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Weeks of April 17 and 24, 2016

Editor's Note:  This will be a two-week edition of the e-Spokester since the editor will be out of town for a week.  Thank you for your understanding!
 
 

April 21 and 28 Meeting Reminders

 

NO MORNING MEETING ON APRIL 21

A reminder that there will be NO morning meeting.  Instead, members should attend the Vocational Ethics Luncheon at Edina Country Club.  (See additional details under Upcoming Events.)  We will be joined by about ten students from Richfield High School, who will be seated with Richfield Rotarians.  This is a great opportunity for Rotarians to meet and mingle with students, and to model vocational ethics.

APRIL 28 MEETING REMINDER

 

MEETING LOCATION:  RICHFIELD HISTORY CENTER 

6901 Lyndale Ave S, Richfield, MN 55423

SAA:  Lynne Alexander

Thought for the Week:  Pam Serdar

Program:  Club Assembly

Key topics for discussion / decision will include:

  • Future meeting location
  • May 3 personal safety presentation
  • Other topics determined by President Anthony

April 14 Meeting Highlights

 

Happy Dollars / Announcements

  • Laura Briggs presented David Melcher with several gift cards, in recognition of winning the March Madness Polio Plus Bracket Challenge!  Jay Clark was in second place, and will pick up his gift cards at a future meeting.  Congratulations, gents!

  • President Anthony encouraged members to register online for the District Conference.

  • Jean Fox announced that the May 3 “Fight Back” program is on the District 5950 Calendar, and that Mayor Debbie Goettel will give the opening welcome.  She asked for help from Rotarians in making visits to other organizations to invite them to the event.

  • Lee Ann Wise, Principal of Centennial Elementary School, gave a Happy Dollar in recognition of Rotary’s long-time support of children through the Dictionary Project.

  • Pam celebrated being a Grandmother, and brought a “brag book” of photos to prove it!

Program:  Preparing for Your Own Death and Funeral

There was a mix-up with the scheduled speaker, so Pam presented an impromptu program on preparing for death and funeral planning.  Some key points of advice for the living:

  • Don’t wait until the end to make amends with people.
  • Don’t make any “death-bed” pronouncements that may shock or hurt people.  (Pam knew someone who did just that when he thought his death was imminent.  However, he survived and had to live with the hurt that he had caused his family.)
  • Consider creating a funeral plan that expresses what is important to you.  Pam suggests giving the completed plan to your loved ones and pastor.  Feel free to contact Pam if you would like a copy.
  • Pam encourages story-telling among family and friends following a loved one's death.  "Story-telling helps flesh out aspects of a person’s life that may be unfamiliar to us, and demonstrates the person's impact on others."

David Butler asked, “Who do you reunite with after your death, if you’ve been married more than once?”  Pam responded, “After death, you reunite with God and the Universe,” not any particular person.  

April 9 District Assembly Highlights

Barb and John Devlin attended the April 9 District Assembly, led by incoming District Governor Mark Hegstrom of the Edina Morningside Rotary Club.

Mark’s used a stool to encapsulate his key messages.  Mark reminded us, “Each of the support legs to make our clubs successful, vibrant, and to better serve humanity.”

Some highlights of Mark’s remarks:

“A club in motion has emotion.  Vibrant clubs are active; they do things.”

“Vibrant clubs have fun while engaging in service.”

“Clubs can convey vibrancy through publications, websites and Facebook pages that include pictures of members doing things and having fun.”

The break-out sessions included a grant-writing session led by (L to R) Don Stiles, Todd Bollig and Irene Kelly, attended by Barb Devlin.   John attended sessions on visioning and engaging members.

The May 12-13 District Conference will provide another opportunity for members to learn more about and contribute to Rotary.  

UPCOMING EVENTS

 

Vocational Ethics Day

Thursday, April 21, 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Edina Country Club

5100 Wooddale Ave, Edina, MN 55424

 

Keynote Speaker:  David Irvin, “Living your values:  Taking out the grey areas”

Our special guests will be students from area high schools.  

Save the date and sign up with Marlene Evenson to attend.

