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August 27, 2015 Newsletter

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 8:12am

Today’s Program | Thursday, August 27, 2015

Today: Dayna Norvold, Rice County Habitat for Humanity (Hager-Dee)

Birthdays: Hannah Puczko (8/28)

Next Week: Holly Schoenbauer, Help Me Grow (Kaczmarek)

Last Week:
Chris Heineman, Community Development Director for the City of Northfield, has always had good feelings about water on the move. From his early years visiting a family hunting cabin on Gooseberry River to his current home in Red Wing and work in Northfield, rivers have been a theme that runs through his life.

He grew up in rural Forest Lake and counts the Upper St. Croix among his river refuges. He enjoyed the Thames in London during a global term while in college. He first kissed his wife on the Stone Arch Bridge in Minneapolis, and now he lives near the Mississippi and thinks about the Cannon River most days at work.

Chris graduated from Bethel University and earned a masters degree from Hamline University. He has worked for the State Legislature, the Minnesota Amateur Sports Commission, the Minneapolis City Planning Department, the City of Anoka, City of Lake City, the City of Kenyon and now Northfield.

During his career, he helped administer the Mighty Ducks program that leveraged $18.4 million of state money for a $122 million investment in 64 new sheets of ice and many renovations of existing ice. Working for Minneapolis, he was involved in neighborhood revitalization and coordination of the planning for parts of the light rail line that run along Hiawatha Avenue.

Now on his Northfield plate are the library project, the community solar project in the northwest corner of town, the sale of the armory and potential development around The Crossings.

A couple of years ago, Chris took a leave of absence and went with his wife and two children to Quzhou China. He calls it a ‘life-changing experience” for all of them.

Chris is chairing this year’s bike tour and he said now is the time to step up the promotion. The majority of our riders come from out of town and need to know about this exceptional ride. Brochures are available for distribution.


Mini-Classification:

Michelle Lasswell sees plenty of club member Brad Frago. They are partners in life and law. They share a law practice in Northfield and share two children, Christopher, 13, and Lauren, 10, who both play soccer and string instruments.

Michelle graduated in a class of 42 from Silver Lake High School, did her undergraduate work at St. Benedicts, and received her law degree from Drake University. She enjoys time with family and friends, journal writing, walking and biking. She is training for our 45-mile Outlaw route this year.

Brad encouraged her to join Rotary, and she has not been disappointed. They have been exchange counselors for six years. Michelle is currently our vice president.

Fun fact about Michelle: She has the distinction of having participated in a toilet bowl race. Who else can claim that notoriety?


Here is a list of this year’s outbound students. Some have already departed.

  • Beimers, Henry – Norway
  • Beimers, William – Brazil
  • Carlson, Samuel -Argentina
  • Estrada, Gabriella – France
  • Hahn, Erin – Thailand
  • Hodel, Christoph – Indonesia
  • Kelley, Caitlin – Chile
  • Lunderby, Jack – Brazil
  • Mandsager, Erik – Zimbabwe
  • Martinez, Odalys – Japan
  • Muir, Mason – Taiwan
  • Olson, Josiah – Colombia
  • Regnier, Eli – Brazil
  • Rodriguez-Vazquez, Leslie – Brazil
  • Scheffert, Jenna – Italy
  • Seitz, Zoe – Denmark
  • Washburn Chapman, Ahna Cole – South Africa
  • Woitalla, Jessica – Brazil.

Guests: Marion Arpin and Joseph Sidler, John Thomas, prospective member, and Jean Thares (Halverson); Tracy Fossum (J. Fossum),

Scholarship Enhancement: Tracy Fossum

Announcements:

The Ford Focus, our raffle car, will be available at various venues around town in the coming weeks, a high school soccer game, high school football games and the steam engine show in Dundas. It is a great opportunity to sell tickets and fun to work in teams.

Volunteer opportunities for the Defeat of Jesse James Bike Tour are going fast. See Jean Wakely if you want to help that weekend.

Rotary will be working a Habitat for Humanity site in Dundas Thursday, Sept. 24, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. See Jake Conway if you are interested.

Northfield Rotary Club will celebrate its 90th year with a birthday party at the Estenson Event Center Saturday, Oct. 17. We are inviting the Janesville, Waseca and Faribault clubs to help us celebrate.

We will be hosting a friendship exchange group from Brazil for a few days beginning Sunday, Oct. 4. We need places for the five to stay.

Our program chair, Tim Madigan, will be teaching a course at Mankato State University this fall. It conflicts with our meetings, but he assures us he will continue coordinating our programs. If you have an idea, let him know.


