Meeting Reminder


7-8 PM, RICHFIELD CITY OFFICES, 6700 Portland Ave, Richfield, MN 55423 - Bartholomew Room

The meeting will include information about Rotary International and the Richfield Rotary Relaunch.  As part of the presentation, President Barb Devlin will ask Rotarians present to share how they got involved in Rotary and how membership in Rotary has been beneficial.  Please let Barb Devlin know if you can attend this and / or future Relaunch information meetings. 

Meeting Highlights



We welcomed frequent guest Mike Spencer from the Rotary Club of St. Louis Park, and Richfield resident Linda Creer (right), who expressed her appreciation for being one of the Little Free Library recipients.   Linda plans to attend the Relaunch Information meeting on July 24 and is considering Rotary membership. 


Program:  “Possible Service Projects with Richfield Community Education” – Carole McNaughton-Commers, Director

Carole (left) described two potential club service projects for fall 2019, one in conjunction with a grant-funded arts activity for Latino families, and the other in conjunction with Richfield Penn Fest.  Club member consensus was to assist with the arts activity, scheduled for the morning of Saturday, September 21.  Funded by a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, the arts activity will focus on the theme of the September migration of the Monarch butterfly to Mexico.  The children’s creations will be used to decorate wagons, bicycles and banners for participation in the Richfield High School Homecoming Parade later that morning. 
Rotary volunteers are invited to help children with the art activity (8:15 - 10:30 AM) and accompany the children to and along the parade route (10:30 AM - 12 Noon).  Volunteers may sign up for one or both time slots; sign-up will occur closer to the event.   
Community Education is also looking for 5-6 wagons, either as donations or on loan for use in the Homecoming Parade.  Please contact Barb Devlin if you have a wagon to loan or donate.  

Club Dues Set for 2019 – 2020

Club members approved dues as follows for 2019 – 2020:
  • Members Ages 36 and Older - $70 per quarter, $280 per year
  • Members Ages 35 or Younger - $50 per quarter, $200 per year
Click here to review projected club revenues and expenses, as background for the decision.

Q1 Meeting and Activity Schedule

Following is the first quarter 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.  Programs will be Rotary and club-related.

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.  See July 11 meeting highlights for details regarding the selected project.

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 
    • Thursday, August 22, 7:30 – 8:30 AM, Local Roots
    • Wednesday, September 11, 3:45 - 4:45 PM, Central Education Center, 7145 Harriet Ave So., Multi-purpose Room

Richfield Rotarians are encouraged to attend the Relaunch Information meetings.  Please RSVP your attendance to Barb Devlin.  

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

Richfield Rotarians - Please plan to attend this important meeting!

Rotary District 5950 Survey Reminder

A reminder from District Governor Russ Michaletz to participate in a special District-wide membership survey. Please complete this online survey by no later than Wednesday, July 24.
Click here to start the survey.  Thanks in advance for your participation!






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 the remaining open date.  Thank you!

July 18 - Chris Walsh
July 25 - Jean Fox
August 1 - Chip Groth
August 8 - John DeBettignies
August 15 - Barb and John Devlin
August 22 - Need a volunteer
August 29 - Jean Fox
Click here to review the Bread of Hope procedures. 



Nari Gunjan Benefit a Success

Richfield Rotarian Barb Devlin and former members Sally Parks and Gay Greiter attended a July 16 benefit for Nari Gunjan, ("woman's voice”) a not-for-profit organization that provides education, literacy, vocational training, healthcare, advocacy and life skills for Dalit (“untouchables” caste) girls and women. 
The funds raised will enable girls served by Nari Gunjan to participate in educational programs provided by Aavishkaar, the educational organization founded by Bloomington Rotarian Sandhya Gupta and her husband (pictured at left) to nurture “curious, critical and creative thinking” and to spark a “joyful relationship with math and science.”  
Richfield Rotary and other Area Three Rotary Clubs are among many organizations that have contributed to several grant projects developed and overseen by Sandhya Gupta over the past several years, including educational programs for Dalit girls.











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Upcoming Programs and Thought for the Week

Upcoming Programs 

August 15, 2019 - John DeBettignies - New Member Presentation
September 12, 2019 - Uganda International Project Update (tentative)
September 24, 2019 - Formal Relaunch and Installation of New Members - Presentation by District Governor Russ Michaletz


Growing Rotary is all about taking the connections that make our organization unique in the world and strengthening and multiplying them.  Let us commit ourselves to growing Rotary and to welcoming the next diverse generation of women and men as Rotary Connects the World.
Mark Daniel Maloney
President, Rotary International

Meeting Assignments through September 2019

Thought for Week
Attendance / Happy Dollars
08/15/19John DeBettigniesLynne AlexanderJay Clark
Barb DevlinJay ClarkJohn DeBettignies




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