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Rotary Cogwheel | 07.24.2014

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 9:39pm

Today: Matt Saari, Director of Product Engineering at Multek (Heineman)

Birthdays: Gerhard Meidt (7/10), Teresa Jensen (7/11), Duane Benson (7/21), and Linda Willgohs (7/22).

Next Week: No noon meeting; evening social event at the Estenson Event Center

Last Week:

Randy Peterson probably has a say in the placement of Target store logos and those red spheres near store entrances. But as a member of the retail giant’s Property Development Group, he does much more than that.

He and his department help create and maintain 1,900 Target stores across the United States and Canada. They provide the engineering, architectural services and construction management to support the stores we shop.

All of his work is dedicated to driving sales, he said, $70 billion worth annually at last count. They are constantly creating different store models to accommodate the changing needs of consumers. For instance, they are testing a concept called “Target Express,” a smaller 20,000 square foot store that mirrors the format developed by Walgreen’s and CVC. They are developing store concepts to better meet the needs of college students, and they are working on innovative design to wedge stores into urban centers like one in Boston near Fenway Park.

Randy lives in Northfield. He served as Director of Public Works for the City of Northfield for eight years in the late ‘90s and early 2000s. He now is one of the thousands of Target employees who work in downtown Minneapolis, but his work requires that he travel a couple of times each month.

Target has had its share of “bad press” in the last year, Randy acknowledged. An aggressive expansion into the Canadian retail market did not meet expectations (It generated $1.5 billion in sales, not the projected $1.8 billion.) There was the technology breach during last year’s holiday season, and there has been a change in top corporate leadership, which suggests new strategic direction.

Randy said he appreciates Target’s corporate culture with its emphasis on service, community giving, environmental sensitivity and innovation. He shared a quote that sums up the need to keep evolving to meet customer needs. “What’s made you successful in the past may prevent you from seeing the future.”

Paul Harris Fellows: Jim Prichard and Tim Madigan were presented with Paul Harris Fellowships. David Brown, chair of the Paul Harris Foundation Committee, reminded us that our goal is to have each Rotarian commit $100 a year to the foundation. The half-price sale is in effect through December. A $500 donation qualifies you for a Paul Harris Fellowship. Think about it.

Leadership Recognition: President Rich presented former president Jim Prichard with a gavel in appreciation for his service as president this past year. This case is closed.

Last Week’s Guests: Leah Rich and new member Adam Elling (Rich).

Scholarship Enhancement: Brett Reese (The Cow-Calling Star of “Northfield Rotary’s Got Talent” or was it “Hee-Haw?”).

Announcements:

President Rich reported that the Members Section of the Rotary website has been updated. A reminder: the new password is the current president’s surname, lowercase.

 

Charlie Cogan said the Books for Africa book shipment has reached the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Books will soon be distributed to the schools.

 

Judy Brown-Wescott presented a flag from the Leyland, England Rotary Club, which she visited recently. She said one of their rituals each week is to raise a glass and toast the Queen of England. The monarchy lives on.

 

There will be no noon meeting on Thursday, July 31. Instead, there will be a social at the Estenson Event Center beginning at 5:30 p.m. It will be a family-friendly social event with dinner.

 

We’re looking to fill a board position for this year. The community service directorship is open. All members who are interested in serving this year or in the future should contact any board member. The next stages of the succession plan are being developed, so now is the time to make leadership aspirations known.

 

The club is now accepting applications for a local service project. All details, including the guidelines, process, and application, can be found on the club’s website on the Service page.

 

We learned that Jean Wakely’s first job was in hospital laundry department, where she earned 75 cents an hour washing sheets.

 

Coming Up
August 7 — Dr. Annette Parker, President of South Central Technical College

August 14 — Todd Thompson, Teaching Music in Guatemala, (Sinning)

August 21 — Matt Hillman, Transformation Technology in Northfield Public Schools (C. Richardson)

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Rotary Cogwheel | 07.17.2014

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 3:52pm

Today: Randy Peterson, Target Regional Engineer (Madigan).

