Cogwheel Archive

Rotary Cogwheel | June 21.2018

June 19, 2018

Today’s Program | Thursday, June 21, 2018

Today: Scott Richardson—State of the Club

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

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

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

Guests:

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

Announcements

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

Election 2018-19

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

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

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

President — Scott Richardson; President-Elect — Barry Carlson; Treasurer — Virginia

Kaczmarek; Secretary — Kari Nelson; International Service — Todd Thompson; Rotary

Club Service — Vicki Dilley; Fundraising — Chris Heineman; Community Service —

Jake Conway; Public Relations & Communications — Jenni Roney; Membership —

Barry Carlson.

Scholarship enhancement: Anika Rychner

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

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

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

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

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

Joan Erickson — Argentina

Annika Fisher— South Africa

Bergen Hoff — Czech Republic/Slovakia

Emma Iverson — Spain

Alex Kovach — Japan

Joseph Kreis — Italy

Benjamin (Ben) Mohlke — Brazil

Piper Nelson — Germany

Jenna Olien — South Korea

Jack Overstreet — Brazil

Gregory Pelletier — Argentina

Espen Richardson — Norway

Elizabeth (Betsy) Schuerman — Denmark

Allison (Al) Weise — Thailand

Coming Up:

July 5 – Todd Thompson, Save the Lake

July 12 – Zack Zastrow Classification (Richardson)

Rotary Cogwheel | June 14.2018

June 12, 2018

Today’s Program | Thursday, June 14, 2018

Today: Vicki Dilley—Trip to Tanzania

Next Week: Scott Richardson—State of the Club

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

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

Guests:

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

Induction of new members: 

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

Announcements

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

A message from the President-Elect:

Dear Northfield Rotarians,

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

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

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

Friday, June 22, to submit an idea.

Thanks for your help.

Scott Richardson

President-Elect

Election 2018-19

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

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

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

President — Scott Richardson; President-Elect — Barry Carlson; Treasurer — Virginia

Kaczmarek; Secretary — Kari Nelson; International Service — Todd Thompson; Rotary

Club Service — Vicki Dilley; Fundraising — Chris Heineman; Community Service —

Jake Conway; Public Relations & Communications — Jenni Roney; Membership —

Barry Carlson.

Scholarship enhancement: Jim Schlichting

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Joan Erickson — Argentina

Annika Fisher— South Africa

Bergen Hoff — Czech Republic/Slovakia

Emma Iverson — Spain

Alex Kovach — Japan

Joseph Kreis — Italy

Benjamin (Ben) Mohlke — Brazil

Piper Nelson — Germany

Jenna Olien — South Korea

Jack Overstreet — Brazil

Gregory Pelletier — Argentina

Espen Richardson — Norway

Elizabeth (Betsy) Schuerman — Denmark

Allison (Al) Weise — Thailand

Coming Up:

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

July 5 – Todd Thompson, Save the Lake

July 12 – Zack Zastrow Classification (Richardson)

Rotary Cogwheel | June 7.2018

June 6, 2018

Today’s Program | Thursday, June 7, 2018

Today: Stacey Longwich—Classification (Carlson)

Next Week: Vicki Dilley—Trip to Tanzania

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

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

Guests:

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

Presentation

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

Announcements

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

Scholarship enhancement: Jake Conway

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

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

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

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

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

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

Joan Erickson — Argentina

Annika Fisher— South Africa

Bergen Hoff — Czech Republic/Slovakia

Emma Iverson — Spain

Alex Kovach — Japan

Joseph Kreis — Italy

Benjamin (Ben) Mohlke — Brazil

Piper Nelson — Germany

Jenna Olien — South Korea

Jack Overstreet — Brazil

Gregory Pelletier — Argentina

Espen Richardson — Norway

Elizabeth (Betsy) Schuerman — Denmark

Allison (Al) Weise — Thailand

Coming Up:

June 21 – Scott Richardson—State of the Club

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

 

Rotary Cogwheel | May 31.2018

May 30, 2018

Today’s Program | Thursday, May 31, 2018

Today: Peggy Prowe—National Trails Week is June 2

Next Week: Stacey Longwich—Classification (Carlson)

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

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

Guests:

