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Rotary Cogwheel | 08.28.2014

August 27, 2014

Today:Chuck Huntley, Angel Flight Central (Nemo)

Birthdays: Tate Running (8/30)

Next Week: Bike Tour Chalk Talk

Last Week:

Prairie’s Edge Humane Society’s ultimate goal is to close shop. Kathy Jasnoch, now in her third year as executive director, says she wishes there would not be a need for a humane society. But for now, there are far too many abandoned pets, and there is work to be done.

The organization recently moved from Faribault, its home of almost 30 years, to Professional Drive in Northfield. It is also shifting its program emphasis from that of a foster care-based, rescue group to one that focuses on animal care and public education. Kathy says they are still housing cats and “small furries,” but dogs are now bypassing the shelter for placement in foster care. It’s less stressful and better for their health, she said.

Prairie’s Edge aims to adopt out healthy, well-behaved animals. They now have a formalized protocol in place for accepting abandoned pets. It is now done by appointment. Owners must bring the animal’s medical records. Each animal receives a health and behavior assessment. Once accepted, the animals are vaccinated, given a computer chip and then offered up for adoption.

Prairie’s Edge is in the middle of a fundraising campaign. Supporters have raised $15,000 toward a goal of $25,000. The organization is funded by modest fees for service, a modest Rice County contribution, grants and fundraisers.

Kathy said individuals or organizations can help Prairie Edge by spreading the word, volunteering, becoming a foster family or contributing money. For more information, go to:


Virginia Kaczmarek, executive director for the Y, grew up in St. Cloud, playing her guitar for church. She surprised her family 11 days after graduating from high school by enlisting in the U.S. Marines. She is a first generation college graduate, who went on to earn a master’s degree in Economics from the University of Kansas. She has worked for YMCAs for 15 years, seven of them in Northfield. She has two children, a daughter who lives in Pittsburg with Virginia’s grandson, and a son who lives in Minnesota and works for National Tire & Battery (NTB).

New Members:

It was Hanson week at Northfield Rotary Club. Jan Hanson, a Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at St. Olaf College, and Dennis Hanson, president of Community Resource Bank, were inducted into the club. Chris Weber sponsored both. Jan held leadership posts in the Superior Sunshine Club, where she previously lived. Denny has been a Rotarian for 32 years and was a youth exchange student to Australia way back when.

Last Week’s Guests: Trace Fossum (Fossum) and Lydia Solheim, our new exchange student (Lasswell)

Scholarship Enhancement: Bob Will, who knows the value of a dollar.

First Job:

Charlie Cogan is also an alumnus of Dairy Queen. His first job was in French fry production for a DQ     in Kirksville, Mo. He learned all about balance from schlepping hot vats of oil over slippery floors.

Jean Wakely is recruiting club members for the Defeat of Jesse James Days Bike Tour. We need all hands on deck. It is our largest annual fundraising event. If she has not yet contacted you, please see her before you leave today.

If you have ideas for upcoming weekly programs please let Candy Taylor or Alan Anderson know. We have many openings for future programs.

Past Northfield Rotary Club meeting videos on Youtube: NorthfieldRotaryVideos

Coming Up:

Sept 11 — Dr. Annette Parker, President of South Central College (C. Richardson)
Sept. 18 – Jesse Streitz and His Cross Country Bike Tour (Williams)
Sept. 25 – Matt Hillmann Transformational Technology in Northfield Schools (Lawlor)