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Cogwheel | Thursday | 1.15.09

January 15, 2009

Today’s Program: Energy Saving Smart Windows — Neil Sbar (Bollinger)

Birthdays: Rick Esse (1/16) and Mark Abbott (1/17)

Next Time: Ryota Kimura of Japan (Candy Taylor)

Last Week:

Chemical dependency is a brain disease that needs to be treated like any other chronic disease say chemical health professionals, Yvette Marthaler of Rice County Social Services and Sarah Shippy, program director at Omada Behavioral Health Services.

The only difference is most brain diseases are the result of organic chemical imbalances, while chemical dependency is the result of ingested chemicals.

While alcohol and marijuana remain the most abused substances locally (65 percent of dependencies), Northfield’s rate of heroin abuse (6.1 percent of dependencies) is twice the state average. Pain pills swiped from medicine cabinets are fast becoming the number one abused chemical, according to Shippy.

Marthaler said about 10 percent of the population is predisposed to chemical dependency and only a third of those who are dependent seek treatment.

With the help of the Northfield Healthy Community Initiative more chemical dependency services are now available to the community. HCI helped establish Omada in Northfield, which has resulted in more assessment services and more outpatient programs for both young people and adults. Northfield sorely needs a residential option for those who are returning from treatment, the two women said. That would be key to developing a supportive, sober community for those on the mend.

Guests: Gita Reppmann, Alla and Wilfried Voigt, (Reppmann), Exchange students (Williams) and Faye Caskey (Caskey).

Scholarship Enhancement: Emelda Rasmussen

Announcements:

Planning for a 2010 “concert journey” begins now. Rick Estenson and Tom Durkin invite anyone who is interested in helping plan the event to an evening meeting Thursday, Jan. 22.

– Kurt Larson reported that the winter social will be Thursday, Feb. 19, from 6 to 8 p.m. at The Grand Event Center. Details to follow.

– After submitting eight exchange students for next year’s program, another two are going in. Many opportunities for our young people.

– President Williams shared greetings from Charlie Skinner, who now resides in paradise …..I mean Costa Rica. Summer is distinguished from winter there by a perceptible increase in wind.

– We are searching for candidates for Rotary’s Ambassadorial Scholarship and Peace Scholarship. If you have questions or ideas, talk to Bill Carlson, Robert Flaten, Chris Weber, Michael Flynn or President Williams

Coming Up:

Saturday, Jan. 24

Rotaract Bowling and Pizza Social, 5 to 7 p.m. Jesse James Lanes.: Anyone involved with or interested in Cannon Valley Rotaract please pass this on to employees or people new to town.

Contact Nate Jacobi with questions or a quick note if you plan to attend: jacobi@stolaf.edu 507-786-3109