Service Above Self

We meet Thursdays at 7:15 AM Richfield Bloomington Honda

Enter through the service entrance
Meet in the second floor conference room
501 W 77th St.
Richfield, MN  55423
United States

President Chip Groth and members Barb Devlin and Jean Fox represented Richfield Rotary at the April 28 District Conference.  (President Chip was MIA when the photo at left was taken!) 

Conference attendees viewed exhibits featuring various local and international service opportunities, and heard presentations by inspiring speakers such as Karen Valentini, founder of the Smile Network (provides cleft palate surgeries to poor children), and Erik Therwanger (right), author of Think Great (helps organizations “soar at higher levels.”)  Barb Devlin plans to share some of Erik’s ideas as part of her upcoming program presentation in June.

One of the breakout presentations focused on volunteering to help out with the 2018 Superbowl.  Click here to learn more about volunteer opportunities available.  Rotarians can volunteer together by registering as part of RotaryCrew52.


Edina Noon Rotary Club

Special Program:  Neel Kashkari, President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis

August 17, 2017

12:15 PM - 1:30 PM

Edina Country Club

5100 Wooddale Ave, Edina 55424

Meal Cost: $20

RSVP and payment to Chip Groth (Check payable to Rotary Club of Richfield)


About Neel Kashkari:

Prior to being named President of the Minneapolis Federal Reserve in November 2015, Neel Kashkari served as interim Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Financial Stability from October 2008 to May 2009, where he oversaw the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) that was a major component of the U.S. government's response to the financial crisis of 2007–08. 

Minneapolis, which was last an FOMC voting member in 2014, will next be a voting member in 2017.

Thanks to all who helped to make the 65th Richfield Rotary Celebration on January 6 a great success!  Proceeds from the silent auction and wine raffle drawing totaled about $1000.  

The near-capacity crowd enjoyed mingling and bidding, followed by a delicious dinner catered by Beautiful Day Catering.  

Left:  District Governor Mark Hegstrom and his wife Connie enjoyed dinner with President Chip Groth and his wife, Deanna.











Above:  Elected officials and representatives of MIRA and Richfield Schools responded to a "mannequin challenge," while Mike and Jorina Andrews looked dignified, as usual!




Kirsten Nelson emceed an enjoyable program, which included highlights from Richield Rotary history, punctuated by music from Shar Salisbury and back-up singers Barb Devlin and Steve Larson.  







District Governor Mark Hegstrom awarded an honorary Paul Harris Fellowship to Hennepin County Commissioner and former Richfield Mayor Debbie Goettel.   Debbie stated, “I am honored to receive this award, and want to express my appreciation to the Richfield Rotary for its community involvement, support and service.” Debbie added, “While I will be undertaking a new role, I am not going away.  I will still be a part of the Richfield community.” 

The party was a great way to celebrate our club's contributions to the community, kick off the next 65 years of Richfield Rotary service!  

Click here to read “Richfield Rotary Through the Years,” prepared by Barb Devlin.

Special thanks to the planning committee (Barb Devlin, Jean Fox, Chip Groth, and Kirsten Nelson) and to Dave Kostik for making arrangements for us to use the City Bella Community Room.  






If you haven't already done so, District Governor Elect Bob Hallagan asks you to please respond to the District 5950 Rotary Survey no later than Wednesday, January 11.  It will take you only 10-15 minutes, and the results will help inform decisions at both the Club and District levels.  Click here to link to the survey.

Thank you!

Sergeant at Arms - David Melcher

Thought for the Week - Natalie Landwehr

Program: Gloria Jean Howard, "Rotary Club of North Minneapolis Peace Initiative"

Gloria will tell us about the North Minneapolis Club’s signature Peace Initiative Program, begun in 2015.  She will share many of the strategies, tools and community activities used to create peaceful, sustainable solutions to conflicts within the community and to foster peaceful relationships worldwide.    The emphasis is on reinforcing positive activities to displace negative ones.   The club’s goal is to increase positive relationships and promote peaceful interactions among neighbors, organizations and law enforcement. 

Jean Fox heard about this program at the district assembly in a breakout on collaborations, and thinks it could be a great new project for our club, providing both visibility and positive action within Richfield.

