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Cogwheel | Thursday | 1.22.09

January 22, 2009

Today’s Program: Ryota Kimura of Japan (Taylor)

Birthdays: Joseph Crippen (1/19)

Next Time: Friends Anonymous (Brown-Wescott)

Last Week:

A lot of us don’t think of windows as dynamic, but we see things differently now that we’ve heard from Neil Sbar.

Neil is the Vice President of Technology for Sage Electrochromics, Inc. of Faribault, a manufacturer of coated glass that can be tinted electronically to block solar heat, glare and prevent fading of interior materials. The start-up now occupies 60,000 square feet of manufacturing space and employs 85 people, with a second 250,000 square foot plant in design.

Sbar says buildings in the United States account for almost 40 percent of the energy consumed here. Inefficient windows cost about $40 billion a year I lost energy. Sage windows are a solution to that conservation problem.

Sage glass is first cut to size and then tempered in a furnace. Then the glass is treated with thin coats of material that responds to an electro chemical process. Once installed, a computer drives the window’s tinting process. Most of what the company makes is for commercial use, but residential windows and skylights are available at Home Depot stores, Neil said.

Sage continues to refine its process, and Neil said they are working on a self-contained system run by photo cells. He soon will be in Washington, D.C., sharing his company’s story with the Obama Administration.

Guests: Dave Bubser (Tiano)

Scholarship Enhancement: Rick Esse receives a “Rotary bailout.”


Planning for a 2010 “concert journey” begins now. Rick Estenson and Tom Durkin invite anyone who is interested in helping plan the event to a meeting tonight.

Rob Bierman announced that the winter social will be Thursday, Feb. 19, from 6 to 8 p.m. at The Grand Event Center. The evening will include hors d’oeurvres, fellowship and wine tasting.

We are searching for candidates for Rotary’s Ambassadorial Scholarship and Peace Scholarship. If you have questions or ideas, talk to Bill Carlson, Robert Flaten, Chris Weber, Michael Flynn or President Williams

You can follow along with the district’s group study exchange to India — our Vicki Dilley was an alternate for this trip — by visiting the district website at: www.district

Coming Up:

Saturday, Jan. 24

Rotaract Bowling and Pizza Social, 5 to 7 p.m. Jesse James Lanes.: Anyone involved with or interested in Cannon Valley Rotaract please pass this on to employees or people new to town.

Contact Nate Jacobi with questions or a quick note if you plan to attend 507-786-3109

February 5 — Jeff Johnson, new owner of KYMN, host (David Brown)

February 12 — Bill Carlson speaking on the State of the Economy

February 19 — Winter Social, Grand Event Center, No noon meeting.