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Rotary Cogwheel | 10.23.2014

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 1:35pm

Today: Char Carlson, chair of Northfield Library Board (Bill Carlson)

Birthdays: Mark Gleason (10/20), Barry Carlson (10/22), Rob Martin (10/23) and Doug Crane and Brett Reese (10/25).

Next Week: Sam Daly, Sniffing for Bombs in Afghanistan (Fossum)

Last Week:

Wokie Daboh is attempting to improve the educational system in Liberia, one classroom at a time.

She sees education as a pathway to a better quality of life. Through her nonprofit “Project Blackboard,” Wokie, a human resources executive for Target Corporation, is investing time and money in rehabilitating schools, training teachers and providing resources for students.

A graduate of Cooper High School in Robbinsdale and the University of Minnesota, Wokie has a strong familial connection to Liberia. Her mother immigrated to the United States from there before Wokie was born. Her father is an emigrant from Sierre Leone.

Liberia is still reeling from 14 years of civil war. The majority of the population cannot read or write, government support for education has dramatically eroded and now the Ebola epidemic has forced schools to close.

But Wokie is undaunted. She selected Bushrod Island School in one of Monrovia’s poorest neighborhoods for her initial project. She traveled there in July, refurbished the classrooms and held a teacher training. She hopes it will have a positive impact on the school’s 325 students.

Measures of success, she said, will be improved student performance, more parental and community engagement, established academic standards and more resources.

Wokie also provided heartfelt testimony to the powerful influence teachers have on students. Her host, Richard Maus, was her eighth grade math teacher. When asked what made him such a positive influence in her life, she said he pushed her to do her best work and never gave up on her. And then came the tears.

Mini-Classification:

Richard Maus said the book he wrote about his polio experience — Lucky One — proved to be a therapeutic exercise. After committing his story to paper, he said he rarely thinks about it anymore. And life now goes on.

Guests: Philipy (Rich)

Scholarship Enhancement: John Fossum

First Job: Chris Weber makes a mean 500-egg omelet. He acquired that skill managing a Boy Scout dining hall on summer assignment in northern Wisconsin. He provided food for 200 three times a day. He is now a big proponent of automatic dishwashers.

Announcements:

— President Rich announced the three local service projects recently adopted by the board.

We will be contributing $5,000 to the Save the Depot campaign, and we will work with both the Musical Playground Project for Way Park and the Northfield Skateboard Coalition to help raise $15,000 for each project. The board evaluated six proposals before arriving at this mix.

— Rob Bierman updated the order on the re-engineered Turkey Trot. This year it will begin and end at the Carleton College Weitz Center at Third and Union. It will also, for the first time, be a vehicle for collecting non-perishable food items for the Northfield Food Shelf. Runners will be invited to bring an item to the race. If are not able to attend the event, please bring a food item to our November meetings. Rob said we still have room on the shirts for a couple more sponsors.

— There is a Rotary Foundation event Saturday, Nov. 1, in Oakdale at the venerable Prom Ballroom. If we send eight or more, we get a discount on registration fees. Let President Matt Rich know if you are interested in attending.

— Todd Thompson said he picked up on a suggestion from Jean Wakely and has launched a “kickstart” campaign to fund music education in Guatemala. For more information, write to: todd@ fiddley.com.

Coming Up:

Nov. 6 — Jonathan Adams, RESTORE Project Director (V. Dilley)

Nov. 13 — Nick Frohner, Asian Carp (Anderson)

Nov. 20 — Stacey Zell, Northfield Hospital Sleep Center (Schlichting)

Nov. 27 — TURKEY TROT

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Turkey Trot 2014

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 1:27pm

We will be hosting our Turkey Trot event this year at the Weitz Center. Click here for details.

