Cogwheel Archive

Northfield Rotary Cogwheel

October 27, 2009

Today’s Program: TORCH, Zach Pruitt (Crow)

Happy Birthday: Rob Martin (10/23), Doug Crane and Brett Reese (10/25)

Next Week: Global Clean & Safe Water, Rotary Action in Africa – Pat Johns (Dean Johnson)

Last Meeting:

Jody Fritz considers herself lucky to be able to call Northfield home. “It was a good spot to land,” she said of the decision she and her husband made in 1986. Her husband, Delos, worked in Cannon Falls, and Northfield was one step towards her hometown of Ceylon in southwestern Minnesota, which still had a strong hold on her.

Bernie Renander hired her to work as a teller at what was then Norwest Bank, now Wells Fargo, and Mark Moors proved to be a great mentor. Nineteen years later, she now works at First National Bank as vice president of consumer banking.

Jody has fond memories of Ceylon. She graduated from high school in a class of 13, so she was involved in many activities. Her father worked in a factory and played in a country-western band on weekends. He ultimately purchased the family butcher shop and continues to ply that trade. That chapter of familial history has made her a self-described “steak snob.”

She was married at 20 and now is treasuring her youngest son’s final year of high school. Her older son is enrolled at Boise State in Idaho. Family is pretty much her life, Jody said, and she is bracing herself for the next chapter — the empty nest.

Guests: Dave Shumway (Ophaug), and Bill Talen (Talen)

Scholarship Enhancement: Ernie Milbrandt


Members are invited to tomorrow’s social at the Grand, 6 to 7:30 p.m. and then stay for the ticketed blues concert, featuring blues legend Bernard Allison. See Steve Ryan, Rob Bierman or Kurt Larson if you need tickets

Laurie Williams, chair of the President’s Council, is still wondering “what’s the big idea?” She is inviting proposals for two major Rotary initiatives, one local and one international. Be creative and think big. The local project could be in the $30,000 to $300,000 range; the international project, $50,000 to $500,000. The deadline is November 1.

Virginia Kaczmarek invited members to run in the YMCA Fall Classic Saturday, Oct. 24. All proceeds support Y Teen programming. For details, go to

Outbound student blogs. Keep in touch.

Coming Up

Friday, Oct. 23 – Rotary Club Social, 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Grand, Blues concert to follow

Nov. 5 – Rural Enterprise Center (Haslett-Marroquin)

Welcome New Member

Matt Hillman, Northfield Public Schools