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Rotary Cogwheel | 06.30.2016

Tue, 06/28/2016 - 4:38pm

Today’s Program | Thursday, June 30, 2016

Today: Al Zdrazil, Domestic Violence in the Workplace

Birthdays: Richard Collman (6/26), Karen Allawala (6/27) and Scott Richardson (7/1).

Next Week: Ben Flannery, MD, and CC Linstroth, 1,2 3 Read With Me (Spethmann)
Praying for an orderly transition of power.

Last Week:
Next summer, the Cannon Falls Rotary Club will invite church youth mission groups from across the country to come to Cannon Falls to participate in the Service Above Self Home Repair Project. They envision 350 to 450 youth coming to town during a week in June to work on 60 to 80 homes in the larger Cannon Falls area.

Joe Coyle, a Cannon Falls Rotarian and a veteran of four church mission trips, said the communities he’s worked in are no different than Cannon Falls. There are homes occupied by low-income, elderly and disabled people that could use everything from exterior and interior painting and porch repair to construction of wheel-chair ramps.

“There are elderly, low-income and disabled people who need a little bit of help to make their housing nicer,” Joe said. It led him and others to consider inviting church mission groups to Cannon Falls.

Cannon Falls Rotarians are working with Group Mission Trips out of Colorado to find the youth mission groups. The mission groups will be housed at Cannon Falls High School, with local youth and businesses helping with hospitality.

Cannon Falls Rotary will identify the homes in need of improvement, secure resident cooperation and provide the materials. Joe said the mutual benefit for the homeowners and the youth will be emphasized rather than the act of charity.

A typical house crew will be comprised of five youth and one adult. There will be ongoing supervision by people with home repair experience.

The project is expected to cost $19,000. Joe said with the help of a Rotary District grant and other donations the project is doable.

For more information, contact Joe at 612-986-6572.

Mini Classification:
Yogi told several stories about serendipitous Rotary connections.

Special Presentation:

A check for $10,000 was presented to Peggy Prowe, who was representing Mill Towns Trail. The money was raised at our annual Defeat of Jesse James Bike Tour. Peggy said the funds will be used for the missing link between Northfield and Cannon Falls.

Guests: Gerry Gengenbach (Pederson), Carol Gengenbach (Prowe), Sandy Gerdes (Hager-Dee), Kevin Scripp (Child), Steve Soderlind (Yogi), Monique and Margaret Ludwig, Nicole’s host Mom (Nicole).

Scholarship Enhancement:  Jan Stevens. The announcement was vintage music to her ears.

Announcements:
Vicky Langer is still in need of two host families for the coming years. Talk to her if you have ideas.

The Vintage Band Festival is in need of volunteers for the four-day musical extravaganza July 28-31. Sign up in the lobby today.

The Rotary Outdoor Musical Plaza (ROMP) is starting to take shape at Way Park. Barry Carlson is monitoring the progress and will put out a call soon for some volunteer labor. He thanked Rick Estenson for donating some decorative rock for the project, which saves us some $1,500.

This Just In:
Rebecca Langer, daughter of Vicky and Greg Langer, is participating in a pilot program to bring lights and AC power to 40 homes in the village of Dhapchung, Nepal

Working with the nonprofit company Grid Alternatives, Rebecca She is helping install a battery-based PV micro grid system for people who still use kerosene lamps. If you would like more information about Rebecca or the cause visit:  donate.gridalternatives.org.

Our 2016-17 outbound students are:

Sage Brinton, Argentina

McKenna Dale, Brazil

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.

Incoming students are:
Daniel Chien from Taiwan

Emma Nielsen from Denmark

Nico Suarez Toloza from Colombia

Gyung Hwan Yoon from South Korea
Wanzita Masenza from Tanzania


Past Northfield Rotary Club meeting videos on YouTube

Coming Up

July 14 — Julie Eddy, Defeat of Jesse James Days Scholarship Program (Covey)

July 21 — Paul Niemisto, Vintage Band Festival (Stevens)

July 28 — District Governor Jim Hunt (Lasswell)

August 4 — Wendy Sivanich, Classification

Quote of the Week:
“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten we belong to each other.”

