We welcomed two special guests, Mike Spencer of the St. Louis Park Sunrise Rotary Club (left) and Lloyd Campbell of the Glenwood Rotary Club and District 5950 Membership Chair (right). 
Lloyd commented, “I have heard about Richfield Rotary’s Relaunch initiative and wanted to come and check it out!” 
When asked about club size, Lloyd noted that 20 members are required to charter a new club, but that there is no minimum number once a club is chartered.  “What is most important is that the members have a passion to contribute to the community.” 


Club Business / Announcements

  • Relaunch update; a separate communication to current and potential members will be sent out within the next week. 

  • The Rotary / VEAP Student Hunger Project is continuing in 2019-2020.  Chip has volunteered to serve as a crew leader.  Contact Don Stiles of Bloomington Noon Rotary if you would like to help out 1-2 evenings during the school year. 

  • Approved a Richfield Rotary Foundation expenditure of $300 for participation in the District 5950 Warm Hands / Heads / Hearts Program, which provides hats, mittens and gloves to needy children in the Richfield Public Schools.  Chip Groth volunteered to pick up the hats and mittens; Steve Unowsky will identify an additional volunteer from the schools.

  • Lloyd Campbell gave an update as District 5950 Membership Chair:

    • Results of member survey coming out soon.

    • Membership contest starting in October – awards include greatest percentage increase in membership.

    • Two new specialty Rotary Clubs being formed, an online Passport Club, targeted to people under age 40, and The Rotary Club of Minnesota Veterans.  Click here for more information about the Veterans Club, and pass the information along to any veterans you think might be interested.

    • Lloyd encourages Richfield Rotary to pursue the Rotary Community Corp concept as a way to expand our volunteer base and attract new members.

Program:  New Member Presentation - John DeBettignies

John DeBettignies is new to Richfield Rotary but was previously a member of the Eagan Noon Rotary Club.  He stated that he comes to Rotary “with a servant’s heart,” believing in Rotary’s commitment to service. 
John has spent 22 years in the finance industry, and moved from banking to the credit industry because it involves service to the community and helping others.  John and his wife, Angie, both grew up in Apple Valley, and live in Rosemount.  They have two daughters, ages 19 and 22, and a 16-year old son, Tyler.  
John has been employed at RBCU for three years as its Director of Member Services.  Currently, RBCU is making plans for Member Appreciation Days, August 22 – September 3.  A new feature this year will be a blood drive, scheduled for Friday, August 30 from 9 AM – 3 PM at all RBCU locations.  John invites Rotarians to participate!

Nominee for President-Elect

True to his “servant’s heart,” John DeBettignies has expressed a willingness to serve as President-Elect for 2019 – 2020, upon an affirmative vote of the club at our September 12 meeting.  As President-Elect, John will preside during absences of the President, and will assume the role of President in 2020-2021.  Thank you, John!