Cogwheel Archive

Rotary Cogwheel | 07.28.2011

July 27, 2011


Rotary Cogwheel: Thursday, July 28, 2011

Today’s Program: CVRO Update with Paul Niemisto (Collman)

Happy Birthday: Lynne Forever Young (7/28)

Next Week: “Economics of Major Sports” Joel Maturi, U of M Athletic Director (Brown)

Last Meeting:

Carl Caskey is an Okie, alright, but an Okie with a degree from Yale Divinity School. Over a long career, he served as both a campus minister and parish minister. He retired to Northfield after serving a church in Owatonna. He and his wife, Faye, have five children, four grandchildren and two great, grandchildren.

As chair of our Local Donations Committee, Carl reported on a decade of Rotary financial support to local projects.  He wanted us to celebrate the fact that we have contributed more than $45,000 to 49 projects since 2001. And that is on top of our centennial campaign that supported the Northfield Historical Society and the CAC’s supportive housing units and our recent partnership with The Key

Donations range from $100 to $2,500. Most are in the range of $300 to $500. The recipients include: Operation Backpack, Project Friendship, Laura Baker Services, Northfield Soccer Association, CAC food shelf and Thursday’s Table, the Girl Scouts and HealthFinders.

We typically budget $4,000 to $5,000 annually for this aspect of our mission. The committee, comprised of Alan Alberg, Judy Brown-Wescott, Doug Crane, Ivan Imm, Jean Larson and Kyle Nordine, handle requests as they come in.


Guests: Nicolas Musskopf (Stull), Eric Edwards (Hoschouer), Faye Caskey (Caskey)

Farewells: We said our goodbyes to Philippa, Miguel and Nikolaj. Mark Quinnell (Philippa) , Blake Abdella (Miguel)  and Brad Frago (Nikola,) expressed our appreciation for our time together and sincere good wishes as they continue their journeys.

Scholarship Enhancement: Pat O’Neill


— President Bierman gave us sales tips to aid us in our quest to sell 3,000 tickets before Oct. 22 when some lucky person will become the proud owner of a 2011 Chrysler 200 Touring. He encouraged us to carry the tickets with us and to be open to following up on verbal commitments. The car will be displayed at various public events over the next few months. If you can help at any of these venues, see Devon Barnes.

— The new password for the “members only” section of the Rotary website is the last name of the current president. If you need another clue, talk to Rob Bierman.

— It is BYOV (Bring you own vehicle) at the Rotary Rally Thursday, Aug. 11, at the Estenson Event Center. The event will go from 5:30 to 8 p.m. There will be dinner and lots of fun cars to peruse. 

Coming Up

Aug. 4 – “Economics of Major Sports” Joel Maturi, U of M Athletic Director (Brown)

Aug. 11 — Rotary Road Rally and dinner at Estenson Event Center. No noon meeting.

Aug. 18 – A Brush With Kindness: Habitat for Humanity (Dayna Norvold)