Cogwheel Archive

Rotary Cogwheel | 03.15.2012

March 15, 2012

Today’s Program | Greater Good Initiative (James Grabau)

Birthdays: Scott Davis (3/11)

Next Week: Devon Barnes, classification (Halverson)

Last Week:

At 16 years of age, Nichapat has already logged a lot of travel miles. Besides her year here in Northfield, she has ventured from her Thailand home to visit Austrialia, New Zealand and Singapore.

She comes from a city of 90,000 in the middle of Thailand. Her family owns a motorcycle shop, and they live in the building, seven floors up. She has a sister, 26, and a 10-year old brother at home. Her family is currently serving as a host for an exchange student from Oregon.

Nichapat describes Thailand as a vibrant country, teeming open-air markets, colorful celebrations and traditional dancing. She’s been challenged to adapt to American customs. In Thailand they drive on the left side of the road. They shower twice a day and her school doesn’t permit colored hair or polished nails. She does both while living here.

Her host families — Rob and Clara Hardy and James and Clarice Grabau — have allowed her to experience all things Minnesotan. She been the State Fair, Duluth and walked barefoot in the snow. She’s skied for the first time and witnessed her first hockey and football games.

When Nichapat returns to Thailand, she still has three years of high school ahead of her. She’s only 16, remember.

Mini Classification — Brad Frago

   Brad fell in love with Northfield during his four years at Carleton College. After he graduated from the University of Minnesota Law School, he clerked in Meeker and Renville counties before finding a similar opening in Rice County.

He met his wife, Michelle Lasswell, at a job interview. They now practice family law together in Northfield. They have two children, 18 fish, two snails and a cat. Brad and Michelle are Nichapat’s counselors.

This just in….

Leo Fanton, an exchange student from Brazil, has joined us for the rest of the year. His host parents are Tim and Marilyn Hanson. His counselors are Mark and Sue Quinnell. Welcome Leo.

Presentation: President Bierman presented a $4,000 check to the Northfield Historical Society, for the society’s Next Level Capital Campaign. The campaign is funding an $800,000 accessibility project that has resulted in an elevator for the building and six ADA equipped public restrooms.

NHS Executive Director Hayes Scriven said he appreciated the financial support as well as the long partnership with Rotary over the years.

Guests: Rob and Clara Hardy, Eve Grabau, Izumi Takanashi, Deanna Haunsperger, Nhung Do (Nichapat); Cindy Carlson (Barry Carlson); Nancy Brown (Fenton); and Hayes Scriven (Bierman).

Scholarship Enhancement: Ingrid Sampo


— Our club camera seems to be at-large. If anyone knows of its whereabouts, please alert President Bierman.

— There will be a GSE Team club social Saturday, March 24, 6:30 p.m. some place close in Northfield. (Editor must have been napping here.) Dinner will be served at 7 p.m. There will be a presentation by the Brazilian exchange team and music performed by Aleka Pitsavas. Cost is $10.

— President Bierman congratulated Jane Fenton on her employer, Laura Baker Services Association, being named Northfield Area Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year.

Coming Up:

March 24 – Saturday – GSE team from Brazil Social
March 29 – Secretary of state Mark Ritchie (Haslett-Marroquin)