President Anthony Bradford will miss the June 30 meeting, so we'll use the June 23 meeting to honor Anthony and thank him for his leadership during the past year. Anthony will have an opportunity to reflect on the past year, and then "pass the gavel" to incoming President Chip Groth.
Program: Tommy Thompson - "The Minneapolis Freeway Story"
Tommy Thompson is the only person still alive who was involved in the construction of the metro area freeway system. Federal and State officials have asked Tommy to share his recollections, and Tommy's Rotary program will be a “trial run” of his upcoming presentation to these officials. Maybe Tommy will explain how that near-90 degree turn came about at the 35W / 94 merge!
Decked out in a cowboy tie, Steve Jedlund shared excerpts from two favorite "cowboy" poems that he heard at a recent Cowboy Poetry Festival. The author of “Unhobbled” left the city, with “too much rush in every day.” He declared himself “unhobbled, with no regrets” at "Ridin' high with cowboy luck...stuck with the cowboy life."
There were lots of Happy Dollars, including:
Kirsten Nelson (photo at right) was “on the move” as she announced that “Movement” would be the focus of her Vocational Program on July 14. Don’t miss it!
Steve Larson (photo at left) invited Rotarians to visit his cabin near Leader MN, site of the “soon to be famous” pig races!
Tommy Thompson expressed gratitude that his wife, Lavonne, is recovering well from a recent fall and hip fracture. Tommy added that she has received high quality care at the Masonic Home in Bloomington. Barb Devlin added that her mother is also recovering from a spontaneous hip fracture and a compound fracture of her right wrist.
Program: Sandhya Gupta - "Empowering Through Education”
Sandhya Gupta from the Bloomington Noon Rotary Club presented an update on two projects supported by the Rotary Club of Richfield and several other clubs, with a matching grant from Rotary District 5950. The grants funded science and math camps provided by the Aavishkaar Center for Science, Arts and Technology. Participants included girls in poor Dalit communities served by the nonprofit, Nari Gunjan. Sandhya explained, “To be underprivileged means having no access to wealth, knowledge or connections. Rotary’s support for the science and math camps helps make knowledge accessible to all."
2015-2016 activities included:
Hands on Science and Math Modules for 6th - 10th
Intensive residential Science and Math camp
Science Fairs and workshops at local area schools.
Engineering Design Challenges for concept clarity - e.g. Value of triangles in engineering.
Residential teacher training workshops
Sandhya shared the stories of girls, some abandoned by their families, who have learned to love math and science. One girl, who seldom spoke, shared that, after a month of learning activities, “I have never talked so much.” Another student said, "I learned how to be logical at Aaviskaar." A third student added, "...learning happens effortlessly, without intimidation…." And a teacher observed, "Students who could neither read nor write properly were explaining the difficult principles of science with ease...it reinforced my belief that all children can learn.”
Incoming President Chip Groth announced that the Richfield Rotary Foundation will contribute $500 to each of two matching grant proposals for 2016-2017, one to continue the math camps and one to continue the science camps. Richfield Rotary will also serve as the lead club for the science camp grants
Sandhya thanked Richfield Rotary for its ongoing support, adding, "Everything we have been able to do is thanks to your contributions - every dollar counts!” She also distributed information regarding the 9th annual fund-raising dinner for Nari Gunjan. (See Upcoming Events for more details).
The Richfield Rotary Foundation (RRF) Board met last week and decided to undertake a fund drive for the benefit of both the RRF and The Rotary Foundation (TRF).
The last joint fund drive was conducted in the spring of 2015, with contributions extending through the 2015-2016 program year. This fund drive is intended to extend and build upon contributions made in 2015-2016.
The Rotary Foundation transforms your gifts into projects that change lives both close to home and around the world. As the charitable arm of Rotary, we tap into a global network of Rotarians who invest their time, money, and expertise into our priorities, such as eradicating polio and promoting peace. Foundation grants empower Rotarians to approach challenges such as poverty, illiteracy, and malnutrition with sustainable solutions that leave a lasting impact.
While TRF’s reach is broad in scope. our own Richfield Rotary Foundation (RRF) supports charitable projects and activities of the Richfield Rotary Club, which has been serving our local community for the past 65 years. A gift to the Richfield Rotary Foundation will help our club continue its legacy of service to the Richfield community.
As noted in an e-mail from incoming President Chip Groth, members are encouraged to complete and return the attached pledge form to either Chip or RRF President Lynne Alexander at your earliest convenience. Questions may be directed to either Lynne or Chip.
Approximately 1,000 blind and visually impaired people from across the United States and several foreign countries are coming to Minneapolis for the 2016 conference and convention of the American Council of the Blind, scheduled for June 30 - July 10 at the Hyatt Regency in Minneapolis.
Rotarians are invited to be among the many sighted volunteers needed to assist with the conference. Volunteers should be able to work a three to four hour shift (7-11AM, 11AM-3PM), 3-7PM, 7-11PM)
Individual Rotarians can sign up online to volunteer throughout the 10-day conference at https://acbconvention.org/volform.php. However, because of our proximity to the airport, Richfield Rotarians are encouraged to help welcome / guide conference attendees arriving at MSP (June 30 – July 3) and/ or to return conference attendees to the airport (July 8-9).
Click here for more details. Note: If you volunteer to help out at MSP, please notify Barb Devlin so she can arrange for security clearance. Thank you in advance for your help!
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 is the list of delivery dates and volunteers through July:
June 23 - David Butler
June 30 - John Devlin
July 7 - Kirsten Nelson
July 14 - Jean Fox
July 21 - Anthony Bradford
July 28 - Barb Devlin
Please let Barb Devlin know if you can volunteer on August 4, 11, or 25. (We have a volunteer for August 18.)
Richfield Rotary members and friends - here is a great way to help support our foundation and its good works as you do your online shopping. You do not need to be a member of Richfield Rotary to participate.
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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.
There are some wonderful programs coming up! Be sure to attend, and bring guests with you!!
June 30 - Patrick Donahue - "James J. Hill, The James J. Hill Center and the inspiration behind the launch of Hill Capital Corporation”
July 7 - Rob Williams, Executive Director, The Sheridan Story, a non-profit that leverages community and school partnerships to fight child hunger by providing a weekend's supply of food to hungry children.
July 14 - Kirsten Nelson - "Movement" - In her new member vocational presentation, Kirsten will tell us about the importance of movement from a chiropractor's perspective.
July 21 - Khalil Houri, Islamic Resource Center - "Islam 101"
July 28 - Club Assembly
Thought for the Week
(in preparation for Tommy Thompson's program!)
Window on Rotary
It is tremendously important to Rotary's future that our role in the eradication of polio be recognized. The more we are known for what we've achieved, the more we'll be able to attract the partners, the funding, and, most important, the members to achieve even more."
John Germ, 2016-2017 President, Rotary International
The Four-Way Test of the Things we Think, Say or Do
1. Is it the truth?
2. Is it fair to all concerned?
3. Will it build good will and better friendships?
4. Will it be beneficial to all concerned?
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