Cogwheel Archive

Rotary Cogwheel | September 13.2018

September 12, 2018

Today’s Program | Thursday, September 13, 2018

Today:  Meredith Galdeen, Classification (Melby)

Next Week: Information on the proposed Greenvale School and Cannon Valley Civic Center projects (School and City Administrators)

Birthdays: Shelley Holden (9/9), David McKee (9/8)

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.

Announcements:

  • Gary Campbell was visiting from the Anoka Rotary Club. On behalf of The Rotary Foundation, he presented Charlie Cogan and our club with a district matching check for $1,450. This was an international project grant that was submitted by our club. Proceeds will be used for a school in Togo (to build a basketball court and to buy computers for a computer lab). Clubs receive matching funds based on how much we give to The Rotary Foundation and how much we are involved in International Projects. Rice Lake Rotary Club recently sent us $500 for the project and we are still looking for more partners. The total project is estimated at $4,000. 
  • Siri Hoff, our outbound exchange student to Milan, Italy, sent a heartfelt thank you for the opportunity Rotary is presenting her. She left September 5. She said she is grateful for the support Rotary provided to prepare for this experience.
  • Mac Gimse spoke to club members about the Dundas Trailhead Sculpture. Mac designed the sculpture and told us about the history in getting to the final 24-foot sculpture. He thanked our club for providing support. 
  • Brett Reese and Matthew Rich shared that this is the 24th year of the JJBT and provided information and preparation for the tour on September 8.
  • The National Hispanic Heritage Celebration will be held this Saturday, Sept. 18, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Northfield Public Library. We are promised music, dance, food and fun. Rotary is supporting this new event with a $400 donation. 
  • Rotarians are invited to a reception in Jim Blaha’s honor Thursday, Sept. 20, 4 to 6 p.m. on the FiftyNorth patio. Jim is retiring from his position of executive director of the Community Action Center at the end of the month.
  • District 5960 will be holding one of its fall One Rotary Summits in Northfield Tuesday, Sept. 18, 5:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. at the Methodist Church. It is an opportunity to bring together Rotarians from all of the district’s clubs to talk about why and how Rotary is changing lives in our communities and around the world. You will have the opportunity to explore best practices in the areas of membership, public image and service. Our board members will serve as table hosts at this event. If anyone else, would like to attend, see Scott Richardson or Jean Wakely. 
  • Northfield Shares invites all Rotarians to a free educational event on Monday, Sept. 24, at 6 p.m. in the Northfield Middle School Auditorium. Dan Buettner, author of the bestselling Blue Zones® book series, will be sharing the secrets to living a longer and healthier life. As seating is limited, we are asking those interested in attending to register online or by calling the Northfield Shares office at 507-403-9755. For more information about Northfield Shares or the Buettner event, go to: northfieldshares.org.
  • Interested in learning how to speak with someone when you hold different views? Come to Rotary’s Better Angels training session Thursday, Oct.18 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at United Methodist Church. This is part of the district’s initiative to take the four-way test into the community and is one of the projects of our club’s Ethical Leadership Committee. It is open to Rotarians and their guests. If you have questions, contact Karen Allawala, who is working with Rachel Morey and Bruce Morlan to coordinate the local program.

Last Week:

It was a full house of volunteers, both Rotarian and non-Rotarian, ready to organize the Jesse James Bike Tour. Club President Scott Richardson welcomed everyone and thanked the non-Rotarians for their much-needed help with the race on Saturday. Volunteers gathered in their groups to get more specific direction on their duties during the bike tour.

Bike Tour Recap:

The Rotary Club of Northfield hosted the 24th annual Jesse James Bike Tour on Saturday, September 8th. This “all hands on deck” event featured scores of non-Rotarian volunteers and continues to be one of our club’s largest fundraisers of the year. We had to make some last minute adjustments to some of the routes do to local flooding, but everything was squared away in time for the ride thanks to route master Denny Hanson. Perfect weather and excellent marketing and promoting led to a 10% increase in riders over last year. Nearly 900 riders took to their bikes to enjoy the scenic routes, tasty treats and smiling volunteers at the aid stations, and glorious sunshine. Thank you to all of the Rotarians who volunteered on Saturday. A very special thanks to all those who served on the planning committee, including: David Wolf, Brad Frago, Jayne Hager Dee, Virginia Kaczmarek, Denny Hanson, Dale Ness, Rick Estenson, Shelley Holden, Brent Nystrom, Neil Lutsky, George Davis, Brett Reese, and Matthew Rich.

