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Rotary Cogwheel | 04.13.2017

April 12, 2017

Today’s Program | Thursday, April 13, 2017

Today: Nico Suarez Toloza, Exchange Student from Brazil (Stevens)

Next Week: Margo Squire, Nuclear Non-Proliferation (R. Flaten)

Birthdays: Rachel Estrella (4/6)

Last Week:
St. Olaf College hockey coach Mike Eaves is ready to unpack his bags. Now 60 years of age, he sees himself in the third period of life where achievement takes a back seat to helping young men become good citizens.

Hockey has been Mike’s life. He played Division I hockey at Wisconsin, played professionally for several teams between 1978 and 1985, coached for a number of NHL teams and spent 14 years as coach of the Wisconsin Badgers where he won a national title. Save for his stretch in Madison, he seldom needed to unpack his bags. He and his family were on the move, “climbing the corporate ladder as a hockey coach, seeing what you can achieve,” he said.

Coaching at a Division III school provides him a different perspective on the role of coach. The players are not chasing a dream of playing professional hockey. They fit their hockey into a very demanding academic schedule. Mike delights in their pure enthusiasm for hockey.

“I love being around that spirit of playing for the love of the game,” he said.

Mike is also enjoying having one of his sons on staff. His other son now plays professionally for the Anaheim Ducks.

St. Olaf is currently raising money to convert the field house in Skoglund into a 900-seat ice arena. Mike said it will be a huge upgrade for the program. It currently uses the Northfield Ice Arena for its practice and games. It will be nice to be on campus and have dedicated locker rooms for the team.

Barry Carlson, the oldest of five children, grew up in Madison, Minn., the lutefisk capital of the world. Most of his family followed him to St. Olaf and then Northfield, where two of his brothers and a sister, reside with their families.

His and his brothers’ claim to fame was going toe-to-toe with Edina in the 1975 Minnesota State High School Tennis Tournament. They ended up in second place, but will never forget the David-Goliath matchup.

Induction — Northfield Mayor Rhonda Pownell and Jenni Roney, executive director of Northfield Downtown Development Corporation, were formally inducted into the club. Charlie Kyte is Rhonda’s sponsor; Erica Zweifel sponsored Jenni.

Guests: Mike Kranz (Estenson), Megan Proft and Bridget Novak (Herzog Melby); Mike Solhaug, MD (Barry Carlson)

Scholarship Enhancement: Dorothy Ishler


— Jean Wakely will host new-member orientation and lunch on Wednesday, May 3, from noon-1:00 p.m. at Community Resource Bank. We have added 14 new members in the past 20 months. Current members who’d like a refresher are also welcome. Please RSVP to Jean.

— You invited to vote Northfield America’s best Main Street. Jenni Roney said if Northfield receives the most votes — and you can vote early and often on this one — we could win $25,000 to invest in downtown improvements. But first we need to make the quarterfinal round. Go to to vote.

— Yogi Reppmann was presented with the prestigious German-American Friendship Award during his conference two weeks ago.

— Rotary will hold a party Thursday, June 8, at the Estenson Event Center to celebrate graduation for our exchange students. The fun will begin at 6 p.m. and go to 7:30 p.m. It will also be an opportunity to thank sponsors of our Turkey Trot and Bike Tour, so be on your best behavior. We want to make a good impression.

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

Caroline Hummel, Norway

Noah Klein, South Korea

Jane Ludwig, Colombia

Yizel Marcial, Germany

Daiki Nishioka, Taiwan

Liliana (Lily) Noble, Italy

Emma Prichard, Taiwan

Nathaniel Urke, Brazil.

Coming Up

April 27 — Wanzita Ally, (Barry Carlson)

May 4 — Gordon Marino, St. Olaf philosophy professor and boxing coach

May 11 — Bill Davnie, retired Foreign Service Officer, the Future of Europe (S. Flaten)

May 18 — Club Assembly, Five-Year Plan (President Lasswell and President-Elect Wakely)