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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

Rotary Cogwheel | June 21.2018

June 19, 2018

Today’s Program | Thursday, June 21, 2018

Today: Scott Richardson—State of the Club

Next Week: No lunch meeting—Meet at 4:30-6PM @ Chapel Brewery

Birthdays: David Koenig (6/21), Bob Kuyper (6/15) 

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. 

Guests:

  • Starr Kahl (Dilley)
  • Ben, back from Brazil and Emmett, headed to Taiwan (Bia)
  • Robert Steed (Steed)

Announcements

  • Scott Richardson reminded everyone to submit their big idea via thought exchange by 6/22
  • The NDDC’s Downtown Northfield Taste Tour food crawl is tonight, June 21 from 5-8pm. Tickets at Bridge Square for $1 each, food and drinks are priced in number of tickets. More info at downtownnorthfield.org
  • Janine said the June dinner at the Key was a big success—thanks to everyone who helped!

Election 2018-19

The Board of Directors is offering for your consideration a slate of officers for 2018-19.

Today we will take nominations from the floor and then vote by voice

vote. The board’s recommendations for next year are:

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: Anika Rychner

Last Week: We enjoyed a recap of the Tanzania trip, complete with an amazing slideshow of safari animals. 13 people went on the trip, ten were from Northfield, three were from the Cities, and everyone had a Rotary connection. The travelers were Mark and Diana Abbott, Paul and Will Beaumaster, Al Zdrazil and Sally Mortenson, Charlie and Dianne Kyte, Judy Johnson, Gloria Pautz, Corinne Smith, Lee and Vicki Dilley. They visited in late March/early April, visiting Rotary Clubs, our past inbound student Wanzita and the Serengeti.

Will Beaumaster shared about his experience of being part of Wanzita’s host family. He said she didn’t know the Western world at all when she came to Minnesota. It was understandable once he saw where she lives in Tanzania with no running water. Will says everyone is happy in Tanzania and the guides were wonderful. He brought four soccer balls so he could give them to the schools. They were delighted since they had been playing with a ball of string. Will got a chance to play soccer with them, and learned that they play barefoot. He was known for having an eagle eye on safari and his favorite animal was the cheetah.

Judy Johnson is from the Maple Grove Rotary Club. She shared about the menstrual kits they provided so Tanzanian girls can stay in school and end the cycle of poverty. 

Mark Abbott says that Tanzania has little or no electricity, no running water, dirt roads and its main industry is agriculture. People walk everywhere for many miles—to get water, wood or take food to market. Mark and the others helped to plant 100 trees during their visit. The Tanzania Rotary Club has proposed a project to four other clubs and ours. $65,000 will build a well and by splitting the cost and receiving matching funds from the Rotary Foundation, our club’s contribution would only be $3,700. Mark urged our members to consider supporting this important project.

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:

July 5 – Todd Thompson, Save the Lake

July 12 – Zack Zastrow Classification (Richardson)

Rotary Cogwheel | June 14.2018

June 12, 2018

Today’s Program | Thursday, June 14, 2018

Today: Vicki Dilley—Trip to Tanzania

Next Week: Scott Richardson—State of the Club

Birthdays: Chris Kennelly (6/13), Richard Maus (6/8), Chris Richardson (6/10), Laurie Williams (6/13), 

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:

  • Henry Hillemann (Outbound 2018-19)
  • Tasha Breyer from Heartman Insurance (applicant for membership) 
  • Ethan Finger, Intern at Bluewater/Rebound this summer (Reese)
  • Ben Heath, New full-time youth coordinator at Northfield Union of Youth (Wopota). They have also added a new housing coordinator, Kate McDonnell. 

