Rotary Club of Northfield, Minnesota  |  Thursday, September 16, 2021
NOTE:  Masks are to be worn when you enter the Methodist church and
to be on when you are not eating. 


Join Our Thursday Zoom Meeting

Find it here.
Meeting ID: 843 1983 0113
Passcode: 264180
11:45-12:10—Opportunity to visit with fellow zoomers or check in with the people at the tech table.  (you don’t have to come in at this time if it is not convenient)
12:10—Settle in for the meeting to begin
12:20—Meeting begins
1:15—Meeting dismissed for all.
11:45 - Noon Club Members and Guests are invited to join and go into a break out room for casual conversations.
Before 12:20—Pick up your lunch, please wear your mask until you sit down to eat. When you are not eating, please put your mask back on.
12:20—Meeting begins.
1:15—Meeting dismissed for all.
Eric Runestad
September 16  Classification Talk: A Winding Path of Purpose and Microadventure  Eric Runestad. Eric will share his personal and professional story that has led him around the Midwest and then back to Minnesota in 2020- six houses, five states, two children, two dogs, and one excellent wife. Hosted by Fred Rogers
Chris Weber, September 15
Tony Huettl, 3 years
Luis Dominguez, 4 years
Janice Lehmkuhl, 4 years
Jesse Steed, 4 years
Rob Martin, 15 years

Opportunities to be of Service

September 16, 4-Way Taste
--Volunteer at the 4 Way Taste
--Buy Tickets for the 4 Way Taste
September 18, Hispanic Heritage Celebration
--Volunteer to sit at the Rotary table
September 25, Bike Tour
--Volunteer at the Bike Tour
   BASE OPERATIONS - Activities and roles at the Middle       School
   AID STATIONS - Supporting riders at the Aid Stations
   SAG DRIVERS - Providing rides to those that need one
   FRIDAY NIGHT PREP - Food prep and Sign Slammers         (posting signage for each of the routes)
--Buy Tickets for the Bike Tour


Thanks to last week's Cogwheel reporter, Scott Richardson

Ryan Bartelson (Reese)
Janice Lehmkuhl
We are thankful for all of our many blessings.
--Janine Atchison celebrated the first Rotary Wednesday Meal at the KEY this week with school starting, all protocol appropriate.  The kids loved the lasagna!
--Bruce Morlan shared that our town’s beloved Jane Moline passed away last week after her long and courageous battle with cancer.  She was a dedicated supporter of the DJJD Event, to whom this event will be dedicated to this year.
--Jean Wakely reminded volunteers to sign up for Hispanic Heritage Days, sponsored by the Northfield Library.  We will have a table near the Beer Garden at City Park near Carleton. We are handing out flyers about Rotary’s alliance with TORCH, Rotary Youth Exchange, and becoming a Rotarian.  A colorful and fun afternoon of music and dancing!
--Todd added that the Cannon River Partners (Kristi Pursell) is hosting an event and to check out their website to see how we can help. Cider on the Cannon, October 2nd, 10am-noon at Keepsake Cidery.  RSVP by September 24th by sending Kristi an email at
September 9 — Anika Rychner, Brent Nystrom & John Sinning – Our very own Rotarians who are working very hard to jump start our annual fundraisers back into life again!  In general, they do expect lower than previous attendance, with lower funds coming in.  However, we need to start somewhere getting back out into the community and do what we do!  Both the 4-Way Taste and the Rotary Bike Tour, this month, are using a Covid protocol as suggested and required by both Dr. Christianson (advisor) and the Northfield Public Schools (facilities).  Their main concern is keeping volunteers safe during these events. 
4 – Way Taste: Reimagined Slightly, Again!  
Brent Nystrom & Anika Rychner were up first.  It is 1 week away, Thursday night, September 16, at the Red Barn south-east of Northfield.  This will be attended mostly by Rotarians as well as customers and friends of the local beer, cidery, liquor and wine vendors.  Many thank you’s go to Ryan at the Muni who is responsible for a great deal of the success of this gathering.  We have fewer vendors due to the fact that they are struggling to find enough staff available for events.  The Red Barn has expanded, we have three great locations plus grass this year.  Maria will have her Taco Truck there offering tacos as well.  4:30 pm VIP holders arrive, then 5:30 general admission holders will arrive and enjoy the evening, rain or shine.  We encourage everyone to get their drink and go outside and listen to the music.  Ticket sales are $25 General Admission, $75 VIP Admission, and $30 at the door.  Volunteers do have to purchase their own ticket. 
Brent states that the local business community has been generous in support with financial donations. Expenses are extremely low.  Ticket goals are for 250 in attendance.  There is water for non-alcohol enthusiasts (BYO-Pop), Maria will also have non-alcohol drinks available for sale. 
In 2019 the 4-Way Taste applied for and won the MN BEST Award for partnerships with organizations and vendors. We hope that the PR&C Committee can send in our Award-Winner fundraiser idea to International Rotary Magazine for a spot light.
The Northfield Rotary Bike Tour!
John Sinning shared what’s new – Everything!  Our 2019 Event had about 900 riders, 2020 event we had a Virtual Event online, and now 2021 the Tour has had multiple changes, a time to start anew and blossom out to a newer and bigger event to come. New date, September 25.  New food, protocol required.  New routes, and a new Dave Wolf t-shirt design.  The routes include a Century Ride and a Gravel Ride with new aid stations.  Fewer Volunteers needed.  The goal this year is 400 riders and 80 Volunteers. Let’s Ride!!

