Cogwheel Archive

Northfield Rotary Cogwheel | 7.16.09

July 16, 2009

Today’s Program: Romanian Orphanage Project (Jim Schlichting)

Birthdays: Linda Willgohs 7/2, Myron Solid 7/12, Jan Stevens 7/15

Next Week: Summer Social on Wednesday, July 22 at the Estensons from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm – No Thursday Meeting

Last Week:

Karl Gleason, our exchange student to Paraguay during 2003-4, took Rotary’s motto of “Service Above Self” to heart and recently volunteered his efforts to help facilitate organization of a sustainable public health clinic in a small town in western Honduras. Karl’s work there was done under the auspices of MEDICO, the Medical, Eye, and Dental International Care Organization, a nonprofit humanitarian service organization that has been providing comprehensive health care response since 1990 to over 150,000 people in rural communities in Nicaragua and Honduras.

In addition to special projects of the type with which Karl assisted, MEDICO sponsors five to seven field teams annually to provide free medical care to people in Honduras. Each team consists of about 20 people and many Northfield area residents have participated over the years. Dr. Gretchen Ehresmann is currently Board Chair of MEDICO.

Karl, a 2008 graduate of St. Olaf College and son of club member Mark Gleason and Kristi Wermager, will begin graduate work at the University of Texas School of Architecture this fall.

Guests: Norm and Lynda Peters from MEDICO, Gretchen and David Ehresmann (John Ehresmann).

Rotary Minute: President Rick shared a nice interpretation of the Rotary cogwheel symbol that is so familiar to all of us. The 6 spokes represent 6 continents and the 24 cogs represent 24 hours pointing out the constant positive influence of Rotary worldwide.


On a combined motion by Rossing, seconded by Puczko, an amended Club Constitution was formally affirmed and in addition several amendments to the By-Laws reflecting the recent reorganization of the Board and Committee structure were approved by more than a two-thirds majority. Thanks to Chris Weber and others involved in updating our official records.

Please welcome Ingrid Sampo and Ivan Imm – the two newest members of our club!

Good progress was reported toward completion of the school project in Bassar, Togo towards which our club has donated funds.

Coming Up:

July 30 – Charles & Chris Skinner: Costa Rica (Gett)

August 6 – TBD (Ellingboe)

Welcome To Our New Members:

Missi Arens – Matthew Detert – John Fossum – Jodi Fritz

Ivan Imm – David Koenig – Leo Lawlor – Matthew Rich

Mary Rossing –Ingrid Sampo – Mark Thacher

Ross Thompson – Therese Whitesong – Colleen VanBlarcom