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Sarah Dickhausen
 
HAM AND EGGS CLUB NEWSLETTER
www.HamAndEggsClub.com
Oct 10, 2018


Sarah Dickhausen, ‘Forever Well Director, Southdale YMCA’.  Ms. Dickhausen coordinates activities of 3,000 seniors enrolled at “Y” thru Blue Cross and Medica.   Host: Dick Atkinson
 
 
Upcoming Events
10/17/2018  Dario Anselmo, MN State Representative for Edina 49A:  “2018 Election – A Purple Message (Red and Blue, Not Vikings!)  Host: Bob Rofidal

10/24/2018  Scott Korzenowki, Franchisee Attorney and Host of Sunday Morning Sports Talk on AM 1500 Radio:  “he Social Injustices of So-Called Amateur Athletes, and Absolute Stupidity of a Certain Basketball Operation in Town”.  Host: Barry Keiner

10/31/2018  Alan Peters, Executive Director of Can-Do Canines:  “Service Dogs Change the Lives of Many People”.  Host: Denny Schulstad
 
 
Opening
Dan Biersdorf (filling in for Club President Matt) started meeting. 
 
 
Announcements
Sadly announced Joe Langer has left the club for health reasons.
Also announced, Mike Lehmann will be absent for a while due to health reasons. 
 
 
Guest Today
Cindy Atkinson wife of Dick Atkinson
 
 
Wake Up Ritual
Victor Kirsch  starting series of longevity humors, opened with “it all starts with choosing good parents with good genes” , etc, etc, before announcing “Why we’re here!”
 
Thank you Victor.  
 
 
Introduction & Speaker
Dick Atkinson, before introducing todays speaker, warned members “we’re going to hear about exercise this morning”.  Dick then offered exercise humors and brief bio.
 
Sarah Dickhausen, Forever Well Director, Southdale, providing short self bio stated loved working with health and wellness issues. 
 
-Job’s like being a cruise director, except on land.
 
-YMCA an amazing place to work.  Run ~180 classes a week for ages 6 weeks to (at least) 94 years of age.
 
-Teaching exercise is a powerful thing. –Goal: connect people to where they need to be!
 
THEN, DREADED FORWARNED EXERCISE!
Sarah here:  “OK, now going to do an exercise!  Everybody, stay seated but pull a finger backward!”  Seconds later, “Did it hurt?  No.  But if pulled finger back 8-10 hours/day would be a problem needing resolution”.
WOW, THAT WASN’T TOO BAD....

-We build better Minds, Bodies & Spirits
 
-“Exercise needs consistency”.  Here, Sarah advanced toward Dale Borgeson and asks (microphone in hand) “Would you trust me or Dale with that last statement?”  A unanimous membership voiced back:   “You, we know Dale...”   Much laughter...,. 
 
 
Q&A
Q – What’s relation with YWCA?
A – We’re totally separate.  Have never worked with them.  
 
Q – You still have wood work shops?
A– Not that aware of.   Saying, lot of different structures in YMCA groups.
 
Q –What are benefits of walking?   And how far you need to walk?  
A – Walking is one of best exercises can do.  Goal: 150 minutes this exercise type per week.
 
Back of Room (or someplace) a Beller: “Pushing a grocery cart count”?  Much laughter.
A –Anything helps.  Sitting as dangerous as smoking per some thoughts.
 
A to Q (scribe couldn’t hear Q):  Shouldn’t weight train every day - body needs rest periods.  Aerobic training different.
 
Q –Background?  HS/College?  
A – Yes, gymnastics in HS. Always was in Track. I like movement activities. 
 
Comment:  A highly energized women’s church group plan and advertise yearly Boundary Water Expeditions.  Remarkably, another group women organized a counter Group to thed outbound adventurers.  They called selves WIMPS –‘Women Interested in More Plush Stuff’”   Much laughter!
 
Q –How does Free Membership work?  
A – Actually, Health Plans pay for.  They know people who are healthy (exercise more) have lower health care costs.   We as people like concept of Free stuff.   Saying, it’s really the insurance companies that pay us. 
 
