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Rotary Cogwheel | July 26.2018

July 27, 2018

Today’s Program | Thursday, July 26, 2018

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

Next Week: Kurt Schrader (Morlan)

Birthdays: Jenni Roney (7/29), Luis Dominguez (8/2)

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. 


Julie Krajewski (Wakely)


  • We had 33 submissions for our local service project: “Northfield’s Next Best Idea.”  The next step will be for the club to vote for finalists based on 4 ideals set forth by the board from our visioning session.
  • The local service committee could use some new committee members.  If you’d like to join that committee or join or switch to another committee, please talk to Scott Richardson.
  • Please remember to sign up for volunteer spots for the Vintage Band Festival and the Bike Tour.  Shelley Holden and Rick Estenson are coordinating the Bike Tour.  Contact Jim Pokorney for the Vintage Band Festival.  Volunteers for the Vintage Band Festival are needed to help pass out literature, but those volunteers would be able to listen to the bands as well.
  • Rich Debow from our Club’s Climate Change Committee read an article that said water has been rising in the Marshall Islands, which could be covered by the end of the century.  The article also said 200,000,000 environmental migrants could be displaced as a result of climate change.  The Department of Defense cites the rising security risks, including political upheaval, from climate change.
  • Wendy Sivanich shared her daughter’s Americorp pledge as something we should all strive for.
  • Jeanine Acheson reported her daughter had written a play, “Into the Hundred Acre Wood, A Pooh Dunnit.”  The play will debut August 2-12 at the Fringe Festival.
  • Mark Abbott announced the birth of a new granddaughter, Eve Wells Abbott, to his son Zander and his wife.
  • George Davis announced the birth of a new grandson, Bela Wolfe Luna Davis, to his son and his wife.
  • Charlie Kyte announced the groundbreaking for the Benedictine Health System’s new Long Term Care facility near the Northfield Hospital.  He thanked the many Rotarians involved in moving the project ahead.

Scholarship enhancement: Barbara Johnson

Last Week: John Ophaug announced that we will debut our “Rotary Almanac” next week, which will continue roughly every month or so. We have many new members and we thought it would be a great idea to pass on the history of our club. Next will be about “Mr. Rotary.”

John loved playing basketball in Deephaven as a young lad, but one day got tired and sore from sitting on the bench.  He decided to hit the Deephaven Jr. High gym every day to get more practice, where a coach befriended him and taught him a few things.  John went onto play in high school and also at Carleton College.  He then went on to Law School at the University of Minnesota.  John married his wife, Patsy, and they have two grown children, Kristin & Eric.

The coach who befriended John and became his 8th grade basketball coach was Jim Holden.  Many may not know that Jim was part of two MIAC championship teams in baseball.  He also has been a lifelong educator, coach, fisherman and writer.

Jim Holden has published a few books over the years on many different subjects. His latest book is “Heroes, Thieves, A Bat Out Of Hell, and Other Fly Fishing Stories, Essays, and Poems. 

He is also an avid fly fisherman. Jim fly fishes approximately 70-90 days each year. He has fished in Paraguay, Norway, the US West Coast, the Smokey Mountains, Alaska, and many other spots.  Jim noted that one allure of fly fishing is that it takes you to some of the most beautiful spots in the world.

Jim has kept a journal over the years of all his trips.  It took him about a year to sift through that journal to put together the material and write his new book. A fellow student at his granddaughter’s middle school in the Twin Cities drew the illustration on the cover of the book. The drawing is a scene from one of the stories in the book where a Great Blue Heron came up and snatched a freshly caught fish.

The book contains many stories about nature and enjoying the outdoors. There are also many stories about people from all walks of life. One favorite people story in the book is about Dr. Quack, who made duck calls. There is also a story about a former baseball player who developed a catcher’s cup to protect his groin area.

There is a chapter about Tom Helgeson, who owned a fly fishing store on Grand Avenue. Tom sold the shop and started a fly fishing magazine and started a fly fishing Expo in the Twin Cities and Chicago. Jim learned how to cast from Tom and many other fly fisherman have learned from Tom as well.

Many fishermen tell tall tales and lie. One of Jim’s favorite stories involves the Moonshine Gulch Saloon in Rochford, South Dakota. It is a place with colorful memorabilia including dollar bills, hats, quotes, and sayings on the wall. They had a pet deer at one time, but replaced it with a dog. Jim fishes in South Dakota every year and makes a point to stop there.

You’ll also find many sayings and quotes throughout the book, including a quote from Jimmy Carter.  Jim called his office get permission to use it.

One chapter features the Driftless Area, a favorite trout spot encompassing southeast Minnesota, southwest Wisconsin, northeast Iowa, and northwest Illinois. Another chapter has thoughts about waters and why we are drawn to them, while another ponders why Jim and others like to fish. One chapter highlights Scott Nesbit and his fishing class at St. Olaf.

Jim will give members a free book in return for a donation to the Rotary Foundation. 

Coming Up:

Aug 9 – Brent Nystrom Classification (Reese)

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