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Rotary Cogwheel | 01.20.2011

January 19, 2011


Rotary Cogwheel: Thursday, Jan. 20, 2011

Today’s Program: Annual Meeting and

PhilippaWenzl, our exchange student from Germany (Quinnell)

Happy Birthday: Mark Abbott (1/17),

Next Week:  Todd Thompson, ArtTech Guatemalan exchange (Cashman)

Last Meeting:

Steve Pokanzer, Carleton College’s 11th president, said the futures of the college and the Northfield community will be forever linked, and for one important reason. Colleges don’t move.

Steve is new to the Midwest, but not to small academic communities. He grew up in Portland, N.Y., home to the Portland Apple. He is the son of a professor, who once served as Portland’s mayor. Town-gown issues were common topics of conversation around his dinner table..

A graduate of Princeton (1980), he went to Harvard Law School in preparation for a career in the Foreign Service, but he found himself drawn to work in higher education. Serving in both private and public institutions was good preparation to become the leader of a private college, he said. It has given him an appreciation for both fiscal accountability and quality.

What makes Carleton College succeed? In his mind, it starts with the respect and goodwill that flows between students and the faculty and staff. Then comes a fierce commitment to quality, a sense of humor, and the lack of pretension.

Steve said it is time for Carleton to begin developing a new strategic plan, one that will guide them into the middle of the century. His goal is to build enduring value.


Presentation: A really big check worth $2,000 was presented to the Union of Youth to be used toward the purchase of their new building on Sixth Street. Rotary has pledged $40,000 over five years to the project. Amy Merritt, Dan Dobrow and Mairin Emery were there to receive the check for the Union of Youth.

Guests: Sandy Gerdes (Willgohs), Michael Gunderson (Fenton), Peg and Gene Enders and Rachel Matney (Prowe), Margaret Jacobson (Reese), Amy Merritt, Dan Dobrow and Mairin Emery (Weber), Nalongue Cogan and Dr. Ikuo Shimamura (Cogan), Ryan Blumhoefer (Whitesong), Jim Holden (Esse) Devon Barns (Halverson), and Don Robertson (Weber).

Scholarship Enhancement: David Wolf


— Rotary is partnering with the Union of Youth on a rose sale to coincide with the season of love. The Key will provide the marketing team. A dozen roses will be available for $25, individual roses for $4 and three roses for $10. They will be available by Valentine’s Day and delivery can be arranged for an extra $5.

— A Rotary social with the NDDC is planned for the Grand Event Center Friday evening, Feb. 11. Trailer Trash will be in the house so polish up your swing dancing. There will be a social hour from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. preceding the music.

Coming Up:
Feb. 3 – What are these LDC’s? Why should we care? (Rossing),
Feb. 10 – Steve Ryan

Welcome Our Newest Members:

Beth Bergmans, Barry Carlson, Tim Madigan, Don Robertson

Roberto Zayas