Rotary Club of Northfield, Minnesota  |  Thursday, May 28, 2020


On Monday, June 1 at 7:30, the club will hold a New Member Orientation session via Zoom. We encourage new members and anyone interested in the basic structure and functions of the Rotary Club of Northfield to participate.
Zoom Meeting login information will be sent via a separate email. Please contact Vicki Dilley [507.271.3200] with questions. 
This Week's Meeting
This week's speaker is Emma Melhern on Rotex
Emily Fulton Foley (5.30), John Sauer (5.31)

ZOOM in Thursday, May 28, 2020
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Bob Will Zooms
With the help of his daughter, Jennifer Labovitz, and Vicki Dilley, Bob Will has entered the land of Zoom.


95th Anniversary Cupcakes
John Ehresmann picks up a couple of anniversary cupcakes from Jean Wakely and Vicki Dilley.


This week is the club's 95th anniversary. Anniversary cupcakes were to be handed out at Kahlo that afternoon. 

Kudos to Rick Esse on the new digital Cogwheel!

The club will be ordering Rotary polo shirts. If you already have a Rotary t-shirt but would also like a polo shirt, they will be about $15. Watch for a survey. 

The energy webinar Beth Kallestad mentioned during her recent talk will be held Wednesday May 27, noon-1 p.m. 

Rob Martin encourages all to take a look at the progress of the Save the Depot project, which has Rotary support.

Happy News 

Barry Carlson will become a grandpa to a baby boy in August.

Richard DeBeau shared that the Northfield Masonic Lodge raised $2500 for the food shelf.

Bruce Morlan shared a photo of his new puppy.

Janine Atchison - had a graduate [waiting to confirm details]

Mark Abbott’s daughter Sarah is home from the Covid-19 epicenter in New York for three months.

Jon Snodgrass and his wife welcomed a baby boy (this news shared by someone else). 

Fred Rogers’ daughter received her master’s degree from the U of M’s Humphrey School and was recognized as the student who made most impact on the program. Fred also recently enjoyed a visit from his 3.5-month-old granddaughter.

last week's speaker 

Glenn Blumhorst.


Glenn Blumhorst, National Peace Corps Association, hosted by Vicki and Lee Dilley

While the Peace Corps is a U.S. government agency -- created by President John F. Kennedy to promote world peace and friendship — the National Peace Corps Association (NPCA), of which Glenn Blumhorst is President and CEO, is a small nonprofit organization that supports and engages returned Peace Corps volunteers (RPCVs) and the larger Peace Corps community.

Glenn is originally from Missouri and his wife is from Minnesota. They joined the Peace Corps in Guatemala 88-91, then continued there as missionaries another 3.5 years. He later spent 10 years in Bolivia working with Agricultural Cooperative Development International, then returned to his Peace Corps roots with NPCA. He lives and works in the DC area.

The Peace Corps program was suspended in mid-March due to the pandemic, and all 7,300 volunteers around the world were abruptly recalled over an eight-day period. This was highly traumatic for the volunteers, as it is anytime their service is interrupted. NPCA is looking out for these returned volunteers and for the future of the program, which frequently faces proposed budget cuts. They are helping returned volunteers with their unfinished projects, working as private citizens with the counterpart organizations they had partnered with abroad. 

Glenn sees the Peace Corps as the gold star international volunteer program -- volunteerism at its best, and ambassadors to the world.  As a Rotarian with the Rotary Club of Capitol Hill, he sees a close affinity between the Peace Corps and Rotary. The Peace Corps has a Memorandum of Understanding with Rotary International and helps support projects, but NPCA hasn’t achieved that formal relationship with Rotary. (Our club has four RPCVs: Lee and Vicki Dilley, Charlie Cogan and Ann Richards.)


June 4 — Dr. Matt Hillman, The Remote Learning Experience (Davis)

June 11 — Dayna Norvold, Northfield Housing Task Force (Wopata)

June 28 — Pam Tschida, Fast for Hope



Barry Carlson, President

Barry's Buzz

Dear Rotarians,
Hope this finds everyone safe and healthy. Looks like summer weather is finally upon us and giving us a chance to social distance outside with nature.
This weeks speaker is Emma Melherne.   Emma will be speaking about Rotex and her experience in Rotex.  Now if you are like me you may be wondering, “What is Rotex?”  Here is how it is defined on the Rotary website:
Rotex is a society of past Rotary Youth Exchange (RYE) alumni that engages with current Inbounds and Outbounds to better their exchange experience overall. Rotex acts as a middleman between Rotary Clubs and exchange students through supporting Rotarians throughout the RYE program via mentoring students on proper etiquette while on exchange, organizing trips and events for Outbounds, Inbounds, and Rebounds, and ultimately being the voice for RYE exchange students in many cities, districts, and countries in the Rotary world. We see Rotexers as potential future Rotarians and therefore aim to develop the next generation of Rotarians who have first-hand Rotary experience.
Join us on Thursday to learn more.
This week our club will be will be providing a gift of $250 to the Northfield Arts Guild. As I mentioned last week, each week we will provide financial support to Maria and her staff, the CAC and and an additional gift to another cause that is important to our community.  We are thankful for all the Northfield Arts Guild does for our community, in the past, currently and in the future.
Thanks to all of you who “stepped up” to help with Meals-on -Wheels!


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.