Rotary Club of Northfield, Minnesota  |  Thursday, September 24, 2020

last call for "I WAS ROBBED" T-SHIRT orders 

For a mere $20.20 plus $4.80 shipping, a total of $25.00, you will receive an authentic “I Was Robbed” t-shirt.

Order your “I Was Robbed” t-shirt by Wednesday, September 30th (use code: TOUR20).

Polio has been eradicated from Africa

Charlie Cogan
Own Charlie Cogan recently had an article published in the StarTribune announcing the official eradication of polio from Africa. Way to go Charlie and way to go Rotarians!



Tim McKone

Tim McKone, Classification. Hosted by Richard Schulte.

Ryan Blumhoefer (9.21).
Brad Kmoch(9.20.19); RuthAnna Miller (9.21.95); Meredith Galdeen (9.26.17).

ZOOM in Thursday, September 24 2020 at 11:45 a.m.
Zoom in here at 11:45 for casual conversation in a break out room before joining the regular meeting at 12:10.

Starting this week, and going forward, we will not be changing the zoom link. This weeks link will be the same each week, but you will still receive a Thursday morning reminder and it will be in the Wednesday Cogwheel.  


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.

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



Former District Governor Kyle Haugen; Julee Muro de Gerome, Peace Corps recruiter for Minnesota; Ann Frisch, returning Peace Corps volunteer, White Bear Lake; Cal Mann, returning Peace Corps volunteer, California; Tali Lavine, Peace Corps recruiter for Wisconsin.


Penny Hillemann, Amy Goerwitz, Meredith Galdeen, Tony Huettl, David Wolf, David McKee and Richard Schulte were recognized for their contributions to the Rotary Foundation. Our club now has 88 Paul Harris fellows and seven major donors. Kyle Haugen, former district governor and a member of the District Foundation Fund Development Team, reported that the June challenge to raise $400,000 for the foundation was a success. More than $446,000 was raised. More funds to promote “positive peace,” Kyle said


Kopano is finally back in school. Yea!

President Dilley reported that the Northfield Community Action Center is in dire need of volunteers for the food shelf. COVID has increased the need for volunteer support, while depleting the usual volunteer pool. Safe practices are followed on all counts. If you can help, contact the CAC.

Rotary is planning a drive-thru Halloween parade Saturday, Oct. 31, at the Estenson Event Center. Now is the time to begin thinking about a kid-friendly costume designed to entertain, not frighten.

Beth Kallestad, our new board director for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, invites all members to take the online survey she sent out. It will help shape our ideas for addressing these issues going forward.

There is still time to order your “We’ve been robbed” T-shirt to commemorate the phantom 2020 bike tour. We’d like 100 percent participation. Check the link found elsewhere in the Cogwheel. 


The United States Peace Corps and Rotary International have a lot in common, according to Mark Zober and Steve Warner. They see the two organizations almost perfectly aligned in outlook and mission. That’s what inspired them in 2014 to create a group called Partners in Peace. They hope to leverage the overlap in objectives to connect Rotary clubs with Peace Corps projects, help recruit new Peace Corps volunteers, and to encourage service-oriented Peace Corps volunteers connect with Rotary upon their return.

Mark and Steve are both returning Peace Corps volunteers. Both have remained engaged in international development and service since their tours of service ended. Today’s 7,000 volunteers serve in 61 countries. Their average age is 26; 65 percent are women. Currently the Peace Corps is finding ways to expand its pool of volunteers. It is promoting a 50-plus initiative to attract older volunteers. It has also developed a program offering assignments short of the usual two-year commitment.

The Peace Corps’ areas of focus are: Education, Health, Community Economic Development, Environment, Youth and Agriculture. Rotary’s areas of services are: Maternal and Child Health, Education and Literacy, Economic and Community Development, Peace and Conflict Prevention, Disease Prevention and Treatment, Water and Sanitation, and Environmental. Our club has four returning Peace Corps volunteers: Lee and Vicki Dilley, Ann Richards and Charlie Cogan.

For more information on Partners for Peace, go to: For more on the Peace Corps, go to:


October 1 — Scott Wopata, The State of Our Community and the Impact of COVID_a9 from the Eye's of the CAC. Hosted by Jayne Hager Dee.

October 8 — Beth Kallestad, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion. Hosted by Bruce Morlan.

October 15 — Matt Hillman, School Update.

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


Our Club is in need of another Volunteer Leader to come alongside Robert Bierman to do some reimaging of the 2020 Turkey Trot. Please consider this opportunity to be creative and still fulfill the need to fundraise, bring the community together and be safe.


A Zoom meeting to kick off planning for the 2020 Turkey Trot will be held Thursday, September 25 at 5:00 p.m. Join Rick Estenson and committee members to find out how you can help with the event.
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 973 2491 0169
Passcode: 4AaJ0G

cogwheel writers needed 

Looking for an easy way to serve the Club? We're looking for volunteers to take notes for the College City Cogwheel this fall. If you've never taken notes for the Cogwheel before, we can provide an outline of what to record and send to Rick Esse after the meeting. Sign-up here! Have questions? Email Meredith Galdeen or Rick Esse.

Vicki's Vision

Vicki Dilley, President

Dear Fellow Rotary Members,
Our gathering last Thursday was only a titch warmer than it would have been if we had met the previous week. But, our hearts were warm and our smiles were hidden behind our masks. I heard from many of you that you were so glad that we got together, even if it was for a little bit.  
Getting together reminded me a little bit of a family reunion ... as people approached I tried to figure out who they were behind the masks, some wearing hats and warm coats. I always figured it out once we reached the 6-foot imaginary line. Many times we wanted to reach out and give a big hug. Of course, we did not and everyone was careful to not share any viruses with another.   
Todd Thompson, your president elect for 2021-22, was able to hand out new members packets and welcome those relative newbies to those there. The newest member present was Doug Stager, who rode his bike out to the Estenson's. I hope you get to visit with Doug soon, perhaps in a zoom breakout room or some other way.  
Brett Reese and Jayne Hager Dee kept us entertained and encouraged us to support the Jesse James Bike Tour  "We've been robbed!" t-shirts. Certain to be a collectors item with all things 2020 and if you haven't ordered yours yet ... we hope you will soon. When I saw the list of those who have ordered I was pleased to see the list of non-Rotarians, perhaps past bike riders, was long. Folks believe in our work and want to support us. 
The new yellow Northfield Rotary polo shirts are for sale and many of you bought those at the social. If you want one, just let me know and I can help you get one.  
Our next event is the Drive-Thru Trick or Treating at the Estenson's on October 31. We will need volunteers for this event. Families will sign up in advance, come at their reserved time and we will guide them through the shed drive-thru where they will pick up a Rotary, candy filled bag without even getting out of the car. This will be a way to safely serve the community and give the children an opportunity to get a few goodies. Please answer the invitation to volunteer when it comes your way, via Sign-Up-Genius.  
We are community and we are family. We watch out for each other. We don't always hear how things are going with each of you, but feel free to reach out and let our Rotary family know when you have a hardship or you have happy news.   
Penny Hillemann let me know today that her husband, Dave Keyes, had a heart attack yesterday. He is at Abbott and doing better, after they put in a stint. Life is fragile and life is to be cherished. We send lots of "Speedy Recovery Wishes" to Dave.  
I hope you are finding ways to connect and stay in touch with each other ... I hope to see you join our zoom call on Thursday when we get to learn more about Tim McKone, who joined us not so long ago. Welcome, Tim, thanks for sharing with us tomorrow.  
Be well, stay in touch, keep finding ways to serve.
Thank you, 

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.