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Tuesday, May 13, 2014


I’ve stated before that the Minneapolis Club is one of my favorite places in downtown Minneapolis.  It was one of the first buildings I encountered when I moved here over twelve years go, and its distinguished style and beauty, lends an element of sophistication to the busy and growing downtown.  Since I’m not a member I don’t get there very often, but for the last couple of years I’ve attended a lunch meeting there for work, and the experience is always wonderful!

The meeting I attended this year was once again sponsored by the School of Theology at St. John’s University in Collegeville.  They do a number of Theology Day presentations throughout the year, and this particular one always centers on bridging spiritual values and principles with the business world.  This year’s speaker was August Tursk, whose topic was “Business Secrets of the Trappist Monks: Making Meaning While Making Money,” and the presentation was truly excellent.

August Tursk gave an excellent presentation to packed room.

Equal to the quality of the presentation for me though, is the quality of hospitality shown by the Minneapolis Club.  The stereotype we often have of private clubs is that they are a bit standoffish, but that has never been my experience of the Minneapolis Club.  Every time I have attended an event there, I have always been made to feel extremely welcomed. 

After his presentation, Mr. Tursk signed copies of his book.

This is one of my favorite paintings at the Minneapolis Club.  
I guess I'm still a farm boy at heart.

The food is always amazing, and the staff is friendly, helpful and polite, as they go out of their way to ensure that guests feel at home.  This level of hospitality is just second nature to them, and the superior service is always provided in a smooth and seemingly effortless manner which, I’m certain, is the reason they have been placed among the Five Star Platinum Clubs of the world.

This grand lady kept a watchful eye on the event.

While it is doubtful that I will be in a position to be a member, I appreciate the opportunities I have to attend functions at the Minneapolis Club.  They provide a gracious atmosphere that is both contemporary and traditional, and above all, welcoming.  I can truthfully say that each time I visit there I leave feeling privileged and honored to have been hosted by such a fine institution.  They are amazing!!!

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