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Revised e-Spokester - Week of January 17, 2016
The date for our next meeting has been corrected, and a new photo added of our January 12 Happy Hour with Bloomington Daymakers.  Enjoy the warm weather today, and we'll see you all tomorrow!
 
 
 
Meeting Reminder
January 21 Meeting Reminder

SAA:  Jay Clark

Thought for the Week:  John Devlin

Program:  Morris Nilsen

"A Tweet is Not the Same as a Hug"

 

Come and hear Morrie's observations, based on his years of experience helping people

through the loss of a loved one.

Highlights of Previous Meeting
January 14 Meeting Highlights
 

Thought for the Week

John Devlin distributed the following quote:  “Conquer the angry one by not getting angry; conquer the wicked by goodness; conquer the stingy by generosity; and the liar by speaking the truth.”   The writer was Buddha, but Pam Serdar observed that the quote sounded like something Jesus would say, adding that all religious are “common at their core.”

 

Happy Dollars and Announcements

  • Lots of people were happy, including Happy Dollars, including Jean Fox  who e-mailed a photo of her “Standin' on the corner" in Winslow, AZ, along Route 66. 
  • David Melcher thanked Chip Groth for organizing the January 12 Happy Hour with members of the Bloomington Daymakers.  About a dozen Rotarians and spouses participated, including David's wife, Joan, who "had a blast."  And - as David said - "If Joan is happy, I'm happy!"
  • Anthony thanked President-Elect Chip Groth for being willing to fill in for him during his upcoming absence.

 

 

 

Program:  The Rotary Foundation and Richfield Rotary Foundation - John Devlin, Chip Groth, and Steve Jedlund

The Rotary Foundation (TRF)

John Devlin shared that, at the 1917 convention in Minneapolis, outgoing RI President Arch C. Klumph proposed to set up an endowment “for the purpose of doing good in the world.” In 1928, it was renamed The Rotary Foundation (TRF), and it became a distinct entity within Rotary International.  Since the first gift of $26.50, the Foundation's assets have grown significantly, and more than $3 billion has been spent on programs and projects — transforming millions of lives around the globe.  

Members watched a video-taped presentation by John Kenny, Chairman of the Board of TRF.  Kenny called TRF “the engine that drives the Rotary machine” and added, “The future of TRF depends on each and every local Rotary Club.”  Major areas of focus of TRF include polio eradication, providing funds to Rotary Districts for international and local community project grants; fostering world understanding and good will through six peace centers across the globe and sponsoring 100 Rotary Peace Fellows annually.  Click here to watch this or other videos about TRF.

Richfield Rotary Foundation

Foundation Treasurer Chip Groth shared background information assembled by outgoing treasurer Jay Clark, summarizing grants made during the 2014-2015 program year, and to date in 2015-2016.  Chip noted that the RRF currently has $7665 available for grants, with additional designated funds for the Darlene Meyer/Gertrude Ulrich memorial, Cameron Scholarships, and the President’s discretionary contributions.  Club Treasurer Pat Dale added that approximately $500 in Happy Dollars will be transferred from club operating funds to RRF.  

  Additional contributions are expected as club members fulfill their pledges for the 2015-16 program year and make additional donations / pledges for the 2016-17 program year. 

Steve Jedlund, chair of our joint Foundation fund drive, announced that $11,487 was pledged for 2015-2016, $6512 to TRF and $4975 to RRF.  He encouraged members to fulfill their 2014-2015 pledges before the 2015-2016 fund drive commences in February / March.        

Chip suggested that Foundation Chair Lynne Alexander call a meeting for the purpose of developing a Foundation expenditure budget for 2015-2016.  (Note:  A meeting has been tentatively scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 18, 5:30 PM at Houlihans.  More information will be included in a future e-Spokester.)

A Fun Time Was Had By All!

Thanks to Chip Groth from Richfield Rotary and Mark Mellon from Bloomington Daymakers for organizing an enjoyable joint Happy Hour on January 12.   The manager even gave us a private room!  (A good indication that we were having a good time is that our server closed the door to prevent our conversation and laughter from disturbing the other restaurant patrons!)
 
Hopefully, we'll schedule other joint events in the future!
 
