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Rotary Cogwheel | 05.26.2016

Tue, 05/24/2016 - 10:00am

Today’s Program | Thursday, May 26, 2016

Today: Griff Wigley and Marty Larson, CROCT (Heineman)

Birthdays: Russ Halverson (5/15), Andrei Sivanich and Daniel Knutson (5/17), Keith Covey and Jon Snodgrass (5/19), Robert Flaten (5/21) and Chris Heineman (5/23).

Next Week: Mark Bigelbach and the Dundas Dome (Estenson)

Last Week:
Who knew that Kim Briske, a mild-mannered Director of Technological Services for Northfield Public Schools, was once a nationally-ranked competitive cyclist?

It was an all-consuming passion for her from age 11 to age 26. She raced with a club out of St. Paul and at one point reigned as the Junior National Champion.

Kim is the daughter of Phil Strom, a Methodist minister who served Little Prairie and Main Street Moravian churches in the late 1980s and 1990s. Kim graduated from Cambridge High School and earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Minnesota. She obtained her masters degree from Hamline University and her Principal and Educational Specialist degree from the University of St. Thomas.

She was teaching for the Farmington School District when her path intersected with Matt Hillmann’s at a professional development event. She’s been working in Northfield for the past two years as a bridge between technical services and the classroom.

The access to information through the Internet and the use of technology is reshaping the educational environment, she said. The model is shifting from a teacher-focused classroom to a student-focused one, with teachers guiding student exploration.

Kim said an apt description of new classroom experience with the interplay between students goes like this: “No longer does a teacher have one conversation with 30 students, but 30 conversations with one student.”

Kim is married with two children, ages 5 and 8. Throw in an assortment of pets, and life is managed chaos.

New Mom’s Network was an important touch-point for her when her children were small. She has maintained friendships with many of the people she met there. She said she is also grateful for her community connections through Rotary and Emmaus Church.

Mini-Classification:

Matt Hillmann was born and raised in New York, attended college at St. John’s University in New York City and then spent 20 years in education. He came to Northfield seven years ago with his wife, Mary, and three children. He received his advanced degrees from Minnesota State University – Mankato. In July, Matt will assume the position of superintendent for Northfield Public Schools.

Paul Harris Fellows:
Paul Harris Fellowships were conferred to five club members for their contributions to the Paul Harris Foundation. They are: Jacob Conway, Matt Hillman, Matthew Rich, Scott Richardson and Jean Wakely.

Guests: Camilo of Colombia and Leonardo Lune (Halverson), Dave Berglund (Rich), Ben Martig (Heineman and Ramiz Allawala (Karen Allawala).

Scholarship Enhancement:  Guest David Berglund

Announcements:

A golf tournament in memory of Ken Bank, former Northfield Hospital & Clinics President and CEO and former member of our club, will, in part, benefit Northfield Rotary. The nine-hole event will be Thursday, June 9, at the Northfield Golf Club. Golf begins at 6:30 p.m. Dinner will be at 8:30 p.m. In honor of the footprint Ken left on the community, organizers are encouraging participants to donate individually to either Rotary Northfield Gymnastics or Northfield Hospital Auxiliary. Call the Northfield Golf Club to reserve your tee time. Ken died in February of 2015 at the age of 69. He served NH&C for 22 years, retiring in 2010.

If anyone is interesting in reviving Kids Vote for this fall’s election, contact Jake Conway. 

Ron Linde thanked Rotary members Jean Wakely, Pat O’Neill, Jack Hoschauer and others for helping with Cannon River cleanup between Water and Third Saturday, May 14.

Matthew Rich reported that Paddy Mader, author of “Minnesota Gold, the book about Minnesota Olympians, sent a check for $100, a portion of book sales from his visit to Rotary. Books are still on sale in the lobby of Community Resource Bank.

