December 6, 2018 Meeting Reminder

Reminder:  December, 2018 Morning Meeting

7:15 - 8:30 AM, 2nd floor conference room, Richfield / Bloomington Honda

Attendance / Happy Dollars – Barb Devlin

Thought for the Week – Pat Dale


“Sock-it-to-Me” presentationFormer President Sally Parks will be in attendance, bearing socks for distribution to homeless men and women served by Cabrini House, a program of Project for Pride in Living. 

Program:  Dani Alfonzo, Rotary Youth Exchange Program

Dani (Daniela) Alfonso Mudoy, a graduate of the Academy of Holy Angels, was a 2017 Cameron Scholarship recipient with plans to attend Case Western University in Cleveland, Ohio, with a goal of attending medical school to become an Emergency Room and Trauma physician.  Before heading off to Case Western, however, Dani took a “gap year” to participate in a Rotary Group Study Exchange to Taiwan.  Dani will tell us about her experiences as part of the Rotary Youth Exchange Program.   She may also have additional information to share her college experience and career plans. 

November 29 Meeting Highlights

As our November service project, we inserted Rotary donation labels
in the front of dictionaries to be presented over the next several weeks to all third grade students in Richfield public, non-public and home schools.   Thanks to Jean Fox for processing the dictionary order, Lynne Alexander for obtaining the donation labels, and to HaeKyung Thompson, Dictionary Project Chair.  See the “Richfield Rotary in Service” section below for more information about the Dictionary Project and when volunteers are needed for delivery to schools.

December Service Project - Heart of Dance Event

For our December service project, we'll be providing volunteer support for the “Color of Rainbow” Team Match Event, which will bring together children from around the state to form a larger "dancing family" representing Minnesota’s diverse cultures and ethnicities.   The team match confirms the core values of the Dancing Classrooms program: mutual respect, tolerance, teamwork, sportsmanship and elegance amongst children.
The Team Match Event is scheduled for:

Saturday, December 8, 2018

DoubleTree by Hilton Bloomington - Minneapolis South
7800 Normandale Blvd
Minneapolis, MN 55439

Please RSVP your participation to President Kirsten Nelson.  Be sure to let her know which volunteer role(s) you’d like to perform, and for what period of time.  Click here to view the volunteer schedule and vacancies.  The roles are described in detail below:
  • Registration/Dancer Check-In: Before each competition begins, you will help check in participating students, collect permission slip signatures if any are missing, and direct students to their school’s section.
  • Audience/Volunteer Check-In and Passing Out Programs: Throughout the competition, you will help to orient audience members, answer any questions they may have, ask guests to sign up for more HOD updates and information, and pass out programs. You will also help check-in volunteers and direct them to their positions if need be.
  • Team Coordinators: You will make sure the correct students get to the on-deck area for each dance throughout the competition. You will also help pin sashes and color names to each dancer’s clothing, and assist parents in signing up for alumni dance opportunities and filling out surveys. More details to come day of.
  • Deck: You will help get students to the on-deck area, and manage overall flow of the event by assisting Team Coordinators with managing students.
  • Scoresheet Runners: During the competition, you will take score sheets from the judges to the scrutinizer to calculate points.




Since 2006, Richfield Rotary has provided dictionaries to every third grader in Richfield’s public, private, parochial and home schools.  HaeKyung Thompson is coordinating the Dictionary project for the second year, and is working with building principals to schedule dates for delivery to each school.  Volunteers are needed to help distribute the dictionaries.   As delivery dates are scheduled, they will be announced at Rotary meetings and in the e-Spokester.  Please RSVP to HaeKyung Thompson if you are available to help with distribution. 


Delivery Dates Confirmed to Date

Monday, December 10, 9:45 AM - Blessed Trinity (2 volunteers needed)



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.  

Listed below are volunteers who have signed up to are deliver bread through December, 2018.   Thank you to our volunteers!

November 15 - Chris Walsh
November 22 - Thanksgiving - No delivery
November 29 - Chip Groth
December 6 -  Jean Fox
December 13 - Kirsten Nelson
December 20 - Chris Walsh
December 27 - Chris Walsh
Click here to review the Bread of Hope procedures. 


Thanks to the following Richfield Rotarians for volunteering for the VEAP Student Hunger Project for 2018-2019.  As noted in correspondence from Don Stiles, Bloomington Noon Rotary, volunteers will meet at VEAP from 5:30 - 7:00 PM (5-7 for team leaders) on Thursday evenings as designated below:
Last NameFirst NameClubNotesDates
ClarkJayRichfield Nov 8, Apr 18
DalePatRichfield Jan 24, May 30
DevlinJohnRichfieldLeader MayMay 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
DevlinBarbaraRichfieldNo Jan-FebNov. 29, May 9
FoxJeanRichfieldNo Jan-AprNov 15, 
GrothChipRichfield Mar 7
The photo at right is from the November 29 packing session, and included volunteers from the Richfield, Edina Noon, and South Metro Evening Rotary Clubs.

Upcoming Programs and Thought for the Week

Upcoming Programs 

December 8, 2018 - Club Service Project with Heart of Dance Event (Note:  This will take the place of the Thursday evening service project / social originally scheduled for December 27.)
December 13, 2018 - Club Assembly / Planning
December 20, 2018 - Breakfast catered by the Devlins; in lieu of paying for breakfast, members and guests will be invited to contribute to The Rotary Foundation / Polio Plus.
December 27 - NO MEETING - enjoy the holidays!
January 3, 2019Patty Schulz, Advancement Director, Volunteers Enlisted to Assist People  – “An update on all things VEAP”

Thought for the Week

What Alan and the late Diane Sims Page believed and fought for throughout their lives:
"Creating educational opportunity and creating equal justice under the law...trying to be people of good character, being honest, telling the truth, saying what we mean and meaning what we say, treating others with respect and respecting ourselves...."
Alan Page, recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, November 15, 2018

Meeting Assignments through February 14, 2019

Thought for Week
Attendance / Happy Dollars


No Meeting - Thanksgiving




Evening Service Project/Social


12/06/18Jay ClarkPat DaleBarb Devlin
12/13/18Club Assembly / PlanningBarb DevlinJohn Devlin
12/20/18Barb DevlinJohn DevlinJean Fox
12/27/18No meeting; Replaced by Dec. 8 Service Project  
01/03/19John DevlinJean FoxChip Groth
01/10/19Club Assembly / PlanningChip GrothPat Dale
01/17/19Latanya DanielsPat DaleDavid Melcher
01/24/19Chip GrothDavid MelcherHaeKyung Thompson
01/31/19Evening Service Project / Social  
02/07/19David MelcherHaeKyung ThompsonChris Walsh
02/14/19Club Assembly / PlanningChris WalshJay Clark


  • 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.

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