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.
Sergeant at Arms: David Butler
Thought for the Week: Lynne Alexander
Program: February 23, 2017 Speaker Darold Luze, " Move to Amend"- U.S. Supreme Court's 2010 Citizens United Decision
- 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.
It's a wrap! Dave Melcher prevailed in our March Madness Fun-Raiser for Polio Plus, and will receive an assortment of gift cards as a prize.
Rotarians (and friends) each donated $20 to "play the brackets," raising a total of $380 to support Polio Plus!
Thanks to Laura Briggs for organizing this!
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!
- 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!
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!
On Thursday, August 20, District Visioning Team leaders Gayle Noakes (left) and Russ Michaletz facilitated a joint visioning session that included 5 representatives each from Bloomington Daymakers and Richfield Rotary Clubs and the President of the Bloomington Noon Rotary Club. President Anthony Bradford, John and Barb Devlin, Jean Fox, and President-Elect Chip Groth represented the Richfield Rotary Club. District Governor Tim Murphy also attended.
Club Similarities and Differences
Representatives of each club shared highlights regarding club membership; priorities; community, international, and vocational service activities; and fund-raising.
Similarities noted among clubs included a focus on youth (especially teens); active member engagement in projects (“sweat equity”); international project focused on India; all have membership and fund-raising as priorities.
Differences include Richfield’s efforts to reflect the community’s diverse demographics in membership recruitment, service priorities, and club activities. Differences in club size also create differences in communication and fund-raising strategies and results.
Areas of Consensus
Following small group discussion and sharing, the whole group identified the following areas of consensus:
- No merger of clubs at this time
- Pursue opportunities for collaboration among clubs such as periodic joint service projects and meetings. JSchedule periodic multi-club social / networking events A representative of Bloomington Daymakers will convene
- Expand cross-club communications to increase awareness of make-up, networking and service opportunities across clubs.
Small group reporters included Barb Devlin (far left), Mark (center) and Jason (right) from the Bloomington Daymakers Club.
- Club presidents will ask their respective club service chairs (David Butler and/or Marlene Evenson for Richfield Rotary) to discuss possible collaborative service projects.
- Jean Fox volunteered to meet other club representatives to plan some joint meetings.
- Mark from the Daymakers Club will convene the club social chairs to plan one or more joint club social / networking events.
Special thanks to Daymakers President Stephanie Smith for making the meeting arrangements, to Gayle Noakes and Russ Michaletz for facilitating, and to District Governor Tim Murphy for his attendance and support.