Elizabeth Child said Northfield Area United Way made its goal this year. She thanked Rotarians Blake Abdella, Jim Pokorney, Barry Carlson, Jayne Hager-Dee, Jon Snodgrass and Ron Linde for serving on allocation panels or performing financial reviews.

Barry Carlson said a new plaque is now in place on the bench honors Al Haugen at the soccer complex that honors Al Haugen, a long-time Rotarian who died in 2003 at the age of 68.

John Ophaug announced that Rotary will benefit when he completes his quest to run marathons in all 50 states. He recently completed a race in New Mexico, so he has three states remaining. He asked us to wish him good health as comes down the home stretch.

Dr. Chris Richardson’s service to Northfield School District will be celebrated with an open house Tuesday, May 31, 5 to 8 p.m. at the Weitz Center at Carleton College. All are invited.

We are need of correspondents for our 2016-17 outbound students. If you are interested, talk to Rachel Estrella. The 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

June 9 — Jennifer Dunn-Foster, Classification (V. Dilley)

June 16 — Robert Shepley, MD, Joint Replacements (Estenson)

June 23 — John Wegman, Mission: Building Homes for the Disabled (Reppmann)

June 30 — Al Zdrazil, Domestic Violence in the Workplace

Quote of the Week:
“Three things in human life are important. The first is to be kind. The second is to be kind. And the third is to be kind.” -Henry James

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Rotary Cogwheel | 05.19.2016

Tue, 05/17/2016 - 4:35pm

Today’s Program | Thursday, May 19, 2016

Today: Kim Briske, Classification (Hillmann)

Birthdays: Russ Halverson (5/15), Daniel Knutson (5/17), Keith Covey and Jon Snodgrass (5/19), Robert Flaten (5/21).

Next Week: Griff Wigley and Marty Larson, CROCT (Heineman)

Last Week: The fabulous Northfield Troubadours provided a sampler of their upcoming Spring Concert, Sunday, May 22, 3 p.m. at Bethel Lutheran Church in Northfield. The group is comprised of singers age 60 to 90. The average age is 76, and they sing their hearts out.

We learned more about Believet, a local nonprofit that trains and provides service dogs free of charge to veterans with post-traumatic stress issues. John Sinning is involved and promoted a fundraiser that was held last Friday.

Jane Fenton demonstrated the “click” technique she uses in the canine training classes she offers through Countryside Kennels. Xena, a rescue dog, was her pupil. After a short 10-minute explanation of intermittent reinforcement, Jane had us all rolling over and looking plaintively for a treat. Jane is working with Xena on socialization, and then Xena will serve as an ambassador for Believet.

Service Above Self: 
Rob Martin was recognized with a “Service Above Self” award for all of his work on feeding the legions of bike tour participants and working on the community Save the Depot effort. President Halverson noted that Rob is the kind of individual who works tirelessly behind the scenes for the good of the group.

Guests: Andy Lewis (Estrella); Annika Ischler (Ishler)

Scholarship Enhancement: Jane Fenton and best friend Xena.

Announcements: The graduation party for our inbound students, Nicole and Carson, will be Wednesday, May 25, 5:30 p.m. at the Estenson Event Center. Jean Wakely needs two volunteers to help with the cooking. Set-up and clean-up are taken care of.

Vicky Langer said she needs is always on the lookout for people who would be good host families for our inbound students. Let her know if you think of someone who would do a great job.

We are need of correspondents for our 2016-17 outbound students. If you are interested, talk to Rachel Estrella. The 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.

On Tuesday, June 7, at 6:30 p.m. at Emmaus Baptist Church, outbound students will be rehearsing the presentations they will make to sponsoring clubs in their respective countries. All are invited to attend.

Northfield Retirement Community will hold its 10th annual Golf Classic Thursday, June 2, at Northfield Golf Course. Registration closes on Friday, May 20. Funds raised will help purchase adaptive technology that will aid older adults who suffer from dementia. See Ingrid Sampo for details.

