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Rotary Cogwheel | 07.21.2016

Thu, 07/21/2016 - 3:10pm

Today’s Program | Thursday, July 21, 2016

Today: Paul Niemisto, Vintage Band Festival (Stevens)

Birthdays: Jan Stevens (7/15), Duane Benson (7/21), Jayne Hager Dee and Linda Willgohs (7/22). 

Next Week: Northfield Y Tour (Kaczmarek)

Last Week:
The Defeat of Jesse James Days Ambassador Scholarship Program is not a beauty pageant. Julie Eddy, chair of the celebration event, is clear about that.

No swim suit competition, no talent contest, it is a program that revolves around education, leadership and volunteerism. Participants have the opportunity to learn new skills, learn the value of service, and discover a sense of personal empowerment.

This hasn’t always been the focus of the program. The first Miss Defeat of Jesse James Days was selected in 1948 because she sold the most celebration buttons. In 1953, it became a feeder to the Miss Minnesota and Miss America beauty pageants. In the 1970s, a young woman was selected with an eye for who would best promote the Defeat of Jesse James Days celebration. In 2013, the program changed its focus and began selecting three young people, an ambassadorial team, who would promote the community and the celebration and in return receive a learning opportunity and a $2,000 educational scholarship.

The program is open to young people 17 to 22. Each year six to 10 participate, Julie said. Sarah Spaulding, Vanessa Gonzalez and Devon Deanovic were selected ambassadors last August for 2016. Over the year, they represented Northfield and the celebration at 80 events. Their service ends when the new ambassadors are selected this August.

The girls described their experience as “life-changing.” All are in college now and say they have benefited from their experience. Their tour of duty has given them a window to a wider world. They have discovered new things about themselves and learned the benefit of connecting with people of all ages and providing service to others.

A Junior Ambassador program was initiated by the Dundas Jaycees in 1992. They regularly have 15 or so children age 6 to 8 participate.

Julie Eddy said Rotary can help DJJD by promoting the ambassador program and passing on service opportunities for the program.

Mini Classification:
Keith Covey grew up in Ames, Iowa. He moved to Northfield in 1964 and has lived at their current residence on St. Olaf Avenue for 50 years. He worked in Facilities Planning for Carleton College from 1973 to 2000. He joined Rotary in 1974. He chaired the Youth Exchange committee for nine years

Guests: Jeremy Behr (Estenson), Ramiz Allawala (Koenig), Gabby Estrada (V. Dilley), Rhonda Pownell and Bill Talen (Lasswell).

Scholarship Enhancement: Russ Halverson, a just reward for our past president.

Announcements:
Vicky Langer is still seeking volunteers for the Vintage Band Festival July 27-31. See her if you are interested in helping.

We will be partnering again with the Eagan Rotary Club and Northfield High School to host an Ethics Workshop for 40 to 50 high school students on Tuesday, Oct. 25, at Community Resource Bank. If you are interested in helping plan or participating in the all-day event, see David Koenig.

Elizabeth Child is seeking ideas for future programs. She is particularly interested in ideas for presentations by local private businesses or speakers who can present on topical issues of the day. Let her know if you have ideas.

Dave Brown reminded us that it is a new Rotary year and time for club members to consider contributing to the Paul Harris Foundation under the banner of “Every Rotarian Every Year.” We now have 78 Paul Harris Fellows in the club and would like to grow that number.  You can contribute when you pay your quarterly dues or donate online.

Vicki Dilley is looking for the country flags on metal poles that we use at Rotary events. They seem to have gone missing.

Our 2016-17 outbound students are:

Sage Brinton, Argentina

McKenna Dale, Brazil

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.

