Cogwheel Archive

Rotary Cogwheel | 08.18.2016

August 17, 2016

Today’s Program | Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016

Today: District Governor Jim Hunt (Halverson)

Birthdays: Leo Lawlor (8/15), Tim Madigan (8/16) and Richard Schulte (8/20).

Next Week: Joel Wagar, Mill Towns Trails (Prowe)

Last Week:

John Barbour, St. Olaf College Religion professor, treasures the personal diaries of his parents, Deane and Ian Barbour, which chronicle their 1948 work camp experience in Germany. The rest of us now have a chance to appreciate them as well, with the publication of “Toiling with the Defeated: 1948, US Diaries from the Ruins of WWII in Hamburg and Munster.”

John read a selection of beautifully written excerpts from the book, recounting camp details and impressions from his young, newly-married parents. They had joined thousands of other American, Dutch, and German students at the work camps, three years after the end of World War II. Students at the camps cleared rubble from bombed buildings, and sought understanding of and reconciliation with those who had been their enemies during the war. The 150 work camps in Germany and Europe were organized by Christian student organizations like the YMCA, Congregational Christian Service Committee and American Friends Service Committee.

John noted that while Ian provided rich factual information of post-war German life in his diaries, Deane wrote powerfully of moments and encounters that led her to ethical and religious reflection.

As college students, Deane studied theology and Ian theology and physics. Ian spent more than 30 years teaching at Carleton College and is widely credited with creating the contemporary field of science and religion and in 1999, was awarded the prestigious Templeton Prize. Deane died in 2011, Ian in 2013.

Copies of “Toiling with the Defeated” are available via Print on Demand at, or by contacting Yogi Reppmann (

Yogi Reppmann used his mini-classification talk to recount the many connections that led him to the diaries of Deane and Ian Barbour. He met John Barbour for the first time at Ian’s funeral and John shared the diaries with Yogi, who would go on to become an enthusiastic supporter (and eventual co-editor) for the publication of “Toiling with the Defeated.”

Guests: A contingent of visitors hosted by Yogi, Nalongue Cogan (Stevens), Josie Dunn-Foster (Jen Dunn-Foster)

Scholarship Enhancement: Richard Maus

Jean Wakely noted an upcoming Rotary service opportunity – the West Africa Project Fair, October 18-26, 2016, in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, which includes polio and eradication activities.  For more information visit the Howard Tours website at

Signup sheets for Bike Tour volunteers will be available each week at our Rotary meeting so you can easily volunteer to help.

Virginia Kaczmarek reminded everyone who hasn’t already completed the YMCA’s Community Needs Assessment Survey to please do so by Tuesday, Aug. 30. The short online survey is available from the website. Results will be shared with other Northfield organizations to help identify program and service needs not current addressed in the community.

Our 2016-17 outbound students are:

Sage Brinton, Argentina

McKenna Dale, Brazil

Caroline Hummel, Norway

Noah Klein, South Korea

Jane Ludwig, Colombia

Yizel Marcial, Germany

Daiki Nishioka, Taiwan

Liliana (Lily) Noble, Italy

Madison Peterson-Bradford,  Brazil

Emma Pritchard, Taiwan

Nathaniel Urke, Brazil.

Incoming students are:
Daniel Chien from Taiwan

Emma Nielsen from Denmark

Nico Suarez Toloza from Colombia

Gyung Hwan Yoon from South Korea
Wanzita Masenza from Tanzania

Coming Up

September 1 — Earl Weinmann, SCOPE Program (Lawlor)

September 8 — Bike Tour Volunteers

September 15 — ENT Gerard O’Halloran, MD, “What I Wish My Patients Knew” (Spethmann)

September 22 — Patrick Donahue, James J. Hill Center (K. Hargis)

Quote of the Week:
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

— Nelson Mandela