Coming Up:

Sept. 27 – Tuomas Kallioniemi (Steed) Inbound from Finland

Oct. 4 – Steve Schier (Kyte) 2018 Elections

Rotary Cogwheel | September 6.2018

September 5, 2018

Today’s Program | Thursday, September 6, 2018

Today:  Jesse James Bike Tour lunch (Rich/Reese)

Next Week: Meredith Galdeen, Classification (Melby)

Birthdays: Jeff McLaughlin (9/5), Chris Richardson (9/6)

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

Ryan Torbenson (Reese)

Sylvia Koenig (Koenig) and Elsa Nystrom (Nystrom)

Danny Pavek is visiting from the Central Lakes Rotary Club (Estrella)

Susan March (Dilley)

Presentation

Chris Heineman, Rotary Board Member and City of Northfield Community Development Director bid us farewell as he moves on to the position of City Administrator in Little Canada. His last day in Northfield will by September 7th. Rotary has played an important role in his time here – he appreciates us all – and we appreciate him!

Scholarship Enhancement

Zac Zastrow

Announcements

  • Charlie Cogan gave an update on projects funded by Rotary Foundation dollars. Our district has raised $1.5 million for Polio since 2007 and our club is #2 in the district. $57,000 has gone to the Guatemala water project. Without our members supporting the Foundation, we wouldn’t be able to accomplish these important initiatives.
  • Wendy Sivanich introduced all of our new inbound students, Simone from Italy, Yuyu from Japan, Itty from Indonesia, Elise from France, Tuomas from Finland, Pepe from Brazil
  • JJBT registration is up 17% from last year—next week we’ll meet to organize the volunteer efforts
  • Andre Sivanich says Laura Baker is hosting a forum on affordable health care – Sept 7 at 10am. In other news, his tennis tournament raised $725 for the climate change initiative!
  • Anika Rychner invited everyone to a reception for Jim Blaha’s retirement from the CAC. It will be held from 4-6pm on Sept 20 at the Fifty North patio.
  • Lisa Peterson says the #ONLYINMN sign is in Bridge Square. Take pics and use the hashtag #thisisnorthfield on your social media posts
  • Kristy Purcell said Sept 15 is the Cannon River Watershed cleanup. Meet at Riverside Park or the Carleton Arb to help and you’ll get a token to Imminent brewing.
  • Happy News—Penny Hilleman’s son Henry arrived safely in Zimbabwe; David Koenig dropped off his son Anders at Creighton and his daughter Sylvia was named an Academic All-American for AAU volleyball; Jim Blaha had a successful celebration of 50 years of the CAC – the auction raised $93,000+ for affordable housing in Northfield

Last Week: 

Jan Hanson grew up north of Madison, Wisconsin on a dairy farm. She has been married to her husband Don for 45 years. They have two sons and four grandkids, who range in age from 7 weeks to 25 years. She has worked in higher education for her entire career, at U of Wisconsin campuses and at two private colleges. She has served as the Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at St. Olaf for the last 4.5 years.

Jan enjoys spending time at her cabin near the Wisconsin Dells, and riding on the back of her husband’s motorcycle.

Greg Siems is the Assistant Director of the Institute for Freedom and Community at St. Olaf. He and his wife Mandy moved here in April from Austin, Minnesota. Before taking the position at St. Olaf, Greg served as the Director of Vision 2020, a volunteer-driven community development organization in Austin. He earned a bachelors from Luther College and a masters from Notre Dame.

Greg grew up in Iowa City and hopes we won’t hold it against him that he is both a Hawkeye fan and a Norse fan. He met his wife in 2008 and they were married in Decorah. While at Luther, Greg traveled to Russia with his string ensemble, and later spent a summer there on a language scholarship. Then it was on to South Bend Indiana for grad school, where he lived close enough to the football stadium to hear the crowd roar. They then moved to Austin, Minnesota where Mandy grew up. He worked to improve education, recreation and community opportunities as a part of his job at Vision 2020. People told him “If you want to get anything done in this town you need to join Rotary,” so he joined the Austin club. He is a proud cat parent of “Tony” the orange striped tiger cat. 

Greg is enjoying his job at St. Olaf, doing marketing, student engagement and other duties as assigned. His department works to promote civil discourse and diversity. He organizes new activities for students like workshops on campus from the Better Angels organization, promoting conversations across the political divide.

St. Olaf is hosting a fall series of speakers, which is open to the public. The lineup includes David Brooks on Sept 24, Theater of Public Policy on Oct 4, Walter Russell Mead on Oct 30 and more. In his spare time, Greg enjoys gardening, hiking, biking—and enjoying Northfield.

