Cogwheel Archive

Northfield Rotary Cogwheel | 3.18.10

March 18, 2010

Today’s Program: Library Centennial: Margit Johnson, Lynne Young (Lane)

Happy Birthday: Rich Lorang (3/21)

Next Week: Colleen VanBlarcom Classification (Tiano)

Last Meeting:

Roberto Pedros Bretos comes to Northfield from Jaca, Spain, a town in the Aragon region, just 30 minutes from the French border. There he lives with his 13-year old sister and his mother. His father is deceased.

Whether he is in Spain or Northfield, hockey is his passion. He played for the Northfield Raiders this winter. He is also a member of one of Spain’s national teams and is taking a break from his exchange year to play in a tournament in the Ukraine.

Pat and Dawn O’Neil were Roberto’s first host parents. He now stays with Blake and Beth Abdella. During his stay, he has been able to see his first National Hockey League game and meet one of the Minnesota Wild players. He met some of the Minnesota Viking cheerleaders, traveled to Chicago and played hockey on outdoor ice for the first time in his life.

Roberto said he is grateful for the generosity of his host families, and he has appreciated his time with other exchange students from the district.

When he returns to Spain, he will have one more year of high school to complete. Then, he is considering attending college in Barcelona and studying engineering.

Guests: Anglea Storch (Cashman), Jack Gibbons (Estenson), Roberto’s Posse (Roberto), Dawn O’Neil (O’Neil), Susan Quinnell (Estenson) and Beth Abdella (Blake Abdella).

Paul Harris Recognition: Jack Gibbons of the Lakeville rotary Club and chair of the district’s Paul Harris Society, recognized Dave Brown and Greg Carlson for their contributions to the Rotary Foundation.

Scholarship Enhancement: Jack Hoschouer

Announcements:

Nominations are in order for this year’s Marston Headley Service Above Self Award. Candy Taylor has forms; they are due on April 15. Self-nominations usually go to the bottom of the pile.

Lee Dilley is coordinating the April 20-24 visit by a GSE team from Nigeria.

Jack Hoschouer reported that REI, one of our corporate sponsors of the bike ride, will not be participating this year.

The board has chosen to support the KEY’s effort to find a new home as our local “big idea” project. The board will look for ratification from the membership once Rotary’s role in the project is clarified. We will also look to play a supportive role in the effort to move the depot.

Coming Up:

April 1 – Manger Inn: Ten Year update, Mike Behr (Caskey)

April 8 – Neil Lutsky, Fountain Pen

April 15 – Mama Tesha, founder and current principal of the primary school, St. Margaret’s Academy, in Arusha, Tanzania and her principal, Mr. Michael Magaya (Carlson)

Welcome Our Newest Members:

Dayna Clemments

Peter Schmelzer