Cogwheel Archive

Rotary Cogwheel | 09.07.2017

September 6, 2017

Today’s Program | Thursday, September 7, 2017

Today: Bike Tour Chalk Talk (R&R, Rich and Reese)

Next Week: Supt. Matt Hillmann, The State of Our Schools (Heineman)

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

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

Last Week:

Minnesotans love their parks and trails. Andrew Oftedal, research and policy specialist with the Parks & Trails Council of Minnesota, is working hard to promote their benefits and opportunities for everyone to enjoy the state’s natural heritage.

The Parks & Trails Council of Minnesota was established in 1954 as one of the first of its kind in the nation—a statewide citizen advisory board for state parks. Its mission is to acquire, protect and enhance critical land for the public’s use and benefit.

The Council focuses on four priorities: land acquisition to turn into public parks and trails, legislative advocacy, policy research, and support of local volunteer efforts, like the Mill Towns Trail.

Parks and trails are good for the economy, our health, and for the state’s tourism industry. They increase retail sales, support jobs, attract new residents and businesses, and boost property values. According to the American Heart Association, every $1 spent on bike trails and walking paths saves an estimated $3 in health costs. Outdoor recreation is also a significant driver of tourism, which generates nearly 20 percent of Minnesota’s sales tax revenues and supports more than 10 percent of Minnesota’s private sector employment.

Parks and trails advocacy work is hard work. Nobody knows this better than our own Peggy Prowe. And Andrew Oftedal.

Mini-Classification:

Peggy Prowe has spent countless hours working to develop the Mill Towns Trail. She is extremely grateful for the club’s generous support of the trail with earnings from the Jesse James Bike Tour. This support has been vital in providing community validation for the project as she and others continue to advocate for state funding.

Guests: Jesse Steed (Wakely), Janice Lehmkul (Hillmann), Emma Iverson (V. Dilley), Pascal Cogan (C. Cogan), Luke Hahn and Mike Kaiser (M. Hahn), Katie Sivanich (W. Sivanich), baby Finn (Estrella), Emily Schmitz and Emily Neswal (Prowe).

Scholarship Enhancement: Russ Halverson

Announcements:

— Brett Reese thanked each one of his volunteer team members for their work on this year’s bike tour. He reported that on-line registrations for the tour are running 33 percent ahead of last year. More than 400 riders have registered to date.

— Richard Maus shared copies of a new annual publication highlighting an impressive list of the club’s activities and programs. It’s everything every club member should know all in one place. Additional copies will be available at future meetings.

— 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, September 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 21 — Dr. Steve Soderlind, New Book: “Liberty and Laissez Faire”

September 28 — Geoff Seper, Data Mining and Shopping (Hoschouer)

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

October 5 — Ben Martig, Classification (Heineman)

Rotary Cogwheel | 08.31.2017

August 30, 2017

Today’s Program | Thursday, August 31, 2017

Today: Andrew Oftedal, Parks and Trails Council (Prowe and Schulte)
Next Week: Bike Tour Chalk Talk (R&R, Rich and Reese)
Birthdays: Hannah Puczko (8/28) and Tate Running (8/30)

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.

Welcome New Inbound Students:
Pau G. Ortemberg, Spain; Bia Rebello, Brazil; Sera Shin, South Korea; and Kengo Osumi, Japan, were all at our meeting last week. We await the arrival of Amy Jivavitoonkit of Thailand.

New Members: Lisa Peterson (Conway), Luis Domingez (Rich), Brent Nystrom (Reese, Koenig and V. Dilley) and Penny Hillemann (Kaczmarek) were formally inducted into the club, all great additions to the Class of 2017.
Last Week:
Charles Richardson is fascinated by Havana, Cuba. Over many years, he visited there 11 times, four times with organized tours, seven times on his own.

This Red Wing lawyer, a biking buddy of Peggy Prowe, describes the city as frozen in time, 1959 to be exact, the year Castro’s army overran the capital and established a communist state. Charles enjoys the rich, ornate architecture, the city’s inviting human scale and pedestrian-friendly design and most of all the people. Photo after photo revealed something about the city, the country, the culture and its history.

