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Rotary Cogwheel | 05.26.2011

May 26, 2011


Rotary Cogwheel: Thursday, May 26, 2011

Today’s Program: Beth Bergmans Classification

(V. Dilley)

Happy Birthday: Joe Hargis (5/29).

Next Week: – Tim Madigan’s Life & Times (Abbott)

Last Meeting:

EPIC Enterprises has a new home. In March, the organization that provides long-term services for the disabled moved from cramped quarters behind Fransden Bank and Trust in Dundas to a new building at 430 Railway Street.

Linda Hibbard, executive director, said it has been a blessing. They now have a canopy to shield clients from the elements when they come and go. They have adequate storage. They have space for art and music programming and a sensory room to address the needs of clients who have sensory integration issues.

The new building was funded with a low-interest loan from the USDA, but Linda said they are now in the middle of a capital campaign to raise $50,000 for new office furniture, phones and appliances. Contributions are welcome. They are about half way there.

EPIC works with 40 businesses in the area to provide employment for their 100-plus clients. They contract largely with businesses that need cleaning services, food workers or do some kind of packaging. Laura Baker Services Association started the program 1976. In 1996, it was spun off on its own.

Rotary Mini-Classificaton — Myron Solid

The product of the South Dakota prairies, Myron Solid traded the open range for a classroom. He taught high school for a time. But after receiving his PhD, he signed on at St. Olaf College and taught education there for 33 years. He retired in 2004 and is still making that adjustment. He and his wife, Carol, have three children and two grandsons.


Guests: Teresa Tilson (Anderson-Sampo) and Jennifer Wignau (Pritchard).

Scholarship Enhancement: David Brown


. President Weber announced that Yogi Reppmann’s mother died.

— We received a “thank you” note from Taylor Etzell, one of this year’s recipients of a Rotary scholarship. Taylor is a senior at Northfield High School.

— President Weber announced that Mark Moelke has resigned from the club.

—Matthew Rich and Russ Halverson invited members to participate in the upcoming Northfield Area Chamber of Commerce golf tournament. It will be June 2.

— President Weber shared special recognitions our club received recently from the District. We were cited for adding at least three new members during the year and for our contributions to Polio Plus. We also received a Presidential Citation for filling out the paperwork correctly or something. I lost my focus for a minute there.

— There will be a cultural exchange study group going to Nicaragua Oct. 13-23. If you are interested, see President Weber for more information.

Coming Up

June 9 — Legislative Review with Sen. Al DeKruif,

Rep. Kelby Woodard (Thacher)

June 16 – Ryan Blumhoefer, Classification (Duane Benson)

June 20– Graduation party for in-coming students, Estenson ranch,

5:30 p.m.

June 23 – Taking Northfield History To The Next Level, Hayes Scriven, Historical Society (Blake Abdella).

Welcome Our Newest Members:

Devon Barnes, Beth Bergmans, Ryan Blumhoefer, Barry Carlson, Jim Holden, Michelle Lasswell, Tim Madigan,

Don Robertson, Betsy Spethmann and Roberto Zayas

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