Incoming students are:
Daniel Chien from Taiwan

Emma Nielsen from Denmark

Nico Suarez Toloza from Colombia

Gyung Hwan Yoon from South Korea
Wanzita Masenza from Tanzania

Coming Up

August 4 — Wendy Sivanich, Classification

August 11 — Jim Barbour, (Reppmann)

August 18 — District Governor Jim Hunt (Halverson)

August 25 — Zach Pruitt, Northfield Promise (Kaczmarek)

Quote of the Week:
Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

— Nelson Mandela

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Rotary Cogwheel | 07.14.2016

Thu, 07/14/2016 - 8:46am

Today’s Program | Thursday, July 14, 2016

Today: Julie Eddy, Defeat of Jesse James Days Scholarship Program (Covey)

Birthdays: Nancy Amerman and Kari Nelson (7/12)

Next Week: Paul Niemisto, Vintage Band Festival (Stevens)

Last Week:
There is truth in the old adage that we learn to read so we can read to learn. Research suggests reading proficiency at third grade is the most reliable predictor of a child’s future high school success. 

Ben Flannery, MD, a pediatrician with Northfield Hospital & Clinics, is a believer. He is now promoting reading and literacy to parents at well-child checks. He considers it a health and wellness issue, right up there with sleep, healthy diets, safety and dental care.

The clinic has joined with Northfield Promise, a Healthy Community Initiative-inspired effort to provide kids with the tools they need to succeed, to use a program called “1,2,3… Read With Me.” It was conceived by CC Linstroth, a local retired teacher and reading specialist. The idea is that every family that visits Northfield’s FamilyHealth Medical Clinic for a well-child check will leave with a free book, a sticker with suggestions for how to best share a book with children and a pep talk about the importance of reading.

Even children as young as four months can benefit from a reading session with an adult, Dr. Flannery said. It helps lay down optimal patterns for brain development and has the associated benefit of creating an important bond between parent and child. For those for whom English is not their native language, reading to a child in Spanish or another language has benefit, too, Dr. Flannery said.

In his introduction of our speakers, Chris Weber said Rotary’s literacy project supports what Dr. Flannery and the clinic are doing. We have helped facilitate the placement of book collection boxes at four elementary schools and the Northfield Community Resource Center and the placement of distribution shelves at several locations around town.

Mini Classification:
Chris Weber was born and raised in Illinois. He met his wife, Deanne, at St. Olaf College. They moved to Northfield in 1999 and now have two children, a daughter who is active in music and tennis, and a son who is into basketball, golf, cello, reading and video games. Chris is an investment advisor with Cetera and leads the club’s literacy initiative.

New Member:

Andre Sivanich was formally inducted into the club. His sponsor, Jim Holden, remembers coaching Andre’s high school tennis team. He said Andre was a four-year starter, played doubles and served as a captain. He also organized the memorial for Tom Cieslukowski, a former teammate who died in 2012.

 Guests: Doris Welke (Prowe)

Scholarship Enhancement: Nate Heilman

Announcements:
The new password to access the Members Area of the Rotary Club website is lasswell, the last name of our new president, no caps.

On Thursday, July 28, we will meet at the Northfield Y for a bag lunch and tour of the Y. Northfield United Methodist Church is having vacation Bible school in this space that week.

Elizabeth Child is seeking ideas for future programs. She is particularly interested in ideas for presentations by local private businesses or speakers who can present on topical issues of the day. Let her know if you have ideas.

Our 2016-17 outbound students are:

Sage Brinton, Argentina

McKenna Dale, Brazil

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.

Incoming students are:
Daniel Chien from Taiwan

Emma Nielsen from Denmark

Nico Suarez Toloza from Colombia

Gyung Hwan Yoon from South Korea

Wanzita Masenza from Tanzania

Coming Up

July 28 — Northfield Y tour (Lasswell)

August 4 — Wendy Sivanich, Classification

August 11 — Jim Barbour, (Reppmann)

August 18 — District Governor Jim Hunt (Halverson)


Past Northfield Rotary Club meeting videos on YouTube

Quote of the Week:
Let us develop respect for all living things. Let us try to replace violence and intolerance with understanding and compassion. And love.
— Jane Goodall

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Rotary Cogwheel | 07.07.2016

Wed, 07/06/2016 - 12:15pm

Today’s Program | Thursday, July 7, 2016

Today: Ben Flannery, MD, and CC Linstroth, 1,2 3 Read With Me (Weber)

Birthdays: Dayna Norvold (7/5) and Candy Taylor (7/7)

Next Week: Julie Eddy, Defeat of Jesse James Days Scholarship Program (Covey)

Last Week:
During his 38 years as a prosecuting attorney, St. Paul’s Al Zradzil has seen his share of domestic abuse cases. One in four women will be victimized at some point in her life. Men are victims, too.

