Cogwheel Archive

Rotary Cogwheel | June 21.2018

June 19, 2018

Today’s Program | Thursday, June 21, 2018

Today: Scott Richardson—State of the Club

Next Week: No lunch meeting—Meet at 4:30-6PM @ Chapel Brewery

Birthdays: David Koenig (6/21), Bob Kuyper (6/15) 

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. 


  • Starr Kahl (Dilley)
  • Ben, back from Brazil and Emmett, headed to Taiwan (Bia)
  • Robert Steed (Steed)


  • Scott Richardson reminded everyone to submit their big idea via thought exchange by 6/22
  • The NDDC’s Downtown Northfield Taste Tour food crawl is tonight, June 21 from 5-8pm. Tickets at Bridge Square for $1 each, food and drinks are priced in number of tickets. More info at
  • Janine said the June dinner at the Key was a big success—thanks to everyone who helped!

Election 2018-19

The Board of Directors is offering for your consideration a slate of officers for 2018-19.

Today we will take nominations from the floor and then vote by voice

vote. The board’s recommendations for next year are:

President — Scott Richardson; President-Elect — Barry Carlson; Treasurer — Virginia

Kaczmarek; Secretary — Kari Nelson; International Service — Todd Thompson; Rotary

Club Service — Vicki Dilley; Fundraising — Chris Heineman; Community Service —

Jake Conway; Public Relations & Communications — Jenni Roney; Membership —

Barry Carlson.

Scholarship enhancement: Anika Rychner

Last Week: We enjoyed a recap of the Tanzania trip, complete with an amazing slideshow of safari animals. 13 people went on the trip, ten were from Northfield, three were from the Cities, and everyone had a Rotary connection. The travelers were Mark and Diana Abbott, Paul and Will Beaumaster, Al Zdrazil and Sally Mortenson, Charlie and Dianne Kyte, Judy Johnson, Gloria Pautz, Corinne Smith, Lee and Vicki Dilley. They visited in late March/early April, visiting Rotary Clubs, our past inbound student Wanzita and the Serengeti.

Will Beaumaster shared about his experience of being part of Wanzita’s host family. He said she didn’t know the Western world at all when she came to Minnesota. It was understandable once he saw where she lives in Tanzania with no running water. Will says everyone is happy in Tanzania and the guides were wonderful. He brought four soccer balls so he could give them to the schools. They were delighted since they had been playing with a ball of string. Will got a chance to play soccer with them, and learned that they play barefoot. He was known for having an eagle eye on safari and his favorite animal was the cheetah.

Judy Johnson is from the Maple Grove Rotary Club. She shared about the menstrual kits they provided so Tanzanian girls can stay in school and end the cycle of poverty. 

Mark Abbott says that Tanzania has little or no electricity, no running water, dirt roads and its main industry is agriculture. People walk everywhere for many miles—to get water, wood or take food to market. Mark and the others helped to plant 100 trees during their visit. The Tanzania Rotary Club has proposed a project to four other clubs and ours. $65,000 will build a well and by splitting the cost and receiving matching funds from the Rotary Foundation, our club’s contribution would only be $3,700. Mark urged our members to consider supporting this important project.

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:

July 5 – Todd Thompson, Save the Lake

July 12 – Zack Zastrow Classification (Richardson)