— Mother Teresa

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Rotary Cogwheel | 06.23.2016

Tue, 06/21/2016 - 3:29pm

Today’s Program | Thursday, June 23, 2016

Today: John Wegman, Mission: Building Homes for the Disabled (Reppmann)

Birthdays: David Koenig (6/21) and John Sinning (6/22)

Next Week: Al Zdrazil, Domestic Violence in the Workplace

Last Week:
When do you need knee replacement surgery?

That’s up to you, the patient, says Robert Shepley, MD, an orthopedic surgeon with Orthopaedic & Fracture Clinic.

“Knee pain is not a life-threatening problem. It is a quality of life problem,” Dr. Shepley said.

But, when your mobility is an issue, or when the knee damage, if left untreated, jeopardizes successful surgery down the line, or if your knee pain begins to limit normal daily activities, you know it is time.

The knee is the largest joint in the body. Its design is genius. It serves as a hinge, transferring energy into forward and backward motion, but it also allows for twisting and turning. The problem comes with the wear and tear of the cartilage at the ends of the femur and shin bones. Cartilage is a shock absorber that allows the bones to glide within the joint. When it frays or degenerates altogether, usually from osteoarthritis, you have bone grinding on bone and that hurts.

Surgery is usually not the first treatment for a patient with knee pain, Dr. Shepley said. Some situations can be improved with physical therapy or medication. Cortisone injection is another available treatment. Less invasive surgery to clean out debris and smooth rough edges can buy time, as well.

More than 600,000 knee replacements are performed each year in the United States. For patients 55 years of age or older who have not abused the knee implant, a healthy 90 percent of the knees are doing well 25 years later, said Dr. Shepley.

Patients can expect a two or three day hospital stay following surgery. Physical therapy begins the day of surgery and continues for up to three months. Most patients “turn the corner” at about six weeks into their recovery.

Dr. Shepley started the orthopedic practice in Northfield with Brad Wille, MD, in 1989. Twenty-seven years later, the practice has grown to include Clint Muench, MD, Erik Stroemer, MD, and Hans Bengtson, MD.

Mini Classification:
Sounds like Rick Estenson was pretty much on the run in his early years. He bounced around between Hector, Minnesota, California, then Iowa, Chicago, New York, Edina and Burnsville. Twenty-five years ago, Northfield took him in, and it’s been home for him and his family ever since, despite his sartorial challenges. Who wears a long-sleeve shirt with shorts and black socks? The man has courage, but he needs a consult at Rare Pair.

Guests: Curt Benson (Morlan) and Barbara Beck (Prowe)

Scholarship Enhancement:  Jim Blaha

Announcements:

Northfield Home Care & Hospice is having an open house today 4 to 6 p.m. at their new location 1604 Riverview Drive. All are invited.

Chris Weber is looking for help restocking books at various sites around town for our literacy project. Let him know if you are interested.

Lee Dilley thanked those that helped with pollinator project at Way Park June 11.

President Halverson thanked Jean Wakely for organizing the social at the Estenson Event Center June 10. Sixty people attended.

 

Our 2016-17 outbound students are:

Sage Brinton, Argentina

McKenna Dale, Brazil

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.

Incoming students are:
Daniel Chien from Taiwan

Emma Nielsen from Denmark

Nico Suarez Toloza from Colombia

Gyung Hwan Yoon from South Korea
Wanzita Masenza from Tanzania


Past Northfield Rotary Club meeting videos on YouTube

Coming Up

July 7 — Ben Flannery, MD, and CC Linstroth, 1,2 3 Read With Me (Spethmann)

July 14 — Julie Eddy, Defeat of Jesse James Days Scholarship Program (Covey)

July 21 — Paul Niemisto, Vintage Band Festival (Stevens)

July 28 — District Governor Jim Hunt (Lasswell)

Quote of the Week:
“This is my country, that is your country; these are the conceptions of narrow souls – to the liberal minded the whole world is a family.”
― Virchand Gandhi

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Rotary Cogwheel | 06.16.2016

Mon, 06/20/2016 - 8:24am

Today’s Program | Thursday, June 16, 2016

Today: Robert Shepley, MD, Joint Replacements (Estenson)

Birthdays: Bob Kuyper (6/15)

Next Week: John Wegman, Mission: Building Homes for the Disabled (Reppmann)

Last Week:
Jennifer Foster-Dunn is a self-professed “education nerd.” She likes school.

