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Northfield Rotary Cogwheel | 10.1.09

October 1, 2009

Today’s Program: Dr. Michael Thompson, Agrigenomics, (Grabau)

Happy Birthday: Rob Bierman (9/29) and Roberto Bretos (9/30).

Next Week: Jim Hunt, Returning GSE team from India (Dilley)

Last Meeting:

District Governor Newell Krogmann reminded us that the future of Rotary is in our hands.

That’s the theme of this year’s Rotary International President, John Kenny of Scotland, and Newell whole-heartedly endorses it. Each of us has a personal responsibility to make our clubs and our programs successful, he said. He also believes there is power in numbers. He encouraged us to view other clubs as partners and to find ways to work collaboratively.

“When we join together, we do great things,” he said.

Rotary bestows many blessings, Newell said. Inbound and outbound students get the experience of a lifetime. Non-rotarians benefit from Rotary exchange teams and literacy programs, international water and food programs, not to mention Polio Plus, which has saved hundreds of thousands of lives.

He praised Northfield for the vitality of its club and its commitment to youth exchange and international project. He also acknowledged Charlie Cogan and Richard Maus for the work they have done championing Polio Plus.

Bob Will Presidential Moment: Bob served as president for 2001-2002. Jim Herreid invited him to join. We learned that Bob’s parents were deeply involved in volunteer work in his hometown of North Lake, Iowa, and that modeling steered him toward a club that is committed to service.

Special Presentation: Jack Gibbons, a member of the Lakeville Rotary Club and the district’s Paul Harris chair, thanked the club for its support of the Paul Harris Foundation and presented a special award to Greg Carlson, in absentia, for his support.

Guests: Steve Maus (Maus), Carol Rutz (Will), and Jack Gibbons (Fritz).

Scholarship Enhancement: Sam Gett


Laurie Williams, chair of the President’s Council, is still wondering “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.

Outbound student blogs. Keep in touch.

Coming Up:

Oct. 15 – Jody Fritz Classification (Shumway).

Oct. 22 –TORCH – Tackling Obstacles & Raising College Hopes, Zach Pruitt (Crow).

Oct 23 – Rotary Social at the Grand, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Blues Legend Bernard Allison to follow.