Cogwheel Archive

Rotary Cogwheel | January 31.2019

January 30, 2019

Today’s Program | Thursday, January 31, 2019

Today: Randall Knox, Civil Air Patrol (Frago)

Next Week: Rick Olson, Eastern European Rotary Tour and Alan Anderson RCAT Update

Birthdays: Ben Martig (1/31)

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.

Guests: Pascal Cogan (Cogan), Alex Miller (Zweifel), Amy Goerwitz (Vorwerk)

New Member Inductions: We welcomed new members Emily Fulton-Foley, Executive Director of the Northfield Union of Youth (Atchison), Tim Peterson, Executive Director of the Northfield Arts Guild (Collman), and John Sauer, Orthopedic Surgeon (Rich)

Rotary Minute: John Ophaug shared some quotes from various artists including Sinclair Lewis and Geroge Bernard Shaw who said, “I know where Rotary is going—it’s going to lunch.” These cynics were eventually transformed into fans of Roatry and the ‘power of one hour.’

Announcements:

  • Penny Hillemann’s son Henry came home early from his exchange in Zimbabwe due to civil unrest. Since his time was cut short, he will get to go to Tanzania with the Dilleys and the district will pay for him to do a summer exchange
  • Jean Wakely reports that Sue Boxrud broke her foot and we are sending get well wishes
  • Kristi Purcell announced that Lorn Manthey won the canoe full of brew raffle
  • Lisa Peterson invited us to the Chamber Annual Dinner on January 31 at the Grant. The Business of the year, Business Person of the Year and Ambassador of the Year will be honored. Tickets are $40, available at the Chamber office at 19 Bridge Square
  • We said goodbye to Jenni Roney as our Cogwheel Editor and PR & Communications board member. She has left the NDDC to become the Enrichment Coordinator at Community Services and she was representing the NDDC with her Rotary membership. If you are interested in taking her spot on the board or helping with the Cogwheel, see Scott.
  • The softball tournament will not be happening on President’s Day weekend. If you hear of other games where Scott Richardson could throw out the first pitch, let him know

Scholarship Enhancement: Meredith Galdeen

Last Week: A little known fact about Erica Zweifel is that she does not love to sing at Rotary meetings. She does love to read however, and she brought a few books—Walkable Cities, Drawdown and No Time to Spare. Erica also enjoys helping with the Lighten Up Garage Sale at Carleton, which will be held on June 28 and 29 this year. Last year they sold 23 tons of unwanted items and raised $36,000 for three local partner organizations. Erica introduced Bruce Morlan as a retired analyst from Mayo, local climate change awareness advocate and member of the Bridgewater Township and Dundas Planning Commission.

Bruce shared some updates from the City of Northfield’s Climate Action Planning Committee. But first he showed us the oldest known photo of a tornado, which was taken on August 28, 1884 in Howard, South Dakota. Northfield joined as a Minnesota Greenstep City in 2010 and has completed the first three steps. Bruce says that the CAP committee has four goals

  1. Economic Health—a local, prosperous economy
  2. Physical Health—active residents
  3. Environmental Health—clean air and water
  4. Quality of Life

They have six working teams:

  1. Energy
  2. Transportation
  3. Waste/Materials
  4. Land
  5. Food
  6. Water

Each working team has been meeting regularly. The committee has conducted initial surveys and hired a consultant from the Great Plains Institute.

Here are a few interesting facts that Bruce shared:

There is 31% food waste at the retail/consumer level. Food is the largest landfill component and the third largest source of methane. There are 1,900 landfills in the Continental U.S. We need to pursue incentives, education and reduction.

Energy for all requires conservation and renewable energy sources. We should think of energy as something we create, consume and conserve.

The environment would benefit from more bicycle and pedestrian transportation, more public transit and fewer miles traveled by vehicle.

We must work toward better solutions for wastewater, storm water, drinking water, flood plains and water conservation.

The Climate Action Planning Committee was formed because Northfield believes that the solution begins here and we must be a part of that solution.

Coming Up:

Feb 14 – Lin Bruce, Yes you can: Success Strategies from the Heart

Feb 21 — Erika Staab, The Hope Center

Rotary Cogwheel | January 24, 2019

January 24, 2019

Today’s Program | Thursday, January 24, 2019

Today:  Bruce Morlan, Climate Action Advisory Committee (Zweifel)

Next Week: Randall Knox, Civil Air Patrol (Frago)

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.

Guests: Phil Kasten (Dilley), Itty’s host families including Richard, Doug and Cindy

Announcements:

  • Save the Date for the 4-Way Taste July 18th at Red Barn Farm. The event is a fundraiser for our International water project and also helps to raise awareness of the 4-Way Test. It is rumored that the Bratlanders will be performing.
  • Do you enjoy writing? We’re looking for volunteers to help write the weekly Cogwheel. See Scott Richardson for more information.
  • Wendy Sivanich reports that 12 outbound students have been selected for 2019-20. They will be headed to Japan, Brazil, Spain, Italy, Czech Republic, Norway and Taiwan.
  • Andrei Sivanich thanks our club for the $250 that was donated to Laura Baker. The funds purchased a guitar that is being enjoyed by many in music therapy classes.
  • Kristi Purcell invites everyone to the Downstream Film Festival happening Wed. February 20th at Imminent (with dinner) and again Fri. February 22nd at the Grand. Save the date and see her if your business would like to be a sponsor.

