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Cogwheel | Thursday | 10.9.08

October 9, 2008

Today’s Program: Meet Our Mayoral Candiates — Welcome Paul Hager and Mary RossingHappy Birthday: Rotarians around the globe

Next Week: Zane Anway, Back from Bolivia

Last Week:

Reginaldo Salvatierra Haslett-Marroquin is a farmer at heart. But his multitude of talents and his willingness to share them has made an impact far beyond the fields he’s worked and the gardens he’s tended.

Reggie was born and raised in the northern rain forest of Guatemala. He, his parents and 13 brothers and sisters grew up in a farming tradition and learned to embrace the principles of hard work, fairness, a simple life and service to others. Despite growing up surrounded by poverty and war, Reggie developed a love of life – “a happy life” – that is infectious to those who have met him.

Reggie received his agronomy degree from the Central National School of Agriculture and studied at the Universidad de San Carlos in Guatemala. He began working on economic development projects with indigenous Guatemalan communities in 1988 and has served as a consultant for the United Nations Development Program’s Bureau for Latin America and an advisor to the World Council of Indigenous Peoples. He founded the Fair Trade Federation and created Peace Coffee, a successful fair-trade coffee company, and then went on to work with woodland owners in the Midwest and Guatemala. In 1996, he was named one of the Twin Cities International Citizens of the Year.

Reggie moved to Northfield two years ago and currently runs the Rural Enterprise Center, which focuses on economic development and support of rural Latino entrepreneurs. Reggie met his wife, Amy Haslett-Marroquin, while volunteering together at an orphanage in Guatemala. Today, they live with their three children north of town.

Guests: Exchange students Elisa “Scooter” Skytte from Denmark, Ryota Kimura from Japan, Pablo Maldonado from Ecuador, and Matheus Mattos from Brazil (Dilley); Jodi Fritz (Estenson); and three very nice visitors from Berlin, Germany (Stull, subbing for Reppmann).

Scholarship Enhancement: Neil Lutsky


Jim Blaha is looking for volunteers to help with the Kids Voting effort

Bob Flaten announced that a community candlelight vigil will be held next week (Oct. 9) for people concerned about mental health issues.

John Ophaug noted that a community birthday celebration for Bob Lampe and his wife, Pat, will be held on Sunday (Oct. 5) from 2-5 p.m. at the VFW. Bob turns 85 and Pat, 80.

Happy News: Lynne Young is celebrating her son’s 27th birthday today…Rick Estenson was all smiles having just left the high school where a group of students was hard at work raising money for Feed Our Starving Children…Jean Wakely took the lead to announce the entire end of her table is happy…Orwin Marks is celebrating his 43rd year as a member of the Northfield Rotary Club, which makes us all happy.

Coming up:

Oct. 23 – Sustainable Communities: Stew Erickson (Former Grocery Store and Pharmacy Owner in Northfield) Judith Freund

Oct. 30 – North Dakota: Fact or Fiction (Duane Benson)

Nov. 6 – Wayne Abdella, classification, Blake Abdella – host

Nov. 13 – Peruvian medical/dental mission trips with St. Olaf students, (Jerry Appeldoorn)