Rotary Club of Northfield, Minnesota  |  Thursday, November 5, 2020


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   Robert S. Spalding

Robert S. Spalding, Brig. General USAF (ret.), US-China Relations in a Post-Coronavirus World. The spread of the coronavirus and its aftermath has shown the world the true nature of the Chinese regime. How will the US navigate foreign and national security policy in this emerging bi-polar world?

Sue Boxrud (11.5); David Brown (11.6).
Rachel Estrella and Steve Underdahl (11.1.2014); Alyssa Herzog Melby (11.1.2015); Krista Danner (11.1.2019); Jim Pokorney (11.7.1997).


Our Rotary Climate Action Team (RCAT) is dedicated to making climate change a strategic priority and to raising awareness, providing education and encouraging individuals and businesses to act in the interest of our planet.

Our Climate Action Statement - Read our climate action statement here.

For additional information about our club’s Rotary Climate Action Team chair, Alan Anderson, at 507-371-4673 or


Thanks to last week's Cogwheel Reporter, Kristi Pursell.
Bill Lillibridge and Anders Carlson, youngest son of Barry.


Kopano had a chance to visit family for a wedding in Washington, D.C. last week while we were getting snow!

Ring the bell for Salvation Army - or call Jim 715.733.0575.

Operation Joy - Community Action Center -

The Northfield Area Chamber of Commerce is raffling off a car! Go to their website to win a car.

Registration for this year's "Free Range" Turkey Trot benefiting the Northfield Rotary Club is open! Click 
here to register.



RCAT MEMBERS Bruce Morlan, Rick Estenson and
Lee Dilley, A conservative's reaction to the global warming 10-year warning. Hosted by Alan Anderson.
Bruce: Politics and Climate Change Tipping Point talk
by Johan Rockström. The eight principles of our Moral Foundation according to Jonathan Haidt are: Care/harm, Fairness/cheating, Loyalty/betrayal, Authority/subversion, Sanctity/degradation, and  Liberty/oppression and
depending on your political point of view, you may value some or more of these than others. It turns out the Carbon Fee and Dividend is the conservative's solution to climate change!
Rick: History of how we got hereRCAT came out of strategic planning under Russ Halverson 2018 was a kick-off "social" then RCAT has supported 2 EV charging stations in Northfield in partnership with the City, Drawdown is a book that's been a source for suggestions on actions to take. RCAT sent letters to larger clubs around the county - John Mathers in San Francisco became a key partner RCAT works locally and encourages other clubs to start their own teams, Ed Merick and others will do some strategic planning on Saturday: Education, encouraging/supporting each other's groups, a monthly speaker series on the 3rd Thursday Zooms. ESRAG + Rotary International + RCAT can help develop individual clubs' wins, and a  big deal- the 7th area of focus this year for Rotary International is climate change! 
Lee: Some practical suggestions and ideas for what you can do now. Individual households can sign up with Xcel energy for 100% Wind Source or you can pay into a solar garden subscription. Change out appliances like gas-powered water heaters and now there are ventless heat-pump clothes dryers, too. Gas stoves are less desirable (gas emissions inside the house can be detrimental to human health as well as to the climate) and if you have a gas furnace it would be preferable to have a geothermal heating and cooling system. There are more and more electric car options every day and you can eat TreeRange chicken from Regeneration
Farms, compost with Northfield Community Curbside Composting and check out how our community is doing on energy use here. Beth reminds us to (walk) and ride your bike, too! Complete the Home Energy Survey here 
to let the city know what assistance would be helpful!
Kristi's Bonus Comment: Bill McKibben was on MPR's Westminster Town Hall Forum on October 27th. He said the best thing an individual can do to address climate change is to “be less of an individual.” McKibben’s newest book is “Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to


   Scott Wopata

November 12 — Scott Wopata, Carbon Neutral Emergency Housing. CAC is bringing together emergency shelter, affordable housing, and environmental justice in a community-based solution in Northfield. Hear about this incredibly ambitious project that prioritizes the future of our community and planet without sacrificing the need for social justice and support. Yes, we can do all of these things at the same time and we need to do it now.

   Ed Marek

November 19 — Ed Marek, 5960 District Governor, District Governor's Club Visit.

November 26 — Thanksgiving, Turkey Trot with Your Chosen Flock.

Vicki's Vision

Vicki Dilley, President

Dear Northfield Rotary Friends,
The Halloween Drive Thru was a roaring success!   350 cars, 816 children, Rotarians dressed up like monkeys, mummies, witches, wizards, skeletons, leopards and oh so much more....oh my!   
Extra bags of candy, books, frisbees were dropped off at the Northfield Estates, Greenvale apartments and Ruth's house.  A half a ton of food was collected for the Community Action Center and along with $177.
Rotarians stepped in during this time of a pandemic and created a fun time for the community to come together for the children.  The grinch didn't get to steal this Halloween!
Rick and Kris Estenson were the masterminds behind this, Betsy Spethman helped get the word out, Jim Pokorney and John Sinning were the detail managers and logistics officers.  Krista Danner helped make the YMCA available when the snow fell and made the Estenson driveway too muddy to navigate 350 cars over.  It turned out to be a perfect location as cars were backed up from the Y to Community Resource bank.   Lots of folks helped put things in the bag as well as distribute on the 31st.  We give a special shout out of Thanks to Julie Sullivan for her hours volunteering on this too!   Also thanks to the High School students that dressed up and helped entertain the line of children in cars!
Will we do it again next year?, I am asked.  I don't is up to Todd Thompson and his board to decide if this is an event to repeat (hoping a pandemic isn't our first reason for doing it again).  If you asked me, I would say was a good way to get the Rotary name out there with a flier, printed on the little reusable bags, a feeling of fun and good will was transferred out.  It was only about $2000 to do, seems like it would certainly be something to consider doing again. 
What will October 2021 look like?.... I don't know, but I am hoping the days will be different from 2020 and it is safe for children to go door to door in their neighborhoods, we have Rotary Youth Exchange up and running again....sending students out and hosting ones in return and we are happily meeting back at the Methodist church with a yummy lunch provided by Maria.  But, we only know what today is and I am thankful to the clever thinking of Rotarians willing to do something new and different to make a difference in our community... Thank you!
Yours in service, 

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.