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Rotary Cogwheel | 02.011.2016

February 9, 2016

Today’s Program | Thursday, February 11, 2016

Today: Nicole Blaires, Exchange Student (V. Dilley)

Birthdays: Robert Craig and Ross Thomason (2/7) and Jan Hanson (2/13)

Next Week: Jayne Hager Dee, Classification Talk (Prowe)

Last Week:

The science on climate change is settled, according to Alan Anderson, club member and advocate for reducing carbon emissions.

“It’s us. It’s getting warmer, and it’s urgent,” he said.

That’s Alan’s shorthand for: Our dependence on fossil fuels is the cause of unprecedented global warming, and the situation is dire.

Left unchecked, global warming will melt land ice, resulting in rising sea levels, resulting in coastal flooding, resulting in displaced people and hundreds of thousands of refugees who will require humanitarian aid. Alan said it will threaten all of Rotary’s good work in the developing world.

For the sake of our children and grandchildren, Alan says we cannot run the risk of sitting on our hands. Addressing the climate science skeptics, he said: “Are we willing to run an uncontrolled, irreversible experiment?”

He says we are the ones who must initiate the change. He calls it a terrible “intergenerational injustice” if we fail to address this critical issue.

Things to do:

  • Make climate change a personal priority.
  • Insist our state and national representatives support efforts to reduce carbon emissions.
  • Vote only for those who understand the issue and have made a commitment to change.
  • Become educated based on science not those who benefit from the status quo.
  • Courteously challenge climate change skeptics with real science from
  • Encourage Rotary to get involved in climate change educations and national and worldwide initiatives that protect Rotary’s investment in the world.

Mini Classification:
Every person needs a quest, and for Rick Estenson it’s collecting National Geographic magazines. He told us last week that he has in his possession one of every National Geographic magazine published between 1923 and last month, special issues included. His collection is the result of some good luck and an inquisitive nature.

This is all good to know. Now when we want to read an old National Geographic, we won’t have to dig through the old “Field & Streams” in Pat O’Neill’s waiting room to find one.

Presentation: A check for $5,000 representing the club’s contribution to the Northfield Y’s recent capital campaign was presented to Virginia Kaczmarek and Chris Kennelly.

Guests: Gary Campbell (Lasswell), Sandy Campbell and Dorothy Ischler (Wakely), Tom Loretto (Holden), Scott Wopata (Estenson), Griff Wigley (Morlan), and Patty Ciernia (Hager Dee).

Scholarship Enhancement:  Beth Kallestad


Gary Campbell, former District Governor and incoming chair of the District Rotary Foundation, reminded us of the foundation’s good work. This is its centennial anniversary and it will be celebrated with an expanded program at the foundation’s November 12 annual dinner. A Rotary Day at Target Field is set for June 18 when the Twins will play the New York Yankees.

The district would like us to register on its website. Here’s how you do it:

  • Find your Rotary ID number on the label of your Rotary Magazine; 2) Log on to www., click “My Club,” below Rotary International click “Sign in Register,” and click “Create Account. 3) Follow the prompts to complete the questions and your Rotary profile.

A former outbound exchange student, Zachery Mitchell, son of Mike and Mary Mitchell of Dundas, died last week from Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. He was 23. Most recently Zach was a student at Carleton College. His funeral was last Saturday.

Ramiz Allawala, a friend of the club, has been diagnosed with advanced colon cancer and was in the hospital last week. Rob Bierman delivered to him a Cogwheel with our best wishes inscribed.

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

February 25 — Betsey Buckheit, Northfield Bike Plan (Zweifel)

March 3 — Adrian Thomas, Classification (Conway)

March 10 — Carson Hsai, Exchange Student (V. Dilley)

March 17 — The Irish are coming (Madigan)

Quote for the Day:
A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices.”  — William James