Cogwheel Archive

Rotary Cogwheel | 07.19.2012

July 19, 2012

Today: Michelle Lasswell Classification (Halsor)

Birthdays: Jan Stevens (7/15) and Duane Benson (7/21)

Next Week: Amelia Ousley (Blumhoeffer)

Last Week:

Janet Lewis Muth, executive director of Growing Up Healthy, wants us to get out and vote. Her organization is competing with two other non-profits for a $100,000 winner-take-all grant from the Blue Cross-Blue Shield Foundation. We have until July 20 to vote. Here’s how you can help:

So what does Growing Up Healthy (GUH) do and how would it use a $100,000 grant?
GUH began five years ago as a collaborative effort nurtured by the Northfield Public Schools Community Services Division. Its aim is to improve the health of marginalized families in Rice County by strengthening community connections. To that end, GUH creates opportunities for participating families — many of them immigrants — to get better acquainted and develop the supportive relationships that lead to stronger communities and better health.

The grant would allow the coalition to essentially double its operating budget — the grant would be $50,000 over two years — and allow it to expand its program with an initiative called “Broaden and Build.”


Betsy Spethmann, executive director of the Northfield Area United Way, updated the club on the United Way’s most recent allocation. This year it funded some 28 different programs in seven zipcodes in and around Northfield. The allocations supported five areas of focus: People in Crisis ($134,000), Children and Youth ($88,000), Health and Well-Being ($48,000), Children with Disabilities ($19,000) and Strengthening Community ($12,000).

Several locally-grown initiatives supported by United Way, such as the Northfield Healthy Community Initiative, the TORCH program, and A-Plus Arts Program, she said have gained state and national recognition and are held up us models of effective community building.

Guests: Sue Metz (Crow), Chris Ekern (Reese), Laura Peterson (S. Richardson), Mary Schmelzer (Madigan) and John Sinning (Estenson).

Scholarship Enhancement: Guest Laura Peterson


— President-elect Jim Prichard filled in for President Jane Fenton.

— Beth Kallestad announced the Fourth Annual Cannon River Cleanup on September 15. If you want to help, put it on your calendar.

— Mathew Rich invited members to consider contributing to the Three Links Foundation golf tournament on August 2. Great golf and great prizes, he promised.