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Cogwheel | Thursday | 7.24.08

July 24, 2008

Today’s Program: Kathleen McBride — “Northfield’s Capitol Improvement Plan” (Young)

Birthdays: Jan Stevens (7/15), Mark Mohlke (7/19), Duane Benson (7/21) and Lynne Young (7/28).

Next Week: South Central College’s Engineering Program (Abbott)

Last Week:

So many books. So little time.

Bill DeJong, director of Minitex, a state-funded interlibrary loan service, introduced us to a whole new universe when he spoke t o our club two weeks ago.

His office, which is housed at the University of Minnesota, contracts with the Minnesota Department of Education to provide this service to schools and public libraries across the Minnesota and nearby states. His office seeks out and develops partnerships and collaborations with other entities to provide increased and equitable access to information of many kinds.

They partner with the Minnesota Department of Health on health programs, providers and services. They have a program called ELM that provides access to online magazine, newspaper and journal articles. They also provide access to 20,000 photos, maps, letters and diaries through a program called Minnesota Reflections.

Bill lives in Northfield. He moved here in 1984. His mission is to connect people with relevant information, and he is convinced it is an economic benefit as well as a social benefit. He said research shows that for every dollar invested in library loan services, the return can be as great as $6.54.

Huge Thank You: To Rick Estenson and his family for hosting the annual summer social. Now that’s how you win a “Touching Hearts Award.”

Guests: Lee Birkhold (Dilley)

Scholarship Enhancement: One of our birthday boys, Orv Marks


Mark Cashman, former club president and now assistant district governor, challenged members to help grow the Northfield club. He encouraged us to actively seek out prospective members and invite them to our meeting. He also had a story.

President Laurie Williams said this year Rotary International will be focusing its efforts on nutrition and clean water around the globe. Millions of lives can be saved if we make real progress in these areas, she said.

Coming Up:

Aug. 7 – Jonathon Een Newton back from Brazil.

Aug. 14 – District Governor Roy Sjoberg (Assistant District Governor Mark Cashman)