Cogwheel Archive

Rotary Cogwheel | 10.19.2017

October 18, 2017

Today’s Program | Thursday, October 19, 2017

Today: Hindolo Pokawa, Executive Director of Sierra Leone Foundation for New Democracy, (Cogan)

Next Week: Sherri Meyers, Just Foods Co-op History and Future (Kazcmarek)

Birthdays: Mike Kranc (10/16), Kelly Dennis (10/18), Bruce Morlan (1019) and Mark Gleason (10/20).

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:
Superintendent Matt Hillmann calls the Camp RYLA experience for high school students nothing short of “life-changing.”

Northfield High School students Siri Hoff, Caroline Pritchard and Delina Haileab backed up his assessment last week while sharing their personal experiences. They talked about their evolving understanding of leadership, less about being the most dominant voice in the room and more about helping build a team in service to a common goal. Siri talked about having a full-immersion lesson in empathy. Caroline learned about effective communication. Delina gained an appreciation for how much we have in common when we open up to one another.

The St. Paul Rotary Club sponsors the event at a YMCA camp outside of Hudson, Wis. Our club traditionally has sponsored two students for the workshop at $350 a piece. Last year, the high school covered the expenses of a third person. One outcome of last spring’s visioning exercise is a goal of underwriting six students for the workshop.

Guests: Barbara Johnson (Prichard), Julie Pritchard (Hillmann) and Laura Schlottbach (Blaha).

Scholarship Enhancement: Michelle Lasswel


— David Koenig reported a successful ethical leadership workshop Oct. 10 at Community Resource Bank. Thirty-two high school juniors and seniors were invited for an interactive discussion of ethical behavior. Rachel McIver Morey and Jeff McLaughlin joined David and Bill Lindberg of the Eagan Rotary Club in facilitating the all-day event. Many other club members helped make it happen.

 District Governor Kyle Haugen will bring his Tap Tour to Northfield Wednesday, Nov. 15. He will host the event at Imminent Brewing from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. It will also be fundraiser for Guatemalan Clean Water Project. Todd Thompson will make a presentation on the initiative.

— Planning for the 17th Annual Turkey Trot is in full swing. We have 45 sponsors signed up already, posters are out and now we need you to volunteer. See Rob Bierman for your assignment. Virginia Kaczmarek encouraged us to help promote the event by sharing our Facebook announcements with your orbit of family and friends.

— Jake Conway said the club is looking for local service projects. If you have an idea, talk to him or Jim Pokorney.

— There will be an opportunity to help with Cannon River cleanup at Riverside Park on Saturday, Oct. 21. Meet at the park at 9 a.m. for a two-hour cleanup.

— Yogi is looking to rent out his home at 103 Orchard St. November 1 through May 1, 2018. If you have a prospect, contact Yogi at:

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

November 2 — District Governor Kyle Haugen (Wakely)

November 9 — Herbert Quelle, Counsel General of Germany, Chicago, the Future of Trans-Atlantic Relations (Yogi)

November 16 — The Life and Times of George Davis, Classification

November 23 — No meeting; TURKEY TROT