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Rotary Cogwheel | 05.23.13

May 23, 2013

Today: Erin Mayberry: The Truth and Nothing But the Truth (Puczko)

Birthdays: Keith Covey and Jon Snodgrass (5/19), Robert Flaten (5/21), Chris Heineman (5/23)

Next Week: Mike Downey, Training Consultant, Northstar Problem Gambling Alliance (Deschamp)

Last Week: 

The Northfield Healthy Community Initiative (HCI) is entering its 21st year with a well-earned state and national reputation for youth development efforts. It is one of the longest-running initiatives of its kind in the country.

Zach Pruitt, executive director for HCI, said the group doesn’t provide direct programming, but is successful at convening key players around important issues and building successful collaborative partnerships.

HCI’s next major initiative is Northfield’s Promise: Every Child Cradle to Career. It is an effort to align community resources around a common mission: to give every child an opportunity to be successful. It is a logical extension of HCI’s longstanding youth asset-building work

HCI operates on a $300,000 annual budget. No longer eligible for federal funding, HCI is looking for more local support to sustain its work.

Here are some of the HCI efforts revealed through the HCI Bingo contest.

The number of youth who participated in Primetime out-of-school enrichment programming last year. Ninety-three percent of those attending saw their academic performance improve.

The number of youth served by TORCH (Tackling Obstacles and Raising College Hopes) last year, a four-fold increase from the program’s first year in 2005. Twenty-one TORCH students graduated from high school last spring. Fourteen alums have earned post-secondary degrees or certificates last year.

The number of Youth Investment Grants awarded last year by HCI. The grants involved thousands of local youth. More than half of the projects were developed and submitted by youth.

The number of scholarships awarded by the Northfield Youth Sports Collaborative since the shared scholarship pool was created in 2002. More than $106,000 has been invested to help youth become involved in youth athletic programs.

The number of individuals or organizations that have been recognized by HCI with a “Making a Difference” award for making a commitment to the youth of the Northfield community.

The number of pounds of medication, both prescription and over-the-counter, that has been collected in Rice County since the “Take It To The Box” program was launched in 2009.

The amount of grant money that HCI has imported from outside the community over the last nine years to benefit local youth initiatives.

For more information about Northfield Healthy Community Initiative, go to

Headline News:

On July 25, we will begin a six-month trial of a new meeting venue,  the United Methodist Church. At the end of February, we will vote to decide if we should stay or should we go…back to the Northfield Golf Club. Queen Jane said an extended trial will give us an opportunity to see how a different venue influences membership and our comfort. She underscored that this is an experiment, not a permanent change.

Last Week Guests: Xiaoxia Williams (Robertson) and our Exchange students: Diatou, Adnan, Cindy and Rachel. This was Diatou’s farewell meeting. Last Saturday, she returned to her home in France. She said she had an “amazing experience” during her nine months in Northfield and will take many nice memories home with her.

Scholarship Enhancement: Exchange students with an assist from Virginia Kaczmarek


Laura Palmquist, St. Olaf student and Northfield native, has been awarded a $30,000 Rotary Peace Fellowship to study peace and conflict resolution in Sweden next year.

Charlie Cogan announced that another $4 billion has been pledged to finish the polio eradication project by 2018. The Bill Gates Foundation is contributing $1.8 billion and Bloomberg Philanthropies $100 million. Other partners include Rotary, World Health Organization, UNICEF, United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as national governments around the world. More info: Charlie reminds us that giving to this project counts for Paul Harris recognition. 

We are inviting nominations for the Marston Headley Service Above Self Award. The award is given each year to a club member who has given of his or her time and energy to make the club a success and has demonstrated strong involvement in the community. Nominations are available today at the front desk. Please return them to Scott Richardson, Jack Hoschouer or Jim Pokorney or e-mail your nomination with supporting material by May 30.

Youth at The Key are organizing a community fundraising-all-ages concert for July, and our Rotary club will partner with them to help with promotion, ticket sales, food and other tasks.   Look for more information soon.

On Thursday, June 6, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. please join club members and families for the exchange student graduation party at the Estenson Ranch.

Coming Up:
June 6 — Lin Bruce, Tales of Biking Across the USA (Prowe)
June 13 — Bob Showers, author of “Twins At The Met.”
June 20 — TBA