Past Northfield Rotary Club meeting videos on YouTube

Coming Up

September 10 — Nate Heilman, Classification (O’Neil)

September 17 — Chris Kennelly, Classification (Reese)

September 24 — Jan Hanson, Classification (Weber)

October 1 — Mike Lemming, Bereavement Process (Holden)

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Rotary Cogwheel | 08.20.2015

Wed, 08/19/2015 - 7:16am

Today: Chris Heineman, Director of Community Development for the City of Northfield, Classification (Rich)

Birthdays: Tim Madigan (8/16), Hao-Hsuan Hsia (8/20) and Craig Ellingboe (8/22)

Next Week: Dayna Norvold, Rice County Habitat for Humanity (Hager-Dee)

Welcome:

Three members of this year’s inbound exchange class are with us today. They are: Nicole Blaires-Choler from Paraguay, Hao-Hsuan Hsia from Taiwan and Jose Martinez Maza from Mexico. Please give them a warm Northfield Rotary welcome. Two more students will join us in January.

Last Week:  Alyssa Herzog Melby is the new executive director Northfield Arts Guild (NAG). Her presence is part of an effort to revitalize an organization that has promoted the arts and served the community since 1959.

NAG’s vision for the future is growth, awareness and connection, Alyssa said.

The organization has been restructured to better focus on its core service areas.

Membership is growing. Volunteer participation is on the rise, and new partnerships are being developed with community organizations such as the Y, community education and the senior center.

Alyssa grew up on the Montgomery/Lonsdale area. She was involved in the arts as a child, participating in theater and dance, and playing the tuba. She attended high school at the Perpich Center for Arts Education, received her BA in theater at University of Minnesota Morris and then her MA in Arts Education at the University of Pittsburgh.  

She started her career as a “teaching artist” in the schools. She worked for Americorps as a reading coach and also served as Director of Education at Pittsburgh Ballet Theater.

NAG serves 30,000 people annually.  Its community theater produces five shows each year.  It sponsors the Riverfront Arts Festival at Defeat of Jesse James Days.  It supports five gallery sites around town – the main gallery, member gallery, “up” gallery, Allina gallery, Archer House gallery.  The gift shop is consignment based and membership will be required September 1 to sell in the shop.

Music is an important component of NAG’s programming. Cannon Valley Regional Orchestra is a part of the NAG.  NAG also sponsors the 411 Concert Series of folk musicians.

NAG supports birth-adult arts education.  It offers non-competitive, non-performance based dance classes which emphasis personal growth and development.  Alyssa is especially proud of NAG’s specialty classes such as Autism & the Arts.  

Sixty percent of NAG’s revenue is earned income, fees or ticket sales. Forty percent comes from donations or grants.  

NAG acquired its first property, now the theater at 411 Third Street, in 1961.  The City of Northfield sold them the former YMCA/City Hall building in downtown Northfield for $1 in 1988.


Mini-Classification:
Mark Gleason is Director of Corporate Foundation Relations at Carleton College.  Essentially, he seeks grants to fund college initiatives. One example is providing grants to support  international students.


Paul Harris Fellows
Rick Estenson received his Paul Harris + 2 pin, and Chris Weber received his Paul Harris + 3 pin.
Congratulations and thanks for your commitment to the Paul Harris Foundation.


Here is a list of this year’s outbound students. Some have already departed.

  • Beimers, Henry – Norway
  • Beimers, William – Brazil
  • Carlson, Samuel -Argentina
  • Estrada, Gabriella – France
  • Hahn, Erin – Thailand
  • Hodel, Christoph – Indonesia
  • Kelley, Caitlin – Chile
  • Lunderby, Jack – Brazil
  • Mandsager, Erik – Zimbabwe
  • Martinez, Odalys – Japan
  • Muir, Mason – Taiwan
  • Olson, Josiah – Colombia
  • Regnier, Eli – Brazil
  • Rodriguez-Vazquez, Leslie – Brazil
  • Scheffert, Jenna – Italy
  • Seitz, Zoe – Denmark
  • Washburn Chapman, Ahna Cole – South Africa
  • Woitalla, Jessica – Brazil.

Scholarship Enhancement:  Steve Underdahl

Announcements:

The Ford Focus, our raffle car, will be available at various venues around town in the coming weeks. Jean Wakely is looking for volunteers to help sell tickets.  

Members are invited to attend the NAG Art & Ale fundraiser on Saturday, Aug. 29, 7:30-10 p.m. at the Arts Guild.


Past Northfield Rotary Club meeting videos on YouTube

Coming Up

  • September 3 — Holly Schoenbauer, Help Me Grow (Kaczmarek)
  • September 10 — Nate Heilman, Classification (O’Neil)
  • September 17 — Chris Kennelly, Classification (Reese)
    September 24 — Jan Hanson, Classification (Weber)
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Rotary Cogwheel | 08.13.2015

Tue, 08/11/2015 - 7:00am

Today: Alyssa Herzog Melby, Executive Director Northfield Arts Guild, NAG’s New Start

Birthdays: Leo Lawlor (8/15)

Next Week: Chris Heineman, Director of Community Development for the City of Northfield, Classification (Rich)

Last Week:  

He’s no Jerry Seinfeld, but Steve Underdahl, President and CEO of Northfield Hospital & Clinics, is pretty funny. He uses self-deprecating humor and irony to tell his story, while showing an uncommon capacity for emotional availability for someone who grew up in a Norwegian household.

