Cogwheel Archive

Rotary Cogwheel | 02.18.2016

February 16, 2016

 Today: Jayne Hager Dee, Classification Talk (Prowe) 

Birthdays: Alyssa Herzog Melby and Adrian Thomas (2/15), John Stull and Jane Fenton (2/18).

Next Week: Betsey Buckheit, Northfield Bike Plan (Zweifel)

Last Week:
Nicole Blaires Cohler comes from Paraguay, the “heart of South America.” It is nestled in the middle of the continent, bordered by Brazil, Argentina and Bolivia. It may lack an ocean view, but Nicole shared some beautiful scenic vistas unique to her country.

Nicole is the oldest of four children. Her father is an architect. She has led an active life growing up in Paraguay. She plays the violin and piano, plays basketball and handball and for a number of years was a swimmer. She has been at the same school with the same classmates for 12 years. She was acquainted with a number of exchange students who were studying at her school.

Europe discovered Paraguay in the 1500s when Spanish explorers planted their flag there.  It remained under Spanish dominion for the next 250 years.  Paraguay gained its independence in 1811. A war against the Triple Alliance of Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay from 1864 to 1870 was a defining period in the country’s history. It resulted in a significant loss of population and territory.

Today, Paraguay is a country of seven million with a rich blend of Spanish and native culture. Dance, music, textile handwork and soccer are popular diversions. It is predominantly Roman Catholic. Guarni is the preferred language. Spanish is also spoken.

Nicole said her biggest surprises coming to Northfield are the winter temperatures and our social reserve. She’s used to more demonstrative greetings in Paraguay.

Mini Classification:
Judy Brown-Wescott is fascinated by all things related to the “Little Red Riding Hood” fairy tale. She collects storybooks and collateral memorabilia related to the fable, one of the first to be committed to writing in 1797. Does anyone have a copy of Sam the Sham & the Pharaohs’ recording to share with her?

Guests: Chuck Folland (Estenson), Garda Khan (Stevenson) and Colleen Reistad (Weber)

Scholarship Enhancement:  Brett Reese

The club is looking for a few good men or women to assume leadership positions. We are looking for a new board member to oversee “Club Service” next year. We also are looking for chairs or co-chairs for our bike tour and youth exchange committee. If you are interested, talk to President Halverson.

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.

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

March 3 — Adrian Thomas, Classification (Conway)

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

March 17 — The Irish are coming (Madigan)

March 25 — Ruth Hickey, Ruth’s House of Hope (Caskey)

Quote for the Day:
“Be kind to everyone for we all carry a heavy burden.”
— Philo of Alexandria