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Rotary Cogwheel | 10.12.2017

October 10, 2017

Today’s Program | Thursday, October 12, 2017

Today: Matt Hillmann, Camp RYLA
Next Week: Hindolo Pokawa, Executive Director of Sierra Leone Foundation for New Democracy, (Cogan)
Birthdays: Nate Heilman (10/10)
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:
Northfield City Administrator Ben Martig was born and raised in Blue Earth, Minn. under the watchful gaze of the Jolly Green Giant, a notable landmark on south-central Minnesota prairie. That’s where his father taught and coached and where Ben played basketball and baseball and eventually became an engaged student.

He characterizes himself as a typical Gen-Xer, independent, cynical, suspicious. His Meyers Briggs personality profile suggests he is an INTJ, whatever that means.
Ben graduated from the University of Wisconsin at LaCrosse and worked in local government at Cottage Grove and Fridley while he earned his Masters of Planning degree at the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. He worked in Anoka, his home town of Blue Earth and then Marshall, Minn. before coming to Northfield in 2016.

Ben said it was Northfield’s “unique sense of place” and the highly-regarded school system that drew him to this community. He comes with his wife and two children, one who attends Greenvale Park and another at Northfield Middle School.

His resume includes success at building projects: a county library, ice rink and liquor store; economic development: a vehicle training center; a regional trail project; and a penchant for weaving art into public projects.

When he is not overseeing the work of Northfield city government, he looks forward to spending time with his family canoeing and mountain biking.

Chris Heineman is a resident of Red Wing, but he has worked for the City of Northfield as Community Development Director for the past five years. He oversees planning, building, economic development and housing. He is married with two children, a 13-year old daughter and an 11-year old son, whose activities mirror Chris’s interests in theater and sports.

New Members: Jesse Steed (McIver Morey), Meredith Galdeen (Melby-Herzog) and Janice Lehmkulh (Hager-Dee) were formally inducted into the club. Please give them a warm Rotary welcome.

Guests: Ann Leming (Leming), Barbara Johnson (S. Richardson), Chris Lambert (Chavie), Kelly Dennis (Caskey), Henry Hillemann (Hillemann) and permanent visiting Rotarian from a Cape Town, South Africa Rotary Club Sue Pokorney (Pokorney)

Scholarship Enhancement: Hannah Puczko

— John Ehresmann, home from a volunteer tour of duty with the American Red Cross in the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, said things are “really bad” down there. Supply lines are clogged and people are lacking food, water and power. John has answered the call to many natural disasters, but he says this is the worst one he has seen.

— Jim Holden, representing the Literacy Committee, invited members to volunteer to read to Northfield students at breakfast before school. It is a program called “Breakfast Buddies” developed by Northfield Promise, an HCI initiative. You can sign-up on line through Northfield Promise. Your commitment can be flexible, five days a week or one day a week. And if you are not able to do it, please pass this opportunity onto those you know.

— Check out a beautiful video of the bike tour made by Kyle Eastman. It is posted on the Rotary Facebook page.

— Penny Hillemann announced the Northfield Area United Way campaign has begun. There will be a truck pull downtown today at 5 p.m. to promote the annual drive.

— Michelle Lasswell, our past president and now a member of the Rotary District Board of Directors, our district and District 5950 are partnering to raise awareness about the problem of human trafficking. Minneapolis is hosting this year’s Super Bowl and the campaign will gain visibility as that date nears.

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
October 26 — Sherri Meyers, Just Foods Co-op History and Future (Kazcmarek)
November 2 — District Governor Kyle Haugen (Wakely)
November 9 — Herbert Quelle, Counsel General of Germany, Chicago, the Future of Trans-Atlantic Relations (Yogi)
November 16 — The Life and Times of George Davis, Classification