Cogwheel Archive

Rotary Cogwheel | 03.26.2015

March 25, 2015

Today: Denny Hanson, President and CEO of Community Resource Bank, Classification (Weber)

Birthdays: Earl Crow (3/24) and Yogi (3/27)

Next Week: Kevin Born, Environmental Tillage Systems (R. Lorang)

Last Week:

Here are some fun facts about Guilia Mercanti, our inbound exchange student from Italy.

Fact: She speaks several languages, including French and German.
Fact: She has a twin brother back home in Italy.
Fact: She is afraid of dogs.
Fact: She started ballet lessons at age 4.
Fact: This Italian girl discovered opera in the United States.

Guilia comes from a small town (19,000) 15 minutes from Turin in Italy’s northwest corner. Her father is a finance director for a paper recycling company. Her mother is a marketing manager for a company that makes packaging materials. She has two brothers back home, an older brother who is 21 and her 17-year old twin brother. When Guilia returns home, she will complete one more year of high school. Then she hopes to go on to college, maybe in the United States, to study foreign languages.

She clearly is proud of her home region of Turin, from the art and culture and the local soccer team, Juventus, and a dynamic regional economy that produced Fiat and Vespa. Stunning mountain ranges are located close to her home town, but she prefers the sea shore for relaxation.

Guilia has enjoyed her time in Northfield. She’s found people helpful and supportive. She experienced her first team competition on the high school swim team. She’s seen several theater productions and has taken dance lessons at the Northfield Arts Guild.

She thanked Rotary and her host families for this experience. It has allowed her to experience a different culture and meet people from all over the world.


Judy Brown-Wescott admires those who are dedicated to their work, no matter how big or how small the task. She remembers as a nine-year old girl, watching a woman behind the Woolworth lunch counter take exceeding care to get the egg salad sandwiches she made just right. Judy said she is grateful to have had eight or 10 positions over the course of her professional life that inspired her to do her best work.

Guests: Dan Kelley (Yogi), and members of Guilia’s host families and many, many friends, including several of our next outbound class.

Scholarship Enhancement: Ericka Fredrickson, one of our guests.


— Erica Zweifel reported that the first annual Rotary women’s event was a success. It raised $535 for the skateboard park. Jean Wakely shared her quilt stories with the group.

Past Northfield Rotary Club meeting videos on Youtube: NorthfieldRotaryClubVideos

Coming Up

April 9 — Marcelo, Inbound Exchange Student (O’Neill X 2)

April 16 — Beth Berry, TORCH, (Hillmann)

April 23 — Sister Monique Godde, Former Exchange Student (Brown-Wescott)

April 30 — Michael Maas, RSVP Retiree Volunteers