Domestic violence is chronic and progressive, Al said, and cuts across all socio-economic lines. It encompasses much more than physical abuse. It also includes verbal abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, isolation, intimidation and surveillance. It is ultimately about power and control.

In most cases, a victim makes seven attempts to leave an abusive relationship before succeeding, Al said. Financial stability is at the heart of their calculus.

“They should not have to choose between financial ruin and physical survival,” he said.

Al calls on businesses to be more intentional in their support of victims of domestic violence. The workplace is their lifeline. It is a refuge for victims, safer than home, out of the reach of their abuser. Yet, their depression, anxiety or PTSD can affect their work, and they do not want to lose their jobs.

He suggests businesses adopt policies that speak to this issue. At a minimum, he recommends businesses have a list of supportive resources available for employees. He also encourages employers to give time off for court appearances, therapy appointments and time to heal. Modest financial support while a victim of abuse makes a necessary transition is helpful, too.

“It is not a total solution, but one way for Rotarians to reduce domestic violence,” Al said.

For more information, go to the Rotary District 5960 web site (www.5960.org), click on Programs and then Domestic Violence.

Mini Classification:
Bruce Morlan did the math and concludes that our consumption of 300 million years worth of carbon deposits over a mere 300 years is causing global warming, a dangerous experiment in need of a remedy.

Presidential Tribute:
Russ Halverson’s service as president this past year was acknowledged with a rousing chorus of “For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow.” Russ thanked board members for their support this past year. He noted that during 2015-16, the club raised $60,000 and contributed funds to international projects, local projects and scholarships.

“We are changing the world through our gifts of time and talent,” he said.

Michelle Lasswell is our new president. Serving with her on the board are: Jean Wakely, Vice President and President-Elect; David Wolf, Treasurer; Erin Bailey, Secretary; Todd Thompson, International Service; Scott Richardson, Club Service; Chris Heineman, Community Service; Jacob Conway, Vocational Service; Barry Carlson, Communications, Public Service; Brad Frago, Youth Protection Officer; and Russ Halverson, Past President.

Paul Harris Fellowships
Erica Zweifel and Vicky Langer were presented with their Paul Harris Fellowships last week. That brings the number of members who are fellows to 74, almost half the club. Both said they were inspired by Rotary’s mission and projects and the projects it undertakes.

A Fond Farewell:
It was Nicole’s last meeting with his before her return to Paraguay. She treated us to a turn on her violin, accompanied by Richard Collman on piano. Judy Brown-Wescott said Nicole is an outstanding young woman, who will be missed. There is a ray of hope, however. She did tour St. Olaf College and there is a chance, a chance, she might think about applying there for college. Good luck, Nicole. You were a delight.

Guests: Tessa Heineman (Heineman), Dan, Mary and Maggie Magnuson and Kathleen and Sage Brinton (Nicole); Nikko and friend (Frago).

Scholarship Enhancement: Jean Wakely, party on Jean.

Announcements:
On Thursday, July 28, we will meet at the Northfield Y for a bag lunch and tour of the Y. Northfield United Methodist Church is having vacation Bible school in this space that week.

Our 2016-17 outbound students are:

Sage Brinton, Argentina

McKenna Dale, Brazil

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.

Incoming students are:
Daniel Chien from Taiwan

Emma Nielsen from Denmark

Nico Suarez Toloza from Colombia

Gyung Hwan Yoon from South Korea

Wanzita Masenza from Tanzania


Past Northfield Rotary Club meeting videos on YouTube

Coming Up

July 21 — Paul Niemisto, Vintage Band Festival (Stevens)

July 28 — District Governor Jim Hunt (Lasswell)

August 4 — Wendy Sivanich, Classification

August 11 — Jim Barbour, (Reppmann)

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Rotary Cogwheel | 06.30.2016

Tue, 06/28/2016 - 4:38pm

Today’s Program | Thursday, June 30, 2016

Today: Al Zdrazil, Domestic Violence in the Workplace

Birthdays: Richard Collman (6/26), Karen Allawala (6/27) and Scott Richardson (7/1).

