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Northfield Rotary Cogwheel | 8.19.10

August 19, 2010

Today’s Program: Ann Richards, Peace Corps returnee from Romania (Imm)

Happy Birthday:  Craig Ellingboe (8/22)

Next Week: – Bill Kleis, Red Cross psychologist, 9/11 support person (Milbrandt)

Last Meeting:

With all of his talk about plumbing and wiring, I was thinking   Jim Pokorney had traded his work in medical product design for a floor job at Menard’s.

He was trying to explain some of the common maladies that compromise the heart muscle and the variety of interventions that are used, from pace makers to valve replacement. In so doing, he left us with a lot of interesting coronary factoids. For instance, did you know that:

  • There are 60,000 miles of blood vessels in the average human body;
  • The heart pumps the equivalent of one million barrels of blood in a lifetime;
  • $300 billion is spent annually on heart issues.
  • There are 400,000 bypass surgeries performed at about $25,000 a pop.

Jim said the key to a happy heart life is: 1) Don’t smoke; 2) Eat Healthy; 3) Maintain a reasonable weight; and 4) Be active. Do all of this and you will live a better and less expensive life.

Guests: Nikolaj Svendsen, Karen and Cam Davidson (Frago), Lisa and Teresa Duchene (Wakely), Tim Madigan (Prowe), Matthew Covey (Covey), Kip Coonley (Coonley).

Scholarship Enhancement: David Brown


The Farmington Rotary Club is hosting a fundraiser on Saturday, Sept. 25.  There will be music and food. If you are interested, contact Chris Weber.

Northfield Rotary was recognized for meeting most of its goals for the 2009-2010 year. We exceeded our pledges to the Rotary Foundation and Polio Plus. We fulfilled our Hope pledge. Club membership is up, but not to the level to which we aspired.

Charlie Cogan is organizing a fundraiser for Polio Plus and ALS around the St. Olaf-Carleton football game on October 16. If you are interested in helping, see him.

It’s time to declare what role you want to play in this year’s bike tour. The ubiquitous clipboard will be making its way around the table today. Get your preferred spot. Sign up today.

Coming Up:

Sept. 2 – Ingrid Sampo, Classification

Sept. 9 – Bike Tour Chalk Talk

Welcome Our Newest Member:

Beth Bergmans