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Weeks of November 20 and 27, 2016

 

REMINDER - NO MEETING NOVEMBER 24

 
 
 
             
 

Reminder - December 1 Meeting

Sergeant at Arms - John Devlin

Thought for the Week - Lynne Alexander

Program:  Club Assembly

President Chip Groth has been holding Club Assemblies in lieu of Board meetings, so please attend and participate in club deliberations and decision-making!

Highlights - November 17 Meeting

Happy Dollars

  • Natalie Landwehr got her new nametag.  She commented, "It's official!"
  • Both Jean Fox and Kirsten Nelson gave shout-outs to Dr. Jay Clark - "The best dentist in Richfield."
  • Club members extended their thanks to President Chip for organizing the Pizza Luce fund-raiser.  Chip said the staff mentioned receiving “a lot of flyers” throughout the day, and is waiting for a check from corporate.  Pizza Luce invited us to partner with them on future fund-raisers as well.

Spotlight on Richfield College Education Program (RCEP)

Jason Sellars, administrator of the Richfield College Education Program (RCEP) brought two students with him, Caleb White and Pamela Osorio.  Jason reminded us that RCEP offers students the opportunity to experience a college campus while being dual enrolled in high school and college courses.    Located on the Normandale Community College campus, teachers and staff support students to help them transition from high school to college through instruction, advising, and planning a college or career pathway.  RCEP’s motto is "Grow, Learn, Excel.”    In its first year, 53 students enrolled in their first college courses this fall; all of the students are the first in their families to attend college.  The goal is for students to pass the NCC 1000 (pre-requisites for succeeding in college) while at the same time completing requirements for graduation from Richfield High School.

Caleb White shared, “I like the flexibility of RCEP and the cool new teachers.” 

Pamela added, “I wasn’t doing real well at RHS and wanted a fresh start.”  Pamela enjoys having more freedom at RCEP, access to additional resources, and “more time to talk to teachers and get work done.”

Jason encouraged Rotarians to visit the program, possibly serving as class presenters.

Program:  Pam Serdar - "In Search of the Black Madonna and Art of Southern France Pilgrimage"

From October 14 - 23, 2016, Pam Serdar participated in a pilgrimage to France that included visits to churches and museums featuring religious art, including many focused on Mary Magdalene who, according to legend, escaped after Jesus’ death to southern France where she lived in a cave.  Legend also describes Mary as an African black; hence, the inspiration for many images of Mary as the Black Madonna.

 

 

Among the places Pam visited was the Marc Chagall museum, which included a series of paintings based on the Song of Solomon that included lots of red, depicting passion.  Chagall is known for his symbolic use of color.

 

 

 

 

Pam also visited Notre-Dame de la Garde, (literally Our Lady of the Guard) a Catholic basilica in Marseille, France.

 

Pam took over 700 photos on the trip on her brand new Samsung 7 phone.  It was legal to bring her Samsung 7 on a plane when she left on the trip, but she was not permitted to bring it on the plane when she came back.    Fortunately, she was able to upload her photos to the Cloud before her departure!

UPCOMING EVENTS

 

 

Richfield Symphonic Holiday Band Concert and     Post-Concert Richfield Rotary Club Social

Sunday, December 4

NOTE TIME CHANGE:  

Concert at 4:00 PM, Social follows (@6:00 PM)

Concert at Richfield United Methodist Church - 5835 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55419

Post Concert Social at the home of David and Mary Martha Butler, 7072 Lyndale Ave. So., Richfield MN 55423.  Please bring a beverage and appetizer to share.

Please click here to RSVP.
 
 

A Season of Peace Concert - December 3 and 4

Former member Steve Larson invites us to attend a holiday concert featuring the South Metro Chorale, in which he  performs as a tenor.  As noted in the flyer at left, the December 4 performance is at St. Richard's Catholic Church in Richfield.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

Save the Date! 

