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Northfield Rotary Cogwheel | 5.27.10

May 27, 2010

Today’s Program: You’re Going to Build a What? Rob Martin

Happy Birthday: Rotarians around the globe.

Next Week: Ted Olson, Nature Conservancy (Lorang)

Last Meeting:

And they’re off!

It was opening week at Canterbury Park and President Estenson’s good friend Randy Sampson, an owner of Canterbury, was here to tell us about a summer-long 25th anniversary celebration. Admission is free all summer. There will be races Friday evening and Saturday and Sunday afternoons through May and then Thursday and Friday evenings and Saturday and Sunday afternoons through August. The big finish is the Festival of Champions on Sunday, Aug. 29, where all Minnesota-bred champions will race.

Dick Day, former state senator from Owatonna and now a promoter of Racino, also spoke. He noted that the Native American tribes have 18 casinos operating in the state now. He just wants to add one more.

Day said the plan would raise funds voluntarily from racino gamblers to help the state out of its current economic straight jacket   A conservative estimate is that a state racino would generate $125 million a year. His bill proposes those funds be dedicated to education, bioscience, agriculture, a Vikings stadium and deficit reduction.

Senate and House leadership blocked a vote on his plan this year. He plans to reintroduce the bill next year. In the meantime, he will be active helping supporters of a racino in the upcoming elections.

New Member: Mark Henke, President and CEO of Northfield Hospital & Clinics, was inducted as a new member. Mark is a graduate of St. Olaf College (1981) and belonged to Rotary clubs in Decorah, Iowa and Luverne, Minn. Welcome Mark.

Guests: Chris Johnson (Estenson), Scott Blum (Nordine), Patrick Johnson (D. Johnson), Tom Pokorney (Pokorney) and Bob Coonley

Scholarship Enhancement: Sue Boxrud


Rotary will be supporting Thursday’s Table on May 27 and June 10. We need 10 volunteers each time. See Joseph Crippen if you want to volunteer.

Upcoming socials include a graduation party on Wednesday, June 16, and a summer social on August 5, which will include a vintage band performance. Both will be at Estenson Field House.

David Koenig reported that our Youth Exchange Committee is actively monitoring the situation in Thailand where Monica Cooper is living.

Coming Up

June 10 – Richard Collman – Washington National Cathedral (Lufkin)

June 16 – Graduation Party –Estenson Field House.

June 17 – Mike Grimm – WCCO/Gopher Sports (Monaghan)

June 24 – Jennifer Streefland, School Counselor – The at-risk student in middle school in Northfield —  (Maus)

July 1 – Therese Whitesong, Classification (Cashman); Passing of the Torch – Estenson to Weber