Steve says he is living proof that “the good Lord has a sense of humor.” His story is one of circuitous, on-the-job-learning that found him succeeding by taking the road less traveled.  

Thirty-five years ago, he would never have dreamed he would spend most of his professional career in healthcare and hospitals. His introduction to the field came while accompanying his parents to the bedsides of ailing grandparents who wrestled with chronic diseases before their end. He associated hospitals with boredom and sadness.

But when the economy did not reward his efforts in real estate and a less than ethical partner soured him on business reclamation, he found himself working at Fountain Lake Treatment Center, a chemical dependency treatment center in Albert Lea. It was supposed to be an interim job, but it turned into a career.

He found his passion, and that passion was rewarded by support and guidance from those around him that enabled him to finish college, earn a masters degree, and position himself for a healthcare administrative position. He attributes his success to always being surrounded by people who were smarter and better credentialed than he.

The irony of his success is that school was not a good fit for him. He said he was first tagged as “not college material” and later as an “under-achiever.”

A defining moment in his life was becoming a father. He desperately wanted to get that right. It allowed him to tap into a vein of selflessness that he may have not otherwise encountered.

Steve came to Northfield in May of 2013 and now lives in town with his wife, Lori. It’s been a great fit. Rotary, he says, is the first service club he has ever joined, and he looks forward to working with the club.

On his own time, he has run marathons and ridden mountain bikes. He aspires to be an amateur astronomer, and, in life’s next chapter, wants to research the challenge of improving scientific literacy in our culture.

Mini-Classification:
Scott Richardson said he didn’t realize how much work it is to be retired. There’s a lot more decision-making to do now that he is liberated from the workplace. The good news is Rotarian Betsy Spethmann, will be the hospital’s next director of Community Relations. Scott said her extensive knowledge of Northfield and the hospital’s community partners and her obvious talent make her a great choice.

Here is a list of this year’s outbound students. Some have already departed.

  • Beimers, Henry – Norway
  • Beimers, William – Brazil
  • Carlson, Samuel -Argentina
  • Estrada, Gabriella – France
  • Hahn, Erin – Thailand
  • Hodel, Christoph – Indonesia
  • Kelley, Caitlin – Chile
  • Lunderby, Jack – Brazil
  • Mandsager, Erik – Zimbabwe
  • Martinez, Odalys – Japan
  • Muir, Mason – Taiwan
  • Olson, Josiah – Colombia
  • Regnier, Eli – Brazil
  • Rodriguez-Vazquez, Leslie – Brazil
  • Scheffert, Jenna – Italy
  • Seitz, Zoe – Denmark
  • Washburn Chapman, Ahna Cole – South Africa
  • Woitalla, Jessica – Brazil.

Guests: Claire Spencer (Zweifel), Marion Arpin and Joseph Sidler (Halverson), Odalys Martinez (L. Dilley), Erik Larson (Larson), Josiah Olson (V. Dilley).

Scholarship Enhancement:  David Halsor

Announcements:

Posters for the 2015 car raffle are available for those who have access to public display space. Contact President Russ if you can use some.

 

District 5960 is forming a Friendship Exchange to India January 9-20. They are looking for five Rotary couples to make the trip. See President Halverson if you are interested in learning more.

 

If you have not yet declared for a committee assignment in the new year, please contact Jean Wakely. She is also ready to record your commitment to the Defeat of Jesse James Bike Tour on Saturday, Sept. 12.

 

Beyond the Yellow Ribbon is looking to build its local network to support for active service men and women, veterans and their families. The idea is to sign up and then step forward when you have skills or time to respond to a need. Check with Virginia Kaczmarek if you want to learn more.

 

Jan Stevens alerted members to a Civil War re-enactment Saturday, Aug. 15, at historic Fort Snelling. It also includes a performance by the Manitou Brass.

 

Coming Up

August 27 — Dana Norvold, Rice County Habitat for Humanity

 

September 3 — Holly Schoenbauer, Help Me Grow (Kaczmarek)

 

September 10 — Nate Heilman, Classification (O’Neil)

 

September 17 — Chris Kennelly, Classification (Reese)

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Rotary Cogwheel | 08.06.2015

Wed, 08/05/2015 - 4:49pm

Today: Steve Underdahl, President and CEO of Northfield Hospital & Clinics, Classification (S. Richardson)

Birthdays: Katy Hargis (8/4), Mike Lane (8/5) and Elizabeth Child (8/8)

Next Week: Alyssa Herzog Melby, Executive Director Northfield Arts Guild, NAG’s New Start

Last Week:  

The Group Study Exchange (GSE) team that traveled for two weeks in Sweden in May of 2014 shared their experience with us last week.

