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Rotary Cogwheel | 12.08.2016

Tue, 12/06/2016 - 1:02pm

Today’s Program | Thursday, December 8, 2016

Today: Ragh Singh, Classification (W. Sivanich)

Birthdays: John Ehresmann (12/4), Alan Anderson (12/5), Jim Holden (12/6) and Jim Pokorney (12/7)

Next Week: Dinner at the Dome (Estenson)

Last Week:
John Ehresmann does not court disaster, but he is quick to respond when one occurs.

After retiring from his Northfield dental practice in 2011, John became a trained volunteer for American Red Cross, first providing damage assessment and now disaster services technology (DST) when duty calls. In five short years, he has seen it all — hurricanes, floods, mudslides, tornadoes, and wild fires — all of the ones we read about in the national news.

The Red Cross is mandated by Congress to provide food and shelter for victims of natural disasters with privately-raised funds. Volunteers, like John, are asked to deploy on a moment’s notice. He has the option of declining an assignment, but if he says “yes,” he needs to go now. A supportive spouse, like John’s wife, Gretchen, is key to his volunteer career. He said he couldn’t do it without her.

Red Cross assignments offer long hours and Spartan living; they put a premium on the resourcefulness of volunteers to make equipment work in all kinds of settings.

A financial donation is the best way to support Red Cross’s work, John said. Cash instead of in-kind services or goods gives clients some control over lives that have been turned upside down.

Mini-Classification:
Richard Maus has lived with polio all of his life. He contracted it at four months of age. Over a period of 16 years, he had multiple surgeries and logged some 900 days in the hospital. He documented his experience in a book called “The Lucky One.”

Richard went on to have a 30-year career as a math instructor. He also worked for a period of eight years in the computer software industry. He is just now finishing a new book called “Faith Enterprise,” which reflects on his experience with the Catholic faith.

Marston Headley Award
Matthew Rich was named this year’s recipient of the Marston Headley Service Above Self Award. He was recognized for his ongoing efforts to support the work of the club. Matthew has served on the board and is a past president. He has stepped up to serve on the bike tour and Turkey Trot committees. He also is a very successful recruiter of new members.

Besides his Rotary work, he has served on the board of directors for HealthFinders and the Community Action Center, and he is involved in Northfield Sertoma, Connected Kids and Emmaus Baptist Church. Thanks for all you do, Matthew.

Guests: Gretchen Ehresmann (Ehresmann)

Scholarship Enhancement: David Brown

Announcements:
Rob Bierman reported that the Turkey Trot was a great success. Final numbers are not yet in, but he believes we had a record number of runners, a record number of food donations and a record net profit. He thanked those who worked on the planning of the event and those who volunteered their time Thanksgiving morning. He also thanked Carleton for making the Weitz Center available to us. 

Congratulations Rotarians. In two short weeks, we raised $5,000 for the new Northfield Public Library’s bookmobile. The club contributed $2,500 from the club budget and individual members donated the other $2,500. Our total contribution will qualify for an additional match from a gift to the Friends of the Library. Besides the satisfaction that comes from supporting an important community literacy asset, Rotary will have its logo prominently displayed on the vehicle. A big thanks goes to Chris Weber for his creative financing for this project.

Rotary is responsible for Meals-On-Wheels delivery the first two weeks of January. See Lynne Pederson if you can help.

David Brown pointed out that we now have 79 Paul Harris fellows among our active membership. We have also contributed $272,000 to the Rotary Foundation. Both are club records.

Rachel Estrella had a baby boy recently.

Start going through your closets to find your “ugliest” winter sweater. President Lasswell is inviting us to show off our most garish or misguided threads at our meeting December 22.

Inbound students are:
Daniel Chien from Taiwan

Emma Nielsen from Denmark

Nico Suarez Toloza from Colombia

Eric Kwun from South Korea
Wanzita Ally from Tanzania
Matteo Lombardo, Italy

Our 2016-17 outbound students are:

Sage Brinton, Argentina

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.

Coming Up

December 22 — Santa Visits Rotary

December 29 — No Meeting

January 5 — Darcy Ellarby, Dakota Curling Club (D. Hanson)

January 12 —

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Rotary Cogwheel | 12.01.2016

Wed, 11/30/2016 - 11:13am

Today’s Program | Thursday, December 1, 2016

Today: John Ehresmann, My Red Cross Experiences (Prichard)

Birthdays: Kim Briske (11/22), Art Monaghan (11/25), Matt Hillmann (11/29), and Chris Kennelly (12/1).