Newsletter Editor Barb Devlin is out of town, so this article contains highlights from our October 6 meeting as well as notes regarding upcoming events.  
Guest Natalie Landwehr (Best Buy) visited our club today. Natalie’s father is a Duluth rotarian, and Natalie has been involved with a high school Rotaract club.
Tony Baldwin, from the Apple Valley Rotary, joined us today. AV rotary is selling raffle tickets for their annual foundation fund raiser. Welcome Tony.
There were many happy dollars given today. Thank you for your generousity.
Program:  Essential Oils 101 - Laurie Allman Hanken
In this world of increasing healthcare costs, aches, pains and sickness have become somewhat of a norm. All you have to do is watch TV to see all the advertisements for pharmaceuticals.  
Guest speaker Laurie Allman Hanken explained that there is a natural wellness community that is "alive and well with options to help keep us physically and mentally well", and that  essential oils "are a big part of that movement."  
Hanken noted that essential oils occur naturally in the environment, adding, "The next time you drive by a field of fresh peppermint or hike through a pine forest, breathe deeply—you’re experiencing the soul-soothing power of essential oils."
Upcoming events:
  • The Future of Rotary-Luncheon-Perspective of an R.I. Leader, Jennifer Jones, Tuesday, November 1st, Noon-1:30 pm, Double Tree Park Place Hotel- $25.00. Please register by Tuesday, October 25th
  • Veteran’s Day Luncheon, Friday, November 11th 11:00- 1:00 pm Bear Path Country Club-$25.00
  • Richfield Rotary Club Service Project Warm Hands, Heads, and Hearts-Wednesday, November 14th- 5:30-9:00 pm.

November 14 - Richfield Rotary Night at Pizza Luce

Yesterday, Richfield Rotary received 25% of the pre-tax proceeds from meals purchased at Pizza Luce from folks presenting Richfield Rotary flyers.  One of the managers commented last evening, "We have seen lots of flyers, beginning with folks coming in earlier in the day."  

Proceeds will support our “Warm Hands, Heads and Hearts” project, which provides winter hats, gloves and mittens for needy elementary and secondary students in the Richfield Public Schools. 

Thanks to Richfield Rotarians, family members and friends who helped spread the word and who supported the fund-raiser by dining at Pizza Luce.  We enjoyed great food and fellowship while doing good in our community!

President Chip will have a report soon regarding fund-raiser proceeds.



Several Rotarians have requested information about how to orders Rotary-themed clothing and merchandise.   Several blue Rotary tee shirts are available for borrowing in men's sizes (large and extra large).  However, Russell Hampton and National Awards are two websites with clothing available to match your body size and personal taste, along with other Rotary merchandise.  Just click on each name to get to each company's website.




Thanks to Chip Groth for organizing a wonderful Past President’s gathering!  The tour of the James J. Hill House was terrific, followed by a delicious lunch at Moscow on the Hill.  Of course, all of this was to thank Anthony for his leadership last year.  Jean Fox took some great photos - enjoy!

Sergeant At Arms:  Barb Devlin

Thought for the Week:  Jean Fox

Program:  Club Assembly


Jean Fox and Barb Devlin represented Richfield Rotary at this year’s District Conference.  

The keynote speakers and breakout sessions were excellent, thanks to the fact that Districts 5950 and 5960 were both sharing in the cost.  


The keynote luncheon speaker was author, leadership speaker, and wilderness guide Chris Heeter, who used some of her favorite sled dogs to highlight some important lessons about leadership and teamwork:

  • Need to try different approaches with different people
  • Everybody has gifts.  We just need to look for them.
  • It’s not enough to show what you know; first, you need to show that you care. 



Mary Beth Growney Selene, a Rotary International Director from 2013-2015, served as the official RI Representative at the Conference.  Mary Beth also facilitated excellent breakout sessions on attracting and engaging membership, and designing local and international projects that last.



In addition to formal meetings, conference attendees also visited the “Hall of Friendship” to learn about other Rotary Clubs’ projects and activities, and helped with the “Service in a Day” project, to assemble feminine hygiene kits to benefit girls around the world.  The goal was to assemble 450 hygiene kits, but over double that number were completed by the end of the day!


The District Conference is a great way to learn more about Rotary, get new ideas,  and meet some great Rotarians from other clubs.  Make a commitment to attend next year!!

Richfield High School Principal Latanya Daniels brought 12 High School Juniors and Seniors to the annual District 3 Ethics Luncheon held at Edina Country club. Students enjoyed a delicious lunch and important conversation with Rotarians and listened to a powerful presentation by Dave Irvin who talked about what happens when good people make bad decisions. 

