Posted by Mark Weber
SHERIFF RICH STANEK - WHAT'S NEW AT THE HENNEPIN COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE
Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek and Deputy Kell McDaniel provided our March 27 program: an overview of what the Sheriff’s Office is and does.
 
The department has been a model of stability, with just 27 sheriffs since 1852. It had a 70-year period under just three sheriffs. This is an elected position covering a lot of ground, since Hennepin County has 1.3 million residents and more than 556 square miles of territory. The department has eight lines of business: jail, court security, patrol, warrants, civil process, investigations, 911 dispatch, and crime lab.
 
One of their current initiatives is #NOverdose, which is a campaign to raise awareness of the opioid crisis. A record number of people died from opioid-related overdoses in Hennepin County during 2017: the number is 162, which is a 47 percent increase from two years earlier. The Sheriff’s Office has participated in nearly 130 public events and speaking engagements to spread the word about this growing epidemic.
 
You can learn more about the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office at https://www.hennepinsheriff.org/
 
 
ANNOUNCEMENTS
April 7 is interior painting day for the Onward Eden Prairie home, starting at 9 a.m.; contact Jay Simpson for more info. April 12 is Swallowship, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. We’re participating in the annual Eden Prairie Park Cleanup from 8 to 11 a.m. April 14 at Flying Cloud Fields. The annual Ethics Lunch will be held April 19 at the Edina Country Club. April 30 is the date of our annual Above & Beyond Banquet, with a 6 p.m. start. On May 8 our meeting will be the annual STRIVE Recognition Breakfast at the Community Center. A couple of Rotary- related tree-planting opportunities are coming May 10 and 11; go to greatrivergreening.org for more information. The District Conference will be May 21 at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis. On June 19 starting at 6 p.m., there’ll be an inauguration ceremony for incoming district governor and A.M. Rotarian Irene Kelly. A few job-shadow opportunities and two one-week hosts are needed for Rotary New Generation exchange student Yura Koh of South Korea from June 30 to July 25; talk to Dennis Kim if you can help.
 
ROTARY CARES
Bill Yeager talked to us about Rotary Cares, a club program that reaches out to members whenever there’s been a significant event that calls for a card, flowers, visit, or other outreach. This could be a birth, death, accident, illness, surgery, or honor. “We’d like to know about that,” he said. Contact Bill or President Roger Jorgensen for more information.
 
HAPPY BUCKS
We are happy and willing to kick in $5 to explain why. Dave Sundet announced he and his wife are moving to Plymouth and therefore he’s leaving the club. Aaron Glass advocated “Ask for what you want” and was pleased that a daughter did just that, landing an unexpected marketing job in Los Angeles for an international cosmetics company. Dick Ward reported that Vicki Brown, spouse of former club member John Brown, is making “incredible progress” following an illness. Lyndon Moquist is happy to report that the Edina Realty Eden Prairie office is holding a major event April 21 that will allow people to dispose of used household items; the event will be at the firm’s EP offices. Brad Aho is a Lions Club member and has tickets to the April 14 Pancake Breakfast; Suzanne Kutina is proud of daughter Beth and all the other young people who participated in the weekend March For Our Lives event.
 
VISITORS
Sergeant Kell McDaniel - Guest of Speaker
Lauren Whiteford - Visiting Superintendent
Morgan Blixrud and Rekha Claus - Student Interns
Trini Santillan - Exchange Student