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Rotary Cogwheel | 04.14.2016

April 13, 2016

Today: Steve Werle, author of book on Harold Stassen (Kyte)

Birthdays: Rotarians around the globe.

Next Week: Sarah Van Sickle, Project Friendship (Kaczmarek)

Last Week:

Let the wallpapering begin.

The addition to the Northfield Public Library is almost complete, according to Teresa Jensen, Director of Northfield Public Library. The $3 million renovation will be celebrated Saturday, May 7, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a ribbon-cutting, music, tours and activities all day long. All are invited.

The new atrium on the building’s east side is the library’s signature feature, but that tells only part of the story. Its addition allowed architects to rework the interior space, removing the stairway from the middle of the building to free up more room for children’s services, shelving, more efficient staff space, conference space and public access.

But there are many “invisible” features to this project, Teresa said, some that the public will never see, such as air handling, building footings, an interior sprinkler system, insulation, power and data cable. The new library will have LED lighting, more computers, study space, an improved book drop and an overhead public address system.

Outside, the Carnegie Porch will be renovated and a Division Street patio created. There will be improved access, better exterior lighting and a number of landscape upgrades.

This is all a far cry from the $13 million of improvements recommended in 2008 after several studies were done to determine library needs. But Jensen says it represents “the library of the future.” The project got off the ground in 2014 when then-City Administrator Tim Madigan offered the library $1 million in city funds for renovation. That was accepted and the library board and Friends of the Library initiated a capital campaign that has raised more than $1.3 million from 500-plus donors. The project required the off-site storage of much of the library’s collection and the temporary relocation of library services to the second floor of City Hall. Jensen said some 50,000 books were expected to be loaded into the library earlier this week and would be shelved by the end of April.

This is the second major renovation of the library since it was built in 1910 with a construction grant from steel mogul-turned-philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. The other was an expansion in 1985 that tripled library space.

New Members:

Dorothy Ishler, a psychologist and owner of Center for Human Resources in Northfield, and John Larson, a commercial loan officer at First National Bank, were formally inducted into the club. Dorothy’s sponsor is Jean Wakley; John’s is Matt Rich. Welcome Dorothy and John.

Guests: Char Carlson (Bill Carlson), Hans Muessig (Jensen), Caroline Holden (Holden), Steve Maus (Maus), Richard Schulte (Halsor), and Kari Nelson (V. Dilley).

Scholarship Enhancement: A delighted Jean Wakely


Vicki Langer, our new chair of Youth Exchange, is looking for 12 host families for four students next year. If you have leads or could help, contact her.

Tim Madigan has turned the reins of the Program Committee over to Elizabeth Child. If you have program ideas, she is listening. Tim will remain a member of the committee.

Chris Weber reported that applications from six St. Olaf students and one from Carleton will be considered by the District for a Global Grant Scholarship. The interviews will be later in April.

News of Dr. Matt Hillmann’s selection as the new superintendent for Northfield Schools was greeted by a standing ovation. Matt said he feels grateful to follow in the wake of Dr. Chris Richardson, who has done an outstanding job working with a community that places a high value on education. Dr. Richardson said Matt will carry on the Northfield tradition of educating all of our students.

You are invited to attend the Annual District Conference on May 12-13 at Mystic Lake Casino.  It is a combined event with District 5950.  There will be golf on Thursday and a big Celebration Dinner on Friday and a Project-in-a-Day.

Here is a list of our outbound students.

  • 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

April 28 — Tom Hanson, retired Foreign Service Officer, the Geopolitics of Climate

Change (R. Flaten)

May 5 — TBA

May 12 — The Fabulous Troubadours and lunch at Community Resource Bank

May 19 — Kim Briske, Classification (Hillmann)

Quote for the Day:

“No one has ever become poor by giving.”

― Anne Frank, diary of Anne Frank: the play