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Rotary Cogwheel | 07.30.2015

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 3:44pm

Today: Lori Pulkrabek, GSE Team 2014

Birthdays: Rotarians around the world

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

Last Week:

Thank you Matthew Rich: President Halverson presented our past-president, Matthew Rich, with a plague recognizing his leadership during 2014-15. Our fundraisers were successful, our youth exchange program flourished and we made an impact with our donations both locally and internationally. Matthew said it is always difficult to quantify our impact, but letters of thanks from students and people we have helped are what reinforce the work we are doing.

Youth Exchange Update: Our Youth Exchange committee is now making arrangements for three inbound exchange students this fall. We will have Jose from Oaxaca, Mexico, Carson from Taiwan and Nicole from Paraguay. There is a possibility we will receive two additional students around the first of next year.

Vicki Dilley, chair of the committee, is in need of a two more host families, one for Jose and one for Carson. If you can help or know of someone who can help, contact her.

Jose will be 17 when he arrives. He is leaving a six-year old sister at home. He is interested in film, photography, fashion design and tennis. His club counselors are Brad Frago and Michelle Lasswell. His host parents for the fall are Wendy and Andrei Sivanich, and Tiffani and Erik Nelson for the spring.

Carson will be 18 when he arrives. He is an only child. He likes playing basketball, singing, reading novels, cycling and playing computer games. His club counselors are Pat and Dawn O’Neill. Sian and Gary Muir will host him for the fall, Shana and Marty Hodel for the winter.

Nicole just turned 16.  Her father is an architect; her mother is an accountant.  She has three 12-year old triplet siblings, two boys and one girl. She plays piano and violin, and she loves running and basketball. Judy Brown-Wescott is her club counselor. Her host parents will be Julie and Paul Thornton, Margaret and Mike Ludwig and Mary and Dan Magnuson.

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: Many, many guests at our social last week. Here are a few: Faye Caskey, Marie Benson, Howard Puczko, Richard Hogenson, Karna Halverson, Lea Rich, Lin Wolf, Bernie Lawlor, Char Carlson, Sue and Tom Pokorney, Diane Kyte, Maelynn Thomas, Gretchen Ehresmann, Ruth Crane, and Deborah Anderson.

Scholarship Enhancement:  Judy Brown-Wescott.

Announcements:

  • Tickets are now available for the 2015 car raffle. One of the team captains has your name and tickets for you to sell. We are trying to sell a lot of them.
  • Kurt Larson asks that we think about larger corporations beyond our city limits to sponsor the Turkey Trot. They often need more lead time to decide and process these requests. Now is the time to approach them.
  • 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.
  • With the changing of the guard, we also change the password to the Members Only area on our web site. It is now lowercase halverson.

Coming Up

August 13 — Alyssa Herzog Melby, Executive Director Northfield Arts Guild, NAG’s New Start

August 20 — Chris Heineman, Northfield Director of Community Development, Classification (Rich)

August 27 — Dayna Norvold, Rice County Habitat for Humanity

Categories: Organizations

Rotary Cogwheel | 07.23.2015

Wed, 07/22/2015 - 7:49am

Today: Summer Social, 5:30 p.m., Estenson Event Center, and Chris Kennelly Classification (Reese)

Birthdays: Jayne Hager Dee (7/22) and Steve Underdahl (7/24)

Next Week: Lori Pulkrabek, GSE Team 2014

Last Week:

Shattuck-St. Mary’s of Faribault offers students a traditional college preparatory education and more, and the more isn’t only the school’s celebrated hockey program.

Over the last five years, it has implemented a program described by President Nick Stoneman as “scholarshift,” involving innovative teaching strategies and centers of excellence, all designed to nurture students’ creativity. He describes it as “an investment in the future.”

The IBM profile — blue suit, red tie – is a relic of the past, he said. The future will be built on creativity and innovation practiced in a global context.

The school now offers centers of excellence in academics (bio-science and engineering), arts (pre-conservatory instrumentals and vocal performance) and athletics (hockey, soccer, golf and figure skating). There is also a weCreate Center with 10 studios that provide the environment for students to actively access and explore their creative impulses.

The school has also exchanged the “cells and bells” teaching model for more independent, online instruction. Students are in conventional classroom Tuesdays and Thursdays, but Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, they are working on their own with online instruction, internships, and service learning. President Stoneman calls it a “game-changer” that has been well-received by students and effective.

