New Member Induction

Chris Walsh, a member of the Webb Group at Remax Results in Edina, was inducted into Richfield Rotary, and Chip managed to “pin” Chris without drawing blood!  Chris commented, “I love living in Richfield and Rotary is a great way to become more involved in the community.”



Happy Dollars

There were lots of Happy Dollars in honor of Chris Walsh and HaeKyung Nielsen’s upcoming wedding.  There were other reasons for happiness too!

  • Jean Fox shared the thrill of watching her Son- in- law Paul became a US citizen.  Jean noted that the ceremony included people from all over the world, and especially appreciated the presiding judge’s “beautiful message” on the importance of immigrants.  
  • Jay contributed $30 happy dollars in honor of his 30th wedding anniversary.
  • David Butler was pleased to announce that, after a five-year battle, the City Council gave final approval to construction of the Richfield Band Shell.  If he looks tired, it’s because he still needs to raise another $30,000 to finalize the project!  David warns, “I may be calling you….



Announcements / Club Business

  • Chip provided a list of Richfield Rotary projects and activities, many of which take place or commence in the fall.  He noted that our next club assembly will focus on how to support these and other projects and activities.

  • Kirsten Nelson (right) provided a brief update on the Richfield Rotary CORE Group and invited club members to participate in a planning / fellowship meeting on the evening of July 27.  (See separate article below on Richfield Rotary CORE Group News.)

  • There will be no morning club meeting on August 17.  Instead, our club will join the Edina Noon club for lunch and a presentation by Neel Kashkari of the Minneapolis Federal Reserve.  

  • President Chip encourages club members to attend the upcoming District training on September 15.  (See separate announcement under Upcoming Events)

Program:  HaeKyung Nielsen, "A Korean Wedding"

HaeKyung Nielsen was born in Korea but was raised in the United States.  Although her mother wanted HaeKyung to become “Americanized,” HaeKyung developed a strong interest in other languages and cultures.  In preparation for her upcoming wedding in August, HaeKyung set out to learn more about Korean weddings, and plans to incorporate some Korean traditions into her own celebration.

A few facts about Korean weddings today:

  • The couple doesn’t meet each others’ parents until marriage is being considered.
  • No engagement ring
  • Large, formal engagement photo that is painted and presented to the parents of the bride and groom
  • Weddings are often held outdoors and incorporate Buddhist elements even if the couple is Christian.  The parents determine the guests.
  • The Pyebaek (family ceremony) is complex, with vows that must be memorized.  The couple has a year to prepare.
  • Very expensive!  The average cost is $100,000, compared with $35,000 in the U.S.  Features adding to the cost include multiple events, each requiring a separate wedding dress.  Dresses include white (signifying purity) western-style dresses and the traditional Korean gown, called a Hanbok.  HaeKyung will be wearing a Hanbok at her wedding.
  • The reception is more of a family dinner, with a money tree in lieu of gifts.  Dishes, etc. are passed down within families.
  • After the wedding, the bride remains dressed in the traditional Hanbok until the mother of the groom certifies that she can properly take care of her son- usually @ 2 days.  
  • Duck carvings serve as an ongoing barometer of the marriage relationship.  If the ducks are facing each other, all is harmonious.  However, if one or both ducks are turned away, one or both members of the couple are dissatisfied, which prompts them to work to resolve the problems.

HaeKyung - May the ducks in your marriage always be facing each other!