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Rotary Cogwheel | 02.23.2012

February 23, 2012

Today’s Program | Don Robertson Classification (Esse)

Birthdays: Peg Prowe (2/19), Brad Frago (2/22), James Schlichting and Felicia (2/25).

Next Week: Matt Williams, “Lacrosse in Northfield” (Gett)

Last Week:

Her year as an exchange student in Northfield is a dream-come-true for Mathilde Mortensen. She’s always wanted to live in another country.

The experience has already taught her much about different cultures, different ways of doing things and helped her become open to meeting new people.

And she loves Northfield. It is the largest city she has lived in. Her hometown of Aalestrup, Denmark is a tight community of 3,000 people. That’s where she lives with her mother, step-dad and youngest brother, Jacob. There, she rides her bike to school, hangs out with friends and plays handball.

She is proud of her heritage. Denmark has given us Hans Christian Anderson, LEGOS and a ubiquitous smile. It is the second happiest country in the world; Norway ranks first.

Mathilde has taken full advantage of her time here. Her host families have taken her to the Mall of America, the Minnesota State Fair, the Minneapolis Holidazzle Parade, and Christmas in Michigan. At the high school, she has participated in tennis, ski club and watched herself grow more confident in her English.

When she returns to Denmark, Mathilde will attend the International Baccalaureate School for a couple of more years and then pursue more education in business.

She said she is very grateful for the opportunity to have this exchange year and thanked her host families, counselors and the exchange program’s guiding light, Vicki Dilley, for all they have done for her.

Mini Classification

Barry Carlson comes from Madison, Minn., the self-declared “Lutefisk Capital of the World.” But growing up, he swung more tennis racquets than cod.

Yes, he is one of the legendary Carlson tennis family. He and his three brothers, Greg, Gary and Jeff, played for their Dad and, for years, dominated the Minnesota high school tennis scene. Then it was on to St. Olaf College for Barry and his brothers, where they again made their mark on the courts.

Barry graduated from St. Olaf with a degree in Social Work. He earned a Masters in Leadership from Augsburg. That led him to a 21-year career at Lutheran Brotherhood until 2004 when he returned to Manitou Heights to work in development.

He and his wife of 27 years, Cindy, have three boys. Barry enjoys coaching and spending time at the family cabin.

Guests: Patty Geary, Pat Van Wylen, Jodi and Jim Lundell, Cindy Carlson and Mathilde’s posse (Mathilde); Jack Blackburn (Koenig); and Lee Skaar (Esse)

Scholarship Enhancement: Sue Boxerud


BUY, BUY, BUY. That’s the key to the success of “To India and Back,” our largest fundraiser for the Youth Exchange Program. It is here Saturday at the Northfield Middle School. Journey to India for an evening and explore its people, arts, culture, and food, while supporting Youth Exchange in Northfield. Stroll through a street fair from 5-7, enjoy Indian cuisine, palm reading, sanskrit and art, and experience traditional dance and Bollywood music from 7-9.  Tickets are $20 and T-shirts are also available.

— There may still be a need for a few adventurous souls to pull the night shift for the Youth Exchange overnight. Insomniacs or early, early risers should see Candy Taylor.

— Chris Richarson will be honored as Minnesota Superintendent of the Year today at a reception at the Golf Club from 5 to 8 p.m. All are invited.

— We will be hosting a Global Study Exchange group from Brazil on Sat. March 24.

Coming Up:

Feb. 25 – “To India and Back” at the Middle School

Mar. 8 – Camilo Zuluaga Caicedo, Columbia (O’Neill)

March 15 –Greater Good Initiative (Grabau)

March 22 –  Devon Barnes, classification ( Halverson)

March 24 – Saturday – GSE team from Brazil Social