Charles makes an effort to interact with the residents and learn something from them by the way they dress, stand or act. He said he often captures photos of people waiting, waiting by the door, waiting at the window, waiting for something to happen.

The longstanding trade embargo with Cuba included a travel ban. Charles said it always was possible to travel there legally, but you needed to receive a license to do so. He often hinted in his application that his trips involved a religious itinerary, which was enough to qualify for entry.

While in Havana, he’s learned to avoid foods that require refrigeration. The local diet relies heavily on rice and beans and people are careful not to talk politics in public.

Mini-Classification:
Chris Heineman lives in Charles Richardson’s house. Actually, it was Charles’s boyhood home in Red Wing and once housed the president of Hamline University, which got its start in Red Wing. Chris noted that Charles is a huge proponent of developing local biking trails. He’s been at it since 1965.

Guests: Jesse Steed (Wolf), Janice Lehmkuhl and Jill Fisher (Frago), Russ Dunn-Foster (Dunn-Foster), Sandra Gerdes (Hager-Dee), Susan Richardson (Prowe), Sylvia Koenig (Koenig), Petra and Lillemar Marz (Yogi) and Brenda Sielaff (Williams).
Scholarship Enhancement: Sera Shin, our new exchange student from South Korea. Congratulations, Sera. This is a great country.

Announcements:
— Online registrations for the bike tour are running some 35 percent over last year. We already have 376 riders for the September 9 event.
— Mike Krance announced that Northfield Shares will be sponsoring the Defeat of Jesse James run-walk on Sunday, Sept. 10. All are encouraged to participate.

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 14 — Superintendent Matt Hillmann, The State of Our Schools (Heineman)
September 21 — Dr. Steve Soderlind, New Book: “Liberty and Laissez Faire”
September 28 — Geoff Seper, Data Mining and Shopping (Hoschouer)
September 29 — Keepsake Cidery, 501 Social Club (Wakely)

Rotary Cogwheel | 08.24.2017

August 23, 2017

Today’s Program | Thursday, August 24, 2017

Today: Charles Richardson, Experiences in Cuba (Prowe)

Next Week: Andrew Oftedal, Parks and Trails Council (Prowe and Schulte)

Birthdays: Richard Schulte (8/20)

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

Welcome New Inbound Students:

Sarah from South Korea and Pau of Spain arrived last week and attended their first meeting. Sarah is staying with the Dilleys and Pau is with Paul, Susie and Will Beaumaster. More to come.

Last Week:
Vicky Dilley believes Rotary changed Wanzita Ally’s life. Her experience here in Northfield has allowed her to imagine a life beyond her subsistence existence in rural Tanzania. 

After graduation, Wanzita returned home to a life consumed with gathering firewood, hauling water and working the cornfields. But the seed of a brighter future had been planted during her exchange experience. She is aiming for more education in hopes of becoming a community health provider or a nurse.

This happened because of an experiment by the North Star Youth Exchange Program to bring a student to our area who had never thought they had an opportunity or a reason to spend a year in the United States. Northfield, because of Vicki’s work in Tanzania with Safari and her passion for youth exchange, became a willing partner in this project.

Vicki said she had many concerns about bringing to Minnesota a young woman who had never been far from her village and lacked both a birth certificate and a passport. But Wanzita’s year in Northfield was a success. She received a good education and was invited to dream of the possibilities before her.

Wanzita’s story has just begun, Vicki said.

“We really did change someone’s life,” Vicki said. “We are making a difference one student at a time.”

Mini-Classification:
Like many, Kari Nelson’s kids led her to Rotary. Two of her three kids were outbound exchange students. She now is involved in North Star Youth Exchange as a country officer for Brazil.

 

Presentation:
Gabby Estrada, a 2015-16 outbound student to France, now a Macalester College student, read an essay she wrote about her experience helping organize “A Day Without Immigrants” last winter.

Immigrants help build communities, she said; they don’t destroy them.

Guests: Jesse Steed (S. Richardson), Janice Lehmkuhl (Hager Dee), Mark Mohlke (Yogi), Kelly Chang (Hoschouer) and Luis Dominquez (Luis).

Scholarship Enhancement: David Wolf, more treasure for the treasurer.

