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Rotary Cogwheel | 06.22.2017

June 21, 2017

Today’s Program | Thursday June 22, 2017

Today: Jeff Johnson and Teri Knight, KYMN-Radio (Madigan)

Next Week: Pam Tschida, Fast for Hope (Morlan)

Birthdays: David Koenig (6/21) and John Sinning (6/22)

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. 

Last Week:
Aviation has always been David Stanford’s passion. He earned his private pilot’s license while working at a flight school during high school. Now he flies passenger jets for Delta Airlines.

It’s been a long journey for David. He flew “banner” planes for a time along the coast of New Jersey and New York and flew for a smaller airline, Sky West, before landing with Delta.

David said he enjoys the rush of take-off, the freedom of flight, and the challenge of operating complex machinery. He also likes the rhythm of the work, several days on, several days off.

He and his family have also taken advantage of a pilot’s travel benefits. They’ve been to Italy, Germany, Hawaii, New York, Colorado, Seattle and Disney World. A trip to Iceland had special meaning for David and his family. In retirement, his wife’s grandfather from North Dakota became an unofficial ambassador to Iceland. His efforts were recognized by the Iceland government in 1999 with he was given a knighthood and Knight’s Cross of the Order of the Falcon. Upon Cheri’s grandfather’s death, the Knight’s Cross needed to be returned. Recently, David and his family presented it to the president of Iceland in person.

David was born in Duluth and grew up in Sioux Falls. He graduated from University of North Dakota in 2002. He married Cherilyn in 2005. They have two children, Taylor, 8, and Macy, 4.

Mini-Classification
Mathew Rich, an East Coast product, projects a certain confidence that only comes from his teams — Red Sox, Patriots, Bruins and Celtics — regularly winning world championships. Hmm, I wonder what that’s like.

Anyway, Matt came to Minnesota to attend Gustavus Adolphus College, where he met his wife, Leah, a Northfield native. Mathew went on to earn a law degree and they moved to Northfield in 2006. He worked in private practice with Grundhoefer and Ludescher for several years before moving to Carlson Capital Management. Leah is a fixture at Neuger Communications. They have four children.

His family folklore includes some Hollywood glitz. His grandmother drew and colored Barnie Rubble for the “Flintstones” animated television series, and his grandfather served as a “beard” for a black-listed screenwriter, Dalton Trumbo, in the 1950s and received an Oscar for screenwriting for “The Brave One.”

Paul Harris Fellowship: Awarded to Wendy Sivanich

Guests: No guests

Scholarship Enhancement: Greg Carlson

Announcements:
— Fresh off the annual Rotary International Convention in Atlanta, Rick Estenson said it was an inspirational event. Bill Gates delivered the keynote address and Bernice King, daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. also spoke. Gates pledged matching funds to help Rotary raise another $450 million to finish the polio campaign. We are close to eradicating polio, but more needs to be done.

— Ron Linde is looking for a few good men and women to help with Riverside Cleanup Saturday, June 24, 8 a.m. The group will convene along the Cannon River behind the Farmers’ Market. River cleanup casual is advised.

— Bruce Morlan and Alan Anderson joined five other Northfielders at the Citizens’ Climate Summit in Washington D.C. two weeks ago. Over the course of two days, some 1,300 climate advocates from 49 states talked to 508 members of Congress. They are encouraged by the responses they received.

— — Mike Leming is planning a group trip to Vietnam February 1-15 and Thailand February 15-27. For each Rotarian who signs up, Mike will donate $400 back to the club.

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 6 — Aramis Wells, Northfield Rescue Squad (Morlan)

July 13 — Nate Watters, Keepsake Cidery (Morlan)

July 20 — Amelia Ousley, Northfield Composting, (W. Sivanich)

July 27 — Mayor Rhonda Pownell, Northfield’s Strategic Plan

Rotary Cogwheel | 06.15.2017

June 14, 2017

Today’s Program | Thursday June 15, 2017

Today: David Stanford, Classification Talk

Next Week: Jeff Johnson and Teri Knight, KYMN-Radio (Madigan)

Birthdays: 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. 

Last Week:
I think we can pretty much declare the depot saved. There is more work to be done, but the momentum is clearly headed in the right direction.

Alice Thomas, a member of the Save the Depot Committee, gave us a progress report on the heroic community efforts to preserve the 1888 train depot, which served Northfield for some 86 years. Last year, it was separated from a freight house built in 1944 and very gingerly moved across the street to its new location just north of Third Street behind the Quarterback Club. To date, the committee has spent $350,000 moving the building, constructing a foundation and basement, restoring the exterior and reclaiming interior space. Alice estimated the full project, which includes the construction of a transit hub and connecting pavilion, will require another $250,000.

