Cogwheel Archive

Rotary Cogwheel | 07.05.2012

July 4, 2012

Today: The Brazilian GSA team – Erin, Monica and Ann (Vicki Dilley)

Birthdays: James Grabau 7/4, Dana Norvold 7/5

Next Week: To Be Announced

Last Week: 

Ambassadorial Scholar Vera Belazelkoska described her time in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she realized her goal helping marginalized people to become more self-reliant and better educated.  Vera is a graduate of St. Olaf College who majored in Economics and Political Science.  While in Buenos Aires she studied at the University and became very involved in teaching English in the slum areas surrounding the city.  Vera befriended many women whose family members had disappeared during the repressive dictatorships in Argentina during the 1970’s.

Not only did Vera drink the traditional yerba mate and do her best to deal with a meat-heavy diet, she developed a proficiency for excellent photography, the products of which made for a wonderful presentation of Argentinean life.  She especially enjoyed a trip to the very scenic Nahuel Huapi National Park in the foothills of the Patagonian Andes.

Vera encouraged her local Rotary club to provide buses for her students to escape the slums for educational visits to places in Buenos Aires they otherwise would never see.  She pointed out that her host Rotary Club had fewer than twenty members and met much later in the day than our club, meetings beginning at 9:00 pm and lasting often (with some good red wine) until 1:00 am!

Ms. Belazelkoska now plans to pursue further graduate work in Development Studies at the University of Toronto.  We wish Vera well and are confident that she will continue to effect improvements for the disadvantaged peoples of the world.

Guests: Maria Estenson and Elin Odegaard (Estenson), Bob Richardson, Goldy Uhlich and Wayne Eddy.

New Member: Please welcome our newest member Dan Brogan.

Scholarship Enhancement: Kurt Larson

Announcements: John Ophaug quizzed club members on several little known facts about our President Robert Bierman on his last day of office.  We already knew that his competent leadership this past year has led to many club accomplishments not the least among them that the membership finally knows “The Four-Way Test” without reading it from the Cogwheel!   Robert was appropriately serenaded to the traditional song “For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow” which of course we all know that he actually is.  Thanks, Robert, for a great year.

The gavel was passed to incoming President Jane Fenton.  As expected she has wasted no time and has already begun her regime with a beautifully written opinion piece in the Northfield News encouraging us to celebrate our “Interdependence.”   We are confident that her leadership will help us in her words “leverage interdependence to make things happen, here and worldwide.”   Please welcome Jane as our new club President.

Coming Up:

July 12 – To Be Announced