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Rotary Cogwheel | 10.27.2016

October 25, 2016

Today’s Program | Thursday, October 27, 2016

Today: Breanna Wheeler, River Bend Nature Center’s New Start (Madigan)

Birthdays: Rob Martin (10/25) and Brett Reese (10/29)

Next Week: Dan Knutson, Classification, (Rich)

Last Week:
Melanie Freeze, visiting professor of Political Science at Carleton College, says this presidential election is an outlier, and she has the data to prove it.

She said the usual predictive models underestimated Donald Trump’s chances because they didn’t account for the strength of white male identity issues, white racial politics or the appeal of an authoritarian response to today’s complex issues.

Politics this election cycle have become much more personal due, in large part, to social media, Melanie said.

Voters have been coaxed off the sidelines and transformed from passive observers to engaged champions of specific candidates. Recent campaign tactics rely heavily on sending messages to mobile phones, and they have a more intense emotional impact, she said. Phones have become an extension of our being, and therefore people take what they see on those small screens more personally.

She has also found that when campaigns go beyond attacking the opposing candidate to attacking the opponent’s supporters — think Hillary’s characterization of Trump supporters as a “basket of deplorables” — people tend to rally around their candidate and are less persuaded by the ads.

Despite more sophisticated marketing techniques, Melanie doesn’t see the majority of the electorate being manipulated by campaigns. The appeals are too blatant.

“I have a lot of faith in the voters,” she said.


Who knew Jim Holden is an anglophile? As he was sharing his story, I was imagining Lord and Lady Holden donning period costumes and binging on season six of Downton Abbey. Jim was an educator for more than 40 years. In 1965, he taught in England and is now writing a memoir about that experience. When he is not at the keyboard, he plays tennis, fishes for trout, follows the Minnesota Lynx and wrings his hands over Twins’ pitching.

Guests: Shelley Holden (Sampo); Andre Baker (Ishler), Ramiz Allawala (Karen Allawala), and Susie Nakasian (L. Dilley)

Scholarship Enhancement: Charlie Kyte, a pay day for the grandkids.


Jack Hoschouer and Mike Lemming volunteered to represent the Rotary Club in the Northfield Library’s Trivia Bee tonight. Stay tuned for an announcement of our other two team members.

The Turkey Trot is in full swing. We need volunteers to help with the event Thanksgiving morning, we need your help promoting the event through your social media platforms and we need runners and walkers. Next week, members can bring donations to our meetings to jump-start the food drive aspect of the event. The “free-range” Turkey Trot is getting traction among those who will not be in Northfield the day of the run. Friday, Nov. 11, is the deadline for those joining with us long distance. Check out our website for details.

The Rotary Ethics Workshop was held Tuesday for 30 students from Northfield High School and Arcadia Charter School. Thanks to the Rotarians and Sertomans who made it happen.

We will The Rotary Outdoor Musical Park (ROMP) at Way Park will be dedicated Saturday, Oct 29, at 5 p.m. The project was accomplished in collaboration with the Friends of Way Park, our Rotary Club, local music educators and the City of Northfield. Yea! A job well done.

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

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

November 17 — Rick Noer and Jerry Mohrig, Cannon Valley Elder Collegium (Madigan)

November 24 — Turkey Trot (No Noon Meeting)

December 1 — John Ehresman, My Red Cross Experiences