Cogwheel Archive

Rotary Cogwheel | 05.11.2017

May 9, 2017

Today’s Program | Thursday, May 11, 2017

Today: Bill Davnie, retired Foreign Service Officer, the Future of Europe (S. Flaten)

Next Week: Club Assembly (Batteries Not-Included), Five-Year Plan (President Lasswell and President-Elect Wakely)

Birthdays: David Halsor (5/7)

Last Week:
Gordon Marino is an educator, a professor of philosophy at St. Olaf College. But he does some of his most important work in his garage, teaching young men the art of boxing.

Most of his boxers come from hardscrabble environments, searching for a purpose, looking for affirmation and a chance to be somebody. They are good kids, he said, who often work factory jobs. Gordon said for those who make a commitment and stick with it, boxing can be a transformative experience.

To become a good person, he said, kids must learn to deal with hard times, with getting hit, with getting back up, with controlling their emotions. Through their work in the garage and then the ring, they get positive encouragement and positive feedback. For some, it is their first encounter with that kind of support.

Gordon started a local boxing club in 1995. He has seen up close some real success stories. One of his students, Vicente Alfaro, became Minnesota’s champion in the Super Bantamweight division. Another student, because of his participation in Gordon’s boxing club, received a full scholarship to St. Olaf.

Keeping a boxing program going has logistical challenges, but, for Gordon, it is about building relationships day by day and, in the end, creating a boxing community that feels like family.

Jon Snodgrass grew up in Marshall, Minn., graduated from University of St. Thomas with a degree in finance and has been working for Edward D. Jones ever since. He moved to Northfield 12 years ago. He got married this spring. His wife, Stephanie, is a speech pathologist working in the Northfield-Faribault area.

New Members: Mary Hahn and Kari Nelson were formally inducted into the club. Mary is sponsored by Michelle Lasswell, Kari by Vicki Dilley. Both of our new members have been involved in our youth exchange program. Welcome Mary and Kari.

Paul Harris Presentation — Duane Benson was acknowledged in absentia for being a Paul Harris Fellow plus five. Good going Duane.

Scholarship Enhancement: John Larson


— Chris Weber reported that five people will be interviewing for the Global Grant Scholarship. One is a Carleton College student, three are St. Olaf students and one is a St. Olaf College graduate.

— Gabriella Estrada was the recipient of this year’s Northfield Rotary Scholarship. She is a senior at Northfield High School.

— Next fall Northfield Rotary will sponsor its third Ethics Workshop for leaders in Northfield High School and Arcadia. David Koenig will need volunteers for the all-day event Tuesday, Oct. 10 at Community Resource Bank. Stay tuned.

— Prospective Northfield outbound exchange students will be practicing their presentations Sunday, May 21, 4 p.m. at Emmaus Church in Northfield. Rachel Estrella said they need an audience. Dessert will be provided

— 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 5:30 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.

Inbound students are:
Daniel Chien from Taiwan

Nico Suarez Toloza from Colombia

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

Our 2017-18 outbound students are:
Madison Asp — Finland

Joan Erickson — Argentina

Annika Fisher— South Africa

Bergen Hoff — Czech Republic/Slovakia

Emma Iverson — Spain

Alex Kovach — Japan

Joseph Kreis — Italy

Benjamin (Ben) Mohlke — Brazil

Piper Nelson — Germany

Jenna Olien — South Korea

Jack Overstreet — Brazil

Gregory Pelletier — Argentina

Espen Richardson — Norway

Elizabeth (Betsy) Schuerman — Denmark

Allison (Al) Weise — Thailand

Coming Up

May 25 — Pete Sandberg, St. Olaf Assistant Vice President for Facilities, Solar Panels (Covey)

June 1 — Kari Albers, Dundas Bike Kiosk (Prowe)

June 8 — KYMN Radio Business of the Year, Jeff Johnson and Teri Knight (Morlan);

Also June 6 — Exchange Student Graduation Party, 5:30 to 7 p.m., Estenson Event Center

June 15 — David Stanford, Classification Talk