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Week of January 10, 2016
 
 
 
Meeting Reminder
January 14 Meeting Reminder

SAA and Thought for the Week:  John Devlin

Program:  John Devlin and Steve Jedlund -  Our Rotary Foundations and Why They Matter

Through pictures and words, John and Steve will refresh our knowledge about The Rotary Foundation (TRF) and Richfield Rotary Foundation (RRF), their impact, and how we can support both foundations.  Be present to help provide testimony to our collective accomplishments!
Highlights of Previous Meeting
January 7 Meeting Highlights
 

Happy Dollars and Announcements

  • Marlene Evenson placed thank you notes at each table from third graders and teachers at Sheridan Hills, STEM, and Partnership Academy.  After five years heading up the project, she thanked Pam Serdar who has volunteered to take over the Dictionary Project next year.  Pam said, "It will be easy.  It's all organized!”  (See Rotary in Service story to read excerpts from teacher and student thank you letters.)
  • Several Rotarians announced upcoming travels:  President Anthony to Maine (January 17-30); Marlene on a cruise to the Panama Canal (January);  Jean and Denny Fox to the California coast (February and March); and Barb and John Devlin (mid-February to mid-March).  Happy travels, all, and don't forget all your Rotarian friends back in Richfield!
  • Anthony thanked President-Elect Chip Groth for being willing to fill in for him during his upcoming absence.

Program:  Jack Anderson - "Salsa for a Cause"  

Jack Anderson is a senior at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter MN, majoring in business management and political science, and serving as president of  GAC General Benefit Corporation, which sells Doc E. Salsa to raise money to support safe water in Africa.  

Jack came up with the idea of forming a business while in college after participating in “three unsatisfying internships” in which he  “didn't have an opportunity to make significant decisions.”  Jack, two other students, and their “absent-minded professor, Doc E.” formed GAC General Benefit Corporation with two purposes:  (1) to provide experiential business education to GAC students; and (2) to dedicate corporate profits toward a worthy cause.  The students decided to focus on fresh, safe water, in partnership with a small non-profit, Water to Thrive” that builds wells in Africa.

The group then had to decide what product to sell.  Doc E. mentioned that he had been producing salsa on his own and selling it at farmers' markets, and offered to give Jack the recipe if he wanted to sell the product on a larger scale.  With the help of “angel investors” on and off campus, the product was developed (scaling up the recipe), and a sales and marketing plan was developed and executed, with adjustments along the way in response to unforeseen opportunities and challenges. 

Doc E. Salsa got into grocery stores in March 2015, including selected Twin Cities area Lunds and Byerlies stores.  Jack observed, “Sales have gone well, although capital is always lean.”

Jack continued, “A big turning point for the business was the holiday season, when company from Washington DC contacted them to ask for 300 gift packages of their salsa.”  The baskets were made and ready to send when the order was cancelled.  “It was a bleak situation, and we were very worried about company finances.”

In response, the corporation decided to try to sell the packages online.  Their goal was to sell 450 baskets; they built a website, started a social media campaign, and pushed for press coverage.  Their big break was when Jason DeRusha interviewed Jack on radio, followed by a TV appearance, and when Lunds / Byerlies agreed to stock gift baskets at an expanded number of locations over the holidays.  In all, the corporation sold 465 gift baskets, enough to fund the construction of a well in Ethiopia.

Jack isn’t sure what will happen to the business after he graduates.  “I hope new students will take it over,” both to get direct experience in business, and  to be part of “the new age of social entrepreneurship.”

Following the meeting, Jean Fox accompanied Jack to Lakewinds Coop, in hopes of landing yet another site for their “salsa with a cause!”

UPCOMING EVENTS

Joint Club Happy Hour Social With Bloomington Daymakers

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January 12, 2016, 6:00 PM  

                                   Bloomington Hilton, France Ave. and 494

                                    (We'll gather in the Bar!)

 
                                              Spouses, significant others, and other guests welcomed.  
                                Be there or be square!!
 

 

 

 

 

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:

 

January 14 Laura Briggs
January 21 John Devlin
January 28 Chip Groth
February 4 Barb Devlin
February 11 Pat Dale
February 18 Marlene Evenson
February 25 Pam Serdar
March 3 Anthony Bradford
March 10 Marlene Evenson
March 17 Pat Dale
March 24 Chip Groth
March 31 John Devlin

 

Thanks to all those who signed up!