Dr. Chris Richardson’s service to Northfield School District will be celebrated with an open house Tuesday, May 31, 5 to 8 p.m. at the Weitz Center at Carleton College. All are invited.

Coming Up
May 25 — Graduation party for Carson and Nicole, Estenson Event Center
June 2 — Dundas Dome (Estenson)
June 9 — Jennifer Dunn-Foster, Classification (V. Dilley)
June 16 — Robert Shepley, MD, Joint Replacements (Spethmann)

Quote of the Week:
 “Three things in human life are important. The first is to be kind. The second is to be kind. And the third is to be kind.” -Henry James

Categories: Organizations

Fundraiser in Memory of Ken Bank

Mon, 05/16/2016 - 1:16pm

Ken Bank was a leader in our community who cared about people. He had a passion for education, health and supporting youth. He was instrumental in the development and growth of much throughout our community. Kens friends are holding this event to help us all remember Ken, celebrate and keep him with us. Donations raised at the event will benefit three local organizations Ken was passionate about, including Northfield Rotary.

For more information about the event, click here: Ken Bank Event Details

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Rotary Cogwheel | 05.12.2016

Tue, 05/10/2016 - 2:28pm

Today: The Fabulous Northfield Troubadours

Birthdays: Rotarians Around the World

Next Week: Kim Briske, Classification (Hillmann)

Last Week:
The bi-lingual immersion Compañeros program is an alternative curriculum available at all three elementary schools in Northfield to students in grades 1-5. In this model, all students have the opportunity to be both first-language learners and second-language learners.

Robert Garcia, a fourth grade instructor at Greenvale Park Elementary School, and Stephen Kallestad, one of his students, gave us a sampler of the type of instruction that takes place in the classroom. Spanish is spoken from the moment students arrive in the fall. Students receive half of their instruction in English and half in Spanish. Literacy instruction is split evenly between both English and Spanish. Science, social studies, health, and special modules — art, music and physical education —  are taught primarily in English. Math is taught primarily in Spanish.

The district strives to have a balance of native Spanish speakers and native English speakers in each classroom.  Señor Garcia said iIt typically is more like one-third native Spanish speakers and two thirds native English speakers. Students are selected by lottery.

Señor Garcia strives to create a comfortable environment where student can learn together. Students quickly pick up on hand gestures and facial expressions to help learn their second language, he said. They benefit from listening to their peers speak in their native languages. Technology is used to help students who are self-conscious about learning a new language in front of their peers.

Señor Garcia said they let students learn at their own pace, but every year, he said, students become more fluent and more proficient with their second language.

Parents are invited into the learning process. Interactive homework is one of the methods of increasing parent engagement.

An added benefit of the program, Stephen Kallestad added, is that the cross-cultural exchange extends beyond the classroom.

Mini Classification

Beth Kallestad has two children, Julia who is about to finish eighth grade at Northfield Middle School and Stephen who is in fourth grade at Greenvale Park Elementary School. Stephen is in the Compañeros program and shared the podium with Senor Garcia for the presentation.

New Member:

Michelle Lasswell must think she’s working on commission. She’s kept the “new member” turnstiles humming. Good going Michelle. Raj Singh is our newest member, inducted last week. His sponsor is Wendy Sivanich. Welcome, Raj. 

Guests: Nicole’s parents, Hugo and Claudia, and her host parents, Mary and Dan Magnuson (Nicole); Amy Brinson (Allawala); Sonja Anton, Mari Arneson and James Rehwaldt, all Oles, who promote Northfield / Flensburg friendship, (Yogi); Tracy Fossum (Fossum) and Colleen Reistad (L. Dilley).

Scholarship Enhancement:  Jon Snodgrass, who, we are quite certain, will invest it some “sure thing,” like a movie.

Announcements:

The annual Northfield Rotary Scholarship was presented last week to Yessenia Celis Castillo at the high school’s academic awards ceremonies. The award is for $3,000. Congratulations Yessenia. 

