Cogwheel Archive

Rotary Cogwheel | 02.04.2016

February 2, 2016

Today: Alan Anderson, Climate Change Threatens Rotary’s Good Work (Estenson)

Birthdays: Jean Wakely (2/3) and Vicky Langer (2/6)

Next Week: Nicole Blaires, Exchange Student (V. Dilley)

Last Week:

We need the pollinators.

Bees, butterflies, birds, moths and others that spread pollen are necessary to sustain our food supply and nurture our eco-system, says Jo Ann Sabin, a volunteer for Pollinator Friendly Alliance, a nonprofit based in Stillwater. They are responsible for two-thirds of our food production and 85 percent of a healthy eco-system.

Bees do 80 percent of the pollination. But it is not just honeybees carrying the load; other native bees also do the work. There are some 20,000 bee species worldwide, 400 in Minnesota alone.

Jo Ann says the threat to pollinators is real. They need a consistent food supply, such as pollen, nectar, and clean water, and safe haven. Their habitats have been compromised by the increased use of toxic chemicals, such insecticides and pesticides on farms and around homes.

The toxic chemicals used in farming are well-regulated, she said, but home use is not. People tend to follow the maxim that if some is good, more is better. She suggests we read the labels and follow the recommendations.

While the challenges facing pollinators are being recognized, meaningful national policy has been slow to emerge. But in Minnesota, Jo Ann said there are a number of hopeful signs. The number of cities in Minnesota that are actively working to protect pollinators exceed the total number in the other 49 states.

Things individuals can do to help in this effort are: educate ourselves and others, be judicious with our use of toxic chemicals, plant shrubs and plants that provide a healthy pollinator habitat and be a vocal champion for the pollinators in your community.

For more information, go to:

Mini Classification:

In the interest of time, Beth Kallestad chose the “lightning round” approach to her mini-classification. She was raised in Massachusetts, served as executive director of Cannon River Watershed Partnership for several years and now has her own consulting business. If you want to know more, she would love to have coffee with you.

Guests: Dorothy Ischler (Wakely), Jesse Streitz (Laurie Williams, who thought this was “just lunch” and invited her husband), John Larson (Estenson), Dave Stanford (Stevens), new member Sharon Flaten (Caskey), Dr. Signe Wass (Lorang) and the new Paul Krause, a newly minted American citizen, (Paul Kraus).

Scholarship Enhancement:  Rich Lorang


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.
  • Chris Weber reminded members that Rotary offers a Peace Fellowship for someone who wants to further their education in the area of peace and reconciliation. Five years of work-related experience is required. Our recruitment need not be limited to our club’s geographic area. Talk to Chris if you have a candidate in mind.
  • Alan Anderson and Rick Estenson collaborated on a letter to the editor about climate change that appeared in the last Rotary Magazine.
  • The Pollinator Friendly Alliance is holding a symposium in St. Paul Saturday, March 8, called “People for Pollinators.” For more information, go to:
  • State Representative Rick Hansen will talk about the “Plight of the pollinators” at Carleton College Weitz Center for the Creative Arts Monday, Feb. 15, 7 p.m. See Erica Zweifel for more information.

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 18 — Jayne Hager Dee, Classification Talk (Prowe)

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

March 3 — Adrian Thomas, Classification

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