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Rotary Cogwheel | 12.01.2016

November 30, 2016

Today’s Program | Thursday, December 1, 2016

Today: John Ehresmann, My Red Cross Experiences (Prichard)

Birthdays: Kim Briske (11/22), Art Monaghan (11/25), Matt Hillmann (11/29), and Chris Kennelly (12/1).

Next Week: Ragh Singh, Classification (W. Sivanich)

Last Week:
If you are a life-long learner and your birthdays number somewhere north of 50, check out the Cannon Valley Elder Collegium.

Now approaching its 20th anniversary, the self-organized and self-sustaining educational consortium offers between 35 and 40 courses each year to some 700 seniors citizens, broadly defined. Jerry Mohrig, retired Carleton College chemistry professor and now board chair, and Rick Noer, retired Carleton College physics professor and now executive director, said the collegium provides a high-quality academic experience. Many of the instructors are retired professors from St. Olaf College and Carleton College. They know of what they speak. But moreover, the instructors are known for great communication skills and a passion for their subject.

The collegium offers 13 courses, mostly of the liberal arts variety, twice a year in eight-week terms. Classes meet at various sites, including the senior center, churches, and retirement-living settings. Most classes have 15 to 20 students. The cost is $50 a class.

Jerry said successful aging depends on a healthy brain. The collegium is designed to provide a place where people can feed their curiosity and stay in the learning posture. And, Jerry says, it is a place to meet new and interesting people.

A local grant and grants from the Minnesota Humanities Commission were used to launch the venture, but now the collegium covers costs with tuition and an annual fundraising appeal. Rick said the collegium’s future is bright.

The collegium is a real asset for the community, he said, contributing to Northfield’s quality of life and giving retirees another reason to move here.

Guests: Max Melberg (Heilman) and Mikayla Fischer (Achinson)

Scholarship Enhancement: “The Mayor” Keith Covey

In an effort to support Northfield Public Library’s new bookmobile, our Literacy Committee is challenging members to match a $2,500 club donation with $2,500 of individual contributions from members. Our total contribution would also qualify for an additional match from a gift to the Friends of the Library. Chris Weber is leading this initiative. Look for more on this in coming weeks.

At the recent District dinner celebrating the Paul Harris Foundation centennial, Northfield was recognized for its efforts in support of Polio Plus.

Start going through your closets to find your “ugliest” winter sweater. President Lasswell is inviting us to show off our most garish or misguided threads at our meeting December 22.

Inbound students are:
Daniel Chien from Taiwan

Emma Nielsen from Denmark

Nico Suarez Toloza from Colombia

Eric Kwun from South Korea
Wanzita Ally from Tanzania
Matteo Lombardo, Italy

Our 2016-17 outbound students are:

Sage Brinton, Argentina

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.

Coming Up

December 15 — TBA

December 22 — Santa Visits Rotary

December 29 — No Meeting

January 5 — Darcy Ellarby, Dakota Curling Club (D. Hanson)