Cogwheel Archive

Rotary Cogwheel | 05.02.2013

May 2, 2013

Today: Dick Bodman, Retired St. Olaf Professor, China in Africa (Flaten)

Birthdays: Reginaldo Haslett-Marroquin (4/28), Geralyn Sheehan (5/2) and Rick Estenson (5/4).

Next Week: Tim Madigan, City Administrator, History of US/Dakota War (Reppmann)

Last Week: 
Adnan Mansjur is usually where the action is.

During his exchange year in Northfield, he has bought into our winter immersion program. He’s been ice fishing, snowmobiling, skiing and even spent a night in an Arctic bed and breakfast.

On his trip to New York City with the high school band, he wound up with some face time at the Today Show. And when he returns to Indonesia, he will get back to doing what all 16-year olds boys yearn to do — race cars.

Adnan’s home country, Indonesia, is a cultural mosaic, comprised of 17,000 islands and 500 different ethnic groups. “Unity in diversity” is the national slogan. Sumatra, Java and Bali are among the largest islands in the archipelago. Indonesia is included in the Pacific’s “rim of fire.” It has the largest number of active volcanoes in the world.

Indonesia offers beautiful beaches, rugged jungles and majestic mountains. It is a country with rich traditions and one that provides a window to our understanding of prehistoric man. The Java man, a pivotal anthropologic find, was discovered there in 1891. Indonesia was also once home to President Barack Obama during part of his childhood.

Our fair city has been a dramatic departure from the packed cities Adnan knows back home. He traded traffic gridlock and frequent flooding for snow and cold, although a bucolic snow and cold.

His father is a dentist, who had his own exchange experience in Minnesota 40 years ago. His mother is a housewife. He has two sisters and a younger brother.

When Adnan looks ahead to future action, he sees himself pursuing a medical degree and continuing his racing.

Mini Classification:
 Mark Quinnell does not quite qualify for “townie” status. He moved to Northfield as a two-month old with parents Hunts and Betty Quinnell. Timing is everything.

A graduate of both Northfield High School and St. Olaf College, he moved away for a brief couple of years and then returned to Northfield to become a fixture in the business community as a State Farm insurance agent.

Mark and his wife, Sue, have two children. Emily, 25, is now working as a child protection worker in Madison, Wis. Evan, 21, is a junior at St. Olaf College. He sings in the St. Olaf Choir and with the Limestones.

Brett Reese and Mike Allen were Mark’s Rotary sponsors, and dMark is grateful for being asked to be part of this club.

And now, the rest of the story….
When we last left our story, there was a lot of backyard, over the fence speculation about Charlie Cogan inviting Donna Maus to the to the district Rotary conference in St. Paul. Only later, at the conference, was Charlie’s motivation unmasked. No scandal here. Richard was receiving a Regional Service Award for a Polio-Free World.

This award recognizes individuals for their outstanding contributions to Rotary’s efforts to eradicate the crippling disease polio. Richard is one of only 10 Rotarians world-wide to receive this award in 2013. Nice going, Richard. Much deserved.

Visiting Rotarian: Lynn Thoraldson, Lakeville Rotary Club. Taste of Lakeville is May 16. For more information, go to

Guests: Marlin Paschall-Zimbel and Matt Irwin (Covey), Ivy Ainsworth (Blaha) and Adnan’s gallery: Henry Jokela, Wes Braker, Annika Fredrickson, Maria Olson, Elise Hanson, Zoe Webb, Mark and Teresa Duschene, Dan and Juliana Sayner, Susan Quinnell and Susie Beaumaster.

Scholarship Enhancement: Keith Covey


John Ophaug noted the passing of Jean Perman, an honorary Paul Fellow Harris. Her husband, Orv Perman, was a member of Rotary for 50 years, a Paul Harris Fellow and a past president. Jean’s funeral was last Saturday.

Betsy Spethmann, a member of the Literacy Committee, requested help sorting and distributing books for the Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) literacy project. Five hundred have been re-circulated, but there are another 1,000 to go.

Be sure to reserve the evening of Thursday, June 6, for an exchange student graduation party at the Estenson Ranch.

Brad Frago, our Youth Protection Officer, reminds us that all members who have significant interaction with youth need to be certified volunteers. Everyone needs to be recertified every three years. The process is quick and easy. Go to and get that taken care of.

Neil Lutsky is looking for a member to volunteer to be the Club Archivist. Lynne Young is retiring from serving in this capacity for many years – thanks Lynne.

Coming Up:

May 16 — Zach Pruitt, Healthy Community Initiative
May 23 — Lin Bruce, Tales of Biking Across the USA (Prowe)