Cogwheel Archive

Rotary Cogwheel | 07.30.2015

July 28, 2015

Today: Lori Pulkrabek, GSE Team 2014

Birthdays: Rotarians around the world

Next Week: Steve Underdahl, President and CEO of Northfield Hospital & Clinics, Classification (S. Richardson)

Last Week:

Thank you Matthew Rich: President Halverson presented our past-president, Matthew Rich, with a plague recognizing his leadership during 2014-15. Our fundraisers were successful, our youth exchange program flourished and we made an impact with our donations both locally and internationally. Matthew said it is always difficult to quantify our impact, but letters of thanks from students and people we have helped are what reinforce the work we are doing.

Youth Exchange Update: Our Youth Exchange committee is now making arrangements for three inbound exchange students this fall. We will have Jose from Oaxaca, Mexico, Carson from Taiwan and Nicole from Paraguay. There is a possibility we will receive two additional students around the first of next year.

Vicki Dilley, chair of the committee, is in need of a two more host families, one for Jose and one for Carson. If you can help or know of someone who can help, contact her.

Jose will be 17 when he arrives. He is leaving a six-year old sister at home. He is interested in film, photography, fashion design and tennis. His club counselors are Brad Frago and Michelle Lasswell. His host parents for the fall are Wendy and Andrei Sivanich, and Tiffani and Erik Nelson for the spring.

Carson will be 18 when he arrives. He is an only child. He likes playing basketball, singing, reading novels, cycling and playing computer games. His club counselors are Pat and Dawn O’Neill. Sian and Gary Muir will host him for the fall, Shana and Marty Hodel for the winter.

Nicole just turned 16.  Her father is an architect; her mother is an accountant.  She has three 12-year old triplet siblings, two boys and one girl. She plays piano and violin, and she loves running and basketball. Judy Brown-Wescott is her club counselor. Her host parents will be Julie and Paul Thornton, Margaret and Mike Ludwig and Mary and Dan Magnuson.

Here is a list of this year’s outbound students. Some have already departed.

  • 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, Ahna Cole – South Africa
  • Woitalla, Jessica – Brazil.

Guests: Many, many guests at our social last week. Here are a few: Faye Caskey, Marie Benson, Howard Puczko, Richard Hogenson, Karna Halverson, Lea Rich, Lin Wolf, Bernie Lawlor, Char Carlson, Sue and Tom Pokorney, Diane Kyte, Maelynn Thomas, Gretchen Ehresmann, Ruth Crane, and Deborah Anderson.

Scholarship Enhancement:  Judy Brown-Wescott.


  • Tickets are now available for the 2015 car raffle. One of the team captains has your name and tickets for you to sell. We are trying to sell a lot of them.
  • Kurt Larson asks that we think about larger corporations beyond our city limits to sponsor the Turkey Trot. They often need more lead time to decide and process these requests. Now is the time to approach them.
  • District 5960 is forming a Friendship Exchange to India January 9-20. They are looking for five Rotary couples to make the trip. See President Halverson if you are interested in learning more.
  • With the changing of the guard, we also change the password to the Members Only area on our web site. It is now lowercase halverson.

Coming Up

August 13 — Alyssa Herzog Melby, Executive Director Northfield Arts Guild, NAG’s New Start

August 20 — Chris Heineman, Northfield Director of Community Development, Classification (Rich)

August 27 — Dayna Norvold, Rice County Habitat for Humanity