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Week of August 14, 2016

 

August 18 Meeting Reminder

Sergeant At Arms:  Kirsten Nelson

Thought for the Week:  Morris Nilsen

 

Program:  Khalil Houri - “Islam and Muslim Cultures”

In recent months, Muslims have experienced both physical and verbal attacks, and even a proposed ban on immigration to the U.S.  In keeping with Rotary’s commitment to build good will and better friendships, Richfield Rotary has invited Khalil Houri, a certified speaker with the Islamic Resource Group (IRG), to present a program about Islamic beliefs and practices, to correct common misperceptions concerning Islam, and to respond to any questions we may have.   

August 11 Meeting Highlights

Happy Dollars / Announcements

  • There were lots of Happy Dollars, including Lynne Alexander, back after several weeks’ absence.  Welcome back, Lynne!
  • Chip Groth shared that he and Anthony Bradford attended a planning meeting regarding PennFest Open Streets, and will have more to report soon about our club's participation as volunteers.

 

Program - Matt Stokes,  "Hazmat:  Expect the worst, hope for the best"

In 2010, Matt Stokes founded Safety Training and Response Strategies, LLC, which works with a variety of government agencies in areas of contingency planning, specialty training, exercise design and emergency response.  Matt commented that the Homeland Security Exercise Evaluation Program requires “massive amounts of contingency planning,” with specific metrics to measure success and help plan better responses to various contingencies.  In a time when government is often criticized, Matt argued, “The government is very effective.”

Matt assured us that, while oil pipeline leaks and train derailments create “drama by scale,” 99.976% of hazardous material shipments arrive safety.  While Matt noted, “Trucks are 10X more likely to be in an accident, but the spills are relatively small and therefore don’t grab headlines.”

Matt clarified that, while burning oil “causes a conflagration, it does not explode.”  He added, “We should be more concerned about anhydrous ammonia and chlorine, which are more prevalent in our surroundings.”

Matt showed us pictures of his work with first responders in Prairie du Chien WI, focused on containing potential oil spills, and Community Awareness and Emergency Response (CAER) training exercises in Redwing MN and  Dubuque IA, in preparation for a possible train accident.   He noted that the Railroads pay for both the training and all the equipment that is left in place.  

Based on his experience, Matt urged both policy-makers and the pubic to "work with the facts" and “don't "demagogue the issues” relating to hazmat.

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 September: 
 

August 18 - John Devlin

August 25 - David Butler

September 1 - Anthony Bradford

September 8 - Pat Dale

September 15 - Jean Fox

September 22 - Kirsten Nelson

September 29 - Chip Groth

 
Click here to review the Bread of Hope procedures.  
 
A big thanks to our volunteers!
 
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Meeting Assignments through September 2016
 
Date
Program
Thought for Week
Sergeant at Arms
08/25/16 DAVID MELCHER KIRSTEN NELSON JAY CLARK
09/01/16 STEVE LARSON JAY CLARK STEVE JEDLUND
09/08/16 CLUB ASSEMBLY - CHIP GROTH STEVE JEDLUND DAVID BUTLER
09/15/16 ANTHONY BRADFORD DAVID BUTLER TOMMY THOMPSON
09/22/16 PAT DALE TOMMY THOMPSON ANTHONY BRADFORD
09/29/16 LATANYA DANIELS OR OTHER BUILDING ADMINISTRATOR ANTHONY BRADFORD PAT DALE
 
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.
 
Also, attached is the full schedule through December 2016.  Please contact John Devlin and let him know if you have any questions or concerns.  In addition, if you are planning to be out of town for any length of time between January and June 2017, please let John know so he can take that into account when planning the schedule for January - June.  Thank you in advance for your help.
 
Upcoming Programs and Thought for the Week
Upcoming Programs
 

August 25 - Michael Petersen - Richfield Public Works Michael is a public works engineer for Richfield.  He will talk about Sweet Streets,  the new gas lines being installed, and the extensive repaving plan for city streets. 

September 1 - Steve Larson is working on it!

September 8 - Club Assembly

Thought for the Week
(Advice for both business people and Olympians!)
 
Games are won by players who
focus on the playing field -
not by those whose eyes are
glued to the scoreboard.
 
- Warren Buffet, CEO and businessman
 

 


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