Induction of new members: 

  • Barb Wornson (Matt Hillmann) – Arcadia Charter School’s director; 
  • Zack  Zastrow – from Shakopee Rotary club, medical device industry Announcements

Announcements

  • “Between Earth and Sky,” Mac Gimse’s tribute to Mill Towns Trails, will be dedicated Saturday, June 23, with a celebration at the Dundas trailhead from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be music, a picnic and a bike parade. The formal dedication will take place at noon. All are invited. 
  • Dave Brown acknowledged Paul Harris Fellow Dayna Norvold who wasn’t able to be here last week for the group recognition
  • Vicki Dilley is looking for chaperones for the Northstar overnight at the Northfield Y June 16-17.
  • Todd Thompson mentioned the Guatemala volcano eruption this past week. It was the biggest eruption in 40 years with a death toll around 100 people as of now. Relief efforts underway. Our water project is 40 miles away and has a couple of mountains in between, so it is not affected.
  • Rhonda Pownell says the  City ID cards are here – a major community initiative, first in the state – shows Northfield is a welcoming, safe place for all people. Help us by making this a normal piece of ID that people use. Can be used as your library card. 
  • David Wolf is coming to the end of his term as treasurer and would like to leave the books in pristine order before handing over to new treasurer, Virginia, so brought his credit card Square for anyone who has outstanding dues. 
  • Jean Wakely re 50North: flyer on the tables for age-friendly Northfield. Pick your favorite topic and give them your thoughts, hopes or dreams on that subject .
  • Lisa Peterson: Monday, July 16 Northfield is hosting Bike MS — about 500 cyclists will be camping at Bridgewater School and will be shuttled to downtown throughout the day. She needs people with noisemakers to welcome riders as they ride in at Bridge Sq. She also needs people to help move luggage as well in the early morning – she will send out a sign-up form. 

A message from the President-Elect:

Dear Northfield Rotarians,

The board of directors is inviting you to join us on Rotary’s next big adventure. Now that our Guatemalan water project is well underway, thanks to the dogged determination of our own Todd Thompson, we are turning our attention back to our home community. We are looking for our next local project of significance, something that will make a difference in the life of the greater Northfield community, and we would like your input.

To that end, we will be using a crowd-sourcing process Matt Hillmann has used successfully at the school district. If you follow this link https://goo.gl/forms/IifQ04wIgs9MNzUn2. you will be directed to a Google.doc where you can submit your idea for our next big local project. On Friday, June 22, we will close Phase I of the process. Your ideas will be recorded, and, in July, you will all be asked to vote on the one you feel best suits Rotary’s mission at this time and place.

We do not want to limit your creativity, but as you think about our next big local project, please keep in mind the four areas of passion we identified at our visioning session in 2017. They are: youth, service, partnerships and climate. So, go to work. Imagine, dream, dream big, think about what would make a difference in the community right now and give us a broad outline of the project. You have until

Friday, June 22, to submit an idea.

Thanks for your help.

Scott Richardson

President-Elect

Election 2018-19

The Board of Directors is offering for your consideration a slate of officers for 2018-19.

On Thursday, June 21, we will take nominations from the floor and then vote by voice

vote. The board’s recommendations for next year are:

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: Jim Schlichting

Last Week: Barry Carlson grew up in Madison, MN where his father was a teacher. He attended St Olaf and then met his wife while working at Lutheran Brotherhood. Recently retired, Barry’s passion is coaching, especially kids in 4-8th grade, to teach them fundamentals. He received the Boone & Erickson Good Neighbor Award one year as soccer coach of the year.

Stacy Longwich moved here 8 mos ago from San Francisco. She was born in SF and raised in Pacifica, CA, 10 miles south of San Fran. She enjoys surfing, scuba diving and sports. Her family owns a winery in Napa and sells grapes to Beringer. Stacy attended a Catholic girls’ high school in Burlingame and played Nor Cal All Stars Softball in high school. She graduated from Cal State Chico ’02 with a degree in Organizational Communication and Development, with a minor in Women’s Studies. She played Wildcat Softball and was a member of the Alpha Delta Pi sorority. Her career path has been winding, including roles in sales, marketing, big business interface, and as a technology project leader. She learned that business wasn’t her thing, so she changed to biotech, which doubled her salary, allowed her to wear jeans and travel a lot, but her “life sucked.” She was also simultaneously working on Master’s in Public Administration at USF. Stacy then quit to “go walkabout” – touring 27 countries in 9 months – Europe, Central America, Hawaii and all over the U.S. She ran through her savings and used up the money she was going to use as a down payment on a house.

