Cogwheel Archive

Rotary Cogwheel | 10.13.2016

October 11, 2016

Today’s Program | Thursday, October 13, 2016

Today: Mike Strobel, The Making of Aurora Pharmaceuticals, (Reese)

Birthdays: Nate Heilman (10/10)

Next Week: Melanie Freeze, Carleton College, “What’s Ahead in the Election” (Holden)

Last Week:
Not many folks can legitimately claim the title of rocket scientist, but Bruce Morlan can.

Bruce attended Michigan State University on an Air Force scholarship, majoring in physics and math. During his Air Force career, he worked as a fighter missile launch force officer and at Strategic Air Command (SAC) as a ballistic missile analyst. Later at SAC, he was Chief Scientist in Intelligence. After nearly finishing his PhD at Purdue in artificial intelligence, decision analysis and math, he taught for the Air Force Institute of Technology.

The seeds of his professional trajectory were sown early on. Bruce was born in 1951 in rural southeastern Minnesota. He attended a one-room school house in his early elementary years before his family moved to Rochester. Growing up, he enjoyed chess, model rockets and all things that went boom. He graduated from Mayo High School was named a National Merit Semi Finalist

Upon retiring from the Air Force, he moved to Northfield in 1993. From 2007 to 2014, Bruce worked for Mayo Clinic in statistical analysis. Additionally he helped launch Marathon Multimedia, a local company, was the first chair of Northfield Citizens Online, served as a mediator in conflict resolution, created Politics and a Pint, held various political jobs and remains a Citizens Climate Lobby activist. He explained that a mathematician supports the work of all other professions. Bruce was married in 1974 and has two sons and two grandsons.


Alan Anderson grew up in Owatonna, graduated from Oregon State with a degree in Wildlife Management, worked in a small business in St. Cloud for several years before settling into a 35-year career as a Boy Scout executive. He retired to Northfield where he lives with his wife. They have a son who flies for Sun Country and a daughter who is CFO for Arrowhead Electric. When he is not enjoying his three granddaughters, he volunteers with the Boy Scouts and works on climate change issues.

New Members: Larry Fowler and Kate and Benjamin Andrews were formally inducted into the club. Larry is sponsored by Peggy Prowe; Ben and Kate by Matthew Rich. Welcome.

Guests: Bonnie Fowler (Fowler)

Scholarship Enhancement: Barry Carlson won the money and Jon Snodgrass took home the World Health Organization tote bag, compliments of Charlie Cogan. 


The Turkey Trot Committee is excited about a new wrinkle to this year’s event — the Free-Range Turkey Trot. This is for people who cannot be in Northfield Thanksgiving morning for the 5K run/walk. They will be encouraged to run the event that morning wherever they are and post photos or video to our website. The most creative submission will win an Apple Sports Watch. We hope this will entice our past and present exchange students and their friends and families to get involved and help grow this fundraiser. Out-of-towners who register by November 10 will have Turkey Trot t-shirts sent to them. We are still looking for sponsors for the event. See Rick Estenson, Rob Bierman or Kurt Larson if you want to jump in on this. All of the details are on line.

Jean Wakely, Vice President in charge of Membership, said our new member application can now be filled out online.

Our Rotary District 5960 is marking Rotary Foundation’s 100th anniversary with a celebration Saturday evening, November 12, at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel in St. Paul. If you are interested in going, please register at

Rotary has designated October as Economic and Community Development. Nearly 1.4 billion employed people live on less than $1.25 a day. Our members promote economic and community development and reduce poverty in underserved communities through training, well-paying jobs, and access to financial management institutions.

Inbound students are:
Daniel Chien from Taiwan

Emma Nielsen from Denmark

Nico Suarez Toloza from Colombia

Eric Kwun from South Korea
Wanzita Ally from Tanzania
Matteo Lombardo, Italy

Our 2016-17 outbound students are:

Sage Brinton, Argentina

McKenna Dale, Brazil

Caroline Hummel, Norway

Noah Klein, South Korea

Jane Ludwig, Colombia

Yizel Marcial, Germany

Daiki Nishioka, Taiwan

Liliana (Lily) Noble, Italy

Madison Peterson-Bradford, Brazil

Emma Pritchard, Taiwan

Nathaniel Urke, Brazil.

Past Northfield Rotary Club meeting videos on YouTube

Coming Up

October 27 — Breanna Wheeler, River Bend Nature Center’s New Start, (Madigan)

November 3 — Dan Knutson, Classification, (Rich)

November 10 — Zach Pruitt, HCI’s Tri-Bridges Program (Kaczmarek)