Rotary Club of Northfield, Minnesota  |  Thursday, January 6, 2022
Please wear your mask when you enter the Methodist Church
and whenever you are not eating. 
Maria's catering has been hit by Covid and they are not allowed to serve food. 
Hideaway will be making sandwiches for us on the 6th. 
We wish Maria and her staff a speedy recovery!


January 6 — Kimberly Smith and Anna Hori
Affordable and Sustainable Housing:
A 20-Year Vision for Northfield
Achieving a stock of housing that is both affordable and sustainable requires a long term plan, drawing on the best scholarship and practices on sustainable local development. We hope to begin a rich and lively discussion aimed at developing such a plan. Kimberly Smith has taught environmental law and policy at Carleton College for 22 years and has served on the Northfield Environmental Quality Commission. Anna Hori is a senior Carleton College student majoring in Political Science and minoring in Education Studies.  Hosted by Beth Kallestad.
December 23 —
Holiday Meeting and Festivities
There was much merriment by those who attended in person or via Zoom. 
The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) committee, led by Beth Kallestad, put together a program for us to learn a bit more about holiday traditions around the world and in other religions.
Danica Simonet, daughter of Dorothee Ischler and Northfield Rotary outbound student in 2014-15 to India, wore a beautiful Indian garment and told us about the fun and exciting Indian celebration called Diwali. Also, known as the festival of lights, this major Hindu holiday celebrates the exiled Lord Rama's return to his homeland after he defeated Ravana. The villagers lit Rama's way with rows of clay lamps.
Bob Craig prepared a slide show presentation about Christmas in Latin America, but unfortunately he was not able to present it. Instead, Beth did this for him. Again the topic of lights surfaced as we saw the lovely photos of Festival de la Luz in the capital city of Costa Rica, San Jose. Many beautiful photos were shared.
Beth then shared with us what she learned about Eid al-Fitr, the Muslim festival that marks the end of Ramadan (a month of fasting, prayer, self-control and giving gifts to those in need). When someone says "Eid Mubarek' to you they are wishing you a blessed Eid.  
Next we moved on to the holiday contest where many beautiful socks and ugly headgear were spotted. Fourteen contestants came to the front to show off their hats and feet The audience voted with their applause. Two fun meters registered our votes, though both seemed to be on their maiden voyage. Perhaps some meter perfecting will implemented in the year to come.
Through some quick decision making by the emcee, Amy Goerwitz was proclaimed the STAR!  She won a new Rotary baseball cap which she immediately donned to replace her winning ugly headgear. Richard Debeau and Jim Loe were strong contenders, taking second and third place. They each took home spectacular prizes of alcoholic beverages. Thanks Santa (a.k.a. Barry Carlson) for donating the prizes and for making our festivities that much more fun! 
Link to the meeting recording
More photos from the fun of the day! 
  • Debbie Anderson (Alan Anderson's beloved spouse)
  • Danica Simonet (adored daughter of Dorothee Ischler)
George Davis
2021 Marston Headley Service Above Self Award
Marston Headley was an early club member who regularly demonstrated the Rotary motto "service above self". He enjoyed helping people and impacting lives, a legacy that continues to this day through his substantial gift to Northfield Shares. We honor Marston by annually giving this award to someone in our club who demonstrates these same attributes. 
Robert Bierman, the last recipient of the Service Above Self Award, honored the 2021 Honoree. Robert led into this presentation with some hints for us to guess who the recipient might be; they were:
  • Born in Owatonna
  • Lived in 4 states
  • Has had 7 broken ribs, 2 torn rotator cuffs from skiing and boating accidents.
  • An outstanding guide in the BWCA.
At this point Beth correctly guessed Alan Anderson!  Alan was asked to come forward to receive the special shovel trophy given to the recipient to be displayed on the mantel of their home for the next year.  
Robert continued to share with us that service is central to Alan's very being. Alan is a lifelong member of the Sierra Club, and an active member of both the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Audubon Society. Alan's deepest commitment is to climate action; we should all have as much concern for this issue as him. Alan wakes up every morning intentional about living his life in a way that positively impacts our climate.
That's why Alan often writes and speaks about climate. He received an online degree about climate change from MIT, he helped start the Climate Citizen Lobby in Northfield, he flies to DC to speak about climate change to lawmakers, he speaks on the radio with Bruce Morlan, and presents on climate to other organizations. He has spoken to many Rotary clubs and teaches them the blueprint for starting their own RCAT (Rotary Climate Action Team), resulting in many RCATs in 7 different countries.
In part due to Alan's efforts, RCAT and ESRAG (Environmental Sustainability Rotary Action Group) received the attention of Rotary International and sparked the addition of Rotary's 7th area of service—Protecting the Environment.  
We all applaud Alan's important work!  Please join us in congratulating Alan Anderson as the well-deserved recipient of the 2021 Marston Headley Service Above Self Award!
Thanks to the members who filled the Meals on Wheels volunteer slots. Please remember to show up for your time. 
  • When Jean Wakely and her daughter, Andrea, spent a day at the Bell Museum they learned that in 5 billion years our galaxy would merge with another galaxy. Jean advises us to get ready...
  • Kristi Pursell noted that today her 2008 Prius hit its 197,000-mile mark and is still kicking!
  • Charlie Cogan was happy to be at a meeting again after being gone for the last two months because of his new teaching job.
  • Beth Kallestad was happy to announce that her son's indoor soccer team are undefeated and are hoping to win the championship. Beth is also happy and sad to be ending her employment with the City of Northfield. Her new position focuses on water. 
  • Jim Loe is celebrating his daughter's graduation from the University of Madison after 3.5 years studying there.
  • Amy Goerwitz is pleased to have her children home for the holidays and to have won the holiday contest today. 
  • Richard Debeau, currently staying in Seattle area, arrived in time to see his baby granddaughter take her first 10 consecutive steps and now she is already carrying books around. 
  • Yogi Reppman said something about having plenty of highballs and scones around and being ready for the days ahead.
  • George Davis was happy to win the scholarship enhancement drawing for the first time after being in the club for 5 years.
January 13 — Ann Richards
Classification Talk 
Ann Richards has been a member of Rotary for about two years. She will be giving her classification talk, introducing herself and her endeavors to the club.
Hosted by John Stull.
January 20 — Sarah Kennedy
Archaeological Insights: Trapiche Project
Sarah Kennedy is an archaeologist whose research focuses on marginalized labor, power dynamics, social identity, and culinary practices in colonial Peru. Hosted by Tony Huettl .
January 27 — Andrew Althoff
Classification Talk
Andrew will be giving his classification talk, introducing himself and his endeavors to the club. Hosted by Rick Estenson.
February 3 — Matt Hillmann
School Update


