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Cogwheel | Thursday | 01.08.09

January 8, 2009

Today’s Program: Drug Use Among Northfield Youth — Yvette Marthaler and Sarah Shippy (Abbott)

Birthdays: Fred Rogers (1/4), Ron Linde (1/5), Elvis (1/8) and Lynne Pederson (1/11).

Next Time: Energy Saving Smart Windows — Neil Sbar (Bollinger)

Last Week:

The Fabulous Troubadours. What can I say? It was like being transported through time to an “Andy Williams Christmas Special”…. without Andy Williams, the Osmunds or, of course, the enigmatic Claudine Longet.

The Troubadours opened with a barbershop quartet and then brought in reinforcements for a stirring rendition of “This Is My Country.” After the riotous “Clancy Lowered the Boom,” a gesture to our members of Irish descent, or is it Irish dissent (I’m sure that reminds Mark Cashman of a story.), they embraced the holiday spirit with several traditional, melodic songs of the season.

This was the last of 11 Troubadour performances since Thanksgiving. They begin rehearsal later this winter and will be back on tour in the spring. Our own Gary Meidt did an exceptional job melding the 30 voices into one mellifluous sound, and Maxine Amundson did an excellent job accompanying the group.

Look for a return performance in 2009.

Guests: Gita Reppmann (Esse), Sue Stull (Stull), Exchange students (Rogers)

Scholarship Enhancement: Chris Weber

Announcements:

Our turn to shine on the Meals-On-Wheels run. If you haven’t signed up already, talk to Joseph Crippen. There may be opportunities to do good.

– Lots of people to thank for contributing to the successful Rotary Youth Basketball Tournament December 13. Under the able leadership of Mark Cashman and the support of Fred Rogers, who was instrumental in our using the Carleton Rec Center, we netted around $5,000. A special thanks goes to Colleen VanBlarcom for the coffee and cash donated by McDonalds and to Dale Finger of the Quarterback Club, who donated all of the pork sold at the concession stand.

President Williams invited directors and officers to take advantage of the District Mid-Term Seminar Saturday, Jan. 17, 8 a.m. to noon in Lake Elmo.

– Dave Brown made an appeal to members to support the work of the Rotary Foundation by becoming Paul Harris Fellows. Fellowships are available for a limited time for only $500. See Dave Brown or Charlie Cogan if you are interested.

Coming Up:

Jan. 22 – Ryota Kimura of Japan (Candy Taylor)