Announcements:
— President Wakely announced that four new committees have been added to our organizational structure. They are: Climate Change Action Committee under International Service, chaired by Alan Anderson; Ethics Committee under Community Service, chaired by David Koenig; Club Mentors under Club Service, chaired by Barry Carlson; and Beer Tasting Event under Fundraising, chaired by Chris Heineman.

— Mary Hahn is hosting a German student on a short-term exchange. Say “hello” to Mikka when you see him.

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 7 — Bike Tour Chalk Talk (R&R, Rich and Reese)

September 14 — Superintendent Matt Hillmann, The State of Our Schools (Heineman)

September 21 — Dr. Steve Soderlind, New Book: “Liberty and Laissez Faire”

September 28 — Lew Anderson, Destiny Rescue USA (Hoschouer)

Rotary Cogwheel | 08.17.2017

August 15, 2017

Today’s Program | Thursday, August 17, 2017

Today: Vicki Dilley, District Grant — Bunk Beds in Tanzania

Next Week: Charles Richardson, Experiences in Cuba (Prowe)

Birthdays: Leo Lawlor (8/15)

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:
The Rice County Dispute Resolution Program (RCDRP) promotes mediation as a way of resolving disputes between individuals without resorting to contentious litigation.

Katie Arnold, the executive director, says a roster of trained volunteers serve as facilitators to help people resolve disputes on their own terms.

“It’s giving people an opportunity to speak and be heard,” she said.

Mediation is a voluntary process. The mediator maintains order, a safe environment and makes sure all parties involved are heard. The mediator does not decide who is right or wrong but helps all parties involved reach an agreement that is acceptable to all involved.

Katie is a teacher by training. She found her work in the classroom often involved social work as much as academic instruction. She moved to Northfield with her husband and family in 2005. For the past five years, she has taught social emotional curriculum in the elementary schools, which gives kids the vocabulary and the tools to resolve disputes amicably. Her husband, Carl Arnold, a local attorney, suggested mediation might be something she would enjoy, and she has.

Eduardo Wolle, a former Northfielder, founded RCDRP in 2001. It is a nonprofit. Its services provided by volunteer attorneys and volunteer mediators are free. They handle between 60 and 65 cases a year.

The organization also promotes mediation through community school clinics at Greenvale Park and one in Faribault. In June, it launched a restorative justice initiative as an alternative to juvenile detention centers. The program provides a forum for victims to share their experience with an offender and hold the offender accountable.

Katie said RCDRP is searching for a new name, but it services will remain the same. Volunteers are always welcome. They need to complete 30 hours of training and another 20 hours shadowing a mediator.

If you have questions, contact Katie at:director@rcdrp.org.

Mini-Classification:
Bruce Morlan shared that he is a volunteer with Rice County Dispute Resolution Program. He enjoyed the training and finds it a rewarding experience.

Jean’s leadership quote of the day: “All good performance starts with clear goals.”  — Ron Bernstein, author and coach.

Guests: Angelica Dietz and Mar Valdecantos (Morlan); Gail Bartolo, an outbound exchange student to Norway in 2015-16, (V. Dilley); and Jennifer Novak (Rich).

Scholarship Enhancement: David Wolf, treasure for the treasurer.

Announcements:
— Online registrations for the bike tour are well ahead of last year, says Matthew Rich, co-chair of the event, 157 to 92. We are still looking for a few good men and women to staff the event. See Shelly Holden or Rick Estenson if you can help.

— The District and Rotary International are hosting a trip to the West Africa Project Fair, October 3-12, that will include a polio immunization project. Cost is $1,700 per person plus plane fare. See Charlie Cogan for details.

— Andrei Sivanich’s tennis tournament raised $847 for The Key back yard improvements. Scott Wopata said the improvements include 1,500 square feet of artificial turf.

— Northfield Human Rights Commission is promoting the idea of a municipal ID to foster a sense of belonging for those who live here. Mar Valdecantos and Angelica Dietz describe it as a “glorified library card,” but it would signal that the holder has standing in the community. They believe it will lead to a more cohesive community and meet that strong human need to belong.

Happy News:
— Vicky Langer is a grandmother. Baby Ivie Jean was a few days late to the party, but is beautiful.

— Jim Holden fulfilled an elusive lifetime dream of catching Atlantic salmon. He reeled in 10 while fishing the St. Mary’s River in Sault Ste. Marie.

