Cogwheel Archive

Northfield Rotary Cogwheel | 11.12.09

November 11, 2009

Today’s Program: Japan and Its Writing System (Flynn)

Happy Birthday: Vicki Dilley (11/10), Greg Carlson (11/11) and Carl Caskey (11/14).

Next Week: Matthew Rich Classification Talk

Last Meeting:

Regi Haslett-Marroquin has it going.

The Rural Enterprise Center that he directs has developed a model for training agripreneurs to create sustainable agricultural-based projects. The model is designed to capitalize on existing community assets, community engagement and the cultural experience of Latinos to deliver maximum return on minimum investment and a minimum of inputs. He’s promoting things like community gardens and small experimental poultry operations.

Latinos have been the focus of his work, he said, because they are the fastest growing segment of our population and the ones most frequently living on the margins. The groundwork has been laid for the necessary community support, now agripreneurs are benefiting from field and classroom training, and ideas are being tested in small-farm training units.

Developing poultry and livestock operations are critical to creating a sustainable model, he said. He envisions multiple “economic clusters” across southeastern Minnesota and one day making Northfield the hub of the activity. Land has been secured for the training center and partnerships have been forged with the likes of 1000 Hills Cattle Company. And Regi’s aggressive speaking schedule has begun to catch the attention of the national media.

Good Neighbor Award: John Frederick, commissioner of the Northfield Church Softball League for 28 years, was named this year’s recipient for his service above self. He has been the driving force behind an activity that promoted interdenominational and intergenerational fellowship for more than 200 families each year. He is also responsible for creating the church all-star game, which has raised $75,000 for the Community Action Center over the years. He was awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship and a Good Neighbor stipend.

Paul Harris Fellowship: Mark Gleason was recognized with a Paul Harris Fellowship for his contribution to the Rotary Foundation. Mark attributes his investment in Rotary to the integrity, resources and accountability of the foundation.

Guests: Gita Reppmann and Steve (Yogi), Joel Walinksi and Rhonda Pownell (Rossing), Kelly Schurman, Roberto and Brianna Dilley (Dilley), Neil Ritchie, Kat Vann, Karen Dodson and Deborah Markley (Regi), Jeff Coltis (Tiano) and Tom Lampe (Ophaug).

Scholarship Enhancement: Roberto with an assist from Jim Braucher.


The Faribault Rotary Club is having a 5K Reindeer run Saturday, Dec. 5. The club is looking for participants and volunteers. See President Rick for contact information.

Volunteers are still needed for the basketball tournament in December. See Jody Fritz or Mark Cashman if you can help.

Coming Up

Nov. 26 – Thanksgiving Turkey Trot

Welcome New Member

Matt Hillman, Northfield Public Schools