Cogwheel Archive

Rotary Cogwheel | 01.05.2012

January 4, 2012

Thursday, Jan. 5, 2011

Today: Roberto Zayas – Classification, (Rich)

Birthdays: Ingrid Sampo (1/2), Fred Rogers (1/4), Ron Linde (1/5) and Curtis Tiano (1/6)

Next Week: Aishwarya Gokhale, Exchange Student from India – (Abdella).

Last Week:
Lynn Miland will tell you that bullying is learned behavior. She is a parent educator and trainer for PACER, an organization that serves families with children who have disabilities. In 2006, PACER launched a Bullying Prevention Center and now offers free digital resources on the topic.
Bullying is characterized as either physical or emotional abuse, often directed at kids who have trouble defending themselves. Cyber-bullying, using social media to harass or intimidate peers, has become a 21st century version of bullying behavior.
Between 10 and 15 percent of the youth population has been the victim of bullying at one time or another, Miland said. Children with disabilities are two to three times more likely to fall into that category.

It is a behavior that is under-reported. Miland said 64 percent of bullying victims do not report these incidents. Parents should be on the look out for signs of depression or anxiety in these cases.
There is no one solution to this age-old problem, according to Miland. The task is to create a culture that doesn’t tolerate it. All children need to be taught empathy, respect and compassion. Kids need to learn how to advocate for themselves and, if they witness bullying behavior, they should be assertive in discouraging attacks and providing support for the victims.
Lynn’s daughter, Maggie, a high school student, spoke about her awakening to this issue, watching her older autistic sister navigate the outside world. “It took a toll,” she said.
Maggie was invited to a White House conference on bullying last year and two months ago attended a Peace Conference in Norway, where she learned bullying is a global issue.

Tom Durkin Classification:

Tom’s life breaks down into orderly chapters. He grew up one of six kids in an Irish, German, Italian Wisconsin family. His father was a firefighter, who became involved in union administration and later served as Fire Chief for the city of Madison, Wis.

After graduating from high school, Tom embarked on a three-year odyssey of experiential learning that took him around the world and back again. He returned to Madison to attend the University of Wisconsin, majoring in International Relations and Chinese Studies. He then earned a Masters in Chinese and International Affairs at Columbia University in New York.

Tom met his wife, Megan, at a French restaurant in Madison. They married and moved to Asia for 10 years, their expatriate chapter, while Tom worked for Midwest Imports of Cannon Falls. He eventually was transferred back to company headquarters, and that’s when they moved to Northfield.

He calls this the American Dream chapter. He and Megan raised their three children here, and they thoroughly love Northfield. He calls it a “community with a soul.”

They have a son at Carleton College, a daughter at Colorado State and a daughter in high school. Tom now works for Kaemingk Associations (USA), whose headquarters are on Division Street.

2012-13 Outbound Students

Sixteen Northfield High School students were accepted for the 2012-13 exchange year. They are: Sofie Scheuerman (Argentina), Rachel Crippen (Austria), Avery Nelson (Brasil), Cyrette Saunier (Brasil), Annika Hansen (Brasil), Karrah Nelson (Chile), Abbie Valinski (Colombia), Calina Hall (Czech Republic), Theo Hofrenning (Ecuador), Maggie Miland (France), Erik Berthelson (India), Mats Hansen (Italy), Kiana Asada (Japan), Evan Weselman (Japan), Eduardo Jaramillo (Taiwan) and Connor Rohwer (Taiwan).

This just in…..

Grace McGregor, our outbound in Finland, writes:
   “Being here in Finland, I have three lives; my life in the US, my life in Finland, and my life as an exchange student. It is really only something you can understand if you’ve done it yourself… you actually experience being in someone else’s shoes, which seems to be something not many people get to do. It really is the greatest experience you can have, it opens your mind to how the world can work, and that not everything that works is “right” and not everything that is “right” works.”

Elisha McLaughlin, another outbound in Finland, writes:
“Things have been amazing here. The exchange experience is truly beyond words. I never really believed people when they said it was something you couldn’t understand until you had experienced it for yourself, but it is 100% true. Being here in Finland has pushed me outside of my comfort zone, redefined words like home, friends, family, normal, time, important and so much more, taught me about myself, and allowed me to meet some of the most amazing people in the world (both Finns and other exchange students). I have memories that will last a lifetime and am only four months into my exchange. This has been the best time of my life so far, despite challenges, and I have no doubt I will continue to enjoy my exchange and grow as a person as the year goes on.”

Guests: Ally Thorkelson, Kari Bergeson, and Lawrence Warden (Durkin); Howard Puczko (Puczko); Pablo (Fenton); and Carolyn Pokorney (Pokorney).

Scholarship Enhancement: Richard Maus

Announcements:.

— Aishwa gave a ringing endorsement to the club’s winter social “To India and Back” Saturday, Feb. 25. She said it will be “awesome and authentic.” Tickets are available online or at our regular meetings.

— A Mill Towns Trail project is competing for a $10,000 grant from Midwest Mountaineering. You are encouraged to go online and vote for the Parks and Trails Council project. Every vote counts.

— President Bierman congratulated club member Ivan Imm on being appointed to a seat on the Northfield City Council.

Coming Up:
Jan. 19 — Open Club Meeting (President Bierman)