Cogwheel Archive

Rotary Cogwheel | 01.28.2016

January 27, 2016

Today: Jo Ann Sabin, Pollinator Friendly Alliance, (Kallestad)

Birthdays: Rotarians across the globe.

Next Week: Alan Anderson, Climate Change Threatens Rotary’s Good Work

Last Week:

What makes Katy Hargis run?

Well, for starters how about the local women’s running club that rouses her out of bed every Saturday morning, but then there are the five children (two sets of twins), a love of the outdoors, grandparenthood, and a commitment to civic affairs. Oh, and Katy is also the director of Communications and Development for HealthFinders, a local nonprofit providing medical care for uninsured and underinsured residents of Rice County. That pretty much covers it.

The oldest of five children, Katy grew up in Crystal, Minn. in a simpler time when neighborhood skating rinks, ski slopes and downtown Minneapolis were her playground. Growing up, Katy spent a lot of time at YMCA Camp Menogyn near Grand Marais. She considers it a life-changing experience. The rugged, outdoor activities introduced her to the spiritual benefits of the woods and gave her a sense of empowerment. She now serves on the camp’s board of directors.

She went to the University of Minnesota Duluth and, after three seasons working for the National Park Service, enrolled in a graduate program at Indiana State University, where she met husband, Joe.

They ultimately returned to Minnesota, when Joe took a position at Carleton College. After several years of his commuting from Minneapolis, they moved with their three children to Northfield and had two more.

When she moved to Northfield, Katy found Early Childhood Family Education classes to be a lifesaver. She’s been an active parent at Greenvale Park Elementary, St. Dominic’s, and Prairie Creek School. She eventually became involved in broader community affairs, serving on the city park board and the Northfield School Board.

She said she is grateful to be living in Northfield. It has provided support, options in education, many healthy diversions and friendships. Her avocations include running (seven marathons to her credit), hiking, biking, book club and a love of animals. She also has an enduring affection for the North Shore and Lake Superior and all of the opportunities those areas offer.

Katy and Joe are close to being empty nesters. Their second set of twins will graduate from high school this spring. They have a daughter in a nursing program at Westminister College in Salt Lake City, a son in San Diego and one in New York, and one eight-month old granddaughter.

Mini Classification:
Joe Hargis grew up in southern Indiana watching his father pound out copy for the local community newspaper. That’s where he developed his affection for community journalism and the rhythms of small-town life.

He met his wife, Katie, at Indiana State University and they moved back to Minnesota when Joe accepted a position at Carleton College. That was almost 30 years ago. Over time, he has learned to tolerate the winters and enjoy hockey.

He is now Associate Vice President of External Relations for the college. He also serves on the boards of Northfield Downtown Development Corporation and Laura Baker Services Association.

Joe said he finds Northfield a truly unique community and he is inspired by the service work of his fellow Rotarians.

Guests: Dorothy Ischler (Wakely)

Scholarship Enhancement:  Laurie Williams


New member orientation will be held tomorrow Friday, Jan. 29, noon at Community Resource Bank. New members from 2013-2015 are encouraged to attend. Michelle Lasswell, our vice president in charge of membership, along with other board members will provide an overview of Rotary structure, activities and ways to become involved. Lunch will be provided.

Chris Weber reported that our Literacy Committee is a full partner with other literacy initiatives in town. We are working with the Early Childhood Initiative Coalition to collect gently-used children’s books and redistribute them through businesses, the Y, apartment complexes and the Northfield Community Resource Center. We are also working with Healthy Community Initiative’s Northfield Promise to promote early reading and literacy.

Richard Maus said $12,000 was raised in support of an education initiative in Liberia. We are shipping books and other supplies to Project Blackboard, a foundation created by Wokie Daboh, one of Richard’s former students. Richard also noted that World Health Organization’s new director of Polio Eradication, Michael Zaffran, says the end of polio is in sight.


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

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

February 11 — Nicole Blaires, Exchange Student (V. Dilley)


February 18 — Jayne Hager Dee, Classification Talk (Prowe)


February 25 — Peg Prowe, Northfield Bike Plan (Zweifel)


March 3 — TBA