Sertoma Winter Wonderland


April 19, 2017

Sertoma Sharing Tree

Newsletter Archives
 Joan and Dennis Drummond from Dennis Drummond Wine Company were today’s presenters.  Their wine company is located on the edge of Brainerd and consists of a grand ballroom seating up to 300 people and the wine producing facility.  There is also a wine tasting and bistro on site.  It includes a covered wedding patio.  Joan started by introducing herself and thanking us for allowing them to share their “lifetime dream”.  Dennis is from England and has been making wine for over 30 years.  They did live in Napa Valley.  They purchased their lake home  in Brainerd and began this plan in 09 with the purchase of the property which is located near South Long Lake.  Jody’s background is in the restaurant business.  She has a total of 350 weddings to draw from to make their event center a well designed facility for these occasions .  Jiggles and Vern tried to steal the fake wine bottles.  Most wineries are not designed for weddings.  Theirs is  intended to combine the best of both.  They designed their ballroom to be “postless”.  The winery has hit a minor snag which means they have to make a few changes in order to be awarded  their farm winery license.Their bistro  will be open every day.  They have a Romeo and Juliet balcony for excellent photography for the weddings along with a unique set up for viewing the wine production during events   They have a South Long Lake Conference room available for local meetings.  Dennis teaches wine chemistry on line and he will continue to teach the class.  House white rose and red as well as Cabernet and Chardonnays and also a port are on the production list.  Raspberry champagne is also on the list of to dos.  They cannot grow grapes but they will be using other Minnesota fruits and buy most of  their grapes from southern Minnesota.  They are having an opening around the first of May–it will be a soft opening so watch for it.  The University of Minnesota is involved in the research to develop new Minnesota varieties.  They are also working with grapes at Staples Vo-Tech.  Dennis has been using Minnesota oak for years because it works better.  Everyone volunteered to come in and help with the tasting.



Board Report
The regular meeting of the Sertoma Club was held on April 18th at the Chamber of Commerce.

The President’s report centered around working on finalizing the ramaining expenditures from the 2016 -17 budget.

Drops included Mathew Hill, Lisa Beumer, Mary Corrigan and Lottie Oehrlein. Thanks to John Raboin, Veronica Jensen, and Jill Neumann for your hard work updating the membership packet and getting organized to be more proactive with quarterly orientations.

The Sponsorship committee approve one request to the Boy Scouts.

The variety, the scope and the interest level of our programs has been excellent. Reed Campbell and Lowell Carlson are to be thanked.

Financials included a plan to follow up on outstanding dues, cleaning up the balance sheet, a report on the MMBA paying their bill with a nice thank you note, and the maturation of the Bonnie Cumberland CD which is now ready to be distributed.

Flags is organized and ready to go with billing completed.

Ditch Pick this week and the Rookie Party in the stage of planning.

Protocol for awards has been established. Time for Sertoman of the Year and Service to Mankind. Looking for nominations for the later. Email any board member with your recommendations of a worthy community recipient.

The BPSF is currently working with our proposal for a restricted endowment with the remainder of the Bonnie Cumberland funds.

Distric #181 billed for re–calibration of an audiometer. The Board accepted his resignation and thanked him for his years of service working with the school district. Nikki Lyter has stepped forward and volunteered to fill this position.



Flags start next month, May 20th. Please if you are a captain, drive your route and check for repairs and notify Lowell.

Brainerd Sports Saturday at NP Center Tapped and Corked Spring Sports Fund Raiser 4-7 p.m. Tickets available at several locations but hurry!! Cash Wise is the best Sertoma source. Thanks to all the local breweries involved. Cost is $30 in advance and $40 at the door.

Nominations are open for a Board of Directors and third VP -see an officer to help find some good candidates.

Regional Convention report–attendees for spring and fall regional meetings. Funds need to be raised in order to support this event. Logoware was is one very good possibility. Looking for more good members for this committee. See Steve Mau or Lori Rubin.

The Annual golf tournament is Wednesday June 7th after Sertoma at Grand View, the Pines.

Bowling team is forming for Good Sam Bowl May 1st 2 p.m. –see Bryan Lehman Support our President who is bowling by contribution packet.

