Cogwheel Archive

Rotary Cogwheel | 07.07.2016

July 6, 2016

Today’s Program | Thursday, July 7, 2016

Today: Ben Flannery, MD, and CC Linstroth, 1,2 3 Read With Me (Weber)

Birthdays: Dayna Norvold (7/5) and Candy Taylor (7/7)

Next Week: Julie Eddy, Defeat of Jesse James Days Scholarship Program (Covey)

Last Week:
During his 38 years as a prosecuting attorney, St. Paul’s Al Zradzil has seen his share of domestic abuse cases. One in four women will be victimized at some point in her life. Men are victims, too.

Domestic violence is chronic and progressive, Al said, and cuts across all socio-economic lines. It encompasses much more than physical abuse. It also includes verbal abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, isolation, intimidation and surveillance. It is ultimately about power and control.

In most cases, a victim makes seven attempts to leave an abusive relationship before succeeding, Al said. Financial stability is at the heart of their calculus.

“They should not have to choose between financial ruin and physical survival,” he said.

Al calls on businesses to be more intentional in their support of victims of domestic violence. The workplace is their lifeline. It is a refuge for victims, safer than home, out of the reach of their abuser. Yet, their depression, anxiety or PTSD can affect their work, and they do not want to lose their jobs.

He suggests businesses adopt policies that speak to this issue. At a minimum, he recommends businesses have a list of supportive resources available for employees. He also encourages employers to give time off for court appearances, therapy appointments and time to heal. Modest financial support while a victim of abuse makes a necessary transition is helpful, too.

“It is not a total solution, but one way for Rotarians to reduce domestic violence,” Al said.

For more information, go to the Rotary District 5960 web site (, click on Programs and then Domestic Violence.

Mini Classification:
Bruce Morlan did the math and concludes that our consumption of 300 million years worth of carbon deposits over a mere 300 years is causing global warming, a dangerous experiment in need of a remedy.

Presidential Tribute:
Russ Halverson’s service as president this past year was acknowledged with a rousing chorus of “For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow.” Russ thanked board members for their support this past year. He noted that during 2015-16, the club raised $60,000 and contributed funds to international projects, local projects and scholarships.

“We are changing the world through our gifts of time and talent,” he said.

Michelle Lasswell is our new president. Serving with her on the board are: Jean Wakely, Vice President and President-Elect; David Wolf, Treasurer; Erin Bailey, Secretary; Todd Thompson, International Service; Scott Richardson, Club Service; Chris Heineman, Community Service; Jacob Conway, Vocational Service; Barry Carlson, Communications, Public Service; Brad Frago, Youth Protection Officer; and Russ Halverson, Past President.

Paul Harris Fellowships
Erica Zweifel and Vicky Langer were presented with their Paul Harris Fellowships last week. That brings the number of members who are fellows to 74, almost half the club. Both said they were inspired by Rotary’s mission and projects and the projects it undertakes.

A Fond Farewell:
It was Nicole’s last meeting with his before her return to Paraguay. She treated us to a turn on her violin, accompanied by Richard Collman on piano. Judy Brown-Wescott said Nicole is an outstanding young woman, who will be missed. There is a ray of hope, however. She did tour St. Olaf College and there is a chance, a chance, she might think about applying there for college. Good luck, Nicole. You were a delight.

Guests: Tessa Heineman (Heineman), Dan, Mary and Maggie Magnuson and Kathleen and Sage Brinton (Nicole); Nikko and friend (Frago).

Scholarship Enhancement: Jean Wakely, party on Jean.

On Thursday, July 28, we will meet at the Northfield Y for a bag lunch and tour of the Y. Northfield United Methodist Church is having vacation Bible school in this space that week.

Our 2016-17 outbound students are:

Sage Brinton, Argentina

McKenna Dale, Brazil

Caroline Hummel, Norway

Noah Klein, South Korea

Jane Ludwig, Colombia

Yizel Marcial, Germany

Daiki Nishioka, Taiwan

Liliana (Lily) Noble, Italy

Madison Peterson-Bradford,  Brazil

Emma Pritchard, Taiwan

Nathaniel Urke, Brazil.

Incoming students are:
Daniel Chien from Taiwan

Emma Nielsen from Denmark

Nico Suarez Toloza from Colombia

Gyung Hwan Yoon from South Korea

Wanzita Masenza from Tanzania

Past Northfield Rotary Club meeting videos on YouTube

Coming Up

July 21 — Paul Niemisto, Vintage Band Festival (Stevens)

July 28 — District Governor Jim Hunt (Lasswell)

August 4 — Wendy Sivanich, Classification

August 11 — Jim Barbour, (Reppmann)