Cogwheel Archive

Rotary Cogwheel | March 1.2018

February 28, 2018

Today’s Program | Thursday, March 1, 2018

Today: Sera Shin, exchange student (Galdeen)

Next Week: Mary Hahn, Classification (S. Richardson)

Birthdays: Jesse Steed (2/24), James Schlichting (2/25), Larry Fowler (2/28), David Stanford (2/29) and Jennifer Novak (3/3).

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:
Kengo Osumi wants to make his exchange year in Northfield count. He finds everything here new and interesting.

He comes from Osaka, Japan, a city known for its sight-seeing and shopping. His family back home includes his mother, an office worker; his father, a train engineer; his sister, a nursing student; and his grandfather, who makes Kengo laugh.

Kengo knew something about southern Minnesota before he arrived. His family hosted a young man from Owatonna last year. The high sky and distant horizons are a contrast to his city life back home. In Japan, there are 127 million people wedged into a land area the size of California. Tokyo alone has 13 million people. Kengo describes his home country as culturally diversified and scenic. He speaks with reverence of temples that date back to the 14th century and with amazement of contemporary skyscrapers.

School in Japan requires riding a crowded train to and from. Classes are 50 minutes long, running from 8:40 a.m. t0 3:15 p.m. After school, most students participate in club sports and activities.

Kengo expressed appreciation for this opportunity and for all of the support he has received from his host families, counselors and others in school and them community.

Mini-Classification:
Brad Frago was raised in Ohio, Connecticut, New  Hampshire and Des Moines, but he fell in love with Northfield and Minnesota when he came to Carleton College. After graduation, he attended law school and clerked for a district judge in Renville County. There he met his wife, our own Michelle Lasswell. Brad’s first job as a practicing attorney was in Faribault, and he and Michelle now both practice in Northfield. An aspect of his practice he especially enjoys is serving as a neutral party in legal disputes. He is a self-professed weather geek, enjoys amateur radio and aviation. Brad joined Rotary in 2001.

Guests: Jill Fisher, JD Schuerman, Christopher Frago (Kengo), Kucheang Mangok (V. Dilley) and Bia’s sister, Isabel Aylin (Bia).

Scholarship Enhancement: Denny Hanson

Announcements:

— If you are interested in joining our Youth Exchange team, there is a meeting Thursday, March 1, 5:15 p.m. at the Sivanich residence. See Wendy Sivanich for more information. She is also on the hunt for host families for next year’s five inbounds. If you have any candidates, share them with her.

— Rotary is responsible for support staff for Thursday’s Table on Thursday, March 29, at the Northfield Community Resource Center. If you can help, see Jim Pokorney.

— The membership committee will hold an orientation session for new members on Tuesday, March 20, 5 to 6:30 p.m. at Community Resource Bank. We will share the club vision and opportunities to serve on club projects and teams. A light supper will be served.

HELP WANTED: The board is inviting applicants for our club treasurer position. David Wolf is stepping down from the post after five years of service. Don’t hesitate to self-nominate, if you can balance a checkbook. Talk to President Wakely, President-Elect Richardson or Past-President Michelle Lasswell 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:

March 15 —Pau Ortenberg, Youth Exchange Student (Chavies)

March 22 — Kristi Purcell, Executive Director, Cannon River Watershed Partnership (W. Sivanich)

March 29 — Jim Hunt, Fast for Hope

April 5 — Bia Rebello, Exchange Student (Stevens)

Rotary Cogwheel | February 22.2018

February 21, 2018

Today’s Program | Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018

Today: Kengo Osumi, exchange student, (Frago)

Next Week: Sera Shin, exchange student (Galdeen)

Birthdays: John Stull (2/18), Peg Prowe (2/19), Amber Chavie (2/21) and Brad Frago (2/22)

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:
Olive oil is a medium for peace, according to Robert Moussand, a Canadian-Palestinian. He uses his product, Zatoun olive oil, as a conversation starter to talk about the conflict in the Middle East from the Palestinian perspective. He calls it “peace in a bottle.”

Robert said it is difficult to talk about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. It seems so long-standing and so intractable that most people see it as a “distant distraction” and don’t take the time to be fully informed. He is trying to change that through olive oil sales.

“The goal is to connect us with Palestine,” he said. “That’s where understanding begins. We listen differently when we are connected.”

The olive is the universal symbol of peace, Robert explained, and was nature’s first fruit to be processed. Olive oil is at the heart of Palestine’s economy, but production is being frustrated by the construction of “The Wall” between Israel and the West Bank.

