Cogwheel Archive

Rotary Cogwheel | 09.10.2015

September 8, 2015

Today: Bike Tour Chalk Talk

Birthdays: Chris Richardson (9/6) and Therese Whitesong (9/9)

Next Week: Chris Kennelly, Classification (Reese)

Last Week:  Help Me Grow is a free service offered through local school districts for children birth to kindergarten with developmental delays. Holly Schoenbauer, program facilitator for Rice County, wants to bring this federally-mandated program out of the shadows and make more people aware of it.

Last year they served 98 children in the Faribault school district, 46 in Northfield. Holly said there are many more that could benefit from the program. She encourages referrals from all corners of the community.

Help Me Grow evaluates children in five areas: cognitive development, gross and fine motor skills, communication, adaptive skills and social-emotional development. They then work with families to develop a plan for remedial action, utilizing physical therapists, occupational therapists and speech therapists. There is also an effort to address mental health issues.

“This program helps these little kids get on track before they hit kindergarten,” Holly said.

There is no cost to families, and it is not conditional regarding income, insurance or immigration status. Babies born under three pounds automatically qualify for the services. Others need an evaluation. Children, birth to 3, receive services in their home setting. Children 3 to 5 are served in a school setting.

For more information, contact Holly at

Mini-Classification: Virginia Kaczmarek  reminded us that the Northfield Y opened one year ago. It has been a wild success. There are now 8,000 members from a 10-mile radius of Northfield; 70 percent are from the immediate Northfield area.

Virginia devoted eight years of her life to bringing the Y into being. Now, that it is up and running, she finds time to devote to three areas of community life she finds important community health, families in need and military organizations. She is now serving on the board of Northfield Hospital & Clinics. She is co-chair of Northfield’s Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Campaign, and Virginia has been named Adjutant for the local American Legion post.  

Presentation: Guy Selinska, a member of the Prior Lake Rotary Club and chair of the District Grants and Foundation Committee, presented a $5,000 check from the district in support of our Rotary Outdoor Music Plaza (ROMP). The music plaza is being developed in Way Park and has the blessing of the local Arts Council and Northfield’s Park and Recreation Committee. We expect it will open in March of next year.  

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.

Guests: Our new exchange students: Nicole from Paraguay, Carson from Taiwan and Jose from Mexico; Guy Selinska, Chair of District Grants and Foundation Committee, (B. Carlson); and Corey Tutewohl and Rachelle Pariseau, Farmington Rotary Club, (Willgohs).

Scholarship Enhancement:  Sam Gett

Announcements: We are asked to wear our gold Rotary T-shirts for the bike tour to identify who has official standing at the event.  This year’s bike tour T-shirts will be available for $15. They are free to volunteers from outside the club.

The skateboard park will have a grand opening today, 4 p.m. at Old Memorial Field.  All are invited to hear Russ’s speech.

The Ford Focus, our raffle car, will be available at various venues around town in the coming weeks, a high school soccer game, high school football games and the steam engine show in Dundas.  It is a great opportunity to sell tickets and fun to work in teams.  

Rotary will be working a Habitat for Humanity site in Dundas Thursday, Sept. 24, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. See Jake Conway if you can help.

Northfield Rotary Club will celebrate its 90th year with a birthday party at the Estenson Event Center Saturday, Oct. 17. We are inviting the Janesville, Waseca and Faribault clubs to help us celebrate.

Past Northfield Rotary Club meeting videos on YouTube

Coming Up

  • September 24 — Jan Hanson, Classification (Weber)
  • October 1 — Mike Leming, Bereavement Process (Holden)
  • October 8 — Marlene Gargulak, District Governor (Cogan)
  • October 15 — TBA