Dave Irvin had a privileged upbringing and as an adult was a father of 4, coached a youth hockey team and held an executive position. On a dare, one day he tried cocaine, and gradually became dependent. Because he could afford it, he started buying cocaine for himself and friends in larger quantities. He thought he was just being efficient and helpful to his buddies and never realized he had moved into the classification of dealing. He was finally caught when he was set up by a friend who had been recently arrested for cocaine use. 

When he was arrested he immediately thought "what will I tell my family, what will I tell my work colleagues, and well now I can finally quit." Rather than fight the arrest conviction he decided to take full responsibility for his actions and ended up serving a year and a day in a federal prison in Duluth. He remembers the officer telling him after the arrest that "you may not believe it now but this will be good for you" 

The loss of dignity and respect was devastating but he is now rebuilding his life, renewing friendships whenever possible, gainfully employed (although not at his former executive position) and is seeking to make amends. 

Richfield Rotary is now meeting in the 2nd floor Conference Room of 

RICHFIELD / BLOOMINGTON HONDA, 501 W. 77th Street in Richfield

To get there:  From Lyndale Avenue, drive east on 77th Street Park.  Park on the east side of the building, enter the building through the service entrance, go through the glass doors on the right, and take the elevators or stairway to the second floor.  Once you’re on the second floor, walk past the restrooms, take a right, and the conference room is the last door on the left, just before the opening into the auto showroom.  (If you wander around long enough, you’ll find it!!)


Breakfast Buffet:  For just $10, you'll enjoy a delicious breakfast buffet prepared by Beautiful Day Catering.

Come and Join Us!!

Barb and John Devlin attended the April 9 District Assembly, led by incoming District Governor Mark Hegstrom of the Edina Morningside Rotary Club.

Mark’s used a stool to encapsulate his key messages.  Mark reminded us, “Each of the support legs to make our clubs successful, vibrant, and to better serve humanity.”

Some highlights of Mark’s remarks:

“A club in motion has emotion.  Vibrant clubs are active; they do things.”

“Vibrant clubs have fun while engaging in service.”

“Clubs can convey vibrancy through publications, websites and Facebook pages that include pictures of members doing things and having fun.”

The break-out sessions included a grant-writing session led by (L to R) Don Stiles, Todd Bollig and Irene Kelly, attended by Barb Devlin.   John attended sessions on visioning and engaging members.

The May 12-13 District Conference will provide another opportunity for members to learn more about and contribute to Rotary.  

One in three women around the world will be victim of assault during her lifetime. Angela Champagne-From was attacked by a stranger in a Minneapolis parking garage in the middle of the day and stabbed with a 10 inch knife, but fought back and lived to tell about it. In her presentation, Angela will discuss the attack and play the tape of her 911 call. She will tell about her recovery, the criminal process and important information about self protection and awareness.
This presentation is for women of all ages and the men who care about them. It is a free event to be held on Tuesday, May 3 at 6:30pm at the Richfield Middle School 7461 Oliver Ave S
Click here to view or print the invitation.

RICHFIELD ROTARY is busting the BRACKETS for polio plus!!


Bracket Manager Jay Clark informed the group that David Melcher is the WINNER of the 2017 Tournament gets to enjoy dinner with Joan, Jay and Bridget!  



A big thanks to Jay for coordinating the bracket challenge, to Jay and Bridget for sponsoring the dinner, and to all who contribute to Polio Plus!





Thanks to Chip Groth from Richfield Rotary and Mark Mellon from Bloomington Daymakers for organizing an enjoyable joint Happy Hour on January 12.   The manager even gave us a private room!  (A good indication that we were having a good time is that our server closed the door to prevent our conversation and laughter from disturbing the other restaurant patrons!)
Hopefully, we'll schedule other joint events in the future!


HaekYung Nielson has submitted her application for membership in Richfield Rotary.  HaekYung’s professional classification is restaurant management and marketing.  She was one of our servers at Champps before taking a management position at the Hard Rock Café at the Mall of America.  However, in a few weeks, HaeKyung will be resigning her position to devote more attention to her children and volunteer service, including service through Rotary!  (The photo at left shows HaeKyung helping to distribute dictionaries to 3rd graders at Richfield STEM School.)

Haekyung has two children (Tyler, age 9, and Janet, age 2), and is engaged to Joshua Thompson.  Major interests and commitments include photography, youth ministries, the Hard Rock Heals Foundation, Cub Scout Den Leader, and volunteering at Feed My Starving Children and the Minnesota Zoo. 

