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Cogwheel | Thursday | 10.16.08

October 16, 2008

Today’s Program: Zane Anway: To Bolivia and Back

Happy Birthday: Ed Lufkin (10/15)

Next Week: Sustainable Communities: Stew Erickson (Former Grocery Store and Pharmacy Owner in Northfield) Judith Freund

Last Week:

The two Northfield mayoral candidates introduced themselves to the club and answered questions about their candidacies.

Mary Rossing, owner-operator of Present Perfect in downtown Northfield, said she wants to restore pride in city government and concentrate on economic development to meet the challenges of an uncertain financial time.

Paul Hager, a former mayor, manager of the local cable access station, technical director of media and video studies at Carleton College and current school board member, said he wants to restore civility and respect to city government and get the focus back on important community issues. Paul emphasized the experience he brings to the table. He previously served on the council and as mayor. Mary characterized herself as a creative, forward-looking thinker, who has a successful track record working with other civic organizations.

Prioritizing capital improvement projects will be on the mind of the mayor, no matter who is elected. A remodel of city hall will definitely rank below the safety center, according to the candidates. Both accept the need for a new liquor store. Paul said he would like to see it downtown, but would be open to highway frontage. Mary said she has no preconceived ideas about its location, but leans toward it being a downtown anchor.

Guests: Joel Walinski (Estenson), Gina Washburn (Wakely),)and our intrepid exchange students Elisa “Scooter” Skytte from Denmark, Ryota Kimura from Japan, Pablo Maldonado from Ecuador, and Matheus Mattos from Brazil (Dilley).

Scholarship Enhancement: John Stull


Curtis Tiano, our treasurer, reported that this year’s bike tour netted $29,900, a new record. Yea!

Jim Blaha is looking for volunteers to help with the Kids Voting effort. He calls it a great mentoring opportunity because in most instances Rotarians will be paired with a youth.

If you are interested in attending the District Gala event Saturday, Nov. 1, see President Laurie.

Chris Weber reported that the sustainability committee is launched. If you want to be a part of it, talk to him.

Jane Fenton, our liaison to RotarAct, said our farm club needs some support from us. She would like to see more interaction between the two groups and invited each of us to take a personal interest in mentoring this next generation of Rotarians.

Coming up

Oct. 30 – North Dakota: Fact or Fiction (Duane Benson)

Nov. 6 – Wayne Abdella, classification (Blake Abdella)

Nov. 13 – Peruvian medical/dental mission trips with St. Olaf students, (Jerry Appeldoorn)