Coming Up:

Sept. 20 – RYLA Students (Hillmann)

Sept. 27 – Tuomas Kallioniemi (Steed) Inbound from Finland

Oct. 4 – Steve Schier (Kyte) 2018 Elections

Rotary Cogwheel | August 30.2018

August 29, 2018

Today’s Program | Thursday, August 30, 2018

Today:  Greg Siems, Classification (Hanson)

Next Week:  Jesse James Bike Tour lunch (Rich/Reese)

Birthdays: Barbara Johnson (8/25), Hannah Puczko (8/28)

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 from France reports that everything has been great in Northfield so far and she has even tried s’mores

Simon from Italy is running a 6.5 minute mile with the Northfield High School cross country team

Tuomas from Finland is playing American football for NHS

Robert and Henry Steed were visiting as guests of their father, Jesse Steed

Rotary Moment

John Opaug shared that our club began on April 28, 1925 with 24 male charter members. We were warned in advance that we were “going to be a small club”. Robert Beirman’s grandfather was one of those founding members. He would probably be shocked to see how small our club really is in 2018.

Scholarship Enhancement

Ron Linde

Announcements

  • District 5960 will be holding one of its fall One Rotary Summits in Northfield Tuesday, Sept. 18, 5:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. at the Methodist Church. Our board members will be table hosts. If anyone else would like to attend, see Scott Richardson or Jean Wakely.
  • Northfield Shares invites all Rotarians to a free educational event on Monday, Sept. 24, at 6 p.m. in the Northfield Middle School Auditorium. Dan Buettner, author of the bestselling Blue Zones® book series, will be sharing the secrets to living a longer and healthier life. The event is free, but register in advance at northfieldshares.org or by calling Northfield Shares.
  • The Jesse James Bike tour is Sept 8 and registrations are coming in at a record pace.
  • The Northfield Shares DJJD Run/Walk is Sept 9

Last Week: 

After listening to our club sing a rousing rendition of Born to Be Wild, Susan Brower declared us the most joyful Rotary Club she’s ever seen. She then shared about the impact of Northfield’s changing demographics in the coming years. Susan is no stranger to Northfield: she earned a degree in social work at St. Olaf and her husband was the one who opened Goodbye Blue Monday in Downtown Northfield.

These days she makes population projections in Downtown St. Paul. Susan says aging will bring a lot of changes to Minnesota. 50,000-90,000 people joined the 65+ demographic throughout the 2000s. By 2020 that same age group will add another 285,000-335,000 to the population. That means the 65+ population will grow from 680,000 to 1.3 million in 20 years. The working age population numbers will remain flat, so Minnesota’s growth will rely on immigration. Therefore, it is imperative that we are welcoming to newcomers.

Northfield’s population is currently around 20,000 people including college students. About 3,300 of those are people of color. These demographic changes over the next 15 years will present us with great opportunities to be more diverse.

Coming Up:

Sept 13 – Meredith Galdeen, Classification (Melby)

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.

Guests

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

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

Announcements

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)

Rotary Cogwheel | August 9.2018

August 8, 2018

Today’s Program | Thursday, August 9, 2018

Today:  Brent Nystrom Classification (Reese)

Next Week:  No lunch meeting-Climate Action Team presentation at the Weitz Center 6-8:30pm

Birthdays: David McKee (8/9)

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

Joel Olson, new NHS Activities Director (Hillman)
Tasha Breyer’s sister (Breyer)

Announcements

  • Thanks to everyone who volunteered at the Vintage Band Festival!
  • Virginia asked everyone to take a look at the email regarding the JJ Bike tour. Subway is back for lunch, and tokens will be given out to the riders good for beer or non-alcoholic beverages at Imminent or Tanzenwald. Sign up to volunteer – see Shelley or Rick.
  • Rick Estenson invited everyone to the Rotary Social and Climate Action Event on Thursday, August 16 at 6:00pm at the Weitz Center. Here are Five Reasons why you need to be there:
  1. Get to know each other better.  Even better, bring a guest!
  2. Good food and drinks for FREE!
  3. Wonderful environment.  Check out the changes made to the building and the new, state-of-the-art auditorium!
  4. There will be a lot of sharing of great information on the Climate Action group AND you can meet the District Governor!
  5. You could be on the ground level of starting a new movement!
  • Mike Krantz says that Northfield Shares grant application opens on Sept. 1. The DJJD Run/Walk is happening on Sept. 9. Author Dan Buettner will be in Northfield on Sept. 24.

Happy News

  • Hannah Puczko is glad to be back after a great vacation in Alaska and Vancover!
  • Besty Spethmann is celebrating her 3rd Anniversary of working at the Northfield Hospital
  • Richard Maus’s son was in the paper last Saturday
  • Matt Hillmann just celebrated 21 years of marital bliss 
  • Carl K. reminded us of $6000 in Rotary dollars that are working for the community.
  • Rick Estenson will be celebrating his 30th Anniversary with a mystery vacation starting in London.
  • Richard D. – Had a great neighborhood picnic attended by over 100 people. He is hoping to make it an annual event.
  • Jayne Hager Dee reminds everyone to vote in the primary on the 14th. If you can’t make it that day, vote early!
  • Mike Kranz.had both sons competing in the state swim meet and they made 13 out of 14 points for the team.

