Week of December 11, 2016


Reminder - December 15 Meeting

Sergeant at Arms:  John Devlin

Thought for the Week - Pat Dale

New Member Induction - HaeKyung Nielsen 

Hae Kyung Nielsen will inducted into membership, under the professional classification of restaurant management and marketing.  Richfield Rotarians first met Hae Kyung as one of our servers at Champps before she left to take a management position at the Hard Rock Café at the Mall of America.  Additional background information was shared in the last e-Spokester, and Hae Kyung was formally introduced at our December 8 meeting.  Hae Kyung shares  Rotary’s commitment to service and looks forward to becoming part of the Rotary Club of Richfield.  
The photo at right shows Hae Kyung and her 9-year old son, Tyler Donnelly.  (Note:  Tyler is in the 3rd grade at Richfield STEM School, and just received his brand new Rotary dictionary!)
Program:  Tim Carter - "Backstage Tour of Richfield / Bloomington Honda"
Tim Carter, General Manager of Richfield Bloomington Honda, will take us on a behind the scenes tour of this “state of the art” Tom Wood dealership.  Chip Groth, who arranged for the tour, stated, “I have heard nothing short of ‘awesome’ regarding this dealership” and the leadership that made its location in Richfield come to fruition.  Chip added, "We’ll see things inside this dealership that will change some people's 'poor perception' of automotive sales." Our group will be one of the first to have such unfettered access, so be sure to attend and bring your car buff friends as guests!


December 8 Meeting Highlights

Happy Dollars and Guests 

There were lots of Happy Dollars, most in honor of our many guests!
  • Barb Devlin introduced Hae Kyung Nielsen, who has applied for membership in Richfield Rotary.  Barb referred to background information in the e-Spokester and noted that, barring any concerns, Hae Kyung would be installed at the December 15 meeting.
  • David Butler introduced three guests:  Maria Regan Gonzales, incoming City Council member; Simon Trautmann, a 1999 Richfield High School Graduate who is considering a run for a possible vacant seat on the City Council; and Alyssa Swanson, Director of the Richfield Historical Society.  David added, “It would be great if they all joined Rotary!”  Maria is pictured at right.
  • John Devlin introduced Catherine Pollack of Cabrini Partnership, which serves long-term homeless men and women with chronic difficulties such as a disability or chemical dependency.  Former Rotarians Sally Parks and Mike Andrews presented over 300 pairs of warms socks donated by the Richfield Rotary Foundation and individual Rotarians, as part of Richfield Rotary's annual "Sock-It-To-Me" project that Sally initiated as club president.  Catherine thanked Richfield Rotary for the generous donation, and noted that the socks will be distributed at Cabrini's holiday party on December 16.  In the photo above right, Sally tells about the donation as Catherine and Mike look on.

Program:  Superintendent Steve Unowsky - "Transformation of Richfield High School"

Superintendent Unowsky described three “transformations” at Richfield High School designed to attract and retain more students and expand learning opportunities and work and college readiness for students at Richfield High School:

  • Switch from a 6-period day to a 7-period day beginning in the fall of 2017, expanding student access to advanced and exploratory coursework and learning supports within the school day.  With students taking more courses, the number of credits required for graduation will be increaseed from 43 to 47.
  • Implement a later start time for Richfield High School, in response to research linking more sleep to student achievement.  Following parent surveys, an 8:30 AM start time was most preferred.  
  • In 2018-2019, add an Early College Program, which will allow students to complete an Associates Degree by the time they complete high school.

In addition to the changes at RHS, the district will be ending a partnership with the Bloomington Public Schools to provide shared Community Education services, to “deepen Richfield’s identity as a city and school district.”  

Steve acknowledged that funding these changes long-term will be a challenge, since Richfield receives less per pupil funding than surrounding districts.  Steve stated, “Richfield Schools needs $400 more per pupil to be competitive with neighboring districts.”


Celebrate!! Richfield Rotary in the Community


Save the Date! 

Richfield Rotary Dinner and Silent Auction 

Join in a celebration of 65+ years of Richfield Rotary contributions to our community and invest in our continued service!  

Be sure to invite friends and family to join in the celebration as well!!

