Mersereau called us "an intimidating crowd" but she
was very happy to be here to talk about our library
system. The Library has a good funding base through
this year because of the federal and state mandates
that support it. Our Regional Library is called
Kitchigami and covers five counties. The Brainerd
branch is booming. For example the first three
months of this year saw the hourly rate of checkout
jump from 80 items to over 110 per hour. They have
installed a self-checkout system that expedites this
process. Other features of the library include
special resources such as the Brainerd Dispatch
microfilm reader printer, the ancestry library, the
nonprofit center, the Komen collection, Value line
with timely information on stocks, and Westlaw for
legal professionals. The summer is coming up and
they are offering a great 8 week program for
families with young children who need to be
encouraged to maintain their reading skills over the
break. It will feature entertainers, activities, and
artists Marta was asking for Sertoma's help on a
local and state wide basis. There is a staff
shortage in the department that deals with the blind
materials and some volunteers would be much
appreciated on the state level. Minnesota does have
a Disability Linkage Line. She would also like some
direction from the group about adaptive technology
which would help the local library serve people with
hearing and sight loss.
Thanks Pam Sachs for taking notes and pictures, Bonnie
Cumberland assisted with attendance.
Thanks Scott Fisher filling in for
Tad on Sunday.
Zappa accepted the check for $1500 from the
Rookie Party. The Mardis Gras donation
was made possible by the cooperation of area
businesses who donated prizes and gift
certificates and the party Sertomans who
participated enthusiastically in the silent
and live auction and the raffles. Yvonne
works with the Minnesota Military Family
Foundation. The Lodge also donated 50 water
park passes to the support group for
families of deployed soldiers. Welcome to
May 21st Hunt Point Shoot (Clay and 5
stand) 5 p.m. Limit of 50
participants-anyone can come since Carole
Winegar will be bringing extra guns.
Hamburgers will be served at the club house
at 7 p.m. with everyone is invited to the
party. Sign up next week at Sertoma or
online. Call Carole Winegar or Jeff Fitch
for more info.
Memorial Death March takes place this
weekend on Saturday, May 9th. This year we
will simply be observing with 6 key people
who will then recruit the 30 volunteers
necessary to run the event next year when
the majority of the troops will be deployed.
The Battle of Bataan took place in 1942 in
the Phillippines during WW2. Seventy
thousand American and Filipino prisoners of
war were forcibly marched 60 miles by the
Japanese. Only 54,000 survived. We have
partnered with the National Guard for 7
years on the gossamer ceiling project and
are honored to help them with this event.
Thirty Five flag holders were placed into
the ground at the armory to represent the 32
deceased and 3 living members of our
National Guard who marched the Bataan Death
March. The flags will fly with their names
to honor the heroes of Bataan. Thanks Lowell
Carlson and Joe Schulte for your efforts to
get this accomplished.
Tuesday, May 12th-Camp Journey Fundraiser
at Timbermist Silent Auction (many gift
certificates-birthday party for 8, massages,
framed art) will begin at 5:30p.m. with cash
bar. Ordure's Dinner starts at 7:00pm and
includes a glass or white and red wine.
Mark did a short recap of the Convention.
Karen Owen was part of the festivities as
governor. Our region has raised over a
million dollars to give back to the
Communities. The membership drive shows
Sioux Falls as the largest club with
Brainerd Area Sertoma fourth. One of LoAnn's
goals for next year is to get and retain the
membership necessary to surpass their
numbers. The web site is still an issue.
Convention next year is in Minot. Two
hundred fifty four people and some guests
attended this one. The 89th International
Convention will be in Nashville and Karen
Owen and LoAnn Reponen will be attending.
The Foundation fund is at almost a $330,000
level after the $14,000 raised at
convention. The International President had
a very positive message. Various meetings
were discussed with dates to keep in mind.
The name of Camp Sertoma has been changed to
the Great Plains Region Camp Sertoma. The Sy
Gau fund is down. Overall the attendees felt
that this was a very worthwhile and positive
experience. See the rumor corner pictures
for the souvenier hats presented to Mark
Korte and Jim Mayne.
application for Winter Wonderland
Sponsorship are available online at the
Sertoma site. They are also linked to the
Winter Wonderland Site. Encourage applicants
to go and get a copy to fill out. These will
be officially completed by late April or
Sertoma Club Calendar
Got a big event coming upówant to let everyone know?
Please send to Pam Sachs and it will be posted.
Mike Boen won for the Dog Pound
Guests: Marta Mersereau from Kitchigami Regional Library,
Monique Pekula and Yvonne Zappa who is joining from the Military
Family Assistance Center, Ryan Smith from Jim's Electric Power
System Division, and Tamala Lueck from Bridges of Hope
|*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.
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 for the social committee and
half goes to the Club President along with the bucket of tickets.
Be there by 11:45 and call somebody to substitute for you if you
can't be there.
||Jackie McCall, Aaron Meester, Sam Horn
||Bill Mitsch, Joyce Mikesh,Keith Kolstad
||Karen Munsterteiger, Ron Morris, Yvonne
|Sertoman of the Day
Gropper is a familiar face to all of those who have been in
Sertoma for many years. Paul joined the organization just before
a regional convention and it was heading off to the fun,
excitement, and learning that goes on at these events that made
him a rock solid member of the organization that he joined
simply to meet people. He was co-rookie of the year, earned his
GEM award and served as a member of the social committee. He and
Lakes Printing have always been great supporters of the
community and Sertoma events. Paul and his wife Liza have three
active little children. Lakes Printing has been around for 20
years but Paul has been in the business for forty. His only
previous employment was as a pump jockey back in the full
service days. Located on Oak Street, Lakes Printing employs over
twenty people and does any and all kinds of commercial printing.
