Meeting Reminder

APRIL 11, 2019 MEETING REMINDER:  7:15 - 8:30 AM, 2nd Floor Boardroom, Richfield / Bloomington Honda

Attendance / Happy Dollars:  Hae Kyung Thompson

Thought for the Week:  David Melcher

Program:  Club Assembly, facilitated by President Kirsten Nelson

Agenda items will include:
  • Little Free Library update and planning
  • Request for contribution to "Done in a Day" project at District Conference
  • Report on club survey, with recommendations from Barb Devlin
Please attend and participate!




April 4, 2019 Meeting Highlights

Guests, Happy Dollars and Announcements

We welcomed Guests Anne Schultz (Chamber President, pictured at right), Aaron Lissarrague (Incoming Chamber Board Chair), Tim Carter (General Manager, R/B Honda), and financial planners Nic Romero and Lindy Vinustus (pictured far right).  There were lots of Happy Dollars, many in honor of our guests and the coming of Spring!
Kirsten Nelson presented a check from the Richfield Rotary Foundation to Police Chief Jay Henthorne and Fire Chief Wayne Kewitsch to to support Safety Camp, which is in its 27th year!  Jay commented, “We couldn’t do this program without the help of Richfield Rotary.”  Wayne added, “Both the monetary contribution and your volunteer support – including serving pizza - are greatly appreciated!” 

Program:  Police and Fire Department Update

Police Chief Jay Henthorne highlighted a number of police initiatives:

  • Micro-grants for citizens to replace burned out tail lights (versus issuing tickets)
  • Use of an Overdose Detection Mapping Application Program to track and address opioid abuse;
  • Making the Vitals app available for voluntary use by people with mental health issues, autism, etc. to help police better interact with them.  
  • Adopted a “Pathways to Policing Program” to attract and develop officers who reflect community diversity and embrace Department core values. 

Fire Chief Wayne Kewitsch noted that, with limited resources, “all of our resources are driven to our central mission of addressing fires.”  He did announce an initiative on fire code violations, stating, “"The easiest fire to put out is the one we prevent."  Regarding hiring, Kewitsch noted that Fire Department hiring is limited by the Civil Service System, which bases selection on test scores.

There were lots of questions and comments, including Tim Carter’s encouragement of greater development along the 494 corridor which would “increase safety and generate additional tax revenue for the City.”  (Tim is pictured at left.)
For "Show and Tell," Chief Henthorne passed around the prototype of the RPD's new badge design, which honors the department's inception in 1937.





Area 3 Vocational Ethics Luncheon

April 18, 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Edina Country Club, 5100 Wooddale Ave. Edina, MN  55424

Keynote Speaker:  Jerome Mayne, “Fraud and Consequences”

Since 2002 Jerome Mayne has been speaking on the topics of fraud and ethics for associations and Fortune 500 companies in Canada, Mexico and the United States.

For over 2 years his name was, Federal Inmate Number 08657-041.  Before that, he was the founder and CEO of two corporations, respected in the financial community and the father of two young boys.  In 1999 he received a 21-month prison sentence for conspiracy to commit mail fraud, wire fraud and money laundering – crimes that took place four years earlier.  On November 4th, 1999, he reported to the Federal Prison in Yankton, South Dakota and his career and his life were changed forever.

He has appeared on panels, radio shows and web-casts and has been a contributing columnist for numerous industry trade publications including the California CPA Magazine, Business Journal and the National Mortgage Professional.  He is the author of the book Diary of a White Collar Criminal, and the real estate continuing education course Mortgage Fraud and Predatory Lending – what every agent should know (Dearborn/Kaplan).

He is also an instructor and performer of improvisational and stand-up comedy with Stevie Rays Improv company at the world renowned, Chanhassen Dinner Theatre complex near Minneapolis, Minnesota.

The cost is $25 per person, payable to Richfield Rotary Club.  Please RSVP to Chip Groth by April 12. 
Note:  The luncheon will take place of our regular meeting. 


Join us for a day of inspiration and celebration!
An exciting keynote speaker, lunch, engaging breakout sessions, networking in the Hall of Friendship, a cocktail reception, dinner and an awards ceremony will Feed Your Inspiration.
You’ll leave inspired and energized!

Click here to register.







Richfield Rotary members have been engaging in a variety of service activities during the month of March.  Following is a sampling:

For the past several Fridays, Jay Clark has been working on construction of Little Free Libraries, with some help from John Devlin.   Let Jay know if you are interested in helping.
On March 22, Pat Dale, Barb Devlin, and Chip Groth helped with Job Olympics at Richfield High School.  Chip and Barb conducted mock job interviews and Pat helped collect resumes and applications.  Program Coordinators Brian Lentz and LuAnn Tauer expressed their appreciation to the Work Experience Advisory Board and volunteers.  Brian wrote, “Last Friday, we had 57 students participate, and 22 adults contributed to the success of Job Olympics.  Lu Ann and I could not do this work alone, it is because of the volunteers, that made this such a realistic experience for all of our students.”




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.  

Listed below are volunteers who have signed up to are deliver bread through May 23, 2019.  Contact Barb Devlin to volunteer for May 30.  Thank you!

April 11 - Chris Walsh
April 18 - Kirsten Nelson
April 25 - Pat Dale
May 2 - Chip Groth
May 9 - Pat Dale
May 16 - Kirsten Nelson
May 23 - Barb and John Devlin
May 30 - David Butler
Click here to review the Bread of Hope procedures. 


Thanks to the following Richfield Rotarians for volunteering for the VEAP Student Hunger Project for 2018-2019.  Volunteers meet at VEAP from 5:30 - 7:00 PM (5-7 for team leaders) on Thursday evenings as designated below:
Last NameFirst NameClubNotesDates
ClarkJayRichfield Apr 18
DalePatRichfield May 30
DevlinJohnRichfieldLeader MayMay 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
DevlinBarbaraRichfieldNo Jan-FebMay 9
The photo at right includes volunteers from the Richfield, Edina Noon, and South Metro Evening Rotary Clubs.

March Madness Fun-Raiser for Polio Plus

bust the BRACKETS for polio plus!!

Rotarians and friends participating in the bracket challenge are asked to make a contribution of $20 or more to the Rotary International Foundation for Polio Plus.  If you have not yet paid your entry fee, please donate online or give your donation to Jay Clark or Chip Groth at our next meeting.  Please make checks payable to the Richfield Rotary Foundation.
Thanks to Jay Clark and Chip Groth for co-coordinating this year's March Madness Polio Plus Challenge.






Upcoming Programs and Thought for the Week

Upcoming Programs 

April 18, 2019 - Vocational Ethics Luncheon, 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM, Edina Country Club
April 25, 2019 - Service Project / Social

Thought for the Week

Meeting Assignments through May 2019

Thought for Week
Attendance / Happy Dollars


Club Assembly / Planning

David Melcher

Hae Kyung Thompson


Vocational Ethics Luncheon




Service Project / Social


05/02/19David MelcherHae Kyung ThompsonChris Walsh
05/09/19Club Assembly / PlanningChris WalshJay Clark
05/16/19Pat DaleJay ClarkPat Dale
05/23/19Cameron Scholarship Awards / Steve UnowskyPat DaleBarb Devlin
05/30/19Service Project / Social  


  • See attached for the full program schedule through June 2019 and contact John Devlin if you have any questions or concerns.
  • 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.

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