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Northfield Rotary Cogwheel | 10.14.2010

October 14, 2010


Rotary Cogwheel: Thursday, Oct. 14, 2010

Today’s Program: District Governor Craig Leiser, (Weber)

Happy Birthday: Ed Lufkin (10/15)

Next Week: Mark Henke Classification (S. Richardson)

Last Week:

Jeff Pesta wasn’t always a Northfield school administrator. Early in his professional life, he was a field scientist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), an arm of the U.S. Department of Commerce dedicated to preserving ocean resources. He worked on several projects in the fishing industry. His research found him plying the icy waters of the Bering Sea on commercial fishing boats. It was an eye-opening experience for a kid from New Prague. He lived and worked with international crews, learned about the hard-scrabble life of these career commercial fishermen and some times had a front-row seat on geo-political posturing in the region.

Jeff still occasionally works with NOAA on short-term projects he can shoehorn into a summer vacation schedule. One of his projects involved finding ways to keep birds from being trapped in the fishing gear.

Jeff calls the ocean floor one of the last frontiers. He, himself, has identified 100 new species in the course of his work. He said there are millions of species in the water that have not yet been discovered.

New Members Inducted: Tim Madigan (Rossing) and Roberto Zayas (Rich). Tim is interim Northfield city administrator. Roberto is a lawyer who went to law school with Mathew.


Guests: Thomas Rossing (Rossing), Shana McDavis-Conway, Kate Taylor,  Migo Kotan and Kat Vann (Haslett-Marroquin) and Lance Miller (Weber)

Scholarship Enhancement: Scott Richardson


— Virginia Kaczmarek delivered a check for $4,500 from our sponsorship of the Defeat of Jesse James Days Craft Fair. It was reported that the Skeet Shoot-Poker Playing fundraiser raised $1,500. It will be split equally between Feed My Starving Children and Polio Plus.

— To complete you certification in the Rotary Youth Protection Program, go to this website:

— Jim Blaha is recruiting volunteers to work on Kids’ Voting on Election Day, Nov. 2. Sign up when the clipboard makes its way to you.

— The Rotary Recognition Dinner will be Wednesday, Oct. 27, 7 p.m.. at the Archer House banquet room. Spouses and significant others are invited. It will be a Halloween theme.

—Judy Brown-Wescott and Vicki Dilley are looking for help with exchange student interviews Monday, Oct. 25, in the evening. If you can help as interviewers, greeters or other, see one of them.

Coming Up:

Oct. 27 — Social at the Archer House!!!

Oct. 28 – 9th Grade Academy at Northfield High School, (C. Richardson)

Welcome Our Newest Members:

Beth Bergmans, Tim Madigan and Roberto Zayas