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)
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.
December 15 — TBA
December 22 — Santa Visits Rotary
December 29 — No Meeting
January 5 — Darcy Ellarby, Dakota Curling Club (D. Hanson)