Cogwheel Archive

Rotary Cogwheel | 09.08.2011

September 8, 2011


Rotary Cogwheel: Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011

Today’s Program: BIKE TOUR. Saddle Up!

Happy Birthday: Bob Lampe and Chris Richardson (9/6), Bob Reitz (9/8) and Therese Whitesong (9/9).

Next Week:  The Nancy Amerman Story, a classification (Estenson)

Last Meeting

Megan Allen is the new executive director of the Northfield Enterprise Center. She is replacing Blake Abdella, a familiar face to this group.

The Northfield Enterprise Center is a private nonprofit organization that assists businesses of all sizes with business planning, financial modeling, and sustained growth support. It also works with existing companies that are looking for a more attractive place to relocate.

Megan had been on the job all of three weeks when she spoke to us. She continues to work part time with the Southeastern Minnesota Initiative Fund (SMIF) in the areas of entrepreneurship and early childhood initiatives. SMIF’s presence has been felt in Northfield through its financial support of Riverwalk Market Fair and the Rural Enterprise Center.

Megan is the daughter of David and Pat Allen of Northfield. She grew up in Northfield and graduated from St. Olaf College.

She and her husband live in Red Wing and are in the process of restoring a fixer-upper built in 1875.



Our inbound exchange students will be with us on a regular basis now. They are:

Aishwarya Gokhale  India

Felcia Speychal  Sweden

Mathilde Mortensen  Denmark

Nichapat Tishyadhigama (she does write Tish often though, if you run out of space on a name tag)  Thailand

Camilo Zuluaga Caicedo  Colombia

Please take time to introduce yourself and get to know these young people who are far from home and eager to learn.

Guests: Jacob Conway (Bierman) Barbara Dettle (J. Larson); Lindsey Rossler and Nathan Hansen (B. Carlson), Wayne Eddy (Reese), Jack Gibbons (S. Richardson)

Scholarship Enhancement: Sam Gett; Curtis Tiano won a sweatshirt.


—President Bierman reminded the order that the car raffle is our opportunity to generate funds for projects, both local and global, that are important to us. So SELL, SELL, SELL!

— Jack Gibbons, district chair of the Paul Harris Society, is on his farewell tour of the clubs he has managed for the past five years. He recognized Chris Weber and Mark Abbott for their contributions to the foundation this past year.

Coming Up:

Sept. 22 – Betsy Spethmann, How do you LIVE UNITED?  (Braucher)

Sept. 29 Some things happening at Carleton,”

President Steve Poskanzer (Covey)