Happy News

  • Rachel Estrella’s grandparents recently celebrated 60 years of marriage
  • Chris Weber is a proud dad—his daughter Anna wrapped up her Youth in Government career as the chair of the State Steering Committee and led a meeting of 1700 students at the Convention Center

Scholarship Enhancement: Tuomas

Last Week: Meredith Galdeen participated in a short exchange in high school, spending three weeks in Moscow. Her host family spoke no English and things were very different there, but the people were very kind and generous. She got to see the Moscow Ballet, a Russian circus, Red Square and St. Basil’s Cathedral. Later, her Russian host student got to come stay in America and experience new things here. Meredith is a big fan of exchange programs and that is why she serves at Rotary. 

Itty Fitriany comes to us from the 5th largest city in Indonesia, Makassar. Her dad is a university lecturer and medical school graduate, her mom has a masters degree, and she has two brothers—a doctor and a banker. Itty loves reading, playing the piano, dancing, playing badminton, writing, baking, drawing, playing card and board games and she is learning to play the ukulele. She loves hanging out with her Rotary friends. Her friend from Bali is currently living in Nebraska, so they got to visit each other over winter break.

Itty has joined the Northfield Youth Choir and is joining the high school choir as well. She has enjoyed ice skating and recently made her first ever snow angels. Other highlights so far this year included running a lemonade stand, going to the football homecoming game, spending time at Blue Monday and Cakewalk, and enjoying a Christmas Secret Santa party. She has already made a road trip to South Dakota where she hiked and visited the Badlands and Wall Drug. She also went to Missouri and saw the St. Louis arch.

She describes Indonesia as lots of people in a small country. It has 7,500 islands located in the ‘Ring of Fire’ in the Pacific Ocean. Volcanic eruption is common there—they have 127 active volcanoes that have erupted and 1171 volcanoes in total. Jakarta is the capital city with 10 million people.

Indonesia boasts beautiful architectural landmarks and desirable natural resources. It was a Dutch colony for 127 years, then occupied by the Japanese during World War II and became independent in 1945.

The culture includes Hinduism, Buddhism, Christian and Muslim religions and over 300 ethnic groups. More than 700 languages are spoken there and Itty says it is a very welcoming country. Welcome Itty!

Coming Up:

Feb 7 – Rick Olson, Eastern European Rotary Tour and Alan Anderson RCAT Update

Feb 14 – Lin Bruce, Yes you can: Success Strategies from the Heart

Feb 21 — Erika Staab, The Hope Center

Rotary Cogwheel | January 17.2019

January 16, 2019

Today’s Program | Thursday, January 17, 2019

Today:  Sitty Fitriany, Exchange Student from India (Galdeen)

Next Week: RYLA students (Hillmann)

Birthdays: Mark Abbott (1/17), Rick Esse (1/16), Mike Leming (1/16), Lynne Pederson (1/11), Erica Zweifel (1/14)

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.

Guests: Nicole (former inbound), Sage (former inbound) and Jane (host sis) (Estenson), Colonel Buhler (Steed), Nita Wolf (Vorwerk)

Announcements:

  • Today is your last chance to nominate someone for the Good Neighbor Award. Know a non-Rotarian who embodies ‘Service above Self’? Visit our website or see Erica Zweifel for a nomination form
  • David Stanford introduced himself as our new Treasurer and got a big round of applause. If you’d like an automatic withdrawal for your dues, see him.
  • Scott Richardson gave us the board update: RCAT is pursuing an EV charging station initiative, the 4-way Taste prep is going well and is tentatively scheduled for July, the Big Idea has been narrowed down to four ideas with a finalist to be announced in March, and Bob Will was officially given honorary member status
  • Kristi Purcell says that the CRWP made their fundraising goal thanks to the generosity of many Rotarians

Happy News

  • Janice Lemkuhl just returned from a week in Pasadena where she and her husband served as petal pushers in the Rose Bowl parade. The Pasadena Rotary Club gave her a t-shirt.
  • Jim Holden reports that the group who took our inbound strudents to the Timberwolves game had a great time.
  • Jacob Conway’s son was born with a hole in his heart and is improving—he will now only need to be seen every two years.
  • Anika Rychner thanked everyone who helped move the food shelf for the CAC last week.
  • Janine Atchison was awarded recognition as a National Merit Scholar and received a letter from former President Obama.

Scholarship Enhancement: Duane Benson

Last Week: Paul Krause is not the Hall of Fame Vikings player, but he is famous in Northfield. He introduced our speaker, Larry Vorwerk, who shared his classification talk with us.

Larry was an only child for 12 minutes, until his twin brother was born. He grew up in Burlington, Iowa in a loving family with four other siblings in addition to his twin—there were three boys and then three girls. As a child, Larry enjoyed participating in a variety of activities including scouts, baseball, track and cross-country. He was interested in animals from an early ago. His parents didn’t allow him to have a dog, so he got a guinea pig and quickly befriended the neighbors’ collies. After the collies began spending more time in Larry’s yard than their own, his dad said okay to having a dog. Now Larry has had 16 dogs in his lifetime.

