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Rotary Cogwheel | 01.26.2017

January 24, 2017

Today’s Program | Thursday, January 26, 2017

Today: Woodrow Wooj Byun, an Edina Rotarian, “Service Above Self” (Frago)

Birthdays: Scott Wopata (1/27)

Next Week: Tesgaye Nega, Improving Cooking Solutions in Ethopia (Rogers)

Last Week:
If Janine Atchison is thinking about a sound track for her classification talk, “I’ve Been Everywhere,” a song written by Geoff Mack, first recorded with adaptations by Hank Snow and popularized by Johnny Cash, would be a good fit.

Let’s see, Janine was born in Fremont, Michigan (home to Gerber Baby Foods), grew up in Southern California, finished high school near Sacramento, followed an Air Force husband to Caribou, Maine. They moved to Wilburton, Oklahoma, divorced and Janine lived in Norman, Oklahoma while attending the university. She moved to Muskogee, Okla., remarried and moved to a dairy farm near Green Bay, Wisconsin. Once again on her own, she moved to Green Bay and then employment opportunities took her to the Twin Cities and now Northfield. That’s a lot of packing and moving….often with two to four kids in tow.

Janine is the coordinator for Northfield Housing and Redevelopment Authority. She holds a bachelor’s degree in geology, but has never used it professionally. She worked for a housing finance agency and on an urban development project in Oklahoma. Before coming to Northfield she worked as a housing official in Brooklyn Center and then Minneapolis.

She said she is thrilled to be in Northfield. She describes her job as “exciting and fun” and enjoys the new friends she is making.

Janine has four children. Her oldest daughter is a singer and insurance underwriter, her oldest son is a business analyst, her youngest daughter is a comedienne and performer and her youngest son is the assistant lacrosse coach at the University of Oregon.

Jayne Hager Dee retired five years ago from her longtime position as a University of Minnesota Extension Service regional director for southeastern Minnesota. She laid low for a year, but now has jumped into community life with both feet. She helped raise funds for the Northfield Public Library expansion, she served as coordinator for a local Acting on Alzheimer’s program, she is currently president of the Community Action Center Board of Directors, a member of Northfield Housing and Redevelopment Authority, and she was recently elected to the Dakota County Soil and Water Conservation Board. When she is not at a meeting, she is the primary caretaker for her husband and enjoys time with her two granddaughters. Let’s just say she gets up early.

New Members: George Davis (Stevens), Amber Chavie (Larson) and Scott Wopata (Estenson) were formally inducted into the club. George is a retired academic from Moorhead who moved here last fall. Amber owns Graphic Mailbox in Northfield, and Scott is the Northfield High School boys’ soccer coach and director of the KEY and Union of Youth. Welcome to all.

Guests: Carol Gengenbach (Prowe), Myrna Mibas (Wakely), Jeff McLaughlin (Koenig), Melanie Tschida (Prichard) and Kristin Mas (Nico)

Scholarship Enhancement: Jim Holden, who will undoubtedly spend it on Twins’ pitching.

The Paul Harris Foundation Centennial Dinner is planned for Thursday evening, Feb. 16, 6:30 p.m. at Bethel Lutheran Church. Stay tuned for more details.

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

Emma Pritchard, Taiwan

Nathaniel Urke, Brazil.

Coming Up

February 9 — Andrei Sivanich, Classification

February 16 — Paul Harris Foundation Dinner. No noon meeting.

February 23 — Mateo Lombardo (O’Neill)

March 2 — Human Rights Commission Diversity Skit (Wakely)