Cogwheel Archive

Rotary Cogwheel | November 15.2018

November 14, 2018

Today’s Program | Thursday, November 15, 2018

Today:  Sherri Meyers, Classification (Kaczmarek)

Next Week:

Birthdays: Kim Briske (11/22), Carl Caskey (11/14), Art Monaghan (11/25), Jim Prichard (11/17), Matthew Rich (11/17), Anika Rychner (11/14)

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.


  • Ellen Dunn (Weber) who is our $35,000 Global Scholar grant recipient. Ellen is studying public health at St. Olaf and will study global health in London at University College
  • Ronnie and Dawn (Dilley) who have been visiting from Oregon to work on the Angie Craig campaign
  • Matt Tiano (Estenson) who runs the Twin Cities soccer leagues
  • Marty Hadel, Dave Geist and Amy McBroom (Longwich) who are Simone’s host families


  • Congrats to Robert Bierman on winning the election for State House Seat in 57A (Apple Valley)
  • Congrats to Jayne Hager Dee on being re-elected as District 5 Supervisor on the Dakota County Soil and Water Conservation District Board
  • Congrats to Matt Hillman and the school district on the ‘landslide for learning’ school referendum passage
  • Invite your friends to participate in the Turkey Trot and support our work to eradicate polio
  • The Rotary Climate Action Teams’ statement was ratified by the board and is on our website
  • Community Resource Bank will host a Red Cross Blood Drive Wednesday, Nov. 21 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call 1-800-733-2767 or go to to schedule an appointment
  • See Rachel Estrella if you can help with outbound student interviews on Nov 27 at 5:30pm
  • Andrei Sivanich is looking for 12 valet parkers for the LBSA Gala – see him if you can volunteer
  • If you would like to help coordinate our first ever Four Way Taste event, see David Koenig

Scholarship Enhancement:  Jacob Conway

Last Week:

Stacy Longwich moved to Minnesota from San Francisco about a year ago. She is married, has a 9-month old German Shorthair Pointer and works at St. Olaf. She is proud to report that the early November snow and cold did not faze her in the least. Stacy introduced Simone, our inbound student from Italy, as a conscientious student, cross country runner and big eater.

Simone Gaetani comes to us from a suburb of Milan, Italy called Milano2. He has a younger sister Alice who is 16, and parents Costanza and Paolo who work in education. He and his family live in an apartment and love to travel. They have visited most European and Middle Eastern countries, plus the U.S. and Mauritius (a small island near Madagascar).

Simone attends a scientific high school in Pioltello with 600 students. His biggest adjustment to Northfield High School has been switching classrooms, as Italian students remain in one classroom for the entire day.

He loves reading, hiking, outdoor activities and sports including basketball, cross country and track. Winter sports are Simone’s favorite. He enjoys cross-country skiing, downhill skiing, back country skiing and ice skating. Simone is a boy scout in the Milano1 group and is a member of CAI Milano, a national alpine mountaineering association. Every year in the early summer, he participates in freetime parish activities, entertaining children in the mountains.

Simone addressed some common stereotypes that Americans have about Italians. He says Italians are known for eating pizza, pasta and spaghetti and reports that this is partly true. He says it is a myth that Italians are all good at soccer but it is mostly true that Italians have a terrible accent.

He will participate in cross-country skiing at the high school this winter. Although he has not yet decided on a career path, he is interested in history and geography. Simone’s favorite thing about Northfield so far is the wonderful way that strangers talk with him on the street. He says this would not happen in Milan. And his least favorite thing about living in Minnesota? Simone says he thought he was used to a cold climate, but evidently he was wrong. Welcome Simone!

Coming Up:

Nov 22 – Thanksgiving—Turkey Trot, no lunch meeting

Nov 29 — Pedro (“Pepe”) Gomes do Nascimento, Inbound from Brazil (Pokorney)