Program: Latanya Daniels and Jason Sellars, Richfield Public Schools - "Richfield-Normandale Prep"
RHS Principal Latanya Daniels and Jason Sellars, Director of the Richfield Career Education Program, will tell us about a new partnership between the Richfield School District and Normandale Community College for a program that will combine high school and college classes for students who left high school before graduating or are deficient in credits. Replacing the Richfield Career Education Program, the open-enrollment offering, dubbed Richfield-Normandale Prep, will welcome students to the Normandale campus in Bloomington, where they will take high school classes taught by Richfield teachers in addition one to two college-level classes at a time, taught by Normandale instructors.
This meeting was all about honoring recipients of the Cameron Scholarship, established by the family of the late Don Cameron, a Richfield dentist and charter member of the Rotary Club of Richfield. The scholarship is awarded to selected students from the Academy of Holy Angels and Richfield High School who are aspiring to go into medical-related professions.
As Sergeant at Arms, Jay Clark welcomed Special Janice and Nancy Cameron, daughters of the late Dr. Don Cameron, along with the four Cameron Scholarship recipients and their family members.
Thought for the Week
In honor of the scholarship recipients, Jay shared quotes from two famous commencement speakers, Apple founder Steve Jobs and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.
Jobs said, “Your time on earth is so limited; don't waste time leading someone else's life.”
Zuckerberg added, "Live your life where the action is now.”
Steve Jedlund shared fond memories of Don Cameron, and noted that he still remembers sitting in Mr. Herr’s RHS English class with Don’s daughter, Nancy!
Steve Larson congratulated David Butler on his birthday. David said he didn’t want to announce it for fear he would have to donate $88 dollars to the Richfield Rotary Foundation! (C’mon, David - You can afford it!!)
Steve added his regrets that the late Gertrude Ulrich couldn’t be at this meeting. When Steve would call her part of “The Greatest Generation,” Gertrude would respond, “No - the Greatest Generation is the one coming up!”
Anthony Bradford reminded us that his and Chris' wedding is scheduled for 7:00 PM on Friday, July 1, 6321 2nd Ave. So. in Richfield. Please RSVP to Anthony.
Program: Cameron Scholarship Presentations
Richfield Rotary Foundation Chair Lynne Alexander introduced each of the scholarship recipients:
Academy of Holy Angels
Sarah Marie McGoldrick
Sarah plans to begin her post-secondary education at the College of St. Benedict in St. Josephs, MN, and then transfer to Creighton University in Omaha, NE to complete a major in physical therapy. She would like to work with children with developmental disabilities, inspired by her volunteer work at a center for children with Downs Syndrome. High school activities have included volleyball, softball, and the campus ministry team.
Siri Julien Roberts
Siri plans to attend Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, and to major in pre-pharmacy. She also plans to study medical Spanish with the hope of becoming a bilingual pharmacist. Siri’s career plans include working to increase access to healthcare in developing countries in Central and South America. In high school, Siri played on the tennis team and works at a daycare.
Richfield High School
Shawn Larray Cain
Shawn is interested in a career in nursing, but is still undecided regarding his choice of college. He is “trying to finish high school strong,” and aspires to help people overcome diseases they developed or were born with. He is also committed to help end violence in North Minneapolis, which has had terrible medical side effects.
Raeme Milan Cheatham
Raeme plans to attend the University of Iowa in Iowa City IA with a major in nursing and a minor in Spanish. Her long-term goal is to earn a Master’s Degree in nursing and certification as a midwife. During her career, she would like to help women during pregnancy and childbirth. She is learning Spanish because she would like to spend part of her working years serving women in Spanish-speaking, third world countries. During high school, Raeme has been active in tennis, basketball, softball, and yearbook.
Nancy Cameron congratulated the scholarship recipients and commented, ”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. He would have loved to have seen all the students who have benefitted from the scholarship. I hope you go forward and carry through with the missions that you have - they are very impressive!"
Below left (L to R): President Anthony Bradford; Scholarship recipients Shawn Cain, Raeme Cheatham, Siri Roberts and Sarah McGoldrick; and Janice and Nancy Cameron.
Below right: The Cameron Scholarship recipients surrounded by proud family members
Richfield Rotary Foundation Chair Lynne Alexander has scheduled a RRF Board meeting for Wednesday, June 8 at 5:30 PM at Houlihan’s. The purpose of the meeting will be to discuss the India project grant requests from Sandyha Gupta, along with other pertinent information for the end of the 2015-2016 Rotary year.
Three volunteers are needed to fill 2-3 year terms on the RRF Board beginning in 2016-2017. Please let Lynne know if you would be willing to be nominated. The Board election be in late June, and the terms will commence in July.
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 June:
President Anthony Bradford and Barb and John Devlin helped out with registration this morning, and Rotary volunteers will also help serve lunch and pizza dinner.
Pictured at right: Anthony coached John on the finer points of registration, and then registered the first of about 60 Safety Camp participants.
Note: Richfield Public Safety representative Jill Mecklenberg indicates that she could use a few more Rotary volunteers at this afternoon's program and pizza dinner. If you can help out, please come to the STEM School lunchroom at 3:45 PM this afternoon. Thank you!
As noted above, four students were awarded Cameron Scholarships at our June 2 meeting. Richfield Rotary Foundation Chair Lynne Alexander received the following note of appreciation from Kevin Roberts, father of scholarship recipient Siri Roberts:
A quick note on behalf of Siri, Sue & I to thank you for hosting us at the Rotary breakfast this morning. We can't thank you or the Cameron family enough for the kindness in awarding Siri the scholarship. The four awardees are an impressive group and speaks volumes about the Cameron family and the Rotary mission.
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