Cogwheel Archive

Rotary Cogwheel | 07.27.2017

July 24, 2017

Today’s Program | Thursday, July 27, 2017

Today: Mayor Rhonda Pownell, Northfield Strategic Planning 

Next Week: Scott Wopata, Director of The Key, Classification (Covey)

Birthdays: Steve Underdahl (7/24) and Jenni Roney (7/29)

Statement of Purpose: Northfield Rotary Club is dedicated to promoting peace and understanding through service and shared experience. We invite people from all corners of the community to join us as we partner with others to support youth, build sustainable infrastructure and preserve our planet. 

Last Week:
Several enterprising, socially-conscious young Northfielders have given residents another opportunity to go green.

Helen Forsythe, Amelia Ousley, Cliff Martin and several others have created Northfield Curbside Composting, a home pick-up service for environmentally-friendly disposal of organic waste, which includes food waste, soiled paper and yard waste.

“If it grew once, it can go in the compost,” Helen said.

For $6.50 a month, the service provides a five-gallon, sealed bucket with liners. Subscribers are asked to set it on the curb for collection every other Tuesday. The compost is taken to an organic dumpster and handed off to Dick’s Sanitation which transports it to Shakopee for processing.

Helen said the service is designed to divert organic waste from local landfills. It will not only prolong the life of landfills, but reduces the amount of methane emitted when organic waste is trapped by more inert materials.

This pilot program has been several years in the making. The group has been working with the city to secure all of the necessary permits. They currently have 200 subscribers. To learn more, go to

Mini Classification:
Speaking of bacteria and composting, Wendy Sivanich shared a medical episode from her life involving a stubborn intestinal bug that eluded several rounds of antibiotics before succumbing to a fecal transplant. Wendy called it “a miracle” cure.

Guests: Lisa Peterson (Conway)

Scholarship Enhancement: David Halsor


— Vintage Band Festival 2017 is this Saturday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. in Bridge Square. Great music all day, and it is free.

— Some scheduling notes for upcoming meetings: On Thursday, August 17, we will be meeting at Community Resource Bank for our regular luncheon meeting; then on Thursday, Sept. 7, attendance is required only for those who are volunteering for the Defeat of Jesse James Bike Tour. The program will be dedicated to the pre-tour chalk talk.

— On Friday, Sept. 29, there will be a 5:01 social event for Rotary members and their guests at Keepsake Cidery. Stay tuned for details.

— There are still spots to participate in Andrei Sivanich’s fourth annual Swiller Invitational Tennis Tournament Saturday, Aug. 5, at Northfield High School. All donations will support back yard improvements at The Key. Door prizes and donations are encouraged. For more information, contact Andrei at

— Virginia Kaczmarek has rack cards promoting the 2017 bike tour that need to be distributed to bike shops and other outlets in the Twin Cities and the region. If you can help, see Virginia.

— Shelly Holden and Rick Estenson are leading the charge on gathering bike tour volunteers this year. If you volunteered last year, we will assume you are doing that job again unless we hear from you. It’s getting to be “go” time for one of our major fundraisers.

— Michelle Lasswell, our former club president, has accepted a seat on the district rotary board representing large clubs. Her leadership abilities continue to be recognized. Nice going, Michelle.


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

August 10 — Katie Arnold, Rice County Dispute Resolution Program (Morlan)

August 17 — Vicki Dilley, District Grant — Bunk Beds in Tanzania (At Community Resource Bank)

August 24 — Charles Richardson, Experiences in Cuba (Prowe)

August 31 — Andrew Oftedal, Parks and Trails Council (Prowe and Schulte)