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Rotary Cogwheel | 04.17.2014

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 10:33pm

Today: Tami O’Brien, Director of Northfield Hospital’s Cancer Care & Infusion Center (S. Richardson)

Birthdays: Wayne Abdella (4/17) and John Fossum (4/19)

Next Week: Vicki Langer, Classification, (Williams)

Last Week:

And this news just in: We’re all going to die. And if you really want your affairs in order when the curtain falls, we should all be thinking about advance health care planning, sometimes referred to as “living wills.”

Susan Lohmann, director of Social Services at Northfield Hospital & Clinics, said this planning shouldn’t be left for the end of life. It is something any adult should do now. By writing down your preferences and identifying an advocate should you not be able to speak for yourself, you are giving a gift to your loved ones, who otherwise are left to guess how you would like your last days to go. It can spare you, the patient, unnecessary medical interventions and their associated costs, both financial and human.

Unfortunately, this is an under-utilized process. Many of us are uncomfortable talking about end-of-life care, and we avoid committing our wishes to paper. But as Susan explains, it is the responsible thing to do.

The conversation that precedes completion of the document can be a meaningful experience. The reflection and understanding that comes from articulating your values and beliefs make the exercise valuable.

The major issues to considerare whether or not to resuscitate, whether or not to receive nutrition and be hydrated, whether you want to be in a hospital or at home and what kind of comfort care do you desire.

Advance healthcare planning invites us to accept our mortality, let go and make decisions that will allow us to die with dignity.

For more on this topic, Susan recommends reading “Hard Choices for Loving People” by Hank Dunn. Susan can be reached at lohmanns@northfieldhospital.org.

Mini-Classification:

Barry Carlson hails from the Lutefisk Capital of the World, the other Madison, Madison, Minnesota. When he wasn’t soaking cod in lye, he was playing tennis.

He graduated from St. Olaf College with a degree in Social Work and Christian Education. He worked for Lutheran Brotherhood for 23 years before accepting a position as a development officer at St. Olaf. He now spends his time helping students have the great experience he had as an Ole.

He met his wife, Cindy, while working at Lutheran Brotherhood. They have three adult sons. Barry said his claim to fame is having gone toe-to-toe with Edina in the state high school tennis championship his senior year in high school.

Paul Harris Fellowship: Richard Collman was presented with a Paul Harris Fellowship. Dave Brown reminded us that the 50 percent match is now available for those who want to take advantage of it.

Last Week’s Guests: Lynn Miland (Fenton); our students: Yoshino, Gunho, Lucas and Rodolfo.

Scholarship Enhancement: Barry Carlson

Announcements:

David Philips of Cincinnati Strives, a successful job-readiness, job-support initiative, will be our headliner Thursday, May 1, for Invite a Guest to Rotary Day. Members are encouraged to bring a guest that day. The cost of the guest meal will be $5. Be prepared to commit next week, so we can prepare for a surge of guests on May 1.

The board is inviting members to participate in a conversation about a longer term approach to fundraising. A committee is being formed. If you would like to be a member, let President Prichard know. Limited resources constrain our ability to support local service projects, President Prichard said. More funds translate into more projects.

We need a couple of volunteers to transport two high school students to and from Camp RYLA later this month. The camp begins on Friday, April 25 in Hudson, Wis. The students need to be picked up in St. Paul on Tuesday, April 29. To be a volunteer driver, you need to complete the Rotary Child Protection Training, which is available on our web site. If you can help, contact Matt Hillmann.

Jean Wakely needs us to declare our attendance at the May 1 Bon Voyage social/dinner 5 p.m. at Laura Baker School. The cook needs to know how many turkeys to corral for the occasion. We will be hosting a farewell for the visiting Swedish GSE team and a send-off for our district’s GSE team, which will be visiting Sweden.

President Prichard announced that the St. Paul Sunrise Rotary Club will be hosting a seminar on “healthcare affordability” on Thursday, April 24. Former U.S. Senator David Durenberger will be one of the speakers.

Coming Up

May 1 — INVITE A GUEST DAY. David Phillips, Cincinnati Works, (Blaha)
May 8 — Kari Berit, The Unexpected Caregiver, (Pederson)
May 15 – No meeting

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Rotary Cogwheel | 04.10.2014

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 9:36pm

Today: Susan Lohmann, Northfield Hospital & Clinics, Advanced Care Planning (Barry Carlson)

Birthdays: Megan Tsui (4/6)

Next Week: Tami O’Brien, Director of Northfield Hospital’s Cancer Care & Infusion Center (S. Richardson)

Last Week:

Reginaldo Haslett-Marroquin has a really big idea. He wants to bring the 2023 World’s Fair to Minnesota.

