Cogwheel Archive

Rotary Cogwheel | 12.22.2016

December 20, 2016

Today’s Program | Thursday, December 15, 2016

Today: A Visit with Santa, Ugly Sweater Contest and Good Tidings.
Birthdays: Benjamin Andrew (12/18), Blake Abdella and Vicki Dilley (12/21), Virginia Kaczmarek (12/22), Bill Carlson (12/23), Neil Lutsky (12/27) and Jake Conway (12/28).

Next Week: No meeting. Enjoy the holidays

Last Week:
It took more than the usual Rotary hot air to keep the Dundas Dome inflated overhead. The 215 foot by 420 foot enclosed artificial surface provides flexible space for full-size soccer or lacrosse fields, or three youth-size soccer or lacrosse fields, or two college-regulation softball fields. It can accommodate collegiate practices, youth or adult leagues or open time for the unaffiliated to exercise indoors during the long winters.

Owners Sherry and Mike Foster and Shelly and Paul Whitehead saw a need for indoor recreational space. All kinds of organizations and schools around the region are booking time. Their official open house was last Saturday. It included play time with rented bouncies and a movie. Proceeds were donated to the Northfield Sports Collaborative.

The dome is built on a sand and gravel base and covered with a thick inch and a half artificial turf cushioned by 400,000 pounds of recycled rubber bits. It is state-of-the-art with a feature that automatically increases air pressure and heat if there is a snow alert.

There are several ways to reach the demographic they will be delivering six months out of the year. Field naming rights go for $3,000 a piece. There is also opportunity for banner advertising, TV wrap advertising, and advertising on the lobby sponsorship board.

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The presentation of a $10,000 check to Dundas for development of the trail head for Mill Towns Trail could not have been handled more deftly if it had been Tinker to Evers to Chance. Peg Prowe, representing Rotary, awarded the check to Gene Ender, treasurer of Mill Towns Trail, who handed it to Glenn Switzer, mayor of Dundas. That is a six, four, three for those scoring at home.

Guests: Alyssa Pilger (V. Dilley); Jerry Huddleston (Kaczmarek); Demitrius Pitsavas (Covey); Larry Walsh (Blaha); Glenn Switzer, John McCarthy and Gene Enders (Prowe); and Bernadette Lawlor (Lawlor)

 Scholarship Enhancement: Rob Martin, who took one of the slowest victory laps ever.

We are looking for nominations for this year’s Rotary Good Neighbor Award. Nominees should be people whose work in the community reflects the Rotary motto of “service above self.” They must live in the Northfield School District and cannot be Rotary members or relatives of Rotary members. Erica Zweifel has nomination forms. The deadline is Monday, Jan. 9.

Lynne Pederson needs a few more drivers for our Meals-On-Wheels tour of duty the first two weeks of January. If you can help, contact Lynne.

The Turkey Trot set a record this year with 1,153 participants, including 30 from long distance. Rick Estenson estimates our net from the event will be $30,000.

Rick also reported that letters for the 2017-18 outbound youth exchange program were scheduled to go out last week. Fourteen Northfield students were accepted into the program this time.

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

Emma Pritchard, Taiwan

Nathaniel Urke, Brazil.

Coming Up

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

January 12 — Paul Krause, Documenting Northfield (Sinning)

January 19 — Janine Atchison, Classification

January 26 — Emma Nielsen, Exchange Student (Frago)