Rotary Club of Northfield, Minnesota  |  Thursday, March 18, 2021


Join Our Thursday Zoom Meeting
Find it here.
Meeting ID: 816 5519 3248
Here is the timeline for our regular Zoom calls. On some days there will be slight variations, but not for coming on to the call.  
11:30 -11:45 — Zoom Managers log in and get set up.
11:45 - Noon — Zoom Managers are invited to join and go into a break out room for casual conversations.
12:10 — ALL Zoom callers are invited back together to begin the meeting. Generally, the meeting will begin with an Invocation, the 4-Way Test, introduction of guests and then introduction of our speaker. Speaker and Questions/ Discussion.
12:40 — (approximate) Birthdays, Announcements, Happy News and more.
1:00 — Meeting is dismissed until next week.

    Drew Weis

Drew Weis, How to Quickly Calm the Body and Clear the MindLearn to quickly reduce stress, panic or agitation with three kinds of strategies, including kid-friendly options for grandkids and other little ones in your life. Please view the handout for Drew's presentation here. Hosted by Scott Richardson.

Rotarians around the globe
Greg Siems-5 (3.14.2016); Mark Lancaster-6 (3.19.2015).


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. 
Actions We Can All Take - Call your fed and state reps and ask for strong action on climate change, like a carbon fee and dividend.
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


Thanks to last week's Cogwheel Reporter, Scott Richardson.


Our Club Service Team is planning for a time — hopefully in the not too distant future — when we can meet in person. The team is looking for a laptop and a web cam to facilitate hybrid meetings. If you have either and are willing to donate one to the club, see Brad Frago.

President Vicki encouraged members to take advantage of this year’s virtual Rotary International convention. You can sign up at the Rotary International website.

There will be much to share about the club’s strategic planning session. Look for a presentation on March 25.

Jean Wakely is happy about her daughter giving up Roller Derby for snowboarding. Sounds like frying pan to the fire.

Todd Thompson is celebrating kids going back to school on March 31. 

Lee Dilley’s Mom is celebrating her 97th birthday,.

Annika Richardson, Scott’s granddaughter, scored her 1,000th career point in a basketball game Monday night in Owatonna.


   Sambath Ouk  

Sambath Ouk, Equity and Multilingual
Program Coordinator Faribault Public Schools, Overcoming Cultural Dissonance. Hosted by Beth Kallestad. 

It’s difficult for refugees to find their footing in this country. Sam Ouk, an Asian-American, knows that from personal experience. He says racism — from unintentional micro-assaults to provocative, targeted harassment — is the issue.  

In a “racial autobiography” Sam shared we learned his parents met and were married in a refugee camp in Thailand after fleeing the Cambodian killing fields. Sam’s birth in the camp marked a new beginning for his family. Sam’s father separated from the family before Lutheran Social Services resettled Sam’s mother and family in Rochester, Minn. They thought they had been saved. “We thought America was heaven,” he said.

But Sam experienced his first racist encounter when he was four. Adolescent identity formation was tricky. He was too American for his family and two Asian for his school. Harassment from white students was commonplace. In defense, Asians sought refuge in their own gangs and trouble ensued. Sam is grateful for a high school teacher who showed him a different path.

He said there is no “silver bullet” that will bring people together, but the dominant white culture has the responsibility for creating a more welcoming, inclusive community. They have the power, he said. They are in charge.

Sam’s work in Faribault has taught him that it is important for schools to acknowledge the full spectrum of cultural identities in their buildings and to create ways for student voices to be heard. 

The entire March 11th meeting can be viewed here.


March 25 — Todd Thompson, incoming club president, A New Vision for Our Club - A BeginningWe will share a summary of results from our club's visioning workshop. New ideas, projects and visions for our club will be presented. This is only a start. We need all members to help shape our vision and most of all to take action to help our club serve our community.

    Charles Goldstein  

April 1 — Charles Goldstein, Raising the Curtain on Your Second ActThis presentation addresses the state of the workplace and the challenges faced by those in the 40+ age bracket. More importantly, it provides the path for opportunities for those seeking to change their work and pursue a career better representing their dreams and desires. "2nd Acts" refers to those who may actually be in a 3rd, 4th or more phase of their work life, as well as some who choose to start a new venture during retirement in their field of interest and passion as well. Hosted by Bob Thacker.

     Mariah Mills Jacobsen    

April 8 — Mariah Mills Jacobsen, Minnesota 9/11 and Global War on Terrorism Task ForceNearly 20 years have passed since the deadliest terrorist attack in human history. The Walz administration has assembled a Task Force to identify ways to honor and remember the Minnesotans lost in 9/11 and those who served in the Global War On Terrorism. Hosted by Andrei Sivanich.

Vicki's Vision

   Vicki Dilley, President

Dear Friends,
I hope this note finds you well and hopeful that spring is just around the corner, despite the blanket of snow outside (I am writing this on Tuesday, maybe by the time you read this, it will be gone!).
There are all sorts of ways to measure how far we have come. For those of you who have had a knee replaced or something like that, you know that day to day increments may not be the best test, but week to week is better.   
We just crossed a one year anniversary as we remembered what we were doing a year ago and adjusted to the idea that we are living in a world pandemic. There were folks around us warning of this possible, awful occurrence. Our very own Minnesotan, Michael Osterholm, was one of them. I think it was too hard to imagine what he was telling us to give it more than a moment's thought. Now we know, now we know to heed those warnings ... whether it be about a virus, climate change, trends in social behavior, whatever. Thank goodness for the experts and their wise leadership. We just need to give respect to what they are telling us.
I wanted to particularly point out to you today the 2021 State of the City Address that broadcast last night. A lot of work went into the production of this youtube piece, since we could not meet in person again. I hope you take the time to listen, reflect on how healthy our community is and how many wonderful people play a part in making that so. Our beloved Rotary Club was spoken about several times in the production, be proud. We are committed to do even more and bigger ambitions in the years to come ... all of which is very much possible!
Sending you my best thoughts, 

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.