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Rotary Cogwheel | January 25.2018

January 23, 2018

Today’s Program | Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018

Today: Lew Anderson, Destiny Rescue (Hoschouer)

Next Week: Human Trafficking (Thompson)

Birthdays:  Wendy Sivanich (1/21)

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:
Jenni Roney loves small towns. That’s why the position of executive director of Northfield Downtown Development Corporation (NDDC) is such a great fit. Jenni appreciates small-town neighborliness, the built in accountability, and the home-grown community festivals.

Jenni grew up in Wamego, Kan., a small town outside of Manhattan, Kan. Her father was president of the local bank; her mother worked as a registered nurse. Her family still lives on land that was homesteaded in 1886 by maternal Irish ancestors.

The elder of two daughters, Jenni graduated high school and went on to Kansas State where she majored in advertising. During college and for several years after graduation, she worked for Wildcat Sports Network, selling sponsorships for Wildcat games and doing stats. Jenni was on the ground floor as Kansas State rose to national standing in football and basketball.

It was husband, Doug, another Wildcat, who brought her to Northfield. After 10 nomadic corporate years, they settled in Northfield in 2009 when Doug took a position with Malt-O-Meal, now Post. They have three boys, a first-year lacrosse player at — where else — Kansas State, and a junior and first-year high school student at NHS. The Roneys watch a lot of soccer, football and lacrosse.

Jenni said she is proud of the work NDDC is doing. They are working on downtown parking solutions, marketing the downtown and launching a First Friday Art Night late this spring. Besides her work at NDDC and a busy family life, Jenni also does communication work and promotion for Rebound Enterprises and serves on the Northfield Round Table.


Erica Zweifel recently traded her work with Carleton’s Science Education Resource Center for a position at the college’s Center for Community and Civic Engagement. One of the center’s projects is a “food recovery program.” Launched in 2014, the program works with Bon Appetite, the college’s food service, to identify and package unused food and then works with seven community partners to get it in the hands of people who need it. The program is run by students, and her son, Christof, a first-year Carleton student, is one of the student volunteers.


New Member Induction: Stacey Longwich works in Communications and Operations at St. Olaf College. She is relatively new to Northfield, but not to Rotary. She previously belonged to a club in Burlingame,
Calif. Her sponsor is Rick Estenson. Welcome Stacey.

Guests: Anika Rychter (Wakely), Deb Peters (Kyte) and Mark Lancaster (Estenson)

Scholarship Enhancement: Sue Pokorney

The board voted last month to support a pilot project to provide an evening meal at the KEY one Wednesday a month. Janine Atchison is looking for volunteers who will shop for supplies, coordinate the evening or cook on a specific Wednesday evening. See her if you can help.

Youth exchange students are taking to the Welch Village slopes on Saturday, Feb. 3. If you are interested in going, see Todd Thompson.

We are still scouring the country for a Blue-Ray copy of the movie “Breathe.” If anyone has access, please let President Wakely know. A story about the movie appears in this month’s “Rotarian” magazine on page 57.

Rotary is holding a district meeting on Human Trafficking on Friday, Feb. 23, in the Twin Cities. We would like representatives from education, the faith community, law enforcement to attend. If you know anyone who is interested, have them contact Todd Thompson or President Wakely.

There will be two events in February that may be of interest to those who work or live in and around the silver tsunami. Survey results compiled by “Creating an Age-Friendly Northfield” will be shared Feb. 3, 10 a.m. at the Northfield Public Library. On Thursday, Feb. 8, 6:30 p.m. the Northfield High School Auditorium, Cathy Wurzer of MPR will lead a conversation on living and dying well. The event is called “Reconvening Northfield.” See Shelly Holden for details on either event.

Bruce Morlan is reviving “Politics and a Pint,” an effort to create save space for civil discourse on political topics of interest. This lightly-moderated event will convene on Thursday evenings at the Contented Cow, 7 p.m.

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:

February 8 — Penny Hillemann, Classification (Kaczmarek)

February 15 — Robert Massoud, How a Just Palestine-Israel Peace Can Save the Planet (Rogers)

February 22 — Kengo Osumi, exchange student, (Frago)

March 1 — Sera Shin, exchange student (Estenson)