Program: Rob Williams, Executive Director, The Sheridan Story
For the past two years, Rotary Clubs in Bloomington, Edina and Richfield have provided volunteer and monetary support for the VEAP Student Hunger Project, with additional funding from a District 5950 matching grant. Matching grant funding will expire at the end of 2016-2017, so VEAP is working with another non-profit, The Sheridan Story, to ensure continued support for the project.
Rob Williams, Executive Director, will tell how The Sheridan Project leverages community and school partnerships to fight child hunger by providing a weekend's supply of food to hungry children.
July 14, 2016
Sergeant At Arms: David Melcher
Thought for the Week:Steve Larson
Program: Kirsten Nelson - "Get Moving!"
Our newest member, Kristen Nelson, just opened a new chiropractic practice in Richfield. She will give a vocational presentation focused on movement - and presumably its chiropractic implications. Come and learn more about our newest member!
David Butler reminded us that “Life is a dance,” and how he “dances” at age 88, e.g. by continuing to learn new things, and smiling sweetly before he tells someone off!
Pat Dale's daughter's travel odyssey is coming to an end!
Steve Larson expressed kudos to Tommy Thompson for a great program last week. He also showed off his mismatched socks - something that happens when you’re groggy when you get dressed!
Program: Sarah Gerdes, "YouthCARE"
Sarah Gerdes is a former dancer and current instructor with Ragamala Dance Company, and also works with YouthCARE a non-profit, multicultural organization dedicated to helping urban youth develop the education, employment, and leadership skills needed to make a successful transition from adolescence to adulthood. YouthCARE's mission is “to promote respect for self and others, develop future leaders, and provide youth with positive multicultural activities and relationships with caring adults.
YouthCARE serves about 600 multicultural youth annually through a variety of programs including mentoring, STEM activities, college visits, employment training, financial literacy education, and leadership development through service.
Sarah particularly highlighted Camp Sunrise, which provides about 250 urban youth each year the opportunity to experience a residential wilderness camp at no cost. Contributions are welcomed to help provide accommodations, meals, camp equipment, and craft supplies.
Congratulations to Anthony Bradford and Chris Gaukel on their wedding, held on Friday, July 1. Current and former Rotarians who helped them celebrate included Barb and John Devlin, Marlene Evenson, Debbie Goettel, Chip and Denise Groth, David and Joan Melcher, and Steve and Sandi Larson.
At its June meeting, the Richfield Rotary Foundation (RRF) Board decided to undertake a fund drive for the benefit of both the RRF and The Rotary Foundation (TRF).
The last joint fund drive was conducted in the spring of 2015, with contributions extending through the 2015-2016 program year. This fund drive is intended to extend and build upon contributions made in 2015-2016.
The Rotary Foundation transforms your gifts into projects that change lives both close to home and around the world. As the charitable arm of Rotary, we tap into a global network of Rotarians who invest their time, money, and expertise into our priorities, such as eradicating polio and promoting peace. Foundation grants empower Rotarians to approach challenges such as poverty, illiteracy, and malnutrition with sustainable solutions that leave a lasting impact.
While TRF’s reach is broad in scope. our own Richfield Rotary Foundation (RRF) supports charitable projects and activities of the Richfield Rotary Club, which has been serving our local community for the past 65 years. A gift to the Richfield Rotary Foundation will help our club continue its legacy of service to the Richfield community.
As noted in an e-mail from incoming President Chip Groth, members are encouraged to complete and return the attached pledge form to either Chip or RRF President Lynne Alexander at your earliest convenience. Questions may be directed to either Lynne or Chip.
Margarine Beaman, a Rotarian from Texas who is coordinating airport volunteers for the American Council for the Blind, thanked Richfield Rotarians Barb Devlin and Chip Groth for helping sight-impaired conference attendees get from the landing gates to baggage claim and transportation to the hotel. Margarine also extends advanced appreciation to Jean and Denny Fox, who have volunteered to help conferees check their bags, go through security and find their gate when the conference ends.
Volunteers are still welcomed throughout the 10-day conference, which ends on July 9. Rotarians can sign up online to volunteer throughout the 10-day conference at https://acbconvention.org/volform.php.
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 August:
Richfield Rotary members and friends - here is a great way to help support our foundation and its good works as you do your online shopping. You do not need to be a member of Richfield Rotary to participate.
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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 Devlinknow. Thank you.
There are some wonderful programs coming up! Be sure to attend, and bring guests with you!!
July 21 - Alicia Siemens, CEO and Co-Founder of Shema GBC, a non-profit working to address and alleviate extreme poverty and human trafficking through ethical textile manufacturing and by documenting the work and those involved globally through film.
July 28 - Club Assembly
August 4 - August 4 - Patrick Donahue - "James J. Hill, The James J. Hill Center and the inspiration behind the launch of Hill Capital Corporation”
August 18 - Khalil Houri, Islamic Resource Center - "Islam 101"
Thought for the Week
(In recognition of the importance of The Sheridan Project
and the VEAP Student Hunger Project)
Window on Rotary
"As this Rotary year draws to a close, I am prouder than ever to be part of this great organization...that makes the world not poorer, but richer; replaces despair with hope; raises up those whom fate has brought low; and is a gift to so many, while allowing each of us to
Be a Gift to the World."
K.R. Ravindran, 2015-2016 President, Rotary International
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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