Sertoma Winter Wonderland


November 14, 2018

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Sharon Higgins was today’s Sertoma speaker and started her speech by explaining that her husband was the speaker in the family. Her title is general manager of Brainerd Industrial Center and Midwest Recycling Solutions. Since the Higgins family purchased the former Wausau Paper Mill a few years ago, it has been marketing as a place where a wide variety of commercial or industrial tenants can lease space in its over 600,000 square feet. The recycling is a new effort that focuses on recycling food waste in Shakopee and Good Thunder. Some of the processing for the compost is done on site in Brainerd. In year two when their first batch was ready it was immediately purchased by local farmers. Bob Nibbe expressed an interest in local options to buy and Sharon explained they are working with local outlets to make that happen. They hope their efforts will succeed better than the previous person who tried this because of their efforts to be more efficient in dealing with the waste products of the process like the containers for the food. One recent plan proposed that the Public Utility Commission partner with the industrial center in a solar power project. They continue to come up with new and different ideas to make good use of this space. The Volkswagens are leaving but they had close to 10,000 at one time and had to rent space in Crosby. They have eight tenants including the cars. They store pet foods, woods, and some temporary storage with places WalMart. Mid-West Conveyor stores equipment. They have two tenants that employ about 45 . They have about 80 employees on site with their staff. Security and dealing with the cars are the two main jobs for on site workers. She talked about the remodeling process and the demo and scrapping projects that are ongoing. She and Lori Rubin got lost in the building one of the first months they were there and had to call for someone to rescue them. Their community involvement includes Wounded Warriors, Sports Boosters and several other events. The questions included some good information about how the process worked with the Volkswagen . They have 20 employees that have to check the cars every month including running them. Many of the cars were salvaged, the rest are being fixed and sold. About 100,000 square feet is now available. Sharon was very positive about her Brainerd experience, but admits she misses her family in Michigan. Her other enthusiasm was the recycling business.

Board Report
Volunteers for Winter Wonderland set up . Sign up for working the event are available. Sign up soon they go out to the non profits. Pick up tickets and posters from Nikki Lyter and put them up and pre sell.

The Sy Gau scholarship applications are available to be submitted the first of January. Sertoma International has all the information and forms. This $1.000 is available to anyone with a relative in Sertoma that is interested in a hearing related career.

Next Wednesday there is a meeting. There is no meeting between Christmas and New Year’s.

President Jensen introduced her gift giveaway for bringing in a new members. She is also looking for businesses to contribute gifts. October winner Kevin Goedker

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
JD Berns
Pot-O-Gold Winner
Would have been Lisa Habermann
Members – 43Guests – 5
Guests: Sharon Higgins from Brainerd Industrial Center, John and Karolyn Brenny, Erin Holmes from Legacy Real Estate Group and Jim Hanson with Cabin Check
* 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.
Nov 21 Bill Mitsch, Ron Morris, Karen Munsterteiger
Nov 28 Karla Nelson, Bob Nibbe, Jeff Olson
Dec 5th Jim Owens, Rebecca Pakarinen, Carole Paulson
Dec 12th Karen Pederson, Gerry Peterson, John Raboin
Dec 19th Collin Rehbein, Diane Rook-Johnson, Steve Rose
Sertoman of the Day


Of Note
As Thanksgiving approaches we need to be especially thankful for all our wonderful new and old members who make this club a work in progress dedicated to community service.

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

  • This stunning picture from somebody’s college souvenir pre Facebook collection does contain one of our famous Sertomans. Any guesses as to who is in this picture. Find the answer in the Business Notes!!
  • The newsletter lady was extremely happy when she got home and realized she had added a year onto her proud to be announcement. Another great senior moment for the record.
  • Jodi H, our new Casino rep, did get harassed by the Dog Pound when she greeted today. Thanks Jodi for filling in.
  • Teresa H called the Dog Pound liars and Dale B wanted you all to know she was picking on them for no good reason.
  • Alison is a dinner checker–she inspects Bryan B’s choices before she heads for the food.
  • Dropping dishes award to Jeff Olson!! Knocking over screens award to the Prez
  • Bringing your relatives to get on the gift list Chuck BR?
  • The egg lady ran off for two weeks and left her loyal customers stranded and eating store bought eggs–yuck.
  • Full house today–Chef M was looking a little nervous.
  • Bob N welcomed all the guests and immediately fined Chuck B
  • Vern got a “TRIP FINE’.
  • Teresa got fined for her engagement.
  • Kevin S “needs all the attention” got a fine. It was hard to tell through the crowd but he did refer to himself as “Stumpy”
  • Sertoma Squares by Dr. Luke:
  • Ken T was suppose to be an expert on marriage. Nov 3 is National House Wife Day but his answer was not even close.
  • What famous speech was given in November–Todd ‘s answer for the Pound got it right an Dr. Luke asked if the group was “in attendance” at the Gettysburg Address.
  • Fake win by Steve Mau got him a $1 fine and the Parker Brother’s introducing Monopoly got answered by everyone.
  • Guest fines Alison to Karla, “Her husband the courier leaves and she turns into a slut (she claims she said slug). Alison got accused of chasing guests away since she was sitting next to Jim H. and the whole crew of lovely ladies was quite rowdy.
  • Veronica read Dr. Luke’s cheat sheet but she still couldn’t get the Rolling Stone question.
  • Karen was happy to go to Miami and spend her daughter’s birthday with her.
  • Dr. Luke thanked Baxter Cafe for hosting the state bound swim team that he helps coach and paid a happy fine.
  • Getting ready for turkey day with some Karla groaners:
    1. What’s the key to a great Thanksgiving dinner? The tur-KEY.
    2. Why do turkeys go “gobble, gobble”? Because they haven’t learned good table manners.
    3.What do turkeys like to eat on Thanksgiving? Nothing, they’re already stuffed.
    4.How do you make a turkey float? Get two scoops of ice cream, add lots of root beer and a turkey.
    5.What do you get when you cross a turkey with an octopus? Lots of drumsticks for Thanksgiving dinner
    6.Why was the turkey sent to the principal’s office ? He used “fowl” language !
    7.What did the little turkey say to the big turkey ? “Peck” on someone your own size !
    8. Why did the turkey cross the road ? It was the chicken’s day off !
  • Somebody was in the “wanted” section of the Brainerd paper! Cute picture Nikki.



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 Jensen
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