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Rotary Cogwheel | 03.05.2015

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 12:18pm

Today: Albert Nyembwe, Cilongu Foundation, (Spethmann)

Birthdays: Pat O’Neill (3/5) and Mark Quinnell (3/7)

Next Week: Ken Drivdahl, Life of a Skier and Cyclist (Madigan)

Last Week

Philipy is clearly a great ambassador for his home country of Brasil and a great promoter of all things Brasilian.

He knows of what he speaks. He was born in Itabira, Minas Gerais, Brasil in 1997.

His hometown is known for mining, architecture, coffee and poetry. It was home to Carlos Drummond, who is considered one of the most influential Brasilian poets of the 20th century.

Brasil has 202 million people spread across 8.5 million square kilometers. It is the largest country in South America. The capital is Brasilia. Portuguese is the common language, but it incorporates native Tupi language so it is different from what you would hear in Portugal.

Philipy shared examples of Brasil’s food and wildlife. He noted that avocado is considered a dessert item there, usually mixed with sugar. He shared a dynamic promotional video titled “Why to Come to Brasil,” which featured surfing, boating, fishing, beaches, waterfalls, wildlife, the Amazon, Cities, adventure, soccer, and carnival.


Mini Classification

Mark Quinnell is the quintessential “townie.” Except for a two-month furlough, he has lived all of his life in Northfield. He and his wife, Susan, have two grown children. Emily, 27, a former Rotary Exchange student, lives in Madison, Wis. and works as a child protection officer. Evan, 22, is working with a non-profit in Ecuador, teaching English among other things. They both graduated from St. Olaf College.

Mark has been a State Farm insurance agent in Northfield for 23 years. He took over his father’s agency after his father died. Mark is an Ole, but has high regard for Carleton College. He is a past president of Rotary and remains involved with our youth exchange program.


Guests: It would be easier to list who wasn’t there. Philipy had a huge following.

Scholarship Enhancement: Jim Blaha

Announcements:

— Reminder that the Rotary Clothing Incentive has been extended. Many have taken advantage of it.

— Bob Will reported that Jessie Diggins, who visited the club a while back looking for sponsorship, took second in the Nordic Skiing World Championships in Norway. She is first American woman to ever medal at the World Championships.

— Barry Carlson announced a fundraiser for the Musical Plaza at Way Park will be held at First UCC Church, 300 Union, Saturday, March 7, at 7 p.m. It is called “Jazz and Desserts.”

—There will be a Rotary Women’s Event at Community Resource Bank Sunday, March 15, 11-1. A $15 donation is recommended. Proceeds will go to the skate park. For more information, see Jean Wakely.

— Friends and family will gather Sunday, March 15, 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Northfield Golf Course, 707 Prairie St., remember Ken Bank, former President and CEO of Northfield Hospital & Clinics and a former member of this club.

Past Northfield Rotary Club meeting videos on Youtube: NorthfieldRotaryClubVideos

Coming Up

March 19 — Guilia Mercanti, Inbound Exchange Student (Brown-Wescott)

March 26 — Denny Hanson, President and CEO of Community Resource Bank, Classification (Weber)

April 2 — Kevin Born (R. Lorang)

April 9 — Marcelo, Inbound Exchange Student (Pat and Dawn O’Neill)

April 16 — Beth Berry, TORCH, (Hillmann)

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Rotary Cogwheel | 02.26.2015

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 1:09pm

Today: Philipy inbound exchange student (Quinnell)

Birthdays: Brad Frago (2/22) and James Schlichting (2/25)

Next Week: Albert Nyembwe, Cilongu Foundation, (Spethmann)

Last Week:

Susie Nakasian is hoping her train will soon pull out of the station.

She’s talking about the Central MN Inter-City Passenger Rail Initiative she is promoting. It would use existing rail lines to connect cities in southern Minnesota and some suburban communities with the Twin Cities.

The project is gathering steam. Thirty-five regional cities and counties from Albert Lea to St. Paul, as well as local stakeholder groups, including the City of Northfield and many Rotary Partners (including Northfield Hospital & Clinics, EDA, Northfield Chamber, NDDC, and School Board, among others) have written official letters of support to the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT).

Now serving her second term on the Northfield City Council, Susie says this project will be good for Northfield, delivering part of what the next generations of workers are looking for — good coffee, good Internet and good rail transportation. She said it will aid in economic development, reduce our population’s carbon footprint and reduce the windshield time for the roughly 50 percent of workers (60 percent of our high-income earners) who commute out from Northfield each day.

MnDOT has moved this project to the top of its priority list for rail development. Susie said state officials need to be convinced that there is enough interest to move forward. The public comment on this project ends March 10. She encouraged people for or against to go to the www.mnrail.org and share their opinions. If the project gets the green light, she has been told the trains could be running in two to four years.


