May 15
 , 2019

Sertoma Sharing Tree

Newsletter Archives

Lori Rubin attended the National Convention in Kansas City 25-27 because of her current commitment as District Governor. She returned enthusiastic and willing to share that enthusiasm with the club. The Brainerd Sertoma Club is 4th largest in the nation and very much recognized. Lori felt like she was family when she walked in to her hotel. Great Plains Region will not have district representatives to clear the way for the new National volunteer system. These volunteers can come from anywhere by eliminating the restrictive area rules.Video conferencing is going to be important and they are going to be using more technology.
National Director: We are excited to announce that Aaron Ensminger will be the new Executive Director of Sertoma Inc., and Hearing Charities of America (HCOA). Aaron is a proud native of Kansas City, Missouri, and will begin his Sertoma journey and new role on Monday, April 15, 2019. “I hope to bring to Sertoma a steady and energetic Board liaison experience and the competence and composure that come from being a Certified Association Executive with 15 years of experience,” Aaron said. Training and communication are very important to him

Convention Goals: The 2019 Sertoma Convention is about training our members to communicate better and share our mission with our members and people outside of Sertoma. This will help our clubs to recruit, engage and support new people to strengthen both clubs and Sertoma as an organization. In recent years, almost everything has been changed because of technology and shifts in society. How do we evolve and change to survive, to grow? It begins with volunteers willing to learn how to use today’s tools to recruit and support members of the Sertoma family. This is what Vision 2020 does for Sertoma. Under Vision 2020, each role functions within specific areas, but the desired result requires interdependence and consistent messaging throughout the organization. To ensure this, these roles report to the Board of Directors through a volunteer development committee. The committee makeup includes three teams, one for each role. Each team consists of a Board member, volunteer in the role, and staff support.The new national volunteer roles are: Communication Specialist, Mission Specialist, and Training and Support Specialist. We will be training members for each of these roles during the 2019 Sertoma Convention. This is how we are encouraging you to be part of the future of Sertoma.

Other activities included honoring the Sertoman of the year Don Bartelmay from the Aiken Sertoma Club, Service to Mankind Wade Thomas from the Seaport Sertoma Club and Presidential Lifetime Service Awards to Edwin Krupa from Burbank, Eugen Esposito from the Action and Lemont Sertoma, Cheryl Cherny who works with Hearing Charities of America, Gregg Jarman from Tinley Park, Dominic Porto from the Alsip/Action, and Willia Bill Kamholz from Action/ Alsip.


Board Report
Flags- Help a current captain or take over a route. Teams are set but they need more helpers now and then. 612 290 4910

Wednesday May 15th meet at the BN to throw away Winter Wonderland stuff at 5:15 . Organize for the move and some trailer loading will also happen.

June 1st Takedown event ,Smiles for Jakes workout called Fit for a Cause ,10:30-11:30. Fit for a Cause with live music and Jess.

Sign up for the Mariucci Fiesta with Chuck Cogger and Big Bob. Sign up sheets are now going around. Sign up for a shift, come late to help clean up, come and eat if you cannot help out.

Reminder of the Barbecue May 18th. See you there. There is a Go Fund Me Account to raise $1500 for expenses. Check out the Robert Hannahs FB page to donate. Donees will be eligible for a meat package prize. Bob thanked anyone who has contributed. Music and beer garden, serving will start at 3. Tickets for ribs sell out quickly-20 teams sold out in 40 minutes.

Rookie Party is Thursday May 16th at 5 p.m at Dennis Drummond Winery–more details to follow. There is a charge which needs to be paid when you sign up. See your email if you will not be at the next few meetings. Drink tickets do not include the tip so keep that in mind.

Looking for storage for our Winter Wonderland stuff–rent or buy. Contact Nick Haglin or Jamie Rowlette. House cleaning and moving support needed. 3-4 thousand square feet is about the necessary amount. Ideas welcome!!

REM ( Recruiting New Members)is working on a frequently asked questions flyers to give to potential new members.

June 5th annual Golf Tournament at Grand View. See John Raboin for details. $20 per person + food and refreshments on the Raboin Consortium. The tournament is designed for non golfers. Team composition is changed each year to make it more fun. Nick Haglin will be doing his officer induction at the ceremony afterwards at 6:30. Those attending the ceremony do not have to sign up or pay.

Mary Marana and the Crisis line donated a basket of goodies to keep you happy for the May prize for new members April winner is Jaime Rowlette. He received some Big Bob’s goodies. Current eligible prize winners include: Nick Haglin, Gerry Peterson, Dwan Eckstrom, and Shannon Wussow.

The annual election comes up in June–a third VP is required. Forty people signed up for the Ditch Pick and only 10 people or so showed up. Kevin Stumpf and Big Bob definitely over cooked. A suggestion would be to have non shows pay for the Ditch Pick. The money for the food made a big dent in our social budget!!!!
The social committee needs a chair–see Nick

Upcoming Events

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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 (donated to the golf tournament)
Pot-O-Gold Winner
Would have been Jim Grant
Members – 45Guests – 1
Guests:  Joel Kubesh from Re Max
* 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.

April guest bringers include: Lori Ruben, Jaime Rowlette, John Raboin , Kathy Williams, Karen Munsterteiger and Nick Haglin. President Franzen introduced her gift giveaway for bringing in a new members. See President Franzen if you or your business wishes to to contribute gifts. Wine glasses from Karen Munsterteiger and pulled pork from Big Bob’s Barbecue are the prizes for April.