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

Presentation

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

Announcements

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

Scholarship enhancement: Kengo

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

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

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

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

Joan Erickson — Argentina

Annika Fisher— South Africa

Bergen Hoff — Czech Republic/Slovakia

Emma Iverson — Spain

Alex Kovach — Japan

Joseph Kreis — Italy

Benjamin (Ben) Mohlke — Brazil

Piper Nelson — Germany

Jenna Olien — South Korea

Jack Overstreet — Brazil

Gregory Pelletier — Argentina

Espen Richardson — Norway

Elizabeth (Betsy) Schuerman — Denmark

Allison (Al) Weise — Thailand

Coming Up:

June 14 – Vicki Dilley—Trip to Tanzania

June 21 – Scott Richardson—State of the Club

 

Rotary Cogwheel | May 17.2018

May 16, 2018

Today’s Program | Thursday, May 17, 2018

Today: Susan Brower, MN State Demographics (Blaha)

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

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

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

Guests:

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

Announcements

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

Scholarship enhancement: Mark Lancaster

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

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

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

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

Joan Erickson — Argentina

Annika Fisher— South Africa

Bergen Hoff — Czech Republic/Slovakia

Emma Iverson — Spain

Alex Kovach — Japan

Joseph Kreis — Italy

Benjamin (Ben) Mohlke — Brazil

Piper Nelson — Germany

Jenna Olien — South Korea

Jack Overstreet — Brazil

Gregory Pelletier — Argentina

Espen Richardson — Norway

Elizabeth (Betsy) Schuerman — Denmark

Allison (Al) Weise — Thailand

Coming Up:

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

June 7 – Stacey Longwich—Classification (Carlson)

June 14 – Vicki Dilley—Trip to Tanzania

June 21 – Scott Richardson—State of the Club

 

Rotary Cogwheel | May 10.2018

May 8, 2018

Today’s Program | Thursday, May 10, 2018

Today: Sandi Gerdes, Developmental Disability Awareness (Sivanich)

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

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

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

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

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

Announcements

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

Scholarship enhancement

Barb Wornson

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

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

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

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

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

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

Joan Erickson — Argentina

Annika Fisher— South Africa

Bergen Hoff — Czech Republic/Slovakia

Emma Iverson — Spain

Alex Kovach — Japan

Joseph Kreis — Italy

Benjamin (Ben) Mohlke — Brazil

Piper Nelson — Germany

Jenna Olien — South Korea

Jack Overstreet — Brazil

Gregory Pelletier — Argentina

Espen Richardson — Norway

Elizabeth (Betsy) Schuerman — Denmark

Allison (Al) Weise — Thailand

Coming Up:

May 17 – Susan Brower, Changing Demographics in MN

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

 

Rotary Cogwheel | May 3.2018

May 1, 2018

Today’s Program | Thursday, May 3, 2018

Today: Mary Hahn (Richardson)

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

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

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

Guests:

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

Presentation

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

Announcements

Barry Carlson is celebrating retirement by reading with kids at Sibley 

Matt Hillman shared that we sent six students to RYLA

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

Todd Thompson is back from Guatemala

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

Scholarship enhancement

Barry Carlson

 

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

God Ever Glorious

Little Innocent Lamb

Down by the Old Mill Stream

Ticket to the Kingdom

Keep America Singing

Peaceful River

Beer Barrel Polka

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

Joan Erickson — Argentina

Annika Fisher— South Africa

Bergen Hoff — Czech Republic/Slovakia

Emma Iverson — Spain

Alex Kovach — Japan

Joseph Kreis — Italy

Benjamin (Ben) Mohlke — Brazil

Piper Nelson — Germany

Jenna Olien — South Korea

Jack Overstreet — Brazil

Gregory Pelletier — Argentina

Espen Richardson — Norway

Elizabeth (Betsy) Schuerman — Denmark

Allison (Al) Weise — Thailand

Coming Up:

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

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

 

Rotary Cogwheel | April 19.2018

April 17, 2018

Today’s Program | Thursday, April 19, 2018

Today: Amy Jivavitoonkit, Exchange Student (Ischler)

Next Week: Trobadours, Singing to the Club (Morey)

Birthdays: N/A

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: David Koenig is from Valparaiso, Indiana and has lived in Northfield for 21 years. He works to improve the effectiveness or organizations through his company, The Governance Fund. He published a book in 2012 and the 2nd edition will be released soon. He has two teenagers, Anders and Sylvia. David introduced our speaker, Jeff McLaughlin, as the Executive Vice-President of Fire Engine Red, a marathon runner and St. Olaf grad.

