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Rotary Cogwheel | 04.06.2017

Tue, 04/04/2017 - 7:20pm

Today’s Program | Thursday, April 6, 2017

Today: Mike Eaves, St. Olaf College hockey coach (Barry Carlson)

Next Week: Nico Suarez, Exchange Student (Stevens)

Birthdays: Rachel Estrella (4/6)

Last Week:
Chien, Kuang-Shen, known to us as Daniel Chien, first encountered snow in his exchange year here in Northfield. In his home country of Taiwan, there is a mountain range in the middle of the country with snow-capped peaks, but until he came here, he had never experienced it first-hand. But Daniel literally jumped with both feet into the Minnesota winter, call it meteorological immersion. He participated on the high school Nordic ski team.  

Daniel comes from a close family. His parents run a printing and design company back home, and his father is the president of the local Rotary club. Daniel said he appreciates what his parents have done to create a secure place for him.

Volleyball, basketball, and guitar are some of Daniel’s passions. He’s become an accomplished guitar player by watching You-Tube videos.

City life in Taiwan is busy, crowded and messier than what he has found in Northfield. The Chinese New Year is the premier holiday at home. When he returns home, Daniel will have two more years of school to complete before moving on to higher education.

Presentation: — Dave Brown presented a Paul Harris Fellowship +8 pin to Mark Abbott.

Guests: Nancy and Steve Braker and Jackie Nelson (Daniel); Stephanie Marks (Snodgrass)

Scholarship Enhancement: John Larson

Announcements:

— Jean Wakely will host new-member orientation and lunch on Wednesday, May 3, from noon-1:00 p.m. at Community Resource Bank. We have added 14 new members in the past 20 months. Current members who’d like a refresher are also welcome. Please RSVP to Jean.

— Rotary will hold a party Thursday, June 8, at the Estenson Event Center to celebrate graduation for our exchange students. The fun will begin at 6 p.m. and go to 7:30 p.m. It will also be an opportunity to thank sponsors of our Turkey Trot and Bike Tour, so be on your best behavior. We want to make a good impression.

Inbound students are:
Daniel Chien from Taiwan

Emma Nielsen from Denmark

Nico Suarez Toloza from Colombia

Eric Kwun from South Korea
Wanzita Ally from Tanzania
Matteo Lombardo, Italy

Our 2016-17 outbound students are:

Sage Brinton, Argentina

Caroline Hummel, Norway

Noah Klein, South Korea

Jane Ludwig, Colombia

Yizel Marcial, Germany

Daiki Nishioka, Taiwan

Liliana (Lily) Noble, Italy

Emma Pritchard, Taiwan

Nathaniel Urke, Brazil.

Coming Up

April 20 — Margo Squire, Nuclear Non-Proliferation (R. Flaten)

April 27 — Wanzita Ally, (Barry Carlson)

May 4 — Gordon Marino, St. Olaf philosophy professor and boxing coach

May 11 — Bill Davnie, retired Foreign Service Officer, the Future of Europe (S. Flaten)

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Rotary Cogwheel | 03.30.2017

Wed, 03/29/2017 - 3:07pm

Today’s Program | Thursday, March 30, 2017

Today: Daniel Chien, Inbound Exchange Student (Ischler)

Next Week: Mike Eaves, St. Olaf College hockey coach (Barry Carlson)

Birthdays: Yogi Reppmann (3/27)

Last Week:
Reginaldo Haslett-Marroquin was an entrepreneur from an early age. As a kid in Guatemala, he struck a deal to muck out barns in exchange for the manure – then used it to grow the best cilantro in his village. These days, he’s running non-profit Main Street Project, an incubator for progressive agriculture project.

Regi’s recent book, In the Shadow of Green Man, shares the stories of his childhood that shaped his world view: “In my community, the story was ‘service’ – you became better and happier by serving others so they can be better and happier. If we want the world our children live in to be different than it is now, we have to create those stories for them.” Regi does this by approaching agriculture with balance, purpose, and a spiritual grounding. One example is Poultry-Centered Regenerative Systems Engineering, a closed, self-sustaining cycle of production in which every output (yes, manure too) is a resource that benefits the cycle. This system has out-produced similar-sized ag projects at the U of M and University of Wisconsin four times over.

