Meeting Reminder


Thursday, October 19, 11:30 AM - 12:45 PM, Local Roots, 817 E 66th St, Richfield, MN 55423

(Order lunch if desired, sign in and network from 11:30 - 11:45 AM; Meeting starts at 11:45 AM)

Thought for the Week:  John DeBettignies

Introduction of Guests and Happy Dollars:  John Devlin

Induction of New Members 

A “Richfield Rotary Relaunch” commenced this summer with the goal of creating what will essentially be a “new” Richfield Rotary Club with a majority of members who live, work, and / or do business in the Richfield area.   New members will be inducted over time as applications are received and approved by the membership.  Two new members are scheduled for induction at the October 3 meeting:  Lou Dzierzak and Jared Shepherd
Lou Dzierzak (right) is a free lance writer who lives in Richfield with his wife, Carey, and school-aged children Emily and Jack.  Lou also has two adult children, Taylor and Claire.   Hobbies and special interests include outdoor recreation and reading.  Lou has served on the Friends of Woodlake Board of Directors and as a coach of several youth sports teams.
Jared Shepherd (left) is a Richfield resident and attorney with Hoff Barry P.A., practicing in areas of municipal government, business law, and general civil litigation.  Jared also has an active pro bono practice, including representation of individuals seeking asylum in the United States, and has expressed interest in opportunities for international service through Rotary.  Jared and his wife, Katie, have one daughter, Vivian. 

Business / Action Items

  • Community Service:  Continuation of Dictionary Project for Fall 2019
  • International Service:  Proposed participation in Uganda International Project
  • Status of Richfield Rotary Foundation / Fund-raising


  • Annual Veterans Day Luncheon sponsored by Area 3 Rotary Clubs – November 11, Edina Country Club (See upcoming events for details).  RSVP and lunch payment to John Devlin ($26 per person); check payable to Richfield Rotary Club.   (Note:  RBCU is willing to cover the luncheon cost for up to 3 (non-member) veterans.  Please notify John DeBettignies if you know a veteran you’d like to invite.)
  • Rotary Initiative to End Human Trafficking  - Check out new website for details.

Meeting Highlights


  • We welcomed potential member Jared Shepherd as a guest(Jared submitted a membership application following the meeting!)
  • Approved John DeBettignies (left) as President-Elect.  (Thank you, John!)
  • Made second announcements of membership applications from Lou Dzierzak, Brandt Krueger, and Maria Regan Gonzalez (shared membership with Simon Trautmann).  


Program:  Opportunities for International Service through Rotary – Tabitha Kyambadd

Tabitha is a member of the St. Louis Park Sunrise Rotary Club and was recently appointed to the District 5950 International Grants Committee.  She works for the non-profit organization, Pathways to Hope – Africa,  that provides support to Uganda, and splits her time between her home country and the U.S.  She described the “Dignity Restored Initiative” spearheaded by the St. Louis Park Sunrise Rotary Club that helps poor Ugandan women make a living by raising poultry and sewing.  Richfield Rotary contributed to this project in 2017, and Tabitha invites our involvement in a new multi-club grant proposal focused on expanding the poultry barn to accommodate more chickens.  The minimum contribution per club is $500; a decision is requested by October 2019.  Tabitha also offered to mentor any club member who is interested in submitting an International grant proposal to District 5950.  The club will consider participation in the proposed international grant at our October 3 meeting.


Announcing  Applicants for Membership

The Richfield Rotary Relaunch continues with three additional applications for full or shared membership.
Katie Rodriguez (1st Announcement) – Katie (right) is the Richfield City Manager and is applying for an Organizational Membership, with various representatives of the City of Richfield sharing participation in club meetings and activities, depending on the focus.  She and her husband, Rudy, have two children, Anna and Sofia.  Tennis is a favorite non-work activity.   Katie “would like to see legacy civic organizations thrive in Richfield,” and hopes her connections with the City of Richfield will help the club’s relaunch.  Katie hopes to be inducted into membership on October 17.
Marta Shahsavand (1st Announcement) – Marta (left) is the Principal of Richfield Dual Language School, and would like to share a membership with Latanya Daniels, Principal of Richfield High School.  Latanya is already a member and will remain the “official” member.  However, with a shared membership, Latanya and Marta will share participation in club meetings and activities.  Marta would like to be inducted as a shared member on October 17. 
Jared Shepherd (2nd Announcement) – Jared’s application was initially announced in September 17 communication to the club.   Unless there are objections, Jared (left) would like to be brought into membership on October 3.  Background information about Jared is included above in the October 3 Meeting Reminder.
Other applications approved for membership following two announcements include Maria Regan Gonzalez (shared membership with Simon Trautmann) and Brandt Krueger.  All three will be inducted into membership on October 17.
The Richfield Rotary Relaunch will benefit from the ideas, enthusiasm, and community connections each of these individuals will bring to the club!   Please welcome them!



