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Rotary Cogwheel | 02.17.2011

February 17, 2011


Rotary Cogwheel: Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011

Today’s Program: Marion Arpin Presents (O’Neill)

Happy Birthday: Jim Bracher and Alan Marks (2/16), Jane Fenton and John Stull (2/18) and Peggy Prowe (2/19).

Next Week: Old Prairieville Cemetery, Tim & Sue Lloyd (Stevens)

Last Meeting:

Betsy Spethmann certainly talks a good game, but can she write? Well, apparently yes.

She spent 22 years in business journalism, writing for the likes of Brandweek and Advertising Age. She interviewed the titans of the food industry and was once invited to a “build your own burger” party in the Burger King test kitchen.

Chapter Two of her career found her working for companies such as CNN and Southwest Airlines, helping them strengthen their connections with nonprofits. She called herself a “reputation builder.” Her job was to tell stories that built business and goodwill.

She and her husband, Jim Rossow, and family landed in Northfield almost 13 years ago. Now she serves as the executive director of the United Way. She said she wants to be an effective steward of community resources and help make connections within the community. “I believe when we help each other, we all benefit,” she said.

Helping others and telling stories have been the theme of her life. She gets to do both through her work with the United Way.


New Member: Betsy Spethmann, Executive Director of the United Way and member of the Northfield Library Board, was formally inducted. Her sponsor is Lynne Young.

Guests: Jessica Paxton, Northfield’s Radio Personality of the Year (Lutsky) and Ryan Blumhoefer (Fenton)

Scholarship Enhancement: Sam Gett


— Rick Estenson reported that 146 dozen roses had been sold by Rotary and The Key.

— President Weber announced that the board of directors has approved applications for membership from Michelle Lasswell and Devon Barnes.

—- Candy Taylor encouraged people to “moo” someone with an act of kindness during Random Act of Kindness Week, Feb.14-21.

Coming Up

March 3 – Peter Schmelzer, Classification (Braucher)

March 10 – Circles of Service, Jim Pokorney  (Taylor)

March 17 – Tatiana Almoguera, Exchange Student (Bollinger)

March 24 – Therese Whitesong, Classification (Cashman)

Welcome Our Newest Members:

Beth Bergmans, Barry Carlson, Jim Holden, Tim Madigan,

Don Robertson, Betsy Spethmann and Roberto Zayas