Meeting Reminder

JULY 11, 2019 MEETING REMINDER:  7:15 - 8:30 AM,  Local Roots (Meeting Room), 817 E. 66th Street, Richfield 

Note:  Order breakfast as you arrive and pay following the meeting.  

Attendance / Happy Dollars –  Jay Clark

Thought for the Week – Barb Devlin

Program:  John DeBettignies  - New Member Presentation

John was installed as a new member at our June 20 meeting.  He will tell us about his personal, family and professional background, including his current position as Vice President for Member Services at RBCU.  John was previously a member of the Eagan Noon Rotary, and may also have insights to share about the value of membership in Rotary.

Take this opportunity to learn more about John - a great addition to Richfield Rotary!





Meeting Highlights

JUNE 20 and 27 Meeting Highlights

Our June 20 meeting included a new member induction and a two-part program.

John DeBettignies, Vice President for Member Services at RBCU, was installed as a member of Richfield Rotary.   John says, “It’s all about service,” and is eager to “do all I can” to help with the Richfield Rotary Relaunch.  John will present a program about his personal and professional life at our July 11 meeting.


Two-Part Program:

“Beautifying Richfield Through Public Art Installations and Activities”

Joyce Marrie, Richfield Arts Commission (RAC) co-chair and Mary Kay Champa, RAC staff liason, told about the Art Commission and its efforts to beautify Richfield through  public art, including several murals on buildings.  The newest project is in conjunction with Richfield’s “Sweet Streets” initiative.   The Arts Commission conducted a poetry contest and winning poems from youth and adult entries are being sandblasted into cement, for placement in newly constructed sidewalks on 66th Street.  See Upcoming Events for information about the July 13 Sidewalk Poetry Celebration, sponsored by the Richfield Arts Commission in partnership with Crossroads Panorama Theatre Company, led by Joyce Marrie.  (Photo: Mary Kay on left, Joyce on right)


Part II:  International Grant Project in India: “A Ten-Year Retrospective”- Sandhya Gupta 

After years of working as engineers in the U.S., ten years ago Sandhya and her husband moved back to India with their young daughter.  For several years, they volunteered in local schools, learning their strengths and weaknesses.  In 2014, they founded Aavishkaar (which means “adventure”) to nurture curious, creative and critical thinking.  They worked with teachers to substitute active, hands-on learning for rote memorization, to help students develop a “joyful relationship with science and math.”  In five years, Aavishkaar has impacted 16,000 students, 1300 teachers, and 400 educators in schools throughout India.  Pictured at right are some girls participating in hands-on learning through Aavishkaar.

Richfield Rotary has partnered with four other Rotary Clubs to apply for matching grants from District 5950 and Rotary International to support activities of Aavishkaar, particularly on behalf of poor students and communities. 



June 27 President Recognition

At our June 27 meeting, we enjoyed breakfast at our new meeting place, Local Roots, shared favorite memories and accomplishments of the 2018 – 2019 program year, and recognized President Kirsten Nelson for her leadership.  Barb Devlin will serve as club president in 2019-2020.


Q1 Meeting and Activity Schedule Set

Following is the meeting and activity schedule agreed upon at the June 13 Club Assembly, including four club meetings, service projects, Relaunch information meetings, and the official Relaunch and Installation of New Members:

Club Meeting Schedule

  • Four meetings, 7:30 – 8:30 AM on the following Thursdays:  June 27, July 11, August 15, September 12
  • Location – Local Roots, 817 E 66th St, Richfield, MN 55423
  • The July 11, August 15 and September 12 meetings will provide an opportunity for debriefing and planning regarding the relaunch.  Members are also invited to submit ideas for programs for those meetings.

Club Service Activities

  • Continue Bread of Hope  -  See “Richfield Rotary in Service” article for a list of volunteers to date and open sign-up slots.
  • The Club will conduct at least one service project during the first quarter, possibly in connection with back-to-school activities.  New and prospective members will be invited to help choose and participate in the activity.

Relaunch Information Meetings

  • Attendance:  Richfield Rotarians plus anyone interested in the Richfield Rotary Relaunch
  • Four information meetings planned to date: 
    • Thursday, June 20, 5:30 – 6:30 PM, Local Roots
    • July 24, 7-8 PM, City Hall, Bartholomew Room (change from earlier assignment to Babcock Room)
    • Thursday, August 22, 7:30 – 8:30 AM, Local Roots
    • Late August / early September – Richfield Public Schools (Date, time TBD)

Formal Relaunch and Installation of New Members – Tuesday, September 24, 5:30 – 7:00 PM (Location TBD)






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.

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

July 4 - (No Delivery)
July 11 - Devlins
July 18 - Need a volunteer
July 25 - Jean Fox
August 1 - Chip Groth
August 8 - John DeBettignies
August 15 - Need a volunteer
August 22 - Need a volunteer
August 29 - Jean Fox
Click here to review the Bread of Hope procedures. 









Nari Gunjan Fund-raising Dinner, July 16, 2019

Click here for details and to make a reservation.  Funds raised will be used to support participation of girls in discovery-based math and science instruction through Aavishkaar, the organization founded by Sandhya Gupta and her husband.









Click here for more information and to register to run in the Urban Wildland Half Marathon




Upcoming Programs and Thought for the Week

Upcoming Programs 

Please forward ideas for Rotary-oriented program topics to Barb Devlin for our August 15 and September 12 Meetings.


Community service has taught me all kinds of skills and increased my confidence. You go out there and think on your feet, work with others and create something from nothing. That's what life's all about.
Andrew Shue

Meeting Assignments through September 2019

Thought for Week
Attendance / Happy Dollars
John DeBettigniesBarb DevlinJay Clark
08/15/19Barb Devlin
Jay Clark
John DeBettignies
Barb DevlinJohn DeBettigniesJohn Devlin




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