Cogwheel Archive

Rotary Cogwheel | 11.17.2011

November 16, 2011

Today: “Inspiring Possibilities, Realizing Dreams,” Laura Baker Services Association, Director Sandi Gerdes (Braucher)

Birthdays: Jim Prichard and Mathew Rich (11/17)


Last Week:

It’s about the dreams.

That’s what District Governor Judy Freund says is so transformative about service.

“It’s about giving people dreams and supporting them in the pursuit of those dreams,” she said.

A retired educator from Hudson, Wis., Judy has been visiting the 55 local Rotary clubs in her district over the last six months, promoting the work of the Rotary Foundation. It’s the arm of the organization that leverages local giving to fund humanitarian projects, large and small, around the globe, everything from polio eradication to clean water and school buildings.  .

Every club has identified service along with fellowship as a core Rotary attribute, she said. The local projects inform our understanding of international dynamics. And when we step either physically or spiritually into other cultures it engenders new understanding. “It causes us to carry ourselves with a sense of respect for others,” she said.

The Rotary Foundation is there to support all service projects, Judy said. Her wish is for every Rotarian to participate every year in some way, big or small. Then when Rotary wins the Nobel Prize for eradicating polio, everyone can share it that success.

Guests: Bill Talen (Bierman), Troy Ross (Estenson), Catherine Lewis and Christine Anderson (V. Dilley)

Scholarship Enhancement: Our exchange students with an assist from Russ Halverson


The board has accepted Paul Reiland and Virginia Lorang for membership.

Save the date: “To India and Back,” our bi-annual winter fundraiser will be Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012.

Chris Weber is looking for volunteers to help with interviews for the Rotary International Global Grant Scholarships.

Coming Up:

Dec. 1 — Felicia Speychal, Exchange student from Sweden, (Holden)
Dec. 8 — Thomas M. Thorfinnson – Rotary Foundation, (Pritchard and Brown),
Dec. 15 — Round Table: D reaming of Northfield’s Future, Steve Wilmot ( Ellingboe)
Dec. 22 –- Anti-bullying talk by Lynn and Maggie Miland (Durkin)