Cogwheel Archive

Rotary Cogwheel | 04.10.2014

April 9, 2014

Today: Susan Lohmann, Northfield Hospital & Clinics, Advanced Care Planning (Barry Carlson)

Birthdays: Megan Tsui (4/6)

Next Week: Tami O’Brien, Director of Northfield Hospital’s Cancer Care & Infusion Center (S. Richardson)

Last Week:

Reginaldo Haslett-Marroquin has a really big idea. He wants to bring the 2023 World’s Fair to Minnesota.

This is more than a dream. He is actively working with a consortium led by Secretary of State Mark Ritchie to win the rights to host this global event and bring millions of visitors to the North Star State.

Regie would like Rotary Clubs across the state to be key partners in the event. He sees it is a great fit for an organization that is dedicated to bringing people together and building more understanding across cultures.

The most recent World’s Fair was held in Shanghai in 2010. Some 200 countries had exhibits that attracted 73 million visitors. Regie likes the rush of a project of this scale.

“I always get excited about big things like this,” he said.

It has been more than a generation since the World’s Fair was held in the United States. It’s time to bring it back, Regie said.

“The world wants to come to the U.S.,” he said. “They want the U.S. back in the international community.”

The bidding process requires patience and tenacity. A feasibility and economic impact study is being done this year. A bid must be submitted to the Bureau of International Expositions in 2015. A decision will be made in 2017. No other state is in the competition for 2023, although, both Texas and California are interested in future opportunities.

Regie sees a residual benefit for cities like Northfield. It would be a great opportunity to gain exposure and tell our story to a worldwide audience. Maybe we should bid on the cotton candy concession.

Last Week’s Guests: Jan Hanson, new Chief Financial Officer at St. Olaf College (Weber), and our snowbound students: Yoshino, Gunho, Lucas and Rodolfo.

Scholarship Enhancement: Mark Abbott


We need a couple of volunteers to transport two high school students to and from Camp RYLA later this month. The camp begins on Friday, April 25 in Hudson, Wis. The students need to be picked up in St. Paul on Tuesday, April 29. To be a volunteer driver, you need to complete the Rotary Child Protection Training, which is available on our web site. If you can help, contact Matt Hillmann.

Jean Wakely announced that there will be food and socializing aplenty on Thursday, May 1. We will be hosting a farewell for the visiting Swedish GSE team and a bon voyage for our district’s GSE team, which will be visiting Sweden, at the Laura Baker Association Dining Hall. It will begin at 5 p.m. with a social with a full turkey dinner to follow. Jean needs a head count soon, so please declare your intentions.

President Prichard announced that the St. Paul Sunrise Rotary Club will be hosting a seminar on “healthcare affordability” on Thursday, April 24. Former U.S. Senator David Durenberger will be one of the speakers.

Coming Up
April 24 — Vicki Langer, Classification, (Williams)
May 1 — David Phillips, Cincinnati Works, (Blaha)
May 8 — Kari Berit, The Unexpected Caregiver, (Pederson)
May 15 – No meeting