Cogwheel Archive

Rotary Cogwheel | 05.18.2017

May 16, 2017

Today’s Program | Thursday, May 18, 2017

Today: Club Assembly, Five-Year Vision, brought to you by Pat O’Neill and Nate Heilman (President Lasswell and President-Elect Wakely)

Next Week: Pete Sandberg, St. Olaf Assistant Vice President for Facilities, Solar Panels (Covey)

Birthdays: Russ Halverson (5/15), Andrei Sivanich (5/17) and Keith Covey (5/19)

Last Week:
What happens in Europe matters. Its future will define the geopolitical balance of power, and it will have much to say about the growth of the world economy.

This is Bill Davnie’s analysis formed from the benefit of some 26 years in the Foreign Service with posts in Russia, Southeast Asia, Finland, Iraq and Lebanon, among others. His presentation was adapted from one he gave to the Cannon Valley Elder Collegium, titled “Future of Europe: Coping with Crisis.”

The development of a European Common Union was a response to 30 years of war (1914-1945) that left Europe in ruins. The organizing principle was “keep the Russians out, keep Germany down and let the United States in.” The U.S. Marshall Plan was instrumental in rebuilding Europe, and for the next 50 years, an alliance between Europe, the U.S. and Canada managed world affairs, Bill said.

But following the break-up of the Soviet Union, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization added 10 new members. Not all shared the same experience or the same post-war perspective. That combined with the financial meltdown of 2008 and the challenge of immigration has fanned the flames of ethno-centric tribal passions and nationalism, which manifests itself today in events such as the Britain’s Brexit vote.

These issues cannot be over-stated, Bill said, and they warrant our close attention.

Sharon Flaten was born in Calgary, Alberta Canada. She’s been a teacher, directed a child development center, worked as a Mary Kay consultant, became a nurse and now lives in Northfield with her husband, Robert Flaten.

Paul Harris Presentation — We finally caught up with Duane Benson and acknowledged him for being a Paul Harris Fellow plus five. Good going Duane.

Scholarship Enhancement: Janine Atchison


— We bid a fond farewell to Nico. Last week was his last Thursday lunch with us before he returns home to Colombia.

— Prospective Northfield outbound exchange students will be practicing their presentations Sunday, May 21, 4 p.m. at Emmaus Church in Northfield. Rachel Estrella said they need an audience. Dessert will be provided

— Rotary will hold a party Thursday, June 8, at the Estenson Event Center to celebrate graduation for our exchange students. The fun will begin at 5:30 p.m. and go to 7:30 p.m. It will also be an opportunity to thank sponsors of our Turkey Trot and Bike Tour.

Jan Stevens invites members to a Cannon Valley Civil War Roundtable talk on the Dakota Uprising tonight 7 p.m. at the Faribault Senior Center. John Haymond of Mower County Historical Society will be speaking.

— Jenni Roney reminds members to vote often (daily) and early this month to help Northfield reach the Top Ten in the America’s Main Street contest sponsored by Independent We Stand. The quarterfinalists are the top 25 vote-getters of the 242 United States downtowns nominated during the first round of the contest. Participants can vote for their favorite downtown (Downtown Northfield!) once each day until May 28. Just go to , find “Downtown Northfield,” click “View Profile” and click “Vote”.

— It’s time for another informal Rotary happy hour. Mark your calendars for Wednesday, May 24, from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the Contented Cow. We are hoping to reserve the upper deck. Light snacks will be provided. You can then stick around for Dylanfest, which runs from 6:00 – 11:00 p.m.

Inbound students are:
Daniel Chien from Taiwan

Nico Suarez Toloza from Colombia

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

Our 2017-18 outbound students are:
Madison Asp — Finland

Joan Erickson — Argentina

Annika Fisher— South Africa

Bergen Hoff — Czech Republic/Slovakia

Emma Iverson — Spain

Alex Kovach — Japan

Joseph Kreis — Italy

Benjamin (Ben) Mohlke — Brazil

Piper Nelson — Germany

Jenna Olien — South Korea

Jack Overstreet — Brazil

Gregory Pelletier — Argentina

Espen Richardson — Norway

Elizabeth (Betsy) Schuerman — Denmark

Allison (Al) Weise — Thailand

Coming Up

June 1 — Kari Albers, Dundas Bike Kiosk (Prowe)

June 8 — KYMN Radio Business of the Year, Jeff Johnson and Teri Knight (Morlan);

Also June 6 — Exchange Student Graduation Party, 5:30 to 7 p.m., Estenson Event Center

June 15 — David Stanford, Classification Talk

June 22 — John Larson, Classification Talk (Estenson)