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Rotary Cogwheel | 05.25.2017

May 23, 2017

Today’s Program | Thursday, May 25, 2017

Today: Pete Sandberg, St. Olaf Assistant Vice President for Facilities, Solar Panels (Covey)

Next Week: Kari Albers, Dundas Bike Kiosk (Prowe)

Birthdays: Jon Snodgrass (5/19), Robert Flaten (5/21) and Chris Heineman (5/23)

Last Week:
Northfield Rotary Club is a club dedicated to promoting peace and understanding through service and shared experience. We invite people from all corners of the community to join us as we partner with others to support youth, build sustainable infrastructure and preserve our planet. 

This is our club’s new Statement of Purpose. It emerged from the visioning session we had several weeks ago. Two dozen members convened and, with the help of a district visioning team, sorted out our priorities for the next five years. Jean Wakely, president-elect, shared the vision with us last week.

We identified four areas of passion: youth, service, partnerships and climate. These are in close alignment with the goals our new international president, Ian Riseley of Australia, has for Rotary International. The entire visioning document will be posted on our web site. But here are a few of the highlights:

— We would like our club to consistently reflect our motto of “service above self;”

— We would like our membership to reflect the demographics of the community and not exceed 160 to ensure high member engagement;

— We would like to develop a community asset-building program;

— Assist the city in becoming a carbon neutral community;

— Continue to invest in our youth exchange program;

— On the International Service front, keep climate an area of focus and pursue a major clean water project;

— Support the Rotary Foundation with Every Rotarian Every Year contributions and with an annual foundation gift;

— Enhance and integrate our outreach and public relations efforts.

President Lasswell set the stage for the vision reveal with a “State of the Club” report. We currently have 135 members, up five over the past years. We are solvent with assets of $181,000. Our major fundraisers remain the Defeat of Jesse James Days Bike Tour (net $20,000) and the Turkey Trot (net $32,000).

We continue to make a difference locally and internationally. Locally, we continue to contribute to the Mill Towns Bike Trail. This past year, we contributed $6,000 to local projects through our Local Donations Committee, opened the musical playground in Way Park, held our second ethics workshop, and supported Earth Day. Internationally, we helped secure beds for a school dormitory in Tanzania and began planning for a major clean water project in Guatemala. We also raised more than $10,000 for the Rotary Foundation with our dinner in February.

In addition, we lifted up the practice of service by naming Carol and Gerry Gengenbach Rotary Good Neighbors. Mathew Rich received our club’s Marston Headley Service Above Self Award.


Guests: Meredith Galdeen (Herzog-Melby)

Scholarship Enhancement: To a man with a vision, Pat O’Neill


— Chris Weber announced that Ambele Mwamelo, a graduate of St. Olaf, received the district’s $35,000 Global Scholarship award. Originally from Tanzania, she will be studying maternal and child public health in Scotland.

— Look for the thank you cards today for this year’s host families. We need your signatures on them.

— Rotary will hold a party Thursday, June 8, at the Estenson Event Center, 10541 Ibson Ave., to celebrate graduation for our exchange students. The fun will begin at 5:30 p.m. and go to 7:30 p.m. It will also be an opportunity to thank sponsors of our Turkey Trot and Bike Tour.

— Jenni Roney reminds members to vote often (daily) and early this month to help Northfield reach the Top Ten in the America’s Main Street contest sponsored by Independent We Stand. The quarterfinalists are the top 25 vote-getters of the 242 United States downtowns nominated during the first round of the contest. Participants can vote for their favorite downtown (Downtown Northfield!) once each day until May 28. Just go to , find “Downtown Northfield,” click “View Profile” and click “Vote”.

— It’s time for another informal Rotary happy hour. Mark your calendars for Wednesday, May 24, from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the Contented Cow. We are hoping to reserve the upper deck. Light snacks will be provided. You can then stick around for Dylanfest, which runs from 6:00 – 11:00 p.m.

Inbound students are:
Daniel Chien from Taiwan

Nico Suarez Toloza from Colombia

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

Our 2017-18 outbound students are:
Madison Asp — Finland

Joan Erickson — Argentina

Annika Fisher— South Africa

Bergen Hoff — Czech Republic/Slovakia

Emma Iverson — Spain

Alex Kovach — Japan

Joseph Kreis — Italy

Benjamin (Ben) Mohlke — Brazil

Piper Nelson — Germany

Jenna Olien — South Korea

Jack Overstreet — Brazil

Gregory Pelletier — Argentina

Espen Richardson — Norway

Elizabeth (Betsy) Schuerman — Denmark

Allison (Al) Weise — Thailand

Coming Up

June 8 — KYMN Radio Business of the Year, Jeff Johnson and Teri Knight (Morlan);

Also June 8 — Exchange Student Graduation Party, 5:30 to 7 p.m., Estenson Event Center

June 15 — David Stanford, Classification Talk

June 22 — John Larson, Classification Talk (Estenson)

June 29 — Pam Tschida, Fast for Hope (Morlan)