“It truly is a community project for the benefit of the same community,” she said.

She thanked Rotary for the $6,000 it has contributed to the project, $5,000 in the critical early-going and another $1,000 last year.

The committee has been guided by the early architectural drawings and seeks to combine a 19th century look with 21st century function. Original materials have been used or matched when possible, original window placement has been restored when practical and maple flooring will be installed to match the look and feel of the original depot interior. Four thousand bricks were obtained from three different sources for use restoring the exterior.

The committee has chosen to land on the right side of history when the depot is completely restored. One aspect of the early design which is not being revived is the separate entrance and separate waiting room for women.

Mini-Classification
Rob Martin considers himself a lucky guy. He’s been married to Patricia for 39 years and has worked at Farmers’ Mutual for 34. They have two children, Greg and Sarah, and two grandchildren. He’s been a tireless champion of the Save the Depot project and an active club member.

Guests: David McKee and Lynn Naeckel (Wakely)

Scholarship Enhancement: David Wolf

Announcements:
— Ron Linde is looking for a few good men and women to help with Riverside Cleanup Saturday, June 24, 8 a.m. The group will convene along the Cannon River behind the Farmers’ Market. River cleanup casual is advised.

— The North Star Youth Exchange needs chaperones for the overnight event Saturday and Sunday, June 17 and 18, at the Northfield Y. See Vicki Dilley if you can help.

— Mike Leming is planning a group trip to Vietnam February 1-15 and Thailand February 15-27. For each Rotarian who signs up, Mike will donate $400 back to the club.

— David Koenig reports that plans are moving forward for next fall’s ethics workshop for high school juniors.

— The bike tour committee is adding a wrinkle to this year’s event. They will provide shuttle rides to those who would like to visit Imminent Brewing in Armory Square on Division Street after their bike ride. There they will find food, music, and a cold beverage. It’s an effort to better integrate the bike tour into the larger DJJD celebration. Matt Rich says: “Come for the ride. Stay for the raid.” I like that.

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 29 — Pam Tschida, Fast for Hope (Morlan)

July 6 — Aramis Wells, Northfield Rescue Squad (Morlan)

July 13 — Nate Watters, Keepsake Cidery (Morlan)

July 20 — Amelia Ousley, Northfield Composting, (W. Sivanich)

Rotary Cogwheel | 06.08.2017

June 6, 2017

Today’s Program | Thursday June 8, 2017

Today: Save the Northfield Depot “video tour” of the depot restoration by Alice Thomas.

Next Week: David Stanford, Classification Talk

Birthdays: 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. 

From left, President Lasswell, Peg Prowe and Gene Enders, treasurer of Friends of Mill Towns Trail.

Last Week:
After dining on the deck at Dawn’s Bar in Dundas on what turned out to be a picture postcard day, Rotary members retired to the trail head kiosk across the street and presented Friends of Mill Towns Trail with a check for $10,300, half the proceeds from the Defeat of Jesse James Bike Tour. The funds will contribute to further trail development.

We also got a look at the new trail head kiosk and the interpretative panels that tell a slice of the mill towns’ story. Kari Alberg, who coordinated the work on the interpretative panels, said they identify the many mills that were powered by the Cannon River in the 19th century, provide history of the Dundas mills in particular and combine that information with facts about the evolution of the environment and bio-sphere in the region. Her hope, Kari said, is that the vignettes presented on the panels will spur research on other mills in the area.

Before the presentations, Larry Fowler. a 40-year resident of Dundas and currently a member of its city council, served as a one-person Dundas Chamber of Commerce, lauding the safety and economic vitality of the community.

Guests: Geogene and John Jackson (Stull); Mary Auge, John McCarthy, Scott Haugen, Gene Enders and Joel Wagar (Prowe); Kelly Chang (Hoschouer); Matt Deter (Halverson); and Fred Burch (Estenson).

Gene Enders, treasurer of the Friends of the Mill Towns State Trail

Announcements:
— Don’t forget we will be reconvening at 5:30 p.m. tonight at the Estenson Event Center, 10541 Ibson Avenue, to celebrate graduation with our exchange students and our fundraising sponsors.

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 22 — John Larson, Classification Talk (Estenson)

June 29 — Pam Tschida, Fast for Hope (Morlan)

July 6 — Aramis Wells, Northfield Rescue Squad (Morlan)

July 13 — Nate Watters, Keepsake Cidery (Morlan)

Rotary Cogwheel | 06.01.2017

May 30, 2017

Today’s Program | Thursday June 1, 2017

Today: Kari Albers, Dundas Bike Kiosk (Prowe)

Next Week: KYMN Radio Business of the Year, Jeff Johnson and Teri Knight (Morlan); then Exchange Student Graduation Party, 5:30 to 7 p.m., Estenson Event Center, 10541 Ibson Ave.

