Cogwheel Archive

Rotary Cogwheel | 11.16.2017

November 14, 2017

Today’s Program | Thursday, November 16, 2017

Today: The Life and Times of George Davis, Classification (Stevens)

Next Week: TURKEY TROT

Birthdays: Carl Caskey (11/14), Jim Prichard and Matt Rich (11/17), Teresa Jensen (11/19), Kim Briske (11/22) and Art Monaghan (11/25).

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. 

New Members: Kelly Dennis (Caskey), Barbara Zebe Johnson (Hager-Dee) and Karen Allawala (Bierman) were formally inducted into the club. Kelly is new to Rotary. Barbara is new to us, but not new to Rotary. She was formerly a member in Duluth, and Karen is returning to the club after time away. We are delighted to have all of them in the fold. 

In Remembrance: The club acknowledged the passing of Ray Cox, a former member, with a moment of silence. Ray died November 3rd at the age of 66. His funeral will be Saturday, Nov. 25, 10:30 a.m. at First UCC Church in Northfield.

Last Week:
Herbert Quello, Counsel General of Germany, based in Chicago, said despite President Trump’s criticism of NATO and his aversion to multi-lateral agreements, Germany seeks to maintain a good trans-Atlantic relationship with the United States.

Herbert said Trump’s rhetoric is troubling, but the benefits of continued collaboration are many. He said Germany is grateful for the Marshall Plan following World War II and our country’s ongoing support and security. Germany and the U.S. need to work cooperatively to check Russia’s rising ambitions, he said.

The under-staffing of our State Department is a concern to Germany, he said. And, yes, Germans do take President Trump seriously, even his tweets. “He is the president of the United States,” Herbert said.

Germany faces its own challenges navigating a shifting political landscape. Following this fall’s election, Herbert predicts Angela Merkel will return as chancellor for a fourth four-year term. But she will have to use all of her diplomatic skills to form a coalition government. Her Christian Democratic Party, center-right, and the Social Democratic Party, center left, lost ground in this year’s election. A fringe nationalist party, AFD, is flexing new muscle. It garnered only 13 percent of the vote, but now is the third largest party in the federal parliament. Herbert called it a wake-up call for his country as it deals with rising numbers of immigrants.

Herbert, who accompanied our singing earlier in the meeting on his harmonica, touched briefly on his love affair with the instrument and the blues.

Guests: Bebe Diehl, Georgene Malecha, Moira Hall, Wayne Eddy, George and Sharon Glotsbash (Yogi); Brenda and Jack Sieloft (Williams); and Mark Ross and David Hudson (Morlan).

Scholarship Enhancement: Must be present to win? I don’t think so. Michelle Lasswell, in abstentia

Announcements:

— Promote, promote, promote, that is the secret to making our 17th annual Thanksgiving Turkey Trot a success. Rob Bierman, committee chair, said we have 669 participants pre-registered. Our Turkey Trot pages have been viewed 7,500 times in 15 different countries. He reminded us to bring a food item next week to jump start the food donation feature of the event.

— Scott Wopata encouraged members to consider donating to The Key on Give to the Max Day, today. The organization is in line for six to one match.

— Jan Stevens advised us of two Vintage Band musical events coming our during December. Tuba Christmas, now a Vintage Band event, will be held Saturday, Dec. 2, at Carleton College. The Copper Street Brass, a festival favorite, will be performing Friday evening, Dec. 8, at St. John’s Church.

Our 2017-18 outbound students are:
Madison Asp — Finland

Joan Erickson — Argentina

Annika Fisher— South Africa

Bergen Hoff — Czech Republic/Slovakia

Emma Iverson — Spain

Alex Kovach — Japan

Joseph Kreis — Italy

Benjamin (Ben) Mohlke — Brazil

Piper Nelson — Germany

Jenna Olien — South Korea

Jack Overstreet — Brazil

Gregory Pelletier — Argentina

Espen Richardson — Norway

Elizabeth (Betsy) Schuerman — Denmark

Allison (Al) Weise — Thailand

Coming Up

November 30 — Shelly Holden, Classification (Nordine)

December 7 — Dorothy Ishler, Classification (Wakely)

December 14 — Andrew Ehrman and Betsy Allister, Spring Wind Farm (Morlan)

December 21 — Laura Turek, Northfield Promise Literacy Team (Weber)

Rotary Cogwheel | 11.9.2017

November 7, 2017

Today’s Program | Thursday, November 9, 2017

Today: Herbert Quelle, Counsel General of Germany, Chicago, the Future of Trans-Atlantic Relations (Yogi)
Next Week: The Life and Times of George Davis, Classification
Birthdays: Sue Boxrud (11/5), David Brown (11/6), Erin Bailey and Paul Krause (11/9), and Greg Carlson and Jen Dunn-Foster (11/11).
Statement of Purpose: Northfield Rotary Club is dedicated to promoting peace and understanding through service and shared experience. We invite people from all corners of the community to join us as we partner with others to support youth, build sustainable infrastructure and preserve our planet.

Last Week:
The more we do as Rotarians, the bigger the difference we make in people’s lives, said District Governor Kyle Haugen.
The 40-year old Prior Lake resident said not everyone grows up with the support and opportunities many of us had

“Rotary is there is to help those who did not win the geographic lottery,” said Kyle.

