“Nominees for Rotary’s Good Neighbor Award will be considered for having given expression to the Rotary motto, ‘service above self,’ by performing selfless acts of kindness or service that contribute to a stronger, more cohesive community. They must be a resident of the Northfield School District. Rotary members and their family members are not eligible.” — Northfield Rotary Guidelines.
Judy Dirks was honored as the 2011 “Good Neighbor” for her longstanding commitment to helping international refugees and to promoting human rights in the community. In 1975, she helped form the Northfield Refugee Committee. Over a period of 24 years, that group helped settle 112 Vietnamese refugees in Northfield. She also serves on the Northfield Human Rights Commission and teaches citizenship classes for Community Education. The committee said her actions have always been motivated by a sense of social justice. Thanks for your good work, Judy.