Cogwheel Archive

Rotary Cogwheel | 06.23.11

June 23, 2011


Rotary Cogwheel: Thursday, June 23, 2011

Today’s Program:  Taking Northfield History to the Next Level, Hayes Scriven, Historical Society (Blake Abdella)

Happy Birthday: David Koenig6/21, Mary Rossing 6/22,

RuthAnna Miller 6/25, Richard Collman 6/26

Next Week: Angela Storch, Executive Director, Rice / LeSueur Counties Chapter American Red Cross (Wolf)

Last Meeting:

Ryan Blumhoefer was attracted to Rotary because of a very positive study abroad experience in South Africa while in college, by our youth exchange program and by our club members whom he views as “motivated people willing to tackle problems in the community.”

Ryan is an attorney with Schmitz, Ophaug and Dowd and specializes in business and real estate law plus probate, estate planning and alternative energy law.

After growing up in a farm family just outside Fairfax, MN, Ryan attended St. John’s University where he played football and received a BA in Economics, summa cum laude in 2007.  Three years later he received his JD from William Mitchell College of Law, magna cum laude!   No wonder John Ophaug hired him “sight unseen.”

We welcome Ryan and his wife Emily, who works at Northfield Hospital, to the Northfield community.


Guests: Jim Young (Lynne Young), Joe Meidt (Gary Meidt), a St. Olaf student from Nepal who is interested in Rotaract (Bierman) and our delightful exchange students Marion Arpin, Philippa Wenzel, Tatiana Rodriquez, Miguel Carvalho and Nikolaj Svendsen whom we will miss as their year here draws to a close.

Scholarship Enhancement: Greg Carlson

Paul Harris Fellows:

— Congratulations to both Lynne Young and John Fossum who were inducted as the club’s most recent Paul Harris Fellows.


— Rick Estenson received special recognition for his 12 years of club leadership, from Treasurer, other Board positions, President and Past President.  Thanks Rick for all you do!

— Please consider nominating a non-Rotarian you know from the community who contributes to the high quality of life here in Northfield.  Please submit your nominations for the 2011 Good Neighbor Award to Ivan Imm by June 30.

Coming Up:

July 7 – HealthFinders Collaborative Update (Blaha)

July 14 – TBD

July 21 – TBD