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Northfield Rotary Cogwheel | 4.8.10

April 7, 2010

Today’s Program: Neil Lutsky on Fountain Pens?

Happy Birthday: Jerry Appeldoorn (4/10)

Next Week: Mama Tesh, St. Margaret’s Academy (Carlson)

Last Meeting:

The Manger Inn, a seven-unit transitional housing project on North Highway 3, has provided shelter for 48 adults and 61 children over the 10 years of its existence.

Michael Behr, a forensics economist and fulltime community-builder, helped a core group from the Methodist church and others develop this community resource. The project didn’t make financial sense, he said, but they did it because people of limited means needed a roof over their heads. The Manger Inn survives today  on the strength of its volunteer labor.

Over time, they have served “interesting groups” who have produced  “lots of excitement,” Mike said. But with only a few exceptions, the residents have been good stewards of the property.

Mike challenged audience members to devote more of their resources to people in need. He said studies show that people of means don’t miss the marginal loss, and the marginal gain for the recipients is huge. And he cautioned us about worrying about who is deserving of assistance. “Most of us, if we got what we deserved, would be pretty disappointed,” he said.

President’s Minute: Charlie Cogan was president in 2007-2008. It was a personal issue — the death of a relative — that propelled Charlie into Rotary. A serology lab in Togo was the result of years of determined work.  He learned the art of collaboration through Rotary and the benefit of a strong board when you are a club president.

Guests: Faye Caskey, Marlys Behr and Anna Mae Sjogren (Caskey)

Scholarship Enhancement: Pat O’Neil

Announcements:

Nominations are in order for this year’s Marston Headley Service Above Self Award. Candy Taylor has forms and they are also on our web site. The nomination period closes on April 15.

There will be a reception for the Nigerian GSE team  — one woman, three men — Thursday, April 22, 5:30 p.m. at the Archer House.

Dates to remember: Wednesday, June 16, social to celebrate graduations for our inbound students;  Thursday, Aug. 5, summer social at the Estenson Ranch. Details to follow.

Jack Hoschouer announced that the local McDonalds, via Colleen VanBlarcom, has agreed to be a corporate sponsor for the bike tour. Those 18 and under will be able to ride for free because of that commitment.

We now know who are inbound students will be next year. They are: Philippa Wenzl of Uelzen, Germany; Marion Arpin from Seynod, France; Miquel Lima de Carvalho of Natal, Brasil; and Nikolaj Svendsen of Koge, Denmark.

Coming Up:

April 22 – Nigerian GSE (Lee Dilley)

April 29 – Rich Lorang

May 6 – Hayes Scriven, Northfield Historical Society (Lawlor)

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

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