Larry bought his first book in first grade. He saved his pennies to purchase the book “Wild Animals” with a tiger on the cover. He saw an ad in Outdoor Life magazine that said, ‘you too can be a forest ranger’ and that was when he knew he wanted to go to college and learn to work with animals. He enjoyed small game hunting and blackberry picking with his father, and his interest in animals continued through his boyhood. He has always been curious and a scientist and if he could be anyone, he identifies most with Lewis & Clark, adventurers who enjoy discovering things.

He received a bachelor’s degree in Fisheries & Wildlife Biology from Iowa State in 1973. College field trips took him to see things like prairie chickens booming in Kansas and millions of birds migrating in Northwest Missouri’s Squaw Creek Reserve. Larry’s first full time job was in Muscatine, Iowa at the Weed Park Zoo. We saw some great photos of Larry holding an African lion cub named ‘Fat Cat’ and some pics of Dolly the Asian elephant, who enjoyed lifting the roof off of her zoo building for fun. He says that elephants have the most personality of all animals.

Larry met his first wife (also a wildlife biology major) at college and they had three children together. He was one of the first zookeepers hired at the Minnesota Zoo, starting his career there in 1978. He worked at the Minnesota Zoo for 39 years, serving on the mammal crew for 17 years and the bird crew for 20 years until he retired two years ago.

One of his most memorable experiences happened two weeks into his job when he was asked to walk the fence line of the tiger exhibit and check it. The large male tiger saw him and pounced onto the chain link fence right at Larry, but thankfully the fence held strong.

Six months after Larry’s first marriage ended, he met his wife Nita Wolf. They have been married for 20 years, have five children between them, and live on a hobby farm five miles north of Northfield. Larry showed us photos of their beautiful flowerbeds. He really enjoys gardening and finds peace in being connected to the earth. They had a pond built on their property and it has attracted 83 species to their farm. Their two dogs Honey and Sunny the lab/retrievers love to go on outdoor adventures with them.

Larry enjoys being active. He has run over 42,000 miles and walked more than 80,000 miles. The longest race he ever ran was a 50 mile run back when he was a ‘lean machine’ and he was pleased that his parents were able to be there. He finished in 7 hours and 18 minutes.He is also artistically talented, and has completed many oil paintings. His favorite subjects are—you guessed it—nature and animals. Larry authored a book called The Bartholomew Effect: Awakening to Oneness. He is enjoying life and volunteer work in retirement and says that serving others is the true way to experience oneness.

Coming Up: Jan 31 – Randall Knox, Civil Air Patrol (Frago)

Rotary Cogwheel | December 20.2018

December 19, 2018

Today’s Program | Thursday, December 20, 2018

Today:  Holiday Cheer meeting

Next Week: No lunch meeting – Happy Holidays!

Birthdays: Blake Abdella (12/21), William Carlson (12/23), Jacob Conway (12/28), Vicki Dilley (12/21), Neil Lutsky (12/27)

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.

Inbound Exchange Student Updates: Yuyu has enjoyed helping at the Key, Simone’s favorite part of Winter Walk was ducking into stores to get warm, Elise called Winter Walk ‘cold, fun and joyful’, Itty went to the Neuger party and then the Guild and ended the evening at B&L pizza, Tuomas had a hockey game and couldn’t go to Winter Walk, Pedro only stayed for 20 minutes because it was too cold–but he is looking forward to a white Christmas.

Announcements:

  • The Rotary board news: they are looking at all of the Big Idea options and hope to have something to report after the January board meeting. David Stanford has officially taken Virginia Kaczmarek’s place in the treasurer position. David Wolf, our longtime treasurer who stepped down last year, is helping with the transition. The board also voted to contribute $150 to the development of a District 5960 website to deter human trafficking. 
  • Our club will support a softball tournament over President’s weekend in February at the Dundas Dome. If all goes well it will become an annual event and be a source of revenue. And it provides another great volunteer opportunity for our members! Put it on your calendar for Monday February 18th.
  • David Wolf gave a Paul Harris presentation recognizing Richard DeBeau and Andrei Sivanich, and an anonymous donor who is a plus 5.
  • Rich Lorang reminded everyone to enter to win the CRWP canoe full of brew for $50
  • See David Koenig if you’d like to help with the 4-Way Taste
  • Anika Rychner needs volunteers for January 3rd in the afternoon to move things out of the CAC food shelf for a renovation project
  • Rotary District 5960 Mid-Term will be Saturday, Jan. 12, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Hamline University. It’s a chance to dive deeper into the question of “What is Rotary?” and learn how other clubs are turning the Rotary spirit into action. Our RCAT team will also have a presence there. The event is free. You can sign up by going to the District 5960 website. 

Happy News

  • Andrei Sivanich says the Laura Baker Gala exceeded last year by over $7000. He thanks all of the Rotarians who attended, volunteered and donated
  • Jan Stevens has a new two-week old grandson named Desmond—her first!
  • Janine Atchison says her son got a new vehicle after his car crash and Is doing great – she thanks everyone for their concern
  • Jean Wakely thanked all of the ladies who came to the Fairfield for happy hour – it might become a quarterly event

Scholarship Enhancement: Jacob Conway

Last Week:

Matt Hillmann grew up in upstate New York. He got a history degree from St. Johns in New York City and student taught in the New York City pubic schools. He met his wife Mary in Southeast Minnesota. They have three children—a college sophomore who plays in the Univeristy of Minnesota marching band, and two kids at Northfield High School. Matt has worked for the school district since 2009, enjoying his current role of Superintendent for the last three years. Every day in his job he says three things: my goodness this is a privilege, why did I take this job, and you just can’t make this stuff up. He introduced Barb Wornson, Director of Northfield’s Arcadia charter school—which Matt calls an outstanding school with a great approach.