 
 

RICHFIELD ROTARY IN SERVICE

Richfield Rotary Embraces "Service Above Self"

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 March:

 

January 21 John Devlin
January 28 Chip Groth
February 4 Barb Devlin
February 11 Pat Dale
February 18 Marlene Evenson
February 25 Pam Serdar
March 3 Anthony Bradford
March 10 Marlene Evenson
March 17 Pat Dale
March 24 Chip Groth
March 31 John Devlin

 

Thanks to all those who signed up!

 

Click here to review the Bread of Hope procedures.
 

 

Dictionary Project:  More Teachers and Students Say "Thank you!"

At our last meeting, Marlene Evenson shared more thank you notes from students and staff from Sheridan Hills, and STEM Schools along with Partnership Academy. 

Teacher Sandy Sandvig from STEM wrote,

Thank you for providing each child in my class with a dictionary.  The children use them at least once each week to find definitions for their vocabulary words.  As you will read in their letters, they also enjoy looking at other pieces of information included in it.  I appreciate your generosity.

Many of the students wrote detailed letters telling about themselves, what they liked or noticed about their new dictionaries, and how they plan to use it.  Following are some of the things students noticed and liked about their new dictionaries:

“I noticed many kinds of interesting things in the dictionary like it had sign language on the back of the dictionary andthe longest word in the English language on p. 373 and it is in a-b-c-order and the planets are on the back of the dictionary and information about cloud cycles.”  Faysal

“Some things that I like about my dictionary are:  It has sign language.  I can learn the definitions of words with it.  I can learn the longest word in the English language; it’s 1,909 letters! It has most of the words in our language, and it tells about presidents from all over the world.”  Margo 

“I really like the literacy help because then I can get better at reading and writing.  I also really like the solar system.  I just find the moon so interesting.”  Ava

Next week’s e-Spokester will highlight how students plan to  use their dictionaries.

Thanks again to Marlene Evenson for coordinating the Dictionary Project for the past five years, and to Pam Serdar who has volunteered to coordinate the project in 2016-2017.  Pam commented, “It will be easy - Everything is already organized!”

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Meeting Assignments through March 2016
 
Date
Program
Thought for Week
Sergeant at Arms
01/14/16 JOHN DEVLIN LYNNE ALEXANDER JOHN DEVLIN
01/28/16 LAURA BRIGGS JAY CLARK TOM TUTTLE
02/04/16 JOHN DEVLIN TOM TUTTLE STEVE JEDLUND
02/11/16 BARB DEVLIN STEVE JEDLUND BARB DEVLIN
02/18/16 CLUB ASSEMBLY - ANTHONY BRADFORD BARB DEVLIN DAVID BUTLER
02/25/16 DAVID BUTLER DAVID BUTLER TOMMY THOMPSON
03/03/16 JAY CLARK TOMMY THOMPSON PAT DALE
03/10/16 BARB DEVLIN PAT DALE MARLENE EVENSON
03/17/16 STEVE JEDLUND MARLENE EVENSON JEAN FOX
03/24/16 CLUB ASSEMBLY - ANTHONY BRADFORD JEAN FOX CHIP GROTH
03/31/16 STEVE LARSON CHIP GROTH JOHN DEVLIN
 
NOTE:   See attached for all assignments through June 2016.  Let John Devlin know if you will be gone for a block of time so he can adjust the schedule accordingly.  
 
Upcoming Programs and Thought for the Week
Upcoming Programs

 

There are some great upcoming programs.  Be sure to attend and invite guests!

 

January 28 - Lakeville Rotarian Tom Mork - “Tom’s Big Ride for NAMI”

 

February 4 -  Tim Carter, General Manager of Richfield / Bloomington Honda - “Building a Richfield Super Store”

 

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
 
 

Window on Rotary

 
In his last newsletter, DG Tim Murphy proudly announced, "Every single club has multiple community projects underway. Almost 75% of clubs are involved in at least one global grant or international project. Many have already held fundraising events that finance the great projects we are known for."  Way to go, District 5950!

 

The Four-Way Test of the Things we Think, Say or Do

 

1.  Is it the truth?

2.  Is it fair to all concerned?

3.  Will it build good will and better friendships?

4.  Will it be beneficial to all concerned?


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