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Rotary Cogwheel | 07.02.2015

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 9:19am

Today: Rachel Estrella, Classification, and Changing of the Guard (Halverson)

Birthdays: Scott Richardson (7/1), USA (July 4) and Dayna Norvold (7/5)

Next Week: State Senator Kevin Dahl (Anderson)

Last Week:

St. Olaf College student Leonard Francis Vibbi was born and raised during the Sierra Leone Civil War. He grew up surrounded by violence and fled with his single-parent family from town-to-town to escape it. By the time the war ended in 2002, after a decade of death and destruction, more than 50,000 lives were lost and 2.5 million people were displaced from their homes.

Sierra Leone Rebels forcefully recruited many children to fight in the war.

The legacy of that war was violence, Leonard noted.  It became part of everyday life in Sierra Leone. College campuses there continue to experience periods of violence as even minor disagreements can lead to physical conflicts.

Leonard believes he has an obligation to help spread the message of nonviolence in his country and has dedicated himself to that mission. He has started a GoFundMe campaign to purchase equipment to create an FM radio station, Students for Nonviolence FM (S4N-FM), which will broadcast across college campuses in Sierra Leone. FM radio is one of the most popular means of mass communication in Sierra Leone, and Leonard wants to use creativity, innovative programming, and music to help advocate for nonviolence and non-violent approaches to conflict resolution.

Leonard still needs to raise about $41,000 to cover start-up costs for the station. He has received some financial support from the Northfield community and local churches and invites anyone with interest to join him by making a gift.

His GoFundMe page can found at http://www.gofundme.com/students4nonviolen

Leonard has been long been committed to serving his native country. In the past, he has worked with several charitable groups that deliver aid to Sierra Leone, including the Save the Future Generation organization that provides help to disabled children.

Mini-Classification: Chris Weber grew up in Evanston, Ill., and attended St. Olaf College, where he met his wife of 23 years, Deanne.  Together they have a daughter Anna, 14, who loves music and recently performed with the Northfield Youth Choir at Carnegie Hall.  She also plays in the band and is on the tennis team. Son Thomas is 10 and enjoys all kinds of sports, especially basketball, tennis and golf.  He also plays the cello and alto sax.  An investment executive at Cetera Investment Services, Chris is active at St. John’s Lutheran Church and also enjoys mowing, golfing and running in his spare time, as well as cheering on the Chicago Blackhawks, Cubs, and occasionally, the Twins.

New Member Induction:  Kathy Jasnoch (Kaczmarek)

Guests:  Claire Spencer (Zweifel) and Leah Rich (M. Rich)

Scholarship Enhancement:  John Sinning

Announcements:

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.

Matthew Rich is looking for a few more volunteers to help with the ethics workshop project. Contact him if you are interested.

The Rotary Summer Social will be Thursday, July 23, 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Estenson Event Center. There will be a happy hour at 5:30 p.m., catered meal at 6:30 p.m. followed by a club meeting. We will celebrate Matthew’s year of masterful executive leadership and welcome Russ Halverson in as our next fearless leader.

The Bike Tour Committee is inviting businesses and individuals to sponsor the 2015 Defeat of Jesse James Bike Tour. If you are interested, contact Dale Ness.

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, AhnaCole – South Africa
  • Woitalla, Jessica – Brazil.


Past Northfield Rotary Club meeting videos on YouTube

Coming Up

July 16 — Nick Stoneman, President Shattuck St. Mary’s School (Cogan)
July 23 — Summer Social, 5:30 p.m., Estenson Event Center and Chris Kennelly Classification (Reese)
July 30Lori Pulkrabek, GSE Team 2014

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Rotary Cogwheel | 06.25.2015

Tue, 06/23/2015 - 9:59am

Today: Leonard Francis Vibbi, Sierra Leone Project (Weber)

Birthdays: John Sinning (6/22) and Richard Collman (6/26).

Next Week: Rachel Estrella, Classification, and Changing of the Guard (Halverson)

Last Week:

It was destiny. When Nick Hagenmiller graduated high school, he was introduced as the future city administrator of Northfield. It didn’t take him all that long to get here.

At 30, Nick is a young and highly accomplished city administrator. In fact, he already has 20 years of management experience under his belt. Nick started a lawn service when he was 10 years old; within two years, he had 50 accounts, two employees (with drivers’ licenses) and an accountant to do payroll. He sold the business when he was 14. His next career move: Ace Hardware in St. Peter, Nick’s hometown, plus a seat on the executive board of the St. Peter Chamber of Commerce.

