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Week of December 4, 2016

 

Reminder - December 8 Meeting

Sergeant at Arms and Thought for the Week - Barb Devlin

New Member Proposal - Haekyung Nielsen (See separate article below)

"Sock-It-to-Me!"

Since 2010, Richfield Rotary has donated warm socks at Christmas to Cabrini Partnership in Minneapolis, which provides housing and services to support homeless adults with mental illness and chemical dependency to strengthen their lives, families and community.  With a $300 contribution from the Richfield Rotary Foundation,  Past President Sally Parks purchased 150 pairs of socks for men and 150 for women, which will be presented to Catherine Pollock of Cabrini Partnership for distribution at the agency's December 16 holiday party.  

 

Introduction of Guests

David Butler has invited three guests: Maria Regan Gonzales, incoming Richfield City Council member, attorney Simon Troutman, and Alyssa Swanson, Director of the Richfield History Center.  Maria will say a few words about her upcoming responsibilities as a City Council member.
 

 

Program:  Richfield Superintendent Steve Unowsky

Superintendent Unowsky will tell us about "the transformation" of Richfield High School, including the transition from a 6 period day to a 7 period day, and what difference that will make in terms of opportunities for student learning.

December 1 Meeting Highlights

Thought for the Week

Jay Clark reminded us to approach life with a positive attitude.  Take Minnesota weather as an example:  “There is no such thing as bad weather - only various kinds of good weather!”

Happy Dollars - There were many, including...

  • Richfield Middle School Principal Brian Zambreno shared good news about student achievement at the middle school, noting that Minnesota Student Achievement Test math scores rose by 17 percentage points and reading scores rose by 8 percentage points compared to last year.  Brian added, “I am pleased to be a principal in Richfield, which provides lots of community support to our schools.”
  • Pam Serdar contributed $1 for every day in Advent!

Program:  Club Assembly

Discussion and decision-making focused on the following:

1.  Ways to raise visibility, including use of social media and the possibility of a grant to pay for a sign advertising Rotary.  Members liked a stand-up banner design.

2.  The Pizza Luce fundraiser yielded $292 to support Warm Hands, Heads and Hearts, and the restaurant will welcome us back for future fund-raisers.  Chip listed other possible small-scale fund-raisers and challenged us to ask, "What can we do that is better and different?"

4.  Chip is working on meeting requirements for a Rotary International Presidential Citation.  One of the requirements relates to membership contributions to The Rotary Foundation (TRF).  Chip will e-mail members with information and a request.  There was also discussion of another “March Madness” fund-raiser for Polio Plus.  

5.  Chip, Barb Devlin, Jean Fox, and Kirsten Nelson volunteered to serve on a planning committee for the Richfield Rotary party on January 6.  

6.  There will be no meeting on Dec. 22 or December 29, due to the holidays.

 

New Member Application Received

 

HaekYung Nielson has submitted her application for membership in Richfield Rotary.  HaekYung’s professional classification is restaurant management and marketing.  She was one of our servers at Champps before taking a management position at the Hard Rock Café at the Mall of America.  However, in a few weeks, HaeKyung will be resigning her position to devote more attention to her children and volunteer service, including service through Rotary!  (The photo at left shows HaeKyung helping to distribute dictionaries to 3rd graders at Richfield STEM School.)

Haekyung has two children (Tyler, age 9, and Janet, age 2), and is engaged to Joshua Thompson.  Major interests and commitments include photography, youth ministries, the Hard Rock Heals Foundation, Cub Scout Den Leader, and volunteering at Feed My Starving Children and the Minnesota Zoo. 

HaekYung shares  Rotary’s commitment to service and looks forward to becoming part of the Rotary Club of Richfield. She will be introduced at our December 8 meeting, and President Chip hopes to install HaeKyung into membership on December 15.  Please contact Chip with any questions or concerns.

Rotary Merchandise for Under the Christmas Tree!

Several Rotarians have requested information about how to orders Rotary-themed clothing and merchandise.   Several blue Rotary tee shirts are available for borrowing in men's sizes (large and extra large).  However, Russell Hampton and National Awards are two websites with clothing available to match your body size and personal taste, along with other Rotary merchandise.  Just click on each name to get to each company's website.

