Cogwheel Archive

Northfield Rotary Cogwheel | 09.30.10

September 29, 2010


Rotary Cogwheel: Thursday, Sept. 30, 2010

Today’s Program: St. Olaf  Football Coach Jerry Olszewski, (Quinnell).

Happy Birthday: Gerhard Meidt, Hugh Kaste and Jim Blaha (9/27), Laurie Williams (9/28), Robert Bierman (9/29), Tom Durkin(9/30) and Tatiana (10/2)

Next Week: Jeff Pasta and “Sea Tales” (Puczko)

Last Meeting:

It was training day last week for Rotary International’s new Youth Protection Policy. All Rotarians who have a reasonable chance of being in contact with exchange students or other youth are required to be certified.

Brad Frago, our youth protection officer, and Sue Boxerud led us through exercises designed to illustrate best practices and highlight our responsibilities as club members and citizens. The certification is a three-step process: 1) the online or in-club training; 2) completion of an online form; and 3) completing the background check. Steps two and three should take five minutes.

Special emphasis was placed on our responsibilities if we are made aware or suspect physical or sexual abuse or neglect. Rotarians are required to take action and report it to the youth protection officer. He will forward it on to the district protection officer. All reports will be investigated and treated seriously.

You are not required to be certified if your contact with youth as a volunteer is incidental. For more information, contact Brad or Sue.


Scholarship Enhancement: David Koenig


— The skeet shootin’, poker-playin’ fundraiser is on for this Saturday. Proceeds will support Polio Plus and Feed My Starving Children. See Rick Estenson if you are interested. Chaps and fringe optional.

— Curtis Tiano reported that the bike tour grossed $34,000, $5,000 more than our previous high. There were 1,270 riders, including 200 children who rode compliments of Colleen VanBlarcum and McDonalds.

— Carl Caskey announced that Ed Lufkin, Deanne Weber, and Richard Collman have joined him on the Rotary entry in the Friends of the Library Spelling Bee. Can you spell w-i-n-n-e-r-s?

Welcome exchange students

Marion Arpin — She comes from Seynod, France. Her counselors are Pat and Dawn O’Neill

Miguel Carvalho — He comes to us from Na tal, Brazil. His counselors are Blake and Beth Abdella.

Tatiana Rodriquez —She comes from Malaga Spain.

Nikolaj Svendsen — He comes from Koge, Denmark. His counselors are Brad Frago and Michelle Laswell.

Philippa Wenzl — She comes from Uelzen, Germany. Her counselors are Mark and Susan Quinnell.

Coming Up:

Oct. 14 –District Governor – Craig Leiser, (President Weber)

Welcome Our Newest Members:

Beth Bergmans, Tim Madigan and Roberto Zayas