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Rotary Cogwheel | 07.14.2016

July 14, 2016

Today’s Program | Thursday, July 14, 2016

Today: Julie Eddy, Defeat of Jesse James Days Scholarship Program (Covey)

Birthdays: Nancy Amerman and Kari Nelson (7/12)

Next Week: Paul Niemisto, Vintage Band Festival (Stevens)

Last Week:
There is truth in the old adage that we learn to read so we can read to learn. Research suggests reading proficiency at third grade is the most reliable predictor of a child’s future high school success. 

Ben Flannery, MD, a pediatrician with Northfield Hospital & Clinics, is a believer. He is now promoting reading and literacy to parents at well-child checks. He considers it a health and wellness issue, right up there with sleep, healthy diets, safety and dental care.

The clinic has joined with Northfield Promise, a Healthy Community Initiative-inspired effort to provide kids with the tools they need to succeed, to use a program called “1,2,3… Read With Me.” It was conceived by CC Linstroth, a local retired teacher and reading specialist. The idea is that every family that visits Northfield’s FamilyHealth Medical Clinic for a well-child check will leave with a free book, a sticker with suggestions for how to best share a book with children and a pep talk about the importance of reading.

Even children as young as four months can benefit from a reading session with an adult, Dr. Flannery said. It helps lay down optimal patterns for brain development and has the associated benefit of creating an important bond between parent and child. For those for whom English is not their native language, reading to a child in Spanish or another language has benefit, too, Dr. Flannery said.

In his introduction of our speakers, Chris Weber said Rotary’s literacy project supports what Dr. Flannery and the clinic are doing. We have helped facilitate the placement of book collection boxes at four elementary schools and the Northfield Community Resource Center and the placement of distribution shelves at several locations around town.

Mini Classification:
Chris Weber was born and raised in Illinois. He met his wife, Deanne, at St. Olaf College. They moved to Northfield in 1999 and now have two children, a daughter who is active in music and tennis, and a son who is into basketball, golf, cello, reading and video games. Chris is an investment advisor with Cetera and leads the club’s literacy initiative.

New Member:

Andre Sivanich was formally inducted into the club. His sponsor, Jim Holden, remembers coaching Andre’s high school tennis team. He said Andre was a four-year starter, played doubles and served as a captain. He also organized the memorial for Tom Cieslukowski, a former teammate who died in 2012.

 Guests: Doris Welke (Prowe)

Scholarship Enhancement: Nate Heilman

The new password to access the Members Area of the Rotary Club website is lasswell, the last name of our new president, no caps.

On Thursday, July 28, we will meet at the Northfield Y for a bag lunch and tour of the Y. Northfield United Methodist Church is having vacation Bible school in this space that week.

Elizabeth Child is seeking ideas for future programs. She is particularly interested in ideas for presentations by local private businesses or speakers who can present on topical issues of the day. Let her know if you have ideas.

Our 2016-17 outbound 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.

Incoming students are:
Daniel Chien from Taiwan

Emma Nielsen from Denmark

Nico Suarez Toloza from Colombia

Gyung Hwan Yoon from South Korea

Wanzita Masenza from Tanzania

Coming Up

July 28 — Northfield Y tour (Lasswell)

August 4 — Wendy Sivanich, Classification

August 11 — Jim Barbour, (Reppmann)

August 18 — District Governor Jim Hunt (Halverson)

Past Northfield Rotary Club meeting videos on YouTube

Quote of the Week:
Let us develop respect for all living things. Let us try to replace violence and intolerance with understanding and compassion. And love.
— Jane Goodall