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Rotary Cogwheel | 12.22.2011

December 21, 2011

Thursday, Dec. 22, 2011

Today: Round Table: Anti-Bullying, Lynn and Maggie Miland (Durkin)

Birthdays: Blake Abdella and Vicki Dilley (12/21), Bill Carlson (12/23), Neal Lutsky (12/27) and Kurt Larson

Next Week: Rotary Social in the evening at Northfield High School. No noon meeting.

Last Week:

Turns out our own Steve Wilmot is a regular Don Quixote, dreaming the impossible dream. If we see windmills popping up on Bridge Square, we’ll know his dreams came true.

An architect with SMSQ, he is part of an ad hoc group called the Northfield Roundtable that is attempting to create a vision for how Northfield’s downtown core could develop far into the future. They are taking their lead from a planning group in Holland, Michigan, hometown of Dave VanWylan, another roundtable member.

They’ve developed a framework for planning and some conceptual illustrations of Northfield’s downtown commercial area designed to be a conversation starter. They are looking for synergy, connectivity and imaginative ideas.

Steve said some of the emerging principles underlying their concepts include an east-west connection across TH3, a desire to exploit the river and development of common space.

They’ve already had one brainstorming session attended by some 60 people. Another is being planned for February and you all are invited. For more information go to:

Paul Harris Fellows: Russ Halverson and Leo Lawlor were recognized as Paul Harris Fellows.

New Members: Paul Reiland and Virginia Lorang were formally accepted into the club. Paul’s sponsor is Ryan Blumhoefer; Virginia’s is Jane Fenton. Welcome.

This just in…..

Grace McGregor, our outbound in Finland, writes:
   “Being here in Finland, I have three lives; my life in the US, my life in Finland, and my life as an exchange student. It is really only something you can understand if you’ve done it yourself… you actually experience being in someone else’s shoes, which seems to be something not many people get to do. It really is the greatest experience you can have, it opens your mind to how the world can work, and that not everything that works is “right” and not everything that is “right” works.”

Elisha McLaughlin, another outbound in Finland, writes:
“Things have been amazing here. The exchange experience is truly beyond words. I never really believed people when they said it was something you couldn’t understand until you had experienced it for yourself, but it is 100% true. Being here in Finland has pushed me outside of my comfort zone, redefined words like home, friends, family, normal, time, important and so much more, taught me about myself, and allowed me to meet some of the most amazing people in the world (both Finns and other exchange students). I have memories that will last a lifetime and am only four months into my exchange. This has been the best time of my life so far, despite challenges, and I have no doubt I will continue to enjoy my exchange and grow as a person as the year goes on.”

Guests: Lucacz (Yogi), Angela Storch (Koenig), Harold Johnson (C. Richardson), Jack Huse (Covey), Bill Johnson (Prowe), Rachel Vanden (Reiland) and Sarah Line (Puczko).

Scholarship Enhancement: Steve Wilmot (Now, we’re paying our speakers?)


— Rotary is responsible for two weeks of Meals-On-Wheels in January. If you are available the weeks of January 8 and January 15, please see Lynn Pederson.

— Our Y.E.A.R. (Youth Exchange and Reflection) program Thursday, Dec. 29, will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Northfield High School. A variety of cheeses and breads will be on the menu.

— Save the date: “To India and Back,” our bi-annual winter fundraiser will be Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012. Tickets are available for purchase today.

Coming Up:
Jan. 5 – Roberto Zayas – Classification, (Rich)
Jan. 12 – Aishwarya Gokhale, Exchange Student from India – (Abdella).