 
Much Applause when ‘fill in President’ Dan Beirsdorf  (performing an Outstanding Job) implemented the always treasured ‘Ham n Eggs Mug Transfer Ceremony’. 
 
 
Thank you Dale Borgeson & Darrell Bertelson for photography - as provided to membership and guests (with time limit) providing email addresses.
 
Ron Jensen




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Geza Simon, MD
 
 
HAM AND EGGS CLUB NEWSLETTER
www.HamAndEggsClub.com
Oct 3, 2018

 
Geza Simon MD, Hungarians Escapee Immigrant, Retired Physician and Volunteer:  “Yes, here Was Once an Iron Curtain”.  Host: Cliff Erickson
 
 
Upcoming Events
10/10/2018  Sarah Dickhausen, Forever Well Director, Southdale YMCA,.  Ms. Dickhausen coordinates activities of 3,000 seniors enrolled at “Y” thru Blue Cross and Medica.   Host: Dick Atkinson
10/17/2018  Dario Anselmo, MN State Representative for Edina 49A:  “2018 Election – A Purple Message (Red and Blue, Not Vikings!)  Host: Bob Rofidal
10/24/2018  Scott Korzenowki, Franchisee Attorney and Host of Sunday Morning Sports Talk on AM 1500 Radio:  “he Social Injustices of So-Called Amateur Athletes, and Absolute Stupidity of a Certain Basketball Operation in Town”.  Host: Barry Keiner
 
 
Opening
Matt Biersdorf -  “Good Morning Everybody – We’re gonna get started!”
 
 
Announcements
Matt Biersdorf – Proud to announce new member Richard Wisland this AM.  (Richard here presented a short bio of self.) 
Les Sharpe – We don’t want to get stuck on politics, but let’s all reach out to find new and diverse speakers – as we have today.   Thank you.
 
 
Guests Today
Char Erickson guest of Cliff Erickson
Jane Simon wife of today’s speaker
 
 
Wake Up Ritual
Victor Kirsch   approaching podium in zig zag pattern because of table spacing was reminded of days running.  I was small, but also 12.  Then, you hear of that herd of Black Hills Big Horns that always went around hills clock wise?   Of course, another r herd always went around counter-clockwise.  The sheep became very adapt until they finally met and bred.  Today the offspring have right and left legs with different lengths.  Then,  the sales person informed the office manager that his wife (the sales person’s) had photos for sale.  Hearing the price at $1M, the office manager exclaimed, I knew your wife was good but not that good.   The sales guys says, they’re of you and the secretary!  
 
Then, as only Victor can:   “Why we’re here!”Thank you Victor.  
 
 
Introduction & Speaker
Cliff Erickson, can’t top Victors stories, but do have couple of my ownAfter reminding members of clubs strong representation of Harvard alumni, he mentioned details of his own iron curtain memories regarding Hungary.  Cliff’s story included having passport for area in 1958, but was still not valid for Hungary.  Remarkably, toward March 1959 easier to use passport the closer you got to Arctic Circle.  Members still wonder how Cliff knew this... He then welcomed today’s speaker. 
 
Geza Simon MD   Thank you Cliff for recommending me.  Glad to be here. Will tell some tidbits of my bio.  Most people interested in people stories.
 
-1st memory of WWII was siege of 1944-45, was not quite 4 years old. Lived in air raid shelter.  Allied plane dropped bomb, but didn’t explode.  Went from 6th to 2nd floor. 
 
-Grew up during harshest years of Communist ‘Stalinist Years’, last of ‘40’s and early ‘50’s.
 
-Learned from adults the executions, incarcerations, suicides, etc. Made great impression on me.
 
-Memory of uprising against Communist regime, the armed rebellion. On & Off for 2 weeks, 2,000 Hungarians & 650 Russian soldiers died.  Sister & best friend killed.
 
-Decided to escape. Took 5 days to get to Austrian border.
 
-Coming out of forest, came face to face with iron curtain.  Iron Curtain extended from North Sea to Adriatic, 4,000 kilometers.  It was 4 rows of barbwire, head high & separated by 2 feet.  The Austrians had line of flags to enable escapees to know the border.
 
-Forester, night before, provided detailed instructions. He gave us a path where openings were located.   Made sense, border guards needed way to cross...
 
