Cogwheel Archive

Rotary Cogwheel | 09.22.2016

September 20, 2016

Today’s Program | Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016

Today: Patrick Donahue, James J. Hill Center (K. Hargis)

Birthdays: Ryan Blumhoefer (9/21) and Jack Hoschouer (9/22)

Next Week: Joe Wakely, Clean Drinking Water in Guatemala (Halverson)

Last Week:
After listening last week to Gerard O’Halloran, MD, an ENT specialist at Northfield Hospital & Clinics, I ran home and sold my stock in Q-Tips.

Dr. O’Halloran says they are no good. Ears are pretty much self-cleaning, he said, and can be managed with a simple finger swipe. Q-Tips, on the other hand, can cause some real damage if they push wax against the ear drum. Good to know.

There are other things he wishes his patients knew. For instance, the best method for stopping nosebleeds is to pinch the middle part of the nose with your thumb and pointer finger for about 10 minutes. If it doesn’t stop, put a cotton ball up the nose and pinch it again to spare yourself a trip to the Emergency Department.

Most sinus headaches are really nasal headaches, he said, caused by swelling of the middle turbinate. Thirty percent of these can be treated with a nasal spray.

Sleep apnea remains a significantly under-diagnosed medical condition, Dr. O’Halloran said. Ten percent of men have it. About five percent of women do, too. Yet, only 10 percent of those folks are diagnosed and treated.

Sleep apnea has real health consequences. It increases the risk of stroke and heart attack. It can lead to high blood pressure, Alzhiemer’s and dementia, even attention deficit disorder. Those with neck circumferences of 17 inches or more have an 80 percent chance of suffering from sleep apnea, he said. Most sleep apnea sufferers don’t think they have it, but 85 percent snore loudly. So, if your spouse says you have it, you probably do.

Diagnostic tests are now much more convenient with home studies available. The CPAP machine, which blows a steady current of air into your throat to keep it open during sleep, is a standard treatment. There is also a dental appliance that has had good results, Dr. O’Halloran said.

Betsy Spethmann was reminded recently what a privilege it is to work as Director of Community Relations at Northfield Hospital & Clinics. On the same day she saw an elderly couple emerge from the Cancer Care & Infusion Center supportively walking hand-in-hand, she saw a father taking a young child to First Touch Birth Center to meet a new sibling. Some of people’s most important and life-changing events happen at the hospital. She said she is proud to play a small part in what happens there.

Guests: Steve Edwards (Koenig), Jake Cook (Schulte), Evelyn the Cook (Yogi) and our exchange students.

Scholarship Enhancement: Jack Hoschouer

Committee Report:

Our Local Donations Committee reports that $6,000 was given out to 17 different organizations and projects during the last fiscal year. Our donations were as follows: $500 to Northfield Retirement Center, Hope Center, Ruth’s House, Community Action Center, Union of Youth, HealthFinders, Epic Enterprises, and Operation Backpack; $400 to Cannon River Watershed River Cleanup; $300 to Friends of Way Park for Pollinator Project; $275 to Northfield Goal Club; $250 to Northfield Library (Trivia Bee), Northfield Youth Choir, Northfield Community Band; $150 to Human Rights Commission (Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration); $100 to Earth Day; and $25 to CAC Food Shelf.


Bike tour numbers dipped this year, but 747 riders still had a great experience biking through Rice and Goodhue counties on a glorious September day. Final numbers are not yet in, but it looks like total revenue came in at $20,000. Thanks to all who volunteered with the bike tour. Now on to the Turkey Trot!

Our Rotary district and the Fast for Hope Committee is sponsoring a cultural delegation to Nicaragua October 21-30. The cost per person will be about $2,000, depending on airfare. The purpose of the trip is to learn more about the culture, the history, the people and the beauty of Nicaragua. Registration closes tomorrow. If you are interested, or want more information, please see President Lasswell.

Inbound students are:
Daniel Chien from Taiwan

Emma Nielsen from Denmark

Nico Suarez Toloza from Colombia

Eric Kwun from South Korea
Wanzita Ally from Tanzania
Matteo Lombardo, Italy

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.

Coming Up

October 6 — Bruce Morlan, Classified.

October 13 — Mike Strobel, The Making of Aurora Pharmaceuticals (Reese)

October 20 — Melanie Freeze, Carleton College, “What’s Ahead in the Election” (Holden)

October 27 — Breanna Wheeler, River Bend Nature Center’s New Start (Madigan)