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Rotary Cogwheel | 12.19.2013

December 19, 2013

Today: Christopher Sawyer, President of College City Beverage (Taylor)

Birthdays: Dale Ness and John Ophaug (12/15), Blake Abdella and Vicki Dilley (12/21), Virginia Kaczmarek (12/22), Bill Carlson (12/23), Neil Lutsky (12/27), Jacob Conway (12/28) and a partridge in a pear tree.

Next Week: Youth Exchange Adventure and Reflection (YEAR) Friday, Dec. 27, 6:30 p.m. Northfield High School Auditorium.

Last Week: Rodolfo Ramirez comes to us from Cabildo, Chile, a town of 20,000 that serves the area’s mining and agriculture industries. His mother operates a retail store for women’s accessories. He has one sibling, an older sister, who is an actress. She has appeared on some television shows, but prefers the stage. His grandmother is also a huge influence in his life and a great cook.

Rodolfo’s high school has a rather utilitarian design. He says it is “neither big nor beautiful.” A typical day finds him up and at ’em at 7:15 a.m. The school day runs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. They have three 90-minute classes in the morning with 15 minute breaks, and a fourth class after lunch. He lives close enough to go home for an hour lunch break. They generally do not have homework.

In his free time, Rodolfo is involved in Karate and recently took second place in an elite martial arts competition in Santiago. He also enjoys skateboarding and has a close group of friends.

Rodolfo said he is grateful for how warmly he has been received by Rotary and his Northfield host families. People are very attentive and make him feel special and included in the life of the community.

When he returns home, he must complete one more semester of school and then he will enter college, where he intends to study psychology.

 Mini Classification: Patrick “Cadillac” O’Neil grew up — survived might be the better term — in a large Irish-Catholic family in Michigan. His father was a hardware merchant who knew the value of delivering service to his customers. His mother kept the lid on a household of seven active boys with a healthy dose of tough love from a kind heart, a practice that would have earned Dr. Phil’s seal of approval

Pat bought Dr. Robert Moore’s eye practice in 1983. He and his wife, Dawn, an art teacher at Greenvale Elementary School, raised three children here. One is in Minneapolis, one in Bozeman, Mt. and another is heading west to California. Pat says it is our shared experience that weaves the fabric of the community…. and please come to my eye clinic.

Paul Harris Fellowship: Barry Carlson was recognized with a Paul Harris Fellowship, and Brett Reese was given a Paul Harris Plus 8 pin for his multiple contributions to the foundation.

Last Week’s Guests: Our exchange students, Yoshino, Gunho, Rodolfo and Lucas; Tammy McDonough, Katy Hargis, Maggie Kennedy, Carmela Ortiz and Karin Ludwig (Rodolfo)

Scholarship Enhancement: David Wolf

Announcements: Here Ye! Here Ye! The votes are in, and by a three to one margin, the club has elected to hold meetings at the United Methodist Church for the foreseeable future. President Prichard said we will be upgrading our sound system, and he encouraged people who are wary of icy conditions to use the south entrance during the winter.

We have a need of a few good men or women to help the Hospitality Committee each week with media set up — projection screen, sound and projector. Let Jean Wakely know if you can do that.

You are all invited to the Youth Exchange Adventure and Reflection (YEAR) party Friday, Dec. 27, 6:30 p.m. at the Northfield High School Auditorium. There will be food, fun and inspiring stories of empowerment and transformation from exchange students as they reflect on their year away.

Rotarians! Start your engines. Rotary is responsible for Meals-On-Wheels delivery January 5-18. Lynn Pederson will be e-mailing us with the schedule. We hope this method of recruitment is a process improvement.

Coming Up:

Jan. 2 — No Meeting

Jan. 9 — Meeting