Cogwheel Archive

Northfield Rotary Cogwheel | 4.29.10

April 29, 2010

Today’s Program: Hayes Scriven, Northfield Historical Society (Lawlor)

Happy Birthday: Wayne Abdella (4/17) and Reginaldo Haslett-Marroquin (4/28).

Next Week: Union of Youth and The Key (Covey)

Last Meeting:

Nigeria came to us last week in the form of a Global Study Exchange (GSE) team from Calabar, Nigeria. The team included Akabom Enebong, team leader and an owner of an LP gas marketing company; Ikpeme Anthonia, a radiologist; Okpala Valentine Obinna, a production technologist with Shell Petroleum; and Azodo Clement Chinedu, an oral surgeon.

Akabom said Nigeria has been characterized as “The Giant of Africa.” It has 36 states and two major rivers that supply sustenance and electrical power. The country was colonized by the British and became independent in 1960.

It is a diverse country of 151 million people. English is the official language, but multiple languages are spoken in various localities. Their major source of income is oil. Nigeria ranks eighth in world oil production.

For the past 50 years, Akabom said Nigeria’s problem has been to decide how to spend the oil revenues. Now, as supplies are dwindling, the country is turning to agriculture as its next source of income.

Northfield was the eighth and last stop on their month-long tour.

Guests: Nalongue Cogan (Cogan); Sarah and Sisilo (Dilley); Tim O’Connell and Lindsey Brosler (Cashman).

Scholarship Enhancement: Jim Pokorney, who thinks it was a sign that he pick up his attendance.


Northfield Rotary Club recently received an International Serivce Award for our support of the Polio-free World campaign.

Members are invited to participate in a planning session for next year Friday, April 30, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Community Resource Bank. Directors and committee chairs will be there. Others are invited to attend.

Upcoming socials include a graduation party on Wednesday, June 16, and a summer social on August 5, which will include a vintage band performance. Both will be at the Estenson Fieldhouse.

Coming Up:

May 13 – Mary Rossing – City Safety Center

May 20 – Randy Sampson – Canterbury (Estenson)

May 27 – Mike Grimm – WCCO/Gopher Sports (Monaghan)

June 3 – Ted Olson – Nature Conservancy  (Lorang)

Welcome Our Newest Members:

Dayna Clemment

Peter Schmelzer

Mark Henke