Stacy decided she wanted to work in student services – but no one would hire her because she had no real experience in higher ed. At USF, she volunteered to build a database to track student engagement and Increased retention by 12%. Within two years, she was assistant dean of students. She returned to her alma mater Mercy HS to help with enrollment challenges there. Then she met her husband – from MN, by way of Alaska. He was a pilot, his first job was with Frontier. He ran a guide service on the Kenai Peninsula, then took a contract job in a warehouse next to hers. He said he would never want to move back to MN.

They were domestic partners, buying a house on contract for deed  when a 160-ft cypress tree in their front yard came down on the house after several weeks of El Niňo rains. They had a very short time to go into the house and retrieve any valuables. They found their cats under the bed, threw them into a pillowcase and put them in the back of their car. They are still in litigation with the city because it was a city-owned and maintained tree. Burlingame Rotary passed the hat and raised money to help them get by. Considering the cost of housing in CA, they decided to move to MN. Stacy said, “When life hands you lemons … you move to Minnesota!”

She then got married, moved here and started job at St. Olaf all within 6 weeks. The cats have adjusted and they now also have a German Shorthaired Pointer puppy, Hans, who is 4 months old. Stacy enjoys her job at St. Olaf and the Piper Center. She works with Kris Estenson and said, “people there have become my family.”

Two truths and a lie: Stacy has never been sky diving, but she has been in a rap group; and did drink for free all night at a bar as a group of Irish men thought she was Brandi Chastain.

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:

June 28 – No lunch meeting—Meet at 4:30-6PM @ Chapel Brewery

July 5 – Todd Thompson, Save the Lake

July 12 – Zack Zastrow Classification (Richardson)

Rotary Cogwheel | June 7.2018

June 6, 2018

Today’s Program | Thursday, June 7, 2018

Today: Stacey Longwich—Classification (Carlson)

Next Week: Vicki Dilley—Trip to Tanzania

Birthdays: John Larson (6/2), David Wolf (6/6)

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:

  • Tony Compton (Rychner), Casey Bailey (Bailey), Tasha Bryer (Hoschouer), Rob Ostrander (Linde)

Presentation

  • We had a record-breaking six Paul Harris Award presentations at our last meeting. Thanks to Janine Atchison, Erin Bailey, Jayne Hager Dee, Rob Martin, Nathan Heilman and Bill Carlson (plus two pin) for their support of the Rotary Foundation!
  • We said goodbye to our 2017-18 inbound students. We wish Bia, Amy, Kengo and Sera the best and hope to see them again sometime in the near future.

Announcements

  • Email Vicki Dilley if you can volunteer on the June 16th overnight retreat at the Y for Northstar students.
  • Alan Anderson and Bruce Morland invited us to catch their climate change broadcast on KYMN Wednesdays at 11 am or download a podcast from the KYMN website
  • Congrats to John Stull on the happy news that he will marry Ann Richards in one week!
  • Jack Hoschouer is still cancer free and in honor of Memorial Day he shared the names of five friends who were killed in action

Scholarship enhancement: Jake Conway

Last Week: Ben Martig was back with a mini-classification, showing us a bit of his work on the Camden Regional Trail project in Southwest Minnesota. He introduced City Engineer/Public Works Director Dave Bennett and Engineering Manager Sean Simonsen to share more about similar projects in Northfield.

Sean gave an update on the Division Street project. Stage 1 is underway on Division between 6th and 8th and should be finished by the end of July. Stage 2 will begin upon completion of Stage 1. It is an overlay of 7th Street between Water and Washington, and should be finished by mid-October. Sean shared about the Complete Streets concept, which designs streets for all users including bicycles, pedestrians and automobiles. Curb extensions create pedestrian safety at crosswalks. Driveways with level sidewalks slow traffic on turns. Raised intersections and high visibility crosswalks make pedestrians more visible and help to slow traffic. Valley gutters visually narrow streets, which helps to slow automobile speed.

Dave Bennett discussed our parks and trails. The City continues to do route analysis on the options for bringing the Mill Towns Trail through Northfield. There will be an opportunity for feedback at upcoming community engagement sessions. The East Cannon River Trail is open and celebrated with a ribbon cutting ceremony last Saturday at 9 am at Babcock Park. (The new trail will be part of the family-friendly 10-mile route on the Jesse James Bike Tour next September.) 

