Cogwheel Archive

Rotary Cogwheel | 02.20.2014

February 18, 2014

Today: Dr. Alan D.W. McLenaghan, President and CEO of Sage Electrochromics (Taylor)

Birthdays: Jane Fenton and John Stull (2/18), Peg Prowe (2/19) and Brad Frago (2/22).

Next Week: Craig Hall, Classification (V. Dilley)

Last Week:

Yoshino Tokigawa is happy to be here.

She sees international exchange as a way to learn about other countries, have a challenging life experience and improve her English. This isn’t her first trip to the United States. At age 15, she was involved in a program that brought her to Georgia.

Yoshino is from Hiroshimo, Japan, a city of more than a million people. Her immediate borough within the greater city is called Miyoshi. Her father was a musician who passed away when Yoshino was eight years old. Her mother works in a hospital and raises vegetables. She has an older brother, who she dearly loves in spite of their sibling rivalry.

Hiroshimo is a beautiful city, Yoshino said. The peace park, the castle and summer firework festivals are must sees. Her school is quite strict by American standards, no dyed hair, no part-time work, and less than chic uniforms. But lots of study is required.

Since coming to Northfield, her host families have invited her to ball games, a trip to Chicago and more. She participates on the high school Nordic ski team. She said it has been a challenge to adapt to all of the new ways of doing things, and yes, the weather.

When she returns to Japan, she wants to work on her English and study fashion design with an eye to designing for American teens.

Mini Classification

Blake Abdella has lived in Northfield for 14 years. After working for Anderson Windows for many years, he served as director of the Northfield Enterprise Center and now has his own business consulting practice. A graduate of St. Olaf and student of our own Bill Carlson, Blake and his wife, Beth, have raised their three sons here. Beth teaches Bio-Organic Chemistry at St. Olaf.

Guests: Steve and Nancy Braker, Wendell Arneson and Beth Christensen, Maddie Guyodt, Danica Simonet, Mike Balfany (Prichard/Yoshino); Ingo Reppmann, Magdalene Laucke and Marvin Kissmer (Yogi).

Scholarship Enhancement: Lucas hit the jackpot.


The club received word that Sharon Rasmussen has broken an ankle. We wish her a speedy recovery.

We will be hosting a Group Study Exchange (GSE) team from Sweden April 30-May 3. We will need host families and other support for this visit. If you can help, contact Lee Dilley.

Rotary Friendship Exchange to Buenos Aires, Argentina will be April 30–May 10.2014 There will be 10 people selected, including a team leader. Airfare is approximately $1,500 roundtrip. For more information and application or contact Cheryl Kohout,

Coming Up:

March 6 — TBA
March 13 – Lucas, Exchange Experience (Frago and Lasswell)