Cogwheel Archive

Rotary Cogwheel | 11.18.2010

November 18, 2010


Rotary Cogwheel: Thursday, Nov. 18, 2010

Today’s Program: Lori Pappas, Ethiopian Global Team (Reese)

Happy Birthday: Jim Prichard and Matthew Rich (11/17)

Next Week: No Meeting. Turkey Trot

Last Meeting:

Nikolaj simply redefined Danish charm with his presentation last week. He was informative, insightful and funny. This guy knows how to work a room.

He comes from Koge, Denmark, a city of 50,000 people near Copenhagen. He is the third of three children. He has two older sisters; one of whom teaches school and one who works as a horse masseuse in Italy. Nikolaj is uncle to three wonderful nieces who he adores.

His father owns Delfi Technologies of Koge, which sells bar code products to companies. His mother helps out in the business and keeps the home fires burning.

Hans Christian Andersen is probably Denmark’s most famous personage, Nikolaj said. But he warns that Disney has injected a healthy dose of optimism into his stories.

Nikolaj spent his first 10 years of school with a close-knit group of 25. When he returns to Denmark, he will enter a gymnasium and spend another eight years in a business track. He hopes to one day be a stockbroker or go into business.

Nikolaj has traveled extensively. This is his ninth trip to the United States. He’s gone fishing, attended a Vikings game and had many other adventures already since coming to Northfield.

When asked about Danish people’s high life satisfaction rankings, he said it is a function of their low expectations.


Guests: Cindy Carlson and Fred Bursch (Estenson), Cam Davidson (Boxrud), Pat Vincent (Caskey), Elaine Nesbitt (Philippa) and Nikolaj’s Posse (Nikolaj)

Scholarship Enhancement: Tom Tollefson


— Contact Mike Lane if you can volunteer for the upcoming Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot.

— Missi Arens needs volunteers for the youth basketball tournament we sponsor. It will be Saturday, Dec. 11. We need people for setup, admissions, concessions and some time and score-keeping.

Coming Up:

Dec. 2 – Classification, Dayna Clemment (Blake Abdella)

Dec. 9 –Yogi Reppman

Dec. 11 – Youth Basketball Tournament

Dec. 16 –  Troubadors (Meidt)

Welcome Our Newest Members:

Beth Bergmans, Barry Carlson, Tim Madigan, Roberto Zayas