Cogwheel Archive

Rotary Cogwheel | 06.21.2012

June 21, 2012

Today: Y Progress with Virginia Kaczmarek

Birthdays: David Koenig (6/21) and Mary Rossing (6/22)

Next Week: Vera Belazelkoska, Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar in Argentina (Bill Carlson)

Last Week:

Ruby Sheets says her year as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar set her on a new path, opening doors that have allowed her to travel extensively in Mexico, Central and South America, to achieve professional level fluency in Spanish, and to learn about the Hispanic culture from the inside out. The scholarship informed her career choice and changed her life.

“It was an incredible experience,” she said in her presentation last week.

In Northfield for her Carleton College 10-year class reunion, Ruby is now a bilingual special education teacher in New York City. Her students are primarily immigrants from Mexico or the Dominican Republic. She said her travels in those two countries allow her to more easily identify with the parents of her students because she knows where they come from. She’s been there.

During her ambassadorial year, Ruby had a significant involvement in collaborative Mexican-American Rotary projects in Mexico. She often served as a translator and was the cultural liaison for a project undertaken by a Rotary Club from Chelhallis, Washington. She also worked with StoryCorps, gathering stories in the Dominican Republic and had the opportunity to shadow a Peruvian journalist.


Bill Carlson calls himself a “Yupper” – that’s a long U, like super — a product of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. He earned a degree in engineering from Michigan College of Mining and Technology. After a stretch in the service in the early ‘60s, he performed research at the University of Michigan’s Public Safety Transportation Institute.

He came to St. Olaf College to teach Quantitative Economics, where he spent the rest of his academic career. He said St. Olaf’s global semesters had a huge influence on him.

He and his wife, Charlotte, a retired Blue Cross Blue Shield executive, have three children, one deceased, and six grandchildren.

New Members: Sharon Rasmussen (Vicki Dilley), Beth Kallestad (Kaczmarek) and Bob Coonley (Caskey) were formally inducted into the club.

Service Above Self Award

Jack Hoschouer received the 2012 Marston Headley Service Above Self Award for his outstanding contributions to the club. A member since 2004, Jack, a cycling enthusiast, has had a strong presence on the Defeat of Jesse James Bike Tour Committee, twice chairing the event. He has also joined the Rotary Responders and is an enthusiastic supporter of all things Rotary.

The award takes into consideration a member’s community involvement as well as their work in Rotary. Jack is currently serving as a member of the Northfield Economic Development Authority. The award, including the coveted traveling shovel trophy, was presented by past recipients Scott Richardson, Jim Pokorney, Candy Taylor and Vicki Dilley.

Guests: All of our exchange students: Camilo, Aish, Nichapat, Felicia, Mathilde and Leo

Scholarship Enhancement: Jacob Conway


— President Bierman thanked Vicki Dilley and Rick Estenson for facilitating the graduation party for our youth exchange students. He also thanked Cindy and Barry Carlson for inviting the students to a classical Minnesota cabin experience.

— Mark Cashman has resigned from the club with regrets. He has relocated to Owatonna.

— There will be a planning session for the Fenton Administration Friday, June 22, 12 to 2 p.m. at Laura Baker Services Association. All are invited to participate.

— Ryan Blumhoefer is looking for correspondents for our outbound exchange students. There are 16 this year.

Coming Up:

July 5- Vicki Dilley & the Brazilian GSA team – Erin, Monica and Ann