Cogwheel Archive

Northfield Rotary Cogwheel | 12.17.09

December 16, 2009

Today’s Program: The fabulous “Troubadours,” with our own Gerhard Meidt conducting.

Happy Birthday: Dean Johnson (12/14), John Ophaug (12/15), Blake Abdella and Vicki Dilley (12/21), Virginia Kaczmarek (12/22), Bill Carlson (12/23), Neil Lutsky (12/27) and Marie Perry (12/31).

Next Week:  Winter Break. See you at the Social on 1/2/10

Last Meeting:

Mary Rossing, Peg Prowe, John Stull and Joel Walenski gave us an overview of the Mill Town Trail development and the significance of a proposed three-mile addition on the east side of the Cannon River between Northfield and Dundas.

A connection already exists on the west side of the Cannon. The completion of the east side trail would provide a six-mile loop that would be a great option for those seeking a day-trip outside the Twin Cities. It would have recreational value and provide an economic boost to the area.

Friends of Mill Town Trail are seeking a Parks and Trails Legacy Grant, a creature of the constitutional amendment passed last election. There are matching grants available for up to $500,000. This project would cost $686,000. The Friends, Dundas and Northfield are committed to the project. They have Rotary penciled in for  $100,000.

We were reminded that supporting bike trails is part of Rotary’s brand. We have been sponsoring the Defeat of Jesse James Bike Tour since 1992 and have contributed significantly to the development of the existing trail. More to come.

Guests: Gitta Reppmann and Georgene Malecha (Yogi), Russ Halverson (Bierman) and Luisa (Dilley)

Scholarship Enhancement: Thursday’s Table is the beneficiary with an assist from Hannah Puczko.


President Estenson announced the nominees for club leadership in 2010-11. They are: Chris Weber, president; Rob Bierman, president-elect; and Reginaldo Haslett-Maroroquin, Director R, replacing Rob. We will be asked to vote on this slate some time after the first of the year.

President Estenson acknowledged Charlie Cogan’s opinion piece in the Northfield News in which he celebrated the Rotary Club’s Turkey Trot and all of the service connections involved.

Nineteen Northfield students attended the Country Fair last weekend as candidates for next year’s exchange program.

Four of the local “big idea” project proposals will be discussed on Tuesday, Dec. 29, from 4 to 7 p.m. at a place to be determined. If you are interested in shaping this decision, join the discussion.

Joseph Crippen announced that mid-January is our Meals-On-Wheels tour of duty. He called it an opportunity for “pure service.” If you can help on a noon hour between Jan. 10 and Jan. 23, give him a call.

Keith Covey shared a note from an exchange student of 27 years ago, Sheila Puljo, formerly Villano, who is now a dentist in San Francisco. Keith reminded us that the connections we make through Rotary are life long.

Coming Up:

Jan. 2 – Social at the Grand Event Center

Jan. 7 – Colleen VanBlarcom, Classification (Tiano)

Jan. 14 – International Projects – Presidents Council