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Rotary Cogwheel | 11.12.2015

November 17, 2015

Today’s Program | Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015

Today: Nate Heilman, Classification (O’Neill). Meanwhile, at Community Resource Bank, the Ethics Workshop is in full swing.

Birthdays: Erin Bailey and Paul Krause (11/9), Lee Dilley (11/10), Jen Dunn-Foster and Greg Carlson (11/11), and Carl Caskey (11/14).

Next Week: Elizabeth Child, Director of Northfield Area United Way (Kyte)

Last Week:
Patrick (Packey) Mader hangs out with interesting people. He recently published a book of interviews with Minnesota Olympians called “Minnesota Gold: Conversations with Northland Athletes Competing on the World Stage.”

His goal was to identify Olympians who had spent their formative years in Minnesota. He found 300 who were still living; then he made an effort to represent different areas of the state, different sports and different generations. Gender balance remained an issue, he said, because women’s participation in the Olympics was limited until the latter part of the 20th century.

A lot of the conversations were obviously with guys on skates. This is the State of Hockey after all. But he also writes about runners, swimmers, gymnasts, curlers, discus throwers, kayakers and more. There is a conversation with former Governor Wendell Anderson and Minnesota Lynx star Lindsey Whalen. He talks with Mike Houck, a Greco-Roman wrestler, and Brianna Scurry, the goalie on the women’s soccer gold medalist team in 1999, and many, many more.

Packey said he was struck by how eager the Olympians were to share their stories and how accomplished so many of them are.

“They are just brilliant people,” he said.

Many have gone on to great success in their post-Olympic professional lives. They are physicians, lawyers, business people, professors, teachers and on and on.

Their stories are inspirational. Some emerged from Division III athletic programs to compete in the Olympics. Some took up their sports relatively late in life and succeeded. There is Jim Mastro, the blind wrestler who now teaches Physical Education at Bemidji State University. Scurry suffered a traumatic brain injury playing professional soccer and spent three years recovering.

This is not Packey’s first literary effort. He is also the author of four intergenerational children’s books. He will be signing his Minnesota Gold book in Northfield on Saturday, Nov. 21, 1 p.m. at Content Bookstore and on Saturday, Dec. 5, 5:30 p.m. at the St. Olaf Bookstore.

 New Members: Rachel McIver Morey (Stull), Alyssa Herzog-Melby (Lorang), Sharon Allawala (Bierman) and Daniel Knutson (Rich) were inducted into the club. Welcome one and all.

Guests: Bruce Morlan and Debbie Anderson (Anderson), Rajh Singh (Blaha), Mark Hofstad (Holden), Jennifer Labovitz. (Will), Ramiz Allawala (Allawala), and Traci Fossum (Larson).

Scholarship Enhancement: John Stull


It’s time to get serious about the Thanksgiving Turkey Trot, one of our most productive fundraisers and certainly our most efficient. Volunteers are needed. See Rob Bierman if you can help for a short stint Thankgiving morning. We are emphasizing the food shelf donations again this year. We can get that party started by bringing nonperishable items to next week’s meeting.

Northfield Hospital & Clinics and Northfield Schools are sponsoring a live-streaming of November 18-20 TEDMED talks. Some of the presentations — Human Explorations, Back to Basics, Food Fix and Out There — will be open to the public. Tickets are free and are available at Search “Northfield, MN for TEDMED.

Rob Martin reported that work will begin on the Save the Northfield Depot project this week. Workers will begin to separate the 1888 building from the 1941 building in preparation for its move. Rotary has contributed to this project.

Boxes for recycling cell phone are now available at our meetings. The phones are being collected by the Minnesota Zoo and used to fund its Recycle the Rain Forest project.

Here is a list of this year’s outbound students. Some have already departed.

  • Beimers, Henry – Norway
  • Beimers, William – Brazil
  • Carlson, Samuel -Argentina
  • Estrada, Gabriella – France
  • Hahn, Erin – Thailand
  • Hodel, Christoph – Indonesia
  • Kelley, Caitlin – Chile
  • Lunderby, Jack – Brazil
  • Mandsager, Erik – Zimbabwe
  • Muir, Mason – Taiwan
  • Olson, Josiah – Colombia
  • Regnier, Eli – Brazil
  • Rodriguez-Vazquez, Leslie – Brazil
  • Scheffert, Jenna – Italy
  • Seitz, Zoe – Denmark
  • Washburn Chapman, Ahna Cole – South Africa
  • Woitalla, Jessica – Brazil.

Coming Up

November 26 — Turkey Trot

December 3 — Dan Jorgensen, author, (B. Carlson)

December 10 — Kim Smith, Greener Businesses (Anderson)