The five principles of this ag philosophy: be healthy; fair; sustainable; transparent; and resilient. The system, designed to make the most of small spaces (5 hectares or less), is being used in Guatemala, Mexico, Honduras . . . and southeastern Minnesota, where just over 3,500 acres are yielding $74 million worth of product.

Mini-Classification:
Fred Rogers shared the lessons he learned from the other Fred Rogers when they met a few times while working near each other in Pittsburgh. “Every time I met him, he was exactly just himself. He listens to you precisely – whether there are just the two of you, or a thousand people. And he was very honest.” What can we all learn from that? “Be in the moment,” Fred says. “Focus on the people you’re talking with. Be completely honest. In this way, you can be a surprising angel for someone else.”

Guests: ReJean Schulte (Richard Schulte)

Scholarship Enhancement: Our speaker, Reginaldo Haslett-Marroquin, had the good/bad luck to draw his own ticket. He declined the prize, and drew again – making Rich Lorang a little richer.

Announcements:

— Jean Wakely will host new-member orientation and lunch on Wednesday, May 3, from noon-1:00 p.m. at Community Resource Bank. We have added 14 new members in the past 20 months! Current members who’d like a refresher are also welcome. Please RSVP to Jean.

— There’s a ticket available for the District Conference in St. Paul on Friday, April 28. Would you like to go, and represent our club? Contact Jean Wakely.

— Dave Brown presented a Paul Harris Fellowship +1 pin to Russ Halvorsen. Our club has given a total of $288,000 to Rotary Foundation over the years.

— Northfield Rotary women were featured in the latest Girlfriends magazine published by Southern Minnesota Media earlier this month. The article talks about the growth of female membership over time and the important contributions our female members have made. The story by Beth Forkner Moe is accompanied with a photo of 14 of our members. The story can be found at southernminngirlfriends.com.

— Yogi Reppmann is hosting a Euro-Atlantic Conference Thursday, March 30 – Sunday, April 2 at St. John’s Lutheran Church here in Northfield. Here is a link for information on the conference: www.LegacyOf1848.com. There is no charge and lunches and dinners are free. But please register. Yogi needs to know how many are coming. The conference coincides with Yogi’s 60th birthday so he is inviting all of us to Froggy Bottoms at 8 p.m. Friday, March 31, to share in the revelry.

— Alan Anderson’s thoughtful letter on climate change was published in the most recent issue of Rotary magazine.

— Rotary will hold a party Thursday, June 8, at the Estenson Event Center to celebrate graduation for our exchange students. The fun will begin at 6 p.m. and go to 7:30 p.m. It will also be an opportunity to thank sponsors of our Turkey Trot and Bike Tour, so be on your best behavior. We want to make a good impression.

Inbound students are:
Daniel Chien from Taiwan

Emma Nielsen from Denmark

Nico Suarez Toloza from Colombia

Eric Kwun from South Korea
Wanzita Ally from Tanzania
Matteo Lombardo, Italy

Our 2016-17 outbound students are:

Sage Brinton, Argentina

Caroline Hummel, Norway

Noah Klein, South Korea

Jane Ludwig, Colombia

Yizel Marcial, Germany

Daiki Nishioka, Taiwan

Liliana (Lily) Noble, Italy

Emma Pritchard, Taiwan

Nathaniel Urke, Brazil.

Coming Up

April 13 — Wanzita Ally, (Barry Carlson)

April 20 — Margo Squire, Nuclear Non-Proliferation (R. Flaten)

April 27 — Nico Suarez, Exchange Student (Stevens)

May 4 — Gordon Marion, St. Olaf philosophy professor and boxing coach

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Rotary raises funds for international projects

Mon, 03/27/2017 - 11:11am

Northfield Rotary helped build a school in Thailand by funding a brick-making machine

Northfield Rotary Club raised more than $10,500 for international service projects at its recent Rotary Foundation Centennial dinner.