Last Week: 

Bruce Morlan remembers going to his grandparents’ farm every weekend as a kid.  It was a great way grow up.  His family had a ¼ acre garden in Rochester.  As an adult he owned a hobby farm and still likes the idea of gardening, but it’s tough to keep up with the weeds.

Kurt Schrader grew up on his family farm in Nerstrand and wanted to be a farmer for as long as he can remember.  When he graduated from high school, his father encouraged him to learn a trade or a skill to help get through the tough times of farming.  Kurt attended Dunwoody College and became an electrician.  After college, Kurt farmed and worked for a few different electrical companies for about 10 years before becoming a master electrician himself.  He is now more flexible and able to farm full-time as well as do electrical contract work as he is able to.  

Kurt’s brother Brian, who is 10 years younger, also wanted to become a farmer.  Their father also encouraged Brian to learn a trade in addition to farming, and Brian is also a licensed heating and refrigeration contractor.  

In 2015, Kurt and his father decided to merge their farms together creating a farm of just over 3700 acres.  In 2017, Brian joined the group and after a major expansion in 2018, they have just over 4900 acres of land that they farm.  

The group owns some of the land they work with, but also rent much of it from about twenty-five different land owners.  They employ two full-time and four part-time workers who do a number of different jobs on the farm.

Kurt said that spring planting of corn is his favorite part of farming.  In the last 10 years it’s become very sophisticated with the technology that’s been developed.  They have also worked very hard to create sustainable farming practices, including using less nitrogen in the soil – and spreading that out over a number of times instead of all at once.  They are also very conscientious about erosion and use different methods of preventing erosion depending on the lay of the land.

The group also works with many trade groups including visitors from China, India and Sri Lanka, who visit their farm and learn new farming techniques.

Coming Up:

Aug 23 – Susan Brower, The Impact of Northfield’s Changing Demographics (Blaha)

Aug 30 – Greg Siems, Classification (Hanson)

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

Sept 13 – Meredith Galdeen, Classification (Melby)

Rotary Cogwheel | August 2.2018

August 1, 2018

Today’s Program | Thursday, August 2, 2018

Today:  Kurt Schrader on Large Scale Farming (Morlan)

Next Week: Brent Nystrom Classification (Reese)

Birthdays: Brent Nystrom (8/7)

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

Kristi Purcell (Hager Dee)

Announcements

  • John Ophaug shared the “Rotary Almanac” with us, giving background on “Mr. Rotary” Les Gustafson. Les served as President of the Austin, Owatonna and Northfield clubs. He worked as a Principal and Superintendent at Owatonna before joining the faculty at St. Olaf. The Northfield club celebrated Les Gustafson day and when Les was asked “What does Rotary mean to you,” he replied, “I’m here to become a better person.” This was especially remarkable considering that Les was in his 80’s with late stage cancer at the time. What a great perspective from a 55-year Rotarian!
  • Rick Estenson reminded us how fitting it was that our meeting was held in the Amerman Pavilion. Rotary and more than 100 individuals donated to raise the funds to build it in honor of Jeff Amerman.
  • Larry Vorwerk reminded us of the many negative effects of climate change. Extreme weather affects mammals, birds, insects, trees, oceans, coral reefs and sea life. Come to the Climate Change event on August 16th at the Weitz Center from 6-8:30pm to hear more.
  • If you haven’t volunteered for the Jesse James Bike Tour, see Shelley Holden to sign up.
  • Jim Holden says that his book sales raised $240 for the Rotary Foundation. He is also offering free fly fishing lessons with a donation to the Rotary foundation. See Jim to sign up.

Last Week: 

Chris Weber was born in Evanston, Illinois and grew up in the North Chicago area. He studied economics and political science before meeting his wife Deanne. They moved to Northfield in 1999 where he is now an Investment Manager at Community Resource Bank. They have a daughter who will be a senior in high school and a son who will be in 8th grade. Chris credits their academic success with early literacy and is a big part of our club’s literacy efforts. Rotary supports the book collection box program where the community can donate books for children. We purchased bookshelves to hold the books in the waiting areas of local businesses. Through a SMIF grant, we were able to purchase more books written in Spanish. Our club also helped the Northfield Library purchase the new Bookmobile and participates in the Rotary Readers program in our local elementary schools. These literacy initiatives are made possible by collaboration with HCI, the Y and the Northfield School District.

