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
May 30, 2012

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Today's speaker was Alan Bjerga, Bloomberg Agriculture Reporter and former President of the Washington National Press Club. Alan recently completed a book dealing with global hunger entitled "Endless Appetites". Alan researched his book extensively including his personal experiences growing up on a farm, his years in agriculture reporting and a five month tour of areas like Ethiopia where hunger is a major issue. He tracked a harvest of peas from North Dakota to Ethiopia to the family that received the aide. Alan began by claiming he didn't realize that his mom would have to "brave" meeting our group which set the tone for his fun-filled presentation that also made some serious points. He discussed his membership in the Press Club. He chose his agriculture field because it was something he was familiar with and there was a niche for him to fill in Washington. Alan stated, "I am in Washington to serve and to bring issues to light and there are many people like me in Washington D.C. still." The question and answer session started out discussing the game show experiences. He talked about his Ethiopian translator and the problems he had communicating because of local dialects. The translator was later kicked out of the country for his associations with a revolutionary group. Although he did not want to move to the United States, he had to ask for political asylum. Alan explained that he felt most countries like Ethiopia fail to make any progress because they suppress and eliminate so many of the idealistic young people who could make a change. Fluctuation in commodity prices affects everyone in the United States but we do not have to choose which child to feed. Alan talked about the fact the sub Sahara Africa is the next "breadbasket" of the world to feed the expanding population. Ethiopia is one of the better performers in Africa in terms of delivering food during a famine. Overall Alan believes in free trade but he does think we have to start to teach people to fish rather than handing them fish to eat. He feels the family farms in undeveloped countries could be a big part of the answer to global hunger.He concluded by talking about his role as an unbiased author dealing with a global issue in his book. The interviews that he remembered the most included Condoleezza Rice, Dick Cheney trying to convince him was a fool, Obama cabinet aides, Mitt Romney, Jeff Bridges and finally Dennis Qaid who was the most fun. Dennis actually came and thanked him for his interview when Alan met him later at the President's Press Club dinner. Many Sertomans purchased his book. He was interviewed by Lakeland Public TV after the meeting. He also spoke on today's Community Focus program on BL Broadcasting.

Thanks Pam Sachs for taking notes, Kari Satre for taking pictures, and Bonnie Cumberland for taking attendance.
Upcoming Speaker Schedule
June 6 - Brainerd Children's Coalition
June 13 - Crow Wing County Historical Society
June 20 - Board report and Winter Wonderland report
June 27 - Nisswa Chamber of Commerce
July 4 - no meeting
July 11 - Mischelle Blenkush (Speech Pathologist) & Charles Pearson (child receiving a donation from the club to assist his hearing & speech)
July 18 - Central Minnesota Boy Scouts & Winter Wonderland update
July 25 - Junior Achievement & Board report
Remember to fill out your volunteer cards. In keeping with that all the people who help with flags over Memorial Day were thanked. . Our President talked about the fact that we make about $75 an hour with that work.

Friday sign up sheets for volunteers for Friday's Mariucci Festa went around today. You can still call the number to sign up-- 218-839-5717 . Remember the fish cooking, vegetable cooking and bartending crews all sign up with their captains.

June 28th
Hunt's Point Officer Induction
--come for dinner, come to participate in the shooting event. Sign ups are going around the next few meetings.Here is a link to their website:
-We will be shooting from 5-7 pm. The club will pay for the shooting however each person is responsible for their own gun and shells. They have gun rental at Hunts Point and you can purchase shells there.
-Dinner will be at 7pm. It is a nice meal catered by Black Bear. The officer induction will follow dinner.
-Please have people contact Lori Rubin or Jeff Fitch to sign up. We would really like to have an accurate head count.
-If people would like to car pool we can meet at the Gander Mountain Parking lot at 4:30 to ride up together.
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
Pipe and Drape Schedule
Call Tad Hoskins to sign up
Ceiling Dates
Blue Ticket Winner
The Dog Pound
Pot-O-Gold Winner
Lowell Carlson
Members - 52 Guests - 4
Guests: Alan Bjerga, Joan Bjerga his mother, Joyce Anderson family friend and Shane Lee from Lakeland News
*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. Greeter duties now include handing out the volunteer cards to everyone as they come in the door. They will still be collected in the bucket with the badges or can be submitted to the treasurer. Be there by 11:45 and call somebody to substitute for you if you can't be there.
June 6 Dave Clausen, Rod Converse, Bonnie Cumberland
June 13 Terry Curtis, Todd Dahl, Kevin Donnay
June 20 David Downing, Jane Edmunson, Bob Ehrich
June 27 Sandra Ehrich, Gene Farone, Scott Fisher
July 4 No Meeting
July 11 Jeff Fitch, Bonnie Franke, Les Franz
Sertoman of the Day
Of Note
Lori and Raphael will be celebrating their marriage with an open house at their home on June 23rd. It will start at 3 p.m. and go late. Casual dress and all Sertomans are invited to come and celebrate with the happy couple at14906 Jadewood Drive in Baxter.