Kyle refers to himself as a third generation Rotarian. He says Rotary has made him a better person. He wants to support and strengthen clubs in the district to ensure that Rotary ideals and its spirit are carried forward. Rotary is often the “best kept secret” in town, he said. He encouraged us to do more to tell our story, share our passion and create ways for people to act on their philanthropic impulses.

Our club has been growing, but world-wide Rotary membership has stalled out at 1.2 million. It’s hovered there for the last 15 years. He said we need to be recruiting women and people under 40, and retaining the members we have.

Kyle highlighted several initiatives Rotary is promoting. A campaign against human trafficking will be highlighted during next February’s Super Bowl in Minneapolis. The current International President Ian Riseley is inviting clubs to support the environment by planting a tree for every member. He encouraged us to give generously to the foundation and to seek ways to engage more people in the Rotary experience.

Guests: Patsy Ophaug and Ralph Smith, District Governor for 5970 (Ophaug); Mark Lancaster (Estenson)

Scholarship Enhancement: Paul Krause

Announcements:
— District Governor Kyle Haugen will bring his Tap Tour to Northfield Wednesday, Nov. 15. He will host the event at Imminent Brewing from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. It will also be fundraiser for our Guatemalan Clean Water Project. Todd Thompson will make a presentation on the initiative.

— Planning for the 17th Annual Turkey Trot is in full swing. We now need runners, walkers and canines. Virginia K. has been grinding out social media promotion. All we ask is that you pass it along to those in your orbit. Spread the word far and wide. Please consider making a donation to the food shelf. Bring your items to our meetings or the day of the event.

— Lisa Peterson reminded us to mark calendars for a couple of upcoming events: The Northfield Chamber’s “Fire and Ice Ball” Friday, Nov. 10, and Northfield’s 19th annual Winter Walk on Thursday, Dec. 7.

— President Wakely shared thank you notes from a student and a school board member and parent for our support of Camp RYLA.

Our 2017-18 outbound students are:
Madison Asp — Finland
Joan Erickson — Argentina
Annika Fisher— South Africa
Bergen Hoff — Czech Republic/Slovakia
Emma Iverson — Spain
Alex Kovach — Japan
Joseph Kreis — Italy
Benjamin (Ben) Mohlke — Brazil
Piper Nelson — Germany
Jenna Olien — South Korea
Jack Overstreet — Brazil
Gregory Pelletier — Argentina
Espen Richardson — Norway
Elizabeth (Betsy) Schuerman — Denmark
Allison (Al) Weise — Thailand

Coming Up
November 23 — No meeting; TURKEY TROT
November 30 — Shelly Holden, Classification (Nordine)
December 7 — Dorothy Ishler, Classification (Wakely)
December 14 — Andrew Ehrman and Betsy Allister, Spring Wind Farm (Morlan)

Rotary Cogwheel | 11.2.2017

November 1, 2017

Today’s Program | Thursday, November 2, 2017

Today: District Governor Kyle Haugen (Wakely)
Next Week: Herbert Quelle, Counsel General of Germany, Chicago, the Future of Trans-Atlantic Relations (Yogi)
Birthdays: Sue Boxrud (11/5), David Brown (11/6), Erin Bailey and Paul Krause (11/9), and Greg Carlson and Jen Dunn-Foster (11/11).
Statement of Purpose: Northfield Rotary Club is dedicated to promoting peace and understanding through service and shared experience. We invite people from all corners of the community to join us as we partner with others to support youth, build sustainable infrastructure and preserve our planet.

Last Week:
Just Food, a Northfield co-op grocery store, is now in its 13th year. Sherri Meyers, the new general manager, said the store is for-profit, values-driven and democratically run. Its mission is to nourish a just, healthy, sustainable community. Shelly said their goal is to sell more good food to the people of Northfield, create more good jobs in Northfield, and do more good in the community.

Just Food operates on the seven principles of cooperatives, which are:
— Voluntary and open membership – actually, ownership
— Democratic Member Control – member-elected board of directors.
— Owner economic participation: By buying groceries at the co-op, members have the possibility of a rebate when the store is profitable.
— Autonomy and independence.
— Education, training and information: Educating about many things, such as healthy choices, sustainable choices, shopping on a budget, classes on things like de-cluttering, de-stressing
— Cooperation among cooperatives: E.g., sharing policies, etc., between co-ops
— Concern for community. Each co-op wants to give back to their community in some way.

The co-op employs 50-plus people and pays a livable wage based on the MIT rate for Rice County with a little extra for the higher costs in Northfield. Seventy-six percent of staff make significantly more than that minimum. In the last year, Just Food paid $1.7 million to employees in wages and benefits, sold $1.5 million in local products, and donated $18,000 to local nonprofits

Shelly said the perception that the co-op is expensive is not accurate. It is affordable and income sensitive. She points to several programs such as Co-op Basics, Co-op Deals and a new Fill-It-Fresh program that makes them very competitive. To become more accessible to a wider segment of the community, Just Food is now WIC-certified; it accepts SNAP benefits and offers member discounts to college students.

Just Food has recently taken possession of the entire building and will be moving forward with long-anticipated expansion, taking the store from about 4,000 square feet to 6,000 square feet.