Birthdays: Jan Stevens (7/15)

Next Week: Matt Saari, Director of Product Engineering at Multek (Madigan)

Last Week:

Bill Nelson, a Northfielder, is the owner of the Iowa-based Nelson Dairy Consultants. He took over the family business from his father.

Some 20 dairy consultants, including Doug Lyons of Northfield, provide nutrition consulting services to dairy farmers across the country. They help dairy farmers determine the best mix of vitamins and nutrients for the feed being supplied to the cows.

Nelson Dairy Consultants makes its money from the sale of a daily nutritional supplement for the cows. Consultants’ sales are tracked and their compensation is directly tied to supplement sales.

Most of the dairy production in the Midwest is used for cheese production. Florida produces almost exclusively for milk consumption. Bill noted that because his business is so closely tied to the cheese industry, he follows the cheese market more closely than he does the milk market. He suggested we all eat more pizza.

Marston Headly Award:

Michelle Lasswell and Brad Frago were named this year’s recipients of the Marston Headley Service Above Self Award. Past recipients Jean Wakely and Jack Hoschouer made the presentation.

The award is given each year to members of the club who have given of their time and energy to make the club a success and have invested in the community. Michelle and Brad have both accepted leadership roles in the club, Michelle as a board member, Brad as our district’s Youth Protection Officer. They have also been strong supporters of the Youth Exchange Program. They have volunteered as club counselors for inbound students going on five years.  Congratulations Michelle and Brad. Now the coveted Rotary shovel has a new home for the next 12 months.

Last Week’s Guests:Alex Schams (Snodgrass)

Scholarship Enhancement: Alex Schams

Announcements:

There will be no noon meeting on Thursday, July 31. Instead, there will be a social at the Estenson Event Center beginning at 5:30 p.m. It will be a family-friendly social event with dinner.

We’re looking to fill a board position for this year. The community service directorship is open. All members who are interested in serving this year or in the future should contact any board member. The next stages of the succession plan are being developed, so now is the time to make leadership aspirations known.

Paul Harris Fellowship Incentive Program is live. Check the “Recent News” section on the website for program specifics.

The club is now accepting applications for a local service project. All details, including the guidelines, process, and application, can be found on the club’s website on the Service page.

Rick Estenson reported that David Koenig is recovering well from his recent bout with cancer. Early signs indicate that he’s cancer free. We wish him all the best and look forward to his return to our club.

Coming Up

July 31 — No noon meeting; evening social event at the Estenson Event Center

August 7 — Dr. Annette Parker, president of South Central Technical College

August 14 — Todd Thompson, Teaching Music in Guatemala, (Sinning)

August 21 — Matt Hillmann, Transformation Technology in Northfield Public Schools (C. Richardson)

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Rotary Cogwheel | 07.10.2014

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 9:28pm

Today: Bill Nelson, Nelson Dairy Consultants (Madigan)

Birthdays: Dana Norvold (7/5),Candy Taylor (7/7), Todd Thompson (7/8) and Nancy Amerman (7/12).

Next Week: Randy Peterson, Target Regional Engineer (Madigan).

Changing of the Guard:

Outgoing president Jim Prichard thanked members for their support and good work during his presidency. He said we are a unique, talented group which made his job easier.He said he continues to be impressed by the world-wide reach and influence of what is essentially a local, grassroots organization.


Incoming President Matt Rich graciously assumed the mantle of leadership. If this editor were former Vikings Coach Denny Green, he would say: Matt doesn’t have to build the car; he just has to drive it, and Matt would agree. Under his agency, we will learn more about the employment history of our members. And you are invited to share your earliest employment experience by accessing a form on our website. Good luck, Matt. We are all behind you.

Last Week:

A sister city program between Red Wing and Quzhou, China gave Chris Heineman and his family an opportunity to experience Chinese culture from the inside out.

Chris lives in Red Wing. His wife teaches English at Red Wing High School. She applied for a teacher exchange program and was accepted. Chris took a two-month leave of absence from his position of Community Planning and Development Director with the City of Northfield so he and their two children could share in the experience.

