June 22, 2022

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MaryKayVerkennes from the Central Minnesota Rotary is promoting the  Reht Music Festival promising to help end human trafficking on Aust 12-14 2022 at the new Lakes Musi and Events Park at 2591 N Bluegrass Blvd SW, Backus Minnesota.  All profis will be used to bring Awareness and Educatiion to Cass and Crow Wing Counties about Human Trafficking and tosupport Survivors with their healing.  It is a bring your own chairs event.  They are looking for volunteers and you can sign up online at the music site. Volunteers get a free day pass for every 4 hour shift agreed to fill (not transferable).

She began with an appreciation of Sertoma.  She said that the most important part of this event was her personal involvement as a counselor.  She was inspired by the Rotary project to eliminate polio in Afghanistan.  It has been in the planning state for two years.  40 million people are modern day slaves through sex trafficking.  Minnesota is a hot bed for this problem due to our transient tourist population.  Children from 10-14 are targets and this reduces their life expectancy to about five more years.  160 billion dollars makes it the second largest problem in Minnesota.  Any runaway is vulnerable within 24 hours. When she discovered a “center” close to her, it opened her eyes.  Hunting season is a very dangerous time for these children to be exploited.  “ Our job is to bring education and awareness of the danger to parents.  Much of this is done through online contacts.  Group homes are vulnerable.  She talked about one girl who got out of one of these situations  by asking for help from one of her dates.  and he organized her rescue.  “That’s the reason we are doing this to show the traffickers that this is not an area that will not do things to make a difference.  The music event is an opportunity to volunteer to help make it work.  “We can all do something to make a difference for people in our area”.She was very enthusiastic about the variety of bands , the speakers and the camping facility.  “Stand up and educate your children”  Family groups are welcome with special events for them and activities.  It runs Friday night through Sunday which includes a morning service.  Tickets are available on line-see flyer.  She especially thanked all their sponsors.  Shannon reinforced her message at the end.  “It does happen here”.

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Joe Enge has appointed Laci Schindler as our official sergeant.  However she may need a sub once in a while and if someone has a “special fine” for someone and would like to be second on the program just let Joe know!!

Annette and Cori thanked everyone for the wonderful Fest  Jeff Olson announced  over $32,000 was the Fest total and it succeeded in presenting the great face of Sertoma.

Joe read Nicole Bensons scholarship thank you. She is destined for a future in physical therapy. He also read the one from Pohl Children’s.  The Brainerd Lions invited us to a  July 17th celebration of their over 100 years anniversary.  

Check in for all the wonderful activities going on at theWomen’s Shelter and they were grateful for the food donation from the leftovers..

Kevin was raising money for Operation Sandwich again.

Contact Bob Nibbe if you have a source for leftovers hanging baskets– worth individuals or groups.  

Upcoming Events

When: August 27, 2022 (10AM – 2PM)

Where: Mills Ford – 14858 Dellwood Dr N, Baxter, MN 56425

What is it? This is a playful opportunity for men to step into women’s shoes to raise awareness about the serious causes, effects and remediations of sexualized violence against all genders.

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® asks men to literally walk one mile in women’s high-heeled shoes. It’s not easy walking in these shoes, but it’s fun and it gets the community talking about something that’s difficult to talk about: sexualized violence.

The event is abundant with opportunities to get people talking. For preventive education, it helps men better understand and appreciate women’s experiences, thus changing perspectives, helping improve gender relationships and decreasing the potential for violence. For healing, it informs the community that services are available for recovery. It demonstrates that men are willing and able to be courageous partners with women in making the world a safer place. This event consists of individuals and teams of men, women, and others. Working together raising donations and walking one mile in high heel shoes (if able).


How to Help: This walk sends a direct message of the community’s stand to unite against violent acts committed primarily against women and children (although we do know it happens to men as well). In addition to the incredible awareness component of this event, it helps us raise funds that are directed to furthering our work in rape and sexual assault advocacy at the crisis center in our community. We look forward to increasing the success of this event. If your organization would like to sponsor/create a team at this year’s Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® visit our website for more details

If you cannot attend the walk, you may choose to become a sponsor by sending a financial donation made payable to: SAS WAM to the address listed below or contribute by donating a new item(s) for our silent auction

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Got a big event coming up—want to let everyone know?Please send to Pam Sachs and it will be posted.
Blue Ticket Winner
Diane Rook Johnson 
Pot-O-Gold Winner
Pam Finch
Members – 30
Guests – 1
Guests: MaryKay Vernkennes

* 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.

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Of Note
The Brainerd Lions Club is celebrating 100 yeARS OF SERVICE!They are the second oldest club in Minnesota. For the past 100 years they have been serving with their time, compassion, and donations.They have donated literally millions of dollars to non-profits, individuals, schools and government agencies throughout the Brainerd/Baxter community and Crow Wing County. Their motto is “We ServeThey are cordially inviting you to their celebration at Memorial Park by the splash pad, July 16 from 11 a.m. to w p.m. Sertomans will be their guests for lunch and birthday cake. Several non-profit agencies will also be on hand to inform you of their contribution to the Brainerd Area. Mike Laflex President

This is the VERY NICE in the Brainerd Dispatch picture of Karen Munsterteiger and her bank crew receiving a prestigious  award.

