Cogwheel Archive

Northfield Rotary Cogwheel | 3.25.10

March 24, 2010

Today’s Program: Colleen VanBlarcom Classification (Tiano)

Happy Birthday: Joseph Crippen (3/24) and Steve Ryan (3/28)

Next Week: Manger Inn: Ten Year update, Mike Behr (Caskey)

Last Meeting:

You say Car-NAY-gie, I say CAR-ne-gie, but we know the man liked to read. One hundred years ago, Andrew Carnegie, the fabulously wealthy steel tycoon, funded the Northfield Public Library with a $10,000 donation. The library is celebrating its centennial this year.

Lynne Young, director of the library, said libraries were critical to Carnegie’s growth and education. She believes his philanthropic instincts were nurtured by his early experiences and attachment to libraries. The library was built in the midst of a modest boom in Northfield’s development. That same year Sayles-Hill was constructed at Carleton College, the hospital established itself in a house on Eighth and Water and the State Bank, now Hvistendahl, Moersch and Dorsey, was also built.

Margit Johnson, chair of the Friends of the Library, said there are monthly concerts most second Saturdays of each month at the library to celebrate the centennial. There will also be a joint celebration with Northfield Arts Guild on April 25, an exhibit at Northfield Historical Society and a premier of a DVD in May, which tells the library’s story. And the spelling bee will be back this fall.

President’s Minute – Jim Blaha, president for 2006-2007, reviewed an active year during his tenure.  He cited the club’s involvement in literacy, community leadership, and volunteerism on many fronts. He thanked his cabinet and all of the members for making it a successful year.

Sad Passing – Sam Haugen, a Rotary member since 1949, died last Thursday at his home. He was 97. Funeral services were Monday at St. John’s Church. Sam, who served as president of the club in 1955-56, will be remembered for being a Northfield original and a faithful community builder. If not the father of today’s Defeat of Jesse James Days, he was most certainly its great uncle. He will be missed.

Guests: Kathy Ness (Prowe), Dana Cogan (Cogan), Lauri Wilder, Jewell Wolk, Catherine Wolk, Shauna Wolk (Wakely), Robert and Luisa (Quinnell).

Scholarship Enhancement: David Wolf


Nominations are in order for this year’s Marston Headley Service Above Self Award. Candy Taylor has forms and they are also on our web site. The nomination period closes on April 15.

Coming Up:

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, host (Carlson)

April 22 – Nigerian GSE (Lee Dilley)

Welcome Our Newest Members:

Dayna Clemment

Peter Schmelzer