Cogwheel Archive

Rotary Cogwheel | July 19.2018

July 17, 2018

Today’s Program | Thursday, July 19, 2018

Today:  Jim Holden shares about his latest book

Next Week: Laura Turek (Weber) Literacy Initiative – Special meeting at the Spring Creek Park Pavilion

Birthdays: Duane Benson 7/21, Jayne Hager Dee 7/22, Jody Gunderson 7/20, Steve Underdahl 7/24, Linda Willgohs 7/22, 

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. 


  • Jean Wakely invited club members and their families to Rotary Race Day at Canterbury Park on Aug 10. Doors open at 5:30, race begins at 6:30. Tickets are $10 each, proceeds go to Polio Plus. See Jean if you’re interested.
  • Shelley Holden encouraged everyone to sign up to volunteer at the Jesse James Bike Tour on September 8.
  • Erica Zweifel invited everyone to attend the Climate Change program on August 16th. There will be no lunch meeting that day, so plan to join us at the Weitz from 6-8:30pm. Family and friends welcome!
  • Virginia shared that the Y is working on a new 15-passenger van program in conjunction with HCI. They are looking for van drivers. See Virginia for more info.
  • Congrats to Maria Estrada on the news of her new restaurant “Kahlo” opening in Downtown Northfield in a few weeks! It will be located in the old High Noon space at 306 Division St.
  • Vintage Band Festival is coming up on July 28th and volunteers are still needed.
  • Scott Wopata thanked Rotary for its great work at the Key. 40 meals were served at the last event and Rotary is making an impact in the lives of Northfield youth.

Scholarship enhancement: Bob Thacker

Last Week: 

Scott Richardson’s story began in Plainview, Minnesota, which is the home of many notable celebrities including Northfield’s own Dan Kallman. His career journey included 18 years at the Northfield News, four years of working independently, and a successful season as Director of Community Relations at Northfield Hospital. He now begins a new and exciting chapter as the President of the Rotary Club of Northfield.

Zack Zastrow got his nickname in a high school with too many Steves. He recently celebrated his 29th anniversary with his high school sweetheart and oceanographer wife Colleen, who now works at the Just Food Co-op. His son Daniel is a packaging engineer for Jack Links and his daughter Kara works for a Land Management Auctioneering Company. 

Zack comes from Brockport, New York, a suburb of Rochester with a population of 10,000 people. That region is the third largest wine-producing area of the country. Zack enjoyed Brockport so much he stayed there for college. After he and Colleen married, they headed to the heat and humidity of Houston, Texas, where he sold insurance and she worked for Shell Oil. Then Colleen’s master’s studies took them to College Station, where they experienced the original home of the 12th man in the Aggie football stadium. With Colleen’s masters in Oceanography completed, the Zastrows moved to Solomons Island, Maryland where she worked as a Fisheries Biologist in the University of Maryland lab on the Chesapeake Bay. Zach worked in medical imagery sales and his job later transferred them to Fox Island, Washington, west of Tacoma. Zack and Colleen raised their children there, enjoying a breathtaking view of Mt. Ranier across the water.

When a startup company recruited Zack, the Zastrows moved to Shakopee, Minnesota where they enjoyed life on the lake. Their 300 acres were located just across the lake from the signature hole at the Stonebrook golf course where golfers get ferried across the water in their cart. The Zastrows experienced Minnesota Nice when a straight-line wind took down 120 trees on their property and the neighbors rallied to help. When they decided to move to Northfield, they sold their Shakopee house in a day and began the challenge of finding a home here. Their plan to downsize was disrupted by Northfield’s low inventory/high demand real estate market, so they ended up living near another golf course in the Mayflower subdivision.

When he’s not playing golf, Zack handles sales and marketing for the Americas at Stille Surgical. The company manufactures surgical instruments and is based in Eskilstuna, Sweden, a city of 70,000 with four Rotary clubs. Zack plans to visit one of their clubs on an upcoming business trip. 

Coming Up:

Aug 9 – Brent Nystrom Classification (Reese)

Aug 16 – no lunch meeting, Climate Action Team presentation at the Weitz Center 6-8:30pms