Jean Fox and Barb Devlin represented Richfield Rotary at this year’s District Conference.
The keynote speakers and breakout sessions were excellent, thanks to the fact that Districts 5950 and 5960 were both sharing in the cost.
The keynote luncheon speaker was author, leadership speaker, and wilderness guide Chris Heeter, who used some of her favorite sled dogs to highlight some important lessons about leadership and teamwork:
- Need to try different approaches with different people
- Everybody has gifts. We just need to look for them.
- It’s not enough to show what you know; first, you need to show that you care.
Mary Beth Growney Selene, a Rotary International Director from 2013-2015, served as the official RI Representative at the Conference. Mary Beth also facilitated excellent breakout sessions on attracting and engaging membership, and designing local and international projects that last.
In addition to formal meetings, conference attendees also visited the “Hall of Friendship” to learn about other Rotary Clubs’ projects and activities, and helped with the “Service in a Day” project, to assemble feminine hygiene kits to benefit girls around the world. The goal was to assemble 450 hygiene kits, but over double that number were completed by the end of the day!
The District Conference is a great way to learn more about Rotary, get new ideas, and meet some great Rotarians from other clubs. Make a commitment to attend next year!!
Richfield High School Principal Latanya Daniels brought 12 High School Juniors and Seniors to the annual District 3 Ethics Luncheon held at Edina Country club. Students enjoyed a delicious lunch and important conversation with Rotarians and listened to a powerful presentation by Dave Irvin who talked about what happens when good people make bad decisions.
Dave Irvin had a privileged upbringing and as an adult was a father of 4, coached a youth hockey team and held an executive position. On a dare, one day he tried cocaine, and gradually became dependent. Because he could afford it, he started buying cocaine for himself and friends in larger quantities. He thought he was just being efficient and helpful to his buddies and never realized he had moved into the classification of dealing. He was finally caught when he was set up by a friend who had been recently arrested for cocaine use.
When he was arrested he immediately thought "what will I tell my family, what will I tell my work colleagues, and well now I can finally quit." Rather than fight the arrest conviction he decided to take full responsibility for his actions and ended up serving a year and a day in a federal prison in Duluth. He remembers the officer telling him after the arrest that "you may not believe it now but this will be good for you"
The loss of dignity and respect was devastating but he is now rebuilding his life, renewing friendships whenever possible, gainfully employed (although not at his former executive position) and is seeking to make amends.
Richfield Rotary is now meeting in the 2nd floor Conference Room of
RICHFIELD / BLOOMINGTON HONDA, 501 W. 77th Street in Richfield
To get there: From Lyndale Avenue, drive east on 77th Street Park. Park on the east side of the building, enter the building through the service entrance, go through the glass doors on the right, and take the elevators or stairway to the second floor. Once you’re on the second floor, walk past the restrooms, take a right, and the conference room is the last door on the left, just before the opening into the auto showroom. (If you wander around long enough, you’ll find it!!)
Breakfast Buffet: For just $10, you'll enjoy a delicious breakfast buffet prepared by Beautiful Day Catering.
Come and Join Us!!
Barb and John Devlin attended the April 9 District Assembly, led by incoming District Governor Mark Hegstrom of the Edina Morningside Rotary Club.
Mark’s used a stool to encapsulate his key messages. Mark reminded us, “Each of the support legs to make our clubs successful, vibrant, and to better serve humanity.”
Some highlights of Mark’s remarks:
“A club in motion has emotion. Vibrant clubs are active; they do things.”
“Vibrant clubs have fun while engaging in service.”
“Clubs can convey vibrancy through publications, websites and Facebook pages that include pictures of members doing things and having fun.”
The break-out sessions included a grant-writing session led by (L to R) Don Stiles, Todd Bollig and Irene Kelly, attended by Barb Devlin. John attended sessions on visioning and engaging members.
The May 12-13 District Conference will provide another opportunity for members to learn more about and contribute to Rotary.
It's a wrap! Dave Melcher prevailed in our March Madness Fun-Raiser for Polio Plus, and will receive an assortment of gift cards as a prize.
Rotarians (and friends) each donated $20 to "play the brackets," raising a total of $380 to support Polio Plus!
Thanks to Laura Briggs for organizing this!