Mini-Classification:
Virginia Kaczmarek, executive director of the Y, is also on the steering committee of Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Campaign, a program that provides support to veterans and their families. She shared a recent episode of the committee’s work. A veteran needed to vacate his home and had nowhere to go. The network found him a farmhouse, a group of high school students helped him move, and a group of realtors walked through and identified a need for repairs. The campaign is now looking for help with the repairs. Virginia also had several other examples of the work this group is doing, including the donation of 12 turkeys from the American Legion.

Guests: Maritza Navarro of HealthFinders (Taylor); Justin Stets of Carlson Capital Management, board member at Northfield Shares (Krance); Jesse Streitz (Williams); Moira and Alva Hill-Reisiger (Yogi),

Scholarship Enhancement: Ben Martig

Announcements:
— Interviews of prospective outbound exchange students will be Friday, Dec. 1. Rachel Estrella said we will do the interviewing in teams. Training and pizza will be provided. Contact her if you can help.

— We are partnering with Northfield Promise on a literacy program called “Breakfast Buddies.” Our Literacy Committee is looking for volunteers to read to elementary students before school. If you can help, talk to Laurie Williams, Chris Weber or Jim Holden.

— District Governor Kyle Haugen will bring his Tap Tour to Northfield Wednesday, Nov. 15. He will host the event at Imminent Brewing from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. It will also be fundraiser for our Guatemalan Clean Water Project. Todd Thompson will make a presentation on the initiative.

— Planning for the 17th Annual Turkey Trot is in full swing. If you would like a sign to help promote the event, see Kurt Larson.

Our 2017-18 outbound students are:
Madison Asp — Finland
Joan Erickson — Argentina
Annika Fisher— South Africa
Bergen Hoff — Czech Republic/Slovakia
Emma Iverson — Spain
Alex Kovach — Japan
Joseph Kreis — Italy
Benjamin (Ben) Mohlke — Brazil
Piper Nelson — Germany
Jenna Olien — South Korea
Jack Overstreet — Brazil
Gregory Pelletier — Argentina
Espen Richardson — Norway
Elizabeth (Betsy) Schuerman — Denmark
Allison (Al) Weise — Thailand

Coming Up
November 16 — The Life and Times of George Davis, Classification
November 23 — No meeting; TURKEY TROT
November 30 — Shelly Holden, Classification (Nordine)
December 7 — Dorothy Ishler, Classification (Wakely)

Rotary Cogwheel | 10.26.2017

October 25, 2017

Today’s Program | Thursday, October 26, 2017

Today: Sherri Meyers, Just Foods Co-op History and Future (Kazcmarek)
Next Week: District Governor Kyle Haugen (Wakely)
Birthdays: Pau Ortemberg (10/16), Barry Carlson (10/22), Rob Martin (10/23), Doug Crane and Brett Reese (10/25).
Statement of Purpose: Northfield Rotary Club is dedicated to promoting peace and understanding through service and shared experience. We invite people from all corners of the community to join us as we partner with others to support youth, build sustainable infrastructure and preserve our planet.

Last Week:
Hindolo Pokawa wants to invest in the next generation of his home country of Sierre Leone. The executive director of Sierra Leone Foundation for New Democracy (SLFND) has plans to launch eco-villages and preschool education in villages across the country. He calls it a new approach to supporting community resilience.

Sierra Leone has faced its share of challenges. It’s absorbed a series of body blows of late, 10 years of civil war, the eboli outbreak and a recent mudslide. The people are suffering from trauma and neglect, Hindolo said.

He came to the United States 17 years ago to go to school. Now, his passion is developing sustainable communities in his home country.

SLFND’s focus now is on the village of Mondema. In the past 27 months, they have built a preschool for 215 students on a 20-acre parcel of land. They have trained and placed 10 teachers, constructed a water management system to support year-round food production, coordinate a cooking cooperative to provide meals a day for the students, raised funds for solar panels for the school.

The need now is an ecologically-sound food prep unit and a water and sanitation facility.

Guests: Emma Petersons (L. Peterson), Sherri Meyers (Kaczmarek), Ann Richards (Stull), David McKee (Wakely) and Tom Loretto (Cogan).

Scholarship Enhancement: Bia, our exchange student from Brazil.

Announcements:
— Interviews of prospective outbound exchange students will be Friday, Dec. 1. Rachel Estrella said we will do the interviewing in teams. Training and pizza will be provided. Contact her if you can help.

— We are partnering with Northfield Promise on a literacy program called “Breakfast Buddies.” Our Literacy Committee is looking for volunteers to read to elementary students before school. If you can help, talk to Laurie Williams, Chris Weber or Jim Holden.

— District Governor Kyle Haugen will bring his Tap Tour to Northfield Wednesday, Nov. 15. He will host the event at Imminent Brewing from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. It will also be fundraiser for our Guatemalan Clean Water Project. Todd Thompson will make a presentation on the initiative.

— Planning for the 17th Annual Turkey Trot is in full swing. We have 45 sponsors signed up already, posters are out and now we need you to volunteer. See Rob Bierman for your assignment. Virginia Kaczmarek encouraged us to help promote the event by sharing our Facebook announcements with your orbit of family and friends. Please start bringing nonperishable food items to our meetings. They will jump-start the food drive portion of the event.

— Yogi is looking to rent out his home at 103 Orchard St. November 1 through May 1, 2018. If you have a prospect, contact Yogi at: yogireppmann@gmail.com.

