Cogwheel Archive

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)

Rotary Cogwheel | March 29.2018

March 27, 2018

Today’s Program | Thursday, March 22, 2018

Today: Jim Hunt, Fast for Hope (Wakely)

Next Week: April 5 — Bia Rebello, Exchange Student (Stevens)

Birthdays: Meredith Galdeen (4/1)

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: Kristi Pursell shared about the mission and work of the Cannon River Watershed Project. The CRWP is a member-based 501(c)3 nonprofit, founded in 1990. They work with conservation, wastewater and community education to ensure that everyone has clean water for swimming, fishing and drinking. Their work encompasses rivers, lakes and wells. They provide opportunities to take action, create relationships with the agricultural community and provide assistance and wastewater solutions for the unsewered and undersewered through the Southeastern Minnesota Wastewater Initiative. Their community engagement efforts include giving leadership awards, leading watershed cleanup, teaching stormwater education and increasing river recreation. They hosted a successful Downstream Film Festival at Imminent this year and plan to make that a recurring event. Kristi says they have made great strides in ‘pipe pollution’, while street pollution is still a work in progress. Due to technical difficulties we were only able to see a portion of their beautiful video. Visit crwp.net to watch the video in full and learn how to support their work.

Mini-Classification: Alyssa Herzog Melby introduced our speaker, Cannon River Watershed Project Executive Director Kristi Pursell. Kristi is a St. Olaf grad. She started at CRWP in 2015 as the Community Engagement Coordinator, served as the interim ED and was appointed as Executive Director last week. On behalf of St. Olaf College and the Minnesota Campus Compact, Alyssa presented Kristi and CRWP with the 2018 Outstanding Community Partner Award.

Guests: Matthew Covey (Keith Covey), Ben Kopec (Melby), and CRWP staff members Alan Kraus, Haley Gorman and Kevin Strauss

Scholarship Enhancement: Bruce Morlan

Announcements:

–Three new members were inducted—be sure to give a warm welcome to Mark Lancaster, Larry Vonerk and Richard Debeau!

–Alan Anderson invited us to a showing of “Saving Snow: A Documentary” at the First UCC of Northfield, MN on Thursday April 5th from 7-8:30pm. Saving Snow is a documentary about the economic impact of warming winters.

–Brett Reese reminded Jesse James Bike Tour committee members that the first meeting to plan the 2018 ride will be April 3 at 8:30 am at Tandem Bagels.

–Rachel Estrella encouraged us to take advantage of the opportunity to become an outbound correspondent. She also invited us to hear the 2018-19 outbound students practice their presentations April 5th at 5:30 at Emmaus church.

–Jim Blaha will be retiring from the Community Action Center in October. Congrats Jim! If you know anyone who might want to apply for the open position, the CAC website has the job description and application.

–Vicki Dilley is headed to Tanzania this week, along with the Kytes, the Abbotts and others. She recently attended the Rotary Youth Exchange convention in Omaha where Northstar won the award for Leading District in all of North America. Since our club contributes 25% of Northstar’s outbound students, we share in the accolades.

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 12 — Jeff McLaughlin, Classification

April 19 — Amy Jivavitoonkit, Exchange Student (Ischler)

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

Rotary Cogwheel | March 22.2018

March 20, 2018

Today’s Program | Thursday, March 22, 2018

Today: Kristi Pursell, Cannon River Watershed Project (Melby)

Next Week: Jim Hunt, Fast for Hope (Wakely)

Birthdays: 3/27 Yogi Reppmann

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: Pau Ortenberg comes from a town of 9,000 people near Blanes, Costa Brava in Catalonia, Spain. He enjoys Northfield’s larger high school with a mix of age groups sharing classrooms. Pau marveled at our giant school gymnasiums, which they don’t need in Spain because ‘you can actually go outside in the winter.’ He is from a Mediterranean climate near the mountains and ocean, so yes…it’s a bit different from Northfield. Pau is the first outbound student ever sent from his Costa Brava Rotary Club. He lives near Barcelona which is the capital city of Catalonia, home to 3 million people and the best soccer team ever. They have many beautiful architectural wonders, including the Sagrada Familia, the Parc Guell, and the FC Barcelona stadium which holds 99,000 people. It’s easy to be a growing teenage guy in Spain because people typically eat at least five meals per day. Some of Pau’s favorite foods include Fideua (like paella but with thin pasta and aioli), Jamon Serrano, tapas, and Crema Catalana (a dessert like crème brulee). Spaniards have their priorities right, as demonstrated by the saying, “The American Dream is fine, but the Spanish siesta is the best.” Many stores close from 2-4 pm for siestas, but people usually work until at least 7 pm. Even though Spain is smaller than Texas it has several climates: the northwest is rainy and windy, the south is hot and dry in summer and cold in winter, while the (somewhat) nearby Canary Islands are nice all year round. Pau has lived with Minnesota host families the Morays, the Beaumasters and the Estensons. He reports that they are all wonderful families who have made him feel very welcome.

