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Rotary Cogwheel | 05.21.2015

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 2:24pm

Today’s Program | Thursday, May 21, 2015

Today: A Memorial Day Tribute to Those Who Inspired Us (Madigan)

Let’s make a day of it. Join us for the Graduation Celebration 5:30 p.m. at the   Estenson Event Center.

Birthdays: Keith Covey and Jon Snodgrass (5/19), Robert Flaten (5/21) and Chris Heineman (5/23)

Next Week: Michael Maas, RSVP Retired Volunteers (Blaha)

Last Week:

A Carleton College building plan designed to support key academic objectives for the next 30 or 40 years is taking shape.

Two and a half years of research, visioning and planning by the Facilities Master Plan Core Committee has produced some creative and ambitious solutions to facility needs. Fred Rogers, Vice President and Treasurer, said the plan could cost in the neighborhood of $125 million.

The facilities discussion is a derivative of the college’s strategic plan. Priorities are support for integrated science education and enhancement of music facilities.

The plan calls for physically linking Hulings, Mudd and Olin halls to create an environment that encourages interdisciplinary study and research. One of the more economical designs suggests Mudd Hall could be demolished and replaced with new construction. The result would yield a 30 percent increase in space, better teaching and research facilities that are more flexible and more energy efficient than what is now in place.

On the music front, plans call for a major addition to the southeast side of the Weitz Center for the Creative Arts. It would provide rehearsal space and a performance hall to replace the ailing Music Hall, now 100 years old.

We won’t see cranes on campus anytime soon, Fred said. If the plans continue to move forward and the financial support follows, he said, construction would be three or four years out.


Mini-Classification:

Alan Anderson has retired to Northfield after 35 years as an executive with the Boy Scouts of America. He grew up in Owatonna, earned a degree in Wildlife Management from Oregon State University and then co-owned and operated a book store in St. Cloud for five years before joining the scouts. He gives talks on climate change to whoever will listen.


Guests: Dick Warner (Zweifel), Kari Clark (Fenton), Omar Jamal, Adam, Ladu and (Flaten); and Fernan Jaramillo (Rogers)

Scholarship Enhancement: Greg Carlson with a triple 000

Announcements:

— President-Elect Russ Halverson is reviving the car raffle as a major fundraiser for next year. It raised $25,000 four years ago. He needs a committee to help with ticket sales and promotion. Sales will begin in July and a winner will be selected in late September. No mention of a Rob Bierman’s tattoo incentive.

— All are invited to a graduation party today at 5:30 p.m. at Rick and Kris Estenson’s Event Center, 10541 Ibson Avenue. The party will serve several functions. We will celebrate graduation with Lydia, Giulia, Philipy and Marcelo; welcome home our outbound students; bid bon voyage to our next group of outbounds; and say “thank you” to our club counselors and host families. Hot dogs, chips, salads, cake and lemonade will be provided.

— A St. Olaf College student has been selected for the Global Grant Scholarship and will receive $30,000 for a year of study next year. John Sinning said the runner-up is also a St. Olaf student and made such an impression that the district is hoping to fund a second scholarship this year. Local candidates do well, it was noted, because of the preparation provided by our committee members.

— Mark Abbott updated members on the work of the International Service Project this year. The committee committed $2,000 to the Togo sanitation project for latrines and wash stations; $1,000 to refurbish water pumps in Nepal; $500 for Todd Thompson to provide music education in Guatemala; and $250 for an education center in Ethiopia. The committee is always looking for new projects. If you have an idea, see Mark.

— The board is exploring the idea of a “shared corporate membership,” which would allow a business to invest in one Rotary membership used by multiple employees. Directors want your feedback on this, so look of an online survey coming soon to a computer near you.


Past Northfield Rotary Club meeting videos on YouTube

Outbound Students 2015-16

  • 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
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Rotary Cogwheel | 05.14.2015

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 6:34am

Today: Carleton’s Master Plan (Does St. Olaf know about this?), Fred Rogers (Madigan)

Birthdays: Russ Halverson (5/15)

Next Week: Tribute to Those Who Inspired Us (Madigan)

Last Week:

Paul Krause would probably agree with Yogi Berra, who said: “If you come to a fork in the road, take it.” Paul relies more on “turning points” to tell his tale, and, for him, there were many.

Turning point one

Paul grew up surrounded by the stunning scenery of Alberta, Canada. He was born in Lethbridge, home to the highest railway bridge in North America, and raised in Calgary, home to greatest outdoor show on earth, the Calgary Stampede. At an early age, Paul worked the Stampede’s Midway guessing people’s weights. The experience taught him a lot about commerce and perseverance.