Birthdays: Joe Hargis (5/29) and John Larson (6/2)

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. 

Last Week:
Investing in sustainable energy is good for the environment and good for the bottom line, says Pete Sandberg, retiring Assistant Vice President for Physical Planning at St. Olaf College. Investments in wind energy, solar gardens and LEED building standards are paying dividends for the college.

A $2.5 million investment in a wind turbine and a $1 million investment in energy efficient building standards for the new science building, Regent’s Hall, have resulted in a dramatic cut in energy costs across the campus and neutralized the anticipated additional operating costs of a new 200,000 square foot building. The investments paid for themselves in just under four years.

Pete has spent 37 years in higher education facilities planning, six at Carleton College and 29 at St. Olaf. During his time at St. Olaf, the size of the physical plant has grown by 48 percent. Throughout all of that expansion, Pete has been committed to lowering the college’s carbon footprint.

“Our goal is to emit as little carbon as possible as we run the college,” he said.

The college is now subscribing to 21 different community solar gardens to offset all of its electrical expense. Five of them are owned by Berkshire Hathaway and are located on college land west of Northfield Hospital & Clinics. Pete said the college is supporting new clean energy generation to increase the capacity for sustainable energy. He calls it a win-win.

“Every dollar we don’t have to spend on energy helps the students,” he said.

Mini-Classification:

Keith Covey grew up in Ames, Iowa. He earned a degree in architecture and after a working a couple of years in the Twin Cities moved to Northfield in 1964. He worked for many years as director of facilities at Carleton College. He joined Rotary in 1974, served as president and chaired the Youth Exchange Committee for eight years. He and wife, Judy, have two sons. One lives in the Twin Cities, the other in New York City.

Thank You
Ambele Mwamelo, this year’s Global Grant Scholar, thanked Rotary for the opportunity to further her studies in maternal and children’s health. She will use the $35,000 grant to attend the University of Edinburgh Scotland next year. This year, the St. Olaf College graduate, will attend school at the African Academy of Public Health in Tanzania.

Guests: Alex Rod (Lawlor) and Anna Chance (Heineman)

Scholarship Enhancement: Charlie Kyte

Announcements:

— Brett Reese reminded us that there are only four months before the Defeat of Jesse James Days Bike Tour. He reports that he and Mathew Rich have an energized committee and are ready to get things in gear. Save some space on your calendar for this event. We need all hands on deck to continue to make it a premier biking event.

— Peggy Prowe invited club members to the formal opening of the Byllesby Bridge, an important addition to the Mill Towns Trail, Saturday, June 3, 2 to 5 p.m.

— Mateo and Daniel were named Most Improved Players by the Northfield High School Tennis Team. Daniel also received the “spirit” award.

— John Ophaug recently completed a marathon in Mystic, Connecticut. It marks the second to last leg of his quest to run a marathon in all 50 states. The one remaining is Hawaii. He said once that is completed, he will do something special for Rotary.

— Rotary will hold a party Thursday, June 8, at the Estenson Event Center, 10541 Ibson Ave., to celebrate graduation for our exchange students. The fun will begin at 5:30 p.m. and go to 7:30 p.m. It will also be an opportunity to thank sponsors of our Turkey Trot and Bike Tour.

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 15 — David Stanford, Classification Talk

June 22 — John Larson, Classification Talk (Estenson)

June 29 — Pam Tschida, Fast for Hope (Morlan)

July 6 — Aramis Wells, Northfield Rescue Squad (Morlan)

Rotary Cogwheel | 05.25.2017

May 23, 2017

Today’s Program | Thursday, May 25, 2017

Today: Pete Sandberg, St. Olaf Assistant Vice President for Facilities, Solar Panels (Covey)

Next Week: Kari Albers, Dundas Bike Kiosk (Prowe)

Birthdays: Jon Snodgrass (5/19), Robert Flaten (5/21) and Chris Heineman (5/23)

Last Week:
Northfield Rotary Club is a club 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. 


This is our club’s new Statement of Purpose. It emerged from the visioning session we had several weeks ago. Two dozen members convened and, with the help of a district visioning team, sorted out our priorities for the next five years. Jean Wakely, president-elect, shared the vision with us last week.

We identified four areas of passion: youth, service, partnerships and climate. These are in close alignment with the goals our new international president, Ian Riseley of Australia, has for Rotary International. The entire visioning document will be posted on our web site. But here are a few of the highlights:

— We would like our club to consistently reflect our motto of “service above self;”

— We would like our membership to reflect the demographics of the community and not exceed 160 to ensure high member engagement;

— We would like to develop a community asset-building program;

— Assist the city in becoming a carbon neutral community;

— Continue to invest in our youth exchange program;

— On the International Service front, keep climate an area of focus and pursue a major clean water project;

— Support the Rotary Foundation with Every Rotarian Every Year contributions and with an annual foundation gift;

— Enhance and integrate our outreach and public relations efforts.

