Hail to the Chief!  Kirsten Nelson Elected Club President for 2018-2019


At our June 21 meeting, Nominating Committee member Dave Melcher announced that Dr. Kirsten Nelson has agreed to serve as Richfield Rotary Club President in 2018-2019! 
After the cheering and congratulations died down, Kirsten was elected unanimously, and outgoing President Chip Groth presented her with the 2018-2019 Rotary International banner to make it official! 
Kirsten shared that she made the decision after speaking with one of her chiropractor colleagues who will be serving as President of the Excelsior Rotary Club this year.  When Kristen asked him how he would fit it in, he told her, “Oh, I’ll just squeeze it in amidst everything else I do!”  After some soul-searching, Kirsten made her decision, saying "I love Rotary and thought it was important to step up."
Chip Groth will be honored for his two years of service as President at a future soiree.  Kirsten said, “Maybe we can have the party at our house, so we can also inaugurate our new deck!”  Stay tuned for details in a future e-Spokester.

June 28, 2018 Evening
Meeting Reminder


REMINDER:  Thursday June 28, 2018 Evening Service Project:  6-8 PM at ARC Value Village in Richfield, 6528 Penn Ave S.  

Following our volunteering we’ll socialize with beverages or appetizers at a nearby location, including toasts to our outgoing President Chip Groth and incoming President Kirsten Nelson!
Click here to register as a volunteer with the ARC scheduling system.   If you have problems linking to ARC, e-mail Arc Director Tisha Van   Haaften and let her know you are volunteering for the July 28 Richfield Rotary event.  (Tisha says you can also just show up and sign up in person!)
Please participate and invite spouses, significant others, friends neighbors, etc. to join you!  
June 21, 2018 Meeting Highlights

Thought for the Week

Barb Devlin shared a quote from Mother Teresa in honor of Sandhya Gupta’s presence: 

“We shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do.  Love cannot remain by itself- it has no meaning.  Love has to be put into action, and that action is service.  The most terrible poverty is loneliness, and the feeling of being unloved.” 


Happy Dollars and Announcements

  • John Devlin reminded us that it is Alzheimer's Awareness Month, and shared some tips on how to prevent it.  David Butler shared his doctor’s comment, “If you can remember that you forgot something, you don’t have Alzheimer’s!” 
    Jay's birthday
  • It was Jay’s birthday, and he gave a nice contribution to the Richfield Rotary Foundation.
  • President Chip announced that Chris Walsh and Laura Briggs have agreed to represent the Rotary Club of Richfield in planning for a Richfield Dog Park.  The primary contact person for the City of Richfield will be Parks and Recreation Director Jim Topitzhofer.




Program:  Sandhya Gupta, 2017-2018 India Project Update and Proposal for 2018-2019

In 2009, Sandhya Gupta and her husband returned to India after working for 20 years in high tech jobs in the U.S., settling in Palampur, near the western edge of the Himalayan Mountains.  There they began their work with the Dalit (untouchable) community, “the poorest of the poor,” most of whom are illiterate and malnourished.  Their work has primarily been in the area of education, often in partnership with Nari Gunjan, a human rights organization focusing on Dalit women and girls.  Their work has received financial support from area Rotary clubs, District 5950, and Rotary International, including one large global grant and 5 small district grants, with Richfield as one of the supporting clubs.
In 2014, Sandhya and her husband started the non-profit education organization, Aavishkaar, which means “Invention”, with the vision of nurturing “curious, creative and critical thinking citizens of tomorrow” by making math and science learning "visual, visible and real" using materials that are local, inexpensive, and relevant to their daily lives.   With the help of 70 volunteers, Aavishkaar is now in 50 schools and has conducted 20 residential camps, 100+ math / science student workshops, and 19 teacher workshops.  The Rotary grant received in 2017-2018 helped initiate an Aavishkaar fellowship program for teachers and teachers-in-training who will apply what they have learned in government schools that serve the poorest children.
The Rotary grant proposal for 2018-2019 focuses on access to basic health care in poor communities, since “children who are not healthy cannot get to school.”  If funded, the grant will help build and equip four portable health units (PHUs) for placement in Dalit villages in Behar, India, staffed by educated youth ages 18 or older.  Partnering organizations in addition to Rotary include Patna Medical College Hospital, Red Cross, and Nari Gunjan.   Richfield Rotary will is proposed as the lead sponsor, with Bloomington Noon, South Minneapolis Rotary, Eden Prairie Noon, Minneapolis #9, and Eden Prairie AM as collaborating Rotary Clubs.
Following her presentation, Sandhya distributed information pertaining to a dinner to raise funds for Nari Gunjan.  She noted, “A contribution of $350 will pay all costs for room, board and education for one girl.”  See Upcoming Events for more information and to register.


