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Week of October 30, 2016

 

November 3 Meeting Reminder

Sergeant at Arms:  Pam Serdar

Thought for the Week:  David Melcher

New Member Induction:  Natalie Landwehr

Natalie Landwehr will be inducted as a new member of Richfield Rotary.  Natalie is a 2013 graduate of The College of Saint Benedict with a major in Economics and a minor in Accounting.   She lives in Bloomington and works in the area of Demand Planning for Best Buy.  Natalie is familiar with Rotary, having participated in a junior Rotary club in high school.  She is also a Paul Harris Fellow.  Natalie’s interests reveal a commitment to service, and include work with Habitat for Humanity and the “Blackwoods Blizzard Tour” to benefit ALS. 

Program:  Dictionary Project

The Dictionary Project is one of Richfield Rotary’s signature service projects.   Each year, every third grader in Richfield - whether public, private, parochial or home schooled -  receives a personal dictionary courtesy of Richfield Rotary.  

At Thursday’s meeting, project coordinator Pam Serdar will update us on the project while members insert Rotary labels in each dictionary and prepare them for delivery.  Members will also be asked to sign up to help with delivery of dictionaries to third grade classrooms in each school.  All hands on deck to help out!

October 27 Meeting Highlights

Thought for the Week

Barb Devlin’s “thought for the week” was inspired by the speakers from the Amity Aide Program in the Richfield Schools.  Barb shared the dictionary definition of “amity” and highlighted the link between the Amity Aide Program’s mission to “build international friendship through language learning” and Rotary’s commitment to “build good will and better friendships.”
 

Introduction of Guests

We had lots of guests, including Mike and Kirk Spencer, Scott Weccht (pictured at right) from the St. Louis Park Sunrise Club, proposed member Natalie Landwehr, and speakers Stephanie Spencer and Ricardo Sagal. Scott shared information about the Dignity Restored Poultry Initiative in Uganda, an international project of the St. Louis Park Sunrise Club.  The SLP Sunrise Club is looking for other clubs to partner with them in the project, and Scott encouraged Richfield Rotary to consider contributing $500 or more to the project.  President Chip hopes to schedule a program about the project at a future meeting, after which we will make a decision.

Happy Dollars / Announcements  

  • There were lots of happy dollars in honor of our guests and proposed member Natalie Landwehr.
  • Jean Fox encouraged members to peruse our updated Rotary website
  • With Veterans Day approaching, Tommy Thompson brought some “show and tell” items, including some 20 mm machine gun shells, his Navy hat, and a photo taken of him monitoring the docking of a Navy vessel - he swears that he wasn’t just relaxing!  About the hat, we observed that Tommy has “gotten the big head” since he was in his 20’s.  (Jean Fox suggested that his brain grew!) 
Program:  "Amity Aide Program in the Richfield Schools" - Stephanie Spencer and Ricardo Sagal Duran

Stephanie Spencer started her presentation by telling about Richfield Dual Language School (RDLS) which her two boys both attend.  The RDLS mascot is the monarch butterfly, and its motto is "Two wings, two languages, one community”.  Stephanie and her husband Kirk, who are “passionate about children getting language education from a young age,” decided to move to Richfield in part because of RDLS. 

Stephanie explained that the Amity Aide Program began in Wisconsin in1962 “to build international friendship and cultural understanding through teacher exchange.”  Amity Aides are teachers in training in their own countries; they do their student teaching here. At RDLS, the Amity Aides play a major role in preparations for the school multi-cultural festival in December.  There are 5 Amity Aides at RDLS and 2 at Richfield Middle School (RMS).  The school benefits from gaining a well-qualified teacher intern at low cost, and the Amity Aides benefit from exposure to the U.S. and English.

Ricardo Sagal Duran - Amity Intern from Temuco, Chile.  Ricardo is a trained pilot who is also studying to become an English teacher.  He is enjoying his year at RDLS, and is working with Kindergarten students.  When asked his impressions of the U.S., Ricardo said he has been most impressed by “the food, technology in the schools, squirrels, free  soft drink refills in restaurants, and the fact that mail is delivered to homes, without being stolen!