Robert characterizes Zatoun as a mission-driven business. It is now 15 years old. It is a registered non-profit in Ontario, Canada. Robert works with minimal overhead and invests his profits in olive oil production in Palestine.

Mini-Classification:
Fred Rogers will go to any lengths to bond with his children. He’ll even jump out of an airplane. In service to familial connection, he once went sky-diving with his daughter and her friends. He said it’s something everyone should do once. Once they pried his fingers from the door frame, he said, the ride down was exhilarating.

Paul Harris Fellowship: Jenny Hartley, Fred Rogers’s wife, was surprised with a donation to the Rotary Foundation in her name. The fellowship is in recognition of her community involvement and demonstration of service above self. 

Guests: Jeffrey Harmley (Thompson), Zane Anway (L. Dilley), Jenny Hartley (Rogers).

Scholarship Enhancement: Our B-Man, Jim Blaha

Announcements:
— Our literacy team is still looking for a few more volunteers to read to elementary students before school. Make a commitment that works for you. See Chris Weber if you can do this.

— Northfield Library’s new book mobile, which we helped purchase, will be unveiled tomorrow with a reception from 10:30 to noon at the public library.

— If you are interested in joining our Youth Exchange team, there is a meeting Thursday, March 1, 5:15 p.m. at the Sivanich residence. See Wendy Sivanich for more information.

— Rotary is responsible for support staff for Thursday’s Table on Thursday, March 29, at the Northfield Community Resource Center. If you can help, see Jim Pokorney.

— The membership committee will hold an orientation session for new members on Tuesday, March 20, 5 to 6:30 p.m. at Community Resource Bank. We will share the club vision and opportunities to serve on club projects and teams. A light supper will be served.

HELP WANTED: The board is inviting applicants for our club treasurer position. David Wolf is stepping down from the post after five years of service. Don’t hesitate to self-nominate, if you can balance a checkbook. Talk to President Wakely, President-Elect Richardson or Past-President Michelle Lasswell 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:

March 8 — Mary Hahn, Classification (S. Richardson)

March 15 —Pau Ortenberg, Youth Exchange Student (Chavies)

March 22 — Kristi Purcell, Executive Director, Cannon River Watershed Partnership (W. Sivanich)

Rotary Cogwheel | February 15.2018

February 14, 2018

Today’s Program | Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018

Today: Robert Massoud, The Power of a Mission Driven Business (Rogers)

Next Week: Kengo Osumi, exchange student, (Frago)

Birthdays: Janet Hanson (2/13) and Alyssa Herzog-Melby (2/15)

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:
Penny Hillemann is not from here. I mean not even close. She was born in Nairobi, Kenya to two British civil servants, just as the sun was finally setting on Britain’s colonial empire.

In 1964, when Penny was five, the family moved to the United States and settled in the San Francisco area. Her father worked for the Oakland Tribune as a printer-proofreader. Her mother was a legal secretary and a writer, both fiction and nonfiction. Her enrollment in a private high school academy proved to be life-changing. It put her on a trajectory to graduate from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, to marry a classmate and to earn a law degree from the University of Wisconsin.

She moved to Northfield in 1990 with her former husband, Eric Hillemann, and her daughter, Phoebe. They had two more children, daughter, Hallie, and son, Henry.

Penny worked for WCAL-radio at St. Olaf College until it was sold to Minnesota Public Radio and then worked at Neuger Communications for 12 years as a project manager and writer. During her time at Neuger, she especially enjoyed her work mission-based organizations and walked the talk by serving on the board of directors at Northfield Healthy Community Initiative for eight years, joining the Just Food board in 2012 and now serving as president, and joining River Bend Nature Center’s board in 2013. Last year, she decided to follow her passion for nonprofits and accepted the position of executive director of Northfield Area United Way.

Penny remarried in 2008. Her husband, Dave, manages the Super America on Highway 3. She continues to experience and study the web of life that connects the outdoors and agriculture with food and good health. For the past 10 years, she has authored a blog on bird-watching, gardening and the outdoors, called Penelopedia. Penny also does free-lance science writing.

Mini-Classification:
Virginia Kazcmarek is the executive director of the Northfield Y. The $9.4 million facility is now in its fourth year of operation and is financially sustainable, she reported. It serves some 5,000 members a month, most of who live within a 10-mile radius of Northfield. The biggest demographic is adults ages 24-55 with children.

Virginia has worked for the YMCA for 20 years, 10 years here in Northfield. She is a graduate of St. Cloud State University with a degree in economics and earned her masters degree in economics from the University of Kansas. Before her academic work, she served in the U.S. Marine Corps.

