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Rotary Cogwheel | 10.13.2011

October 12, 2011


Rotary Cogwheel: Thursday, Oct. 13, 2011

Today:  Jim Holden Classification (Crane)

Happy Birthday: Ed Lufkin (10/15)

Next Week: Foreign Affairs with Bob Flaten (Ehresmann)

Last Meeting:

Four of our five exchange students — Camilo was ill this day — took center stage for a scripted Q&A. We learned more about their backgrounds and their goals for their exchange year, and they were able to practice their English in front of an American audience. Here are a few factoids from that day:

Aishwarya Gokhale from India speaks five languages.

Felicia Speychal of Sweden shares a hometown with Alfred Nobel. For her, this exchange year is a journey of self-discovery. She said.when you meet new people and have new experiences, you always learn more about yourself.

Mathilde Mortensen of Denmark once overcame her fear of heights to once go par-gliding in Spain.

Nichapat Tishyadhigama of Thailand is surprised it is not already cold in Minnesota. So are we.

Certificate of Appreciation: The Northfield High School Administration was honored for its strong working relationship with our student exchange program. Principal Joel Leer; assistant principals Marnie Thompson and Jeff Eckhoff, activities director Tom Graupmann, and high school counselor Kathy Wiertsema-Miller were there to receive the Certificate of Appreciation and a standing ovation.


Guests: Diane Carlson-Evans (Crow); Todd Thompson (G. Carlson); Charlie Kyte (Bierman); Clara and Rob Hardy, Pat Van Wyland, Marshall and Carla Hansen, Sharon Rasmussen, Angel Dobrow, Patty Geary, Mike Mitchell and Karna Halverson (Estenson); Ballentine (L. Dilley); and Cindy Carlson (V. Dilley).

Scholarship Enhancement:  Sam Gett


—- President Bierman informed the club that Ed Fox, a member of longstanding, has resigned. He has been affiliated with Rotary for 64 years. Plans are being made to celebrate his long service.

— Barry Carlson reported that the Rotary Class of 2010-11 recently volunteered time to a local Habitat for Humanity project.

 — Judy Brown-Wescott needs volunteers to interview prospective outbound exchange students on Monday, Oct. 24, in the evening. If you can help, contact her. She will train.

.— .Mark Abbott, Diane Abbott and Jane Fenton are going to combine a trip to Rotary’s International Conference in Bangkok next May with a visit to Chiangma and  Baan Mai Phattana, the site of our international project. All are invited.

— President Bierman urged us to put the “umph” in triumph as we come down the stretch on car raffle sales. As a measure of his commitment to this campaign, even though he is morally opposed to this form of body art, he has pledged to have a tattoo of our choosing stamped on his derrier.  People,do we need any more incentive than this? Let’s go!

Coming Up

Oct. 27 – John F. Koser  “You Too Can Build An Airplane” (Wayne Abdella)