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Cogwheel | Thursday | 6.12.08

June 12, 2008

Today’s Program: “Girl Scout Camp, It’s more than you thought,” Linda Keene, Girl Scout CEO (Wolf)

Birthdays: Larry Defries (6/10).

Next Week: Lee Dilley Classification

Last Week:

Jim Truax is no ordinary guy. He packed a lot into his 20-minute classification talk. But then, a published mystery novelist knows how to move a story along.

His is an inspirational tale of self-discovery, replete with successes and setbacks, triumph and despair, love lost and love regained.

Jim is a Northfield product. He graduated from Northfield High School before going on to play football at Carleton College. He was a minister for a time and later changed his professional trajectory and became director of the Community Services Department for the City of Bloomington. He retired from that position several years ago.

Over this lifetime, he was married three times. The last marriage was to his junior high school sweetheart, Barbara Hughes. They enjoyed four years together before Barbara died in August of last year.

Jim was only around to enjoy his time with Barbara because of the generosity of a nephew who donated part of his liver for a transplant that saved Jim’s life.

His novels, a hobby and potential retirement activity, ultimately served as the bridge that brought Barbara and Jim back together after a lifetime apart. You know. There might just be a story there.

Paul Harris Fellowships: The Rev. Joseph Crippen was recognized as our newest Paul Harris Fellow. He said Rotary’s effort to eradicate polio was a factor in his decision to join the club. His mother and uncle both contracted polio in their youth.

Guests: Seres (Kristin), Ken Smith (Wakely), Mary Crippen (Crippen), Lori Lieske (Stevens) and Bill Talen (Talen)

Scholarship Enhancement: Jan Stevens


Vicki Dilly reported that Pauline has arrived safely back at home in France. She sends her greeting and an invitation to visit. Call before you go

Declare your preference for committees. Laurie needs those in hand soon.

Chris Weber reported that Barbara Will is back in the hospital.

Coming Up:

June 21 – 25th anniversary party 2 to 5 p.m. at John Ophaug’s (Ophaug, Crane and O’Neill)

June 26 – Sharing Dictionaries through Rotary in the Philipines, Martha Rogers and Jose Pacas (Rogers)

July 10 – Bill DeJohn, director of Minitex, interlibrary loan (Young)

RotarAct meets monthly: RotarAct meets the first Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. at the Rueb. They are also meeting for lunch the third Thursday of each month. If you know of a good candidate for this club, direct them to Karin Larson at 645-7238 or