Rotary Club of Northfield, Minnesota  |  Thursday, December 31, 2020


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Join in for More Holiday Fun!

Neil Lutsky (12.27); Jake Conway (12.28); Krista Danner (12.29); Tony Huettle (1.1).
Duane Benson-54 (12.29.1966), Our Longest Serving Member!


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

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Thanks to last week's Cogwheel Reporter, Meredith Galdeen.


Pat O’Neill led the club in some holiday fun. We played two games.

“A Mind Trick”

The game required a little math and matching letters to our resulting numbers. How many of us ended up with Elephants in Denmark? Emus in Denmark? Elephants or Egrets in Deutschland? Unicorns in Hungary (Vicki!)? 

Northfield Rotary “To Tell the Truth”

Winners received an all-expenses round trip to Dennison. 

Each person tried to convince us that they were telling the truth with their story. [Editor’s note: truth tellers are in blue.] 

Story #1 - I worked for 2 years as a department store Santa at Dayton’s

Was it Mike Leming, Scott Richardson, or George Davis?

Story #2 - On a cross country trip as a kid, we left a gas station in Oklahoma without my brother. For about 30 minutes my other siblings and I convinced my parents we were all there…

Was it Barry Carlson, Michelle Lasswell, or Fred Rogers?

Story #3 - I caught and ate a piranha in the Amazon…

Was it Mark Abbott, Amy Goerwitz, or Vicki Dilley?

Story #4 - When I lived in England I played on a basketball team which played an exhibition game against the English Olympic team - outdoors on a playground…

Was it Jim Holden, Brent Nystrom, or Erin Bailey?

Story #5 - When in Kathmandu I trekked for a week, climbing to 16,000’ in the Annapurnas…

Was it Neil Lutsky, Kristi Pursell, or David Brown?

We ended the meeting by celebrating Kopano (and we delivered cupcakes to him ahead of the meeting) and Richard Collman played a few songs on his harp for us.

The entire December 17th meeting can be viewed here.


    Trisha Duncan

January 7 — Trisha Duncan, Classification. Hosted by Kristi Pursell.

January 14 — Holly Schoenbauer, Project Friendship. Hosted by Rick Estenson.

January 21 — Maggie Miland, Rotex.

January 28 — Cecilia Cornejo, At Home as a Perennial Outsider. Hosted by Jean Wakely.

Vicki's Vision

Vicki Dilley, President

Happy New Year!
One of my biggest wishes for 2021 is for us to meet together again ... in person!   While I have grown accustomed to meeting on zoom, I do feel like I get to connect with so many of you, yet I am so aware of those of you who would usually have lunch with us that are not on the zoom calls. With a vaccine soon to come to each of us, we can plan for that day when we can hug, shake hands and see each other's smiles again!
Before the New Year comes, how about I challenge those of you who have not yet done your homework after Meredith's presentation on How to Use the New ClubRunner database. Here is the link to that meeting, in case you need a refresher:
Your assignment, bare minimum is to log in, make corrections to your data where necessary: email address, phone number, birth date (especially include the year), and then complete the other data as you can. We would love to see a recent photo of you, this is so helpful for new comers or for someone who is trying to identify who you are.   
We can see that in the last month, 38.1% of the Club logged into the database, I am guessing a lot of those were first timers after Meredith's presentation. Still, 48.2% of the Club has never logged in. One of the things I picked up from Meredith's presentation was the ability to download the app to my phone and now I can have everyone's phone and address right at my fingertips.   
If you need help with this, please speak up, don't just ignore the request, reach out and let Meredith or me or someone else in the club you are comfortable with to help you.   
The last time we met was almost two weeks ago, we were led in some funnery with Pat O'Neil, Jim Pokorney and Richard DeBeau. We enjoyed the music from Richard Collman's harp (she even has a name!). We got to know some fun facts about our fellow Rotarians and we learned that some are quite capable of telling some tall tales. We still have stories to tell and lies to present, so, please join us again tomorrow to get another round fun! I look forward to seeing you then ...
Happy New Year, Welcome 2021!   

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.