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Rotary Cogwheel | 06.16.2011

June 16, 2011

TODAY’S PROGRAM

Rotary Cogwheel: Thursday, June 16, 2011

Today’s Program: Ryan Blumhoefer, Classification (Benson)

Happy Birthday: Bob Kuyper (6/15)

Next Week:  Hayes Scriven: Taking Northfield History to the Next Level (Blake Abdella)

Last Meeting:

Bias Alert: Your Cogwheel editor is committed to “fair and balanced” coverage, but he is not now nor has he ever been a member of the Republican Party.

With the State Legislature and Governor Dayton at a stalemate over the biennial budget, State Senator Al DeKrief  and State Representative Kelby Woodard did not have anything conclusive to say about this session, the first for both of these Republicans. With the economy still sputtering, Sen. DeKrief said $34 billion is enough state spending. This is no time for an income tax increase, he said; the state needs to “live within its means.”

Rep. Woodard maintains that the Republican budget increases spending for both education and for Health and Human Services, noting that in today’s political parlance the term “budget cut” is often used to characterize a reduction from projected spending totals, not an absolute cut. Both solons believe the Republicans have done their part to meet the governor half way, but they are not willing to go beyond the $34 billion.

They thanked local city and school officials for helping shape legislation this past session. Both were optimistic that a government shutdown would be avoided.

ROTARY NEWS

Guests: Erica Zwiefel (Prowe)

Scholarship Enhancement: Tatiana

Announcements:

—Rob Bierman, our incoming president, invited all members to a planning session Wednesday, June 22, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Northfield Golf Club. Board members, committee chairs and all other members are welcome.

— t’s time to decide on the 2011 Good Neighbor Award. This is for an individual in the community — not a Rotary member — who has given expression to the Rotary motto of “service above self” by performing selfless acts of kindness or service that contribute to a stronger, more cohesive community. Nominees must be residents of the Northfield School District. Please submit your nominations to Ivan Ims by June 30.

— With school out, our exchange students have more time to experience the best of Northfield and Minnesota. If you want to share an outing or an experience with them, now is the time.

— Mark Abbott announced that the Rotary Foundation has contributed $15,000 to our international project in Thailand. We’re helping build a school and with the acquisition of a block-making machine for the community.

Coming Up:

June 20 – Graduation Party for in-coming students at the Estenson Ranch, 10541 Ibson Ave, 5:30 pm

June 30 – Angela Storch, Executive Director, Rice LeSueur Counties Chapter American Red Cross (Wolf)