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Rotary Cogwheel | 01.11.2012

January 11, 2012

Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012

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

Birthdays: Lynne Pederson (1/11) and Rick Esse (1/16)

Next Week: Open Club Meeting at Northfield Senior Center (President Bierman):

Last Week:

Roberto Zayas is just your average Puerto Rican beach guy, who blends neuroscience and law to make a life for himself and his family in winter-ravaged Northfield, Minn.

He was born and raised in Puerto Rico and lived the good life outdoors and shirtless. He graduated from the University of Puerto Rico with a degree in Biology, earned a Ph.D in Neuroscience from the University of Minnesota and then a law degree from William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul. He worked for a time doing patent work on medical devices and now is following an entrepreneurial vein, developing a resource that will bring business and colleges together around innovative ideas.

Roberto gave us a taste of his neuroscience research, explaining the slow channel syndrome and how brain signals communicate with zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

When we rejoined Roberto, he told us that he is married to Melissa Eblen-Zayas, a physics professor at Carleton College. They have one daughter, Amelia.

Roberto is chair of the 2012 Defeat of Jesse James Bike Tour and for that we thank him. He is an avid cyclist and enjoys hiking as well. He sees Rotary has a spiritual practice of sorts. It is a vehicle for him to leave a better world for the next generation.

Mini  Classification — Mathew Rich

Here is all you need to know about Mathew Rich:

Boston, Gustavus, William Mitchell, Grundhoefer and Ludescher, Leah, Ella and Isaac.

First Reading — Officers for 2012-13

President —.Jane Fenton; Pres Elect/Membership — Jim Prichard; Secretary —Matt Rich; Treasurer —    Dave Wolf;  International Service —-Russ Halverson; Club Service —Neil Lutsky; Community Service —Judy Brown-Wescott; Vocational Service —Missy Arens; Communication/ PR —Co Chairs  – Steve Wilmot/Kurt Larson; Past President        —Robert Bierman.

Guests: Sarah Barthing and Lucas (Yogi); Leah Rich (Esse) and Hanne, Pallo and Niko Svendsen (Bierman).

Scholarship Enhancement: David Wolf, our treasurer-in-waiting


— We took time to remember club member George Soule who died December 24 at the age of 81. George was a professor of English at Carleton College from 1962-1993. He became a member of Rotary in 1993 and raised the profile of our Youth Exchange Program with his writing skills. We thank him for his service to Rotary and for sharing part of his life’s journey with us.

— President Bierman reported that Judy Brown-Wescott is still recuperating from back surgery, but hopes to be with us on next week.

— Our January 19th meeting will be held at the Northfield Senior Center at noon. The golf club will be closed for remodeling that week.

— The Y.E.A.R. event on December 29th was pronounced a “great evening.”

— The Mill Towns Trail project received $1,000 from the Midwest Mountaineering grant program. Thank you to all who voted online.

— Momentum is building for the “To India and Back” winter social Saturday, Feb. 25. Corporate sponsors are in the fold, T-shirts are printed and available for $15 and Patrick O’Neil has committed to emceeing. Apparently Billy Crystal has a previous commitment. Tickets are available at our meetings, online or at the door.

Coming Up:
Jan. 26 —