Cogwheel Archive

Rotary Cogwheel | 03.31.2016

March 28, 2016

 Today: Marlene Gargulak, Youth Exchange (Cogan)

Birthdays: Yogi Reppmann (3/27)

Next Week: Teresa Jensen, Library Remodeling (Madigan)

Last Week:

Ruth’s House has been a lifeline for more than 1,200 women and children since it opened its doors 12 years ago.

The Faribault-based non-profit provides shelter, safety and hope for homeless women and their children who are challenged by poverty, abuse, and addiction. With its wide network of support, Ruth’s House puts women on a pathway to stability through support, education, housing and employment.

Ruth Hickey, executive director, calls Ruth’s House a healing place whose mission is inspired by the Old Testament story of Ruth. Ruth also suffered from homelessness and poverty. But because of her unfailing loyalty to her mother-in-law, Naomi, she found a home in a new land and in new circumstances.

“This is where survive moves to thrive,” Ruth Hickey said of her program.

The shelter has nine units, and they are almost always full. Fifty percent of their clients are children. Residents can stay up to two years. They are asked to pay a percentage of their monthly income in rent, share in household tasks and meet weekly with staff to assess needs and set goals to reach self-sufficiency.

Ruth’s House operates on $300,000 annually. It relies on funding from the United Way, grants and contributions from some 1,500 donors. It gets no funding from Rice County. Ruth said there is a need for a second shelter, and conversations have begun about where to locate it and how to fund it.

Ruth said financial contributions are always welcome. She also invites people to volunteer and pray for them. For more information, go to:


Carl Caskey rose from a hard-scrabble farm life on the Oklahoma prairie to become a Methodist minister who served congregations in New York, Oklahoma and Minnesota. His path required him to play football at Oklahoma State University and receive a science degree before moving on to Yale Divinity School, where he met his wife, Faye.

Carl was a campus minister at both OSU and the University of Minnesota. His last parish ministry was in Owatonna. He retired from that position and then moved to Northfield. He serves in the Vocational Service arena on the Donations and Good Neighbor Committee.

Guests: Faye and Jenn Caskey (Caskey), Joe Wakely (Wakely), Christof Zweifel (Zweifel), Richard Schutte (Collman) and Evelyn Sadri from Flensburg (Yogi).

Scholarship Enhancement:  Cristof Zweifel


We extend our deepest sympathies to John Stull and family. John’s wife, Sue, died Friday, March 18, at Northfield Hospital. A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 9, 2 p.m. at the Northfield United Methodist Church. Visitation will be one hour before the service.

Neil Lutsky has declared Thursday, May 9, “Ride to Rotary Day.” In the spirit of the bike culture that we support, members are invited to ride their bikes to the meeting that day.

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

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

April 28 — Tom Hanson, retired Foreign Service Officer, the Geopolitics of Climate Change (R. Flaten)

Quote for the Day:
You must be the change you wish to see in the world. ― Mahatma Gandhi