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Rotary Cogwheel | 12.16.2010

December 15, 2010


Rotary Cogwheel: Thursday, December 16, 2010

Today’s Program: The Fabulous Troubadours (Meidt)

Happy Birthday: Dean Johnson (12/14), Dale Ness and John Ophaug (12/15)  and Philippa (12/17),

Next Week:  Holiday Hiatus

Last Meeting:

Encouraged by a Rotary exchange student, in 1976 Yogi Reppmann made his first visit to the United States from his native Schleswig-Holstein state in Germany.  Yogi has spent a lifetime since studying earlier Schleswig-Holstein immigrants to America, especially those that left Germany because of the failed European Democratic revolutions of 1848. Many very talented and educated people left seeking a more democratic government and guarantees of human rights that they could not attain in Germany.

Yogi has both personally studied and has mentored fellow historians to study in detail the lives of several of these important immigrant German-American Forty-Eighters.  Many of the best and brightest professional and academic leaders emigrated from Schleswig-Holstein and settled in Iowa, especially in the Davenport area where they contributed important community leadership in education, business, medicine, journalism and the arts.

Thanks Yogi, for sharing your passion for history and your love of your Schleswig-Holstein homeland with your fellow Northfield Rotarians!  You continue to expand our horizons in a most wonderful way.


New Member: Barry Carlson was formally inducted into the club. His sponsor is Rick Estenson. Welcome Barry.

Guests: Gitta Reppmann and Georgene Malecha (Yogi)

Scholarship Enhancement: Jim Pokorney


— Game on. The Rotary Basketball Tournament has been rescheduled for this Saturday, Dec. 18. Check your calendars and let Missi Arens or Jody Fritz know of your availability.

— The Turkey Trot attracted more than 500 runners on a brisk Thanksgiving morn, according to Mike Lane, our fearless trot leader. He thanked all who helped plan and execute the race. Preliminary numbers suggest our gross income was $8,200.Greg Carlson was the first Rotarian to cross the finish line for the eighth year running.

— Charlie Cogan and David Brown reminded members to consider contributing to the Rotary Foundation, either through the Paul Harris Fellowship program or the Every Rotarian. Every Year  $100 annual donation.

Coming Up:

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