Barb Wornson was born in Mason City, Iowa in 1947. Her roots in education began early—her father was a science teacher and her mother was a music teacher. They bought an Eisenhower house, which was a good deal through the GI bill. It was a great place to grow up: with the nearby woods and a gravel pit to explore, she spent a lot of time outside.  In 1954, her twin brothers were born. Barb’s brother developed a brain tumor and was brain damaged. He had severe learning disabilities, was blind in one eye, struggled in school and had no special education available to him. Billy died at age 13 in 1967 and it was a severe loss for Barb and her family. Barb’s sister also fractured her back and had to wear a plaster cast for her prom and graduation.

Barb had an unplanned pregnancy while she was at college in 1968. She says in those days a single mother had four options–keep the baby, get an abortion in Mexico or a back alley, marry the father, or give it up for adoption. She chose the latter and it was a closed adoption so that the mother and baby have no contact. Her daughter was born prematurely and she always wondered if she survived. Barb struggled with shame, but she went back to school, applied herself, took control of life and got her special education teaching certificate. In 1971 she took her first teaching job in a school resource room which cared for anyone and everyone who had a problem. In those days parents had to pay  for a child with special needs to be educated, so Barb got involved in legislation to find solutions to the issue.

She went back to the University of Iowa to get her masters degree, and then on to the University of Kansas to work as a part-time instructor and doctoral student. She worked at the Menninger clinic in Topeka for 11 years. During that time she got married and had her son John, and hoped to finish writing her dissertation while she was on maternity leave. Her marriage didn’t last but they stayed good friends. Barb studied architecture at KU and did an internship at SMSQ in Northfield, where she learned that architecture wasn’t her thing. She married again and worked in the community, having two more sons, Nick and David. She met David Bly at UCC who suggested that she work part time at the Alternative Learning Center. She did that from 2003-05 and loved it—helping to develop a teen parenting program to assist pregnant teens in making choices and found the work very fulfilling.

One day she got a call from a private detective and discovered that her daughter was looking for her. They met in 1998 on the day of her son John’s graduation party. MaryBeth had been told her birth mother was a beautiful college woman who gave her adoptive family a wonderful gift. Barb now has three grandkids from her daughter Marybeth.

In 2005, Barb moved on to administration. She worked at the Zumbro Area Learning Center, and then worked as the ED of Sobriety HS in St Paul. In 2011 she parted amicably from her husband, and finally finished her dissertation in 2012. She also worked at the Main Street School of Performing Arts in Hopkins and at two other schools. In 2016 she was diagnosed with breast cancer, which is now in remission. She came to Northfield to retire and do cancer treatment, but found herself wallowing and bored. She went to sidewalk poetry event and Bonnie Jean Flom suggested that she consider Arcadia who needed a charter school director.

Barb loves Arcadia—it was started in 2003, and her youngest son graduated from high school there. It began as Artech, named for the focus on arts and technology. They later changed the name for students who didn’t fit those categories. The name was a student’s idea. Arcadia has students in grades 6-12, with 20 students per grade. It is project based but also has core courses. Once a quarter, students choose a project, it gets approved, they follow a rubric and a theme. Students learn research and presentation skills, use creativity and do service learning. The learning process is innovative and collaborative. They are divided into four advisories, with mixed grades, and they get to do fun things together. She invites us to visit Arcadia anytime!

Coming Up:

Jan 3 — Yuyu Ose, Exchange Student from Japan (Ischler)

Jan 10 — Larry Vorwerk, Classification (Krause)

Jan 17 — Sitty Fitriany, Exchange Student from India (Galdeen)

Rotary Cogwheel | December 13.2018

December 12, 2018

Today’s Program | Thursday, December 13, 2018

Today: Barb Wornson Classification (Hillmann)

Next Week: Holiday Cheer meeting

Birthdays: Dale Ness (12/15), John Ophaug (12/15), Bob Thacker (12/17)

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.

Guests: Elise’s host families, Mitzi Baker (new City Community Development Director), Al Spens (Pokorney), Amy Gurwitz, Itty’s host mom (Galdeen), and Rick Olson from Prior Lake Rotary told us about Eastern Europe Rotary Tours in May of 2019

Announcements:

More than 1300 people participated in the 2018 Turkey Trot. Net profits will be over $42,000!
Kristi Purcell invited us to donate to CRWP before December 31st and win a canoe full of brew
Jim Pokorney thanks everyone who signed up to do Meals on Wheels.
Jack Hoschouer is celebrating good medical news
Greg Carlson was happy to hand off his title of Turkey Trot winner
Jean Wakely’s daughter won her Roller Derby tourney – if you ever want to tag along to watch, just ask Jean!

