Cogwheel Archive

Rotary Cogwheel | January 11.2018

January 10, 2018

Today’s Program | Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018

Today: Patricia Fenswick, Refugees in the Workplace (Blaha)

Next Week: Jenni Ronni, Classification, (Zweifel)

Birthdays: Ragh Singh (1/10) and Lynne Pederson (1/11)

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:

Houston. We have a problem.

The earth is warming at an unprecedented rate; humans are the cause and it’s an urgent issue, says Alan Anderson, chair of our Climate Action Committee.

Save for a handful of “merchants of doubt,” Alan says the scientific community is unanimous in its recognition of the human influence on global warming. “It is no hoax,” he said.

Sixteen of the last 17 years are the warmest years on record. Average global temperature has increased by 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit. Ice caps are melting faster than projected. Coastal waters are rising, and climate change has sparked more severe natural disasters, ranging from hurricanes in the gulf and Atlantic to forest fires in California. The only way to combat these changes is to reduce our carbon emissions, he said.

Rotary, with its global reach and track record of success, is uniquely positioned to address these issues, Alan said. On a national scale, Alan sees benefits of implementing a carbon fee and dividend. Locally, he reminded us of our educational efforts at climate summits and our support of city leaders in their efforts to reduce its carbon footprint.

Climate change affects everyone, he said. It puts at risk all of Rotary’s six areas of focus — peace and conflict prevention/resolution, disease prevention and treatment, water and sanitation, maternal and child health, basic education and literacy, and economic and community development. Ultimately, we owe it to our children, grandchildren and all future generations to take this issue seriously and to act, he said.

Rick Estenson, a member since 1999, pointed us to a recent missive from the president of Rotary International, Ian Riseley, where he encouraged us to actively seek to attract younger people and women to our clubs. Diversity is our strength, President Risely wrote. He said our clubs must reflect the world in which we live.

Marston Headley Award

David Wolf, our long-time treasurer, was named this year’s winner of the Marston Headley Award. The award goes each year to a club member who provides exceptional service to the club or the community. David was cited for his unassuming and supportive nature while keeping track of money in and money out for the club over the past five years. The award is named for past member Marston Headley, now deceased, who was a past president and long-time secretary for the club. Congratulations David. He now must find an appropriate landing for the fabled traveling Rotary shovel, which will be in his custody for the next 12 months.

Guests: Lin Wolf (Rotary) and Richard DeBeau (the law firm of Craig and Davis)

Scholarship Enhancement: The affable Charlie Gogan

David Koenig invites anyone interested in the club’s Ethical Leadership Committee to meet with him next week after our noon meeting.

The board voted last month to support a pilot project to provide an evening meal at the KEY one Wednesday a month. Janine Atchison is looking for volunteers who will shop for supplies, coordinate the evening or cook on a specific Wednesday evening. See her if you can help.

Chris Weber is looking for 10 more club members to read to elementary students at our elementary schools as part of Northfield Promise’s literacy campaign.  We have 20 already committed and going through the required background check. If you can help, see Chris.

President Wakely said the movie “Breathe,” starring Andrew Garfield, is a movie that will provide information and insight into polio and the development of the iron lung. If you have a chance, she encourages you to see it.

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:

January 25 — Beatriz Rebello, Exchange Student (Stevens)

February 1 — Human Trafficking (Thompson)

February 8 — Penny Hillemann, Classification (Kaczmarek)

February 15 — Robert Massoud, How a Just Palestine-Israel Peace Can Save the Planet (Rogers)