Cogwheel Archive

Rotary Cogwheel | September 20.2018

September 19, 2018

Today’s Program | Thursday, September 20, 2018

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

Next Week: Tuomas Kallioniemi (Steed) Inbound from Finland

Birthdays: Kate Andrew (9/14), Chris Weber (9/15)

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. 


Arne from Germany, Philippa – former inbound from Germany and her sister Lena


  • Dave Wolf accepted a donation of $4000 from Jesse Steed.
  • Wendy Sevanich could use a few volunteers to help with the exchange student BBQ at Rick’s barn on September 23.
  • The literacy committee needs a volunteer to help pick up used books from the schools
  • Brent Nystrom invited us to a Habitat for Humanity event at Imminent Brewing on Oct 2 from 5-7 pm
  • Charlie Cogan invited folks to the Books for Africa Gala celebration on 9/28 from 5-9pm at the Nicollet Island Pavillion. Tickets are $100 but they are 50% tax-deductible
  • Rick Estenson says plans are underway for the Turkey Trot. See him if you would like to help.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Scholarship Enhancement:  Zac Zastrow

Last Week: 

Alyssa Melby is the Assistant Director for Academic Civic Engagement (aka Service Learning) at St. Olaf. One little-known fact about Alyssa is that she used to play the tuba. She started in 6th grade and had to sit on a stack of phone books to reach the mouthpiece. You might see her driving around town listening to polka music in her car.

Meredith Galdeen was born in 1978 in Garden City, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit. Her dad Craig and mom Diana still live in the house where she grew up with her younger sister Andrea. She was an achiever in high school, serving on the student council and as the editor of the yearbook. After high school she attended college at Grand Valley State University where she met her husband Shawn. During college she studied abroad near London, England. She earned a degree in biology in 2001 and moved to Minnesota when her husband came to the U of M to get his PhD in cell and molecular biology.

During her time in Minneapolis, Meredith volunteered at the Ronald McDonald House as an assistant teacher in the K-12 homeschool program for patients and their siblings. They hired her in an administrative role and she began working with the development team. After Shawn graduated with his PhD, they moved to Massachusetts. Meredith began working for Blackbaud and has now been there for 11 years. She now works for a division called Altrue, helping nonprofits to use fundraising software. 

Shawn is now the equipment and lab manager for the Carleton biology department. Their journey has also included stops in the Bronx in New York City and Indiana. Meredith loves to travel and experience new cultures and meet new people. By high school graduation, she had visited 37 of the 50 states and she has now seen 47.

Coming Up:

Oct. 4 – Steve Schier (Kyte) 2018 Elections

Oct. 11 – Mike Becker, District Governor

Oct. 18 – Jennifer Novak, Classification (Rich)