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Rotary Cogwheel | 09.11.2014

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 1:37pm

Today: Dr. Susan Tarnowski, Vice President of Students and Academic Affairs, South Central College (C. Richardson)

Birthdays: Therese Whitesong (9/9)

Next Week: Jesse Streitz and His Cross Country Bike Tour (Williams)

Last Week:

We had a bike tour. More to come.


Bob Will honored
Bob Will’s life-long commitment to community service was recognized last week during Defeat of Jesse James Days. The committee honored him with the Joseph Lee Heywood Distinguished Service Award.

Scott Richardson, among others, paid tribute to Bob at the banquet Sept. 3. Here are excerpts of his remarks.

Richardson:
“What can I say about Bob Will that he hasn’t already told us? I mean the man has a true gift for gab.

“Every time he would get up at Rotary to invite our support for the Paul Harris Foundation, we knew we could settle in for a somewhat elliptical rhetorical excursion reminding us of the benefits — both personal and humanitarian — of supporting  Rotary’s work across the globe. We came to know these periodic reminders as the Bob Will Parables. There was always a method to his madness and always a moral to the story or a nugget of wisdom to be mined….”

“Bob comes by the philanthropic impulse honestly. He watched his parents invest their time and energy in improving the small Wisconsin town where Bob was raised.

And he does it not out of duty, but out of his own reservoir of goodwill and generosity. He calls it Happy Duty and he does it with a nod of the head, a sly smile on his face and a twinkle in his eye. He is a disarming, but effective community leader.”


Last Week’s Guests:  Many, many bike tour volunteers. Thank you one and all for helping make this event happen.

Scholarship Enhancement: We were so wound up about the bike tour that we ran right by this. Maybe it’s double or nothing today.

First Job:

Chris Richardson detailed cars for $2 an hour and turned heads driving a pink Caddie convertible through the Iowa countryside.

Announcements:

Dana Norvold, a member of the order, is celebrating the birth of a baby boy.

Bob Coonley, a past member of the club, died August 21. He was 89.
Bob made a career of advertising, marketing and public relations. He worked for Omar Bakeries, Archer Daniel Midland, E.F. Johnson Co., and Northwestern Bell Telephone. He and his wife, Phyllis, raised their three children in Hopkins. In retirement, they split their time between Pelican Lake, and Cathedral City, California, before relocating to Northfield.

Our Rotary Club will be supplying volunteers for Thursday’s Table, tonight and November 13. If you can help, see Jacob Conway.

Tuesday evening, the Board of Directors heard presentations from six local community groups that are seeking financial support from the club. The board will make a recommendation today. The groups are: Save the Depot, Skate Board Coalition, Northfield Public Library, musical playground, bike trails and Habitat for Humanity.


If you have ideas for upcoming weekly programs please let Candy Taylor or Alan Anderson know.  We have many openings for future programs.

Past Northfield Rotary Club meeting videos on Youtube: NorthfieldRotaryVideos

Coming Up:
Sept. 25 – Matt Hillmann Transformational Technology in Northfield Schools (Lawlor)
Oct. 2 — Tom Bisell, Trials of a Bike Shop owner (TBD)
Oct. 9 — Stacey Zell, Northfield Hospital Sleep Center (Schlichting)

Categories: Organizations

Rotary Cogwheel | 09.02.2014

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 12:15pm

Today:Bike Tour Chalk Talk

Birthdays: Judy Brown-Wescott (9/4), Bob Lampe and Chris Richardson (9/6)

Next Week: Dr. Annette Parker, President of South Central College (C. Richardson)

Last Week:

Over the last 15 years, Angel Flight’s 500 volunteer pilots have provided 20,000 free flights to people who have a medical need.

Chuck Huntley, a wing leader for the North Star Wing of the national network, said their volunteers provide both help and hope. They are typically flying people from remote areas to major healthcare facilities for specialized care. Patients must be ambulatory with no communicable diseases. They must be able to fly in a non-pressurized aircraft and capable of sitting upright. The services are free for those with a need.

The North Star Wing includes travel in Minnesota and North and South Dakota provided by some 100 pilots. Summer is the busiest time, Chuck, said. Minnesota has a number of special needs camps that require transportation for campers.

The patients are often in need of regular services over a period of time. Non-emergency transport is rarely covered by insurance. The pilots volunteer their time, their aircraft and the fuel. Chuck said they do it because they like to fly and they want to make a difference.

