Cogwheel Archive

Rotary Cogwheel | March 29.2018

March 27, 2018

Today’s Program | Thursday, March 22, 2018

Today: Jim Hunt, Fast for Hope (Wakely)

Next Week: April 5 — Bia Rebello, Exchange Student (Stevens)

Birthdays: Meredith Galdeen (4/1)

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: Kristi Pursell shared about the mission and work of the Cannon River Watershed Project. The CRWP is a member-based 501(c)3 nonprofit, founded in 1990. They work with conservation, wastewater and community education to ensure that everyone has clean water for swimming, fishing and drinking. Their work encompasses rivers, lakes and wells. They provide opportunities to take action, create relationships with the agricultural community and provide assistance and wastewater solutions for the unsewered and undersewered through the Southeastern Minnesota Wastewater Initiative. Their community engagement efforts include giving leadership awards, leading watershed cleanup, teaching stormwater education and increasing river recreation. They hosted a successful Downstream Film Festival at Imminent this year and plan to make that a recurring event. Kristi says they have made great strides in ‘pipe pollution’, while street pollution is still a work in progress. Due to technical difficulties we were only able to see a portion of their beautiful video. Visit to watch the video in full and learn how to support their work.

Mini-Classification: Alyssa Herzog Melby introduced our speaker, Cannon River Watershed Project Executive Director Kristi Pursell. Kristi is a St. Olaf grad. She started at CRWP in 2015 as the Community Engagement Coordinator, served as the interim ED and was appointed as Executive Director last week. On behalf of St. Olaf College and the Minnesota Campus Compact, Alyssa presented Kristi and CRWP with the 2018 Outstanding Community Partner Award.

Guests: Matthew Covey (Keith Covey), Ben Kopec (Melby), and CRWP staff members Alan Kraus, Haley Gorman and Kevin Strauss

Scholarship Enhancement: Bruce Morlan


–Three new members were inducted—be sure to give a warm welcome to Mark Lancaster, Larry Vonerk and Richard Debeau!

–Alan Anderson invited us to a showing of “Saving Snow: A Documentary” at the First UCC of Northfield, MN on Thursday April 5th from 7-8:30pm. Saving Snow is a documentary about the economic impact of warming winters.

–Brett Reese reminded Jesse James Bike Tour committee members that the first meeting to plan the 2018 ride will be April 3 at 8:30 am at Tandem Bagels.

–Rachel Estrella encouraged us to take advantage of the opportunity to become an outbound correspondent. She also invited us to hear the 2018-19 outbound students practice their presentations April 5th at 5:30 at Emmaus church.

–Jim Blaha will be retiring from the Community Action Center in October. Congrats Jim! If you know anyone who might want to apply for the open position, the CAC website has the job description and application.

–Vicki Dilley is headed to Tanzania this week, along with the Kytes, the Abbotts and others. She recently attended the Rotary Youth Exchange convention in Omaha where Northstar won the award for Leading District in all of North America. Since our club contributes 25% of Northstar’s outbound students, we share in the accolades.

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 12 — Jeff McLaughlin, Classification

April 19 — Amy Jivavitoonkit, Exchange Student (Ischler)

April 26 – Trobadours, Singing to the Club (Morey)