Cogwheel Archive

Rotary Cogwheel | 02.05.2015

February 3, 2015

Today: Tanner Schieck, Schieck Orthodontics (Taylor)

Birthdays: Jean Wakely (2/3), Vicki Langer (2/6), and Ross Thompson (2/7)

Next Week: Mary Jo Christofaro and Erica Zweifel, Northfield Solar Project (Zweifel)

Last Week:

Lydia sold me. I am booking a cruise to the Faroe Islands. It promises dramatic scenery, maritime culture and a slower, more reflective pace that stirs old world sensibilities.

The Faroe Islands are a group of 18 islands located above the coast of Northern Europe halfway between Iceland and Norway. Its closest neighbors are the Northern and Western Isles of Scotland, and it is a glacier’s throw from the Arctic Circle. Its 48,000 people are self-governing but considered part of the Danish Realm. Fishing is its major industry.

Because of the Gulf Stream that winds through the North Atlantic, the weather is fairly mild, 30 to 40 degrees in the winter, 50 to 60 in the summer. But punishing storms can keep people home from school.

Lydia lives in Hoyvik, a suburb of the capital. Her father works for the Ministry of Finance and her mother for the region’s parliament. In her Faroe Island world, Lydia can walk to school, participate in gymnastics and work as a waitress at a nearby hotel.

Her participation in CISV camps in Spain and Egypt in her middle school years was transformational. The camps emphasized peace education and global citizenship through experiential learning. This experience persuaded her to become an exchange student.

In her first five months in Northfield she finds our hurried pace a sharp contrast to life at home. School is one of her biggest surprises. At home, they don’t change classes every hour.

She has not decided on her future educational plans. The islands have one university, but its offerings are limited. She said she will probably do her post-secondary education in Denmark.

Brad Frago was born to sing. But due to the prejudices of some narrow-minded choral directors and their hidebound ideas about what constitutes melody, he went into family law.

He came to Carleton College from Ohio and never left the Midwest. He graduated from the University of Minnesota Law School and clerked for a judge in Renville County, where he met his wife, our own Michelle Lasswell.

They practice family law together from an office on Fifth and Water. They have two children. Brad has a number of hobbies that keep him busy, including camping, aviation and weather.

Outbound Students 2015-16:

Sam Carlson (Argentina), Gabriella Estrada (France), Caitlin Kelley (Chile), Jack Lunderby (Brazil), Erik Mandsager (Zimbabwe), Odalys Martinez (Japan), Josiah Olson (Colombia), Eli Regnier (Brazil), Leslie Rodriguez-Vazquez (Brazil), Henry Biemers (Norway), William Biemers (Brazil), AhnaCole Washburn Chapman (South Africa), Mason Muir (Taiwan), Joel Hadro (Belgium), Erin Hahn (Thailand) and Christoph Hodel (Indonesia).

 Guests: Where do we begin? Let’s see, how about our 19 outbound exchange students, many of whom were with us (see list above); Lydia’s host families past, present and future: Steve Braker, Andrei, Wendy and Katie Sivanich, and Karen, Kristi and Rob Anderson; Lydia’s posse; Nick Haggenmiller (Estenson) and Tanner Schieck (Dennis Hanson).

Scholarship Enhancement: Scott Richardson – He’s on a roll, second time in 13 years.


Ken Bank, former President and Chief Executive Officer for Northfield Hospital & Clinics and a former member of this Rotary club, died unexpectedly Sunday, Feb. 1, at his home in Tucson, Arizona. He was 69.

Ken was known as a thoughtful, progressive leader who was instrumental in positioning Northfield Hospital & Clinics to grow and thrive in a challenging healthcare environment. During his tenure (1988-2010), he presided over the development of the Center for Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation, the expansion of surgical services and diagnostic imaging, the development and construction of a new hospital and the development of a primary clinic network. He was also active in many community projects.

He spent his retirement in Tucson with his wife, Rhonda. Besides Rhonda, Ken is survived by their three children, two grandchildren and a son-in-law. Funeral arrangements are pending.


— Mark Abbott, chair of the International Service Projects Committee, is looking for new project ideas for the committee to consider. See him, if you have an idea.

— Greater Northfield Sustainability Collaborative’s “Love Your Planet Weekend” will be Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 13-15, at the Carleton College Weitz Center and First United Church of Christ. This is a follow-up to last winter’s climate summit, which was sponsored, in part, by Rotary. Erica Zweifel said all events are free, but pre-registration is encouraged. See Erica if you have questions.

The Northfield Area United Way is inviting donors to celebrate the success of this year’s campaign with a FREE day at the Northfield YMCA. If you contributed to the Northfield Area United Way Campaign admission is free on Friday, Feb. 6, 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 7, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. In addition, the United Way is having a donor reception in the Y community room from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Friday and from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday.

Past Northfield Rotary Club meeting videos on Youtube: NorthfieldRotaryClubVideos

Coming Up:

Feb. 19 — Denny Hanson, President and CEO of Community Resource Bank, Classification (Weber)

Feb. 26 — Philipy inbound exchange student (Quinnell)

March 5 — Albert Nyembwe, Cilongu Foundation, (Spethmann)

March 12 — Chris Kennelly, Classification, (Reese)

March 19 — Guilia Mercanti, inbound exchange student (Brown-Wescott)