April 7, 2021

Sertoma Sharing Tree

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The speaker today was Shannon Mills Executive Director from the Sharing Bread Soup Kitchen. The motto for the Soup Kitchen is simple, “Since 1987 we’ve been able to say as a community . . .”No one among us needs to go to bed hungry”The Soup Kitchen began in 1987 at St. Francis Catholic Church in Brainerd, MN. It soon evolved into a ministry of the wider community of the Brainerd Lakes Area and eventually moved to its current location near downtown Brainerd at 923 Oak Street. It was decided early on that it would be important to treat their guests as though they were Christ Himself, i.e., with dignity and respect. This has been the guiding principle and the Soup Kitchen has continued in this way ever since.This is a non-denominational, non-profit Christian organization that opens its doors to all who come with no questions asked.Volunteers come to the Soup Kitchen from every part of the Brainerd Lakes Area community and represent many local churches, businesses, service groups and neighborhoods.

Each day they plan the menu, prepare and serve the food and clean up the kitchen and serving area. Donations come from the community including Essentia Health . They are part of a food coalition that picks up food from local businesses like Target, Costco and Chipotle.

They are now in their third location. Shannon is the only employee and part time and they are serving one meal for each day a week with just volunteers. They switched up their programs to vary their services for different needs when the pandemic hit. Some are drive through, some days they get a hot meal and groceries. Lutheran social services, homeless people being kept in hotels, and specialized foods for different living circumstances are included in these new processes. 155,000 pounds of food (approximately) has left the Soup Kitchen since the pandemic. They are partners with Operation Sandwich. They bag the groceries for them. Bridges of Hope gives out Laundry Soap on Wednesday.

They are in the Frontlines dealing with people who are affected by the pandemic. There are no questions asked and that helps the people that are first time users of the Soup Kitchen. Shannon feels that was a real need since many do not qualify for food stamps and other assistance.

She thanked the group that was running Full Tummies. Saturdays are now two to go meals with some extra help. Next week they are going back to one meal a day because the county is no longer housing homeless. They have a waiting list for people who want to help with the program. She concluded with wishing that everyone could see how God is providing by walking in her shoes. She mentioned 350 pies from Cosco. Then there was the lasagna noodles. She got a double donation and with the help of another employee who could use their funds for a discount she was able to hand out grocery bags with the ingredients including the expensive cheese to make lasagna. They needed a walk in fridge and freezer to accommodate the donated rescue food. They put together a plan to have all the food organizations use this.

Now they want to hire a full time employee and get a van to pick up donations. Bob Nibbe mentioned trying to make a meal out of donated rack of lamb for them. They disguised it and called it ham. Wild game is not something that can be donated. Groups that volunteer have to be 6 to 8 people since they are not serving but delivering outside to pickup. Their biggest need throughout the year is financial, some extra volunteer help on cleaning days would also help.

“Through food we can offer people in need a little bit of hope.”

Board Report
September 15, 2020 Report


September Report
A brief summary of the Board report: from September: member drops Allison Drusch and Chuck Isaacson, the Women’s Center is our new non profit WW partner, and members that applied will be granted their dues relief. Any other questions, please contact Chairman Nick Haglin.

July 21, 2020 Board of Directors Meeting Minutes

Board Reports
September 2019
October 2019
November 2019

Sponsorship had $6,000 to give away this year They have donated to Sunshine Sertoma, Brainerd public library, Brainerd High School class of 2021 grad blast, Northland Arboretum, , Relay for LIfe, Brainerd Women’s Center just to mention a few. They have $1100 and encourage worthy causes to contact them soon through the website. This is not restricted to non profits. This money must be distributed by the end of June.

Saturday is a big food distribution 3 p.m.. Saturday at Bethlehem Lutheran. Volunteers are needed to help unload the truck at 2 p.m. No restrictions on who can take advantage of this big event so spread the word to anyone in need –all are welcome.

Take down gym coupons in support of the Pohl Children’s foundation–$10 see Beth for this opportunity.

Flag Meeting Thursday April 8th at the Red Sand Pub (Gary Walters) house at 5:30. Chef Mike will be catering. More details will follow but save the date and help us continue to make this tremendous patriotic contribution to the city of Brainerd to make money for so many worthwhile charities that rely on Sertoma for contributions. It is at 5:30 and you are welcome to attend if you let Gary know you are coming even if you are not on the flag committee.May is coming Quickly! Please RSVP to Gary Walters if you plan to attend since food and beverages are an issue. 218 820 0968. Look for the email for specific directions

PDF of map to Walter’s House


Arbor Day Celebration Saturday, May 1st Noon to 4 p.m. Free activities for the family at the Northland ARBORETUM. See event flyer. Auction and free giveaways also.

