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Rotary Cogwheel | 05.26.2016

May 24, 2016

Today’s Program | Thursday, May 26, 2016

Today: Griff Wigley and Marty Larson, CROCT (Heineman)

Birthdays: Russ Halverson (5/15), Andrei Sivanich and Daniel Knutson (5/17), Keith Covey and Jon Snodgrass (5/19), Robert Flaten (5/21) and Chris Heineman (5/23).

Next Week: Mark Bigelbach and the Dundas Dome (Estenson)

Last Week:
Who knew that Kim Briske, a mild-mannered Director of Technological Services for Northfield Public Schools, was once a nationally-ranked competitive cyclist?

It was an all-consuming passion for her from age 11 to age 26. She raced with a club out of St. Paul and at one point reigned as the Junior National Champion.

Kim is the daughter of Phil Strom, a Methodist minister who served Little Prairie and Main Street Moravian churches in the late 1980s and 1990s. Kim graduated from Cambridge High School and earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Minnesota. She obtained her masters degree from Hamline University and her Principal and Educational Specialist degree from the University of St. Thomas.

She was teaching for the Farmington School District when her path intersected with Matt Hillmann’s at a professional development event. She’s been working in Northfield for the past two years as a bridge between technical services and the classroom.

The access to information through the Internet and the use of technology is reshaping the educational environment, she said. The model is shifting from a teacher-focused classroom to a student-focused one, with teachers guiding student exploration.

Kim said an apt description of new classroom experience with the interplay between students goes like this: “No longer does a teacher have one conversation with 30 students, but 30 conversations with one student.”

Kim is married with two children, ages 5 and 8. Throw in an assortment of pets, and life is managed chaos.

New Mom’s Network was an important touch-point for her when her children were small. She has maintained friendships with many of the people she met there. She said she is also grateful for her community connections through Rotary and Emmaus Church.


Matt Hillmann was born and raised in New York, attended college at St. John’s University in New York City and then spent 20 years in education. He came to Northfield seven years ago with his wife, Mary, and three children. He received his advanced degrees from Minnesota State University – Mankato. In July, Matt will assume the position of superintendent for Northfield Public Schools.

Paul Harris Fellows:
Paul Harris Fellowships were conferred to five club members for their contributions to the Paul Harris Foundation. They are: Jacob Conway, Matt Hillman, Matthew Rich, Scott Richardson and Jean Wakely.

Guests: Camilo of Colombia and Leonardo Lune (Halverson), Dave Berglund (Rich), Ben Martig (Heineman and Ramiz Allawala (Karen Allawala).

Scholarship Enhancement:  Guest David Berglund


A golf tournament in memory of Ken Bank, former Northfield Hospital & Clinics President and CEO and former member of our club, will, in part, benefit Northfield Rotary. The nine-hole event will be Thursday, June 9, at the Northfield Golf Club. Golf begins at 6:30 p.m. Dinner will be at 8:30 p.m. In honor of the footprint Ken left on the community, organizers are encouraging participants to donate individually to either Rotary Northfield Gymnastics or Northfield Hospital Auxiliary. Call the Northfield Golf Club to reserve your tee time. Ken died in February of 2015 at the age of 69. He served NH&C for 22 years, retiring in 2010.

If anyone is interesting in reviving Kids Vote for this fall’s election, contact Jake Conway. 

Ron Linde thanked Rotary members Jean Wakely, Pat O’Neill, Jack Hoschauer and others for helping with Cannon River cleanup between Water and Third Saturday, May 14.

Matthew Rich reported that Paddy Mader, author of “Minnesota Gold, the book about Minnesota Olympians, sent a check for $100, a portion of book sales from his visit to Rotary. Books are still on sale in the lobby of Community Resource Bank.

Elizabeth Child said Northfield Area United Way made its goal this year. She thanked Rotarians Blake Abdella, Jim Pokorney, Barry Carlson, Jayne Hager-Dee, Jon Snodgrass and Ron Linde for serving on allocation panels or performing financial reviews.

Barry Carlson said a new plaque is now in place on the bench honors Al Haugen at the soccer complex that honors Al Haugen, a long-time Rotarian who died in 2003 at the age of 68.

John Ophaug announced that Rotary will benefit when he completes his quest to run marathons in all 50 states. He recently completed a race in New Mexico, so he has three states remaining. He asked us to wish him good health as comes down the home stretch.

Dr. Chris Richardson’s service to Northfield School District will be celebrated with an open house Tuesday, May 31, 5 to 8 p.m. at the Weitz Center at Carleton College. All are invited.

We are need of correspondents for our 2016-17 outbound students. If you are interested, talk to Rachel Estrella. The students are:

Sage Brinton, Argentina

McKenna Dale, Brazil

Caroline Hummel, Norway

Noah Klein, South Korea

Jane Ludwig, Colombia

Yizel Marcial, Germany

Daiki Nishioka, Taiwan

Liliana (Lily) Noble, Italy

Madison Peterson=Bradford,  Brazil

Emma Pritchard, Taiwan

Nathaniel Urke, Brazil.

Past Northfield Rotary Club meeting videos on YouTube

Coming Up

June 9 — Jennifer Dunn-Foster, Classification (V. Dilley)

June 16 — Robert Shepley, MD, Joint Replacements (Estenson)

June 23 — John Wegman, Mission: Building Homes for the Disabled (Reppmann)

June 30 — Al Zdrazil, Domestic Violence in the Workplace

Quote of the Week:
“Three things in human life are important. The first is to be kind. The second is to be kind. And the third is to be kind.” -Henry James