Cogwheel Archive

Rotary Cogwheel | 10.26.2017

October 25, 2017

Today’s Program | Thursday, October 26, 2017

Today: Sherri Meyers, Just Foods Co-op History and Future (Kazcmarek)
Next Week: District Governor Kyle Haugen (Wakely)
Birthdays: Pau Ortemberg (10/16), Barry Carlson (10/22), Rob Martin (10/23), Doug Crane and Brett Reese (10/25).
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:
Hindolo Pokawa wants to invest in the next generation of his home country of Sierre Leone. The executive director of Sierra Leone Foundation for New Democracy (SLFND) has plans to launch eco-villages and preschool education in villages across the country. He calls it a new approach to supporting community resilience.

Sierra Leone has faced its share of challenges. It’s absorbed a series of body blows of late, 10 years of civil war, the eboli outbreak and a recent mudslide. The people are suffering from trauma and neglect, Hindolo said.

He came to the United States 17 years ago to go to school. Now, his passion is developing sustainable communities in his home country.

SLFND’s focus now is on the village of Mondema. In the past 27 months, they have built a preschool for 215 students on a 20-acre parcel of land. They have trained and placed 10 teachers, constructed a water management system to support year-round food production, coordinate a cooking cooperative to provide meals a day for the students, raised funds for solar panels for the school.

The need now is an ecologically-sound food prep unit and a water and sanitation facility.

Guests: Emma Petersons (L. Peterson), Sherri Meyers (Kaczmarek), Ann Richards (Stull), David McKee (Wakely) and Tom Loretto (Cogan).

Scholarship Enhancement: Bia, our exchange student from Brazil.

— Interviews of prospective outbound exchange students will be Friday, Dec. 1. Rachel Estrella said we will do the interviewing in teams. Training and pizza will be provided. Contact her if you can help.

— We are partnering with Northfield Promise on a literacy program called “Breakfast Buddies.” Our Literacy Committee is looking for volunteers to read to elementary students before school. If you can help, talk to Laurie Williams, Chris Weber or Jim Holden.

— 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 our 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. Please start bringing nonperishable food items to our meetings. They will jump-start the food drive portion of the event.

— 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 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
November 30 — Shelly Holden, Classification (Nordine)