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Rotary Cogwheel | 08.25.2016

Wed, 08/24/2016 - 7:49pm

Today’s Program | Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016

Today: Joel Wagar, Mill Towns Trails (Prowe)

Birthdays: Craig Ellingboe (8/22)

Next Week: Earl Weinmann, SCOPE Program (Lawlor)

Last Week:
Jim Hunt is our District #4 Governor. He worked in Prairie du Chein prior to moving to White Bear Lake. He’s held a number of positions for his local club and served in various project leadership roles. He led a GSE trip, made seven international trips for Rotary projects and attended three International conventions.

His talked about shared values of Rotarians. The Four-Way Test reflects the values that Rotarians affirm at every local meeting. They reflect the core values of International Rotary: fellowship, learning, leadership, friendship, service, integrity and diversity. He described how these values line up for him pointing out fellow Rotarians always have a basis for conversations with each other. He had us pair up and talk about our individual values with each other. He pointed out that our communities see the outcomes of what we do. He encouraged us to make Rotary as visible as possible and to recruit and inform others.

Polio Plus continues to be the strategic imperative; membership is the operational imperative. Rotary membership has slightly declined in recent years.  We aren’t as attractive to millennials as we were to previous generations. We need to design ways to encourage their participation, he said.

He discussed the role of the Rotary Foundation that is currently valued at $1billion. It effectively and efficiently grants funds for projects. The Foundation is noteworthy in that it uses .925 of every donated dollar to fund projects.

He invited us to thank or invite someone in the community with a note card he provided. He also reminded us that Amazon.smile.com will donate to the Foundation with each of our purchases.

Mini-Classification: Russ was born in Edina, MN, and grew up in Winona. He attended the University of Colorado in Denver where he majored in land surveying.  He owned his own business for six years followed by employment in a land surveying business.

Guests:
Five of our exchange students have arrived. They are: Nicolas Suarez from Columbia; Matteo Lombardo, Italy; Wanzita Ally, Tanzania; Daniel Chien, Taiwan; and Eric Kwun, South Korea. A number of host parents attended in addition to Hayes Scriven from the Northfield Historical Society.

Scholarship Enhancement: John Stull

Announcements:
Chris Weber heard from our Global Grant Scholar from Nepal. He has completed his Masters and will move on to a PhD program in Public Health.

Jim Hunt, District Governor, gave an award to the club for its work on Literacy.  Chris Weber accepted the award.

Alyssa Herzog Melby noted that the Northfield Arts Guild will host “Artists and Ale on August 27.

Jean Wakely encouraged Rotarians to sign up for volunteer posts at the Jesse James Day Bike Tour.

Michelle Lasswell thanked Russ Halvorson and Jean Wakely for filling in for her while she was on vacation.

Michelle noted that Tim Madigan and Virginia Kaczmarek were in the “Northfield News.” She encouraged everyone to consider attending the International Convention in 2017 June 10-17  in Atlanta, GA

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.


Past Northfield Rotary Club meeting videos on YouTube

Coming Up

September 8 — Bike Tour Volunteers

September 15 — ENT Gerard O’Halloran, MD, “What I Wish My Patients Knew” (Spethmann)

September 22 — Patrick Donahue, James J. Hill Center (K. Hargis)

September 29 — Joe Wakely, Clean Drinking Water in Guatemala (Halverson)

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Rotary Cogwheel | 08.18.2016

Wed, 08/17/2016 - 10:03am

Today’s Program | Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016

Today: District Governor Jim Hunt (Halverson)

Birthdays: Leo Lawlor (8/15), Tim Madigan (8/16) and Richard Schulte (8/20).

Next Week: Joel Wagar, Mill Towns Trails (Prowe)

Last Week:

John Barbour, St. Olaf College Religion professor, treasures the personal diaries of his parents, Deane and Ian Barbour, which chronicle their 1948 work camp experience in Germany. The rest of us now have a chance to appreciate them as well, with the publication of “Toiling with the Defeated: 1948, US Diaries from the Ruins of WWII in Hamburg and Munster.”

