Cogwheel Archive

Rotary Cogwheel | 06.04.2015

June 4, 2015

Today: Tom Wilson, Rotary Ethics Program, (V. Dilley)

Birthdays: Craig Hall (6/4) and David Wolf (6/6)

Next Week: David Wee, All Things Baseball (S. Richardson)

Last Week:

Michael Maus is looking for a few good men and women — 55 years of age or older — to join Common Good RSVP, the retired senior volunteer program.

It is funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency, and coordinated locally by Catholic Charities. Michael is a regional coordinator for Rice, Steele, Dodge and Mower counties.

The program concentrates on four strategic areas: independent living services for seniors, which include transportation, companionship and respite care; educational assistance in elementary schools; access to affordable food, either food delivery or food distribution; and access to affordable housing. RSVP helps with selection of a volunteer opportunity, travel reimbursement and supplemental accident and liability insurance.

Locally, RSVP has established partnerships with local service providers. They work closely with Three Links with a bone builders program, Accelerate Northfield on the academic achievement gap, Rice County Habitat for Humanity and Thursday’s Table.

Michael is aware of Northfield’s tradition of community service and volunteerism, but he would like to get more people involved. For more information, e-mail Michael at:


Jim Blaha, now a Rotarian of 15 years, would characterize himself as a “‘busy bee.” He keeps bees, bakes bread and brews beer. He is married to Kay, and they have three boys (Sons really I am trying to keep the “b” theme alive.) They are: Matt (Northfield), Mike (Taos, N.M.) and Tim (Chicago).

Guests: Kathy Jasnoch (Kaczmarek) and Ivy Ainsworth (Blaha)

Scholarship Enhancement: Professor Robert Will


— District 5960 Rotary Friendship Exchange is happy to announce an exchange to Nagpur India from January 9-20, 2016.

A team of 10 Rotarians (five couples) will travel to Nashik for two nights, Jalgaon – one night, Akola – three nights, Nagpur – three nights, and Chandrapur one night.

Team will travel from Mumbai airport to the cities listed above accompanied by Rotarian hosts. Team will leave from the Nagpur airport on January 20, 2016.

Participants on this exchange are responsible for their own air travel expenses and personal spending money.  They may also be expected to cover the following expenses: admission to tourist sites, concerts museums etc., gifts for overnight hosts, meals at Rotary club meetings, travel insurance and passport.

Air travel expense looks to be around $1,750 round trip per person. Rotarians should expect 10 days of visiting and two days of travel.

You can find additional information on the website under program – Friendship exchange. Applications are due October 1, 2015.

For more information, contact Cheryl Kohout at

The Rotary Club of St. Paul is looking for host families to house two to four Rotary exchange students for two days in late June.

The students have completed their exchange years and are coming from the western United States with chaperones on a 33 day tour via Amtrack.

The students will arrive at the train station in Saint Paul at 7 a.m. on Friday, June 26, and will depart on Sunday, June 28, at 7:40 a.m.

If you are interested, contact

Jodi Erickson

Club Administrator

Rotary Club of Saint Paul


— Jake Conway celebrated the Minnesota Twins sweep of the Boston Red Sox by presenting President Rich, a Boston guy, with a broom.

— President Rich called our attention to an article in the April “Rotarian” about Dan Pallotta, who we saw on a TED Talk called “Rethinking Charity.”

  • Outbound Students 2015-16
    Beimers, Henry – Norway
  • Beimers, William – Brazil
  • Carlson, Samuel -Argentina
  • Estrada, Gabriella – France
  • Hahn, Erin – Thailand
  • Hodel, Christoph – Indonesia
  • Kelley, Caitlin – Chile
  • Lunderby, Jack – Brazil
  • Mandsager, Erik – Zimbabwe
  • Martinez, Odalys – Japan
  • Muir, Mason – Taiwan
  • Olson, Josiah – Colombia
  • Regnier, Eli – Brazil
  • Rodriguez-Vazquez,Leslie – Brazil
  • Scheffert, Jenna – Italy
  • Seitz, Zoe – Denmark
  • Washburn Chapman, AhnaCole – South Africa
  • Woitalla, Jessica – Brazil.

Past Northfield Rotary Club meeting videos on YouTube

Coming Up

June 18 — Nick Haggenmiller, Northfield City Administrator

June 25 — Leonard Francis Vibbi, Sierra Leone Project (Weber)

July 2 — Rachel Estrella, Classification, and Changing of the Guard.

July 9 — State Senator Kevin Dahle