Laura Turek is the Northfield Promise Coordinator at HCI. She shared more about the great work that is happening through the literacy initiative. Every three-year-old child in Northfield receives a birthday card, which contains early childhood screening information. It is very important to build readers at an early age to help get them ready for kindergarten. 301 children ages 3-5 completed early childhood screening. HCI is reaching out to daycares and preschools and each child who completes a screening gets a free prize provided by Rotary.

Some of the work that has been accomplished includes the Bookmobile, the Book Bike, book baskets, and the breakfast buddy program (which boasts 30 Rotarians). There are 90 students who eat breakfast at Greenvale, 60 at Bridgewater and 30 at Sibley every Monday through Friday during the school year. If you would like to become a breakfast buddy, watch for the signup in August. You can also volunteer with the summer reading program at the Y for a few more weeks.

Coming Up:

Aug 16 – no lunch meeting, Climate Action Team presentation at the Weitz Center 6-8:30pm

Aug 23 – Susan Brower, The Impact of Northfield’s Changing Demographics (Blaha)

Aug 30 – Greg Siems, Classification (Hanson)

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

Sept 13 – Meredith Galdeen, Classification (Melby)

Our club’s giving for the 2017-18 Budget Year:

Ruth’s House $500

Habitat for Humanity $500

Hope Center $500

Project Friendship $350

Northfield Arts Guild ‘Art Out & About Program’ $500

Martin Luther King Day Celebration $150

Northfield Earth Day $500

Health Finders $500

Operation Backpack $300

Community Action Center $500

Northfield Community Band $250

Laura Baker Services $250

Northfield Youth Sports Collaborative $300

Northfield Union of Youth $500

Cannon River Watershed Partnership $400

Total $6000

Rotary Cogwheel | July 26.2018

July 27, 2018

Today’s Program | Thursday, July 26, 2018

Today:  Laura Turek (Weber) Literacy Initiative – Special meeting at the Spring Creek Park Pavilion

Next Week: Kurt Schrader (Morlan)

Birthdays: Jenni Roney (7/29), Luis Dominguez (8/2)

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

Julie Krajewski (Wakely)

Announcements

  • We had 33 submissions for our local service project: “Northfield’s Next Best Idea.”  The next step will be for the club to vote for finalists based on 4 ideals set forth by the board from our visioning session.
  • The local service committee could use some new committee members.  If you’d like to join that committee or join or switch to another committee, please talk to Scott Richardson.
  • Please remember to sign up for volunteer spots for the Vintage Band Festival and the Bike Tour.  Shelley Holden and Rick Estenson are coordinating the Bike Tour.  Contact Jim Pokorney for the Vintage Band Festival.  Volunteers for the Vintage Band Festival are needed to help pass out literature, but those volunteers would be able to listen to the bands as well.
  • Rich Debow from our Club’s Climate Change Committee read an article that said water has been rising in the Marshall Islands, which could be covered by the end of the century.  The article also said 200,000,000 environmental migrants could be displaced as a result of climate change.  The Department of Defense cites the rising security risks, including political upheaval, from climate change.
  • Wendy Sivanich shared her daughter’s Americorp pledge as something we should all strive for.
  • Jeanine Acheson reported her daughter had written a play, “Into the Hundred Acre Wood, A Pooh Dunnit.”  The play will debut August 2-12 at the Fringe Festival.
  • Mark Abbott announced the birth of a new granddaughter, Eve Wells Abbott, to his son Zander and his wife.
  • George Davis announced the birth of a new grandson, Bela Wolfe Luna Davis, to his son and his wife.
  • Charlie Kyte announced the groundbreaking for the Benedictine Health System’s new Long Term Care facility near the Northfield Hospital.  He thanked the many Rotarians involved in moving the project ahead.

Scholarship enhancement: Barbara Johnson

Last Week: John Ophaug announced that we will debut our “Rotary Almanac” next week, which will continue roughly every month or so. We have many new members and we thought it would be a great idea to pass on the history of our club. Next will be about “Mr. Rotary.”

John loved playing basketball in Deephaven as a young lad, but one day got tired and sore from sitting on the bench.  He decided to hit the Deephaven Jr. High gym every day to get more practice, where a coach befriended him and taught him a few things.  John went onto play in high school and also at Carleton College.  He then went on to Law School at the University of Minnesota.  John married his wife, Patsy, and they have two grown children, Kristin & Eric.

The coach who befriended John and became his 8th grade basketball coach was Jim Holden.  Many may not know that Jim was part of two MIAC championship teams in baseball.  He also has been a lifelong educator, coach, fisherman and writer.

