Cogwheel Archive

Rotary Cogwheel | 11.29.2012

November 29, 2012

Today’s Program | Mike Lemming and His Work in Thailand (V. Dilley)

Birthdays: Art Monaghan and Diatou (11/25), Sam Gett (11/17) and Matt Hillmann (11/29).

Next Week: TBA

Guests: Mike Sparvey (Hoschauer), Kris Estenson, Nancy Heglund, and Zach Pruitt (B. Carlson), Juan Fried (Wilmot), Chuck Driessen (Fenton), Kathy Ness (Young).

Last Week:

Great promotion, right product at the right price and WARM WEATHER made for a successful Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day. We had a record 862 runners. Look for a complete report at today’s meeting.

The Week Before Last:
Nathan Knutson believes building design can do a lot to reduce our energy consumption.

An architect with the award-winning VJAA architectural firm in the Twin Cities, Nathan said the United States consumes 36 percent of the world’s energy, 65 percent of its electricity and produces 30 percent of the globe’s greenhouse gases.

He is committed to using innovative materials and leveraging climatic conditions to produce buildings that are more energy efficient.

His work over the last 17 years has taken him to exotic places to work on some stunning design projects. He worked on a project for Tulane University in New Orleans during Katrina and its aftermath. He has helped with spectacular cloud ensconced condominiums, high atop skyscrapers. He made some 28 trips to Beirut over seven years to produce a showcase for environmental strategies for a new student center at American University. There, they exploited all manner of natural climatic trends to create a building that needs air conditioning only three months of the year, artificial lighting only at night and hot water warmed only by solar energy. It can be done.

Mini Classification – Neil Lutsky

Neil Lutsky has been teaching psychology at Carleton College for the past 39 years. His roots are in eastern Pennsylvania. He did his undergraduate work at the University of Pennsylvania and received his Ph.d. from Harvard. He was a first-generation college graduate.

His wife, Constance Walker, teaches in the English Department at Carleton. Neil has three children. One is an orthopedic surgeon with two children of his own. Another son is in school at Harvard, and his daughter is a student at Northfield High School.

Good Neighbor Award: Zach Pruitt, executive director of the Northfield Health Community Initiative, was selected this year’s Rotary Good Neighbor. Zach was recognized for his passionate support of area youth and families. He’s been instrumental in creating and promoting a safe medication disposal program, a college preparation program for prospective first-generation college students, an after-school enrichment program, mentoring programs for students and much more. His exceptional work at grant writing has imported more than $4 million to the community to support HCI’s work. He received an honorary Paul Harris Fellowship and a $500 honorarium from the club.

Scholarship Enhancement: Fred Rogers


Good luck to the four people representing Rotary in the Friends of the Library Trivia Contest tonight at The Grand Event Center. We hope you have an Alex Trebek moment.

Missy Ahrens is inviting club members to bring a food item or cash donations to Rotary each week during the holidays to help stock the Northfield Food Shelf. “We want to ensure the community is fed and can enjoy the holidays,” she said.

The Rice County Chapter of the Salvation Army is recruiting bell ringers during the holiday season. If you are interested, contact Fred Rogers.

Coming up:
Dec. 13  District Governor Joe Kovarik (Esse)
Dec. 20 Gary Carlson, MD, Alternative Medicine (B. Carlson)
Dec. 27 — No meeting