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Week of June 12, 2016

 

June 16 Meeting Reminder

Sergeant At Arms:  Jean Fox

Thought for the Week:  David Butler

Program:  India International Project Update - Sandhya Gupta

Sandhya Gupta, Bloomington Noon Rotary, will update us on the international project we have been supporting for the past several years to enhance the education of impoverished girls served by Nari Gunjan, an organization in India working to empower Dalit women through education.  Sandhya will outline two project proposals for 2016-2017, which would provide math and science camps for Nari Gunjan girls, in partnership with Aavishkaar Center for Science, Arts & Technology.   (The photo at left is of one of the participants in the most recent science camp.)

The Richfield Rotary Foundation Board has voted to contribute $500 toward both projects, and Richfield Rotary will serve as the lead club for the science camp proposal.

June 9 Meeting Highlights

Happy Dollars

There were lots of Happy Dollars, including:

  • Jean and Denny Foxes’ 48th wedding anniversary
  • Debbie Belfry, President of Bloomington Daymakers, reported on the VEAP Student Hunger Collaborative.  (See details in separate article on Rotary service below).
  • Latanya Daniels (pictured at right) celebrated her first year as principal of Richfield High School.  She remarked, “I have never had a school year go so fast!”  The year included major work around curriculum alignment in English, with hoped for increases in proficiency on state exams.  RHS also worked to improve pass rates in courses.  Latanya reported, “Failures declined by 30% first semester, and I’m hoping for further reductions second semester.”   This summer, teachers are engaged in workshops around leadership and visioning.  “We are excited to move forward as a team.”

 

Program:  Jason Sellars - "Richfield College Experience Program"

Jason Sellars, Director of Alternative Programs in the Richfield Public Schools, outlined a new partnership with Normandale Community College (NCC) called the Richfield College Experience Program (RCEP), which will be implemented in 2016-2017.  The program was made possible because of the 2014 Early Middle College Program, which allows high school students to complete remedial college level classes while still in high school, while earning post-secondary education credit.  The intent of the law is to increase access to and success in college among high school students who face economic and other challenges.

Jason described what the program will look like in operation:

  • RCEP will be physically located in the Partnership Center at NCC, and classes will take place in NCC classrooms.
  • As with students currently enrolled in Richfield's high school alternative learning program, participating students will be ages 16-20 and not currently on track for graduation.
  • RCEP students will  be dual enrolled in both RHS and NCC.
  • The target student body size is 50-70.  Jason anticipates that the student body will include students from other districts who open enroll into Richfield in order to participate in RCEP. 
  • The RCEP calendar will align with NCC calendar, with class periods ranging in length from 50 minute class periods to two-hour blocks.

Jason concluded, “Getting a 2 or 4-year degree can make a real difference in students' lives.  As an example, some RCEP students work in hotels at minimum wage salaries.  If these students complete an associates degree in hospitality at NCC, they will be eligible for management positions at double the salary, which would be a huge boost to their families.”

Next steps include working with NCC to develop a branding campaign although Jason noted, “In the Latino community, most advertising is by word of mouth.”

JOINT FOUNDATION FUND DRIVE ANNOUNCED

The Richfield Rotary Foundation (RRF) Board met last week and decided to undertake a fund drive for the benefit of both the RRF and The Rotary Foundation (TRF).   

The last joint fund drive was conducted in the spring of 2015, with contributions extending through the 2015-2016 program year.   This fund drive is intended to extend and build upon contributions made in 2015-2016.

The Rotary International website highlights the importance of contributions to TRF, including Polio Plus:

The Rotary Foundation transforms your gifts into projects that change lives both close to home and around the world. As the charitable arm of Rotary, we tap into a global network of Rotarians who invest their time, money, and expertise into our priorities, such as eradicating polio and promoting peace. Foundation grants empower Rotarians to approach challenges such as poverty, illiteracy, and malnutrition with sustainable solutions that leave a lasting impact.

While TRF’s reach is broad in scope. our own Richfield Rotary Foundation (RRF) supports charitable projects and activities of the Richfield Rotary Club, which has been serving our local community for the past 65 years.  A gift to the Richfield Rotary Foundation will help our club continue its legacy of service to the Richfield community.   

