Meeting Reminder

JUNE 13, 2019 MEETING REMINDER:  7:15 - 8:30 AM, 2nd Floor Boardroom, Richfield / Bloomington Honda

Attendance / Happy Dollars – John Devlin

Thought for the Week – Jean Fox

Presentation of Prospective Member John DeBettignies  

John is the Vice President for Member Services at Richfield / Bloomington Credit Union and a former member of the Eagan Rotary Club.  He is also a Paul Harris Fellow.  John would like to become a Richfield Rotary member right away so he can be an active part of the club’s relaunch!  John is married to Angie and has three children, Courtney, Brea and Tyler.  He enjoys golfing, fishing, and watching his kids play soccer!  John attended our club meeting on June 6.  The e-Spokester announcements is the first official announcement; the second announcement will be at our June 13 meeting.  Absent any objections, John will be brought into membership at our June 20 meeting.

Program:  Club Assembly - Incoming President Barbara Devlin

The discussion will focus primarily on the Richfield Rotary Relaunch and ongoing engagement of current members.  Please come and join in the discussion!





Meeting Highlights

JUNE 6, 2019 Meeting Highlights

Guests and Happy Dollars

We welcomed our speaker, Mayor Maria Regan Gonzalez, along with three other visitors (pictured L to R) - current Rotarian Mike Spencer from the St. Louis Park Rotary Club,  and two former Rotarians, John DeBetttignies with RBCU, and Lee Mosher, an attorney specializing in real estate law.  



There were lots of happy dollars for our guests and the Little Free Library project, which earned special recognition at the recent Rotary District Conference.  Thanks to those who helped out on June 1 Installation Day:  Jay Clark, Pat Dale, John Devlin, Jean Fox, David Melcher, and Chris Walsh.  President Kirsten Nelson and her husband, Jeff, will attach a Richfield Rotary donation plaque to each LFL.  The photos below show the LFL installations in process, along with some happy recipients!











Program:  Richfield Mayor Maria Regan Gonzalez - "Cultivating Civic Engagement in Richfield"

Mayor Maria Regan Gonzalez described Richfield as a city in transition, with a new City Manager (Katie Rodriguez), a new mayor and several changes on the City Council.  City services are strong, with new efforts to strengthen engagement with the city’s diverse residents, including a goal-setting process in 2020 that will include opportunities for community engagement. 
Maria received a Bush Leadership Fellowship, and will use the associated grant funds to focus on ways of building “civic capital” through engagement.  Considerations include a “City of Kindness” event that builds connectivity and paid time off for city employees to volunteer in the community.  On a personal level, Maria appreciates her past connections to Rotary and hopes to be able to attend more meetings in the future.







Graduation/Pizza Party

Centennial School lunchroom (7315 Bloomington Ave S)
Tuesday, June 11th at 3:50pm-5:15ish pm
Greeting parents, serving pizza & salad,
minor clean-up duties.

Contact Chip Groth to volunteer.  4-6 volunteers are needed.



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 June 27, 2019.  Thank you!

June 13 - Kirsten Nelson
June 20 - Chris Walsh
June 27 - Pat Dale
Click here to review the Bread of Hope procedures. 



Upcoming Programs and Thought for the Week

Upcoming Programs 

June 20, 2019 - Joyce Marrie, Richfield Arts Commission(RAC) co-chair, and Mary Kay Champa, RAC staff liason.  Beautifying Richfield through public art installations and activities.
June 27, 2019 - Service Project / Social


Inspiration for our Richfield Rotary Restart…
“The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way.”
– Marcus Aurelius

Meeting Assignments through June 2019

Thought for Week
Attendance / Happy Dollars
Club Assembly / Planning
Jean Fox
John Devlin
Jean Fox
John Devlin
Lynne Alexander
Service Project / Social



  • 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.
  • The Club has decided to suspend the current meeting schedule as of June 27, 2019, pending a "Richfield Rotary Relaunch," which will begin with several informational meetings over the summer and a formal "relaunch" and installation of new members in September.  A schedule for club meetings prior to the relaunch will be discussed at the June 13 Club Assembly.


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