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Rotary Cogwheel | 06.30.2016

June 28, 2016

Today’s Program | Thursday, June 30, 2016

Today: Al Zdrazil, Domestic Violence in the Workplace

Birthdays: Richard Collman (6/26), Karen Allawala (6/27) and Scott Richardson (7/1).

Next Week: Ben Flannery, MD, and CC Linstroth, 1,2 3 Read With Me (Spethmann)
Praying for an orderly transition of power.

Last Week:
Next summer, the Cannon Falls Rotary Club will invite church youth mission groups from across the country to come to Cannon Falls to participate in the Service Above Self Home Repair Project. They envision 350 to 450 youth coming to town during a week in June to work on 60 to 80 homes in the larger Cannon Falls area.

Joe Coyle, a Cannon Falls Rotarian and a veteran of four church mission trips, said the communities he’s worked in are no different than Cannon Falls. There are homes occupied by low-income, elderly and disabled people that could use everything from exterior and interior painting and porch repair to construction of wheel-chair ramps.

“There are elderly, low-income and disabled people who need a little bit of help to make their housing nicer,” Joe said. It led him and others to consider inviting church mission groups to Cannon Falls.

Cannon Falls Rotarians are working with Group Mission Trips out of Colorado to find the youth mission groups. The mission groups will be housed at Cannon Falls High School, with local youth and businesses helping with hospitality.

Cannon Falls Rotary will identify the homes in need of improvement, secure resident cooperation and provide the materials. Joe said the mutual benefit for the homeowners and the youth will be emphasized rather than the act of charity.

A typical house crew will be comprised of five youth and one adult. There will be ongoing supervision by people with home repair experience.

The project is expected to cost $19,000. Joe said with the help of a Rotary District grant and other donations the project is doable.

For more information, contact Joe at 612-986-6572.

Mini Classification:
Yogi told several stories about serendipitous Rotary connections.

Special Presentation:

A check for $10,000 was presented to Peggy Prowe, who was representing Mill Towns Trail. The money was raised at our annual Defeat of Jesse James Bike Tour. Peggy said the funds will be used for the missing link between Northfield and Cannon Falls.

Guests: Gerry Gengenbach (Pederson), Carol Gengenbach (Prowe), Sandy Gerdes (Hager-Dee), Kevin Scripp (Child), Steve Soderlind (Yogi), Monique and Margaret Ludwig, Nicole’s host Mom (Nicole).

Scholarship Enhancement:  Jan Stevens. The announcement was vintage music to her ears.

Vicky Langer is still in need of two host families for the coming years. Talk to her if you have ideas.

The Vintage Band Festival is in need of volunteers for the four-day musical extravaganza July 28-31. Sign up in the lobby today.

The Rotary Outdoor Musical Plaza (ROMP) is starting to take shape at Way Park. Barry Carlson is monitoring the progress and will put out a call soon for some volunteer labor. He thanked Rick Estenson for donating some decorative rock for the project, which saves us some $1,500.

This Just In:
Rebecca Langer, daughter of Vicky and Greg Langer, is participating in a pilot program to bring lights and AC power to 40 homes in the village of Dhapchung, Nepal

Working with the nonprofit company Grid Alternatives, Rebecca She is helping install a battery-based PV micro grid system for people who still use kerosene lamps. If you would like more information about Rebecca or the cause visit:

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

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

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

July 28 — District Governor Jim Hunt (Lasswell)

August 4 — Wendy Sivanich, Classification

Quote of the Week:
“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten we belong to each other.”

— Mother Teresa