President Lasswell set the stage for the vision reveal with a “State of the Club” report. We currently have 135 members, up five over the past years. We are solvent with assets of $181,000. Our major fundraisers remain the Defeat of Jesse James Days Bike Tour (net $20,000) and the Turkey Trot (net $32,000).

We continue to make a difference locally and internationally. Locally, we continue to contribute to the Mill Towns Bike Trail. This past year, we contributed $6,000 to local projects through our Local Donations Committee, opened the musical playground in Way Park, held our second ethics workshop, and supported Earth Day. Internationally, we helped secure beds for a school dormitory in Tanzania and began planning for a major clean water project in Guatemala. We also raised more than $10,000 for the Rotary Foundation with our dinner in February.

In addition, we lifted up the practice of service by naming Carol and Gerry Gengenbach Rotary Good Neighbors. Mathew Rich received our club’s Marston Headley Service Above Self Award.

 

Guests: Meredith Galdeen (Herzog-Melby)

Scholarship Enhancement: To a man with a vision, Pat O’Neill

Announcements:

— Chris Weber announced that Ambele Mwamelo, a graduate of St. Olaf, received the district’s $35,000 Global Scholarship award. Originally from Tanzania, she will be studying maternal and child public health in Scotland.

— Look for the thank you cards today for this year’s host families. We need your signatures on them.

— Rotary will hold a party Thursday, June 8, at the Estenson Event Center, 10541 Ibson Ave., to celebrate graduation for our exchange students. The fun will begin at 5:30 p.m. and go to 7:30 p.m. It will also be an opportunity to thank sponsors of our Turkey Trot and Bike Tour.

— Jenni Roney reminds members to vote often (daily) and early this month to help Northfield reach the Top Ten in the America’s Main Street contest sponsored by Independent We Stand. The quarterfinalists are the top 25 vote-getters of the 242 United States downtowns nominated during the first round of the contest. Participants can vote for their favorite downtown (Downtown Northfield!) once each day until May 28. Just go to www.mainstreetcontest.com , find “Downtown Northfield,” click “View Profile” and click “Vote”.

— It’s time for another informal Rotary happy hour. Mark your calendars for Wednesday, May 24, from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the Contented Cow. We are hoping to reserve the upper deck. Light snacks will be provided. You can then stick around for Dylanfest, which runs from 6:00 – 11:00 p.m.

Inbound students are:
Daniel Chien from Taiwan

Nico Suarez Toloza from Colombia

Eric Kwun from South Korea
Wanzita Ally from Tanzania
Matteo Lombardo, Italy

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 8 — KYMN Radio Business of the Year, Jeff Johnson and Teri Knight (Morlan);

Also June 8 — Exchange Student Graduation Party, 5:30 to 7 p.m., Estenson Event Center

June 15 — David Stanford, Classification Talk

June 22 — John Larson, Classification Talk (Estenson)

June 29 — Pam Tschida, Fast for Hope (Morlan)

Rotary Cogwheel | 05.18.2017

May 16, 2017

Today’s Program | Thursday, May 18, 2017

Today: Club Assembly, Five-Year Vision, brought to you by Pat O’Neill and Nate Heilman (President Lasswell and President-Elect Wakely)

Next Week: Pete Sandberg, St. Olaf Assistant Vice President for Facilities, Solar Panels (Covey)

Birthdays: Russ Halverson (5/15), Andrei Sivanich (5/17) and Keith Covey (5/19)

Last Week:
What happens in Europe matters. Its future will define the geopolitical balance of power, and it will have much to say about the growth of the world economy.

This is Bill Davnie’s analysis formed from the benefit of some 26 years in the Foreign Service with posts in Russia, Southeast Asia, Finland, Iraq and Lebanon, among others. His presentation was adapted from one he gave to the Cannon Valley Elder Collegium, titled “Future of Europe: Coping with Crisis.”

The development of a European Common Union was a response to 30 years of war (1914-1945) that left Europe in ruins. The organizing principle was “keep the Russians out, keep Germany down and let the United States in.” The U.S. Marshall Plan was instrumental in rebuilding Europe, and for the next 50 years, an alliance between Europe, the U.S. and Canada managed world affairs, Bill said.

But following the break-up of the Soviet Union, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization added 10 new members. Not all shared the same experience or the same post-war perspective. That combined with the financial meltdown of 2008 and the challenge of immigration has fanned the flames of ethno-centric tribal passions and nationalism, which manifests itself today in events such as the Britain’s Brexit vote.

