Cogwheel Archive

Rotary Cogwheel | July 5.2018

July 6, 2018

Today’s Program | Thursday, July 5, 2018

Today: Todd Thompson, Save the Lake

Next Week: Zack Zastrow Classification (Richardson)

Birthdays: Karen Allawala 6/27, Tasha Breyer 6/29, Richard Collman 6/26, George Davis 7/1, RuthAnna Miller 6/25, Dana Norvold 7/5, Rhonda Pownell 6/28, Scott Richardson 7/1, John Sinning 6/22, Barbara Wornson 6/28, 

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. 


  • First Friday Art Night is tomorrow, July 6th. Stroll through Downtown Northfield from 5-9pm and experience art and music of all kinds. More info at
  • Noontime Organ Recitals are Wednesdays from 12:15 to 12:45 on July 11, 18, Aug 1, 8 and 15. See Richard Collman for more information.
  • Save the date for the Rotary Climate Change address at the Weitz Center, August 16th from 6-8:30pm


  • David Wolfe received a certificate and pin of appreciation for his service as Club Treasurer

Election 2018-19

Congratulations to the newly approved slate of officers for 2018-19:

President — Scott Richardson; President-Elect — Barry Carlson; Treasurer — Virginia

Kaczmarek; Secretary — Kari Nelson; International Service — Todd Thompson; Rotary

Club Service — Vicki Dilley; Fundraising — Chris Heineman; Community Service —

Jake Conway; Public Relations & Communications — Jenni Roney; Membership —

Barry Carlson.

Scholarship enhancement: Barbara Johnson

Last Week:  There was no lunch meeting to allow for VBS at the Methodist Church. The Club enjoyed a n afternoon social at Chapel Brewing.

Two Weeks Ago: The Board Chairs gave reports on their work over the past year. 

  • Charlie Cogan reported on behalf of the International Service Committee. They coordinated global grant scholarships and also raised $22,000 in foundation funds this year (half for Polio Plus and half for the Annual Fund). Through International Service Projects, they gave $2000 to install solar panels in two rural schools in Togo, $500 to help build a library in Ethiopia, $1000 for a Books for Africa project. Next year they hope to buy computers for a school in Togo.
  • The Youth Exchange program will have six inbounds next year and 15 outbounds. They still need four families to host students.
  • Jayne Hager Dee reported for the Rotary Club Service Committee. Janine and Jayne coordinated Fellowship efforts—meeting/greeting, socials, November orientation, the graduation party and the showing of the movie “Breathe”. The Archives group met three years ago and plans to meet again sometime soon. The Musical team of Richard Collman and Todd Thompson are proud to lead one of the best singing clubs in the world. Bruce Morlan and Alan Anderson continue to schedule speakers and also updated our sound and computer systems this year. The Cogwheel, a team effort between Rick Esse and Jenni Roney, hopes to bring updated branding and more Rotary-oriented photos this year.
  • Virginia Kaczarek reported for the Fundraising Committee. 50-60% of our club’s income comes from our fundraising events. Over the last four years we’ve had a combined income of $96,000 with expenses of around $35,000. Fundraising events include the Jesse James Bike Tour, the Turkey Trot, the Craft Fair at Central Park during DJJD and a new Rotary “4-way Taste” beer tasting event coming in 2019.
  • Jake Conway reported for the Community Service Committee. Jim Pokorney and his Local Service Committee are always looking for new ways to help the community. The Literacy Team sponsored book giveaways. The Ethical Leadership program plans to host over 30 students for their conference in October. The Local Donations committee uses its $6000 budget to support nonprofits focused on youth and International initiatives. The Climate Change team has their big event scheduled for August 16.
  • Scott Richardson reported for the Public Relations and Communications team who continue to tell the Rotary story through social media marketing, advertising placements and a new club communications plan.
  • Scott also shared for the Membership Committee, who have seen 24 new members join in the past fiscal year. That brings our total to 149 members. People are motivated to join by our mission, our participation in the community, the tone of our meetings and our reputation as an energetic and imaginative club.
  • Our club received three District Awards—runner up for Club Service, Youth Service and Public Image.

Coming Up:

July 26 – Laura Turek (Weber) Literacy Initiative – Special meeting at the Spring Creek Park Pavilion