Weeks of January 5 and 12, 2020

Meeting Reminder


Thursday, January 16, 11:30 AM - 12:45 PM, Local Roots, 817 E 66th St, Richfield, MN 55423

(Order lunch if desired, sign in and network from 11:30 - 11:45 AM; Meeting starts at 11:45 AM)

Thought for the Week, Introduction of Guests and Happy Dollars - Ella Lingat

Club Announcements

  • Signup for District Mid-Term Assembly! (More information and link to register in Upcoming Events section)

Program:  Mark Skipper, “Lessons Learned from Rappelling Down a 23-Story Building!”

Mark Skipper is a former member of Minneapolis’ City of Lakes Rotary Club.   A few years ago, Mark rappelled down the 23-story US Bank Plaza Building in downtown Minneapolis.  In his presentation, Mark will share why he sees this experience as a metaphor for overcoming adversity, surrounding yourself with good people and the importance of what we say to ourselves.  Don't miss this inspirational presentation, and consider bringing a guest!



Meeting Highlights



We welcomed Lindy Venustus (right), a member of the Rotary District 5960 e-Club, and Rick Olson (far right), a member of the Prior Lake Rotary Club.  Rick shared information about the Prior Lake Rotary Club Eastern European Tours planned for May 2020.  Click here for more information.   Both Rotarians and non-Rotarians can participate, so please feel free to share the information with others.    

Thought for the Day

As our Thought for the Day, each club member shared a hope for the coming year, including “making a difference every day” (John DeBettignies) and showing “an attitude of gratitude” (Chip Groth).  We also learned that Brandt Krueger's late Uncle Karl (Karl K. Krueger) served as editor of RI's magazine, The Rotarian, during the 1950's - 70's.  Brandt (right)  is proud that his connection with Rotary was deeper than he previously knew!  Inspiring thoughts, all around!  
Club Announcements
District 5950 Grant for $3200 received and deposited in Richfield Rotary Foundation Account.  School District Teaching and Learning Office will assist with purchase of the dictionaries and library books.  Hopefully, the ordering will be complete in January, with distribution by the end of March.
Barb Devlin encouraged club member sign-ups for the Bread of Hope and Three Kings service projects, as well as attendance at the District 5950 Mid-Term Assembly.  (See below for further details.)

Program:   Club Assembly - Planning for the Remainder of the 2019-2020 Program Year

Topic for discussions included:
  • Involvement of veteran and new members in continued Richfield Rotary Relaunch efforts
  • Ideas for service projects through June 2020
  • Program ideas for future Richfield Rotary meetings
  • Preparations for the 2020-2021 Rotary Year, including opportunities for club leadership and committee assignments
Click here for details regarding the discussion.


Richfield Rotary Relaunch Continues!

A “Richfield Rotary Relaunch” began in July 2019, with a focus on expanding membership and strengthening connections with the Richfield community.  Our goal is to create what is essentially a new club with a majority of members that live, work and/ or do business in Richfield.  The Relaunch is continuing, with two additional Relaunch Information Meetings scheduled for February 13 and 27, 2020, 11:45 AM - 12:45 PM at Local Roots.  Please share the attached flyer with friends and acquaintances who live, work, and / or do business in Richfield.  Encourage them to attend one of the meetings and, if possible, attend the meeting with them!  

Note:  Both veteran and new members are encouraged to attend one or both meetings, to share why you joined Rotary and why you think it's important that others become part of the Relaunch as well.  In addition to President Barb Devlin, John Devlin and Brandt Krueger have signed up to attend the February 13 Relaunch meeting, and John DeBettignies and Jared Shepherd have signed up to attend the February 27 Relaunch meeting.  Please RSVP your attendance at one or both meetings as well.  Thank you!


Richfield Tourism Board Meetings

The Richfield Tourism and Promotion Board (Visit Richfield) is beginning a year-long self-study process in collaboration with the U of M’s Tourism Center to help us determine our tourism priorities. The first step is to meet with our community to assess our community strengths!  The public is invited to one of two upcoming meetings:

Tuesday, January 7:

6:30-8:30 p.m.

Richfield Community Center; 7000 Nicollet Avenue South

Saturday, January 25:

9:30-11:30 a.m.