Our 2017-18 outbound students are:
Madison Asp — Finland
Joan Erickson — Argentina
Annika Fisher— South Africa
Bergen Hoff — Czech Republic/Slovakia
Emma Iverson — Spain
Alex Kovach — Japan
Joseph Kreis — Italy
Benjamin (Ben) Mohlke — Brazil
Piper Nelson — Germany
Jenna Olien — South Korea
Jack Overstreet — Brazil
Gregory Pelletier — Argentina
Espen Richardson — Norway
Elizabeth (Betsy) Schuerman — Denmark
Allison (Al) Weise — Thailand

Coming Up
November 9 — Herbert Quelle, Counsel General of Germany, Chicago, the Future of Trans-Atlantic Relations (Yogi)
November 16 — The Life and Times of George Davis, Classification
November 23 — No meeting; TURKEY TROT
November 30 — Shelly Holden, Classification (Nordine)

Rotary Cogwheel | 10.19.2017

October 18, 2017

Today’s Program | Thursday, October 19, 2017

Today: Hindolo Pokawa, Executive Director of Sierra Leone Foundation for New Democracy, (Cogan)

Next Week: Sherri Meyers, Just Foods Co-op History and Future (Kazcmarek)

Birthdays: Mike Kranc (10/16), Kelly Dennis (10/18), Bruce Morlan (1019) and Mark Gleason (10/20).

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.

 Last Week:
Superintendent Matt Hillmann calls the Camp RYLA experience for high school students nothing short of “life-changing.”

Northfield High School students Siri Hoff, Caroline Pritchard and Delina Haileab backed up his assessment last week while sharing their personal experiences. They talked about their evolving understanding of leadership, less about being the most dominant voice in the room and more about helping build a team in service to a common goal. Siri talked about having a full-immersion lesson in empathy. Caroline learned about effective communication. Delina gained an appreciation for how much we have in common when we open up to one another.

The St. Paul Rotary Club sponsors the event at a YMCA camp outside of Hudson, Wis. Our club traditionally has sponsored two students for the workshop at $350 a piece. Last year, the high school covered the expenses of a third person. One outcome of last spring’s visioning exercise is a goal of underwriting six students for the workshop.

Guests: Barbara Johnson (Prichard), Julie Pritchard (Hillmann) and Laura Schlottbach (Blaha).

Scholarship Enhancement: Michelle Lasswel

Announcements:

— David Koenig reported a successful ethical leadership workshop Oct. 10 at Community Resource Bank. Thirty-two high school juniors and seniors were invited for an interactive discussion of ethical behavior. Rachel McIver Morey and Jeff McLaughlin joined David and Bill Lindberg of the Eagan Rotary Club in facilitating the all-day event. Many other club members helped make it happen.

 District Governor Kyle Haugen will bring his Tap Tour to Northfield Wednesday, Nov. 15. He will host the event at Imminent Brewing from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. It will also be fundraiser for Guatemalan Clean Water Project. Todd Thompson will make a presentation on the initiative.

— Planning for the 17th Annual Turkey Trot is in full swing. We have 45 sponsors signed up already, posters are out and now we need you to volunteer. See Rob Bierman for your assignment. Virginia Kaczmarek encouraged us to help promote the event by sharing our Facebook announcements with your orbit of family and friends.

— Jake Conway said the club is looking for local service projects. If you have an idea, talk to him or Jim Pokorney.

— There will be an opportunity to help with Cannon River cleanup at Riverside Park on Saturday, Oct. 21. Meet at the park at 9 a.m. for a two-hour cleanup.

— Yogi is looking to rent out his home at 103 Orchard St. November 1 through May 1, 2018. If you have a prospect, contact Yogi at: yogireppmann@gmail.com.

Our 2017-18 outbound students are:
Madison Asp — Finland

Joan Erickson — Argentina

Annika Fisher— South Africa

Bergen Hoff — Czech Republic/Slovakia

Emma Iverson — Spain

Alex Kovach — Japan

Joseph Kreis — Italy

Benjamin (Ben) Mohlke — Brazil

Piper Nelson — Germany

Jenna Olien — South Korea

Jack Overstreet — Brazil

Gregory Pelletier — Argentina

Espen Richardson — Norway

Elizabeth (Betsy) Schuerman — Denmark

Allison (Al) Weise — Thailand

Coming Up

November 2 — District Governor Kyle Haugen (Wakely)

November 9 — Herbert Quelle, Counsel General of Germany, Chicago, the Future of Trans-Atlantic Relations (Yogi)

November 16 — The Life and Times of George Davis, Classification

November 23 — No meeting; TURKEY TROT

 

 

Rotary Cogwheel | 10.12.2017

October 10, 2017

Today’s Program | Thursday, October 12, 2017

Today: Matt Hillmann, Camp RYLA
Next Week: Hindolo Pokawa, Executive Director of Sierra Leone Foundation for New Democracy, (Cogan)
Birthdays: Nate Heilman (10/10)
Statement of Purpose: Northfield Rotary Club is dedicated to promoting peace and understanding through service and shared experience. We invite people from all corners of the community to join us as we partner with others to support youth, build sustainable infrastructure and preserve our planet.

