Cogwheel Archive

Rotary Cogwheel | 07.20.2017

July 20, 2017

Today’s Program | Thursday, July 20, 2017

Today: Amelia Ousley, Northfield Composting, (W. Sivanich)

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

Birthdays: Jayne Hager Dee and Linda Willgohs (7/22)

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:
Nate Watters’s description of running a cidery echoes a recent book on parenting titled “All Joy, No Fun.” He loves growing apples, and he loves adding value to those apples by using them for homegrown, all-Minnesota cider. But it is hard work.

But his business, Keepsake Cidery, is a calling of sorts. It is his effort to organize his work around some non-negotiable principles, such as: caring for the environment, staying local, caring for neighbors, friends and family, and doing it all with integrity.

“I wanted to find a way to be successful, but not exploit,” he said.

Cider was the drink of choice for most of the United States in its early years, Nate said. Prohibition knocked out the cider orchards, but now cider is experiencing a revival. Nate and his wife, Tracy Jonkman, are riding that wave. They have created a certified organic apple farm and locally-sourced cidery.

They are now in their third of operation. Nate grows his apples in a vineyard-like setting, using dwarf trees planted three feet apart. None of them would be mistaken for eating apples. He calls them “spitters.” He draws on 35 varieties of locally-grown apples to produce a tart, fresh wild cider with an alcohol content of around 7 percent.

His products are available in 130 different outlets between Blaine and Rochester. They also have limited weekend hours at their cidery south of Dundas. During the summer, they are open noon to 6 p.m. on Saturdays. In the fall they will open on Sundays as well.

Mini Classification:
Bruce Morlan drew on his time in the Air Force working the line crew in missile defense to say that everyone has a role to play in making this world a better place, even the cooks.

Guests: Craig Swenson (Pederson), Ellen Iverson and Cindy Kreis (W. Sivanich), Lisa Peterson (Conway) and Mariah (Taylor)

Scholarship Enhancement: Brad Frago, who no longer can be accused of insider trading.

— Vicky Langer is looking for volunteers at this year’s Vintage Band Festival Saturday, July 29, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Bridge Square. They need people for set-up and to staff the hospitality tent. The concerts themselves run from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

— Building on our visioning process in May, Alan Anderson is in the process of forming a Climate Action Committee for the club. Anyone interested is encouraged to contact Alan or Rick Estenson. During our visioning exercise, climate change was identified as an area of focus for the club under International Service. Alan also has a radio program each Monday at 8:45 a.m. on KYMN radio where he addresses climate issues. Next Monday will be the third of eight programs. The first two are archived and can be heard by going to KYMN’s website.

— If anyone would like to be a new member mentor, please see Barry Carlson. Being a mentor simply means that you would be willing to check-in or meet with a new member from time to time to answer their questions about the club. It’s a good way to get to know new people.

— With the passing of the torch from Michelle to Jean, the password has changed to access member information on our website. The new password is “wakely”, all lower case.

— Mike Leming still has spots available for his February trips to Vietnam and Thailand. See him if you are interested.

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
August 3 — Scott Wopata, Director of The Key, Classification (Covey)
August 10 — Katie Arnold, Rice County Dispute Resolution Program (Morlan)
August 17 — Vicki Dilley, District Grant — Bunk Beds in Tanzania
August 24 — Charles Richardson, Experiences in Cuba (Prowe)