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Rotary Cogwheel | 12.15.2016

December 13, 2016

Today’s Program | Thursday, December 15, 2016

Today: Dundas Dome (Estenson)

Birthdays: Dale Ness (12/15)

Next Week: A Visit with Santa, Ugly Sweater Contest and Good Tidings.

Last Week:
Ragh Singh, a native of New Delhi, India, had no trouble immigrating to the United States. The paperwork took all of 15 minutes in 2005. He surmises that his wife’s position as a researcher with Mayo Clinic may have expedited things.

They now live in Rochester with their two children. His wife works on cardiovascular disease and obesity issues. Ragh works as an accountant with Leota Goodney and Associates. Ragh received his green card in 2012 and is eligible to apply for citizenship in 2017.

As a child, he saw up close the violent consequences of extreme political strife. He remembers the 1984 assassination of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and his father and brother standing guard in front of their property when Anti-Sikh riots broke out.

Ragh has both an accounting and a law degree. He passed is CPA exam in 2008 and came to work in Northfield in 2013.

Wendy Sivanich introduced us to Charlie, who became her stepmother when Wendy was 15. Charlie turned out to be the “good stepmother.” They learned they had similar challenging experiences with other blended families and have been a source of support for one anther ever since.

Grand Guy Induction:
Duane Benson was recognized for his 50 years of Rotary membership and inducted into the club’s Grand Guy club. John Ophaug traced Duane’s journey from Hatten, N.D. to Northfield and his subsequent involvement in Rotary and the larger Northfield community. Friends and family were there to share in the moment. Congratulations, Duane

Guests: Rhonda Pownell (Covey); Marie Benson, Wil Brosz, Don Sahling, Andy Langehough and Suzanne Langehough (Benson); Leota Goodney and Charlie (W. Sivanich); Max Melberg (O’Neill) and Ramiz Allawala (Morlan).

Scholarship Enhancement: Guest Andy Langehough

Rick Estenson thanked Chris Heineman for his past leadership of the Defeat of Jesse James Bike Tour Committee and Matthew Rich for his future leadership of that same committee with bicycle figurines from Guatemala, where Rick recently visited. 

Alyssa Herzog Melby invited members to contribute to a community art project, “Brighter Other Side.” All members of the Northfield area community are encouraged to make and submit a small piece of art work by Friday, Dec. 23, that will be displayed from mid-January through the end of February in various spaces around town. For more information, go to the NAG website.

Rotary is responsible for Meals-On-Wheels delivery the first two weeks of January. See Lynne Pederson if you can help.

Mayor-elect Rhonda Pownell encouraged Rotary members to apply to serve on city boards and commissions, if they have an interest. Her goal is to fill all of the openings on these deliberative bodies. The deadline is Friday, Dec. 16.

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

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

December 29 — No Meeting

January 5 — Darcy Ellerby, Dakota Curling Club (D. Hanson)

January 12 — Janine Atchison, Classification

January 19 — Emma Nielsen, Exchange Student (Frago)