Thought for the Week: David Butler – The thought was a parable about two friends. You will have to ask David for the short script he used.
Steve Larsen—South Metro Chorale Cabaret, March 5th and 6th visit: southmetrochorale.org for tickets
Dave Melcher—Skied in and completed the American Birkebeiner
Dave Butler-honoring his brother out in Oregon-Hospice
Reminder of Foundation Board meeting February 25 @ 5:30 Hollihans, Richfield
Laura Briggs reminded the attendees that March Madness for Polio Plus has begun. Please bring your unwanted gift cards to be placed in the prize pool. The number of prizes depends on the number of donated gift cards
Rotary Club of Richfield Service Projects:
Cleaning up the Wood Lake Nature Center parking lot located on Lake Shore Drive. April 23 or April 30th. April 30 is Earth Day Weekend.
Steve Larson spoke about Medical Matters-volunteer packing of refurbished medical equipment for third world countries.
Elizabeth Andress presented on the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). She described the Country's history mostly focusing on the events that have taken place since it became it's own nation by separating from Belgium (Colony). The Country has been hit hard by violence with from within the Country as well as from the Civil War in Rwanda. On the northeast border of the DRC and Rwanda, lies Idjwi Island. The island has been spared much of the Civil violence and destruction, however it's citizens lack many basic living needs due to sever poverty and lack of income earning opportunities. Relief funds that have funneled to DRC have not been spent on the improving the island. FOr more information on the Island visit the Wiki page at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Idjwi. Based on her job here in St. Paul, Elizabeth met a native of Idjwi who shared her personal story, she is a MD from DNC, of the great need in DNC and Igjwi. Elizabeth and her husband, a 5950 Rotarian, visited the Island and came away inspired to start a nonprofit focused on helping provide resources for children who were members of the Civil War militias with a focus on Idjwi and the need to improve the healthcare resources on the Island. Malnutrition and the lack of prenatal services has resulted in the Idjwi having one of the highest rates of infant mortality in the world. The average lifespan is below 40. The name of the nonprofit is Mwendo Congo http://mwendocongo.org/
To promote community development in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) through health work, education, and relationship building between the people of the U.S. and the DRC.
Provide financial assistance for education and job skill development of Congolese youth in partnership with the Congolese organization Let Africa Live
Facilitate access to health care for the communities of South Idjwi Island, with special programs for women and children.
Organize exchanges between the USA and the DRC to raise awareness and build solidarity
The DRC is in the middle of a long political and economic crisis caused by repeated wars and armed conflicts. The principal victims of this violence and instability have been women and children. In spite of the DRC’s ratification of the UN Conventions on Women’s and Children’s Rights, women have been and continue to be raped and sexually exploited by militias, while children are recruited to fight as soldiers. Since the conflict began in 1996 more than 6 million people have died, more than 400,000 women and girls have been raped, and more than 30,000 boys and girls have been used as child soldiers.
Each dollar donated maybe matched in the near future allowing each dollar to result in an actual donation of more than $5.00
Make a $20 donation to PolioPlus by March 13 and you will be eligible to play in this bracket style tournament!
(You may make your donation online or you may give Laura Briggs a check made out to The Rotary Foundation, with Polio Plus in the memo line. All checks received will be forwarded to Rotary International.)
The tournament starts on 3/15 and runs through April 4th!
Once you've made your donation, notify Laura Briggs and she will send you the invite to fill out your bracket. If you have trouble filling it out online, let Laura know and she will help!
Winners will receive an assortment of gift cards donated by Richfield Rotarians. There will for sure be prizes for 1st and 2nd place!
If you are willing to donate any unwanted gift cards as prizes, please bring them to an upcoming meeting and Laura will collect them!
This Fun-Raiser is open to anyone who would like to participate - Rotary members and families/friends! We'll all have fun while contributing to the eradication of Polio, so please participate!
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.
The Bloomington Daymakers Rotary Club, Richfield Rotary Club, and Bloomington United For Youth are working together on a project to help young people locate employment. Because teens are an important focus for our service organizations, we are sponsoring the 2016 Teen Job Fair. OUR GOAL IS TO HAVE 200-300 TEENS FROM THE BLOOMINGTON, RICHFIELD, AND EDINA AREA ATTEND!
Bloomington, Richfield, and Edina area businesses have been invited to participate, and to consider hiring high school students to fill vacancies for summer and week-end employees.
The job fair is scheduled for:
Tuesday, March 15, 2016
5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Bloomington Civic Plaza 1800 West Old Shakopee Road
The Richfield Rotary Foundation is contributing $200 to support the job fair, and Chip Groth has served as our representative at planning meetings for the job fair. Chip and Dwight Geisler (Bloomington Daymakers) are requesting that two Richfield Rotarians attend the job fair on March 15, to learn first hand what it entails, as a basis for greater involvement in future planning. Please contact Chip Groth if you are willing to attend.
At our February 25 meeting, Chip Groth will present additional information about the Teen Job Fair and respond to any questions.
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February 25 - "Help for the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)" A representative of the organization, Mwendo Congo, will describe efforts to promote community development in the DRC through health work, education, and relationship building between the people of the U.S. and the DRC.
Chip Groth will also give a brief presentation on the Teen Job Fair
March 3 - Greg Hanks, Executive Director of the Southdale YMCA, will share how the YMCA is supporting youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility.
March 10 - In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, District 5950 Polio Chair Tim Mulcrone will attend the meeting as his alter ego, “Paddy O’Toole” to tell us (with all the charm of the Irish!) why it’s important to stop polio.
Thought for the Week
(In recognition of the importance of providing students with appropriate supports and services)
”It’s easier to build strong children than to
rehabilitate grown men."
- Frederick Douglas
Window on Rotary
Recruit a Rotary Peace Scholar!
April 10 is the deadline for local clubs to receive applications for Rotary Peace Fellowships, awarded to scholars to pursue a master's degree in international studies and peace and conflict resolution OR to attend a 3-month summer professional development certificate course. Click here for more information.