Cogwheel Archive

Rotary Cogwheel | August 30.2018

August 29, 2018

Today’s Program | Thursday, August 30, 2018

Today:  Greg Siems, Classification (Hanson)

Next Week:  Jesse James Bike Tour lunch (Rich/Reese)

Birthdays: Barbara Johnson (8/25), Hannah Puczko (8/28)

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. 


Elise from France reports that everything has been great in Northfield so far and she has even tried s’mores

Simon from Italy is running a 6.5 minute mile with the Northfield High School cross country team

Tuomas from Finland is playing American football for NHS

Robert and Henry Steed were visiting as guests of their father, Jesse Steed

Rotary Moment

John Opaug shared that our club began on April 28, 1925 with 24 male charter members. We were warned in advance that we were “going to be a small club”. Robert Beirman’s grandfather was one of those founding members. He would probably be shocked to see how small our club really is in 2018.

Scholarship Enhancement

Ron Linde


  • District 5960 will be holding one of its fall One Rotary Summits in Northfield Tuesday, Sept. 18, 5:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. at the Methodist Church. Our board members will be table hosts. If anyone else would like to attend, see Scott Richardson or Jean Wakely.
  • Northfield Shares invites all Rotarians to a free educational event on Monday, Sept. 24, at 6 p.m. in the Northfield Middle School Auditorium. Dan Buettner, author of the bestselling Blue Zones® book series, will be sharing the secrets to living a longer and healthier life. The event is free, but register in advance at or by calling Northfield Shares.
  • The Jesse James Bike tour is Sept 8 and registrations are coming in at a record pace.
  • The Northfield Shares DJJD Run/Walk is Sept 9

Last Week: 

After listening to our club sing a rousing rendition of Born to Be Wild, Susan Brower declared us the most joyful Rotary Club she’s ever seen. She then shared about the impact of Northfield’s changing demographics in the coming years. Susan is no stranger to Northfield: she earned a degree in social work at St. Olaf and her husband was the one who opened Goodbye Blue Monday in Downtown Northfield.

These days she makes population projections in Downtown St. Paul. Susan says aging will bring a lot of changes to Minnesota. 50,000-90,000 people joined the 65+ demographic throughout the 2000s. By 2020 that same age group will add another 285,000-335,000 to the population. That means the 65+ population will grow from 680,000 to 1.3 million in 20 years. The working age population numbers will remain flat, so Minnesota’s growth will rely on immigration. Therefore, it is imperative that we are welcoming to newcomers.

Northfield’s population is currently around 20,000 people including college students. About 3,300 of those are people of color. These demographic changes over the next 15 years will present us with great opportunities to be more diverse.

Coming Up:

Sept 13 – Meredith Galdeen, Classification (Melby)