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Rotary Cogwheel | 10.22.2015

October 22, 2015

Today: John Harris, Founder of Politico (Fenton)

Birthdays: Mark Gleason (10/20), Barry Carlson (10/22) and Rob Martin (10/23).

Next Week: Annie Young, Speaking of Winning (Lorang)

Last Week:

We had a rockin’ good time at the club’s 90th birthday party Saturday evening. We had a group photo, a birthday cake and song, and a galloping historical overview and commentary of the club’s first 90 years, which John Ophaug could have titled: “Looking Backward Into the Future. “

Two Weeks Ago:
District Governor Marlene Gargulak has taken to heart this year’s Rotary International theme — Be a gift to the world. She encouraged us to identify our gifts, team with 1.2 million Rotary members across the globe and make the world a better place.

During her term in office, she is promoting four initiatives: 1) ending polio; 2) rejuvenating the pollinator population along the I-35 corridor; 3) finding ways to embrace immigrants who are moving to our communities; and 4) continuing support of the Paul Harris Foundation, the engine that drives Rotary project across the globe.

Marlene comes to her international focus from an unlikely place. She grew up on a farm in northern Wisconsin and attended a one-room school house through eighth grade. When there was work everywhere, it was difficult to find reflective space to more intentionally discover her gifts.

Polio eradication is critical, she said, not only for the health of those in other countries, but also for many here at home. Not everybody here gets vaccinated, and they would be vulnerable to the debilitating disease if it ever gained a foothold here.

Every third bite of food is influenced by a pollinator, Marlene said. Yet bees, bats and butterflies are becoming extinct. The I-35 corridor is a major flyway for monarch butterflies. She is calling for a Rotary effort to restore the habitat that will sustain the species so critical to our food chain.

Immigrants built this country, she said. We need to create space for a conversation about how we welcome newcomers to our communities. We’ve all won the lottery by being born in the United States, she said. We need to share our good fortune with others.

As for the Paul Harris Foundation, she encourages us to give a minimum of $100 year. Our donations are leveraged and multiplied to enable many, many good projects across the globe.


Guests: David Bly (Zweifel), David Schmidt and Jerad Morey (Reese); Nalongue Cogan (Wakely); and Tim and Cindy Murphy of Edina Rotary Club (Estenson).

Scholarship Enhancement: Dr Richardson, I presume


Jake, are we still looking for Trivia Bee team members for Friday night’s library fundraiser?

Not too soon to declare your sponsorship of the Thanksgiving Turkey Trot. See Rick Estenson if you intend to be a sponsor this year.

Chris Weber is looking for a couple of Rotarians to help the Early Childhood Coalition with its literacy project.  Some of the book distribution spots in schools and in the wider community need to be stocked with good used books each month. See Chris if you can help.

Lee Dilley thanked all who contributed to the successful visit with a Rotary Friendship Exchange Group from southern Brazil earlier this month. They toured Northfield and the surrounding area and visited the Faribault Rotary Club Wednesday before departing for Waseca.

Save the Northfield Depot had a ceremonial groundbreaking for the relocation of the depot Oct. 9. Rotary contributed to that project.

The 14th annual Rotary Foundation Celebration will be held on Saturday, Nov. 7, in St. Paul. For those interested in purchasing tickets, see Chris Weber, President Russ, or Dave Brown.

Boxes for recycling cell phone are now available at our meetings. The phones are being collected by the Minnesota Zoo and used to fund its Recycle the Rain Forest project.  

Here is a list of this year’s outbound students. Some have already departed.

  • Beimers, Henry – Norway
  • Beimers, William – Brazil
  • Carlson, Samuel -Argentina
  • Estrada, Gabriella – France
  • Hahn, Erin – Thailand
  • Hodel, Christoph – Indonesia
  • Kelley, Caitlin – Chile
  • Lunderby, Jack – Brazil
  • Mandsager, Erik – Zimbabwe
  • Martinez, Odalys – Japan
  • Muir, Mason – Taiwan
  • Olson, Josiah – Colombia
  • Regnier, Eli – Brazil
  • Rodriguez-Vazquez, Leslie – Brazil
  • Scheffert, Jenna – Italy
  • Seitz, Zoe – Denmark
  • Washburn Chapman, Ahna Cole – South Africa
  • Woitalla, Jessica – Brazil.

Past Northfield Rotary Club meeting videos on YouTube

Coming Up

November 5 — Patrick Mader, Minnesota’s World-Class Athletes

November 12 — Nate Heilman, Classification

November 19 — Elizabeth Child, Director of Northfield Area United Way

November 26 — Turkey Trot