Cogwheel Archive

Rotary Cogwheel | 08.22.2013

August 17, 2013

Today: Greg Zweber, Rice County Big Brothers and Big Sisters (Spethmann)

Birthdays: Craig Ellingboe (8/22)

Next Week: Heart Safe: Northfield EMS (S. Richardson)

Last Week:
Erica Zweifel had no choice but to “go green.” Born and raised in Portland, Ore., the cradle of all things environmentally-friendly, she was surrounded at every turn with green initiatives, from the bottle return bill and light rail development to the urban growth boundary that circumscribes the city of Portland.

After graduating from the University of Washington with a degree in Botany, Erica performed molecular biology and micro botany research for Seattle Biomedical Research Institute. In 1991, she married Stephan Zweifel, and his work as a biology professor at Carleton College brought them to Minnesota.

Erica worked for 17 years at St. Olaf College in the Developmental Biology labs doing research. She now is the project manager for the Science Education Resource Center at Carleton College. This project serves the needs of science educators and is the headquarters for the National Association of Geo Science Teachers, for which she is the administrator.

Erica has been active in the community. She was on the inaugural board of directors for the Cannon River STEM charter school, now located in Faribault on the Shattuck-St. Mary’s campus. She served on the Northfield City Council since 2008, representing the Third Ward.

She said Paul Wellstone’s death motivated her to become her politically involved, and a course on global environmental change taught by Bob Jacobel at St. Olaf College was pivotal. Erica wants to do her part to ease our transition from a fossil fuel economy to something more sustainable.

She and her husband have a 14-year old son and often find themselves watching him play tennis.

Mini Classification:
Matt Rich is a lawyer with Grundhoefer and Ludescher. He and his wife, Leah, have two children and one more scheduled for September 4. He has been a Rotary member for five years. His college exchange experience included some extemporaneous conflict resolution while watching American football in an Irish pub.

Last Week’s Guests: Love and Charity Odetola (Estenson), Cari Ann Strauch (Snodgrass) and Nate Heilman (O’Neill)

Scholarship Enhancement: Myron Solid

Jesse James Bike Tour: Only 23 days to go! We need some 140 volunteers to make this happen. Are you going to be one of them?

Jack Hoschouer endorsed the St. Olaf College Friendship Family program we were introduce to last week by Lori Middeldorp. The program matches Northfield families with international students. Jack said it is simple, flexible and edifying.

Chris Weber, chair of our Literacy Committee is looking for businesses that could help make children’s books available to the public. If you can help, talk to him.

Coming Up:
Sept. 5 — Bike Tour Planning

Sept. 12 — Meet our new Youth Exchange Students (Vicki Dilley)