These issues cannot be over-stated, Bill said, and they warrant our close attention.

Mini-Classification:
Sharon Flaten was born in Calgary, Alberta Canada. She’s been a teacher, directed a child development center, worked as a Mary Kay consultant, became a nurse and now lives in Northfield with her husband, Robert Flaten.

Paul Harris Presentation — We finally caught up with Duane Benson and acknowledged him for being a Paul Harris Fellow plus five. Good going Duane.

Scholarship Enhancement: Janine Atchison

Announcements:

— We bid a fond farewell to Nico. Last week was his last Thursday lunch with us before he returns home to Colombia.

— Prospective Northfield outbound exchange students will be practicing their presentations Sunday, May 21, 4 p.m. at Emmaus Church in Northfield. Rachel Estrella said they need an audience. Dessert will be provided

— Rotary will hold a party Thursday, June 8, at the Estenson Event Center to celebrate graduation for our exchange students. The fun will begin at 5:30 p.m. and go to 7:30 p.m. It will also be an opportunity to thank sponsors of our Turkey Trot and Bike Tour.

Jan Stevens invites members to a Cannon Valley Civil War Roundtable talk on the Dakota Uprising tonight 7 p.m. at the Faribault Senior Center. John Haymond of Mower County Historical Society will be speaking.

— Jenni Roney reminds members to vote often (daily) and early this month to help Northfield reach the Top Ten in the America’s Main Street contest sponsored by Independent We Stand. The quarterfinalists are the top 25 vote-getters of the 242 United States downtowns nominated during the first round of the contest. Participants can vote for their favorite downtown (Downtown Northfield!) once each day until May 28. Just go to www.mainstreetcontest.com , find “Downtown Northfield,” click “View Profile” and click “Vote”.

— It’s time for another informal Rotary happy hour. Mark your calendars for Wednesday, May 24, from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the Contented Cow. We are hoping to reserve the upper deck. Light snacks will be provided. You can then stick around for Dylanfest, which runs from 6:00 – 11:00 p.m.

Inbound students are:
Daniel Chien from Taiwan

Nico Suarez Toloza from Colombia

Eric Kwun from South Korea
Wanzita Ally from Tanzania
Matteo Lombardo, Italy

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 1 — Kari Albers, Dundas Bike Kiosk (Prowe)

June 8 — KYMN Radio Business of the Year, Jeff Johnson and Teri Knight (Morlan);

Also June 6 — Exchange Student Graduation Party, 5:30 to 7 p.m., Estenson Event Center

June 15 — David Stanford, Classification Talk

June 22 — John Larson, Classification Talk (Estenson)

Rotary Cogwheel | 05.11.2017

May 9, 2017

Today’s Program | Thursday, May 11, 2017

Today: Bill Davnie, retired Foreign Service Officer, the Future of Europe (S. Flaten)

Next Week: Club Assembly (Batteries Not-Included), Five-Year Plan (President Lasswell and President-Elect Wakely)

Birthdays: David Halsor (5/7)

Last Week:
Gordon Marino is an educator, a professor of philosophy at St. Olaf College. But he does some of his most important work in his garage, teaching young men the art of boxing.

Most of his boxers come from hardscrabble environments, searching for a purpose, looking for affirmation and a chance to be somebody. They are good kids, he said, who often work factory jobs. Gordon said for those who make a commitment and stick with it, boxing can be a transformative experience.

To become a good person, he said, kids must learn to deal with hard times, with getting hit, with getting back up, with controlling their emotions. Through their work in the garage and then the ring, they get positive encouragement and positive feedback. For some, it is their first encounter with that kind of support.

Gordon started a local boxing club in 1995. He has seen up close some real success stories. One of his students, Vicente Alfaro, became Minnesota’s champion in the Super Bantamweight division. Another student, because of his participation in Gordon’s boxing club, received a full scholarship to St. Olaf.

Keeping a boxing program going has logistical challenges, but, for Gordon, it is about building relationships day by day and, in the end, creating a boxing community that feels like family.

Mini-Classification:
Jon Snodgrass grew up in Marshall, Minn., graduated from University of St. Thomas with a degree in finance and has been working for Edward D. Jones ever since. He moved to Northfield 12 years ago. He got married this spring. His wife, Stephanie, is a speech pathologist working in the Northfield-Faribault area.

New Members: Mary Hahn and Kari Nelson were formally inducted into the club. Mary is sponsored by Michelle Lasswell, Kari by Vicki Dilley. Both of our new members have been involved in our youth exchange program. Welcome Mary and Kari.

Paul Harris Presentation — Duane Benson was acknowledged in absentia for being a Paul Harris Fellow plus five. Good going Duane.

