Cogwheel Archive

Rotary Cogwheel | January 31.2019

January 30, 2019

Today’s Program | Thursday, January 31, 2019

Today: Randall Knox, Civil Air Patrol (Frago)

Next Week: Rick Olson, Eastern European Rotary Tour and Alan Anderson RCAT Update

Birthdays: Ben Martig (1/31)

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.

Guests: Pascal Cogan (Cogan), Alex Miller (Zweifel), Amy Goerwitz (Vorwerk)

New Member Inductions: We welcomed new members Emily Fulton-Foley, Executive Director of the Northfield Union of Youth (Atchison), Tim Peterson, Executive Director of the Northfield Arts Guild (Collman), and John Sauer, Orthopedic Surgeon (Rich)

Rotary Minute: John Ophaug shared some quotes from various artists including Sinclair Lewis and Geroge Bernard Shaw who said, “I know where Rotary is going—it’s going to lunch.” These cynics were eventually transformed into fans of Roatry and the ‘power of one hour.’


  • Penny Hillemann’s son Henry came home early from his exchange in Zimbabwe due to civil unrest. Since his time was cut short, he will get to go to Tanzania with the Dilleys and the district will pay for him to do a summer exchange
  • Jean Wakely reports that Sue Boxrud broke her foot and we are sending get well wishes
  • Kristi Purcell announced that Lorn Manthey won the canoe full of brew raffle
  • Lisa Peterson invited us to the Chamber Annual Dinner on January 31 at the Grant. The Business of the year, Business Person of the Year and Ambassador of the Year will be honored. Tickets are $40, available at the Chamber office at 19 Bridge Square
  • We said goodbye to Jenni Roney as our Cogwheel Editor and PR & Communications board member. She has left the NDDC to become the Enrichment Coordinator at Community Services and she was representing the NDDC with her Rotary membership. If you are interested in taking her spot on the board or helping with the Cogwheel, see Scott.
  • The softball tournament will not be happening on President’s Day weekend. If you hear of other games where Scott Richardson could throw out the first pitch, let him know

Scholarship Enhancement: Meredith Galdeen

Last Week: A little known fact about Erica Zweifel is that she does not love to sing at Rotary meetings. She does love to read however, and she brought a few books—Walkable Cities, Drawdown and No Time to Spare. Erica also enjoys helping with the Lighten Up Garage Sale at Carleton, which will be held on June 28 and 29 this year. Last year they sold 23 tons of unwanted items and raised $36,000 for three local partner organizations. Erica introduced Bruce Morlan as a retired analyst from Mayo, local climate change awareness advocate and member of the Bridgewater Township and Dundas Planning Commission.

Bruce shared some updates from the City of Northfield’s Climate Action Planning Committee. But first he showed us the oldest known photo of a tornado, which was taken on August 28, 1884 in Howard, South Dakota. Northfield joined as a Minnesota Greenstep City in 2010 and has completed the first three steps. Bruce says that the CAP committee has four goals

  1. Economic Health—a local, prosperous economy
  2. Physical Health—active residents
  3. Environmental Health—clean air and water
  4. Quality of Life

They have six working teams:

  1. Energy
  2. Transportation
  3. Waste/Materials
  4. Land
  5. Food
  6. Water

Each working team has been meeting regularly. The committee has conducted initial surveys and hired a consultant from the Great Plains Institute.

Here are a few interesting facts that Bruce shared:

There is 31% food waste at the retail/consumer level. Food is the largest landfill component and the third largest source of methane. There are 1,900 landfills in the Continental U.S. We need to pursue incentives, education and reduction.

Energy for all requires conservation and renewable energy sources. We should think of energy as something we create, consume and conserve.

The environment would benefit from more bicycle and pedestrian transportation, more public transit and fewer miles traveled by vehicle.

We must work toward better solutions for wastewater, storm water, drinking water, flood plains and water conservation.

The Climate Action Planning Committee was formed because Northfield believes that the solution begins here and we must be a part of that solution.

Coming Up:

Feb 14 – Lin Bruce, Yes you can: Success Strategies from the Heart

Feb 21 — Erika Staab, The Hope Center