Cogwheel Archive

Rotary Cogwheel | 11.13.2014

November 13, 2014

Today: Nick Frohnaur, Minnesota DNR Invasive Fish and Mississippi River Habitat Coordinator (Anderson)

Birthdays: Erin Bailey (11/9), Lee Dilley (11/10) and Kathy Findley (11/13)

Next Week: Stacey Zell, Northfield Hospital Sleep Center (Schlichting)

Last Week:

Jonathan Adams, a St. Olaf College graduate who now works for Project: Restore in rural Thailand, says he is about raising friends, not money. But I think he would be willing to talk.

He first visited Thailand when he accompanied Mike and Ann Leming on their annual sojourn to the Thai hill country. He planned to volunteer for three months. That was five years ago. Now he is the project director and has learned more than he would have ever dreamed about sustainable agriculture, building relationships, working for community development and restorative justice.

The project’s focus is on living with the local population to learn what their needs are and to support their efforts toward stability and a sustainable life. They are working on crop diversification, developing a village nursery and seed bank, a Highland Sustainable Development Center, produce cooperatives, small business development and more.

“We don’t seek to provide answers,” he said. “We want to provide them options.”

Future goals include developing equipment cooperatives, alternative energy sources and revolving loan groups.

Paul Harris Fellows: Mark Abbott, Dave Brown and Charlie Cogan were recognized for their contributions to the Paul Harris Foundation this year.

Guests: Lydia, Giulia, Marcelo and Philipy (Rich), Paul Krause (Sinning), Ann and Mike Leming (V. Dilley)

Scholarship Enhancement: Greg Carlson

First Job: We can’t hear it, but he can. “I’ve Been Working on the Railroad” is always playing in his head, like a background soundtrack. That’s because Denny Hanson was a “gandy dancer,” a railroad maintenance man, back in the day before banking. He was slamming spikes and aligning rails in southern Minnesota during the hot summer months, while dreaming of an air-conditioned desk job.


— Rob Bierman said the volunteer slots for our Thanksgiving Turkey Trot are filling up nicely. If you are going to be in town that morning and not running the race, you are invited to sign up to be a registrar or a course monitor. Kurt Larson reported that online, early bird registration is going well. And we have 40 corporate sponsors this year. A food drive is a new element of this event. You can kick-start the drive by bringing a nonperishable food item to Rotary next week or to the race on Thanksgiving Day.

— Chris Weber announced that Community Resource Bank will be hosting an American Red Cross blood drive Wednesday, Nov. 26, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. To register go to or call 507-645-4441.

— Charlie Cogan said Shattuck St. Mary’s is in need of host families for students who are not going home for the Thanksgiving break Nov. 22 through December 1.

Past Northfield Rotary Club meeting videos on Youtube: NorthfieldRotaryClubVideos

Coming Up:

Dec. 4 — District Governor DG Karel (Cogan)
Dec. 11 — President Matthew Rich
Dec. 18 — Kevin Born and Naomi Mortenson, Environmental Tillage Systems (Lorang)