Richfield Rotary is now meeting in the 2nd floor Conference Room of
RICHFIELD / BLOOMINGTON HONDA, 501 W. 77th Street in Richfield
To get there: From Lyndale Avenue, drive east on 77th Street Park. Park on the east side of the building, enter the building through the service entrance, go through the glass doors on the right, and take the elevators or stairway to the second floor. Once you’re on the second floor, walk past the restrooms, take a right, and the conference room is the last door on the left, just before the opening into the auto showroom. (If you wander around long enough, you’ll find it!!)
Breakfast Buffet: For just $10, you'll enjoy a delicious breakfast buffet prepared by Beautiful Day Catering.
Program: Janet Dickerson, American Council for the Blind Convention Coordinator
Janet will tell us about the American Council for the Blind (ACB) and the upcoming national conference, scheduled for July —- in Minneapolis. Janet will tell us about the need for sighted volunteers to assist at the conference, and how Richfield Rotarians can help out. Please feel free to invite representatives of other groups who might want to volunteer as well.
President Anthony Bradford welcomed us to the second floor conference room of Richfield / Bloomington Honda, our club's beautiful new meeting place.
We welcomed Mike Spencer from the St. Louis Park Rotary, who demonstrated “service above self” by helping direct everyone to our 2nd floor meeting room.
Co-membership chair Barb Devlin introduced Dr. Kirsten Nelson who has taken over Perez Chiropractic in the Hub Shopping Center, soon to become Premier Health. Barb was pleased to announce that Kirsten has submitted an application for membership!
Happy Dollars and Club Member Sharing
Our speaker cancelled at the last minute, so Happy Dollars was extended!
Club members expressed appreciation to Chip Groth for lining up our new meeting place and to Jean Fox for lining up caterer.
Jean Fox thanked everyone who helped out with the May 3 personal safety presentation. Jean “wishes that the auditorium had been filled.” However, those attending did benefit, and the Richfield Police Department may invite Angela Champagne From back to speak at a Richfield block captains meeting.
Pam Serdar shared some new grand baby photos and declared, “Life is good!”
David Butler reported that he is back in fund-raising mode, with the goal of raising an additional $30,000 for the Richfield Bandshell. He warned, “If I look you in the eye, I’ll be hitting you up for a donation!”
We welcomed Steve Jedlund after a 7-week trip in his airstream trailer - 6369 miles to Texas, Florida and back, at 10 miles per gallon! A highlight was the Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Alpine, Texas.
Steve Larson has also been traveling. He and Sandy were in Equador, where he did a fun experiment with water, which “twirls” in opposite directions when standing 3’ on either side of the Equator, but is still when standing on the Equator. Who knew?! Steve also shared that he is now performing in a barbershop quartet (yet to be named), with their first gig coming up at the Women’s Club of Minneapolis.
Proposal for Membership
As noted above, Dr. Kirsten Nelson has submitted an application for membership. Kirsten has taken over Perez Chiropractic in the Hub Shopping Center, soon to become Premier Health. Kristen spent part of her growing up years in the Twin Cities, before moving with her parents to Madelia MN where they lived on a 5-acre hobby farm. Kristen received her B.A. degree at NDSU and earned her Doctor of Chiropractic degree at Northwestern Health Sciences University in Bloomington.
Kirsten’s philosophy is to "Treat my patients like a family.” She also enjoys engaging in community service, such as treating teachers to massages.
Absent any objections, Kirsten will be brought into membership at our May 26 meeting.
Jean Fox and Barb Devlin represented Richfield Rotary at this year’s District Conference.
The keynote speakers and breakout sessions were excellent, thanks to the fact that Districts 5950 and 5960 were both sharing in the cost.
The keynote luncheon speaker was author, leadership speaker, and wilderness guide Chris Heeter, who used some of her favorite sled dogs to highlight some important lessons about leadership and teamwork:
Need to try different approaches with different people
Everybody has gifts. We just need to look for them.
It’s not enough to show what you know; first, you need to show that you care.
Mary Beth Growney Selene, a Rotary International Director from 2013-2015, served as the official RI Representative at the Conference. Mary Beth also facilitated excellent breakout sessions on attracting and engaging membership, and designing local and international projects that last.
In addition to formal meetings, conference attendees also visited the “Hall of Friendship” to learn about other Rotary Clubs’ projects and activities, and helped with the “Service in a Day” project, to assemble feminine hygiene kits to benefit girls around the world. The goal was to assemble 450 hygiene kits, but over double that number were completed by the end of the day!
The District Conference is a great way to learn more about Rotary, get new ideas, and meet some great Rotarians from other clubs. Make a commitment to attend next year!!
HELP NEEDED FOR VEAP STUDENT HUNGER PROJECT IN MAY
Throughout the school year, volunteers from the Bloomington, Edina, and Richfield Rotary Clubs have packed take-home food bags for area students in need. Students in Richfield Schools receive a large share of these bags each week.
John Devlin is the lead packer for the month of May, and would like help from club members. Contact John if you can help out from 5:30 – 6:45 PM on Thursday, May 19, or 26 at the VEAP Headquarters, 9600 Aldrich Ave S, Bloomington, MN 55420.
The packing goes quickly, and it's fun to interact with Rotarians from multiple clubs. 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:
Contact Chip Groth if you can help with morning registration, noon lunch and / or the late afternoon pizza dinner.
At the May 3 personal safety presentation, President Anthony presented a check from the Richfield Rotary Foundation to help support this year's Safety Day Program.
The Richfield Rotary Foundation Contributes to Fight Back Project
Following an excellent Personal Safety Presentation on May 3, program coordinator Jean Fox presented Angela Champagne-From with a $200 contribution from the Richfield Rotary Foundation to support The Fight Back Project, a 502 (c) 3 non-profit dedicated to empowering women and girls to fight back if they are ever physically attacked. Angela's presentation was co-sponsored by Richfield Rotary and Richfield Public Safety, and was attended by over 60 Richfield community members.
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