Dave also discussed potential projects for riverfront expansion. There are several development opportunities including river access north of the dam, developing the Byzantine property, and possible improvements to Bridge Square and Ames Park. They are exploring a possible underpass concept that would create a walkway under the 2nd Street Bridge, and will discuss with Post Consumer Brands a possible future removal of the dam.

City Staff is continually working to make Northfield an even better place to live and work.

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:

June 21 – Scott Richardson—State of the Club

June 28 – No lunch meeting—Meet at 4:30-6PM @ Chapel Brewery

 

Rotary Cogwheel | May 31.2018

May 30, 2018

Today’s Program | Thursday, May 31, 2018

Today: Peggy Prowe—National Trails Week is June 2

Next Week: Stacey Longwich—Classification (Carlson)

Birthdays: Keith Covey (5/19), Bob Flaten (5/21), Joe Hargis (5/29), Chris Heineman (5/23), 

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:

  • Bob (Koenig), Greg (Melby) Dylan (Roney)

Presentation

  • Matthew Rich presented a check on behalf of our club for $11,000 to Dr. Gene Enders, Treasurer of the Friends of the Mill Towns State Trail and Peggy Prowe. We have given ¼ of a million dollars in support of the trail system since 1995.

Announcements

  • There will be a concert with two pianos at Northfield Retirement Community on June 1 at 3:30 pm
  • First Friday Art Night is June 1 from 5-9pm in downtown
  • Richard Maus is working on the 2018 Annual Report brochure and asked club members to contact him with suggested updates
  • Richard DeBeau visited the Varberg-Getakarr Sweden Rotary Club and brought back a banner
  • The inbound students enjoyed Prom to the fullest. It was “super fun, super tiring” and full of surprises like Sera running out of cash, Bia wearing a wet dress and Kengo entertaining Prom-goers with a Japanese freestyle performance on stage

Scholarship enhancement: Kengo

Last Week: We enjoyed a lovely evening at the Estensons’ barn in celebration of our inbound students’ upcoming graduation. Bia, Kengo, Sera and Amy introduced all of their host families and shared warm memories of their time in Northfield. Maria provided a wonderful spread and a good time was had by all.

Two weeks ago: Jim Blaha appeared with his umbrella of doom to announce that our speaker had to be rescheduled due to a medical emergency. City Administrator Ben Martig graciously filled in on short notice and gave us a high-level overview of a few recent projects happening at the City of Northfield. He discussed the proposed fire station remodeling, ice arena plans, plus affordable housing and construction updates. The 1970’s fire station will get a $4.25 million remodel. The ice arena committee has recommended that two new sheets be built on donated land, which could serve as a civic center in the off-season. The price for two sheets is $21 million, which was determined to be a better option than a $1 million maintenance plan or a $7 million for a locker room remodel. The process will require a few years, a local sales tax increase, a property tax increase and private fundraising. Affordable housing development projects are moving ahead, as well as streets projects including the Division Street, 7th Street and Washington Streets projects which will be complete before DJJD, and a paving of Spring Creek Road which will happen later this year.

Charlie Kyte gave an update on the new Fairfield Inn & Suites, scheduled to open this fall. He says the area has been in development for many years, with the Crossings condos and commercial buildings being constructed in 2008 and the hotel project starting in 2016. If all goes well, the hotel hopes to be open by early September. They have hired a General Manager and will be hiring twelve staff members. The $13.5 million project will include an underground parking garage, pool, and bar with a deck overlooking the river. The Rebound Hospitality project was made possible with collaboration from the City, both colleges, and private shareholders. Bruce Morlan gave an update on the work being done to support a resilient city with a future of continued climate change.

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:

June 14 – Vicki Dilley—Trip to Tanzania

June 21 – Scott Richardson—State of the Club

 

Rotary Cogwheel | May 17.2018

May 16, 2018

Today’s Program | Thursday, May 17, 2018

Today: Susan Brower, MN State Demographics (Blaha)

Next Week: NO Rotary luncheon.  Meet at Rick’s Event Center, 5:30 PM to help celebrate our Youth Exchange Graduation.  All family members are welcome!  This is an important Rotary Social for our club.

