Meeting Reminder

May 16, 2019 Meeting Reminder:  7:15 - 8:30 AM, 2nd Floor Boardroom, Richfield / Bloomington Honda

Attendance / Happy Dollars – Pat Dale

Thought for the Week – Jay Clark


Program:  "Volunteering with Junior Achievement" - Barb Devlin

At the Rotary District Assembly last fall, Barb Devlin stopped at an exhibit table focused on Junior Achievement, a volunteer-delivered, kindergarten-12th grade program designed to foster work-readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy skills through experiential learning.  Barb signed up as a JA volunteer and was paired with a 3rd grade teacher at Sheridan Hills Elementary School.  This Spring, Barb taught the JA “Our City” Program to a class of 3rd graders at Sheridan Hills Elementary School.  She will share highlights from the JA "Our City" Program, which uses fun, engaging lessons to promote financial literacy and wise decision-making regarding the use of money to help students achieve their goals.   Who knows, you might be prompted to volunteer as a JA instructor as well!





Meeting Highlights

May 9, 2019 Meeting Highlights

Happy Dollars and Announcements

There were lots of Happy Dollars, including Dave Melcher’s recounting of the Woodlake Nature Center Rotary Clean-up Crew’s major finds, including Styrofoam (disintegrates upon stabbing!) and lots of empty beverage containers (Fireball appears to be the beverage of choice).   The most exciting find was very much alive however – a giant snapping turtle that he gave “wide berth.”

President Kirsten Nelson presented Barb Devlin with a major donor pin from The Rotary International Foundation.   Barb noted, “This pin represents contributions to TRF over many years” and encouraged members to support TRF as well.  As described on the TRF website, “The Rotary Foundation transforms your gifts into service projects that change lives both close to home and around the world.”


Program:  "Richfield Historical Society Update" - Alyssa Swanson and Jon Wickett

Jon Wicket, RHS Board Chair, shared results of a study funded by Minnesota’s Legacy Grant to assess repair needs for the Riley Bartholomew House, along with architectural drawings.  RHS is now applying for a larger Legacy Grant to reinforce the first and second floors of the building and repair the exterior wall framing.   Grant funding will be announced in January 2020.  Legacy Grant funding would be supplemented by RHS fund-raising as well as “sweat equity” contributed by RHS volunteers. The long term goal is “to restore the B-house as a 19th century farm house.”  
RHS Director Alyssa Swanson shared that, despite extensive roadwork on Lyndale Avenue, RHS and the B-House will remain open for visitors this summer.  Upcoming events include the Garden Club Plant Sale, 1860’s Style Baseball, reunion group gatherings, and a membership event focusing on Fred Babcock, the only police officer in Richfield who was shot on duty.  Check out the RHS website for more details.


LFL Build Day a Success!

Saturday, May 11, was "Build Day" for Richfield Rotary's Little Free Library Project.  Rotary members and LFL recipients worked side by side at the Richfield Arts Commission building at Veterans Park, painting, adding doors and roofs to partially completed LFLs.  Mayor Maria Regan Gonzalez stopped by, as did two members of the Richfield Arts Commission.  The smiles reflected happiness all around!  
Installation of the LFLs is scheduled the morning of June 1.






Join us for a day of inspiration and celebration!
An exciting keynote speaker, lunch, engaging breakout sessions, networking in the Hall of Friendship, a cocktail reception, dinner and an awards ceremony will Feed Your Inspiration.
You’ll leave inspired and energized!

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On Saturday, May 4, John Devlin, Chip and Deanna Groth, Dave Melcher, and Chris Walsh served as "Woodlake Warriors," picking up litter on the west side of Woodlake Nature Center. 

Thanks for making Woodlake a more pleasant place in which to enjoy nature!  



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!

May 16 - Kirsten Nelson
May 23 - Barb and John Devlin
May 30 - David Butler
June 6 - Jean Fox
June 13 - Kirsten Nelson
June 20 - Chris Walsh
June 27 - Pat Dale
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
DalePatRichfield May 30




Leader May 2,16, 23, 30
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 

May 23, 2019 - Cameron Scholarship Awards, Program by RPS Superintendent Steven Unowsky.  Note:  There will be a catered breakfast at a cost of $15 per person; please RSVP to Chip Groth
May 30, 2019 - No meeting; replaced by May 11 Build Day for the Little Free Library Project
June 6, 2019“Cultivating a Volunteer Spirit in Richfield”- Richfield Mayor Maria Regan Gonzalez
June 13, 2019 - Club Assembly
June 20, 2019 - Jean Fox is working on it!
June 27, 2019 - Service Project / Social


Making the case for Little Free Libraries

Meeting Assignments through June 2019

Thought for Week
Attendance / Happy Dollars


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  
Barb Devlin
John Devlin
Jean Fox
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 regular meetings as of June 27, 2019, pending a "Richfield Rotary Relaunch" in the fall of 2019.


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