Cogwheel Archive

Rotary Cogwheel | 04.11.2013

April 11, 2013

Today: Bill Davnie, a retired Foreign Service officer, will speak on Myanmar (Flaten).

Birthdays: Megan Tsui (4/6).

Next Week: Paul Mooty: The Faribault Woolen Mill (Barnes)

Last Week:

We Americans put a lot of people in jail, one out of every 100 adults, and it doesn’t always help, says Christine Curtis, director of Rice County Community Corrections.
She said we incarcerate people at a rate four to seven times that of other developed countries. One in three American adults has been arrested by the time they are 23, and it doesn’t bode well for their future education and employment.

Our reliance on deterrence and punishment developed in the 1980s. Then there was a growing recognition that incarceration doesn’t change behavior. Over the last 10 years, corrections programs have been identifying evidence-based practices that make a difference in the lives of those behind bars and reduce recidivism. They are using cognitive behavioral approaches to combat the dynamics that help produce a criminal: dysfunctional family, anti-social peers, substance abuse and anti-social attitudes. The most intensive treatment is reserved for those who are at the highest risk for recidivism. It is designed to enhance offender motivation, provide positive reinforcement, address cognitive behavioral function and provide ongoing support.

Intensive treatment for those with a lower risk of repeating is self-defeating, she said. It’s like sending them to crime college. That’s why the diversion program is so important, particularly for young, first-time offenders: to keep them out of the system.

Christine said she is always looking for community partners to help integrate offenders into the life of the community. “Demonizing our population doesn’t help anything,” she said.


Matthew Rich, our soon to-be president-elect, is a lawyer in Northfield. He’s been working in Northfield with Marv Grundhoefer and David Ludescher for four and a half years. He’s been a member of Rotary for five.

He is married to the former Leah Whitworth, and they have two children with a third expected in September.

Guests: Diethelm Prowe (Flaten), George Zuccolotto, Cliff Martin and MerlinPaschell-Zimbel (Fenton), Victoria Langer (Fenton) and our exchange students Mizuki, Rachel, Diatou, Adnan and Cindy, who have many good things to say about spring.

Scholarship Enhancement: Linda Willgohs


—Vicki Dilley announced that we will host five inbound exchange students next year. They will be coming from Brazil, Japan, Chile, South Korea and Kurdistan. She is looking for counselors for these students. If you are interested, talk to her.
— Mark Abbot, chair of the International Service Committee, reported that funding has now been secured for a project to purchase beds for a home for the elderly in Brazil. Our club contributed $2,400 of the $4,000. He also noted that we honored a request from Todd Thompson, our song leader at-large, and donated $960 for a projector needed for video conferencing between students in Guatemala and Northfield.
— Chris Weber, chair of the Global Grant Scholar committee, announced that Laura Palmquist, a St. Olaf College student, is our nominee this year.
— John Ophaug noted the passing of Carol Fossum, longtime Northfield resident, St. Olaf Class of ‘56 and mother of one of our members, John Fossum.  Her funeral was last Thursday, April 4, at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church.

April 18 —Meeting place: United Methodist Church.

April 25 — Adnan, Youth Exchange Presentation (Quinnell)