Mini-Classification: Amber Chavies recently attended the Human Trafficking Summit in Minneapolis as one of our club representatives. Before the summit, she thought, as many do, that human trafficking is not a problem in the U.S. or in Minnesota and certainly not in Northfield. But she learned that it is actually a huge issue. Minnesota ranks 13th in the nation, due to factors like our International airport, the Mall of America, the Mayo Clinic and our convenient adjoining highways. A startling example is a recent online sex trafficking post in Minnesota that got more than 500 responses in just three hours. As Rotary International tackles this issue, we as Rotarians will be ambassadors for creating awareness. Amber encouraged us to acknowledge that everyone can help and ‘if you see something, say something.’

Guests: Howard Puczko (Hannah Puczko)

Scholarship Enhancement: David Wolf

Announcements:

–Bruce Morlan has some great information on the Citizens Climate Lobby. Just fill out a postcard and he will make sure Congress gets our support for a livable world.

–Mike Krance reported on the Northfield Shares annual meeting. 12 nonprofits were there to share about how they will use their portion of the $62,000 in grant money given out this year. He expressed thanks to the Rotary Club of Northfield for making it possible by donating to Northfield Shares.

–Our club will host a special screening of the feature film “Breathe,” starring Andrew Garfield as a young man who contracts polio at age 28. See the film on Saturday, March 24 at 10:00 am at Cannon Valley Cinema 10 on Hwy 3 in Dundas. Suggested donation is $6; pay at the door. Seating is limited to the first 139 people.

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

Joan Erickson — Argentina

Annika Fisher— South Africa

Bergen Hoff — Czech Republic/Slovakia

Emma Iverson — Spain

Alex Kovach — Japan

Joseph Kreis — Italy

Benjamin (Ben) Mohlke — Brazil

Piper Nelson — Germany

Jenna Olien — South Korea

Jack Overstreet — Brazil

Gregory Pelletier — Argentina

Espen Richardson — Norway

Elizabeth (Betsy) Schuerman — Denmark

Allison (Al) Weise — Thailand

Coming Up:

April 5 — Bia Rebello, Exchange Student (Stevens)

April 12 — Jeff McLaughlin, Classification

April 19 — Amy Jivavitoonkit, Exchange Student (Ischler)

Rotary Cogwheel | March 15.2018

March 12, 2018

Today’s Program | Thursday, March 15, 2018

Today: Pau Ortenberg, Youth Exchange Student (Chavies)

Next Week: Kristi Pursell, Cannon River Watershed Project (Melby)

Birthdays: 3/21 Rich Lorang

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: Sera Shin returned to the podium (with good PowerPoint karma) to share details of her life in South Korea and Minnesota. She gave us a quick overview of South Korean culture – the country’s flag that symbolizes the balance of the universe; the varied cityscape of Seoul, from a gleaming shopping mall to the ancient Palace of King Chasun; the islands and mountains; the hit band K-Pop, who Sera doesn’t actually know, despite all the many people in the U.S. who have asked her that.

One highlight of the school day in Sera’s hometown of Yangpyeong is lunch: All grades share the same lunch hour, a social occasion. “Some students say they only come to school for lunch,” she says. Food is central to South Korea’s culture: Delivery is available anytime, anywhere.

For fun, Sera and friends like to play pool and sing karaoke. Sera likes being the youngest in her family because her two older brothers “give me money, and help me if I get in trouble,” she laughs.

As a student here in Minnesota, Sera has enjoyed trying lots of new things: baking, choir, Turkey Trot, cabin getaways, and skiing (her favorite). “I became an exchange student to challenge myself to new growth and new experiences.” Her host family and friends have been a very important part of that: “My host family shows me how to share life together as a new family. And I can’t imagine my time here without my friends.”

After graduation, Sera hopes to visit other countries and continue her adventures.

Mini-Classification: Rick Estenson stood before us just two weeks after receiving a new hip – with no cane, but plenty of praise for orthopedic surgeon Hans Bengtson, MD and Northfield Hospital: “I don’t know why anyone would go further than the other end of town” for excellent medical care. With two fresh knees and a hip, he knows what he’s talking about.

