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Rotary Cogwheel | 07.27.2017

Mon, 07/24/2017 - 8:20pm

Today’s Program | Thursday, July 27, 2017

Today: Mayor Rhonda Pownell, Northfield Strategic Planning 

Next Week: Scott Wopata, Director of The Key, Classification (Covey)

Birthdays: Steve Underdahl (7/24) and Jenni Roney (7/29)

Statement of Purpose: Northfield Rotary Club is dedicated to promoting peace and understanding through service and shared experience. We invite people from all corners of the community to join us as we partner with others to support youth, build sustainable infrastructure and preserve our planet. 

Last Week:
Several enterprising, socially-conscious young Northfielders have given residents another opportunity to go green.

Helen Forsythe, Amelia Ousley, Cliff Martin and several others have created Northfield Curbside Composting, a home pick-up service for environmentally-friendly disposal of organic waste, which includes food waste, soiled paper and yard waste.

“If it grew once, it can go in the compost,” Helen said.

For $6.50 a month, the service provides a five-gallon, sealed bucket with liners. Subscribers are asked to set it on the curb for collection every other Tuesday. The compost is taken to an organic dumpster and handed off to Dick’s Sanitation which transports it to Shakopee for processing.

Helen said the service is designed to divert organic waste from local landfills. It will not only prolong the life of landfills, but reduces the amount of methane emitted when organic waste is trapped by more inert materials.

This pilot program has been several years in the making. The group has been working with the city to secure all of the necessary permits. They currently have 200 subscribers. To learn more, go to nfldcompostcoop.com.

Mini Classification:
Speaking of bacteria and composting, Wendy Sivanich shared a medical episode from her life involving a stubborn intestinal bug that eluded several rounds of antibiotics before succumbing to a fecal transplant. Wendy called it “a miracle” cure.

Guests: Lisa Peterson (Conway)

Scholarship Enhancement: David Halsor

Announcements:

— Vintage Band Festival 2017 is this Saturday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. in Bridge Square. Great music all day, and it is free.

— Some scheduling notes for upcoming meetings: On Thursday, August 17, we will be meeting at Community Resource Bank for our regular luncheon meeting; then on Thursday, Sept. 7, attendance is required only for those who are volunteering for the Defeat of Jesse James Bike Tour. The program will be dedicated to the pre-tour chalk talk.

— On Friday, Sept. 29, there will be a 5:01 social event for Rotary members and their guests at Keepsake Cidery. Stay tuned for details.

— There are still spots to participate in Andrei Sivanich’s fourth annual Swiller Invitational Tennis Tournament Saturday, Aug. 5, at Northfield High School. All donations will support back yard improvements at The Key. Door prizes and donations are encouraged. For more information, contact Andrei at andrei.sivanich@gmail.com.

— Virginia Kaczmarek has rack cards promoting the 2017 bike tour that need to be distributed to bike shops and other outlets in the Twin Cities and the region. If you can help, see Virginia.

— Shelly Holden and Rick Estenson are leading the charge on gathering bike tour volunteers this year. If you volunteered last year, we will assume you are doing that job again unless we hear from you. It’s getting to be “go” time for one of our major fundraisers.

— Michelle Lasswell, our former club president, has accepted a seat on the district rotary board representing large clubs. Her leadership abilities continue to be recognized. Nice going, Michelle.

 

Our 2017-18 outbound students are:
Madison Asp — Finland

Joan Erickson — Argentina

Annika Fisher— South Africa

Bergen Hoff — Czech Republic/Slovakia

Emma Iverson — Spain

Alex Kovach — Japan

Joseph Kreis — Italy

Benjamin (Ben) Mohlke — Brazil

Piper Nelson — Germany

Jenna Olien — South Korea

Jack Overstreet — Brazil

Gregory Pelletier — Argentina

Espen Richardson — Norway

Elizabeth (Betsy) Schuerman — Denmark

Allison (Al) Weise — Thailand

Coming Up

August 10 — Katie Arnold, Rice County Dispute Resolution Program (Morlan)