This is more than a dream. He is actively working with a consortium led by Secretary of State Mark Ritchie to win the rights to host this global event and bring millions of visitors to the North Star State.

Regie would like Rotary Clubs across the state to be key partners in the event. He sees it is a great fit for an organization that is dedicated to bringing people together and building more understanding across cultures.

The most recent World’s Fair was held in Shanghai in 2010. Some 200 countries had exhibits that attracted 73 million visitors. Regie likes the rush of a project of this scale.

“I always get excited about big things like this,” he said.

It has been more than a generation since the World’s Fair was held in the United States. It’s time to bring it back, Regie said.

“The world wants to come to the U.S.,” he said. “They want the U.S. back in the international community.”

The bidding process requires patience and tenacity. A feasibility and economic impact study is being done this year. A bid must be submitted to the Bureau of International Expositions in 2015. A decision will be made in 2017. No other state is in the competition for 2023, although, both Texas and California are interested in future opportunities.

Regie sees a residual benefit for cities like Northfield. It would be a great opportunity to gain exposure and tell our story to a worldwide audience. Maybe we should bid on the cotton candy concession.


Last Week’s Guests: Jan Hanson, new Chief Financial Officer at St. Olaf College (Weber), and our snowbound students: Yoshino, Gunho, Lucas and Rodolfo.

Scholarship Enhancement: Mark Abbott

Announcements:

We need a couple of volunteers to transport two high school students to and from Camp RYLA later this month. The camp begins on Friday, April 25 in Hudson, Wis. The students need to be picked up in St. Paul on Tuesday, April 29. To be a volunteer driver, you need to complete the Rotary Child Protection Training, which is available on our web site. If you can help, contact Matt Hillmann.

Jean Wakely announced that there will be food and socializing aplenty on Thursday, May 1. We will be hosting a farewell for the visiting Swedish GSE team and a bon voyage for our district’s GSE team, which will be visiting Sweden, at the Laura Baker Association Dining Hall. It will begin at 5 p.m. with a social with a full turkey dinner to follow. Jean needs a head count soon, so please declare your intentions.

President Prichard announced that the St. Paul Sunrise Rotary Club will be hosting a seminar on “healthcare affordability” on Thursday, April 24. Former U.S. Senator David Durenberger will be one of the speakers.

Coming Up
April 24 — Vicki Langer, Classification, (Williams)
May 1 — David Phillips, Cincinnati Works, (Blaha)
May 8 — Kari Berit, The Unexpected Caregiver, (Pederson)
May 15 – No meeting

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Rotary Cogwheel | 04.03.2014

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 10:16pm

Today: John Sinning, Classification, (Estenson)

Birthdays: Rotarians around the globe!

Next Week: Susan Lohmann, Northfield Hospital & Clinics, Advanced Care Planning (Barry Carlson)

Last Week:

Sounds like Tim Madigan has a plan.

Last week, the Northfield City Administrator shared the city’s five-year Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) with us. This rolling document lays out a schedule for $13.6 million of investment in street improvements, sidewalk and trails, sanitary sewer, storm water, wastewater treatment plant and city buildings through 2018.

Included in this package is the new $7 million police station on Riverview Drive, scheduled to open in July; library renovations in the neighborhood of $1 million; the recent city hall reconfiguration and remodeling, $800,000; and lots of street projects.

Tim said there is a 30 to 50-year life cycle to most city streets. Engineers have a number of tools to extend the life of a street — seal coating every four to seven years, two-inch overlays every 15 to 20 years and full pavement and curb repair every 30 to 40 years. East Woodley, one of the most notorious streets in town, is actually a county road. Tim said the city is working with Rice County to move a $2.15 million improvement up from 2016 to 2015.

Sidewalks continue to be a source of controversy when street projects are done. For guidance, the city looks to a Safe Routes to School Plan developed in conjunction with the Northfield School District. He pronounced Northfield “fairly friendly” to sidewalks.

Tim said there is a need for more industrial-commercial land in the city. Our current menu is limited. He has revived the idea of developing an industrial park, recasting it as an enterprise park. He said the focus needs to be on just industrial and commercial development. A previous plan, which included some limited retail and housing, was met with resistance from some community members and decision-makers.


