Cogwheel Archive

Rotary Cogwheel | 01.31.2013

January 31, 2013

Today: Ethics with Karen Gervais of St. Olaf (R. Lorang)

Birthdays: Rotarians Everywhere

Next Week: Linda Christian: Polio (Maus)

Last Week: 

Friends from our local community flagship project, the Key, presented an excellent update on their organization. Youth Board members George Zucolotto and Cliff Martin thanked Rotary club members for our very important financial support.

Officially known as  the Northfield Union of Youth, the Key is celebrating 20 years of fulfilling their mission to ” to provide POWER and VOICE to area youth and create a caring community”.  The Key provides a place for kids to hang out in safety and comfort 365 days a year in a substance-free space that encourages the self-worth and dignity of every individual.

The Key is free for youth aged 12 to 20.  All events, projects, and programming of The Key are directed by the Youth Board.  Adult Director Rachel Woldum assumed her new responsibility last August taking over from the previous Director Amy Merritt.

Future goals of the youth at the Key are to continue empowering youth, to encourage more volunteering by youth, to assist with planning construction of the new skatepark and to improve the outdoor backyard at their new building at 109 Sixth St.  The Youth Board hopes to continue to partner with Rotary for future fundraisers and would like to expand the successful Main Street Mentor program.

Special thanks go to Rotary members Missi Arens and Nancy Amerman for their dedication and involvement in the Key.  Thanks also go to other club members who add their personal support to these fine young people.  President Jane ended the program by presenting a $2,000 payment to the Key from our club as part of our ongoing financial support for this fine organization.

Rotary Moment:

President Jane reminded us of the history of the use of the Cogwheel as Rotary’s symbol.  According to official Rotary sources, “In 1923 the present gear wheel with 24 cogs and six spokes was adopted.  A group of engineers advised that the geared wheel was mechanically unsound and would not work without a “key” in the center of the gear to attach it to a power shaft. So the key was added and the design which we now know was formally adopted as the official Rotary International emblem.”  So it is not surprising that our club supports the Key (aka. Union of Youth)!

Guests: Marvin Kissmer (Porkorney), Lisa and Jeff Smith (V. Dilley), Exchange students: Diatou, Cindy, Adnan, Mizuki and Rachel,

Visiting Rotarians: Angela Storch from Faribault, Kerry and Rob Anderson from Australia.

Scholarship Enhancement: Judy Brown-Wescott


Our sympathy is extended to the family of former Rotarian Tom Porter, who died Jan. 24, at age 83.  Tom, a St. Olaf graduate later returned to teach and coach at St. Olaf from 1958 until he retired in 1991.  Several club members played under Coach Porter and attested to the fact noted in his obituary that “Tom created a legacy of honor, honesty, respect and integrity with the young men and women he taught and coached.”

Two formal opportunities remain to congratulate Lynne Young, who is retiring from her position of Northfield Public Library Director after 28 years: Saturday, Feb. 23, 7 p.m. at the library, a concert with the Minneapolis Guitar Quartet; and Friday, March 8, 5:30 to 7 p.m., at the Northfield Ice Arena.

President Jane continues to invite feedback on the new room configuration that is being tested. It does add additional seating which we need with our increased membership.

Coming Up:

Feb. 14 –  Lasswell & Frago: When Love Goes Sour, an Update on Family Law Trends.  Also youth exchange student Mizuki (Mickey) Oeda

Feb. 21 – Megan Tsui Classification (Estenson)