Scholarship Enhancement: John Larson

Announcements:

— Chris Weber reported that five people will be interviewing for the Global Grant Scholarship. One is a Carleton College student, three are St. Olaf students and one is a St. Olaf College graduate.

— Gabriella Estrada was the recipient of this year’s Northfield Rotary Scholarship. She is a senior at Northfield High School.

— Next fall Northfield Rotary will sponsor its third Ethics Workshop for leaders in Northfield High School and Arcadia. David Koenig will need volunteers for the all-day event Tuesday, Oct. 10 at Community Resource Bank. Stay tuned.

— Prospective Northfield outbound exchange students will be practicing their presentations Sunday, May 21, 4 p.m. at Emmaus Church in Northfield. Rachel Estrella said they need an audience. Dessert will be provided

— Rotary will hold a party Thursday, June 8, at the Estenson Event Center to celebrate graduation for our exchange students. The fun will begin at 5:30 p.m. and go to 7:30 p.m. It will also be an opportunity to thank sponsors of our Turkey Trot and Bike Tour.

Inbound students are:
Daniel Chien from Taiwan

Nico Suarez Toloza from Colombia

Eric Kwun from South Korea
Wanzita Ally from Tanzania
Matteo Lombardo, Italy

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 25 — Pete Sandberg, St. Olaf Assistant Vice President for Facilities, Solar Panels (Covey)

June 1 — Kari Albers, Dundas Bike Kiosk (Prowe)

June 8 — KYMN Radio Business of the Year, Jeff Johnson and Teri Knight (Morlan);

Also June 6 — Exchange Student Graduation Party, 5:30 to 7 p.m., Estenson Event Center

June 15 — David Stanford, Classification Talk

Rotary Cogwheel | 05.04.2017

May 3, 2017

Today’s Program | Thursday, May 4, 2017

Today: Gordon Marino, St. Olaf philosophy professor and boxing coach (Snodgrass)

Next Week: Bill Davnie, retired Foreign Service Officer, the Future of Europe (S. Flaten)

Birthdays: Eric Kwun (4/27), Geralyn Sheehan (5/2), Rick Estenson (5/4) and Charlie Cogan (5/6)

Last Week:
Wanzita’s home is Tanzania. It sits in the southeastern edge of Africa, bordered on the north by Kenya, the west by Democratic Republic of the Congo and on the east by the Indian Ocean. It is home to Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak. Tanzania’s main industries are agriculture, mining and tourism. Swahili is the native language.

The national coat of arms captures the country’s natural wonders and its aspirations. A man and a woman stand on top of Mount Kilimanjaro, holding elephant tusks with the flag and the flame of freedom positioned between them. The inscription on the bottom reads: Uhura na Umoja “freedom and unity.”

Coming from a consistently temperate climate, Wanzita had to adjust to our snow and cold. She has actively immersed herself in the rhythms of high school life in Northfield. She is participating in the choir and the track team, for which she runs the 800 meters and 1600 meters.

Mini-Classification:
Barry Carlson’s retiring next year.

Paul Harris Presentation — Ruth Crane was honored with a Paul Harris Fellowship by her husband of long-standing, Doug.

Guests: Brent and Jenny Nystrom, Sue Beaumaster, Karen Stupic, Lori Spahn and Lukas (Wanzita), Cindy Carlson (Barry Carlson), Ruth Crane (Crane), John Fossum (Lasswell), Matt Deters (Kaczmarek), Natalie Marfleet (Taylor), Nalongue Cogan (Cogan), Haris Eminovis (Yogi) and Bill Steele (Conway).

Scholarship Enhancement: Jack “How Does He Do It” Hoschauer

Announcements:

— Our club will be hosting four inbound students next year. We have young men coming from Spain and Japan and two young women from Thailand and Brazil. Names and dates will follow.

— President Lasswell reminds us that May is Rotary’s Youth Service Month.

— A father of a camp RYLA participant wrote a heartfelt letter of thanks for the impact the camp had on his daughter. She went as a student last year and returned this year as a volunteer counselor. He said it was transformational for her.

— Shelly Holden invited members to attend to an event called “Honoring Choices,” Tuesday, May 9, 6:30 p.m. at St. Dominic Catholic Church. The evening is designed to help us have important conversations about our end-of-life care. MPR’s Cathy Wurzer will be the featured speaker.

— Greg Langer, husband of Vicky Langer, has been awarded the Joseph Lee Heywood Award for 2017 by Northfield’s Defeat of Jesse James Committee. Congratulations to the Langer family.

— Rotary will hold a party Thursday, June 8, at the Estenson Event Center to celebrate graduation for our exchange students. The fun will begin at 5:30 p.m. and go to 7:30 p.m. It will also be an opportunity to thank sponsors of our Turkey Trot and Bike Tour.

