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May 16, 2018

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Sertoman of the Year this year is Ted Anderson. The presentation speech follows.

Sertoma. An organization dedicated to serving mankind. Our 2018 Sertoman of the Year delights in serving people and helping those who might be forgotten. A relatively new member of the “Dog Pound,” this Sertoman is always ready with a warn smile, a gentle tone, and a get it done attitude.Ted Anderson joined Sertoma in 2015 and quickly became known as a team player. As our resident Santa Clause, Ted brings a smile to boys and girls as they share their secret wish for Christmas during our annual Sertoma Winter Wonderland. Realizing the joy that being Santa brought to “kids” of all ages, Ted has appeared as Santa at numerous locations throughout our community including local nursing homes. As if being Santa wasn’t enough, Ted has also assisted in setting up and taking down the lighted displays for our Sertoma Winter Wonderland.

Ted has been the Co-Chair of our Pipe and Drape Committee. Often dedicating significant time to communicating with clients, coordinating Sertoma volunteers, transporting pipe and drape inventory, and directing set up activities, Ted has managed this important Sertoma fund raiser with patience and perseverance. Annually this project generates over $15,000 a year that Sertoma is able to give back to our local community.

Ted and his wife Mary have been enthusiastic Flag route co-captains for many years. This involves making sure the American flags are on display at Brainerd/Baxter businesses on holidays and special flag days.

When he is not directing committees that he chairs, he is volunteering his time with other committees in the club including our Sertoma Club’s vision and hearing screening for local middle and high schoolers and being part of the citch pick crew that cleans up trash that has accumulated on our local highway. Ted is a multiple Regional Conventions attendee and volunteers at the Sertoma Mariucci Fiesta.

Ted is a current Board Members of the Club and gives generously of his time. Outside of Sertoma, Ted has been married to his wife Mary for 16 years. Prior to retirement Ted spent a combined 50 years in management in the retail industry. He volunteers with Beginning Experience, an organization dedicated to helping those who are experiencing divorce or death of a spouse. He coordinates two Bible study men’s groups and has served in a variety of leadership roles in his church. Ted drives weekly for Meals on Wheels and is a boat captain for Fishing Has No Boundaries, an organization that provides recreational opportunities for anglers with disabilities regaardless of their age, race, gender, or disability.

Ted still maintains relationships with childhood friends and often checks in with them to offer support. Always loyal, always concerned about the needs of others, Ted has a heart for giving and that is what service to mankind is all about.

“The Brainerd Area Sertoma Club believes in serving others. Ted Anderson is a great example of someone who is passionate about serving mankind. He is proud to be a Sertoman. His leadership and contribution are a big reason behind the success of our club. Our club is proud to have a nominee for further consideration of Sertoman of the Year awards. He is a role model for all.”stated President Karen Munsterteiger.

The Club also handed out it’s Sertoma Works Awards. These people are recognized for being the hard workers who are always the go-to people for any and all projects Sertoma undertakes. Sertoma is based on actual service to mankind. It is not how much you donate it is what you are willing to do to help raise the money that Sertoma gives back to the Brainerd Lakes Area. Dwan Eckstrom, Bob Carter, Nikki Lyter, Jamie Rowlette and the entire “Dog Pound” (represented by Art Becker) were given this yearly honor.

Board Report
The meeting was held at the Brainerd Lakes Chamber on May 15,2018 with 11 members present and two absent.

Shannon Wussow of the Mid Minnesota Women’s Center and Gregg Meierhoffer were added as new members.

President’s report included the success of Cumberland event. Needed a Service to Mankind nominee.

Nick did an excellent job with his new member orientation.

Sponsorship needs one new member including a new chair.

Programs has a calendar update for the next two months.

Quickbooks is having a bit of a problem that Karen and Chuck were working on but which will now be done by the outside accountant.

Looking at the lights, cords, and displays at Winter Wonderland to get some idea of the repairs and the number of new LCD lights needed for next year.

June 6th Set Up and Crow Wing Power. More details to follow

The ditch pick was labeled “fun” .

Regional committees are meeting, no early bird registration, and entertainment is booked.

Need a third VP and need 3 Board Positions. Contact an officer.

The one year trial partnership with Party Time Rental was approved after the Pipe and Drape surveys were analyzed. The majority of the people contacted approved of this measure.


Anita Hollenhorst is working with a triathalon to help the Cuyuna Range Elementary School Parent Teacher organization directly benefiting kids and community. It is June 10, 2018 and features paddle, shred, and treat the red (off road paddle, mountain bike ride, and 3 mile run.)

Lowell Carlson announced Armed Forces Day, the first flag outing of the year. Thanks to Amber and all the Rookies and Luke and Brad for covering the open flag routes.

