Cogwheel Archive

Rotary Cogwheel | December 7.2017

December 6, 2017

Today’s Program | Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017

Today: Dorothy Ishler, Classification (Wakely)
Next Week: Andrew Ehrman and Betsy Allister, Spring Wind Farm (Morlan)

Birthdays: Chris Kennelly (12/1), John Ehresmann, and Jim Pokorney (12/7)
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:
Shelley Holden’s classification talk, “From Montevideo to Northfield to Everywhere In Between,” pretty well sums it up. Her life has taken her across the country and across the world. Music has been a key theme throughout.

Shelley was born in Montevideo and moved to Mankato at a young age with her family. Her father was a professor at Mankato State and her mother, a Macalester College graduate. Shelley has three older sisters: Paula, Kathy, and Lisa. She and Lisa formed quite the duet as youngsters, performing in musicals and choirs. They continue to sing together and delighted the club with a couple of songs on this day, including their very own hit, “Oh My Owie,” hich they wrote together as kids riding in the back of a Plymouth station wagon

Growing up, Shelley attended Wilson Campus School in Mankato, one of the first charter schools in the country, where she excelled at theater and music. She and her family took a year off to spend in Mexico as part of an exchange program started by her father. There, she learned the language and made friends with the locals. The Holden family spent most summers camping and traveling all over the U.S.

A special memory for Shelley is that every year on December 16 – the date of Beethoven’s birth – her family would
hold an annual ping pong tournament, called the “Beethoven Cup.” Lisa claims to still have the trophy.

At 15, Shelley took a job at the Oaklawn Health Care Center in Mankato – the beginning of what would eventually become her life’s work in the senior living field. Following graduation from the Wilson School in 1977, Shelley worked on a ranch for a couple of years, learning how to round up cattle and take on other western ranching duties.

A Northfield resident for the past 14 years, she now serves as the Vice President for Housing and Community Outreach at the Northfield Retirement Community (NRC). Her first big project for NRC was the planning for Kildahl Park Pointe, a senior housing cooperative in town.

Shelley’s musical talents continue to shine on stage. She has performed with the local group singing group, I Cantanti, and is a member of the Twin Cities Women’s Choir.

Kyle Nordine is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Northfield Retirement Community. He was born in Grand Forks, North Dakota, and lived in Cosmos, Minnesota, where the water tower is decorated with space ships and rockets and the streets are all named after stars and galaxies. “Just follow the stars” to get there, he notes.

Kyle attended Concordia College in Morehead, earning a BA in business administration and social work. He and Candy have been married for 37 years and they have five children and three grandchildren. He enjoys bowling, golf, and music. He is a hockey nut and huge baseball fan.

Paul Harris Fellows: David Brown presented Paul Harris Fellowship Awards to John Sinning, David Koenig, and Chris Weber. This is the third award for David and the fourth for Chris.

Guests: Kris Estenson and Stacey Longwich (Estenson); our inbound students

Scholarship Enhancement: Paul Krause

Robert Bierman, Kurt Larson, and Rick Estenson reported on this year’s successful Turkey Trot: 1,330 runners and walkers, lots of dogs and donated food, and a net profit expected to be in the $30,000 range. Thanks to the planning committee, the many volunteers who helped, and the runners and walkers who participated. A wrap-up with the committee and anyone interested in serving on the committee in the future will be held at the Estenson Event Center (that is, the warm part of the shed) on Wednesday, Dec 13, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Please let Rick know if you plan to attend so he can order enough pizza.

Jan Stevens noted the Copper Street Brass, a Vintage Band Festival favorite, will perform on Friday, Dec. 8, 7:30 p.m., at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Northfield. Tickets can be purchased on line at the Copper Street Brass website ( Use the code “vbf” for $5 off your tickets.

Nominations for this year’s Rotary Good Neighbor Award are due by Thursday, Jan. 4. Nomination forms are available on the club’s website, or see Erica Zweifel for some.

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
December 21 — Laura Turek, Northfield Promise Literacy Team (Weber)
December 28 — No Meeting. Holiday Break
December 29 — 501 Social (Wakely)
January 4 — Pau Ortemberg, Inbound Exchange Student (Chavie)