-Was something to remember.  Here, (smile on face, Geza wondered if extra openings on new Mexican Wall similarly available).  Much Laughter! 
 
-Now, Free in Austria – real adventure started.
 
-Been in HS in 4 different countries.  If include California, then 5 different countries.  More  Laughter!
 
Geza then ‘suggested’ achievements, casually stating obtained MD. Then commented “‘when looking at fellow Hungarian immigrants’, considered self an under achiever.  “ (Scribe takes pause - What he just say?)
 
-Discussion continued: ‘After military’, ‘Vietnam’, ‘Graduate School’, ‘Medical Research’.. etc...
 
-Dec 1987, Berlin wall came down & Hungary liberated. Started return visits with notes & Essays.  2012 submitted essays to Budapest.  Over years, submitted essays covering both far right to far left.  Today, seemingly too conservative for both extremes. 
 
-Travel logs published this year. Have received much credibility, but little money. 
 
Will stop here. Some of you have to get to work.  Still remember what like.
 
  
Q&A
Q - You failed to mention Hungarian refugees started California wine industry.
A - Yes!  (Smiling)  Story told.
 
Q – What was interaction in home when escaped?
A– Some touchy subjects. (pausing....) Parents separated.  Mother encouraged me to leave.  Didn’t get chance to discuss with father.
 
Comment -  You have different experience & view of America than some of us do. 
A – Glad appreciates that.  Yes, some observations.
 
Q – You and friend made it. Any incidents observed of those who didn’t make it?  
A – Yes.  1956 old regime restarted and borders reinforced. Know some sent back.
 
Q – Was in Budapest this spring – a beautiful city - Can describe?
A –Your picture description has much history.  Grandfather of cousin was rounded up & killed at scene you described.  Still a pharmaceutical factory in Hungary named after him. 
 
Q – What kind of support you receive crossing?
A – Much. We were welcomed with open arms...
 
At conclusion of Ham & Eggs superb presentation, Geza Simon MD commented - I’ve just been mugged!  Great Work Club President Matt Biersdorf.  
 
Thank you Dale Borgeson & Darrell Bertelson for photography.  Pictures shown in weekly Newsletter membership distributions .
 
Ron Jensen



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Heather Edelson
 
HAM AND EGGS CLUB NEWSLETTER
www.HamAndEggsClub.com
Sept 26, 2018

 
Heather Edelson, DFL Endorsed Candidate for District 50AHost: Dale Borgeson
 
Upcoming Events
10/03/2018  Geza Simon MD, Hungarians Escapee Immigrant, Retired Physician and Volunteer:  “Yes, here Was Once an Iron Curtain”.  Host: Cliff Erickson

10/10/2018  Sarah Dickhausen, Forever Well Director, Southdale YMCA,.  Ms. Dickhausen coordinates activities of 3,000 seniors enrolled at “Y” thru Blue Cross and Medica.   Host: Dick Atkinson

10/17/2018  Dario Anselmo, MN State Representative for Edina 49A:  “2018 Election – A Purple Message (Red and Blue, Not Vikings!)  Host: Bob Rofidal

 
Opening
Matt Biersdorf -  “Good Morning!”
 
 
No Announcements

 
Guests Today
Peter Warner guest of Dale Borgeson
Richard Wisland guest of Dale Borgeson
Luke Denein guest of Matt  Biersdorf
 
Wake Up Ritual
Victor Kirsch   Internet down last night, ended up spending evening with family – they’re actually very nice!  Then, seriously just started a running program yesterday.  So far, only missed one day!
 
Then, as only Victor announces to members and guests “Why we’re here!”Thank you Victor.  
 
 
Introduction & Speaker
Dale Borgeson before introducing todays speaker, provided brief ‘Past, Present & Future’ including story “can’t go back to where you grew up...doesn’t exist anymore.”  Currently singing in nursing homes and stuff like visiting Branson - one of youngest attending... (much laughter...) Dale then introduced today’s speaker, Heather Edelson
 
Heather Edelson, DFL endorsed candidate for District 50A, opened great presentation with  “Good morning – Am here today because looking for what’s best for MN.  Live in Edina (belong to Rotary) believe politics today are non-decisive.   As a Mom, disappointed!  Going to tell why decided to run. 
 
