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September 6, 2018 Meeting Highlights

Happy Dollars

There were lots of Happy Dollars, including Kirsten Nelson’s announcement that she signed up for a demo class in Brazilian Jujitsu.  She’ll let us know how it turns out! (Hmmm…sounds like a possible future program!)


Program - David Melcher – “Skiing (Near) the Antarctic!”

David Melcher and fellow Rotarian Dan Kimmel from the Burnsville/ Savage Rotary Club recently raced in the Ushuaia Loppet Ski Marathon in Ushuaia, Argentina, about 1000 KM from Antarctica.  In contrast to legendary Berkeibeiner Loppet, which has about 10,000 racers, the Ushuaia Loppet “was like a small local race,  with only 200 racers in the 10K and 54 in the 50K, where David came in 21st.  David added, “Skiiers spread out quickly, so I could actually enjoy the scenery!”  Stay tuned for future programs…Dave’s next race may be the Kangaroo Hoppet in Australia!
 

September 13, 2018 Meeting Reminder

NOTE CHANGE IN LOCATION FOR THIS MEETING: 

7:15 - 8:30 AM AT LOCAL ROOTS, 817 66th St E, Richfield, MN 55423 

 

Greeter / Happy Dollars -  David Melcher

Thought for the Week - Barb Devlin

Program - Club Assembly, led by President Kirsten Nelson

Discussion will focus on final planning for Penn Fest, scheduled for Sunday, September 16.   Please be at the meeting, and sign up to help out on Sunday!

 
 
 

UPCOMING EVENTS

 

Penn Fest, September 16, 2018

Sign up for a shift at the Richfield Rotary Booth:  12-2:30 PM or 2:30 - 5:00 PM

 
The Rotary / Optimists booth is #69, located at the southeast corner of Penn and 68th Street.  The booth number will be written on the street in chalk paint.  Blue Rotary tee shirts will be available at the tent.
 
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Multi-Club Rotary Meeting

organized by Edina Morningside Rotary

September 18th, 2018, 7:00 – 9:00 AM

Edina Country Club, 5100 Wooddale Avenue, Edina 55424

$20 per person

Speaker: Manny Villafaña, Ph.D. Sc.

Manny Villafaña was born in 1940 in New York City to Puerto Rican immigrants and attended Cardinal Hayes High School in the Bronx.  He began his career in 1964 at medical-device exporter Picker International. In 1967, he was hired away from Picker by Medtronic to become their first international sales administrator.  During his presentation, Villafana will draw from his experiences starting and leading businesses in the medical field, including Cardiac Pacemakers Inc (1971), St. Jude Medical (1976), GV Medical (1982), ATS Medical (1987), CABG Medical (2000), and most recently, Kips Bay Medical (2007), a medical device company that focuses on vein support technology for use in coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) surgery.  He has earned many awards over his career, including induction into the Minnesota Science and Technology Hall of Fame in 2010. 
All Happy Dollar donations collected at the meeting will be contributed to the Kips Bay Girls and Boys Club in New York City, which guided Villafana’s development as a youth
 
Note:  This presentation will take the place of our regularly scheduled meeting on September 20, so all members are encouraged to attend.   
Click here for more information and a link to register.
 
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District 5950 One Rotary Summit

Date:  Saturday, September 22, 2018;

Venue:  Earle Brown Heritage Center; 6155 Earle Brown Dr. Minneapolis

Designed For:  New Rotarians, Club Presidents, Officers, Board Members, Assistant Governors, District Leadership Team & All Club Members  

Cost:  Already paid for by your Club’s District Training Fee;

Register online here

 
District 5950 Training Chair Tom Gump notes that there will be presentations from three District Committees:  (i) Strengthening and Supporting Clubs; (ii) The Rotary Foundation; and (iii) Public Image.  Gump adds, “This is a time to listen and learn, to exchange ideas with Rotarian colleagues in other clubs so you can take action.”  
(Note:  President Kirsten Nelson is unable to attend, and would really appreciate it if one or more other Richfield Rotarians could attend and report back.)
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RICHFIELD ROTARY IN SERVICE 

RICHFIELD ROTARIANS ARE PEOPLE OF ACTION!

