Cogwheel Archive

Rotary Cogwheel | 11.9.2017

November 7, 2017

Today’s Program | Thursday, November 9, 2017

Today: Herbert Quelle, Counsel General of Germany, Chicago, the Future of Trans-Atlantic Relations (Yogi)
Next Week: The Life and Times of George Davis, Classification
Birthdays: Sue Boxrud (11/5), David Brown (11/6), Erin Bailey and Paul Krause (11/9), and Greg Carlson and Jen Dunn-Foster (11/11).
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:
The more we do as Rotarians, the bigger the difference we make in people’s lives, said District Governor Kyle Haugen.
The 40-year old Prior Lake resident said not everyone grows up with the support and opportunities many of us had

“Rotary is there is to help those who did not win the geographic lottery,” said Kyle.

Kyle refers to himself as a third generation Rotarian. He says Rotary has made him a better person. He wants to support and strengthen clubs in the district to ensure that Rotary ideals and its spirit are carried forward. Rotary is often the “best kept secret” in town, he said. He encouraged us to do more to tell our story, share our passion and create ways for people to act on their philanthropic impulses.

Our club has been growing, but world-wide Rotary membership has stalled out at 1.2 million. It’s hovered there for the last 15 years. He said we need to be recruiting women and people under 40, and retaining the members we have.

Kyle highlighted several initiatives Rotary is promoting. A campaign against human trafficking will be highlighted during next February’s Super Bowl in Minneapolis. The current International President Ian Riseley is inviting clubs to support the environment by planting a tree for every member. He encouraged us to give generously to the foundation and to seek ways to engage more people in the Rotary experience.

Guests: Patsy Ophaug and Ralph Smith, District Governor for 5970 (Ophaug); Mark Lancaster (Estenson)

Scholarship Enhancement: Paul Krause

— 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 now need runners, walkers and canines. Virginia K. has been grinding out social media promotion. All we ask is that you pass it along to those in your orbit. Spread the word far and wide. Please consider making a donation to the food shelf. Bring your items to our meetings or the day of the event.

— Lisa Peterson reminded us to mark calendars for a couple of upcoming events: The Northfield Chamber’s “Fire and Ice Ball” Friday, Nov. 10, and Northfield’s 19th annual Winter Walk on Thursday, Dec. 7.

— President Wakely shared thank you notes from a student and a school board member and parent for our support of Camp RYLA.

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 23 — No meeting; TURKEY TROT
November 30 — Shelly Holden, Classification (Nordine)
December 7 — Dorothy Ishler, Classification (Wakely)
December 14 — Andrew Ehrman and Betsy Allister, Spring Wind Farm (Morlan)