Cogwheel Archive

Rotary Cogwheel | January 18.2018

January 16, 2018

Today’s Program | Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018

Today: Jenni Ronni, Classification, (Zweifel)

Next Week: To Be Announced

Birthdays:  Rick Esse and Mike Leming (1/16) and Mark Abbott (1/17)

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:
Patricia Fenrick, Refugee Workforce Development and Outreach Specialist with the State Department of Human Services, said immigrants are a part of our story and a part of our future. With a shortage of able-bodied workers as we approach full employment, they are critical to our future economic growth, she said.

Immigrants already settled in Minnesota account for 7.5 percent of our gross domestic production. They hold $1.8 billion in spending power and pay some $220 million annually in state and local taxes.

Patricia gave us a sneak preview to the “World in Your Lobby” workshop scheduled for Friday, Feb. 23, at the United Methodist Church that will address working with people of different cultures and identities.

The workshop is provided by CAC-Northfield Works. This is a partnership between Northfield employers, CAC clients, volunteers and staff that helps people work toward economic independence and improved quality of life through earned income. The workshop is being funded by a Northfield Shares grant. Rotary is a partner for the event.


Jim Blaha is executive director of the Northfield Community Action Center. He spends his days looking for ways to provide basic needs to those who live on the margins. A Rotarian since 2000, he has been a board member and served as president in 2006-2007. He said Rotary is a powerful voice in the community and he is proud to be a member.

Guests: Nalongue Cogan (Cogan), Kier Johnson (B. Johnson), Laura Schlotterback (Blaha) and  numerous guests associated with the World in Your Lobby workshop.

Scholarship Enhancement: John “Red Cross” Ehresmann

David Koenig invites anyone interested in the club’s Ethical Leadership Committee to meet with him today after our noon meeting.

The board voted last month to support a pilot project to provide an evening meal at the KEY one Wednesday a month. Janine Atchison is looking for volunteers who will shop for supplies, coordinate the evening or cook on a specific Wednesday evening. See her if you can help.

You are invited to participate in an upcoming North American Ice Fishing tournament Friday, Jan. 26 through Sunday, Jan. 28. There will be free indoor seminars at Jesse James Lanes and an ice fishing kids’ camp. The tournament, itself, with a $14,000 payout, will be held at Cedar Lake. See Lisa Peterson for details.

Youth exchange students are taking to the Welch Village slopes on Sunday, Feb. 4. If you are interested in going, see Todd Thompson.

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:

February 1 — Human Trafficking (Thompson)

February 8 — Penny Hillemann, Classification (Kaczmarek)

February 15 — Robert Massoud, How a Just Palestine-Israel Peace Can Save the Planet (Rogers)