She has two children and two grandchildren.

Guests: Jody Gunderson (Heineman), Bill Kuhlman, president of Minneapolis Rotary Club (Ophaug), Larry Vorwerk (Barry Carlson), Conceiceo Mendonca (V. Dilly), Sherri Meyers (Kazcmarek)

Scholarship Enhancement: Reggie Haslett-Marroquin

Announcements:
If you are interested in volunteering for the Laura Baker Services dinner theater Friday, Feb. 23, see Andrei Sivanich. He needs hosts, servers, and dishwashers.

Carl Caskey needs a couple more members to serve on Local Donations Committee. Most business is conducted electronically. If you are interested, see Carl.

The membership committee will hold an orientation session for new members on Tuesday, March 20, 6 to 6:30 p.m. at Community Resource Bank. We will share the club vision and opportunities to serve on club projects and committees. A light supper will be served.

HELP WANTED: The board is inviting applicants for our club treasurer position. David Wolf is stepping down from the post after five years of service. Don’t hesitate to self-nominate, if you can balance a checkbook. Talk to President Wakely, President-Elect Richardson or Past-President Michelle Lasswell 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:

March 1 — Sera Shin, exchange student (Galdeen)

March 8 — Mary Hahn, Classification (S. Richardson)

March 15 —Pau Ortenberg, Youth Exchange Student (Chavies)

March 22 — Kristi Purcell, Executive Director, Cannon River Watershed Partnership (W. Sivanich)

Rotary Cogwheel | February 8.2018

February 6, 2018

Today’s Program | Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018

Today: Penny Hillemann, Classification (Kaczmarek)

Next Week: Robert Massoud, The Power of a Mission Driven Business (Rogers)
Birthdays: Vicky Langer (2/6), Dorothee Ishler and Robert Craig (2/7) and Amy from Thailand (2/8)
Statement of Purpose: Northfield Rotary Club is dedicated to promoting peace and understanding through service and shared experience. We invite people from all corners of the community to join us as we partner with others to support youth, build sustainable infrastructure and preserve our planet.

Last Week:
Two weeks ago, we learned of the work Destiny Rescue is doing in Southeast Asia to help victims of sex trafficking. Al Zdrazil gave us a more global perspective on human trafficking in last week’s presentation.

First the numbers:
■ There are anywhere between 21 million and 46 million people stuck in the clutches of “compelled service” worldwide, more people today than when slavery was legal.
■ 1.5 million victims are involved in labor trafficking; the rest are in the sex trade.
■ Human trafficking is a $150 billion industry, generating more revenue than the 10 largest United States corporations combined.
■ 71 percent of those trafficked enter the U.S. with legal visas.
■ Minnesota ranks 13th in the country for youth participation in this industry.

Al said the industry systematically exploits those in poverty, minors who are homeless or run-aways and those with a history of abuse and trauma. The business is driven by demand, primarily from men. His goal is to drag this dark aspect of our culture out of the shadows and find a way to protect the victims.

“It hasn’t stopped because we haven’t stopped it,” he said.

He is hopeful that Rotary, with its worldwide network and successful track record of attacking big issues such as polio, can make a difference in this area. He invited us to attend or promote an upcoming district meeting on Human Trafficking Friday, Feb. 23, in the Twin Cities. He would like representatives from education, the faith community, law enforcement to attend. For more information, contact Meg Low at lowmargaret22@gmail.com.

Mini-Classification:
Todd Thompson is a nice enough guy. Born in Mora and raised in Burnsville, he went to school at Carleton College and the University of Minnesota. He has four children, one of whom was a Rotary exchange student. He said he is proud to be a member of Rotary.
New Member Induction: Anika Rychter (Blaha) and Jennifer Novak (Rich) were formally inducted to the club. Anika works for Northfield Community Action Center and Jennifer is an attorney with Grundhoefer and Ludescher, a Northfield law firm. Welcome Anika and Jennifer.

Guests: Karen and Denny Vinar (Wakely), Tim Peterson (Collman), Stephen Coccarelli (Allawala) and Larry Vorwerk (Brown-Wescott)

Scholarship Enhancement: Russ Halverson

Announcements:
The Rotary meals at the Key are going well, reports Janine Acheson. We need members to sign up for the second half of the year. If you are interested in any one of a variety of tasks, see Janine.

While vacationing at Lake Tahoe, Nev., Alan Anderson was invited to give his climate talk to two local Rotary clubs.

Charlie Cogan reported that our Rotary district has raised almost $1.5 million for Polio Plus since 2007. That amount has been matched two to one by the Gates Foundation.

