Cogwheel Archive

Rotary Cogwheel | 10.06.2016

October 5, 2016

Today’s Program | Thursday, October 6, 2016

Today: Bruce Morlan, Classified

Birthdays: MICHELLE LASSWELL (9/29) and Kyle Nordine (10/7)

Next Week: Mike Strobel, The Making of Aurora Pharmaceuticals, (Reese)

Last Week:
Joe Wakely would like some help with a water project in Guatemala.

Joe has been working with indigenous people in the western highlands of Guatemala, near the breath-taking Lake Atitian, to bring clean water to their villages. Sixty-three percent of the people do not have access to potable water, he said. They are trapped in an economy where nine families — nine families — control 80 percent of the wealth, and tax cheating and corruption is a way of life.

“These are wonderful, deserving people,” he said of the 160 families with whom he is working.

They recently completed a project for Sanik Ya. They ran a water pipe two kilometers up the mountainside. Villagers invested some 50,000 man hours in the project, working on their days off to haul some one million pounds of material up precarious mountain trails. In the end, Joe said the project came in ahead of schedule and on budget.

He is applying for a Rotary grant to help with the next water project. They are identifying natural, usable springs and figuring out ways to create a consistent source of clean water. He hopes Northfield Rotary will become a partner in these projects.


Russ was born and raised in Winona. His passion for skiing took him to Denver for college. He now works as a surveyor. His wife, Karna, is the responsible officer for Rotary’s North Star Youth Exchange. They have a four-year old son, Lucas.

Guests: Luis Enriquez Wakely, Alexandra Pitsavas and Jerry Hamlin (Wakely), Sam Carlson (V. Dilley) and Todd Lippert (S. Richardson)

Scholarship Enhancement: “The Mayor” Keith Covey


The Turkey Trot Committee is off and running. We need volunteers for Thanksgiving morning. We also need sponsors. If you or your business would like to help underwrite the event, see Rob Bierman, Kurt Larson or Rick Estenson. The event will include a food drive, so think about contributing to that in the weeks leading up to the event or the day of. Rob Bierman said event flyers will be available soon for posting around town.

Rotary received a check for $4,700 for our “management” of the Defeat of Jesse James Days Craft Fair in Central Park. Nice work Rotarians.

Brad Frago, our Youth Protection Officer, reminded members who work closely with youth to make sure their certification is up to date. If yours has lapsed or if you are becoming certified for the first time, go to to find the online seminar.

We need a few more volunteers to help interview prospective outbound exchange students on Monday, Oct. 24. 5 to 9 p.m. If you can help, see Rachel Estrella.

Kim Briske reported that Noah Klein is doing well in his exchange year in South Korea. He has met Rotary students from other countries and loves the local cuisine. He is enrolled in a culinary program at the high school he is attending.

Inbound students are:
Daniel Chien from Taiwan

Emma Nielsen from Denmark

Nico Suarez Toloza from Colombia

Eric Kwun from South Korea
Wanzita Ally from Tanzania
Matteo Lombardo, Italy

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.

Coming Up

October 20 — Melanie Freeze, Carleton College, “What’s Ahead in the Election,” (Holden)

October 27 — Breanna Wheeler, River Bend Nature Center’s New Start, (Madigan)

November 3 — Dan Knutson, Classification, (Rich)

November 10 — Zach Pruitt, HCI’s Tri-Bridges Program (Kaczmarek)