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

August 31 — Andrew Oftedal, Parks and Trails Council (Prowe and Schulte)

September 7 — Bike Tour Chalk Talk (R&R, Rich and Reese)

September 14 — Superintendent Matt Hillmann, The State of Our Schools (Heineman)

September 21 — Dr. Steve Soderlind, New Book: “Liberty and Laissez Faire”

Rotary Cogwheel | 08.10.2017

August 9, 2017

Today’s Program | Thursday, August 10, 2017

Today: Katie Arnold, Rice County Dispute Resolution Program (Morlan)

Next Week: Vicki Dilley, District Grant — Bunk Beds in Tanzania (We’ll meet at Community Resource Bank.)

Birthdays: Luis Dominguez (8/2) and Brent Nystrom (8/7)

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

Last Week:
Scott Wopata isn’t much of a musician, but he’s a pretty good coach. Scott joined his high school marching band to be near the drum major, Allyson, and he wouldn’t leave even when he was asked to quit the band in 10th grade. Scott and Allyson married right after his high school graduation. These days they’re raising three beautiful blonde “little marshmallows” – Lily, 7, Clara, 5 and Levinia, 2.

Scott took a circuitous path to his current role as Executive Director of the Northfield Union of Youth, which runs The Key. He’s had a lawn business and a roofing business (remember that 2006 hail storm?), been a general contractor and an insurance claims adjustor. But it’s his experience as a coach and a youth minister that drives his work at NUY. “I love working with kids and youth. There’s a lot of need – and also, it’s fun – to stand as an advocate for youth.”

NUY’s flagship program, The Key youth center, has seen great growth in recent years, serving 654 youth in 2016 who made 10,000 visits to The Key during the year. That’s up from 374 youth in 2013, and a 90 percent increase from 2015.

NUY is tackling some big problems here in Northfield. Here’s a sample:

Hunger: Kids who get free/reduced lunch at school often miss out on dinner. So NUY built a kitchen at The Key with donations and help from Just Food Co-op, Carleton, and Northfield Shares. In three months, 120 kids ate 750+ meals there.

Mental health: About 75 percent of The Key’s core users have mental health issues (including substance abuse/addiction). NUY is looking at ways to increase access to care, especially for youth who don’t have parental support and can’t get health care on their own as minors. The goal: free, anonymous care from mental health professionals.

Homelessness: About 20-25 “Key kids” are homeless – a problem that tends to be invisible and often snowballs as youth lose support from friends and have fewer, more dangerous options. NUY has applied for a state grant to launch an “intra-Northfield host-home stay program” modeled after Rotary’s Youth Exchange. One part of the plan: Hire a social worker to engage with youth directly and early, before problems compound.

So, what’s good? In the second quarter of this year, 75 Key kids volunteered 200 times. Fifty kids participated in 200 leadership-building activities. Sixty kids did 135 health/wellness activities.

And a whopping 82 percent of Key kids report that they feel good about themselves – compared to 46 percent of low-income kids in Northfield and 62 percent of all Northfield youth.

What keeps The Key turning? Youth, leadership, and partners, Scott says.

“The level of collaboration in the Northfield community makes all of this possible,” he said.

Well, it helps to have a good coach, too.

 

Mini-Classification: Keith Covey kept it short: A Rotarian since 1978, he appreciates the connection to the wider community that Rotary has provided him.

Jean’s leadership quote of the day: “All empowerment exists in the present moment.”

Guests: Brent Nystrom (Reese) – accepted as a member, not yet inducted; Bella Mosqueda (Wopata); Jo Dunn-Foster and Amanda Botrel of Brazil (Dunn-Foster) .

Scholarship Enhancement: Dave Brown

Announcements:
Registration is open for the DJJD Run on Sunday, Sept. 10 (the day AFTER the Bike Tour). Northfield Shares hosts the 5K/15K run. Mike Krance says individual runners and teams are welcome!

— Bike Tour is coming together. Brett Reese, who is co-chairing the event along with Matthew Rich, reports that 120 riders have registered so far, a 60 percent increase from this time last year. Brett says if that 60 percent increase holds, we’ll have 1,400 riders. Hmm, we’re gonna need a bigger boat. If you haven’t signed up yet for your spot on the volunteer roster, look for Rick Estenson and Shelley Holden in the lobby before or after the meeting. Invite a friend or neighbor to volunteer with you!

