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Week of August 7, 2016

 

August 11 Meeting Reminder

Sergeant At Arms:  Morris Nilsen

Thought for the Week:  John Devlin

Program:  Safety Consultant Matt Stokes - “HAZMAT, Plan for the Worst, Hope for the Best”

Matt Stokes is director of Safety Training and Response Strategies (STARS), a local company Matt founded six years ago which specializes in emergency response and training for a variety of companies throughout the Midwest.  Matt works with railroad shipping companies and the railroads themselves as a safety consultant.  He will address concerns with the shipment of oil via rail, and promises some interesting photos.  This is a very timely presentation, given concerns about cross-country transport of oil using the railroads.

August 4 Meeting Highlights

Guests

We welcomed Maria Regan Gonzales who is a candidate for Richfield City Council, Ward 3.  Formerly employed by Bloomington Public Health, Maria is “passionate about giving underrepresented people a voice.”  She calls Richfield a "beautiful, growing and diverse community" and would like to work as a Council member to build trust with diverse communities.

We also welcomed Joel Barker, Director of Development for Frazier Services.  Joel thanked us for our volunteer and monetary contributions to Frazier in the past, and mentioned that Frazier is conducting a development drive to expand into Woodbury.

 

 

Program - Patrick Donahue, “James J. Hill Center and The Legacy of James J. Hill”

Patrick Donahue described the story of James J. Hill as the quintessential American Dream.  A shipping clerk at age 18, Hill became one the nation’s greatest industrialists, building  the first transcontinental railroad.   As the railroad was being built, Hill also worked to make sure the communities along the way were economically stable, so the railroad could be stable.  As an example, Hill bought and gave away thousands of head of cattle to farmers, so they would diversify the operations to include more than raising wheat.

Donahue told us that Hill’s legacy lives on through the Northwest Area Foundation, the James J. Hill House and Center (Library), and a new initiative, Hill Capital Corporation, which is being formed to “provide small and medium sized businesses with access to “scalable, quality capital” so they can become “the next generation’s Empire Builders.” Loans will generally be “in the $250 - $1 million range, so they can grow until they are "bankable."  Donahue stated, ”This is all about economic barn raising" - helping one another in the community.  

Dohanue stated that Hill Capital will soon be conducting a direct public offering of common stock to create a regionally focused investment fund.  The share price will be $1000.  Click here for more information.

Note:  The Past President’s Party will be on September 13, 2016, and will include a tour of the James J. Hill House followed by lunch at a nearby restaurant.  More details to come!

 

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 August:
 

August 11 - Pat Dale

August 18 - John Devlin

August 25 - NEED A VOLUNTEER

Please let Barb Devlin know if you can volunteer on August 25.  At the next meeting, a sign-up sheet will also be distributed for volunteers through September.  Thank you!

Click here to review the Bread of Hope procedures.  
 
 
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Meeting Assignments through September 2016
 
Date
Program
Thought for Week
Sergeant at Arms
08/18/16 BARB DEVLIN MORRIS NILSEN KIRSTEN NELSON
08/25/16 DAVID MELCHER KIRSTEN NELSON JAY CLARK
09/01/16 STEVE LARSON JAY CLARK STEVE JEDLUND
09/08/16 CLUB ASSEMBLY - CHIP GROTH STEVE JEDLUND DAVID BUTLER
09/15/16 ANTHONY BRADFORD DAVID BUTLER TOMMY THOMPSON
09/22/16 PAT DALE TOMMY THOMPSON ANTHONY BRADFORD
09/29/16 LATANYA DANIELS OR OTHER BUILDING ADMINISTRATOR ANTHONY BRADFORD PAT DALE
 
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.  Thank you.
 
Also, attached is the full schedule through December 2016.  Please contact John Devlin and let him know if you have any questions or concerns.  In addition, if you are planning to be out of town for any length of time between January and June 2017, please let John know so he can take that into account when planning the schedule for January - June.  Thank you in advance for your help.
 
Upcoming Programs and Thought for the Week
Upcoming Programs
 

August 18 - Khalil Houri, Islamic Resource Center - "Islam 101""To continue to extend that network of family and friends to fight for those who have had their freedom stolen from them - that's Not For Sale." - Mark Wexler 

August 25 - Michael Petersen - Richfield Public Works Michael is a public works engineer for Richfield.  He will talk about Sweet Streets,  the new gas lines being installed, and the extensive repaving plan for city streets. 

Thought for the Week
 

Few things are more worthless or uneasy than capital unemployed, and wealth locked up in vaults in a great city is just as useless to its possessor as heaps of gold to Robinson Crusoe.

James J. Hill, 1838 - 1916


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