Cogwheel Archive

Rotary Cogwheel | 08.25.2016

August 24, 2016

Today’s Program | Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016

Today: Joel Wagar, Mill Towns Trails (Prowe)

Birthdays: Craig Ellingboe (8/22)

Next Week: Earl Weinmann, SCOPE Program (Lawlor)

Last Week:
Jim Hunt is our District #4 Governor. He worked in Prairie du Chein prior to moving to White Bear Lake. He’s held a number of positions for his local club and served in various project leadership roles. He led a GSE trip, made seven international trips for Rotary projects and attended three International conventions.

His talked about shared values of Rotarians. The Four-Way Test reflects the values that Rotarians affirm at every local meeting. They reflect the core values of International Rotary: fellowship, learning, leadership, friendship, service, integrity and diversity. He described how these values line up for him pointing out fellow Rotarians always have a basis for conversations with each other. He had us pair up and talk about our individual values with each other. He pointed out that our communities see the outcomes of what we do. He encouraged us to make Rotary as visible as possible and to recruit and inform others.

Polio Plus continues to be the strategic imperative; membership is the operational imperative. Rotary membership has slightly declined in recent years.  We aren’t as attractive to millennials as we were to previous generations. We need to design ways to encourage their participation, he said.

He discussed the role of the Rotary Foundation that is currently valued at $1billion. It effectively and efficiently grants funds for projects. The Foundation is noteworthy in that it uses .925 of every donated dollar to fund projects.

He invited us to thank or invite someone in the community with a note card he provided. He also reminded us that will donate to the Foundation with each of our purchases.

Mini-Classification: Russ was born in Edina, MN, and grew up in Winona. He attended the University of Colorado in Denver where he majored in land surveying.  He owned his own business for six years followed by employment in a land surveying business.

Five of our exchange students have arrived. They are: Nicolas Suarez from Columbia; Matteo Lombardo, Italy; Wanzita Ally, Tanzania; Daniel Chien, Taiwan; and Eric Kwun, South Korea. A number of host parents attended in addition to Hayes Scriven from the Northfield Historical Society.

Scholarship Enhancement: John Stull

Chris Weber heard from our Global Grant Scholar from Nepal. He has completed his Masters and will move on to a PhD program in Public Health.

Jim Hunt, District Governor, gave an award to the club for its work on Literacy.  Chris Weber accepted the award.

Alyssa Herzog Melby noted that the Northfield Arts Guild will host “Artists and Ale on August 27.

Jean Wakely encouraged Rotarians to sign up for volunteer posts at the Jesse James Day Bike Tour.

Michelle Lasswell thanked Russ Halvorson and Jean Wakely for filling in for her while she was on vacation.

Michelle noted that Tim Madigan and Virginia Kaczmarek were in the “Northfield News.” She encouraged everyone to consider attending the International Convention in 2017 June 10-17  in Atlanta, GA

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.

Past Northfield Rotary Club meeting videos on YouTube

Coming Up

September 8 — Bike Tour Volunteers

September 15 — ENT Gerard O’Halloran, MD, “What I Wish My Patients Knew” (Spethmann)

September 22 — Patrick Donahue, James J. Hill Center (K. Hargis)

September 29 — Joe Wakely, Clean Drinking Water in Guatemala (Halverson)