Despite the unsettling affects of a false nuclear strike alert, John Ophaug gamely finished his quest to run a marathon in all 50 states in Hawaii last month. Chances are the alert, shall we say, “motivated” him to quicken his pace. To celebrate his accomplishment, he is making a donation to the Rotary Foundation.

Correction:
The “World In Your Lobby” workshop, postponed from January 11 to February 23, will address working with people of different cultures and identities. The workshop, provided by CAC-Northfield Works, is being funded by the Ames Fund.

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:
February 22 — Kengo Osumi, exchange student, (Frago)
March 1 — Sera Shin, exchange student (Estenson)
March 8 — Mary Hahn, Classification (S. Richardson)
March 15 —Pau Ortenberg, Youth Exchange Student (Chavies)

Rotary Cogwheel | February 1.2018

January 30, 2018

Today’s Program | Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018

Today: Human Trafficking (Thompson)

Next Week: Penny Hillemann, Classification (Kaczmarek)

Birthdays:  Scott Wopata (1/27) and our fearless leader Jean Wakely (2/3)

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:

Destiny Rescue is a faith-based nonprofit that rescues girls and young women from the Southeast Asian sex trade.

Lew Anderson, once a pastor at what is now Life 21 church in Northfield, returned to tell of the organization’s success. Since 2011 they have rescued nearly 2,500 girls from being exploited by a dark and violent human trafficking trade. Around 80 percent of those rescued escape that lifestyle with the aid of group homes, counseling and education.

“We are seeing an amazing success rate,” Lew said, pointing out that government success rates are closer to 5 percent.

Destiny Rescue was started in 2001 by an Australian business man who saw a need to help these girls. The organization now has 250 employees and works in India, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, the Philippines, and the Dominican Republic. Agents with backgrounds in either military or police work do the dangerous work of making contact with the girls in the brothels. They will pose as customers in an effort to establish a relationship that builds trust and leads to the girls’ escape.

Most of the girls are not there by choice. Some have were sold to sex traffickers by their families. Lew’s organization attempts to revive the girls’ sense of dignity and empower them through education and skill-building. They integrate girls back into society as soon as they are ready. If it is in their best interest, they try to reunite them with their families.

Destiny Rescue is funded by independent donations. Lew said it costs about $1,500 to rescue one girl. We can help by donating money, buying jewelry made by the girls or hosting a jewelry party. To learn more, go to: www.destinyrescue.org.

Mini-Classification:
Jack Hoschouer grew up near Chicago and graduated from St. Olaf College with degrees in German and Political Science. He joined the U.S. Army in 1968. Around that time, he met a nursing student named, Ayako, who became his wife. Jack’s work took him overseas and when he came back in the United States, he settled in Northfield.

Paul Harris Recognition: Mark Quinnell was recognized for a second Paul Harris award. Mark said he contributes because of the world-wide impact Rotary has through youth exchange and initiatives such as Polio Plus. He said he also appreciates the fellowship.

Guests: Anika Rychter (Blaha),

Scholarship Enhancement: Steve Underdahl

Announcements:

Matt Hillman encouraged members to sign up to be a reader to elementary students during their pre-school breakfast time. Rotary would like to have 30 members contribute to this important literacy program sponsored by HCI’s Northfield Promise. We currently have 15 signed up. Reading proficiency is critical to opening the door to Northfield’s rich curriculum, he said. This is one way to give every student a chance to succeed.

Rotary is holding a district meeting on Human Trafficking on Friday, Feb. 23, in the Twin Cities. We would like representatives from education, the faith community, law enforcement to attend. If you know anyone who is interested, have them contact Todd Thompson or President Wakely.

Lynne Pedersen announced that the Northfield Senior Center is now renamed “Fifth North.” She encouraged members to check it out.

There will be two events in February that may be of interest to those who work or live in and around the silver tsunami. Survey results compiled by “Creating an Age-Friendly Northfield” will be shared Feb. 3, 10 a.m. at the Northfield Public Library. On Thursday, Feb. 8, 6:30 p.m. the Northfield High School Auditorium, Cathy Wurzer of MPR will lead a conversation on living and dying well. The event is called “Reconvening Northfield.” See Shelly Holden for details on either event.

