REMINDER: MAY 12 MEETING AT RICHFIELD / BLOOMINGTON HONDA - BOARD ROOM
501 W 77th Street. Richfield. Come in the dealer entrance off 77th Street.
We'll be meeting in their boardroom, which is reportedly a very lovely space, with lots of room.
Jean Fox has made arrangements with Beautiful Day Catering, which will prepare and deliver a breakfast each week. The per person charge for breakfast will remain at $10.
Note: The catered breakfast will not include coffee, so please bring your own coffee or other beverage with you, if you'd like something with breakfast.
Sergeant At Arms: Morris Nilsen
Thought for the Week:John Devlin
Program: Khalil Houri, Islamic Resource Center - "“Islam and Muslim Cultures”
In recent months, Muslims have experienced both physical and verbal attacks. In keeping with Rotary’s commitment to build good will and better friendships, Richfield Rotary has invited Khalil Houri, a certified speaker with the Islamic Resource Group (IRG), to present a program about Islamic beliefs and practices, to correct common misperceptions concerning Islam, and to respond to any questions we may have.
In lieu of our regular Thursday meeting, members attended the May 3 personal safety presentation at Richfield Middle School, featuring Angela Champagne From, sexual assault victim and founder of the Fight Back Project, a 501 (c) 3 non-profit "dedicated to empowering women and children to fight back" if attacked. Though she was stabbed and nearly died from her attack, Angela's attacker decided not to continue pursuing her, saying, "You're lucky you're a fighter."
Angela shared her story, and then focused on some ways to prevent and survive an attack. For more information, including access to outside resources, visit The Fight Back website.
The event was attended by about 60 people.
Thanks to Jean Fox for arranging this event, and to the Richfield Police Department for serving as a co-sponsor.
Thanks, also, to the Richfield Rotarians who welcomed guests and staffed the Richfield Rotary information table.
HELP NEEDED FOR VEAP STUDENT HUNGER PROJECT IN MAY
Throughout the school year, volunteers from the Bloomington, Edina, and Richfield Rotary Clubs have packed take-home food bags for area students in need. Students in Richfield Schools receive a large share of these bags each week.
John Devlin is the lead packer for the month of May, and would like help from club members. Contact John if you can help out from 5:30 – 6:45 PM on Thursday, May 12, 19, or 26 at the VEAP Headquarters, 9600 Aldrich Ave S, Bloomington, MN 55420.
The packing goes quickly, and it's fun to interact with Rotarians from multiple clubs. 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 June:
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 - Barb Devlin
June 30 - John Devlin
Click here to reviewthe Bread of Hope procedures. Thanks to Marlene Evenson for organizing this program.
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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!!
May 19 - Janet Dickerson, American Council for the Blind
May 26 - Pat Dale is working on it!
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
Window on Rotary
Incoming RI President John Germ on
building awareness of Rotary:
We need to enhance Rotary's public image by successfully and enthusiastically marketing who we are and the amazing things we are doing and have done locally and globally. No one should ever have to ask, "What is Rotary?"
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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