 

 

 

Celebrate!! Richfield Rotary in the Community

 

Save the Date! 

Richfield Rotary Dinner and Silent Auction 

Join in a celebration of 65 years of Richfield Rotary contributions to our community and invest in our continued service!  

Be sure to invite friends and family to join in the celebration as well!!

Friday, January 6, 2016

City Bella Condos, 2nd floor

6600 Lyndale Ave. So., Richfield

6 PM Social hour

7 PM Dinner

8 PM Program and conclusion of bidding 
 

Stay Tuned for more Details!

 

RICHFIELD ROTARY IN SERVICE 

Richfield Rotary Embraces "Service Above Self

Dictionary Project Concluding

Thanks to Pam Serdar for coordinating the Dictionary Project this year and to all the Richfield Rotarians and 3rd grade parents who helped distribute dictionaries, including David Butler, Pat Dale, Barb and John Devlin, Jean Fox, Chip Groth, Kirsten Nelson, and HaekYung Nielsen.

The last delivery will be today at Partnership Academy (305 E. 77th St.), with Pat Dale and Chip Groth.

At our December 1 meeting, Jean Fox shared a message from Pam Walske, a former 3rd grade teacher, who commented, "My students cherished their dictionaries." Jean added that there were also lots of thank you’s from parents on the Richfield community page. 

The photos show John Devlin and Kirsten Nelson with 3rd grade students at Centennial Elementary School.

 

 

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.  
 

Volunteers to deliver bread through December are:

December 8 - Jean Fox
December 15 and 22 - Pat Dale
December 29 - Kirsten Nelson
 

Please contact Barb Devlin if you are willing to volunteer for one or more dates in January:

 
January 5  
January 12
January 19
January 26
 
Click here to review the Bread of Hope procedures.  
 
A big thanks to our volunteers!
 
 

Thanks from Bloomington Daymakers

 

Dwight Geisler of Bloomington Daymakers Rotary Club sent the following message to Barb Devlin:

Thank you very much for your support of the Daymakers poinsettia fundraiser!  Your efforts are much appreciated and helped contribute to a very successful event.  Please thank the members of your Club for me and wish everyone a safe and enjoyable Holiday Season!

The fund-raiser helps funds Bloomington Daymakers' projects such as STRIVE, which helps high school students achieve greater succeed in school and in life.

 
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Meeting Assignments through February 2017
 
Date
Program
Thought for Week
Sergeant at Arms

12/15/16

LYNNE ALEXANDER

PAT DALE

JOHN DEVLIN

12/22/16

NO MEETING - MERRY CHRISTMAS!

 

 

12/29/16

NO MEETING - HAPPY NEW YEAR!

 

 

01/05/17
CLUB ASSEMBLY - CHIP GROTH
 
NATALIE LANDWEHR DAVID MELCHER
01/12/17
DAVID BUTLER
 
DAVID MELCHER KIRSTEN NELSON
01/19/17
JAY CLARK
 
KIRSTEN NELSON MORRIS NILSEN
01/26/17
PAT DALE
 
MORRIS NILSEN PAM SERDAR

02/02/17

LATANYA DANIELS

PAM SERDAR

TOMMY THOMPSON

02/09/17

NATALIE LANDWEHR

TOMMY THOMPSON

STEVEN UNOWSKY

02/16/17

CLUB ASSEMBLY - CHIP GROTH

STEVE UNOWSKY

LYNNE ALEXANDER

02/23/17

DAVID MELCHER

LYNNE ALEXANDER

DAVID BUTLER

 
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 Devlin know.  (Click here to see the full assignment schedule through April 2017.)  Thank you.
 
 
 
Upcoming Programs and Thought for the Week
Upcoming Programs
 

December 15 - Tim Carter - " Back Stage Tour of Bloomington/ Richfield Honda."  This will be a unique opportunity to get a behind the scenes view of this state-of-the-art facility.  If you know any car buffs, invite them to attend this meeting!!

December 22 and 29 - NO MEETING.  ENJOY THE HOLIDAYS!

Thought for the Week
 

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