Cogwheel Archive

Rotary Coghweel | 09.03.2015

September 1, 2015

Today: Holly Schoenbauer, Help Me Grow (Kaczmarek)

Birthdays: Tate Running (8/30) and Judy Brown-Wescott (9/4)

Next Week: Nate Heilman, Classification (O’Neil)

Last Week:  

Rice County Habitat for Humanity’s goal is to provide stability for families and the community by providing affordable housing for families in need. Since its inception in 1991, the local nonprofit has built 40 homes. Dayna Norvold, executive director, is pleased to report that 37 of their partner families still live in their homes.

To qualify for a Habitat home, families must be willing partners, have the ability to support a mortgage and have a need. Dayna introduced us to Traci Morris and her family, partners for the home now being built in Dundas. The Morrises have a need.

Three of four Morris children have been born with a rare genetic condition called Hartsfield Syndrome. It interrupts brain development at critical junctures, leading to both mental and physical handicaps. One of their children, Jake, died from the syndrome last February. Tommy, 10, is confined to a wheel chair, and Colin, 1, has developmental issues. Their other son, Matt, is a healthy five-year old.

Traci said her children’s disabilities have been challenging. They are looking forward to moving to a home that is handicapped accessible. Presently, they are essentially living on one floor to accommodate Tommy’s mobility issues.

The new home will be a standard Habitat build, a three-bedroom rambler built to energy-efficient Silver LEED specifications with a bathroom on the first floor and egress windows in the basement. All Habitat homes are handicapped visitable, Dayna said, but this one will be handicapped accessible.

The new home will have wider doorways, a large handicapped accessible bathroom, a second bath downstairs and a track system that will help move Tommy and later his brother from room to room.  

“I think this is what Habitat for Humanity is made for,” Dayna said, “a community coming together to help a family in need.”

She thanked Rotary for its help providing volunteers for the build. She also said Habitat is always in need of financial support. For more information, go to:


Jayne Hager Dee moved to Northfield in 1998 when she became Regional Director for the University of Minnesota’s Extension Service in Southern Minnesota. She retired in 2012 and is now involved in many civic activities. Besides being a member of Rotary, Jayne is president of the Northfield Community Action Center board, a member of the city Housing and Redevelopment Authority, an active member of WINGS, a member of Minnesota Public Radio’s advisory council, and she is fundraising for the Northfield City Library project.

Jayne does consulting work. She helped secure a grant for Action on Alzheimer’s, which will sponsor both an Alzheimer’s Walk September 27 and a community summit on Alzheimer’s November 10.  She and her husband have two grown children.

Here is a list of this year’s outbound students. Some have already departed.

  • Beimers, Henry – Norway
  • Beimers, William – Brazil
  • Carlson, Samuel -Argentina
  • Estrada, Gabriella – France
  • Hahn, Erin – Thailand
  • Hodel, Christoph – Indonesia
  • Kelley, Caitlin – Chile
  • Lunderby, Jack – Brazil
  • Mandsager, Erik – Zimbabwe
  • Martinez, Odalys – Japan
  • Muir, Mason – Taiwan
  • Olson, Josiah – Colombia
  • Regnier, Eli – Brazil
  • Rodriguez-Vazquez, Leslie – Brazil
  • Scheffert, Jenna – Italy
  • Seitz, Zoe – Denmark
  • Washburn Chapman, Ahna Cole – South Africa
  • Woitalla, Jessica – Brazil.

Guests: Our new exchange students: Nicole from Paraguay, Carson from Taiwan and Jose from Mexico; Gary Campbell, past District Governor (Halvorson); Brent Nystrom (Reese); Dan Knutson (Rich); Andy Goke (Knutson); Jose Dunn-Foster, Ed Marek and Natalie Cantbury (V. Dilley); Sarah Carlsen (Kallestad) and Alyssa Herzog Melby (Lorang).

Scholarship Enhancement:  Dr. Richardson I presume.


There are only a few volunteer spots left for the bike tour. Check with Jean Wakely if you can help the weekend of Defeat of Jesse James Days.

The skateboard park will have a grand opening Thursday, Sept. 10, 4 p.m. at Old Memorial Field.  All are invited to hear Russ’s speech.

Rotary will sponsor an Ethics Workshop for select juniors and seniors from Northfield High School on Thursday, Nov. 12, at Community Resource Bank. We will need volunteers to help with the day-long event delivered by members of the Eagan Rotary Club. Talk to Scott Richardson if you are interested.

The Ford Focus, our raffle car, will be available at various venues around town in the coming weeks, a high school soccer game, high school football games and the steam engine show in Dundas.  It is a great opportunity to sell tickets and fun to work in teams.  

Rotary will be working a Habitat for Humanity site in Dundas Thursday, Sept. 24, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. See Jake Conway if you can help.

Northfield Rotary Club will celebrate its 90th year with a birthday party at the Estenson Event Center Saturday, Oct. 17. We are inviting the Janesville, Waseca and Faribault clubs to help us celebrate.

We will be hosting a friendship exchange group from Brazil for a few days beginning Sunday, Oct. 4. We need places for the five to stay.

Past Northfield Rotary Club meeting videos on YouTube

Coming Up

September 17 — Chris Kennelly, Classification (Reese)
September 24 — Jan Hanson, Classification (Weber)
October 1 — Mike Leming, Bereavement Process (Holden)
October 8 — Marlene Gargulak, District Governor (Cogan)