Cogwheel Archive

Rotary Cogwheel | October 18.2018

October 17, 2018

Today’s Program | Thursday, October 18, 2018

Today:  Bill Doherty, Restoring Civility to our Political Discourse (Morlan)

Next Week: Dan Hofrenning, Political Landscape (Siems)

Birthdays: Kelly Dennis (10/18), Mike Krance (10/16), Larry Vorwerk (10/18)

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.


John Souer (Rich), Renee Moen (Rychner), Brian Scheeler (Longwich)

Induction of New Members:

Barry Carlson welcomed new members who have joined our club over the past few months:

Ann Leming (Dilley), Greg Siems (Melby), Bob Thacker (Koenig), Kristi Purcell (Hager Dee) Jody Gunderson (Richardson), Tony Huettl (Quinnell), Kim Furman (not in attendance)


  • Alan Anderson reminded us that we will be have the opportunity to take a survey about the City’s Climate Action Plan at Rotary on 10/18
  • David Koenig reports that they had a successful 4th annual Ethical Leadership Workshop for 30 high school students. They rated it 3.85 out of 4 stars and gave the food a 10 out of 10.
  • Ron Linde shared a volunteer opportunity for those able to help remove buckthorn at Riverside Park on October 20th from 9am-12pm.
  • Mike Krance says storm cleanup volunteers are still needed. Sign up at
  • Kristi Purcell invited everyone to Keepsake Cidery for the CRWP Membership Appreciation dinner and tour on October 26 from 5:30-8pm
  • If you are interested in learning more about human trafficking, Rotary is holding a training on Saturday, Nov. 3, 9 a.m. to noon at the Southdale Library in Edina. For more information, contact Meg at

Exchange Students:

Scott asked our inbounds about their initial reactions to Northfield. Elise from France says she has made some good friends and it’s been cold. Itty from Indonesia says it is a very beautiful city with friendly people. Simone from Italy says “the people are warm but the weather is not.” Tuomas from Finland says he’s met some great people. Pepe from Brazil says everyone is nice and he saw a bit of snow today. Yuyu from Japan says people are very kind. Welcome, Inbound Students! We’re glad you’re here!

Scholarship Enhancement:  Wendy Sivanich

Last Week:

Jean Wakely introduced our District Governor, Mike Becker. Mike was born and raised in Rochester and has served on every Rotary board position. When he is not doing Rotary work, he works as a senior appraiser. Mike and his wife Nancy have been foster and adoptive parents and enjoy spending time with their six kids and their grandkids.

Mike asked us some great questions:

How many times do we talk about Rotary? Wear our pins? If someone asks you, “What is Rotary?” how do you answer?

Mike likes to answer “It’s the best time I’ve ever had helping people around the world without leaving home.” He recommends that we speak from the heart and tell Northfield stories. We should celebrate all that we do and share tidbits like the fact that we have students from all over the world at our meetings, and that we’re working to eradicate polio.

Mike has made some improvements on the district level, including a strategic plan, six core values, a sexual harassment policy, help with the Club Runner website, a climate action initiative and restructuring of the grant process.

We are thankful for all Mike is doing for our district and our club!

Coming Up:

Nov 1 – Richard DeBeau, Classification (Davis)