Cogwheel Archive

Rotary Cogwheel | 06.05.2014

June 5, 2014

Today:Lara Palmquist, Global Grant Scholar (Weber)

Birthdays: David Wolf (6/6)

Next Week: Beth Gilligan, former exchange student (Benson)

Last Week:

Dayna Norvold encouraged club members to take a bold step for Habitat for Humanity. For her, that means simply sharing a habitat story, donating to the program or encouraging someone to apply for housing.

Dayna is the executive director of Rice County Habitat for Humanity. She’s been in that position since 2007 and is continually inspired by the partnerships that form around providing affordable housing for local families. Since its inception in 1991, the local habitat chapter has built 36 homes and done major repair on two others. Thirty-five of those families are still living in those homes.

Providing affordable housing can change families for generations, Dayna said. With home ownership comes a measure of self-esteem and dignity. It changes the way families see themselves in relation to their communities, and it introduces families to a network of support that remains long after the last nail is struck.

Typically, Rice County Habitat has built one house a year. In 2014, it has plans for four, two in Lonsdale and one each in Dundas and Morristown. If you are interested in participating, the build schedules are online at: Financial donations are also appreciated or a nomination of a partner family who could benefit from affordable housing.


Craig Hall reported that he is letting go of his handyman business after being appointed Academic Director for St. Mary’s University’s nurse anesthetist program. He started that position this past Monday.

He gave a full-throated endorsement of the Habitat for Humanity program. There’s “old-fashioned barn-building” feel to the program, he said. Everyone involved benefits from the experience.

Last Week’s Guests:Love Odetola (Wakely)

Scholarship Enhancement:

Michelle Lasswell, one of the brightest legal minds of her generation. (This apposition is brought to you, in part, by Michelle Lasswell, JD.)


Matt Rich, our incoming club president, is attending the Rotary International Convention in Sydney, Australia. President Prichard said that is one of the perks of accepting a leadership position in the club.

The Northfield Rotary Y matching grant campaign has already raised more than $18,000. We have committed a $25,000 match to the Y capital campaign to be used to raise an additional $50,000 from the community during June. Rotary members, families, friends and potential donors are invited to attend one of several invitation-only tours of the building. The first will be Thursday, June 12, at 3:30 p.m. Let Virginia Kaczmarek know if you are coming.

Nominations are now in order for the 2014 Marston Headley Service Above Self Award. Each year, the club recognizes one of its own for his or her contribution to the club and to the larger community. If you have a nominee, please share it with Jean Wakely, Jack Hoschouer or Scott Richardson by June 12.

We need have committed to housing some exchange students from another state June 27-29. If you can help, contact President Prichard.

The Rotary graduation party was a success. Inbound students, outbound students, host families, club members and friends had a great evening of fellowship May 28.

Coming Up

June 19 — TBA

June 26 — Vicki Langer, classification (Williams)

July 3 — No meeting. Enjoy The Fourth

July 10 — Bill Nelson, Nelson Dairy Consultants (Madigan)