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Week of September 25, 2016

 

September 29 Meeting Reminder

Sergeant At Arms:  Pat Dale

Thought for the Week:  Anthony Bradford

Program:  Jeremy H Gharineh - Launching a Beer Co-op  

Broken Clock Brewing believes that being a brewery cooperative is bigger than just brewing great beer. They aspire to make a difference by empowering people, inspiring passion, and fostering collaboration in our community. Being a cooperative means that they put the needs of the community ahead of the bottom line.  Jeremy will tell us about the cooperative, and how we can invest.

September 22 Meeting Highlights

 
Thought for the Week and Happy Dollars
 

As his Thought for the Week, Tommy Thompson shared the Rotarian - one of my favorite magazines.”  This month's issue includes an article about a man who "kept Rotary alive" in Germany during WWII, and another article on safe water, which Tommy thinks “should be RI's next major initiative” after the eradication of Polio. 

During Happy Dollars, we celebrated Kirsten Nelson’s 3rd wedding anniversary.  Congratulations, Kirsten!

 

Program:  May Yang and Steve Sutter - MN / Iowa Conservation Corps, Minnesota River Valley Wildlife Refuge, and Refuge, Inc.

May Yang is an employee of the Minnesota / Iowa Conservation Corp, a remnant of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) that was formed during the Great Depression.  The purpose of the MN/IA Conservation Corps is to  “help youth from diverse backgrounds become more connected to the environment, engaged in conservation, involved in the community and prepared for future employment.”  May has a one-year individual placement at the Minnesota Valley Wildlife Refuge, under the auspices of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, one of the CC’s partnering organizations.  

The Minnesota River Valley National Wildlife Refuge (Refuge) is operated by the U.S. Dept. of the Interior / U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and covers 14 acres over 70 miles in 11 “patches,” interspersed by businesses and private land, with visitor centers in Bloomington and Rapids Lake.  It is one of the first urban refuges in the nation, featuring wetland, prairie and forest biomes.  Key activities within the Refuge include wildlife viewing, hunting (not in the Bloomington area!), interpretation, photography, fishing, and environmental education.  May is involved with the Urban Wildlife Conservation Program, reaching out to underserved audiences to inspire them to connect with outdoor activities.

Steve Sutter is the President of Refuge Friends Inc.  Steve started volunteering with the Refuge 16 years ago, after retiring from the City of Richfield.  He sees volunteering “as a way of paying back” after years of hiking and fishing there.  Refuge Friends, Inc. raises money to support MVNWLR programs and provides volunteer support for the information booth and bookstore.  Steve enjoys interacting with “high quality federal employees” such as May.  He invited Rotarians to become a part of Refuge Friends, Inc. and to attend a public celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the Refuge on October 8.  (See more details in Upcoming Events section.) 

For more information, contact May Yang, Community Outreach Corpsmember, May_yang@fws.gov952-858-0725.

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One Rotary Summit Stimulates Sharing

A key purpose of District 5950’s September 23 Summit was to promote idea-sharing among representatives of participating clubs about what works in areas of service, membership, and branding.   Participants were divided into small groups based on club size.  Richfield Rotary attendees were President Chip Groth, Barb Devlin and Jean Fox.  

Barb Devlin’s notes are attached, with sharing and brainstorming regarding two “Hometown Clubs,” North Minneapolis and Orono. Ideas generated are intended to jump-start thinking of local clubs throughout the District - Richfield included!

 

 

 

One of the conference attendees was Susan Smith of the North Minneapolis Rotary Club.  Susan sported a Rotary shirt she ordered online from National Awards (Awards4you.com).  Susan encourages Rotary women to "Bling it up!"

RICHFIELD ROTARY IN SERVICE

Richfield Rotary Embraces "Service Above Self"

 

VEAP STUDENT HUNGER PROJECT

Chip Groth is soliciting volunteers the VEAP Student Hunger Project, which will resume in September and continue throughout the 2016-2017 School Year.  Volunteers from participating clubs gather for about an hour each Thursday evening to pack food bags for distribution the following day to needy students in the Bloomington, Edina and Richfield Schools.  (The photo at left shows Anthony Bradford, Kristen Nelson and other Hunger Project volunteers from the 2015-2016 school year.)  

Thanks to Chip Groth for volunteering to serve as our club's project "Captain" this year, and to John Devlin who served in that capacity for the past two years.  The captain for each participating Rotary Club serves as volunteer coordinator for 5 Thursday evening packing sessions during the year.

Please let Chip know if you are willing to volunteer sometime this year.  Thanks!

 

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 are the Richfield Rotarians who have volunteered to deliver bread through November: 
 

September 29 - Chip Groth

October 6 - David Butler

October 20 - Jean Fox

October 27 - Pat Dale

November 3 - Barb Devlin

November 10 - Chip Groth

November 17 - Pam Serdar

(No delivery on November 24, Thanksgiving Day)

 
 
Click here to review the Bread of Hope procedures.  
 
A big thanks to our volunteers!
 
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UPCOMING EVENTS

 

SLP Sunrise Club Special Meeting featuring the Ambassador to the U.S. from Uganda

Friday, September 30, 7:30 - 9:00 AM, Bakken Museum

 

October 13 Richfield Rotary Meeting

Presentation by District Governor Mark Hegstrom

Chip would like 100% attendance at the meeting, with as many members as possible at the Board meeting to follow the regular meeting.
 

 

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Meeting Assignments through October 2016
 
Date
Program
Thought for Week
Sergeant at Arms

10/06/16

JEAN FOX

PAT DALE

BARB DEVLIN

10/13/16

 

JOHN DEVLIN

BARB DEVLIN

JEAN FOX

10/20/16

CLUB ASSEMBLY - CHIP GROTH

JEAN FOX

KIRSTEN NELSON

10/27/16

BARB DEVLIN

KIRSTEN NELSON

DAVID MELCHER

11/03/16

MORRIS NILSEN

DAVID MELCHER

PAM SERDAR

11/10/16

PAM SERDAR

PAM SERDAR

DAVID BUTLER

11/17/16

TOMMY THOMPSON

DAVID BUTLER

LYNNE ALEXANDER

11/24/16

NO MEETING - THANKSGIVING

 

 

12/01/16

CLUB ASSEMBLY - CHIP GROTH

LYNNE ALEXANDER

JOHN DEVLIN

12/08/16

STEVE UNOWSKY

JOHN DEVLIN

MORRIS NILSEN

12/15/16

LYNNE ALEXANDER

MORRIS NILSEN

BARB DEVLIN

12/22/16

BARB DEVLIN

BARB DEVLIN

JAY CLARK

12/29/16

KIRSTEN NELSON

JAY CLARK

STEVE LARSON

 
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 Devlin know.  Thank you.
 
 
 
Upcoming Programs and Thought for the Week
Upcoming Programs
 

October 6 - Lori Allman Hanken, "Essential Oils 101"

Lori will give us an introduction to essential oils that are more than just nice scents, but are powerful plant extracts that can be a path to lifelong wellness from cooking and cleaning to pet care, beauty, and home remedies.

October 13 - District Governor Mark Hegstrom

October 20 - Club Assembly - Chip Groth

October 27 - Amity Aide Program - Stephanie Spencer

Stephanie Spencer (daughter-in-law of frequent visitor Michael Spencer) will tell us about the use of Amity Aides - young adults from Spanish-speaking countries - to support Spanish language instruction at the Richfield Dual Language School and Richfield Middle School.  

Thought for the Week
 

"We only protect what we love." 

Steve Sutter, President, Refuge, Inc.

and MRVWR Volunteer


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