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Meeting Highlights March 3
Thought for the Week: Anthony Bradford – The thought was insightful from Audre Lorde: "When we speak we are afraid our words will not be heard or welcomed".
Happy Dollars:
 
  • Denise Kneifel-Rosemount Rotary upcoming authentic Irish meal with a drawing for a fabulous 5 day trip to Ireland For more info: www.rosemountrotary.org
  • Laura Briggs—Best friend in labor
  • Steve Larsen— Supporting Mayor's efforts to raise money to purchase a 3D Printer for the schools ($15,000)
  • Jay Clark waarm enough to ride his motorcycle
  • Pam Sedar – attending a baby shower for her daughter.
  • Anthony—My car was front ended twice—same day, same place, by the same driver, and it survived. (at a drive through)
 
Laura Briggs reminded the attendees that Rotary Club of Richfield March Madness for Polio Plus it in full swing. Please bring any of your unwanted gift cards to be placed in the prize pool. The number of prizes depends on the number of donated gift cards
 
Rotary Club of Richfield Upcoming Service Projects:
  • Cleaning up the Wood Lake Nature Center parking lot located on Lake Shore Drive. April 23 or April 30th. April 30 is Earth Day Weekend.
  • Steve remind the group of the upcoming Matters More Event: March 3rd-6-8 pm packing medical equipment for key countries worldwide.
Presentation: Greg Hanks Executive Director, Southdale YMCA, and Maddy Lund, Outreach Coordinator Southdale YMCA
 
       
 
 
Greg shared the strategic plan for 2016-2019.
He spoke of the Southdale YMCA’s new and expanding services in and around the communities. He highlighted the following volunteer opportunities.
  • One 2 One program. (Works to develop partnerships, design programs, and recruit mentors) mentoring program.
  • Fraser Independent Living Wellness program.
  • Minnesota Life College
Greg also mentioned activities offered to kids through the Y including:
  • Shattuck St. Marys (Life Skills)
  • Camp Menogyn Ely, MN
  • Camp Kici Yapi-leaders in training
 
Y Start program (Helping kids and families stay connected) which is an 8 week after school program. Helping youth with education, service opportunities, and recreation. It is being offered at the Richfield Middle School. Kids who complete and 8 week program are given a dollar amount stipend. Within the program there are opportunities for adult mentors. If you are interested you can contact the Y.

March Madness Fun-Raiser for Polio Plus

 

Make a $20 donation to PolioPlus by March 13 and you will be eligible to play in this bracket style tournament!  

(You may make your donation online or you may give Laura Briggs a check made out to The Rotary Foundation, with Polio Plus in the memo line.  All checks received will be forwarded to Rotary International.)

The tournament starts on 3/15 and runs through April 4th! 

Once you've made your donation, notify Laura Briggs and she will send you the invite to fill out your bracket. If you have trouble filling it out online, let Laura know and she will help! 

Winners will receive an assortment of gift cards donated by Richfield Rotarians.  There will for sure be prizes for 1st and 2nd place! 

If you are willing to donate any unwanted gift cards as prizes, please bring them to an upcoming meeting and Laura will collect them! 

This Fun-Raiser is open to anyone who would like to participate - Rotary members and families/friends!  We'll all have fun while contributing to the eradication of Polio, so please participate!

 

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 is the list of delivery dates and volunteers through March:

 

February 18 Marlene Evenson
February 25 Pam Serdar
March 3 Anthony Bradford
March 10 Marlene Evenson
March 17 Pat Dale
March 24 Chip Groth
March 31 John Devlin

 

Thanks to all those who signed up!

 

Click here to review the Bread of Hope procedures.
 

 

Teen Job Fair

The Bloomington Daymakers Rotary Club, Richfield Rotary Club, and Bloomington United For Youth are working together on a project to help young people locate employment. Because teens are an important focus for our service organizations, we are sponsoring the 2016 Teen Job Fair. OUR GOAL IS TO HAVE 200-300 TEENS FROM THE BLOOMINGTON, RICHFIELD, AND EDINA AREA ATTEND!
 
Bloomington, Richfield, and Edina area businesses have been invited to participate, and to consider hiring high school students to fill vacancies for summer and week-end employees.

The job fair is scheduled for:
 

Tuesday, March 15, 2016    

5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Bloomington Civic Plaza    1800 West Old Shakopee Road

The Richfield Rotary Foundation is contributing $200 to support the job fair, and Chip Groth has served as our representative at planning meetings for the job fair.   Chip and Dwight Geisler (Bloomington Daymakers) are requesting that two Richfield Rotarians attend the job fair on March 15, to learn first hand what it entails, as a basis for greater involvement in future planning.  Please contact Chip Groth if you are willing to attend.
 
At our February 25 meeting, Chip Groth will present additional information about the Teen Job Fair and respond to any questions.
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Meeting Assignments through May 2016
 
Date
Program
Thought for Week
Sergeant at Arms
02/25/16 DAVID BUTLER DAVID BUTLER TOMMY THOMPSON
03/03/16 JAY CLARK TOMMY THOMPSON PAT DALE
03/10/16 BARB DEVLIN PAT DALE MARLENE EVENSON
03/17/16 TOM TUTTLE MARLENE EVENSON JEAN FOX
03/24/16 CLUB ASSEMBLY - ANTHONY BRADFORD JEAN FOX CHIP GROTH
03/31/16 STEVE LARSON CHIP GROTH JOHN DEVLIN
04/07/16 DAVID MELCHER JOHN DEVLIN STEVE LARSON
04/14/16 PAM SERDAR STEVE LARSON DAVID MELCHER
04/21/16 BARB DEVLIN DAVID MELCHER PAM SERDAR
04/28/16 CLUB ASSEMBLY - ANTHONY BRADFORD PAM SERDAR LYNNE ALEXANDER
05/05/16 TOMMY THOMPSON LYNNE ALEXANDER JOHN DEVLIN
05/12/16 JEAN FOX JOHN DEVLIN MORRIS NILSEN
05/19/16 PAT DALE MORRIS NILSEN TOM TUTTLE
05/26/16 LATANYA DANIELS OR ANOTHER PRINCIPAL TOM TUTTLE JAY CLARK
 
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

 

February 25 - "Help for the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)"  A representative of the organization, Mwendo Congo, will describe efforts to promote community development in the DRC through health work, education, and relationship building between the people of the U.S. and the DRC.  

Chip Groth will also give a brief presentation on the Teen Job Fair

March 3 - Greg Hanks, Executive Director of the Southdale YMCA, will share how the YMCA is supporting youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility.

March 10 - In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, District 5950 Polio Chair Tim Mulcrone will attend the meeting as his alter ego, “Paddy O’Toole” to tell us (with all the charm of the Irish!) why it’s important to stop polio.

 
 
Thought for the Week
 

(In recognition of the importance of providing students with appropriate supports and services)

 

”It’s easier to build strong children than to

rehabilitate grown men."

 

- Frederick Douglas

Window on Rotary
 
Recruit a Rotary Peace Scholar!
 
April 10 is the deadline for local clubs to receive applications for Rotary Peace Fellowships, awarded to scholars to pursue a master's degree in international studies and peace and conflict resolution OR to attend a 3-month summer professional development certificate course.   Click here for more information.
If you know someone who might be interested, please direct them to www.rotary.org/foundation/programs.html
 

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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