Cogwheel Archive

Northfield Rotary Cogwheel | Thursday | 4.16.09

April 15, 2009

Today’s Program: GSE Team from India (Dilley)

Birthdays: No Birthdays this week? Did we miss anyone’s?

Next Week: Jody Gunderson, City Economic Development Director, speaking about infill, redevelopment and annexation (Covey)

Last Week:

Dina Fesler and Gunnar Swanson provided an informative description of a nonprofit program involving U.S. youth directly building peace with the children of Iraq. The program called War Kids Relief engages American and Iraqi youth aged 12-15 in peacemaking through cultural exchanges and conflict resolution training.

Northfield is one of three U.S. cities partnering with three Iraqi cities to launch this exciting program. Gunnar Swanson, a veteran of the Iraqi War told his story of how passionately he and other soldiers want to help create positive futures for kids in Iraq. Gunnar is planning a fund-raising “Soldier’s March for Peace.” to assist War Kids Relief’s efforts. Dina and Gunnar expressed their hope that the Rotary Club would help these efforts in some way.

Guests: Jeremiah Jones (Thacher), Bob Haider (Lorang), and our four Inbound Exchange students. Visiting Rotarian: Leo Lawler from Ames, IA, who is planning soon to relocate to Northfield.

Scholarship Enhancement: Mark Abbott


The Board approved two mew members: Ross Thompson, a Rotarian from New Prague, and David Koenig, a former member of the Northfield Rotary Club.

The GSE team from India has been visiting the Northfield area this week. Thanks to all club members who have assisted with hosting, tours and transportation. This evening Club President Laurie Williams is hosting a farewell potluck gathering at her house beginning at 6:00 pm.

All Committee Chairs and Board members are invited to an important club planning session beginning at 4:00 pm on Wednesday, April 22 at the Golf Club.

Mark your calendars for the Summer Social on Wednesday, July 22, from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Estenson Ranch. Please invite spouses, family members and friends to join us in this annual celebration of both our Inbound and Outbound Rotary Exchange students.

Coming Up:

April 30 – Website and membership update (Bierman)

May 7 – Judge William Johnson – Trial Courts (Cox)

May 14 – TBA (Crippen)

May 21 – Zach Pruitt, Healthy Community Initiative (Crow)