 

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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.  
 

Listed below are volunteers who have signed up to are deliver bread through October, 2018.  Thank you to our volunteers!

 
September 13 - Kirsten Nelson
September 20 - Chip Groth
September 27 - Barb and John Devlin
October 4 - Chip Groth
October 11 - Kirsten Nelson
October 18 - Chris Walsh
October 25 - Chris Walsh
November 1 - Kirsten Nelson
November 8 - Barb and John Devlin
November 15 - Chris Walsh
November 22 - Thanksgiving - No delivery
November 29 - David Butler
 
Click here to review the Bread of Hope procedures. 
 
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                   VEAP STUDENT HUNGER PROJECT

A special message from Don Stiles, Bloomington Noon Rotary:
Dear fellow Rotarians and Friends:  Happy mid-Summer!!  You are receiving this email because you have participated or shown an interest in helping pack food bags at VEAP for local school children who go without food over the school year weekends.  Our teachers have noticed a difference in these students Monday mornings after receiving meals for the weekend and have indicated the students are better focused and ready to learn.  The first couple years we financed this project with Rotary District Grants and volunteers.  The last couple years, VEAP has found other sources to fund the food purchases, but is asking us to provide the volunteer "sweat equity" again.
 
The commitment is packing food bags from 5:30 to no later than 7:00 PM on any Thursday evenings you have available during the school year.  I will set up the volunteer assignment schedule again if we have enough volunteers.  Some Rotarians volunteer one Thursday while others do multiple Thursdays.  I try to mix up the volunteers each evening so that we have Rotarians and friends from a variety of Clubs.  We begin in October and run into May.
 
In addition to packers, I am also looking for someone from each participating Rotary Club to serve as a crew leader.  The commitment is five consecutive Thursdays.  (Note:  Past crew leaders from Richfield have been Chip Groth and John Devlin, so they can answer any questions you might have.)
 
If you would like to volunteer as a packer or club crew leader in 2018-2019, please let Don know.   If you already know dates that you cannot attend (trips or time as a snowbird), include those dates so I do not schedule you for those Thursdays.  If we get enough volunteers, we will set up the program for 2018-19.  Feel free to include the names of friends or family members (children must be 12 years or older).
 
Thanks for your consideration of this fun cooperative project.  If you have questions, let me know.
 
 
 
 
 
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Upcoming Programs and Thought for the Week

Upcoming Programs 

September 18, 2018 - Manny Villafaña, Legend in Medicine - 7-9 AM at Edina Country Club (Note:  This will replace our September 20 meeting)
September 27, 2018 - 6:30 - 8:00 PM - Evening service project at Richfield History Center.  History Center Director (and fellow Rotarian) Alyssa Swanson will give us a quick tour and we'll help clean the Bartholomew House before it closes for the season.

Thought for the Week

 

Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change - across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves."

Vision Statement of Rotary International

 

 
     
 

Meeting Assignments through November 2018
 

 
Date
Program
Thought for Week
Attendance / Happy Dollars
09/20/18NO MEETING - ATTEND SEPT. 18 MEETING AT EDINA CC  
09/27/18EVENING SERVICE PROJECT / SOCIAL  

10/04/18

HAE KYUNG THOMPSON

DAVID MELCHER

CHRIS WALSH

10/11/18

CLUB ASSEMBLY / PLANNING

HAE KYUNG THOMPSON

LYNNE ALEXANDER

10/18/18

CHRIS WALSH

LYNNE ALEXANDER

JAY CLARK

10/27/18

EVENING SERVICE PROJECT / SOCIAL

 

 

11/01/18

LYNNE ALEXANDER

CHRIS WALSH

DAVID BUTLER

11/08/18

CLUB ASSEMBLY / PLANNING

DAVID BUTLER

JEAN FOX

11/15/18

DAVID BUTLER

JEAN FOX

PAT DALE

11/22/18

NO MEETING - THANKSGIVING

 

 
11/29/18EVENING SERVICE PROJECT / SOCIAL  

 

NOTES:   
  • 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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