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Rotary Cogwheel | 10.17.2013

October 17, 2013

This Week: Steve Underdahl, new Northfield Hospital & Clinics President and CEO (Reese)

Birthdays: Ed Lufkin (10/15) and Mark Gleason (10/20).

Next Week: Jon Snodgrass, classification (Rich)

Last Week:

Our dependence on fossil fuels is not only warming the planet, but it is seriously compromising our oceans. Alan Anderson, club member and environmental advocate, said ocean acidification is a huge worry, one that could affect all of humankind within the next 50 years.

The amount of carbon dioxide being pumped into the atmosphere is climbing at alarming rates, Alan said. Thirty to forty percent of the additional CO2 we are producing is being absorbed into our oceans. The carbonic acid and hydrogen ions are threatening to collapse marine eco-systems, which ultimately would have severe consequences for us. The scientific community has reached a consensus on this issue. He said reducing production of carbon dioxide is the only solution.

Alan challenged us to leave our world better than when we found it. He said we owe that to our children and our grandchildren.

“No one can do everything,” he said, “but everybody can do something.”

We can help by: 1) becoming educated on the issues; 2) working to reduce our own carbon footprint; 3) joining organizations dedicated to reducing carbon emissions; 4) voting for candidates who are committed to carbon reduction and committed to help other countries do the same; 5) courteously challenging “ocean damage deniers” with information from

Alan is available to speak to groups free of charge. His contact information is: 507-301-4673 or


Carl Caskey is hardly the poster boy for what’s wrong with NCAA football.
Yes, he glided through Oklahoma State on a football scholarship, but he went on to lead an examined life with purpose and meaning.

Carl was born and raised in Thomas, Oklahoma, and had a front row seat to the dustbowl days. After graduating from Oklahoma State, he attended Yale Divinity School and served as a Methodist minister in various settings and capacities until he retired in 2001. He and wife moved to Northfield shortly thereafter and he joined Rotary in 2002. They have three children, four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

A person of inquiry, Carl is always trying to get to the root of the issue. He still teaches, practices yoga and meditation and works on issues of reconciliation.

Induction: Laura Graber (V. Dilley) and Nate Heilman (O’Neil) were formally inducted into the club. Both come highly recommended. Welcome Laura and Nate.

Guests: Our exchange students Yoshino Tokigawa from Japan, Gunho Park from South Korea, Rodolfo Ramirez from Chile, and Lucas Coelho from Brasil (Prichard); Masaya Kitamura (Hoschouer) and Jeff Bremer (Quinnell).

Scholarship Enhancement: Chris Richardson….first decade’s a charm.


— If you have a nominee for our annual Good Neighbor Award, please share it with Doug Crane by Thursday, Oct. 31. Each year the club recognizes a non-Rotarian for selfless acts of kindness or contributions to community cohesion that reflect our “service above self” motto. Nominees must be residents of the Northfield School District and cannot be a member of a Rotarian’s family.

— We still need volunteers to help interview prospective outbound exchange students Monday, Oct. 28, beginning at 5 p.m. If you can help, see Vicki Dilley.

— Community Resource Bank’s Junior Board is hosting an American Red Cross Blood Drive Saturday, Nov. 9, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the bank. All are invited to make a deposit. You can make an appointment online at The sponsor code is Community Resource Bank.

— President Prichard shared letters he recently received from former exchange students. Both Sophie Sherman, a 2012 exchange student to Argentina, and Lucy Perman, a 1973 exchange student to Brasil, expressed their gratitude for the experience and said how life-changing it had been. Amen.

Coming Up:

Oct. 31 — Theresa Tillson, classification (Nemo)

Nov. 7 — Northfield YMCA (Kaczmarek)

Nov. 14 – District Governor Gary Campbell (Bierman)

Nov. 21 – Rep. David Bly and Sen. Kevin Dahle, Legislative Update (Nemo)

Nov. 28 – Turkey Trot