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Rotary Cogwheel | 03.19.2015

March 19, 2015

Today: Guilia Mercanti, Inbound Exchange Student (Brown-Wescott)

Birthdays: Rich Lorang (3/21)

Next Week: Denny Hanson, President and CEO of Community Resource Bank, Classification (Weber)

Last Week
Ken Drivdahl is not one to sit still. If he’s not biking, he’s skiing. And if he’s not biking or skiing, he is talking about biking or skiing.
Ken was named Nordic Ski coach at Northfield High School two years ago. But his influence on local skiing extends back some 30 years. He is a founding father of the Northfield ski program. He and his wife, Cheryl, started a youth ski league in the 1980s, and they were central to the school district establishing a high school ski program in the 1990s.

He has forged some good partnerships to the benefit of local skiers. Carleton College allows skiers to use the arboretum for ski trails. Ken has an all-volunteer force that keeps the trails groomed. College teams use the trails as do high school skiers and community members.
The high school program has grown in recent years — 54 students participated this year — and it has become more competitive. For the past three years, Northfield has had an entrant in the state meet.

This past year, for the first time, Northfield skiers had a steady diet of good competition week to week. The South Suburban Conference allowed them to participate in competitive meets two or three times a week on exhibition status. The kids can ski, but they will not win. Yet, Ken called it a “giant step” for the program.

Ken has an impressive racing resume of his own. He is a regular entrant in the Birkebeiner, the Vasaloppet and even the 2008 World Cup. He’s pretty good.
Biking is also a passion of Ken’s. He and Cheryl have taken numerous European bike tours, and he started the Northfield Bike Club in the 1980s. He is a man on the move.

Guests: Gary and Sandy Campbell (V. Dilley). Gary is a past District Governor; Sandy is the Country Officer for Croatia for the exchange program.

Scholarship Enhancement: Dave Brown


— Jean Wakely said the Northfield Skateboard Coalition is looking for donations of construction material for the skate park. Jean has a list of their needs if you want to take a look.

— Rick Estenson gave an endorsement to buy and read “The Second Chance,” by Wyatt Harris. Wyatt was adopted from China and raised in Oregon. The book chronicles his search for his biological parents and his adoption story.

— Jim Blaha thanked those who have contributed to helping the Northfield Community Action Center participate in the Northfield Community Solar Garden.

Past Northfield Rotary Club meeting videos on Youtube: NorthfieldRotaryClubVideos

Coming Up

April 2 — Kevin Born (R. Lorang)

April 9 — Marcelo, Inbound Exchange Student (O’Neill X 2)

April 16 — Beth Berry, TORCH, (Hillmann)

April 23 — Sister Monique Godde, Former Exchange Student (Brown-Wescott)