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Cogwheel – April 28, 2016

Tue, 04/26/2016 - 7:50pm

Today: Tom Hanson, retired Foreign Service Officer, the Geopolitics of Climate Change (R. Flaten)

Birthdays: Wayne Abdella (4/17), John Fossum and Dennis Hanson (4/19), Regi Haslett-Marroquin (4/28).

Next Week: Robert Garcia, Cinco de Mayo (Kallestad)

Last Week:

Project Friendship, a home-grown mentoring program that matches local college students with kids grades 2 through 7, is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

There will be a special event Saturday, May 7, at Central Park, beginning with a 5K run-walk at 9:30 a.m., a 1K fun run at 10:30 a.m. and family activities from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Sarah Van Sickle, executive director, said Project Friendship has served more than 4,000 children since 1965. The program goals are to improve self-confidence, self-worth and healthy decision-making in the lives of Northfield youth. Students from Carleton and St. Olaf are matched with a student based on similar interests. They meet one-to-one for an hour a week during the academic year and attend three large group activities. Most relationships last on average 2 ½ years. Many grow into lifelong relationships with life-long impact, Sarah said.

Statistics bear out the value of the program. Children who have the benefit of Project Friendship are more likely to assume leadership roles among their peers, more likely to participate in extra-curricular activities, less likely to become involved with alcohol or drugs, and more likely to go to college.

Sarah emphasized that there is mutual benefit in these relationships. The mentors get as much if not more out of the program as the kids. For them it is the multi-generational experience they don’t get on campus and a preview of life as a parent.

Project Friendship has 83 matches this year. Northfield Promise, a Healthy Community Initiative program that supports youth development cradle to career, has identified another 336 children who would benefit from having an adult presence in their lives.

The program is leveraging the 50th anniversary to build awareness of the program and to raise funds so the program can remain free to all.

For more information, go to: www.projectfriendshipmentoring.org.


Mini-Classification:

As the Northfield Y closes in on a second anniversary (It opened in September 2014.) Virginia Kaczmarek, executive director, was excited to share some statistics with us. The Y has 5,000 members, 26 percent above projections. Seventy-five percent have a Northfield address.  Seventy-five percent sign up as families. The largest demographic is an adult 24-52 with children. During 2015, 3,392 guest passes were issued, and someone crossed the Y threshold 133,000 times during the year. She also mentioned Northfield’s Healthy Kids Day is coming up on Saturday, April 30. Lots of fun activities for the kids.


New Members:

Sharon Flaten and Richard Schulte were formally inducted into the club. Sharon, who is married to Robert Flaten, has a background in nursing and educational psychology. Richard is an active community member who serves on the Northfield Planning Commission. Sharon is sponsored by Peg Prowe, Richard by Richard Collman.


Guests: Tom Hanson (R. Flaten), Andrei Sivanich (W. Sivanich), Ramiz Allawala (Cogan) and Gunho Park, former exchange student, now in school in British Columbia, (Brown-Wescott)

Scholarship Enhancement:  Chris Weber, a testament to tenacity

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. Details to follow.

On Thursday, May 12, we will be meeting at Community Resource Bank, lower level, for lunch and a performance by the fabulous Troubadours.

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

Charlie Cogan announced to upcoming sporting events to help benefit the Polio Plus campaign. The first is a golf tournament associated with the May 12 and 13 District Conference. The second is a Polio Plus night at the Twins-Yankees game Saturday, June 18.

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 12 — The Fabulous Troubadours and lunch at Community Resource Bank

May 19 — Kim Briske, Classification (Hillmann)

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

June 2 — Wendy Sivanich, Classification (Estenson)

Quote for the Day:

“There is no higher religion than human service. To work for the common good is the greatest creed.” Albert Schweitzer

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Northfield Rotary donors recognized as ‘major donors’

Wed, 04/20/2016 - 3:26pm

Northfield Rotarian Scott Richardson wrote a great piece in the Northfield News regarding major donors in the Northfield Rotary club.

Here’s the link to the post.

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Rotary Cogwheel | 04.21.2016

Wed, 04/20/2016 - 8:27am

Today: Sarah Van Sickle, Project Friendship (Kaczmarek)

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

Next Week: Tom Hanson, retired Foreign Service Officer, the Geopolitics of Climate Change (R. Flaten)

Last Week:

After eight years of researching and writing about Harold Stassen, author Steve Werle says the former Minnesota Governor and perennial presidential candidate deserves to be remembered as more than a political punch line. The more he read about Gov. Stassen and the more he studied his record, Werle gained a greater appreciation for how much Stassen accomplished over his lifetime.

“I wish we had more people like him today,” he said.

So here are some of those accomplishments Steve included in his book: “Stassen, Again.”