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:

February 15 — Robert Massoud, The Power of a Mission Driven Business (Rogers)

February 22 — Kengo Osumi, exchange student, (Frago)

March 1 — Sera Shin, exchange student (Estenson)

March 8 — Mary Hahn, Classification (S. Richardson)

Rotary Cogwheel | January 25.2018

January 23, 2018

Today’s Program | Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018

Today: Lew Anderson, Destiny Rescue (Hoschouer)

Next Week: Human Trafficking (Thompson)

Birthdays:  Wendy Sivanich (1/21)

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:
Jenni Roney loves small towns. That’s why the position of executive director of Northfield Downtown Development Corporation (NDDC) is such a great fit. Jenni appreciates small-town neighborliness, the built in accountability, and the home-grown community festivals.

Jenni grew up in Wamego, Kan., a small town outside of Manhattan, Kan. Her father was president of the local bank; her mother worked as a registered nurse. Her family still lives on land that was homesteaded in 1886 by maternal Irish ancestors.

The elder of two daughters, Jenni graduated high school and went on to Kansas State where she majored in advertising. During college and for several years after graduation, she worked for Wildcat Sports Network, selling sponsorships for Wildcat games and doing stats. Jenni was on the ground floor as Kansas State rose to national standing in football and basketball.

It was husband, Doug, another Wildcat, who brought her to Northfield. After 10 nomadic corporate years, they settled in Northfield in 2009 when Doug took a position with Malt-O-Meal, now Post. They have three boys, a first-year lacrosse player at — where else — Kansas State, and a junior and first-year high school student at NHS. The Roneys watch a lot of soccer, football and lacrosse.

Jenni said she is proud of the work NDDC is doing. They are working on downtown parking solutions, marketing the downtown and launching a First Friday Art Night late this spring. Besides her work at NDDC and a busy family life, Jenni also does communication work and promotion for Rebound Enterprises and serves on the Northfield Round Table.

Mini-Classification:

Erica Zweifel recently traded her work with Carleton’s Science Education Resource Center for a position at the college’s Center for Community and Civic Engagement. One of the center’s projects is a “food recovery program.” Launched in 2014, the program works with Bon Appetite, the college’s food service, to identify and package unused food and then works with seven community partners to get it in the hands of people who need it. The program is run by students, and her son, Christof, a first-year Carleton student, is one of the student volunteers.

 

New Member Induction: Stacey Longwich works in Communications and Operations at St. Olaf College. She is relatively new to Northfield, but not to Rotary. She previously belonged to a club in Burlingame,
Calif. Her sponsor is Rick Estenson. Welcome Stacey.

Guests: Anika Rychter (Wakely), Deb Peters (Kyte) and Mark Lancaster (Estenson)

Scholarship Enhancement: Sue Pokorney

Announcements:
The board voted last month to support a pilot project to provide an evening meal at the KEY one Wednesday a month. Janine Atchison is looking for volunteers who will shop for supplies, coordinate the evening or cook on a specific Wednesday evening. See her if you can help.

Youth exchange students are taking to the Welch Village slopes on Saturday, Feb. 3. If you are interested in going, see Todd Thompson.

We are still scouring the country for a Blue-Ray copy of the movie “Breathe.” If anyone has access, please let President Wakely know. A story about the movie appears in this month’s “Rotarian” magazine on page 57.

Rotary is holding a district meeting on Human Trafficking on Friday, Feb. 23, in the Twin Cities. We would like representatives from education, the faith community, law enforcement to attend. If you know anyone who is interested, have them contact Todd Thompson or President Wakely.

There will be two events in February that may be of interest to those who work or live in and around the silver tsunami. Survey results compiled by “Creating an Age-Friendly Northfield” will be shared Feb. 3, 10 a.m. at the Northfield Public Library. On Thursday, Feb. 8, 6:30 p.m. the Northfield High School Auditorium, Cathy Wurzer of MPR will lead a conversation on living and dying well. The event is called “Reconvening Northfield.” See Shelly Holden for details on either event.

Bruce Morlan is reviving “Politics and a Pint,” an effort to create save space for civil discourse on political topics of interest. This lightly-moderated event will convene on Thursday evenings at the Contented Cow, 7 p.m.

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:

February 8 — Penny Hillemann, Classification (Kaczmarek)

February 15 — Robert Massoud, How a Just Palestine-Israel Peace Can Save the Planet (Rogers)

February 22 — Kengo Osumi, exchange student, (Frago)

March 1 — Sera Shin, exchange student (Estenson)

Rotary Cogwheel | January 18.2018

January 16, 2018

Today’s Program | Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018

Today: Jenni Ronni, Classification, (Zweifel)

Next Week: To Be Announced

Birthdays:  Rick Esse and Mike Leming (1/16) and Mark Abbott (1/17)

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. 

