Today: Lonna Lyne, Rotary Fellowship Exchange to Turkey (V. Dilley)
Birthdays: RuthAnna Miller 6/25, Richard Collman 6/26.
Next Week: No Meeting, 4th of July Holiday. Enjoy the Fireworks
Zach Mitchell, returning outbound exchange student who spent 2011-12 in Germany, reported on his year abroad. Zach’s Rotary Club was in Lubbecke, in the northeast area of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia in western Germany. Lubbecke is a town about the size of Northfield, a few miles from the town of Espelkamp, where Zach attended school.
Zach admitted that it was a year of personal growth to successfully overcome some early ups and downs. His three host families were quite different from each other. His fluency in German helped a great deal, and Zach soon found it very rewarding to be involved in his local Rotary Club and in Rotaract service projects.
Zach’s favorite subjects in school were art and biology, and he learned some Russian. He also became quite a follower of European team handball.
Zach just completed his first year at Carleton College where his primary academic focuses are Geology and Anthropology. He also participates in food and environmental activism as well as in outdoor activities. Zach thanked club members for providing him with an excellent exchange student experience.
Vicki Dilley, too modest to remind us that she was a 2011 recipient of the Healthy Community Initiative “Making a Difference” Award, gave a brief mini classification update. Living in Wyoming and Montana and earning a degree in child psychology at the University of Montana, Vicki met her husband Lee in Red Lodge. Dilley and her husband, Lee, served as Peace Corps volunteers for over three years on the Polynesian island of Tuvalu. Their positive experience in Tuvalu encouraged Vicki to become totally involved in our Rotary Youth Exchange Program. Her leadership has been extremely effective – thanks so much Vicki!
Rotary Foundation Update:
David Brown complimented club members for our impressive participation in giving to the Rotary Foundation. Over the years our club members have contributed $227,000 to the Foundation. There are 74 current Paul Harris Fellows, 70 past Paul Harris Fellows and 54 honorary Paul Harris Fellows.
Last Week’s Guests: Mark Williams (Rogers), Mary Mitchell (V. Dilley), Lara Palmquist (Weber), Amy McBroom (Fenton).
Scholarship Enhancement: Fred Rogers
Club members’ deepest sympathy is extended to the family of David Rogers, the son of club member Kevin Rogers and his wife, Nanette. David lost his life in April 2013. There is a visitation from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. tonight at Benson & Langehough Funeral Home. The funeral is tomorrow 10:30 a.m. at Emmaus Church.
Congratulations to Lara Palmquist, recent recipient of a $30,000 District Global Grant Scholarship. Lara, a Northfield High School and St. Olaf College graduate, will first spend time working in Jerusalem on humanitarian aid projects in the West Bank. In 2014, Lara will begin a peace studies and conflict resolution program at Uppsala University in Sweden.
Amy McBroom, a volunteer for the Northfield Area Family Y, asked that we encourage kids ages 6-14 to attend the 4th annual Y Kids Tri, a fun non-competitive swim, bike and run event scheduled for Saturday, July 13, beginning at 8:00 a.m. at the Old Memorial Park Pool area.
July 11 — Rick Ornsby, Faribault Rotary Club’s service project
July 18 — TBA