Inbound students are:
Daniel Chien from Taiwan

Nico Suarez Toloza from Colombia

Eric Kwun from South Korea
Wanzita Ally from Tanzania
Matteo Lombardo, Italy

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

2016-17 Outbound Students

Sage Brinton, Argentina

Caroline Hummel, Norway

Noah Klein, South Korea

Jane Ludwig, Colombia

Yizel Marcial, Germany

Daiki Nishioka, Taiwan

Liliana (Lily) Noble, Italy

Emma Prichard, Taiwan

Nathaniel Urke, Brazil.

Coming Up

May 18 — Club Assembly, Five-Year Plan (President Lasswell and President-Elect Wakely)

May 25 — Pete Sandberg, St. Olaf Assistant Vice President for Facilities, Solar Panels (Covey)

June 1 — Kari Albers, Dundas Bike Kiosk (Prowe)

June 8 — KYMN Radio Business of the Year, Jeff Johnson and Teri Knight (Morlan)

Rotary Cogwheel | 04.27.2017

April 25, 2017

Today’s Program | Thursday, April 27, 2017

Today: Wanzita Ally, (Barry Carlson)

Next Week: Gordon Marino, St. Olaf philosophy professor and boxing coach

Birthdays: Richard Maus (4/24) and Regi Haslett-Marroquin (4/28)

Last Week:
The saber rattling over North Korea’s nuclear weapons testing and the controversy surrounding the deal to retard Iran’s nuclear program have raised anxiety about nuclear weapons proliferation. But Margo Squire, a third-generation Foreign Service professional, reminded us that great progress has been made in reducing nuclear arsenals world-wide.

Since a nuclear non-proliferation treaty was signed in 1968, nuclear stockpiles have been reduced from a peak of 30,000 a piece for both the United States and the former USSR to about 7,000 each for the U.S. and today’s Russia. The “new start” agreement reached in 2010 should reduce that number to about 1,500 for each of the nuclear super powers.

The number of countries with nuclear weapons has been reduced to nine, Margo said. They are U.S., Russia, France, China, United Kingdom, Pakistan, India, Israel and North Korea. Twelve others have shuttered their nuclear programs.

Four things are required to build a nuclear weapons program: nuclear materials, technology to weaponize them, missiles to deliver them and the expertise to make that all happen. States that pursue a nuclear capability need strong resolve, organizational ability and financing.

There are three basic approaches to policing nuclear proliferation — diplomacy, sanctions and military action.

Margo said the Iran deal is not perfect, but it effectively puts Iran’s nuclear program on pause. “The hope is 10 years from now we will be in a better place,” she said.

North Korea is more challenging, but she said she believes we will eventually strike a deal that curbs its nuclear program. We will need to make concessions, such as lifting sanctions and providing food and fuel for the North Korean population, but she thinks we can get to “yes.”

Mini-Classification:
Robert Flaten has spent half of his life here in Northfield. He grew up in Northfield and graduated from St. Olaf College. He went into the Air Force and then settled into a long, distinguished career in the Foreign Service before retiring to the city of Cows, Colleges and Contentment.

Robert served in France, Israel, Pakistan, and Rwanda. He also lived and worked for a time in Washington D.C., where he didn’t lobby Congress, exactly but did share the State Department perspective on matters related to American foreign policy.

Paul Harris Presentation — Kari Nelson

Guests: Mary Hahn (Frago)

Scholarship Enhancement: Leo Lawlor, the master of suspense.

Announcements:

 

— The club sponsored three students at RYLA last week; the high school sponsored a fourth. RYLA is Rotary Young Leaders Awards, a dynamic workshop on leadership for senior high school students.

—- Rachel Estrella announced that our outbound exchange candidates will be practicing their presentation Sunday, May 21, 4 p.m. at Emmaus Church. They need an audience. Dessert will be served.

— Jane Fenton’s service dog Xena has a role in the Northfield Arts Guilds’s production of the “Miracle Worker.” The play is running through Sunday of this weekend. Jane is a former member of our club; Xena has been an occasional guest.

— President-elect Jean Wakely will host new-member orientation and lunch on Wednesday, May 3, from noon-1:00 p.m. at Community Resource Bank. Current members who’d like a refresher are also welcome. Please RSVP to Jean.

— Rotary will hold a party Thursday, June 8, at the Estenson Event Center to celebrate graduation for our exchange students. The fun will begin at 5:30 p.m. and go to 7:30 p.m. It will also be an opportunity to thank sponsors of our Turkey Trot and Bike Tour.