Wood Lake Nature Center; 6710 Lake Shore Drive South

They will have refreshments, and will ask us to think about Richfield’s tourism assets. Please come ready to talk and share with your fellow community members!


District 5950 Midterm Assembly

Theme - Maximize The Global Value of Rotary!

Jan 18, 2020 9:00 AM  - Jan 18, 2020 12:00 PM (Breakfast included)

(1:15 PM for President-Elects, Assistant District Governors and Rotaractors; lunch included)

Minnetonka Community Center
14600 Minnetonka, Blvd
Minnetonka, MN United States of America


No charge to members. (The cost included in club training fee, which is built into member dues.)

Click here to register.


SAVE THE DATE!  District 5950 Governor Russ Michaletz’ “Rotary 101” presentation at Richfield Rotary Club,

Thursday, March 19, 2020, 11:30 AM – 12:45 PM. 

Please mark your calendar and make every effort to attend this important meeting! 











Dictionary Project

The District 5950 Local Grants Committee gave their unanimous support for a Richfield Rotary grant proposal for funds to support the purchase of Spanish-English visual dictionaries for elementary students, and culturally relevant library books, including books in Spanish or in English with Latino main characters.  The club’s commitment of $600 to the project was matched by a $3200 District grant, for a total of $3800 to spend on this effort! 
Thanks to Marta Shahsavand and Steven Unowsky for working with President Barb Devlin on the project proposal.  Thanks also to Lynne Alexander for designing and ordering the Rotary donation stickers in English and Spanish.  Once the books are received, we’ll call on club members to help insert the donation stickers in each dictionary and library book!

Winter Latino Festival sponsored by MIRA (Latino Resource Organization)

Evening of Friday, January 10

Richfield STEM School Cafeteria

7020 12th Ave. So., Richfield MN 55423

There are three volunteer shifts:  5-7 PM (includes set-up), 6-8 PM (help throughout the event), 7-9 PM (includes clean-up).

Sign-ups to date: 

  • 5-7 PM:  Marta Shahsavand, Brandt Krueger

  • 6-8 PM:  Jay Clark and Chris Walsh (will be Kings), Bridget Clark

  • 7-9 PM:  John DeBettignies

  • Jared Shepherd will be in attendance with his wife and daughter, and will help as he can.

More volunteers are welcomed, including spouses, family members, and friends!

Contact Yacaira Rodriguez Zavala (MIRA Coordinator) if you can volunteer. 




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 mornings.  (Note:  When our meetings switch to mid-day in October, volunteers are encouraged to pick up and deliver bread prior to the meeting.)

Listed below are volunteer opportunities through February 2020.  Thanks to all for volunteering!

January 2 - John and Barb Devlin
January 9 - Ella Lingat
January 16 - John DeBettignies
January 23 - Karen Crane
January 30 - Chip Groth
February 6 - John DeBettignies
February 13 - John and Barb Devlin
February 20 - Jared Shepherd
February 27 - John and Barb Devlin
Click here to review the recently updated Bread of Hope procedures. 


The VEAP Student Hunger Project brings together Rotarians from several area clubs on Thursday evenings throughout the school year to pack food bags at VEAP for local school children who go without food over the  weekends.   The photo is from last year, and includes John and Barb Devlin and Deanna Groth (Chip's wife).  Richfield Rotarians who have volunteered to help out in 2019-2020 are listed below.  Thank you!
Student Hunger Volunteers - Richfield Rotary
Last Name
First Name
Oct 10, Apr 9
Nov 7, Apr 9
No Oct-Nov 8
Sep 19, Feb 20
No Oct-Nov 8
Sep 19, Feb 20
No Jan-Apr
Oct 10, Apr 30
Leader Dec/Jan
Dec 5,12,19, Jan 9,16



Upcoming Meetings 

February 6, 2020 - Lou Dzierzak - "Free Lance Writing as a Career" - (New Member Presentation)
February 19, 2020 - Jared Shepherd - "Career in Law, including Pro Bono Work with Immigrants and Refugees" (New Member Presentation)
March 5, 2020 - TBD
March 19, 2020 - District Governor Russ Michaletz - "Rotary 101"

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