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Rotary Cogwheel | 04.30.2015

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 10:43pm

Today: Jodi Greene, Deputy Under-Secretary of the Navy (Policy) (Hoschouer)

Birthdays: Richard Maus (4/24/39) and Geralyn Sheehan (5/2)

Next Week: Paul Krause, Classification (Sinning)

Last Week:
Monique Godde is a living testament to the strength of connections formed through youth exchange programs.

She was an American Field Service exchange student from Paris, France who in 1958-59 lived with Judy Brown-Wescott’s family in Bloomington, Minn. When she returned home, she studied nursing and later answered a call to be a Catholic nun.

She has served in schools and youth programs in Africa for more than 50 years. Twenty seven-years ago she founded a special youth program in Chad and is its Head Mistress. Judy had visited France in 1962 and connected with Monique and her family. But other members of Judy’s family had not seen her in 55 years. Judy’s brother sent Monique a plane ticket to bring her to Minnesota for a visit.

Monique painted a grim picture of life in Chad. It sits in the heart of the African continent. Bordered by Libya, Niger, Cameroon, Sudan and Central African Republic, it is the fifth largest country in Africa, but 45 years of civil war has left it weary and impoverished. It is a diverse country with 200 ethnic and linguistic groups. The majority of the people are Muslim, but there are many Christians, as well. Boko Harem, Nigeria’s militant Islamic fundamentalists remain a threat to destabilize the country even further.

Families have no resources for education, so Monique has developed a community center and a school. She has built a 14,000-book library collection and has many success stories to share of former students who have gone on to become teachers, surgeons and broadcasters.

Monique has herself been caught in the middle of armed conflict, weathering one three-day fire fight in her home city. She thinks of Americans as a cheerful, pragmatic lot who know to make things work. (Editor’s Note: She must have caught us on a good day.)


Guests: Sue Johnson (Brown-Wescott) and Kathy Jasnoch (Kaczmarek)

Scholarship Enhancement: David Wolf, chancellor of our exchequer

Tall Tale from Down Under:

Now that the statute of limitations is up, President Rich shared some of his misadventures traveling to Australia for the International Rotary Conference. His parable is titled: The Man in the Blue Shirt.” My take away is: never travel with Matthew Rich. Bad luck sticks to this guy like a koala bear on eucalyptus.


Announcements:

— Charlie Cogan thanked Barry Carlson for taking time on a week day to represent the club’s skate park project at the district level. His presence helped secure matching funds.

— Chris Weber reported there are seven candidates for Rotary’s Global Grant Scholarships, four with a Northfield connection. The person selected receives a $30,000 fellowship.

— Jim Pokorney is tie-worthy again for another donation to the Polio Plus campaign. Will he now dress for success? You be the judge.

— Jim Blaha invited members to consider attending the Bridges Out of Poverty event Wednesday, May 13, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at St. Olaf College. To register, go to: communityactioncenter.org/bridges.

— Treasurer David Wolf reported that your quarterly invoices are in the e-mail.

— Tim Madigan, program director, would like to use the week before Memorial Day to talk about people who have inspired us. If you would like to pay tribute to someone who made a difference in your life and has passed on, talk to Tim. He is looking for three or four Rotarians to share their stories.

— On Thursday, May 14, we will be meeting at the Weitz Center at Carleton College. The church is not available that day.

Outbound Exchange 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

May 14 — Fred Rogers, Carleton’s Master Plan (Madigan)

 

May 21 — Tribute to Those Who Inspired Us (Madigan)

 

May 28 — Michael Maas, RSVP Retired Volunteers (Blaha)

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Rotary Cogwheel 04.23.2015

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 8:10pm

Today: Sister Monique Godde, Former Exchange Student (Brown-Wescott)

Birthdays: John Fossum and Dennis Hanson (4/19)

Next Week: Jodi Greene, Deputy Under-Secretary of the Navy (Policy) (Hoschouer)

Last Week:

TORCH (Tackling Obstacles and Raising College Hopes) needs help. 

The home-grown, nationally-recognized college prep program for low-income and underserved students is a victim of its own success. It started in 2005 to address a Latino graduation rate of 36 percent. In its first year, it served 17 students. Over time, the Latino graduation rate steadily climbed, and the program has expanded to include all minorities, low-income students or first generation college prospects. This year, TORCH is serving 513 students.

Beth Berry, founder and champion of the program, says with the increased numbers, TORCH needs help from the community to supplement the work of its staff. She is looking for mentors to help students make the transition to post-secondary education and then to meaningful employment. 

They also need meaningful internship opportunities to help them identify vocational goals. The job experience, she said, is important. Too often, students waste time and money while they search for a vocational goal. TORCH is applying for an economic development grant to partially underwrite internships.

Two TORCH students provided personal testimony to the benefits of the program. Malynn Rosas talked about enrolling in a nursing program at St. Catherine’s University only to discover it wasn’t for her. It took some time, but she is now pursuing a degree in education.

Kayla Ballstadt is a senior at the high school. A summer internship at SEEDS farm helped her zero in on a career in agriculture. She will be attending River Falls next fall.

