The Suburban Ramsey Emergency Coalition is a partnership of thirteen local affiliates of international service clubs and two community foundations that serve the areas within the Roseville Area and Mounds View school districts. The cities fully within this area are Arden Hills, Falcon Heights, Lauderdale, Little Canada, Mounds View, New Brighton, Roseville and Shoreview.
Each member organization has agreed to the following principles of understanding. To:
Contribute the time and talents of its members to the governance and operations of the Coalition;
Distribute requests for funds, goods and volunteers to members and request that they in turn share with their personal networks;
Use all available networks to cross market to, promote, inform and engage the community in Coalition activities;
Donate to the Coalition as able, maximizing donations from individuals, organizations and the community.
Each member organization will occupy one seat on the steering committee and have one vote in each decision taken by the Coalition. Membership and voting rights will remain contingent upon active participation in the Coalition by each member organization. That participation will be defined by financial contributions, project volunteers, and contributions to the governance and operations of the Coalition.
Each member organization will appoint one representative to the steering committee. It is recommended that each appoint an alternate, as well. Any number of members from a single organization may be represented in the Coalition as committee members, officers, and advisors.
The Coalition will also include Informational Partners, those individuals, organizations, and agencies which are deemed to provide critical informational resources of community needs and services to the Coalition. These Partners will have “voice, but no vote” in the decision making of the Coalition. Currently, these Partners consist of the Suburban Ramsey Family Collaborative and the offices of Ramsey County Commissioners from Districts 1 and 2.
The Coalition will utilize Advisors as well. These will be individuals and/or organizations which offer particular knowledge, skills, or other assets crucial to the operational success of the Coalition. They, too, will have “voice but no vote” in Coalition decision making.
Leadership Team: composed of the Chair, Vice-chair and Secretary/Treasurer shall conduct operations of the Coalition between meetings and shall appoint working committees.
Steering Committee: makes decisions on matters of policy and operation including fundraising activities, requirements for and choice of grant recipients and matters of expenditure of funds. The Steering Committee meets regularly (generally weekly) to provide overall direction and make necessary decisions.
Working Committees: include Marketing, Communications, Fundraising, Grantmaking, Events, Volunteers, and such other committees or subcommittees as may be necessary from time to time.
The Coalition’s governing body is the Steering Committee, composed of 15 individuals, each appointed by their member organization as their representative. All matters concerning Coalition policy, operations, expenditure of funds, fundraising, and grant approval must come before the Steering Committee. A simple majority vote is required for approval or rejection.
While any issue may be raised from the floor and voted upon, the usual process includes an item working its way through a committee, resulting in a recommendation given to the leadership team. Upon review by the leadership team, the proposal is placed on the agenda of the upcoming meeting, along with appropriate documentation. At that meeting action would be taken on the proposal.
Grant application and approval follows its own specific process as detailed on the “Grants” page of this website. Final approval or rejection, however, still rests with the vote of the Steering Committee.
In cases where timeliness is crucial and decisions require a vote by the full Steering Committee, that vote may be taken by email or other digital means and shall be deemed a valid process.
“Meeting Notes” are available from each Steering Committee meeting.
Arden Hills/Shoreview Rotary
Falcon Heights-Lauderdale Lions
Mounds View Lions
New Brighton Lions
New Brighton/Mounds View Rotary
North Suburban Evening Lions
North Suburban Golden K Kiwanis
North Suburban Kiwanis St. Paul
Roseville Area Community Foundation
Roseville Area Optimists
Rotary Club of Roseville
St. Paul North Ramsey 500 Lions
Shoreview/Arden Hills Lions
Shoreview Community Foundation
Chair Kent Peterson, Arden Hills/Shoreview Rotary Club
Vice-chair Curt Stockford, St. Paul North Ramsey 500 Lion’s Club
Sec./Treas. Gwen Simonson, Shoreview Community Foundation
Stephanie Cosgrove Arden Hills/Shoreview Rotary
Kent Peterson, alternate
Paul Ciernia Falcon Heights/Lauderdale Lions
Ken Crea, alternate
Sherry Gunn Mounds View Lions
Val Johnson New Brighton Lions
Geoff Hollimon New Brighton/Mounds View Rotary
Dana Rebelein, alternate
Bob Seybold North Suburban Golden K Kiwanis
Roger Williams, alternate
Jason Stewart North Suburban Kiwanis St. Paul
Deb Spivey North Suburban Evening Lions
Dawne Brown White Roseville Area Community Foundation
June Stewart, alternate
Beth Salzl Roseville Lions
Terry Gorman Roseville Area Optimists
David Kray Rotary Club of Roseville
Maria Caram Ibarra, alternate
Curt Stockford St. Paul North Ramsey 500 Lions
Patrice Walsh, alternate
Gwen Simonson Shoreview Community Foundation
Judy Zewers Shoreview/Arden Hills Lions
Members of the Coalition work with the Suburban Ramsey Family Collaborative and Ramsey County Commissioners from our area as resources to fully understand the urgent needs during this crisis.
Mary Sue Hansen Suburban Ramsey Family Collaborative
Commissioner Nicole Frethem Ramsey County District 1 Commissioner
Commissioner Mary Jo McGuire Ramsey County District 2 Commissioner Councilmember Jason Etten Roseville City Council and member of Ramsey County Advisory Committee on Food Insecurity