Shattuck-St. Mary’s is also embarking on an initiative to extend its reach across the globe. It has already opened a campus in Beijing and has plans for four or five more in other countries and one in Chicago. These campuses will provide Shattuck students with the opportunity for a global experience and increase the school’s visibility worldwide.

The school boasts a diverse student body of 450. Students come from 34 states and 31 countries. Seventy-five percent are residential students. Forty-six percent of the student body receives some form of financial aid to offset the $46,000 comprehensive fee.

The school doesn’t want to be overlooked by local students looking for a different educational experience. It is adding another admissions counselor to attract students from the immediate region.


Mini-Classification: 

Charlie Cogan has been involved in Rotary since 1998. He approached a club about funding for a project in Togo, and soon learned the world works better if you give as well as get.

He and his wife live in Northfield. There oldest son is launched. They have two children at home, one of whom attends Shattuck-St. Mary’s.


Guests: Lauren Hahn and Rachel Gaul (Stevens) and Charlotte Smith (Halverson)

Scholarship Enhancement:  Dale Ness….with an assist from Jim Blaha

Announcements:

We will have three inbound exchange students this year: Nicole from Paraguay, Carson from Taiwan and Jose from Mexico. We still need host families for the two boys.  If you know of someone who can help, see Vicki Dilley.

With the changing of the guard, we also change the password to the Members Only area on our web site. It is now lowercase halverson.

David Brown invited members to consider becoming a Paul Harris Fellow. Fellowships are available for a $500 contribution to the Rotary Foundation, a 50 percent discount. Seventy-two members of the club have made this commitment.

Rob Martin provided an update on progress made by Save the Northfield Depot project. Footings and foundation are in place and final details are being worked out with Canadian Pacific Railroad for the move and transfer of ownership of the 127-year old structure. Rotary contributed $5,000 to the project last year.

The Local Donations Committee is looking for opportunities to make a difference in the community. If you have an idea, see Carl Caskey.

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
  • Washburn Chapman, Ahna Cole – South Africa
  • Woitalla, Jessica – Brazil.


Past Northfield Rotary Club meeting videos on YouTube

Coming Up

August 6 — Steve Underdahl, President and CEO of Northfield Hospital, Classification (S. Richardson)

August 13 — Alyssa Herzog Melby, Executive Director Northfield Arts Guild, NAG’s New Start

August 20 — Chris Heineman, Northfield Director of Community Development, Classification (Rich)

August 27 — Dayna Norvold, Rice County Habitat for Humanity

Categories: Organizations

Rotary Cogwheel | 07.16.2015

Tue, 07/14/2015 - 3:13pm

Today: Nick Stoneman, President of Shattuck St. Mary’s School (Cogan)

Birthdays: Nancy Amerman (7/12) and Jan Stevens (7/22)

Next Week: Summer Social, 5:30 p.m., Estenson Event Center, and Chris Kennelly Classification (Reese)

Last Week:

Kevin Dahle, Northfield High School civics teacher, driver’s ed instructor and State Senator for District 20, said in this past legislative session we won some and we lost some.

In the win column, the DFLer said schools benefited from a $500 million Omnibus Education bill worth a 2 percent increase in the student formula for each of the next two years and more money for school readiness programs. Northfield Promise, a Healthy Community Initiative’s program, was the recipient of a $167,000 state educational partnership grant to develop its “cradle to career” program for local children and youth.

In the health and human services arena, nursing homes received a bump in the rate of state reimbursement to help with staff recruitment and retention, Minnesota Care was retained, and MN Sure, the state health insurance exchange, survived a Republican challenge.

In the loss column, Sen. Dahle said no significant progress was made on a transportation bill, even though both parties agree on the need, between $8 and 11 billion. And the legislature could not agree on a tax relief bill.

The most contentious issue this session was the Environmental and Agriculture bill. Kevin said there are a lot “hidden negatives” in that one. When the dust settled, the Pollution Control Agency’s citizen board was eliminated and neither party was happy with the final outcome.

This session was not a paragon of thoughtful, transparent law-making, Kevin lamented. Too much happened behind closed doors in last-minute deal-making. “We were very disappointed in the last-minute surprises,” he said.

Next year is a short session. He expects a transportation bill, a bonding bill and tax relief to emerge. The good news is we still have a budget surplus to work with.


Mini-Classification:

Alan Anderson worked as an executive with Boy Scouts of America for 35 years.  Now retired, he spends time experiencing the joy of three granddaughters and working on climate change.