Last Week:
Northfield City Administrator Ben Martig was born and raised in Blue Earth, Minn. under the watchful gaze of the Jolly Green Giant, a notable landmark on south-central Minnesota prairie. That’s where his father taught and coached and where Ben played basketball and baseball and eventually became an engaged student.

He characterizes himself as a typical Gen-Xer, independent, cynical, suspicious. His Meyers Briggs personality profile suggests he is an INTJ, whatever that means.
Ben graduated from the University of Wisconsin at LaCrosse and worked in local government at Cottage Grove and Fridley while he earned his Masters of Planning degree at the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. He worked in Anoka, his home town of Blue Earth and then Marshall, Minn. before coming to Northfield in 2016.

Ben said it was Northfield’s “unique sense of place” and the highly-regarded school system that drew him to this community. He comes with his wife and two children, one who attends Greenvale Park and another at Northfield Middle School.

His resume includes success at building projects: a county library, ice rink and liquor store; economic development: a vehicle training center; a regional trail project; and a penchant for weaving art into public projects.

When he is not overseeing the work of Northfield city government, he looks forward to spending time with his family canoeing and mountain biking.

Mini-classification:
Chris Heineman is a resident of Red Wing, but he has worked for the City of Northfield as Community Development Director for the past five years. He oversees planning, building, economic development and housing. He is married with two children, a 13-year old daughter and an 11-year old son, whose activities mirror Chris’s interests in theater and sports.

New Members: Jesse Steed (McIver Morey), Meredith Galdeen (Melby-Herzog) and Janice Lehmkulh (Hager-Dee) were formally inducted into the club. Please give them a warm Rotary welcome.

Guests: Ann Leming (Leming), Barbara Johnson (S. Richardson), Chris Lambert (Chavie), Kelly Dennis (Caskey), Henry Hillemann (Hillemann) and permanent visiting Rotarian from a Cape Town, South Africa Rotary Club Sue Pokorney (Pokorney)

Scholarship Enhancement: Hannah Puczko

Announcements:
— John Ehresmann, home from a volunteer tour of duty with the American Red Cross in the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, said things are “really bad” down there. Supply lines are clogged and people are lacking food, water and power. John has answered the call to many natural disasters, but he says this is the worst one he has seen.

— Jim Holden, representing the Literacy Committee, invited members to volunteer to read to Northfield students at breakfast before school. It is a program called “Breakfast Buddies” developed by Northfield Promise, an HCI initiative. You can sign-up on line through Northfield Promise. Your commitment can be flexible, five days a week or one day a week. And if you are not able to do it, please pass this opportunity onto those you know.

— Check out a beautiful video of the bike tour made by Kyle Eastman. It is posted on the Rotary Facebook page.

— Penny Hillemann announced the Northfield Area United Way campaign has begun. There will be a truck pull downtown today at 5 p.m. to promote the annual drive.

— Michelle Lasswell, our past president and now a member of the Rotary District Board of Directors, our district and District 5950 are partnering to raise awareness about the problem of human trafficking. Minneapolis is hosting this year’s Super Bowl and the campaign will gain visibility as that date nears.

Our 2017-18 outbound students are:
Madison Asp — Finland
Joan Erickson — Argentina
Annika Fisher— South Africa
Bergen Hoff — Czech Republic/Slovakia
Emma Iverson — Spain
Alex Kovach — Japan
Joseph Kreis — Italy
Benjamin (Ben) Mohlke — Brazil
Piper Nelson — Germany
Jenna Olien — South Korea
Jack Overstreet — Brazil
Gregory Pelletier — Argentina
Espen Richardson — Norway
Elizabeth (Betsy) Schuerman — Denmark
Allison (Al) Weise — Thailand

Coming Up
October 26 — Sherri Meyers, Just Foods Co-op History and Future (Kazcmarek)
November 2 — District Governor Kyle Haugen (Wakely)
November 9 — Herbert Quelle, Counsel General of Germany, Chicago, the Future of Trans-Atlantic Relations (Yogi)
November 16 — The Life and Times of George Davis, Classification

Rotary Cogwheel | 10.5.2017

October 2, 2017

Today’s Program | Thursday, October 5, 2017

Today: Ben Martig, Classification (Heineman)
Next Week: Matt Hillmann, Camp RYLA
Birthdays: Kyle Nordine (10/7)
Statement of Purpose: Northfield Rotary Club is dedicated to promoting peace and understanding through service and shared experience. We invite people from all corners of the community to join us as we partner with others to support youth, build sustainable infrastructure and preserve our planet.

Last Week:
To hear retail marketer Geoff Seper tell it, we have made a bargain with the devil. For all of the convenience and choice that comes with our online activity, we are offering up personal information that allows retailers to know more than we do about our habits, our preferences, our desires. Yikes!

Geoff, a 1994 St. Olaf graduate, has worked for Fingerhut, Target and now for an independent that offers customer relationship management (CRM) services. Retailers have always mined data in an effort to personalize their sales promotions. But increased computing power coupled with our willingness to share personal data has allowed them to move from one size fits all campaigns to one-to-one marketing. Orwell may have had it right.

Geoff calls it the “snowflake” effect. Based on the information breadcrumbs we leave on our online travels and our credit card trail, retailers can customize mailed coupons to individual families. So, for instance, in a recent printing of three million coupons by a manufacturer, there were three million different offers.