— The District and Rotary International are hosting a vaccination trip to West Africa, October 3-12. Cost is $17,000 per person (Jean Wakely can confirm that number for you).

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

August 24 — Charles Richardson, Experiences in Cuba (Prowe)

August 31 — Andrew Oftedal, Parks and Trails Council (Prowe and Schulte)

September 7 — Bike Tour Chalk Talk (R&R, Rich and Reese)

September 14 — Superintendent Matt Hillmann, The State of Our Schools (Heineman)

Rotary Cogwheel | 08.03.2017

August 1, 2017

Today’s Program | Thursday, August 3, 2017

Today: Scott Wopata, Director of The Key, Classification (Covey)

Next Week: Katie Arnold, Rice County Dispute Resolution Program (Morlan)

Birthdays: Katy Hargis (8/4)

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:
Rhonda Pownell knows what it is like to live in the glare of the community spotlight. She grew up in Sioux Falls, S.D., the middle child in a family that owned a general construction business. She attended a small high school, graduating in a class of 65. That meant she participated in numerous activities, including band, where she played the trombone, and sports, where she competed in basketball and softball. And when she was old enough to drive, her “ride” was often a truck from the family business with a sign on it. People in her world knew who you were and how you behaved.

All of that created an informal accountability, reinforcing family values such as being kind and respectful to others, being good stewards and being a team player.

Rhonda came to Northfield in 1988 to attend St. Olaf College. She earned a degree in Social Work. She met her husband, David, working at Laura Baker Association. They have five children, three still in their Northfield home.

Oh, and did I mention Rhonda is mayor of Northfield? She served on the city council in an at-large position for eight years before being elected mayor last year. She has invited the council to marry vision with action through a new strategic planning exercise. With the help of a community-wide survey and in-depth discussions, the council has identified six priorities for the next three to five years: Economic Development; Affordable Housing; Infrastructure; Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; Operational Effectiveness; and Climate Change Impact. Each has identified desired outcomes and strategic initiatives to reach the outcomes. City staff is in the process of developing action plans for each priority.

“We’ve got to be focused in order to get anything done,” the Mayor said.

The council will formally adopt the plan at its August 8th meeting. Rhonda expects staff to bring the action plans to the council in September.

Mini Classification:
Erica Zweifel has taken a new position at Carleton College. As of this month, she will be working at the Center for Community and Civic Engagement in the areas of the environment, sustainabililty and equity. Erica has been working as project manager for Carleton’s Science Education Resource Center.

Guests: Debbie Anderson (A. Anderson)

Scholarship Enhancement: We gave it a rest. Our fabulous philanthropy resumes this week.

Announcements:

— Jenni Roney reminds us that the 2017 Defeat of Jesse James Days Bike Tour is just five weeks out; it’s time to round up our posse. She is encouraging us to spread the word by talking to friends, neighbors and families about the event, sharing the 2017 bike tour Facebook page, registering to ride or handing out flyers. See Virginia Kaczmarek about the flyers.

Shelly Holden and Rick Estenson are recruiting bike tour volunteers this year. If you volunteered last year, we will assume you are doing that job again unless we hear from you. It’s getting to be “go” time for one of our major fundraisers.

— Some scheduling notes for upcoming meetings: On Thursday, August 17, we will be meeting at Community Resource Bank for our regular luncheon meeting; then on Thursday, Sept. 7, attendance is required only for those who are volunteering for the Defeat of Jesse James Bike Tour. The program will be dedicated to the pre-tour chalk talk.

— On Friday, Sept. 29, there will be a 5:01 social event for Rotary members and their guests at Keepsake Cidery. Stay tuned 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

August 17 — Vicki Dilley, District Grant — Bunk Beds in Tanzania (We’ll meet at Community Resource Bank.)

