Cogwheel Archive

Rotary Cogwheel | 04.21.2016

April 20, 2016

Today: Sarah Van Sickle, Project Friendship (Kaczmarek)

Birthdays: Wayne Abdella (4/17), John Fossum and Dennis Hanson (4/19)

Next Week: Tom Hanson, retired Foreign Service Officer, the Geopolitics of Climate Change (R. Flaten)

Last Week:

After eight years of researching and writing about Harold Stassen, author Steve Werle says the former Minnesota Governor and perennial presidential candidate deserves to be remembered as more than a political punch line. The more he read about Gov. Stassen and the more he studied his record, Werle gained a greater appreciation for how much Stassen accomplished over his lifetime.

“I wish we had more people like him today,” he said.

So here are some of those accomplishments Steve included in his book: “Stassen, Again.”

— Stassen graduated from Humboldt High School in St. Paul at the age of 15.

— He was elected Dakota County Attorney at the age of 22.

— He argued and won a case before the U.S. Supreme Court at the age of 26.

— In 1938, running as a progressive, internationalist Republican, he was elected

governor of Minnesota, the youngest governor in state history.

— He won re-election in 1942, but handed over the office to Northfield’s Ed Thye,

the Lieutenant Governor, so he could join the Navy.

— Stassen helped liberate 20,000 POWs in Tokyo as the war drew to a close.

— He served on the United States delegation to the United National Charter


— Stassen served in the Eisenhower Administration from 1953-1957.

— And he ran for president 10 times.

Recent generations remember Stassen for his quixotic presidential runs and an ill-fitting toupee. But Steve knows him for battling organized crime, crusading for international understanding, and reviving a fading Minnesota Republican Party in the late 1930s. When he is not researching, writing or promoting his book, Steve teaches Advanced History at the Academy of Holy Angels in Richfield.


Charlie Kyte was recruited for a board position with United National Association Minnesota by our own Robert Flaten. The group promotes and advocates for democracy and diplomacy around the world. Since 2004, the organization has reached more than 17,000 students with its Model United Nations program and in-school curriculum. Last year alone, more than 3,000 students and 70 teachers from 51 schools participated in the program. If you want to learn more, talk to Charlie.

New Member:

Janine Atchinson, Housing Coordinator for the City of Northfield, was formally inducted into the club. Chris Heineman is her sponsor. Welcome Janine.

Guests: Michael Nemo (R. Flaten)

Scholarship Enhancement: The Lucky One – Richard Maus


  • The graduation party for our inbound students, Nicole and Carson, will be Wednesday, May 25, 5:30 p.m. at the Estenson Event Center. Details to follow.
  • On Thursday, May 12, we will be meeting at Community Resource Bank, lower level, for lunch and a performance by the fabulous Troubadours.
  • Erin Bailey had her baby, Carter Thomas, on April 4. Mother and baby are doing well.
  • Michelle Lasswell reported that we now have 137 members in our club.
  • You are invited to attend the Annual District Conference on May 12-13 at Mystic LakeCasino.  It is a combined event with District 5950.  There will be golf on Thursday and a big Celebration Dinner on Friday and a Project-in-a-Day.

Here is a list of our outbound students.

  • 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.

Past Northfield Rotary Club meeting videos on YouTube

Coming Up

May 5 — Robert Garcia, Cinco de Mayo (Kallestad)

May 12 — The Fabulous Troubadours and lunch at Community Resource Bank

May 19 — Kim Briske, Classification (Hillmann)

May 25 — Griff Wigley and Marty Larson, CROCT (Heinemann)

Quote for the Day:

“I slept and I dreamed that life is all joy. I woke and I saw that life is all service. I served and I saw that service is joy.”

― Kahlil Gibran