Week of August 28, 2016


August 25 Meeting Reminder

Sergeant At Arms:  Steve Jedlund

Thought for the Week:  Jay Clark

Program:  David Feinwachs and Diane Peterson - “HMO Fraud in Minnesota” 

The primary presenter will be David Feinwachs, a health care attorney, advocate and expert on our state’s public policy regarding health care.  He will be joined by Diane Peterson, a high school classmate of Steve Larson’s who also is a health care advocate.  They will discuss the Five Billion dollars annually of taxpayer dollars that are unaccounted for in Minnesota’s HMO system.  This will be a great meeting to invite visitors to as this is a topic that affects all of us! 


August 25 Meeting Highlights


We welcomed Mark Marlin from the Minnetonka Rotary who shared information about their club’s September 8 fund-raiser. (Details in Upcoming Events section.)  

Mark shared that the Minnetonka Rotary has 53 members, including 10 members in their 30’s.  Their club has attracted new members through social media (online newsletter, Facebook page) and also makes use of two digital billboards owned by the City of Minnetonka.  Mark noted that several corporations in Minnetonka have sponsored employees as members as a way of showing support for the community.  He noted that new members “often have a prior connection to Rotary” such as a father or grandfather who was a Rotarian.  The club meets Wednesday mornings at Hopkins Eisenhower Community Center. 

We also welcomed frequent guest Mike Spencer, a member of the St. Louis Park AM Rotary Club.

Happy Dollars 

  • Chip noted that an article appeared in the Richfield Sun Current focused on our recent speaker on Islam and Muslims.  
  • Pat Dale and his wife’s 26th wedding anniversary. 
  • Dave Melcher’s birthday, plus the first anniversary of his rebuilt clavicle!  (More on that later!)
  • Mike Spencer and his wife’s 46th Anniversary.  Mike also shared that his son and daughter-in-law just welcomed an Amity Scholar from Peru, who will spend the year helping students at the Richfield Dual Language School develop their Spanish language skills.  Mike would like to schedule the Amity Scholar as a program, and suggested that our club consider ways to support the scholars during the coming year, as a club service project.
  • If you go to the State Fair, visit Dr. Kirsten Nelson at the Chiropractic booth on the 2nd floor of the Grandstand, west side.
  • Barb Devlin thanked Tommy Thompson for telling her and John about the New London to New Brighton Antique Car Parade, held a few weeks ago.  Over 70 cars manufactured in 1915 or earlier made the trek.  Barb’s favorite was a French car called the DeDion Buton (the little red car in the photo).

Program:  David Melcher, "The Clavicle Chronicles"

After he struck out on two speakers, Dave Melcher presented “The Clavicle Chronicles,” a 9-part account of his terrible bike accident a year ago, and his long recovery.  A few excerpts:

Part 1:  David’s only memory of the accident was “a weird negative movie-like image of my front wheel wobbling” and the thought, “Oh this is not gonna be good.”

Parts 2 and 3:  David discovers that, not only does he have a broken collarbone, but 7 broken ribs!   Needless to say, he decides that an operation is in order.

Part 4:  David’s operation is scheduled for August 25, the day before his birthday.  One of the OR nurses says, “Oh you poor dear.  This is no way to spend a birthday.”  David replied, “That’s Ok I’m getting a new clavicle for my birthday.”  The operation takes longer than anticipated because David’s collarbone was not just broken, it was “shattered.”  The solution?  “A plate and 9 screws” followed by the following “pain reduction routine:  Pretzels to settle the stomach, pills, water, oblivion.  3 hours.  Repeat."

Part 5:  Dave is largely oblivious to the “Happy Birthday” calls, wishes, and gifts her received on August 26.  The only thing he remembers is whining, “I don’t want any more pretzels.”

Part 6:  Dave experiences the ups and downs of the healing process.  He heeds the mantra:  “Mending not mended.  My freedom is limited.”  Despite the pain, he participates in physical therapy, which “hurts in a good way.”

Parts 7-9:  After being cleared by his doctor on February 17, Dave exclaims, “I can ski the Birkie!”  With no advanced training, no right arm strength, and little kick to his skis, David skis the race for the 30th year running, finishing at 6:30 PM.  Following a reminder from his wife, Joan, David rediscovers the Camelback water bottles Joan gave him for his birthday. 

The moral of this story?  Check out the “Thought for the Week” for David's parting wisdom!



Richfield Rotary Embraces "Service Above Self"

Richfield PENN FEST

 Sunday, September 18, 12:00–4:00 pm along Penn Avenue in Richfield

Volunteers are needed to hand out information and help direct people to events and locations.  

Shift options are 11:00 am–2:00 pm, and 2:00-5:00 pm. 

Let Chip Groth know if you can volunteer and what shift you prefer.  
We hope to provide at least two Richfield Rotarians for each shift.
(Note:  Chip Groth is also working with Optimists about the possibility of sharing an information booth.  More info coming.)


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: 

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!


Minnetonka Rotary Fund-raiser


The Minnetonka Rotary is sponsoring a Charity Golf Outing, “Links & Libations” on Thursday, September 8th, 2016 at Glen Lake Golf Course located just west of the intersection of Hwy 494 and Hwy 62.  In addition to golf, Local Craft Beers and other Wineries will be there with beverages for taste testing. The third part of the event is a silent auction, with a variety of great products and services available from our community .

Click here for more information and to register.


Past President's Celebration!

Saturday, September 17

9:40 AM - James J. Hill House

Tour starts at 10 AM

240 Summit AvenueSaint PaulMinnesota 55102

Lunch to follow 
Spouses / significant others welcome.
Cost - $10 for tour ($8 seniors), plus lunch
RSVP to Chip Groth

Rotary District 5950

One Rotary Summit
(formerly Fall Training)


Friday, September 23, 2016
8:30 - 1:00 PM

Lafayette Country Club

2800 Northview Road
Minnetonka Beach, MN

Experience our new format for training - One Rotary Summit

Two group discussions with a focus on how Membership, Foundation and PR intersect in Rotary.  Richfield Rotary members work as a team to explore new possibilities for our club.  

8:45 - 9:00 AM Opening Remarks
9:00-11:30 AM  Two breakout sessions with a snack break
11:30 - 1:00 PM  Lunch and Speaker:  Liz Diedrich (Marketing & PR expert)

Click here for more information and to register.




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Meeting Assignments through September 2016
Thought for Week
Sergeant at Arms
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

September 8 - Club Assembly

September 15 - Anthony Bradford is working on it!


Thought for the Week

Follow your doctor’s orders.

PT works.  Follow your PT’s instructions.

Metamucil is the best drug.

The Beatles were right – You can get by with a little help from your friends.


Wisdon from David Melcher in "The Clavicle Chronicles"

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