Upcoming Events


Brainerd Area
Sertoma Club Calendar
Got a big event coming up—want to let everyone know?Please send to Pam Sachs and it will be posted.
Pipe and Drape Schedule
Pipe and Drape Schedule
Ted Anderson 218-831-1372 or
Scott Fisher 218-821-5557
Dwan Eckstrom 218-639-0154
New  P &D Schedule

May 4th Cuyuna Rock Show at the Curling Center Set Up (more details later) Monday May 8th take down

Hairball Setup Friday May 5th, Takedown Monday May 8th
Pine Quilters Setup June 21st at the High School.

Ceiling Dates


Blue Ticket Winner
Les Franz
Pot-O-Gold Winner
Jim Mayne(Would have been)
Members – 53Guests – 2
Guests:  Dennis & Jody Drummond from the Drummond Wine Company
* Everyone is encouraged to bring potential members to a Sertoma meeting with the Club picking up the cost. However, you will be billed $11.00 for any other guests.
Greeter Schedule
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.
April 19th Dave Burgraff, Beth Burnrd, Reed Campbell
April 26th Ryan Carey, Lowell Carlson, Rachel CarpenterMay 3rd Dave Clausen, Chuck Cogger, Todd Dahl
May 10th Tim Davis, Laura Dilley, Kevin Donnay
May 17th Dwan Eckstron, Dan Egal, Bob Ehrich
May 24th Scott Fisher, Jeff Fitch, Les Franz
May 31st Jon Gale, Kevin Goedker, Bill Goers
Sertoman of the Day
Of Note
Bob Ehrich resigned after his long years of working with the school district.  Nicki Lyter has already volunteered to be his replacement.  Words cannot express our gratitude to Bob for the wonderful job he has done these many years.


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
Ditch Pick Photo AlbumRookie Party Photo Album
Business Notes
Rumor Corner

  • Welcome back Jeff O –cruising back into work. And the mighty Jeff F showed up after a few misses.
  • Happy Birthday Kevin S. Diane RJ , Bob N. The most discordant singing of the birthday song ever!!
  • Chiros making adjustments on each other–shameless promotion fine.
  • The pathetic news lady screwed up three names in a row and gave up today.
  • The Nor-Son twins were together today–Mark blamed it on Steve. They excluded the rookie shame on them.
  • Shameless Toro promotion from Steve M. Some kind of big sale going on this week.
  • Bill G is accompanying his wine tasting tickets with his accordion music tape. You can win a prize ticket by going to the Raboin FB page.
  • Accordion vs. legal cost two bucks.
  • Viking fan shirt cost two bucks to our VP Nick
  • Shameless promotion “let’s go wild-strip” cost Jeff O a buck. The girls were all offering to pay him to put his clothes back on!!
  • Gopher promotion Ryan and he dragged Brian K into the fold. Go Gophers!!
  • Wining fines are $ for everybody who was talking too much about the vino.
  • Trailer trash from Randall fine to the finer.
  • Gator fines again for the DNR guys and the sheriff.
  • Jim G is happy for 43 years of married bliss.

International News
INTERNATIONAL TRAINING PROGRAM IN FARGO Please register at least one week ahead of your chosen workshop date to reserve you seat.Registration for any location will close when the workshop is full or when final food counts are submitted. We are also asking that registration onsite not be done as food may not be available.

The 2017 training program focuses on recruitment and retention of members, a vital topic for all club members. Not only does the program offer a viable framework to follow, it provides the opportunity to experience the process and relate it to your club and its specific needs and challenges. Learn how to recognize the hurdles that divide your club and new members and the crevices that threaten to separate members from your club. You will walk away with maps to guide around the hurdles and tools to build bridges over the crevices. After attending, your club will be on the road to success!

Want to maximize the impact on your club? Don’t come alone. Attend as a team with other active club members.DON’T DELAY — reserve your seat today!


Notes from your President Jaime Rowlette
Our president is sharing wisdom each week to encourage our members to be positive ambassadors for our great club.


Sertoma North Minnesota District

Roster Updates/Change of Information
Send Lisa any changes of business, address, phone or email. The
roster will be updated and published at the beginning of each

Club Roster

Lisa Haberman

Program/Sertoman of the Month
Contact Reed or Lowell if you would like to participate and share your
personal and business details with the Club. Added bonus-you
cannot be fined on “your” day. Program ideas are always welcome
Reed Campbell

Lowell Carlson

Pipe and Drape
Contact Ted with Pipe and Drape information
or questions.

Ted Anderson 218-831-1372 or
Scott Fisher 218-821-5557
Dwan Eckstrom 218-639-0154

If you are not receiving the newsletter notification or the
emails announcing special events, please contact Pam Sachs
either at 218-821-1130 or