March 20, 2019

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Jaime  Rowlette  and Dwan Ekstrom gave the Winter Wonderland Wrap Up report today.This is the #1 fundraiser with qross of 90,000-100,000 per year.  In 2018 3890 cars came through the display,13787 people attended, 1102 advanced ticket sales occurred and Total sales receipts were $53,981.43.  Partners include the Northland Arboretum. The Crisis Center, Confidence Learning Center and the ASL CLUB, both high school and college.  They each receive $4,000 and the Arb gets $5,000 more as a location fee.  Jaime thanked Ted Anderson for his contribution as Santa.  Two big grants went out last year to Minnesota Women’s Center and  the Bonnie Cumberland Scholarship Fund.  This year $25,000 was distributed to 5 non profits:  Operation Sandwich, Md MN Women’s Center, Brighter Days, Interfaith Volunteers and  Bridges of Hope. New ideas include personalized displays, and a sign for when the cars leave for pictures.


Board Report

The meeting was called to order by Karen Munsterteiger, Chair at 7:48 am on March 19, 2019 as there was a quorum present.
The minutes were approved from the January board meeting. There were no minutes from February as there was not a quorum.
Jaime Rowlette and Dwan Eckstrom, Co-Chairs of the Winter Wonderland Committee gave their annual report. Income was over budget for Winter Wonderland while total costs of the project were just over budget. They presented the due diligence of the recipients of the grant winners. They proposed a total of 5 grants for $25,000 each. The board approved their proposal. The Board thanked Jaime and Dwan for their dedication to Winter Wonderland and contributing to the success.
Committee Reports:
Membership – The board approved new member Jedediah Moore from Crow Wing Chiropractic. There were no drops.
Pipe and Drape – mention was made of a successful set up and take down for the Aitkin Show. MMBA show set up scheduled for Wednesday. Thank you all for volunteering.
Sponsorship – Nick shared the committee will be meeting after Wednesday’s meeting.
Flags – JD shared there is only one past due bill. They will be gearing up for 2019.
Social – Ditch Pick on May 9th and Ken will confirm the date of the Rookie Party.
IT, Marketing/Publicity, Hearing Health and Buy/Sell Stuff has no report.
Old Business – None
New Business:
Veronica shared the Annual Meeting Ballot for Sertoma International. The Board approved the voting for Gretchen Nielsen, Jr. Vice President, Caleb Kershaw, Director at Large (1 year term) and Susan Love, Director at Large, (3 year term). They also approved the ranking of dues increases from International with #1 being no increase. The other rankings were small increases which were voting in sequential order.
National Hearing Aid Project/Hearing Aid Collection Center
Karen shared the information provided to her by Dale Bolt regarding our club becoming a collection center for hearing aids. The board approved the forming of a committee to do further research for this which Ken Toole volunteered to head.
Shannon Wussow was approved as the club Secretary for the remainder of Teresa Hettver’s term due to her employment change.
Meeting was adjourned at 8:30.


WED MARCH 27TH Everything Expo reset 1 p.m. . Arrowwood set up: load at 8:30, set up at 9, take down is 6 p.m. that same day. Please help if you can on this busy day.

Pints for a Purpose April 3rd, Child Safety Center Community Fundraiser
Challenge on May 2nd at Rumbly Hall downtown (note change in Venue). The Recognition and Celebration tickets are $40 per person in advance ($50) . Buy your raffle tickets from Jim Grant at $10. See Shannon Wussow for more information. They are looking for sponsors for both events.

Looking for people to represent Sertoma at the CLC Scholarship & Awards Luncheon Wednesday, April 24th,2019

Rookies need to contact Ken Toole–a rookie party is in the works. Jodi Hyatt is also helping out.

May 9th Ditch Pick is now scheduled. 4:30 at Schroeder’s

President Franzen introduced her gift giveaway for bringing in a new members. She is also looking for businesses to contribute gifts. Steve Mau was the February prizes of a slow cooker and golf balls. NEEDED PRIZES FOR MARCH!

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
Bryan Barrer (he had to put his glasses on and almost didn’t get his money.
Pot-O-Gold Winner
Tyler Glynn
Members – 34Guests – 1
Guests:David Munsterteiger
* 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.
March 27th Dave Clausen, Chuck Cogger, Todd Dahl
Sertoman of the Day

Dale Bolt was Sertoman of the Day. He started by claiming he shouldn’t have been fined because he had the official form from the website in hand and it specifically states that. Dale arrived in the Brainerd area in 1981 and has two children and 6 grandchildren. In 1981 he starting working as an insurance agent and continues with a very successful office today. He gives his staff credit for his success in the business. He found his friends and his clients in three places: a local business association, church, and Sertoma. He joined in 1986 when Jon Haapajoki was running for international president. “The club grows when you are busy and having fun working for common cause.” was his mantra for a successful Sertoma. His most embarrassing moment was the friendly former sheriff mentioning that one of his three places to find customers must have been jail in the middle of his speech.

Of Note
Shannon Wussow wanted to let everyone know the venue for the Alex and Brandon Child Safety Center fundraiser on May 2nd has been changed to Rumbly Hall (downtown). See flyer in business notes for details.

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

  • Continuing the vacation list with a couple of cute pics!! Going to Hawaii means you can wear super cool sunglasses to Sertoma Diane RJ Welcome back Dick S. Munsterteiger move to the lake in Backus-Dogpound Rumor. Officer friendly was belligerent with Bolt–he didn’t get invited! Sneaking into the meeting during the prayer Charlie and Straka–not cool. # One question at parks these days, “Do you have WiFi?” Duh Lonesome Bob wouldn’t wear his mask while greeting. Funny story–the lost coat belonged to Dr. Luke–Dwan got the keep the dollar he thought was in the pocket–unfortunately he had spent it on lollipops so that is all she got. Someone who was absent lately (vacationing in Florida) was caught out and about in Nisswa–do they do taxes at the Pickle? Report from the Aitkin on ice softball tournament from the director Jim M “Nobody went to the hospital or jail so it was a good year” Scruffy Bear shaved and he looks ten years younger. Reed gets the “Get all your food at once award” (trick put your soup on top of your glass). Dwan stood in for the missing attorney and tried to claim Dave M as HER guest. Low blow from KS–dollar for everybody who was happy he was back. Bolt got fined for sticking his truck out too far into the parking lot to avoid snow avalanches and an insurance claim. Lori got to pick someone to fine–she picked Nick and got yelled at by Gary (Nick is a customer). Pam paid Vern’s president fine–too bad if the YMCA guy thought we had too much fun. Phone fined (don’t be on it during meeting) and building up for next week fine to Ken T. KS paid a happy fine that Karen is leaving. Add to the vacation list Dwan to Mexico and Diane RJ to Hawaii.

International News

Everyone Deserves to Be On the Dance Floor!For people with hearing loss, the most exciting nights of their lives can be spent on the sidelines. Everyone belongs on the dance floor. Everyone wants to feel included and hear the music. Everyone deserves to have a memory of their favorite song, and who they were dancing with the night it played. Too often, people with hearing loss avoid the isolation that comes with not being able to hear the D.J.Why? Many families simply can’t afford the expense of hearing aids, so kids miss out on winter dances and more. The isolation keeps them from feeling like they fit in.Remember what it’s like to be young? Help give someone else an unforgettable night!


$100 repairs one hearing aid
$25 pays for clinical services
$10 covers shipping costs​


Notes from your President Veronica Franzen
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