Cogwheel Archive

Rotary Cogwheel | 07.11.2013

July 11, 2013

Today: Rick Ornsby, Faribault Rotary Club’s service project

Birthdays: Scott Richardson (7/1), James Grabau (7/4), Dayna Norvold (7/5), Candy Taylor (7/7), Nancy Amerman and Myron Solid (7/12)

Next Week: TBA

Last Week:

There are three Owatonna Rotarians who are clearly smitten with Turkey.
Lonna Lyne and Rikke and Steve Olsen were part of a 10-member delegation that participated in a reciprocal Rotary Friendship Exchange last year. They spent two weeks in late May and early June touring Turkey, then hosted a group from Turkey in early July.

They learned that Turkey not only straddles two continents — Europe and Asia — but two cultures. A contemporary, western-influenced lifestyle is woven into a traditional, orthodox Muslim world.

The friendship group was treated to a postcard tour of Turkey. They visited Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque, the Hippodrome, the Grand Bazaar, Underground Cistern, the Topkapi Palace, and the tomb of Ataturk, a transformational political figure who championed a modern and moderate Turkey.

They stayed with host families during their tours. The dancing and music was ubiquitous and energizing, and the food was delicious. Transportation was their only real personal expense. Their intimate connection with their new friends gives them a whole new perspective on the political unrest they are watching from halfway across the world.

“It’s hard to say goodbye,” Lonna said. “You’re changed forever.”

She invited others to take advantage of upcoming friendship exchanges. She said it is the “best way to find world peace.”

Mini Classification:

Vicki Dilley referred us to her previous week’s mini-classification, which read something like: Living in Wyoming and Montana and earning a degree in child psychology at the University of Montana, Vicki met her husband Lee in Red Lodge. Dilley and her husband, Lee, served as Peace Corps volunteers for over three years on the Polynesian island of Tuvalu. Their positive experience in Tuvalu encouraged Vicki to become totally involved in our Rotary Youth Exchange Program.

Marston Headley Award:

Jean Wakely was named recipient of this year’s Marston Headley Service Above Self Award. The award is given each year to a member of the club who has given of her or his time and energy to make the club a success and also for strong involvement in the community. Jean is known as someone who can take an idea and turn it into a great party. She exudes hospitality and has a gift for making people feel welcome and useful. Thanks for your good work and good spirit, Jean.

Last Week’s Guests: Steve Underdahl (Kyte), Mike Gunderson (Jane), Michelle Mahowald  (Madigan) and Kalina Hall and Julia Saunier (Hall).

Scholarship Enhancement: Todd Thompson, our miestro.


Beginning July 25, we will repair to the United Methodist Church for our meetings. It will be a six-month trial. After that, we will decide collectively if we will make a permanent change.

Coming Up:
July 18 — TBA