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Rotary Cogwheel | January 24, 2019

January 24, 2019

Today’s Program | Thursday, January 24, 2019

Today:  Bruce Morlan, Climate Action Advisory Committee (Zweifel)

Next Week: Randall Knox, Civil Air Patrol (Frago)

Birthdays: Wendy Sivanich (1/21)

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.

Guests: Phil Kasten (Dilley), Itty’s host families including Richard, Doug and Cindy


  • Save the Date for the 4-Way Taste July 18th at Red Barn Farm. The event is a fundraiser for our International water project and also helps to raise awareness of the 4-Way Test. It is rumored that the Bratlanders will be performing.
  • Do you enjoy writing? We’re looking for volunteers to help write the weekly Cogwheel. See Scott Richardson for more information.
  • Wendy Sivanich reports that 12 outbound students have been selected for 2019-20. They will be headed to Japan, Brazil, Spain, Italy, Czech Republic, Norway and Taiwan.
  • Andrei Sivanich thanks our club for the $250 that was donated to Laura Baker. The funds purchased a guitar that is being enjoyed by many in music therapy classes.
  • Kristi Purcell invites everyone to the Downstream Film Festival happening Wed. February 20th at Imminent (with dinner) and again Fri. February 22nd at the Grand. Save the date and see her if your business would like to be a sponsor.

Happy News

  • Rachel Estrella’s grandparents recently celebrated 60 years of marriage
  • Chris Weber is a proud dad—his daughter Anna wrapped up her Youth in Government career as the chair of the State Steering Committee and led a meeting of 1700 students at the Convention Center

Scholarship Enhancement: Tuomas

Last Week: Meredith Galdeen participated in a short exchange in high school, spending three weeks in Moscow. Her host family spoke no English and things were very different there, but the people were very kind and generous. She got to see the Moscow Ballet, a Russian circus, Red Square and St. Basil’s Cathedral. Later, her Russian host student got to come stay in America and experience new things here. Meredith is a big fan of exchange programs and that is why she serves at Rotary. 

Itty Fitriany comes to us from the 5th largest city in Indonesia, Makassar. Her dad is a university lecturer and medical school graduate, her mom has a masters degree, and she has two brothers—a doctor and a banker. Itty loves reading, playing the piano, dancing, playing badminton, writing, baking, drawing, playing card and board games and she is learning to play the ukulele. She loves hanging out with her Rotary friends. Her friend from Bali is currently living in Nebraska, so they got to visit each other over winter break.

Itty has joined the Northfield Youth Choir and is joining the high school choir as well. She has enjoyed ice skating and recently made her first ever snow angels. Other highlights so far this year included running a lemonade stand, going to the football homecoming game, spending time at Blue Monday and Cakewalk, and enjoying a Christmas Secret Santa party. She has already made a road trip to South Dakota where she hiked and visited the Badlands and Wall Drug. She also went to Missouri and saw the St. Louis arch.

She describes Indonesia as lots of people in a small country. It has 7,500 islands located in the ‘Ring of Fire’ in the Pacific Ocean. Volcanic eruption is common there—they have 127 active volcanoes that have erupted and 1171 volcanoes in total. Jakarta is the capital city with 10 million people.

Indonesia boasts beautiful architectural landmarks and desirable natural resources. It was a Dutch colony for 127 years, then occupied by the Japanese during World War II and became independent in 1945.

The culture includes Hinduism, Buddhism, Christian and Muslim religions and over 300 ethnic groups. More than 700 languages are spoken there and Itty says it is a very welcoming country. Welcome Itty!

Coming Up:

Feb 7 – Rick Olson, Eastern European Rotary Tour and Alan Anderson RCAT Update

Feb 14 – Lin Bruce, Yes you can: Success Strategies from the Heart

Feb 21 — Erika Staab, The Hope Center