Cogwheel Archive

Northfield Rotary Cogwheel | Thursday | 4.23.09

April 23, 2009

Today’s Program: Jody Gunderson, City Economic Development Director, speaking about infill, redevelopment and annexation (Covey)
Birthdays: Wayne Abdella (4/17), John Fossum (4/19) and Richard Maus (4/24).

Next Week: Website and Membership Update (Bierman)

Last Week:

We met new friends from India last week. The GSE team ended their whirlwind exchange visit to the Northfield area with a presentation to our club.

Our visitors included: Krishna Sagar Rao, a corporate coach and team leader; Aparna, an entrepreneur and textile retailer; Kalyani, a professional animator; Boorugu, a jeweler; and Raju, an income tax officer. Each shared a little bit about themselves, their work and their families.

They represent the Rotary Club of Hyderabad North in Southern India. Their club has worked on tsunami relief, education programs, school sanitation, eye care, water projects and more. Krishna said flatly: “Rotary changes people’s lives.”

It is a great feeling to know that Rotarians on the other side of the world are doing similar things, he added.

They were the guests of honor later that day at a potluck at President Williams’s home. They were scheduled to visit five or six more communities in Minnesota and then some were to be joined by their families for further travel in the United States.

New Member Induction: David Koenig is a boomarang Rotarian. He had been a member before, but a job took him out of town. But he’s back for a second tour of duty. Brett Reese is his sponsor.

Guests: Napesh and Lipi (Cogan), Beth Kallestad (Williams), Exchange students Elisa, Ryota, Matheus and Pablo (Williams), Vera Belazelkoska (Weber) and Sarah Hale (Williams).

Scholarship Enhancement: Greg Carlson

Announcements:

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:

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

May 14 – To be announced (Crippen)

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