Jeff McLaughlin was born in Nebraska and throughout his life has visited all of the 50 states. He studied hisrory and English at St. Olaf, graduating in 1992. He worked in admissions there after graduation. He married his wife Betsy, now a teacher at Greenvale and they jad daughter Edie vin 2007 and sn Will in 2009.Will was born with a heart defect that caused congestive heart failure and liver failure. After several surgeries and a pacemaker, Will was given a few months to live. But nine years later, he is a healthy boy known for his ever-present smile.

After working at St. Olaf, Jeff joined Neuger Communications in 2004. He later took a position at Fire Engine Red, helping colleges identify prospective students. Working from his home office, his company uses data from College Board and the ACT to help colleges market themselves to prospects.

Guests: Aramis Wells (Allawala), Larry Defries (Quinnell), Dr. Barbara Wornson (Hillman)

Scholarship Enhancement: 

Announcements:

–Erica Zweifel presented the Rotary Good Neighbor Award to Bob Gregory Bjorkland, Arcadia teacher and NHS Theater Director. winner was considered for having given expression to the Rotary motto, ‘service above self,’ by performing selfless acts of kindness or service that contribute to a stronger, more cohesive community. 

–Vicki Dilley is back from Tanzania and will have pictures to share once she recovers from jet lag.

–Charlie Cogan invited us to a Gala on April 28 to benefit his wife’s school in Togo.

–Anika Rychner announced that the Kiss the Pig contest resulted in a tie! Denny an Rick will kiss the pig on April 24th at noon in the Community Resource Bank parking lot.

–Jan Stevens says the Vintage Band Festival Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser is April 21 at the Eagles Club fron 5-7pm. Discounted tickets are available in advance at 50 North.

–Mike Krance reminded us that this is National Volunteer Week. Look for stories in the Northfield News this week.

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

Joan Erickson — Argentina

Annika Fisher— South Africa

Bergen Hoff — Czech Republic/Slovakia

Emma Iverson — Spain

Alex Kovach — Japan

Joseph Kreis — Italy

Benjamin (Ben) Mohlke — Brazil

Piper Nelson — Germany

Jenna Olien — South Korea

Jack Overstreet — Brazil

Gregory Pelletier — Argentina

Espen Richardson — Norway

Elizabeth (Betsy) Schuerman — Denmark

Allison (Al) Weise — Thailand

Coming Up:

May 10 – Andrei Sivanich and Sandi Gerdes, Developmental Disability Awareness (Sivanich)

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

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

Rotary Cogwheel | April 12.2018

April 10, 2018

Today’s Program | Thursday, April 12, 2018

Today: Jeff McLaughlin, Classification

Next Week: Amy Jivavitoonkit, Exchange Student (Ischler)

Birthdays: Janice Lehmkuhl (4/13), Wayne Abdella (4/17), Denny Hanson (4/19)

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: Wokie Daboh thanked the club for our help with Project Blackboard in Liberia, one of the poorest countries in the world. The teachers and students there are very thankful for the work that has been accomplished; including rehabilitated and rebuilt classrooms, a shipment of 30,000 books, and resources for the students and teachers. Wokie works at Medtronic and was recently named to the Top 40 under 40 list in the Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal.

Jan Stevens has been selling real estate for 28 years and will soon celebrate her 50th wedding anniversary. She introduced Beatriz Rebello as an A student, and thanked her for the delicious Brazilian food and candy which we enjoyed at lunch. Bia shared about her life in Brazil, the largest country in South America, which boasts the most beautiful beach in the world. Brazilians speak Portuguese and Sao Paulo has the largest population in the country. The capital city was originally Rio, and was later changed to Brazilia for a more central geographic location. The Amazon Rain Forest is often referred to as “the lungs of the world” because of all the oxygen it produces.

Bia is from Recife on the east coast, near the ocean where the average temperature is 78 degrees. Her club is Rotary Recife, which is the third largest in Brazil. It was founded in 1931 and has 121 members, ten of which are women. Bia’s dad is Artur, her mom is Michelline, her 14-year-old sister is Malu and her beloved dog is Meli. Bia attends a large and traditional Catholic school, founded in 1896. They were uniforms and don’t change classrooms during the day. For fun, Bia and her friends spend time outside at the beach, the park or the pool. Because again…78 degrees is the average temperature. Food in Brazil includes fresh bread every morning, fresh produce, black beans and pork, and churasco. Since Brazil is famous for its meat, there are not many vegetarians. The condensed milk candies that Bia made for us are a staple at every good birthday party. 