August 24 — Charles Richardson, Experiences in Cuba (Prowe)

August 31 — Andrew Oftedal, Parks and Trails Council (Prowe and Schulte)

September 7 — Bike Tour Chalk Talk (Rich and Reese)

Rotary Cogwheel | 07.27.2017

July 24, 2017

Today’s Program | Thursday, July 27, 2017

Today: Mayor Rhonda Pownell, Northfield Strategic Planning 

Next Week: Scott Wopata, Director of The Key, Classification (Covey)

Birthdays: Steve Underdahl (7/24) and Jenni Roney (7/29)

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:
Several enterprising, socially-conscious young Northfielders have given residents another opportunity to go green.

Helen Forsythe, Amelia Ousley, Cliff Martin and several others have created Northfield Curbside Composting, a home pick-up service for environmentally-friendly disposal of organic waste, which includes food waste, soiled paper and yard waste.

“If it grew once, it can go in the compost,” Helen said.

For $6.50 a month, the service provides a five-gallon, sealed bucket with liners. Subscribers are asked to set it on the curb for collection every other Tuesday. The compost is taken to an organic dumpster and handed off to Dick’s Sanitation which transports it to Shakopee for processing.

Helen said the service is designed to divert organic waste from local landfills. It will not only prolong the life of landfills, but reduces the amount of methane emitted when organic waste is trapped by more inert materials.

This pilot program has been several years in the making. The group has been working with the city to secure all of the necessary permits. They currently have 200 subscribers. To learn more, go to nfldcompostcoop.com.

Mini Classification:
Speaking of bacteria and composting, Wendy Sivanich shared a medical episode from her life involving a stubborn intestinal bug that eluded several rounds of antibiotics before succumbing to a fecal transplant. Wendy called it “a miracle” cure.

Guests: Lisa Peterson (Conway)

Scholarship Enhancement: David Halsor

Announcements:

— Vintage Band Festival 2017 is this Saturday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. in Bridge Square. Great music all day, and it is free.

— Some scheduling notes for upcoming meetings: On Thursday, August 17, we will be meeting at Community Resource Bank for our regular luncheon meeting; then on Thursday, Sept. 7, attendance is required only for those who are volunteering for the Defeat of Jesse James Bike Tour. The program will be dedicated to the pre-tour chalk talk.

— On Friday, Sept. 29, there will be a 5:01 social event for Rotary members and their guests at Keepsake Cidery. Stay tuned for details.

— There are still spots to participate in Andrei Sivanich’s fourth annual Swiller Invitational Tennis Tournament Saturday, Aug. 5, at Northfield High School. All donations will support back yard improvements at The Key. Door prizes and donations are encouraged. For more information, contact Andrei at andrei.sivanich@gmail.com.

— Virginia Kaczmarek has rack cards promoting the 2017 bike tour that need to be distributed to bike shops and other outlets in the Twin Cities and the region. If you can help, see Virginia.

— Shelly Holden and Rick Estenson are leading the charge on gathering bike tour volunteers this year. If you volunteered last year, we will assume you are doing that job again unless we hear from you. It’s getting to be “go” time for one of our major fundraisers.

— Michelle Lasswell, our former club president, has accepted a seat on the district rotary board representing large clubs. Her leadership abilities continue to be recognized. Nice going, Michelle.

 

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

August 10 — Katie Arnold, Rice County Dispute Resolution Program (Morlan)

August 17 — Vicki Dilley, District Grant — Bunk Beds in Tanzania (At Community Resource Bank)

August 24 — Charles Richardson, Experiences in Cuba (Prowe)

August 31 — Andrew Oftedal, Parks and Trails Council (Prowe and Schulte)

Rotary Cogwheel | 07.20.2017

July 20, 2017

Today’s Program | Thursday, July 20, 2017

Today: Amelia Ousley, Northfield Composting, (W. Sivanich)

Next Week: Wednesday, July 26 — Mayor Rhonda Pownell, Northfield’s Strategic Plan (5:15 p.m. at Imminent Brewing)

Birthdays: Jayne Hager Dee and 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.

Last Week:
Nate Watters’s description of running a cidery echoes a recent book on parenting titled “All Joy, No Fun.” He loves growing apples, and he loves adding value to those apples by using them for homegrown, all-Minnesota cider. But it is hard work.

But his business, Keepsake Cidery, is a calling of sorts. It is his effort to organize his work around some non-negotiable principles, such as: caring for the environment, staying local, caring for neighbors, friends and family, and doing it all with integrity.

