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Rotary Cogwheel | November 8.2018

November 8, 2018

Today’s Program | Thursday, November 8, 2018

Today:  Simone Gaetani, Inbound from Italy (Longwich)

Next Week: Sherri Meyers, Classification (Kaczmarek)

Birthdays: Erin Bailey (11/9), Greg Carlso (11/11), Lee Dilley (11/10), Jen Dunn-Foster (11/11), Paul Krause (11/9)

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.


  • Doris Welke (Peggy Prowe)


  • Andrei Sivanich is looking for volunteers for the upcoming Laura Baker Association Gala. See him if you can help.
  • The film “Age of Consequences” will be shown on Friday, Nov. 9 at 7:00 pm at the Weitz Center. All are invited. Bruce Morland has details.
  • Breakfast Buddies wanted! Lori Williams, Chris Weber and the Literacy Committee are looking for several volunteers to read with students over breakfast at school. Background check required. Talk with Chris Weber to sign up.
  • The Community Action Center is collecting new books for “Operation Joy” holiday gifts. Please give your donations to Lori Williams.
  • Want to interview Youth Exchange applicants? It’s an important part of their application process. Tuesday, Nov. 27 at 5:30 pm at Emmaus Church. Talk with Rachel Estrella to sign up.
  • Want to go to the District’s celebration for Foundation work to end polio? It’s Nov. 10 and our club has a table for 10. See Jean Wakely.
  • The Crazy Holiday Sweater contest will be December 20, so start preparing now

Scholarship Enhancement:  Bob Will

Happy News

  • The 2nd edition of David Koenig’s is in print and it is already doing well in several categories on Amazon
  • The Northfield Fairfield Inn & Suites opened for business on October 30th. Brett Reese thanks everyone who had a part in making it a reality. The public is welcome at the hotel bar, which will serve drinks and appetizers daily from 4pm.

Last Week:

Richard DeBeau has toured 50 states and 9 Canadian provinces on his motorcycle. His life journey began in an abusive home and as a result, he struggled with depression and anger. As a teenager, he expressed those feelings through stealing, vandalism and truancy. He graduated in the bottom half of his class and was a married father at age 18.  Little did he know that this background was preparing him for his life’s work.

Richard got a night shift job at a Mankato factory while he attended college. After graduation he got a job as a probation/parole officer. He then got his masters in criminology and began working with kids and families. He served on several important board and committees and worked to advocate for those in treatment. Richard got a PhD in family sociology and worked with the National Council on Family Relations. He led a young professionals group and has provided counseling to families from 11 different treatment facilities in the state of Minnesota. He also developed an asset-based protocol for diagnostic assessment.

Richard has six children and four grandchildren. Richard knew that his wife Doris on eharmony. He knew she was the one for him when he asked how she liked the motorcycle ride and she replied, “My face hurts because I can’t stop grinning.” They have ridden 60,000 miles together.

The Northfield community benefits from Richard’s involvement as a Red Cross volunteer, Northfield Human Rights Commission member and Citizens Climate Lobby/RCAT member. His favorite bike is a 2002 Honda ST 1100. He owned one but sold it to buy his Gold Wing, and then miraculously found another in great condition on craigslist. As a proud colon cancer survivor, Richard rides in the “Multiple Regressions” motorcycle gang where he is known as “Semi-colon.”

Coming Up:

Nov 22 – Thanksgiving—Turkey Trot, no lunch meeting

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