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January 16, 2019

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Board Report
Brainerd Area Sertoma Club
Board Report
January 15, 2019

Meeting was called to order by Board Chair Karen Munsterteiger at 7:47 am.
Presidents Report – Veronica Franzen reported all is going good. She discussed members with past due account and whether there was a breakdown between Anakkala and our club. Chuck our treasurer will be looking into it.
New Members were approved – welcome Russ Hale and Nick Weeks!
Discussion was held about engaging our members and what that looks like. Ken Toole as the VP liaison for Membership will be holding a new member orientation January 30th at Roundhouse Brewery. He will also be meeting with the recruitment team to discuss member engagement, recruitment and bring something back to the Board for future discussion. Mary Marana volunteered to work with Chuck on outstanding member dues.
No report from Sponsorship Committee – they didn’t meet as there were no new requests.
Programs – great job Reed! Sertoman of the Day will be coming back for new and existing members.
Treasurer’s Report – Chuck stated the quarterly sales tax has been filed. He is working with Clifton Larson Allen on the annual Form 990 which is submitted to the IRS. That will be ready shortly.
Winter Wonderland – take down is Thursday, January 17th at noon. Numbers are still being worked on and there will be a report from the committee when it is completed.
Pipe and Drape – season is about to begin. Chuck has some information to pass onto the committee. Nick will be following up with the committee to see what is needed.
Flags – no report
IT – the screen is up! Thanks Ken and JD. We will be looking into purchasing laptop speakers for our guests to use when presenting.
Marketing/Publicity, Hearing Health and Buy/Sell Stuff – no report
Old Business – Gary was not able to attend the December board meeting when the final Regional Convention report was presented. Steve, Lori or Karen will follow up on his questions.
New Business – Mariucci Fiesta will be having a new look! Greg Straka and Karen Munsterteiger will be stepping down from the helm. Thanks to them for their years of leading this great event. Chuck Cogger has volunteered to take the help and Bob Hannahs will be considering being his co-chair. Meetings are being scheduled for this transition.

Meeting was adjourned at 8:25 am.

Sertoma is taking down on January 17th Thursday and can use all the help they can. It starts at Noon.

Sai Gau Scholarship due January 31st–money for Sertoma relatives to attend college see website for details.

New Member Orientation January 30th at the Roundhouse–details will be available later but all new members need to attend orientation especially to get ready to earn their GEM Award. Probable time is 5:30.

Beth Burnard has Ice Fishing Raffle tickets for sale.

Winter Wonderland Wrap Up Party February 1st, 2019 @ Chef Mike’s 5:30-7:30 p.m. No charge for members, $10 for guests. Children are welcome.

President Jensen introduced her gift giveaway for bringing in a new members. She is also looking for businesses to contribute gifts. December winner of the bring a guest contest was Mary Marana. Thanks to our new member Jodie who arranged for the Grand Casino package. Mille Lacs Corporate Ventures provided the Big Sandy Lodge Overnight and Food combo for the contest.

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
Chuck Brenny
Pot-O-Gold Winner
Steve Mau
Members – 35Guests – 0
* 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.
Jan 23rd Keith Wieser, Kathy Williams, Carol Winegar
Feb 6th Ted Anderson, Amber Babineau, Carolyn Bare
Feb 13th DeAnn Barry, Chuck Bartels, JD Berns
Feb 20th Rick Besmehn, Mike Boen, Serena Bowman
Feb 27th Chuck Brenny, Joe Brenny, Dave Burggraff
Sertoman of the Day

Today was the second edition of the newly revived Sertoman of the Day which will now include both new members and those who have been around for a while. It is appropriate that the only picture that could be found of today’s SOD also includes Karen Munsterteiger and Greg Straka at the Mariucci Fiesta. Sertoma would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge all the hard work both of these individuals have put in on the Mariucci Fiesta during their co chair days. Both are stepping down this year and will be sorely missed. Bryan Barrer might be looked upon as a quiet unassuming but faithful member of Sertoma. Alas all of our delusions were shattered with his bombshell ending to his “story”. Thanks for being brave enough to share Bryan–great speech.

Bryan was born in California , lived most of his early life in Nicollet Minnesota, and attended Mankato State. He has been married to wife Paula for about 40 years. He has three children and 4 grandchildren (they are 4,3,2,and 1). He and his wife are working on their retirement cabin which will someday be their permanent home. . Retirement “” him but has earned him a new nickname. Going from a well dressed business executive to “Scruffy Bear” definitely shows him enjoying life. Reed Campbell was his sponsor around 1996 and he also considers him to be his mentor. Both were working at Bremer Bank at the time. He has been involved in Pipe and Drape, Flags, Winter Wonderland and Vision and Hearing Screening. He decided to turn his most embarrassing moment into his “most stupid moment” Picture 18 year old Bryan and his cohorts celebrating the fact that they now qualified to drink because the age was just lowered to 18. Boys will be boys and they all threw some money on the table to dare someone to join the streaking craze. Of course he admitted it was him streaking down the street in Nicollet to make $15 in his tennis shoes . His buddies locked him out of the car and he had to crawl into the window and he didn’t even get all of the $15. What a wonderful surprise ending to his story and certainly reveals a side of him not known to Sertoma. Great presentation Bryan!!

Of Note

We had a new member in attendance today for the second time. Welcome Mike Demuth from Deerwood Bank. Our other new member is Russ Hale from Blackridge Bank.

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

  • Some former Mayor of Nisswa is lounging on the beach in Maui and won’t make his annual date to sell fishing tickets for the big contest!!!
  • Good to see Ryan C for two weeks in a row.
  • Welcome elusive new member Mike D.
  • Big fishing trip made the Pound look a little sparse today.
  • Having a great time on vacation Kathy W?
  • Scruffy Bear was our second “older” version of Sertoman of the Day. Ryan came just to hear him.
  • Karen M had to be in charge today because no one else was coming. She did get harassed by Jaime and the Pound.
  • Jim G somehow got FB to announce his marriage last week so he had to put up with honeymoon jokes.
  • Bob N was going to fine all non federal workers a buck. Kevin decided to “save” everyone!
  • Greg S got fined for not greeting (busy in church excuse)
  • Kevin S was on a Charley fining roll–Brenny, Isackson, and Bartels
  • Gone fine for our Chairman of the Board (she is getting smarter for work).
  • Pam paid Teresa’s fine for not being caught up with her badge duties because she does a wonderful job.
  • Jim was forced to pay a happy fine for his “honeymoon”.
  • Steve M won $4 and had to pay $2. He paid for his daughter arriving safely in Toledo Spain for her study abroad.
  • Beth was happy because Pints for Purpose raise $1100 for the cause last week.
  • Bob N was happy because his son is playing the banjo for this weeks Pints for Purpose at Jack Pine.
  • Our Chairman was bragging that her newly retired husband is cooking for her.


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