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Rotary Cogwheel | 10.16.2014

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 6:38am

Today: Wokie Daboh, Project Blackboard (Maus)

Birthdays: Rotarians around the world

Next Week: Char Carlson, chair of the Northfield Library Board (B. Carlson)

Last Week:

Northfield Rotary Club’s sterling reputation for its Youth Exchange Program is well-deserved. Since 1969, we have sent or hosted 302 exchange students.

Vicki Dilley reminded us that we have touched many lives with this program. She refers to the students as “ambassadors,” ambassadors for peace, unity, tolerance and understanding. Our commitment to this program is underscored by the heavy involvement of club members in the North Star Division, the combined exchange program for Districts 5950 and 5960. Rick Estenson is the chair-elect, Linda Wilgohs is the treasurer, Karna Halverson is the Responsible Office and others serve as country officers.

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Our Exchange Class of 2014-15 – Lydia (Feroe Islands), Guilia (Italy), Philipy (Peru) and Marcelo (Brazil) — took center stage and fielded questions from their counselors. What we learned is we have four very engaging young people in our midst. They became interested in exchange in a variety of ways. Lydia learned about exchange opportunities at age 11, and her dream of travel was reinforced by her gymnastics coach. Philpy’s father was involved in Rotary, so he knew about exchange opportunities. Guilia’s interest was fueled by watching American movies.

They all come with a high level of curiosity and enthusiasm for different cultures and new experiences. Guilia is surprised by how much she has enjoyed American food and a different climate. Lydia said she is looking forward to American holidays. They all commented on how differently the schools are organized. Most are used to being stationed in one room and having teachers rotate in and out.

They have embraced their American high school experience, attending football games and the Homecoming dance. Lydia has participated in gymnastics, Guilia in swimming. Both girls are interested in trying out for the Rock ‘N Roll Revival this winter. Philpy played on the soccer team; Marcelo plans to go out for basketball.

Guilia enjoys classical dance and the theater. Marcelo also enjoys theater. Lydia hopes she can see some of the iconic American landmarks while she is here, such as Mount Rushmore, Yellowstone Park or the Grand Canyon. If some of their interests match yours, invite them along and add to their exchange experience.

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Guests: Lisa LaCoursiere (Fenton); Karna Halverson and Tuuli Tuomilehto, an exchange student from Seinajoki, Finland (Halvorson); Pete Carlson (Marcelo); Wendy, Katie and Andrei Sivanich and Steve Braker (Lydia); Shari and David Holman (Philipy); Julie Anderson and Julie Thornton (Guilia); and Marilyn Hanson (V. Dilley).

Scholarship Enhancement: Michelle Lasswell

First Job: Vicky Langer got her Colorado high poolside, working as a swimming instructor and lifeguard during high school. She remembers all of the scenery being pretty mesmerizing.

Announcements:

— Hospitality is forming a “sunshine committee.” Vicky Langer, Hospitality chair, said it will be a vehicle to reach out to club members when there are joys, losses or significant life changes in their world. If you have news to share, please let Vicky Langer know.

— It’s time for updating your membership information on the Membership Directory on our website. Please take time to review your information. If there are changes, use the form provided to submit them to headquarters.

— There is a Rotary Foundation event Saturday, Nov. 1, in Oakdale at the venerable Prom Ballroom. If we send eight or more, we get a discount on registration fees. Let President Matt Rich know if you are interested in attending.

— Russ Halverson will lead new member orientation on Monday, Nov. 10. The location and time is to be determined.

— President Rich invited members to download the club calendar posted on our web site.

— We have responsibility for staffing Thursday’s Table tonight. If you signed up, please be there.

Past Northfield Rotary Club meeting videos on Youtube: NorthfieldRotaryVideos

Coming Up:
Oct. 30 — Sam Daly, Sniffing for Bombs in Afghanistan (Fossum)

Nov. 6 — Jonathan Adams, RESTORE Project Director (V. Dilley)

Nov. 13 — Nick Frohner, Asian Carp (Anderson)

Nov. 20 — Stacey Zell, Northfield Hospital Sleep Center (Schlichting)

Nov. 27 — TURKEY TROT

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Rotary Cogwheel | 10.09.2014

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 8:05am

Today: Meet the Exchange Students (V. Dilley)

Birthdays: Kyle Nordine (10/7) and Nate Heilman (10/10).