August 17 — Vicki Dilley, District Grant — Bunk Beds in Tanzania (At Community Resource Bank)

August 24 — Charles Richardson, Experiences in Cuba (Prowe)

August 31 — Andrew Oftedal, Parks and Trails Council (Prowe and Schulte)

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Rotary Cogwheel | 07.20.2017

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 11:30am

Today’s Program | Thursday, July 20, 2017

Today: Amelia Ousley, Northfield Composting, (W. Sivanich)

Next Week: Wednesday, July 26 — Mayor Rhonda Pownell, Northfield’s Strategic Plan (5:15 p.m. at Imminent Brewing)

Birthdays: Jayne Hager Dee and Linda Willgohs (7/22)

Statement of Purpose: Northfield Rotary Club is dedicated to promoting peace and understanding through service and shared experience. We invite people from all corners of the community to join us as we partner with others to support youth, build sustainable infrastructure and preserve our planet.

Last Week:
Nate Watters’s description of running a cidery echoes a recent book on parenting titled “All Joy, No Fun.” He loves growing apples, and he loves adding value to those apples by using them for homegrown, all-Minnesota cider. But it is hard work.

But his business, Keepsake Cidery, is a calling of sorts. It is his effort to organize his work around some non-negotiable principles, such as: caring for the environment, staying local, caring for neighbors, friends and family, and doing it all with integrity.

“I wanted to find a way to be successful, but not exploit,” he said.

Cider was the drink of choice for most of the United States in its early years, Nate said. Prohibition knocked out the cider orchards, but now cider is experiencing a revival. Nate and his wife, Tracy Jonkman, are riding that wave. They have created a certified organic apple farm and locally-sourced cidery.

They are now in their third of operation. Nate grows his apples in a vineyard-like setting, using dwarf trees planted three feet apart. None of them would be mistaken for eating apples. He calls them “spitters.” He draws on 35 varieties of locally-grown apples to produce a tart, fresh wild cider with an alcohol content of around 7 percent.

His products are available in 130 different outlets between Blaine and Rochester. They also have limited weekend hours at their cidery south of Dundas. During the summer, they are open noon to 6 p.m. on Saturdays. In the fall they will open on Sundays as well.

Mini Classification:
Bruce Morlan drew on his time in the Air Force working the line crew in missile defense to say that everyone has a role to play in making this world a better place, even the cooks.

Guests: Craig Swenson (Pederson), Ellen Iverson and Cindy Kreis (W. Sivanich), Lisa Peterson (Conway) and Mariah (Taylor)

Scholarship Enhancement: Brad Frago, who no longer can be accused of insider trading.

Announcements:
— Vicky Langer is looking for volunteers at this year’s Vintage Band Festival Saturday, July 29, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Bridge Square. They need people for set-up and to staff the hospitality tent. The concerts themselves run from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

— Building on our visioning process in May, Alan Anderson is in the process of forming a Climate Action Committee for the club. Anyone interested is encouraged to contact Alan or Rick Estenson. During our visioning exercise, climate change was identified as an area of focus for the club under International Service. Alan also has a radio program each Monday at 8:45 a.m. on KYMN radio where he addresses climate issues. Next Monday will be the third of eight programs. The first two are archived and can be heard by going to KYMN’s website.

— If anyone would like to be a new member mentor, please see Barry Carlson. Being a mentor simply means that you would be willing to check-in or meet with a new member from time to time to answer their questions about the club. It’s a good way to get to know new people.

— With the passing of the torch from Michelle to Jean, the password has changed to access member information on our website. The new password is “wakely”, all lower case.

— Mike Leming still has spots available for his February trips to Vietnam and Thailand. See him if you are interested.

