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South Metro DFL Senior Caucus


Three years ago a number of DFL Senior Caucus members started a monthly lunch and information meeting in the south metro area. As time passed, we outgrew two venues and gained chapter status.


Today we meet at the Pizza Ranch on Pilot Knob Road in Apple Valley. Our meetings are each second Wednesday of the month. Meetings are preceded by executive board at 11:00 a.m. Our membership meeting starts with Pizza Ranch’s lunch buffet at 12:00 and continues with presentations. We do not endorse



After retiring my thoughts were--now what! Well for me it has been AAUW (American Association of University Women). Over five years ago I joined the St. Paul Branch which meets every Tuesday from Sept through mid May. The St. Paul Branch was founded 101 years ago to support higher education for women and girls. The mission of the organization is to advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research.


Over 50 years ago, the ladies purchased a house and

meeting place at 990 Summit Avenue. Our next-door neighbor is the Governor. (Personally I amlooking



Retired WBL Teacher on a MIssion


Retired WBL teacher Jerry Ratliff flew on an Air Force Reserve Hercules plane for Educators day on

April 13th. The flight included being in the cockpit as the plane flew up the North Shore towards

Canada. Watching the ramp door open over Split Rock LIghthouse was spectacular. This ramp is used

for supply drops and yet the plane is also used to transport injured a nd deceased soldiers during war.

The flight was exciting, but very loud even when using earplugs. Mr. Ratliff retired from WBL schools

in 2006 and has been busy in various part time jobs along with



District educator establishing math curriculum for


As a long-time teacher and current math consultant, Judy Rohde has impacted the education of

thousands of students in District 622. Now an entire country of students will be able to say the


Rohde is in the process of establishing a national math curriculum for the country of

Macedonia and she is also part of a team that is training the country’s teachers to implement the

new program.

A past winner of the Presidential Award in Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching,

Rohde was contacted last spring by Shirley Miske from


Mike ResmanMike Resman retired from the Rochester School District in 2007, after working as an Occupational Therapist for 25 years. He has not been idle in his retirement. He is a prolific author and is also a lay minister in his church. He is a graduate of the Occupational Therapy Program at the U of M and first worked at the Rochester State Hospital until it closed in 1981. He then went to NYU, where he received his Master's degree, after which he returned to Rochester to work in the public schools.


While working for the district, he was active in the teachers' union, serving as a negotiator and was



dianeDiane Dettmann has never been at a loss for words. In fact, she was writing when she was five years old. She taught in the St. Paul Public Schools for thirty-seven years before retiring. During the last six years of her career, Diane became a Literacy Staff Development Coach where she facilitated teacher training in areas of both reading and writing instruction. Her educational

experiences have equipped her with many great skills. As an elementary teacher, she attained National Board Certification, earned her Master’s Degree from Hamline University and has taught literacy classes at the


I started volunteering for the American Red Cross a few years before I retired. I became a member of the Disaster Assistance Team. The primary duties involve meeting with families immediately after a fire had damaged or destroyed their home. We provide assistance to make sure they have a place to stay, clothes to wear, and food. This often occurs even as smoke still rises from the embers and the firefighters are still pouring water to douse the last of the threats.

It is rewarding on so many levels to be the one who can make the worst of days a little better and provide the first steps to