Following up on our Memorial Day tribute to those who have inspired us, he cited his father as the one he tries to emulate. His father was a member of the greatest generation. He served in World War II, came home and went to medical school. He started a practice with a boyhood friend in Owatonna and served his community well. His lifetime relationship with his medical partner, Alan said, was an “incredible story of friendship.” The two were born two months a part and died three months apart at the age of 89.


New Members:

Adrian Thomas (Conway) and Kim Briske (Hillmann) were inducted into the club by Michelle Lasswell, our Vice President of Membership.


Memorial Service tomorrow:

A celebration of Bob Lampe’s life will be tomorrow (Friday) 4 p.m. at the Northfield VFW, 516 Division. Bob was a member of this club for 54 years and a past president. Rotarians are encouraged to attend and sit as a group in Bob’s honor.

Guests:  Olivia Claire Spencer (Zweifel), Jen and Russ Dunn-Foster and RiGail Bartolo (Halverson), Steve Edwards (Koenig), Ken Smith (Reese),

Scholarship Enhancement:  Olivia Claire Spencer

Announcements:

The Habitat for Humanity build as been postponed. Those who signed up to work on July 30 have a Thursday evening returned to them. Jake Conway said he expects another opportunity in September.

Jan Stevens said volunteers are needed for the Vintage Band Festival in early August. If you can help, see her or go to vintagebandfestival.org for more information.

President Halvorson announced that the club’s gambling license for the car raffle is imminent. He expects tickets will be ready for distribution in a week or two.

With the changing of the guard, we also change the password to the Members Only area on our web site. It is now lowercase halverson.

Dale Ness reported we have raised $11,000 in sponsorships for the Defeat of Jesse James Bike Tour. Any last minute conversions are welcome. He will keep the door open for another week.

Rotary International’s new president, K.V. Rivendran of Colombo, Sri Lanka, encourages us “to be a gift to the world,” and use our time, talent and resources to improve lives around the world.

Committee Updates

The Donations Committee closed out the year having made contributions of $6,000 to local initiatives. They were as follows: $500 each to Northfield Works (CAC), Operation Backpack, Northfield Retirement Center’s Nursing Assistant Class, HealthFinders, Hope Center, Ruth’s House, Vintage Band Festival and James Gang Youth Wrestling; $400 each to Northfield Youth Choirs and Northfield Arts Guild’s Family Fun Day; $275 to Northfield Goal Club for scholarships; $250 each to Boy Scouts Eagle Garden Beds at Three Links, Northfield Community Band and Friends of the Northfield Library; $228 to Rice County Habitat for Humanity; $147 to TORCH; $100 each  to Center for Sustainable Living for Earth Day, Human Rights Commission for  Martin Luther King Day, and Beyond the Yellow Ribbon.

The International Service Committee made donations of $5,000 during the year. They were as follows: Peace Corps in Togo for latrines and hand-washing stations, $2,000; water pumps in Nepal, $1,000; $500 to Todd Thompson for music education in Guatemala; $250 for an education center in Ethopia; $625 for a library in Chad  and $625 for peace radio in Sierra Leone.

New Task Force

We are moving ahead with the invitation from the Eagan Rotary Club to host an ethics workshop at the high school this fall for a select group of juniors and seniors. These club members will be making this happen: David Koenig, Greg Carlson, Jean Wakely, Laurie Williams, Judy Brown-Wescott and Scott Richardson. Thank you for volunteering for this new initiative.

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
  • Washburn Chapman, Ahna Cole – South Africa
  • Woitalla, Jessica – Brazil.


Past Northfield Rotary Club meeting videos on YouTube

Coming Up

July 30Lori Pulkrabek, GSE Team 2014

August 6 — Steve Underdahl, President and CEO of Northfield Hospital, Classification (S. Richardson)

August 13 — Alyssa Herzog Melby, Executive Director Northfield Arts Guild, NAG’s New Start

August 20 — Chris Heineman, Northfield Director of Community Development, Classification (Rich)

Categories: Organizations

Rotary Cogwheel | 07.09.2015

Wed, 07/08/2015 - 7:46am

Today: State Senator Kevin Dahl (Anderson)

Birthdays: Candy Taylor (7/7)

Next Week: Nick Stoneman, President Shattuck St. Mary’s School (Cogan)

Orderly Transition:

Once again to our credit, we managed an orderly transition of power. John Ophaug

tested our listening skills by reviewing key facts shared this past year by our

outgoing president Matthew Rich. If you are scoring at home, the answers to the

questions are: Boston, T-shirt, Schmitz-Ophaug, New York Yankees, and free two-

week vacation.


