Posted by Kelly Salwei

Nicole Barnes: Park Nicollet Foundation - Growing Through Grief

Nicole Barnes has twenty-three years of experience as a social worker, the last three with Growing Through Grief (GTG). GTG has partnered with EP Schools for four years supporting kids who have lost family members or friends. EP is one of thirteen districts supported by GTG. Support in provided through support groups, one on one counseling or crisis response. Eighty-five percent of students served are in middle and high school and remaining fifteen percent are elementary students. One in fourteen students will lose a parent or sibling by age eighteen. GTG is there to help teachers who are not trained to help grieving students.
In 2018-2019 GTG helped thirty-four students per week in five groups. There was an average of 35 individual sessions per month and 1,000 hours of service. Grief without counseling results in withdrawal, difficulty concentrating and absenteeism. 
Check out their web site at for examples and stories of assistance provided by GTG and how the public can help advance their mission.


Check the events calendar for upcoming social and service events.
  • Rotary (District 5950 and 5960) day at Canterbury will be August 9, 2019. Gates open at 5, races begin at 6.
  • RYE students arriving this month watch the calendar and emails for details if you want to meet them at the airport.
  • Dan Obrien reported that EPAM Rotary donated $25,400 and $2,310 to polio plus.
  • Patrick Donahue reported through John Crudele on a potential fundraiser idea.
  • Aaron Casper encouraged Rotarians to “make an impact” through donations to the EPAM Rotary Foundation.
  • PG Narayan reported on People Fest august 4 through 14 th . Information found at

Spotlight on Rick Getschow

Rick talked about his twenty-three-year history in City Management. Rick was a top three telemarketer before finding his calling when he got an internship with West Allis Wisconsin while a graduate school student at UW Milwaukee. Upon graduation he got his first full time City Manager job in Hector, Minnesota. From Hector, Rick had stops in Lauderdale and Hopkins Minnesota before landing in his current position as City Manager for Eden Prairie. Rick writes his weekly Friday Reports and does his “Real Talk” podcast which can be found at


Ed Broeders - Toronto Club
Kevin Gao and Kayla Keddie - Student Interns