Cogwheel Archive

Rotary Cogwheel | 08.31.2017

August 30, 2017

Today’s Program | Thursday, August 31, 2017

Today: Andrew Oftedal, Parks and Trails Council (Prowe and Schulte)
Next Week: Bike Tour Chalk Talk (R&R, Rich and Reese)
Birthdays: Hannah Puczko (8/28) and Tate Running (8/30)

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.

Welcome New Inbound Students:
Pau G. Ortemberg, Spain; Bia Rebello, Brazil; Sera Shin, South Korea; and Kengo Osumi, Japan, were all at our meeting last week. We await the arrival of Amy Jivavitoonkit of Thailand.

New Members: Lisa Peterson (Conway), Luis Domingez (Rich), Brent Nystrom (Reese, Koenig and V. Dilley) and Penny Hillemann (Kaczmarek) were formally inducted into the club, all great additions to the Class of 2017.
Last Week:
Charles Richardson is fascinated by Havana, Cuba. Over many years, he visited there 11 times, four times with organized tours, seven times on his own.

This Red Wing lawyer, a biking buddy of Peggy Prowe, describes the city as frozen in time, 1959 to be exact, the year Castro’s army overran the capital and established a communist state. Charles enjoys the rich, ornate architecture, the city’s inviting human scale and pedestrian-friendly design and most of all the people. Photo after photo revealed something about the city, the country, the culture and its history.

Charles makes an effort to interact with the residents and learn something from them by the way they dress, stand or act. He said he often captures photos of people waiting, waiting by the door, waiting at the window, waiting for something to happen.

The longstanding trade embargo with Cuba included a travel ban. Charles said it always was possible to travel there legally, but you needed to receive a license to do so. He often hinted in his application that his trips involved a religious itinerary, which was enough to qualify for entry.

While in Havana, he’s learned to avoid foods that require refrigeration. The local diet relies heavily on rice and beans and people are careful not to talk politics in public.

Chris Heineman lives in Charles Richardson’s house. Actually, it was Charles’s boyhood home in Red Wing and once housed the president of Hamline University, which got its start in Red Wing. Chris noted that Charles is a huge proponent of developing local biking trails. He’s been at it since 1965.

Guests: Jesse Steed (Wolf), Janice Lehmkuhl and Jill Fisher (Frago), Russ Dunn-Foster (Dunn-Foster), Sandra Gerdes (Hager-Dee), Susan Richardson (Prowe), Sylvia Koenig (Koenig), Petra and Lillemar Marz (Yogi) and Brenda Sielaff (Williams).
Scholarship Enhancement: Sera Shin, our new exchange student from South Korea. Congratulations, Sera. This is a great country.

— Online registrations for the bike tour are running some 35 percent over last year. We already have 376 riders for the September 9 event.
— Mike Krance announced that Northfield Shares will be sponsoring the Defeat of Jesse James run-walk on Sunday, Sept. 10. All are encouraged to participate.

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
September 14 — Superintendent Matt Hillmann, The State of Our Schools (Heineman)
September 21 — Dr. Steve Soderlind, New Book: “Liberty and Laissez Faire”
September 28 — Geoff Seper, Data Mining and Shopping (Hoschouer)
September 29 — Keepsake Cidery, 501 Social Club (Wakely)