Brainerd Area Sertoma Club - Brainerd, Minnesota
Brainerd Area Sertoma Club - Brainerd, Minnesota
Brainerd Area Sertoma Club - Brainerd, Minnesota Newsletter - Brainerd Area Sertoma Club - Brainerd, Minnesota
January 18, 2006


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Dr. Thomas Kotula - Service To Mankind AwardDr. Thomas J. Kotula was named the winner of the prestigious Service to Mankind Award given by the Brainerd Noon Sertoma to a recipient who epitomizes the ideals of the Club. When accepting his award he stated, “We are all one community and I am very proud of the unity that is developing in this area.”

Since he moved to Brainerd in 1958 and started his family dental practice, he has been involved in many local projects. His service club activities includes the earlier version of the Jaycees and the Kiwanis. He is a two time president of the Brainerd Chamber of Commerce, past president of his church council, a member of the Central Lakes College Foundation, and a board member and president of the American National Bank. Through his efforts, the historic landmark water tower was repaired and repainted to remain a part of the Brainerd horizon. He helped to start the chamber golf tournament and raise the funds for the new Welcome Center on Highway 371. He has been a staunch supporter of Ski Gull, volunteering and donating many things that have helped Ski Gull continue to provide a free ski program to over 16,000 area 6th graders.

Although retired from his practice he continues to be a very active citizen volunteering his time and talents to improve our community. He has never sought recognition, but his calm demeanor and clear way of thinking make him stand out as a leader. His philosophy can be summed up with the statement he made, “You need to be involved in the community to give something back. Many people came before us and helped make this a great place to live and we need to do the same for those who come after us."

Thanks Pam Sachs for Taking Notes!!!!
Jan 21 - Bucket Checkers Wanted The Camp Sertoma Club is looking for volunteers to help them raise money for their program by checking buckets at the Jaycees $150,000 Ice Fishing Tournament. Volunteers are needed from 7-12 p.m. See Mike Howard if you wish to join this fun activity.
Feb 7 - Social Tubing at Ski Gull Sertomans and their families will meet for the holiday event at Ski Gull on Tuesday from 6-9 p.m. to enjoy an evening of tubing. Chili, snacks and beverages will be provided. Cost will be $5 per person. Sign up at the meeting or call Nancy Hallam for details.
April 27 thru 29 - Great Plains Regional Convention in Dubuque, Iowa. Learn more about what is happening in Sertoma by attending meetings and make some great new friends with all the fun activities. Sign up at the meeting or see Kari Robinson. On the home front the Board voted to include the dues raise to finance the 2008 Convention in Brainerd. The next nine quarters will see $10 added on to everyone's dues. This surcharge is non-refundable and will be used to cover expenses as they arise. Brainerd Noon Sertoma members are all registered to attend the convention and prepaid through this charge.
Pipe and Drape Schedule
Ceiling Dates
March 11, 2006 Jenny Hammers Wedding
May 6, 2006 Amanda Kohl Wedding
Sept. 2, 2006 Eric Bolt & Rena Anderson
Sept.30, 2006 Emily Segler Wedding
Ticket Winner
Bryan Jelinski
Pot-O-Gold Winner
Beth Burnard
Members   82 Guests  6
Guests:  Tom Vopatek from Blue Thunder, Kari Resch from Tidbits of Central Minnesota, Maggie Fuller from Yellowbird Arts and Mentoring for Kids, Dr. Tom Kotula who is the Service to Mankind winner, Susan Johnson who is a Spiritual Healer, and Olivia.
*Everyone is encouraged to bring potential members to a Sertoma meeting with the Club picking up the cost. However, you will be billed $9.50 for any other guests.
Greeter Schedule
Remember: Greeters (Be sure to take care of your duties that include meeting people at the door and getting the ticket money counted and divided with half going to Tami to give away and half to Diane for the social committee's budget). As greeter you have several duties. You need to arrive about 10 minutes early. It is your job to greet people, help them find their badges and sell them a ticket if they wish to participate. The money collected must be divided by the Greeters equally--half goes to the Current Club Treasurer and half goes to the Club President along with the bucket of tickets. Be there by 11:45 and call somebody if you can't. Call Patty Hartman.
Jan 25 Gary Phillips, Randy Phillips, David Pundt
Feb 1 Jim ORourke, Mark Puschinsky, John Raboin
Feb 8 Dennis Renowski, LoAnn Reponen, Paul Heinlen
Sertoman of the Day

Sertoman of the Day - Trever HartingTrevor Harting was today’s honored Sertoman. He is a close neighbor of President Clausen since the offices of his physical therapy practice are in the same building as Pipe Jaffray on Design Drive in Baxter.

Trevor worked at two different locations after moving back to Brainerd in 1998 and then opened up his office. He was born in Brainerd and has been a member of Sertoma for 6th months. His sponsor was Tami Webb.

He has been married for eleven years and has three children including a 9 month old son “who never sleeps”. Trevor is fluent in Spanish or so he thought until he was trying to show off for his in laws on a Mexican vacation and instead of requesting the check in Spanish he asked for La Placenta and earned a ribbing from the wait staff for several days.

Of Note
Dave Burggraph gave us a heads up on Camp Sertoma which will meet this weekend. The group mainly meets to make Camp Sertoma happen and although it has 50 members, it is a core group that ends up doing all the work. They are talking about a different way to manage an expand Camp Sertoma activities.
Brainerd Sertoma - Newly inducted membersWelcome to the newly inducted members pictured left to right: Nate Grotzke, Mark Sandelin, Paul Heinlen, Kari Dayton, and Jim O'Rourke
Rumor Corner 
  • Beth Burnard classified herself as a repreat offender today.
  • Gary Walters has been demoted to the Mille Lacs Lake floaters
  • Bill Mitsch wins the Dave Clausen clone award
  • Raboin is in practice to become a spiritual healer with the help of Jinny
  • Bonnie Franke wants us all to visit “Stella’s List” which is a new online site sponsored by the radio station for women’s issues. Unfortunately Paul Gropper needs Miracle Ears because he decided she was promoting herself as being on the “loose”. Scotty’s Guide Service is available for all you fishermen on Round Lake this weekend.
  • Will Part D of Medicare pay for our dues increase—inquiring minds want to know?
  • Steve Mau designs flawed machines.
  • Randy Hukriede paid a muskie eating fine today (we did have fish).
Photos Photos Everywhere New photos go up almost every week on our new MSN Community homepage. This community is for the club, easy to join and gives you the opportunity to add edit or delete any photos that are posted as well as leave messages for fellow Sertomans. It is a good way to thank someone for doing a good job or give them some positive feedback for a big event in their life. If you wish to view the current photographs or check out the new online directory go to: 
Congratulations to the Rookie Committee for an excellent well planned party. Click here for some photos, go to the MSN photo link to see all.