Cogwheel Archive

Rotary Cogwheel | 05.17.2012

May 17, 2012

Today’s Program| St. Olaf College President David Anderson (Esse)

Birthdays: Russ Halverson (5/15) and Keith Covey (5/19)

Next Week: Rob Bierman, Jane Fenton, Clarice Grabau – Reflections on the Rotary International Conference in Thailand – (Clarice Grabau)

Last Week:

Leonardo Fanton was a late-entry to this year’s group of exchange students, but he has settled nicely into life in Northfield. The 17-year old from Brazil was placed in Coon Rapids from August through March, before coming to Northfield. He is staying with Marilyn and Tim Hanson. His counselors are Mark and Sue Quinnell.

Leo comes from Bariri, a city in the state of Sao Paulo. His father is an agronomist who grows sugar cane and raises fish, pigs and water buffalo. His mother owns a perfumery. His only sibling is an older brother who is following in his father’s footsteps by studying agronomy in college.

Leo proudly gave us a postcard tour of Brazil, the beautiful beaches, the majestic waterfalls, the intriguing Amazon Rain Forest and the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro. Brazil is the fifth largest country in the world and one of the leading producers of sugar cane, soybeans and coffee. Leo’s home state of Sao Paulo is known for its high quality of life.

Since coming to Minnesota, Leo has been introduced to snow, our professional sports teams, the North Shore and ultimate Frisbee. When he returns to Brazil this summer, he will have six more months of high school and then he hopes to go to college in aeronautical engineering. His goal is to become an airline pilot.

Leo thanked his host family, his counselors and the club for all of the support he has received. He described his time here as “an amazing experience.”

Mini Classification

Mark Quinnell is not quite a native Northfielder (He was born in Minneapolis.), but he certainly qualifies as a “townie.” He graduated from Northfield High School in 1976, attended St. Olaf College, where he played football for Tom Porter, and except for a couple of years in Montana, he’s lived his life here. He has been a State Farm Insurance representative here for 25 years.

Mark and Sue have been married for 30 years. They have two children, Emily, who is in graduate school at University of Wisconsin – Madison, and Evan who is a sophomore at St. Olaf College.

Guests:  Julie Pritchard (Puczko), Alan Anderson (Wolf) Klaus Schneegans (Wakely), Annika Johnson, Elizabeth Pritchard and Steven Taylor (Arens), Tom Dobrow, Matt Irwin and George Zuccolotto (Amerman), Susan Quinnell, Marilyn and Tim Hanson and Leo’s posse (Fanton), Beth Kallestad (Kaczmarek).

Scholarship Enhancement: Mathilde. This is why Danes are happy. They’re lucky.


Oumar Diallo of Carleton was runner-up for the Rotary Global Grant Scholarship; Sarah Melcher of St. Olaf was named second runner-up.

Dale Ness reported that Rotary was recognized recently for its contribution to the Northfield High School for improvements at Rock Field.

Coming Up:

May 31 – Legislative Session summary  – Senator Al DeKruif and Representative Kelby Woodard  (Hoschouer)

June 7 – Lori Sturdevant, Star-Tribune Opinion Columnist (Kyte)

June 7 – Graduation Party for Exchange Students, 5:30 – 8:30 PM – Estenson Entertainment Center