Cogwheel Archive

Rotary Cogwheel | March 22.2018

March 20, 2018

Today’s Program | Thursday, March 22, 2018

Today: Kristi Pursell, Cannon River Watershed Project (Melby)

Next Week: Jim Hunt, Fast for Hope (Wakely)

Birthdays: 3/27 Yogi Reppmann

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: Pau Ortenberg comes from a town of 9,000 people near Blanes, Costa Brava in Catalonia, Spain. He enjoys Northfield’s larger high school with a mix of age groups sharing classrooms. Pau marveled at our giant school gymnasiums, which they don’t need in Spain because ‘you can actually go outside in the winter.’ He is from a Mediterranean climate near the mountains and ocean, so yes…it’s a bit different from Northfield. Pau is the first outbound student ever sent from his Costa Brava Rotary Club. He lives near Barcelona which is the capital city of Catalonia, home to 3 million people and the best soccer team ever. They have many beautiful architectural wonders, including the Sagrada Familia, the Parc Guell, and the FC Barcelona stadium which holds 99,000 people. It’s easy to be a growing teenage guy in Spain because people typically eat at least five meals per day. Some of Pau’s favorite foods include Fideua (like paella but with thin pasta and aioli), Jamon Serrano, tapas, and Crema Catalana (a dessert like crème brulee). Spaniards have their priorities right, as demonstrated by the saying, “The American Dream is fine, but the Spanish siesta is the best.” Many stores close from 2-4 pm for siestas, but people usually work until at least 7 pm. Even though Spain is smaller than Texas it has several climates: the northwest is rainy and windy, the south is hot and dry in summer and cold in winter, while the (somewhat) nearby Canary Islands are nice all year round. Pau has lived with Minnesota host families the Morays, the Beaumasters and the Estensons. He reports that they are all wonderful families who have made him feel very welcome.

Mini-Classification: Amber Chavies recently attended the Human Trafficking Summit in Minneapolis as one of our club representatives. Before the summit, she thought, as many do, that human trafficking is not a problem in the U.S. or in Minnesota and certainly not in Northfield. But she learned that it is actually a huge issue. Minnesota ranks 13th in the nation, due to factors like our International airport, the Mall of America, the Mayo Clinic and our convenient adjoining highways. A startling example is a recent online sex trafficking post in Minnesota that got more than 500 responses in just three hours. As Rotary International tackles this issue, we as Rotarians will be ambassadors for creating awareness. Amber encouraged us to acknowledge that everyone can help and ‘if you see something, say something.’

Guests: Howard Puczko (Hannah Puczko)

Scholarship Enhancement: David Wolf


–Bruce Morlan has some great information on the Citizens Climate Lobby. Just fill out a postcard and he will make sure Congress gets our support for a livable world.

–Mike Krance reported on the Northfield Shares annual meeting. 12 nonprofits were there to share about how they will use their portion of the $62,000 in grant money given out this year. He expressed thanks to the Rotary Club of Northfield for making it possible by donating to Northfield Shares.

–Our club will host a special screening of the feature film “Breathe,” starring Andrew Garfield as a young man who contracts polio at age 28. See the film on Saturday, March 24 at 10:00 am at Cannon Valley Cinema 10 on Hwy 3 in Dundas. Suggested donation is $6; pay at the door. Seating is limited to the first 139 people.

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:

April 5 — Bia Rebello, Exchange Student (Stevens)

April 12 — Jeff McLaughlin, Classification

April 19 — Amy Jivavitoonkit, Exchange Student (Ischler)