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January 10, 2018

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North Memorial Health Ambulance Service provides service to nine regions across Minnesota and western Wisconsin. Their service headquarters is in Brooklyn Center. They are the largest hospital run ambulance service in the country.Offering services since 1961, this service has grown from two ambulances and six people trained in first aid to 125 ambulances and 780 trained team members to transport and take care of emergencies, an award winning dispath center, quality assurance, IT support, concise vehicle maintenance and more. Their motto is “We put customers on the road to good health quickly.” They are the only state of Minnesota accredited service besides Moorhead. It is a voluntary process that forces them to look at what they are doing and make sure they are doing. With their 50 years of experience they average 85,000 customers each year. Their ambulances and personnel are licensed to provide every level of care. Their mission is to empower customers to achieve their best health through better healthcare. Their goal is to have engaged informed customers.

Kevin Lee, North Memorial regional manager, explained that this is a non profit service. Their service area is about the size of Massachusetts. They are part of an EMS system that sends medical emergencies to the sheriff’s office and they are immediately forwarded to their dispatcher in order to provide pre arrival instructions. Law enforcement often is in the first responder situation. Brainerd has a very robust first responders group in the Brainerd Area. The most difficult cases are those that involve multiple injuries. They have a paramedic response program with Breezy Point that is a very unique public/private response group that has won awards. They have helicopters to transport people quickly if that decision is made. With their up to date equipment in dispatch they can have an autolaunch program that sends the helicopter out if there looks to be that kind of emergency. The station in Brainerd actually started in the 1986. This is a non competitive effort. For instance North Memorial works in cooperation with the Crosby Hospital that has its own service. There is a paramedic and an EMT on each ambulance. The paramedic can administer medication and do much more complicated care right on the scene. There are 60 full time jobs in the Brainerd area with three crews on duty all the time and the rest of the regions have 1. Helicopters are located at Brainerd, Princeton, and Bemidji. Most calls happen in Baxter and Brainerd (about 70%). Averaging 15 calls a day in Brainerd includes about 2 patient transports each day. Essentia does not transfer as many patients as they did in the past. The national survey that they participate in ranks their customer satisfaction right up with other good services in the country. Kevin explained that customers need to know that they are paying for the service to be available when it is needed. It costs about $600,000 for one ambulance crew for a year. They only manage to collect about 40% of what they bill out. North Memorial does not charge if they do not take the customer to the hospital. They keep costs down with their joined efforts. They are kept busy with providing BIR with ambulance service in the summer time. They give back to the community by providing service for things like the Ice Fishing Tournament (about $27,000 worth of donated service for non profit events per year). They travel to help with disasters. “The EMS community in Minnesota is very good, we work together instead of against each other,” was his closing remark.

Board Report

October 4th-6th at Arrowwood is the Regional Convention. Karen again corrected a recent date error. Attend a board meeting rookies for your GEM Award.

Cars Last year 3058 This year about 4300 People about 12400 about 16600

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
Bob Nibbe
Pot-O-Gold Winner
Would have been Dave Clausen
Members – 42Guests – 1
Guests: Kevin Lee from North Memorial Ambulance
* 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.
Jan 17th No Meeting Chili Olympics for United Way
Jan24th David Goos, Jim Grant, Lisa Habermann
Jan 31st Nick Haglin, Allen Hall, Matt Hanneken
Feb 7th Patty Hartman, Robert Hannahs Bryan Hedlund,
Feb 14th Teresa Hettver, Anita Hollenhorst, Jonathan Howard
Feb 21st Chuck Isackson, Veronica Jensen,Tony Klaers
Feb 28th Brian Kirkpatrick, Gary Kratzke, Ken Lacy
Sertoman of the Day


Of Note
Prayers continue for Reed’s family and Bill Mitsch’s wife is having some health issues .

Another acknowledgement from vision and hearing, Soup Kitchen, Ski Loons, Kids Against Hunger, and Radiothon Against Child Abuse thank you’s .