— Stassen graduated from Humboldt High School in St. Paul at the age of 15.

— He was elected Dakota County Attorney at the age of 22.

— He argued and won a case before the U.S. Supreme Court at the age of 26.

— In 1938, running as a progressive, internationalist Republican, he was elected

governor of Minnesota, the youngest governor in state history.

— He won re-election in 1942, but handed over the office to Northfield’s Ed Thye,

the Lieutenant Governor, so he could join the Navy.

— Stassen helped liberate 20,000 POWs in Tokyo as the war drew to a close.

— He served on the United States delegation to the United National Charter

Commission.

— Stassen served in the Eisenhower Administration from 1953-1957.

— And he ran for president 10 times.

Recent generations remember Stassen for his quixotic presidential runs and an ill-fitting toupee. But Steve knows him for battling organized crime, crusading for international understanding, and reviving a fading Minnesota Republican Party in the late 1930s. When he is not researching, writing or promoting his book, Steve teaches Advanced History at the Academy of Holy Angels in Richfield.


Mini-Classification:

Charlie Kyte was recruited for a board position with United National Association Minnesota by our own Robert Flaten. The group promotes and advocates for democracy and diplomacy around the world. Since 2004, the organization has reached more than 17,000 students with its Model United Nations program and in-school curriculum. Last year alone, more than 3,000 students and 70 teachers from 51 schools participated in the program. If you want to learn more, talk to Charlie.


New Member:

Janine Atchinson, Housing Coordinator for the City of Northfield, was formally inducted into the club. Chris Heineman is her sponsor. Welcome Janine.


Guests: Michael Nemo (R. Flaten)

Scholarship Enhancement: The Lucky One – Richard Maus

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. Details to follow.
  • On Thursday, May 12, we will be meeting at Community Resource Bank, lower level, for lunch and a performance by the fabulous Troubadours.
  • Erin Bailey had her baby, Carter Thomas, on April 4. Mother and baby are doing well.
  • Michelle Lasswell reported that we now have 137 members in our club.
  • You are invited to attend the Annual District Conference on May 12-13 at Mystic LakeCasino.  It is a combined event with District 5950.  There will be golf on Thursday and a big Celebration Dinner on Friday and a Project-in-a-Day.

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 5 — Robert Garcia, Cinco de Mayo (Kallestad)

May 12 — The Fabulous Troubadours and lunch at Community Resource Bank

May 19 — Kim Briske, Classification (Hillmann)

May 25 — Griff Wigley and Marty Larson, CROCT (Heinemann)

Quote for the Day:

“I slept and I dreamed that life is all joy. I woke and I saw that life is all service. I served and I saw that service is joy.”

― Kahlil Gibran

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Rotary Cogwheel | 04.14.2016

Wed, 04/13/2016 - 10:27am

Today: Steve Werle, author of book on Harold Stassen (Kyte)

Birthdays: Rotarians around the globe.

Next Week: Sarah Van Sickle, Project Friendship (Kaczmarek)

Last Week:

Let the wallpapering begin.

The addition to the Northfield Public Library is almost complete, according to Teresa Jensen, Director of Northfield Public Library. The $3 million renovation will be celebrated Saturday, May 7, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a ribbon-cutting, music, tours and activities all day long. All are invited.

The new atrium on the building’s east side is the library’s signature feature, but that tells only part of the story. Its addition allowed architects to rework the interior space, removing the stairway from the middle of the building to free up more room for children’s services, shelving, more efficient staff space, conference space and public access.

But there are many “invisible” features to this project, Teresa said, some that the public will never see, such as air handling, building footings, an interior sprinkler system, insulation, power and data cable. The new library will have LED lighting, more computers, study space, an improved book drop and an overhead public address system.

Outside, the Carnegie Porch will be renovated and a Division Street patio created. There will be improved access, better exterior lighting and a number of landscape upgrades.

This is all a far cry from the $13 million of improvements recommended in 2008 after several studies were done to determine library needs. But Jensen says it represents “the library of the future.” The project got off the ground in 2014 when then-City Administrator Tim Madigan offered the library $1 million in city funds for renovation. That was accepted and the library board and Friends of the Library initiated a capital campaign that has raised more than $1.3 million from 500-plus donors. The project required the off-site storage of much of the library’s collection and the temporary relocation of library services to the second floor of City Hall. Jensen said some 50,000 books were expected to be loaded into the library earlier this week and would be shelved by the end of April.

This is the second major renovation of the library since it was built in 1910 with a construction grant from steel mogul-turned-philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. The other was an expansion in 1985 that tripled library space.


