“We don’t have to engage in grand, heroic actions to participate in the process of change. Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world.” Howard Zinn
It’s official! Mayor Pearson has proclaimed 2018 to be “Random Acts of Kindness Year” for Lake Elmo. This first month we invite you to join us in doing random acts of kindness while you are shopping. Take a minute to look for opportunities to connect with someone – notice a cashier’s nametag and thank them by name, look around for someone unloading their bags and offer to return their cart for them, smile at other shoppers… you get the idea!
Here’s the fun part – we have “Tag You’re It” cards to give to recipients as you surprise them with kindness. The card is a way of inviting others to “pay it forward” and do a random act for someone else. Cards will be available at City Hall and at local businesses in the coming month. Lake Elmo Rotarians are excited to be “tagging” others and we’d love to hear what you do as well. Please share random acts you participate in as the giver, observer or recipient on our website www.lakeelmorotary.org and click on the "Kindness Campaign" to contact us with your participation in this "tag".
Always remember…kindness is free!
Rotarians: Pam Baker, Liz Johnson, Lisa Kittel, Tamra Hartman, Michael Schaffer, Kelly Thauwald, Denise Cornell, Rotarian Guest Emily Thauwald
Members of Lake Elmo Rotary had the privilege to serve families with children undergoing medical treatment at Children's Hospital - St. Paul through the Ronald McDonald House located within the hospital.
Many families with children fighting illness and disease have a difficult time managing the rest of their family responsibilities and caring for other children while supporting their child through treatment. In many cases, meals fall to a matter of convenience and necessity - quick and off schedule.
The Lake Elmo Inn graciously catered the event, and the faces of those dining with us showed a mix of relief, joy, and gratitude. As many people know, a good meal can do wonders for the spirit.
Commissioner Karla Bigham, Rotary President-elect Tedi Carlson, Commissioner Fran Miron, Rotary Past President Tony Haider, Commissioners Gary Kriesel, and Lisa Weik, and Wayne Sandberg, county engineer, celebrated the gift.
The Lake Elmo Rotary Club donated $1,500 to Washington County to update the archery range at the Lake Elmo Park Reserve. The County Board accepted the gift Sept. 27. Rotary members Lisa Boone, current president, Tedi Carlson, president elect, and Tony Haider, past president, were instrumental in providing the gift. The Lake Elmo Rotary Club successfully applied for a Rotary International district grant to be used for the project. The archery range is operated year round, weather permitting, and is an activity area for summer youth day camp groups. The donation will benefit not only the youth in these programs, but also the general public using the archery range.
For good people, great programs and a fabulous breakfast, please join us every Wednesday morning 7:00 a.m. at the Lake Elmo Inn
We look forward to meeting you as much as we believe you will enjoy the hospitality and time spent in the company of friends and neighbors committed in service to community.