Inbound students are:
Daniel Chien from Taiwan

Nico Suarez Toloza from Colombia

Eric Kwun from South Korea
Wanzita Ally from Tanzania
Matteo Lombardo, Italy

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

2016-17 Outbound Students

Sage Brinton, Argentina

Caroline Hummel, Norway

Noah Klein, South Korea

Jane Ludwig, Colombia

Yizel Marcial, Germany

Daiki Nishioka, Taiwan

Liliana (Lily) Noble, Italy

Emma Prichard, Taiwan

Nathaniel Urke, Brazil.

Coming Up

May 11 — Bill Davnie, retired Foreign Service Officer, the Future of Europe (S. Flaten)

May 18 — Club Assembly, Five-Year Plan (President Lasswell and President-Elect Wakely)

May 25 — Pete Sandberg, St. Olaf Assistant Vice President for Facilities, Solar Panels (Covey)

June 1 — Kari Albers, Dundas Bike Kiosk (Prowe)

Rotary Cogwheel | 04.20.2017

April 18, 2017

Today’s Program | Thursday, April 20, 2017

Today: Margo Squire, Nuclear Non-Proliferation (R. Flaten)

Next Week: Wanzita Ally, (Barry Carlson)

Birthdays: Wayne Abdella (4/17) and Dennie Hanson (4/19)

Last Week:
Colombia is home to Nico Suarez Tolozo. His country sits on the northwest corner of South America and offers a wide variety of eco-systems, from its beautiful Pacific and Caribbean beaches to the humbling Andes Mountains and the captivating Amazon Rain Forest; all provide stunning, scenic views.

Nico was born in Bogota, but his family now lives in Fusagasuga. His mother is a dentist; his father works for a watch manufacturer. Oil is an important natural resource for the country, but electronics is a growth industry. Colombia is also known for its coffee production and beautiful flowers.

Food and festivals are on Nico’s “to-do” list when he returns home. He is pointing for the San Pedro Festival, a celebration of the customs and folklore of rural Colombia. Next year, he plans to return to the United States and attend college in Houston, Texas.

Mini-Classification:
Jan Stevens is now the longest-serving female member of the club. She joined because her son wanted an exchange experience. That was in the late 1990s. She’s been involved in the youth exchange committee ever since.

Forty-six years ago, she came to Northfield with her husband, Stan, and was the youngest faculty wife at St. Olaf College. They moved back to home territory in southern Illinois where Stan had developed a business while in graduate school at the University of Illinois at Champaign/Urbana. Jan finished her Ph.d in Agricultural Economics, and they moved back to Northfield in 1986. They raised three children here, all exchange students. Jan has been in real estate for 25 years.

Besides Rotary, her civic engagement includes 4-H, Northfield Youth Choirs, statewide women in agriculture organizations, Northfield’s Vintage Band Festival, and she has an insatiable passion for the Civil War.

Guests: District Governor Jim Hunt (Wakely), Chris Sullivan Kelly, Heather and Oscar Kuehl (Nico).

Scholarship Enhancement: John Stull

Announcements:

— District Governor Jim Hunt invited members to attend the district conference Thursday through Saturday, April 27 and 29, at St. Paul. Our club will underwrite two participants.

 

— President-elect Jean Wakely will host new-member orientation and lunch on Wednesday, May 3, from noon-1:00 p.m. at Community Resource Bank. Current members who’d like a refresher are also welcome. Please RSVP to Jean.

— Emma Nielsen, our inbound exchange student from Denmark, has returned home early due to a medical condition.

— Rotary will hold a party Thursday, June 8, at the Estenson Event Center to celebrate graduation for our exchange students. The fun will begin at 5:30 p.m. and go to 7:30 p.m. It will also be an opportunity to thank sponsors of our Turkey Trot and Bike Tour.

— Ron Linde pointed us to an opportunity to consider important end-of-life matters at an event called “Honoring Choices,” Tuesday, May 9, 6:30 p.m. at St. Dominic Catholic Church. MPR’s Cathy Wurzer will be the featured speaker.

Inbound students are:
Daniel Chien from Taiwan

Nico Suarez Toloza from Colombia

Eric Kwun from South Korea
Wanzita Ally from Tanzania
Matteo Lombardo, Italy

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

2016-17 Outbound Students

Sage Brinton, Argentina

Caroline Hummel, Norway

Noah Klein, South Korea

Jane Ludwig, Colombia

Yizel Marcial, Germany

Daiki Nishioka, Taiwan

Liliana (Lily) Noble, Italy

Emma Prichard, Taiwan

Nathaniel Urke, Brazil.

Coming Up

May 4 — Gordon Marino, St. Olaf philosophy professor and boxing coach

May 11 — Bill Davnie, retired Foreign Service Officer, the Future of Europe (S. Flaten)

May 18 — Club Assembly, Five-Year Plan (President Lasswell and President-Elect Wakely)

May 25 — Pete Sandberg, St. Olaf Assistant Vice President for Facilities, Solar Panels (Covey)