Jen has a bachelors degree in education, a masters degree in Economics, a law degree and is now working on a masters in Education at Augsburg College.

She comes from a long line of teachers. Jen was the third generation in her family to attend the College of Western Ohio and emerged from there with a teaching degree. She moved on to Northwestern University to study Economics and ended up following her faculty advisor to the International Monetary Fund, where she traveled with him to Russia in the midst of the Boris Yeltsin rebirth. Among other things, they helped rework the Russian constitution, and she, herself, had communication with Yeltsin, heady stuff for a 21-year old.

Upon her return, Jen intended to complete her Ph.d. in Economics, but, on a whim, took the LSAT and was accepted into the University of Minnesota law school.

Before beginning her law training, she had to go to South Dakota to meet her husband, Russ. She taught at the University of South Dakota, while her mother was also on its faculty. They both taught Economics and were the only mother-daughter team to teach at the level.

Jen finished law school while she and Russ served as resident counselors at St. Olaf College. They had a baby, Josie, and less than three weeks in to post-partum, Jen started as a law clerk for a firm in Owatonna. Part of the firm moved to the county attorney’s office. Most recently Jen was doing child and adult protection. She said she was increasingly disturbed by the by the gravity of the decisions she was asked to make about parenting and children’s rights for people she would never meet.

Russ, a Montessori teacher in Owatonna, encouraged her to capitalize on her passion for kids and Rotary Youth Exchange and go back to teaching. And that’s why she is back in school at Augsburg.

Jen got involved in Owatonna Rotary when she hosted a student from Denmark. As an only child, and the daughter of an only child, it was an amazing experience.  She then became youth exchange coordinator for the club. Rotary has changed their lives, she said. At Josie’s grad party, she realized there wasn’t a person there who had not impacted Josie through Rotary. Jen has many children now because of Rotary.

She is helping her husband chaperone 39 inbounds on their East Coast trip this week.  Then she will return and head out to Germany with her daughter to relive her recent exchange experience and have a true family vacation.

Mini Classification:
Vicki Wright Lorenz Dilley joined Rotary 11 years ago. Dave Brown had asked her and Lee to host a student, and they were hooked. She says she will always be a Rotarian.

Vicki has been the face of our club’s Youth Exchange program for most of her 11 years with Rotary. During her tenure, Northfield has led the district in youth exchange, hosting inbounds from 21 countries. She also logged five emergency room trips, but, gratefully, no police calls. She said she has learned how to navigate “shocking” conversations, cried with and about some of our students, made mistakes, apologized and learned a lot through this experience.

She thanked all of the club counselors for their work. We have made an enormous impact on the world, she said, helping young people learn about themselves and helping them learn to love their country through the lens of an exchange year.

Vicki Langer and Rachel Estrella are assuming Vicki’s responsibilities with Youth Exchange. Vicki Dilley will continue to serve on a district level.

Vicki’s dedicated service was rewarded with a standing ovation. Thank you Vicki Dilley for outstanding work.

New Member:
Jen Foster-Dunn was inducted into the club, and it proved to be an historic occasion. It was the first time someone gave their classification talk the day of their induction.

Guests: Daniel Magnuson, Nicole’s host dad (Nicole) and Barbara Burke (Child)

Scholarship Enhancement:  Nicole

Announcements:

Contact Michelle Laswell if you are a new member and have NOT attended an orientation; it’s coming up soon.

The Rochester Rotary Club is hosting a bike ride event in July.

Richard Collman announced the Noontime Organ Recital, now in its 10th year, will begin Wednesday, July 6.

Making a year-end gift to the Foundation benefits us in three years, so do it today! The more we give, the more we get, literally.

Our 2016-17 outbound students are:

Sage Brinton, Argentina

McKenna Dale, Brazil

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.

