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Rotary Cogwheel | February 22.2018

February 21, 2018

Today’s Program | Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018

Today: Kengo Osumi, exchange student, (Frago)

Next Week: Sera Shin, exchange student (Galdeen)

Birthdays: John Stull (2/18), Peg Prowe (2/19), Amber Chavie (2/21) and Brad Frago (2/22)

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:
Olive oil is a medium for peace, according to Robert Moussand, a Canadian-Palestinian. He uses his product, Zatoun olive oil, as a conversation starter to talk about the conflict in the Middle East from the Palestinian perspective. He calls it “peace in a bottle.”

Robert said it is difficult to talk about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. It seems so long-standing and so intractable that most people see it as a “distant distraction” and don’t take the time to be fully informed. He is trying to change that through olive oil sales.

“The goal is to connect us with Palestine,” he said. “That’s where understanding begins. We listen differently when we are connected.”

The olive is the universal symbol of peace, Robert explained, and was nature’s first fruit to be processed. Olive oil is at the heart of Palestine’s economy, but production is being frustrated by the construction of “The Wall” between Israel and the West Bank.

Robert characterizes Zatoun as a mission-driven business. It is now 15 years old. It is a registered non-profit in Ontario, Canada. Robert works with minimal overhead and invests his profits in olive oil production in Palestine.

Fred Rogers will go to any lengths to bond with his children. He’ll even jump out of an airplane. In service to familial connection, he once went sky-diving with his daughter and her friends. He said it’s something everyone should do once. Once they pried his fingers from the door frame, he said, the ride down was exhilarating.

Paul Harris Fellowship: Jenny Hartley, Fred Rogers’s wife, was surprised with a donation to the Rotary Foundation in her name. The fellowship is in recognition of her community involvement and demonstration of service above self. 

Guests: Jeffrey Harmley (Thompson), Zane Anway (L. Dilley), Jenny Hartley (Rogers).

Scholarship Enhancement: Our B-Man, Jim Blaha

— Our literacy team is still looking for a few more volunteers to read to elementary students before school. Make a commitment that works for you. See Chris Weber if you can do this.

— Northfield Library’s new book mobile, which we helped purchase, will be unveiled tomorrow with a reception from 10:30 to noon at the public library.

— If you are interested in joining our Youth Exchange team, there is a meeting Thursday, March 1, 5:15 p.m. at the Sivanich residence. See Wendy Sivanich for more information.

— Rotary is responsible for support staff for Thursday’s Table on Thursday, March 29, at the Northfield Community Resource Center. If you can help, see Jim Pokorney.

— The membership committee will hold an orientation session for new members on Tuesday, March 20, 5 to 6:30 p.m. at Community Resource Bank. We will share the club vision and opportunities to serve on club projects and teams. A light supper will be served.

HELP WANTED: The board is inviting applicants for our club treasurer position. David Wolf is stepping down from the post after five years of service. Don’t hesitate to self-nominate, if you can balance a checkbook. Talk to President Wakely, President-Elect Richardson or Past-President Michelle Lasswell if you are interested.

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:

March 8 — Mary Hahn, Classification (S. Richardson)

March 15 —Pau Ortenberg, Youth Exchange Student (Chavies)

March 22 — Kristi Purcell, Executive Director, Cannon River Watershed Partnership (W. Sivanich)