Cogwheel Archive

Rotary Cogwheel | 06.15.2017

June 14, 2017

Today’s Program | Thursday June 15, 2017

Today: David Stanford, Classification Talk

Next Week: Jeff Johnson and Teri Knight, KYMN-Radio (Madigan)

Birthdays: Bob Kuyper (6/15)

Statement of Purpose: Northfield Rotary Club is 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. 

Last Week:
I think we can pretty much declare the depot saved. There is more work to be done, but the momentum is clearly headed in the right direction.

Alice Thomas, a member of the Save the Depot Committee, gave us a progress report on the heroic community efforts to preserve the 1888 train depot, which served Northfield for some 86 years. Last year, it was separated from a freight house built in 1944 and very gingerly moved across the street to its new location just north of Third Street behind the Quarterback Club. To date, the committee has spent $350,000 moving the building, constructing a foundation and basement, restoring the exterior and reclaiming interior space. Alice estimated the full project, which includes the construction of a transit hub and connecting pavilion, will require another $250,000.

“It truly is a community project for the benefit of the same community,” she said.

She thanked Rotary for the $6,000 it has contributed to the project, $5,000 in the critical early-going and another $1,000 last year.

The committee has been guided by the early architectural drawings and seeks to combine a 19th century look with 21st century function. Original materials have been used or matched when possible, original window placement has been restored when practical and maple flooring will be installed to match the look and feel of the original depot interior. Four thousand bricks were obtained from three different sources for use restoring the exterior.

The committee has chosen to land on the right side of history when the depot is completely restored. One aspect of the early design which is not being revived is the separate entrance and separate waiting room for women.

Rob Martin considers himself a lucky guy. He’s been married to Patricia for 39 years and has worked at Farmers’ Mutual for 34. They have two children, Greg and Sarah, and two grandchildren. He’s been a tireless champion of the Save the Depot project and an active club member.

Guests: David McKee and Lynn Naeckel (Wakely)

Scholarship Enhancement: David Wolf

— Ron Linde is looking for a few good men and women to help with Riverside Cleanup Saturday, June 24, 8 a.m. The group will convene along the Cannon River behind the Farmers’ Market. River cleanup casual is advised.

— The North Star Youth Exchange needs chaperones for the overnight event Saturday and Sunday, June 17 and 18, at the Northfield Y. See Vicki Dilley if you can help.

— Mike Leming is planning a group trip to Vietnam February 1-15 and Thailand February 15-27. For each Rotarian who signs up, Mike will donate $400 back to the club.

— David Koenig reports that plans are moving forward for next fall’s ethics workshop for high school juniors.

— The bike tour committee is adding a wrinkle to this year’s event. They will provide shuttle rides to those who would like to visit Imminent Brewing in Armory Square on Division Street after their bike ride. There they will find food, music, and a cold beverage. It’s an effort to better integrate the bike tour into the larger DJJD celebration. Matt Rich says: “Come for the ride. Stay for the raid.” I like that.

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 29 — Pam Tschida, Fast for Hope (Morlan)

July 6 — Aramis Wells, Northfield Rescue Squad (Morlan)

July 13 — Nate Watters, Keepsake Cidery (Morlan)

July 20 — Amelia Ousley, Northfield Composting, (W. Sivanich)