Program: Joe Detlaff, "Professional Soccer in a New Stadium"
Joe Dettlaff, an account executive in ticket operations and sales with the Minnesota United Soccer Team, will talk with us about the team and the new stadium in St Paul. (Joe is Steve Larson’s nephew, so he is bound to be good!!)
Be sure to attend and invite any soccer fans you know!
Jean Fox is happy to be back in Minnesota, but not back in the snow after two months’ in sunny California! She thanked Chip Groth for lining up a place for the speaker's presentation in May. “He did exactly what he said he would do, which was great!”
Barb Devlin thanked Jean and Denny Fox for their hospitality in California, and Chip Groth for filling in as e-Spokester editor during her absence.
Fresh off the President Elect Training (PETS), Chip reported that he is starting to prepare for his year as Rotary President! Major priorities discussed at PETS include RI’s next big project once polio is eradicated (possibly clean water), sustainability in membership, and club goal-setting. Incoming District Governor Mark Hegstrom would like all District 5950 clubs to complete requirements for a presidential citation.
Since Champps is closing, the club needs to find a new meeting space. The club will meet at the Richfield History Center through the end of April, but needs to find another long-term meeting place. Chip Groth and Steve Larson each volunteered to check out several alternatives, and will report back to the club at our March 31 meeting.
Jean Fox shared information about a May 3 public safety presentation to be co-sponsored by Richfield Rotary and the Richfield Police Department. A copy of the flyer is attached. Jean asked for help with the tasks needed to ensure good attendance. Please contact Jean if you are willing to help out.
Marlene Evenson is representing Richfield Rotary in planning the Area 3 Vocational Ethics Day Luncheon, and has asked Richfield High School to identify student attendees.
Steve Larson would like the club to get behind (and become known for) a single major initiative such as support for arts in the schools. A “Play it Forward” project (collecting used musical instruments) could be one part of that initiative. Barb Devlin suggested that this and other ideas be discussed as part of a club planning process.
"Be GREAT, on Purpose" is incoming District Governor Mark Hegstrom's theme for the 2016-17 program year.Among the expected outcomes of the April District Assembly will be:
• training for current and prospective club Board of Directors;
• reinforcing or growing skills to lead VIBRANT clubs; and
• the details of completing the criteria for earning RI President Citations.
• We expect to help presidents elect and their boards to plan for SUCCESS
District Assembly is an opportunity for the 2016-17 club and district leaders to meet and prepare for their upcoming year of service. If you are a Rotarian interested in learning and stretching….You Are Welcome!
Remember, each club can send 10 members to this first training event of the 2016-17 year; there are no individual fees. Represent your club and take great ideas back home!
The NCAA Tournament is underway, and Rotarians (and friends) who made a $20 donation to PolioPlus are "playing the brackets." Chair Laura Briggs reports that a total of $380 was raised to support Polio Plus!
Winners will receive an assortment of gift cards donated by Richfield Rotarians.
Laura will announce the winners after the madness concludes!
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.
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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.
April 7 - The owners of Minnesota Awesome,a Richfield company that sells high quality apparel that reflects Minnesota pride!
April 14 - Willie Dean, Executive Director, will tell us about YouthCare and one of its most popular programs, Camp Sunrise
April 21 - No morning meeting - Attend the Vocational Ethics Luncheon
Thought for the Week
“If we don’t make a dollar
but we change the world in a meaningful way...
the returns are going to be the exhaust of that."
- Ashton Kutcher
Window on Rotary
"Wherever we are, whoever we are with, whether we are involved in Rotary work - we are always representing Rotary. We must conduct ourselves accordingly. . . Our communities, and our children, deserve no less."
- K.R. Ravindran, Rotary International President, 2015-2016
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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