Birthdays: Russ Halverson (5/15), Penny Hillemann (5/16), Daniel Knutson (5/17), Andrei Sivanich (5/17)

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

Guests:

  • Nabumi visiting from Japan (Hoschouer)
  • Suzie Nakasian (Blaha)

Announcements

  • Sign up to deliver Meals on Wheels June 3-8—only a few spots left to fill! See Jim Pokorney for more info
  • Northfield Works will host a seminar on employees and diversity here TODAY after our lunch meeting
  • First Friday Art Night is June 1 from 5-9pm in Downtown Northfield, hosted by the NDDC. It will continue every first Friday of the month—Jenni Roney invites Rotarians to attend and share the Facebook event. Donations welcome.
  • David Koenig announced that Northfield High School students will be notified this week of their nomination for participation in the Ethical Leadership workshop next October.
  • Vicki Dilley shared a story about the great Rotarian support network that supported an inbound from Chile who needed medical help in Houston recently.

Scholarship enhancement: Mark Lancaster

Last Week: Andrei Sivanich is the Director of Community Relations at Laura Baker Services. He worked in a similar industry before managing sales teams in the corporate world. Laura Baker provides housing and support for adults with disabilities. Andrei has been learning a lot in his first year at LBSA, such as: affordable housing within the developmentally disabled community is hard to come by. 70% of this group lives with a family member who is older than 65. Intellectual developmental disabilities are projected to double by 2030. There is also a big funding gap for organizations like LBSA. Medicaid reimbursement has not been increased since 2014. One example is their client Britney who lives an apartment with 24 hour staff member Kate. Kate gives her amazing support, calms her anxiety and helps her communicate. The skill and empathy of Laura Baker’s staff is outstanding, yet most of them must work two jobs—the starting wage is only 10.50 per hour for this important occupation.

Sandy Gerdes started a summer job at Laura Baker as a St. Olaf student and decided to stay for 35 years. She became the Executive Director in 1997. She says LBSA needs a spectrum of support for a wide range of unique needs. Children with disabilities were placed in institutions 50 years ago, but they belong in our community with the opportunity to make a contribution. It is important for them to establish their own lives in adulthood. But as the perception of disabled persons changes and they are seen as more capable, the support for services has declined. 

Rotarians can get involved by following Laura Baker on Facebook, receiving their email and print newsletters, volunteering (opportunities are on the website), donating (golf tournament and gala), and advocating (as an advocacy champion).

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:

May 31- Peggy Prowe—National Trails Week is June 2

June 7 – Stacey Longwich—Classification (Carlson)

June 14 – Vicki Dilley—Trip to Tanzania

June 21 – Scott Richardson—State of the Club

 

Rotary Cogwheel | May 10.2018

May 8, 2018

Today’s Program | Thursday, May 10, 2018

Today: Sandi Gerdes, Developmental Disability Awareness (Sivanich)

Next Week: Susan Brower, MN State Demographics (Blaha)

Birthdays: Charlie Cogan (5/6), Rick Estenson (5/4), David Halsor (5/7)

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: NHS Rotary Scholarship winner Dalina Haileab and her mother Freweyni Kaleab, Greg Siems (Melby), Judge Tom Neuville (Ophaug), Bob Thacker (Koenig), Steve Hahn (Hahn), Barb Wornson (Hillmann)

Inductions: We were pleased to welcome new members Sherri Meyers (sponsored by Virginia Kaczmarek) and Larry DeFries (sponsored by Mark Quinnell) to the club.

Announcements

  • Dalina Haileab read a portion of her winning essay on the 4-way test. She will use the Rotary scholarship toward her first year at Carleton next year.
  • Jan Stevens invited any Royal Wedding fans to watch the ceremony at a party at Coldwell Banker May 19th from 4am-8am. Wear a hat and enjoy wedding cake baked from the royal recipe.
  • Robert Bierman announced that Turkey Trot planning begins soon. See him to join the committee and help with this fun annual event.