-We largely make first judgements on people biased on looks.  I grew up in North Minneapolis – Do I look like I grew up there?  Probably not.
 
-Hard life growing up.  Background story told and fact that basis for why running for office today. Was homeless when 16 years old.  Lobbied when 17 years old simply for place to live.  Getting into college was a challenge. 
 
-Very much a moderate Democrat.  Story often heard:  “You’re a Democrat, I’m a Republican.  We don’t mix!”   I say we need to talk.  We’re a lot more like each other than different. 
 
-Consider self as a Mom who wants to get things done.  Today, people not talking to each other.  Want to make MN a better place for ‘all of us’.
 
 
Presentation here turns to Q&A format
 
Q – Interested in story re Mpls growing up and making thru college.   N Mpls education today recognized as ‘not positive’.  As example coming from a system ‘not in place’ you succeeded without having support thrown at you.   How?
A –Struggled.  We’re not all built same.  I knew I wasn’t going to give up.  Felt a little different with fiscal issues – I knew how to make a nickel.. 
 
Today, find lot of people (even in Edina) not collecting data for money they want to spend.  Ex:  Pharmaceutical Company’s provided miss information steering tax money.  Money, then received from General Fund had zero accountability.  
 
Q – 1st thanks for being here.  Next legislative session, both parties need to agree on basic things.  What’s balance on ‘what to pay for & what not to pay for’?
A – Yes, agree with Q. Much discussion.  Gas tax hasn’t been increased for long time, our roads need help.  Rural legislators have different ideas than urban legislators.  Agree, need to balance.  
 
Q –Many think growth (GDP) necessary.  Any correlation between Growth & Happiness?
A – WOW, that’s a hard one!  Good idea to look at cost of things verse benefit.  GDP not enough. 
 
Q –2 Qs:  1st) Do we treat women differently when running for office?  2nd ) Problem with omnibus bills?
A – Think omnibus bills are garbage. Last legislative session presented 180 pages to governor.  Kurt Daudt spoke here last week, am disappointed with his performance.
 
Q –Correlation between Sales, Property and Increased taxes way out of wack!  Opinion or thoughts?
A –Tax conformity should be #1.  Property & Income should be a little lower. Believe in saving for rainy day.  Sales Tax, yes – need to work at.   (Scribe missed response to 1st Q)
 
Q –Public options mentioned, now MN Care works because Private Insurance in place.  Problem, look whats happening to Dentists receiving 37 cents on dollar with State  Insurance.  They’re dropping care.  Other states experiencing worse heath care solutions. 
A – Uninsured rate going up for 1st time in long period. Lot of people without insurance today.  Many in rural MN have no access to health care minus MN Care.
 
Comment:   Need to get back to basic health care without bureaucracy and red tape.
 
Comment:   (Plug for Ken Burns documentary – View 2ND Mayo documentary presentation on Channel 2 – tonight, Wednesday. 
 
Q –Where you differ from incumbent?
A – Gun legislation.  Per speaker last week, doesn’t want gun laws – we need to talk about. Anybody remember school shooting here in MN – Red Lake?
 
I want MN Care. Also believe in expanding Medical Marijuana.  Anyone know anyone with Alzheimer’s needing aid?   (here Voice from front bellers?  “you mean other than those in this room?)  Much Laughter 
 
Q –Young people today don’t give a damn – re ‘Last Man Standing’ (Scribe Q’s: sitcom re Tim Allen???)  Anything to this?   
A – I think youth do care!  We need to talk. 
 
Q –Why for light rail?  We build then subsidize.
A – Everybody has lite rail!   Good for economy.  A good investment.   We’ve been talking about it for years! 
 
Much enthusiasm followed Heathers last statement, actually a concern for riot among normally demurred well behaved Eggers.
 
Sensing, President Matt quickly & wisely announced ‘Thank You’ for terrific presentation!
  
Much Applause w Ham n Egg coffee mug ceremony concluded gathering. 
 
 
Thank you Don Teigen, Dale Borgeson & Darrell Bertelson for photography (included on weekly Newsletter email distributions).
 
 
Ron Jensen







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