Sertoma Winter Wonderland


August 16, 2017

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Dave Freiday from the Senior Center represented his group today for Deanna Barry. Mike is the facilities manager who also does all the cooking that is not connected to Meals on Wheels. He has been involved in cooking for many years and he was speaking about their annual fund raising barbecue. At one time he was doing meals on wheels for everyone out of his house. Bryan Barrer remembers ordering great food from him. August 28th is the Center Rib Fest. The cost is $12 per person. This amazing fund raiser that Mike Jay cooks the ribs for and Dave puts his cooking skills to work at side dishes for raises about $3500 for Center programs. The Annual plant sale is their best fund raiser. It goes on during the second or third weekend in May. It raises about $20,000. Bob Nibbe is helping with donuts and they are always looking for volunteers to help with the Thursdale preparations. The garage sale happens once a year and they accept public donations. Mike did mention there was definitely a movement that resulted in dropping the word senior from their name. They have about 1500 members and about 20,000 volunteer hours a year on their books. Lutheran Social Services’Meals on Wheels leases the downstairs facility to serve their dinner on site and distribute their meals . Greeting cards are refurbished are sold in their gift shop along with other crafts and handmade things. Membership dues are $20 per year. Pam Sachs joined the Center with her ticket winnings today. Let’s Go Fishing meets in their building as well as the Jaycees. AARP comes in the spring and once a month to help with income and property tax free advice.They have a late night Tuesdays with lots of activities for people who are still working. A lot of discussion about the wood carving was presented that illustrated the theme, “You are never too old to learn”.

The history of the Center includes over three decades of information. In 1979, they became a 501C3 nonprofit organization, and are were located at 704 Front Street, Brainerd, MN. The site was donated to the seniors group. Renovations were completed and in September of 1983 The Center moved into the old fire station on Laurel Street, Brainerd. Memberships grew as in 1992 there were 560 members. In 1999, Bethany Good Samaritan gifted a building located at 803 Kingwood Street to the Center. Renovations began and shortly The Center moved to their new, current location on August of 2001.

Free community concerts in Gregory Park bandstand are held every Thursday evening at 7 pm, from June 5 to Aug 28. Gregory Park is located on the north side of Brainerd. Rainout location is The Center, 803 Kingwood Street, Brainerd, MN. Bus trips are scheduled to the end of the year. Stop in to check out where we will be going. Trips include: Miracles Happen Festival, Minnesota State Fair, & Twins Game. August 17: Norm’s Bait & Tackle Choir
August 24: Jack Franzen & the Muddy Water Band
August 31: Kingery Family

Thursday Band weekly in the Great Room at The Center. Beginning around noon, anyone who plays an instrument can be part of “the band”. If you love to dance to country music you can step out onto the dance floor. If you just want to listen to wonderful music, you can do that also. On the Second Thursdays , this group celebrates the birthdays of the month with cake and ice cream. Come in and join us! You will find welcoming people, talented musicians playing great music and an enjoyable afternoon of fun!

Movies: August 4th – Proof of Life, August 11 – Night Crossing, August 18 – The International, August 25 – The Revenant. Catch a movie and have popcorn at The Center on Fridays at 1 pm.

9:30 Wednesday Morning Club Program in August, 23rd – Kim Braun-Essential Oils, 30th – Jerry Negen-Investigative Services.

Second Monday Music. Entertainment follows the second Monday of the month dinners. Entertainment ranges from high school groups to holiday performances and many talented individuals who are willing to share their music with us!

Membership and programs continue to grow. They have associate memberships for younger folks. The Center’s mission is to encourage mature adults to engage in healthy living, socialization, life-long learning and community connections.The vision is is summarized as E4: Encourage ~ Engage ~ Enrich ~ Educate.

Board Report
The meeting was called to order at 7:45 a.m. at the Brainerd Lakes Area Chamber with 10 present and three absent.

The president did not have a report.

Andrea Holmes resignation from the club the resignation was accepted with regret.

August 23rd is the next new member orientation.

There was no sponsorship report–meeting was cancelled.

The financial report included a corrected amount for award expenditures, outstanding dues report, updating the scholarship amount to $3,000 and the sales tax report.

The Winter Wonderland sponsorship goal for this year is $35,000+.

Two Pipe and Drape events for September include 15-16 and 22-23.

Roster updates occur quarterly but you can make Teresa Hettver’s job easier if you submit them as they occur rather than waiting to be asked.

Raffle tickets now stand at $1,300, the drawing will be on August 23rd, and outstanding money and tickets need to be turned in as soon as possible.

