Cogwheel Archive

Rotary Cogwheel | 06.16.2016

June 20, 2016

Today’s Program | Thursday, June 16, 2016

Today: Robert Shepley, MD, Joint Replacements (Estenson)

Birthdays: Bob Kuyper (6/15)

Next Week: John Wegman, Mission: Building Homes for the Disabled (Reppmann)

Last Week:
Jennifer Foster-Dunn is a self-professed “education nerd.” She likes school.

Jen has a bachelors degree in education, a masters degree in Economics, a law degree and is now working on a masters in Education at Augsburg College.

She comes from a long line of teachers. Jen was the third generation in her family to attend the College of Western Ohio and emerged from there with a teaching degree. She moved on to Northwestern University to study Economics and ended up following her faculty advisor to the International Monetary Fund, where she traveled with him to Russia in the midst of the Boris Yeltsin rebirth. Among other things, they helped rework the Russian constitution, and she, herself, had communication with Yeltsin, heady stuff for a 21-year old.

Upon her return, Jen intended to complete her Ph.d. in Economics, but, on a whim, took the LSAT and was accepted into the University of Minnesota law school.

Before beginning her law training, she had to go to South Dakota to meet her husband, Russ. She taught at the University of South Dakota, while her mother was also on its faculty. They both taught Economics and were the only mother-daughter team to teach at the level.

Jen finished law school while she and Russ served as resident counselors at St. Olaf College. They had a baby, Josie, and less than three weeks in to post-partum, Jen started as a law clerk for a firm in Owatonna. Part of the firm moved to the county attorney’s office. Most recently Jen was doing child and adult protection. She said she was increasingly disturbed by the by the gravity of the decisions she was asked to make about parenting and children’s rights for people she would never meet.

Russ, a Montessori teacher in Owatonna, encouraged her to capitalize on her passion for kids and Rotary Youth Exchange and go back to teaching. And that’s why she is back in school at Augsburg.

Jen got involved in Owatonna Rotary when she hosted a student from Denmark. As an only child, and the daughter of an only child, it was an amazing experience.  She then became youth exchange coordinator for the club. Rotary has changed their lives, she said. At Josie’s grad party, she realized there wasn’t a person there who had not impacted Josie through Rotary. Jen has many children now because of Rotary.

She is helping her husband chaperone 39 inbounds on their East Coast trip this week.  Then she will return and head out to Germany with her daughter to relive her recent exchange experience and have a true family vacation.

Mini Classification:
Vicki Wright Lorenz Dilley joined Rotary 11 years ago. Dave Brown had asked her and Lee to host a student, and they were hooked. She says she will always be a Rotarian.

Vicki has been the face of our club’s Youth Exchange program for most of her 11 years with Rotary. During her tenure, Northfield has led the district in youth exchange, hosting inbounds from 21 countries. She also logged five emergency room trips, but, gratefully, no police calls. She said she has learned how to navigate “shocking” conversations, cried with and about some of our students, made mistakes, apologized and learned a lot through this experience.

She thanked all of the club counselors for their work. We have made an enormous impact on the world, she said, helping young people learn about themselves and helping them learn to love their country through the lens of an exchange year.

Vicki Langer and Rachel Estrella are assuming Vicki’s responsibilities with Youth Exchange. Vicki Dilley will continue to serve on a district level.

Vicki’s dedicated service was rewarded with a standing ovation. Thank you Vicki Dilley for outstanding work.

New Member:
Jen Foster-Dunn was inducted into the club, and it proved to be an historic occasion. It was the first time someone gave their classification talk the day of their induction.

Guests: Daniel Magnuson, Nicole’s host dad (Nicole) and Barbara Burke (Child)

Scholarship Enhancement:  Nicole


Contact Michelle Laswell if you are a new member and have NOT attended an orientation; it’s coming up soon.

The Rochester Rotary Club is hosting a bike ride event in July.

Richard Collman announced the Noontime Organ Recital, now in its 10th year, will begin Wednesday, July 6.

Making a year-end gift to the Foundation benefits us in three years, so do it today! The more we give, the more we get, literally.

Our 2016-17 outbound students are:

Sage Brinton, Argentina

McKenna Dale, Brazil

Caroline Hummel, Norway

Noah Klein, South Korea

Jane Ludwig, Colombia

Yizel Marcial, Germany

Daiki Nishioka, Taiwan

Liliana (Lily) Noble, Italy

Madison Peterson-Bradford,  Brazil

Emma Pritchard, Taiwan

Nathaniel Urke, Brazil.

Incoming students are:
Daniel Chien from Taiwan

Emma Nielsen from Denmark

Nico Suarez Toloza from Colombia

Gyung Hwan Yoon from South Korea
Wanzita Masenza from Tanzania

Past Northfield Rotary Club meeting videos on YouTube

Coming Up
June 30 — Al Zdrazil, Domestic Violence in the Workplace

July 7 — Ben Flannery, MD, and CC Linstroth, 1,2 3 Read With Me (Spethmann)

July 14 — Julie Eddy, Defeat of Jesse James Days Scholarship Program (Covey)

July 21 — Paul Niemisto, Vintage Band Festival (Stevens)

Quote of the Week:
“This is my country, that is your country; these are the conceptions of narrow souls – to the liberal minded the whole world is a family.”
― Virchand Gandhi