Cogwheel Archive

Rotary Cogwheel | 08.02.2012

August 2, 2012

Today: CRWP Trout Stream Project with Beth Kallestad (Kaczmarek)

Birthdays: Rotarians around the world

Next Week: Chuck Samuelson, Minnesota ACLU:  Minnesota’s Constitutional Amendments (Linde)

Last Week:

Amelia Ousley went to South Africa on exchange hoping to make new friends and to experience cultural diversity. Mission accomplished.

She landed on the Eastern Cape in a population that is only 8 percent white and where 11 different languages are spoken. She was exposed to the dramatic economic disparities that exist and the racial tensions that remain 18 years after the official end of apartheid.

She attended a private religious school, where she was required to wear a uniform each day and leave her makeup and jewelry at home. Because of the crime, the homes were all equipped with alarm systems supported by private security firms, and Amelia’s mobility was limited for her safety. She lived with five different families during her stay and found it instructive to listen to them discuss South Africa’s social problems, even when she disagreed with their perspectives.

Her daily volunteer work at a school for delayed and disadvantaged children provided her a source of fulfillment and inspiration. She learned how critical the student-teacher relationship is to learning and how universal the language of music is to connecting with people from other cultures.

Her year in South Africa has sparked an interest in linquistics, something she is considering for study when she attends Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Ore. This fall.


Ryan Blumhoeffer grew up on Fairfax, Minn, graduated from St. John’s University in Collegeville and William Mitchell College of Law. He joined the Schmitz, Ophaug, Dowd law firm in 2010. His wife, Emily, works at Northfield Hospital & Clinics in Admissions. They recently bought a home in Northfield, where they reside with their dog.

Guests: Palle, Hanna and Nikko Svenasson(Lasswell, B. Carlson and Hoshouer), Hans Carlson (Hoschaur), John Sinning (V. Dilley) and Melissa and Paul Ousely (Fenton)

Scholarship Enhancement: Richard Maus. Yea!


— We had the ceremonial reception of Rotary club flags, one from South Africa, courtesy of our speaker Amelia Ousley and one from South Durham, N.C., courtesy of Bob Coonley.

— The exciting conclusion to that cliff hanger Rotary Planning Retreat, will be Tuesday, Aug. 14, 7 to 9:30 p.m. at the Estenson Event Center. It is open to all members.

— John Ophaug revealed Neal Lutsky’s secret to academic success. As the great philosopher Kenny Rogers once said: Know when to hold’em; know when to fold’em.