Cogwheel Archive

Northfield Rotary Cogwheel | 9.24.09

September 23, 2009

Today’s Program: District Gov. Newell KrogmannRotary DG Newell Krogmann

Happy Birthday: Jack Hoschouer (9/22), Bill Cupp (9/23), Jim Blaha, Hugh Kaste and Gerhard Meidt (9/27)

Next Week: Dr. Michael Thompson, Agrigenomics, DNA technology used for selective breeding (Grabau)

Last Meeting:DSCN0957

Lynne Pederson is a longtime Northfielder, but a relative newcomer to the Northfield Senior Center. She assumed her position as director in January of 2008 after many years of working in the Wilder Foundation’s affordable housing division.

Lynne painted a picture of a vibrant, forward-looking organization that serves the interests of 1,400 members. She refers to the center as a “fun facility,” with a certain vitality. People take ownership of the center and come for a purpose, she said.

The senior center’s big draws are a swimming pool and a well-equipped fitness center. But it also has a broad spectrum of activities and programs from table tennis and biking to computer classes and cards.

Finances are always a challenge, Lynne said. Most of their funds come from individual memberships. The popcorn wagon on Bridge Square and the Used A Bit Shoppe also contribute revenue. She said the center is always open to partnerships with other organizations such as the Northfield Arts Guild and the Northfield Area YMCA.

Lynne is married to Charlie Pederson and they have one son, Ted, who is married with three children.

New Member: Matt Hillman, director of Human Resources and Technology at Northfield School District, was formally inducted. Chris Richardson is his sponsor.

CROP Walk: Suzanna Ciernia encouraged members to take a hike….. for the upcoming CROP Walk Sunday, Sept. 27. Walkers will leave Bethel Lutheran Church at 2 p.m. for a walk to Bridge Square. There are many ways to participate. Walk and sign up sponsors, support a walker or take a virtual walk on the web. Go to: Seventy-five percent of the funds raised support national and international projects through Church World Service; 25 percent goes to the Northfield CAC.

Guests: Luisa Teixeira de Paula, our inbound student from Stet Lagoas, Brazil (Cashman), Tom Goodwin (Stull), Char Carlson (Prowe) and Marcel Gazali (Cox).

Scholarship Enhancement: Luisa. Welcome to Northfield.


Laurie Williams, chair of the President’s Council, wonders “what’s the big idea?” She is inviting proposals for two major Rotary initiatives for the coming year, one local and one international. Be creative and think big. The local project could be in the $30,000 to $300,000 range; the international project, $50,000 to $500,000. The deadline is November 1.

Two club socials are planned for the coming months, one for Friday, Oct. 23, with Blues legend Bernard Allison performing after the social (6 to 7:30 p.m.), and another on Saturday, Jan. 2. Mark your calendars.

The next board meeting will be Thursday, Oct. 8, 10:45 a.m. at the Golf Club.

Mark Cashman said to save Saturday, Dec. 12, for the youth boys and girls basketball tournament that will be held at Carleton’s Rec Center. It is one of our fundraisers.

“To Brazil and Back,” a bi-annual fundraiser, is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 20. Tom Durkin promises great music and nourishment for both the body and the soul.

Coming Up:

Oct. 8 – Jim Hunt, Returning GSE team from India (Dilley)

Oct. 15 – Jody Fritz Classification (Shumway)