Next Week: Ben Flannery, MD, and CC Linstroth, 1,2 3 Read With Me (Spethmann)
Praying for an orderly transition of power.

Last Week:
Next summer, the Cannon Falls Rotary Club will invite church youth mission groups from across the country to come to Cannon Falls to participate in the Service Above Self Home Repair Project. They envision 350 to 450 youth coming to town during a week in June to work on 60 to 80 homes in the larger Cannon Falls area.

Joe Coyle, a Cannon Falls Rotarian and a veteran of four church mission trips, said the communities he’s worked in are no different than Cannon Falls. There are homes occupied by low-income, elderly and disabled people that could use everything from exterior and interior painting and porch repair to construction of wheel-chair ramps.

“There are elderly, low-income and disabled people who need a little bit of help to make their housing nicer,” Joe said. It led him and others to consider inviting church mission groups to Cannon Falls.

Cannon Falls Rotarians are working with Group Mission Trips out of Colorado to find the youth mission groups. The mission groups will be housed at Cannon Falls High School, with local youth and businesses helping with hospitality.

Cannon Falls Rotary will identify the homes in need of improvement, secure resident cooperation and provide the materials. Joe said the mutual benefit for the homeowners and the youth will be emphasized rather than the act of charity.

A typical house crew will be comprised of five youth and one adult. There will be ongoing supervision by people with home repair experience.

The project is expected to cost $19,000. Joe said with the help of a Rotary District grant and other donations the project is doable.

For more information, contact Joe at 612-986-6572.

Mini Classification:
Yogi told several stories about serendipitous Rotary connections.

Special Presentation:

A check for $10,000 was presented to Peggy Prowe, who was representing Mill Towns Trail. The money was raised at our annual Defeat of Jesse James Bike Tour. Peggy said the funds will be used for the missing link between Northfield and Cannon Falls.

Guests: Gerry Gengenbach (Pederson), Carol Gengenbach (Prowe), Sandy Gerdes (Hager-Dee), Kevin Scripp (Child), Steve Soderlind (Yogi), Monique and Margaret Ludwig, Nicole’s host Mom (Nicole).

Scholarship Enhancement:  Jan Stevens. The announcement was vintage music to her ears.

Announcements:
Vicky Langer is still in need of two host families for the coming years. Talk to her if you have ideas.

The Vintage Band Festival is in need of volunteers for the four-day musical extravaganza July 28-31. Sign up in the lobby today.

The Rotary Outdoor Musical Plaza (ROMP) is starting to take shape at Way Park. Barry Carlson is monitoring the progress and will put out a call soon for some volunteer labor. He thanked Rick Estenson for donating some decorative rock for the project, which saves us some $1,500.

This Just In:
Rebecca Langer, daughter of Vicky and Greg Langer, is participating in a pilot program to bring lights and AC power to 40 homes in the village of Dhapchung, Nepal

Working with the nonprofit company Grid Alternatives, Rebecca She is helping install a battery-based PV micro grid system for people who still use kerosene lamps. If you would like more information about Rebecca or the cause visit:  donate.gridalternatives.org.

Our 2016-17 outbound students are:

Sage Brinton, Argentina

McKenna Dale, Brazil

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.

Incoming students are:
Daniel Chien from Taiwan

Emma Nielsen from Denmark

Nico Suarez Toloza from Colombia

Gyung Hwan Yoon from South Korea
Wanzita Masenza from Tanzania


Past Northfield Rotary Club meeting videos on YouTube

Coming Up

July 14 — Julie Eddy, Defeat of Jesse James Days Scholarship Program (Covey)

July 21 — Paul Niemisto, Vintage Band Festival (Stevens)

July 28 — District Governor Jim Hunt (Lasswell)

August 4 — Wendy Sivanich, Classification

Quote of the Week:
“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten we belong to each other.”

— Mother Teresa

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