October 14, 2020

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The Women’s Center has been empowering victims for domestic violence through a variety of programs since 1978. The Women’s Center operates a 24-hour emergency shelter for individuals experiencing domestic violence and their children. In addition to physical safety, the shelter provides personal advocacy, information and referral, support groups, legal support, and education for the community about violence and its effects. The Women’s Center also has a program for Supervised Parenting Time, named the Alex & Brandon Child Safety Center. Opened in 2000, the Safety Center offers a safe and child-oriented environment where families needing services may have parenting time with their child under supervision by trained staff. Custodial and non-custodial parents do not see each other and have a safe, secure, neutral facility to have family-friendly parenting time. Shannon Wusssow, director, was joined by Lenora Zino, Community Relations and Volunteer Coordinator and her daughter Harper. The organization has been in operation for over 40 years. October is their busiest month because it is domestic violence awareness month. She talked about changes due to Covid. She thanked John for his donation of masks. Their services have not stopped. She referenced Jim Grant’s role as a volunteer board member. She talked about the increased stress in families due to home schooling, working at home, quarantines and Covid. They are keeping their staff and offering an appreciation award for those willing to work on site. She is even worried about how she personally is affected by this especially with her children. The number of violence service incidents increase due to Covid issues concerns Lenora most. 4,792 requests for non residential services were made last year and this is up about 20% right now according to Shannon. She is very concerned about the long-term effects especially cancelling their succesful fund raisers like the candle-light vigil. Their 170 olunteers are suspended and that is having huge effect and it is “devastating” according to Lenora. She mentioned the virtual fishing tournament that turned out to be a success. Recognizing their role in the face of all the programs offering grants and help is difficult. “Moving forward and doing the best we can” was the final theme of their presentation. “Advocate and encourage is their biggest role with their clients. Shannon thanked the club for the opportunity to become a Winter Wonderland partner. Follow their FACEBOOK PAGE to get in on the good stuff like their online auction taking place now.

Board 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

Fixing displays and sending them to the Arb for Winter Wonderland at the storage(Gull Lake Glass) on Thursday Friday Oct 15-16 AT 9:00. So many heave ho type volunteers needed along with pick up trucks to pull trailers and less heave ho volunteers to drive. Mike’s Tree service will be there Monday., ready to start. Tunnels are scheduled for October 30th watch for email updates depending on weather. Jeff gave the women’s center great credit for working so well with his staff this week.
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
Jim Grant
Pot-O-Gold Winner
Would have been Dave Burggraff
Members – 21
Guests – 2
Guests: Harper Wussow , LenoraZeno, Community Relations/Volunteer Coordinator
* 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.

October 21 Nick Haglin, Bob Hannahs, Matt Hanneken
October 28 Jonathan Howard, Jodi Hyatt, Brad Kohorst
Sertoman of the Day
Of Note

Full Tummies made a special presentation to Harper Wussow. Fom Full Tummies-she received a certificate and a neat shirt for her help with the project. Full Tummies will continue until the weekend before Thanksgiving. The program may merge with the Soup Kitchen to help their progrm to provide full meals to families from now on.

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 to a little tale about a man named Bob—Nibbe that is. Had himself a little patch of liquid orange. Had a golden opportunity to make it big with a splash on the front page of the local paper featuring “double” pumpkins. Well the other guy who sold pumpkins managed to get a picture of him and one of these pumpkins and submit it. Our local hero and star just managed to send in a double corny picture with not even a wisp of human being. Anyway we hope things are still going well at pumpkin heaven—just a little more time to get stocked up for Halloween!! According to his report upon entry, it is not too late to get lotsa pumpkins and fall decor.
    Groaner Pumpkin jokes courtesy of Gary W–he was sergeant today and I missed most of the funnies due to delivery issues.
    1. Let’s give ’em pumpkin to talk about.
    2. Let’s go to Boys and Berries and carve out some fun this October.
    3. Have a gourd time on Halloween.
    4.Oh my gourd, I love fall(said B Nibbe never).
    5. Orange you pumped for Halloween?
    6.Hey Jack!! This really is a Hollow-ween for you.
    7. I’m a pun-king and you’re gourdgeous and I only have pies for you.
    8. Go big or gourd home.
    9. And grand finale quote from Bob himself, “I’ve never met a pumpkin I didn’t like.”
  • Someone who usually wears court suitable attire told me it wasn’t casual Wednesday it was “hot tub arrival day”!!!!
  • Joe E is sporting a distiguished looking set of facial hair!! Gary W fined him because California burned down. He paid a happy fine for keeping California from burning.
  • Ken had a clear Covid test and had a wonderful trip to Georgia for a WEDDING.
  • Shannon got fined for not being at the work day for WW
  • Our pres plaid Les’s fine when Gary wanted him to pay for letting us think he was not around.
International News


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

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