Cogwheel Archive

Rotary Cogwheel | 06.22.2017

June 21, 2017

Today’s Program | Thursday June 22, 2017

Today: Jeff Johnson and Teri Knight, KYMN-Radio (Madigan)

Next Week: Pam Tschida, Fast for Hope (Morlan)

Birthdays: David Koenig (6/21) and John Sinning (6/22)

Statement of Purpose: Northfield Rotary Club is dedicated to promoting peace and understanding through service and shared experience. We invite people from all corners of the community to join us as we partner with others to support youth, build sustainable infrastructure and preserve our planet. 

Last Week:
Aviation has always been David Stanford’s passion. He earned his private pilot’s license while working at a flight school during high school. Now he flies passenger jets for Delta Airlines.

It’s been a long journey for David. He flew “banner” planes for a time along the coast of New Jersey and New York and flew for a smaller airline, Sky West, before landing with Delta.

David said he enjoys the rush of take-off, the freedom of flight, and the challenge of operating complex machinery. He also likes the rhythm of the work, several days on, several days off.

He and his family have also taken advantage of a pilot’s travel benefits. They’ve been to Italy, Germany, Hawaii, New York, Colorado, Seattle and Disney World. A trip to Iceland had special meaning for David and his family. In retirement, his wife’s grandfather from North Dakota became an unofficial ambassador to Iceland. His efforts were recognized by the Iceland government in 1999 with he was given a knighthood and Knight’s Cross of the Order of the Falcon. Upon Cheri’s grandfather’s death, the Knight’s Cross needed to be returned. Recently, David and his family presented it to the president of Iceland in person.

David was born in Duluth and grew up in Sioux Falls. He graduated from University of North Dakota in 2002. He married Cherilyn in 2005. They have two children, Taylor, 8, and Macy, 4.

Mathew Rich, an East Coast product, projects a certain confidence that only comes from his teams — Red Sox, Patriots, Bruins and Celtics — regularly winning world championships. Hmm, I wonder what that’s like.

Anyway, Matt came to Minnesota to attend Gustavus Adolphus College, where he met his wife, Leah, a Northfield native. Mathew went on to earn a law degree and they moved to Northfield in 2006. He worked in private practice with Grundhoefer and Ludescher for several years before moving to Carlson Capital Management. Leah is a fixture at Neuger Communications. They have four children.

His family folklore includes some Hollywood glitz. His grandmother drew and colored Barnie Rubble for the “Flintstones” animated television series, and his grandfather served as a “beard” for a black-listed screenwriter, Dalton Trumbo, in the 1950s and received an Oscar for screenwriting for “The Brave One.”

Paul Harris Fellowship: Awarded to Wendy Sivanich

Guests: No guests

Scholarship Enhancement: Greg Carlson

— Fresh off the annual Rotary International Convention in Atlanta, Rick Estenson said it was an inspirational event. Bill Gates delivered the keynote address and Bernice King, daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. also spoke. Gates pledged matching funds to help Rotary raise another $450 million to finish the polio campaign. We are close to eradicating polio, but more needs to be done.

— Ron Linde is looking for a few good men and women to help with Riverside Cleanup Saturday, June 24, 8 a.m. The group will convene along the Cannon River behind the Farmers’ Market. River cleanup casual is advised.

— Bruce Morlan and Alan Anderson joined five other Northfielders at the Citizens’ Climate Summit in Washington D.C. two weeks ago. Over the course of two days, some 1,300 climate advocates from 49 states talked to 508 members of Congress. They are encouraged by the responses they received.

— — Mike Leming is planning a group trip to Vietnam February 1-15 and Thailand February 15-27. For each Rotarian who signs up, Mike will donate $400 back to the club.

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

July 6 — Aramis Wells, Northfield Rescue Squad (Morlan)

July 13 — Nate Watters, Keepsake Cidery (Morlan)

July 20 — Amelia Ousley, Northfield Composting, (W. Sivanich)

July 27 — Mayor Rhonda Pownell, Northfield’s Strategic Plan