It was so nice to see so many old faces at the Fest.  Special recognition goes to Karen Owen who jumped in to help out at the end of the serving line with the salads. 


  1. Save the Date for our Annual Gala on July 28th at Gather On 3.
  2. We have a new website!
  3. Please like, follow and all that social media jazz for the current Women’s Center Facebook page. We will be changing that over to Relationship Safety Alliance (following our rebranding process) and will eventually close down the one for the Alex & Brandon Child Safety Center. Here is a post that was made on Facebook: 

Exciting news everyone!!! The organization of the Mid-Minnesota Women’s Center and The Alex & Brandon Child Safety Center’s is changing its name!

Don’t worry, we will still have our separate programs but it means change is coming and we will only have one organization Facebook page!! If you haven’t already, please go to, hit like and follow! That is where you’ll get all of the organization’s events and news!!

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

White Elephant Xmas Party

Winter Wonderland Wrap Party Photo Album

Sertome Mariucci Fest

Business Notes
Rumor Corner
Someone hinted that Mary Marana escaped to South Dakota and she may not be back soon.  She finally got a new assistant and some much needed time off from her demanding job.  Come back Mary, we all still love you.  Actually she disappeared into a whole week of grandma Heaven having them all at once. 

Mary was excited to be the Guest sergeant. She started by defining the word portmanteau which means a blending of two or more words and then said, “Sertoma, Service to Mankind” and went on to educate us through fines about our club. Sertoma is 1010 years old. We are committed to the highest standards of ethical conduct The words used in conjunction with ethical conduct included respect, loyalty, responsibility, fairness, integrity, compliance with rules and being good stewards of finances.There are 252 clubs with 1400 members and they have given away 1550 scholarships.

Kevin got fined for confusing Mary by going the wrong way, his reply “It’s not my Problem she is easily confused.”

Mary excused her good looking flag team in spite of their mistakes and Steve Mau and Jeremy for having to help them out.  

Bob Nibbe “To serve and protect all farmers ” as Sertoma’s mission got him a fine.

Happy Fines: Eric paid off his house.  Beth is happy that she survived being stuck on Mill Avenue in a dugout during the storm.  John found out we have a celebrity in our club:  unpretentious.  1986 Homecoming Queen Pam Finch.  Bob avoided a lot of damage at the greenhouse,  Pam S was happy she found her cane.  Annette is happy to be a part of this club doing good things with everyone.  The food left over from the Fest was donated to the Women’s Club and the SoupKitchen.  Mary got a round of applause for her hard work as sergeant this past year

Sertoma Kids Bragging Rights
Candice continues to celebrate her love of the outdoors with her children–absolutely uplifting pictures that one person remarked “My husband would be out sharpening the lawn mower blades.  

This Weeks Humor
Funny Dad quotes from Reader’s Digest

  1.  You can tell what was the best year of your father’s life because they seem to freeze that clothing style and ride it out.
  2. When you’re young you think your dad is Superman.  Then you grow up, and you realize he’s just a regular guy who wears a cape.
  3. I gave my father $100 an said “Buy yourself something that will make your life easier”  So he went out and bought a present for my mother
  4. My daughter got me a ‘World’s Best Dad’ mug. So we know she’s sarcastic.”
  5. Even though I’m proud my dad invented the rearview mirror, we’re not as close as we appear.”
  6. “Me and my dad used to play tag. He’d drive.
  7. “We wondered why when a child laughed, he belonged to Daddy, and when he had a sagging diaper that smelled like a landfill, ‘He wants his mother.’”
  8. “Four-year-old: Tell me a scary story! Me: One time little people popped out of your mom, and they never stopped asking questions. Four-year-old: Why?
  9. When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant, I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years.”
  10. “Sometimes I am amazed that my wife and I created two human beings from scratch yet struggle to assemble the most basic of Ikea cabinets.
  11. “Fatherhood is great because you can ruin someone from scratch.”
  12. “Remember: What Dad really wants is a nap. Really.”
  13. “I never got along with my dad. Kids used to come up to me and say, ‘My dad can beat up your dad.’ I’d say, ‘Yeah? When?’”
  14. When I was a kid, I said to my father one afternoon, ‘Daddy, will you take me to the zoo?’ He answered, ‘If the zoo wants you, let them come and get you.’”
  15. “Having children is like living in a frat house. Nobody sleeps, everything’s broken, and there’s a lot of throwing up.”
News From Old Friends
It was a wonderful day for hugging and our local mad hugger made the most of it.  The second album of pictures is all about Old Friends who joined us at the new Mariucci Fest.  Here is the link–enjoy.  Also another album with just general pictures is available also .

And another great former member featured in the Brainerd Dispatch Big Bob–we had many a great barbecue event while he wAS HERE !

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