Last Week:
Patricia Fenrick, Refugee Workforce Development and Outreach Specialist with the State Department of Human Services, said immigrants are a part of our story and a part of our future. With a shortage of able-bodied workers as we approach full employment, they are critical to our future economic growth, she said.

Immigrants already settled in Minnesota account for 7.5 percent of our gross domestic production. They hold $1.8 billion in spending power and pay some $220 million annually in state and local taxes.

Patricia gave us a sneak preview to the “World in Your Lobby” workshop scheduled for Friday, Feb. 23, at the United Methodist Church that will address working with people of different cultures and identities.

The workshop is provided by CAC-Northfield Works. This is a partnership between Northfield employers, CAC clients, volunteers and staff that helps people work toward economic independence and improved quality of life through earned income. The workshop is being funded by a Northfield Shares grant. Rotary is a partner for the event.

Mini-Classification:

Jim Blaha is executive director of the Northfield Community Action Center. He spends his days looking for ways to provide basic needs to those who live on the margins. A Rotarian since 2000, he has been a board member and served as president in 2006-2007. He said Rotary is a powerful voice in the community and he is proud to be a member.

Guests: Nalongue Cogan (Cogan), Kier Johnson (B. Johnson), Laura Schlotterback (Blaha) and  numerous guests associated with the World in Your Lobby workshop.

Scholarship Enhancement: John “Red Cross” Ehresmann

Announcements:
David Koenig invites anyone interested in the club’s Ethical Leadership Committee to meet with him today after our noon meeting.

The board voted last month to support a pilot project to provide an evening meal at the KEY one Wednesday a month. Janine Atchison is looking for volunteers who will shop for supplies, coordinate the evening or cook on a specific Wednesday evening. See her if you can help.

You are invited to participate in an upcoming North American Ice Fishing tournament Friday, Jan. 26 through Sunday, Jan. 28. There will be free indoor seminars at Jesse James Lanes and an ice fishing kids’ camp. The tournament, itself, with a $14,000 payout, will be held at Cedar Lake. See Lisa Peterson for details.

Youth exchange students are taking to the Welch Village slopes on Sunday, Feb. 4. If you are interested in going, see Todd Thompson.

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:

February 1 — Human Trafficking (Thompson)

February 8 — Penny Hillemann, Classification (Kaczmarek)

February 15 — Robert Massoud, How a Just Palestine-Israel Peace Can Save the Planet (Rogers)

Rotary Cogwheel | January 11.2018

January 10, 2018

Today’s Program | Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018

Today: Patricia Fenswick, Refugees in the Workplace (Blaha)

Next Week: Jenni Ronni, Classification, (Zweifel)

Birthdays: Ragh Singh (1/10) and Lynne Pederson (1/11)

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

Last Week:

Houston. We have a problem.

The earth is warming at an unprecedented rate; humans are the cause and it’s an urgent issue, says Alan Anderson, chair of our Climate Action Committee.

Save for a handful of “merchants of doubt,” Alan says the scientific community is unanimous in its recognition of the human influence on global warming. “It is no hoax,” he said.

Sixteen of the last 17 years are the warmest years on record. Average global temperature has increased by 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit. Ice caps are melting faster than projected. Coastal waters are rising, and climate change has sparked more severe natural disasters, ranging from hurricanes in the gulf and Atlantic to forest fires in California. The only way to combat these changes is to reduce our carbon emissions, he said.

Rotary, with its global reach and track record of success, is uniquely positioned to address these issues, Alan said. On a national scale, Alan sees benefits of implementing a carbon fee and dividend. Locally, he reminded us of our educational efforts at climate summits and our support of city leaders in their efforts to reduce its carbon footprint.

Climate change affects everyone, he said. It puts at risk all of Rotary’s six areas of focus — peace and conflict prevention/resolution, disease prevention and treatment, water and sanitation, maternal and child health, basic education and literacy, and economic and community development. Ultimately, we owe it to our children, grandchildren and all future generations to take this issue seriously and to act, he said.

Mini-Classification:
Rick Estenson, a member since 1999, pointed us to a recent missive from the president of Rotary International, Ian Riseley, where he encouraged us to actively seek to attract younger people and women to our clubs. Diversity is our strength, President Risely wrote. He said our clubs must reflect the world in which we live.

Marston Headley Award

David Wolf, our long-time treasurer, was named this year’s winner of the Marston Headley Award. The award goes each year to a club member who provides exceptional service to the club or the community. David was cited for his unassuming and supportive nature while keeping track of money in and money out for the club over the past five years. The award is named for past member Marston Headley, now deceased, who was a past president and long-time secretary for the club. Congratulations David. He now must find an appropriate landing for the fabled traveling Rotary shovel, which will be in his custody for the next 12 months.