Richfield Rotary Dinner and Silent Auction 

Friday, January 6, 2016, 6:00 PM

City Bella Condos, 2nd floor

6600 Lyndale Ave. So., Richfield

Stay Tuned for more Details!
 

RICHFIELD ROTARY IN SERVICE - HELP WANTED!!

Richfield Rotary Embraces "Service Above Self"

Please note new opportunities to volunteer and sign up!

Dictionary Project

Since 2006, Richfield Rotary Club has provided dictionaries to every third grader in Richfield, whether public, private, parochial or home schooled.  

Thanks to Pam Serdar for serving as project coordinator in 2016 and to Barb and John Devlin, Kirsten Nelson, and Haekyung Nelson (our former server at Champps, pictured at right with her son, Tyler) for delivering dictionaries to Richfield STEM School on November 22.  

 

 

Upcoming deliveries and volunteers are listed below.  

Note:  One more volunteer is needed on November 30.  Please click here to let Pam know if you can help out on November 30, or if you'd like to team up with existing volunteers on other dates listed.

Wed Nov. 30, 10:30 AM - Richfield Dual Language School (7001 Elliot Ave. So.)
  • Jean Fox and Carly Thomas Kidd (parent of 3rd grader)
  • Chip Groth
  • One more volunteer needed
Thurs.Dec. 1, 9:30 AM - Centennial Elementary (7315 Bloomington Ave. So.)
  • John and Barb Devlin 
  • Chip Groth
Thurs. Dec. 8, 9:30 AM - Partnership Academy (305 E 77th Street)
  • Pat Dale
  • Chip Groth

 

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 December 1: 

(No delivery on November 24, Thanksgiving Day)

December 1 - David Butler

 

Contact Barb Devlin if you can deliver bread on one of the remaining dates in December:

 

December 8 - 

December 15 - 

December 22 - 

December 30 - 

 
Click here to review the Bread of Hope procedures.  
 
A big thanks to our volunteers!
 
 

SOCK-IT-TO-ME!

 
Since 2010, Richfield Rotary has donated warm socks at Christmas to Cabrini Partnership in Minneapolis, which provides housing and services to support homeless adults with mental illness and chemical dependency to strengthen their lives, families and community.  The Richfield Rotary Foundation has budgeted $300 for this year's program, and Past President Sally Parks has offered to purchase socks.  
 
Individual Rotarians are also welcome to make a cash donation and / or contribute socks, no later than our Rotary meeting on Thursday, December 8. 
Please make checks payable to the Richfield Rotary Foundation.  The goal is to provide 150 total pairs of socks, 75 for men and 75 for women, which will be distributed at Cabrini's Christmas party.
 
 
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Meeting Assignments through January 2017
 
Date
Program
Thought for Week
Sergeant at Arms

12/01/16

CLUB ASSEMBLY - CHIP GROTH

JAY CLARK

JEAN FOX

12/08/16

STEVE UNOWSKY BARB DEVLIN BARB DEVLIN

12/15/16

LYNNE ALEXANDER

PAT DALE

JOHN DEVLIN

12/22/16

BARB DEVLIN

JOHN DEVLIN

PAT DALE

12/29/16

KIRSTEN NELSON

JEAN FOX

NATALIE LANDWEHR

01/05/17
CLUB ASSEMBLY - CHIP GROTH
 
NATALIE LANDWEHR DAVID MELCHER
01/12/17
DAVID BUTLER
 
DAVID MELCHER KIRSTEN NELSON
01/19/17
JAY CLARK
 
KIRSTEN NELSON MORRIS NILSEN
01/26/17
PAT DALE
 
MORRIS NILSEN PAM SERDAR
 
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.  (Click here to see the full assignment schedule through April 2017.)  Thank you.
 
 
 
Upcoming Programs and Thought for the Week
Upcoming Programs
 

November 24 - NO MEETING - HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

December 1 - Club Assembly - Chip Groth

December 8 - Superintendent Steve Unowsky - "Richfield High School Transformation and the 7-Period School Day"

 

Thought for the Week
 

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