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 22nd Jonathan Howard, Jodi Hyatt, Chuck Isackson
May 29th Tony Klaers. Brad Kohorst, Ken Lecy
June 5th Pamela Finch, Jessica Longhurst,, Gary Kratzke
June 12th Rusty Lamar, Christina Landree, Darren Larson
June 19th Mike Larson, Brian Lehman, Gary Loge
June 26 Nikki Lyter, Mary Marana, Steve Mau
July 3rd Max Milinkoviich, Jim Mayne, Jackie McCall
July10th Gregg Meierhofer, Bill Mitsch, Ron Morris
July 17th Karen Munsterteiger, Karla Nelson, Bob Nibbe
July 24th Jeff Olson, Jim Owens, Becky Pakarinen
July 31 Karen Pederson, Gerry Peterson, John Raboin
Sertoman of the Day

JD Berns
JD Berns was Sertoman of the Day. JD is a sales and leasing professional at Mills Honda. He is a third generation Sertoman with both his grandfather Les Franz (a current member) and his mother Lynn (a former member) leading the way. He has been in Sertoma for five years. He explained his tattoos on his legs. He mentioned National Peace Officer Day for his buddy Todd Dahl.His wife Krystal and his new daughter Oakleigh are settling him into happily ever after. He did go through the process they have had to go through to get Oakleigh healthy. Grandpa was asked to turn off his hearing aide for his most embarrassing moent. . Falling down in front of everyone BIR finding an oil slick the hard way and embarrassing his father who has worked there for years has stuck with him. Jeff Fitch was his best sergeant partner.

Of Note

Here is a fun way to contribute to Garfield School. They had a setback in their shoe drive when someone stole their collected shoes. They only have until the end of May to get their quota so if you can help them out–here is the info: The shoe drive goes until May 31. Students are challenged with collecting 150 bags of shoes, with the promise of a popcorn day at the halfway mark and another special surprise treat if the ultimate goal is reached.Garfield parents can drop shoes off at the school. Other community members with used shoes free of holes can drop their donations off at one of the area businesses with boxes—Planet Fitness, Affinity Plus and the Brainerd Weight Loss and Wellness Center. All sizes and styles of shoes are accepted.

Those in the Brainerd area who want to donate but are unable to make it to a collection box can email the PTO at to set up a time for members of the PTO to pick up their donations.

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

ELECT KEVIN STUMPF This for all the CTC members. I would like your vote for your being your District 5 representative. I bring a knowledge of being on many boards over the last 25 years, Cable Commision Brainerd, Charter Commision Brainerd, Franchise Advisory Board for Country Kitchen, Chamber Business Committees for Brainerd and Baxter, Crisis Line Board, and the Brainerd School District Curriculum Advisory Committee. I am abreast of the tech needs for business and education, I do it daily. I personally manage my tech needs on a day by day basis. I am a small business owner with a BA in Finance and have credits on my MBA. I work to get results. I read daily about my industry and and volunteer activities. I will take this work ethic to represent you. I am a great choice for District 5. Kevin Stumpf

Recycling Drive Results
Thank you for your support! Area residents and businesses recycled more than 2700 pounds of electronic equipment and 29 TV’s on Saturday, May 11th, 2019 at Deerwood Technologies’ semi-annual recycling drive.All items are recycled through end-of-life, environmentally safe facilities in the United States. Proceeds from this event benefit continuing education for area youth through the Deerwood Technologies Scholarship Fund.

The Brainerd Dispatch has a wonderful new promotional idea. They ordered a custom made Monopoly game to promote the area. The cost s $25 + Tax and they can be picked up at the Dispatch. The squares were sold to various area businesses and the game pieces are all related–a water tower, a race car for BIR etc. Fun!!!!




Rumor Corner

  • Discussions of C Cups and Double D greeted the newsletter lady when she arrived. Then there was the Lightning golf quote “Came in third and drank the most booze.”
  • At last another clean Ole and Lena joke
    Ole, who is growing quite elderly, is resting peacefully on his front porch when he sees a cloud of dust up the road.He watches a farmer approaching, with a wagon.
    “Good afternoon! Where are you headed?” hollers out Ole.
    “ Home to my farm,” says Sven.
    “What do you have in da wagon?” Ole continued.
    “Manure,” said Sven.
    “Manure, eh? What do you do wit it?”
    “I spread it over my strawberries,” Sven says.
    “Vell,” says Ole, “ya should come over here for lunch some day. Ve use whipped cream.”
  • No one was admitting to stealing the newsletter lady’s parking spot, rumor has it it was Straka.
  • Smiley worked really hard today to make the newsletter lady feel loved–thanks!!
  • Karen is helping with flags and she admitted she didn’t know where the storage area.
  • Vern thinks we are having a roomie party. She also thinks she has a dinky dong. She encouraged anyone who wanted to be “her” to sign up for the 3rd VP spot.
  • KS fined just about everyone for premature badge removal.
  • Karen M got fined because she claimed she spent all the golf money.
  • Jodi got fined for her slip of the tongue about the “server tips”.
  • Smiley picked on Jaime about his hair and got fined for it. He claimed Jaime started it.
  • The Dog Pound got fined for talking talking talking.
  • Shameless promotion of Taco Towne got Steve M fined.
  • Welcome back Alison fine.
  • Who is Bob Straka? We just found out Bob and Greg are twins. ESA and GAS initials got Straka fined.
  • Wearing the wrong college hat cost our former sheriff $2.
  • Happy birthday JD. Karen is happy that Waste Partners accepts deliveries.
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