“I wanted to find a way to be successful, but not exploit,” he said.

Cider was the drink of choice for most of the United States in its early years, Nate said. Prohibition knocked out the cider orchards, but now cider is experiencing a revival. Nate and his wife, Tracy Jonkman, are riding that wave. They have created a certified organic apple farm and locally-sourced cidery.

They are now in their third of operation. Nate grows his apples in a vineyard-like setting, using dwarf trees planted three feet apart. None of them would be mistaken for eating apples. He calls them “spitters.” He draws on 35 varieties of locally-grown apples to produce a tart, fresh wild cider with an alcohol content of around 7 percent.

His products are available in 130 different outlets between Blaine and Rochester. They also have limited weekend hours at their cidery south of Dundas. During the summer, they are open noon to 6 p.m. on Saturdays. In the fall they will open on Sundays as well.

Mini Classification:
Bruce Morlan drew on his time in the Air Force working the line crew in missile defense to say that everyone has a role to play in making this world a better place, even the cooks.

Guests: Craig Swenson (Pederson), Ellen Iverson and Cindy Kreis (W. Sivanich), Lisa Peterson (Conway) and Mariah (Taylor)

Scholarship Enhancement: Brad Frago, who no longer can be accused of insider trading.

Announcements:
— Vicky Langer is looking for volunteers at this year’s Vintage Band Festival Saturday, July 29, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Bridge Square. They need people for set-up and to staff the hospitality tent. The concerts themselves run from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

— Building on our visioning process in May, Alan Anderson is in the process of forming a Climate Action Committee for the club. Anyone interested is encouraged to contact Alan or Rick Estenson. During our visioning exercise, climate change was identified as an area of focus for the club under International Service. Alan also has a radio program each Monday at 8:45 a.m. on KYMN radio where he addresses climate issues. Next Monday will be the third of eight programs. The first two are archived and can be heard by going to KYMN’s website.

— If anyone would like to be a new member mentor, please see Barry Carlson. Being a mentor simply means that you would be willing to check-in or meet with a new member from time to time to answer their questions about the club. It’s a good way to get to know new people.

— With the passing of the torch from Michelle to Jean, the password has changed to access member information on our website. The new password is “wakely”, all lower case.

— Mike Leming still has spots available for his February trips to Vietnam and Thailand. See him if you are interested.

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
August 3 — Scott Wopata, Director of The Key, Classification (Covey)
August 10 — Katie Arnold, Rice County Dispute Resolution Program (Morlan)
August 17 — Vicki Dilley, District Grant — Bunk Beds in Tanzania
August 24 — Charles Richardson, Experiences in Cuba (Prowe)

Rotary Cogwheel | 07.13.2017

July 11, 2017

Today’s Program | Thursday, July 13, 2017

Today: Nate Watters, Keepsake Cidery (Morlan)

Next Week: Amelia Ousley, Northfield Composting, (W. Sivanich)

Birthdays: George Davis (7/1), Kari Nelson (7/12) and Jan Stevens (7/15) 

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:
The Northfield Rescue Squad is in need of a new heavy duty rescue truck.

Aramis Wells, captain and a 17-year veteran of the rescue squad, said it will cost somewhere north of $600,000. The Northfield VFW is taking the lead in the fundraising, but is canvassing the community for support. The campaign began this year; they hope to order the truck in 2019 and have it in operation by 2020.

This will be the rescue squad’s sixth vehicle since its inception 1959. The truck currently in service was purchased in 2000. Much has changed since then. The new truck will have numerous safety features, such as anti-lock breaks, rear camera for backing up and air bags. It will also accommodate newer and more effective extrication tools to deal with stronger automobile design.

The Northfield Rescue Squad is an all-volunteer group with 30 members who cover 144 square miles in and around Northfield. They responded to 229 calls last year, 85 were motor vehicle accidents.

If you are interested in donating, go online to NAFRS.org or contact Aramis at musketeer78@yahoo.com. You can also support the campaign through Amazon Smile.

Mini Classification:
John Ehresmann began his dental practice in Northfield in 1982. He worked with Buck and Remes at 711 Division Street while his wife, Gretchen, practiced medicine across the street. They raised two children here. John retired in 2011 and, for the past seven years, he has volunteered on natural disaster teams for the American Red Cross.