Scholarship Enhancement: Lori Williams

Last Week:

Brad Frago came to Northfield to attend Carleton College, then went to the University of Minnesota Law School. He met his wife Michelle when they were working as law clerks in Olivia, Minnesota. They later moved back to Northfield where they now have a family law practice and two teenagers. Brad’s favoritehobby is participating in the Civil Air Patrol at the Stanton airport. He introduced Elise as one of the easiest, most delightful students they’ve had.

Elise Marillet says that people think of France as Paris but many do not know that France has 13 overseas territories. The state of Texas is bigger than the country of France, so it was an adjustment for her to drive five hours and still be only in Wisconsin. Elise is from Gannat, a small city of 7,000 people. Her other hometown is Clermont Ferrand, a much larger city. The local rugby team there is one of the best in France.

She is enjoying lots of friends and fun experiences in Minnesota. Her favorite things about France are crepes, croissants, cheese and bread. She also loves the museums, cathedrals, castles and other landmarks. Elise loves it that you can go to the beach, ski, go to the countryside, or join the party in the city after France wins the World Cup.

Her great-grandfather was in the French Resistance in WWII. In the future, she wants to study law, possibly in the U.S. The biggest surprise to Elise so far in Northfield has been how warm the people are, even though the weather is cold. She ran cross-country and next she is trying out for Rock & Roll Revival as a dancer. Welcome, Elise!

Coming Up:

Dec 27 – No lunch meeting

Jan 3 — Yuyu Ose, Exchange Student from Japan

Jan 10 — Larry Vorwerk, Classification (Krause)

 

Rotary Cogwheel | December 6.2018

December 5, 2018

Today’s Program | Thursday, December 6, 2018

Today:  Elise Marillet, Inbound from France (Frago)

Next Week: Barb Wornson Classification (Hillmann)

Birthdays: Carl Behr (12/12), Jim Holden (12/6), 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.

Guests:

Nikki and Che Regnior, Amy Goerwitz (host mother of Indonesian inbound Itty), Lucas Schmidt (Janine Atchison’s adult son–happy news – he survived an accident that totaled his car yesterday, he’s fine but they are car-shopping today), Jon and Deve Drenth, Michelle Drenth, Pepe’s host families and grandparents

Announcements:

  • Rachel Estrella – thanks to all the volunteers who interviewed outbound applicants last week — it’s a good, varied pool of applications this year
  • Wendy Sivanich – asking on behalf of Andre — still need 3 more vol’s to valet park for LBSA gala
  • Rachel McG Morey – noting program is being projected on wall, not screen. This is transitional. They will not be using the old screen anymore. Please don’t get it out of its storage spot.
  • Alyssa Melby – St. Olaf 2018 Midterm Elections Conference next week, Dec. 6, 1:30 to 7:30, 280 Tomson Hall – all invited
  • Mike Leming – went to Greenvale School where volunteers are planning a community meal for Viking Terrace and nearby apt bldgs on Dec. 19 – hoping each child’s family will get a turkey, a gift, and a meal that night. (I asked for clarification after the meeting whether he was looking for volunteers or donations. He said he thinks they have what they need, not asking for help)
  • Richard Collman – mentioned the nice pics of Rotary volunteers serving Thanksgiving dinner at the Key in the Northfield News. Also, he has a t-shirt for Karen Olawalla.
  • Scot Richardson says the Big Idea survey is out – it was emailed Monday morning. Please complete it by Friday of next week (Dec 7).

Scholarship Enhancement:  Tuomas

Rotary Almanac with John Ophaug:

John asked the audience how the Ford Foundation has changed the world; how the Rockefeller Foundation has changed the world — no obvious answers … BUT:

Rotary started 30 years ago to do something that did change the world. In 1982 they decided to do something big for their 100th anniversary in 1985. They selected PolioPlus as this initiative, with the goal of seeing that all the children in the world were vaccinated by 2005. They set a $120 million fundraising goal. In two years they raised more than twice that amount. They used top-down fundraising where each region told each district how much to raise, each district told each club how much they needed to raise — about $250 from each member, locally.

Then they went to the World Health Organization and said “we want to eradicate polio” – which was not well received at first. They said, “You’re just a service club” — then Rotary told them “we have a million volunteers on the ground and $240 million raised.” “Come on in!” WHO said. To date $1.8 billion ($450 million from the Gates Foundation) has been raised by Rotary for this effort. There were 350,000 polio cases worldwide when they started; last year, just 22.

WHO later said of all the organizations in the world there was no one but Rotary they could turn to for such an effort. Rotary did something that dramatically changed the world. Turkey Trot helps provide our annual $10K contribution to the Rotary Foundation.

Last Week:

Jim Pokorney, Pepe’s counselor, introduced Pepe and said he likes the counselor role because he gets to play the “crazy uncle.”

Pedro “Pepe” Gomes do Nascimento shared with us about his life in Brazil. He says that Carnival is a major attraction in there, and the carnival in Rio is the best in the world. He showed us a video about Rio. There is the street carnival where people dress in costumes, and also there is the big parade with huge floats.

Belo Horizonte is Pepe’s hometown — the capital of the state of Minas Gerais in southeastern Brazil. He was born there, then moved to a small city and spent his childhood there. Pepe’s father teaches sociology and politics at a university and is also a writer. His mother works in state government helping the counties. He also has a little brother Miguel, age 13.

Pepe told us about Junina Party, a celebration that happens every June where they dress in costumes, have dancing at schools, food. Families come to see their children dance.