Friday, January 6, 2016

City Bella Condos, 2nd floor 

6600 Lyndale Ave. So., Richfield

6 PM Social hour

7 PM Dinner

8 PM Program and conclusion of bidding 
The program will include highlights from Richfield Rotary's years of service, punctuated by musical interludes featuring former Klondike Kate Shar Salisbury and the Richfield Rotary Back-up Singers!  
We'll also recognize some Richfield Rotarians and award an honorary Paul Harris Fellowship to Richfield Mayor Debbie Goettel, in appreciation for her service to the Richfield Community and support of Richfield Rotary.  
Look for an invitation via e-mail later this week!

HELP NEEDED for January 6 Celebration!!

We need help and support from ALL Richfield Rotary members to make our January 6 Rotary Celebration a success!

  • Attend the event, and bring your spouse / significant other
  • Invite guests to attend, with a special focus on people who live or work in Richfield and might be prospective members!  An invitation will be e-mailed out this week, with the opportunity to RSVP and pay online or via U.S. mail.
  • Contribute to the silent auction.  Popular auction items include gift cards / baskets, event tickets, certificates for services, and unique experiences.  Contact Kirsten Nelson to confirm your auction contribution(s) or bring the item(s) to this Thursday’s meeting.  You don't need to solicit contributions - Think about what you have already and don't need, or a service or experience you can share with others!
  • Loan holiday table cloths or place mats for the evening - The City Bella party room has 7 tables for 4 and 3 tables for 6-8, plus one long table that can seat 12, or be used as a buffet table.  We would like to cover each table with cloth holiday tablecloths or placemats.  If you have one or more holiday table cloths or placemat sets you are willing to loan for the event, please contact Barb Devlin or bring to Thursday’s meeting.
  • Help out the day of the event.  Let Barb Devlin know if you are willing to help out with one or more of the following tasks:
    • Help with set-up for auction, dinner and program (3 people, 4-6 PM)
    • Serve as event greeter (5:45- 7:00 PM) Need 2 people inside the front and rear entrances to the City Bella lobby to admit guests and direct them to the 2nd floor party room.  (Note:  This task could be shared by two couples, so each couple could attend half of the social hour.)
    • Be one of the Richfield Rotary Singers during the program!  (Shar Salisbury will have the lead on all songs, so we’ll be back-up on all songs!)
    • Help with auction check-out (2-3 people)
    • Help with clean-up (3 people)

A Plea from District Governor Elect Bob Halligan!

Please respond to the District 5950 Rotary Survey!!  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!

Rotary Merchandise for Under the Christmas Tree!

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.





Richfield Rotary Embraces "Service Above Self



The Bread of Hope initiative provides unsold bread from Lakewinds Cooperative to Hope Presbyterian Church for the Loaves and Fishes evening meal.  The Rotary, Optimists and Lions Clubs along with Headway Family Services each deliver bread one day per week, with Rotary delivering on Thursday morning following our regular meeting.  

Volunteers to deliver bread through January are:

December 15 and 22 - Pat Dale
December 29 - Kirsten Nelson
January 5  - Hae Kyung Nielsen
January 12 - Barb Devlin
January 19 - Pam Serdar
January 26 - Need a volunteer
Please contact Barb Devlin if you are willing to volunteer for January 26.
Click here to review the Bread of Hope procedures.  
A big thanks to our volunteers!


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Meeting Assignments through February 2017
Thought for Week
Sergeant at Arms


























NOTE:   Please notify Barb Devlin of your program topic and speaker, for inclusion in the e-Spokester.  If you cannot cover your assignment, please exchange with someone else and let Barb Devlin know.  (Click here to see the full assignment schedule through April 2017.)  Thank you.
Upcoming Programs and Thought for the Week
Upcoming Programs

December 22 and 29 - NO MEETING.  ENJOY THE HOLIDAYS!

January 5, 2017 - Club Assembly - Final preparations for our Richfield Rotary Celebration on January 6!

January 12 - David Butler is working on it!

January 19 - Maria Regan Gonzales - “Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship to Mexico: Focus on Food Justice and Security”  

Thought for the Week

If you want to go fast, 

go alone.

If you want to go far,

go together.


-- African Proverb

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