She lives in an apartment building which is 15 minutes from the beach by car and 10 minutes from school on foot. Most people live in apartments due to population density. Bia’s hobby is photography and she takes beautiful nature photos. During her time in Northfield, Bia has lived with host families the Aylins, Hoffs and Huettls. She enjoys the people in Northfield most, including their respectful attitudes and generosity with personal space. She has eaten at Fogo de Chao twice and love it. In the future she would like to attend college abroad and travel to Asia.

Guests: Our speaker Bia brought guests Andrea and Elsa Hoff, the Aylin Family, Kristi & Tony Huettl, Toui Mohlke, and 2018 outbound students Aaron, Emmett, Julia and Cully. Wokie Daboh was a guest of Richard Maus.

Scholarship Enhancement: John Ehresmann

Announcements:

–Today we will be presenting the Rotary Good Neighbor Award. The winner was considered for having given expression to the Rotary motto, ‘service above self,’ by performing selfless acts of kindness or service that contribute to a stronger, more cohesive community. They must be a resident of the Northfield School District. Rotary members and their family members are not eligible.

–Kim Briske became our 80th Paul Harris Fellow. She gives to support people of action.

–There will be an Earth Day Celebration on April 21 in Downtown Northfield. See Alan for posters or more information.

–If you would like to participate in the Laura Baker Golf Tournament fundraiser, see Andre 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:

April 26 – Trobadours, Singing to the Club (Morey)

May 10 – Andrei Sivanich and Sandi Gerdes, Developmental Disability Awareness (Sivanich)

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

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

Rotary Cogwheel | April 5.2018

April 4, 2018

Today’s Program | Thursday, April 5, 2018

Today: Bia Rebello, Exchange Student (Stevens)

Next Week: April 12 — Jeff McLaughlin, Classification

Birthdays: Rachel Estrella (4/6)

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: Jim Hunt shared about Fast for Hope, a district-wide Rotary program in our District #5960 which works to bring Nicaraguan villages out of poverty. The program does not use foundation dollars: it depends solely on contributions from Rotarians. $10 per person is the recommended donation and this frees up Fast for Hope funds from the restrictions that come with foundation funding. A steering committee made up of nine members provides oversight. 

The Fast for Hope program was inspired by The End of Poverty, a 2005 bestseller written by Dr. Jeffrey Sachs. The work is primarily in El Corozo in Nicaragua, one of the safest countries in Central America. Over the years, Fast for Hope has learned the importance of community involvement. Their work is much more fruitful when the community identifies the needs and solutions and is the first investor in the project. Fast for Hope helps the community learn to believe in themselves, challenge authority when necessary, and encourages working as a community instead of as individual families. 

Rotary has sent 26 delegations to Nicaragua and 10 delegations have been sent from Nicaragua to Minnesota and Wisconsin. The program works to build relationships and friendships, establish Rotary clubs and develop community leaders. A few of their accomplishments include running programs for children and youth, establishing a women’s group and participating in community led improvements such as new outhouses and a pavilion at the school. For six months of the year in Nicaragua the roads are impassable during the rainy season and most kids quit school after elementary because it is too difficult to get to school. Fast for Hope works with local government officials to find solutions for improvements to the roads. They support improved health with pharmacy kits, work on literacy by delivering baskets of books and also work on water projects. Rotarians can support Fast for Hope by donating funds or participating in future delegations. 

Guests: Robert Steed, 5-year-old son of Jesse Steed; Tom Hendrickson from the Rotary Club of Lakeville  

Scholarship Enhancement: Sue Pokorney

Announcements:

–The Breathe movie was well attended by Rotarians and the First National Mainstreeters group. If you would like to borrow the Blu-Ray, see President Wakely.

–Taste of Lakeville is May 17th from 5-9pm. Tickets are $40 in advance or $50 at the door. The event includes a raffle for 100 bottles of wine. See Tom Hendrickson from the Lakeville club for tickets or more information.

–The Sons of Norway from Kenyon sent a note of thanks to our exchange students for their recent presentation.

–Judy Brown announced that she will be moving to New Jersey. She will miss Rotary but is looking forward to this exciting new chapter in her life. We’ll miss you, Judy!

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:

April 19 — Amy Jivavitoonkit, Exchange Student (Ischler)

April 26 – Trobadours, Singing to the Club (Morey)