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March 24 Meeting Reminder

 

SAA:  Chip Groth

Thought for the Week:  Jean Fox

Program:  Club Assembly

There will be reports and discussion concerning several key items, including the following:
• Club meeting space, following the closing of Champps Restaurant
◦ Interim meeting space through end of April - Richfield History Center
◦ Alternatives within and outside of Richfield
• Update from Laura Briggs - March Madness Polio Plus FUN-raiser
• Rotary-sponsored community program (See attached for background information and volunteer sign-up)
◦ Update (via e-mail) from Jean Fox
◦ Who has volunteered to do what?
◦ What else needs to be done?
 
Come to the meeting and participate in club planning and decision-making.
 
 

March 17 Meeting Highlights

 

New Meeting Location

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.

Happy Dollars

 
  • 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.”

 

March Madness Fun-Raiser for Polio Plus

 

The NCAA Tournament is underway, and Rotarians (and friends) who made a $20 donation to PolioPlus are "playing the brackets."

Winners will receive an assortment of gift cards donated by Richfield Rotarians.  

Laura Briggs will provide an update at our March 24 Club Assembly. 

Thanks to Laura for heading up this "Fun-Raiser" - having fun while contributing to the eradication of Polio!

 

RICHFIELD ROTARY IN SERVICE

Richfield Rotary Embraces "Service Above Self"

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 is the list of delivery dates and volunteers through March:
 
March 24 Chip Groth
March 31 John Devlin

 

A sign-up sheet for April and May will be coming around soon!

 

Click here to review the Bread of Hope procedures.
 

 

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A big "thank you" to Chip Groth for filling in as e-Spokester editor during my month-long absence!
 
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Meeting Assignments through May 2016
 
Date
Program
Thought for Week
Sergeant at Arms
03/31/16 STEVE LARSON CHIP GROTH JOHN DEVLIN
04/07/16 DAVID MELCHER JOHN DEVLIN STEVE LARSON
04/14/16 PAM SERDAR STEVE LARSON DAVID MELCHER
04/21/16 BARB DEVLIN DAVID MELCHER PAM SERDAR
04/28/16 CLUB ASSEMBLY - ANTHONY BRADFORD PAM SERDAR LYNNE ALEXANDER
05/05/16 TOMMY THOMPSON LYNNE ALEXANDER JOHN DEVLIN
05/12/16 JEAN FOX JOHN DEVLIN MORRIS NILSEN
05/19/16 PAT DALE MORRIS NILSEN TOM TUTTLE
05/26/16 LATANYA DANIELS OR ANOTHER PRINCIPAL TOM TUTTLE JAY CLARK
 
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.
 
Upcoming Programs and Thought for the Week
Upcoming Programs

 

March 31 - Joe Dettlaff - Minnesota United Soccer Team (Be sure to invite any soccer fans you know!)

April 7 - The owners of Minnesota Awesome,a Richfield company that sells high quality apparel that reflects Minnesota pride! 

April 14 - Willie Dean, Executive Director, will tell us about YouthCare and one of its most popular programs, Camp Sunrise

April 21 - Khalil Houri from the Islamic Resource Group (IRG) will share Islamic beliefs and practices, correct common misperceptions concerning Islam, and respond to any questions we may have.    

 
 
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