Cogwheel Archive

Rotary Cogwheel | 06.2.2016

June 1, 2016

Today’s Program | Thursday, June 2, 2016

Today: Mark Bigelbach and the Dundas Dome (Estenson)

Birthdays: Joe Hargis (5/29) and John Larson (6/2)

Next Week: Jennifer Dunn-Foster, Classification (V. Dilley)

Last Week:
Cannon River Offroad Cycling and Trails (CROCT), a local mountain bicycling club, is expanding opportunities for cyclists to enjoy an off-road ride experience over fun and challenging terrain.

Marty Larson and Griff Wigley, CROCT board members, said they are developing new trails for riders in Northfield and Rice County. They have cleared a corridor through the woods on the west side of the Cannon River in Sechler Park and designed and built a trail in Rice County’s Caron Park.

CROCT first convened in February of 2014, formed a Board of Directors in April of that year, became an International Mountain Biking Association chapter in August 2014, and opened its first trail in Sechler Park in November of 2014. Griff said they want people to use the trail, if not for biking, then walking or dog-walking.

They have partnered with Northfield Public Schools Community Services to offer a weekly ride group each Monday for kids and adults. There is a little bit of instruction and then the ride itself. They meet behind Walgreen’s each Monday at 5:30 p.m. Last summer through Community Services, CROCT facilitated an overnight road trip to Cuyuna Lakes region on the Iron Range and plans to do it again.

CROCT is actively cultivating partnerships to expand biking opportunities locally. They are exploring a collaboration with the Skateboard Coalition to purchase a portable “pump track” that could be moved around the county and made accessible to more bikers. They have already secured almost half of the necessary funding.

CROCT also has plans to partner with River Bend Nature Center in Faribault to develop trails adjacent to the center and build new flow trails for the center, itself.

Griff said the kids who benefit from the trails or a prospective “pump track” program are always encouraged to contribute with sweat equity. “We make the kids contribute to maintaining the trails,” he said.

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Chris Heineman said he is on the cusp of becoming an avid biker. He has aspirations, anyway. He is Community Development Director for Northfield, a position he has held for the past four years. He works with the Economic Development Authority, Housing and Redevelopment Authority, Planning Commission and the city’s Building Division.

Guests: Bruce Dypvik (Briske) and Dave Berglund (Rich)

Scholarship Enhancement:  Laurie Williams


Jean Wakely thanked all who helped make the May 25 graduation party a success. There will be a Rotary social at Estenson Event Center Friday evening, June 10. More to come.

With the five Paul Harris Fellows recognized two weeks ago, David Brown said we now have 76 fellows in the club. That’s two shy of a club record. Over time, the club has contributed $267,000 to the Paul Harris Foundation.

A golf tournament in memory of Ken Bank, former Northfield Hospital & Clinics President and CEO and former member of our club, will, in part, benefit Northfield Rotary. The nine-hole event will be Thursday, June 9, at the Northfield Golf Club. Golf begins at 6:30 p.m. Dinner will be at 8:30 p.m. In honor of the footprint Ken left on the community, organizers are encouraging participants to donate individually to either Rotary Northfield Gymnastics or Northfield Hospital Auxiliary. Call the Northfield Golf Club to reserve your tee time. Ken died in February of 2015 at the age of 69. He served NH&C for 22 years, retiring in 2010.

If anyone is interesting in reviving Kids Vote for this fall’s election, contact Jake Conway. 

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 16 — Robert Shepley, MD, Joint Replacements (Estenson)

June 23 — John Wegman, Mission: Building Homes for the Disabled (Reppmann)

June 30 — Al Zdrazil, Domestic Violence in the Workplace

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

Quote of the Week:
“Peace cannot be achieved through violence; it can only be attained through understanding.”  — Ralph Waldo Emerson