Guests: The Sharpe Family (Shin), Stephanie Snodgrass (Snodgrass) with a special guest on board: John and Stephanie are expecting their first baby in May, visiting exchange student Akari Murose (Hoschouer), Bob Kell of Main Street Project (Rykner)

Scholarship Enhancement: Dave Brown…wearing a tie just for the occasion

Announcements:

–Congratulate our newest Paul Harris Fellow, John Snodgrass. His is the club’s 79th Paul Harris Fellowship.

–Mainstreet Project is starting up a chicken CSA. Members can purchase six whole chickens for $100. Learn more at mainstreetproject.org

–To support the Community Action Center during Minnesota FoodShare Month (March), Rick Estenson and Denny Hanson are engaged in a friendly competition to see which bank can raise more money and pounds of food for the food shelf. The winner (the loser?) will kiss a pig. Details are unclear whether the kiss will take place at a Rotary meeting. Cast your vote by donating at either bank or online.

–Our club will host a special screening of the feature film “Breathe,” starring Andrew Garfield as a young man who contracts polio at age 28. See the film on Saturday, March 24 at 10:00 am at Cannon Valley Cinema 10 on Hwy 3 in Dundas. Suggested donation is $6; pay at the door. Seating is limited to the first 139 people.

–The Convention & Visitors Bureau recently won an Excellence in Marketing award for its website. Congrats to Lisa Peterson!

–Spread the word: Northfield Shares is hiring a part-time (20 hrs/wk) administrative assistant. Know someone who might want to apply? Send them to northfieldshares.org/

–Best wishes to Scott Richardson . . . get well soon.

–Mayor Pownell invites Rotarians and the Northfield community to the State of the City address Monday, March 19th at 6:30pm in Kracum Performance Hall at the Weitz Center.

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 29 — Jim Hunt, Fast for Hope

April 5 — Bia Rebello, Exchange Student (Stevens)

April 12 — Jeff McLaughlin, Classification

April 19 — Amy Jivavitoonkit, Exchange Student (Ischler)

Rotary Cogwheel | March 8.2018

March 7, 2018

Today’s Program | Thursday, March 8, 2018

Today: Mary Hahn, Classification (S. Richardson)

Next Week: Pau Ortenberg, Youth Exchange Student (Chavies)

Birthdays: Janine Atchison (3/4), Sharon Flaten (3/4), Pat O’Neill (3/5), Mark Quinnell (3/7), Bob Will (3/8)

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: Sera Shin’s PowerPoint encountered technical difficulties so she was unable to present. We had the opportunity to hear extra announcements and plenty of happy news while a team of tech-savvy Rotarians worked on solutions. Sera’s presentation will be rescheduled and we will look forward to hearing from her soon.

Mini-Classification: Meredith Galdeen grew up in Michigan, lived in Minnesota and then three other places before settling in Northfield 5-1/2 years ago. She is a Michigan grad with a biology degree and now works with software for arts & culture organizations. Galdeen joined Rotary in 2017 and we look forward to hearing her full classification sometime soon.

Guests:The Sharpe Family (Shin), Todd Iverson (Dilley), Greg Sims (Hanson), Phil Soltis (Estenson), Kevin Gasson (Heilman)

Scholarship Enhancement: Sera Shin

Announcements:

–Six Rotarians attended the Human Trafficking Summit in Minneapolis last week. Watch for more to come on that new Rotary initiative.

–Rotarians were active in community work this month.15 people attended the Immigration program hosted by the Northfield CAC: several Rotarians volunteered to serve at the Laura Baker dinner theater event; and a group represented Rotary as a sponsor at the unveiling of the Northfield Library’s new Bookmobile.

–The Rotary Club of Northfield is hosting a one-time private showing of the movie “Breathe” on Sat. March 24 at the Cannon Valley Cinema 10. Pay at the door, $6 suggested donation. The movie is set in 1958, based on the true story of a young man with polio.

–Mayor Pownell invited Rotarians and the Northfield community to the State of the City address Monday, March 19th at 7pm in Kracum Performance Hall at the Weitz Center.

–If you would like to volunteer to be a correspondent with outbound students, contact Rachel Estrella. Correspondents serve as a contact form the club and meet once a month with one student.

–David Koenig announced that the new Ethical Leadership program has received approval. A new video will help people learn how to take the 4-way test into the community.

–Michelle Lasswell announced that the District Conference of Clubs is April 19-21. Early registration ends Friday. See Jean for more information.

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 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 | 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)