Two of the team members — Elin Odegaard and Jenna Stowe — are from Northfield. Other members are Sonya Guggemos, who was sponsored by the St. Paul Rotary Club, and Jim Horsman, who was sponsored by the Roseville Rotary Club. Lori Pulkrabek, also sponsored by the Roseville club, was the team leader.

Their trip took them to seven different cities in southern Sweden. They learned a lot about Swedish cuisine, culture, and hospitality. In five of their stops, each had a vocational day planned specifically for them. They were impressed with the greeting they received when their train arrived in Halmsted. The local Rotarians were there in force and were vigorously waving a huge flag.

Elin observed that Sweden, home to IKEA, promotes efficiency and economy and places a high premium on collaboration and community. Businesses have formalized the morning coffee break as a way of building team within the organization and encouraging collaborative work. Swedes also have a deep respect for the environment. People recreate outdoors at every turn during the warm-weather months in anticipation of the long, dark winter.

Jim was impressed with the architecture and historical structures that provided a window to Swedish antiquity. They saw ancient churches with distinctive design and castles built by the Vikings. He noted that structures were often influenced by the Danes who occupied this region for periods of time.

Sweden is known as the kingdom of glass for its exquisite glass sculpture. In addition, there is an emphasis on public art.

Lori called this “truly a once in a lifetime experience.” Jenna and Elin thanked the club for giving them this opportunity.


Mini-Classification:

Lee Dilley is a Northfield native who was introduced to international exchange while serving in the Peace Corps with his wife, Vicki, on Tuvalu, a Polynesian island in the South Pacific.

They met at the University of Montana and have two grown children. Lee has worked for Malt-O-Meal for 30 years. He has found Rotary’s Youth Exchange program to be a rewarding experience.


Exchange report

Ahna Cole Washburn Chapman wrote a piece for the Kimberly, South Africa Rotary Club bulletin describing her adjustment in the early stages of her exchange year. She’s meeting students at her new school, participating in service projects and has had an opportunity to tour a game park. All is well in her new home, she writes.

Here is a list of this year’s outbound students. Some have already departed.

  • Beimers, Henry – Norway
  • Beimers, William – Brazil
  • Carlson, Samuel -Argentina
  • Estrada, Gabriella – France
  • Hahn, Erin – Thailand
  • Hodel, Christoph – Indonesia
  • Kelley, Caitlin – Chile
  • Lunderby, Jack – Brazil
  • Mandsager, Erik – Zimbabwe
  • Martinez, Odalys – Japan
  • Muir, Mason – Taiwan
  • Olson, Josiah – Colombia
  • Regnier, Eli – Brazil
  • Rodriguez-Vazquez, Leslie – Brazil
  • Scheffert, Jenna – Italy
  • Seitz, Zoe – Denmark
  • Washburn Chapman, Ahna Cole – South Africa
  • Woitalla, Jessica – Brazil.


Past Northfield Rotary Club meeting videos on YouTube

Guests: Rachel and Jerad Morey, new ministers at Northfield United Methodist Church (Stull), Josie Dunn-Foster (J. Dunn-Foster), and Claire Spencer (Zweifel).

Scholarship Enhancement:  Jane Fenton, who redefined the dramatic pause while searching for her ticket.

Announcements:

Tickets are now available for the 2015 car raffle. One of the team captains has your name and tickets for you to sell. Sales people — start your engines.

Virginia Kaczmarek, club member and executive director of the Northfield Area YMCA, reported this week that a sign acknowledging Rotary’s support for the Y capital campaign is now on the wall in the Y entryway.

District 5960 is forming a Friendship Exchange to India January 9-20. They are looking for five Rotary couples to make the trip. See President Halverson if you are interested in learning more.

If you have not yet declared for a committee assignment in the new year, please contact Jean Wakely. She is also ready to record your commitment to the Defeat of Jesse James Bike Tour on Saturday, Sept. 12.

Virginia Kaczmarek, club member and executive director of the Northfield Area
YMCA, reported a sign acknowledging Northfield Rotary’s support of the Northfield
Area YMCA capital campaign is now in place in the Y entryway.

Coming Up

  • August 20 — Chris Heineman, Northfield Director of Community Development, Classification (Rich)
  • August 27 — Dana Norvold, Rice County Habitat for Humanity
  • September 3 — Holly Schoenbauer, Help Me Grow (Kaczmarek)
  • September 10 — Nate Heilman, Classification (O’Neil)
  • September 17 — Chris Kennelly, Classification (Reese)

 

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