The CLC thanked us for our contribution to the Community Band Fund and Random Acts of Kindness.
This is the link to the official Facebook page for the club. It will now be an interactive way for members to share pictures and comment on club activities. As with Walters Wacky Adventures Page--you can visit it without being a member of Facebook. Creating a Facebook account is easy and free. You can limit access to your page and just communicate with those people who are really your friends. Signing up is simple and by creating your "own" page you give yourself interactive abilities on the Brainerd Area Sertoma site. You can completely ignore your personal page if you wish. However, the profile and information pages may become THE way for us to update your data base information in the future. I am also totally available for phone consultations for people who want me to walk them through the Facebook site. For instance--Jeff Fitch has promised me by Monday you will be able to view his awesome barbecue pictures. Les Franz also took some photos at the party and maybe we can get him to join and upload those!!
Business Notes
Have company coming this summer--not enough room at the old homestead to make them all comfortable? We have three lovely ladies in the hotel business in Sertoma and any one of them would be glad to help you make reservations for a great room with many amenities.
Rumor Corner 
  • Water water everywhere--made for interesting chat for the Dog Pound. Pam was able to contribute the swimming pool in her crawl space. Amazing amount of water fell in the past few days. The floating docks out in the middle of Gull Lake as well as the huge hunks of shoreline floating around make it dangerous. Poor Bill pulled the plug on his boat to drain it but the water was so high it filled up instead.
  • We continued our nature study. Goslings are pretty big all ready. Scotty is watching a loon egg. Charlie has lots of Robins with babies. Charlie has "fly'catchers" that nest in his eaves. Then there's the geese problem. Mayflies were not popular. Then we got to the army worms.
  • The new Dog Pound motto-"We don't care how old we as long as we are having fun!"
  • Sheriff Dahl claimed he was wearing his uniform so he looked like a "chick magnet" He tried to take it back but it was entirely too late.
  • We were telling funny teacher pet stories. Pam Sachs had to call the MEA Field Services office as President of the Motley MEA to request a new contract for services because her hew poodle ate the old one. Bonnie had to restructure her toilet paper outlets to keep the cat from unrolling and shredding the rolls while she was in school.
  • Someone got in trouble because she was following "Miss Sachs Rules" instead of the Washington National Press Club rules. She took a picture of Alan when he was eating. His host John Raboin got in a little dig about Alan being from Motley where they have to "speak slowly and use little words." Our speaker actually turned out to be very informative and entertaining. Thank you John for "hosting" Alan and making him welcome at Sertoma. Thank you Pam Sachs for bringing Alan to Sertoma.
  • Rod Converse is still trying to figure out what he is going to do when he grows up.
  • Our Prez's new nickname is Scooby Doo according to Brian Kirkpatrick.
  • Straka parked too close to the building--he claims he had surgery but nobody believed him.
  • Male model with a foot thing-Brian Kirkpatrick.
  • Jeff Olson checked out of the hospital so he could go on a fly in fishing trip in Canada. Since it had been planned for a year and all his male family members were attending, it was worth paying a "happy" fine to have made it there.
  • Jeff Fitch and his lovely wife are going to be parents again in November. The President claimed the wife wants nine or ten.
  • Scott Fisher stole Charlie's pen so he couldn't write any more fines.
  • John Raboin had to tell the Dog Pound that "Endless Appetites " is NOT a cookbook.
  • Carole Paulson who used to live in Motley sent her son Keith to kindergarten with Alan. Alan not only remembered him but he remembered that they shared a birthday and that Keith had eye surgeryand had to wear a black patch to school. Amazing!!
Photos Photos Everywhere New photos go up almost every week on our new Sertoma Photo Gallery. 
Notes from your President

If those who owed us nothing gave us nothing, how poor we all would be. (Quote for the Day)

International News
From the Desk of John Kerr International President
A "Finish Strong" attitude is applicable for everyone: teachers, students, athletes, business professionals, parents, doctors, patients, sales teams, churches and many more. In fact, in the spring of 2009, Drew Brees, the quarterback and leader of the New Orleans Saints, purchased copies of Finish Strong for every member of the team. "Finish Strong" became their battle cry. The message provided the players and coaches with a common goal. And they won the Super bowl.

Sertoma North Minnesota District

Roster Updates/Change of Information
Send Cathe any changes of business, address, phone or email. The roster will be updated and published at the beginning of each quarter.
Roster - January, 2012
Cathe Picek

Program/Sertoman of the Month
Contact Darren or Veronica to schedule a time to share your story about you and your business. No fines that day!
Darren Larson

Veronica Jensen
Download form here

Pipe and Drape
Contact Tad with Pipe and Drape information or questions.
Tad Hoskins

Awards/Club Supplies
Bonnie Cumberland

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