The group’s biggest need is to promote the service. They want people to know of this resource. They are also looking for corporate sponsors to help underwrite part of the expenses. If you want to know more, go to: www.angelflightcentral.org.


Mini-Classification:

After his multiple appearances introducing guests, most of us can recite Jack Hoschouer’s mini-classification by heart.

All together now: He grew up in Illinois, learned to read at St. Olaf College, military service for 26 years, 18 of them in Germany. Now, from his Northfield home, which he shares with his wife of 47 years, he is a sales representative for Diehl Group, an aero-space manufacturer, and a Rotarian.


Last Week’s Guests:  Our Exchange Students, Class of 2014-15: Lydia Solheim (Feroe Islands), Marcelo Lecaros (Peru), Giulia Mercanti (Italy) and Philipy de Oliveria Pena Lopez (Brazil) and Shari Holman, Philipy’s host mother, (Dilley); Nick Gerhardt (Heineman) and Pascal Cogan (Cogan).

Scholarship Enhancement: Rick Estenson

Past Northfield Rotary Club meeting videos on Youtube: NorthfieldRotaryVideos

First Job:

Rich Lorang couldn’t worm his way out of his first job. At the age of 12, he counted night crawlers for 75 cents an hour.

Announcements:

If you have ideas for upcoming weekly programs please let Candy Taylor or Alan Anderson know.  We have many openings for future programs.

Coming Up:
Sept. 18 – Jesse Streitz and His Cross Country Bike Tour (Williams)
Sept. 25 – Matt Hillmann Transformational Technology in Northfield Schools (Lawlor)
Oct. 2 — Tom Bisell, Trials of a Bike Shop owner (TBD)

Categories: Organizations

Rotary Cogwheel | 08.28.2014

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 7:26am

Today:Chuck Huntley, Angel Flight Central (Nemo)

Birthdays: Tate Running (8/30)

Next Week: Bike Tour Chalk Talk

Last Week:

Prairie’s Edge Humane Society’s ultimate goal is to close shop. Kathy Jasnoch, now in her third year as executive director, says she wishes there would not be a need for a humane society. But for now, there are far too many abandoned pets, and there is work to be done.

The organization recently moved from Faribault, its home of almost 30 years, to Professional Drive in Northfield. It is also shifting its program emphasis from that of a foster care-based, rescue group to one that focuses on animal care and public education. Kathy says they are still housing cats and “small furries,” but dogs are now bypassing the shelter for placement in foster care. It’s less stressful and better for their health, she said.

Prairie’s Edge aims to adopt out healthy, well-behaved animals. They now have a formalized protocol in place for accepting abandoned pets. It is now done by appointment. Owners must bring the animal’s medical records. Each animal receives a health and behavior assessment. Once accepted, the animals are vaccinated, given a computer chip and then offered up for adoption.

Prairie’s Edge is in the middle of a fundraising campaign. Supporters have raised $15,000 toward a goal of $25,000. The organization is funded by modest fees for service, a modest Rice County contribution, grants and fundraisers.

Kathy said individuals or organizations can help Prairie Edge by spreading the word, volunteering, becoming a foster family or contributing money. For more information, go to: http://www.prairiesedgehs.org/.


Mini-Classification:

Virginia Kaczmarek, executive director for the Y, grew up in St. Cloud, playing her guitar for church. She surprised her family 11 days after graduating from high school by enlisting in the U.S. Marines. She is a first generation college graduate, who went on to earn a master’s degree in Economics from the University of Kansas. She has worked for YMCAs for 15 years, seven of them in Northfield. She has two children, a daughter who lives in Pittsburg with Virginia’s grandson, and a son who lives in Minnesota and works for National Tire & Battery (NTB).


New Members:

It was Hanson week at Northfield Rotary Club. Jan Hanson, a Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at St. Olaf College, and Dennis Hanson, president of Community Resource Bank, were inducted into the club. Chris Weber sponsored both. Jan held leadership posts in the Superior Sunshine Club, where she previously lived. Denny has been a Rotarian for 32 years and was a youth exchange student to Australia way back when.


Last Week’s Guests: Trace Fossum (Fossum) and Lydia Solheim, our new exchange student (Lasswell)

Scholarship Enhancement: Bob Will, who knows the value of a dollar.

First Job:

Charlie Cogan is also an alumnus of Dairy Queen. His first job was in French fry production for a DQ     in Kirksville, Mo. He learned all about balance from schlepping hot vats of oil over slippery floors.

Announcements:
Jean Wakely is recruiting club members for the Defeat of Jesse James Days Bike Tour. We need all hands on deck. It is our largest annual fundraising event. If she has not yet contacted you, please see her before you leave today.

