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Cogwheel | Thursday | 11.13.08

November 13, 2008

Today’s Program: Peruvian medical/dental mission trips with St. Olaf students (Jerry Appledoorn)

Birthdays: Lee Dilley (11/10), Greg Carlson (11/11) and Carl Caskey (11/14).

Next Week: Elisa Skyte of Denmark, exchange guest (Taylor)

Last Week:

“My name is Wayne Abdulla, and I approve this message.”

So began Wayne’s classification talk. He stressed the importance of education and, particularly, early education. He learned the important things in kindergarten and from his parents, and has long been a believer in the adage: “Any good that I can do, let me do it now.”

Wayne is a product of St. Paul public schools, Macalester and a divinity school now called Northwestern Seminary. During his career as a pastor, he served parishes in Chicago, Annandale, Bloomington, Maplewood and Crystal. He is a self-acknowledged computer guy. In his second career, he is a training specialist for Church Management Systems.

His wife, Darlene, has been his partner in ministry. She is a retired Burnsville teacher, who now has a second career at General Mills impersonating Betty Crocker. We know his son, Blake, whose family brought Wayne and Darlene to Northfield.

Micro loans

Carleton student Sultan Sadaf, founder of Carleton’s Micro Finance Club gave a brief presentation on their micro loan program. He is exploring the possibility of collaboration with Northfield High School students and the Northfield Rotary Club.

Paul Harris Fellow: Peg Prowe is our most recent Paul Harris Fellow. The presentation was made by David Brown.Guests: Gita Reppmann (Yogi), Mark Thatcher (Bollinger), and prospective members Matthew Rich and Therese Whitesong.

Scholarship Enhancement: Scholarship Enhancement: After a recount, Fred Rogers was declared the winner.


A total of 1553 students voted in the Kids Voting project, Jim Blaha reported. Results mirrored those of the actual election. Yogi Reppmann published an article about the Kids Voting experience in a group of daily newspapers in Germany.

Robert Bierman still has a few volunteer slots to fill for the Turkey Trot Run/Walk.

Next up is the Basketball Tournament slated for Saturday, Dec.13. We need everyone’s help to make this a success.

A bulletin was passed and signed to give our best wishes to Penny (Bill) Cupp, who was injured in a freak traffic accident in downtown Northfield.

Our Rotary District is sponsoring an essay contest for high school sophomores, juniors and seniors. The topic is ethics, and works may be submitted online through January 31. Encourage your kids, friends and neighbors to participate.

Seventeen Northfielders attended the District Foundation event last Saturday. More than $18,000 was raised for Polio eradication, with $965 coming from Northfield.

Coming Up:

Nov. 27 – Turkey Trot. No regular meeting.