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Rotary Cogwheel | June 2, 2011

June 1, 2011


Rotary Cogwheel: Thursday, June 2, 2011

Today’s Program: The Life & Times of Tim Madigan (Abbott)

Happy Birthday: Robert Zayas (6/5)

Next Week: Legislative Review (Thacher)

Last Meeting:

Beth Bergmans knows the seven-year itch — seven years at IBM, seven years at Marathon Multi-Media, and now five years and counting with Renaissance Learning. We’ll check in with her in two years and see if the pattern holds.

Beth is a product line manager with Renaissance Learning, an education software developer. Based out of her home office in Northfield, she talks with teachers to identify software applications for the classroom, helps develop the product and then follows up with sales and support.

She began her career as a technical writer for IBM, doing computer documentation. She went from one of the largest companies in the nation to a small startup, Marathon, in Northfield, and she loved the change. With Marathon, she traveled extensively to medical conferences to record presentations that helped providers do their jobs better.

Beth met her husband, Scott Davis, after moving to Northfield. They live in the notorious “Rock House” in southeast Northfield where they cohabitate with a menagerie of critters. When she’s not working, Beth spends time volunteering.

Vicki Dilley — Mini Classification

Vicki Dilley grew up in the foothills of the Big Horn Mountains of Wyoming and Montana. Three years in the Peace Corps in Tuvalu changed her life. While living on a collection of islands in the South Pacific, she learned an attitude of abundance from her host culture. That experience explains, in large part, Vicki’s passion for our student exchange program. Vicki and Lee, another Rotarian, practice extravagant hospitality, opening their home to travelers from all over the world.


Guests: Angela Storch and Jack Lassler  (Spethmann)

Scholarship Enhancement: Philippa


Robert Bierman, our incoming president, was in New Orleans last week attending a Rotary conference. He had the opportunity to hear Bill Gates speak.

— Jack Hoschour announced that the talk given three weeks ago by Martha Pass, Carleton College professor of economics, is available. See him if you would like a copy.

— Carl Caskey distributed a summary of the club’s local donations over the past 10 years. We typically donate about $5,000 a year. In most instances, awards are less than $500.

Coming Up

June 16 – Ryan Blumhoefer, Classification (Benson)

June 20– Graduation party for in-coming students, Estenson ranch,

5:30 p.m.

June 23 – Taking Northfield History To The Next Level, Hayes Scriven, Historical Society (Blake Abdella).