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Northfield Rotary Cogwheel | 4.22.10

April 22, 2010

Today’s Program: Nigerian GSE (Lee Dilley)

Happy Birthday: John Fossum (4/19), Gary Bollinger (4/22) and Richard Maus (4/25).

Next Week: Hayes Scriven, Northfield Historical Society (Lawlor)

Last Meeting:

Visa issues kept Mama Tesha from sharing her story with us about St. Margaret Academy of Tanzania, but Headmaster Michael Magaya did the honors.

Mama Tesha conceived the idea for the academy in 1992. Her vision was to develop future leaders through academic excellence, discipline, integrity and physical fitness. With help from Friends of Africa Education, the ground was broken on the school in 2002 and it continues to grow in numbers and sophistication. Now it serves 450 students and is ranked ninth out of 14,800 primary schools in the country.  This year, their first graduate was accepted to the university.

The school continues to have needs. They want to finish the kitchen, paint the dining hall we supported with an earlier commitment, add new classroom space and build a dormitory so they can accommodate residential students. Some children now spend almost five hours a day traveling to and from school.

Michael said the key to their success is good teachers and the use of remedial classes.


Guests: Justin and Kristen Stets (Carlson); Luisa and Roberto (Stevens).

Scholarship Enhancement: Candy Taylor, but the real winner was St. Margaret’s Academy


Ken Bank, retiring CEO of Northfield Hospital & Clinics, submitted his resignation.

Chris Weber, president –elect, invited members to participate in a planning session for next year Friday, April 30, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Community Resource Bank. Directors and committee chairs will be there. Others are invited to attend.

There will be a farewell gathering for the GSE team today at the Archer House at 5:30 p.m. The evening is free for members and their guests.

Our club received special recognition at a recent district conference for our support of Polio Plus through the Thanksgiving Turkey Trot. It generated $5,000 for the project.

Upcoming socials include a graduation party on Wednesday, June 16, and a summer social on August 5, which will include a vintage band performance. Both will be at the Estenson Fieldhouse.

Coming Up:
May 6 – Union of Youth and The Key (Lorang)
May 13 –Mary Rossing – City Safety Center
May 20 – Randy Sampson, Canterbury (Estenson)
May 27 – Mike Grimm – WCCO/Gopher Sports ( Monaghan)

Welcome Our Newest Members:
Dayna Clemment
Peter Schmelzer
Mark Henke