Week of May 29, 2016


Richfield Rotary's New Digs!

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.

Come and Join Us!!

June 2 Meeting Reminder

Sergeant At Arms:  Pat Dale

Thought for the Week:  Jay Clark

Program:  Cameron Scholarship Awards

Four Cameron Scholarships will be awarded, two to students from the Academy of Holy Angels and two from Richfield High School.  Guests will include the scholarship recipients, their parents, and representatives of the Cameron family. 

Please be present to celebrate the achievement of the scholarship recipients and to help honor the memory of the late Don Cameron and his commitment to students interested in medical-related careers.

May 26 Meeting Highlights

Thought for the Week

John Devlin asked, "How many of you read the e-Spokester?  (Most do, at least some of the time.)   Then he asked, "How many of you read it all the way to the end?" (Few got that far.).  John then urged members "to read the e-Spokester to the end, and take note of Rotary Founder Paul Harris’ 12 reasons for joining Rotary.  Written in the 1930's or 40's, those 12 reasons are as relevant today as they were then.”  [Editor's note:  The Window on Rotary section remains the same for this week, so you can still check out Paul Harris' 12 reasons for being a Rotarian!]

Happy Dollars

There were lots of Happy Dollars!
  • Anthony and Chris have lined up Pastor Anita Hill to marry them, and just received delivery on a HUGE lawn tent, which cost them less to purchase than it would have to rent one!  All club members are invited to attend the wedding, which is scheduled for Wednesday, July 1, 7:00 PM in Anthony and Chris' back yard, 6321 2nd Ave. So. in Richfield.  Please RSVP to Anthony.
  • Steve Larson spoke fondly about a weekend with his fishing buddies, punctuated by playing poker and smoking Cuban cigars but admitted, “We have now reached the age where few wanted to smoke the cigars!”
  • Visiting Rotarian Mike Spencer went fishing too, noting, "We caught some big fish!"
  • Jay Clark went fishing too and bragged, “Our leading fish - a Walleye - was 27 3/4!”
  • Lynne Alexander announced, “At age 74, I’m getting braces!”

New Member Induction

President Anthony Bradford installed Dr. Kirsten Nelson into membership of Richfield Rotary.  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.

Welcome, Kirsten!!

Other Club Business 

  • Barb Devlin encouraged club members to volunteer to assist individuals attending the American Society of the Blind National Convention.  (See details below, under the "Service Above Self" article.)
  • Chip Groth shared that the Area 3 clubs of Rotary District 5950 have voted to support Beacon 66 West, an apartment being built near Southdale for homeless teens.  The club approved a Richfield Rotary Foundation contribution of $500 toward the project.

Program:  Karen Franzmeier, "If One Thing Doesn't Work, Try Something Else"

Karen Franzmeier, daughter of long-time RBCU executive Dick Franzmeier, shared how a brain injury “changed my life” and “moved me in a new direction.”

Karen shared that, until the injury, her life was quite normal.  She grew up in Richfield, earned a B.A. at Concordia College and an M.A. at the U of M, taught school for several years and served one year as a Principal intern, supervised student teachers at Augsburg College, and volunteered at St. Martin’s table.  Still single, Karen decided to adopt a child from China, naming her Esther, after her grandmother.

In January of 2002, while biking to work, Karen was hit by a van and sustained severe injuries.  Part of her left brain lobe was removed in hyperbaric surgery at HCMC.  She was in a coma for two weeks, and her church held a prayer vigil, fearing she might not survive.  However, after regaining consciousness and “the hard work of therapy” at Bethesda, “words and memories started to come back.”   Then 4 years old, Esther recalls, "We had to write down and post words all over the house - I knew words that my Mom didn't know."  

As a result of the accident, Karen could no longer work.  With help from Richfield attorney (and former Richfield Rotarian) Ernie Lindstrom, Karen receives ongoing support from annuities and disability payments.  

While no longer engaged in paid employment, Karen “volunteers all over the place,”  saying “I have followed my strengths and faith through hard times.”  One of Karen’s volunteer activities include helping immigrants learn English.  One of the immigrants she helped is Kabissa (pictured at right, with her father, Dick).  Kabissa emigrated to the U.S. from the Democratic Republic of Congo and hopes that his wife and five children will join him in the U.S. soon.  Kabissa has initiated a program called "Let Africa Live,” which works to improve women's rights in the Congo by giving them skills such as cooking, teaching, etc..  He is currently working to build a dormitory to house the women.  Karen noted that Kabissa would love to share his story with Richfield Rotary on a separate occasion, and welcomes support in his efforts to make a positive difference in his home country.

