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Rotary Cogwheel | Thursday | February 5, 2009

February 5, 2009

Today’s Program: Jeff Johnson, new owner of KYMN-radio (Brown)

Birthdays: Jean Wakely (2/3)

Next Time: Bill Carlson’s State of the Economy: What were they thinking?

Last Week:

Ryota Kimura comes to us from Ishinonski, Japan. Despite Minnesota’s grueling winter, he has enjoyed his time in Northfield and already has made good friends.

Ryota comes from a family of five. His father works as a sailor and his mother is a caregiver for elderly patients. His older sister teaches English and another sister works in a bank.

Ishinonski’s economy revolves around the fishing industry. And the seaside city provides great beaches for teens to enjoy during the hot and humid summers.

In Japan, Ryota bikes 40 minutes to school. Students are in the same room all day. Teachers come to them for their different subjects, which include music, language and art as well as civil, mechanical, and electrical engineering.

Ryota enjoys baseball and will be playing for the high school team.

His schoolwork in Northfield will transfer back to Japan, and he will graduate in the summer. He hopes to attend college in the United States, either in Austin, Texas or in Denver, Colorado, and study international relations.

Guests: Diana Abbott (Estenson) and Ryota’s posse (Williams)

Scholarship Enhancement: Michael Flynn, who immediately reinvested his loot in the next generation.


Steve Wilmot reminded us of the upcoming winter social that will be Thursday, Feb. 19, from 6 to 8 p.m. at The Grand Event Center. He asked us to sign up if we plan on attending. The evening will include appetizers, fellowship and wine tasting.

Jan Stevens invited everyone to a celebration of Abraham Lincoln’s 200th birthday Thursday, Feb. 12, 7 p.m. at First UCC Church in Northfield. The evening will include Civil War-era music, speeches, and artifacts, including the Rice County Civil War battle flag. This is a fundraiser for the Rice County Historical Society. Proceeds will contribute to the preservation of the county battle flag.

If you are an empty nester, who would like to learn more about the health of your diet, Neil Lutsky invites you to participate in a study being conducted by Carleton College student Hannah Oken-Berg. She can be contacted at:

President Williams announced that the board authorized the disbursement of $20,000 to the bike trail project and $500 to the district Fast for Hope project in Nicaragua.

No noon meeting on Feb. 19, but new members are invited to meet with board members for an orientation in the members’ lounge at the Northfield Golf Club at noon.

Coming Up:

February 19 – Winter Social, Grand Event Center, No noon meeting

February 26 – Matheus Mattos of Brazil – Vicki Dilley