Paul went to the University of Calgary where he earned a master’s degree in economics. As a reward for taking care of his brothers and sisters, Paul’s father bought him a Sunbeam Alpine convertible (editor’s note – the very first James Bond car in Dr. No), the ultimate accessory for a young urbane college kid. Needing to look the part, Paul adopted a uniform consisting of a tweet coat, wool hat, scarf, and a pipe. He dropped the pretentious persona after his date dumped her ice cream in his beer. Lesson learned.

Turning Point Two

Canada gave him a four-year fellowship toward a doctorate from any university in the world. Paul wasn’t accepted at the London School of Economics, so he ended up at the University of Minnesota. As a gesture to full disclosure, Paul showed us a picture of him looking something like John Lennon circa 1970, but dressed like Charles Dickens.

Turning Point Three

Paul said he was regularly confused with a Minnesota Viking Hall of Famer by the same name.

Turning Point Four

While living in Minneapolis, economics gave way to folk music. Paul took an interest in the folk music scene and started his own folk group. He didn’t complete his PhD, but did teach at Winona State, Trent University in Ontario, and Brock University in Ontario.

Paul met his first wife, Barbara, at the U of M. They purchased a farm and settled near Red Wing. In 1979, he moved to Northfield to start an instrument repair business, Tudor Music, above Froggy Bottoms and the Hvistendahl Law Office Building. He later moved near the Seitz building and changed the name to Cannon Valley Musical Instrument Repair.

Another Turning Point

Barbara was big into groundhogs for a while, which inspired Paul to write a song about a groundhog. The song earned him an invitation from Susan Stamberg to be interviewed on WCAL. Paul subsequently became an announcer/producer for WCAL, and was once named broadcaster of the year.

Paul was the first director of the Northfield Downtown Development Corp (NDDC) and has been involved in many other capital campaigns and fundraising around town.

He now works as a videographer and documentary film-maker. He and Barbara have five children and five, soon to be six, grandchildren.

Mini-Classification:

John Sinning announced he and his wife have downsized and moved to Village on the Cannon so his kids can’t move back in. Susan, John’s wife, manages the Bag Lady downtown. Son Jacob, a former exchange student, is a junior at Bradley in Peoria, Illinois. His other son is out of college and working.

John is currently the International director on the club board overseeing Youth Exchange, International Projects, the Foundation, and the Global Grant Scholarship. He is also the district country officer for Brazil. He recently started Canine Service Partners with Sam Daly, and they recently received non-profit, tax exempt status.

Guests:

Lynn Miland (Lorang); Barbara Krause (Krause); Adrian Thomas (KYMN) (Conway); Kathy Jasnoch (Koenig)

Scholarship Enhancement: Jan Stevens. (Kurt Larson requests that someone shake up the tickets every week.)

Announcements:

— All are invited to a graduation party Thursday, May 21, 5:30 p.m. at Rick and Kris Estenson’s event center, 10541 Ibson Avenue. The party will serve several functions. We will celebrate graduation with Lydia, Giulia, Philipy and Marcelo; welcome home our outbound students; bid bon voyage to our next group of outbounds; and say “thank you” to our club counselors and host families. Hot dogs, chips, salads, cake and lemonade will be provided

— Peggy Prowe and Charlie Cogan invite you to consider riding in the “Ride to End Polio” in Tucson, Arizona in November. The ride is sponsored by Rotary District 5500. In 2014 the event yielded $7.5 million for the campaign. The goal this year is $10 million To learn more, go to: ridetoendpolio.org/welcome-2015.

— Rick Estenson would like to move some theater seating. He has seats from the old Southgate Cinema that he would be happy to let go of in exchange for a good will donation to either the club or the foundation. He has two sets of two and two sets of three. Contact Rick at restenson@firstnationalnorthfield.com if you are interested.

— Exchange students reported back on prom. They had a very good time and were up until 5 am. Lydia said she would be appearing in Shakespeare’s “As You Like It.”

— Russ Halverson reported on the Rotary District Conference which included a country fair for exchange students and many valuable breakout sessions. Russ reminded the club that “change is good.”

— Virginia Kazcmarek said Beyond the Yellow Ribbon will be accepting items for the “Good for Good” sale yet today from 4-6 at the “Old Chamber Office.” Man cave stuff does especially well.

— Jim Holden reminded club members that there is a film festival at the Weitz Center during consecutive weeks in July. There is also a course for $50 to discuss the movies.

