Cogwheel Archive

Northfield Rotary Cogwheel | 6.25.09

June 23, 2009

Today’s Program: Chris Meidt, Washington Redskins (Meidt)

Birthdays: RuthAnna Miller (6/25) and Richard Collman (6/26)

Next Week: Pushtunistan (Flaten) and Changing of the Guard

Last Week:

For a retired pastor and social worker who says he doesn’t like public speaking, Hugh Kaste sure could have fooled us. With a few deadpan jokes and poignant stories of his long career in the Lutheran ministry and social services, Hugh entertained and informed us with his classification talk. Along the way, he reminded us of what matters most in life: the relationships we build.

Hugh was born in Fertile, Minnesota, in 1933 and raised on a farm. He and his wife, Lenore, have nine children, 17 grandchildren and six great grandchildren. They don’t call it Fertile, Minnesota, for nothing, says Hugh.

He holds a BA degree from Concordia College in Moorhead, a M. Div. degree from Luther Seminary and a Masters of Social Work degree from the University of Michigan. He spent several years as a pastor — in Minnesota and South Dakota — but found his true calling later as a social worker with Lutheran Social Services.

Hugh and Lenore moved to Northfield in 2002. They have deep roots here. Lenore is a St. Olaf College graduate as are several of their family members. The Kastes love to travel and have one more continent to reach — Antarctica. They spend five months of the year “vacationing” in Sun City, Arizona. Huge joined Rotary in 2007 and looks forward to many more years of service.

Guests: Inbound exchange students: Elisa and Ryota, Rianna Dilley (Dilley), Lynn Tharaldson (Quinnell).

Scholarship Enhancement: Mark Thacher


The web site is looking good, thanks to the outstanding work of Ed Lufkin. Members are encouraged to check out the recent posting about the Rotary project in Bassar, Togo, where repairs are underway for a school building damaged by storms several years ago.

You also will find on our website a draft of the amended by-laws, which are scheduled for a vote at our annual meeting on July 9.

The Bike Tour is behind on corporate sponsorships, so the time has come for all those businesses that received solicitations to respond in the affirmative.

Five volunteers are needed to serve as counselors for the 10 outbound students who we will be sending off in the fall. Contact Tom Durkin, Candy Taylor, or Vicki Dilley if you are interested in doing this.

Coming Up:

July 9 – Annual meeting

July 16 – TBA

Wednesday, July 22 – Summer Social

Welcome New Members:

Missi Arens – Matthew Detert – John Fossum

Jodi Fritz – David Koenig – Leo Lawlor

Matthew Rich – Mary Rossing – Mark Thacher

Ross Thompson – Therese Whitesong – Colleen VanBlarcom