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Jaylani Hussein is currently the executive director of the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN). Hussein worked as the Community Liaison Officer at Metro State University and as a Planner for the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. In 2013, he created Zeila Consultants to develop and offer cross-cultural training workshops on East African cultures. Hussein has presented on the Somali Culture to diverse public and private organizations across the US. He specializes in the areas of urban planning, community development, youth development (with over 8 years experience in working in juvenile treatment centers for court adjudicated youth), legal and civil rights.

Hussein has been active with various community organizations in Minnesota, including the Islamic Cultural Center of Minnesota Board of Directors, Wilder Foundation Advisory Board, Muslim Youth of Minnesota Advisory Board, Islamic Resource Group Speakers Bureau, and ARAHA Board of Directors. He has traveled to the Horn of Africa twice on behalf of ARAHA, to open a regional field office and oversee large-scale humanitarian projects during the Somali Famine of 2011. Hussein received the 2015 the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits (MCN) annual "Visionary Leader” Award.  Hussein appears regularly on Minnesota's local television and radio stations. He has also appeared national and international outlets including ABC News, CNN, FOX BUSINESS, NPR, BBC among other outlets. 

Hussein's family emigrated from Somalia to Minnesota in 1993 and he is trilingual (English, Somali, Arabic). Hussein holds degrees in Community Development and City Planning from St. Cloud State University and Political Science from North Dakota State University.

Jaylani Hussein, CAIR
Jan 23, 2018
Jan 27, 2018 7:30 AM

A formidable voice calling for understanding and the preservation of the Arctic, and the Earth, Will Steger is best known for his legendary polar explorations. He has traveled tens of thousands of miles by kayak and dogsled over 50 years, leading teams on some of the most significant polar expeditions in history.

Steger led the first confirmed dogsled journey to the North Pole without re-supply in 1986, the 1,600-mile south-north traverse of Greenland (the longest unsupported dogsled expedition in history) in 1988, and led the first dogsled traverse of Antarctica (the historic seven month, 3,741-mile International Trans-Antarctica Expedition) in 1989–90.

Educator & Entrepreneur
Will Steger is also an educator, author, entrepreneur and eyewitness to the effects of climate change.

With his ability to blend extreme exploration and cutting-edge technology, Steger pioneered online education – reaching more than 20 million students via online daily journals and even delivering the first ever transmission of digital photography from the North Pole.

Based on his unique eyewitness experience with climate change in the Polar Regions, he established Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy in 2006 (formerly Will Steger Foundation), a Minneapolis, MN based nonprofit that educates and empowers people to engage in solutions to climate change.

Drawing on his knowledge as an expedition leader, Will Steger designed the Steger Wilderness Center in Ely, MN, dedicated to solving the problems of our age at a place that inspires clarity and break-through innovation. It is built to be a living example of ecological stewardship, a demonstration center for devising new solutions to the seemingly intractable issues we collectively face.

Steger holds a Bachelor of Science in geology and Master of Arts in education from the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota, in addition to five Honorary Doctorates.

Will Steger
Jan 30, 2018

Frank Bures is a columnist and writer for The Rotarian Magazine, and the author of The Geography of Madness, a book about cultural syndromes. He was an exchange student in Italy, an Engish teacher in Tanzania and an apple picker in New Zealand. His work has been included in the Best American Travel Writing, and selected as “Notable” in the Best American Essays and Best American Sports Writing. He lives in Minneapolis with his wife and two daughters.

Frank Bures
Feb 06, 2018

Dr. Sylvia Sekhon is a pediatrician and child development specialist for over 30 years, who practiced at Minneapolis Children's and Health Partners Como Clinic. Prior to medical school at the University of Minnesota, she taught high school English in the inner city of Philadelphia. 

Currently she is teaching residents in the Developmental/Behavioral Pediatrics rotation at the University Medical School. She is also on the board of Reach Out and Read Minnesota,  a clinic based early childhood literacy program that gives out books at well child visits from ages 6 months to 5 years.

Donald Draayer is a retired public school teacher and principal and was School Superintendent in the Minnetonka School District for 24 years. He is a 44-year Rotarian and his passion is to enable all students to achieve at high levels, regardless of social/economic status.

Dr. Sylvia Sekhon, Don Draayer
Feb 20, 2018

Mike is a 2000 graduate of Edina High school and is the son of Edina Rotary member, Doug Johnson.  After Edina, he attended the United States Air Force Academy and became an Air Force C-17 pilot after training on multiple aircraft.   Eventually becoming an instructor pilot, Mike led missions and deployed across Europe, Asia, Africa, the Pacific Rim, and the Middle East in support of the President of the United States, Department of Defense, and humanitarian assistance missions.  Following two operational tours in the C-17, he transitioned to the RQ-4, Global Hawk, unmanned aircraft in Grand Forks, ND.  There he served as the 69th Reconnaissance Group, Chief Evaluator Pilot and Flight Standards Director for five RQ-4 locations around the globe.  Mike separated from the Air Force in 2016 and joined the SkySkopes team and currently serves as the Senior Vice President of Operations where he leads a team of professional pilots who focus on providing innovative solutions to the energy industry.  

Mike Johnson
Feb 27, 2018

The digital world is here and Karen Smith has been working in the industry since the first network transition from analog  to digital and brick/flip phones to smartphones.  She currently serves as a a national corporate communications manager for Verizon. Previously she served  as a regional PR manager.

Karen has been on the ground floor in two growth fields: the wireless industry and the start of women’s intercollegiate athletics. She was a trailblazer in the publicity and promotion of women’s sports serving as the first sports information director at the College of William and Mary in Virginia. At the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities she served as sports information director and then assistant athletics director for external relations. She is an avid Minnesota Lynx WNBA fan.

Karen served on the Minnesota Governor’s High-Speed Broadband Task Force and was named One of 25 “Women to Watch” by the Twin Cities Business Journal. She holds a masters degree from Temple University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Iowa where she was a four-year letterwinner in field hockey. Originally from Waterloo, Iowa, she currently resides in Saint Paul, Minn.

MY CONNECTION TO ROTARY - A former member of the University club near U of Minnesota, my dad was a Rotarian and when I was a child my Aunt died prematurely of polio.  And, I am a former colleague and friend to Holly Callen! 

Karen Smith, Verizon
Mar 06, 2018

Rep. Dario Anselmo is in his first term in the Minnesota State House of Representatives, representing District 49A. He serves on the Education Finance, Higher Education and Career Readiness Policy and Finance, and Legacy Funding Finance committees.

Rep. Dario Anselmo
Mar 13, 2018

HEARTSafe Communities is a program designed to promote survival from sudden out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. It is a general concept focused upon strengthening the “chain of survival” as described by the American Heart Association; it recognizes and stimulates efforts by individual communities to improve their system for preventing sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) from becoming irreversible death.

In the basic HEARTSafe model, a region (generally a US state, but county-based and international programs also exist) establishes a set of minimum criteria its communities must meet in order to achieve HEARTSafe status. These should be goals that support the chain of survival, such as widespread CPR instruction, public access defibrillators, and aggressive resuscitation protocols for first responders and area hospitals. Individual communities in each region which meet the established criteria—such as cities, towns, counties, even neighborhoods or campuses—can apply to their home office and become designated as a HEARTSafe Community. Street signs proclaiming this status are usually posted at the edge of town. If a community does not meet minimum criteria, it can take steps to work toward compliance and eventually earn accreditation.

Russ Carlson, Norm Okerstrom
Mar 20, 2018
Apr 19, 2018
11:30 AM – 1:30 PM