Mini-Classification:

Our speaker, Tim Madigan, hails from western Pennsylvania. He migrated to Minnesota to go to college and never left. He taught high school Social Studies for four years before going into city management. He has worked for five communities over a long career and will retire from his current position as Northfield’s city manager in September.

Last Week’s Guests: Matthias Rebkan (Craig)

Scholarship Enhancement: Ron Linde

Announcements:
There will be a benefit for Rebecca Casper’s family Saturday, April 5, 4 to 8 p.m. at the Northfield Ballroom. The evening will honor the memory of Rebecca, who was murdered in 2013, and help the family offset the costs associated with her funeral. For more information, see Jacob Conway.

Vicky Dilley reported that three new inbound students have been confirmed for next year, two girls and a boy.

Charlie Cogan reported that the World Health Organization has declared Southeast Asia polio free.  The 11 countries that make up the Southeast Asia region is home to a quarter of the world’s population. Those countries are Bangladesh, Bhutan, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, India, Indonesia, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Timor. For more information, go to:

http://www.polioeradication.org/tabid/488/iid/362/Default.aspx#sthash.xTZE7MjN.dpuf.

President Prichard announced that the St. Paul Sunrise Rotary Club will be hosting a seminar on “healthcare affordability” on Thursday, April 24. Former U.S. Senator David Durenberger will be one of the speakers.

We will be hosting a Group Study Exchange (GSE) team from Sweden April 30-May 3. We will need host families and other support for this visit. If you can help, contact Lee Dilley.

Our District conference is scheduled for Thursday, April 24, through Saturday, April 26. Details are on the district website.

Coming Up

April 17 – Tami O’Brien, Director of Northfield Hospital’s Cancer Care & Infusion Center (S. Richardson)
April 24 — Vicki Langer, Classification, (Williams)
May 1 — David Phillips, Cincinnati Works, (Blaha)
May 8 — Kari Berit, The Unexpected Caregiver, (Pederson)

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Rotary Cogwheel | 03.27.2014

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 9:41pm

Today: Spring Break Surprise

Birthdays: Yogi (3/27)

Next Week: John Sinning, Classification.

Last Week:

Bob Jacobel is unequivocal. Our current dependence on fossil fuels is responsible for unprecedented global warming, and the planet’s resilience is being tested as never before.

Bob is a professor of Physics and Environmental Science at St. Olaf College. For the better part of his career he has been part of the U.S. Antarctic Research Program, studying internal ice layering, which provides a window to climate trends over time.

“We’re doing an experiment on the earth the likes of which we haven’t seen in 800,000 years,” he said, referring to the human contribution to global warming.

Bob has had a front row seat to the vanishing ice shelves in Antarctica. Over the last 50 years, the temperature on the Antarctic peninsulas has risen by 5 degrees Fahrenheit. Ice shelves, the size of Connecticut, are disintegrating. He sees similar evidence in Greenland.

Polar regions are the canaries in the coal mine. They are the first to register the effects of climate change. As ice from the polar region melts, the high heat capacity of open water — and there is now more of it — accelerates the climate changes unfolding around us.

“We’re on a course for zero sea ice by the middle of the century,” he said.

Because of the “wiggles and wobbles” of the earth’s orbit, there the planet has seen interglacial periods repeat six times over some 600,000 years. But what’s happening now is different, and it could be transformative. The question, Bob says, is how do we maintain our standard of living without depending on fossil fuels.


Last Week’s Guests: Kalina Hall (Hall), Deb Anderson (Alan Anderson), Yoshino, Rodolfo, Lucas and Gungho (Dilley).

Scholarship Enhancement: John Ehresmann.

Announcements:

It will be St. Paul Rotary Night at the Minnesota Wild game Thursday, April 3. We are all invited. There will be a pre-game reception in Rice Park. Tickets are $65. A portion will be donated to the Rotary Foundation.

We will be hosting a Group Study Exchange (GSE) team from Sweden April 30-May 3. We will need host families and other support for this visit. If you can help, contact Lee Dilley.

Our District conference is scheduled for Thursday, April 24, through Saturday, April 26. Details are on the district website.

President Prichard said the board is looking for a speaker with some name recognition to schedule for a “Invite a Guest” Thursday, date to be determined. The board is also looking for one or two local projects to be considered for Rotary support.

Coming Up

April 10 – Susan Lohmann, Advanced Care Planning (Barry Carlson)
April 17 – Tami O’Brien, Director of Northfield Hospital’s Cancer Care & Infusion Center (S. Richardson)
April 24 — Vicki Langer, Classification (Williams)

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