Cogwheel Archive

Rotary Cogwheel | 12.17.2015

December 18, 2015

Today: Linda Hibbard, Epic Enterprises (Kaczmarek) 

Birthdays: Dale Ness and John Ophaug (12/15), Vicki Dilley and Blake Abdella (12/21), Virginia Kaczmarek (12/22), Bill Carlson (12/23), Neil Lutsky (12/27) and Jake Conway (12/28)

Next Week: No Meeting. Enjoy the holidays. We will see you back here on Thursday, Jan. 7

Last Week:

Kim Smith, a Carleton College professor of Environmental  Studies and Political Science and champion of Greater Northfield Sustainability Collaborative, is searching for ways to help local businesses adopt “green” practices.

The collaborative is in its formative stages. It was founded two years ago by earth friendly advocates from Carleton College, St. Olaf College, Transition Northfield, Northfield Grassroots Transit Initiative and Cannon River Watershed Partnership. The goal is to serve as a facilitator for sustainability initiatives in the greater Northfield area, including the implementation of the Minnesota Green Steps Cities Program. It envisions its website becoming a repository for Northfield Area sustainability events, project case studies and research findings.

Kim said the collaborative was involved in planning the climate summit that was held here in 2014. It is now working on an educational program featuring a talk by sustainability consultant Elizabeth Shepard of LifeCity, a New Orleans green consulting organization.

They would like to work more closely with local businesses on sustainability issues, identifying their priorities and offering best practice solutions. Kim sees the college students at both campuses as a great resource for those discussions.

If you would like to be part of a steering committee to identify local priorities, contact Kim or for more information, go to:

Mini Classification:

Erica Zweifel enjoys public service. Her appreciation for grass-roots democracy and citizen engagement makes her City Council work rewarding.

In the name of service to the community, she invited members to nominate for the Good Neighbor Award non-Rotarians who live in the Northfield School District and demonstrate service above self. The deadline is Friday, Jan. 8. She will have forms available at the weekly meetings, and they are available online.

Fond Farewell:

Jose, our inbound from Mexico, returned home Friday for personal reasons. He said he is grateful for the support he received from Northfield Rotary Club. He learned and experienced a lot in the four months he was here, which will carry him long into the future making a positive impact on the world.

Guests: Tim Gilblum (Maus) and Tonya Kjerland (Zweifel)

Scholarship Enhancement:  Chad Hjelming, guest of Sam Gett


Rob Martin invited people to celebrate the anticipated move of the depot on Monday, Dec. 21, if the weather cooperates. The project is always open to contributions of time and/or money. Talk to Rob if you can help.

If you are interested in helping the Salvation Army with bell-ringing this holiday season, see Jake Conway.

Northfield Y invites Rotarians to stretch their giving for its current capital campaign. A matching grant would turn a $15,000 donation from the club ($5,000) and its members ($10,000) into a $25,000 contribution to the campaign. The Y is trying to raise $1 million to pay down outstanding debt. The deadline is January 8. If you have pledged in the past, you can contact the Y office to extend your pledge for this campaign.

Jean Wakely announced that a documentary movie chronicling the Northfield skate park experience will be shown Sunday, Dec. 20, 4:30 p.m. at the Weitz Center for Creativity, Carleton College.

Elizabeth Child reported that TORCH (Tackling Obstacles and Raising College Hopes, a program supported by Northfield Healthy Community Initiative) is looking for members of a “brainstorming team” to explore local strategies for career exploration. Talk to her if you are interested in this time-limited project.

We have responsibility for Meals-On-Wheels in January. See Lynne Pederson if you can help.

Boxes for recycling cell phone are now available at our meetings. The phones are being collected by the Minnesota Zoo and used to fund its Recycle the Rain Forest project.

Here is a list of this year’s outbound students:

  • 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
  • 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.

Past Northfield Rotary Club meeting videos on YouTube

Coming Up

December 31 — No Meeting

January 7 — Author Terry Kerber

January 14 — TBA

January 21 — Katie Hargis, Classification, (Joe Hargis)

January 28 — Jo Ann Sabin, Pollinator Friendly Alliance, (Kallestad)