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Rotary Cogwheel | 12.01.2011

November 30, 2011

Today: Felicia Speychal, Our Exchange Student from Sweden,    Holden)

Birthdays: Art Monaghan (11/25), Sam Gett (11/27), Matt Hillmann (11/29), and John Ehresmann (12/4)

Next Week: Thomas M. Thorfinnson – Rotary Foundation, (Pritchard and Brown),

Last Week:

Laura Baker Services Association (LBSA) is 95 percent of the way towards completing its $1.3 million “Inspiring Possibilities, Realizing Dreams” capital campaign. The funds will be used for two new, one-story, residential cottages that will create a more home-like atmosphere for the LBSA’s Oak Street clients. Sandra Gerdes, LBSA executive director, said they want to create an environment where clients and staff can live and work as a family.

The campaign has already allowed for the restoration of Elwell and Baker halls. Once the two new cottages are built, the venerable, but fading Margaret Graves Hall — now 83 years old — will be razed. In its place, a Recognition Garden will be created.

Gerdes said the important thing to remember is that this campaign will create homes for the developmentally disabled who reside at Oak Street. It will give staff an opportunity to work with the clients in new ways that today’s cramped common space does not permit.

Laura Baker Services Association was founded it namesake, Laura Baker, in 1897. It moved to 211 Oak Street in Northfield in 1898.

This just in…..

Last week’s Thanksgiving Turkey Trot was a huge success.

New Member: Tate Running was inducted into the club. His sponsor is Don Robertson. Congratulations Tate and welcome.

Paul Harris Recognition: The Rotary Foundation recognized Mark Abbott for his fifth Paul Harris Scholarship.

Guests: Jim Pech (Estenson), Paul Krause (Brown-Wescott)

Scholarship Enhancement: Dale Ness


The board has accepted Paul Reiland and Virginia Lorang for membership.

Save the date: “To India and Back,” our bi-annual winter fundraiser will be Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012.

Chris Weber is looking for volunteers to help with interviews for the Rotary International Global Grant Scholarships.

Coming Up:
Dec. 15 — Round Table: Dreaming of Northfield’s Future, Steve Wilmot ( Ellingboe)
Dec. 22 –- Anti-bullying, Lynn and Maggie Miland (Durkin)