Cogwheel Archive

Rotary Cogwheel | 01.13.2011

January 12, 2011


Rotary Cogwheel: Thursday, Jan. 13, 2011

Today’s Program: Carleton College President Steve Poskanzer (Rogers)

Happy Birthday: Lynne Pedersen (1/11) and Rick Esse (1/16)

Next Week:  Philippa Wenzl, our exchange student from Germany (Quinnell)

Last Meeting:

Our globetrotting ambassadorial scholar, Vera Belazelkoska, returned to Northfield long enough to update us on her last 18 months in Thailand and her upcoming program in Buenos Aries, Argentina.

Vera studied political and economic development at St. Olaf College. A summer work experience in Thailand in 2006 persuaded her to spend more time there. She’s been teaching English at the University of Chiang Mai in northern Thailand near the Burmese border since June of 2009. Her time there gave her a wealth of insight into the culture and the politics of that country.  She said the political strife we have been reading about is the result of tension between rural Thais and the urban elite. She described the demonstrations she witnessed as more parades than protests. However, violence did erupt at the end, resulting in the deaths of 21.

In May, she will begin her ambassadorial studies at the University of Buenos Aires. She will be a post-graduate student in economics, concentrating on social, economic and local development. She also plans to work with Mujeres 2000, a program dedicated to developing entrepreneurial skills in women.


Guests: Joy Lauterbach (C. Richardson), Betsy Spethman (Young), Tim and Valerie Bollinger (Bollinger), Hannah and Palle Svendsen (Frago), Andre from Brazil (Dilley), Thor (Haugen), Don Robertson and Kris Estenson (Estenson).

Scholarship Enhancement: Tatiana Rodriquez


— President Weber announced that the annual meeting will be Thursday, Jan. 20. We will elect new officers for the 2011-12 year at that time.

— A couple of hundred people attended the Rotary social December 30th. Special thinks were given to Pat O-Neill, the evening’s emcee, and Matt Hillman, who facilitated all of the technology.

—The Rotary Basketball Tournament netted $3,693, Missi Ahrens.reported. Sixteen teams participated and 340 people came to watch.

— Matt Hillmann announced that two students from Northfield placed in the statewide Kids’ Voting poster competition.

Coming Up:

Jan. 27 –Mark Cashman
Feb. 3 – Mary Rossing,
Feb. 10 – Steve Ryan

Feb. 11 –Valentine’s Day fundraiser at The Grand.

Welcome Our Newest Members:

Beth Bergmans, Barry Carlson, Tim Madigan,

Roberto Zayas