Cogwheel Archive

Rotary Cogwheel | 07.25.2013

July 25, 2013

Today: Dina Fesler, Children Cultural Connections

Birthdays: Duane Benson (7/21) and Linda Willgohs (7/22)

Next Week: Gear Resource with Robert and Nicole Stai (Anderson)

Last Week:

Presidential classification

It has been almost 20 years since Jim Prichard, our new president, gave a

classification talk. Most members weren’t even in the club at that time. He thought it

important that we better know who is driving the bus this year.

Jim grew up in Storm Lake, Iowa, the son of a lawyer. After graduating from high

school, he spent a year as an exchange student in Germany, an experience that

changed his life.

Jim graduated from St. Olaf College with a Classics degree. He worked in Northfield,

married Tammy, and then went to law school at the University of Minnesota. He

worked for a Minneapolis law firm before coming back to Northfield to work with

Marv Grundhoefer and Tom Neuville. He’s been in solo practice since the mid-1990s.

From 2000-2012, he served as the pastor for City Light Church. Now he is back

practicing law fulltime. He and Tammy have seven children.

As incoming president, Jim attended the Rotary International conference in Lisbon.

He said it was inspiring and provided him a stronger sense of the Rotary vision and


As president, his first priority, he said, is to do no harm. This is a strong club with

many talented members. He doesn’t want to get in the way of its good work.

During the coming year, he would like us to think about identifying a major

international project and a major local project to rally around. He is also interesting

in strategic planning so that our club’s work is aligned with our vision for the future.

Local donations update

Rotary donated $5,000 to 16 different local organizations over the past 12 months,

Carl Caskey, chair of the Local Donations Committee, reported. Contributions ranged

from $100 to Northfield Youth Choirs and an Earth Day Celebration up to $500 for

HealthFinders, Operation Backpack and others.

The committee gave priority to requests focused on local initiatives that provide

service to young people and those that enhanced international understanding.

Thanks for the update, Carl.

Last Week’s Guests: Mari and Wendell Arneson (Fenton), Kory Korhs and Chris

Kennelly (Reese), David Wang (Cogan) and Laura Graber (Conway).

Scholarship Enhancement: David Brown


The password to the Members Area on our website has been changed as is our

custom when the guard is changed. It is now prichard, no “t.”

Coming Up:

August 8 — Matthew Covey, Immigration Law (Covey)