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Rotary Cogwheel | 07.28.2016

July 27, 2016

Today’s Program | Thursday, July 28, 2016

Today: Northfield Y Tour (Halverson)

Birthdays: Steve Underdahl (7/24)

Next Week: Wendy Sivanich, Classification

Last Week:
Who in their right mind would attempt to bring 30 bands to Northfield in Minnesota’s mid-summer to play 100 concerts over a four-day span and live to talk about it?

Enter Paul Niemisto, founder and artistic director of Northfield’s Vintage Band Festival, affectionately known as our own musical maniac.

This year is the 10th anniversary of the festival, now the premier event of its kind in the United States. What started as conference for music historians punctuated by a few band performances quickly was turned on its head. In year one, it became a band festival with a conference on the side and it has stayed that way.

This year, bands from Germany, Illinois, Iowa, Florida, Indiana, Wisconsin and two dozen from Minnesota will converge on Northfield July 28-31 to entertain thousands at concerts scattered throughout the community and in nearby towns.

The term vintage is broadly defined for the purposes of the festival. Paul said it includes bands with lots of brass and wind instruments who do historic music from the Civil War, those that do complete re-enactments with authentic vintage uniforms and instruments, those that play ethnic music, and those that perform swing and military music.

Paul said he is very pleased with the unbridled enthusiasm of the musicians who look forward to performing at the festival and pleased with Northfield’s embrace of the event.

“It means that the vision and that risk we took back in 2006 has really paid off and that it’s been a great thing for the community,” Paul said.

The festival costs $100,000 to produce. Paul said donations are appreciated.

Mini Classification:
Jan Stevens knows her geography. She lives 45 minutes from an international airport and 50 minutes from Mayo Clinic, two resources she values highly.

She came to Northfield in 1971 as the youngest faculty wife at St. Olaf College. When her husband, Stan, moved into the private sector, they relocated to Champaign, Illinois, where Jan received her Ph.d while raising three children. They came back to live in the Northfield area. Her kids finished school and all were Rotary exchange students. Jan has worked in real estate for Coldwell Banker for 25 years and is the current president of the Vintage Band Festival board.

Guests: Kevin Skip and Lillie Meakin (Child) and Frank Wakely (Wakely)

Scholarship Enhancement: The Old Trapper, Bob Will, hit it big.

We need 180 volunteers to pull off the Defeat of Jesse James Days Rotary Bike Tour. Jean Wakely and Ragh Singh are taking names. See them if you can help.

Dave Wolf completed a 515-mile bike tour in Northern Minnesota to raise funds for Minnesota Habitat. He was one of 125 riders who collectively raised $260,000 for the organization.

 We will be partnering again with the Eagan Rotary Club and Northfield High School to host an Ethics Workshop for 40 to 50 high school students on Tuesday, Oct. 25, at Community Resource Bank. If you are interested in helping plan or participating in the all-day event, see David Koenig.

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

Past Northfield Rotary Club meeting videos on YouTube

Coming Up

August 11 — Jim Barbour, (Reppmann)

August 18 — District Governor Jim Hunt (Halverson)

August 25 — Zach Pruitt, Northfield Promise (Kaczmarek)

September 1 — Earl Weinmann, SCOPE Program (Nemo)

Quote of the Week:
This world of ours… must avoid becoming a community of dreadful fear and hate, and be, instead, a proud confederation of mutual trust and respect.

— Dwight D. Eisenhower