Cogwheel Archive

Rotary Cogwheel | 08.23.2012

August 23, 2012

Today: Todd Thompson – Music and Education in Guatemala (Maus)

Birthdays: Craig Ellingboe (8/22), Mizuki Oeda (8/24)

Next Week: Brett Feldman, CEO of Parks and Trails (Prowe)

Last Week: 

Returning outbound exchange student Kate Carlson treated club members to a recounting of her adventures in Italy, or as she phrased it in fluent Italian, “L’avventura Italiana di Kate.”  Kate immediately fell in love with the people and the place where she spent a fabulous year: Lecco, a city of 50,000 on the shore of beautiful Lake Como with the Bergamo Alps as a backdrop about an hour north of Milan in northern Italy.

Kate very  much enjoyed her two host families and appreciated her travels to Venice, Rome, Florence and other parts of Italy. Kate went skiing for the first time while living in Lecco and loved the food.

Becoming fluent in Italian was a major achievement which Kate credited to being totally immersed since her host mother knew no English and to having had a very good background in Spanish from high school. Kate found the emphasis on lectures in the Italian schools not nearly as effective as the interactive instruction she received at Northfield High School.

Kate thanked Rotary and our club members for making her year a great adventure.  She will be attending the University of Minnesota this fall.

Open Mike:

Jacob Sinning, outbound exchange student returning from Brazil, also thanked Rotary and our club members for providing him with an excellent experience.  Jacob will be attending Bradley University this fall where he plans to study international business.

Frank and Gaby from the KEY reminded club members to attend an enjoyable art sale fundraiser this evening Thursday, Aug. 23, from 6:00 to 9:00 pm at the Weitz Center at Carleton College.

Visiting Rotarian Seth Eggessa encouraged our club to consider partnering to help attain a Global Grant to provide funds for shelving and furniture for a recently built library in Uganda.  Seth continues to be vey active in the Books For Africa organization in the Twin Cities.

Visiting Rotarian Doug Schmitt encouraged our club to consider replicating a successful project that his club undertook in Northeast Minneapolis.  Rotarians installed a $25,000 outdoor musical playground with large percussion instruments such as chimes to encourage kids to experiment with music. The park is across the street from Edison High School.

Guests: Angela Bush (Reese), Nathan Heilman (O’Neill), Jacob Sinning (John Sinning), Erin Mayberry (Puczko), Frank & Gaby from the KEY.

Visiting Rotarians:  Doug Schmitt (Minneapolis City of Lakes), Seth Eggessa (Roseville)

Scholarship Enhancement: Jack Hoschouer


Bike Tour Volunteers:

Please see Peggy Prowe if you can volunteer to help with the Jesse James Bike Tour on Sept. 8

Inbound Exchange Students:

Mizuki (Mickey) Oeda from Japan arrived on Aug. 22.   Diatou Gueye from France and Rachael Dawson from India arrive on Aug. 27.  Adnan Mansjur from Indonesia and Hsin-Yuan (Cindy) Wang from Taiwan arrive on Aug. 28.    Carolina Riofrio from Ecuador arrives on Aug. 31.

Good Neighbor Award Nominations:

This award goes to a NON-Rotarian who has served the community in a notable way. Please contact Carl Caskey for nomination forms.  The deadline for nominations is Sept. 20.

Coming Up:

Sept 6 – Bike Tour Work Session

Sept 13 – Break out session with Committee Chairs