Mini-Classification:

Tim Madigan, recently retired city administrator, received a promotion. He is now chair of the Rotary Program Committee, thanks to some Machiavellian maneuvers by his predecessors. If you have an idea for a program, please share it with him.


Guests: Kevin Ely (Fenton), William (Yogi), Adam Hough (Rich)

Scholarship Enhancement: Brad Frago

Announcements:
— Adam Hough of the North Star Council of the Boy Scouts of America thanked Rotary for supporting the partnership the scouts have with the school district to provide enrichment for children during the summer and after school.

— Charlie Cogan reported that a major donation to the Prior Lake Rotary Club is pushing our district foundation closer to its fundraising goal of $1 million for Polio Plus. For seven years, we’ve held the distinction of being the club with the most contributions. Charlie said we can all celebrate being dethroned by Prior Lake. It’s for a good cause.

— Elizabeth Child announced a new United Way 100 Percent Local project. She is looking for folks who enjoy some hands-on, field work to help cultivate 10 CSA shares at the SEEDS farm. If you are interested, talk to her.

— Friends and family will gather Sunday, March 15, 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Northfield Golf Course, 707 Prairie St., to pay tribute to Ken Bank, former President and CEO of Northfield Hospital & Clinics and a former member of this club.

Past Northfield Rotary Club meeting videos on Youtube: NorthfieldRotaryClubVideos

Coming Up

March 12 — Chris Kennelly, Classification, (Reese)

March 19 — Guilia Mercanti, inbound exchange student (Brown-Wescott)

March 26 — Denny Hanson, President and CEO of Community Resource Bank, Classification (Weber)

April 2 — Kevin Born (R. Lorang)

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Paul Harris Fellowship Incentive Program (updated)

Thu, 02/19/2015 - 11:27am

<<This program has been extended until June 30, 2015>>

Rotarians are encouraged to make a minimum annual contribution of $100 to support the Rotary Foundation and its important international causes. The encouragement is in the form of a program called Every Rotary Every Year (EREY). Members who contribute to qualifying programs earn points towards earning a prestigious Paul Harris Fellowship (PHF).

Our Rotary club has elected to offer an additional form of encouragement. As was announced at the 7/3 meeting, club members who start or continue a Paul Harris Fellowship campaign and meet the individual EREY goal ($100) will receive an article of Rotary-branded apparel from Larson’s Printing in Northfield.

This offer is open to the first 25 participants to complete their EREY goal between July 1, 2014 and June 30, 2015.

Members with current PHF campaigns in progress can still qualify for the clothing by making an additional $100 contribution toward his or her PHF within the six-month period.

The choices of clothing are shown here: Rotary Clothing Options.

To make your EREY contribution, please visit the Rotary site’s giving page.

Categories: Organizations

Rotary Cogwheel | 02.19.2015

Tue, 02/17/2015 - 10:18pm

Today: Suzie Nakasian, InterCity Rail Initiative (Madigan)

Birthdays: Jane Fenton and John Stull (2/18), Peg Prowe (2/19) and Brad Frago (2/22).

Next Week: Philipy inbound exchange student (Quinnell)

Last Week:

Here’s your chance to be part of the solution. Northfield Area Community Solar, a local nonprofit that is developing a solar garden east of town, is giving you the opportunity to reduce your carbon footprint and put the brakes on global warming.

Mary Jo Christofaro, who shares the role of community solar coordinator with Erica Zweifel, said it’s not too late to make a difference. Recent renewable energy legislation has unleashed a wave of solar energy development in Minnesota. Northfield Area Community Solar is inviting any Xcel customer who lives in Rice County or any adjacent county to subscribe to their garden.

The energy generated by the garden will go to the grid, and you will receive a credit on your electric bill. You can buy a certain amount of energy up to 120 percent of your annual consumption with a front-end investment or a pay-as-you-go plan. Subscriptions are for 25 years with a payback for front-end investors at 18 years. The pay-as-you-go plan has a longer payback.

Bigger developers are seeing an opportunity with Minnesota’s renewable energy legislation, they said. Their projects are aimed at larger business customers and institutions. Erica said Northfield Solar is trying to keep the “community in community solar.” Their solar garden is an avenue for the residential customer.

They are trying to keep the project as local and home-grown as possible. Minnesota Community Solar is the developer. It will lease the land, manage the subscriptions, and pay for the insurance and maintenance. The solar garden will be built with Minnesota made panels and Minnesota labor.

The local buy-in period end in May. So Mary and Erica encourage you to act now. To get started with your community solar subscription, go to: mncommunitysolar.com/northfield.


Mini-Classification: Erica Zweifel noted that she has been a member of Rotary for two years. In that time, her son, now 15, has grown six inches, and she has a handle on her work staffing the National Association of Geoscience Teachers for Carleton College’s Science Education Resource Center (SERC).


