Today’s Program | George Zuccolotto: What’s New at the Key? (Fenton)
Next Week: Ethics with Karen Gervais of St. Olaf College (R. Lorang)
Birthdays: Miss Arens (1/24)
Ruth Hansen and Jonathan Hill say there is no substitute for first-hand experience. That’s their strategy for changing Americans’ perceptions of the Palestinian people.
They are inviting people to apply for the 2013 Ruth Hansen Palestine Travel Scholarship. One or two people will be selected in February for a visit to the Holy Land through an alternative tourism program called Siraj Center for Holy Land Studies. The scholarship will cover program fees and ground travel. Air fare is separate. Applications, due Feb. 15, can be obtained by e-mailing Jenny Hartley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ruth and Jonathan belong to Northfielders for Justice in Palestine/Israel, a local group dedicated to building understanding and peace in the Middle East. Ruth has made some 21 trips to the Holy Land over 45 years. She says the Palestine people are misperceived and wrongly maligned in this country. Her experience is the broad majority are friendly, well-educated and culturally-sophisticated.
“All we ever hear is ‘terrorists, terrorists’,” she said. “This has got to change.”
Jonathan, a retired St. Olaf English professor, said the information we receive here about Palestinians is flawed. “What we hear is filtered, biased and deeply misleading,” he said.
The United States is key to finding a solution to the intractable tensions, he said. Israel has all of the power, and with the U.S. supporting Israel to the tune of $8 million a day, we have influence.
Presentations: Dean Johnson was recognized for his many generous contributions to the Rotary Foundation. Vicki Dilley received an award from the district for her positive spirit and loving approach to our Youth Exchange Program. Congratulations.
Guests: Marvin Kissmer (Wakely), Lynn Tharaldson (C. Richardson)
Scholarship Enhancement: The Lucky and Honorable Laurie Williams apologized for winning two weeks running and then donated all of her winnings to the scholarship program.
— Students for the KEY were delivering Meals-On-Wheels Thursday on our behalf.
— Queen Jane visited the Faribault Rotary Club and brought greetings.
— Jane is inviting feedback on the new room configuration that is being tested. It adds additional seating, which we need, but requires half of us to turn our chairs around for the program.
— There is a series of parties being planned for Lynne Young, who is retiring from her position of Northfield Public Library Director after 28 years. They are: Tuesday, Jan. 29, 7 p.m. at the library, an author event with William Kent Kruger; Saturday, Feb. 23, 7 p.m. at the library, a concert with the Minneapolis Guitar Quartet; and Friday, March 8, 5:30 to 7 p.m., at the Northfield Ice Arena, where she will be celebrated on ice. Congratulations Lynne.
And guess what? Jane is getting married on Saturday, Feb. 16. Her fiancé, Michael Gunderson, will be there, too.
Feb. 7 — Linda Christian: Polio (Maus)
Feb. 14 — Lasswell & Frago: When Love Goes Sour, an update on family law trends, Plus YE Student Mizuki presents
Feb. 21 — Megan Tsui Classification (Estenson).