Guests: Lin Wolf (Rotary) and Richard DeBeau (the law firm of Craig and Davis)

Scholarship Enhancement: The affable Charlie Gogan

Announcements:
David Koenig invites anyone interested in the club’s Ethical Leadership Committee to meet with him next week after our noon meeting.

The board voted last month to support a pilot project to provide an evening meal at the KEY one Wednesday a month. Janine Atchison is looking for volunteers who will shop for supplies, coordinate the evening or cook on a specific Wednesday evening. See her if you can help.

Chris Weber is looking for 10 more club members to read to elementary students at our elementary schools as part of Northfield Promise’s literacy campaign.  We have 20 already committed and going through the required background check. If you can help, see Chris.

President Wakely said the movie “Breathe,” starring Andrew Garfield, is a movie that will provide information and insight into polio and the development of the iron lung. If you have a chance, she encourages you to see it.

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:

January 25 — Beatriz Rebello, Exchange Student (Stevens)

February 1 — Human Trafficking (Thompson)

February 8 — Penny Hillemann, Classification (Kaczmarek)

February 15 — Robert Massoud, How a Just Palestine-Israel Peace Can Save the Planet (Rogers)

Rotary Cogwheel | January 4.2018

January 3, 2018

Today’s Program | Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018

Today: Pau Ortemberg, our inbound exchange student from Spain (Chavie).

Next Week: Patricia Fenswick, Refugees in the Workplace (Blaha)
Birthdays: Fred Rogers (1/4) and Curtis Tiano (1/6)
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.

Last Week:
Northfield Promise is taking a “collective impact” approach to improve the reading levels of our elementary students. It’s looking to align all of the community’s literacy efforts in service to this goal.

Laura Turek of Northfield Healthy Community (HCI), staffs the reading team for Northfield Promise. She said the program aims to measure what matters, identify best practices and implement what evidence suggests works. Northfield Promise wants all kids to be ready to read by third grade. The team is promoting reading to kids of all ages, making books more accessible to all families, involving the family, mentoring and integrating reading into a wide range of out of school activities.

Northfield Promise has created a number of outreach efforts. They include the Book Bike, a bi-pedal version of the bookmobile; providing books on school buses; a program called Bookends, reading before and after a youth activity such as soccer or dance; and now Breakfast Buddies. Laura is recruiting readers to share stories with kids during their 25-minute breakfast period at our elementary schools. If you are interested in participating, see Chris Weber or contact Laura Turek at laura@northfieldhci.org
Mini-Classification:
Chris Weber, a native of Chicago and a graduate of St. Olaf, has spent 23 years in the financial services and investment industry. He moved to Northfield with his wife Deanne in 1999 and now works for Community Resource Bank. They have two children.

Chris reminded us that our Literacy Committee began in 2010. Since then we have supported literacy in Northfield in a variety of ways. In partnership with the Early Childhood Coalition we have participated in collecting and distributing books across the community. We have contributed to the Northfield Library’s expansion project and helped underwrite its new bookmobile. Now we are collaborating with Northfield Promise’s literacy team to promote literacy and improve the reading skills of elementary students.

Ugly Sweater Contest: First-year entrant Brent Nystrom, the 29 Cent Santa, bested a field of 15 to win the 2017 Ugly Sweater Contest. The Rotary applause meter narrowed the field to three: Brent, Pat O’Neil and Vicki Dilley. We wished Vicki a happy birthday sent her on her way. And then there were two. Pat, who looked like a walking consignment shop, was nipped at the wire by a reindeer’s nose, and Brent earned the victory lap. But as always, no one’s a loser when you are making memories for Northfield Rotary.

Guests: Sam Richardson (Hillmann), Stacy Longwich and Maria Estenson (Estenson), Jose Martinez, former 2015 inbound exchange student, (A. Sivanich), and Aishwarya Gokhale from India, a former inbound exchange student (Taylor).

Scholarship Enhancement: Shelly Holden

Announcements:
The International Film Forum at Carleton College will focus on focus on ecological and civilization sustainability in a 10-week series beginning Monday, Jan. 8, 7 to 9 p.m. and extending through February. For more information, go to: apps.carleton.edu/arts/iff/schedule/ or contact Alan Anderson.

Nominations for this year’s Rotary Good Neighbor Award are due today. See Erica Zweifel if you have an eleventh-hour nominee.

Rachel Estrella reported that 15 of the 18 candidate for outbound placement next fall were accepted by the district. She thanked everyone who contributed to the interview process.