Guests: Matt Rohn (S. Richardson), Linne Jensen and George Kinney (Haslett-Marroquin), Jesse Streitz (Williams) and Emily, Riley, Joey, Jack and William (Yogi).

Scholarship Enhancement: Laurie Williams, a well-earned gratuity for her piano work.

Announcements:

— President Rich said the club will be invoicing all of us electronically in the second quarter of 2015. Make sure your e-mail address is correct in the membership directory. That will be their guide.

— The Paul Harris Foundation clothing incentive program has been extended for six months. There is still time to make a donation, look sharp and promote Rotary using subliminal sartorial advertising.

— Yogi will be presenting on Angela Merkel, German Lady Chancellor and chairwoman of the Christian Democratic Union, Saturday, Feb. 28, 1:30 p.m. at Carleton College. For more information, contact him at yogireppmann@gmail.com.

Past Northfield Rotary Club meeting videos on Youtube: NorthfieldRotaryClubVideos


Coming Up

March 5 — Albert Nyembwe, Cilongu Foundation, (Spethmann)

March 12 — Chris Kennelly, Classification, (Reese)

March 19 — Guilia Mercanti, inbound exchange student (Brown-Wescott)

March 26 — Denny Hanson, President and CEO of Community Resource Bank, Classification (Weber)

Categories: Organizations

Rotary Cogwheel | 02.12.2015

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 12:52pm

Today: Mary Jo Christofaro and Erica Zweifel, Northfield Solar Project (Zweifel)

Birthdays: Janet Hanson (2/13)

Next Week: Denny Hanson, President and CEO of Community Resource Bank, Classification (Weber)

Last Week:

Tanner Schiek is a boom-a-rang college student. Originally from Austin, Minn., he graduated from Carleton College and worked in a couple of larger Midwestern cities. But when it came time to put down roots and raise a family, he chose to come back to Northfield.

His wife, Jackie, is the orthodontist behind Schiek Orthodontics, a new Northfield dental practice. She went to dental school in Kansas City and practiced for a couple of years in her home town of Sioux Falls.

Their wish list for a place to live could have been lifted from a Northfield’s community development brochure. They were looking for a family-friendly community with good schools, one with a vibrant downtown, interesting people, a small-town feel, and proximity to the Twin Cities. Because of Tanner’s college experience here, Northfield was an easy sell.

They bought a building on Jefferson Road south of Jefferson Parkway for multi-purpose use. Jackie has her orthodontic practice in one half; they remodeled the other half for living space. Jackie commutes exactly eight steps to work each day.

Tanner is a half-time stay-at-home dad with two small boys and manages the business end of the practice. Tanner said thanks to good working relationships with dentists in town, their business is growing. Patients primarily come from Northfield, but word gets around. They treat people from as far away as Rochester and the Twin Cities.


Mini-Classification

Candy Taylor had two things to share: 1) Northfield Shares, the amalgam of Northfield Area Foundation and Fifth Bridge, has new offices in the SMSQ building on Water Street, and 2) She is a fan of the new Northfield Y.


Guests: Matt Christensen (Estenson), Caitlin Elliot (Rich)

Scholarship Enhancement: Curtis Tiano

Announcements:

— The Parks and Trails Council of Minnesota is honoring Peggy Prowe with the 2015 Reuel Harmon Award, an annual recognition for exemplary service and outstanding achievements on behalf of the state’s parks and trails. Peggy is being recognized for her tireless work on the development of Mill Towns Trail and for her ongoing advocacy and support for trail development and outdoor exercise. Peggy will receive the award at the council’s annual meeting on March 24. Reuel Harmon was a founding member of the Minnesota Council of State Parks. He died in 1994.

— Greater Northfield Sustainability Collaborative’s “Love Your Planet Weekend” will be Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 13-15, at the Carleton College Weitz Center and First United Church of Christ. This is a follow-up to last winter’s climate summit, which was sponsored, in part, by Rotary. Erica Zweifel said all events are free, but pre-registration is encouraged. See Erica if you have questions.

— President Rich announced that Jayne Hager-Dee has been formally approved for membership.

— Several board members accompanied President Rich to a district conference in Roseville on January 31. There is safety in numbers.

— The Bike Tour Committee, under the leadership of Chris Heinemann, had its first meeting of the year Tuesday.


Past Northfield Rotary Club meeting videos on Youtube: NorthfieldRotaryClubVideos

Coming Up:

Feb. 26 — Philipy inbound exchange student (Quinnell)

March 5 — Albert Nyembwe, Cilongu Foundation, (Spethmann)

March 12 — Chris Kennelly, Classification, (Reese)

March 19 — Guilia Mercanti, inbound exchange student (Brown-Wescott)

Categories: Organizations

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