Quzhou is about 300 miles southwest of Shanghai. It is a city of 2.4 million people, but its design gives it the feel of a small city. The Heinemans lived in an apartment provided to them by the exchange program. They were treated like dignitaries, Chris said. They were invited to many banquets and met multiple times with Chinese education officials.

By chance, Chris discovered the International City-County Management Association was hosting a conference in China. He applied and was asked to be one of the presenters on the topic of sustainable development, which included a summary of Northfield’s Greenstep program.

Chris was impressed in China’s investment in infrastructure. He said it is being developed on a much larger scale than anything being done in the United States. The Chinese are investing wisely by borrowing the best ideas from other countries, Chris said.

They traveled to Beijing and saw the Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City and made a trip to the Great Wall. As the anniversary of Tiananmen Square approached, Internet access became more limited, Chris said. He was not used to that kind of government control.


Presentation:

Six minutes into his presidency and Matthew Rich is already throwing money around. He presented Peg Prowe, a representative of Mill Towns Trail, with a $12,000 check for trail development. Peggy said the latest developments for the trail include a bridge being built at Lake Byllesby and the purchase of 50 acres of land from Dundas south to CR 8. Soon, we will be able to get there from here.


Last Week’s Guests: Tiphaine Vaude (Langer), Ellen Currier (Zweifel), Jed Heineman (Heineman).

Fond Farewell:

Lucas, the last of this year’s exchange students, is now home in Brasil. He said he thoroughly enjoyed his stay in Northfield. His exchange experience taught him that respecting other cultures is the path towards peace. Everyone here changed him in different ways, he said. He won’t forget his time here, especially the legendary winter of 2014.

Scholarship Enhancement: Neil Lutsky

Announcements:

The Rotary Challenge for the YMCA’s Raise the Roof campaign raised an incredible $113,651 from 120 donors during June. Virginia Kaczmarek, the YMCA executive direction, said this was more than $38,000 more than the campaign goal. Good work, Rotary!

President Rich said the club is looking for a local, large-scale project to support. Ideas are due by August 13. On September 9, there will be public presentations, and the full board will make a decision on September 11. If you or someone you know is passionate about a local service project, let them know about this initiative.

Jan Stevens is looking for volunteers to help with Vintage Band Day on Saturday, Aug. 2, in Bridge Square. Let her know if you can help.

A Rotary Clothing Incentive Program will be in play through end of the year to attract more contributors to the Paul Harris Foundation. The first 25 members to contribute $100 or more will be able to select a Rotary-branded clothing item from Larson Printing’s inventory.

Coming Up

July 24 — Matt Saari, Director of Product Engineering at Multek (Madigan)

July 31 — No noon meeting; evening social event.

August 7 — Dr. Annette Parker, president of South Central Technical College

August 14 — Todd Thompson, Teaching Music in Guatemala, (Sinning)

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Paul Harris Fellowship Incentive Program

Tue, 07/08/2014 - 8:27pm

Rotarians are encouraged to make a minimum annual contribution of $100 to support the Rotary Foundation and its important international causes. The encouragement is in the form of a program called Every Rotary Every Year (EREY). Members who contribute to qualifying programs earn points towards earning a prestigious Paul Harris Fellowship (PHF).

Our Rotary club has elected to offer an additional form of encouragement. As was announced at the 7/3 meeting, club members who start or continue a Paul Harris Fellowship campaign and meet the individual EREY goal ($100) will receive an article of Rotary-branded apparel from Larson’s Printing in Northfield.

This offer is open to the first 25 participants to complete their EREY goal between July 1 and December 31, 2014.

Members with current PHF campaigns in progress can still qualify for the clothing by making an additional $100 contribution toward his or her PHF within the six-month period.

The choices of clothing are shown here: Rotary Clothing Options.

To make your EREY contribution, please visit the Rotary site’s giving page.

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Rotary Cogwheel | 07.03.2014

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 10:23am

Today: Chris Heineman, To China and Back, (Taylor) and our orderly transition of power. President Prichard rides into the sunset after passing the torch to President Matt Rich. Happy trails, Jim, and thanks for your leadership.

