Sertoma Winter Wonderland


February 6, 2019

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Ed Menk

Mayor Ed Menk was featured in the Brainerd Dispatch recently because he is actively opposing the Minnesota Department of Transportation’s ‘s plans to give more money to the metro area for state infrastructure expansion and safety projects. The Mayor was today’s speaker at Sertoma. In November of 2016 Mayor Menk was elected in special race due to the death of James Wallin , defeating Sertoma member Kevin Goedker among many candidates. He was re-elected in November of 2018. Menk is the owner of E.D. Menk Jewelry in downtown Brainerd. Steve grew up on a small farm and went to Brookings to college originally to be an engineer. His background in math was not sufficient. He ended up in a metallurgy class that lead him his future in the jewelry business. His career in Brainerd started in Bud’s Jewelry and then he decided to buy a business of his own. Any desire he had to be mayor was due to his with his early experience with C Elmer Anderso The lesson he learned from him was, “Always be nice to your constituents”. He also admired James Wallin and his efforts to be nice to kids as well as Bonnie Cumberland. He remarked, “Thank you for all the efforts you make to improve our community.” His sense of humor made his speech very entertaining. He explained his powers are limited to voting to break a tie and vetoing something which he feels is a really bad idea. His biggest move so far was to break the tie to keep the airport open with new infrastructure. His justification was the fact that Brainerd can only expand in that direction. His background included work in planning and zoning and other committees that helped him prepare for this job. He is head of the police department, settles license issues, and many other clerical jobs. Mayor Menk mentioned how well he thinks things are going including the new downtown push and the over 40 new property approvals. He encouraged new people to join the Newcomers Club. He was very enthusiastic about being a part of the economic community. A question was asked about the Mills Sports complex that recently had its $1 lease expire. The fees mean that something different needs to be done–purchase the property or go elsewhere. This will be an issue for the next few years. Mayor Menk did not have too much new information to discuss the water tower issue . He talked about giving up his fireworks license because it is very difficult job. “Professional fireworks is much more safer today,” was also part of that decision. The focus on the river and its influence on the city was also discussed. Kiwanis can use service club help to make their park more of an attraction. Thank you Mayor Menk for a very informative and interesting presentation.

Board Report
Crow Wing Energized invites the community to help the County establish healthier habits at Lakewood Evangelical Free Church , registration is required, lunch provided, and Essentia Health is helping to provide this free workshop.

Sai Gau Scholarship due January 31st–money for Sertoma relatives to attend college see website for details.

Wonderful WW wrap up party for the hardy souls who made the trek. Thank you Dawn and Jaime for organizing the event and Chef Mike for the great food.

President Franzen introduced her gift giveaway for bringing in a new members. She is also looking for businesses to contribute gifts. December winner of the bring a guest contest was John Raboin. Thanks to our new member Jodie who arranged for the Grand Casino package. More gift donations needed-see the President.

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
Jim Grant
Pot-O-Gold Winner
Would have been Gregg Meirhoffer
Members – 36Guests – 3
Guests:  Mayor Ed Menk, Curt Hawkinson, Lindsay Lamwers, Assistant Veteran’s Services
* 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.
Feb 6th Ted Anderson, Amber Babineau, Carolyn Bare
Feb 13th DeAnn Barry, Chuck Bartels, JD Berns
Feb 20th Rick Besmehn, Mike Boen, Serena Bowman
Feb 27th Chuck Brenny, Joe Brenny, Dave Burggraff
Sertoman of the Day

John Raboin was Sertoman of the Day. He and his wife Lori have been married for many years and have two children who are grown and living at home. They both were adopted from Korea. John is a personal injury lawyer. He is from Cass Lake originally and tries to claim to be related to Lori Rubin who is also from Cass Lake. John is very active in Sertoma and enthusiastic about bringing in new members. He helped design and promote our new membership brochure. His noted achievement appreciated by all the golfers is the annual tournament for members. John’s most embarrassed moment occurred when he was attending the Air Force Academy After a fun night in the pub he decided to go to the post office and see is his (non existent) girlfriend had written him a letter. His buddies took all of his clothes except his underwear in an attempt to stop him. They turned their back and he removed the underwear and tried to streak to the post office to get his mail . His claim to Air Force Academy fame is being the only known partially successful streaker..

Of Note
Jaime’s baby is back in fine form and was in attendance at the Winter Wonderland Party. Reed Campbell and several others go their “baby fix” as part of the entertainment.

JD is diving in the cold water and would like your support!!

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

  • Nice relaxing Winter Wonderland Party–great food, great company. With all the car difficulties during the cold snap, some people just couldn’t make it and were missed.
  • Hawk came to Sertoma today!! Wow! He is thinking of rejoining.
  • Steve M was dining and dashing
  • The retired law enforcement guy was handing out retirement emails today. If you didn’t get it, check the roster because he already forgot it.
  • Russ did a great job of greeting today and he was very happy with his first ever “cuddle up” picture for the Winter Wonderland party.
  • Ted was late and Cafe Baxter stole his parking spot.
  • Rumor has it somebody who just got engaged is getting married soon.
  • The Mayor was here to sing and dance today (direct quote, verified rumor, no apology letters necessary)
  • People who have inside information to win prizes at parties should be “excommunicated”.
    KS was in fine form today.
    All the non awesome people ( didn’t raise their hands) got fined. Our retired law enforcement guy was the only shameless one. A few other people said they did too.
  • Hawking tickets fine to Scotty.
  • Missed you fines to Dale Bolt and Lowell Carlson.
  • Raboin got fined for not being here before his guests.
  • Karen finally got fined for arguing with the sergeant.
  • Joe B got a “pope” fine–kissing rings in refreshments establishment.
  • JD got fined two bucks for sneering at the sergeant.
  • Very late fine for Les.
  • Bob N tried to make friends quickly when it was his turn to gather up fine money.
  • A who invited the mayor fine.
  • Nick got fined for for being in heating and air conditioning.
  • Raboin was happy for having Eric Bolt do his insurance.
  • Todd was happy he was losing weight.



International News

Everyone Deserves to Be On the Dance Floor!For people with hearing loss, the most exciting nights of their lives can be spent on the sidelines. Everyone belongs on the dance floor. Everyone wants to feel included and hear the music. Everyone deserves to have a memory of their favorite song, and who they were dancing with the night it played. Too often, people with hearing loss avoid the isolation that comes with not being able to hear the D.J.Why? Many families simply can’t afford the expense of hearing aids, so kids miss out on winter dances and more. The isolation keeps them from feeling like they fit in.Remember what it’s like to be young? Help give someone else an unforgettable night!


$100 repairs one hearing aid
$25 pays for clinical services
$10 covers shipping costs​


Notes from your President Veronica Franzen
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