Happy News:

Jan Stevens’ 8 year old granddaughter went to the White House and was on CSPAN for 2 minutes. Hannah Puczko has a new granddaughter, and Beth Kallestad said Cannon River Watershed is celebrating its 25th anniversary.

Outbound Exchange Students
2015-16

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, AhnaCole – South Africa

Woitalla, Jessica – Brazil.


Past Northfield Rotary Club meeting videos on YouTube

Coming Up

May 28 — Michael Maas, RSVP Retired Volunteers (Blaha)

June 4 — Chris Kennelly Classification

June 11 — David Wee, All Things Baseball (S. Richardson)

June 18 — Teresa Jensen, Library Project Update

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Rotary Cogwheel | 05.07.2015

Wed, 05/06/2015 - 6:39am

Today: Paul Krause, Classification (Sinning)

Birthdays: Rick Estenson (5/4), Charlie Cogan (5/6) and David Halsor (5/7).

Next Week: Carleton’s Master Plan, Fred Rogers, at the Weitz Center (Madigan)

Last Week:

Jodi Greene paused briefly last week in her fast-paced work for the U.S. Navy to visit her parents in Northfield and receive Northfield High School’s 2015 Distinguished Alumnus Award.

Jodi has built an impressive career in foreign policy and international affairs since graduating from NHS and joining the Air Force in 1990. She began her career as a linguist, where she discovered her affinity for foreign policy and relations. Jodi was named Under Secretary of the Navy (a civilian post) in May 2014, reporting directly to the Secretary of the Navy and working hard to “make sure we have the right assets wherever our sailors and Marines are serving.”

She has a big crew to serve: Jodi’s work supports the Navy’s 325,000 sailors and 186,000 Marines, plus 275 ships and 3,700 aircraft.

Jodi travels the world every few months, to engage foreign partners and to foster cooperation addressing global threats. Her most recent world tour took her from DC to Hawaii, Micronesia (where she dined with President Manny Mori and offered U.S. assistance in the wake of the super typhoon that hit four days earlier), Malaysia, Vietnam, India and Italy before returning to DC.

“When I come home from a trip like this, I’m very proud to be an American and a public servant, and I’m proud of what we’ve done through our military around the world,” she said. “Our sailors and Marines are incredible young men and women, and it’s very rewarding to serve them.”

Jodi works in the Pentagon and lives in Annapolis – a well-chosen 36 miles away, to give her some distance from the pressure of world affairs.

Will she consider running for President like Teddy and Franklin Roosevelt, who both were Assistant Secretaries in the Navy? Jodi didn’t commit. But she is at the top level of leadership where she can be non-political; any higher up the ladder, and she’ll have to make a formal party affiliation.

“I’ve been very pleased working as a civil servant and remaining neutral,” she said. “As long as my efforts are making a difference every day, I’m not worried about what comes next.”


Express-Classification: Jack Hoschouer gave the world’s shortest classification recap when introducing Jodi Greene, sharing just one detail – that he was a Sea Scout when he was a student. Ahoy, Jack.


Guests

Neil Ritchie, Main Street Project (Blaha) Adrian Thomas, KYMN (Conway)

Marie Benson (Benson).

Scholarship Enhancement: Neil Ritchie of Main Street Project. (He should visit more often.)

Announcements:

— Jake Conway stepped up his game recruiting volunteers to help out on May 14 at Greenvale Park’s Community School event.

— Charlie Cogan thanked Chris Webber for his Polio Plus donation with a tie; Northfield Rotary has given almost $5,000 to the cause, helping the District in its goal to raise $1 million.

— Chris Webber gave an update on Nepal’s earthquake from Global Grant scholar Sudip Bhandari (now in Boston, with family in Nepal safe though displaced). Sudip suggested the best way to get aid quickly to Nepal is through the World Food Program (WFP). This is affiliated with the UN and they are providing water, high energy biscuits, and tents very quickly on the ground. Sudip’s father knows the Finance Officer for WFP Nepal. Please make a donation at https://wfpusa.org/Nepal, which is the U.S. arm of the group. Be sure to scroll down on that page to donate to ensure your funds are directed to Nepal.

— Dave Brown reminded all that the “clothing enhancement” offer will run for two more months. Donate $1,000 or more to the Foundation and get a Rotary-branded garment from Larson Printing.

— Judy Westcott-Brown shared recipes from last week’s speaker, Monique Godde, who runs a community center in Chad.

— Jean Wakely read thank you notes from scholarship recipient Lilly Noble and from the Skateboard Coalition for the club’s support.

— John Sinning invited all to a graduation and bon voyage party for exchange students on May 20 at the Estenson estate. We’ll also welcome back this year’s outbound students on their return to Northfield. Festivities begin at 5:30pm; dinner will be served. This is a family event.