Over half of TORCH alumni are currently enrolled in college. Eighty-nine percent of TORCH students attribute their improved academic performance to the program. Ninety-two percent want to continue on to college after high school graduation.

For more on TORCH, go to: www.northfieldtorch.org


Mini-Classification:

Matt Hillmann and his wife, Mary, have three children. Jackson is 15 and was just named captain of the Speech Team. Daughter Grace is 14, and performing in the Northfield Arts Guild production of “Oliver.” Peter is at Sibley School and participating in the “Prairie Fire” theater production. 

Matt has spent 20 years in education. He has taught keyboarding to fourth graders, been a principal and college instructor. He is now director of Administrative Services for Northfield Public Schools,


Guests: Kayla Ballstadt, and Malynn Rosa (Rich), Jessica Woitalla, Daniel Robeiro, New Generations Exchange student, Riana Dilley and Muse Mwisawa, head teacher at Zunauka schools, a collaborative partner with Project Zawadi (Dilley); Adrian Thomas (Conway); and Paul Heppner (Collman). 

Scholarship Enhancement: John Ehresmann
Announcements:

— Tim Madigan, program director, would like to use the week before Memorial Day to talk about people who have inspired us. If you would like to pay tribute to someone who made a difference in your life and has passed on, talk to Tim. He is looking for three or four Rotarians to share their stories.

— The Faribault Rotary Club has donated $250 to the Northfield Skate Board Park, Charlie Cogan reported. That contribution will receive a district match of equal value. 

— President Rich reminded us to look for our quarterly dues statements in our e-mail “In” box. This is the first effort at billing us electronically.

— On Thursday, May 14, we will be meeting at the Weitz Center at Carleton College. The church is not available that day.

2015-16 Outbound Exchange Students

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

May 7 — Paul Krause, Classification (Sinning)

May 14 — Fred Rogers, Carleton’s Master Plan (Madigan)

May 21 — Tribute to Those Who Inspired Us (Madigan)

May 28 — Michael Maas, RSVP Retired Volunteers (Blaha)

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Rotary Cogwheel | 04.16.2015

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 5:01pm

Today: Beth Berry, TORCH, (Hillmann)

Birthdays: Wayne Abdella (4/17)

Next Week: Sister Monique Godde, Former Exchange Student (Brown-Wescott)

Last Week:

Peru is home to Marcelo Lecaros. The land of alpacas, Incan ruins and spectacular scenery is near and dear to his heart.

Peru hugs the Pacific coast from Ecuador to Chile. Besides those north-south bookends, it shares borders with Brasil, Colombia, and Bolivia. It is a country of climatic extremes — tropical in the east, dry desert in the west and the stunning frigid Andes Mountains.

Marcelo comes from Ilo, a small city on the coast in southern Peru. He says it is beautiful. There are four in his family. His father, who serves as president of the local Rotary Club, is a builder. In addition, he and Marcelo’s mother own and operate a hotel and restaurant. He also has a sister back home who is a year older. She has had a son since Marcelo left on exchange, so Uncle Marcelo is eager to meet his nephew and teach him how to surf, one of his favorite pastimes.

Marcelo studied engineering in college for one year before coming to the United States. When he returns, he is considering changing course and studying theater and cinema.

He highlighted some of the cuisine he enjoys at home, including ceviche, raw fish marinated in citrus juice. He also shared some the folk culture such as the elegant Paso Horse and Marinera Dance.

Marcelo found a warm welcome in Northfield. He was surprised to find our fall milder than he anticipated. He reserved a huge “gracias” for his host families who have made him feel so at home during the year.


Mini-Classification:

Pat O’Neill focused on his family for this tour of duty. His wife, Dawn, teaches art at Greenvale Elementary School. John, their oldest son, is an ophthalmology resident at the University of Minnesota. Regan is working in technology and web programming, and their daughter, Meara, is working in marketing in Chicago.


Good Neighbor:

Judy Code was named the Rotary Good Neighbor of the Year for 2015. She was recognized for her work to beautify Northfield. A retired teacher, Judy has been active with the Northfield Garden Club for a long time. She can be seen downtown weeding flower gardens on Bridge Square, around the library and other public spaces. She has created a butterfly garden, is creating a dragonfly garden and is working on the Arts Corridor Project. Judy received an honorary Paul Harris Fellowship and a $200 stipend.    

 

 

Presentation:
Northfield High School was recognized for its contributions to the success of our Youth Exchange Program. The administration’s flexibility in accommodating student needs is appreciated, said Vicki Dilley. As a token of appreciation, this year’s exchange students gave flags from their respective countries to the high school. Accepting for the high school were Superintendent Chris Richardson, Principal Joel Leer, Director of Administrative Services Matt Hillmann and Director of Technology Services Kim Briske.


 

Guests: Judy and Mark Code (Zweifel), Norm Umberto (Weber) and Joel Leer (C. Richardson), Marcelo’s host parents: Karen and Cam Davidson, Pete Carlson and Mark Heiman; and lots of Marcelo’s high school friends (Marcelo).

 

Scholarship Enhancement: Too Good to be True Jim Pokorney

 

Announcements:
— Matt Hillmann still needs Rides to RYLA for two high school students on Friday, April 24. Camp St. Croix is near Hudson, Wis. If you can help, see Matt.

