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Rotary Cogwheel | June 14.2018

June 12, 2018

Today’s Program | Thursday, June 14, 2018

Today: Vicki Dilley—Trip to Tanzania

Next Week: Scott Richardson—State of the Club

Birthdays: Chris Kennelly (6/13), Richard Maus (6/8), Chris Richardson (6/10), Laurie Williams (6/13), 

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. 


  • Henry Hillemann (Outbound 2018-19)
  • Tasha Breyer from Heartman Insurance (applicant for membership) 
  • Ethan Finger, Intern at Bluewater/Rebound this summer (Reese)
  • Ben Heath, New full-time youth coordinator at Northfield Union of Youth (Wopota). They have also added a new housing coordinator, Kate McDonnell. 

Induction of new members: 

  • Barb Wornson (Matt Hillmann) – Arcadia Charter School’s director; 
  • Zack  Zastrow – from Shakopee Rotary club, medical device industry Announcements


  • “Between Earth and Sky,” Mac Gimse’s tribute to Mill Towns Trails, will be dedicated Saturday, June 23, with a celebration at the Dundas trailhead from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be music, a picnic and a bike parade. The formal dedication will take place at noon. All are invited. 
  • Dave Brown acknowledged Paul Harris Fellow Dayna Norvold who wasn’t able to be here last week for the group recognition
  • Vicki Dilley is looking for chaperones for the Northstar overnight at the Northfield Y June 16-17.
  • Todd Thompson mentioned the Guatemala volcano eruption this past week. It was the biggest eruption in 40 years with a death toll around 100 people as of now. Relief efforts underway. Our water project is 40 miles away and has a couple of mountains in between, so it is not affected.
  • Rhonda Pownell says the  City ID cards are here – a major community initiative, first in the state – shows Northfield is a welcoming, safe place for all people. Help us by making this a normal piece of ID that people use. Can be used as your library card. 
  • David Wolf is coming to the end of his term as treasurer and would like to leave the books in pristine order before handing over to new treasurer, Virginia, so brought his credit card Square for anyone who has outstanding dues. 
  • Jean Wakely re 50North: flyer on the tables for age-friendly Northfield. Pick your favorite topic and give them your thoughts, hopes or dreams on that subject .
  • Lisa Peterson: Monday, July 16 Northfield is hosting Bike MS — about 500 cyclists will be camping at Bridgewater School and will be shuttled to downtown throughout the day. She needs people with noisemakers to welcome riders as they ride in at Bridge Sq. She also needs people to help move luggage as well in the early morning – she will send out a sign-up form. 

A message from the President-Elect:

Dear Northfield Rotarians,

The board of directors is inviting you to join us on Rotary’s next big adventure. Now that our Guatemalan water project is well underway, thanks to the dogged determination of our own Todd Thompson, we are turning our attention back to our home community. We are looking for our next local project of significance, something that will make a difference in the life of the greater Northfield community, and we would like your input.

To that end, we will be using a crowd-sourcing process Matt Hillmann has used successfully at the school district. If you follow this link you will be directed to a Google.doc where you can submit your idea for our next big local project. On Friday, June 22, we will close Phase I of the process. Your ideas will be recorded, and, in July, you will all be asked to vote on the one you feel best suits Rotary’s mission at this time and place.

We do not want to limit your creativity, but as you think about our next big local project, please keep in mind the four areas of passion we identified at our visioning session in 2017. They are: youth, service, partnerships and climate. So, go to work. Imagine, dream, dream big, think about what would make a difference in the community right now and give us a broad outline of the project. You have until

Friday, June 22, to submit an idea.

Thanks for your help.

Scott Richardson


Election 2018-19

The Board of Directors is offering for your consideration a slate of officers for 2018-19.

On Thursday, June 21, we will take nominations from the floor and then vote by voice

vote. The board’s recommendations for next year are:

President — Scott Richardson; President-Elect — Barry Carlson; Treasurer — Virginia

Kaczmarek; Secretary — Kari Nelson; International Service — Todd Thompson; Rotary

Club Service — Vicki Dilley; Fundraising — Chris Heineman; Community Service —

Jake Conway; Public Relations & Communications — Jenni Roney; Membership —

Barry Carlson.

Scholarship enhancement: Jim Schlichting

Last Week: Barry Carlson grew up in Madison, MN where his father was a teacher. He attended St Olaf and then met his wife while working at Lutheran Brotherhood. Recently retired, Barry’s passion is coaching, especially kids in 4-8th grade, to teach them fundamentals. He received the Boone & Erickson Good Neighbor Award one year as soccer coach of the year.

Stacy Longwich moved here 8 mos ago from San Francisco. She was born in SF and raised in Pacifica, CA, 10 miles south of San Fran. She enjoys surfing, scuba diving and sports. Her family owns a winery in Napa and sells grapes to Beringer. Stacy attended a Catholic girls’ high school in Burlingame and played Nor Cal All Stars Softball in high school. She graduated from Cal State Chico ’02 with a degree in Organizational Communication and Development, with a minor in Women’s Studies. She played Wildcat Softball and was a member of the Alpha Delta Pi sorority. Her career path has been winding, including roles in sales, marketing, big business interface, and as a technology project leader. She learned that business wasn’t her thing, so she changed to biotech, which doubled her salary, allowed her to wear jeans and travel a lot, but her “life sucked.” She was also simultaneously working on Master’s in Public Administration at USF. Stacy then quit to “go walkabout” – touring 27 countries in 9 months – Europe, Central America, Hawaii and all over the U.S. She ran through her savings and used up the money she was going to use as a down payment on a house.

Stacy decided she wanted to work in student services – but no one would hire her because she had no real experience in higher ed. At USF, she volunteered to build a database to track student engagement and Increased retention by 12%. Within two years, she was assistant dean of students. She returned to her alma mater Mercy HS to help with enrollment challenges there. Then she met her husband – from MN, by way of Alaska. He was a pilot, his first job was with Frontier. He ran a guide service on the Kenai Peninsula, then took a contract job in a warehouse next to hers. He said he would never want to move back to MN.

They were domestic partners, buying a house on contract for deed  when a 160-ft cypress tree in their front yard came down on the house after several weeks of El Niňo rains. They had a very short time to go into the house and retrieve any valuables. They found their cats under the bed, threw them into a pillowcase and put them in the back of their car. They are still in litigation with the city because it was a city-owned and maintained tree. Burlingame Rotary passed the hat and raised money to help them get by. Considering the cost of housing in CA, they decided to move to MN. Stacy said, “When life hands you lemons … you move to Minnesota!”

She then got married, moved here and started job at St. Olaf all within 6 weeks. The cats have adjusted and they now also have a German Shorthaired Pointer puppy, Hans, who is 4 months old. Stacy enjoys her job at St. Olaf and the Piper Center. She works with Kris Estenson and said, “people there have become my family.”

Two truths and a lie: Stacy has never been sky diving, but she has been in a rap group; and did drink for free all night at a bar as a group of Irish men thought she was Brandi Chastain.

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:

June 28 – No lunch meeting—Meet at 4:30-6PM @ Chapel Brewery

July 5 – Todd Thompson, Save the Lake

July 12 – Zack Zastrow Classification (Richardson)