Next Week: Ragh Singh, Classification (W. Sivanich)

Last Week:
If you are a life-long learner and your birthdays number somewhere north of 50, check out the Cannon Valley Elder Collegium.

Now approaching its 20th anniversary, the self-organized and self-sustaining educational consortium offers between 35 and 40 courses each year to some 700 seniors citizens, broadly defined. Jerry Mohrig, retired Carleton College chemistry professor and now board chair, and Rick Noer, retired Carleton College physics professor and now executive director, said the collegium provides a high-quality academic experience. Many of the instructors are retired professors from St. Olaf College and Carleton College. They know of what they speak. But moreover, the instructors are known for great communication skills and a passion for their subject.

The collegium offers 13 courses, mostly of the liberal arts variety, twice a year in eight-week terms. Classes meet at various sites, including the senior center, churches, and retirement-living settings. Most classes have 15 to 20 students. The cost is $50 a class.

Jerry said successful aging depends on a healthy brain. The collegium is designed to provide a place where people can feed their curiosity and stay in the learning posture. And, Jerry says, it is a place to meet new and interesting people.

A local grant and grants from the Minnesota Humanities Commission were used to launch the venture, but now the collegium covers costs with tuition and an annual fundraising appeal. Rick said the collegium’s future is bright.

The collegium is a real asset for the community, he said, contributing to Northfield’s quality of life and giving retirees another reason to move here.

Guests: Max Melberg (Heilman) and Mikayla Fischer (Achinson)

Scholarship Enhancement: “The Mayor” Keith Covey

Announcements:
In an effort to support Northfield Public Library’s new bookmobile, our Literacy Committee is challenging members to match a $2,500 club donation with $2,500 of individual contributions from members. Our total contribution would also qualify for an additional match from a gift to the Friends of the Library. Chris Weber is leading this initiative. Look for more on this in coming weeks.

At the recent District dinner celebrating the Paul Harris Foundation centennial, Northfield was recognized for its efforts in support of Polio Plus.

Start going through your closets to find your “ugliest” winter sweater. President Lasswell is inviting us to show off our most garish or misguided threads at our meeting December 22.

Inbound students are:
Daniel Chien from Taiwan

Emma Nielsen from Denmark

Nico Suarez Toloza from Colombia

Eric Kwun from South Korea
Wanzita Ally from Tanzania
Matteo Lombardo, Italy

Our 2016-17 outbound students are:

Sage Brinton, Argentina

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.

Coming Up

December 15 — TBA

December 22 — Santa Visits Rotary

December 29 — No Meeting

January 5 — Darcy Ellarby, Dakota Curling Club (D. Hanson)

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Rotary Cogwheel | 11.17.2016

Tue, 11/15/2016 - 5:00pm

Today’s Program | Thursday, November 17, 2016

Today: Rick Noer and Jerry Mohrig, Cannon Valley Elder Collegium (Madigan)

Birthdays: Matthew Rich and Jim Prichard (11/17) and Teresa Jensen (11/19)

Next Week: Turkey Trot. All hands on deck.

Last Week:

Tri-City Bridges to the Future is a regional collaborative designed to help disadvantaged youth get traction on their path toward careers or post-secondary education. Sonji Davis of Workforce Development, Inc., the project’s lead agency, and Anne Marie Leland of Faribault Public Schools Community Services, one of the collaborating agencies, were on hand to tell us about this new initiative.

A three-year matching grant of $579,000 from Youthprise, an affiliate of the McKnight Foundation, will help some 85 youth, ages 14 to 24, from Northfield, Faribault and Red Wing receive intensive training, mentoring and counsel. The project is aimed at youth who are at high risk of failing to reach high school graduation and who need social support to develop and achieve their goals. Candidates include those in foster care, homeless youth and some who are clients of the criminal justice system.

Workforce Development is providing the mentors, but it will rely on the other involved entities to help identify and connect with students. The Northfield and Faribault school districts, and specifically the area learning centers and adult basic education programs within them, will serve as important sources.

Northfield Healthy Community Initiative wrote the grant for the project and serves as the collaborative’s fiscal agent. Participating organizations are Faribault Public Schools, Northfield Public Schools, the Red Wing Juvenile Facility, Riverland Community College, South Central Community College, Minnesota State College — Southeast Technical, Rice County Family Services Collaborative and more than 20 local businesses and organizations.