John read a selection of beautifully written excerpts from the book, recounting camp details and impressions from his young, newly-married parents. They had joined thousands of other American, Dutch, and German students at the work camps, three years after the end of World War II. Students at the camps cleared rubble from bombed buildings, and sought understanding of and reconciliation with those who had been their enemies during the war. The 150 work camps in Germany and Europe were organized by Christian student organizations like the YMCA, Congregational Christian Service Committee and American Friends Service Committee.

John noted that while Ian provided rich factual information of post-war German life in his diaries, Deane wrote powerfully of moments and encounters that led her to ethical and religious reflection.

As college students, Deane studied theology and Ian theology and physics. Ian spent more than 30 years teaching at Carleton College and is widely credited with creating the contemporary field of science and religion and in 1999, was awarded the prestigious Templeton Prize. Deane died in 2011, Ian in 2013.

Copies of “Toiling with the Defeated” are available via Print on Demand at www.LuLu.com, or by contacting Yogi Reppmann (yogireppmann@gmail.com).

Mini-Classification:
Yogi Reppmann used his mini-classification talk to recount the many connections that led him to the diaries of Deane and Ian Barbour. He met John Barbour for the first time at Ian’s funeral and John shared the diaries with Yogi, who would go on to become an enthusiastic supporter (and eventual co-editor) for the publication of “Toiling with the Defeated.”

Guests: A contingent of visitors hosted by Yogi, Nalongue Cogan (Stevens), Josie Dunn-Foster (Jen Dunn-Foster)

Scholarship Enhancement: Richard Maus

Announcements:
Jean Wakely noted an upcoming Rotary service opportunity – the West Africa Project Fair, October 18-26, 2016, in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, which includes polio and eradication activities.  For more information visit the Howard Tours website at www.howardtours.net

Signup sheets for Bike Tour volunteers will be available each week at our Rotary meeting so you can easily volunteer to help.

Virginia Kaczmarek reminded everyone who hasn’t already completed the YMCA’s Community Needs Assessment Survey to please do so by Tuesday, Aug. 30. The short online survey is available from the northfieldymca.org website. Results will be shared with other Northfield organizations to help identify program and service needs not current addressed in the community.

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

September 1 — Earl Weinmann, SCOPE Program (Lawlor)

September 8 — Bike Tour Volunteers

September 15 — ENT Gerard O’Halloran, MD, “What I Wish My Patients Knew” (Spethmann)

September 22 — Patrick Donahue, James J. Hill Center (K. Hargis)

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 | 08.11.2016

Wed, 08/10/2016 - 9:08pm

Today’s Program | Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016

Today: Jim Barbour, Diaries of Deane and Ian Barbour about 1948 work camp experience (Reppmann)

Birthdays: Elizabeth Child (8/8)

Next Week: District Governor Jim Hunt (Halverson)

Last Week:
We already knew that Rotarian Wendy Sivanich is physically strong since she is an award winning weight lifter. From her classification talk we learned that Wendy is emotionally strong as well.

Born in Bloomington, Minnesota, she grew up with multiple childhood challenges and yet emerged intact. Her parents divorced and she moved from Bloomington to Jordan, to Eden Prairie, to Excelsior and finally to Savage where she spent her high school years. Wendy’s experience with her blended families also had its challenges. Wendy was amazingly open about these experiences in her talk.

Wendy credits her camping experience at YMCA Camp Menogyn with helping her become more confident. She became interested in volleyball and enjoyed her experience at Burnsville High School, later enrolling at the University of St. Thomas, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in accounting in 1996.

Accounting and bookkeeping became Wendy’s vocation and a more organized person is hard to find. She has built her own bookkeeping consulting business and currently works as Payroll Specialist and Bookkeeper for Goodney & Associates, PA, Certified Public Accountants here in Northfield.

Wendy has been a longtime supporter of the Northfield Youth Choirs where she has served as Operations Manager. She currently serves as Treasurer of the Board for the Northfield Fine Arts Boosters.

