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Meeting Reminder
January 28 Meeting Reminder

SAA:  Tom Tuttle

Thought for the Week:  Jay Clark

Program:  Tom Mork - "Tom's Big Ride for NAMI

Tom Mork, a member of the Lakeville Rotary Club, rode his bike the length of the Mississippi River from the Gulf of Mexico to Lake Itasca in northern Minnesota in the summer of 2015.  Tom will share his adventures and explain why he undertook a bike trip to build awareness of mental health issues and support the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). 
Highlights of Previous Meeting
January 21 Meeting Highlights

 

Happy Dollars 

  • Tom Tuttle was happy to be back in town.  He has been spending lots of time in Jamaica, preparing to sell his coastal resort, T-Bird on the Cliffs.
  • Morris Nilsen shared his happiness at being able to introduce an accomplished violinist to the guitar!  

Program:  Morris Nilsen - "A Tweet is not a Hug"

Morrie shared that, historically, societies have had ways of collectively responding to death.  In ancient times, early humans drew paintings on the walls of caves depicting their loved one’s life.  In our culture, for centuries our response has been religiously-oriented, with adaptations to different cultures.  Common threads include pausing to accomplish the tasks of burying or cremating; recognizing the impact of the person on the group; and separating the dead while the living go on in a changed world.  

Today, humans are busier and more mobile, with fewer people living in the same location where they grew up.  In this environment, traditional rituals following the death of a loved one have been condensed, and some rituals diminished or lost.  As an example, in cases where the body is cremated, there is less urgency about what to do with the body, and a memorial service may be scheduled weeks or months later.  Morrie  cautions, “When this happens, the emotions immediately following a death subside, and the urgency to attend the service dissipates, resulting in many fewer people attending the service.”  Morrie recommends a service close to the death, if at all possible.

Morrie has also observed that an increasing number of people send an e-mail or post Facebook comments in lieu of attending a service.  As an example, he noted the death of  a young person in his 20’s.  He observed, “I think this person must have lived on the computer"  because, while many e-mails and Facebook comments were posted on display boards, only 10 attendees were under age 30 at the service itself, including his siblings.  All other attendees were his parents' age.

Morrie argued, “A tweet cannot take the place of a hug,” and thinks that "human touch" is still crucial to grieving families.  Morrie advised, “Don’t worry about what to say.  Saying ‘I’m sorry’ and giving a hug are the most important thing you can do.  There is no substitute for just being there.” 

Thanks, Morrie, for reminding us that human connections are still important.

RICHFIELD ROTARY IN SERVICE

Richfield Rotary Embraces "Service Above Self"

Bread of Hope

 
 
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.  
 
Following is the list of delivery dates and volunteers through March:

 

January 28 Chip Groth
February 4 Barb Devlin
February 11 Pat Dale
February 18 Marlene Evenson
February 25 Pam Serdar
March 3 Anthony Bradford
March 10 Marlene Evenson
March 17 Pat Dale
March 24 Chip Groth
March 31 John Devlin

 

Thanks to all those who signed up!

 

Click here to review the Bread of Hope procedures.
 

 

 

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Meeting Assignments through April 2016
 
Date
Program
Thought for Week
Sergeant at Arms
02/04/16 JOHN DEVLIN TOM TUTTLE STEVE JEDLUND
02/11/16 MARY DANIELS / RPS DIST.OFFICE STEVE JEDLUND BARB DEVLIN
02/18/16 CLUB ASSEMBLY - ANTHONY BRADFORD BARB DEVLIN DAVID BUTLER
02/25/16 DAVID BUTLER DAVID BUTLER TOMMY THOMPSON
03/03/16 JAY CLARK TOMMY THOMPSON PAT DALE
03/10/16 BARB DEVLIN PAT DALE MARLENE EVENSON
03/17/16 TOM TUTTLE MARLENE EVENSON JEAN FOX
03/24/16 CLUB ASSEMBLY - ANTHONY BRADFORD JEAN FOX CHIP GROTH
03/31/16 STEVE LARSON CHIP GROTH JOHN DEVLIN
04/07/16 DAVID MELCHER JOHN DEVLIN STEVE LARSON
04/14/16 PAM SERDAR STEVE LARSON DAVID MELCHER
04/21/16 BARB DEVLIN DAVID MELCHER PAM SERDAR
04/28/16 CLUB ASSEMBLY - ANTHONY BRADFORD PAM SERDAR LYNNE ALEXANDER
 
NOTE:   Click here to see the full schedule through June 2016.  If you cannot cover your assignment, please exchange with someone else and let Barb Devlin and John Devlin know.  Thank you.
 
Upcoming Programs and Thought for the Week
Upcoming Programs

 

There are some great upcoming programs.  Be sure to attend and invite guests!

 

February 4 -  Tim Carter, General Manager of Richfield / Bloomington Honda - “Building a Richfield Super Store”

 

February 11 - Mary Clarkson, Executive Director of Special Programs, Richfield Public Schools, will present a two-part program:  an update on special programs in Richfield and information about how schools and districts work to prevent / minimize student violence in the schools.

February 18 - Club Assembly

March 10 - In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, District 5950 Polio Chair Tim Mulcrone will attend the meeting as his alter ego, “Paddy O’Toole” to tell us (with all the charm of the Irish!) why it’s important to stop polio.

 
 
Thought for the Week
 
[Advice for both politicians and their followers]
 
Courage is what it takes to
stand up and speak.
Courage is what it also takes to
sit down and listen.
 
- Winston Churchill
 

Window on Rotary

 
In his last newsletter, DG Tim Murphy proudly announced, "Every single club has multiple community projects underway. Almost 75% of clubs are involved in at least one global grant or international project. Many have already held fundraising events that finance the great projects we are known for."  Way to go, District 5950!

 

The Four-Way Test of the Things we Think, Say or Do

 

1.  Is it the truth?

2.  Is it fair to all concerned?

3.  Will it build good will and better friendships?

4.  Will it be beneficial to all concerned?


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