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Rotary Cogwheel | August 23.2018

August 22, 2018

Today’s Program | Thursday, August 23, 2018

Today: Susan Brower, The Impact of Northfield’s Changing Demographics (Blaha)

Next Week: Greg Siems, Classification (Hanson)

Birthdays: Richard Schulte (8/20)

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.


First inbound student joined us for lunch – Tuomas Kallioniemi from Finland

Tony Huddle (Quinell)
Kristy Purcel (L. Dilley)


Matthew Rich says the bike tour is coming up and so far registration is 10% ahead of last year.  There have been some big changes.  The 10 mile route will be moved to the new bike trail around the Cannon River so that riders don’t have to be on so many of the city streets.  Subway is back for lunch.  Riders will get tokens for drinks at Imminent or Tanzenwald.  If you have questions ask Brett Reese or Matthew Rich.  To volunteer the day of the tour, contact Shelley Holden or Rick Estenson.
David Koenig says the better angels program will be Oct. 18.  It’s training on how-to engage people who have different viewpoints.
Anika Rychner is the co-chair of the Ramble Jam in Farmington for the last year.  She is selling raffle tickets for $10 to help benefit the Farmington Rotary Club.  The Farmington club was sponsored by the Lakeville club, which was sponsored by Northfield – making the Farmington Club Northfield’s granddaughter.  She encourages everyone to help out their granddaughter by purchasing a raffle ticket!
Bob Thacker says that on Sept. 24, author Dan Buettner will be in Northfield. He will discuss his book “The Blue Zones”
Scott Richardson says the submissions for the “Next Big Idea” are being discussed by the board.  The board also has committed $1900 to the water project in Tanzania.

Happy News

Michael Lemming – just sold his house that he’s lived in for 40 years.  He will be taking people to Thailand in Feb.  Rotarians get a discount if they sign up.
Richard Collman officiated his niece’s lakeside wedding where around 140 people attended and partied until 5am!
Kristi Purcell was excited to learn she has been accepted as a member to our club today.  She also has an International student staying with her from Sudan. He will be a freshman at St. Olaf this fall.


Last Week:

More than 100 people attended our Climate Change forum at the Weitz Center. District Governor Mike Becker of Rochester and District Governor designee Ed Marek of St. Paul attended. Both support our club’s effort to use Rotary International’s geographic reach and influence to address global warming. The cost of inaction is high and would jeopardize Rotary’s humanitarian work in so many areas.

Burning coal, oil and natural gas adds carbon dioxide to the atmosphere
Humankind is burning fossil fuels at an increasing rate each year
Due to the slowness of the natural carbon cycle, CO2 is increasing in the atmosphere, up 46% since the 1800s, from 280 ppm to 410 ppm
CO2 prevents some long wave radiation (heat) from escaping back into space, thus warming the atmosphere
Global air and ocean temperatures are slowly rising, changing the climate as we know it, disrupting weather patterns and raising sea levels toward permanent coastal flooding
Impacts of climate change will impact the world’s poor first and hardest, putting Rotary’s good work at risk
Decreasing CO2 is the main solution. It is possible if we take action!

As we heard multiple times Thursday evening: Global warming is real. It is us, and it is urgent. It is exciting to have taken this first step. We need to keep going. 

Two weeks ago:

Brett Reese joined Rotary in 1985 and was one of the youngest members in the club at that time.  He was the 62nd member in the club and now we have 150 members!  There were also no women members at that time – so much has changed and he is happy about that.  Some things he’s done with Rotary include traveling to Africa for a polio vaccination mission.  He was one of the chairs of the committee for the purchase of the showmobile.  He also remembers working at the taco truck and serving tacos on Bridge Square during DJJD.  He was one of the founders of the bike tour back in 1995.

Brent Nystrom has many Northfield connections.  Both of his parents attended college in Northfield, his father at St. Olaf and his mother at Carleton.  However, they didn’t meet each other until they were on a mission trip to East Africa.  During that trip, his father climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro.

Brent was born in 1970 in Madison, Wisconsin while his father was earning his PhD.  His family moved to Northfield when he was two years old and his dad taught at Carleton College for awhile.  One of his first memories is walking up in the back of his parents ’66 Saab on the way home from his grandparents’ house and seeing the Big Steer truck stop.

When Brent was four, his family moved to Danville, Kentucky where is father worked at Center College.  Because both his parents were educators, the family took many trips in the summertime.  Brent was always an avid Minnesota sports fan.

In 1988, he attended Carleton College (his second time living in Northfield) where he was a geology major. He also likes to say that he minored in Ultimate Frisbee – a game that Carleton is known to be dominating in nationwide.  While his career at Carleton could be called “undistinguished” Brent said one of the highlights was meeting his wife, Jenny there.  After they began dating, they discovered that Jenny’s grandparents had been missionaries in Tanzania where Brent’s parents were missionaries.  They were married in the Gustavus Chapel in St. Peter because Jenny’s grandfather was pastor there.

The couple moved to Bloomington, which was centrally located for them because Brent worked at Carleton and Jenny in Anoka.  During their time in Bloomington, they had two children.  They moved to Northfield (Brent’s third time living in Northfield) in 2004 and purchased the “Rysgaard House.”

They have two children, Kenyon (18), who will be going to Carleton this fall and Elsa (15), who will be a sophomore at Northfield High School.

Brent is involved in many associations and clubs including the Northfield Soccer Association where he is a coach.  He is on the board of directors for the Habitat for Humanity and Northfield HRA.  He volunteers at his church regularly and is the president of the Carleton Ultimate Fund.  He still plays ultimate Frisbee and 4 years ago his team won the national championship in their division.

Prior to his membership in Rotary, the Nystroms hosted Tanzanian exchange student, Wanzita.

Coming Up:

Sept 6 – Jesse James Bike Tour lunch (Rich/Reese)

Sept 13 – Meredith Galdeen, Classification (Melby)