Cogwheel Archive

Northfield Rotary Cogwheel | 7.30.09

July 28, 2009

Today’s Program: Charlie & Chris Skinner: Costa Rica from Several Perspectives (Gett)

Birthdays: Mark Mohlke 7/19, Duane Benson 7/21, Lynne Young 7/28

Next Week: Northfield Area Foundation 15th Anniversary with Karna Halverson (Ellingboe)

Last Meeting (two weeks ago):

Jim Schlichting gave an abbreviated classification talk describing himself as a farmer, sailor, and attorney. A graduate of Blooming Prairie high school and St. Olaf College, Jim spent two years in the Navy before attending law school, and currently practices law in both Albert Lea and Northfield.

Jim introduced Mike Carroll, an award winning professional photographer who was one of the first to travel to Romania after the fall of the communist regime in 1989 and through his photographs documented the horrific scenes of the pediatric AIDS epidemic in Romania and the plight of thousands of children housed in orphanages. The AIDS virus was transmitted through blood donations and inoculations and the huge number of orphans was caused by then Romanian leader Nicolae Ceausescu’s forcing increases in population by mandated births and outlawed birth control.

Mike Carroll and his colleagues continue to provide help to Romanian children in need through the Romanian Children’s Relief Organization based in Massachusetts, whose website is

Guests: Joan Peterson (Schlichting), Jessie Streitz (Williams), Ed Kuhlman (Boxer), Bill Talen, Julie Talen

Scholarship Enhancement: Richard Maus

New Member Induction: Ingrid Sampo, Vice President of Fund Development for the Northfield Retirement Community, was inducted into the club, sponsored by Emelda Rasmussen.


Special thanks to the Estenson family and everyone else involved in organizing last week’s excellent Summer Social honoring our exchange students, both inbound and outbound.

Rotarians are encouraged to attend the dedication of the new bridge over the Cannon River scheduled for Saturday, August 15 at 9:00 am. Registration for the Tour d’Art, Ride with the Mayors begins at 8:00 am near the Rodeo grounds off Hiway #3.

Check out the nicely redesigned website for the Jesse James Bike Tour at

Please update your member information by contacting Linda Willgohs at

Coming Up:

August 13 – Matthew Detert Classification (Reese)

August 20 – TBD (Halsor)

Welcome To Our New Members:

Missi Arens – Matthew Detert – John Fossum – Jodi Fritz

Ivan Imm – David Koenig – Leo Lawlor – Matthew Rich

Mary Rossing –Ingrid Sampo – Mark Thacher

Ross Thompson – Therese Whitesong – Colleen VanBlarcom