ATTEND THE TUESDAY, MAY 3 PRESENTATION , RICHFIELD MIDDLE SCHOOL AUDITORIUM, 7461 Oliver Ave. So. (See separate article for more information.)
THERE WILL BE NO MORNING MEETING ON THURSDAY, MAY 5.
The May 3 presentation starts at 6:30 PM but program coordinator Jean Fox requests that Rotarians arrive by 6 PM to welcome attendees and be available to speak with folks about Rotary.
There will be a Richfield Rotary Table in the foyer, with member name badges, an updated Richfield Rotary flyer and Richfield Rotary business cards featuring a “free breakfast” coupon on the back. Please wear your name badge so you can be identified as a Richfield Rotarian. If you see someone you think might be interested in Rotary, give them a handout and business / free breakfast card.
Pam Serdar has been pondering the question, “What do you treasure?” She has decided that the most important treasurers are people and relationships – like her budding relationship with her new granddaughter!
Happy Dollars / Announcements
Lynne Alexander gave a donation to the Richfield Rotary Foundation in recognition of her new car.
Marlene Evenson thanked Rotarians who attended the Ethics Luncheon.
David Butler celebrated his wife’s birthday, and also noted the passing of his sister. Our sympathies are extended to you and your family, David.
There will be no meeting on May 5. Rather, Rotarians should attend the sexual assault program on Tuesday, May 3, at Richfield Middle School. Rotarians should arrive by 6:00 PM.
The club voted to meet on a trial basis in the boardroom of Richfield / Bloomington Honda, 501 W. 77th St., Richfield MN 55423, beginning Thursday, May 12 through July 31. A decision regarding a permanent meeting place will be made prior to the end of the trial period. Chip Groth is still working on arrangements for breakfast at the R/B Honda site.
Fourteen applications were received for the Cameron Scholarship. Based on interest income in the Cameron Scholarship Fund, two, $1000 scholarships will be awarded, one to a RHS student and one to a student from the Academy of Holy Angels. Richfield Rotary Foundation Chair Lynne Alexander appointed a committee to review the applications and determine the two recipients, who will be invited to the June 2 Rotary meeting, along with their parents. Elsie Cameron and her daughters will also be invited to the meeting.
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.
HELP NEEDED FOR VEAP STUDENT HUNGER PROJECT IN MAY
Throughout the school year, volunteers from the Bloomington, Edina, and Richfield Rotary Clubs have packed take-home food bags for area students in need. Students in Richfield Schools receive a large share of these bags each week.
John Devlin is the lead packer for the month of May, and would like help from club members. Contact John if you can help out from 5:30 – 6:45 PM on Thursday, May 5, 12, 19, or 26 at the VEAP Headquarters, 9600 Aldrich Ave S, Bloomington, MN 55420.
The packing goes quickly, and it's fun to interact with Rotarians from multiple clubs. Thank you in advance for your help!
Richfield Rotarians Do Some Spring Cleaning!
Woodlake Nature Center Parking Lot Clean-Up
The next time you visit Woodlake Nature Center, you’ll notice that the parking lot and surrounding entry area are much cleaner than they were before Richfield Rotarians picked up trash on April 30. Thanks to Chip Groth for organizing, and to all those who helped out: (L to R) Anthony Bradford, Barb Devlin, Jean Fox, John Devlin, Pam Serdar, Denny Fox, Jay Clark, Chip and Denise Groth, and David Melcher.
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 June:
April 21 - Anthony Bradford
April 28 - Pat Dale
May 5 - John Devlin
May 12 - Chip Groth
May 19 - Anthony Bradford
May 26 - Barb Devlin
June 2 - Tom Tuttle
June 9 - Pat Dale
June 16 - Marlene Evenson
June 23 - Barb Devlin
June 30 - John Devlin
Click here to reviewthe Bread of Hope procedures. Thanks to Marlene Evenson for organizing this program.
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