Next Week: Wokie Daboh, Project Blackboard (Maus)

Last Week:

Tom Bisel isn’t selling bikes; he’s selling fitness with a side of social connection.

The owner of Fit To Be Tried, a bike shop in downtown Northfield, is a bicycle evangelist. He believes in the power of pedaling. He recommends cycling for anyone age four to age 80, and he recommends you do it with someone else. There’s nothing like a shared sense of adventure and freedom, he said.

“I want you to get on a bike and have fun,” he said. “It’s not about keeping up with someone; it’s about riding together.”

Tom thinks social biking is the perfect medium for men, who, he observed, have limited tolerance for social interaction unless coupled with a side-by-side activity.

Tom followed a circuitous path to bike shop ownership. He went to the School of Engineering at the University of Minnesota, then a tech school for an associate degree in golf course grounds management and then worked in construction. In October of 2009, after researching the market, he opened his bike shop in Northfield.

Seventy-five percent of his business comes from recreational riders, and he likes it this way. Community engagement is a foundational principle of his business philosophy. He is the rallying point for a local bike club, which now numbers more than 100. Only five of those are hard-core bike racers, he said.

Going forward, he predicts weekend recreational riders, those who drive to town, grab their coffee and then strike off on a bike trail, will constitute the largest segment of his customer base.

Tom is currently working with a college class to review his branding and position in the marketplace. He is considering sponsoring a winter triathlon that would include biking, skiing and running.

Tom is married and has two boys. His wife, Marcia, works at Cannon Valley Veterinary Clinic.

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Mini Classification:

There always seemed to be a bike in Lee Dilley’s world. As a young boy, he made his inaugural ride in the driveway of his family’s farm. In high school, he graduated to a three-speed, which he road on country roads to have lunch with his grandmother.

During college in Missoula, Montana, his 10-speed transported him to majestic mountain climes. Even while volunteering in the Peace Corps, he and Vicki motored around a small piece of Polynesian real estate on a two-wheeler.

Back in Northfield, a bike is often his vehicle of choice for the short commute to his work at Malt-O-Meal. Lee fully enjoys the bike culture that has grown up in Northfield and appreciates the spirit that emanates from Tom Bisel’s bike shop.

Guests:

Mary Auge (Prowe), Bill Ripp (Lawlor), Kim Briske (Hillmann) and Sara Jane and Analise (daughter and granddaughter of Jan Steven).

Scholarship Enhancement: Chris Richardson

First Job: Vicki Dilley almost wore Prada. Working in a high-end fashion store in Billings, Montana wasn’t for her, but driving truck for a canning company was.

Announcements:

— Matt Rich said our hard work on the Defeat of Jesse James Bike Tour was rewarded. We netted $30,000 from the event. Nice work, Rotarians.

— Kurt Larson is looking for corporate sponsors for the Turkey Trot. We are all commissioned to be his agents in the field. Let him know if you have an idea, but not the time to call on someone.

— With Jean Wakely’s recent appointment to the board, Vicky Langer is stepped up to lead the Hospitality Committee. Thank you both for your leadership and service.

— We need many volunteers to help screen prospective outbound exchange students Monday, Oct. 27, 6 to 8:30 p.m. You will either be asked to be part of an interview team or an observer of the interview process. Let Vicki Dilley or Vicky Langer know if you can help.

— Chris Weber announced that our Literacy Committee has donated $1,000 to the 1,000 Books Club to promote it among young families in the community.