Our 2017-18 outbound students are:
Madison Asp — Finland
Joan Erickson — Argentina
Annika Fisher— South Africa
Bergen Hoff — Czech Republic/Slovakia
Emma Iverson — Spain
Alex Kovach — Japan
Joseph Kreis — Italy
Benjamin (Ben) Mohlke — Brazil
Piper Nelson — Germany
Jenna Olien — South Korea
Jack Overstreet — Brazil
Gregory Pelletier — Argentina
Espen Richardson — Norway
Elizabeth (Betsy) Schuerman — Denmark
Allison (Al) Weise — Thailand

Coming Up
August 3 — Scott Wopata, Director of The Key, Classification (Covey)
August 10 — Katie Arnold, Rice County Dispute Resolution Program (Morlan)
August 17 — Vicki Dilley, District Grant — Bunk Beds in Tanzania
August 24 — Charles Richardson, Experiences in Cuba (Prowe)

Categories: Organizations

Rotary Cogwheel | 07.13.2017

Tue, 07/11/2017 - 9:14pm

Today’s Program | Thursday, July 13, 2017

Today: Nate Watters, Keepsake Cidery (Morlan)

Next Week: Amelia Ousley, Northfield Composting, (W. Sivanich)

Birthdays: George Davis (7/1), Kari Nelson (7/12) and Jan Stevens (7/15) 

Statement of Purpose: Northfield Rotary Club is dedicated to promoting peace and understanding through service and shared experience. We invite people from all corners of the community to join us as we partner with others to support youth, build sustainable infrastructure and preserve our planet. 

Last Week:
The Northfield Rescue Squad is in need of a new heavy duty rescue truck.

Aramis Wells, captain and a 17-year veteran of the rescue squad, said it will cost somewhere north of $600,000. The Northfield VFW is taking the lead in the fundraising, but is canvassing the community for support. The campaign began this year; they hope to order the truck in 2019 and have it in operation by 2020.

This will be the rescue squad’s sixth vehicle since its inception 1959. The truck currently in service was purchased in 2000. Much has changed since then. The new truck will have numerous safety features, such as anti-lock breaks, rear camera for backing up and air bags. It will also accommodate newer and more effective extrication tools to deal with stronger automobile design.

The Northfield Rescue Squad is an all-volunteer group with 30 members who cover 144 square miles in and around Northfield. They responded to 229 calls last year, 85 were motor vehicle accidents.

If you are interested in donating, go online to NAFRS.org or contact Aramis at musketeer78@yahoo.com. You can also support the campaign through Amazon Smile.

Mini Classification:
John Ehresmann began his dental practice in Northfield in 1982. He worked with Buck and Remes at 711 Division Street while his wife, Gretchen, practiced medicine across the street. They raised two children here. John retired in 2011 and, for the past seven years, he has volunteered on natural disaster teams for the American Red Cross.

New Banner: President Wakely unfurled the new Rotary International banner. It reads: “Rotary Makes A Difference,” a slogan endorsed by our new Rotary International president, Ian Riseley of Austrialia.

Fond Farewell: Last week, Wanzita, Daniel and Eric all reported on their East Coast Rotary trip. New York City, Boston’s Freedom Trail and a roller coaster ride with Eric were some of the highlights. The three returned home last weekend. Nico and Mateo returned home last month.

Guests: Marty Anderson (Alan Anderson), Penny Hillemann (Kaczmarek), Kelly Chang (Hoschouer)

Scholarship Enhancement: Wendy Sivanich

Announcements:

— Jan Stevens invited all to enjoy this year’s abbreviated Vintage Band Festival Saturday, July 29, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Bridge Square. Great music; great time.

— Larry Fowler announced that a sculpture, “Between Earth and Sky,” created and donated by Mac Gimse, retired St. Olaf College Art professor, is being installed near the Dundas bike trail head. It’s 32-feet tall and made of stainless steel. There will be a formal dedication in early September.

— If anyone would like to be a new member mentor, please see Barry Carlson. Being a mentor simply means that you would be willing to check-in or meet with a new member from time to time to answer their questions about the club. It’s a good way to get to know new people.