Jim Holden has published a few books over the years on many different subjects. His latest book is “Heroes, Thieves, A Bat Out Of Hell, and Other Fly Fishing Stories, Essays, and Poems. 

He is also an avid fly fisherman. Jim fly fishes approximately 70-90 days each year. He has fished in Paraguay, Norway, the US West Coast, the Smokey Mountains, Alaska, and many other spots.  Jim noted that one allure of fly fishing is that it takes you to some of the most beautiful spots in the world.

Jim has kept a journal over the years of all his trips.  It took him about a year to sift through that journal to put together the material and write his new book. A fellow student at his granddaughter’s middle school in the Twin Cities drew the illustration on the cover of the book. The drawing is a scene from one of the stories in the book where a Great Blue Heron came up and snatched a freshly caught fish.

The book contains many stories about nature and enjoying the outdoors. There are also many stories about people from all walks of life. One favorite people story in the book is about Dr. Quack, who made duck calls. There is also a story about a former baseball player who developed a catcher’s cup to protect his groin area.

There is a chapter about Tom Helgeson, who owned a fly fishing store on Grand Avenue. Tom sold the shop and started a fly fishing magazine and started a fly fishing Expo in the Twin Cities and Chicago. Jim learned how to cast from Tom and many other fly fisherman have learned from Tom as well.

Many fishermen tell tall tales and lie. One of Jim’s favorite stories involves the Moonshine Gulch Saloon in Rochford, South Dakota. It is a place with colorful memorabilia including dollar bills, hats, quotes, and sayings on the wall. They had a pet deer at one time, but replaced it with a dog. Jim fishes in South Dakota every year and makes a point to stop there.

You’ll also find many sayings and quotes throughout the book, including a quote from Jimmy Carter.  Jim called his office get permission to use it.

One chapter features the Driftless Area, a favorite trout spot encompassing southeast Minnesota, southwest Wisconsin, northeast Iowa, and northwest Illinois. Another chapter has thoughts about waters and why we are drawn to them, while another ponders why Jim and others like to fish. One chapter highlights Scott Nesbit and his fishing class at St. Olaf.

Jim will give members a free book in return for a donation to the Rotary Foundation. 

Coming Up:

Aug 9 – Brent Nystrom Classification (Reese)

Aug 16 – no lunch meeting, Climate Action Team presentation at the Weitz Center 6-8:30pms

Rotary Cogwheel | July 19.2018

July 17, 2018

Today’s Program | Thursday, July 19, 2018

Today:  Jim Holden shares about his latest book

Next Week: Laura Turek (Weber) Literacy Initiative – Special meeting at the Spring Creek Park Pavilion

Birthdays: Duane Benson 7/21, Jayne Hager Dee 7/22, Jody Gunderson 7/20, Steve Underdahl 7/24, Linda Willgohs 7/22, 

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. 

Announcements

  • Jean Wakely invited club members and their families to Rotary Race Day at Canterbury Park on Aug 10. Doors open at 5:30, race begins at 6:30. Tickets are $10 each, proceeds go to Polio Plus. See Jean if you’re interested.
  • Shelley Holden encouraged everyone to sign up to volunteer at the Jesse James Bike Tour on September 8.
  • Erica Zweifel invited everyone to attend the Climate Change program on August 16th. There will be no lunch meeting that day, so plan to join us at the Weitz from 6-8:30pm. Family and friends welcome!
  • Virginia shared that the Y is working on a new 15-passenger van program in conjunction with HCI. They are looking for van drivers. See Virginia for more info.
  • Congrats to Maria Estrada on the news of her new restaurant “Kahlo” opening in Downtown Northfield in a few weeks! It will be located in the old High Noon space at 306 Division St.
  • Vintage Band Festival is coming up on July 28th and volunteers are still needed.
  • Scott Wopata thanked Rotary for its great work at the Key. 40 meals were served at the last event and Rotary is making an impact in the lives of Northfield youth.

Scholarship enhancement: Bob Thacker

Last Week: 

Scott Richardson’s story began in Plainview, Minnesota, which is the home of many notable celebrities including Northfield’s own Dan Kallman. His career journey included 18 years at the Northfield News, four years of working independently, and a successful season as Director of Community Relations at Northfield Hospital. He now begins a new and exciting chapter as the President of the Rotary Club of Northfield.

Zack Zastrow got his nickname in a high school with too many Steves. He recently celebrated his 29th anniversary with his high school sweetheart and oceanographer wife Colleen, who now works at the Just Food Co-op. His son Daniel is a packaging engineer for Jack Links and his daughter Kara works for a Land Management Auctioneering Company. 