Scholarship enhancement

Barb Wornson

Last Week: Michelle Lasswell grew up in Silver Lake, Minnesota. Her father died at age 31 when she was just four years old. Her mother raised Michelle and her three older brothers with the support of relatives and friends. Michelle attended St. Ben’s earning undergraduate degrees in English and Government. She then attended Drake Law School in Des Moines. At a clerkship interview she met Brad Frago, who would become her future husband. They were married in 1996 and she worked as a public defender before joining Brad in their law practice. Northfielders since 2001, they have two children Christopher, age 16 and Lauren, age 12. Michelle has been a Rotarian for 8 years and was our club President last year.

Mary Hahn is a native of the Chicago area: she grew up in Hillary Clinton’s hometown of Park Ridge, Illinois. Like Saturday Night Live’s Sally O’Malley, she can now proudly say, “I’m 50!” as of last week. In fact, her friends helped her celebrate with a Sally O’Malley themed party. Her husband Steve is a Professor of American History at St. Olaf, the Chair of the History department, and the creator of Mary’s Power Point presentation. They have two children. Erin, who turned 21 last week, was a Rotary Outbound to Thailand and now attends the University of Michigan. Luke is 18, heads to Japan next year as an Outbound and then will return to attend the University of Colorado. Mary and Steve are rabid Wolverine fans—ask Mary about the time she jumped on someone’s back in a postgame mob after the Fab 5 lost to the Tarheels.

When she’s not cheering for Michigan, Mary is a partner at Hvistendahl, Moersch, Dorsey & Hahn where she specializes in civil and appellate work. She has been there since 2001. In her spare time, Mary serves on the Rotary Critical Incident Team, is a dancer and choreographer for the Northfield Arts Guild Theater and the Paradise Theater, and is a Group Fitness Instructor who sometimes pushes a truck around town for exercise. Her pets Fritz the dachshund and Mystic the horse are also Michigan fans.

Mary’s experience as an outbound parent drew her to join Rotary. Rick Estenson and Vicki Dilley had a big impact on her through their work with Northstar. She believes wholeheartedly in the quote from Carl-Wilhelm Stenhammer, “If all the 17 year olds in the world could go on a youth exchange, there would be no wars.” 

Mary dedicated her talk to the memory of her mother who graduated #1 in her class at Loyola as the only female in 1964. She broke the glass ceiling, becoming the first female partner at her firm. She believed in seeing the world, never being afraid, thinking globally and living with integrity. 

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:

May 17 – Susan Brower, Changing Demographics in MN

May 24 – No lunch meeting, Student graduation party at Rick Estenson’s

 

Rotary Cogwheel | May 3.2018

May 1, 2018

Today’s Program | Thursday, May 3, 2018

Today: Mary Hahn (Richardson)

Next Week: Sandi Gerdes, Developmental Disability Awareness (Sivanich)

Birthdays: Mary Hahn (4/30), Regi Haslett-Marroquin (4/28), Stacey Longwich (4/27)

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

Guests:

  • Trisha Rosenfeld (Heineman)
  • NHS students Ann, Julia and Elsa (Bia)
  • Future Outbounds Trevor (Brazil), Emmett (Taiwan), Cully (Sweden) and Henry (Zimbabwe)
  • Hayes Scriven (Peterson)

Presentation

Paul Harris Fellowship was presented to Patsy Ophaug by her husband John. 

Announcements

Barry Carlson is celebrating retirement by reading with kids at Sibley 

Matt Hillman shared that we sent six students to RYLA

Northfield High School student Delina Haileab was presented with a Rotary Scholarship toward her college of choice, Carleton

Todd Thompson is back from Guatemala

Pau is heading back to Spain—he shared that it’s been a great year and he appreciates all of us so much

Scholarship enhancement

Barry Carlson

 

Last Week: Rachel Morey said that music has been a huge part of her life. She was pleased to introduce the Troubadors, now in their 40th year of vocal performances. In those four decades, they have had six directors. The average age of the group is 72 years young. They entertained us with beautiful renditions of:

God Ever Glorious

Little Innocent Lamb

Down by the Old Mill Stream

Ticket to the Kingdom

Keep America Singing

Peaceful River

Beer Barrel Polka

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:

May 17 – Susan Brower, MN State Demographics (Blaha)

May 24 – No lunch meeting, Student graduation party at Rick Estenson’s