Minneapolis Breakfast Club

Washburn-McReavy in the time of Covid-19!

Early Birds: Todd Anderson and Bob Alexander were the first to arrive on this beautiful day. We had 20 in person and 6 via ZOOM attend.

Guests: Cathy Daluge joined us.

Honorary Members: Dave Mitchell, Dick Nelson, Dick Lindskoog, Mark Simon, Karen Holtmeier, and Ron Britz were in attendance.

President Jim Erickson brought the meeting to order with a ring of the bell and a moment of silence.


  1. Board Meeting this week.
  2. Ed Crandall said Russ Bremner is in a rehab facility dealing with health issues.
  3. ZOOM link is 837-250-6494, and Password is Breakfast.
  4. We have craft talk openings available in October. Please contact Craig Blixrud to get on the calendar.

Pot of Gold: Julius Webster drew the card of the guy sitting next to him, Randy Korn, as the big winner.

Tip of the Day: Its ok to dial 911 was Craig Blixrud’s tip of the day. He related a couple of experiences in the last few months that either he or his family should have called 911.

Show n’ Tell: Next week who wants to share?

Business Exchange: Paul Ralles, Dwain Coleman, Mark Ahmann, Chuck Shreffler, Ed Crandall, Jim Christensen, and Bob Alexander all has something to share today.

Craft Talk

Today’s Craft speaker was Bill McReavy jr filling in for Sean Merkel of Summit who was out of town this week.

Bill updated us on how business has changed as a result of the pandemic. The number of funerals they have had is up significantly, but the cost of operating has also risen. They currently do have family viewings and public viewings at their chapels. But are limited to 50% of capacity and they are very strict about that.

They regularly webcast funeral services and think that will stay as part of their business. When public viewings are held, they often have a 4-hour window instead of a 2-hour window for visitors. All visitors are registered for COVID-19 tracking.

About 50% of the time their funerals are at a church as opposed to one of their chapels and all the same rules apply.

Washburn-McReavy strives to have zero physical contact with their clients and are rigorous about digital signatures on forms, masks, social distancing, and no contact rules.

Please register with Bill McReavy Jr at BillMcReavy@Washburn-McReavy.com or 612-865-5523.

Looking ahead

September 30- Guest Speaker- Steve Simon (Jim Erickson) @ ECC

October 7- Insperity @ECC

October 14 – TBD

October 21 – TBD

October 28 – Christenson Insurance (Mark Ahmann) @ECC