Cogwheel Archive

Northfield Rotary Cogwheel | 12.3.09

December 2, 2009

Today’s Program: Fred Rogers: How the Economy is Affecting Carleton College (Hargis)

Happy Birthday: John Ehresmann (12/4) and Mark Cashman (12/6)

Next Week:  Club Project Discussion

Last Meeting:

It was his grandparents’ home on Blue Lake near Park Rapids that lured Matthew Rich from his Massachusetts’s home to Minnesota. It was a free T-shirt, among other things, that persuaded him to enroll at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter. And it was encouragement from a Gustavus professor that pointed Matt towards William Mitchell Law School in St. Paul.

Matt clerked for Ophaug & Dowd during law school and joined the firm of Grundhoefer & Ludescher, P.A. a year ago. Matt now lives in Dundas with his wife, Leah, one of Northfield’s favorite daughters whom he met at Gustavus, and their son, Isaac.

Presidential Moment – Pat O’Neil (2002-03) told us that he has made three big mistakes in his life.  I suggest he made a fourth, his decision to tell us about the first three. Anyway, he presided at Rotary when we made commitments to the serology lab in Togo and the much-used showmobile here at home. He also confessed to his reign as the club’s notorious taco czar. Our exchange program has had a huge impact on him and his family, and he said he is grateful for his decision to become involved in the club.

Guests: Greg Langer and Terry Mikulecky (Williams), Leah Rich (Rich), Gitta Reppmann (Yogi), Felicia Crosby (Fenton) and Luisa (Larson)

Scholarship Enhancement: David Wolf


President Estenson announced that there were 12 local project proposals submitted to the Rotary Presidents’ Council for consideration and 10 international. These will be discussed at the Dec. 10th meeting.

Sixteen youth teams are coming to Northfield on Dec. 12 to play basketball. Mark Cashman said we still need volunteers that day between noon and three to make it happen.

Bob Will reported that the company used to bring prosthetic feet to East Africans suffering from land mine wounds is now marketing a new product to replace the knee joint. He suggests we may have an opportunity to help more people.

Charlie Cogan brought word of the death of Memouna Congacou Mankoubi of Togo. She had visited Northfield in 2004 with her husband, Bawa, who at the time was vice chair for PolioPlus in Africa. She died October 4.

Coming Up:

Dec. 17 – The Troubadours

No Meeting Dec. 24 or Dec. 31

Jan. 2 – Social at the Grand Event Center