Sertoma Winter Wonderland


March 21, 2018

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Board Report
The meeting was called to order with 9 members present and 4 absent.

Dates from the President to remember: May 16th Sertoman of the Year, May 23rd Annual Meeting and Elections, May 30th Rookie of the Year, and June 6th Service to Mankind.

Ken Toole created a protocal which is under consideration to ensure that officials do not use their speaking privileges to convey strictly political information. The protocol was adopted unanimously. Guidelines are available for those interested–see Ken Toole.

Because of a very successful year at Winter Wonderland each of the non profits received an additional 15% ($800). It was approved to give $9,000 to the Bonnie Cumberland fund and $9,000 to the Mid Minnesota Women’s Center.

Pipe and Drape includes the MMBA show March 23-25th, the Arrowwood Lodge March 27, and three setups for April at this time.

Cleaning the storage area and getting a co captain for one route were the flag topics discussed.

The Rookies have a venue and entertainment set for their party.

Jim Grant installed the new microphone and it is working very well.

Thank you to all who worked on the Bonnie Cumberland Memorial Fund. The agreement has been signed with BPSF.

There are some new fun and exciting fund raising ideas being worked on by the Convention Fund Raising Committee. Convention Meetings are being held.

Ted thanked the Aitkin take down people. Builders show will be set up today. THANK YOU CONFIDENCE LEARNING CENTER STAFF FOR JUST SHOWING UP TO HELP. IT IS MUCH APPRECIATED!! Sunday at 4 p.m. is takedown and only 4 people have signed up.Please let Ted know you will be there-218 831-1372 March 27th 8 o’clock set up at Arrow & wood and take down Tuesday at 6 p.m..

Beth showed the group a polo shirt and/or a windshirt. People need to preorder in order for the plan to go forward. Price is around $30 for the polo shirt and $35. Watch for an email.

Fundraising committee report from Diane Rook Johnson. They are establishing a pot of $5 per time. Half will be given back to the winner and the rest will go toward convention expenses. This will happen every week until convention. Les Franz won the first pot.

May 7th Good Sam Bowl, Brian Lehman is looking for participants, let him know!!

Rookies need to get busy on their party, attend a board meeting for your GEM Award.

October 4th-6th at Arrowwood is the Regional Convention. Attend a board meeting rookies for your GEM Award.

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
Art Becker for the Pound
Pot-O-Gold Winner
Would have been Allen Hall
Members – 48Guests – 1
Guests: Josh Gartner
* 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.
March 28th Jim Mayne, Jackie McCall, Ron Morris
April 4th , Karla Nelson, Bill Mitsch, Karen Pederson
April 11th Bob Nibbe, Jeff Olson , Jim Owens
April 18th Rebecca Pakarinen, Carole Paulson, Gerry Peterson
April 25th , John Raboin, Collin Rehbein, Diane Rook Johnson
Sertoman of the Day

Sheriff Todd Dahl
Sheriff Todd Dahl was today’s speaker as Sertoman of the Day. Todd began with a couple of humorous remarks knowing that the Dog Pound would appreciate them. “I have 39 Sundays left and I do not need your vote.” got a laugh. He then proceeded to talk about the Harley guys who tried to help a girl who was jumping off the bridge. Definitely a funny punch line to that one!! Todd Dahl has served 32 years in law enforcement. The Brainerd employment began in 1985 when Sheriff Warnberg hired him. A native who was born in Crosby with a Dad from Brainerd so he attended Brainerd Schools. He played hockey at Bemidji and is still a very loyal Lumberjack. His membership in the Bemidji State Hall of Fame for his participation in an undefeated season and a 42 game winning streak was not mentioned today although he did talk about coaching hockey. Thirteen years ago he chose to join Sertoma and his sponsor was Carol Winegar. He plans to continue his involvement in Sertoma after he retires.