This isn’t going away. It is just beginning to take off. Geoff suggested we use caution with our online behavior. “Only share what you want to share,” he said, “but data will be collected.”

Mini-classification:
Jack Hoschouer is a 1966 graduate of St. Olaf College. He joined the U.S. Army in 1968 for a two-year stint and exited 26 years later. Time does fly. He first met his wife when student nurses toured a hospital where Jack worked. There were a couple of false starts, but love conquers all, and they have been married for 50 years.

Guests: William Berry and Steve Maus (R. Maus), Ann Leming (Leming), Christine Thomford (Wakely), Sue Pokorney, Sam Sorenfield, Anoka Rotary Club (Wakely), and Jennifer Labovitz (B. Will).
Scholarship Enhancement: Jack Hoschouer

Announcements:
The new Ethical Leadership Committee is planning an Tuesday, Oct. 10, event for high school students. For more details, contact David Koenig.

The Turkey Trot committee invites new members as the group organizes this year’s run. Want to pitch in, or sponsor? See Rick Estenson or Kurt Larson.

The Bike Tour Committee held a debriefing last week. Brett Reese, committee co-chair, reported that 200 riders responded to a survey and 90 percent pronounced the ride good to great. Participation was up 5 percent from last year and net profit rose to $24,000. Great job everyone.

Charlie Kyte reported that our own John Ehresmann is on St. Thomas Island volunteering with the Red Cross in the aftermath of the recent hurricanes.

Northfield Shares’ grant season has begun; non-profits are invited to apply. Deadline is TODAY. See Mike Krance for details.

Our 2017-18 outbound students are:
Madison Asp — Finland
Joan Erickson — Argentina
Annika Fisher— South Africa
Bergen Hoff — Czech Republic/Slovakia
Emma Iverson — Spain
Alex Kovach — Japan
Joseph Kreis — Italy
Benjamin (Ben) Mohlke — Brazil
Piper Nelson — Germany
Jenna Olien — South Korea
Jack Overstreet — Brazil
Gregory Pelletier — Argentina
Espen Richardson — Norway
Elizabeth (Betsy) Schuerman — Denmark
Allison (Al) Weise — Thailand

Coming Up
October 10 — Youth Ethics Workshop (Koenig)
October 19 — Hindolo Pokawa, Executive Director of Sierra Leone Foundation for New Democracy, (Cogan)
October 26 — Sherri Meyers, Just Foods Co-op History and Future (Kazcmarek)
November 2 — District Governor Kyle Haugen (Wakely)

Rotary Cogwheel | 09.28.2017

September 27, 2017

Today’s Program | Thursday, September 28, 2017

Today: Geoff Seper, Data Mining and Shopping (Hoschouer)

Next Week: Ben Martig, Classification (Heineman)

Birthdays: Jim Blaha, Chad Hjellming, and Gerhard Meidt (9/27); Laurie Williams (9/28); Michelle Lasswell, Kurt Larson and Robert Bierman (9/29); and Rachel McIver Morey (9/30).

Statement of Purpose: Northfield Rotary Club is dedicated to promoting peace and understanding through service and shared experience. We invite people from all corners of the community to join us as we partner with others to support youth, build sustainable infrastructure and preserve our planet. 

Last Week:
St. Olaf Economics Professor Steve Soderlind, PhD sees a clear difference between “liberty” and “laissez faire” philosophy. They’re not synonyms, as many people think. Steve wrote his book Liberty and Laissez Faire as a primer on freedom, government and prosperity – and to create a springboard for people (especially young adults) to do “the hard work of taking a personal position” on principles.

Steve’s book examines various philosophies of liberty and laissez faire government against a backdrop of calls for less government intervention. In it, he:

  • Describes economic orthodoxy
  • Appreciates that economics is a contentious field
  • Notes that we occupy a world of oppressive circumstances with restrictions on liberty; in this dynamic, laissez faire becomes an avenue of acceptance, even support for status quo oppression . . . the antithesis of liberty, Steve says.

Steve paraphrases philosopher Immanuel Kant: “Most people don’t have the courage to take their own stand on issues – they just adopt the stand of others. Have the courage to find your own stand.”

 

Mini-classification:

Bob Will gave the Reader’s Digest version of his life: Born in Wisconsin in a small town with three churches and six taverns. Dropped out of high school to join the Navy; after WWII, attended Carleton on the GI Bill, then on to Yale, then Amherst, where he met his bride, Barbara. They returned to Northfield to teach economics (and later, serve as dean) at Carleton, where he started the foreign studies program. Bob and Barbara gave considerable local service and leadership across a wide range of organizations – including Rotary, where Barbara served as our first woman president.

Guests: Howard Puczko (Puczko), Lance Miller, Apple Valley Rotary Club (V. Dilley), Jane Overstreet (Will), David McKeefe, International Falls Rotary Club (Wakely), Sue Pokorney, Capetown Rotary Club (Pokorney).

Scholarship Enhancement: Jim Blaha

Announcements:

Sunday, Sept. 24 is International Polio Plus Day. Charlie Cogan gave an update: There are only 10 cases of wild polio worldwide right now, the lowest number on record. Bill Gates has committed to match donations to Rotary’s Polio Plus fund 2 to 1. Keep giving! We’re this close.