 

Click here to review the Bread of Hope procedures.
 

 

Dictionary Project:  More Teachers and Students Say "Thank you!"

At our last meeting, Marlene Evenson shared more thank you notes from students and staff from Sheridan Hills, and STEM Schools along with Partnership Academy. 

Teacher Sandy Sandvig from STEM wrote,

Thank you for providing each child in my class with a dictionary.  The children use them at least once each week to find definitions for their vocabulary words.  As you will read in their letters, they also enjoy looking at other pieces of information included in it.  I appreciate your generosity.

Many of the students wrote detailed letters telling about themselves, what they liked or noticed about their new dictionaries, and how they plan to use it.  Following are some of the things students noticed and liked about their new dictionaries:

“I noticed many kinds of interesting things in the dictionary like it had sign language on the back of the dictionary andthe longest word in the English language on p. 373 and it is in a-b-c-order and the planets are on the back of the dictionary and information about cloud cycles.”  Faysal

“Some things that I like about my dictionary are:  It has sign language.  I can learn the definitions of words with it.  I can learn the longest word in the English language; it’s 1,909 letters! It has most of the words in our language, and it tells about presidents from all over the world.”  Margo 

“I really like the literacy help because then I can get better at reading and writing.  I also really like the solar system.  I just find the moon so interesting.”  Ava

Next week’s e-Spokester will highlight how students plan to  use their dictionaries.

Thanks again to Marlene Evenson for coordinating the Dictionary Project for the past five years, and to Pam Serdar who has volunteered to coordinate the project in 2016-2017.  Pam commented, “It will be easy - Everything is already organized!”

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Meeting Assignments through March 2016
 
Date
Program
Thought for Week
Sergeant at Arms
01/14/16 JOHN DEVLIN LYNNE ALEXANDER JOHN DEVLIN
01/21/16 MORRIS NILSEN JOHN DEVLIN JAY CLARK
01/28/16 LAURA BRIGGS JAY CLARK TOM TUTTLE
02/04/16 JOHN DEVLIN TOM TUTTLE STEVE JEDLUND
02/11/16 BARB DEVLIN STEVE JEDLUND BARB DEVLIN
02/18/16 CLUB ASSEMBLY - ANTHONY BRADFORD BARB DEVLIN DAVID BUTLER
02/25/16 DAVID BUTLER DAVID BUTLER TOMMY THOMPSON
03/03/16 JAY CLARK TOMMY THOMPSON PAT DALE
03/10/16 BARB DEVLIN PAT DALE MARLENE EVENSON
03/17/16 STEVE JEDLUND MARLENE EVENSON JEAN FOX
03/24/16 CLUB ASSEMBLY - ANTHONY BRADFORD JEAN FOX CHIP GROTH
03/31/16 STEVE LARSON CHIP GROTH JOHN DEVLIN
 
NOTE:   See attached for draft assignments through June 2016.  Let John Devlin know if you will be gone for a block of time so he can adjust the schedule accordingly.  
 
Upcoming Programs and Thought for the Week
Upcoming Programs

 

 

January 21 - Morris Nilsen is working on it!

 

January 28 - Laura Briggs is working on it!

 

February 4 -  John Devlin is working on it!

 

February 11 - Mary Clarkson, Director of Special Programs, Richfield Public Schools, will present a two-part program:  an update on special programs in Richfield and information about how schools and districts work to prevent / minimize student violence in the schools.

February 18 - Club Assembly

March 10 - In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, District 5950 Polio Chair Tim Mulcrone will attend the meeting as his alter ego, “Paddy O’Toole” to tell us (with all the charm of the Irish!) why it’s important to stop polio.

 
 
 
Thought for the Week
 
Not everything that is faced
can be changed;
but nothing can be changed
until it is faced.
 
-James Baldwin
 
 

Window on Rotary

"Every impact you have as a Rotarian, individually and through your club, is multiplied by the power of our numbers.  When you feed one person who is hungry, when you educate one person who is illiterate, when you protect one child from disease, the impact may seem small.  It is anything but.  For it is only through the power of numbers, through the power of our individual actions and gifts, that we can have the impact we seek:  to truly Be a Gift to the World."
 
                         --RI President K.R.Ravindran
 

 

The Four-Way Test of the Things we Think, Say or Do

 

1.  Is it the truth?

2.  Is it fair to all concerned?

3.  Will it build good will and better friendships?

4.  Will it be beneficial to all concerned?


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