Minneapolis Breakfast Club

Guest Speaker: Major General Robert Shadley, Author of The GAMe: Unraveling a Military Sex Scandal

It might have been the darkest morning for breakfast so far in 2017.  Dan Westberg, followed shortly by Dick Anderson, were the first to arrive today.

President Robbie Danko called the meeting to order with a couple of jokes. In addition, Neil Roers, who couldn’t be there, sent along a couple of Halloween jokes. For example: “How do you tickle a skeleton? Tickle his funny bone.”

Our honorary members in attendance were Russ Bremner, Ron Britz, and Mark Simon.

Please sign up with Craig Blixrud at blixrudhomes@gmail.com for your 2018 Craft Talk slot, and to indicate if it will be at the Woman’s Club, or offsite at a location of your choice.

It was wonderful to see John Winston up and about at the club this morning. Welcome back!

Richard Junghans recently met with Robbie Danko and suggested that members should network with one another outside of the Wednesday meetings.

Staples Advantage is looking for another office designer.

This Week’s Craft Talk

The topic of Major General (ret) Robert D. Shadley’s talk was, “Leadership: Preventing and Responding to Crisis.”  His experience in the Army included responsibilities in Vietnam, Desert Shield, Desert Storm, OPERATION UPHOLD in Haiti, and many others.  He has been recognized with many distinguished awards.

The most heroic act of his 33-year career occurred when he commanded the Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland.  While there he discovered a “game” among the enlisted staff that involved sexual harassment and sexual assault. The game was identified at multiple locations.  Since that time, he has been an advocate for recognizing and dealing with sexual harassment, sexual assault, and sexual violence in the work place, and he wrote a book, The GAMe: Unraveling a Military Sex Scandal, which is available through his website.

Bob started off his talk with a discussion of the word leadership. His definition was: “The art of getting things done through others who don’t want to do it.” He talked about the 4 Cs of leadership: Competence, Character, Chemistry, and Curiosity.  He also talked about the bad side made up of 4 Bs that negatively affect leadership: Booze, Boys and Girls, Bucks ($), and Ballots (Politics).

To learn more, or to connect with Major General Shadley, visit https://www.shadleyeditions.com/.

Please register for the Pot of Gold with Karen Holtmeier at kholtmeier@medicalweightcenter.com or at 612-597-1309.

Our business exchange was bustling today, with the following members issuing thanks: Staples Advantage, Armor Mechanical, AAA Minneapolis, Summit Companies, Admin Solutions and Bullseye Media.

Table introductions were made at Table #6 by Continental Diamond, who let us know that a great time to complete your end of year shopping is now, before the holiday rush begins.

Today’s Pot of Gold was drawn by Tom Ashbaugh of Ashbaugh Financial, and our winner was Tom Whaley of The St. Paul Saints!

Karen Holtmeier of Medical Weight Management Center introduced our guest Craft Talk speaker, Robert David Shadley, Major General, U.S. Army (Ret.).

Next week’s meeting will be held onsite at The Woman’s Club.  Our Craft Talk speaker will be AAA Minneapolis.  Table Introductions will be made at Table #4 by Lindskoog Florist.