— Matthew Rich recapped the Northfield High School scholarship ceremony, where he presented a scholarship from the club to Jenna Scheffert – who heads to Italy as an exchange student this year.

Next Week, May 14, we will meet at the Weitz Center at Carleton College. The church is not available that day.

Outbound Exchange Students 2015-16

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, AhnaCole – South Africa

Woitalla, Jessica – Brazil.


Past Northfield Rotary Club meeting videos on YouTube

Coming Up

May 21 — Tribute to Those Who Inspired Us (Madigan)

May 28 — Michael Maas, RSVP Retired Volunteers (Blaha)

June 4 — TBD

June 11 — David Wee, All Things Baseball (S. Richardson)

Categories: Organizations

Rotary Cogwheel | 04.30.2015

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 10:43pm

Today: Jodi Greene, Deputy Under-Secretary of the Navy (Policy) (Hoschouer)

Birthdays: Richard Maus (4/24/39) and Geralyn Sheehan (5/2)

Next Week: Paul Krause, Classification (Sinning)

Last Week:
Monique Godde is a living testament to the strength of connections formed through youth exchange programs.

She was an American Field Service exchange student from Paris, France who in 1958-59 lived with Judy Brown-Wescott’s family in Bloomington, Minn. When she returned home, she studied nursing and later answered a call to be a Catholic nun.

She has served in schools and youth programs in Africa for more than 50 years. Twenty seven-years ago she founded a special youth program in Chad and is its Head Mistress. Judy had visited France in 1962 and connected with Monique and her family. But other members of Judy’s family had not seen her in 55 years. Judy’s brother sent Monique a plane ticket to bring her to Minnesota for a visit.

Monique painted a grim picture of life in Chad. It sits in the heart of the African continent. Bordered by Libya, Niger, Cameroon, Sudan and Central African Republic, it is the fifth largest country in Africa, but 45 years of civil war has left it weary and impoverished. It is a diverse country with 200 ethnic and linguistic groups. The majority of the people are Muslim, but there are many Christians, as well. Boko Harem, Nigeria’s militant Islamic fundamentalists remain a threat to destabilize the country even further.

Families have no resources for education, so Monique has developed a community center and a school. She has built a 14,000-book library collection and has many success stories to share of former students who have gone on to become teachers, surgeons and broadcasters.

Monique has herself been caught in the middle of armed conflict, weathering one three-day fire fight in her home city. She thinks of Americans as a cheerful, pragmatic lot who know to make things work. (Editor’s Note: She must have caught us on a good day.)


Guests: Sue Johnson (Brown-Wescott) and Kathy Jasnoch (Kaczmarek)

Scholarship Enhancement: David Wolf, chancellor of our exchequer

Tall Tale from Down Under:

Now that the statute of limitations is up, President Rich shared some of his misadventures traveling to Australia for the International Rotary Conference. His parable is titled: The Man in the Blue Shirt.” My take away is: never travel with Matthew Rich. Bad luck sticks to this guy like a koala bear on eucalyptus.


Announcements:

— Charlie Cogan thanked Barry Carlson for taking time on a week day to represent the club’s skate park project at the district level. His presence helped secure matching funds.

— Chris Weber reported there are seven candidates for Rotary’s Global Grant Scholarships, four with a Northfield connection. The person selected receives a $30,000 fellowship.

— Jim Pokorney is tie-worthy again for another donation to the Polio Plus campaign. Will he now dress for success? You be the judge.

— Jim Blaha invited members to consider attending the Bridges Out of Poverty event Wednesday, May 13, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at St. Olaf College. To register, go to: communityactioncenter.org/bridges.

— Treasurer David Wolf reported that your quarterly invoices are in the e-mail.

— Tim Madigan, program director, would like to use the week before Memorial Day to talk about people who have inspired us. If you would like to pay tribute to someone who made a difference in your life and has passed on, talk to Tim. He is looking for three or four Rotarians to share their stories.

— On Thursday, May 14, we will be meeting at the Weitz Center at Carleton College. The church is not available that day.

Outbound Exchange Students

2015-16

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, AhnaCole – South Africa

Woitalla, Jessica – Brazil.


Past Northfield Rotary Club meeting videos on YouTube

Coming Up

May 14 — Fred Rogers, Carleton’s Master Plan (Madigan)

 

May 21 — Tribute to Those Who Inspired Us (Madigan)

 

May 28 — Michael Maas, RSVP Retired Volunteers (Blaha)

Categories: Organizations

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