A meeting has been set up with Eric Haapajoki to resolve the issue of the remaining Bonnie Cumberland money and the BPSF

Mark Baloun and the regional convention committee would like to take this opportunity to thank the following sponsors of the raffle for their donations. Without these fine businesses, the Sertoma Summer Raffle would not have been possible: Lakes Printing, Reeds Sporting Goods, Panache Salon, Employment Resource Center, Inc. and Charles Brenny Allstate Insurance. Please remember to support these businesses. Dwan, Teresa, Nick, Steve and Lori are attending.

Vicki needs host homes for the African Children’s Choir on August 31st. See event section.

Reminder to all rookies–get to work on your GEM Award–see Karen or check out the International website.

Chuck Cogger found old some old VHS tapes of the Swingin Sertomans–anyone out there who could help us convert them to digital form for the FB page.

Women of Today is sponsoring “Flocking your friends” to raise money for the Hart and Rescue. Contact Beth to flock your friends.

September 28th-3oth, 2017 in Iowa–promote our convention. Lori is looking for people to accompany her and Steve Mau to this fun event in Sioux City, Iowa. Many good leadership training opportunities. .The drawing for raffle tickets will be at Sertoma on August 23rd. Email – or leave a message on cell phone at 218-821-7467 to return your money and tickets!!!!

Just a note–the officer team invites everyone but especially the new members to attend a Board Meeting.(Required for your GEM Award) The Board Meeting is the third Tuesday of the month at the Chamber of Commerce – Riverwood Bank Board room. (by Ace Hardware)

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
Ceiling Dates
Blue Ticket Winner
Pam Sachs
Pot-O-Gold Winner
Would have been Bob Sherman
Members – 44Guests – 2
Guests: Joel Stolski, Brainerd Warriors Gold Card Sales, Dave Frieday from the Senior Center
* 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.
August 23 Karla Nelson, Jill Neumann, Bob Nibbe
August 30 Carolyn Olson, Jeff Olson, Karen OwenSept 6 Amber Babineau, Collin Rehbein, Jim Owens
Sept 13 Becky Pakarinen, Carole Paulson, Gerald Peterson
Sept. 20 John Raboin, Collin Rehbein, Diane Rook-Johnson
Sept 27 Steve Rose, Jaime Rowlette, Lori Rubin

Oct. 4 Bob Sherman, Dick Stoltman, Greg Straka
Oct. 11 Kevin Stumpf, Ken Toole, Time Volkmuth
Oct. 18 Gary Walters, Luke Weber, Kathy Williams
Oct 25 Carol Winegar, Ted Anderson, Mike Angland

Nov 1 Mark Baloun, Carolyn Bare, Bryan Barrer
Nov 8 DeAnn Barry, Chuck Bartels, Art Becker
Nov 15 JD Berns, Rick Besmehn, Mark Bichler
Nov. 22 Mike Boen, Dale Bolt, Serena Bowman
Nov 29 Jarrod Brademan, Chuck Brenny, Joe Brenny

Sertoman of the Day
Of Note
Future Problem Solvers thanked Sertoma for helping them compete in the national tournament.

Lakes Area Interfaith Caregivers also thanked us for our support.

Christina Landree was presented with her 300 hours award by President Munsterteiger.

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
 Help the Center by buying a $12 ticket and attending the August 28th Rib Fest. They often sell out early so contact DeAnn Barry to reserve your spot.
Rumor Corner

  • Joe Stolsky visited us to sell us a Gold Card to support middle school athletics and the football team. Steve M brought him along.
  • Sweet corn will be ready next from the arriving late Bob N from Boys and Berries.
  • Thank you to Bryan Barrer for collecting fines and badges for Pam.
  • BK got fined instantly from Dwan for his bodily fluids in the line.
  • Jar and shorts fine to Dick S. (see rumor corner picture and joke). And thanks to Karla N for sharing her eclipse groaner.
  • Ryan got a welcome back fine.
  • SM took over fined Christine but she sang to get it reduced to a dollar “Get Your Motor Running” Then he got her anyway for advertising since it was all about Pro Staff’s new ad campaign to go with Nationals at BIR.
  • Poor Gary did not park well so he and all his fishing buddies had to pay a dollar.
  • Three time flocking got Teresa.
  • Getting thank you cards sent to his office got our former treasurer fined.
  • Full house happy fines.
  • Karen M was happy for the annual event for the jar was over for the year.
  • Vicki gave a happy dollar for not wearing Lions Club ware like Jaime.
  • Vernonica is happy to not be here next week but at her daughter’s graduation from Air Force training.
  • SM was happy because the Sergeants are 20% ahead of the game in their fine collecting efforts.
  • Karen M offered SM as a visiting sergeant for the Center. There was a p word involved in the exchange.
  • Ted A missed the Board Meeting by getting there too early.
  • Pam joined the Senior Center with her winnings.
International News


Notes from your President Karen Munsterteiger
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 any changes of business, address, phone or email. The
roster will be updated and published at the beginning of each

Club Roster

Teresa Hettver

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