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 back Joe Brenny and Carole Paulson.
  • Not a great member attendance today-however all the old Bryan B harem was here without him.
  • We are missing our illustrious president again. Vern got fined to get her to do her job!!
  • Happy Birthday Carole P
  • Bob’s non cowboy shirt got Scotty fined.
  • Chuck B got fined because he didn’t know his brother’s middle name and Joe knew his (Joe)
  • Vern’s daughter in the air force got Kevin S a fine.
  • Kathy didn’t know if Jaime had a pierced ear.
  • Teresa never wears polish and Bob N didn’t know that for a buck. Good questions Sergeant Allison.
  • “Another ambulance chaser without an ambulance.” Steve M remark for speaker.
  • Dave B gave the sergeant his hat instead of the $2 fine. SM looked might fine in said hat–see photo.
  • Granpa Les had to pay a happy buck for JD’s upcoming baby wanted to know did it relate to the onsie.
  • Kevin S paid Allison’s fine for not showing up for ice fishing up north.
  • Teresa had a two fer one from Allison one from SM a big breast fine (chicken of course).
  • 1-800-rearended cost some lawyer a fine.
  • Two Brenny’s in the house was a $2 fine.
  • Who needs dance lessons from the Tiger–peace out SM. Besides your cool sergeant picture makes you look “graceful” as all get out.
  • Our Sergeant Goos is actually running a updated version of an old game show called Hollywood Squares. The people who sat in the big tic tac toe squares answered questions–many times with hilariously funny answers if they didn’t know the real one. So here are some bloopers from the original Hollywood Squares that would definitely appeal to Lowell C.
    The Good Old Days on Sertoma Squares ..

    • Q. Do female frogs croak? A. Gerry : If you hold their little heads under water long enough.
    • Q. If you’re going to make a parachute jump, at least how high should you be A. Smiley: Three days of steady drinking should do it.
    • Q. True or False, a pea can last as long as 5,000 years…A. Les: Boy, it sure seems that way sometimes.
    • Q. You’ve been having trouble going to sleep. Are you probably a man or a woman?
      A.. Dick: That’s what’s been keeping me awake.
    • Q. According to Cosmopolitan, if you meet a stranger at a party and you think that he is attractive, is it okay to come out and ask him if he’s married? A.. Pam: No wait until morning.
    • Q. Which of your five senses tends to diminish as you get older? A. Kevin: My sense of decency..
    • Q. What are ‘Do It,’ ‘I Can Help,’ and ‘I Can’t Get Enough’? A. Mary : I don’t know, but it’s coming from the next apartment.
    • Q. Dale, why do Hell’s Angels wear leather?A. Dale: Because chiffon wrinkles too easily.
    • Q.Bob N, you’ve just decided to grow strawberries. Are you going to get any during the first year? A.. Bob N: Of course not, I’m too busy growing strawberries.
    • Q. In bowling, what’s a perfect score? A. Vicki: Ralph, the pin boy.
    • Q. During a tornado, are you safer in the bedroom or in the closet? A. Karen: Unfortunately, I’m always safe in the bedroom.
    • Q. Can boys join the Camp Fire Girls? A.. Ken : Only after lights out.
    • Q. If you were pregnant for two years, what would you give birth to? A. Diane: Whatever it is, it would never be afraid of the dark..
    • Q. According to Ann Landers, is there anything wrong with getting into the habit of kissing a lot of people? A. Scotty: It got me out of the army.
    • Q. Back in the old days, when Great Grandpa put horseradish on his head, what was he trying to do? A. Bob C: Get it in his mouth.
    • Q. Who stays pregnant for a longer period of time, your wife or your elephant? A. Bryan B: Who told you about my elephant?
    • Q. According to Ann Landers, what are two things you should never do in bed? A. Dwan: Point and laugh
  • These are actual hilarious answers given on the old Hollywood Squares show.
  • And finally the newsletter lady decided that since Reed and Bryan B were not here that they had gone to check out the “beach” without their buddy Jaime see photo.

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