Zack comes from Brockport, New York, a suburb of Rochester with a population of 10,000 people. That region is the third largest wine-producing area of the country. Zack enjoyed Brockport so much he stayed there for college. After he and Colleen married, they headed to the heat and humidity of Houston, Texas, where he sold insurance and she worked for Shell Oil. Then Colleen’s master’s studies took them to College Station, where they experienced the original home of the 12th man in the Aggie football stadium. With Colleen’s masters in Oceanography completed, the Zastrows moved to Solomons Island, Maryland where she worked as a Fisheries Biologist in the University of Maryland lab on the Chesapeake Bay. Zach worked in medical imagery sales and his job later transferred them to Fox Island, Washington, west of Tacoma. Zack and Colleen raised their children there, enjoying a breathtaking view of Mt. Ranier across the water.

When a startup company recruited Zack, the Zastrows moved to Shakopee, Minnesota where they enjoyed life on the lake. Their 300 acres were located just across the lake from the signature hole at the Stonebrook golf course where golfers get ferried across the water in their cart. The Zastrows experienced Minnesota Nice when a straight-line wind took down 120 trees on their property and the neighbors rallied to help. When they decided to move to Northfield, they sold their Shakopee house in a day and began the challenge of finding a home here. Their plan to downsize was disrupted by Northfield’s low inventory/high demand real estate market, so they ended up living near another golf course in the Mayflower subdivision.

When he’s not playing golf, Zack handles sales and marketing for the Americas at Stille Surgical. The company manufactures surgical instruments and is based in Eskilstuna, Sweden, a city of 70,000 with four Rotary clubs. Zack plans to visit one of their clubs on an upcoming business trip. 

Coming Up:

Aug 9 – Brent Nystrom Classification (Reese)

Aug 16 – no lunch meeting, Climate Action Team presentation at the Weitz Center 6-8:30pms

Rotary Cogwheel | July 12.2018

July 11, 2018

Today’s Program | Thursday, July 12, 2018

Today: Zack Zastrow Classification (Richardson)

Next Week: TBD

Birthdays: Kari Nelson 7/12, Jan Stevens 7/15, Candy Taylor 7/7

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

Amber Chavie brought her sons Robert and Derek; Jack Hoschauer introduced Cherry from Vietnam; and Penny Hilleman’s son Henry is getting closer to being an outbound to Zimbabwe

Announcements

  • Andrei Sivanich is organizing his annual tennis tournament fundraiser. His goal is to raise $1000 for our club. See him if you have door prizes you or your business can donate to the cause
  • Wendy Sivanich still needs three host families for our 2018-19 inbound students. Spread the word!
  • Jim Pokorney is seeking volunteers for the Bike MN event July 16. Let him know if you can serve as a greeter or a luggage mover.
  • Jim Blaha was pleased to announce that he can retire in October when Scott Wopata takes over as the new Executive Director of the Community Action Center.
  • Scott Richardson enjoyed the Rotary conference in Toronto. After hearing inspirational speeches from Princess Anne, UNICEF and the World Health Organization, he is ready to hit the ground running as our new President.

Scholarship enhancement: Kengo

Last Week: Charlie Cogan joined Rotary in 1998 when he was living in Illinois. It all began when he asked Rotary for help after his wife’s brother died from complications of Malaria and Hepatitis B. Rotary told him they would need to finish their work with Polio Plus before they could take on Hep B, so Charlie helped to start a blood testing program in the meantime. His wife Nalonge works as a nurse and they have three children, John (31), Rafaella (19) and Pascal (15).

Todd Thompson updated us on the Save the Lake program in Guatemala.Lake Atitlan is one of the most beautiful lakes in the world and is 1,700 feet deep. 450,000 people live near the lake and use it for drinking water but also dump their sewage into it. Save the Lake is working to clean up the lake by creating sanitation systems for wastewater and digging wells for drinking water. They have partnered with Agua del Pueblo, a nonprofit organization in Guatemala and another Rotary club in the lake region is also helping with the effort. 

Todd lived in Guatemala for two years while working for the Lutheran church, so Russ Halvorson thought he would be a great point person for the project. The lake is about the geographic size of Mille Lacs. So far the project has been funded by $83,000 in  Rotary Global Grant  funding, plus another $24,000 from club and district funds. The local Santa Lucia City Council in Guatemala also gave $7000. 

Todd recently worked with the Mil Milagros (1000 Miracles) program that runs health education in Guatemalan schools. He enjoyed singing with the kids and helped with digging wells and building bathrooms. The well they dug is 40.5 meters deep with 8 meters of water at the bottom. To run the well for 11 hours a day to cover the school and the 70 homes in the surrounding area, they need 30,000 liters of water per day. They hope to meter the water usage and bill each household accordingly. Besides digging wells, Save the Lake is building septic systems and vented latrines, plus educating the locals on maintaining the systems. Thanks Todd, for your great work on this project!

