Program: "Developing Youth Through Camping" - Willie Dean
Willie Dean, Executive Director of YouthCare, will tell us about this non-profit, multicultural organization dedicated to helping Minneapolis and St. Paul youth develop the education, employment, and leadership skills needed to make a successful transition from adolescence to adulthood. One of the programs Willie will tell us about is Camp Sunrise, which provides urban youth the opportunity to experience a residential wilderness camp at no cost.
Chip Groth shared that Anthony is on vacation, so he was filling in for the day. Have fun, Anthony!
Dave Melcher announced that he won the NCAA Basketball Brackets! Prizes will be forthcoming!
Jean Fox requested additional help with the May 3 personal safety presentation. (See separate article below.)
Program: Mike and Dan Gordon - "Minnesota Awesome!"
Brothers Mike and Dan Gordon grew up in Bismarck, ND but moved to Minnesota after college. Although they dabbled in making and selling graphic tee shirts while in high school, Mike pursued a career in corporate real estate finance, and Dan worked in the area of hospital administration. However, as they grew to appreciate their adopted state, they decided to “show their love” by starting Minnesota Awesome, a company that operates out of their home and sells quirky, Minnesota-themed tee shirts and other items.
The business has grown faster than they projected, following exposure on KARE 11, the Home and Garden Show, and on social media. Their merchandise is available online through their website as well as Amazon, and in 25 gift shops and boutiques around the state, including the General Store in Minnetonka.
Dan is now working full time in the business, while Mike continues to juggle both the business and his position in real estate finance.
Mike noted, “Our Dad always had side businesses when we were growing up, so he loves the idea of us creating MN Awesome! Our mother? She’s not so sure!”
Click here to explore the Minnesota Awesome website.
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:
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.
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