Apple Valley Rotary Club is hosting a raffle to raise funds for its youth exchange program. Prizes are a 2017 Ford Focus; a gas grill; and a “sandbox experience” playing with big vehicles in a dedicated space. Tickets are $20 each.

The new Ethical Leadership Committee is planning an October 10 event for high school students. For more details, contact David Koenig.

The Turkey Trot committee invites new members as the group organizes this year’s run. Want to pitch in, or sponsor? See Rick Estenson or Kurt Larson.

The DJJD Craft Sale raised $4,500 for Rotary projects. Wow!

Rachel Estrella reported that 40 plus students have applied for Youth Exchange for next year. Interviews will take place on Dec. 1. Want to volunteer? Talk with Rachel.

Northfield Shares’ grant season has begun; non-profits are invited to apply. Deadline is Oct. 5. See Mike Krance for details.

Mike Lemming announced that Rock Stars & Ruckus, featuring international storyteller Kevin Kling and and Voice TV show finalist Kat Perkins, will take place on Thursday, Sept. 28, at 7 p.m. at the Grand with limited seating. A special allotment of 20 tickets has been obtained by the club, so if you are interesting in purchasing one or more, please see Mike. Tickets ($25 adults/$17 students/$5 each for any individual with a disability and their companion) also can be purchased on line at rockstarsandruckus.bpt.me.

Our 2017-18 outbound students are:
Madison Asp — Finland

Joan Erickson — Argentina

Annika Fisher— South Africa

Bergen Hoff — Czech Republic/Slovakia

Emma Iverson — Spain

Alex Kovach — Japan

Joseph Kreis — Italy

Benjamin (Ben) Mohlke — Brazil

Piper Nelson — Germany

Jenna Olien — South Korea

Jack Overstreet — Brazil

Gregory Pelletier — Argentina

Espen Richardson — Norway

Elizabeth (Betsy) Schuerman — Denmark

Allison (Al) Weise — Thailand

Coming Up

September 29 — Keepsake Cidery, 501 Social Club (Wakely)

October 10 — Youth Ethics Workshop (Koenig)

October 12 — Matt Hillmann, Camp RYLA

October 19 — Hindolo Pokawa, Executive Director of Sierra Leone Foundation for New Democracy, (Cogan)

Rotary Cogwheel | 09.21.2017

September 19, 2017

Today’s Program | Thursday, September 21, 2017

Today: Dr. Steve Soderlind, New Book: “Liberty and Laissez Faire”

Next Week: Geoff Seper, Data Mining and Shopping (Hoschouer)
Birthdays: Ryan Blumhoefer (9/21) and Jack Hoschouer (9/22)
Bike Tour Results:
Brett Reese and Mathew Rich, Bike Tour co-chairs, announced net revenue of approximately $22,000, pending final accounting. We had 814 riders, an increase over last year. Five hundred seventy-four pre-registered. Brett said the event met their three goals of providing a great biking experience, maximizing revenue and controlling expenses and providing a great volunteer experience. Great job everyone and special thanks to our fearless leaders, Matt and Brett.

A debriefing session will be Monday, Sept. 25, 7 p.m. at the Estenson Event Center. Come with your observations and suggestions.

Statement of Purpose: Northfield Rotary Club is dedicated to promoting peace and understanding through service and shared experience. We invite people from all corners of the community to join us as we partner with others to support youth, build sustainable infrastructure and preserve our planet.

Last Week:
Residents of Northfield School District will be asked to vote on two proposals in November. One would allow for an increase of $470.15 per pupil for the Operating Levy to support quality educational programming; the other would provide $109 million in bonding to build a new high school, a new Greenvale Park Elementary School, repurpose the existing Greenvale building for early childhood education and make improvements at Bridgewater and Sibley elementary schools.

Dr. Matt Hillmann, superintendent of schools, said it is the “right plan” at the “right time,” a cost-effective solution to space and facility needs that will help students start strong and leave prepared.

The school district already has an operational levy in place. It will expire in 2022. School officials say the increase is needed to makeup for a persistent shortfall in state funding over many years. Increasing the operational levy will help the district maintain quality programming and retain and recruit quality teachers.

The building program would provide for a new $78.5 million high school on the existing campus along Highway 246. The current facility, built in 1966, would be demolished. Supt. Hillmann said a new building is needed to promote collaborative learning, accommodate technology labs and address security concerns. The current building has 50 points of entry. If the referendum does not pass, the district is looking at $14 million in age-related infrastructure improvements that would not address 21st century learning needs.

A new building for Greenvale Park would cost approximately $23.5 million. It is needed to support the growing number of programs for the school. The existing building would be repurposed for a more integrated space for an early childhood learning center. The building program would also provide for a new media center, music space and cafeteria remodel at Sibley Elementary and a new secure front entry at Bridgewater Elementary.

The school district website lays out the plans and has a tax impact calculator feature. The two measures would result in a tax increase of $532 annually for a $250,000 home, $1,636 annually for commercial property assessed at $500,000. There is a tax rebate program available to farmers.

The district won’t go forward with the building program unless both measures pass, Superintendent Hillmann said. If they fail, the district will be looking at budget reductions by 2021-2022 and added cost to future building projects.

For more information, visit the school district website at: https://northfieldschools.org/referendum/.

