Cogwheel Archive

Rotary Cogwheel | 03.07.2013

March 6, 2013

Today: Angela Storch, Rice County Chapter of the American Red Cross: “The Response to Hurricane Sandy” (Ehresmann)

Birthdays: Kevin Rodgers (3/4), Pat O’Neill (3/5), Mark Quinnell (3/7), Bob Will and Mark Thacher (3/8) and Jodi Fritz (3/9).

Next Week: Tate Running Classification Talk (Robertson)

Last Week:

Alan Anderson is a good scout, literally.

As a boy growing up in Owatonna, he rose through the scouting ranks, ultimately achieving Eagle Scout status. He then spent most of his professional life providing that same opportunity to several generations of boys who followed.

Of course, his path meandered a bit. He started at Gustavus Adolphus College and finished a Wildlife Management degree at Oregon State University. He joined the National Guard and then coordinated a community recycling program in Corvallis before moving back to Minnesota and marrying. He owned and operated a book store in St. Cloud for five years before selling it and moving into scouting.

Alan served as a scout executive in St. Cloud, Denver, St. Paul, Rockford, Ill. and then finished his career as Area Director of Central Region for Boy Scouts of America, while living in Northfield.

Scouting prepares boys to be leaders by giving them responsibility and coaching them along the way, Alan said. He sees a lot of overlap between the Scout Law and Rotary’s Four-Way Test. The Scout Law starts with the Golden Rule, he said, and teaches young men how to apply it.

Alan and his wife, Debbie, have two children. Marty is a pilot, and Jenny works for Arrowhead Energy. She’s the one with their granddaughter, Lucy.

He enjoys camping, running and outdoor activities. He also is a good resource for those who want to know more about climate change and ocean acidification.

Mini Classification: 

Dave Wolf has spent 42 years in the aerospace electronics business and doesn’t see an end in sight. He is part-owner and vice president of marketing for Conductor Analysis Technologies, a small private company.

The eldest of eight kids, he grew up on a farm in Scott County. His family moved to New Prague when Dave was 12. An engineer with degrees from the University of Minnesota and the College of St. Thomas, he served five years in the Air Force as a pilot. Even he is astonished that a 26-year old was allowed to command a multi-million dollar airplane and four crew members.

In 1981 he moved to Northfield for a position at Sheldahl, where he worked for six years.  He raised his family here. He joined Rotary in 2003.

Dave’s interests include biking, trips to the Boundary Waters, yoga, working and table tennis.

New Member: Erica Zweifel, Northfield City Council member and a Project Manager for the Science Education Resource Center of Carleton College, was inducted into the club. Mathew Rich who shared the Blandin Leadership experience with Erica is her sponsor.

Guests: Exchange students Adnan, Diatou, Mizuki and Cindy; Cliff Martin (V.Dilley); Commoner and Xun and Carmen Pomponio (Yogi).

Scholarship Enhancement: Kurt Larson


— The golf club remodeling turned up a long lost or overlooked club sign. Laurie Williams volunteered her husband, Jesse Streitz, to refresh it. We will hang it when we decide on our permanent meeting place.
— Board members are still seeking feedback on the United Methodist Church venue as they contemplate moving our regular meetings to a location with more seating. Now is the time to register your opinion.
— Rotary members are invited to attend the District Conference in St. Paul April 19 and 20. We are allotted four voting members at the conclave. You could be one of them.
— Charlie Cogan had a thoughtful opinion piece about the cultural challenges surrounding polio eradication published last week in the Star Tribune. Jane read it to us and members responded with applause.

Coming Up:

Mar. 14 – Mar. 21 – Exchange student Hsin-Yuan (Cindy) Wang from Taiwan (Blake Abdella)