Cogwheel Archive

Rotary Cogwheel | 10.01.2015

September 30, 2015

Birthdays: Jim Blaha, Hugh Kaste and Gerhard Meidt (9/27); Rob Bierman, Vicky Langer and Michelle Lasswell (9/29); and new member Rachel McIves Morey (9/30).

Next Week: Marlene Gargulak, District Governor (Cogan)

Last Week:

Jan Hansen, a Wisconsin farm girl, has had quite a journey on her path to becoming the Vice President & Chief Financial Officer at St. Olaf College last year. She grew up on a dairy farm near Markeran, Wis., the oldest of four girls. Her maiden name was “White,” and she and her sisters were known as “The White Girls”, which today gives some people pause when Jan references it. Jan is a diehard Packer fan and made it clear there is no chance of her becoming a Vikings fan.

She was a non-traditional student when she went to college. She was 10 years olderthan her peers. Her husband was very supportive of her getting her education andadvancing her career. Sidenote, he has already retired – no wonder he was sosupportive of her! She received her BA from UW-Oshkosh and her master’s degree from UW-Madison.

Her first job in education was at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. Under the category of small world, the gentleman who hired her was a St. Olaf graduate. She left Wisconsin for several years, then returned and worked at Marian University and UW-Superior. While at UW-Superior there was major flooding in 2012 that destroyed the entire library collection which was being stored in the basement of the library during a renovation. She saw this as an opportunity to build the library of the future.

Jan joined St. Olaf in April 2014. Some of her major accomplishments have been selling the phone company not once, but twice, refinancing lots of debt, which is allowing lots of new construction, and moving forward with plans to grow. She has been married for 43 years and has two grown children. She has two grandchildren. An adorable newborn, Sophia Nicole, recently joined the family. While still employed full time, she is busy with camping, boating and motorcycling with her husband. She plans to learn how to drive the motorcycle and do lots of exploring with the boat and lots of traveling with the motor home. She has been a Rotarian, for 20 years in four different Rotary clubs, and was very involved in all the clubs she joined.


Having recently shared a bit about his personal life with us, Chris Weber chose to talk about his place of employment, Community Resource Bank. The bank was founded in 1878 as Citizens Bank of Northfield. Over the years, it has had numerous name changes. It has been known as Community Resource Bank since 2006. It has grown from $35 million in capital in 1987 to $245 million today. It is owned mostly by local shareholders.

Chris talked about the many services and special treatments customers receive at Community Resource Bank for both personal and business banking. Chris is currently Vice President of Investment Services and is more than happy to help in many areas of your finances.

New Member Induction: Katy Hargis is our newest member. Welcome Katy.

Guests: Patrick Exner (Prichard), Karen and Ramiz Allawala (Estenson), Rafaela Cogan (Cogan), and our intrepid exchange students.

Scholarship Enhancement: Jim Blaha


  • Stay tuned for a new date for our Habitat for Humanity work day. Weather forced a postponement.
  • Virginia Kazcmarek announced that Rotary received a $4,000 check for our sponsorship of the Defeat of Jesse James Days Craft Fair.
  • The Northfield Area United Way recognized local heroes recently at the launch of this year’s Super Heroes Campaign. The 3rd Annual 100% Local Music Concert is Friday, October 23, at the Grand. Tickets are $25 for Adults, $10 for students. Elizabeth Child is seeking names of other local heroes. Contact her if you have someone in mind.
  • Interviews of applicants for next year’s outbound exchange program will be Monday, Oct. 26. Contact Vicky Langer or Vicki Dilley if you can help.
  • There are a few bike tour t-shirts still available. See Jean Wakely if you want one.
  • Peggy Prowe lost a dark green comforter at the bike tour. If you found it, please return to her. Peggy’s sister currently has an Art Show at the Senior Center.
  • It is not too early to begin thinking about the Turkey Trot. If want to get involved, talk to Kurt Larson, Robert Bierman, or Matt Rich.
  • The 14th annual Rotary Foundation Celebration will be held on Saturday, Nov. 7, in St. Paul. For those interested in purchasing tickets, see Chris Weber, President Russ, or Dave Brown.

Here is a list of this year’s outbound students. Some have already departed.

  • Beimers, Henry – Norway
  • Beimers, William – Brazil
  • Carlson, Samuel -Argentina
  • Estrada, Gabriella – France
  • Hahn, Erin – Thailand
  • Hodel, Christoph – Indonesia
  • Kelley, Caitlin – Chile
  • Lunderby, Jack – Brazil
  • Mandsager, Erik – Zimbabwe
  • Martinez, Odalys – Japan
  • Muir, Mason – Taiwan
  • Olson, Josiah – Colombia
  • Regnier, Eli – Brazil
  • Rodriguez-Vazquez, Leslie – Brazil
  • Scheffert, Jenna – Italy
  • Seitz, Zoe – Denmark
  • Washburn Chapman, Ahna Cole – South Africa
  • Woitalla, Jessica – Brazil.

Past Northfield Rotary Club meeting videos on YouTube

Coming Up

October 15 — No meeting. Rest up for the birthday party

October 17 — Rotary’s 90th Birthday Party, Estensons

October 22 — Linda Hibbard, Epic Enterprises, (Kaczmarek)

October 29 — Annie Young, Speaking of Winning (Lorang)

November 5 — Patrick Mader, Minnesota’s World-Class Athletes