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Rotary Cogwheel | 05.21.2015

May 19, 2015

Today’s Program | Thursday, May 21, 2015

Today: A Memorial Day Tribute to Those Who Inspired Us (Madigan)

Let’s make a day of it. Join us for the Graduation Celebration 5:30 p.m. at the   Estenson Event Center.

Birthdays: Keith Covey and Jon Snodgrass (5/19), Robert Flaten (5/21) and Chris Heineman (5/23)

Next Week: Michael Maas, RSVP Retired Volunteers (Blaha)

Last Week:

A Carleton College building plan designed to support key academic objectives for the next 30 or 40 years is taking shape.

Two and a half years of research, visioning and planning by the Facilities Master Plan Core Committee has produced some creative and ambitious solutions to facility needs. Fred Rogers, Vice President and Treasurer, said the plan could cost in the neighborhood of $125 million.

The facilities discussion is a derivative of the college’s strategic plan. Priorities are support for integrated science education and enhancement of music facilities.

The plan calls for physically linking Hulings, Mudd and Olin halls to create an environment that encourages interdisciplinary study and research. One of the more economical designs suggests Mudd Hall could be demolished and replaced with new construction. The result would yield a 30 percent increase in space, better teaching and research facilities that are more flexible and more energy efficient than what is now in place.

On the music front, plans call for a major addition to the southeast side of the Weitz Center for the Creative Arts. It would provide rehearsal space and a performance hall to replace the ailing Music Hall, now 100 years old.

We won’t see cranes on campus anytime soon, Fred said. If the plans continue to move forward and the financial support follows, he said, construction would be three or four years out.


Alan Anderson has retired to Northfield after 35 years as an executive with the Boy Scouts of America. He grew up in Owatonna, earned a degree in Wildlife Management from Oregon State University and then co-owned and operated a book store in St. Cloud for five years before joining the scouts. He gives talks on climate change to whoever will listen.

Guests: Dick Warner (Zweifel), Kari Clark (Fenton), Omar Jamal, Adam, Ladu and (Flaten); and Fernan Jaramillo (Rogers)

Scholarship Enhancement: Greg Carlson with a triple 000


— President-Elect Russ Halverson is reviving the car raffle as a major fundraiser for next year. It raised $25,000 four years ago. He needs a committee to help with ticket sales and promotion. Sales will begin in July and a winner will be selected in late September. No mention of a Rob Bierman’s tattoo incentive.

— All are invited to a graduation party today at 5:30 p.m. at Rick and Kris Estenson’s Event Center, 10541 Ibson Avenue. The party will serve several functions. We will celebrate graduation with Lydia, Giulia, Philipy and Marcelo; welcome home our outbound students; bid bon voyage to our next group of outbounds; and say “thank you” to our club counselors and host families. Hot dogs, chips, salads, cake and lemonade will be provided.

— A St. Olaf College student has been selected for the Global Grant Scholarship and will receive $30,000 for a year of study next year. John Sinning said the runner-up is also a St. Olaf student and made such an impression that the district is hoping to fund a second scholarship this year. Local candidates do well, it was noted, because of the preparation provided by our committee members.

— Mark Abbott updated members on the work of the International Service Project this year. The committee committed $2,000 to the Togo sanitation project for latrines and wash stations; $1,000 to refurbish water pumps in Nepal; $500 for Todd Thompson to provide music education in Guatemala; and $250 for an education center in Ethiopia. The committee is always looking for new projects. If you have an idea, see Mark.

— The board is exploring the idea of a “shared corporate membership,” which would allow a business to invest in one Rotary membership used by multiple employees. Directors want your feedback on this, so look of an online survey coming soon to a computer near you.

Past Northfield Rotary Club meeting videos on YouTube

Outbound Students 2015-16

  • Beimers, Henry – Norway
  • Beimers, William – Brazil
  • Carlson, Samuel -Argentina
  • Estrada, Gabriella – France
  • Hahn, Erin – Thailand
  • Hodel, Christoph – Indonesia
  • Kelley, Caitlin – Chile
  • Lunderby, Jack – Brazil
  • Mandsager, Erik – Zimbabwe
  • Martinez, Odalys – Japan
  • Muir, Mason – Taiwan
  • Olson, Josiah – Colombia
  • Regnier, Eli – Brazil
  • Rodriguez-Vazquez,Leslie – Brazil
  • Scheffert, Jenna – Italy
  • Seitz, Zoe – Denmark