Matthew thanked members for their active support during his term of office. He said

he learned the club does not run itself. It takes the committed effort of members

who step forward to lead projects and support projects to make the club successful.

He also said we have to continually look for opportunities, and he hopes we will

develop new partnerships and new initiatives in the years ahead.


Our new president, Russ Halverson, said in accepting both the club’s gavel and its

bully pulpit, he is stepping out of his comfort zone, but he predicts a great year

ahead. “We will help a lot of people,” he said.


Last Week:

Rachel Estrella fled the cultural confines of Savannah, Georgia to attend Carleton

College and never went back.

She graduated with a degree in English and went on to earn a law degree from

William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul. Her first legal job was as a law clerk for a

district judge in Worthington, Minn. and this is where her real education began. She

calls her work there both “fascinating and humbling.” She observed drug court, child

protection hearings and everything in between. She was awakened to the privileges

she has enjoyed and developed a new appreciation for parents who care about their

kids.

After two years, she took a job with Legal Aid in Dakota County and worked with

victims of domestic abuse. It was important work, but emotionally draining. Last fall,

she accepted a position with Dakota Law, a general law practice she finds less

stressful and more collaborative.

Rachel married a man she met in her first year at Carleton, Rafael Estrella, an art

instructor at Northfield Middle School. Both soccer players, they coach youth teams

in Northfield and follow World Cup soccer closely. Rachel also plays the violin and

volunteers at the Lewis House in Lakeville, a domestic violence shelter.

Born in Chicago and groomed to cheer for all of the Windy City’s sports teams, her

family moved to Savannah when she was quite young. Although she paints the

coastal region as beautiful, the southern culture made her feel like an actor in the

wrong play. For instance, she said, when they teach seventh graders about the Civil

War, it is characterized as the War of Northern Aggression. So much for nuance.

A summer writing program introduced her to Carleton and that made the difference.

One of her brothers followed her to Carleton, and she enjoyed their time together

here.

Rachel and Rafael live in Northfield. They see this as a longtime commitment. Her

Rotary membership is a portal to the kind of community involvement that will allow

her to give back to the community she calls home.


Mini-Classification:

Russ Halverson was born to be a land surveyor. His father was one; his grandfather

was one. Why fight it?

After growing up in Winona, Minn., he received his formal training at Metropolitan

State University in Denver. He came back to Minnesota and worked for a Faribault

firm, but was laid off. Best thing that ever happened to him, says Russ. It allowed

him the time to become involved in Rotary, a life-changing experience.

Both he and his wife have become active in youth exchange. They hosted two

students, and found they were missing something when they left. So after 18 years

of marriage, they decided to have a baby. Russ calls their son, Lucas, a Rotary baby.

After working on his own for several years, Russ is now working for Bolten & Menk,

Inc. in Burnsville, a company that supports his involvement in Rotary.


Guests: Olivia Claire Spencer (Zweifel), Leah Rich (M. Rich), Vivian Nystuen

(Kaczmarek), Daniel Knutson (Rich), Jen and Russ Dunn-Foster (Halverson)

Scholarship Enhancement: Wendy Sivanich

Announcements:

Our district has raised more than $1 million for Polio Plus, Charlie Cogan reported.

That million will be matched by the Gates Foundation to continue the work to

eradicate polio worldwide.

Jake Conway needs people to help with a Habitat for Humanity build Thursday, July

30. Everyone who can hold a fork is eligible.

Russ Halvorson reported that the car raffle is now open to sponsorships. Cost for a

sponsorship is $250 and for that you get your name on that Ford Focus to be raffled

off. If you’re interested in a sponsorship, please see Russ.

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
  • Washburn Chapman, Ahna Cole – South Africa
  • Woitalla, Jessica – Brazil.


Past Northfield Rotary Club meeting videos on YouTube

Coming Up

  • July 23 — Summer Social, 5:30 p.m., Estenson Event Center and Chris Kennelly Classification (Reese)
  • July 30 — Lori Pulkrabek, GSE Team 2014
  • August 6 — Steve Underdahl, President and CEO of Northfield Hospital, Classification (S. Richardson)
  • August 13 — Alyssa Herzog Melby, Executive Director Northfield Arts Guild, NAG’s New Start
Categories: Organizations

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