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Northfield Rotary Cogwheel | 12.02.2010

November 30, 2010


Rotary Cogwheel: Thursday, December 2, 2010

Today’s Program: Dayna Clemment Classification (Blake Abdella)

Happy Birthday: Art Monaghan (11/25), Sam Gett (11/27), Matt Hillmann (11/29), and John Ehresmann (12/4)

Next Week:  The Reppmann Report

Last Meeting:

Lori Pappas, once a successful head of a Twin Cities software company, admits she failed miserably at retirement. But now she has trained her entrepreneurial skills on building capacity and hope for the Hammer tribe of Ethiopia.

She is mounting an effort to halt needless death and suffering by providing clean water through the construction of sustainable wells. Lori is also promoting self-reliance through creation of small businesses in the region.

“We are helping people help themselves,” she said. “Otherwise, we are creating dependency. It’s the hardest piece, but that’s just what we have to do.”

The challenges are formidable. It is a pastoral, tradition-bound life the Hammers lead, where women wear goatskin clothes and the people follow their livestock from grazing plot to grazing plot. Trachoma, an imminently curable disease threatens children with blindness. The biggest challenge, Lori said, is getting community buy-in and ownership of the change. It is an elder-driven society, but in the end, elders want what’s best for their people, she said.

Lori spends about nine months a year in Ethiopia. She has chosen Northfield as her stateside home.


Guests: Miquel, Philippa, Tatiana (Dilley), David Pappas (Pappas), Christina Hansen and Johanna Hansen (Wakely)

Scholarship Enhancement: Tatiana


— Missi Arens needs volunteers for the youth basketball tournament we sponsor. It will be Saturday, Dec. 11. We need people for setup, admissions, concessions and some time and score-keeping.

— There will be a Rotary social on Thursday, Dec. 30, 6:30 p.m. in the Northfield High School Auditorium. It will focus on our returning youth exchange students. Put it on your holiday calendar.

— President Weber announced a board decision to keep our meetings at the golf club for 2011. Efforts are being made to remedy the sound system and improve the menu. Plans for an optional morning club meeting have been tabled for now.

Coming Up:

Dec. 11 – Youth Basketball Tournament

Dec. 16 – Troubadors (Meidt)

Dec. 30 – Evening for returning exchange students V. Dilley and Wakely)

Jan. 6 – Vera Belazelkoska Rotary Scholar, Thailand (Bill Carlson),

Jan. 13 – Carleton President Steve Poskanser ( Rogers)

Welcome Our Newest Members:

Beth Bergmans, Barry Carlson, Tim Madigan,

Roberto Zayas