Program: Mary Clarkson, Executive Director of Special Services, Richfield Public Schools
Mary will present an update on special programs in Richfield and information about how schools and districts work to prevent / minimize student violence in the schools. If any school principals are in attendance, they will be invited to share their perspectives on the school violence issue, which has received significant publicity in recent months after serious incidents in the St. Paul Schools.
Tom Tuttle shared several quotes from legendary football coach Vince Lombardi. One quote that is particularly apt for Rotarians is “Individual commitment to a group effort - that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.” (Check out the Thought for the Week section below for another Lombardi quote.)
There were lots of Happy Dollars, including:
Marlene Evenson reported that her Panama Canal cruise was “awesome!"
Steve Larson invited Richfield Rotary members to attend office Valentine's party. See “Upcoming Events” for details.
Barb Devlin read a message from Jean Fox, who is vacationing near Santa Barbara, California. Jeanwrote, “I had a wonderful time this week when all three of my daughters flew out to surprise me for my birthday weekend. We walked beaches, went to the seal rookery, visited vineyards for wine tasting and ate in wonderful restaurants. It was my best birthday ever!”
Program: Tim Carter - Richfield Bloomington Honda
Tim is the son of a Rotarian and a former member of the Chanhassen Rotary Club, so he was glad to speak to the Richfield Rotary about his lifetime interest and involvement in cars and the car industry. As general manager at Richfield / Bloomington (RB) Honda, Tim strives to create a supportive working environment and pledges to clients:“We promise a fair deal, and never fix anything that doesn’t need to be fixed.”
Tim has been active with the Richfield Chamber of Commerce and noted, "I'm very proud to be in this town - a small town in the big city.” Both the new RB Honda store, which opened in August 2015, and the adjacent Mitsubishi, which opened in 2014, store have contributed to the city’s development. To illustrate, RB Honda has grown from 97 employees at the beginning of the great recession to a projected 200+ employees by the end of 2016.
Rotarians enjoyed a digital slide show tracing the one-year construction of the new, regional RB Honda store, which is now the second largest Honda store in the country. Some interesting observations:
Due to limited space, the store is three stories high, with a service bay and two floors of show space.
There is a live display case for vehicles on the third floor, dubbed “the jewelry box.”
The project was so “massive” that the construction company purchased a giant crane just for this project.
The store “went up like a Lincoln log house, piece by piece.” The shell was “a massive structure” and the pieces were “welded together with little metal plates.”
With the exception of the “jewelry box” (framed in steel), the entire structure is concrete. Tim commented,"This thing will last for a long, long time.”
The store is so tall that lights shine over the fence across the street and into residents’ houses. To minimize any disruption, the store turns its lights off after the close of business each day.
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.
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
At our February 4 meeting, the club voted to contribute $200 out of the Richfield Rotary Foundation to support the job fair. At our February 25 meeting, Chip Groth will give a presentation about the Teen Job Fair and tell us how individual Rotarians can get involved.
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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 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 honor of Payton Manning and the Denver Broncos!)
"Perfection is not attainable
but if we chase perfection
we can catch excellence."
Window on Rotary
The January 2016 Rotarian (p. 13) included a feature on Michael Scannell, a small-business consultant and past president of the North Reading, MA Rotary Club. As a life-long wheelchair user, Michael is trying to raise awareness around language that hurts (like "crippled" and "twisted body") rather than heals. Scannel reminds us that people with disabiities "are people who have thoughts and feelings, and you need to respect them. Sympathy is always condescending; empathy is always good." Explore this and other interesting stories in your monthly Rotarian.
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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