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
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
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.
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
-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.
Sertoma Club Calendar
Got a big event coming upówant to let everyone know?
Please send to Pam Sachs and it will be posted.
The Dog Pound
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.
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.
||Dave Clausen, Rod Converse, Bonnie
||Terry Curtis, Todd Dahl, Kevin Donnay
||David Downing, Jane Edmunson, Bob Ehrich
||Sandra Ehrich, Gene Farone, Scott Fisher
||Jeff Fitch, Bonnie Franke, Les Franz
|Sertoman of the Day
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
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.
- 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
- 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
- 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 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)
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
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!
Download form here
Pipe and Drape
Contact Tad with Pipe and Drape information or questions.
If you are not receiving the newsletter notification or the
emails announcing special events, please contact Pam Sachs
either at 218-821-1130 or