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Rotary Cogwheel | 04.24.2014

April 22, 2014

Today: Max Madoro, executive director of Zinduka Development Initiatives Forum, (V. Dilley)

Birthdays: Richard Maus (4/24), Gunho and Reginaldo Haslett-Mararoqin (4/28)

Next Week: INVITE A GUEST DAY. David Phillips, Cincinnati Works, (Blaha)

Last Week:

Tami O’Brian introduced us to the human face of medicine last week.

She is the director of the Cancer Care & Infusion Center at Northfield Hospital & Clinics. Her passion for her work is rooted in some very moving experiences working with pediatric oncology patients at Mayo Clinic. Her work has made her aware of the profound issues cancer patients and their families face when they are visited with a cancer diagnosis.

The expanded Cancer Care & Infusion Center opened two years ago in May. It is a clinical focal point for integrated services for both advanced cancer care and infusion therapy. Medical oncologists from Mayo Clinic and Minnesota Oncology have on-site clinic hours three days a week. They are supported by Tami, a nurse practitioner, certified oncology nurses and a nurse navigator. The center works closely with the Mayo Clinic radiation center across the road from the hospital. They often share patients.

Tami said people don’t always realize the advanced care available right here in Northfield. The center offers the same treatments and the same protocols as you would find at larger cancer centers in the Twin Cities or Rochester. Long drives to out-of-town treatment centers are the last thing cancer patients need, she said. It is a real benefit to both the patient and their families to have these services here in town. She praised her staff for the compassion they show and for their commitment to their patients.

“They get it,” she said. “They do everything they can to give you the best care possible.”

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Last Week’s Guests: Adele Porter (Blaha), Judy Keliher (Williams) and our students: Yoshino, Gunho, Lucas and Rodolfo.

Scholarship Enhancement: Hannah Puzcko

Congratulations to Bob Will, who has been named this year’s recipient of the Joseph Lee Heywood Distinguished Service Award by the Defeat of Jesse James Days Committee. Each year, the award goes to someone whose record of service reflects the commitment to community demonstrated by Joseph Lee Heywood, the bank teller who died defending the bank funds during the 1876 bank raid.

David Philips of Cincinnati Strives, a successful job-readiness, job-support initiative, will be our headliner Thursday, May 1, for Invite a Guest to Rotary Day. Members are encouraged to bring a guest that day. The cost of the guest meal will be $5. Be prepared to commit next week, so we can prepare for a surge of guests on May 1.

The board is inviting members to participate in a conversation about a longer term approach to fundraising. A committee is being formed. If you would like to be a member, let President Prichard know. Limited resources constrain our ability to support local service projects, President Prichard said. More funds translate into more projects.

We need a couple of volunteers to transport two high school students to and from Camp RYLA later this month. The camp begins on Friday, April 25 in Hudson, Wis. The students need to be picked up in St. Paul on Tuesday, April 29. To be a volunteer driver, you need to complete the Rotary Child Protection Training, which is available on our web site. If you can help, contact Matt Hillmann.

Coming Up
May 8 — Kari Berit, The Unexpected Caregiver, (Pederson)
May 15 – No meeting
May 22 – John Sinning, Classification (Estenson)
May 29 – Dayna Norvold, Habitat for Humanity (Hall)
June 5 – Lara Palmquist, Global Grant Scholar (Weber)