey with the state of Minnesota
- Scott Nagel .... 2 weeks in Maui had a great time.
- Frank - Doing a Care meeting with Eric Paulsen
- Ann .... no new deposits on the deck / opening cabin
- Regina .... happy to be here
- Ron - immigrant ….. Ole & Sven & 33 paces for a flag pole width
- Cathy … Char / Chamgagne 2009 with post-it in her refrigerator..... party at Cathy's on Friday
- Glen.... visiting San Fran grand daughter & SF Rotary
- Darlyne … winnings from NCAA to happy bucks / Washington DC funeral directors mtg
- Dan .... happy Mac covered for him with invocation
- Alan .... Zoo story ….. female goats like Guy
- Bill Y .... Gildas club table …. see Bill ….. DoubleTree
- Guy …. Steve Simon, Suzane Lundeen Abrahms
- Lenny .... happy for Chris Carr for mortgage approval / Evan - U of Mich
- Sam …. grandson Theo at farm for fun, Steve Simon / hearing aid / protection of our legal system
- Bob …. wife says he doesn’t pay attention ….. at least he thinks it was her / Arizona Rotary Speaker going to DC for competition
- Roger …. Mtka Rotary / meets in Hopkins / he lives in St Louis Park
- Katie … happy to talk to all her daughers
- Bill …. happy that mew members meeting went well
- Karen …. her new cousin Devon... both from the Lawrence Welk Family
- Jerald …. Dale Feste was recognized at other meetings
- Dane … $5 to have Dale do happy bucks every week
- Alexa …. Did murder mystery and almost won / Easter celebration they re-hid the eggs for a second go round / and then Nolan wanted to talk about Jesus a second time before the egg hunt. .... he wanted the whole experience again.

--> Speaker: Steve Simon Secratary of State
- Hopkins Resident / Hopkins High School Graduate
- State of Minnesota 5.3M people / 3M voters
- his job is to protect the right to vote in Minnesota
- Make it as easy as posslble for all residents to vote

--> Democracy Business was exciting this year … maybe not ever again will we see such excitement.
- Firey intesive campaign this year
- two reactions …. depressing turnout …. or … record turnout
- Minnesota … 2.9M people turned out to vote
- #1 out of 50 states for voter turn out
- 74.7% of all voters turned out
- Laws and Culture are reason for turnout that people care
- Same Day voter registration
- Record registration …. 24,000 in a day ….. 70,000 October 10th as a result of Google / Facebook promotion
- Asentee voting will be key in the future
- 1/4 of Edina voted absentee ballot this election.
- out of town or sick is not the reason anymore for absentee voting.
- Minnesota: 23% voted absentee
- Culture …. habit way of doing things …. culture tends to reward voting

--> Young voters turn out is usually less. .... so to compensate.
- promotion by holding mach election for High School students
- 281 high schools …. 96,000 kids voted
- using standard election ballots
- promotion at 68 college / universities to register voters
- Be a voter …. stress the words to your kids
- Failure to vote is not an act of rebellion but an act of failure

--> Redistricting and losing a house seat
- rural district being attached to urban as we redistrict

--> Verification of voter Registration
- Before, During and After
- it is required that within 10 days reporting of results of any investigations
- 9 counties reported 16 people out of 3M people

--> Absentee Balloting:
- Oregon / Washington all absentee
- Abentee Balllot voting costs more

--> Higher count of write in votes this year for president
- 30 candidates in Minnesota identified themselves as write in candidates

--> Why posecute voters ? ( fraud ) when their votes have already been counted.
- just being prosecuted brings these people into the public eye
- 2008 election …. 38 prosocution / cases ….. felony voters made a mistake

- Seems impossible but we finished on time at 8:30am