Cogwheel Archive

Rotary Cogwheel | September 13.2018

September 12, 2018

Today’s Program | Thursday, September 13, 2018

Today:  Meredith Galdeen, Classification (Melby)

Next Week: Information on the proposed Greenvale School and Cannon Valley Civic Center projects (School and City Administrators)

Birthdays: Shelley Holden (9/9), David McKee (9/8)

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.


  • Gary Campbell was visiting from the Anoka Rotary Club. On behalf of The Rotary Foundation, he presented Charlie Cogan and our club with a district matching check for $1,450. This was an international project grant that was submitted by our club. Proceeds will be used for a school in Togo (to build a basketball court and to buy computers for a computer lab). Clubs receive matching funds based on how much we give to The Rotary Foundation and how much we are involved in International Projects. Rice Lake Rotary Club recently sent us $500 for the project and we are still looking for more partners. The total project is estimated at $4,000. 
  • Siri Hoff, our outbound exchange student to Milan, Italy, sent a heartfelt thank you for the opportunity Rotary is presenting her. She left September 5. She said she is grateful for the support Rotary provided to prepare for this experience.
  • Mac Gimse spoke to club members about the Dundas Trailhead Sculpture. Mac designed the sculpture and told us about the history in getting to the final 24-foot sculpture. He thanked our club for providing support. 
  • Brett Reese and Matthew Rich shared that this is the 24th year of the JJBT and provided information and preparation for the tour on September 8.
  • The National Hispanic Heritage Celebration will be held this Saturday, Sept. 18, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Northfield Public Library. We are promised music, dance, food and fun. Rotary is supporting this new event with a $400 donation. 
  • Rotarians are invited to a reception in Jim Blaha’s honor Thursday, Sept. 20, 4 to 6 p.m. on the FiftyNorth patio. Jim is retiring from his position of executive director of the Community Action Center at the end of the month.
  • District 5960 will be holding one of its fall One Rotary Summits in Northfield Tuesday, Sept. 18, 5:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. at the Methodist Church. It is an opportunity to bring together Rotarians from all of the district’s clubs to talk about why and how Rotary is changing lives in our communities and around the world. You will have the opportunity to explore best practices in the areas of membership, public image and service. Our board members will serve as table hosts at this event. If anyone else, would like to attend, see Scott Richardson or Jean Wakely. 
  • Northfield Shares invites all Rotarians to a free educational event on Monday, Sept. 24, at 6 p.m. in the Northfield Middle School Auditorium. Dan Buettner, author of the bestselling Blue Zones® book series, will be sharing the secrets to living a longer and healthier life. As seating is limited, we are asking those interested in attending to register online or by calling the Northfield Shares office at 507-403-9755. For more information about Northfield Shares or the Buettner event, go to:
  • Interested in learning how to speak with someone when you hold different views? Come to Rotary’s Better Angels training session Thursday, Oct.18 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at United Methodist Church. This is part of the district’s initiative to take the four-way test into the community and is one of the projects of our club’s Ethical Leadership Committee. It is open to Rotarians and their guests. If you have questions, contact Karen Allawala, who is working with Rachel Morey and Bruce Morlan to coordinate the local program.

Last Week:

It was a full house of volunteers, both Rotarian and non-Rotarian, ready to organize the Jesse James Bike Tour. Club President Scott Richardson welcomed everyone and thanked the non-Rotarians for their much-needed help with the race on Saturday. Volunteers gathered in their groups to get more specific direction on their duties during the bike tour.

Bike Tour Recap:

The Rotary Club of Northfield hosted the 24th annual Jesse James Bike Tour on Saturday, September 8th. This “all hands on deck” event featured scores of non-Rotarian volunteers and continues to be one of our club’s largest fundraisers of the year. We had to make some last minute adjustments to some of the routes do to local flooding, but everything was squared away in time for the ride thanks to route master Denny Hanson. Perfect weather and excellent marketing and promoting led to a 10% increase in riders over last year. Nearly 900 riders took to their bikes to enjoy the scenic routes, tasty treats and smiling volunteers at the aid stations, and glorious sunshine. Thank you to all of the Rotarians who volunteered on Saturday. A very special thanks to all those who served on the planning committee, including: David Wolf, Brad Frago, Jayne Hager Dee, Virginia Kaczmarek, Denny Hanson, Dale Ness, Rick Estenson, Shelley Holden, Brent Nystrom, Neil Lutsky, George Davis, Brett Reese, and Matthew Rich.

Coming Up:

Sept. 27 – Tuomas Kallioniemi (Steed) Inbound from Finland

Oct. 4 – Steve Schier (Kyte) 2018 Elections