If you have ideas for upcoming weekly programs please let Candy Taylor or Alan Anderson know. We have many openings for future programs.

Past Northfield Rotary Club meeting videos on Youtube: NorthfieldRotaryVideos

Coming Up:

Sept 11 — Dr. Annette Parker, President of South Central College (C. Richardson)
Sept. 18 – Jesse Streitz and His Cross Country Bike Tour (Williams)
Sept. 25 – Matt Hillmann Transformational Technology in Northfield Schools (Lawlor)

Categories: Organizations

Rotary Cogwheel | 08.21.2014

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 4:04pm

Today:Kathy Jasnoch, Prairie’s Edge Humane Society (Kaczmarek)

Birthdays: Craig Ellingboe 8/22

Next Week: – Chuck Huntley, Angel Flight Central (Nemo)

Last Week:

Todd Thompson spends half his time these days in Guatemala, using music education as a bridge between cultures. Five years ago, he traveled there on a church mission trip. Now he has a regular presence in school classrooms and local churches.

Guatemala’s educational system is woefully short of resources, and there is not much music in the curriculum. Guatemala has many needs, Todd said, but his passion is music and he wants to share it with young people. He sees it as nourishment for the body, mind and spirit.

His latest project is the publication of a Spanish hymnal with accessible arrangements. He said most of the musicians he has met in Guatemala play by ear and find many of our standard hymns too complex for guitar, the instrument most commonly used. His hymns have a slower melodic progression and rhythms familiar to Guatemalans.

To raise money for his music education projects, Todd has made two CDs of music in Spanish He is now seeking funding to allow him to continue his music education exchange for periods of up to three months. Todd is also collecting songs in the Mayan dialects. There are 22 of them. Todd said Guatemala has one of the largest indigenous populations in the world. Of the 17 million folks there, 80 percent are considered indigenous, Todd said.

 


Mini-Classification

John Sinning is in transition. (Editor’s Note: Aren’t we all?)

John worked most recently as a controller for Field Solutions, a company that provides field technicians to the electronics industry. He is now taking a step back and looking for a way to work in his home community.

John and his wife, Susan, moved to Northfield in 2001. They raised their two kids on a 40 acre hobby farm. Their daughter is now on her own after graduating from Wittenberg and their son is a junior at Bradley University in Illinois. Susan runs a boutique in the Archer House in downtown Northfield.


 

Welcome Lydia:

Lydia Solheim, the first of four inbound students, arrived last week and joined us for lunch. She is from the Faroe Islands. Wendy and Andrei Sivanich are her host parents. Brad Frago and Michelle Lasswell are her club counselors. Welcome Lydia. We are delighted to have you with us.

Still to come are: Philipy from Brazil, Marcelo from Peru and Giulia from Italy.

Last Week’s Guests:  Wendy, Katie, Maggie Sivanich (Lasswell), Sharon Flaten (Flaten), Tracy Fossum (Fossum), and Joe Wakely (Sinning).

Scholarship Enhancement: Jon Snodgrass. Invest it wisely, Jon.

First Job:

Adam Elling, our newest member, cut his employment teeth on Dairy Queen products. He worked at a Cottage Grove franchise for seven years. He characterized himself as a mistake-prone employee. The mistakes went home with him for later consumption.

Announcements:

Rotary has received five proposals for a flagship local service project. Presentations will be made to a committee on Tuesday, Sept. 9. The board will make a decision Thursday, Sept. 11.

Jean Wakely is recruiting club members for the Defeat of Jesse James Days Bike Tour. We need all hands on deck. It is our largest annual fundraising event. If she has not yet contacted you, please see her before you leave today.

If you have ideas for upcoming weekly programs please let Candy Taylor or Alan Anderson know.  We have many openings for future programs.

Rotary Minute:

President Rich said by the end of the year, polio should be eradicated across the globe, except for Pakistan. A complete eradication requires $5.5 billion. We still must raise $557 million. Each year our club contributes $3,000. Other funds are contributed through our Every Rotarian Every Year campaign. If you want to make a contribution, go to the Rotary International website.

Coming Up:

Sept. 4 – Bike Tour Planning
Sept. 11 – Dr. Annette Parker, President of South Central College (C. Richardson)
Sept. 18 – Jesse Streitz and His Cross Country Bike Tour (Williams)
Sept. 25 – Matt Hillmann Transformational Technology in Northfield Schools (Lawlor)

Categories: Organizations

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