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Rotary Cogwheel | 03.29.2012

March 29, 2012

Today’s Program | Secretary of State  Mark Ritchie (Haslett-Marroquin)

Birthdays: Clarice Grabau and Yogi (3/27)

Next Week: Transformational technology in public schools | Chris Richardson and Matt Hillmann (Hillmann)

Last Week: …..

Devon Barnes gave his classification talk. Devon has deep ties — four generations — to Washington State.  He shared his love for Washington State, speaking of the diverse agriculture and the climate ranging from rain-soaked Olympia National Forest (176” annual rainfall) to arid Spokane (17”) and Moses Lake (7”).

He was born in Wenatchee, grew up in Everett, WA, about 25 miles from Seattle. Nevertheless, he managed to divide his growing up years between both coasts, spending a great deal of time in the areas of Waterville, WA and Philadelphia/Ocean City, NJ.  He comes from a background of hard workers. One grandfather worked with agriculture in Washington and the other worked his way up to become a senior VP in a large Philadelphia brokerage house.

With a diverse background and an adventurous spirit, he kept active growing up.  He worked on mechanical things with his dad in their garage, he became a certified scuba diver at 14, rowed crew, and was heavily involved in Boy Scouts.

Devon’s education and early career seem to be merely a cover to see how many different parts of the U.S. he could live in. His undergrad studies were in physics at the University of Puget Sound, he received a mechanical engineering degree from Washington University in St. Louis.  His first job was for York Food systems in Seattle, and this brought him to Northfield for the first time in 1996 when York bought Northfield Freezing Systems.  He moved into sales and this brought him postings in Spokane, Ft. Worth, and Jacksonville, FL before moving back to Northfield with his family 18 months ago.

The move back to Northfield was coupled with a career change as Devon now works with Grid Logic, a custom software manufacturer.  Devon is married to Kim, and they have two daughters, Alanah and Tarah. Devon says he’s a “yes guy to about anything,” with many part-time hobbies including  pond skating with his family, cooking, swimming, skiing and working with his tools.

Why Northfield?  In addition to the new job, Devon cited his familiarity with the town and people here, good schools, and the northern climate.

Why Rotary? Devon was first attracted to the club by friends who are Rotarians. He sees it as a way to give back to the community, a good way to meet others who are active in the community,  and a way to serve others both locally and internationally.  He hopes to expose his own children to the Rotary Youth Exchange program and to create a good role model for his children.

Mini Classification

Russ Halvorson gave a mini-classification talk, quickly informing us that he was born in Minneapolis and grew up in Winona and Rochester.  He is a third generation land surveyor and has lived in in Northfield for six years.

It was in Rochester that he met his wife Karna, who was an exchange student in in England in 1989-90. Russ and Karna are sold on youth exchange; they have hosted two exchange students and serve as North Star Rotary Youth Exchange Country Officers for Spain and Poland. Russ recently attended the North America Youth Exchange conference in Alaska.  He and Karna are expecting their first child.

Guests:  Erin Mayberry (V Dilley); Kimberly and Alanah Barnes and Tony and Linda Starbird (Barnes); Tami Enfield (Tate Running); Rachel Vanderboom (Reiland)

 Scholarship Enhancement: Ivan Imm

— Jean Wakely and Lee Dilley announced that the GSE team from Brazil arrived in Miami Thursday morning and they will be in town through Wednesday morning.

— Vicki Dilley informed us that the club expects to receive inbound exchange students from Indonesia (boy), France (girl), Ecuador (boy), Taiwan (boy), Japan (girl) and in January a student from South Africa.  We will need volunteers to help with interviewing host families.

Paul Reiland announced the John Falck Memorial Golf Tournament, which will be  held August 2, 20112, will support Three Links Foundation.

Rotary District 5960 will hold the District Conference and Assembly on April 14 and 15 in River Falls, Wisconsin.  Officers are encouraged to attend, but it’s open to all Rotarians and is a great way to learn more about Rotary

Coming Up:

April 12 –  Camilo Zuluaga Caicedo, Columbia (O’Neill)

April 19 –Michael McNally, “Center for Civic Engagement at Carleton” (Hargis)

April 26 – Mary Crow. Vice President of Operations and Chief Operating Officer of Northfield Hospital & Clinics (Henke).