Stephanie suggested a number of ways in which Richfield Rotary and individual Rotarians can support the Amity Aide program: 

  • Donate to increase the amity stipend.
  • Be a host family. (Host for a semester)
  • Be a Tia/tio (aunt / uncle) - invite one or more Amity interns to join in family or club outings such as attending a Twins game, theater, etc.

Richfield Rotary Fund-raiser Scheduled for November 14

November 14 - Richfield Rotary Night at Pizza Luce

On November 14, Richfield Rotary will receive 25% of the pre-tax proceeds from meals purchased at Pizza Luce from folks presenting Richfield Rotary flyers.  Proceeds will be used to purchase hats, gloves and mittens for our “Warm Hands, Heads and Hearts” project, which benefits elementary and secondary students in the Richfield Public Schools. 

Pizza Luce has supplied us with 500 hard copy flyers, which Richfield Rotarians are asked to distribute throughout the metro area, especially those suburbs close in proximity to Richfield.  A pdf copy of the flyer is also attached, which you may distribute electronically, with instructions to print out the flyer and bring it to Pizza Luce on November 14.  

In addition to distributing the flyers, we'll also need Richfield Rotarians to be present in force, and to bring family members and friends!  Let's fill Pizza Luce on November 14 to fund Warm Hands, Heads and Hearts!!

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Area 3 Veterans Day Luncheon 

Friday, November 11, 2016, 11:00 AM

Bear Path Country Club
$25.00 (checks payable to Rotary Club of Richfield)
 
  • See attached for more information
  • This event will take the place of our regular November 10 meeting.
  • Please RSVP to Chip Groth by Wednesday, Nov. 2 if you plan to attend.

 

VEAP Gala:  Celebrating Community

Celebrate Community as we gather for VEAP’s premier fundraising event at the Hyatt Regency, Minneapolis South (3200 East 81st Street) on November 18, 2016.  Proceeds from the Gala benefit all VEAP’s programs promoting stability for low-income people in our community.  Cost is $150 per person.  Click here for more information and to register or donate.   

 

A Season of Peace Concert - December 3 and 4

Former member Steve Larson invites us to attend a holiday concert featuring the South Metro Chorale, in which he  performs as a tenor.  As noted in the flyer at left, the December 4 performance is at St. Richard's Catholic Church in Richfield!
 
 
 

RICHFIELD ROTARY IN SERVICE

Richfield Rotary Embraces "Service Above Self"

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 are the Richfield Rotarians who have volunteered to deliver bread through November: 

November 3 - Barb Devlin

November 10 - Chip Groth

November 17 - Pam Serdar

(No delivery on November 24, Thanksgiving Day)

 
Click here to review the Bread of Hope procedures.  
 
A big thanks to our volunteers!
 
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Meeting Assignments through December 2016
 
Date
Program
Thought for Week
Sergeant at Arms

11/03/16

CHIP GROTH

DAVID MELCHER

PAM SERDAR

11/10/16

NO MEETING - ATTEND NOV. 11 VETERANS DAY LUNCHEON

 

 

11/17/16

PAM SERDAR

DAVID BUTLER

LYNNE ALEXANDER

11/24/16

NO MEETING - THANKSGIVING

 

 

12/01/16

CLUB ASSEMBLY - CHIP GROTH

LYNNE ALEXANDER

JOHN DEVLIN

12/08/16

STEVE UNOWSKY

JOHN DEVLIN

MORRIS NILSEN

12/15/16

LYNNE ALEXANDER

MORRIS NILSEN

BARB DEVLIN

12/22/16

BARB DEVLIN

BARB DEVLIN

JAY CLARK

12/29/16

KIRSTEN NELSON

JAY CLARK

STEVE LARSON

 
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.  Thank you.
 
 
 
Upcoming Programs and Thought for the Week
Upcoming Programs
 

November 10 - NO REGULAR MEETING - Attend the Veterans Day Luncheon on November 11

November 17 - Pilgrimage to France - Pam Serdar

November 24 - NO MEETING - HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

 

Thought for the Week
(in honor of the Amity Aide Program, and something we could use more of this election cycle!)

 

Dictionary Definition of “Amity”:

(1) Peaceful harmony, friendly relations
(2) Mutual understanding and peaceful relationships, especially between nations; peace; accord

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