Cogwheel Archive

Rotary Cogwheel | November 29.2018

November 28, 2018

Today’s Program | Thursday, November 29, 2018

Today:  Pedro (“Pepe”) Gomes do Nascimento, Inbound from Brazil (Pokorney)

Next Week: Elise Marillet, Inbound from France (Frago)

Birthdays: Alan Anderson (12/5), John Ehresmann (12/4), Matt Hillmann (11/29), Chris Kennelly (12/1)

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.


  • Jodi Thompson (Wakely), Marilyn Neuville (Stevens), Alan Cox (Blaha), Suzi Weinbeck


  • Thanks to everyone who helped with another successful Turkey Trot!
  • There will be a “celebration of life” for Hannah Puzcko this Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Northfield Golf Course. All Rotarians are invited. Memorials can be sent to Scholarship Fund Northfield School District Community Services Division. 
  • Kyle Haugen presented a certificate from the District celebrating our club’s achievement of #1 in Membership Growth.
  • David Stanford is our new club Treasurer, taking over for Virginia Kaczmarek
  • Vicki Dilley has one open spot for the trip to Tanzania next March – see her if you’re interested
  • The Thanksgiving meal at the Key was a huge success – 50 pounds of turkey and many pies were enjoyed by our local youth. Thanks to Janine and everyone who volunteered!

Happy News

  • Bruce Morlan says Rotary was well-represented at the Citizens Climate meeting in D.C.
  • Rachel Estrella’s son Finn just turned 2 years old
  • Carl Caskey celebrated his 85th birthday
  • Peggy Prowe was happy to break ground on the new bike trail bridge and thanks Rotary for helping to make it possible
  • Jim Holden says Kengo is doing well and Bia just applied early decision to St. Olaf

Scholarship Enhancement:  Charlie Kyte

Last Week:

Alan Anderson introduced the newest member of the Rotary Climate Action Team, Sherri Meyers. Sherri grew up in Youngstown, Ohio, which is located between Cleveland and Pittsburgh two miles from the Pennsylvania border. People there are either Browns fans or Steelers fans and Sherri likes black and gold. Youngstown is the midway point between New York City and Chicago, which gave it a prime location for mafia turf wars. Many immigrants came to Youngstown for the steel mill and auto plant jobs, and Sherri’s were no different. Her extended family includes folks of Irish, German and Italian descent, which classifies them as ‘dramatic drinkers.’

Since 1959, Youngstown has lost more than 60% of their population and boasts the highest murder rate per capita in the U.S. Sherri educated us on the ‘Youngstown Tune-up,’ which means that your car might blow up when you start it. People in Youngstown are tough cookies. But they also value cookies, featuring a prominent cookie table at all social events.

Youngstownians are not Midwesterners – they embrace an east coast identity. They have a good work ethic, display mental toughness, and believe that results matter. They are resilient, root for the underdog and believe that family is the most important thing. And don’t try tattling – they’re taught growing up that ‘snitches get stitches.’

Sherri is an only child. Her dad was a computer class teacher and her mom was a legal secretary. She married her husband Joe in 1991 at age 19 and they have two daughters, Kate and Harper. Joe works at Shattuck-St. Marys so they get to live on campus.

After enjoying a successful career primarily in retail, including running $25 Million stores for Target, Sherri is now the General Manager of the Just Food Co-op in Downtown Northfield. Sherri is proud to call herself a feminist, and loves to cook, read nonfiction and travel.

Coming Up:

Dec 13 – Barb Wornson Classification (Hillmann)

Dec 27 – No lunch meeting