“This is a remarkable amount, above and beyond our club members’ normal contributions,” said Michelle Lasswell, president of Northfield Rotary. “This is another example of our members’ strong commitment to building goodwill around the globe.”

The dinner was held February 16. Sarah Swan McDonald, a Social Studies teacher at Northfield High School, Northfield’s Teacher of the Year and a former youth exchange student, talked to the 80 people present about philanthropy. Members of the club’s International Service Projects committee reviewed past projects underwritten in part by the club.

Rotary Foundation is the $1 billion charitable arm of Rotary International. Its mission is to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty. The foundation taps into a global network of Rotarians who invest their time, money and expertise to address the challenges of poverty, illiteracy and malnutrition with sustainable solutions that have a lasting impact.

Northfield Rotary is currently developing a major clean water project for some 50 villages that surround Lake Atitlan in Guatemala. Past projects funded, in part, by Northfield Rotary include Books for Africa,  a generator project  for Yendube Children’s Hospital in Togo, solar panels for a rural medical clinic in Korbongou, Togo, school supplies and books in partnership with the Cilongu Foundation for a school in Democratic Republic of Congo, and bunk beds for a residential school in Tanzania.

Northfield Rotary Club was formed in 1925 and is one of 64 clubs in southeastern and east central Minnesota and northwestern Wisconsin. With 130 active members, it supports youth exchange, polio eradication, literacy, bike trails and a variety of international projects designed to improve health and education around the globe.

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Rotary Cogwheel | 03.23.2017

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 7:06pm

Today’s Program | Thursday, March 23, 2017

Today: Reginaldo Haslett-Marroquin, Autobiography, (Rogers)

Next Week: Daniel Chien, Inbound Exchange Student (Ischler)

Birthdays: Rich Lorang (3/21)

Last Week:
Eric Kwun, our exchange student from South Korea, must think he is on permanent vacation. Back home, his school day begins at 7 a.m., and he closes his textbooks at 10 p.m. Things are different here.

Eric comes from Kwangju, a city in the southwestern part of South Korea. His father works in the shipping industry. His older brother was attending college but now is in the military. Eric describes his city as a vibrant place. He appreciates public transportation it offers.

South Korea is half the size of Minnesota, but is home to some 50 million people. It has its problems. The suicide rate for high school students is high, as is the teen smoking rate, household debt and wage disparity between men and women. On the upside, South Korea will host the next Winter Olympics, and it produces good video games and K-pop music.

Eric has goals for the near future. He wants to get his driver’s license, master up to seven jobs, surf the ocean, build his own house and help someone who has helped him.

He said he appreciates the opportunity to be in Northfield and thanked Rotary for hosting him this year.

Mini-Classification:
Vicki Dilley provided some background on our youth exchange program. We received our first inbound student in 1969. The next year Rotary sent two students on exchange, one to Brazil and one to Mexico. Since then we have sent some 300 students to other countries on exchange. Each inbound student requires a $3,000 subsidy from the club. It provides some spending money and covers things like activity fees, clothes and incidentals. She said what makes the program successful is the generous hospitality of the host families who open their homes to our students each year. Eighteen host families are needed to accommodate the six inbound exchange students this year. Vicki also praised the work of club members Rick Estenson, Kari Nelson and Lee Dilley who have assumed leadership roles in the North Star Rotary Youth Exchange.

Guests: Jenni Roney and Rhonda Pownell (Kyte), Rich Hirsch (Koenig), Amy and Brent Klein and Marla Erickson (Eric), Yogi’s friend Evelyn (Cogan)

Scholarship Enhancement: Chris Weber

Announcements:

— Northfield Rotary women were featured in the latest Girlfriends magazine published by Southern Minnesota Media earlier this month. The article talks about the growth of female membership over time and the important contributions our female members have made. The story by Beth Forkner Moe is accompanied with a photo of 14 of our members. The story can be found at southernminngirlfriends.com.

