Cogwheel Archive

Rotary Cogwheel | 04.07.2016

April 6, 2016

Today: Teresa Jensen, Library Remodeling (Madigan)

Birthdays: Rachel Estrella (4/6)

Next Week: Steve Werle, author of book on Harold Stassen (Kyte)

Last Week:

The Rotary Foundation was the focus of this year’s visit from District Governor Marlene Gargulak and Kyle Haugen of the Rotary Foundation Fund Development Committee. Kyle encouraged Rotary members to make the foundation our “charity of choice.” It has received national recognition for being both effective and efficient, he said. It leverages partnerships with nonprofits and private entities to increase its impact around the globe. Unlike many charities, Kyle said, the Rotary Foundation allows members to have a say in how the funds are invested.

The foundation has played a big role in funding several of our projects, both international and local. It contributed $15,000 to our Thailand project, $3,250 for the skateboard park, $5,000 for the Music Plaza and an investment in the Togo Clean Water and Sanitation project is under consideration. Kyle thanked us for our contributions to Polio Plus and for our annual giving, and reminded us that there are many opportunities to do more. The foundation will be celebrating its centennial anniversary in 2017. Kyle said plans are in the works to properly mark that milestone.

Major donors recognized

District Governor and Kyle Haugen took time to honor our club’s major foundation donors. Greg and Nancy Carlson, David Brown and Brett Reese each received a plaque and a special pin. Charlie Cogan, a previously acknowledged major donor, helped with the recognition.

Guests: Evelyn Sadri from Flensburg, Germany (Reppmann); Richard Schulte (Collman); Andy Lewis (Estrella); Exchange Students who reported on Spring Break and performed magic!

Scholarship Enhancement: Beth Kallestad


Peggy Prowe thanked Erica Zweifel for testifying at the State Legislature recently in support of including Mill Towns Trail in this year’s bonding bill.

Charlie Cogan announced that the Rotary Day at Target Field in support of Polio Plus will be Saturday, June 18. See him for details.

The gratitude keeps flowing. St. Olaf’s Global Brigade sent us a photo and thank you note for our contribution to its project. We also received thank you noted from District 5960 for our Polio Plus donation and from Alice Thomas, this year’s recipientof the Good Neighbor Award.

You are invited to attend the Annual District Conference on May 12-13 at Mystic Lake Casino.  It is a combined event with District 5950.  There will be golf on Thursday and a big Celebration Dinner on Friday and a Project-in-a-Day.

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 21 — Sarah Van Sickle, Project Friendship (Kaczmarek)

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

May 5 — TBA

May 12 — The Fabulous Troubadours

Quote for the Day:

“You are what you do, not what you say you’ll do.”

― C.G. Jung