Past Northfield Rotary Club meeting videos on Youtube: NorthfieldRotaryVideos

Coming Up:

Oct. 23 — Char Carlson, chair of the Northfield Library Board (B. Carlson)
Oct. 30 — Sam Daly, Sniffing for Bombs in Afghanistan (Fossum)

Nov. 6 — Jonathan Adams, RESTORE Project Director, (V. Dilley)

Nov. 13 — Nick Frohner, Asian Carp, (Anderson)

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Rotary Cogwheel | 10.02.2014

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 4:22pm

Today: Tom Bisell, Trials of a Bike Shop Owner

Birthdays: Laurie Williams (9/28), Robert Bierman, Michelle Lasswell and Kurt Larson – Yes, THE Kurt Larson — (9/29) and Tom Durkin (9/30).

Next Week: Meet the Exchange Students (V. Dilley)

Last Week:
iPads are changing the face of education.

Kim Briske, Director of Technology at Northfield School District, calls the new technology “transformative.” In her estimation, it will advance the four tenets of 21st century learning: communication, critical thinking, creativity and collaboration.

The iPads bring several game changers to the field, she said. First, they make the Internet available to every student and increase students’ comfort level with digital technology. They are vehicles for creating and sharing new content. They invite teachers to learn new skills, and their presence in an educational setting help students learn to use iPads for productive purposes, not just entertainment.

Every child in grades 6-12 now has a dedicated iPad . Each elementary classroom has six common iPads. “Schoology” is the base software application, and to smooth the transition to the new technology, the schools have adopted the SAMR model — Substitution, Augmentation, Modification, and Redefinition.

Kim offered a few examples of how the iPad technology has been used in Northfield Schools:

  • The band teacher can teach and quiz music theory on the iPad which frees up more time for playing instruments during class;
  • Interactive exercises such as a pizza parlor game apply math skills to real life and incorporate critical thinking;
  • Syrian refugees were brought into the classroom via Google Hangout for a live interactive discussion about their plight.

Kim grew up in Northfield and now lives here with her husband and two children. She taught in Farmington for nine years before taking her position in Northfield.

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Mini Classification:

Matt Hillmann is the Director of Administrative Services for the Northfield School District. Matt and his wife, Mary, have three children: Jackson, a 10th grader; Grace, an eighth grader; and Peter, fifth grader.

Matt grew up in the Finger Lakes region of New York. He moved to Minnesota 20 years ago and has held many educational positions over the years, both classroom and administrative. He came to Northfield from Belle Plaine to be the Director of  Human Resources & Technology. He took on the finance position as well and is now the Director of Administrative Services.

Matt handed off the technology responsibility to Kim Briske, who was chosen from a pool of 42 applicants. She is responsible for overseeing the management of the school district’s 2,200 iPads.

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Guests:
Lisa Havelka (Estenson), our new director of the Northfield Convention & Visitors Bureau; Susan Quinnell (Quinnell); Charlie Duarte (Halverson) from Apple’s Education Unit; David Rod (Lawlor), Leo’s son-in-law and an American Airlines pilot; Sten Johanson (Willgohs), from Denmark with Delfi, which was owned by our former exchange student’s (Nico) father

Scholarship Enhancement: Matt Hillmann

First Job: Scott Richardson worked for a canning factory during the summer. It encouraged him to attend college.

Past Northfield Rotary Club meeting videos on Youtube: NorthfieldRotaryVideos

Announcements:
— District Foundation Event in Oakdale on Saturday, Nov. 1.

— Our fall fundraiser, the Turkey Trot, needs sponsors – $1000, $500, $200. The event will be held Thursday, Nov. 27, starting at Weitz Center this year.

—John Ophaug reported that Bob Lampe, a member of Rotary since 1961, has moved to assisted living in Roseville.

— Matt Rich presented Chris Weber with a pin from Rotary International for sponsoring two new members for 2013-14.

Coming Up:
Oct. 16 — Wokie Daboh, Project Blackboard (Maus)
Oct. 23 — Char Carlson, chair of the Northfield Library Board (B. Carlson)
Oct. 30 — Sam Daly, Sniffing for Bombs in Afghanistan (Fossum)

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