Committee for Regional is planning a prime rib dinner– 15 COUPLES 5 Already taken. Gary Loge will be cooking. After the Fourth of July approximately $150 per couple. See Diane Rook Johnson for early reservations.

June 10th Million Meters Row Cross Fit Grow is raising money for Northern Pines Mental Health center awareness Zero Suicide Initiative. Goal is $35,00 with teams to raise moneys. Contribute to Luke Weber . It is a great cause for the community.

June 6th Grand View Fun Golf Day. $10 per person. Anyone who wishes to be in tourney should contact John or wait for sign up.Contributions to the fun fund welcome especially from raffle winners!~! Full foursome that check in will be honored. Jaycees will be invited. 4 p.m.

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

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
Amber Babineau
Pot-O-Gold Winner
Would have been Allen Hall
Members – 41Guests – 1
Guests: Mary Anderson, Ted’s wife
* 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.


May 23rd Gregg Meierhoffer, Gary Walters, Luke Weber
May 30th Keith Wieser, Kathy Williams, Carol Winegar
June 6th Ted Anderson, Amber Babineau, Carolyn Bare
June 13th Bryan Barrer, DeAnn Barry, Chuck Bartels
June 20th Art Becker, JD Berns, Rick Besmehn
June 27th Mike Boen, Dale Bolt, Serena Bowman
Sertoman of the Day


Of Note

Kathy Williams will finally be headed home for her extended visit to Des Moines. Spending lots more time with her son was not on her agenda and we hope she is feeling much much better.

Bonnie Cumberland’s brother sent the following: Thank you so very much for sending the information regarding what Sertoma did with Bonnie’s contribution regarding Confidence Learning Center. Looks like some great things were built, which I’ms sure she would have wanted done. She was always proud of being a Sertoma member and of all the good things the organization did. Keep up all of the great work and thanks again. Scott Cumberland.

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

  • Creepy and Straka go together–especially after he and Dwan starting making dates for their annual pedicures together. Thanks Dwan for taking pictures at the Ditch Pick.
  • Corn counts and fishing–how do they go together. Only Greg knows!! Of course he got fined for missing.
  • Bob was harrasssing SM in his place of business.
  • Making the sheriff’s job so easy everyone thinks they can do it fine. Poor guy will have to become sergeant as soon as he retires to get his money back or at least REVENGE.
  • Advertising for the Baxter Cafe and Catering after 45 years as Country Kitchen fine to Kevin S. Barbeque Bob had to get fined for thinking it would improve the food.
  • Straka also wants to get the memos and so is taking over the newsletter lady’s job. Fun guy to have around–we missed you for sure.
  • Beautiful day to honor a Sertoman of the Year.
  • Thanks Big Bob, Schrader’s, and Amber for a great ditch pick.
  • Get better to the Prez’s husband– Stoltman and Clausen were involved somehow and it sounded too rude for Sertoma newsletter ears.
  • Karla won the regional pot this time. We will call her big bucks from now on.
  • Mother’s Day Lunch at Madden’s for Patty was a little more expensive since she didn’t even wave at SM. She paid but said he should have been a gentleman and waved first!
  • Quing for Communities made $2,000 for Junior Achievement so Big Bob was happy.
  • Amber is becoming a grandma today and happy.
  • Jeff O is happy because it is exactly a month to 35 and 45 years for the Classic Fishing and Golf as well as the Mariucci Fiesta and some members haven’t missed one.
  • Corny fishing jokes:
  • I rang the fishing helpline today and said, “I’m rubbish at fishing, can you help me?”
    The guy said, “Can you hold the line?”I said, “No.”
  • What did the fish say when it swam into a brick wall? Dam!
  • Two fish are in a tank.One says to the other, “Do you know how to drive this thing?”
  • There’s a fine line between fishing and just standing on the shore like an idiot.
  • Where do fish keep their money?In a river bank.
  • How do shellfish get to the hospital?In a clam-bulance.
  • What kind of music should you listen to while fishing?Something catchy.
  • Why did the fish blush? Because it saw the lake’s bottom.
  • A guy is walking along the pier one day when he comes across an old man with his shoes off, trousers rolled up, legs dangling in the sea and fishing with an imaginary rod.
    The guy’s confused so he asks, “What are you doing?”The old man replies, “Fishing for idiots.”
    “Sounds good,” says the guy. “Can I join you?”The old man says, “Of course you can. Sit down here next to me, son.”So the guy sits down and casts an imaginary rod out.Then he asks the old man, “So, how many idiots have you caught today, then?” The old man replies, “You’re the third this morning.”
  • What do you get when you cross a banker with a fish? A loan shark
  • How do you communicate with a fish?Drop it a line.
  • My friend tells better fishing stories than me.He’s got longer arms.
  • How do fish get between holes when playing golf? On a golf carp.
  • I watched a good film about fishing last night. It had a great cast in it.


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