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Rotary Cogwheel | 08.29.2013

August 29, 2013

Today: Heart Safe: Northfield EMS – Brian Edwards and Kathy Hanek (S. Richardson)

Birthdays: Hannah Puczko (8/28)

Next Week: Bike Tour Chalk Talk and Pump Up Rally

Last Week:
For 41 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Minnesota has been helping to create meaningful matches between adult mentors (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”), ages 4 through 14, throughout our local communities. When Big meets Little, the relationships that develop have an immediate and lasting impact on the participants.

Since 2008, Greg Zweber has served as Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Minnesota, a donor and volunteer supported mentoring organization. He told us about a variety of programs that match adult volunteers with children facing adversity, including those living in single parent homes, growing up in poverty, and coping with parental incarceration. Last year, Big Brother Big Sisters of Southern Minnesota served 484 children in Rice, Steele, Dodge and Waseca counties. The Northfield Area United Way is among the agency partners that support the organization.

Greg notes that many relationships between Bigs and Littles fall under a community-based mentoring program, which centers around one-on-one outings and activities that include things like taking a walk, visiting a museum, listening to music, or just hanging out together.  Other relationships happen as part of a school-based mentoring program, where Bigs and Littles spend time together in school or on the playground. The MCOP Initiative (Mentoring Children of Prisoners) helps children with an incarcerated parent broaden their perspectives on what they can achieve in life.

The Big Brothers Big Sisters vision is for all children to achieve success in life.

For more information about Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Minnesota and to get involved, visit or call Greg at 507-414-0311.

Member Induction:  Teresa Jensen, Northfield’s Director of Library and Information Technology Services, is now officially a member of our Club. Welcome Teresa.

Last Week’s Guests: Lori Middeldorp (Hoschouer)

Scholarship Enhancement: Erin Mayberry

Lori Middeldorp provided follow-up information about the Friendship Family program at St. Olaf.  If you are interested in learning more, visit the website at:

Brad Frago reminded members about the value of becoming “certified volunteers,” particularly for those of us who work with youth.  He will be sending out an email soon with more information.

President Prichard announced that interested club members could attend a board meeting on Thursday, Sept.r 5 (5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. at Community Resource Bank) to provide input toward finalization of the budget. He also noted that the District 5960 Foundation Celebration will take place on Saturday, Nov. 2, at the Prom Center in Oakdale, Minnesota, from 6 p.m.- 9 p.m.

Beth Kallestad noted two upcoming events of the Cannon River Watershed Partnership. The 5th Annual Watershed Wide Clean-up is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 21, from 9 a.m. – noon with locations throughout the entire watershed.  Contact 507-786-3915 or for more information and to sign up. The Great River Greening Volunteer Event will happen on Saturday, Oct. 5, from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in Cannon Falls.  Go to to sign up.

Coming Up:
Sept. 12 — Meet our new Youth Exchange Students (Vicki Dilley)