Our presenters will be the owners of Minnesota Awesome, a Richfield-based company that sells high quality apparel (with no charge for shipping!) that reflects pride in Minnesota. The company was recently featured on the KARE 11 news segment, Inventures. Come ready to celebrate Minnesota in style!!
Barb and John Devlin shared cake pops from their niece-in-law, Kim Devlin. Kim has been making them to sell for various occasions, to raise money for her and her husband’s 25th anniversary. So far, she has raised $3,000!
Anthony’s credit card company notified him that his card had been compromised, as evidenced by several recent charges in Spokane WA. Fortunately, the theft was halted.
Steve Larson congratulated David Melcher on a successful History Center dinner, and thanked Sandy for preparing the fruit for breakfast.
Anthony presented Barb Devlin with a Paul Harris pin signifying multiple Paul Harris Fellowships. Barb has joined the Paul Harris Society, pledging an annual contribution of $1000 to The Rotary Foundation.
Program: Joe Dettlaff - "Professional Soccer in a New Stadium"
Steve Larson introduced his nephew, Joe Dettlaff , who is a ticket sales accountant for the Minnesota United Football Club. Joe told us about The Minnesota United Football Club, the region’s newest soccer club. The club logo is a charging loon with 11 feathers extended, signifying the number of players on the field.
Reflecting the growth of soccer nation-wide, average attendance locally has grown from 3800 in 2013 to 8000 in 2015, and sell-out crowds of 10,000 are expected in 2016. The venue features free parking, space for tailgating, a beer garden and food trucks that vary from game to game. Ticket prices are reasonable, with $13 - 30 seating for groups of 10 or more, and season tickets beginning at $210.
The team currently plays in the National Sports Center Stadium in Blaine, but is building a new stadium in the northeast quadrant of I-94 and Snelling Avenue in St. Paul. Dubbed “The Spaceship,” the design has a wavy quality that is supposed to symbolize water. The stadium will seat 20,000, with some room for adding more seats.
MN United currently plays in the North American Soccer League, but has been awarded a Major League Soccer franchise. Don Garber, MLS Commissioner, explained why, saying, “Minnesota is diverse, young, and is empowered by people who are the next generation of great sports fans.”
Several Rotarians commented that a soccer game would make a great club outing, perhaps for the Past President’s Party!
"Be GREAT, on Purpose" is incoming District Governor Mark Hegstrom's theme for the 2016-17 program year.Among the expected outcomes of the April District Assembly will be:
• training for current and prospective club Board of Directors;
• reinforcing or growing skills to lead VIBRANT clubs; and
• the details of completing the criteria for earning RI President Citations.
• We expect to help presidents elect and their boards to plan for SUCCESS
District Assembly is an opportunity for the 2016-17 club and district leaders to meet and prepare for their upcoming year of service. If you are a Rotarian interested in learning and stretching….You Are Welcome!
Remember, each club can send 10 members to this first training event of the 2016-17 year; there are no individual fees. Represent your club and take great ideas back home!
Rotarians (and friends) each donated $20 to "play the brackets," raising a total of $380 to support Polio Plus!
All of our brackets appear to have been shot to !@#$%^&*, so it's tough to know how organizer Laura Briggs will determine a winner! When she does, winners will receive an assortment of gift cards donated by Richfield Rotarians. Thanks for coordinating this, Laura!
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:
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