Guests: Janice Lehmkuhl (Williams), Karen Allawala (Bierman), Fritz Bogatt (Prowe), Stephan and Christel Richels (Yogi), John Fossum (Prichard), Gunnar Newquist (Koenig), Jim Kulseth (Briske), Ann Leming (Leming), Meredith Galdeen (Herzog-Melby) and Gretchen Ehresmann (Kazcmarek).

Scholarship Enhancement: Kim Briske

Announcements:
— The 2017 Turkey Trot is off and running. Robert Bierman announced that planning for the 17th annual event has begun. The committee met this morning to get organized. Subsequent meetings will be announced.

— Mike Lemming announced that Rock Stars & Ruckus, featuring international storyteller Kevin Kling and and Voice TV show finalist Kat Perkins, will take place on Thursday, Sept. 28, at 7 p.m. at the Grand with limited seating. A special allotment of 20 tickets has been obtained by the club, so if you are interesting in purchasing one or more, please see Mike. Tickets ($25 adults/$17 students/$5 each for any individual with a disability and their companion) also can be purchased on line at rockstarsandruckus.bpt.me.

Our 2017-18 outbound students are:
Madison Asp — Finland
Joan Erickson — Argentina
Annika Fisher— South Africa
Bergen Hoff — Czech Republic/Slovakia
Emma Iverson — Spain
Alex Kovach — Japan
Joseph Kreis — Italy
Benjamin (Ben) Mohlke — Brazil
Piper Nelson — Germany
Jenna Olien — South Korea
Jack Overstreet — Brazil
Gregory Pelletier — Argentina
Espen Richardson — Norway
Elizabeth (Betsy) Schuerman — Denmark
Allison (Al) Weise — Thailand

Coming Up
September 29 — Keepsake Cidery, 501 Social Club (Wakely)
October 5 — Ben Martig, Classification (Heineman)
October 10 — Youth Ethics Workshop (Koenig)
October 12 — Matt Hillmann, Camp RYLA
October 19 — Hindolo Pokawa, Executive Director of Sierra Leone Foundation for New Democracy, (Cogan)

Rotary Cogwheel | 09.14.2017

September 13, 2017

Today’s Program | Thursday, September 14, 2017

Today: Supt. Matt Hillmann, The State of Our Schools (Heineman)
Next Week: Dr. Steve Soderlind, New Book: “Liberty and Laissez Faire”

Birthdays: Lisa Peterson (9/10), Kate Andrew (9/14) and Chris Weber (9/15)

Statement of Purpose: Northfield Rotary Club is dedicated to promoting peace and understanding through service and shared experience. We invite people from all corners of the community to join us as we partner with others to support youth, build sustainable infrastructure and preserve our planet.

Last Week:
We devoted the meeting to preparing for the bike tour. We came. We saw. We organized. Good work everybody.

Guests: Too many to mention.

Scholarship Enhancement: Blew by that.

A Personal Testimonial:
After hearing a July 20 presentation by Northfield Curbside Composting about the benefits of organic composting, my wife and I signed up. For just $78 a year and some sorting at the kitchen sink, we are doing the minimum to extend the life of our local landfills. It’s an easy, low tech-low maintenance, green practice that helps our environment. I would encourage you to try it. To learn more, go to nfldcompostcoop.com.
— Scott Richardson

Announcements: 
— We are all invited to an open house for the new music and performance addition to Carleton College’s Weitz Center for Creativity Sunday, Sept. 17, 2 to 4 p.m. There will be light refreshments will be served in the Weitz Center Class of 1980 Commons. “The Weitz Center is a unique and beautiful facility,” says Joe Hargis, associate vice president for external relations. “It not only supports our educational mission, it is a community asset. Since its opening in 2011, community members have taken full advantage of the many free public events at the Weitz Center. The new music and performance space will provide even more opportunities for our friends and neighbors to enjoy the rich array of programing and performances we offer.”

— Mike Lemming announced that Rock Stars & Ruckus, featuring international storyteller Kevin Kling and and Voice TV show finalist Kat Perkins, will take place on Thursday, Sept. 28, at 7 p.m. at the Grand with limited seating. A special allotment of 20 tickets has been obtained by the club, so if you are interesting in purchasing one or more, please see Mike. Tickets ($25 adults/$17 students/$5 each for any individual with a disability and their companion) also can be purchased on line at rockstarsandruckus.bpt.me.

Our 2017-18 outbound students are:
Madison Asp — Finland
Joan Erickson — Argentina
Annika Fisher— South Africa
Bergen Hoff — Czech Republic/Slovakia
Emma Iverson — Spain
Alex Kovach — Japan
Joseph Kreis — Italy
Benjamin (Ben) Mohlke — Brazil
Piper Nelson — Germany
Jenna Olien — South Korea
Jack Overstreet — Brazil
Gregory Pelletier — Argentina
Espen Richardson — Norway
Elizabeth (Betsy) Schuerman — Denmark
Allison (Al) Weise — Thailand

Coming Up
September 28 — Geoff Seper, Data Mining and Shopping (Hoschouer)
September 29 — Keepsake Cidery, 501 Social Club (Wakely)
October 5 — Ben Martig, Classification (Heineman)
October 10 — Youth Ethics Workshop (Koenig)
October 12 — Matt Hillmann, Camp RYLA

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