Cogwheel Archive

Rotary Cogwheel | 01.27.2011

January 26, 2011


Rotary Cogwheel: Thursday, Jan. 27, 2011

Today’s Program: Todd Thompson, ArtTech Guatemalan exchange (Cashman)

Happy Birthday: Missi Arens (1/24)

Next Week: What are these LDC’s? Why should we care? (Rossing),

Last Meeting:

Philippa Wenzel had almost no choice about being a Rotary exchange student. It’s in her DNA.

Her older sister had a good experience as an exchange student in Iowa a couple of years ago, and her family, over the years, has been host to eight different exchange students.

Philippa comes from Uelzen, Germany, a small city about an hour south of Hamburg. It is best known for its beautiful train station and its sugar refineries. Her father is an architect and her mother manages the household.  Her older sister, Lina, attends law school. Her younger sister, Henriette, is 13.

Her family lives in a 100-year old house formerly occupied by her grandparents. Her school in Germany runs from 7:40 a.m. to 1 p.m. She is home for a hot lunch and then the afternoon is reserved for activities such as voice or ballet lessons or homework.

Philippa said she has made great friends during her stay in Northfield and expressed appreciation to her host families for their support and friendship. She conceded the hardest part about her exchange year is missing her friends back home.

When she returns to Germany, she will have two more years of high school to complete. She is interested in pursuing a career in design or veterinary medicine.


Annual Meeting: The membership approved the slate of officers recommended by the Presidents’ Council for the 2011-12 year. They are: Robert Bierman, president; Jane Fenton, president-elect; Jim Prichard, president-elect nominee; Curtis Tiano, treasurer; and Missi Arens, Director V – Vocational Service (two years).

Guests: Andre Santar, Jimunlee, Jenna Mahr, Scott and Elaine Nesbitt, ,Marilyn Hanson, Elle, Jeff and Kris Dykema, Susan Quinnell and Annika Hanson (Philippa) and Cheryl Strike (Dilley)

Scholarship Enhancement: Greg Carlson


— 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. You must order by February 4, so do not delay.

— 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.

— Mark Abbott reported that the Rotary Foundation and our district are committing $25,000 of matching funds to our international project in Thailand. We still need to raise $5,700 toi complete our $10,000 local match.  .

Coming Up

Feb. 10 – Steve Ryan

Welcome Our Newest Members:

Beth Bergmans, Barry Carlson, Tim Madigan, Don Robertson

Roberto Zayas