March 14, 2019 Meeting Reminder

7:15 - 8:30 AM, 2nd Floor Boardroom, Richfield / Bloomington Honda

Attendance / Happy Dollars:  John Devlin

Thought for the Week:  Barb Devlin

Program:  Ted Ulrich:  "A Year as a Visiting Professor in India"

Dr. Ted Ulrich is a theology professor at St. Thomas University.  He has traveled regularly to India for the past fourteen years.  His most recent trip, 2017-2018, was a ten month stay, sponsored by the Fulbright Program. He was affiliated with the Departments of Political Science and Gandhian Thought at Gandhigram Rural Institute. Ted will show highlights from his year, including the university, his students, various sites and celebrations. 
Note:  Ted is the son of the late Gertrude Ulrich, a long-time Richfield resident, civic leader, and Rotarian.  Click here to read a March 8 Richfield Historical Society post about Gertrude.  Needless to say, Gertrude was very proud of Ted and scheduled him to speak to Rotary on several occasions.  It will be great to hear from him again!

March 7, 2019 Meeting Highlights

Club Assembly, led by Past President Chip Groth

In the absence of President Kirsten Nelson, Past President Chip Groth led the meeting.   Following are key action items and updates:

  • Approved $500 to support Richfield Police and Fire Safety Day, a special event for children entering fourth grade next fall, scheduled for Tuesday, June 11.  As a sponsor of the event, Richfield Rotary and the Rotary logo will be featured on the Safety Day tee shirt.  In addition to our monetary contribution, Rotarians will have an opportunity to help with registration and / or serving the pizza dinner for participating children and their families.  
  • Authorized up to four, $1000 Cameron Scholarships scholarships, with applications to be solicited from the Academy of Holy Angels and Richfield High School from graduating seniors interested in pursuing a career in the medical sciences.  The scholarships will be awarded at our May 23 meeting.  
  • Little Free Library Update
    • Households interested in LFL have been identified.  Chris Walsh will check out the locations for suitability.
    • Jay Clark is checking with the City of Richfield regarding permitting and placement of LFLs, and has begun prefab work.  He will contact other Rotarians for help as needed.
    • Key Dates: 
      • Assembly Day-May 11th a.m.
      •  Installation-June 1st (time TBD)






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 March, 2019.  Contact Barb Devlin to volunteer for the month of April.  Thank you!

March 14 - Kirsten Nelson
March 21 - Chip Groth
March 28 - Chip Groth 
April 4 - Barb and John Devlin
April 11 - Need a volunteer
April 18 - Need a volunteer
April 25 - Need a volunteer
Click here to review the Bread of Hope procedures. 


Thanks to the following Richfield Rotarians for volunteering for the VEAP Student Hunger Project for 2018-2019.  Volunteers meet at VEAP from 5:30 - 7:00 PM (5-7 for team leaders) on Thursday evenings as designated below:
Last NameFirst NameClubNotesDates
ClarkJayRichfield Apr 18
DalePatRichfield May 30
DevlinJohnRichfieldLeader MayMay 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
DevlinBarbaraRichfieldNo Jan-FebMay 9
GrothChipRichfield Mar 7
The photo at right includes volunteers from the Richfield, Edina Noon, and South Metro Evening Rotary Clubs.

Upcoming Programs and Thought for the Week

Upcoming Programs 

March 21, 2019 - Club Assembly / Planning
March 28, 2019 - Service Project / Social
April 4, 2019 - Chip Groth is working on it!
April 11, 2019 - Club Assembly / Planning
April 18, 2019 - Vocational Ethics Luncheon
April 25, 2019 - Service Project / Social

Thought for the Week

Ideas for planning engaging and meaningful activities and meetings:
  • For families with children, time is highly prized. They’re attracted to how we add to the quality of their lives. How can we make ourselves more welcoming and valuable?
  • Attracting two-income couples requires permitting and engaging their children as well. Does our club offer a family-friendly environment?
  • People gravitate to settings that challenge them to think and encourage openness to inspiring ideas and alternatives. If your club can’t book high-level speakers, how about facilitated discussions around a pressing societal issue?
- Michael Brand (Oregon City, OR), philanthropist and grant maker

Meeting Assignments through May 2019

Thought for Week
Attendance / Happy Dollars
03/21/19Club Assembly / PlanningJohn DevlinChip Groth
03/28/19Service Project / Social  


Chip Groth

Chip Groth

Lynne Alexander


Club Assembly / Planning

David Melcher

Hae Kyung Thompson


Vocational Ethics Luncheon




Service Project / Social


05/02/19David MelcherHae Kyung ThompsonChris Walsh
05/09/19Club Assembly / PlanningChris WalshJay Clark
05/16/19Pat DaleJay ClarkPat Dale
05/23/19Cameron Scholarship Awards / Steve UnowskyPat DaleBarb Devlin
05/30/19Service Project / Social  


  • See attached for the full program schedule through June 2019 and contact John Devlin if you have any questions or concerns.
  • 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.

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