Cogwheel Archive

Rotary Cogwheel | 07.06.2017

July 6, 2017

Today’s Program | Thursday, July 6, 2017

Today: Aramis Wells, Northfield Rescue Squad (Morlan)

Next Week: Nate Watters, Keepsake Cidery (Morlan)

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

Statement of Purpose: Northfield Rotary Club is dedicated to promoting peace and understanding through service and shared experience. We invite people from all corners of the community to join us as we partner with others to support youth, build sustainable infrastructure and preserve our planet. 

Last Week:
Pam Tschida, a Rotarian from White Bear Lake, shared her story about a Fast for Hope project to improve the lives of residents in El Corozo, Nicaragua. The goal is to create systemic change by bringing quality, sustainable solutions to projects identified by the local community.

The need now is for books, medical supplies, clean water and passable roads. This project has been years in the making. Pam admits she was slow to get behind this initiative. “Before I went, I was not a believer,” she said. “But I connected with the people and it was all real.”

Several Rotary delegations have spent time in El Corozo, and relationships are being built with community members and NGOs that also are active in the country.

This District 5960 project is changing lives she said. Progress has been made on the literacy initiative, medical supplies and local roads. Pam said most people in El Corozo simply say they just want a better life for their children.

Another delegation will travel there in November. Two spots are still available. If you want more information, contact Dave Newman at

Mini Classification:

Alan Anderson was raised in Owatonna, graduated from Gustavus Adolphus and then pursued a Wildlife Management degree from the University of Oregon. He and his brother ran a bookstore for a few years in St. Cloud before Alan started a 35-year career as an executive with the Boy Scouts of America. Now retired, he volunteers his time with Rotary and the Boy Scouts and is a champion for addressing climate change.

Paul Harris Presentation:
A Paul Harris Fellow was presented to Karen Allawala in honor of her late husband, Ramiz, who passed away earlier this year. David Koenig, Bruce Morlan and Charlie Cogan coordinated the effort.

Guests: Lisa Peterson (Conway), Luis Dominguez (Rich), Georgene Malecha (Yogi) and Bill Lindberg (Koenig).

Scholarship Enhancement: John Ehresmann


— Ron Linde thanked members of the club and their friends who helped with Cannon River clean-up recently.

Our 2017-18 outbound students are:
Madison Asp — Finland

Joan Erickson — Argentina

Annika Fisher— South Africa

Bergen Hoff — Czech Republic/Slovakia

Emma Iverson — Spain

Alex Kovach — Japan

Joseph Kreis — Italy

Benjamin (Ben) Mohlke — Brazil

Piper Nelson — Germany

Jenna Olien — South Korea

Jack Overstreet — Brazil

Gregory Pelletier — Argentina

Espen Richardson — Norway

Elizabeth (Betsy) Schuerman — Denmark

Allison (Al) Weise — Thailand

Coming Up

July 20 — Amelia Ousley, Northfield Composting, (W. Sivanich)

July 26 — Mayor Rhonda Pownell, Northfield’s Strategic Plan (5:15 p.m. at Imminent Brewing)

August 3 — Scott Wopata, Director of The Key, Classification (Covey)

August 10 — Katie Arnold, Rice County Dispute Resolution Program (Morlan)