 

Our 2017-18 outbound students are:
Madison Asp — Finland

Joan Erickson — Argentina

Annika Fisher— South Africa

Bergen Hoff — Czech Republic/Slovakia

Emma Iverson — Spain

Alex Kovach — Japan

Joseph Kreis — Italy

Benjamin (Ben) Mohlke — Brazil

Piper Nelson — Germany

Jenna Olien — South Korea

Jack Overstreet — Brazil

Gregory Pelletier — Argentina

Espen Richardson — Norway

Elizabeth (Betsy) Schuerman — Denmark

Allison (Al) Weise — Thailand

Coming Up

Wednesday, July 26 — Mayor Rhonda Pownell, Northfield’s Strategic Plan (5:15 p.m. at Imminent Brewing)

August 3 — Scott Wopata, Director of The Key, Classification (Covey)

August 10 — Katie Arnold, Rice County Dispute Resolution Program (Morlan)

August 17 — Vicki Dilley, District Grant — Bunk Beds in Tanzania

Categories: Organizations

Rotary Cogwheel | 07.06.2017

Thu, 07/06/2017 - 1:47pm

Today’s Program | Thursday, July 6, 2017

Today: Aramis Wells, Northfield Rescue Squad (Morlan)

Next Week: Nate Watters, Keepsake Cidery (Morlan)

Birthdays: Dayna Norvold (7/5) and Candy Taylor (7/7)

Statement of Purpose: Northfield Rotary Club is dedicated to promoting peace and understanding through service and shared experience. We invite people from all corners of the community to join us as we partner with others to support youth, build sustainable infrastructure and preserve our planet. 

Last Week:
Pam Tschida, a Rotarian from White Bear Lake, shared her story about a Fast for Hope project to improve the lives of residents in El Corozo, Nicaragua. The goal is to create systemic change by bringing quality, sustainable solutions to projects identified by the local community.

The need now is for books, medical supplies, clean water and passable roads. This project has been years in the making. Pam admits she was slow to get behind this initiative. “Before I went, I was not a believer,” she said. “But I connected with the people and it was all real.”

Several Rotary delegations have spent time in El Corozo, and relationships are being built with community members and NGOs that also are active in the country.

This District 5960 project is changing lives she said. Progress has been made on the literacy initiative, medical supplies and local roads. Pam said most people in El Corozo simply say they just want a better life for their children.

Another delegation will travel there in November. Two spots are still available. If you want more information, contact Dave Newman at dave@bancorgroup.com.

Mini Classification:

Alan Anderson was raised in Owatonna, graduated from Gustavus Adolphus and then pursued a Wildlife Management degree from the University of Oregon. He and his brother ran a bookstore for a few years in St. Cloud before Alan started a 35-year career as an executive with the Boy Scouts of America. Now retired, he volunteers his time with Rotary and the Boy Scouts and is a champion for addressing climate change.


Paul Harris Presentation:
A Paul Harris Fellow was presented to Karen Allawala in honor of her late husband, Ramiz, who passed away earlier this year. David Koenig, Bruce Morlan and Charlie Cogan coordinated the effort.

Guests: Lisa Peterson (Conway), Luis Dominguez (Rich), Georgene Malecha (Yogi) and Bill Lindberg (Koenig).

Scholarship Enhancement: John Ehresmann

Announcements: 

— Ron Linde thanked members of the club and their friends who helped with Cannon River clean-up recently.

Our 2017-18 outbound students are:
Madison Asp — Finland

Joan Erickson — Argentina

Annika Fisher— South Africa

Bergen Hoff — Czech Republic/Slovakia

Emma Iverson — Spain

Alex Kovach — Japan

Joseph Kreis — Italy

Benjamin (Ben) Mohlke — Brazil

Piper Nelson — Germany

Jenna Olien — South Korea

Jack Overstreet — Brazil

Gregory Pelletier — Argentina

Espen Richardson — Norway

Elizabeth (Betsy) Schuerman — Denmark

Allison (Al) Weise — Thailand

Coming Up

July 20 — Amelia Ousley, Northfield Composting, (W. Sivanich)

July 26 — Mayor Rhonda Pownell, Northfield’s Strategic Plan (5:15 p.m. at Imminent Brewing)

August 3 — Scott Wopata, Director of The Key, Classification (Covey)

August 10 — Katie Arnold, Rice County Dispute Resolution Program (Morlan)

Categories: Organizations