Karen concluded, “We are both “seeking causes beyond ourselves…that give our lives meaning."


Richfield Rotary Embraces "Service Above Self"




Approximately 1,000 blind and visually impaired people from across the United States and several foreign countries are coming to Minneapolis for the 2016 conference and convention of the American Council of the Blind, scheduled for June 30 - July 10 at the Hyatt Regency in Minneapolis.

Rotarians are invited to be among the many sighted volunteers needed to assist with the conference.  Volunteers should be able to work a three to four hour shift (7-11AM, 11AM-3PM), 3-7PM, 7-11PM)

Individual Rotarians can sign up online to volunteer throughout the 10-day conference at  However, because of our proximity to the airport, Richfield Rotarians are encouraged to help welcome / guide conference attendees arriving at MSP (June 30 – July 3) and/ or to return conference attendees to the airport (July 8-9).  

Click here for more details.  Note:  If you volunteer to help out at MSP, please notify Barb Devlin so she can arrange for security clearance.  Thank you in advance for your help!




Throughout the school year, volunteers from the Bloomington, Edina, and Richfield Rotary Clubs have packed over 6200 take-home food bags for distribution to area students in need.  Students in Richfield Schools received a large share of these bags each week.

John Devlin recruited volunteers from Richfield Rotary, noting, "The packing goes quickly, and it's fun to interact with Rotarians from multiple clubs."  

Among this year's volunteers were Anthony Bradford and Laura Briggs (pictured at left) who helped out on May 19.  On May 26 - the same day she was installed as a Richfield Rotarian - Kirsten Nelson joined the meal packing crew.  Way to go, Kirsten, and thanks to all who helped out during the past year.


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:

June 2 -  Pam Serdar

June 9 - Pat Dale

June 16 - Anthony Bradford

June 23 - David Butler

June 30 - John Devlin 

Click here to review the Bread of Hope procedures.  

Richfield Safety Day

Tuesday, June 7
S.T.E.M. School lunchroom (7020 12th Ave S)
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.


Support Richfield Rotary Foundation through Amazon Smile

Richfield Rotary members and friends - here is a great way to help support our foundation and its good works as you do your online shopping.  You do not need to be a member of Richfield Rotary to participate.

  • Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the Richfield Rotary Foundation Inc whenever you shop on AmazonSmile.
  • AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know. Same products, same prices, same service.
  • Support the Richfield Rotary Foundation by doing your shopping at

Please click here to get started, and share this information with your friends so they can start supporting Richfield Rotary as well!

Meeting Assignments through July 2016
Thought for Week
Sergeant at Arms
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
There are some wonderful programs coming up!  Be sure to attend, and bring guests with you!!


June 9 - Latanya Daniels and Jason Sellars - "Richfield -Normandale Prep"

June 16 - Sandhya Gupta - International Project Update

June 23 - Tommy Thompson - "The Minneapolis Freeway Story" - Tommy will give us the scoop, and maybe explain how that near-90 degree turn came about at the 35W / 94 merge!

June 30 - Patrick Donahue - "James J. Hill, The James J. Hill Center and the inspiration behind the launch of Hill Capital Corporation”

Thought for the Week


Window on Rotary

In the 1930’s or 40’s, Rotary International founder, Paul Harris, shared 12 reasons to join a Rotary Club - reasons that are still relevant today!

1.  Friendship; 2.  Business Development; 3.  Personal Growth;

4.  Leadership Development; 5.  Community Development

6.  Continuing Education; 7.  Fun; 8.  Public Speaking Skills;

9.  Membership of a Global Organization; 10. International Connections;

11.  Development of Ethics; and 12. Opportunity to Serve


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?


Subscribe to Bulletin
Subscribe to our eBulletin and stay up to date on the latest news and events.

Bulletin Editor
Barb Devlin

Club Information
Welcome to our Club!
Service Above Self
We meet Thursdays at 7:15 AM
Richfield Bloomington Honda - Use service entrance on east side of building
501 W 77th St
Second Floor Conference Room
Richfield, MN  55423
United States
District Site
Venue Map

Russell Hampton
National Awards Services Inc.