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Rotary Cogwheel | October 11.2018

October 10, 2018

Today’s Program | Thursday, October 11, 2018

Today: Mike Becker, Rotary District Governor

Next Week: Jennifer Novak, Classification (Rich)

Birthdays: Richard DeBeau (10/11), Larry Defries (10/6), Nathan Heilman (10/10), Kyle Nordine (10/7), Zack Zastrow (10/6)

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.


Jim Bassett (Kyte), Beth Eaves (Kyte), Kim Furman (Maus), Ben Houser (Steed), Emily Fulton (Wopata), Todd Iverson (Sivanich), Leslie Vanderwood (Will)


Virginia Kaczmarek is leaving the Y and our Rotary Club for the Rochester Y and Rotary Club. She will be greatly missed in our community and club!
The Turkey Trot is looking for corporate sponsors and volunteers—see Rick Estenson to get involved
Want to promote the school referendum? See Rick Estenson for vote yes buttons and yard signs.
Want to promote the Cannon River Civic Center? See Brett Reese for vote yes buttons and yard signs.
Meredith Galdeen reminded everyone to use the survey link in the Richardson Report and share what you’d like to see on our new club website
Rotary will be hosting a Thanksgiving dinner at the Key on November 14. See Janine Atchison if you can volunteer to help.
Interested in learning how to speak with someone when you hold different views? Come to Rotary’s Better Angelstraining 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 Bruce Morlan.

Happy News

Erin Bailey is back from maternity leave. Matt Hillmann, the school district and our club are happy to have her back!
David Koenig’s daughter Sylvia turned 16 and the 2nd edition of his book is due to drop soon.
Betsy Spethmann is happy to have both Rick Estenson and Rachel Estrella featured in the latest edition of the Northfield Hospital magazine.
Greg Siems is happy about the turnout at St. Olaf’s recent event

Scholarship Enhancement:  Simone Gaetani

Last Week:

Charlie Kyte and his wife Dianne will celebrate 50 years of marriage this year. He says that having children is just a necessary path to the true joy in life: grandchildren. Charlieintroduced Steve Shier, Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Carleton College. Steve has authored and/or edited 21 books and published numerous articles and essays.

Steve Shier says this is “not a lighthearted time in American politics.” But evidently polarization is not a new phenomenon. 100 years ago, G.K. Chesterton said, The whole modern world has divided itself into Conservatives and Progressives. The business of Progressives is to go on making mistakes. The business of Conservatives is to prevent mistakes from being corrected.”

Steve was recently interviewed by French televisionevidence that Minnesota politics are a hot topic right now. Negative ads abound, because people are more likely to believe and remember negative information about public figures. Steve shared insights from the book Microtrends Squared: The New Small Forces Driving the Big Disruptions Today by Mark Penn. Penn has argued that the future is not shaped by society’s broad forces, but by quiet changes within narrow slices of the population.

The “Old Economy Voters” are hard working, religious and family-oriented. They are former democrats who opted for Trump in the presidential election. They make up Minnesota’s 8thDistrict, which is likely to become GOP.

The “Impressionable Elites” trust the media chorus and don’t see what’s actually happening. Whether conservative or liberal, they stick to their ideologies.

The “Militant Dreamers” are here without documentation and may be the most powerful force in the next presidential election.

The “Happy Pessimists” are happy about their personal circumstances, but even though the stock market is up and unemployment is down, they are still pessimistic about the future.

The “Couch Potatoes” don’t pay attention to politics most of the time, then get excited, vote, and return to the couch. They are the people who elected Jesse Ventura in 1998.

The Impressionable Elites dominate the Republican and Democratic ranks. The other groups can move the upcoming election in a variety of directions. The Old Economy voters and the Happy Pessimists are important and volatile groups and the outcome of the 2018 election is highly uncertain. The question is, who will get off the couch and vote? If the Democrats do well it will be primarily because of the anti-Trump women vote and the Millennials. Be sure to vote on November 6th!

Coming Up:

Oct 25 – Dan Hofrenning, Political Landscape (Siems)