Cogwheel Archive

Rotary Cogwheel | 11.17.2016

November 15, 2016

Today’s Program | Thursday, November 17, 2016

Today: Rick Noer and Jerry Mohrig, Cannon Valley Elder Collegium (Madigan)

Birthdays: Matthew Rich and Jim Prichard (11/17) and Teresa Jensen (11/19)

Next Week: Turkey Trot. All hands on deck.

Last Week:

Tri-City Bridges to the Future is a regional collaborative designed to help disadvantaged youth get traction on their path toward careers or post-secondary education. Sonji Davis of Workforce Development, Inc., the project’s lead agency, and Anne Marie Leland of Faribault Public Schools Community Services, one of the collaborating agencies, were on hand to tell us about this new initiative.

A three-year matching grant of $579,000 from Youthprise, an affiliate of the McKnight Foundation, will help some 85 youth, ages 14 to 24, from Northfield, Faribault and Red Wing receive intensive training, mentoring and counsel. The project is aimed at youth who are at high risk of failing to reach high school graduation and who need social support to develop and achieve their goals. Candidates include those in foster care, homeless youth and some who are clients of the criminal justice system.

Workforce Development is providing the mentors, but it will rely on the other involved entities to help identify and connect with students. The Northfield and Faribault school districts, and specifically the area learning centers and adult basic education programs within them, will serve as important sources.

Northfield Healthy Community Initiative wrote the grant for the project and serves as the collaborative’s fiscal agent. Participating organizations are Faribault Public Schools, Northfield Public Schools, the Red Wing Juvenile Facility, Riverland Community College, South Central Community College, Minnesota State College — Southeast Technical, Rice County Family Services Collaborative and more than 20 local businesses and organizations.

Sonji said the collaboration is real. A leadership circle with representatives from participating agencies “guide” the project. Meaningful systems change to help these youth is always top of mind.

Tri-City Bridges is looking for community partners to broaden its reach. If you are interested in helping with anything from being a guest speaker, mock interviewer or career panelist, hosting a business tour or intern/apprentice, contact Sonji or Anne.

Virginia Kaczmarek has been a Rotarian for 13 years, nine here in Northfield. She grew up in St. Cloud, joined the U.S. Marines out of high school, got married, had two children, divorced and returned to St. Cloud to start her post-secondary education. She graduated from St. Cloud State University with a degree in Economics and went on to get a master’s degree from Kansas. She was working with the Twin Cities YMCA when she was asked to help Northfield hire a Y executive director. She was so smitten with the community that she applied for the job herself and the rest is history.

Guests: George Davis (Stevens), Carol Roecklein (Taylor), Teresa Tilson (Lasswell) and Rick Tursh (Koenig)

Scholarship Enhancement: John Stull


Registrations for the 16th annual Turkey Trot are streaming in well ahead of last year. Sponsorships are up and all indicators point to a successful event. Come run or walk, come volunteer, or, at the very least, promote it among your family, friends and neighbors. Funds raised will support our exchange program and polio eradication.

Rotarians will gather at Loon Liquors, 1325 Armstrong Road, No. 165, tomorrow evening at 6 p.m. for an informal social get-together for club members, their spouses, guests and kids.

Three videos about Northfield produced by Paul Krause will be screened Monday, Nov. 21, 7 p.m. at the Weitz Center, Carleton College.

Community Resource Bank is hosting an American Red Cross Blood Drive Wednesday, Nov. 23, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. To make an appointment, go to

Inbound students are:
Daniel Chien from Taiwan

Emma Nielsen from Denmark

Nico Suarez Toloza from Colombia

Eric Kwun from South Korea
Wanzita Ally from Tanzania
Matteo Lombardo, Italy

Our 2016-17 outbound students are:

Sage Brinton, Argentina

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

December 1 — John Ehresman, My Red Cross Experiences (Prichard)

December 8 — Ragh Singh, Classification (W. Sivanich)

December 15 — TBA

December 22 — Special Guest