Cogwheel Archive

Northfield Rotary Cogwheel | 09.23.10

September 22, 2010


Rotary Cogwheel: Thursday, Sept. 23, 2010

Today’s Program: Child Protection, Rotary System (Frago)

Happy Birthday: Jack Hoschouer (9/22) and Bill Cupp (9/23)

Next Week: St. Olaf  Football Coach Jerry Olszewski, (Quinnell).

Last Meeting:

Michelle Muench’s life has come full circle. The daughter of Terry and Julie Heilman, she grew up in Northfield and has recently returned to practice ophthalmology in her hometown. After graduating from Northfield High School and Gustavus Adolphus College, she went to medical school at the University of Minnesota and performed her residency at University of Texas – Southwestern in Dallas, Texas.

She said it is no accident she ended up an ophthalmologist. Her adopted brother was blind from birth. From an early age, Michelle was very aware of the challenges and the resources available to visually impaired people.

Michelle practiced in Faribault for several years before establishing her own practice in Northfield. She is in clinic Tuesday and Thursday at Northfield Hospital’s Northfield Eye Physician & Surgeons Clinic, which is located at River Valley Vision Centers in Northfield. She performs surgeries at Northfield Hospital most Wednesdays. She said it has been gratifying to work in her hometown and reconnect with so many people who have been part of her story.

Michelle is married to Clinton Muench, MD, a orthopedic surgeon with Orthopaedic & Fracture Clinic. They live in Northfield with their three sons.


Guests: Amy Merritt and Ella Ohnesorge (Amerman), Charlie Austin (Fenton) and Bill Talen (Williams).

Scholarship Enhancement: Bob Reitz, not Mark Abbott. I guess you must be present to win.


— A skeet-shooting, poker-playing fundraiser for Polio Plus and Feed My Starving Children will be Saturday, Oct. 2, at Estenson Fieldhouse.

— Rotary International’s annual convention will be in New Orleans this year, May 21-25. If you are interested in attending in the “Big Easy,” talk to President Weber.

— Peg Prowe reported that the bike tour was a great success.  Details to follow.

Welcome exchange students

Marion Arpin — She comes from Seynod, France. Her counselors are Pat and Dawn O’Neill

Miguel Carvalho — He comes to us from Na tal, Brazil. His counselors are Blake and Beth Abdella.

Tatiana Rodriquez —She comes from Malaga Spain.

Nikolaj Svendsen — He comes from Koge, Denmark. His counselors are Brad Frago and Michelle Laswell.

Philippa Wenzl — She comes from Uelzen, Germany. Her counselors are Mark and Susan Quinnell.

Coming Up:

Oct. 7 – Jeff Pesta, “Sea Tales”: An educator’s experience doing research in the Pacific Rim with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration – (Puczko)

Oct. 14 –District Governor – Craig Leiser, (President Weber)

Welcome Our Newest Members:

Beth Bergmans, Tim Madigan and Roberto Zayas