Sertoma Winter Wonderland


July 11, 2018

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Nathan Lundbohn and Cindy Moore were the speakers today and they informed Sertomans about The Shop in Brainerd which is defined as “Youth Defined Space.” It is a non profit committed to providing community support to all teenagers and young adults as they transition into independence and adulthood. Their goal is providing a safe place where youthful energy is harnessed into creativity, they can build lasting relationships and easily establish personal connections. Nathan is theon site manager who mentors many of the activities. Cindy’s love her work came out as she explained that the clients treat the place as home. Social and emotional learning goes on every day–Nate’s job is to identify these situations and help the kids work through them. The other important event is the fact that they are given food. “Teenagers are very very hungry and it affects their personalities”, according to Cindy. It is a definite draw for many of the kids who come from broken homes.The Shop accepts food donations from many sources. Their computer and bicycle programs work to teach children to refurbish. One of the biggest and most successful programs is service to the community that is required if you wish to be part of The Shop. Several of their kids are homeless and this is a very vital service for them. Establishing a family relationship at the Shop has made a difference in their lives. “It is an chance for the kids to be considered assets to the community” Cindy remarked. The recognition that something happened to these kids sometimes takes a while to work out. Nate explained that he was an at-risk student and finding this job was perfect for him. Setting people on the road to changing their lives was what he wanted to do. He shared a few interesting success stories. They accept public and private donations including in-kind. Hunt Technologies owns the building a works with them. Fix it people are welcome. Carpenters could repair and mentor at the same time would be welcome to help them deal with some building maintenance issues. Nate had a great list of fun things like nerf guns that would always be welcome. The Shop has about 10,000 use visits a year (20-40 per day). They work with LSS to help the homeless. Nate encourages the kids to check with referral services that will help them with their problems. They are open Wednesday through Sunday at 3-9 for people who want to donate and drop off food and garden produce.

In 2013, a report issued by the Minneapolis based Youthprise organization states that “32% of K-12 children are responsible for taking care of themselves after school and only 12% participate in after school programs.” Focused “Out of School Time” Activities play a crucial part in supporting youth and in particular work to “level the playing field” for youth considered “disadvantaged.” On average, students spend 2,000 hours a year outside of school, and they need places to go where they feel welcome and comfortable. At the same time, our most vulnerable youth find themselves disconnected from our local communities and under appreciated.

TheShop is here to provide a place for our youth where they can grow to be positive, productive, and engaged citizens in the Brainerd Lakes Area. The Shop is also here to close the “opportunity gap” for youth who have yet to find a place to participate in constructive activities, inspiring recreation, and transformative programs.

With your help and support TheShop will remain a youth defined space dedicated to youth in our community

Board Report
Mary invited everyone to the Crisis Line anniversary celebration–see the event announcement for details. Prairie Bay Friday 2 p.m.

Tito’ s Tasting August 16th coming up to benefit Camp and the Fat Guys. Gary Walters is also sponsoring a scotch tasting party to raise money for the Regional.

Committee for Regional is planning a prime rib dinner– 15 COUPLES 5 Already taken. Gary Loge will be cooking. The cost will be $150 per couple. See Diane Rook Johnson for early reservations. Date is set for Sept 6th and half the seats are taken. Tickets will be sold outside the club soon. Prime rib, at Gary’s house.

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

50 50 Drawing winner this week Jonathan Howard

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 for the Pound
Pot-O-Gold Winner
Would have been Nick Haglin (that was an expensive fire call)
Members – 47Guests – 3
Guests:  Cindy Moore and Nate Lindbohn from The Shop and Camp Sertoma visitors Theresa Capischke from Sertoma of Greater Mankatorand Thomas Zimmerman from the Columbus Nebraska club
* 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.
July 18th Chuck Brenny, Joe Brenny, Dave Burggraff
July 25th Beth Burnard, Reed Campbell, Ryan Carey
Aug 1st Lowell Carlson, Rachel Carpenter, Bob Carter
Aug 8th Tony Klaers, Dave Clausen, Chuck Cogger
Aug 15th Todd Dahl, Kevin Donnay, Allison Drusch
Aug 22nd Dwan Eckstrom, Bob Ehrich, Scott Fisher
Aug 29th Jeff Fitch, Les Franz,Tyler Glynn
Sertoman of the Day


Of Note
Milo Johnson has been struggling with some serious heart health issues. Kathy Williams was kind enough to send me this address for those of you who would like to send him a get well card. Milo Johnson, PO Box 2, Gully, Minnesota 56466

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
Be sure to vote in the Brainerd Dispatch Best of the Lakes Contest for our Brainerd Sertoma businesses. So far–best greenhouse Boys and Berries, best law firm Raboin and Associates, best customer service Greenheck Glass, best bank MMCU, best breakfast-Baxter Cafe, Best Chiro-Sazama Family,Best Eye- Midwest Family,Best Non Profit-Confidence, Best Heating-SCR and Thelen, Best Plumbing-SCR, Best Medical-Essentia, Best Cust Service-Brainerd Dispatch, Best Auto-Mills Honda, Best home construction-NorSon.(If any are missed please email newletter account). You have to register .


Rumor Corner

  • The newsletter lady (greeter person organizer) would like to apologize for totally messing up the list. Hopefully it will be straightened out and correct on the newsletter by next week.
  • To whoever owns the big black silverado pickup 4X4 –thank you for taking the newsletter lady’s parking spot.
  • Welcome Camp Sertoma helpers!!
  • Big fishing trip is next week for the Dog Pound.
  • Vern is working, Nick is at a fire and Ken Toole took over. Very well run meeting Ken!!
  • Steve M auctioned off the lawn mower Dale B guy–there was a question and a speedo involved. Gary W won the lawnmower auction!! More money for the regional convention fund!! He has to use a push mower. Check with Gary if you want to come to the watch Dale work party.
  • Welcome to our new sergeant Luke he fined every body who gave him a bad time about being alone on Scout’s honor since Ken was running his inaugural meeting
  • Luke didn’t want to over fine since he is still trying to make friends. He did however act pretty smug about being late and not getting fined for it.
  • Bob N stepped in and helped him collect by fining everyone who didn’t wave at either Todd or Steve in the 4th Parade. Lots of party money collected in a short time.
  • Happy fine-great event after hours at Hubbard Radio with the assistance of Party Time.
  • Teresa H is happy because she is going to Munsterteiger Camp
  • Karen M is happy to be a commoner.
  • John R is happy because he got nominated for best.
  • Diane RJ is happy for the grandson coming from Denver for the week.
  • Steve M is happy Greg S did such a great job on the muffler repair he needed last week.
  • Jaime was happy about the wonderful fourth he had with his kids on the lake.
  • Shannon is happy you can vote for the Women’s Center as best non profit.
  • BLAST FROM THE PAST Here is a group of Sertomans from right around 2000. How many of them do you know? Thanks Big Mike for sharing.



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