Paul likes to garden and watch NasCar and football on
television. He admitted to many embarrassing moments but his
bowling gymnastics were quite similar to Uncle Art's so he
mentioned those. President Korte remarked, "Paul is a great
member of our club!"
Tad Hoskins in your prayers, he has diverticulitis and may have
to have surgery.
Mills Fleet Farm sent us a thank you for our efforts to promote
patriotism in our community along with their flag fees. Sharing
Bread Soup Kitchen thanks us for our
The Good Sam Bowl VI was a huge success. The community raised
$64,000 and it was a thoroughly delightful event. Tina Dunlap
recognized all the Sertomans who participated.
The voting next week still needs volunteers to fill the roster
for at large board members and third VP. Expect a phone call
next week asking you if you are willing to participate.
Buy a Booster ticket from Camp Confidence--support the Classic,
see Cathe Picek. This beautiful quilt is one of the many prizes
on this year's raffle ticket.
Want to go to a great garage sale? Brainerd General
Rental is selling some of their inventory and you can
get some great equipment at prices ranging from $1 to
$12,900. Thursday-Friday the hours are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Go
see Steve and the boys and pick up some great stuff!!!
Mother's Day Buffet at Timber Mist. This hot item has
received rave revues at Sertoma. Join Pam and the crew
for either the great early buffet at Timber Mist from
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. or the evening Prime Rib event at the
Party Time at Ernie's on Gull Keep these three dates in
mind and the deck is open! May 9th Cinco de Mayo
Celebration-Trip to Las Vegas for 2, Contests, Drink
Specials, Taco Bar and Free Jalepeno poppers with dinner
for two. May 10th Mom's eat free with purchase of equal
entree 11 a.m. To 2 p.m. May 15th Join Desi and Craig as
they celebrate their 8th Anniversary. Eighty cents will
get you a tap beer or a hamburger. Eight dollars will
get you prime rib or a t-shirt. Every half an hour
someone will win an $8 Gift Certificate. Big drawing at
8 p.m. It is going to be some kind of fun!
Satre says...Looking for a weekend away?... or maybe a
hotel reservation for a driving trip while visting
family or friends, attending a graduation or a business
meeting? I can help! I have access to, and will find the
best value, while at the same time, save you time and
provide expert advice. Our summer office hours are
9am-5pm Monday through Friday and Saturday's by
appointment only. You can reach me by phone at 218
829-3187 or directly by email at
- Jeff Marchand has his ticket sales routine down pat-he
learned from Uncle Art that you promise everyone a winner.
- People sporting summer outfits included Milo in his shorts
and Karen, Kristine and Pam in their cropped pants.The weather
was beautiful and it kind of looked like people wanted to spend
their lunch hour outside instead of coming to Sertoma.
- Welcome back Bonnie Franke and Lori Ukkelberg.
- Mark Korte tried to promote some major benefits for Jim
Grant's guest and employee.
- The best Mother's Day Buffet Lady got her two cents worth in
today--come on out to Timbermist on Mom's Day! Paul Gropper was
her lovely assistant advertiser today.
- Steve Mau is now Elmo??? Our President has that knack for
coming up with totally off-the-wall nicknames.
- Paul Gropper needs to remember his glasses so he can read
his notes as Sertoman of the Day. Art tried to lend him his
glasser and Paul remarked, "No wonder you fall down!" (See note
- Mike Boen tricked Anita into a premature release of button
- Mike also suggested that Pam Bye "buy" an ad from 3WI rather
than pay $2 fines. Then he looked around with a guilty look on
his face to make sure there weren't any other "media"
representatives who would demand equal time.
- The Centurion has a host of problems, fibbing, being late,
and not greeting.
- Steve M managed to wiggle out of the fibbing part but still
paid two bucks, two bucks!
- Pooch got fined for being nostalgic and for calling one of
the sergeants an bad name. Pooch replied with another
appropriate invective to get the last word.
- Art Becker got the bowling gymnastics award.
- Rick Besmehn wanted to know when the next library Amnesty
Day was coming up.
- Convention funnies--see Mark Korte for more details, mailbox
tapping, the FBI, the local sheriff, leaving Mark Korte a your
Zipper is down note at the head table, and Lori Rubin karoke
star, and Cathe auditioning for Dancing with the Stars with her
new found "dancing partner of her life"
(Who was wearing a t shirt said watch midget porn it makes you
Photos Everywhere New photos go up almost every week on our new
Sertoma Photo Gallery.
Notes from your President
Westgate Mall Community Service/non-profit days are being held
April 25th, June 20th and November 7th. This is a perfect time
for community non profits to get their message out to the
community. Booths are free. I am looking for someone who would
be in charge of this project and see that we had a suitable
booth and people to staff it. If interested, please contact Mark
immediately. We are already a bit late in reserving a booth for
the first event.
If you are not receiving the newsletter notification or the
emails announcing special events, please contact Pam Sachs
either at 218-821-1130 or
Sue VanWagner (email@example.com) is in charge of the
Sertoman of the Day schedule. Contact her to take advantage of
this great opportunity to share your story and get some free
advertising (and no fines for the day). The form is also
available here on our website.
Kari Barnes is the go-to person
for Pipe and Drape information.
Need awards? Did you lose your pin? Bonnie Cumberland
(firstname.lastname@example.org) is the person
in charge of awards and meeting paraphernalia.