Rotary Club of Northfield, Minnesota  |  Thursday, October 15, 2020

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Meeting ID: 853 8396 5788
Passcode: 601997

Matt Hillman

Matt Hillmann, Ed.D. Superintendent of Schools — Anything but Normal: Starting a School Year During a Pandemic.

Matt will talk about the challenges of preparing for and executing the start to a school year complicated by the COVID-19 global health emergency and in the shadow of the national reckoning about racism.

Richard DeBeau (10.11).
Dennis Kelly (10.12.2017); Todd Thompson (10.13.2011); Barry Carlson (10.14.2010); Linda Willgohs (10.14.2004).


The city of Northfield is extremely grateful for the Rotary club’s donation of $9000 for the second EV charging station.  Because of Rotary, in the past year we’ve helped to save approximately 2700 kg of greenhouse gas emissions from the EV station usage. Thank you for helping us make a better environment for all!

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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


Due to technical difficulties, the reporting on last week's meeting is abbreviated..


Keep John Ehresmann in your thoughts — he was deployed to the California wildfires.  Service to our neighbors in action! Thank you, John!

Help, we need help!!! The club’s need is for folks to be hands on helpers with the Communication and Public Relations team. All the skills are pretty teachable. 

The CAC needs volunteers right now!
  • Welcome Greeters
  • Produce Sorters
  • Curbside Pickup Volunteers
  • Stocking the food shelf

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Beth Kallestad

Beth Kallestad, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion. Hosted by Bruce Morlan. 

Our Rotary Club has recently added a Board position to focus on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion within our club and with how we interact with our community. We sent out a survey on this topic - thank you to all who responded. Beth shared the responses from the survey small groups had conversations around next steps. 

Following are some discussion points from one of the groups.
  • Surprised that our Rotary Club is considered diverse. We are white and mostly over 50. We need to attract younger members.
  • Does our Thursday lunch meeting time keep people from joining?  Should we vary our meeting time to see if more people would attend?
  • 40+% of our current members rarely attend. We should survey our less active members to see why they don't attend much. These are people already paying dues, so we should understand what their barrier is to attending.
  • Quarterly dues may keep many people from joining. 
  • Much of our town's racial diversity is in our colleges. We should reach out to college professors and administrative staff to involve them. College professors in particular may have a flexible enough schedule to join our lunch meetings.
  • We should consider a dues price break to attract younger members. For instance, anyone under 40 years old pays half price.
  • We should reach out to area ministers. We used to have more minister members.
  • We should reach out to shopkeepers as well.



October 22Rachel Reid, Bat Research in Costa Rica. Hosted by David Brown.

Vicki's Vision

Vicki Dilley, President

Dear Fellow Rotarians,
Thank you Beth Kallestad for leading us last week in a discussion about Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) in our own club and in our community. I look forward to her committee coming together and putting some ideas for our club that may lead us into some new ways for us to grow in this area. Be sure and let her know if you want to be a part of this committee. 
Tomorrow, Matt Hillman, the Northfield School Superintendent, will be giving us an update on our schools. I suspect this will be an important zoom call to be on as I would think our schools are challenged in ways their leaders never imagined.  
This makes me think about how my own education and those influencers in my life shaped how I see the world.   
My maternal grandmother was a school teacher, mostly 1st grade, and I spent a lot of time with her. She was an artist and we created things together. One of the things she did that I now realize had a huge influence on my life and might explain a bit my curiosity about other people, other nations and cultures. She belonged to an international-doll-of-the-month-club and she had two glass cabinets, one for each of her granddaughters and the dolls that came every month were placed in the cabinets.    Each doll was probably only about 6-8 inches tall, the doll had skin tones from that country, native dress, a coin, a stamp and a little explanation about the facts of that country. I remember studying each doll and wondering what life was like in those countries. This exposure to the world and it's diversity created an insatiable need in me to learn and know about these unique places ... places quite different from my small town in northern Wyoming, at the foothills of the Big Horn mountains. I had very little opportunity to meet anyone from the places these dolls represented. But, they set me off to a wonderful world of exploring and meeting people from around the world.  
We too can influence young people and set them off on a course of being curious about and not fearful of those who are different, who enhance our world. We can be people that increase understanding, and see the world for the beautiful, colorful place that it is. I am thankful for Kopano, for all of the Inbound students who have taught us so much, for the opportunity to send out students to other parts of the planet and who find themselves forever changed and delighted with all the wonders out there.  

I am so thankful for Rotary, for all of you and for all that we can continue to do to make this world a better place. 
Have a great week!   

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.