Cogwheel Archive

Rotary Cogwheel | 06.12.2014

June 12, 2014

Today:Beth Gilligan, former exchange student (Benson)

Birthdays: Rotarians everywhere

Next Week: Patrick Nelson, Tee Up for the Troops, (Hoschouer)

Last Week:
Lara Palmquist is prepared for a life-changing experience. The recipient of the district’s Global Scholarship will attend Uppsala University in Uppsala, Sweden and pursue a master’s degree in Theology, concentrating on “Religion in Peace and Conflict.”

The Northfield native and St. Olaf College graduate said she fully expects this experience will have a major influence on her personal and professional journey.

“This is an opportunity that would not be possible without this scholarship,” she said. “It will fully redirect my life.”

Lara expressed gratitude to those who helped her apply for the $30,000 award. She said it has been a collective endeavor. Because of that, she feels a responsibility to take full advantage of the opportunity and to share what she learns with others back home.

She looks forward to living in a diverse community and becoming engaged in the general Swedish population, including the local Rotary clubs. Lara will begin her studies in August.

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Chris Weber is a product of the Windy City, the City with Broad Shoulders, yes, Chi town, as in Chicago. The youngest of three brothers, he came to St. Olaf College, where he met his wife, Deanne. They are now married — 21 years — and are raising two children in Northfield. Anna, 13, sings a lot, and Thomas, 9, is all about sports and reading. Chris is an investment advisor for Cetera Investment Services at Community Resource Bank. Deanne is a mom and is now working some for St. Olaf College Admissions.

Rotary Foundation makes a difference

Craig Leiser, chair of the District Rotary Foundation, said the foundation is a vehicle for celebrating life’s great moments.

When you see the smiles spread across the faces of those who have been touched by foundation projects, it is inspiring, he said, and motivating. He cited the replacement of a water supply in a Turkish community that removed the cancer threat posed by asbestos-lined pipes. He talked about the investment in neo natal care in three hospitals outside of Buenos Aires that almost immediately saved lives. And he talked about how transformative is the selection of a Global Scholarship grant recipient like Lara Palmquist.

He invited us to think about the smiles associated with those foundation projects and to consider how we might ensure there are more of them.

Last Week’s Guests: Carol Wooster (Wakely), Craig Leiser (Prichard), Adam Hough and Jan Hanson (Nemo).

Scholarship Enhancement:Good fortune smiled on Chris Richardson. 


The Northfield Rotary Y matching grant campaign has already raised more than $21,000. 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 two invitation-only tours of the building Thursdays, June 12 and June 19, at 3:30 p.m. Let Virginia Kaczmarek know if you are coming.

Last chance to nominate one of your club members 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 today or hold your peace until next year.

John Ehresmann said Rotary Responders need to know two things. One, if you haven’t submitted a new photo for badges, please do so. Two, there will be a drill in Morristown on Saturday, Sept. 13, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. You will need to be there.

Coming Up
June 26 — Vicki Langer, classification (Williams)

July 3 — No meeting. Enjoy The Fourth

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

July 17 — Randy Peterson, Target Regional Engineer (Madigan)