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Rotary Cogwheel | January 18.2018

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 4:09pm

Today’s Program | Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018

Today: Jenni Ronni, Classification, (Zweifel)

Next Week: To Be Announced

Birthdays:  Rick Esse and Mike Leming (1/16) and Mark Abbott (1/17)

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:
Patricia Fenrick, Refugee Workforce Development and Outreach Specialist with the State Department of Human Services, said immigrants are a part of our story and a part of our future. With a shortage of able-bodied workers as we approach full employment, they are critical to our future economic growth, she said.

Immigrants already settled in Minnesota account for 7.5 percent of our gross domestic production. They hold $1.8 billion in spending power and pay some $220 million annually in state and local taxes.

Patricia gave us a sneak preview to the “World in Your Lobby” workshop scheduled for Friday, Feb. 23, at the United Methodist Church that will address working with people of different cultures and identities.

The workshop is provided by CAC-Northfield Works. This is a partnership between Northfield employers, CAC clients, volunteers and staff that helps people work toward economic independence and improved quality of life through earned income. The workshop is being funded by a Northfield Shares grant. Rotary is a partner for the event.

Mini-Classification:

Jim Blaha is executive director of the Northfield Community Action Center. He spends his days looking for ways to provide basic needs to those who live on the margins. A Rotarian since 2000, he has been a board member and served as president in 2006-2007. He said Rotary is a powerful voice in the community and he is proud to be a member.

Guests: Nalongue Cogan (Cogan), Kier Johnson (B. Johnson), Laura Schlotterback (Blaha) and  numerous guests associated with the World in Your Lobby workshop.

Scholarship Enhancement: John “Red Cross” Ehresmann

Announcements:
David Koenig invites anyone interested in the club’s Ethical Leadership Committee to meet with him today after our noon meeting.

The board voted last month to support a pilot project to provide an evening meal at the KEY one Wednesday a month. Janine Atchison is looking for volunteers who will shop for supplies, coordinate the evening or cook on a specific Wednesday evening. See her if you can help.

You are invited to participate in an upcoming North American Ice Fishing tournament Friday, Jan. 26 through Sunday, Jan. 28. There will be free indoor seminars at Jesse James Lanes and an ice fishing kids’ camp. The tournament, itself, with a $14,000 payout, will be held at Cedar Lake. See Lisa Peterson for details.

Youth exchange students are taking to the Welch Village slopes on Sunday, Feb. 4. If you are interested in going, see Todd Thompson.

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:

February 1 — Human Trafficking (Thompson)

February 8 — Penny Hillemann, Classification (Kaczmarek)

February 15 — Robert Massoud, How a Just Palestine-Israel Peace Can Save the Planet (Rogers)

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Rotary Cogwheel | January 11.2018

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 8:10am

Today’s Program | Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018

Today: Patricia Fenswick, Refugees in the Workplace (Blaha)

Next Week: Jenni Ronni, Classification, (Zweifel)

Birthdays: Ragh Singh (1/10) and Lynne Pederson (1/11)

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:

Houston. We have a problem.

The earth is warming at an unprecedented rate; humans are the cause and it’s an urgent issue, says Alan Anderson, chair of our Climate Action Committee.

Save for a handful of “merchants of doubt,” Alan says the scientific community is unanimous in its recognition of the human influence on global warming. “It is no hoax,” he said.

Sixteen of the last 17 years are the warmest years on record. Average global temperature has increased by 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit. Ice caps are melting faster than projected. Coastal waters are rising, and climate change has sparked more severe natural disasters, ranging from hurricanes in the gulf and Atlantic to forest fires in California. The only way to combat these changes is to reduce our carbon emissions, he said.

Rotary, with its global reach and track record of success, is uniquely positioned to address these issues, Alan said. On a national scale, Alan sees benefits of implementing a carbon fee and dividend. Locally, he reminded us of our educational efforts at climate summits and our support of city leaders in their efforts to reduce its carbon footprint.

Climate change affects everyone, he said. It puts at risk all of Rotary’s six areas of focus — peace and conflict prevention/resolution, disease prevention and treatment, water and sanitation, maternal and child health, basic education and literacy, and economic and community development. Ultimately, we owe it to our children, grandchildren and all future generations to take this issue seriously and to act, he said.

Mini-Classification:
Rick Estenson, a member since 1999, pointed us to a recent missive from the president of Rotary International, Ian Riseley, where he encouraged us to actively seek to attract younger people and women to our clubs. Diversity is our strength, President Risely wrote. He said our clubs must reflect the world in which we live.

Marston Headley Award

David Wolf, our long-time treasurer, was named this year’s winner of the Marston Headley Award. The award goes each year to a club member who provides exceptional service to the club or the community. David was cited for his unassuming and supportive nature while keeping track of money in and money out for the club over the past five years. The award is named for past member Marston Headley, now deceased, who was a past president and long-time secretary for the club. Congratulations David. He now must find an appropriate landing for the fabled traveling Rotary shovel, which will be in his custody for the next 12 months.

