Barb Devlin shared that her mother would be celebrating her 100th birthday on February 12. Noting that her mother is a “glass half full” person, and that optimists reportedly lead longer lives, Barb encouraged club members “to live on the sunny side of life!”
There were lots of Happy Dollars, including:
Marlene Evenson shared a message from Jean Fox: “One of the best parts of being in the Santa Barbara Area during the winter is all of the beautiful flowers instead of snow and ice. Wish you were all here with me!”
Dwight Geisler (Bloomington Daymakers) and Chip Groth encouraged Richfield Rotarians to sign up to attend the Teen Job Fair on March 15, to learn first-hand what it is all about. If you didn’t sign up but are interested in attending, contact Chip Groth.
Laura Briggs shared some additional details regarding the upcoming betting during March Madness, and asked Rotarians to donate unused gift cards to donate as prizes. Please give them to Laura at an upcoming meeting. (See more details in a separate article below.)
Program: Mary Clarkson, Executive Director for Special Programs, Richfield Public Schools
Mary started out her presentation with an overview of special services provided through the Richfield Schools, including special education, student support, community education, and supports for multilingual learners.
Coordinator Christina Gonzales shared additional details regarding support services provided to students in the Richfield Schools, including:
An in-school health center in the old Spartan School section of Richfield High School, which opened recently thanks to a grant from the Park Nicollet Foundation.
The Richfield / Bloomington Early Childhood Partnership, which provides pre-kindergarten programming for 4-year olds with risk factors (e.g. limited English, low income, disabilities) in all but one elementary school.
In light of recent publicity regarding incidents of student violence in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Mary and Christina described some of the services and supports provided in the Richfield Schools that help prevent or minimize student violence, including:
School-based mental health services - Six outside contractors work with teachers and provide therapeutic services to students in the school setting
All schools provide some social emotional learning such as Positive Behavior Intervention System (PBIS) and Responsive Classroom. Christina noted, ”Preventative services help prevent escalation of negative behaviors, which is healthy both for the individual student and the classroom as a whole."
Students with more serious special education needs attend programs provided through Intermediate School District 287.
Mary stated, “We know that there are incidents that happen. However, we try to prepare teachers so they know how to develop strong relationships with students and de-escalate problem situations." Mary also thanked Headway for providing support services for the school district’s alternative learning programs.
Marta Shahsavand, Principal of the Richfield Dual Language School (RDLS) shared that all teachers at RDLS have received Responsive Classroom training and that, in addition, the school social worker conducts “friendship groups” for students with emotional needs.
In response to a question, Mary cited Rotary’s support for the VEAP Student Hunger Initiative and the Spartan Food Shelf as two important ways of supporting students in the Richfield Schools. Christina also invited Rotarians to donate gently used clothing to Richfield Middle School, for their new “RMS Shop.”
Make a $20 donation to PolioPlus by March 13 and you will be eligible to play in this bracket style tournament!
(You may make your donation online or you may give Laura Briggs a check made out to The Rotary Foundation, with Polio Plus in the memo line. All checks received will be forwarded to Rotary International.)
The tournament starts on 3/15 and runs through April 4th!
Once you've made your donation, notify Laura Briggs and she will send you the invite to fill out your bracket. If you have trouble filling it out online, let Laura know and she will help!
Winners will receive an assortment of gift cards donated by Richfield Rotarians. There will for sure be prizes for 1st and 2nd place!
If you are willing to donate any unwanted gift cards as prizes, please bring them to an upcoming meeting and Laura will collect them!
This Fun-Raiser is open to anyone who would like to participate - Rotary members and families/friends! We'll all have fun while contributing to the eradication of Polio, so please participate!
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.
The Bloomington Daymakers Rotary Club, Richfield Rotary Club, and Bloomington United For Youth are working together on a project to help young people locate employment. Because teens are an important focus for our service organizations, we are sponsoring the 2016 Teen Job Fair. OUR GOAL IS TO HAVE 200-300 TEENS FROM THE BLOOMINGTON, RICHFIELD, AND EDINA AREA ATTEND!
Bloomington, Richfield, and Edina area businesses have been invited to participate, and to consider hiring high school students to fill vacancies for summer and week-end employees.
The job fair is scheduled for:
Tuesday, March 15, 2016
5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Bloomington Civic Plaza 1800 West Old Shakopee Road
The Richfield Rotary Foundation is contributing $200 to support the job fair, and Chip Groth has served as our representative at planning meetings for the job fair. Chip and Dwight Geisler (Bloomington Daymakers) are requesting that two Richfield Rotarians attend the job fair on March 15, to learn first hand what it entails, as a basis for greater involvement in future planning. Please contact Chip Groth if you are willing to attend.
At our February 25 meeting, Chip Groth will present additional information about the Teen Job Fair and respond to any questions.
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NOTE: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 Devlinknow. Thank you.
February 25 - "Help for the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)" A representative of the organization, Mwendo Congo, will describe efforts to promote community development in the DRC through health work, education, and relationship building between the people of the U.S. and the DRC.
Chip Groth will also give a brief presentation on the Teen Job Fair
March 3 - Greg Hanks, Executive Director of the Southdale YMCA, will share how the YMCA is supporting youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility.
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
(In recognition of the importance of providing students with appropriate supports and services)
”It’s easier to build strong children than to
rehabilitate grown men."
- Frederick Douglas
Window on Rotary
Recruit a Rotary Peace Scholar!
April 10 is the deadline for local clubs to receive applications for Rotary Peace Fellowships, awarded to scholars to pursue a master's degree in international studies and peace and conflict resolution OR to attend a 3-month summer professional development certificate course. Click here for more information.