On vacations his family likes to go to beach cities and to visit relatives.

Brazil is the biggest country in South America and the only one that speaks Portuguese. They have a population of over 208 million population, making it the 5th largest country and 6th most populous. The capital is Brasilia. Brazil has 26 states and 5570 cities. It is also one of most culturally diverse nations, due to their history. The capital Brasilia was built in the shape of an airplane. The Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio is one of the modern 7 wonders of the world.

Pepe showed a video about the Amazon rainforest, which reminded us that the earth depends on a healthy Amazon – clean water, stores carbon, etc. Our choices can make a more sustainable world and protect the Amazon for future generations. The Amazon Jungle is the biggest rainforest in the world, with the largest river in the world. 10% of the species there are yet to be discovered, scientists say.

Pepe is enjoying his classes at Northfield High School and he is taking German He played football this fall, where he made a lot of friends. He learned how to play American football and also learned lots of life lessons.

He had an amazing time with his first host family and thanks all his host families for taking him in (he was originally supposed to go to Faribault but is glad he is here!)

From the Q&A:

  • People told Pepe that MN would be very cold. They were right! He had the option of choosing MN or FL for exchange — wanted to go somewhere different from Brazil so he chose MN.
  • He does not yet know what he wants to do with his career. He hopes to discover a lot about himself through his exchange year.
  • People have been very friendly to him — he thought they might be more cold.
  • He had the idea that people in US are very sedentary, but has found people to be active and involved in sports.
  • He had taken some years of English before coming.
  • Q about politics in Brazil. This last year was very controversial, country very divided. His family was not very happy with the results. You can vote at age 16 in Brazil.
  • Q about travels since he has been here: Has been as far as southern Iowa so far.
  • Would like to see the Northern Lights while he’s here.
  • In Brazil he did swimming as a sport and a sport that’s like boxing.
  • Was asked who plays “real football,” Americans or Brazilians — Brazilians!

Coming Up:

Dec 20 – Holiday Cheer meeting

Dec 27 – No lunch meeting

Rotary Cogwheel | November 29.2018

November 28, 2018

Today’s Program | Thursday, November 29, 2018

Today:  Pedro (“Pepe”) Gomes do Nascimento, Inbound from Brazil (Pokorney)

Next Week: Elise Marillet, Inbound from France (Frago)

Birthdays: Alan Anderson (12/5), John Ehresmann (12/4), Matt Hillmann (11/29), Chris Kennelly (12/1)

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.

Guests:

  • Jodi Thompson (Wakely), Marilyn Neuville (Stevens), Alan Cox (Blaha), Suzi Weinbeck

Announcements:

  • Thanks to everyone who helped with another successful Turkey Trot!
  • There will be a “celebration of life” for Hannah Puzcko this Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Northfield Golf Course. All Rotarians are invited. Memorials can be sent to Scholarship Fund Northfield School District Community Services Division. 
  • Kyle Haugen presented a certificate from the District celebrating our club’s achievement of #1 in Membership Growth.
  • David Stanford is our new club Treasurer, taking over for Virginia Kaczmarek
  • Vicki Dilley has one open spot for the trip to Tanzania next March – see her if you’re interested
  • The Thanksgiving meal at the Key was a huge success – 50 pounds of turkey and many pies were enjoyed by our local youth. Thanks to Janine and everyone who volunteered!

Happy News

  • Bruce Morlan says Rotary was well-represented at the Citizens Climate meeting in D.C.
  • Rachel Estrella’s son Finn just turned 2 years old
  • Carl Caskey celebrated his 85th birthday
  • Peggy Prowe was happy to break ground on the new bike trail bridge and thanks Rotary for helping to make it possible
  • Jim Holden says Kengo is doing well and Bia just applied early decision to St. Olaf

Scholarship Enhancement:  Charlie Kyte

Last Week:

Alan Anderson introduced the newest member of the Rotary Climate Action Team, Sherri Meyers. Sherri grew up in Youngstown, Ohio, which is located between Cleveland and Pittsburgh two miles from the Pennsylvania border. People there are either Browns fans or Steelers fans and Sherri likes black and gold. Youngstown is the midway point between New York City and Chicago, which gave it a prime location for mafia turf wars. Many immigrants came to Youngstown for the steel mill and auto plant jobs, and Sherri’s were no different. Her extended family includes folks of Irish, German and Italian descent, which classifies them as ‘dramatic drinkers.’

Since 1959, Youngstown has lost more than 60% of their population and boasts the highest murder rate per capita in the U.S. Sherri educated us on the ‘Youngstown Tune-up,’ which means that your car might blow up when you start it. People in Youngstown are tough cookies. But they also value cookies, featuring a prominent cookie table at all social events.

Youngstownians are not Midwesterners – they embrace an east coast identity. They have a good work ethic, display mental toughness, and believe that results matter. They are resilient, root for the underdog and believe that family is the most important thing. And don’t try tattling – they’re taught growing up that ‘snitches get stitches.’

Sherri is an only child. Her dad was a computer class teacher and her mom was a legal secretary. She married her husband Joe in 1991 at age 19 and they have two daughters, Kate and Harper. Joe works at Shattuck-St. Marys so they get to live on campus.

