Cogwheel Archive

Rotary Cogwheel | 02.24.2011

February 23, 2011


Rotary Cogwheel: Thursday, Feb. 24, 2011

Today’s Program: Tim and Sue Lloyd, The Old Prairieview Cemetery (Stevens)

Happy Birthday: Brad Frago (2/22) and James Schlichting (2/25).

Next Week: Peter Schmelzer Tells It Like It is (Braucher)

Last Meeting:

Marion Arpin, our exchange student from France, is not thrown by our record snowfalls. She comes from Seynod, France, which is in the Northern French Alps, not far from Geneva, Switzerland. In fact, her backyard is being considered as a site for the 2018 Winter Olympics.

So snow, they have. The cold temperatures are a different story.

Marion is a good ambassador for her country, her region and her city. She lives in a suburb of Annecy, which is known as the Venice of the Alps. It has waterways with floating restaurants that resemble the Venetian canals. Le Lac d’Annecy is known as the cleanest lake in Europe. She makes it sound inviting.

Marion is the youngest of three. Her 23-year old brother, Cyril, works for Cartier in Geneva. Her 20-year old brother, Benoit, works in a ski shop, and her 19-year old sister, Laure, is in her last year of high school. Her mother, Dominique, is a home health care provider and her father, Phillippe, is the director of a hunting association.

She loves to travel and has taken full advantage of her opportunities while in Northfield. Host families have taken her to Mexico, Chicago and Yellowstone. Trips to New York City and Washington, D.C. are planned for spring break. She calls her time in Northfield “the best year of her life.”


Guests: Dorothy Palmquist, Fred Bursch, Troy Ross (Larson), Michelle Lasswell (Frago), Rogerio (Miguel), Jim and Jodi Lundell and family, Craig and xxx Hall, Dawn O’Neill and high school posse (Marion), and Karna Halverson (Halverson)

Scholarship Enhancement: Robert Zayas


— Ryan Blumhoefer has been approved for club membership.

— Rick Estenson reported that more than 150 dozen roses were sold in combination with The Key for the Valentine fundraiser.

— The winter social received great reviews. A special thinks to all who made that happen.

— One of our members and a past club president Jim Blaha has received this year’s Service to Mankind Award from the Northfield Sertoma Club.

Coming Up

March 10 – Circles of Service, Jim Pokorney  (Taylor)

March 17 – Tatiana Almoguera, Exchange Student (Bollinger)

March 24 – Therese Whitesong, Classification (Cashman)

Welcome Our Newest Members:

Devon Barnes, Beth Bergmans, Ryan Blumhoefer, Barry Carlson, Jim Holden, Michelle Lasswell, Tim Madigan,

Don Robertson, Betsy Spethmann and Roberto Zayas