Richfield Rotary is now meeting in the 2nd floor Conference Room of
RICHFIELD / BLOOMINGTON HONDA, 501 W. 77th Street in Richfield
To get there: From Lyndale Avenue, drive east on 77th Street Park. Park on the east side of the building, enter the building through the service entrance, go through the glass doors on the right, and take the elevators or stairway to the second floor. Once you’re on the second floor, walk past the restrooms, take a right, and the conference room is the last door on the left, just before the opening into the auto showroom. (If you wander around long enough, you’ll find it!!)
Breakfast Buffet: For just $10, you'll enjoy a delicious breakfast buffet prepared by Beautiful Day Catering.
As noted in the past two meetings and last week's e-Spokester, Dr. Kirsten Nelson has submitted an application for membership. Kirsten has taken over Perez Chiropractic in the Hub Shopping Center, soon to become Premier Health. Kristen spent part of her growing up years in the Twin Cities, before moving with her parents to Madelia MN where they lived on a 5-acre hobby farm. Kristen received her B.A. degree at NDSU and earned her Doctor of Chiropractic degree at Northwestern Health Sciences University in Bloomington.
Kirsten’s philosophy is to "Treat my patients like a family.” She also enjoys engaging in community service, such as treating teachers to massages.
No objections have been received, so Kirsten will be brought into membership at our May 26 meeting. Please be on hand to welcome Karen to Richfield Rotary!
Program: Karen Franzmeier on "Being a Life-Long Learner"
Do you like to learn? Do you try new things? If one thing doesn’t work, try another! Karen will talk about the importance of continuing to learn and be open to new things throughout life.
Jean Fox - District Conference was fabulous! See the photos she took on our Richfield Rotary Facebook Page - and vow to attend next year’s District Conference!
Steve Larson was at Lerum Auto the other day when Kirsten Nelson came in to introduce herself and her new chiropractic practice. He commended Kirsten for “getting out into the community” and suggested, "Maybe she can pitch Richfield Rotary at the same time!"
After a contentious United Methodist General Conference, Rev. Pam Serdar was grateful that "The Methodist Church isn't tearing itself apart.” Rather than taking action on contentious LGBTQ issues, Pam shared that the Conference formed an ongoing committee with the goal of finding a way toward resolution. Let’s hope!
Barb Devlin made a second formal announcement for Dr. Kirsten Nelson to be admitted into membership, in addition to announcements in the eSpokester. (Note: No objections have been raised, so Kirsten will be brought into membership on May 26.)
Program: Janet Dickelman, American Council for the Blind
Janet Dickelman, a “wife, mother, and retired supervisor with the Social Security Administration,” has served as the National Convention Coordinator for the American Society of the Blind since 2012. Janet - and her guide dog, Isabel - told us about the ACB and invited us to serve as volunteers for this summer’s ACB Conference in Minneapolis.
Janet explained that the American Council for the Blind was founded in 1960 with just 29 members. Today, its membership is in the thousands. As stated on its website, the mission of ACB “is to increase the independence, security, equality of opportunity, and quality of life, for all blind and visually-impaired people.” Janet shared that ACB does “a lot of advocacy work,” including audible street lights, currency in the U.S. that is easier for the blind to decipher, expanded use of audio description in TV productions, and prescription labeling in Braille or audio.
The National ACB Convention is scheduled for June 30 - July 9 at the Hyatt Regency in Minneapolis. The convention will be attended by blind people in all professions. There will be profession-specific breakout sessions as well as exhibitors with "the latest and greatest in accessible technology." Some attendees will bring their families and make a vacation out of it, so the convention will also include a lot of sight-seeing tours. The convention will also feature a fund-raising auction and walk for the blind.
Janet explained that there is a need for sighted volunteers to help blind attendees navigate the conference, e.g. being seated by state at the general sessions, locating breakout rooms, and maneuvering through the exhibit hall. Volunteers are also needed at the airport to meet blind conference attendees at the gate and escort them to baggage claim and ground transportation. Help will also be needed on tours. Janet invited Rotarians and other civic and faith groups to join in volunteering. She also solicited contributions of small items (pens, etc.) for inclusion in attendees’ registration bags.
Since Richfield is so close to the airport, Barb Devlin asked if it might be possible for Richfield Rotary to provide volunteers at the airport on June 30 and July 1, as attendees are arriving. Janet responded enthusiastically, and asked that we give her a list of airport volunteers so she can arrange for a security clearance. Janet encouraged members to sign up online whenever and wherever we can to volunteer.
Steve Larson shared that he once worked at a bank in Minneapolis that was near the Society for the Blind, and realized that blind people were “easy targets for thugs.” Janet replied, "I realize I'm a target - that's one of the reasons why we need sighted volunteers and why we ask them to sign up in advance.”
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. John thanks Anthony Bradford and Laura Brigs or helping out on May 19, and notes that Jean Fox is scheduled to help out on June 26. Contact John if you would also like to help out on Thursday, May 26, 5:30 – 6:45 PM at 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:
Contact Chip Groth if you can help with morning registration, noon lunch and / or the late afternoon pizza dinner.
(Photo at right) At the May 3 personal safety presentation, President Anthony presented a check from the Richfield Rotary Foundation to Jill Mecklenberg, Richfield Police Department, to help support this year's Safety Day Program.
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