May 19 is “Ride Your Bike to Rotary Day.” Members are encouraged to saddle up and go green for their transport to and from our meeting that day. We will be back at the United Methodist Church. 

Chris Weber reported that Bailey Williams, a St. Olaf College student, is a runner-up for the Global Grant Scholarship. He thanked Robert Flaten and Bill Carlson for helping with the interviews for this program.

Jake Conway and Ron Linde are organizing river cleanup projects along the Cannon River for Saturday, May 14. Talk to them if you are interested in helping.

The graduation party for our inbound students, Nicole and Carson, will be Wednesday, May 25, 5:30 p.m. at the Estenson Event Center. Jean Wakely needs volunteers to help with set-up, cooking and clean-up. Talk to her is you can help.

Polio Plus night at the Twins-Yankees game will be Saturday, June 18. It’s a great opportunity to raise awareness for the campaign.

We are need of correspondents for our 2016-17 outbound students. If you are interested, talk to Vicky Langer. The 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

May 25 — Graduation party for Carson and Nicole, Estenson Event Center

May 26 — Griff Wigley and Marty Larson, CROCT (Heineman)

June 2 — Dundas Dome (Estenson)

June 9 —Jennifer Dunn-Foster, Classification (V. Dilley)

Quote of the Week:

“Three things in human life are important. The first is to be kind. The second is to be kind. And the third is to be kind.” -Henry James

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Rotary Cogwheel | 05.05.2016

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 9:59pm

Today: Robert Garcia, Cinco de Mayo (Kallestad)

Birthdays: Geralyn Sheehan (5/2), Rick Estenson (5/4) and Charlie Cogan (5/6)

Next Week: The Fabulous Troubadours and lunch at Community Resource Bank

Last Week:

Global warming presents tremendous geopolitical challenges in the years ahead, says Tom Hanson, Diplomat-In-Residence at the Royal A. Alworth Institute for International Studies at the University of Minnesota, Duluth.

He said global warming threatens to destabilize vulnerable nation states, limiting their ability to govern. He predicts increasing global instability due to shortages of food and water and the refugee migration that will inevitably follow. By the end of the century, our worldwide population will have grown to 4 billion people; 80 percent will live in China, India and Africa, all of which will need to play key roles if global warming is to be addressed in a meaningful way.

There are some indications the issue is finally being recognized for the threat it is, Tom said. Last December, 196 countries signed on to an agreement reached at the United National Climate Conference in Paris. The goal is to limit global warming to an increase of 2 degrees Centigrade. We are now on track for a rise in the range of 4 to 5 degrees.

The implementation hinges on China delivering on its pledge to turn its emissions around by 2030 and the United States’ pledge to reduce emission by 25 percent by 2025. However, a challenge to President Obama’s plan is currently being challenged in the U.S. Supreme Court.

Tom said another encouraging development is that the business community is beginning to recognize climate change as a threat and is organizing to address the issue. Henry Paulson, former Secretary of the Treasury, and Michael Bloomberg, former mayor of New York City, have founded Risky Business, an organization dedicated to addressing climate change. Most major Twin Cities companies now have a vice president for sustainability, he said.

In addition, young billionaires, such as Microsoft’s Bill Gates and Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, are backing the development of an artificial photosynthesis process they believe will be a “magic bullet” for addressing global warming.

And yet, there are worrisome signs that short-term thinking could crowd out long-term strategies. India is looking to coal to fuel its quest to raise living standards for its people, Tom said. A deadly mix of growing populations and the lack of meaningful employment remains an obstacle to combating violent extremism.

Tom said Tibet will play a pivotal role in this unfolding drama. It is the major source of water for all of Southern Asia. It is now under the control of China, but who ever controls Tibet will control the destiny of heavily populated countries such as India and Myanmar, Tom said.


Mini-Classification:
Robert Flaten spent his first 22 years growing up in Northfield, watching his father establish the Art Department at St. Olaf College and graduating from that same school. He spent his professional life wondering the world working in the Foreign Service. He retired as the United States Ambassador to Rwanda.