Guests: Lin Wolf (Rotary) and Richard DeBeau (the law firm of Craig and Davis)

Scholarship Enhancement: The affable Charlie Gogan

Announcements:
David Koenig invites anyone interested in the club’s Ethical Leadership Committee to meet with him next week after our noon meeting.

The board voted last month to support a pilot project to provide an evening meal at the KEY one Wednesday a month. Janine Atchison is looking for volunteers who will shop for supplies, coordinate the evening or cook on a specific Wednesday evening. See her if you can help.

Chris Weber is looking for 10 more club members to read to elementary students at our elementary schools as part of Northfield Promise’s literacy campaign.  We have 20 already committed and going through the required background check. If you can help, see Chris.

President Wakely said the movie “Breathe,” starring Andrew Garfield, is a movie that will provide information and insight into polio and the development of the iron lung. If you have a chance, she encourages you to see it.

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:

January 25 — Beatriz Rebello, Exchange Student (Stevens)

February 1 — Human Trafficking (Thompson)

February 8 — Penny Hillemann, Classification (Kaczmarek)

February 15 — Robert Massoud, How a Just Palestine-Israel Peace Can Save the Planet (Rogers)

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Rotary Cogwheel | January 4.2018

Wed, 01/03/2018 - 7:41am

Today’s Program | Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018

Today: Pau Ortemberg, our inbound exchange student from Spain (Chavie).

Next Week: Patricia Fenswick, Refugees in the Workplace (Blaha)
Birthdays: Fred Rogers (1/4) and Curtis Tiano (1/6)
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:
Northfield Promise is taking a “collective impact” approach to improve the reading levels of our elementary students. It’s looking to align all of the community’s literacy efforts in service to this goal.

Laura Turek of Northfield Healthy Community (HCI), staffs the reading team for Northfield Promise. She said the program aims to measure what matters, identify best practices and implement what evidence suggests works. Northfield Promise wants all kids to be ready to read by third grade. The team is promoting reading to kids of all ages, making books more accessible to all families, involving the family, mentoring and integrating reading into a wide range of out of school activities.

Northfield Promise has created a number of outreach efforts. They include the Book Bike, a bi-pedal version of the bookmobile; providing books on school buses; a program called Bookends, reading before and after a youth activity such as soccer or dance; and now Breakfast Buddies. Laura is recruiting readers to share stories with kids during their 25-minute breakfast period at our elementary schools. If you are interested in participating, see Chris Weber or contact Laura Turek at laura@northfieldhci.org
Mini-Classification:
Chris Weber, a native of Chicago and a graduate of St. Olaf, has spent 23 years in the financial services and investment industry. He moved to Northfield with his wife Deanne in 1999 and now works for Community Resource Bank. They have two children.

Chris reminded us that our Literacy Committee began in 2010. Since then we have supported literacy in Northfield in a variety of ways. In partnership with the Early Childhood Coalition we have participated in collecting and distributing books across the community. We have contributed to the Northfield Library’s expansion project and helped underwrite its new bookmobile. Now we are collaborating with Northfield Promise’s literacy team to promote literacy and improve the reading skills of elementary students.

Ugly Sweater Contest: First-year entrant Brent Nystrom, the 29 Cent Santa, bested a field of 15 to win the 2017 Ugly Sweater Contest. The Rotary applause meter narrowed the field to three: Brent, Pat O’Neil and Vicki Dilley. We wished Vicki a happy birthday sent her on her way. And then there were two. Pat, who looked like a walking consignment shop, was nipped at the wire by a reindeer’s nose, and Brent earned the victory lap. But as always, no one’s a loser when you are making memories for Northfield Rotary.

Guests: Sam Richardson (Hillmann), Stacy Longwich and Maria Estenson (Estenson), Jose Martinez, former 2015 inbound exchange student, (A. Sivanich), and Aishwarya Gokhale from India, a former inbound exchange student (Taylor).

Scholarship Enhancement: Shelly Holden

Announcements:
The International Film Forum at Carleton College will focus on focus on ecological and civilization sustainability in a 10-week series beginning Monday, Jan. 8, 7 to 9 p.m. and extending through February. For more information, go to: apps.carleton.edu/arts/iff/schedule/ or contact Alan Anderson.

Nominations for this year’s Rotary Good Neighbor Award are due today. See Erica Zweifel if you have an eleventh-hour nominee.

Rachel Estrella reported that 15 of the 18 candidate for outbound placement next fall were accepted by the district. She thanked everyone who contributed to the interview process.

Jim Blaha invited members to consider attending the “World In Your Lobby: Adventures in Working Across Cultures” workshop next Thursday, Jan. 14. Patricia Fenwick, Refugee Workforce Development Outreach Specialist for the Minnesota Department of Human Services, will speak at Rotary at a workshop immediately following our meeting at the church. If you plan on attending, please RSVP by calling 507-664-3580.

Our own Rick Estenson was named Business Person of the Year by the Northfield Area Chamber of Commerce. Congratulations, Rick on a recognition well-deserved.

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:
January 18 — Jenni Ronni, Classification, (Zweifel)
January 25 — Beatriz Rebello, Exchange Student (Stevens)
February 1 — Human Trafficking (Thompson)
February 8 — Penny Hillemann, Classification (Kaczmarek)

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