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Rotary Cogwheel | April 5.2018

April 4, 2018

Today’s Program | Thursday, April 5, 2018

Today: Bia Rebello, Exchange Student (Stevens)

Next Week: April 12 — Jeff McLaughlin, Classification

Birthdays: Rachel Estrella (4/6)

Statement of Purpose: Northfield Rotary Club is dedicated to promoting peace and understanding through service and shared experience. We invite people from all corners of the community to join us as we partner with others to support youth, build sustainable infrastructure and preserve our planet. 

Last Week: Jim Hunt shared about Fast for Hope, a district-wide Rotary program in our District #5960 which works to bring Nicaraguan villages out of poverty. The program does not use foundation dollars: it depends solely on contributions from Rotarians. $10 per person is the recommended donation and this frees up Fast for Hope funds from the restrictions that come with foundation funding. A steering committee made up of nine members provides oversight. 

The Fast for Hope program was inspired by The End of Poverty, a 2005 bestseller written by Dr. Jeffrey Sachs. The work is primarily in El Corozo in Nicaragua, one of the safest countries in Central America. Over the years, Fast for Hope has learned the importance of community involvement. Their work is much more fruitful when the community identifies the needs and solutions and is the first investor in the project. Fast for Hope helps the community learn to believe in themselves, challenge authority when necessary, and encourages working as a community instead of as individual families. 

Rotary has sent 26 delegations to Nicaragua and 10 delegations have been sent from Nicaragua to Minnesota and Wisconsin. The program works to build relationships and friendships, establish Rotary clubs and develop community leaders. A few of their accomplishments include running programs for children and youth, establishing a women’s group and participating in community led improvements such as new outhouses and a pavilion at the school. For six months of the year in Nicaragua the roads are impassable during the rainy season and most kids quit school after elementary because it is too difficult to get to school. Fast for Hope works with local government officials to find solutions for improvements to the roads. They support improved health with pharmacy kits, work on literacy by delivering baskets of books and also work on water projects. Rotarians can support Fast for Hope by donating funds or participating in future delegations. 

Guests: Robert Steed, 5-year-old son of Jesse Steed; Tom Hendrickson from the Rotary Club of Lakeville  

Scholarship Enhancement: Sue Pokorney


–The Breathe movie was well attended by Rotarians and the First National Mainstreeters group. If you would like to borrow the Blu-Ray, see President Wakely.

–Taste of Lakeville is May 17th from 5-9pm. Tickets are $40 in advance or $50 at the door. The event includes a raffle for 100 bottles of wine. See Tom Hendrickson from the Lakeville club for tickets or more information.

–The Sons of Norway from Kenyon sent a note of thanks to our exchange students for their recent presentation.

–Judy Brown announced that she will be moving to New Jersey. She will miss Rotary but is looking forward to this exciting new chapter in her life. We’ll miss you, Judy!

Our 2017-18 outbound students are:
Madison Asp — Finland

Joan Erickson — Argentina

Annika Fisher— South Africa

Bergen Hoff — Czech Republic/Slovakia

Emma Iverson — Spain

Alex Kovach — Japan

Joseph Kreis — Italy

Benjamin (Ben) Mohlke — Brazil

Piper Nelson — Germany

Jenna Olien — South Korea

Jack Overstreet — Brazil

Gregory Pelletier — Argentina

Espen Richardson — Norway

Elizabeth (Betsy) Schuerman — Denmark

Allison (Al) Weise — Thailand

Coming Up:

April 19 — Amy Jivavitoonkit, Exchange Student (Ischler)

April 26 – Trobadours, Singing to the Club (Morey)