— Art Monoghan was the big winner in our inaugural NCAA Men’s Basketball Pool. We had 64 participate, which netted $320 for the club and $320 for Art.

— Jan Stevens noted several local events last week that commemorated the 150th anniversary of General Lee’s surrender to General Grant and the assassination of President Lincoln on April 12, 1865.

Outbound Exchange 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

April 30 — Jodi Greene, Deputy Under-Secretary of the Navy (Policy) (Madigan)

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Rotary Cogwheel | 04.09.2015

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 10:16pm

Today: Marcelo, Inbound Exchange Student (O’Neill X 2)

Birthdays: Rotarians across the globe

Next Week: Beth Berry, TORCH, (Hillmann)

Last Week:

Kevin Born calls it “missionary work.” He is promoting an innovative piece of farm machinery that limits soil erosion, reduces fertilizer applications and cuts time and expenses by using a one-pass field technique. He thinks it will be a key to feeding the projected nine billion people who will populate the globe by 2050.

Kevin is the chief executive officer of Environmental Tillage Systems, Inc., a Faribault-based manufacturer of conservation tillage and nutrient management equipment. The company’s product is the brain-child of a Cannon City farmer, Mark Bauer, and his wife, who sought to build a better mouse trap. What emerged is the SoilWarrior, a machine that strikes a balance between conventional tillage and no tillage, and, using GPS, limits fertilizer use by targeting application to where the plants will be growing.

Kevin says the machine protects the soil by not only limiting erosion, but by reducing soil compaction and reducing the decline in soil biology. It also protects waterways by minimizing soil erosion and fertilizer runoff.

The company has been in business for about 10 years.

Selling directly to farmers, they have machines in 18 U.S. states, New Zealand, Australia and Canada. Despite it being a home-grown product, Kevin said Minnesota farmers have not been early adopters.

Mini-Classification:

Rich Lorang is still a veterinarian. When he is not working with small animals in his clinic in Dundas, he is hunting fishing, bee-keeping, running or kayaking.

He has been practicing in the Dundas-Northfield area since 1998. He and his wife, Virginia, have three children. Zach, 26, is married and works as a Russian interpreter; Sam, 25, is an illustrator, and their daughter, Mary, is graduating from Iowa State this spring and moving on to a graduate program in psychology at the University of Denver.

New Members: Paul Krause, film-maker (Sinning), Elizabeth Child, executive director of Northfield Area United Way (Estenson) and Jayne Hager-Dee, former extension service administrator (Prowe) were formally inducted into the club. Welcome.

Guests: Former exchange students Nikolai Svendsen and Camilo Zuluago; Tuuli Tuomilehto; Natalie Mortensen, Environmental Tillage Systems; and Peg Nemo, Lakeville Rotary Club (Rich). 

Scholarship Enhancement: Beth Kallestad, come on down.

Announcements:
— Lilly Noble and Nathaniel Urke are this year’s student representatives to Rotary’s Camp RYLA, a youth leadership development experience. Jane Ludwig, who attended last year, will also be back as a junior counselor. They will need transportation to the camp near Hudson, Wis. on April 24. You must be a certified volunteer to do this. If you can help, see Matt Hillmann.

— Charlie Cogan alerted us to a story on polio eradication that was published in Monday’s Star Tribune. It is his prose, elegantly edited by Betsy Spethmann.

— Elizabeth Child is looking for members who would be willing to talk about their philanthropic impulses to a student from Carleton College. The students are doing a study for the Northfield Area United Way. Elizabeth needs to know soon if you are interested.

— Richard Maus encouraged us to find and view last Sunday’s “60 Minutes” segment on using DNA from the polio virus to fight cancer.

2015-16 Outbound Exchange Students 

  • 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

April 23 — Sister Monique Godde, Former Exchange Student (Brown-Wescott)

April 30 — Jodi Greene, Deputy Under-Secretary of the Navy (Policy) (Madigan)

May 7 — Paul Krause, Classification (Sinning)

Categories: Organizations

Cogan pens editorial

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 10:06pm

Northfield Rotarian Charlie Cogan wrote an op-ed article for the Minneapolis Star Tribune highlighting Rotary’s work nearly eradicating polio in Africa. 

“While the United States struggles to contain the growing measles outbreak, the whole continent of Africa is on the verge of eradicating another infectious disease, the crippling polio virus. Over the last 30 years, Rotary and its partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) have made remarkable progress toward a polio-free world, reducing global polio cases by 99 percent.”

Click here to read the full article.

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  Northfield Rotarian Charlie

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 9:52pm

 

Northfield Rotarian Charlie Cogan wrote an op-ed article for the Minneapolis Star Tribune highlighting Rotary’s work nearly eradicating polio in Africa. 

“While the United States struggles to contain the growing measles outbreak, the whole continent of Africa is on the verge of eradicating another infectious disease, the crippling polio virus. Over the last 30 years, Rotary and its partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) have made remarkable progress toward a polio-free world, reducing global polio cases by 99 percent.”

Click here to read the full article.

Categories: Organizations

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