New Members:

Dorothy Ishler, a psychologist and owner of Center for Human Resources in Northfield, and John Larson, a commercial loan officer at First National Bank, were formally inducted into the club. Dorothy’s sponsor is Jean Wakley; John’s is Matt Rich. Welcome Dorothy and John.


Guests: Char Carlson (Bill Carlson), Hans Muessig (Jensen), Caroline Holden (Holden), Steve Maus (Maus), Richard Schulte (Halsor), and Kari Nelson (V. Dilley).

Scholarship Enhancement: A delighted Jean Wakely

Announcements:

Vicki Langer, our new chair of Youth Exchange, is looking for 12 host families for four students next year. If you have leads or could help, contact her.

Tim Madigan has turned the reins of the Program Committee over to Elizabeth Child. If you have program ideas, she is listening. Tim will remain a member of the committee.

Chris Weber reported that applications from six St. Olaf students and one from Carleton will be considered by the District for a Global Grant Scholarship. The interviews will be later in April.

News of Dr. Matt Hillmann’s selection as the new superintendent for Northfield Schools was greeted by a standing ovation. Matt said he feels grateful to follow in the wake of Dr. Chris Richardson, who has done an outstanding job working with a community that places a high value on education. Dr. Richardson said Matt will carry on the Northfield tradition of educating all of our students.

You are invited to attend the Annual District Conference on May 12-13 at Mystic Lake Casino.  It is a combined event with District 5950.  There will be golf on Thursday and a big Celebration Dinner on Friday and a Project-in-a-Day.

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

April 28 — Tom Hanson, retired Foreign Service Officer, the Geopolitics of Climate

Change (R. Flaten)

May 5 — TBA

May 12 — The Fabulous Troubadours and lunch at Community Resource Bank

May 19 — Kim Briske, Classification (Hillmann)

Quote for the Day:

“No one has ever become poor by giving.”

― Anne Frank, diary of Anne Frank: the play

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Rotary Cogwheel | 04.07.2016

Wed, 04/06/2016 - 11:35pm

Today: Teresa Jensen, Library Remodeling (Madigan)

Birthdays: Rachel Estrella (4/6)

Next Week: Steve Werle, author of book on Harold Stassen (Kyte)

Last Week:

The Rotary Foundation was the focus of this year’s visit from District Governor Marlene Gargulak and Kyle Haugen of the Rotary Foundation Fund Development Committee. Kyle encouraged Rotary members to make the foundation our “charity of choice.” It has received national recognition for being both effective and efficient, he said. It leverages partnerships with nonprofits and private entities to increase its impact around the globe. Unlike many charities, Kyle said, the Rotary Foundation allows members to have a say in how the funds are invested.

The foundation has played a big role in funding several of our projects, both international and local. It contributed $15,000 to our Thailand project, $3,250 for the skateboard park, $5,000 for the Music Plaza and an investment in the Togo Clean Water and Sanitation project is under consideration. Kyle thanked us for our contributions to Polio Plus and for our annual giving, and reminded us that there are many opportunities to do more. The foundation will be celebrating its centennial anniversary in 2017. Kyle said plans are in the works to properly mark that milestone.


Major donors recognized

District Governor and Kyle Haugen took time to honor our club’s major foundation donors. Greg and Nancy Carlson, David Brown and Brett Reese each received a plaque and a special pin. Charlie Cogan, a previously acknowledged major donor, helped with the recognition.


Guests: Evelyn Sadri from Flensburg, Germany (Reppmann); Richard Schulte (Collman); Andy Lewis (Estrella); Exchange Students who reported on Spring Break and performed magic!

Scholarship Enhancement: Beth Kallestad


Announcements:

Peggy Prowe thanked Erica Zweifel for testifying at the State Legislature recently in support of including Mill Towns Trail in this year’s bonding bill.

Charlie Cogan announced that the Rotary Day at Target Field in support of Polio Plus will be Saturday, June 18. See him for details.

The gratitude keeps flowing. St. Olaf’s Global Brigade sent us a photo and thank you note for our contribution to its project. We also received thank you noted from District 5960 for our Polio Plus donation and from Alice Thomas, this year’s recipientof the Good Neighbor Award.

You are invited to attend the Annual District Conference on May 12-13 at Mystic Lake Casino.  It is a combined event with District 5950.  There will be golf on Thursday and a big Celebration Dinner on Friday and a Project-in-a-Day.

Here is a list of this year’s outbound students. Some have already departed.

  • 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

April 21 — Sarah Van Sickle, Project Friendship (Kaczmarek)

April 28 — Tom Hanson, retired Foreign Service Officer, the Geopolitics of Climate Change (R. Flaten)

May 5 — TBA

May 12 — The Fabulous Troubadours

Quote for the Day:

“You are what you do, not what you say you’ll do.”

― C.G. Jung

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