March 16 Meeting Reminder

Sergeant at Arms:  Latanya Daniels or other School Principal

Thought for the Week: Pat Dale

Program:  Agnes Danzl - "My Service as a World War II Aviator"

Agnes Danzl has lived a life of adventure, including service in the Women’s Air Corps during WWII.  She’ll share some of her stories with us, including what it was like to be one of the few women serving our country during WWII.  (We'll want to remember to invite Agnes to our next Area 3 Veterans Day Luncheon!)


March 9, 2017 Meeting Highlights

Thought for the Week

After attending a memorial service for a close friend and noting the outpouring of love by those who knew him, Jay Clark reflected, “What's important in life is not necessarily what we do in our professional lives, but the relationships we have and the people we surround ourselves with.”  So true, Jay.

Happy Dollars and Announcements

  • Jay Clark announced that the club will be “doing the brackets again this year” both for fun and as a fund-raiser for Polio Plus.  Check out the article below for details about participating and donating to the Rotary Foundation / Polio Plus.  
  • Dave Melcher contributed $2:  a “Disappointment Dollar” because the Berkebeiner Ski Race was cancelled, and a Happy Dollar for the beer he drank to console himself!     
  • Pam Serdar shared that both Tommy and Lavonne Thompson are encountering some serious health issues.  Our thoughts and prayers are extended to both of them.  Tommy - We hope you will be able to return to Rotary meetings soon!                                   
  • HaeKyung Nielsen just ordered her wedding dress.  It will be a Korean design and made in Korea, so HaeKyung hopes it doesn't get lost in the mail!  And one other exciting piece of news:   Her son placed 3rd in the Cub Scout Pinewood Derby!

Program:  Karl Wilbur and Ben Yaeger - “YMCA and Youth"

Karl Wilbur, Membership Director for the Southdale YMCA, reminded us, "The Y is more than a swim and a gym.”  Indeed, the Y provides “many life changing experiences on a daily basis.”

As a case in point, Karl introduced Ben Yaeger, a sophomore at Minneapolis Roosevelt High School who has participated in the YMCA’s Youth in Government Program (YIG) for three years.  Ben shared that about 1500 youth in grades 8-12 across Minnesota participate each year.  Eighth graders learn to write a bill as part of a Leadership Corps, while students in grades 9-12 take roles in the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of government. ​​​​​​​

One of Ben’s favorite experiences was writing a bill to reinstate voting rights to felons who have completed their sentences.  Ben stated that he is “passionate” about this cause, which “seems like common sense” if you look at it through a “racial, social, and economic justice lens.”  Beyond YIG, Ben organized  student rallies in four Minneapolis schools in support of voting rights, to raise awareness of the issue.

Ben supports YIG as “a great way to develop leadership skills” but knows that the $400 per student cost prevents many deserving students from participating.  As a partial solution, Ben solicited contributions and formed a YIG club at Roosevelt with support from a YMCA after school program called Beacons.  The club raised $2500, allowing four students to participate in YIG.  Ben’s friend Muhammad Assan played the role of a state senator and reported that YIG “was one of the best weekends in my life."  When asked whether he wants to pursue election to one of the constitutional offices, Ben replied, "My focus continues to be on raising funds so that other deserving youth can participate in YIG."

Ben and Karl encouraged Richfield Rotary to support YIG and other YMCA youth programs.





March Madness Fun-Raiser for Polio Plus


March Madness is about to begin so don't miss out on the fun!

Richfield Rotary is challenging you to a little friendly competition and to support Rotary's Polio Plus program.   To complete your NCAA basketball bracket, click here to register on the CBS Sports Bracket Games site as one of the Richfield Rotary Bracket Busters. 

The first game is Tuesday, March 14th @6:30 p.m., so be sure to complete your bracket prior to tip off!

After you register on the site you can fill out two brackets per entry...yes double your chances to win. So you don't have a clue who the Tarrapins are? Never heard of does not matter. This is as much a lucky guess as it is a skill (BTW-No, a number 16 seed has not ever won its first game so don't be crazy). The CBS site even has an auto pick option for you... can't be easier than that.

It costs nothing to register but we are asking for a $20 donation for Polio Plus. Polio Plus is the Rotary International program to eradicate polio worldwide.  Click here to learn more and make an on line donation.  Under giving options, be sure to list Richfield MN as the Rotary club to be credited.  If you prefer, you can also bring a check to a Thursday meeting, made out to TRF / Polio Plus.

What do you get for your premier prognostication prowess? Besides the thrill of victory because of your unbelievable luck with that outlandish 12-5 seed upset who went on to win the following game you will enjoy an evening dinner party with our president (Chip not Donald) and his lovely wife at the home of Jay & Bridget Clark.   Ever had a sou vide prepared steak? You will be impressed. Jay is the king of dessert and the menu is open to your input so this is not to be missed.

Sign up today, and feel free to contact Jay if you have any questions.

Good luck and thanks!

One more thing!!!  Want a guaranteed seat at the dinner table, regardless of your ability to predict winners?  Jay is willing to expand the table for “event sponsors” who donate $200 or more to Polio Plus.   Lynne Alexander has already signed on as a sponsor, and will contribute an additional $100 if someone else becomes a sponsor! 

A big thanks to Jay for coordinating the bracket challenge, to Jay and Bridget for sponsoring the dinner, and to all who contribute to Polio Plus!






Richfield Rotary Embraces "Service Above Self



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.  

Listed below are volunteers who have signed up to are deliver bread in March and April:

March 16 - Barb Devlin
March 23 - Kirsten Nelson
March 30 - Chip Groth
April 6 -      HaeKyung Nielsen
April 13 -    Barb Devlin
April 20 -    Kirsten Nelson
April 27 -    Pat Dale
Click here to review the Bread of Hope procedures.  
A big thanks to our volunteers!




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Meeting Assignments through April 2017
Thought for Week
Sergeant at Arms
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.
  Also - Attached is a draft schedule of assignments for May - mid-October 2017.  Secretary John Devlin has attempted to make assignments in alphabetical order, with exceptions to accommodate Club Assemblies.  Please contact John if you have any questions or concerns.
Upcoming Programs and Thought for the Week

Upcoming Programs

March 23 - Club Assembly, including distribution of grant awards to the Richfield Public Schools, MIRA, and Richfield Public Safety.  We'll hear from the grant recipients, so be sure to be in attendance.

March 30 - Morris Nilsen is working on it!


Thought for the Week

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