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
Sertoma Winter Wonderland Sertoma Great in 08 Convention
May 6, 2009

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Marta 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.  
Yvonne 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 Sertoma Yvonne
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.
Bataan 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.
Grant 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 early May.
Brainerd Area Sertoma Club Calendar
Got a big event coming upówant to let everyone know?
Please send to Pam Sachs and it will be posted.
Pipe and Drape Schedule
Ceiling Dates
Blue Ticket Winner
Mike Boen won for the Dog Pound
Pot-O-Gold Winner
John Raboin
Members 71 Guests 5
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.
Greeter Schedule
Remember: 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.
May 13 Jackie McCall, Aaron Meester, Sam Horn
May 20 Bill Mitsch, Joyce Mikesh,Keith Kolstad
May 27 Karen Munsterteiger, Ron Morris, Yvonne Zappa
Sertoman of the Day
Paul 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!"
Of Note
Keep 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
$500 donation.

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.
Business Notes
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 Chap!

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!

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Rumor Corner 
  • 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 about bowling)
  • Mike Boen tricked Anita into a premature release of button fine.
  • 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 look huge).
Photos 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 ( 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 ( is the person in charge of awards and meeting paraphernalia.