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Rotary Cogwheel | 02.25.2016

February 23, 2016

Today: Betsey Buckheit, Northfield Bike Plan (Zweifel)

 Birthdays: Peg Prowe (2/19) and Jim Schlichting (2/25)

 Next Week: Chad Hjellming, Classification (Conway)

Last Week:

Agriculture and civic involvement are recurring themes for Jayne Hager Dee.

She grew up in Winnetka, Illinois and graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in Consumer Food Science. She worked for the National Live Stock & Meat Board in consumer outreach, where she met her future husband, a member of the board of directors. They married in 1977 and moved from an large apartment building that contained two voting precincts of its own to a town of 1,200 in Iowa, 50 miles north of Des Moines, and 20 miles east of Ames.

Jayne worked as an independent consultant for a time. She worked with ad agencies, supermarkets, the beef industry, and the pork industries in TV, radio, and newspaper media.  She had a wide variety of marketing expertise from writing newsletters to managing ad campaigns.

She also served as a county supervisor, community college school board member, and president of the 4H Foundation.

Jayne took a job with Iowa State University as a coordinator for the Iowa Public Policy Project and Putting Consumers in Charge, a national program for consumer credit.  She also served as the assistant director for the 12-state North Central Regional Center for Rural Development.

She and her husband moved to Minnesota, and  she spent 13 years as the Regional Director for Minnesota Extension Service, working out of the Farmington office.  She planned and executed programs for the Extension across southeastern Minnesota.

Jayne is now retired, but is still very active in local affairs. She is involved with:  Minnesota Board on Aging, Northfield Library Board, SELCO Regional Board, the MPR Advisory Council, Northfield Area Foundation Board, and the Northfield Charter Commission, which she chairs. She is also currently working with Act on Alzheimers, serves on the board of Northfield Community Action Center, is involved in WINGS, Northfield Area United Way, and volunteers as a 4H judge.

Her son Graham is 34, married, and has a daughter.  He works at AgStar as a commercial lender.  Evan is 31 and an agronomist.  Her boys also have a sheep farm on Cedar Avenue north of town.

Mini Classification:

Peggy Prowe is always thinking. She joined Rotary in 1994 with ulterior motives. A relentless advocate for biking — she’s served on the Mill Towns Trail Board for 24 years and has been a member of the DNR Trails Board —   she wanted to help.  It’s been a great collaboration over the years.

Peggy went to the University of Kansas. She taught Physical Education at Kansas for a time and then took a position at Carleton College, where she met her husband, Deit. She has two children, a son with two daughters in Minneapolis and a daughter with three children in Brooklyn, Calif.

New Members: Bruce Morlan and Chad Hjellming were inducted into the club. Welcome Bruce and Chad.

Presentation: Elizabeth Child, executive director of Northfield Area United Way, accepted a check for $1,000 from the club in support of the Imagination Library, a literacy initiative.

Guests: Gracie from Brazil (Vicki), Jeanine Acheson – Northfield City Housing Director (Heineman)

Scholarship Enhancement:  Neil Lutzky, who had swapped tickets with John Stull.


The club is looking for a few good men or women to assume leadership positions. We are looking for a new board member to oversee “Club Service” next year. We also are looking for chairs or co-chairs for our bike tour and youth exchange committee. If you are interested, talk to President Halverson.

Tim Madigan could use help on the programming committee.  He is also looking for a program on May 5.  If anyone has a topic related to Cinco De Mayo, let him know.

Emily Blumhoefer, wife of Ryan, had a new baby Wednesday, Feb. 17. Their new daughter’s name is Addison Nicole.

The district would like us to register on its website. Here’s how you do it:

  • Find your Rotary ID number on the label of your Rotary Magazine; 2) Log on to www., click “My Club,” below Rotary International click “Sign in Register,” and click “Create Account. 3) Follow the prompts to complete the questions and your Rotary profile.

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
  • 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.

Past Northfield Rotary Club meeting videos on YouTube

Coming Up

March 10 — Carson Hsai, Exchange Student (V. Dilley)

March 17 — The Irish are coming (Madigan)

March 24 — Ruth Hickey, Ruth’s House of Hope (Caskey)

March 31 — TBA

Quote for the Day:
“No one has ever become poor by giving.”
― Anne Frankdiary of Anne Frank: the play