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Rotary Cogwheel | 03.19.2014

March 19, 2014

Today: Robert Jacobel, Professor of Physics and Climate Scientist, “Climate Change Research in Polar Regions” (Anderson)

Birthdays: Rich Lorang (3/21) and Earl Crow (3/24)

Next Week: TBA

Last Week:

Lucas Coelho, our exchange student from Brasil, has Rotary imbedded in his DNA.

His father, his grandfather and his mother have all been active in the Rotary program in Rondopolis, Brasil, Lucas’s home town.  Both his father and grandfather have served as president of the club, one of five in the city of 200,000. Lucas has grown up participating in Rotary service projects and as a member of the club’s youth Rotary program for kids 8 to 13. He said the idea of an exchange year has been on his radar since he was nine-years old.

His home of Rondopolis is situated in the south central part of Brasil. It is a relatively young city, founded in 1953. It has grown quickly to 200,000 people as it serves the needs of the area’s agricultural industry.

His father works in advertising and provides promotional wraps for vehicles. His mother is also involved in the business. Lucas has an older sister, who is in college. He also left behind a tight group of friends. They honored Lucas at their high school prom by each wearing a photo of him, so he could be with them in spirit.

Lucas is excited by the prospect of Brasil hosting the upcoming World Cup of Soccer and the 2016 Olympic Summer Games.


Michelle Lasswell and her husband, Brad Frago, are Lucas’s counselors this year. Michelle grew up on Silver Lake, Minn. and enjoyed all of the benefits of living in a small town surrounded by family. She graduated from St. Benedict’s and Drake Law School. She met Brad while interviewing for a job at Renville County, and they were married in 1996. They now live in Northfield where they practice family law and raise their two children.

Last Week’s Guests: Marshall and Carla Hansen (Will); Steve Taylor, Millie Tjaden, Bail Bartolo, Jonathon Roestad, Sophia and Bill Nelson, Janine Nelson, Zoe Geitz, Anna Chapman, Jessica Woitalla, Peiteus DeVinny (Lucas); Brent Nystrom (Reese); Peter Haase (Prichard); and Fred Bursch (Estenson).

Scholarship Enhancement: John Stull. Chamber dues should go down now.


President Prichard said the board is looking for a speaker with some name recognition to schedule for a “Invite a Guest” Thursday, date to be determined. The board is also looking for one or two local projects to be considered for Rotary support.

Volunteers are needed to help with Beyond Words to be held at Sibley Elementary School on Thursday, April 3, from 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm.  The Beyond Words event is a celebration of art and literacy.  All Sibley students will have work displayed. Volunteers are needed to help guide student projects.  In addition to all the displays and activities, attendees may purchase a pasta dinner and bid on silent auction gift baskets.  Please contact Chris Weber if you can volunteer.

It will be St. Paul Rotary Night at the Minnesota Wild game Thursday, April 3. We are all invited. There will be a pre-game reception in Rice Park. Tickets are $65. A portion will be donated to the Rotary Foundation.

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.

Our District conference is scheduled for Thursday, April 24, through Saturday, April 26. Details are on the district website.

Coming Up

April 3 – TBA

April 10 — TBA