Find Zoom link here.
Meeting ID: 843 1983 0113
Passcode: 264180
For times, see information below.
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 join this early 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 Arrive at the United Methodist Church at 1401 Maple Street. Visit with club members and guests.
Before 12:20 — Pick up your lunch.
12:20 — Meeting begins.
1:15 — Meeting dismissed for all.
  • Limit of 4 people per table.
  • Wear masks when not eating.
  • No group singing.
  • We require attendees to be vaccinated. Rotary International is a big supporter of vaccines. 
  • If you bring a guest, make sure they are vaccinated.
  • If you are not vaccinated, we still value you and your membership, and we have hybrid meetings so you can join our Thursday meetings on ZOOM during the pandemic.


Todd Thompson, Club President
 Twenty years ago, during the holiday season, I was thinking there are so many great Christmas songs but no good New Years songs. So, I wrote this song, New Year’s Wish. In so many ways I feel the world has changed in the last 20 years. And it seems to change faster every year. My wish for the new year hasn’t changed a bit.  
New Year's Wish
by Todd Thompson,
December 25, 2001
Just what do you think
the New Year will bring?
Surely a quest and
some new offerings.
What will the months just ahead
have in store?
Sisters and brothers,
these things and more:
January, February
may your toes be toasty warm.
March with a snappy beat to
April's thund’ring storms.
May will be the time of year
when you fall in love again.
I'm wishing you a ten out of ten.
June is so beautiful,
the flowers, bees and sun.
You'll play so hard;
July will seem like way too much fun.
August is the time of year when you take that great big rest.
I'm wishing you and yours all the best.
September, and October,
see the colors, meet new friends
Embraces and warm places will still November winds.
Holidays come 'round again,
December soon appears.
I'm wishing you a wonderful new year.
So, what will the months just ahead
have that’s new?
My wish for you is
your wishes come true.
Happy New Year!
PS: The other great New Year’s song is New Year’s Carol by Benjamin Britten, here’s a link.
  • Neil Lutsky, Dec 27
  • Jake Conway, Dec 28
  • Krista Danner, Dec 29
  • Tony Huettl, Jan 1
  • Meredith Galdeen, Jan 4
  • Jim McLees, Jan 4
  • Fred Rogers, Jan 4
  • Rich Lorang, 16 years
  • Dave Wolf, 19 years
Please be sure to watch for and welcome these new members.
Carrie Carroll
Tayler Swanson
  • CAC Food Shelf—Tuesdays from 3-7 PM (or 3-5 or 5-7), located in the old Greenvale school building, current Northfield Community Education Center at 700 Lincoln Parkway). Simple and safe. Let Vicki Dilley know if you have questions or sign up here. 
  • Rotary Meal at the Key—Our club provides a home-cooked meal for the teens at the Key on the 2nd Wednesday of each month. We need members volunteer to provide a prepared dish based on an agreed menu. Two slots are still available. Sign up here. 
  • Hospitality Table at our Meetings—Two volunteers needed each week. Sign up here.
  • January 11, 2022, Rotary Board Meeting, see Todd for the link to join.
  • January 13, 2022, 7 pm, DEI meeting, see Beth Kallestad for more details.
  • January 17, 2022 PR and Communication committee meeting, 7 pm, see Vicki Dilley for location.
Do you have something club related to say to fellow members? Try posting it in The Cogwheel. Send your short blurb to
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. Read our climate action statement HERE.
For more information about our club’s Rotary Climate Action Team contact our chair, Alan Anderson, at
make it happen again!
Thank  you to all of the
Meals on Wheels drivers! 
  • Beth Kallestad
  • Betsy Spethmann
  • Bryce Beckstrand (2)
  • Dave & Nan Shumway (2)
  • David  Brown
  • George Davis
  • Janine  Atchison (2)
  • Jayne Hager Dee
  • Jean Wakely (2)
  • Jim & Sue Pokorney
  • Laurie Williams
  • Mark Lancaster
  • Richard & ReJean Schulte (2)
  • Richard  DeBeau
  • Scott Richardson
  • Virginia & Rich Lorang (2)


The 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.