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Rotary Cogwheel | 08.06.2015

August 5, 2015

Today: Steve Underdahl, President and CEO of Northfield Hospital & Clinics, Classification (S. Richardson)

Birthdays: Katy Hargis (8/4), Mike Lane (8/5) and Elizabeth Child (8/8)

Next Week: Alyssa Herzog Melby, Executive Director Northfield Arts Guild, NAG’s New Start

Last Week:  

The Group Study Exchange (GSE) team that traveled for two weeks in Sweden in May of 2014 shared their experience with us last week.

Two of the team members — Elin Odegaard and Jenna Stowe — are from Northfield. Other members are Sonya Guggemos, who was sponsored by the St. Paul Rotary Club, and Jim Horsman, who was sponsored by the Roseville Rotary Club. Lori Pulkrabek, also sponsored by the Roseville club, was the team leader.

Their trip took them to seven different cities in southern Sweden. They learned a lot about Swedish cuisine, culture, and hospitality. In five of their stops, each had a vocational day planned specifically for them. They were impressed with the greeting they received when their train arrived in Halmsted. The local Rotarians were there in force and were vigorously waving a huge flag.

Elin observed that Sweden, home to IKEA, promotes efficiency and economy and places a high premium on collaboration and community. Businesses have formalized the morning coffee break as a way of building team within the organization and encouraging collaborative work. Swedes also have a deep respect for the environment. People recreate outdoors at every turn during the warm-weather months in anticipation of the long, dark winter.

Jim was impressed with the architecture and historical structures that provided a window to Swedish antiquity. They saw ancient churches with distinctive design and castles built by the Vikings. He noted that structures were often influenced by the Danes who occupied this region for periods of time.

Sweden is known as the kingdom of glass for its exquisite glass sculpture. In addition, there is an emphasis on public art.

Lori called this “truly a once in a lifetime experience.” Jenna and Elin thanked the club for giving them this opportunity.


Mini-Classification:

Lee Dilley is a Northfield native who was introduced to international exchange while serving in the Peace Corps with his wife, Vicki, on Tuvalu, a Polynesian island in the South Pacific.

They met at the University of Montana and have two grown children. Lee has worked for Malt-O-Meal for 30 years. He has found Rotary’s Youth Exchange program to be a rewarding experience.


Exchange report

Ahna Cole Washburn Chapman wrote a piece for the Kimberly, South Africa Rotary Club bulletin describing her adjustment in the early stages of her exchange year. She’s meeting students at her new school, participating in service projects and has had an opportunity to tour a game park. All is well in her new home, she writes.

Here is a list of this year’s outbound students. Some have already departed.

  • 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
  • Washburn Chapman, Ahna Cole – South Africa
  • Woitalla, Jessica – Brazil.


Past Northfield Rotary Club meeting videos on YouTube

Guests: Rachel and Jerad Morey, new ministers at Northfield United Methodist Church (Stull), Josie Dunn-Foster (J. Dunn-Foster), and Claire Spencer (Zweifel).

Scholarship Enhancement:  Jane Fenton, who redefined the dramatic pause while searching for her ticket.

Announcements:

Tickets are now available for the 2015 car raffle. One of the team captains has your name and tickets for you to sell. Sales people — start your engines.

Virginia Kaczmarek, club member and executive director of the Northfield Area YMCA, reported this week that a sign acknowledging Rotary’s support for the Y capital campaign is now on the wall in the Y entryway.

District 5960 is forming a Friendship Exchange to India January 9-20. They are looking for five Rotary couples to make the trip. See President Halverson if you are interested in learning more.

If you have not yet declared for a committee assignment in the new year, please contact Jean Wakely. She is also ready to record your commitment to the Defeat of Jesse James Bike Tour on Saturday, Sept. 12.

Virginia Kaczmarek, club member and executive director of the Northfield Area  YMCA, reported a sign acknowledging Northfield Rotary’s support of the Northfield  Area YMCA capital campaign is now in place in the Y entryway.

Virginia Kaczmarek, club member and executive director of the Northfield Area
YMCA, reported a sign acknowledging Northfield Rotary’s support of the Northfield
Area YMCA capital campaign is now in place in the Y entryway.

Coming Up

  • August 20 — Chris Heineman, Northfield Director of Community Development, Classification (Rich)
  • August 27 — Dana Norvold, Rice County Habitat for Humanity
  • September 3 — Holly Schoenbauer, Help Me Grow (Kaczmarek)
  • September 10 — Nate Heilman, Classification (O’Neil)
  • September 17 — Chris Kennelly, Classification (Reese)

 

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