Cogwheel Archive

Northfield Rotary Cogwheel | 9.3.09

September 3, 2009

Today’s Program: Paul Zorn, President of the American Mathematical Society (Gleason)

Happy Birthday: Jean Larson (9/1), Judy Wescott-Brown (9/4), Chris Richardson and Bob Lampe (9/6)

Next Week: Todd Ginter, SE Minn. Tourism (Williams)

Last Meeting:

Eduardo Wolle knows how to sidestep an argument. It’s a function of his mediation training. His expertise in alternative dispute resolution has found him dealing with a variety of issues, people and countries. He has helped develop programs as close to home as Rice County and as far away as Panama.

In Panama, he and John Lundblad, a local Northfield attorney, were hired to evaluate a center for dispute resolution created by the Panama Supreme Court. They are going back this fall to do training.

In Rice County, Eduardo works with the Rice County Dispute Resolution Program. He is always looking for volunteers who are willing to be trained and to provide service. He currently has 25 mediators on his roster. Included are Rotarians Emelda Rasmussen and Charlie Skinner. Volunteer mediators handle cases assigned by the court and also deal with community mediation, which covers everything from barking dogs to driveway access. If you are interested in joining the ranks, you can contact Eduardo at: 507-664-3522.

Past-President Moment: Mark Quinnell, who presided as Rotary president in 2000, said Rotary has changed his life. The student exchange program has introduced him and his family to new people in other cultures and provided many, many enriching experiences.

Guests: John Erickson (Collman)

Scholarship Enhancement: A grateful Jim Blaha

Announcements:

The bike tour still needs volunteers. See Jack Hoschouer if you can help.

If you are interested in getting in on the ground floor of “To Brazil and Back” scheduled for Feb. 20, 2010, you’re welcome to attend a committee meeting Tuesday, Sept. 15, 7 p.m. at Tom Durkin’s office above the Contented Cow.

Laurie Williams, chair of the President’s Council, invited ideas 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 for proposals is November 1.

Vicki Dilley needs someone to play golf Thursday, Oct. 8, with Jim Hunt, the GSE team leader for the India trip. Jim will be presenting to Rotary that day and would like to play the Northfield Golf Course after the meeting.

Coming Up:

Sept. 12Bike Tour

Sept. 17 – Lynne Pederson (Blaha)

Sept. 24 – TORCH – Tackling Obstacles & Raising College Hopes Zach Pruitt (Crow)