Cogwheel Archive

Northfield Rotary Cogwheel | Thursday | 3.26.09

March 26, 2009

Today’s Program: Pablo Maldonado (Taylor)

Birthdays: Earl Crow (3/24) and Steve Ryan (3/28).

Next Week: Steve Ryan – Classification (Cogan)

Last Week:

Richard Collman had two callings in his life — music and the ministry. He honored both during his more than 30 years of service to the church.

He was born and raised in St. Louis County in modest circumstances, but had the benefit of both music and nature in his life. He graduated from the University of Minnesota at Duluth, with a history major and a minor in music. It was an Isaac Watts hymn that called him to the ministry. He went on to Yale Divinity School and became a Methodist minister.

He and his wife, Katherine, settled in central Minnesota where their two children, David and Joy, were born. They spent 16 years in Sioux Falls, S.D. and then served congregations in Omaha, Neb, Aberdeen, S.D. and Motley, Minn, before retiring to Northfield in 2006.

Northfield has given him many opportunities to explore his musical interests and his longstanding love affair with the pipe organ. He has organized the Northfield Noontime Concert series, which will be in its third year this summer, he plays in the Cannon Valley Regional Orchestra, sings with I Cantanti and is learning to play the Celtic harp. He also serves as organist and music coordinator for First English Lutheran Church in Cannon Falls. For Richard, life is about creating beauty. He enjoys gardening and hiking and has condensed his theology into two basic tenets:

1) Don’t be afraid; 2) God is always with us.

Guests: Kathy Feldbrugge (Williams), Katherine Collman (Reese), Howard White (Stull) and our intrepid exchange students.

Scholarship Enhancement: Vicki Dilley


April 16 is the deadline for nominees for the Marston Headley Service Above Self Award. Please forward your recommendations to John Stull, Peggy Prowe or Charlie Cogan.

Members are invited to attend the District Conference April 17-19 in River Falls. The topic is “sustainability.” Among the speakers are Tom Henderson, founder of Shelter Boxes, and Ann Bancroft of Arctic exploration fame.

Rick Estenson, president-elect, invited interested parties to a planning session on Wednesday, April 22.

The bike tour committee will meet tonight at 7 p.m. at Keith Covey’s house.

Vicki Dilley is looking for ideas on how to best serve the GSE team when it arrives later this spring. If you have ideas for a educational or occupational tour, let her know.

President Williams reported that resignations for Jim Truax, Brian Harmelink and Charlie Skinner have been accepted.

Coming Up:

April 9 – War Kids Relief and “A Soldier’s March for Peace,” Dina Fesler, Gunnar Swanson, (Reese)

April 16 – GSE team from India (Dilley)

Welcome To Our New Members:

Matthew Detert | John Fossum | Jodi Fritz | Frank Grazzini | Matthew Rich

Mary Rossing | Mark Thacher | Therese Whitesong | Colleen VanBlarcom