Cogwheel Archive

Rotary Cogwheel | 07.07.2011

July 6, 2011


Rotary Cogwheel: Thursday, July 7, 2011

Today’s Program: “Old-fashioned HealthCare; New Frame of Reference,” Charlie Mandile of HealthFinders (Blaha)

Happy Birthday: Jim Grabau (7/4), Dayna Clemment (7/5) and Candyce Taylor (7/7).

Next Week: Seeds Farm (Greg Carlson)

Last Meeting:

Angela Storch has her hands full. As executive director of the Rice/Le Sueur Counties Chapter of the American Red Cross, she directs efforts to bring aid and comfort to those who have experienced disasters. Last year, 13 single-family house fires, 70 flooded homes and hundreds more with water damage challenged her agency. In addition, the Red Cross provides training for lifeguards, swimming lessons and babysitting; and provides service to 21 local military families.

Besides funds, which are always in short supply, her immediate needs are more disaster teams and more board members. If you have an interest, you can contact Angela at 507-334-8471.

David Wolf Mini- Classification

David grew up in New Prague, spent five years in the Air Force and 41 years in the aerospace industry as a mechanical engineer. Currently, he is a part -owner of Conductor Analysis Technologies. He has two daughters and four grandchildren and camps, bikes and plays church softball.


Changing of the Guard

It is testament to the civility of our number and our shared values that another orderly transition of power took place last week.  After leading us through an active and fruitful year, out going president Chris Weber graciously turned over the gavel to our new president, Rob Bierman.

Chris pointed to the robust youth exchange program and the launching of “flagship” service projects as important accomplishments this past year. He said he will now, as past president, focus his energies on literacy and international service.

Rob Bierman enters the picture with a, storied family legacy at his back. His grandfather, Arthur W. Bierman, was a past president and charter member of this Rotary Club. A.W. in fact donated the bell that is still used to convene us each week.

So, it was destiny that brought Rob to this place in this time. He shared the new Rotary International theme: “Reach within to embrace humanity.” He said the operative word is “reach,” and he will be asking us to do just that to provide more service, more time and more energy to advance the Rotary mission.

Guests: Liz Jacobs (Fenton), Brian Murphy (Schmelzer) and Stephanie Whitesong (Whitesong)

Scholarship Enhancement: Jim Pokorney

Coming Up:

July 21 – Ten Years of Local Rotary Donations (Caskey)

July 28 – CVRO Update, Dr. Paul Niemisto (Collman)