HaekYung shares  Rotary’s commitment to service and looks forward to becoming part of the Rotary Club of Richfield. She will be introduced at our December 8 meeting, and President Chip hopes to install HaeKyung into membership on December 15.  Please contact Chip with any questions or concerns.

Sergeant At Arms:  Steve Jedlund

Thought for the Week:  Jay Clark

Program:  David Feinwachs and Diane Peterson - “HMO Fraud in Minnesota” 

The primary presenter will be David Feinwachs, a health care attorney, advocate and expert on our state’s public policy regarding health care.  He will be joined by Diane Peterson, a high school classmate of Steve Larson’s who also is a health care advocate.  They will discuss the Five Billion dollars annually of taxpayer dollars that are unaccounted for in Minnesota’s HMO system.  This will be a great meeting to invite visitors to as this is a topic that affects all of us! 

The I-35W Bridge over the Mississippi River in Minneapolis and France Avenue in Edina will be lit in shades of red and yellow on October 24 to honor Rotary International’s fight to end polio called End Polio Now.
See the complete announcement under Home Page Download Files.


Happy Dollars

  • Natalie Landwehr got her new nametag.  She commented, "It's official!"
  • Both Jean Fox and Kirsten Nelson gave shout-outs to Dr. Jay Clark - "The best dentist in Richfield."
  • Club members extended their thanks to President Chip for organizing the Pizza Luce fund-raiser.  Chip said the staff mentioned receiving “a lot of flyers” throughout the day, and is waiting for a check from corporate.  Pizza Luce invited us to partner with them on future fund-raisers as well.

Spotlight on Richfield College Education Program (RCEP)

Jason Sellars, administrator of the Richfield College Education Program (RCEP) brought two students with him, Caleb White and Pamela Osorio.  Jason reminded us that RCEP offers students the opportunity to experience a college campus while being dual enrolled in high school and college courses.    Located on the Normandale Community College campus, teachers and staff support students to help them transition from high school to college through instruction, advising, and planning a college or career pathway.  RCEP’s motto is "Grow, Learn, Excel.”    In its first year, 53 students enrolled in their first college courses this fall; all of the students are the first in their families to attend college.  The goal is for students to pass the NCC 1000 (pre-requisites for succeeding in college) while at the same time completing requirements for graduation from Richfield High School.

Caleb White shared, “I like the flexibility of RCEP and the cool new teachers.” 

Pamela added, “I wasn’t doing real well at RHS and wanted a fresh start.”  Pamela enjoys having more freedom at RCEP, access to additional resources, and “more time to talk to teachers and get work done.”

Jason encouraged Rotarians to visit the program, possibly serving as class presenters.

Program:  Pam Serdar - "In Search of the Black Madonna and Art of Southern France Pilgrimage"

From October 14 - 23, 2016, Pam Serdar participated in a pilgrimage to France that included visits to churches and museums featuring religious art, including many focused on Mary Magdalene who, according to legend, escaped after Jesus’ death to southern France where she lived in a cave.  Legend also describes Mary as an African black; hence, the inspiration for many images of Mary as the Black Madonna.



Among the places Pam visited was the Marc Chagall museum, which included a series of paintings based on the Song of Solomon that included lots of red, depicting passion.  Chagall is known for his symbolic use of color.





Pam also visited Notre-Dame de la Garde, (literally Our Lady of the Guard) a Catholic basilica in Marseille, France.


Pam took over 700 photos on the trip on her brand new Samsung 7 phone.  It was legal to bring her Samsung 7 on a plane when she left on the trip, but she was not permitted to bring it on the plane when she came back.    Fortunately, she was able to upload her photos to the Cloud before her departure!

Thanks to President Anthony Bradford, Barb Devlin, Jean Fox, Chip Groth and John Devlin for their participation in the Fall District 5950 Training.  
Click here for some conference highlights, with links to information pertaining to some of the presentations.

Barb Devlin received an e-mail message from Dave Melcher “requesting to be removed from the [program] calendar at this time.  I am recovering from a shattered collar bone and multiple broken ribs.   I am unable to drive, which I would need to do for Rotary meetings then getting down town for work.  I am either working from home or taking the bus currently,”  but hopes he “will be getting back in the swing of things soon.”

David - Please know that your friends at Rotary are thinking of you and hoping for a smooth recovery.  We miss you!  

Note:  David is hoping that someone else in the club can step up and take his program on October 8.  Please let Barb Devlin know if you can help out.

Also, David has a wonderful philosophy about injury and recovery, which is included as this week’s Thought for the Week.  Be sure to check it out!

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