Cogwheel Archive

Rotary Cogwheel | 09.27.2012

September 27, 2012

Today: MOM Brands with Bob Johnson (Lawlor)

Birthdays: Don Robertson (9/25), Jim Blaha, Gerhard Meidt and Hugh Kaste (9/27), Laurie Williams (9/28), Michelle Lasswell, Rob Bierman and Kurt Larson (9/29), andTom Durkin (9/30).

Next Week: Tim Penny, Ethics in Grant making and SMIF update (Tsui)

Last Week:

Half of Minnesota’s five-year olds are not fully prepared for kindergarten. Only 30 percent of third graders are reading a grade level.

Sara Line, coordinator of Early Childhood programs for Northfield Public Schools and chair of the Early Childhood Initiative Coalition, said her goal is to provide every child with the support they need to build a foundation for success. Those with high quality care and a good education have a better chance of succeeding in life. And she believes it is a good societal investment. Studies show that for every dollar invested in early childhood programming there is a $12 to $16 return, she said.

Northfield’s Early Childhood program is a mixture of support, education and outreach. The Babies to Blankets program helps parents connect to educational resources. Early Childhood summits help coordinate the energy and resources devoted to the Early Childhood population, and relationships have been developed with local daycare providers.

Early literacy, a Rotary emphasis, is an initiative of the Early Childhood Initiative Coalition. Their objective is to get books into the hands of children and their families. Right now, they are implementing a circulating book strategy. Drop boxes at the Northfield Community Resource Center has provided an inventory of books that is then distributed free with bookshelves at key community locations. Sara said they are looking to expand this effort with more drop boxes and more distribution points. She has many volunteer opportunities for those who are interested. Contact Early Childhood at 507-664-3750 if you are interested.

Mini-Classification: Chris Weber

Chris grew up in Evanston, Ill. He graduated with 1,200 close friends and then enrolled at St. Olaf College, where he met his wife-to-be, Deanne. They were married in 1993 and after several years living in St. Paul, they moved to Northfield.

Chris manages PrimeVest Financial Services at Community Resource Bank. Chris and Deanne have two children, Anna, 11, and Thomas, 8.

Guests: All of our inbound exchange students joined us: Mizuki (Mickey) Oeda from Japan, Diatou Gueye from France, Adnan Mansjur from Indonesia, Hsin-Yuan (Cindy) Wang from Taiwan, Mizuki (Mickey) Oeda from Japan, Carolina Riofrio from Ecuador and Rachael Dawson from India; George Zuccolatto and Matt (Amerman)

Scholarship Enhancement Winner: Keith Covey

Announcements:

— We will need folks to interview prospective outbound exchange students Monday, Oct. 29, 7 to 9 p.m.  Contact Judy Brown-Wescott if you are interested in helping.

— Virginia Kaczmarek reported that our club received $4,200 from the Defeat of Jesse James Days craft sale in Central Park.

— Northfield Retirement Community received a “youth investment” grant from the Northfield Healthy Community Initiative for a youth volunteer event at their facility on Saturday, Oct. 6. Ingrid Sampo said youth are invited to help with seasonal planting, grounds cleanup and learn about the joy of community building.

Coming Up:

Oct. 11 — Meet the Inbounds Program (Vicki Dilley)