Birthdays: The All-American James Grabau (7/4) and the All-Canadian Scott Richardson (7/1)

Next Week: Bill Nelson, Nelson Dairy Consultants (Madigan)

Last Week:

Vicky Langer has a well-worn passport. Her father was a career military officer who, she believes, worked for the CIA and later for the United States Agency for International Development. He was stationed in Germany, Great Britain, Colorado, California and Laos. Vicky followed along.

Her memories of Germany are scant, but she has vivid recollections of her school days in England. The family most often moved in the middle of school years, so Vicky learned to adapt to new situations. She learned about different cultures, but found it hard to leave childhood friends behind.

Vicky and all but one of her three siblings were born in Minnesota and all of them graduated from Harrison High School in Colorado Springs. Vicky went on to St. Olaf College, but spent her summers with her family in Laos, where she taught English to Lao army officers.

During her time at St. Olaf, she met a local farmer, Greg Langer. They married and raised two children, Jon and Rebecca, in Greenvale Township. She said she surprised her globe-trotting family by settling down on a farm near Northfield. But she explains: “You meet the guy you like, the guy you love and you stay in Northfield.”

A retired teacher, Vicky is a master swimmer, enjoys skiing and the mountains. She is proud of what Rotary stands for and enjoys learning and growing through club activities.

Mini-Classification:

Laurie Williams sums up her life in two words: family and music.

She grew up in Dundas surrounded by family. She joined her husband, Jesse Streitz, in his family’s business in 1980. It remains a true family enterprise; now their two sons work with them.

Laurie has a nursing degree from what is now Minnesota State University, Mankato. In college, as in high school, she played in the band and the orchestra and sang with the choir. Her love of music was a family affair, too. She remembers her mother always humming or singing, and Laurie learned piano from her grandmother.

Laurie has pursued her musical interests as an adult. She is a church organist at Grace Lutheran Church in Nerstrand, she sings with the chamber group, I Cantanti, and plays in the Cannon Regional Orchestra. Laurie also enjoys travel, water sports, biking, and she is a beginning quilter.

Laurie thanks Peg Prowe for inviting her into the club. That was in 1996, when the club was smaller and the demographics were different. She likes Rotary’s emphasis on service and even though the club has grown, she considers it close-knit.

Presentation: On behalf of our International Project Committee, John Sinning presented Love Odetola with a $500 check for her Women for Women Empowerment project in Senegal, Love’s home country. Love is a recent graduate of St. Olaf College and a frequent guest at Rotary meetings. The funds will be used to educate women about health, entrepreneurship and empowerment.

Last Week’s Guests: Tiphaine Vaude (Langer), Love Odetola (Wakely) and Judy Schaplowsky (Hoschouer).
Scholarship Enhancement: Charles Kyte

Announcements:

An anonymous donor has offered to add $5,000 to the Rotary challenge so we are now hoping to bust through the $90,000 mark with this June fundraising campaign. With $59,300 from the community contributions in hand, that looks doable, according to Virginia Kaczmarek, the YMCA executive direction.

Our own Bob Will was recognized during an open house at the newly-remodeled Northfield City Hall last week for his 31 years of service to the city’s Historic Preservation Commission. It was also the 60th anniversary of the city hall building.
Bob will also be honored in September by the Defeat of Jesse James Committee with the Joseph Lee Heywood Community Service Award.

Chris Weber said the club’s Literacy Committee has been working with Northfield’s Healthy Community Initiative and the Early Childhood Coalition to get the last of the book collection boxes placed at Longfellow School. Books are being donated and books are being distributed. He said it is a worthwhile effort.

Coming Up

July 17 — Randy Peterson, Target Regional Engineer (Madigan)

July 24 — Matt Saari, Director of Product Engineering at Multek (Madigan)

July 31 — Northfield Chief of Police Monte Nelson (Conway)

August 7 — Dr. Annette Parker, president of South Central Technical College

 

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