Nick worked at Ace for nine years, eventually balancing his college schedule with shifts at the store. That retail environment taught him accountability, customer service, soft skills and how to communicate with people.

“I liked the ‘fix it’ mentality,” Nick says. “That spirit carries forward into my life as a city administrator, balancing projects, issues, places and people – and fitting all the pieces together.”

The 1998 tornado that devastated St. Peter was an unlikely career inspiration. Nick admired how City Administrator Todd Prafke, staff and leaders put St. Peter back together. Two weeks after the storm, Nick walked unannounced into the office of Prafke, who made time for him that day – and once a week to mentor him, until Nick went off to college.

Nick’s first civic management job was Community Development Director for the city of Montevideo . . . much to his wife Vicki’s dismay. Nick helped Montevideo add jobs (no small feat during the recession), increase participation in city transit service by 70 percent, and increase public participation in local government.

In 2012, Nick became city administrator of Howard Lake, where he leveraged a $2,000 grant into $500,000 in activities to reinvigorate the downtown; started a housing and marketing program that sparked growth in housing and industrial development; increased transit use; and crafted a strategic plan for the city and right-sized its government . . . all in just two years. “It shows what can be done with unified city government,” he says.

His goals for Northfield? Improve organization for efficient services; nurture interdepartmental “mesh” among veteran department leaders and newer colleagues; enhance communication; and acknowledge the project-rich environment of Northfield.

“Finding, prioritizing and getting projects done in a meaningful manner is a challenge, and very exciting,” Nick says.

On his list: the library expansion – “one of the most rewarding projects I’ve worked on” – the skateboard park and the musical playground at Way Park, where Rotary support has been key; regional parks and trails; and Woodley Street, where City Council has “done a great job navigating an incredibly complex project.”

Nick doesn’t shy away from complex situations, or the intense citizen participation in Northfield.

“Northfield is a better, more beautiful community because of the conflict that happens here,” Nick said. “Northfield’s greatest asset is its people. Northfield’s bench is deeper and more complete than many cities’ starting lineup.”

Nick’s long-term career goal?

“My goal in Northfield is to last. I want to retire from here,” he said.

Just not too soon, okay, Nick?


Mini-Classification: Erica Zweifel described a hobby that has taken over her summers, and her screen porch. Zweifel’s family collects caterpillars from their yard – and lately, caterpillar eggs before parasitic wasps get to them – and hatches monarch butterflies in the full open space of their screen porch. Erica recently learned that this hobby is called “monarch midwifery.” Yes, that’s a thing.


New Member Inductions: Wendy Sivanich (Estenson) and Steve Underdahl (S. Richardson).


Guests: Claire Spencer (Zweifel), Duda Pixonon (V. Dilley), Fred Bursch (Estenson), Matt Christensen (Gleason) and Steve Wilmot.

Scholarship Enhancement: Steve Wilmot

Announcements:
— Jake Conway asked for 4-8 more volunteers for a Habitat for Humanity project day July 30. Contact Jake if you’d like to help.

— Alan Anderson gave details on upcoming Climate Change lobbying efforts, and encouraged members to call legislators in support.

— Russ Halvorson reported on his experience at the worldwide conference in Sao Paolo, where he picked up many ideas and inspiration. He said the best part was being in the auditorium with 14,000 Rotarians, all with the same focus: to serve others.

— The car raffle returns this year, with plans to sell 2,500 tickets at $20 each. Grand prize is a Ford Focus. Smaller prizes will be gift cards for gas and groceries. Raffle will launch in mid-July and end in September.

Matthew Rich presented Peggy Prowe with a $7,000 club donation for Mill Towns Trail. Peggy suggested handing it directly to Nick Hagenmiller as the city works on funding the East Side River Trail.

— The Rotary Summer Social will be Thursday, July 23, 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Estenson Event Center. There will be a happy hour at 5:30 p.m., catered meal at 6:30 p.m. followed by a club meeting. We will celebrate Matthew’s year of masterful executive leadership and welcome Russ Halverson in as our next fearless leader.

— Dale Ness said the Bike Tour Committee will soon be inviting businesses and individuals to sponsor the 2015 Defeat of Jesse James Bike Tour. Invitations will go out soon.

  • 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, AhnaCole – South Africa
  • Woitalla, Jessica – Brazil.