Rotary Area 3 Veterans Day Luncheon - November 11

RSVP and Payment to John Devlin.  Checks ($26 per person) payable to Rotary Club of Richfield.






Community Education Family Art Event

Richfield Rotarians checked in participants, contributed the cost of a wagon, and worked with Latino children and families on a grant-funded art project based on the theme of the September migration of the Monarch butterfly to Mexico.   The high school homecoming parade was cancelled, but the group held their own mini-parade, waving at passing cars!  Thanks to volunteers Jay Clark, Rotary friend Linda Crear, and Barb and John Devlin. 









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 mornings.  (Note:  When our meetings switch to mid-day in October, volunteers are encouraged to pick up and deliver bread prior to the meeting.)

Listed below are volunteers who have signed up to are deliver bread through October, 2019.  Please contact Barb Devlin if you can volunteer for any open dates in October.  Thank you!

October 3 - Barb and John Devlin
October 10 - John DeBettignies
October 17 - Jean Fox
October 24 - Need a volunteer
October 31 - Need a volunteer
Click here to review the Bread of Hope procedures. 


The VEAP Student Hunger Project brings together Rotarians from several area clubs on Thursday evenings throughout the school year to pack food bags at VEAP for local school children who go without food over the  weekends.   The photo is from last year, and includes John and Barb Devlin and Deanna Groth (Chip's wife).  Richfield Rotarians who have volunteered to help out in 2019-2020 are listed below.  Thank you!
Student Hunger Volunteers - Richfield Rotary
Last Name
First Name
Oct 10, Apr 9
Nov 7, Apr 9
No Oct-Nov 8
Sep 19, Feb 20
No Oct-Nov 8
Sep 19, Feb 20
No Jan-Apr
Oct 10, Apr 30
Leader Dec/Jan
Dec 5,12,19, Jan 9,16



Upcoming Programs and Thought for the Week


Beginning October 2019, Richfield Rotary meetings will switch from mornings to mid-day (11:30 AM - 12:45 PM), on the first and third Thursdays of each month at Local Roots Restaurant, 817 E 66th St, Richfield, MN 55423.  The time from 11:30 - 11:45 AM will be for ordering lunch, signing in, and informal networking.  The meeting will begin at 11:45 AM.  Your food and invoice will be delivered to you during the meeting, and you can pay following the meeting.  In December 2019, we'll decide whether to continue the mid-day meeting schedule on an ongoing basis. 
Meeting dates for the first three months are October 3 and 17, November 7 and 21, and December 5 and 19.  Please note them in your calendar!
October 17 - New member installation:  Maria Regan Gonzalez / Simon Trautman (shared membership), Brandt Krueger, Katie Rodriguez, and Marta Shahsavand (shared membership with Latanya Daniels)
November 7 - New member presentations (TBD); Rotary World Polio Day Highlights
November 11 - Veterans Day Luncheon - Area 3 Rotary Clubs - Congressman Dean Phillips, speaker - 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM, Edina Country Club


When we reach our goal, polio will become only the second human disease eradicated on the planet, and Rotary will receive international acclaim.  But what matters most is the children who will never again have to face this terrible, disabling virus.  Rotary must continue to connect the world in the effort toward polio eradication.  It is up to us.  Let us finish the job.  
Mark Daniel Maloney
President, Rotary International
Note:  October 24 is World Polio Day.  Click here to register for the Online Global Update, 7:00 - 7:30 PM on 10/24.

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