President Anthony Bradford reminded club members that Champps Restaurant is closing at the end of March, so he and President-Elect Chip Groth have been searching for alternative meeting locations. Our March 17 meeting was held at the Richfield History Center, where we were welcomed (L to R) by current president David Melcher, longtime RHS Board member David Butler, interim RHS Director Ruth Ann Clay, and incoming President John Wickett. The club voted to meet at the History Center through the end of April, pending completion of a search for another meeting place.
Steve Larson suggested Broadway Pizza as another possible meeting site within Richfield. Pam Serdar offered Richfield United Methodist Church as a meeting location, and John Devlin suggested the Hilton Hotel Minneapolis/Bloomington located at 3900 American Boulevard, Bloomington, MN, where the Bloomington Daymakers Club also meets. Barb and Lynne noted that, while a meeting place in Richfield may be optimal, Richfield Rotary (along with several other Rotary Clubs) met for years at the Decathlon Club in Bloomington, until the facility burned down. There will be an update and further discussion regarding our meeting location at the March 24 Club Assembly.
President Anthony thanked Lynne Alexander for the rolls, David Butler for fruit, and Marlene Evenson for plates and plastic utensils.
David Butler presented Lynne Alexander with a birthday cake and we sang a rousing rendition of Happy Birthday!
Lynne thanked everyone for the cake, and made a birthday contribution to the Richfield Rotary Foundation. She noted that she is still involved in running the family business. The print business has been closed and the building has been sold, but the art school is still running. Lynne’s focus at present is reducing the corporate structure and preparing for the annual meeting, so her attendance at Rotary will likely be “hit and miss” for the next few months.
Barb and John had a great time, but are happy to be back from their driving trip to Arizona and California, which included following portions of Route 66.
Program: Tom Tuttle - "Travels to Vietnam, Cambodia - and Cuba!"
Tom’s program focused primarily on his recent trip to Vietnam and Cambodia as part of a Northwestern University alumni tour, which included stays in Hanoi, Hi Long Bay, Da Nang, Hue Hway, Hoi An, Saigon, and Can Tho (Mee Kong Delta).
Tom reviewed key information regarding the Vietnam War (which the Vietnamese call the American War), which occurred in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia from November 1955 to the fall of Saigon in 1975. He visited Hanoi Square and the Mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh, “the hero of the country," who was a key figure in the foundation of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam in 1945 and led the People's Army of Vietnam and the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War.
Tom commented, “As a country, Vietnam is beautiful, but the city of Saigon is very crowded.” His visit to Cambodia included the Angkor Wat Temple and other temples, which he found “both beautiful and inspiring.”
Given the loosening of travel restrictions to Cuba, Tom also shared observations regarding his visits to Cuba. He shared that found the people to be “gracious” and ate in many “good, cheap restaurants." He suggests that we visit “before it gets too full of American tourists.” He also advised, “Bring plenty of cash, since U.S. credit cards are still not accepted.”
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.
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