Richfield Rotary Embraces "Service ABOVE Self




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 August 30, 2018.  Thank you to our volunteers!

June 14 - Alyssa Swanson
June 21 - Barb / John Devlin
June 28 - Chris Walsh
July 5 -  Pat Dale
July 12 - Jean Fox
July 19 - Jean Fox
July 26 - Chris Walsh
August 2 - Barb Devlin
August 9 - Chip Groth
August 16 - David Butler
August 23 - Pat Dale
August 30 - Chris Walsh
Click here to review the Bread of Hope procedures. 


Evening meeting Service Project

Thursday, June 28, 6-8 PM

ARC Value Village

6528 Penn Ave S., Richfield

Following our volunteering we’ll  socialize with beverages or appetizers at a nearby location.

Click here to register as a volunteer with the ARC scheduling system.   If you have problems linking to ARC, e-mail Arc Director Tisha Van Haaften and let her know you are volunteering for the July 28 Richfield Rotary event.  

This is an opportunity to invite spouses, significant others, friends neighbors, etc. share the opportunity. It would be great to assemble a strong group of volunteers!





Multi-Club Rotary Meeting

organized by Edina Morningside Rotary

September 18th, 2018, 7:00 – 9:00 AM

Edina Country Club, 5100 Wooddale Avenue, Edina 55424

$20 per person

Speaker: Manny Villafaña, Ph.D. Sc.

Manny Villafaña was born in 1940 in New York City to Puerto Rican immigrants and attended Cardinal Hayes High School in the Bronx.  He began his career in 1964 at medical-device exporter Picker International. In 1967, he was hired away from Picker by Medtronic to become their first international sales administrator.  During his presentation, Villafana will draw from his experiences starting and leading businesses in the medical field, including Cardiac Pacemakers Inc (1971), St. Jude Medical (1976), GV Medical (1982), ATS Medical (1987), CABG Medical (2000), and most recently, Kips Bay Medical (2007), a medical device company that focuses on vein support technology for use in coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) surgery.  He has earned many awards over his career, including induction into the Minnesota Science and Technology Hall of Fame in 2010. 
All Happy Dollar donations collected at the meeting will be contributed to the Kips Bay Girls and Boys Club in New York City, which guided Villafana’s development as a youth
Note:  This presentation will take the place of our regularly scheduled meeting on September 20, so all members are encouraged to attend.   
Click here for more information and a link to register.

11th Annual Nari Gunjan Fund-raiser

Tuesday, July 10, 6:00 PM

Bay Leaf Indian Cuisine

1260 Town Centre Dr, Eagan, Minnesota 55123

Click here to register.


Sponsored by the Richfield Historical Society

Bartholomew House, 6901 Lyndale Ave. So., Richfield

July 18, 7 PM - Tim Cheesebrow

August 15, 7 PM - Katy Vernon


Bring your chairs or blankets and enjoy free music in our cozy backyard!


Important Tips from ClubRunner

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Gaining Member Access; Editing Your Own Member Profile

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If you have not already done so, please create a password for our website by clicking the attached link or pasting the URL below into your browser:

Once you've reset your password, you can then login and access the secure member's area of our website.  Please note that the Membership tab includes contact information for all club members.  In this section, you can also add to or edit your own profile information.

Click here to learn more about ClubRunner and visit the ClubRunner knowledge base.  


How to Avoid Blocking e-Spokester

Recently, a Richfield Rotarian reported that he was no longer receiving the e-Spokester.  Other Rotarians have reported this from time to time as well.  

Denny Fox contacted ClubRunner Support, who noted that the block occurs when the Rotarian reports a ClubRunner document as spam (usually a District 5950 e-mail message or notice), which then blocks all future ClubRunner documents, including the e-Spokester.  ClubRunner Support recommends, “If someone gets an unwanted email from ClubRunner their best bet is to delete it. If they choose report as spam it can stop future emails.”   

Note:  Click here to view how to remove blocked emails.  

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Meeting Assignments through August 2018
Thought for Week
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  • 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.
  • Click here to see the full schedule through September 27, which reflects changes that will take effect in June.  Contact John Devlin if you have any questions.
Upcoming Programs and Thought for the Week

Upcoming Programs 


July 12, 2018 – Ward 3 Richfield City Council Member, Maria Regan Gonzalez (Rescheduled from June 7)
July 19, 2018 - Club Assembly, led by President Kirsten Nelson
July 26, 2018 - Meet with 2018 - 2019 District Governor Irene Kelly  (AM meeting; no evening meeting on July 26)

Thought for the Week


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