After enjoying a successful career primarily in retail, including running $25 Million stores for Target, Sherri is now the General Manager of the Just Food Co-op in Downtown Northfield. Sherri is proud to call herself a feminist, and loves to cook, read nonfiction and travel.

Coming Up:

Dec 13 – Barb Wornson Classification (Hillmann)

Dec 27 – No lunch meeting

Rotary Cogwheel | November 15.2018

November 14, 2018

Today’s Program | Thursday, November 15, 2018

Today:  Sherri Meyers, Classification (Kaczmarek)

Next Week:

Birthdays: Kim Briske (11/22), Carl Caskey (11/14), Art Monaghan (11/25), Jim Prichard (11/17), Matthew Rich (11/17), Anika Rychner (11/14)

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.

Guests:

  • Ellen Dunn (Weber) who is our $35,000 Global Scholar grant recipient. Ellen is studying public health at St. Olaf and will study global health in London at University College
  • Ronnie and Dawn (Dilley) who have been visiting from Oregon to work on the Angie Craig campaign
  • Matt Tiano (Estenson) who runs the Twin Cities soccer leagues
  • Marty Hadel, Dave Geist and Amy McBroom (Longwich) who are Simone’s host families

Announcements:

  • Congrats to Robert Bierman on winning the election for State House Seat in 57A (Apple Valley)
  • Congrats to Jayne Hager Dee on being re-elected as District 5 Supervisor on the Dakota County Soil and Water Conservation District Board
  • Congrats to Matt Hillman and the school district on the ‘landslide for learning’ school referendum passage
  • Invite your friends to participate in the Turkey Trot and support our work to eradicate polio
  • The Rotary Climate Action Teams’ statement was ratified by the board and is on our website
  • Community Resource Bank will host a Red Cross Blood Drive Wednesday, Nov. 21 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call 1-800-733-2767 or go to redcrossblood.org to schedule an appointment
  • See Rachel Estrella if you can help with outbound student interviews on Nov 27 at 5:30pm
  • Andrei Sivanich is looking for 12 valet parkers for the LBSA Gala – see him if you can volunteer
  • If you would like to help coordinate our first ever Four Way Taste event, see David Koenig

Scholarship Enhancement:  Jacob Conway

Last Week:

Stacy Longwich moved to Minnesota from San Francisco about a year ago. She is married, has a 9-month old German Shorthair Pointer and works at St. Olaf. She is proud to report that the early November snow and cold did not faze her in the least. Stacy introduced Simone, our inbound student from Italy, as a conscientious student, cross country runner and big eater.

Simone Gaetani comes to us from a suburb of Milan, Italy called Milano2. He has a younger sister Alice who is 16, and parents Costanza and Paolo who work in education. He and his family live in an apartment and love to travel. They have visited most European and Middle Eastern countries, plus the U.S. and Mauritius (a small island near Madagascar).

Simone attends a scientific high school in Pioltello with 600 students. His biggest adjustment to Northfield High School has been switching classrooms, as Italian students remain in one classroom for the entire day.

He loves reading, hiking, outdoor activities and sports including basketball, cross country and track. Winter sports are Simone’s favorite. He enjoys cross-country skiing, downhill skiing, back country skiing and ice skating. Simone is a boy scout in the Milano1 group and is a member of CAI Milano, a national alpine mountaineering association. Every year in the early summer, he participates in freetime parish activities, entertaining children in the mountains.

Simone addressed some common stereotypes that Americans have about Italians. He says Italians are known for eating pizza, pasta and spaghetti and reports that this is partly true. He says it is a myth that Italians are all good at soccer but it is mostly true that Italians have a terrible accent.

He will participate in cross-country skiing at the high school this winter. Although he has not yet decided on a career path, he is interested in history and geography. Simone’s favorite thing about Northfield so far is the wonderful way that strangers talk with him on the street. He says this would not happen in Milan. And his least favorite thing about living in Minnesota? Simone says he thought he was used to a cold climate, but evidently he was wrong. Welcome Simone!

Coming Up:

Nov 22 – Thanksgiving—Turkey Trot, no lunch meeting

Nov 29 — Pedro (“Pepe”) Gomes do Nascimento, Inbound from Brazil (Pokorney)

Rotary Cogwheel | November 8.2018

November 8, 2018

Today’s Program | Thursday, November 8, 2018

Today:  Simone Gaetani, Inbound from Italy (Longwich)

Next Week: Sherri Meyers, Classification (Kaczmarek)

Birthdays: Erin Bailey (11/9), Greg Carlso (11/11), Lee Dilley (11/10), Jen Dunn-Foster (11/11), Paul Krause (11/9)

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.

Guests:

  • Doris Welke (Peggy Prowe)

Announcements:

  • Andrei Sivanich is looking for volunteers for the upcoming Laura Baker Association Gala. See him if you can help.
  • The film “Age of Consequences” will be shown on Friday, Nov. 9 at 7:00 pm at the Weitz Center. All are invited. Bruce Morland has details.
  • Breakfast Buddies wanted! Lori Williams, Chris Weber and the Literacy Committee are looking for several volunteers to read with students over breakfast at school. Background check required. Talk with Chris Weber to sign up.
  • The Community Action Center is collecting new books for “Operation Joy” holiday gifts. Please give your donations to Lori Williams.
  • Want to interview Youth Exchange applicants? It’s an important part of their application process. Tuesday, Nov. 27 at 5:30 pm at Emmaus Church. Talk with Rachel Estrella to sign up.
  • Want to go to the District’s celebration for Foundation work to end polio? It’s Nov. 10 and our club has a table for 10. See Jean Wakely.
  • The Crazy Holiday Sweater contest will be December 20, so start preparing now

Scholarship Enhancement:  Bob Will

Happy News

  • The 2nd edition of David Koenig’s is in print and it is already doing well in several categories on Amazon
  • The Northfield Fairfield Inn & Suites opened for business on October 30th. Brett Reese thanks everyone who had a part in making it a reality. The public is welcome at the hotel bar, which will serve drinks and appetizers daily from 4pm.

