Cogwheel Archive

Rotary Cogwheel | March 8.2018

March 7, 2018

Today’s Program | Thursday, March 8, 2018

Today: Mary Hahn, Classification (S. Richardson)

Next Week: Pau Ortenberg, Youth Exchange Student (Chavies)

Birthdays: Janine Atchison (3/4), Sharon Flaten (3/4), Pat O’Neill (3/5), Mark Quinnell (3/7), Bob Will (3/8)

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: Sera Shin’s PowerPoint encountered technical difficulties so she was unable to present. We had the opportunity to hear extra announcements and plenty of happy news while a team of tech-savvy Rotarians worked on solutions. Sera’s presentation will be rescheduled and we will look forward to hearing from her soon.

Mini-Classification: Meredith Galdeen grew up in Michigan, lived in Minnesota and then three other places before settling in Northfield 5-1/2 years ago. She is a Michigan grad with a biology degree and now works with software for arts & culture organizations. Galdeen joined Rotary in 2017 and we look forward to hearing her full classification sometime soon.

Guests:The Sharpe Family (Shin), Todd Iverson (Dilley), Greg Sims (Hanson), Phil Soltis (Estenson), Kevin Gasson (Heilman)

Scholarship Enhancement: Sera Shin


–Six Rotarians attended the Human Trafficking Summit in Minneapolis last week. Watch for more to come on that new Rotary initiative.

–Rotarians were active in community work this month.15 people attended the Immigration program hosted by the Northfield CAC: several Rotarians volunteered to serve at the Laura Baker dinner theater event; and a group represented Rotary as a sponsor at the unveiling of the Northfield Library’s new Bookmobile.

–The Rotary Club of Northfield is hosting a one-time private showing of the movie “Breathe” on Sat. March 24 at the Cannon Valley Cinema 10. Pay at the door, $6 suggested donation. The movie is set in 1958, based on the true story of a young man with polio.

–Mayor Pownell invited Rotarians and the Northfield community to the State of the City address Monday, March 19th at 7pm in Kracum Performance Hall at the Weitz Center.

–If you would like to volunteer to be a correspondent with outbound students, contact Rachel Estrella. Correspondents serve as a contact form the club and meet once a month with one student.

–David Koenig announced that the new Ethical Leadership program has received approval. A new video will help people learn how to take the 4-way test into the community.

–Michelle Lasswell announced that the District Conference of Clubs is April 19-21. Early registration ends Friday. See Jean for more information.

HELP WANTED: The board is inviting applicants for our club treasurer position. David Wolf is stepping down from the post after five years of service. Don’t hesitate to self-nominate, if you can balance a checkbook. Talk to President Wakely, President-Elect Richardson or Past-President Michelle Lasswell if you are interested.

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:

March 22 — Kristi Purcell, Executive Director, Cannon River Watershed Partnership (W. Sivanich)

March 29 — Jim Hunt, Fast for Hope

April 5 — Bia Rebello, Exchange Student (Stevens)