The entire September 9th meeting can be found here. 



Rick Heidick
September 23 Fast for Hope and the Water Project.   Ricki Heidick  Rick will update us on how our district Fast for Hope program has led to our current water project in Nicaragua and explain how we are using district and global grants to help us bring water to a rural community of about 120 families. Rick is the chair of the district Fast for Hope Initiative. Hosted by Vicki Dilley.
Benjamin Hauser
September 30  Perspectives  a classification talk Follow Ben Hauser's journey to Northfield, MN which started from a small dairy farm in a little village in South Korea. He will share what he has learned and the different perspectives he's been able to experience as he had to learn a new language and culture at the age of 7  and return to his land of birth at the age of 27 where he had to relearn a language he had completely forgotten as well as the culture. Hosted by Jesse Steed.
Matt Hillmann
October 7  Matt Hillmann, Ed. D., Superintendent of Schools -- What's Next for Northfield Schools?  Matt will host himself.
Susan Hvistendal
October 14  Susan Hvistendal--Northfield's Oldest Building, the Lyceum.  Local historian and author Susan Hvistendahl will speak about Northfield's oldest building, the 1857 Lyceum at 109 E. 4th Street. The building still stands today as a testament to the social and intellectual pursuits of Northfield's pioneers. Hosted by Jean Wakely

Todd's two cents

Todd Thompson, President

Todd’s Two Cents:

Safety at our regular meeting:
We just received the results of our club survey about our meetings both in person and on ZOOM. We had a great response with 70 members participating. One big take away is that we need to make our in person meeting as safe as possible. With this in mind, here are some possible action steps:
  • To attend the in person meeting you have to have a proof of vaccination (we are requiring this for the “Four Way Taste” gathering participants)
  • Limited seating at each table – 4 or 5
  • No singing (this one hurts…)
  • Explore safer ways to serve the food (working on this one)
Let me know what you think. Expect to see some changes at the next meeting on Sept 23!
On a happy note, we are processing 6 new applications for membership! Yeah!
See you at the Four Way Taste tonight/tomorrow, Sept 16!!!!!


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. 
RCAT –The world's climate scientists have put out a new sobering report we should all read, if we want to try to preserve a livable world for the future.  See attached link.
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


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.