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Rotary Cogwheel | 07.21.2016

July 21, 2016

Today’s Program | Thursday, July 21, 2016

Today: Paul Niemisto, Vintage Band Festival (Stevens)

Birthdays: Jan Stevens (7/15), Duane Benson (7/21), Jayne Hager Dee and Linda Willgohs (7/22). 

Next Week: Northfield Y Tour (Kaczmarek)

Last Week:
The Defeat of Jesse James Days Ambassador Scholarship Program is not a beauty pageant. Julie Eddy, chair of the celebration event, is clear about that.

No swim suit competition, no talent contest, it is a program that revolves around education, leadership and volunteerism. Participants have the opportunity to learn new skills, learn the value of service, and discover a sense of personal empowerment.

This hasn’t always been the focus of the program. The first Miss Defeat of Jesse James Days was selected in 1948 because she sold the most celebration buttons. In 1953, it became a feeder to the Miss Minnesota and Miss America beauty pageants. In the 1970s, a young woman was selected with an eye for who would best promote the Defeat of Jesse James Days celebration. In 2013, the program changed its focus and began selecting three young people, an ambassadorial team, who would promote the community and the celebration and in return receive a learning opportunity and a $2,000 educational scholarship.

The program is open to young people 17 to 22. Each year six to 10 participate, Julie said. Sarah Spaulding, Vanessa Gonzalez and Devon Deanovic were selected ambassadors last August for 2016. Over the year, they represented Northfield and the celebration at 80 events. Their service ends when the new ambassadors are selected this August.

The girls described their experience as “life-changing.” All are in college now and say they have benefited from their experience. Their tour of duty has given them a window to a wider world. They have discovered new things about themselves and learned the benefit of connecting with people of all ages and providing service to others.

A Junior Ambassador program was initiated by the Dundas Jaycees in 1992. They regularly have 15 or so children age 6 to 8 participate.

Julie Eddy said Rotary can help DJJD by promoting the ambassador program and passing on service opportunities for the program.

Mini Classification:
Keith Covey grew up in Ames, Iowa. He moved to Northfield in 1964 and has lived at their current residence on St. Olaf Avenue for 50 years. He worked in Facilities Planning for Carleton College from 1973 to 2000. He joined Rotary in 1974. He chaired the Youth Exchange committee for nine years

Guests: Jeremy Behr (Estenson), Ramiz Allawala (Koenig), Gabby Estrada (V. Dilley), Rhonda Pownell and Bill Talen (Lasswell).

Scholarship Enhancement: Russ Halverson, a just reward for our past president.

Vicky Langer is still seeking volunteers for the Vintage Band Festival July 27-31. See her if you are interested in helping.

We will be partnering again with the Eagan Rotary Club and Northfield High School to host an Ethics Workshop for 40 to 50 high school students on Tuesday, Oct. 25, at Community Resource Bank. If you are interested in helping plan or participating in the all-day event, see David Koenig.

Elizabeth Child is seeking ideas for future programs. She is particularly interested in ideas for presentations by local private businesses or speakers who can present on topical issues of the day. Let her know if you have ideas.

Dave Brown reminded us that it is a new Rotary year and time for club members to consider contributing to the Paul Harris Foundation under the banner of “Every Rotarian Every Year.” We now have 78 Paul Harris Fellows in the club and would like to grow that number.  You can contribute when you pay your quarterly dues or donate online.

Vicki Dilley is looking for the country flags on metal poles that we use at Rotary events. They seem to have gone missing.

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

Coming Up

August 4 — Wendy Sivanich, Classification

August 11 — Jim Barbour, (Reppmann)

August 18 — District Governor Jim Hunt (Halverson)

August 25 — Zach Pruitt, Northfield Promise (Kaczmarek)

Quote of the Week:
Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

— Nelson Mandela