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Rotary Cogwheel | 05.30.2013

May 30, 2013

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

Birthdays: Joe Hargis (5/29)

Next Week: Lin Bruce, Tales of Biking Across the USA (Prowe)

Last Week:

My fact-checkers down at headquarters tell me Erin Mayberry got it mostly right. With apologies to former Vikings’ coach Denny Green, she is who she says she is.

She grew up in St. James, Minn., the oldest of three kids. They lived on the edge of town with woods and a creek that served as their playground. Erin was a tennis player and a member of the golf team in high school. She continues to golf and golf well, shooting in the 80s.

Erin attended South Dakota State University for a year before transferring to the Minnesota State – Mankato and graduating with a degree in Recreation, Parks and Leisure Studies. She subsequently earned a Masters in Public Administration from Hamline University and a license in Community Education from the University of St. Thomas.

Her career in community education began in Marshall, Minn., but in 2004 she moved to Northfield to become the Recreation Coordinator. During her eight years in that position, the number of programs grew from 34 to more than 120. When Hannah Puczko retired in December of last year, Erin became director of the school district’s Community Services Division. She considers it the best job in the district because of the wide range of services her department offers, from early childhood education to senior enrichment programs.

Erin has made her presence felt during her time in the community. She has been a member of WINGS for six years and recently served as the organization’s president; she is secretary of our Rotary club, sits on the board of Northfield Healthy Community Initiative and serves as a mentor through Connected Kids.

She has also been a foster mother to two teenagers.One graduated from the University of Wisconsin at River Falls in May and another will graduate from Northfield High School in June. Erin calls it the most “meaningful learning experience” she has had.

Mini Classification

All you need to know about Hannah Puzcko is that she bleeds green and gold and enjoys her three grandkids.

Raised in De Pere, Wisconsin, she received a B.A. in French from St. Norbert’s College and then taught eight years at a high school in La Crosse. She carpooled with a colleague and little did she know that would be their courtship. She still gets choked up every time they have the oil changed.

They moved to La Crescent, Minn. where Hannah became the school district’s first community education director. She came to Northfield for a similar position in 2001 and retired last December.

Her husband, Howard, and she have two children. Matt, 36, lives in St. Paul and has 18-month old Oliver. Her daughter, Kate, 31, lives in Onalaska, Wis. and is mother to three-year old twins. In retirement, Hannah has been visiting the grandkids, traveling with her husband, doing some consulting and writing and cheering for the Green Bay Packers.


Last Week Guests: Our Exchange students: Adnan, Cindy and Rachel; Ann Flaten Pixley (Flaten); Ryan Heinritz, Susy Immel and Hayes Scriven (Reese)

Scholarship Enhancement: Visitor Hayes Scriven of the Northfield Historical Society


Today is your last chance to nominate a club member 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. Scott Richardson has nominatin forms if you need them. E-mailed nominations are also welcome. Send them to Scott Jack Hoschouer or Jim Pokorney.

The community is remembering Dan Freeman with an endowment to fund the annual Fourth of July fireworks display, one of Dan’s passions. The Northfield Area Foundation has offered a $5,000 match to kick off the fundraising. If you would like to contribute, contact Hayes Scriven at the Northfield Historical Society. It is serving as the fiscal agent for the fund.

Vicky Langer will be correspondent coordinator for our 2013-14 outbound students, giving Ryan Blumhoefer a “paternity break.” There are 19 this year and one adopted from Mankato. We need 19 correspondents or have some double up. If you are interested, talk to Vicky.

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 13 — Bob Showers, author of “Twins At The Met.”
June 20 — TBA