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Northfield Rotary Cogwheel | 8/12/2010

August 10, 2010


Rotary Cogwheel: Thursday, August 12, 2010

Today’s Program: “Getting to the Heart of the Matter,” Jim Pokorney

Happy BirthdayMike Lane (8/5) and Leo Lawlor (8/15)

Next Week:  Ann Richards, Peace Corps returnee from Romania (Imm)

Last Meeting:

Retired English teacher and former Northfield High School boys’ tennis coach Jim Holden wanted to give something back to the game he came to love, so he wrote the book, Tennis in the Northland:  The History of Boys’ High School Tennis in Minnesota.

Beginning with the first state competition in 1929, the book covers 75 years of Minnesota boys’ high school tennis with profiles of all singles and doubles champions, tales of prominent Minnesota tennis coaches and families, dynasty teams, and a chapter on girls who played on boys’ teams before Title IX. There also are plenty of Northfield connections featured in the book, like the achievements of Scott Nesbit, tennis coach at St. Olaf and doubles champion at Edina East High School, and of our own club member Greg Carlson, and his brother, Jeff, who teamed to win the doubles championship in 1978 for Madison High School.

Jim coached boys’ tennis at Northfield from 1971 through 1990, He compiled an impressive 237-82 record and led the Raiders to five boys’ state tournament appearances. He’s now a member of the Minnesota State High School Tennis Coaches Association Hall of Fame and the Northfield Athletic Hall of Fame.

Guests: Sarah Wilmot (Steve Wilmot), Scott Nesbit and Beth Bergmans (Vicki Dilley)

Scholarship Enhancement:  Ivan Imm


— President Weber invited members to consider being part of the Rotary Friendship Exchange, which will go to the Philippines January 27-February 7. You must pay your own way. The deadline for sign up is August 30. For details, see Chris.

— President Weber invited members to consider serving on a District committee to help develop a Global Grant Scholarship Program.  Contact Chris for more details.
— Rick Estenson noted the club will host an Open House for The Key at the group’s new location (109 Sixth St. W.) on Wednesday, Aug 18, from 5-6:30 p.m.  Come for the hot dogs but stay for the kids.
— Vicki Dilley reported that our five inbound students start to arrive soon and she encouraged members to spend some time to get to know them.

Coming Up:

Aug. 18 – Key Bar-B-Que  5 p.m.

Welcome Our Newest Members:

Dayna Clemment, Peter Schmelzer, Mark Henke,

Nancy Amerman, Beth Bergmans