Wendy is married to Rotarian Andrei Sivanich. They have two daughters, Katie and Maggie.

Mini-Classification:
Having provided two recent updates at club meetings, Rick Estenson elected to give an abbreviated mini-classification talk. Rick never brags about his commitment and service to our club, but we members do appreciate all that he does, including serving the District level youth exchange program, frequently hosting events at the Estenson Event Center, finding excellent new club members and volunteering in so many other ways. Thank you, Rick!

Guests: Wendy Jessen of Northfield Plumbing and Brent Nystrom of Rebound Enterprises

Scholarship Enhancement:. Bruce Morlan

Announcements:
Michael Leming, St. Olaf Professor Emeritus of Sociology/Anthropology, is our newest member.

Wanzita Masenza from Tanzania, one of this year’s incoming students, is a recipient of a special grant from Rotary providing funding for students who otherwise could not afford the exchange experience.

Signup sheets for Bike Tour volunteering will be available each week at our Rotary meeting so you can easily volunteer to help.

From two weeks ago

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

August 25 — Joel Wagar, Mill Towns Trails (Prowe)

September 1 — Earl Weinmann, SCOPE Program (Lawlor)

September 8 — Bike Tour Volunteers

September 15 — ENT Gerard O’Halloran, MD, “What I Wish My Patients Knew” (Spethmann)

Quote of the Week:
“You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist.”
— Mahatma Gandhi

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Rotary Cogwheel | 08.04.2016

Wed, 08/03/2016 - 10:07am

Today’s Program | Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016

Today: Wendy Sivanich, Classification (Estenson)

Birthdays: Caitlin Elliot (8/1) and Katy Hargis (8/4)

Next Week: Jim Barbour, Diaries of Deane and Ian Barbour about 1948 work camp experience (Reppmann)

Last Week:
Forty-five Rotarians had the opportunity to see the still new Northfield Y up close. Members were given guided tours by Y staff. We were able to see the pool area, gymnasium, cardio and weight area with the walking track (13 laps is a mile) and the group exercise room, which hosts everything from Zumba to Karate. We also saw the child care area where children are supervised while parents squeeze in their workouts.

As conceived, the Y much more than a health club. Its mission is to strengthen individuals, families and community through a wide range of programming and partnerships. It now has 5,000 plus members; 700 of those receive some measure of financial assistance.

The Wellness floor sports a full time wellness coordinator and personal trainers. Options include treadmills, ellipticals, bikes, rowers, spinning bikes and physical therapy equipment. An orientation session for adults is available. There is a punch card option for the track. It costs $3 per visit. Runners or walkers under 13 must be accompanied by an adult.

The Y also offers personal nutrition training, 12 weeks to fitness sessions and worksite wellness support. Space at the Y can also be reserved for birthday parties, $85 for members, $105 for nonmembers for up to 20 kids.

Summer day camp was in full swing. They run from early June through August. Seventy-five campers are enrolled in any given week and each week has a central theme such as “Hometown Heroes” or “Mysteries and Riddles.”

Virginia Kaczmarek, Y executive director, said the Y is very appreciative of the support they have received from the Rotary club and Rotarians who donated individually. The Rotary contributions are recognized with a handsome sign in the Y entryway.

Guests: I think we were the guests.

Scholarship Enhancement: Didn’t happen.

Announcements:
We need 180 volunteers to pull off the Defeat of Jesse James Days Rotary Bike Tour. Jean Wakely and Ragh Singh are taking names. See them if you can help.

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.

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 18 — District Governor Jim Hunt (Halverson)

August 25 — Joel Wagar, Mill Towns Trails (Prowe)

September 1 — Earl Weinmann, SCOPE Program (Lawlor)

September 8 — Bike Tour Volunteers

Quote of the Week:
This world of ours… must avoid becoming a community of dreadful fear and hate, and be, instead, a proud confederation of mutual trust and respect.

— Dwight D. Eisenhower

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