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Rotary Cogwheel | October 4.2018

October 3, 2018

Today’s Program | Thursday, October 4, 2018

Today:  Steve Schier (Kyte) 2018 Elections

Next Week: Mike Becker, Rotary District Governor

Birthdays: Robert Bierman (9/29), Kurt Larson (9/29) Michelle Lasswell (9/29), Rachel McIves Morey (9/30), Sherri Meyers (10/1), Laurie Williams (9/28)

Statement of Purpose: Northfield Rotary Club is dedicated to promoting peace and understanding through service and shared experience. We invite people from all corners of the community to join us as we partner with others to support youth, build sustainable infrastructure and preserve our planet.


Dawn and Ronnie Lesley (Dilley), Kim Furman (Maus), Jerry and Susy Blake (Stevens), Thomas Lako (Purcell), Mike Ericson (Atchison), Hoff Family and Mike Puppe (Kallioniemi)


  • Brent Nystrom has some extra JJBT t-shirts for sale for $5
  • Todd Thompson will lead another sing-along at Imminent on October 4th
  • Alan Anderson invites everyone to tune in for the Climate Show on KYMN radio on the first Wednesday of every month
  • Penny Hilleman announced that the United Way campaign is underway. Visit for more information or to make a donation.
  • Mayor Rhonda Pownell says recruitment for City boards and commissions will be starting soon.
  • Interested in learning how to speak with someone when you hold different views? Come to Rotary’s Better Angels training session Thursday, Oct.18 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at United Methodist Church. This is part of the district’s initiative to take the four-way test into the community and is one of the projects of our club’s Ethical Leadership Committee. It is open to Rotarians and their guests. If you have questions, contact Bruce Morlan.

Happy News

  • Rachel Morey offered thanks to the community for the wonderful support the Methodist Church received after the storm
  • Barry Carlson enjoyed reading with elementary students at Sibley through our Breakfast Buddies program
  • Jake Conway thanked everyone for their help with storm damage, especially Ryan Blumhoefer who worked on his birthday
  • Dave Brown’s daughter had research published in Nature

Scholarship Enhancement:  John Stull

Last Week:

Jesse Steed has led an interesting life. He was homeschooled, went to Kalamazoo College, studied French Literature, was in the Yacht Club, played Ultimate Frisbee and studied abroad. He taught English in France from 2002-2003, worked for a mortgage company and for a construction company before getting his real estate license in 2004. He and his wife moved to Northfield in 2010 for her job at Carleton and he now works at Edina Realty.

Tuomas Kallioniemi is a 2018-19 inbound exchange student from the Sepanhaka Rotary Club in Finland. He comes to us from the town of Forssa, population 17,000,which is located an hour and a half away from Helsinki. His father Perti is a farmer, his mother Leona is a dentist and he has two younger brothers.

In his free time, Tuomas likes to play hockey. His favorite sport is hockey, and his hobbies include…hockey. When he’s not playing hockey, Tuomas enjoys fishing and tubing on the many lakes of Finland. His mother’s home is in Forssa and his father’s farm is located just ten kilometers away. “I’m a pretty clean guy,” Tuomas said, as he showed us photos of his tidy bedrooms at both parents’ houses.

Finland has a population of 5.5 million people and is spread over 338,448 square miles. They enjoy incredible displays of northern lights from August to April. Finland is very similar to Minnesota, with thousands of lakes and temperatures of -31 degrees F in the winter and 95 degrees F in the summer. However, one major difference is that the sun does not go down at all during the summer in northern Finland. Finland also boasts the most saunas in the world. After getting warm in the sauna, people often go ice swimming or roll around in the snow. However, contrary to popular belief, there are no polar bears in Finland.

Tuomas says they “pay big taxes” but enjoy free healthcare and education, including free university schooling. Favorite Finnish foods include Karelian Hot Pot made with potatoes and pork, Pasty, and Rye Bread.

He thanks us for choosing good host families for him—he is very happy with our choices. If anyone has odd jobs for Tuomas, he is raising money for the East Coast trip. “If you have work, I can do it” is his motto. Welcome to Northfield, Tuomas!

Coming Up:

Oct. 18 – Jennifer Novak, Classification (Rich)

Oct 25 – Dan Hofrenning, Political Landscape (Siems)