Jim Blaha invited members to consider attending the “World In Your Lobby: Adventures in Working Across Cultures” workshop next Thursday, Jan. 14. Patricia Fenwick, Refugee Workforce Development Outreach Specialist for the Minnesota Department of Human Services, will speak at Rotary at a workshop immediately following our meeting at the church. If you plan on attending, please RSVP by calling 507-664-3580.

Our own Rick Estenson was named Business Person of the Year by the Northfield Area Chamber of Commerce. Congratulations, Rick on a recognition well-deserved.

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:
January 18 — Jenni Ronni, Classification, (Zweifel)
January 25 — Beatriz Rebello, Exchange Student (Stevens)
February 1 — Human Trafficking (Thompson)
February 8 — Penny Hillemann, Classification (Kaczmarek)

Rotary Cogwheel | December 21.2017

December 19, 2017

Today’s Program | Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017

Today: Laura Turek, Northfield Promise Literacy Team (Weber)

Next Week: No meeting next week. But come back on January 4 to hear from Pau Ortemberg, our inbound exchange student from Spain (Chavie).
Birthdays: Vicki Dilley and Blake Abdella (12/21), Virginia Kaczmarek (12/22), William Carlson (12/23), Sera Shin and Neil Lutsky (12/27) and Jake Conway (12/28).
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.

Last Week:
Better living through farming might be Andrew Ehrmann’s credo. He and his wife, Betsy Allister, run Spring Wind Farm, a 20-acre Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) enterprise in Waterford Township, just north of Northfield. Two Macalester grads with no farming background have made a commitment to building community through growing healthy food for people they know.

“It really all boils down to health,” Andrew said, “on multiple levels.”

They have been at it for eight years now and have not regretted their choice. They enjoy the lifestyle of working and raising a family close to home, the idea of providing friends and neighbors with healthy food, and the community engagement that comes with all of that.

“The fun is working with our patrons and building connections between people and the land,” said Andrew.

The CSA movement started on the east coast in 1986 and has spread across the country. There are now several CSAs in the Northfield area. At Spring Wind Farm consumers pay up front for a full share, two-thirds share or half-share and then pickup their produce once a week during a 20-week growing season. It provides producers up-front capital which allows them to avoid taking out operating loans. It spreads the risk between consumers and the farmers, and it builds strong relationships between patrons and producers.

Two-thirds of his business is based on the 180 subscribing households. The other third is from wholesale sales to grocery stores, the colleges and others. He said Northfield has been really supportive of the idea of locally-sourced produce.

Andrew believes there is room for more CSAs in the area. Access to land can be a barrier, however. The established CSAs work collaboratively to build their businesses. He sees a need to expand the market so future generations will be able to follow in his and Betsy’s footsteps.

Mini-Classification:
Bruce Morlan said sustainability and resilience have been bedrock principles in his approach to civic life. Keeping farm land close to the consumer is good for food and good for the community, he said.

Guests: Patricia Richardson (S. Richardson), Jean Callister-Benson (Spethmann) and Jane Obertree (Will).

Scholarship Enhancement: Penny Hillemann

Announcements:
The Rotary board approved a one-year pilot project to provide an evening meal once a month for youth at The Key. The hope is there will be an opportunity to weave some life-skills training into the program on topics such as cooking and nutrition. If you are interested in contributing to this effort, contact Janine Atchison, Virginia Kaczmarek or Scott Wopata.

The International Film Forum at Carleton College will focus on focus on ecological and civilization sustainability in a 10-week series beginning Monday, Jan. 8, 7 to 9 p.m. and extending through February. For more information, go to: apps.carleton.edu/arts/iff/schedule/ or contact Alan Anderson.

If you are interested in delivering Meals-On-Wheels during our week in January, see Jim Pokorney or Betsy Spethmann. There will be another opportunity in June.

Nominations for this year’s Rotary Good Neighbor Award are due by Thursday, Jan. 4. Nomination forms are available on the club’s website, or see Erica Zweifel for one.

The Copper Street Brass sent a “thank you” for the warm reception of its performance earlier this month. Jan Stevens said the Brass is considering opening their holiday season here in Northfield on a regular basis.

Steve Wilmot, a former member of the club, died Sunday, Dec. 10, at the age of 50. His funeral was last Friday, Dec. 15, in Minneapolis.

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:
January 11 — Patricia Fenswick, Refugees in the Workplace (Blaha)
January 18 — Jenni Ronni, Classification, (Zweifel)
January 25 — Beatriz Rebello, Exchange Student ( Stevens)
February 1 — Human Trafficking (Thompson)