Past Northfield Rotary Club meeting videos on YouTube

Coming Up

July 9 — State Senator Kevin Dahle (Anderson)

July 16 — Nick Stoneman, President Shattuck St. Mary’s School (Cogan)

July 23 — Summer Social, 5:30 p.m., Estenson Event Center and Chris Kennelly Classification (Reese)

July 30Lori Pulkrabek, GSE Team 2014

Categories: Organizations

Rotary Cogwheel | 06.18.2015

Tue, 06/16/2015 - 10:04pm

Today: Nick Haggenmiller, Northfield City Administrator (Zweifel)

Birthdays: Bob Kuyper (6/15) and David Koenig (6/21) 

Next Week: Leonard Francis Vibbi, Sierra Leone Project (Weber)

Fond Farewell: We bid a fond farewell to three of our four inbound exchange students who were attending their last meeting with us. Philipy, Marcelo and Giulia are heading home soon. Lydia will be with us for a couple of more weeks. Vicki Dilley said these are outstanding students who took the program seriously and were extremely easy to work with. As Marcelo put it, this is not goodbye, more like “see you later.”

Last Week:
No one has written the “great American hockey novel,” David Wee said with a knowing smile. But there are some 400 books published each year on baseball.

That is just one measure of the hold baseball has on our culture, our language, our lore and, for those who count themselves among avid baseball fans, our psyches.

David is a retired St. Olaf College English professor. For 30 years, he taught a course on baseball literature. None of his colleagues seemed to care, he said, that he taught Victorian literature, but they envied his opportunity to teach a course on our national pastime.

He used several stories to illustrate how the game has imbedded itself in the American culture. For instance, his grandfather, a stern Norwegian pastor and seminary professor who taught the Old Testament and Hebrew, canceled classes on fall afternoons so he could listen to the World Series on the radio. He spoke of a 10-year old girl who had an encyclopedic memory for baseball facts and figures. When asked how she acquired her knowledge, she said: “I have books at home and I read them.” He read a piece by Edith Hamilton published by Newsweek in 2000 that spoke to the “ageless pageantry of baseball” and how a small town’s affection for the game revived the spirits of a former minor league baseball player, her father.

Baseball nicknames roll effortlessly off our tongues: “The Clipper” Joe Dimaggio, “Moose” Skowron, “Say Hey” Willie Mays, Virgil “Fire” Trucks, “Pee Wee” Reese. The coded language of the game, such as a Lady Godiva (a pitch with nothing on it), an ancient mariner (a poor-fielding shortstop), a Linda Ronstadt (a fast ball that “Blue Bayou”) illustrates the interplay between culture and baseball.

Numbers are central to the cult of baseball. David said his family teases how telling it is that the biggest book in an English professor’s library is “Total Baseball,” a statistical encyclopedia of all things baseball.

So, test your knowledge. Look up the significance of the numbers 755, .406 and 511. Do your own work or you will be out at first.

(Editor’s Note: For one of the best baseball anthems, rich with religious metaphor, check out Sister Wyonna Carr’s “Life Is A Ball Game” on YouTube.


Mini-Classification:
Scott Richardson announced he is retiring July 1 after 16 years as Director for Community Relations at Northfield Hospital & Clinics. He said it was a rewarding experience being part of building the new hospital, launching a clinic network and expanding the range of specialty services available locally. It was largely indoor work, and for that, he said, he is grateful.


Guests: Scott Nesbitt (Holden); Deanne Weber, Grant Eustice, St. Olaf Piper Center, and Corey Ruder (Weber); Pat Lamb (Prowe); Jen and Russ from Owatonna (L. Dilley).

Scholarship Enhancement: Candy Taylor

Memorial Service: Peggy Prowe’s husband, Dietheim Prowe, will be remembered Friday, June 19, with a memorial service at 9:30 a.m. at Skinner Memorial Chapel at Carleton College. A long-time Carleton College professor, Dieter died March 7.

Announcements:
— President Rich announced a board decision not to offer a “shared membership” to businesses at this time. It had been suggested as a means of getting more people involved in the club. As an alternative, in July each member will receive two tickets and be encouraged to invite friends and community members to a meeting.

— The board also gave conditional approval to bringing the Eagan Rotary Club’s ethics workshop to Northfield High School in the fall. We still need approval from the high school administration. If you are interested in working on this project, see President Rich.


— The Rotary Summer Social will be Thursday, July 23, 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Estenson Event Center. There will be a happy hour at 5:30 p.m., catered meal at 6:30 p.m. followed by a club meeting. We will celebrate Matthew’s year of masterful executive leadership and welcome Russ Halverson in as our next fearless leader.

— Dale Ness said the Bike Tour Committee will soon be inviting businesses and individuals to sponsor the 2015 Defeat of Jesse James Bike Tour. Invitations will go out soon.

