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Northfield Rotary Cogwheel – November 14, 2019

November 14, 2019

oday: Trisha Duncan, Classification (Pursell)

Next Week: Ara Ruiz Gonzalez, Exchange Student (Galdeen)

Birthdays: Lee Dilley (11/10); Greg Carlson (11/11); Carl Caskey, Virginia Lorang and Anika Rychner (11/14)

Last Week:

Got Milk? Kim Furmann does.

Kim is a self-proclaimed military brat with a deep love and respect for those who serve. She is also a “get it done” kind of woman.

When her husband, a helicopter pilot, was deployed to Iraq, his main complaint was that the milk over there was not very good. Kim’s response? I can fix that.

She immediately got to work on a plan to ship fresh milk to the service men and women stationed there. With the cooperation of Kwik Trip, who donated the milk, and Continental Dry Ice, Kim began experimenting with packaging and shipping options. She hit on the right method, and the milk began to flow. The media, including AP and the Pioneer Press, picked up the story, and donations began to flow in as well.

The milk project is just one example of Kim’s work to support our veterans. She also leads a campaign to thank military members for their service. For Kim, every day is Veteran’s Day.

Thank you for your efforts Kim!


Richard Maus contracted polio in 1939 at the age of four months. He spent 938 days in the hospital and endured 16 trips to the operating room. As one might expect, this greatly impacted his early life. He struggled to maintain friendships as he went back and forth from classroom to hospital. His study habits suffered until he was able to pull it together in college. He earned a degree in math and physics and had a successful career as a teacher and author.

He swims daily at 50 North, and that’s where he met our speaker, Kim Furmann. Richard said, “It was six months before I saw her with clothes on.” 

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.


Guest: Judy Schortzko (DeBeau)


• Rachel Estrella is looking for Rotarians to help interview outbound Youth Exchange candidates on Monday, December 2nd.

• Jean Wakely attended the Rotary Foundation Dinner and reports that Richard Maus spoke and our club received two awards for our work toward eradicating polio.

• Jim Holden is seeking a driver to accompany our Youth Exchange students to the Timberwolves game on Saturday, November 16th.

• Todd Thompson reminded us of the End Human Trafficing Event at St. John’s Fellowship Hall tonight.

• Jim Pokorney still has slots to fill for Turkey Trot helpers.

Happy News:  

• Cake was served in honor of Sophie’s birthday.

• Beth Kallestad announced that the city adopted the climate action plan.

• Rachel Estrella announced that a new addition to her family will be coming – a baby, not a T-Rex as her son had hoped.

Coming Up:  

November 28 — Turkey Trot — No Regular Meeting

Decmber 5 — Tony Huettl Classification (Quinnell)

Decmber 12 — Mark Priszler, Exchange Student (Lasswell & Frago)