Last Week:

Richard DeBeau has toured 50 states and 9 Canadian provinces on his motorcycle. His life journey began in an abusive home and as a result, he struggled with depression and anger. As a teenager, he expressed those feelings through stealing, vandalism and truancy. He graduated in the bottom half of his class and was a married father at age 18.  Little did he know that this background was preparing him for his life’s work.

Richard got a night shift job at a Mankato factory while he attended college. After graduation he got a job as a probation/parole officer. He then got his masters in criminology and began working with kids and families. He served on several important board and committees and worked to advocate for those in treatment. Richard got a PhD in family sociology and worked with the National Council on Family Relations. He led a young professionals group and has provided counseling to families from 11 different treatment facilities in the state of Minnesota. He also developed an asset-based protocol for diagnostic assessment.

Richard has six children and four grandchildren. Richard knew that his wife Doris on eharmony. He knew she was the one for him when he asked how she liked the motorcycle ride and she replied, “My face hurts because I can’t stop grinning.” They have ridden 60,000 miles together.

The Northfield community benefits from Richard’s involvement as a Red Cross volunteer, Northfield Human Rights Commission member and Citizens Climate Lobby/RCAT member. His favorite bike is a 2002 Honda ST 1100. He owned one but sold it to buy his Gold Wing, and then miraculously found another in great condition on craigslist. As a proud colon cancer survivor, Richard rides in the “Multiple Regressions” motorcycle gang where he is known as “Semi-colon.”

Coming Up:

Nov 22 – Thanksgiving—Turkey Trot, no lunch meeting

Nov 29 — Pedro (“Pepe”) Gomes do Nascimento, Inbound from Brazil (Pokorney)

Rotary Cogwheel | November 1.2018

October 30, 2018

Today’s Program | Thursday, November 1, 2018

Today:  Richard DeBeau, Classification (Davis)

Next Week: Simone Gaetani, Inbound from Italy (Longwich)

Birthdays: Sue Boxrud (11/5), Dave Brown (11/6)

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.

Guests:

  • Al Spens (J. Pokorney)
  • John Sauer (Rich) – new member

Announcements:

  • The film “Age of Consequences” will be shown on Friday, Nov. 9 at 7:00 pm at the Weitz Center. All are invited. Bruce Morland has details.
  • Breakfast Buddies wanted! Lori Williams, Chris Weber and the Literacy Committee are looking for several volunteers to read with students over breakfast at school. Background check required. Talk with Chris Weber to sign up.
  • The Community Action Center is collecting new books for “Operation Joy” holiday gifts. Please give your donations to Lori Williams.
  • Want to interview Youth Exchange applicants? It’s an important part of their application process. Tuesday, Nov. 27 at 5:30 pm at Emmaus Church. Talk with Rachel Estrella to sign up.
  • Wendy Sivanich is looking for a family to host an exchange student from Finland (through a different exchange program than Rotary’s). Ask Wendy for details.
  • Want to go to the District’s celebration for Foundation work to end polio? It’s Nov. 10 and our club has a table for 10. See Jean Wakely.
  • Turkey Trot has a new official starter: Our esteemed president Scott Richardson. Even though this plum job has been filled, there’s lots more for volunteers to do! You can sign up via SignUpGenius.com – Robert Bierman has details.

Scholarship Enhancement:  Kyle Nordine

Last Week:

Greg Siems, St. Olaf’s Assistant Director for the Institute of Freedom and Community, introduced speaker Dan Hofrenning, political science professor at St. Olaf.

Dan traced three elements affecting American politics today: political change, campaign finance, and the politics of contentment.

Political change across the country has produced significant long-term shifts – for example, southern states shifting from blue to red over the century – as well as short- and middle-term changes across demographics including education and age.

In campaign finance, Dan points out that the 2018 mid-term elections find Democrats in their strongest fundraising ever, especially in states with tossup races – a strong shift from 2016.

And the politics of contentment? Trust in government has plummeted: In 1956, 70% of Americans trusted government to do well. Now, that’s only 20%. Social capital – including social goodwill for members of service groups like Rotary – is part of the decline: As membership in service organizations falls, so do trust levels in general. Meanwhile, deeply negative views of the other party have more than tripled: In 1994, about 17-20% of Americans felt negatively towards the opposite political party. In 2016, that was 66%.

As Americans do fewer things as a group, social capital and trust decline, and negative impressions of each other increase.

Vote, y’all. And keep building goodwill and better friendships through Rotary.

Coming Up:

Nov 15 – Sherri Meyers, Classification (Kaczmarek)

Nov 22 – Thanksgiving—Turkey Trot, no lunch meeting