Event Types

May 17, 2018
7:30 AM – 8:30 AM

Lab 651 - The Internet of Things

​Justin Grammens leads our team of mobile & web application and data science engineers. Justin lives at the intersection of emerging technology and leading communities on the Internet of Things. He has been building mobile applications and cloud-based software solutions for more than 20 years with clients ranging from startups to Fortune 100 companies. Justin is a cofounder of IoT Fuse, a 501(c)(3) non-profit with the mission to position Minnesota as a leader in connected products and is an adjunct professor at the University of St. Thomas teaching a graduate-level course on the Internet of Things.



May 24, 2018 7:30 AM

The Family Partnership PRIDE program

For nearly 40 years, The Family Partnership PRIDE (Promoting Recovery, Independence, Dignity, and Equality) program has provided support services to sexually exploited women, teens, and their families. One of the first programs in Minnesota to effectively deliver services across a life span on behalf of women and teens reclaiming their lives, PRIDE is nationally recognized for its advocacy against commercial sexual exploitation.



May 31, 2018 7:30 AM

The Future Roots Project

The Future Roots Project is a collective founded in Minnesota that focuses on sustainable educational, artistic, and health initiatives in Nicaragua.

From teachers trainings to designing sustainable classroom materials, Future Roots brings educational and artistic opportunities to impoverished communities that improve literacy rates, creativity, self worth, health & empowerment in children.



Jun 07, 2018 7:30 AM

A mindful approach to Art and Life

Jun 14, 2018 7:30 AM

The Impact of Environmental Sustainability on Rotary's Six Areas of Focus

Starting a new Twin Cities Rotary EcoClub

Jun 21, 2018 7:30 AM
Jun 28, 2018
7:30 AM – 8:30 AM

The Oromo Women's Organization and United Oromo Voices

Jul 12, 2018 7:30 AM

Why Vietnam?

Jul 19, 2018 7:30 AM

Life after Faith: an introduction to Secular Humanism

Humanism is a progressive philosophy of life that, without supernaturalism, affirms our ability and responsibility to lead ethical lives of personal fulfillment that aspire to the greater good of humanity.

  • Knowledge of the world is derived by observation, experimentation, and rational analysis.
  • Humans are an integral part of nature, the result of unguided evolutionary change.
  • Ethical values are derived from human need and interest as tested by experience.
  • Life's fulfillment emerges from individual participation in the service of humane ideals.
  • Humans are social by nature and find meaning in relationships.
  • Working to benefit society maximizes individual happiness.




Jul 26, 2018 7:30 AM

Rail Safety in Minnesota

Aug 02, 2018 7:30 AM

Why I Walked 444 Miles to Make a Memory

Aug 09, 2018 7:30 AM

Mentoring At-Risk Youth on The Streets


Biography of a Community Leader: V.J Smith leads the Minneapolis Chapter of MAD DADS (Men Against Destruction, Defending Against Drugs and Social-disorder) with the help of other organizations committed to mentoring at-risk youth on the streets.  He has a passion to see the lives of young people who are heading in the wrong direction turn around through the work of MAD DADS and its volunteers.  VJ has led these volunteers onto the streets at night to bring wise counsel and a listening ear to young men and women who have never experienced a relationship with a real caring adult. VJ is a turnaround specialist; he has turned around his life, as well as his community and youth in Minneapolis.

VJ Smith was born in Kansas City Missouri; he loves God, music and people.  Abandoned at the age of nine years old by his parents, he was placed in foster care where he eventually ran away and became involved with the drug trade.  After an arrest in the early 1980’s, he decided he had to straighten out his life.  Since then, he has been promoting hope and supporting communities throughout north and south Minneapolis, Brooklyn Center and Brooklyn Park and St. Paul, Minnesota.  He is a leader in his community by promoting hope and building civic bones with the help of concerned moms and dads.

MAD DADS was formed to mobilize strong drug-free men of faith to reclaim their neighborhood, one child at a time.  The volunteers of MAD DADS have spent numerous hours on the streets bringing positive, proactive advice and progressive involvement with troubled youth.

VJ leads the Minneapolis, Minnesota Chapter of MAD DADS and is a specialist in changing lives from Hopeless to Hopeful. He helps bring families and communities together for positive change moving them from gangs, guns, drugs, and violence.  VJ urges youth to give up drugs and guns, to get jobs, stay in school and respect themselves and their communities.

VJ is truly a remarkable person who has succeeded against all odds and made a difference in the lives of others.  VJ Smith has been a Minister at Shiloh Temple International Ministries, Inc. since 1995.   PERSONAL MESSAGE:

Challenge: We wanted something for ourselves and for our children, so we took a change with our lives. (Unita Blackwell)

The only justification for ever looking down on someone is to do so in an effort to pick them up.

Aug 16, 2018

Why Viet Nam?

Dr. Granville Lawrence   Optometrist

Dr. Lawrence, founder and owner of Calhoun Vision, has been practicing optometry in Minneapolis for over 40 years.  He enjoys hearing about his patients' lives, and focuses on making sure their vision plan meets their lifestyle needs.  
Aug 23, 2018

Sep 06, 2018