As noted in an e-mail from incoming President Chip Groth, members are encouraged to complete and return the attached pledge form to either Chip or RRF President Lynne Alexander at your earliest convenience.   Questions may be directed to either Lynne or Chip.

 

 

RICHFIELD ROTARY IN SERVICE

Richfield Rotary Embraces "Service Above Self"

 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:  

AMERICAN COUNCIL FOR THE BLIND CONFERENCE

Approximately 1,000 blind and visually impaired people from across the United States and several foreign countries are coming to Minneapolis for the 2016 conference and convention of the American Council of the Blind, scheduled for June 30 - July 10 at the Hyatt Regency in Minneapolis.

Rotarians are invited to be among the many sighted volunteers needed to assist with the conference.  Volunteers should be able to work a three to four hour shift (7-11AM, 11AM-3PM), 3-7PM, 7-11PM)

Individual Rotarians can sign up online to volunteer throughout the 10-day conference at https://acbconvention.org/volform.php.  However, because of our proximity to the airport, Richfield Rotarians are encouraged to help welcome / guide conference attendees arriving at MSP (June 30 – July 3) and/ or to return conference attendees to the airport (July 8-9).  

Click here for more details.  Note:  If you volunteer to help out at MSP, please notify Barb Devlin so she can arrange for security clearance.  Thank you in advance for your help!

 

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 July:
 

June 16 - Anthony Bradford

June 23 - David Butler

June 30 - John Devlin 

July  7 - Kirsten Nelson

July 14 - Jean Fox

July 21 - Anthony Bradford

July 28 - Barb Devlin

Please let Barb Devlin know if you can volunteer on August 4, 11, or 25.  (We have a volunteer for August 18.)

Click here to review the Bread of Hope procedures.  
 
 

Richfield Safety Day

Tuesday, June 7 
S.T.E.M. School lunchroom (7020 12th Ave S)
 
 
 
 
Last week's e-Spokester showed President Anthony Bradford registering students for Safety Day, with help from Barb and John Devlin.  
 
Pictured at left are Richfield Police and Rotary representatives getting ready to serve pizza dinner to the Safety Camp participants and their parents.  

 

 
 
 
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Meeting Assignments through August 2016
 
Date
Program
Thought for Week
Sergeant at Arms
06/23/16 TOMMY THOMPSON JEAN FOX STEVE JEDLUND
06/30/16 ANTHONY BRADFORD STEVE JEDLUND JOHN DEVLIN
07/07/16 MORRIS NILSEN JOHN DEVLIN STEVE LARSON
07/14/16 KIRSTEN NELSON  STEVE LARSON DAVID MELCHER
07/21/16 JOHN DEVLIN DAVID MELCHER PAM SERDAR
07/28/16 CLUB ASSEMBLY - CHIP GROTH PAM SERDAR LYNNE ALEXANDER
08/04/16 DAVID BUTLER LYNNE ALEXANDER JOHN DEVLIN
08/11/16 JAY CLARK JOHN DEVLIN MORRIS NILSEN
08/18/16 BARB DEVLIN MORRIS NILSEN KIRSTEN NELSON
08/25/16 DAVID MELCHER KIRSTEN NELSON JAY CLARK
 
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.
 
Upcoming Programs and Thought for the Week
Upcoming Programs
 
There are some wonderful programs coming up!  Be sure to attend, and bring guests with you!!

 

June 23 - Tommy Thompson - "The Minneapolis Freeway Story" - Tommy will give us the scoop, and maybe explain how that near-90 degree turn came about at the 35W / 94 merge!

June 30 - Patrick Donahue - "James J. Hill, The James J. Hill Center and the inspiration behind the launch of Hill Capital Corporation”

July 21 - Khalil Houri, Islamic Resource Center - "Islam 101"

Thought for the Week
 

 

 

Window on Rotary

 

"Dad loved Rotary because he thought it was important to give back to the community.  Through Rotary, he learned a lot about love and compassion."

 

- Nancy Cameron, daughter of the late Don Cameron, a charter member of Richfield Rotary Club

The Four-Way Test of the Things we Think, Say or Do

 1.  Is it the truth?

2.  Is it fair to all concerned?


3.  Will it build good will and better friendships?

4.  Will it be beneficial to all concerned?

   

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