Sonji said the collaboration is real. A leadership circle with representatives from participating agencies “guide” the project. Meaningful systems change to help these youth is always top of mind.

Tri-City Bridges is looking for community partners to broaden its reach. If you are interested in helping with anything from being a guest speaker, mock interviewer or career panelist, hosting a business tour or intern/apprentice, contact Sonji or Anne.

Mini-Classification:
Virginia Kaczmarek has been a Rotarian for 13 years, nine here in Northfield. She grew up in St. Cloud, joined the U.S. Marines out of high school, got married, had two children, divorced and returned to St. Cloud to start her post-secondary education. She graduated from St. Cloud State University with a degree in Economics and went on to get a master’s degree from Kansas. She was working with the Twin Cities YMCA when she was asked to help Northfield hire a Y executive director. She was so smitten with the community that she applied for the job herself and the rest is history.

Guests: George Davis (Stevens), Carol Roecklein (Taylor), Teresa Tilson (Lasswell) and Rick Tursh (Koenig)

Scholarship Enhancement: John Stull

Announcements:

Registrations for the 16th annual Turkey Trot are streaming in well ahead of last year. Sponsorships are up and all indicators point to a successful event. Come run or walk, come volunteer, or, at the very least, promote it among your family, friends and neighbors. Funds raised will support our exchange program and polio eradication.

Rotarians will gather at Loon Liquors, 1325 Armstrong Road, No. 165, tomorrow evening at 6 p.m. for an informal social get-together for club members, their spouses, guests and kids.

Three videos about Northfield produced by Paul Krause will be screened Monday, Nov. 21, 7 p.m. at the Weitz Center, Carleton College.

Community Resource Bank is hosting an American Red Cross Blood Drive Wednesday, Nov. 23, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. To make an appointment, go to www.redcross.org.

Inbound students are:
Daniel Chien from Taiwan

Emma Nielsen from Denmark

Nico Suarez Toloza from Colombia

Eric Kwun from South Korea
Wanzita Ally from Tanzania
Matteo Lombardo, Italy

Our 2016-17 outbound students are:

Sage Brinton, Argentina

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.


Past Northfield Rotary Club meeting videos on YouTube

Coming Up

December 1 — John Ehresman, My Red Cross Experiences (Prichard)

December 8 — Ragh Singh, Classification (W. Sivanich)

December 15 — TBA

December 22 — Special Guest

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Thanksgiving Turkey Trot is Community’s Unofficial Homecoming

Mon, 11/14/2016 - 12:13pm

The Northfield Rotary Turkey Trot has become Northfield’s unofficial homecoming event for the 1000-plus runners and walkers who participate each year.

Now in its 16th year, the 5K run/walk is a Thanksgiving tradition for many Northfield households, a “must-do” for those who want to connect with old friends and neighbors and be reminded that Northfield is always home.

Rob Bierman, chair of Rotary’s Turkey Trot Committee, said this event has become one of the community’s signature events.

“The Turkey Trot gives Northfielders an opportunity to touch base with one another and reflect on their shared experience here in Northfield,” said Bierman. “You’ll see lots of hugs and hear a lot of catching up before and during the run/walk. There is always a lot of positive energy here.”

He said it also gives people an opportunity to show their gratitude by running or walking for a good cause.  Funds raised at the Turkey Trot will support Rotary’s ongoing work with its youth exchange program and polio eradication. Northfield is known as a “rock star” in Rotary youth exchange circles. Northfield regularly sends 10 to 15 students abroad each year and this year is hosting six foreign students.

On the polio front, Rotary International and its partners have made remarkable progress toward a polio-free world. Over the last 30 years, polio cases around the globe have been reduced by 99 percent. Only three countries remain polio endemic — Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria — so the campaign continues.

The Turkey Trot will begin at the Carleton College Weitz Center (north entrance) at 9 a.m. Same-day registration opens at 8 a.m. Online registration for the Turkey Trot is available now at northfieldrotary.org. The cost to participate is $15 prior to Friday, Nov. 11, $20 after that date. All entries made online before November 11 are guaranteed a commemorative long sleeve t-shirt. Runners and walkers are encouraged to bring their dogs to the event.

This event also dedicated to collecting food for the Northfield Food Shelf. Runners and walkers are invited to bring a food donation to the Turkey Trot Thanksgiving morning.

If you have questions, please call Rob Bierman at 612-226-9237.

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