(Note:  Attendance at the luncheon will take the place of our regular morning meeting. ) 

 
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Public Safety Presentation 

“Fighting Sexual Assault”

featuring Angela Champagne-From, 

sexual assault victim and founder of The Fight Back Project

 

Sponsored by The Rotary Club of Richfield in

cooperation with the Department of Public Safety

Thursday, May 3, 6:30 PM

Richfield Middle School Auditorium

7461 Oliver Ave S, Richfield, MN 55423

 

-Please help publicize the event by disseminating the attached flyer.

-Contact Jean Fox to let her know how you can help out.  

-Attend the presentation and bring others with you!

 
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District 5950 / 5960 Joint Conference

May 12-13, 2016

Mystic Lake Casino, Prior Lake

Click here for more information and to register.

Let's make sure Richfield Rotary is well-represented!

RICHFIELD ROTARY IN SERVICE

Richfield Rotary Embraces "Service Above Self"

It's time for Spring Cleaning!

Woodlake Nature Center Parking Lot Clean-Up

Saturday, April 30, 9 AM - 12 Noon

Come in your grubbies, ready to have fun with your fellow Rotarians while picking up trash!!  

 
 

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 June:
 

April 21 - Anthony Bradford

April 28 - Pat Dale

May 5 - John Devlin

May 12 - Chip Groth

May 19 - Anthony Bradford

May 26 - Barb Devlin

June 2 - Tom Tuttle

June 9 - Pat Dale

June 16 - Marlene Evenson

June 23 - Need a volunteer

June 30 - John Devlin 

 

Please let Marlene Evenson know if you can volunteer for the open date.  

Click here to review the Bread of Hope procedures.
 

 

 

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Meeting Assignments through July 2016
 
Date
Program
Thought for Week
Sergeant at Arms
04/28/16 CLUB ASSEMBLY - ANTHONY BRADFORD PAM SERDAR LYNNE ALEXANDER
05/05/16 TOMMY THOMPSON LYNNE ALEXANDER JOHN DEVLIN
05/12/16 JEAN FOX JOHN DEVLIN MORRIS NILSEN
05/19/16 LYNNE ALEXANDER MORRIS NILSEN TOM TUTTLE
05/26/16 PAT DALE TOM TUTTLE JAY CLARK
06/02/16 STEVE JEDLUND JAY CLARK PAT DALE
06/09/16 LATANYA DANIELS OR OTHER PRINCIPAL PAT DALE DAVID BUTLER
06/16/16 BARB DEVLIN DAVID BUTLER JEAN FOX
06/23/16 MARLENE EVENSON JEAN FOX STEVE JEDLUND
06/30/16 CLUB ASSEMBLY - ANTHONY / CHIP STEVE JEDLUND JOHN DEVLIN
07/07/16 MORRIS NILSEN JOHN DEVLIN STEVE LARSON
07/14/16 LAURA BRIGGS STEVE LARSON DAVID MELCHER
07/21/16 JOHN DEVLIN DAVID MELCHER PAM SERDAR
07/28/16 CLUB ASSEMBLY - CHIP GROTH PAM SERDAR LYNNE ALEXANDER
 
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Upcoming Programs and Thought for the Week
Upcoming Programs
 
There are some wonderful programs coming up!  Be sure to attend, and bring guests with you!!

 

May 5 - Tommy Thompson is working on it!

May 12 - Khalil Houri, Islamic Resource Center - "“Islam and Muslim Cultures”

May 19 - Janet Dickerson, American Council for the Blind

June 2 - Cameron Scholarship Presentations

June 9 - Latanya Daniels and Jason Sellars - "Richfield -Normandale Prep"

June 16 - Sandhya Gupta - International Project Update

 

Thought for the Week

Instead of saying "I have to," say "I want to."  

What you do in your life - even the things you find unpleasant - is in fact what you have chosen."

 

Bernard Roth in his book, The Achievement Habit

 

Window on Rotary
Incoming RI President John Germ on Character
 
 
"The most important core value is integrity.  
Without integrity, one has nothing."
 
 
 
 
 

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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