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Rotary Cogwheel | 10.20.2011

October 20, 2011


Rotary Cogwheel: Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011

Today:  Robert Flaten on Foreign Affairs (Ehresmann)

Happy Birthday: Mark Gleason (10/20), Barry Carlson (10/22) and Rob Martin (10/23)

Next Week: John F. Koser:  “You, Too, Can Build an Airplane” (W. Abdella)

Last Meeting:

Jim Holden, Northfield’s legendary tennis coach, held serve during his classification talk last week. He paid tribute to a cavalcade of folks who had been a positive influence in his life.

Among them was his mother (Jim’s not dumb), who gave him life and then saved it twice. There were teachers, coaches, ministers and, of course, his wife of 49 years, Caroline.

He described his formative years in Sherburne, Minn., a small farming community on the Iowa border, as his “Huck Finn boyhood.” Sherburne had all the elements of Mayberry, cherry cokes at the drug store, backyard ballgames, squirrel hunting — in town — everything but Floyd the Barber.

Jim went to Augsburg College on his brother’s advice and went into education. Over 41 years, he taught and coached at the high school level and taught education at Gustavus and St. Olaf. For 21 of those years, he was at the high school in Northfield and built a formidable boys’ tennis program.

Jim’s passions include traveling, sports and music. He said he has tried to keep a balance between the contemplative and the active life, but he admits he tilted towards the active most of his years.


Guests: Anita Fisher-Egge (Prowe), Joel Schilling (Ophaug), Tate Running (Robertson), Andrew Gray (Estenson) and Todd Thompson (Williams)

Scholarship Enhancement:  The notorious Calamity Jane Fenton


— President Bierman reminded us that we are on the home stretch of our car raffle campaign. Tickets can be sold up until five minutes before the drawing on Saturday, Oct. 22. Keep plugging. Kids around the world are counting on us.

— Mike Lane announced that the 11th Annual Rotary Turkey Trot will be held on Thanksgiving. The committee is looking to expand corporate sponsorships. They will be $200 this year.

— Community Resource Bank will be hosting an American Red Cross Blood Drive Friday, Oct. 21, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

— The Defeat of Jesse James Bike Tour raised $29,000, our third largest total. Nice going Rotary.

— Vicki Dilley was named team leader of the Rotary GSET trip to Brazil.

Coming Up

Oct. 22 — Car Raffle Drawing, Dokmo Ford
Nov. 3 –Omar Jamal, 1st Secretary of the Somali Mission to the UN –  ( Flaten)
Nov. 10 – District Governor Judy Freund, host – (Beirman)
Nov. 17 –  “Inspiring Possibilities, Realizing Dreams” Laura Baker
Nov. 24 — Turkey Trot
Dec. 1– Felcia Speychal, Exchange student from Sweden (Holden)