January 10 Meeting Reminder


January 10, 2019 Meeting Reminder - 7:15 - 8:30 AM, 2nd Floor Boardroom, Richfield / Bloomington Honda

Attendance / Happy Dollars:  John Devlin
Thought for the Week:  Kirsten Nelson

Program:  Club Assembly / Planning

Agenda items will include activities relating to Membership Campaign (facilitated by Barb Devlin, membership chair)
Please contact Kirsten Nelson if you have other agenda items.


January 3, 2019 Meeting Highlights

Happy Dollars

Happy Rotarians included Lynne Alexander (working to wind down her family business), Jean Fox (heading to California for 3 months) and Jay Clark, who welcomed our guests from VEAP and observed, “I love the vibe at VEAP every time I volunteer.” 

Program – Update on Volunteers Enlisted to Assist People (VEAP) – Joe McDonald and Patty Schultz

We were happy to meet VEAP’s new CEO, Joe McDonald, who started in December 2018.  Joe spent several years in investment, research and accounting work before moving into the non-profit sector, serving as founding Director, Head of Operations and eventually Executive Director and Lead Pastor of the alternative ministry, Upper Room.  Joe is excited about his new role at VEAP, saying, “I have been blown away by the number of volunteers.”  He welcomes Richfield Rotary’s involvement, adding, “Partnerships with other organizations are key.”

Patty Schultz, VEAP's Advancement Director, described 2018 as “a great year,” guided by a “good strategic plan and implementation strategy.”  Patty cited the mobile pantry as a way of creating “a barrier free opportunity for people in need to get food,” while housing specialists and social workers help address client needs for stable, affordable housing.  Additional services are provided through a partnership with Hennepin County.

Latino Three Kings Celebration a Success

Richfield Rotary designates one meeting per month for an evening service project / social.  Our service project for January 2019 was helping the Latino Resource organization, MIRA, with its Reyes Magos (Three Kings) celebration on January 4.  Richfield Rotarians and spouses who helped out included Jay Clark and Chris Walsh (two of the maji!), Bridget Clark, Barb and John Devlin, Chip and Deanna Groth, and Dave and Joan Melcher. 
MIRA’s treasurer Rosa Rubio reported attendance of about 400 children and adults and added, “Great work everyone!!!  Our most sincere appreciation to all the Rotarians that helped and donated for this event!!! It would not have been possible without all of you!”  The photos provide clear evidence that everyone present - including the volunteers - had a lot of fun!




Since 2006, Richfield Rotary has provided dictionaries to every third grader in Richfield’s public, private, parochial and home schools.  Dictionaries were delivered in December 2018 to all but one school.  Coordinator HaeKyung Thompson hopes to schedule the delivery to the Richfield Dual Language School in January.  














Each year, Rotary Clubs in District 5950 provide area schools with warm hats, mittens and gloves as part of our Warm Hands / Heads/ Hearts Initiative.  Last week, Principal Lee Ann Wise and students from Centennial Elementary School were happy to receive winter gear as part of Richfield Rotary’s Warm Hands / Heads / Hearts Program.   Club members Jean Fox (not pictured), Chip Groth, HaeKyung Thompson, Steve Unowsky and Chris Walsh participated in the presentation.



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 January, 2019.  Thank you to our volunteers!

January 10 - Barb and John Devlin
January 17 - Chris Walsh
January 24 - Chip Groth
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 Nov 8, Apr 18
DalePatRichfield Jan 24, May 30
DevlinJohnRichfieldLeader MayMay 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
DevlinBarbaraRichfieldNo Jan-FebNov. 29, May 9
GrothChipRichfield Mar 7
The photo at right includes volunteers from the Richfield, Edina Noon, and South Metro Evening Rotary Clubs.

Upcoming Programs and Thought for the Week

Upcoming Programs 

January 17, 2019 – Dr. Colondrea Hines, new principal of Richfield Middle School
January 24, 2019 - Karen Vuong, a student at Richfield Public School, will share her experiences at Rotary Camp Enterprise in November.  Karen will be accompanied by Matt Caruso, RHS Business and Technology teacher and DECA Advisor.
January 31, 2019 – No meeting – Replaced by January 4, 2019 evening service project (MIRA Three Kings Celebration)

Thought for the Week

Rotary emphasizes the dignity of every vocation and the worth of every calling...From the beginning, the diversity of vocations [within Rotary] gave Rotary a special strength.  Paul Harris put it this way: "Each Rotarian is the connecting link between the idealism of Rotary and his trade or profession."  Through Rotary, [our hours at work and in Rotary] are an opportunity for service: a chance to Be the Inspiration to those we work with, those who work for us, and the communities we serve.
Barry Rassin, 2018-19 President, Rotary International

Meeting Assignments through February 14, 2019

Thought for Week
Attendance / Happy Dollars
01/17/19Latanya DanielsPat DaleDavid Melcher
01/24/19Chip GrothDavid MelcherHaeKyung Thompson
01/31/19No meeting - replaced by January 4 evening service project   
02/07/19David MelcherHaeKyung ThompsonChris Walsh
02/14/19Club Assembly / PlanningChris WalshJay Clark


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