Cogwheel Archive

Rotary Cogwheel | 11.05.2015

November 6, 2015

Today: Patrick Mader, Minnesota’s World-Class Athletes

Birthdays: Sue Boxrud (11/5) and David Brown (11/6)

Next Week: Nate Heilman, Classification and Ethics Workshop

Last Week:

Annie Young has been tested.

She survived a bout with ovarian cancer, but at the expense of her eye sight. The cancer therapy robbed her of her vision.

Since that midlife event, she has developed a career as an artist. Her paintings are based on images she dreams. She uses painter’s tape, soldering wire and quilting pins to guide the application of paint, which she mostly does with her fingers. Her son, also an artist, helps her with color selection. She paints in layers so the finished product is very tactile in nature and designed to be touched as well as viewed.

Her work has won awards. Annie was asked to do a commemorative piece for the State of Minnesota in honor of the 25th anniversary of the American Disabilities Act. The painting was stolen from the Minnesota State Fair where it was on display.

Annie draws on a quote from Audrey Hepburn for inspiration. Hepburn once pointed out that the declaration: “I’m possible” can be found in the word “impossible.” Annie agrees.

“If you dream it, believe it, you can achieve it,” she said.

After losing her vision, Annie attended a school for the blind, learned to run, bike and swim triathlons — 36 and counting — learned to ski and paint. “My life is good,” she said.

A 14-year U.S. Air Force veteran, she acknowledges there were dark days, but she had support from people who believed in her and helped her discover her gifts. She uses the metaphor of a flower seed to describe her journey. A seed is planted in a dark place, she said, but when watered and nurtured, it grows into a beautiful flower.

Annie’s work is currently on display at the Northfield Arts Guild. She invites people to touch her work and experience it as she does.


Rich Lorang is married to Virginia. They have three children. If you need to know more, see Rich at Rotary or make an appointment at Countryside Animal Hospital and Kennels.

Marston Headley Award:

With much fanfare and a precarious production number, Rotary’s version of the Village People honored Virginia Kaczmarek with the 2015 Marston Headley Award. The award is given each year to a club member who has made a significant contribution to the club and community. Besides her active club participation, Virginia serves on the Northfield Hospital & Clinics Board of Directors, Northfield Promise and is a driving force behind Northfield’s Beyond the Yellow Ribbon campaign. She now is custodian of the coveted Rotary shovel, a symbol of her hard work.

Guests: Alyssa Herzog-Melby (V. Dilley), Bruce Morlan (Anderson), Rajh Singh (Sivanich), Kim Smith (Zweifel), Carolyn Livingston (Rogers).

Scholarship Enhancement: Kim Smith, one of our guests and future presenter, won a calendar, and Neil Lutsky the pot.


Turkey Trot sponsorships are coming ahead at a record pace, said Kurt Larson. We have an attractive banner announcing the event and Kurt would like suggestions for display. Two things to promote this year: 1) food shelf donations and 2) this is a “pet friendly” event. Volunteers are still needed. See Rob Bierman if you can help.

Chris Weber shared information on our most recent Rotary Global Scholars. Lara Palmquist is teaching English in Ukraine. Sudip Bhandari is studying in Oslo, and Mirwais Wakil is in Austria working on refugee resettlement.

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. Charlie Cogan will be one of the speakers, but come anyway.

Northfield has officially been designated a “Beyond the Yellow Ribbon” community. Virginia Kaczmarek said the designation will be celebrated Wednesday, Nov. 11, 7 p.m. at the Middle School with World War II food and music. Mary Pawlenty, former Minnesota First Lady, will speak.

Northfield Hospital & Clinics and Northfield Schools are sponsoring a live-streaming of November 18-20 TEDMED talks. Some of the presentations — Human Explorations, Back to Basics, Food Fix and Out There — will be open to the public. Tickets are free and are available at Search “Northfield, MN for TEDMED.

Vicky Dilley thanked club members for helping with the interviews for prospective outbound exchange students. All 11 were forwarded on to the District for consideration.

President Halverson announced there are open board seats. If you are interested in a leadership role, see him.

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

November 26 — Turkey Trot

December 3 — Dan Jorgensen, author, (B. Carlson)

December 10 — Kim Smith, Greener Businesses (Anderson)