His discussion of his career started with his experiences on the specialty teams including the dive team and the swat team. “It takes a special person to be a spouse of a law enforcement person,” was something he wanted to say. He then went on to talk about how diving under the ice is very dangerous and claustrophobic. He had a free flow accident during an ice dive that stuck with him. His worstexperience as an officer was the shooting in the south where an officer was shot before he got to the scene and the perpetrator was killed. The thing that many people don’t realize is how hard it is to inform the family of the officer even when the injury is life threatening. The informing of the dead shooter’s family was very difficult and just as hard for him. He can remember each one of children involved in fatalities that called him out on duty. He admitted to breaking down on several occasions and explained,” People have to understand we wear a badge and we carry the authority, but we are just people and a lot of times people forget that. We have families of our own and it gets hard at times.” Todd explained there is a lot of hidden things involved in law enforcement. “It has been a joy to serve the people in Crow Wing County, to serve my friends and I do not regret any of those experiences,” was a very good summary of his career.

His most positive moment has been the recognition of the difference that technology has made,for instance in finding locations. He missed stopping to ask directions and meeting all the wonderful people (and the free food). He says getting the new officers out of their cars and meeting the people is difficult. The upgraded technology has been beneficial to the office and has is to assisting the attorney’s office in prosecuting cases, as video and audio recordings cannot lie He talked about the copy cat factor when asked about the gun factor in protecting the schools. He does support the second amendment.

When it comes to law enforcement, experience counts and many sheriff’s are retiring across the state this year. “Times have changed and I can look back at three terms as sheriff and I am very proud of my career and the excellent staff that has surrounded me.” There are 130 employees under the sheriff’s office umbrella that include deputies, jail staff and clerical workers. Dahl said another change was having the jail go from a 40-60 bed facility when he was first elected to a 280-bed jail. Todd says what he thinks because he believes that is why he was elected. He ended his speech by sharing another few funny stories. A standing ovation followed. Thank you for your service, Sheriff Todd Dahl and we are honored to have you as a Sertoman.

Of Note
Prayers continue for Erica who is done with her chemo and waiting for April 1st for a CAT scan to determine surgery.

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
We continue to feature our kids ads from the Brainerd Daily Dispatch.

Rumor Corner

  • Somebody in a huge white truck took up two parking spaces kitty korner to allow people to get around the corner? Pam did forgive Mr. Loge.
  • Pam and Mary decided to sell hats for $2 and might be in deep dark serious trouble.
  • John R wiggled out of taking attendance with Vern’s absence–thanks Diane RJ
  • Dwan E is back from another vacation–the newsletter lady decided she is now a professional traveler who has a side job checking on people wearing monitoring bracelets.
  • Welcome back Lowell.
  • Sertoma hats were sold with a fine exemption for the day. Poor Dave G had to try and come up with something to make up the difference. So he told everyone that Mary lied.
  • Rumor has it we are going to have spiffy windshirts for convention.
  • Steve R looks very handsome in red!!
  • Ryan was able to imitate him (he covered him at introductions) except for the shirt and maybe the handsome part.
  • President Trump called our attorney and asked him to join his defense team.
  • Greenheck glass has gotten a huge amount of Sertoma business and good reports.
  • The wearers of the Sertoma hats had to pay a $1. Mary got fined $2 for lying to everyone.
  • Lowell paid his maroon vest fine.
  • Welcome back Rachel C.
  • Red white and blue stand for freedom Steve R unless they are flashing behind your sports car.
  • Throwing insurance agents under the bus got a lawyer fine.
  • Falling asleep in the recliner is called pre sleep–Dale B fine.
  • Two four letter words you use when you get older -what and when cost Gary L $2.
  • Sheriff Dahl got a guest fine of fifty cent from Bob Nibbe.
  • Les paid a happy fine for winning the new pot. Brainerd undeafeated in floor hockey happy fine for Lowell. Kevin S paid a fine for being able to see Ryan. Diane RJ was at a big giveaway and won big.
  • Slogans for your Hockey Team (rumored to be from Sheriff Dahl and in honor of Lowell’s happy fine.)
  • Hockey: Making dentists rich since 1875
  • I play daily, you play weakly
  • Fire in my heart and ice in my veins.
  • Got Stick?
  • Hockey, the cool sport!
  • Don’t go through life without goals.
  • Please don’t feed the goalie.
  • Our goal is to deny yours.
  • Hockey with Heart!
  • Actions speak louder than coaches.
  • Great opportunities come to those who make the most of small ones.
  • To demand more of yourself than you do of others is the first step.


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