Cogwheel Archive

Rotary Cogwheel | 02.09.2017

February 8, 2017

Today’s Program | Thursday, February 9, 2017

Today: Andrei Sivanich, Classification

Next Week: Rotary Foundation Dinner. No noon meeting.

Birthdays: Vicky Langer (2/6), Dorothee Ischler and Ross Thompson (2/7)

Last Week:
Tesgaye Nega, an Environmental Studies professor at Carleton College, has an idea for reducing indoor air pollution in emerging countries like his homeland of Ethiopia. He’s developed a cooking stove that, he says, will save lives and improve the health of people who now rely on charcoal to fuel their stoves.

Tesgaye’s has tested the stove and made refinements. He is now looking for financial backing to bring it to market. His goal is to make and distribute 5,000 of the cook stoves. Introducing them to the outdoor restaurants and apartment dwellers of Ethiopia would make a huge difference in the health of the population, he says. He has also developed a machine that manufactures wood pellets to fuel his stoves.

His determination to fight famine is what drew Tesgaye into his field. He studied agronomy in Cuba and later received his Ph.D from the University of Minnesota. He’s been teaching at Carleton for 15 years.

Fred Rogers is the product of progressive parents who nurtured his curiosity and his commitment to social justice.

Fred grew up in Pittsburgh during its postwar decline. When his father took a job teaching physics in Saudi Arabia, Fred attended a boarding school in Beirut, Lebanon. He came to Northfield to study at Carleton College, graduating in 1972. Years later, he circled back to become the school’s vice president and treasurer.

Civil Rights and social justice are at the heart of his personal narrative. He identifies with those fleeing war-torn countries for a safer life. He said we are all refugees in many respects and are vulnerable to losing things we all hold dear.

Guests: Jerry Huddleston (Kazcmarek), Carl Behr (Koenig), and Rachel O’Conner (Blumhoefer)

Scholarship Enhancement: Brad Frago

Rotary Foundation Dinner
The Rotary Foundation Centennial Dinner will be Thursday evening, Feb. 16, 6:30 p.m. at Bethel Lutheran Church. Here is a sneak preview:

  1. Celebration of the club’s contributions to the foundation and the international projects it has supported;
  2. Talk by Sarah Swan McDonald, Northfield’s 2015 Teacher of the Year, titled: “Why We Give Back;”
  3. A reunion performance by the legendary Cogwheels, one of the area’s most popular folk groups of its era.

Our goal is to raise $10,000 at this event. Any contribution over $25 will go towards your Paul Harris Fellowship.

A word about the fabulous Cogwheels (Editor’s Note: This could be fake news.)

Back in the 60s, when folk music was just beginning to leak out of smoky coffeehouses and awaken the souls of mainstream listeners, Rotary saw an opportunity to ride that cultural wave.

Clubs across the globe were encouraged to start their own folk groups as a vehicle for sharing the organization’s story. In Northfield, Minn., four fresh faces with legitimate musical talent came together to form the Cogwheels. They were popular at club meetings and community events and even performed for the District 5960 convention back in 1965.

In honor of the Rotary Foundation’s centennial year, they are re-uniting for one last go at inspiring audiences with their music and their message. You will not want to miss this once-in-a-life-time moment.

Other Announcements
Bruce Morlan has stepped forward to chair our Program Committee. He takes over for the departing Elizabeth Child. Other members on the committee are Charlie Kyte, Tim Madigan and Alan Anderson. If you have program ideas, see Bruce.

Ramiz Allawala, husband of club member Karen Allawala and a frequent guest at our meetings, received word last week that his liver cancer has returned, and his liver is failing. Karen and Ramiz have asked for prayers from the Rotary family at this difficult time.

If you are interested in two tickets to the Northfield Firemen’s Dance this Saturday, 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

Caroline Hummel, Norway

Noah Klein, South Korea

Jane Ludwig, Colombia

Yizel Marcial, Germany

Daiki Nishioka, Taiwan

Liliana (Lily) Noble, Italy

Emma Pritchard, Taiwan

Nathaniel Urke, Brazil.

Coming Up

February 23 — Mateo Lombardo (O’Neill)

March 2 — Human Rights Commission Diversity Skit (Wakely)

March 9 — Emma Nielsen, Classification

March 16 — Eric Kwun, Inbound Exchange Student (V. Dilley)