Cogwheel Archive

Northfield Rotary Cogwheel | 1.7.10

January 7, 2010

Today’s Program: Colleen VanBlarcom  Classification (Tiano)

Happy Birthday: Fred Rogers (1/4) and Ron Linde (1/5)

Next Week:  Mark Thacher, Classification

Last Meeting:

The fabulous Troubadours knocked it out of the park again. Under the direction of our own Gehardt Meidt and accompanied by Rhonda Reece, this 25-member men’s chorus treated the club to its traditional holiday concert.

A barbershop quartet warmed up the crowd with “This Little Light of Mine,” “Luigi,” and “Drifting Apart.” The full chorus followed, singing a wide range of genres, including spirituals, novelty numbers and Christmas standards.

They bill themselves as the best senior men’s chorus in Cannon Valley and they, once again, earned that trademark.

Winter Social:

Despite the brutal temperatures or maybe because of them, Rotarians gathered together Saturday at the Grand to celebrate our Youth Exchange Program.

Four of last year’s exchange students — Margie Shuster (Germany), Breanna Tetrault (Poland), Naomi Miessler (Lithuania) and Greta Klawiter (Brazil) — shared their experiences with us.  Three of this year’s outbounds — Sam Weaver (Spain), Rachel Stets (Czech Republic) and Sam Estenson (Japan) — joined us over the Internet for a brief update on their experiences.

Paul Harris Fellowship — Art Monaghan was awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship. He attributed his effort to Bob Will’s powers of persuasion. Thank you Art . . . and Bob.

Guests: Jean  Mueller and Cheryl Nau (Larson); Russ Halverson (Bierman), Pierre Menard (Weber); Luisa and Rianna Dilley (Dilley).

Scholarship Enhancement: Jean Mueller, one of our guests.


Mark Cashman reported that the youth basketball tournament  was a great success. It raised $4,000 and provided a fun, competitive experience for some 200 kids. The Carleton Rec Center, site of the tournament, received good reviews. Mark offered a special thanks to Dale Finger of the Quarterback Club, who donated all of the pork for the sandwiches sold that day, and to our own Colleen VanBlarcom, who donated time, cash and McDonald’s coupons.

Fasten your seat belts as we steam down the pike towards our winter fundraiser: “Carnaval: To Brasil and Back.” According to Tom Durkin, this promises to be a high-energy event with Latin music, dancing, food and reflection, all to benefit our exchange program. Mark the date, Saturday, Feb. 20.

Coming Up:

Jan. 21 – Habitat for Humanity, Gina (Washburn) Franklin (Kuyper)

Welcome Our Newest Members:

Matt Hillman, Northfield Public Schools

Russ Halverson, Community Resource Bank

Joel Walinski, City of Northfield