Several social opportunities including Winter Wonderland Wrap Up party and Ditch pick will be announced soon. This is a great time to return to the fold.

AGAIN WE CAN ONLY SAY: “there is nothing like attending a meeting in person. Please consider returning to the in person fold. It is much more fun with more people to pick on for fines!!


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.
Blue Ticket Winner
Chuck Brenny
Pot-O-Gold Winner
Joe Enge
Members – 24
Finally broke the 25 attendance mark–come on back it’s getting back to rowdy!!
Guests –  2
Guests: Shannon Mills from the Soup Kitchen and Ben Sommers from Window Galaxy who is joining
* 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.

Sertoma Frequently Asked Questions PDF

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.
21 Joyce Anderson JD Berns
28 Amber Babineau Chuck BrennyMay
5 Carolyn Bare Beth Burnard
12 Dave Burggraff Dwan Beardmore
19 Reed Campbell Susie Eller
26 Kevin Donnay Joe EngeJune
2 Bob Ehrich Pam Finch
9 Les Franz Veronica Franzen
16 Tim Frederickson Jim Grant
23 Kevin Goedker Nick Haglin
30 Russ Hale Jonathan Howard

7th Brian Lehman Brad Kohorst
14 Mike Larson Gary Loge
21 Jim Mayne Nikki Lyter
28 Jed Moore Mary Marana

4 Karen Pederson Steve Mau
11 Karen Munsterteiger Ron Morris
18 Jamie Rowlette Karla Nelson
25 Nick Weeks Bob Nibbe

1 Tim Volkmuth Jeff Olson
8 Keith Wieser John Raboin
15 Shannon Wussow Diane R Johnson
22 Becky Johannes Lori Rubin
29 Kevin Stumpf Klem Schee

6 Jackie McCall Candice Zimmerman

Sertoman of the Day
Of Note
Fun to welcome our new member Ben Sommers–Mary was ordering new windows for her house today and brought him along so she didn’t miss the meeting and signed him up–great work Mary M..

The Arb needs volunteers for our Arbor Day Celebration coming up on May 1st. Here is the link to sign up:

Thank you!
Candice Zimmermann, Executive Director

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 have two new members with two very useful services to offer our members.

Becky Johannes is a Master Technician offering her pest solutions that have already been verified by several very satisfied Sertoma customers

Ben Sommers is with Windows Galaxy and this is their advertisement:
With over 35 years in residential window replacement, home improvement and commercial construction, we will bring a “Galaxy” of knowledge and experience to your home improvement projects. We look forward to welcoming you to the Window Galaxy Family! Ben is the guy on the far left in the photo.


Rumor Corner

  • Such a wonderful day at Sertoma, guest who became a new member–welcome Ben Sommers from Windows Galaxy of Minnesota and enough people to look like a crowd.
  • Gary did his speed dial fining and Pam almost kept up.
  • Kevin got fined for picking on Chuck and Joe.
  • Someone got fined for winning at pull tabs in the Ninth Street Bar.
  • Tim got fined for his Dr. Seuss tie (Dr. Seuss has been censored for his early children’s books(
  • Jim G got fined just for electrical reasons.
  • Windows installation guy (Ben) did not get fined but Mary paid.
  • Chuck B is being fined for his future as president of the Baxter Lions Club (he blamed an unprintable person)
  • Pam F is happy to be working with Bridges of Hope. Pam S is happy she got a new keyboard to be able to keep up with Gary. Klem is happy to be chaperoning his son and a bunch of boys on their senior trip to Mexico. Shannon is happy to be using her new passport to go to Mexico.
  • Craig Dunmire gift certificate giveaway (another reason to come back to the meeting) Gary Walters, Jonathan Howard, Tim Volkmuth, Diane Rook Johnson, Klem Shee



This Weeks Humor

Spread the Laughter, Share the Cheer, Let’s be Happy, while we’re here!

News From Old Friends

This week I reached out to one of my favorite long time members, Jeff Fitch. He updated me on his move to Alaska at 6 a.m. his time on his way to work. The area they are living in is called “The Valley 60 miles from Anchorage. He went back to take over a job working with the state in refrigeration where he spent 10 years being mentored by the guy who was retiring. He is 4,080 miles away from Brainerd and being overrun by moose in his yard. He stated, “ I am enjoying retirement” and indicated that his new “old” job makes him feel retired. They do however still have snow there right now. We could actually use some snow –moisture!!


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