Incoming students are:
Daniel Chien from Taiwan

Emma Nielsen from Denmark

Nico Suarez Toloza from Colombia

Gyung Hwan Yoon from South Korea
Wanzita Masenza from Tanzania


Past Northfield Rotary Club meeting videos on YouTube

Coming Up
June 30 — Al Zdrazil, Domestic Violence in the Workplace

July 7 — Ben Flannery, MD, and CC Linstroth, 1,2 3 Read With Me (Spethmann)

July 14 — Julie Eddy, Defeat of Jesse James Days Scholarship Program (Covey)

July 21 — Paul Niemisto, Vintage Band Festival (Stevens)

Quote of the Week:
“This is my country, that is your country; these are the conceptions of narrow souls – to the liberal minded the whole world is a family.”
― Virchand Gandhi

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Rotary Cogwheel | 06.9.2016

Tue, 06/07/2016 - 2:39pm

Today’s Program | Thursday, June 9, 2016

Today: Jennifer Dunn-Foster, Classification (V. Dilley)

Birthdays: David Wolf (6/6)

Next Week: Robert Shepley, MD, Joint Replacements (Estenson)

Last Week:
No. They are not putting a dome over Dundas. Mike and Sherry Foster are building a sports dome in Dundas.

Their children’s love affair with lacrosse is the genesis of this project, a 90,000 square foot dome on the north end of Dundas, west of Highway 3 on Cannon Road. They watched two of their four children play lacrosse in domes around the state and thought there is a need for one in the Dundas-Northfield area.

 

Idle conversation with Paul Wegman, a local realtor, led to a proposal, and they decided to dive into this $3 million project. The dome will be privately owned and operated. The owners say their aim is not to make money, but to provide a space for kids to recreate.

Mark Biegelbach owns the scheduling firm that will manage the facility. His company works with several domes and has a lot of expertise siting, developing and managing them. The Dundas Dome will be the second Horizon Dome in the state.

The dome is considered a temporary structure and can only be inflated for 185 days each year. It is conceived as a “practice facility,” with no permanent bleachers or other permanent structures. The field will be all turf with room for one and a half football fields with striping for soccer, lacrosse, football, and two NCAA regulation softball fields. There will be a small management office and bathroom facilities in a permanent adjacent building.

The plan is to break ground by June 20 and open on November 1. The project needs commitments from sports groups before opening. Studies suggest you need three school districts to support one dome. Managers will be Jason Obarski and Andy Kaasa. Jason was a gym teacher at St Dominic’s for five years and is a St. Olaf grad.

Mini-Classification:
Rick Estenson is one of Hector, Minnesota’s favorite sons. His dad was the high school principal, so Rick had little wiggle room. His wife, Kris, is also from Hector, but they became a couple well after high school.

Rick’s dream was to become a pro basketball player, but a run-in with Brett Reese resulted in a dream-shattering knee injury.

Rick has lived in Chicago, New York, Minneapolis, and Northfield. He and Kris have two children, Sam and Maria, both Northfield High School graduates.

Guests: Larry Collins (Prowe); Alyssa Pilger (Estenson)

Scholarship Enhancement:  Dave Wolf

Announcements:
Ground will be broken for the Musical Plaza/Playground on June 6th and be completed around the end of June. Barry Carlson said there will be a need for volunteers later in the month.

Jan Stevens thanked the club for a donation to the Vintage Band Festival and also said they are looking for volunteers to help with the VBF.

Scott Richardson led a successful ethics workshop this past year, and David Koenig, the new chair, is looking for help organizing the next one in the coming year.

Jean Wakely announced the Rotarian and spouse social on Friday, June 10, with beer, wine and food.

Erica Zweifel said the city Council approved a pollinator garden at Way Park and she also thanked the club for a donation.  She requested volunteers to help plant on Saturday, June 11, at 9 a.m.

Our 2016-17 outbound students are:

Sage Brinton, Argentina

McKenna Dale, Brazil

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.

Incoming students are:
Daniel Chien from Taiwan

Emma Nielsen from Denmark

Nico Suarez Toloza from Colombia

Gyung Hwan Yoon from South Korea
Wanzita Masenza from Tanzania


Past Northfield Rotary Club meeting videos on YouTube

Coming Up

June 23 — John Wegman, Mission: Building Homes for the Disabled (Reppmann)

June 30 — Al Zdrazil, Domestic Violence in the Workplace

July 7 — Ben Flannery, MD, and CC Linstroth, 1,2 3 Read With Me (Spethmann)

July 14 — Julie Eddy, Defeat of Jesse James Days Scholarship Program (Covey)

Quote of the Week:
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.  

— Margaret Mead

Categories: Organizations

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