Optimist Club of Richfield
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Richfield Optimist Club

Rich-O-Gram Weekly Meeting Recap

Optimist Club of Richfield, MN Dakotas-Manitoba-Minnesota District Club Number 35125

Each week we meet for comradery and coffee, to go over upcoming projects, and to hear from this weeks speaker.
We normally meet at 7:30 am in person, but as always, ZOOM is available.
(contact us for current zoom link credentials)

Next Meeting: Wed at 7:30 AM via In Person.

At Richfield School District Board Room
401 West 77th St, Richfield MN

There is a $6 charge per person to cover the cost of yogurt, fruit, sweet rolls and coffee.

Next Meeting : Wednesday - May 29, 2024 - This week: Scholarship Awards

Last week our speaker was Les Fordahl, Who showed us his work as a combat Artist and told about his lifetime skill as an artist. In 1969, Les was stationed in Germany, but was soon asked to go to Vietnam to sketch as a combat artist. While There, he sketched 131 pictures, all of which now reside in The Library of Congress. Unfortunately, an ugly war protest mob welcomed his plane As he returned to the U.S., And they damaged and stole many of his drawings. Les is still an active artist, is involved with the Bloomington Art Center and is a member of the Bloomington Optimist Club.

DMM convention is coming up on August 15 -16, 2024 in St. Cloud. New club officers should plan to attend. Registration forms are available at the meeting on Wednesday.

In a ceremony in the RHS auditorium on Wednesday, May 29, 2024 It is the pleasure of our club to present $1,000.00 scholarships to these four

graduating seniors.





They are being honored for their academic achievement, along with 29 other seniors who will receive scholarships from the Spartan Foundation at this same ceremony.

On Memorial Day,May 27, 2024 we will once again regale Richfield streets with 743American Flags as part of our Avenue of Flags program. Thanks to our Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops who set up and take down these flags each holiday, and a huge BRAVO to our club coordinators who plan and oversee everything, David Kriesel Koll and Doug Kleist

For your advance planning, we will not meet on July 3, 2024.


Come in person if you can. Or catch the meeting on Zoom. Watch your e-mail for your weekly Zoom invite!