School District Principal Member Proposed; Attendance Rotation Announced
Superintendent Steven Unowsky has proposed that Richfield High School Principal Latanya Daniels be installed as a member of Richfield Rotary, in the category of school building administration. Latanya would take the place of former RHS principal Jason Wenschlag, who left Richfield to become principal of Minnehaha Academy. This is the second notice of her proposed membership. Absent any objections, Latanya will be inducted into membership at our December 3 meeting.
As was the case in 2014-2015, Superintendent Unowsky has asked Latanya to rotate attendance with other building principals in the district. A schedule has been created, with one building principal scheduled to attend the second meeting of each month during the school year. The principals attending by month are:
- December - Jodi Markworth, Sheridan Hills Elementary School
- January - Marta Shahsavand, Richfield Dual Language School (RDLS)
- February - Brian Zambrino, Richfield Middle School
- March - Jason Sellars, Director, Richfield Career Education Center
- April - Lee Ann Wise, Centennial Elementary School
- May - Joey Page, Richfield Science, Technology, Engineering and Math School (R-STEM)
- June - Latanya Daniels, Richfield High School
Superintendent Unowsky continues as a Rotary member under the category of school district administration. Steven plans to rotate attendance with three other district administrators:
- Mary Clarkson (Director of Special Programs)
- Craig Holje (Chief Human Resources / Administrative Officer)
- Leadriane Roby (Assistant Superintendent).
Sergeant At Arms: Steve Jedlund
Thought for the Week: Jean Fox
Program: Tommy Thompson - "The Minneapolis Freeway Story"
Tommy Thompson is the only person still alive who was involved in the construction of the metro area freeway system. Federal and State officials have asked Tommy to share his recollections, and Tommy's Rotary program will be a “trial run” of his upcoming presentation to these officials. Maybe Tommy will explain how that near-90 degree turn came about at the 35W / 94 merge!
In lieu of our regular meeting, Richfield Rotarians joined with other Area Three
Rotarians for the annual Veterans Day Luncheon at Edina Country Club.
Tommy Thompson (right), a veteran of the U.S. Navy, was one of several World War II veterans recognized for their service. Thank you, Tommy!
U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (left) was one of several public officials who attended the luncheon. Senator Klobuchar had just attended a Veterans Day Ceremony at Richfield STEM School that was "unlike any other ceremony” she had ever attended. STEM students escorted their parents, grandparents, or other relatives who were veterans into the gymnasium, as other students looked on with respect. Regardless the venue or attendees’ political leanings, Senator Klobuchar reminded us all “to stand together for those who have served us.”
The keynote speaker was Ret. Major General Paul Rehkamp who gave 35 years of Army service. He commanded the 88th Army Reserve Command at Ft. Snelling and later served on the Department of the Army Staff in the Pentagon. Rehkamp reminded us that, to the 45 million Americans who have worn the uniform during our nation’s history, “military service is not just a job. . . Americans must continue to serve, to maintain our watch and must be willing and strong enough to defend our country.” He concluded, “Freedom is not free. It requires the commitment and resolve of the American people.”
Thanks to President-Elect Chip Groth for serving on the planning committee for this inspiring event.
Barb Devlin received an e-mail message from Dave Melcher “requesting to be removed from the [program] calendar at this time. I am recovering from a shattered collar bone and multiple broken ribs. I am unable to drive, which I would need to do for Rotary meetings then getting down town for work. I am either working from home or taking the bus currently,” but hopes he “will be getting back in the swing of things soon.”
David - Please know that your friends at Rotary are thinking of you and hoping for a smooth recovery. We miss you!
Note: David is hoping that someone else in the club can step up and take his program on October 8. Please let Barb Devlin know if you can help out.
Also, David has a wonderful philosophy about injury and recovery, which is included as this week’s Thought for the Week. Be sure to check it out!
On Thursday, August 20, District Visioning Team leaders Gayle Noakes (left) and Russ Michaletz facilitated a joint visioning session that included 5 representatives each from Bloomington Daymakers and Richfield Rotary Clubs and the President of the Bloomington Noon Rotary Club. President Anthony Bradford, John and Barb Devlin, Jean Fox, and President-Elect Chip Groth represented the Richfield Rotary Club. District Governor Tim Murphy also attended.