— Jake Conway needs some helping hands on a Habitat for Humanity project Monday, July 13, and Thursday, July 30, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. See Jake if you can help.

— President Rich shared a thank you note from Leslie Rodriguez-Vazquez, one of our outbound exchange students, for the $3,000 scholarship we gave her for her exchange year. She said she is grateful for our support and is certain the experience will change her life.

— Our musical director, Richard Collman, invited us to attend any of the seven performances offered by the Ninth Annual Northfield Noontime Organ Recitals this summer. They begin July 1 and are scheduled every Wednesday through August 12 at different locations in Northfield.

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, AhnaCole – South Africa
  • Woitalla, Jessica – Brazil.


Past Northfield Rotary Club meeting videos on YouTube

Coming Up

July 2 — Rachel Estrella, Classification, and Changing of the Guard. (Halverson)

July 9 — State Senator Kevin Dahl (Anderson)

July 16 — Nick Stoneman, President Shattuck St. Mary’s School (Cogan)

July 23 — Summer Social, 5:30 p.m., Estenson Event Center.

Categories: Organizations

Rotary Coghweel | 06.11.2015

Wed, 06/10/2015 - 2:13pm

Today: David Wee, All Things Baseball (S. Richardson)

Birthdays: Rotarians around the globe.

Next Week: Nick Haggenmiller, Northfield City Administrator (Zweifel)

Last Week:

Representatives of the Eagan Rotary Club would like us to consider offering an ethics workshop to select juniors and seniors at Northfield High School.

Tom Wilson, retired Eagan High School principal, and Bill Lindberg, former Northfielder and member of the Eagan club, said their club developed this initiative 21 years ago and has shared it with some 30 schools across Minnesota.

They use a curriculum developed by University of St. Thomas business faculty to introduce student leaders to ethical thinking and ethical decision-making. Tom said it is delivered in the spirit of Rotary’s four-way test.

“That four-way test is what we teach, what we preach and what we help the kids understand,” he said.

The workshop consists of lectures, videos and discussion. But the real learning happens when the students are assigned corporate roles in fictional businesses and asked to wrestle with real-world ethical dilemmas. The kids give it an approval rating of 90 percent.

Bill and Tom are suggesting we schedule for the fall and deliver to between 36 and 48 juniors and seniors. The cost is roughly $1,500. It is important to have a champion of the project in the club to ensure success. Many schools do a workshop every year.

“If leaders lead ethically, others will follow,” Tom said.


Mini-Classification:

Vicki Dilley will soon become the director of Project Zawadi, a nonprofit that supports education of vulnerable children in Tanzania. It is a nonprofit associated with Access 2 Tanzania, a tour business she has worked for over the past two and a half years. Good luck, Vicki. 


Guests: Bruce Hall (Lasswell), Evan Dilley and Eduarda “Duda” Peixoto (V. Dilley)

Scholarship Enhancement: Vicki Langer

Announcements:

— Russ Halverson, our club president-elect, is in Sao Paulo, Brazil attending Rotary International’s annual conference.

— Vicki Langer is looking for correspondents for our 18 outbound students. If you are interested, talk to her.

— Bruce Hall, a member of a Rotary Club in Iloilo City, Philippines and a cousin to our own Brad Frago, thanked the club for donations that helped with recovery efforts following a typhoon in 2013.

— President Rich is seeking input on the idea of offering a “business club membership.” This would allow firms to spread participation among several representatives. There is some precedent for this in Rotary clubs, but not many, he said.

— Reginaldo Haslett-Marroquin announced that a permanent Guatemalan counsel will be opening in St. Paul soon. It will serve 20,000 Guatemalans now living in Minnesota and those living in Wisconsin, Iowa and the Dakotas.

— District 5960 Rotary Friendship Exchange is happy to announce an exchange to Nagpur India from January 9-20, 2016. You can find additional information on the www.rotary5960.org website under program – Friendship exchange. Applications are due October 1, 2015.

For more information, contact Cheryl Kohout at
Cheryl.hohout23@gmail.com

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


Past Northfield Rotary Club meeting videos on YouTube

Coming Up

June 25 — Leonard Francis Vibbi, Sierra Leone Project (Weber)

July 2 — Rachel Estrella, Classification, and Changing of the Guard. (Halverson)

July 9 — State Senator Kevin Dahle (Anderson)

July 16 — Nick Stoneman, President Shattuck St. Mary’s School (Cogan)

Categories: Organizations

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