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Cogwheel | Thursday | 11.20.08

November 20, 2008

Today’s Program: Elisa Skyte of Denmark, exchange student (Taylor)Birthdays: James Prichard (11/17), Art Monaghan (11/25), Sam Gett (11/27) and Susan Lloyd (11/29).

Next Week: Turkey Trot (No regular meeting)

Last Week:

Jerry Appeldoorn now provides dental care in two hemispheres. Besides practicing in Northfield, he is also part of a medical mission team from St. Olaf College that travels to Peru each January. The team includes physicians, nurses and 12 to 16 St. Olaf students who are considering careers in health care.

The mission is the brainchild of St. Olaf alum Dr. Douglas Tate, a pediatrician. He worked with Dr. Ted Johnson of the Biology Department to launch this effort. Jerry said it is perfectly aligned with St. Olaf’s mission: “Living lives of worth and service,” and its commitment to providing a liberal arts education in a global context.

Jerry’s involvement has been life-changing. They travel to a small village in the Andes Mountains and tend to an isolated population of descendants of the Incas. The people have few, if any, medical services. Tainted water leaves most everyone with parasites of some kind. Of the 70 kids Jerry sees during their stay, almost half are in intense pain because of dental issues. The team brings shampoo and medical supplies with them. Most of the children have never had their hair washed. The needs are overwhelming, but Jerry and company fall back on the starfish parable: “If you can’t feed 100, feed one.”

Guests: Therese Whitesong (Cashman), Matthew Rich (S. Richardson), Erin Mayberry (Prowe), Dwight Kalowsek (Covey) and Mark Thacher and Edward Jones (Bollinger).Scholarship Enhancement: RotarAct member Erin Mayberry.

Announcements:

We will be hosting exchange students from across the district December 6 and 7. Volunteers are needed to make this happen. Sign up with Vicki Dilley or Linda Willgohs.

Sheriff Richard Cook is looking for volunteers to ring the holiday bell for the local Salvation Army. Contact him before he contacts you.

There are still things that need doing for the Thanksgiving Turkey Trot. See Mike Lane if you can help. Go see him even if you can’t help. He enjoys the company.

District Governor Roy Sjoberg has appointed Vicki Dilley to the District Youth Exchange Foundation Board. Congratulations Vicki. You are a great ambassador for youth exchange.

The club’s annual meeting will be Thursday, Dec. 11. At that time, we will elect a slate of fearless leaders for the 2009-10 year. If you are interested in serving time (It’s the Sheriff Cook thing), see Jim Blaha, David Brown or Charlie Cogan.

Mark Cashman says we will need all hands on deck to make the Dec. 13 Rotary Basketball Tournament a success. The goal is $5,000.

Jean Wakely needs shelves installed in the “scary closet” to which she recently brought order. If you have those skills, see her.

Jane Fenton reminded Rotarians to encourage high school sophomores, juniors and seniors to consider entering the ethics essay contest. First prize is $2,000.

Coming Up:

Dec. 4 – Dr. Heino Beckmann, professor of international economics at St. Thomas,the Honorary Consul of Germany. “What the fall of the dollar against the Euro means.” ( Hoschouer)

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