— Yogi Reppmann is hosting a Euro-Atlantic Conference Thursday, March 30 – Sunday, April 2 at St. John’s Lutheran Church here in Northfield. Here is a link for information on the conference: www.LegacyOf1848.com. There is no charge and lunches and dinners are free. But please register. Yogi needs to know how many are coming. The conference coincides with Yogi’s 60th birthday so he is inviting all of us to Froggy Bottoms at 8 p.m. Friday, March 31, to share in the revelry.

— Alan Anderson’s thoughtful letter on climate change was published in the most recent issue of Rotary magazine.

— Rotary will hold a party Thursday, June 8, at the Estenson Event Center to celebrate graduation for our exchange students. The fun will begin at 6 p.m. and go to 7:30 p.m. It will also be an opportunity to thank sponsors of our Turkey Trot and Bike Tour, so be on your best behavior. We want to make a good impression.

— If you are interested in attending Rotary District 5960’s District Conference Thursday, April 27 through Saturday, April 29, see President Lasswell. This is open to all Rotarians and is a great opportunity to learn more about Rotary and meet fellow Rotarians. You are not required to go to the whole conference, but can go to whatever works with your schedule. Here is a link for more information and registration: http://www.rotary5960.org/dc2017/.

Inbound students are:
Daniel Chien from Taiwan

Emma Nielsen from Denmark

Nico Suarez Toloza from Colombia

Eric Kwun from South Korea
Wanzita Ally from Tanzania
Matteo Lombardo, Italy

Our 2016-17 outbound students are:

Sage Brinton, Argentina

Caroline Hummel, Norway

Noah Klein, South Korea

Jane Ludwig, Colombia

Yizel Marcial, Germany

Daiki Nishioka, Taiwan

Liliana (Lily) Noble, Italy

Emma Pritchard, Taiwan

Nathaniel Urke, Brazil.

Coming Up

April 6 — Mike Eaves, St. Olaf College hockey coach (Barry Carlson)

April 13 — Wanzita Ally, (Barry Carlson)

April 20 — David Stanford, Classification

April 27 — Margo Squire, Nuclear Non-Proliferation (R. Flaten)

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Rotary Announces ‘Good Neighbor’ Award

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 11:53am

Carol and Gerry Gengenbach were honored last week with the Northfield Rotary Club’s Good Neighbor Award. The award goes each year to someone outside the club whose community work reflects Rotary’s commitment to “service above self.”

Carol, a retired teacher, has served for four years on the board of Northfield Community Action Center, one year as vice president. She has been a member of the program committee and was a leader in CAC’s Bridges Out of Poverty workshop. Carol currently chairs the organization’s Housing Task Force, serves as a mentor for Northfield Works and volunteers at Thursday’s Table and the Northfield Food Shelf. Carol tutors children in math and reading as part of Accelerate Northfield. She also serves on the board of Northfield Retirement Community Foundation. Previously, she served on the NRC Board of Directors.

Gerry, a retired Lutheran minister, has served for six years as president of Northfield Senior Center and sits on every board committee. His spirit of hospitality is credited with helping develop the fun and warm welcome that permeates the center. He also repairs furniture for the organization’s Used-A-Bit shop. Gerry delivers Meals-On-Wheels and financially supports the work of the Northfield Historical Society, Northfield Retirement Center and others.

Erica Zweifel, chair of Rotary’s Good Neighbor selection committee, said the Gengenbachs are outstanding examples of Northfielders who invest in their community.

“With their numerous volunteer activities, Carol and Gerry are living out the Rotary motto of ‘service above self,’” she said. “They are building community left and right and making a real difference in the lives of their neighbors.”

Previous winners of this award include Alice Thomas, Judy Code, Margit Johnson, Zach Pruitt and Judy Dirks. To learn more about Rotary, join us on Thursdays from 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. at Northfield United Methodist Church or visit our web site at: northfieldrotary.org.

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