Program: Tim Carter - “Building a Richfield Super Store”
Tim Carter, General Manager of Richfield Bloomington Honda, will tell us about the recently completed Honda “super store”, the second largest Honda store in the country. He’ll also share his thoughts about current and future development along 494 in Richfield.
Jean Fox shared via e-mail: “There are miles and miles of beaches to walk near our little rental house. We have had two rainy days since we've been here but on every other day I have spent some time walking on a beach. Sadly, I seem to have an addiction - not the walking, but collecting sea glass. I can't seem to stop myself - here is a sorted sample from my growing collection.”
David Melcher welcomed speaker Tom Mork, and added, “I’m happy to have someone besides me rambling on about biking."
Laura Briggs asked club members about organizing some “March Madness” betting to raise money for Polio Plus. Club members present expressed unanimous support! (See separate article below)
Program: Tom Mork, "Tom's Big Ride for NAMI"
Tom Mork, a member of the Lakeville Rotary Club, shared highlights of “Tom’s Big Ride” a bicycle ride that started in Venice, LA and followed the Mississippi River north 2,117 miles to the river’s source at Lake Itasca in northern Minnesota. In addition to being an experience of a lifetime, it was also a fundraiser to benefit the National Alliance on Mental Illness. He and four other riders (including 3 Rotarians) left Venice LA on July 6, 2015 and "dipped our front tires in the headwaters of the mighty Mississippi River 39 days later on August 13, 2015." Other riders joined them along the way, each of whom had obtained $1000 in sponsorships.
The ride was inspired by Tom’s and his daughter’s personal experiences with depression and mental health issues. Tom stated, “For those struggling with mental illness, every day is an uphill battle…our climb was a modest one in comparison.”
Some fast facts about the ride:
Total distance - 2117 miles
Average distance per day - 73 miles
Longest day - 101 miles
Average speed - 15.3 miles
Total hours “on the saddle” - 138 hours of time on the saddle
Gained 650 Facebook friends by the end of the ride
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.
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February 11 - Mary Clarkson, Executive Director of Special Programs, Richfield Public Schools, will present a two-part program: an update on special programs in Richfield and information about how schools and districts work to prevent / minimize student violence in the schools.
February 18 - Club Assembly
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
Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. And so we must straighten our backs and work for our freedom. A man can't ride you unless your back is bent.