New Banner: President Wakely unfurled the new Rotary International banner. It reads: “Rotary Makes A Difference,” a slogan endorsed by our new Rotary International president, Ian Riseley of Austrialia.

Fond Farewell: Last week, Wanzita, Daniel and Eric all reported on their East Coast Rotary trip. New York City, Boston’s Freedom Trail and a roller coaster ride with Eric were some of the highlights. The three returned home last weekend. Nico and Mateo returned home last month.

Guests: Marty Anderson (Alan Anderson), Penny Hillemann (Kaczmarek), Kelly Chang (Hoschouer)

Scholarship Enhancement: Wendy Sivanich

Announcements:

— Jan Stevens invited all to enjoy this year’s abbreviated Vintage Band Festival Saturday, July 29, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Bridge Square. Great music; great time.

— Larry Fowler announced that a sculpture, “Between Earth and Sky,” created and donated by Mac Gimse, retired St. Olaf College Art professor, is being installed near the Dundas bike trail head. It’s 32-feet tall and made of stainless steel. There will be a formal dedication in early September.

— If anyone would like to be a new member mentor, please see Barry Carlson. Being a mentor simply means that you would be willing to check-in or meet with a new member from time to time to answer their questions about the club. It’s a good way to get to know new people.

 

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

Wednesday, July 26 — Mayor Rhonda Pownell, Northfield’s Strategic Plan (5:15 p.m. at Imminent Brewing)

August 3 — Scott Wopata, Director of The Key, Classification (Covey)

August 10 — Katie Arnold, Rice County Dispute Resolution Program (Morlan)

August 17 — Vicki Dilley, District Grant — Bunk Beds in Tanzania

Rotary Cogwheel | 07.06.2017

July 6, 2017

Today’s Program | Thursday, July 6, 2017

Today: Aramis Wells, Northfield Rescue Squad (Morlan)

Next Week: Nate Watters, Keepsake Cidery (Morlan)

Birthdays: Dayna Norvold (7/5) and 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. 

Last Week:
Pam Tschida, a Rotarian from White Bear Lake, shared her story about a Fast for Hope project to improve the lives of residents in El Corozo, Nicaragua. The goal is to create systemic change by bringing quality, sustainable solutions to projects identified by the local community.

The need now is for books, medical supplies, clean water and passable roads. This project has been years in the making. Pam admits she was slow to get behind this initiative. “Before I went, I was not a believer,” she said. “But I connected with the people and it was all real.”

Several Rotary delegations have spent time in El Corozo, and relationships are being built with community members and NGOs that also are active in the country.

This District 5960 project is changing lives she said. Progress has been made on the literacy initiative, medical supplies and local roads. Pam said most people in El Corozo simply say they just want a better life for their children.

Another delegation will travel there in November. Two spots are still available. If you want more information, contact Dave Newman at dave@bancorgroup.com.

Mini Classification:

Alan Anderson was raised in Owatonna, graduated from Gustavus Adolphus and then pursued a Wildlife Management degree from the University of Oregon. He and his brother ran a bookstore for a few years in St. Cloud before Alan started a 35-year career as an executive with the Boy Scouts of America. Now retired, he volunteers his time with Rotary and the Boy Scouts and is a champion for addressing climate change.


Paul Harris Presentation:
A Paul Harris Fellow was presented to Karen Allawala in honor of her late husband, Ramiz, who passed away earlier this year. David Koenig, Bruce Morlan and Charlie Cogan coordinated the effort.

Guests: Lisa Peterson (Conway), Luis Dominguez (Rich), Georgene Malecha (Yogi) and Bill Lindberg (Koenig).

Scholarship Enhancement: John Ehresmann

Announcements: 

— Ron Linde thanked members of the club and their friends who helped with Cannon River clean-up recently.

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

July 26 — Mayor Rhonda Pownell, Northfield’s Strategic Plan (5:15 p.m. at Imminent Brewing)

August 3 — Scott Wopata, Director of The Key, Classification (Covey)

August 10 — Katie Arnold, Rice County Dispute Resolution Program (Morlan)

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