Coming Up:

July 26 – Laura Turek (Weber) Literacy Initiative – Special meeting at the Spring Creek Park Pavilion

Aug 9 – Brent Nystrom Classification (Reese)

Aug 16 – no lunch meeting, Climate Action Team presentation at the Weitz Center

Rotary Cogwheel | July 5.2018

July 6, 2018

Today’s Program | Thursday, July 5, 2018

Today: Todd Thompson, Save the Lake

Next Week: Zack Zastrow Classification (Richardson)

Birthdays: Karen Allawala 6/27, Tasha Breyer 6/29, Richard Collman 6/26, George Davis 7/1, RuthAnna Miller 6/25, Dana Norvold 7/5, Rhonda Pownell 6/28, Scott Richardson 7/1, John Sinning 6/22, Barbara Wornson 6/28, 

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. 

Announcements

  • First Friday Art Night is tomorrow, July 6th. Stroll through Downtown Northfield from 5-9pm and experience art and music of all kinds. More info at downtownnorthfield.org
  • Noontime Organ Recitals are Wednesdays from 12:15 to 12:45 on July 11, 18, Aug 1, 8 and 15. See Richard Collman for more information.
  • Save the date for the Rotary Climate Change address at the Weitz Center, August 16th from 6-8:30pm

Presentation

  • David Wolfe received a certificate and pin of appreciation for his service as Club Treasurer

Election 2018-19

Congratulations to the newly approved slate of officers for 2018-19:

President — Scott Richardson; President-Elect — Barry Carlson; Treasurer — Virginia

Kaczmarek; Secretary — Kari Nelson; International Service — Todd Thompson; Rotary

Club Service — Vicki Dilley; Fundraising — Chris Heineman; Community Service —

Jake Conway; Public Relations & Communications — Jenni Roney; Membership —

Barry Carlson.

Scholarship enhancement: Barbara Johnson

Last Week:  There was no lunch meeting to allow for VBS at the Methodist Church. The Club enjoyed a n afternoon social at Chapel Brewing.

Two Weeks Ago: The Board Chairs gave reports on their work over the past year. 

  • Charlie Cogan reported on behalf of the International Service Committee. They coordinated global grant scholarships and also raised $22,000 in foundation funds this year (half for Polio Plus and half for the Annual Fund). Through International Service Projects, they gave $2000 to install solar panels in two rural schools in Togo, $500 to help build a library in Ethiopia, $1000 for a Books for Africa project. Next year they hope to buy computers for a school in Togo.
  • The Youth Exchange program will have six inbounds next year and 15 outbounds. They still need four families to host students.
  • Jayne Hager Dee reported for the Rotary Club Service Committee. Janine and Jayne coordinated Fellowship efforts—meeting/greeting, socials, November orientation, the graduation party and the showing of the movie “Breathe”. The Archives group met three years ago and plans to meet again sometime soon. The Musical team of Richard Collman and Todd Thompson are proud to lead one of the best singing clubs in the world. Bruce Morlan and Alan Anderson continue to schedule speakers and also updated our sound and computer systems this year. The Cogwheel, a team effort between Rick Esse and Jenni Roney, hopes to bring updated branding and more Rotary-oriented photos this year.
  • Virginia Kaczarek reported for the Fundraising Committee. 50-60% of our club’s income comes from our fundraising events. Over the last four years we’ve had a combined income of $96,000 with expenses of around $35,000. Fundraising events include the Jesse James Bike Tour, the Turkey Trot, the Craft Fair at Central Park during DJJD and a new Rotary “4-way Taste” beer tasting event coming in 2019.
  • Jake Conway reported for the Community Service Committee. Jim Pokorney and his Local Service Committee are always looking for new ways to help the community. The Literacy Team sponsored book giveaways. The Ethical Leadership program plans to host over 30 students for their conference in October. The Local Donations committee uses its $6000 budget to support nonprofits focused on youth and International initiatives. The Climate Change team has their big event scheduled for August 16.
  • Scott Richardson reported for the Public Relations and Communications team who continue to tell the Rotary story through social media marketing, advertising placements and a new club communications plan.
  • Scott also shared for the Membership Committee, who have seen 24 new members join in the past fiscal year. That brings our total to 149 members. People are motivated to join by our mission, our participation in the community, the tone of our meetings and our reputation as an energetic and imaginative club.
  • Our club received three District Awards—runner up for Club Service, Youth Service and Public Image.

Coming Up:

July 26 – Laura Turek (Weber) Literacy Initiative – Special meeting at the Spring Creek Park Pavilion