Club Similarities and Differences
Representatives of each club shared highlights regarding club membership; priorities; community, international, and vocational service activities; and fund-raising.
Similarities noted among clubs included a focus on youth (especially teens); active member engagement in projects (“sweat equity”); international project focused on India; all have membership and fund-raising as priorities.
Differences include Richfield’s efforts to reflect the community’s diverse demographics in membership recruitment, service priorities, and club activities. Differences in club size also create differences in communication and fund-raising strategies and results.
Areas of Consensus
Following small group discussion and sharing, the whole group identified the following areas of consensus:
- No merger of clubs at this time
- Pursue opportunities for collaboration among clubs such as periodic joint service projects and meetings. JSchedule periodic multi-club social / networking events A representative of Bloomington Daymakers will convene
- Expand cross-club communications to increase awareness of make-up, networking and service opportunities across clubs.
Small group reporters included Barb Devlin (far left), Mark (center) and Jason (right) from the Bloomington Daymakers Club.
- Club presidents will ask their respective club service chairs (David Butler and/or Marlene Evenson for Richfield Rotary) to discuss possible collaborative service projects.
- Jean Fox volunteered to meet other club representatives to plan some joint meetings.
- Mark from the Daymakers Club will convene the club social chairs to plan one or more joint club social / networking events.
Special thanks to Daymakers President Stephanie Smith for making the meeting arrangements, to Gayle Noakes and Russ Michaletz for facilitating, and to District Governor Tim Murphy for his attendance and support.
Bloomington Daymakers President Stephanie Smith and Richfield Rotary President Anthony Bradford are planning opportunities for members from both cubs to interact and get to know one another.
To get things started, Anthony is seeking 3-5 members to attend the Daymakers meeting on Friday, August 14, 7:29 AM at the Bloomington Hilton, 3900 American Blvd. West. Volunteers to date include Jean Fox, Steve Larson and Pam Serdar. Let Anthony Bradford know if you would like to attend as well.
Those attending should be willing to give a mini-classification talk of up to 6 minutes that includes 1-2 minutes about each of the following topics:
- yourself / background
- Your profession and / or major volunteer work
- What attracted you to Rotary and why you stay active
Visual aids are encouraged. As an example, Stephanie’s role as a Mom is represented by car keys for driving around her son Caleb; her work in sports medicine is represented by a stethoscope, and her commitment to Rotary is signified by an End polio pin.
Thanks to incoming President Anthony Bradford for organizing a wonderful club social on Saturday, June 20 to celebrate John Devlin’s year as president.
Backstage Tour of the Guthrie Theater
(L to R) Jean and Denny Fox, Barb and John Devlin, Chris Gaukel, Pat Dale, Anthony Bradford, Marlene Evenson, Chip Groth, and David and Mary Martha Butler enjoyed a guided, behind the scenes look through the thrust and proscenium stages, scene and costume shops, and rehearsal rooms. We even got to meet two actors who were getting ready for a noon rehearsal of the Music Man!
Lunch at Sawatdee Restaurant
After the tour, we enjoyed Thai food at Sawatdee, where we were joined by Tommy and Lavonne Thompson (left front).
A fun time was had by all!!
Thought for Week
Sergeant at Arms
|06/30/16||ANTHONY BRADFORD||STEVE JEDLUND||JOHN DEVLIN|
|07/07/16||MORRIS NILSEN||JOHN DEVLIN||STEVE LARSON|
|07/14/16||KIRSTEN NELSON||STEVE LARSON||DAVID MELCHER|
|07/21/16||JOHN DEVLIN||DAVID MELCHER||PAM SERDAR|
|07/28/16||CLUB ASSEMBLY - CHIP GROTH||PAM SERDAR||LYNNE ALEXANDER|
|08/04/16||DAVID BUTLER||LYNNE ALEXANDER||JOHN DEVLIN|
|08/11/16||JAY CLARK||JOHN DEVLIN||MORRIS NILSEN|
|08/18/16||BARB DEVLIN||MORRIS NILSEN||KIRSTEN NELSON|
|08/25/16||DAVID MELCHER||KIRSTEN NELSON||JAY CLARK|
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