Speaker Date Topic
Tim Hyde and Eric Perkins Feb 22, 2018
Pinky Swear Foundation
Pinky Swear Foundation

In December 2002, nine-year-old Mitch Chepokas, terminally ill with bone cancer, withdrew the entire $6,000 from his savings account and put it in envelopes for the kids on the pediatric oncology floor at the hospital. After giving away all of his money, Mitch made a pinky swear promise with his dad to always help children with cancer and their families after he was gone. Mitch passed away on April 11, 2003, and shortly afterwards, the Pinky Swear Foundation was established by Mitch’s parents, to honor the Pinky Swear Mitch made with his dad. To date, over $11 million has been raised to support brave kids battling cancer.


Eric Perkins:  Eric joined KARE 11 in November of 1996 as a sports reporter and in 2012 was named weeknight sports anchor and sports director at KARE. As a sports reporter Perkins gained much attention with "Perk at Play." Created in the winter of 1997, the hands-on segment won several awards - including an Emmy. A Los Angeles native, Eric graduated from Pepperdine University, majoring in Broadcasting. He and his wife Shelley call the Twin Cities home, and keep busy raising their three children.

Tim Hyde: Development Manager for the Pinky Swear Foundation.



Tom Hendrickson Mar 01, 2018 7:00 AM
Iringa Hope
Noon -Shanen Corlett Mar 01, 2018 12:00 PM
Public Safety Foundation Update
Jim Hunt, PDG 2016-17 Mar 08, 2018
Fast for Hope - El Corozo
Fast for Hope - El Corozo

In 2008 Rotary District 5960 began a new approach toward assisting communities in poor countries.  Known as Fast for Hope (FFH), our initiative is focussed on El Corozo, Nicaragua.  The approach empowers a community so that it - not us  - can develop sustainable goals and an explicit implementation strategy. This approach includes skills and leadership development of the community-selected leaders, especially in the area of strategy development.

El Corozo is a rural village of 102 homes with a population of 462.  98% of the people own their own homes, all with dirt floors except for one.  74% have latrines, the other homes have no facilities. Only 35% of the homes have potable water in pipes to their home.  Only 32 people are over 60 years old, probably partly due to lack of sanitary conditions, good nutrition and adequate health care.

El Corozo has developed four goals:  1) a paved road into the community, 2) availability of basic health care in the community, 3) a literacy program with a community library, and 4) a well providing piped, potable water to each home.  El Corozo has developed leadership teams to work on these goals and strategies that report to the larger community on a regular basis so everyone has a say in this development.  Participants pay when attending these meetings in order to provide local funds for the initiative.  89% of the families indicated a willingness to participate in support of the initiative.

Past District Governor Jim Hunt will give us an update on the project and share where it's headed.

Noon Meeting - Peg Duenow Mar 08, 2018 12:00 PM
RSM Mar 15, 2018
Clyde Doepner, Minnesota Twins Mar 22, 2018
Twins Curator
Twins Curator

The first-ever curator in Twins history, Clyde Doepner, a lifelong Twins supporter, catalogs, maintain and collects Twins memorabilia items for historical purposes. Doepner has extensive knowledge of the Twins organization and is also the owner of one of the largest Twins memorabilia collections in the world.

Collecting various items from an early age, Clyde Doepner became known as Clyde the Collector. He began collecting Minnesota Twins baseball memorabilia in 1981 when the Twins moved into the Metrodome. When the Twins hired Doepner as the team curator, he became known as Clyde the Curator.

Nancy Wagner Mar 29, 2018
Children's Health Ministries
Children's Health Ministries

Haiti is the poorest country in the Americas, with 80% of the population living in poverty. Forty five thousand children under age 5 die each year, mostly due to poverty related illnesses. The earthquake in January 2010 killed approximately 300,000 people and left 1 million homeless, and left thousands upon thousands orphaned. In Haiti, there are thousands of true orphans; however, there are also many children who have been abandoned by one or both parents who are also considered orphans. As in all developing countries, orphans are extremely vulnerable. Post-earthquake estimates of the number of orphans in Haiti range from 300,000 to over 700,000. Many orphans in Haiti become restaveks, children sent by their families to work as domestic servants in another family’s household. Sometimes restaveks are treated well, but sometimes they are little more than child slaves. Today, there are close to 300,000 restaveks living in Haiti, a number that has risen significantly since the earthquake in January, 2010.

Brian Ryks, CEO Metropolitan Airport Commission Apr 05, 2018 7:00 AM

00Brian D. Ryks, A.A.E. was appointed Executive Director/CEO of the Metropolitan Airports Commission in May 2016. 

Before arriving in Minneapolis, he held a similar position as Executive Director/CEO of the Gerald R. Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids, Michigan. While there, Mr. Ryks oversaw the completion of several significant projects including an airport re-branding campaign, a transition from a county controlled airport to an airport authority, a major expansion and renovation of Concourse B, construction of a state-of-the-art stormwater/aircraft deicing natural treatment system, a new general and corporate aviation arrivals terminal and initiated a 45-million-dollar terminal expansion and consolidated TSA passenger screening checkpoint. Ryks also led an innovative funding campaign to raise $20 million in private capital in support of the terminal expansion.  

During Ryks’ tenure, the Gerald R. Ford International Airport set all-time records for passengers in 2014 and 2015 and was rated in 2015 as the number one airport in North America by size by the Airports Council International Airport Service Quality survey.

Prior to his time in Michigan, he was the Executive Director at the Duluth Airport Authority overseeing the Duluth International Airport in Minnesota and Sky Harbor, a general aviation airport. During his ten years in Duluth, Mr. Ryks oversaw the completion of $135 million in airport improvements, culminating with a $77 million new terminal project.

Prior to arriving in Duluth, Mr. Ryks was employed for five years as the Airport Manager at the St. Cloud Regional Airport and two years as the Airport Manager in Aberdeen South Dakota.

Before Aberdeen, Mr. Ryks spent six years in Denver where he was the Manager of Noise Abatement at Stapleton and Denver International Airports. He was also the Project Manager for the development and installation of an Airport Noise and Operations Monitoring System at the Denver International Airport.

He began his career as a Noise Technician at the Metropolitan Airports Commission in 1986.

Mr. Ryks holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Cloud State University, is a licensed pilot with an instrument rating and an Accredited Airport Executive with the American Association of Airport Executives. He currently serves on the Airports Council International North America (ACI-NA) Board of Directors. He also holds a professional affiliation with the Great Lakes Chapter of AAAE (GL-AAAE) and is Past President of GL-AAAE.

He was awarded a TSA Partnership Award in 2006, a Patriot Award in 2008 from the Employee Support of National Guard & Reserve, a 2009 Minnesota Council of Airport’s Award of Excellence for Outstanding Promotion of Aviation, a 2012 Minnesota Council of Airports Distinguished Service Award and was named the 2015 Newsmaker of the year in Economic Development by the Grand Rapids Business Journal.

Ixchel McKinnie and Phil Losacker Apr 12, 2018 7:00 AM
Memorial Blood Center
STRIVE Breakfast Apr 19, 2018
Bob Showers Apr 26, 2018 7:00 AM
The Twins in the Dome
Jim Backstrom, Dakota County Attorney May 03, 2018 7:00 AM
TOL Planning Meeting May 10, 2018
Taste of Lakeville May 17, 2018
RSM May 24, 2018
Miracle Field Update May 24, 2018 7:00 AM