Special Appeal
Phillip Ehresmann spent a Rotary Youth Exchange year in Ecuador in 2000-2001. He sent this appeal to our club in response to the recent earthquakes in Ecuador.

Hello Ms. Dilley,

My name is Phillip Ehresmann. I was a Rotary Youth Exchange student in Ecuador in 2000-2001. I lived in Portoviejo. It was a life-changing experience; it made me the person I am today….I met wonderful people throughout my time with the Rotary program, officers in my patron and host clubs, my fellow exchange, my school classmates, my host families, the Pavons, the Meras, and the Cevallos’, and all the people who are the heart and soul of Ecuador. I feel a little broken inside being so far away from this place that was so special to me and knowing about the terrible misfortune of a shaken earth and wanting to help but not know how. 

 I would like to work with you to organize a donation from the Northfield Rotary Club to help the citizens who are suffering. I have in mind four possible recipients, 

  • http://www.cruzroja.org.ec/index.php/emergencia/759-donaciones-efectivo, 
  • https://www.unicefusa.org/donate/support-unicefs-earthquake-relief-efforts-ecuador/30257, 
  • http://www.rotarysangregorio.org/index.php/8-historia/2-club-rotario-portoviejo-san-gregorio, 
  • http://handsforhumanity.com/wordpress/tax-deductible-donation/,

and am willing to let those who donate choose as a group.

 I would appreciate input from you on how best to approach the club and organize donations according to your customs.

Thank you to all the Northfield Rotarians who have proven their dedication to a most worthy human exchange of ideas. I look forward to your reply.

Muy sinceremente

Y Attentamente,

Phillip Ehresmann 

Guests: Gunho Park, former exchange student, now in school in British Columbia, and Kathleen Brenton (V. Dilley)

Scholarship Enhancement: Laurie Williams

 Announcements:
Neil Lutsky has declared Thursday, May 19, Ride Your Bike to Rotary Day. Members are encouraged to saddle up and go green for their transport to and from our meeting that day.

Jake Conway and Ron Linde are organizing river cleanup projects along the Cannon River for Saturday, May 14. Talk to them if you are interested in helping.

The graduation party for our inbound students, Nicole and Carson, will be Wednesday, May 25, 5:30 p.m. at the Estenson Event Center. Details to follow.

Northfield will host the District’s farewell party Saturday, June 11, for 60 inbound exchange students. We need chaperones for this overnight event. If you can help between 9 p.m. and 8 a.m. let Jean Wakely know.

The club will pay your entry fee if you would like to participate in the District golf tournament Thursday, May 12. Let President Russ know if you are interested.

Polio Plus night at the Twins-Yankees game will be Saturday, June 18. It’s a great opportunity to raise awareness for the campaign.

Richard Collman reports that Sam Carlson is having a great time in Argentina. He recently returned from a trip around South America with other Rotary Exchange students.

Here is a list of our outbound 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
  • Muir, Mason – Taiwan
  • Olson, Josiah – Colombia
  • Regnier, Eli – Brazil
  • Rodriguez-Vazquez, Leslie – Brazil
  • Scheffert, Jenna – Italy
  • Seitz, Zoe – Denmark
  • Washburn Chapman, Ahna Cole – South Africa
  • Woitalla, Jessica – Brazil.


Past Northfield Rotary Club meeting videos on YouTube

Coming Up

May 19 — Kim Briske, Classification (Hillmann)

May 25 — Graduation party for Carson and Nicole, Estenson Event Center

May 26 — Griff Wigley and Marty Larson, CROCT (Heinemann)

June 2 — Wendy Sivanich, Classification (Estenson)

June 9 —Jennifer Dunn-Foster, Classification (V. Dilley)

Quote of the Day
“Those who are happiest are those who do the most for others.”
― Booker T. WashingtonUp from Slavery

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