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Rotary Cogwheel | 07.14.2011

July 13, 2011


Rotary Cogwheel: Thursday, July 14, 2011

Today’s Program: Seed Farms with Greg Carlson

Happy Birthday: Nancy Amerman and Myron Solid (7/12) and Jan Stevens (7/15).

Next Week: Ten Years of Local Rotary Donations (Caskey)

Last Meeting::

Everyone should have the opportunity to have good health. That’s what motivates Charlie Mandile, executive director of HealthFinders. He coordinates the work of a free clinic that resides at Little Prairie Church and serves uninsured and under-insured residents of Rice County. Over the past seven years, while open only two days a week, medical volunteers have logged 4,000 visits from 2,500 discreet patients.

HealthFinders’ organizing principles are the promotion of health and the prevention of disease. Health care must be high quality and accessible, he said. It must strive to control costs by managing chronic disease, and it must contribute to an environment that supports healthy lifestyles. Much of this can be accomplished without expensive technology or pharmaceuticals, he said.

HealthFinders has had some real success stories. One lifestyle modification group started by a St. Olaf College intern has grown to 50 people who now meet twice a week in collaboration with the Y. And there are 80 people in HealthFinders diabetes program.

The future is uncertain, but health care reform is emphasizing

locally delivered health care, and Charlie finds this exciting. But he says poverty remains a key contributor to poor health.


Jim Blaha — Mini Classification

Our former president is a good guy, but his classification by the numbers didn’t add up. However, his amended remarks reminds us that he is known as the “B” man for baker of bread, brewer of beer and beekeeper. So, we’ll go with that.

Guests: Natalie Chell (Fenton), Bill Ripp (Lawlor)

Scholarship Enhancement: Roberto Zayas


— President Bierman announced a new fundraiser. Between now and October 22, we will be selling chances on a new car from Dokmo Ford. Our goal is to sell 3,000 tickets at $20 a piece. Start your engines, please.

— Rick Esse, assistant district governor, invited members to participate in the Rotary Race For the Kids Sunday, July 24, at the Rice County Fairgrounds in Faribault. There is a Kids’ Dash, a 5K Walk/Run and a 10K Run. The event raises funds for youth mentoring, literacy programs and scholarships.

— Our Youth Exchange Program is looking for a few more members to be correspondents with our out-bound students this coming year. If you are interested, see Ryan Blumhoefer.

— President Bierman acknowledged the Rotary club flag from Costa Rica provided by Charlie Skinner when he last visited.

Coming Up:

July 28 – CVRO Update, Dr. Paul Niemisto (Collman)

Aug. 4 – “Economics of Major Sports” – Joe Maturi, U of M Athletic Director (Brown)