Cogwheel Archive

Northfield Rotary Cogwheel | 1.21.10

January 20, 2010

Today’s Program: Habitat for Humanity with Gina Franklin (Kuyper)

Happy Birthday: Mark Abbot (1/17) and Joseph Crippen (1/19)

Next Week:  Ross Thompson Classification (Weber)

Last Meeting:

Mark Thacher likes to ski.

He started young, in the shadow of his father. By age 14, this Edina boy was hooked. For the next 14 years, he criss-crossed the country, competing in Alpine ski races. His first year in college, he qualified for the nationals and quit school to pursue his dream of being an Olympic skier.

All of that eventually led him to coaching at Buck Hill for 12 years. Mark worked with a number of very talented young people. “I had a chance to see some kids grow and do well,” he said.

Mark credits his father for any success he has achieved in skiing or in his work as a financial advisor. His father preached discipline, discipline in athletics and discipline with money matters. He encouraged the 12-year old Mark to begin caddying at a local golf course and to save half of every thing he earned.

In 1999, after a stretch in the defense industry and consumer electronics, Mark opened an office for Edward D. Jones in Northfield. In his spare time, he enjoys cycling, skiing and traveling.

He appreciates the camaraderie in Rotary and the opportunity to give back to the community.

Paul Harris Fellowship: Joe Hargis was awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship for his contribution to the Rotary Foundation. He said the club’s generosity and inspiration makes it easy for him to be a member..

Guests: Katie Hargis (Hargis), Robert and Luisa (Quinnell), Jon Snodgrass (Rich) and Troy Ross (Larson)

Scholarship Enhancement: Luisa


Fasten your seat belts as we steam down the pike towards our Feb. 20 winter fundraiser: “Carnaval: To Brasil and Back.” This promises to be a high-energy event with Latin music, dancing, food and reflection, all to benefit our exchange program. Tickets are available. Buy them.

Brad Frago and Mark Abbott are looking for a few more volunteers to chaperone the mid-winter youth exchange overnight Feb. 20-21 in Northfield.

John Stull announced that Northfield received a $150,000 legacy grant for the bike trail on the east side of the Cannon River. More to come.

Coming Up:

Feb. 4 – Steve Lindo, Executive Director of the Professional Risk

Managers’ International Association (PRMIA), (Koenig)

Feb. 11Ron Linde

Feb. 18 – Luísa Teixeira de Paula,  Brazilian exchange student

Welcome Our Newest Members:

Matt Hillman, Northfield Public Schools

Russ Halverson, Halverson Land Surveyors

Joel Walinski, City of Northfield