Cogwheel Archive

Rotary Cogwheel | 03.24.2016

March 23, 2016

Today: Ruth Hickey, Ruth’s House of Hope (Caskey)

Birthdays: Rich Lorang (3/21)

Next Week: Marlene Gargulak, Youth Exchange (Cogan)

Last Week:

Our St. Patrick’s Day theme party turned into quite a carnival as the self-described “unholy trinity” of Tim Madigan, Richard Collman and the inimitable St. Patrick O’Neill shared a “wee bit” of Irish history, culture and humor.

Tim, who was desperately trying to qualify the presentation for academic credit, galloped through some 9,000 years of Irish history. Hunter-gatherers first roamed the emerald isles. Then the Gaelic Celts came from mainland Europe, which eventually led to the St. Patrick-inspired “Green Conversion” to Christianity in 400 A.D. Then the Vikings invaded in the 800s and established trading communities. In the 12 century, it was the Normans who crossed the English Channel and extended their hegemony to Ireland. And then the English ruled over Ireland until the 20th century.

The Irish migration to the United States began in the 1700s, when Scotch-Irish Presbyterians settled in and around the Appalachian Mountains. The potato famine of 1845 spurred Irish Catholics to look to America for refuge and opportunity. Tim credits the Irish with helping to build this country. They were known innovators in the fields of healthcare, education and public service.

Richard provided some reflective moments, playing Irish ballads on an Irish harp, and Pat provided the green humor, which explains last week’s cover charge.

The trio provided some markers of Irish heritage. For instance:

  • You know you are Irish if you have no idea how to make a long story short;
  • You know you are Irish if feel strangely poetic….after a drink or two;
  • You know you are Irish if your cousin is either a cop, a firefighter, a politician or a bar owner;
  • You know you are Irish if you get punched a lot for no good reason.

There was some talk about Norwegians planning a rebuttal for Syttende Mai, but, knowing Norwegians, my guess is it will never get organized.

Guests: Ramiz Allawala (Morlan), Fred Mismash (Barry Carlson) and Kathrine Collman (Collman).

Scholarship Enhancement:  Jim Holden – Game, Set, Match


We will be sharing our district conference with District 5950 this year at Mystic Lake Conference Center, Thursday and Friday, May 12-13.  If you are interested in attending, check out the website at It is a great way to learn more about what Rotary is and does around the world and locally.

Rotary Peace Fellowships are awarded to scholars to pursue a master’s degree in international studies and peace and conflict resolution. A second program, a three-month summer professional development certificate course, is available in Thailand. Candidates must have earned an undergraduate degree and have five years of work or volunteer experience and a demonstrated commitment to peace and service. Rotarians and their family members are not eligible. For more information and application, see the Rotary International website at: or contact Kathy Hughitt at  The process starts with an online application to our club for consideration. The deadline is April 1.

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

April 7 — Teresa Jensen, Library remodeling (Madigan)

April 14 — Steve Werle, author of book on Harold Stassen (Kyte)

April 21 — Sarah Van Sickle, Project Friendship (Kaczmarek)

April 28 — Wendy Sivanich, Classification (Estenson)

Quote for the Day:

You must be the change you wish to see in the world. ― Mahatma Gandhi