Today’s Program | Thursday, December 8, 2016
Today: Ragh Singh, Classification (W. Sivanich)
Birthdays: John Ehresmann (12/4), Alan Anderson (12/5), Jim Holden (12/6) and Jim Pokorney (12/7)
Next Week: Dinner at the Dome (Estenson)
John Ehresmann does not court disaster, but he is quick to respond when one occurs.
After retiring from his Northfield dental practice in 2011, John became a trained volunteer for American Red Cross, first providing damage assessment and now disaster services technology (DST) when duty calls. In five short years, he has seen it all — hurricanes, floods, mudslides, tornadoes, and wild fires — all of the ones we read about in the national news.
The Red Cross is mandated by Congress to provide food and shelter for victims of natural disasters with privately-raised funds. Volunteers, like John, are asked to deploy on a moment’s notice. He has the option of declining an assignment, but if he says “yes,” he needs to go now. A supportive spouse, like John’s wife, Gretchen, is key to his volunteer career. He said he couldn’t do it without her.
Red Cross assignments offer long hours and Spartan living; they put a premium on the resourcefulness of volunteers to make equipment work in all kinds of settings.
A financial donation is the best way to support Red Cross’s work, John said. Cash instead of in-kind services or goods gives clients some control over lives that have been turned upside down.
Richard Maus has lived with polio all of his life. He contracted it at four months of age. Over a period of 16 years, he had multiple surgeries and logged some 900 days in the hospital. He documented his experience in a book called “The Lucky One.”
Richard went on to have a 30-year career as a math instructor. He also worked for a period of eight years in the computer software industry. He is just now finishing a new book called “Faith Enterprise,” which reflects on his experience with the Catholic faith.
Marston Headley Award
Matthew Rich was named this year’s recipient of the Marston Headley Service Above Self Award. He was recognized for his ongoing efforts to support the work of the club. Matthew has served on the board and is a past president. He has stepped up to serve on the bike tour and Turkey Trot committees. He also is a very successful recruiter of new members.
Besides his Rotary work, he has served on the board of directors for HealthFinders and the Community Action Center, and he is involved in Northfield Sertoma, Connected Kids and Emmaus Baptist Church. Thanks for all you do, Matthew.
Guests: Gretchen Ehresmann (Ehresmann)
Scholarship Enhancement: David Brown
Rob Bierman reported that the Turkey Trot was a great success. Final numbers are not yet in, but he believes we had a record number of runners, a record number of food donations and a record net profit. He thanked those who worked on the planning of the event and those who volunteered their time Thanksgiving morning. He also thanked Carleton for making the Weitz Center available to us.
Congratulations Rotarians. In two short weeks, we raised $5,000 for the new Northfield Public Library’s bookmobile. The club contributed $2,500 from the club budget and individual members donated the other $2,500. Our total contribution will qualify for an additional match from a gift to the Friends of the Library. Besides the satisfaction that comes from supporting an important community literacy asset, Rotary will have its logo prominently displayed on the vehicle. A big thanks goes to Chris Weber for his creative financing for this project.
Rotary is responsible for Meals-On-Wheels delivery the first two weeks of January. See Lynne Pederson if you can help.
David Brown pointed out that we now have 79 Paul Harris fellows among our active membership. We have also contributed $272,000 to the Rotary Foundation. Both are club records.
Rachel Estrella had a baby boy recently.
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 22 — Santa Visits Rotary
December 29 — No Meeting
January 5 — Darcy Ellarby, Dakota Curling Club (D. Hanson)
January 12 —