Cogwheel Archive

Rotary Cogwheel | April 19.2018

April 17, 2018

Today’s Program | Thursday, April 19, 2018

Today: Amy Jivavitoonkit, Exchange Student (Ischler)

Next Week: Trobadours, Singing to the Club (Morey)

Birthdays: N/A

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: David Koenig is from Valparaiso, Indiana and has lived in Northfield for 21 years. He works to improve the effectiveness or organizations through his company, The Governance Fund. He published a book in 2012 and the 2nd edition will be released soon. He has two teenagers, Anders and Sylvia. David introduced our speaker, Jeff McLaughlin, as the Executive Vice-President of Fire Engine Red, a marathon runner and St. Olaf grad.

Jeff McLaughlin was born in Nebraska and throughout his life has visited all of the 50 states. He studied hisrory and English at St. Olaf, graduating in 1992. He worked in admissions there after graduation. He married his wife Betsy, now a teacher at Greenvale and they jad daughter Edie vin 2007 and sn Will in 2009.Will was born with a heart defect that caused congestive heart failure and liver failure. After several surgeries and a pacemaker, Will was given a few months to live. But nine years later, he is a healthy boy known for his ever-present smile.

After working at St. Olaf, Jeff joined Neuger Communications in 2004. He later took a position at Fire Engine Red, helping colleges identify prospective students. Working from his home office, his company uses data from College Board and the ACT to help colleges market themselves to prospects.

Guests: Aramis Wells (Allawala), Larry Defries (Quinnell), Dr. Barbara Wornson (Hillman)

Scholarship Enhancement: 


–Erica Zweifel presented the Rotary Good Neighbor Award to Bob Gregory Bjorkland, Arcadia teacher and NHS Theater Director. winner was considered for having given expression to the Rotary motto, ‘service above self,’ by performing selfless acts of kindness or service that contribute to a stronger, more cohesive community. 

–Vicki Dilley is back from Tanzania and will have pictures to share once she recovers from jet lag.

–Charlie Cogan invited us to a Gala on April 28 to benefit his wife’s school in Togo.

–Anika Rychner announced that the Kiss the Pig contest resulted in a tie! Denny an Rick will kiss the pig on April 24th at noon in the Community Resource Bank parking lot.

–Jan Stevens says the Vintage Band Festival Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser is April 21 at the Eagles Club fron 5-7pm. Discounted tickets are available in advance at 50 North.

–Mike Krance reminded us that this is National Volunteer Week. Look for stories in the Northfield News this week.

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:

May 10 – Andrei Sivanich and Sandi Gerdes, Developmental Disability Awareness (Sivanich)

May 17 – Susan Brower, MN State Demographics (Blaha)

May 24 – No lunch meeting, Student graduation party at Rick Estenson’s